"I know that we are young.In Hollywood, people have more sex appeal if, in their native language, the word for love is "amor" or "amore". We don't call them "Romance languages" for nothing.note Latin men are hotter than jalapeños and usually Tall, Dark, and Handsome, and Latin women melt butter at a five kilometer radius with their Femme Fatale aura. Plus there's dancing. There's always dancing. The "Poolboy" or "New Gardener" character fits this role often. The Latin Lover was originally from Spain or Italy, but has expanded to include Puerto Rico (a territory of The United States), Cuba, Brazil, Argentina, and other Latin American countries—and, Once Upon a Time, men from the Philippines sometimes fit this description too, given that Asian country was a Spanish colony for over 300 years. Mexicans are usually not considered exotic enough for Americans, but they can also fall under the trope if handsome and smooth-talking enough. Even though they are not "Latin" in any sense of the word, Greeks, and occasionally Lebanese, Persians and Sephardic Israelis can be pressed into service in a similar role. In Russian pop culture, the "Latin lovers" are generally Georgian. See also Dashing Hispanic and Spicy Latina. A related trope to Everyone Looks Sexier If French. The Romantic False Lead may be one. If his mate or children are threatened he may turn out to be a Dashing Hispanic Papa Wolf.
And I know you may love me.
But I just can't be with you like this anymore.
And I know you may love me.
But I just can't be with you like this anymore.
— Lady Gaga, "Alejandro"
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- Played for Laughs in a British advert. A women is in desperate need of help. In comes a very Spanish guy, complete with bad accent, who helps her… clear a stain off the table. It turns out its an advert for Plenty Paper Towels. Their selling point is that they're so absorbent you only need one… so the Spanish guy is Juan Sheet.
- Played for Laughs in a Dutch McDonald's comercial as well. A woman says goodbye to her Latin Lover. The Dutch pride themselves on being able to speak a lot of languages. The woman thinks she understands Italian too. She does not. He tells her that he loves the fact that she paid a lot of stuff for him and that he is glad that she leaves. She tells him: "Oh dear, I love you too," in English. Then the ad proceeds to say you could better buy a Italian hamburger than go to Italy.
Anime & Manga
- Spain from Axis Powers Hetalia is certainly attractive; it's a meme within the fandom that any discussion about him will invariably turn to "dat ass". But he subverts this by being extremely oblivious and ditzy. The Italy brothers are also a subversion: they both flirt incessantly, but Northern Italy apparently isn't very successful (in his very first appearance he mentions being a virgin) and is too much a Keet to really fit the type, while Southern Italy's a strongly Type-A Tsundere who turns on the charm when flirting and is moody and abrasive otherwise.
- Seborga is very much one also-And apparently much better at being one than the Italy boys.
- Also, Ancient Rome himself, who pretty much seduced everyone around him when he was alive. He's almost always shown surrounded by women.
- The Adventures Of Olivia has Mexican Lupe doubling as a Trickster Archetype in how she sells sex toys door-to-door and Italian Anna, a mother and grandmother of five, each that heavily averts Obnoxious In-Laws by openly having sex with her sons-in-law then winning a beauty contest by doing all five judges at once and the motormouth runner-up while on tour.
- Marvel Comics has El Aguila (The Eagle), a swashbuckling Hispanic-American mutant superhero who can channel electricity through conductive objects, like his sword (he pretends that he carries a sword with a high-tech electrical gimmick, so opponents will think he's harmless if disarmed). His heroic persona is about 50% Zorro, 50% Errol Flynn, and he's flirtatious and gallant with the ladies whenever the opportunity presents itself.
Films — Animated
- Puss in Boots from the Shrek films, as voiced by Antonio Banderas.
- Buzz's Spanish mode in Toy Story 3.
- The Brazilian helicopter pilot that Riley's mom fantasizes about in Inside Out.
- Being a pastiche of mexican celebrities like Pedro Infante, Jorge Negrete and Vicente Fernández, Ernesto de la Cruz from Coco naturally invokes this, being the ideal mexican man and implied to Really Gets Around.
Films — Live-Action
- Subverted with Rodolfo Tonetti in The Gay Divorcee (1934). Although he makes a living as "the lover" in divorce cases, he's actually a devoted family man whose motto is "Your wife is safe with Tonetti—he prefers spaghetti!"
