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->''"Oh, lovely Spain! Renown'd romantic land!"''
-->-- '''Creator/LordByron'''

The HollywoodAtlas version of Iberian countries (mostly UsefulNotes/{{Spain}} with possible addition of elements from UsefulNotes/{{Portugal}}, UsefulNotes/{{Andorra}}, etc.).

You know, that [[{{Spexico}} place]] where all the women dress in tiered skirts, and all the males in chaqué, where the landscape consists of mountains, red dry hills and beaches, and every night (because there's siesta all day anyway) passionate TallDarkAndHandsome toreadors with roses in their teeth escape from stampeding bulls while playing guitars, and equally passionate SpicyLatina [[UsefulNotes/{{Romani}} Gypsies]] with roses in their hair, daggers in their garters and fans in their hands throw oranges at them while dancing flamenco. ''¡Olé!''

If you don't know why this trope fails that much at Geography, you should know that the Running of the Bulls (celebrated on the week beginning the 7th of July on the day know as "San Fermín") is celebrated only in Pamplona. The "Feria de Abril" (April Fair) where women actually dress with tiered spotted skirts and men wear chaqués is celebrated only in Seville. The distance between those cities is ''over 600 miles'', being the former at the north, and the latter to the south.[[note]]And bullfight tradition is ''not'' extended the same way across all Spain. On its northernmost regions is usually less or even far less extended than in central or southern Spain, even if you can find plenty of bovines there - for their milk and meat. Not to mention that younger generations tend to either ignore or ''vilify'' the practice.[[/note]] Yet in fiction, both seem to happen at the same time and place.

Additionally, the Running is often portrayed as featuring hundreds of bulls on a murderous stampede. In RealLife, though, there's generally no more than fifteen bulls, released in groups of four to six, and they're often surrounded by a larger crowd of people, including a group running around them to keep them following the right path. Bonus points if the work even decides to portray the correct path they follow, or simply has them rampaging freely through any of the city's streets and wreaking havoc.

Meanwhile, the [[RegionalRiff music department]] will invariably and uniformingly consist of Flamenco, or something aiming to sound like Flamenco, with Spanish guitar, castanets, tap-dancing and "[[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cante_jondo deep song]]". In RealLife, this music style originated in Andalusia and the city of Seville in particular. Elsewhere in Spain, it is practically a niche genre associated with [[{{UsefulNotes/Romani}} Roma people]][[note]]Almost half of Spain's Roma live in Andalusia[[/note]] and Andalusian immigrants and their descendants.

Also, this Iberian country is always Spain. Portugal? What's a Portugal?

Toros Y Flamenco is one of the most popular origin countries for a LatinLover.

See also LatinLand, which shares many elements with this trope, due to strong historical and cultural ties between Iberia and South American countries. Sometimes confused or amalgamated (by hack authors) with SouthOfTheBorder into {{Spexico}} due to the same strong historical and cultural ties ''plus'' the similar climate. The association of bulls with these countries falls under NationalAnimalStereotypes.

Sometimes coincides with ItsAlwaysMardiGrasInNewOrleans, when a visit to Pamplona (or any other town in Iberia if the author is particularly lazy) is destined to happen exactly on the week of the Running of the Bulls.

In RealLife Spain this trope is known as ''una españolada''[[note]]Which is "Spanish", plus the the suffix -ada ("español" + "ada"). This is the normal construction in Spain for referring to national stereotypes in general. For example, for referring to [[{{Eagleland}} American stereotypes]], it would be "americanada" ("americano" + "ada").[[/note]] or the even more derogatory ''España de pandereta'' ("Tambourine Spain").[[note]]Which is also used in debate to criticize the social and/or politic ordeals associated with Spanish culture.[[/note]]



* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2Z2_kKAe9y0 This commercial]] for EDS, with the running of the squirrels. Compare with [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9aM_3-00qX4 the real thing]]. In RealLife, Pamplona is a moderately large sized city in the comparatively humid North of the country.
* [[InvertedTrope Inverted]] by this [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sD8-h9Mgr2E Spanish beer ad]] that moves the running to the BigApplesauce and replaces the bulls with bison.

