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Adventure Time’s Finn Invites Trick Or Treaters To Animal Crossing Island

Cartoon Network has its own Animal Crossing: New Horizons island, and it features Finn from Adventure Time and other Cartoon Network characters.

While quarantine may be keeping trick or treaters indoors this year, Animal Crossing: New Horizons players can visit Adventure Time's Finn on the official Cartoon Network island for some virtual Halloween fun. Players may not be able to hang out with their friends or family this spooky season, but they can chill with some of Cartoon Network's most iconic characters in Animal Crossing: New Horizons.

Animal Crossing: New Horizons allows players to visit other players' islands freely via Dream Codes. This lets players open their island to the public without fear of players chopping down their trees, stealing their fruit, or causing other forms of havoc. Some of the best Animal Crossing designers have opened their islands to show off their decorative abilities, while brands and political figures have built islands to advertise their platform. Recently, presidential candidate Joe Biden opened his own island, Biden HQ, which encourages younger voters to cast their vote in this year's election.

Related: Animal Crossing's Least Popular Villager, According To Data

Cartoon Network announced via Twitter its very own Animal Crossing: New Horizons island called CN Island, where the network encourages players to come and trick or treat with Finn from Adventure Time and Steven from Steven Universe. Players can visit CN Island by sleeping in their beds and entering the island's dream code DA-1304-8404-3554. Players will be greeted by the main villager, Finn, and can tour the many Cartoon Network themed areas. Finn's house is one of the main attractions, which features a Finn & Jake treehouse living room, their treasure room, Ice King's dungeon, and Princess Bubblegum's laboratory.

Other Cartoon Network characters inhabit the island as well, including Beast Boy and Raven from Teen Titans. Outside of the Adventure Time house, there is a Steven Universe themed boardwalk. Players can also download custom clothing designs including the Cartoon Network t-shirt, Pure Heart hat, Big Donut shirt, and We Bare Bears hoodie. Outside of these few attractions, there isn't much to the Cartoon Network island, but it can be a unique way to kill a few minutes of spare time during an otherwise dull Halloween.

These branded islands are a pretty cool experience, and they feel more special than if a fan had created an Adventure Time island. While there are plenty of talented Animal Crossing: New Horizons designers, having Cartoon Network produce its own island feels as if the player is actually visiting those characters. Players who don't have plans this Halloween can hop on over to CN Island and enjoy some quality time with Finn, Steven, and the Teen Titans.

Next: Animal Crossing's Most Popular Villagers, Confirmed By Data

Source: Cartoon Network


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Adventure Time

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Genre Action
Developer Pendleton Ward
Production company Frederator Studios
Cartoon Network Studios
Country United States
Original run April 5, 2010 - September 3, 2018

Adventure Time is an 11-minute animated series created by Pendleton Ward for Cartoon Network. Since its first airing in 2010, it has become a cult phenomenon, proving one of Cartoon Network's biggest successes in ratings and reviews. After the show's conclusion, a sequel series titled Adventure Time: Distant Lands started airing on HBO Max in 2020.

The series takes place in the post-apocalyptic Land of Ooo, where young Finn, the only human being in the land, and his shape-shifting dog named Jake go on adventures whenever they need to or feel like it, meeting friends and enemies along the way like candy princess Bubblegum, vampire queen Marceline and the misguided Ice King.

Spoiler warning!
This article contains details of the ending and/or a surprise plot element.


  • 1TV series
  • 2Comics
    • 2.1#6, 2012
    • 2.2#8, 2012
    • 2.3The Summiteers (Adventure Time 2013 Annual)
    • 2.4Silly String Theory (#17, 2013)
    • 2.5Adventure Time with Fionna & Cake #6, 2013
    • 2.6#18, 2013
    • 2.7A Penny Burned (Adventure Time 2013 Summer Special)
    • 2.8#20, 2013
    • 2.9Adventure Time: The Flip Side #1, 2014)
    • 2.10Sphagnum Shmagnum (#26, 2014)
    • 2.11#34, 2014
    • 2.12Adventure Time: Banana Guard Academy #6, 2014
    • 2.13#36, 2015
    • 2.14Grand Prize (#36, 2015)
    • 2.15Wishing for Dem Sweet Wish Tacos (Adventure Time Comics #6, 2016)
    • 2.16Sundae Morning (Adventure Time Comics #12, 2017)
    • 2.17Chock Full O' Stuff (Adventure Time Comics #13, 2017)
    • 2.18Ms. Qino (Adventure Time: BMO Bonanza, 2018)
    • 2.19Pepper Power (Adventure Time Comics #22, 2018)
  • 3Graphic novels
  • 4See also

TV series

Business Time (S01E08)

While the Business Men work for them, Finn and Jake get fatter with ice cream as they play video games on BMO. They play with their bellies until they find out that the Business Men are capturing the Fluffy People. After Finn decides to re-hire the Business Men and reform them, Jake shape-shifts back to normal. Finn tries the same, but fails.

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  • "I never knew being fat and lazy was so rewarding."

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  • "Your gut's so huge and moldable."

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  • Jake: "I'm the Ice King, and I'll never find a bride because I'm such a tool."

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  • "I'm gonna miss this gut."

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  • "I'm gonna miss my gut too."

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Storytelling (S02E05)

Finn gives Jake a vegetable soup in hopes of curing his sickness. Once he drank it all he ends up with a round belly. Jake thought he was cured but he then threw up the whole soup.

The Pods (S02E13)

Jake stuffs himself with ice cream on two different occasions. In another scene, Finn uses the piglets' ice cream allergy against them, which makes them explode.

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Ghost Princess (S03E24)

A flashback shows that Clarence died by eating so much soft cheese that he exploded.

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Play Date (S05E40)

Ice King looks less skinny than usual when he agrees to leave Finn and Jake alone.

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Earl of Lemongrab

He had gained a massive amount of weight (and tyranny) in Too Old (S0531), continuing until his defeat in Lemonhope (S05E50-51).

Food Chain (S06E07)

While they have been transformed into birds by Magic Man, Finn and Jake become very full from eating caterpillars. This makes Finn unable to fly properly when a larger bird attacks.

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See also

Joshua & Margaret Investigations (S06E16)

Jake stuffs his belly with birthday cake, making him resemble his mother during her pregnancy, as shown in the flashback.

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The Visitor (S06E27)

The villagers Finn meets like to eat corn, so they spend the night with Finn and Martin, who has given them plenty to eat. However, Finn wakes up to see Martin's Spaceship close to exploding, while all the villagers have become fat overnight.

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  • "Everything is ruined. Everyone is fat."

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Ketchup (S09E11)

Marceline tells BMO a modified story of what she did before Ooo was transformed by elemental magic. It ends with Rock Star Girl (herself) succumbing to the potato curse (elemental magic).

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Genre Action
Creator Ryan North
Shelli Paroline
Braden Lamb
Publisher KaBOOM!
Country United States
Original run February 2012 - April 2018 (AT)
January 2013 - June 2013 (ATwF&C)
January 2014 - June 2014 (AT:TFS)
July 2014 - December 2014 (AT:BGA)
July 2016 - July 2018 (ATC)

#6, 2012

Jake uses Princess Bubblegum's time machine to do a number of things, such as eating a cake.

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#8, 2012

One of the variant covers has Jake acting as a hot air balloon.

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The Summiteers (Adventure Time 2013 Annual)

Jake eats the cheese from a mountain goat cheese race.

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Silly String Theory (#17, 2013)

To stop Dr. Broccoli, Jake gets help from an alien called Blergal. She shapeshifts to look like Dr. Broccoli's mom and makes him eat his bionic Brussels sprouts.

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Adventure Time with Fionna & Cake #6, 2013

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#18, 2013

Finn blows air into Ice King and Jake, who are both unconscious, and uses their powers to defeat Hook Crook, resuscitating them as well.

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A Penny Burned (Adventure Time 2013 Summer Special)

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#20, 2013

One of the fight moves in Finn and Jake's "Adventure Tome" involves Finn eating a lot.

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As Finn, Jake, and BMO head to Princess Painting's castle, a group of Loofah Ogres stops them and challenges them to eat lots of ice cream.

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Sphagnum Shmagnum (#26, 2014)

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#34, 2014

Jake eats his Everything Burrito.

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Adventure Time: Banana Guard Academy #6, 2014

The group comes across a field of turnips and eats nearly all of them.

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#36, 2015

Jake floats around carrying Finn. This image is reused until issue #75.

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Grand Prize (#36, 2015)

Jake competes in a pudding-eating contest and wins.

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Wishing for Dem Sweet Wish Tacos (Adventure Time Comics #6, 2016)

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Sundae Morning (Adventure Time Comics #12, 2017)

Finn and Jake compete to see who can eat more ice cream.

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Chock Full O' Stuff (Adventure Time Comics #13, 2017)

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Ms. Qino (Adventure Time: BMO Bonanza, 2018)

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Pepper Power (Adventure Time Comics #22, 2018)

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Graphic novels

Adventure Time: Playing With Fire (2013)

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See also

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  2. Longest irons 2020
  3. Cheap 65 inch tv deals
  4. Elizabeth afton real

Analysis / Adventure Time

What time is it? Time to do an unnecessary headache-inducing analysis of this children's cartoon!THIS ANALYSIS CONTAINS ONLY UNMARKED SPOILERS

    The concept of the show 

The concept of the show

This show's plot could be reduced to "two buds hanging out in any way possible". In reality, there's no accurate way to summarize this mess... but since this is an analysis page...

The show relies heavily on use of fantastic elements (swords, monsters, princesses) in a fantastic setting (divided into kingdoms of fire, ice, candy, etc.), and many tropes consistent with the genre of High Fantasy. It does this in an offbeat way. Many of the characters are twists on stock characters. Instead of a knight in shining armor, the show features a "twelve year old boy with strong morals". Instead of a steed saving a princess, Finn is escorted by his best friend, a magical dog. Instead of battling an evil wizard, the Ice King comes off as crazy in sympathetic ways rather than malicious ones. They save many princesses and the blatant over-abundance of princesses is perhaps the most ridiculous aspect of this show, the minor princesses often providing small amounts of romantic comedy. So what we have here is a sort of "parody" of the fantasy genre, with more humor and in a laid-back and simplistic style, but the fantasy is still there, and the show's love for adventure prevalent in many episodes.

There is more to be explored, however. Although on the surface the show would seem completely fantasy element-based, there are many real-world deconstructions; the show takes fantasy and injects reality. For example, the show completely ignores Amusing Injuries, even though the simplistic style of the show implies that it would be a show that has entirely cartoon-y physics. This is not the case; injuries are treated very seriously, and often even last throughout the episode. Fun and rather dangerous adventures often turn into "Hey! Get serious! We could actually die!". There are lots of Cerebus Retcons which show up as a result of Cerebus Syndrome; rather amusing things are revealed to have more serious meaning, like Marceline's Fry Song. Characters often have stereotypical fictional personalities, that contain another characterization underneath the surface:

  • Finn: Bold, brave hero flinging a sword—revealed to be an ambiguously self-conscious teen who is really sensitive and worries about becoming the Tag Along Kid, and also someone who struggles with his own methods of heroism. His passion for life leads to the realization that he is capable of a more passionate and deeper seeded love than expected, as seen in his want for meaningful relationships. In the probable chance his feelings are not reciprocated and even denied, he becomes emotional to the point of tears.

    "Deep down he's probably really sensitive, like me."

  • Jake: Cool-shooting playboy with an ambiguous moral code, as shown in his past as a hardened criminal—revealed to be a caring individual who wished to settle down with Lady Rainicorn after she was found to be pregnant. He showed clear concern for his children following their birth and went so far as to commit a crime to save Jake Jr. Prior to his children's birth and following their quick aging, he acted as a surrogate guardian for Finn after their parent's death.
  • Ice King: Evil wizard who constantly kidnaps princesses—revealed to be an extremely sympathetic character who only kidnaps princesses because he's extremely lonely and has never known a true friend besides his penguins. This is further deconstructed when it's revealed that he was once a normal kind man who accidentally turned himself into a wizard, and his desire to capture princesses stems from his subconscious desire to see his old fiancee again, whom he called his princess. The crown he wears has more or less destroyed his mind over the thousand years in which he's worn it, leaving in its place a sad, insane wreck.

    "I'm complicated."

  • Marceline: Cool-as-ice, level-headed Trickster vampire who is chaotic neutral, only doing things for her own amusement—revealed to be an extremely lonely girl that desperately finds fun wherever she can with no friends who would probably rather not live forever, and hides a very sad personality; she would easily cry if it wasn't so embarrassing for her, and whenever she shows her more sensitive side, she gets mad.

    "(singing) Blood red skies make tears inside that I always hide."

  • Princess Bubblegum: Benevolent, intelligent, and kind hearted individual who lives for the ultimate pleasing of her kingdom and its denizens, but who is also an introverted and pragmatic mutation of a piece of bubblegum. She has no interest in romance, in fact, her two main priorities are science and her citizens, anything else doesn't interest her. Her sweet, pink exterior belies a ruthless past.
  • Lumpy Space Princess: A party girl whose rude and self-centered nature has blessed her with popularity, a seductive nature, and a relatively care-free existence—revealed to be a confused and partially oblivious soul who wants to be appreciated. After leaving home at roughly 16, she failed to realize the world didn't revolve around her and didn't understand why people didn't pay attention to her. This led to a mental breakdown in "Apple Wedding", where her craving for attention nearly ruined a wedding. Despite her amorous intentions, she isn't capable of holding a stable relationship. This is best exemplified in "Bad Timing", when she rekindles an old flame, only to become jealous of his meeting with Princess Bubblegum and going so far as to firebomb the Candy Castle to win him back.

So, the show has the capability of subverting and/or deconstructing the fantastic feel of the elements of the show, and the characters. But what about the setting itself? Welp, turns out it was Earth All Along! That's right, the show takes place on Earth, but after an apocalypse (specifically due to a nuclear war), making one wonder just how the world can be so bright and colorful, and why the art-style is so laid-back, non-serious, and simplistic.

But of course, that doesn't mean the show can't have purely real-world plots (like the episode "Video Makers") . They'll just be viewed "through a fantastic lens" (to quote storyboarder Adam Muto).

NOTE: A lot of what is below this point is speculation.

     The timeline 

The timeline of Adventure Time

One interesting thing I can say is that there is indeed a mapped-out timeline for Ooo's creation and any flashback hints you've seen so far match up with the timeline.

Ian Jones-Quartey, storyboard supervisor

Well, let's see how much of it we can get right. For further insight on this, visit the Adventure Time Wiki.

