[[quoteright:343:[[Film/{{SWAT}} http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/MichelleRodriquezPout8C_880.jpg]]]]

->''"My mom's Puerto Rican. That's why I'm so lively and colorful."''
-->-- '''[[Creator/AubreyPlaza April Ludgate]]''', [[DiscussedTrope acknowledging this trope]] [[EmotionlessGirl while averting it as much as humanly possible]], ''Series/ParksAndRecreation''

Latin women in media (particularly American media) are usually portrayed as sultry temptresses with fierce tempers. The old westerns and pulp fiction usually depicted them as raven-haired, olive-skinned, and [[LadyInRed red-clad]], with an accent that can melt butter. Modern portrayals, however, are usually more urban.

This character is very HotBlooded and confrontational, and often times has a rough background where they had to learn to defend themselves. They usually display an almost {{Tsundere}}-ish quality of having a soft side that occasionally peeks out from their tough exterior. Expect the Spicy Latina to be a [[ActionGirl good fighter who can take care of herself]], which ironically can [[VasquezAlwaysDies lead to her becoming the designated early casualty]]. There's also a crossover with MamaBear in some cases. The Spicy Latina can make for a great FemmeFatale for TheHero. Even if the Spicy Latina is a bit {{tomboy}}ish, [[AmazonChaser she will be irresistible]]. If not tomboyish, she's usually wearing a lot of [[FormFittingWardrobe sexy tight clothing]] and she would happen to be very flirty. Despite this, she is often a devout Catholic.

When they aren't masculine, a Spicy Latina will usually be [[TheBeautifulPeople a great beauty]] and highly sought after, as well as being an accomplished fighter. For a male [[TheHero hero]], having her as a LoveInterest is therefore an indication of unusual [[BadassInCharge prestige]], self actualisation, and both pyschological and physical strength, since he will need to be able to restrain her fiery nature and martial ability at times, without destroying the relationship.

Actresses likely to play this role include:
* Creator/MariaConchitaAlonso
* Creator/MichelleRodriguez (pictured)
* Music/JenniferLopez
* Rosie Perez, even [[WesternAnimation/TheRoadToElDorado when she's animated]]
* Creator/PenelopeCruz
* Creator/SalmaHayek
* Creator/SofiaVergara
* Creator/CatherineZetaJones (even though the actress herself is not actually Hispanic, but her name means "Z" in Spanish, so people might get an idea.)
* Dania Ramirez
* Creator/ZoeSaldana, on occasion, though she's more likely to portray the SassyBlackWoman

Close cousin to the SassyBlackWoman, but generally more erotic (the two tropes can overlap if the character is mixed). Also see LatinLover -- and speaking of which, the same rule about particular non-Latin ethnicities still counting also applies here. Its Old World analog is the HotGypsyWoman. Overall, an enduring character-type, [[VasquezAlwaysDies even if the characters themselves are not]].

Important Note: just because a Latina character is attractive does ''not'' neccessarily make her fiery or spicy. A Latina played as a down to earth GirlNextDoor or a bubbly BrainlessBeauty is not an example of this trope because such a character lacks the ''attitude'' and ''personality'' of the Spicy Latina. Please keep this in mind while adding examples.

[[noreallife]]

----
!!Examples:

[[foldercontrol]]

[[folder:Anime & Manga]]
* Michiko and others from ''Anime/MichikoToHatchin''.
* Nadie from ''Anime/ElCazadorDeLaBruja''. Basically every female character in the show other than Ellis (Canadian), Blue-Eyes (White American), and Lirio (not 'spicy') is this. Though Nadie may actually be [[IndianMaiden Zuni]].
* Lara from ''Manga/SchoolRumble''. While the sexiness aspect isn't played up, she's certainly a HotBlooded amazon.
* Liz from ''Anime/IGPXImmortalGrandPrix'', whose voice in the English dub is none other than Michelle Rodriguez.
* In ''Manga/OnePiece'', the country of Dressrosa (which is based on Spain) is famous for these. Every time a man cheats on or [[DisproportionateRetribution just disappoints]] a Dressrosan woman, she will stab him.
[[/folder]]

