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->''"The true luchador wears, on his head, a mask. On his body, a sequined unitard. On his feet... disco boots!"''
-->-- '''Rikochet''', ''[[WesternAnimation/MuchaLucha ¡Mucha Lucha!]]''

In ''lucha libre'', the Mexican sport of [[ProfessionalWrestling pro wrestling]], it is common for a wrestler to wear a mask,
never revealing their true identities to the public, much like comic-book {{superhero}}es and villains. To be unmasked by a rival wrestler, or indeed anyone at all, is considered an irredeemable dishonor.

The stock characterization for a ''luchador'' is a kindly GentleGiant [[FriendToAllChildren who loves kids]]. This is from the story of [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fray_Tormenta Fray Tormenta]] (Friar Storm), a Catholic priest who started wrestling to earn money for his orphanage. Villainous ''luchadores'' are pretty rare. Outside Mexico, though, where ''luchadores'' attract considerably less reverence, they're much more common - big burly dudes with concealed faces are scary, after all, and it's a good way to give your MalevolentMaskedMan some exotic flair.

This trope goes hand-in-hand with the CoolMask trope.



* The mascot of Koodo Mobile is an [[IncredibleShrinkingMan Incredible Shrinking Luchador]] named El Tabador, named such because the company allows you to have a tab instead of a contract.

[[folder:Anime & Manga]]
* Lucha Master from ''Manga/{{Airmaster}}''.
* Lala's dad in ''Manga/SchoolRumble'' is a luchador. Tenma is a bit of a lucha libre fan, and both she and Karen don her mask on occasion, confounding Lala who can't believe the disparity in her power (as Karen is the only girl who has defeated Lala, while Tenma cannot fight at all).
* In ''Manga/KenichiTheMightiestDisciple'', a villainous luchador shows up to be trashed by Kenichi's masters a few times. Later the Manga introduces the ''much'' more dangerous Smiling Fist Diego Carlos and his student Rachel Stanley.
* Jesus Burgess from ''Manga/OnePiece'' is a masked luchador pirate, introduced standing on a building and challenging an entire city to fight. Later on, he shows his strength by hurling a hotel at an opponent. He's actually one of those rare luchadores who are evil.
* In an episode of ''Manga/CatsEye'', Hitomi and Ai [[BoundAndGagged tie up and gag]] a pair of female luchadoras and [[MuggedForDisguise steal their costumes]].
* In ''LightNovel/IsThisAZombie'', Ayumu goes to eat at "[[BlandNameProduct MaskDonald]]", a burger joint where the staff are all dressed as luchadores, complete with masks. Masks are also included in the meal, and during a conversation scene, a high school girl can be seen in the background putting on her mask and doing wrestling poses.
* Kaoru's father from ''Anime/DemashitaPowerpuffGirlsZ''.
* While strictly speaking much of the cast of ''Manga/{{Kinnikuman}}'' is made up of wrestlers who wear masks, the only actual luchadores are Skyman and Kinnikuman Mariposa. Mariposa is the only one with any story significance -- surprisingly enough, he's a dishonest thief and cheater.
* In ''Manga/{{Bleach}}'', one of the Vandenreich members is Sternritter "S", Mask de Masculine, a luchador. He manages to invert the character archetype and play it straight ''at the same time''. First of all he's a villain, but also by far the most [[AffablyEvil jovial]] of the Sternritters. [[spoiler:Then it's revealed that the letter "S" stands for "Superstar" and he gets [[PopularityPower power from the audience's cheers]]. He's always followed by James, his loyal fan, who keeps cheering for him and whom he protects from harm]].
* Saga Mask in ''Manga/TenjhoTenge'' uses his lucha skill to beat a [[IncendiaryExponent flame]] [[KiAttacks wielding]] [[SacrificialLion boxer]] who beat the series protagonists early on.
* ''Manga/TheVoynichHotel'' is owned by a retired wrestler. He still wears his mask.
* Bunny Kisaragi from ''Welcome to the El-Paracio'' specifically evokes this image, being El-Paracio's resident Babyface and extremely popular with the neighborhood kids. The mask is actually an important part of her backstory, as she was DrivenToSuicide for yet-unspecified reasons, only to be [[InterruptedSuicide interrupted]] by Ouka, who put a luchador mask on her head and convinced her to "start over from a clean slate", resulting in Bunny [[ThatManIsDead refusing to acknowledge her former identity]]. As a result she practically never takes off her mask, even in the bath (the one time she did, [[AccidentalPervert Tadasuke]] saw her stepping out of the shower, making him the only person other than Ouka who's seen her real face).

