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->''"I've sailed the seas from Trinidad to Tortuga and I've never seen anything like it! The engagement ring I gave Elaine has a terrible pirate curse on it. [=LeChuck=] is behind it, I'm sure. I should have known that nothing good could come out of that evil zombie's treasures. And if that's not bad enough, the clairvoyant I met in the mangrove swamp told me that if I am to break the curse and save Elaine, [[TonightSomeoneDies I will have to die]]!"''\\
--'''Excerpted from ''The Memoirs of Guybrush Threepwood: The VideoGame/MonkeyIsland Years'''''

The third game in the VideoGame/MonkeyIsland series, ''The Curse of Monkey Island'' was released in 1997, six years after the previous installment, ''[[VideoGame/MonkeyIsland2LeChucksRevenge LeChuck's Revenge]]''. With two of the three fathers of the series, Creator/RonGilbert and Dave Grossman, no longer working for Creator/LucasArts, and the third, TimSchafer, being busy with [[GrimFandango other projects]], no one was really around to explain the infamous ambiguous ending of ''[=LeChuck's Revenge=]'', so the company decided to go with a CuckooNest interpretation of it.

''Curse'' starts off with Guybrush, adrift in a bumper car after escaping [=LeChuck=]'s spell and his "Carnival of the Damned", arriving in the harbor of Plunder Island, just in time to save the island (and Elaine) from attack by [=LeChuck=] and his undead pirates. [=LeChuck=] is slain yet again, and Guybrush proposes to Elaine using a ring he found in the hold of [=LeChuck=]'s ship. Unfortunately, said ring turns out to be cursed, and Elaine is turned into a golden statue. Guybrush's new mission is to lift the curse on Elaine and return her to normal (and defeat [=LeChuck=] again when the evil pirate once again comes back from the dead, this time as a fiery demon).

This game marks [=LucasArts=]' final use of the SCUMM engine [[note]]HumongousEntertainment kept using it for nearly five years after[[/note]]. This game also marks the first appearance of Murray, the franchise's EnsembleDarkhorse.

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!!This game provides examples of:

* {{Accidental|Misnaming}} or MaliciousMisnaming: Madame Xima, whom Guybrush calls "Madame Eczema" if he reads her name on the plaque.
* ActionGirl: Elaine Marley is definitely one, if her BlastingItOutOfTheirHands moment below is anything to go by.
* ActorAllusion: Creator/AlanYoung voicing a character named [[WesternAnimation/TheRenAndStimpyShow Haggis]]. Only difference is here, his last name's [=McMutton=] and the former's [=MacHaggis=].
* AnachronismStew:
-->'''Guybrush:''' It smells like something's burning. [[HandWave Must be that shoddy 17th-century electrical wiring.]]
* AndStarring: The first credit after the main title of this game says, "STARRING: Dominic Armato as Guybrush Threepwood".
* AndThenWhat: Mr. Fossey doesn't know what to do after tarring and feathering Guybrush.
-->'''Guybrush:''' So what do I do now?
-->'''Mr. Fossey:''' Hmm... I don't know. We've never done this before. Aren't you humiliated?
-->'''Guybrush:''' I guess so, but no more than usual.
-->'''Mr. Fossey:''' Well, just get lost then.
* ApothecaryAlligator: The Voodoo Lady has a stuffed alligator whose tongue you have to pull to summon her.
* AppeaseTheVolcanoGod: Parodied. There is a lactose-intolerant [[ChekhovsVolcano volcano]] god tended by a tribe of vegetarian cannibals. Naturally Guybrush has to mess with the sensitive volcano. How? BlessedAreTheCheesemakers.
* AllBalloonsHaveHelium: One puzzle requires a helium balloon and bubblegum.
* AmusementParkOfDoom: ''The Carnival of the Damned''.
* AwesomeMcCoolname: Apparently, Slappy Cromwell's given name Rex Fortune: Adventure Seeker doesn't have star quality.
* BadassBookworm: Averted. Bloodnose the Pirate tries to play himself off as this, but he's utterly pathetic. That said he ''does'' have a gun, forcing you to talk him into defeat.
* BagOfSpilling:
** Guybrush begins the game with only one item in your inventory: a pair of helium filled balloons. Presumably these are the same balloons acquired in the endgame of ''Monkey Island 2'', but everything else from that game has been lost (including his beard, which is lampshaded).
** Midway through the second chapter as well: Guybrush gets swallowed by a snake, and has to collect a wide variety of items inside the snake's belly before finding one that'll help him escape... after which the snake vomits Guybrush into a quicksand pit, which sucks almost all of Guybrush's recently discovered loot right through his pants.