[[folder:Comics]]
* [[Franchise/SpiderMan Peter Parker's]] roommate Michele Gonzales
* ''Peanut Butter: The Diary of Molly Fredrickson'' has Erica, presumably Nuyorican ManicPixieDreamGirl to [[TokenWhite the title character]] in [[PornWithPlot kinky act after kinky act,]] but really shows off the common aspects of this trope when it comes to Officer [[PunnyName "Uncle" Tom]] in cursing him out in [[EverythingSoundsSexierInFrench Spanish]] while they have sex then [[HellbentForLeather bringing out the leather suit]] and sex toys on the other girls in an orgy as his birthday present.
* Menagerie from ''ComicBook/JusticeLeagueElite'' brings new meaning to the words "Spicy Latina" - her blood is acidic. She also has the attitude and personality that usually comes with this trope.
* Fire from the Justice League International. She's not just spicy she's downright burning hot.
* Back during the ''ComicBook/BatmanNoMansLand'' era, there was a minor ComicBook/{{Catwoman}} antagonist called Firecracker (real name Rosalie Hernandez), who was noted as having a bad temper and pyrokinetic powers.
[[/folder]]

[[folder:Fan Works]]
* In his long-running ''[[http://dl.dropbox.com/u/2133352/shadowjack_js.html In Which I Watch Sailor Moon]]'', cartoonist-critic Shadowjack has found himself reimagining shrine maiden Rei "Sailor Mars" Hino as a Latina -- complete with Spanish punctuation in her dialogue.
[[/folder]]

[[folder:Film - Animated]]
* Audrey in ''Disney/AtlantisTheLostEmpire''.
* Both of the Adelita Twins in ''WesternAnimation/TheBookOfLife''. Kicking ass while arguing over shoes.
** Maria herself definitely falls under this trope -- she's feisty, beautiful, and can fight with swords better than any man.
[[/folder]]

[[folder:Film - Live Action]]
* [[FakeNationality Vasquez]] in ''Film/{{Aliens}}.''
* Lupe Velez, who [[DrivenToSuicide committed suicide]] in 1944 having made the "Mexican Spitfire" comedies, embodies this trope in how she was presented, marketed, and perceived, let alone the way she was expected to perform in films, as evidenced by her nicknames "Mexican Spitfire" and "The Hot Pepper". She may be the UrExample of this trope in film.
* Carmen Miranda who was [[TheCapitalOfBrazilIsBuenosAires actually a Portuguese-born Brazilian]], but who still for a certain generation embodies that "South of the Border" attitude and personality.
* Rita Moreno in ''Film/WestSideStory''.
* Melina in the original ''[[Film/TotalRecall1990 Total Recall]]'' (also an ActionGirl).
* In ''Literature/TheSisterhoodOfTheTravelingPants'' Carmen's hurt feelings and temper lead her to throw a rock through her father's dining room window and then run away.
* Rain Ocampo from ''Film/ResidentEvil'' is a spiritual successor to Vasquez.
* Maria Elena (Creator/PenelopeCruz) in ''Film/VickyCristinaBarcelona''.
* Salma Hayek's character in ''Film/FoolsRushIn'', and probably any other movie role she has ever had.
* Sartana in ''Film/{{Machete}}'' (also featuring Michelle Rodriguez), a rare example of this from Creator/JessicaAlba.
* The page image is Chris Sanchez (Creator/MichelleRodriguez again) from ''Film/{{SWAT}}''. She's introduced in a SamusIsAGirl moment after having been mildly injured beating the crap out of a GangBanger and proceeds to join Hondo's handpicked SWATTeam.
[[/folder]]

[[folder:Literature]]
* Nellie Gomez in ''The39Clues''.
* ''Literature/AConfederacyOfDunces'': One of the "hostesses" at the Night of Joy bar is a "Latin" woman (nationality unspecified) who affects this style--to the point of being pushy and abrasive. She also has a thick accent and ''really'' bad breath.
[[/folder]]

