Tear Jerker: Adventure Time
"Please love me again, Betty!"
What time is it? It's sad-venture time...
"I like sad things
Wow, what a bright, colorful cartoon. A show like this can't possibly have sad moments... right?
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- Despite the colorful innocent look of the series, the backstory is pretty depressing. The "Mushroom War" was somehow related to nuclear explosions which destroyed almost all of Earth, almost killed out humans (Finn is said to be the last human alive), and more or less reverted technology back several stages for a while.
- It was the Mushroom War that created the lich and reintroduced magic with the use of some scary bombs. The Land of Ooo looks bright and cheerful but it is a total crap sack death world hidden underneath.
- "Mushroom War" would be an easy situation to see as nuclear in a roundabout way. What with large bombs and mushroom clouds and all. "Ooo" could even be reminiscent of a person in pain after a bomb. Dark, huh?
- In general, when episode credits say "Rebecca Sugar" under "Storyboarded by", you know there's gonna be some drama and usually a hauntingly beautiful song or two.
- Also in general, episodes written by "Thomas Herpich" (ie. Princess Cookie and You Made Me) have EXTREMELY poignant moments that will either have you crying tears of joy, or sobbing in despair. All in the same episode!
- "Come along with me, and the butterflies and bees..."
- In "The Enchiridion!" a giant ogre eats Finn's brother and best friend, for no justifiable reason. Finn helplessly tries to get him back, and ends up stealing the ogre's dollar. Finn says he'll only give it back if he gives Jake back. When the ogre says he killed Jake already, Finn tears up angrily.
- In "Evicted!" the duo almost ends up homeless a second time, and Marceline almost kills Jake.
- In "Trouble in Lumpy Space", Jake turns his back on Finn.
Finn: (punches ground repeatedly) I'LL KILL YOU, LUMPY SPAAAACE!!!
- Another scene from that episode. Lumpy Space Princess shoes us immediately that she isn't just a shallow, bratty teenager- she's really a sensitive and insecure person. She cries and says, "I was just trying to help! I thought we were FRIENDS, Finn!" As she sobs in front of Finn and yells at him, his cheeks turn burning red from the shame of making her like that.
- The ending of "What is Life?", which solidifies the Ice King's Jerkass Woobie status when he dreams about N.E.P.T.R. being his son.
N.E.P.T.R.: Shall we capture princesses now, Papi?"
Ice King: No, let's just stay here a little longer, son.
N.E.P.T.R.: I love you forever, Papi.
- An early scene of "Crystals Have Power", in which we see that Finn is still upset after Tree Trunks exploded in her self-titled episode. At least it was comforting to see that she's still alive, just mad with power as queen of the crystal people.
- And from "Tree Trunks" itself, this line is pretty tear jerky.
Finn: Is that what you think adventurers do?! Die and make all of their friends feel terrible because they couldn't save you?!
- Really, imagine how terrible Finn felt going back home after this episode.
- In "The Jiggler", when the eponymous baby Jiggler is dangerously sick from prolonged separation from its mother, eventually fainting. Finn tries to bring it back first with mouth-to-mouth resuscitation, and then when he thinks it's dead, by kissing it desperately. Jake (and possibly the viewer, at first) finds this ludicrous, but when he asks why Finn thinks kissing the baby will help, Finn, who looks like he's about to cry, just says that he can't think of anything else.
I'm kissing him! What do you think? It's all I could think to do!
- And then there's the reason WHY Finn might have thought to do this: in Memories of Boom Boom Mountain, Jake's mother kisses a crying baby Finn repetitively to make him feel better. Finn may have remembered that moment and tried to bring the same comfort to the "dying" baby.
- This is quite a lot worse for any older viewers, especially those who've had to take care of children, due to the red fluid that the Jiggler is vomiting, and the fact that Finn and Jake can do absolutely nothing about it.
- Oh my goodness, Jiggler's mom nearly almost KILLING him.
- From "Freak City", "I guess I'll just lie here... and rot like the rest of you."
- In "Ocean of Fear", Fear Feaster rubs in the fact that Finn can't even overcome his fear of the ocean when Jake is about to drown.
- Finn's very brief hoplessness in "Freak City".
Is this really my life? Is this how my story ends...?
- Before the heartwarming ending, "Donny" seems like it's gonna end on a depressing note. Everyone laughs at Donny even though he was a nice guy for a change. Finn and Jake were justified, but everyone else was a HUGE jerk to Donny. It promptly turns him into a jerk again, and Donny says that Finn betrayed him and will never forgive him. Finn and Jake sadly resolve to go stare wistfully at the lake, Ironically, if it wasn't for Donny, the villagers would be eaten by Why-Wolves.
- In "Henchman", near the end, when Marceline is out in the sun as a bat, she says that it stings, but she likes it, because it reminds her of her mother putting bandages on her scraped-up knees. At first, it doesn't seem to matter much, but then you realize: her mother is probably dead, her father is the Lord of Evil, and doesn't really love her. She just misses her mom. Though at the end of the episode "It Came From The Nightosphere", her father did admit he actually loves her and hearing the song she wrote about him, which made their situation somewhat heartwarming.
- Made even more heartbreaking in "Memory of a Memory" when Finn sees the young Marceline repairing her beloved teddy bear. While she's sewing on a new eye she says "I'm hurting you because I love you."
- In "His Hero", Finn's grapple between being violent and saving the old lady, and letting her die.
