[[caption-width-right:319: What a stereotypical place!]]

->''"In heaven, all the policemen are British, all of the lovers are French, all of the chefs are Italian, all of the cars are German, and the whole thing is run by the Swiss.''
->''In hell, all of the policemen are German, all of the lovers are Swiss, all of the chefs are British, all of the cars are French, and the whole thing is run by the Italians."''
-->-- Traditional Joke

For people who want to edit this trope. Remember the following:

1. We don't claim that all these types of behaviour are exclusively typical of these nationalities, only that they are very commonly either false or exaggerated perceptions of certain countries. Most of the time these images were created by popular books, comic strips, animated cartoons, films or propaganda, and other times promoted by the country in question. We're listing stereotypes here, which means that we list all these recurring caricatural ideas about other nationalities that can be found regularly in any work of fiction.

2. So no racist or discriminatory quotes claiming: "Hey this stereotype is actually true" or aggressive, offended comments like "Hey, my country or people are nothing like that!" Most countries depict their neighbouring countries as if they are all either lazy, evil, dumb, primitive, ugly or arrogant. Nothing new there and it proves that these stereotypical impressions about other countries are universal, rather than tied to one specific country.

3. We can also miss proud, arrogant, patriotic boasting remarks like "Our country is uniquely very good at this or that", which is usually also very narrow-minded nationalism. Behaviour cannot be restricted to an entire race, culture or country of people. Not all Americans are obese [[CrazySurvivalist gun freaks]], not all Britons are austere [[SpotOfTea tea lovers]], not all Frenchmen [[FrenchJerk are arrogant]] [[CheeseEatingSurrenderMonkeys cowards]], and not all Asians
[[AllAsiansKnowMartialArts are aphorism mumbling martial arts experts]]. Each country has claims to have their own specialties, unique drinking culture (beer, wine, tea, coffee,...) and a reputation for being hospitable.

Stereotypes having to do with people of specific nationalities. Some of them are a little bit TruthInTelevision (certain others more so), due to having some basis in reality. But remember, nations are not [[PlanetOfHats Planets Of Hats]]. If anything, the true face of the country in question is often either not as expected or entirely different.

See also HollywoodAtlas, FunnyForeigner, and HollywoodCuisine, this trope applied to food. For stereotypical names for foreigners, see StockForeignName.
!! Examples of this trope by region:


* NationalStereoTypes/NorthAmerica
* NationalStereoTypes/{{Asia}}
* NationalStereoTypes/WesternEurope
* NationalStereoTypes/EasternEurope


'''[[AC:General Stereotypes]]'''
* Africa is often depicted as if it's one big country instead of a continent. In fact: there are a lot of examples of fiction even inventing extra African countries. (See {{Bulungi}}.)
* The continent itself calls images of DarkestAfrica with [[HungryJungle jungles]], savanna, diamond mines, undiscovered civilizations or creatures, elephants, giraffes, okapis, [[KillerGorilla gorillas]], [[ManiacMonkeys chimpanzees, baboons, meerkats, makis]], hippopotamuses, [[RhinoRampage rhinoceroses]], [[PantheraAwesome lions, leopards, cheetahs, panthers]], hyenas, jackals, ostriches, [[NeverSmileAtACrocodile crocodiles]], [[ReptilesAreAbhorrent pythons, green and black mambas, tortoises, geckos, chameleons]], antelopes, wildebeest, gazelles, water buffaloes, wart hogs, [[CirclingVultures vultures]], mosquitoes, [[ManEatingPlant flesh eating plants]], etc. Usually whenever people visit Africa they almost trip over all these omnipresent animals, which they invariably always encounter at a dangerous moment. Luckily, they can always escape by [[VineSwing swinging on suprisingly strong vines]].
* Africa is generally assumed to be an entire continent full of black people. If there are whites they are always GreatWhiteHunter or MightyWhitey: there are no other options. Apparently all the Coloreds, Indians, Asians, and all the rest of them have vanished overnight.
* In addition, it's a common stereotype that all black Africans essentially look like West Africans, with none of the variety in phenotypes found in Europe or Asia. This stereotype is especially common in the US, because it's assumed that all Africans look like African Americans, who are mostly descended from West Africans. As a result, East and Northeast African phenotypes in particular are extremely rare in depictions of black Africans.
* Similarly: people seem to think that Africa is just jungles and savanna. That North Africa has none of these things is usually forgotten.
* Also, it's often thought that most Africans still practice voodoo and/or nature religions, like primitive tribes used to do. In reality Christianity and especially Islam are the largest religions on the continent.
* Out-of-date, racist images of Africa that crop up a lot in old novels particularly, have their roots in colonial times (AncientAfrica). Black Africans are depicted as primitive, childlike, superstitious people who still worship idols, believe in witchcraft and voodoo and live in huts. They defend themselves with spears and shields. White colonists can easily trick them by selling them worthless junk in exchange for valuable items [[SufficientlyAdvancedTechnology or scare them with modern technology.]]
** MagicalNegro: The tribe's wizard is always a manipulative fraud wearing a huge imposing mask covering his true identity. He will usually be scaring his naïve tribesmen into turning against the MightyWhitey visiting their town. When TheNativesAreRestless some JungleDrums will start playing.
** Pygmy tribes are usually small, pathetic little dwarfs who are depicted as if they are actually children.
** Black African tribes are often portrayed as if they are [[CannibalTribe cannibals]]. They will catch the BoldExplorer and [[TribalCarry carry him along with his arms and legs tied to a pole]]. After arriving in their village they will [[CapturedByCannibals put him in a large black cauldron for supper.]] When they escape they will ChasedByAngryNatives.
** Other stereotypical images are the woman with a lip plate in her mouth or a man with a bone sticking through his nose.
** Stereotypical female black African depictions include the bare-breasted woman with large hanging breasts and enormous buttocks (examples of this stereotype are the 19th century sideshow attraction Saartjie Baartman and Creator/RobertCrumb's comic strip character Angelfood Mcspade) or the woman who wears [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ndebele_people_(South_Africa) multiple rings around her giraffe-like neck.]] . Note this type of neck ornament is also common in Burma with women from the Kayan tribe, but is generally associated with Africa.
** If they are not hunting wild animals they'll be eating maniok. Their favorite pastime is playing the djembé while everyone dances and jumps around like crazy. When they cross a lake by pirogue they will be [[AfricanChant singing in unison]] while paddling.
*** Sometimes there actually is a white person living in the African woods. He or she is usually RaisedByWolves, apes or just GoingNative. He/she will spent their pastime [[VineSwing swinging from a vine]], living in a TreehouseOfFun and protecting all animals from the [[EvilPoacher evil poachers]]. If its a woman she will be a JunglePrincess dressed in a FurBikini. As always these white jungle people will be called "savage" despite actually being able to speak enough English to be understandable, wearing enough LoinCloth to avoid the censors and having enough manners not to repulse the audiences. They will rule over the jungle animals and even the local black tribes, who in comparison will still be more primitive than our MightyWhitey NatureHero.
* More modern stereotypical images of black Africans are the starving little child and the mother with multiple starving kids with flies swarming all over them, probably in some sort of refugee camp or hospital. In fact, the words "hunger and drought" have almost become synonymous with Africa.
** All Africans speak Pidgin English in popular fiction or talk in sentences like: "Me very afraid, bwana!"
** To this day Africans are still portrayed as being laidback, not to say [[LazyBum "lazy"]], people. They take their time to do things and prefer sitting down under a palm tree. Especially the men are seen as a LazyHusband who just sit there will their wives do all the work. Just like the siesta in Southern European countries this behaviour mostly stems from the hot African climate. In Western civilization where "time is money", African laid back attitudes are seen as something to be ashamed of.
** This is also where the idea of "backwards Africa" comes from. Most utilities found in the continent are very primitive and out-of-date. Black Africans are often portrayed as being [[NotGoodWithTechnology too stupid]] or lazy to make something better or more useful out of them. Of course, not all Western countries really bother to provide them with better and more modern stuff anyway.
** This lack of proper public education also explains one of Africa's largest problems: the spread of various deadly diseases which gave the continent another negative association. It sometimes seems EverythingIsTryingToKillYou in Africa: AIDS, Ebola, malaria, yellow fever,...
** Africa has a reputation for brutal and often crazy dictators who oppress and massacre their own citizens by the score. They will ususally be kept in power by Western governments to support their own benefits in the countries. Yet, just like the clichés about Latin America, most of these dictatorships are very short-term and one tyrant will quickly be replaced by another. If an African dictator is directly referenced it's usually UsefulNotes/IdiAmin (Uganda), Bokassa (Central-Afrika) or Mobutu (Congo/Zaïre).
** All African countries are constantly torn apart by tribal warfare between ill-disciplined thugs wielding machetes and AK-47's and committing genocide. They will exploit young boys into becoming child soldiers and excess in gruesome murder, torture and rape crimes. This trope is ''usually'' thought of as applying specifically to sub-Saharan Africa (except for South Africa).
* Africans of any nationality are conspicuously absent from beat 'em up videogames, especially as this medium is usually presented as some sort of tournament involving fighters from "all over the world". This often leads to cries of ignorance and prejudice in fan-forums. Asian, American and European characters make up the lion's share of characters and in the main beat 'em up series, ''[[{{Franchise/StreetFighter}} Street Fighter]]'''s Elena, a native of Kenya, is one of the few African fighters depicted. Arguably, this might be explained by HollywoodAtlas. Beat 'em ups rely heavily on exploiting well-known National Stereotypes when presenting characters (especially the pioneering ''Franchise/StreetFighter'' series), and for many people, African culture, iconography and the multitude of nationalities therein all blend into one big melange, which Elena, as a Savannah-dwelling, Masaii-inspired Kenyan covers off nicely. It's far easier to design characters from [[IKnowKarate Japan]], [[AllChinesePeopleKnowKungFu China]], [[QuintessentialBritishGentleman England]] and [[LatinLover Italy]] etc, because there are ''such'' distinct, iconically familiar, universally recognizable national character/appearance traits that can be referenced and parodied for these countries -- put simply, most of the game-buying public could not tell the difference between Kenyan and Tanzanian culture.
* To conclude with a more joyful, yet very romanticized idea of Africa: archeologists widely see it as the birth place of mankind. Many prehistoric fossils of the first hominids have been found in Central Africa and indeed many tourists are attracted to Africa's rural atmosphere, almost as if ''they are coming home''. Typical images exploited by safari tourism are the sun rising above the equator, intense heat that makes the horizon appear to vibrate, elephants crossing the savannah and watching lions from the safety of your jeep.
* All African music is either AfricanChant, JungleDrums or {{Afrobeat}}.

'''North Africa'''
* Mostly many of the same desert clichés and sterotypes found in The Middle East. (See NationalStereotypes/{{Asia}})
** The people of the '''Maghreb''' (UsefulNotes/{{Morocco}}, UsefulNotes/{{Algeria}}, UsefulNotes/{{Tunisia}}, and UsefulNotes/{{Libya}}) tend to be lumped together by Eastern Arabs, which is kind of a shame. They are universally stereotyped as TheUnintelligible, as their dialect is very hard to understand (foreigners should think of Russian with even more difficult consonants).[[note]]So yes, they speak [[Advertising/TheMostInterestingManInTheWorld Arabic...in Russian]].[[/note]] They also get a fair amount of "Berber" stereotype mixed in, which is similar to that of Bedouin, only not Arab.

* Best known for being a former French colony.
* LegionOfLostSouls: The French Foreign Legion is another legendary phenomenon associated with the country. Expect people with a MysteriousPast to enlist in said army, usually a HeartbrokenBadass, [[NobleFugitive political]] [[YouCantGoHomeAgain refugees]] and/or various rogues and scoundrels and the like. They are always depicted wearing white khepis while standing guard at lonely outposts in the Sahara. In real life, the Legion operates in a variety of environments and conflicts (such as French Indochina) and wears camouflage as needed.
* Infamous for a long civil war.