According to the Lich, the Universe that is commonly acknowledged to exist is ruled by monsters. One of these monsters is Orgalorg. Before the advent of time
Prismo and the Time Room are born from the formation of the Universe. Orgalorg survives the formation of time and space and becomes an entity of chaos known as The Breaker of Worlds. After the universe is born
The siblings Grob Gob Glob Grod and Magic Man are recognized as existing, the former of which is seen as a demigod. Magic Man marries Margles but she is stolen by Golb, a devil-like figure. In mourning, he creates the Magical Automated Resistance Generating Laser Energy Supplier, a planetary defense system for Mars installed on Olympus Mons. Primordial era
The Ice Elemental Urgence Evergreen creates a crown to help him destroy the First Catalyst Comet threatening the Earth. His assistant Gunther the Dinosaur puts it on and becomes insane. Prehistoric times
Abraham Lincoln meets Hunson Abadeer and becomes the King of Mars. Within the period of the First Comet
The Second Catalyst Comet enters the Solar System. Orgalorg attempts to absorb the comet, offending Lincoln. The former is struck down by Grob Gob Glob Grod, and descends to Earth as a penguin, later named Gunter. Post Ice Age
Abraham Lincoln survives his assassination due to immortality. Lincoln travels through time back to this moment to be assassinated by John Wilkes Booth after he gives his immortality to Death. April 14, 1865
Simon Petrikov is born. He grows up and, as a young man, studies to be an antiquarian. He meets his future fiancee Betty. Roughly 1,040 years before the animated short
Simon Petrikov obtains the ice crown and Enchiridion from an archeological dig. He puts on the crown as a joke but it begins to change his emotions and begins to turn him into the Ice King. During his unstable condition, Betty time travels, leaving him suddenly. Moseph Giovanni founds Mo Co. Marceline Abadeer is born with light blue skin and pointed ears to her human mother and Hunson. Marceline's mother cares for Marceline alone. Earth is identical to ours. note It's unstated when in time pre-Mushroom Earth actually is. It's apparently far enough in the future for there to be "scientific parasites". Also Hunson is shown wearing what looks like his current suit while holding baby Marceline, and has his current eyes. 1,000+ years prior to animated short
The Mushroom War occurs, destroying large portions of the Earth and killing off all but a handful of humans. The Lich is born via the detonation of a mutagenic bomb. 1000+ years prior to animated short
Marceline is 4 or 5 years old, scared and alone in the ruins. She receives Hambo from Simon Petrikov. During and/or just after the Mushroom war.
Marceline is 7 years old, and is under the care of Simon Petrikov, who is 47 years old. Simon begins to feel the full effects of the crown, and records his last tapes. He abandons Marceline and leaves her in the care of an unknown person. The world has been mutated enough for there to be radioactive creatures and wreckage. The first pieces of candy begin to be mutated. The world is in ruins. 996 years prior to the events of season 5
Marceline is around 7—10 years of physical age. Hambo is tattered and is her "only friend". The Land of Ooo begins to form note (and it's unknown how or when the other kingdoms formed, when the creatures, monsters and/or humanoids of Ooo formed (or where they came from), when was Billy born, or when did he imprison The Lich in the candy kingdom's tree.). Around this time
Marceline's dad eats her fries. Marceline is a teenager (probably 13—15). Angry at her father, Marceline returns him to the Nightosphere, leaving Marceline independent on Ooo. In this time, she quests to slay the remaining vampires of Ooo. She kills The Fool, The Empress, and The Moon to gain her current powers. Roughly 10 years later
Marceline is roughly 16. She meets a colony of humans, and joins them. After killing Empress and Moon
Marceline is roughly 19. The humans attempt to sail away on a refurbished cruise ship after their leader Two Bread Tom picks up strange meteorological readings. Marceline kills Hierophant and The Vampire King, becoming the Vampire Queen in the process. Two years later
The Third Catalyst Comet hits Earth, reducing its size by a quarter. After Marceline becomes the Vampire Queen
Bonnibel and Neddy Bubblegum are born from the Mothergum. Both find a tree which gives life-sustaining juice. Neddy's anatomy converts the juice into a renewable panacea, which will eventually lead to the creation of the Candy Kingdom and Candy Life Formula. Yearning for more intellectual companionship, Bonnibel creates three more gum people: Aunt Lolly, Cousin Chicle, and Uncle Gumbald. Gumbald plots to make a huge candy city. Bonnie creates Lake Butterscotch. Wanting to be in charge, Gumbald plots with Lolly and Chicle against Bonnie, but turns them into Manfried and Crunchy, respectively. While fighting Bonnie, Gumbald is turned into a punch bowl. Bonnie declares herself Princess. Years later
The emergence of the Hyoomen, an irradiated species of human who have turned into human-fish hybrids. Due to the fright they experienced during the Third Catalyst Comet, they retreat to a subterranean bunker. The remaining humans settle on a series of islands far from Ooo. At some point after the Third Catalyst Comet
Marceline becomes friends with Princess Bubblegum, and eventually her girlfriend. They later have a falling out. Some time later
Princess Bubblegum begins building the Candy Kingdom, and she is dating Mr. Creampuff. There are still traces of radioactivity from the Mushroom War (such as the radioactive river PB tries to cover with candy). The Gumball Guardians are created. Shoko dies while trying to steal the Princess's magic amulet. She crawls out of the radioactive river and takes refuge near a baby tree (the Tree Fort in the past). The Ice Kingdom has not been created yet. Multiple centuries before the animated short
The Candy Kingdom is completed. The Banana Guards are instated as the primary police force. When the Banana Guards fail at their job, Bubblegum creates the Gumball Guard. They are disbanded and destroyed after they display unwarranted aggression. Rattleballs escapes the execution. The Banana Guards are reinstated. After the death of Shoko
The Tree Fort is now fully grown. Marceline moves into the tree fort with Ash. She is now an ageless adult (physically 18—21). At least 500 years after Marceline started writing her journal
Marceline moves into Ash's current house with him. Later, Ash sells Hambo to the Sky Witch Maja. After learning of this, Marceline breaks up with Ash. Maybe one or two years later
With Ice King continually bugging her, Marceline wanders Ooo like she said in "Evicted!". The Fire Kingdom exists by now. Probably a few years later
Magic Man is banished to earth for his crimes on Mars. 200+ years before the animated short
The Rainicorn-Dog War ends. During Lady Rainicorn's Father's lifetime, decades before the animated short
Baby-Snaps's dreams of being a princess are crushed by Princess Bubblegum. Susan Strong is a young girl named Kara on Founder's Island learning to be a seeker from Dr. Gross. Presumably a decade or two before the animated short. note Interesting fact: Princess Bubblegum looked the same back then as she does now. This points to an ability to not age. This has been pointed out before by [[ Andy Ristaino.
Finn Mertens is born to Martin Mertens and Minerva Campbell. Flame Princess is born to the Flame King and an unknown woman. Jake and Jermaine are born simultaneously, though through different means note Jermaine is born via natural birth between Joshua and Margaret. Jake is the result of a shapeshifting parasite that was injected into Joshua. shortly after the birth of Flame Princess. Twelve years before the animated short
When Martin flees from people who wanted revenge on him, Finn becomes lost at sea. Minerva asks Dr. Gross to send Susan to bring him back. Susan's ship crashes and she loses her memory. She begins living with the Hyoomans. Finn makes his hat. Flame Princess is imprisoned by the Flame King and Princess Bubblegum. A little later
Martin is imprisoned in The Citadel. A plague breaks out on the island and kills many people, including all the doctors. Minerva uploads her consciousness into a computer and uses robotic clones to help the remaining humans. Finn is lost in the woods and makes a vow to never abandon others in their times of need. Joshua and Margaret find baby Finn in the forest and adopt him. Some time later
Joshua moves into the tree fort with Finn and Jake, then starts recording his holo-messages about building a dungeon 80 paces west of there. Finn and Jake are still babies.
Joshua finds that Jake knocked out his brother, Jermaine. Jake is a little boy. Years later, still years before the animated short
Joshua and Margaret die (not necessarily at the same time). Finn and Jake bury Joshua. Unknown period of time later
Unsupervised, Finn and Jake are free to travel throughout Ooo, where they visit the Candy Kingdom and meet Princess Bubblegum and Lady Rainicorn. The Ice King reveals himself and begins stealing princesses. Princess Bubblegum tasks Finn and Jake to protect her, who happily oblige. Finn becomes the Candy Kingdom's champion. Months before the origin point, the animated short

Finn is 12. Jake begins a relationship Lady Rainicorn. Finn receives his first kiss from Princess Bubblegum. During animated short
Billy retires from adventuring and ends his relationship with then girlfriend Canyon. Around the same time as the animated short
The events of season 1 note Episodes count as events that happen in chronological order according to air-date. Assume "Business Time" and "Evicted!" occur before "Slumber Party Panic".. Finn and Jake meet Marceline, who is exactly 1000 now. Finn obtains the Enchiridion. Finn and Jake meet Magic Man. Finn and Jake meet Billy. Billy begins a relationship with a woman Finn and Jake save. Tree Trunks is teleported to the Crystal Dimension after eating the Crystal Gem Apple. She is given the name Quartzion the Crystal Queen. Finn creates Neptr. Just after to several months after animated short
The events of season 2. note Assume "Heat Signature" takes place after "Mortal Recoil". Finn and Jake are captured by Quartzion the Crystal Queen. She reverts to Tree Trunks and returns to Ooo. Finn and Jake meet Susan Strong. Finn turns 13 and finds the Root Sword. The Lich escapes from his amber prison. Through The Ice King's carelessness, The Lich possesses Princess Bubblegum. The Lich is re-imprisoned in the snail. Princess Bubblegum reverts to Finn's age. Several months to over a year after animated short
The events of season 3. Princess Bubblegum turns 18 again. Finn and Jake discover Marceline's recent past and the Ice King's distant past. Shoko has contact with Finn for the first time. The Guild of Assassins sends an operative to murder a princess who fails but survives. Finn and Jake find the holo-messages of their dad and retrieve the Demon Blood Sword from a dungeon. Finn and Jake meet Flame Princess. Over a year to almost two years after animated short
Finn turns 14. In-between seasons
The events of season 4. The struggle for power over the Nightosphere begins and ends with Hunson Abadeer upon the throne. The Lich obtains the Enchiridion and possesses Billy offscreen. Princess Bubblegum creates Goliad and Stormo. Finn and Flame Princess begin dating. Lady Rainicorn is revealed to be pregnant. Marceline and Ice King meet for the first time in years. Finn uses the Enchiridion and the Gems of Power to open the Multiverse portal, destroying the Enchiridion in the process. Finn, Jake, and The Lich enter the Time Room through the portal. Almost two years to two years and several months after animated short
The events of season 5. Finn and Jake meet Prismo. The Lich wishes for the extinction of all life. Finn wishes that the Lich never existed, thus creating the Alternate Timeline (see Alternate Timelines). Jake meets the Cosmic Owl and wishes to negate the Lich's original wish. Finn and Jake return to Ooo as do the Gems of Power. Lady Rainicorn has five children, who soon leave home. Marceline explains to Finn and Jake her past with the Ice King (see "996 years prior to the events of Season 5"). Finn turns 15. BMO meets Moseph Giovanni and the entire MO family. Marceline reunites with Hambo, with Princess Bubblegum exchanging for the T-shirt Marceline gave her. A series of events lead to Flame Princess and Finn breaking up, the rescue of a child name Lemonhope from the Earl of Lemongrab, and a coup instated by Flame Princess and Cinnamon Bun, in which the former becomes ruler of the Fire Kingdom. Finn gives Princess Bubblegum back the amulet that was buried under the tree fort. Tree Trunks and Mr. Pig get married. Finn obtains his fourth sword, the Grass Blade. Rattleballs returns to the Candy Kingdom as the second champion. Cinnamon Bun becomes "fully baked" and thus has normal intellect; he becomes the Fire Kingdom's champion. Roughly three years since the animated short
Season 5 continued. Bella Noche is resurrected by Bufo, Laser Wizard, and Forest Wizard, thus placing the Wizard Kingdom in jeopardy. Ice King reverts to Simon Petrikov. Using ancient texts, Simon enters a time portal and brings Betty to the land of Ooo. Marceline sacrifices Hambo in the process. Betty defeats Bella Noche and travels the land using Ash's magic carpet. Simon reverts back to Ice King. Lemonhope leaves the Candy Kingdom on a quest of freedom. He returns to the Earldom of Lemons and defeats Earl Lemongrab. He vacates the position of champion and begins a quest of self-actualization. Finn turns 16. Finn meets Billy's ex-girlfriend Canyon and completes the final wishes of Billy. He conquers his fear of the ocean and learns his human father is alive and imprisoned in a facility known as the Citadel. Months after Flame Princess regains the throne
The Season 6 premiere. Finn and Jake return to the Time Room to wish their way into the Citadel. They find both Prismo and The Lich, now harmless after wasting his wish. Finn and Jake find the physical body of Prismo and return it to him in order to gain entrance to the Citadel. The Lich kills Prismo and is arrested for a cosmic crime. Finn and Jake stow away with the Lich and enter The Citadel. Once there, The Lich begins destroying the area, releasing all the criminals. Finn reunites with his dad Martin, who escapes with other criminals. In trying to prevent his dad from escaping, Finn loses his right arm and the Grass Blade. The Lich, having bathed in the blood of the Citadel Guardians, reverts to an organic and childlike creature. Tree Trunks and Mr. Pig adopt The Lich as a child and name him Sweet P. Shortly after the Season 5 finale
The events of Season 6. Finn's right arm is restored. Maja summons Darren using the power of Princess Bubblegum's shirt and attacks the Candy Kingdom. Root Beer Guy dies, but Maja is defeated by Finn, Jake, and the Ancient Psychic Tandem War Elephant. A comatose Maja is taken into the care of the Elephant, who is now free to do what he pleases. Butty "Kent" Butterson is born from a severed chunk of Shelby's body and saves the tree fort. Due to time shenanigans, Prismo is returned to life. Finn recieves a new sword (The Finn Sword) made from his alternate timeline self. Gunter and the Cosmic Owl meet. Four years after the animated short
The Season 6 final episodes. Betty absorbs Magic Man's powers and is driven mad by Ice King's words. Gunter is revealed to be the ancient space being Orgalorg after sustaining a head injury. Martin frees a rebel tribe of bears and steals an amount of gold and a milk moth queen from their captors, returning to space. Princess Bubblegum loses the throne of the Candy Kingdom in an election to the King of Ooo. She exiles herself to a cabin of Lake Butterscotch. The Fourth Catalyst Comet enters the Solar System and Orgalorg attempts to unite with it. Finn revives his Grass Sword via the thorn in his hand, enveloping his entire right arm. The comet, now sentient, offers Finn a new plane of existence. Finn refuses but Martin accepts the deal. Some time after Gunter and the Cosmic Owl meet
The beginning of Season 7. Mo Giovanni passes away off-screen, and AMO begins plotting revenge for a perceived lack of love. Finn loses his Grass Sword and goes back to using the Finn Sword. Finn and Jake are named knights in the court of the Princess-King of Ooo. Neddy escapes from the Candy Kingdom, but is returned by Princess Bubblegum. Princess Bubblegum establishes the Garden Kingdom as a satellite state of the Candy Kingdom. Root Beer Guy comes back to life as Dirt Beer Guy. Finn and Jake are fired as knights. Two months after the Fourth Catalyst Comet note  Based on Torontian Calander
The events of "Stakes". Marceline gets Princess Bubblegum to cure her vampirism. As a result, the five vampires return, including the Vampire King. With the help of PB, Finn, Jake, and even Ice King, Marceline defeats them once more and sucks up their vampire essence. The Vampire King's essence is spilled, resulting in The Dark Cloud, a pure storm of vampiric energy. The King of Ooo is melted by Crunchy, who claims the throne as Princess Crunchy the Unforgiving. Several kingdoms attack The Dark Cloud, with Marceline using her demon powers to seal it away, becoming a vampire again. Bubblegum later usurps Crunchy and return to ruling the Candy Kingdom. Following the formation of the Garden Kingdom
Season 7 continued. AMO, disguised as Mo, sends BMO on a quest to free the ALL-MOS. AMO knocks out Finn, Jake, and NEPTR, but BMO knocks AMO off a cliff, killing him instantly. Me-Mow returns but is thrown in prison. Betty kidnaps Gunter in order to get her hands on Ice King's crown. The crown is later returned to the Ice King. Prismo tasks Finn and Jake with fixing the Farmworld dimension. Farmworld Finn is cured of the Ice Crown's magic while Lich Jake is defeated, but his hand falls through a portal creating multiple copies in other dimensions. Finn has a brief fling with Huntress Wizard. Finn breaks the Finn Sword after Bandit Princess causes him to stab it with the Grass Sword. Bubblegum creates a clone of Cinnamon Bun called Bun Bun. Bun Bun frees the old Flame King from the lamp and together they live in the woods with chipmunks. The powerless Magic Man returns to Mars to become the new ruler. The Ice Elemental from before the Mushroom War, Patience St. Pim, is freed from beneath the Ice Kingdom. She tries to recruit the other elementals to her side (PB, Slime Princess, and Flame Princess), but they refuse. Finn and Jake meet Dr. Gross, a cyborg human who tries to give them "upgrades". Finn becomes aware of the existence of other humans. Susan's seeker programming activates, sending a signal to the island. The Grass Sword detaches from Finn, taking his arm with it. It merges with the Finn Sword, making a grass clone of Finn. After "Stakes"
The events of Season 8. Grass Finn believes himself to be the real Finn. Princess Bubblegum gives Finn a new bionic arm. Finn and Grass Finn resolve their differences. Grass Finn takes the name "Fern". Susan is in a coma. PB learns to better use her new elemental powers. After the season 7 finale
The events of "Islands". A seeker ship arrives in Ooo looking for Finn, but Jake destroys it. Susan awakens from her coma. Finn, Jake, Susan, and BMO decide to journey to the island where the remaining humans live. They are soon seperated, but eventually meet up again. BMO briefly becomes a moderator of a virtual world where many humans reside. Susan regains her memories. Finn meets his mother and Susan reconnects with her old friend Frieda. A short time later
The events of "Elements". Finn, Jake, and BMO return to Ooo to find it has turned into the four elements. They help Ice King resuce Betty from Patience. Betty tells them to get the jewels from the elemental princesses' crowns to reverse the spell. While trying to get Slime Princess's jewel, Jake is absorbed into her body. Finn teams up with LSP to get Flame Princess's jewel but is turned into an angry fire creature. The angry Flame Kingdom decides to march on the Candy Kingdom. LSP manages to turn Finn back to normal, and the mutated Bubblegum's song turns everyone else into candy. Betty tries to use the jewels along with the Enchridion to change history so that Simon never becomes the Ice King, but Simon sabotages the spell, causing Betty to be transported to Mars. LSP uses Ice King's crown and the jewels to turn everyone back to normal, including Bubblegum's evil family. This also causes Jake to return in his true alien form. A short time later
The remaining events of Season 9. Jake manages to regain his dog form. Marceline recieves a thumb drive containg pictures of herself and her mother. The Lich-hand returns but is destroyed by Sweet P. Fern becomes jealous of Finn and plots to replace him. Finn fights Fern and kills him but Gumbald gathers up his remains and resurrects him. After "Elements"
The events of Season 10. Gumbald starts plotting to destroy Finn and Princess Bubblegum. Finn turns 17. At his birthday party, Fern and Bubblegum's family arrive but are chased away. While investigating Joshua and Margaret Investigations, Jake learns of his origins and is taken to another planet by his alien father. The alien, name Warren Ampersand, wanted to absorb Jakes life force to stay young, but Jake defeats him. Jake is then stranded in space. Finn and Jermaine go to Mars in order to find a way to save Jake. They rescue Jake using the space telemetry capsule and Betty reveals she's thought of a plan to save Simon and rescue Margles. After failing to broker peace between the Candy Kingdom and Gumbald's city of Gumbaldia, Gumbald forms an alliance with several past villains including the Ice King, and prepares for war. The Gum War begins. After the Season 9 finale
The series finale. Princess Bubblegum and Gumbald are prepared to go to war, but Finn stops them by sending them into a dream world. In the dream, Finn removes the grass demon from inside Fern and Bubblegum and Gumbald come to an understanding. Gumbald tries to use the Dum Dum juice on PB, but Aunt Lolly trips him, turning him back into a punch bowl. GOLB arrives due to Betty's spell. Ice King, Finn and Betty are swallowed by GOLB, and Simon and Betty are restored to their original selves. Marceline and Bubblegum get back together. The Tree Fort is destroyed. An escape hole is made in GOLB by the power of music. Finn and Simon escape, but in order to keep Simon safe, Betty remains behind with the crown. Her wish cause her to become GOLB herself and she vanishes. Gunter puts on the crown and becomes the Ice Thing. Fern disintegrates leaving behind a seed. Finn plants the seed on the site of the Tree Fort and it grows a new tree with the Finn Sword at the top. Ice Thing marries Turtle Princess. LSP is crowned Queen of Lumpy Space. Princess Bubblegum and Aunt Lolly become co-rulers of the Candy Kingdom. Sweet P graduates high school. Flame Princess and NEPTR begin their rap career. Susan and Frieda continue to explore the world and meet Lemonhope. All the humans from Founder's Island and Finn's mom arrive in Ooo. 5 years since the animated short
The Ice Kingdom is destroyed and inhabited by a flying Ice Thing. The Candy Kingdom returns to a metropolis and eventually falls to ruin. Lemonhope reclaims the throne of the Earldom of Lemon, now an abandoned society. The Grayble society rises to prominence. The arrival of Holo-Pyramid technology, as demonstrated by Bayble Cuber. Giant Prizeball Guardians roam the land with the Candy People trapped inside them. BMO is known as the King of Ooo. Sweet P is a giant and a roaming adventurer. Jake's descendants have formed their own society, the Pup Kingdom, ruled by Charlie's son Gibbon, and have even colonized space. Beth, the exiled Pup Princess, and her friend Shermy find the Finn Sword after hearing the story of the Gum War from BMO. 1000 years after the Gum War


