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[[caption-width-right:300:Manny Calavera: Grim Travel Agent]]

->''"Bound only by the paper-thin wrapper of mortality, a soul here lies, struggling to be free... and so it shall, thanks to a bowl of bad gazpacho and a man named Calavera."''

Manuel "Manny" Calavera is a travel agent with the Department of Death -- otherwise known as a [[TheGrimReaper Reaper]]. His job is to bring souls to the Land of the Dead, look over the deeds they have committed over the course of their life, and provide them with the best form of transportation possible for the long journey to the Ninth Underworld. The worst people must walk for four years, facing danger at every turn; the best receive tickets on the luxury train the Number Nine, which covers the same distance in four minutes.

Manny used to be the best in the business, but pickings have been slim for a long time. While the obnoxious Reaper Domino Hurley constantly brings in first-class commissions, Manny is stuck handing out walking sticks to first-rate scumbags, and since he needs to pay back his own misdeeds in life (the exact nature of which is unclear, even to him), he's getting desperate.

He concocts an ingenious scheme to steal one of Domino's clients, a [[MessianicArchetype saintly]] woman named Mercedes Colomar. But when she too comes up on his computer as morally bankrupt, Manny stumbles onto a plot to [[ReroutedFromHeaven steal people's eternal rewards away from them]]. His quest to uncover the truth and save Mercedes takes him on a journey across the Eighth Underworld, spanning years, full of extraordinary places, bizarre characters and startling revelations.

This 1998 AdventureGame for the PC from TimSchafer is a heady blend of [[FilmNoir noir]], Mexican mythology and Schafer's own warped sensibilities. As with all adventure games by Creator/LucasArts, it contained no real action or danger, and no possibility of dying, focusing instead on solving the often tricky puzzles strewn throughout the game, as well as just wandering through the place talking to people. It differed from adventure games of the time in its simple interface; Manny could move in three dimensions in a stationary environment, and interacted with it through three keys -- an Examine key, a Use key and a Get key, which could be used when Manny turned his head to look at something or someone. Sometimes all three keys could be used on the same item to different effect; stand near the giant pit of kitty litter and hit Examine, then Use, then Get, and you will get an increasingly funny series of reactions from Manny. Also, except for one arm-in-a-coffee-grinder moment, the adventure game standard of combining items was absent.

For the longest time, ''Grim Fandango'' was not given a digital rerelease, meaning that in order for the game to play on Windows 7, [[http://www.pcworld.com/article/239339/how_to_play_grim_fandango_on_your_windows_7_pc.html some creativity is required.]] A remaster, for PS4 and PSVita, has been announced, with Double Fine later confirming PC, Mac and Linux versions [[https://twitter.com/DoubleFine/status/486918031533035520 via Twitter]].
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!!'''Tropified, the game provides examples of''':

* AbsurdlySpaciousSewer: The location of the new LSA base, though it's definitely smaller than most examples of this trope.
* AcidTripDimension: The World of the Living(!)
* AddictionDisplacement: Notice how quickly Glottis gets addicted to gambling (specifically, on races) after Year 1? That's not a CompressedVice; it's a displaced version of his ''real'' addiction: speed.
* AdventureDuo: Manny and Glottis.
* AffablyEvil: Domino Hurley comes across as this, at least at first.
* AfterlifeAntechamber: The Land of the Dead. What lies beyond the entrance into the real afterlife is unknown and unknowable, and nobody who goes through ever comes back; the game ends when Manny goes through.
* AfterlifeExpress: The Number Nine express train carries only the most saintly of souls to the Ninth Underworld in four minutes, instead of four years like the others means of travel. Illegally obtaining or trying to counterfeit a ticket, however, has dire consequences, as [[spoiler:the entire train turns into a demon, jumps the tracks, and quite literally goes to Hell as a result.]]
* AlasPoorYorick: In the end, with [[spoiler:Salvador's head]].
* AllThereInTheScript: The three revolutionaries from the Blue Casket bar (Alexi, Gunnar and Slisko) only have their names explicitly listed in the credits. Same goes for Terry's last name being Malloy, though this one [[Film/OnTheWaterfront really shouldn't be hard to figure out]]. A worse case is the tube-switcher repairman, whose name didn't make it past the original game script (it's Juan Brennis).
* AlmostDeadGuy: Played straight and subverted.
* AlwaysSaveTheGirl: Manny gives up a fairly comfortable life in Rubacava to save Meche. And later gives up [[spoiler: an opportunity to walk right out of the Eighth Underworld]] for her as well.
* AmazingTechnicolorPopulation: Most of the human souls are white like regular skeletons. Some have strange colours, such as Lupe being purple, Raoul being blue and Chepito being blue-green (though he justifies it by walking in the ocean for so long).
* AndIMustScream: One possible interpretation of what happens to a soul upon physical destruction of its skeletal "body", by sprouting or otherwise.
* AndThisIsFor: If you keep shooting your gun at the greenhouse during the final showdown Manny will start saying this. [[ButForMeItWasTuesday The villain responds by asking who he's talking about.]]
** Manny decks Nick Virago, who wonders if it's for the camera girl he sprouted. Manny replies that it was just for Nick being Nick.
* ArcWords: "One year later."
* AscendToAHigherPlaneOfExistence: The Double N Train and anyone who passes through the Tunnel. No one knows what ''really'' resides on the other end.
-->'''Manny:''' You know, sweetheart, if there's one thing I've learned, it's this: [[AnAesop nobody knows what's gonna happen at the end of the line, so you might as well enjoy the trip.]]
* AuthorAppeal: Tim Schafer's love of hot 1970's-style heavy metal-inspired rides with plenty of decals and exhaust pipes is evident with the Bone Wagon.
* BanisterSlide: Can be done in Year 2 at the Calavera Cafe, just for funsies.
* BarredFromTheAfterlife: Only the most saintly souls can go directly to their final resting place via the Number Nine train. Most others have to spend years getting there, and some are forced to work off their moral debts first. Then there's the whole deal with the stolen Number Nine tickets...
* {{Beachcombing}}: Referenced by Manny after getting the metal detector.
* BeatStillMyHeart: Glottis literally tears out his heart and throws it away in a fit of despondent [[LargeHam Hamminess]]. Manny has to get it back from a spider-web. It beats the whole time.
* {{Beatnik}}: The Blue Casket bar run by Olivia is home to some of them. According to Manny, the bar's got "extra-thick doors to seal in the hipness".
* BedsheetLadder: Or, rather, Necktie Rope, but for the same effect.
* TheBigGuy: Glottis the demon mechanic.