'''[[UsefulNotes/ModernEgypt Egypt]]''':
* UsefulNotes/AncientEgypt: In popular culture Egypt still equals their historical civilization: pyramids, mummies, sphinxes (like [[Art/TheSphinx the one in Gizeh]]), ancient tombs, hieroglyphs, obelisks, sarcophaguses, pharaohs (expect references to UsefulNotes/CleopatraVII, Cheops, UsefulNotes/RamsesII, Nefertete, UsefulNotes/{{Tutankhamun}} or Amon), and characters [[WalkLikeAnEgyptian "walking like an Egyptian"]].
** PyramidPower: Characters will usually discover an ancient yet undiscovered tomb built in honor of some pharaoh. The entire treasure will be present, but when they try to leave they are threatened by the "{{Curse}} of the {{Mummy}}". Either a mummy rises from its grave or they all fall ill or die in mysterious circumstances.
** Egyptians are also frequently portrayed as hypnotists.
* The Nile and the Suez Canal might get referenced too.
* Out of all the Arab countries, this is the one most likely to be depicted with anything approaching affection for Israel.
* In Arabic countries themselves Egyptians are seen as laid-back. They are always cracking very lowbrow, overstated jokes about everything; PungeonMaster also comes into play, as does BoisterousBruiser (without the alcohol, most of the time). They are often considered BookDumb, but also quick-witted when it comes to solving practical problems. Nevertheless proud--if sometimes vaguely--of [[UsefulNotes/AncientEgypt Egypt's ancient heritage]], as evidenced by the phrase ''Masr omm ad-dunya'' ("Egypt [is] the mother of the world"); this has occasionally given others in the Arab world indigestion. Historically also seen as kind of submissive; [[UsefulNotes/MiddleEastUprising2011 this was proven wrong in the most epic way imaginable]] and [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/June_2013_Egyptian_protests they did it again in 2013.]]
* Egyptian women have a reputation as {{Belly Dancer}}s; Egyptians kind of brought this one on themselves, as Egyptian movies (the most popular ones in the Arab world) always have one.
** To give you an idea about how Egyptians view themselves and their pervasive film industry, [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fE28t8qc1H0 these]] [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vYpxQtXLVOA are]] [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vlC0ey064ro some]] [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F-rGCwe-XP0 commercials]] [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hr0jiWvFaFI from]] an Egyptian movie channel (based for whatever reason in Canada), featuring a wannabe ''auteur'', a [[ExecutiveMeddling sex-obsessed and lowbrow film executive]], and the scripts of several top-notch American films. Enjoy.

'''[[UsefulNotes/{{Libya}} Libya]]'''
* From 1969 tot 2011 the country was most famous for dictator [[UsefulNotes/MuammarGaddafi Muammar Gaddafi]] and support of terrorism. Expect references to Libya from that period to be mostly references to Gaddafi. For instance: a Libyan character will be wearing the same CoolShades he did.

'''[[UsefulNotes/{{Morocco}} Morocco]]'''
* Morocco, with its deserts and [[BazaarOfTheBizarre many bazaars]], is used as a template for ''"Middle Eastern"'' settings, and almost any Arab country (or generically "Middle Eastern" country) depicted in a live-action movie will almost ''always'' be filmed in Morocco. It has a big enough desert to build sets in (far away enough from major cities), while being secular enough that nobody will come and arrest you for having alcohol and girls in MsFanservice outfits. This is even referenced in films like ''Film/{{Casablanca}}'' and ''Film/NakedLunch'', where Morocco is depicted as a place where you can enjoy the excitement of participating in illegal activities.
* Known for Berbers, swords, and carpets.
* Occasionally whinges to Spain about that little bit of territory at its northern end, not that Spain cares.

* Only known in the West for genocide and arresting people who give teddy bears Muslim names. It is now divided by the Muslim Sudan and the Christian South Sudan.
* Darfur Conflict and lots of rape, murder, and refugees.
* Muslim Sudan is like the Congo, but hotter, sandier, and people yelling "Allau Akbar!"
* South Sudan is the world's newest nation.

'''Central Africa'''

* A war-torn country where [[RapePillageAndBurn all sorts of atrocities]] happen every day.
* Literature lovers know it for being the setting to Joseph Conrad's novel ''Literature/HeartOfDarkness''.
* Today it's best known for being a former Belgian colony, former dictator Seko Seko Mobutu (and his leopard skin hat) and the country ComicBook/{{Tintin}} visited in ''[[Recap/TintinTintinInTheCongo Tintin in the Congo]]''.
* Congo as jungle, mountains, gorillas, and enough psychopathic rebels to make Afghanistan blush.

* '''Ethiopia''''s pretty much only known in the West now for its horrific famines, thanks to that particularly brutal one it suffered through in the 1970s and '80s that led to Live Aid, Band Aid, "Do They Know It's Christmas?", etc. Otherwise it's lumped in with the rest of sub-Saharan Africa in terms of being thought of as a heavily pagan, juju spirit-believing culture, although Orthodox Christianity was introduced in the 4th century, Judaism even earlier, and there is a decently large Muslim population.
* It's the Horn of Africa country that isn't Muslim.

* '''Kenyans''' are known for being [[SuperSpeed exceptionally fast runners]] and for the massive abundance of stereotypical African wildlife (Lions, Elephants, and Giraffes, oh my!) that live in the Masai Mara, a nature reserve that crosses the border between Kenya and Tanzania, where it is known as the Serengeti. Oh and, speaking of Masai, every Kenyan who isn't dressed for a marathon at the moment, is dressed in red cloth and carries a spear.
* More ignorant people think Obama is from here.

* '''Nigerians/West Africans''' in general, are known across Africa as Internet scammers and people involved in [[HollywoodVoodoo Black Magic or Voodoo.]], whom you better not to mess with.
* Music fans known it solely for being the birth place of Music/FelaKuti.
* Sometimes acknowledged as the 2'nd great powerhouse of Sub-Saharan Africa behind South Africa.
* Expect African Terrorists to come from here if not from Somalia or Uganda.

'''UsefulNotes/{{Rwanda}}''' & '''UsefulNotes/{{Burundi}}'''
* Best known for the 1994 genocide between the Hutu and Tutsi population, which inspired ''Film/HotelRwanda''.

* In a constant state of civil war for control over the diamond mines, with rebels hacking peoples limbs off.

* The country is known for having the most territory in East Africa (the states are kind of divided).
* Somalian people are usually portrayed as being very tall and very skinny. In the rest of Africa they are stereotyped as being not real "Africans", nor [[ButNotTooBlack not looking black enough]], under the assumption that they descend from Arabians and other multiracial invaders. In reality, most peoples in Somalia have lived in the Horn for Africa for thousands of years. And surprisingly given their location on a major trade route (between the Middle East and North Africa on one hand and southern Africa, India, and East Asia on the other), they do show [[http://www.thegeneticatlas.com/DNA_Somalia.jpg surprisingly little genetic admixture]]
* Historically Somalia is known being the first people to domesticate the [[HorseOfADifferentColor camel]], and spread it all round the Middle East and Africa.
* In more recent times the country is mostly known for the twenty year old civil war that ravaged everything and created an absence of a functioning central government during that time. Somalia is often said to be a real-life example of [[UsefulNotes/PoliticalIdeologies anarchism.]] Depending on the writer's [[AuthorTract political views]], this situation will be [[MarySueTopia heavily romanticized]] or [[AnarchyIsChaos unbelievably grim.]]
* Somalis are mostly depicted as being Muslims with [[MassiveNumberedSiblings many children]]. Four children is a small family to them. So many Somalis have fled the problems in their country and migrated to Europe that they're seen as a problem by some people there.
* Since the 2000s Somalia is seen as an increasingly poor, backwards and primitive country in the West. Women are still forced to undergo inhuman circumcisions at a young age and when you travel by sea [[RuthlessModernPirates pirates]] will attack your ship.
* Terrorist outfits like Al-Shabaab use the chaos in Somalia to operate unmolested.
* On a more positive note: Somalia has also produced many famous and beautiful female models.

'''Southern Africa'''

* During the 1970s it was most famous for dictator UsefulNotes/IdiAmin.
* The origin of [[UnusualEuphemism "Discussing Uganda".]]
* Crazy rebel generals use child soldiers, like Joseph Kony.

* From 1948 until 1994 [[UsefulNotes/TheApartheidEra Apartheid]] used to be this country's most notorious aspect, see for instance the ''Series/SpittingImage'' song ''I Never Met A Nice South African''. Even though that system has been abolished it remains associated with the country.
** AmoralAfrikaner: White upper class South Africans are either "Rooineks" (British white South Africans) or "Afrikaners" (die-hard Nationalists and apartheid supporters). Usually they will wear khaki shirts and live in a big mansion or a hovel, lamenting the good old days when apartheid was still in effect. They are all viciously racist and bluntly call their servants "boys" and all black people "kaffirs". Middle class apparently doesn't exist, even though in reality South Africa is the ''most'' middle-class African country. There also seem to exist no white South Africans of anything other than British or Dutch descent in popular culture, despite the fact that there are also a lot of people with Portuguese, Greek, Italian, Jewish and Lebanese ancestry.
** South African TV characters in non-South African programmes are disproportionately white. This has a partial justification because of apartheid -- whites are more likely to be able to afford to leave the country. Still, said justification is getting pretty dated by now, given the size of the non-white middle class these days (a recent news story claimed that more black than white folks were emigrating, make of that what you will). White South Africans will ''always'' be [[TheApartheidEra racist]]; also, stinking rich. This is probably because of [[TheLawofConservationofDetail The Law of Conservation of Detail]]. South Africa is where most white sub-Saharan Africans are from; if writers were looking for a black African character they would pick [[{{Main/Bulungi}} some other African country]].
** In post-Apartheid media, white South African men will almost ''always'' be [[PrivateMilitaryContractors mercenaries]]. This has a degree of truth to it, as the first PMC, Executive Outcomes, was founded by a former South African special forces officer and most of its personnel came from the apartheid-era military, which downsized significantly after 1994. This is a large part of the AmoralAfrikaner trope.
* South Africans will always speak Afrikaans or speak mangled English where they swallow certain syllables, over-emphasise the rolled "r", or flatten vowel sounds. It's always important to drop the word "wildebeest" at one point.
** South African comedian Trevor Noah remarked that whenever a South African tries to speak German, it sounds like an Adolf Hitler speech to Germans. All Germans hear a [[BlackSpeech South African accent]] in spoken German and think "Hitler".

* In the years when it was still called ''"Rhodesia"'' it was best known for being Cecil Rhodes' former colony and as an apartheid state not too different from South Africa. However, roving journalist Max Hastings visited Rhodesia during TheApartheidEra and remarked that its application of apartheid pulled off the major feat of making the South African version seem liberal and enlightened.

