YMMV: Grim Fandango

  • Complete Monster: Hector LeMans is the man behind the corruption in the Department of Death. Hector has infiltrated the DoD and stolen the Number Nine tickets, the fastest way to get to the Land of Eternal Rest, from to the souls of the righteous and counterfeits them knowing that anyone who uses one is plunged into hell's fiery depths. Meanwhile, the righteous souls Hector stole them from are left to wander the Land of the Dead until they're eventually kidnapped while traversing the ocean and sent to the coral mining factory owned by Hector at the Edge of the World to be eternally enslaved so as to prevent Hector's misdeeds from coming to life. The most evil thing Hector has done is the commission of sprouting, a way to permanently kill those already dead; the sprouting involves pecial plant bullets that are fired into the skeletal body, growing and spreading until the victim is completely overrun and is nothing more than an empty husk filled with flowers. Hector as capitalized on this, murdering hundreds, keeping their bodies as a field of flowers upon which he builds his hideout upon, and even has a greenhouse where preserves the corpses of his victims and tends to them as trophies of all who dare cross him. By the game's end he has Salvador's body sprouted and his head removed for questioning and shoots Manny with a slow-acting Sproutella which will keep him alive in agony for hours before eventually killing him. Despite all the pain and misery he's caused in the Land of the Dead, Hector doesn't care, as he merely wants to live like a king before using the stolen tickets to bribe his way into heaven.
  • Crowning Music of Awesome: "Ninth Heaven"
  • Ensemble Darkhorse: Oh, many. The game has a huge cast of characters and none of them are stock characters. One of the more memorable ones is Chowchilla Charlie, who is part Peter Lorre.
    Manny: I think slot machines attract an undesirable element.
    Charlie: Oh, we're all undesirable, Manny...
    Manny: Yeah, but your credit's no good to boot.
    • Bruno Martinez has three scenes, and steals the show each time.
  • Hilarious in Hindsight: The song "Turn Around" by They Might Be Giants seems reminiscent to some of the events in this game.
  • It's the Same, Now It Sucks: While the news of an HD re-release in 2015 was warmly received, some fans were disappointed that the game wasn't completely re-made from scratch, and instead just upscaled all the pre-rendered elements from the original 1998 release. That said, the new version still updates most of the player models, adds a lighting system, replaces the original Resident Evil-style controls with a point-and-click interface, and includes a fully orchestrated soundtrack.
  • Moral Event Horizon: Nick sprouting Lola. Domino trying to murder Glottis. Olivia torturing Sal. Hector... OK, Hector was just always evil.
  • Nightmare Fuel: In Year 4, a Number Nine train carrying passengers who bought tickets (instead of earning them) turns into a demon and dives off the tracks into Hell.
    • Granted he really deserved it, but Domino's death is pretty unpleasant.
    • Much like Dom, being "sprouted" may indeed be a Fate Worse Than Death. Death within death guarantees pretty much no chance of ever being allowed to move on to the Ninth Underworld (unless said deathception just brings you to another level of the Afterlife), implied to be stuck forever with no mouth with which to scream...
    • "What you haven't seen... you haven't seen the Meadow." With the implications of the above example in mind, just imagine how many bodies it must have taken to fill that entire field...
  • Uncanny Valley: The World of the Living.