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->''I've sailed the seven seas in search of archaic charms and curiosities; I've raided the sunken smelters of Popgowatu for the finest of tools; and I've worked by candlelight in the yawing quarters of my ship to forge together the raw materials into the finest of blades, all to finally put a bloody end to my undead rival and stealer of spouse. It is now that this sword is more than just a sword; it is a covenant! I'm not exactly sure what that word means, but it sounds right. The seas will sleep soundly tonight, for [=LeChuck's=] time is up!''
-->--Excerpted from ''The Memoirs of Guybrush Threepwood: The VideoGame/MonkeyIsland Years''

''Tales of Monkey Island'' is a 2009 video game, developed by TelltaleGames. It is a five-part episodic game and the fifth in the ''VideoGame/MonkeyIsland'' series. The game begins at the conclusion of Guybrush's latest, [[NoodleIncident unseen]] adventure - the player guides him as he once again defeats [=LeChuck=] with an improvised piece of voodoo weaponry, only to turn the villain human again, release his concentrated evil as "The Pox of [=LeChuck=]" (which infects Guybrush's own hand) and maroon himself on Flotsam Island. All in the first chapter!

The original creator Creator/RonGilbert returns to the saga as a consultant, 17 years after his final work in ''VideoGame/MonkeyIsland2LeChucksRevenge''. He is credited as "Visiting Professor of Monkeyology"

Not to be confused with the early 80s adventure series ''TalesOfTheGoldMonkey''.

The character sheet with its related tropes is located [[Characters/MonkeyIsland here]].
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* AccidentalMisnaming: Anemone. Also [[FormallyNamedPet Miss Prettywhiskers]] and the Marquis De Singe.
* TheAce: Santino, being so handsome that even the decidedly heterosexual Coronado De Cava took the time to write at length about how gorgeous he was, in addition to being super-talented at everything you care to name. [[spoiler:Too bad he's dead]].
* ActionGirl: Morgan [=LeFlay=] and Elaine.
* AgreeToDisagree: During the swordfight with Morgan at the beginning of Chapter 2, Guybrush tries using this exchange:
-->'''Guybrush:''' Can't we just agree to disagree?\\
'''Morgan:''' Not gonna happen.
* {{Ahem}}: Done a few times throughout the game. There is one part in Chapter 5 when, after Guybrush thanks Morgan [[spoiler:for opening the Crossroads]], she gives out an "ahem", which, in the subtitles, is stated as "*clears throat*".
* AmbiguousGender: The Merfolk in chapter 2. The gender for two of the three on-screen samples is suggested, but never stated outright. Their leader is classified as male at one point by Elaine, but even that does not stop it from remaining ambiguous.
** WordOfGod says that even after [[spoiler:Reginald Van Winslow falls in love with the female-ish Anemone, "her" gender is supposed to be a mystery - ''including to him''.]]
* AmericanAccents[=/=]DeepSouth: In Chapter 5, the Thief in the Crossroads speaks in a deep voice with some sort of Southern Hillbilly accent. And he seems to have some [[SacredHospitality Southern hospitality]], despite the fact that he is a thief from the start.
* AndIMustScream: [[spoiler: If the after-credits sequence of Episode 5 is to be believed, [=LeChuck=], who's basically trapped as an ethereal goop. He ''can'' scream, but nobody except the Voodoo Lady is likely to do anything about it]].
* AndThisIsFor: Only discussed by Morgan in Chapter 3, while [[TalkingInYourSleep talking in her sleep]]: "THIS is for JUGBENDER!"
** Before that, in Chapter 1, Guybrush raises his Cutlass of Kaflu and says, "This is for the monkeys, [=LeChuck=]!" before [[spoiler:his Pox-infected hand goes out of control, making him unable to kill the human [=LeChuck=]]].
* AndYourLittleDogToo: Parodied in Chapter 1, when [[spoiler: the Marquis De Singe is defeated by Guybrush and leaves, promising to have revenge on him, "and [his] little hand, too!"]]
* {{Angrish}}: Hemlock mutters like this in Chapter 4 when Guybrush says he has "no more questions" and Judge Grindstump orders Hemlock to sit back down.
* AnimalTalk[=/=]SpeaksFluentAnimal:
** Jacques the Monkey can understand human language, especially when the Marquis De Singe and Guybrush talk to him, which is evident in Chapters 1 and 4. Morgan [[SpeaksFluentAnimal can talk to monkeys too]], though she claims to only speak "a little monkey".
** Guybrush learns to communicate with manatees in chapter three.
* ApocalypseHow: [[spoiler:The entire Gulf of Melange in Chapter 5, right between ApocalypseHow/{{Class 0}} and ApocalypseHow/{{Class 1}}, and bordering on ApocalypseHow/Class3A. And it seems that the Caribbean just isn't pretty much the same since [[BigBad LeChuck]] regained his voodoo powers and [[HeroKiller killed Guybrush]].]]
* AnArmAndALeg: In Chapter 2, [[spoiler:Guybrush loses his left hand in a swordfight with Morgan [=LeFlay=]]].
* ArmedWithCanon: In ''Tales'', follow the career of the Pyrite Parrot of Petaluma, particularly from the end of Chapter 2 to the start of Chapter 3. Sean Vanaman (the writer of Chapter 3) [[http://www.telltalegames.com/forums/showthread.php?p=229926#post229926 admits]] there was some [[TakeThat friendly infighting]] on the team.
* ArtifactTitle: This game has nothing to do with Monkey Island.
* ArtImitatesArt: In Chapter 1, there is a Desingeograph of the "Vitruvian Pirate", which Guybrush calls "Pirate Da Vinci", on the Illuminopictoscreen; this "Vitruvian Pirate" is definitely a spoof of ''Vitruvian Man'' by LeonardoDaVinci.
** In Chapter 4, the provocative painting of Chieftain Beluga hanging above W.P. Grindstump in Club 41 is most likely a parody of the 1636 painting [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dana%C3%AB_%28Rembrandt_painting%29 Danaë by Rembrandt]].
* AscendedMeme:
** [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dP5bR1o-elg Grog XD]] [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f66lfr5VzOo&feature=related appears in the fifth part]]. Sort of a recursive meme, since the Grog XD joke was based of of TheLongList of ingredients found in Grog in ''VideoGame/TheSecretOfMonkeyIsland''.
** The singing manatee that De Cava left on Roe Island is named [[OhTheHumanity Hugh]].
* AssShove:
** [[spoiler:Near the end of Chapter 5, while Morgan stabs [=LeChuck=] after Guybrush has trapped him, Elaine gives the villain one by stabbing him with the Cutlass of Kaflu... let's just say... ''right in the fundament''! [[AvoidTheDreadedGRating And this is an E10+ rated game, too!]]]]
** Previously subverted near the end of Chapter 1: when the player tries to use the ancient weather vane on De Singe while he's in the messed up idol, Guybrush will say, "Oh, I'd love to, but I'm pretty sure that De Singe [[GettingCrapPastTheRadar doesn't have the necessary... slots]]."
* AtTheCrossroads: With crossroads being the place of burial for the wings of society, pirates go to the Crossroads when they die.
* [[AttendingYourOwnFuneral Attending Your Own Wake]]: In Chapter 5, [[spoiler:Guybrush's ghost can gain attendance to his own wake by going to Club 41 before the plot requires him to.]]
* [[AvoidTheDreadedGRating Avoid the Dreaded E-Rating]]: ''Tales'' is the second ''Monkey Island'' game to receive a rating higher than an "Everyone" and the first game to receive an E10+ rating due to BloodlessCarnage and more adult jokes.
* BackFromTheDead:
** [[spoiler:Guybrush]] at the end of chapter 5.
** Subverted with [[spoiler:Morgan, also at the end of that chapter - she returns to the world of the living, but is left stuck in ghost form]].
* BackwardsFiringGun: Guybrush inserts a glass tube in the [[{{Pun}} shape of the letter 'U']] into an antagonist's gun, causing it to fire backwards.
* BarBrawl: Chapter 1 has one, though it is rather downplayed as an unseen bar fight at Club 41. However, it is later played straight in Chapter 4, though the Bar Brawl is more of a Bar Swordfight.
* BattleInTheRain: Chapter 1 starts out like this on [[ItWasADarkAndStormyNight a dark and stormy night]] as Guybrush tries to finish the ingredients for the Cursed Cutlass of Kaflu in order to destroy [=LeChuck=].
* BigDamnHeroes:
** In the fourth chapter, [[spoiler:[=LeChuck=] shows up at the last minute and bails Guybrush out of court. More a VillainousRescue, as [=LeChuck=] is only doing this so that he can [[HeroKiller kill Guybrush later]].]]
** In the fifth chapter, when [[spoiler:Van Winslow attacks [=LeChuck=]'s ship with an army of merfolk and saves Guybrush from being murdered by a demonic Elaine.]]
* BigNo:
** [[spoiler:Given by [=McGillicutty=] in Chapter 2, when [[HoistByHisOwnPetard his own cannonball blasts off the Screaming Narwhal's rubber tree mast and ends up sinking his own ship]].]]
** Also, [[spoiler:De Singe in Chapter 4, when the moths completely destroy his turban holding Guybrush's hand as his only source of "Jus de Vie".]]
* BigOlUnibrow: [=McGillicutty=] in Chapter 2.
* BigSleep: Almost averted at the end of Chapter 4, [[spoiler:when the mortally wounded Guybrush's eyes open wide in a blank stare at a saddened Elaine (almost in a DiesWideOpen position), but then gently close as he collapses and "falls asleep" with his mouth open.]]
* BigWhat: Shouted by the Voodoo Lady in Chapter 1 when Guybrush tells her about the botched up ritual. Also shouted by [[spoiler:Guybrush and [=LeChuck=]]] a few times in Chapter 5.
* BilingualBonus:
** "Singe" is French for monkey. See also BrickJoke below. Guybrush even refers to De Singe as "De Monkey" at one point.
** The name of deceased journalist Pistalibre and his journal discovered in Chapter 4 is derived from the Spanish words ''"pista libre"'', meaning "free clue".
** And in Chapter 2, the name of the bait coupon for "gusanos de destino" translates from Spanish to "worms of destiny".
** In Chapter 3, [[spoiler:after extracting the formula from Guybrush's Poxed hand,]] De Singe becomes joyous, then mutters to himself in French, "La mort est tuée..." (albeit without the "é") which, when translated, means "Death is killed." [[spoiler:This becomes a key plot point for De Singe in Chapter 4, and later for Guybrush in Chapter 5 when he repossesses his decaying corpse and [[BlessedWithSuck keeps himself "alive" with the Spirit Gum]].]]
* BizarreSexualDimorphism: Subverted by the Mermaids and Mermen. All merfolk look pretty much the same to us Humans, and there's no external dimorphism between sexes (both are pretty and feminine-looking, and have androgynous voices). Things tend to get {{squick}}y when Human men mistake Mermen for their female counterparts.
* BlackComedyRape[=/=]DoubleStandardRapeFemaleOnMale: Or rather, attempted rape. In Chapter 4, [[spoiler:a poxed Elaine almost goes down this route with Guybrush, before she catches Morgan's scent on his jacket and assumes they were having an affair.]]
* BlastingItOutOfTheirHands: Happens in Chapter 5 as a ShoutOut to ''VideoGame/TheCurseOfMonkeyIsland''. [[spoiler:when Elaine, as [=LeChuck=]'s [[EeriePaleSkinnedBrunette demon bride]], raises her demonic power-infused Cutlass of Kaflu to kill her [[InhumanHuman undead husband Guybrush]], Winslow shoots the Cutlass off of her hand and onto the rail of [=LeChuck=]'s ship.]]
* BloodlessCarnage: Especially evident in chapter 4, when a couple of people get impaled but the swords stay clean.
* BlowingARaspberry: Defendant Guybrush does this when Defense Attorney Guybrush tries asking him(self), "What's your impression of the plaintiff's case?"
* BondVillainStupidity: Zigzagged. The main villain of chapter 5 gloats that he is [[AGodAmI too powerful to be beaten]], but encourages Guybrush to waste his time trying anyways. [[spoiler:By the end of the chapter, [=LeChuck=] basically states that he's learned from his mistakes and begins trying to kill Guybrush in a more direct manner.]]
* BottomlessBladder[=/=]NobodyPoops: Subverted. There's a usable bathroom in chapter 4.
* BoundAndGagged: Guybrush and Elaine.
* BrainBleach: Episode 1:
** Guybrush Threepwood goes to open a closet, which the Voodoo Lady yells for him not to open before adding, "It's where I keep my... unmentionables." Guybrush shudders, and the closet from then on is named "The Scariest Closet in the World."
** Also, when the Voodoo Lady apparently goes into too much detail about a previous romantic relationship with De Cava, Guybrush covers his ears and blocks her out between "[her] supple-" and "-like a volcano!"
* BreadEggsMilkSquick:
** In Chapter 4, if Guybrush tells Judge Grindstump "I want a change of venue!":
-->'''Guybrush:''' Your honor, I'd like to request a change of venue!\\
'''Grindstump:''' Where to?\\
'''Guybrush:''' Oh, how about back at your place... just you, me, a jug of grog, a loaf of bread, and some scandalous legal briefs...\\
'''Grindstump:''' ''[gets ticked off]'' CAPTAIN THREEPWOOD WILL TERMINATE HIS CLUMSY AND OFF-PUTTING ATTEMPTS TO SEDUCE THIS COURT AT ONCE! ARRRR!
** And in Chapter 5:
-->'''[[spoiler:Demon Bride Elaine]]:''' How dare you!! I have a wedding ceremony to plan, a dress to pick out, a reception to arrange and some bridesmaids to slaughter! I don't have time for this!
* [[BreakTheCutie Breaking the Cutie]]: A real number is done on the happy-go-lucky Guybrush from chapter 2 onwards. [[spoiler:First he loses his hand along with his wedding ring, is betrayed twice (possibly three times) by his close friends, breaks down in grief after watching Morgan die, nearly suffers a HeroicBSOD when Elaine becomes [=LeChuck=]'s demon bride and is on the recieving end of a NoHoldsBarredBeatdown from the main villain.]] By the end of chapter five, he's in too much physical pain to joke any more.
* BrickJoke:
** The [[VideoGame/TheSecretOfMonkeyIsland first game]] has Guybrush state "half the people I know are called Guybrush." The brick comes crashing down in Chapter 4 when he explains to Bosun Krebbs [[spoiler: that she had attempted to carry out revenge on the ''wrong'' Guybrush Threepwood.]] Apparently he even gets his mail.
** Early in Chapter 1, Guybrush gains entrance to Club 41 and is told that all probationary members have to wear blindfolds inside the club, so he puts one on and promptly gets involved in a bar fight. Late in Chapter 5, when Guybrush [[spoiler:goes back to Club 41 and retrieves the blindfold for use in a voodoo recipe]], he learns that the whole "all probationary members have to wear blindfolds inside the club" thing was just a joke on the bouncer's part.
* BriefAccentImitation:
** In Chapter 4, Morgan does this when she tells Guybrush that the Marquis De Singe, with the ridiculous French accent, wants to study his ''"unique strain of Pox."''
** Before that, in Chapter 1, Guybrush does this ridiculous French accent when dipping Pink Pajama Pierre into a vat of ink: "Sacré bleu! Eez zis ze end of Pink... Pajama... Pierre? Glug!"
* ButThouMust: When Elaine asks you to work with [=LeChuck=] in chapter two, you get a whole dictionary of the various forms of "No", but every time Elaine just looks at Guybrush with puppy eyes and asks him with an increasingly sweet voice until your only dialog option left is "...Fine."
* ButWaitTheresMore: Spoken by [=LeChuck=] in Chapter 4, [[spoiler:when, after confessing to the court that he was the one who spread the Pox of [=LeChuck=], he has something else (i.e., the Voodoo Lady's diary) to show to the court.]]
* ByTheLightsOfTheirEyes: One of the buttons on De Singe's Auto-Trepanation Helmet in Chapter 4 causes the entire "laboratorium" to go dark temporarily, with only Guybrush's eyes visible when he says, "Ack! I'm blind!" Thankfully the lights turn back on.
* TheCakeIsALie:
** Parodied in Chapter 4, [[spoiler:when Judge Grindstump asks Guybrush on what grounds the latter is not guilty of spreading the [[HatePlague Pox of LeChuck]], after which one of the four reasons listed is "The Pox is a lie!"]]
** At the beginning of Chapter 4, Guybrush thinks there would be "ice cream cake" when Flotsam's citizens arrive. [[spoiler:Instead, he is summoned to court on civil and criminal charges.]]