- One character in the first Police Academy movie deliberately invoked this trope by using a much thicker "Latino" accent than he actually had in order to score with women.
- Gomez in the Addams Family movies is a subversion, being a Fauxreigner, as played by Raul Julia.
- Salma Hayek, whenever she's paired with a white guy. Or a black guy. Or an Asian guy. Or a...
- Similarly, Penélope Cruz and Paz Vega.
- In Tin Cup, a woman asks her friend is she's ever been with a "latin lover." Surprisingly, she's got her eye on Cheech Marin!
- Silent-era actor Rudolph Valentino is considered one of the American Ur Examples, due to his sex appeal and large number of fangirls. The Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse, which made Valentino a star, also started a tango craze in America after the scene in which Valentino's character dances a passionate tango.
- This trope is extended to Portuguese men in Magic Beyond Words: The J. K. Rowling Story. J.K. Rowling's ex-husband Jorge Arantes falls squarely into it.
- Enrique, a pool cleaner, in Legally Blonde, who provides an alibi for a woman accused of murdering her husband as she was with him subverted in that he was just covering her, he is actually gay.
- The Narcoleptic Argentinian in Moulin Rouge!.
- Franco Bertollini in The Gumball Rally.
- Subverted by Raphael Kerna in Arcia Chronicles, who comes from a Fantasy Counterpart Culture of Spain (and he is a toreador, to boot) and is the most popular guy among Arcian noblewomen thanks to his looks and mannerisms. However, he has never entered relationships with any of them. Also, his little sister Dariolo is acknowledged as the hottest girl in Arcia and even hooks up with future king Alexander, but is faaar away from a Femme Fatale,
- Ruy Sanchez de Casador y Ortiz in 1632. This is lampshaded in one book where an "uptimer" character meets Ruy and ruminates on how the fellow bears a striking resemblance to certain Latino actors such as Ricardo Montalban and Giancarlo Giannini whose looks improved as they aged. Ruy is described several times as having an exceptionally fit physique that contrasts strikingly with his gray-haired, lined face.
- Flaco Jimenez from Rapture Of The Deep counts, even though Jacky only has eyes for Jaimy.
- The Dresden Files: Subverted to amusing effect with Carlos Ramirez, a Spanish or Latin American (his nationality is never given, though he's based out of California) Warden of the White Council who plays himself up as The Casanova. Then he's introduced to Lara Raith of the White Court, who reveals him to be a virgin in passing (which Harry finds absolutely hilarious).
- Without Seeing The Dawn had Luis Castro, son of feudal landlord and The Ghost Don Diego Castro, both of them of Iberian/Spanish descent. This being the Philippines, Latin Lovers are not as dark or tanned as the general populace, and instead are lusted over for their fairer skin and hair. Lucing, the married country girl who falls for him (and whom he falls for), even compared him to the heroic Hispanic princes in local folk plays.
- All over the place in Junot Díaz's The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao, seeing as most of the characters are Dominican. The womanizing narrator Yunior considers virility to be a defining trait of Dominican masculinity and disparages the nerdy, sexless, and unattractive Oscar for not living up to this standard. Ultimately, Díaz gives this trope a proper deconstruction. Many men in the novel exploit and abuse women due to their misogynistic "macho" culture, and Yunior's womanizing costs him a relationship with a woman he truly loves.
Live Action TV
- Ricky Ricardo from I Love Lucy.
- Gomez Addams from The Addams Family is Spanish by birth (albeit played by Anglo-Saxon actor John Astin).
- In S03E01 of How I Met Your Mother Robin briefly dated Gael from Argentina (played by Enrique Iglesias) after she broke up with Ted.
- Iglesias went on to play a similar character in Two and a Half Men.
- Carlos "the Barracuda" DelGato of Frasier tries to be one of these. How well he succeeds is a topic for another day.
- In one episode of Blood Ties, they meet a Hispanic incubus.
- On The Ben Stiller Show, Ben had a recurring character called The Pig-Latin Lover, essentially a stereotypical Latin Lover, but he spoke in Pig Latin.
- Subverted in It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia when a suave latin lover approaches Dennis and gives him advice on how to be a gigolo. It turns out the guy is just a lowly dishwasher whom Frank paid to manipulate Dennis.
