|Princess Bonnibel Bubblegum|
|Name||Princess Bonnibel Bubblegum|
13 ("Mortal Recoil", "Too Young")
|Species||Candy Person |
|Relatives||Uncle Gumbald (Uncle/Great-Uncle)|
|Introduced in||Animated Short|
|Latest appearance||"Burning Low"|
|Voiced by|| Paige Moss (Animated Short)|
Hynden Walch (Series)
Isabella Acres ("Mortal Recoil"and "Too Young")
Princess Bubblegum (full name Princess Bonnibel Bubblegum, often called PB and on occasion Peebles or Poibles) is a main character on the series Adventure Time that first appeared in the Animated Short. She is the benevolent ruler of the Candy Kingdom, and was Finn's former love interest. Marceline calls her by her first name, Bonnibel. At the end of "Mortal Recoil," she was transformed into a 13-year-old, but returned to her normal biological age of 18 years in "Too Young."
Princess Bonnibel Bubblegum is the beloved ruler of the Candy Kingdom. Though not much is said about her past, there are some allusions to her relatives (e.g. Great Uncle Gumball, mentioned in "Susan Strong"). It is implied that Finn has saved Princess Bubblegum many times, though she winds up saving him in the episode, "Dungeon." It also seems that she has had previous run-ins with Marceline, the vampire queen. In the past she created Lemongrab (the first one of her experiments gone wrong), then sends him away to live a sheltered life inside of a castle. Princess Bubblegum also performs other science experiments which vary greatly in their success, ranging from very successful to catastrophic.
In Season Two's two-part finale, "Mortal Folly" and "Mortal Recoil," she sends Finn and Jake on a quest to stop The Lich from killing everyone in Ooo. She gives Finn The Gauntlet of the Hero Billy as the only known weapon that can harm The Lich, and a sweater she made herself. The Ice King captures Princess Bubblegum and chases after Finn and Jake to get their blessing to marry her, but he accidentally dropping the Princess into a pit of green liquid. She is soon melted into a pile of pink-brown goo and is rushed to the hospital.
It is soon revealed that the spirit of The Lich possessed the Princess earlier and eventually warps her into a giant monster that nearly tears apart the Candy Kingdom. Finn enlists the power of Ice King to immobilize her with ice. Unfortunately, the frozen Princess topples over and breaks to pieces. The doctors reassemble her but lack all the necessary pieces, reducing her age to 13 (the same age as Finn at the time). According to Adam Muto, her body was composed of only enough reclaimed biomass to be an adolescent, and therefore she turned into one.
With her new age Princess Bubblegum is technically younger than the Earl of Lemongrab and he claims his right to the Throne until she turns 18 again. Princess Bubblegum is forced to restore herself to her 18-year-old form with the contribution of biomass (candy) from the Candy People and a hug (and kiss) from Finn. After reverting to her proper age and size in "Too Young" she jokingly acts as if the events that happened earlier that same day (while she was 13) actually happened five years ago. 
Personality and traitsPrincess Bubblegum is an amiable and nice ruler. She loves (most of) her subjects and has been known to defend them tirelessly when trouble brews. In "Princess Cookie," her dedication to her Kingdom is shown when she visits a Candy Orphanage and spends some time cheering up the children.
Princess Bubblegum has a strong sense of morality and participates in politics outside the Candy Kingdom. She is very noble.
Princess Bubblegum is a highly cultured and educated ruler with an undying passion for science. In "Slumber Party Panic," she attempts to revive the dead Candy People, accidentally creating a horde of zombie Candy People instead. In her dedication, she sometimes drives herself to exhaustion with her experiments such as the perfect sandwich in "Five Short Graybles" and "Goliad."
Though ordinarily sweet and good-natured, Princess Bubblegum shows a malicious aspect of her personality whenever she is crossed, as toward the Duke of Nuts for eating all of the royal pudding and supposedly ruining her appearance. Even with her kind disposition, her moral code is not as strict as Finn's. She sometimes says morbid or inappropriate things, such as when Finn picks up a paralysis poison and she says: "Don't touch that Finn, it'll paralyze you forever!" and then giggles. Many darker things are briefly shown in several episodes such as skeletons cuffed to the walls in hidden chambers as shown in "Ricardio the Heart Guy." Also, in "What Have You Done?," she displays a willingness to torture Ice King.
