[[caption-width-right:300:[[Literature/FiftyShadesOfGrey Anastasia Steele]], eat your heart out.]]
''Plumbers Don't Wear Ties'' is a rare Western example of the VisualNovel. Released for the 3DO in 1993 by Kirin Entertainment, the game is a [[CoversAlwaysLie self-proclaimed full motion video]] but little more than a slide show of {{random events|Plot}}, featuring "[[PizzaBoySpecialDelivery a plumber]], [[DaddysGirl a daddy's girl]], [[CluckingFunny chickens]], [[CityMouse crazed yuppies]], [[BadBoss evil bosses]], {{panda|ingToTheAudience}}s, {{shower scene}}s, [[CoolCar race cars]], [[NaughtyNuns a nun]]".[[note]]ʇᴉ ʇǝפ[[/note]]

The game is supposedly {{ero|ge}}tic, as you take control of "[[DatingSim an Interactive Romantic Comedy]]". In reality, it's more like a DVD scene-selection, with [[NoSidepathsNoExplorationNoFreedom few options and little impact]] on the story whatever you choose. Moreover, [[ButThouMust deciding an option that doesn't help the plot]] move along the game's desired ending is considered a NonStandardGameOver, even when the option you choose is under no condition bad, leaving the player with no real control of what's going on.

The plot involves John (played by Edward J. Foster), a plumber who, to avoid his mother trying to hook him up with someone, falls madly in love with Jane (played by Jeanne "Hollywood" Basone), the first woman he meets in an office parking lot. She's there for a job interview with Thresher (played by Paul Bokor), whose idea of acceptable workplace behavior is clearly very, very far behind the times. He chases her, John steps in to save her, she resists the boss's [[ScarpiaUltimatum indecent proposal]], and they all live happily ever after.

Amid this plot, there are {{Imagine Spot}}s, some very improbable SuddenlySexuality, more [[PhotoshopFilterOfEvil Photoshop filters]] than you can shake a stick at, [[MindScrew and a crowd of dogs applauding the male narrator in a chicken suit]] gunning his StrawFeminist counterpart.
!!This game provides examples of:

* AbhorrentAdmirer: Amy, the woman John's mother tries to force on him.
* AbusiveParents: Of the verbal variety; both John's mother and Jane's father have no qualms with shouting and swearing to their offspring over the phone.
* TheAlcoholic: Jane's father has the table in front of him covered in bottles of alcohol, and is having drinks disturbingly early in the day.
* AsianSpeekeeEngrish: The female voice who sometimes narrates decisions. The male one has an American accent, but is also rather bad.
* BadBoss: Thresher.
* BananaPeel: Thresher slips on one during the chase scene.
* BattleOfTheStillFrames: More like "Chase Of The Still Frames", but occasionally stretches into an entire game. Even in non-chase sequences.
* BlackComedyRape: In the "good" ending, a bag lady rapes Thresher as "punishment". John just laughs (poorly) as he and Jane walk off.
* BlatantLies
** The box cover claims that it "Plays like a Game... feels like a MOVIE!" Dead wrong on both counts (unless the games you play have as much interactivity as a DVD menu, and the movies you watch are badly Photoshopped slideshows).
** The so-called "18-rated" scene isn't really that explicit--it only features Thresher pressuring Jane to strip, with language no stronger than "DAMN" (of course). Perhaps they were referring to the scene where the page image comes to play?
* BreakingTheFourthWall: While pressuring her into having kids, Jane's father acknowledges the previous scene where John's mother did the same thing.
* ButThouMust
** There's only one time you can make a choice that doesn't end the game instantly, and that's when you choose who makes the first move. Both narrators chew you out [[MortonsFork over all of the choices]], as if you were writing the script.
** When John can choose to chase Jane or not isn't really an exception either. It might look like a different ending (the GayOption), but you receive the sign to "Give me one more chance", meaning it's another game over.
* CampGay: If you end up with the gay option, Thresher suddenly becomes this.
* CensorBox: Censor Giant Nose, even. There's a code that removes them.
* ChangingClothesIsAFreeAction: During the scene where Jane is being chased by Thresher, she's wearing nothing but a bra and a skirt. When the chase goes outside, though, she's suddenly fully clothed. Then, later in the same scene, her shirt comes off ''again''.
