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->''Spitting the sand of Monkey Island from my mouth, I began to wonder if the life of a mighty pirate was all it was cracked up to be. If only I'd chosen a different path, [=LeChuck=] might still be dead, and the mystery of the Ultimate Insult might have remained an enigma. If I'd never picked up a sword, the grog-swilling pirates of the Tri-Island Area might be unthreatened by the twin forces of gentrification and demonic heckfire. If only...''
-->--Excerpted from ''The Memoirs of Guybrush Threepwood: The VideoGame/MonkeyIsland Years''

''Escape From Monkey Island'' is the fourth game in the ''VideoGame/MonkeyIsland'' series, released in 2000 by Creator/LucasArts. It was also the first 3D game of the series (which used a modified version of the engine from ''GrimFandango''). Guybrush and Elaine return from their honeymoon to find two problems: Elaine has been gone so long she's been declared legally dead, and is thus no longer governor of the Tri-Island area, forcing her to run for re-election against the challenger "Charles L. Charles". Furthermore, a sinister Australian businessman named Ozzie Mandrill has been buying up property all around the Caribbean, driving out the indigenous pirate-themed businesses (and the pirates along with them) in favor of coffee houses, theme restaurants, and other tourist traps. Guybrush soon discovers Mandrill is not only in league with a yet-again-resurrected [=LeChuck=], but the two are after a sinister artifact known as the "Ultimate Insult" that will allow them to rule the Caribbean.
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!!This game provides examples of:
* BatmanColdOpen: The game begins with a battle against nondescript pirates, in which the player must learn to utilize Guybrush's unique adventuring skills.
* BondVillainStupidity: [[spoiler: [=LeChuck=] does manage to realize that not killing Guybrush when he had the chance comes back to bite him.]]
* BoundAndGagged: Guybrush and Elaine.
* BreakingTheFourthWall: Being ''Monkey Island'' it's to be expected. But early in the game a ''literal'' example happens. Guybrush is challenging a master dart player to some difficult and later insane trick shots. One is to "Hit that guy over there" at which point he throws a dart at ''the player'' and cracks the screen.
** Women playing the game must feel insulted by Guybrush.
* CallingYourShots: There are a couple of dart players so talented they'll hit any mark Guybrush names, including a doorjamb on the opposite side of the room or [[NoFourthWall the player]].
* ChekhovsBoomerang: This is vital here, where you have a "meet yourself" scenario twice on your way to a particular destination, and the second time you have to repeat the exact sequence of events you experienced the first time. It doesn't help that the potential sequence of events is completely random, so there's no "one guide fits all" answer for solving the puzzle.
** The banana picker.
* ChewbaccaDefense: Ozzie's Australian insults are so incomprehensible no one can counter them, so he always wins his matches.
* ComedyAsAWeapon: The results of the insult-themed sports are based entirely on insults and puns.
* CorruptCorporateExecutive: Ozzie Mandrill.
* CuttingOffTheBranches: Guybrush canonically ended up sinking his boat in the first game and stranded Carla, Otis and Meathook in Monkey Island. As such, the first two are very angry at him and will only agree to sign on with him if he gets them cushy government jobs.
* TheDevTeamThinksOfEverything: There is an animation for hitting Herman Toothrot on the head with pretty much every item in the inventory.
* EasterEgg: Murrayball!
* ExplosiveLeash: The Voodoo Anklet of Extreme Discomfort.
* {{Expy}}: Pegnose Pete is very similar to Largo La Grande from ''Monkey Island 2''.
* FanServicePack: Guybrush is MUCH easier on the eyes in this game than in [[VideoGame/TheCurseOfMonkeyIsland the last one]].
* GodTest: Guybrush asks his future counterpart to guess what number he's thinking of.
* GuideDangIt: The final round of Monkey Kombat turns into a HopelessBossFight (for both sides) unless you get very lucky or you start fighting to draw.
* [[HijackedByGanon Hijacked by LeChuck]]: Narrowly averted. [[spoiler:[=LeChuck=] returns, but he's working for the new villain, and Demon Zombie Ghost Pirate Statue [=LeChuck=] even gets taken control of after trying to double-cross Mandrill at the end.]]
* HoldUpYourScore: The cliff-diving judges in ''Escape''.
* HumongousMecha: The monkey head from ''VideoGame/TheSecretOfMonkeyIsland'' is retconned into being part of a giant monkey robot which Guybrush powers up and uses to save the day.
* KnightsAndKnaves: The parrots on the beach.
* LessEmbarrassingTerm: Guybrush requisitions a ship, only to be given a bright pink vessel called ''The Dainty Lady''. If he complains to the Harbormistress, she will suggest other terms for the color, such as "magenta." In a bit of a subversion, one of her suggestions, "Flaming Popsicle," is even more embarrassing. Interestingly, the ship's figurehead, when animated, is decidedly unladylike and is in no way dainty.
* TheMaidenNameDebate: A lot of people, especially natives of Melee Island, assume that Guybrush has become Mr. Marley. As it turns out, both he ''and'' Elaine have become Marley-Threepwood.
* TheManBehindTheMan: [[spoiler: In a rather surprising plot twist, Ozzie is the real BigBad of this game while [=LeChuck=] is just TheDragon.]]