On the relationship between Princess Bubblegum and Marceline

Ever since the episode "What Was Missing" was aired, the relationship between Adventure Time's two major characters, Princess Bubblegum and Marceline has been shrouded in controversy. The fanbase recently has gone to war on whether or not their relationship is platonic or if the relationship has a more romantic implication. The main issue here is subtext, but what we do know about their relationship is that Princess Bubblegum and Marceline were once friends, but had some sort of falling out before the series began, which explains the contempt they had for each other during the episode (and the attitude that Bubblegum had towards Marceline during the episode "Go With Me"). What we also know is that throughout "What Was Missing", Marceline made it very clear she wants to reconcile with the Princess and heal their relationship. Which is where we start the Flame Wars and arguments between the two camps. Here is where we start to analyze the subtext from the episode and the different explanations between each side.First, the song. It of course repeatedly hints at a past relationship, but it can be interpreted as a romantic one or platonic one. Notice how the word "friend" is never actually used:

Marceline: I'm gonna drink the red from your pretty pink face... note Either she is being flirty with PB by calling her attractive and is suggesting she wants to kiss her face, or she's trying to spite her by sarcastically calling her pretty, and using PB's face in her lyrics means nothing. I'm gonna...
Princess Bubblegum: Marceline, that's too distasteful.
Marceline: Oh... you don't like that? ...Or do you just not like ME?!note Marceline has a "What is this really about?" moment with PB, hinting at their past relationship. Obviously, "like" has two possible meanings here: platonic or romantic.
Sorry I don’t treat you like a goddess,
Is that what you want me to do? note There are parts of this song that seem sarcastic (mainly the parts where she's apologizing), but it is clear that she was being sincere since the door liked it. So she honestly laments that their relationship ended. Did their relationship end because Marceline was being the Jerkass? Alternatively, she's talking about the present and PB was the Jerkass.
Sorry I don’t treat you like you’re perfect,
Like all your little loyal subjects do, note Either she honestly feels this way (due to the proposed lamentation previously mentioned), or she's really being sarcastic this time. If the latter is the case, then they're relationship may have been hurt because PB set her expectations too high and expected Marceline to treat her like royalty.
Sorry I’m not made of sugar,
Am I not sweet enough for you? note Sarcasm or sincerity? Clearly she cares about their relationship.
Is that why you always avoid me? note She reveals that PB constantly avoids her. Since Marceline still seems to have fun making PB angry like a troll, as seen in "Go with Me", it's far more likely Marceline caused PB to hate her due to not treating her like a princess, as previously mentioned. PB's avoidance, coupled with her high expectations, must have annoyed Marceline, and thus this song, which was meant to sound sarcastic, but still has sincerity to it, because the subconscious tends to do that.
That must be such an inconvenience to you well,
I’m just your problem,
I’m just your problem, note Either she's saying "Deal with it, bitch. I won't change for you." or "Is that all I am to you? An inconvenience?" Most probably the latter thanks to the following lyrics. Alternatively she had the lines unintentionally drift in meaning mid-song.
It's like I'm not, even a person, am I? note Marceline just wants PB to stop with the avoidance and at least give her a little respect.
I’m just your problem
Well, I-I-I-I-I-I-I-I-I shouldn’t have to justify what I do note "Why should I justify why I don't treat you like a princess? Not EVERYONE has to."
I-I-I-I-I-I-I-I-I shouldn’t have to prove anything to you
I’m sorry that I exist
I forget what landed me on your blacklist, note So apparently the biggest calamity is in the form of The Unreveal. All the rest was just side-stuff that strained their relationship. Since Marceline doesn't remember, it must've either happened a long time ago (though not likely since she can remember her childhood hundreds of years ago), or the event was so bad that she blocked it from memory.
But I-I-I-I-I-I-I-I-I shouldn’t have to be the one that makes up with you, so note Marcie blames PB for what happened.
Why do I want to? Why do I want to...note But Marcie still wants to be the one who makes up first, showing her caring and sensitive side. The fandom has been pulling its hair out over what the hell the ending is supposed to be. Suggestions include "kiss you". It most probably was simply "make up with you".note I suspect that "Why do I want to" is actually a question she asks herself as a refrain, not an unfinished lyric. The context seems obvious. "I shouldn't have to be the one that makes up with you so why do I want to?"

Later in the episode Marceline says, "Ha! Guess you're not as perfect as you thought! Guess you can't judge me anymore", to which PBresponds, "I never said you had to be perfect!" further complicating things. Let's just assume PB and Marceline were just talking about the present, save for the line "Guess you're not as perfect as you thought" which hints at PB's high opinion of herself which strained their relationship.

Finally, the shirt scene. One piece of evidence which favors the romantic side is when Marceline blushes saying, "You... kept the shirt I gave you?" although it could just be general embarrassment. The romantic side, of course, assumes Marceline is thinking, "She really does love me!" or something similar. The platonic side assumes Marceline was just embarrassed that her sensitive side was let out in the open like that, because the shirt obviously has sentimental value. Of course, this begs the question, what the hell does the shirt mean?! PB claims that she wears the shirt as pajamas all the time. Cue the two sides of the fandom arguing, "FRIENDS/ROMANTIC PARTNERS DO THAT ALL THE TIME!" So... yeah. It all really depends on the viewer and how they pick up on the "evidence" of their backstory. The creators are keeping their mouths shut on this.

  • Let me take the other side of this. PB has been shown to be a bit of a warrior princess who defends her hapless subjects against monsters. Marceline was making a name for herself as a monster, for self defense, until Finn decided that she was a good girl. Marceline isn't looking for loving from PB, just social respectability. The problem is that PB sees all the pranks she still pulls and so keeps her at arms length to maintain her own position. That is why she can only wear the shirt in private.
  • There's also the possibility that it's entirely one sided, since Marceline is the more emotional one about the relationship (that alone is enough to make things sour).
    • Considering things like Bonnie's attachment to the shirt Marcy gave her and her regret at pushing Marcy away, it's unlikely that this is entirely one sided. What it does show is that PB is far better at hiding and controlling her feelings for the "greater good" (just like her speech to Finn about sacrificing his love for FP to protect people).
  • The map shows only one bridge that leads to the Candy Kingdom and Marceline resided at the one structure that guarded that bridge. So perhaps Marceline had a relationship with the former Candy Kingdom rulers much like her current relationship with the Duke Nut. She befriended a young princess then fled when young Bonnibel got too interested in necromancy. So the relationship was broken off to keep Bonnibel from causing exactly the sort of zombie plague she finally did several years later.
  • Perhaps it is worth noting that unofficial promo art by one of the episode's storyboarders/writers, Rebecca Sugar (who composed the song) appears to show PB as a significantly younger girl awed by Marceline's singing. Marceline looks the same age.
    • This could have been explained away with "Bonnie and Neddy", in which PB is implied to have had a massive growth spurt. During her aging-up process, she could have met Marceline in child form.
  • No one ever seems to care that the show's writers have actually said, basically, "We did NOT mean to imply that PB and Marceline used to like-like each other." Remember the Frederator video which said that 'and' the fall out wherein they 'apologized' for having inferred that the episode had implied that there was a romantic relationship, and Adam Muto said the same basic thing.
    • It's starting to seem that not even the show's creators know what is going on with Bubblegum and Marceline. Adam Muto once said it was meant as subtext and on purpose. Some the cast and crew have openly supported the idea (including one of the lead character designers) while others have said that it was unintentional. Whenever fans ask Pen Ward about whether their relationship is romantic or not, the answers they receive tend to be along the lines of "figure it out yourselves" or "I won't say". It certainly doesn't help that the creators are known to ''lie to and troll'' the fans sometimes when major plot points like romantic relationships are involved.
    • Both Hynden Walch and Olivia Olson have said their part about the pairing. Hynden sees it as they were friends but Bubblegum became too involved with her kingdom and Marceline left her, and that PB has abandonment issues over this. Olivia came right out and said that Pendleton Ward mentioned to her that PB and Marceline used to date, but that they will probably never outright state it in the show itself.
      • Here is where Olivia invoked Word of Gay Buzzfeed devoted an article to the subject here.
      • While not strictly Word of Gay it is supported by character designer Natasha Allegri.
  • The episode "Varmints" ramps any indication that PB and Marceline dated Up to Eleven.

Now let's analysis the time they've worked together in Sky WitchThe show wastes no time in cramming in as many things that can be interpreted as Les Yay as possible. As Princess Bubblegum is seen wearing that shirt in bed and using it to initially wipe her nose before taking a big whiff out of it, the next scene has her open her closet which has a picture of her and Marcy in it.From there on out, one can interpret their conversations as they might have been together, but it can also reflect regular friendships as well, but it's still obvious they had some sort of falling out.Then there's Princess Bubblegum trading her shirt to get Hambo back for Marceline, Maja (the Sky Witch) indicated it had more sentimental freshness considering Hambo was separated from Marceline for so long but Princess Bubblegum sacrificing her shirt for someone else's prized possession seems like a pretty big sacrifice for someone who only used to be a friend. Then again, this can also go both ways, as it can indicate someone who used to be a Best Friend or someone more than that.

  • Maja's statements can also be interpreted one of two ways. In the "platonic" sense Bubblegum's shirt is better than Hambo because it was recently in the hands of the owner that cared for it. The other interpretation would be that while the "sentimental freshness" is a plus, it isn't the only reason the shirt was more powerful than Hambo. Maja says "Oh the psychic resonance on Hambo is nothing compared to this baby!" If taken as two separate statements the shirt has both "sentimental freshness" and unrelatedly has far stronger sentimental feelings poured into it than Hambo had. Considering the tragic backstory of how Marceline got Hambo, her love for Simon, and the strong feelings she shows for it in both this episode and "Memory of a Memory" that is saying a lot.
  • It's also notable how their relationship grew throughout the episode itself. PB went from making fun of Hambo, to being willing to sacrifice her most beloved possession for it. But most notable is their physical journey. Once Bubblegum showed Marceline the way to Maja's house, Marcy immediately ditched her without a second thought in her haste to find Maja, however once everything is resolved and Hambo is returned Marceline and Princess Bubblegum fly off together as a team.
  • Bubblegum has never hear of Ash when she reads the name on Maja's proof of purchase.note Friends often talk about their past romances, but typically one does not discuss past boyfriends/girlfriends with their current (or former) boyfriend/girlfriend.

The episode "Varmints" is full of potential shipping.note However all of it can be interpreted both ways. Or at least leaves plausible deniability.