* ContentWarnings: The box says that only players 17 and up can play, even though a (required!) choice needs you to be 18.[[note]] Actually, the game's box says "Guidance for '''17 and under'''", meaning that those under 17 need adult supervision to play.[[/note]]
* CoversAlwaysLie ʇᴉ ʇǝפ
* DatingSim: Well...as far as "dating" goes. Unlike most dating simulation games which notoriously allow several routes to many different endings, this game is programmed to only have one acceptable route. If you try to choose a different route, you get scolded and have to retry.
* DepravedBisexual: If the gay ending is anything to go by, Thresher is definitely this, as he's kinda aggressive when he flirts with John.
* {{Dominatrix}}: Jane becomes one in one of the choices.
* DoesNotLikeShoes: The 2nd narrator. Justified, in that she's in a karate get-up.
* TheDulcineaEffect: See LoveAtFirstSight for John and Jane's almost instant and largely baseless mutual attraction.
* FreudianSlip: Thresher, midway through the "canon" route. This turns into a FreudianSlipperySlope if you pick the GayOption.
-->"They are the ones who get head - I mean, get ahead."
* FullMotionVideo: ...Except there isn't any after the title screen.
* GainaxEnding: Some of the optional endings are this, featuring things like John and Thresher suddenly turning gay or Jane spontaneously becoming a nun. Than again the rest of the game doesn't exactly make sense either.
* GayOption: As it turns out, [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nekMiCgiktc after seeing this scene]], both Thresher and John [[BiTheWay swing both ways]]. What's funny is that it's the only nonviolent option in the game, and is actually prefigured during John's conversation with his mother.
* GoodMorningCrono: Twice, near the beginning. First, John is woken up by a call from his mother, followed with Jane from her father.
* HeroicBuild: John.
* HostileShowTakeover: Another narrator randomly shows up, and beats up the first. He then comes back later with an Uzi.
* InteractiveFiction: Thoroughly subverted. If you don't follow the game's precise, chosen plotline you get shouted at by the narrator and forced to go back and choose the other option.
* InteractiveNarrator: Though it's mostly limited to shouting at you.
* IWantGrandkids: John's mom pressures him into marrying because she wants grandchildren. Jane's dad does the same thing.
* ItsAWonderfulFailure: Most videos lead to this. As well as the "[[GoldenEnding Hollywood ending]]", you can get the "Asexual", "Hired", "Not Hired", "S&M", "Gay", "Indecent Proposal" and "Nun" endings... there's far more bad endings than good.
* TheLawOfConservationOfDetail: Broken. Broken into millions of tiny, tiny pieces.
* LadykillerInLove: A gender-inverted example. In the "good" ending, John butts in when Jane and Thresher are haggling over how much he should pay for her to sleep with him (and the discussion has been going on for hours before John's interjection, mind you) and declares his love for her. Jane's personality apparently performs a 180 on the spot, she responds in kind to John and the two leave holding hands. While her dialogue with Thresher heavily implies that she has slept with guys for money before, the good ending claims that she is a virgin, creating a PlotHole-fueled [[ZigZaggedTrope zig-zagging of this trope.]]
* LingerieScene[=/=]OperaGloves: Jane strips herself down to her black bra and panties while wearing black opera gloves. And not only that, but she also takes out her {{whip|ItGood}} and {{hand|yCuffs}}cuffs!
* LogicBomb: The game is 17-rated, but one part is 18-rated. [[ButThouMust But you need to play this part to finish the game]]. So... how can a 17 year old possibly play the game and complete it?
** However upon closer inspection of the "17" label, you can see "Guidance for 17 & Under" written under it.
* LoveAtFirstSight: Deciding you want to marry a woman you've never talked to that you just bumped into in a car park is not generally a recipe for fun.
* MindScrew: Seriously, you can scream aloud "What the fuck?!" W...why is the narrator scolding the player whilst wearing a chicken mask? And why is he hanging upside down? Pandas driving race cars over a guy's bed in negative colors? (Granted the latter was in John's dream, but still...) This couldn't be weirder if Creator/DavidLynch wrote it.
* MrFanservice: John. He's fairly fit, and the camera gives his mostly naked (and eventually just shirtless) body almost as much focus in the opening montage as Jane's.
* MsFanservice[=/=]HelloNurse: Jane, as seen on this page's image.
