Im only a casual watcher of Adventure Time (I’ve seen them all though) but I got feelings because while rewatching Mystery Dungeon I noticed how Lemongrab responds to Tree Trunks discipline, and he kind of accepts it (he says the wrong thing AGAIN but he has a resonant and submissive response nonetheless) which made me sad because it kind of implies that through all his bad behavior and cruelty, it’s really not all his fault because he’s had little to no guidance in his life. He came out wrong so Bubblegum sort of brushed him aside. His response to Tree Trunks’ disciplinary speech implies that he wants limits and to have a sense of control around him. A parental type figure.
It’s just really sad that he turned out the way he did because what he needed was more love and better treatment.
But that’s probably far fetched, again I’m only a casual fan.
Also not excusing his tyranny and dictatorship, I’m just expressing the sadness behind the reason for it.