* BittersweetEnding: [[spoiler: Manny finally reaches the Ninth Underworld, yet has to leave behind his best friend Glottis as he goes into the unknown.]]
* {{Blackmail}}: Manny uses a photo of Nick Virago kissing Maximino's girlfriend Olivia to get Nick to free Terry from jail.
* BondVillainStupidity: [[SubvertedTrope Nope:]]
-->[[spoiler:'''Manny''': [[EvilGloating Is this where you tell me all about your secret plan, Hector?]] How you stole Double N tickets from innocent souls, pretended to sell them but really hoarded them all for yourself in a desperate attempt to get out of the Land of the Dead?]]\\
[[spoiler:'''Hector''': [[GenreSavvy No.]] ('''''[[WhyDontYaJustShootHim BANG]]''''']])
** [[TheDragon Domino]] does fall under this trope, though. In Year 3, he knocks Manny out with a single punch, but then does nothing to prevent him from exploring his island, freeing Meche, etc.. He also thinks that having Manny take over his factory is a more practical way of getting him out of the picture than simply sprouting him. Naturally, this attitude backfires.
* {{Boobytrap}}: [[spoiler:Domino Hurley]] arranges one around the Bonewagon.
* BookEnds: The game opens on an ashtray with four mariachi dolls. The game ends on four mariachi playing around the pool, shaped like the ashtray. Also, the gorgeous Aztec relief on the menu depicting the major events of the game (that acts as the progress bar for your game save) is present in the final room of the game.
* BottomlessBladder: Manny can use the men's room in Hector's casino near the end of the game, although the question of why a skeleton would need it is obviously something the player isn't supposed to think about.
* BreakTheCutie: Meche is a ''lot'' harder and colder after a year working for Domino.
* BriefcaseFullOfMoney: Chowchilla Charlie tasks Manny with retrieving one from Maximino's club. [[spoiler:It turns out to contain fake Double-N tickets.]]
* CaveMouth: The entrance to the Ninth Underworld, of all things.
* CelestialBureaucracy: The Department of Death.
* ChekhovsBoomerang: The packing foam (see below), which first gets used for gunking up the DOD mail system early in the game. Also, in Year 4, [[spoiler:liquid nitrogen]].
* ChekhovsGun: Certain information from earlier years -- some of which is ''missable'' -- doesn't become relevant until you encounter certain puzzles in the final year.
** One of the more extreme examples is a cutscene in Year One where a demon's shirt catches fire, and the demon later scolds Manny for trying to put him out with a magnesium compound fire extinguisher in a room filled with chemical packing materials, because the chemical reaction would have caused a massive explosion. Much, much later in Year Four, you finally encounter a puzzle where you have to combine the two elements to create makeshift rocket fuel.
** Related to that very puzzle, the mug you give Bruno in year 1 comes back in year 4 as he throws the mug at you, raging that he could at least have been given a magazine. It becomes useful in the same puzzle as described above.
* ChunkySalsaRule: [[spoiler:Domino]] is presumed DeaderThanDead after being ground into powder by a pair of coral crushers.
* {{Claustrophobia}}: Raoul the waiter suffers from it; a puzzle consists of locking him inside a closet so that he panics and accidentally knocks himself out.
* ContemplativeBoss: Maximino is first seen in his office looking at the cat races through the window. However, he will turn to face Manny if you start a conversation with him.
* ContinuityNod[=/=]CallBack: Many. Manny mentions he couldn't be on a ship without trying to be captain; at the end of the year, he gets a minor job on a ship. One year later...
* ControllableHelplessness: A puzzle near the end of the game is based on this, where [[spoiler:Manny is shot up with Sproutella, which is slowly filling his insides with flowers, and has to find a way to kill the plant while writhing in agony on the ground.]]
* CoolBoat: The SS Lola.
* CoolCar: The Bone Wagon is the product of Glottis' mad compulsion to make all things with engines harder, better, faster, stronger...
--> '''Manny:''' What a relief. I was getting concerned that our transportation wasn't ostentatious enough.
* CoolOldGuy: Velasco, especially in Glottis' eyes.
* CoolShades: Domino Hurley wears these when at the island near the giant waterfall.
* CoolTrain: The Number Nine. [[spoiler:Especially in its demon form, when it takes a trainload of impostors straight down to Hell.]]
* TheCoroner: Membrillo.
* CosmicDeadline: The fourth year chapter is notably more rushed than the rest - compared to the design document, several puzzles and scenes are just skipped. Remarkably, [[spoiler:the issue of where Manny got a company ticket with all the upper management of his business being completely gone]] is never addressed.
* CreatorCameo: The Creator/LucasArts man-holding-a-bow appears on the leftmost part of the Aztec relief.
* CyanidePill: [[spoiler:Sal has one that sprays Sproutella in a cloud.]]
* DangerouslyGenreSavvy: When confronting Big Bad Hector Le Mans, Manny attempts to illustrate his own Genre Savvy. Manny asks if this is the part where Le Mans tells Manny his plans and then proceeds to spell them out in elaborate detail. [[spoiler:Losing patience, Hector replies "No," shoots Manny and says this is the part where he dies painfully.]]
* DeaderThanDead: In the Eighth Underworld you can survive being pulled apart and losing limbs (or your head), but it seems to require extreme willpower; more the more parts you lose. There ''are'' ways to die ''again'', however; they mostly involve having one's skeletal "body" completely destroyed, by being smashed, ground up, consumed by flowers (in-game called being "sprouted"), crushed and similar. Nobody knows where you go after ''that'', but you're effectively forever denied entry into the Ninth Underworld.
* DeadGuyJunior: Manny names a whole ''ship'' after Lola. In a darkly-humorous subversion of how these things normally go, [[spoiler: he fails to save the ship, too.]]
* DeadpanSnarker: Manny's pretty good at it.
** Looking at his office door:
--->'''Manny''': Wasn't too long ago the name on that door was "Supply Closet."
** After Glottis installed hydraulic stilts on the Bonewagon:
--->'''Manny''': What a relief. I was getting concerned that our transportation wasn't ostentatious enough.
** Looking at a boobytrapped Bonewagon:
--->'''Manny''': Soon to be known as "the Blownwagon".
--->'''Glottis''': Hey! ''That's not funny''!
** Confronting Hector Le Mans:
--->'''Hector Le Mans:''' Oh Manny... so cynical... What happened to you, Manny, that caused you to lose your sense of hope, your love of life?
--->'''Manny''': I died.
** Most of the characters in the game have their moments, given the nature of, well, being dead. They usually get a bit of snark in while Manny is playing MrExposition by BreakingTheFourthWall for the player.
