Princess Bubblegum/Marceline

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Pairing: Princess Bubblegum/Marceline
Alternative name(s): Bubbline, Bubbleline
Gender category: femslash
Fandom: Adventure Time
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Princess Bubblegum/Marceline is a popular femslash ship in the series Adventure Time.


Princess Bubblegum/Marceline experienced a large surge in popularity when spoilers emerged for the episode What Was Missing (September 26, 2011). Through the lyrics of her song, Marceline suggested that she had romantic feelings for Princess Bubblegum. Princess Bubblegum later revealed that she had kept the T-shirt Marceline had given her, and wore it regularly as a nightgown.

Mathematical Controversy

Mathematical! was a promotional video series for Adventure Time that recapped episodes, it was produced by Frederator Studios. However, not long after it began the series was discontinued due to a controversy surrounding the recap for the episode "What Was Missing." The recap focused on a possible romantic subtext between Princess Bubblegum and Marceline.

As a result the "Mathematical!" video was removed from YouTube and Frederator's website, and Dan Rickmers was fired from Frederator Studios. Some fans went on to donate to Rickmers' other projects as a way to further support him.[1] Other fans also felt that Cartoon Network was trying to censor the episode in panic over the pairing[2][3] Fred Seibert, executive producer on Adventure Time, responded that this was not the case:

In trying to get the show’s audience involved we got wrapped up by both fan conjecture and spicy fanart and went a little too far. Neither Cartoon Network nor the Adventure Time crew had anything to do with putting up or taking down our latest re-cap. The episode ”What was Missing” remains a terrific short and will be shown again and again just like any other Adventure Time episode.[4]

More on the censorship issue, and why people find the PB/Marceline subtext so meaningful: (Wayback machine archived on Nov 5 2011)



  1. From Dan Rickmers (of the “Mathematical” video recaps) (Accessed Sept. 29, 2011) From Dan Rickmers (of the “Mathematical” video recaps), accessed 18 Feb 2017]
  2. Appeal to Cartoon Network: Stop Censorship (Accessed Sept. 28, 2011)
  3. The Mathematical recap of “What Was Missing” was taken down by Frederator Studios, not Cartoon Network. (Accessed Sept. 29, 2011) snapshot, 25 Dec 2012
  4. I completely screwed up (Wayback machine) Archived on Nov 5 2011