[[folder:Comic Books]]
* Examples from ''ComicBook/{{Hellboy}}'' and related series:
** In ''Lobster Johnson: The Iron Prometheus'', it's mentioned that, in the 50's, Mexican director Eduardo Fernandez created somewhere between nine and twelve low-budget films about Lobster Johnson, portraying him as a luchador hero. In fact, these were the source of the name "Lobster Johnson." Previously, all the fictional portrayals just referred to him as "The Lobster."
** In the ''Hellboy in Mexico'' one-shot, released on Cinco de Mayo, Hellboy teams up with three luchador brothers in 1950s Mexico to fight vampires. It's exactly as awesome as (and in the end, far more touching than) it sounds.
* Titan from ''La Cucaracha''.
* Jaime Reyes, the third Comicbook/BlueBeetle, wears an armor with a faceplate that just happens to look like a luchador mask to go with his Mexican heritage. Done intentionally and explained as the mask being modeled after its creators' faces.
* In the Swedish comic ''De Äventyrslystna Karlakarlarna'' - "The Adventuresome He-men" - one of the eponymous BashBrothers is the ([[McNinja appearently Swedish]]) luchador [[GeniusBruiser El Fjongo.]][[note]]Which by the way is fake-Spanish formed from a Swedish expression: in English it would probably be something like Captain Cocked.[[/note]]
* Examples from ''Franchise/{{Batman}}'':
** Latin crimeboss El Sombrero in ''ComicBook/GrantMorrisonsBatman''. Oddly, though, we never see him do any actual wrestling
** ComicBook/{{Bane}} is partly luchador-inspired, though his mask and fighting movies may or may not closely resemble a luchador's DependingOnTheArtist, and he hails from a fictional Caribbean BananaRepublic rather than Mexico. ''ComicBook/Batman66'' took this and ran with it.
* ''Comicbook/{{Spiderman}}'' was partially inspired by a famous luchador known as The Blue Demon, and Spider-man first reveals his powers to the public in a wrestling match against Crusher Hogan.
* ''ComicBook/SonicX'' has a mysterious masked wrestler who [[PaperThinDisguise looks a bit like Dr. Eggman.]]
* The heroine of ''La Perdida'' by Jessica Abel attends an art exhibition in Mexico City on the theme of masked luchadores and debates their place in culture with her Mexican friends.

[[folder:Films -- Animation]]
* Another villainous luchador is El Macho from ''WesternAnimation/DespicableMe2''.
* El Chupacabra from ''WesternAnimation/{{Planes}}'' is dressed as one.

[[folder:Films -- Live-Action]]
* There's an entire luchador genre in Mexico where the hero is a real luchador playing himself. The most popular series (52 films!) starred Wrestling/ElSanto, El Enmascarado de Plata (Saint, The Silver-Masked Man). In these, El Santo has to rescue his love interest du jour from some fantastic threat, such as zombies, vampires, or mad scientists. While the movies are pretty crude, many Mexicans from the time, to current college students to even a few children still consider these movies an important part of Mexico's film history and actually pretty entertaining.
* El Santo wasn't the only prominent luchador film star. Other prominent series stars (some of whom would team up with each other and El Santo on occasion) included:
** Blue Demon, who starred in 25 films.
** Mil Máscaras ("A Thousand Masks"), who was specifically created for the movies during a contract dispute between El Santo and producer Enrique Vergara. He starred in 20 films.
** Las Luchadoras were a female tag team (Lorena Velázquez and ''gringa'' actress Elizabeth Campbell) who starred in six films, some of which made it into the English-language market (e.g., ''Wrestling Women vs. the Aztec Mummy''). The stars were actresses, not professional wrestlers. Lady luchadoras did exist at the time, but few had movie-star good looks and most wouldn't be recognized by the Mexican Comision de Box y Lucha Libre until the 1980s.
** Neutron, a black-masked hero who resembled [[WebAnimation/HomestarRunner Strong Bad]], starred in dozens of films, but only three had an English dub. One, ''Neutron the Atomic Superman vs. the Death Robots'' (AKA ''Losautómatas de la muerte'') was a Podcast/RiffTrax VOD.
* El Santo is a character in ''3 Dev Adam'' ("Film/ThreeBigMen"), a.k.a. ''Turkish ComicBook/SpiderMan'' or ''Turkish ComicBook/CaptainAmerica'' (Spider-Man is actually the ''villain'' of the movie.)
* The fun CaptainErsatz of El Santo in ''Film/JesusChristVampireHunter'' is named El Santos to [[LawyerFriendlyCameo avoid lawsuits]]. Barely. Except there's a Mexican comic book character [[Franchise/ElSantos with that name]].
* Jack Black's character in ''Film/NachoLibre'', whom is loosely based on Fray Tormenta.
* ''Wrestlemaniac'' had a homicidal mutant luchador, whose MO was to TearOffYourFace.
* In ''Film/TheAmazingSpiderMan'', Peter gets the initial idea for the Spider-Man mask upon seeing a poster of a luchador mask with a similar red-and-blue coloring.
* The villain in ''Film/OSS117LostInRio'' is also a South American wrestling promoter, and has two masked luchadores as henchmen... [[spoiler:''Nazi'' masked luchadores!]]
* In ''Film/{{Machete}}'', during the invasion of Sartana's apartment, one of the mooks wears a luchador mask.
* In ''Film/MacheteKills'', [[spoiler:Sartana]] gets murdered by a man in a luchador mask, and Machete gets attacked by a squad of gun-toting luchadores. Later, Machete finds the mask of the murderer in [[BigBad Luther Voz's]] lair, and Voz admits it was him.