[[folder:Live Action TV]]
* Ana Lucia Cortez from ''Series/{{Lost}}'', not coincidentally played by Michelle Rodriguez.
* ''Series/{{MadTV}}'' parodied this with Debra Wilson and Nicole Sullivan [[FakeNationality playing Latinas]] Melina and Lita in a recurring skit.
* Rosie Perez (sense a trend?) played one on ''Series/LawAndOrderSpecialVictimsUnit'', in an episode where her son was molested by her husband (whom he actually met while she was homeless).
* Rosie Perez on ''Series/TwentyOneJumpStreet''. It was TheDanza, as her character was named Rosie.
* ''UglyBetty'' is a very intentional aversion of this trope, although her sister Hilda plays it straight, as did Salma Hayek when she guest-starred.
* Pilar Zuzua in ''Series/{{Weeds}}''.
* Judy Reyes as Carla from ''Series/{{Scrubs}}''. Lampshaded when a new Latina nurse is described as "spicy". The Janitor then calls her "a young Carla".
* A fair few of the characters on the Miami-based ''Series/{{Dexter}},'' most notably Lt. [=LaGuerta=]. Miguel Prado counts too once you factor in all the HoYay.
* Vanessa from ''Series/SixFeetUnder.''
* Alex from ''[[Series/{{Degrassi}} Degrassi: The Next Generation]]''.
** And now Bianca, Alex's spiritual descendant.
* Roxanne Dawson, who played B'Elanna Torres, the resident Chief Engineer of ''Series/StarTrekVoyager''.
** A bit of a subversion, as she has stated that she gets her temper from her [[ProudWarriorRaceGuy Klingon]] [[HalfHumanHybrid mother]].
* Santana Lopez on ''Series/{{Glee}}''.
* ''NoahsArc'': Despite being male, Ricky fits this trope, being aggressive and somewhat confrontational, flirtatious, highly sexual, and displaying the Tsundere-like inner kindness every so often.
* Trina on ''Series/{{Victorious}}'', her sister Tori not so much.
** Your mileage might vary if Creator/DaniellaMonet, who plays Trina, is this too or not.
* Maritza Cruz on ''ThirdWatch''.
* Creator/SalmaHayek in her guest appearances on ''[[Series/ThirtyRock 30 Rock]]''.
* Gloria on ''Series/ModernFamily'', played by Sofia Vergara. Her hot-bloodedness and MsFanservice tendencies are heavily featured in the show.
-->'''Gloria:''' I am Colombian! We get excited! My country is covered in coffee!
* Gabrielle, played by Eva Longoria Parker, on ''Series/DesperateHousewives''. The character is decidedly "spicy" even without the stereotypical accent.
* [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Charo Charo]], the Coochie Coochie girl.
* Nadine Velasquez as Catalina on ''Series/MyNameIsEarl''.
* Adrian Lee of ''TheSecretLifeOfTheAmericanTeenager''.
* Creator/FranciaRaisa played a no-less spicy character on the made-for-TV third and fourth installments of ''The Cutting Edge''.
* A gender-flipped example of the trope at work in a show's ads: the TNT show ''Hawthorne'', a medical drama, advertised its first season with somewhat somber music, though occasionally featuring a gospel choir. Then for season 2, they added Latin singer Marc Anthony to the cast. All of a sudden, the ads are filled with exciting salsa music and the ad's narrator promises "Things will be heating up at the hospital!"
* Creator/FoodNetwork used to feature Ingrid Hoffman, hostess of "Simply Delicioso" in this role. The show can still be seen in re-runs on Food Network's spinoff channel, the Cooking Channel.
** ''Series/TheNextFoodNetworkStar'' gives us Martita Jara.
* Romeo's first-season girlfriend Sophia on ''TheSteveHarveyShow''.
* Trish on ''Series/AustinAndAlly''.
* Mimi Morales from ''Series/SaturdayNightLive''.
* As noted by the page quote, averted in ''Series/ParksAndRecreation''. April Ludgate (Puerto Rican on her mom's side) is the resident [[TheSnarkKnight Snark Knight]] at the Parks Department and says almost everything in a flat monotone.
* In ''Series/WizardsOfWaverlyPlace'', this is Theresa, when the mood strikes her. Averted with Alex who's too all-American to fit this.
[[/folder]]

[[folder:Music]]
* The nameless "pretty Mexican girl" of "Mexican Blood" by Music/ThinLizzy.
* Music/TheWhiteStripes gives us (from "Icky Thump"):
-->Redhead senorita, lookin' dead, came and said, "need a bed?" in Espanol...
** Bear in mind that Jack White regards redheads as the hottest thing ever.
* The woman on the album cover of ''Music/DanceManiaVol1'' by Music/TitoPuente.
[[/folder]]

