Martin’s Story ("The Visitor") vs Reality (Islands) - Adventure Time Analysis

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Martin answered Finn’s question of where he came from in the episode “The Visitor,” and while many elements of the story were suspect, we had no way of knowing what the truth was until the release of the Islands miniseries. In retrospect, there are a lot of interesting things to analyze and dissect in Martin’s original and semi-fraudulent tale, and I think this helps us gain a better understanding of Martin Mertens as a character.
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william the great
william the great 4 саат мурун
Damn I wish minerva and fins dad could meet where is fins dad BTW?
nah fool
nah fool 20 саат мурун
This is a good analysis but you talk way too fucking slow
roby Күн мурун
I always thought finn was scared of the ocean cause his past self drowned in an acid river but that makes a ton of sense
Solar Flare
Solar Flare Күн мурун
Minerva: Let the vampire girl do it. me:The Vampire girlis literally a founder of your civilization
robert campo
robert campo Күн мурун
Finn’s dad is a dead beat
Andrew Knowles
Andrew Knowles Күн мурун
Verbala🍯🐻🧸👩‍🎓🚭🐦🌽se should do Finn vs Mordecai.🚬👨‍🎓🍯🐻🧸👨‍🎓🚬
Barbra benassi
Barbra benassi 2 күн мурун
Damn I like his dad now ._.
Zelda Chan
Zelda Chan 3 күн мурун
This video put a whole new perspective on Martin for me. Thank you
Echoes Act 3
Echoes Act 3 3 күн мурун
Fun fact, Martin’s voice actor also voice acted as Bill Dougherty in King of the Hill, another balding loser
Lord Typh
Lord Typh 3 күн мурун
Considering that the guy was a scoundrel in the past and that is hardly disputed, brain damage being the reason for his character change DOES make sense if it came with scrambling up his past memories. I doubt it's all repression and the like, I think he just honestly didn't know at first and only had subconscious knowledge, potentailly coming back more as time went on. Of course, by the time he left with the comet, he had burned all his bridges and didn't really have much hope of rebuilding things with Finn (and didn't know if his wife was even alive or what she thought of him). He couldn't really go back after that.
The Mighty ReeN
The Mighty ReeN 4 күн мурун
I love how distant lands BMO has Martin in it
Explosive Joseph
Explosive Joseph 5 күн мурун
People’s personalities and behaviors have changed dramatically as result from brain damage many times. Its heavily documented. Id google it. Its not a bad plot device when used right. Adventure Time did a good job of it.
Dead Wind
Dead Wind 10 күн мурун
Technically his is a character arc just a reverse
MrSpinachguy 12 күн мурун
I mean yeah amnesia and brain damage can be a cheap plot device but life is cheap like that sometimes. Brain damage is known to change people's personalities on occasion, and from what I have heard it usually is for the worse.
Milly Mongbo
Milly Mongbo 12 күн мурун
Omg the way he sits is such a parallel
Peter Kampenhout
Peter Kampenhout 12 күн мурун
This reminds me of my own dad
pyro catuber
pyro catuber 13 күн мурун
I'm like finn I don't even know i had a dad till I was seven bc he was busy at work
J K 13 күн мурун
Martin is what happens' when you shove to many memories in the "the Vault"
Theodore Sharpe
Theodore Sharpe 14 күн мурун
How did fin get on the mountain?
Jonathan Allen
Jonathan Allen 15 күн мурун
What if the nightmare sphere is wut Martin reincarnated into
matt aka big z
matt aka big z 17 күн мурун
Yeah even something like dementia can turn a very docile person to a dick
Mylène Aline
Mylène Aline 18 күн мурун
Thats why Finn was scares of the ocean
ThatOneGuyWithTheExtremelyLongName 21 күн мурун
The pirate who found Martin was also the pirate who was on Tree Trunk’s pirate ship.
Ben Dover
Ben Dover 27 күн мурун
The story with Finn and his dad hits way to close to home
Captain Ace
Captain Ace Ай мурун
11:08 darth vader in esb
Sasquatch 2099
Sasquatch 2099 Ай мурун
When Harry Mudd is your father.