* CardboardPrison:
** Prisons in ''VideoGame/MonkeyIsland'' games are never renowned for their security, but the prize must go to the Flotsam Island Jail in Chapter 4: to get out, Guybrush simply tells Hardtack he wants to see his lawyer -- which happens to be [[AFoolForAClient Guybrush himself]]. Guybrush can then get into a fight with himself, and request to be let out, as his client is assaulting him. [[TheGuardsMustBeCrazy Hardtack, the guard, buys it hook, line, and sinker]].
** A certain jail cell in Chapter 5 has a very obvious tunnel that can be used to escape. [[spoiler:The hard part is staying in his body long enough to use it...]]
* CasualKink: Guybrush's throwaway line in episode one about Elaine getting cranky if tied up for too long. That said, it's very possible that he was simply referring to their past adventures and not to any kind of kink at all.
** In Chapter 5, if you examine the fishnet before Guybrush can pick it up, he'll remark that Elaine sometimes wears fishnets for him on his birthday.
* CatchphraseInterruptus: Guybrush tries to say, "YouFightLikeACow!", but then gets interrupted throughout the game. The first time is at the beginning of Chapter 1, when he gets interrupted by Elaine; the second is at the beginning of Chapter 2, when Morgan [[TalkToTheFist cuts off his hand before he can finish]]; and the third is in Chapter 4, when both Guybrush and the human [=LeChuck=] start saying the catchphrase at the same time, but both stop themselves before they can finish, then look at each other and laugh.
* CatFight: Between Elaine and Morgan in Episode 4.
* CerebusSyndrome: The series has always been "funny characters in a serious plot" to a certain extent, but Tales has been steadily ramping up the drama, [[spoiler: especially with the WhamEpisode that is Part Four.]] The games are still funny, though.
* CharacterAsHimself: In a ShoutOut to the original ''VideoGame/MonkeyIsland2LeChucksRevenge'', the end credits of Chapter 5 finishes the "Cast" section with "and Franklin as himself."
* ChekhovsBoomerang:
** Plenty of items are used in at least two different puzzles. The Pyrite Parrot of Petaluma goes the extra mile, though. He's used for an important puzzle in Chapter 1, used for ''two'' puzzles, in two very different ways, in Chapter 2, lost in Chapter 3, seemingly destroyed for good in Chapter 4, and then used for ''one last puzzle'' in Chapter 5, despite all that's happened to it. Handy little hunk of fool's gold, isn't he?
** The hook is the most used item in the game, to the point where it is basically a glorified "pick up" and "open" command. Guybrush can open almost every lock he encounters with it. By the time he finds a mysterious voodoo chest, he wonders himself if it can really be this easy all the time.
* ChekhovsGun:
** [[spoiler:You receive Elaine's wedding ring in chapter 2 and keep it throughout all of the episodes, but Guybrush refuses to use it for anything. It's the solution to the last puzzle in the game.]]
** To a lesser degree, [[spoiler:Guybrush's last shred of life which you start out with in chapter 5. It's used in the climax of the second-to-last puzzle.]]
* TheChessmaster:
** [[spoiler: Apparently, the Voodoo Lady's status as this has been vaguely confirmed in episode 5. Whether she's really evil or not remains to be seen.]]
** [[spoiler: Elaine is revealed to be a rare good version of this trope in the same episode.]]
* TheChewToy: Hemlock [=McGee=].
* CivilianVillain: [[spoiler:After [=LeChuck=] gets transformed into a human, he appears to turn over a new leaf. Guybrush still doesn't trust him, though, despite Elaine's urges for him to let bygones be bygones. Finally, once things come to a head, [=LeChuck=] tries it with the voodoo.]]
* CompressedVice: If Van Winslow had been as obsessive about the map in Chapter 1 as he was in later chapters, then Guybrush would have never been able to solve its final puzzle!
* ContestWinnerCameo: Lizink's Wig of Foppery, [[spoiler:which Bailiff Killick Hardtack is compelled to wear after losing his case against Guybrush]] in Chapter 4, is named after the [[http://www.telltalegames.com/community/blogs/id-498 screen name of Liz Johnston]], [[http://pc.ign.com/articles/102/1027699p1.html a native of British Columbia]], {{Canada|Eh}}, and Telltale Games' winner of the "How Has Guybrush Wronged You Competition" in the "Game Designer for a Day" contest ([[http://www.telltalegames.com/community/blogs/id-474 which started on July 14, 2009, a week after the release of Chapter 1]]); her winning line, "He dug up my perfectly good X!", appears in Hardtack's accusation against Guybrush. Not only that, but her name also appears on the list of "Designer for a Day Finalists" in the end credits of Chapter 4.
* ContinuityNod: It's unusual to see this trope in practice in this series, but ''Tales'' likes it. There are several references to previous Monkey Island games, particularly in a lot of optional dialogue in part 4. Example: ask Elaine to vouch for your character, and she'll give a long list of your deeds. [[spoiler:Just don't expect her to emphasize the positive, as heavily Poxed as she is.]]
* ConvenientlyPreciseTranslation:
** The flag on the Courthouse of Flotsam Island in Chapter 1 reads [[GratuitousGerman "Die Luf[t] der Flotsam saugen"]], which is German for "The wind of Flotsam sucks", which is a bit odd, since those who studied the Stanford flag (whose German motto is [[http://www.stanford.edu/dept/pres-provost/president/speeches/951005dieluft.html "Die Luft der Freiheit weht", or "The wind of freedom is blowing"]]) got their German wrong (Luft is German for "air", and "Wind" is German for "wind"). A more appropriate German sentence would have been "Der Wind von Flotsam saugt". (Although [[http://www.telltalegames.com/forums/showthread.php?t=9963&page=3 Telltale may have done it to tick off the Germans]], but exactly why is unknown.)
** Also, in Chapter 3, Guybrush calls La Esponja Grande "[[GratuitousSpanish La Esponja Gordo]]", with "gordo" being another Spanish word roughly meaning "big", but it also means "fat", while he talks with De Cava, and later calls the same sponge he finds "La Esponja Pequeño" ("the small sponge"); and in Chapter 4 he addresses it as "Señor Esponja Not-So-Grande". In these cases, "gordo" and "pequeño" are incorrectly used in the masculine, while "señor" is used in the masculine, though the Spanish word for "sponge" is a feminine noun. The proper adjectives for the sponge should have been called "gorda" and "pequeña", while the proper noun title should have been called "Señorita Esponja Not-So-Grande", since the title "señorita" is Spanish for "Miss", which is a title for a young woman.
* TheCorruption[=/=]HatePlague: The Pox of [=LeChuck=].
* CourtroomAntic: Episode 4 in a nutshell.
* CreatorCameo: Chapter Four features portraits of caricatures of Telltale's chief officers Dan Connors and Kevin Bruner. The series also mentions a "Nor Treblig".
* CurseCutShort: In Chapter 2:
-->'''Guybrush:''' ''[to the [=MerLeader=]]'' Actually, there is one thing. I sorta caused this Pox and I need Esponja Grande to fix that. Especially now.\\
'''Elaine:''' ''[under the influence of the Pox]'' What do you mean by that, you worthless piece of *cough cough cough* ooh, excuse me.
* CutHisHeartOutWithASpoon: Almost every pirate that has been infected by the [[HatePlague Pox of [=LeChuck=]]] will make these pointless death threats almost all the time whenever Guybrush ticks them off. There are a few times whenever Guybrush himself gets ticked off, like in Chapter 2, for example, when [=LeChuck=] is too busy looking at one SummoningArtifact he has gotten:
-->'''Guybrush:''' Now listen here, ya fleshy sack of chum, you'd better be handin' over that golden sea turtle or I'll be handin' ya yer liver on the pointy end of me hook!
** Another example is in Chapter 3, when Morgan refuses to help Guybrush prove to De Cava that he's married:
--->'''Winslow:''' ''[under the influence of the Pox]'' Listen here, you poor excuse for a prissy privateer! Any more lip out of you, and the Captain'll be sending yer carcass on a tour of the small intestine!
** And in Chapter 4, any threats that Judge Grindstump utters whenever Guybrush gets him angry turn into Funny Moments, like, for example:
--->'''Grindstump:''' The defendant will cease his inane histrionics, or the court will be forced to ''[growls a bit before he becomes Pox-enraged]'' [[LargeHam YANK OUT HIS TONGUE WITH A RUSTY SHRIMP FORK! ARRR!]]
* CuteGhostGirl: [[spoiler:Morgan [=LeFlay=] in Chapter 5.]]
* DamselInDistress: Elaine, but only briefly.
* DanceOfRomance: Elaine does it with Guybrush in Chapter 4, [[spoiler:although it is parodied as a "Freaky Waltz of Attempted Rape"]].
* DangerouslyGenreSavvy: [[spoiler: [=LeChuck=] just impales Guybrush, rather than go for an overtly elaborate DeathTrap.]] Possibly {{foreshadow|ing}}ed in a way, in the second episode, when he says that [[spoiler: if he wanted to kill Guybrush, he would just throw him off a cliff]].
* DarkerAndEdgier: Currently, ''Tales'' seems destined to become the darkest entry in the series, as [[spoiler: Guybrush got his hand cut off, a character dies, and there's another character that dies in the game, and that's... ''Guybrush''.]] Also, the more "adult" jokes are much more frequent and overt than they were in the previous games, as opposed to the usual [[BreakingTheFourthWall fourth-wall breaking]] humour.
* DarkestHour: By the start of Chapter 5, [[spoiler:Guybrush and Morgan are dead along with most new characters, the Screaming Narwhal is adrift at sea, Flotsom Island and Spinner Cay are badly damaged, [=LeChuck=] has essentially become a demon pirate ''god'' and Elaine has become his demon bride.]] A truly dark hour indeed!
* DeadArtistsAreBetter: Both discussed and parodied in Chapter 4:
-->'''Guybrush:''' How're sales going?
-->'''Stan:''' Great! Celebrity merchandise is always a good investment, especially if you suspect that the celebrity in question is about to become a wind chime in the gallows! NOTHING sells like dead celebrities.
-->'''Guybrush:''' Yeah, well, [[ScrewDestiny I don't]] [[ProphecyTwist plan on]] [[{{Foreshadowing}} dying today]].
* DeadGuyOnDisplay: [[spoiler:Guybrush in Chapter 5. His entire corpse is standing on display wearing a [[NiceHat party hat]] and [[SugarWiki/FunnyMoments holding a dartboard]] during a wake in Club 41 when Bugeye and W.P. Grindstump are considering [[DueToTheDead burning the corpse in effigy]]; Guybrush eventually [[InhumanHuman repossesses his own decaying corpse]], though.]]
* DeadPersonConversation: [[spoiler:Happens in the living world in Chapter 5 from the time that Guybrush (as a ghost) has opened up the rips in the Crossroads up to the time that he manages to repossess his own corpse.]]
* DeepFriedWhatever: According to W.P. Grindstump, one of the food items that the Flotsam Island Ladies' Night Buffet Table will include is the "Deep-Fried Petit Fours".[[note]]In case you didn't know, a "petit four" is a small cake confection generally eaten at the end of a meal or served as part of a large buffet or dessert.[[/note]]
* DeggansRule: Followed. Winslow, the Voodoo Lady, and Bugeye are all apparently Black. Morgan [=LeFlay=] is AmbiguouslyBrown.
* TheDevTeamThinksOfEverything: In Chapter 3, De Cava needs 100,000 larvae to escape, and they can only be produced one at a time. However, it is possible to "[[LevelGrinding grind]]" the grubs until you actually do get all 100,000(!) that it would take to "solve" the missing cochlea puzzle, and the game even has specialized dialogue for some of the steps (specifically, the 50,000th, 99, 900th, and [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PRl-1txp0tQ 100,000th]] grubs). Then the game skips ahead to where you would've been by solving it the intended way (and the other characters treat you as if you did). For the record, this task would take at least ''seventy days'' without breaks to accomplish.
* DevelopmentGag: According to the commentary, episode 1's bar fight had to get trimmed down to an offscreen cutscene in order to fit the episode in the Wii's 40 MB size limit. As a result, the bar was named Club 41 as in the 41st MB of content.
* DiedInYourArmsTonight: In Chapter 4, [[spoiler:both characters die, one each in the arms of another: Morgan in the arms (or rather, HookHand) of Guybrush, Guybrush in the arms of Elaine. Even weirder is that both incidents take place on a starry night in Flotsam Island in reference to [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ua26qTEK25U Cutting Crew's song "(I Just) Died in Your Arms"]].]]
* DiesWideOpen:
** In Chapter 4, [[spoiler:Morgan [=LeFlay=] falls in a slump after whispering to Guybrush about [=LeChuck=] and [[DiedInYourArmsTonight dies with her eyes half open]]. Guybrush closes her eyes.]]
** Averted at the end of the same chapter, [[spoiler:when the mortally wounded Guybrush's eyes open wide in a blank stare at a saddened Elaine, but then gently close as he collapses and [[BigSleep "falls asleep"]] with his mouth open.]]
* [[DoesHeHaveABrother Does He Have a Cousin?]]: Said by Anemone in Chapter 2 when talking about Winslow after repairing the mast of the Screaming Narwhal. This indicates the start of Anemone's relationship with Winslow, which later blossoms in Chapter 5.
* DoesThisMakeMeLookFat: One of the silver trophies in the [=PS3=] version of the game is labeled: [[spoiler:"Does This Corpse Make Me Look Fat?"]]
* DoesThisRemindYouOfAnything: In Chapter 4, after Guybrush gives D'Oro the glass eye, the latter gives him his own map as evidence. Guybrush asks how the map got here, to which D'Oro replies that he smuggled it in his "let's say... mouth". This map smuggling in the "let's say... mouth" could be a reference to something drug-related, but rather in the lines of "ICantBelieveItsNotHeroin".
* DontTouchItYouIdiot: If you snoop around the Voodoo Lady's hut enough in Chapter 1...
--> '''Voodoo Lady:''' "Don't touch that! [[spoiler:It's where I keep my... unmentionables]]."
--> '''Guybrush:''' "[[spoiler:[[BrainBleach Gewghh....]]]]"
--> ''[[spoiler:The closet then renames itself "The Scariest Closet in the World".]]''
* DyingAlone: Defied twice in Chapter 4: [[spoiler:once when [=LeChuck=] fatally stabs Morgan in De Singe's laboratory and leaves her alone to die, [[NormallyIWouldBeDeadNow yet she lives long enough]] for De Singe to discover the incident before he leaves, and for Guybrush to discover and hold her in her final moments as Jacques the Monkey sadly watches; and once at the end of the chapter, when it appears that [=LeChuck=] would leave Guybrush alone to die after stabbing him, with only Elaine right by his side, but then the villain returns as a transformed Demon Pirate at the last second to [[IWishedYouWereDead taunt him]] and watch him [[DiedInYourArmsTonight die in the arms of his grieving wife]].]]
* DyingClue: Parodied in Chapter 4, when [[spoiler: Morgan [=LeFlay=]'s rather lengthy dying speech (unheard by the player) is completely misunderstood by Guybrush, leading him to think that [[MadScientist the Marquis De Singe]] killed her instead of [[BigBad LeChuck]]]].
* EarnYourHappyEnding: It takes losing a hand, thwarting a pirate siege, being eaten alive by a manatee, [[spoiler:losing several allies including Morgan [=LeFlay=], seeing his wife turned into [=LeChuck's=] demon bride]], and [[spoiler:dying, coming back as a zombie, and seemingly sacrificing his only chance at returning to life]] - but [[spoiler:Guybrush manages to defeat [=LeChuck=] once and for all, cure the Pox, thwart the Marquis de Singe, and return to life with his loving wife.]]
* EeriePaleSkinnedBrunette: [[spoiler:Elaine in Chapter 5, from the time that she willingly becomes [=LeChuck=]'s demon bride, up to the time that Guybrush manages to shrink [[MacGuffin La Esponja Grande]].]]
* ElectricInstantGratification: Jacques the monkey in episode 1. The commentaries state that funnily enough, they did it like that to get the ESRB to approve it - "See, we're not torturing the monkey; he's enjoying it!"
* EnhanceButton: Parodied in Chapter 1: Guybrush is using an ''analog optical telescope'', and asks his first mate Winslow to "enhance the upper right quadrant" -- Winslow just turns the telescope to increase the zoom. Guybrush then asks for "full enhancement", and Winslow holds up a ''second'' telescope at the end of the first one.