[[folder:Anime and Manga]]
* Surprisingly averted by Antonio aka Spain in ''Webcomic/AxisPowersHetalia''; while there is official art with him in a matador costume, the traditional stereotypes about the country are barely touched (he is still depicted as a ''siesta'' lover, though) and his personality is less of a LatinLover and more of a NiceGuy.
** However, in his drama CD released on December 8th 2010, the first verse mentions bullfighting and flamenco almost immediately.
* Like every other national and ethnic stereotype, this trope is alive and well in ''Anime/MobileFighterGGundam''. "Now representing Neo Spain, Matador Gundam!"
* The Spain arc of ''Anime/AshitaNoNadja'' has Nadja working her ass off to learn how to dance Flamenco, befriending an embittered ''matador'', attracting the ire of [[spoiler: the matador's ''bailaora'' NewOldFlame as she returns into his life suddenly while having plans to use the guys's affection for her]]... and, in a subversion, it shows her [[spoiler: meeting up with Keith and mistaking him for his twin brother Francis]] in the ''Alhambra'' of Granada, a place that doesn't really follow the stereotypes above.
* Spain team in ''VideoGame/{{Medabots}}''; the medafighters are dressed as bullfighters and the Medabots themselves are bull-centaurs wielding arm swords and wearing bulletproof capotes as capes. Although the one shown fighting proves to be tough, it is somehow defeated when Warbandit shoots one of its horns broken.
* Played with in ''Anime/HanaNoKoLunlun''. Around four episodes of the series happen in Spain, but only one involves the ''toros y flamenco'' stereotype. (Another even takes place in a desertic area, which can be either [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bardenas_Reales Bardenas Reales]], [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Monegros_Desert Monegros]] or [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tabernas_Desert Tabernas]].) In a further subversion, ''Lunlun'' had to disguise herself as a bullfighter to save herself and her companions from a bull, instead of meeting/befriending/helping a ''matador''.
* Also played with in ''Montana Jones'' when the gang goes to Granada. The main trio hears a deep noise. Montana says that it reminds him of a bison stampede. Alfred says that there aren't bison in Spain, so it must be a bull run. Melissa says that the bull run happens in Pamplona, not Granada. Then a bull herd runs on them... [[ExploitedTrope because the bad guys made it panic and run in their direction]].
* Mostly averted in ''Anime/KujiraNoJosephina (Josephina The Whale)''. Since the series is based in a children's book by a Spanish writer, it depicts the Madrid of the years after UsefulNotes/WorldWarII in a more realistic light - as possible as it can be through the eyes of a pre-teenager and his ImaginaryFriend, of course. In fact, one of the most important episodes towards the end [[spoiler: (when Santi meets [[FirstLove his soon-to-be girlfriend Celia]], [[ComingOfAgeStory takies the definitive steps towards teenagehood]] and leaves Josefina behind)]] takes place in [[http://wikitravel.org/en/El_Escorial El Escorial]], an historical residence of Spanish royalty that is located in a town near Madrid.
* In ''Manga/OnePiece'', the island of Dressrosa seems to follow this trope pretty closely, albeit in an affectionate way. Luffy even gets to ride a rampaging bull.
* ''Nasu: Andalusia no natsu'' ("Eggplant: Summer in Andalusia") has the main character giving a military salute to a gigantic [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Osborne_bull Osborne bull]] and Andalusians singing about Andalusia being an "infertile land" - Andalusia may have a small desert in its eastern fringe, but the general region is the breadbasket of Spain (and a good chunk of Europe). Other than that, the film largely avoids the trope as a result of choosing a local road bycicle racer as protagonist.

[[folder:Comic Books]]
* ''ComicBook/{{Asterix}} in Spain'' plays with the trope. There are "aurochs" (bulls), and Asterix acts like a matador when he fights with one, but most of the setting is traditional roman cities, no much different than the ones in other comics. There is a band of gypsies and Obelix dances flamenco, however. Partly [[JustifiedTrope justified]] because Asterix is set in 50 B.C. (so it's not like making 21st century cities look like 18th century ones). Doesn't excuse the fact there are gyps... ahem, "nomads" and flamenco [[AnachronismStew hundreds of years before]] any of them arrived in Spain (but then again, [[PresentDayPast this is Asterix]] we are talking about).[[note]]Strabo and Roman sources like Juvenal or Pliny actually talk about the ''puellae gaditanae'', women from Gades (today's Cádiz) or otherwise in the Baetica who were famous for their dances two centuries BC, even using metal castanets (''crusmata baetica''). We kid you not.[[/note]]
* ''ComicBook/{{Daredevil}}'':
** See [[http://blog.adlo.es/2007/11/el_daredevil_de_brubaker_es_bueno_bueno.html this comic]] in which the hero participates in an illegal bullfight with ''lions'' (so... ''lionfight''?..)
** Daredevil also fought a villain called the Matador very early in his career. This culminated in a battle DD won by butting the Matador with his horns. Matador's StartOfDarkness is as priceless. He was once a corrupt matador that drugged bulls with sedatives hidden in ''banderillas'' because he was afraid of them. This ended when Bruce Banner witnessed it and turned into the ComicBook/IncredibleHulk (''"The bull has no chance. This is not sport!"''). After being exposed as a coward, Matador decided to exact revenge ''[[DisproportionateRetribution on mankind]]''... [[WeAllLiveInAmerica by becoming a criminal in]] [[BigApplesauce New York City]]. Uh?
%%* And [[http://blog.adlo.es/2008/12/no_me_gusta_que_a_los_toros_te_pongas_la_minifalda.html this]] ''{{Superman}}'' one.
%%* And [[http://blog.adlo.es/2007/08/batichica_turistica.html another one]] from ''[[Franchise/{{Batman}} Batgirl]]''. Notice that the rancher is said to breed "Miura" bulls, a breed from northern Seville, and that they wear Andalusian hats when riding. Yet they are supposed to be in Madrid.
%%* And [[http://blog.adlo.es/2005/10/indiana_jones_en_barcelona.html another one]] from ''Franchise/IndianaJones''.

[[folder:Films -- Animation]]
* In ''WesternAnimation/ToyStory3'', Buzz Lightyear is reset to Spanish mode. Besides speaking Spanish, he immediately becomes a jealous LatinLover who dances Flamenco. A Flamenco-ized version of the franchise's song "You've Got a Friend in Me" is sung by the Gypsy Kings.
* ''WesternAnimation/TheRoadToEldorado'''s first scene is in Barcelona ([[ArtisticLicenseHistory though there was no real reason why]]) and features a rampaging bull (because, again).

