The Snail is a character that is hidden in every episode of Adventure Time to date (excluding the animated short and "Food Chain"), usually seen waving at the screen. His cameos are a running gag. In the episode "Mortal Folly," The Lich possesses the Snail and uses it to escape containment in the amber prison. Later in "Mortal Recoil," the Lich possesses the Snail again after releasing Princess Bubblegum from his control.
While the Snail was just a running gag at first, he eventually became an integral part of the story when he releases The Lich in the episode "Mortal Folly." The Snail comes out of Finn's bag to wave to the viewers, but then falls under The Lich's mind-control spell and breaks the amber prison by bashing it with his head. He appears at the end of "Mortal Recoil," and once again at the beginning of "The Lich," still being controlled by the Lich. In the Adventure Time comic book series, he goes into the Lich's bag while still under his control and comes out normal again unharmed.
At the end of "In Your Footsteps," the Snail speaks for the first time and gains The Enchiridion. The Snail still continues to appear in each episode, and (when examined closely) appears to still have green eyes and an evil expression on its face.
The tables below list the Snail's known whereabouts.
|Slumber Party Panic||On top of a Candy Person's head|
|Trouble in Lumpy Space||According to Pen's Spring, they dropped the ball on this episode, and the original airing of the episode did not have the Snail. They claimed they would add it in for reruns. The Snail is now seen behind lumpy Jake on a streamer at prom-coming just after Finn falls through the building.|
|Prisoners of Love||Next to Slime Princess when she says, "Yay!" This is the first close-up of the Snail.|
|Tree Trunks||On Tree Trunks' picnic blanket|
|The Enchiridion!||Next to Princess Bubblegum when Finn saves her from hitting the ground|
|The Jiggler||In the red liquid next to the Mama Jiggler during a close-up|
|Ricardio the Heart Guy||On the dance floor near Slime Princess|
|Business Time||On the Gauntlet dock when the Business Men are working on it|
|My Two Favorite People||On the lake shore behind Finn|
|Memories of Boom Boom Mountain||On a table next to Jake|
|Wizard||On the stage right after "LEVEL 31!"|
|Evicted!||Twice during the House Hunting Song as Finn and Jake walk towards the camera (akin to the repeated appearance of background as characters walk by it as used as a method for animating less). This episode shows the Snail the most number of times.|
|City of Thieves||Jake makes a snail-shaped imprint on his belly shortly after meeting Penny. It is seen when he turns back around. It was made after he was trying to make a shape out of his belly.|
|The Witch's Garden||On the grass next to the Two-Headed Duck when the Tree Fort is first shown|
|What is Life?||On the floor after Ice-o-pede attacks Ice King|
|Ocean of Fear||On the wall of the ruins in the middle of the ocean that Finn flies to using Jake's ears|
|When Wedding Bells Thaw||By the back of the Tree Fort when Ice King is wondering if he's at the right address|
|Dungeon||Pops up very briefly when Finn falls into the soup inside the cage. He might have fallen out of Finn's pack.|
|The Duke||By the tree when the Duke of Nuts lays down his cape for the family of ducks/quails. Also on the newspaper when the Squirrel looks through the articles|
|Freak City||On the bridge when the Rump People throw Finn under it|
|Donny||On the left side of the screen when Donny was squeezing eggs out of the chickens at the barn person|
|Henchman||Under the Duke of Nuts' chair when he says, "Oh, how wonderful!"|
|Rainy Day Daydream||Beside Finn and Jake when they're talking to BMO|
|What Have You Done?||On the floor next to Ice King's bed|
|His Hero||Hiding behind the gruel pot after Cobbler confronts Finn about the stone-skin potion filled gruel|
|Gut Grinder||On the ground when the mayor of the Spiky People is thanking Finn|
|It Came from the Nightosphere||A spirit version of the Snail appears in one of Marceline's father's soul sacks near Lumpy Space Princess.|
|The Eyes||Is visible very briefly when Jake is talking about capturing the bandito|
|Loyalty to the King||Very briefly appears near the door when Lumpy Space Princess first enters the "Nice King's" room|
|Blood Under the Skin||This episode originally had no snail appearing in it. However, the Snail has been added in the Swamp of Embarrassment at the base of the tree next to the woman and her baby showering who calls Finn a pervert.|
