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Ice King is a 2016 mini-series from the Adventure Time comics continuity. It was written by the TV show artist Emily Partridge with Pranas Naujokaitis, with art by Natalie Andrewson.

Ice King wakes up one morning to discover that his only true friend, his penguin Gunther is missing, taken prisoner by legendary black magician the Dark Magistar Templi Marble. Seeking allies to help him rescue Gunther, he falls in with the wizard gang the Dark Moon Esbats. But are his new friends trustworthy, and is the "new" Ice King an improvement or the reverse?

This comic provides examples of:

  • Ambiguous Gender: Alistair is very hard to read in terms of gender, with disordered, bushy hair, an androgynous face, and an overcoat that hides their body shape. It turns out she identifies as female.
  • Bait-and-Switch: A burger lady nags Ice King into doing something about a gang of jerk potatoes bullying a milkshake kid for not being cool. Ice King finally stands up, and tells the milkshake kid that he does deserve to be bullied for not being cool.
  • Basement Dweller: Lazertron turns out to be still living in his mother's basement.
  • Bland-Name Product: Marceline gets Ice King's punk outfit from a "Lukewarm Issue" shop, a pun on the "alternative" fashion chain Hot Topic.
  • Call-Back:
    • Ice King spends most of the story rejecting, and then gets back in with, the gang of loser wizards who he had a road trip with in "Thanks for the Crabapples, Giuseppe".
    • Marceline's feud with Breakfast Princess after "Princess Day" continues, and she steals her car again.
  • Continuity Nod:
    • Among the locations Ice King searches for Gunther is the land of cats-in-boxes from "Box Prince".
    • Marceline has a Berserk Button about LSP eating her fries.
    • The Ice King's visions while he struggles with his Shoot Your Mate moment include Gunther's alien brain from "Orgalorg", Farmworld!Finn from "Finn The Human"/"Jake The Dog", Urgence Evergreen, Magwood and Gunther the dinosaur from "Evergreen" and the Ice Thing from "Graybles 1000+".
    • Death briefly shows up to collect Ice King's soul but is foiled at the last moment, just like in "Betty".
  • Covers Always Lie: One of the covers shows Beau (the wizard with the conical hat from "Thanks For The Crabapples, Giuseppe!") with the rest of Ice King's wizard friends. He does not appear in any of the issues.
  • Cut-and-Paste Note: Ice King finds a ransom note for Gunther of this type attached to his fridge.
  • Delinquents: The Esbats are cliched juvenile delinquent magicians.
  • False Friend: The Esbats pretend to welcome Ice King into their group while actually exploiting him and intending to use him as an expendable sacrifice to help them defeat Templi Marble.
  • Feet of Clay: Lazertron has no actual powers other than flashy illusions.
  • Funny Background Event: Marceline and Bubblegum fighting Breakfast Princess and her soldiers in the background as LSP lectures Ice King on being cool.
  • Heel–Face Turn: Alistair tries to help the Ice King against the rock golem rather than be "cool", releases Gunther, and ends up joining the Giuseppe society at the end.
  • "Hey, You!" Haymaker: Gunther appears by punching Templi Marble when he's about to kill Ice King.
  • I Just Want to Have Friends: Ice King's desperate need for "cool" friends causes him to get tricked by the Esbats and neglect the closest thing to friends he has.
  • I Read It for the Articles: Ron James insists that he's reading Magic Users' Monthly for the articles and not the centrefold pin-up girl.
  • Jerk Jock: Bob is one of these, whose magic is... um... beating people up really effectively. Subverted, since he's actually an erudite sort who was forced into playing that role by Lazertron.
  • Limited Wardrobe: We see Ice King's wardrobe full of identical blue robes.
  • Literal-Minded: When Lazertron tells him to "show us that voodoo that you do so well", Ice King is worried that he's not an actual voodoo magician.
  • Ma'am Shock: The LGM takes issue with Hambone calling him "grandpa" because he's only 37. So much for being the "Ancient" Sleeping Magi of Life-Giving...
  • The Makeover: Marceline and Bubblegum make Ice King over as respectively a punk and a hipster.
  • Meadow Run: Parodied when Ice King and Gunther are reunited.
  • Mister Big: Templi Marble is actually very short.
  • My Friends... and Zoidberg: When Ice King hallucinates him being embraced by the people/things important to him:
    Ice King: I'm just so dang happy right now! Even if Neptr is here.
    NEPTR: Papa! Why?
  • Never Learned to Read: Ron James apparently didn't, despite being a wizard.
  • Orcus on His Throne: Parodied with Templi Marble - he wanted to build up a fearsome reputation by holing up in his lair and not doing anything, but nobody could be bothered to actually challenge him.
  • Peer Pressure Makes You Evil: The Esbats persuade Ice King to help them steal stuff and bully people.
  • Running Gag:
    • The Ancient Magi of Life-Giving accidentally bringing things to life.
    • Abracadaniel getting coffee spilled on him.
  • Shout-Out: The traps in Templi Marble's lair are a direct parody of the ones protecting the Grail temple at the climax of Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade.
  • Shoot Your Mate: The Esbats try to get Ice King to cement his joining of them by making him attack Abracadaniel. Ice King falls to peer pressure and zaps him in ice.
  • Staging an Intervention: The Giuseppes try to stage one on Ice King about how he is becoming a worse person under the Esbats' influence. It fails.
  • There Was a Door: Ice King wants to talk to Marceline, but gets things off on the wrong foot by smashing his way into her house through the window instead of using the door.
  • Third Eye: Hambone has three eyes, which are implied to be related to his Mind Control powers.
  • Toxic Friend Influence: The Esbats persuade Ice King to bully people in a much pettier and nastier way than his usual acts in villainous mood.