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->''"Three small trials and you're a pirate like us." Fair enough. If only I could stomach the foul brew these scurvy seadogs swilled, the rest would be easy. How could I have known I'd meet a powerful and beautiful woman with a jealous suitor too stupid to realize he'd been dead for years? And how can I crawl through this great stone monkey to find a man who walks three inches above the ground and sets fire to his beard every morning?''
-->--Excerpted from ''The Memoirs of Guybrush Threepwood: The VideoGame/MonkeyIsland Years''

The first game in the VideoGame/MonkeyIsland series, ''The Secret of Monkey Island'', was released in 1990. The game begins as our hero, Guybrush Threepwood, finds himself on Mêlée Island™, with one clear objective on his mind: Becoming a Mighty Pirate™. To become one, he must first pass "The Three Trials", and while doing so he learns of Elaine Marley, the local governor, and her story with the notorious ghost pirate, [=LeChuck=], who now terrorizes the waters around Mêlée Island™ together with his undead crew. After passing the trials, Guybrush finds out Elaine has been kidnapped by [=LeChuck=], and he must now set sail for [=LeChuck=]'s lair which lies on the titular Monkey Island™ in order to save her.

Way later in 2009, Creator/LucasArts got back in the AdventureGame business (finally redeeming themselves in the eyes of adventure fans) by remaking the game, complete with voice acting by the cast of ''VideoGame/TheCurseOfMonkeyIsland''.
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!!This game provides examples of:
* AerithAndBob: Well, so the Amazing, Adventurous, Acrobatic And Exceedingly Well-Known Fabulous, Flying Fettucini Brothers are called Alfredo... and Bill.
** Guybrush and Elaine.
* AllJustADream: The game's littered with clues that this might be the case, as was Gilbert's original intention. They've mostly been {{Retcon}}ned into either MediumAwareness or AnachronismStew. While this has never been ''explicitly'' {{Jossed}}, Gilbert has claimed that "it was all just a dream" is NOT the elusive Secret, and that the ending of the second game was always meant as a joke and a cliffhanger.
* AlternateCompanyEquivalent: The 'Grog-O-Mint' mints Guybrush buys to give to Otis are this of Lifesavers Pep-O-Mints, or Polo mints to UK players.
* AlwaysNight: It's always 10 p.m. on Melee Island, even as hours pass. Can't be a good sign.
* AndNowYouMustMarryMe: Elaine Marley is not a smart person to try this on.
* AndYourRewardIsClothes: Twice. It provides the quote for the trope's page.
** "I found the Legendary Lost Treasure of Mêlée Island™ and all I got was this stupid T-shirt!"
** "I beat the Sword Master and all I got was this stupid T-shirt."
* AntiPoopsocking: These parting words: "Turn off your computer and go to sleep."
* ArtShift: Most conversations between Guybrush and another character will feature a close-up shot of that character in a highly detailed and realistic portrait. It is this realism that clashes with the visual style of every other game.
** The redrawn artwork in the remake - the shift is so drastic that there is actually a petition to have Guybrush's hair changed back to how it used to be and a [[http://www.lucasforums.com/showthread.php?t=208599 fan-made patch]] restores the good old-ways.
* AudienceWhatAudience: Guybrush is confused when Herman Toothrot refers to the player.
* BloodyBowelsOfHell: The catacombs (implied to be part of the capital "H" Hell) have eyes, noses, whole faces, and even hearts growing out of the walls and floors. Crosses over with FireAndBrimstoneHell, due to the rivers of magma.
* BookEnds: The conversation in the outro cinematic is similar to the one that begins the game.
* BoringReturnJourney: Getting to Monkey Island takes up an entire chapter (and that's ''after'' you've obtained the ship and the crew); getting back again is over in a single line of narration. {{Lampshaded}} by Guybrush.