|Storytelling||On the leaf falling down by the tree house, and also on the leaf when it lands in the forest. This is the second time the Snail was seen clearly on the show, but it was the first time he was used in the plot.|
|Slow Love||By the bottle on the table next to Finn and Jake while they demonstrate to Snorlock how to talk to the ladies|
|Power Animal||On the broken TV next to the Nymphs while Jake is walking up to them|
|Crystals Have Power||By the table when Finn walks up to the crystal while it's glowing|
|The Other Tarts||In the window when Cinnamon Bun says, "Hey!"|
|To Cut a Woman's Hair||Next to Finn when he screams after he looks at Princess Beautiful|
|The Chamber of Frozen Blades||On the ground when Finn puts on his sweater outside the Ice King's castle|
|Her Parents||On the table when Ethel and Bob talk with Jake|
|The Pods||On top of the small house built by Finn, Jake, and the pigs|
|The Silent King||In the background when the thief is stealing hot buns|
|The Real You||Under the grill when Princess Bubblegum dumps coal on it|
|Guardians of Sunshine||In the entrance of the Tree Fort when the Guardians of Sunshine monsters escape and push Finn and Jake out of the house wall|
|Death in Bloom||Behind the house in Veggie Village|
|Susan Strong||Standing by the garbage where the hyoomans are hiding|
|Mystery Train||In the kitchen on the floating light in the train|
|Go With Me||Inside the windscreen of the wrecked bus at the movies|
|Belly of the Beast||Just to the right of the DJ Bear the first time he appears on-screen and between DJ Bear and a bent down green bear|
|The Limit||On the pile of rocks on the left side of the screen when Jake is moving the block into the hole|
|Video Makers||In the tree on the right side of the screen right before Finn warns Slime Princess not to fall into the water|
|Mortal Folly||The Snail makes a prominent appearance emerging from Finn's backpack, becoming possessed by the Lich and freeing him from his amber prison.|
|Mortal Recoil||The Snail appears in the episode title card and in the final scene of the episode, still possessed by the Lich.|
|Heat Signature||The snail is in the background behind a tire as Finn and Jake are trying to scare Lumpy Space Princess because they think they're invisible.|
In season three, the snail is still possessed by the Lich in every cameo.
|Conquest of Cuteness||In hut in the background when BMO is taking pictures of the Cuties|
|Morituri Te Salutamus||In the rocks on the right side of the screen when Finn and Jake first enter the Arena|
|Memory of a Memory||Hanging upside-down from the top of a lamp in Marceline's house when she is first found|
|Hitman||On the stump that Finn and Jake trip over. Potentially the third time the snail has influenced the plot, as it is somewhat implied the lich-possessed snail caused them to trip|
|Too Young||Behind the dancing blue candy citizen|
|The Monster||In the field, when Lumpy Space Princess emerges from the windmill and gets called a "monster"|
|Still||On the top of a door frame when Ice King and Gunter fight with the bottle|
|Wizard Battle||In the Grand Master Wizard's sleeve when he's playing with his cat|
|Fionna and Cake||On the ceiling, when Prince Gumball is decorating it with Jelly Kinder|
|What Was Missing||On Marceline's stove, on the handle of a pot|
|Apple Thief||On the stool behind the angry cookie guy in the Candy Tavern|
|The Creeps||On the stairs in the background|
|From Bad to Worse||In the window all the way to the right, right after the zombies get flying powers from Finn's antidote|
|Beautopia||On the back of the chair as Finn chants "Hazelnut!"|
|No One Can Hear You||On a garbage heap when Jake says, "Think about it."|
|Jake vs. Me-Mow||Beside the dead bull|
|Thank You||On a tree branch when the snow golem's walking to gather fruit|
|The New Frontier||On the door of the ship|
|Holly Jolly Secrets Part I||On the hill|
|Holly Jolly Secrets Part II||The Snail prominently appears as a non-cameo minor character. He is shown when Shelby says his name and continues to appear at the end during shots of the gang.|
|Marceline's Closet||Near the ladder|
|Paper Pete||On the top left table|
|Another Way||On the rim of the bridge|
|Ghost Princess||Next to the corpse of "some donkus"|
|Dad's Dungeon||On the boat|
|Incendium||On the painting on Finn's wall|
In season 4, the possessed snail is still making cameos, but it played a major part in the episode "In Your Footsteps." As inferred from the dream in "The Lich," the Snail appears to have been abandoned by the Lich when he took over Billy.
