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For the trope previously known as The Leisure Suit Larry, please see Casanova Wannabe.
Bond, eat your heart out.
"Meet Larry. He's just turned 40, and he's still single. If you can get past the glow of his Grecian formula, you can see his hairline beginning to make a hasty retreat from his forehead. Larry's leisure suit is of the highest quality (100% manmade material, permanent press, too!) He wears at least 11 gold chains and his freshly-capped teeth could blind you in a bright light! Down at the singles bar he tells the chicks, "Sure, I'm single... I got in a fight with my ol' lady and she threw me out." He doesn't tell them the "ol' lady" was his mom, or that he was 38 at the time!"
Official product description, Leisure Suit Larry in The Land of the Lounge Lizards

In the early Eighties, an up-and-coming programmer named Chuck Benton decided to test his programming skills by churning out a small, text-based Adventure Game for the Apple II by the title of Softporn Adventure. After the title received runaway success, its publisher Sierra Online decided that since the game was the only text-based game they'd published, the game was due for an upgrade, so they decided to delegate the task to in-house Disney game developer Al Lowe who, after taking a look at the game, figured the game was so outdated it might as well be wearing a leisure suit.

From thereon sprung Al Lowe's idea to take Softporn Adventure and remake it from the ground up, rewriting its script completely into something much funnier, and replacing its formerly anonymous protagonist with Larry Laffer, a computer programmer in his early 40's who decides to get a life and go woo some women and lose his virginity by the end of his nocturnal visit to Lost Wages. Being a big fan of The Seventies, he loves disco and wears a leisure suit (which he and only he thinks is cool) from which the newly reborn Leisure Suit Larry took its name.

At its time of release, the game became widely known for its raunchy content and surprisingly varied level of world interactivity (thanks to being the first Sierra game to be publicly tested). The game was followed up by two sequels before the famed fourth game in the franchise failed to ship and Al Lowe decided to skip straight to the fifth game and keep going until the seventh. The franchise was then left to Sierra's hands to pass around to different developers.

The focus of the series strayed from Larry Laffer to his similarly dorky nephew, Larry Lovage. The results are considered lackluster, and differed greatly in gameplay, leaving out the adventure-gaming and consisting mostly of either mini-games or a Grand Theft Auto-like interface.

The series currently counts the following titles:

  • Leisure Suit Larry: In the Land of the Lounge Lizards (1987); got a "enhanced" point-and-click remake in 1991; another high definition remake is coming[when?] in 2012.
  • Leisure Suit Larry Goes Looking for Love (in Several Wrong Places) (1988)
  • Leisure Suit Larry III: Passionate Patti in Pursuit of the Pulsating Pectorals (1989)
  • Leisure Suit Larry 4: The Missing Floppies (Never created or released, as part of a Running Gag. Al Lowe had promised he wouldn't make Leisure Suit Larry 4, so the only way to keep the promise was to skip to...)
  • Leisure Suit Larry 5: Passionate Patti Does a Little Undercover Work (1991)
  • Leisure Suit Larry 6: Shape Up or Slip Out! (1993); got a "talkie version" in 1994.
  • Leisure Suit Larry 7: Love for Sail! (1996). Last game developed by Al Lowe.
  • Leisure Suit Larry: Magna Cum Laude (2004). First appearance of Larry Lovage. Developed by High Voltage Software.[1]
  • Leisure Suit Larry: Box Office Bust (2009). Developed by Team 17.[2]
  • Leisure Suit Larry: The Laffer Utilities. A simple gag application.

Al Lowe and fellow Sierra On-Line adventure game alumnus Paul Trow have announced that the first few Leisure Suit Larry games will be remade with new artwork and HD graphics, and created a Kickstarter campaign to fund it.

