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The Gecko Brothers

    Seth Gecko 

Seth Gecko

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Played By: D.J. Cotrona

A professional thief and a modern-day outlaw. As the series starts his brother Richie has just helped him escape prison. Together they pull a bank heist that goes terribly wrong and puts them on the run.


  • All Girls Want Bad Boys: His ex-wife Vanessa and tattoo artist Sonja totally digs him.
  • Amicable Exes: With his former wife Vanessa, they certainly still do care for each other.
  • Badass in a Nice Suit: Shares this with his brother, however he definitely wears his with style!
  • Badass in Charge: He always assume the leader role, whatever team he is in. Despite no one likes following him around, they do it anyway.
    Burt: Who put you in charge anyways?
    Seth: I did.
    Burt: Yeah? Well tell your boss he's a prick.
  • Badass Normal: He is completely human and lacks Ranger Gonzalez's immunity to culebra vemon and psychic visions. He still manages to hold his own against any creature that crosses his path.
  • Berserk Button: Don't ever underestimate him and threaten the people he cares about, if you do, he'll gladly fuck you up, even if you're the Queen of Hell.
  • Big Brother Instinct: Seth is very protective of Richie.
  • Book Dumb: Clearly very smart and charismatic, but unintellectual, especially compared to Richie. Apparently AP Trig is the hardest kind of math he can think of.
  • Catchphrase: Seth repeats the phrase "I'm a professional thief" an awful lot.
  • The Chosen One: He and his brother are apparently destined to fulfill an ancient prophecy.
  • Deadpan Snarker: He just loves pissing his enemies off whether with a taunt or a retort.
  • Descent into Addiction: After the events of the first season Seth starts doing heroin, which affects his effectiveness as a thief considerably.
  • The Determinator: He will not let anything or anyone stop him from getting what he wants.
  • Mr. Fanservice: One sizzling Seth Gecko in a tank top, coming right up!
  • In Harm's Way: Santanico claims that Seth isn’t a criminal because he wants the money, but because he enjoys stealing it.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Seth didn't exactly pull off 36 jobs with his brother by being a warm kitten. On the other hand when he's not forced to be ruthless, he's actually not that bad of a guy to deal with. Hell in some instances he acted like an asshole to people because, well, would YOU react differently if you had to put up with some of the shit he does?
  • Like Father, Like Son: He grew up to be a professional criminal, just like his father.
  • Noble Demon: Seth may be a ruthless criminal, but compared to his brother and The Cartel, he comes off almost heroic.
  • Rejected Apology: Kate gave him a heartbreaking one in Season 3. When Amaru pisses Seth off, he goes over the edge to break Amaru inside Kate's body, severely hurting Kate in the process.
    Seth: Look at me. You gotta fight, all right? I'm sorry.
    Kate: I don't forgive you.
  • Revolvers Are Just Better: His weapon of choice is an enormous revolver.
  • Siblings in Crime: One half of a two brother bank-robbing team.
  • Sociopathic Hero: Seth may be bad, but at least he's not evil. He is even willing to do whatever it takes so demons from Hell won't walk the earth.
  • Talkative Loon: Another reason why he is "the mouth" of the Geckos.
  • Tall, Dark, and Snarky
  • Tattooed Crook: He has a blaze-like tattoo on his entire right arm.
  • "The Reason You Suck" Speech: Definitely gave a brutal one to Amaru, who gave one in return.
  • Thicker Than Water: He sticks by his brother, in spite of believing him to be dangerously crazy.
  • Unfazed Everyman: By the time he's introduced in series he practically, if partially crapped himself at first sight of the horror-show the Titty Twister descends into. But after all the crazy he'd seen and experienced Seth barely raises an eyebrow when he politely moves aside newly turned Culebra in season 2.
  • You Are Not Alone: When Richie left with Santanico in the end of the first season, Kate stayed by a devastated Seth. They took care of each other's back. Kate even helped Seth cope and joined him in his heists.

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    Richard Gecko 

Richard “Richie” Gecko

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Played By: Zane Holtz

A professional thief and a modern-day outlaw. He used to be the brains of the operation and the more levelheaded of the two brothers, but while Seth was in prison something started to go wrong inside his head.


The Fuller Family

     Jacob Fuller 

Jacob Fuller

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Played By: Robert Patrick

A former preacher suddenly decided to buy a Winnebago and take his children on an adventure to Mexico. He’s experiencing a crisis of faith and carries a dark secret, which doesn’t help matters when he and his kids become the Geckos’ hostages.


     Katherine Fuller 

Katherine "Kate" Fuller

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Jacob’s daughter, she doesn’t understand his father’s actions in the wake of her mother’s death in a car accident.


