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->''"Spain is a peaceful land of giant hats and luchadores (or maybe we're getting that confused)."''
-->-- ''Website/{{Cracked}}''

Fiction writers seem to not just confuse UsefulNotes/{{Mexico}} and UsefulNotes/{{Spain}}, but to fuse them into a strange amalgam of the most general stereotypes of both, much as {{Scotireland}} fuses Scotland and Ireland. Maybe it's because they share [[UsefulNotes/SpanishLanguage a language]] and their majority [[ChristianityIsCatholic religion]], the fact that Mexico used to be a Spanish colony, they both have exotic foods and customs compared to an Anglo-Saxon culture,[[note]]And compared to each other, as well.[[/note]] or simply that the author didn't check the facts ''and'' hasn't travelled much, either.

American writers (and particularly those in [[SoCalization California]]) also have the excuse that Mexico is literally over the border from the US while Spain is an ocean away, so the more familiar Mexican culture to them colours their perception of Spain. This approach, naturally, requires the writer to ignore that Mexican culture owes as much to the native cultures that existed there before the Spanish conquest as it does to Spain's (although Hollywood has never showed its strength when having to [[{{Mayincatec}} keep those apart either]]), that Mexico is more influenced by U.S. culture than Spain is, and that the two countries are, simply put, [[CaptainObvious an ocean apart]] from each other and have been not under the same flag for almost two centuries now, meaning that they have had ample room to develop independently from each other - be it in law, politics, holidays, food, dress, music or even language. Indeed, not only do they speak different dialects of Spanish in Spain and Mexico (the [[SeriousBusiness epic wars]] between supporters of [[SameLanguageDub Castilian and Latin American dubs]] on Website/{{YouTube}} are testament to that) but there are also different accents and dialects within the countries themselves.

In short, saying Spain and Mexico are the same is like saying that the United Kingdom and the United States are the same.

In its usual form, this trope is represented by a group or town that is full of [[SouthOfTheBorder stereotypically Mexican]] or [[TorosYFlamenco Spanish]] people, set in a location or doing an activity better suited to the other. That is, when they aren't just made into a mish-mash. It could be a Spanish mariachi band at a wedding instead of a [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tuna_(music) tuna]] singing ''Clavelitos'', or a town of thick-mustachioed men in sombreros and ponchos dancing Flamenco. When SouthOfTheBorder and LatinLand are brought into the mix, it could even end with Spain being depicted as a hot, tropical jungle or desert full of revolutionary outlaws, sometimes fighting a BananaRepublic run by a Fascist dictator (which might have been technically true during Franco's dictatorship, except there are [[MisplacedVegetation no tropical jungles]] in Spain. But it's definitely false in anything set after 1978, and that being generous).

US productions are likely to misrepresent Spaniards more often than Mexicans, since Mexicans have many more demonstrable stereotypes in American pop-culture than Spaniards do, and they will likely have a much easier time casting Mexican actors (or from anywhere else in Latin America) than Spanish ones, accents and even [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Demographics_of_Mexico#Ethnic_groups race]] be damned. In Japan, where both nations are equally exotic, the mix and mash is likelier to happen both ways.

See TorosYFlamenco and SouthOfTheBorder for HollywoodAtlas versions of Spain and Mexico, respectively. Contrast LatinLand for a similar fusion of different countries south of the United States in a process not that different of [=Spexico=], with only jungle or [[EverythingsBetterWithLlamas llamas]] added for flavor depending on the circumstances, and narcoterrorists if convenient.

Compare FarEast, AncientGrome, {{Scotireland}}, and {{Mayincatec}}. [=Spexico=] is not the only example of transatlantic fusion, however: a similar phenomenon occurs with depictions of Quebec in Hollywood movies as being full of Frenchmen with Parisian accents and mannerisms, and outside the Anglosphere some people can't see the difference between the UK and the US either.



* Verizon, as seen in [[http://contexts.org/socimages/2010/04/17/spain-mexico-whatever/ this sociologist's blog post,]] has got a print ad out there with "Coverage in Spain" on it (just ignore the "and [[LiesDamnedLiesAndStatistics 25 more countries]] than the UN recognizes" part) with the Verizon guy in front of a crowd of stereotypical Mexicans.

* One episode of the GagDub from ''Webcomic/AxisPowersHetalia'' has Romano calling Spain a "taco eater".

* ''The Further Adventures of Franchise/IndianaJones'' issue "The Fourth Nail" loops the loop with its visit to ''[[LatinLand Argenspexico]]''. Mapuche boleadoras are a widespread civilian weapon ''in Barcelona'' (a white village with sandy streets that people call Barcelona, that's it). Indy's local sidekick is a Gipsy pickpocket dressed like a Mexican bandito, who also cons people out of pesos, a currency never used in Spain. And like the rest of the series, the comic takes place in late 1936, a time we all know had [[UsefulNotes/SpanishCivilWar no significance whatsoever]] in Barcelona's or Spain's history, so everything remains bucholic and harmless.

