Franchise: Adventure Time

Full name: Adventure Time with Finn and Jake. A franchise centred on a popular cartoon on Cartoon Network, created by one Pendleton Ward, later spawning an Expanded Universe in other media.

The series gained its start in 2008 when Ward created a short cartoon to be showcased on Nickelodeon's Random Cartoons. When it wasn't picked up and the rights returned to Pen, he uploaded the short on YouTube where it went viral. Cartoon Network soon took notice of this and offered to turn it into a full series (even ordering two seasons right from the get go). CN gave the show a huge promotion push and even previewed episodes before the show properly premiered on April 5, 2010. It has since become one of the Network's most watched animated series.

The show follows the adventures of boy hero Finn (named Pen in the pilot) and his talking, shape-shifting dog, Jake, in the strange, bizarre and very dangerous world of Ooo. The setting is gradually revealed to be Earth after an apocalyptic event known as the "Mushroom War". The event radically transformed the landscape and brought back magic to the world, leading to the creation of all kinds of bizarre creatures and entities. Finn is supposedly the only living pure human left in this world, having been adopted by Jake's family after they found him as a baby. As such the two consider themselves brothers and go on many adventures through the land. Add a colorful cast of characters including (most notably) the boys' feudal patron Princess Bubblegum, ruler of the nearby Candy Kingdom; Ice King, a deranged elemental wizard and increasingly Friendly Enemy of the two who obsessively kidnaps Princesses; and Marceline, a hipster self-proclaimed Vampire Queen, and you have one of the most unique and interesting pieces of fantasy to ever grace the genre.

To say the show is weird is an understatement, and it is known for Mood Whiplash and Cerebus Rollercoaster into some horrific and/or tragic territory (it was given the TV-PG rating for a reason). Despite or more likely because of this it has reached a wide audience, and due to this popularity has branched out into other forms of media as well.

TV Series

Comic Books

The serial comic spin-offs are published by KaBOOM! Comics. They are notable for their recruitment of writers and artists from the world of Webcomics and indie-comics, in preference to established genre comics creators.
  • Adventure Time Comic Book: The comic book of the series, which began in 2012. Initially written by Ryan North, who left after 35 issues to be replaced by Christopher Hastings. The art is usually by Shelli Paroline and Braden Lamb. Each issue also includes a back-up story by a different writer/artist. Increasingly set in an Alternate Continuity to the show, as it largely ignores TV show character and plot development that took place after it started.
  • Marceline and the Scream Queens: A miniseries by Meredith Gran in which Marceline's rock band, the Scream Queens, go on a world tour with Princess Bubblegum as their manager.
  • Fionna and Cake: A miniseries based on the gender-flipped characters from Ice King's in-universe fanfiction, Fionna and Cake, by Natasha Allegri, the TV show storyboard artist who created the alternate universe.
  • Candy Capers: A miniseries in which Finn and Jake have disappeared, and Peppermint Butler and Cinnamon Bun are charged to find out what has happened to them while also replacing them as Candy Kingdom troubleshooters. Written by Yuko Ota and Ananth Panagariya with art by Ian McGinty.
  • The Flip Side: A miniseries written by Paul Tobin and Colleen Coover, with art by Wook Jin Clark. The only spin-off miniseries to focus on Finn and Jake, in which they wind up in a "reverse adventure", where they have to do the opposite of what they signed up for.
  • Banana Guard Academy: A miniseries in which Princess Bubblegum decides to open up the Banana Guard to all Candy Kingdom citizens, to the outrage of the bananas. Written by the TV show head writer Kent Osborne with art by Mad Rupert.
  • Marceline Gone Adrift: Another Meredith Gran miniseries starring Marceline and Bubblegum, which begins as a parody of the "Planet Hulk" arc from The Incredible Hulk, with Bubblegum shooting Marceline into outer space to end an uncharacteristic rampage, then regretting it and going on a quest to find her.
  • Fionna and Cake: Card Wars: A miniseries in which Cake attempts to break into the competitive Card Wars scene against the objections of geek misogynists.

Graphic Novels

Non-serialised Adventure Time Graphic Novels done in a manga-like format, and also published by Kaboom.
  • Vol 1: Playing With Fire : By Danielle Corsetto with art by Zachary Sterling. Finn's girlfriend Flame Princess ventures into a dungeon to retrieve Finn's soul, after it's stolen by a fortune teller.
  • Vol 2: Pixel Princesses: Again by Corsetto and Sterling, a story that focuses on some of the less-often-depicted princesses of Ooo after they're magically transported into BMO, Finn and Jake's anthropomorphic computer.
  • Vol 3: Seeing Red: Written by Kate Leth, with art by Sterling. Marceline goes to a family reunion, with some support from Jake.
  • Vol 4: Bitter Sweets: Again by Leth and Sterling, the first novel with color art. Princess Bubblegum travels to the outer kingdoms to recharge the magic gems that power the Candy Kingdom.
  • Vol 5: Graybles Shmaybles: Written by Corsetto, with art by Bridget Underwood and Jenna Ayoub, this is the first novel to centre around Finn and Jake, and involves them discovering a mysterious cube which shows them images of a mysterious thief plaguing their friends.
  • Vol 6: Written by Leth, with art by Underwood. Jake and BMO try to stop a party-crasher.

Books

  • The Adventure Time Encyclopaedia: A guide to the Land of Ooo, written in-character by the universe's Satan-figure Hunson Abadeer.
  • Epic Tales from Adventure Time: A series of books written in the style of pulp adventure novels, by the mysterious T.T. MacDangereuse.
    • Queen of Rogues
    • The Untamed Scoundrel
    • The Lonesome Outlaw
  • Which Way, Dude?: Choose-your-own-adventure / puzzle books.
  • Tales from the Land of Ooo: A collection of short stories aimed at young readers.

Video Games

See also Adventure Time Video Games
  • Hey Ice King! Why'd You Steal Our Garbage?!: A video game for the Nintendo 3DS. As the title suggest, the Ice King has been stealing garbage around the land and Finn and Jake set out to find out why and stop him.
  • Explore the Dungeon because I DON'T KNOW!: The second game released on Wii U, Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, and PC. A multiplayer game allowing players to play as various other characters of the series (save Bubblegum). Bubblegum summons the selected characters to find out what is going in the dungeon underneath her castle after inmates manage to keep escaping from it.
  • Adventure Time: The Secret of the Nameless Kingdom: Released in 2014 for the PS3, Vita, Xbox 360 and the 3DS.


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