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->''If God didn't want them sheared he would not have made them sheep.''
-->'''Calvera''', ''Film/TheMagnificentSeven''

A subset of the {{Outlaw}} with a Hispanic flavor. Most often found in stories set in Mexico or near the Mexican border.

Stereotypically, the bandito has a thick Mexican accent, wears a sombrero and poncho or serape, and in later time periods a [[BadassBandolier bandolier of ammunition]]. A [[MagnificentMoustachesOfMexico thick mustache]] is common, but not mandatory. Many Banditos are designed after the real-life Bandito and revolution general Pancho Villa.

Usually the villains of a [[TheWestern Western]], but if portrayed sympathetically will have a RobinHood code of honor, or be [[LaResistance revolutionaries]] fighting against the corrupt government.

As with the outlaw, the bandito often overlaps with TheGunslinger and {{Cowboy}} roles, with the latter being called vaqueros. A bandito might also be a KnifeNut or [[ImprobableWeaponUser lariat expert]] and often TriggerHappy.

Note that bandito is the English spelling. In Spanish it is ''bandido''. We get desperado from the Spanish ''desesperado''.



* Because Mexicans were OnceAcceptableTargets, Frito-Lay had the Frito Bandito as a commercial mascot at one point.

[[folder:Comic Books]]
* ComicBook/JonahHex's greatest recurring foe, ''El Papagayo'', is a flamboyant bandito leader.
* Naturally, ComicBook/LuckyLuke has a few of these, from the murderous crook Pedro Cucaracha to the head honcho of a band of kidnappers, Don Emilio Espuelas.

[[folder:Comic Strips]]
* El Toro and his bandit gang from the ''ComicStrip/ModestyBlaise'' arc "A Few Flowers for the Colonel" are modern day banditos.

[[folder:Films -- Animation]]
* The [[EasternEuropeanAnimation Hungarian]] animated film ''Animation/CatCity'' has a gang of vampire bat banditos.
* A group of them serve as secondary antagonists in ''WesternAnimation/TheBookOfLife''.

[[folder:Films -- Live-Action]]
* ''Film/TheTreasureOfTheSierraMadre'' would give us our page quote, if we needed one.
* ''Film/ThreeAmigos'', as a parody of ''TheMagnificentSeven'' has an Expy of Calvera as its main antagonist.
* In the Disney film ''Film/TheAppleDumplingGang'', there was a single bandito among the otherwise homogenous-white bad guys.
* Calvera and his band of outlaws in ''Film/TheMagnificentSeven''.
* The bandits in ''Film/{{Django}}''.
* Several Banditos are part of Hedley Lamarr's army in ''Film/BlazingSaddles''.
* ''Film/ButchCassidyAndTheSundanceKid'' had Mexican banditos in Bolivia (reportedly, you can tell by the accents).
* Cheyenne in ''Film/OnceUponATimeInTheWest'' is a particularly sympathetic example.
* Tuco Benedicto Pacifico Juan Maria Ramirez (known as "The Rat") of ''Film/TheGoodTheBadAndTheUgly'', re-invented the Bandito character and set the trend for the "lovable underdog" variation of the trope.
* His two {{Expies}}, Cacopoulos of ''Film/AceHigh'' and Max Lozoya of ''Don't Turn the Other Cheek'', are cheekier, slightly smarter and more good-natured variations on the character.
* Juan Miranda and his band of outlaws from Leone's ''Film/AFistfulOfDynamite'' are also worth a mention.
* El Indio (Gian Maria Volonté) of ''Film/ForAFewDollarsMore'' takes the worst traits of the bandito UpToEleven. A drug-addicted LargeHam who stalks women, murders families, rigs duels, and takes trophies from his victims, he spends most of the film in an opium-induced haze, while plotting to use [[AntiHero Monco]] and [[BestServedCold Colonel Mortimer]] to do his dirty work, wiping out his gang and leaving all the money from his robberies for him. In a departure from some of the stereotypes of the time, he was easily as smart, or smarter, then the film's protagonists.
* The [[SiblingsInCrime Rojo brothers]] of ''Film/AFistfulOfDollars'' are banditos-turned-bootleggers, who sell alcohol on both sides of the border, and have an ugly rivalry with the Baxters, a family of white-collar American gunrunners. While two of the brothers are absolutely stereotypical, Ramon (also Gian Maria Valonte) subverts it somewhat by being totally evil, but [[EvilGenius very bright]].
* Volonte's character Chuncho in ''Film/ABulletForTheGeneral'' is a sort of LovableRogue type, who again redefined the archetype as a complex, sympathetic figure.
* ''Film/TheWildBunch'' has examples of both. On the villain side, we have Mapache, the primary villain and his army of bandits. On the (anti-)heroic side, we have Angel, one of the Bunch.
* Revolutionary banditos make up one of the bad guy groups in the movie ''Film/TheProfessionals''.
* Tomas Milian played this type (usually the sympathetic version) in a lot of spaghettis.
* An inept gang of these are among those targeting a Texas bank in ''Film/TheGreatBankRobbery''.

* In the Literature/BenSnow story "The Trail of the Golden Cross", Ben fights to protect the cross from the bandito Zanja [[spoiler:who turns out to be a gringo]] and his gang.
* Banditos feature in several of Creator/JTEdson's novels. They play an especially prominent role in ''The Quest for Bowie's Blade''.