Tropes used in Leisure Suit Larry include:
  • Absurdly Youthful Mother: Nailmi Jugg from Leisure Suit Larry 7: Love for Sail!.
  • Adorkable: Ione from Leisure Suit Larry: Magna Cum Laude, especially before Larry turns her into a lesbian, but even then, she is still at least a little bit of this.
    • And Larry himself. Laffer, moreso than Lovage.
  • All Guys Want Cheerleaders: The point of Barbara Jo from Leisure Suit Larry 8.
  • Alliterative Name:
    • Larry Laffer and his nephew Larry Lovage.
    • Passionate Patti, from Petaluma, grew up in Mora, Minnesota.
    • Passionate Patti's Early Installment Weirdness, Polyester Patty.
  • All Men Are Perverts: To get past the pimp in the first game, you have to change the channel on his TV to a porn station. But then again, he is a pimp...
  • Aluminum Christmas Trees: As funny as they sound, all the locations in the Aerodork pamphlet in Leisure Suit Larry 5: Passionate Patti Does a Little Undercover Work are real.
  • And Your Reward Is Clothes: Leisure Suit Larry 8 made the player gather and wear various outfits in order to enter different areas of the game.
  • Animated Actors: One of the chat scenes between Larry Lovage and band geek Harriet in Leisure Suit Larry 8 has Larry break character to harangue his agent for most of the scene about how lousy this storyline is; if you lose the minigame, Harriet storms off to her trailer at the end.
  • Apathetic Citizens: Everyone in Leisure Suit Larry 2. They don't give a bleep if you are drugged, choking to death, drowning, or dying of bad food. In fact, they ALL WANT YOU TO DIE! Except for the hairstylists, that is (also see Everything Trying to Kill You below). For instance, during the airport segment of the game. You find a suitcase with a ticking bomb in it and you decide to get it out of there before it kills everybody. You shout that you have a bomb and that everybody should get to safety, and they all ignore you. Even the guard seen in the way out (a local who knows just basic English) is informed of the bomb and replies "Have a nice day".
  • Art Evolution: If not mentioning the obvious technological improvements, Larry was "realistic-looking" in Leisure Suit Larry 2 and Leisure Suit Larry III: Passionate Patti in Pursuit of the Pulsating Pectorals, but became shorter and much more cartoonish starting from Leisure Suit Larry 5: Passionate Patti Does a Little Undercover Work, while the women became more and more realistically drawn. All characters became more cartoony starting in Leisure Suit Larry 7: Love for Sail!.
  • Artifact of Doom: The onklunk from the second game, arguably. Once you get it, everyone wants you dead. Seriously.
  • Attractive Bent Gender: Larry just needs to remove his body hair, have long blonde hair and wear a bikini with a stuffed top to pass as an attractive woman near KGB agents. But he is not so lucky at the airport. Oddly enough, one of the things you can stuff your top with is a handful of bars of hotel soap. One would think that would make for a distinctly misshapen bosom...
  • Author Avatar: Al Lowe inserted lookalikes of himself and many other Sierra staff members in the games: for example, the disco in the first game is full of Sierra employees.
    • Not to mention Ken Williams who makes an appearance in every game (I don't know about the ones with Larry Lovage). Larry even calls him out on that in Leisure Suit Larry 7: Love for Sail!.
    • Lampshaded in Leisure Suit Larry III: Passionate Patti in Pursuit of the Pulsating Pectorals where Larry can find Al Lowe and Ken Williams hanging out in a club, say any short phrase to the two, and then hear the two of them talk about putting themselves in the game, having Larry say whichever phrase the player just typed, and concluding that it was a lame idea and then vanishing out of existence.
    • The third game ends with Larry and Patti falling into a dimensional rift and appearing at Roberta Williams' place.
  • The Baroness: Would-be James Bond villainess Tilly from Leisure Suit Larry 8.
  • Beat'Em Up: One of the minigames in Leisure Suit Larry 9.
  • Between My Legs: In the image pictured above.
