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[[caption-width-right:325:This isn't your ordinary game of Poker.]]

So, [[VideoGame/TeamFortress2 a Russian mercenary]], [[WebAnimation/HomestarRunner a loudmouthed luchador]], [[Webcomic/PennyArcade a gaming webcomic writer]], and [[VideoGame/SamAndMaxFreelancePolice a hyperactive, sociopathic]] [[InsistentTerminology lagomorph]] walk into a bar hosted by [[VideoGame/MonkeyIsland a retired pirate]]...

The Inventory: a former speakeasy founded against the possibility of an early draft of the 18th Amendment even more stringent than the one we know, now re-purposed as a highly exclusive club. Gaming's greatest characters settle in here during their "down-time," when their games are powered down. It's poker night, and four of gaming's greatest characters walk in to play some poker, about to bet everything they own for the sake of winning.

'''Poker Night at the Inventory''' is a crossover game from TelltaleGames featuring [[WebAnimation/HomestarRunner Strong Bad]], [[VideoGame/SamAndMaxFreelancePolice Max]], [[Webcomic/PennyArcade Tycho]] and [[VideoGame/TeamFortress2 the Heavy]] engaging the "Player," a mysterious new challenger, in a game of Texas Hold'Em poker.

The trailer can be viewed [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w6HN3TsI8cw&NR=1 here.]] It has its own wiki [[http://theinventory.wikia.com/wiki/Poker_Night_at_the_Inventory_Wiki here]] which needs a little WikiMagic.

Followed by ''VideoGame/PokerNight2'' on April 2013.

The Shout Out page can be found [[ShoutOut/PokerNightAtTheInventory here]].

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!!The game provide examples of:
* AbortedArc: There's a sound file mentioning a murder.
* AnachronismStew: Heavy is updated from ''VideoGame/TeamFortress2'''s 50s-60s stylized setting, but only updated to about the mid-80s (he listens to Music/HueyLewisAndTheNews and believes PurpleRain is recent), while Strong Bad and Tycho talk over computer setups and internet sites.
** Even then, Strong Bad thinks that [[PacmanFever Videlectrix]] is recent, while Tycho refers to them as the 'classics.' Of course, Strong Bad's idea of state-of-the art technology is infamously backwards (Strong Bad thought his first computer was state-of-the-art because it had "two contrast knobs.")
* AndYourRewardIsClothes: The items you win during the bonus rounds can be used in ''VideoGame/TeamFortress2''.
** DoubleSubverted with the Iron Curtain. It's an all-new weapon for ''Team Fortress 2''!... but is statistically identical to the default minigun, and therefore purely cosmetic. The reason for this is that awhile back, game tie-in items were exclusive to whoever bought the game, so to keep the game balanced, all crossover tie-in items were essentially reskins. Now, most, if not all game pre-order tie-in items become random drops in ''Team Fortress 2'' a month or so later, so they've started to have unique stats and abilities. Pre-ordering a certain game only nets you early access to the weapons, plus the aesthetic title "Genuine".
* ArtificialBrilliance: This game has some splendid AI for a poker game. In fact, all four characters have unique playing patterns.
** Max has an almost random playing pattern, as if he has absolutely no idea what he's doing or how to play poker; he gives the impression of being more interested in the cross-table kibitzing than in the actual game. Nonetheless, he's smart enough to back his luck when he suspects he's got a good hand.
** Strong Bad's high confidence has him attempt to bluff his way through the game, stealing the pot as his high bets (or even all-ins) intimidate the players into folding to him. This makes him vulnerable to those who call his bluff, but because of this it's hard to tell if he actually is bluffing or if you're falling for his trap of an actually good hand.
** The Heavy is much more conservative with his money, folding when he doesn't have what he thinks is a good hand and bets when he does; his bets are cautious in attempt to lure his opponents into adding more to the pot.
** Tycho is even more careful than the Heavy, folding most of his hands. When he does bet, however, one can expect an amazing hand to appear. His playing style drastically changes as other characters are knocked out, becoming more aggressive in his betting and bluffs.
* BerserkButton:
** Strong Bad whenever asked about his "[[RedBoxingGloves boxing gloves]]."
-->'''Strong Bad:''' '''[[PunctuatedForEmphasis THESE. ARE. MY. HANDS!]]'''
