Now that we all know the Secret(TM), silly fan theories will stop, right? Right? -SPOILERS-

I had the same feeling. I spent the whole game noticing how Elaine was a different character from the ones seen in MI1 and MI2. Back then she was a very independent and strong woman, and proud of it. And in her relationship with Guybrush, she certainly was the one who called the shots.

In RtMI she acted differently. More calm, mature. Way more sweet with Guybrush than in MI2, more tolerant and understanding with him.

As if he had special needs, now that you mention it.

But this is not all about Guybrush. She even isn’t bothered she has lost all her political power, and she’s happy of being involved in social work and satisfied in dedicating herself to organic farming.
She looks like a person who is in peace with herself, with the world and with Guybrush, despite their ups and downs.

In a word, she looks like a HAPPY RETIRED PERSON.

But it can’t be! The story is a flashback. She might even be older and wiser at the time Guybrush is telling the story, but the actions described in the flashback happen in the past, when she and Guybrush are still young.

What’s happening, then? There are some hints that suggest that (maybe due to his mental weakness) in Guybrush’s narration present and past, reality and story somehow merge. There’s one particular strong hint which led me to come out with my theory, but I’ll tell you later.

Ok, ok. I didn’t know Dominic Armato said that, since I was avoiding anything MI-related since months. But basically that is part of my theory.

So, take a peek at my theory: ...

Guybrush and Boybrush are the same person (By the way, Boybrush is a great name. Whose copyright is it?).
Like many young kids, he identifies himself with the father, who -in this case- is a mighty pirate. Let’s say this pirate is a charismatic pirate leader, and he’s his son’s hero.
So the kid plays as a mighty pirate, dreaming one day to be as much successful as his father. And during his infancy games, maybe he plays along with his mother. And, like many little kids, he falls in love with his mother and wants to marry her.

Like Freud taught us, in an Oedipic relationship there’s a time when the kid realizes that he can’t marry his mother, and he realizes his “hero” is a RIVAL, indeed.

Here it comes the hint I nudged at: in LeChuck’s Diary, LeChuck writes: [Guybrush is a] Stupid name. Who names their kid “Guybrush”?

Why should this line be funny? It would be funny only if LeChuck was Guybrush’s father, indeed.

Guybrush realizes his “hero” is in fact his rival, and in his play he becomes, from a heroic captain, a tyrant, a horrible and evil zombie pirate leader.

And, as far as we know, Guybrush’s father could even deserve this new characterization in Guybrush’s mind. He could have been an oppressive and abusive father, both to Guybrush and Elaine.
And this toxic environment could have been the reason for Guybrush to need special attentions by his mother.

We don’t know what happened after the facts told by Guybrush during the flashback. We only know that LeChuck isn’t a threat to them anymore. We only know that, despite Guybrush is somehow “strange” from time to time, his mother loves him and takes care of him.

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A part of me wants to explore questions like “is Booty Island the same place as Mêlée Island” or “is entering the Employees Only door the way Guybrush escapes Big Whoop and begins MI3”…

…but it also kind of feels like RMI really wants me to think everything is real and nothing is real. So. :frowning:

I like your theory, but I have a different, very pragmatic interpretation of the game.

And I think the letter at the end of the scrapbook hints at that. The letter states that MI1 reflected their status as developers - inexperienced young people wanting to find their big adventure - and so did MI2 - the one-hit-wonders who need to confirm their status with something new.

And so did this one.

What is RtMI? It’s Ronbrush’s return to his obsession. He’s old now, he’s been through lots of stuff and is overall successful, but there was still one thing that haunted him, The Secret. The theme park they built in-game is the videogame itself in real life, and Guybrush wanting to go through all the rides is them getting back to making a Monkey Island game one last time to get closure.

Elaine is so different, so condescending because she knows that Guybrush is just indulging in his memories and he needs it. And we all needed it too. When Boybrush runs away with her mom and Guybrush stays there on the bench, he is sort of sad that it’s finally over.

But also ready to move on. The last thing Elaine says is basically “the big one is over, but there are more things out there we will be exploring”. There will be new games that are not Monkey Island. Or there will even be more Monkey Island games and we must all forget the Secret, because… it’s just a shirt. It’s just a game. The most important part of a theme park is people’s enjoyment.

Edited to add: also Boybrush saying Guybrush is bad at endings. That’s what people keep saying about Ron.

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Why does Guybrush say something in the sense of : “Oh not again” or “not yet” when he get through the door to the melee island? So it seems like he expects this but not this soon. is it like the ending of the ride?

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I think so.