* BreadEggsMilkSquick: See GargleBlaster below (actually more like: Squick, squick, squick, pepperoni)
* BreakingTheFourthWall:
** After receiving sword-fighting lessons from Captain Smirk, Guybrush says, "I can’t help but feel like I’ve been ripped off," then turns towards the screen and continues, "I’m sure you're feeling something similar."
** The hermit on Monkey Island occasionally addresses comments to the fourth wall. At one point, Guybrush asks who he's talking to, and he replies, "The people watching, of course!" -- to which Guybrush reacts as if he's crazy, even though Guybrush himself occasionally does the same thing.
** When on Monkey Island itself, the player can move the cursor over the sun and urge Guybrush to walk to it. He then turns towards the screen and says [[BreakingTheFourthWall "Oh sure.]] [[DeadpanSnarker Walk to the sun".]]
** One of the dialogue options the player can make when challenging a pirate to a fight is to ask "How do you guys talk so funny?" to which the pirate will reply (breaking accent in the Special Edition), "Pirate Lingo! It's how everybody talked back then. Come on Guybrush, play along."
* CannibalClan: They are very civil.
* CannotTalkToWomen: When Guybrush first meets Elaine, he is unable to do anything except utter random syllables. In their second meeting he acquits himself better, but the conversation quickly turns to increasingly saccharine pet names, which in a way is worse. He relapses into gibberish in later games whenever a woman is upset with him, indicating Guybrush just cannot take a woman's scorn.
* CardboardPrison: The cannibals imprison Guybrush in one. He escapes thanks to [[MyopicArchitecture a loose board]]. As a running gag, the [[TheGuardsMustBeCrazy clueless captors]] throw Guybursh in jail again and upgrade the door several times up to modern technology levels if Guybrush comes back.
* CaveMouth: The giant monkey head leading to the caverns of meat.
* ChekhovsGun: The big church in the middle of Melee Island[[superscript:TM]] Town has no function until the last act.
* ComedyAsAWeapon: The results of sword fights are based entirely on insults and puns.
* ConfusingMultipleNegatives: "I won't not promise to avoid refraining from harming you."
* ConvenientMisfire: In the church scene, when Guybrush tries to ''christen'' [=LeChuck=] with root beer, the bottle jams.
* ConvenientlyPlacedSharpThing: Parodied in the underwater sequence.
* CopyProtection: The "[[http://sleevage.com/wp-content/uploads/2007/08/dial-a_pirate_spinner.jpg Dial-a-Pirate]]" code wheel.
* CreatorCameo: The TrollBridge that demands a troll toll is actually [[spoiler:George Lucas in a troll costume]]. (This is made much clearer in the special edition, where you can even see [[spoiler: a red plaid flannel shirt sticking out when the suit is unzipped]].)
* CryingWolf: After Guybrush overuses his "LookBehindYou a three headed monkey" phrase, the cannibals of Monkey Island™ don't fall for it when a three headed monkey actually shows up.
* CuttingTheKnot: The glorious underwater idol puzzle. Several sharp objects that could free Guybrush are just out of reach. If you wait long enough, two guys walk onto the pier, lengthily debate tossing a sword into the ocean directly over your head... [[HopeSpot then decide against it and walk off again]]. Then in a unique instance, [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QMq762wbQS8 Guybrush dies for real]].
* DamselInDistress: In the second half the game you are supposed to save Elaine from getting married to [=LeChuck=]. But just as you [[SpeakNowOrForeverHoldYourPeace interrupt the ceremony]], you find out she had freed herself a long time ago, due to [=LeChuck=]'s gullibleness, and was just about to complete the final step in her plan for getting rid of him, and now [[NiceJobBreakingItHero you have messed it up]]. Subverted trope, as Elaine turns out to be a DamselOutOfDistress with an OffscreenMomentOfAwesome.