|Hot to the Touch||Behind the box while NEPTR was singing|
|Five Short Graybles||When the Ice King is washing off Gunter's stench|
|Web Weirdos||On the web next to Ed after Jake is tied up. In the HD version of the TV episode, the Cartoon Network HD logo covers the snail up.|
|Dream of Love||On the ground next to Mr. Pig during his song solo|
|Return to the Nightosphere||Near Hunson Abadeer's statue in the prison|
|Daddy's Little Monster||Under some demons in line as Finn and Jake enter the room with Hunson Abadeer (Marceline), just before running into the Line Demon|
|On the ground with the partying Candy People at the beginning of the episode. He also appears, possessed by the Lich, at the end of the episode, taking the Enchiridion from the Bear.|
|Hug Wolf||In the doorway of the tower behind Finn and Jake when they start picking up candy litter|
|Princess Monster Wife||Between Bubblegum and Lumpy Space Princess when they go to talk to Finn and Jake|
|Goliad||On a shelf in the preschool|
|Beyond this Earthly Realm||On pedestal|
|Gotcha!||Next to Finn when Lumpy Space Princess looks out the window and Finn is alone sitting on the log|
|Princess Cookie||On top of the couch in the orphanage|
|Card Wars||On top of the stove|
|Sons of Mars||Top left corner in Magic Man's house when Finn and Jake crash|
|Burning Low||Up on the door frame|
|BMO Noire||On the stepping stone outside the house|
|King Worm||Appears on shelf near the end when Finn says, "Get out of our house, King Worm!"|
|Lady & Peebles||In the igloo when Princess Bubblegum says, "Let's roll."|
|You Made Me||In the security room right beside the banana guards|
|Who Would Win||The snail is seen when Finn is jumping rope with Jake.|
|Ignition Point||The snail is near the top right corner of the screen when the guards are discussing about the "new painting."|
|The Hard Easy||On the wooden structure with all the birds on it located in the swamp|
|Reign of Gunters||When Gunter is throwing stuff out of the fridge looking for bottles|
|I Remember You||
At the bottom right corner of the Ice King's cave entrance as he leaves. Also, it appears very small under a desk in the Ice King's castle when he looks for the book where he gets his song inspiration from.
|The Lich||In Finn's premonition dream, the snail reads the Enchiridion and subsequently appears to kill Billy.|
With the Lich abandoning the Snail at the end of the previous season, it has been restored to its normal pre-"Mortal Folly" role.
|Finn the Human||In the road where Farmworld Finn is talking to someone|
|Jake the Dog||Outside the Hot Dog Kingdom|
|Five More Short Graybles||Inside the Music Shop (with Marceline)|
|Up a Tree||Waving to Finn|
|All the Little People||Inside the Book Fort|
|Jake the Dad||Waving in the Kitchen Background|
On the sidewalk, when Davey (Finn) is aimed at the bike shop
|Mystery Dungeon||In the far right next to Ice King|
|All Your Fault||Next to Princess Bubblegum's seeds|
|Little Dude||Behind the kitchen stool on the right side|
|Bad Little Boy||On Ice King's chair while Marceline is floating and having a conversation with the Ice King|
|Vault of Bones||On branch near the entrance of the dungeon that Finn and Flame Princess run into|
|The Great Bird Man||On rock of the lower level|
|Simon & Marcy||Next to the car's right-side tire|
|A Glitch is a Glitch||
On Ice King's computer near the end (It also appears in the credits, which are not shown during airings.)
