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Magnificent Moustaches of Mexico

Latin American men outside the United States seem to have more 'staches than other ethnic groups (especially common between the 1920s and 1960s, when most American men were either clean-shaven or had very thin mustaches). Whether it's Good Hair, Evil Hair, Badass, or just plain funny depends on the character, mustache, and viewer.

This can be a Cyclic Trope, particularly when thick mustaches come back into fashion for men of all ethnic groups. If all the "Anglo" characters have thick facial hair, for instance, Mexican characters may go clean-shaven to emphasize their Aztec heritage.

Mexican actors Mario Moreno "Cantinflas" and Pedro Infante, as well as rebel warlord Emiliano Zapata are probably the ones who codified this trope.

See also Facial Profiling.


Examples:

Anime and Manga
  • The majority of the Latin American gangsters in the Black Lagoon manga.
  • The representative Mexican mecha in G Gundam called the Tequila Gundam had one!

Film
  • Subverted in Zorro - Diego puts on a fake fancypants moustache when he disguises as Don Diego.
  • Also subverted in Spy Kids 3 - Gregorio [amusingly, also played by Banderas] puts on a fake moustache when he goes into Spy mode. He'd shaved it off previously.
  • Blazing Saddles. The Mexican banditos signing up for Hedley Lamarr's army have mustaches.
  • íThree Amigos!. Most of El Guapo's gang and the men of Santo Poco have mustaches.
  • In The Treasure of the Sierra Madre, in the scene where the Mexican bandits are asked for their badges they all have mustaches.
  • Lots of people in Once upon a Time in Mexico. Also Agent Sands wears several (flamboyantly) fake moustaches.
  • In Napoleon Dynamite, Pedro sports a mustache, in spite of still being in high school.
  • Exaggerated in The Book of Life, where the country of Mexico itself has a colossal moustache.

Live-Action TV
  • Stephen Colbert's Mexican friend Esteban Colberto is just Stephen in a pastel colored suit and a mustache...
  • Airwolf
  • Similiar to Esteban Colberto, at one point the gang on How I Met Your Mother run into a Latino lawyer who looks exactly like their friend Marshall — except he has a mustache (and wears a beige suit).
  • M*A*S*H. One episode dealt with a Puerto Rican soldier who was depressed that his mustache was shaved in pre-op. He's fine with the fake mustache Hawkeye gives him to wear while he grows a new one.

New Media

Professional Wrestling
  • When they were in the LAX stable in TNA, both Hector Guerrero and Hernandez had pretty epic 'taches.
  • As mustaches have become less common in the culture generally (they're now seen as more of a '70s and '80s thing), more wrestlers - including Hispanic ones - are choosing to go clean-shaven unless they also have beards. Alberto Del Rio and Ricardo Rodriguez are the two most prominent examples. Sin Cara doesn't really count either way, since we never see his face.

Video Games
  • In Sunset Riders only three (unmasked) characters display mustaches, pink-poncho-wearing Mexican Cormano, who pairs it with a beard, and The Smith Brothers, who are not Mexican, and therefore have to die.
  • In Fallout: New Vegas, Raul, who is Mexican, has a small mustache. This becomes more impressive when you remember that he is a Ghoul, and has lost all other hair on his body, in addition to being over 200 years old.

Web Original
  • The giant Mexican who beats up Rarity in DRESS.MOV.

Webcomics
  • Cabinet Sanchez in Spamusement. (link)
  • Gordito and family in The Adventures of Dr. McNinja.
    • Significant in that Gordito is twelve. He grew it out of sheer willpower in about five seconds when the custody agent refused to let him have his late father's guns. It's called "the Mustache of Authority" and it works like the Jedi Mind Trick, allowing him to command the weak willed into obedience.
      • Dan McNinja is not of latin descent (Irish, in fact), but he has a similar mustache with the same power of authority.
  • In Wapsi Square, Monica's Mexican uncle has a rather impressive mustache.

Western Animation

Real Life
  • Truth in Television - There HAVE been news articles on the strange mustaches the Mexican police have.
    • To be more precise; after various successful films featuring Pedro Infante and Luis Aguilar as leads, a specific set of movies depicted them as Traffic Officers. Even more specifically, they both play rivals/friends motorized traffic officers. Previous to these movies, all police officers were required to comforn to military dress code, that meant buzzcut and shaving all facial hair. Legend states that after the movies were a hit with the audiences, the motorized traffic division officers started to grow mustaches mimicking those of both Pedro and Luis; and to this date they still do, it is very rare to see a completely shaven biker cop or even actual police officers. It's expected of them now. Federal Police, Inteerstate highway police, Army and Navy however, still adhere to the full shaven look.
  • It gets more noticeable the farther back in time you go, with Revolution era mustaches looking very formidable. For some reason though, the Independence and Conquista periods at most have sideburns.
    • That's because they weren't Mexicans YET, just angsty spaniards.
    • Actually, they were New Spain born spaniards, thus Creoles. But it wasn't YET Mexico.
  • The Mexican-American congressman Raul Grijalva (D-AZ) sports magnificent mustaches. This wouldn't be a big deal, but his campaign logo is a stylized version of it. Are we electing him or his facial hair?
  • Back in the day, Cheech Marin's mustache was worthy of its own Chuck Norris list.
  • Cesar Romero, famed for his frequent Latin Lover roles, refused to shave off his mustache when playing The Joker on the 60's Batman TV show; he painted it over instead.
  • Danny Trejo technically counts - although from Los Angeles, he actually is of Mexican descent.
  • Geraldo Rivera has a larger-than-average mustache - although, combined with his enormous nose, it makes him look more like Groucho Marx.


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