King André is the smuggler king of Skull Island. He lives in the smuggler's cave with his assistant Cruff. His lair is filled with piles of treasures, primarily gold. André was the man to whom LeChuck sold the diamond of Minnie Goodsoup's Wedding Ring in exchange for a ship. In Part 4 of The Curse of Monkey Island the player must collect the diamond and the wedding band in order to lift the curse put on Elaine.
Guybrush reaches the smugglers' cave with the assistance of the bumbling lackey LaFoot and an umbrella that he uses as a parachute. As soon as he enters the cave, King André surprises Guybrush by calling him with his name, and mentioning that he expected him. Guybrush can buy into a game of poker against André and Cruff to win the diamond, though André's evil laugh before the game heavily indicates that he intended to cheat. Guybrush will always be dealt the same weak hand, with which he is unable to win.
Instead he wins with the five death tarot cards he receives from Madame Xima. When this happens, André and Cruff reveal their intention to kill him. To Guybrush's luck LaFoot comes in immediately and accidentally allows the wind to blow out the lights. Cruff and André are left fighting each other with Cruff appearing to be breaking André's leg in the dark while Guybrush slips away with the Goodsoup diamond. Guybrush's escape is a humiliating defeat for the smugglers, as he is not only the first person to escape their murderous plans, but also escapes with their prized treasure.
Appearance and Traits
André is a balding, black pirate with a menacing voice and a megalomaniac streak. The pirates who raid the remains of LeChuck's ship during Part 2 of the game express their intentions to sell their loot to King André. The Lost Welshman describes him as being as "ruthless as he is bald". Indeed, shortly after meeting King André, Guybrush learns first hand that he is a lying and sinister smuggler who uses cheating and deception to obtain wealth and has no qualms about murdering people when they figure out his ways or if serves as some sort of convenience for him.
André is a parody of classic James Bond villains; Guybrush introduces himself as "Threepwood. Guybrush Threepwood" and André in turn always calls him "Mister Threepwood". Another exchange parodies the famous Bond film Goldfinger: Guybrush can ask "Do you expect me to talk?" to which André replies "No, Mister Threepwood! I expect you to buy!" (the original line being "No Mr Bond, I expect you to die"). Additionally, André reveals a ridiculous plot involving satellites and set charges around Blood Island, like a typical Bond villain's equally convoluted plan.