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Wubba Lubba dub-dub

Wubba Lubba Dub-Dub is Rick’s catchphrase, which he recurrently uses in the show, mostly in season one. He uses this phrase every time he’s happy or makes a joke.

Biography

Near the end of the episode Meeseeks and Destroy, Rick first invented his catchphrase, using it when he made a joke about the Meeseeks Box. Rick said that his catchphrase was based on Arsenio’s catchphrase, which he used on his show.

In the episode Raising Gazorpazorp, Rick returned that catchphrase and made it a recurring thing.

In the episode Ricksy Business, Rick used the catchphrase multiple times, and Birdperson explains to Morty that it in his language it means “I am in great pain, please help me.” to which Morty responds with “I got news for you he’s saying it ironically.” At the end of the episode, Rick replaced his catchphrase with “I don’t give a FUUUUUCK. ” Although his catchphrase was replaced in this episode, he has been heard using it a few times in Season 2.

Tiny Rick says a variation of it but it’s not the same.

Wubba Lubba Dub-Dub isRick's catchphrase, which he recurrently uses in the show, mostly in season one. He uses this phrase every time he's happy or makes a joke. Near the end of the episode Meeseeks and Destroy, Rick first invented his catchphrase, using it when he made a joke about the Meeseeks…

wubba lubba dub dub

or wubalubadubdub [wuh-buh luh-buh duhb duhb]

What does wubba lubba dub dub mean?

Wubba lubba dub dub is a nonsense catchphrase from with the adult cartoon Rick and Morty that has inspired memes, attempts at silly definitions, and some self-importance from fans of the show who think they are smarter than they actually are.

Related words:

  • Bazinga!
  • catchphrase
  • mad scientist
  • Rick and Morty

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Where does wubba lubba dub dub come from?

Many popular TV characters have a distinctive catchphrase, but in the case of Rich Sanchez—the alcoholic mad scientist who stars in the adult TV cartoon Rick and Morty—that catchphrase is particularly, and intentionally, ridiculous.

It’s wubba lubba dub dub.

The line first appeared in the 2014 episode “Meseeks and Destroy” (Season 1, Episode 5) in which Rick invents the term specifically so he can use it as his catchphrase. Series creators Dan Harmon and Justin Roiland have explained that the phrase was created entirely as a mockery of the silly catchphrases used by TV and film characters (Bazinga! Yabba dabba doo! Dy-no-mite!).

The phrase was written into the script as a Three Stooges-esque nonsense sound complete with a twirl and nostalgically inspired by the energetic 1990s talk-show hosting of Arsenio Hall.

Harmon and Roiland hoped the phrase wouldn’t catch on“the dumbest thing in the world,” they saidbut they underestimated, er over-estimated, their fans, who have been trying to define it ever since.

Google data shows the phrase only grew in popularity, peaking in 2017, coinciding with an internet joke. Spread by some of the show’s more snobbish fans, the jokepart of “You have to have a very high IQ to understand Rick and Morty” memesjoked that wubba lubba dub dub was an obscure reference to the work of Russian novelist Ivan Turgenev. (It isn’t.)

However, the series creators did “define” the phrase, at least within the world of the show. In the 2014 episode “Ricksy Business” (Season 1, Episode 11), the character Birdperson reveals that in his language, wubba lubba dub dub means, “I am in great pain, please help me.”

So really, anytime someone says wubba lubba dub dub, we should be giving them a big hug instead of laughing.

Wubba lubba dub dub is a nonsense catchphrase from with the adult cartoon Rick and Morty that has inspired memes, attempts at silly definitions, and some self-importance from fans of the show who think they are smarter than they actually are.