Posted by Scheiner (27 posts) - - Show Bio

Hey remember the Adventure Time episode “Henchman”? It focuses on Marceline showing to Finn how things aren't always what they seem; she appears ready to drink a man's blood but just drinks the red from his bowtie, she leads an army of skeletons into the nut kingdom, but it's for a birthday party, and she tells Finn to kill an adorable dimple plant, which turns out to evil. The lesson is not everything is what it seems.

This lesson can be applied to Princess Bubblegum. She may appear sweet and kind but is truly evil. Now you might be thinking of the episode where the Lich turns her evil; however, I mean that she has been evil from the start. I'm implying that the Lich and her sharing a cup of tea as part of Finn's nightmare in “King Worm” isn't simple coincidence but Finn's subconscious realizing that she's evil.

It's as if Obi Wan walked in on the emperor and Anakin plotting to kill him

I'm implying that it is no mere coincidence that both PB and the Lich are the only non-heroes to want to know what secrets the Enchiridion hides in “The Enchiridion!” and “In Your Footsteps” respectively. I'm implying that I watch too much Adventure Time and have too much time on my hands. But most importantly I'm implying that Princess Bubblegum ruler of the Candy Kingdom is the true villain of Adventure Time, and has been from the start. J’CCUSE!

Here is why…

4. Peppermint Butler

Does making portals to the Land of Death as well as being friends with death personified as seen in “Death in Bloom” and golfing buddies with Hunson Abadeer, Lord of Evil, shown in “Return to the Nightosphere” sound suspiciously villainous to you? If it does, and honestly it should, then I've provided enough evidence to convince you Peppermint Butler, Princess Bubblegum’s right hand man, is evil. If not then I'll also point you to this video.

That convinced you don’t lie. So, woot, minor victory!

Now keeping around a murderous and deranged peppermint isn't a crime in itself. Except it is. It's illegal to harbor criminals, and I'm not exaggerating when I say Peppermint Butler is murderous (just watch the episode "The Eyes" and you'll see that he's murdered a goblin), thus making him a criminal that Bubblegum harbors from whatever goblin justice system exists.

I...uh... found him like that.

Now you could argue that Princess Bubblegum doesn't know that her loyal right hand man is secretly a madman. But when he threatens to take Finn and Jake's flesh she is literally standing right there; sure they're sort of whispering, but come on she is literally in arms reach and that is the worst whispering voice imaginable. Even then if she didn't pick up on this one moment, Princess Bubblegum being one of the smartest people in the land of Ooo should have picked up on his mad antics at least once. It seems near impossible that she isn't aware of his demonic tendencies and therefore is intentionally harboring him. By harboring a criminal she is obstructing justice and although not entirely evil is definitely bad.

3. She is Ruthless

"Princess Bubblegum is an extremely intelligent", reads her entry on the Adventure Time wiki. She has created life multiple times notably in the episode "Goliad", made a cure for a zombie virus in "Slumber Party Panic", and holds the land of Ooo's scientific conventions as seen in "The Real You". Yet several times of the course of the series she forsakes science preferring to beat, have beaten, or destroy the reputation of others.

In the episode "The Duke" Princess Bubblegum is willing to arrest and probably execute the Duke of Nuts causing his wife to lose faith in him and his son to prematurely mourn him; basically her desire to arrest the Duke sends his family into chaos, and forces the Duke into hiding. Now you might be thinking she has a good reason to arrest him, right? Well, her reason is because she hates him. You might be thinking she must hate him for a good reason. She hates him because he steals her pudding. Hopefully by now you've recognized the trend and realize that he's stealing the pudding for a good reason, and he is; he has a pudding deficiency.

Helping ducks cross a puddle! Clearly he must die!

So to sum that up Princess Bubblegum screws up a guys life because he took her pudding in order to live. Wow, that is undeniably an extreme response. Especially considering that her kingdom is made of dessert; lost pudding shouldn't be a big issue when the buildings probably use pudding as cement or some other part of construction. Seriously she should be able to get more pudding.

Of course this could be an isolated incident, you might be hoping as I continue to crush your perception of a lovable character. Hahaha, if it was an isolated event then why would I have another paragraph on the topic? I have evidence out the wazoo!

