History YMMV / AdventureTime

22nd Jul '17 12:12:39 PM Zuxtron
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* TheyWastedAPerfectlyGoodCharacter: Probably the most common criticism as a result of its episodic structure and ever-growing cast of reoccurring and one-off characters.
** Demon Cat from the episode "Dungeon" a formidably invincible, but amusing nemesis with sadly untapped potential. He has an '[[PlayedForLaughs approximate knowledge of many things]]' such as almost guessing Finn's name correctly. Completely unafraid of adventurers, but utterly terrified of dogs for no logical reason.
** So Betty Grof comes to the future with the help of [[spoiler: Simon's time portal]]. You'd think that as the second current human in Ooo that Finn will try to get to know who she was, why was she engaged with the [[spoiler: Ice King]], what was earth like before the Mushroom War, or even share their knowledge of being human. Nope, partly due to its short episodic format, we didn't get to know her that much aside from being the determined fiancee of Simon Petrikov.
** ''Orgalorg!'' [[spoiler: His origin episode was very intense and set him up as something to be feared. When he finally shows himself in the finale, he is dealt with swiftly (see AntiClimaxBoss above). He could've made an interesting new BigBad since the Lich is currently Sweet P. Its very likely that he will make a return, but probably not in the near future.]]
** [[spoiler:13-year old Princess Bubblegum]] in "Too Young". She has only a little over an episode before [[spoiler:being changed back to normal (the original intention was for her to remain young for a few more episodes, but this was nixed when the team found it hard to write for her)]], and that aspect of her is never brought up or mentioned ever again.
** Marceline sometimes goes half a season without appearing at all, and even in her ADayInTheLimelight episodes she ''still'' gets shafted for screentime. The worst example is definitely "They Went to the Nightosphere"/"Daddy's Little Monster", a two-part episode set in Marceline's original home and appears to focus on the issues between Marceline and her father... only for the vast majority of the episode being Finn and Jake's wacky adventures with demons and her father getting more screentime than her, with Marceline spending most of the time possessed by her father's amulet.
** Flame Princess has a lot of potential as a character, especially as her continual wavering between good and evil meant she could work equally well as a hero ''or'' a villain, but was mostly relegated to just "Finn's girlfriend" and most of her development revolved around him. "Frost & Fire" gave her more agency and "Earth & Water" had her usurp her father as Flame King, hopefully signifying her rise to prominence. But she has been DemotedToExtra ever since that event, with only ''three'' episodes after this incident[[note]]"The Red Throne" , "The Cooler and "Bun Bun"[[/note]] that features her as a major character. After becoming the new ruler of the Fire Kingdom, FP is essentially PutOnABus.

