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->''"I know that we are young. \\
And I know you may love me. \\
But I just can't be with you like this anymore. \\
-->-- '''Music/LadyGaga''', "Alejandro"

In Hollywood, people have more sex appeal if, in their native language, the word for love is "amor" or "amore". We don't call them "Romance languages" for nothing.[[note]] Though the reason is more that they're derived primarily from Latin, the language of the ''Romans'', than that they are inherently romantic. ''But that explanation isn't very romantic!''[[/note]] Latin men are hotter than jalapeños and usually TallDarkAndHandsome, and [[SpicyLatina Latin women]] melt butter at a five kilometer radius with their FemmeFatale aura. Plus there's dancing. There's always dancing.

The "Poolboy" or "New Gardener" character fits this role often.

The LatinLover was originally from UsefulNotes/{{Spain}} or UsefulNotes/{{Italy}}, but has expanded to include UsefulNotes/PuertoRico (a territory of UsefulNotes/TheUnitedStates), UsefulNotes/{{Cuba}}, UsefulNotes/{{Brazil}}, UsefulNotes/{{Argentina}}, and other Latin American countries—and, OnceUponATime, men from the UsefulNotes/{{Philippines}} sometimes fit this description too, given that Asian country was a Spanish colony for over ''300 years''. [[UsefulNotes/{{Mexico}} Mexicans]] are usually not considered exotic enough for Americans, but they can also fall under the trope if handsome and smooth-talking enough.

Even though they are not "Latin" in any sense of the word, Greeks, and occasionally Lebanese, Persians and Sephardic Israelis can be pressed into service in a similar role. In Russian pop culture, the "Latin lovers" are generally Georgian.

See also DashingHispanic and SpicyLatina. A related trope to EveryoneLooksSexierIfFrench. The RomanticFalseLead may be one. If his mate or children are threatened he may turn out to be a DashingHispanic PapaWolf.


* Played for Laughs in a British advert. A women is in desperate need of help. In comes a '''very''' Spanish guy, complete with [[JustAStupidAccent bad accent]], who helps her… clear a stain off the table. It turns out its an advert for Plenty Paper Towels. Their selling point is that they're so absorbent you only need one… so the Spanish guy is [[IncrediblyLamePun Juan Sheet]].
* Played for Laughs in a Dutch UsefulNotes/McDonalds comercial as well. A woman says goodbye to her LatinLover. The Dutch pride themselves on being able to speak a lot of languages. The woman thinks she understands Italian too. She does not. He tells her that he loves the fact that she paid a lot of stuff for him and that he is glad that she leaves. She tells him: "Oh dear, I love you too," in English. Then the ad proceeds to say you could better buy a Italian hamburger than go to Italy.

[[folder:Anime & Manga]]
* Spain from ''Webcomic/AxisPowersHetalia'' is certainly attractive; it's a {{meme|ticMutation}} within the fandom that any discussion about him will invariably turn to "dat ass". But he subverts this by being [[TheDitz extremely oblivious and ditzy]]. The Italy brothers are also a subversion: they both flirt incessantly, but Northern Italy apparently isn't very successful (in his very first appearance he mentions being a virgin) and is too much a {{Keet}} to really fit the type, while Southern Italy's a strongly Type-A {{Tsundere}} who turns on the charm when flirting and is moody and abrasive otherwise.
** Seborga is very much one also-And apparently much better at being one than the Italy boys.
** Also, Ancient Rome himself, who pretty much seduced ''everyone'' around him when he was alive. He's almost always shown surrounded by women.

* ''The Adventures Of Olivia'' has Mexican Lupe doubling as a TricksterArchetype in how she sells sex toys door-to-door and Italian [[GrandmaWhatMassiveHotnessYouHave Anna,]] a mother and [[OlderThanTheyLook grandmother of five, each]] that heavily averts ObnoxiousInLaws by openly having sex with her sons-in-law [[UpToEleven then]] winning a beauty contest by doing all ''five'' judges at once and [[BiTheWay the motormouth runner-up while on tour.]]
* Marvel Comics has El Aguila (The Eagle), a swashbuckling Hispanic-American mutant superhero who can channel electricity through conductive objects, like his sword (he pretends that he carries a sword with a high-tech electrical gimmick, so opponents will think he's harmless if disarmed). His heroic persona is about 50% Zorro, 50% Errol Flynn, and he's flirtatious and gallant with the ladies whenever the opportunity presents itself.