[[folder:Middle and South America, aka Latin America]]
* Generally referred to as Latin America, because so many countries in this continent either speak Spanish, Portuguese or French (French Guyana). As a result, many Hispanic stereotypes about Spain and Portugal will also be used for Latin-Americans: people prefer having siestas, sing serenades while playing the guitar, women are SpicyLatina and men are [[LatinLover latin lovers]],... Despite this, not all countries in Middle and South America have a Latin language based native tongue. There are also some Dutch speaking states (Aruba, Bonaire, Curaçao, Sint Maarten, Sint Eustachius, Suriname,...) and English ones (Guyana, Jamaica, The Falklands,...). And, of course, indigenous people also have their own languages.
** ChristianityIsCatholic: Latin America is sometimes depicted as overwhelmingly and devoutly Catholic. While that may have been true many years ago, much has changed. Most South American countries and historically Catholic countries have legalized same-sex marriage, and, while UsefulNotes/ThePope is still very popular, many Latin American Catholics have become Evangelical Protestant, [[http://www.pewresearch.org/fact-tank/2014/11/14/why-has-pentecostalism-grown-so-dramatically-in-latin-america/usually Pentecostal]]. Some countries (like Uruguay) have great respect for UsefulNotes/ThePope, but are generally irreligious.
** LatinoIsBrown: All Latin Americans will be portrayed as people with a comparatively dark skin, hair and eyes, usually being markedly mestizo or of indigenous origin, even if they come from countries with a white majority like Argentina or Uruguay.
* Latin Americans, particularly in Spanish speaking countries are stereotyped as servile towards Spain in many aspects, mainly in the norms and rules regarding the Spanish Language and their general attitude towards the Spanish Monarchs; the latter in particular is rather confusing, as the King Juan Carlos is still referred to in the media as "His Majesty" even when the countries gained their independence hundreds of years before.
** ''Other'' King and Queens are referred to as "His/Her Majesty" by Latin America media, and UsefulNotes/ThePope is referred to as "His Holiness" as well. (Specially the media that politically leans towards the right-wing) [[ValuesDissonance It's just out of common etiquette, which others aren't necessarily bound by.]]
* BananaRepublic: Latin America as a whole is generally associated with short-term military dictatorships who are either Fascist or Communist. Victims of the regime will traditionally be tortured in cellars and [[ShotAtDawn executed by fire squad]]. Or they just... disappear. Guerilleros will be hiding in the jungle to overthrow the government, [[FullCircleRevolution only to become just as tyrannic afterwards]].
* ArgentinaIsNaziland: All South American countries, but especially Argentina, are full of Nazi fugitives who are either sitting on piles of NaziGold, or plotting to TakeOverTheWorld, or both.
* TheCartel: Another negative stereotypical image are [[TheAggressiveDrugDealer drug barons]] who traffic hard drugs, usually cocain, to other parts of the world. They will murder everyone who gets in their way.
* Yet another negative stereotype is luckily an urban legend so far: the {{Chupacabra}}.
* Geographically Latin America is best known for the Andes mountains, which gave us the following clichés: llamas, condors and people playing a pan flute at the side of a mountain.
* Historically the continent is most famous for several native peoples like the Maya, the Aztecs, the Olmecs, the Incas,... These cultures built large temples, pyramids and cities, most famously Macchu Pichu in Perú, though [[AncientAstronauts some people would rather give extraterrestrial aliens credit for this]]. Since they ritually sacrificed many of their own people to the sun and were slaughtered by [[EvilColonialist Spanish-Portugese conquistadores]] as well there aren't many of these people left.
* Another famous location is the thick and unpenetrable [[TheAmazon Amazon rain forest]], best known as a popular location in adventure stories. Travellers might seek legendary cities of gold, unknown archeological sites, {{Mayincatec}} mummies, huge monsters, primitive tribes unaware of modern society or [[LostWorld ancestors]] of the [[{{Mayincatec}} Mayan, Aztec, Olmec, Inca culture]] who managed to survive in secret after all those centuries. Usually all kinds of ''Film/RaidersOfTheLostArk'' booby-traps prevent explorers from taking these long lost treasures along with them. Or the TempleOfDoom just collapses. HollywoodNatives might try to kill them as a HumanSacrifice as well. Or they encounter a famous explorer lost for decades whom they presumed was dead, but actually [[GoingNative went native]]. While on expedition they will also inevitably come across several South American jungle clichés. First and foremost: Amazonian Indians. Like all tribal societies in Western popular culture they are depicted as being dumb, primitive and always head-hunting. They use blowguns to fire off poisoned arrows or make {{Shrunken Head}}s out of their victims. [[CapturedByCannibals Or they just eat them]]. Other obstacles are dangerous animals like jaguars, pumas, leopards and black panthers leaping from trees. Anacondas and boa constrictors will strangle you, huge bats and mosquitoes suck your blood, poisonous tarantulas the size of dinner plates [[BigCreepyCrawlies crawl everywhere]] and when you fall in the [[RiverOfInsanity river]] [[PiranhaProblem piranhas]] or caimans will rip you to shreds. Some less threatening jungle animals might also have a cameo: anteaters, chinchillas, armadillos, howler monkeys, sloths, humming birds, parrots, toucans, flamingos,...
* Other images about Latin America are soccer players and their enthusiastic fans, sexy and catchy dance music and exotic and juicy drinks.
** When European soccer teams play against Latin American teams, they ought to be prepared for how much their shins are going to hurt after the game. Though Latin America produces about the greatest soccer players abroad, the teams are fond of parking the bus and eroding their rivals out of existence. Yes, they are good, but they're nowhere as romantic as Europeans regarding the game. Take into consideration the 2014 FIFA Club World Cup final between Real Madrid (SPA) and San Lorenzo (ARG); had the Argentinians not kicked around the ''Merengues'', they would've lost way worse than the 2-0 that they received.
* All novels written in Latin America are written in MagicRealism. All adaptations of those novels have a minimalist and endlessly weepy soundtrack by [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Philip_Glass Philip Glass]].

'''Middle America'''

[[AC:The Caribbean]]
* The sun always shines. Calypso, mento, reggae, dancehall, soca, rhumba and steelband are constantly being played. There's free fruit everywhere. Everyone is drunk and/or high, and may have a pet parrot. Nobody does any work, they just sit on the beach sipping fruity little drinks or coconut milk. At night, the careless or unlucky might see a voodoo ceremony, especially if they are in Haiti (see [[http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2010/01/13/pat-robertson-haiti-curse_n_422099.html Pat Robertson after the earthquake there]]). The only serious activities are theft, drug trafficking and even worse crimes. Expect [[WelcomeToTheCaribbeanMon everyone to have a Jamaican accent]], regardless of where they are. Also, the only countries that seem to exist there are Cuba, Haiti and Jamaica (maybe the Bahamas).
** Another association with many of the Caribbean isles are slaves imported from Africa, pirates and strong reminders of still quite recent colonial times.
** The women are usually believed to be incredibly attractive and AmbiguouslyBrown.

* Best known for tropical fishes, sharks, marlins, flamingos, coral riffs and mangrove forests.
* In the past it was a pirates' nest. The infamous buccaneer UsefulNotes/{{Blackbeard}} hid himself here.

* '''Cubans''' are often depicted as [[CigarChomper heavy smokers of Havana cigars]].
* Within Spanish-speaking countries there's the stereotype that Cubans end all their phrases with the word "Chico", and generally mangle Spanish grammar and/or pronunciation. There is a saying that "the Spanish language was born in Castille and died in Cuba".
* Cubans are often lampooned for their self-given impression that they are more closely related to the Spaniards than the rest of Latin America and don't like to be reminded that there are Tainos and Blacks in their country; truth is, almost ''everyone and their mothers'' in Latin America are descendants of the Spanish with varying degrees of generational removal and it's just a fact of life, not particularly noteworthy.
** Inside Cuba people from the province of Pinar Del Rio are seen as somewhat dumb and terrible planners.
* Before 1959 Cuba had a reputation for being a safe haven for maffiosi (famously depicted in ''Film/TheGodfather II''). After the Cuban Revolution the world knows it solely for being one of the few Communist countries left in the world, embodied by president UsefulNotes/FidelCastro. Under his regime Cuba gained a strong reputation for harboring the best doctors and hospitals in the world. The education system also reached high levels compared to other Third World countries. Yet, despite all that, the country still remains a dictatorship and since the fall of the Soviet Union they lost one of their major financial backers.
** Many people have fled Cuba by boat and went to Florida, where they express firm anti-Castro and anti-communist opinions and vote Republican. Castro-hating Cubans are often cast as villains in [[WhoShotJFK JFK conspiracy theories]] because of his debacles with the American intervention on the island. Expatriates from other countries in the USA tend to see Cubans as extremely loud and entitled freeloaders. It doesn't help that they get green cards faster than any other nationality in an apparent American move to spite Castro.
** One of Cuba's most notorious aspects since Castro took over are the numerous old-timer cars that can be seen everywhere. Due to the American boycot of the country they cannot import newer models from there and thus rely on using and repairing the ones that were left there after the revolution.
* Musically Cuba is best known for producing several catchy band leaders, singers and dancers, such as Pérez Prado, Benny Moré, Celia Cruz and the Music/BuenaVistaSocialClub.
* One of the most prevalent stereotypes of the Cubans in the United States is associated with the 1980 initiative that Fidel Castro pushed to have most of the inmates in Cuba's jails and mental health facilities, plus their fringe poor to be sent to South Florida in a mass emigration known as the Mariel Boatlift. The Cubans that emigrated were known as the ''Marielitos'', which left a pervasive image of lawlessness among the Cuban population in Florida, prompting the plots of films like ''Film/{{Scarface 1983}}'' and TV shows like ''Series/MiamiVice'' where ''Marielitos'' were portrayed as frequent villains.

* '''Dominicans''', are generally lumped in with all other Latin Americans. There is a stereotype (within the African-American community at least) of, like the Cubans, being in denial of any African roots, even if they are obviously of African descent. They also are stereotyped as being baseball enthusiasts who fake their age to play (based on the 2001 case of [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Danny_Almonte Danny Almonte]] who performed extremely well in the Little League World Series only to find out that he was 14 when the maximum age is 12).
* A stereotype of Dominicans is that among the Spanish-speaking world, no one can understand what the fuck they're saying because they speak so fast. And they say ''coño'' - which means all the words - a lot. As a Dominican, this is all true.
* Dominicans are always thought to be cheating on their spouses. The people doing paternity tests on ''Sábado Gigante'' almost always being Dominican doesn't help it.
* Much like Mexicans in the southwest, they are usually associated with illegal immigration in Puerto Rico. Puertorricans really enjoy their comedy films.
* Everything is ridiculously cheap, a middle class person can live or vacation like a king in their gated communities and all inclusive hotels.
* There also a supposed tendency to give children weird names after stuff like objects, professions, baseball players, and even incredibly lame puns.

* '''Haitians''', aside from the voodoo things, are seen as pity seekers in search of constant support and help. Even though they are considered to be French speakers, there is a great amount of the population that does not speak an ounce of French; it does not help that most of the contact they have with the world is with the Americas, which are largely English, Spanish and Portuguese speakers, having a language barrier by default. In the USA, Haitians are known to be dutiful, yet extremely conflictive workers who pull the RaceCard more often than not. They are also often seen as living is poverty (especially after the 2010 earthquake) and in horrible living conditions. These negative stereotypes have led to problems in RealLife. At the height of the HIV/AIDS epidemic in TheEighties, there were believed to be the 4 H's that caused HIV -- homosexuals, heroin addicts, hemophiliacs...and Haitians. This led to Haitians losing jobs and being evicted for fear of spreading the disease (as this was during a time when very little was known about how HIV was transmitted).

* Before the late 1960s Jamaica was mostly known for being a pirates' hideout. From the 18th and 19th century onward it was world famous for the export of sugar.
* Since the 1950s, 1960s and especially the 1970s the island has become internationally famous for their highly unique musical styles: calypso, bluebeat, mento, {{Ska}}, rocksteady, {{Reggae}}, dub, ragga, dancehall,... In popular culture Jamaicans will always be playing steeldrum or listening to Music/HarryBelafonte or Music/BobMarley on their transistor radio.
** {{Reggae}} in particular has popularized the image of Jamaica as a country where everyone is black, [[DreadlockRasta wears dreadlocks]], smokes marijuana (ganja) and speaks in the the local dialect ''("patois")'' with a deep voice.
*** A Jamaican will always use the following words and stock phrases: "I and I", "brethren", "riddims", "Babylon", "Jah live", "Jah rastafari", "Zion", "dread natty dread", "hey mon", "tally me banana", "smoke da herb", "smoke a spliff", "smoke ganja", "Jah bless ya mon"... They will refer to any woman as ''"woman"''.
*** All Jamaicans will be portrayed as being Rastafarians. This despite the fact that Rastafarianism is still nothing more than a cult on Jamaica and not even close to being the largest religion on the island.
*** For decades people had the impression that marijuana was legal in Jamaica, while in reality it wasn't. Its use was nevertheless so widespread that people were rarely prosecuted unless they were high (pun not intended) profile. Only recently, in May/June 2014, has it been decriminalized.
* Don't try to start an argument between a Jamaican and a Colombian about who has the best coffee. It doesn't end well.
* Jamaica is notorious for being dirt poor, corrupt and full of crime. Even reggae stars aren't safe from assassinations. Music/PeterTosh, Don Drummond, King Tubby, Prince Far I, Junior Braithwaite and Carlton Barrett (from Bob Marley & The Wailers),... have all been murdered over the years. Even Bob Marley was targeted, but survived the murder attempt.
* Another negative reputation associated with the island is its [[HeteronormativeCrusader homophobia]]. Many Jamaicans hate or fear "batty boys" (gays) and will resort to violence against them. Homosexuality is still a punishable offense on the island and local musicians even boast about murdering gays in their lyrics.