  • Action Girl: She becomes this around the end of Season 1 and Season 2, proving herself time and time again in combat situations with all kinds of weaponry.
  • Back from the Dead: At the very end of the second season some of the blood from the well goes into her corpse an brings her back to life.
  • Break the Cutie: She spends most of the second season trying to help her brother. By the time she dies she has completely given up on everyone and says she has no more love to give.
  • Came Back Wrong: Oh. YES. Complete with Red Eyes, Take Warning - being possessed by the Queen of Hell will do that to you.
  • Cute Bruiser: Though Kate is much younger and smaller than the other females in the series, She is a capable, strong willed and independent young woman, even learning how to handle various weapons, including a crossbow.
  • Distressed Damsel: Gets taken hostage with surprising frequency.
  • Emergency Transformation: In the second season finale she absolutely refuses Scott and Richie's offers to turn her into a culebra to save her live.
  • Fille Fatale: Kate is 17, but in episode 6 she almost seduces Richie to convince him to let her family leave the Titty Twister.
  • Living Bodysuit: Kate's body is taken over by Amaru, The Queen of Hell.
  • Locked into Strangeness: Even after Amaru vacates her body, Kate's hair retains the blood-red color it acquired during her possession.
  • Fighting from the Inside: After Amaru takes over her body, Kate keeps fighting her from the inside every step of the way.
  • Human Sacrifice: Comes very close to being sacrificed. Already-in-the-altar-and-knife-raised close. More than once.
  • Instant Expert: After only three months in Mexico she acquires an astonish degree of fluency in Spanish.
  • Like Parent, Like Spouse: Scott accuses her of this, being a preacher’s daughter dating a guy who texts her Bible quotes as a way of flirting.
  • Mercy Kill / Self-Made Orphan: She ends up having to kill her father before his transformation into a culebra is complete.
  • Nerves of Steel: She doesn’t even flinch when holding a target over her head for Richie to throw a knife at.
  • No Badass to His Valet: In Season 2 Kate stands up to Seth, Richard and even Malvado.
  • Only Sane Man: Of the Fuller family. Her dad is losing it in a crisis of faith and her brother recklessly tries to be a hero.
  • Power Dyes Your Hair: Goes from being a brunette in seasons one and two to a redhead in season three, thanks to Amaru inhabiting her body. Interestingly, Amaru herself has dark brown hair.
  • Plucky Girl: Despite everything bad that happens to her, Kate still remains strong and optimistic about things and believes that some people (mainly Richard and Scott) can be saved.
  • Preacher's Kid: Her father is a minister.
  • Girl Next Door: Kate is a sweet young woman, who has a gentle personality and has a very forgiving nature. It's been stated by other characters that she is someone who sees the good in others.
  • Screw This, I'm Outta Here!: She's a big proponent of this:
    • First she tries to pull this once she gets fed up with her father’s antics at the RV, but her boyfriend got killed by a vampire en-route to pick her up.
    • Once her family and the Geckos make it to the Titty Twister she is quite insistent that they leave, and almost succeeds in getting the keys to the RV back.
  • Semi-Divine: Kate is possessed by the Queen of Hell Amaru for most of the third season.
  • Took a Level in Badass: The last member of the family to do so, with a chainsaw.
  • Women Are Wiser: Kate might very well be the most levelheaded character on the show. This becomes even more pronounced after she pairs up with Seth in the second season.

     Scott Fuller 

Scott Fuller

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Played By: Brandon Soo Hoo

Jacob’s adopted son, he’s much more accepting of the unusual stuff his father does after his mother’s death.


  • Asian and Nerdy: Scott was adopted by the Fullers from China. He’s also fluent in Elvish and uses ''Frack'' as a swear word.
  • Dual Wielding: Uses two swords in combat.
  • Face–Monster Turn: After he is bitten he becomes Carlos’s servant.
  • Friendly Neighborhood Vampire: By the time of Season 3 rolls out, he is back to control of his own self and has vowed to not feed on the innocent, only the guilty.
  • Happily Adopted: His family loves him very much and he loves them back.
  • Hypocrite: After giving into his bloodlust and trying to turn his sister, he's stopped by Ranger Gonzales and forced into a contraption that will pierce his heart if he tries to move. Ignoring his own previous actions he refers to the ranger as being "crazy as fuck" for having done this.
  • Jumped at the Call: Once it is revealed that they’re dealing with vampires, Scott is eager and ready to start kicking ass.
  • Took a Level in Badass: The only one of the Fullers to do this before they get to the Titty Twister. And once all hell breaks loose at the bar, he’s the most enthusiastic about fighting back.
  • Transhuman Treachery: He switched sides as soon as he is turned, even though he still has his free will.
  • You Are Better Than You Think You Are: Kate believes that he can fight his culebra urges and not become the monster he think he is.
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The Texas Rangers

     Ranger McGraw 

Ranger Earl McGraw

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Played By: Don Johnson (Old) Jesse Johnson (Young)

A tough veteran Texas Ranger who crosses paths with the Gecko Brothers


  • Ascended Extra: In the movies, he was just some cop who is abruptly offed by the Gecko Brothers. Here, he still dies early on but he puts up a better fight, receives some development beforehand and he even has plot relevance post-death.
  • Defiant to the End: Even as he lay dying, he kept trying to take out the Geckos.
  • Doomed by Canon: Even though the details differ, he dies at more or less the same point in the story as he did in the movie.
  • Married to the Job: The reason he didn’t spend as much time as he wanted to with his wife and daughter.
  • Parental Substitute: He was more of a father to his partner, Freddie Gonzalez, than he was to his own daughter.
  • Posthumous Character: He dies in the first episode, but continues to be developed as a character in flashbacks.
  • Secret Secret-Keeper: In season 2 its revealed he had long since been aware of the Culebra's and their cartel's which mask their blood trade when an assignment brought him to Celestino Oculto's front door, this being the secret meaning to his "Place of Dead Roads" saying when he first mentioned it to his deputy and surrogate son Freddy Gonzalez. That along with knowing his proteges real father along with the possibility hat he was connected to the monstrous underworld.

     Ranger Gonzalez 

Ranger Freddie Gonzalez

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Played By: Jesse Garcia

Earl McGraw’s partner. A young Texas Ranger who has recently become a father, he’s on the trail of the Geckos and will stop at nothing to bring them down.