- "Daddy, do you even love me...?"
- Rebecca Sugar's original version of the Fry Song, with both verses, sung in her simple yet sweet voice with a ukulele, is absolutely heartbreaking.
- A notable example in "The Eyes", when Ice King stalks Finn and Jake in a horse disguise to learn how to have fun, because he is so lonely. While played in a somewhat humorous way, the real tearjerker ending is at the end; the Ice King lies down with Finn and Jake prepared to go to sleep, before uttering "I'm still not happy..." Damn.
- "Loyalty To The King" has a lot of the princesses display self-esteem issues, and LSP punches out her lumps to make herself more attractive. It can hit pretty close to home for some women.
- It's rather heart-breaking when Finn thinks that PB got her head chopped off.
- The ending of "Susan Strong", where Finn has reason to believe Susan is an actual human. "Susan.... what are you?" She just runs off into the night.
- The heartbroken, tearful look Finn has on his face as Susan runs away.
- When Susan sings by the campfire, Finn's eyes light up at the joy of being with another human and no longer being deprived of contact with his own kind. It's heartbreaking when re-watching the episode and knowing what happens at the very end.
- The title card for Mortal Recoil◊. Even if Princess Bubblegum isn't Killed Off for Real. Finn's expression might not say much, but the way he's holding the like-like sweater ...
- Meanwhile, Cinnamon Bun's expression in that title card is just... someone give that poor guy a hug.
- The snail is frowning & waving as if saying goodbye to PB.
- In "To Cut a Woman's Hair", seeing LSP having run away from home and saying that she doesn't want to go back in her sleep. Even a few episodes later where she's still roughing it out in the woods is sad.
- "The Other Tarts" has the Royal Tart Toter. He's completely insane, and he's lost all of his senses except for his sense of touch. He's old, psychotic, and injured from his job- yet he's still so dedicated to it.
- In the episode "Mystery Train", when Finn thought that Jake was killed by the conductor. It was too close to the end of the episode for comfort, and just the look on Finn's face when it first happens... he even sounds heartbroken. Then before going after the conductor in his unstoppable rage, he ever so gently places Jake's skeleton on the ground. Finn's whole reaction is sad.
(trembling, in a small voice while looking despairingly at Jake's skeleton
(carefully picks it up and hugs it
- During "Mortal Recoil", when the Ice King is told off by Finn and the entire Candy Kingdom that he is a lousy old man; one can feel some pity for him and the way the Ice King reacted to being called old; it was as if he never realized how long he has lived or he has been in denial of being an old man. One has to wonder if this will affect him in the long run.
- It doesn't help that Ice King used to be a young human that was cursed and is trying to find his way out of his mind.
- Finn's imagine spot in "Storytelling", in which he threatens to kill some baby birds, causing them to have heart attacks from fear. Thereafter, the mother, with tears in her eyes, asks Finn, "Have you seen my boys?"
- In "The Limit", Jake nearly dies. Jake says that Finn should wish for the Elephant anyway, because that's what they wanted... that's what Finn wanted. What an unselfish guy.
- YMMV, but Cute King's sadness over being an Ineffectual Sympathetic Villain.
- A lot of it in the rather dark episode "Morituri Te Salutamus". Gladiator ghosts were forced to fight in an arena and either killed or were killed by their closest friends, which is why they kept screaming for forgiveness. Though this does make their liberation at the end of the episode all the more heartwarming.
- Worse, according to word of god they weren't just best friends. They were lovers.
- In "Memory of a Memory", we see Marceline as a cute sweet little girl, after the friggin apocalypse. We see her try to fix her broken down teddy bear with her very last piece of string, and says "I'm hurting you because I love you!". What could possibly top that? Her boyfriend sold the teddy bear to a witch, because it was her most valuable possession, and we see her dad eating her fries, which makes her cry.
- Finn's sadness at the end of "Too Young". If only Lemongrab never showed up, then maybe Princess Bubblegum could have stayed 13 instead of having to revert back to her 18 year old self...
- "What Was Missing" had a few, but the ending where Bubblegum reveals that what she lost was an old shirt Marceline once gave her was probably the biggest.
- "I'm Just Your Problem" is a pretty big one. Marceline really opens up about how she feels about PB, how she wants to be friends again, but she just can't finish the song.
- The beginning of "You Are My Best Friends", before it turns all heartwarming. The defeated look on his face really sells it.
Finn: Everyone, Bubblegum. I'm so dumb. I should've just told you.... What I lost... was a piece of your hair! Now it's lost, gone forever. But I guess it doesn't matter when I just... just had all of you there. Just had all of you there with me, my friends, if you're even my friends...
- Around the end of "Apple Thief", Tree Trunks calls for the Banana Guards to come over and arrest her because she thinks she stole her own apples. Not only does she sound so distressed with a depressing look on her face, but imagine if you were one of the banana guards. How would you react if you heard an old lady over the phone tearfully explain how she did something she thought was a bad crime?
- In "The Creeps", everyone is seemingly killed one by one. So what's the sad part? Finn's reaction when he sees PB melt. It reveals he just meant on playing a little prank on Jake after what happened in "Mystery Train", but things went horribly wrong and he feels sadly responsible for their deaths. His voice just says it all.
- "This wasn't supposed to h-happen....."