UsefulNotes/{{Puerto Rico}}
* All Puertorican women are Main/Jennifer Lopez expies, and thus insanely hot and of Hispanic origin. Puerto Rico is actually as diverse as it can be.
* Generally thought off as a very poor and simple country, and most Americans forget its a territory of the US. It has a higher poverty rate than the rest of the US, is several ''billion'' in crippling debt and violence is widespread. Some amenities of the mainland are there, too.
* A common portrayal of Puertorricans, whether in the island or elsewhere, is to show a bunch of men playing dominoes while drinking Medalla beer while others are dancing salsa. Puertorricans are either lazy or extremely relaxed, mostly running on "Island Time". Going to chain restaurant usually involves waiting an hour.
* They can also be uncultured peasants (called "jibaros" by locals) and wear the traditional clothing. The men wear very large straw hats (the pava) and long sleeve shirts and carry a machete knife, while the women wear white dresses with a flower on her hair, and do mostly agriculture. Needless to say that these are both very outdated stereotypes nowadays.
* San Juan will always feature it's historic center, with the El Morro fortress being very prominent. The modern city is only shown as exposition, specifically the hotel zone with its beaches. Other mayor cities such as Mayaguez, Ponce, and other cities in Metro San Juan, contrary to what San Juan residents tend to claim (for the former two usually), are large and fully modern, but are barely shown in media outside the island. They are still smaller cities compared to San Juan, but far from rural little towns.

* Mexico is usually reduced to 19th century stereotypes. All men wear large sombreros, colorful ponchos or serapes and have [[MagnificentMoustachesOfMexico long thick black moustaches]]. They may be gauchos, desperados or {{Bandito}}s riding around on horses who will refer to you as either a "gringo" ("stranger"), "amigo" ("friend") or "señor/señorita" ("sir, "lady"). Every few minutes there's a "revolución" or an execution by firesquad going on. While one dictator is replaced by another tyrant groups of guerrilleros prepare the local defenseless villagers for the next military coup. To round it all off all the gunslingers will have a MexicanStandoff. Much of this imagery is derived from ''Series/{{Zorro}}'', [[{{WesternAnimation/SpeedyGonzales}} Speedy Gonzales]] and dozens of Western movies.
* {{Spexico}}: Some stereotypes about Mexicans are similar to those about Spaniards. They all enjoy singing and dancing, eat foods comprised of beans and hardened corn and peppers [[FirebreathingDiner too spicy for foreigners to handle]], drink tequila and watch bull fights. Most of their time is spent taking a siesta in hammocks, against a wall or even against a cactus, if neccessary. The lazy hispanic stereotype is also in vogue in Mexico.
* Typical Mexican dishes are tamales, tacos, pineapple, avocado, guava, mangos, enchiladas, tabasco, tequila and burritos.
* MaskedLuchador: Apart from bull fighting Mexico is also known for a particular type of wrestling, named "Lucha Libre". One wrestler, Wrestling/ElSanto, has pratically become a FolkHero larger than life and has starred in countless local B-movies.
* Mexicans are often shown playing guitar serenades underneath a balcony, while singing and dancing ''jarabes, corridos'' or ''mariachi'' to the melodies of ''La Cucaracha'' and/or ''The Mexican Hat Dance''. Or they engage in piñata smashing.
* HigherUnderstandingThroughDrugs: Another stereotype is that Mexicans will spent the night around a campfire enjoying the hallucinogenic effects of peyote. Often in presence of some MagicalNativeAmerican, nearby an ancient temple. A SpiritAdvisor may appear.
* In the United States Mexicans are mostly seen as [[TheIllegal illegals]] who try to sneak over the border and move to the U.S.
** Especially in American media, Mexicans will always be depicted as ''mestizo'', even in some of the more northern areas of Mexico where whites are just as common.
** Mexican characters are common in (beat 'em up) video-games and are prevalently depicted as [[MaskedLuchador masked luchadors]] in all of the main series, likely because Lucha Libre is the nation's most iconic national sport. Examples come in two distinct flavours: There's the [[HeroicBuild stacked]], [[JusticeWillPrevail heroic]], [[TheFaceless mysteriously faceless]], FriendToAllChildren type, which includes King from the VideoGame/{{Tekken}} series and the Aztec inspired, eagle-masked Tizoc from VideoGame/FatalFury - both fight to help fund and support local orphanages. The other type is far closer to real life and almost the exact opposite, being depicted as ''very'' [[TheNapoleon short in stature]], [[LargeHam loud]], [[ArrogantKungFuGuy gobby]] and HotBlooded, with [[ThemeNaming examples including]] El Fuerte from ''Street [=Fighter=]'' (who's voiced like a pitched-down Speedy [=Gonzales=]), El Stingray from VideoGame/SaturdayNightSlamMasters and El Blaze from ''VideoGame/VirtuaFighter''. Angel, from ''VideoGame/TheKingOfFighters'' (whose favourite foods are "tequila and raw cactus slices", according to her offical bio), represents a female Mexican luchadora, albeit without the usual mask.
* All Mexicans either ride donkeys or eat them.
* Every Mexican owns a chihuahua as a pet dog. In Chihuahua, of course!
* Mexico City is the only place that exists in fiction. Acapulco might get a mention and Tijuana, but more as a WretchedHive, where whorehouses, cheap tequila and donkeys are the main attractions.
* Mexicans tends to [[SelfDeprecation stereotype themselves in a way that could sound extremely racist or insulting]] [[NWordPrivileges if they were depicted by people from other countries]]. Even the worst stereotypes depicted in non-Mexican media, like in Hollywood, are normally ''tamer'' compared how Mexicans themselves are [[SlidingScaleOfIdealismVersusCynicism depicted in their own films, especially the most recent ones since the 90s, whose tends to go on the cynical side]].
* Due to the geographical closeness with the U.S., Mexicans are normally depicted, at least in the rest of Latin America, with the same stereotypes normally depicted [[EagleLand for Americans]], except "like to hide behind their inflated military budget" part is swapped out for "[[SmallNameBigEgo like to hide behind their oversized egos]]". Unlike with Americans, this is normally PlayedForLaughs.

* Guatemala is known for well preserved historical locations, both of Mayan and colonial cultural importance, such as Tikal and Antigua, respectively. It's often depicted as a natural paradise, for its beaches, volcanoes and forests.
* Guatemalans are known to be very divided among themselves, but always friendly to foreigners.

UsefulNotes/{{Costa Rica}}
* Costa Ricans are more often than not confused with Colombians because of the closeness of their accents.
* Costa Ricans are also known among Latin Americans for their English-origin names and last names.
* The country itself is known as the "American Switzerland" because of their professed neutrality; in response, the country disbanded its army.

* Honduras is known for its close ties to the Mayan civilization and for the tourism it generates.
* Honduras is also unfortunately known for being one of the unsafest countries in the world, housing the World's Murder Capital, the city of San Pedro Sula.
* Hondurans are known as a markedly unfriendlier and aggressive version of Mexicans; it's a general rule to confuse most of Central Americans with Mexico, but Hondurans really, ''really do '''not''''' like being called Mexicans.

* Very prominent in the 1980s, because the UsefulNotes/RonaldReagan administration tried to back the overthrowing of a socialist government there.
* Nicaragua has a hundred-year-long standing dispute with Colombia for the sovereignty of the San Andres Archipelago (which is incidentally closer to Nicaragua), though it has remained largely diplomatic.

* It has a famous canal.
* Also seen as a sort-of cheap and still majorly untouched beach resort.
* In spite of having been part of Colombia for centuries, Panama is not closely associated nor has that much contact with its neighbor because of the [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dari%C3%A9n_Gap Darien Gap]], which is about the thickest swamp/jungle in the world, which is notoriously un-developable. The Gap is the only break on the Pan-American Highway, and it's largely one of the biggest reasons there is a divide between Central and South America in the first place.
* Panama, right? Might as well mention that you love Ruben Blades!
* Known for its dictator and later president Rafael Noriega, who had a series of conflicts with the American government during the Cold War.
* Panama is also known for its former United States nationals, who resided in the Canal Zone until the canal was surrendered to the Panamanians. Notable US nationals born there include Senator (and former presidential hopeful) John [=McCain=], and [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Edward_A._Murphy,_Jr Edward Murphy Jr.]], the creator of MurphysLaw

* '''Trinidadian''' people are often confused with those of other Caribbean countries, when it is a much richer and more modern country.
* Trinis also see Jamaicans as poor, western tourists as patronising (redirecting them to Tobago), and also see Tobagans as rural and backward. Conversely Tobagans see Trinis as stuck up.

'''South America'''

