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In the second to last episode of Adventure Time season 2, Princess Bubblegum gives Finn and Jake a mind-protecting head-piece. That's when it struck me: almost all the princesses have one of these tiara-like objects.

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Where did they get them, and why do they have them, and what do they do?

  • Flame Princess does not appear to have such a tiara. 'All' means which ones? – Solemnity Mar 1 '13 at 4:19
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    Some sort of crowny headgear is a fairly standard way of denoting princesshood in many media. I think you may be reading too much into it. – Christi May 21 '13 at 1:26
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The events of the episode The Lich would imply that they came from wherever the Enchiridion came from. Since the gems combine with the Enchiridion, it's logical to assume they were created together. This would indicate they are all incredibly old, as Simon had the Enchiridion pre-Mushroom War. However, given the cosmic magic that was unleashed when they were combined, it's entirely possible that they don't originate on Earth or even Earth's universe.

The sequence of events in The Lich also provide a hint for why the princesses each have a gem. By keeping the gems separate, it provides a measure of security that helps prevent anyone from bringing the gems and the Enchiridion together. Given that Princess Bubblegum's tiara protected her mind from the Lich, and the Lich was the one who stole all the gems and Enchiridion, it's likely the Lich is the reason the princesses all have the gems.

Given their likely ancient and possibly extra-universe origin, it seems likely the gems don't just protect the princess' minds. However we haven't seen the gems' powers revealed except for their mind protection ability and interaction with the Enchiridion.

  • Worth noting: Ice King/Simon has a gem that goes into the Enchiridion too. – Zibbobz May 29 '14 at 13:45
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In the episode Mortal Folly, Princess Bubblegum gives Finn and Jake gems that look like the ones in her Tiara. These gems protect them from the Lich's mind control powers. I haven't seen any examples that the tiaras of the other princesses work the same way, but it makes sense that the rulers of Ooo would have some protection against the Lich.

As for how they were created, I don't think that's been addressed in canon, but I haven't seen every episode yet.

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It doesn't really say in the cartoons but I think that it is OK to assume that it is right. After all Adventure Time is set in the future where Finn is the only human left so I think it is quite possible.

  • I think you missed the question below the image. "Where did they get them, and why do they have them, and what do they do?" – Discord May 21 '13 at 13:14

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