Minor characters in Monkey Island

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The minor fictional characters in Monkey Island are fictional characters who appear in the Monkey Island series of adventure games by LucasArts. Monkey Island games also feature their own array of unseen characters.

Bob the Ghost Pirate[edit]

Bob is seemingly LeChuck's right hand man in the The Secret of Monkey Island. He warns LeChuck of Guybrush Threepwood's arrival on Melee Island and discusses Guybrush's progress with LeChuck throughout the game.

Bob's head often comes loose from his body and is often seen bouncing around like a hackysack. At the end of the first Monkey Island game, Guybrush finally encounters Bob, who had been left behind by the Ghost Pirate ship after his head had fallen into the surrounding lava. Bob informs Guybrush of LeChuck and Elaine's wedding and then apparently leaves with Guybrush and his friend Herman Toothrot to Melee Island. Alternatively, tenacious players have the option of having Guybrush destroy Bob.

Captain Dread[edit]

Captain Dread appeared in the second game, Monkey Island 2: LeChuck's Revenge. Though foreshadowed as something of a fearsome pirate, the captain's name is actually a reference to his hairstyle - he is a Jamaican and wears dreadlocks. When Guybrush first meets Dread, one of the comment options is "Natty Dreads", to which Dread replies "Thanks, Mon". Dread alludes to the true origin of the 'Head of the Navigator' from the first game, The Secret of Monkey Island, when he tells Guybrush about his own encounter with the Monkey Island Cannibals and the fate of his former Navigator.

In the second act, after the lifting of the Largo Embargo and securing a new 'eye of the world' lucky necklace; Captain Dread serves as Guybrush Threepwood's mode of transportation between three islands, Scabb Island, Booty Island and Phatt Island, on board his houseboat, the Jolly Rasta. He has not reappeared in any Monkey Island game since.

Captain Smirk[edit]

In the first game in the series, The Secret of Monkey Island, Captain Smirk appears as the fight trainer on Melee Island. Smirk is a gruff chain smoking man, who apparently has a long history of training and piracy on Melee Island.

After training Guybrush with his strange fighting apparatus known as "THE MACHINE"; Captain Smirk introduces Guybrush to the concept of insult swordfighting using such insults as "You fight like a dairy farmer" and the comeback "How appropriate, you fight like a cow". At the end of the lessons Guybrush is prepared to do battle with any and all pirates he encounters on Melee Island on his way to meet Captain Smirk's old friend Carla the Swordmaster.

It is later revealed in Escape from Monkey Island, that Australian Land Developer Ozzie Mandrill drove Smirk off Melee Island after he beat him in a game of Insult Gin Rummy; Smirk was rendered homeless and was so ashamed he got the next ship out of Melee Island. His fate is unknown after his defeat by Mandrill.

Australian politician Peter Costello has the nickname of Captain Smirk.

Carla the Swordmaster[edit]

In the first game in the series, The Secret of Monkey Island, Carla was initially the famed Swordmaster of Mêlée Island, who lived in secret isolation, her location known by very few. The Storekeeper of Melee Island is known to have a huge crush on Carla and mistakenly leads Guybrush Threepwood right to her. After her defeat at 'insult swordfighting' and the kidnapping of Governor Marley, Carla agrees to join Guybrush's crew and set sail to Monkey Island. She and her crew mates, Meathook and Otis, mutiny and are later marooned on Monkey Island and captured by the Cannibals.

Eventually, she managed to Escape from Monkey Island by the fourth game. She joined Guybrush's crew again, against her better judgment, when he managed to arrange a Cushy Government Job for her on her return.

Carla was voiced in Escape From Monkey Island by Pamela Tyson.

Largo LaGrande[edit]

Largo LaGrande is a villain that appeared in the first part of Monkey Island 2: LeChuck's Revenge, as a local bully on Scabb Island who prevented any ships from leaving (called the "Largo Embargo"). As such, he is universally loathed on Scabb Island, with many island inhabitants playing tricks on him, such as the barkeeper slipping laxatives into his drinks, for all the anguish he has caused for them. He had formerly been the right-hand man of the ghost pirate LeChuck before he had been melted by Guybrush Threepwood. Guybrush constructed a voodoo doll of Largo using, among various other things, Largo's bra.