** Heavy makes it clear multiple times that the Spy is his least favorite ''VideoGame/TeamFortress2'' character. See also ThisCannotBe below.
* BigNo: Strong Bad will occasionally let this go when he gets eliminated.
* BitingTheHandHumor: Strong Bad brags he [[http://www.telltalegames.com/videos/btbchapter2ex stole the source code]] for ''Strong Bad's Cool Game For Attractive People'' from "those Telltale chumps." He constantly berates Telltale throughout the game - probably because [[http://www.telltalegames.com/videos/btbchapter3 he's had a lot of bad experiences with the developers]].
* BorrowedCatchphrase: After hearing Max's response to his favorite enemy to kill, Heavy responds with a variation of Sam's catchphrase.
-->'''RED Heavy:''' You crack me up, little bunny.
* {{Bowdlerization}}: The Fruit Fucker from ''Penny Arcade'' appears on an unlockable table, except it's renamed as "Fruit Friend". Even if the swears are uncensored, it still appears as "Fruit Friend".
* BrickJoke: The Banang joke, which has a tendency to show up in recent Telltale games series, makes a return here. Max, obviously, doesn't take hearing the word again very well.
* BuffySpeak: It's Strong Bad. What did you expect?
* ButtMonkey:
** Artie Flopshark, deceased, who according to Max was beaten up for various perceived offenses including collecting money for a charity marathon, teaching the "nonexistent" variant [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Community_card_poker#Omaha_hold_.27em Omaha]], and winning a poker tournament in an attempt to pay off his mortgage. This may have something to do with the "Deceased."
** If Max wins against you in 1v1 poker, he'll say it reminds him of the time Flopshark won against Flint Paper under similar circumstances. Paper apparently responded by killing Flopshark in cold blood.
** Also, if your win/loss record has more losses than wins, there is a chance that game itself will call you "Artie Flopshark, Deceased".
* TheCameo: By series:
** From ''VideoGame/SamAndMaxFreelancePolice'': Flint Paper, Bluster Blaster, Sam, Girl Stinky, Momma Bosco and a can of banang.
*** Some scenes from the comics can be seen on the wall behind Tycho.
** [[WebAnimation/HomestarRunner Pom Pom]] appears in the opening cutscene, playing poker. You see him storming out of the Inventory, apparently frustrated at being eliminated. You take over his chair when playing Texas Hold'em.
** [[WallaceAndGromit Monty Muzzle]] is perusing books on the second level.
** And of course, [[TalesOfMonkeyIsland Winslow]] is the host.
*** Looks like Winslow, sounds like Winslow, but different clothing and only identified as "The Host." As there is no copyright notice for LucasArts in the game, you can interpret him as either a CaptainErsatz or a LawyerFriendlyCameo.
**** In the intro of ''Poker Night 2'', Winslow identifies himself by name.
** Trixie Trotter from the new ''VideoGame/BackToTheFuture'' game by Telltale is seen entering a secret room just as Winslow appears.
* CharacterTics: After the first patch of the game, the four characters will perform certain actions (either while betting or when the community cards are dealt) which can give away what kind of hand they have. Some (like [[spoiler:Strong Bad slamming his head against the table or Tycho slapping himself]]) are obvious, while others (such as [[spoiler:Heavy's flaring nostrils or Max's twitching hands]]) are a bit more subtle.
* {{Cloudcuckoolander}}: All of the characters to some extent, but Max's mind is definitely bobbing around higher up in the clouds than the others'.
* ClusterFBomb: Tycho has a penchant for these, which makes sense given [[Webcomic/PennyArcade where he comes from]].
* TheComputerIsACheatingBastard:
** Possible to invert this. Due to how Max picks up his cards when the cards are first dealt, and the dynamic camera angles during conversations, it is possible to accidentally sneak a peek at what he has.
*** Max keeps referring to his psychic powers from ''The Devil's Playhouse'', and during showdowns he can be seen peeking into the future vision toy, which begs the question whether his AI can/does cheat or he's just psyching you out.
*** Based on Max's implied tentative grasp of the game, it's questionable how much looking into the future would even help him.
* ConfusionFu:
** In keeping with his personality, Max's play style is extremely erratic, with little underlying logic behind his moves. He tends to be ''really'' good whenever he remembers that he's playing poker, though.