Amber Young
Amber Young Ай мурун
I know this video is years old at this point, but I wanted to mention the wink. Yes, he winks when he lies, its kind of his "tell" and probably isn't usually intentional. He did wink in the past when telling finn he'd come back for him. Because, even if he wanted to, he knew this was a lie. He wasn't expecting to live through that. Thats why his expression looks so sad, he knows its the last time that he'll see his son, and is just trying to be reassuring.
Sarah McCollum
Sarah McCollum Ай мурун
"Two roads diverged in a yellow wood...and I, I took the one less travelled by." Robert Frost. Martin, you cad! His attempt at being poetic, yet he still managed to make the poem suit his own life.
Sara Kate
Sara Kate Ай мурун
Anyone else noticed that the little title card for it has a pirate boat that tree trunks was on before in the episode Ring of fire am I the only one
Barack Obama
Barack Obama Ай мурун
tying back to the banana boat - martin and min had a banana tree growing in their front garden - idk - cool little detail whether it was intended or not
Freerefill Ай мурун
Y'know, I kinda wonder... bit of a stretch, maybe, but... do you think Martin has a Vault? A place in his mind where he stores the things he can't handle. Martin was always a scoundrel, and we have no hints of his life prior to meeting Minerva, but scoundrels generally come from broken families. How could a family break in such a tightly controlled society? Maybe Martin's parents tried to escape, but they were captured and re-educated... maybe that's why Martin was so confident he would avoid re-education; he may have spent his entire life avoiding it. So Martin may have grown up without a family, without love, relying only on himself... until he met Minerva. And for a brief while he felt love again. But no sooner did he have it and it was ripped away once again; he fought to protect it, risking his life ... and he failed. For all he knew, Finn died on that raft. If he couldn't handle the guilt of letting his newborn son die... it may very well be that he stored that guilt, and with it every last hope of finding love again, in his Vault... where he stores all of his repressed memories. Just like Finn.
The Mighty Goza
The Mighty Goza Ай мурун
Martin was a conman before Min took him in and while he hoped he could outrun it and be a good man, but it came back to kill Finn as far as he could tell. He also lost his memories of what exactly led up to Finn's attempted kidnapping/murder so he would never have been able to explain his innocence. He would return to Min without their child and lacking a chunk of his memories leading up to the encounter, at best. He lost everything that kept him from being the character he became. And even by the end of his and Finn's story, has no other place to go and won't be a liability to his child. I think the storytelling holds up.
Narine Ramdihall
Narine Ramdihall Ай мурун
Huh, in a way, Martin had a vault of his own and it turned out to be even more impactful on his mind than Finn's...
Matheus Grana
Matheus Grana Ай мурун
A little think that is incridible as detail, is that thing that the both, Finn and Martin, has the stuff of just take the bad memmories and just put in the back of his mind
Andrew Iammatteo
Andrew Iammatteo Ай мурун
There were some banana trees at Matrin and Finns mom’s yard
SuperAxe Ай мурун
Brain damage would of cured with the guardians blood
SSGoku 71
SSGoku 71 2 ай мурун
7:52 😂😂😂😂
Darkfortunes 2 ай мурун
I really feel bad for Martin he was a good guy he loved Finn now it’s like he forgot
Potato es
Potato es 2 ай мурун
I feel like Martin... intentionally left out Finn being born on an island. He was scared that the guardian was still there, and that it would finish the job.
Prizmar Valschi
Prizmar Valschi 2 ай мурун
Nightmare juice could've probably solved this
Justin Capulso
Justin Capulso 2 ай мурун
mr kat
mr kat 2 ай мурун
Just watching this video made me cry
Zuzu 2 ай мурун
Martin is such a realistic dad a lot of millennials had...
Stephanie Pietz
Stephanie Pietz 2 ай мурун
Ok wait. He was a scoundrel before he met Minerva. I always thought of him as going back to being a scoundrel once the positive influence of Minerva in his life was missing. I've also wanted to beilive that he did look for Finn, and couldn't find him. and that loss drove him further and further away from from home. so he went back to the life that he had before Minerva because he could never go back and tell her how he lost their son... ironically this probably saved both Maritn and Finn's life since the virus killed Minerva...