He was one of LeChuck's original followers when the pirate was still alive. It seems that since LeChuck's demise in the first game, he and some others have been scouring the Caribbean looking for a living piece of LeChuck that will enable him to bring back his old master.

Later in the game, Largo resurrected LeChuck as a zombie, playing a minor part in the rest of the game. He has not reappeared in any game since, except mentioned in one of the lines of dialog when Guybrush uses the ventriloquist book with Captain Rottingham in the barbar shop ("Make me balder than Largo LaGrande!") and having a drink named after him at Planet Threepwood, "Largo Lemonade." However, shortly after the release of the fourth game, Escape from Monkey Island, a set of April Fools soundbites were released in advance of a fifth game (Return to Monkey Island). In these, Largo reappeared, voiced by Dominic Armato, who also voiced Guybrush. Since these were April Fools, they were later confirmed to be fake.

Largo LaGrande is named after the town La Grande, Oregon, where Monkey Island designer Ron Gilbert grew up. His name is also a joke within the game, from Spanish it translates as 'Long TheBig' which is playing on the fact that Largo is actually quite small.

Meathook[edit]

Meathook appears in the first and fourth games of the Monkey Island series. He is bald, and has lost both of his hands (replaced by hooks) and an eye to a "ferocious beast" similar to one that he keeps locked up in his house (it was later revealed to be a parrot). Meathook also has a skull-shaped tattoo on his chest that he can manipulate so it appears to be talking, using his ventriloquist skills often saying "Hello Roger".

Meathook lived as a hermit on the former vacation spot of Hook Isle on Melee Island. After Guybrush proves his courage by touching the "ferocious beast", Meathook becomes one of the three original members of Guybrush's crew sailing to Monkey Island. However Meathook, along with Carla and Otis, are marooned on Monkey Island after their ship is sunk by a mysterious flying rock. In Escape from Monkey Island, he returned to his home (Hook Island on Mêlée Island) and took up wax painting as a hobby. It is hinted within the game that Meathook painted the naked portrait of the Harbour Mistress that hangs in the Scumm Bar, the Harbour Mistress refers to the artist as having an 'obsession with wax' and that he 'couldn't keep his claws' off of her.

Meathook was voiced in Escape From Monkey Island by Cam Clarke.

Men Of Low Moral Fiber[edit]

These three pirates known as the Men of Low Moral Fiber appear in the first two games of the Monkey Island series. The pirates appear rather to be shifty characters and tell long tall tales to Guybrush when pressed for information. The tallest pirate, wearing a hat, is named Frank and acquires a peg leg because of an accident with a rodent that occurs in between the first and second games. Fred is the heavy-set balding pirate who says little and laughs a lot; while Fin is the other pirate, with a goatee and headband, and is rather fond of rats.

In The Secret of Monkey Island they have stopped pirating (due to fear of the Ghost Pirate LeChuck) and claim to be starting a circus troupe. They also pay Guybrush to take their minutes from the Melee Island PTA meeting claiming it was a treasure map. In Monkey Island 2: LeChuck's Revenge the men have taken to hanging out up on ledge (afraid this time of Largo LeGrande) in the village of Woodtick on Scabb Island. The Men of Low Moral Fiber claim to have abandoned their prior circus troupe idea in favour of a successful catering business, in which they later sold to the Governor of Phatt Island. After that venture they claim to have set out to find "Drinky Island" in search of the treasure of Big Whoop in a glass bottomed boat. After being shipwrecked they encountered a philosopher, presumed to be Herman Toothrot; and upon returning to Scabb Island with Herman's advice they began their new business of "performing" (sleeping) up on the ledge of a boat. This time around Guybrush can polish Frank's peg leg for a few pieces of eight (or saw it off), wake the three pirates up with a blow horn, trap their pet rat "Muenster Monster" and argue with them for the possession of a wooden bucket.

