My favourite character from the Monkey Island series is Murray, because he’s able to teach us so many valuable life lessons through his adventures. Take the importance of never giving up for example. He may have had his skeletal-body blown to pieces by a cannon in a tragic accident which would have left many emotionally crushed; but our favourite skull turned it into the opportunity he’d been waiting for. He choose to become a demonic overlord and conquer the land of the living.
Murray could possibly have a run for his money (or pieces of eight) however as another character from the franchise has started to work his way into my affections. LeChuck featured in two of my answers to the questions posed by Read This Stance as part of a Sunshine Blogger Award at the end of April, and it was during writing that post that I came to realise how awesome he is. Evil, undead, and foul-smelling – granted – but awesome nonetheless, and simply misunderstood.
It can’t be easy being a ghost-zombie-demon-god-pirate after all and I can therefore understand why he’s a bit grumpy sometimes. He’s had to simultaneously put up with Guybrush continuously foiling his plans through luck more than genius, while never successfully securing the love of the woman of his dreams. LeChuck’s experiences and the way he deals with them are something to be learned from; and perhaps we should consider him a role-model rather than a villain.
Everything you do, do it for love
Elaine meant absolutely everything to LeChuck. So when she told him to ‘drop dead’, he did: our favourite evil pirate was supposedly killed after encountering a storm while searching for the Secret of Monkey Island, a quest undertaken to show her just how much he cared. His love for the Governor was strong enough to bring him back from beyond the grave and take the form of a ghost. He couldn’t bear to be parted from her even in death – how romantic is that?
Everybody deserves a second chance in life
The series may paint Guybrush as a hero but we should really admit it: he’s made some poor choices over the years and went into a profession he totally sucks at. So surely LeChuck helping him out by giving him a second chance at life was a noble gesture? At the end of Monkey Island 2: LeChuck’s Revenge, the anti-hero casts a spell on Guybrush to return him to his childhood – thereby giving him the opportunity to start his life anew and make better decisions second time around.
Real heroes never quit
LeChuck has been killed so many times during the Monkey Island series that it’s difficult to keep count of his deaths. But this doesn’t stop him and he just keeps on fighting: knock him down and he’ll get right back up again in the form of a ghost, zombie, demon or even god. He’s constantly getting blown up both mentally and physically, and yet he keeps coming back for more. This sign of resilience and determination is surely the mark of a true protagonist and shows us that real heroes never quit.
It’s what’s on the inside that counts
You know what they say about beauty being only skin deep? LeChuck understands it’s what’s on the inside that matters and is keen to point this out to Guybrush in Tales of Monkey Island. He says: “Har! My outer shell is meaningless, you fool! Within my decaying flesh courses more voodoo power than your pitiful mind can possibly imagine!” Forget Kim Kardashian and the rest of those fake ‘influencers’; here’s a true model to remind us what’s important. #bodypositivity
Hopefully I’ve been able to prove today that LeChuck isn’t the evil villain he’s portrayed as. He’s simply misunderstood: a man in love with a woman who can’t stand him, in competition with a bumbling pirate who’s beneath him, and in a body which changes form from one day (or death) to the next. That doesn’t stop him from putting himself out there and spelling towards his goals though! Move over Murray – I think I’ve just found my new idol.