  • Apparently Marceline visits Princess Bubblegum in the middle of the night through her balcony window.note The argument would be that "Of course she does she's a vampire.]] And she was agitated and angry when K.O.O replaced himself with Bubblegum, so much so that she attacked him.note A friend would be upset too.
  • Before PB temporarily lost her throne, Marceline was the only one to use the princess's first name, calling her Bonnibel or Bonnie. Not only is that a testament to how strong their relationshipnote Romantic or not used to be. What is interesting about this is how it connects to the souring of their relationship note (see the analysis of "I'm Just Your Problem". Marceline tends to not use Princess Bubblegum's official title, opting for her first name or nicknames. This could relate to not treating Bonnie like "all [her] little subjects do" which is hinted to have been a point of contention before they split up. However by the end of this episode Marceline calls her "Princess Bonnibel Bubblegum" in a clearly affectionate tone that proves that using her first name wasn't always about trying to rile PB up, and that they have once again reached the stage in their relationship where it is used warmheartedly.
  • Bubblegum says she was too embarrassed to tell Marceline she got "throne jacked", and Marceline seems hurt that Bonnie didn't come talk to her about it. They then sit outside sharing stories and reminiscing about old times. Bonnie noticeably blushes when Marceline mentions looking for the tag Bonnie made in the old rock-candy minesnote She didn't blush when Marceline brought up getting her to "tag something", but when Marcy said she would look for it. Making it seem like she cared more about Marceline wanting to find a tag of hers than she was about doing one in the first place. All of this helps show the extensive history the two share together. It is even revealed that PB jumped the broken bridge in the mine to "prove something" to Marcelinenote That she could keep up? That she wasn't weak? It's unclear.
  • Marceline sucks the red out of PB's lip balm and Bonnie falls asleep resting her head on Marceline's shoulder. And Marceline blushes when she says she thinks PBs handwriting is pretty.note Maybe she just isn't used to giving out compliments?
  • More hints to the embittering of their relationship/friendship, specifically that it was mostly on PB's end. Pbubs complains about how stressful and time consuming taking care of the Candy Kingdom has been prompting Marcy to ask "Is that why you stopped talking to me?" It seems Bubbubs will finally reveal the truth when they are interrupted by the Varmints. However, she does apologize for pushing Marceline (and nearly everyone else she cared about) away later.

After the conclusion of the battle in the mini-series "Stakes", Bubblegum actually suggests that Marceline should live with her now that she's got her immortality back. This can be interpreted both ways. However, Bubblegum has been shown to be notoriously secretive and untrusting as the series has progressed since the threats to her Kingdom continue to increase (she is trying to be better about that now). So offering to take someone into her home, an immortal someone who will likely be there forever, is momentous. At the very least it shows the level of trust that has been built up between the two since the events of "Go With Me" and even since "Varmints".

     Candy vs Fire 

Finn's crush on Princess Bubblegum vs. his crush on Flame Princess

A lot of people have questioned Finn's sudden shift in crushing on PB to crushing on FP (though it's unknown if he no longer has a crush on PB). There's also a prevalent Ship-to-Ship Combat. Let's examine Finn's love for them. First of all, when Finn is around PB he is mostly able to coordinate himself. He's able to hang out with her as friends, and he only acts weird when PB kisses him. He'll usually want to casually do something to impress her, but it's mostly due to Bodyguard Crush. Even when she was thirteen, Finn was willing to return her to her normal age to save the candy kingdom, sacrificing their relationship in the process. He was willing to throw away their relationship in the name of heroism.

Princess Bubblegum:If I go back to my real age, I'll be able to take back the throne.
Finn:What?! No!—Uh, I mean... You can do that?

Princess Bubblegum: My people need me, and that comes first.
Finn:(begrudgingly) Yeeeeeeaaaaaah....

With Flame Princess, Finn claims that his brain "goes stupid" whenever he's around her. He even went on to claim that he's never felt this way before. As soon as he saw her, he developed a crush. This can probably be chalked up to Love at First Sight. Other options are that he'll fall for any humanoid girl his age, since there probably aren't a lot of them around; or that he just fell for her purely because of her appearance. These options are probably a little less likely, though. When Flame Princess begins to head towards the goblin kingdom, Jake asks Finn what's more important: his love for FP or being a hero. When the options are spelled out for him, he's cerebrally able to make the right choice that coincides with who he's supposed to be: a hero. However, in the heat of things, when FP is burning the kingdom down, he's only able to think with his emotions. He isn't willing to hurt her. He was willing to sacrifice heroism to save their possible relationship. So, the situation is completely reversed from his situation with PB, and it provides evidence that his love for FP is stronger than his love for PB (sorry, Fubblegum shippers). He's never able to do it, either. Finn's heroic conflict only makes him break downand cry, which makes Flame Princess put away the flames herself, and you know the rest. Jake is the one who gets everyone out in time, so this is likely a recurring conflict for Finn.

One could argue Finn is able to sacrifice his relationship with PB in the name of his character as a hero, but not his relationship with FP. Therefore Finn's love for FP could be stronger. It's hard to directly compare, since there's no instances where Finn's heroism would physically harm/pain PB. Willfully harming the 13 year old FP could hardly be seen as heroic, and leads to his break down in the face of no good option.

When Finn does screw up and lose the favor of FP, he tries to go back to Bubblegum (rebound?) in "Too Old" and realizes that he is so different from her, age wise and maturity level, that he really couldn't be happy with her (at least at that stage of his life) and that he was way happier in his relationship with Flame Princess. Heartbroken of FP he does try to flirt with basically every princess in Ooo, but decidedly stays away from Bubblegum in a romantic sense.

     Is FP evil? 

Is Flame Princess "evil"?

  • FP is not a killer. How do you burn down a city without hurting a single inhabitant? An evil and destructive princess indeed. It's assumed that FP has lived in the Fire Kingdom her entire life and has no idea that others cannot live with fire in the way she can. She stated she wanted to make the Goblin Kingdom "her Fire Kingdom." She wasn't being intentionally destructive and vicious. FP's also in a strange, new land with very little fire and probably a long way from home, considering she rushed out of the Fire Kingdom to track down Jake. And to top it all off, she's being followed by Finn, who (from her POV) has done nothing but hurt her. She's a lost and frightened, sheltered 13-year-old princess with little sense of right and wrong and a fiery personality, not evil or vicious.
    • So she's much much closer to Natsume Hyuuga than Roy Mustang on the scale of living flamethrowers.
  • It is noted the Flame King states shortly after her birth, he was worried that her intense powers she exhibited would be the catalyst to overthrow him as ruler of the Fire Kingdom. He abandoned Flame Princess, knowing she would die in the forrest, only to be surprised when she returned to him through Princess Bubblegum's caring attitude. He and Princess Bubblegum agreed to seal Flame Princess in her chamber until her elemental matrix stabilized. In short, she was born with powers beyond her control, if only through her emotions. As Finn puts it, she falls under the Chaotic Neutral category. She wishes no ill will but can't help herself.
  • She may have overthrown her father, but even he admitted and relished in the fact that he was evil, so that may make her a savior to the kingdom not a traitor. Her first rule of business is to bring honesty throughout the land, something she takes very seriously.

     The map 

The map

The events of the series seem to be based on the black and white map, of which a small part is shown in a slightly modified form in The Other Tarts.

There appears to be days, nights and seasons not too different from what Earth currently has and if the sun rises in the east and sets in the west then the map has up being north. The general features of the map are consistent with a northern hemisphere placement of the Ooo continent with colder regions and conifer trees towards the north side, deciduous trees along the middle latitudes and palm trees in the south.

The opening sequence seems to be a sweep through western Ooo. The atom bomb looks to be in The Unknown Lands, the Ice King is south of there in the Ice Kingdom, then it's southwest to the Candy Kingdom and further south to the Mountain Kingdom (with Marceline) then north east through the grasslands (with the Ice Kingdom in the distance) to the treehouse and inside that for Finn and Jake's fist bump.

Jake and Finn's treehouse Just north of center
Candy Kingdom West of the treehouse
Hyoomen caves / Beautopia Under the Candy Kingdom
Ice Kingdom North of the treehouse
Mountain Kingdom South of the Candy Kingdom
Fire Kingdom Southwest of the treehouse
Goblin Kingdom Not far east of the treehouse, still in the grasslands
Library of the Turtle Princess Also somewhere east of the treehouse in the grasslands.
Missing chunk of the Earth NE of Ooo.
LocationKnown residents
Candy Kingdom The Candy Castle and the candy people in general, Choose Goose, Tree Trunks, Lemongrab, Duchy of Nuts
Grasslands Finn and Jake, Banana space man, Turtle Princess, Goblin city, Donny and the village people
Mountain Kingdom Marceline's current cave, village of the marauders.

The tree-house proper has an annex built onto the west side with stepping stones that go off to the southwest. South of that path lies the pond, which the Nymphs visited in "Power Animal". To the north of the annex is the well that was also used in the same episode.

The boat gives the highest vantage point on the tree-house and it points north towards the Ice Kingdom (for spying on somebody?) And utility lines go from the southeast of the tree-house. These at least provide for phone service and possibly electricity.

  • Where is Ooo located?
    • Jake's parents live in what looks like the of San Francisco (as seen in "Joshua and Margaret Investigations").
      • Simon and Marcy look like they are in the Los Angeles Basin during their titular episode after the war.
      • The Golden Gate Bridge can also be seen in the background of this episode.
      • Because Tree Trunks lives near the Candy Kingdom and Margaret and Joshua were able to drive there from their home in the City. All those trees and mountains, and the position of the bridge in the background, points to Tree Trunks living in Marin County
    • In the flashbacks to Marceline's early travels in Ooonote After Simon left, but a few years before she became a vampireall of the signs around her are in English. And during Stakes we see old-school western-style tombstones. In the present day she passes a time capsule written in Engish.
    • Also in the flashbacks in "Simon and Marcy" the licence plate on the Clambulance said "the wut wut state", on a plate that appears to be a Californian one, it's also on the 101 Freeway.
    • The arm of the Statue of Liberty can be seen sticking out of the ground in "Angel Face"note But which version? Presumably New York, but it could be the Las Vegas replica or some other replica.
      • The desert appears to be a former ocean with pre-war docks, ships and even whale skeletons.
      • The entrance to the Lich's lair in "Mortal Folly" is similar to a New York City subway entrance.
    • There is a American Football helmet stuck in a tree and possibly an Arthurian style helmet on the other side.
    • Olmec statue heads have been seen in the background of Ooonote Shortly after the war and before the third catalyst comet hit in "Everything Stays". And maybe even an Easter Island statue
    • There are businesses with Japanese signs in the Candy Kingdom in "Root Beer Guy", Japanese writing on the subway, and bottles with Japanese writing in "Simon and Marcy".
    • A minor detail would be all of the languages spoken on the show. Lady speaks Korean, but it seems Rainicorns may not necessarily come from Ooo. Princess Bubblegum has spoken German on many occasions. And during an exchange between Peppermint Butler and Jake in "Checkmate" French, Japanese, and Spanish are spoken. Languages travel, but this may indicate Ooo is located somewhere with a lot of immigrants and a lot of languages were spoken before the war.



Humanity is clearly rare, as seen in Her Parentsand Susan Strong. Given PB's comments in SS, we can conclude that she does not know of any human relatives of herself, and so the previous comments that she was half-human must now be considered to be non-canonical.
  • Susan may or may not be purely human or perhaps even half-human.
    • She appears to be a cyborg as revealed in "Dark Purple".
  • Finn's pure human status may be incorrect or he may spring from a hidden group.
  • Marceline had inhuman features such as pointed ears and blue skin at birth, around the time of the fall and years before she became a vampire.
    • Jake the Dog reveals Marceline was born a half-demon.
  • Simon has been mutated to closely match the majority of the humanoid population. His contributions to the gene pool over the thousand years since are unclear.
  • Moseph Giovanni is the first confirmed human to have survived without mutation. However, one thousand years made him more into a cyborg who is dependent on life support.
  • Via Time Travel, Simon's fiancee Betty enters present-day Ooo.
    • She now has Magic Man's powers. This may or may not affect her status as pure human.
  • We learn in "Everything Stays" that at the very least small bands of humans survived the warnote And possibly became the Hyoomans and that they at least attempted to escape to another continentnote Before the third known catalyst comet hit and most likely blew off 1/4 of the planet. It is unknown if they made it. And that they adopted the animal hats to hide themselves from vampires, "oozers"note The ooze zombies and Rainicornsnote "Them hungry lookin' rainbows" that hunted them. Their leader was named "Two Bread Tom".
  • Doctor Gross is a human, but also an advanced cyborg. It is unknown how much of her is machinery and how much is organic.
  • The "Islands" miniseries confirms that Two Bread Tom's survivor group traveled to an island chain and formed a human civilization there. Robotic guardians surrounded the islands to keep threats away and the humans contained. Martin Mertens, Minerva Campbell, their son Finn, Susan Strong, and Doctor Gross all lived on Founders Island, the most advanced and populated island. When Finn was an infant, Martin took him and attempted to flee the island and escape a group of vengeful criminals. This resulted in the two being separated, with Finn drifitng on a raft towards Ooo. At Minerva's request, Dr. Gross sent Susan, then known as Kara, after Finn to Ooo, where she would suffer memory loss and fall in with the Hyooman tribe. Some years after this, Dr. Gross accidentally introduced a deadly plague that killed off 62% of the humans and also fled the islands. Minerva uploaded her consciousness to a computer network and appointed herself as humanity's protector. When Finn met up again with Minerva as a teenager, he convinced her that the outside world was not as dangerous as she believed and to disengage the guardians. Humans are now allowed to leave the islands, and while only Frieda, Susan's childhood friend, has yet done so, many others seem to be planning to.

     The Enchiridion 

The Enchiridion

A tome of power, the Enchiridion (from the Ancient Greek ἐγχειριδιον: "dagger" or "manual"note literally "a thing in hand") is "the hero's handbook". Everything you want to know about becoming a hero is in there, from saving the day to kissing the princess. Revealed in the Season 1 episode "The Enchiridion!". Though it appears throughout the series, it only plays a few episodes. The second episode it appeared in was "In His Footsteps" in which Finn gives the book to a bear who wishes to imitate him. This turns out to be a ruse by The Lich, who now controls the book. In "I Remember You", a quick look at the newspaper clipping reveals Simon Petrikov, pre-crown effects, was the man who discovered the book. Season 4's finale, "The Lich", finally told the real reason of the Enchiridion. Soon after "In His Footsteps", The Lich attacked and possessed the one man who could beat him, Billy. Haunting the nightmares of Finn, he made sure Finn and Jake hunted down the gems of power. In a moment of quiet, The Enchiridion reveals it's power through a hologram spouting an Info Dump. In short, when combined with the gems of all the crowns of Ooo, it can create portals to the Multiverse, a space where all universes exist. At the end, Finn destroys the book so The Lich cannot use it only to create the portal. The portal sucks Finn, Jake, and The Lich in, depositing them into the Multiverse.



The grasslands around the tree house are cut short, like a lawn rather than a wilderness. These same grasslands are also home to giant snails, which presumably act as grazers. The northern forests might be too cold for the snails, the deserts too dry and the Candy Kingdom keeps the snails away from their fruit trees.



Most male royalty with presumably humanoid origins have had a magical artifact of some kind. While the Ice King's (formerly Simon Petrikov) crown is the most well-known, it was also given to him by a person in a stereotypically cold area. However, note that such mind-bending items have been in existence for quite some time, if the words of Hunson Abadeer are true (notably, the necklace he has might be an indication that such magical items have their own wills and goals, and use their hosts as a sort of interface to interact with the universe). Also of note are the Fight and Thief Kings, one of which was immortal and had a magical sword, while the other was capable of some sort of magic but died a mortal death. Presumably, the former Candy, Fire, Ice, and Slime kingdom rulers were also bearers of an elemental artifact.

The Flame King (and Flame Princess) was born into power via dynastic rule, as shown throughout the series. The Flame family is implied to have ruled the lands they control for centuries, and can only claim authority in the Fire Kingdom via usurpation. As such, the family's power comes not from the magic they weird but through control of the throne. The Slime kingdom enacts a similar policy, yet no King is present. Instead, the rule of Slime Princess may be challenged via the Trials of Glarb, a contest of romantic intent overseen by an wiseman named Elder Plops.

The Lich (King) is a interesting occurrence because there is no direct evidence that he has a magical artifact of any sort (with his crown being of little importance, and no visible magical rings or such taking up any space on his body). That, combined with his sheer size and body shape (which previously resembled the Ice King's bulky look with his robe on) makes some speculate that his authority comes from the very fact he wields a stronger magic than most wizards. However, he is the personification of a mutagenic bomb, which may be his artifact.