* The most enduring Argentinean stereotype is the tango dancer, a popular image since [[SpicyLatina spicy women]] will be dancing, while brawling, moustached macho men strung their guitars in some ill-lit bar. The most universally famous and acclaimed Argentine musician, Ástor Piazzolla, was a tango composer.
** The stereotypic tango danced in movies is American Ballroom Tango, which has nothing to do with the tango usually danced in the Argentinian "tanguerías" or "milongas". Cringeworthy for Argentinians with even a cursory knowledge of how the real tango is danced.
* Argentina has the most Caucasian civilians of any Latin American country, along with Uruguay. This makes it somewhat less exotic for North Americans and Europeans, who feel more at home; this is also [[ExploitedTrope played by the Argentine Bureau of Tourism]], which made Buenos Aires the most visited city in Latin America, with heavy contribution of North American and European visitors.
** Argentina's "white" reputation and magnetic attraction for European visitors and immigrants might also explain why ArgentinaIsNaziland. Since the end of the Second World War, many former Nazis fled to the country. Given that Argentina had its share of Fascist dictators in the past it may not come as a surprise that these war criminals were able to live there without fear of deportation, until the return of democracy for good, back in the 80's, since then every single one of them ever found has been deported to whatever country wanted them to be judged for the war crimes they committed. Now that most of them are finally dead this stereotype might die out as well.
* Politically and economically, Argentina has suffered the same bad reputation many other Latin-American countries did. It's a never-ending WretchedHive of dictators (not anymore), corrupt politicians, economic crisis, extreme inflation, streets blocked with picketers and trade union militants.
* Yet, along with other Latin American countries Argentina also has a reputation for producing excellent soccer players, with Alfredo Di Stéfano, Diego Maradona and Lionel Messi as the most iconic examples.
** There's also something unique about Argentine audiences. Their soccer supporters have a special name,''hinchas'', but whether it be a sport match or a musical concert they will always react with tremendous enthusiasm and great gratitude. They even sing entire songs (not just verses!) in the stadiums and change the lyrics into actual chants fit for the occasion. Even when their team is losing they will keep on singing. Other countries started [[FollowTheLeader copying this trend]]. [[labelnote:*]]In a bizarre twist of events the Argentine songs traveled all the way through the Pacific Ocean and [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cpRKBoCLB18 not even Japanese football fans resisted the urge to make the Argentine songs their own, and so you have extremely bizarre moments like Japanese people singing a song from la Mona Jiménez, a popular singer from the tropical genre called cuarteto. [[/labelnote]]
** {{Music/Megadeth}} went to say that they always enjoyed playing in Argentina because of the audience reception there, they even recorded a DVD to show it to the rest of their fans, and the world. {{Music/ACDC}} recorded an entire DVD in the River Plate stadium, and {{Music/Ramones}} [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yg3Jhdke_pk were chased around in the streets of Buenos Aires by obsessive fans]]. The band even choose the country for their final international concert.
*** There's a local proverb that says ''"Hinchada hay una sola: hinchada de Argentina, las demás no tienen bola"''.[[labelnote:*]]There's only one supporters group: the supporters group of Argentina, the rest don't have balls.[[/labelnote]]
* Apart from soccer icons Argentina also had its fair share of other universally admired, yet controversial heroes, like UsefulNotes/CheGuevara and [[UsefulNotes/EvaPeron Evita Peron]].
* Argentine men will be seductive, yet melancholic [[DeadpanSnarker cynics]].
** In the countryside, all men are brave gauchos, generally noble, proud and stoic, who can even sew silk on horseback and [[KnifeNut tend to answer to the smallest provocation with a knife]]. They mostly eat read meat and drink gallons of wine and the mate beverage.
* Argentine women have a reputation for being beautiful [[SpicyLatina spicy women]], an image mostly created by famous supermodels like Valeria Mazza (that is actually blond) and Carolina "Pampita" Ardoahín.
* In Latin America Argentines in general have a reputation for being vain, arrogant, sarcastically cynic know-it-alls, who talk way too much. They fancy themselves some kind of European exiles in Latin America, who shouldn't be considered "Latinos" at all.
** This specific reputation is, inside the country and even in near countries as Uruguay and Paraguay, atributted to the "porteños", that is people born and living in the city of Buenos Aires, rather than the whole country. The people from the northern provinces usually are depicted similary to bolivians or paraguayans (depends on the provinces).
*** In an interesting inversion, the bad reputation of the "porteños" has made that more than a few uruguayans call "porteños" to all Argentinians, even if they don't belong to the port of Buenos Aires.
** In Spain and Latin America Argentines are stereotyped as cunning, treacherous people who enjoy taking advantage from others.
*** The most popular Argentine card game, ''Truco''[[labelnote:*]]Trick[[/labelnote]] does not help to get rid of the reputation, as it is the art of the deceiving, the lie and the redoubling of bets.
* Argentina is often stereotyped for having a hot, tropical climate, while it also harbors glaciers and ski centers.
* Out of all Latin American countries the Argentines have the most civilians of Italian descent: almost 60%! As such, many Italian tropes are applicable, from the food, strong Roman Catholicism [[labelnote:*]]Made all the more significant now that UsefulNotes/ThePope is Argentine.[[/labelnote]], emphasis on family activities, hammy and melodramatic hand-waving behaviour, [[DrivesLikeCrazy crazy driving]] to the never ending arguments about even the smallest issues.
** Even the Argentine accent sounds similar to Italian accents. The pronunciation and grammar notations are also very distinctive, with the use of "vos" instead of "tú"[[labelnote:*]]Both mean "you", with "vos" and its Italian equivalent being plural. Argentines and Italians also use them as a respectful singular[[/labelnote]], the pronunciation of "y" and "ll" as "sh" (which is closer to the pronunciation of Spain's Andalucía region) and the distinctive conjugation and intonation patterns[[labelnote:*]]"tú quieres" (you want) transforms into "vos querés"[[/labelnote]]. They also use distinctive interjections and modisms, like the word "che"[[labelnote:*]]which gave Che Guevara his nickname[[/labelnote]] which are similar to the VerbalTic "hey".
** Argentines are also infamous for swearing a lot, and in a creative way. In Argentinian depictions over the hispanic world, they use the word ''boludo'' ("asshole"[[note]]it actually means big balls' guy[[/note]]) to satiety, usually althogether with the quintessential "che", resulting in the "che, boludo". [[labelnote:*]]"boludo" was chosen as "the" Argentine word in a recent election of Latin American countries' quintessential words.[[/labelnote]].
*** The DrivesLikeCrazy reputation might not be surprising, seeing that legendary Formula 1 car racing champion Juan Manuel Fangio was an Argentine.

* The only South American country where the founder is immediately memorable: UsefulNotes/SimonBolivar.
* A stereotypical Bolivian image is that all women there wear bowler hats and have long black pigtails.
** Also, they like to [[ActionGirl fight in lucha rings]] while wearing traditional clothes. Bowler hats included.

* Many foreigners think Brazilians speak Spanish, while in fact it's the largest Portuguese speaking country in the world! It's also the only Portuguese speaking country in Latin America. Nevertheless, in foreign films and TV shows people will always talk with a Spanish accent whenever they impersonate a Brazilian.
* Another common mistake is that TheCapitalOfBrazilIsBuenosAires. Buenos Aires is the capital of Argentina. An equally large mistake is that people assume Rio de Janeiro is the capital of Brazil, while in reality it's [[SpaceBrasilia Brasília]].
* Whenever Brazil is depicted in foreign fiction all action will always take place in Rio de Janeiro. Expect the favelas, Christ the Redeemer Statue and Copacabana Beach to be in sight.
** And, oh yes, regardless of what time of year it is: it will always be carnival there!!
*** The carnival in Rio also fed Brazil's reputation for late night parties in the streets that never seem to end. The country as a whole has a strong association with catchy and sexy dances, especially the samba, choro, conga, bossa nova, tropicalia and lambada. Some of the most famous South American musicians were Brazilians: Antonio Carlos Jobim, Gilberto Gil, João Gilberto, Ary Barroso, Sergio Mendes,... Carmen Miranda (with her tutti frutti hat) was born in Portugal, but raised in Brazil and closely associated with the country.
*** Which also brings us to the idea that every Brazilian woman is a young, sexy, [[VaporWear scantily clad]] SpicyLatina with big busoms and ''really'' nice hips/butts. They are all keen to dance and very open to sex.
* The ''favelas'' are perhaps the most negative association the country has to offer. These local slums are full with criminals, drug addicts, gang wars, con artists, pick pockets and corrupt police officers. See also the movie ''Film/CityOfGod''.
* Brazil is also famous for soccer, having won TheWorldCup a record breaking five times. Pelé is the most famous Brazilian soccer player, even iconic in the United States, where the sport isn't popular at all.
* Brazilians are often stereotyped as [[PluckyComicRelief wisecracking fast-talking]] [[ThePollyanna always-cheerful guys.]] Every single Brazilian loves soccer and samba more than anything else.
** In (beat 'em up) videogames, Brazilian characters are prevalent, and generally come in one of two flavours. Firstly, there is the AmbiguouslyBrown, [[FunPersonified exuberant]], grinning DanceBattler type, a depiction no-doubt deriving from the native Capoeira martial art. Examples include Ricardo Maia (owner of the Pao Pao cafe, no less) and Bob Wilson from VideoGame/FatalFury and also VideoGame/{{Tekken}}'s Eddy Gordo and his ''unbelievably'' [[ForeignFanservice fanservicey]] student Christie Monteiro, who evokes the classic Brazilian carnival queen. The other type is the jungle-dwelling, BeastMan from the Amazon, most famously realized with Blanka, the first Brazilian character from the ''StreetFighter'' series (who's actually quite [[MexicansLoveSpeedyGonzales well-loved in his native land]]), as well as Tam Tam & Cham Cham from ''VideoGame/SamuraiShodown'' and Rikuo from ''VideoGame/{{Darkstalkers}}'', who's a straight-up ''Film/CreatureFromTheBlackLagoon'' shout-out.
** In (free) games played online, especially multiplayer shooters, Brazilians are considered notorious for a range of usually negative traits (a range of cheating techniques, farming, lack of skill and/or being a threat to their team, etc. Beyond the stereotypes, there are multiple reasons for their large presence in such games, including prohibitive import taxes on console games and regulations getting in the way of setting up a unique version of the game for them (as is done often in the industry, usually between Europe, Asia, and the Americas.) Most players are also wary of their brand of AnnoyingLaugh that sometimes even other sensible Brazilians are annoyed at: "Huehuehuehuehuehuehue"

* '''Chile''': A country [[WorldOfSnark where old people, young people and even kids are always ready to say something sarcastic]] and [[TheNicknamer give nicknames even to rocks]]. Their characters can be stereotypically described as being snobbish, [[PassiveAggressiveKombat passive-aggressive]], [[TheEeyore pessimistic]], quite HolierThanThou (though this one is becoming discredited ever since TheNineties), and '''incredibly''' classist. Their speech patterns also tend to be mocked ([[TakeThatUs even by other Chilean people]]) since they [[MotorMouth talk ridiculously fast]] and pepper their conversations [[ClusterFBomb with all the "F bombs" they can put in]]. But mostly, they are seen by their neighbors as having an incredibly big InferioritySuperiorityComplex. Always trying, but almost never quite managing, to equal the achievements of their neighbors' citizens. And when they do, they're expected to [[SmallNameBigEgo brag about it until the end.]]
** In regards to their neighbors, Chileans are either ''very'' {{Tsundere}} or totally hate them. (Specially polemic in the case of Peruvians and Bolivians, a bit of a DiscreditedTrope with Argentines as they tend to be more of VitriolicBestBuds now... though some Chileans [[WithFriendsLikeThese may team-up with Brazilians to make fun of them]]. [[BerserkButton And please don't mention the deals with the Falklands, okay]]?.)
** Within Chile, there are several other stereotypes of their own:
*** People from the Far North aka Norte Grande (Arica, Iquique, Antofagasta, Caldera, etc.) are seen as more Peruvian than Chilean. Specially if they're from Arica or Iquique. If not, they live in the desert or regularly go hunting UFO's in the desert.
*** People from the Nearest North aka Norte Chico (Coquimbo, La Serena) are stereotyped as {{lazy bum}}s that live at the beach rather than at home and have a steady diet of fruits and [[TheAlcoholic Chilean pisco]].
*** Valparaíso and Viña people ''really'' love to party. They also sneer at tourists and whine because everyone ''but'' them DrivesLikeCrazy. Oh, and they will [[BerserkButton scream at you]] [[ArsonmurderAndJaywalking if you call crust bread "marraqueta" instead of "pan francés".]] Valparaíso people also live in the hills, in poor but very colorful wooden houses.
*** Santiago people (Santiaguinos) are seen as bitchy, spoiled, smug and ''specially'' as [[ItsAllAboutMe self-centered]].
*** Regarding the Nearest South... People from Concepción ("Penquistas") are sometimes seen as {{The Rival}}s to Santiaguinos. [[OlderThanTheyThink This one comes from the 1800's]], when the high-class people from Santiago and Concepción fought for the leadership of the recently decolonized Chile. The rest is seen as still being made more of countryside than anything else.
*** The Far South of Chile is made of lakes, greenery and, from Coyhaique onwards, covered in snow. People from the Island of Chiloé live all in palafito houses over the sea, and interact with all kinds of local mythical beings on a daily basis.
*** People with Mapuche heritage are seen as very HotBlooded, proud and stubborn.
* The country is also known for the chili pepper. In reality, Chileans don't mind the spices that much, compared to say, Mexicans.
* The country is also known for the Easter Island, with its mythical ''Moai'' statues built by the local Rapa Nui people. Despite this, the connection the island has with Chile is not often brought up in media, being treated more as its own place.
* Chileans have also been known for not giving a single fuck during quakes [[OhCrap that send everyone else scrambling off their seats and into the back yard or street.]] As any Chilean over ten has probably seen at least one 7+ Richter earthquake, anything below that isn't worthy of their attention, other than to giggle at foreigners' reactions. [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JdDZbMQcANw As a proof, here's a video of a Chilean radio host who stays all calm through 2015's 8,4 earthquake.]]