--> '''Guybrush:''' Now ''there's'' an odd sensation...
* BaldOfEvil: Captain Rottingham becomes this after Guybrush puts lice on his comb and Haggis cuts his hair off.
** The Lost Welshman says that King Andre is "as ruthless as he is bald"
* {{BFG}}: The Destructo-Matic T47 Armor-Piercing Carnage-Delivery System with Auto-Loading and [[ArsonMurderAndJaywalking Fax Modem]].
* BlastingItOutOfTheirHands: Happens in the intro, when [=LeChuck=] raises his sword to kill Guybrush and Guybrush's future-wife Elaine shoots the sword out of [=LeChuck=]'s hand.
** Added bonus for A) firing from the fort, which was a good fifty meters away, B) using a musket (though not really an option) which are notorious for their poor accuracy at range. And C) [[SmokingBarrelBlowout blowing out the smoke from the barrel]].
* BlessedAreTheCheesemakers: Guybrush finds a wheel of nacho cheese bigger than a person, which he gets to use to [[spoiler: tar the ship's hull and sacrifice to a lactose-intolerant Volcano God.]]
* BoundAndGagged: Wally and Elaine.
* BreakingTheFourthWall:
** In Part II, even though it's always daytime in Puerto Pollo, the clock tower at the Long John Silver Center for the Performing Arts is a real-time system clock that is built in for your computer, telling you at what time you played the game and keeping track of your current, local civil time. At each hour, the clock chimes in a bit of [=LeChuck=]'s Theme followed by the chime of the hour number, and about 30 minutes after each hour, the same bit of [=LeChuck=]'s theme plays, but without the chime of the hour number. Even interesting is that when Guybrush examines the clock tower, he will say what current time will be in the Caribbean Standard Time in hours, minutes and seconds, whether in morning, afternoon and night, [[MadLibsDialogue acting like a speaking clock on the phone at the time of day service]]. Complete with "[[SayingSoundEffectsOutLoud Beep]]."
** Also, when Guybrush speaks with Palido Domingo and asks him how long he's been lying in Brimstone Beach trying to get a tan, Palido will tell him he's been there since seven months prior to the current month and date on your computer clock. If you asked him in August, for example, he'll say, "Since January." Ask him in ''January'', however, and he'll not only say, "Since June," but [[NewYearHasCome he will also wish Guybrush a Happy New Year]]! Weird!
** "It just occurred to me that mixing medicine and alcohol is a really stupid and possibly lethal thing to do. If I were a real person instead of a lovably [[SelfDeprecation inept cartoon]] character with the potential for a few more sequels... I wouldn't even consider it. Skoal!"
** "I didn't think you could die in [=LucasArts=]™ adventure games."
** "Maybe they're trying something different."
* BrickJoke: Early on in the story, Elaine is about to punch Guybrush when she suddenly [[TakenForGranite turns to gold]]. Guess what happens the instant she's returned to normal.
** Also, throughout the game there's some instances where Guybrush will attempt a distraction by yelling "Look! A three-headed monkey!", and [[spoiler:a mechanical three-headed monkey makes an appearance in the game's last chapter.]] Guybrush even {{lampshade|Hanging}}s it with "I knew it'd turn up sooner or later!"
** At one point, you have the opportunity to read a poster left by the Plunder Island Naturalist Society that teaches you the word "pappapisshu" (native Plunder Islander for "yowch"). If you do this, Guybrush (and ''everyone'') will use the word instead of "yowch" for the rest of the game. Don't read it, and they'll continue to say "yowch" instead.
* BuriedAlive: Invoked by Guybrush to access a crypt. In a ContinuityNod he encounters Stan in said crypt, who was [[HeroicComedicSociopath trapped inside a coffin by Guybrush]] in the previous game.
* ButThouMust: Guybrush joins a poker game with a group of pirates who are obviously going to cheat, and no matter what 'you' pick, he'll say "Of course I trust you".
** When Minnie asks if you're attached, you get multiple ways to say "yes" - and a single "no" response, but if you choose it, Guybrush will still say "yes".
** He is asked early on by the Voodoo Lady if he wants to see pictures of some voodoo children. All of the selectable responses are of him being horrified and loathing it, but he will always say "Perhaps...later."
* CaptainColorbeard: Blondebeard.
* CoincidentalAccidentalDisguise: Tar + feathers = El Pollo Diablo.
* ComedyAsAWeapon: The results of sword fights are based entirely on insults and puns.
* ContinuityNod: There's a pair of Easter eggs that reference the first game, as well as a call-back to the joke about Guybrush looking more like a flooring inspector than a pirate.
