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Title McGruff (Is not a fan of this one), Freelance Police, Bow-Wow, Dog Man, Titan of Snackage, Nitwit, Bonehead, Smoove Detective Impersonator, Member of the Shell Louge Squad.
Gender Male.
Race/Species Anthromorthic Dog.
Faction Independent (Formerly)

Shell Louge Squad (First and foremost) Dave Felis' team (On occations).

Description Better then he looks.
Skills and Abilities Varies in Situations, Skills with guns.
Status Still Alive.
Location Dragon Guardian Temple.
Alignment Crazy but Smooth and Neo-Classic Noir Good.

Sam, an anthropomorphic dog, is one of the two titular characters in the Sam & Max franchise.

Character Detail

A member of the Freelance Police, Sam comes off as more level headed and less violent than his partner Max, albeit not by much. He typically wears a grayish film noir-styled suit, with a hat and a blue and black striped tie. In the games, he has a tendency to take everything he sees, and apparently keeps the items in a cardboard box that he carries inside his coat.

Sam is prone to long-winded sentences filled with elaborate terminology. He rarely loses his temper and is able to react to panic-inducing situations with extreme calm. When he does get angry, however, he tends to react in an uncharacteristically savage manner. In They Stole Max's Brain!, Sam shows his more violent manner of investigating than in the previous episodes, which includes beating a gorilla for information to threatening a COPS member with his revolver. It is usually, and somewhat ironically, Max that calms him down and prevents him from acting upon his anger.

He also has a very large sweet tooth, as during many of his adventures and assignments he can be seen enjoying a multitude of frozen treats such as popsicles and ice cream sandwiches, especially in the comics. In Sam & Max Season Two he becomes self-conscious about his weight, particularly when seeing his future and past selves.

Sam carries around a huge revolver. In the comics, he is quick to use it but is a very lousy shot. In the Telltale episodes he can hit any object on the first shot but is very reluctant to use it against living things, even villains. The gun is absent in the other incarnations.

Although most of the time he acts like a human in a dog costume, Sam sometimes behaves like a dog. He has growled several times in the Telltale games, and his sobbing in Sam & Max Hit the Road sounded like whining. He seems to have an enhanced sense of smell; he was able to smell where Max parked the car in Monkeys Violating the Heavenly Temple, and located the cereal aisle in Beast from the Cereal Aisle and the concession stand in Night of the Cringing Wildebeest by their non-food scents. He has also been shown to enjoy dog treats. It has been speculated that he is some sort of Irish Wolfhound.

Sam has been addressed as Samuel twice, by Bosco in The Mole, the Mob, and the Meatball, and Max in Bright Side of the Moon. Presumably, this is his real name. He is also shown to have self-image issues, as shown in Beyond the Alley of the Dolls, when he and Max see a pair of the Samulacra's underwear and imagines what would happen if he wore it, with Max and some of the Samulacra laughing at him anonimously, then when he's done imagining, he throws the underwear in the harbor.

Date of Birth

According to the episode Chariots of the Dogs, Sam was born on March, 3rd, presumably somewhere in the 1970s. He seems to be roughly the same age as Max, though rabbits life expectancy is normally less than dogs'.

Previous Jobs?

  • Steward/Flight Attendant
  • Petting Zoo Caretaker
  • Circus Acrobat


Sam's family first appeared in the comic The Damned Don't Dance, but only his father was explicitly pointed out. In Hit the Road, his mother leaves a message on the messaging machine reminding him to not get shot. Sam's grandmother, Ruth, who served as a prison warden and fought in the Cold War, was mentioned in some comics and sketches, but not actually seen until the animated series episode Christmas Bloody Christmas. The Final Episode mentions that his family lives in Alaska. This episode also mentions his grandfather, who "fought it in the Big One", and shows Sam's younger sister. In the episode Tonight We Love, Sam is reminded of his Aunt Trudy, who has some sort of problem with knives, when he and Max go to Love Land. In The Tomb of Sammun-Mak, Sam's great-grandfather Sameth is shown as having an identical personality to Sam's, even going so far as being friends with Max's great-grandfather Maximus. Finally, he has an Uncle Rallo to whom Sam sold his baseball card collection for a kidney, not wondering why his uncle needed it until later.


The Geek
Flint Paper
The color orange
Shooting out the office window at passers by.
Running over things
Glazed McGuffins
"Treeetz" puppy treats
Ice Cream
TV and using what he learned from it
His DeSoto
Messages on the message machine.
Playing Fizzball
Car/road trips
Buddy Hackett
Highway Surfing
Bluegrass music and playing his banjo
Fudgey Freeze ice cream bars


Receiving a pink belly.
Being told to pick up objects he doesn't want to pick up.
Being told that he can't really hit some one with his gun.
Being called McGruff.
The Soda Poppers
Having his mind read
Being touched
Public bathrooms
Cracks/References to his weight
Being without Max


[edit] "Yes? Yes? No! Yes?"

When talking to the Commissioner on the phone, Sam's part of the conversation is typically completely minimal, consisting only of one word reactions to what the commissioner says. In voiced appearances, these follow each other so quickly that it seems impossible for the commissioner to actually tell Sam the things he does.

[edit] "Holy..."

Holy jumping mother o' god in a side-car with chocolate jimmies and a lobster bib! We're on our way!
- In Monkeys Violating the Heavenly Temple

In Monkeys Violating the Heavenly Temple, Sam & Max meet some frightening pirates and every Season One episode, Sam utters a long-winded non-sequitur at the end of his phone conversation with the commissioner. This phrase usually starts with "Holy..." and is inevitably followed up with "We're on our way!".