** The game is sometimes easier on Hard, because the characters are, on a whole, more predictable. On Normal it's almost a crap shoot. Or.. er.. a randomly-chosen card game.
* CoolShades: Dangeresque Too?'s shades can be obtained for the Demoman in ''VideoGame/TeamFortress2''.
* CovertPervert: Max, at times. At one point Strong Bad asks him if there's a stack of Aces where he keeps his gun, to which Max replies "You're welcome to look" very happily. At another point he mentions how he was a very exuberant friskee: "I just thought they were being ''courteous''."
* DefiedTrope: Heavy defies several tropes associated with the HuskyRusskie including alcoholism (he prefers peach bellini to vodka and admits he's susceptible to hangovers), a love for communism (his [[ProfessionalKiller fee for assassinations]] is $500,000) and being DumbMuscle (he has a [[GeniusBruiser Ph.D]] in [[EloquentInMyNativeTongue Russian Literature]]). Heck, he even subverts the near universal love Russian characters have for VideoGame/{{Tetris}}.
* DeliberatelyMonochrome: The [[Webcomic/PennyArcade Automata]] Table is not only monochrome, it turns the ''rest of the game'' monochrome so long as it's active.
* TheDevTeamThinksOfEverything: If you have a showdown with an opponent who has the same cards as you do, they'll comment about it.
--> '''Max:''' ''(if they have a relatively good hand)'' Saboteur! You managed to cheat in the exact same way I did!\\
'''Max:''' ''(if they have something like a pair of fives)'' Those are your cards, too? You're as insane as I am!
* DontExplainTheJoke: Tycho clarifying what The Heavy means by getting Strong Bad a "Hot Spy".
* EarlyBirdCameo: Trixie Trotter appears in the intro cutscene, roughly three months before her appearance in VideoGame/BackToTheFuture The Game, episode 2.
* EskimosArentReal: Strong Bad tries to lord Homestar Runner's popularity over Penny Arcade's, while Tycho responds that PA gets millions of hits. Strong Bad doesn't buy it, thinking that "millions" is Tycho making numbers up.
* EvenEvilHasStandards: [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FFAMTBxJ8yM The Heavy's story about the Engineer.]] Given how the Heavy is telling this to three extreme sociopaths, their disgust means ''a lot.''
--> '''Strong Bad:''' That is some [BLEEP] up [BLEEP] man!
** Also used with Max and Tycho. Max has several different stories about [[ButtMonkey Artie Flopshark]] getting repeatedly maimed/[[UnexplainedRecovery killed]] for doing things like [[DisproportionateRetribution teaching people how to play poker]]. Tycho points out that it's well...''wrong'' to beat up someone for trying to raise money for charity or to keep his home from being foreclosed. [[RunningGag But killing his best friend for a Pac-man watch?]] [[HypocriticalHumor Totally a-ok]]!
* FacePalm: both Max and Tycho have this among their CharacterTics. Max's is, appropriately enough, rather more exaggerated.
* FeigningIntelligence
--> '''Strong Bad:''' Nothing intimidates your opponents like a heavy dose of ''think-hard''! ''[squints his eyes and groans while Heavy watches, confused]''
* ForTheEvulz: The Heavy questions Tycho about his "BLU sweater," thinking he's a new ''VideoGame/TeamFortress2'' class. Tycho goes along with it, clearly delighting in making him nervous by stating his hacking ability can ruin The Heavy's entire team.
* FreezeFrameBonus: Some characters make it a huge deal when they fold hands they thought were good enough, and the camera allows to see the cards in some angles. The Heavy is the most obvious, lifting his hole cards and ''slamming'' them face first into the table, giving plenty of time for the player to see. On a real table this is rude at the very least, if not grounds for being expelled from the table outright.
* FromTheLatinIntroDucere: [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VSf8Vah8Y_Y This exchange]] between Max and Tycho in ''VideoGame/PokerNightAtTheInventory'' where Tycho explains to Max the etymology of the word "flop":
-->'''Tycho''': Do you know the etymology of the word "flop"?
-->'''Max''': Nope!
-->'''Tycho''': In the early 1600's, [[SophisticatedAsHell it was when the King would take a shit on a peasant]]. I fold.