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* In ''WesternAnimation/{{TMNT}}'', the four ancient Aztec generals are named Mono, Gato, Aguila, and Serpiente. Why would ancient Aztec people from 1000BC have names in Spanish? Not only did the Spanish language not exist 3000 years ago (for that matter, it's debatable whether ''Latin'' did) - the Spanish people did not colonize Mexico till after 1519 AD, and the Aztec Empire itself got started in 1323 AD. So this is also an AnachronismStew.
* In ''WesternAnimation/{{Thumbelina}}'', "Los Sapos Guapos" come from Spain. They feature elements from Cuba, Mexico, and Argentina in their songs (and possibly more countries). They do not stop at [=Spexico=]- they also throw in elements from Brazil and Italy! All while living in France.
* In the 1930's WesternAnimation/{{Classic Disney Short|s}} ''WesternAnimation/FerdinandTheBull'', the narrator tells us the story is set in "sunny Spain." However, many of the Spaniards look like stereotypical Mexicans, with sombreros, brown skin, thick black mustaches, etc.
* Creator/DreamWorks' ''WesternAnimation/PussInBoots''. In ''Shrek 2'', the setting is against a take on Arthurian England, so viewers assumed Puss was Spanish. In this prequel, it shows he came from somewhat of an amalgam of Spain and Mexico.
** Which all actually makes sense, since Puss is played by Antonio Banderas and generally spoofs Zorro. Spain itself ''is'' directly mentioned at one time, though.
** This is enforced in the Spaniard dub, where all but three characters are dubbed in Standard Castilian (though Jack & Jill sound unschooled and low class). The exceptions are Puss (also voiced by Banderas, but in a heavy SW Andalusian accent), Kitty and the Comandante (voiced, like in the English version, by Creator/SalmaHayek and Creator/GuillermoDelToro, both with Mexican accents).

[[folder:Film - Live Action]]
* Viggo Mortensen was cast as a swashbuckling hero in the Spanish FilmOfTheBook ''Literature/{{Alatriste}}''. This trope comes into play as he speaks fluent Spanish, but it's the Argentine accent (he lived in Argentina in his youth for several years), which is different from both European (Castillian) and Mexican Spanish. Mortensen does his best to hide it, but he still sounds like he's having difficulty articulating. Given that the character is rather laconic anyway, the filmmakers might have thought that this was an acceptable artistic choice.
* Many Spanish-speaking actors are cast as other nationalities within the Spanish-speaking world. This isn't particularly surprising given how often all actors play characters of different ethnic backgrounds than their own.
** Antonio Banderas is Spanish, but often plays Mexican characters, such as in his two ''Film/ElMariachi'' films. In the original English version and in the Mexican dub for ''WesternAnimation/{{Shrek}}'' he gives Puss-in-Boots a thick Spaniard accent, whereas in the Spaniard dub he uses an Andalusian accent (which, funnily enough, is his ''mother'' accent--he's from Málaga).
** Penélope Cruz is Spanish, but has played Mexican and even Brazilian characters.
** Many aspiring Spanish actors worked as extras in [[SpaghettiWestern spaghetti westerns]] ([[CaliforniaDoubling shot in scenic Almería]], Southern Spain) playing Mexican characters. You can make a game of watching these movies and spotting the extras who would later gain recognition.
** Gael García Bernal, who is Mexican and has played so in ''Babel'', has played the Argentinian Che Guevara in two different movies. He also played a Spaniard in ''Film/BadEducation'', after convincing director Pedro Almodóvar that he could speak with a convincing Castilian accent.
** Dafne Keen is Spanish-British and in Logan this is very clear as she has a Spanish accent. This was changed in the Mexican dub, where she has a Mexican accent, and even uses lingo. In the same vein, Elizabeth Rodriguez is of Puerto Rican decent and plays a Mexican character, taken to the next level by the fact that she was born in Manhattan and clearly doesn't know how to speak Spanish.
** And reportedly back in the day when Spanish-language versions of movies were shot on the same Hollywood (literally) sets at night, whoever was available was cast totally without consideration of diverse accents--[=Spexico=] meets LatinLand.
* [[InvokedTrope Invoked]] in ''Film/TheSpanishApartment'' by Cedric Klapisch, a Spanish student takes offense at the way a visiting Brit caricatures her country, and mentions that saying "Caramba" is a Mexican, ''not'' a Spanish thing... [[AluminiumChristmasTrees Even though it actually is.]]
* ''VantagePoint'' is set in Salamanca, Spain but was shot mostly in Puebla, Mexico and it shows. The actors that can do a Castilian accent do, a few extras are dubbed over, and others ([[spoiler: Creator/MatthewFox]] in particular) fail at it miserably. Mexican green beetle taxis, stop signs reading "ALTO" rather than "STOP", and humid-soaked buildings and tropical green mountains can be seen in the background, despite Salamanca being in the middle of a drier, colder [[TheMountainsOfIllinois plain]].
* [[AdaptationDisplacement In the original 1919 novel]] ''The Curse of Capistrano'', the father of Don Diego de la Vega a.k.a. Franchise/{{Zorro}} was a Spanish nobleman but Zorro himself was born and raised in Los Angeles and was active during the time when California was part of Mexico (1821-1846). The old movies changed the character to born in Spain and active during the earlier Spanish rule, and gave him his iconic outfit topped by an Andalusian hat. Later, ''Film/TheMaskOfZorro'' returned him to the Mexican period by way of LegacyCharacter. This was advertised in Spain as the first Zorro movie to star a Spanish actor (Antonio Banderas), yet ironically, Banderas' character in the movie is neither De la Vega nor a Spaniard, but a Los Angeles native loosely based on Joaquín Murrieta, a historical Mexican bandit that was active in California during the Gold Rush.
* The crews of the ''{{Amistad}}'' (a Spanish ship registered in Cuba) and the ''Tecora'' (a ''[[AsLongAsItSoundsForeign Portuguese]]'' ship) speak Mexican Spanish. The two Spaniards that claim damages for the loss of the Amistad are played by a Mexican-American and a Puerto Rican actor who use their native accents.