* DescriptionCut: In the ending, Guybrush wonders [[WhatHappenedToTheMouse what happened to various characters]]. Cut to Stan falling into the water from the skies, cut to Guybrush's crew imprisoned by the cannibals and blaming Guybrush for the rock that felt on the ship.
* DesertedIsland: The titular island, Castaway / Treasure Island varieties.
* TheDevTeamThinksOfEverything: For the Special Edition, they recorded Guybrush saying various amounts of money he might have. If your current total is not one of those recorded, he just says he has enough to buy anything he might need.
** They also recorded two takes on each insult comeback -- one that is said confidently when it's the correct comeback, and another that's said awkwardly when it's the wrong one.
* DirtyOldMan: The shopkeeper is more than happy to go visit the Sword Master as many times as you need him to.
* DummiedOut: [[PlayingWithATrope Played with]]: There's a certain stump in the woods of Mêlée Island™ with a tunnel hidden underneath it, leading into what Guybrush describes as a system of catacombs. However, it's impossible to enter it, as the game requests the player to insert several floppy disks that didn't come with the game, and Guybrush simply concludes that the catacombs are inaccessible. Many players didn't realize this was a joke, however, a fact which is referenced in [[VideoGame/MonkeyIsland2LeChucksRevenge the sequel (and its 2010 Special Edition)]].
** And many other players can only learn of the joke from the Internet, since the joke was taken out in the CD edition (where it wouldn't really have made a lot of sense, because there's only one CD to play on) and the Special Edition (which was directly based on the CD version), making the Stump joke a hilarious meta-example of a DummiedOut joke ''about'' DummiedOut content.
** Other [[ShoutOut shout-outs]] to the Stump Joke can be found in VideoGame/TheCurseOfMonkeyIsland, where you get to see the other side of the stump, as well as GrimFandango and VideoGame/{{Psychonauts}}, where the respective player characters both discover "a tunnel that leads into a system of catacombs".
**** In addition to the stump joke, it is said that they actually were going to let the viewer see the 'scene behind the door' in Elaine's mansion, but thought it would be funnier to leave it to the viewer's imagination. If graphics for this scene were ever programmed into the game, no one has found them.
**** When listening to the CD-Rom version of the game in a CD player, a few songs can be listened to that were never used in the game.
* ExactWords: Elaine rebuffs [=LeChuck=] and tells him to "drop dead". "And so he did." [=LeChuck=]'s ghostification is not fully explained but a figurative meaning is also hinted and his eventual death might have occurred later during the trip to Monkey Island™.
* FireAndBrimstoneHell: The catacombs are implied to be part of Hell, and have pools and rivers of magma. Not to mention body parts growing on the walls and floors, see "Bloody Bowels of Hell" above.
* FissionMailed: See HaveANiceDeath.
* {{Foreshadowing}}: In the Special Edition [=LeChuck=] and Sheriff Shinetop are both voiced by Earl Boen, though with different accents. When you talk to Otis in the first act, he leaves you with the words, "It's not like I'm the ONLY pirate on the island."
* FungusHumongous: The Caverns of Meat located beneath the giant monkey head.
* GargleBlaster: Grog, which contains one or more of the following: kerosene, propylene glycerole, artificial sweeteners, sulphuric acid, rum, acetone, red dye #2, scumm, axle grease, battery acid, and/or pepperoni. It's so vile that it [[AteTheSpoon dissolves the mugs used to contain them]], which leads into a puzzle where you have to carry a mug of grog from one location to another.
* GettingCrapPastTheRadar:
** "You can swab my decks any time."
** "Is that a banana in your pocket, or are you just happy to see us?"
* HaveANiceDeath:
** Parodied where Guybrush can fall from a cliff and a Sierra adventure-game death screen appears for a moment before Guybrush reappears thanks to a "rubber tree."
** A somewhat straight (an EasterEgg since it's a very unlikely death) example with the same Sierra style and interface if [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QMq762wbQS8&feature=related Guybrush drowns]] after failling to solve the underwater idol puzzle within 10 minutes.
