"Hands up, who likes me?"
Rick is a hypocritical, tantrum-throwing, attention-seeking Cliff Richard fan. Rick tries to impress the others with his non-existent wit, talent and humour. He verbally insults and often physically assaults Neil at every opportunity. He fights and bickers with Vyvyan and attempts to impress Mike.
Rick's political beliefs vary, depending on how they benefit his particular situation. Mostly Rick is seen as being an anarchist, but in reality can be somewhat reactionary. Rick has an unhealthy obsession with Leninism, a subject about which he professess to be particularly enlightened. While Rick sees himself as an enlightened revolutionary, he in reality has little understanding of the political ideals he purports to follow.
Rick is a vegetarian, agnostic and wishes all men to love each other like brothers (except, as he said in the episode Flood, "when they start touching each other's bottoms"). However, he rarely does anything that can be attributed to brotherly love.
Rick is portrayed as unlikeable and so self-absorbed that he believes he is the "most popular member of the flat" even though his housemates hate him. Vyvyan describes Rick's name as being spelled "with a silent P". Despite the fact that the other members dislike and disregard Rick, he is heard to say that they "really are terrific friends".
Rick's self-obsession and naive belief that everyone likes him is shown in 'Bambi', where he says in front of the other three, 'Hands up who likes me?'. In complete disbelief when they all state clearly that they do not like him, Rick proceeds to bet them money that they do. He loses. Furious, Rick then attempts suicide by overdosing on laxatives.
Believing himself the 'People's Poet' or the "spokesperson for a generation", Rick exaggerates or lies about his political activism and working-class background and is exposed in the final episode "Summer Holiday", when it is suggested he comes from an upper class, Conservative background. He seems to also be a closet transvestite, as Neil found a dress in Rick's closet with his own name stitched on it in the episode "Nasty".
Rick perceives himself as an anarchist, and is fond of ideals produced by Vladimir Lenin and Leon Trotsky and states his interest in them in several episodes. He claims to dislike Margaret Thatcher, as is noted by his efforts threatening to blow up England with an atom bomb in the episode "Bomb" if she doesn't do something "to help the kids, by this afternoon." This is also noticed in The Young Ones Bachelor Boys Book, first published by Sphere Books, wherein negative references are made to Thatcher and the Conservative Party.
Rick speaks loudly and cannot pronounce "r"s sometimes. His surname has never been mentioned.