[[folder:Live-Action TV]]
* One of these works for Wolfram and Hart in ''Series/{{Angel}}'', and is the focus of [[Recap/AngelS05E06TheCautionaryTaleOfNumeroCinco one of the more interesting Season 5 episodes.]]
** Specifically he is a disgraced hero whose four brothers died to save the world. Also, before his brothers died they had become famous for defeating a robot built by the devil.
** ''[[NoodleIncident El Diablo Robotico!]]''
* In ''Series/LosLuchadores'', watch Lobo Fuerte and his plucky sidekicks Turbine and Maria Valentine fight evil in Union City.
* An episode of ''Series/TheMiddleman'' featured a gang of luchadores obsessed with killing The Middleman's martial arts trainer and mentor, Sensei Ping (who also, incidentally, wore the mask of a luchador).
* In one episode of ''Series/TopGearUS'' that took place mostly in Mexico, Adam had to transport a gaggle of unruly luchadores to a charity event as part of a challenge.
* In the ''Series/{{Supernatural}}'' episode [[Recap/SupernaturalS09E02DevilMayCare "Devil May Care" (S09, Ep02)]], Kevin uncovers a photo of Sergeant Bates doing jello shots off a naked guy in a Luchador mask.
* An episode of ''Series/TopChef Masters'' has the chefs cooking for the crowd of a Lucha Vavoom show, a combination lucha libre/burlesque show whose tagline is "sexo y violencia."
* A big influence in the evolution of the SHOCKER {{Mooks}} in the original ''Series/KamenRider'': Initially the henchmen were guys in berets with creepy facepaint. In episode 14, SHOCKER brings in their top agent from Mexico, a cactus-themed luchador-esque monster named Sabetregon. He had his own personal minions, who dressed in black tights and wore lucha masks with a cactus on them. Apparently, someone liked the look, because afterwards, the main SHOCKER forces began wearing similar costumes, only with a skeleton motif replacing the cactus one.
* In ''Series/{{Snowfall}}'', El Oso gets his nickname from his career as a masked luchador.
* A bull themed android wearing a luchador mask appeared late into the story of ''Series/UchuSentaiKyuranger''. He called himself Jubeef, a clue to his real identity as [[spoiler: Champ/Ouishi Black, Kyuranger's missing member]]. Noone was any [[PaperThinDisguise particularly]] [[DullSurprise suprised]].
* ''Series/{{CSI}}'': In "Mascara", one of Langston's former grad assistants is murdered. He discovers that she was investigating Mexican wrestlers to solve a series of unsolved murders.

* The Masked Luchador is a particularly popular character in modern surf music. There are several bands that wear Mexican wrestling masks and adopt mexican-sounding names as part of their stage shows, or even write songs about lucha films and luchadores (the song Los Campiones Del Justicio by The Ghastly Ones). It is believed that the American surf band Los Straitjackets is responsible for this, as they adopted the masks early in their career and subsequently made the genre popular through Mexico because of this, spanning bands like Sr. Bikini or The Blue Demons, all adopting the masks and hiding identity. There's even a FRENCH surf band adopting the masks, called The Bikini Men.
* Strangely enough, the Mexican wrestling masks have been also adopted by several goregrind and grindcore bands, most notably Gut from Germany. Even more strange, the porno-grind bands seem to have an affinity for the masked luchador : Gut of course, but check guys like Ultimo Mondo Cannibale or Spasm.
* One member of the superhero-rock band The Justice Force 5 is a vampire luchador. Well, not really, but that's his gimmick.

