Adventure Time is getting a movie! The recent news that the beloved Cartoon Network animated series is getting the big screen treatment is cause for celebration for everyone who loves The Land of Ooo and its many insane inhabitants. For six seasons, Finn the Human (Jeremy Shada) and Jake the Dog (John DiMaggio) have gone on mend-bending adventures that span time and space. Along the way, memorable characters like Princess Bubblegum, Marceline the Vampire Queen, BMO, The Earl of Lemongrab, and many more have come to be loved by fans around the world.
The imagination of creator Pendleton Ward and the many inspired artists and writers behind Adventure Time have led to tales that constantly subvert expectations and delight fans. There’s something incredibly unique about the series while still being appealing to fans of fantasy and science fiction.
From completely bonkers one-off episodes to mythological entries that expand history of The Land of Ooo and its many inhabitants, no two episodes of Adventure Time are completely alike. The delight comes from the unexpected and energetic nature infused into each. Before you know it, you're completely immersed in the world and have come to greatly love its many weirdos.
20. It Came from The Nightosphere (Season 2, Episode 1)
When Finns summons Marceline’s father from The Nightosphere, it turns out that he’s Hunson Abadeer, the Lord of Evil. And he immediately goes on a soul-sucking spree across Ooo. “It Came from The Nightosphere” is part adventure and part family tale, as Finn and Marceline are put through the ringer emotionally and physically. From Marceline singing “The Fry Song” (it’s about Hunson eating her fries, which is what severed their relationship) to the terror of Hunson’s monster form, this is one of the first truly classic Adventure Time episodes.
Best Moment: Finn plays Marceline’s song to Hunson, giving him pause in his rampage and leading him to apologize. Then Finn stabs him and banishes him to the Nightosphere.
19. Sons of Mars (Season 4, Episode 15)
To escape punishment from his kin on the planet Mars, Magic Man switches bodies with Jake. But when the magic dog is taken to the planet to for judgment, Finn is determined to save his best friend. Magic Man always causes trouble when he comes around, but in “Sons of Mars” he puts Jake’s life at stake. But we also get more of a backstory for the character, giving him more depth than just a simple trickster. Plus, there’s more about what’s happening on Mars, including immortal King of Mars Abraham Lincoln, who was first seen in the pilot episode. And that tiny manticore. So weird.
Best Moment: After realizing he’s killed an innocent, Abraham Lincoln travels into the afterlife and exchanges his life for Jake’s. For something so weird, it’s strangely touching.