|Puhoy||Top-right corner of the screen during the Pillowtown party, when Finn asks Quilton to help him find the door|
|BMO Lost||Right in front of the log|
|Princess Potluck||Inside the oven|
|James Baxter the Horse||Inside a bucket|
|Shh!||On the boot|
|Lowest shelf behind Braco's head|
|Party's Over, Isla de Senorita||Next to Princess Bubblegum's plant|
|One Last Job||In the Banana Guards' control room on the pizza box|
|Another Five More Short Graybles||Under the chair|
|Candy Streets||In the cage|
|Wizards Only, Fools||In the bubble|
|Jake Suit||On top of the shelf above the clock|
|Be More||On the top of the faucet|
|Sky Witch||On top of the railing in Maja's house|
|Frost & Fire||Next to the table|
|Too Old||On top of staircase|
|Earth & Water||On Cinnamon Bun's radio|
|Time Sandwich||On top of the stove|
|The Vault||On the stairway|
|Love Games||Next to the bowl of fruits|
|Dungeon Train||On a small crack in the floor|
|Box Prince||On the top row of the crowd's seats|
|Red Starved||Next to the rock|
|We Fixed a Truck||On a stack of pancakes on far right|
|Play Date||On Ice King's drum|
|The Pit||On the bicycle wheel|
|James||On bottom right corner next to the toxic creature|
|Root Beer Guy||Beside trash can|
|Apple Wedding||Beside a chair on the left|
|Blade of Grass||Next to the stall selling cheese on the right|
|Rattleballs||On the pile of garbage in the top right corner|
|Red Throne||In front of the cell in the bottom left|
|Betty (episode)||On the chair|
|Bad Timing||On top of the wall as a silhouette|
|Lemonhope Part 1||Under the table next to Lemonhope|
|Lemonhope Part 2||On the ladder next to Lemonhope and Phlannel Boxingday|
|Billy's Bucket List||In the sink|
|Wake Up||Inside a balloon near the Lich|
|Escape from the Citadel||On one of the Citadel Guardian's shoulder|
|James II||On the balcony|
|The Tower||Under the table|
|Sad Face||The snail performs a dive off a staircase into a bucket.|
|Breezy||Under Breakfast Princess|
|Food Chain||The snail was not featured in this episode due to it being made by a guest animator.|
|Furniture & Meat||On the right side of the tub|
|The Prince Who Wanted Everything||By the fox|
|Something Big||By the monster's foot|
|Little Brother||On a tree branch|
|Ocarina||On the ground by Jake's leg|
|Thanks for the Crabapples, Giuseppe||Under a cow.|
|Princess Day||Inside the orange juice.|
|Nemesis||Under the table.|
|Joshua and Margaret Investigations||In front of the window.|
|Ghost Fly||Next to the pipe.|
|Everything's Jake||Next to the couch.|
|Is That You||By the globe.|
|Jake The Brick||Under the TV.|
|Dentist||Next to the cubes.|
|The Cooler||Behind the steam.|
|The Pajama War||In the bottle on the top shelf.|
|Evergreen||In the top shelf.|
|Astral Plane (episode)||In the top right corner.|
|Gold Stars||In the wagon.|
|The Visitor||Behind the fire logs.|
|The Mountain||In the bottom left on a column.|
|Dark Purple||Between the flower pots under the light.|
|The Diary||In the trees.|
|Walnuts & Rain||In the top left next to the candle.|
|Friends Forever||Underneath the cello.|
|Jermaine||Inside the dryer|
|Chips and Ice Cream||Left side on the pathway|
|Graybles 1000+||Bottom right corner next to dirt pile|
|Hoots||On the island on Prismo's TV Wall|
|Water Park Prank||Next to log that Jake is sitting on|
|You Forgot Your Floaties||Inside the brown paint paint can|
|Be Sweet||The left side on the floor next to the toaster|
|Orgalorg||On the keyboard|
|On the Lam||Top of stairs on the right|
|Hot Diggity Doom||On the seat inside shuttle|
|The Comet||Left side on the control panel|
Season 6 (Shorts)
|All's Well That Rats Swell||Left side on table above couch|
|Have You Seen the Muffin Mess||Right side on the hearth of fireplace|
|Sow, Do You Like Them Apples||Upper left on fence rail|
|The Gift That Reaps Giving||In the floral to the right of Life|
|Bonnie and Neddy||Left side on the roots|
|Varmints||Left side just below green and yellow rock candy|
|Cherry Cream Soda||Below Starchy's arm|
|Mama Said||On second tree from the left|
|Football||Left side on floor|
|Marceline The Vampire Queen||Lower left side next to bird|
