Characters from the Argentinean comic book Cazador
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"Don't run 'cause nobody's getting out of here alive! Carajo!"
Nominal Hero par excellence, Cazador is a hedonist whose only interests are alcohol, women and football. He only answers the Call to Adventure when there's absolutely no other choice, and always reluctantly -unless the correct Berserk Button is pressed or a sufficient reward is offered to him. His backstory actually stretches back to the colonization of the Americas: he was the son of a German mercenary who arrived to the New World in an expedition led by Juan Díaz de Solís. Expelled from his town under accusations of cannibalism, Cazador led a group of fellow exiles in a bloody crusade against the natives, whom he blamed for his troubles.During one of his brutal raids, Cazador spared a native who promised to lead him to a hill full of pure silver and food in return. He was instead lured into an ambush, where most of his men were massacred and he was taken prisoner. As punishment for his actions, the natives subjected him to a ritual by which spirits possessed his body, granting him eternal life, so that he would get to experience the pain of not being able to die. He was therefore cursed to walk the Earth from then on, becoming a bane for those around him. Accompanying this curse, there was a revelation: unbeknownst to Cazador, as his father had kept it secret from him, his own mother was a native, and she died while giving birth to him.
In-Series Nickname: He has many; "Caza", "Cazi" and "Cazita" are some of the most frequently used.
Jerkass: Don't expect him to be nice to you, even if you're on his side.
Mad Bomber: He is proficient with all kinds of explosives, and has reduced many people to bloody bits with them.
Multiple Choice Past: In a special issue, Cazador's origin is retold from the point of view of a historian, and a few details are changed (for example, Cazador knew he was half native all along, and his immortality is hereditary). Whether this constitutes a Retcon or a case of Unreliable Narrator/All Just a Dream (Cazador's Origins Episode was framed as his dying hallucination) is anyone's guess.
Psychopathic Manchild: He still believes in Santa Claus, collects bottle caps, sleeps with a teddy bear and uses a very childish language.
Cazador's intelligent and polite American counterpart, real name Robert Howard. Working for NASA, he refused to take part in the construction of an explosive device using technology recovered from a UFO crash. Unfortunately, that meant he knew too much, which led to an assassination attempt in his house disguised as a gas explosion. Robert survived, but his family was killed. Angry at this, he donned the identity of Hunter to chase down and kill the persons responsible for the attack.
Defector from Decadence: He left his country to seek out Cazador for help after learning that the US government was planning to stave off an alien invasion by selling out South America to the invaders (perhaps a Shout-Out to the ill-fated remake of El Eternauta, which had that same premise). He also had personal reasons for going against the wishes of his government and fighting the aliens, as many years prior they had abducted Bettie Page, of whom he is in love with, as part of the deal.
Evil Counterpart: Inverted, he is Cazador's Good Counterpart. Pretty much the only thing they have in common is a blue cowl with a white symbol on the forehead and the meaning of their codenames; even though they both are on the side of Good their motivations for doing so are completely opposite.
Good Is Not Soft: He's willing to fight with lethal force if it's needed to save the world.
Guile Hero: Cazador wasn't willing to help him at first, so he convinced him that Bettie would thank them very, very well if they rescued her.
Heartbroken Badass: His encounter with Bettie Page doesn't come out the way he would have liked (actually, he never meets Bettie at all, the aliens show him a decoy to make him believe that she has become a hideous abomination. The real Bettie is fine, she just doesn't want anything to do with him).
For the Evulz: He engaged in random acts of violence in his first appearances, though he became more focused once he had set his true plans in motion.
I Have Many Names: A Time Travel story has Cazador meeting him in the past; people of the era referred to him as Arawn, the king of the underworld in Welsh mythology. When Cazador addresses him as Melkor, he recognizes it as one of his names. Presumably, he's the god of the underworld in many cultures.
Smug Snake: Underestimating Cazador proves to be his downfall in each of his appearances.
Unknown Rival: When they first met after the comic was Un-Canceled in the 2000s, Cazador seemed to have forgotten all about him.
Villain with Good Publicity: When he first surfaced to the mortal plane in the present, he instantly became a celebrity and was invited to conventions and TV shows, with his evil acts being celebrated as "funny" and "charming".
Demoted to Dragon: Despite being a contender to Hell's throne and Melkor's rival in his first appearances, he's seen working for him in later comics. Apparently, his allegiance to him goes back and forth.
"Cazador, you will repent from the evils you inflict upon me."