* FunnyBackgroundEvent: After being knocked out, the characters can be seen doing something in the background. Strong Bad goes to play an arcade game (Bluster Blaster, the sentient arcade machine from the ''Sam & Max'' games), the Heavy sits at a nearby table and watches the game, Tycho goes to the bar, and Max... aimlessly wonders around the Inventory, as he tends to do in the ''Sam & Max'' games. Sometimes you can catch him gnawing on the stair handrails; sometimes he'll return but only his ''ears'' will be poking above the table. If Max is knocked out after Strong Bad, he goes to join him at the Bluster Blaster machine.
** If you win the game, the dramatic pans around the room reveal that Bluster Blaster has the "Insert Coin(s)" display even when Strong Bad is playing it.
* GracefulLoser: Max, Heavy and Tycho all compliment you for winning the tournament if they're the final opponent.
* GretzkyHasTheBall: Max doesn't even seem to know he's playing poker, let alone how to play it.
-->"Congratulations! That was the hairiest game of Hearts I've ever played!"
-->"Quick question: what do the numbers on the cards mean?"
* HammerSpace: [[LampshadeHanging Lampshaded]] by Tycho, who wants to know about Max's "pockets" (this doubles as a MythologyGag since Sam famously asked Max the same).
* {{Headdesk}}: In the vein of his source material, [[WebAnimation/HomestarRunner Strong Bad]] sometimes does this if a bad card turns up during a one-on-one showdown with the player. Especially hilarious because he doesn't say a thing during it, he just has this ''look'' while he slams his head into his cards and chips.
** This gets more hilarious if the game decides to start his headdesk animation and a conversation started by him at the same time. Strong Bad will continually hit his head against the desk while talking in his normal tone of voice as if nothing is wrong.
* HeroesWantRedheads: When Tycho describes his significant other as a redhead with glasses, Heavy gets really excited. "I like the red hair!"
** Heavy actually gets so happy about the red hair that Tycho has to protest, "You can't ''have'' her." Heavy then gets a ''really'' angry look on his face, to which Tycho squeals "...maybe we could work something out?"
* HiddenDepths: The Heavy is full of these. Turns out he can be pretty remorseful about his job when he's not [[ColdBloodedTorture shockingly sadistic]], and he's got a pretty good handle on Russian literature. Also, he enjoys a good peach bellini. See SmarterThanYouLook.
* HypocriticalHumor:
** Strong Bad, as can be expected. Notable examples include making fun of Penny Arcade's site traffic while pimping off his own, despite [[http://hrwiki.org/wiki/Hiatuses Homestarrunner.com having gone years without an update]], as well as his constant lack--- uhhh, '''stream''' of ladies.
** All of the characters, particularly Max and Strong Bad, will mock you for being a wuss if you check, and then immediately proceed to check as well.
--> '''Tycho''': "You should know, I've got your ass kicked pre-emptively." (player raises) "...yeah, I'll fold."
** Max occasionally complains when Tycho uses the word "ostentatious" yet uses the word himself occasionally when he wins.
* IdleAnimation: As of a recent update, everyone will occasionally show an animation that they have a bad hand, like a FacePalm, a concerned look, or a repeated HeadDesk.
* ImagineSpot: One of the Heavy's losing a hand is him flipping the table and massacring the players. Immediately afterwards, he sternly asks for a new hand to be dealt.
* INeedAFreakingDrink: When Tycho is eliminated, he'll head to the bar and remain there for the rest of the tournament.
* InSeriesNickname:
** The Heavy keeps referring to Strong Bad as "Tiny Heavy". His explanation does not amuse Strong Bad.
** Max calls the Heavy "Mr. Weapons".
** Strong Bad calls The Heavy "Heavym'n" or "Ivan" and Max "Bunnym'n."
** Strong Bad calls Tycho "dork" and "nerd-rancher".
* InnBetweenTheWorlds: The Inventory, where video game characters hang out while nobody's playing their games.
* IntercontinuityCrossover
* LaughablyEvil: It's made abundantly clear that each of the four players are... well, [[AxeCrazy psychopaths]]. But god''damn'' are they hilarious!
* TheMagicPokerEquation: Averted, much like Poker in RealLife. You may find yourself holding a Ace and a King of the same suit quite regularly, but don't expect the flop to produce that straight flush.
