[[caption-width-right:300:This face is one of the [[{{Irony}} top selling]] [[MisaimedFandom t-shirts]]]]
->''It would take a thousand years and a million pages to write Che’s biography.''
-->--'''Creator/GabrielGarciaMarquez''', Colombian journalist

%%NOTE: Che Guevara is a very controversial historical figure that have strong supporters and opponents from all sides. Rule Of Cautious Editing Judgement is strongly applied in this page. YMMV tropes should NOT be placed in this page and should be kept in a neutral point of view.

Ernesto Guevara (1928-1967), better known by his nickname ''"Che"'', [[note]] An informal Argentinian tic equivalent to "dude", "man", or "bro" in American English. Other Latin Americans heard him use it a lot and the name stuck. [[/note]] was an [[{{UsefulNotes/Argentina}} Argentinian]] [[Creator/KarlMarx Marxist]] revolutionary best known for two facts: his active role in the Cuban Revolution (in which he helped UsefulNotes/FidelCastro to seize power from the United States-backed dictator Fulgencio Batista), and making a profitable market of people who bought T-shirts with his face on them after his death in Bolivia, where he was arrested and executed by the Bolivian military with the aid of the CIA. He also took part in the Congo revolution, but it wasn't successful.

Defending a socialist cause and being executed at a young age, Che Guevara has evolved into a symbol that represents both, ''"civil disobedience"'' and ''"political awareness"'' (TheOtherWiki has [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Che_Guevara several]] [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Legacy_of_Che_Guevara articles]] [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Che_Guevara_in_popular_culture about him]]). More often than not, he is also used as the "Romantic Expression" of Guerilla Warfare: a tough but well-intentioned guy, willing to fight injustice (and American imperialism) over everything (one example is ''VideoGame/MetalGearSolidPeaceWalker''). [[HistoricalHeroUpgrade Often treated as a hero figure and many books, film, and TV shows alike]].

Lots of books, quite a few movies, and even an SNK ''MetalSlug''-ish videogame called ''"Guevara"'' ([[DolledUpInstallment dolled up]] in the USA as ''VideoGame/GuerrillaWar'') have been done about him.