** If you try to interact with the spittoon on Blood Island, Guybrush responds that he doesn't need to carry spit around anymore, referencing his need to collect spit from Largo for a voodoo doll in the previous game.
** If you examine the cannonballs in [=LeChuck's=] hold, Guybrush will say "Nice cannonballs", just like in the [[MonkeyIsland2LeChucksRevenge previous game]] where he says "Nice (object)" to just about anything he sees.
** The Monkey Island and [=LeChuck's=] Dungeon dioramas.
** Guybrush once again says "Could you please stop that annoying swinging?" to the imprisoned Wally.
* ConvenientlyPlacedSharpThing: Parodied.
* CookingDuel: Guybrush must defeat Van Helgen in a banjo duel in order to recruit him. (He has to cheat, of course...)
* CoolAndUnusualPunishment: In a puzzle where you have to get out of a locked tomb, Murray threatens Mort with this. What punishment, you ask? [[CutHisHeartOutWithASpoon "I will hide your keys beneath the cushions of your upholstered furniture, and nevermore will you be able to find socks that match!"]] All in a sinister voice one would expect to use when threatening to destroy the world.
* CutHisHeartOutWithASpoon: This is most of Murray's dialogue.
* DeadMansHand: If Guybrush keeps losing against King André and then looking at the losing hands, one of the random comments he'll make is "Aces and eights... that can't be good."
* DeathByDespair: Minnie 'Stronie' Goodsoup died of a broken heart after her fiancée left her at the altar.
* DeathIsTheOnlyOption: Guybrush Threepwood has his destiny told: he will die at Blood island. The fortune teller on the island gives him the death card five times in a row. He ends up faking it to enter crypts and becomes legally dead. The cards end up being useful, too!
* DontTryThisAtHome: Before downing a spiked drink, Guybrush breaks the fourth wall long enough to remind players that mixing medicine and alcohol is a stupid and potentially lethal thing to do.
* DramaticLandfallShot: Played with in the intro movie.
* EarWorm: The main theme is this in-universe. It even drove most of the crew of the Obsessive-Compulsivo [[DrivenToSuicide to suicide]].
* EasierThanEasy: Like in the previous game, the game has a lite mode with many puzzles dummied out. [[IdiosyncraticDifficultyLevels Megamonkey is the normal mode]].
* EasterEgg:
** Press Shift+J on the ship-to-ship combat screen to enable [[StarWars lightsaber sounds]] for the swordfighting battles.
** Examining the giant web in the top-left of the screen in the Mutual of Stan and re-entering the crypt an absurd amount of times will result in a tiny woman attempting to escape from the web, and a spider chasing after her, mirroring a similar scene in ''VideoGame/TheDig'', another Creator/LucasArts adventure game.
** Attempting to use the ocean at the beach at Blood Island will eventually result in Guybrush walking in on a scene from ''VideoGame/TheSecretOfMonkeyIsland'', where that game's Guybrush has begun to drown.
** After being buried in the Goodsoup family crypt, examine the crumbing hole in the wall. Guybrush will stick his head out from behind the stump in the forest from ''VideoGame/TheSecretOfMonkeyIsland'', a reference to the 'stump joke' from that game.
** When playing Mega Monkey Mode and trying to find Elaine using the "treasure map" [[spoiler: from [=LeChimp's=] ship]], hitting the buttons in the sequence SE, NW, W, S, E, NE will result in [[SamAndMax Max's head]] appearing in the lights on the back wall of the theater.
* EdibleThemeNaming: The Goodsoup family members have soup-related first names. There's also a guest at their inn named Charles de Goulash.
* EnormousEngagementRing: A huge but cursed engagement ring is a part of the central story, which revolves around the main protagonist Guybrush Threepwood's attempt to restore his fiancée after accidentally turning her into a gold statue by giving her said cursed diamond ring.
* ExactWords:
** The hangover cure must contain "the hair of the dog that bit you". In this case they mean actual hair from a [[spoiler:not necessarily actual]] dog. And it must bite you.
** Kenny Falmouth, the kid - ahem - the [[InsistentTerminology young enterpreneur]] who owns the lemonade stand, has a bottomless mug policy. Which means, of course, that the mug does not have a bottom and cannot hold any liquid.
* FailedASpotCheck: In the introduction, a sea-stranded Guybrush mentions several things he could really do with right now, and exactly everything he mentions floats by a few feet away. Moments later, he looks up from writing in his diary to find he's floated into the center of an ''enormous battle''.
