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Mother Bubblegum by Ghashak Mother Bubblegum by Ghashak
"The man who believes that the secrets of the world are forever hidden lives in mystery and fear. Superstition will drag him down. The rain will erode the deeds of his life. But that man who sets himself the task of singling out the thread of order from the tapestry will by the decision alone have taken charge of the world and it is only by such taking charge that he will effect a way to dictate the terms of his own fate."
—Judge Holden, Blood Meridian

My subtle glimpse into the quiet though mad-scientist aspect that is our beloved Princess Bubblegum from Adventure time.

P'bubs here is property of the Beardy Genius Penn Ward. Adventure Time property!

Minor edits: Fixed some of the reflections on the gummy-worm monster, her coat, some of her hair and some smoke was added. Sorry, all, those little errors were making me crazy.

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VictorReisSobreira Featured By Owner May 27, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
come to think, she is really fucked up in the head, all those experiments she does...
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omnomnomeness Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2015
Pb r u ok der, u make zambies agin. Dun make zambies.
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witec Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2015
You know, when a character is introduced creating zombies, it doesn't matter how cute they are. They probably have a few screws loose.
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JoshuMertens Featured By Owner Aug 4, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
This is radically madass. Awesome art. Love the formal pepbut
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KMT4ever Featured By Owner Mar 23, 2014
This is absolutely terrifying. What I do actually find really funny is that the Lemongrabs are the only ones here who look normal.
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GeckoFrog Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2014
This is amazing!
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digitalbird06 Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2014
Oh PB always getting into trouble
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PandaHeroBases Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2014  Student Digital Artist
her pose is like a "come at me bro pose" XD
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:iconghashak:
Ghashak Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
*CACKLES*
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Mysticaljjjtom Featured By Owner Nov 22, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
OMG THIS IS AMAZING :3 i just dont like bubblegums hair..
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:iconghashak:
Ghashak Featured By Owner Nov 22, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
'Kay?
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SoldierofSoldiers Featured By Owner Sep 22, 2013
OMG AWESOME.
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Colonel-Gabbo Featured By Owner Sep 6, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Awesome :D
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ctrlaltBATMAN Featured By Owner Jul 14, 2013
lol awesome! This looks great! Amazing job!
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Mr-Illusionist-1331 Featured By Owner Jul 9, 2013  Student General Artist
Nice, well done:)
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shula6 Featured By Owner Jul 7, 2013
MMM yes I like this picture a lot. A look at the essence behind P.B’s experiments reveals more than just morally dubious methods. It reveals an underlying theme of questioning and probing the boundaries of life and death. Let’s list them.

In one of her first appearances we see her making a “Decorpsinator Serum” for the unapologetic purpose of bringing dead people back to life. While this initially created zombies, she was rather undeterred and decided that perfecting the serum was the best solution to solving the zombie crises. Luckily this worked out, yet her curiosity lead her to experiment on zombie tissue which eventually lead to a second zombie outbreak in the candy kingdom. This is her fascination with resurrection.

Then we have Lemongrab, who is a “failed experiment” created with the candy-life formula devised by bubblegum. He was the first born in this way and it can be inferred that candy people can reproduce in some other way. Even now P.B still has the formula and used it to produce a second Lemongrab in an effort to sate the first unstable sociopath she created. Eventually this resulted in many lemon children who almost devoured the Candy Kingdom and would have continued to wreak havoc on the world. P.B’s need to probe repeatedly into such an area shows her fascination with the creation of life.

We cannot ignore Goliad, the candy sphinx whom Bubblegum created to rule the Candy kingdom forever. She openly admits she wishes that could rule ever on and that Goliad is the closest she can get to obtaining such. Goliad quickly turns evil and abuses the innate power given to her by her mother and P.B’s solution is to create another immortal sphinx (notice a pattern yet?) to combat her eternity. This is her greatest endeavor for immortality.

One might remember this short scene.
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Where in a little candy world she nonchalantly snips and sticks limbs from people in perhaps her bluntest display of “playing God” to date. (It also reminds me of the "The Mysterious Stranger" scene from The Adventures of Mark Twain)
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Finally in “The Suitor” episode we have P.B not only unhealthily obsessing over her scientific studies, but her experiments are on people’s very souls. She even goes so far as to create an artificial soul because it’s easier for experimentation. All of these examples illuminate P.B’s curiosity with the notions of life & death in all forms.

Indeed this picture fits well with a little scene I've had in my head. If circumstances were slightly different, a story in which she falls under his influence (keyword) would be interesting. I am of course aware that P.B has already been possessed in one encounter and also wears a crown of power that prevents mind control. It also strikes me that as obsessive as P.B is she would never listen to anything the Lich would say, making a story like this rather hard to fathom in canon.