* ManlyTears: When The Heavy loses Sasha in a bet. The character who wins it, aside from the player, will always state something hysterical about what they'll use it for.
-->'''Tycho:''' I'll put this next to [[GearsOfWar my chainsaw lancer replica]].
** Well, Max doesn't state any plans for it. He simply states "It's... It's...BEAUTIFUL!" more emphatically than when Heavy first pulls out his precious gun.
** Strong Bad thinks it'll be a great way to keep The Cheat in line.
* MascotFighter: With poker instead of mortal combat, but the principle is the same.
* MediumAwareness[=/=]NoFourthWall:
** The characters show varying levels, with Tycho and Strong Bad being aware of their status as game characters, while Heavy thinks his deaths and respawning are him having nightmares. Max's awareness seems to go in and out... in mid-sentence even.
** Tycho's an interesting case, as he knows that the ''other'' characters are from games. He owns VideoGame/TeamFortress2, and mentions to the Heavy how long the game's been out on Steam.
* [[MostFanFicWritersAreGirls Most Fan-Artists Are Girls]]: Despite Tycho asking the Player if they're going to be as immature as Gabe and show him his balls, and the Heavy constantly referring to the player as "little man," most art made by fans shows the player as a female. Lampshaded in [[http://slushee-duck.deviantart.com/art/We-we-can-t-do-that-188397448 this fan drawing]].
* MythologyGag: Sometimes, upon losing badly on a hand, the Heavy may say, "[[WhatIsThisFeeling I do not understand this… ]]''[[WhatIsThisFeeling burning ]]''[[WhatIsThisFeeling I feel.]]" One of the Heavy's domination lines in ''VideoGame/TeamFortress2'' is, "The burning you feel? It is ''shame''."
* NoodleIncident:
** Tycho: "A pot like that could buy a little ''Giraffe time''." The [[BuffySpeak noodliness]] decreases when one considers [[http://www.penny-arcade.com/comic/2006/1/18/ Savannah Heat]].
** Another dialogue starts with Strong Bad making fun of the spikes in Tycho's hair, and somehow ends with the all-too-relevant PerverseSexualLust moment.
* NiceHat: Pre-ordering the game nets the Heavy a poker visor for use in ''VideoGame/TeamFortress2''.
* ObligatorySwearing: Tycho brings this with him to the table, though this'll be the first time the other three have appeared in any form of media with the word "fuck" uncensored. There's an option in the menu to turn bleeping of swears on and off. At least one Tycho swear is left bleeped even with the censors off.
** Strong Bad does say [[PrecisionFStrike "fucked up shit"]] at one point, but it's bleeped out even if you have the censor turned off.
*** WordOfGod says that the line Matt Chapman actually said was "bleeped-up bleep."
*** Which is exactly what the subtitles say (Tycho's swearing is always ****'d out, whether censors are on or off).
* OhCrap: The players are caught ''completely'' off guard if you raise unbelievably high.
* [[GoKartingWithBowser Playing Poker With The Heavy]]:
** While the Heavy isn't really a ''villain'', playing poker is a lot more casual than [[ProfessionalKiller his day job]].
** Really, all of the characters aside from Strong Bad have committed murder, and [[http://hrwiki.org/wiki/Crimes_Committed_by_Strong_Bad#Attempted_Murder even he attempted murder]]. Unsuccessfully, but still.
* OldSaveBonus: The main selling point. Characters will ante up items for use in ''VideoGame/TeamFortress2'' if the player busts out the character who betted the item.
* PhraseCatcher: Heavy tells Max, "You crack me up, leetle bunny," as a reference to Sam's famous "You crack me up, ''little buddy''."
* PrecisionFStrike: Out of all the characters reacting to Heavy's story of brutally murdering an Engineer, Strong Bad (the guy who's first appearance was in a children's book) is the one to note that "That is some 'BLEEPED' up 'BLEEP', man!" It's censored no matter what, but still...
* ProductPlacement: Lampshaded and parodied when Strong Bad will mention "[[http://homestarrunner.com/ HOMESTAR RUNNER DOT COM]]" then urge Max to plug "[[http://www.telltalegames.com/store/ DOUBLE U DOUBLE U DOUBLE U DOT TELL TALE GAMES DOT COM SLASH STORE]]."