When she is 13 years old in "Too Young," she exhibits a playful attitude and a willingness to perform pranks with Finn. Just before Princess Bubblegum is returned to her normal age she mentions that she enjoyed temporarily being 13 because she was free from the responsibilities that came with being ruler of the Candy Kingdom and that she could act like a kid again. In Princess Bubblegum's own words, being thirteen was "bloobalooby."
Princess Bubblegum acts noticeably more child-like when she is not in her role as the princess. She dresses and talks more casually when she isn't busy with her work, as seen in "Video Makers" and "What Was Missing." As a princess, she is prim, poised, and straight-laced, but is quite capable of loosening up and dressing/acting like a regular teenager with her friends.
She regularly organizes and attends events and showpieces such as scientific conferences, parties, and talent shows.
After the events in Mortal Recoil, PB is afraid of her own mortality. She worries what would become of the Candy Kingdom should she die, as pointed out in the episode Goliad (no reference is made to the Earl of Lemongrab returning), She considers the possibility of living forever is not scientifically possible yet so she creates an heir in the form of Goliad.
Princess Bubblegum has a degree in Glycomics. She is bilingual speaking both English and German. She speaks bits of German in "What Have You Done?," "Go With Me," and "Slumber Party Panic." She is also capable of understanding Korean as shown when she interacts with Lady Rainicorn. Her scientific skills are shown in "Slumber Party Panic" where she concocts a potion to reanimate the dead, specifically Candy People. In "What Was Missing" she was able to play BMO as a high-tech instrument, and in "Dream of Love," she combined her scientific abilities with her musical talents at her concert. She is a good whistler and participated in a Whistling Choir Death Match Championship. She is also an ambidextrous writer as she wrote with her left hand in "Slumber Party Panic" and "Goliad" and her right hand in "Five Short Graybles" and "Burning Low."
FinnPrincess Bubblegum was the former love interest of Finn, although it wasn't clear whether or not the feeling was mutual. She often rolled her eyes at his advances, but at times seemed genuinely flattered. Princess Bubblegum cites the hero as a great friend and will never hesitate to call on him for aid in royal matters. Finn and Princess Bubblegum share the same moralistic nature and often work together to right any wrongs in the Land of Ooo. She invests a lot of respect and faith in Finn.
In Slumber Party Panic she called Finn "adorable." The princess sees Finn as her "flawless champion," as said in The Duke. It is also shown that there is a picture of Finn on her wall. Still in the same episode Princess Bubblegum reveals she could never hold a grudge against Finn. In "To Cut a Woman's Hair," she said explicitly that she likes Finn, although she could just mean she likes him as a friend or kinda like a mother. In "The Real You," she gives Finn a kiss on the cheek for saving the Candy Kingdom from the black hole he created and making her Science Barbecue a huge success. In "Go With Me," she exiles Finn from the Candy Kingdom after he releases a pack of wolves into her room, but her feelings are only temporary because Princess Bubblegum appears to have forgiven Finn by her next appearance.
In "Mortal Folly," she said to Finn, "I care about you," and gives him a pink sweater with a white heart stitch to the left that she made with the power of "liking someone a lot" which ended up helping Finn defeat The Lich. In "Mortal Recoil," Princess Bubblegum ages down to 13.
In "Too Young," Princess Bubblegum acts very loving and affectionate toward Finn during the time she is 13, even going on a "date" with him, leaning on his shoulder, and holding his hand. Finn's former feelings for her might have been reciprocated while she was 13 and this may have been Bubblegum's true feelings for him but pushes him away because she was 5 years older than him. She expresses a bit of regret when she has to turn back to 18 because she never gets to "act like a kid." She also says to Finn that she would rather "stay like this, with you." During the transformation of her being back to 18, they share a hug and she kisses Finn on the lips. When she changes back to 18, she returns to her normal personality, but without the same kind of affection for Finn. When Finn asks whether they could "hug some more" she replies by saying "That was like 5 years ago, you really gotta move on." She makes this remark with a smile and mutters something about him being a "silly boy" as she walks back into the castle.
In "Wizard Battle," she forgives Finn for cheating in the contest, then they share a quick kiss on the lips and she slaps him on the cheek for cheating.
In "What Was Missing," it was revealed that Finn keeps a clump of Princess Bubblegum's hair that he got in "To Cut A Woman's Hair" as a prized possession. It was seen again in "Incendium," but it is unknown if we will ever see it again, since Finn no longer has a crush on her.
Finn has a few nicknames for her, such as PB, Princess, Bubblegum, and Peebles (Finn sometimes pronounces it as "Poibles" or Preebos").