--->'''Manny''': (''Looking at Eva'') It's my boss's secretary, Eva.
--->'''Eva''': It's my boss's whipping boy, Manny.
*** Or this one:
--->'''Manny''': (''Looking at Dockmaster Velasco'') That Dockmaster Velasco is one salty old bag of rope.
--->'''Velasco''': (''laughs'') You should see his wife!
* DefensiveFailure: When Meche takes Manny as hostage to make Domino free them, she ends up threatening him with her gun, but he knows he has nothing to fear because she is too good to shoot him. And he is right, despite her protesting.
* DemBones: Every human soul takes this form in death. Contrasted with the briefly-seen ''living'' humans... well, you have to see it, but the dead are more relatable. They also gain "breast-bones" (the women) and "belly-bones" (the fat). That's because they're not ''skeletons'' per se, but ''calaca'' dolls.
** On the other hand, when Meche takes off her stockings, the shape of her legs is visibly outlined by the fabric, yet only much thinner bones are revealed. Perhaps they don't grow "breast-bones" or "belly-bones", but actually still have a physical body of sorts that can give shape to their clothing, yet is entirely invisible.
** Oddly, Meche's lower leg appears to consist of only one bone rather than the normal two (tibia and fibula), although this impression might just be due to the camera angle or an oversight.
* TheDevTeamThinksOfEverything: Taken to the extreme; trying to use, give, examine or pick up pretty much any person/object/item leads to Manny making a humorous comment:
-->(''Try to pick up Naranja'')\\
'''Manny''': No. [[DoubleEntendre No more picking up sailors for me.]]\\
(''"Use" stockings away from items/people'')\\
'''Manny''': I would never wear these. ''[[ComicallyMissingThePoint There's a hole in them.]]''
* DialogueTree
* DirtyCop: Police Chief Bogen from Rubacava. He will refrain from raiding the town's gambling joints only if he wins every time, which is why Manny has a device for rigging the roulette tables in his office.
* DisSimile:
-->'''Glottis''': Manny, until now we scraped along the ground like rats. But from now on, we ''soar!'' Like eagles. Like eagles on... ''[[NinjaPirateZombieRobot POGO STICKS]]!''
* DraggedOffToHell: [[spoiler:The fate of Nick Virago and an entire trainload of souls riding on counterfeit tickets; the train turns into a '''[[NightmareFace DEMON]]''' and leaps off the track, taking them all into a fiery pit. When asked just what happened, the gatekeeper chillingly replies, "Your destiny...cannot be purchased."]]
* TheDragon: Domino Hurley.
* DyingDeclarationOfLove: As if [[spoiler:Lola]]'s "sprouting" itself wasn't a tear jerker... Considering the reason she's been shot, she probably would've been still "alive" had she not given up on him:
-->Oh, Manny, it's all my fault. Always falling for the wrong guys. You know, I even had a thing for you, once. But you were so hung up on that Meche woman, I figured I didn't have a chance...
* EarnYourHappyEnding: More or less applies to just about any soul due to how the DOD works -- i.e. if you were a saint, you get to skip the dangerous journey altogether and reach your final resting place in four minutes, but if not, you might have to walk, or even be sent to the Gate as a ''package''. Or just get stuck in the Land of the Dead until you do something to redeem yourself, [[spoiler:which is what happens to Manny]].
* EasingIntoTheAdventure: The game begins on a relatively normal day for Manny, with the first few puzzles largely serving to introduce important characters and explain the setting. It isn't until Manny resorts to hijacking a work order meant for his rival that the actual plot gets into gear.
* EstablishingCharacterMoment: The first scene with Hector has him sprouting [[spoiler:Don Copal]] without a second thought in a YouHaveFailedMe moment. This was presumably the fate of anyone he didn't like, if the Meadow is any indication. In fact, [[spoiler:Hector shooting Manny]] could be less of a case of Genre Savviness and more of Hector using his default method of dealing with obstacles. Some of Domino's dialogue in Year 3 suggests the latter.
* EverybodySmokes: Of course, since they're already dead, it doesn't do anything to them. The [[AllThereInTheManual manual]] has the following footnote on one page:
-->"For those who are disturbed by the amount of smoking in ''Grim Fandango'', we offer two reasons: 1) we wanted to be true to the FilmNoir atmosphere, and 2) everybody in the game who smokes is DEAD. Think about it."
* ExtremelyShortTimespan: Not the plot in its entirety, but the individual chapters, each of which is clearly less than two days long, even counting the cutscenes.
* EyeScream: [[spoiler:Use your scythe on the octopus.]]
* EyepatchOfPower: Glottis, impressed by Velasco's speech, asks Manny if he could have an eyepatch. Manny proceeds to ask Velasco what's under it, since [[DemBones it can't be an eye]].
-->'''Velasco:''' Oh, well, when I was alive I had an eyepatch like this... this one's just for the phantom pain... And that one eye socket used to scream like a banshee when the trade winds blew, so I plugged her.
* FamilyUnfriendlyDeath: Sure, he was a jerk. Sure, he was already dead. But there's no denying that what happens to [[spoiler: Domino]] is a nasty way to go.
* FamousLastWords: In full keeping with [[spoiler: Domino's]] KarmicDeath:
-->'''[[spoiler: Domino]]:''' I can't believe you, Calavera! You're losing a fight, [[EyeScream so you pick on one of my pets?!]] Why aren't you more like ''me'', Manny? I've been trying to show you how but you don't listen! [[AnalogyBackfire If you'd just adopt the proper attitude,]] [[TemptingFate just look what could happen to you!]]
* FantasticLightSource: The luminescent coral used by Chepito. Apparently it's mined and used to make tiny lightbulbs. The Land of the Dead is kind of an odd place.
* FatBastard: The BigBad. Impressive, since he's also a skeleton.
* FateWorseThanDeath: There are a number of unpleasant things that can happen to a soul in the Underworld, from being turned into a bone dam by demonic flaming beavers to being ground into powder to being "sprouted".
* FemmeFatale: Olivia Ofrenda.
-->'''Manny:''' You know, you have a really bad taste in men.
-->'''Olivia:''' No, I have a taste for really bad men. There's a difference.
* TheFifties: True to its Film Noir roots, the game is set in the [=1950s=] - except with modern (circa 1998) conveniences like computers.
* FilmNoir: Tim Schafer said that the inspiration of the story was from 1944 film ''Film/DoubleIndemnity''.
* FlippingTheBird: Implied in this exchange between Manny and the DOD's resident maintenance demon (who is very irritable):
-->'''Manny:''' I'm still not getting any messages.