  • Action Dad: He has a baby daughter.
  • Adrenaline Makeover: Goes from a simple border patrol officer to kick ass culebra hunter throughout his trek in the series.
  • Canon Foreigner: He has no counterpart in the movie. Especially noticeable because his presence actually causes the series’ plot to diverge from the movie’s.
  • Chain Pain: Taken too as his go to regular weapon of choice during his stint as a mediator for the Culebra's.
  • Chronic Hero Syndrome: Carlos accuses Freddie of having a case of this. He claims that even if he got his revenge on the Geckos, he would still be unable to walk away now that he knows about the supernatural.
  • The Determinator: An even bigger one than Seth. He’s willing to sacrifice his career and his life to take down the Geckos.
  • Dark Is Not Evil: Adopts a sleek Van Helsing look after the attack on his house and family, ending up with said family leaving him during the crisis. The new image probably reflects his otherwise darkened mindset throughout the rest of the show.
  • Hero Antagonist: He's only main character that is unquestionably heroic. It just so happens that his main target is one of the protagonists.
  • Hunter of Monsters: After being introduced to the world of the supernatural.
  • The Immune: He is immune to the culebras’ venom and can’t be turned. Not even when bitten by Santanico herself.
  • Improbable Aiming Skills: A crackshot with just about any launch-able weapon. Once shooting out a culebra's eyes while using another as a shield, again when he pinned Carlos to a chair using a broken wooden stick.
  • In-Series Nickname: All the Mexican characters refer to him as “rinche”, a derogatory term for Texas Rangers that he really doesn’t like.
  • In the Blood: His immunity to the culebra venom is attributed to being part of a particular “ancient bloodline”.
  • It's Personal: After they kill his partner, the manhunt for the Geckos becomes very personal for Ranger Gonzalez.
  • Naïve Newcomer: While a veteran cop who studied under Earl in his day; Ranger Gonzalez was like Deer in the Headlights when it came to dealing with things out of nightmares like the Culebra's, at first. Though he was a very quick study; eventually however after a long series of near death run ins, coupled with gaining in experience and ability after every encounter he quickly grew out of it; at least until the latest beastie came rolling along.
  • Papa Wolf / Berserk Button: Threatening his family in any manor is a sure fire way to get yourself buried or, in a Culebra's case, staked.
  • Revenge Before Reason: Freddie keeps trying to kill Richie, even when they are all fighting for their lives in the middle of a vampire attack.
  • Spanner in the Works: In-universe, Ranger Gonzales continuously derails Santanico’s plans for Richie. Out-of-universe, his actions at the Titty Twister mark the point where the show’s plot breaks with that of the movie.
  • Sympathetic Inspector Antagonist: The Geckos are the protagonists of the show, but the audience can’t help but cheer Freddie’s determination to bring them down.
  • Teeth-Clenched Teamwork: With the Geckos against Amaru.
  • Unwitting Pawn: Was this to Malvado in season 2; the recent string of visions and nightmares he had were fed to Ranger Gonzalez by said lord. He gets this again in season three, when an Amaru-possessed Richie hypnotizes him and forces him to murder Ximena.
  • With My Hands Tied: He manages to take down and kill two culebras while tied to a chair.

     Ranger Willet 

Ranger Gary Willet

Played By: Robert Knepper

A Texas Ranger who worked alongside Earl McGraw back in the day.


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The Culebras

     Santánico 

Santánico Pandemonium / Kisa

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Played By: Eiza González

The mistress of evil, its most loyal guardian, and one of the central figures in an ancient cult of bloodsucking vampires known in our realm as culebras.


  • Adaptational Name Change: In the original trilogy, her name was Esmeralda. Here its changed to Kisa.
  • Adaptational Heroism: She's a Tortured Monster in the series. The movie version showed no such compunctions about being a blood-sucking fiend.
  • Anti-Villain: She eats people and screws with Richie's head and makes him kill the hostage and cut her eyes out, but she does it because she hates what the Nine Lords have forced her into and wants to be free.
  • Bi the Way: While she's still mistress of evil and all, her interest in women as well as men is pretty low-drama, including an amicable but short-lived relationship with a mortal lesbian from Idaho in the time gap between seasons 2 and 3.
  • Blessed with Suck: How she feels about having been turned into an immortal creature that craves blood.
  • Dual Wielding: Wields two curved blades in the final fight against Amaru.
  • Horny Devils: In addition to being a vampire, she’s specifically called a succubus by Prof. Tanner.
  • Names to Run Away from Really Fast: Santanico Pandemonium.
  • Meaningful Rename: Starting in season 3 she refuses to answer to Santanico and insists on being called Kisa.
  • Mind Manipulation: She was messing with Richie’s head long before she even met him.
  • Monster Progenitor: The legends claim that the culebras originate from her, though it is not true.
  • Ms. Fanservice: Given that she initially works as a stripper, she spends most of her screen time in very little clothes in Season 1.
  • Pet the Dog: Will sometimes do little nice things just because. For example, in the first episode of season 2, she sees that one of the meat-packing employees has drifted off with the blade sawing towards her thumb, and wakes her up, even though it doesn't do anything for the job.
  • Pop-Cultural Osmosis Failure: After spending centuries as a prisoner in the temple, her knowledge of things like movies and TV shows is very limited. The Titty Twister didn't have cable apparently.
  • Put on a Bus: She runs off after her girlfriend is murdered, due to Eiza Gonzalez having filming conflicts with a movie at the time, although she does return near the end of season three.
  • Really 700 Years Old: She's been trapped in the Temple since before the Spaniards arrived in the New World.
  • Sealed Evil in a Can: The Temple is her prison, courtesy of the Nine Lords of the Night. She is set free by Richie in the season one finale.
  • Spared by the Adaptation: Santanico survives the events of the first season way past her movie counterpart.
  • Spicy Latina: She’s an attractive, hot blooded Latina temptress.
  • Stage Names: Santanico Pandemonium, unsurprisingly enough, turns out to be a name given to her by Amancio Malvado in the 19th century when he first came up with the plan to turn the Temple into what would become known as the Titty Twister. Her birth name is Kisa.
  • Used to Be a Sweet Kid: Before being turned Santanico used to be a kind girl who didn’t want people being sacrificed to her.
  • The Vamp: Even though the man she’s trying to get her claws on is no saint to begin with.
  • Vampire Monarch: Of her own little clan, even though she doesn’t seem to be very high in the overall hierarchy of the culebras.
  • Was Once a Man: She was an innocent human girl before being sacrificed to the Vision Serpent and turned into a Culebra.
  • Winged Humanoid: In her monstrous form she can grow wings at will and use them to fly.

