Are you interested in watching Adventure Time, but intimidated by the thought of watching 252 episodes? Have you watched the series before, but want to watch again without any filler episodes (unless it’s Bubbline, of course)? This is for you!

After seeing a request in the ATimers tag, I have compiled a list of all the Adventure Time episodes that contain major plot, important backstory, major characterization, and/or Bubbline moments. I have also included optional episodes that I think will increase your understanding/enjoyment of the show (I put the reason next to it; if it says something about being an arc, backstory, characterization, etc., be warned that not watching may make the major plot points of the show a bit more confusing for you). 

I condensed the show down to 128 of the 10-minute episodes (69 episodes if you don’t watch any of the optional episodes). Optional episodes are in italics. Episodes with Bubbline moments, characterization of Marcy/Princess Bubblegum (PB), or major backstory/plot related to Marcy/PB are in bold. Anything with a an asterisk (*) can be watched at any time (order doesn’t matter, though you may still want to watch it in the same season). 

I hope this helps someone out since I spent three hours putting it together! Without further ado… 

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The Adventure Time Timeline

so i made a list of adventure time episodes that you should watch in case you haven’t seen the whole show/ones that are relevant to the storyline with the help of this post

S01 EP05 | “The Enchiridion” {finn and jake find the enchiridion)
S01 EP25 | “His Hero” {finn meets billy)
S02 EP18 | “Susan Strong ” (finn and jake meets susan and the humans)

S02 EP25 | “Mortal Folly” (the lich escapes)
S02 EP26 | “Mortal Recoil” (bubblegum is possessed by the lich)
S03 EP05 | “Too Young ” (meets lemongrab, PB is normal)

S03 EP07 | “Still ” (finn meets his comet spirit)
S03 EP14 | “Beautopia” (finn helps susan strong)
S03 EP18 | “The New Frontier” (cosmic owl appears in jake’s dream)
S03 EP19 | “Holly Jolly Secrets” (simon petrikov’s video logs)
S03 EP20 | “Holly Jolly Secrets” (simon petrikov’s video logs)
S03 EP25 | “Dads Dungeon” (joshua’s past)
S04 EP15 | “Son of Mars” (magic man’s past)
S04 EP25 | “I Remember You” (marceline and ice king reconnect)

S04 EP07 | “In Your Footsteps” (a bear finds the enchiridion)
S04 EP18 | “King Worm” (finn dreams of the future)
S04 EP26 | “The Lich” (the lich kills billy and makes a wish)
S05 EP01 | “Finn the Human” (finn wishes for a different reality)
S05 EP02 | “Jake the Dog” (jake wishes to correct the mistakes)

S05 EP34 | “The Vault” (shoko and bubblegum meet)
S05 EP45 | “Blade of Grass” (finn gets a new sword)
S05 EP48 | “Betty” (betty returns)

S05 EP52 | “Billy’s Bucket List” (finn finishes billy’s bucket list)
S06 EP01 | “Wake Up” (the lich returns once again)
S06 EP02 | “Escape From the Citidel” (finn meets his father)
S06 EP04 | “The Tower” (finn tries to steal martin’s arm)
S05 EP06 | “Breezy” (finn gets a new arm)

S06 EP16 | “Joshua and Margaret Investigations (jake and jermaine’s story)
S06 EP19 | "Is That You?” (prismo is revived)
S06 EP20 | “Jake the Brick” (jake livestreams his experience as a brick)
S06 EP24 | “Evergreen” (the origin of the ice crown)
S06 EP33 | “Jermaine” (finn and jake visit jermaine)
S06 EP35 | “Graybles 1000+” (the future of ooo)
S06 EP38 | “You Forgot Your Floaties” (betty becomes magic woman)

S06 EP25 | “Astral Plane” (finn has an out of body experience)
S06 EP26 | “Gold Stars” (sweet p has his first vision)
S06 EP27 | “The Visitor” (martin returns to ooo)
S03 EP36 | “Hoots” (orgalorg reawakens)
S06 EP39 | “Be Sweet” (sweet p has his second vision)
S06 EP40 | “Orgalorg” (the sotry of orgalorg)
S06 EP41 | “On the Lam” (martin’s space adventures)
S06 EP42 | “Hot Diggity Doom (orgalorg initiates his plan)
S06 EP43 | "The Comet” (finn fights orgalorg)

S07EP6-13 | “Stakes” (marceline miniseries)


Live Blog the Adventure reviews “Mortal Folly.”