* EpicFail: Parodied in Chapter 3: at one time when Guybrush guesses the answer to one of De Cava's three-out-of-six questions wrong, Morgan rolls her eyes and says, "Fail," in a ShoutOut to the "FAIL" meme. (Even De Cava says "Failure!" when the question is guessed wrong.) However, this trope (and imminent death) is averted as many times as possible, when De Cava will always repeat the same first series of the three questions thanks to the repeated pleadings from Guybrush.
* EpisodicGame
* EquivalentExchange: Guybrush can [[spoiler:seal off the Crossroads]], but doing so means [[spoiler:sacrificing his Last Shred of Life.]]
* EspeciallyZoidberg: When Guybrush talks to [[spoiler:[=LeChuck=]]] in jail in Chapter 4 and asks if [[spoiler:the Voodoo Lady]] was behind the events in the ''VideoGame/MonkeyIsland'' series:
-->'''Guybrush:''' How about [[VideoGame/TheCurseOfMonkeyIsland the mountain of ice on the rollercoaster of the damned]]? [[spoiler:She]] was behind THAT?\\
'''[[spoiler:[=LeChuck=]]]:''' ESPECIALLY that.
* EvenEvilHasStandards: Stan has had a go at just about every kind of shady business under the sun, but even he's never been and never will be a pirate.
* EveryoneCallsHimBarkeep: The Voodoo Lady, as usual, but ''Tales'' hangs a few lampshades on it.
--> '''Voodoo Lady:''' ''[I never gave my name because]'' Names have power, Guybrush Threepwood. Only a fool willingly gives it away.
--> '''Guybrush:''' Does ''my'' name have power?
--> '''Voodoo Lady:''' [[SureLetsGoWithThat Er, sure. Why not?]]
* EverythingIsAnInstrument: In Chapter 3, Noogie plays the manatee bile sacs like bongos, and playing them wildly can cause the bile to rise up.
* EverythingsBetterWithMonkeys: Especially Jacques the Electromagnetic Monkey and the Monkeys of Montevideo, the latter of which are good for laughs in one Chapter 3 {{cutscene}}.
* EvilAllAlong: [[spoiler:[=LeChuck=]. From the moment that Guybrush Threepwood inadvertently [[HumanityEnsues turns him into a human]] who acts like a HarmlessVillain and helps out on Guybrush and Elaine from Chapter 2 up to Chapter 4 (all the while wearing his [[{{Glamour}} charming]] [[InstantAllegianceArtifact belt buckle]]), then kills Guybrush in a clever ambush as soon as our hero cures everyone of the [[HatePlague Pox of [=LeChuck=]]]; Elaine sees that "with or without all that voodoo, [[=LeChuck=] is] still nothing but an evil sack of scumm".]]
* EvilHand: Guybrush, in chapter 1.
* EvilSoundsDeep: [[spoiler:[=LeChuck=] in his human form. Subverted/inverted at first in Chapters 2-4, when he acts like a good guy, but then doubly subverted at the very end of Chapter 4, when he kills Guybrush before regaining his voodoo powers.]]
* ExactWords[=/=]ArcWords:
** In Chapter 1, at one time when Guybrush talks to [=LeChuck=] [[spoiler:before finishing the recipe for the Cutlass of Kaflu]] on Elaine's ship, a few things come to mind. One is:
--> '''Guybrush:''' Would you mind releasing my wife? [[GettingCrapPastTheRadar She gets a little cranky when she's tied up for more than an hour or so.]]
--> '''[=LeChuck=]:''' YOUR wife? Nay, Elaine is destined to be MY bride!
** Another is:
--> '''Guybrush:''' [[WordSchmord Destiny, schmestiny,]] [[ScrewDestiny Elaine's MY wife, and she's not marrying you.]]
--> '''[=LeChuck=]:''' Ye be starting to get on me nerves, Geekwood. Elaine?
--> '''Elaine:''' ''[impatient]'' Oh, for pity's sake. [[KillHimAlready Just run him through with the cutlass]] so we can all go home.
--> '''[=LeChuck=]:''' ''[smiles]'' [[ProphecyTwist As you wish, my love.]]
--> '''Guybrush:''' I'm pretty sure she was talking to me.
** And yet here's another:
--> '''Guybrush:''' Listen. See this ring? It means that Elaine and I are married. Hitched. Cohabitating. Eternally betrothed. Till death do us part. Got it!?
--> '''[=LeChuck=]:''' [[ArcWords Till death do you part]], eh? We'll have to do something about that.
** All of these bits of dialogue are foreshadowing what happens in Chapters 4 and 5, [[spoiler:when [=LeChuck=] brutally murders Guybrush by running him through with the Cutlass of Kaflu and then gains his voodoo powers from La Esponja Grande, which he then uses to turn a willing Elaine into his demon bride. And when Guybrush returns as a zombie later on, [=LeChuck=] tells him that he only wanted him "alive to see me marry Elaine."]]
--> [[spoiler:'''Guybrush:''' I've told you a million times, [=LeChuck=], I'm already married to--]]
--> [[spoiler:'''[=LeChuck=]:''' "Till DEATH do you part," Threepwood! And that part has already been taken care of!]]
** [[spoiler:However, all of these are finally subverted when Guybrush returns Elaine to normal, destroys [=LeChuck=] with help from her and Morgan [=LeFlay=], and eventually returns to life at the end of Chapter 5.]]
* EyeCam: Used at the end of Chapter 4, [[spoiler:when Guybrush slowly opens his eyes and sees a close-up of Elaine's hand on both his normal hand and his HookHand, then moves to a blurry vision of [=LeChuck=] walking to the Wind Control Device to absorb the voodoo powers from La Esponja Grande, then turns back to focus on her head and face, as our hero discovers for certain that he is about to die from his fatal stab wounds]].
* EyeScream:
** D'Oro's eye becomes infected in Chapter 1 after getting dirt in it. When he shows up again in Chapter 4, there's nothing left but an empty eye socket as the Marquis De Singe dug it out.
** Bugeye's ultimate scary face in Chapter 3 involves popping one of his eyes into his skull and popping it back out...in his mouth.
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* FamilyUnfriendlyDeath: Two of them, both at the end of chapter 4.
* {{Fauxshadow}}: Guybrush’s WhoWouldBeStupidEnough moment suggests he’ll lose the other wedding ring, but he doesn’t. [[spoiler:True, his soul separates from his body for a while, but does that really count as losing the ring?]]
** Actually, at the beginning of Chapter 4, [[spoiler:the ring is taken away from him along with La Esponja Grande as he goes on trial, and they will remain in the court's possession until he clears himself of all charges]]. Does that really count as losing the ring too?
* FemmeFatale: Morgan.
* TheFerryMan: In Chapter 5, [[spoiler:when Guybrush arrives at the Crossroads Gateway as a GhostPirate,]] he encounters a skeletal Ferryman with a gold tooth who keeps his boat clean and bears a slight resemblance to [[VideoGame/TheCurseOfMonkeyIsland the Lost Welshman]]; except that this Ferryman needs to be paid with "the golden eyes of everlasting sleep", i.e., two gold coins that are placed on the eyes of the dead, so that he can ferry arriving souls to the Center of the Crossroads (just like in Greek mythology), after which he'll no longer appear once his journey is complete.
* {{Fingore}}: Morgan snaps one of De Singe's fingers in chapter 4, just so that he'll stop bothering her, [[spoiler:and is rather taken aback when the broken finger instantly heals itself]].
* AFoolForAClient: Guybrush does this in the fourth chapter, all requisite gags included.
* ForeignCussWord: "Sacre merde!", as spoken by the Marquis De Singe.
* ForeignQueasine: Discussed in Chapter 3: when Guybrush looks at the manatee's uvula, he says, "Mmm... manatee uvula," then pauses a bit before adding, "Eh, it's a delicacy in some cultures."
* {{Foreshadowing}}: Starting when Elaine sternly asks where Guybrush’s wedding ring is, there is plenty of evidence that she will eventually get the wrong idea about him and Morgan.
* FormallyNamedPet: Hemlock [=McGee=] has a cat named Miss Prettywhiskers.
* ForScience: The Marquis De Singe will exclaim this when asked about a Vole-Powered Generator in his lab.
* FourIsDeath: This may be a coincidence or unintentional, but Chapter 4 seems to be ''the very embodiment of death itself'', [[spoiler:especially when its eerie-sounding title, "The Trial and Execution of Guybrush Threepwood", {{foreshadow|ing}}s its premonition that Guybrush will die, with a bit of FridgeBrilliance.]] And it's a little eerie when the scene on Flotsam is night-themed, indicating that night is very deathly. And out of the five charges [[spoiler:that Guybrush faces and manages to clear]], only four are civil ones that carry the death penalty, as indicated in the court briefs.
** [[spoiler:Also in Chapter 4, death happens not just to Guybrush, but to four of the characters that he has met on or near Flotsam Island. In Chapter 1, he is first met by Davey Nipperkin before encountering the [[ChekhovsBoomerang Pyrite Parrot of Petaluma]] and the Marquis De Singe, and at the end of the chapter, the fourth character he encounters in person (though unidentified until Chapter 2) is Morgan [=LeFlay=], who is also the first supporting character to die in Chapter 4. He would either witness or hear of three more deaths (Nipperkin, the Pyrite Parrot, De Singe) before he himself would be slain at the end of said chapter. Oh, and the four wind idols that he has rearranged in Chapter 1 are very helpful once again in destroying De Singe in the Wind Control Device, powering up [[MacGuffin La Esponja Grande]] and curing the [[HatePlague Pox of [=LeChuck=]]] in Chapter 4, while they also indicate that something bad (and fatal) may happen.]]
** What sets up the death-themed Chapter 4 is this: [[spoiler:out of the five characters in the body count in this chapter, only four of them are human (Morgan, Nipperkin, De Singe, Guybrush); and out of the same five characters, we only get to see four of them get killed on-screen (only Nipperkin's death is off-screen). And to add to the finishing touches, ''Guybrush himself is the fourth and last human character to die on-screen at the end of this chapter!'']] So this trope itself wasn't kidding: Four ''IS'' death all around in Chapter 4!
** Oh, and there's one more bit to add to this trope: in Chapter 5, [[TarotTroubles guess what the fourth tarot card is labeled in the intro?]] [[spoiler:That's right, it's "DEATH"!]] A bit eerie, wouldn't you say?
* FriendToAllLivingThings: Morgan [=LeFlay=]. Not only does she like monkeys, but she also loves cute [[PirateParrot parrots]], especially one that is made of pyrite, which she says she'll keep as a souvenir once she's done with Guybrush.
** It is revealed in Chapter 3 that Santino even loves bugs, as discussed by Moose.
* FunnyBackgroundEvent: During the Brotherhood chase in Chapter 3, while Guybrush is asking Morgan for help, you can see Noogie suddenly stop while raising his wooden sword in the air before collapsing, and Guybrush running and passing through him before he gets up and rejoins the chase. So funny.
** Near the end of Chapter 4, though not a funny background event, [[spoiler:while [=LeChuck=] shouts and laughs in glee, "LECHUCK! Arr, this name-shouting is jolly good fun!", you can see the wounded Guybrush sitting against the encased wind idol in pain in the background before Elaine runs up to him, kneels down, and desperately tries reviving him by holding him close to her. So touching.]]
* GambitRoulette: [[spoiler:Elaine's plan in ''Tales'' can be summed up as this because too much of it relies on coincidence. Guybrush even has the option to lampshade this in the epilogue.]]
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* GenderBlenderName: Morgan [=LeFlay=]. Even with the [[ShoutOut Arthurian]] pun, Guybrush apparently did not expect a woman.
* GeniusDitz: Guybrush has a knack for solving puzzles, if nothing else.
** While the game has no shortage of [[TheDitz ditzes]], the Marquis De Singe is the rare sort who can devise a brilliant EvilPlan for {{Immortality}} but also fall for the LookBehindYou gag any number of times.
* GenreSavvy: Other than Guybrush, we have Coronado De Cava, who also seems to understand that his world works in puzzles. The man appreciates the quality of good rubber tree.
* GettingCrapPastTheRadar: "Would you mind releasing my wife? She gets a little cranky when she's tied up for more than an hour or so."
** When Elaine is begging Guybrush to join forces with human [=LeChuck=] one of her lines is "[[LampshadedDoubleEntendre I'll make it worth your while...]]"
** DoubleEntendre: Oh yeah, this game has got many of them: from Guybrush's aforementioned asking [=LeChuck=] to release Elaine to trying to show stolen items to someone ("I generally don't rub my booty in the faces of those I've stolen it from.") to looking at the cans in a shack on Roe Island ("Nice cans. I mean... nice CANS!") to repeatedly attempting to steal an empty treasure chest (Trenchfoot: "You just keep your hands off my chest." Guybrush: "Not a problem. In fact, I can guarantee I won't be touching a single part of your body!") to Guybrush recalling his previous events in the Flotsam Jungle [[spoiler:with the Feast for the Senses menu]] ("No more [[TheTalk listening to bees and birds and boars]] for THIS Mighty Pirate™!") to [[spoiler:[=LeChuck=] attempting to have La Esponja Grande and Elaine all to himself after killing Guybrush]] ("But I be willin' to share my booty, [[LampshadedDoubleEntendre if ye catch me drift]]...") to Guybrush looking at the seaweed [[spoiler:containing the locket as a ghost]] ("The motion of my ocean isn't enough to jostle this seaweed.") to [[spoiler:[=LeChuck=]'s response to Elaine telling Guybrush what to do with the cannon on [=LeChuck=]'s ship]] ("You can light my cannon later!"). That's probably a LOT of double entendres!
* GhostPirate: [[spoiler:Guybrush himself becomes one after being slain by [=LeChuck=], but later finds a way to repossess his own body, and he's returned to normal at the end of the final chapter.]]
* {{Glamour}}[=/=]InstantAllegianceArtifact: [[spoiler:[=LeChuck=]'s belt buckle is a sort of a mix between the two when he wears it while he is human, acting like a HarmlessVillain and making people believe that [=LeChuck=] has made a HeelFaceTurn. However, in Chapter 2, Guybrush acts suspicious about [=LeChuck=], as does Elaine, and they both take turns keeping an eye on the villain's motives which they believe may be suspicious rather than helping him. Unfortunately, in Chapters 3 and 4, Elaine succumbs to the [[HatePlague Pox of [=LeChuck=]]], making her unable to concentrate on his motives; and by the time that [=LeChuck=] becomes a {{Big Damn Hero|es}} in saving Guybrush and winning him over to the villain's side, Guybrush's mind becomes too clouded to concentrate on [=LeChuck=]'s villainous deeds, which ultimately leads to his [[InTheBack fatal]] [[NiceJobBreakingItHero downfall]] by the time he [[StupidSacrifice cures everyone of the voodoo Pox]] at the end of Chapter 4.]]
* GrandTheftMe: The Voodoo Lady's locket is the cause of this one in Chapter 3. When played around with the button on the locket, pressing it can cause some possession effects with [[VoicesAreMental voice changes]], like the Voodoo Lady's possessions of De Cava and Guybrush, and [[GenderBender Guybrush's possession of the Voodoo Lady]].
** Gets a whole new meaning when [[spoiler:Guybrush voluntarily gets arrested for kidnapping his own body]].
* GraveHumor: Exploring the cemetery [[spoiler:in the Gateway of the Crossroads]] in Chapter 5 leads to a few funny headstones, like, for example:
--> R.I.P. [[spoiler:Davey]], a pirate reporter. His stories were long, but his obit was shorter.
** And most specifically, [[spoiler:Guybrush]]'s tombstone:
--->[[spoiler:Guybrush Threepwood, Mitey Pirate™.]]
* GravityScrew: In Chapter 4, one of the buttons on De Singe's Auto-Trepanation Helmet turns the whole room in the lab upside down along with Guybrush for a few seconds.
* GreenEyedMonster: Elaine when she assumes the worst about Guybrush and Morgan.
* GuileHero: [[spoiler: Elaine. She laid down an intricate master plan, used her charm back in chapter 2 to make sure Guybrush would play his part in said plan, and repeatedly engaged in swordplay and (in one case) naval warfare to help move things along.]]
* HangingJudge: The Right Honorable Judge Wallace P. Grindstump once he catches the Pox. Still, apart from his uncontrollable shouting, he's fairly reasonable for being a bloodthirsty voodoo-pox-stricken pirate judge presiding over a court filled with an equally bloodthristy, pox-stricken audience of pirates. He is also very friendly and relaxed at his second job as the owner of club 41.