  • Bill Clinton: In Leisure Suit Larry 7: Love for Sail!, there is a robotic stand-up comedian called Willy who looks like Bill Clinton and makes classic jokes where the characters are people related to the Clinton administration. You get points for sitting through the whole damn thing.
  • Bond James Bond: Larry usually introduces himself as "Larry; Larry Laffer". When the games get voiced, he does a short chuckle for the semicolon.
  • Boring but Practical: In Leisure Suit Larry III: Passionate Patti in Pursuit of the Pulsating Pectorals, Larry has to do exercises such as push-ups in order to buff him up. Problem is, he has to do it like a hundred times for each exercise and that means the player too has to command each move in real time. Maybe the developers wanted to convey the feeling of body exercises: it's boring, repetitive but it works out in the end? Not so much for gameplay...
    • Even worse is the fact that the number of repeats you have to do in this section is determined by your CPU speed. Playing on anything faster than a 486? Have fun!
    • Yes, originally, it wasn't that bad. When the game first came out, and you played it on the average machine from that era, you only had to do 25 of each exercise...
    • Fixed if you use ScummVM to run the game.
  • Brawn Hilda: Zanna from Leisure Suit Larry 8 (on the border with Hot Amazon).
  • Brother Chuck: Passionate Patti disappears without reason from continuity after her last appearance in Leisure Suit Larry 5: Passionate Patti Does a Little Undercover Work. According to Official Book of Leisure Suit Larry, he still lives with her, but they haven't yet married at least up to Leisure Suit Larry 7. Larry is now an actor, who works for Sierra, and films "Leisure Suit Larry 6/Leisure Suit Larry 7" while she remains at home waiting for him at the end of the day. Al Lowe claims the reason why she isn't in the games is they couldn't afford to hire her, to take part in the games. However, in the non-Al Lowe games, he's fully broken up with her by the time of Leisure Suit Larry: Magna Cum Laude, and pining away for her.
  • But Liquor Is Quicker
  • Butt Monkey: Larry.
  • Camp Gay: Gary the towel attendant in Leisure Suit Larry 6: Shape Up or Slip Out!, and Purser Peter in Leisure Suit Larry 7: Love for Sail!. Half of the population of the Spartacus club in Leisure Suit Larry 8.
  • Canon Discontinuity: Al Lowe does not consider Leisure Suit Larry: Magna Cum Laude and Leisure Suit Larry: Box Office Bust as part of the series.
  • Can't Get Away with Nuthin': If you have sex with the prostitute in Leisure Suit Larry 1 without putting a condom on first, you will die of VD in the next minute.
    • And if you forget to zip up and remove your condom when you step outside, you're arrested instantly for indecency. So Larry apparently forgot to put his underpants back on...
  • Catch Phrase: "I wish I had a dollar for every time I heard that!" after some sexually ambiguous remark.
    • Also "A feeling not wholly unfamiliar to you..." which has an appearance in most games, but is primarily used in Leisure Suit Larry III: Passionate Patti in Pursuit of the Pulsating Pectorals.
  • Chained to a Bed: Twice. More than that if you count death scenes in Leisure Suit Larry 2.
  • Collection Sidequest: Leisure Suit Larry 7: Love for Sail! has the 'Where's Dildo?' sidequest, which involves finding all the red-and-white-striped dildos scattered around the ship.
  • Copy Protection: Some of the Sierra games required information from the manual and Feelies. More memorably, the first and third games required players to answer trivia questions to "prove" that they were old enough to play, while the second game was relatively family-friendly. Leisure Suit Larry III: Passionate Patti in Pursuit of the Pulsating Pectorals even adjusted the level of Fan Service depending on your score. A generation of horny teenage gamers was driven to research old Seventies pop cultural references for the sake of 8-bit nudity.
  • Dance Party Ending: Leisure Suit Larry 8.
  • A Date with Rosie Palms:
    • If the player tries to make Larry masturbate:

