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* BigBad: He's the main antagonist of the film. He was responsible for poisoning Héctor to death and stealing his songs and guitar and is willing to make sure he's forgotten by the Riveras.

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* BigBad: He's the main antagonist of the film. He was responsible for poisoning Héctor to death and stealing his songs and guitar and is willing to make sure he's forgotten by the Riveras.Riveras in order to keep his fame.


* FateWorseThanDeath: After Ernesto is exposed as a fraud, he'll spend the rest of his afterlife shunned and alone, unable to cross to the land of the living since it's unlikely people will still put up offerings for him after what happened. His only chance of getting out of that situation is when people will actually forget about him and he dies for good. But [[WordOfGod according to Lee Unkrich]], he's still going to be remembered for his movies and for his stealing Héctor's songs, so he can't even go through a FinalDeath. So he has nothing to live for in a world where everyone now hates him and he can't even commit suicide. What's worse, they hate him so much that they probably won't even rescue him from under that bell and, unless he can disassemble and reassemble himself like other skeletons did, [[AndIMustScream there's a good chance he's stuck in there forever]]. Quite a grim outcome for a formerly beloved icon.

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* FatalFlaw: He's [[AttentionWhore obsessed with fame]] to extreme and it causes him to make decisions that end up turning two worlds against him.
* FateWorseThanDeath: After Ernesto is exposed as a fraud, he'll spend the rest of his afterlife shunned and alone, unable to cross to the land of the living since it's unlikely people will still put up offerings for him after what happened. His only chance of getting out of that situation is when people will actually forget about him and he dies for good. But [[WordOfGod according to Lee Unkrich]], he's still going to be remembered for his movies and for his stealing Héctor's songs, so he can't even go through a FinalDeath. So he has nothing to live for in a world left with two worlds where everyone now hates him and he can't even commit suicide. What's worse, they hate him so much that they probably won't even rescue him from under that bell and, unless he can disassemble and reassemble himself like other skeletons did, [[AndIMustScream there's a good chance he's stuck in there forever]]. Quite a grim outcome for a formerly beloved icon.


* AndThereWasMuchRejoicing: Everyone in the Land of the Dead rejoiced after Ernesto is exposed as a fraud/murderer and gets killed by a bell again.

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* AndThereWasMuchRejoicing: Everyone in the Land of the Dead rejoiced after Ernesto is exposed as a fraud/murderer and gets killed crushed by a bell again.


* ThisIsUnforgivable: {{Averted|Trope}}. Of all the grown Riveras, she appears to be the only one that does not hold a grudge against her musician dad. It's unclear as to whether she's always been like that, or if she was as resentful as Imelda and Elena until she mellowed out with age, but she genuinely seems to have forgiven her father at this point, and still wishes for him to come back in her old age. So much so that she's been keeping Héctor's face that was ripped from the family photo in la ofrenda, along with all the letters he sent her, for decades. She did it despite the fact that Mamá Imelda would've probably lost it if she found them.

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* ThisIsUnforgivable: {{Averted|Trope}}. Of all the grown Riveras, she appears to be the only one that does not hold a grudge against her musician dad. It's It was unclear as to whether she's always been like that, or if she was as resentful as Imelda and Elena until she mellowed out with age, but she genuinely seems to have forgiven her father at this point, and still wishes for him to come back in her old age. So much so that she's been keeping Héctor's face that was ripped from the family photo in la ofrenda, along with all the letters he sent her, for decades. She did it despite the fact that Mamá Imelda would've probably lost it if she found them. The novelization confirms that she never held a grudge against Hector for leaving and, in the past, rebelled in secret, until she hurt her ankle after a bout of dancing.

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* CharacterTic: he has a habit of tucking his head into his ribcage when frightened by something.


-->'''Imelda:''' Ay! He is going to get himself ''killed''!

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-->'''Imelda:''' Ay! He is going to get himself ''killed''!''killed!''