[[folder: Professional Wrestling]]
* For a Spear Counterpart, in Wrestling/{{WWE}}, Wrestling/EddieGuerrero's RedBaron was "Latino Heat."[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-uMekQU59Uk]] He and Wrestling/{{Chyna}} were ({{Kayfabe}}) seeing each other for a while, with her specifically liking him for his "Spicy Latino Heat."
* WWE Diva Wrestling/{{Lita}} (who had a Mexican grandparent) was originally this as Essa Rios's valet. After her falling out with Rios, she dropped the Latin shtick to become Wrestling/MattHardy's high-spirited girlfriend.
** WWE usually plays this down for both sexes in recent years. The characters often come off as being ambiguously Latin. Take Wrestling/{{Melina}}, full name Melina Naya Perez, for example. Before her HeelFaceTurn, she was depicted as dark-skinned, slutty, and confrontational, but otherwise "Anglo." Similar cases can be made for [[Wrestling/LondonAndKendrick Paul London]] and Wrestling/EveTorres. [[Wrestling/BellaTwins The Bellas' (Brie and Nikki)]] Mexican background is mostly ignored in favor of their Italian roots. Costa Rican Rosa Mendes is about the only one playing this straight. Wrestling/{{Ivory}}, real name Lisa Moretti, is Italian-American and her original [[TheGimmick gimmick]] was as the [[SaltAndPepper white manager of a black]] TagTeam, [[Wrestling/DLoBrown D'Lo Brown]] and Wrestling/MarkHenry. However, on the 2003 ''WWE Divas: Desert Heat'' [=DVD=], she described one of her grandmothers as a "hot little, hot-to-trot Spanish lady."
* Subverted with [[Wrestling/LisaMarieVaron Victoria]] (now Tara in Wrestling/{{TNA}}), who is part-Puerto Rican; and with Paul London, who is part-Mexican. Defied with Wrestling/CarlitoColon, whose whole gimmick revolved around being "cool". Completely inverted with Kerwin White (who was actually, of course, Wrestling/ChavoGuerreroJr, Eddie's nephew) and then ''really'' inverted with Shelly Martinez. The latter appeared in (WW)ECW as "Ariel," a Gypsy fortune-teller. After [[{{Kayfabe}} being "bitten" by Kevin Thorn and "turned into a vampire"]], she became startlingly "white" (as in ''albino'', which is to be expected from an "undead" creature). Of course, after leaving WWE, the pale makeup vanished and Martinez played this trope completely straight in TNA as the mannish yet somehow alluring "Salinas" of the {{Heel}} TagTeam the Latin American Xchange.
* Another WWE Latina who completely reversed her image was [[Characters/WWEDivas Nidia (Guenard)]], who was [[{{Kayfabe}} romantically paired with]] [[DeepSouth Jamie Noble in a "trailer-trash" gimmick]]. She even affected a stereotypical "hillbilly" accent to sell the part (unlike Noble, who really is a hillbilly). In RealLife, Nidia was a Puerto Rican of French descent - making her WWE character a ''non''-spicy Latina! Though her Latina background was played up once in a BigLippedAlligatorMoment where she yelled at Wrestling/TrishStratus in Spanish. She was billed from Puerto Rico after she was moved to Raw too.
* Lilian Garcia. She was accused of [[PassFail "passing" for Anglo]] over latina even though she's from Spain. In RealLife she has released an album of Latin pop music , and toward the end of her career she began announcing Hispanic wrestlers more accurately than she had before ("Rey Mysterio" to "Rrrey Meestairr-eeo!", for example). Affirms her Spanish roots, but Latina refers to people from Latin America.
* Former Wrestling/{{TNA}} Knockout Tag Team Champion Sarita has embraced this since her FaceHeelTurn. May be a case of FakeNationality as Sarah Stock is Canadian though her pre-TNA fame came from wrestling frequently in Mexico. Her kayfabe cousin [[Wrestling/TheaTrinidad Rosita]] plays this straight as well, purposely removing her earrings while talking trash as a signal that she is ready to fight.
* Wrestling/AlbertoDelRio: Kind of skirts the line, being from the right area and having a temper. [[PoliticallyIncorrectVillain Other elements of his character]], like the fact he identifies with his Spanish (as in Spain) roots and feuded with Wrestling/TheBigShow, Wrestling/RandyOrton and Wrestling/{{Sheamus}}, who were much more hotheaded, kind of diminished from it.
* Naturally, the large majority of the LLF roster in Monterrey, who have at times acting as something of a feeding ground for Wrestling/{{CMLL}} and Wrestling/{{AAA}}'s women's divisions.
* The famed [[http://www.wrestling-titles.com/us/pr/wwc/wwc-wm.html WWC (World Wrestling Council in Puerto Rico) Women's Champion]] Debbie Ross, known for beating people down back stage for slights like smeared makeup.
* Another famed WWC champion, La Rosa Negra. Wrestling/BlackRose is usually friendly enough as a ''[[{{Face}} technico]]'' anyway but is still known for outbursts of rage that can get pretty explosive. In fact, this can apply to quite a few WWC talents such Sweet Nancy, Leandra and Amazona, temper wise.
* Wrestling/IvelisseVelez played this up a lot more after her release from WWE, dying her blonde hair brown to make herself look more Hispanic and adopting a tough Spicy Latina attitude.
* By contrast, Valentina did not let her pale skin or blonde hair get in the way of dubbing herself "[[DistaffCounterpart Latina Heat]]". Though she's more known as [[Wrestling/MickieJames Alexis Laree]]'s [[CainAndAbel scorned]] [[BadassNative sister]], TNA's evil cheerleader or the tone deaf [[Wrestling/{{Wrestlicious}} Kandi Kisses]], she did feud with fellow spicy Latina Eric Porter in UPW (herself better known as [[WildChild Jungle Grrl]]). Valentina likely got some of it from her trainer, Homicide, who is about as spicy as Latinos come, once going on a fork wielding rampage through Wrestling/RingOfHonor to get revenge on everyone who had so much as annoyed him in the past.
* Bandita from ''Wrestling/{{Wrestlicious}}'' was outright referred to as a Spicy Latina on the show's website. She manages the bullfighter Maria Toro who is one as well, and the wrestler that plays her (Wrestling/MercedesMartinez) is a fairly straight example too.
[[/folder]]