[[folder:Films -- Live-Action]]
* There is a sequence taking place in this kind of Spain near the beginning of ''Film/MissionImpossibleII'', where they managed to mix Pamplona's Running of the Bulls with Seville's Easter processions, Valencia's Falles, and about any other Spanish cliché. Also, Anthony Hopkins tells Tom Cruise that "the people are burning the saints to worship them", which is completely false; the already mentioned Falles DO burn figures, but not of saints, and in Easter processions figures of saints are taken out, but NOT burned.
* Tom Cruise does it again in ''Film/KnightAndDay'', with running of the bulls scenes shot in scenic Seville, [[ItsAlwaysMardiGrasInNewOrleans which neither honors San Fermín nor has a running of the bulls]] (and is in the other point of Spain from the location in which they are ran). Most of the sequences were shot in Cádiz, making even more misplaced visually.
* Parodied in the classic Spanish film ''[[Film/WelcomeMrMarshall Welcome Mr. Marshall]]!'', in which the people of a small Castilian village decide to give themselves an Andalusian makeover in order to impress the Americans in charge of distributing Marshall Plan funds.
* The surreal 1959 movie ''Thunder in the Sun'' has 19th century French Basques killing Indians in California with [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Basque_pelota Cesta Punta]] and dancing Flamenco each night. It gets worse.
* The 1956 adaptation of ''Around the World in 80 Days'' has a stop in a stereotypical Spanish town where Passepartout (played by Cantinflas) is forced to do precisely toros ''y'' flamenco.
* Featured as part of a CultureEqualsCostume spoof of the United Nations' Security Council in ''Film/AustinPowersInternationalManOfMystery''. The Spanish representative is seen conversing with a matador and a tonadillera, just like [[ThirtySecondsOverTokyo the Japanese is flanked by a sumo wrestler and a geisha]] and [[BritainIsOnlyLondon the British is seated next to a beefeater]].
* The 2001 ''Series/MasterpieceTheatre'' version of ''Theatre/TheMerchantOfVenice'', and, likely, the Trevor Nunn stage production it was based on, has the Prince of Aragón show off with a flamenco dance step with fitting music to boot. Given that Aragón is in Northern Spain and has zero flamenco tradition, this was about as accurate as portraying someone from Alaska as a ten gallon hat-wearing cowboy.
* (Mostly) averted in the Creator/PeterSellers comedy ''TheBobo'', where Barcelona is shown as a bustling modern city. Still, Sellers plays a (singing) matador, and there's an extended scene in a flamenco club (with a startlingly intense performance.)
* In the original script of ''VickyCristinaBarcelona'' Juan Antonio was a bullfighter, but the Catalan public broadcasting company, which was one of the producers of the film, [[ExecutiveMeddling told]] [[Creator/WoodyAllen Allen]] to change it and he became a painter, a profession more associated with Catalan culture. Catalan moviegoers were also disappointed that the local characters only spoke Spanish and English and had rather stereotypical Spanish names.
* The Indian film ''[[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Zindagi_Na_Milegi_Dobara Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara]]'' used all the stereotypes but unlike most Hollywood films, they made an effort and the running of the bulls scenes were shot in the same streets of Pamplona where they're actually done. The main theme song, ''[[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DV8PUG4vjeo Señorita]]'', does it for the flamenco part.
* ''Film/TheJackal'''s LoveInterest is a female Basque terrorist with the very [[AsLongAsItSoundsForeign Italian]] name Isabella Celia Zancona (or Zanconia). When she is introduced to Koslova, she replies ''"She is Basque, isn't she? They say Basques live by the vendetta. If they hate someone, it's to the death. It's the same way when they love."'' Paraphrasing a Spanish critic, "At this point a woman in the audience, probably Basque, uttered a loud ''"Menuda CHO-RRA-DA"''."[[note]]''"What BULL-SHIT"''[[/note]]
* ''Film/CitySlickers'' opens during the annual Running of the Bulls in Pamplona, Spain, which the protagonists get caught up in.
* The Running of the Bulls is parodied as "The Running of the Jew" in ''{{Film/Borat}}''. Althought it's supposed to take place in Kazakhstan and it was shot [[CaliforniaDoubling in Romania]].
* Creator/JeanClaudeVanDamme's ''Film/TheQuest'' features a fighter representing the unarmed martial arts of Spain. However, instead of a folk wrestler or a ''lucha canaria'' stylist, the film presents a cocky guy dressed like a ''cantaor de flamenco'' who does random bullfighting poses during the matches and fights with spinning kicks (he is even played by a practitioner of UsefulNotes/{{Taekwondo}}, which is the least Spanish thing expectable when talking about martial arts).
** Said Taekwondo fighter, Peter Malota, is [[FakeNationality actually Albanian]] and wears a belt with the Albanian flag as a homage to his country. We are lucky the movie takes place in TheTwenties, only a decade later a Spaniard with a black eagle insignia would have a rather [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Francoist_Spain particular connotation]].
* An interesting subversion happened in the ''Film/{{Tekken}}'' movie, whose producers thought Miguel Caballero Rojo's street fighting style wasn't Spanish enough, so they changed it for a Basque martial art named ''Zipota''. However, in real life ''Zipota'' is completely unknown in Spain and is widely considered to be a fraud made up by its Texan promoter.

