Tropes about Hispanic and Latin countries, people, and culture. "Hispanic" and "Latin" are defined here as anything influenced by the cultures of Spain and Portugal. Outside of the Iberian Peninsula, these tropes most prominently apply to Latin America.
Please note that while "Hispanic and Latino" is often treated as a specific ethnic/racial category in the United States, this is actually a very broad generalization. The many different nations of Latin America are culturally and ancestrally diverse; including white people (originating from both Iberia and other European regions), indigenous Amerindians, black Africans, and even Asians; and many Latin American people are a mixture of two or more of these aforementioned groups.
- Argentina Is Nazi-Land: Nazis are hiding out in Latin America.
- Banana Republic: The preferred form of government for any developing Central or South American country.
- Bandito: The stock Mexican gunslinger/outlaw in The Wild West.
- Calacas: Skeletal representations of the dead.
- The Cartel: Standard Latino drug-smuggling antagonists.
- The Capital of Brazil Is Buenos Aires: Poorly-researched depictions of Brazil.
- Chupacabra: A blood-sucking monster from Latin American urban myth.
- Dashing Hispanic: A Stock Character — the swarthy, suave and cool Hispanic badass.
- El Spanish "-o": Adding "o" to something makes it Spanish.
- Feathered Serpent: A creature from Mesoamerican myth.
- Gaucho: A typical peasant of the South Cone.
- Gratuitous Mariachi Band: Adding a mariachi band, a traditional form of music from Mexico, for humor.
- Gratuitous Spanish: The Gratuitous Foreign Language of choice for any Hispanic-aligned work or character.
- Hood Film: Can focus on urban Latino communities.
- It's Cuban: Cuban cigars as contraband.
- Latino Is Brown: Latinos universally portrayed as having olive skin and dark hair.
- Latin Land: Generalizing Latin America into one country.
- Latin Lover: A sensual, handsome Hispanic man.
- Lazy Mexican: Mexicans stereotyped as lazy.
- Macho Latino: Hypermasculine Latino man.
- Magnificent Moustaches of Mexico: Men from Latin America have elaborate facial hair.
- Masked Luchador: Every self-respecting Mexican wrestler wears a mask.
- Mayan Doomsday: Discredited interpretations of the Mayan calendar predicted the world would end on December 21, 2012.
- Mayincatec: Generalizing indigenous Central and South American cultures into one civilization.
- Mexico Called; They Want Texas Back: A plot where Mexico invades or takes back the American Southwest.
- Modern Mayincatec Empire: Indigenous Central and South American cultures are superpowers.
- Our Alebrijes Are Different: Mexican folk-art portrayed as magical creatures in Mexican Media.
- Our Perytons Are Different: A mythical creature created by Argentinian writer Jorge Luis Borges.
- The Pampas: Quintessential Latin American countryside.
- Sombrero Equals Mexican: A wide brimmed hat used as a shorthand denoting a Mexican.
- South of the Border: The stereotypical portrayal of Mexico.
- Spexico: Generalizing Spain, Mexico, and usually all of Latin America.
- Spicy Latina: A sexy, vivacious Hispanic woman.
- Telenovela: A staple television storytelling format.
- Toros y Flamenco: The stereotypical portrayal of Spain.