The Underdogs (Los de abajo in the original Spanish) is a 1915 novel by Mariano Azuela about the Mexican Revolution. It follows a bandit named Demetrio Macías and his Ragtag Bunch of Misfits who set out to take down some federal soldiers to support the Revolution. As the story progresses, however, they take advantage of their power and end up acting much like their enemy. The novel was originally serialized in the newspaper El Paso del Norte before being considered a classic account of the Revolution in the 1920s.
The Underdogs contains examples of:
- Blood Knight: Margarito
- Dark Action Girl: Pintada
- He Who Fights Monsters: In the second part of the story, the revolutionaries have begun looting houses and causing trouble in the villages they visit.
- Kill 'Em All
- Love Dodecahedron: Demetrio develops a fondness for Camilla, who is in love with Luis Cervantes, who finds a beautiful child bride, who is seduced by Margarito, who is the object of Pintada's affection...
- The Revolution Will Not Be Civilized
- War Is Glorious: Valderrama loves the Revolution regardless of how it shakes out for the parties involved.
- War Is Hell