* FauxDeath: Guybrush [[FakingTheDead fakes his death]] with a combination of alcohol and a homemade hangover cure. Twice. At least. InsuranceFraud ensues
* TheFerryMan: There is a ghostly Lost Welshman who needs to be summoned by the lighthouse's light, though he'll need a compass to take Guybrush to Skull Island. (If he was a good navigator, he wouldn't have gotten lost, would he?) [[FunnyBackgroundEvent Also, sometimes he produces a sandwich from inside his cloak and munches on it.]]
* FeudingFamilies: The Goodsoups and the [=VanSalads=].
* FissionMailed: "Funny. I didn't think [[UnwinnableByDesign you could die in [=LucasArts=]™ adventure games]]." "[[BreakingTheFourthWall Maybe they're trying something different.]]"
* FluffyTheTerrible: Apparently, "the name pirates fear the most" is Edward "Snugglecakes" Van Helgen.
* FortuneTeller: Madame Xima.
* GenderBlenderName: Apparently, the parents of Heart Liver and Kidneys Boiled in the Stomach of the Animal "Haggis" [=McMutton=] were expecting a girl.
* GloveSlap: The way to invoke a duel.
* GoshDangItToHeck: Played with in this game, making it the ''only'' game to get an "Everyone" rating, even though the word "hell" ''as a place'' is mentioned a few times (it does say, either in the instruction manual or on the back of the box cover art, that [=LeChuck=]'s BeardOfEvil is made of "pure demonic [[FlamingHair heckfire]]").
* GotMeDoingIt: In the pirate song, one of the dialogue options will result in Guybrush himself adding a stanza. His expression when the crew breaks into refrain indicates he definitely didn't mean to.
* GraveHumour: Several puzzles are based on faking the death and crypts, so...
* TheGunslinger: Elaine, Edward Van Helgen, and even timid little Wally are very quick on the draw.
* [[HairOfTheDog Hair of the Dog That Bit You]]: This is one of the literal ingredients in a hangover cure!
* HandInTheHole: Parodied.
** In general, and specifically a parody of a HandInTheHole scene in ''VideoGame/TheDig'', which actually did require the solution Guybrush jokingly exclaims.
* HarmlessVillain: The dread pirate Bloodnose.
* HeyItsThatVoice: [[MetalGearSolid4GunsOfThePatriots Raiden]] is ass-kissing {{Cloudcuckoolander}} Mr. Fossey?
** Is Haggis [=McMutton=] related to [[WesternAnimation/DuckTales Scrooge McDuck]]?
* HideousHangoverCure: An egg, some pepper, and [[IncrediblyLamePun the hair of the dog that bit you]].
* {{Homage}}: Naval battles and sword duels between the captains directly refer to ''Sid Meier's Pirates!''.
* IAmBigBoned: There is one scene when two pirates look at themselves as newly-formed [[DemBones skeletons]]:
-->'''Fat Pirate:''' Hey! What d'ya know? I really ''am'' big-boned!
* IDontLikeTheSoundOfThatPlace: Blood Island, Skull Island, Carnival of the Damned.
* IgnoringBySinging: If you don't want to hear [=LeChuck=]'s explanation of past events, one of the options is for Guybrush to turn his back to him, cover his ears and shout "Lalala, I can't hear you, lalalala..."
* InterfaceScrew: After Guybrush consumes a spiked drink, the colors and sound start to get... weird.
* IslandBase: Skull Island. [[spoiler: Even though it looks like a duck.]]
** Yeah, but if you sorta squint and turn your head [[spoiler:it looks like a bunny.]]
* ItBelongsInAMuseum: Guybrush can say this to King André regarding the diamond:
-->'''Guybrush:''' That diamond belongs in a museum!
-->'''André:''' So do Postimpressionist paintings, Mister Threepwood. So do Postimpressionist paintings.
-->'''Guybrush:''' What the heck is ''that'' supposed to mean?
-->'''André:''' One day... you will understand.
* JediMindTrick: Guybrush can do this on the Cabaña Boy who is keeping him from getting into the Brimstone Beach Club. [[spoiler:[[NoSell It almost works.]]]]
* LavaIsBoilingKoolAid: The barbeque.
** Also the volcano itself. Apparently it's safe enough to stand precariously above it to toast marshmallows.
* LeastRhymableWord: "We'll surely avoid scurvy if we all eat an ''orange''."
** Em... Door-hinge...?
* LighthousePoint: Spooky one on Blood Island.
* MakeItLookLikeAnAccident: In ''Monkey Island 2'' Rum Rogers Sr. died in a bathub thanks to his habit of [[ElectrifiedBathtub bathing while eating toast]]. In ''Curse'' [=Lechuck=] reveals that he killed him there and made it look like an accident.
* ManInAKilt: Haggis [=McMutton=].
