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* ''WesternAnimation/{{Planes}}'': Rusty helps El Chu [[SerenadeYourLover serenade]] Rochelle by bringing in a mariachi band to do a low-key version of "Love Machine" by The Miracles. Doubly impressive is the fact that they were in China at the time.

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* ''WesternAnimation/{{Planes}}'': Rusty Dusty helps El Chu [[SerenadeYourLover serenade]] Rochelle by bringing in a mariachi band to do a low-key version of "Love Machine" by The Miracles. Doubly impressive is the fact that they were in China at the time.

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* ''WesternAnimation/{{Planes}}'': Rusty helps El Chu [[SerenadeYourLover serenade]] Rochelle by bringing in a mariachi band to do a low-key version of "Love Machine" by The Miracles. Doubly impressive is the fact that they were in China at the time.


* In ''VideoGame/PaperMarioStickerStar'', on can find Sombrero-wearing Shy-Guys playing the guitar through World 2. Which is a very ''Egyptian'' desert. There is even a full mariachi band consisting of one Sombrero Guy, an Accordion Guy and a Maraca Guy playing on a '''sphinx'''.

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* In ''VideoGame/PaperMarioStickerStar'', on one can find Sombrero-wearing Shy-Guys playing the guitar through World 2. Which is a very ''Egyptian'' desert. There is even a full mariachi band consisting of one Sombrero Guy, an Accordion Guy and a Maraca Guy playing on a '''sphinx'''.

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* ''WesternAnimation/{{Rango}}'': The Mariachi Owls pop up throughout the movie, singing about the events of the story. They also function as a GreekChorus.



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* In one appearance on ''Series/TheGrahamNortonShow'', Creator/SalmaHayek talks about someone hiring a mariachi band for her fiftieth birthday. [[MexicansLoveSpeedyGonzales While she appreciated the gesture]], Salma still decided to [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I2tzgTZdVMs break the person's ovaries]].

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* ''WesternAnimation/KingOfTheHill'': Naturally they show up when the cast vacation in Mexico when Hank and Khan stop at a bar, trying to get Hank to throw some money their way to get them to stop. Hank directs them to Khan who fights back by singing, managing to scare them off when he sings "She Blinded Me With Science".

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* ''WesternAnimation/TheLoudHouse'' episode "Save The Date", semi-justified by the fact that part of the episode takes place at a Mexican/French restaurant. It plays up the "obnoxious" aspect as Lincoln keeps bumping into the band, who get out only a few notes before Lincoln either scolds them or walks away. They serve as TheTag to the episode when Clyde cues them up at school the following day.


* Parodied in an early episode of WebVideo/JonTron ''Space Ace!'', where he inexplicably calls on a mariachi band in a fit of {{Angrish}} over the "Death Hum"... [[RuleOfFunny said mariachi band starts playing heavy metal.]]

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* Parodied in an early episode of WebVideo/JonTron ''Space Ace!'', where he inexplicably calls on a mariachi band in a fit of {{Angrish}} over the "Death Hum"... [[RuleOfFunny said mariachi band starts playing heavy metal.]]playing]] Music/FleshgodApocalypse much to Jon's chagrin.
-->"That's not mariachi!"



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* In the episode, Deja Q of ''Series/StarTrekTheNextGeneration'', the super-alien Q inflicts mariachi on the bridge of the USS Enterprise, much to Jean-Luc Picard's magisterial displeasure.

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* In ''Series/StarTrekTheNextGeneration'': The page image is from the episode, Deja Q end of ''Series/StarTrekTheNextGeneration'', "Deja Q". After spending the super-alien episode being BroughtDownToNormal, Q inflicts has his powers restored by the Continuum, and he celebrates by bringing a mariachi band with him on the bridge of the USS Enterprise, much to Jean-Luc Picard's magisterial displeasure.

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The mariachi music style and band type originated in the Mexican state of Jalisco. Mariachi bands typically play trumpets, guitars, violins, and accordions, wear embroidered charro suits and sombreros, and traditionally show at Mexican weddings and plazas. One of their traditional functions of the mariachi is to [[SerenadeYourLover serenade a woman]].