Another occurrence where the King title is presented to a non-artifact being is the King of Ooo. This was most likely a self-proclaimed title as the figure was also recognized as a petty criminal. He directly opposes Princess Bubblegum's rule and, prior the Season Six finale, was never in control of any territories. Despite this, many citizens of the Candy Kingdom, including Tree Trunks, recognized his authority as a regent. This authority was thrown into question in "Apple Wedding" when Princess Bubblegum arrested him which, under normal circumstances, should not be possible. However, in "Hot Diggity Doom", the King of Ooo won the first election in Candy Kingdom history, claiming the throne. In doing so, he obtained the Princess title.

The Fight King appears in "Morituri Te Salutamus". He is the king of the magical arena and traps pairs of fighters in his arena to force them to fight and kill each other after defeating his gladiator ghosts (who were also forced to fight and kill each other). He has black skin, is skeletal, and has many weapons and a red crown. The runes on Fight King's sword, according to Tolkien's Dwarven rune set, reads: "To fight is to live." He is tricked by Finn and killed setting him, Jake, and the gladiator ghosts free. Since it is only when Finn breaks his sword that he dies and his soul is set free (along with his warriors) his sword is likely his magical artifact.

There is one consistent authority in the series that is recognized as a king-run monarchy. Lumpy Space, which operates outside the bounds of Ooo law, is controlled by the Lumpy Space King and Queen.

     The Lich 

The Lich

The Lich appears to have abilities that allow him to destroy almost anything in his path. In fact, when he crosses over Ice Berg Lake the water near him turns black and oily and Jake complains of a smell, implying that the fish in the water have died. This along with the fact that he gets his power from a toxic substance (composed of bleach, ammonia, and lighter fluid) makes it seem that the Lich is a nuke personified, which was confirmed in "Jake the Dog". He also raises the dead in his lair and it requires an extreme amount of damage (Finn blasting one at point blank range with Billy's Gauntlet) to defeat him. The Lich is capable of possessing bodies as well, bodysurfinginto the Snailfollowing his defeat. He did not appear in Season 3 but returned in Season 4, as the Snail and as Billy in "The Lich". He tricks Finn into using The Enchiridion's power (see The Enichridion) and as of Season 5 is in the Multiverse with Finn and Jake. The Season 5 premiere gives the origin story. He is the embodiment of a mutagenic bomb that exploded during the war, causing a chain reaction that caused the end of civilization. In Season 6, it is revealed he was imprisoned in the Time Room after failing to erase life. However, he eventually broke his bondage and killed Prismo. His sentence was imprisonment in the Citadel. However, he freed himself and the other prisoners. Attempting to kill Finn, he came in contact with Citadel Guardian blood, and reverted to a metazoa form with a similar structure to that of a human.

Alternate Timelines note  For more information regarding the structure of Adventure Time's interpretation of dimensions and The Multiverse, see the philosophical interpretation of Reincarnation and Bryce Seligman DeWitt's many-worlds interpretation

Episode: "King Worm"

This is the first instance in which we see Finn from the Alternate Timeline.

Episode: "The Lich"

The Lich, disguised as Billy, tricks Finn into collecting the Gems of Ooo, seen in the crowns of the princesses and Ice King. By combining the gems with The Enchiridion, a portal is opened to both the Time Room and The Multiverse.

Episode: "Finn the Human"

Finn enters the Time Room and wishes The Lich never existed, creating an alternate universe known as Farmworld.

Earth was once a quieter place than the brightly florescent Ooo. As explored in Season 5's premiere, there is now an alternate universe existing as another Earth named Farmworld. In this world, Farmworld Finn appears as the mirror Finn from "King Worm", Jake is a normal bulldog, and Finn's mother and father are alive, along with a sibling of indeterminate gender (and not named in the episode). They appear to live in an economically depressed, low-tech rural area (low-tech that is, except for alternate Finn's robot arm, which is never explained). Finn is the son of a farmer being tortured by the Destiny Gang who are looking for protection money. Finn's mother asks Finn to sell the family mule Bartran (or Bar-bar) in exchange for the money. Before he reaches town, he meets an older Marceline and the skeleton of Simon Petrikov. She tells Finn how Simon prevented the Mushroom War by sacrificing his life. The crown then froze the earth for 400 years. Finn doesn't believe her and takes the crown. In town, Barbar and the crown are stolen by the gang's leader, Big Destiny and Finn must save them by using a blade, given to him by Choose Bruce (alternate timeline Choose Goose). Before Finn can deliver the final blow to Big Destiny, the town and Finn's home are set on fire. Finn uses the crown, becoming the Ice King in the process.

Episode: "Jake the Dog"

Finn extinguishes the flames only to set off the mutagenic bomb Simon originally prevented. In his manic state, Finn saves his family and viciously attacks the Destiny Gang. Alternate Timeline Jake is caught in the radioactive slime and turns into the Lich. At this point, magic dog Jake uses his wish to alter the Lich's wish, made in the beginning of "Finn the Human". This should in turn theoretically eliminate the possibility of the Alternate Timeline, though it doesn't explain the appearance of Alternate Finn in "King Worm".

  • Episode: "Crossover"
    • It is revealed that the alternate dimension from "Jake the Dog" and "Finn the Human" lives on. The Lich from this reality (in Jake's body) wants to use this realities "Enchiridion" to open the portal and travel to all other dimensions. While he is stopped by Main Reality Finn and Jake, his severed hand does manage to get transported to all alternate realities.

Episode: "Puhoy"

Finn enters the land by traveling through a doorway that according to the "Pillownomicon" all that is known about the doorway is that shows up periodically and disappears without explanation. "It is unknown if the alternate dimension in "Puhoy" is as real as Ooo or if it is just another dream by Finn.note It has been suggested that if this dimension is indeed real, the reason Finn can't remember it after he dies in that world and transports back to Ooo is due to Golb's appearance as Finn's spirit leaves that world. Perhaps even Golb erased that world from existence.

Around the end of "Puhoy", Elderly Finn has a pillow version of the mechanical arm that Alternate Finn had. This could lead to two possible consequences. One is that Finn will have to accept the burden of a mechanical arm at some point during the existence of any reality. The second is when Finn disrupts the flow of time after jumping through several universes, he triggers the mechanical arm to exist in every reality (see Steins;Gate regarding "world lines").

Episode: "The Vault"

The character of Shoko, a previous reincarnation of Finn, is seen with no right arm throughout the majority of the episode. When Princess Bubblegum presents her with a mechanical arm, it is the first instance in which one of Finn's alternate realities is seen receiving the mechanical arm. This furthers the idea that each incarnation of Finn must at one point sacrifice their arm, leading to a very grim future in which Finn must lose his arm at some point.

Episode: "Dungeon Train"

Once again we see a possible future version of Finn. Through the future orb however, he has chosen to remain on the train until he is an old man. Careful viewing reveals that his right arm has replaced by additional weaponry. This supports the theory that Finn must always lose his arm. But it might not be in the same way each time. It is possible he willingly cut off his arm so that he could equip a cooler replacement he picked up on the train, given the state he was in.

Episode: "Escape from the Citadel"

Finn fulfills the prophecy that he would lose his arm in the show's timeline by having it and the Grass Sword ripped off by the force of a black hole. This is replaced by a small flower or, in some instances, an arm of spectral energy.

Episode: "Breezy"

Finn regains his arm, effectively keeping the prophecy alive. But the arm is still artificial, made up of the grass sword and is able to act on its own when Finn is in grave danger.

Episode: "The Visitor"

Finn is visited by his father Martin, who recants the story of how they were separated. According to Martin, he was consumed by "...a dangerous life choice. Two roads diverging in the night and all that." If this story is confirmed, it could show that Martin might have enough agency in his life to choose the path of his own fate while facing a major force of change. In this scenario, he chooses to abandon his family and go on a quest throughout space. This eventually leads him to the Citadel, where he is reunited with Finn after fifteen years.

Episode: "The Comet"

Finn once again loses his arm, this time having it consumed by the power of the Fourth Catalyst Comet and reborn as a larger Grass Sword, the only one of his realities to possess a sword of organic material. Here, the Alternate Timeline theory affects only Finn's existence. The comet, now sentient, offers Finn a new plane of existence. In exchange, he must surrender all that is precious to him. He refuses, and returns to Earth. This opens up the idea that Finn, having enough sway and control over his own fate, can choose to change the future by being presented the options. If this is possible by his own volition or the fixture of happenstance has yet to be determined. There are arguments to be made that both can explain Finn's mechanical/Grass Sword arm.

Episode: "Crossover"

Prismo, now alive, explains to Finn and Jake that the Farmworld alternate universe was allowed to take the same path as Ooo. Farmworld Finn as the Ice King is being manipulated by Lich Jake to recreate the Multiverse portal using the gems and Farmworld's Enchiridion. Finn freezes all the humans he can find, and collects the gems. Both Finn and Jake from Ooo enter Farmworld to prevent the Lich from conquering the Multiverse. In the skirmish, a piece of Lich Jake is sliced off and enters the Multiverse Portal. Farmworld reverts to its original state when Prismo destroys the Ice King's crown in Farmworld with the Mutagenic Bomb, preventing The Lich for the time and bringing the humans back to life.

     The Ice King 

The Ice King as a metaphor for dementia.

Dementia, meaning "without mind", historically was synonymous with madness, but nowadays it is considered to be a specific type of severe mental disorder, characterized by losing much of the cognitive capacity (on other words, losing the ability to think rationally). Dementia is distinguished from other types of insanity by this; dementia is basically the annihilation of sapience. Alzheimer's is the most common variety of dementia.

Common symptoms of dementia include:

  • - Memory loss and thought pattern lossnote His crown-induced memory loss is so severe that he cannot remember being Simon minutes after watching videos of himself chronicling his transformation into the Ice King.
  • - Disorganized behavior and lack of a sense of order
  • - Depressionnote In "The Eyes" he spies of Finn and Jake to "learn how to be happy", but even by the end of the episode he says he still doesn't feel happy. This may also relate to "Madness and Sadness" that goes hand-in-hand with Magic as we discover in Season 6.
  • - Sociopathic symptoms (loss of empathy, bursts of basic emotions like anger, lack of social cues)note Cosmic Owl literally says "You're a sociopath" to Simon in Season 1.
  • - Paranoia and seeing thingsnote creatures of the spirit realm, his "stanky wizard eyes", "the visions of ice and snow"..

Anyone remotely familiar with the show pretty much can see all of these in the Ice King. In particular, his mentality and behaviour is eerily similar to those of victims of Vascular Dementia, especially considering his backstory: a single event (putting on the crown for Simon, a specific act that ensures erratic blood pressure and distribution on the brain for a victim of Vascular Dementia), that progressive escalates into full blown madness, with little hope for the victim to do anything other than to stall the progression.

More obviously, Marceline's way of coping with Simon's condition is pretty familiar to anyone with relatives affected by dementia: avoidance and grief for the person that was once in that body and mind.

The Ice King and The Lord of the Rings

The Ice king might be inspired by Gollum, let us look at the facts:
  • The crown is extremely powerful but was able to drive him mad like the master ring did.
  • The Ice king hardly recognizes his old human self and who can blame him judging from his enormous change over years. Likewise, Gollum is in no way a hobbit anymore.
  • The Ice king is over 1000 years old, that is ten times as much as a normal human.
  • Like Gollum, The Ice King has a divided mind, on one hand there's his crazy childlike personality and on the other hand, he clings to his old self and the loneliness over the loss of his true love, like Gollum's brother. The thing his personalities can agree on is princesses, because of the nickname of his old love was "Princess".
  • After being corrupted by their respective artifacts, both the Ice King and Gollum wound up living inside a mountain.


Death in Ooo


  • Reincarnation is a proven fact in Adventure Time's Universe. Not much is currently known about how reincarnation works, as only one character, Finn, is confirmed to have past lives. What is known is that people who have been reincarnated may remember their past lives through hypnosis. Finn uses a game called "Regression Simulator" downloaded by Jake onto BMO to access knowledge of his past lives.
    • The Food Chain may show that reincarnation is part of the "circle of life".

Land of the Dead

  • There is a physical "Land of the Dead" in Ooo which is where the souls of living creatures go after they die. This may be different from the 50 "dead worlds".
  • Also known as the Underworld, it is a location where the souls of living creatures go after they die. Living people can enter the Land of the Dead by staring at a corner where two walls meet and crossing their eyes, which opens a portal. It is unknown whether this land exists in caverns underneath the Land of Ooo or if it is in some other dimension.
    • It has skeletal inhabitants, as well as ghostly inhabitants (never seen but Marceline's ghost friends in "Heat Signature" claim they used to live there), and houses Death's castle made of light.
      • It could be ghosts get skeletal bodies when they are in the Land of the Dead and lose them when they come back to the land of the living, but that is never seen or proven.
    • It has an escalator and a River of Forgetfulness.

Dead Worlds

  • It is unknown how exactly the levels of Dead Worlds factor into the concept of reincarnation.
  • Jake theorizes that the plane that ghosts reside in is a "low level dead world".
  • 9th Dead World
    • The 9th Dead World is mentioned in the episode "James Baxter the Horse." When an angry ghost mauls Finn and Jake, Jake (afraid they will die) says that, since a lot of dead people will be there, they might become separated. So as a means of identification, Jake tells him to listen for a rhythmic clapping sound he will perform.
      • This might mean souls don't look the same in this dead world as they do in the living world. This might relate to how all of the beings trying to enter the "Land of the Dead" look skeletal instead of like the spirits- such as Jake in "Death In Bloom" and the ghosts.
  • 37th Dead World
    • The 37th Dead World is a plane where souls go when they die. Jake's ghost went to the 37th Dead World when he was killed by the Wand of Disbursement on Mars. Death appears to inhabit this world and the King of Marsnote Abraham Lincoln was able to go there at will. The 37th Dead World may be related to Land of the Dead, as Death is shown to dwell there in his light castle in "Death in Bloom.
  • 50th Dead World
    • The 50th Dead World may be a location, theoretically similar to a heaven, mentioned one time in "Ghost Princess" when Ghost Princess beckons her love, Clarence, to ascend with her there.
    • Braco in "The Suitor" mentions wanting to float up to the 50th Dead World with Bubblegum when they die.
  • Glob World
    • The "Glob World" that Jake mentions may be the 50th Dead World if the 50th Dead World is indeed analogous to heaven. Jake says nothing will stop him from ascending to Glob World after his croak dream in "The New Frontier". He seems excited about the prospect, as one might be if they believed they were going to heaven.
    • Conversely it may be the "new mode of existence" offered to Finn by the Purple Catalyst Comet in "The Comet". "Come with me to the end and the beginning." When Martin takes her up on the offer the two "discorporate".


  • Ghosts cannot remember the circumstances of their deathnote or life. If they remember they may ascend to one of the deadworlds.
    • According to Jake ghosts always have "unfinished business", meaning their souls cannot rest until it is resolved or they are banished.
      • It appears that both need to be resolved in order for a ghost to ascend. For example, just remembering his death at the Squeezy-Mart didn't allow Clarence to ascend with Ghost Princess, remembering his death and being forgiven by hernote His unfinished business did. For Ghost Princess finding and forgiving Clarencenote Her unfinished business and remembering her death allowed her to finally pass on. The Ghost Fly seemed to know how it died (because it kept trying to get revenge on Jake) but wasn't able to ascend to a higher dead world until it had also accomplished it's unfinished business of eating Jake's soup.
  • Even seemingly inanimate objects such as tables and soup can have souls (and can have at least some unfinished business or they wouldn't form ghosts).
  • Ghost flies can carry diseases. Jake even says they "leave doodies on your soul".
    • When Jake tells Finn what diseases a fly could transmit, he references real life diseases, such as tuberculosis, polio, and dysentery (all of which are not diseases carried by real life flies).
  • Ghosts can possess and alter the appearance of the living.
  • Ghosts can hurt or kill the spirits of other ghosts, but it seems that humans/other physical beings cannot hurt ghosts without the use of rituals and ritualistic items such as Holy Water.
    • BMO says that the ghost fly needs to be fought on its own plane of existence. This could be why the living cannot harm ghosts directly.
    • They can be harmed, but not defeated by one of Ooo's undead species- vampires.
      • Jake suggests the plane that ghosts reside in is a "low level dead world".

