- —A phrase frequently used by Summer, with slight alterations, like "Boobyah" or "Boo-nah"
Summer Smith is the tritagonist of Rick and Morty, as a member of the Smith Family. She is the daughter of Jerry Smith and Beth Smith/Space Beth, the older sister of Morty Smith, and the mother of Naruto Smith.
She currently acts as the older sister and the granddaughter of the Morty and Rick, respectively, from the Cronenberged Dimension and Dimension C-137. She is the only other known member of the the Smith Family to be aware of that fact. As the series has progressed, Summer has become more frequently involved in Rick and Morty's adventures. She and Morty often squabble for Rick's affection, but also maintain a unique bond stemming from the revelation that Morty is not her original brother.
Summer is a female teenager of average height, thin build, and wide hips. She has a fair skin color, and shoulder-length red hair, she has an oval head and a pointed nose. Her most common outfit has been a bright pink tank-top, white capri-pants, and black slip-on shoes. She usually has her hair pulled back in a ponytail. Notably, she shares the exact same head shape as her father, Jerry.
Summer has some personality traits of a typical American teenager, as she wishes to be popular among her peers, and finds the antics of her family to be dysfunctional, though she still cares for them. She's very attached to their phone and social media, taking videos of her dog Snuffles when he became super-smart, and shuddering at the thought of her father Jerry joining Facebook.
It is revealed that Summer can be jealous of the close relationship about her grandfather Rick and her brother Morty, and she can sometimes feel ignored by her grandfather. While Rick tries to keep her at a distance, the two of them have gone on their own adventures, including on the planet Gazorpazorp. Her complex of being ignored by Rick exhibits into a connection with the Devil in "Something Ricked This Way Comes".
Although Summer is not as scientifically-minded as her grandfather Rick, she does possess intelligence. Summer is shown to be a very smart and nimble-witted teen, at least compared to rest of her family. Currently, she is not as violent as Beth was when Beth was young, but enjoys fighting alongside Rick and reacts quickly to life-or-death situations.
She is also a sociopathic and narcissistic person, like her grandfather; similar to the way that Morty responds, but only when truly pushed to his limits. Summer, however, seems more readily able to access these elements of her deeper-rooted personality when subjected to her grandfather Rick's influence for a relatively short amount of time, as seen in "Rickmancing the Stone".
She is also shown to possess a strong desire for family. Her stance towards them is best summarized in her quote from "The Wedding Squanchers", where she explains that she would rather live an isolated existence without a future if it means that the family won't have to abandon Rick, saying that she believes that, "you don't love someone in hopes of a reward". In "The Rickchurian Mortydate", she is shown to reiterate this sentiment when she freely runs away with the family to a cabin in the woods so that Beth will never have to experience her existential crisis alone.
Summer seems jealous of the fact that her grandfather Rick chooses to go on adventures with her brother Morty and not them, Rick claims that the opinions of his granddaughter Summer means "very little" to him, but he still cares for them, as he admits that the top Summer wears in "Raising Gazorpazorp" is cute.
Summer gets a part-time job at a cursed antique store run by the Devil, aka Mr. Needful, just to spite Rick, in "Something Ricked This Way Comes". Despite this, Rick helps his granddaughter Summer buff up and take revenge on Mr. Needful after they get fired by him. Afterwards, the two go around beating up other people doing bad things.
In "Ricksy Business", Summer, along with her brother and grandfather, freeze time to stop her parents from finding their house in wretched shape. She proceeds to have fun together all around town, doing things like carving pumpkins, pulling peoples' pants down, and watching the movie "Titanic" together.
It becomes apparent in "Big Trouble in Little Sanchez" that Summer understands Rick's suffering better than Morty does, possibly due to their respective ages. Summer is the first to recognize that Tiny Rick needs help, and figures out the true meaning behind his existential songs, while the rest of her class simply appreciates his music and dancing.
During Star Mort Rickturn of the Jerri, Rick gave Summer the invisible belt after she voices how she wants to irritate Morty by having it.