-->'''The demon:''' I'm giving you one right now, but you can't see my hand.
* FlowerMotifs: One of the only ways to make someone DeaderThanDead is to shoot them with a Sproutella gun that make flowers break apart and consume their bones. Membrillo the undertaker specifies to Manny that flowers are a negative symbol in the Land of the Dead, and Manny replies that from now on, he'll use balloons as gifts.
** GeniusBonus: To the Aztecs, flowers were a metaphor for blood, as in the vital fluid of the living.
* FirstPersonSmartass: Manny, obviously, in the classic hardboiled style.
* ForeignLanguageTirade: Toto Santos briefly slips into Hungarian on two occasions when Manny starts messing around with his fridge and Naranja's booze.
* {{Foreshadowing}}: ''Many'' examples, but a particularly interesting one -- because it masquerades as a RedHerring -- is when Celso complains that there's no greater constant in nature than the treachery of women. Later, Manny is briefly led to believe that [[spoiler:Meche isn't as saintly as she seems and got involved with his archnemesis Domino]], which ultimately turns out not to be the case. What is ''actually'' being foreshadowed is a late-game plot twist where [[spoiler:Olivia betrays Manny and Salvador, revealing that her latest boyfriend is Hector himself]].
** Manny has no idea why Dom would have a glowing coral in his desk - and it doesn't become explained til late in Year 3.
* ForTheEvulz: Manny loves to reveal himself oh-so-briefly to living people.
-->'''Manny:''' Pssst. It's me, Death. I'll see you soon, okay?
* FourFingeredHands
* FourIsDeath: Well, there are four chapters, and it's a journey through the afterlife.
* FrenchJerk: Raoul the waiter.
-->'''Glottis:''' Taking a little ''nap-pez-vous'', are we?
* GameBreakingBug: The elevator puzzle in Year 2, and, to a lesser extent, the conveyor belt puzzle in Year 3, are tied to the CPU speed, which makes solving them on modern computers impossible without patching the game.
** It is possible to encounter a glitch in Year 4 where the game mistakenly recognizes the bottle of liquid nitrogen in Manny's inventory as empty right as you need to use it. [[ControllableHelplessness Considering]] [[NearVillainVictory the]] [[FissionMailed circumstances]] of that event, this can be very, very frustrating.
* GenkiGirl: Lupe.
-->'''Lupe:''' '''''[[NoIndoorVoice HI MANNY!]]'''''
** Manny even {{Lampshades}}:
--->'''Manny:''' Uh-oh. Lupe's gotten into the sugar again.
* GiantSquid: Well, a giant octopus. It rides around in a ''submarine'' and kidnaps people.
* GrievousBottleyHarm[=/=]PercussivePrevention: In Year 2, [[spoiler:Meche]] ruins Manny's chance of getting on board the ship she is leaving on by throwing a bottle at him. When the two are reunited a year later, Manny can't resist commenting on that:
-->'''Manny:''' By the way, thanks for that bottle of champagne you sent me. It really hit the spot. ''(taps his head)''
* TheGrimReaper: It's one of many jobs the sinful are forced to take on to pay off moral debt.
* GuideDangIt: For an adventure game, there is surprisingly little. Unlike something by Sierra it is physically impossible to move on without having everything you need to complete the game. However, the betting stub puzzle from Year 2 can frustrate even if you know what you have to do.
* GuileHero: Manny.
* HappinessInSlavery: The demons of the Land of the Dead are "given one purpose, one skill, one desire", and are obsessed with their job to the point where they'll fall ill and die if barred from any means of doing it. Even though Glottis is ''not'' happy about being stuck in the [=DoD=]'s garage as a mechanic, for him it was still better than nothing, which is why he gets [[BeatStillMyHeart very, very upset]] when he is fired.
* HavingAHeart: Membrillo's "old coroner joke".
* HeroicSacrifice: In the end, [[spoiler: Salvador]].
* {{Homage}}: To the Noir genre in general, naturally. But Year 2 has a very ''{{Casablanca}}'' feel to it.
** Year 1 is an homage to ''GlengarryGlenRoss''.
* HoistByHisOwnPetard: [[spoiler: Hector's penchant for keeping trophies of his sprouted victims comes back to bite him when the water supply used to maintain them becomes the vehicle for his demise.]]
* HopelessBossFight: Domino Hurley and [[spoiler: Hector [=LeMans=]]] will go on forever until you TakeAThirdOption.
* HorseOfADifferentColor: Giant multicolored demon cats are the racehorses of choice in the Land of the Dead, for some reason.
* HotPaintJob: The Bonewagon and the SS Lola. The common element here is Glottis.
* HumanMail: Effectively what Bruno is subjected to.
* HypocriticalHumor: Glottis, while explaining why he can't just quit his job, says that "it's like I'm not happy unless I'm breathing in the thick, black, nauseating fumes". Manny responds with "Hmm... can't imagine" ''after a long drag of his cigarette''.
* ICantUseTheseThingsTogether: Regularly lampshaded when various characters respond to Manny's commentary.
--> '''Manny''': "They're locked."
--> '''Carla (from the other room)''': "They're LOCKERS!"

--> '''Manny''': [[CaptainObvious "It's the door to the cage."]]
--> '''Pugsy''': "Duh..."
* IceCreamKoan
--> (''Manny looks at the domino booby trap trapped in a frozen gel'')
--> '''Manny''': A parade of bones, trapped in a suspended state... Kind of a metaphor for all of us if you really think --
--> '''Glottis''': '''JUST DEFUSE THE BOMB, MANNY!'''
* IdentificationByDentalRecords: the computer terminals at the Department of Death scan the user's teeth to give them access, which makes sense seeing as a person's [[DemBones chompers]] are one of the few identifying physical features one can carry over from the Land of the Living. This is used in a puzzle early on in the game, where Manny has to make a mold so that a local resistance group can make a replica of his teeth and access the Department of Death's computer network.
* ImpossiblyCompactFolding: The scythes used by the [=DoD=] "travel agents". There's a pretty lengthy animation (complete with a bell tolling finale!) for its assembly or collapse whenever Manny uses his.
* InformedDeformity: Celso's wife is ugly according to Manny. She looks like just any other female human soul except with a pair of lines on her face.
* InstantMessengerPigeon: They can find anyone based on just a photograph! And the bad guys engineer big talking messenger birds with human skull-heads.
* InsurmountableWaistHighFence: Manny can't get to the Day of the Dead festival in El Marrow because of several performer huts blocking the road. There is a stack of crates on the side, but he doesn't want to climb it. In Year Two, Manny needs to get on a boat which is blocked by a chain-link fence, and blames his stubby legs for being the reason he was never good at the high jump.