Whenever a mariachi band shows up in fictional works, though, there is a tendency for them to pop up into a scene gratuitously. They are portrayed as obnoxious, with the loud trumpets that are typically part of mariachi bands are used to cement this. Mariachi bands are also portrayed as popping up in unlikely scenes to liven them up or to provide a dissonant tone (both musically and figuratively) to the situation. Therefore, this trope is usually seen in a comedy.

As a fun fact, [[RealityIsUnrealistic mariachi bands run as far afield as Europe and China]], so this trope isn't incredibly implausible.

Often a subtrope of BigLippedAlligatorMoment. Very often a NonSequitur. Often used for RuleOfFunny or a MoodDissonance. Can be portrayed as DreadfulMusician types. IncessantMusicMadness can come into play.

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* The Dorito's Mariachi band is used to emphasise the idea that Doritos are a fun crisp snack with a Mexican association; the Dorito mariachi band pop up to liven up parties with unlikely versions of pop classics up to and including Queen's ''Bohemian Rhapsody''. Here are [[https://youtu.be/j02LQMR8x1Y two]] [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qd3HD5pZ9e4 examples]].
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* In ''Fanfiction/SlippingBetweenWorlds'', Ankh-Morpork in the ''Literature/{{Discworld}}'' has its version of the mass panic engendered by ''Radio/TheWarOfTheWorlds''. As thousands pack the streets and panicked people flee into the surrounding countryside, strange things are indeed seen in the skies which acts, to the people, as bias confirmation. Meanwhile a mariachi band plays to a captive audience....
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* ''WesternAnimation/TheSpongeBobSquarePantsMovie'': [=SpongeBob=] and Patrick are captured by a cyclops (actually a man in a diving suit) and taken to his gift shop to be dried and made into souvenir knickknacks. Among his victims are a group of fish made to look like a mariachi band. When the sprinkler system revives the fish, the mariachi band starts playing as they exact revenge on the cyclops.
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* In ''Film/EllaEnchanted'', the elven minstrels appear to be the local InUniverse equivalent, constantly popping up and singing to the protagonists at unwelcome times. In their defense, elves are forbidden from engaging in legitimate work, and are limited to either singing, dancing, or tomfoolery, so they have to make a living somehow.
* ''Film/MarsAttacks'' has the new president sworn in while a mariachi band plays the national anthem, serving to underscore just how vast the devastation was that no regular musicians were around.
* ''Film/{{Bratz}}'': Yasmin's family has a mariachi band that plays ''in their kitchen'', which seems to just be an ordinary occurrence for them.
* Film/TheNakedGun: In the second film Frank, Ed, Nordberg and Meinheimer use the costumes of a mariachi band to get into the Press Club Dinner - only to unintentionally walk onto a stage and have to give an impromptu performance of Besame Mucho to maintain their cover.
* ''Film/{{Zookeeper}}'': Griffin hired a mariachi band to impress Stephanie for his proposal, even though she rejected it.
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* ''Film/NoCountryForOldMen'': Llewelyn wakes up in Mexico after an encounter with Chigurh to a Mariachi band playing [[BilingualBonus a rather appropriate song about his situation]].
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* In the episode, Deja Q of ''Series/StarTrekTheNextGeneration'', the super-alien Q inflicts mariachi on the bridge of the USS Enterprise, much to Jean-Luc Picard's magisterial displeasure.
* ''Series/{{Frasier}}'': When Frasier is dared to fight a rival, he marvels at the media circus forming outside and quips that all that's missing is a mariachi band. Niles says "They're just setting up." When Frasier steps outside to face his opponent, the band starts playing.
* ''Series/ArrestedDevelopment'': One RunningGag is "The Sound Of Silence" playing when a character has an OhCrap moment, at one point played by a passing mariachi band.
* ''Series/StudioC'' has a sketch where Matt is celebrating the birthday of his coworker Whitney, and one of the many awkward gifts he attempts to give her is a mariachi band that pops up and starts playing music.
* ''Series/BrooklynNineNine'': During the Cinco de Mayo heist, Jake and Terry hire the same mariachi band to play during supposedly epic moments.