* HellGate: As a tourist attraction, no less.
* HeroicComedicSociopath: Some mild examples compared to the sequel; Guybrush's crew getting stranded and captured by the cannibals is played for laughs and Guybrush can kill Bob with root beer when Bob [[YouHaveOutlivedYourUsefulness outlives his usefulness]], right after Guybrush promises him not to in exchange for information.
* HookHand: [[MeaningfulName Meathook]], both.
* ImAHumanitarian: Subverted. The Monkey Island Cannibals have been trying to cut back on red meat for health reasons.
* ImpersonatingAnOfficer: [[spoiler:In this case, Sheriff Fester Shinetop, impersonated and disguised so well by [=LeChuck=] himself.]]
* IslandOfMystery: Monkey Island.
* ItBelongsInAMuseum: Guybrush can claim that the Idol of Many Hands "belongs in a museum" when Sheriff Fester Shinetop catches him trying to steal it. Note that in neither case Guybrush actually means it, and it's just one of the optional lines of dialog to try to get the item for himself. However, the owner of the idol does agree with that statement.
* JailBake: Parodied with the carrot cake Otis apparently received from his Aunt Tillie. He doesn't even try to cut a slice himself because he hates carrot cake. Of course, Guybrush finds a use for the file hidden inside...
* JustLikeMakingLove: "Swordfighting is kinda like making love. It's not what you do but what you say what's important."
* LevelGrinding: An unusual appearance of the trope in an adventure game. You must wander the island getting into insult fights to learn insults, then you must get into ''another'' fight in order to ''use'' the insult and learn the response.
* LoveAtFirstSight: Guybrush for Elaine. Also, if you decide not to save the idol task for last in The Three Trials, you get to see a scene that reveals that Elaine also fell for Guybrush at first sight.
* TheMaze: One in Mêlée Island™ and one inside Monkey Island™
* MegatonPunch: [=LeChuck=] sends Guybrush to the skies of Mêlée Island™ . An AstronomicZoom out ensues to display Guybrush's ballistic trajectory.
* MeanwhileBackAtThe ghost pirate ship of [=LeChuck=]. Deep beneath Monkey Island™
* MultipleEndings: Did you sink your own ship with the catapult? Your crew won't take it well... [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FxlTnrhtBXk Watch]]. ''VideoGame/EscapeFromMonkeyIsland'' makes it the canonical ending; the crew resents Guybrush for abandoning them.
* NiceJobBreakingItHero:
** It shows up late, but no Monkey Island could be exempt of this. Guybrush in the final act is a SpannerInTheWorks to Elaine's plan.
** There is a literal example early on when Guybrush sinks his own ship on Monkey Island™ with a catapult hit but it has no gameplay consequences and only provides a minor [[MultipleEndings different ending]] . [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FxlTnrhtBXk Watch]]
* NoAnimalsWereHarmed: In addition to the large sign, Guybrush comments on the poisoned dogs: "They're only SLEEPING!!!"
* NonSequiturThud: [[VideoGame/{{Loom}} I am Bobbin,]] [[MythologyGag are you my mother?]]
* NoodleImplements: In the offscreen fight against Shinetop in the Governor's Mansion, Guybrush uses various random items for purposes unknown. He comes out of the fight with a Manual of Style, staple remover, and gopher repellent, of which only one is actually useful later in the game.
* OffscreenMomentOfAwesome:
** The two sequences in which Guybrush tries to steal the idol in the first place. Much of the action takes place automatically in a room that you can't see; all you can see is dialogue and the actions that Guybrush is doing, many of which you can't normally do in the game. The highlight is perhaps "Hypnotize quarrelsome rhinoceros" . The fight between Guybrush and the Sheriff in the Governor's Mansion starts out pretty funny and then keeps getting more and more insane.
** Elaine escapes from an undead pirate, carries out a plan to kill said pirate... offscreen. Then comes [[SpannerInTheWorks Guybrush and]]...