Croak Dreams

  • A being known as the Cosmic Owl sometimes appears in people dreams and makes them prophetic. He has been known to use "croak dreams"note Dreams about the person dying that he appears in to reveal to the dreamer how they will die.

     Fionna and Cake 

The Fionna and Cake episodes can be analyzed to understand the opinions of the storyteller.

In the Fionna and Cake stories, how the alternate gender characters behave and live is reflective of the way the storyteller sees them. The characters in the Fionna and Cake universe do not seem to be exact copies of their Ooo counterparts. Now consider the first Fionna and Cake episode, where the story was told by Ice King:

  • The Ice Queen is more attractive, as well as more threatening and competent, than Ice King is. This is probably a reflection of how he sees himself, he really imagines himself that way.
  • Ice King seems to think that Finn has this perfect, wonderful life and this is reflected in his Fionna and Cake story. Fionna is a bit more successful in her romantic exploits than Finn is, in that she's actually able to get Prince Gumball to want to date her. Compare this to Finn, who was rejected by Princess Bubblegum for being too young.

The second Fionna and Cake episode was told by Marceline, and it continues the trend:

  • Prince Gumball in Marceline's story is a lot prissier than Princess Bubblegum, (Princess Bubblegum would never make Finn carry her like that) and is more hostile to Marshall Lee upon running into him.
    • To be fair, Princess Bubblegum reacted almost as harshly to Marceline in "Go With Me". Perhapsnote even though their relationship has improved quite a bit Marceline still holds some resentment or hurt from this interaction.
  • Cake is shown to be egotistical (as indicated when she takes over the song to sing about how hot she is) but still good. This reflects Marceline's relationship with Jake; while they aren't close friends, she still recognizes him as a good guy.
  • Fionna is shown to be a heroic, honest, nice person who can't be easily corrupted. It's been shown that Marceline views Finn this way.

By taking what we do know, we are able to analyze that the storyteller of the Fionna and Cake episode projects his or her own feelings and views on the people of Ooo into the story. With this knowledge, we can look at other aspects of the story and find out what else the storyteller knows, as well as how they view characters they aren't usually seen interacting with. This brings up several implications:

  • In the first Fionna and Cake episode, Cake briefly wears the Ice Queen's tiara and Fionna tells Cake to take it off because "she'll catch her (Ice Queen's) crazy". A later episode revealed that Ice King used to be a man named Simon Petrikov, who was transformed by his magic crown and driven insane until he didn't know who he was. That one line serves as evidence that Ice King remembers who he is on some subconscious level.
  • In the second episode, where the story is told by Marceline, her gender reversed counterpart Marshall Lee goes on and on about how he's inherently evil. This might indicate that Marceline views herself this way.
    • On the other hand, Fionna makes a point during the song sequence of telling Marshall Lee that he's "not so bad." Marceline may view herself as bad, but wants Finn to tell her she's wrong.
      • Makes sense. Marceline was quite a bit meaner in her earlier appearances, albeit in a playful way, and mellowed out some as her friendship with Finn grew stronger. She sees Finn as this heroic good guy type who can't be corrupted, yet he chooses to hang out with her anyway and he thinks she's cool. She might see that as proof that she really isn't totally evil, after all, someone like Finn wouldn't be friends with an evil monster.

     Season 5 is about Relationships 

Season Five Is About Relationships.

It strikes me that a good many of the episodes in Season Five are dealing with relationships. Characters are getting new relationships, or rekindling old ones. Or in some cases damaging existing ones. Now I may simply be reading too much into things here, but I can see some trends forming for the main characters. Spoilers abound, so be warned.
  • Jake has to deal with his new relationship with his children. However this is not played as it would normally. Due to the rate at which Rainicorn/Dog hybrids mature, his relationship with them as the father of young children is over as soon as it began. At the same time this has opened up his relationship with his now adult children. As seen in 'One Last Job' Jake Jr. at least is interested in having a relationship with her father. So although one relationship was quickly ended, another new one has formed for Jake.
  • Marceline is rebuilding old relationships. As we see she is reconnecting with Simon. Even though as the Ice King he can't remember how their friendship started, and he is a shell of what he was, Marcy is still reconnecting to her father figure. In 'Simon And Marcy' she has even admitted she loves him. A far cry from her avoiding him as much as possible. And 'Sky Witch' shows evidence that she is attempting to restore her relationship with Princess Bubblegum. She brings Bubblegum with her on her quest to retrieve her most prized possession. Although this may have been influenced by Bubblegum's usefulness in the situation, she still has stopped avoiding her completely. Near the end of the season, Marceline briefly reunites with Simon and her sacrifice of Hambo is what gives Simon the chance to repair his relationship with Betty...or more precisely, it's what gives Betty the chance to repair her relationship with Simon.
  • Princess Bubblegum has been giving to others in her relationships, even if their affections are unwanted. She creates a copy in order to make Braco happy, even though she has no romantic interest in him. Indeed, Bubblegum states several times how Braco's infatuation means he doesn't know her at all, and thus no romantic relationship could ever exist. Later in 'Sky Witch' she gives up a prized physical possession in order to retrieve Hambo for Marceline. In short she sacrificed something she loved for the sake of an important person to her. However she acted on her own in this choice, and does what she thinks is best, without actually consulting Marceline. This tendency to act unilaterally in her relationships is also seen in her actions with Braco.
  • Finn has been about damaging relationships this season. He has hurt people he cares about both physically and mentally due to not considering that his actions might cause them pain. 'Jake Suit' is driven by the fact that Finn was uncaring that his actions had caused Jake pain. Although it seems that in the end no harm came of it, Finn did not learn to empathize with others, or that his actions could cause significant harm due to Jake's giving up. Perhaps if he had realized that he could hurt others, and that they may not feel the same way about his actions the later, more severe damage he does to his relationship with Flame Princess could have been avoided. In 'Frost & Fire' Finn causes significant physical suffering to both Ice King and Flame Princess, and even more severe emotional pain to Flame Princess. Due to his insensitivity, and desire to re-experience his dream he provokes the second fight between Flame Princess and Ice King. As a result Flame Princess is injured. Even then Finn does not realize the depth of his selfishness and how uncaring he is being to Flame Princess, it is not until later that he sees the consequences of his actions as Flame Princess destroys the Ice Kingdom. And it is after admitting his actions that Finn must deal with the aftermath of his manipulating her, and acting inconsiderately of others. His romantic relationship with Flame Princess is ruined, possibly irreparably and he is forced to learn that saying you are sorry cannot fix the truly severe mistakes.


Marceline's personality

An extensive analysis of Marceline's past and personality has shown that she might have Borderline Personality Disorder. She fits most of the DSM criteria for the disorder and her past suggests that she may have been conditioned towards it.

  • Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD) is characterized by a constant fear of abandonment, which Marceline openly exhibited in Issue 25 of the comic where it was revealed that her fallout with PB was caused by PB's creation of Mr. Creampuff, which Marceline perceived as abandonment. She may also have been quite literally abandoned by her parents after the apocalypse, and Simon going crazy certainly didn't help her feelings of being all alone. Her dad eating her fries could also have sparked this.
    • The comic may or may not be canon. They may also take place on a diverged timeline from the show.
  • BPD is also characterized by a feeling of emptiness within oneself, a hatred of oneself, and a tendency to self-mutilate. While not all people with BPD exhibit self-mutilating behaviors, Marceline has mentioned that she enjoys having the damaging sun on her skin because she "kind of likes" the pain. She also has been seen (in her song in "Marceline's Closet") to feel as though she has no friends, which could constitute feelings of self-inadequacy, which often leads to self-hatred.
    • Luckily she seemed determined to actively combat this within herself during the mini-series "Stakes". She seems to be growing aware of her bad traits and wants to fix them.
  • People with BPD have often been described as "rejecting others before they reject me", which Marceline has openly admitted to doing.
  • Another characteristic of the disorder is sudden violent tendencies towards loved ones (or not-so-loved ones...). Marceline in "Go With Me" seemed to enjoy the wrestling and roughhousing she engaged in with Finn, and has been seen to consider that "fun" She seemed to be quite happy while fighting Finn in "Evicted" and was very willing to hurt her father and Ash in later episodes.

     Parallels to Mythology 

Parallels to mythology

  • Jake is born like Athena, wherein he sprung from his father's head just like she did from Zeus.
    • Both Zeus and Joshua suffered enormous headaches before the "birth" of their children.
    • While Jake was not born full grown and wise like Athena, he was able to sing to his parents and dance for them moments after being born. And it can be argued that Jake often offers sage advice to Finn and Athena is the Goddess of Wisdom.
  • The monster that "impregnated" Joshua hides in the "Pantheon of Savings".
    • The word "pantheon" can be used both as a noun meaning a group of deities and was the Roman temple dedicated to all the gods and goddesses in Rome. It was commissioned by Marcus Agrippa some time around the reign of Augustus Caesar. Because of its dedication to all of the gods and goddesses, it was named the Pantheon, which the word itself comes from Greek meaning "Of/related to all of the gods". The Greek definition is where English gets its definition for pantheon.
    • The monster is also a shapeshifter and uses this ability to help to conceive children, which seems to be its goal in "Joshua and Margaret Investigations". Much like Zeus took on new forms to mate with other women. For example when he turned into a golden shower to mate with Danae and sired the hero Perseus. Or when he turned into a swan to mate with Leda (who then gave birth to Helen of Troy).
  • Flame Princess was incarcerated because of a prophecy that foretold of a child with greater power that would usurp the father's throne. Much like Zeus's birth to Kronos, they were meant to perish but eventually became free and did overthrow their father.
    • It also has similarities to the story of Danae whose father locked her up in a bronze chamber that rested under his court (F.P. was held literally in the Flame King's court) because a prophecy foretold that his grandson would overthrow and kill him.
  • In "Little Brother" Kent says that he was compelled to return to the underworld of beneath the tree because he partook of the food there (the dew). Just like Persephone had to remain in the Underworld with Hades for half a year after partaking of the pomegranate in the Underworld.
    • This is also the origin story of the seasons in Greek mythology as Persephone's mother Demeter was so distraught about losing her daughter 6 months of the year that she failed to take care of the land (thus causing Fall and Winter). In Adventure Time this story deals with the opposite scenario that having been saved by Kent the tree bloomed for the first time in years and began to grow once more.
  • Life's design seems to be inspired the caduceus, the traditional symbol of Hermes that features two snakes winding around a winged staff. The double snakes of the caduceus represent duality and the unification of polar opposites, much like Life's relationship with Death.
  • "The River of Forgetfulness" in the Land of the Dead is most likely based on the River Lethe, one of the five rivers of Hades of Greek Mythology. Those who drank from the river Lethe would experience "unmindfulness", which is another way to say complete forgetfulness/amnesia.
    • When Finn reveals himself to Death, Death grumbles "Another one." This may be a reference to Orpheus, who similarly came to the Underworld to reclaim a dead soul. This means that The King of Mars's trip to get Jake's soul back could also be a reference.
  • Lemonhope's journey around Ooo may be a reference to the Odyssey.
    • Athena disguises herself as a man to help Odysseus as does Princess Bubblegum to help Lemonhope (as Phlannel Boxingday). Athena is also Odysseus's strongest supporter among the gods as P.B. was Lemonhope's strongest supporter. She even rescued him from Castle Lemongrab as Athena rescued Odysseus from Calypso's island.
    • Poseidon tries to wreck Odysseus's ship, and the ship that Lemonhope stowed away on was wrecked and stranded in the desert.
    • Lemonhope uses his musical skills to lure at flying creature known as a Greed Lard to crash into some rocks to die so they could take the treasure it eats. This is similar to how the Sirens tried to use their musical and singing skills to lure sailors to crash their ships against the cliffs.
  • While not strictly mythology, the phrase "Morituri Te Salutamus" is roughly half of a Latin phrase commonly translated as "We who are about to die, salute you!" It is often associated with ancient Roman gladiators.
    • Two of the gladiators in this episode are named Romulus and Remus, the twin brothers from the myth about the founding of Rome.
      • They are very relevant to the themes of the episode as all of the Gladiator Ghosts were forced to kill each other by the Fight King and begged each other for forgiveness. Romulus and Remus fought each other over the placement of their new city and Remus was killed.
  • Goliad is based off of a Greek Sphinx.
    • In Greek tradition, it has the head of a human, the haunches of a lion, and sometimes the wings of a bird. In Greece (and not in Egypt) it is a girl, which cements Goliad as being based off of the Greek version. This version of the sphinx is strong, treacherous, and merciless. Goliad is so strong (with psychic abilities) that not even Finn, Jake, or Bubblegum can stop her. She was willing to overthrow Bubblegum (treachery) and wanted to literally control every move of the Candy people, and kill those who disagree (merciless).
    • The Greek Sphinx is also known for its riddles smarts. P.B. tells Goliad to "use that beautiful brain" and it can be argued that Goliad's job was to solve the riddle of how to be a good leader.
  • In "The Limit" Finn, Jake, and some of the Hot Dog Knights travel through a Labyrinthnote A giant maze to find the eel Aquandrius and have their wishes granted. This comes from the Ancient Greek tale of Theseus slaying the Minotaurnote was a creature with the head of a bull and the body of a man who Daedalus made the Labyrinth to trap inside.
    • The hero Theseus volunteers to go into the Labyrinth to rescue the Athenians who were being sacrificed to the Minotaur the same way Finn and Jake volunteered to go in and rescue the Hot Dog Knights.
    • To navigate the Labyrinth Theseus unraveled a ball of string behind him so that he wouldn't get lost trying to find his way out. This parallels Jake stretching his body out so that their party did not get lost navigating their labyrinth.
      • This part of the myth is once again referenced in "Hall of Egress" where Finn tries (and fails) to use a string from his shirt to navigate his way through (and out of) the dungeon that contains the Hall of Egress. Finn eventually rejects the idea all together and sets off on his own path.
  • Related to the above example, the 5th Episode "The Enchiridion!" features Manish Man the Minotaur that guards the magical hero's manual the Enchiridion.
  • "Legion of Cadmus: Dragon's Teeth" that Darren uses to summon his warriors refers to the Greek Phoenician Prince Cadmusnote  Cadmus was the first Greek hero and among the greatest before the time of Heracles , who in legend sowed dragon's teeth to summon a race of fierce warriors named the Spartoinote In Greek mythology, Spartoi (also Sparti) (Greek: Σπαρτοί, literal translation: "sown [men]", from σπείρω, speírō, "to sow") are a mythical people who sprang up from the dragon's teeth sown by Cadmus, and were believed to be the ancestors of the Theban nobility.
  • Several versions of a Cyclops have appeared on the show.
  • Flame Princess's name is Phoebe (Ancient Greek Phoibe) which was a titan in ancient Greek mythology.
    • Phoebe's name was associated with the Greek words phoibos, "bright" or "radiant," phoibaô "to purify" and phoibazô "to give prophesy." This fits F.P. perfectly. When she was born she was imprisoned because of a prophecy that she would overthrow her father (she did). She is literally "bright" or "radiant" on account of being a being made of fire. And she "purified" the Fire Kingdom by overthrowing her evil father and starting a more kind and truthful regime.
  • The episode "The Hard Easy" may not just be a reference to the fairy tale "The Frog Prince", but to a Greek myth. It is said that when the goddess Leto was wandering the earth after giving birth to Artemis and Apollo she stopped in Lycia to drink some water. Afraid of a curse from Hera the villagers attempted to prevent the goddess from drinking by stirring up the bottom of the pond to make it muddy and unclean. Leto punished them by turning them into frogs cursing them to spend their lives in murky and muddy waters. In this episode, the "giant frog" has been mysteriously cursed (no reason given) and seems doomed to spend his time stuck in the murky waters with the mud scamps trying to return to his normal form until Finn finally breaks the curse.
  • In "The Monster" Lumpy Space Princess is taken in and raised by wolves, much like the legendary founders of Rome- Romulus and Remus.
  • Pete in "Paper Pete" makes a couple of references to Greek mythology.
    • First he tells curses "May you rot in Tartarus" to Finn- Tartarus being the abysmal region below Hades that is used as a dungeon of torment and suffering for the wicked and as the prison for the Titans and other mythic beasts.
    • He then says Finn has "the cunning of Odysseus" the mythical Greek heronote Sometimes referred to as "Odysseus the Cunning" of the "Iliad" and the "Odyssey".
  • In "Who Would Win" The Dream Warrior giving Finn and Jake two golden apples is a reference to a Greek myth in which Aphrodite gives Melanion three golden apples in order to win a race and marry Atalanta. Melanion uses the apples to distract Atalanta, and the reference most likely deals with the "playing dirty" tactic employed here.
  • The Water Nymphs are Naiads from Ancient Greece. They are female spirits that preside over fountains, wells, springs, streams, brooks and other bodies of fresh water.
  • In "Don't Look" Finn and Jake go to battle and evil hermit on the top of Dead Mountain and a book warns that something horrible will happen if the hermit gets a look at you. Finn: "Monsters that get you as soon as they look at you are so doom." Jake: "Everybody knows all you need is a mirror. This is clearly a reference to Perseus's slaying of Medusa. Medusa (thanks to a curse from Poseidon) turned everyone who looked into her eyes to stone and Perseus was only able to defeat her using a mirror shield (like the ones Finn and Jake have in this episode) to walk backwards to see her and slay her, without ever looking directly into her eyes.



