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The Tart Toter is a Candy Person who used to work for Princess Bubblegum, delivering the royal tarts to the Back-Rubbing Ceremony at the Royal Congressional Hall. His role as the official tart toter came to an end because he went "mad - and old." It is unclear if other toters have delivered tarts since his mental deterioration. In "The Other Tarts," Cinnamon Bun offers to take his place, but Princess Bubblegum allows Finn and Jake to tote the tarts saying that Cinnamon Bun is "half-baked." Despite no longer being the official tart toter, the Royal Tart Toter arrives at the Back-Rubbing Ceremony without warning. His appearance seems to frighten the Candy People, who hide their presence from him by freezing in place (as he can only sense movement). He then gave an eloquent, if non sequitur, soliloquy to end the episode.

He makes a brief appearance as one of the guests in "Holly Jolly Secrets Part II." He also appears (wearing an Elizabethan collar) in "Princess Cookie" he appears as a patient of the Candy Kingdom Mental Hospital.

Appearance

Cosmic_Dance_-_The_Old_Tart_Toter

Cosmic Dance - The Old Tart Toter

The Tart Toter's famous Royal Congression Hall Speech

The Royal Tart Toter is a large gingerbread man whose appearance has suffered physically as a result of his insanity. He has been bitten on the right shoulder, hip, and right leg; several of his teeth are missing, and his elaborate frosting, once ornate, has smeared in many places or vanished altogether. Several of the medals with which he was decorated earlier in his career have been lost or damaged. In his left hand he carries a chicken, and in his right hand, a squirrel. When the Royal Tart Toter speaks, icing pours out of his mouth uncontrollably, analogous to the frothing maw of a rabid animal. He is also missing his right boot. For hair, he has a pad of melted butter, and wears a shriveled Maraschino cherry for a hat.

Episodes featured

Quotes

Ladies and gentlemen, the royal tarts have arrived!

—"The Other Tarts"

Hello? Eat my tarts?

—"The Other Tarts"

This cosmic dance of bursting decadence and withheld permissions twists all our arms collectively, but if sweetness can win, and it can, then I'll still be here tomorrow to high-five you yesterday, my friend. Peace.

—"The Other Tarts"

Trivia

  • The Tart Toter's soliloquy seems to be a critique of the philosophies demonstrated in the episode.
    • The "cosmic dance of bursting decadence and withheld permissions" is in reference to the Back Rubbing Ceremony being a largely unnecessary event that exists purely as a display of grandiosity, or "bursting decadence"
      • Furthermore, there are a myriad of different permissions that are withheld from numerous characters in the episode: Finn and Jake are not allowed to know the truth about the tarts that they are supposed to be guarding and are instead lied to in order to keep them from eating the tarts, many so-called "Tart Thieves" that have been shown to fight over food are denied even the imperfect tarts marked for disposal, and even Princess Bubblegum herself felt forced to lie to Finn and Jake solely for the purposes of keeping them from eating the tarts. Nearly every participant in the episode was pushed into an uncomfortable or deceptive situation because of the need to sustain the ceremony representing the Cosmic Dance
    • The Tart Toter is shown to be optimistic at the end, however, as he believes in full earnest that "sweetness can win" and that, ultimately, the need for hollow bravado and opulence will be beaten by the kindness that is shown to one another. He ends his soliloquy by stating that he "will be there tomorrow to high five you yesterday", essentially assuring his audience - in this case, the candy people - that he will congratulate them in the future for their progress at becoming a kinder person than who they were the day before.
  • His chicken is yellow in the episode "Princess Cookie."
  • The bite marks on his body are self inflicted. The pet cone around his neck in the episode "Princess Cookie" is used to prevent self-harm.
  • In the model sheet for "Holly Jolly Secrets Part II," his frosting is pink, but in the episode itself, it is its regular color.
  • The Tart Toter has made multiple cameos in the Adventure Time comic book, including one in issue #22 where he is depicted as a clerk in the checkout line in the Grocery Kingdom.

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