[[folder:Music Videos]]
* In the video for "Warrior" by Music/{{Kimbra}}, [[Music/FosterThePeople Mark Foster]], and A-Trak, Mark and A-Trak are forced to don luchador's masks and fight other people in masks. [[spoiler: It later turns out their opponents are forced to fight as well.]]

[[folder:Pro Wrestling]]
* Mexican wrestling, of course. Removing an opponent's mask is cause for disqualification and one of the worst things a "Rudo" ({{Heel}}) can do. That is unless the mask was removed after losing a "Mask vs. Mask" or "Mask vs. Hair" match, making {{humiliating wager}} matches more important in Mexican Lucha Libre than ''title'' matches!
* Masked Luchadors did not actually start in Mexico, believe it or not, though no one is sure exactly ''where'' that was for certain; the first man on record to wrestle professionally with a mask was the French "Masked Wrestler" and the first to bring it into the country of Mexico was known as "The Masked Marvel", and his {{secret identity}} gimmick had been going on long enough in the USA already for him to be a LegacyCharacter. Still, "Maravilla Enmascarada" caught on in Mexico like nowhere else before, so [[Wrestling/{{CMLL}} EMLL]] booker Salvador Lutteroth tried to duplicate this success with Wrestling/ElSanto. In the end, Maravilla's success wasn't duplicated but dwarfed, as El Santo became Mexico's most famous luchador.
* Did not stop after Masked Marvel went to Mexico either, continuing to occasionally appear in USA wrestling with names like "The Destroyer" and, after death of the territories, in the "cruiserweight" divisions. WCW and WWF/WWE each had a few wrestlers take on the style, [[Wrestling/ReyMysterioJr Rey Mysterio(Jr)]] being a prominent name in both and WWE promoting Wrestling/SinCara heavily, although they insisted [[Wrestling/AlbertoDelRio Dos Caras Jr unmask,]] despite him wearing it to a 9-5 record in MMA.
* It's also not uncommon for non-luchadores to [[CharlieBrownFromOuttaTown pretend to be one as a trick]]. If a heel does it, like when Wrestling/KurtAngle became "El Gran Luchador" during his feud with Wrestling/EddieGuerrero, it's a sign of them being a devious wang, whereas if it's a {{face}} that pulls it off, like when Kaz Hayashi became "El Gringo" for a night, it's usually so they can get their hands on a cowardly heel who has been ducking them in straight-up fights.
* Wrestling/DelWilkes isn't mexican, but as [[{{Eagleland}} "the Patriot"]] he has sported a mask, making him an interesting example.
* WWE Hall of Famer Mil Máscaras is arguably the one to pave the way for some of the most prominent Mexican superstars like Wrestling/ReyMysterioJr and Wrestling/EddieGuerrero in the US(though they were both US nationals. Mexican nationals haven't done so well outside the indies in post territory US) or Silver King, Bengala, Dr Wagner Jr, Wrestling/{{Mistico}}, Mascara Dorada, Dragon Lee and La Sombra in Japan's 'Puroresu' promotions.
* Masks are not as common on the Caribbean scene as Mexico but still are very common. The Broncos of The Dominican Republic and La Atilleria Pesada of Puerto Rico being some of the regional icons.
* Not uncommon in Japanese wrestling either, with famous wrestlers like [[Wrestling/SatoruSayama Tiger Mask]], Wrestling/JushinThunderLiger, and Wrestling/UltimoDragon. The aforementioned Eddie Guerrero was also the second Black Tiger, nemesis of Tiger Mask. There in fact exists an entire sub brand of Japanese "Puroresu", "Lucharesu". FULL, Wrestling/MichinokuProWrestling and Toryumon\Wrestling/DragonGate(FULL and DG [[SarcasmMode coincidentally]] growing directly out of Mexican based EMLL and IWRG respectively) being among those most widely known, Pantera, Atlantis and La Flamita being the first Mexican enmascarados to build lucharesu legacies.
* Wrestling/{{ECW}} helped to popularize the style in the United States, with alumni including the aforementioned Rey Mysterio Jr., Wrestling/{{Psicosis}}, Wrestling/LaParka, and Juventud Guerrera. Most of ECW's luchadores came form Wrestling/{{AAA}} and ended up getting poached by Wrestling/{{WCW}} for their cruiserweight division.
** Psicosis lost his mask in Wrestling/{{WCW}} in 1999, and has wrestled without it since then. When he appeared on the first ''Wrestling/{{ECW}} One Night Stand'', he wore the mask to the ring and took it off before the match. The fans then proceeded to chant "Put the mask on!"
* [[Wrestling/BryanDanielson American Dragon]](teamed alongside Wrestling/{{C|hristopherDaniels}}urryman) and [[Wrestling/SaraDelRey American Angel]] became masked luchadors in Wrestling/NewJapanProWrestling and LLF, respectively.
* Wrestling/RingOfHonor had [[Wrestling/SamiZayn El Generico]], The Generic Luchador. The twist is that he's Canadian. While he's billed as being from Tijuana, and speaks very little English when in character, what makes it funnier is that even if you don't know anything about the man under the mask, you can tell at first glance that he's really a white guy; he's kind of pale, and he also sports a red goatee.
** Jossed further in NXT: he's actually Syrian-Canadian.
* Wrestling/{{TNA}} has an interesting example in Sangriento, a luchadore played by established X-Division wrestler The Amazing Red, who continued to appear unmasked in different parts of the show treated as a separate individual(this stunt same stunt in WCW may have lead to Reina Jubuki being stripped of he CMLL World Woman's title belt (if it wasn't them being horrified by her being on a roster that was suddenly overflowing with Triple A luchadors) and was fodder for the Suicide vs Motor City Machine Guns feud in TNA itself)
* World Wonder Ring STARDOM's Mask Fiesta turns everyone who is not already a masked luchador one for the night.
* Wrestling/{{Progress Wrestling}} has El Ligero