- In "Jake vs. Me-Mow", in an attempt to lull Me-Mow to sleep (though he is also fully knowledgeable of the fact that he may die), Jake requests that Finn sings the song their mother's lullaby using her music box. Finn accepts and the result is everyone who hears the song falls asleep. For the fans, it means there's not a dry eye in the house.
Finn: Don't be weepy, sleepy puppies. Slip your slippers on your footies. In the morning, you'll get goodies; puppy hats and puppy hoodies. No stripes or polka-dots. Heather grey and feather soft; baby pink or baby blue. All the drawstrings you can chew.
- Finn breaking down and tearfully hugging a dying Jake after the antidote breaks. It takes them about five seconds to realize the solution to their problem, but it's still a sad moment.
- "New Frontier" was a surprisingly mature episode. Jake has a dream about dying that slowly starts coming true, and Finn desperately tries to stop it. It's almost painful watching Jake accept his fate while Finn just can't let him go. The scene where Jake goes aboard the spaceship that he knows will lead him to his death is the most heartwrenching scene in the episode.
- Even sadder when you realize Jake is not just Finn's best friend, but also the only thing resembling family he has left.
- Finn is so broken it almost sounds like he's saying "pwease."
- In the Christmas special, we finally learn the Ice King's origins. He was just an antique dealer before the Great Mushroom War, until he bought a crown off a Scandinavian merchant. He was with his fiancee when he put it on. He completely lost control, started spewing nonsense and phrases, but he had no recollection of it. Whatever he said or did was horrible enough to make her leave him. He never saw his fiancee after that. He chronicled his transformations from the crown through the video, growing more and more like the Ice King each entry. We finally find out why he tries to capture princesses: he's trying to find his old fiancee, whom he never saw after he put on the crown. Arguably the worst part? He remains perfectly aware of his transformations, never becoming completely controlled by the ice crown. Holy shit.
- His whole monologue was one minute of pure, concentrated anguish:
Simon:"Hello. My name is Simon Petrikov. I'm recording this tape so that people will know my story. I was studying to be an antiquarian of ancient artifacts. Now, I've never believed in the supernatural stuff myself; just had a fascination with superstitions. But everything changed when I came into contact with this item. After purchasing this crown from an old dock worker in Northern Scandinavia, I brought it home and excitedly showed my fiance, Betty, and jokingly put it on my head just for a laugh or something. And that's when it started... the visions. I fought with them; shouted at them until I realized it wasn't real! It was the crown! I quickly took it off, and saw my fiancee in front of me, looking at me with such contempt! What had I said? What had I done when I wore this crown? All I know is, I never saw Betty again. Since then, I now see the visions always, whether or not I wear the crown. They tell me the secrets... the secrets of the ice and snow... that the power of the crown will save me with its frost. I don't yet know what this means. As you can see, my skin is beginning to turn blue. My body temperature has been lowering at a supernatural rate, to what is now about 30 degrees Celsius. I don't know when it will end. I'm really scared. I know my mind is changing... but I'm already too far gone to know what to do. I want people to know that... if I do things... if I do things that hurt anyone, please, please forgive me! Just... watch over me until I can find my way out of this labyrinth in my brain and regain my sanity! And then maybe Betty, my princess... maybe you will love me again... please love me again, Betty!!"
- Both Tearjerker and Heartwarming when you realize after "Betty" that she never stopped loving him. She vanished from his past life because she has gone through a portal into the future to try and save him.
- Simon Petrikov calling his fiancee his "princess", eventually breaking down into tears, begging Betty to "please, love [him] again".
- Simon begging the viewer to forgive him for whatever he does while he is insane, until he can manage to find his way back from the depths of madness.
- Simon slowly losing his sanity, forgetting his past as a human, his own name, and his fiancee, soon declaring himself "too far gone" to be free of the crown's effects on him.
- Probably the worst part comes when you realize the Ice King is so far gone that the secret he was trying to keep was that he used to wear glasses. He just heard every last word of his story from his own mouth, and he still can't seem to fully grasp the true scope of what's happened to him anymore.
- Even worse is that he doesn't realize the tapes belong to him when Finn gives them back. He thinks it's a nice gift, commenting how he used to have tapes like that.
- You will never be able to laugh at the Ice King's antics ever again the same way again.
- Is it bad that your first impulse after this episode is to give him a hug?
- This also makes the "I'm still not happy" at the end of "The Eyes" extra tragic- at some level, he must remember what he's lost, just enough to still be unhappy even with friends at his side for a brief moment. He knows somehow that, as comforting as sleeping with friends in his arms is, something very important is still missing.
- Suddenly, all of his powers coming from his crown (a nod to the original short) makes perfect sense.
- As he goes mad, you can see the snow accumulating outside the window until what was once a regular city turns into the Ice Kingdom, presumably killing everyone there.
- The actual reason for that climate change? It's a nuclear winter. The knowledge of what's going on in those final tapes makes them even more bleak: this man has witnessed unimaginable horrors, dealt with everything life could throw at a person, survived a nuclear war, and successfully fought to keep his sanity through it all. Now he's lost the battle, and the only thing he can do about it is plead to whoever finds his tapes for forgiveness.
- Immediately after the video plays, Finn gives him the tapes and he doesn't remember what was on them. It's funny at first, but then it hits you that it's revealing that every wacky, goofy thing he's done on the show was really the product of his insanity and mental illness, and Finn and Jake just didn't pay close enough attention.
