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Video Game: Sam & Max Hit the Road

Sam & Max were quite popular at LucasArts, and after getting cameos and Shout Outs in several LucasArts adventure games, the two got their own game in 1993: Sam & Max Hit the Road, which had the two traveling a pastiche of roadside America tracking down a Bigfoot that had escaped from a carnival sideshow with a giraffe-necked girl. It was done in the SCUMM engine, the same as other LucasArts classics such as Monkey Island.

A long-awaited sequel to Sam & Max Hit the Road was announced by LucasArts in 2002, but in March of 2004 the project was unceremoniously canceled. Fans were incensed, as were several members of the LucasArts team, who left to found their own game company: Telltale Games. In 2005, Telltale announced they would be working with Steve Purcell to produce an episodic Sam & Max adventure game, and in late 2006, the first episode of Sam & Max: Season One was released.

Contains examples of:

  • Bald of Evil: Conroy Bumpus wears a wig. Max riffs at him for it, but this just gets him sent on an island in the middle of a gator-infested pond.
  • Better than a Bare Bulb: Hardly a trope goes unlampshaded by our heroes.
  • Bigfoot, Sasquatch and Yeti: The plot revolves around a runaway Bigfoot, and there is even a Bigfoot convention! (As a side note, the terms "sasquatch" and "yeti" are used interchangeably with Bigfoot in the game).
  • Brick Joke: In Shuv-Oohl's room, if you look the newspaper clippings, one of the headlines is Severed Head Explodes, Destroys Bus!
    • Also a brick joke from another game. in Day Of The Tentacle, you find a picture of Max on the wall. If you examine it, your character says something about it being a portrait of a president. Guess what Max eventually becomes in the Telltale seasons? Also counts as Hilarious in Hindsight.
    • In the carnival Tunnel Of Love, one of the exhibits is a scene from B-Movie actress Evelyn Morrison's movie Revenge Of the Gill Guy, Sam being a fan of hers. Later when you get to the Tiki Inn, who turns out to be the owner? Why, Evelyn Morrison.
  • Centrifugal Farce: The Cone of Tragedy at the Cushman Bros. Carnival spins around at insane speeds, as befitting its name. If you ride it, you will lose all your stuff (thankfully, the lost and found collects it all in record time).
  • Clark Kenting: Parodied. To sneak to the Bigfoot convention, you have to whip up a less-than-convincing Bigfoot costume. The guard recognizes you and lampshades the trope, but will still let you in if you do him a favor.
  • Collector of the Strange: Conroy Bumpus, he has a whole room full of animals, both exotic ones, normal ones, and weird ones.
  • Cross Over: Images of Sam and Max appear in most classic LucasArts adventures, including the Monkey Island series.
  • Destructive Savior: Sam and Max at the end make the world a better place for the bigfoot race but in doing so, they cause most of the northwestern United States to be overgrown with trees, basically destroying that portion of the country.
  • Dialogue Tree
  • Early-Bird Cameo: Before the duo even make it to the fairgrounds and meet Conroy Bumpus, a Muzak version of "King of the Creatures" can be heard playing in one of the Snuckey's locations.
  • Enter Solution Here
  • Everything's Better with Dinosaurs: Mercilessly parodied.
  • Evil Brit: Conroy Bumpus.
  • Furry Confusion: The are non-anthropomorphic, non-speaking and seemingly non-sapient rats, cats, pigeons, and... alligators.
  • Funny Background Event: Max will wander around and mess with the background, most noteably at the Savage Tiki Inn when he'll start pulling at the feathers of the Tucan on the reception desk.
  • Green Aesop: Spoofed in the ending.
  • Grievous Harm with a Body: On more than one occasion, Sam uses Max as a weapon or tool. Just threatening to use him is often good enough to scare people into confessing something.
    • Max can actually be seen and selected in Sam's inventory box like a regular object.
  • Half-Dressed Cartoon Animal: Effectively averted. Sam wears a full suit (minus shoes) while Max and the bigfoots wear nothing. One exception is Conroy Bumpus puts a vest on Bruno for his performances.
  • Human Popsicle: Bruno the Bigfoot, before his escape, was held as an exhibit in a block of ice. Conroy and his goon in the ending.
  • I Can't Use These Things Together: The Trope Namer.
  • I Think You Broke Him: The eventual result if you keep insisting that Sam pick up an object that's stuck, resulting in him breaking into tears and Max berating you through the Fourth Wall for breaking his spirit.
    Max: Now you've done it! You've broken Sam's spirit with your stupid attempts to pick up that silly object! In fact, if I didn't find his pitiful sobbing so amusing, I'd come out there and rip your limbs off! Just ignore them, Sam, maybe they'll go away.
  • Jerkass: Conroy Bumpus. He's little more than a selfish egomaniac who throws a fit when he doesnt get his way, and has his bodyguard Lee Harvey rough up anyone who doesnt worship him.
  • Just Friends: The opening sequence has our heroes saving a Mad Scientist's date from being zapped because she'd rather just be friends.
  • Live Item: Max, to the point of actually having a space in Sam's inventory bag.
  • Magical Native American: Parodied with the Bigfoots.
  • Napoleon Complex: Conroy Bumpus
  • No Fourth Wall: Sam and Max are very well aware that they're inside an adventure game.
  • Shout-Out: The world's largest ball of twine is in Minnesota.
  • Symbol Swearing: Lampshaded:
    Sam: Percent sign, ampersand, dollar sign.
    Max: And colon, semicolon, too!
    Spoon bender: What are you <bleep>ing doing?
    Sam: Swearing in longhand, asterisk-mouth.
  • Take That: Sam, while talking to a character who looks and acts like Woody Allen
    I like your movies. Especially the early, funny ones.
  • Villain Song: Conroy Bumpus' "King of the Creatures" song.
  • Wasn't That Fun?: Often invoked by Max, such as this example from Sam and Max Hit the Road, after the "Cone of Tragedy" ride has given Sam a cardiac arrest but in reality all of his stuff has been thrown off the ride.:
    Max: Ooh, I feel tragically empty.
    Sam: Me too. It's as though an integral part of my essence has been ripped from my being.
    Max: Let's do it again!
  • Weight And Switch: Used to get Conroy's toupee.
  • White-Dwarf Starlet: Evelyn Morrison, the owner of the Savage Tiki Inn, used to be a big B-monster movie actress, Sam being a fan of hers. She's adapted rather well to the motel business all things considered, but she's still under the impression that she's a star.
  • Why Am I Ticking?:
    Max: Sam, either termites are burrowing through my skull or one of us is ticking.
    Sam: Ooops. Oh yeah. (Pulls out head/bomb of the robot mad scientist they just dispatched in the intro). Max, where should I put this so that it doesn't hurt anyone we know or care about?
    Max: Out the window, Sam! There's nothing but strangers out there.
  • World of Chaos / Wackyland: The Mystical Vortex. Even by the standards of this universe, this place is damn weird.
  • World of Snark
  • The Unseen: Flint Paper makes an offscreen appearance by throwing an unpleasant client through the door to his office and shooting a smiley face into the wall. You only hear his voice, he doesnt appear in person.
  • Yaoi Fangirl: Implied with the bungee jumping instructor, who flirts obviously with Sam, but then lets him and Max use the apparatus for free because she has 'a soft spot for dog-and-rabbit couples'. Sam is predictably disturbed.

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