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In the game Grim Fandango, we find out that the protagonist, Manuael Calavera, is working off a debt to the powers that be. Presumably, he committed a sin in his life which meant he had to work for the DoD before he would be allowed to make his 4-year journey to the 9th underworld.

Is it ever explained, in the game or out (interviews, publications etc.) what it was that Manny did?

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It's a great question, but I'm not sure there's a definitive answer, other than "we don't know".

According to the character's page on the Grim Fandango wikia:

Almost nothing is known about Manny's time in the Land of the Living. Periodically throughout the game, Manny states he doesn't know what sin he committed [emphasis mine] that got him stuck at the Department of Death, but that he is willing to work his time off regardless. In Year 1 he says that he has none that he wishes to visit during the Day of the Dead.

My best guess - it's left intentionally unanswered as it gives him an air of tragic mystery (even he doesn't know) and is actually irrelevant to the story anyway.

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Irregardless? Even for a Wikia, that's atrocious... –  Fluttershy Mar 12 '12 at 21:07
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@Fluttershy It's a perfectly cromulent word. –  Tacroy Jun 7 '12 at 16:52
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I left that word in as it was a direct quote. It made me [sic]. –  Alex Jun 7 '12 at 18:31
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