* Jorge from ''FanFic/TheSecretLifeOfTheBackyardKids'' fits a lot o the "Hispanic ladies' man" stereotypes, despite being, like, 12.

[[folder:Films -- Animated]]
* Puss in Boots from the ''Franchise/{{Shrek}}'' films, as voiced by Antonio Banderas.
* Buzz's Spanish mode in ''WesternAnimation/ToyStory3''.
* The Brazilian helicopter pilot that Riley's mom fantasizes about in ''WesternAnimation/InsideOut''.
* Being a pastiche of mexican celebrities like Pedro Infante, Jorge Negrete and Vicente Fernández, Ernesto de la Cruz from ''WesternAnimation/{{Coco}}'' naturally invokes this, being the ideal mexican man and implied to ReallyGetsAround.

[[folder:Films -- Live-Action]]
* Subverted with Rodolfo Tonetti in ''Film/TheGayDivorcee'' (1934). Although he makes a living as "the lover" in divorce cases, he's actually a devoted family man whose motto is "Your wife is safe with Tonetti—he prefers spaghetti!"
* One character in the first ''Film/PoliceAcademy'' movie deliberately invoked this trope by using a much thicker "Latino" accent than he actually had in order to score with women.
* Gomez in the Addams Family movies is a subversion, being a {{Fauxreigner}}, as played by Raul Julia.
* Creator/SalmaHayek, whenever she's paired with a white guy. Or a black guy. Or an Asian guy. [[OverlyLongGag Or a...]]
* Similarly, Creator/PenelopeCruz and Creator/PazVega.
* In ''Tin Cup'', a woman asks her friend is she's ever been with a "latin lover." Surprisingly, she's got her eye on Cheech Marin!
* Silent-era actor Rudolph Valentino is considered one of the American [[UrExample Ur Examples]], due to his sex appeal and large number of fangirls. ''Film/TheFourHorsemenOfTheApocalypse'', which made Valentino a star, also started a tango craze in America after the scene in which Valentino's character dances a passionate tango.
* This trope is extended to Portuguese men in ''Film/MagicBeyondWordsTheJKRowlingStory''. J.K. Rowling's ex-husband Jorge Arantes falls squarely into it.
* Enrique, a pool cleaner, in ''Film/LegallyBlonde'', who provides an alibi for a woman accused of murdering her husband as she was with him [[spoiler: subverted in that he was just covering her, he is actually gay.]]
* The Narcoleptic Argentinian in ''Film/MoulinRouge''.
* Franco Bertollini in ''Film/TheGumballRally''.

* Subverted by Raphael Kerna in ''Literature/ArciaChronicles'', who comes from a FantasyCounterpartCulture of Spain (and he is a toreador, to boot) and is the most popular guy among Arcian noblewomen thanks to his looks and mannerisms. However, he has never entered relationships with any of them. Also, his little sister Dariolo is acknowledged as the hottest girl in Arcia [[spoiler:and even hooks up with future king Alexander]], but is [[TheIngenue faaar away]] from a FemmeFatale,
* Ruy Sanchez de Casador y Ortiz in ''Literature/SixteenThirtyTwo''. This is lampshaded in one book where an "uptimer" character meets Ruy and ruminates on how the fellow bears a striking resemblance to certain Latino actors such as Creator/RicardoMontalban and Creator/GiancarloGiannini whose looks improved as they aged. Ruy is described several times as having an exceptionally fit physique that contrasts strikingly with his gray-haired, lined face.
* Flaco Jimenez from ''[[Literature/BloodyJack Rapture Of The Deep]]'' counts, even though Jacky [[FirstGuyWins only has eyes for Jaimy.]]
* ''Literature/TheDresdenFiles'': {{Subverted}} [[PlayedForLaughs to amusing effect]] with Carlos Ramirez, a Spanish or Latin American (his nationality is never given, though he's based out of California) Warden of the White Council who plays himself up as TheCasanova. Then he's introduced to Lara Raith of [[OurVampiresAreDifferent the White Court]], who reveals him to be a virgin in passing (which Harry finds absolutely hilarious).
* ''Literature/WithoutSeeingTheDawn'' had Luis Castro, son of feudal landlord and TheGhost Don Diego Castro, both of them of Iberian/Spanish descent. This being the Philippines, Latin Lovers are not as dark or tanned as the general populace, and instead are lusted over for their fairer skin and hair. Lucing, the ''married'' country girl who falls for him (and whom he falls for), even compared him to the heroic Hispanic princes in local folk plays.
* All over the place in Junot Díaz's ''Literature/TheBriefWondrousLifeOfOscarWao'', seeing as most of the characters are UsefulNotes/{{Dominican|Republic}}. The womanizing narrator Yunior considers virility to be a defining trait of Dominican masculinity and disparages the nerdy, sexless, and unattractive Oscar for [[CategoryTraitor not living up to this standard]]. Ultimately, Díaz gives this trope a proper {{deconstruct|edTrope}}ion. Many men in the novel exploit and abuse women due to their misogynistic "macho" culture, and Yunior's womanizing costs him a relationship with a woman he truly loves.