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* Music/NinjaSexParty: In "Eating Food In The Shower", Danny had hired a mariachi band to play while he and his date were having dinner in the shower. In the video, this only lead to extra chaos and limited space.
* In the music video for Music/{{Train}}'s "50 Ways to Say Goodbye," as the lead singer Patrick Monahan begins to make excuses to Creator/DavidHasselhoff why Monahan's girlfriend isn't around. As he breaks into song listing excuses, a mariachi band suddenly appears in the supermarket to back his vocals.
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* Creator/JohnMulaney has a bit about obnoxious mariachi bands he has encountered in the subway.
-->I don't know what it's like in the moments just before you're killed by hitmen, but I bet it's not unlike when you're on the subway and you realize a mariachi band is about to start playing.'' (Off-key singing)'' Oh-da-la-low-de-por-arl! THIS IS THE LOUDEST THING IN THE WORLD!
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* VideoGame/SamAndMaxFreelancePolice: In Season Two, about OnceAnEpisode, someone will mention a birthday, causing a mariachi player to come out of nowhere and say "[[InadvertentEntranceCue Did somebody say "birthday?"]], play some music, and then leave. Later in the season, it's revealed that [[spoiler:the mariachi players are actually the same man from different points in time, who made a DealWithTheDevil to keep playing his music in exchange for working for Satan, sending damned souls to hell]].
* In ''VideoGame/PaperMarioStickerStar'', on can find Sombrero-wearing Shy-Guys playing the guitar through World 2. Which is a very ''Egyptian'' desert. There is even a full mariachi band consisting of one Sombrero Guy, an Accordion Guy and a Maraca Guy playing on a '''sphinx'''.
* ''VideoGame/{{Earthbound}}'' and ''VideoGame/Mother3'' both have gratuitous mariachi slot machine men, Pincho, Pancho, and Tomas Jefferson. They are dressed up as both mariachis and slot machines. They let you play them as if they were slot machines.
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* Wrestling/ChavoGuerreroJr: His championship celebration after winning the WWE ECW Heavyweight Title had a mariachi band in the ring play - only for the band leader to turn around and break a guitar over his head before revealing himself as Wrestling/CMPunk
* Wrestling/BrockLesnar had demonstrated to have funny and unsettling moments. One of the most famous ones was in 2004 when he had a feud with Wrestling/EddieGuerrero and in a [[Wrestling/{{WWE}} SmackDown]] show he entered with a entire mariachi band and a giant [[CoolHat Mexican sombrero]] making a celebration, when Guerrero came later to end it.
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* Parodied in an early episode of WebVideo/JonTron ''Space Ace!'', where he inexplicably calls on a mariachi band in a fit of {{Angrish}} over the "Death Hum"... [[RuleOfFunny said mariachi band starts playing heavy metal.]]
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* ''WesternAnimation/SpongebobSquarepants'': After watching the Lost Episode, Patchy the Pirate wants to watch it again. But since he doesn't know how to work the remote, Patchy surfs through other channels, until Potty tries to grab it and they accidentally press the mariachi button.
-->'''Patchy''': '''''I HATE TECHNOLOGYYYYY!!!'''''
* ''WesternAnimation/MuchaLucha'': The episode, "The Musica Man" featured MaskedLuchador mariachis that Rikochet hired to play for his signature entrance. They get obnoxious later in the episode. Mariachis and lucha libre are both Mexican, but they are not usually paired together.
* ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic:'' [[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS4E23InspirationManifestation "Inspiration Manifestation"]] has an inversion. While Rarity is [[SanitySlippage going mad]] due to the power of a new RealityWarper spell, she decides to bring a child's birthday party up to her own standards of beauty--which includes transforming the hired mariachi band into a classical music ensemble. In other words ''not-gratuitous'' mariachi getting replaced by ''gratuitous classical music''.
* ''WesternAnimation/PhineasAndFerb:'' "[[Recap/PhineasAndFerbOneGoodScareOughtToDoIt One Good Scare Ought To Do It]]" has the Mariachi Tree. Which is a mariachi band, but on a tree. The brothers move on to another plan for the day when the band falls from the tree.
* In one episode of ''WesternAnimation/HiHiPuffyAmiYumi'', the titular duo are forced to fight a bull. They naturally try to escape the night before but each of their attempts are interrupted by a mariachi band.
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