* PsychoticSmirk: Tycho, especially when he loses a hand.
* RealMenWearPink: Strong Bad, Tycho, and the Heavy have a discussion about favorite drinks. Strong Bad makes fun of Tycho for liking gin fizzes, and the Heavy turns out to like peach bellinis.
* RedEyesTakeWarning: Tycho's eyes glow red a bit when delivering this line in the trailer.
--> "Face down in front of me, is the card beast of your worst poker nightmares… just something to consider."
** Occasionally, Tycho will get the same glowing red eyes and make an evil smile as a tell that he has an incredibly strong hand.
* RussianHumor: The Heavy's "Engineer Story" is a failed attempt at this, it seems.
* RussianReversal: In Soviet Russia, humor laughs at ''you''.
* SeriousBusiness:
** One of Heavy's lines in the trailer implies there's something a bit grim waiting for him if he loses.
--> "Beat me once? Shame on me. Beat me twice? ''Also'' shame on me. Beat me '''THREE TIMES'''? [[RussianGuySuffersMost I am sent to my death.]]"\\
[[EvenEvilHasStandards (Max silently gasps in horror, Strong Bad clasps his hands and bows his head, and Tycho slumps over in his chair in pity.)]]
** Strong Bad will ask The Heavy if he wants to "take care" of King of Town. The Heavy assumes he means kill, but Strong Bad just wants to shave half his mustache.
*** Strong Bad admits he wouldn't mind if King of Town was killed, however.
* ShaggyFrogStory: When Tycho asks Max where he learned to play cards, Max starts recounting an adventure in Atlantic City, but by the time he finishes the anecdote he's forgotten there was a question he was supposed to answer.
* ShootHimHeHasAWallet: If Tycho drops out first, he starts [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=khkmoTLmHCE&playnext=1&list=PL13FB3CA13C3E35FB pulling something out of his pocket]]. The other three characters aim their weapons at him, only for Tycho to exclaim that it is a granola bar.
--> '''Heavy:''' Oh. ''(puts weapon away)''\\
'''Max:''' Whoopsie. ''(throws weapon over shoulder)''\\
'''Strong Bad:''' Hand it over.
* SignedUpForTheDental: Heavy clearly enjoys his [[ProfessionalKillers job]], but he does enjoy the full dental. Though he and his RED squad had to unionize for group medical coverage. Guess Medic is stingy with his supplies.
* SitcomArchNemesis: While most of the characters are jovial enough toward each other, with occasional bouts of conflict, Strong Bad and Tycho show fairly naked animosity toward each other. Mostly due to Strong Bad playing the part of JerkJock and SmallNameBigEgo while ragging on Tycho's "site for babies."
--> '''Strong Bad:''' ''[mocking tone]'' Oh man, ''what'' happened?\\
'''Tycho:''' You want me to say you won again?\\
'''Strong Bad:''' I guess so. I mean if that's what happened for real and for true. Right?\\
'''Tycho:''' Die a sad, pitiful, painful death.
* SlasherSmile: When you get into a one-on-one situation with Tycho and he has a decently good amount of money. His smile rivals Dr. Giggles.
* [[SmarterThanYouLook Smarter than Boolet]]:
** The Heavy has multiple lines asking the characters about their respective educations. Tycho plays it off with a lame D&D joke, Max admits he never went to college, and Tiny Heavy... well. Not only that, but he also chats with Tycho about his favorite book (Tsar Hunger by [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Leonid_Andreyev Leonid Andreyev]]), because get this - he has a [[HolyShitQuotient Ph.D. in Russian Literature. That's Dr. Heavy Weapons Guy to you]]!
** Probably a reference to how the Russian version of "Meet the Heavy" made him sound much more sophisticated than the original, implying that he only sounds like a dumbbell because of his [[EloquentInMyNativeTongue relatively poor English]].
* SmugSnake: Tycho, so very much. Also, Strong Bad, to a lesser extent.
* SocialSemiCircle: The Player is the only person on one half of the poker table, facing the other four characters.
* SophisticatedAsHell: Tycho slips into this several times. [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VSf8Vah8Y_Y Observe here.]]