* OracularHead: A severed navigator head which guides you through hell.
* OrAreYouJustHappyToSeeMe: "Is that a banana in your pocket or are you just happy to see us?". The Cannibals of Monkey Island™
* TheOtherDarrin: Carla and Lemonhead in the Special Edition (S. Scott Bullock, who had voiced the latter in ''Curse'', now voices Red Skull).
* PigLatin: When one of the Cannibals, Sharptooth, tells Guybrush that he can't go through the Caverns of Meat [[spoiler:to get the Voodoo Antiroot]] without something, Red Skull (another cannibal) interrupts and tells Sharptooth, "Ixnay on the Eadhay of the Avigatornay!", but Guybrush has no clue what they're talking about (they're talking, of course, about [[spoiler:the Head of the Navigator]]). It is lampshaded, of course:
-->'''Guybrush:''' Why are you guys talking in Pig Latin?\\
'''Red Skull:''' ''[to the other Cannibals]'' I see he is baffled by our native dialect. Good.
* PragmaticAdaptation: While almost every single detail of the original is preserved in the SpecialEdition (and every detail is intact if you use the "original version" button), to sidestep the outrageous amount of Voice Acting it would require, rather than stating the exact number of Pieces Of Eight that he has after getting paid by the Fettuccini Brothers, Guybrush's description for his money becomes "I have enough money to buy whatever I need."
* PreAsskickingOneLiner: Guybrush gets the option for a lot of these in the last act, aptly named "Guybrush Kicks Butt". Of course, you have the option to have him say something incredibly dorky and awkward instead.
* ProtagonistWithoutAPast: Guybrush's background prior to washing up on that beach in the first game is never elaborated on at all. Due to the serious plot contradictions, though, that became one of the fans' least concerns.
* PurpleEyes: In the 256-color edition, the final portrait of Guybrush and Elaine watching the fireworks reveals they both have purple eyes. (In the Special Edition, his are blue and hers are green.)
* RedHerring: Subverted; the ''literal'' red herring you pick up in the game has an important use.
* {{Robinsonade}}: The Monkey Island arc. Guybrush and Herman Toothrot before him. With GoMadFromTheIsolation elements, later subverted.
* ScoobyDoobyDoors: Most of the doors on Melee Island take you to a random other door in the town.
* ShaggyDogStory: Two of the final long quests are practically rendered moot; [[spoiler: Elaine escapes the villain's clutches on her own, and you bungle her attempt to destroy the villain. The potion which can destroy ghosts is actually root beer, which can be found in the vending machine on the very island where the story began.]]
* ShoutOut:
** Many to other Creator/LucasArts games, including ''VideoGame/{{Loom}}'', the ''Franchise/IndianaJones'' series, and (in the Special Edition artwork) ''VideoGame/DayOfTheTentacle'' and ''VideoGame/GrimFandango''.
** When you are about to crash the wedding between [=LeChuck=] and Elaine, you have a choice of dialogue for Guybrush, one of which being just shouting "[[SayMyName Elaine!]]" In fact, that's actually a shout out to ''TheGraduate''. WordOfGod says that's where Elaine's name came from.
** Two of the idols surrounding the gigantic monkey head resemble Sam and Max, of ''Franchise/SamAndMaxFreelancePolice''. The Special Edition changes this to the tentacle from ''VideoGame/DayOfTheTentacle''.
** At one point, Guybrush can be made to walk off a cliff. The player is then shown a parody of {{Sierra}}'s HaveANiceDeath menus, before Guybrush bounces back into view and explains, "Rubber tree."
*** Also counts as a TakeThat.
** In a swordfight, one of the options is: [[Film/ThePrincessBride My name is Guybrush Threepwood. Prepare to die.]]
** At the end of the special edition credits: "[[Franchise/JamesBond Guybrush will return. Guybrush will return.]]"
** In the demo version of the game, Guybrush has the option to call one of the pirates in the SCUMM Bar a "[[WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons kwyjibo]]."
