Waving Snail
Name Snail
Species Mollusk People
Introduced In "Slumber Party Panic"
Voiced by Pendleton Ward (when possessed)

The Snail is a character that has hidden in every episode of Adventure Time to date (excluding the animated short), usually seen waving at the screen. His cameos are a running gag. In the episode "Mortal Folly," The Lich possesses the Snail to break the amber prison where he is trapped. Then, in "Mortal Recoil," Princess Bubblegum (while being possessed), passes the Lich onto him.

The LichEdit

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The Snail, spellbound by the Lich [note his eyes]

While the Snail was just a running gag at first, he eventually became an integral part of the story when he released The Lich in the episode "Mortal Folly." The Snail comes out of Finn's bag to wave to the viewers, but then falls under The Lich's mind-control spell and breaks the amber prison by bashing it in with his head. He appears at the end of "Mortal Recoil," and once again at the beginning of "The Lich," still being controlled by the Lich. In the Adventure Time comic book series he goes into the Lich's bag still controlled by the Lich and comes out normal again unharmed.

At the end of "In Your Footsteps," the Snail speaks for the first time and gains The Enchiridion. The Snail still continues to appear in each episode, and (when examined closely) appears to still have green eyes and an evil expression on its face.

In "The Lich," the Lich ends up changing bodies moving to that of the deceased Billy. After this, the snail no longer shows any further sign of possession as revealed in "Up a Tree."

The possessed snail was voiced by Pendleton Ward.


  • The snail's eyes are below where an actual snail's eyes are.
  • In "The Jiggler," the snail seems to have a different appearance.
  • "Storytelling," "Mortal Folly," "Mortal Recoil," "In Your Footsteps," "The Lich " and "Up a Tree" were the only episodes in which the snail was featured as part of the story.
  • Finn, the Lich, the Bear, Princess Bubblegum, Squirrel, and Shelby are the only characters who have noticed or interacted with the snail in the TV series.
  • In the Adventure Time comic, Marceline and the Scream Queens, Marceline picks up the snail by a lake, and throws it thinking it is a rock, which causes it to skip.
  • Multiple times in the third season, the snail appears normal and not possessed by the Lich.
  • "Holly Jolly Secrets Part II," "Ghost Princess," "Dad's Dungeon," "Princess Monster Wife," "James Baxter the Horse," "Red Starved," and "Who Would Win" all have had the snail in the preview.
  • The snail appeared in the title card of "Mortal Recoil."
  • The snail was not originally in two episodes ("Trouble in Lumpy Space" and "Blood Under the Skin"), but it was added in to both episodes before reruns aired.
  • In "His Hero" and "Wizard Battle," only his shell is shown.
  • On the side of the Jake vs. Me-Mow DVD box containing Finn's hat, the possessed snail can be seen.
  • The snail was shown latest in "Holly Jolly Secrets Part II," it was shown earliest in "Dad's Dungeon," and was shown the longest in "Finn the Human," with a total of 19 seconds.
    • Also, in "Finn the Human," the snail is shown as a regular snail (without eyes, a mouth, and arms).
  • Similar recurring, hidden characters show up in other media, an example of which is the snail in Blue's Clues.
  • In "Simon & Marcy," he appears during a flashback from 996 years ago, proving that he has has a lifespan much larger than that of a normal snail however this could possibly just be another snail entirely.
  • The snail is the only character that has appeared in every episode of Adventure Time.
  • In " Evicited," during the song "Oh, Marceline," the snail appears twice in one sequence, when Finn and Jake are walking up a hill. This has not happened again after this episode.
  • In other TV shows, things like baby heads serve a similar theme of being a creepy easter egg lurking in the background of multiple episodes with sinister implications.

Appearance in other mediaEdit

  • In the game Righteous Quest 2, the Snail appears a few times in the game.
  • The Snail starred in its own FusionFall game: "Snail Quest."
  • The game Legends of Ooo uses snails as hints. Also, a slimy snail is used to free Slime Princess.
  • Issue 1 of the Adventure Time comic series begins with the Lich-controlled Snail entering the Bag of Holding, which somehow allows the Lich to return to his old body.
  • In Issue 3 of the Adventure Time comic, the snail makes two cameos on top of a Snow Finn's head.
  • In Issue 4, the snail appears in the background when Princess Bubblegum is thanking Finn, and is also seen on Marceline's lifeguard chair in the panel after the Great Mushroom War comic is shown.
  • In Adventure Time with Fionn and Cake Issue 1, the snail can be seen in the cover of the comic waving.
  • The snail appears at random points in Finn and Jake's Epic Quest and is sometimes the objective of a certain quest.
  • The snail was the only main character that didn't wear a sweater in Holly Jolly Secrets Part II.
  • The Snail appears in the Adventure Time graphic novel, Playing with Fire.
  • The Snail appears in Finn's backpack on the Adventure Time Thanksgiving Day Parade balloon.

References in other mediaEdit

  • In Issue 520 in MAD magazine, the snail can be seen on the cover, waving. Although, the snail is waving angrily at the reader.