|Everything Stays||Right side next to child in pig hat|
|Vamps About||Left of Marceline on jar|
|Empress Eyes||Top left behind bars|
|May I Come In?||Left of Peppermint Butler|
|Take Her Back||In poison water fountain|
|Checkmate||Top left on counter behind jar|
|The Dark Cloud||Right side of tank where Marceline is sitting|
|The More You Moe, The Moe You Know (Part I)||Right side above Neptr|
|The More You Moe, The Moe You Know (Part II)||Bottom center next to scrap pile|
|Summer Showers||Left of Viola outside on sidewalk|
|Angel Face||Far right building under portico|
|President Porpoise is Missing!||Right porthole of submarine|
|Blank Eyed Girl||Center on chair next to laundry|
|Bad Jubies||Next to LSP|
|King's Ransom||Center below weight lifting bench|
|Scamps||Left next to record player|
|Crossover||Left inside box|
|The Hall of Egress||By the two deer.|
|Flute Spell||On the window.|
|The Thin Yellow Line||Beside the water cooler.|
|Broke His Crown||Inside the broken tube on the top left corner.|
|Don't Look||On the floor.|
|Beyond the Grotto||On the grass.|
|Lady Rainicorn of the Crystal Dimension||Beside the coffee cup on the far left.|
|I Am a Sword||On top of the box.|
|Bun Bun||On top of the barrel.|
|Normal Man||Right side next to the gates.|
|Elemental||Icicle next to Finn.|
|Five Short Tables||In the bottom right of the bookshelf Flame Prince is at.|
|The Music Hole||On the table in front of Jake and Lady.|
|Daddy-Daughter Card Wars||On the table behind Charlie.|
|Preboot||On the floor in front of Tiffany.|
|Reboot||Under the tree to the left of the screen, just as Susan breaks through the gates.|
|Two Swords||Under the red desk near the tools.|
|Do No Harm||On the middle bed at the wall to the left.|
|Wheels||On the left side of the path as Jake rides off.|
|High Strangeness||On the appendage that holds the flail.|
|Horse and Ball||On the pile of garbage when Raggedy Princess retrieves the beach ball.|
|Jelly Beans Have Power||Behind the Candy People as they unanimously answer 'four.'|
|The Invitation||To the right on top of the "Welcome to Deals" sign.|
|Whipple the Happy Dragon||Inside of the boat's window when they all shout 'us too.'|
|Mysterious Island||On the bush to the left as Finn first enders the woods.|
|Imaginary Resources||In the left-most window.|
|Hide and Seek||On the hospital bed behind the curtain when we first see Minerva.|
|Min and Marty||On the bottom stairstep when Martin jumps out the window.|
|Helpers||To the right on the floor when the Minerva-bots circle in on Jake.|
|The Light Cloud||On top of Finn's head when Jake shouts 'all aboard.'|
|Orb||Inside a cloud behind Party God and other cloud people.|
|Skyhooks||On top of a pink candy crystal that's to the left of the giant lollipop.|
|Bespoken For||On the roof of a building under the "THINK BEFORE YOU CAST" sign.|
|Winter Light||Inside of an Ice Gunter that's closest to the trio.|
|Cloudy||On top of the toilet.|
|Slime Central||To the top right of the stereos as Slime Princess rejects LSP.|
|Happy Warrior||In the tunnel entrance as Gunter fires arrows at LSP.|
|Hero Heart||Among the Candy People to the right.|
|Skyhooks II||On the edge of the cloud.|
|Abstract||On the stairs of the miniature dwelling as Jake first enters his dream world.|
|Ketchup||Near the lamp on the floor when Marceline says 'That was awesome BMO.'|
|Fionna and Cake and Fionna||Inside the coffin when Fionna and Cake say 'Queen of Ooo.'|
|Whispers||On the tree branch as The Lich's hand scurries to his well of power.|
|Three Buckets||In the entrance to the left as Finn and Fern come down the pole.|
- The snail's eyes are below where an actual snail's eyes are.
- In "The Jiggler," the snail seems to have a different appearance.
- It has been told that The snail leaves subliminal messages into the minds of viewers, and comes into their dreams, a similar effect of staring The Lich into his eyes.
- In the episodes "Storytelling," "Mortal Folly," "Mortal Recoil," "In Your Footsteps," "The Lich," "Up a Tree," and "Sad Face," the snail was featured as part of the story.