* Most astounding example in ''Creator/TomClancy 's Op-Center: Balance of Power'': It looks like the author's first intention was to draw a parallelism between the nationalities of the former Yugoslavia and Spain, but did not do the most basic research and confused "[[YouKeepUsingThatWord ethnicity]]" with ''race''. As a result, his depiction of Spain is that of a society divided in racial castes with close resemblance to the traditional ones of Mexico and other countries in Latin America (i.e. Whites on top, Mestizos in the middle, Indians and Blacks at the bottom), without realizing that said division is the result of an old colonial system that couldn't obviously exist in Spain because it was the [[CaptainObvious colonizer]]. And that's only one of the [[CriticalResearchFailure thousands of errors]] in the book.
** The book takes the trope and beats you with it when it has two American operatives successfully pose as Spaniards despite never having been to Spain before: They manage because one was undercover for years in Mexico City. Would the same author write about a foreign agent going undercover in London because he had learned English in Texas?
* ''[[Creator/HarryTurtledove The War That Came Early]]'' did the research when it had Chaim Weinberg remind himself that in Castilian dialect the letters C and Z are pronounced like 'th' rather than 's'[[note]]This is often called the "Castilian lisp", but it is not really a lisp since the S is still pronounced like one in Castilian[[/note]]. Sadly, it invalidated itself immediately by having Spanish characters using Mexican slang like ''mamacita'' or ''pendejo''.
* Creator/DanBrown's ''Literature/DigitalFortress'' portrays Seville, Spain as a Third World hellhole with rampant crime, poverty and corruption, where injured citizens have to struggle to get basic medical treatment at hospitals, and most people apparently don't have access to hot water. Brown apparently confused some of the more negative stereotypes about Mexico with Spain, which is a fairly prosperous Western European country with a GDP that isn't that far from the United States'. Spain has also had universal healthcare since 1986, and its healthcare system is considered one of the best in the world.
* In ''Literature/PrincessMarianaAndLixoIsland'', it is never specified where Mariana lives. Is she in Latin America, or the Iberian Peninsula? The location has access to the ocean (so it is not a landlocked country[[note]]which removes only Paraguay and Bolivia from the list of possibilities[[/note]]) and relatively warm weather- but the actual inhabitants, flora, and fauna could be part of both Iberian countries, as well as many Latin American countries.
* ''Literature/ForWhomTheBellTolls'' repeatedly describes Spanish gypsies as physically resembling Indians (''American'' Indians, not the Indian Indians gypsies actually descend from) and holding shamanistic beliefs and rituals stereotypical of InjunCountry. The version of the UsefulNotes/SpanishCivilWar in the book seems to lack actual fronts and plays more like a Western set in the Indian Wars or in UsefulNotes/TheMexicanRevolution, with the derailment of a train serving as the climax of the book.