- Another example from Holly Jolly Secrets would be the tapes Finn and Jake watch where all you see is the Ice King crying. Sure, some of it can be a little funny the first time (like when he suddenly stops crying to ask Gunter for five more minutes), but especially after you've seen the episode once, the sound of him crying like that, the agony in his voice, just makes you want to join him. It shows that even though he seems pretty cheery a lot of the time, he's still suffering.
- He hates his lucid moments.
- In the opening -even as far back as season one- if you pause it in the splitsecond just as it shows Ice King, you realize he's not mad, but that he has a deep distraught, down-right miserable face◊. Along with the theories on the Mushroom War making the opening HONF, watching him in such emotional pain makes the opening part Tear Jerker too.
- If you pay attention to the background at the end of the episode, you'll see that Marceline isn't in the room watching videos with everybody else, instead she's floating outside, frowning. After seeing I Remember You, you'll realize that this is likely because at that point in time Marceline still couldn't bring herself to even be in the same room as her former father figure.
- Simon's despair in the final few tapes becomes even more heartbreaking when you consider that, sometime shortly before that, he'd had to abandon his adoptive daughter for fear that he'd become a danger to her.
- Marceline's Journal song from "Marceline's Closet" is really sad.
- In "Another Way", Finn's realizes that he mortally injured three people in order to have his way. This realization comes with a sad song that marks the return of the auto-tune.
- In fact, it's so much of a Tear Jerker that the Cyclops mistook it as an attempt to make him cry.
- If Finn really is the last boy in Earth then after he dies, humanity will be extinct. That's a pretty depressing thought..
- In "Ghost Princess", Clarence kills himself over Ghost Princess's death, which he himself caused.
- Clarence's facial expressions and the way he cries when killing Warrior Princess, who would then become Ghost Princess as a result.
- In "Dad's Dungeon", Jake follows Joshua's advice and frequently insults Finn by calling him a baby, like Joshua does on the tapes. While it was originally meant to be good reinforcement for Finn, it ends up making Finn want to kill himself from disappointment in himself.
Jake: Dude, don't eat that!
Finn: Why? All the people that I care about in this world are being wads.
- In the storyboard, when Finn is about to eat the apple, he says, "I don't care about anything now."
- "Dad's Dungeon" was actually the last Season 3 episode going by production order; viewing this after "Incendium" (aired afterward, and last going by air date) makes the above more poignant.
- "Incendium" is pretty heartbreaking from the Flame Princess' point of view. Though Jake had good intentions going into it, he really yanks her chain hard by lying to her father, claiming that he's an envoy of Prince Finn sent to request the chance to woo her, earns that right, then backpedals after hearing she's a Person of Mass Destruction. Way to go, Jake.
- Season three in regards to Finn if you think about it. He finally gets to be with his dream girl in "Too Young" when PB gets de-aged and that only lasts a short time. They kiss and she doesn't remember any of it and treats it like it was years ago. Then comes "What Was Missing" when he just wants to hang out with his friends Marceline, PB and Jake to form a band to get their stuff back but the three all just fight until he sings his sad little song. In "The Creeps" he apparently made PB a sweet sixteen b-day card and she doesn't remember. Then in "Holly Jolly Secrets" Ice King turns out to be formerly human, making Finn and Susan Strong both alone and not alone at the same time. Then in "Dad's Dungeon" he feels like his adopted father never loved him. Add in the above quote from the same episode and it seems like he's having a hard time trusting people. Hopefully this lightens up for season 4.
- The discoveries of Marceline's past that include living in a destroyed world, she and her dad scavenging for food, and a Bastard Boyfriend to add to that!. Then there's the various villains being nastier than in the previous Seasons, excluding the Lich obviously, like the brutal Fight King that made friends and lovers kill each other, Ash the asshole and possessive boyfriend, the Lubglubs that could have also eaten a load of people, Me-Mow the tiny assassin, the fruit witches and the giant shadow beast that possibly killed Joshua, Fire King and his sociopathic daughter, and finally Stag, the freak deer who imprisoned the candy people for an extended period! It's probably on it's way to get darker, until the finale.
Season 5 part one
- Here we see◊ that in the alternate universe Finn wished up, where the Lich never came to be, Simon died horribly, trapped under a nuke he froze mid-flight. We also see this alternate universe's Marceline, who didn't turn into a vampire and instead became a very elderly (and somewhat senile) woman who has spent her life guarding the crown.
- The tear-jerking nature of the alternate universe is best summed up by this observation made on tumblr
- Major Fridge Tear Jerker on someone you never thought would evoke sympathy of any kind: after what happened to Farmworld Jake, we know that the Lich isn't the cause of the Mushroom War-he's someone who just happened to be in the wrong place at the wrong time, and got turned into a living weapon. The guy would've had nothing to do with the Mushroom War conflict, yet he gets unwittingly warped into an undying, Ultimate Evil Omnicidal Maniac with nothing left of him but his mutated body. The Lich may be terrifying, but to see why...
- "All the Little People" has the scene where Mini-Rainicorn bursts into tears after Finn makes Mini-Finn hook up with Mini-Flame Princess instead. Then there's the scene where Jake comes back from his extended stay at Lady Rainicorn's to find Finn sitting in his messy living room, staring forlornly at Mini-Finn and full of regret.