In the episode "What Have You Done", Princess Bubblegum plans to beat the Ice King until he screams. Truthfully she has a valid reason; the Ice King has cursed her people and the only way to lift that curse is to cause him to scream. But she resorts to violence nearly instantly. Sure, she tries to negotiate with him, but unsurprisingly negotiations break down since the man she's trying to be sensible with is only fit to rule penguins; considering the Princess's love of science and logic her plan of talking it out with a nutcase is hilariously illogical.This leads her to resort to violence. Well I suppose resort isn't the right word. This leads her to jump straight to violence without trying any other plans. Yet, violence isn't the answer, which isn't shocking considering how bad of a moral lesson that is. Instead the plan that works in the end is tricking the Ice King with really bad acting that Finn is not only his friend but dead thus prompting him to scream. What's suprising about this plan is Finn came up with it in a few seconds. SECONDS. The best plan Bubblegum who I'll remind you is "extremely intelligent" came up with was torture over the course of at least several minutes to several hours, which is beaten out by a plan Finn made in seconds.

She clearly has some violent tendencies whether in the name of justice or just due to her own vendettas.

A Brief History about this Idea

The idea of PB being evil is a concept that I've argued with my friends about for quite some time. They of course thought it was ridiculous, but one friend suggested that such an arguement was worthy of a Cracked.com article. So I signed up to write for Cracked.com and pitched my idea. My idea, however, wasn't worthy. The topic was considered to narrow and was more or less rejected. This lead me to repost what I'd written thus far as a blog on Comicvine where the community is kinder and where the formating allows me to easily write.

#1 Posted by YourNeighborhoodComicGeek (19489 posts) - - Show Bio

They are just pokes at her innocence.

It's a running gag really, but I could see how she is evil.

Now Peppermint Butler, he is really evil, just cloaking it with his pseudo-innocence.

#2 Edited by InnerVenom123 (29331 posts) - - Show Bio

I was just about to say that this was formatted and even read exactly like a Cracked article before I realized there was more at the bottom and read the backstory behind it.

Great work, though, dude.

#3 Posted by Matezoide2 (15994 posts) - - Show Bio

I actualy thought you were stealing text from Cracked,until i realised it isnt on Google and actualy read the bottom.
 
Awesome article so far,looking foward the rest.

#4 Posted by Scheiner (27 posts) - - Show Bio

@Matezoide2: @InnerVenom123: Thank you. Hopefully my next pitch gets accepted by them.

@YourNeighborhoodComicGeek: Can't wait for them to do a peppermint butler focussed episode, so we can find out what's going on with his occult connections

#5 Posted by NlGHTCRAWLER (2887 posts) - - Show Bio

Yeah... seemed like a legit Cracked article to me too.

#6 Posted by Inverno (12832 posts) - - Show Bio

Very well written, dude.

#7 Posted by 7DEADPOOL7 (122 posts) - - Show Bio

Wow I knew peppermint butler was evil but now Princess bubblegum too! You are definitely right I look forward to the other parts. Also don't worry cause I watch and look into adventure time too much too.

#8 Posted by philloz (1 posts) - - Show Bio

I'm not sure she's outright evil; she's displayed many good qualities. But she is corrupted by power, as she's demonstrated countless times, and she is definitely the real villain of the story - especially since now we know Ice King is actually the tragic hero.

#9 Posted by wildvine (7149 posts) - - Show Bio

You have way, way too much free time. Find yourself a hobby. And soon please.

#10 Posted by VercingetorixTheGreat (2823 posts) - - Show Bio

I always thought so too.

Mostly because she treats Finn like crap.

#11 Posted by Dracade102 (8167 posts) - - Show Bio

I wouldn't exactly say she's evil, maybe a little bit devoid of empathy on some occasions at least.

Peppermint Butler, on the other hand... That little man is deeply disturbed. I wouldn't be surprised if he's actually worse than the Lich King himself.

#12 Edited by Nope (1 posts) - - Show Bio

This does not read like a Cracked article at all, and all your points are shoddy at best. I am not convinced at all that Princess Bubblegum is evil. The reason she and The Lich were eating at that table was because they represented Finn's two biggest fears at that time. The Lich and being rejected by Bubblegum. And for crying out loud I'm pretty sure that even Ice King read a bit of the Enchiridion before the apocalypse. He's the one who found it. In #4 just because they're whispering underneath her isn't evidence that she can hear them. It's a cartoon, she doesn't really have ears. She only hears what the animators want her to. #3 is even worse. We never got solid evidence that Don had a life-threatening pudding deficiency and why in the world should I be mad at her for wanting to arrest a thief? I don't care about how much it'll tear apart his family. Have you ever seen a judge cut their sentence because a thief's family is crying? Even people who steal money to sustain their families go to jail. And the Ice King thing. What was she supposed to do? How considerate could she be towards a crazy guy who kidnaps her every week and just froze her entire kingdom? Lives are at stake and this douche won't scream. The needs of many outweigh the needs of one. I mean, even Finn's plan could have backfired easily. Finn actually beats up on the Ice King way more than Bubblegum has, and somehow the guy still screams when he thinks he's dead. Not impressed.