[[folder:Radio]]
* ''Radio/BleakExpectations:'' Season 3 has Juanita Hotchile, one of Harry Biscuit's impulsively married replacement wives, who he correctly suspects is using him for citizenship purposes. She quickly dumps him for [[BigBad Mister Gently Benevolent]], and begins playing this trope to the hilt... even after having her brain placed in the body of a dinosaur (or, as she puts it, dino''phwoar''). Both Biscuit and Benevolent are deeply troubled by her being such a sexy dinosaur.
-->'''Mr. Benevolent:''' Get a grip, Gently, ''she's a dinosaur!''

[[/folder]]

[[folder: Stand Up Comedy]]
* Anecdotally, every single Latina girlfriend Pablo Francisco has ever had.
[[/folder]]

[[folder:Theatre]]
* Anita from ''Theatre/WestSideStory'' stands out from the other Shark girls (already a fairly spicy lot) by virtue of sheer spice. She has the most exuberant choreography and catchiest songs of the entire show.
* Mimi from ''Theatre/{{Rent}}'' is the Spicy Latina [[XMeetsY meets]] TheWoobie. Meets some heroin.
* Taz from ''Theatre/{{Starship}}'' is a parody, often using random Spanish words that make no sense in context.
* In ''Theatre/DamnYankees'', Lola takes on this persona ("Seņorita Lolita Rodriguez Hernando... Miss West Indies of 1957") in an attempt to seduce Joe.
* Clementina, the Spanish lady in ''Theatre/TheDesertSong.''
[[/folder]]