- Noah's Arc: Ricky, though he mostly focuses on the physical side of love, he is very charming, suave, and flirtatious.
- Franco from Rescue Me.
- Subverted in Star Trek episode "Space Seed" and movie The Wrath of Khan. Ricardo Montalban typically played the Latin Lover in his other performances, but on Star Trek, he plays a Sihk, who acts very much like a Latin Lover.
- Carla from Scrubs doesn't necessarily behave in this way, but this trope is part of what attracted Turk to her in the first place. Later on, Nurse Martinez is mentioned as eye candy for the men around the hospital (and referred to as a 'young Carla').
- Jack gets one in Torchwood: Miracle Day. It doesn't end well.
- The chocolate elf on Wizards of Waverly Place.
- One gets conjured up as a birthday present for Piper in the Charmed episode; "Prince Charmed".
- In the BBC's series The Musketeers, although the character's ancestry has not been outright stated (so far), Aramis is a Casanova / Chick Magnet who speaks fluent Spanish and is played by Chilean-British actor Santiago Cabrera.
- In Castle, medical examiner Lanie Parrish and Detective Javier Esposito spend some time as the Beta Couple, and in the episode where this is revealed Esposito is shown hitting on her in Spanish in one scene.
- A male nurse Ramon from Kevin From Work S01 E09.
- On Married... with Children, Bud faces off against a Latin Lover named Rodrigo on a dating game show, guest starring political comedian Bill Maher as the host. He loses the girl, but gains a female fan base because of his sympathetic performance.
- Probably the reason why Lapeño in Fur TV is The Casanova is because he's a Brazilian frog-puppet.
- In Riverdale, Veronica is this due to the Race Lift; she falls in love with Archie upon meeting him for the first time, going as far as stalking and kissing him in his apartment, ticking Betty off so much that she promptly beats up Archie so badly, only for them to reconcile at a hospital, igniting the Betty and Veronica feud.
- Pretty much every male singer that rose to popularity during the "Latin Music Boom" of the late-90's was painted with this. Marc Anthony and Ricky Martin were the two most prominent (one of which became Hilarious in Hindsight a few years later.)
- Christina Aguilera released a song called Infatuation, about a Latin Lover.
- The music video for Madonna's song' "Say Goodbye", is about her having a short love affair with a Latin Bull Fighter.
- Eddie Guerrero (RIP), back during his Latino Heat gimmick. For that matter, his nephew Chavito heat too.
- Alberto Del Rio is the upper class variant of this trope.
- In TNA, Kayfabe cousins Sarita and Rosita tried to seduce Eric Young with their latina heat. It almost worked but he had eyes only for his bride-to-be ODB. It's also a dose of Fake Nationality since Sarita (real name Sarah Stock) is actually Canadian though has wrestled in Mexico for most of her career.
- Melina Perez for John Morrison and Batista.
- Carlito Colón in real life if hearsay is to be believed. On screen he had this role in WWE but actually did not like it, thinking his persona was too assholish to be a believable example of this trope.
- Mexican Wrestler Victor Resendez actually wrestles under the name Latin Lover.
Recorded And Stand Up Comedy
- Lampshaded hilariously by Russel Peters in this skit by Russel Peters. He even uses the words "Latin Lover"
- Violet Esperanza from Deadlands.
- The Shadows of Mexico setting for Vampire: The Requiem portray the Daeva native to that region, called Xoxocti, as priests of the gods. Thanks to centuries of foreign influence, their present day childer don't care about the old ways anymore. Instead, they use their vampiric powers to become sexy Latin pop stars, forcing their ancestors to view them as the children of kings who've been screwing whores. This Cultural Posturing is actually a large part of the setting's plot.
- Aldolfo from The Drowsy Chaperone. Sort of. He probably thinks he's greater than he is.
- Julio from Paint Your Wagon.
"You see how I walk? That's Castillian."
- Vittorio Vidal from Sweet Charity.
- Gentlemen Prefer Blondes has the song "Mamie is Mimi," about how an American girl went to Gay Paree and became "the baby they call bébé."
- Cactus Flower has Señor Arturo Sanchez, a passionate South American nicknamed "El Bravo" who doesn't let Stephanie's plain nurse's uniform or his own marriage deter him from making passes at her.