[edit] "Well here we are..."

On arriving somewhere for the first time, especially in exotic places, the first thing Sam says is usually "Well here we are...".

[edit] "You crack me up, little buddy."

Many comics and cartoon episodes, as well as Hit the Road and a few Telltale episodes, end with Sam saying this line or a variation on it in response to something Max says (Max's end varies). It is occasionally used at other points of a story as well.

[edit] "Can't think of a reason not to."

Sometimes when Max suggests a course of action in a situation, Sam goes along with it if he finds nothing wrong with Max's reasoning.


[edit] Young Sam

Young Sam has been in all three mediums Sam and Max has been in. Always shown round and stocky, he has a reserved and shy personality with a few mentions of breaking into tears because of bullies. Max always sticks up for him by beating up whoever Sam says picked on him. Young Sam is usually shown to wear a black T-Shirt with Max's face on it. No explanation on why such a shirt would even exist has ever been given.

But when he is in his element and/or comfortable, Young Sam is positive and outgoing. He was quite rude to his older self in Chariots of the Dogs.

In the Telltale game series, it is revealed that he is a computer wiz and loves building things from scratch, including Bluster Blaster. He is also shy around girls and doesn't bother with them, because they're only interested in Max. However, Max mentions in Bright Side of the Moon that Sam missed his chance to go to the prom with Melanie Prendergast, so he mustn't have been too shy about asking girls out. In addition, because of his passive nature, Max steps all over him.

Teen Sam

Not much is known about Sam's teenage years other than he may have played sports, was into science, and found high school "awkward". He was also fairly tall and skinny.

Old Sam/Future Sam

Old Sam was first seen in the animated series' episode The Dysfunction of the Gods where Sam and Max undergo rapid aging. He sometimes walks around with a cane, wears old bifocals, and suffers from lapses of judgment.

In the Telltale episode Chariots of the Dogs, "all those years of adventuring have taken their toll" on Future Sam. He suffers from dementia and maneuvers around in a wheelchair (with a design heavily inspired from Davros from Doctor Who). He is also revealed to have been a "candidate" for the evil mastermind behind the entire Season Two plot in an alternate reveal on the season 2 DVD.

Noir Sam

Debuted inThe Devil's Playhouse episode They Stole Max's Brain!, his appearance is dramatically altered: his trademark suit and hat are gone, his gun is visibly holstered under his left arm, his shirt sleeves are rolled up to his elbows, and he bears a faint trace of five o'clock shadow. Due to his increased anger because of Max's stolen brain, he bares his teeth and growls often. Additionally, even though Sam's holster is for a normal size gun, when Sam pulls it out of the holster to use it, the barrel for the gun is comically oversized. He makes a small cameo like role while interrogating Girl Stinky in Beyond the Alley of the Dolls, and for a brief moment when talking to The Narrator in The City That Dares Not Sleep.

newfound role in the spongebob siries.

Sam and Max, along with the disney inspired versons of them, Brandy and Mr. Wiskers, and Lola boa and Ed the otter, first appeared when Max opened the plane cockpit door when he thought it was the bathroom, and ended cause them to fall out. and max blames that it looks identical. they briefly was gonna have a soft landing, only to be interupted when they came across smoke coming from the matchmaker, causing Max to sneese, which later lead them to crash on Melman, and then encountered the shell louge squad. after helping Spongebob fight the villain leage, they went of to find atlantis. apawn such, they befriended Batty koda, the digidesten and their digimon, and Miguel and Tuilo. when they were needed again to come to the defence of camelot in Spongebob and Friends go on the quest for camelot, where after such, they joined the shell louge squad, and even invited them to find atlantis, which they did in Spongebob and Friends find atlantis. Sam is like the lovable old cartoon sytile uncle to the louge. he is also now Host of the new Sam and Max side-show hour, whiched started out as a Who should join now or later? episode, which exsited only as one cause of a mishap with Hades.

intended spin-off siries.

Sam and Max, along With Brandy and Wiskers, (Brandy being the intended main character) along with Lola Boa and Ed the otter, was gonna star in their own spin-off siries, but was canned when Scroopfan needed replacement moisodes for the Spongebob siries, since it was the main focusing siries, Atlantis intened to be the first, the great mouse dectecive the second, and cat's don't dance the 3rd, which ended being contvered into Spongebob and Friends siries moisodes.

other roles outside the spongebob and friends siries.

Sam, Max, Brandy, and Mr. Whiskers also joined with Dave Felis and his group code-named Team C.A.T. (Cartoon Animal Taskforce), with a similar story to the Spongebob and Friends series but with a change. After escaping the rainforest, they went though a portal and ended up in the dave felis universe. it's also reveled in that siries that they, along with brandy and mr wiskers, that they are digimon hybrids powered by the Mugen crystals. no such powers have been shown in the Spongebob and Friends siries. and Sam and Max also joined with Jacob NightFury and his friends in Team Adventure, however, Brandy and Mr wiskers is not involed in the Jacob nightfury siries. it has been shown that Lola Boa and Ed the Otter are not seen with Brandy and Mr. Wiskers in the Dave felis siries. But Ed and Lola will soon be mentioned by Dave since he knows of the two and of them being in an adventure team of Spongebob through the help of "their resumes"

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