* '''Colombia''' is a druglord haven full of corrupt politicians, leftist guerrillas, and right-wing death squads. Colombian expats in Venezuelan works tend to be depicted as people with HairTriggerTemper and a love for the Colombian folk music style ''Vallenato'' with the volume amped to max. Thanks to its export of TV soaps, Colombian Bogotanians have earned the stereotype of being simultaneously polite and smug. Also, there's the perception that Colombians are undeservedly [[ScrewTheWarWerePartying happy and cheery]], when they should be as miserable as everybody else, or at least as miserable as they are shown on TV.
** Colombian expats around the world are usually hounded with the assumption that they have something to do with the drug trade; thing is, almost no one has actually anything to do with it and whoever is in it is usually ''really good at it'', leading to the notoriety. The expats, however, have fled the country precisely because of the threats of violence related to the drug trade.
** Colombians are also stereotyped as ''druggies''. In this respect, the actual trade consists in the fact that Colombia is a ''producing'' country, not a ''consumer'' country. Consumer countries are for example, the United States and the countries of the European Union, making them ''the druggies''. Actually Colombian drug trafficking has considerably receded compared to the likes of Peru and Bolivia over the last two decades and the stereotypes are related to the country's situation in the 1980's to mid-90's.
* Colombia is also widely known for its coffee and Music/{{Shakira}}.
* Colombian cities are often stereotyped in Hollywood as being tropical and humid, especially the places where it's ostensibly not the case... Tell that to the people in the mountain ranges, or basically where ''most Colombians live''; they're not about to crack open their fans anytime soon.
* There is also the '''White T-Shirt Protests''', or the tendency of Colombian people protesting against the violence of the guerrillas and/or the paramilitary forces to join massive manifestations while wearing white t-shirts.
* Regarding soccer in particular, opponents of the sport often dismiss fans because there is an increasing tendency towards hooliganism since the mid-1990's. TruthInTelevision also, because derbies between Millonarios, Santa Fe, Atletico Nacional, DIM, Deportivo Cali and America de Cali are all closely guarded by the police and anti-riot forces. There is enforced segregation between the fans of each team or preventing the visiting team's fans from entering the stadium altogether to keep everyone safe; this, of course goes as well as is expected... not.
* Among other Spanish language nations Colombians are known for being uniquely adept at swearing. If a Colombian swears at you, they will do so with such an angry inflection and punch that you'll never forget it. Somehow, rude and taboo words sound even worse when a Colombian uses them; even so, if a Colombian already has a potty mouth, you will definitely notice the difference when he/she is mad at you.
* Inside Colombia itself, there's an impressive amount of stereotypes for each different province, with Colombians themselves being practically the only ones that can keep track of all of them. The mayor stereotypical groups consist of ''Rolos'', ''Paisas'', ''Vallunos'' and ''Costeños''. Other groups exist, but the main rivalries between regions come from the four mentioned. The difficulties in land communication between cities have historically made these regions notoriously isolated from one another [[note]]Bogota and Medellin are roughly 150 miles apart, but it takes 8+ hours to travel by land from one to the other due to a little thing called the Andes[[/note]]. The four groups have grown an intense regionalism exacerbated by the media (which is known to be extremely Bogota-centrist) and more importantly by Soccer rivalries.
** ''Rolos'' or ''Cachacos''[[note]]from Bogota[[/note]] are known to be extremely smug and like to look down on everyone else. They dismiss outsiders as "people from the Provinces" [[note]]There are no provinces in Colombia, they're called Departments[[/note]] and pride themselves for having the best Spanish dialect in the world.
** ''Paisas'' [[note]]from Antioquia, Risaralda, Quindío and Caldas[[/note]] are proud to a fault and seem to exalt their region with an air of superiority (Antioquians in particular), which people from other regions tend to take offense to because they make it seem that they do it just to spite everyone else [[note]]It's mainly to spite the ''Rolos''[[/note]]. They are also known to unsuccessfully dabble in seceding from the rest of the country. Paisas are often dismissed as ''Montañeros'' or ''De La Loma'' (Mountain People) and there's the perception that they never got past their bucolic nature [[note]]Ironically, people from Bogota use this the most against the Paisas; Bogota is located 8000+ feet above sea level, while Medellin is roughly located 5000 feet, which means Bogota is higher up in the mountains[[/note]].
*** Curiously, there is a well known stereotype regarding the women of the Coffee Axis city of Pereira in Risaralda, especially their penchant for plastic surgery and being notoriously easy to approach, to the point of being prostitutes. This stereotype has spawned many popular TV shows like "Series/SinSenosNoHayParaiso".
*** Model Natalia París also popularized a stereotype of Paisa women being notoriously dim.
** ''Vallunos'' [[note]]from Valle Del Cauca[[/note]] are mostly criticized due to their particular accent, sleazy women and listening to nothing but Salsa all day.
** ''Costeños'' [[note]]from Magdalena, Atlántico, Sucre, Bolívar, Córdoba, Guajira and Cesár[[/note]] are in a nutshell subjects of every stereotype from the Caribbean; in other words, lazy, good-for-nothing party-animals. They are also lampooned for their butchering of the Spanish language. To a Costeño, everyone else in Colombia is a ''Cachaco'', even when they're not from Bogota.
*** ''Guajiros'' are included in the ''Costeños''' stereotype, also they are what Literature/OneHundredYearsOfSolitude is all about; this is not a compliment. Where everyone else in the Atlantic coast progressed, Guajira remained stagnant. Also, if a person is from Guajira and he/she has money, that means that they're involved in something shady.
*** ''Cesareños'', also included in the ''Costeño's'' stereotypes, live, breath, eat, digest, pee and shit Vallenato music. Don't ask for a picture of a Cesareño without his accordion, because such a thing just doesn't exist.
*** Although it's a prevalent general stereotype of the Costeños (and an extremely offensive one, for that matter), people from Barranquilla in particular are depicted as ''Comeburras'' ("donkey-fuckers"). [[http://www.sparknotes.com/lit/solitude/section5.rhtml A stereotype]] even evoked in the novel ''Literature/OneHundredYearsOfSolitude'' by GabrielGarciaMarquez.
*** The Costeño dancer (male or female) generally will be almost dancing in the nude, with the [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hhhVTxcx3Lc most frenzy-driven body seizing and jerking you'll ever witness]]. Other noteworthy groups include the ''Pastusos'', the ''Boyacos'' and the ''Llaneros'', among others.
** ''Pastusos'' [[note]]from Nariño[[/note]] are the butt of everyone's jokes (even among themselves); their particular accent has a tone that makes them sound somewhat dim, which makes them ideal subjects of mockery. Fortunately, they take the slaps with a full face and do not shy from the jokes.
** ''Boyacos'' are the farm people of Colombia [[note]]of course, there's other places with farmers[[/note]]; no matter what profession one might have, a Boyaco will be first and foremost regarded as a farmer [[note]]They'd rather be called ''Boyancenses''; they definitely don't like to be called ''Boyacos''[[/note]]. Boyacá is a very cold region and local people will unequivocally wear a [[http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-azl4nZbG1ug/Ui-HkCwybxI/AAAAAAAAC8w/5E-13pFP_UI/s1600/homenaje+a+la+ruana.jpg "Ruana"]] to fend off the cold. Due to the altitude in Boyacá, the levels of oxygen are very low, causing a very characteristic appearance to Boyacos: there is a popular saying that say that Boyacos are "''de caché e hijos de papi... digo, cachetirrojos e hijos de papicultores''" [[note]]High-end daddy's boys... I mean, red-cheeked sons of potato farmers[[/note]]. Also, they're born with a bicycle on their cribs (TruthInTelevision, since most of the great bicycle racers in Colombia are from Boyacá due to their lung capacity caused also by the low oxygen in Boyacá).
** ''Llaneros'' [[note]]from Arauca, Casanare, Vichada, Guainía, Guaviare, Vaupés, Meta and Caquetá[[/note]] do nothing all day but dance to the harp, organize blood sports involving cows and chickens, and dabble in witchcraft and blood magic (tied to the blood sports). A number of regions on the plains are under the control of the guerrillas and the paramilitary forces, making them effectively no-man's-lands... not that anyone else in the country remembers that the plains exist!
*** If you ever meet a person from Villavicencio (the capital of the Meta Department), there's a 1:2 chance that they live in Bogota; there's also about the same chance that they've never lived in Villavicencio in the first place.
** ''Chocoanos'' live off their dear Atrato River, even though it floods every now and then, taking all of their few possessions. Unlike the ''Llaneros'', everyone knows about the Chocoano's poverty and isolation and just choose to ignore them. Chocoanos are essentially the Haitians of Colombia. To make things worse, more than 90% of Chocoanos are black, adding a touch of racism to the rest of Colombia's attitude towards them.
** People of ''Los Dos Santanderes'' are just mad with everyone. They're also very fond of guns.
*** People from the cities of Cucuta and San Cristobal in Venezuela are interchangeable.
** People from Cauca and Putumayo just might as well not exist at all.
** People from Tolima and Huila do nothing but eat tamales, have beauty pageants and dance [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8DOOPFVZsEw Bambuco]] all day [[note]]The music in the video is called ''El Sanjuanero'' and it might as well be their national anthem [[/note]].
*** The Opita peoples of Tolima and Huila are often parodied in television for being notoriously lazy.
** People from the Caribbean islands of San Andres and Providencia are basically Jamaicans. San Andres is the most exotic place a bare-bones Colombian vacation can aspire to. The basic policy of the Colombian government is to ignore the islands; in recent years, a diplomatic crisis has led Nicaragua to claim parts of the seas surrounding the islands, but the islanders are just too stubborn to declare themselves Central Americans... not that they're very far from doing it.
** People of the Amazonian region are mostly seen as stone-age indigenous people. If they are in Leticia (which lies by the Amazon River) people assume that they travel everywhere by canoe.
** Demographically in general, the indigenous people in Colombia suffer a great degree of discrimination from all strata of society. To be called an ''Indio'' in Colombia has unfair derogatory overtones, as it's linked to unwarranted propensity for violence and savagery, lack of general manners, poor taste and untidiness. Indigenous communities in Colombia were nowhere as big and developed as the great ancestral empires in Mexico, Central America and Peru, though they left a great cultural watermark for the ages (such as the Tayronas, the Caribs and the Muiscas). However, formerly small indigenous communities like the Nukak-Maku are getting greater recognition and respect regarding the uniqueness of their cultural idiosyncracies (Nukak-Maku have their own distinct language).


* Mostly known for bananas.
* Ecuadorians abroad were mainly known due to the diaspora of [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Otavalo_%28city%29 Otavalo merchants]], who are artisanal makers of highly intricate fabrics and textiles. Other Ecuadorian peoples eventually became known abroad too.
* Though not known for being disdainful of Colombians, Ecuadorians are not fond of being confused with their northern neighbors. Recently, diplomatic relations between the two countries became almost hostile because of the Colombian army's killing of a Colombian guerrilla leader by unwittingly invading Ecuadorian sovereign territory.
* Ecuador had hostile relations with Peru during the 80's and 90's, losing the Amazon to their southern neighbors in the [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cenepa_War Cenepa war]].

Galápagos Islands
* A volcanic archipelago, best known for its rich animal wild life: albatrosses, crabs, sea turtles, iguanas, penguins, flamingos, pelicans, seals, ...
* Historically famous as the location where UsefulNotes/CharlesDarwin developed his evolution theory.

* If Guyana is mentioned at all, people will often mistakenly assume it's Latin American just because it's on the Caribbean coast of South America. In fact, Guyana is the sole English-speaking country in South America, and its border with the Caribbean coast and shared culture with other former British colonies in the Caribbean Sea results in the nation having a Caribbean-based culture.
* Since the Jonestown Massacre in 1978 it's synonymous with [[DrinkingTheKoolAid religious cults and mass suicides]].

Juan Fernández Islands
* A small group of islands, best known as the home of marooned 18th century sailor Alexander Selkirk who lived there for four years. His story inspired Literature/RobinsonCrusoe and as a tribute one of the islands was actually called "Robinson Crusoe Island" in 1966.