* InterspeciesFriendship: Manny and Glottis.
* IronicEcho: "This compass in the handle will sure come in handy, too!" Okay, Celso was probably just being a jerk.
* IsThatTheBestYouCanDo: One of the BigBad's responses when you attempt to shoot him during the final showdown is "Is that your best?" Unfortunately, it ''is'' - [[PuzzleBoss there's another way to win to the battle]].
* ItsAllAboutMe: Domino, oh so very much.
** Hector, too. [[spoiler: He's not even really selling people Double N tickets. He's selling counterfeit ones and keeping the real ones for himself.]]
* ItRunsOnNonsensoleum: The game {{lampshades}} itself frequently, such as Manny asking what Velasco has under his eyepatch.
-->'''Surly Clown''': (''twisting balloons'') My carpal tunnel syndrome is really acting up.\\
'''Manny''': But... you don't have any tendons.\\
'''Surly Clown''': (''annoyed'') Yeah, well ''you'' don't have a ''tongue'', but that doesn't seem to shut ''you'' up, now, does it?
* JoinOrDie: This exchange between Manny and Eva.
--> '''Manny:''' Any messages for me?
--> '''Eva:''' One: join, or die!
--> '''Manny:''' [[DeadToBeginWith But I'm already...]]
--> '''Eva:''' ''Again!''
* KarmicDeath: [[spoiler:Domino Hurley]], [[spoiler:Nick Virago]], and [[spoiler:Hector]] (see HoistByHisOwnPetard).
** [[spoiler: All the people who get Hector's fake tickets ride the No. 9 all the way to the end...and then go straight to Hell.]]
* KnowsAGuyWhoKnowsAGuy: A conversation between two Thunderboys in Year 4.
* LaResistance: The L.S.A.
* LaserGuidedKarma: [[spoiler: Anyone who bought Double-N tickets that were not rightfully theirs, or tried to use the fake ones.]]
-->'''The Gatekeeper:''' Your destiny... cannot be bought.
** {{Foreshadowing}}: [[spoiler: Manny tells Nick he'll get his for offing Lola. Guess who was on that Double-N train with a stolen ticket?]]
* {{Leitmotif}}: "Manny and Meche". You can ''tell'' that Manny's "love is for the living" speech is mostly him being in denial just from the fact that it's accompanied by this track.
* LetsPlay:
** [[http://lparchive.org/LetsPlay/Grim/ Number one.]] Unfortunately, it lacks in witty commentary... but guess GF itself makes up for it.
** [[http://lparchive.org/LetsPlay/GrimTheMovie/ Number two.]] Simply the entire game, presented in movie form, with no commentary whatsoever. It doesn't need any.
* LighthousePoint: An important one in Rubacava.
* LiteralMetaphor: Glottis's reaction to getting fired. "It's like they reached into my ''chest'', and pulled out my ''heart'', and ''threw it into the woods''!" Uh... was it really neccessary to ''actually demonstrate'' that?
* LockedInAFreezer: Manny and Meche end up locked in a vault at one point.
* LogoJoke: Creator/LucasArts' ''Gold Guy'' turns into a skeleton in the intro.
* LongSongShortScene: Lupe's short theme that plays twice in the game is not on the soundtrack.
* LovesMeNot: Hector does this near the end. It's really creepy, considering what flowers symbolize in this game...
* LudicrousSpeed: Inverted with Glottis, who can die of speed ''withdrawal''. Ridiculously high speed in this case is the only way to cure him.
* MadScientist: The Florist.
* MadeOfExplodium: Evidently, packing foam + magnesium fire extinguisher = huge explosion. [[spoiler:Or rocket fuel.]]
* MagicAIsMagicA: So, when is a skeleton soul considered "dead"? They are technically all dead, yet they can be "killed" again (the text in the sequences' titles even describes them as "dying"!). This gets a LampshadeHanging: in the Petrified Forest, Manny and Glottis have to cross a barrier of soul bones, and Glottis says that he feels guilty about rolling on them. Manny replies they won't care because they're dead. Glottis reminds Manny is dead, and Glottis wouldn't want to roll over Manny. Manny says that's because they "are friends". There's obviously a distinction between "dead" as an inhabitant of the Eighth Underworld and "dead" as someone whose bone-soul-body has been completely destroyed.
** Manny cannot inflate a deflated balloon because he doesn't "have the lungs for that", and yet, he is shown several times ''blowing'' smoke when smoking, and the Angelitos too blow on crystals when they are working.
** The human souls are described as not needing to breathe (which is the reason why they can stay underwater indefinitely). And yet when Meche and Manny are locked in a vault-like area, ''she tells him to use up the oxygen in another room.'' Maybe she just wanted to get Manny out of her face.
* MatchlightDangerRevelation: Chepito revealing the sea monsters. Subverted because, as he puts it, he is too bright for them -- they won't follow him.
* MeaningfulName:
** ''Calavera'' means skull, and refers to sugar treats made for the Day of the Dead as well as other associated art.
** Salvador's name means "savior".
** Domino ("God") Hurley -- he who would overthrow ("hurl") God.
** "Ofrenda" -- "offering".
* MediumBlending: The Land of the Living segment resembles a weird photo collage.
* MegaNeko: In Rubacava, there is a "cat track" that is just like a horse racing course, except the horses are replaced by ''giant cats''. Of multiple colors. And they have a large swimming pool filled with cat litter. And huge cans of gelatinous mystery meat to feed them.
* MetalDetectorPuzzle:
** Near the endgame, the player is required to find [[spoiler:Salvador Limones' buried body in a field of flowers by using a Number 9 Ticket which is magnetically drawn to him.]]
** An earlier one in Rubacava, where you have to find a metal detector in a giant pool of kitty litter.
** An even earlier one in the Petrified Forest, where you have to use a road sign that magically points the way to Rubacava to find a hidden trap door.
* MissingFloor: In Maximino's club.
* MoodWhiplash: The upbeat Johnny Thunder sequence comes right after some pretty heavy sequences, and feels a little out of place initially.
* MoonLogicPuzzle: A few of the puzzles require observing characters or hearing specific bits of dialogue in order to make any sense. One example is the domino boobytrap puzzle, where the clue is Manny saying that Glottis is so nervous he looks like [[VomitDiscretionShot he's going to be sick]]. Just why simply [[PoorCommunicationKills asking him to go bring that barrel from the Blue Casket]] was not an option is anyone's guess. Oh, and the "Liquid Nitrogen -- Not to be used on bone" comment gets a whole new meaning in the process.