- During that same scene, Finn drops Mini-Bubblegum in between Mini-Finn and Mini-Flame Princess and makes the former stroke his shoulders. The look on Finn's face as he watches this (as well as the ensuing Cat Fight that goes on between Mini-PB and Mini-FP) seems to cement that he really might not be completely over Bubblegum...
- In "Jake the Dad" episode. One of the puppies seems to be missing a face (she has one, but it is terribly malformed and hard to see). Some people have theorized that it's because of this scene.◊note
- Despite the fact that they were running him absolutely ragged, and as much as he tries to disguise it, Jake's disappointment that the pups grew up so quickly and no longer need him is palpable.
- The episode "Davey" has Finn getting so fed up with being a hero that he creates a separate personality for himself so he can be more normal. Hearing Finn argue with himself on why he should stay Davey is absolutely horrifying.
- In "Mystery Dungeon," when Lemongrab is trying to figure out what the Ice King tastes like, the Ice King says, "Kinda lonely."
- Poor Lemongrabs. They just wanted to do what they thought their mother wanted them to, and found that they found joy in creating new life. But then their neuroses and mental problems twisted it into something horrid. Especially poor Lemonjon who was given empathy by Finn and Jake, thus providing him with a moral dilemma that he could only solve with a heroic sacrifice.
- The beautiful final words of poor, brave, young Lemonjon: "Whoa, hold the phone. What is this powerful new juice coursing thrumpst my core source? The juice aches. Is this the rumored ache of feeling? The feeling of caring unknown to lemons? New thoughts emerge... If I act, the candy people will suffer; if I don't, the lemon people will suffer... The greater good demands but one course only! That I dissolve the bonds uniting me and become component to all!"
- The scene of Lemonjon dying.
- The fact that Lemonjon is the very first candy person who has ever been Killed Off for Real. He was the kindest and most selfless candy person who has ever lived, and he was the only one who has actually died. All other candy people who have died in the show were either rescued at the last minute, or they were resurrected. Not Lemonjon.
- In a happy way, the Lemongrabs discovering their capacity for love and affection: "It just felt so pretty okay inside greeting each new placid face, and hearing each new piercing song!"
- At the end when Lemongrab's brain is visible, one can pause the screen and read his thoughts. Several of them indicate that Lemongrab is suicidal and very unhappy. "Call me crazy, but I think it's time for us to die." Oh dear god.
- What's really sad about that screenshot is the disproportionate amount of unhappy and angry thoughts compared to others. The largest words on the brain are words like "RAGE" and "SUFFER." Happy thoughts are much smaller and less frequent. There's also a thought about Lemongrab saying "I'm sorry for my outburst," implying that he does realize, possibly often, that how he acts is wrong and he does actually feel remorse when he makes a mistake.
- That large "SUFFER" is actually attached to a phrase, partially obscured, that is "Watch as my people suffer." Another little gem of depressing from the brain is found nearby, in small font: "My heart weeps." Oh dear god.
- Just the image of the Lemongrabs looking so emaciated and ill from prolonged lack of food and malnutrition. That in itself is pretty hard to see, especially for fans who have a soft spot for them. (Fortunately, they seemed to be looking and feeling much better by the end of the episode.)
- The sheer amount of terrified desperation and despair in Lemongrab 2's voice as he says this line:
Lemongrab 2: Who CARES, anyway! They brought NO food! WE'RE ALL GOING TO DIE!!!
- Just the very idea of the episode- a young couple starving to death, while watching all of their babies starving to death at the same time.
- Lemonjon's weary, worried, despairing tone as he says this line. It's brief, but it does a good job of showing the desperation and somberness of the situation:
Lemonjon: They're quite hungry.
- The "blink-and-you'll-miss-it" shot of that two-headed lemon child hiding behind the door, convulsing and shaking either from terror or illness. The looks on those faces are looks of pure hopelessness. Some of the soft coos of the littler lemon children can be pretty disheartening, too.
- YMMV, but there's a scene at the beginning where Finn and Jake are mobbed by starving Lemon Children, who are trying to eat them. Jake forms his hand into the shape of a large piece of cake, and says, "Hey weirdos! Get the birthday cake!" while waving his arm towards the wall. The Lemon Children run after where they think Jake "threw" the cake. It's pretty damn sick because A) the Lemon Children are very young, B) they are starving, and C) they, ironically, had recently celebrated their birthdays. The fact that this scene was meant to be funny makes it all the more jarring.
- Speaking of the lemonchildren, Finn and Jake did not recognize them as children at all at first, treating them like freaks because of their appearance and inability to properly communicate (Jake specifically refers to them as "weirdos"). Later, even after knowing the children are just that, Finn and Jake are fully willing to kill Lemonjohn if it means stopping him. Both of these facts are sad in and of themselves, but consider that Castle Lemongrab is now very close to the Candy Kingdom. The candy people hate Lemongrab for the events of Too Young, and probably You Made Me as well. What might this mean for the already rather disadvantaged lemonchildren?
- Well, Princess Bubblegum did end the episode by saying that she would keep a closer eye on Lemon Castle. This would probably include looking out for the safety of the Lemon Children, and making sure that the Lemon People and Candy People don't harass each other. As the ruler, creator, and technical mom/grandmom of the earls and their kids, it would be her responsibility to do so anyway.
- The ending, when Princess Bubblegum says "Their hearts are fine. They're just like this," and the earls make happy noises and smile. Considering that four episodes ago, Princess Bubblegum was calling Lemongrab a "failed experiment" and a "butt," it's incredibly touching that she has finally accepted him for who he is, warts and all.
