Originally Posted by darknessofheart
Yeah those were my thoughts after thinking it over. Also the fact that LeChuck was evil before he became undead would make it seem like he would still be evil. I was just wondering because with his evil spreading everywhere, I thought that might mean that all the evil in his soul left his body. I just don't want another main villain, that didn't work out too well for alot of people, me included, in Escape from Monkey Island. LeChuck is the best villain for this series.
Actually this is something I gave some thought after playing SMI (which, I admit, I played after the other games and still never got around to LCR) but I don't think there were too many signs in any of the 3 games I have played to really say that he was evil before he was undead. I mean he was a pirate, which would be a great indicator of a negative personality in the real world, but in the fantasy world it can go either way.
He must have at least seemed nice enough person to be invited (or simply be accepted) to dinner with the governor before he died. I don't think it really said why she rejected his advances; maybe he came on too strong but I don't think he tried any 'rough stuff' or he'd have been arrested. And, rather than trying to abduct her or take her by force he set out to win her love by finding the treasure of Monkey Island.
It wasn't until he died that he did any of the things which made him so generally feared and hated (though, as a pirate, he must have been feared and hated by at least somebody).
But it could have just as equally been the case that his nice act before he died was just that; an act. It might have been her rejection + his death that drove him to madness but maybe becoming a ghost and later a zombie just gave him the freedom to completely disregard any inhibitions he might have had in life and act the way he always wanted to.
After all, zombies and demons are generally agreed to be evil (in fiction and, for those who believe in them, in reality) but this isn't always the case for ghosts (again, in fiction and reality). He was evil as a ghost, but as a ghost was he under any obligation, mystical or otherwise, to do evil things?