Six Wonderfully Twisted Adventure Time Moments

The Ice King Cuts Parts Off Of Various Princesses To Build Himself A Bride

I did not exaggerate that headline at all.  I am including this, to show you just how severe the damage he did was.

Yes, that is Princess Bubblegum, now lobotomized for your viewing displeasure.

Seeing a major character, cartoon or not, suddenly turned into a drooling vegetable was actually pretty shocking to me. Finn and Jake see this and decided they need to go to the Ice King’s lair and get all the parts back. Ok, that is good. Let’s fix this. So they get to the lair of the Ice King and they see what he has created and they pass out in disgust. Seriously, everytime they see her in the episode, they freak out and pass out in disgust. A penguin even vomits when she smiles at it. No joke.

And this is why:

Because she is an unGodly beast thrown up from the bowels of all your worst nightmares.

And the craziest part was, the whole episode is about how she knows she is a freak and a monster, and the Ice King, who now considers her his bride, spends the entire episode reassuring her how beautiful she is to him, and how is doesn’t matter what other people think as long as they love each other. It is sort of sweet, and you find yourself forgetting that this person is built up from the sliced off body parts off other people.

And just when you think it has reached an apex of insanity, the zombie princess ends up basically committing suicide, and slowly unraveling herself to give the parts back to their rightful owners until none of her is left.

So it is existential and nihilistic all at once. Just what kids love!

All kidding aside, it is that kind of writing that makes this show so exceptional.

The Fight King Orders Finn To Kill Jake

Wow, right? How many shows do you see in prime time that are NOT cartoons that have a lead character being told he needs to kill his best friend? None, which makes it extra insane that this is a cartoon. Well again, to understand what you are working with here, I will give you a little visual guidance on what the Fight King looks like:

See, another adorable character from Adventure Time just waiting to be immortalized in a plush toy.

So basically you have Finn and Jake fighting through waves and waves of dead soldiers in an attempt to appease the Fight King, and in the end, the Fight King says the final battle must be between Finn and Jake, and it must be TO THE DEATH!

As if that wasn’t twisted enough, the audience is slightly manipulated into believing it may happen. I mean, us adults watching the show know better. But for kids watching, it really is an incredibly creepy moment where you aren’t quite sure who the intended audience is, but you don’t care because it is so awesome.

Princess Bubblegum Gets Possessed

That title alone should indicate why this is here. It was this scene that inspired me to write this list, too. You see, I have this unnatural fear of the movie The Exorcist, and somehow, this episode played off of those fears brilliantly. We are not talking about a silly possession for a cartoon. We are talking head spinning, bed floating, speaking in different languages possession. This is some real deal stuff. Is it scary? No. But is it ballsy to put in a cartoon, hell yes.

I mean, just look at her:

Look at the cold, icy death within her eyes and her mangled demon arms.

And they did not play it out in a cute manner, either. She tosses Jake around and lights the entire room on fire. Some would call it hellfire. I call it a moment in a cartoon where it is clear this is not kids stuff. But yet, it has enough charm that is sort of still is.

Well, there is this, too :

Told you they didn’t hold back.

Ofcourse they save her. At no point do we ever doubt that will happen. But it is just the point that you basically end up watching a shortened, animated version of The Exorcist that seems like it is on LSD. What is there NOT to love about that?

Honorable Mentions:

Lumpy Space Princess singing the ” You Know You Wanna Slump Up On These Lumps” song. Yes, yes I do.

The zombie episode. They may have been candy, and bled sugar, but it was still a zombie episode.

Finn reveals his hair. Best. Moment. Ever.

Ricardio the heart guy. I won’t ruin the twist here, but I will tell you he is voiced by George Tekai, and this episode is pure awesome.

Any episode involving the character Tree Trunks. Man, when you see Tree Trunks, you know you are in store for some weird sh*t.

The Slow Love episode where Finn and Jake teach a giant snail how to seduce other snails. Wow, just wow.

The Fiona and Cake episode, which was like a Bizzaro world version of the show that spun off from some side art an animator on the show had done for fun.

And on a final note, the fan art for this show is some of the best in the world, so if you are a fan, you owe it to yourself to go seek some it out. I will leave you with just one example now to show you just how amazing it can get:

Yup, that amazing.

  • DocDoom

    Great stuff, Remy. I’ve been trying to convince my friends to watch this for the last couple of years, and most of them still think it’s just a children’s show.

    You were spot on with the “Monster Bride” episode. Ice King centered shows just get sadder and sadder. His song he writes for her is amazing as well.

    Also, have you ever noticed that the entire world they live in seems to be a post-apocalyptic version of our own? They live above the remains of New York City, and there’s burnt cars and stuff scattered throughout episodes. That’s heavy, man.