TheShrimp 3272
TheShrimp 3272 2 ай мурун
The legend of zelda a wink to the past
Skullbat210 2 ай мурун
The seaweed part had me doing for she reason
Temmie Games
Temmie Games 2 ай мурун
The wink could've always been a lie, as Martin probably believed that he wouldn't survive to actually find his son again.
twoytel 2 ай мурун
Seaweed: *B L E E B L E E B L E E B L E E B L E E B*
Jesus Christ
Jesus Christ 2 ай мурун
So much plot twist my brain hurt😭
Metalspank1 2 ай мурун
You could also say the wink does mean Martin is lying and even in the past he does it before saving Finn. Martin could of thought he would die trying to save Finn and when he tells Baby Finn he'll be back he saying to reassure Finn but in his mind Martin may not believe he'll make it back yo his son. Either way it does show the love Martin has for Finn in that moment of self sacrifice.
MIRA 2 ай мурун
From the map that Finn was holding, can anyone know the exact location of the island 😄
Jenneth Landong
Jenneth Landong 2 ай мурун
Quinn Park
Quinn Park 2 ай мурун
what if Martin was also lying when he said he would be back for Finn but that lie was because he thought he would die? so he lied to comfort his infant son?
Dry Water
Dry Water 2 ай мурун
its like Martin's own vault
Samtember 2 ай мурун
You are THE adventure time essayist on the youtubes
Herp Derp
Herp Derp 2 ай мурун
Or he just had a personality shift from head trauma. There's a pretty well known case of a rail worker going from a hard working honest man to a lazy jerk after he got a rail spike rammed through his noggin.
Stick warriors
Stick warriors 2 ай мурун
7:52 that "seaweed" got baby fin a bit... b a n a n a s
R G 3 ай мурун
Also he probably had to go back to his lying, scamming ways because of the pirates then he scammed a truly powerful being and went to the citadel
juicebox_tgs 3 ай мурун
I wish Martin made an appearance in the last segment of adventure time, like around where fin used the that nightmare potion thing to stop the gum war, i would have allowed for that emotional wall to be broken down(like with fern and finn). You dont even need to change anything, you just have everyone sort stuff out, but finn doesnt wake up, and then he sees his dad :p, and bam, story time and understanding. Maybe we could even see some of martins life after the events that separeted them, curious to see what pushed him over the edge You could also have Martin come in through the portal when normal man and betty appear and then in the scene where finn, betty and simon are stuck in golb, you add martin there too. You could even change the interaction of golbs digestion and have a projection of their lives above thier heads while they are getting 'broken down'. Then in the end you somehow incorporate how martin needs to stay with betty in order to save them all. Its really hard to incorporate from that point onwards, but it would have been great for some closure on his story.
cat whitmore
cat whitmore 3 ай мурун
can you do videos about him in Distant Lands
gamer cat
gamer cat 3 ай мурун
remember when adventure time was a happy and fun now its dark,sad and weird
Blue Martian
Blue Martian 20 күн мурун
Adventure time was always weird (in a good way)
Randomram 3 ай мурун
There is a movie of the life of pi
Kerem Çakır
Kerem Çakır 3 ай мурун
that was sad
Elera Osaroedey
Elera Osaroedey 3 ай мурун
Dude! Your analysis, your insight, your delivery, and especially, your editing, 100%
Adda Meirelles
Adda Meirelles 3 ай мурун
WOW. I love this video a lot. I absolutely agree, and Martin while being a terrible father, truly was one of the most interesting characters in the whole show.
luna doryo
luna doryo 3 ай мурун
what about in distant lands BMO! It seems like Martin May have gone to space pretty soon after losing Finn, and was a scoundrel then??? I wonder what happened
kauske 3 ай мурун
Thing is, traumatic brain injury is real, and believable. Martin was kind of a jerk before, he was tricking people into hopes of escape, then selling them out to get double the rewards. But from kind of a jerk who learns to care about someone else, he goes to total sociopath. It's less believable for him to totally shift in character like that, to just dump the infant Finn without a second thought without something else at play. Much like Ice king has elements of dementia and alzheimers, MArtin is likely suffering the effects of repeated head trauma and brain damage, mixing with his post traumatic stress from being ripped away from his wife. And his history of head-trauma doesn't begin with the guardian. He's tossed by the seekers, smashes his head in the hospital and 100% got a concussion trying to escape. He got another good hit fighting the guardian. We have real documentations of people with repeated head trauma going through similar changes. Saying it's a 'disservice to his character' just shows that person doesn't know what they are talking about. Physical brain trauma is a big deal, just as much so as mental trauma. Combined both, and you have a recipe for turning a mild jerk into a total monster. IMO, it makes him more sympathetic than him just being healthy and deciding "Yeah, Imma dump my son on a leaf in the forest and never come back."
