Adventure Time: the Top 10 moments

In honor of Adventure Time's upcoming Season Three premiere on Cartoon Network (July 11th at 8pm), let's countdown its best moments to date. 

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If you look up Adventure Time on Netflix, you'll find it placed under the Family and Kids category. I suppose this makes sense. I mean, it's like putting Cthullu in a children's zoo. You just need a sign to warn people that gazing at it could lead to fits of insanity, convulsions, and uncontrollable bowels.

This potential also exists in watching Adventure Time, if in a more fun and kinky way. Adventure Time is one of Cartoon Network's most most successful ventures to date: it ranked number one in its time slot for boys age 10-14 demographic on June 20th, for example.

Now the new season readies to have the boys experience further escapist adventures in the Land of Oo with Fin and Jake. Adventure Time covers the adventures of the human boy Finn and his shape-shifting dog companion, Jake. The two explore the post-apocalyptic world of Oo to save various princesses and stop the creepy Ice King from freezing his icicles in Princess Bubblegum's mush. Wait... what? That last part should make you cringe and laugh at the same time. Adventure Time hearkens back to days where contemporary cartoons not only entertained the kiddies, but also tickled adult's intellect as well. It's more accurate to say Adventure Time tickles the funny bones of geek “adultolescents” because the story lines feel like something out of a college student's Dungeons and Dragons session. With that said, the show's writing has improved and the show has become something more akin to a humorous He-Man parody except with better story structure. Well, if said story contained dark and twisted abominations wanting to rule a world of cotton candy people.

Let's countdown the top ten moments of the show so far.

10. Gunter's pregnancy in “The Chamber of the Frozen Blades”
Why it's awesome: Gunter the penguin has an interesting sex life.

Who would of thought Gunter could become pregnant? Who would of thought Gunter had female sex organs? Who would think this episode was written after a hooka fest? After taking Gunter to the hospital run by golem nurses, the Ice King discovers his loyal familiar is pregnant. What hatches is a weird, glowing cat... thingie. Apparently, Gunter the penguin enjoys cats a little too much.

9. The episode “Trouble's in Lumpy Space”
Why it's awesome: It's lumpin' quotable for lump's sake!

Finn and Jake's adventure into the Lumpy Space world seems to embody a lot of teen pop culture trends. From the smoothe poseurs to the faux-teenage girl talk, everything about this world reeks of the social satire of our youth culture. Easily one of the more quotable episodes in the series, fans have posted countless videos showing off their own Lumpy Space Princess impersonations. Lumpy Space Princess is a Lumpin' diva.

8. Finn's Magical Powers ups from “Wizard.”
Why it's awesome: Dungeons and Dragons parody.

Finn's super magical moment wins the record for most arbitrary use of magical powers in animation history. It also brings out the D&D-bred genius in the writers. Finn's over abundance of magical spells and his menagerie of powers show just how high on the geek-o-meter the writers can power up. 

7. George Takei as Ricardio from “Ricardio the Heart Guy”
Why it's awesome: George Takei wants to give you a friendship massage.

Oh my.... face it, you want that friendship massage from a walking heart monster. Especially if it is guest voice actor George Takei whispering his silky voice into your ear. Forget the fact that he looks like a red-dyed face pealed off of a person's head and plastered to a heart plush.

6. Finn vs. Marceline's dad from “It came from the Nightosphere.”
Why it's awesome: The power of milk punches out Cthullu.

This moment proves that Finn has a case of chronic adrenaline syndrome. After releasing Marceline's dad from a demon realm, he decides to take responsibility for it and combats the fiend with the help of Marceline. It's made more entertaining because he used the power of milk to summon and banish him. I half-expected Michael Jordan or some other random '90s celebrity to pop up and pose with a milk-stache.

5. Finn's luscious hair from “To Cut a Woman's Hair.”
Why it's awesome: Just watch the clip. If you're Fabio, cry manly tears!

Finn showed all his blonde glory to the forest witch. Every long haired male in the world shed a tear of true joy before exploding from the levels of sheer haired-ness.

4. The song “Daddy, Why did you eat my fries?” from “It Came from the Nightosphere.”
Why it's awesome: Emotion? From a Vampire princess? Surely you jest.

Occasionally, Adventure Time will show true emotion in its character arcs (yes, it can be debated that this show has character arcs). One such moment comes when Finn needs to distract Marceline's dad with a jingle they were working on earlier in the episode. This moment provokes an embarrassed blush from Marceline and shows how a vampire girl and her Shuggoth-wannabe dad can actually not hate each other.

3. The exploration of the video game world from “Guardians of Sunshine.”
Why it's awesome: Complete CG Finn and Jake explore a 3D world accompanied by some great MIDI tunes that feel like they come from Edgar Wright's adaptation of Scott Pilgrim vs. the World.

More films and TV series are catering to geeks nowadays and Adventure Time continues the trend by putting Finn and Jake into their own video game world. The episode comes with its own MIDI soundtrack and CG animation. Scoot over Michael Cera and watch this 12-year old whoop some Toady-ass!

2. Tree Trunks blowing up from “Tree Trunks.”
Why it's awesome: Would you like some death in your children's television?

Tree Trunks, a cute yellow elephant, follows the titular duo to explore the Lovecraftian themed forest of evil for the crystal apple. What happens when they find it? She takes a bite and blows up. What? An onscreen death? To be fair, she returned alive and well in a future episode.

1. “Mortal Foil” and “Mortal Recoil” 
Why they are awesome: Surprisingly good story structure for a kids' cartoon and a real sense of cause and effect enhanced by its two-part format.

These two episodes mark a turning point in the series. Not only were the stakes higher, it changed the game for the comical heroes. These episodes developed the relationship arc of Princess Bubblegum and Finn while the ending changed the relationship dynamic forever. The Lich may prove to be the first recurring villain on the show.

By the way, you will never trust an animated snail again. Ever.

By Dean "The Machine" Childers.

About the author

Dean Childers is freelance writer in Kentucky. He is a major in Mass Communications. He lurks in the Bluegrass waiting for someone to throw a pokeball at him.

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4 Comments
On: Thursday, June 30, 2011
Eric - TV Geek Army "Revered Leader" said:

Lovecraft, Dungeons & Dragons, Scott Pilgrim, geek culture, George Takei... what's not to love? 

Great job, great list, and welcome to TVGA, Dean the Machine !

On: Thursday, June 30, 2011
Dave said:

I love this show, I saw a post the other day that talked about what a great RPG this show would make. My favorite episode is the Bear Party with Andy Samberg as Party Pat, "BUT YOU HAVEN'T BEEN PARTYING".

On: Sunday, August 14, 2011
Adam said:

Not a bad list, but you're missing something from "Susan Strong".

"Do you think she was human, or just another wild animal?"

"We're all wild animals brother."

"Yeah, I guess we are... brother."

On: Saturday, April 7, 2012
Gigi said:

i am not a nerd! or Geek, whatever u call it! I am very popular at my school and i am a GIRL! i watch adventure time all the time!!!!!!!!!!!! i <3 it! its not for geeks/nerds/.weirdos, its my favorite show EVER!!!!!

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