[[folder:Tabletop Games]]
* ''Lucha Libre Hero'' from [[TabletopGame/HeroSystem Hero Games]] is based off the ''lucha'' films mentioned above.
* One of the sample characters in the ''Martial Arts'' supplement for ''TabletopGame/{{GURPS}}'' is "Del Duque", a heroic crimefighter in a Luchador-style mask hailing from a world that seems to operate on low-budget-TV-series logic. He is also by far the most powerful of the sample characters (at 350 character points, he's in the lower-end superhero range).
* In ''TabletopGame/ChuubosMarvelousWishGrantingEngine'', Laodemus Schwan is an itinerant masked wrestler and adventurer.

[[folder:Video Games]]
* La Mariposa and Mr. Strong from the Franchise/DeadOrAlive games. La Mariposa (a.k.a. [[spoiler:Lisa]]) from ''VideoGame/DeadOrAlive 4'' is a FragileSpeedster variant. Her [[MeaningfulName name is meaningful]] because it means "butterfly" in Spanish, and [[CaptainObvious she wears a butterfly shaped mask.]]
* ''{{VideoGame/Guacamelee}}'' is the videogame TropeCodifier.
* Creator/Suda51 has a thing for Masked Wrestling, and includes it in his games:
** ''VideoGame/FlowerSunAndRain'' has Mr. Pirate and his protege, El Crasher who are training for Crasher's next fight.
** MASK de Smith, a character in ''VideoGame/Killer7''. Easily the most powerful character in the game.
** You can also collect luchador trading cards in ''VideoGame/NoMoreHeroes'', ''[=Killer7=]'''s SpiritualSuccessor.
** It's quite possible that the [[AnimalMotifs tiger motif]] that appears throughout the game associated with Travis Touchdown, is a subtle {{homage}} to the Japanese wrestler Manga/TigerMask. Interestingly enough, Tiger Mask appeared in ''Fire Pro Wrestling D''. [=Suda51=] began working on videogames with the ''Fire Pro Wrestling'' series.
* ''VideoGame/TotalOverdose'' has a super move that summons a luchador named Mysterioso.
* ''VideoGame/FreakyFlyers'' had a character named Cactus Rose. Her backstory included a brief stint as a masked wrestler.
* El Fuerte from ''VideoGame/StreetFighterIV'' is one of these.
** Despite the mask and attitude, Japanese wrestler Rainbow Mika from ''VideoGame/StreetFighterAlpha'' is a subversion. Her and her fighting style are actually based off ''[[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Puroresu#Female_wrestling puroesu,]]'' a type of women's pro wrestling that originated in Japan. She's often mistaken as a straight example of a MaskedLuchador thanks to ''puroesu'' being relatively unknown outside of Japan, and the fact that El Fuerte happens to be a huge fan of hers doesn't help matters.
* Pretty much every Mexican character from Creator/{{SNK}} is a wrestler of some description. ''VideoGame/TheKingOfFighters''[='=] Ramon fits the FragileSpeedster archetype, while Tizoc[=/=]Griffon Mask from ''VideoGame/FatalFury'' is very much the Fray Tormenta type (minus the priest part). Angel actually fights more like an American wrestler (complete with [[Wrestling/DwayneJohnson The Peoples' Elbow]]). ''King of Fighers XIV'' puts all three of them together as the Mexico Team, though Tizoc has undergone a FaceHeelTurn and rebranded himself as the [[EverythingsBetterWithDinosaurs King of Dinosaurs]].
* ''VideoGame/{{Psychonauts}}'' has a [[QuirkyMinibossSquad quartet of minibosses]] who are all gimmicky luchadores based on both animals and card suits. This despite the fact that [[{{Spexico}} the level they're found in is based on Spain]].
* ''Franchise/{{Pokemon}}'':
** Crasher Wake, a Gym Leader in ''VideoGame/PokemonDiamondAndPearl'' who uses water-type Pokemon.
** ''VideoGame/PokemonXAndY'' introduces Hawlucha, a luchador [[NobleBirdOfPrey hawk]]. It's a Fighting/Flying type and attacks with flying presses, mirroring a luchador's acrobatic fighting style.
** In the ''[[VideoGame/PokemonRubyAndSapphire Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire]]'' remakes, one of the outfits that Cosplay Pikachu can wear is a luchador outfit. Like Hawlucha, it knows Flying Press with this outfit.
** ''VideoGame/PokkenTournament'' introduces Pikachu Libre, who is basically the luchador-wearing Cosplay Pikachu in a cameo. And it indeed fights like a luchador.
** During ''VideoGame/PokemonSunAndMoon'', you meet a masked wrestler known as the Masked Royal who invites you to fight in the Battle Royal. [[BlatantLies He's also totally not Professor Kukui under there. What are you talking about?]]
* King and Armor King from the ''VideoGame/{{Tekken}}'' series.
