Rick & Morty Theory: Beth Is Smarter Than Rick
Rick and Morty has always showed Rick as the smartest being in the universe, but the season 4 finale suggests that Beth may have a superior mind.
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Rick and Morty has continually suggested that Rick is the smartest being in the universe, but the 10th episode of season 4, “Star Mort Rickturn of the Jerri”, hints his daughter Beth may actually be more intelligent than him. The episode was the best of the season, reintroducing a side plot from season 3, episode 9, “The ABC’s of Beth” that forced viewers to rethink Beth’s true identity and capabilities.
In the “The ABC’s of Beth,” Rick offers to make an identical clone of Beth to take her place with her family at home, so that Beth can travel the universe and live a life on her own. Beth’s response to Rick’s proposition isn’t addressed until Rick & Morty season 4’s “Star Mort Rickturn of the Jerri,” where a version of Beth is shown in a space battle, leading a rebellion against the Galactic Federation. It’s later revealed that while Rick did make a clone of his daughter, he mixed up the two Beths before sending them their separate ways, leaving an unsolved mystery of which one is the original.
Regardless of the questions of real or clone, “Space Beth” is proof that Beth can make it on her own in the universe, much like her father. She clearly dominates the chaos of outer space as Rick does and equally exhibits his cutthroat rational attitude. Beth is also one of the only characters who Rick respects and praises throughout Rick & Morty, something that is both rare and genuine when considering Rick’s persona. This narrative could mean that Beth has the potential to surpass Rick’s genius, becoming more of an inventor and scientist than her father ever was.
Beth’s mental superiority over her immediate family has never been much of a secret. Her husband Jerry is a spineless idiot, and both of her children continually have intellectual shortcomings, presumably due to their dad’s genes. She continually indicates that her family holds her back, with Rick being the only one that truly understands her. The fact that Beth even considered leaving her family confirms this, as she seems to understand her own potential and Rick has full confidence in her ability to succeed on her own. Thus, the mere presence of “Space Beth” indicates a mind comparable to Rick’s at the very least.
The special edge that Beth has over Rick’s mind is her emotional intelligence. Her presence in the real world and familial setting indicate a human adaptability that Rick infamously lacks. Oftentimes, Rick’s inability to connect with people bites him in the back, while Beth maintains a distanced yet functional social literacy. Beth possesses Rick’s smarts while lacking his fatal flaw, possibly making her more powerful than Rick. This new development in Rick and Morty will be a fascinating one to watch as the series continues into season 5.
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