     Carlos 

Carlos Felipe Madrigal

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Played By: Wilmer Valderrama

A Mexican criminal overlord and brutal enforcer for The Cartel. He’s the Geckos’ contact South of the Border and the one who tells Seth about a mysterious paradise – a place in Mexico called "El Rey" – where he and Richie can find sanctuary and peace.


  • Adaptational Attractiveness: He was played by Cheech Marin in the film and by the younger and better looking Wilmer Valderrama in the series.
  • Adaptational Villainy: In the original movie he was merely the brothers’ contact in Mexico and unaware of the Titty Twister’s true nature. In the series he’s a full blown vampire and intentionally leading the brothers to the Titty Twister.
  • Badass Spaniard: He was originally a Spanish conquistador, although he has lost his accent over the centuries.
  • Big-Bad Ensemble: Part-way through the second season, he goes rogue under Malvado and his plans present their own, independent threat to the heroes. He was also the last villain standing after episode 9.
  • Crazy Jealous Guy: He really thought his feelings for Santanico were reciprocated and he doesn't take it well when he finds out they’re not.
  • Chronic Backstabbing Disorder: He betrayed the Conquistadors for Santanico and centuries later he betrayed her to Narciso.
  • Greed: His defining characteristic, according to Santanico.
  • Love Makes You Evil: Not that he was a saint before, but he fell for Santanico so hard that he turned on his comrades, his country and his god just to be with her. He was also willing to be turned into a monster.
  • Hazy Feel Turn: He's resurrected in late season three by Santanico, and works with the good guys until the season finale, wherein it's revealed he made a deal with the bad guys, and thus cannot take part in the fight against them. As of the end of season three, he's now some form of trickster mentor.
  • Number Two: Carlos was Santanico’s right hand man and the one in charge of implementing her plan.
  • Off with His Head!: This is how he deals with some people that are trying to steal from him, followed by Decapitation Presentation.
  • Only in It for the Money: While the rest of the conquistadors were concerned with converting the natives to Christianity, Carlos specifically says he’s only interested in the gold.
  • Really 700 Years Old: He came to the new world during the reign of Queen Isabella I of Castile, over 500 years ago.
  • Rewarded as a Traitor Deserves: The Nine Lords have Narciso put Carlos inside the Labyrinth to be "reeducated" after he helps Santanico slaughter the Councilors and then turns on her. He doesn’t expect to come out alive. But he does.

     Narciso 

Narciso Menendez

Played By: Manuel Garcia-Rulfo

A Mexican criminal overlord and a culebra. He serves as one of the lieutenants for the Nine Lords of the Night.


  • Jerkass: He humiliates Carlos for no other reason than to be a dick.
  • The Mexican Revolution: Before he was turned he was a bank robber who worked for Pancho Villa.
  • Kick the Dog: Was given immortality by Carlos back in the 1910's, how does he repay him? By rising through the ranks and making the former his errandboy/punching bag for all his dickmoves. Sam could be said of Scott whom after Carlos turned him, became Narciso's new dog whom he literally has on a leash and quite literally kicks.
    • The Dog Bites Back: He gets his for all his uberdickery by both of them in the end, See Below.
  • Kick the Son of a Bitch: His all around dickishness coupled the attempt to use Scott for knocking off Carlos as a potential rival, coupled with mistreatment towards the former, lead to a pretty gruesome if well deserved end on his part.
  • Off with His Head!: Tired of being pushed around by him, both Carlitos and Scott finally capture him, put him on his knees and behead him in Bizarre Tales.
  • Really 700 Years Old: He was turned during the The Mexican Revolution, making him over a century old.
  • Ungrateful Bastard: Carlos was the one who turned him in the first place. Fast forward 100 years and he is treating him like shit every chance he gets.
  • Villainous Rescue: He saves Seth from being torn apart by some bikers, but only so he can pump him for information.

    The Regulator 

The Regulator

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Played By: Danny Trejo

A fearsome culebra warrior who works as an enforcer for the Nine Lords.


  • Achilles' Heel: According to an interview he can only be killed by his own gun.
  • Badass Longcoat: After being reanimated he dons a badass leather duster.
  • Daywalking Vampire: The Regulator shows no ill effects from being out in the sun, while a Culebra attacking him turns to dust from the rays, emphasizing he's a much more fearsome opponent than regular members of his clan.
  • The Dragon: To Lord Malvado. The dark lord trusts him alone to be able to hunt down Santánico for him.
  • Ear Ache: Keeping in line with his Horror Hunger ability to gather information, he eats a man's ear to discover details of a conversation the man had with Richie.
  • Eye Scream: He attacks a cop who boasts that he sees everything and claims he has been looking for the Geckos, eating one of his eyes after killing him. Doing this allows The Regulator to see through the officer's eye and find out he had indeed seen Seth at a tattoo pallor but ironically just hadn't noticed him.
  • The Gunslinger: He is a villainous example who is extremely accurate with his pistol and looks like he stepped straight out a Western.
  • Hoist by His Own Petard: He is killed by Seth with his own gun.
  • Mistaken for Granite: He spends most of his time as a statue in the Titty Twister until reanimated by Lord Malvado for a mission.

     Maia 

Maia

Played By: Demi Lovato

A culebra who becomes Carlos’ new lover and lieutenant.