- Finn, the Lich, the Bear, Princess Bubblegum, Squirrel, and Shelby are the only characters who have noticed or interacted with the snail in the TV series.
- In the Adventure Time comic, Marceline and the Scream Queens, Marceline picks up the snail by a lake, and throws it thinking it is a rock, which causes it to skip.
- If you reverse the theme song, you can hear it say "watch for snails in every episode".
- Multiple times in the third season, the snail appears normal and not possessed by the Lich.
- "Holly Jolly Secrets Part II," "Ghost Princess," "Dad's Dungeon," "Princess Monster Wife," "James Baxter the Horse," "Red Starved," "Who Would Win," "Apple Wedding," "Lemonhope Part 1," "Billy's Bucket List" and "Breezy" all have had the snail in the preview.
- The snail appeared in the title card of "Mortal Recoil."
- The snail was not originally in two episodes ("Trouble in Lumpy Space" and "Blood Under the Skin"), but it was added in to both episodes before reruns aired.
- In "His Hero" and "Wizard Battle," only his shell is shown.
- On the side of the Jake vs. Me-Mow DVD box containing Finn's hat, the possessed snail can be seen.
- The snail was shown latest in "Holly Jolly Secrets Part II," it was shown earliest in "Dad's Dungeon," and was shown the longest in "Finn the Human," with a total of 19 seconds.
- Also, in "Finn the Human," the snail is shown as a regular snail (without eyes, a mouth, and arms).
- Similar recurring, hidden characters show up in other media, an example of which is the snail in Blue's Clues.
- In "Simon & Marcy," he appears during a flashback from 996 years ago, proving that he has has a lifespan much larger than that of a normal snail. However, this could possibly just be another snail entirely.
- In "Evicted!" during the "House Hunting Song," the snail appears twice in one sequence, when Finn and Jake are walking up a hill. This has not happened again after this episode.
- In other TV shows, things like baby heads serve a similar theme of being a creepy easter egg lurking in the background of multiple episodes with sinister implications.
- In The Adventure Time Encyclopædia, Marceline states that the Snail, along with many other characters, lives in the Grass Lands.
- The snail was revealed to work in a traveling circus in "Sad Face," where he does an act where he jumps into a bucket.
- He does not appear in "Food Chain", due to the fact that the episode was made by a guest animator.
- The snail does not make any appearances in the Frog Seasons shorts.
- The snail was the only main character that didn't wear a sweater in Holly Jolly Secrets Part II.
Appearance in other media
- In the game Righteous Quest 2, the Snail appears a few times in the game.
- The Snail starred in its own FusionFall mission: "Snail Quest."
- The game Legends of Ooo uses snails as hints. Also, a slimy snail is used to free Slime Princess.
- Issue 1 of the Adventure Time comic series begins with the Lich-controlled Snail entering the Bag of Holding, which somehow allows the Lich to return to his old body.
- In Issue 3 of the Adventure Time comic, the snail makes two cameos on top of a Snow Finn's head.
- In Issue 4, the snail appears in the background when Princess Bubblegum is thanking Finn, and is also seen on Marceline's lifeguard chair in the panel after the Great Mushroom War comic is shown.
- In Adventure Time with Fionna and Cake Issue 1, the snail can be seen in the cover of the comic waving.
- The snail appears at random points in Finn and Jake's Epic Quest and is sometimes the objective of a certain quest.
- The Snail appears in the Adventure Time graphic novel, Playing with Fire.
- The Snail appears in Finn's backpack on the Adventure Time Thanksgiving Day Parade balloon.
- A revolving 3D model of the Snail is used as a loading icon in the Adventure Time iOS game, Card Wars. Specifically it can be seen on the top-left corner of the screen when starting up the app.
- The snail can be seen on the blue team's side in Adventure Time Battle Party.
- In Finn & Bones, the snail can be seen on the arrow in the last picture of the game's ending, when Death does the "Kiss of Death" to Jake.
- The snail makes several cameos in the Adventure Time-sections in LEGO Dimensions.
References in other media
- In Issue 520 in MAD magazine, the snail can be seen on the cover, waving. Although, the snail is waving angrily at the reader.