Narrator: Larry, the whole idea was to stop doing that!

player: use doll
Narrator: Geez, Larry. Do we have to?
player: use doll
Narrator: All right, you asked for it. In fact, you've asked for it twice! Here we go...

    • Leisure Suit Larry: Magna Cum Laude contains a masturbation minigame where success boosts Larry's confidence, allowing him to interact with certain female characters in the game.
  • Disco Dan: Larry. Who else?
  • Disney Theme Parks: When Larry is venturing through the city in Leisure Suit Larry 2, he will at one moment see a theme park far away. If you look at the scenery, you get the message:

Narrator: "Hey! Is that Disneyland? Nah, not in an Al Lowe game!" (which is ironic as Al Lowe used to work for Disney).

Narrator: You mount a big piece of wood (an experience not wholly unfamiliar to you).

    • Another in Leisure Larry 2, in which you must pick the padlock holding an airplane door shut (don't ask) and the narrator states that "You feel yourself being sucked." The next line? "Out, unfortunately!"
  • Dungeon Maintenance: The Sierra studios labor behind the scenes, building the backgrounds, repairing characters.
  • Easily Angered Asian Shopkeeper: Shoplifters will be shot.
  • Easter Egg: In Leisure Suit Larry 7: Love for Sail!, when some specific non-compulsive actions are accomplished (such as "Milk the beaver"), the flashing image of an Easter Egg will appear on the corner of the screen and Larry will access some "sexy" extra scenes.
  • Erotic Eating: Eve, with an apple, at the end of Leisure Suit Larry 1.