[[folder: Video Games]]
* Marisol from ''[[VideoGame/{{SSX}} SSX Tricky.]]'' Being voiced by [[Film/TheMummyTrilogy Patricia Velasquez]] doesn't hurt, either.
* Cynthia from ''VideoGame/SilentHill4''
* Isabela from ''VideoGame/DeadRising''. [[{{Tsundere}} Confrontational]], [[DoomedHometown Rough background]], [[ActionGirl Good fighter]] and all the way around [[HelloNurse Hot]].
* Catalina from ''VideoGame/GrandTheftAutoSanAndreas''.
* Isabela from the ''Franchise/DragonAge'' series is a fiercely independent [[PirateGirl pirate]] [[TheCaptain captain]] from Rivain, a FantasyCounterpartCulture of Spain in Thedas. True to this trope, she is shapely raven-haired, olive-skinned ActionGirl with an exotic accent, who radiates such sexy appeal that EvenTheGirlsWantHer (and she's one of the few openly bisexual characters in the games).
* One of the selectable voices for the main character in ''VideoGame/SaintsRow2'' is definitely this. Below are a few examples.
-->I think I need a bigger gun.
--> I dare Ultor to try and stop me.
-->I got the biggest balls in this whole city. That's right I said it.
--> I sure wish I was killing something about now.
-->You can never have enough guns, that's what I always say.
-->Sobriety tests are for pussies.
** The same voice was available in ''VideoGame/SaintsRowTheThird'', but was unfortunately not included in ''VideoGame/SaintsRowIV''.
* Carmelita Fox of the ''Franchise/SlyCooper'' series is a FunnyAnimal example, though how Hispanic she is [[TheOtherDarrin varies depending on her voice actresses]].
* ''VideoGame/SunsetOverdrive'' has Las Catrinas, a [[NinjaPirateRobotZombie gang of ninja cheerleader pseudo nurses]]. Among them is their leader Esperanza whose temperamental personality and {{Stripperific}} outfit lend to this trope even further.
* Ms. (Nadia) Fortune from ''VideoGame/{{Skullgirls}}'' is stated by WordOfGod to be the Skullverse equivalent of Latina. "This kitty's got claws", indeed.

[[/folder]]

[[folder:Webcomics]]
* Monica Villareal in ''Webcomic/WapsiSquare''. And she's half-Irish too. What a combination.
* Araceli from ''Webcomic/OutThere'' is an aversion to the trope. She's more shy and vulnerable than the other two (white) female leads, and usually dresses more conservatively. Less of a tomboy as well. And a lesbian, if that means anything. Sherry actually fits the trope reasonably well, notwithstanding the fact that she's not a Latina.
* In ''Webcomic/{{Sinfest}}'', Slick's Dark Side [[http://www.sinfest.net/view.php?date=2012-11-03 goes looking for this.]]
[[/folder]]

[[folder:Web Video]]
* ''WebVideo/TheAutobiographyOfJaneEyre'': Susanna-Maria Ramirez Gonzalez, a Hispanic maid at Mr Rochester's house. She's bothered that Jane cannot pick up her clothes for washing and loudly complains about it in GratuitousSpanish, mocking Jane for her lack of social skills. She's later very pleased and looks excited when Jane's nice to her, but displeased when Jane doesn't understand her name in Spanish, and makes her Susan, albeit reluctantly. She first appeared in episode 7.
[[/folder]]

[[folder:Western Animation]]
* An oddball example would be Hawkgirl on the ''WesternAnimation/JusticeLeague'' animated series. She's from the planet Thanagar, not Latin America, and speaks perfect English, but fits much of the trope. And (like all other Thanagarian characters on the show) she's played by a Hispanic actress, which was a conscious decision, to give them a slightly "[[IncrediblyLamePun alien]]" sound.
** A more literal example would be Fire, who also shares the same voice actress as Hawkgirl.
* Courtney from ''WesternAnimation/TotalDramaIsland'' is Latina according to WordOfGod and is a noticeable {{Tsundere}}.
* Cheerleader Liz Allan on ''[[WesternAnimation/TheSpectacularSpiderMan The Spectacular Spider-Man]]'', particularly after she's been [[DefrostingIceQueen defrosted.]] Just check out her perky cheer pose when she appears on the opening credits.
* Done literally in ''WesternAnimation/SouthPark'' season 7 episode 5 "Fat Butt and Pancake Head" with a parody of a parody (you read that right) of Music/JenniferLopez, "played" by Cartman's hand, performing the song "Taco Flavored Kisses".
* Paulina from ''WesternAnimation/DannyPhantom''. Very stubborn and the most beautiful girl at Casper High.
[[/folder]]

----