  • It's possible that this creature from Martin's story/flashback in "The Visitor" is an Umibozuwhich is a spirit from Japanese folklore that is said to live in the ocean and capsize ships if anyone tries to speak to it. They are believed to be drowned priests, and exhibit the shaven head of priests and typically appear to be praying. It is usually reported as having a grey, cloud-like torso and serpentine limbs.


  • Ricardio calls Princess Bubblegum "Valkyrian," which pertains to the Valkyrienote  a host of female figures who choose those who may die in battle and those who may live in Norse mythology, after she challenges him to combat in "Lady and Peebles".
  • The idea of King Worm (in the episode "King Worm") using Finn's dreams and sucking his life energy is inspired by the Mara, a lady from Germanic Folklore that turns dreams into nightmares and drains life energy.

Persia- Zoroastrianism

  • In "Five Short Tables" Prince Gumball is briefly depicted as a Farvashi (specifically mimicking the Faravahar).


  • In "The Mountain" a being named Matthew puts the character through a trial and then offers them the possibility of going through an ego death and becoming one with him. He says there will be a second age of terror, at which point Matthew (which is a Hebrew name meaning "gift of god") will restore the world, acting like a Noah's Ark for the essences of the people who become one with him.
    • While not strictly Hebrew in this same episode Lemongrab talks about a ziggurat which were massive structures built in the ancient Mesopotamian valley and western Iranian plateau, having the form of a terraced step pyramid of successively receding stories or levels for worshiping their local religions.
  • According to the Adventure Time Wiki: Billy could possibly be a Nephilim which were either (or both) the offspring of "sons of God" and "daughters of men" before the great flood (most likely children of angels and humans) and/or the giant warriors of Canaan at the time of the Israelite conquest. Evidence for this comes from his large size and that he has 6 fingers on each hand. The fact that he is a normal sized human in the alternate Farmworld universe might contradict this idea.
  • The Ice King's Snow Golem comes from Jewish folklore in which golems are animated anthropomorphic beings, magically created entirely from inanimate matter.
    • Early on, the main disability of the golem was its inability to speak as stated in the Talmud. In "Thank You" we see that the golem is nearly incapable of true speech, but can babble and mumblenote Only saying one (somewhat strained) line at the very end of the episode.


  • Ancient Psychic Tandem War Elephant could be inspired by the Hindu deity Ganesha. Ganesha is widely revered as the remover of obstacles, the patron of arts and sciences and the devanote god of of intellect and wisdom.
    • Ganesha is popularly worshiped as a remover of obstacles, though traditionally he also places obstacles in the path of those who need to be checked. His association as the "Lord of Obstacles"note Some say this was the purpose of his creation relates to the Ancient Psychic Tandem War Elephant in a couple of ways. First, Finn and Jake must overcome a labyrinth of obstacles and trials to wish for the A.P.T.W.E from the land eel Aquandrius in "The Limit". He also puts an obstacle in Maja's way (a coma) in "Something Big" but gives her a second chance by deciding to care for her once the episode is over, and even begins removing that obstacle by allowing her to see through his eyes. Second, he becomes vital to removing Darren out of the way to defeat Maja and protect the Candy Kingdom.
    • Ganesha is identified with the Hindu mantra Aum/Omnote In reference to Ganesha this means he personifies the primal sound. According to Kundalini yoga, Ganesha resides in the first chakra, called Muladhara (mūlādhāra). Mula means "original, main"; adhara means "base, foundation". The muladhara chakra is the principle on which the manifestation or outward expansion of primordial Divine Force rests. The Ancient Psychic Tandem War Elephant is so ancient he may very well be primordial.
    • One of Ganesha's popular forms, Heramba-Ganapati, has five elephant heads, and other less-common variations in the number of heads are known such as two-headed forms are called Dvimukha Ganesh. Many depictions of Ganesha feature four arms, which is mentioned in Puranic sources and codified as a standard form in some iconographic texts.
      • A.P.T.W.E. obviously has two heads and four armsnote well, legs really.
    • The serpent is a common feature in Ganesha iconography and appears in many forms. This relates to A.P.T.W.E. because two serpent like creatures are present in his two major appearances. Aquandrius is the being Finn and Jake go to to wish for the Ancient Psychic Tandem War Elephant in "The Limit" (and one could argue the Labyrinth Worm may count) and in "Something Big" the shirt that Maja uses to fuel her magic to awake Darren and attack the Candy Kingdom is of cake pops surrounded by a serpent. She is still wearing it when A.P.T.W.E rescues her at the end of the episode.
  • Reincarnationnote the philosophical or religious concept that the soul or spirit, after biological death, can begin a new life in a new body. has been proven to be a fact in the Oooniverse.
  • Mars's creator Grob-Gob-Glob-Grod is most likely a reference to Brahma. Not only is he the highest deity in Ooo, but he shares Brahma's four heads/faces. Both have uncertain origins.
    • Brahma is the creator god and Glob is known for creating the utopia on the planet Mars.
    • Each is part of a trinity. Brahma is part of the Hindu Trinity with Vishnunote The supreme being. In fact one of his many attributes is Aishvarya (Sovereignty), derived from the word Ishvara which means "unchallenged rule over all". and Shivanote  Shiva is regarded as limitless, transcendent, unchanging and formless. Shiva also has many benevolent and fearsome forms. while Glob is part of a trinity with Golbnote  Not much is known about Golb yet, but we know he is stronger than both Glob, Magic Man, and Prismo. He is incredibly fearsome. and Abraham Lincolnnote The supreme being. .
  • In "Friends Forever" Simon's drum says that Simon is dealing with "a lot of unresolved karmanote the sum of a person's actions in this and previous states of existence, viewed as deciding their fate in future existences.".

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Stakes (miniseries)

2015 television miniseries

6th and 13th episodes of the seventh season of Adventure Time

Stakes is an American animatedtelevision miniseries comprising eight episodes from the television show Adventure Time, created by Pendleton Ward. It aired as part of the show's seventh season from November 16, 2015 to November 19, 2015 on Cartoon Network. Adventure Time follows the adventures of Finn (voiced by Jeremy Shada), a human boy, and his best friend and adoptive brother Jake (voiced by John DiMaggio), a dog with magical powers to change shape, grow and shrink at will. In this limited event series, Princess Bubblegum (voiced by Hynden Walch) removes the vampiric essence from Marceline the Vampire Queen (voiced by Olivia Olson), which unleashes five recently resurrected vampires into The Land of Ooo. Marceline, Bubblegum, Finn, Jake, and Peppermint Butler (voiced by Steve Little) are forced to deal with the fallout.

The miniseries' story was developed by series creator Pendleton Ward, showrunnerAdam Muto, head writer Kent Osborne, and staff writer Jack Pendarvis. The eight episodes were storyboarded by Ako Castuera, Jesse Moynihan, Muto, Hanna K. Nyström, Herpich, Steve Wolfhard, Seo Kim, Somvilay Xayaphone, Lyle Partridge, and Luke Pearson. Andres Salaff, Elizabeth Ito, and Muto handled supervising direction, and Sandra Lee served as art director. Former Adventure Time storyboard artist Rebecca Sugar returned briefly to the show to voice Marceline's mother and to contribute a song entitled "Everything Stays".

Stakes was a ratings success, and was met with mostly positive reviews, with Sugar's song in particular being met with critical applause. Conversely, a few commentators felt that the miniseries did not meet expectations. For his work on the Stakes finale, Herpich won a Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Individual Achievement in Animation at the 68th Primetime Creative Arts Emmy Awards in 2016. Stakes was released on DVD on January 19, 2016.


After losing her umbrella leaving her stuck in the shade of a tree in the desert, Marceline the Vampire Queen (voiced by Olivia Olson) approaches Princess Bubblegum (voiced by Hynden Walch) and asks her to cure her of her vampirism, as she no longer wants to be immortal. Bubblegum agrees and extracts the vampiric essence from Marceline's body. As Marceline recovers, the extracted essence gains sentience and escapes. Meanwhile, Finn (voiced by Jeremy Shada) and Jake (voiced by John DiMaggio) are called out to investigate livestock being attacked by a bloodsucking creature. Suspecting Marceline, they confront her, only to discover the extracted essence is behind the attacks. However, as Finn and Jake chase the vampiric essence, a mob of angry villagers capture Marceline and tie her to windmill, hoping that the rising sun will kill her. As the light hits her body, Marceline's life flashes before her eyes: Marceline first recalls a time when her mother (voiced by Rebecca Sugar) comforted her by singing a lullaby entitled "Everything Stays". Marceline then remembers Simon (voiced by Tom Kenny) leaving her before he is fully corrupted by the ice crown. She also remembers when she hunted vampires as a teenager and thereafter befriended a tribe of humans who survived the Mushroom War. Back in the present, the sunlight does not hurt Marceline, indicating that she has been cured.

Meanwhile, Jake encounters Marceline's freed vampiric essence, which has divided into five vampires whom Marceline had previously slain: the Fool (voiced by Ron Funches), the Empress (voiced by Rebecca Romijn), the Hierophant (voiced by Paul Williams), the Moon (voiced by Beau Billingslea), and the Vampire King himself (voiced by Billy Brown). Witnessing this, Jake warns Finn and Marceline—the latter of whom recalls when she slew the Vampire King but was turned into a vampire in the process. Marceline tracks down and confronts the resurrected Vampire King, killing the Fool and reabsorbing his power of flight. However, before she can battle the Vampire King, he warns her that the Empress is headed for the Ice Kingdom. Fearing for the safety of the Ice King, Marceline gives chase, and with the help of Finn and Bubblegum, slays the Empress, reabsorbing her powers of invisibility. Finn, Jake, Marceline, and Bubblegum then encounter the shape-shifting Hierophant. When notified by Peppermint Butler (voiced by Steve Little) that the Hierophant cannot enter houses without permission, Jake shapeshifts into a house and the group takes shelter inside. The Hierophant manages to injure Marceline, but he is accidentally knocked into Jake and dies due to his entering a house uninvited. Marceline reabsorbs his shapeshifting powers but falls ill due to the Hierophant's wound. Princess Bubblegum takes Marceline to the Candy Kingdom to try to cure her. Meanwhile, Finn and Jake track down the Moon in hopes of using her powers to heal Marceline. Finn and Jake lure the Moon back to Marceline, who manages to reabsorb the vampire's healing power, thereby allowing her to recover from her injury.

Marceline and the group prepare for their final confrontation with the Vampire King. However, when he appears before them, he declares that he no longer wishes to be a vampire. The group reluctantly agrees to remove the King's vampiric essence. Bubblegum places the Vampire King in the same contraption that she used on Marceline, turning him into a relatively harmless lion. The vampiric essence, on the other hand, is placed in a bucket, which accidentally detonates and forms a new monstrosity: the Dark Cloud. This looming essence begins ambling towards the Candy Kingdom, causing Finn, Jake, and Bubblegum to go on the offensive. Marceline, however, loses the will to fight. The Ice King arrives and briefly talks to Marceline, instilling in her a sense of purpose; Marceline then realizes that it is her destiny to stop the Dark Cloud. Marceline flies into the Dark Cloud and, using her soul-sucking abilities, drains it from the inside out. However, she does so at the cost of once more becoming the Vampire Queen. Once the incident is over, Marceline comes to terms with her vampiric nature. The miniseries concludes with Marceline singing a rendition of "Everything Stays"; as she sings, the audience is presented with short sequences showing Ooo returning to normalcy.


Stakes was announced in February 2015 alongside news of Long Live the Royals, a separate miniseries created by Sean Szeles, at an upfront regarding Cartoon Network's programming for the 2015 to 2016 television season.[1] Writing for Cartoon Brew, Amid Amidi speculated that both were commissioned following the success of Over the Garden Wall, the network's first miniseries created by Patrick McHale (a former writer for Adventure Time).[2] Michael Ouweleen, the chief marketing officer of the network, later said that "miniseries provide the network with more opportunities to try different creative textures and give new properties a chance to get on air."[3] Despite being touted by some outlets as a "spin-off",[4]Adventure TimeshowrunnerAdam Muto later clarified that Stakes was considered part of the series' seventh season.[5]

At the 2015 New York Comic Con, Muto revealed that the miniseries originated with ideas that were initially developed during the show's second season. He remarked, "There was this idea from season two about Marceline and ... how she got her powers to begin with. We kind of rolled with that and expanded that into eight episodes."[6] In a 2020 interview, former series creative director and storyline writer Patrick McHale clarified what exactly this original idea had been:

I realized [sometime during the production of season two] that we'd never actually had Marceline and Ice King interact with each other in the same episode, and we’d also established that they were both 1000 years old. I thought that was meaningful, and so I started coming up with this whole elaborate backstory [explaining that] Marceline was the daughter of a demon and a human ... [and that roughly one thousand years prior to the start of the show] Marceline and Ice King were working together to save humanity [from vampires]. But Ice King was losing himself [to the ice crown], and it all landed on Marceline to fight off the vampires as the humans were escaping on an ark, set for some unknown shore. ... So in the final struggle, as a mutated horde of monsters and vampires come to kill the last remaining humans ... [Marceline] goes and fights the vampires with her demon powers so that the boat can leave. The humans make it, but Marceline is turned into a vampire. So she's stuck looking [like a teenager] forever, and Ice King is stuck being crazy ... and it's too heartbreaking for [Marceline] to ever even go near him, so she avoids him and lives in a cave ... Anyway, I pitched this whole huge elaborate thing to the writers room and they were like, "That's cool, Pat." But it was too much plot. Nobody was very excited about it.[7]

Olson was not aware that the producers and writers were working on a Marceline-centric miniseries until the series' head writer, Kent Osborne, casually mentioned it to her in a conversation; when she learned of this, she reportedly cried because she was so excited.[6][8] Due to the Marceline-centric nature of the miniseries, a new opening was created that features Olson singing the theme song over a bass guitar.[9] This intro was storyboarded by Tom Herpich and was animated by Masaaki Yuasa's company Science SARU.[10][11]

The miniseries' story was developed by head writer Kent Osborne, series creator Pendleton Ward, Jack Pendarvis, and Muto. The eight episodes were storyboarded by Ako Castuera, Jesse Moynihan, Muto, Hanna K. Nyström, Herpich, Steve Wolfhard, Seo Kim, Somvilay Xayaphone, Lyle Partridge, and Luke Pearson. Andres Salaff, Elizabeth Ito, and Muto served as the miniseries' supervising directors, and Sandra Lee served as art director.[nb 1] Notably, the miniseries saw the return of several artists who had previously left the series, like Castuera (a storyboard artist who had left the series after working on the fifth season finale "Billy's Bucket List"), and Rebecca Sugar (a storyboard artist and songwriter, who had left the series after working on the fifth-season episode "Simon & Marcy").[12][13][14] Castuera storyboarded the first, sixth, and seventh parts of Stakes alongside Moynihan, and Sugar wrote a new song for the miniseries entitled "Everything Stays" and voiced Marceline's mother.[15][16][17]

A comparison of two shots from the original Adventure Timeintro sequence (left) to similar shots from the Stakesintro (right).

