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Film: Nacho Libre
Nacho Libre is a 2006 comedy movie starring Jack Black loosely based on the true story of Fray Tormenta, a Mexican priest who secretly fought as a masked wrestler to support his orphanage (Tormenta himself was inspired to do this by wrestling movies.)

The movie features Black as Brother Ignacio, a monk who cooks at a poor children's orphanage. Having always dreamed of being a wrestler (and wanting to gain money to help feed the orphans) Ignacio assumes the Secret Identity of the luchador Nacho, teamed up with a skinny man named Steve who goes by the stage name of Esqueleto (Skeleton).


Tropes found in this film:

  • Alternative Foreign Theme Song: The theme song for the Japanese version of is called "Go! Go! Carlito" by Jonny Jakobsen, written with a Mexican theme of course.
  • Bash Brothers: A luchador team that takes on Nacho and Esqueleto.
  • Berserk Button: Don't tell Ignacio that you hate the orphans of the world.
  • Contrived Coincidence: Ignacio burns his robe off enough to reveal his secret but doesn't get any serious burns himself. Justified by Rule of Funny.
  • Disqualification-Induced Victory: The winner of a battle royale wrestling match gets a title fight against champ Ramses. Nacho is the last man eliminated, with the victory going to Ramses' goon Silencio. When Silencio is injured the day before the match, Nacho gets to fight Ramses instead.
  • Eye Scream: Esqueleto impales a thug's eye with an ear of corn (his partner was going to stab them.)
  • Fake Nationality
  • Getting Crap Past the Radar: Ignacio's song he wrote to confess his love for Encarnacion. It's about them breaking their vows of celibacy, in a Nickelodeon movie.
  • Hide And No Seek: While playing a game with the kids outside, Ignacio decides to talk to the hot new nun, Encarnacion.
    Ignacio: OK kids, new game. *dropkicks ball* Go get it!
  • Just a Stupid Accent: The main characters speak stilted English as if to remind us that they're actually speaking Spanish.
  • Large Ham: Nacho, as expected when played by Jack Black.
  • Lethal Joke Character: What Nacho seems to have evolved into by the end of the film. His moves aren't as refined as Ramses', and involve a lot of showboating and pranking. But despite that he's more or less competent and his reversals allow him to surprise more powerful opponents. And of course, if his Heroic Resolve kicks in, he'll channel the spirit of the Eagle on your ass.
  • Masked Luchador
  • Professional Wrestling
  • Pro Wrestling Is Real
  • Religious Bruiser: Nacho, once he gets serious.
  • Timeshifted Actor: We see Nacho both as a teen and as an adult.
  • Translation Convention: Presumably all the characters are speaking Spanish, despite the dialogue of the main characters being in English (other characters speak actual Spanish, making this more confusing.)
  • What Could Have Been: Adam Sandler was originally offered the lead role but turned it down as he found the premise insulting (Sandler is a big wrestling fan in real life).
  • Zany Scheme: Several, but surprisingly not the film's basic premise of a wrestling priest, as it actually happened!

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alternative title(s): Nacho Libre
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