Mason Wilkes
Mason Wilkes 3 ай мурун
So finn’s father is a straight up horrible person, and Finn’s mother tried to turn all of the humans into robots
Runsofourlives 3 ай мурун
Holy shit you think that a loss of impulse control resulting from brain damage compounding unresolved trauma and guilt is a bad way to handle a character? Did you sleep through the ice king story? TBI is an amazing, real world explanation and I don't think asking the audience to have empathy for the man he used to be is a bad thing. That he has lost control of himself is the tragedy of Martin. If he acknowledges his past he has to acknowledge what he's lost and he's not capable of that when we meet him. I don't need to justify it with 'a wizard did it' to appreciate this story.
Uncivilized Elk
Uncivilized Elk 3 ай мурун
Ice King story is completely different from Martin's in how it's explored in Adventure Time, because it actually focuses on the loss of what was once there and how that change rippled out across those who knew Simon (and would later come to know Ice King, and through Ice King learn about Simon). So yes, falling back on brain damage to substantiate Martin's actions ends up being a lackluster hand-wavey explanation because that core premise of brain damage wasn't explored at all narratively or thematically when it comes to Martin. Brain damage thus becomes purely a superfluous interpretation (at best) when the story doesn't so much as even acknowledge said brain damage (much less actually dig into the concept in a meaningful manner).
Lssj Boi
Lssj Boi 3 ай мурун
This explains everything now
AmaraOlorin 3 ай мурун
So, Finn's vault has a hereditary link. If I thought something from my past was the reason my son died (which Martin had to have believed), I would never be able to face his father. And the only way I could live with myself would be to shove everything away, past and all, and never let anything close to me again. I recognized the line about burning bridges and moving forward because I'd said it before. I absolutely get Martin. This show is so freaking great at being real.
Alphtheo R.
Alphtheo R. 3 ай мурун
do you think after adventure time ended martin ever made it back to ouh and met digi-minnie?
Disorganized Bones
Disorganized Bones 3 ай мурун
Hey real quick. I forgot what episode but when Finn first got word of his dad is when he over came his fear of the ocean.
Yeetus 3 ай мурун
Honestly,I think finn’s back story was kinda sad :c
Parzivald Shiflty
Parzivald Shiflty 3 ай мурун
"you burn enough bridges the only way to move is forward" later sets the entire drift on fire which is primarily made of pods and bridges
cool buck gaming
cool buck gaming 3 ай мурун
In one episode fin takes over as the candykingdom doctor while Dr. Princess takes a vacation and fin says being a doctor "feels right" That might link to his mom, Minerva, being a doctor on the islands.
khoa đặng
khoa đặng 8 күн мурун
Probably one of those plot points that were never meant to go anywhere and were forgotten by the writers but miraculously lined up just fine with future reveals .
Noodle 8 күн мурун
Give me your brain right now
Alexandra Sukma Dewi
Alexandra Sukma Dewi Ай мурун
Like mother, like son
Alejandro Tenorio
Alejandro Tenorio 4 ай мурун
Hey that boat pirate ship that Martin was found on is tree trunks boat in the promo art
Micah Carpenter
Micah Carpenter 4 ай мурун
There’s a theory that Martin is Golb. Because the purple catalyst comet turned him into ot
v0lt 4 ай мурун
i still want to know how martin ended up in the citadel and space
v0lt 3 ай мурун
@Yoshemo1 the BMO one?