* MarilynManeuver: Again, Haggis [=McMutton=], when his kilt starts getting blown upward in a windy storm at the beginning of Part IV, and he presses his kilt back down.
* MeaningfulName: Several characters, most notably Palido Domingo.
* MonsterShapedMountain: Parodied, "Skull Island" turns out to have a prominent mountain that's clearly in the shape of a ''duck.'' When the ferryman claims it looks like a skull if you squint at it and tilt your head sideways, Guybrush points out that just makes it look like a bunny instead.
* MoodWhiplash: The Puerto Pollo chapter of the game and subsequent ship chapter are quite upbeat and humorous. The Blood Island chapter, which follows is very dark and morbid. Even the cartoony graphics can't disguise the MoodWhiplash.
* MurphysBed: It had already claimed at least one victim...
* MythologyGag:
** Examining the crack in the Goodsoup crypt causes Guybrush to pop-up from the inaccessable stump of VideoGame/TheSecretOfMonkeyIsland in Melee Island (the one with the often misunderstood joke ''Insert Disk #absurd_number''). The original (now crude by 1997) EGA graphics and SMI-music are used and Guybrush mentions that he feels like he's been here before, maybe in a dream. Luckily he can't exit to the other side, because he isn't aware that [[AssPull a killing horde is in his way]].
** Interacting ad-nauseam with the beach with the sharks will eventually transport Guybrush to the underwater idol EasterEgg from ''VideoGame/TheSecretOfMonkeyIsland'' in time to watch his own HaveANiceDeath unique [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Xw_U0XjdlHg moment]].
* TheNameIsBondJamesBond: Guybrush can introduce himself to King André this way, either under his own name or other aliases; but no matter which other aliases he chooses, André will still call him "Mister Threepwood".
* TheNapoleon: Wally tries to be one of these but isn't quite successful.
* NiceJobBreakingItHero: The cursed ring Guybrush gives to Elaine. Guybrush spends three acts undoing that particular screw-up.
* NoodleIncident: Guybrush reveals he has a fear of [[FauxHorrific porcelain]] (which is something of a running gag throughout the rest of the game) and never explains why other than that it's "a long story". Fans speculated that it was because he had a porcelain vase smashed over his head during the off-screen fight with Shinetop in the first game. Sadly, Creator/LucasArts shot down that theory.
** What exactly happened between ''[=LeChuck=]'s Revenge'' and ''Curse''?
** If you try to combine the dog hair with the scissors, Guybrush will mention he's avoided dog grooming due to an incident with his aunt's poodle. It's never further elaborated on.
*** Making it a [[IncrediblyLamePun Poodle Incident]]?
* NotEvenBotheringWithTheAccent: The Lost Welshman.
* OhGodWithTheVerbing: If the player doesn't have Guybrush saw off the plank the first time he boards the Sea Cucumber, and then gets walked off the plank, he will climb on board the ship after sawing off the plank and get this exchange after monkeys surround him again:
-->'''Mr. Fossey:''' ''(irritated) Again'' with the sneaking on board the ship! I don't know how or why you came back on board... but the next time you walk the plank will be your last!
* OutOfTheFryingPan: Midway through the second chapter, Guybrush gets swallowed by a snake, and has to collect a wide variety of items inside the snake's belly before finding one that'll help him escape... after which the snake vomits Guybrush into a quicksand pit.
* ParasolParachute: Landing in the cave. Else he'd fall, [[AmusingInjuries crash with the rocks and the bottom and splash on the water]] ...just to surface at the shore seconds later to try again.
* [[spoiler:PepperSneeze]]: Required in the last chapter.
* PigLatin: Cruff to King André: "Ix-nay on the evil an-play."
* ThePiratesWhoDontDoAnything:
** This game has pirates roaming the seas and plundering other ships. Unlike the previous stories there is not an external force ([=LeChuck=], Largo) scaring the ''grounded'' sailors.
** The trope is lampshaded by Guybrush during TheMutiny song [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AawQvD8L_h4 A Pirate I Was Meant To Be]]
--> You say you're nasty pirates,
--> Scheming, thieving, bad bushwhackers?
--> From what I've seen I tell you,
--> You're not pirates! You're just slackers!
* PokeThePoodle:
** Dread Pirate Bloodnose (also known as Wally B. Feed) "drinks milk straight from the carton!"
** Murray. "I will hide your keys beneath the cushions of your upholstered furniture, and ''nevermore'' will you be able to find socks that match!"
* PortraitPaintingPeephole: Guybrush looks through the blank face of a painting and manages to convince the hotel landlord that he's a distant relative because he has the same eyes as the guy in the painting.
* PowderTrail: Part of a puzzle on Plunder Island.