  • Biker Babe: She goes everywhere in a bike, clad in leather and with a helmet to protect her from the sun.
  • Dark Action Girl: Tough and skilled enough to go toe-to-toe with Santanico.
  • The Dragon: She becomes Carlos’ second in command near the end of the second season.
  • Offered the Crown: She claims that Maximiliano of Mexico offered to make her his queen.
  • Put on a Bus: She's nowhere to be seen in season 3.
  • Really 700 Years Old: She was already a culebra during the reign of Emperor Maximiliano, making her at least a couple of centuries old.
  • Villain: Exit, Stage Left: At the end of the second season, when she realizes Carlos has been defeated, she makes her escape with his blessing while the protagonists deal with him.

    Ximena 

Ximena Vasconcelos

Played By: Emily Rios

Lord Venganza’s second in command.


    Burt 

Burt / Ilhicamina

Played By: Tom Savini

A legendary slayer of Xibalban demons.


  • Demon Slaying: He was the Nine Lord’s preeminent demon hunter back in the day. He singlehandedly captured most of the Xibalbans imprisoned in the Temple.
  • Dropped a Bridge on Him: Suddenly goes crazy and has to be put down by the others.
  • Mr. Exposition: Given his experience in fighting demons, he knows more about them and Amaru and shares this information with the Geckos.
  • One-Man Army: He is described as "a one-man fighting force" by Richie for being able to put down several demons.
  • The Stoner: Nowadays he runs a medical marijuana dispensary and thoroughly enjoys partaking of his own merchandise.
  • Retired Badass: He has been retired for at least a couple of centuries, enjoying life and pot. But he can still kick the crap out of Seth and Richie at the drop of a hat.
  • Shell-Shocked Veteran: Burt still haunted by the horrors of the first war against the Xibalbans, such as when he kills El Caporal, he immediately starts hearing horror screams from the battle. Its the reason why he still takes up drugs.

The Nine Lords of the Night

    Tropes to the Lords as a group 
The Nine Lords of the Night are the leaders of the Blood Cult and The Cartel. They are at the top of the culebra hierarchy.
  • Big, Screwed-Up Family: The Nine Lords are all siblings, but some of them really don't get along.
  • Council of Vampires: As leaders of all culebras, they control lesser vampires and enforce their will through them.
  • Dwindling Party: As of the end of the second season, the Nine Lords have been reduced to Seven. This lasts all of one episode before all of them but Venganza are killed in the third season premiere, and with her death later in the same season, all of them are dead.
  • Full-Circle Revolution: They escaped Xibalba because they were slaves there and treated little better than cattle by Amaru and the demonic aristocracy. Once they established themselves on the mortal world, they dubbed themselves Lords and started treating the rank and file culebras like slaves and treating humans like cattle.
  • The Ghost: Several characters refer to them directly and indirectly, but they never appear in person in the first season. This changes in the second one.
  • Greater-Scope Villain: For the first season. They are at the top of the food chain in the Culebras’s society and everyone else works to feed them but make no personal appearance.
  • Humanoid Abomination: Lord Oculto implies that unlike all the other culebras, who started off as human, the Nine Lords are beings who came from another realm and took an almost human form. Season 3 confirms that they are lesser Xibalban demons.
  • Names to Run Away from Really Fast: The Nine Lords of the Night is pretty ominous.
  • Nebulous Evil Organisation: The Nine Lords’ influence is said to be very widespread and powerful. The most prominent aspect seen in the show is The Cartel, but its revealed they do have presence in the police force and hospitals and they do act out when necessary.
  • Nonindicative Name: Some of the Lords are female.
  • Pragmatic Villainy: Lord Venganza is not pleased with Lord Malvado's antics, not out of concern for humanity, but because it could blow the Masquerade wide open.
  • Public-Domain Character: The Nine Lords of the Night are figures from Mesoamerican mythology.
  • Villain Decay: For a threat that had been build up quite a lot, in season 3, six of the Lords are taken out remarkably easily by a group of culebra bodyguards mind-controlled by Calavera.
  • We Hardly Knew Ye: The other Lords besides Malvado, Oculto and Venganza don't have much of a screentime and are killed off in the same episode they are introduced.

    Lord Malvado 

Lord Amancio Malvado

Played By: Esai Morales

The Leader of the Nine Lords, he is a ruthless monster obsessed with Santanico.


  • Badass Longcoat: Evil though he may be, one has to admit that his leather duster is mighty impressive.
  • Bad Boss: He punishes Narciso's pathetic attempt to restart the Titty Twister by ripping his face off.
  • Big Bad: He serves as the main antagonist of Season 2.
  • Big-Bad Ensemble: Later in Season 2, Carlos begins acting independently in villainy and the two both present their own threat to the characters.
  • Bilingual Bonus: "Malvado" means "Evil" in Spanish, so he is basically Lord Evil.
  • Cain and Abel: He really doesn't get along with Celestino - he kills him in the episode Bizarre Tales.
  • The Chessmaster: As it turns out Malvado had been setting up events in season two from the get go animating his enforcer to work on his behalf was just the beginning. He set Gonzalez on the trail of his brother Oculto in order to find the key of the Blood Well, had the tattoo artist/document forger Seth took a liking too in his pocket the whole time, only Santanico was catching onto this fact, he even figured Richie into his plans by playing on his Sibling Rivalry tendencies which'd been gestating since the end of season 1. All in all he had near all of his bases covered, even that last bit was more of a Xanatos Gambit which nearly payed off.
  • Disc-One Final Boss: He's built up as the antagonist for season two but the penultimate episode sees him killed off by Santanico, leaving Carlos uninterrupted to enact his plan for allowing Culebras to rule humanity.
  • Evil Overlord: Despite being a cartel leader, he pretty much fits as the head of a sinister vampire cult and his name literally translates to "Lord Evil" in Spanish.
  • Facial Horror: Has a penchant for skinning the faces of those who displease him, doing this to both Narciso and later a sheriff who was trying to get a cut of the profits from his human smuggling operation.
  • Meaningful Name: With a name like Lord Evil, one gets a pretty good idea of what he is like.
  • No Sense of Personal Space: When it comes to Kisa (and sometimes Carlos), he might as well be named Lord Creepy Touching.
  • Shame If Something Happened: Extortion has been his main line of business since time immemorial. He is even known as the "Collector of Tribute".
  • Sorcerous Overlord: In addition to being the leader of the evil culebras he is also capable of using magic to bring a statue to life to hunt the Geckos. He also supposedly fed The Rinche with visions in order to locate his brother and the Blood Well by following his trail.

