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Perfect Rick & Morty Theory Explains Why Rick Doesn’t Like Time Travel

Rick Sanchez is not a fan of time travel and one genius Rick and Morty theory explains why. Over the course of five seasons audiences have come to learn a list of things Rick is not fond of including but not limited to bureaucracy family therapy Jerry and time travel. As the self righteous narcissist character Rick is he has an explanation as to why he does not like each of those things.For a show where science fiction seems to know no bounds Rick and Morty deals little with time travel. This has to do with the fact that Justin Roiland and Dan Harmon creators of Rick and Morty believe that time travel can be a rather tricky Pandoras box when added to a story. That said the show cannot escape the concept of time travel mainly because of how often that intersects with the alternate realities and multiverse themes so common to Rick and Morty. That is why it has to be possible to find an in universe explanation for why Rick as a character does not like time travel.

In season 4 episode 8 The Vat of Acid Rick offers an explanation as to why he does not respect time travel if Ant Man and the Wasp can do it Im not interested. However according to a fan theory via Reddit there is actually a much deeper explanation for Ricks grudge against time travel. Rick C 137 has been searching for the Rick who killed Diane and Beth for a long time and since he hasnt found him theres a chance this is the case because he did it and not an alternate universe Rick. According to the theory not having his own time machine and not time traveling often is how Rick can be certain he is not guilty.

Rick Could Create A Time Machine At Any Time But Avoids To

Considering all the inventions that Rick has come up with putting a time machine together is an easy task. In fact in Rattlestar Ricklactica Rick and Morty have to ensure that the snake society eventually rediscovers time travel and the duo quickly build their own time machine to solve the problem. Rick also has the infamous time travel stuff box in his garage meaning he has at least a few tools to create a time machine of his own whenever he wants.That said it does not seem like Ricks Portal Gun was ever equipped with specific time travel technology. While the full extent of the Portal Guns powers is still a mystery there was never a moment in Rick and Morty in which the Portal Gun was explicitly used for time travel. While one could argue Rick and Mortys pilot featured Rick opening a portal to the future to find a quick cure for Mortys broken legs Rick specifically uses the term future dimension in the episode rather than just future which seems specifically worded to emphasize the fact that Rick isnt going to their own universes future.

There are many times that Rick has the opportunity to solve a problem with time travel across the course of the show but specifically chooses not to. In The ABCs of Beth for example he goes through a portal to order pizzas in some universe where their favorite place is still open and returns with the pizzas in hand immediately. However Ricks meta commentary has him make it clear to the audience that it was not time travel and that he simply stole the pizzas from the counter. In The Vat of Acid the device that allowed Morty to reset events was not actually messing with time but rather just moving Morty across different realities.

Rick & Morty Already Broke Its No Time Travel Rule But Not With Rick

Despite the evident unwritten rule against time travel Rick and Morty has dealt with that concept more than once. In Something Ricked This Way Comes one of the many artifacts sold from the Needful Things store was a pair of gloves that transports the user to 1936. In the Rick and Morty season 2 premiere A Rickle in Time Rick Morty and Summer have to deal with the consequences of having frozen time at the end of season 1. Of course their carelessness leads to time cracking itself and splitting into multiple timelines. The groups influence over time was such that the Time Cop Shleemypants had to step in and put Rick in a Time Prison which confirmed that time travel was an established and common thing in the world of Rick and Morty. Time travel would once again be at the center of a storyline in the aforementioned Rattlestar Ricklactica an episode that revolved around a snake society inventing time travel. However on all these occasions Rick never deliberately chose to travel through time let alone carry a time machine with him.

Why Rick Really Doesnt Like Time Travel Theory Explained

Rick can be quite stubborn when he does not like something but simply not respecting time travel does not seem like enough reason to justify avoiding using that resource on all the occasions it could have helped. Rick seems to have a very clear personal reason for being against time travel and the fan theory previously mentioned explains this perfectly. Rick could actually be terrified of the idea that it is a future version of himself that killed his family and the only way he can guarantee that this is not the case is to avoid using time travel as much as possible.

If having a time machine and going to the past and future becomes as common for Rick as interdimensional travel is in Rick and Morty then there is no guarantee for him that he is not the one responsible for the deaths of Diane and Beth. It is worth noting that Rick never used his scanner the one he uses to test if a Rick is the murderer Rick he is looking for on himself in the course of the show. That means that the possibility that it was C 137 himself who killed Diane and Beth while unlikely is not entirely ruled out thus adding to the theory that Rick wants to avoid time travel at any cost to keep making sure he is not the one who did it. Of course simply scanning himself would bring up that answer a lot quicker but perhaps that is one of the few pieces of knowledge in Rick and Morty that Rick C 137 is not ready to have.

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