* Ricky Ricardo from ''Series/ILoveLucy.''
* Gomez Addams from ''Series/TheAddamsFamily'' is Spanish by birth (albeit played by Anglo-Saxon actor John Astin).
* In [[Recap/HowIMetYourMotherS3E01WaitForIt S03E01]] of ''Series/HowIMetYourMother'' Robin briefly dated Gael [[FakeNationality from Argentina]] (played by Enrique Iglesias) after she [[spoiler:broke up with Ted]].
** Iglesias went on to play a similar character in ''Series/TwoAndAHalfMen''.
* Carlos "the Barracuda" [=DelGato=] of ''Series/{{Frasier}}'' tries to be one of these. How well he succeeds is a topic for another day.
* In one episode of ''Series/BloodTies'', they meet a Hispanic [[HornyDevils incubus]].
* On ''The Ben Stiller Show'', Ben had a recurring character called The Pig-Latin Lover, essentially a stereotypical Latin Lover, but he spoke in PigLatin.
* Subverted in ''Series/ItsAlwaysSunnyInPhiladelphia'' when a suave latin lover approaches Dennis and gives him advice on how to be a gigolo. It turns out the guy is just a lowly dishwasher whom Frank paid to manipulate Dennis.
* ''Series/NoahsArc'': Ricky, though he mostly focuses on the physical side of love, he is very charming, suave, and flirtatious.
* Franco from ''Series/RescueMe''.
* Subverted in ''Series/{{Star Trek|The Original Series}}'' episode "Space Seed" and movie ''[[Film/StarTrekIITheWrathOfKhan The Wrath of Khan]]''. Ricardo Montalban typically played the Latin Lover in his other performances, but on ''Star Trek'', he plays a Sihk, who acts very much like a Latin Lover.
* Carla from ''Series/{{Scrubs}}'' doesn't necessarily behave in this way, but this trope is part of what attracted Turk to her in the first place. Later on, Nurse Martinez is mentioned as eye candy for the men around the hospital (and referred to as a 'young Carla').
* Jack gets one in ''Series/TorchwoodMiracleDay''. It doesn't end well.
* The chocolate elf on ''Series/WizardsOfWaverlyPlace''.
* One gets conjured up as a birthday present for Piper in the ''Series/{{Charmed}}'' episode; "Prince Charmed".
* In the BBC's series ''Series/TheMusketeers'', although the character's ancestry has not been outright stated (so far), Aramis is a [[TheCasanova Casanova]] / ChickMagnet who speaks fluent Spanish and is played by Chilean-British actor Santiago Cabrera.
* In ''Series/{{Castle}}'', medical examiner Lanie Parrish and Detective Javier Esposito spend some time as the BetaCouple, and in the episode where this is revealed Esposito is shown hitting on her in Spanish in one scene.
* A male nurse Ramon from ''Series/KevinFromWork'' S01 E09.
* On ''Series/MarriedWithChildren'', Bud faces off against a Latin Lover named Rodrigo on a dating game show, guest starring political comedian Bill Maher as the host. He loses the girl, but gains a female fan base because of his sympathetic performance.
* Probably the reason why Lapeño in ''Series/FurTV'' is TheCasanova is because he's a Brazilian frog-puppet.
* In ''Series/{{Riverdale}}'', Veronica is this due to the RaceLift; she falls in love with Archie upon meeting him for the first time, [[spoiler: going as far as stalking and kissing him in his apartment, [[BerserkButton ticking Betty off so much]] that she promptly beats up Archie so badly, only for them to reconcile at a hospital, igniting the BettyAndVeronica feud.]]