* As explained by Art historian Jonathan Brown (see Quotes), the main TropeMaker, at least in the US, is Washington Irving (through his ''Christopher Columbus''[[note]]Same that started the "Columbus sailed west to prove the world was round" myth.[[/note]] and ''Tales of the Alhambra'', among others) and the TropeCodifier is Creator/ErnestHemingway's ''Literature/TheSunAlsoRises'', which culminates with fiesta week in Pamplona. The second is probably the author most likely to be named in a foreign work set in Spain after Miguel de Cervantes (Creator/GeorgeOrwell if said work is political).
* Prosper Mérimée's ''Carmen'' (published 1847 and [[RippedFromTheHeadlines based on an anecdote from 1830]]), and [[AdaptationDisplacement especially]] the [[{{Theatre/Carmen}} 1870 opera]] by Georges Bizet, is one of the oldest examples of this trope.
* Creator/DanBrown claims to have studied art history in Seville. The university of Seville says it never had an art student named Dan Brown, and any similitude between the Seville and Spain of his books and the ones in reality is [[DanBrowned purely]] [[CriticalResearchFailure coincidental]].
** ''Literature/DigitalFortress'' has someone falling down the stairs of the Giralda, the Seville cathedral's belfry. Said cathedral was built over a mosque, with the original minaret being now its bellfry, and it was built to allow horses to climb to the top. So, there's not a single stair on there, but ramps.
** ''Literature/TheDaVinciCode'' describes Oviedo, the historical capital of the Kingdom of Asturias, as a village where missionaries build churches with their own hands. The only Spanish character in the novel is one such missionary, who is of course also a member of Opus Dei intending to keep TheMasquerade by all the means possible. RealLife Oviedo, by the way, is ''very'' [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Oviedo different]].
** Brown is at it again in ''Origin'', presenting again a Spain in the firm grip of the Catholic Church (and [[AcceptableTargets the Catholic Church]] as being rubbed wrong by [[DanBrowned the revolutionary new concept of biological evolution]]) - or worse: the ''[[TheCult Palmarian]]'' [[FlatWhat Church]]. The villain carries a gun fashioned into what can only be described as a [[SymbologyResearchFailure comically sized rosary]], wich he then uses to block a door; a presumed average cop pursuing him, [[FridgeLogic apparently too stupid to realize that he can just remove it by hand]], is compelled to ask God for forgiveness before [[ShootOutTheLock shooting it]]. The Spanish monarchy is very much in absolute power, being divided between an ultra-Catholic king in his deathbed that is secretly controlled by an EvilChancellor bishop, and a liberal heir apparent (in all the early 19th century sense of the word).
* ''Tom Clancy's Op-Center: Balance of Power'' (which wasn't really written by Creator/TomClancy but by a ghost writer like the rest of the series) should be considered one of the most blatant examples of CriticalResearchFailure, as the EthnicScrappy Spaniards are constantly characterized with the worst stereotypes [[SouthOfTheBorder about Mexico]][[note]]A gringo's idea of Mexico anyway[[/note]], and the whole "ethnic tension" that serves as motif of the book is said to rely on ''racial'' grounds with no linguistic or cultural differences whatsoever. The book goes as far as to claim that you can tell a Castilian apart of a Catalan because of his ''darker face''. Special nod goes to [[SmallReferencePools Luis]] [[Series/{{Zorro}} García]] [[Franchise/{{Zorro}} de la Vega]], the "[[InterpolSpecialAgent Interpol chief]]" in Madrid:
-->''Luis was a dark-skinned, black-haired, bear-large, two-fisted Andalusian Gypsy who taught flamenco dancing in his spare time. Like the dance style, the thirty-seven-year-old Luis was spontaneous, dramatic, and spirited.''
* In the play ''A Shot in the Dark'', the Spanish chauffeur Miguel Ostos is described as a bullfighting fan and a passionate and jealous lover. Unfortunately, he's not in the play's DramatisPersonae because it's a murder mystery and he's the victim.
* ''Literature/{{Discworld}}'':
** Turns up, complete with running of the bulls, in ''Discworld/WitchesAbroad''. Unfortunately the whole thing is misunderstood by the witches, and after the sight of a small blonde woman walking right through the crowd of bulls as though being trampled to death is something that happens to other people and taking the wreath off the lead bull, the townsfolk decide just to have a flower festival instead.
** Earlier books sometimes mention the "Quirmian bullfighting dance". Since Quirm is "generic Romance country" and usually closer to being France, there's some confusion as to why the dancers shout "With milk!" ("''au lait''".)
* David Hewson's ''Semana Santa'' (aka ''Death in Seville'') is a thriller about a SerialKiller acting [[CaptainObvious in Seville]]. During the Holy Week. Inflicting the same wounds, and with the same tools, [[UpToEleven as a matador on a bull during a bullfight]]. [[spoiler:In vengeance for the same thing happening to people in a secret prison during the Spanish Civil War.]] The book also mistakes the Giralda and the Torre del Oro, and treats the [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Holy_Week_in_Seville Holy Week]] and the [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Seville_Fair Fair]] as if they were [[SymbologyResearchFailure the same event]].
* Creator/SidneySheldon's ''The Sands of Time'' grabs this trope hard in the first line of the prologue and doesn't let it go until the end of the epilogue, 400 pages later. Colorfully-costumed gypsies traveling in wooden wagons are a common sight in 1970s Segovia[[note]]We only have a couple mentions that Franco died the year before as hints of this; otherwise, the prologue and epilogue push the idea that the book is set in the modern day (1988 at the time it was released), and the description of the country is consistently between Hemingway's ''For whom the bell tolls'' and Mérimée's ''Carmen.''[[/note]], everyone is a fan of El Cid, the only source of entertainment is bullfighting-related,[[note]]With special mention to the version of [[ItsAlwaysMardiGrasInNewOrleans Pamplona's Running]] that opens the book, [[WritersHaveNoSenseOfScale where the bulls knock down statues and chunks of buildings.]][[/note]] the only dance is flamenco, the only meals are chorizo, gazpacho and paella, and the only thing resembling political activism is done by the Catholic Church (which is portrayed as the mortal enemy of the [[UsefulNotes/TheFrancoRegime Francoist dictatorship]] and [[ArtisticLicenseHistory every Spanish government of the past 300 years]] ''except'' for the [[CriticalResearchFailure Second Republic]]). The main plot follows four [[AuthorAppeal sexually repressed]] HollywoodNuns [[NunTooHoly as they ride shotgun]] with a group of [[WillTheyOrWontThey alluring]] LovableRogue [[YourTerroristsAreOurFreedomFighters ETA terrorists]], traveling through the Guadarrama mountains while killing fascists and being cheered on by the people, Franchise/{{Zorro}}-style.