- A quick little scene that's quite sad when you notice it. When the little goat Lemon Child is chomping on Finn's hand, Finn gets freaked out and shoves his hand back. The goat falls, looks stunned for a moment, and then looks up at Finn with a hurt look.
- The fact that the Lemongrabs attempted to use their own son as a Person of Mass Destruction. Lemonjon also seemed to be in physical pain in some scenes.
- We will probably never know what was going on in the heads of the Lemongrabs at the time of Lemonjon's death. In addition to that, we can only imagine what was going through their heads when they returned home, after the episode ended. Especially for people as emotionally unstable/sensitive as the Lemongrabs, seeing your little boy die right in front of you is not an easy thing to deal with.
- A kind of meta example. When describing their profound joy about their newfound fatherhood, Lemongrab describes this feeling as "so pretty okay." He has been chronically depressed for so long that he's unable to adequately articulate what it feels like to experience true happiness.
- "Little Dude" — the Magi's backstory. He's had a pretty hard life, and a lot of the trouble he's caused wasn't really his fault even.
- The ending of Marceline's story in "Bad Little Boy" with Fionna being both angry and horribly sad at the apparent death of Marshall Lee after he plays with her emotions by asking if she is in love with him. Additionally, Marceline might have created that part of the story as a reflection on her own inability to be truthful and real, to the point she might be pushing people away or hurting.
- Characters seem to change slightly, depending on who's telling the story. In BLB, as told by Marceline, Prince Gumball is much more hostile towards Marshall Lee than PB ever was towards Marceline, saying things like "Oh, it's you" and subtly insulting him while leaving (although directly after ML had just thrown food in his face). Coupled with Marcelines angry song in What Was Missing, it implies she thought that PB actually hated her. (Thankfully this is shown to not be true in What Was Missing and the Sky Witch episode).
- What about what happened to Xergiok at the end of "The Great Bird Man"? Don't tell me I was the only one who felt bad for him!
- This was a pretty heavy episode. From the suicidal mermaids at the beginning, to Xergiok slapping his best friend (a bird,) to the poor, sad look on the bird's face as he leaves, to Xergiok attempting suicide. This episode should come with a trigger warning, for having more references to suicide than any other.
- The poor, sad look on the bird's face.
- In "Simon and Marcy," there's the part when Simon has no choice but to break his promise to Marceline and wear the crown that they both know is turning him into the Ice King.
- This could also be compared to Alzheimer's disease, given that Simon never intended to go insane. His rampages can be compared to those found in The Notebook.
- If rewatching the episode, there is something extremely heartbreaking and touching about Marceline's simple declaration that she loves the Ice King/Simon, particularly considering that Marceline is not very upfront about such things (as discussed up in "Bad Little Boy") but for Simon...
- Even in the faux television bit where Simon sings the Cheers song for the first time. The pained way that he sings it, as though he's thinking about their current situation (Making your way in the world today takes everything you've got), losing himself in the song until Marceline gets his attention again.
- Simon trying to remain himself by singing the Cheers theme. The poor guy is fully aware of the fact that he's losing it, but also knows he needs to protect Marceline.
- This is also the first time that it really sinks in- after the Mushroom War, everyone is dead, or mutated beyond recognition. The people at the soup store, the people driving the Clambulance, and YOU.
- Puhoy. A The Final Temptation story. The scene of an elderly Finn dying in bed, as his kids (now married with kids of their own) and wife cry. NO story about a land filled with magical cute pillow people should be this sad...
- All Roselinen wants is for Finn to remember her and their family when he returns to his world. Her speech even caused Finn to shed some tears. Sure enough, mere moments after returning, he can't recall anything about them.
- Another sad thing about Finn's death is when Bonnie, his daughter begins to cry. There's just something so sad about seeing such a sweet girl cry like that.
- The scene where Jake is reminded of the fact that his kids didn't stay kids for very long, and are now grown adults. It's a quick but absolutely heartbreaking scene. When Jake is reminded of this fact, his face clearly contorts with grief, and he looks, for several seconds, that he is going to cry. His eyes become a bit shiny, too. His expression alone is enough to make one's eyes well up with tears, the way it's drawn is so realistically grief-stricken and scrunched. Jake pretending to not be upset at the end of "Jake the Dad?" All a facade. He IS actually grieving because he barely had any time to be a father to his babies. And if those words alone were enough to solicit this reaction from poor Jake, it's safe to assume that he cries about it when he's offscreen.
- A Fridge Tear Jerker. If we go by the interpretation that the Pillow World was all a dream... what does this series of thoughts produced by Finn's subconscious tell us about Finn's deepest desires and griefs? What sorts of issues was he subconsciously working through in the process of dreaming?
- Another Fridge Tear Jerker is that Finn says to Rasheeta that he's been searching for decades. The Tear Jerker is, Quilton is probably dead and Finn's pillow family probably never got to see his last moments, even worse, finding out he was dead when they got home.
- The idea that Finn lived through a life with a wife and children and implied grandchildren, which he forgot in about ten seconds after his death/awakening, is... very melancholic, to say the least.
- Bubble getting popped in "BMO Lost". Poor BMO is devastated.
- Too bad it becomes scary within seconds after that... though at least BMO doesn't seem to mind.