* HealingFactor: The Marquis De Singe, eventually.
* HeelFaceTurn: [=LeChuck=]. Unfortunately, the [[AppliedPhlebotinum Phlebotinum]] discharge that accompanies it is causing everyone else in the Caribbean to undergo a gradual FaceHeelTurn!
* HellOnEarth[=/=]VillainWorld: [[spoiler:More like "Hell on the Caribbean" in Chapter 5, since [=LeChuck=] has regained his voodoo powers after killing Guybrush (see HeroKiller below) and has captured Elaine. And since Guybrush isn't around to stop him, the villain not only pillages and plunders the islands in the Gulf of Melange, but he also destroys Spinner Cay, damages Flotsam (where Guybrush has fallen, though his decaying body survives intact in Club 41), slaughters many people and some Vaycaylians (and a few animal species), and sets fire to many islands, creating his own villain world that is right between [[ApocalypseHow Class 0 and Class 1]]. ([[FromBadToWorse It gets a bit worse]] when [[NiceJobBreakingItHero the Crossroads are opened]], and he becomes a [[AGodAmI Demon Pirate God]].) Thankfully, [[NoOntologicalInertia the entire Gulf of Melange starts getting better]] once Guybrush comes BackFromTheDead and destroys him once and for all.]]
* HereWeGoAgain: In Chapter 2, this is lampshaded by the [=MerLeader=] when [=McGillicutty=] [[PokeThePoodle repeatedly attempts to drown him/her as "torture"]]:
-->'''Chieftain Beluga:''' Guybrush, sink his ship! \\
'''[=McGillicutty=]:''' I'll deal with you later, [[MaliciousMisnaming Stinkwood]]! I think old fin-face here wants another dip in the drink! [[EvilLaugh HA ha ha ha harr!]]\\
'''Chieftain Beluga:''' Here we go again. ''[s/he is lowered into the water]''
* HeroKiller: [[spoiler:[=LeChuck=]. After being turned human, he proceeds to fatally stab Morgan [=LeFlay=] with her own blade in Chapter 4 and then save Guybrush's life from the gallows... only to brutally murder him with the Cutlass of Kaflu not long after.]]
* HeroicBSOD: Guybrush suffers a brief one in the fifth episode when [[spoiler:it appears as if his wife has abandoned him for his arch-nemesis.]]
* HeroicSacrifice: An unusually low-key example happens in the final episode when [[spoiler:Morgan [=LeFlay=] sacrifices her remaining thread of life to allow Guybrush to open the portal to the world of the living. She claims that what she's actually sacrificing is her reputation as a pirate hunter, but it's obvious from the look on her face as she walks away that she knows she's just given up any hope of being fully restored to life]].
* HiddenEyes: Moose in Chapter 3. His eyes are hidden behind his hair, which is why you never see them.
* [[HijackedByGanon Hijacked by LeChuck]]
* HoistByHisOwnPetard: The Marquis De Singe, [[spoiler:ground into a fine powder by his own modifications to the Vaycaylian wind control device]] in Chapter 4.
* HoldYourHippogriffs:
** In Chapter 1:
*** "Give Your Mouth the Gift of [[labelnote:Fizz.]]Gab.[[/labelnote]]"
*** "Davey J. Nipperkin doesn't go handing over his secret sources to every Tom, Dick, and [[labelnote:Guybrush]]Harry[[/labelnote]] that washes ashore!"
*** "All the News [[labelnote:that Floats, We'll Print]]That's Fit to Print[[/labelnote]]"
*** The Flotsam Island flag reads "Die Luft der [[labelnote:Flotsam saugen.]]Freiheit weft.[[/labelnote]]"
*** "...and you can kiss your [[labelnote:eyebrows]]ass[[/labelnote]] good-bye!"
*** "Anyone up for a quick game of Five Card [[labelnote:Draw-and-Quarter?]]Draw?[[/labelnote]] Follow the [[labelnote:Monkey?]]Queen?[[/labelnote]] [[labelnote:Mêlée]]Texas[[/labelnote]] Hold 'Em?"
*** The bookshelf in the Voodoo Lady's shack holds a lot of the book titles matching this trope that would be too many to count.
*** "The Club has a strict 'No [[labelnote:Feet,]]Shoes,[[/labelnote]] No Service' clause."
*** "It's a beautiful rendering of the classic '[[labelnote:Pirate]]Leonardo[[/labelnote]] [[LeonardoDaVinci Da Vinci]].'"
*** "We're closed until I can replace all me inventory that SOMEONE blasted {{To|HellAndBack}} [[labelnote:Hades]]Hell[[/labelnote]] [[ToHellAndBack and Back]]!"
*** "TalkToTheHand, sicko, 'cause the [[labelnote:pirate]]face[[/labelnote]] ain't listenin'!"
*** "{{And Your Little|DogToo}} [[labelnote:Hand,]]Dog,[[/labelnote]] [[AndYourLittleDogToo Too!]]"
** In Chapter 2:
*** "Look behind you, a three-headed [[labelnote:sea chimp!/golden seahorse!]]monkey![[/labelnote]]"
*** "Accidentally, my [[labelnote:dorsal fin!]]ass![[/labelnote]]"
*** "Does someone have a [[labelnote:cannon]]gun[[/labelnote]] to your head?"
*** Two of the books in the Vaycaylian Library are "{{A|TaleOfTwoCities}} [[labelnote:City]]Tale[[/labelnote]] [[ATaleOfTwoCities of Two]] [[labelnote:Tails]]Cities[[/labelnote]]" and "Literature/{{The Old Man and the|Sea}} [[labelnote:Seagull]]Sea[[/labelnote]]".
*** "...but that guy is [[labelnote:cannon]]trigger[[/labelnote]][[TriggerHappy -happy]]!"
*** "Just my two [[labelnote:pieces of eight,]]cents,[[/labelnote]] sir."
** In Chapter 3:
*** "Now let's get down to brass [[labelnote:barnacles]]tacks[[/labelnote]]."
*** "United we stand! [[labelnote:Together we party.]]Divided we fall.[[/labelnote]]"
*** "Feel free to stay, but please, don't rock the [[labelnote:manatee.]]boat.[[/labelnote]]"
*** "I've always lived by the rule: do unto [[labelnote:others' uvulas]]others[[/labelnote]] as you would have [[labelnote:done to yours]]them do unto you[[/labelnote]]."
*** "[[labelnote:Blowholes]]Heavens[[/labelnote]] to Betsy, could it be?"
*** "RARELY SEEN, [[labelnote:BROS AND BRAS]]LADIES AND GENTLEMEN[[/labelnote]]!!!"
*** "You said if I beat you in a pirate face-off I'd be [[OurManFlint in like]] [[labelnote:Flynn.]]Flint.[[/labelnote]]"
*** "We'll be out of here in two shakes of a [[labelnote:pirate's booty.]]lamb's tail.[[/labelnote]]"
*** "[[Film/FasterPussycatKillKill Faster,]] [[labelnote:minions!]]Pussycat![[/labelnote]] [[Film/FasterPussycatKillKill Kill! Kill!]]"
*** "Hold onto your [[labelnote:pantalones!]]pants![[/labelnote]]"
*** "Heavens to [[labelnote:hippos,]]Betsy,[[/labelnote]] I can practically taste my underpants!"
*** "Prepare to meet [[labelnote:Poseidon!]]your maker![[/labelnote]]"
** In Chapter 4:
*** "Your honor, [[labelnote:pirates and wenches]]ladies and gentlemen[[/labelnote]] of the [[labelnote:gallery...]] jury...[[/labelnote]]"
*** "Captain Threepwood, are you aware of the old pirate court saying, 'the [[labelnote:pirate]]man[[/labelnote]] who represents himself in court has a [[labelnote:soon-to-be-keelhauled fool]]fool[[/labelnote]] for a client?'"
*** "Court doesn't trust stool [[labelnote:parrots]]pigeons[[/labelnote]]..."
*** "[[labelnote:Laws? Pirates]]Badges? We[[/labelnote]] [[Film/BlazingSaddles don't need no stinkin']] [[labelnote:laws!]]badges![[/labelnote]]"
*** "That's why I always sail defensively, and carry State [[labelnote:Arrrrrrrm]]Farm[[/labelnote]] insurance."
*** Hardtack and D'Oro have an auction called [[labelnote:Ye Bay]]{{Ebay}}[[/labelnote]].
*** "[[labelnote:Draw]]Pin[[/labelnote]] the [[labelnote:Beard]]Tail[[/labelnote]] on the [[labelnote:Guybrush!]]Donkey![[/labelnote]]"
*** "...he seemed to think I could make a pretty [[labelnote:piece of eight]]penny[[/labelnote]] off of your untimely execution..."
*** "Do you swear on [[labelnote:Blackbeard's log]]Literature/TheBible[[/labelnote]] to tell the [[labelnote:truth to the best of your ability as a grog-swilling, back-stabbing pirate?]]truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the truth, so help you God?[[/labelnote]]"
*** "Time is [[labelnote:grog,]]money,[[/labelnote]] Captain."
*** "[[Music/BlackEyedPeas Whatcha gonna do with all that]] [[labelnote:gold?]]junk?[[/labelnote]] ... [[Music/BlackEyedPeas All that]] [[labelnote:gold]]junk[[/labelnote]] [[Music/BlackEyedPeas inside your]] [[labelnote:chest]]trunk[[/labelnote]]--"
*** "I've had it up to [[labelnote:me eyepatch]]here[[/labelnote]] with all this landlubbing lollygaggin'!"
*** "You sent me on a wild [[labelnote:albatross]]goose[[/labelnote]] chase for La Esponja Grande..."
*** "[[labelnote:Malevolence]]Beauty[[/labelnote]] is in the eye of the beholder, Guybrush Threepwood."
*** "Tore through here like a [[labelnote:cat]]bat[[/labelnote]] outta hell, off into the jungle."
*** "Are you [[labelnote:pirate]]man[[/labelnote]] enough to take the Fugu Jolokia Challenge?"
*** "...but it was totally worth it to get my [[labelnote:hook]]hands[[/labelnote]] on that pepper."
*** [[spoiler:Elaine]] calls [[spoiler:[=LeChuck=]]] a "spineless goody-two-[[labelnote:boots]]shoes[[/labelnote]]".
** And in Chapter 5:
*** "Mo' money, mo [[labelnote:ability to solve puzzles.]]problems.[[/labelnote]]"
*** {{The Ferry|Man}}man's tip jar has "Film/{{A Fistful of|Dollars}} [[labelnote:Whole Eights]]Dollars[[/labelnote]]".
*** "That witch is nothing but [[TheMusicMan trouble with a capital T, and that rhymes with]] [[labelnote:V,]]P,[[/labelnote]] [[TheMusicMan and that stands for]] [[labelnote:Voodoo.]]pool.[[/labelnote]]"
*** Winslow's deodorant is named "Old [[labelnote:Brute]]Spice[[/labelnote]]".
* HookHand: Guybrush's newly acquired one is the most useful tool in the game.
* [[IAteWhat I Drank What?]]: Downplayed a bit: In Chapter 3, Moose drinks the manatee ichor (kind of a bloodlike fluid or discharge) and, surprisingly, it doesn't sicken Moose at all ([[{{Squick}} though Guybrush and Morgan do seem kind of grossed out by it]]). He even tells Guybrush that the orange ichor (which has "a bubbly effervescence with a tangy palette") has been pure and unfiltered since he got hooked on it when he and the other crew members of De Cava landed in the [[WombLevel belly of the manatee]]. Moose adds that the other ichor, the yellow bile, is acidic and hazardous to the digestive system when drunk. Since De Cava only likes the orange ichor, Guybrush can trick him into drinking the yellow bile served on a mug for one of the key expressions in a Pirate Face-Off.
* [[ICallItVera I Call It "Jumbo Jimbo"]]: Moose had his own name for the Tongue of the Manatee.
* ICanExplain: Repeated in Chapter 3, once when the Brotherhood gets angry at Guybrush for betrayal, and once when he talks to De Cava during the ship battle [[spoiler:for La Esponja Grande]].
* IfIHadANickel: In the {{Deleted|Scene}} {{Backstory}} of Fisheyes Alabaster in Chapter 3, when Bugeye says that Fisheyes' ship was attacked by pirates in Cholera Cove, Guybrush responds with, "If I had a piece of eight for every time something bad happened to me in Cholera Cove..."
* IfYouEverDoAnythingToHurtHer: Discussed and parodied with Guybrush and a human [=LeChuck=] in Chapter 2:
-->'''Guybrush:''' If you did anything to hurt Elaine while I was gone, I swear I'll--
-->'''[=LeChuck=]:''' The only thing I did to Elaine was to pull her from the freezing water along with a bunch of wet, screaming monkeys!
-->'''Guybrush:''' ''[smiles]'' Actually, that kinda sounds like our honeymoon!
* IHaveYouNowMyPretty: Averted when [[spoiler:a weakened De Singe chases and corners Guybrush's Poxed hand at the Vaycaylian Wind Control Device and says, "Aha! I have you now, my pretty!" before the hand pushes him into the device with a [[StockScream Wilhelm Scream]] in Chapter 4.]]
* ILoveTheSmellOfXInTheMorning: From the Treasure Hunt in Chapter 1:
-->'''Guybrush:''' I love the smell of treasure in the morning!
* IMeantToDoThat: Guybrush says this in Chapter 1 after he has caught the Desingeograph of his Poxed hand with his feet and flips it onto the picture bucket near the Illuminopictoscreen. Even though he says that as if he were doing it by accident, it is all a part to escape from the operating table in De Singe's laboratory.
* ImmortalLifeIsCheap[=/=]ImmortalityHurts: [[spoiler:Near the end of Chapter 5, [=LeChuck=] gives zombie Guybrush [[NoHoldsBarredBeatdown a terrible beating and maiming]] that [[NormallyIWouldBeDeadNow would have killed an ordinary human being]], often [[EvilGloating gloating about many ways to kill our hero]] and [[TrashTalk trash-talking him]], yet unaware that Guybrush can't die, thanks to the effects of the Spirit Gum inside him. And while Guybrush is continuously beaten, he feels so exhausted and in so much pain that he can't even ''quip'', indicating that immortality ''does'' indeed hurt. He eventually finds a way to get back to the rip in the Crossroads and destroy [=LeChuck=] with help from Elaine and Morgan in the end, just to end our hero's [[FateWorseThanDeath continual suffering]].]]
* ImpaledWithExtremePrejudice: Guybrush does this to [=LeChuck=] in a botched attempt to destroy him. [[spoiler:[=LeChuck=] later does it to both Morgan and Guybrush.]]
* ImpossibleHourglassFigure: Morgan.
* ImpossibleThief: The thief in The Crossroads in chapter 5. ''And with no hands.''
* ImprobableWeaponUser: [[spoiler:In Chapter 5, W.P. Grindstump can even throw '''''a freaking cash register''''' at Guybrush to crush him if he revives as a zombie (that is, unless he surrenders)!]]
* InMediasRes: The first episode opens with Guybrush confronting [=LeChuck=] at the end of an alleged epic adventure. See also NoodleIncident below.
* InTheBack: [[spoiler:Inverted near the end of Chapter 4: Not only does [=LeChuck=] (figuratively) stab Guybrush in the back in a clever ambush attack, but he (''literally'') stabs Guybrush ''in the chest... with the Cursed Cutlass of Kaflu that is powerful enough to kill him,'' if not instantly!]]
* [[IncredibleShrinkingMan Incredible Shrinking Pirate]]: In Chapter 4, Guybrush uses one of the buttons on De Singe's Auto-Trepanation Helmet and gets shrunk a bit smaller than the size of a lab vole for a bit before growing back to normal size.
* InformalEulogy: [[spoiler:At the very end of Chapter 4, when Guybrush dies from his mortal wounds and Elaine becomes enraged and points her sword at [=LeChuck=]:]]
--> [[spoiler:'''[=LeChuck=]:''' Out of respect for the newly-deceased, I feel I should point out that you wave your sword like a dairy farmer.]]
--> [[spoiler:'''Elaine:''' How appropriate... [[YouFightLikeACow you fight like a Pox-infected undead cow.]]''*sword clash*'']]
* InherentlyFunnyWords: Apparently, someone on the Telltale staff likes the word "manatee".
* InhumanHuman: [[spoiler:Guybrush [[CameBackWrong comes back as a zombie]] in Chapter 5, albeit with a few cases of [[ImHavingSoulPains Soul Pains]] and ResurrectionSickness.]]