* Take a band of Zapatistas. The more indigenous the better. Then drop them in [[TelevisionGeography the Rockies]], dress them with the clothes left over by the Sicilian scenes of ''Film/TheGodfather'' and make them live in wooden barracks with bananas in the porch. According to ''Series/MacGyver'', [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kt_-m_e39TM this]] is [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CNi-BByr55g Basque Country]].
* In ''Series/ArrestedDevelopment'' Maeby buys plane tickets to Portugal because she wants her parents to think she's going [[GlobalIgnorance to South America]]. Later, GOB discovers the tickets and, knowing that Michael is trying to learn Spanish, he concludes that Michael is fleeing to South America. In the new series on Netflix, George Micheal spends a year in "Spain" for study abroad, but from what we're shown it more closely resembles Mexico. He loses his virginity to and is implied to have [[NewChildLeftBehind impregnated]] his [[LatinLover hostess]], played by an American actress of Puerto Rican descent. All of the people he interacts with in "Spain" are played by [[LatinoIsBrown Latin Americans]].
* ''Series/WhoseLineIsItAnyway''
** Lampshaded in a sketch where Neil Ashdown is supposed to be a bartender in Spain:
--> '''Neil:''' Would you care for some tortillas? ... No, wait, that's Mexico. Never mind ... I've been around, you know.[[note]]Ironically [[RightForTheWrongReasons there is a very popular Spanish dish]] called "tortilla", better known in English as "Spanish omelette".[[/note]]
** In another episode, during a game of Hollywood Director, the three actors play out a scene from ''{{Franchise/Zorro}}'', which takes place in Mexico. None of their fake accents are even remotely alike, prompting Ryan to comment, "Funny how we all come from a different part of Spain!"
* Played straight by Blanche about her Cuban suitor in an episode of ''Series/TheGoldenGirls'':
--> '''Blanche:''' The point is, [Fidel]'s rich, he's handsome and we were made for each other... even if I don't speak Mexican.
-->'''Dorothy:''' Spanish.
-->'''Blanche:''' WHATEVER!
* In the Season 5 ''Series/{{Angel}}'' episode "Unleashed," the episode's villain Crane says the following to his clientele (note that ''mole'' is a family of Mexican sauces):
--> '''Crane:''' When I dined on werewolf in Seville, the ''cocinera'' used an understated ''molé'' [sic] sauce to bring out the meat's tanginess.
* One episode of ''Series/MindOfMencia'' had a Spanish celebrity invoke this to get into a nightclub. ItMakesSenseInContext.
* The ''Series/{{Lost}}'' episode "Ab Aeterno"'s flashbacks are set in the Canary Islands, yet the accents and dialects used are all Latin American Spanish. Almost an AcceptableBreakFromReality, since Canary Spanish has an accent similar to that of some Latin American dialects.
* In the 8th season of ''Series/HowIMetYourMother'', Ted recalls a trip he made to Spain with a fanny pack. The montage shows Ted going through a map of the correct country (albeit with all the cities misplaced and many of them misspelled; one's spot even falls in Portugal even though it is coloured differently) and in typical TorosYFlamenco places. Then, at the end of the montage, a group of Mexican mariachi show up, and Ted proudly (but obliviously) points out that he was nicknamed by the locals ''El ganso con la riñonera'' ("[[BilingualBonus The doofus with the fanny pack]]"). So off, it has to be deliberate.
* A background news piece in ''Series/{{Intelligence 2014}}'' mentions a "Federal Police in Spain". Mexico has a federal police. Spain doesn't. The world of ''Intelligence'' is also apparent home to a CIA task force that plans selective killings of Basque separatists.
* In an episode of ''Series/{{NCIS}}'', [=DiNozzo=] claims that paella was named after "the Aztec god [[LatinLover of sex]]". Doubles it by naming the god "Paellus", which sounds like [[GratuitousLatin the wrong kind of Latin.]]
* The Basque bomber in ''{{Narcos}}'' is named Efram (or Efras?) Gonzales. "Efram" is neither a Spanish nor Basque name, and the closest variant, Efraín, is not nearly as popular in Spain as in Latin America. Gonzales is a spelling used in Latin America but not in Spain (where it would be spelled "González", unless belonging to a Latin American immigrant). Ironically, since the show is filmed in Colombia it is likely that the character was named after mid-20th century Colombian bandit Efraín González, whose name actually followed the Spaniard spelling.
* All the Spanish characters in the ''Series/ERing'' episode "The General" have [[OohMeAccentsSlipping fluctuating accents]], save for BigBad Basque terrorist Miguel Carrera, who is very consistently Mexican. This makes the scene in which he accuses Spain of destroying the Basque language unintentionally hilarious.
* ''Series/TheUnit'': In "Non-Permissive Environment", the team must escape from a version of Valencia, Spain with Chicano street art, Panama hats, coconut street vendors and ubiquitous Caribbean accents.
* The [[ItsAlwaysMardiGrasInNewOrleans Pamplona street scenes]] in the episode "[[TorosYFlamenco El Toro Bravo]]" of ''CriminalMindsBeyondBorders'' were filmed in the [[http://www.thestudiotour.com/ush/backlot/oldmexico.shtml "Old Mexico"]] set at Creator/{{Universal}} Studios, a place better suited for a Pancho Villa or {{Franchise/Zorro}} flick with dwarf palms, cacti, sand-covered streets and buildings clearly intended for a climate both warmer and drier,[[note]]Mostly [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Architecture_of_the_California_missions Mission style]], but with more than one flat [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Taos_Pueblo,_New_Mexico Puebloan-like]] rooftop[[/note]] which is only made more obvious by the abundant jumps to stock footage of the real [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pamplona Pamplona]]. Why they didn't film in the [[http://www.thestudiotour.com/wp/studios/universal-studios-hollywood/backlot/current-backlot-sets/little-europe/ "Little Europe"]] set used by ''Series/TheUnit'' and ''Series/CarolineInTheCity'' (this one with its own Running of the Bulls, even) is anyone's guess. Another puzzling element is that the actors playing Spaniards (none of them born in Spain) were apparently coached to make a Spaniard accent when speaking English, but not when speaking Spanish. Most tried on their own ([[OohMeAccentsSlipping with variable success]]) but the one playing the BiggerBad didn't.
* In ''{{Series/Alias}}'', Sydney went to Spain twice per season, but the language was always Latin American. The worst time was the first ("Parity"), where more than one Madrid security guard was not merely [[LatinoIsBrown brown]], but obviously Amerindian, and there was the [[UsefulNotes/SeparatedByACommonLanguage occasional word]] not even used in Latin America out of Mexico (''checar'' for "to check").
* Crosses firmly with LatinLand in [[NationalGeographic NatGeo]]'s ''Locked Up Abroad'''s episode "Spain / Deal with the Devil", about an American rastafarian imprisoned in Spain for trafficking cocaine from Ecuador. Everything is blatantly filmed in Ecuador, to the point of featuring shots of Quito's ''[[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/El_Panecillo El Panecillo]]'' both in scenes set in Quito and in Madrid, and actually having less Caucasian actors playing Spaniards than Ecuadorians. The only attempt to make the Spain scenes look like Spain are sticking a Spanish flag in a pickup truck standing in for a police car and a few crowns, ''Guardia Civil'' and ''Policía Nacional'' insignias on uniforms without regard of what they look like in reality. The airport police in both Quito and Madrid wear the exact same military camouflaged uniform with the Ecuadorian national police's insignia on their shoulder, and the prison guards have a Peruvian flag over their breast.
* In an episode of ''Series/{{Frasier}}'', Frasier Crane makes a verbal leap from the Spanish Civil War to Eva Peron, suggesting that in his mind he is conflating Spain and Argentina as the same entity, or assuming the Argentinian Peron came to power as a result of a civil war five thousand miles away in Spain.
* ''Series/EmptyNest'': Harry travels to Pamplona to [[ItsAlwaysMardiGrasInNewOrleans run with the bulls]] and drink tequila. Tequila is a Mexican drink distilled from the [[MisplacedVegetation American agave plant]].
* ''{{Series/Chuck}}'': In "Chuck versus the Honeymooners", Chuck fights a Basque terrorist with the very non-Basque name of Juan Diego Arnaldo. The actor playing Arnaldo is Cuban-born Carlos Lacamara, who speaks Spanish in his native accent.
* ''Series/CSINewYork'': In "Holding Cell", Mac investigates the death of a Barcelona businessman with the help of the victim's uncle, a member of the Catalan ''[[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mossos Mossos d'Esquadra]]'' (lit. "Squad Lads" in Catalan). Said character is played by Cuban-American actor Jsu Garcia and takes his notes in Cuban Spanish. In one scene, he mispronounces his own corps's name as ''Mossos de Estrada'' (''Estrada'' means "covered road" in Spanish).