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* TheyWastedAPerfectlyGoodCharacter: Probably the most common criticism as a result of its episodic structure and ever-growing cast of reoccurring and one-off characters.
** Demon Cat from the episode "Dungeon" a formidably invincible, but amusing nemesis with sadly untapped potential. He has an '[[PlayedForLaughs approximate knowledge of many things]]' such as almost guessing TheyWastedAPerfectlyGoodCharacter:
** Martin, [[spoiler:
Finn's name correctly. Completely unafraid of adventurers, but utterly terrified of dogs for no logical reason.
** So Betty Grof comes
father]], an effective HateSink and ShadowArchetype to the future Finn with a mysterious backstory. We first meet him when he was in [[TheAlcatraz the help Citadel]] for some kind of [[spoiler: Simon's time portal]]. You'd think that as "Cosmic Crime," the second current human in Ooo that Finn will try to get to know who she was, why was she engaged with likes of which include [[{{Deicide}} killing a god]]. Clearly this guy is BigBad material, right? Not so much; he appears on and off during the [[spoiler: Ice King]], what was earth like sixth season, mostly just as a JerkWithAHeartOfJerk conman, before the Mushroom War, or even share their knowledge of being human. Nope, partly due to its short episodic format, we didn't get to know her that much aside from being the determined fiancee of Simon Petrikov.
** ''Orgalorg!'' [[spoiler: His origin episode was very intense and set him up as something to be feared. When he finally shows himself in the finale, he is dealt with swiftly (see AntiClimaxBoss above). He could've made an interesting new BigBad since the Lich is currently Sweet P. Its very likely that he will make a return, but probably not in the near future.]]
** [[spoiler:13-year old Princess Bubblegum]] in "Too Young". She has only a little over an episode before [[spoiler:being changed back to normal (the original intention was for her to remain young for a few more episodes, but this was nixed when the team found it hard to write for her)]], and that aspect of her is never brought up or mentioned ever again.
** Marceline sometimes goes half a season
PutOnABus without appearing at all, and any real backstory revealed, including what he did to wind up in the Citadel. We find out a bit more about him during the "Islands" miniseries, but even in her ADayInTheLimelight episodes she ''still'' gets shafted for screentime. The worst example is definitely "They Went to the Nightosphere"/"Daddy's Little Monster", then there's a two-part episode set in Marceline's original home huge gap and appears to focus on the issues between Marceline and her father... only for the vast majority of the episode being Finn and Jake's wacky adventures with demons and her father getting it just opens up more screentime than her, with Marceline spending most of the time possessed by her father's amulet.
** Flame Princess has a lot of potential as a character, especially as her continual wavering between good and evil meant she could work equally well as a hero ''or'' a villain, but was mostly relegated to just "Finn's girlfriend" and most of her development revolved around him. "Frost & Fire" gave her more agency and "Earth & Water" had her usurp her father as Flame King, hopefully signifying her rise to prominence. But she has been DemotedToExtra ever since that event, with only ''three'' episodes after this incident[[note]]"The Red Throne" , "The Cooler and "Bun Bun"[[/note]] that features her as a major character. After becoming the new ruler of the Fire Kingdom, FP is essentially PutOnABus.
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* TheyWastedAPerfectlyGoodPlot: Princess Bubblegum being turned into a 13-year old at the end of season 2 would have been a great opportunity to show how a relationship between her and Finn would have worked out, but it was undone after she was in only one episode, before it could be explored in more depth.
21st Jul '17 8:03:18 PM ProfessorGrimm
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** While it is unknown if Banana Guard #13s statements on Bubblegum were entirely accurate, his story reveals that Princess Bubblegum was once a VERY vile dictator who corrupted those went against her, trapped her brother Neddy under a tree, and killed many gumball guards. While the Neddy part seems to have been disproved, the gumball guards part is real. And she admits doing things shes not proud of. If many of his claims are true, she has crossed this BIG time, even while she seems nicer as of today.
*** It is also revealed she manipulated the banana guards mind to make them more obedient.
21st Jul '17 6:21:37 PM Anduryen
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** While it is unknown if Banana Guard #13s statements on Bubblegum were entirely accurate, his story reveals that Princess Bubblegum was once a VERY vile dictator who corrupted those went against her, trapped her brother Neddy under a tree, and killed many gumball guards. While the Neddy part seems to have been disproved, the gumball guards part has. And she admits doing things shes not proud of. If many of his claims are true, she has crossed this BIG time, even while she seems nicer as of today.
*** It is also revealed she manipulated the banana guards mind to make him more obedient.

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** While it is unknown if Banana Guard #13s statements on Bubblegum were entirely accurate, his story reveals that Princess Bubblegum was once a VERY vile dictator who corrupted those went against her, trapped her brother Neddy under a tree, and killed many gumball guards. While the Neddy part seems to have been disproved, the gumball guards part has.is real. And she admits doing things shes not proud of. If many of his claims are true, she has crossed this BIG time, even while she seems nicer as of today.
*** It is also revealed she manipulated the banana guards mind to make him them more obedient.
21st Jul '17 5:34:39 PM Anduryen
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** [[spoiler: Fern]] crosses this by committing the only malevolent betrayal in the entire series.
21st Jul '17 1:24:01 PM ProfessorGrimm
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* InternetBackdraft: With Season 7 many fans are unhappy how Cartoon Network counted the episodes. Fans assumed that "Preboot/Reboot" was the Season 7 finale .... until the DVD came out and only had 25 episodes on it, ending with "Thin Yellow Line".
20th Jul '17 10:21:03 PM JoeMerl
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** [[spoiler:Many fans were rightfully pissed off when the arc involving Finn losing his arm, which had been foreshadowed forever, was clumsily resolved in "Breezy" where Finn's arm just grew back. Season 7 rectifies this by having him lose his arm AGAIN, this time giving him a robot arm, as had been foreshadowed previously.]]

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** [[spoiler:Many Many fans were rightfully understandably pissed off when the arc involving Finn [[spoiler:Finn losing his arm, arm]], which had been foreshadowed forever, was clumsily resolved in "Breezy" where Finn's arm just grew back. "Breezy." Season 7 rectifies this by having him lose [[spoiler:lose his arm AGAIN, arm]] AGAIN. Finn himself admits that he's not too bummed about this, because he feels like this time giving him a robot arm, as had been foreshadowed previously.]]was always meant to happen.
13th Jul '17 9:15:25 PM Upgrader
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** Some fans had complaints about parts of season 5, which mostly have to do with some controversial characterization regarding Finn, Princess Bubblegum and Lemongrab.
** While [[CriticalDissonance critics]] praised Season 6 for its newfound [[GoingCosmic cosmic]], ContemplateOurNavels direction, a lot of fans were put off by this more philosophical and humor-less storytelling, plus the lack of focus on plotlines and the [[AntiClimax anti-climactic]] outcome of the whole meteor plot and the resolution with Finn's father. It doesn't help that this was [[OnlyTheCreatorDoesItRight after Pen stepped down as showrunner]].