  • thenottakenname

    Pendleton Ward is an absolutely brilliant, brilliant man. The episode dealing with the five senses? I was like whaaaaaaaaaaat at the end of it.

  • I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again, Adventure Time is the best show on TV.

  • ^My people have spoken. So glad I am not alone in my adoration for this show.

  • Triple X

    Though not as inheritantly evil as Gunter, I’m surprised Peppermint Butler wasn’t on your list.

    The ep where he threatened to steal Finn/Jake’s skin while they slept was probably meant to be a series finale. Butler will kill them all one day.

  • rcrd

    The train episode where the candy people start dying and Finn gets happy because he gets a mystery to solve

  • Inter Milan Kundera

    My roommates got violently high once and watched this. Being the only non-stoned person in the room proved to be a truly joyous experience.

    This is one of the few shows where I totally turn my mind off and just watch crazy shit happen. It’s like watching a Dali painting come to life.

  • DocDoom

    @rcrd, that episode is great! The train conductor is particularly brilliant.

  • Gore Motel

    “Tree Trunks is old and BONKERS.”

    So good. So glad to see other people appreciate the deeper levels at play here. You said it best when you noted that quite often in Adventure Time, the line is not “good v. bad”, but often a question of perception and motivation. The bad characters are bad, but they have a reason to be and that reason is fully explained, rather than hinted at.

    Here’s a suggestion for a twisted Adventure Time scenario: The episode where Jake’s imagination runs wild and he almost kills Finn because he can’t stop thinking of bad things. I just like that the characters are almost constantly in peril, and that peril comes from friends just as often as it does enemies.

  • Beorach

    Don’t deny your rowdy nature, paladins!

    -oh my glob

  • KaosNoKamisama


    The post-apocalyptic scenario is actually hinted throughout the entire show. As you point out, the whole ruins-of-the-wolrd-as-we-know-it that are bellow the surface, but also other stuff. I remember one episode in which Finn and Jake talk about the “old” movies being made before “the great mushroom war”. In the episode about Rainycorn’s parents they also say that their species drove humans almost to extinction (because they eat them/us!!!!!) and that they had a war against the dogs…

    Yeah… Oo seems to be quite the post-apocalyptic scenario you couls expect after a nuclear war mutates the hell out of everything, creating man-eating rainycorns that fight a war agains magical-mutant dogs… IT’S ADVENTURE TIME!

  • DocDoom


    That’s right! I totally forgot about the “mushroom war”. It just makes the show that much better. That, and since you mentioned Rainycorn’s parents, the fact that Henry Rollins plays her dad. Mathmatical!

  • wevs

    Adventure Time is definitely a masterpiece and one of the most enjoyable shows on TV at the moment, but if we’re talking about creepy and chillingly philosophical “children’s” cartoons we can’t pass up Courage The Cowardly Dog. At the very least the Exorcist spoof was better. Giant Live Action Heads, sociopathic perfectionist teachers, ruthless conmen leaving people for dead, that show has the full monty for some glorious nightmares.

  • morgan

    word of god said the post-apocalyptic world thing is canon, the great mushroom war was actually a nuclear holocaust, and a large chunk of the planet, formerly the country Russia, is gone

  • Piratey

    The most messed up moment of the show(and biggest NO F’IN WAY) was the Lich episode where Ice King carelessly drops PB in the acid.

  • The absolute most messed up moment in this series was the episode with the magic man. HE TURNS A BIRD INSIDE OUT!! The bird then of course tries to flap away and Jake seems absolutely scarred by the ordeal. Also, he turns Finn into a giant foot.

  • Wow. I knew there were some people who were as equally in love and in awe at what this show pulls off, and here you all are, gathered in one place. Ah, my people. We should have a dance off.

  • Terence H

    The way you all talk about the show makes me think of you all as My Little Pony fans less popular cousin

    And by the way are their any unreality writers who are Bronies?

  • blap

    What about the “christmas” episode where they reveal ice king’s origin

  • wevs

    Terence, MLP is an pretty decent show, but anyone who refers to themselves as bronies need to be put down. You’re the reason most people never give the show a chance.

  • wevs

    *a pretty…

  • Piratey

    @Terence H
    And that foot then combines to form a hideous Devastator/Voltron like creature to take on the magic man.

    Yeah Adventure Time is awesome. I’m a grown ass man, 27, and I’m not ashamed to say it’s my favorite show on TV.

  • re: Mushroom war, the comics reveal more about this.

    The clown nurses episode was really intense with the faces and visual effects, the show constantly surprises me just how far they’ll go with either visuals or storylines.