* The 1970s rock band Carmen, which was formed by Mexican-Americans in Los Angeles, invoke this trope through the use of flamenco stylings and Spanish imagery. Considering they were formed as an outgrowth of the Allen siblings’ parents’ flamenco nightclub it’s [[JustifiedTrope at least somewhat justified]]. Ironically, the band found no initial success at home and only became notable after relocating to Europe, adding a British bassist and drummer and cementing the Spanish influences. Then they became a near-legendary opening act for several British ProgressiveRock bands touring the US.
* [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IA58u2y4I80 Near the end of the video for D12's "My Band" (the lead single from their 2004 sophomore album "D12 World" and biggest hit to date), during the part where "lead singer" Music/Eminem does a joke teaser for his nonexistent song "My Salsa," we see Shady dressed in a matador's outfit and waving a cape while holding said salsa bottle. However, the rest of D12 are dressed in mariachi outfits and playing guitars.]]

* Castille in ''TabletopGame/SeventhSea'', with fencers, powerful Inquisition, pirates and Armadas... and inexplicably, Ranchos and El Vago, {{Franchise/Zorro}}'s {{Expy}}.
* Averted with Argos, the FantasyCounterpartCulture of Spain in ''TabletopGame/AnimaBeyondFantasy''. While depicted as having a mostly barren landscape (see "Real Life" below) very similar to (most of) RealLife Spain, complete with windmills and resembling the real country during the time of the Catholic Monarchs (feudalism, strong ties to the Church, and (very exaggerated) religious fanatism) TorosYFlamenco is nowhere mentioned, nor anything that resembles this trope.[[note]]That the game is Spanish, as well as the rather vague and short descriptions of each country, surely help.[[/note]]