The ancient Greeks defined hubris as the worst sin a leader or a nation could commit, it was the attitude of supreme arrogance in which mortals in their folly would set themselves up against the gods. Its consequences were invariably severe. The Greeks also had a word for what usually followed hubris that was called peripeteia; meaning a dramatic reversal of fortune, falling from the grace of a height to unimaginable depths where disaster would embrace not only the offender but also his nearest and dearest.
—  Hubris: The Tragedy of War In The Twentieth Century by Alistair Horne
The Bubbline guide

UPDATE: Time Sandwhich has been added to the list, as suggested by yellowdartvoice

So all this hype made you want to watch Adventure Time, but just for the cute couple gal pals? (Or you just want to watch the show itself, in which case another guide is coming soon.) Yet you’re intimidated by the 226 episodes that have aired so far? Fear not, here’s your guide to Bubbline that includes their shared episodes as well as those that help you understand them as individual characters. I know you could just go to wikia and see what episode features both Marceline (the punk-rock vampire one) and Princess Bubblegum (the scientific pink one), but come on, you want to understand their story, don’t you? Which is why I made this guide (and it’s not procrastinating, not at all).

The episodes themselves are gonna be under the cut because, well, out of 226 I listed 71 of them. I know, I know, I was supposed to narrow it down, but most of these are optional ones that only feature one or neither of them. If you watch all of these 71 episodes then cool, you have a general understanding of Adventure Time’s most important plot points and know pretty much everything there is to know about Marceline and Bubblegum. If you don’t want to and are only here for the real action, you can find the ones to watch on this list.

Overall, there are 13 core episodes (including all of Stakes), 21 recommended and 37 optional ones (tho some are more important than others). Watching just the core episodes is not that recommended, since you will be confused during later episodes and I don’t think one can appreciate, say, Varmints, as much, but hey, you can of course just watch these.

These 13 episodes are:

  • s2ep20: Go With Me
  • s3ep10: What Was Missing
  • s5ep29: Sky Witch
  • s7ep2: Varmints
  • s7ep6-13: all 8 episodes of Stakes (srsly, watch them all)
  • s7ep27: Broke His Crown

Okay, so Go With Me is more like a prologue for Bubbline and Stakes centers around Marceline, but I’m not willing to cut these out of the core. Now, if you’re also interested in their individual character development, I have more episodes for you, some highly recommended, some entirely optional. I really do hope that even without most of the optional ones you’ll get the overall picture of this show, these characters and their relationship. The 71 episodes are the following:

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stmiolant  asked:

Am I the only one who noticed and is worried that the Lich knew Finn's name even though it was never told to him in Mortal Folly?

We’re not terribly concerned about that. We rewatched Mortal Folly, and you’re right, the Lich calls Finn ‘Finn’ before anyone says ‘Finn’ within earshot, BUT -

The Lich has mind powers. He invades the protection-less mind of the snail who’d been chilling in Finn’s backpack, and, depending, may or may not have known Finn’s name.

But, most importantly, on the occasion that he addresses Finn by name, the Lich is already inside Finn’s own mind. 

While not explicitly defined as within the Lich’s mind powers, it wouldn’t surprise us at all if his abilities enabled him to learn things from the minds he controls. Goliad, whose mind powers move other people telekinetically via levitation, not by command, expressly uses her mind-reading powers on Finn, and her assault on Finn’s brain similarly dims out the rest of the world.

We suspect the Lich’s success in outright cracking Finn’s noggin spilled some of Finn’s beans.