* MundaneUtility: Manny's scythe is used for a vast number of puzzles, but he only uses it properly (i.e. reaping) twice; freeing Bruno, and [[spoiler:cutting the flowers hiding Salvador's body.]]
* MysteriousPast: Manny won't tell anybody what he did to become a reaper, and claims he doesn't know or remember. He is not unique in this. It seems no one is ''supposed'' to reveal.
--->'''Eva''': What I did back in the fat days is none of your business. You know the rules.
* TheNameIsBondJamesBond: "I'm Calavera. Manny Calavera."
* NauseaFuel[[invoked]]: Actually part of a puzzle.
-->'''Manny:''' ''(to Glottis)'' So, what ''is'' that stuff they pack canned hams in, anyway?
-->''(cue Glottis retching)''
* NeverLiveItDown[[invoked]]:
-->'''Manny:''' It's my ex-boss' ex-secretary Eva!
-->'''Eva:''' You're never going to let me forget that secretary thing, are you?
* NeverSmileAtACrocodile: The "alligator-infested sewers" urban legend shows up for a puzzle which requires getting past a ''huge'' albino 'gator.
* NiceHat: All the female souls wear hats (considering they don't have hair). Lola has an especially nice hat: a top hat in the shape of a stack of buildings.
* NonMammalMammaries: Female souls have bulges on their chests despite technically being skeletons. Then again, they're based more on ''calaca'' figurines than on actual skeletons, and one character also manages to be [[FatBastard noticeably fat]], so...
* NoodleIncident: The office Christmas party. Apparently, he got drunk and punched someone he hated. Like every good Christmas Party ever.
** The [[TimeSkip nature of the game's story]] dumps plenty of these into the game, given an entire year passes in between chapters.
* NowYouTellMe: A particularly harsh one for Manny after climbing a steep mountain.
-->'''Manuel:''' '''''GONDOLAS?!''''' I ''knew'' we should have checked this side of the mountain before we walked up!
* NPCAmnesia: Subverted if you try to go through the security checkpoint after causing Carla to throw away her metal detector.
-->'''Carla:''' Sir, if you will, please, place all of your belongings on the security desk... ''and then jump out the damn window''!
* OddlySmallOrganization: Of the Department of Death workers we only ever see four souls counting Manny, plus two demons. Presumably, everybody else was at home or visiting the Land of the Living at the time.
** The LSA literally consist of two people (Salvador and Eva) at first. (It expands greatly.)
* OhCrap: At the start of Year 3, the SS Lola is boarded by assassins. Glottis pulls Manny into the engine room, shuts the door and says that they're safe there. Cue one of the assassins behind the door mentioning explosives. Glottis's face after that line is a perfect (and hilarious) illustration of this trope.
* OncePerEpisode: Manny has a habit of falling into the Sea of Lament at least once per year, [[LampshadeHanging which Captain Velasco notices the second time it happens]].
* ThePasswordIsAlwaysSwordfish: Played with. Trying to access Domino's computer results in Manny guessing key words as the password. It ''isn't'' "GOLDEN BOY", "MR. D", "DOMMY", "ARROGANT FRAUD", "BOXING", "GREED", "VANITY", or "SLEAZE".
-->'''Manny:''' Whew. I was scared it might be "EVA."
-->'''Manny:''' (''calling'') [[RefugeInAudacity Hey, Dom, what's your password?]]
-->'''Domino:''' (''offscreen'') Get away from my computer, Manny.
* PoirotSpeak: Manny, being from Central/South America, occasionally dips into Spanish mid conversation for every other word. In Year 4, Manny even exclaims ''[[AsLongAsItSoundsForeign "¡Ay chihuahua!"]]'' twice in one scene.
** GratuitousForeignLanguage: Numerous minor characters tend to alternate languages.
-->'''Roulette Croupier''': Mesdames et Messieurs, faites vos jeux s'il vous plaît. Ladies and Gentlemen, please place your bets.
* PragmaticVillainy: Hector (see BondVillainStupidity above) and Domino, who covers up the theft of tickets from good people by keeping the good people in question enslaved in his own lightbulb factory, earning himself extra income at the same time.
* PuzzleBoss: It's an AdventureGame; what other kind is there? There are only two bosses in total, anyway.
* RebelLeader: Sal Limones.
* ReroutedFromHeaven: BigBad Hector is stealing tickets to the Number Nine express, a luxury train that takes the most virtuous souls directly to the next underworld, and selling them to people who don't deserve them. [[spoiler:However, the tickets he's selling are counterfeit, he's hoarding the real ones for himself in a desperate bid to balance out a life of evil.]]
* RoadApples: In Rubacava, Manny finds a pool filled with dirty cat litter. ''Giant cat'' litter. Manny says that it is "tempting" to jump in the dirty litter, and he will explode in a long burst of laughter if you try to have him pick up some of it.
* RunningGag: It's never explained how Manny manages to do so well between chapters:
** At the end of Chapter 1, he's mopping the floor in a cheap diner; at the beginning of Chapter 2 (one year later), he's transformed it into a fancy gambling joint.
** At the end of Chapter 2, he's mopping the deck on a ship; at the beginning of Chapter 3 (one year later), he's captain.
** The lengthy trek between Chapters 3 and 4 goes unexplained as well; the group apparently used sled-dogs, but that's all the insight we get.
*** To be fair, Manny is an unusually shrewd businessman in a business that involves making people do what he wants.
** Manny somehow manages to end up dunked in the drink every year on the Day of the Dead (at the Rubacava docks in 3 of the 4 years). This is actually pointed out by Captain Velasco, who asks Manny if it's "going to be an annual thing".
** The tool that sees the most use in the game, Manny's scythe, is used in an ingenious number of ways - but only once to actually reap a dead soul. It sees more use as a circuit component than as a blade. He uses the scythe the way scythes were designed to be used - to cut plants - just once: [[spoiler:to reveal Sal's body.]]
** No.36 - The Rusty Anchor. It starts out as a puzzle element in Year 2, but goes way beyond that.
*** Showing the paper with those words to Glottis makes him sing an appropriately-themed song.
*** Showing the same paper to Olivia reveals that she has a poem about it.
*** Showing it to Terry causes him to mention a bar by that name.
*** Showing it to Toto Santos results in him finding an appropriate tattoo design in his portfolio. He also points out all of the things mentioned above before doing it.