* ArsonMurderAndJaywalking: Many of his opponents like to point out that he's a mass murderer, terrorist, racist towards blacks [[note]]This claim is only partially correct. See PoliticallyIncorrectVillain[[/note]], and had a strong distaste for rock and jazz ("bourgeois" music, of course).
* ArtisticLicenseEconomics: His efforts at developing the Cuban economy as part of Castro's new government were...unsuccessful. To his credit, he realized this himself and admitted he made a mistake and stepped away from his post. He was more successful in his literacy campaign.
* BadassBeard: He had a very prominent beard and he was a pretty badass guy.
* BadassBookworm: [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Che_Guevara#Intellectual_and_literary_interests From Wikipedia]]: ''"Guevara learned [[SmartPeoplePlayChess chess]] from his father and began participating in local tournaments by age 12. During adolescence and throughout his life he was passionate about poetry, especially that of Creator/PabloNeruda, Creator/JohnKeats, Antonio Machado, Creator/FedericoGarciaLorca, Creator/GabrielaMistral, César Vallejo, and Creator/WaltWhitman. He could also recite Creator/RudyardKipling's ''"If—"'' and JoseHernandez's MartinFierro from memory. The Guevara home contained more than 3,000 books, which allowed Guevara to be an enthusiastic and eclectic reader, with interests including Karl Marx, Creator/WilliamFaulkner, André Gide, Emilio Salgari and Creator/JulesVerne. Additionally, he enjoyed the works of Jawaharlal Nehru, Creator/FranzKafka, Creator/AlbertCamus, UsefulNotes/VladimirLenin, and Jean-Paul Sartre; as well as Anatole France, Friedrich Engels, Creator/HGWells, and Creator/RobertFrost."''
* BananaRepublic: Cuba under Batista is the [[FlameBait least disputed]] example.
* BolivianArmyEnding: A surprisingly literal form of this trope, especially when the period between "Che gets overrun by Bolivian Military" and "Che winds up dead" was relatively unknown; it's since been disclosed by the Bolivian Army.
* BuryYourGays: Applied quite literally. He and Castro murdered or imprisoned in labor camps many innocent people for the "crime" of being homosexual.
%%* CombatMedic
* DrillSergeantNasty /GeneralFailure /TheNeidermeyer: Even those sympathetic to him point out that he often treated his men ''very'' roughly. On top of this, he was something of an incredibly uneven officer, showing almost suicidal bravery in one battle, and crushing cowardice in the next.
* EnemiesEqualsGreatness: He believed this:
-->''"It's a sad thing not to have friends, but it is even sadder not to have enemies."''
* FamousLastWords [=/=] DefiantToTheEnd: A very famous real-life example, as reported by his executioner:
--> ''"I know you've come to kill me. Shoot. Do it. Shoot me, you coward! You are only going to kill a man!"''
* HellholePrison: La Cabaña, a prison where Che worked and where he performed summary executions.
* HistoricalBadassUpgrade: To what degree has been disputed. However, he's gone down in the PopCultureOsmosis as the badass, rugged revolutionary to end all revolutionaries with the ability to singlehandedly topple governments. In reality, his track record outside Cuba was dismal, he constantly underestimated his enemies to the point of disaster, and he probably killed more helpless prisoners than he ever did fighting enemies.
* HistoricalHeroUpgrade[=/=]HistoricalVillainUpgrade: Yes, and [[RuleOfCautiousEditingJudgement let's leave it this way]]. It must be said that Che probably has the most positive reputation of all Marxist revolutionaries in the West, thanks largely to the famous photograph by Korda. His [[DracoInLeatherPants brooding good looks]] undoubtedly played no small part in the matter.
* HeterosexualLifePartners: Alberto Granado, a fellow doctor who joined him in his Motorcycle journey
* {{Irony}}: He was a communist guerilla leader. Nowadays, his face adorns untold numbers of t-shirts and posters sold in shopping malls across America.
%%* KnightTemplar
* NecessarilyEvil: How the handling of La Cabaña prison is often treated by those who like him.
* NiceJobBreakingItHero: The ultimate result of the Cuban Revolution.
* OfficerAndAGentleman: Despite the sometimes firsthand executions of Batista supporters and officials, it's also known that he would release captured Bolivian soldiers after taking their weapons and uniforms.
* PoliticallyIncorrectVillain: He engaged in mass murder against many, including homosexuals; on top of this he was generally extremely crude and prone to decidedly non-PC insults. This has caused many people- mostly his opponents - to accuse him for being racist towards blacks. This is taken from a personal diary entry he had, and eyewitness accounts of some rather derogatory language he used towards some of his men. In reality, he wrote this said diary entry when he was touring around South America and encountered the black population for the first time in a Venezuelan slums. ''Three days after he wrote that said diary entry'', he complained to his friends about the "white discrimination against blacks" when he was at Miami; called for racial integration of in Cuba years before United States did so; fellow revolutionary Juan Almeida, [[BlackBestFriend one of his best friends, was Afro-Cuban]]; had a personal bodyguard who was black; taught an illiterate black man how to read; promoted several black artists and Civil Rights leaders like UsefulNotes/MalcolmX; and gave a TheReasonYouSuckSpeech at the United Nations criticizing U.S. segregation laws and the South African apartheid society ([[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BUmqsWzPDvs&feature=player_embedded the speech can be heard here]]). Note that he tried to help a communist revolution in Congo and is praised by Nelson Mandela and Black Panther's Stokely Carmichael for his actions.
** Of course, by a lot of eyewitness or "eyewitness" accounts, this never stopped him from being rather verbally abrasive towards Blacks, including some of his men (though that could be largely written off because [[DrillSergeantNasty Che was usually abrasive to ''everyone'' in his unit]], and more ambiguously he's been alleged to have had some stereotypical views of Blacks even if he didn't approve of discrimination against them personally.
* TheRevolutionWillNotBeCivilized: Che personally executed hundreds of people, usually without trial.
* ShoutOut:
** "Indian Girl" by Music/TheRollingStones from ''Music/EmotionalRescue'':
--> ''Mr. gringo, my father, he ain't no UsefulNotes/CheGuevara''
--> ''And he's fighting the war on the streets of Masaya''
--> ''Little Indian girl, where's your father?''
--> ''Little Indian girl, where is your momma?''
--> ''They're fighting for [[UsefulNotes/FidelCastro Mr. Castro]] in the streets of Angola.''
** Music/{{Madonna}} mimicks the world famous photograph of Che Guevara on the album cover of ''Music/AmericanLife''.
* VerbalTic: "Che" is a common Argentinian verbal tic. People noticed that Guevara used it.
* YouHaveOutlivedYourUsefulness: One interpretation of his death has Castro, the USSR (or both) sending him to Bolivia out of fear that Che's popularity would lead him to become a serious rival. Could be one possible explanation for the attitude of Bolivia's communist leader, Mario Monje, towards Guevara: apathy at best and hostility at worst.
* YoungFutureFamousPeople: The book ''The Motorcycle Diaries'', Guevara's memoir about his early life, made in a [[Film/TheMotorcycleDiaries movie]].
* YourTerroristsAreOurFreedomFighters: Compare how the Cuban Exile organizations view him with how he's regarded in socialist circles.
* WarriorPoet: Che wrote at least one book, TheMotorCycleDiaries, and also... well, the warrior part is pretty obvious.
* WardensAreEvil: Cubans who were inside of La Cabañas Prison tend to describe Che this way.
* WellIntentionedExtremist: A possible interpretation of him, although certainly not the only one.

''Hasta la victoria siempre''