Patoruzú is an Argentine comic book.
The character was created in 1928 by Dante Quinterno, as a secondary character in a short-lived comic strip, "Julián de Monte Pío". He eventually left the publisher, but managed to retain the copyright of Patoruzu. He also created a character similar to Monte Pío, Isidoro Cañones, who remained a popular character since then. He also created new secondary characters: Ñancul, who manages his estancia, the Chacha, his step-mother, his brother Upa, his ugly sister Patora, Urbano Cañones, the strict military uncle of Isidoro, etc.
Patoruzú is a tehuelche, one of the indigenous populations of the Patagonia. He has super-strength, and an infinite ammount of money.
No new comic books have been made since 1984, but the comic books are still being republished to this day.
Patoruzú contains examples of:
- As Long as It Sounds Foreign: Or, more precisely, "As long as it sounds Argentine but from outside the Buenos Aires elite". Patoruzú speaks with several words taken from all over Argentina, either the North, South or West regions, or with the "lunfardo" of Tango singers, or with archaisms, or even with made up words. No, Patoruzú does not speak like gauchos, he speaks like Dante Quinterno suspects that gauchos may speak.
- Badass Native: Patoruzú is a good guy, but if you have to fight him, run for your life!
- Chronic Hero Syndrome: Patoruzú is always ready to give money for any noble cause, to the dismay of Isidoro, who would prefer to waste that money in gambling.
- Exposed to the Elements: Patoruzú can be completely fine in the cold Patagonia wearing nothing but a poncho.
- Fan Disservice: Each time that the sexy Patora shows up. Well, "sexy" just in her own dreams◊...
- Intimidating Revenue Service: Patoruzú once instructed Isidoro to pay the taxes. Isidoro wasted the money on his own leisure. As a result, Patoruzú hired an expert to pay the taxes for him. It was even worse than Isidoro, and attempted a monumental scam. He was discovered and taken to the police, but after that...Patoruzú: And now... patience and pills! I will have to deal with the taxes myself, po!
- Noble Savage: And with the Mighty Whitey Isidoro to complete it.
- Society Marches On: Urbano Cañones is a colonel, and all society bows down in recognition to the military. This used to be the case when the comics were made. The military lost their social prestige in Argentina after the 1976-1983 dictatorship.