*** There's also a cat at the race track that goes by the name "Rusty Anchor".
*** Examine one of the ship's anchors in Year 3: Manny will say "Nice chrome job by Glottis, but it's really just an old rusty anchor..." and (in a surprised voice) "It says, 'Inspected by No. 36'".
*** When Chepito sings random gibberish while working, one of his lines is "...oh, rusty anchor...".
* SassySecretary: Eva.
-->'''Manny:''' Any messages for me?
-->'''Eva:''' No, calls stopped coming for you the day you left. They're ''still'' sending you that lingerie catalog, though.
* SceneryPorn: While the characters and items are three dimensional and fairly basic models, every background and scenery object (i.e. tables, chairs, and other minor details) is a very detailed image.
* ScoobyDoobyDoors: The tunnels in the Petrified Forest clearing. Glottis takes notice the first time you try driving into one.
* ScreamsLikeALittleGirl:
-->'''Glottis:''' There was this one high-pitched whine it was making -- really grating noise, you know? And I searched and searched, but I couldn't find the source of the noise, until we pulled in here.\\
'''Velasco:''' Was it the blower?\\
'''Glottis:''' No, it was Manny screaming in the back like a cat tied to a cruise missile.
* SecretUndergroundPassage: One that leads out of El Marrow.
* SelfInflictedHell: Membrillo, the tall, dour coroner in Rubacava, believes that the Land of Eternal Rest does not exist, and that all the denizens of the Land of the Dead are actually in Hell, condemned to this half-life for all eternity. For this reason, he won't complete his journey and leave the Land of the Dead, trapping himself forever.
* ShoutOut: In contrast with other Creator/LucasArts adventure games, Grim Fandango has a remarkably very low amount of shout outs, but there are still some:
** Examine the dark tunnel in Year 4, and Manny will describe it as "[[VideoGame/MonkeyIsland a tunnel that leads into a system of catacombs]]".
** There's the [[FullThrottle Corley Motors]] insignia that appears in the Nuevo Marrow skyline.
*** The logo for Corley Motors, as well as Sam and Max, are on a poster in Toto's Tattoo Parlor.
** In Year 2, crossing under the blimp on the bridge causes you to hear the theme for ''SecretWeaponsOfTheLuftwaffe'' - a Creator/LucasArts flight sim.
** There is a certain similarity to the poison tooth scene in ''{{Dune}}''.
** Terry Malloy, the bee working on the docks, is named after MarlonBrando's character in ''OnTheWaterfront''.
* ShutUpKirk: In a moment that subverts JustBetweenYouAndMe, BondVillainStupidity and [[spoiler:Why Don't You Just Shoot Him?]]:
-->'''Manny:''' Is this where you tell me all about your secret plan, Hector? How you stole Double N tickets from innocent souls, pretended to sell them but secretly hoarded them all to yourself in a desperate attempt to get out of the Land of the Dead?\\
'''Hector:''' No.\\
[[spoiler:'''''(BLAM!)'''''\\
'''Hector:''' This is where you writhe around in excruciating pain for about an hour because that ''idiot'' Bowsley ran off with the fast-acting sproutella. That slow stuff ''will'' sprout you, but it's going to take a ''long'' time, I'm sorry to say.]]
* SinisterScythe: The DOD Reapers use them.
* SlippingAMickey: Manny does this to a sailor in order to prevent him from showing up for work. Interestingly, while this ''does'' knock him out, just having him unconscious doesn't accomplish the goal, requiring some extra plotting.
* SmokingIsCool: Many characters smoke in the game for the FilmNoir feel. The manual says that the game doesn't promote smoking, though, since the characters are already dead.
* StealthPun:
** "The deadbolt is set. But with what?" A [[spoiler:skeleton key]], perhaps?
** The unorganize worker bees on the Rubacava docks. They're, of course, [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Seabee Seabees]].
** Glottis has but one purpose, a solitary reason, for being summoned: to drive or ride some manner of transportation at high speeds. [[spoiler: He's a speed demon.]]
** The title. "Grim Fandango". That would be a "Danse Macabre", wouldn't it?
** The entire concept of sprouting. When you're sprouted, you're pushing up daises (or marigolds or tulips.)
* StillGotIt: Manny says this near the end of the game after talking Celso into buying Double-N tickets.
* SuperNotDrowningSkills: This is justified for Manny and the other human souls, as they are dead and don't need to breathe, so they can stay underwater forever. Glottis does have lungs though, and he even points this out when he and Manny are stuck underwater. Manny [[HandWave handwaves]] this by saying: "You survived without a heart, you can live without air for a while."
** Subsequent observations of Glottis let us know how he's holding up: "Still not blue", "A little blue around the eyes". Eventually, Glottis emerges of his own accord... because his skin was getting ''pruney''.
* SuspiciouslySpecificDenial: When Manny first asks Glottis if ''he'' could be his chauffeur, Glottis lights up exclaiming "Oh!", then immediately stamps down his enthusiasm, quickly denying, "No! No no no no no no no..."
* TakeYourTime: An odd case. By the point when Manny starts looking for the key [[spoiler:Lola]] supposedly left for him in Year 2, she has already been shot. However, no matter how long it takes you to actually find her, she will stay conscious long enough to get a few last words before turning into flowers and blowing away.
* TalkingInYourSleep: Toto Santos in Year 4.
* ThirdActMisunderstanding: And how! When Manny finally finds Meche, Domino apparently already told her the story about Manny hijacking her file when it wasn't intended for him. As a result, she refuses to trust Manny, who, by that point, underwent enough CharacterDevelopment to stop caring about his job altogether (and even stopped [[SheIsNotMyGirlfriend pretending that he isn't in love with her]]). This culminates in Meche attempting to take Manny hostage, only to have Domino confirm that Manny ''really'' doesn't work for him and lock her in a vault.
* ThirdActStupidity: Late into Year 4, Hector almost manages to ''[[spoiler:hire the disguised Manny back into the DOD]]'', something that didn't result in him turning into a flower patch only because [[spoiler:Manny didn't bother to shoot him right away]]. Keep in mind that earlier that same day [[{{Irony}} Hector scolded Bowlsley the florist for accidentally hiring an LSA spy as his assistant]] ("Haven't you ever heard of a background check?").
* ThisIsNotADrill: Near the start of Year 3, Manny (as the captain of the SS Lola) says this while trying to get response from his crew, after being informed that a group of assassins is trying to get on board. [[spoiler:He's a bit too late by then.]]
* ThisIsThePartWhere: When confronting Hector in his greenhouse, Manny says "Is this where you tell me all about your secret plan, Hector?", and then proceeds to describe said plan himself. [[spoiler:Hector replies "No," and shoots him.]]