* {{Intangibility}}: [[spoiler:Subverted at first in Chapter 5, when Guybrush can still touch and pick up the items as a GhostPirate in the Crossroads of the afterlife; but when he returns to the living world, it becomes Double Subverted when he tries touching the Cursed Cutlass of Kaflu, only to find that he can't touch it (or any other item) or even pick it up while in the living world (he needs to get back in his own body in order to do that).]]
* InterspeciesRomance[=/=]MermaidProblem: The scene in Chapter 2 when the [=MerLeader=] plants a kiss on Guybrush [[spoiler:after the rescue]] is kind of... {{Squick}}y, and Guybrush responds nervously with "How about a reward instead?"
** And in Chapter 5, Guybrush discovers that Winslow and Anemone (a merperson) are in a relationship, and wonders aloud "how that works... logistically."
* IronicEcho: "Unholy THIS!"
* ItIsPronouncedTroPay: Throughout the entire game, the Marquis De Singe (and Joaquin D'Oro) pronounces his own name as "''deh SANJ''" (with the short "a" sound in "apple"), and the Voodoo Lady and Hemlock [=McGee=] pronounce the name as "''day SAHNJ''" (with the "a" pronunciation in "father"). Guybrush and Morgan [=LeFlay=], on the other hand, pronounce De Singe's name poorly, coming out only as "''deh SIHNJ''", like the word "''SIHN-jee''" without the "ee", or like the English word "singe". It's possible this may have been them pulling a MaliciousMisnaming with him, though. The correct pronunciation, incidentally, is how he says it himself, and it means "of Monkey" (not "of the Monkey", that would be "du Singe") in French.
** ''Tales'' also has every single character pronounce "La Esponja Grande" with "esponja" pronounced with a J sound (es-pon-JA). Not until the ''very end of the final episode'' does Elaine FINALLY say "Actually, it's pronounced 'es-pon-HA' with an 'H' sound at the end?"
** And of those who pronounce the word "Caribbean" as "''CA-ri-BEE-an''", only Morgan pronounces it as "''cuh-RIH-bee-an''".
** Also, ''Rise of the Pirate God'' lampshades the pronunciation of Guybrush's name as a [[MaliciousMisnaming way of showing disrespect for him]].
-->'''Galeb:''' Don't worry, Carniferouswood--
-->'''Guybrush:''' Oh, come on, that doesn't even sound like "Threepwood."
* ItsALongStory: Near the end of Chapter 4, Guybrush says this to Elaine [[spoiler:after curing her and everyone else of the Pox of [=LeChuck=], and she doesn't remember how she got here or why her mouth tastes like coleslaw. He also says that he'll explain once they figure how to get out of the clamshell traps. [=LeChuck=]'s arrival unfortunately turns it into "YourPrincessIsInAnotherCastle!"]]
* ItsTheOnlyWay: [[spoiler:Spoken by Zombie Guybrush to a surprised Morgan near the end of Chapter 5, when he takes out [[ChekhovsGun his last shred of life]] and tosses it into the rip to close up the Crossroads, trapping the Pirate God [=LeChuck=] and allowing her and Elaine to use the CoupDeGrace on him simultaneously.]]
** Before that, De Cava says this in Chapter 3 when he says he's weaving the husks of Manatee Throat Grubs for an artificial cochlea, [[spoiler:unaware that the actual cochlea had been stolen by his own crew during the time they were in the manatee]].
* ItsWhatIDo: Guybrush says this to Morgan in Chapter 3 when she doesn't believe that he can talk to De Cava's crew for [[spoiler:the manatee cochlea]] and she just wants to attack them for it.
* ItWasADarkAndStormyNight: Though not narrated by voice or words, the game's opening ''does'' take place on a dark and stormy night in the Rock of Gelato.
* IWillShowYouX: There are a few examples of this [[spoiler:when Elaine is poxed and fighting De Singe]] near the end of Chapter 4: "I've got yer juicy strain right here, bucko!" "I'll give you some piddlin' firkins!" "I'll show you who's done for!" and "I'll spread you to the four corners!!"
* IWishedYouWereDead: [[spoiler:Sort of: At the end of Chapter 4, as Elaine is sharing her LastKiss with the fatally wounded Guybrush, [=LeChuck=] taunts him by saying, "Aren't you dead yet? I've got wedding plans to make!" As if on cue, Guybrush [[DiedInYourArmsTonight dies in her arms]] and leaves her heartbroken and angry. Cue the InformalEulogy.]]
** [[spoiler: Played with in Chapter 5, when Guybrush (as a zombie) confronts [=LeChuck=], who tells him, "I do wish you hadn't made such a pest of yourself. [[IWantThemAlive I wanted you alive]] to see me marry Elaine!"]]
* {{Jaccuse}}: Spoken by Guybrush [[spoiler:while showing Jacques the Monkey to the court during Hemlock's case]] in Chapter 4.
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[[folder:K-O]]
* KangarooCourt: Guybrush is tried by one in chapter four. But then, what did you expect of Pirate Court?
** Pirate Court or not, is there any justification in attempting to sentence someone to death by keelhauling ''before they've been charged with anything?''
** Yes, if they all have been infected by a powerful HatePlague that makes them mad.
* KillEmAll: [[spoiler:Out of all the new characters you meet in the storyline, only Van Winslow, Anenome, Bugeye and Judge Grindstump definitely survive until the end of episode 5. It's heavily implied that absolutely all of the other characters you meet in the game are killed]]. Yes, this is indeed a dark tale.
* KillTheCutie: [[spoiler:Both Morgan and Guybrush are cuties in that she is a sweet femme fatale and he is {{Adorkable}} throughout the game. It is very sad that [[HeroKiller [=LeChuck=] has to go and kill them both]] in Chapter 4: first sending the latter (Guybrush) on a case of MistakenForMurderer, and later turning his act of triumph into a stunning, tragic TearJerker. (Thankfully, he gets better in Chapter 5.)]]
** [[spoiler:Other than that, also in Chapter 4, the only "cutie" that the Marquis De Singe has "killed" is the [[ChekhovsBoomerang Pyrite Parrot of Petaluma]], which he uses as a test subject for the Jus de Vie in the Vaycaylian Wind Control Device in front of Guybrush and Elaine.]]
** [[spoiler:Also, Noogie in Chapter 3. He is so {{Adorkable}} when he plays the bongos and has a date with Morgan [=LeFlay=] despite his glasses. After the betrayal, capture, and interrogation, however, Noogie disappears. Guybrush can ask Bugeye what happened to Noogie during the ship battle for La Esponja Grande, and Bugeye can reply that Noogie [[ReleasedToElsewhere "went to a quiet farm upstate"]], meaning, of course, that he is killed off-screen. You can even find his grave in the afterlife in Episode 5. Poor Noogie.]]
* KnightOfCerebus: [[spoiler: [=LeChuck=] at the end of episode 4. Rather than try to kill Guybrush with some ridiculously convoluted scheme such as turning him into a chair or shrinking him, he just [[CombatPragmatist walks up and stabs him]]. It's also something of a weird MoralEventHorizon, because it looks like the over-the-top, almost endearing [=LeChuck=] from the first four games is now gone for good.]]
** [[spoiler: The voodoo doll at the end of the second game has shades of this, too. If anything, it's that game that introduced the idea of a scary [=LeChuck=], which Curse and Escape (and Screaming Narwhal) abandoned. The whole "Human [=LeChuck=]" routine is almost a way for Telltale to bring that menace back to the rotting bugger.]]
** As of Episode 5, [[spoiler: [=LeChuck=] seems to have finally found a balance between being silly and being menacing and goes back and forth between the two with ease.]]
* LamePunReaction: Given the series, these are unavoidable, but of note is Guybrush's "[[DoraTheExplorer D'Oro the Explorer]]" in Chapter One. His left hand actually slaps him for it.
** Amazingly, he manages to top himself in the very next episode, ''The Siege of Spinner Cay'', after receiving a book of 101 Fish Jokes from the Vaycaylian Tetra (many of which also qualify):
--->'''Guybrush:''' I hope it doesn't keep me in '''stitches''' or I might need a ... '''Sturgeon'''!\\
'''Tetra:''' I hate you now.
* LargeHam: Where to start? Most notably there's [=LeChuck=], Judge Grindstump, any character voiced by [[VoiceActors Roger L. Jackson]] (Such as Winslow, and Hemlock "FEED 'IM TO THE JUNGLE BEAST!!!" [=McGee=]), and, while [[DemotedToExtra she didn't have a very big role in Curse]], Alexandra Boyd brings the house down in ''Tales'' with every line as [[spoiler:poxed]] Elaine and as [[spoiler:Demon-Bride Elaine]].
* LastKiss: It may or may not be a trope in Chapter 4, but at the end of the chapter, [[spoiler:as Elaine holds a dying Guybrush in her arms, after he utters out his last words, "Kick [[=LeChuck=]'s] two-faced butt for me..." she is [[TearJerker on the verge of tears]] as she promises, "From Melee to Monkey and all the islands in between, my love," and [[SugarWiki/HeartwarmingMoments gets close to Guybrush as she closes her eyes and puts her lips on his cheek between her sobs]]. At least we think it's a kiss.]]
* LittleBlackDress: [[spoiler: Elaine finally gets one when she willingly becomes [=LeChuck=]'s demon bride in Chapter 5, and this black bridal dress has all the elements of a PimpedOutDress (see below).]]
* LiveItem: Several, the most celebrated one is ... Murray.
* LookBehindYou: “Hey, it’s King Louis the…”
** The Crossroads thief actually encourages you to pull this on him. Guybrush doesn't have to finish a sentence before the thief pretends to be fooled long enough for Guybrush to steal something. It is a sort of thief paradise, after all.
* LoudGulp: Quite a few, actually:
** In Chapter 2, Guybrush does this when he tries showing Morgan the Pyrite Parrot, and she says that since the parrot is cute, she'll take it as a souvenir after she kills Guybrush.
** In Chapter 4, when Stan asks, "No hard feelings over all those various civil and criminal charges?" Guybrush replies, "Water under the bridge!" before raising his hook and continuing, "A bridge with a fast-talking shyster-slash-salesman dangling from it," causing Stan to gulp in fear.
* MacGuffin: La Esponja Grande.
* MacGuffinDeliveryService: [[spoiler:La Esponja Grande being recovered and restored to full size is integral to [=LeChuck's=] plans.]]
* MadDoctor: The Marquis De Singe, in addition to being a…
** MadScientist: He dismembers pirates, installs electromagnetic components in monkeys, [[ArsonMurderAndJaywalking and crossbreeds poodles]] ForScience!
* ManIFeelLikeAWoman: Parodied with Guybrush in his GrandTheftMe of the Voodoo Lady, for a short time in Chapter 3. He even jiggles her earrings and plays with his breasts if the player sits around for a few minutes!
* MasochistsMeal: W.P. Grindstump is the proud owner of a Fugu Jolokia Pepper. He won it by being able to place his tongue on the outer skin of the pepper for a full 10 seconds, and now offers a challenge for anyone who would place their tongue on the pepper for ''a full 11 seconds!'' No mean feat, as not only is the pepper spicy beyond all sanity, even on the outer skin (wheras most real-life peppers have their heat in the juice or seeds), but it is also hot temperature-wise to the tongue, to the point that Guybrush's skin nearly burns when he tries touching the pepper with his good hand; he needs to numb up his tongue if he wants to win the challenge.
* MasterOfUnlocking: From Chapter 2 of ''Tales'' onward, Guybrush can use his HookHand as a lockpick to unlock doors and treasure chests. [[spoiler:Of course, there are only a few items that can't be unlocked by his hook alone, and that is in the final chapter.]]
* MeaningfulName: The Fugu Jolokia above takes its name from the Bhut Jolokia, an actual pepper, and fugu, the Japanese pufferfish - which is ''poisonous''.
* MeleeATrois: In Part 5, there's a brief insult/cheerup swordfight between Guybrush, Morgan, and another pirate.
* MenDontCry: Narrowly averted in Chapter 4, [[spoiler:when Guybrush feels so deeply grieved at the death of Morgan [=LeFlay=] that it's almost like he is [[TearJerker silently weeping]], though his ManlyTears may be invisible.]]
* MistakenForAnImposter: In Chapter 2, when Guybrush thinks the human [=LeChuck=] is an impostor:
-->'''Guybrush:''' Sooo... you say you're human now, huh? Well, ''[snaps his finger]'' let's just see what happens when I ...PULL OFF YOUR MASK!! ''[jumps at [=LeChuck=]'s face]''\\
'''[=LeChuck=]:''' Owwch!! Guybrush, stop that! ''[pushes him off]''\\
'''Guybrush:''' ''[understands]'' Huh. Okay... maybe you are human. I still don't like you.\\
'''[=LeChuck=]:''' Be that as it may, we still must work together to retrieve this SummoningArtifact!
* MistakenForMurderer: In Chapter 4, [[spoiler:as Guybrush starts his "Feast for the Senses" quest, he sees De Singe exit his "laboratorium" in distress, indicating that something is going on in the lab. On entering, he finds the lab in a total mess, and Morgan lying on the floor, stabbed by her own Blade of Dragotta. Before she dies, she whispers her [[DyingClue last words as a warning]], unheard by the player and misheard by Guybrush, leading him to believe that De Singe killed her. When he later confronts De Singe before tossing [[MacGuffin La Esponja Grande]] into the Wind Control Device while testing it, Guybrush can blame him for the atrocious act of murder, to which De Singe can imply that he didn't kill her by spouting out clues that can be helpful to the player but not to Guybrush ("Of course I ran out of my lab! There was [[BloodlessCarnage blood all over the floor]] instead of being packed neatly in vials where it belongs!" and "Ooh, the Mighty Pirate™ thinks I murdered his friend! However will I live with the shame?"). It is not until both De Singe and Guybrush are killed (the former by the latter, the latter by [=LeChuck=]) or until Guybrush meets up with Morgan in the Crossroads that he realizes that the [=LeChuck=] who killed him is the same BigBad who killed her during Guybrush's "criminal charge" trial as well. Oops.]]
* MixAndMatchCritters: The Sea Creatures of Chapter 2. They have the head of a sea horse, the body and shell of a turtle, the fins and flippers of a fish, and the large bulb antenna of an angler fish. [[HellIsThatNoise And their calls are... kind of weird.]]
* MouthCam: Two of them (in the mouths of manatees), both in Chapter 3: one when Guybrush is approaching the cave guarded by a female manatee, and one near the end of the chapter, [[spoiler:as the Giant Manatee approaches to swallow De Cava and his crew in the Howler Monkey]].
* {{MST}}: At the end of Lair of the Leviathan, Murray starts poking fun at certain names and snarking about the length of the credits.
* MusicalNod: Blink and you'll miss it, but the diving music in Chapter 3 (also used in the pulling of the lion's paw from the Jungle Beast in Chapter 4) is a quieter version of the "Captain Kate's Boat Dive" music from ''VideoGame/MonkeyIsland2LeChucksRevenge''.
* MyGrandmaCanDoBetterThanYou: Guybrush has a rather ingenious one near the end of Chapter 2, only "grandma" is replaced with "possibly dead mother":
-->'''Guybrush:''' My possibly dead mother could shoot a cannon better than you can!
* MysteriousBacker: The Voodoo Lady, naturally.
* MythologyGag:
** The Crossroads lead to three seperate pirate heavens, themed after swordfighting, thievery and treasure hunting. Just like the three trials in ''VideoGame/TheSecretOfMonkeyIsland''.
** The Cursed Cutlass Of Kaflu requires five items for the spell to be complete. The ingredients include: 37 oz. of bloodstained silver, [[VideoGame/TheSecretOfMonkeyIsland Ghost-destroying Voodoo Root Beer (fizzy)]], [[VideoGame/MonkeyIsland2LeChucksRevenge a Voodoo Doll]], [[VideoGame/TheCurseOfMonkeyIsland the Midas Diamond]], and [[VideoGame/EscapeFromMonkeyIsland The Ultimate Insult]]. Of those last four ingredients, only the Diamond ''wasn't'' used to defeat [=LeChuck=] in the past. And that's probably because [[PepperSneeze black pepper]] would've been a really lame voodoo ingredient.
** In Chapter 2, when Guybrush moves the fish barrel over to the other side of the mainmast of the Screaming Narwhal and then scares the seagull, it files up and picks up a (literal) RedHerring, which is reminiscent of the seagull playing with the red herring outside the Scumm Bar's kitchen in ''VideoGame/TheSecretOfMonkeyIsland''. Also, Guybrush can use the fish eggs with his hook hand and catch another red herring at the fishing well in Spoon Isle.
