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"Paper Pete" is the twenty-second episode in the third season of Adventure Time. It is the seventy-fourth episode overall.


Finn tries to resolve a secret library war between the Pagelings and the Moldos.


Finn and Jake are moving through the library that belongs to the Turtle Princess while heaving a ludicrously large book on top of their backs. Upon setting it on a table, the book is revealed to be an unabridged history of Rainicorns titled Rainicornicopia. Finn quickly becomes bored so goes off and seeks out something fun to do, like another adventure, but Jake dismisses this as nothing more than Finn playing "make-believe." Frustrated by Jake's dismissal of him, Finn goes off into a random aisle and discovers the Pagelings and their leader, Paper Pete. Pete tells Finn that he and his secret band of blank pages have been defending the entirety of the library from the Moldo horde for many a moon, and that their recent attacks have become more fervent (using a book called "Teddy Bear Joke Book" as an example). Pete concludes by stating that they will mount a "full-scale assault on the library tonight." Finn, in an attempt to show Jake the Pagelings, pulls the book from right under Jake's nose and drags it hastily to where the Pagelings were, but some books fall and obscure them from view, leading to more aggravation on Jake's part and he accentuates his belief that Finn is continuing to make up adventures.

After Jake leaves, Finn asks the Pagelings why they did not show themselves to Jake. They respond by pointing out that they are a secret group, and wish to reveal themselves only to Finn, whom they refer to as a "noble giant." Finn convinces the Pagelings to come show themselves to Jake by stating that he, too, is a great giant that will aid them in their battle. Upon arrival at Jake's table, Jake puts his head down on the book and thickens his arms so that he can cover up the sides of his face from distraction from Finn; the flower dance from the Pagelings does nothing but annoy Jake further from believing Finn. Afterwards, the Pagelings and Finn return to the spot where Finn first met them, but to the horror of the Pagelings, a "reconnaissance squad" of Moldo have arrived and already began eating at the pages of some books. The Pagelings unsheathe their paper swords and charge into battle with the Moldos, but Finn manages to win the battle for the former by yawning on all of them. While praising Finn, Pete mentions how the bites of the Moldo sting "like the dickens," which soon leads to Finn hatching a new conceit.

The two surreptitiously follow the Moldos to their secret lair, where Finn and Pete enter and, after Finn makes random noises, are surrounded by Moldos. They are initially belligerent, but Finn manages to calm the whole Moldo clan down by stating that he has come to join them, much to Pete's surprise, who is shortly thereafter reminded by Finn that he should trust him. After Finn calls out their democratically elected leader, he snatches up Mildwin and many other Moldos into his arms, runs through the library, and, upon arriving at where Jake was, throws the Moldos at him.

Jake soon notices only their biting of his fur and flesh, and fails to remove them from his person or see them, which was Finn's original intention of throwing them in the first place. The Moldos will not remove themselves, as they find Jake tasty. Realizing what he had done, Finn frantically attempts to "find an answer in the library," which he quickly sees to be the books. However, instead of finding an appropriate book to read, he instead grabs a book and begins whacking Jake, which does nothing but pain Jake more.

In despair, Finn ceases whacking Jake, but then drops it in response to the appearance of a Moldo chewing on his shirt, who comments on it as being the "tastiest thing. Ever." Suddenly Finn takes off his shirt (much to the embarrassment of Turtle Princess) and presents it to Mildwin as a peace offering from the Pagelings. The Moldos on Jake crawl to Finn's shirt, and Mildwin responds by stating that the shirt should feed many generations of his people. Finn then says that if the shirt runs out, he will give them his pants. Jake soon removes the Moldos from his eyes, and, despite being shown the Pagelings and Moldos (thus proving Finn's original claims throughout the episode), states that he cares not for them, as he is in pain.

The two leave the library, and Jake confesses to being stuck on a single paragraph in the Rainicornicopia for 11 minutes. When asked about learning the history of his potential mixed-species children with Lady Rainicorn, Jake says he will "fake it." Finn comments that there are sun people to fight; Jake, after having his question confirmed by Finn that Finn is indeed making stuff up now, decides to cooperate and runs off into the distance with him.


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  • The 8 books with -ies ( Kitties, Zitties, Witties, Mitties, Knitties, Fitties, Hitties, Jitties ) also appeared in the episode of "King Worm" were Finn observing Lady Rainicorn and Jake wrapping a gift while he was in his dreams.
  • Jake said he was reading the same Rainicornicopia paragraph for eleven minutes, which is the length of one Adventure Time episode.
  • A crown similar to the Ice King's is seen on the cover of a book that falls on Jake when he crash-tackles Finn.
  • Paper Pete states that the Pagelings are the blank pages at the beginnings of books, also called fly pages.
  • The title card is inspired by the works of M. C. Escher, particularly House of Stairs.[1]
Paper Pete hidden date
  • In one of the background images of the Rainicornicopia book, there is a small piece of paper sticking out from between the pages that reads "S.A. VIII.XVIII.XII." These numbers are hidden in several episodes and were revealed to be the marriage date (August 18, 2012) of background artist Santino Lascano.[2]
  • Similarly, Finn runs past some books with the numbers 8, 18, 20, and 12 written on their spines, which, when put together, give 8/18/2012. Also on the shelf are books titled "Carne" and "Diccionario de los Muertos," Spanish for "meat" and "Dictionary of the Dead," respectively.
  • Part of the library seems to be buried in dense vegetation.
  • On the spine of the book "CITIES," it has a picture of a building that looks similar to the Empire State Building.

Episode Connections

  • Jake mentions having half-Rainicorn/half dog-offspring in the beginning, who then appear in "Jake the Dad."
  • The ghost Finn and Jake saved in "Blood Under the Skin" is seen sitting in the library.

Cultural references

  • Paper Pete made a couple references to Greek mythology, including Tartarus (a bottomless pit in the underworld) and Odysseus (a main character in Homer's Iliad and Odyssey).
  • When Pete showed Finn the Teddy Bear Joke Book, the characters on the cover resembled Yogi Bear, Boo-Boo, and the Ranger from the cartoon Yogi Bear.

Production notes

  • This episode had two previous titles. It was initially previously titled "Word War II."[3] The second title was "Paper Wars."[4]
  • This was the first premiere episode to air at the new time-slot of 7:30 PM.
  • This is the first Adventure Time episode to air in 2012.


  • Jake said that he was reading the same paragraph all over again but the pages seem to change.
  • There are multiple continuity errors regarding the books that fall on the ground when Jake crash-tackles Finn.
  • The eyes of two Moldos seem to be misplaced when one of them says "You win this battle."


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Background art



  2. April Lascano & Santino Lascano's wedding date

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