* TheThreeTrials: Year 2 revolves around this, being the only chapter set in a single expansive location. Manny needs a Maritime union membership, tools for Glottis, and to prevent a sailor from showing up so he can take over his job.
* TimeSkip: Three of them. The game has four chapters, each a year apart, each on the Mexican [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Day_of_the_Dead Day of the Dead]] -- when most of the dead celebrate by visiting the Land of the Living. No one seems to notice that important, (after)life-changing things happen to Manny on the same holiday four years in a row: First skip, he finds what he's looking for exactly one year after he started looking; then two different lengthy treks take exactly one year each.
* TitleDrop: One of Olivia's poems, which seems to be based on ProcolHarum's song ''A Whiter Shade of Pale''.
* TogetherInDeath: A variation - in Year 1, Celso Flores, one of Manny's clients, is looking for his wife, who died around the same time as he did. By Year 4, the two are reunited, [[spoiler:though this comes with a dose of Fridge Horror as Manny ends up talking them into buying Hector's fake Double-N tickets]].
** Not too much horror. Celso must have been an absolute scumbug since Manny feels the walking stick was ''too good for him''. As for his wife, she's no innocent flower either, hinted strongly as a GoldDigger with ChronicBackstabbingDisorder.
* TrailersAlwaysSpoil: The trailer shows part of the death scenes of [[spoiler:Don and Lola]].
* TrainStationGoodbye: [[spoiler:A non-romantic variant with Manny leaving Glottis, who can't follow him into the Ninth Underworld.]]
* TrueArtIsIncomprehensible: InUniverse at Olivia's club, Manny can spout ''anything to the point of nonsense'', and the crowd will love it provided [[spoiler:they know you're a member of the LSA.]]
* TrueCompanions: Manny and Glottis.
* TrueNeutral[[invoked]]: The Gatekeeper.
-->'''The Gatekeeper:''' The gate opens, the gate closes. It does not ''help''.
* TryEverything: There's one puzzle in Year Two which maddeningly requires you figure out what to do with a slip of paper reading "Rusty Anchor". The only solution is to show it to everyone in the city to figure out what it means - and [[TheDevTeamThinksOfEverything this being a Tim Schafer game]], ''everyone'' has a unique answer, up to and including a catchy little piano ballad (see below).
-->'''Manny''': [The Rusty Anchor] mean anything to you?\\
'''Toto''': [[LampshadeHanging You mean, besides the song, and the poem, and the bar, and the statue by that name?]]
** Additionally, this applies to the scythe; while several puzzles [[MoonLogicPuzzle require the unorthodox use of the scythe]], only two require it being used normally (i.e. to reap a soul early on, and to later cut a plant).
* UnwinnableByMistake: The elevator puzzle in Year 2 is unsolvable on modern computers without patching the game or slowing down the processor speed. Through excessive experimentation, it is also possible to end up in Year 3 without the scythe, which, being Manny's main tool, is used in quite a few puzzles there.
* ViceCity: Rubacava to some extent. [[spoiler: Also El Marrow/Nuevo Marrow in Year 4.]]
* VideoGame3DLeap: The first post SCUMM Creator/LucasArts adventure. The transition was traumatic to the genre. The 3D graphics were still crude next to crafted and detailed sprites. Grim Fandango suffers from the loss of [[PointAndClick mouse control]], almost total removal of features such as item combination and just moving across the map becomes tedious. All-in-all it was Gamespot game of the year, but it sold so poorly it became a GenreKiller in the minds of video game producers.
* VideoGameCrueltyPotential: Show the kids the Bust-All, or "the bone saw". [[SchmuckBait Go on.]]
* VomitDiscretionShot: Happens as part of the domino booby trap puzzle.
* WeAllDieSomeday: As Membrillo puts it, "We may have years, we may have hours, but sooner of later, we push up flowers".
* WeirdCurrency: It originates from morality and the money people are buried with. It's never entirely clarified how it works.
* WhatHappenedToTheMouse: Lupe kind of just vanishes into the ether after [[spoiler:Manny gets the police to raid his casino.]]
* WhatTheHellHero?
-->[[spoiler: '''Domino:''' I don't believe you Calavera, you're losing a fight so you ''pick'' on one of my ''pets''?!]]
* WhatYouAreInTheDark: When Manny approaches the Tunnel to the Ninth Underworld, he wrestles with temptation. He could actually walk through the Tunnel -- forget everything and just leave this world and AscendToAHigherPlaneOfExistence. After all, he ''did'' make the four year trek as any Lost Soul must. However, he passes up freedom because he has to be a [[BigDamnHeroes Big Damn Hero]] and save everyone.
* WhereItAllBegan: Near the end of the game, Manny returns to El Marrow in order to recover the Double-N tickets. Things get ridiculous when he disguises himself to get closer to the BigBad, who then proceeds to ''[[spoiler:offer Manny his old job. In his old office]]''.
* WhoAreYouCallingNames:
-->'''Manny''': Aw, they look just like little Johnny Thunders.
-->'''Thunder Boy''': Who are you calling little?
* WhoWouldBeStupidEnough: Manny gives Membrillo the undertaker a metal detector to help identify "corpses" better, and Membrillo comments he could find a belt buckle with initials. Manny laughs, asking who the heck would keep his initials on his belt buckle, only for Membrillo to point to his own belt buckle, causing an awkward silence.
* WingedHumanoid: A pair of child souls enslaved by Domino. It's unclear exactly ''why'' they have wings; perhaps simply all child souls do.
* YouCantThwartStageOne: Near the end of the game, Manny manages to recover a suitcase of stolen Double-N tickets [[spoiler:and ''almost'' succeeds in getting Meche on the train so she could deliver these tickets to their owners. Then, one of Hector's mutant ravens attacks Meche, and everything goes downhill from there.]]
* YouExclamation: From Chepito and Bruno, both aimed at Manny.
* YouHaveFailedMe: In the first year, [[spoiler:your boss Don's death]].
* YouHaveOutlivedYourUsefulness: A peculiar, naturally enforced variant. Demons like Glottis are created to maintain various machines vital to the infrastructure of the Land of the Dead that human souls can't fulfil (since their stays are supposed to be temporary). They each have one specific function and desire. Any spirit of the land that is no longer able to do the job which it was created for will slowly weaken and then die. The Maintenance Demon is able to avoid this by basically making a vague connection between maintenance and his new job as a bodyguard. Glottis himself was created "'''''TO DRIVE!'''''," but since he wasn't allowed to drive anything, being an auto-mechanic was close enough. [[spoiler:He comes close when he's barred from even that for an entire year.]]

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