* The Ganados in ''VideoGame/ResidentEvil4'' speak with Mexican accents, despite the game being set "in a village [[WhereTheHellIsSpringfield in a Castilian speaking country of Europe]] [[SuspiciouslySpecificDenial that is not Spain]]". Character Luis Sera, who was born in the village but made career as a cop in Madrid, also speaks with a Mexican accent. Of note is that an ingame map places the village in the center of the Iberian Peninsula next to Madrid, and the currency is Peseta, which was Spain's currency before switching to Euro. [[SuspiciouslySpecificDenial Capcom insists that it is not Spain]].
* Esteban Noviembre from ''The Cursed Crusade'' speaks in a blatantly stereotypical Mexican manner despite being a Spaniard. In the '''Middle Ages'''.
* Spain Hill is a location in ''VideoGame/TheWorldEndsWithYou'' whose only feature is... a Mexican restaurant. Note that "Spain Hill" is a ''real life location'' in Shibuya, Tokyo, in which the game is set. In reality the very Spanish embassy in Japan is located in that hill, hence the name.
* Black Velvetopia in ''VideoGame/{{Psychonauts}}'' combines bullfighting and Spanish architecture with Mexican luchadores and painters dressed in SouthOfTheBorder-style outfits. It's mildly justified in that it takes place in the mind of an ambiguously Latino asylum patient who [[spoiler:was never involved in bullfighting or masked Mexican wrestling to begin with, and probably hasn't ever been to Spain.]]
* An [[http://img1.ak.crunchyroll.com/i/spire3/bdac8b3021688b6b914864ff1ebd86c31345047149_full.jpg alternate outfit]] of Miguel's from ''VideoGame/{{Tekken}}'' Tag Tag Tournament 2 is a good example of this trope. Miguel is from Spain, and while his puffy white shirt does seem Spanish, the rest of his outfit seems very much Mexican-inspired, rather than Spanish-inspired.
* In the very beginning of the Creator/DataEast arcade game ''[[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Spinmaster Spinmaster]]'' you enter into an airport with a sign that reads ''[[http://www.mobygames.com/game/arcade/spinmaster/screenshots/gameShotId,672370/ Madrid Airport]]'', complete with a waving Spanish flag. RealLife [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Madrid-Barajas_Airport Madrid airport]] is ''very'' different of the game's one and to take this UpToEleven, looks like the developers put Madrid in ''America'' instead of Europe.
* ''{{Videogame/Duolingo}}'''s Spanish course is identified by a Spanish flag and Mexico's Temple of Kukulcan. In every other course, the flag and the landmark belong to the same country, even when this country is not the birthplace of the language (e.g. the English course shows America's flag and the Statue of Liberty, and the Portuguese course shows Brazil's flag and Rio's Christ the Redeemer). The de-facto dialect used is the creator's birth Guatemalan Spanish, but the course accepts answers in others.
* ''Wheelman'' depicts downtown Barcelona, a place where a single bullet being fired would make national news, as a {{Gangsterland}} divided between three major "cartels" whose members routinely engage in gunfights with firepower that would be alarming even in the most violence-striken part of Mexico or Brazil. The [=NPCs=] speak English or Spanish from all over Spain and Latin America, and also look like it. Some of that might be explained by immigration, but it is weird to hear people complaining that gang violence is fueling [Catalan] nationalists while speaking in a perfect Mexican or Cuban accent. Nobody bats an eye at Creator/VinDiesel's claim of coming all the way from Miami to join a local gang, and there is at least one road ad for a salsa festival.

* [[http://www.theonion.com/content/node/38654 Classic example]] from ''Website/TheOnion'' that perfectly illustrates this trope.
* Back in 2004 in the news articles about Prime Minister Zapatero's decision to withdraw Spanish troops from Iraq, it was easy to find on their sections of comments people desiring things as "boycotting Taco Bell". You can guess Spaniards were not the only people {{facepalm}}ing.
* ''WebOriginal/NotAlwaysRight'' has a woman that is [[EskimosArentReal not aware]] of Spain being "still" [[https://notalwaysright.com/i-deign-that-spain-stays-mainly-in-the-brain/3673 around]] and another that seems oblivious to the existence of a world [[https://notalwaysright.com/havana-clue-what-shes-talking-about/6321 outside North America]] (and she's also a racist who holds the SouthOfTheBorder and LatinLand tropes at heart).
* In the ''Website/YouTube'' viral video ''[[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dqLdFFKvhH4 4 Shocking Facts about US Healthcare]]'' (a.k.a. "I can literally fly to Spain, live in Madrid for 2 years, learn Spanish, run with the bulls, get trampled, get my hip replaced again, and fly home for less than the cost of a hip replacement in the US."), the narrator's avatar wears a mariachi suit and sombrero after he undergoes two years of "cultural acclimation" in Madrid.