** King (and King II) even follow in the Fray Tormenta mould (King was listed as an actual priest; King II was one of the original orphans).
** However, King I, King II and Armor King I follow the more conventional wrestling style. Armor King II has some luchador-based moves, but not all. Then in ''Tekken Tag Tournament 2'', there's a female luchador named 'Jaycee'. [[spoiler:Who's actually Julia Chang]].
* El Blaze, a newcomer to the ''VideoGame/VirtuaFighter'' series who is a blatant {{expy}} of Rey Mysterio.
* The NES game ''Tag Team Wrestling'' featured a pair of masked wrestlers called the Strong Bads. Yes, they were the inspiration for [[WebAnimation/HomestarRunner that other Strong Bad]].
* ''VideoGame/AnimalCrossing''
** There's a luchador costume available as one of the many "costume themes."
** ''New Leaf'' introduces a villager actually named "Lucha". He's a bird with a face that's stylized to look like a lucha mask. Another villager with a luchador theme is Stinky, a jock cat.
* Masked Wrestlers and UnderGroundMonkey variants called ___ Gigas are common foes in ''VideoGame/{{Persona 3}}'' and ''VideoGame/{{Persona 4}}''.
* The Soccer game ''Sega Soccer Slam'' featured the character El Diablo, a massive powerhouse who [[ThirdPersonPerson only refers to himself in the third person]].
* ''VideoGame/ShadowHearts 2'' features this in Joachim Valentine, who first appears as the masked Grand Papillion. One of his special abilities is that every now and then he'll don the mask in a fight and receive a massive stat boost.
* ''VideoGame/FZero'' storywise is much like lucha libre, only with racing instead of wrestling.
** And one of the racers, Space Angler pilot [[PettingZooPeople Leon]], has an updated background in ''GX'' that matches your usual luchadore backstory. He races to earn money for his poverty-stricken home planet. He heads an orphanage and does wrestling for a side job.
* ''[[VideoGame/KatamariDamacy We Heart Katamari]]'' includes a cousin named Lucha, who appropriately enough has the appearance of a luchador.
* Manga/TigerMask, the Japanese wrestler, appears in ''VideoGame/FireProWrestling D''.
** And in ''[[MassiveMultiplayerCrossover Shonen Sunday vs. Shonen Magazine]]''.
* ''VideoGame/SaturdayNightSlammasters'' has El Stinger/Stingray and Astro/Scorpio, whose designs are a nod/ripoff to real wrestlers Lizmark and Tinieblas respectively.
* [[MeaningfulName Greco]] from ''VideoGame/ChronoCross'' (meaningful since his ward's name is 'Romana'-wrestling pun). He's also both a psychic ''and'' a priest. Did we mention ''VideoGame/ChronoCross'' is kind of weird?
* WhatCouldHaveBeen example: Creator/HideoKojima's first draft for the [[Franchise/MetalGear war-based game]] he was told to design was a game called ''Lost Warld'', starring a masked luchadora (a female luchador). [[CrazyAwesome Tragically]], the game got canned, and now all we have is this boring Snake guy instead.
* [[VideoGame/RumbleRoses Evil Rose]] should fit the bill pretty well.
* There is a videogame based on the AAA (One of the 2 major Lucha Libre associations in Mexico). The tagline? ''No es wrestling, es '''Lucha Libre''''' (It's not ''wrestling'', it's ''Lucha Libre'').
* Masked Muscle from ''[[VideoGame/PunchOut Super Punch-Out!!]]''. Yes, in a BOXING game.
* The Heavy from ''VideoGame/TeamFortress2'' has a luchador mask called the "Large Luchadore", and in ''VideoGame/PokerNightAtTheInventory'', he asks [[WebAnimation/HomestarRunner Strong Bad]] if his mask means he wrestles, like Iron Sheik. Strong Bad snubs the idea, saying he's a wrestle ''man'', not a hack wrestl''er''.
