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"I am not a hot-head, I am Colombian. We get excited. My country is covered in coffee."
Gloria, Modern Family

Latina women in media (particularly American media) are usually portrayed as sultry temptresses with fierce tempers. The old westerns and pulp fiction usually depicted them as raven-haired, olive-skinned, and red-clad, with an accent that can melt butter. Modern portrayals, however, are usually more urban.

This character is very Hot-Blooded and confrontational, and often times has a rough background where they had to learn to defend themselves. They usually display an almost Tsundere-ish quality of having a soft side that occasionally peeks out from their tough exterior. Expect the Spicy Latina to be a good fighter who can take care of herself, which ironically can lead to her becoming the designated early casualty. There's also a crossover with Mama Bear in some cases. The Spicy Latina can make for a great Femme Fatale for The Hero. Even if the Spicy Latina is a bit tomboyish, she will be irresistible. If not tomboyish, she's usually wearing a lot of sexy tight clothing and she would happen to be very flirty. Despite this, she is often a devout Catholic.

When they aren't masculine, a Spicy Latina will usually be a great beauty and highly sought after, as well as being an accomplished fighter. For a male hero, having her as a Love Interest is therefore an indication of unusual prestige, self actualisation, and both psychological and physical strength, since he will need to be able to restrain her fiery nature and martial ability at times, without destroying the relationship.

Close cousin to the Sassy Black Woman, but generally more erotic (the two tropes can overlap if the character is mixed or Afro-Latina). Also see Latin Lover — and speaking of which, the same rule about particular non-Latin ethnicities still counting also applies here. Its Old World analog is the Hot Gypsy Woman and there are also similarities with the Balkan Bastard and Rambunctious Italian. Overall, an enduring character-type, even if the characters themselves are not.

Important Note: just because a Latina character is attractive does not necessarily make her fiery or spicy. A Latina played as a down to earth Girl Next Door or a bubbly Brainless Beauty is not an example of this trope because such a character lacks the attitude and personality of the Spicy Latina. Please keep this in mind while adding examples.


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    Anime & Manga 
  • Roberta Cisneros from Black Lagoon, also known as the Bloodhound. She was a former guerrilla agent from Cuba in Castro's revolution, who was known for his high proficiency and assassination skills as a mercenary. She later went to live in Venezuela to serve as a maid to a boy called Garcia, the son of a man who once saved her life. We later see that her skills have not deiminshed in the slightest, when she demolishes a gang of Colombian mafia members all by herself with a rocket launcher and lots of bullets.

    Comic Books 
  • Peanut Butter: The Diary of Molly Fredrickson has Erica, presumably Nuyorican Manic Pixie Dream Girl to the title character in kinky act after kinky act, but really shows off the common aspects of this trope when it comes to Officer "Uncle" Tom in cursing him out in Spanish while they have sex then bringing out the leather suit and sex toys on the other girls in an orgy as his birthday present.
  • Menagerie from Justice League Elite brings new meaning to the words "Spicy Latina" - her blood is acidic. She also has the attitude and personality that usually comes with this trope.
  • Brazilian superheroine Fire from the Justice League International. She's not just spicy she's downright burning hot.
  • Back during the Batman: No Man's Land era, there was a minor Catwoman antagonist called Firecracker (real name Rosalie Hernandez), who was noted as having a bad temper and pyrokinetic powers.
  • Wonder Woman and the Star Riders: While the fact that she is meant to be Latina is only confirmed via supplemental materials given the comic's very short length Solara is beautiful and the most hot headed of the Star Riders.

    Fan Works 

    Film — Animated 
  • Audrey in Atlantis: The Lost Empire is abrasive and tomboyish Hispanic Teen Genius. She starts off as cold towards Milo but later cools down.
  • The Book of Life, set in Mexico:
    • Maria herself definitely falls under this trope — she's feisty, beautiful, and can fight with swords better than any man.
    • Both of the Adelita Twins. Kicking ass while arguing over shoes.
  • Chel in The Road to El Dorado invokes these traits, with her skin and hair color, accent and mannerisms, but is an inversion of the trope; the heroes Miguel and Tulio are Hispanic, while she is Native American; however, she is voiced by Rosie Perez, who is famous for this kind of role.