Monkey Island Cannibals[edit]

The Monkey Island Cannibals are heavily featured in the first The Secret of Monkey Island game. Red Skull, Sharptooth and Lemonhead first encounter Guybrush when he sneaks into their village and steals a banana. They lock him up in a hut with loose floorboards and later negotiate with Guybrush for items such as the wimpy idol, the banana picker and the Head of the Navigator. The Cannibals also help Guybrush to finally dispose of the Ghost Pirates by brewing up ghost-killing root beer. By the time of the third game they have gone vegetarian.

The Cannibals have also been known to leave memos around Monkey Island addressing grievances to either Herman Toothrot or LeChuck and his Ghost Pirates. In the sequel Monkey Island 2: LeChuck's Revenge, the Cannibals have apparently written many books listed in the Phatt Island library.

By the time of The Curse of Monkey Island the cannibals have left Monkey Island as they can no longer stand the racket caused by LeChuck's Carnival of the Damned. Some of them moved to Blood Island and became vegetarian, most notably Lemonhead, who now appears to be their leader. It is not clear whether Red Skull and Sharptooth also became vegetarian and simply changed masks, since CMI also features a Pineapple Head and a Banana Head, or whether they simply went their separate ways.

The original Cannibal trio:

  • Red Skull: appears to be the leader in SMI and is the most health-conscious of the three.
  • Sharptooth: the most ferocious of the three, constantly bickering with Red Skull.
  • Lemonhead: in SMI he appears rather gullible.

Lemonhead was voiced in The Curse of Monkey Island by S. Scott Bullock.

Murray the Demonic Talking Skull[edit]

Murray the Evil Skull was formerly a member of the Zombie Pirate LeChuck's (literal) skeleton crew; Guybrush Threepwood meets him at the beginning of The Curse of Monkey Island, the third game in the series, after Guybrush blows Murray's boat out of the water and thus separates him from his body. If Guybrush talks to him, Guybrush asks: 'May I call you BOB?'- A reference to the headless ghost from Monkey Island 1. Murray's arm is later of use to Guybrush, while his skull appears in various places around the Caribbean, attempting to spread evil and occasionally helping Guybrush; at the very end of the credits in CMI Murray appears to announce that he will return, which indeed he does. In the sequel, Escape From Monkey Island, Murray has a cameo appearance as a greeter at the Planet Hollywood-inspired tourist trap "Planet Threepwood" where his arm from the previous game is also visible on display, when Guybrush examines it he says "I wonder if Murray knows they have his arm in here". There is also a secret mini-game based on pong, called "Murrayball", that features Murray's skull as the ball. He also appears on-screen and laughs if the word "skull" is typed during the game.

Originally, Murray was only intended to appear in the opening scene of The Curse of Monkey Island, in which Guybrush "decapitates" him with a cannon and then knocks him off a piece of timber. However, when the opening scene of the game was released as a demo, his delusions of grandeur and over-the-top mannerisms were so popular with gamers that the developers decided to write him into the rest of the game. Despite being a disembodied skull, he has become one of the game's most popular characters.

Murray was voiced by Denny Delk.

Otis[edit]

Otis appears in the first and fourth games of the Monkey Island series. He was dark-haired in the first game and wore a moustache, and turns red-haired in the fourth game and gets a beard without the moustache. He is most often seen locked up in jail (frequently for picking protected flowers); though he constantly protests his innocence and claims to be a "victim of society". Many of his friends try to help him escape, including his Aunt Tillie and the Cook on Melee Island, by baking him various food items with files concealed inside. Unfortunately for Otis, he is seemingly too stupid to recognize that he is being helped at all. He has also been known to suffer from halitosis and claims to despise rats. Otis was named after the town drunk from The Andy Griffith Show, who was also frequently jailed.

Otis has been one of Guybrush Threepwood's crewmen on two occasions. The first time, he was marooned on Monkey Island, an experience which scarred him psychologically. The second, he joined at the insistence of Carla, another of the original crewmembers, when Guybrush managed to give them contractual "Cushy Government Jobs".

Otis was voiced in Escape from Monkey Island by S. Scott Bullock.