In "Incendium," Jake says that Princess Bubblegum is a too old for him. This might also be the reason she keeps pushing him away, because when she turned thirteen she showed how much she really liked Finn.
In "In Your Footsteps," Jake refers to Princess Bubblegum as Finn's "ex-girlfriend" and Finn responds by saying "She's not my- we never went steady."
In "Burning Low," Princess Bubblegum acts distraught when she finds out Finn has been hanging with Flame Princess. She attempted to explain to Finn and Jake through complicated scientific facts, though Finn leaves to meet FP and Jake fell asleep. Jake comes to the conclusion that PB must have been jealous of Flame Princess and shares this with Finn, implanting the belief onto him. She confronts Finn the next day and attempted to console him, believing that he knew about the situation, but when she starts talking about how sometimes people need to make sacrifices for responsibility Finn misinterpreted this as her displaying jealousy for his relationship and shouts to her about his past feelings towards her. We later find out that she was the one who had Flame Princess locked up so she does not fall in love and destroy the earth from the inside, though Finn remains unaware of this. One of her metaphors indicated that when you love someone enough to kiss them, you have to make sacrifices for the greater good. She was implying this to Finn kissing Flame Princess, resulting in the destruction of the earth, even though Finn took it the wrong way.
Lady RainicornLady Rainicorn is Princess Bubblegum's trusty steed. Lady Rainicorn is one of four creatures she rides on, alongside her swan, Jelly Horse, and falcon. Lady Rainicorn and Princess Bubblegum's relationship appears to be very close, similar to Finn and Jake's. In "Video Makers," she is seen talking to her before Finn serves the drinks, meaning that Princess Bubblegum may be able to speak Korean or just understand her in a way similar to Jake. Lady Rainicorn is Princess Bubblegum's pet and best friend.
The Earl of Lemongrab
Princess Bubblegum created The Earl of Lemongrab for the purpose of ruling the kingdom if she ever became unable to do so. However, being the first of her "experiments gone wrong," her creation is exceedingly temperamental, and a terribly inexperienced ruler. Princess Bubblegum and The Earl of Lemongrab dislike each other, and Princess Bubblegum calls the Earl a "butt." According to Princess Bubblegum, "it's complicated." While in power, Lemongrab is intent on sending everyone, including Princess Bubblegum, to the dungeon for conflicting with his rigid agenda. However, when the Princess returns to the age of 18, she fires the earl by shouting "YO EARL! HEY- YOU'RE FIRED! YA BUTT!" and then the Earl recognizes her right to rule and willingly (though begrudgingly) leaves. Jesse Moynihan claimed that shortly after Lemongrab was born, Princess Bubblegum shipped him off to Castle Lemongrab to live an isolated, sheltered life. Their peculiar relationship will be explored later in season 4.
MarcelineIn the original pitch documents, Princess Bubblegum and Marceline are shown to be friendly rivals. Though having been in the same place at the same time in several occasions, nothing of their relationship with one another was known until "Go With Me," where we see Marceline trying to be civil towards Princess Bubblegum while the princess shows displeasure in being around her. Bubblegum's perspective makes her see Marceline as wild to the point of corrupting Finn into being exiled out of her kingdom; showing that she tries to avoid contact with her as best as possible. Marceline is the first and only character to call Princess Bubblegum by her first name (Bonnibel) and usually shortens it to Bonnie.
Marceline sees Princess Bubblegum as boring and stiff. Princess Bubblegum is generally a woman of grace and poise but in Marceline's presence she is less refined. In "What Was Missing," when Princess Bubblegum miscalculates the music needed to open the door, Marceline says "You're not as perfect as you thought, guess you can't judge me anymore." Princess Bubblegum angrily replies "I never said you had to be perfect," hinting that whatever previous relationship the two had ended on bad terms. However, in the same episode it is revealed that the item stolen from Princess Bubblegum was a t-shirt Marceline had given her, and that it means a lot to her (she uses it as pajamas). This admission causes Marceline to blush for the second time in the series. This episode resulted in much fan speculation about the nature of their relationship and Marceline's feelings for Princess Bubblegum.
Princess Bubblegum and Marceline's relationship will be further explored in the comic, Adventure Time: Marceline and the Scream Queens, where they form a band.
Princess Bubblegum and Jake have a rather strange relationship, with Jake being well aware of Finn's former crush on her, possibly making Jake uncomfortable. Despite this, they seem to maintain a healthy friendship with Princess Bubblegum even calling Jake "puppy" and allowing him to rest his head on her lap in "Incendium." It was revealed in "Mortal Recoil" by Jake that Princess Bubblegum likes it when Jake plays songs.