Adventure Time Mythology 101

(This is modified from a post I originally posted on Reddit. Please forgive the pretentious Latin headings. I wanted to be esoteric and spooky. If there are any mistakes, just let me know).

In Principio (In the Beginning)

In time primordial, there was nothing.

And before there was nothing, there were monsters.

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These were not your typical monsters. These creatures—primeval demons—were huge, dangerous, and completely evil. They were concerned with nothing more than ultimate destruction. They writhed in a seemingly endless pale yellow sea of hatred and immorality (”Gold Stars”).

One of these demons was named Orgalorg. She was smaller than most of the other demons, but eventually, her name would go down in history as one of the most dangerous and dastardly creatures to have ever emerged from the void. She went by many names, but one of them was Orgalorg, the Breaker of Worlds (”Orgalorg”).

Sometime in the future, Orgalorg would enslave whole galaxies. But she would eventually incure the wrath of Abraham Lincoln, the King of Mars. He would send Glob Grob Grod Gob to fight the demon; Orgalorg was defeated, and fell backwards through time and landed onto Earth, where the gravity compressed her into the shape of an innocuous penguin. Orgalorg was totally amnesiac, and knew nothing of her former life. Eventually, she was adopted by the Ice King, who would refer to her as ‘Gunter’ (”Orgalorg”).

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De Natura Magiae et Coronae Glacialis (On the Nature of Magic and the Ice Crown)

The demons flailed in the void for uncountable eons. Eventually, however, something happened. A major event, perhaps. Reality came into existence, and a multiverse was born. No one really knows what became of those demons. Some were presumably destroyed. Others were transformed into other beings. Still others probably fled to the deepest and darkest parts of the multiverse, where they sleep to this day.

Millions of years ticked by. Life began to flourish and fill the universe. During this time, magic was not just a thing from stories. It was reality. Magic users then (and now, in contemporary Ooo) were defined by three factors: they were mostly all mad, they were all filled with sadness, and they could all wield magic. These three factors made wizards a strange breed, and it also meant that the opportunity for magical abuse was ever present (”You Forgot your Floaties”).

On Earth, Magic users lived on this planet, co-existing with dinosaurs and other fantastic creatures (”Evergreen”).  

It seems that this prehistoric period was mostly uneventful. However, every one thousand years, a ‘catalyst comet’ (a strange cosmic meteor containing an element of change, be it good or evil) would smash into this antediluvian version of Ooo. These comets very rarely would leave any sort of lasting effects. However, one specific catalyst comet carried an Essence that ached for total destruction (”Evergreen”).

Urgence Evergreen, a great and powerful ice elemental, foresaw the destruction that this Essence would cause and crafted a magic crown that utilized wish magic: when placed on the user’s head, it would make their one true wish a reality. Unfortunately, Evergreen’s feeble-minded (albeit good-natured and abused) assistance, Gunter, placed it on his head, resulting in the crown being marred and the comet smashing into Earth (“Evergreen”).

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The dinosaurs were extinguished, and magic was buried for millions of years. All this while, the crown slept…

In a year not too far removed from our own, an antiquarian by the name of Simon Petrikov purchased Evergreen’s ancient crown from a dock worker in Scandinavia. Assuming it was merely a trinket, he placed the crown on his head. But the marred wish of Gunter caused Simon to grow mad. The crown whispered things to him, telling him that he was the master of Ice and Snow, and he began to believe that he was Evergreen. This event caused his fiancée, Betty, to leave him (“Holly Jolly Secrets II”) and travel into the future in order to save him (“Betty”).

De Bello Mussirionis (On the Mushroom War)

It was during this time that some sort of arms race rapidly deteriorated into an all-out nuclear war. No one is entirely sure of how the war progressed, but what is known is that one of the belligerent nations crafted a weapon—known only as the Mushroom Bomb—presumably made from the Essence, that, when detonated, caused the Lich to come into being (“Finn the Human”). This malevolent being thirsted for wanton destruction and the extinction of all life. He roamed the planet for hundreds of years before he was trapped in amber by Billy the Hero (”Mortal Folly”).

