El Santos is a comic book anthology written by the Mexican artists José Trinidad Camacho (aka Trino) and José Ignacio Solórzano (aka Jis) about the aforementioned character, a very vulgar, over-the-top parody of the famous wrestling legend El Santo (and also about the whole Mexican wrestling world, as a whole).El Santos is a Mexican wrestler (or luchador) who fights against the forces of evil, both inside and outside the ring, except that he doesn't have any superpower other than being an arrogant Jerkass. One of his biggest rivals is his ''former'' wifeLa Tetona Mendoza, a really ugly and thuggish woman who is one of the few people able to kick his ass at daily basis, and she's an even bigger Jerkass than El Santos!The whole comic book is famous (or infamous) for being a no-punches-pulled parody of the Mexican Professional Wrestling world and also from the Masked Luchador genre (especially at expenses of El Santo's popularity) and both Trino and Jis doesn't have any qualms to use any kindof narrative tropes, no matter how ridiculous can be.Besides the books, there's a series of web-episodes about his adventures, and recently, a full-fledged animated movie under the same name of the original books, El Santos contra La Tetona Mendoza was shown in Mexico at November 2012.NOTE: This article includes tropes from the comic books, the web-episodes and the animated movie.
Breaking the Fourth Wall: In the film, while both Santos and Cpl. Valdivia are about to being sent to a cliff due to the Sahuayo Zombies being attracted by Mariachi music, and Valdivia crying about dying without being loved, Santos misreads about the being loved part with unable to suck cocks and he ask the audience if Valdivia really said that. He's answered (in a live-action sequence, no less) by Mexican journalist Elena Poniatowska while eating popcorns and watching the film.
Cluster F-Bomb: Basically, everyone at any time will drop a F-bomb, regardless the situation.
In the film, this is upgraded to Carpet F-Bombing!
Crazy Enough to Work:In the film, To be able to kill Peyote, Santos uses an old Mexican Urban Legend about, if you eat avocado and you ger angry, you will die due of a heart attack. This is even lampshaded by many of his partners since they told him that's not going to work. It did, but not in the way El Santos thought at first.
Creator Provincialism: Played straight in the film, despise the whole plot starts to threat the entire planet, but averted in the comic books when El Santos starts to wrecking havoc abroad. One of the issues includes Santos destroying buildings in Japan, just a panel later returning to Queretaro, Mexico without any explanation.
Government Conspiracy: Parodied like hell: Turns that the Sahuayo Zombies were created by the Mexican government somewhere in the past, but it's never explained beyond this and it seems no one cared what happened with them after that.
Gratuitous English: Being a Mexican film, this is understandable. Also German and Japanese too.
Groin Attack: Many of them, and when Santos and his friends are trying to escape via a soccer game, they bet their own nether parts if they lose.
Reality Ensues:During the final duel between Santos and Peyote in the film, Peyote slips himself with an avocado peeling that was in the floor, breaking his back and ending paralytic for life. This is pretty egregious, since in a previous scene, Peyote also falls from a higher place and slams his back against the floor, with no ill effects.
Running Gag: Both the comic books and the web-episodes begins with the phrase: Estaba un Dia Estaba El Santos...note Roughly translated as Once Upon a Time El Santos is doing...
Take That: In the promotional web-episodes used for promoting the animated film, when Corporal Valdivia is tweeting some stuff:
@CorporalValdivia: Facebook is for druggies and Twitter is for cocaine junkies.
In one of the stories from the comic books, a lookalike from the famous Mexican actor and TV host Xavier Lopez "Chabelo" appears when El Santos is participating in his TV show, except he looks like Frankenstein.
Shout-Out; Geez, the amount of references in the animated film is really stagging:
When Tetona Mendoza becomes President for Life, she says she will defend Mexico like a bitch, a parody of the same phrase used by former Mexican president Jose Lopez Portillo when he said he will defend the peso like a dog in the 80s, and failing big time to do so.
While the zombies starts to be an annoyance for everybody in Mexico and start to invade Tetona's brothel, while her clients trying to escape from them hiding in the brothel's warehouse, the camera view and mood resembles the one used in the first film of the The Blair Witch Project series.
When Tetona is approving plans for her government, and when the Space Poquianchis informs her about they failed in capture El Santos:
When playing soccer against the Space Poquianchis, one of the animated sequences switches to an Animesque style and the game becomes a parody of Captain Tsubasa. This is even lampshaded by some kid in the audience:
Another person: That's not a lie, that's Plagiarism.
When Maruca and her henchwomen are trying to reeducate Santos and his friends, they're tortured in the same way like Alex using the Ludovico Treatment, except they're forced to watch very bad soap operas instead.
Universal-Adaptor Cast: A minor example: Depending of the plot, any character can be a hero or a villain if the plot asks for it. Even Santos himself has being the villain in some stories and is also Played for Laughs.
Where the Hell Is Springfield?: Other than the plot of the film takes place in Mexico, we don't know in which city the film takes place, althorough it's heavily implied it's not Mexico City, albeit later in the film Santos and Valdivia went to Sahuayo, Michoacan to find the Zombie virus and bring the Sahuayo Zombies back again.
Your Mom/My Sister Is Off Limits:Since the lack of zombies (Thanks to El Santos and Peyote Asesino) bankrupted Mexico, the World Bank threatened the country if the Mexicans cannot pay their external debt, they're going to collect that money... by having sex with every Mexican woman instead.