    Lord Oculto 

Lord Celestino Oculto

Played By: Hemky Madera

One of the Nine Lords, who masquerades as a fantasy writer.


  • Affably Evil: For a millennia old monster, his is surprisingly polite.
  • Bilingual Bonus: "Oculto" means "Hidden" and "Occult" in Spanish.
  • Cain and Abel: He really doesn't get along with Malvado. He is killed by him in the episode Bizarre Tales.
  • Human Sacrifice: He ritually murders groups of six people from time to time, even though he doesn’t need to consume their blood, in order to appease his macuahuitl.
  • Meaningful Name:
    • Celestino means celestial or heavenly. Appropriate for a being many consider a god.
    • His surname and title can be translated as the Hidden Lord, which is a pretty accurate description of him, considering that he has been hiding from Malvado for a while.
  • The Storyteller: He has carved this identity for himself, having spent many decades writing fantasy stories for pulp magazines.

     Lord Venganza 

Lord Venganza Verdugo

Played By: Ana de la Reguera

One of the most powerful among the remaining Nine Lords, Venganza drafts the Gecko brothers into fighting the onslaught of Xibalban demons.


  • Better to Die than Be Killed: Commits suicide in front of Amaru to stop her from using her in her ritual.
  • Big Good: In Season 3, since she serves as the Gecko brothers' boss and opposes the Xibalbans.
  • Bilingual Bonus: "Venganza" means "revenge" in English, while "Verdugo" means "executioner".
  • Meaningful Name: She goes by Lord Venganza, which means Lord Revenge.
  • Pragmatic Villainy: Is shown to be considerably less prone to For the Evulz antics than the other Lords,taking special interest in maintaining The Masquerade.
  • Names to Run Away from Really Fast: Her name literally means "Revenge Executioner".
  • Reasonable Authority Figure: Of all the Lords she is the one most willing to collaborate with the Geckos and the one who can be reasoned with.
  • She Is the King: Despite being female, she uses the title “Lord”. She is still occasionally referred to as "Dona" (Spanish for "lady") by her subordinates.
  • Sole Survivor: The last remaining Lord after the Xibalbans successfully massacre the entire council. After killing herself, all Lords are extinct.

Xibalba's Demons

    Amaru 

Amaru, Queen of Xibalba

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Played By: Madison Davenport, Natalie Martinez

The powerful queen of Xibalba, the Mayan underworld, who takes over Kate's body after her death at the blood well. She is determined to open a gateway to hell and destroy all the world.


  • Berserk Button: She takes the Fantastic Caste System of Xibalba very seriously, to the point that the reason that she personally came to retrieve the Nine Lords back in the day wasn't because they had escaped but because they started to style themselves "Lords".
  • Big Bad: She is the main antagonist of season 3.
  • Dark Action Girl: She enters in to a sword fight with Scott and almost kills him.
  • Demon Lords and Archdevils: She is the queen of the Mayan version of hell and commands a menagerie of Xibalban demons to do her bidding.
  • Demonic Possession: She moves into Kate's body right after she dies.
  • Enemy to All Living Things: Amaru can drain someones life force with just one touch.
  • Evil Costume Switch: Unlike Kate, she always wears black, top to bottom.
  • Evil Overlord: She is the absolute master of Xibalba, an entire hell dimension.
  • Humanoid Abomination: Even though she can pass for a gorgeous human woman while in her own body, her true form bears more than a passing resemblance to a gorgon.
  • Lack of Empathy: Amaru doesn't care who she hurts all lone as she get want she wants.
  • Mayincatec: Despite being the queen of the Mayan Mythology version of hell, her name comes from a serpent or dragon from Inca Mythology.
  • Monster Progenitor: She is the queen of hell where culebras originated from and was revealed to be the one that gave them their special power
  • No-Sell: Richie tries his Mind Manipulation powers on her. She laughs him off and leaves him disabled on the ground.
  • Omnicidal Maniac: Wishes to bring about the annihilation of humans and culebras alike by opening a gateway to hell itself.
  • Power Dyes Your Hair: While in Kate's body, she turns her regular brunette hair into long, blood-red tresses. In her true form, however, her hair is dark brown with red highlights.
  • Red Eyes, Take Warning: Her eyes turn completely red when she uses her powers.
  • Sealed Evil in a Can: After the Nine Lord originally tricked and murdered her, they saved her blood because of its great power and entrusted it to Lord Oculto. However, said blood also contained her spirit.
  • Take Over the World: She wishes to open the door to hell and let it consume the world.
  • There Can Be Only One: She takes her position as queen very seriously, so she deeply resents the fact that the rank and file culebras consider Santanico their queen. She even quotes the trope name verbatim.
  • Your Soul Is Mine: She is able to absorb other people's souls, leaving behind a dried husk. She is able to heal wounds this manner.

    Brasa 

Brasa

Played By: Maurice Compte

Amaru’s right hand man and the leader of a group of Xibalban demons who escaped from the Labyrinth after Carlos destroyed it.