* PunnyName Tons of them: The Goodsoups, the [=VanSalads=]...
* QuicksandSucks: Subverted, as Guybrush doesn't totally sink in it, just remains stuck up to his waist.
** But it does suck all the cool stuff he found out of his pants, which is apparently a rather odd sensation.
*** Hang out long enough, though, and [[FunnyBackgroundEvent that chicken on the left starts to go under]].
* RiddleForTheAges: We never find out if El Pollo Diablo is real, or where the legend came from if it wasn't. In a series like this, one might expect it to the be the result of a contrived and hilarious misunderstanding, but there's no indication one way or the other.
* RidingIntoTheSunset: [[spoiler:At the end of the game before the credits.]]
* SayingSoundEffectsOutLoud: Guybrush is made WalkThePlank but avoids falling into the sea. Mr. Fossey remarks "That's odd, there was no splash". Guybrush yells "Splash!", which is apparently convincing enough.
* ShoutOut:
** The title of Part 4, "The Bartender, the Thieves, His Aunt, and Her Lover", is a spoof on the film title, ''TheCookTheThiefHisWifeAndHerLover''.
** Also, the title of Part 5, "Kiss of the Spider Monkey", is a spoof on the title of Manuel Puig's 1973 novel, ''Literature/KissOfTheSpiderWoman''.
** NamedAfterSomebodyFamous: Mr. Fossey, who hears voices in his head and interacts with the monkeys at Danjer Cove, is named after American zoologist Dian Fossey, who is known for saving the mountain gorillas from extinction and from poachers in Rwanda, and who met her sudden, untimely demise on December 26, 1985. Most of her life is described in her 1983 bestselling book, ''GorillasInTheMist'', most of which was made into a motion picture adaptation 5 years later, with Creator/SigourneyWeaver as Dian Fossey.
** There's a special scene after the credits, in which [[spoiler: they spoof the classic UrbanLegend about Walt Disney being kept frozen and buried under his theme park, as [=LeChuck=] actually ''is'' buried frozen under his theme park, though a father tells the story to his son as a real father would tell Disney's story in real life.]]
** When Guybrush uses his {{ventriloquism}} skills with Captain [=LeChimp=] he does a [[Series/StarTrekTheOriginalSeries Captain Kirk]][=/=]WilliamShatner impersonation, hams, random speech rhythm etc. [=LeChimp's=] (a gorilla) golden and purple attire deliberately resembles a Starfleet uniform.
** When Guybrush tells the [[FlyingDutchman Lost Welshman]] ''I'm not afraid'', he replies ''You will be... you will be''. The dialogue is lifted from Luke and Yoda from ''TheEmpireStrikesBack''.
** Guybrush introduces himself to King André in the [[TheNameIsBondJamesBond surname-firstname-surname style of James Bond]] with a SeanConnery-like accent.
** A later conversation choice references a famous line from the Bond film Film/{{Goldfinger}}, with Guybrush asking ''Do you expect me to talk?'' and André replying [[NoMrBondIExpectYouToDine ''No, Mr. Threepwood, I expect you to buy.'']]
** Mort has a book titled ''ZombiesAteMyNeighbors''.
** Playing with the lights in the theatre enough will result in a ''SamAndMax'' illumination on the stage
** In Blondbeard's fried chicken restaurant, there's a skeletal patron (dead, obviously) who looks like Manny Calavera wearing a button that says "Ask me about ''GrimFandango''"; itself a shout out to the first game, where a patron of Scumm Bar had a button "Ask me about ''Loom''".
** Exiting and entering the crypt an absurd amount of times in a row rewards you with an unsettling EasterEgg; a protagonist from ''VideoGame/TheDig'' being devoured by a spider.
** The banjo duel is a family friendly {{Homage}} to ''{{Deliverance}}''.
*** Speaking of which, Edward Van Helgen's name alone makes him an obvious nod to the guitarist [[VanHalen Eddie Van Halen]]. His banjo playing skills are icing on the cake.
** Guybrush is still [[VideoGame/IndianaJonesAndTheLastCrusade "selling these fine leather jackets"]].
** When Guybrush drifts between Elaine's fort and [=LeChuck's=] ship during the intro, the visual is an homage to a similar event in ''[[DisneyThemeParks Pirates of the Caribbean]]'' (the ride, not the movie).
** [[ShoutOut/ToShakespeare And of course, Shakespeare:]] A character decides to rewrite various Shakespeare plays to better suit the local pirates' tastes, mangling not only famous Shakespeare quotations but entire plotlines, resulting in lines such as "Wherefore art thou treasure, Romeo?", "Spot, ye blasted dog, get out of me bloomin' garbage! Out, damned spot!" and "Alas, poor Yorick, I knew him...and his two pals!", said while juggling three skulls (one of them being Murray, of course).
