Big Whoop was an infamous treasure which had been sought by many would be glory seekers.
It was reputed to be "The biggest treasure of them all. A treasure so valuable and so well hidden, that it haunts the dreams of every pirate on the seas." Most pirates would know what someone who said this was referring to.
Its true nature was that it opened a portal to the afterlife, where a person could transform themselves into a ghost and return to existence as a powerful immortal.
A year after Guybrush Threepwood had destroyed the Ghost Pirate LeChuck people were growing weary of him telling and embellishing the same story over and over again. In response, he decided to set out on a new legendary adventure by embarking on a search for the fabled treasure of Big Whoop.
Threepwood learned from cartographer Wally B. Feed that years before, Captain H.T. Marley had set out on the same journey with his crew and that the treasure they found was either so wonderful or so horrible that they buried the treasure and split the map into four pieces.
Early History Edit
- 'Big Whoop' is a real world sarcastic phrase used to express disappointment. In CoMI Guybrush describes Big Whoop by saying that he "was expecting so much more, and felt so let down."
- Ron Gilbert has stated that Big Whoop had little to do with his ideas for Monkey Island 3 but was later adopted by other writers.
- Ron Gilbert also said that the way the ending of MI2 was interpreted in the sequels was "not even close" to his ideas, although he never revealed them. As the Voodoo Lady said that Big Whoop would send Guybrush to a safe place, it's possible that the fun park ending was intended to be an alternate reality to protect Guybrush; not an illusory trap by LeChuck, as the sequel wanted it to be.