** A promotional offer for VideoGame/SaintsRowTheThird also gives the Heavy Killbane's mask.
* ''VideoGame/SaintsRowTheThird'' has The Luchadores, an entire gang made up of luchadores led by one wrestler named [[NamestoRunAwayFromReallyFast Killbane, the Walking Apocalypse]]. He also prefers going by Killbane over his real name, and [[DoNotCallMePaul will react violently]] to anyone who calls him by it.
* "Ringside" from ''VideoGame/RhythmHeaven Fever'' involves a masked wrestler answering interview questions and posing for the cameras after a big match. Notably, he doesn't seem to be actually ''listening'' to the questions - both the English and Japanese versions [[BlahBlahBlah have the questions as gibberish]], to which he responses with "Yeah", flexing or posing for the cameras.
* There's a sequence in ''Videogame/{{Yakuza}} 3'' during which Kazuma Kiryuu and Rikiya Shimabukuro stage a wrestling match for the children at Kazuma's orphanage, posing as masked wrestlers Dragon Mask and Ricky Mask. The costume shows up in later installments as a bonus outfit.
* El Plancha (a.k.a. Dice) from the Creator/{{Toaplan}} BeatEmUp ''Knuckle Bash''.
* Star Man from ''VideoGame/ProWrestling''.
* Various Luchadore costume pieces are available for unlock as [=PvP=] rewards in ''Videogame/ChampionsOnline.''
* The title character (and the game's actual protagonist, Mutt) in ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfElLobodestroyoVsLaLigaDeLosVillanos''.
* ''VideoGame/RaymanLegends'' has the world "Fiesta De Los Muertos," where many of the enemies resemble masked luchadors, including the boss.
* ''VideoGame/DeadRising2: Off the Record'' features luchadore zombies.
* ''VideoGame/LiveALive'' has Great Asia, "a Japanese wrestler who has mastered the techniques of the Mexican Lucha Libre champ, El Rudo."
* ''VideoGame/{{Lisa}}'' has Rage 'El Rage' Ironhead, and energetic luchador party member who attacks with his head.
* In the second case of ''VisualNovel/PhoenixWrightAceAttorneyDualDestinies'', a masked wrestler called "The Amazing Nine-Tails" plays a pretty big part. In the WhereAreTheyNowEpilogue, [[spoiler:Mayor Tenma]] says he has started wrestling under a second, {{Heel}} persona... which has ended up putting him in the unfortunate situation of his two personas being scheduled to fight each other, and he has no clue how he's going to pull that off.
* The sport of ''Truxican'' Wrestling is mentioned occasionally in the ''VideoGame/{{Borderlands}}'' series. Assuming Truxicans are [[SpaceJews Space Mexicans]] as their name implies, it probably involves masked luchadores.
** The character Krieg has an unlockable 'Truxican' wrestler mask under the name DOUBLE SUPLEX TIME!
* ''VideoGame/{{Battleborn}}'' now has one of these in one Francesco Drake, "El Dragón". He's got the added benefit of [[ArtificialLimbs cybernetic arms]] and the ability to [[ManOnFire light himself on fire]]- [[IncendiaryExponent to his enemies' detriment.]]
* The Sacred Heart faith in ''AfterTheEndACrusaderKingsIIMod'' counts Wrestling/ElSanto among its patron deities. Followers of El Santo can become ''luchadores'' themselves, and face each other in wrestling matches - unlike in El Santo's day, they [[ProWrestlingIsReal fight for real]]. The Sacred Heart also has a holy order of luchador knights, ''La Orden de la Mascara'' (The Order of the Mask).
* ''HitmanAbsolution'' has 47 track down Sanchez to an underground fighting ring where he is scheduled to face off against a masked fighter known as The Patriot. A special way to complete the mission is to disguise 47 as The Patriot and go into the ring to kill him in hand-to-hand combat in front of a cheering crowd who doesn't realize that the two of you are fighting for real.
* ''VideoGame/BurritoBison'' stars a buffalo-themed masked wrestler. The third game in the series introduces two partners, El Pollo and Pineapple Spank.