* SoundtrackDissonance
-->'''Tycho:''' (to Heavy) What gets you in the killing mood? Ride of the Valkyries? Icelandic death metal?\\
'''Heavy Weapons Guy:''' I just get new [[Music/HueyLewisAndTheNews Huey Lewis]] tape. He keeps spirits up on battlefield.
** [[AmericanPsycho Damn right he does.]]
* {{Squick}}: In-universe. The others are perturbed any time Tycho talks about animals.
-->'''Max:''' ''(shocked)'' Are you asking me if I ever ''schtupped'' Momma Bosco?!
** Said question is probably very squicky from Max's point of view considering he doesn't like girls, [[{{Asexuality}} or men, for that matter.]] He also sometimes forgets that he doesn't like girls. It's something of a {{running gag}} in his series.
** Strong Bad's reaction to Tycho having masturbatory fantasies about hedgehogs: "Oh, nothing. Just puking in my pants..."
* SpiritualSuccessor: To Telltale Texas Hold 'Em.
* StraightMan:
** Tycho has the most down-to-earth personality and conservative playstyle of the four. Just don't get him talking about giraffes. Or hedgehogs. Probably best to keep him away from animals entirely. And it's a good thing he's sitting on the other side of the table from Max.
** He doesn't exactly take losing all that well, either:
--->'''Tycho:''' Son of a bitching lagomorph.\\
'''Max:''' I don't even know how to play this game.\\
'''Tycho:''' That's fucking rich. That's just great. (pauses) Is there a guy in there?\\
'''Max:''' Huh?\\
'''Tycho:''' Some kinda card-counter astrophysicist motherfucker? Am I close?\\
'''Max:''' Why I never!\\
'''Tycho:''' I've seen you around with that guy in the dog costume. DON'T YOU LIE TO ME.
* SuddenlyVoiced: [[Webcomic/PennyArcade Tycho]] is voiced by Andrew Chaikin for this game, who was the voice actor for Max in Episode 1 of ''Sam and Max: Season 1".
* TakeThat:
** Many, many, ''many'', against Gamestop, government and so forth. Since a lot of the dialogue was "polished" by the original creators, it's usually entirely in-character, and references their backgrounds.
-->'''Max:''' ''(asking after criminals he and Sam could fight)'' Oh, or if you know of a cabal of greedy corporate monsters, hell-bent on blanketing an entire generation in a deep, exploitative sadness, that would do.
-->'''Tycho:''' Oh, so chains of used videogame resellers? Yeah, we got those.
** Strong Bad doesn't think much of the [[Webcomic/PennyArcade Penny Arcade Expo]].
*** There's a lot of TakeThat against all the characters' respective backgrounds by the others, both subtle and explicit.
** There is even a TakeThatMe line of conversation between Strong Bad and Max in which the two discuss how well, or poorly, Telltale Games do the characters justice. Max is satisfied, Strong Bad is not. As explained in BitingTheHandHumor, the Making Of... videos show how Strong Bad's expectations for his video game were... not met.
** When Heavy asks Strong Bad if he'd like to join RED, Strong Bad responds with "I guess I could join your team of ruthless killers and [[CosmeticAward lame hat-wearers]] and watch you get grenaded by eight-year-olds."
** Strong Bad: "Your hair looks like a [[SonicTheHedgehog greasy hedgehog]] -- [[SuspiciouslySpecificDenial unassociated with any video game license]] -- that walked into a barber shop and said 'A little off the suck, please.'"
** When Strong Bad asks Heavy about his favorite video game, Tycho interrupts his answer with ''VideoGame/WorldOfWarcraft'', and the Heavy responds, "Ehh, it is not popular yet." This TakeThat was possibly made because how Creator/{{Blizzard}} got angry with Creator/{{Valve|Software}} due to them trademarking ''Defense of the Ancients'', which was orignally a ''VideoGame/WarcraftIII'' map.
** When Tycho asks Heavy about whether or not he receives any "good drops" from killing others, Heavy goes into a short, almost out of character speech on how killing others sometimes makes him feel bad, or gives him nightmares. He then quickly switches into another, wide eyed speech about hats, proclaiming [[Memes/TeamFortress2 they are the best.]] This one actually makes sense, considering Heavy's backstory-- he laments about killing men because he worries he's taking them away from their wives and children. The same thing happened to his father, who was killed fighting against the Red Army in 1941. Heavy, his mother, and his sisters were forced to work in a gulag as a result.
