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''[[Franchise/SamAndMaxFreelancePolice Sam & Max]]'' were quite popular at Creator/LucasArts, and after getting cameos and {{Shout Out}}s in several [=LucasArts=] adventure games, the two got their own game in 1993: ''Sam & Max Hit the Road'', which had the two traveling a pastiche of roadside America tracking down a Bigfoot that had escaped from a carnival sideshow with a giraffe-necked girl. It was done in the SCUMM engine, the same as other [=LucasArts=] classics such as ''VideoGame/MonkeyIsland''.

A long-awaited sequel to ''Sam & Max Hit the Road'' was announced by [=LucasArts=] in 2002, but in March of 2004 the project was [[{{Vaporware}} unceremoniously canceled]]. Fans were incensed, as were several members of the [=LucasArts=] team, who left to found their own game company: Creator/TelltaleGames. In 2005, Telltale announced they would be working with Steve Purcell to produce an episodic Sam & Max adventure game, and in late 2006, the first episode of ''Sam & Max: Season One'' was released.
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!!Contains examples of:
* BaldOfEvil: Conroy Bumpus wears a wig. Max riffs at him for it, but this just gets him sent on an island in the middle of a gator-infested pond.
* BetterThanABareBulb: Hardly a trope goes unlampshaded by our heroes.
* BigfootSasquatchAndYeti: The plot revolves around a runaway Bigfoot, and there is even a Bigfoot convention! (As a side note, the terms "sasquatch" and "yeti" are used interchangeably with Bigfoot in the game).
* BrickJoke: In Shuv-Oohl's room, if you look the newspaper clippings, one of the headlines is [[spoiler:Severed Head Explodes, Destroys Bus!]]
** Also a brick joke from another ''game.'' [[spoiler: in ''VideoGame/DayOfTheTentacle'', you find a picture of Max on the wall. If you examine it, your character says something about it being a portrait of a president. Guess what Max eventually becomes in the [[Creator/TelltaleGames Telltale]] seasons?]] Also counts as HilariousInHindsight.
** In the carnival Tunnel Of Love, one of the exhibits is a scene from B-Movie actress Evelyn Morrison's movie Revenge Of the Gill Guy, Sam being a fan of hers. Later when you get to the Tiki Inn, who turns out to be the owner? Why, Evelyn Morrison.
* CentrifugalFarce: The Cone of Tragedy at the Cushman Bros. Carnival spins around at insane speeds, as befitting its name. If you ride it, you will lose all your stuff (thankfully, the lost and found collects it all in record time).
* ClarkKenting: Parodied. To sneak to the Bigfoot convention, you have to whip up a less-than-convincing Bigfoot costume. The guard recognizes you and [[LampshadeHanging lampshades]] the trope, but will still let you in if you do him a favor.
* CollectorOfTheStrange: Conroy Bumpus, he has a whole room full of animals, both exotic ones, normal ones, and weird ones.
* CrossOver: Images of Sam and Max appear in most classic Creator/LucasArts adventures, including the VideoGame/MonkeyIsland series.
* DestructiveSavior: Sam and Max at the end make the world a better place for the bigfoot race [[spoiler: but in doing so, they cause most of the northwestern United States to be overgrown with trees, basically destroying that portion of the country.]]
* DialogueTree
* EarlyBirdCameo: Before the duo even make it to the fairgrounds and meet Conroy Bumpus, a Muzak version of "King of the Creatures" can be heard playing in one of the Snuckey's locations.
* EnterSolutionHere
* EverythingsBetterWithDinosaurs: Mercilessly parodied.
* EvilBrit: Conroy Bumpus.
* FurryConfusion: The are non-anthropomorphic, non-speaking and seemingly non-sapient rats, cats, pigeons, and... alligators.
* FunnyBackgroundEvent: Max will wander around and mess with the background, most noteably at the Savage Tiki Inn when he'll start pulling at the feathers of the Tucan on the reception desk.
* GreenAesop: [[SpoofAesop Spoofed]] in the ending.
* GrievousHarmWithABody: On more than one occasion, Sam uses Max as a weapon or tool. Just threatening to use him is often good enough to scare people into confessing something.
