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:

  • Artistic License Sports: A great many liberties are taken with professional wrestling. The most glaring issue is that it presents wrestling as real and not staged, but this can be forgiven for the sake of the plot. However, certain basic rules in professional wrestling (even in kayfabe) are ignored. For example, to finish one match, the hero receives a tombstone piledriver, a move which is illegal in Mexico, where the story is set. In the climax of the film, he even pins his opponent... outside the ring.
  • Acrofatic: Nacho and Eskelito's admirer.
  • Acquired Situational Narcissism: Downplayed. From the start Nacho wanted respect and glory, and he still buys better food for the orphans.
  • 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.
  • Artistic License Religion: nothing horrendous but their are little mistakes to Consecrated Life i.e. brother, sister, monk, nun.
  • Bash Brothers: A luchador team that takes on Ignacio and Esqueleto.
  • Bilingual Bonus: for background conversations
  • Berserk Button: Don't tell Ignacio that you hate the orphans of the world.
  • But Not Too Foreign: Nacho is part Scandinavian and part Mexican.
  • Bystander Syndrome: Ramses with autographs and Silencio with a begging child.
  • 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.
  • Chairman of the Brawl: Sientate! (Sit down!)
  • Dean Bitterman: one of the monks to Ignacio.
  • Determinator: participating in Curb Stomp matches only for the base pay
  • 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.)
  • Fastball Special: Satan's Cavemen
  • Friend to All Children: Nacho, his motivation for his wrestling was to support the livelihood of orphans at his church.
  • 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.
  • Generation Xerox: Chacho to Igancio
  • Grievous Harm with a Body: natural with wrestling
  • 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!
  • It's All About Me: Ramses
  • Improvised Weapon: elotes and churros
  • 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 you.
  • Lull Destruction: climax of the movie is punctuated with a fart, but this is Nickelodeon.
  • Masked Luchador
  • Out-of-Character Moment: Eskelito, self-proclaimed "man of science", suggests seeing a water gypsy to find eagle eggs to get their strength.
  • Professional Wrestling
  • Pro Wrestling Is Real
  • Race Lift: strongly averted. Filmed and cast entirely in Mexico, except for Jack Black.
  • Rags to Riches: One of the main reasons Nacho enters wrestling is to do this both for himself, and for the orphanage, at least to some extent.
  • 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.)
  • Zany Scheme: Several, but surprisingly not the film's basic premise of a wrestling priest, as it actually happened!