Even though they are good friends, in "Princess Cookie," Princess Bubblegum wanted her guards to arrest Jake after he helped Baby-Snaps, and in that same episode Jake pretended he hated her, saying that he hated her because she made him be a milkman instead of a mailman, as he went undercover to stop Baby-Snaps.
Lumpy Space PrincessLumpy Space Princess is one of Princess Bubblegum's best friends. Despite their drastically different personalities, the two are often together and Lumpy Space Princess is a frequent visitor to the Candy Kingdom during many of its parties and ceremonies. In "Video Makers," Princess Bubblegum takes Lumpy Space Princess' seat and she gets mad at her, but that's probably Lumpy Space Princess being herself.
Duke of Nuts
Princess Bubblegum is shown to have an outright hatred for the Duke of Nuts. Though this is all explained to be a relationship between the two in "The Duke," Princess Bubblegum still loathes the Duke and distrusts him because he eats all the royal pudding. However, Andy Ristaino has stated on his Formspring (with regard to Princess Bubblegum possibly lessening her hatred towards the Duke) that "Hatred dwindles over time."
Ice King spends a great deal of his time obsessing over capturing princesses. His most targeted princess is Bubblegum, who is annoyed with the Ice King's actions but generally seems to put up with them. This is mostly due to having Finn to rescue her whenever the Ice King comes around. One of the few times that Bubblegum shows particular anger towards Ice King is in the episode "What Have You Done?" When Ice King's attempt at a kind gesture (making it snow) ends up making nearly the entire kingdom sick. When the Ice King selfishly neglects to acknowledge Princess Bubblegum's purpose in asking him to help, she gets frustrated with him. This ultimately forces Princess Bubblegum to order Finn and Jake to capture the Ice King at all costs without telling them why she wants him imprisoned.
In "Mortal Folly," Ice King's obsession with Bubblegum nearly leads to the destruction of Ooo. As Finn is fighting The Lich, the Ice King captures her and accidentily drops her into the Lich's evil power source, corrupting her. However, he is still loyal enough towards her to help save her life after her broken body was possessed by The Lich to destroy Ooo. Regardless of Princess Bubblegum's feelings on the situation, the Ice King really does care for her. Ice King cries hysterically when she is hospitalized in the episode. Ice King probably cares for Princess Bubblegum for the wrong reasons; in "Mortal Recoil" had became uninterested in her. Once Princess Bubblegum is revealed to have turned thirteen he leaves through the window saying "Ah, dang it! Well, I'm out of here. Goodbye everybody." Since her return to the age of 18 he is once again interested, as seen in Wizard Battle.
Despite the awkward nature of their relationship, they are capable of being civil and even hanging out. This is shown in the ending of Holly Jolly Secrets Part II when the Ice King and PB sat next to each other drinking hot cocoa. Although the Ice King was annoyed by Princess Bubblegum also being close to Finn, she didn't seem to mind the Ice King being so near her. This indicates that perhaps he has learned some restraint, and PB doesn't dislike his company as much as she used to.
Mr. Cream Puff
She and Mr. Cream Puff have dated before as mentioned in Slumber Party Panic. Princess Bubblegum may still have some feelings for him because he was the first Candy Person she used the Decorpsinator Serum on.
It is unknown what possible interactions these two have had in the past. As revealed in Burning Low, however, Princess Bubblegum reveals it was she that had Flame Princess locked up in a lamp in order to avert a catastrophic meltdown of the earth caused by Flame Princess's highly reactive bodily makeup.
Princess Bubblegum dresses as a traditional princess in a flowing pink gown and a golden tiara with a turquoise gem at the top. Her skin is usually colored light pink. She has long pink bubblegum hair which covers her ears and is actually made of bubblegum, as shown in "To Cut a Woman's Hair" when Finn gives the Tree Witch the piece of it. Her hair can be shortened by eating the "Princess Plant" as shown in the episode "Death in Bloom." When Princess Bubblegum ate the flower bulb, it changed her hairstyle from being straight and knee-length to being a short, wavy bob. She has a large posterior according to Natasha Allegri. Princess Bubblegum is said to have a "pretty pink face" according to Marceline while she was singing the song I'm Just Your Problem featured in the episode of "What Was Missing." A scientist at heart, Princess Bubblegum is often seen wearing a white lab coat and goggles when she is performing experiments or solving equations. Princess Bubblegum has at least fifteen outfits. These outfits range in color and style from an orange T-shirt and white shorts to a fluffy, powder-blue dress and pink cardigan. She apparently wears a black T-shirt that Marceline gave her as pajamas, though in the episode "Go With Me," she is shown wearing a yellow polka dotted dress when Finn releases wolves into her room.
