Movies + TV

Literally the Best Thing Ever: Lumpy Space Princess

Oh my glob!

I’ve officially been an adult for a while now and, at this point in my life, I feel like I should probably be balancing checkbooks, talking about government policies, and using the word Machiavellian correctly (apparently, “This chicken salad tastes Machiavellian” isn’t acceptable). Instead, I watch Adventure Time—the cartoon equivalent of being given the most perfect and satisfying high-five of your life. The show, which debuted on the Cartoon Network in 2010, is about the weird and whimsical escapades of pals Finn (a human) and Jake (a dog). Thematically, though, it’s about friendship, heroism, magic, and the awesomeness of swords, quests, and tricked-out tree houses. Among all of the many quotable and quirky characters that inhabit the fantastic Adventure Time universe, though, there is one who really embraces the theatricality of everyday life. She’s sassy but sensitive, confident but adaptable. She’s a purple, cumulus-cloud-looking teenager from an alternate dimension where having a smooth, human-like body is unattractive. Her name is Lumpy Space Princess (or LSP), and she’s my girl.

She isn’t in every episode of the show—in fact, she isn’t in most of them—but when LSP is present, she dominates. Sure, part of that has to do with how self-involved she is, but it’s also because everything that comes out of her mouth is fascinating, strange, and giggle-inducing. The brilliance of this character is all wrapped up in her jaded, Valley girl twang—her other wonderful, endearing, funny qualities are rooted in the attitude and melodrama inherent in that inflection! The person behind that inspired vocal performance is the show’s multitalented creator, Pendleton Ward (who I imagine must lubricate his throat with aloe vera water or warm honey to achieve that bratty timbre). LSP’s voice gives exclamatory catchphrases like “Oh my glob,” “What the lump?” and “Drama bomb” legs. But really, her voice is so amazing and distinct that ANYTHING that LSP says is a catchphrase, which, I think, qualifies her as one of the most remarkable characters in TV history.

LSP has been known to share intimate details about her relationship with her ex-boyfriend Brad (whom she used to eat chili cheese fries with—so clearly things were super serious between them!). The moments when these juicy slivers of her romantic history pop up are more engrossing and intense than an episode of Degrassi. In Adventure Time’s first season, we learn that Brad is dating LSP’s best friend, Melissa, and in the third season, we find out that LSP broke up with Brad because he kissed her…on the mouth! Explaining the aftermath of the kiss, she says, “I was like, ‘Bleh…bleh…bleh…’ and then I was like, ‘Oh gross, go away, Brad!’ And he was like, ‘Obvi, you’re not ready for me.’”

LSP has a way with words (obvi!) and no one can tell a story quite like she can. Not many people recognize and then interpret the gravity of situations like LSP does. Once, she ran away from home and lived with a pack of wolves in the woods. Everything was fine at first, but then, as LSP put it when recounting the tale to Finn and Jake, “the drama started.” The wolves started cheating on one another—Jessica made out with Mark behind Tony’s back! That is, one of the wolves licked another wolf, as wolves are wont to do. These weren’t talking wolves, they were totally normal wolves that behaved like totally normal wolves from the get-go, but she was able to pick up on this operatic narrative through their body language. She wasn’t fabricating meaning where there wasn’t any. As far as LSP is concerned, she’s just incredibly perceptive.

LSP is proud of her lumpy body and can often be heard saying things like “Everyone needs to know that when I work these lumps, no man is immune to their influence.” She can be spoiled and greedy, but when she’s called out on her bad behavior, she’s remorseful.

Like most great characters, LSP is unique, and so strangely loveable that you’ll want to buy or make keepsakes with her face on them and draw pictures of her in the margins of your notebook or on scraps of paper. Actually, she’s very easy to draw—you could probably draw her on accident—and that alone is one of the major reasons why LSP is the best thing ever.

LSP is this comically exaggerated version of a mercurial teenager. She’ll angrily yell, “Lump off, Mom!” and then—not 10 seconds later—ask her parents if she can borrow the royal car. She’ll get so jazzed about the weekly Promcoming Dance that she’ll lose the ability to form complete sentences, grunting, “Oh, oh, oh, oh, oh,” until roused from this trance-like state of excitement.

She’s deeply, deeply passionate, particularly about things that don’t actually matter. She is basically me circa middle school, when I openly and seriously pined for everything (from boys to pizza) and when moments that I now recognize were silly (a boy that I’d been stalking, smiling as he handed a math worksheet to me) felt like full-blown EVENTS, worthy of being shared with anyone who would listen. For me, part of growing up has meant losing that emotional rawness—taming it, I suppose. But LSP doesn’t censor herself—she wears her heart on her lumps, so to speak—and therein lies her charm.

48 Comments

  • MarioIDK September 17th, 2012 11:14 PM

    LSP is a strong, independent woman who don’t need no shipping partner.

