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Is Guybrush Threepwood...

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...some sort of Christ figure? According to Wikipedia:

"A Christ figure is a literary technique that authors use to draw allusions between their characters and the biblical Jesus Christ. More loosely, the Christ Figure is a spiritual or prophetic character who parallels Jesus, or other spiritual or prophetic figures.

In general, a character should display more than one correspondence with the story of Jesus Christ as depicted in the Bible. For instance, the character might display one or more of the following traits: performance of miracles, manifestation of divine qualities, healing others, display loving kindness and forgiveness, fight for justice, being guided by the spirit of the character's father, death and resurrection. Christ figures are often martyrs, sacrificing themselves for causes larger than themselves.

In postmodern literature, the resurrection theme is often abandoned, leaving us with the image of a martyr sacrificing himself for a greater good. It is common to see Christ figures displayed in a manner suggestive of crucifixion as well; this technique is more noticeable in films than in literature."

I noticed that though Guybrush is a plucky, yet stupid, goofy and incompetent pirate, treasure hunter and swashbuckler, yet he seems to have some sort of Christ qualities and traits (examples: Guybrush using voodoo powers for good under guidance of the unnamed Voodoo Lady, his almost supernatural ability to hold his breath underwater for 10 minutes, etc.), and on multiple occasions Guybrush presents himself as an unlikely sacrifice and, in doing so, is able to destroy the evil undead pirate LeChuck and his voodoo curses time and time again (see the examples on Curse of Monkey Island and Tales of Monkey Island).

So if Guybrush is a Christ figure, he sure seems to be an unlikely one, huh? :cool: :rolleyes:
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  • This thread have enough stuff to make a petition at the Vatican to make Guybrush a saint.
  • Guybrush Threepwood - the only pirate with a gloriole.
  • Mermaid wrote: »
    Guybrush Threepwood - the only pirate with a gloriole.

    Be careful, though... As it is sung in Evita: "Better to win by admitting my sin than to lose with a halo."
  • I like the idea that the creators would use someone like Jesus as their inspiration for a Pirate. Kind of ironic, because I don't think Jesus was into stealing and sword weilding (But what do I know:D)

    The Trial and Execution might even symbolize Jesus being trailed by the High Priests, or Pontius Pilate.
  • I wonder if someone should try to do a Monkey Island spiritual study guide. Like maybe "The Gospel According to Monkey Island". I may have got this idea from a link to the Entertainment Weekly article that appears almost 8 years ago.,,365775,00.html
  • From the perspective of chaos magic, which deliberately mixes up gods of different belief systems (often contradictory), and with indisputably fictional characters, this subject may make much more sense and depth than it seems :)

    If you were to worship Guybrush or invoke him in a magic ritual, you could probably treat him like a solar god, which is the same category of Jesus. If I had to compare him to some god, though, I would probably choose Dyonisos before than Christ. He's another solar god, and a dying-god archetype, just like Christ, but has a cheerful/playful/kind of trickster side which resonates more with our mighty pirate.
    Any sort of connection between the two would be nothing but a coincidence because the team didn't set out to establish one. I don't want to think of Guybrush as Jesus or a religious figure, Monkey Island is made to help one forget about life's problems.

    Instead of making games dull by mixing them with spirituality, why don't we do it the other way around? Why don't we make spirituality fun by mixing it with games? I'm sure I would start going to church if we worshipped Guybrush, took communion with grog and baptized with root beer. You'd have to find a huge curseless diamond ring somewere in order to be able to marry, and when attacked, instead of offering the other cheek, you would be not only allowed but encouraged to INSULT your offender! And if it was in the sea, you'd have to do it in verse! Tell me how in hell can any monotheist religion beat that :) Embrace Guybrushianism TODAY! Don't let anyone tell you we're a suicide sect; the 10' underwater thing CAN be done.

    Now, in magick theory, gods are usually understood as shapes and names given to abstract ideas, in a way that Jesus, Dyonisos and Guybrush would actually be just facades; different ways of looking at the same thing, like different facets of a gem. The archetype, the abstract idea is the real thing. So it doesn't really matter if you go hear the priest or stay home and play Monkey Island; you're getting closer to heaven anyway.

    Diving further in the western occult tradition, one can understand all solar gods as metaphores of the soul, or true self. It is said that this is the place where humanity gets mixed with divinity, so when doing our true will -that is, when hearing the voice of our souls and sod the mind, the emotions and the rest of the noise within our heads- we are going with the universe's flow and nothing can go wrong. Think about it: this is the story of Guybrush's adventures. Nothing he ever does makes any sense, and he never has an explanation for his actions, but he always does just what he has to do, and in the end everything goes just as it has to. There's a waterfall blocking my way? No problem, because I have in my jacket a
    hypnotised monkey
    that I keep carrying with me for no reason, and that I can surely use to shut the water flow.

    Yeah. I am getting more and more convinced of this Guybrushianism thing...
  • For instance, the character might display one or more of the following traits:

    performance of miracles
    > A lot of stuff Guybrush does IS a miracle, so: check.

    manifestation of divine qualities
    > Is the beard a divine quality?

    healing others
    > Yes, in TMI

    display loving kindness and forgiveness
    > He forgives LeChuck in MI2 and in TMI.

    fight for justice
    > Yes, despite ruining random people's lives...

    being guided by the spirit of the character's father
    > Yes, in MI2

    death and resurrection.
    > Yes, TMI

    Christ figures are often martyrs, sacrificing themselves for causes larger than themselves.
    > Yes, TMI

    So, yeah, Guybrush is a Christ figure. And obviously, that makes Ron Gilbert god.
  • He's not the messiah, he's a very naughty boy!
  • I don't know about any of this but if you ask me the idea that he couldn't be a player is a big lie.
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