  • Bilingual Bonus: "Brasa" means "ember" in English. Appropriate for a being who can control fire.
  • Cool Shades: Wears a pair of them to combine with his dark outfit.
  • Dark Is Evil: He wears a black leather longcoat and despite appearing human, he is a very cruel demon.
  • Demon Lords and Archdevils: He is just below Amaru in the ranks of Xibalba's demons.
  • The Dragon: He is Amaru's second in command and main enforcer.
  • Fantastic Racism: Brasa has a very negative view of culebras, regarding them as a plague.
  • Playing with Fire: He has the power to control light and fire, making him the natural enemy of all culebras.
  • Immune to Bullets: Brasa has been shot many times, but they no effect on him.
  • Sealed Evil in a Can: He was a prisoner in the Labyrinth for centuries, until Carlos' destruction of the Titty Twister set him and other Xibalban demons free.

    Calavera 

Calavera

Played By: Joseph Gatt

Calavera, the Skull Keeper was a Xibalban demon who had power over people's minds once he had their skulls.


  • Boom, Headshot!: His mind-controlled victims are practically invulnerable and they can only be destroyed by blowing up their heads. This is also how he dies, but not before being set on fire by the Geckos.
  • In the Hood: He wears a hoodie to hide his grotesque head.
  • Meaningful Name: His name is Spanish for "skull".
  • The Mole: In ancient times, Calavera served the great armies by infiltrating enemy lands. He traveled from one village to the next posing as an artisan, and destroys tribes from within. He is tasked by Amaru to do the same by infiltrating the culebra ranks.
  • No Kill Like Overkill: He is set on fire by the Gecko brothers and his face is blown off.
  • Red Eyes, Take Warning: As if his face wasn't horrifying enough, his eyes are blood-red and even creepier than the culebras.
  • Skull for a Head: To the point he gets called "Skeletor's son".
  • Tear Your Face Off: His method of mind control has him literally tearing out his victims skulls from their faces, which leads to them being turned into their puppets.
  • You Have Outlived Your Usefulness: He disposes of his victims after they have no longer use for him by crushing their skulls, which leads to instant death as shown when he executes a female culebra after she had brought him the MacGuffin.

    Olmeca 

Olmeca

Played By: Shad Gaspard

Belonging to a race of unstoppable Xibalban warriors that were revered as gods, this demon was sent to assassinate Santanico Pandemonium.


  • Blood Knight: It also seems to enjoy fighting and killing in the most gruesome of ways.
  • Eyeless Face: The Olmeca is revealed to have a reptilian face without any eyes under his mask.
  • Giant Mook: He is a very tall monster with no personality of his own and just the one of many.
  • Immune to Bullets: Just like Brasa, gunfire is ineffective against him.
  • Implacable Man: The Olmeca is said to be capable of destroying anything on its path and sure enough, he wipes the floor with all culebras in Kisa's fight club without effort. It takes Kisa destroying his mask and impaling him with a pole through the head to finish him off.
  • Mask Power: He has an Aztec-styled mask. Destroying it is the key to defeating him.
  • More Teeth than the Osmond Family: A mouthful of shark-like fangs.
  • Off with His Head!: He is ordered to take off Santanico's head so Amaru can parade it around in front of the culebras and make an example out of her. He also tears a couple of people's heads with his bare hands during his attack on Kisa's fight club.
  • The Quiet One: Despite looking like a savage monster that just roars and growls, the Olmeca is capable of speaking though he says only one word "Santanico".
  • Wrestler in All of Us: His fighting style has some shades of this when he throws down against smaller opponents. Justified since he is played by a WWE wrestler

    El Caporal 

El Caporal

Played By: Micah Fitzgerald

A Xibalban master torturer, he is responsible for hunting down and capturing lesser culebras with the purpose of torturing and breaking them for his Queen.


  • Arch-Enemy: To Ilhacamina, the legendary culebra warrior that killed several Xibalbans, was one of the few to have evaded El Caporal and caused his facial scars. The moment he sees Ilhacamina again, he just roars in red fury before his enemy kills him with a crossbow.
  • Beware My Stinger Tail: He has a scorpion-like appendage emerging from his back which he uses to paralyze his victims.
  • Coat, Hat, Mask: A cowboy mask, a red bandana mask and a plaid coat to be precise.
  • Cold-Blooded Torture: He specialized in breaking rebellious culebras, his favorite method was removing their venom glands.
  • Facial Horror: The reason he wears a mask is because the lower half of his face was bitten off by a culebra warrior.
  • The Jailer: He loves taking culebras prisoners just so he can torture them.

    Zolo 

Zolo

Played By: Marko Zaror

Zolo is a Jaguar Warrior, one of Brasa's bodyguards who guarded the Sun God while he traveled the underworld clearing the path so he could rise again. Alongside his companions, they were summoned to hunt down Scott Fuller for Amaru.


  • The Brute: To Amaru, since he is Brasa's own bodyguard and gets to appear in more than one episode unlike most demons. He still doesn't have much of a personality though.
  • Elite Mooks: Seth describes him and his companions as the Delta Force of Xibalba and they do put a hell of a fight.
  • Super Senses: They had the ability of tracking down their targets by their heartbeat. Richie gains this ability after feeding on the female companion.
  • The Quiet One: He isn't very expressive to begin with.
  • We Hardly Knew Ye: Subverted by Zolo, who actually manages to survive the episode he is introduced unlike most Xibalbans. Played straight with his two companions.
  • The Worf Effect: While Zolo and his companions are described as the most elite warriors that Amaru has to offer, two of them are killed in their introductory episode and Zolo only survives because he is ordered to flee by Amaru.

    Cipactli 

Cipactli

Played By: N/A

A strange sea creature that hosts a cloud of demonic bugs and use it to destroy crops and turn people into cannibals by contaminating its water source.