    • alliya September 18th, 2012 4:21 AM

      obvii. I feel seriously weird when people try to ship her with someone. YOU CAN’T.

      • darksideoftherainbow September 18th, 2012 10:29 AM

        i’m going to be watching this asap not only bc this post got me interested but also bc i need to know what it means to be shipped with someone (?!). maybe it’s a dumb question but i feel like it’s not what it sounds like! i need to know!

        • koolkat September 18th, 2012 3:53 PM

          shipping’s where people decide a fictional character (and sometimes NOT a fictional character but that’s just creepy if you ask me) should be with another fictional character, so like Harry Potter and Draco Malfoy or something. Then they make a tumblr or write fanfics about it… or just fantasise about it and wish it was real lol. I had no idea what it was until recently either. :)

        • Libby September 18th, 2012 3:58 PM

          shipping is a tumblr fandom thing. like, two characters from a show would be in a relationSHIP in your head, aka SHIPPING.
          so, like, you might ship lindsay & nick on freaks and geeks, but someone else might ship lindsay & daniel–which never happens but they think should have? and then someone else will ship ken & nick because a lot of tumblr people are obsessed with making everyone off the telly gay.
          and then you have your OTP, or one true pairing. which is your ultimate shipping.
          it’s pretty cool once you get into it.

  • Quarts_and_frogs September 17th, 2012 11:15 PM

    Adventure time is one of my favorite shows, im glad someeone else notices how great it is :D

  • asleeptillnoon September 17th, 2012 11:32 PM

    YES! I need many items with LSP plastered all over them :D

  • iamthegeek September 17th, 2012 11:33 PM

    This article is literally the best thing ever. I’m glad I’m not only one who loves LSP!

  • caro nation September 17th, 2012 11:37 PM

    OHMYGOD AMBER LSP WAS MY LIFE IN 6TH GRADE OHMYGODOHMYGODOHMYGOD

    I drew all my classmates in her likeness.

  • mcsassy September 17th, 2012 11:47 PM

    Oh my glob, LSP is my favorite. I love this post. Literally the best thing ever posts are why I started reading Rookie. xoxo

  • Hannah September 17th, 2012 11:58 PM

    LSP is my spirit character.

  • psychedelia_delia September 18th, 2012 12:14 AM

    remember when LSP wrote a book called “I Wrote a Book!” explaining how all the boys wanna get on her lumps?? she is a literally/literary the best thing ever. much love and lumps to this article.

  • Lascelles September 18th, 2012 12:23 AM

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NGCg8y87N94#t=147s

  • Faith September 18th, 2012 12:23 AM

    GAHHH!! This is awesomeness!! I LOOVE Adventure Time, especially LSP!! LIKE, OH my GLOB, hehehe. Which reminds me, I should get back to my homework…. good grief.

  • unefillecommetoi September 18th, 2012 1:11 AM

    There is nothing better in the universe than Adventure Time in mexican dubbing (well, if you’re mexican, I guess. If not you don’t understand anything) and Lumpy Space Princes has the best quotes EVER (along with Jake). I’m so happy a grown up wrote this :_)

  • Adrienne September 18th, 2012 1:21 AM

    LSP!!!!! Adventure Time is definitely one of my favorite TV shows, and I’d have to say LSP is my favorite character of the show. I am so so obsessed with her!

    I love her friendship with Turtle Princess!

    “Heey girl!”
    “Haaaay girl!”

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OV6XbwpbykE

    http://theaverageasiangirl.blogspot.com

  • ivoire September 18th, 2012 2:32 AM

    ive always wanted to watch adventure time and god this gal is amazinnggg

  • SpencerBowie September 18th, 2012 3:10 AM

    OH MY GLOB YOU GUYS OH MY GLOB!!!

    My best friend and I do her voice and act act out her awesomeness ALL THE TIME!!!

    LOVE LSP!!!!!

  • ShakespeareRules September 18th, 2012 3:12 AM

    OMG I love Adventure Time. Although my favourite character is Marceline the Vampire queen i can see why you have such a thing for LPS :)

  • Tasya September 18th, 2012 5:38 AM

    i love LSP. she’s such a ball, or should i say lump, of sass. heh heh

  • MissKnowItAll September 18th, 2012 7:55 AM

    you havew no idea how I started screaming when i saw this.
    ADVENTURE TIME IS THE SHIT!
    LIKE SERIOUSLY. PENDELTON WARD IS MY SOUL MATE
    AND LSP IS A GODESS

  • Miarele September 18th, 2012 8:22 AM

    ADVENTURE TIME! this show is so subversive and full of undertones it’s actually hilarious. I keep wondering if it’s a young adult show disguised into a cartoon or just simply a multilayered comedy. My favourite is definitely MARCELINE <333 (how awesome is that "I'm Just Your Problem" song and her dynamics with PB?), but LSP is a close runner up :D

  • Katie September 18th, 2012 9:00 AM

    This article is everything that is good about LSP that I could not articulate. THANK YOU IT’S PERFECT JUST LIKE HER

  • MinaM8 September 18th, 2012 9:32 AM

    OH MY GLOB I LOVE THAT SHOW I LOVE LSP :D :D hahaha best show ever!!!!!!!!