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** Some fans had complaints about parts of season 5, which mostly have to do particularly with some controversial characterization regarding Finn, Finn [[TookALevelInJerkass taking a level in jerkass]] and sabotaging his own relationship with Flame Princess, Lemongrab (who was already a divisive character) getting more involvement in plots, and Princess Bubblegum and Lemongrab.
pushing the boundaries for the grey morality area.
** Season 6 is arguably the point where the series lost some steam. While [[CriticalDissonance critics]] praised Season 6 for its newfound [[GoingCosmic cosmic]], ContemplateOurNavels direction, a lot of fans were put off by this more philosophical and humor-less storytelling, plus storytelling. Not to mention that after the lack of focus on plotlines and the [[AntiClimax anti-climactic]] outcome of the whole meteor plot and premiere (which was very well-received), the resolution with Finn's father.arm and the lack of focus on plotlines in the first half of the season also put off many people. And once the season's main comet plot got off the ground, it suffered an [[AntiClimax anti-climactic]] outcome. It doesn't help that this was [[OnlyTheCreatorDoesItRight after Pen stepped down as showrunner]].
30th Jun '17 9:19:18 AM KizunaTallis
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** Cinnamon Bun. Some find him to be endeeringly naive as a foil to PB, others just find him obnoxious. This was furthered after he hooked up with Flame Princess.After "Frost and Fire," some people felt [[TheWoobie genuinely sorry for him]] and still like him, while others have come to really be annoyed with his clingy attitude and idiotic moments. Others think he's being an ass, but are glad he's getting called out and is developing more flaws.
** Princess Bubblegum is one of the most infamous examples; one half of the fandom views her as an adorable, smart and likable character while others view her as a tyrannic monster. The show, on the other hand, seems to present ''both'' interpretations as being somewhat accurate, portraying PB as wanting to be kind and meaning well, but having been alive for so long she's prone to making decisions based solely on the long-term and not taking into consideration other people's immediate needs or feelings. Her CharacterDevelopment in Season 6 and 7 seems to have decreased this,

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** Cinnamon Bun. Some find him to be endeeringly endearingly naive as a foil to PB, others just find him obnoxious. This was furthered after he hooked up with Flame Princess. After "Frost and Fire," some people felt [[TheWoobie genuinely sorry for him]] and still like him, while others have come to really be annoyed with his clingy attitude and idiotic moments. Others think he's being an ass, but are glad he's getting called out and is developing more flaws.
** Princess Bubblegum is one of the most infamous examples; one half of the fandom views her as an adorable, smart and likable character while others view her as a tyrannic tyrannical monster. The show, on the other hand, however, seems to present ''both'' interpretations as being somewhat accurate, portraying PB as wanting to be kind and meaning well, but having been alive for so long she's prone to making decisions based solely on the long-term and not taking into consideration of other people's immediate needs or feelings. Her CharacterDevelopment in Season Seasons 6 and 7 seems to have decreased this, this.
21st May '17 6:56:15 PM emeriin
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* DesignatedHero: Downplayed in that she ''has'' noble traits, but Princess Bubblegum isn't entirely LawfulGood material (her in-universe-assigned alignment).
** To give a few examples, she physically abuses Lemongrab in "Too Young" (and if you watch "You Made Me", he sees Princess Bubblegum as his mother, which doubles as [[AbusiveParent child abuse]]), in "Burning Low", she willingly sacrifices Finn if it means Flame Princess dies (granted, [[TheNeedsOfTheMany it was so she could save the world from utter destruction]]), in "Too Old", she ''does'' rescue Lemon Hope, but leaves the rest of the children who are being abused and in "The Cooler", she cripples the Flame Kingdom from the inside to get to Flame Princesses armory to ''further'' cripple them.
21st May '17 6:07:00 PM BurgerLord
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* DesignatedHero: Downplayed in that she ''has'' noble traits, but Princess Bubblegum isn't entirely LawfulGood material (her in-universe-assigned alignment).
** To give a few examples, she physically abuses Lemongrab in "Too Young" (and if you watch "You Made Me", he sees Princess Bubblegum as his mother, which doubles as [[AbusiveParent child abuse]]), in "Burning Low", she willingly sacrifices Finn if it means Flame Princess dies (granted, [[TheNeedsOfTheMany it was so she could save the world from utter destruction]]), in "Too Old", she ''does'' rescue Lemon Hope, but leaves the rest of the children who are being abused and in "The Cooler", she cripples the Flame Kingdom from the inside to get to Flame Princesses armory to ''further'' cripple them.
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