- Honestly, everything that happens after BMO and Bubble meet. From the look of it, BMO finally got a day where he met someone who always listened to him and was always there, even when he thought he was going to be alone, like right after BMO is forced to give up Ricky/Sparkle. He'd already been far from Finn and Jake for more than a day, and considering how few times he really shows up for an adventure, it was all typical for him to be alone, but not with a complete stranger. The final moment Bubble shares with BMO right before getting popped just changed everything for BMO, and it's taken away from him like that. Even worse, Finn and Jake don't realize it and are too busy laughing at him.
- B-Mo's reaction to Finn and Jake not talking in "Shhh!". He has a panic attack.
- Finn telling Braco that pursuing Princess Bubblegum will only lead to heartbreak. He doesn't seem particularly bitter about it (a sign of how much he's matured since then), but you can tell he was affected by it.
- In "Another Five Short Graybles," we are treated to a lovely scene of Lemongrab 1 violently domestically abusing Lemongrab 2 while their children are most likely within earshot.
- Jake Jr. In a short time she has grown from an adorable mutant baby into a jaded adult, who's completely disinterested in her own father's attempts to engage.
- A Fridge Tear Jerker happens when you realize that Jake Jr. has aged 8 years since we last saw her, due to her rapid aging, she's going to die before Jake is. No father should have to bury their kids.
- Doubtful. Lady hasn't died yet at all. She's been around a few years. So it's safe to assume that she'll stable out eventually. Or Rainicorns live long lives. She's part dog, part MAGICAL dog so maybe she does age a bit quicker, but according to Jake Rainicorns age fast when growing up, so yeah Immortality Begins at Twenty is in full effect here probably. But that just leaves Jake's future, his kids, probably even lady will be left looking over him, as he finally just goes. Or even worse, they won't get that chance, considering he had that bucket dream.
- For some true sadness there's the fact that Jake is trying so damn hard to connect with his daughter in this episode, but he just has no idea how to keep close to her when she's, for all intents and purposes, older than him. The whole scene where he tries to make her a 'time machine' and have fun with her just gets sadder when she dismissively brushes him off.
Season 5 part two
- At the end of "Wake Up", Prismo was Killed Off for Real by The Lich. Jake's grief is just... ugh.
- Prismo died twice, first when his body woke up and then when the Lich killed that too... And he was willing to die just so Finn could meet his horrible father.
- Notice that minutes before this happens, the Cosmic Owl suddenly leaves in a hurry, with a fabricated excuse about washing his feathers. While it could be said that he didn't want to become the victim of whatever cosmic crime Finn and Jake would need to perform, it could also be said that he foresaw Prismo's death and couldn't stand to watch his best friend murdered in front of his eyes. No wonder he was so insistent on one more game of Card Wars...one last game...
- At the end of "Escape from the Citadel" after seasons of foreshadowing, Finn finally loses his right arm from trying to stop his father, who clearly wants nothing to do with Finn. The look of total defeat and heartbreak after everything that has occurred is heartwrenching. To put it in perspective, for the entire show's run, Finn has been constantly wondering about his true origins and whether or not he truly is the last human being in Ooo, if not the entire planet. Now he has finally found his birth father, which is an opportunity to gain answers for every question he's had since he could talk, only to discover that the man is a selfish intergalactic criminal who claims he can't even remember what prompted him to abandon his newborn child in a forest. And despite that, Finn still wants to connect with him in some way, only to have the guy run off into the cosmos despite how hard Finn tried to hold on to him. The sullen look on Finn's face just screams how much he's still processing this. Poor unfortunate son.
- After the above happens, Shelby comes out from behind Jake's ear and worms his way towards Finn, and starts silently crying, being the only one willing to fully give into the gravity of the situation at the moment. Also doubles as CMOH, considering how much of a series Deadpan Snarker Shelby is.
- Think about Jake during this. He just lost Prismo, one of his best friends, and now the guy he considers his brother loses his arm trying to communicate with his deadbeat father. The look on his face is just as heartrending as Finn's: he doesn't know what to do or say and spends several minutes in complete silence.
- Now think about the reaction of everyone Finn knows when he returns to Ooo, coming back with a nub of a right arm. That in itself is Fridge Horror for the rest of the characters, who have known Finn throughout the series as this Wide-Eyed Idealist Kid Hero who is always looking out for others and tries his best at everything he does, never giving up. Just imagine yourself in the position to notice one of your close friends becoming back utterly depressed, heartbroken, and gravely injured like that.
- Tree Trunks wanting a divorce from Mr. Pig feels needlessly sad, and despite the Lich baby "changing everything", there's no evidence that things will be okay for the couple.
- In "The Tower," Finn is clearly having trouble learning how to function with only one arm, and is having to deal with the rage he feels toward his father. This rage actually manifests into a prosthetic arm created from telekinetic energy.
Finn: Thanks a lot, DAD!
- The titular character of "Breezy" gives up her free life in order to save Finn from a mob of angry bees. When he rejects her (and by "rejects her," we mean "refuses to go under a Baleful Polymorph into a mating drone"), she cries.
- "Something Big" has Root Beer Guy's death, defending the Candy Kingdom.
- Then there's the whole deal with the Giant Darren and the War Elephant, in a unusual tearjerker, we're presented with the realization that the only concept the two understand are fighting, nothing else; So now that they've been awakened for what can only be guessed as thousands of years; theyre confused about how the world has changed so much. It then makes them realize that they would better off be dead then live anymore since they have no desire to continue living without a purpose (except for the War elephant who is trying to find a new one) To make it more clear, when Darren dies, he says "thank you" before he explodes, grateful that he no longer has to live in a world where he doesn't belong. Now that is a special kind of sad.