[[folder:Live-Action TV]]
* There is a hilariously wrong episode of ''Series/MacGyver'' set in the Basque Country (Spanish dub of the beginning [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IjbbfK87JWc here]]).
* There is an episode of ''Series/FullHouse'' where the oldest daughter tries to sell her father a trip to Spain, mariachi hat included.
* ''Series/CarolineInTheCity'': In "Caroline and the Secret", Richard and Julia throw a party before they begin an European vacation. The party is attended by "José", a [[TallDarkAndHandsome not quite tall, but dark and handsome]] Spanish matador that pronounces his name like an American ('oh-SAY!!). In his debut scene, he makes several lewd coments about Julia to Richard, despite fully being aware that she is Richard's wife, and then introduces himself with ''"I'm 'oh-Saay. I fight the bull."'' Before the party is over, [[LatinLover he is in Richard and Julia's bed having sex with a waitress]]. [[UnwittingInstigatorOfDoom Caroline mistakes the woman for Julia, tells Richard]], and he travels to Spain to confront 'oh-SAY! in the following episode "Caroline and the Bullfighter", which is made of this trope:
** Animated cutscenes to Madrid and Pamplona covered in palms, even though palms can only grow in either with the work of a dedicated gardener.
** A Madrid hotel room (in ''El Famoso Hotel de Madrid'', «The Famous Hotel of Madrid») that looks like a California beachfront home and must go out of business in Madrid's winter.
** [[{{Spexico}} Extras speaking in Mexican]] and [[LatinLand Puerto Rican dialects.]]
** A hotel maid singing "España, España, Olé".
** Such thing as a "Bullfighter Bar" down the street, decorated in bullfighting pictures and Goya paintings where "all the bullfighters (in the city? Country?) are". [[LatinoIsBrown Every single one of which]] is dark skinned, black haired, named 'oh-SAY! and dying to hit on an American woman.
** The Running of the Bulls described as a "Rite of Spring". It takes place in July. The characters also arrived in time for one running, despite being in Madrid first ([[TelevisionGeography over 240 miles away]]), during daytime, runnings taking place at 8:00 AM, and the fact they returned to the BigApplesauce in under 24 hours.
** Pamplona covered in multicolored flags, the only ones that are real being actually the national flag of Barbados.
** Richard describing Spaniards not listening to him as "[[YouKeepUsingThatWord so much machismo]]".
** A hospital hall lighted with ''chandeliers''. As if a reference hospital in a provincial capital could not have electricity. Other props in this scene include an electric fan out of business (in a town almost on the Pyrenees that rarely gets temperatures over 30ºC) and a massive wall crucifix.
* The episode ''Barcelona, May 1917'' of ''The Series/YoungIndianaJones Chronicles''. Curious case as it was written, directed and starred mostly by British people, and in turn features a lot of ''British'' stereotypes about Spain instead of American ones: paella, Cordobese hats, a ''[[AnachronismStew duel]]'' at a bullring, a small jealous husband with moustache and an omnipresent bullfight tune every 5 minutes. Oh, and once the cheating is revealed to be a forgery, the small jealous husband decides to share a drink with the guy that he was going to kill a second before. ''¡Fiesta!''
* An episode of ''Series/RelicHunter'' has Sydney and Nigel in a rush to meet a professor in a Spanish university because according to them, siesta time will begin in 20 minutes and then the whole country will start napping.
** Despite the episode actually being shot in location around Seville, the scenes of Sydney and Nigel travelling to Seville were shot in a 19th century steam train catered to tourists. In real life they would have flown directly to Seville or to Madrid and then taken the train to Seville, which is a high-speed line, but God forbid anyone showing 21st century Spain as being in the 21st century.
** The reason the [[SecretHistory Spanish]] [[MacGuffin Crown Jewels]] got lost in the first place? The courier carrying the instructions to locate them was killed by a jealous Andalusian innkeeper after he caught him [[LatinLover sleeping with his wife]].
* The Running of the Bulls is parodied in the ''Series/BrassEye'' episode "Animals" with the "Running of the Wasp", complete with footage of a crowd of people ostensibly running away from a wasp.