* Pretty much every male singer that rose to popularity during the "Latin Music Boom" of the late-90's was painted with this. Music/MarcAnthony and Music/RickyMartin were the two most prominent (one of which became HilariousInHindsight a few years later.)
* Music/ChristinaAguilera released a song called ''Infatuation'', about a Latin Lover.
* The music video for {{Music/Madonna}}'s song' "Say Goodbye", is about her having a short love affair with a Latin Bull Fighter.

* ''ComicStrip/FoxTrot'' has Pierre, the [[EveryoneLooksSexierIfFrench ideal French lover]] who appears to Paige in her dreams.

* Wrestling/EddieGuerrero (RIP), back during his Latino Heat [[TheGimmick gimmick]]. For that matter, his nephew Wrestling/{{Chav|o Guerrero Jr}}ito heat too.
* Wrestling/AlbertoDelRio is the upper class variant of this trope.
* In Wrestling/{{TNA}}, {{Kayfabe}} cousins Wrestling/{{Sar|ahStock}}ita and [[Wrestling/TheaTrinidad Rosita]] tried to seduce Eric Young with their latina heat. It almost worked but he had eyes only for his bride-to-be [[TheLadette ODB]]. It's also a dose of FakeNationality since Sarita (real name Sarah Stock) is actually Canadian though has wrestled in Mexico for most of her career.
* Wrestling/{{Melina}} Perez for Wrestling/JohnMorrison and Wrestling/{{Batista}}.
* Wrestling/CarlitoColon in real life if hearsay is to be believed. On screen he had this role in WWE but actually did not like it, thinking his persona was too assholish to be a believable example of this trope.
* Mexican Wrestler Victor Resendez actually wrestles under the name Latin Lover.

* Lampshaded hilariously by Russel Peters in [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Lp71Y0T0mog&feature=related this]] skit by Russel Peters. He even uses the words "Latin Lover"

* [[EvilIsSexy Violet Esperanza]] from ''TabletopGame/{{Deadlands}}''.
* The Shadows of Mexico setting for ''TabletopGame/VampireTheRequiem'' portray the [[VampiresAreSexGods Daeva]] native to that region, called Xoxocti, as priests of the gods. Thanks to centuries of foreign influence, their present day childer don't care about the old ways anymore. Instead, they use their vampiric powers to [[MundaneUtility become]] [[FanService sexy Latin pop stars]], forcing their ancestors to view them as the children of kings who've been [[SonOfAWhore screwing whores]]. This CulturalPosturing is actually ''a large part of the setting's plot.''

* Aldolfo from ''Theatre/TheDrowsyChaperone''. Sort of. He probably thinks he's greater than he is.
* Julio from ''Theatre/PaintYourWagon''.
-->"You see how I walk? That's Castillian."
* Vittorio Vidal from ''Theatre/SweetCharity''.
* ''Gentlemen Prefer Blondes'' has the song "Mamie is Mimi," about how an American girl went to GayParee and became "the baby they call ''bébé''."
* ''Theatre/CactusFlower'' has Señor Arturo Sanchez, a passionate South American nicknamed "El Bravo" who doesn't let Stephanie's plain nurse's uniform or his own marriage deter him from making passes at her.

* [[RichIdiotWithNoDayJob Robert]] [[VideoGame/ArtOfFighting Gar]][[VideoGame/TheKingOfFighters cia]] probably qualifies.
* The page image is [[Radio/GTARadio Fernando Martinez]] from the ''VideoGame/GrandTheftAuto'' games. A parody character introduced in ''[=GTA3=]'' who was exposed as a non-Latin caucasian pimp during an interview, he's appeared in most of the continuity's subsequent prequels and the unrelated ''[=GTA4=]'' as a DJ with this act.
* Ezio Auditore da Firenze from ''VideoGame/AssassinsCreedII''. He might be unique, given that he's the main playable character instead of a supporting one.
* A lesser-known example would come from Vulcano Rosso, a [[PlayingWithFire flame-wielding]] Italian man with Music/ElvisPresley-styled MulticoloredHair and [[WTHCostumingDepartment a ridiculous getup]], from the ''VideoGame/StreetFighterEX'' [[AlternateContinuity series]]. Sadly, ''his'' lover is killed, sending Rosso on a quest to avenge her. He enacts his {{revenge}} after ''[=EX2=]'' and mellows out. [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L_itijgg3lg Oh, and he definitely has the look.]]
** From the [[VideoGame/StreetFighterAlpha main]] [[VideoGame/StreetFighterIV series]], there's [[LadyOfWar Rose]]. She doesn't act the part, [[ForeignFanservice but she definitely has the appeal]]. There are also more than a few fans who believe that she resembles Creator/MonicaBellucci.
** Vega from the main series as well, with just a little bit of DepravedBisexual. He even woos Eliza Masters (Ken's wife) in the UDON comics and comments on the beauty of Ken's eyes in the Anime series, his purpose isn't so innocent, however.
* A fantasy version would be Zevran from ''VideoGame/DragonAgeOrigins'', who speaks with a Spanish accent and comes from Antiva, the FantasyCounterpartCulture to Italy.
* Played with Diego Armando in ''VisualNovel/AceAttorney'' in the international version, but in the original version he is 100% japanese.
* Santiago of ''VideoGame/FalloutNewVegas'' puts on an accent in order to charm his way out of any situation. Of course, he can also be made a gigolo for the Atomic Wrangler of Freeside.
* This is [[VideoGame/VirtuaFighter Brad Burns']] whole character, he re-enters the world martial arts tournament to meet ladies.