** Max can actually be seen and selected in Sam's inventory box like a regular object.
* HalfDressedCartoonAnimal: Effectively averted. Sam wears a full suit ([[DoesNotLikeShoes minus shoes]]) while Max and the bigfoots wear nothing. One exception is Conroy Bumpus puts a vest on Bruno for his performances.
* HumanPopsicle: Bruno the Bigfoot, before his escape, was held as an exhibit in a block of ice. [[spoiler: Conroy and his goon in the ending.]]
* ICantUseTheseThingsTogether: The TropeNamer.
* IThinkYouBrokeHim: The eventual result if you keep insisting that Sam pick up an object that's stuck, resulting in him breaking into tears and Max berating you through the FourthWall for breaking his spirit.
-->'''Max:''' Now you've done it! You've broken Sam's spirit with your stupid attempts to pick up that silly object! In fact, if I didn't find his pitiful sobbing so amusing, I'd come out there and rip your limbs off! Just ignore them, Sam, maybe they'll go away.
* {{Jerkass}}: Conroy Bumpus. He's little more than a selfish egomaniac who throws a fit when he doesnt get his way, and has his bodyguard Lee Harvey rough up anyone who doesnt worship him.
* JustFriends: The opening sequence has our heroes saving a MadScientist's date from being zapped because she'd rather just be friends.
* LiveItem: Max, to the point of actually having a space in Sam's inventory bag.
* MagicalNativeAmerican: Parodied with the Bigfoots.
* NapoleonComplex: Conroy Bumpus
* NoFourthWall: Sam and Max are very well aware that they're inside an adventure game.
* ShoutOut: [[Music/WeirdAlYankovic The world's largest ball of twine is in Minnesota]].
* SymbolSwearing: [[LampshadeHanging Lampshaded]]:
-->'''Sam:''' Percent sign, ampersand, dollar sign.
-->'''Max:''' And colon, semicolon, too!
-->'''Spoon bender:''' What are you [[SoundEffectBleep ]]ing doing?
-->'''Sam:''' Swearing in longhand, asterisk-mouth.
* TakeThat: Sam, while talking to a character who looks and acts like Creator/WoodyAllen
--> I like your movies. Especially the early, funny ones.
* VillainSong: Conroy Bumpus' "King of the Creatures" song.
* WasntThatFun: Often invoked by Max, such as this example from ''Sam and Max Hit the Road'', after the "Cone of Tragedy" ride has given Sam a cardiac arrest [[spoiler: but in reality all of his stuff has been thrown off the ride.]]:
--> '''Max''': Ooh, I feel tragically empty.
--> '''Sam''': Me too. It's as though an integral part of my essence has been ripped from my being.
--> '''Max''': Let's do it again!
* WeightAndSwitch: Used to get [[spoiler:Conroy's toupee]].
* WhiteDwarfStarlet: Evelyn Morrison, the owner of the Savage Tiki Inn, used to be a big B-monster movie actress, Sam being a fan of hers. She's adapted rather well to the motel business all things considered, but she's still under the impression that she's a star.
* WhyAmITicking:
--> '''Max''': Sam, either termites are burrowing through my skull or one of us is ticking.
--> '''Sam''': Ooops. Oh yeah. ''(Pulls out head/bomb of the robot mad scientist they just dispatched in the intro).'' [[HeroicComedicSociopath Max, where should I put this so that it doesn't hurt anyone we know or care about?]]
--> '''Max''': Out the window, Sam! There's nothing but strangers out there.
* WorldOfChaos / {{Wackyland}}: The Mystical Vortex. Even by the [[WorldOfWeirdness standards of this universe]], this place is damn weird.
* WorldOfSnark
* TheUnseen: Flint Paper makes an offscreen appearance by throwing an unpleasant client through the door to his office and shooting a smiley face into the wall. You only hear his voice, he doesnt appear in person.
* YaoiFangirl: Implied with the bungee jumping instructor, who flirts obviously with Sam, but then lets him and Max use the apparatus for free because she has '[[FurryFandom a soft spot for dog-and-rabbit couples]]'. Sam is predictably disturbed.
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