"A Rickconvenient Mort" sees Summer going on an adventure with Rick in Morty's stead, with Rick taking her on a planetary apocalypse crawl. At first Summer is pleased but quickly grows annoyed with Rick breaking his own rule about making no connections after he brings Daphne from the planet Morglutz with him for the rest of the crawl. After Summer ruins the crawl by stopping the last apocalypse and revealing Daphne is not seriously interested in Rick, Rick reluctantly commends her for her actions, admitting he would have done the same in her position. He even admits her stopping an apocalypse to prove a point is a very him thing to do.
At first, the Smith siblings barely interact with each other, as Morty would generally be with Rick on an adventure. However, after Summer finds out they were an unwanted pregnancy in "Rixty Minutes", she threatens to leave home. Morty convinces his sister not to leave by revealing the truth that he and Rick are not he real brother and real grandfather, that they replaced them when their reality was destroyed and the two in this one had died and were buried in the backyard. By doing this, he reveals that he is not exactly her brother but an alternate version of her brother that they can trust. The revelation convinces Summer to stay with her parents.
Summer seems to be a little jealous of her brother, as he is always going on adventures with Rick, but she mostly expresses her jealousy to Morty, and not Rick.
In "Total Rickall" it is shown that the two have a normal antagonistic brother-sister relationship where Morty refers to Summer as "Bitch of a sister".
It has, however, been shown that she does care for her little brother as seen in "Lawnmower Dog", she hugged him after seeing him alive and well after she was freed, but Morty pushed her since her breasts were in his face (because he had terrible experience while in Mr. Goldenfold's dreams, which involved seeing her half naked). Morty also cares about Summer, in "Big Trouble in Little Sanchez" where Tiny Rick both insults and humiliates Summer, causing Morty to rise to her defense and scold Rick for it.
Morty, meanwhile, has also been shown to care a great deal about his sister, as in "Rickmancing the Stone", he was unwilling to leave the Post-Apocalyptic Dimension without her, and in "The Whirly Dirly Conspiracy", he disfigured Ethan with Rick's Morphizer-XE for "making his sister cry" and "messing with her body image".
Summer seems to have a fairly good relationship with her mother Beth, the daughter and the woman are very similar as they are both very smart, humorous, and ambitious. However, Summer is much more selfless. Their relationship becomes strained in "Rixty Minutes", when Summer discovers that she was an unwanted pregnancy, and that her mother even considered getting an abortion. However, by the end of the episode, she appears to have made up, as Summer decides to stay at home instead of running away. However, their relationship isn't perfect and has always been rickety. In the episode "Total Rickall", Summer had a bad memory of her mother, Beth was shown with the woman blackout drunk holding on to a wine bottle while lying in bed. When Summer walked in, she was mad to find Beth like this since she needed Beth to drive her to school. Beth declared she was fine, but in doing so, she accidentally gave Summer a black-eye with the wine bottle. Summer started crying and was upset because it was picture day. Beth tried reassuring them it was fine, while putting make up on jet to hide the black-eye. Summer's reply to her wasted mother was "I want the Police to take me!" Their relationship clearly has its flaws. She also appears to be rather envious of Beth's boobs, as Morty discovered a bra way too big, which Summer defended herself, claiming to grow into as Beth had big breasts.
In "The Whirly Dirly Conspiracy", Morty lashes out on Beth for her distance towards him and Summer. He blames this on her relationship with Rick, telling her that she doesn't need to prove herself to be worthy of Rick's love by acting essentially just like him, as it is making her appear just as narcissistic and irresponsible. And that while she's trying to gain Rick's approval, she's hurting him and Summer. Later in the episode, Beth use the morphizer to grow into a giant, has her skin taken inside out, and comforts a crying Summer.
In "Morty's Mind Blowers", it was revealed that Summer is the favorite of Beth, the woman was trapped in a situation, where an evil alien from another dimension was planning on killing one of her two children, and graced her with the choice of which one lives. Without any hesitation, Beth immediately demanded that her daughter Summer be the one who survives, Summer was shocked at her mother's choice, as was the alien, but luckily Rick rescued his daughter and grandchildren and erased her brother's memories though he recalled this but forgot again.
Beth's awareness of her mistreatment of her children may drive her farther away from Rick, as she will likely stop trying to get him to love her, and instead find solace in her relationship with her children, including Summer.
