There are plenty of great Adventure Time fan theories, but few are more titillating than the supposed lesbian relationship between Princess Bonnibel Bubblegum and Marceline Abadeer the Vampire Queen. They could very easily join the list of gay cartoon stars, according to some fans, and it wouldn't be much of a surprise if they did.
Princess Bubblegum and Marceline's relationship, also referred to as Bubbline, has a lot of evidence suggesting that is so much more than a mere platonic bond. And while there is no shortage of Adventure Time LGBTQ subtext, there are times when it seems downright obvious that the two are gay. It would be more than refreshing if they were able to acknowledge their love unequivocally, once and for all.
The Show Often Comments On Their Shared Past
The audience is usually only given glimmers of Marceline and Princess Bubblegum's history. It's apparent that they are both really old (about 1,000-years-old give or take). .
In the episode "Varmints," though, the two reminisce about times past. We learn that the two used to be "very close" and that their falling out had to do with the ever-expanding workload that accompanies leadership in the Candy Kingdom. Because PB is such a control freak, it makes sense that her incalculable relationship with Marceline would end the way it did. The complex emotions explored in the episode make a lot more sense in a romantic context than a platonic one.
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In short, the Stakes miniseries follows Marceline as Bubblegum helps her overcome vampirism. Several vampires from the past get resurrected, Finn and Jake show up to help defeat them, and hilarity ensues. Besides all that, though, heavy subjects like maturation, relationships, and mortality are addressed.
Throughout the miniseries, Marceline's dreams give insight into her inner turmoil. In one of the dreams, Marceline grows old with Princess Bubblegum, suggesting Marceline's desire to lead a normal domestic life with PB. They look like an old married couple except Princess Bubblegum is still young and immortal.
They're Both Immortal, Which Makes Relationships Way Easier
Mortality is heavily discussed in the Stakes miniseries. When Marceline decides to stop being a vampire, she also gives up her immortality. Princess Bubblegum tells her, "This means someday, you'll die. You know that right?" Marceline responds, "I guess it’ll be my last adventure!"
The two continue their conversation and Princess Bubblegum conveys so much with so few words. Theirs is a relationship that will surpass even death. She notes:
"You know I care about you. I think you’re making the right choice. Your natural lifespan is going to be richer and fuller than you can imagine. And someday, when you die, I’ll be the one who puts you in the ground."
Finally, at the end of the series when Marceline becomes a vampire again despite her efforts to be human, she turns to PB and says, "Now I guess we get to hang out forever."
Marceline Willingly Sacrifices Herself For Princess Bubblegum
In the episode "Ketchup," Marceline tells the story of how she tried to save Princess Bubblegum in the events leading up to the Elements miniseries. As it turns out, Marceline was not immediately turned into Marshmeline the Campfire Queen by the candification curse.
During show, Marceline tries desperately to resist the curse. She goes on an adventure to find an antidote that will save Bubblegum, only to find that PB is too far gone. Rather than live without her love, Marceline decides to give in and become candy herself. Now that's true devotion.