Cazador's malformed brother(s) who grew out of a cyst extracted from his anus. Despite having three somewhat independent heads, he is always treated as a single entity. He has more than a bit in common with Frankenstein's Monster: abandoned by his creator/brother, and feared because of his monstrous appearance, he turns evil in frustration. In fact, many of his lines are practically lifted from the original novel; therefore, many of the tropes that apply to the creature apply to him as well.
Angsty Surviving Triplet: Cazador cut off two of his heads and kept them as trophies after their first encounter, which left Ultimate Abomination with an even stronger grudge against his brother.
Church Militant: He was given a stern Catholic education by his uncle, who was a priest. When he is contacted by the turd god (see below), this gives him a new purpose in life, to start a crusade against the Antichrist.
Enemy Summoner: He can produce excrements with a limited life of their own; they have eyes, mouths and claws.
Fartillery: His superpower. He can even use his explosive farts to fly like a rocket, which gives a double meaning to his codename ('cuete', Argentinean slang for a fart, is a corruption of the Spanish word for 'rocket', 'cohete').
A man whose father was killed during one of Cazador's rampages when he was a kid. Cazador also pointed his gun at him, but spared him. This experience left him severely traumatized, with recurrent nightmares of Cazador. He came to believe that he was a powerful demon, and that by killing people in his name he would be able to calm his rage.
Bad Dreams: As a kid, he kept dreaming that Cazador returned to finish him off.
No Name Given: We never find out his name, and promotional material only refers to him in generic terms.
Perspective Flip: He had been following Cazador's adventures closely since the beginning, and we briefly get to see the events from his perspective. As it turns out, he was actually responsible for an earlier Deus ex Machina: he provided the chainsaw that Cazador found on a bus and used in his first fight against the Ultimate Abomination.
Self-Made Orphan: Though Cazador killed his father, he himself killed his own mother and her lover as a final sacrifice.
Senseless Sacrifice: He tried to do a heroic sacrifice to stop Cazador for good; alas, he underestimated Cazador's resilience.
"You still owe me my 600 pesos, eh?"
Straddling the line between enemy and mere "annoying acquaintance", Von Orenstein is a comic book store owner and amateur occultist who trusted a copy of the Necronomicon to Cazador, who never paid him back. He is obsessed with collecting on this debt.
Work Off the Debt: He has proposed this to Cazador many times, but unfortunately Cazador isn't interested, and when he does accept he doesn't make for a reliable employee, quitting at the slightest opportunity (though to be fair, working for Von Orenstein isn't very fun).
"If Cazador is the illness, we are the cure."
The leader of the League of Avenger Nannas, a group of elderly Moral Guardians who want to put an end to Cazador's indecency.
Verbal Tic: Like the original character, he uses diminutives and adds the suffix "-us" to nouns.
"Amalaya! I finally found you, rascals!"
One of Argentina's most renowned comic book characters, he's a wealthy Tehuelche chieftain who's as generous as he's strong, which is a lot. He died off-panel of an unspecified ailment, but he was brought back to life later when his corpse, which had been embalmed with an experimental chemical created by Professor Neurus, was struck by lightning.
Artificial Zombie: Despite being functionally alive, his body is still decomposing and emits a horrible stench.
Patoruzú's godfather and brother, respectively, who are almost always paired together. They tried to use their relative's dead body to smuggle drugs around the country, but got into trouble with Cazador in the process.
Hookers and Blow: This is the lifestyle they lead and are struggling hard to maintain.
Revenge Before Reason: Isidoro makes a Deal with the Devil in order to be able to exact revenge on Cazador, but he is so obsessed with this task that he neglects to fulfil his end of the bargain. Needless to say, the Devil isn't too happy about it...
Those Two Bad Guys: Best exemplified when they try to extort money from Isidoro's rich uncle, beating him up to the brink of death.
The last survivor of planet Krypton, which was destroyed by the Junians because of the warmongering nature of its inhabitants. He lives up to that reputation while working as a superpowered enforcer for the US government, though he has plans of his own.
"Do you know how much money it takes to mobilize the armies? I'm broke."
Superman's arch-enemy and supreme ruler of Apokolips, though he's actually Uruguayan. He turns out to be an old friend of Cazador; they met while on vacation some time before the events of his appearance in the comic.
Ambiguously Evil: He's still the ruthless leader of Apokolips, but unlike his official incarnation he never shows any true villainous qualities nor a desire for conquest, helping to save the Earth instead by providing reinforcements to fight Superman and the Martians.
Cassandra Truth: He had been warning humans not to trust Superman for years.
Let's Get Dangerous: When Cazador and his group come to his house looking for help, he shows up wearing an undershirt, pyjama pants and slippers, and Hunter comments on how unimpressive he looks. Then Cazador mentions his arch-enemy...