* ''The Path to 9/11'' filmed the scenes set in Madrid (and every other non-American location for that matter) [[CaliforniaDoubling in Morocco]]. The only attempt to make the scene feel "Spanish" is having a couple of extras dressed as nuns in the background and another playing a Spanish guitar in a corner.
* In the Season 5 premiere "Dishpan Man", TheATeam is tasked to solve a hostage crisis by [[TerroristsWithoutACause unspecified terrorists]] in Barcelona's airport. The episode avoids the most full-blown version of the trope if only because it is painfully obvious that it was filmed in [[CaliforniaDoubling the same California location]] as [[NoBudget any other episode]], and with [[WeAllLiveInAmerica the very same props]] to boot. Nevertheless, the area still seems devoid of any civilization and the A-Team saves the day by using practical effects to create '''fog''', which is treated as something shocking that [[https://c2.staticflickr.com/4/3770/9383406577_ebe8e9bbea_b.jpg never happens in the area]] because the climate is "[[ArtisticLicensePhysics too warm]]". The absurdity is topped in the third act by the terrorists' demanding to fly to Gavà, which is [[AsLongAsItSoundsForeign a town right next to the airport in real life]].
* In the ''Series/ERing'' episode "The General", the [[StockFootage stock]] [[EstablishingShot establishing shots]] of Madrid are interspersed with statutes of Catholic saints and the music consists of Spanish guitar and tap-dancing-like sounds despite the case being about an American general kidnapped by Basque terrorists in Madrid. This general is ([[VillainBall inexplicably]]) held in an apartment next to the [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Autopista_de_Circunvalacion_M-30 M30 motorway]] that looks like a pre-industrial farmstead from the inside.
* The ''{{Series/Highlander}}'' episode "Duende" has [=MacLeod=] dueling with another immortal for the love of [[GenerationXerox several generations]] of Spanish Flamenco dancers ("duende" is the word for "talent" in Flamenco music parlance).
* The episode "El Toro Bravo" of ''Series/CriminalMindsBeyondBorders'', starting with [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin the title itself]]. Two killers involved in the bullfighting business see themselves as a master and apprentice matador when they "bullfight" foreign tourists who disrespect the bulls or the festival itself during [[ItsAlwaysMardiGrasInNewOrleans the Running of the Bulls of Pamplona]]. And the police can't catch the killers sooner because everyone in Spain is a sucker to the Catholic Church and [[AristocratsAreEvil old names]], even after they have [[ImpoverishedPatrician fallen in disgrace]] [[IdiotPlot in the most nonsensical way possible]]. Throw in some [[SymbologyResearchFailure bizarre references]] to ''Literature/DonQuixote'' and Basque nationalism, techno-Flamenco in the beginning and bullfighting-inspired music at the end, and more Spanish flags and 1950s Bull Run posters than you can hang on ''{{Series/Westworld}}'''s [[{{Spexico}} Mexican village set]], and you have your Spanish episode.
* The first time ''{{Series/Alias}}'' went to Spain ("Parity"/"A Broken Heart") was pretty jarring. Sydney infiltrates a Madrid mansion by posing as a party guest with a long, dyed red mane, long, revealing red dress, a black and red fan and an explosive disguised in a 5 pesetas coin (from the 1980s... [[AnachronismStew two years after Spain switched to Euro]]). She uses the explosive to cause a distraction and steals a Medieval codex from a security room, whose information sends her to a Baroque church in Malaga. All while a Flamenco-inspired version of OneWomanWail thunders in the background. They wished up a bit in later seasons, either keeping the stereotypes in the places they are actually from (a Flamenco show in Seville, an expat's country villa somewhere in Andalusia, a nightclub in Ibiza) or making the Spanish locations so generic they could be anywhere (a dock, a hotel, a bio-weapons research lab...).
* ''Series/EmptyNest'': In "Harry's Excellent Adventure", Harry travels with his brother to Pamplona for the Running of the Bulls. They hang in a very narrow and typically Mediterranean whitewashed alley, [[{{Spexico}} drinking tequila]], until the bull herd suddenly runs on them unnanounced and they have to flee. On the wall behind there is a poster announcing a corrida with Gitanillo de Triana and Manolete, two bullfighters who died on the arena in 1931 and 1947, respectively.