As a thirteen-year-old Princess Bubblegum wears a pink V-neck dotted with white, top with puffed sleeves, and a ballgown bottom with a big, purple ribbon around her waist. Her hair is shorter and curls at the bottom. As shown in "Too Young," she doesn't wear any shoes. When she turns back to eighteen, her outfit also changes back to her original one, and her hair grows back to its original length. In the episode "Goliad," she wears glasses and has her hair in a pony tail.
- Animated Short
- Slumber Party Panic
- The Enchiridion!
- Ricardio the Heart Guy
- The Duke
- What Have You Done?
- The Other Tarts
- The Real You
- Go With Me
- Mortal Folly
- Mortal Recoil
- Too Young
- Wizard Battle
- What Was Missing
- The Creeps
- From Bad to Worse
- Five Short Graybles
- Princess Cookie
- Burning Low
- Trouble in Lumpy Space
- Power Animal
- To Cut a Woman's Hair
- Death in Bloom
- Susan Strong
- Video Makers
- No One Can Hear You
- Holly Jolly Secrets Part One
- Holly Jolly Secrets Part Two
- Dream of Love
- In Your Footsteps
- Hug Wolf
- Princess Monster Wife
- Princess Bubblegum's birthday is June 18, the same as Natasha Allegri and former Beatle, Paul McCartney.
- Her original name was Bettie, but Pendleton Ward changed it to Bonnibel because Bettie is his mother's name.
- Princess Bubblegum loves pink as stated in "The Real You."
- In "To Cut a Woman's Hair," she reveals that she loves spaghetti. She has since been seen eating it in multiple episodes.
- Princess Bubblegum's telephone looks as if it's made out of peppermint.
- As seen in "Mortal Folly" and "The Creeps", Princess Bubblegum wears earrings but does not appear to have ears.
- Princess Bubblegum has a gender-swap: Prince Gumball.
- Princess Bubblegum has a bio suit in Project Exonaut.
- In the Animated Short, the gem in her crown is red, but in the series it is turquoise. In "Mortal Folly," it is revealed that the turquoise stone in Princess Bubblegum's crown protects her and whoever wears it from The Lich's powers.
- The length of Princess Bubblegum's rule is questionable, since one year ago she wouldn't have been able to rule the Candy Kingdom. Andy Ristaino suggests she may not be as young as she appears. This is further proved by the fact she hasn't aged the whole series even though two years have passed since the series began, since Finn is now fourteen. She was also eighteen when Baby Snaps was a child and he is now an adult, or at least much older than he was when she visited him in the orphanage.
- In "Video Makers" and "Mortal Folly," she consumes other Candy People. According to Adam Muto, this is to replace lost candy biomass.
- In the episode "Susan Strong," when Finn and Jake are talking to Princess Bubblegum about chasing the fish people away, a portrait of Princess Bubblegum and an old lady is in the top left corner of her room. In the same episode she mentions a great uncle named Uncle Gumbald, though it is not known if they are blood relatives.
- She has parental issues that are completely different from those of Finn or Marceline.
- She is the fourth most shown character, surpassed only by Finn, Jake, and the Snail.
- She and her gender-swap is the only known humanoid Candy Person.
- She has kissed Finn in four episodes (including the Animated Short).
- Princess Bubblegum appears to have a talent with the electric keyboard when she plays it in the episode "Dream of Love."
- She makes a cameo appearance in "Hug Wolf" in the background of the Candy Kingdom chasing after a black or dark gray cat. She was wearing the same clothes as in "The Real You."
- Her name in Latin America is la Dulce Princesa, which means the Sweet Princess.
- Her name in Brazil is Princesa Jujuba, which means Jellybean Princess.
- As seen in "Mortal Folly", she stress eats.
- In the German dub of Adventure Time, Princess Bubblegum speaks German and Turkish.
- Because of Flame Princess' "unstable elemental matrix," and the disaster that occur from intense romance, she convinced Flame King to contain Flame Princess in the lamp.
|The full image gallery for Princess Bubblegum may be viewed at Princess Bubblegum/Gallery.|
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