[[folder:Web Animation]]
* ''WebAnimation/HomestarRunner'': Strong Bad's look is based on this, although the mask is apparently [[NotAMask his actual face.]] He actually wrestles in a few toons, although he makes it clear in one of them that "Being an awesome wrestler has nothing to do with awesome wrestling moves." Furthermore, in the same toon he goes through a variety of gimmicks none of which are the straight Masked Luchador gimmick -- the final one even involves facepaint over his "mask"!

[[folder:Web Comics]]
* Dr. [=McLuchador=] from ''WebComic/TheAdventuresOfDrMcninja'', who was exiled from Cumberland for his extreme, wrestling-based methods. And his extreme methods in general, really. [[spoiler: It turns out that the real [=McLuchador=] died years ago in obscurity. The one who appears is [=McNinja=] himself (who faked his death thanks to the events of the last plot arc), using the persona to infiltrate [[BigBad King Radical]]'s organisation.]]
* El Lightning Blue from ''Webcomic/TheBMovieComic''.

[[folder:Web Original]]
* Lucha Jack of ''Website/{{Bogleech}}'' is a JerkWithAHeartOfGold homunculus created by [[MadScientist Dr. Caligari]]. His adventures include chopping a yeti to bits with his [[ChainsawGood chainsaw]], battling his arch-nemesis, [[MalevolentMaskedMan Enemigo]], and defeating an [[EldritchAbomination interdimensional rainbow owl named Morpheus]] who spreads his comfort by [[CrowningMomentOfFunny humping]] AnythingThatMoves.
* [[http://static.fjcdn.com/large/pictures/05/1e/051ea4_3893794.jpg LOS TIBURON, THE SHARK OF THE LAND!]]

[[folder:Western Animation]]
* The entire cast of ''WesternAnimation/MuchaLucha'' consists of young {{masked luchador}}es attending "The [[SuperheroSchool Foremost World-Renowned International School of Lucha]]", but not all of them are Mexican.
* ''WesternAnimation/TheAngryBeavers'' had El Grapadura (The Stapler), who had his own TV show and even starred in a movie with the beavers.
* El Toro Fuerte[[labelnote:translation]]The Strong Bull[[/labelnote]] from ''WesternAnimation/JackieChanAdventures''. Like Tohru, he was kind of a bad guy at first before becoming a steadfast ally of Jackie, as well as a good guy and a GentleGiant.
* A stock background character in ''WesternAnimation/TheFairlyOddParents''.
* White Pantera's costume in ''WesternAnimation/ElTigre'' is highly reminiscent of these.
* Pantha, a female Brazilian luchadora from ''WesternAnimation/TeenTitans''.
* [[WesternAnimation/TheHauntedWorldOfElSuperbeasto El Superbeasto.]]
* Johnny "the Mayor" Bledsoe, the mayor of Hill Valley on the bizarre ''WesternAnimation/TheOblongs'', wore a luchador mask (and a business suit), although he acted more like an American wrestler--"Macho Man" Wrestling/RandySavage, specifically.
* Speaking of the Macho Man, he also voices the superhuman Luchador "Wrass-Lor" in an episode of ''[[WesternAnimation/DextersLaboratory Dial M for Monkey]]''. The plot: "Fight me or I destroy the earth!"
* The two dogcatchers working for Doctor Applecheeks in ''WesternAnimation/TomAndJerryTheMovie'' resemble Mexican wrestlers.
* One shows up in, of all things, ''WesternAnimation/AvatarTheLastAirbender,'' as one of the professional earthbenders that Toph beats in "The Blind Bandit."
* Soos dresses up as one in the Summerween episode of ''WesternAnimation/GravityFalls''.
** Soos's dad in Weirdmagedeon seems to be one, but it's revealed to be fake.