  • ReneeRevolution September 18th, 2012 9:58 AM

    LSP is phenomenal. Well, Adventure Time in its entirety is phenomenal. But LSP, man. Can’t go wrong.

  • Me September 18th, 2012 10:33 AM

    Oh my Glob giiiirl, LSP is like soo awesome!

  • moonchild September 18th, 2012 10:34 AM

    My patronus is lumpy space princess shaped :)

  • emine September 18th, 2012 10:44 AM

    ADVENTURE TIME IS MY EVERYTHING. WHENEVER I REACT TO SOMETHING I QUOTE ADVENTURE TIME. OH MY GOD.

  • rayfashionfreak September 18th, 2012 12:30 PM

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  • all-art-is-quite-useless September 18th, 2012 12:39 PM

    do any actual children like adventure time?

    • Miarele September 18th, 2012 11:51 PM

      yessss this is what I’m wondering too. some of the jokes and references are leaning towards the more “mature” side so… (the little-children-might-not-get-it mature, not the obscene mature)

  • lubs September 18th, 2012 1:09 PM

    yes

  • guiltfreedonut September 18th, 2012 1:43 PM

    oh. my. god. i want to run home from school and turn on cartoon network SO badly right now.

    omg she seems awesomeeeeee.

    http://www.guiltfreedonut.com

  • gaia September 18th, 2012 3:21 PM

    Oh my glob! I talk like LSP sometimes (because what she says is gold), but nobody ever gets it, even if they watch Adventure Time. She is such an underrated character and should definitely appear in more episodes

  • isobele September 18th, 2012 3:57 PM

    ‘Im ready for you brad’
    Oh my glob, this is the funniest thing I have ever seen XD

  • kit123 September 18th, 2012 4:50 PM

    You don’t know how excited i was when i saw this

  • sarahisoverthere September 18th, 2012 6:10 PM

    Ohmiglob, I LOVE LSP!
    Favorite line: Aw naw, I am NOT getting eaten by zombies to-night! while slapping zombified Princess Bubblegum with a plank of wood and boarding up the windows. So much sass *o*

  • RainingMiceAndMen September 18th, 2012 7:54 PM

    I don’t watch Adventure Time, but I will now. LSP made my life.

  • makeawish3653 September 18th, 2012 9:16 PM

    *wearing my adventure time shirt as i read this*
    Every one of the characters in adventure time is completely amazing and special, i think thats what makes the show so awesome.

  • Lucy23 September 18th, 2012 10:28 PM

    Oh my lord I love LSP

    http://safeanarchy.blogspot.com

  • gea September 23rd, 2012 6:12 AM

    I love Adventure Time and every characters on it, and I just love the way LSP speaks! I LOVE THIS ARTICLE THANKYOU FOR WRITING SOMETHING ABOUT MY FAVORITE TV SHOW EVER

  • hellcatspangled September 23rd, 2012 6:02 PM

    She’s a definitely a role model

  • starpower October 10th, 2012 5:27 AM

    I LOVE her.

    her and Hot Dog Princess

  • catpower44 October 21st, 2012 2:37 PM

    I LOVE HER SO MUCH AND I LOVE ADVENTURE TIME SO MUCH!

  • carlamarie October 27th, 2012 11:02 PM

    Ehrmergerrrd my ovaries! =))

    Gotta love those lumps. <3

  • Sister Moon December 1st, 2012 11:58 AM

    It’s a tie between Marceline and LSP. Except that I laugh a lot more in episodes with LSP. But I also identify more with Marceline. So it’s deff a tie!

  • Candysays December 2nd, 2012 9:37 AM

    I am the Lumpy Space Princess

  • slowdancetofolkpunk December 4th, 2012 8:37 PM

    YES! I am NOT getting eaten by zombies tonight ~

    Now can we talk about how Marceline is also Literally the Best Thing Ever, because she’s smart, sassy, plays guitar and fronts HER OWN BAND AND WRITES HER OWN SONGS!
    If LSP is the exaggerated teenager, Marceline is the dream 20-something. She took a chance when she was young to move into a place with her boyfriend, then later kicked that jerk to the curb when she realized she was WAY too good for him. She lives on her own, travels often, is super-motivated, and has probably the most complex relationships with the characters on Adventure Time (her undecided friendship with Princess Bubblegum, her dad who ATE HER FRIES, everything to do with the Ice King, etc) and sings about them all through writing her own songs! Though she is a total badass, she has such a vulnerable, painful side to her, and I THINK SHE IS ALSO LITERALLY THE BEST THING EVER.

    Um, this comment was late and waaaay too long, but I think Marceline deserves it :)