Summer seems to have a fairly good relationship with her father Jerry, their relationship becomes strained in "Rixty Minutes", when Summer discovers that she was an unwanted pregnancy, and that her parents even considered getting an abortion. However, by the end of the episode, she appears to have made up, as Summer decides to stay at home instead of running away. Another strain on their relationship occurs in the episode "Look Who's Purging Now", when Jerry makes feeble attempts to converse with his child Summer as they lounge around the house; the first instance, Summer denies her father's attempt with an argument that his attempt was not so much "making conversation", but that his questions were "holding her verbally hostage", the second attempt of offering them crackers was more strongly denied, followed with Summer telling Jerry to get a job because he was bored and starting drama, but fizzles quickly when Jerry not-so-subtly asks Summer for financial assistance while in between jobs, to which she responds with irritation, and again, denial.
Summer resents the fact that her father takes away their phone in "Anatomy Park" but prefers having no phone over having her father Jerry join Facebook.
In the wake of her parents's divorce, Summer ultimately tries to maintain a relationship with her father. At the end of "Rickmancing the Stone", she visits her father Jerry in his new apartment, bringing him the skull of the first mutant she killed in the Post-Apocalyptic Dimension as a housewarming gift.
In Childrick of Mort, Summer goes ballistic and shouts at Jerry, leaving him hurt. Later on, she and Morty realize Jerry was right about them not knowing everything. Jerry returned the sentiment by telling them they were right, something that left Summer shocked.
Tammy and Summer were both the best of friends for the first two seasons. The two of them were just casual friends who talked to each other and hung out a lot and there was nothing all that complicated to their relationship. However, in the episode "Ricksy Business", Tammy and Birdperson fell madly in love and they took off together, to live in Bird World, which was kind of sad for Summer. In the episode "The Wedding Squanchers", Tammy invited Summer to their wedding with Birdperson because she was her friend and the whole family came with them. Summer was happy to see her again, and kind of jealous that they were the first of all her friends to get married. It was later revealed that Tammy was actually an undercover agent for Galactic Federation, who had busted the entire wedding because a lot of criminals were there, including Rick Sanchez. Everybody at the wedding was being attacked and destroyed, but The Smith Family escaped just in time, and from this point on, it's not likely that Tammy and Summer are still friends, given that their friendship was just a ploy to get closer to Rick in the first place.
Nancy is one of Summer's friends. Summer tends not to treat her with the same respect they give to their other friends. It's likely Summer befriended her out of pity. Summer usually neglects and ignores Nancy, and never actually does the same things with her that they do to their other friends. Nancy still tries talking to them because she feels they need to be friends with someone pretty and popular. This was all until the episode "Ricksy Business", where Nancy realized that Summer was completely disrespectful to her, and that she didn't need to be friends with them. It appears though that by "The Rickshank Rickdemption" the two reconciled and became friends again since Summer mentions that Nancy texted them that they and other friends were drawing and quartering aliens in the school courtyard. In "Rattlestar Ricklactica", Nancy can also be shown crashing a slumber party with Summer, which might imply that they have reconciled their differences and got on better terms.
Summer has mixed feelings about Tricia. At first, the two appear to have some sort of rivalry as Tricia is a big-breasted, generally good-looking girl who Summer envies. The rivalry starts when Ethan, Summer's boyfriend, cancels their camping trip together just to book the date with Tricia instead. Summer (alongside Morty) attributes this to Tricia's looks. This leads to Summer feeling insecure in comparison to Tricia, wishing her breasts were bigger so that she could gain the likes of her peers - most notably Ethan. To earn the likes of Ethan again, Summer tries to enlarge her breasts through one of Rick's morphizer machines, which turns into a bust when her entire body turns into a gigantic muscle-bound wreck. During Tricia and Ethan's camping trip, they get interrupted by the Smiths (Morty, Summer and Beth). Beth is seen comforting Summer, attempting to make her feel better due to her inferiority complex and self-consciousness. Tricia seems to be moved by Summer and Beth, despite the fact that they are huge, muscle-bound monsters. Afterwards, Tricia calls her mother as well. Tricia may have earned respect for Summer due to this incident.
In "Rattlestar Ricklactica", Tricia is seen dancing to Snake Jazz with Summer, showing that they might've both changed their ways, settled their feud, and are good friends now.