She's really turning you on! You had no idea fruit could be so exciting.

    • Michelle Milkem eating a banana split in Leisure Suit Larry 5: Passionate Patti Does a Little Undercover Work.
  • Everything Trying to Kill You: Par for the course, considering it's a Sierra franchise:
    • In Leisure Suit Larry in the Land of the Lounge Lizards, you can die by...
      • ...walking on the street and getting run over by a car instantly...
      • ...wandering into a dark alley and getting beat up by a mugger...
      • ...not having enough money to pay your taxi fare and getting murdered and your carcass run over by the cabbie...
      • ...asking the taxi driver to take you home, with no real explanation given...
      • ...shoplifting and getting shot by the shopkeeper...
      • ...flushing a toilet and drowning as the room is filled with water...
      • ...forgetting to wear a condom and contracting an STD that makes your testicles explode...
      • ...and forgetting to zip up post-coitus and getting arrested by a policeman for indecency, plus countless other ways.
    • And in the sequel Leisure Suit Larry Goes Looking for Love (in Several Wrong Places), you can die by...
      • ...failing to catch your cruise ship in time...
      • ...lounging around the ship until nightfall and getting raped by your cabinmate...
      • ...forgetting to apply sunscreen while sunbathing and burning to cinders...
      • ...failing to resist the temptations of several voluptuous women, who turn out to be Dr. Nonookie's henchwomen...
      • ...not having enough provisions to last you through a month at sea on your lifeboat (including a gigantic amount of soda, a wig to protect your balding scalp and a makeshift fishing rod)...
      • ...taking the spinach dip (which earns you points) and forgetting to throw it overboard when you reach the lifeboat, lest you automatically eat it and die of salmonella...
      • ...not having a perfect disguise at the beach to fool the KGB (including both parts of a bikini, blonde hair, removal of body hair, and some, um, "padding")... and even then, It Only Works Once...
      • ...eating a plate of food at the resort restaurant, probably because the maitre d' there is EVIL...
      • ...eating a plate of food at an airport with a pin hidden in it, with no clue that the pin is even there in the first place...
      • ...getting caught by KGB agents in countless other ways, and so on and so on.
    • Amusingly (or not, as many fans of the original were quick to point out), Larry's usual MO of trying to get laid works against him in Leisure Suit Larry 2. In addition to the above deaths via KGB, one notable death involves talking a maid into bedding down with you... only to get shot by her overprotective brother. On the other hand, if you gotta go...
    • Notably subverted in Leisure Suit Larry 5: Passionate Patti Does a Little Undercover Work, in which it was impossible to die despite at least one scene involving a plane on the verge of crashing where it sure looked like you could die if you didn't do something. Leisure Suit Larry 6: Shape Up or Slip Out! moved on to purely jocular death scenes which can be undone with one click, and Leisure Suit Larry 7: Love for Sail! had none.
  • Evil Redhead: Tilly from Leisure Suit Larry 8.
  • Exactly What It Says on the Tin: The magic marker in Leisure Suit Larry III: Passionate Patti in Pursuit of the Pulsating Pectorals.
  • Flushing Toilet, Screaming Shower: Necessary to get Drew out of your shower in Leisure Suit Larry 7: Love for Sail! (and harvest the mushrooms needed for a quiche recipe).
  • Freaky Friday Flip: From the player's perspective, changing protagonists between Larry and Patti in Leisure Suit Larry III: Passionate Patti in Pursuit of the Pulsating Pectorals and Leisure Suit Larry 5: Passionate Patti Does a Little Undercover Work... in fact, Leisure Suit Larry III: Passionate Patti in Pursuit of the Pulsating Pectorals was advertised as the first computer game that comes with a free sex change operation.
  • French Jerk: Jacques the croupier in Leisure Suit Larry 7: Love for Sail!.

Jacques (thinking): "Hm, American asshole!"