** When Guybrush reaches for the [[spoiler: Cursed Cutlass of Kaflu as a zombie]] during the Chapter 5 cutscene, he says "[[VideoGame/TheCurseOfMonkeyIsland Pappapisshu]]" instead of "Youch".
** In Chapter 5, Guybrush puts on a pot as a helmet before [[spoiler: getting fired out of a cannon]].
** Hardtack the Pirate / Bailiff mentions weird slaw cravings whilst under the influence of the Pox [[spoiler: and Elaine mentions her mouth tasting like it after she snaps out of the curse]]; this is a reference to a Funny Moment {{Cutscene}} from ''VideoGame/TheCurseOfMonkeyIsland''
-->'''[=LeChuck=]:''' "Burn down every island in the Caribbean if you have to, but bring me my bride! '''AND MORE SLAW!''' Curse those villains. They never give you enough slaw with these value meals!"
** The mounted Hugh the Manatee in Coronado De Cava's shack sings "[[VideoGame/TheCurseOfMonkeyIsland I Pirate I Was Meant To Be]]" when interacted with.
* TheNameIsBondJamesBond: Hemlock [=McGee=] introduces himself in this way in Chapter 1:
-->'''Hemlock:''' It's Hemlock. Hemlock [=McGee=].
* NerdGlasses: Noogie wears them in Chapter 3.
* NiceJobBreakingItHero: In Chapter 1, [=LeChuck=] botches up Guybrush's voodoo spell for the Cutlass of Kaflu, leaving our hero scrambling for substitutions and trying to perfect the Cutlass to destroy [=LeChuck=]; only, instead of destroying him, it causes [=LeChuck=] to spread his [[HatePlague voodoo pox]] across the Gulf of Melange and turns him into a [[spoiler:seemingly]] {{harmless|Villain}} {{human|ityEnsues}}. Nice job!
** And that is not all, as this is followed by [[spoiler:Guybrush being asked by the Voodoo Lady to search for the legendary MacGuffin Esponja Grande and his eventually finding the sponge and using it to absorb and remove the pox from everyone in Chapter 4, curing them completely, so that [=LeChuck=] can obtain it for himself, killing Guybrush in the process. Nice job [[StupidSacrifice curing everyone and getting yourself killed]], Guybrush.]]
** [[spoiler:And in Chapter 5, when Guybrush (as a GhostPirate) finds a spell so he can escape the Crossroads and return to the living world, he opens up the rip in the Crossroads and inadvertently (along with [=LeChuck=]'s hypnotized monkeys) lets the villain use La Esponja Grande to harness the voodoo power from the Crossroads, creating other rips and becoming the [[AGodAmI Demon Pirate God of the Caribbean]] who turns a willing Elaine into his demon bride. Nice job making [=LeChuck=] more evil, Guybrush! However, creating other rips lets Guybrush find a way to [[InhumanHuman repossess his own corpse]] and shrink the sponge in order to free Elaine from [=LeChuck=]'s influence. So nice job negating your breaking it and averting the destruction, Guybrush.]]
* NoHoldsBarredBeatdown: The final battle with [[spoiler:Pirate God [=LeChuck=]]] is ''brutal'', and just painful to watch. He basically plays with Guybrush like a rag doll, trying to kill him in horrifyingly ''direct'' and ''painful'' ways. Throwing him from the ship's crow's nest, keelhauling him multiple times, throwing him into the quarters so hard the door is blown off its hinges, and punching him so hard that he ends up in the crow's nest again. And Guybrush [[spoiler:is a zombie and]] [[ImmortalityHurts can't even die]]. What truly sells the horror of the whole sequence is Guybrush's voice. You can tell ''just'' how much pain he's truly in just by hearing the way his voice constantly breaks, and the weary way he tries to describe things. He's so spent, so exhausted, and in so much ''pain'' that he can't even ''quip''. A Guybrush who can't make jokes is a sad thing indeed.
** This beatdown will continue uninterrupted if you, the player, don't figure out a way to stop it. Given that this is an adventure game, finding the solution takes time and it's just heart wrenching to hear Guybrush's voice full of pain then being forced to return to the beating when something you try isn't successful. The longer it takes to solve the puzzle [[VideogameCaringPotential the worse it gets]].
* NonSequiturThud: "Is that you, mother? I washed my hands..."
* NoodleIncident: ''Tales'' was jokingly called the ''sixth'' game [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_detailpage&v=vdOLrCzzrFI&t=69 by developers]] but fans took the joke a bit too seriously... Regardless, all that happened before it is brushed aside.
** All we know about the events preceding ''Tales'' comes from Guybrush's offhand comment that, sometime before the game started, [=LeChuck=] returned to life as a "killer walrus."
*** The beginning of the Launch of the Screaming Narwhal is probably the result of said "missing game". It definitely has all the trappings of the end of a Monkey Island game: Elaine captured, [=LeChuck=] executing his latest evil plan, and Guybrush hastily substituting ingredients for a voodoo spell to get rid of him yet again. The only difference being that the voodoo substitutions make the spell go ''more'' horribly wrong than usual, kicking off the plot of ''Tales''.
* NunsAreSpooky: In Chapter 3, there is a picture of Sister Agnes, a nun with a creepy face, which is what Noogie is afraid of.
* ObfuscatingStupidity: [[spoiler:[=LeChuck=]'s stupidity about the clam shell puzzle in Chapter 2 hides the fact that he's actually still fully evil, and ''planning'' for Guybrush to recover La Esponja Grande.]]
* OddlyNamedSequel2ElectricBoogaloo: Lampshaded in Chapter 4, with one of the souvenir pins reading, "Trial of the Century II - Electric Voodooloo".
* OffWithHisHead: Parodied twice in Chapter 3: [[spoiler:once when Guybrush does this using Morgan's Blade of Dragotta to replace Santino's head with Murray while Moose is distracted; and once when Guybrush, in an attempt to extract information from the Brotherhood about the [[TranslatorCollar Tongue of the Manatee]], uses the blade again to slice off "Santino's head", making Murray fly off the skeleton and into the water below.]]
** Only discussed in Chapter 4, when Bosun Kathryn Krebbs repeatedly shouts out, "Off with his head!", "Off with your head!", and "Off with her head!"
* OfficialCouple: Guybrush and Elaine.
* OhCrap: Done marvelously in Chapter 4 ("Oh, [[HoldYourHippogriffs grog nuts]]!") That phrase WILL go through your head when [[spoiler:[=LeChuck=] casually reveals that he has been EvilAllAlong, right before stabbing Guybrush through the gut]].
** Morgan [=LeFlay=] gets one in Chapter 2 when she realises that she's about to be knocked overboard.
* OhNoNotAgain: In Chapter 5, [[spoiler:Guybrush will say, "Not again," and get dispossessed if he keeps trying to escape from jail using the secret passageway without the Spirit Gum]].
** Also, during the BattleInTheRain in Chapter 1, when Guybrush botches up the recipe for the Cutlass of Kaflu due to [=LeChuck=]'s meddling by breaking the bottle of root beer, Elaine sighs and says, "And now we're going to die. Again. Heh. Wonderful."
* OnceForYesTwiceForNo: Discussed in Chapter 2: When Elaine says that she can't leave Spinner Cay with Guybrush, he can say, "Why? Does someone have a cannon to your head? Blink twice if the answer is 'yes.'"
* OrAreYouJustHappyToSeeMe: In the PS3 version, one of the bronze trophies obtained in Chapter 1 (when Guybrush sees the effects of the Pox of [=LeChuck=] on the inhabitants) is labeled, "Is That a Pox on Your Face, or Are You Just Angry to See Me?"
* OrganAutonomy: Guybrush's Pox-infected hand slaps him around, actively thwarts his attempts to explore and solve puzzles, and [[spoiler:kills the Marquis de Singe for taking advantage of it.]]
* OurGhostsAreDifferent: [[spoiler:Guybrush’s tipoff to ghosthood is the return of his severed hand. He has to go through some figurative hoops to return to the land of the living, where he can’t manipulate any objects that he didn’t bring with him.]]
* OurZombiesAreDifferent: The Voodoo Lady says that “zombie” is not the best word [[spoiler:for what Guybrush becomes. He does act pretty much the same as in life, except for a variant of a ZombieGait]].
* OverlyLongName: D'Oro's full name is "Joaquin Jocinto De Meara Alphonso D'Oro".
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* PaperTiger: Bugeye is a bald, tattooed pirate who disrespects the main character and generally talks tough. But once you need to get information out of him, you find that the slightest bit of pressure will make him squeal.
* PimpedOutDress: [[spoiler:Elaine gets one when she willingly becomes [=LeChuck=]'s demon bride in Chapter 5, and she wears it through the remainder of the chapter, even when she reverts to her normal, no longer demonic form. Her [[LittleBlackDress black bridal dress]] comes with a [[{{Stripperific}} revealing]] GemEncrusted [[ImpossiblyLowNeckline black bustier/corset]] worn under a see-though sheer black fabric sleeveless blouse with a black sash belt, a dark gray broomstick skirt and black dress boots, along with gem encrusted black OperaGloves, and an [[HypnoTrinket eerie-glowing black]] [[RequisiteRoyalRegalia tiara]].]]
* ThePiratesWhoDontDoAnything: This is ''finally'' averted in The Siege of Spinner Cay: [=McGillicutty=] and his crew are pirates incarnate, who pillage, fire cannons, bury treasure, lay siege to innocent ports, drown people, threaten Guybrush repeatedly, and [[ArsonMurderAndJaywalking cook]].
** One must remember that they do this under the influence of TheCorruption...
*** Although it's stated that unlike a lot of the characters, [=McGillicutty=]'s crew openly ''welcomed'' the Pox, even going as far as to try and destroy its cure. The Pox may have made them more piratey, but they're still pirates anyway.
* PokeThePoodle: In The Siege of Spinner Cay, Captain [=McGillicutty=] captures the Merfolk Ruler and threatens to drown him/her if he/she refuses to reveal the secret ritual words to summon the sea creatures that leads to La Esponja Grande. It works about as well as you would expect.
** It's kind of hinted at that the Pox completely addled [=McGillicutty=]'s mind. But it's still hilarious hearing the Merfolk ruler insisting that it wouldn't work.
* PortalNetwork: The various rips in the Crossroads that appear on [=LeChuck's=] ship, Club 41, a raft atop the Manatee Mating Grounds in the ocean, and a secluded island somewhere in the Gulf of Melange.
* ThePowerOfLove: At the end of the game, [[spoiler:the very last puzzle.]]
* PrecisionFStrike: [[spoiler:"You... bastard!" from Elaine]] in Episode 5.
* PreviouslyOn: Chapters 2 through 4 have a recap by the Voodoo Lady, using Tarot cards as visual aids. Chapter 5 has just the cards, with voice-overs covering the prior action.
* ProlongedPrologue: Somewhat long in Chapters 1 and 3.
* PublicExecution: Discussed in the courthouse bulletin in Chapter 4, [[spoiler:and almost attempted when Judge Grindstump is imposing a death sentence on Guybrush... until [[BigDamnHeroes [=LeChuck=] arrives at the courthouse to clear our hero's name]]]].
* PunctuatedForEmphasis: In Chapter 4, [[spoiler:when Guybrush tells the Poxed Elaine about getting [=LeChuck=] out of jail once everyone is cured of the Pox]]:
-->'''[[spoiler:Elaine]]:''' THAT spineless [[HoldYourHippogriffs goody-two-boots]]? Let! Him! Rot!
** At the beginning of Chapter 1, when Guybrush talks to Elaine and asks, "Are you hungry?":
-->'''Guybrush:''' Want me to get anything from the hold? I've brought some pot stickers!\\
'''Elaine:''' ''[screams in annoyance]'' No! Finish! The! Recipe!
* TheReasonYouSuckSpeech: In Chapter 4, Guybrush gives one of these speeches to Morgan [=LeFlay=], and makes her feel visibly terrible for the acts that caused it.
* RedEyesTakeWarning: This is parodied in the game from Chapters 1-4 when pirates are so infected by the Pox of [=LeChuck=] they go into Poxed rages and even [[CutHisHeartOutWithASpoon shout out silly death threats]].
* ReleasedToElsewhere: Poor, poor Noogie...
* ResurrectedRomance: [[spoiler:Guybrush himself, at the end of the game]].
* RidingIntoTheSunset: [[spoiler:Near the end of the game, Guybrush, Elaine and Winslow ride the Screaming Narwhal off into the beautiful sunrise.]]
* RiseFromYourGrave: [[spoiler:Parodied at the beginning of Chapter 5, when Guybrush wakes up as a GhostPirate in his own grave at the Crossroads' Gateway and believes he is "BuriedAlive... again!"]]
* RockPaperScissors: Parodied in Chapter 5, when Reginald Van Winslow has been working on a game he calls "Rock, Paper, Fountain Pen", and describes to Guybrush how the game is played: "Well, paper beats rock. And then the player must shame the paper into defeat by filling it full of lewd phrases using the pen.".
* RougeAnglesOfSatin[=/=]WantonCrueltyToTheCommonComma: The game's subtitles often do these with typos in them throughout its chapters, especially with its improper use of hyphens or with the letters or words or punctuation marks or hyphens missing. The biggest subtitle blunder is evident in Chapter 2, [[TheBigListOfBooboosAndBlunders where the subtitles are riddled with So. Many. Typos]]! It's even hard to make out the words that are often misspelled (either with an extra letter or with one or both letters missing), have a LOT of mispunctuation and miscapitalization, and don't match what the characters' voices are saying, like (for example) "[[labelnote:Marquee [=DeSinge=]]]Marquis De Singe[[/labelnote]]", "[[labelnote:burry]]bury[[/labelnote]]", "[[labelnote:snivvelin]]sniveling[[/labelnote]]", "[[labelnote:mits]]mitts[[/labelnote]]", "[[labelnote:treasue]]treasure[[/labelnote]]", "[[labelnote:pervious]]previous[[/labelnote]]", and a LOT of misspellings of "merfolk", "mermaid", "merman", "merperson" and "merpeople". Also, the biggest blunders are many words in the subtitles that don't match what the person's voice says, like, for example, Trenchfoot's subtitles repeatedly saying "I have" when his voice clearly says "I've got".
** Also, Roe Island seems to be suffering a case of AllLowercaseLetters instead of capital letters when examined items change their names (Example: "Photograph" becomes "almost kinda sweet photo of [=DeCava=] ''[sic]'' and the Voodoo Lady", "Journals" become "poems no one wants to read", "Sketch" becomes "disturbing sketch of a young Voodoo Lady", "Cot" becomes "disgusting cot", etc.).
** SpellMyNameWithAnS: Even there are a few names that everyone is confused about: the names "[=MerLeader=]" ("[=Mer-Leader=]", "Merleader" "Mer Leader", etc.), "Vaycaylian" ("Vacaylian", "Vaycalian", "Vacalian"), "De Singe" ("[=DeSinge=]"), "De Cava" ("[=DeCava=]"), Morgan [=LeFlay=] ("Le Flay" in Chapter 1, "[=LaFlay=]" in Chapter 2), and "Esponja" in "La Esponja Grande" ("Esponge", "Esponga").
* RunningGag: *Bwak!* It's me! Guybrush Threepwood, Mighty Pirate.
* SayingSoundEffectsOutLoud: This game has examples of this in Chapter 2 (Guybrush: ''[as he fires a cannon]'' "KABOOM! Ah, I never get tired of that!") and in Chapter 5 ("Sigh.").
* SayMyName: In Chapter 1, [[spoiler:when a blunder with the Cutlass of Kaflu ends with the fuse being unintentionally lit in Elaine's ship]]:
-->'''Guybrush:''' Elaine!
-->'''Elaine:''' Guybrush? ''[monkey does a FacePalm before [[spoiler:the fuse hits the gunpowder barrel and blows them all sky-high]]]''
-->'''Guybrush:''' [=ELAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAaaaaaaaaaine=]!!!
** And at the end of Chapter 4 [[spoiler: when [=LeChuck=] runs Guybrush through.]]
-->'''Elaine''': Guybrush!
-->'''Guybrush''': Elaine?
-->'''Elaine''': GUYBRUSH!!!
-->'''[=LeChuck=]''': LECHUCK! ''*laughs*'' Arr, this name-shouting is jolly good fun!
* ScrollingText: This is the first time we actually see scrolling subtitle text that accompanies the voices in a ''Monkey Island'' game, be it fast or slow. Sometimes words in the subtitle text start appearing ''before'' a character says them almost at the exact same time the subtitle finishes, which is apparent in some scenes in Chapter 4.