In Promortyus, she and Tricia are hanging out. When Tricia mentions a sexual interest in Jerry Smith, by bluntly telling Summer that she wanted to sleep with their father, Summer is obviously disgusted.
In the Pilot episode, Summer was in love with Frank Palicky, when she saw Frank standing there frozen in the hallway, and oblivious to how he was frozen, she was shocked, thinking that he was looking at them. She walked up to him, wanting to plan her first interaction with them just right, because she was dreaming of one day, going as far as to marry him and that the story of their first time meeting would be the story that they'd be telling to their children. She talked to him, lovingly saying "Hey, Frank.", just as his frozen body tipped over and smashed into a bunch of pieces on the ground, sending her into an extreme state of shock and fear. She was later seen, crying over his obituary, asking "What kind of a god would do this?" and then later, coming home and still crying about his death. Two episodes later, in the episode Anatomy Park, she was shown to have been dating another boy for weeks, showing that she has recovered and moved on.
In the episode Anatomy Park, Summer was shown to have been dating Ethan for a long time, and not telling her parents about it. Ethan came to her house and was angry at her for always ignoring him and Summer was angry at him for only caring about himself. Jacob had to sort the argument out between the two of them and they became a happy couple again with Summer claiming they loved him. He was later seen in the episode Get Schwifty, where they both learned the ways of Headism and watched the disposal of the sinners together. He helped Summer save Beth and Jerry when it was discovered Headism was a farce. Their relationship is most likely over, because in Big Trouble In Little Sanchez, Summer had another love interest.
In The Whirly Dirly Conspiracy, it's revealed that Ethan broke up with Summer in favor of a girl with bigger boobs, causing them to get body images issues. This greatly upset Summer, who started to believe she was unattractive, a view reinforced when Beth doesn't tell them they're hot when asked. In an attempt to get Ethan back, she uses one of Rick's alien devices to make their breasts larger, but they end up accidentally turning herself into a deformed giantess with disproportioned body parts. Upset by Morty and Beth's inability to change her back, Summer follows Ethan to the campsite where he and his new girlfriend are having a date, terrifying them both and ruining their evening. Ultimately, Morty figures out how to restore his sister to normal and then helps her take revenge by mutating Ethan with the same alien technology that mutated Summer.
In the episode Big Trouble In Little Sanchez, Summer had a huge crush on Toby, but thought that he was too far out of their league to talk to him. When Rick Sanchez went to their school in the body of Tiny Rick, he made Summer a lot more popular. Toby went out of his way to invite Summer to a party, in hopes that Tiny Rick will show up. All seemed good between the two, until Summer exposed the fact that Rick killed one of the coaches, and got Rick expelled. Rick, in a fit of rage, shamed them in front of the entire school, exposing the fact that Summer snitched on him. Most of their school hated them due to this, including Toby, meaning that their relationship is most likely over.
In the episode Rickmancing the Stone, Summer, Rick, and Morty travel to the Post-Apocalyptic Dimension. There, Summer meets Hemorrhage, the leader of a Mad Max-esque wasteland gang. Looking for a way to cope with their parents's divorce, Summer has sex and marries Hemorrhage, the couple never had children, only to dump him after Rick helps restore civilization, and Hemorrhage becomes a couch potato. Summer returns to the Replacement Dimension and leaves Hemorrhage behind, though they technically remain married.
In the episode Amortycan Grickfitti, Summer seemed to show extreme interest when Morty asks his mom if he can invite a friend over, soon revealing to be Bruce Chutback. Summer instantly forcefully persuades Morty that he needs her help before Bruce sees the 2 as losers. After taking a joyride in the Space cruiser, it is revealed at the end of the episode that Bruce doesn't keep friendships for long and so he leaves Summer and Morty.
Lucius Needful, also known as The Devil, was Summer's boss at Needful Things, in the episode, "Something Ricked This Way Comes". Summer becomes envious of Morty, and his adventures with Rick. So they replace him with Mr. Needful to spite him. Summer and Mr. Needful become close friends after Summer saves him from his attempted suicide. But she is "Zuckerberged" by him after the unveiling of the globally complied web 4.0 phenomenon n33dful.com. At the end of the episode, Summer teams up with Rick to beat him to a pulp.