  • Fun with Acronyms: Conservatives Against Nearly Everything in Leisure Suit Larry 5: Passionate Patti Does a Little Undercover Work.
  • Gainax Ending: In Leisure Suit Larry III: Passionate Patti in Pursuit of the Pulsating Pectorals.
  • Gigantic Gulp: One puzzle in the second game involves a 32-gallon drink.
  • The Glasses Gotta Go: Larry attempts to invoke this as part of Ione's makeover. Then he puts them right back on. Apparently her squinting really is rather bad.
  • Going Commando: In Patti's section of Leisure Suit Larry III: Passionate Patti in Pursuit of the Pulsating Pectorals, several puzzles require removing articles of clothing. Her panties are the first to go.
  • Goofy Print Underwear: Larry has polka-dot boxers when he gets tied to the bed in the VGA version of Leisure Suit Larry 1.
  • Granola Girl/Soapbox Sadie: Charlotte from Leisure Suit Larry 8.
  • Guide Dang It: This can be (is?) a problem with Leisure Suit Larry 2 and Leisure Suit Larry III: Passionate Patti in Pursuit of the Pulsating Pectorals. Especially if you want to get the maximum of points.
  • Hammerspace: Lampshaded in Leisure Suit Larry 2 with the Gigantic Gulp drink, which Larry muses for a moment as to how he's going to carry it, before shrugging and stuffing it into his pants.
  • Have a Nice Death: Well, this is a Sierra adventure game after all.
  • Hide Your Children: Because of the adult overtones of the games, there are no children seen. It is lampshaded by Ken in Leisure Suit Larry 7: Love for Sail!:

Ken: "I am the handsome sailor who entertains the kids on this ship!
Larry: "But I didn't see a kid anywhere!"
Interviewer: "That is because this game is too dirty for kids!"

Interviewer: "Leisure Suit Larry! You've just leapt from the 40th floor of a burning building! What are you going to do next?"
Larry: "I think I'm going to... take a cruise!"

  • In Name Only: The games starring Larry Lovage. Even Al Lowe dismissed the Lovage games as Larry Laffer being in a corporate prison.
  • In Soviet Russia, Trope Mocks You: Larry is pursued by KGB agents in Leisure Suit Larry 2. He has to pass some of them disguised as a woman. He needs to not only have long blonde hair, but also be wearing a bikini, have stuffed his bikini top and have had his body hair removed. If not, they will catch him and say that "only in Russia do women wear leisure suits/have such flat breasts/are so hairy".
  • Insurmountable Waist-Height Fence: One of the puzzles in Leisure Suit Larry 5: Passionate Patti Does a Little Undercover Work involves Patti breaking out of a room that has its door blocked by an apparently immovable, insurmountable, microphone stand.
  • I Should Write a Book About This: In the end of Leisure Suit Larry III: Passionate Patti in Pursuit of the Pulsating Pectorals, Larry is employed by Sierra to design adventure games based on his own adventures...
  • Joe Sent Me: The pimp in the first game won't let you into his room until you give him the password: "Ken sent me". The name is, of course, that of Ken Williams, and "Al sent me" is also accepted.
  • Last Girl Wins: Pretty much in all the games.
  • Legacy Character: Larry Lovage in Leisure Suit Larry 8 and Leisure Suit Larry 9.
  • Looking for Love In All the Wrong Places: After losing his virginity to a prostitute in the first game, Larry realizes that he wants something more meaningful. In fact, this trope's name is also part of the title of the second game: Leisure Suit Larry Goes Looking for Love (in Several Wrong Places).
  • Mafia Princess: Analisa from Leisure Suit Larry 8.
  • Male Gaze: This is played with in Leisure Suit Larry 7: Love for Sail!, when Larry slowly tries to look down (twice) on Drew's breasts while they are talking, but he fails as she tells him to look at her straight in the eyes.
    • Humorously, there's an Easter Egg way to get your money's worth here. Larry simply has to plug his ears, and he won't hear her.
    • One of the obstacles in Leisure Suit Larry 8's conversation minigame causes this (which counts against your Karma Meter).
  • A Man Is Not a Virgin: The goal of the first game. And just to make sure you actually do the deed, if Larry is still a virgin by sunrise (which takes a few hours of game-time), Larry will commit suicide.
  • The Maze: Actually subverted in Leisure Suit Larry 2. About halfway through, Larry has to cross a long, narrow, winding path above a tall cliff to reach the airport. In a game where practically everything else will kill you, it's literally impossible to fall off in this scene; instead, Larry narrowly avoids falling off, and you actually gain points. You lose the extra points once you finish crossing though.
  • Mercy Mode: In Leisure Suit Larry 8.
  • Mini Game: Comprises about 70% of Leisure Suit Larry 8 by weight.
  • Molotov Cocktail: In Leisure Suit Larry 2, you have to create one by combining a bottle of hair product with an air sickness bag as the "wick".
  • Mother-Daughter Threesome: In Leisure Suit Larry 7: Love for Sail!, Larry seduces mother-daughter country duet Juggs.
  • Multiple Endings: Leisure Suit Larry 8 let the player choose one of three "final girls" at the end.
  • Mushroom Samba: Happens at least twice: first as a Nonstandard Game Over in Leisure Suit Larry III: Passionate Patti in Pursuit of the Pulsating Pectorals, where Patti can pick up some marijuana leaves and smoke up (and fall to her death), and in Leisure Suit Larry 7: Love for Sail!, where one of the girls slips a hallucinogenic drug into Larry's drink.
  • My Girl Is a Slut: Luba from Leisure Suit Larry 8... at least that's what Lovage thinks about her being the campus bicycle. At first.
  • Mythology Gag: For what it's worth, Leisure Suit Larry 8 is filled with these, in manners blatant and subtle.
    • Most obviously, "Uncle Larry"'s references to his past exploits.
    • Lefty's Too, a duplicate of the bar from the remake of Leisure Suit Larry 1.
    • The sorority house has a plaque with EGA portraits of women from the old games.
  • Nerds Are Sexy: Ione, Harriet and Morgan (to various degrees) from Leisure Suit Larry 8.
  • Nobody Poops: Subverted. You can make Larry do it in Leisure Suit Larry 1, Leisure Suit Larry 6: Shape Up or Slip Out! and Leisure Suit Larry 7: Love for Sail!. And earn points from it. Just, whatever you do, don't flush in Leisure Suit Larry 1.
    • In Leisure Suit Larry 8, it's a key game mechanic that you can urinate to reduce your level of drunkenness. Anywhere. Although doing it in public hurts your Karma Meter.
  • No Fourth Wall
  • Ooh, Me Accent's Slipping: In-universe example. Wang in Leisure Suit Larry 7: Love for Sail! is very obviously Chinese, but since he grew up in Ireland, he has an Irish accent, which gets him strange looks... so he resorts to using You No Take Candle, but unsuccessfully enough that Larry sees through it.
  • Optional Sexual Encounter: Having sex with the prostitute in Leisure Suit Larry 1 is completely optional, but necessary if you want to get the maximum score... and just getting to the hooker's room is mandatory to get some of the items.
  • Overly Long Gag: To name a few (both from Leisure Suit Larry 2, the scene where Larry finds himself lost in a jungle (you go through this every time you come there)[3], and the seating scene:

"Why, Mr. and Mrs. Rich/Famous/Gates/Leach/Williams," says the Maitre d'. "What a pleasure to see you again. Of course I have a table for you!"
"Please, walk this way."
Well, that was certainly rude! You were here before them. You feel yourself becoming perturbed/annoyed/indignant/incensed/enraged!
"I hope you find this satisfactory, Sir," grovels the Maitre d' with his palm extended.

  • Paper-Thin Disguise: Flat-out subverted in Leisure Suit Larry 2. You need a perfect disguise at the beach to fool the KGB there. If not, they will mock you as they capture you ("Only in Russia do women wear leisure suits to the beach!", etc). And even then, it doesn't work once you reach the airport: the guards there think you are a cross-dresser, and let's just say that YOU ARE DEAD.
  • The Peeping Tom: Done several times, including through binoculars at the beginning of Leisure Suit Larry III: Passionate Patti in Pursuit of the Pulsating Pectorals, a hole in the shower wall and a security camera aimed through the shower's air vent in Leisure Suit Larry 6: Shape Up or Slip Out!, and another hole in the sorority house shower wall in Leisure Suit Larry 8.
  • Playing to The Fetishes: Shows up in many of the games, but most blatantly in Leisure Suit Larry 7: Love for Sail! and Leisure Suit Larry 8.
  • Press X to Die: Typing "give onklunk" any time you have the onklunk in Leisure Suit Larry 2. You traitor!
  • Punny Name: Lots of them! Several from Leisure Suit Larry 7: Love for Sail! include nudist Drew Barringmore, (initially) prudish librarian Victorian Principles, and mother and daughter country music duo Wydoncha and Nailmi Jugg.
  • Race Lift: In the 1991 remake of Leisure Suit Larry 1, the prostitute and final girl Eve, who were originally White, have become Black. The shopkeeper, originally an Indian Sikh, became an Arab.
  • Recycled in Space: Leisure Suit Larry 8 was at first supposed to be set in space, and called Lust In Space. It is even announced by characters in Leisure Suit Larry 7: Love for Sail!.
  • Rhythm Game: Half of the mini-games in Leisure Suit Larry 8 boiled down to this.
  • Running Gag: Among others: "Don't all barber shops look alike?" and "But then, you find any kind of woman attractive" in Leisure Suit Larry 2.
    • A whole slew of double entrendes in Leisure Suit Larry III: Passionate Patti in Pursuit of the Pulsating Pectorals followed up by 'a feeling not wholly unfamiliar to you!'.
  • Sex Comedy: The first game fits the definition pretty directly.
  • Shout-Out: Many. Most of these to other Sierra adventure games. For example, Princess Rosella from the King's Quest series as a hairdresser in Leisure Suit Larry 2.
    • The reason that there is no Leisure Suit Larry 4 is that according to Space Quest IV, that game contains a virus written by Vohaul (though they could have made that game open with WILCO MUST DIE! instead).
  • Soft Glass: Subverted hard in Leisure Suit Larry 7: Love for Sail!: Larry has to crush through a glass window-door to escape from a fire, and he gets a lot of bleeding cuts in the way. And it hurts. Not to mention the "paper cuts"...
  • Something Else Also Rises: At the nude pool in Leisure Suit Larry 7: Love for Sail!, Larry wears a codpiece with an elephant's head on it. The first time he sees Drew there, the trunk comes to life and makes a trumpeting noise. Then it does so again when she describes what it feels like to be stuck there without any clothes.
  • Spy Speak: Larry's My Hovercraft Is Full of Eels Spanish pickup lines accidentally complete the sign-countersign for a KGB agent to give him a microfilm in Leisure Suit Larry 2.
  • Squirrels in My Pants: In Leisure Suit Larry III: Passionate Patti in Pursuit of the Pulsating Pectorals, Larry has sex with a woman called Tawni on a beach, but after a moment, he stands up and shivers because he has some crabs that have climbed in his pants. Larry announces "I've got crabs!", and Tawni calls it quits.
  • Stealth Pun: There are some cases, like when you make Larry talk to a bush in Leisure Suit Larry 5: Passionate Patti Does a Little Undercover Work, he will say:

Larry: "Hi, is by any chance your name George?"