* Enriqué from [[http://www.giantitp.com/comics/oots0495.html this]] ''[[Webcomic/TheOrderOfTheStick Order of the Stick]]'' strip. Also, Julio Scoundrél.
* ''Webcomic/{{Irritability}}'' had one show up for a one-shot gag, touted by the narrator as "the latin lover". It turned out to be a nerdy guy who really loved the latin ''language''.
* In ''Webcomic/AnsemRetort'', Zexion sold New Mexico to Spain in exchange for sexy Latin names (ex: Guillermo del Zexiero lo Marquis) to try to invoke this trope. [[spoiler: He succeeds with Belle, and later with Namine.]]
--->"I am so getting laid with this new name."
* Domenico of ''Webcomic/SandraOnTheRocks'' is an Italian fashion photographer and the comic's MrFanservice who wears a [[WalkingShirtlessScene permanently open shirt]], can also engage in DestructoNookie with his ex-wife for over an hour, has an IgnoredEnamoredUnderling in Tatiana, and was apparently able to permanently convert a lesbian to bisexuality (Cammi) through his sheer manliness and sex appeal.

* Don Sebastiano of the ''Literature/WhateleyUniverse''. Tall, dark, and extremely handsome, he loves the ladies. He has a long string of girls he has wooed, screwed, and abandoned (in the most humiliating way he can arrange). Campus girls still fall for him, even though everyone knows he's the biggest bastard in the entire [[SuperheroSchool school]].
* Parodied in [[http://www.theonion.com/articles/exgirlfriend-dont-want-to-speak-to-you-no-more-new,2477/ this]] ''Website/TheOnion'' article.
* Cecil, the narrator of ''Podcast/WelcomeToNightVale'', consistently describes [[HotScientist Carlos]] as this.

* Zita Flores from ''WesternAnimation/KimPossible''.
* Parodied with ''WesternAnimation/TheFairlyOddParents''' Juandissimo Magnifico, who is never in a scene without talking about how ''muy, muy macho'' he is. He also has a habit of tearing shirts to shreds by flexing his muscles. And then magicking a new shirt into existence. And then flexing that one to pieces. The lady fairies love him (except for Wanda, who is the one Juandissimo wants most).
* Played with in ''WesternAnimation/GeneratorRex''. The titular character does draw the attention of several female characters, but Rex [[HandsomeLech is the one being perverted]].
* Another subversion is found in ''WesternAnimation/{{Sixteen}}'' where one of the characters fall for someone who she thinks only speaks Spanish, although [[DramaticIrony the viewer can see]] it was his unattractive friend talking in Spanish. Consequently, she attempts to learn Spanish herself. He doesn't actually speak Spanish, though, and he tries to learn Spanish himself to communicate with her. If I recall correctly, the phrase "Latin Lover" was even thrown around in the episode. Jonesy is one of these
* Alejandro from ''WesternAnimation/TotalDrama World Tour''
* Paulina from ''WesternAnimation/DannyPhantom'' fits somewhat, as she is the AlphaBitch whom every boy seems to like.
* The French dub of [[WesternAnimation/LooneyTunes Pepe LePew]] gives him an Italian accent, making him a subversion.
* Liz from ''WesternAnimation/TheSpectacularSpiderMan''
* Mermando, Mabel's love interest in one episode of ''WesternAnimation/GravityFalls'', is a merman from the Gulf of Mexico. He has a Latin accent and speaks Spanish.