Note: This is a list of all the appearances of the current Summer Smith from the Replacement dimension. The prominence of the original from Cronenberged dimension is included on the page of Summer Smith (Cronenberged dimension).
- Summer usually addresses Rick as "Grandpa Rick" or "Grandpa", unlike Morty, who addresses him simply as "Rick."
- She often uses the phrase "boo-yah" with slight alterations depending on the situation. (e.g. she said "boob-yah" after increasing her breast size in "The Whirly Dirly Conspiracy" and "Boo-nah" when she thought she had sent her grandfather to die in "The Rickshank Rickdemption".)
- Summer used to have a job, making her one of the three members of her family who has been in an actual line of work, with the other two being her mother Beth and her father Jerry.
- Of those three, Summer is the second one to have been fired, with the first being Jerry.
- Summer is the only member of the Smith family who is aware about the deaths of her grandfather Rick and her brother Morty and her subsequent replacement by the Rick and Morty of C-137. ("Rick Potion #9" and "Rixty Minutes")
- In the episode "Rixty Minutes", it was revealed that Summer was an accident, conceived while her parents, Jerry and Beth, were still in high school.
- Summer appears to have a habit of "peeing her pants" in stressful situations, although she claims she does it on purpose. She has shamelessly admitted to wetting herself in "A Rickle in Time", "Total Rickall", and "Look Who's Purging Now".
- Summer is likely Beth's favorite, according to a memory in the episode "Morty's Mind Blowers".
- She is the only prominent female character to not have long eyelashes or prominent lips/lipstick. This may be due to her face deliberately being drawn to resemble Jerry's, much more than the family resemblance of her other relatives.
- Summer has worn different outfits and costumes throughout the entirety of various episodes.
- In "Lawnmower Dog", she wears a white wife-beater while in bed. (Notably, Summer's pyjamas are her regular clothes with switched colors)
- In "Anatomy Park", she wears a purple sweater for the first part of the episode, then a pink hoodie for the last part.
- In "Raising Gazorpazorp", she wore a yellow sundress for the entire episode, except for the post-credit scene.
- In "Total Rickall", she wore a pink v-neck dress, to picture day in their flashback.
- In "Big Trouble in Little Sanchez", she wore a blue top for part of the episode.
- In "The Wedding Squanchers", she wears a two-toned purple dress to the wedding through the end of the episode.
- In "The Rickshank Rickdemption", she had a lock of hair, brushed over to the left side of their face. When she and Morty go to Croneberg Dimension, their version Summer (C-137) is wearing white shorts, a belt with a skull buckle, blue top, and wrist bands.
- In "Rickmancing the Stone", she wears silver outfit with gloves, hose, and shoulder pads toward the end of the episode.
- In "Pickle Rick", she wore a pink shirt.
- Summer has appeared in every episode except for "M. Night Shaym-Aliens!", "Mortynight Run", "The Ricklantis Mixup", and "Forgetting Sarick Mortshall".
- Summer's implanted memory in Total Rickall is a magical rainbow lamb named "Tinkles", who acts as her imaginary friend. It's unknown as to whether she actually had an imaginary friend since this was just an implanted memory.
- She appears to be self-conscious of her figure, as shown in the game, Summer has a bra way too big for her as pointed out by Morty, and when she got upset by her mother's remarks about her body in "The Whirly Dirly Conspiracy".
- However, in the dream of Goldenfold's dream version of Mrs. Pancakes, her boobs (and butt) are much bigger than they would appear under her clothing. On the other hand, this was not the real Summer, and Goldenfold could have re-imagined her body proportions to be much bigger to be more enticing.
- In "The Rickshank Rickdemption", Summer's legal age under Galactic Federation became 47 years old. When comparing this to her brother Morty's new age of 35 years old, it can be concluded that Summer may be 18 years old at the beginning of season 3, although this must still be confirmed.
- In "Rickmancing the Stone", Summer mentions that she enjoys post-apocalyptic versions of Earth.
- Summer hates the movie "The Purge".
- Summer seems to be quite athletic, evidenced by the volleyball in her room as well as the occasional appearance of a few trophies in the background of her room
- So far, she is the only main character not to have her name in the title of an episode.