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Who is Manny Calavera?[]

In Manny's real life, he eventually dies. But then again, so does everyone else.

Unfortunately, the powers that be decided that Manny's life was one so full of sin that he had to atone by becoming a Grim Reaper; in a place that looks and feels like Mexico; he would be unable to get into Heaven until he worked off his debt. To work off his debt, Manny has to serve as the gate to the other side and send souls on their way to where they belong.

While this sounds like a fairly serious story, Grim Fandango doesn't play as one. Grim is an adventure game in which you follow Manny on his journey as the Grim Reaper, and you'll likely be laughing your ass off at the hilarious story and upbeat music the whole way through. The one flaw of the game lies in how crappy the controls and gameplay are, but even then Grim's story and dialogue are good enough to rise above such faults to create an excellent gameplay experience.

In the middle of it all lies Manny himself, the hilarious Grim Reaper stuck in the most unfortunate of predicaments. Despite the popular belief of the powers that be, Manny actually led a good life. Maybe you'll find out what happened to him if you play through the game long enough.

"My scythe... I like to keep it next to close to where my heart used to be." -Manny Calavera

"I just locked an open door... strange, yet symbolically compelling." -Manny Calavera

Manny Calavera's Contest History[]

Win-Loss Record: 0-1

Summer 2005 Contest - Gear Division - 8 Seed

  • Gear Round 1 --- Lost to (1) Solid Snake, 14576 [15.91%] - 77063 [84.09%]
  • Extrapolated Strength --- 66th Place [10.78%]

For years Shake had tried in vain to get Manny into a contest. He finally succeeded in Summer 2005, and Manny turned out to be the fodder that everyone knew he would be. Granted most people were pleasantly surprised at Snake "only" getting 84% in the match, but come the end of the day Manny would wind up being arguably the weakest character in the field.

But Manny's strength was hardly the point of getting him into the contest. This was a moral victory for Shake through and through, and a damn hilarious one at that.