* MultipleEndings: This is a rare case when you aren't even ''allowed'' to try a different route than the one the game set up as canon. However, they do have endings (Jane stripping for Thresher to get the job, John and Thresher ending up together, etc.), but they're labeled "failure" for this reason. This is all in stark contrast to what visual novels usually promote, which is one of many reasons as to why the game is so hated.
* MyGirlIsNotASlut
-->"I'm about to marry a virgin! In the 90's! Impossible!"
* NaughtyNuns: Averted by the "other" ending, where Jane -- who spent the entire intro telling us how many guys she's had sex with -- [[PlotHole sudden reveals that she's a virgin and wants to be a nun]]. The game doesn't even show her wearing a habit. This was also prefigured in the intro FMV, though Jane denies it.
-->"Imagine that, me a NUN? HA! I don't think so!...I'm not that kind of girl!"
* NeverTrustATitle: ''John wears a tie.'' In his "review", the Angry Video Game Nerd (AVGN) lampshades this, much to his consternation.
-->''(John plays air guitar with his plunger)''\\
'''AVGN:''' "Well, the game's called "Plumbers Don't Wear Ties", so I guess it makes sense. He's a plumber, and I don't see him wearing a tie.\\
''(Cut to next image showing John wearing a tie)''\\
'''AVGN:''' "''What the fuck?!'' You can't even trust the damn title!"
* TheNineties: The hideous fashions and dreadful attempts at early Photoshopping let this game be dated very, very accurately to the early '[=90s=]. Plus, the horribly pixelated pictures and compressed sound will easily remind people of the time when "CD quality" picture and sound was actually a ''pejorative'' term.
* NoFourthWall: That's for sure.
--->"That bitch of a mother from the last scene just told her son to get married!"
** The game even keeps in an audio outtake of the actor playing as John flubbing his lines, and the cast and crew commenting on it.
* PhotoshopFilterOfEvil: Almost like UsefulNotes/MSPaint filter of evil.
* ThePiratesWhoDontDoAnything: People may complain that [[Franchise/SuperMarioBros Mario]] doesn't do enough plumbing. Compared to John, he's a plumbing machine.
* ScoringPoints: Their [[ThePointsMeanNothing meaninglessness]] is exemplified in the ViolationOfCommonSense trope, below. In fact, the highest possible score in the game is ''-170,000'' according to [[http://www.gamefaqs.com/console/3do/file/584456/18976 GameFAQs]].
* ShirtlessScene: John in the beginning of the story, up until he gets on his motorcycle.
** There's also Thresher if you choose the "Jane will do ''anything'' to get the job" decision.
* ShowerScene: Completely gratuitously with both John and Jane.
** Censored during normal play, though a code can change that.
* SplitScreenPhoneCall: John and his mother, Jane and her father.
* SpoilerOpening: In the only FMV in the entire game, Jane spoils several plot points, including the nun ending.
* StrawFeminist: A female narrator takes over the game to defeat the patriarchy?
* SuddenlySexuality: Both John and Thresher are apparently bi in one failure ending. [[HoYay With each other.]]
* TitleDrop: Right at the very end, where John finally admits that he's a plumber ([[ForegoneConclusion even though just looking at the giant 'Plumber On A Bike' logo on his motorcycle could already have tipped Jane off]]), but Jane insists he's lying because, as she puts it, '''''[[InsaneTrollLogic Plumbers Don't Wear Ties]]'''''.
** Also done much earlier on during the phone call with John and his mother:
-->'''John''': Ma, I'm a plumber, and plumbers don't wear ties!
* ViolationOfCommonSense: [[spoiler:You have to go through the choice of the boss forcing Jane to take her clothes off, which gives you a ''negative score''.]]
* WhamLine: This line from Thresher:
-->"You know, perhaps something can be worked out after all. ''({{beat}})'' '''Take your clothes off, Jane.'''"
* WhatTheHellPlayer: The narrator will not always agree with what you're doing. Sometimes he will say that even if you pick a ''different'' route.
* YouBastard: After {{Railroading}} you into "the hairball takes advantage of the situation" option and serving up a healthy dose of MoralEventHorizon and MoodWhiplash the game has the naked chutzpah to call you a "perverted monster". And it happens elsewhere, too.
** If you choose any the other options the game calls you a loser for [[HypocriticalHumor doing such a lousy script]], including the boss [[spoiler: acting very generously and giving Jane an extremely well paying job with many bonuses.]]