MR. POOPY BUTTHOLE

Status: Reoccuring Characters
First Appearance: “Total Rickall”
Voice: Justin Roiland

Mr. Poopy Butthole is a red herring.

He claims to be a long friend of the Smith family, having shared in their many adventures, yet he is a walking mystery. Mr. Poopy Butthole first showed up in “Total Rickall” just minutes after Rick killed an alien parasite. The alien parasite is able to implant false memories into their unwilling hosts, shapeshifting into a person that the host considers a trusted friend or family. They can create something as normal as an older brother for Jerry or something outlandish like a giant yellow duck with muscular arms. Naturally, Mr. Poopy Butthole’s arrival is just a little too suspicious. His entire appearance is ridiculous: he’s a small yellow man with a top hat and a name only a ten-year-old (or Adult Swim writers) could think of. It’s pretty obvious how this could have gone, but Rick and Morty is a different beast altogether.

The parasites multipled and created new memories, forcing the Smiths to suspect even themselves as well as Mr. Poopy Butthole. Morty eventually figured out how the parasites worked and the family successfully mauled them down. Beth however suspected Mr. Poopy Butthole and shot him without warning. Unfortunately his claims were true: he was a family-friend and Beth nearly killed him. Mr. Poopy Butthole thankfully survived, but needed physical therapy. The only consolation Beth received was that he decided not to sue the family.

Mr. Poopy Butthole returns at the tail end of the season two finale “The Wedding Squanchers” where he breaks the fourth wall and addresses the audience on the cliffhanger ending. He sure seems excited for the upcoming season three.

The character is a big question mark in the Rick and Morty verse. He supposedly had his share of misfortunes alongside the rest of the Smith family, but he’s never seen in any of the other episodes. “Rick Potion No.9” can at least back up the idea that it takes place in an alternate Earth from the one the show started with; Mr. Poopy Butthole could have easily tagged along prior to that. It could also be that his involvement always occurred “off-camera.” Only the opening credit contradicts anything since he appears there once, including events that will happen in future episodes that he is no longer capable of being in. That’s the point, of course. Rick and Morty’s raison d’etre is to troll the audience. After all, he is a red herring…

…or is he?

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