Pegnose Pete[edit]

Pegnose is a minor villain in Escape from Monkey Island and mostly plays his role in the first act of the game. He resides on Lucre Island and is the main cause of all the crime that occurs there. According to Inspector Canard, the sole police force on the island, Pete is responsible for well over 300 crimes with many of them being disappearances and murders. He is hired by LeChuck and Ozzie as part of their plans to seize control over the entire Caribbean. Pegnose does not seem to care for their plans and only sticks around in hopes that Ozzie will finally pay him. During his time on Lucre Island, Pegnose Pete eluded capture by Inspector Canard by living secretly in the Mystes O'Tyme marsh, a swamp that was very difficult to navigate through, where he lived by catching his own fish and brewing his own rum.

Pegnose Pete also has a strong fear of ducks, this is rumoured to be because it was a duck who nibbled off his nose and lead him to have to wear a prosthetic one.

In the game, he is hired to obtain the Marley Heirlooms and frame Guybrush. He succeeds by robbing the bank disguised as Threepwood but is eventually caught, though he is able to escape. Later, he appears on Melee Island and captures Elaine under the orders of LeChuck who was just elected as governor and now controls the island. His final fate in the game is being exposed to the Ultimate Insult, a voodoo talisman capable of shattering the egos of pirates. He is reduced to a wimp and a coward. Ozzie tells him to "take a long walk off a short pier" and Pete seems to take the order. Whether or not he actually did it is open for interpretation.

Pegnose Pete was voiced by Tom Kane.

Rapp Scallion[edit]

Rapp Scallion was the cook and one of the four crewmates who sailed to Monkey Island with Captain Marley. Before leaving Monkey Island, Rapp was given one of the four pieces of the map to the secret treasure of Big Whoop. Scallion also ran the "Steamin' Weenie" Hut on Scabb Island but died in a flash fire inside the hut.

It was revealed in The Curse of Monkey Island that Rapp had a habit of leaving the gas on in the Steamin' Weenie hut, and LeChuck had a birthday cake delivered to Rapp on his 35th birthday, which ignited the gas - killing Rapp in the process.

In Monkey Island 2: LeChuck's Revenge Guybrush Threepwood discovers the ashes of Rapp Scallion in the Scabb Island cemetery and briefly reanimates Rapp using a magic voodoo powder known as Ash-2-Life. Rapp asks Guybrush to do him a favour and turn off the gas in the Steamin' Weenie hut, and in return gives Guybrush his piece of the map to Big Whoop. Rapp reappears in The Curse of Monkey Island as a Dynamo-Monkelectric Model in LeChuck's "Carnival of the Damned", and also appears in one of Guybrush Threepwood's daydream flashbacks

Rum Rogers Jr[edit]

After the death of his father, Rum Rogers Jr inherited the run-down shack that he owned. He soon became irritated at the number of treasure seekers who kept turning up asking to know about Big Whoop.

When Guybrush Threepwood showed up and asked about the map section, Rogers demanded to be left alone. Threepwood challenged Rogers to a sword fight, and Rogers responded by saying that sword fights were for "sissies and weenies" and that he had a far more challenging contest in mind - a drinking contest. He competed frequently in such contests, and had created his own "contest grog" which was so powerful that it knocked out anyone who drunk it, except Rogers - or so he claimed. Threepwood couldn't take the grog; it knocked him out instantly. He asked for a rematch, and sneakily replaced the grog Rogers had given him with some "near grog," a low-alcohol substitute. When it came to Rogers' turn, it turned out that he couldn't take the contest grog either, and he was soon passed out on the floor.

Rum Rogers Sr[edit]

Rum Rogers Sr was one of the four crewmates who sailed to Monkey Island with Captain Marley before the storyline of The Secret of Monkey Island began. He was the first mate on the voyage and was known for being a drunkard. He and his son, Rum Rogers Jr, were known to look and act the same, mostly enjoying vast amounts of Rum.

The crew landed on Blood Island as they were diverted from a hurricane, the same storm that destroyed LeChuck's voyage to Monkey Island. It seemed however LeChuck survived the destruction of his ship and crew and started a conversation with Rum Rogers Sr. Heavily influenced by alcohol, which LeChuck forced upon him, he spilled the secret of their search for the treasure of Big Whoop.