* '''Paraguay''': Everyone is either from Asunción or from the jungle. They do nothing but smuggle goods and steal cars from neighboring countries; also, thanks to [[HotBlooded Jose Luis Chilavert]], they were considered to have HairTriggerTemper.
** Also, everyone is bilingual in Spanish and Guarani, and will often speak in the latter language to confuse and {{troll}} foreigners.
** Every Paraguayan can play the harp.
** In Brazil, Paraguayan goods have a reputation for being cheap and of low quality, similar to [[MadeInCountryX Made In China]] products.
** Don't ask Brazilians, Argentinians or Uruguayans [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Paraguayan_War what happened in Paraguay between 1864-1870]]; what, are you crazy? You might start another war if you ask too much! Just be glad that Paraguay still exists even after '''that'''!
** Paraguayan? Soccer player? That gives you like a 1:4 chance of having the last name '''Cáceres'''.

* '''Perú''' is mostly associated with the Inca culture, Andes and ancient city Macchú Picchú. The only more-or-less modern city to appear in popular culture will be Lima or Cuzco. In popular culture all Peruvians are basically Inca descendents and thus will still worship the Sun and Quetzocoatal. They all know a city of gold hidden somewhere in the jungle or the mountains, but they keep their mouth shut in the presence of foreigners.
* More modern depictions Peruvians will be stereotyped as people who speak in helium-infused squeaky voices while wearing colorful robes and funny bonnets with ear flaps. Llamas, alpacas and vicunas will wander around everywhere, [[EverythingsBetterwithLlamas pulling weird antics and spitting in tourists's faces.]]
* During the mid-1990's, Peruvian television was exported to Colombia due to the rising demand of cable television and private parabolic antennae. As such, Colombians are very well versed in Peruvian media due to the phenomenon they refer to as ''Perubólica'' (Peru-bolic). Colombia and Peru share a frontier through the Amazon (which is sparsely populated and not particularly media-savvy), so very few people in Peru are aware of why Colombians are so good at making fun of them...?

* '''Uruguay''' tends to be considered just a very small and quiet Argentina, Luxembourg style. They are [[BerserkButton not thrilled with this.]] However, they are generally exempt from the negative Argentinean stereotyping, considered polite, open minded, friendly... and really obsessed with mate.
* Uruguayan soccer is known in South America for the perceived tendency for rough playing, which has led their national team to be nicknamed "La Garra Charrúa". Though well versed and world-famous, some players have had considerable trouble for taking it too far. A national team that has to play the Uruguayans has to acknowledge that they are going to leave the pitch really sore, even if they defeat the "Charrúas".
* Uruguay was also the first nation in the whole world to legalize marijuana. This fact was definitely not glossed over by neighboring countries, who joke about the country being a stoner's paradise.

* '''Venezuela''' is known for its former president Hugo Chavez and his "Chavistas". Also known for its nationalized oil industry, for having a whole industry dedicated to winning the Miss Universe pageant, and for looooong and {{melodrama}}aaaatic {{Soap Opera}}s.
** Don't ever bring out the topic of '''arepas''' if you happen to be talking with a Colombian and a Venezuelan; it doesn't end well.
* Venezuelans expats think themselves as better han their neighbours, and are genuinely baffled when things doesn't goes well for them. A typical venezuelan abroad will tell you about the natural beauty of their country and women, and how nice and ''chévere'' their people is, and how much their "''arepas''" are better than the Colombian version (as long as a Colombian isn't present) and how they gave Simon Bolivar the Liberator to the rest of Lation America.
** While justifiably proud of Simon Bolivar, when asked about his eventual fate (exiled in disgrace) they are uncharacteristically silent.
* Venezuela have the most beautiful women, and if they are not beautiful they are at least well coiffed and groomed. Supported by the number of hair dressers, manicurists, and beautitians in the country.
* There are some internal regional sterotypes as well, by areas (because the venezuelans basically can't bother in have sterotypes for each federal entity), with the main sterotypes being ''Caraqueños'', ''Valencianos'', ''Maracuchos'', ''Guaros'', ''Orientales'', ''Llaneros'' and ''Gochos'' .
** ''Caraqueños'' , the people from Caracas, see themselves as the most important people of the country, the only part of the country where stuff happens, and the rest of the country could just drop and die (not in vain the saying goes "Caracas es Caracas y lo demás es monte y culebra" [[note]]"Caracas is Caracas, and the rest (of the country) is just weeds and snakes"[[/note]]). The rest of the country, however, see them as stuck ups assholes with a trend of becoming more violent and thuggish with every year. Back in the day Caracas was a very provincian city despite being the capital of the country, and as such has a lot of ephitets like "the city of red roofs" and "The sucursal of Heaven", earned by his (now dissapeared) red-roofed houses and mild climate. Inordinately fond of the mountain that limits the city , the Cerro el Ávila (or Waraira Repano if you go for the indigenous name), which a ''caraqueño'' will claim is the most beautiful view in the country not located in the Gran Sabana.
** ''Valencianos'', the people from the city of Valencia, Carabobo State, are basically every snob sterotype, fancying themselves as the OldMoney to the NoveauRiche of Caracas. The one who aren't snobs are [[CampGay walking gay stereotypes]], to the point to people claiming to be from the city is more or less coming out, or at least admitting to live in a city-wide TransparentCloset. Loyals to their baseball team Navegantes del Magallanes, the eternal rival of Caracas' Leones.
** ''Maracuchos'' or ''Marabinos'' are the people from Maracaibo, Zulia state. They are seen as exhuberant people who sing Music/GaitaZuliana all round year, have air conditioning in evey possible place, everybody having exentric first names bordering in {{Ghetto Name}}s, and everybody is fat (or in their way of being so) thanks to their love of plaintains (their TrademarkFavoriteFood), coconut as the fourth condiment after salt, sugar and pepper, and DeepFriedWhatever. They use "vos" as the second person singular, but have a very different conjugation than the other "vos" users, closer to the "vosotros" conjugations. Their expletive of choice is "¡Verga!" and their derivative "¡Vergación!". Very, ''very'' devouts to the local Marian incarnation, the Virgen de Chiquinquirá (affectionately nicknamed "La Chinita"). Because of having being quite isolated from the rest of the country due to the lack of terrestrial roads until early XX century (at one point you had to had a passport to travel from Maracaibo to Caracas asnd viceversa because the only way was by boat with an stop in Aruba) and having almost all of the country oil in their territory, the (half) joke is that they'll proclaim their idependence from Venezuela and become the Independent Republic of Zulia any day now. Usually conflated with the rest of the state, something people from the nighboring city of Cabimas don't like.
** ''Guaros'', the nickname given to the people from Lara state (and, more specifically, to the people from the cities of Barquisimeto and Carora), namely for their VerbalTic "'na guará!". Everyone there knows how to play ''cuatro'' or make handcrafts. Due to Barquisimeto having been the usual test city for commercial lauchings, ranging from new flavors of food to IT services, Guaros thrive in almost every place and adapt fast.
** ''Orientales'', folding the people from the states of Anzoategui, Sucre and Monagas ([[AndZoidberg and Delta Amacuro]] to an extent). They [[MotorMouth speak very fast]], overpronounce the letter "r" (sometimes substituting the L sound with it), say "hijoerdiablo" every three phrases, curse as drunk pirates, and love their fried fish. See El Conde del Guacharo (the Alter Ego of comediant Benjamin Rausseo) for an example of the sterotype in action. ''Ñeros'', the people of Margarita Island and the rest of the Nueva Esparta state, are ''orientales'' UpToEleven, with devotion for the Virgen del Valle and a sort of tolerance for tourists and surfers. Delta Amacuro is either full of indians in canoes or does not exist at all.
** ''Llaneros'' , the people from the plains, or any state that raises cows. At their best, simple minded cowboys who wake up early, love the simple pleasures of life, sing ''joropos'' about their lives in the Llanos, are inordinately fond of ''carne en vara'' (the local variant of barbecue), and never seen without wearing their liqui-liqui and their "pelo 'e guama" hats. At worst, a race of fowl mouthed hicks who want and will try to fuck with any non-llanero person they met and their cattle. In the national perception, not having changed a lot since Rómulo Gallegos wrote ''Doña Bárbara'' in 1928.
** ''Gochos'', the people from the Andean states, eternally conflated in the national imagination thanks to the old ad for an alphabetization campaign asking for help for "los simpáticos muchachitos andinos". They are either slow minded people, or cunning jeskasses who only ''pretends'' to be slow minded, no exeptions. The people from the city of Merida, Mérida state, are a variation of the sterotype: they pride on being an student city and the City of Gentlemen, so gentlemanly that if you are mugged in Mérida the mugger at least will leave you with your identity papers (the thugs at the rest of the country are not that kind). Known in the country for being prone to uprisings (a good chunk of governants on the XIX and early XX century were andean caudillos), but that propensity was mostly forgotten until the CrazyAwesome antics of protesting gochos during 2014 and 2015. The people from San Cristobal and San Antonio in Táchira state and the city of Cúcuta in Colombia are virtually interchangeable.
** There are some other minor stereotypes. The people from Falcon state are intrinsically tied with their goats ([[BestialityIsDepraved maybe a bit too much]]). The people in the coastal area of Barlovento are all black people who play and dance drums very well and will show off that ability at the minor chance. ''Guayaneses'', the people from Bolivar state, aren't prticullarly differentiated, save for their love of Calipso. They are also conflated with the indegenous population from the south of the country.

* Oceania is usually the "overlooked" continent. While other continents are continuously in the news for various reasons Oceania barely makes the headlines overseas. This leads to the impression that it is essentially nothing more than a quiet, peaceful holiday destination.
** It doesn't help that by various definitions, Oceania isn't a "real" continent.[[labelnote:*]]Geophysically, Australia is a continent to itself, or possibly together with New Guinea (the entirety, not just PNG) and some other Indonesian islands; everything else is entirely separate from the continental landmass. Politically and culturally, Oceania gets split up and regrouped several ways--Hawaii with North America, for one, and Easter Island with South America, although both are Polynesian.[[/labelnote]]
* Australia and New Zealand are usually the only Oceanic countries foreigners can summarize. The other 12 are rarely ever mentioned in fiction, save for Papua New Guinea (see below).
* UsefulNotes/{{Australia}} and UsefulNotes/NewZealand claim the other country is [[BestialityIsDepraved having sex with sheep]]. All we know is that the sheep are sluts.
* Australia and New Zealand may appear to argue a lot but mess with one, you've got ''two'' very PO'ed countries to deal with. The [=ANZACs=] - it's Australia and New Zealand Army Corps, not one or the other.