- "Thanks For The Crabapples Giuseppe" is for the most part a cute road trip episode with Ice King and his wizard friends. But then there's a random tragic scene where Ice King reads Giuseppe's magic; it's a poem for his daughter, with a flashback to little girls trying to wake up their dead fathers, and then Ice King cries but he's not aware of it until the others (who are also crying) point it out to him. Bet you weren't expecting Simon/Marcy feelings.
- When Giuseppe is left behind after leaving the bus to pick up the crabapples. The Ice King seems like he's going to pick him up, but he just wants him to throw him the crabapples, then leaves him stranded in the middle of a field. You can feel how rejected Giuseppe must have felt as he watches the bus slide away without him.
- Princess Day- The stuff that Breakfast Princess said to LSP, even if it was all true, it was still pretty brutal to see her just bash LSP like that with no one defending the irradiated star dust thing.
- The Nemesis-... My god, the Adult Fear in this episode, it really all culminates in universe to just this one single word. "Yes..?"
- At the end of The Cooler, Flame Princess calls Princess Bubblegum out on her overprotective and Lawful Good nature telling her that she's cold not because she's a ruler or a scientist, but because she's a bad person. The look on PB's face and the crack in her voice as she replies "I'm not a bad person" is heartbreaking, especially because it's Peebles, of all people.
Flame Princess: You’re cold PB, and it’s not because you’re a scientist or leader, it’s because you are a bad person. Something inside you is messed up girl, and whatever it is… sigh, whatever.
Princess Bubblegum: Alright, keep one last fire giant. I'm not a bad person... I want you to see that.
- PB's character as a whole becomes a lot more tear-jerking after this episode, if you think about it. She truly believes locking herself away from those she cares about and spying on them from afar, constantly checking that they're safe and monitoring possible threats 24/7 is the only way to make sure nothing happens to them. What must have happened to her in the past to make her react and think in such a way? The main cause of her moral ambiguity and questionable drastic actions is that she cares too much for her kingdom and her friends, and as long as whatever she's thought of will benefit them in some way, it seems right to her. After all, if it's keeping everyone safe, it couldn't possibly be a bad decision, could it?
- In "Evergreen", Evergreen treats his apprentice, Gunther, like crap and never bothers to teach him magic. Things go from bad to worse when it's up to Gunther to use the wishing crown to stop the Lich Comet. Instead he wishes for his deepest desire: to be like his idol, Evergreen. The crown fulfills his wish, but also drives him insane. With the wish wasted, the comet crashes into the Earth and kills everyone. All because Evergreen was a terrible teacher and father figure to Gunther. Evergreen comes to realize this just before he dies.
- One of the scenes involve Marceline, alone and unmutated, trying to pick things up in the aftermath of the detonation of the Mushroom Bomb. And there's a view panning out to see the Earth, and the orbital satellites are still firing, trying to kill each other even in the aftermath of the most apocalyptic thing to happen to the Earth since Theia crashed into it and helped form the moon.
- The ending of the Fionna and Cake comics reveal the Ice Queen's origin. It's just as heartbreaking as Ice King's. She used to be a kindly water nymph who became friends with the young Cake. She was fatally wounded one day and to save her, Cake gave her a magic gem she found. It turned out to be part of Ice Queen's tiara and it turned her into the Ice Queen, just like the Ice King's crown did, with the same Alzheimer's-like effects and everything. As if that isn't sad enough, the issue ends with Ice Queen melting herself as she explains that she did everything she did because she thought it would bring her warmth. There's an implication that Ice Queen has been actively suicidal for many years now...
- Then remember that Ice King wrote these.
- After losing the love of his life, as well as who knows how many other loved ones, surviving the apocalypse, slowly going insane with no way to help himself, having to abandon a child in fear that he might hurt her and ending up as a pathetic shell of his former self, Simon Petrikov JUST. WANTS. TO. DIE.
- The Lich's Lotus-Eater Machine. It's basically Yank the Dog's Chain times a thousand.
- Fake!Betty's writing on the sign that she made. Remember, this is the universe where the Ice King has his one true heart's desire granted.
- The Ice King doesn't even remember why he's fighting off the crown anymore. Remember all that stuff from the entry above where he JUST WANTS TO DIE? Yeah, remember the crown wants EVERYBODY to die.
- What happened to the first Ghost Princess after the events of "Ghost Princess". Turns out Clarence really was a donkus.
- The fact that Root Beer Guy is starring in the Banana Guard Academy mini-series, considering he recently died in the line of duty in "Something Big".
- In the recent, confirmed-to-be-canon game, "Explore The Dungeon Because I Don't Know," a horrifying bit of light is shed on just how far Princess Bubblegum is willing to go in the name of science. The game revealed that after the events of "You Made Me," Princess Bubblegum lured both Flame Princess and the Lemongrabs into a secret lair so she could experiment on them. When the earls recount their horrifying tale to the dumb-founded Finn and Jake, they mostly seem confused and uninterested in the earl's plight. Finn and Jake proceed to fight them, the Lemongrabs lose, and then they ask for candy. No wonder they wanted Finn to give them candy after that horrible ordeal... poor things...