And then Rigby proceeded to vomit all over Mordecai’s bed, and his bathroom, and on him as well. So Mordecai couldn’t make it to his morning class because he had to do a quick laundry run. That’s the last time Mordecai threw an impromptu dorm party as well.
Ask and you shall receive. Also college AU incorporation because why not? Ahaha, thank you for the message!! Q q Q
✪ Musician AU where Mordecai and Rigby are a local band that gets recognized but the talent scout only wants Mordecai for a band he’s putting together. Mordecai being blindsided by success accepts the offer, and Rigby feels rejected and betrayed as shit. They make a big scene about who puts in more work and who’s really carrying all the weight in the band. So when Mordecai joins the new band he’s a little confused as to why they don’t listen to him/take his suggestions even though he’s the lead and the talent scout basically implies that he only picked Mordecai because he had the right look. So Rigby remains with his local band and takes the spot as lead and does all the writing since Mordecai isn’t around to help with that, and he’s actually really good, and the band gets more recognition. Then of course the day comes where Rigby’s band has to open for Mordecai’s band and that’s when Mordecai hears how much better the band sounds with out him, and is really upset and jealous especially because Rigby has a couple of pretty “romantic” songs, and it turns out Rigby had a better voice so Mordecai wonders why he ever let him lead because in the first place. After the show is over they pass each other backstage and a fight breaks out between them after Mordecai makes a comment about Rigby’s breaking his rule about not writing shitty love songs for girls, and Rigby calls Mordecai a brainless, sell out. They’re pulled apart by their band mates and Rigby just shoves everyone off and turns to leave, and Mordecai just keeps shouting at him, saying he’ll never be more than an opener and Rigby just keeps walking middle fingers in the air. And one of Rigby’s band mates tells Mordecai he should cool it because Rigby dedicated their first EP to him and Mordecai is really confused. So the band mate gives Mordecai a copy of their tape and when he goes home to listen to it, it all clicks and he feels like a tool because Rigby wrote all those “stupid love” songs about him. And then Mordecai goes to a local performance a couple of weeks later where Rigby is just doing solo acoustic stuff, and he’s all “Oh no, I’ve caught feelings." ʕ； •`ᴥ•´ʔ ✪
Bonus doodles because Mordecai in glitter jacket = yes. Also after and before they split because also yes.
One of Eileen’s first major episodes was “Do Me a Solid.” From the start, it’s obvious that the cute, nerdy barista has a little crush on ornery Rigby. She’s finally worked up the nerve to ask him out: It’d be him, her, Margaret, and Mordecai on a casual, fun double date. At this point in the series, Rigby is still incredibly immature, narrow-minded, whiny, and self-absorbed to the point he can be grating and unlikeable. His playful rapport with Mordecai as well his rare moments of insight and empathy were his few saving graces. But, this is one of those episodes that makes viewers grit their teeth and howl with frustration: Rigby begrudgingly goes on the date in exchange for a big stack of solids from Mordecai. From there, Rigby makes a pompous ass out of himself the entire time, holding this benevolent “favor” over Mordecai’s head like a guillotine blade. He instructs Mordecai to perform more and more heinous, embarrassing feats; all as a means of wreaking petty vengeance and gleaning personal amusement….
During the actual date, Rigby acts stand-offish and deliberately puts as much space as possible between himself and Eileen. In later episodes, such as “Diary,” Rigby begrudgingly admits that he thinks Eileen looks good without her glasses on. So, the feelings are mutual from both parties. The issue boils down to Rigby feeling ruffled and unnerved. He’s not sure how to act on his budding feelings, let alone how to approach Eileen. So, he defers to being rude and noncommittal. Pushing Eileen away avoids conflict and having to make any major decisions or compromises (Can Rigby really dump on Mordecai as often as he does when he has cold feet?).
To solve the Rubix cube that is Rigleen, a key part is better understanding Rigby himself. Don a pair of ridiculous Coke bottle glasses, the Ivy League brand tweed jacket, and scratch your chin thoughtfully as I endeavor to play armchair psychologist. The most meaningful question to pose here: Why does Rigby conduct himself the way he does?
