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Peppermint Butler lines up a suitor for Bubblegum, who he thinks is working too much.

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  • Ambiguously Evil: This episode gives further hints to Peppermint Butler's evil nature. He's shown summoning a demon and is referred to by a Gumball Guardian as "Dark One", but the Guardian doesn't seem concerned about him at all and he's not shown doing anything evil with his demonic rituals.
  • Animalistic Abomination: The Beast, a black furred horned animal.
  • Body Horror: Braco accepts a demon's offer to turn him into a "love magnet", but is turned into a deformed three-legged monster.
  • Continuity Nod: Peppermint Butler is doing his dark magic rituals in the amber prison on top of the castle previously occupied by the Lich.
  • A Day in the Limelight: The episode plot centers around Princess Bubblegum and Braco.
  • Demonic Possession: Peppermint Butler summons a demon into the body of Cinnamon Bun.
  • Determinator: Braco is determined to win Bubblegum's affections, no matter if she wants him or not. Even if he has to go into a pit of fire to get a stone for her experiment.
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  • Dogged Nice Guy: Braco is a deconstruction of the trope, as he never listens to Bubblegum's wishes and ends up being completely satisfied by a parodically love-obsessed Sex Bot version of her.
  • Doppelgänger Replacement Love Interest: PB creates one for Braco.
  • Even the Guys Want Him: The Demon Peppermint Butler summons actually does make Braco into a "Love Magnet." At the end of The Episode Peppermint Butler asks Princess Bubblegum where Braco went. She sadly says she had to let him go; Peppermint Butler angrily slaps her and says "Well you should have given him to me!
  • Lame Rhyme Dodge: Finn remarks that Braco is kind of wimpy-looking, and "too unheroic for Peebs". When he realizes Braco was standing within earshot, he hastily tries to backspace with "And then I smashed that peach!"
  • Love Before First Sight: Braco has a case of this for PB.
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  • Mutilation Conga: Braco is first horrifically burned trying to retrieve a key, then gets his face crushed in by the stone's guardians, and then gets mutated by a demon.
  • Nice Hat: Braco wears an outright unusual golden hat inherited from his grandfather.
  • Nightmare Fuel Station Attendant/Nightmare Fetishist: Peppermint displays his love for the dark and occult once again by summoning a demon to make Braco ugly as well as hanging out with the angel from Dungeon, a demonic bull and a demonic lion.
  • Painful Transformation: In order to gain the power of attracting Bubblegum, Braco is bathed in flame by a shadow demon.
  • Really 700 Years Old: An offhanded comment by a 400 year old suitor implies that Bubblegum is much older than she appears.
  • Right on Queue: The line of suitors for Princess Bubblegum. Apparently people die waiting in the line often enough that there are rules for who inherits their place.
  • Satellite Love Interest: Braco states he was born to marry Bubblegum, though she's not interested.
  • Shout-Out:
    • "Peacocking" is an actual "pick-up artist" concept.
    • The first close-up image of the Beast looks a lot like the alot from Hyperbole and a Half.
  • Variations on a Theme Song: The normal "Island Song" end credit music is replaced by "Braco Don't Go", a song that was originally intended to be included within the episode but considered inappropriate for the sequence.
  • Voice of the Legion: Braco post Body Horror transformation.
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