It is unknown how long Rum Rogers Sr and the rest of the crew stayed on the island; but LeChuck left before them and landed on Monkey Island first (however without map or directions it is hard to know how). According to LeChuck in the Curse of Monkey Island he landed on the island half an hour before them and took the treasure for himself. Marley and his crew witnessed LeChuck's change into the immortal ghost and fled the island. Rum Rogers Sr. was entrusted with one of the four pieces of the map to Big Whoop.

Some unknown time later Rum Rogers Sr. was bathing in his cabin on Phatt Island; drinking rum and eating toast. It is said the toaster "mysteriously" fell into the tub with him (of course impossibly but for trivial value) which suggests he was murdered. The map passed to his son Rum Rogers Jr who kept it near his father's decaying body.

Guybrush Threepwood discovered the dead body of Rum Rogers Sr. in the basement of Rum Rogers Jr.'s house along with his piece of the map in Monkey Island 2: LeChuck's Revenge. His only known appearance in the series, is in The Curse of Monkey Island when he appears as a Dynamo-Monkelectric Model in LeChuck's "Carnival of the Damned" on the ride entitled "Rollercoster of Death" build into the Giant Monkey Head.

Other minor Monkey Island characters[edit]

Secret of Monkey Island[edit]

  • Citizen of Mêlée - (Map-Selling Sneak with Parrot)
  • Cook - (Emotional Proprietor of the SCUMM Bar)
  • Estevan - (SCUMM Bar Pirate with a Scarred Eye)
  • Fester Shinetop - (LeChuck in Disguise as Mêlée Island's Sheriff)
  • Fettucini Brothers - (Circus Performers Alfredo & Bill)
  • Head of the Navigator - (Grotesque Severed Voodoo Head with Invisibility Necklace)
  • Lookout - (Blind Watchman of Mêlée Island)
  • Cobb, the Loom Pirate - (Advertiser of the Loom game)
  • Mancomb Seepgood - (Friendly Pirate in the SCUMM Bar)
  • Spiffy the Dog - (Talkative SCUMM Bar Canine)
  • Storekeeper - (Old Shopkeeper with a Fondness for the Swordmaster)
  • Three Important-Looking Pirates - (Head Mêlée Island Grog-Swilling Pirates)
  • Troll - (Guards a Bridge that likes Herring, later revealed as George Lucas)

Secret of Monkey Island 2 : LeChuck's Revenge[edit]

  • Augustus DeWatt - (Old Man, Cannon Sounder & Former Governor)
  • Barkeeper - (Proprietor of the Bloody Lip Bar & Grill)
  • Bart & Fink - (Campfire Pirates with plenty of Pirate Songs)
  • Bernard the Cook - (Rude Chef with Rat Hair Vichyssoice Specialty)
  • Bruno - (The Man Behind the Back Alley Door on Phatt Island)
  • Chef - (Elaine's Angry Chef Who Hates Loud Noises)
  • Chester - (Lucasfilm Hints Line Phone Operator)
  • Chuckie - (LeChuck in Disguise as Guybrush's Brother)
  • Costume Storekeeper - (Extremely Busy Costume Store Owner on Booty Island)
  • Dealer - (Spin the Wheel Dealer on Phatt Island)
  • Delivery Men - (Men who bought the Voodoo Crate to LeChuck's Fortress)
  • Filbert the Gardener - (Elaine's Gardener on Booty Island)
  • The Fisherman - (Phatt Island Braggart also known as 'The Blowfish')
  • Governor L. Phatt - (Obese Dictatorial Governor of Phatt Island)
  • Gov. Phatt's Guard - (Large Bearded Guard of Phatt's Mansion)
  • Guybrush the Dog - (Elaine's Map Finding Pooch)
  • Guybrush's Parents - (Appear Dead & Alive In Guybrush's Dream & The Carnival)
  • Innkeeper - (Rents out the entire Scabb Inn to Largo)
  • Jojo the Monkey - (Piano Playing Chimp that is Handy with Pumps)
  • Kate Capsize - (Attractive Owner of a Ship Chartering Business)
  • Librarian - (Librarian on Phatt Island)
  • Mad Marty - (Washes Clothes & Can't Hear)
  • Mardi Gras Guard - (Elaine's Costume Party Guard Dressed as LeChuck)
  • Pegbiter the Alligator - (Scabb Island Innkeeper's Cheese Doodle Eating Pet)
  • Polly the Parrot - (Herman Toothrot's Parrot on Dinky Island)
  • Ralphie - (Gambling Man who constantly wins on Phatt Island)
  • The Spitmaster - (Booty Island Spitting Contest Master)
  • Voodoo Priest - (LeChuck's Strange Purple Voodoo Guy)
  • Walt the Dog - (Guard of the Phatt Island Prison)
  • Woody the Woodsmith - (Scabb Island Carpenter)
  • Young Lindy - (Avid Collector, Owner of the Booty Boutique, Cabin Boy)