With that disclaimer out of the way, I would like a story of P.B becoming radically corrupted in her search for immortality. Perhaps after extensive experimentation on a fragment of the Lich, having it slowly exploit her curiosity with mental suggestion until she driven to do something that, from her and perhaps even our perspective, isn’t really all that different from her past endeavors. I can see her there, a dark cloud over the candy kingdom as odd experiments wander the streets. Finn and Jake arrive armed and demanding answers. Never looking up, she intently concentrates on her work as a massive and horrible candy amalgamation rises to meet them in combat.

She goes into a monologue: “Where is the soul? Is it in my heart? Is it somewhere beyond? Do two headed people have two souls or just one? What about twins? What about clones? Do my cells have individual souls or am I just one? If I lose a hand have I lost part of my soul? Is my brain more important in that equation? If I split a brain in half and put it in two bodies, what have I got then? If I take the organs of one person and put it in another, are there now two souls in one body? If I make a body out of multiple people are there multiple souls? Fragments of their souls? Just one new soul? Is it a congealed one or does it come from somewhere else? Perhaps it is percentage based…You ask me what I am doing Finn? I’m answering the hard questions.”
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GyroSmasher Featured By Owner Nov 30, 2013
Yeah, and in the episode James, she basically forces James to sacrifice himself and clones him to 'justify' it. 
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shula6 Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2013
Let it be known that for Princess Bubblegum, you're only one clone away from being disposable.
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emmanueljmoreno Featured By Owner Sep 25, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
Then, it was revealed that she is immortal all along in the episode, The Vault.
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shula6 Featured By Owner Sep 25, 2013
Indeed it was. A shocking and exciting development,  we could even go so far as to infer the sentient goo Marcelline met was not an ancestor but PB herself! Despite this, she is smart enough to know that never aging doesn't mean never dying. Agelessness has not made her aloof in both her quest for knowledge & activity in world affairs, it also makes her life & death fixation all the more intriguing.
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DyingMarshmallows Featured By Owner Jun 28, 2013
She does seem to like to play god doesn't she
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lycaonbm Featured By Owner May 26, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
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Dragonangelx002 Featured By Owner May 10, 2013
Yeah, if you really think about it she is totally a mad scientist.
"Here, let me just dump some DNA on a bunch of candy and see what happens........cool!"
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Holycrap1992 Featured By Owner May 17, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
:iconportalgladosplz:For science.
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hvk Featured By Owner May 5, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
OH MY FLIPPING GLOB THIS IS SO AWESOME AND PERFECT :D

An epic tribute to Princess Bubblegum's mad science; my favorite aspect of her character!

(Though the sheer number of people who sincerely think that she is evil or going to turn evil because she does science is honestly SERIOUSLY IRRITATING. I really enjoy your quote at the top; I thin that sums up PB's personality so perfectly that it just outshines all the naysaying, and it's a seriously beautiful awesome testimony to the power of SCIENCE and the mentality of those who seek it.)
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jazz-bot Featured By Owner May 5, 2013
Geeeeeeze good.
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CreaturesUnity Featured By Owner May 2, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
Creepy...
What's that green stuff on her coat and the saw? (I'm not sure if I want to know, but... Curiosity...)
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Ghashak Featured By Owner May 2, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I noticed a recurring theme with the bright green, such as her decorpsinator serum. Plus the mutants in Simon and Marcy, the well of power the Lich used; basically glowing green seems to be a funky way or stuff going wrong in Adenture Time so I figured to stick with it. Plus the green looks awesome with her link hair and it brightened the picture up.
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CreaturesUnity Featured By Owner May 4, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
Oh, okay.
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GrainyFly Featured By Owner May 2, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Bubblegum was always scared me slightly. SHE'S SO CRAZY.
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winxmagic237 Featured By Owner Apr 24, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
wait, wheres Goliad?
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Ghashak Featured By Owner Apr 24, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Still at his eternal mental duel with Stormo :3
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winxmagic237 Featured By Owner Apr 24, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
oh yeah, I forgot :)
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emmanueljmoreno Featured By Owner Apr 12, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
I always knew she was a total psychopath.
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Bilkgod Featured By Owner Apr 12, 2013
I'm getting a serious Franken Fran vibe from Bubblegum.

Wonderful work.
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DragonSpire91783 Featured By Owner Apr 9, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Definitely digging the new style, keep the adventure time stuff coming, cause I know ice king is on his way
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EricMajora1 Featured By Owner Apr 9, 2013
awesome work! im just waiting for the episode were she turns evil
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witec Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2015
What makes you think she isn't evil already? :devilish:
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ragweed Featured By Owner Apr 8, 2013
Augh this is excellent!
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FenrirDarkWolfe Featured By Owner Apr 8, 2013  Student General Artist
I knew PB was evil...
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cupcakequeen75 Featured By Owner Apr 8, 2013
i love this is awsome
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nobodyimportantdude Featured By Owner Apr 8, 2013
It's always the smart ones.....
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Sarah--Elizabeth Featured By Owner Apr 8, 2013  Professional General Artist
Awesome <3
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