* ThemeTuneCameo: The Office music from Sam & Max, the main theme from the ''The Devil's Playhouse'', the theme to ''Dangeresque'', Trogdor's theme, the ''Team Fortress 2'' Main Theme, and More Gun can be heard playing at the Inventory, each with a heavy country swagger to them.
* ThisCannotBe:
** If the Heavy loses with a good hand, such as a three of a kind, with a big pot, he will scream "[[BigWhat WHAT?!]] I will not lose to lucky coward! ''I kill you!''", turn over the table, and fire up Sasha - which fortunately has no ammo. The other characters are naturally shocked. He will sit down again (with the table back in place) with a DeathGlare and say, "Deal new hand now."
** Played with by Tycho if the Player is eliminated on a bad beat by another character, suggesting this reaction if Tycho was in the Player's place.
-->'''Tycho:''' Man, if I were you, I'd be ''sweating'' hate. It'd froth from my mouth and nose. It'd be like that movie, ''[[Film/ThereWillBeBlood "There Will Be Froth."]]''
* ThisIsGonnaSuck: During Showdowns, if there's a hand that beats theirs, they start to look more and more desperate.
* TooMuchInformation:
** Strong Bad reacts this way when the Heavy says that between learning to box and learning to herd goats, he chose boxing.
-->'''Heavy:''' Strong and bad, how is boxing career?
-->'''Strong Bad:''' '''[[PunctuatedForEmphasis THESE. ARE. MY. HANDS!]]'''
-->'''Heavy:''' I was boxer once. In school. We have to either box or learn to herd goats. I am not good with goats.
-->'''Strong Bad:''' ''(singing)'' [[TooMuchInformation Too much information]], man. You're "[[SomethingPerson Too Much Information Man]]."
-->'''Heavy:''' At first, I do not like punching other boys. But then I learn to LOVE it.
** Max's reaction to Tycho's speech on giraffes and in the same vein, Strong Bad's reaction to Tycho's speech about hedgehogs.
* VillainousBreakdown: Minor example: Tycho is noticeably deflated and depressed if he loses before the other players (he seems to consider you a WorthyOpponent if you beat him in the showdown), and he has the funniest OhCrap faces.
* WhatDoYouMeanItsNotForKids: In-universe. Strong Bad calls ''Penny Arcade'' a "crappy website for babies". Anyone who has actually ''read'' ''Penny Arcade'' knows that it's ''anything'' but kid-friendly. But then again, this ''is'' Strong Bad we're talking about here…
* WhatTheHellPlayer: This happens ''a lot'' - and [[CrowningMomentOfFunny hilariously]].
* [[WhatWouldXDo What Would Gabe Do?]]: Tycho sometimes asks himself this while pondering his next move. He then decides it better to keep the pants on.
* WickedCultured: Heavy enjoys Russian Literature and a nice Peach Bellini. In between, he also tells inappropriate anecdotes about tearing off an Engineer's fingers and points spinning mini-guns over the poker table.
* WidgetSeries: Take four characters no one would ever expect to see in a crossover. Now do just that. Now make it a ''poker game''. This is what you get.
* StealthInsult: Strong Bad implies that the Heavy is very weak (weaker than he looks, at least), in this conversation:
--> '''Heavy''': He (enemy Engineer) tries to kill me with turret and mini-turret, but I '''crush''' his little toys like they are made of paper.
--> '''Strong Bad''': Sounds like some crappy toys if you ask me.
* YoungerThanTheyLook:
** If Tycho's word and Strong Bad's reaction is anything to go by, Strong Bad is probably ten, something around that. [[ContinuityNod Makes sense, since homestarrunner.com only started in 2000.]]
*** Strong Bad is an odd case, really. In the HomestarRunner canon, he's in his 40's by now. However, if you do follow Tycho's logic, the original book that started it all came out 14 years ago, not 10.
** Subverted by Max who mentions that he hopes the bartender won't ask him for identification. When Tycho questions if he's too young, Max simply replies that he's old enough, but finds the process of being carded embarrassing.
*** Like his partner, Max is allegedly pushing 40 as ''Sam and Max: Chariots of the Dogs'' suggests that he was born in the 1970s.
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