Yoshemo1 3 ай мурун
Thats kinda answered in episode 1 of Distant Lands
Eli Abergel
Eli Abergel 4 ай мурун
99% sure that marten doesn’t have brain damage, the finger thing on the promo art is just standard procedure when something like a accident happens, plus I was hit with a go cart when I was 12, blacked out for 15 minutes and had a concussion and I haven’t changed
Try Hard420
Try Hard420 4 ай мурун
Eli Abergel nah jk I went through something similar as well and I haven’t changed
Eli Abergel
Eli Abergel 4 ай мурун
Try Hard420 I was in bed for a month but people say I haven’t changed
Try Hard420
Try Hard420 4 ай мурун
Eli Abergel or did you?
Charles Brantner
Charles Brantner 4 ай мурун
Ya this explains finns fear of the ocean👍😂
Conrad Mese
Conrad Mese 4 ай мурун
I'm pretty sure when the art was released its probably because he had blood
urgodT 4 ай мурун
Thinking not crying and holding back your depression when u finally found you're son and tried everything that looks fun because he missed all the father and son bondings
Sebastian Sotomayor
Sebastian Sotomayor 4 ай мурун
Martin seems to me at least is a reverse iroh
Jude Meggenberg
Jude Meggenberg 4 ай мурун
if you really think about this story, it is REALLY depressing
Jose A
Jose A 4 ай мурун
Martian is a Rascal
Rogue Infinite
Rogue Infinite 4 ай мурун
I don't think the idea of a concussion or amnesia cheapens Martin's arc, but rather elevates the influence Minerva and Finn had on him. Martin's arc begins when he arrives on the islands, where he is the con man we know later. His life with Minerva and Finn is the driving force for his change, having been the kind of person who doesn't keep a home long. Staying in one place and setting roots lets him grow and evolve as a person instead of just trying to survive. During the escape, Martin does everything he can to protect Finn, something he's entirely unwilling to do later on, implying that he really doesn't understand the importance of Finn, but might have vague nagging feelings or impressions that he plays out by using his natural way with words. This angle shows just how much the 'Helper' ideology of Minerva influenced Martin and his love for Finn drove his choices for a short amount of time. The concussion/amnesia idea gives a way for Martin to lose all of that progress and thus Finn has to deal with the fact that the father he meets is not the one that loved and raised him(however briefly). This is primarily the story of Finn after all.
Real Content
Real Content 4 ай мурун
Why do I imagine showing this video to finn. I feel like laughing and truthful.
Reluctant Renegade
Reluctant Renegade 4 ай мурун
I think the story just evolved. They didnt even have the post-apocalyptic world idea in mind until the whole Frozen Salesmen episode.
Padparadscha 4 ай мурун
After BMO we can see Mr. M (almost definitely Martin) he has the earlier Martins appreciation for technology, though he appreciates it alot less.
ItzEJ 4 ай мурун
8:05 what this guy's said here, made me think that Martin also has "The Vault" that Finn also has.
nunyu buz
nunyu buz 4 ай мурун
So, I will be 33 soon and have a 4 year old daughter. The small bits I have seen and for the last couple hours the reviews of the last season compel me to watch it all. My question, Is this one of the greatest cartoons ever made? It seems got dam brilliant and deep as faq.
chill boi
chill boi 4 ай мурун
5:33 When fins mom was pregnant she was watering a banana plant and when fin was born the banana plant was grown
Teodor Mihai Moraru
Teodor Mihai Moraru 4 ай мурун
Ryan Nu
Ryan Nu 5 ай мурун
Martins arc is really thought provoking it essentially ends in his suicide but it’s because he’s offered a chance to be reborn in a new more powerful form disconnected from his past completely.
JOKER Wayne 5 ай мурун
10:31 is it just me or this shot show martin with that shading on his face which makes it look like he has two faces
Cashimat 5 ай мурун
If Martin really did do all of that stuff to put behind his past then that explains why he chose to get his own reality from the catalyst comet, so he wouldn't have to remember this.
My name
My name 5 ай мурун
finn's dad has the same voice as steven's dad lol
Sharon Spears-mandeville
Sharon Spears-mandeville 4 ай мурун
Actually,Jermaine (Finn and Jake's brother) sounds like Steven's dad-Martin (Finn's biological dad) sounds more like Bud gleeful (Gideon's dad from gravity falls) instead.
shady.gh0st 5 ай мурун
07:52 webewebew
shady.gh0st 5 ай мурун
Never thought of the banana man?
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