* ''WesternAnimation/ElenaOfAvalor'' runs on this trope. The castles, princesses and the like come from Spain, although most of the characters are brown (like in Latin America). Mariachis are frequently seen, but music is mostly tropical, even more similar to Dominican Republic's merengue and salsa than Mexico's ranchera. When characters speak [[GratuitousSpanish Spanish]], they do it with the neutral Mexican accent.
* In the episode "The Bull Market" of the ''WesternAnimation/AceVentura: [[RecycledTheSeries Pet Detective]]'' series, Ace discovers that a stolen Mexican bull has been shipped to Spain. Of course, because there is only [[SmallReferencePools one city]] in Spain, he immediately goes to Pamplona, [[ItsAlwaysMardiGrasInNewOrleans that happens to be in the middle of the Running of the Bulls]]. Except it's only the bulls who are running because the "Spaniards" are sleeping the siesta inside their ponchos and sombreros in the middle of the street. Pamplona is also portrayed as a village of white limed houses in the middle of a desert.
* ''WesternAnimation/FilmationsGhostbusters''' episode "[[OurGhostsAreDifferent The Ghost of]] Literature/DonQuixote" has a milder example with Spaniards constantly using Mexican slang and a villain who is a walking robber baron stereotype down to the Cantinflas moustache. Also, every Spanish character but Don Quixote has orange skin for some reason.
* ''WesternAnimation/GeneratorRex''. While fighting four highly skilled assassins in an alley, Rex crosses with Dos, who speaks Spanish. Rex (who is Hispanic) asks him in Spanish if he's from Mexico. Dos raises his weapon and angrily declares "¡España!"
* ''WesternAnimation/LooneyTunes'', more specifically, WesternAnimation/SpeedyGonzales. The town where Speedy lives is the clearest example of [=Spexico=] you'd ever find. Complete with flamenco, bulls, tacos and ''zarapes''.
* Subverted in one episode of ''WesternAnimation/JackieChanAdventures'' when the Enforcers go to Pamplona, and can't remember what the town is famous for. Hak Foo suggests that it's famous for its paella, and Ratso asks if that's the thing you hit with clubs at a birthday party to get candy. Valmont points out that it's a ''piñata'', and that they're in Spain, not in Mexico.
* Besides oozing TorosYFlamenco, [[NoCelebritiesWereHarmed "Tramplonia, Spain"]] from the ''WesternAnimation/ChipNDaleRescueRangers'' episode "When Mice Were Men" is riffed with MagnificentMoustachesOfMexico, Mexican sombreros, mariachi, ''ándales'' and Saguaro cacti, [[MisplacedVegetation a species that only grows in Sonora and Arizona.]]
* ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'':
** In "Das Bus", Wendell represents Mexico in Model UN, but [[http://vignette1.wikia.nocookie.net/lossimpson/images/2/25/ReferenciaMexico2.png/revision/latest?cb=20100316190337&path-prefix=es his costume]] looks more Andalusian than Mexican.
** The Tapas bar in "YOLO" has a picture of two tacos hanging on the wall.
* ''{{WesternAnimation/Hurricanes}}'': [[TorosYFlamenco Toro]] [[AsLongAsItSoundsForeign Contrais]], a Spaniard from Pamplona, becomes the Mexican ''luchador'' "The Masked Matador" when he is expelled from the team.
* ''La Flamencita'' of ''WesternAnimation/MuchaLucha'', a literal half masked ''luchadora'', half flamenco dancer who [[TheVoiceless plays castanets as a substitute of speech]]. To be fair, though, there are students from many parts of the world giving their twist on Lucha Libre (Like French Twist, the mime or Sonic Sumo from Japan).
* ''WesternAnimation/DennisTheMenace'': "Dennis Plasters Pamplona." The trope was obviously in the American writers' minds, given that Dennis' family arrives in Spain by train and a local bull herder uses Mexican slang constantly (even dropping an ''¡Ay, Chihuahua!'' at some point). However, the Japanese animators were apparently as unfamiliar with Mexico as with Spain, so the Pamplona in the episode instead resembles an [[WeAllLiveInAmerica American]] [[TheWildWest Wild West]] town, complete with cowboys, Victorian-era clothes and technology and even wooden sidewalks and saloon batwing doors.