*** AlasPoorYorick: If you try to use Murray, Guybrush will say, "Alas, I can't use Murray with that"
* ShownTheirWork: Kenny's shill for his lemonade includes a LongList of actual (and horrific) symptoms of scurvy.
* [[spoiler: SomedayThisWillComeInHandy:]] Guybrush reads in an encyclopedia that "a compass is a magnetized pin floating in a solution." He comments on how useless and random said piece of trivia is. [[spoiler: Later, on Blood Island, he has to make a compass for the Lost Welshman.]]
* SpiritualSuccessor: ''VideoGame/GhostPiratesOfVoojuIsland''
* TakenForGranite: Elaine.
* TakeThat: This subtle... or maybe not so subtle jab:
-->'''Lost Welshman''': I am the ferryman between here and Skull Island, trapped for so very long in the icy ocean {{m|yst}}ists. Oh, how I hate that blasted {{m|yst}}ist.\\
'''Guybrush''': Really? I like {{m|yst}}ist. I think it's [[SceneryPorn pretty]].\\
'''Lost Welshman''': Well, ''sure'', {{m|yst}}ist is [[SceneryPorn pretty]]! But ''egad'', is it dull.
* TamperingWithFoodAndDrink: At one point in the game you are required to drug yourself by mixing hangover medicine with alcohol.
-->'''Guybrush:''' This makes the drink oh so much more appealing.
* TarAndFeathers: Guybrush is tarred and feathered by monkey crew members of a pirate ship. He later uses this to pose as El Pollo Diablo, a giant chicken who has terrorized the area.
* TarotTroubles: "I've got five Death cards. That can't be good."
* ThatRemindsMeOfASong: [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AawQvD8L_h4 A Pirate I Was Meant To Be]]
** Which actually turns into a pseudo-puzzle, where you have to stop the pirates, who all [[RhymesOnADime rhyme on a dime]], from singing by feeding them the line [[LeastRhymableWord "We'll surely avoid scurvy if we all eat an orange."]]
*** Though, really, anyone who skips straight to that line as soon as it pops up [[ComicallyMissingThePoint just doesn't get the premise of the game]].
** The Spanish (or any other foreign language) version of the game doesn't have the pirate song segment. It skips directly to sea navigation.
* TheThreeTrials: Find a map, a ship, and a crew in the second act. A ring, a diamond and hand lotion in the fourth act. Each object demands a lengthy expedition and perilous adventure - yes, even the hand lotion.
* TogetherInDeath: One of the game's puzzles involves reuniting two dead lovers (a ghost and a skeleton, respectively). When the heartbroken ghost discovers that her lover had never intended to abandon her, their spirits are shown reuniting and then vanishing happily together.
* TonightSomeoneDies: The game really, really wants the player to believe that Guybrush is going to kick the bucket, not only by having the Voodoo Lady tell him he's going to die on Blood Island, but also with the fortune teller, who [[TarotTroubles deals him five Death cards]].
** [[spoiler:The Voodoo Lady turns out to be right, [[FromACertainPointOfView in a manner]]. He does indeed die, but fakes it.]]
* UnexplainedRecovery: Discussed only by Guybrush:
-->'''Guybrush:''' No, honest! I ''was'' dead for a really long time!\\
'''Stan:''' And you just "got better?"\\
'''Guybrush:''' Well, yes.
* UnPaused: Elaine is gearing up to punch Guybrush right before [[spoiler:she turns into a statue. She resumes the punch when unfrozen.]]
* VariableMix: [=iMuse=] at its finest. Depending on the interlocutor the background music would segue smoothly into a remixed version; the Barbery Coast theme would gain an accompaniment of accordion when talking to [[FrenchJerk Captain Rene Rottingham]], and when on the Sea Cucumber, steel guitar, steel drum, and atmospheric seagulls would be added to a more upbeat version of the Sea Cucumber theme when Mr. Fossey came to harass you.
* VerbalBackpedaling: One exchange between the hero and the villain:
-->'''Guybrush Threepwood:''' If I gave you your arm back, what would you do with it? \\
'''Murray, The Mighty Demonic Skull:''' I'd terrorize the South Seas! I'd torture the living! I'd demolish the... er... \\
''({{beat}})'' \\
'''Murray:''' What I meant to say was I'd use it to ''pet kittens''. \\
'''Guybrush:''' ''(laughs)'' [[LampshadeHanging Nope. You blew it.]] \\
'''Murray:''' Drat.