    The zombie episode was the first one (not counting the pilot) I think? Finn blindfolds the candy people and gets them to beat their (presumably) relatives/friends’ reanimated corpses into submission by saying it’s a pinata party. I assumed the show aired at night!

    What was the plot when Finn had to fight invisible forces that Jake’s mind kept creating? That was a good one.

  • jon

    My favorite episode is the one where they have to go see Death, and it turns out he’s a friend of Peppermint Butlers. Death plays some pretty bad ass heavy metal, and on top of it, even after name dropping Peppermint Butler saves their lives Finn and Jake decide they’re going to go eat him anyway. Hilarious!

  • illeaturfamily

    Anything involving LSP makes my heart smile. Such a fun character. And I’m with a lot of people commenting in here, saying that they’ve admired this show for a while but friends mostly think it’s just a kids show. “Just a kids show” is the biggest understatement possible for Adventure Time. Every episode delivers a positive message, but the real treat is that it can be understood in different ways depending on the maturity of the viewer.

  • Honestly, in putting this list together, I was trying to validate that I was not alone in my adoration for the depth of this show, and to the same degree, pummeling my own fear that I was bat shit insane into submission. All the comments listed above either prove I am not batshit insane, or prove we all are, at which points, we are very much in our very own version of Adventure Time. Wow, I just blew my own mind.

  • mimi

    The episode that has something in it too is the one with the witch. Did anyone notice it was the devils head? Hahaha. Yeah. Idc i love this twisted show <3

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  • Frank Bass

    Dude reading this article was awesome! Gave me goosebumps still from realizing the horrific awe from the twisted episodes, visuals, plot lines, and DRAMA BOMBS!! Adventure time rules! And everyone else in this article agrees with me too! Thank you for making this great conversation between adventure time fans. Make a sequel article and I’m sure people will read it.

  • mikey

    Don’t forget too that The setting, they live in is post nuclear holocaust.

  • Les

    Dont forget the simon and marceline special. Im not gonna spoil stuff cuz it hardly ever runs and anyone who has not seen it must go watch it so u can properly weep like children

  • Michelle

    Not sure if this has been said yet but Hunson Abedeer isn’t a vampire he’s a demon lord. Marceline isn’t just a vampire , she’s also a demon ! 🙂

  • James

    “I remember you” made me tear up at the end. Thinking about it makes me cry, and “Simon and Marcy” had me near bawling.

    My favorite episode though is “Burning Low” the comment by illeatyourfamily is so true with that tiers joke by Jake. THAT was twisted.

  • Lemongrab

    No Lemongrab mentions. UNACCEPTABLE!@!

  • Butts, Butts

    Sky Witch. Super gay. Er, lesbo. :3

  • Amanda

    Okay, let me start this off by saying that this show blows my mind away. The first time I experienced this show, I was thinking, “Okay… So this show is kind of cool.” As I continued to watch it to season 5, it suddenly changed my perspective of the show. It turned into an AMAZING show in my eyes. I mean come on, the backstory behind the cartoon, not to mention the interactions between the characters?! It’s pure gold! I am a bubbline fan, so I absolutely went crazy over What Was Missing and Sky Witch. You just can’t watch that and not think hard about it. There’s too many questions left unanswered about these characters lives!
    But even though I absolutely adore bubbline, I respect the anti bubbline fans opinions. I understand that adults raise you to be religious and heterosexual. I also understand that it’s just a kids show, and there’s absolutely a chance that the relationship could never be revealed, despite the facts/hints being shown in the episodes. I must state, though, that this is 2013, where homosexuality is starting to be accepted in the U.S. There are just too many people who believe in these theories. I just believe that it could possibly change for us these days…
    For those that obviously hate homosexuality, and are just stuck up about it, you are absolutely selfish. The homophobes blame it on the way they were raised, but think about it… Homosexuals are here whether you like it or not, so just suck it up and deal with it. I’m not saying you should become one yourselves, but just understand and accept it. Homosexuals are usually in pain every day, mainly because of these kinds of people. And for the religious excuses (not for the reasons mentioned above, mainly those who take the excuse too far), that is just unnecessary. People just don’t realize that Christianity isn’t the only religion in the world, not to mention the number of atheists. Homosexuals are as human and real as heterosexuals. I am not homosexual, but this is just what I believe.
    Sorry about the spiel. Anyways, I believe that this show is becoming an adult swim show, based on the multiple hints recently aired in the newest episodes. This show just gets better and better to me!

  • Brandon Roberts

    this garbage is for kids

  • Brandon Mcduff

    there is a lot of hidden stuff in AV stuff like in one of the episodes there is a picture of Abraham Lincoln with hunson abadeer (the lord of evil)