[[folder:Tabletop Games]]
* The ''TabletopGame/JamesBond007'' role-playing game module ''Goldfinger II - The Man With Midas Touch'' takes the heroes to Pamplona during the Running of the Bulls, where they are doused with pheremones that make them an irresistible target to the bulls and then dumped into the Running of the Bulls as part of a DeathTrap.

* Invoked in "My Little Castagnette", in ''Theatre/TheDesertSong''.
* The ballet ''The Three-Cornered Hat'' has a prologue set in a bullring for no better reason than to provide one half of this trope. Manuel de Falla's music amply fulfills the other half.
* Bizet's ''Carmen''.

[[folder:Video Games]]
* Vega's stage in ''VideoGame/StreetFighterII'' (and Vega himself, for that matter). The catch? That stage is set in Barcelona, one of the least Toros Y Flamenco-esque cities in Spain. Of course, one can easily find a ''tablao'' if desired... but it's as representative of the city in itself as ceili dancing.
** Still, Vega's ''Super SFII Turbo'' ending includes a peek into his BigFancyHouse. It actually looks as if it was straight-up lifted [[http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/vega.PNG from Granada's Alhambra]].
* ''Mike Tyson's VideoGame/PunchOut'' has the unforgettable Don Flamenco. Besides his name, this fighter likes to comment about everyone's hair, thinks he's very beautiful, dances flamenco (some dance the game designers thought looks like flamenco, anyway) with a rose between his teeth and has a girlfriend named Carmen. And the entrance music is from Bizet's opera -- specifically, "The Toreador Song". The Wii game retains these characteristics and even gives him dialogues in actual Spanish.
* ''VideoGame/HarryPotter: Quidditch World Cup'': The Spanish team members are dressed as bullfighters, their stadium is a bullring and [[NoIndoorVoice they SCREAM!!!, don't talk]].
* The level "Black Velvetopia" in ''VideoGame/{{Psychonauts}}'' which, in typical Creator/TimSchafer absurdist style, combines Toros Y Flamenco with tacky black velvet paintings, neon &... ''high school gym class.'' Capped off with a BullfightBoss battle, of course. Somewhat justified in that the level is not an actual place, but rather a representation of the mind of a Latin-American former wrestler with a combination of OCD, chronic depression and deep-seated insecurity issues relating to an incident in high school.
* The Spanish team in ''[[VideoGame/BackyardSports Backyard Soccer]]'' is called Los Toritos.
* While the [[FantasyCounterpartCulture Kingdom of Sapin]] from ''VideoGame/AceCombatZeroTheBelkanWar'' is presented as a modern and advanced nation, some of the usual Spanish stereotypes [[ZigZaggingTrope still creep into its portrayal]]. The main female character from Spain is a modern day AcePilot with the callsign "Macarena" (groan), who works as a teacher of flamenco (groan) after she quits in the armed forces. And yes, she wears a rose in her hair while teaching said dance (groan) and is presented as a romantic, melancholic woman (groan).
* The RegionalRiff of the Spanish civilization in ''VideoGame/AgeOfEmpiresII: The Conquerors'' is distinctively flamenco-ish, despite the fact that the game ends around 1600 at the latest, yet the first mention of flamenco dates [[AnachronismStew only from 1774]]. Also, and [[EdutainmentGame as informative as it is]], one can't help but think that the History section of the game dropped the ball when they devoted most of it to what is more exotic to non-Spanish players, Muslim Spain - which would fit more in the 'Saracen' civilization part - rather than the Christian kingdoms that the game's Spanish civilization is meant to represent. Castile and Aragon are only mentioned when the text deals with the conquest of Granada and no mention whatsoever is made of Asturias, Leon, Navarre or the Catalan counties (''or'' Portugal, see Real Life).
* ''VideoGame/RomeTotalWar'' has "bull warriors" as an Iberian elite troop. While the bull is a common motif in Ancient Iberian art, there is zero evidence that such unit or their fancy helmets with bull horns sustaining a solar disc ever existed.
-->Bullshit Warriors is a better name for these tough Spanish warriors. Nowhere outside of ''Rome: Total War'' have these warriors existed.
-->-- ''[[http://rtw.heavengames.com/history/general/Truth_Fantasy/Truth_Fantasy/ Rome Total War: Truth or Fantasy?]]''
* Kind of a NecessaryWeasel in ''VideoGame/ZeroAD''. The Iberian civilization's gameplay music is far too modern, dominated by guitars and trumpets. Of course no actual Ancient Iberian melodies have survived, and the few musical scenes represented in Iberian art show instruments common in the Ancient Mediterranean like lires and flutes. The Iberian units and buildings also used to have Spanish names in the first versions of the game before the programmers switched to Basque, which is at least a non-Latin derived language (the actual relationship between Basque and the poorly understood Ancient Iberian language(s) is debated; on the other hand, the game's Iberians are a stand-in for all peoples in the ancient Iberian Peninsula, including the Iberians but also Celts, [[BreadEggsBreadedEggs Celtiberians]], proto-Basque/Aquitanians, Lusitanians, Tartessians and Balearics).
* At his debut in ''VideoGame/{{Tekken}} 6'', Miguel Caballero Rojo, the Spanish representative in the King of Iron Fist Tournament, dressed in bullfighter-inspired attire. The resulting backlash over the blatant employment of a national stereotype (something ''Tekken'' usually doesn't rely on, unlike ''Street Fighter'' where it's part of the point) made Namco change his standard outfit in ''Tekken Tag Tournament 2'', to something more akin to the street brawler he is.
** Miguel is canonically from Buñol, a popular tourist destination in Japan because of its annual tomato fight. Buñol is a figthing location in the games, with people throwing tomatos at each other in the background while the players kick the shit out of each other.
* ''VideoGame/FatalFury'' has Laurence Blood, Krauser's [[TheDragon Dragon]] and highly stereotypical bullfighter. His stage in ''2'' and ''Special'' is in the middle of a bullfighting arena in Barcelona, with a Pamplona-esque continuous stream of rushing bulls on the background preventing players from changing planes. Also to make sure we know it's Barcelona, [[EiffelTowerEffect the Sagrada Família Basilica can be seen just outside the arena in the distance.]]
* In the ''VideoGame/GrandTheftAuto'' [[FollowTheLeader knock-off]] ''Wheelman'', set in Barcelona and starring Creator/VinDiesel, Vin's contact in the "Catalan underworld" is a skilled thief moonlighting as a Flamenco dancer for no seeming reason than the fact that she's Spanish. She looks very much like a HotGypsyWoman stereotype, which would have some verosimilitude, but it is unknown if this was the developers' intention or they were going for a SpicyLatina. There is also Flamenco-inspired music, a couple of missions in the bullring ''La Monumental'' (although it's closed down for reform in the game), and Vin drives a tanker truck brand "Toro de Lidia" at one point.
* Franco Gerelt of ''Videogame/StarGladiator'' is a honorable 24th century matador who is forced to fight for the BigBad after [[IHaveYourWife he kidnapped his wife and daughter]] and surgically placed [[WhyAmITicking a bomb]] in his body. His WeaponOfChoice is a [[LaserBlade laser]] [[RoyalRapier rapier]].
* ''Videogame/ShinMegamiTensei'' has Matador, the arrogant and aptly-named [[NinjaPirateZombieRobot zombie-demon-pirate-bullfighter]]. It is implied that he was a [[WasOnceAMan human matador]] who died in the arena. His top attacks are called "Golpe Andalucia" and "Red Capote".

[[folder:Web Animation]]
* In ''WebAnimation/{{Arfenhouse}}: The Movie'', for reasons not clear, the characters are transported to a crudely-drawn "SPAYN!!" at the time of "TEH RUNNIN OV TEH BUHHS" (a herd of Pringles cans).