  • Strip Poker:
    • A variant of this is used in Leisure Suit Larry 7: Love for Sail!, with Strip Dice.
    • Strip versions of most of the minigames in Leisure Suit Larry 8 are also available.
  • Subliminal Seduction: In Leisure Suit Larry 5: Passionate Patti Does a Little Undercover Work, des Rever Records is suspected of planting subliminal messages in their records to get customers to buy porn. This is confirmed when you listen to the golden record backwards.
  • Suddenly Sexuality: Ione from Leisure Suit Larry 8 actually reappears later in the game... and she's turned into an out-of-the-closet lesbian from the trauma your first courtship of her caused.
    • The Police officer from Leisure Suit Larry 8 as well.
    • You have to orchestrate one case in Leisure Suit Larry 7: Love for Sail!. Replace the straightlaced librarian's book with a steamy sex novel, and she'll have a drastic change of personality and interests.
  • Tapper: One of the basic minigame types in Leisure Suit Larry 8 is a Tapper clone.
  • Theme Naming:
    • All of the women in Leisure Suit Larry III: Passionate Patti in Pursuit of the Pulsating Pectorals have names ending in "i" (Tawni, Cherri, Suzi, Bambi, Patti... and even Bobbi, the woman Kalalau leaves Larry for at the beginning).
    • All of the women in Leisure Suit Larry 6: Shape Up or Slip Out! are named after varieties of wine.
  • Timed Mission: In the first game, you have two real-life hours to make Larry lose his virginity before he is Driven to Suicide. You can either do this the hard way by advancing trough the story, or go for the easy option by buying a condom and hiring the prostitute who is available from the beginning of the game. Doing the latter removes the two hour limit, but as Larry questions the validity of losing his virginity to a prostitute, the game continues, although you are now allowed to Take Your Time.
  • Toilet Humour: Going to the bathroom almost always leads to Hilarity Ensues. See also Nobody Poops above.
  • Tongue on the Flagpole: In Leisure Suit Larry 7: Love for Sail!, Larry can lick an ice statue and get his tongue stuck for a moment.
  • Took a Level in Jerkass: Leisure Suit Larry 2, Leisure Suit Larry III: Passionate Patti in Pursuit of the Pulsating Pectorals and Leisure Suit Larry 7: Love for Sail! all begin with the woman Larry got together with at the end of the previous game deciding she doesn't like him any more and treating him quite badly. Justified with Eve, since Larry showed up at her house and moved in without her permission, which would probably freak out anybody in real life. But Kalalau first cheated on him with another woman, then locked him out of their house and divorced him, all just because she wasn't satisfied with his performance in the bedroom. She never told him that she was unhappy before she did these things, and never tried to work things out. At the beginning of Leisure Suit Larry 7: Love for Sail!, Shamara decides that the new age lifestyle isn't for her after all and what she really cares about is money. So she ties Larry up and steals his wallet before walking out on him.
  • Totem Pole Trench: Leisure Suit Larry 1. Larry can meet a trench-coat flasher on the sidewalk by the hotel. When you look at the flasher, the narrator comments that it's really a little person standing on the shoulders of another. They're both still flashers though.
  • Trial and Error Gameplay:
    • Leisure Suit Larry 2. Whole sections of the game are designed around the premise that the player is Save Scumming.
    • The bamboo forest in Leisure Suit Larry III: Passionate Patti in Pursuit of the Pulsating Pectorals. Similar to the desert in King's Quest 5, it's a large area to explore, in which Patti will die of dehydration after so many screens. It's also a lengthy maze, so if you don't know the layout, be ready to redo this segment many, many times until you've mapped out the exact path you have to take. The "Nontoonyt Tonight" magazine/manual that comes with the game does give you directions through the maze, but it's done in a way that is very easy to overlook. One of the many things in the book is a jingle advertising Nontoonyt Nectarines. If one were to look at it closely, they might notice that every word in the song begins with either N, S, W or E. So it tells you whether to go north, east, south or west and in what order, but lots of players will just dismiss it as a mildly amusing song at first glance and then forget about it.
  • Trilogy Creep: Played with: Al Lowe wanted to end the series with Leisure Suit Larry III: Passionate Patti in Pursuit of the Pulsating Pectorals, hence the whole rigamarole with "Leisure Suit Larry 4".
  • Trope 2000: The Cybersniff 2000 in Leisure Suit Larry 7: Love for Sail!.
  • Twin Threesome Fantasy: Appears in the cheerleader character's ending in Leisure Suit Larry: Magna Cum Laude, where her twin comes in from nowhere simply for this trope.
  • Un Installment: "Leisure Suit Larry 4".
  • Unsettling Gender Reveal: Happens in Leisure Suit Larry 6: Shape Up or Slip Out! and Leisure Suit Larry 8.
  • Unusual User Interface: Leisure Suit Larry 8 has the Dialogue Tree as a minigame where the player has to navigate around obstacles to reach the "right" conversation choice while the conversation goes on in the background.
  • Unwinnable by Design: Can happen in the first three games, though it is especially terrible in Leisure Suit Larry 2.
  • Video Game Remake: The original game is a double-example, first remade from Softporn to Leisure Suit Larry, and again with upgraded graphics and a point-and-click interface a few years later.
  • Viva Las Vegas: "Lost Wages", the setting of the original, complete with a quickie wedding chapel.
  • Wacky Fratboy Hijinx: The point of the setting of Leisure Suit Larry 8.
  • What the Hell, Hero?: Arguably the point of the optional "Ione(L[4])" storyline (that or seeing Ione make out with Luba; your call).
  • You Can't Get Ye Flask: One of the most infamous cases is in Leisure Suit Larry 2. You're supposed to make a bomb out of a hair lotion bottle and an airsick bag as the wick. You can't just type "bag", you have to refer it as "airsick bag". See more details on the trope page.
  • Zip Mode: In at least some of the games, double-clicking on an exit will make Larry walk at hyperspeed.
  1. Developers of The Conduit, the Hunter: The Reckoning videogame and a truckload of Licensed Games.
  2. Developers of Worms and Alien Breed
  3. Thankfully, there's a way to skip it. Just type "leave", and Larry will find a shortcut.
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