In a time when the world seems to be far too serious far too often, Adventure Time shimmers on the horizon in all its pastel glory. A beacon of joy and happiness for all who have had the innocence beaten out of them by the cruel, calloused hands of fate. Though it may thinly disguise itself as a show aimed at children, I can tell you confidently, that’s not true. Well, it’s partly true. But mostly, the show delivers some dark and insane moments that happen far more regularly than one would expect from a show that looks like this.
That’s why we don’t judge books by their covers. You see, once you look past the bright colors and amazing array of cute and colorful characters, there are some truly dark and bizarre moments that reveal the world you’re sharing with these people is not nearly as candy-coated as you were led to believe. Here are six examples of certified insanity from this wonderfully twisted show.
Though the whole Evicted episode where they first meet her is awesome, I am not picking this so much for a moment as the character in general. Marceline is a vampire. Marceline dresses like she lives in Seattle in 1994. And Marceline is on the side of good. You don’t know this at first, though, and that is why I love this show.
” I feel your pain, Marceline ” is a song I intend to write for her one day.
To have the friend of a main character be a vampire might be normal in a horror show or fantasy show, or even a show that would air on the BBC but would eventually make its way to American shores to be bastardized in a remake. But in a cartoon that is not anime, it is unheard of.
But yes, Finn’s friend Marceline is indeed a vampire. A vampire who plays an axe shaped bass. This very reasoning is why so many people consider Marceline their favorite character on the show. Oh, and every now and then she busts out into song, and the songs she sings are nothing short of super awesome.
Nope, no ambiguous tension between her and Princess Bubble gum at all.
There is also a really strange subtext in the relationship between Marceline and Princess Bubblegum that has been hinted at recently, but never gets fully explained. But why should it? For those who don’t know, I will do my best to summarize it by pointing this out: Princess Bubblegum sleeps in one of Marceline’s tee shirts. But again, who cares?
While this strange relationship has angered some close minded idiots, normal, rational people see it for what it is. A surreal cartoon that has the license to do whatever it wants with its characters. Listen guys, it is not our world to care who loves who or why. If a female vampire being with a Princess who is made out of Bubblegum fills you with homophobic hate, you have so many problems I cannot even begin to touch on them here.
From the complex dichotomy of her relationship with Finn and Princess Bubblegum, to her broken relationship with her (extremely evil) Dad (which I will touch upon shortly), Marceline is not only one of the best characters on this show, but one of the best characters on TV right now. Wow, I am going to catch some heat for that. It’s cool, though. I stand behind it.
Cinnamon Bun in “The Other Tarts” Episode
First off, before I even say anything about this truly insane character, allow me to show you what he looks like.
He can best be described as a old man with dementia who may or may not taste delicious.
In seeing what he looks like, can you see why he is here? I know I am the same guy who told you we shouldn’t judge a book by its cover, but come on, look at him!?
Well, every living thing on this show is sort of insane looking, so we need more than that to back it up. As much as I did love when he tried to do a backflip, I had to go with “The Other Tarts” episode, because it is the first time we really see how frighteningly insane he is. Plus, they make a joke about him being “half baked”, which ofcourse, seeing as to how he is a cinnamon bun, works on a multitude of levels.
And the best thing about this episode? We are led to believe that Cinnamon Bun has been given decoy tarts to take to the “back-rubbing-festival” and Finn has been entrusted with the real tarts. But then in the end, we learn that Finn was the one who was duped, and Cinnamon Bun had the real tarts, which, in turn, got delivered safely, while all of Finn’s decoy tarts had been stolen and eaten by bandits and monsters. Luckily, they were paralyzed tarts.
Actually, Cinnamon Bun finds himself in these kind of situations quite often.
So are you beginning to see why I think this show is so wonderfully twisted?
Meeting Marceline’s Dad, Hunson Abadeer
I think, personally, this was the first time I realized how dark the show could get. Granted, dark in relation to this show is still relatively mild, but still, it caught me off guard at the time. And the thing about her “Dad” is, we are never truly given insight into whether or not Dad means biological Dad or guy who turned her into a vampire.
Anyway, Finn hears Marceline sing one of her songs about her Dad, and Finn thinks they need to be reunited, so Finn releases her Dad from the Nightosphere (think Hell). Ofocurse, Finn doesn’t know that Marceline’s Dad, Hudson Abadeer, is also the LORD OF EVIL. So when he starts destroying things and sucking the souls out of anything in his path, it is up to Finn, Jake, and Marceline to stop his reign of terror before everything gets destroyed.
Truth be told and upon further inspection, he really isn’t that bad of a guy.
Ofcourse, much like every other story in Adventure Time, it doesn’t so much boil down to who is good and who is evil. It tends to boil down to perspectives, and this episode showed the fragility of the Father Daughter relationship quite brilliantly. Wow, I may be looking too deeply into this show.