[[folder:Live-Action TV]]
* Lucas [=McCain=] runs afoul of banditos in ''Series/TheRifleman'' episode "The Vaqueros".
* A gang of these turns up in the ''Series/DoctorWho'' serial ''The War Games''.
* A 16 year old Indiana Jones was captured by Mexican revolutionaries in ''[[Series/YoungIndianaJones The Young Indiana Jones Chronicles]]''.
* One such person holds up a train in the middle of 20th Century England in the "Bambi" episode of ''Series/TheYoungOnes''.
* Subject of a gag in an episode of ''Series/TheWildWildWest'', wherein the FastestGunInTheWest, "Lighnin' [=McCoy=]", is eventually revealed to be one of these.
* ''Series/FrontierCircus'': Ben and a group of stagecoach passengers are captured by a gang of banditos in "Naomi Champagne".

* [[EveryoneCallsHimBarkeep "El Bandito"]] in "Cross the Brazos at Waco". He tries to become a RetiredOutlaw, but is found and killed by the {{posse}} [[{{Retirony}} moments after discarding his guns in the river]].
* ''Pistolero,'' by Music/JunoReactor featuring Music/{{Sugizo}} is this trope in instrumental electronic dance... with a Japanese guitarist.

* One of the Bart Brothers {{Outlaw}}s in ''Pinball/CactusCanyon'' is Bandelero Bart, complete with thick Mexican accent.

[[folder:Pro Wrestling]]
* Crazy Rudy and Bandido, better known as "[[TagTeam Bad Guys]]", who make mischief in WWC, New Wrestling Stars, World Wrestling Stars, and IWA Puerto Rico.
* Bandita of Wrestling/{{Wrestlicious}}, the manager of Bull Fighter [[Wrestling/MercedesMartinez Maria Toro]]

* ''Radio/TheVeryWorldOfMiltonJones'' has an episode where Milton somehow ends up freeing a Mexican village of these. They finally go away when Milton makes them rich by cutting one's arm off, thus making him a [[RuleOfFunny one-armed bandit]]. Admittedly a radio comedy, but the accents and behaviours are very much there.

* In ''Theatre/TheGirlOfTheGoldenWest'', Ramerrez's men fit the stereotype, though "Ramerrez" himself turns out to be the complete opposite.

[[folder:Video Games]]
* ''VideoGame/{{BioShock|1}}'' has ammo vending machines with a cartoon/period picture of a bandito's masked face, which spouts recorded messages with an outrageously thick accent. "¡[[GratuitousSpanish Bienvenidos al Ammo Bandito]]!"
* ''VideoGame/{{Outlaws}}'': has "Spittin'" Jack Sánchez.
* Part of ''VideoGame/RedDeadRedemption'' takes place in Mexico, where the protagonist contends with both banditos and revolutionaries.
** The player can also get a bandito outfit.
* There were few of them in ''VideoGame/RedDeadRevolver''.
* Renegados, Pistoleros and Comancheros appear as mercenaries and treasure guardians in ''VideoGame/AgeOfEmpiresIII''.
* [[BigBad Juarez's]] gang (including himself) in ''VideoGame/CallOfJuarez'' and ''VideoGame/CallOfJuarezBoundInBlood''.
* ''VideoGame/IndianaJonesAndHisDesktopAdventures'' has these as human enemies (other than Nazis). Some of them are the typical sombrero-wearin', ammo bandolier-toting moustached guys, while others go without hats.
* ''VideoGame/{{Desperados}}'' features a lots of banditos as mooks. The playable character Sanchez (who begins the game as the designated antagonist) is himself a stereotypical one.
* In ''[[Videogame/EighteenSixtySixAMountAndBladeWestern 1866]]'', there are several factions of them (the minor scalphunters faction, as well as a random number of the bandit armies, refered as "X Banda"), and any party deserter party counting an important number of soldiers from the Mexico faction (or from the Bandas) fits this trope. Peyote Pablo is a hirable stoned bandito. Also, the mod allows to hire prisoners and to choose which type of soldiers (American army, American lawmen, American outlaws, Mexican army, Mexican outlaws, Comanche, Apache) can be recruited in the settlements owned by the player. This and the possibility to play as a outlaw allows a player to lead a full bandito party.

[[folder:Web Comics]]
* Gordito is a heroic variant of this (mixed in with {{Sidekick}}) in ''Webcomic/TheAdventuresOfDrMcNinja''. Gordito's uncle Pedro would be a straighter example of this, except Pedro uses a [[RuleOfCool velociraptor]] as his [[HorseOfADifferentColor steed]].
* ParodiedTrope (InSpace) in ''Webcomic/{{Runners}}''. A bunch of very bandito-ish aliens give our heroes some grief. And root beetles.

[[folder:Western Animation]]
* Puma Loco from ''WesternAnimation/ElTigre''.
* Some of the ''WesternAnimation/QuickDrawMcGraw'' villains were sillier versions of this.
* Salty Mike becomes a bandito in the ''WesternAnimation/SquirrelBoy'' episode "Gumfight at the S'Okay Corral".
* Yosemite Sam appears as bandito 'Pancho Vanilla' in the WesternAnimation/LooneyTunes short "Pancho's Hideaway".