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"Wizard (episode)"
Season 1, episode 11
Titlecard S1E11 wizard
Production code: 692-020
Airdate: May 10, 2010
Credits
Director: Larry Leichliter
Story: Merriwether Williams
Tim McKeon
Written &
storyboarded by:
Bert Youn
Pete Browngardt
Adam Muto
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"Wizard" is the eleventh episode in the first season of Adventure Time. It is the eleventh episode overall.

Synopsis

Finn and Jake take up wizard lessons in order to gain free magic powers, ignorant of the true reason they are taking the lessons.

Plot

Finn and Jake are walking in a grassy plain, discussing about what a Demon heart looks and tastes like, when Reaper offers free magic powers for them. Finn hastily agrees, but Jake is a little more cautious about it, and tells him to haggle with the Reaper. Following suit, Finn does this and accepts the offer when Reaper throws in a keychain in the deal (which he never gets). The boys go through a portal to a wizard training facility. There they meet a wizard frog who directs him to Bufo. The explanation did not make any sense and Jake threatens to beat him up. The frog croaks and reveals several tadpoles inside who are all Bufo. After his demonstration of magic, he brings them inside, and reveals to them Wizard Students training. Bufo gives Finn and Jake wizard cloaks, which Finn stuffs the bottom of it into his pants after proclaiming it as being "a dress."

Bufo gives the boys their first challenge, gaining Dustomancy. It consists eating an entire broom. Jake has no problem with it, since he can grow big and eat it, while Finn takes some time. They both get a star on their wizard cloak after accomplishing it. Finn tries casting Dustomancy, but nothing came out of his hands. He accuses Bufo of tricking him, but Bufo then points out that "Dustomancy," is always in motion. He has the power to control dust motes and even interact with them. Finn and Jake get excited. Bufo then gives the two their second challenge, which is gaining Shadowcery. Bufo puts blindfolds on Finn and Jake and instructs them to grab "eyeballs" (peeled grapes, according to Jake) in a bowl. They both get another star upon succeeding. Finn then tries it out by making a horse out of his own shadow and attempts to jump on it. He goes right through it and the horse says "No touchies," and disappears. Finn gets even more excited and determines to get all the stars.

The boys go through many more levels and gain more powers until they are only missing the final star. Finn is eager to get the last star, but Jake decides he does not need the final star and says he has all he needs. Then he implies the best spell was sleep then uses it on himself. Finn then decides to get the final star by himself. Bufo says the last power is not free and that he must do the "Pledge of Ultimate Responsibility" to get it. Finn quickly agrees, but Bufo tries "insisting" with him that he should not take it. But Finn still wants to take the pledge. Bufo finally gives up on warning him and tells him to grasp his hand. Finn does so, then blacks out in a flash of light. When he wakes up, he realizes he is being pulled upward by ropes and realizes he has his big star. He is in place in front of an orb along with the Old Wizards. Bufo then says that Finn has to use his magic to push a meteor away from the wizard school that has been approaching it for 847 years, he asks Finn to add his powers to the orb. Then he dismisses Jeremy, the oldest of the three Old Wizards, where Finn will take his place for the rest of his life before leaving. Finn then gets an idea so that the wizards will not have to be stuck like this for the rest of their lives. He jumps down from the ropes and runs outside, there Bufo was getting ready to put Jeremy to his grave. He told Finn he was crazy and Finn then casts the sleep spell on Bufo. Then casts all his magic to stop the meteor (while only naming a few of them) he tried to move the village out of the way of the meteor with his magic, but he could not quite move it.

Then Jake went out of the window when Finn tried to move the village. Finn tries to awaken Jake for help, who deflects the spell and brings a rock alive instead. He starts to regret ever trying to do this, then the Old Wizards came with the same spells cast. Finn is glad that they came to help, but they said they just came to get away from the meteor. But, they help Finn anyway and are able to move the village away from the meteor. Once the meteor hits the ground, it causes a big explosion that disintegrates the clothes off of everyone, and the fur off of Jake. (Thankfully with logs covering up Finn and the Old Wizards) Bufo then says that this was his plan for all of the 847 years that the meteor was coming, and that no one will get free wizard powers anymore. Finn than says he should still give out free wizard powers and that he should not take credit for ideas that are not his. The episode ends with Finn and Jake walking on the plains from the beginning of the episode and meeting Reaper again; this time he offers a free Demon heart.

Characters

Major characters

Minor characters

Tests and powers

For a full list of wizard powers, see Magic spells

Trivia

  • One of the Student Wizards has a PHIL FACE.
  • This has been the only Adventure Time episode in which the front of a naked character is shown. A log of wood is used as a body censor in this episode.
  • At the end of the episode when the skeleton offers Finn and Jake a demon heart Jake screams, "Full circle!" This is a reference to the episode ending the same way it started with Finn and Jake wondering what a demon heart would look and taste like.
  • The exit of the magic portal that leads to the Wizard Village has many butts decorating the borders, which may be a reason for the farting sound when Finn and Jake jumps out of the portal.

Cultural references

  • The sign that Reaper held had the word "magick," the early-modern English spelling of "magic."
  • In the title card, Finn is wearing a dreamcatcher.
  • If you look closely on the title card, Jake has the word Dr. Seuss on his body.
  • Finn raises his fist up yelling, "I WANT ALL THE STAR BADGES!" Which is a clear reference to the X all the Y meme.

Episode connections

  • When Bufo is feeling ashamed of what he did, the music that plays is from "Tree Trunks."

Production notes

  • This episode was formerly called "Finn the Wizard."
  • The logs that cover Finn and the Old Wizards near the end of the episode were originally going to be beavers, but Cartoon Network made the staff change it.

Errors

  • During the meteor crash, Bufo retains his clothes, despite everyone else's being burned off.

Censorship

This episode was censored on Cartoon Network Australia. See Censorship of Adventure Time in Australia for more information.


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Background art

Screenshots

Storyboard panels

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