The Trial and Execution of Guybrush Threepwood

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The Trial and Execution of Guybrush Threepwood

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The Trial and Execution of Guybrush Threepwood title card
Developer(s) Telltale Games
Designer(s) Dave Grossman
Series Tales of Monkey Island
Engine Telltale Tool
Release date(s) October 2009
Genre(s) Graphic adventure game
Mode(s) Single-player video game
Platform(s) Microsoft Windows, Wii
Media Download, DVD
System requirements 2.0 GHz CPU
512 RAM
64 MB video card[1]
Input Keyboard and mouse,
Wii Remote, Wii Nunchuk
Preceded by "Lair of the Leviathan"
Followed by "Rise of the Pirate God"

"The Trial and Execution of Guybrush Threepwood" is the fourth episode of Tales of Monkey Island. It was released on October 30, 2009 for PCs and on WiiWare November 30 in North America and December 11 in Europe.


Just as Guybrush is taken back to Flotsam Island after Morgan LeFlay's betrayal and delivered to the Marquis De Singe, the citizens of Flotsam Island summon him to court, where he is accused of injuring Hemlock McGee's pet cat, disfiguring Bosun Krebbs, creating a fake Dark Ninja Dave for Joaquin D'Oro, vandalizing Killick Hardtack's "X", and the "creation, incubation, dissemination, proliferation and mastication" of the Pox of LeChuck.

With Stan serving as the prosecutor, Guybrush represents himself and successfully finagles his way out of the former four charges, but is unable to convince the court to believe the true origins of the Pox. His original attempt to call Elaine to the stand as his witness fails upon discovery that she too has become infected by the Pox, sending her into a mad craze for treasure sidetracked only by her anger against Morgan for having been in Guybrush's company. Unable to get her support or cure her with La Esponja Grande, Guybrush is saved instead when LeChuck appears in court, claiming himself and the Voodoo Lady to be the true causes of not only the Pox, but all the voodoo-related aggravations that continuously sent Guybrush on his several adventures in the previous games.

Despite his distrust at the assumed betrayal from the Voodoo Lady, Guybrush nevertheless consults her regarding La Esponja Grande. The Voodoo Lady hands him a menu to nourish the young sponge with a "Feast for the Senses" to help it grow and reach its full voodoo-absorbing capability. As Guybrush attempts to satisfy the sponge, he finds that Morgan has been fatally stabbed in De Singe's laboratory and vows revenge, but later discovers her body missing. With all of the sponge's feast requirements satisfied save for an "after-dinner belch", he returns to the ruins of the wind gods in the jungle.

The Marquis, having used Guybrush's severed hand to create an elixir of life, or "Jus de Vie" as he calls it, intends to use the Vaycaylian Wind Control Device to pulverize Elaine and have her remains infect every pirate in the Caribbean, giving him a much larger source to draw more of his Jus de Vie from. Guybrush, with help from the animated hand, manages to trick the Marquis into falling into the device and getting pulverized into a fine powder. With the Marquis out of the way, Guybrush throws La Esponja Grande into the Wind Control Device, where it grows to full size and absorbs the Pox from all the pirates in the Caribbean.

Just as La Esponja Grande finishes its job, LeChuck arrives and frees Guybrush and Elaine. Catching them unaware, LeChuck runs Guybrush through with the Cursed Cutlass of Kaflu, revealing himself to be just as evil and Elaine-obsessed as ever. LeChuck reclaims the Pox from the sponge, and Elaine engages him in combat after Guybrush dies in her arms.



  • When Guybrush says he'll represent himself in court, Judge Grindstump asks him, "Are you aware of the old pirate court saying, 'the pirate who represents himself in court has a soon-to-be-keelhauled fool for a client'?", and Guybrush answers, "Yes, your honor... and I am that fool!" This is a spoof on Gomez Addams' words to his family: "They say a man who represents himself has a fool for a client. Well, with God as my witness, I am that fool!" from the 1991 film The Addams Family (based on a cartoon strip of the same name).
  • When Guybrush talks to Stan during his evidence gathering to prove his innocence, when he asks Stan how the sales are going, Stan replies that "Celebrity merchandise is always a good investment," and that "NOTHING sells like dead celebrities," which is a reference to several actors, singers and other celebrities who died in the summer of 2009, while LucasArts and Telltale Games were still working on Tales of Monkey Island from "Launch of the Screaming Narwhal" up to Chapter 4. Guybrush responds with, "Yeah, well, I don't plan on dying today," which is a bitter irony, since it foreshadows his own unexpected death at the hands of LeChuck at the end of the chapter.
  • Stan's line, "It's where my dreams become reality, and some of my realities become dreams!" references Willy Wonka's line, "Inside this room, all of my dreams become realities, and some of my realities become dreams," from Mel Stuart's 1971 film Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory, based on Roald Dahl's 1964 children's novel Charlie and the Chocolate Factory.
  • When Grindstump asks Guybrush on what grounds he is not guilty of spreading the Pox, one of the four reasons listed, besides "The Pox isn't my fault!", is "The Pox is a lie!", which is a spoof on the catchphrase "The cake is a lie!" from the 2007 video game Portal.
  • While the developers at Telltale Games were working on what happens to Guybrush in the ending to the chapter (which was then not yet named), they were planning to have him absorb the Pox of LeChuck after curing everyone and become "Demonbrush Threepwood", as shown in the DVD concept art.[2] However, the development team didn't want to do a good job in making him too epic-looking, so they ended up having him fall victim to LeChuck's Cursed Cutlass of Kaflu while having the villain absorb the Pox from the sponge instead. The name of the chapter, "The Trial and Execution of Guybrush Threepwood", ended up as the official name as a result.[3]
  • This is now the first, and so far only, time that Guybrush's actual death is considered canon and story-related in the Monkey Island series. Other games in the series before Tales had his "deaths" either as Easter eggs, faked, non-canonical, or standard "Game Overs".


  1. Telltale Games Store
  2. Concept art for Chapter 4
  3. Ending differences in ToMI Chapter 5 (Beta and Final Versions), Page 2

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