* SeeYouInHell: Parodied in Chapter 5, [[spoiler:sometime during [=LeChuck=]'s NoHoldsBarredBeatdown with {{immortal|LifeIsCheap}} [[InhumanHuman zombie Guybrush]]]]:
-->[[spoiler:'''[=LeChuck=]''': Does Elaine know about Morgan, Guybrush?\\
'''Elaine''': ''[looks at [=LeChuck=]]'' What?\\
'''[=LeChuck=]''': ''[turns to Elaine]'' That sultry sea-minx had it for Threepwood! Her corsair sailed for only him! ''[turns back to Guybrush, smiling]'' A pity I had to kill her! But now they can kindle their love ''[turns angry]'' in hell! ''[punches Guybrush]'']]
* SentientCosmicForce: Voodoo is implied to be this.
* SequelHook: Plenty! The game intentionally leaves a few loose ends hanging around, and brings up a few at the very end. [[spoiler:Ghost Pirate-Hunter Morgan [=LeFlay=]]], [[spoiler:what the Voodoo Lady plans to do with the remains of [=LeChuck=]]], and the Voodoo Lady's true motivations come to mind. There's plenty of material to cook up another sequel... or at least fuel a metric ton of fanfic.
* SesquipedalianLoquaciousness: Near the end of Chapter 4, when Guybrush asks De Singe what he's doing with the Vaycaylian Wind Control Device ([[spoiler:before attempting to toss [[MacGuffin La Esponja Grande]] into the device]]), De Singe replies, "You see, using my handbuilt Harpsichronitron, in conjunction with my Oscimoligrophiscope to seek out a resonant frequency with the Vaycaylian Climatiphone, I hope to anatomize living tissue on a macroscopic basis!" Guybrush, however, becomes clueless and can ask De Singe to repeat with the purposes of all this machinery, and De Singe can translate that he's using the piano device ("this machine") to make the Wind Control Device ("that machine") "smash people into a fine powder," which, of course, causes Guybrush to say, "[[AndThatsTerrible Hey, that's not very nice]]!"
** Also, in "Chapter 2: The Siege of Spinner Cay", Guybrush has another meaning to "[[ThisLoserIsYou You Suck]]!":
--->'''Guybrush:''' My assessment of your cannon-operating skills, not to mention your personal appearance, odor and intelligence, is that you are unmistakably inferior in each of those criteria.
* ShoutOut: Clicking on some stone pillars will prompt Guybrush to point out that he doesn't have the [[IndianaJones jacket or fedora]] required to decode the symbols engraved on it.
** When you inexplicably have to roll some cheese against a rock Guybrush does a {{Wallace|AndGromit}} impression (Telltale also released an episodic adventure series based on WallaceAndGromit).
** Also in Episode 1, you meet a pirate who has become a glassblower. In [[{{Ultima}} Ultima V]], in Buccaneer's Den, there's a pirate named Sven, who used to be a glassblower.
*** Speaking of him, he gives you an "unbreakable" glass tube shaped like a "U". A [[Website/YouTube U-Tube]], if you will. He and Guybrush can both be made to muse about how nobody seems interested in their U-Tube offerings.
*** And when he asks you if you want the U, he phrases it, [[Series/WheelOfFortune "You'd like to buy a vowel, eh?"]]
*** Also, in Chapter 4, he has a prototype of the Swashbuckling Suzy Long-Lasting [[Film/AChristmasStory Leg Lamp]], which can be useful for Guybrush.
** "Can I call you '[[WesternAnimation/DoraTheExplorer D'Oro The Explorer]]?'" ''(immediately gets [[DopeSlap punched]] by his own left hand)''
** In Chapter 2, when Guybrush has Hardtack and Trenchfoot try to guess a number, the two numbers that both of them guess wrongly are a reference to the {{Arc Number}}s, with Hardtack's guessing number 27 either a reference to the curse for musicians who have died at the age of 27 (Janis Joplin, Jimi Hendrix, Jim Morrison, Kurt Cobain, and, most recently, Music/AmyWinehouse) or a reference to a well-known Music/WeirdAlYankovic in-joke; and Trenchfoot's guessing number [[WMG/TheUltimateQuestionOfLifeTheUniverseAndEverything 42]] a reference to the Answer to the Ultimate Question of Life, the Universe, and Everything in the 1979 novel ''Literature/TheHitchhikersGuideToTheGalaxy''.
** In Chapter 3, the Brotherhood leaves a [[TheGodfather severed seahorse head in a bed]] as a warning to Guybrush not to betray them. As a bonus ShoutOut, when Guybrush (apparently) sees it, he cries out "Seabiscuit!" -- then proceeds to pick up and munch on a biscuit.
** In Episode 5, [[SamAndMaxFreelancePolice Banang]] [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W2vrd7g1AK8 makes a brief comeback.]]
** Also in Episode 5, the Voodoo Lady manifests [[spoiler:in the Crossroads]] as a scuttle of crabs. This is very likely a reference to ''PiratesOfTheCaribbean: At World's End'', where Tia Dalma does the same thing [[spoiler:after she has her powers as Calypso restored]]. What makes this especially interesting is that ''Pirates Of The Caribbean'' was inspired by the earlier ''VideoGame/MonkeyIsland'' games, and Tia Dalma is a reference to the Voodoo Lady. Which means she references the person who was inspired by ''her''.
*** Similarly, Morgan having read about Guybrush's exploits and learning that the real person is quite different indeed, like Elizabeth and Jack Sparrow in the first movie.
*** Also, in Chapter 2, Elaine shouts out, "Hoist yer colors, ya mangy sea dogs!" This quote is a reference to the song, "Hoist the Colours", the main theme of ''Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End''; and it's derived from the phrase "hoist the colors high", referring to the custom of raising the flag on a ship.
** Also, in Chapter 3, [[spoiler:Guybrush demanding a vote from Bugeye and getting into a Poxed rage]] gives a nod to when Bruce Banner would get angry so much that he would transform into the Comicbook/IncredibleHulk in his self-titled comic book series.
** And [=LeChuck=]'s speech to Elaine [[spoiler:up to the point when Morgan stabs him]] in the end of Chapter 5 is a parody of Old Man Waterfall's SedgwickSpeech in an episode of ''WesternAnimation/{{Futurama}}''.
** Chapter 5, [[spoiler:traveling between the material world and the afterlife through rips in space, which connect the afterlife to previously visited locations]]? Didn't ''VideoGame/{{Loom}}'' end the same way?
** In Chapter 5, when asked about the Voodoo lady, Grindstump replies that "That witch is nothing but [[Theatre/TheMusicMan trouble with a capital T]], and that rhymes with V, and that stands for Voodoo."
** ShoutOut/ToShakespeare: ''Tales'' has a few of the shout-outs to Creator/WilliamShakespeare:
*** At the beginning of the intro to Chapter 2, the Voodoo Lady quotes England's deposed king Edward IV's words to Richard Neville, 16th Earl of Warwick (a.k.a. just Warwick), before the former is taken captive in ''Theatre/HenryVIPart3'': "What fates impose, that men must needs abide; / It boots not to resist both wind and tide" (IV.iii). Only her subtitle got it right ("needs"), while her voice got it wrong ("need").
*** In Chapter 4, if the player has Guybrush use one of the severed legs on the altar without dipping it in sugar water, he will quote a few lines in a spoof of "Alas, poor Yorick" from ''Theatre/{{Hamlet}}'' (V.i) (this is done in the PS3 version in order to net the player a "Guybrush Goes Classy" silver trophy).
*** Speaking of PS3 trophies, there are a few trophies that are shout-outs too ("What's in a Name?" from the balcony scene of ''Theatre/RomeoAndJuliet'' (II.ii), and "Adieu, Adieu..." which is a reference to Hamlet's father's written line, "Adieu, adieu, remember me," from ''Hamlet'' (I.v)).
*** In Chapter 5, [[spoiler:Morgan]] stabs [[spoiler:[=LeChuck=]]] and calls [[spoiler:him]] a "bunch-backed toad", which is taken from the line from ''Theatre/RichardIII'', in which Queen Margaret, widow of King Henry VI, curses Queen Elizabeth (wife of King Edward IV) with: "The day will come that thou shalt wish for me / To help thee curse that poisonous bunch-backed toad" (I.iii).
* ShowSomeLeg: In Chapter 4, Bosun Kathryn Krebbs testifies against Guybrush and, in the midst of her testimony, pulls her legs to the top of the witness stand, distratcting the {{Wolf Whistl|e}}ing crowd with the "nacho sauce burn" on her Poxed leg ([[spoiler:which turns out to be a mixture of hot fluids that she concocted up in order to take revenge on the ''wrong'' Guybrush Threepwood]]).
* ShowdownAtHighNoon: Parodied in Chapter 1: After Guybrush has rearranged the mysterious wind idol near the Vaycaylian Wind Control Device, De Singe arrives with a rifle and demands that Guybrush surrender his Poxed hand. A brief period of staring silence follows, complete with close-ups of both Guybrush's and De Singe's faces in a style parody of ''Film/TheGoodTheBadAndTheUgly'' before the former breaks the silence with "Make me!", and the latter pulls out the rifle and shoots him sky-high. Of course, Guybrush is still alive when he lands on the ground and gets up.
* ShrineToTheFallen: In Chapter 5, [[spoiler:Club 41 becomes a shrine to Guybrush, whose MartyrdomCulture is due to his {{Heroic|Sacrifice}} (or rather {{Stupid|Sacrifice}}) Sacrifice for saving the entire Gulf of Melange from the [[HatePlague Pox of [=LeChuck=]]]. The Club even has barrels of Grog, [[SamAndMaxFreelancePolice Banang]], and root beer, along with votive candles, Guybrush's commemorative photo, and a wreath to be used as kindling next to [[DeadGuyOnDisplay Guybrush's corpse]] [[DueToTheDead for cremation]]... unless his [[GhostPirate spirit]] can repossess his body in time, that is.]]
* SpikesOfVillainy: [=LeChuck's=] final incarnation in ''Tales''.
* SpoilerTitle: [[spoiler:The WhamEpisode, #4, is "The Trial and Execution of Guybrush Threepwood". This doesn't really make it any less of a WhamEpisode.]]
** Of course, some fans may not have [[LikeYouWouldReallyDoIt believed that that was really going to happen]] and so didn't regard the title as a spoiler. There's also the fact that it's technically a subversion, since [[spoiler: the use of the phrase 'Trial and Execution' would suggest the multiple death penalties Guybrush faces for his court charges, which he is cleared of. Of course, that makes it a double subversion when he's killed later.]]
* SpoofAesop: In episode 4, you have to help a plant that literally has a lion's paw stuck in its thorn.
* StaringContest: In Chapter 2, Guybrush places Hardtack and Trenchfoot into a staring contest, into which our hero can distract the pirate duo into looking behind them so he can place the [[ChekhovsBoomerang Pyrite Parrot]] into the treasure chest, in hopes that he can find where they'll bury it along with one of the {{Summoning Artifact}}s later.
* StatusQuoIsGod: At least in regards to the Threepwoods.
* StayWithMeUntilIDie: In Chapter 4, [[spoiler:after Guybrush is stabbed in the chest by [=LeChuck=]'s Cutlass of Kaflu, Elaine becomes distressed and runs to Guybrush's side, [[SecurityCling cradles him]] and stays with him until [[DiedInYourArmsTonight he breathes his last]] (ensuring that he at least doesn't [[DyingAlone die alone]]), even going so far as to reject [=LeChuck=]'s advances and watch him regain his voodoo powers from La Esponja Grande and become the demon pirate once again. (Funny thing is that Guybrush never asks her to stay with him until the end, though she tries reviving him and he barely regains consciousness as he mumbles [[NonSequiturThud "Is that you, mother? I washed my hands..."]] and later asks her in his final words to destroy [=LeChuck=] for him, [[TearJerker a vow she tearfully accepts]].)]]
* StealthPun: In Chapter 1, "Launch of the Screaming Narwhal", one Gaffer Crimpdigit makes glass unicorns. But, he wishes he could make something "that really speaks to" seafaring pirates. Did we mention the episode is called "Launch of the Screaming Narwhal"?
** Jacques the Monkey? Music/PeterGabriel says hello...
* StickySituation: Near the end of Chapter 1, [[spoiler:when Guybrush's [[EvilHand demonic hand]] acts up and prevents him from telling Winslow what to do,]] Guybrush cleverly devises a way to stop the situation by opening up the tar barrel and trapping his hand in sticky tar (he even says, "That's what I call a sticky situation!" while looking at the tar puddle again).
* StiffUpperLip: Winslow doesn't make much of a fuss about paying to repair the mast repeatedly [[spoiler:(probably because it means he gets to see Anemone)]], having to put up with the Pox, getting shipwrecked, and so forth. All he asks is that you please use the map....
* StockScream: [[spoiler: The Marquis De Singe's final squeal before his molecular dissection is a Wilhelm scream cut off halfway through.]]
* StopSayingThat: In Chapter 3, Guybrush uses the Tongue of the Manatee to help the Giant Manatee find love, and when they arrive at the manatee cave to meet the female in the manatee language:
-->'''Giant Manatee:''' (Um... hi.) ''[no response, then turns to Guybrush]'' (This is a bad idea.)\\
'''Guybrush:''' ''[repeats]'' (This is satisfactory.)\\
'''Giant Manatee:''' ''[annoyed]'' (Stop saying that.)
* StrappedToAnOperatingTable: In Chapter 1, Guybrush Threepwood gets strapped to an operating table by the Marquis De Singe, [[spoiler:who attempts to cut off Guybrush's Poxed hand,]] and our hero must use his limited movement ability (and the Marquis' helper monkey Jacques) to escape.
* TheStrengthOfTenMen: The human [=LeChuck=] exhibits this strength to pull out the Wise Turtle SummoningArtifact in Chapter 2. He even lampshades this when he tells Guybrush, "Elaine seems to think I have the strength of ten men!"
* StrippedToTheBone: [[spoiler:Parodied in Chapter 5, when, [[{{Intangibility}} after Guybrush fails to take the Cursed Cutlass of Kaflu]], [=LeChuck=] shows him what it feels to be a ghost with a vulnerability to [[HollywoodAcid root beer]]; and Elaine, under the villain's influence as his [[EeriePaleSkinnedBrunette demon bride]], sprays root beer on Guybrush, making him scream and dissolving his transparent form, [[NightmareFuel revealing a skeleton underneath that crumbles into nothingness]]. Thankfully, he rematerializes back at the Crossroads Center.]]
** [[spoiler: If Guybrush tries returning to [=LeChuck=]'s ship as a ghost, Elaine will repeatedly spray root beer at our hero and force him back into the Crossroads, making it pure NightmareFuel.]]
* SummoningArtifact: There are three of them in Chapter 2, all of which can be combined into one Summoning Ball Artifact used to summon the Sea Creatures to help Guybrush find the alleged resting place of [[MacGuffin La Esponja Grande]]. [[spoiler:And it's no wonder that [=McGillicutty=] and his crew want the artifacts so they can stay with being Poxed that way once they destroy the magical voodoo sponge.]]
** SummoningRitual: This one consists of the ritual words that only the [=MerLeader=] knows in order to summon the Sea Creatures with the Summoning Artifacts. [[spoiler:When recited, it sounds more like the words of a dog's game of "GoFetch".]]
* SuperNotDrowningSkills: Guybrush can hold his breath for ten minutes. Of course, [[spoiler: he’s in even less danger when he's a ghost or undead]].
* [[SurferDude Surfer Pirate Dude]]: Moose in Chapter 3. [[AmericanAccents And this dude talks in Surfer Slang, bra.]]
* SwallowedWhole: Most of Chapter 3 takes place inside [[WombLevel the belly of a giant manatee]]. Some of the residents are actually quite content there.
* TakeUpMySword: Subverted. [[spoiler: At the end of Chapter 4, it seemed like Elaine would take up the plot from where Guybrush left off. Instead, chapter 5 deals with Guybrush trying to escape the afterlife.]]
* TalkingInYourSleep: In Chapter 3, while Guybrush is performing first aid on Morgan to wake her up, we hear her mumble, while she's unconscious: "[[AndThisIsFor THIS is for JUGBENDER!]]" and "[[GettingCrapPastTheRadar Gomez... not on the carpet!]]"
* TarotTroubles: At the start of most chapters, when the Voodoo Lady does a recap this way.