* ShrunkenHead: At one point, Guybrush trades a book called ''How to Get Ahead in Navigating'' for the shrunken head of a [[TheNavigator navigator]] who helps him through a labyrinth.
* SpeakNowOrForeverHoldYourPeace: Of course this is the moment when Guybrush interrupts the wedding.
* SpoofAesop: "Never pay more than 20 bucks for a computer game."
* SpySpeak: "Excuse me, do you have a cousin named Sven?" "No, but I once had a barber named Dominique." "Close enough." Guybrush wasn't making Dominique up, as the pirate barbers in ''VideoGame/TheCurseOfMonkeyIsland'' mention that he used to be the fourth member of their quartet.
* StalkingMission: Guybrush chases the storekeeper to learn the location of the Sword Master. That puzzle can be bypassed with a walkthrough however.
* SufficientlyAdvancedBambooTechnology: Parodied. The cannibals of Monkey Island™ have state of the art security doors for no reason beyond the RuleOfFunny.
* ThatWasTheLastEntry: The Captain's log found in the Sea Monkey. It ends abruptly when the two characters described in the log leave the ship to investigate the eponymous Monkey Island, leaving their fate a mystery.
* TheThreeTrials: Swordplay, thievery and treasure hunt-er-y. The {{Trope Namer|s}}.
* TitleDrop: Shown in the Captain's log, complete with the ''TM'' suffix.
* TooDumbToLive: Herman Toothrot has been waiting to be rescued from Monkey Island for decades, but has had a fully-functioning ship the entire time. Similarly, Otis has been waiting to be freed from jail for years, but has had a fully-functioning file the entire time--he just would rather eat rats than the carrot cake containing said file.
* TookALevelInBadass: The final part, aptly named "Guybrush kicks butt", has GB gleefully [[OneHitKill one-hit-killing]] ghost pirates with root beer.
** Guybrush learns how to fence and toss around insults like a pro.
* TotemPoleTrench: With monkeys, in [[spoiler:the wedding dress, as part of Elaine's cunning plan to defeat [=LeChuck=] that Guybrush inadvertently spoils]].
* TradeSnark: Monkey and Melee islands always have "TM" on them.
* TragicVillain / StagesOfMonsterGrief: [=LeChuck=]'s crew were press ganged and made ghosts by force, as his first officer bitterly recalls with irony.
* TrollBridge: Although the scary bridgekeeping troll really is [[spoiler:GeorgeLucas in a suit]].
* UpdatedRerelease: ''The Secret of Monkey Island: Special Edition'', which doesn't just recreate the game - it ''is'' the game, with a new interface, graphics and voice acting built on top of the original SCUMM code.
* VillainousCrush: [=Lechuck=] to Elaine.
* WalkDontSwim: Guybrush, when tied to the idol and thrown into the sea.
* WeaksauceWeakness: Ghosts can be killed by dousing them with root beer.
* WeirdMoon: The Special Edition has an ''enormous'' moon hanging about in some of the backdrops. (Averted in the original version, where it's a much more reasonable size.)
** This is a nod to ''VideoGame/TheCurseOfMonkeyIsland'' which had such a moon visible.
* TheXOfY: Some items with the name similar to ''The Idol of Many Hands'', etc.
* YouFightLikeACow: The extended swordfighting subquest is the TropeNamer. The insults were written by Creator/OrsonScottCard.
* YourMom:
** At one time if you let the Fettucini Flying Brothers argue over who gets to go in the cannon:
--->'''Alfredo:''' Your mother wears combat slippers!\\
'''Bill:''' Leave our mother out of it! Get in the cannon!
** "So's your mother" is one of the options in Insult Swordfighting that won't win, although it only appears during the training scene with Captain Smirk.
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