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[[caption-width-right:300: He came back to settle the score with someone. Anyone. EVERYONE.]]

'''''Desperado''''' (1995), a.k.a. ''Pistolero'' in Spanish, is an action thriller film starring AntonioBanderas. It is the second movie in Creator/RobertRodriguez's ''Mexico'' or ''Mariachi'' Trilogy , following ''ElMariachi'' and followed by ''OnceUponATimeInMexico''. Has the interesting distinction of being one of very few sequels to be in an entirely different language from the first movie.

Our NoNameGiven Protagonist has lost his love and killed her killer. That's just not enough for him. So he's trying to find her killer's boss and kill him, too. Unfortunately for El Mariachi, he'll have to use every gun in his guitar case against {{Mooks}} in seedy bars, thugs after his life, a knife throwing assassin, to do it. And all of this while keeping Carolina (SalmaHayek), his new love interest, friend and informant, and random bystanders alive.

Not to be confused with ''VideoGame/{{Desperados}}''.
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!! This movie contains examples of:
* BadassSpaniard: El Mariachi.
* BadGuyBar: The Oro Verde and Tarasco bars, both of which were hangouts for members of Bucho's gang, and both of which get a rather violent housecleaning by El Mariachi.
* BlastOut
* BlownAcrossTheRoom: Mariachi does this all the time, either with his shotguns or with GunsAkimbo.
* BlindIdiotTranslation: To the annoyance of all Spanish-speakers everywhere the word "desperado" is horribly mangled Spanish. The correct spelling should be "desesperado".
** However, the word "desperado" has its own connotations in English (likely borrowed from Spanish itself) that quite befits El Mariachi. And one can hardly accuse Creator/RobertRodriguez of not knowing Spanish -- the movie's title in Spanish is the more appropriate ''Pistolero'', or "pistoleer."
* CainAndAbel: [[spoiler:It is revealed when Mariachi and Bucho finally face off that they are brothers]].
* TheCastShowoff: That's really Antonio Banderas playing and singing with Los Lobos in the dream sequence.
* ChekhovsGunman: Campa and Quino, the two mariachis that El calls in for backup during the final act, appear as his band in the film's opening credits. Navajas can also be seen [[KnifeNut flipping a knife in his hand]] in the background early on when the last guy from the Tarasco bar is stalking El down the street.
* {{Confessional}}: Mariachi is a good Catholic, so he goes to confession after cleaning out Tarasco in the bloodiest shootout in the entire film:
-->'''Mariachi:''' Bless me Father, for I have just killed quite a few men.
-->'''Buscemi:''' No shit!
** It also gets {{Lampshaded}} a bit later, when the actual priest comes up to El Mariachi.
-->'''Priest:''' Would you like to come to confession, my son?
-->'''Mariachi:''' Maybe later, father; because where I am going, I would just have to come right back.
* CripplingTheCompetition: In the backstory shown in ''Desperado'', the Mariachi received a hand wound that ruins him as a guitar player. However, it doesn't do anything to imapair his later ImprobableAimingSkills as a gunfighter.
* TheDanza: Mariachi's buddy Buscemi, played by, ummm... Steve Buscemi.
* DeathByCameo: Quentin Tarantino is executed quickly. Well, okay, he tells the long version of an old joke and does a lot of other pointless stuff, too.
* DevelopingDoomedCharacters: Seriously, the first half hour is just "Guys telling stories in bars: The movie."
* DistractedByTheSexy: Carolina's introduction. Hey, it's Salma Hayek, they have an excuse. Judging by her reaction to the car crash, it's not the first time that's happened.
* DrinkOrder: El Mariachi drinks soda. MANLY soda.
** "All I got is piss-warm Chango."
* EveryoneCallsHimBarkeep: A variation: He ''used'' to be a Mariachi, but now is a hitman with a guitar case full of guns.
* FadeToWhite: Used in the climax.
* FakeNationality: In a case of {{Spexico}}, Spaniard Antonio Banderas as Mexican El Mariachi. Joaquim De Almeida (Bucho) is from Portugal.
* FlashbackWithTheOtherDarrin: A scene from the end of the original ''ElMariachi'' is reprised at the beginning of ''Desperado'', with Banderas in the role instead of Carlos Gallardo. It's fairly convincing.
* GangInitiationFight: When Bucho's dragon says that his nephew is trying to get into the gang, Bucho throws the nephew into a savage initiation fight.
* GodzillaThreshold: El is hesitant to call in Campa and Quino to help, because the two of them would [[TheresNoKillLikeOverkill likely destroy the whole town.]]