[[folder:Western Animation]]
* Creator/WaltDisney's ''WesternAnimation/FerdinandTheBull'' short ([[AdaptationDisplacement And the book it was based on]]).
* The ''WesternAnimation/MickeyMouse2013'' short "[[Recap/MickeyMouseS2E16AlRojoVivo Al Rojo Vivo]]" takes place during the Running of the Bulls. It also includes another Spanish festival, La Tomatina (the one where they [[FoodFight throw tomatoes at each other]]), which takes place in a different town and at another time of year.
* In the ''WesternAnimation/ChipNDaleRescueRangers'' episode "When Mice Were Men", the Rangers travel to Spain, to a place named "Tramplonia" to be precise, to visit an old friend of Monty named Don Quijole. He tells them about an evil bull who stole all the other bulls to ruin the Running of the Bulls festival. The Rescue Rangers construct a mecha-toreador to defeat the evil bull. This is where the picture of the article is from.
* In an episode of ''WesternAnimation/JackieChanAdventures'', the bad guys tail Jackie to Pamplona, and end up getting caught up in the Running of the Bulls. Everyone has to run for it except the [[DemonicPossession Shendu-possessed]] Valmont, who the animals avoid like water around a rock.
* An episode of the classic ''WesternAnimation/{{Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles|1987}}'' cartoon features the Running of the Bulls... ''in Lisbon''. Which of course, looks like your stereotypical Spanish town, apart from the mentions of them being in Portugal.
** Of note is the Running of the Bulls being interrupted by people carrying Holy Week ''Pasos'', except they have [[SymbologyResearchFailure bull and matador figures instead of saints]]; the fact that there seems to be a treeless desert outside of "Lisbon", and that the cathedral and bullring look like dead-ringers for Madrid's La Almudena and Las Ventas, respectively.
* One episode of ''WesternAnimation/TotallySpies'' has the spies going to Spain. Not only is Madrid placed much higher on the map, the city seems to have come out of the 19th century, and obviously there are bulls.
* ''WesternAnimation/SylvesterAndTweetyMysteries'' has one episode where Granny and her pets go to Pamplona and Sylvester has to constantly run away from bulls. Bonus points for also getting the festival's name right.
* ''WesternAnimation/FamilyGuy'': In "Peter's Got Woods," Peter makes Brian go to a PTA-meeting at James Woods High School in his place and Brian is surprised to find Quagmire there, despite being single and (presumably) having no children (let alone ones who attend that particular high school). Quagmire points out that he's had sex with women all over the world and that he very well could have kids in their twenties--then the episode cuts to "Madrid, Spain," represented by a Spanish colonial villa in what appears to be a desert, where a woman (speaking in an [[ShownTheirWork surprisingly good Spaniard accent]]) berates a man who [[StrongFamilyResemblance looks like Quagmire]] (but with [[Film/ElMariachi a ponytail]] and a {{Film/Cantinflas}} [[{{Spexico}} 'stache]]) for coming home so late. Before leaving again, the man goes on a much-less-well-accented Spanish rant ending with "I'm going to go see a bullfight!"
* Largely averted in ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons''.
** The one episode where bullfighting is a plot point ("Million Dollar Abie") is because the Old Hispanic Guy convinces Springfield to transform the local football stadium into a bullring, and Spain is not mentioned once (though the last scene is a clear ShoutOut to the Running of the Bulls).
** The chairman of the IOC in "The Old Man and the C-Student" is never said to be from any country, but he is [[PhenotypeStereotype a tan Caucasian with black hair and beard and speaks in a Castilian accent]]. When the stereotypical FrenchJerk representative throws wine at him, he throws wine back. At the time the episode was first aired, the position had been occupied for almost 20 years by [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Juan_Antonio_Samaranch Juan Antonio Samaranch]] (who looked nothing like the guy).
** In "Waverly Hills, 9-0-2-1-D'oh" Homer and Marge go to a Tapas bar (with a sign reading "[[LampshadeHanging Not how the Spanish really eat]]" over the door). Marge defines eating tapas as "waiting for a meal that never arrives."
** The Couch Gag in "You don't have to live like a referee" has the family running from a couch stampede through the streets of Pamplona, complete with San Fermín kits.
** In "YOLO", Homer gets again in touch with his childhood penpal -- Eduardo from Barcelona. He read Homer's letters while sitting in one of the very bell towers of the Sagrada Familia and sent Homer a photo of himself dressed as a bullfighter. He speaks in a Castilian accent (a Catalan one was probably asking too much) and is religious but also a womanizer ("[[UpToEleven Eight wives, two hundred children!]]"). He also takes Homer to Springfield Tapas ("Formerly Chintzy's Small Portions", perhaps the reason there is a [[{{Spexico}} picture of two tacos]] on the wall) and his scenes are accompanied by guitar and castanet music.
** Bart, being the poster child of the BookDumb trope including GlobalIgnorance, believes that ''Toro''nto is in Spain.
* The Spanish player in ''WesternAnimation/{{Hurricanes}}'' is named Toro [[AsLongAsItSoundsForeign Contrais]]. Though human, he has stereotypical bull-like attributes, being large, bulky, broad-chested, raven-haired and overconfident in the field, and he hails from [[ItsAlwaysMardiGrasInNewOrleans Pamplona]]. In one episode he was expelled from the team and he made career as a [[{{Spexico}} luchador]] named "The Masked Matador".

[[folder:Real Life]]
* On the issue of Portugal being considered part of Spain, it is interesting to note that prior to the union of Castile and Aragon in the late 15th century, "Spain" was a purely geographical term applied to the whole Iberian Peninsula, and Portugal (which had secured [[OlderThanTheyThink its independence in 1143]]) thus was considered as Spanish as any other Iberian kingdom (John II of Portugal was in fact angered when Ferdinand and Isabella called themselves monarchs of Spain for this very same reason). It wasn't until the dynastic union under the Habsburgs and the later rebellion in 1640 that Portuguese independence was restored and that being "Spanish" became a foreign notion to the Portuguese. [[BerserkButton Don't ask a Portuguese person if he or she is Spanish.]] It's ''very'' poor form.
* There are three things you can expect any Spanish euro store to have (even moreso if frequented by tourists): a stuffed bull, a ''sevillana'' dancer doll, and a [[{{Spexico}} Mexican hat]]. There is at least some justification to that, as those Mexican ''sombreros'' '''are''' descendants of the broad-brimmed hats worn in Andalusia, but they look nothing like their ancestors.[[note]]Most common of these, ''sombrero cordobés'', is actually the hat that Franchise/{{Zorro}} traditionally wore -- a medium-sized hat with the flat circular brim and the low cylindrical crown. The Mexican hat, with its tall conical crown and enormous upturned brim probably descended from another variant, ''sombrero de catite''.[[/note]]
* It should be noted here that the usual depiction of the Spanish countryside as the classical depictions of southwestern North America, with a similar climate (and dotted with towns of whitewashed buildings), has its exceptions not only on its mountainous regions but also mainly in the form of the [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Green_Spain northermost Spain]], whose considerably wetter and milder climate gives it lush landscapes similar to those of Great Britain or Ireland. In Galicia and Asturias, the similarity with the British Isles even exists at a geological level. As a result, the traditional architecture there is also dominated by grey stone walls and black shale roofs, not at all white lime and red tiles.
* Already in the 1860s, the French writer Jean-Charles Davillier complained that there weren't as many ''mantillas'' and gypsy dancers in the Spain he visited as previous travel literature had led him to believe.