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According to the (presumable) diary of Simon Petrikov, the effects of the Mushroom War caused a thin mist to descend upon the world, which turned innocent people into ‘goo zombies’ (“Friends Forever”). During this apocalyptic episode, humanity itself was almost completely eradicated, and whole cities were left in ruins (”Simon & Marcy”).

Following the war, Simon, who was still admirably fighting the effects of the crown, discovered a small girl by the name of Marceline in the rubble of a city (“I Remember You”). The two became close friends… that is until Simon truly lost himself and became the completely deranged Ice King (“Simon & Marcy”).

De Historia Marcelinae (On the History of Marceline)

Marceline was born to Hunson Abadeer, the demonic overlord of the Nightosphere, and a (as of now) unnamed human woman (”It Came from the Nightosphere”, “Finn the Human”, Stakes). At some point, when she was very young, she was abandoned on Earth and discovered by Simon (“I Remember You”). Although he eventually succumbed to the crown’s madness, she never forget how much he helped her during those times of harsh survival (“I Remember You”, “Simon & Marcy”).

Marceline spent her preteen and teen years among the wreckage of the world, eking out a living a scavenger. At some point, she discovered a small poodle, which she adopted and named Schwabl (Marcy’s Super Secret Scrapbook). Eventually, she met her father, but his self-centered and non-loving attitude upset her; she sent him back to the Nightosphere after he callously ate some of her fries without asking (”It Came from the Nightosphere”, Marcy’s Super Secret Scrapbook; “Memory of a Memory”).

Around this time, Marceline also started to hunt down vampires, creatures that posed a threat to not only herself, but also others around her. Eventually, she discovered that she could gain the powers of the vampires by absorbing their souls. One by one, Marceline annihilated these creatures, but when she managed to best the Vampire King himself, she was turned in the process (Stakes).

Marceline’s history after she was turned and before she met Finn and Jake is clouded in mystery. Sometime during these hundreds of years, she befriended (and possibly fell in love with, depending on who you talk to) Princess Bubblegum. The two would often spend time together by exploring the Rock Candy mines. Bubblegum, however, grew so busy and obsessed with ruling her kingdom that their relationship deteriorated, although the two would eventually make up (“What Was Missing”, “Sky Witch”, “Varmints”).

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De Origine Manducabullae Principis (On the Origin of Princess Bubblegum)

Following the Great Mushroom War, humanity was mostly extinct, radiation mutated organisms, and–most notably—magic reentered into the world, now known as Ooo. During this intermittent time, a semi-sentient piece of gum gave rise to the more familiar Princess Bubblegum (“Explore the Dungeon Because I Don’t Know!”) and her brother, Neddy. The two candy-based creatures responded differently to the world around them, with Bubblegum being more optimistic, and Neddy being more scared and anxiety-ridden (“Bonnie & Neddy”).

Neddy eventually learned that he could sooth his anxieties by suckling on a small tree. Bubblegum, wanting to protect her brother, decided to construct a kingdom around this tree (“Bonnie & Neddy”). Thus the Candy Kingdom was born. Bubblegum soon grew in intelligence and discovered how to create candy-based life: these individuals would become her citizens (”Too Young”, “The Vault”).

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But during this early time, Ooo was not safe. Bands of brigands and criminals roamed the land. The Candy Kingdom was the target of presumably dozens of attacks. Bubblegum poured hours of her time into developing more and more advanced technology, such as the awesome Gumball Guardians (”The Vault”). Soon, the Candy Kingdom was the greatest super-power in all of Ooo. Bubblegum was benevolent, but she also had a authoritarian streak (”The Cooler”).

De Natura Finni Illius Hominis (On the Nature of Finn the Human)

Somewhere in this timeline, a catalyst comet delivered another Essence to the world. But this Essence was good. For thousands of years, it was reincarnated into various forms, including a butterfly, a pile of goo, and a humanoid female named Shoko (“The Comet”, “The Vault”). Eventually, this Good Essence was sealed in another, more familiar 'meat body’: Finn the Human (“The Comet”).

