In Rick & Morty S3E1, a portal opens up and

a bomb falls down and blows up Beth & Rick's wife.

Why did the other Rick

want to kill Rick? Just because he turned away from science

doesn't seem like a reason Rick would kill another Rick.

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Later in the same episode, Rick reveals that he had manufactured the tragic backstory to trick the bugs into entering a code that allowed him to hack their Network security.

During the story, Rick is acting as an unreliable narrator so there is not enough information about Rick's past to determine how much of his story was actually true.

To address the question, later in the episode, we are shown Seal Team Rick attempt to assassinate Rick, so it isn't like Ricks don't kill Ricks though at that point Rick is a wanted terrorist, not a no-name Rick.

  • I thought he just manufactured the 3 line formula, not the story?
    – Chloe
    Apr 10, 2017 at 18:55
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    @Chloe -- we can't tell what Rick made up or not. Except for the Sechuan sauce, which we know existed. And was delicious.
    – Wesley Lee
    Apr 11, 2017 at 22:36
  • I think it's also important that even in this fake backstory, Rick didn't try to kill Rick. He said "we'll see about that" and then seemingly dropped the bomb to kill Rick's wife and daughter. His intention seems to be to encourage Rick towards interdimensional travel, thus the line "I didn't make the leap, I did." implying that it was not a personal choice to invent that, but forced on him by other Ricks.
    – JMac
    Aug 1, 2017 at 11:54
  • @Kosmos You wrote “Nick” at one point. Can’t edit due to the “6 characters” rule.
    – user137369
    Sep 7, 2017 at 10:59
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    @Chloe Rick specifically calls it a “totally fabricated origin story”. Justin Roiland reinforces that retelling as unreliable, to keep Rick’s backstory a mystery. Dan Harmon even goes so far as to say such an origin story would remove appeal from the character. youtu.be/RecdrgB-Odc?t=20s
    – user137369
    Sep 7, 2017 at 11:03

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