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Bandito
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A subset of the Outlaw with a Hispanic flavor. Most often found in stories set in Mexico or near the Mexican border.

Stereotypically, the bandito has a thick Mexican accent, wears a sombrero and poncho or serape, and in later time periods a bandolier of ammunition. A thick mustache is common, but not mandatory. Many Banditos are designed after the real-life Bandito and revolution general Pancho Villa.

Usually the villains of a Western, but if portrayed sympathetically will have a Robin Hood code of honor, or be revolutionaries fighting against the corrupt government.

As with the outlaw, the bandito often overlaps with The Gunslinger and Cowboy roles, with the latter being called vaqueros. A bandito might also be a Knife Nut or lariat expert and often Trigger Happy.

Note bandito is the English spelling. In Spanish it is bandido. We get desperado from the Spanish desesperado.

Examples:

Advertising
  • Because Mexicans were Once Acceptable Targets, Frito-Lay had the Frito Bandito as a commercial mascot at one point.

Comic Books
  • Jonah Hex's greatest recurring foe, El Papagayo, is a flamboyant bandito leader.
  • Naturally, Lucky Luke has a few of these, from the murderous crook Pedro Cucaracha to the head honcho of a band of kidnappers, Don Emilio Espuelas.

Film
  • The Treasure of the Sierra Madre would give us our page quote, if we needed one.
  • ˇThree Amigos!
  • In the Disney film The Apple Dumpling Gang, there was a single bandito among the otherwise homogenous-white bad guys.
  • Calvera and his band of outlaws in The Magnificent Seven.
  • The bandits in Django.
  • Several Banditos are part of Hedley Lamarr's army in Blazing Saddles.
  • Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid had Mexican banditos in Bolivia (reportedly, you can tell by the accents).
  • Cheyenne in Once Upon a Time in the West is a particularly sympathetic example.
  • Tuco Benedicto Pacifico Juan Maria Ramirez (known as "The Rat") of The Good, the Bad and the Ugly
  • Juan Miranda and his band of outlaws from Leone's A Fistful of Dynamite are also worth a mention.
  • El Indio (Gian Maria Valonte) of For a Few Dollars More takes the worst traits of the bandito Up to Eleven. A drug-addicted Large Ham who stalks women, murders families, rigs duels, and takes trophies from his victims, he spends most of the film in an opium-induced haze, while plotting to use Monco and Colonel Mortimer to do his dirty work, wiping out his gang and leaving all the money from his robberies for him. In a departure from some of the stereotypes of the time, he was easily as smart, or smarter, then the film's protagonists.
  • The Rojo brothers of A Fistful of Dollars are banditos-turned-bootleggers, who sell alcohol on both sides of the border, and have an ugly rivalry with the Baxters, a family of white-collar American gunrunners. While two of the brothers are absolutely stereotypical, Ramon (also Gian Maria Valonte) subverts it somewhat by being totally evil, but very bright.
  • The Wild Bunch has examples of both. On the villain side, we have Mapache, the primary villain and his army of bandits. On the (anti-)heroic side, we have Angel, one of the Bunch.
  • Revolutionary banditos make up one of the bad guy groups in the movie The Professionals.
  • Tomas Milian played this type (usually the sympathetic version) in a lot of spaghettis.
  • The Hungarian animated film Cat City has a gang of vampire bat banditos.

Literature
  • In the Ben Snow story "The Trail of the Golden Cross", Ben fights to protect the cross from the bandito Zanja who turns out to be a gringo and his gang.
  • Banditos feature in several of J.T. Edson's novels. They play an especially prominent role in The Quest for Bowie's Blade.

Live-Action TV

Music

Newspaper Comics
  • El Toro and his bandit gang from the Modesty Blaise arc "A Few Flowers for the Colonel" are modern day banditos.

Radio
  • The Very World of Milton Jones has an episode where Milton somehow ends up freeing a Mexican village of these. They finally go away when Milton makes them rich by cutting one's arm off, thus making him a one-armed bandit. Admittedly a radio comedy, but the accents and behaviours are very much there.

Video Games
  • BioShock has ammo vending machines with a cartoon/period picture of a bandito's masked face, which spouts recorded messages with an outrageously thick accent. "ˇBienvenidos al Ammo Bandito!"
  • Outlaws: has "Spittin'" Jack Sánchez.
  • Part of Red Dead Redemption takes place in Mexico, where the protagonist contends with both banditos and revolutionaries.
    • The player can also get a bandito outfit.
  • There were few of them in Red Dead Revolver.
  • Renegados, Pistoleros and Comancheros appear as mercenaries and treasure guardians in Age of Empires III.
  • Juarez's gang (including himself) in Call of Juarez and Call of Juarez: Bound in Blood.
  • Indiana Jones and His Desktop Adventures has these as human enemies (other than Nazis). Some of them are the typical sombrero-wearin', ammo bandolier-toting moustached guys, while others go without hats.
  • Desperados features a lots of banditos as mooks. The playable character Sanchez (who begins the game as the designated antagonist) is himself a stereotypical one.
  • In 1866, there are two actual faction of them (the scalphunters and the Hoffman Banda), and any party deserter party counting an important number of soldiers from the Mexico faction fits this trope. Peyote Pablo is a hirable stoned bandito.
    • The mod allows to hire prisoners and to choose which type of soldiers (American army, American lawmen, American outlaws, Mexican army, Mexican outlaws, Comanche, Apache) can be recruited in the settlements owned by the player. This and the possibility to play as a outlaw allows a player to lead a full bandito party.

Webcomics

Western Animation
  • Puma Loco from El Tigre.
  • Some of the Quick-Draw McGraw villains were sillier versions of this.
  • Salty Mike becomes a bandito in the Squirrel Boy episode "Gumfight at the S'Okay Corral".
  • Yosemite Sam appears as bandito 'Pancho Vanilla' in the Looney Tunes short "Pancho's Hideaway".

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