* MeleeATrois: In the climax of ''Escape'', it's Guybrush vs. [=LeChuck=] vs. Ozzie. Though this translates to you facing [=LeChuck=].
* MilhollandRelationshipMoment: Subverted when you try to tell Ignatius Cheese what happened to the SCUMM Bar.
* MyGrandmaCanDoBetterThanYou: The Insult Arm-Wrestling features this potential exchange:
-->"My ninety-eight-year-old grandmother has bigger arms than you."\\
"Ungh... Yeah, but we both got better bladder control than you do."
* NoFlowInCGI: Probably the reason why Guybrush has such a tiny, pathetic ponytail in this one. However, the "Elaine" waitress at Planet Threepwood has a long ponytail that sways as she walks.
** On the other hand, Elaine's hair is bigger than ever, but noticeably stiff.
* NoFourthWall: Used extensively.
* NostalgiaLevel: Major sections of the game take place back on Melee Island and Monkey Island, complete with similar geography and reunions with characters/objects from the first game (Carla, Otis, Meathook, the stuck clock tower, the banana picker).
* OneWingedAngel: [=LeChuck=] in his Giant Statue Form.
* PaperThinDisguise: Ignatius Cheese is the only one who wasn't surprised at Charles L. Charles's real identity.
* ParodyName: Planet Threepwood and [=StarBuccaneers=] parody Planet Hollywood and Starbucks.
* PlotCoupon: The pieces of the Ultimate Insult.
* PoliticiansKissBabies: Discussed, of sorts. Charles L. Charles excuses himself saying that he has "hands to kiss and babies to shake".
* ReformedCriminal: There is a school where pirates undergo rehabilitation. Guybrush can pass and get a certification, which is embarrassing, and/or utterly fail after giving the most [[HeroicComedicSociopath hilariously heinous]] answers.
* SelfHealingPhlebotinum: In the endgame, both Guybrush's giant monkey robot and the LivingStatue of [=LeChuck=] regenerate their health so fast that it's futile for them to fight each other and you have to find another way to defeat [=LeChuck=].
* {{Shapeshifting}}: [=LeChuck=] does this one here, switching between his ghost, zombie and demon forms as well as [[spoiler:Charles L. Charles]].
** He already showed this capability in the first game, disguising himself as a sheriff named Fester Shinetop.
* ShoutOut:
** The name "Ozzy Mandrill" brings to mind a certain poem by Shelley, especially when he [[spoiler: completes the Ultimate Insult]] and boasts "I am Ozzy Mandrill, king of the Caribbean! Look upon my works, ye mighty pirates, and despair!"
** It also sounds like the name of the ''StarWars'' character [[http://starwars.wikia.com/wiki/Ody_Mandrell Ody Mandrell]].
** Well, ''[[MortalKombat Monkey Kombat]]''.
** The trial; "If the nose don't fit, you must acquit" parodies the O.J Simpson Case.
** There is a X-Wing from ''StarWars'' stuck in the swamps.
** If you examine the iron maiden in the Lucre Island jail Guybrush will remark "[[BillandTedsExcellentAdventure Iron maiden? Excellent!]]"
*** Also, one of the numbers that can be given in the Mysts O'Time marsh is 69.
* StableTimeLoop: The Mists o'Tyme Marsh sequence has a part where Guybrush will meet a version of himself from the future, exchange some dialogue and swap inventory items. The player has to remember and duplicate this sequence exactly for when Guybrush revisits the same place as his future self.
* StealthPun: Guybrush hires a navigator named Ignatius Cheese. The short form of Ignatius is Nacho.
* StevenUlyssesPerhero: "Charles L. Charles." [[spoiler:Charles Le Chuck.]]
* SymbolSwearing: In Act III, Guybrush asks Herman Toothrot, "How do I get off this [bleep] island?", as the swearing is bleeped in the dialogue and replaced by symbols in the in-game text.
* TitleDrop: Very blatantly: Whenever the title is dropped by Guybrush, it's spoken in a bombastic [[InAWorld movie trailer voice]].
* {{Tradesnark}}: "Nice use of the ."
* UnholyNuke: The Ultimate Insult is one of the most powerful Voodoo artifacts around; it's not that lethal for the body, but annihilates the spirit.
* TheUnreveal: When Guybrush asks the Voodoo Lady's name.
-->'''Voodoo Lady''': My name is... [[spoiler:not important.]]
* VideoGame3DLeap: The first ''Monkey'' in 3D. Not a very positive transition. It loses [[PointAndClick mouse control]], playability, and the graphic quality is crude, generic and charmless. Cartoonish but detailed 2D sprites like the ones from the older ''Curse'' still befitted a humor/story-driven non-action game .
* VillainWithGoodPublicity: Charles L. Charles, [[spoiler:[=LeChuck=]'s alter ego]], who wins the election for governorship of the Tri-Island Area with his "Good Times, Free Grog" policy.
** This drops to ZeroPercentApprovalRating after he wins and [[spoiler:everyone realizes he's [=LeChuck=]]], although no-one will actually admit to having voted for him.
* VocalDissonance: The Dainty Lady's figurehead. Once you get her talking, you'll wish you hadn't.
* WhyDidItHaveToBeSnakes: Pegnose Pete is terrified of ducks.
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