* There was considerable cross-fertilization between Spanish and Mexican culture, back when Mexico was "New Spain," and some practices they picked up from each other persist to this day. Both countries enjoy churros and hot chocolate, though their traditional recipes now differ, and bullfighting is still practized in both nations.
* The word "Hispanic" used to be common on survey forms, literally meaning "Of or relating to Spain or Spanish-speaking Latin America." Not that the word Latin is much better (it's actually ''worse'', as Latin is also applicable to Brazil, Portugal, Italy, France and the Francosphere, ''as well as Spain''). Ironically, Latin is now the more popular term. The word is also often misused in U.S. grocery stores. The aisles that were once labeled "Mexican Food" are now likely to be called "Hispanic Food"-- as if all Spanish speakers, all around the world, shared a single cuisine.
* The central Mexican city of Guanajuato (in the state of the same name) fits this trope. It is a very well preserved colonial town that closely resembles remote villages in Spain that have not changed much since the Middle Ages. At first glance, Guanajuato is practically indistinguishable from such villages apart from the fact that the population is of course Mexican rather than Spanish. Playing on the town's colonial heritage are bands whose members dress like sixteenth century Spanish noblemen but play traditional Mexican songs of various genres. Furthermore, you can eat tacos or enchiladas and drink micheladas in little inns that seem to have come right from a TorosYFlamenco town (none of which serve Spanish food, by the way).
* A case of TheCoconutEffect: Selling Mexican sombreros has become a lucrative business in Barcelona and beach resorts in eastern Spain because of the increasing demand from tourists. That's because that while Mexican sombreros ''did'' descend from the original hats worn in Andalucia, they generally don't resemble their ancestors[[note]]Most popular of which would've been the hat that {{Franchise/Zorro}} wore[[/note]] anymore, but are by far the most popular variant.
* John [=McCain=] starred a quite strange moment during an [[http://thecaucus.blogs.nytimes.com/2008/09/18/mccains-position-on-spain/?scp=1&sq=mccain%20zapatero%20radio%20caracol&st=cse interview]] with a Spanish-speaking radio of Miami. When asked if he would receive Jose Luis Rodriguez Zapatero in the White House (Spain's Prime Minister at odds with the Bush administration because of his opposition to the war in Iraq), [=McCain=] answered that he had "a clear record of working with leaders in '''the''' hemisphere that are friends with us and standing up to those who are not (...) [a]nd that's judged on the basis of the importance of our relationship with '''Latin America and the entire region'''". Even after the interviewer made clear that she was talking about "Spain, in Europe" and pressed for a more clear response, [=McCain=] continued in his vague remarks and then praised the Mexican government of Felipe Calderon. Critics accused [=McCain=] of being unfamiliar with the differences between Spain and Latin America.
* Jeb Bush thanked the "President of the Republic of Spain" for his support during a visit in 2003. Spain is a constitutional monarchy, and although its head of government's title in Spanish (which Jeb Bush speaks very well) is ''Presidente del Gobierno'' ("President of the Government"), he is invariably called "Prime Minister" in English.[[note]]This may seem weird, but it has a reason: the original name of the title was "President of the Council of Ministers", which is esentially, the same as "Prime Minister", but the shortened form "President" stuck.[[/note]]
* Spanish-born filmmaker [[Creator/LuisBunuel Luis Buñuel]] acquired Mexican citizenship after the UsefulNotes/SpanishCivilWar forced him into exile and made films in both Spain and Mexico (and later on, France) at various points in his career. Bunuel often admitted that he didn't "get" Mexico, and he had difficulties in adapting, and transposing concepts from Spanish literature (such as Benito Perez Galdos' ''Nazarin'') to Mexico.
* Reportedly, the FamousLastWords of Spanish writer [[http://es.wikipedia.org/wiki/Valle_Inclan Ramón del Valle-Inclán]] (who had lived for nearly 30 years in Mexico) were that Spain wasn't Spain anymore, and that to get a real Spanish feeling you had to cross the Atlantic.
* In Paris, there are quite a few 'Tex-Mex' restaurants that serve Spanish food. Particularly cringeworthy because the French are, in language and original ethnic rootstock, closely related to the Spanish.
* On a train from Barcelona to Zaragoza[[note]]As well as in other places of Spain's central plateau[[/note]], you might be surprised to see how much the landscape of the Spanish countryside looks like classic depictions of southwestern North America (almost like a [[WesternAnimation/WileECoyoteAndTheRoadRunner Road Runner]] cartoon). It is for this reason--as well as the high availability of dark-skinned, Spanish-speaking actors, that Creator/SergioLeone and other Italian directors of "{{Spaghetti Western}}s" tended to shoot their films in Spain, particularly in Andalucia, since getting to the actual Mexico or United States was simply too expensive.
* Creator/GuillermoDelToro is Mexican but has made a number of films set in or around the UsefulNotes/SpanishCivilWar. He credits his interest in the conflict to growing up in around Spaniards who took refuge in Mexico during UsefulNotes/TheFrancoRegime.
* When Madrid-based Parques Reunidos acquired the historical Kennywood theme park in West Mifflin, PA in 2007, the Kennywood spokeswoman was interviewed on local TV, where she told concerned fans that "We don't think it's going to become a giant taco stand." Some viewers complained and she apologized later that day.
* Saguaros did not make the trip from Mexico to Spain, but agaves and prickly pears did, and now are feral in the Mediterranean part of the latter.
* During the 79th Academy Awards, host Creator/EllenDeGeneres mistakenly identified Spanish actress Creator/PenelopeCruz as Mexican. When she learned about the mistake, she apologized to Cruz in her next appearance. The mistake might have been the result of Cruz's best friend, Mexican Creator/SalmaHayek, also looking like her.