In regards to the miniseries' cynosural song "Everything Stays", Nyström revealed that, during the storyboarding of the episode of the same name, she found herself unable to write a lullaby for the scene between Marceline and her mother. She relayed her issue to Muto, who contacted Sugar and asked if she would be willing to pen the song. Sugar agreed and based the song on an incident in which she lost a stuffed animal in a garden. A year later, she found it; the sun had bleached the exposed surfaces, but the underside was still the same. She explained, "[The stuffed animal] wasn’t better, or worse, just different. It was the first time I realized that things will change no matter what, even if they’re left alone, and stay completely still."[18] Muto was excited to have Sugar return to work on the show, and noted at the 2015 Adventure TimeSan Diego Comic-Con International panel that "because [Stakes] was a Marceline miniseries, it wouldn't really feel complete unless Rebecca Sugar wrote a song for it." At San Diego Comic-Con, Sugar and Olson performed the song live.

Ghostshrimp, a background artist who worked on the series during seasons one through four, also returned to draw around 70 background pieces for this miniseries.[20][21][22] Ghostshrimp, who had left the series during the middle of season four, noted: "I was super pumped that they wanted me to work on it, [and] it was great to return to that world for another go around."[23]


The miniseries features vocal performances courtesy of the show's regular crew: Jeremy Shada (who voices Finn the Human), John DiMaggio (who portrays Jake the Dog), Olivia Olson (who portrays Marceline), Tom Kenny (who lends his voice to the Ice King), Hynden Walch (who voices Princess Bubblegum), Steve Little (who plays Peppermint Butler), and Pendleton Ward (who voices Lumpy Space Princess).[24] The Adventure Time cast records their lines together as opposed to doing it individually. This is to capture more natural sounding dialogue among the characters. Hynden Walch has described these group session as akin to "doing a play reading—a really, really out there play."[25]

The miniseries also features several guest actors lending their voices to various characters. Sugar, in addition to her role as songwriter, was also brought on board to voice Marceline's mother; this role marks her first foray into voice acting.[9] Other guest stars include Rebecca Romijn as Empress Eyes, Billy Brown as the Vampire King, Paul Williams as the Hierophant, Ron Funches as the Fool, Beau Billingslea as the Moon, Kyle Kinane as Cloud Dance, and Ava Acres as Young Marceline and the rabbit-hatted child.[26][27][28]

Release and reception[edit]


Although several sources suggested that the miniseries would air in October 2015,[15][29] the miniseries instead debuted on Cartoon Network on November 16, 2015.[9][30] An exclusive sneak peek was screened at the New York Comic Con on October 9.[29] The first two episodes of Stakes debuted on November 16, and, following this, two episodes aired every day for three days. On November 20, the entirety of the miniseries re-aired.[31] On January 18, 2016, preceding the miniseries' January 19, 2016 DVD release in the United States, Cartoon Network aired Stakes as an 88-minute standalone movie.[32]

The miniseries made its international debut on Cartoon Network in Australia and New Zealand on January 18, and concluded airing on January 21, 2016.[33] Stakes premiered on Cartoon Network UK and Ireland on March 14, 2016, and concluded on March 17, 2016.[34]


According to a Cartoon Network press release distributed prior to Stakes being available on DVD, the miniseries was a "success" for the network, "ranking as the #1 program in its time period with all key kids and boys audiences."[35] The premiere episodes, "Marceline the Vampire Queen"/"Everything Stays", were collectively watched by 1.87 million viewers and they both scored a 0.45 in the 18- to 49-year-old demographic according to Nielsen (Nielsen ratings are audience measurement systems that determine the audience size and composition of television programming in the United States); this means that 0.45 percent of all households with viewers aged 18 to 49 years old were watching television at the time of the episodes' airing.[36][37] This made the two episodes the most-watched installments of the series, in terms of viewers, since the sixth season episode "The Diary", which was viewed by 1.91 million viewers.[38] The miniseries' final two episodes, "Checkmate"/"The Dark Cloud", were collectively viewed by 1.7 million viewers, and they both scored a 0.4 in the 18- to 49-year-old demographic.[39]

Critical reception[edit]

Former series storyboard artist Rebecca Sugartemporarily returned to the show as a songwriter and voice actress. Her song "Everything Stays" was met with critical praise.

Stakes was met with mostly positive reviews, although a few commentators felt that the miniseries did not meet expectations. Charlie Jane Anders of io9 applauded the miniseries, noting that it is an interesting meditation on the concept of change, as well as the on philosophical idea that everything is cyclical. In regards to the art and direction of the miniseries, Anders wrote: "There is so much insane gorgeous imagery in this [miniseries], including a ton of really fantastic dream sequences. This show is really pushing its limits in terms of pure visual artistry."[40] Anders noted that, while some fans of the show have been suffering from "Adventure Time fatigue"—largely based on the belief that the show has not moved forward since Finn met his father—Stakes "really feels like a rejoinder to the people who complain the show isn’t moving fast enough with its plots".[40] Writing for Vox, Emily VanDerWerff wrote highly of the miniseries, arguing that it was an excellent example of the coming-of-age story that "shows off the kids series' emotional maturity".[41] She did note that the miniseries is "less a cohesive whole than a bunch of short stories that feel as if they accidentally add up to something bigger", and that the need for every installment to exist as a self-contained unit made Stakes "a little clunky".[41] With that being said, she felt that it ended up being "suitably epic" and "rich with metaphor".[41] Ultimately, VanDerWerff felt that the moral message of the miniseries was: "Change is good. Growth is good. Supporting others' growth is good. And accepting others when they need to change is the best thing you can do."[41]

Heather Hogan of Autostraddle lauded the miniseries for "color[ing] in some of Marceline's past, answer[ing] lots of questions about her relationship with Bonnie, and promis[ing] her a richer future."[42] She argued that the miniseries as a whole was a commentary on depression, and that at the conclusion of Stakes, while Marceline had not vanquished depression, "fighting it helped her grow."[42] Brandon Russell of TechnoBuffalo wrote, "The miniseries does an excellent job of exploring themes of depression, change, and forgiveness."[43] Russell praised the miniseries for showing Marceline's emotional transformation, noting that Marceline's momentary depression in "The Dark Cloud" at the futility of her plight is "a reminder that, although change is hard, it's necessary for growth."[43] However, Russell critiqued the fact that, due to the individual episodes' lengths, some of the miniseries' more poignant material was not explored to its full extent.[43]

Oliver Sava of The A.V. Club awarded the miniseries a "B", noting that the event "loses steam when it moves away from the introspective personal elements of the past to detail Marceline and her friends' vampire hunting adventure in the present."[44] He also bemoaned the fact that only "Everything Stays" features flashbacks, arguing that "rushing through those past events is a missed opportunity to offer a more comprehensive look at where Marceline comes from and how those circumstances have shaped her".[44] With that being said, Sava was highly complimentary towards the voice acting, with praise being directed towards Olson and the actors who voice the villains; Sava wrote, "The new characters' personalities are quickly solidified by the guest stars' expressive performances."[44] Eric Thurm of Pitchfork Media opined that Stakes "includes all sorts of cool action sequences and, best of all, it focuses on the backstory of the show's most musical character: Marceline [...] But Stakes, as fun as it is, ultimately fails to fully deliver, mostly because of a lack of, um, stakes."[45]

Sugar's "Everything Stays" was met with critical praise. VanDerWerff described it as "beautiful".[41] Russell argued that it is "arguably the most beautiful and poignant song in the Adventure Time canon."[43] Sava called it "poignant", noting that "Olson brings a mournful quality to the song when Marceline reprises it later, and the combination of her somber vocals with Sugar's delicate songwriting gives the song a quiet power that highlights the importance of this melody in Marceline's story."[44] Likewise, Thurm called it the "most exciting moment" in the miniseries and that the song "is pretty much a perfect Adventure Time song. It's quiet, beautiful, and heartfelt—a lullaby for children at heart, no matter their age."[45]


For his work on "The Dark Cloud", Tom Herpich won a Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Individual Achievement in Animation at the 68th Primetime Creative Arts Emmy Awards in 2016,[46] making it the series's fourth win in this category.[47][nb 2]


See also: Adventure Time (season 7) and List of Adventure Time episodes

This section is transcluded from Adventure Time (season 7). (edit | history)

Home media[edit]

Warner Home Video released the entire miniseries on DVD on January 19, 2016.[52] The episodes were later re-released as part of the complete seventh season DVD on July 18, 2017.[53] The individual episodes can also be downloaded from both the iTunes Store and[54]

DVD release[edit]

Set details[55]Special features[55]
  • 8 episodes
  • 1-disc set
  • 1.78:1 aspect ratio
  • Subtitles: English
  • English (Dolby Stereo)
  • Animatics
  • Song demos
  • Art gallery
Release dates
Region 1Region 4 Region A Region B
January 19, 2016 (2016-01-19)[55]April 6, 2016 (2016-04-06)[56]N/A N/A

See also[edit]

  • Islands, the second Adventure Time miniseries, which aired as part of the show's eighth season in early 2017
  • Elements, the third Adventure Time miniseries, which aired as part of the show's ninth season in April 2017


Directing clarifications

  1. ^ abcSupervising director
  2. ^Art director
  3. ^ abStoryboard artist, "Marceline the Vampire Queen", "Take Her Back", "Checkmate"
  4. ^ abStoryboard artist, "Everything Stays"
  5. ^ abStoryboard artist, "Vamps About", "The Dark Cloud"
  6. ^ abStoryboard artist, "The Empress Eyes"
  7. ^ abStoryboard artist, "May I Come In?"

Explanatory notes


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The Hard Easy (Adventure Time)

23rd episode of the fourth season of Adventure Time

"The Hard Easy" is the twenty-third episode of the fourth season of the American animated television seriesAdventure Time. The episode was written and storyboarded by Tom Herpich and Skyler Page, from a story by Patrick McHale, Kent Osborne, and Pendleton Ward. It originally aired on Cartoon Network on October 1, 2012. The episode guest stars Brian Doyle-Murray as Prince Huge and Jonathan Katz as the Mudscamp elder.

The series follows the adventures of Finn (voiced by Jeremy Shada), a human boy, and his best friend and adoptive brother Jake (voiced by John DiMaggio), a dog with magical powers to change shape and grow and shrink at will. In this episode, A group of Mudscamps ask Finn and Jake to protect them from the Mega Frog, their predator. Finn eventually learns that the Mega Frog is actually a cursed prince, and only a kiss can break the spell.

Katz originally was supposed to have appeared in the third season episode "The New Frontier", but scheduling conflicts resulted in him being unable to voice a character for the show until this episode. "The Hard Easy", which was advertised as the 100th episode of the series, was viewed by 2.643 million viewers, and received largely positive reviews from television critics.


During a rainy day, Finn and Jake are approached by a mudscamp named Woobeewoo (voiced by Kent Osborne), who pleads with the heroes to help save his village. Agreeing to help, Finn and Jake appear before the village elder (voiced by Jonathan Katz) who reveals that their community is under attack by a giant Mega Frog that apparently tries to eat them. Finn and Jake agree to find the beast and stop it, and they set off.

While in the forest, Finn and Jake think they see the Mega Frog, but it turns out to be a wooden effigy. However, behind them, the Mega Frog appears, and he attempts to eat them. Finn and Jake flee into a cave, but the frog gives chase. Then and there, Finn realizes that the frog is not trying to eat them, but rather kiss them; Finn summons up his courage and leaps towards the frog, giving him a kiss that turns the monster into Prince Huge (voiced by Brian Doyle-Murray). The prince thanks the two, noting that he had been cursed for some time, even though he had tried to break his own curse.


"The Hard Easy" was written and storyboarded by Tom Herpich and Skyler Page, from a story developed by series creator Pendleton Ward, Patrick McHale, and Kent Osborne.[2] The opening of the episode, featuring Finn and Jake looking for a source of water to swim in, was based on Herpich's experience trying to find swimming holes in North Carolina.[3] The episode guest stars Brian Doyle-Murray appears as Prince Huge and Jonathan Katz as Mudscamp Elder. Katz was originally supposed to have played the role of Banana Man in the third season episode "The New Frontier", but he was unavailable at the time of recording; musical comedian "Weird Al" Yankovic subsequently filled the role.[4] One of Katz's lines was actually a modification of one of Herpich's jokes. Ward was so pleased with the addition that he kept it in the final cut of the episode.[3][5]


"The Hard Easy" first aired on Cartoon Network on October 1, 2012. The episode was widely advertised as the 100th episode of the series. While it was the 100th episode produced, it was the 101st to air.[6] The episode was seen by 2.643 million viewers, and received a 0.6 rating in the 18–49 demographic. This means it was seen by 0.6 percent of all 18- to 49-year-olds watching television at the time of the episode's airing.[7] The episode first saw physical release as part of the 2013 DVD, Jake the Dad, which included 16 episodes from the series' fourth and fifth seasons.[8] It was later re-released as part of the complete fourth season DVD in October 2014.[9]

Oliver Sava of The A.V. Club awarded the episode an "A–", writing that it "shows exactly why this show has become so successful with variations on that central idea."[6] He felt that while the episode was not "too crazy for the milestone story" the "simple yet striking character designs, stylized dialogue, intense action, clever comedy, and generally chill atmosphere combine to create a delightful burst of animated whimsy, light and frothy but still substantial."[6] Sava argued that the episode took elements from the fairy tales Hansel and Gretel and The Frog Prince, but managed to tweak and change them "through this show's psychedelic toilet filter".[6] Sava was particularly pleased with the Prince's transformation near the end of the episode, describing it thus: "The animation is breathtaking as the frog skin melts away to reveal a human skeleton, which grows nerves and muscles and skin and clothes that form a jolly prince, who has been trying to break his curse for ages."[6]

Explanatory notes[edit]

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  2. ^Creative director
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  1. ^"Shows A-Z, Adventure Time With Finn and Jake". The Futon Critic. Retrieved February 3, 2013.
  2. ^Leichliter, Larry (director); Nate Cash (creative director); Nick Jennings (art director); Tom Herpich & Skyler Page (storyboard artists) (October 1, 2012). "The Hard Easy". Adventure Time. Season 4. Episode 23. Cartoon Network.
  3. ^ abHerpich, Tom (2014). "The Hard Easy". Adventure Time: The Complete Fourth Season (DVD commentary track). Los Angeles: Cartoon Network.
  4. ^Webb, Charles (April 28, 2011). "It's 'Adventure Time' With Series Creator Pendleton Ward". MTV Geek. MTV. Retrieved February 3, 2013.
  5. ^Ward, Pendleton (2014). "The Hard Easy". Adventure Time: The Complete Fourth Season (DVD commentary track). Los Angeles: Cartoon Network.
  6. ^ abcdeSava, Oliver (October 1, 2012). "Review: Adventure Time: 'The Hard Easy'". The A.V. Club. The Onion. Retrieved September 12, 2014.
  7. ^"Monday Cable Ratings: 'Monday Night Football' Wins Night, 'Major Crimes', 'Warehouse 13', 'Switched at Birth', 'Alphas', 'WWE Raw', & More". TV by the Numbers. Zap2it. October 2, 2012. Archived from the original on October 13, 2013. Retrieved December 9, 2012.
  8. ^Leichliter, Larry et al. (2013). Jake the Dad (DVD). Warner Home Video.
  9. ^"Cartoon Network-Adventure Time-Complete 4th Season". June 27, 2014. Retrieved June 27, 2014.

External links[edit]

Adventure Time - The Hard Easy - Cartoon Network


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