* BlackSheep: To the Rivera family for [[spoiler: seemingly]] abandoning his family to pursue his musical aspirations.
** [[spoiler: While he does have a passion for music, the novelisation makes it perfectly clear that Héctor never wanted a professional music career. In fact the novel outright states that Héctor had left his family temporarily as being a musician was how he provided for Imelda and Coco, and going on tour meant that it would be easier to earn money. Héctor attempted to home because he felt extremely disorientated by constantly travelling and missed his family terribly.]]

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* BlackSheep: To the Rivera family for [[spoiler: seemingly]] seemingly abandoning his family to pursue his musical aspirations.
** [[spoiler: While he does have a passion for music, the novelisation makes it perfectly clear that Héctor never wanted a professional music career. In fact the novel outright states that Héctor had left his family temporarily as being a musician was how he provided for Imelda and Coco, and going on tour meant that it would be easier to earn money. Héctor attempted to home because he felt extremely disorientated by constantly travelling and missed his family terribly.]]
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** [[spoiler: While he does have a passion for music, the novelisation makes it perfectly clear that Héctor never wanted a professional music career. In fact the novel outright states that Héctor had left his family temporarily as being a musician was how he provided for Imelda and Coco, and going on tour meant that it would be easier to earn money. Héctor attempted to home because he felt extremely disorientated by constantly travelling and missed his family terribly.]]


* MeaningfulName: There's another famous Dante [[TheDivineComedy that traveled to the underworld and back]]. In-universe, he's named after Ernesto's horse from one of his films.

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* MeaningfulName: There's another famous Dante [[TheDivineComedy [[Literature/TheDivineComedy that traveled to the underworld and back]]. In-universe, he's named after Ernesto's horse from one of his films.

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** She is the skinny to her sister Elena’s fat as well, and like with Rosita, is less affectionate than her sister and is much more quiet and reserved than the loud Elena.

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* MurderIsTheBestSolution: See CutLexLuthorACheck above. He didn't ''have'' to murder Héctor, and could have just as likely had fame and fortune with another songwriter. But he clearly didn't think well in panic mode...


* FateWorseThanDeath: After Ernesto is exposed as a fraud, he'll spend the rest of his afterlife shunned and alone, unable to cross to the land of the living since it's unlikely people will still put up offerings for him after what happened. His only chance of getting out of that situation is when people will actually forget about him and he dies for good. But [[WordOfGod according to Lee Unkrich]], he's still going to be remembered for his movies and for his stealing Héctor's songs, so he can't even go through a FinalDeath. So he has nothing to live for in a world where everyone now hates him and he can't even commit suicide. What's worse, they hate him so much that they probably won't even rescue him from under that bell and, unless he can disassemble and reassemble himself like other skeletons did, there's a good chance he's stuck in there forever. It goes from AssholeVictim to an AndIMustScream situation pretty quickly. Quite a grim outcome for a formerly beloved character.

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* FateWorseThanDeath: After Ernesto is exposed as a fraud, he'll spend the rest of his afterlife shunned and alone, unable to cross to the land of the living since it's unlikely people will still put up offerings for him after what happened. His only chance of getting out of that situation is when people will actually forget about him and he dies for good. But [[WordOfGod according to Lee Unkrich]], he's still going to be remembered for his movies and for his stealing Héctor's songs, so he can't even go through a FinalDeath. So he has nothing to live for in a world where everyone now hates him and he can't even commit suicide. What's worse, they hate him so much that they probably won't even rescue him from under that bell and, unless he can disassemble and reassemble himself like other skeletons did, [[AndIMustScream there's a good chance he's stuck in there forever. It goes from AssholeVictim to an AndIMustScream situation pretty quickly. forever]]. Quite a grim outcome for a formerly beloved character.icon.


** He died immediately after finishing singing a song about leaving somewhere for good when a bell dropped on him. For added irony, he gets punished in a similar fashion after being exposed.