* ViolationOfCommonSense. "Violation of Common Sense, Part III": As expected. Guybrush's lines about mixing medicine and alcohol provide the quote for the trope, right below Voltaire.
-->'''Guybrush: '''It just occurred to me that mixing medicine and alcohol is a really stupid and possibly lethal thing to do. [[BreakingTheFourthWall If I were a real person instead of a lovably inept cartoon character with the potential for a few more sequels]]... [[DontTryThisAtHome I wouldn't even consider it]]. Skoal!
* WalkDontSwim: Guybrush does this in one of the EasterEgg rooms.
* WhatHappenedToTheMouse: Wally's fate. This trope ''may'' have been invoked intentionally, since Guybrush makes a point of saying that he needs to save Wally and all of the monkey slaves, but then the theme park explodes. It's hard to say though, because other stuff was clearly cut due to ExecutiveMeddling. Guess Lucasarts didn't as feel guilty about killing him off this time around.
* WhatTheHellHero: In Chapter 3, similar to the Swordmaster from the first game, Captain Rottingham has his own set of insults which you'll have to think of the appropriate response to. If Guybrush is unsuccessful in fighting Rottingham, he can still fight other pirates for varying reasons (mostly for practice). It's possible for Guybrush to use Rottingham's insults against them, which they can't answer. They do however, call you out on it.
-->'''Pirate:''' No fair! You're using Captain Rottingham's insults!
* WheelOfPain: Turned by monkeys.
* WithThisRing... Guybrush invokes FinaglesLaw; he proposes Elaine with an expensive looking diamond ring [[GenreBlind he just got out of LeChuck's vault]], the ring turns out to be cursed and turns Elaine [[TakenForGranite into a golden statue]]. To break the curse he has to get a ring [[EquivalentExchange more expensive than the cursed one]] and put it in Elaine's hand.
* AWinnerIsYou: [[spoiler: After defeating [=LeChuck=], the game instantly cuts away to a thirty second scene without any dialogue, that consists of Guybrush and Elaine [[RidingIntoTheSunset heading off to their honeymoon]], while their friends are waving goodbye. The developers had planned to include more gameplay, but had to cancel after the game threatened to ScheduleSlip, so this could be the explanation]].
* TheXOfY
* [[YouAndWhatArmy You And What Navy?]]: Guybrush can say this as one of his [[DialogueTree options]] to Wally to talk him into defeat when he threatens to shoot our hero.
* YouFightLikeACow: As you'd expect from the franchise that [[TropeNamers named the trope]], the Insult Swordfighting minigame returns...but with a twist: Because the fights take place at sea, the comebacks have to rhyme with the insults.
* YouFool: You've given cheese to a lactose intolerant volcano god!
* YouMustBeThisTallToRide: When Guybrush is trapped in the Carnival of the Damned, all he has to do to escape is go out through the gate leading to the roller coaster -- but the roller coaster has a You Must Be This Tall restriction, and he's also been magically reverted to childhood, so he's too short to be allowed through.
* YoureInsane: There is a scene when smuggler King André believes that the Goodsoup Family Diamond and its energy flowing though it is the key to his power, and you can choose this:
-->'''Guybrush:''' You're a madman! \\
'''André:''' Am I mad? Am I? [[LaughingMad HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA!]] Is it madness to sit in a cave at the top of a deserted island, accumulating vast amounts of gold and jewels and stuffed animals, stockpiling plunder from across the Caribbean and passing the savings on to you? Is that madness? Or ''genius''?!?\\
'''Guybrush:''' ''(shrugs)'' Good point. I take it back.\\
'''André:''' [[InsaneProprietor I'm not crazy -- my prices are!]]
* YourMom: One of René Rottingham's rhyming swordfight insults is "Your mother wears a toupee!", to which Guybrush can respond, "Oh, that is so cliché!", which is the same response to a pirate's "En garde! Touché!"
* YouHavegotToBeKiddingMe: Guybrush's reaction to Van Helgen going solo in the banjo duel and busting out playing that isn't even possible on a banjo.
* YouWontFeelAThing: At one point Guybrush needs to get some hair from an old dog:
-->Okay fella, this won't hurt a bit.\\
''(plucks hair)''\\
Hey, I guess it didn't hurt a bit. He must be shedding.
* YouWouldntShootMe: When [[TheWoobie Wally]] threatens to shoot Guybrush, he reacts with scornful disbelief until Wally breaks down.
* ZipMode: If you double click on an exit the game will skip the animation of Guybrush having to physically walk there, which saves a lot of boredom. [[note]]A feature sadly missing in the more modern VideoGame/GrimFandango and VideoGame/EscapeFromMonkeyIsland, 3D non-SCUMM-based keyboard controlled games[[/note]].
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