** Then he calls them, and... {{RealityEnsues}}. Sure, they're badass and able to cause lots of damage, but the town is pretty much still there. [[spoiler:They wreck havoc for a while, then they get dispatched rather easily. How anti-climatic.]]
* GoodPeopleHaveGoodSex: The movie has an extended, passionate love scene -- one of the hottest in mainstream cinema -- between El Mariachi (Antonio Banderas!) and Carolina ([[HelloNurse Salma Hayek!]]). Cut to the villain Bucho lying on his bed, smoking a cigar and looking bored while a prostitute bounces up and down on him. Then she kisses him and he blows smoke into her mouth, sending her into a coughing fit.
* GunsAkimbo: The Mariachi uses dual Ruger KP90s to clean out the Tarasco Bar and to [[spoiler:kill his BigBad brother]].
* TheGunslinger: El Mariachi is Type C, with undertones of Type A.
* HarbingerOfImpendingDoom: Subverted: Buscemi trolls the same story of El's massacre of a BadGuyBar to shady bars in different towns, and gauges the patrons' reactions. Annoyed disinterest in an annoying stranger's rambling? Move on to the next one. MassOhCrap from legitimately bad guys? Call in [[TheDreaded El]].
* HollywoodSilencer: Subverted. It helps if your silencer is made to go with the gun you're using.
* HotLibrarian: Carolina, [[spoiler:though she, like everyone in the town, was a mule for the BigBad's money.]]
* IFoundYouLikeThis: Carolina nurses El Mariachi back to health after the Tarasco shootout.
* ImprobableWeaponUser: The musicians wield guitar cases that double as rocket launchers and machine guns.
** During the dream-sequence in the film's opening credits, El Mariachi gives a bad guy a TapOnTheHead with his guitar. Without having to stop playing to do so.
* KnifeNut: The knife throwing assassin Navajas, played by Creator/DannyTrejo.
* MsFanservice: Who do you think?
* NoNameGiven: El Mariachi, the Short Bartender, the guy played by Creator/QuentinTarantino, and many of the other characters don't have names.
* NothingUpMySleeve: El Mariachi keeps dual Ruger [=KP90s=] up his sleeves. The [=KP90=] is a large pistol, so the prop guns had their grips cut off to fit up his sleeves, which you can briefly see when he draws them.
* PillowPistol: Mariachi does this with one of his Rugers, which concerns Buscemi:
-->'''Buscemi:''' One day, you're gonna lay down too hard on that thing and blow your brains out.
* PuttingTheBandBackTogether: Mariachi with Quino and Campa
* QuickDraw: Mariachi does this with two full-sized .45s from his sleeves.
* RemakeCameo: The star of ''ElMariachi'', Carlo Gallardo, has a minor role in ''Desperado''.
* RetCon: At the end of ''El Mariachi'', the Mariachi said his injury would pretty much certainly doom his career as a musician. Uh, maybe not...
** [[{{IncrediblyLamePun}} On the other hand]], the screenplay does acknowledge this: when showing a child some guitar tricks, The Desperado says, "ignore the left hand. The left hand is not important." The only time he plays more with more flexibility is [[spoiler: in a dream sequence.]]
** He also starts to sweat when playing with the guitar and stops abruptly, as if the pain has become too much.
** The movie also suggests that the pain is in his head and the only thing injured is his confidence.
* RoaringRampageOfRevenge: His name is El Mariachi. You killed his girlfriend. Prepare to die.
* SawedOffShotgun: El Mariachi uses this in the first major bar shootout, before switching to the Rugers for the rest of the movie.
* SenselessViolins: Multiple variations.
* ShroudedInMyth: Deconstructed. El Mariachi has a buddy go ahead of him to towns and spread tales about him.
* SlipknotPonytail: Mariachi often keeps his hair in a ponytail, and it unravels into a Badass look during the shootouts that he gets into.
* SouthOfTheBorder
* SuspectIsHatless
* ATankardOfMooseUrine: The BadGuyBar has terrible beer, to keep casual customers away (it's a front for the drug smuggling operation). After one of the customers says that the beer tastes like piss, Tavo makes a crack about pissing in the beer, and based on some of the reactions people have when drinking it, it's very possible he wasn't joking.
* TookALevelInBadass: In the first movie, "El" was an ActionSurvivor who spent most of the time on the run and only made a single kill. By the time this movie starts, he is clearing out bars and making a name for himself.
* TwoShotsFromBehindTheBar: The opening shootout ends with the bartender pulling a shotgun to try to take out the Mariachi as he was walking away. As for how it turned out...
-->'''Buscemi:''' ...No, man. The bartender got it worse than anybody.
* UnflinchingWalk: Mariachi and Carolina do this after tossing a grenade off a roof. [[RuleOfCool It makes a much larger explosion than it should]].
* UnreliableNarrator: Buscemi. Justified, as in he's intentionally trying to get the bar patrons torqued up to see how they'll react.
** Although, going by the shootout that happens after he tells the story (to say nothing of the rest of the movie), he doesn't seem to have exaggerated much.
* WorldOfBadass
* YouHaveFailedMe: Bucho does this to one of his underlings.
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