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Finn was born to a vagabond and criminal by the name of Martin. According to Martin, Finn was born on a boat in the middle of the ocean, although the story may not be entirely factual (”The Visitor”). Soon after his birth, Finn was abandoned in the woods, where he was eventually discovered by Joshua and Margaret, two crime-solving dogs. The canines took pity on Finn and raised him as their own, alongside their two other pups, Jake and Jermaine (”Memories of Boom Boom Mountain”).

All three brothers would remain on friendly terms, but Finn and Jake developed a particularly strong bond (”Jermaine”). The two would live together for 16-plus years of their life, most of that time spent in a Tree Fort that had originally belonged to Marceline the Vampire Queen (”Jermane”, “Evicted”, “Ocarina”).

De Origine Jakis Illius Canis (On the Origin of Jake the Dog)

Before Joshua and Margaret discovered Finn, the two were on the heels of a strange shape-shifting creatures. The being managed to bite Joshua, and implanted an egg in his head. The shape-shifter’s DNA merged with Joshua’s dog genetics, and Jake was born from the mix (”Joshua & Margaret Investigations”).

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Who exactly Jake’s shape-shifting ‘father’ is remains a mystery, although (and this is completely conjecture) it is entirely possible that this mysterious being was one of the many demons that existed before Time itself.

De Miscellaneis (On Miscellaneous Things)

There are various other elements about Ooo that we know a little bit about. There is some sort of pantheon of gods/celestial beings that occasionally interfere with the affairs of lesser creatures: The Cosmic Owl (the Keeper of Dreams), Prismo (a wish-master), and Death (the name says it all). Where they came from, and who they are working for, is unknown (”Hoots”, “Finn the Human”/”Jake the Dog”, “Death in Bloom”).

The eccentric inventor Moe Giovanni dedicated his life’s work to developing sentient robots capable of giving and receiving love (“Be More”, “The More You Moe, the Moe You Know”). One of his most beloved creations, BMO, would go on to live with Finn in Jake. Moe was also responsible for designing the “Sleeping Giants”, presumably weapons of mass destruction (“The More You Moe, the Moe You Know”). It is unknown as to what these devices were used for, but according to Flame Princess, they were the progenitors of the Fire Kingdom (“The Cooler”).

Following the fall of humanity, some members of the human race escaped to Mars, using plans for a space colony developed by Moe (“The More You Moe, the Moe You Know”). Over hundreds of years, these humans mutated into a new race of highly intelligent people skilled with magic: Martians (”Sons of Mars”, “You Forgot Your Floaties”). Their leader was Abraham Lincoln, and two (or five, depending on how you count them) Martians known as Glob Grob Grod Gob and Magic Man were second only to Abraham Lincoln himself (”Sons of Mars”, “Astral Plane”, “You Forgot Your Floaties”). However, a malevolent entity named GOLB (whose origin is completely unknown) stole away Magic Man’s wife, Margles, causing a chain reaction that eventually drove Magic Man insane. With both Lincoln and Glob Grob Grod Gob, deceased in the series’ current timeline, Magic Man may one day ascend the throne of Mars (“You Forgot Your Floaties”). Only time will tell…

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In Hoc Momento (In This Moment)

In the sixth season finale (”Hot Diggity Doom”/”The Comet”), Princess Bubblegum was peacefully deposed by her own people, and the fraudulent King of Ooo was installed as the new princess. Orgalorg re-awoke and attempted to consume the power of a new catalyst comet, only to be stopped by Finn and Jake. Finn was offered a chance at ascending to a higher plane of existence by the comet, but he turned it down to chill in Ooo for a little while longer. His father, however, took the comet up on its offer, and disappeared from this plane of existence.  What will happen next? Tune in this Fall to find out!

And that about covers it. Any questions?

Class dismissed.