  • Combat Tentacles: The tentacles in its fingers.
  • Eldritch Abomination: The closest thing to one in this series: Absolutely inhuman appearance? Check. Can drive people insane with its powers? Check.
  • Eyeless Face: Much like the Olmeca without its mask, though the Cipactli looks much like an Xenomorph.
  • I Am A Humanitarian: Not itself, but it could turn its victims into cannibals if they drunk the contaminated water.
  • Impaled with Extreme Prejudice: Burt kills it this manner by running it with a harpoon.
  • Kill It with Fire: Subverted. Tanner tries to use a flame thrower against it, but the only thing it managed to do was make the Cipactli angrier.

Family members

     Vanessa 

Vanessa Styles

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Played By: Adrianne Palicki

Seth's wife and the brothers' accomplice in the bank robbery.


  • Break His Heart to Save Him: Seth has to break up with her because he knows that he will have to spend the rest of his life on the run taking care of Richie.
  • Canon Foreigner: She has no counterpart in the movie.
  • Put on a Bus: She disappears from the show after her she is arrested providing a diversion for Seth to escape.
  • Shoo the Dog: Seth tries to convince her to take 4 million dollars and go start a new live in Florida.
  • Statuesque Stunner: Like the actress who plays her, she’s 5'11" (1,8 m) and very attractive.
  • What Happened to the Mouse?: The audience never finds out what happened to her after she was arrested. But since the bonds Seth gave her ended up as evidence in the rangers' hands, it can be presumed that she went to prison.

     Uncle Eddie 

Uncle Eddie Cruickshank

Played By: Jeff Fahey

The man who raised the Gecko brothers after their father died.


     Maggie 

Margaret Gonzales

Played By: Jamie Tisdale

Ranger Gonzalez’s wife and the mother of her child.


  • Brainy Brunette: She is very smart and is able to use her college education to help her husband in his research.
  • Screw This, I'm Outta Here!: After Sex Machine attacks her home she takes her daughter and runs.

     Dakota 

Dr. Dakota Block

Played By: Nicky Whelan

Earl McGraw's estranged daughter.


  • Canon Foreigner: She represents a curious case of this in that she had no counterpart in the original movie, but she did originate in Grindhouse which also featured Earl McGraw as her father. The continuity between both properties is a matter of debate.
  • Hospital Hottie: Doctor Block is insanely gorgeous.
  • The Shrink: She is a psychiatrist.
  • You Killed My Father: The reason why she hates Richie with a passion.

Others

     Prof. Tanner 

Professor Aiden Tanner

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Played By: Jake Busey

An archeology professor at Alamo State who advises Ranger Gonzalez about a series of gruesome murders and their connection to Mesoamerican mythology.


  • Adaptation Personality Change: His movie counterpart is Sex Machine, of all people. When he goes undercover to follow the trail of the Blood Cult he assumes that identity, while in the original movie he was just a random badass who happened to be at the bar that night
  • Adaptational Villainy: He's in cahoots with Carlos and wants to sacrifice Kate. He is also implied to be responsible for the ritual murders Freddie originally consulted him about.
  • Adventurer Archaeologist: He fancies himself this, going “undercover” to investigate the Blood Cult.
  • Back from the Dead: Returns in Season 2 as a Culebra working for Lord Malvado.
  • Dirty Old Man:
    • He hits on Kate the minute he crosses paths with her for the first time.
    • The girls at the college where he teaches have been filing sexual harassment complains against him for years.
  • The Friend Nobody Likes: The Geckos work with him along with Freddie, Ximena and Burt in season 3, but it's fairly clear that nobody really likes or respects him beyond his sheer necessity.
  • Mr. Exposition: He’s the main source of information about the Blood Cult and the culebras for the Geckos, the Fullers and the audience.
  • Sixth Ranger Traitor: He has no intention of helping anyone leave the temple.
  • Too Dumb to Live: He drops a backpack with all the weapons into the giant people grinder. Could be justified since he was intending to leave them for dead all along.

     Frost 

Sergeant Frost

Played By: Edrick Browne

A former soldier who hides out in the Culebras' temple.


  • Adaptation Personality Change: Had Kate not said his name out loud, no one would have guessed he was movie Frost's counterpart.
  • Adaptational Wimp: In the original movie, he is one of the two badasses (the other being Sex Machine) who helped the Geckos and the Fullers fight the vampires. In the series, he hides out in the storage room in the Culebras' temple, trying to survive, and absolutely refuses to leave or even fight back.
    • Adaptational Angst Upgrade: Both versions of Frost tell a war story. The movie's Frost tells his gleefully, to entertain the crowd, reenacting parts of it while smoking a cigar; the series' Frost tells his while horrified, holding back tears.
  • Demoted to Extra: Among all the characters from the original movie, Frost was perhaps the only one to have been even less developed in the series. He also appears in only one episode.
  • Last-Name Basis: Unlike Carlos and Sex Machine, he was not given a full name in the series.

     Sonja 

Sonja Lam

Played By: Briana Evigan

An expat living in Mexico, where she works as a tattoo artist and document forger.


  • Can't Kill You, Still Need You: She has Seth at her mercy but doesn’t kill him for ruining her life, because she needs him to do a job.
  • Teeth-Clenched Teamwork: With Seth, after he ruins her business.
  • Even Evil Has Standards: As much as she hates Seth’s guts for ruining her business she doesn’t turn him in for a reward once she catches him.
  • In-Joke: invoked The fake documents she makes often contain references to the client’s real identity, such as using the surname Parker for Seth's fake passport, because she figures it's a name that suits a gentleman thief.
  • Sixth Ranger Traitor: She started working for Lord Malvado at some point after she hooked up with Seth.
  • All Women Are Lustful: She tries really hard to jump Seth’s bones after she delivers him his fake passport.


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