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The Ancient Psychic Tandem War Elephant, often called APTWE (pronounced "aptee W.E."), first appears in "The Limit" when Finn wished for him at the center of the magic Labyrinth. Jake reminded Finn that "you have to let it give you control," which Finn did by communicating with it telepathically. At Finn's request, the elephant then wished for Finn's friends to be healed and helped the group escape the maze.

He appeared in the episode "Furniture & Meat", where it is revealed that he was hidden in Finn and Jake's gold stash. As Finn told it to stay in the stash, and it fell out, it asks for a punishment. It is then commanded to "chill" and does so throughout the episode.

He was referred to as "the" Ancient Psychic Tandem War Elephant whenever he was mentioned, meaning he is or may be the only one of his kind.

In "Something Big", the elephant is summoned by Finn and Jake to save the Candy Kingdom from Maja and Darren, who recognizes the elephant as "Eli" (pronounced "Ellie"). After helping Finn and Jake destroy Darren and zapping Maja (which hurls her into a tree, where she hits her head and goes into a coma), the elephant is left at odds as to what to do with itself, and is disappointed by Finn's attempt to set it free, as it feels a need to follow psychic commands as a war machine. After traveling about Ooo and reading the thoughts of such beings as an ant, a mama bird and the sun (which gives it advice to take control of its own destiny), it retrieves the comatose Maja and psychically explains to her that it will watch over her until she gets better, much to Maja's annoyance. It is also mentioned by Finn that the elephant had resided in the Tree Fort's basement since the events of "The Limit."

It briefly appears in "Flute Spell", where it is still taking care of the comatose Maja. It also spends some time with Jake, who notes he's glad the Ancient Psychic Tandem War Elephant has a friend, though he feels its relationship with Maja is "messed up."


He appears to be a huge, two-headed elephant that wears some kind of orange ski goggles with a yellow triangle in the middle on both faces. His skin is cream-colored, and he has a pink and purple tandem saddle. He has rockets in his odd-shaped feet (his toes are like little rocket ship stands with fire coming out the bottom of his feet), golden, double-barreled shotguns for his tusks, and he can shoot purple energy blasts from his trunks. He has a little pink ball at the end of each trunk and a gem on his foreheads. He has a series of ladder steps up one of his legs, presumably for passengers to climb up on top of him to ride.

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  • "Comic 20 page 24"


Finn the Human! Are you worthy to command me?

—"The Limit"

I wish for what Finn desires...

—"The Limit"

I continue to chill.

—"Furniture & Meat"

Yes, it's been a difficult adjustment.

—"Something Big"

Maybe Darren was right - there's no place for my ancient ways.

—"Something Big"

Finn, his weakness is his brain-seed.

—"Something Big"

For now, I am the match and the candle.

—"Something Big"

We heard there was a war.

—"Come Along With Me"


  • "Something Big" confirms that the Elephant was an actual entity prior to the events of "The Limit" and that he wasn't created by the wish orbs. This means that Finn learned of the Elephant somewhere, probably the Enchiridion, and then wished for his presence in order to command him.
    • This explains how Jake knew how to take control of the Elephant.
    • It is called "Eli" by Darren, and it was alluded that they knew each other a long time ago.
  • This, being Finn's wish, was the answer to one of Gaia Online's ten trivia contests to answer to try to win a first season DVD set.
  • The Ancient Psychic Tandem War Elephant appears as one of the Enchiridion Spells in Finn and Jake's Epic Quest.
  • The lyric "ancient, psychic, tandem, war elephants" appears in the song "Mobius Streak" by the band Hiatus Kaiyote.
  • In Issue 15, Magic Man unleashes an entire herd of Ancient Psychic Tandem War Elephants. Also, Finn references the one he and Jake had, saying he let it go to "explore the world and his emotions."
    • However, due to the comics being non-canon and in different continuities, it is unknown if this is what happened to it.
    • The elephant also appears in issues 20 and 22, where it gives Billy a ride to and from the Grocery Kingdom.

Appearances in other media[]

  • The Ancient Psychic Tandem War Elephant appears in the 2016 video game Lego Dimensions, although it is named "Ancient War Elephant" in certain other sources due to its long name.


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