He’s selfish, lazy, and petty. He’s resistant to change, he’ll opt for the easiest and most convenient option every time he can even if that option includes manipulating and exploiting others (he’s outsourced his chores to an underpaid underling), and he isn’t easily motivated, let alone very ambitious. He wants to lay low, commit to the most bare minimum, and just coast through life. If anyone or anything opposes his whims, he relents and lashes out. Despite all of this, Mordecai can cut through Rigby’s circular logic and appeal to his sense of morality and empathy. Rigby can be reasoned with. But, it seems like nothing truly deters Rigby’s bad habits and behavior; in the worst cases, it’s like he’s retreated to square 1. Has Rigby just given up on life? He dangerously cultivates these negative tendencies and behaviors with little to no intention of growing or changing. The shortest and most direct explanation: Rigby is Rigby’s greatest adversary.
There’s another two important factors at play here, though. When Rigby’s taller, more personable, and successful younger sibling Don was introduced, it reveals that Rigby has been living in someone else’s shadow most of his life. Though, it’s definitely not through any fault on Don’s part. Rather, Don has come to represent everything Rigby isn’t and never could be. This idea has more to do with Rigby’s father actively comparing and contrasting the brothers. “Why can’t you be more like Don?!” As a result, Rigby stews in self-hatred, low self-esteem, and envy. Every time others praise Don, it’s become an unintentional trigger on Rigby’s part: He correlates this with his own perceived inferiority and ineptitude. So much so to the point he internalized his father’s comments and lectures, applying them to anything and everything he does. This lessens a little when Rigby finally levels with Don, if not discovering how much his brother cares for and admires him: He thinks Rigby is a bold risk-taker; that it’s empowering how he does whatever he wants, whenever he wants, however he wants to.
Where Don is a book smart academic and quick study, Rigby is creative and clever. His creativity most actively crops up in his and Mordecai’s ditties or Rigby’s latest scheme to sneak out of working. Where Don is friendly, charming and charismatic, Rigby is the wisecracking, ornery cool kid; he has a natural carefree and easily approachable aura about him (maybe that’s what appeals to socially awkward, shy Eileen). At the very least, once Rigby realizes the truth about his relationship with Don, the onus moves from not being enough like Don and more towards self-actualization.
Another major point of contention and frustration on Rigby’s part is the fact that he was three credits away from graduating from high school before he dropped out. It’s something that weighs on his mind often, making him question his overall aptitude and abilities. To a degree, Rigby may consider this his greatest failure or largest source of regret. It’s the go-to, obvious example of his stupidity and lack of book smarts. This particular plot point first pops up and gets explored in the episode “More Smarter.” Mordecai teases Rigby about not graduating from high school, which leads to Rigby trying to take and pass an online GED test. He discovers an ad for a drinkable IQ-boosting agent called BrainMax and promptly orders some. BrainMax is very potent, fast, and successful. When Mordecai catches on, he starts swigging BrainMax alongside Rigby, leading to the two viciously trying to one-up the other in overall intellectual prowess. While both decide that an advanced intellect isn’t worth the reality-breaking caveats it can reach, it’s not the end of Rigby’s inner struggle. Of the skills he lacks, book smarts is the one that bothers Rigby the most.
Season 6 marks the beginning of Rigby’s road to self-actualization. And, most surprisingly, Eileen plays the biggest role in encouraging and motivating Rigby.
As Mordecai’s romance with CJ heats up, Rigby starts hanging out with Eileen more often. And that’s where their romance starts sparking up and gaining traction; it’s also where Rigby starts his subtle, reformed Grinch brand transformation. “Eileen Flat Screen” nudges at Rigby’s newfound generous and benevolent spirit. With CJ’s and Mordecai’s help, he heads over to Eileen’s apartment to hang up and install her new flat screen TV. The gesture by itself outlines just how much of an affinity Rigby has developed with Eileen, if not how quickly she’s jumped the ranks in his list of favorite people. Even Mordecai, his best friend, feels like he’s pulling teeth when asking Rigby for a favor. Yet here, Rigby offers with no ulterior motives or strings attached (beyond wanting to get brownie points, I suppose). Rigby even offhandedly mentions going out shopping and attending various events with Eileen, sans Mordecai. There’s hints as early as Rigby watching a movie with Eileen in “I Like You Hi,” but here, it’s cemented by Mordecai’s surprised reaction and dialogue.
