1. Finn and Jake taught young men it’s OK to express emotions
*Deep breath* Repressive ideas about what it means to be a man. Traditional ideas of masculinity tell us to deter boys from crying (lest they appear weak/feminine) and to discourage (or even ridicule) expressions of affection between male friends. When young men are taught to bottle up their emotions, the .
Finn and Jake therefore wield considerable power by encouraging viewers to express their feelings.
Season 3 Episode 25 "Dad's Dungeon" sees them navigate a series of challenges their father designed as a way to "toughen up" Finn. Additionally, the way Finn and Jake express that they love each other is a rarity for male friendships on television. Every time they're faced with a mortal threat, the two adventurers are quick to reiterate how much they mean to each other. Whether it's Finn clinging to Jake's leg as he climbs into a rocket, or Jake seeking comfort in Finn's arms after some next-level body horror, their relationship was one of the sweetest on-screen representations of platonic male affection to date.