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** He died immediately after finishing singing a song about leaving somewhere for good when a bell dropped on him. For added irony, he gets punished crushed in a similar fashion after being exposed.


* AffablyEvil: He listened to a boy playing "his" song during the party with honest interest, dives into the pool to save him when he accidentally falls in, he invites him to enjoy the rest of his party and encourages his dream when he finds out that he is (supposedly) his great-great grandson and has a legitimate {{Adorkable}} moment when fireworks start to go off. It is not [[AmbitionIsEvil until he believes that Miguel might jeopardize his fame and image]] [[FauxAffablyEvil does he let his true colors show.]]

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* AffablyEvil: Subverted. He listened to a boy playing "his" song during the party with honest interest, dives into the pool to save him when he accidentally falls in, he invites him to enjoy the rest of his party and encourages his dream when he finds out that he is (supposedly) his great-great grandson and has a legitimate {{Adorkable}} moment when fireworks start to go off. It is not [[AmbitionIsEvil until he believes that Miguel might jeopardize his fame and image]] [[FauxAffablyEvil does he let his true colors show.]]



* DeaderThanDead: {{Averted|Trope}}. Despite the fact that he gets crushed by a bell ''a second time'', WordOfGod confirms that he still survives it in "The Land of the Dead" since he's already been killed once and suffers the FateWorseThanDeath stated below.



** He died immediately after finishing singing a song about leaving somewhere for good when a bell dropped on him. For added irony, he gets double-killed in a similar fashion after being exposed.

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** He died immediately after finishing singing a song about leaving somewhere for good when a bell dropped on him. For added irony, he gets double-killed punished in a similar fashion after being exposed.



* JerkWithAHeartOfJerk: He ''does'' save Miguel from drowning in the pool, though he is ''not'' hesitant in killing him later on to prevent him from knowing his secret. Saving him from the pool probably wasn't even a ''geniune'' act of kindness, he most likely just did it so nobody would know what a heartless sociopath he really is. In truth, he's a complete and utter douchebag who is remorselessly cruel to people who get in his way and deliberately makes his former friend's life miserable for almost a century to satisfy his own self-benefit.

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* JerkWithAHeartOfJerk: He ''does'' save Miguel from drowning in the pool, though he is ''not'' hesitant in killing him later on to prevent him from knowing his secret. Saving him from the pool probably wasn't even a ''geniune'' act of kindness, kindness; it's clear he most likely just only did it that so nobody would know what a heartless sociopath he really is. In truth, he's a complete and utter douchebag who is remorselessly cruel to people who get in his way truly is.
* LackOfEmpathy: Shows no remorse for killing Hector
and deliberately makes his former friend's life miserable giving him a horrible afterlife for almost ''near a century century'' to satisfy his own self-benefit.self-benefit. He also doesn't care when Hector is on the verge of his FinalDeath because of him.


* VillainSong: His version of "Remember Me". It was originally a soft and solemn ballad that Héctor wrote for Coco so that she could remember him; Ernesto eventually twisted it into a big showstopping number that the ''world'' could remember him for. The way they perform the songs best represents them; the songwriter wrote a heartfelt ballad for someone he knew for her, the singer portrayed it a bombastic number aimed at no one so that everyone will idolize him.

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* VillainSong: His version of "Remember Me". It was originally a soft and solemn ballad that Héctor wrote for Coco so that she could remember him; Ernesto eventually twisted it into a big showstopping number that the ''world'' could remember him for. The way they perform the songs best represents them; the songwriter wrote a heartfelt ballad for someone he knew for her, the singer portrayed it a bombastic number aimed at no one so that everyone will idolize him. Even though it doesn't fit the way a villain song is usually sung, namely the villain singing about his evil intentions, it's instead the context of stealing something personal and using it for personal gain that is later revealed when Miguel learns where the song came from.

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* FailedASpotCheck: By turning away from music and banning it from their family, she unintentionally allowed no one to notice her husband's guitar and songs are being used by his former partner and best friend, which would have tipped off something wrong.

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