Rigleen is confirmed as canon in “Dumped at the Altar,” when Mordecai and Rigby track down a letter in Muscleman’s trailer. More surprisingly is that the proverbial tables have been turned for Mordo and Rigby: Mordo tends to be the more rational, levelheaded one tracking down Rigby after he’s screwed up and giving him advice or telling him to straighten up. Here, Rigby plays the supportive friend; giving Mordecai blunt, but meaningful advice about romantic relationships. This carries over into the episode “Dumptown U.S.A.” where Mordecai gives up on life after getting dumped by CJ. Rigby chases after Mordecai and delivers the same no-nonsense tough love that Mordo has given him on multiple occasions. This is both a testament to how loyal their friendship is, if not how much Rigby’s strength of character and self-discipline have increased.
Arguably, the most significant Rigleen episode, if not one of the paramount ones in Rigby’s character development, is “The Eileen Plan.” When Eileen trots out her manifesto as to what she expected from her future self at age 12, Rigby starts feeling inept at the mention of “patents” and “successful.” Remember, book smarts is a major sticking point for Rigby. He starts thinking he’s not good enough for Eileen, if not dissatisfied with himself and his personal growth. Rigby decides to return to high school and make another attempt at graduating, but this time, trying harder to succeed. When Rigby hides this from Eileen, he’s showcasing that he’s still embarrassed and upset by the fact that he hasn’t graduated. It’s still a dark mark on his record; a label that establishes him as “dumb.” He’s caught between a rock and a hard place: His going back to graduate is a major milestone in his quest for self-improvement, but telling Eileen feels like it’d be admitting to weakness. Like it’d sap the potency of how cool and attractive she finds him, if not his candidacy of being her lover.
When Rigby and Eileen have their inevitable confrontation, Rigby confesses to why he’s been cancelling dates and his insecurities. A combination of Eileen assuaging his fears and Rigby’s clever, resourceful means for getting them out of the cave serves as a major stepping stone for Rigby. He not only makes peace with his previous demons, but feels more confident and self-assured. He realizes that his skills lie in hands-on, creative problem solving; he’s savvy when he puts up an effort. In short, “The Eileen Plan” rounds out a major part of Rigby’s character arc.
After this particular episode, Rigby steps up to bat and helps out Benson in “Hello China” with his street smarts, personable attitude, and penchant for slang. It’s even led to Rigby setting up elaborate, spontaneous dates for he and Eileen (that’s definitely a way to excite honeymoon phase brand excitement even long after the initial high dies down). Rigby has really come into his own over the past few seasons; he’s still rough around the edges, but damn, he’s become intriguing and someone to really root for! Rigleen is an example of a budding romance leading to significant and meaningful results in regards to character growth and development.
He watches quietly, a small tingle of magic buzzing down his right arm and warming the palm of his hand. Before anything can come of it, however, the Ridgeback quickly bites back the urge to lash out, and instead remains patient while his humble host continues to make a point.
Just like Dirge had, Mordecai was now posturing and pushing his dominance over him, his every word dripping with venom. They were both men of power and greed, and both clearly knew how to play the game. In fact, Dirge had no doubt that the two of them could continue this little dance well into the night hours, but he had no desire for such things.
Can’t help but imagine they are all gathered for a D&D session with Dice Check as Game Master.
Hunter looks like the one who asked everyone to play d&d in the first place, and is super stoked to play for the first time. he already has a character sheet prepared since last week.
Mordecai looks like he was dragged along to make sure they have a full group. He spent 2 hours just trying to decide on a race and now found out he also has to decide on a class too. there are so many choices. no one has told him about multiclassing in fear of him falling over and shutting down
Dice Check is the experienced player who is willing to DM for everyone. he showed up an hour early and set up a campaign meant for level 8 players, not fresh new level 1’s. this isn’t his first party wipe and it wont be his last.
Edgar has 3 pages of backstory for his character, a whole monologue he has been working on for weeks, planned out this characters whole life story yet refuses to tell anyone it, they will have to piece it together in hidden, subtle clues he sneaks in throughout the session