#13 Posted by Dragonborn_CT (17014 posts) - - Show Bio

@nope said:

This does not read like a Cracked article at all, and all your points are shoddy at best. I am not convinced at all that Princess Bubblegum is evil. The reason she and The Lich were eating at that table was because they represented Finn's two biggest fears at that time. The Lich and being rejected by Bubblegum. And for crying out loud I'm pretty sure that even Ice King read a bit of the Enchiridion before the apocalypse. He's the one who found it. In #4 just because they're whispering underneath her isn't evidence that she can hear them. It's a cartoon, she doesn't really have ears. She only hears what the animators want her to. #3 is even worse. We never got solid evidence that Don had a life-threatening pudding deficiency and why in the world should I be mad at her for wanting to arrest a thief? I don't care about how much it'll tear apart his family. Have you ever seen a judge cut their sentence because a thief's family is crying? Even people who steal money to sustain their families go to jail. And the Ice King thing. What was she supposed to do? How considerate could she be towards a crazy guy who kidnaps her every week and just froze her entire kingdom? Lives are at stake and this douche won't scream. The needs of many outweigh the needs of one. I mean, even Finn's plan could have backfired easily. Finn actually beats up on the Ice King way more than Bubblegum has, and somehow the guy still screams when he thinks he's dead. Not impressed.

That was a nice bump :P

#14 Posted by The_Titan_Lord (4465 posts) - - Show Bio

lol.

#15 Edited by nightcrawlercyp (1 posts) - - Show Bio

what you fail to realize is that most characters that seem good are bad and viceversa. For instance the ice King is one the main villansin the show, yet his only true crime is being lonely. Except for Finn he is one of the few humans remaining and as all men wants a wife. But no one is willing to help him. Also friends. Everybody is against him even if he does everything just to earn their friendship. When he shaves everybody likes him, not because he looks much different or behaves different , but because they do not recognize him. Basically everybody hates him no matter what.The main characters Finn and Jake are also evil, although Finn is like evil not knowing he is evil, while Jake knows he is evil. Finn and Jake resort to violence many times and beat creatures for the sole reason they disturb monsters like the candy people.Also the fact they are deceive people repeately just for "fun" I find it evil. Another interesting fact is that if the so called "positive" characters hurt someone is supposedly for a good reason. This is not the case. They are evil. Even serial killers get conscience calls once in a while (wanting to be caught syndrome) but Finn and Jake see being evil as fun.

quick edit: another proof that the ice king is good and the Finn Jake duo is evil as pointed by somone else is his crown. Despite wearing the crown that is supposedly evil, he does not seem to do more damage. Everything he does is either because the duo stole/broke something of his or because he is lonely that sometimes he tries to force people to like him. On the other hand when the duo uses the crown they try to destroy the world. My idea is that the crown is not evil. The crown has two major powers: the first is the ice powers the Ice King has, including his immortality. The second is the power to see into the past, present and future. We see that in the post apocalyptic world the crown does just that, shows Simon the future. Of course Simon does not realize it is the future and is horrofied by this. At some point the crown determines Simon to warn his fiancee about the coming apocalipse. In response she leaves him.Not only this , but I believe the "vile" things the King does is to keep the duo in check. If the duo would not be so busy fighting the Ice King then they would destroy the world (they actually destroy a few places in certain episodes). That is because they are so powerful and irresponsably evil that no one else can stop them.Just think about it: would let two kids with the power to destroy the world alone?

#16 Posted by russellmania77 (13624 posts) - - Show Bio

There is certainly something dark about pb. Or at least strange especially in the episode 'Simon & Marcy'

#18 Edited by swordmasterD (902 posts) - - Show Bio

I ALWAYS knew there was something wrong with Peppermint, you forget gunther is also probably as evil but I doubt it for PB

@nightcrawlercyp

Finn and Jake are clearly not evil. Did you see the episode they tried to stop violence to be better heroes

#19 Posted by BlackLegRaph (558 posts) - - Show Bio

Interesting to see someone else with the same train of thought.

What really started to convince me was the episode where we see Finn have a dream about this girl who lost her arm in the past, and it turns out that PB is not really 19, but has been around for a much longer time, maybe even a century. It was glossed over really quickly, but I think it indicates she is hiding a lot from our heroes.

#20 Posted by P_B_ (1 posts) - - Show Bio

I like how lately people have been saying the reason why P.B.M. is acting evil is cuz she is so "young" and she is a princess of an entire kingdom. Well she actually like a billion years old, close to Mar Mar's age. So she has no reason to act all konkers sometimes. She is just plain evil. Its like saying Flame Princess is evil. She is good. Just she needs work. So keep it up man.

#21 Edited by Yokergeist (12355 posts) - - Show Bio

Do I smell a conspiracy theory?