- This article is about Jerry from before the events of Rick Potion #9. You may be looking for the Jerry the show currently follows, see Jerry Smith.
|Age:||Mid 30's (34 or 35)|
|Job:||Advertising agent (fired) Post-Apocalyptic Survivor|
|Family:||Beth Smith (wife)|
Leonard Smith (father)
Joyce Smith (mother)
Rick Sanchez (father-in-law)
Summer Smith (daughter)
Morty Smith (son)
Morty, Jr. (grandson)
|Relationships:||Beth Smith (wife)|
|First seen in:||Pilot|
|Main voice actor:||Chris Parnell|
Jerry Smith is a supporting character in Rick and Morty. He is Morty and Summer's insecure father, who strongly disapproves of Rick's influence over his son. Along with this is his jeopardized marriage to his wife, Beth, whom he finds himself struggling to keep a hold of due to her close relationship with her father. He was an adman until he was fired, which became irrelevant once the world turned into Cronenbergs, where he, along with Summer, and Beth currently reside.
Jerry always tries to think of the best interest of the family, but his attempt to be the patriarch of the family can often be misguided by his self-centered nature. This causes him a great deal of confliction with Rick, as his father-in-law clearly has no respect for him whatsoever.
Jerry can sometimes become misguided by his insecurities. He attempts to ship Rick off to a nursing home in the first episode. In the episode "Anatomy Park", Jerry has difficulty overcoming his uncomfortable feelings about his parents' relationship with Jacob, despite their happiness. Jerry frequently battles with bouts of jealousy, being constantly reminded that his marriage is on rocky terms. He tells Beth that if she ever cheats on him he will "blow his brains out" over their naked bodies.
Despite Jerry's weaknesses, he has the ability to channel the inner strength to face his fears, such as directly confronting the army of Mr. Meeseeks, and fighting off the mutated Cronenbergs. The latter event which forced him to not only take charge and fight, but also gave him the confidence to finally become a man Beth became happy with.
Jerry's haircolor is brown. Up to the events of "Rick Potion No. 9", Jerry wore a dark green shirt, with a brown and beige stripe in the middle. He also wore light blue long pants and black shoes, and was shown to be cleanly shaven. However, after the events of "Rick Potion No. 9", Jerry's appearance changes as his clothes are now ripped, he's sporting a red bandana, and has short facial hair. He also appears to be more muscular.
In "The Rickshank Rickdemption", Jerry's appearance changes again to be shirtless, wearing ripped blue pants, black shoes, a green armlet and cufflings, a necklace and belt presumably made of cronenburg teeth, and a cape, loincloth and hood made of cronenburg flesh, eyes and teeth. Since his last appearance, he has also become even more muscular. Jerry’s beard has also grown out in his long absence of the show.
Jerry sees Rick as a horrible influence on his son Morty, and wishes to have Rick moved to a nursing home. Jerry's life is frequently affected by Rick's shenanigans, such as the intelligence enhancer Rick made for Snuffles, the Meeseeks Box, and the potion which brought about a disastrous change in the world.
Rick makes Jerry feel insecure about his intelligence and his marriage, causing Jerry to overcompensate in his efforts to prove he is better than Rick. Though he's never successful.
In The Rickshank Rickdemption, he and his family display a blatant hatred for Rick through their criticism of his scent on Summer and Morty. This hatred is so strong that they destroyed the portal gun after realizing that it was one of Rick's inventions and attempted to kill Summer simply for being involved with Rick.
Jerry loves Morty and only wishes for his success, academically and romantically. However, Jerry claims that Morty has some kind of learning disability, and tells Morty that he has to work "twice as hard" in life to keep up. Jerry tries to convince his son that he is just as intelligent as Rick, and gave his son advice about romance, despite the fact that his marriage was falling apart. In "The Rickshank Rickdemption", despite his new feral nature, he still decided to keep Morty alive, even when he intended to kill the other universe's Summer. This shows that he still has some care for his son.
Jerry and Beth met in high school and had unprotected sex on prom night, resulting in Summer's conception. Afterwards, the two got married and had Morty. Their relationship is very rocky and strained, due to the fact that both of them missed out on fulfilling their dreams due to poor decision-making when they were younger. Their relationship is further strained by Beth's relationship with her father Rick and her willingness to let the family put up with his antics. Jerry seems to still love Beth quite a lot, and tries hard to keep their marriage together, but finds Rick's frequent insults about their relationship hard to ignore.
Jerry does not consider Beth's profession as a horse surgeon to be all that big a deal, but tries not to mention it. If Beth were to cheat on him with someone else, Jerry stated he would commit suicide by blowing his brains out all over her naked body with the supposed lover she'd be in bed with.
However, their relationship is somewhat repaired and in very good terms once a "cronenberg" like apocalypse happens. Jerry finding self-confidence within himself to fight for his family's lives and toughening up to a point that Beth becomes very attracted him. And a stressed Beth harshly criticizes Rick, and flirtatiously states a real man would stay by her side.
Jerry and Summer do not interact very much. However, Jerry does care about Summer is hurt when she neglects to tell him about her boyfriend Ethan and genuinely happy that she survived the genetic disaster in "Rick Potion No. 9".
In "Lawnmower Dog", Jerry and Summer spend time together arguing, and watching Snuffles slowly gain sentience.
- "Lawnmower Dog"
- "Anatomy Park"
- "M. Night Shaym-Aliens!"
- "Meeseeks and Destroy"
- "Rick Potion #9"
- Jerry majored in Civics in college.
- He appears to be left-handed.
- Jerry's car is a green 1973 Ford LTD Country Squire station wagon.