- Robert Garcia probably qualifies.
- The page image is Fernando Martinez from the Grand Theft Auto games. A parody character introduced in GTA3 who was exposed as a non-Latin caucasian pimp during an interview, he's appeared in most of the continuity's subsequent prequels and the unrelated GTA4 as a DJ with this act.
- Ezio Auditore da Firenze from Assassin's Creed II. He might be unique, given that he's the main playable character instead of a supporting one.
- A lesser-known example would come from Vulcano Rosso, a flame-wielding Italian man with Elvis Presley-styled Multicolored Hair and a ridiculous getup, from the Street Fighter EX series. Sadly, his lover is killed, sending Rosso on a quest to avenge her. He enacts his revenge after EX2 and mellows out. Oh, and he definitely has the look.
- From the main series, there's Rose. She doesn't act the part, but she definitely has the appeal. There are also more than a few fans who believe that she resembles Monica Bellucci.
- Vega from the main series as well, with just a little bit of Depraved Bisexual. He even woos Eliza Masters (Ken's wife) in the UDON comics and comments on the beauty of Ken's eyes in the Anime series, his purpose isn't so innocent, however.
- A fantasy version would be Zevran from Dragon Age: Origins, who speaks with a Spanish accent and comes from Antiva, the Fantasy Counterpart Culture to Italy.
- Played with Diego Armando in Ace Attorney in the international version, but in the original version he is 100% japanese.
- Santiago of Fallout: New Vegas puts on an accent in order to charm his way out of any situation. Of course, he can also be made a gigolo for the Atomic Wrangler of Freeside.
- This is Brad Burns' whole character, he re-enters the world martial arts tournament to meet ladies.
- Enriqué from this Order of the Stick strip. Also, Julio Scoundrél.
- Irritability had one show up for a one-shot gag, touted by the narrator as "the latin lover". It turned out to be a nerdy guy who really loved the latin language.
- In Ansem Retort, Zexion sold New Mexico to Spain in exchange for sexy Latin names (ex: Guillermo del Zexiero lo Marquis) to try to invoke this trope. He succeeds with Belle, and later with Namine.
- "I am so getting laid with this new name."
- Domenico of Sandra on the Rocks is an Italian fashion photographer and the comic's Mr. Fanservice who wears a permanently open shirt, can also engage in Destructo-Nookie with his ex-wife for over an hour, has an Ignored Enamored Underling in Tatiana, and was apparently able to permanently convert a lesbian to bisexuality (Cammi) through his sheer manliness and sex appeal.
- Don Sebastiano of the Whateley Universe. Tall, dark, and extremely handsome, he loves the ladies. He has a long string of girls he has wooed, screwed, and abandoned (in the most humiliating way he can arrange). Campus girls still fall for him, even though everyone knows he's the biggest bastard in the entire school.
- Parodied in this The Onion article.
- Cecil, the narrator of Welcome to Night Vale, consistently describes Carlos as this.
- Zita Flores from Kim Possible.
- Parodied with The Fairly OddParents!' Juandissimo Magnifico, who is never in a scene without talking about how muy, muy macho he is. He also has a habit of tearing shirts to shreds by flexing his muscles. And then magicking a new shirt into existence. And then flexing that one to pieces. The lady fairies love him (except for Wanda, who is the one Juandissimo wants most).
- Played with in Generator Rex. The titular character does draw the attention of several female characters, but Rex is the one being perverted.
- Another subversion is found in 6teen where one of the characters fall for someone who she thinks only speaks Spanish, although the viewer can see it was his unattractive friend talking in Spanish. Consequently, she attempts to learn Spanish herself. He doesn't actually speak Spanish, though, and he tries to learn Spanish himself to communicate with her. If I recall correctly, the phrase "Latin Lover" was even thrown around in the episode. Jonesy is one of these
- Alejandro from Total Drama World Tour
- Paulina from Danny Phantom fits somewhat, as she is the Alpha Bitch whom every boy seems to like.
- The French dub of Pepe LePew gives him an Italian accent, making him a subversion.
- Liz from The Spectacular Spider Man
- Mermando, Mabel's love interest in one episode of Gravity Falls, is a merman from the Gulf of Mexico. He has a Latin accent and speaks Spanish.