* {{The Teaser}}s: This is the first ''Monkey Island'' game to have playable cold openings in five chapters... sort of. Chapter 1, for example, has a playable intro that can be accomplished with help from instructions before the main title starts. Chapter 3 has a VERY long playable cold opening consisting of a few tasks and an "Answer the question" minigame before the chapter's title starts. Chapter 4, on the other hand, only has the shortest playable cold opening, where you only have to select a topic before the chapter's title starts.
** Each episode begins with the continuation of the CliffHanger Guybrush was placed in at the end of the last chapter. Only after solving the immediate crisis do the title cards play.
* TemptingFate: In the climax of Chapter 5, when Elaine is trying to kill [[spoiler: [=LeChuck=]]] by using the Cutlass of Kaflu, we get this exchange as he steps through the rip in the Crossroads:
--> '''[[spoiler: [=LeChuck=]]]''': Ha ha ha! You see!? You can temporarily destroy my body, Elaine, but you cannot damage me spirit! ''*a ghostly [[spoiler: Morgan]] promptly stabs him with a ghost sword*'' [[GilliganCut OW, my spirit!]]
* [[{{Timber}} Timmmm-Boing?]]: Shouted out by Guybrush in ''Chapter 2: The Siege of Spinner Cay'', when he manages to push the rubber tree down to the ground with help from Trenchfoot's digging for "treasure".
* TimeMaster: [[spoiler:[=LeChuck=] near the end of Chapter 5. When he sees the Vaycaylian warriors throwing their [[ProngsOfPoseidon javelins]] at him at Winslow's order, the villain uses his voodoo power to make [[TimeStandsStill Time Stand Still]] for those outside of [=LeChuck=]'s ship, making the entirety of the ship seem more like a parody of YearInsideHourOutside. Strangely enough, the Crossroads (and Morgan [=LeFlay=] for that matter) don't seem to be affected by the voodoo time freeze.]]
** A possible explanation for that is found in Chapter 1; the Voodoo Lady mentions that the Crossroads are the source of all voodoo power (or something like that), and as such are probably immune to voodoo being used as a weapon against them.
* ToBeContinued: Appears at the end of Chapters 1-4, with each one describing the title of the next chapter.
* TorchesAndPitchforks: Parodied in Chapter 4, [[spoiler:when Hemlock [=McGee=] and the angry mob approach Guybrush and De Singe with torches and pitchforks to summon Guybrush to court. [[TheCakeIsALie And he has thought there would be ice cream cake, too.]]]]
* TradeSnark: As in previous installments, Mighty Pirate™ and Melee Island™.
* TravelingPipeBulge: In Chapter 3, though it's a bile tube, not a pipe.
* TwoWordsObviousTrope: If Guybrush asks Hemlock [=McGee=] what happened to his legs in Chapter 1:
-->'''Hemlock:''' Four words - The. Marquis. De. Singe.
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* UndeathAlwaysEnds: [[spoiler: With the help of ThePowerOfLove (and the Crossroads Exit spell), Guybrush comes BackFromTheDead, and from his undead state, at the end of Chapter 5.]]
* UnfinishedBusiness: [[spoiler:In the first half of Chapter 5, Mighty GhostPirate Guybrush needs to find a way to return to the living world from the Crossroads (he even lampshades this when he talks to Morgan, also a ghost); once he finds a way, he realizes that he can't destroy [=LeChuck=] or save Elaine this way in the living world, so he needs to repossess his corpse to finish what he started.]]
* UnholyMatrimony: [=LeChuck=] tries to do this in Chapter 5, [[spoiler:using his Voodoo powers from [[MacGuffin La Esponja Grande]] and the Crossroads to turn Elaine into a Demon Bride/Goddess like himself which makes her turn evil. It's all a plan by Elaine, to allow Guybrush to save her and defeat [=LeChuck=] later.]]
** Before that, it is discussed at the end of Chapter 4, [[spoiler:when, after [=LeChuck=] breaks free from prison and saves Guybrush and Elaine after the cure of the [[HatePlague Pox of LeChuck]], he tells our hero that "it was the only way to win Elaine's hand in unholy matrimony"... getting him confused and allowing [=LeChuck=] to make [[InTheBack a clever, fatal ambush on him]].]]
* UnusualEyebrows: Gaffer Crimpdigit has no eyebrows as a result of one accident while on his glassblowing job. He even lampshades this a few times in Chapter 1.
* UnusuallyUninterestingSight: Despite the rarity of [[spoiler:ghosts in the land of the living]], no one seems surprised or alarmed when [[spoiler:Guybrush appears as one]].
* VerbalBackspace: In Chapter 4.
-->'''[=LeChuck=]''': My name is [=LeChuck=], and I can tell you exactly what Guybrush did.
-->'''Guybrush''': Don't listen to him!
-->'''[=LeChuck=]''': You see, Your Honour, the Pox is all my fault!
-->'''Guybrush''': Listen to him!
* VerbThis: In Chapter 1:
-->'''[=LeChuck=]:''' Do ya mind? I be in the middle of an unholy ceremony here!
-->'''Guybrush:''' Unholy THIS! ''*attacks*''
-->'''Elaine:''' "Unholy this?"
-->'''Guybrush:''' Yeah, I know, but he didn't give me much to work with...
** And in Chapter 4:
-->[[spoiler:'''Guybrush:''' [=LeChuck=]! My new best pal! How'd you get out of jail?]]
-->[[spoiler:'''[=LeChuck=]:''' Oh, the guard was more than happy to release me once I convinced him that it was the only way to win Elaine's hand in UnholyMatrimony.]]
-->[[spoiler:'''Guybrush:''' ''[confused]'' Wait. Unholy what?]]
-->[[spoiler:'''[=LeChuck=]:''' [[IronicEcho Unholy THIS!]] ''*stabs Guybrush with the Cutlass of Kaflu*'']]
* VillainOpeningScene: This game starts out with [=LeChuck=] and his captive Elaine near the Rock of Gelato at the very beginning of Chapter 1, all on [[ItWasADarkAndStormyNight a dark and stormy night]].
* WalkDontSwim: Sort of downplayed in Chapter 3, when Guybrush moves his legs around as he slowly walks in the Manatee Mating Grounds at the bottom of the ocean, but when the player tries making him run, he swims with a dog paddle. [[spoiler:Later justified in Chapter 5, when he can not only walk as a ghost, but he can run instead of swimming like he could while he was alive.]]
* WeCanRuleTogether: [[spoiler:[=LeChuck=] does this to Elaine after fatally stabbing Guybrush and telling her about his playful acts of "kindness":]]
-->[[spoiler:'''[=LeChuck=]:''' I know you've developed feelings for me... [[UnholyMatrimony join me as my demon bride]] and together we'll lay a bloody siege to the very heart of voodoo itself! \\
'''Elaine:''' Go to hell, [=LeChuck=].\\
'''[=LeChuck=]:''' Well, you can't say I didn't try... Looks like we'll be doing this with all that voodoo...]]
** [[spoiler:She finally accepts that offer in Chapter 5... but only when she needs to hold the untouchable (for humans) Cutlass of Kaflu in order to destroy [=LeChuck=] once she is returned to normal.]]
* WeHaveWaysOfMakingYouTalk[=/=]TickleTorture: Though not spoken by Guybrush, the player can choose the line "I have ways of making you talk!" to frighten Bugeye in Chapter 3. The result is:
-->'''Guybrush:''' Tell me where I can find [[spoiler:the Tongue of the Manatee]] or it's time for Tibetan Tickle Torture.
* WellSeeAboutThat: Spoken by De Singe, both in Chapters 1 and 4.
* WhamEpisode: ''The Trial and Execution of Guybrush Threepwood'': [[spoiler:[[BountyHunter [=LeFlay=] dies]], [[TheChessmaster The Voodoo Lady may or may not have been responsible for everything that happened in the series]] and [=LeChuck=] reveals his HeelFaceTurn to be a ruse, reabsorbs his voodoo powers and ''[[OurHeroIsDead kills Guybrush]]''! Oh, and after he returns to his demon form, he's voiced by Earl Boen!]]
** [[spoiler:The body count: Guybrush Threepwood, Morgan [=LeFlay=], the Marquis De Singe, Davey Nipperkin (off-screen), and even the Pyrite Parrot of Petaluma! This episode also verifies that [=McGillicutty=] didn't survive Episode 2. The only deaths described outside this episode are Noogie (died off-screen by the end of Episode 3) and the three pirates who tried to mug [=LeChuck=] back in episode 2 (you meet them again in the land of the dead).]]
* WhatDoesThisButtonDo: At the beginning of Chapter 3, De Cava wonders what the button on the locket does after [[spoiler:Guybrush has handed said trinket over to him. It turns out that pressing the button initiates the Voodoo Lady's GrandTheftMe of De Cava as she tells Guybrush his next mission]].
* WhatHappenedToTheMouse: [[spoiler:It's never revealed who moved/stole Morgan's body in Episode 4 (The Voodoo Lady and [=LeChuck=] were both in prison at the time) or why they did it. Presumably, this was intentional as the ending of Episode 5 left obvious sequel hints.]]
** Although it should be noted that [[spoiler:[=LeChuck=] was the one who killed Morgan, after which he cleared Guybrush's name and was himself imprisoned, and he breaks out again later to meet up with Guybrush and Elaine at the Wind Control Device. Also, Guybrush later discovers a hole in the wall of the Voodoo Lady's cell that she used to escape [=LeChuck=]. They both had the means to get to Morgan's body, we just don't know which one or why.]]
** Two other "mice" that don't get resolution are a weird machine in the Voodoo Lady's shack in episode 1 (Guybrush even mentions it among other stuff in there he hadn't had a chance to use yet in episode 4) and [[spoiler:Guybrush's poxed hand]], though the commentaries explain a bit about that one: [[spoiler:they had it skitter off into the woods because they didn't want to show it become a non-living severed hand when La Esponja reabsorbed the pox]], and they point out that [[spoiler:eagle-eyed players will see it in the Voodoo Lady's possession during the final stinger]].
* WhatsAnXLikeYouDoingInAYLikeThis: Guybrush says this to De Singe in Chapter 1: "So, how'd a dazzling urbanite like yourself wind up in a sleepy pirate island like Flotsam?"
* WhoAreYouCallingNames: In Chapter 3, when Bugeye's voice says, "What say you, digested SCUMM™?", one of the topics the player can choose as a response is, "Hey, who you calling SCUMM™, [[Literature/TheAdventuresOfPinocchio Geppetto]]?"
** And in Chapter 4, when Guybrush tries breaking up a fight between Morgan and [[spoiler:a Poxed]] Elaine:
--->'''Guybrush:''' Can't you two just work it out over a nice grogatini?\\
'''Morgan:''' THE Guybrush Threepwood is buying me a drink?\\
'''Elaine:''' Over your dead body, trollop!\\
'''Morgan:''' Who are you calling trollop, Schooner-Mom?!\\
'''Guybrush:''' ''[embarrassed]'' Oh boy.
* WhoWouldBeStupidEnough: Lampshaded and parodied when Elaine gives Guybrush her [[ChekhovsGun wedding ring]] in Chapter 2:
-->'''Guybrush:''' Aw, come on. Who's absent-minded enough to lose TWO wedding rings?\\
'''[[ChekhovsBoomerang Pyrite Parrot]]:''' *Squawk* It's me, Guybrush Threepwood, Mighty Pirate!\\
'''Guybrush:''' Shut up, you!
* WhyDontYouJustShootHim: [[spoiler:Averted in Chapter 4: [=LeChuck=] outright stabs Guybrush through the chest. In Chapter 5, Zombie Guybrush says that [=LeChuck=] never tried to kill him so brazenly before. [=LeChuck=] admits that not simply killing Guybrush was the biggest mistake he ever made.]]
* WhyWontYouDie: [[spoiler: While [=LeChuck=] [[ImmortalLifeIsCheap continuously]] [[NoHoldsBarredBeatdown beats up Guybrush]] near the end of Chapter 5, the villain at one time says, "How I can't WAIT for you to give up and just... GO AWAY!"]]
* WithACapitalT: In Chapter 5, Guybrush can ask W.P. Grindstump if [[spoiler:he's hidden the Voodoo Lady]]:
-->'''Grindstump:''' Absolutely not! That witch is nothing but [[Theatre/TheMusicMan trouble with a capital T, and that rhymes with V, and that stands for Voodoo]].
* WombLevel: Chapter 3 is almost 2/3 of this, [[spoiler: spent inside the belly of the giant manatee that Guybrush and the entire Screaming Narwhal were swallowed by at the end of Chapter 2.]]
* WordSchmord: Appears a few times in a few conversations in Chapters 1 and 5.
* WorstWhateverEver: Guybrush upon examining the shrunken heads in the Voodoo Lady's shack in Chapter 1: "Worst. Air freshener. Ever."
* {{Wrong Turn at Al|buquerque}}catraz: In Chapter 3, Guybrush can choose this pun after he and Morgan are asked, "What say you, digested SCUMM™?"
* XanatosSpeedChess: [[spoiler:Elaine does this when she gives Guybrush her wedding ring in Episode 2 of ''Tales'' (the original plan had been for Guybrush to use his own ring; Morgan ruined that), though you don't know that she was invoking this trope until Episode 5.]]
* TheXOfY: This game not only has this themed title (''Tales of Monkey Island''), but all of its five chapters have the same themed titles as well, though Chapter 4's title is more like "The X and X of Y".
* YouALLLookFamiliar: Many of the minor characters noticeably use the same character base model (either "short, fat guy" or "tall, skinny guy") but tweaked in a small way.
* YouDoNOTWantToKnow: In Chapter 3:
-->'''Winslow:''' I'll keep an eye on Miss [=LeFlay=]. If she stirs, I'll give her the old scurvy buttons!
-->'''Guybrush:''' ''[disturbed]'' I don't want to know what that is.
** And in Chapter 4:
--->'''Guybrush:''' If I plead guilty, will I get out of here any quicker?\\
'''Judge Grindstump:''' Most definitely-- \\
'''Guybrush:''' Great! Then I plead-- \\
'''Judge Grindstump:''' ''[interrupts]'' After the [[CoolAndUnusualPunishment summary executions by keelhauling, hanging, boiling, and, eh, em... scaphism]]. ''[the crowd laughs]''\\
'''Guybrush:''' ''[confused]'' [[{{Squick}} Scaphism?]]\\
'''Stan:''' Trust me, kid, you don't want to know.\\
'''Guybrush:''' Okay, then...
* YouGotSpunk: In Chapter 1, after Guybrush completes the three pirate newsmaking tasks, Davey Nipperkin becomes impressed and says, "You know, Threepwood, you've got spunk. Pirate spunk." Guybrush: "[[{{Squick}} Ew.]]"
* YouTalkinToMe: In Chapter 3, Guybrush can choose this quote after he and Morgan are asked, "What say you, digested SCUMM™?"
* YouWouldntLikeMeWhenImAngry[=/=]HulkingOut: Try to reason with those infected with the Pox of [=LeChuck=] who can't get their way, and they will turn green and [[CutHisHeartOutWithASpoon make silly death threats against you to scare you]]. [[spoiler:This is what happens to Guybrush when he can't get his way, with one example being in Chapter 3, when he only wants a vote from Bugeye, and the scene that follows turns into a SugarWiki/MomentOfAwesome!]]
* YoureCuteWhenYoureAngry: In the [=PS3=] version of Chapter 2, when Guybrush gets Morgan [=LeFlay=] angry by repeatedly checking out the mast while battling her on the Screaming Narwhal, one of the bronze trophies that the player is awarded is "She's Cute When She's Angry".
* YoureInsane: One of the topics in Chapter 2 has this [[spoiler:when [=McGillicutty=] plans to destroy La Esponja Grande in order for him to remain Poxed along with his crew forever]]:
-->'''Guybrush:''' You're mad! Mad, I say!
* YourMom: Guybrush has a rather ingenious one near the end of episode 2:
-->Your mama's so fat, it's probably a serious health risk for her. She might want to visit a physician about that.
** And the variant IBangedYourMom as one of episode 4's {{Courtroom Antic}}s:
---> '''Guybrush (as Defense Attorney):''' Where were you the night of August 15?
---> '''Guybrush (as witness):''' I was on a date - with your wife! ''(cue Guybrush beating himself up)''
* YourPrincessIsInAnotherCastle: Chapter 4 seems to wrap everything up...until you realize there's a fifth chapter. It involves [[spoiler: getting killed and wandering around the afterlife which includes several rehashed elements disguised as portals. Naturally, you have to enter the real world, return to your body and face the BigBad again at the end.]]
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