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Recap / Adventure Time S 5 E 32 Earth And Water

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Following on from the events of "Frost & Fire", Flame Princess is held captive by Princess Bubblegum for destroying the Ice Kingdom whilst Ice King moves in with Finn and Jake.


  • Abusive Parents: Flame King. Sure, locking his daughter in a lantern for her entire life wasn't a terribly nice thing to do, but considering how powerful and destructive she is, he had a good reason... but then it's reveals that the lantern was actually Plan B. His first idea upon learning how powerful she was as a baby was to leave the newly born Flame Princess in the wilderness to die, not because he cared about the destruction she might cause, but because he was afraid she would usurp him.
  • A Day in the Limelight: After being the Second Love for Finn, Flame Princess gets her episode to shine.
  • An Ice Person: Gunter goes Power High with the Ice Crown and creates massive Ice Snakes.
  • Archnemesis Dad: Flame King for Flame Princess the latter defeats the former and takes his title.
  • Authority Equals Asskicking/Asskicking Equals Authority: Flame Princess as the Neo Flame King.
  • Call-Back:
    • Remember how Flame King had Flame Princess imprisoned in her first appearance? It turns out that it was for more selfish reasons than he claimed.
    • Ice King is now living with Finn and Jake since his castle was destroyed.
  • Calling the Old Man Out: Flame Princess briefly does this to her father, now that she's the Flame King and he's imprisoned in the lantern he locked her in her whole life.
  • Continuity Nod:
    • Ice King recalls how he was once married to Jake.
    • This isn't the first time Gunter's been power crazy.
    • PB's Ball Blam Berglerbler gun from "Lady and Peebles" is mentioned.
    • Flame Princess talks about the Flame Kingdom people as "all deceitful and Shakespeare", referring to the Hamlet references of "Ignition Point".
  • Cross-Referenced Titles: To Frost And Fire.
  • Dark and Troubled Past: Flame Princess's father had her Left for Dead in the wilderness to protect his throne and then locked her up in a lantern for most of her life.
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  • Enfant Terrible: Of an Obliviously Evil variety. Flame Princess as a baby had no idea of her destructive power.
  • Gilligan Cut: PB telling Cinnamon Bun not to open the door to the test chamber is immediately followed by a cut to him doing so.
  • Idiot Ball: Ice King. You'd think he'd learned about how Gunter abuses his power. But he gave his Ice Crown to him to safe out of all things.
    • Bubblegum leaving Cinnamon Bun in charge of Flame Princess.
  • It's All About Me: As if Flame King ordering his newborn baby girl to be left to die in the wilderness as Plan A and then imprisoning her in a giant lantern all her life as Plan B just to keep her from usurping him wasn't enough, when Flame Princess calls him out on this, his response is that he did it for her! ... To prevent her from usurping him, just like she's doing now.
  • Laser-Guided Karma: Flame Princess imprisons her father in the same lantern he trapped her in her whole life.
  • Left for Dead: Flame King's initial plan for a baby Flame Princess till Bubblegum offered another solution.
  • Nice Job Fixing It, Villain!: Ice King leaving the Ice Crown in Gunter's hands. What could go wrong?
  • Offing the Offspring: Flame King's Plan A for Flame Princess was to abandon her in the wilderness to die 15 years ago. This was when she was still a baby.
  • Offscreen Moment of Awesome:
    • Bubblegum defeating the Ice Crown wielding Gunter.
    • Flame Princess and Cinnamon Bun overthrowing and defeating Flame King and reforming the Fire Kingdom in the process.
  • Older Than She Looks: Bubblegum looks the same when Flame Princess is a baby 15 years ago.
  • Person of Mass Destruction: Flame Princess was this even as a baby.
  • Punch-Clock Villain: The guards at the gate are just normal people who just happen to guard the Flame Kingdom entrance.
  • Say My Name: PB screams "CINNAMON BUN!" when she discovers that he released Flame Princess.
  • Sealed Evil in a Can: Flame King is usurped by his daughter and put inside the same lantern he put Flame Princess in.
  • Self-Fulfilling Prophecy: A messenger brought news to Flame King of his daughter being destined to grow extremely powerful. Fearing that she would one day usurp his position the way he did from the former Flame King, he sent her out into the wilderness to die. But she survived long enough to burn down a large stretch of land outside of the Candy Kingdom, gaining the attention of Princess Bubblegum and causing her to bring the infant Flame Princess right back into the Fire Kingdom with a warning that she should be sealed away. The Flame King constructed a large glass lamp and placed her in it, leaving her there for 15 years, until one day Jake arrived in the Fire Kingdom to find a new love interest for his heartbroken friend. After courting her, she is freed, and after a series of dates and a breakup, Flame Princess returned to take the throne from her father.
  • She Is the King: Flame Princess becomes the new Flame King.
  • Shout-Out: The Flame Messenger giving baby Flame Princess to a woodcutter instead of leaving her to die is similar to Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs.
    • Also Oedipus the King, in which King Laius heard a prophecy that his son would grow up to kill him (and marry his wife), and so ordered a woodcutter to leave his newborn baby to die in the wilderness, but the woodcutter took pity on the baby and gave him to a shepherd to raise instead, who then gave the baby to the childless king and queen of a neighboring kingdom. Unlike baby Oedipus, though, poor baby Flame Princess being such a Person of Mass Destruction halts any thoughts the woodcutter might have had of raising her, and causes Princess Bubblegum of the neighboring Candy Kingdom to give her back to her father instead of taking her in. In both cases, the prophecy comes true.
  • Superior Successor: According to a royal messenger, Flame Princess was destined to become far stronger than Flame King ever would, so he sent her out to die in the wilderness. Naturally he failed, and 15 years later she would indeed take the throne from him.
  • Too Dumb to Live: The last time he left something in Gunter's care, he nearly destroyed Candy Kingdom. So the Ice Crown couldn't do any more harm right?
  • Took A Level In Bad Ass: Cinnamon Bun helps Flame Princess seize the Flame Throne and stands up to PB.
  • Wham Episode: Flame King once left Flame Princess to die as a baby as his Plan A, Flame Princess overthrows Flame King and takes over his kingdom.
  • You Can't Fight Fate: Flame Princess was going to usurp you one way or another, Flame King.

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