The Curse of Monkey Island[edit]

  • Cabana Boy - (Cabana Boy that is insistent on getting rid of Guybrush)
  • Captain Blondbeard - (Owns the Chicken Reasturant in Puerto Pollo and victim of the dreaded "El Pollo Diablo")
  • Captain LeChimp - (Ape captain of the Sea Cucumber)
  • Captain René Rottingham - (Hair-conscious French pirate)
  • Charles DeGoulash - (Long Lost Love of Minnie Goodsoup)
  • Cruff - (King Andre's Goon)
  • Cutthroat Bill - (Intimidating Pirate fond of Jawbreakers and gold, member of Guybrush's crew)
  • Dinghy Dog - (Demonic Carnival Mascot)
  • Effete Lafoot - (Wimpy Winch Operator on Skull Island)
  • Flying Welschman - (Mysterious Skull Island Ferry Boat Operator)
  • Hideous Pirate - (Bearded Pirate Actor on Stage with Slappy Cromwell)
  • Kenny Falmouth - (Juvenile Con-Artist Sells Lemonade in a Bottomless Mug, later cannons and ammunition, voiced by Gary Coleman)
  • Madame Xima - (Atmospheric Gipsy Fortune Teller)
  • Monty Meringue - (Carnival Mime Who Gets Pie Faced)
  • Mort - (Blood Island graveard caretaker, Pulp Horror Fiction reader, and Paper Voodoo doll victim)
  • Mr. Fossey - (Crazed weird first mate of the Sea Cucumber)
  • Old Blind Pew - (Old Stinky Blood Island Graveyard Dog)
  • Palido Domingo - (Slappy's agent who's back contains the map to Blood Island)
  • Slappy Cromwell - (Lousy but Comedic Shakespearean Actor)
  • Soda Jerk - (Tough Looking Carny Snow Cone Master)
  • The Snake - (Eats Guybrush whole on Plunder Island)
  • Wharf Rat - (Cranky Carnvial Mascot in a Stinking Rat Suit)

Escape From Monkey Island[edit]

  • I. Cheese - (Latest owner of SCUMM Bar)
  • Charles L. Charles - (Pompous Candidate for Governor of Mêlée Island, who is really LeChuck in disguise)
  • Pegnose Pete - (A No-Nosed Criminal)
  • Dead-Eye Dave - (Blind Prostheses Seller)
  • Jumbeaux LaFeet' - (A Big Pirate)
  • Tiny LaFeet - (Famous pirate and father of Jumbeaux LaFeet)
  • Brittany - (A Bank Teller with musical ambitions)
  • Inspector Canard - (Lucre Island's main detective, supporter of the "Guilty Until Proven Innocent" method)
  • Marco DePollo - (World Famous Plank Diver)
  • Senor Castaneda - (A chess player who likes Brittany)
  • JoJo Jr. - (Talking monkey, son of JoJo Sr.)
  • Miss Daisy - (Friend of Jumbeaux LeFeet)
  • Miss Rivers - (Pirate hater and teacher at Ozzie Mandrill's Pirate Transmogrification Academy)
  • Admiral Ricardo Luigi Pierre M'Benga Chang Nehru O'Hara Casaba the Third - (Employed by Ozzie Mandrill to guard the waters of Jambalaya Island)
  • Harbor Mistress - (Responsible for the ships on Melee Island)
  • Elayne - (Waitress at Planet Threepwood)
  • Hugo - (Former pirate, rehabilitated by Ozzie Mandrill and working as a perfume salesman)