* See '''LandDownUnder''' for the primary page on stereotypes of Australia.
* For starters, you can't talk about Australia before mentioning at least once that KangaroosRepresentAustralia. These animals are practically synonymous with the entire country. Thus in popular culture they will often seen jumping around everywhere, even in suburban communities. Needless to say that kangaroos mostly live in the wild.
** Australia may be own the few countries where the animal population is more famous than the citizens. Since they have a very unique fauna: [[MisplacedWildlife expect these animals to make a cameo appearance]] whenever the country is depicted. So, watch out for [[KangaroosRepresentAustralia kangaroos]] and wallabies, koalas, kookaburras, Tasmanian devils, emus, echidnas, dingoes, platypuses, funnel-web spiders, black widow spiders and great white sharks. Jokes about invasive species such as rabbits, cane toads and ostriches are also very popular and unfortunately have been TruthInTelevision.
*** In the early 2010's Australian wildlife became [[MemeticMutation meme-worthy]]. Australian wildlife is all huge and savage and poisonous and will kill you in a heartbeat. It outnumbers the humans and actively hunts them. While it's true that a variety of deadly creatures do inhabit Australia, most of them live in the outback, in largely untamed wilderness. Roughly 90% of Australia's population lives within 15 miles of the coast, well away from said wildlife. However the funnel-web spider does live in Sydney, and has caused injuries and even death to humans.
* One of the most persistent stereotypical ideas about Australia is that its capital is thought to be Sydney. It's actually Canberra.
** When in Sydney, always make sure that Australia's most famous monument, the Opera House, is in frame. The Sydney Harbour Bridge is also essential.
** Expect references made to the fact that the center of the country is literally and figure of speech deserted. You can travel for miles without meeting a human being. No wonder the car crashes and chases in ''Film/MadMax'' were so easy to make without police interfering. This also makes the country ideal for road movies, like the earlier mentioned ''"Mad Max", Film/TheAdventuresOfPriscillaQueenOfTheDesert'', ...
** Some scenes taking place at a beach with surfers, blonde bathing suit wearing babes and sharks making a cameo appearance are not uncommon.
** And, of course, a visit to Ayers Rock is also mandatory.
* AwesomeAussie: '''Australians''' are always stereotyped as white, blond, six feet tall, rough, unsophisticated, wildlife experts, bushwackers and obsessive beer drinkers. They wear a khaki shirt, short pants and a large cowboy-style hat with corks hanging from it. Their most priceless possession is a boomerang and/or a large knife. If not trying to catch crocodiles they will be barbecueing, surfing or playing the didgeridoo.
** Stock expressions are ''"Crikey", "G'day, mate", "Pommie bastard", "That's bonzer, mate", "Crack a tinnie" and "Put another shrimp on the barbie"'' (despite the term ''prawn'' being used for shrimp in Australia).
** Most of these stereotypes are based on images reflected in ''Film/CrocodileDundee, Series/CrocodileHunter, Film/MadMax'' and the ''Series/MontyPythonsFlyingCircus'' sketch "Bruces", where where all Australians are named Bruce.
** Australian accents are often imitated badly in popular culture, being a weird Kiwi/Pom cross or something closer to a stereotypical South African accent.
* UsefulNotes/AustralianAborigines are stereotyped as nomadic tribesman who live off the land. They are generally portrayed as hospitable. In popular culture the men will always have beards. Also expect them to walk around in red loincloths and covered in bodypaint, while most Aborigines nowadays wear the same casual clothing their fellow white Australians do.
* In the 19th century the United Kingdom sent some of their convicts to Australia to work in forced labor in penal colonies. This has lead to the idea that Australians are all convicts, or have at least inherited the worst aspects of their convict ancestors.
* New Zealanders seem to think of Australians as good-hearted but lazy. Public holidays are serious business.
* An unfortunate sporting stereotype developed in recent years is of Australians as ''very'' [[SoreLoser sore losers]] who can [[GlassCannon dish out banter when they're on top, but can't take it when it comes back on them]] - from a Kiwi or British POV. In context, all three nations share a good deal of banter regarding sporting achievement, and for years Australia always shone in most events that the countries compete in together. This resulted in [[UnsportsmanlikeGloating "pommy/kiwi-bashing", crowing and arrogant chat]] about the opposition's poor performance. However, as the tide has turned, with England as current holders of UsefulNotes/TheAshes and an uncharacteristically shocking performance by Aussies at the 2012 Olympics versus both rivals, rather than accepting the banter that they are now [[BreakTheHaughty on the receiving end of]], Aussies stand accused of a ''highly'' un-sporting lack of humility and much self-pity.
** Some Australian media at the 2012 Olympics decided to claim New Zealand's medals ([[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pavlova_%28food%29 like]] [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Phar_Lap everything]] [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Russell_Crowe else]]) by lumping them together with Australia's and publishing the count as "Oceania" or "Aus Zealand".
* In (beat em' up) videogames, Australians are mostly depicted as hulking [[BoisterousBruiser bruisers]], with examples including [[NotEvenBotheringWithTheAccent Graig Marduk]] from VideoGame/{{Tekken}}, Raiden/Big Bear from ''VideoGame/TheKingOfFighters'' (complete with Ayer's Rock/Uluru home-stage) and shark-wrestling fisherman Jeffry [[MeaningfulName McWild]] from VideoGame/VirtuaFighter. Rocker zombie Lord Raptor, of Darkstalkers fame, provides a variation, and is perhaps inspired by home-grown supergroup Music/{{ACDC}}. Then, there's also [[TestosteronePoisoning Saxton Hale]]...
* Stereotypes within Australia:
** Northern Territorians are troppo.
** Tasmanian is not considered to be part of Australia and all its citizens are inbred.
** Queenslanders are redneck banana-benders.
** South Australians are all gay.
** Adelaide is boring and its citizens eat crows.
** Sydney's the gay capital and/or "the city of brides".
** Perth is 10 years and 3 hours behind Sydney.
* Thanks to ''Series/{{Neighbours}}'' and ''Series/HomeAndAway"'' Australia has also a reputation for soap operas.
* And thanks to {{Ozploitation}} Australian movies are often thought to be explicitly violent action movies sent in deserted Australian backlands with lots of GratuitousNudity.

* New Zealanders are usually portrayed as being Maori. Usually the Maori sticks out his tongue or makes ugly faces.
* White New Zealanders are rural farmers, rugby players, horse racers or workmen who have a gift for solving every kind of problem. Supposedly a Kiwi man can do anything with Number 8 wire.
* Characters who visit the country will always encounter New Zealand's national birds, the kiwi. The animal has become a national symbol in New Zealand and New Zealanders are often nicknamed "kiwis" as a result. This is despite the fact that many New Zealanders have never seen a kiwi, especially not in the wild--they are both very shy and very rare.
* New Zealanders are often depicted (mostly in either New Zealand or other [[UsefulNotes/TheCommonwealthOfNations Commonwealth]] nations) as obsessive world travelers and backpackers, getting absolutely ''anywhere'' armed with backpack and travel guide. This comes from the New Zealandian trend of going abroad for a year or two after finishing university. They're also champion mountain climbers/trampers (aka hikers).
* They are supposedly interested solely in the three Rs: Rugby, Racing, and beeR. Rugby and beer are still popular, but racing has declined in popularity.
* New Zealand women are depicted as being more independent and somewhat ugly (epitomized in former Prime Minister Helen Clark). New Zealand was the first nation to permanently give women the vote, and at one point all high-level government positions were filled by women.
* Very few people will recognise a New Zealander unless told; some jokes will probably be made about the bizarre-sounding (to foreigners) accent, including pronouncing short E's (as in dress) as short I's (as in kit) and short I's as schwas (the A in comma), and attempts at guessing their background will vary from British to Australian.[[note]]Although many Brits guess ''really'' wrong and confuse New Zealand accents with South African. The flattened vowels have something to do with this. [[/note]]
* Invariably, a joke will be made about the number of sheep in the country being greater than the number of people. Sheep in New Zealand outnumber humans by seven-to-one.[[note]]It was ''twenty''-to-one back in the early 1980s.[[/note]]
* Their alleged fondness [[BestialityIsDepraved for sheep]] tends to be the most common point of mockery.
* More recently, New Zealand has become famous through its association with the ''Film/TheLordOfTheRings'' movie, making people think of it as being one big film set.
** Foreigners also think New Zealand has a sizable population of 3ft 6in (1.07 cm) tall people. This is partially true, but New Zealanders call them five-year-olds.
* Due to their performance in various 20th and 21st century wars (especially [=WWI=] and Vietnam), [=ANZACs=] (Australian and New Zealand forces) are typically depicted as badass soldiers.
* Within New Zealand:
** UsefulNotes/{{Auckland}}ers see the rest of New Zealand as rural, unsophisticated, and backwards. Meanwhile, the rest of New Zealand sees Aucklanders are brash, arrogant, latte-sipping people, living in houses with million-dollar price tags.
** Dunedin is seen as full of poor students (who are always partying and "getting on the piss") and Scots.
** UsefulNotes/{{Wellington}} is thought to be populated by hipsters. Not to mention that the city is constantly in the grip of a gale north-westerly.
** Cantabrians are stereotyped as conservative - religious (at least compared to the rest of the country) and slightly racist. They take rugby seriously, even by New Zealand standards. They also earned the status of IronWoobie after the Christchurch earthquakes.
** When Aucklanders aren't the butt of the joke, Hamiltonians fill the role as residents of a (supposedly) hopelessly boring city where nothing exciting happens, except maybe outbreaks of [=STDs=].

Papua New Guinea
* Despite being one of the most heterogenous nations in the world with hundreds of ethnic groups present in the country most people see it as a country full of black Papuans living in tribes. They all wear grass skirts, feathers and leaves and rejoice in [[ImAHumanitarian cannibalism]]. Another pastime is body painting and/or tattooing.
* The entire country consists of nothing more than a bunch of volcanoes, coral reefs, beaches and unpenetrable tropical rainforests.
* A negative association with Papua New Guinea is its sexual violence towards women and children. (Gang) rape and sexual abuse of minors are rampant.
* Foreigners will often confuse it with New Guinea, which is part of Asia.

* A bunch of tropical islands full with primitive tribal communities who are a mix of Maori and Papua stereotypes. Palm trees are present with coconuts falling on your head. Tattoos are popular. All women have long black hair [[FlowerInHerHair and wear a flower in it]]. Local people will be dancing HulaAndLuaus. Despite being a subregion of Oceania many of the individual isles are (former) colonies, part of other continents in Asia, South America, North America or Europe.
* Some isles you might have heard from: Fiji, Tonga, French Polynesia, Samoa, Tahiti, the Solomon Isles, the Cook Isles, the Marshall Isles (known for the Bikini atoll, which inspired the bikini clothing piece) and the Easter Island. Apart from the Easter Island, best known for its huge Moai statues, most people wouldn't be able to name one specifically unique thing about these isles.
* The place is known for tranquility and a simple trouble free atmosphere. Everyone lives close to nature, drinks coconut milk, goes swimming, sails by pirogue and enjoys the fact that the world doesn't seem bigger than the isle itself. Yet it's not always that peaceful: hurricanes, tsunamis, volcanic eruptions and earth quakes are not uncommon problems. Also, the atols are a frequent target for nuclear tests.
* Apart from that it's best known for famous Americans and Europeans who paid a visit to the region or lived there for several years: explorers (Jacob Roggeveen, James Cook and Thor Heyerdahl), anthropologists (Margaret Mead) and cultural icons (Paul Gauguin, Music/JacquesBrel, Creator/MarlonBrando,...).


* Best known for harboring [[EverythingsBetterWithPenguins a lot of penguins]]. Other polar animals like orcas, whales, colossal squids, albatrosses and seals live there too. Mind you, there are no Eskimos or [[PolarBearsAndPenguins polar bears here]].
* The only continent that is officially a nature resort. It's basically nothing more than ice with here and there a bit of tundra vegetation. The climate is extremely harsh. The coldest temperature on Earth has been recorded here. There are also heavy winds, especially along the coastlines.
** This also explains why the country lacks an indigenous population. No humans live there, except for scientists in polar stations who do research. And even they only stay there for a few months at the time, before being replaced or alternated by other colleagues. It's almost a punishment to be there (ReassignedToAntarctica).
*** The continent is perhaps most infamous for the failed expedition of Robert Falcon Scott, who tried to become the first man reaching the South Pole, but was beaten by Roald Amundsen. As Scott tried to return he and his entire crew died along the way. See also the film ''Film/ScottOfTheAntarctic'' (not to be confused with the similarly titled ''Series/MontyPythonsFlyingCircus'' sketch, by the way.)
* Also known for showing the Aurora Australis (''"southern light"'') in the sky.
* Since the 1980s it is also infamous for the hole in the ozone layer.
* In popular culture MysteriousAntarctica is often used for harboring unknown viruses (''Literature/WhoGoesThere, Literature/AtTheMountainsOfMadness''), civilizations (''Literature/GreenAntarctica'') and/or giant monsters under the ice (Franchise/{{Godzilla}} in ''Film/GodzillaFinalWars'', Film/{{Gorath}}'', ''Film/TheThing1982'', ...)