    Film — Live-Action 
  • The Adventures of Gerard: The Spanish Teresa is a very headstrong, Hot-Blooded and beautiful woman who's passionate for her country and engages in guerrilla warfare against Napoleon's forces.
  • Aliens: Vasquez fits the aggressive and confrontational aspects but not the sexual ones - as she's The Lad-ette (though does have a close relationship with Drake).
  • Carlota Joaquina in Carlota Joaquina, Princesa do Brasil is actually born on Spain, but becomes a Brazilian princess after settling in the colony and fits this trope like a glove: dressed like a Lady in Red, hot-blooded and a domineering seductress that Really Gets Around.
  • Casey Cordero from The Duff is a feisty Latina hottie and tough girl. Sporty, very attractive, a clever hacker, and being described as a “fiery Latina” in-universe.
  • Salma Hayek's character in Fools Rush In, wherein Isabel Fuentes the sexy, fun-loving, vivacious photographer stirs up the life of the extremely WASPy Alex Whitman (Matthew Perry). Of course, this is also true of Salma Hayek in every other movie role she has ever had.
  • G-Force: Juarez. "You try and put a bow on me you're gonna lose a finger!"
  • Gun Fury: Slayton's girlfriend Estella is a hotblooded Mexican fireball who attacks the hostage Jennifer because she thinks Slayton is about to leave her for her.
  • Jennifer Lopez plays a character who presents herself as this in Hustlers. Ramona is a stripper that performs as an athletic temptress, introduced doing a very strenuous pole dancing routine. Even outside her performing image, she's particularly aggressive and the most morally ambiguous of the strippers.
  • Knockout: Sandra is attractive, extroverted, and is a pro boxer who brags about having beaten men in sparring. She contrasts with Belle, the protagonist, who is also Latina but more reserved.
  • Lone Star (1996): One of the teachers lampshades this when she suggests Pilar date a school supervisor who "has a thing for us hot-blooded Latinas".
  • Man of the House: The Latina Teresa is the one of the girls most irritated about having police protection. She often swears in Spanish, and mocks an Abhorrent Admirer in a bar before delivering a Groin Attack when he gets rough.
  • Man on a Ledge: Angie has a feisty personality, drops a few Spanish insults at the bad guys and is very beautiful, as shown off by outfits that highlight her good looks (also stripping down to her lingerie once).
  • Carmelita of the 1930s-1940s Mexican Spitfire film series, played by Lupe Véleznote , is a vivacious and fast-talking Mexican-American beauty.
  • Subverted with Paloma in No Time to Die as, while she's an Action Girl who does plenty of ass-kicking in a sexy dress with a Navel-Deep Neckline, her actual personality turns out to be a Cute Clumsy Girl and Naïve Newcomer (neither of which affect her competency though).
  • For the 1923 film Rosita, Mary Pickford decided that she wanted to play a role besides her typical The Ingenue child ones. The result was her very much Playing Against Type with the lead character. Rosita is an outspoken and tough Spanish street singer.
  • Royal Rendezvous: Cat is an attractive Latina-American girl of Colombian descent, and has a spunky, sassy and fun-loving attitude that clashes with all the royal stuffiness she has to deal with for the royal banquet.
  • Selena, about real-life singer Selena Quintanilla, first depicts Selena starting to perform as a child. When there's a Time Skip to her now being an adult, her father gets very annoyed when she cultivates this image on stage - such as stripping down to just a sequinned bra. Her mother, by contrast, thinks it's great. Naturally, Selena's adult self is played by Jennifer Lopez.
  • The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants: Carmen (America Ferrera)'s hurt feelings and temper lead her to throw a rock through her father's dining room window and then run away.

  • A Confederacy of Dunces: One of the "hostesses" at the Night of Joy bar is a "Latin" woman (nationality unspecified) who affects this style—to the point of being pushy and abrasive. She also has a thick accent and really bad breath.
  • In the Backstrom novels of Leif G.W. Persson, there is Officer Magdelena Hernandez, a positive product of Sweden accepting refugees from elsewhere. Also Officer Felicia Petterson — a Swede by upbringing, adopted from a South American orphanage by Swedish foster-parents. Bäckström's opinion of them is Spexico.
  • Amber Sorrel from The Crush plays with this. She's fierce and loyal when it comes to her loved ones, but practices a cool and calm demeanor. She even references this trope by name, saying she doesn't want to be lumped into it.
  • In The Little Sister, Hollywood starlet Dolores Gonzales plays the hot-tempered Mexican temptress on screen and in real life, though Marlowe notes near the end that she's not really Mexican and that her repertoire of Gratuitous Spanish is so small that it gets irritatingly repetitive after a while.
  • This trope is practically invoked by name in Olga Dies Dreaming regarding the titular character.
    • Olga receives a proposal for her own show, described to her in-universe as "Sophisticated New York City planner goes cross-country fixing up people's wacky weddings." However, Executive Meddling leads to production playing up the stereotypical hot-tempered Latina concept and changing the premise to "Spicy Latina will invade the Midwest, take your bland wedding, and SPICE IT UP!". Olga is mortified.
    • Developer Nick Selby refers to her derisively as "your spicy Latin girlfriend" when talking to Dick about his plans for economic development in Puerto Rico after Hurricane Maria.
  • Several women from South America feature in the Sherlock Holmes stories, all of them fiery, passionate... and in unhappy marriages.
    • Beryl, Stapleton's wife in The Hound of the Baskervilles is actually from Costa Rica, and is more or less trapped by her husband so she can't prevent his crimes... until she figures out he's seducing another woman to help him out.
    • Maria Gibson (née Pinto, in Brazil) in "Thor Bridge" as still passionately in love with her American husband, but he had eyes for the governess. Despite the governess rejecting his attentions, the wife still blamed the other woman for the breakdown of their marriage, to the point of shooting herself and framing the governess for it.
    • "The Sussex Vampire" is Ferguson's second wife (from Peru), and accused of sucking their child's blood (she also beat her husband's crippled son from his first marriage). She was doing it to 'save their child by Sucking Out The Poison, but stayed silent because the true culprit was the man's first son, who hated his half-brother for being healthier than him and taking away his father's attention.

    Live-Action TV 
  • Ana Lucia Cortez from Lost, not coincidentally played by Michelle Rodriguez. She even seduces Sawyer to get a gun out of him.
  • Kristin Ortega from Altered Carbon, although she is depicted as being skeptical of religion.
  • Ana (2020): Invoked at one of Ana's auditions. She figures that her character tries to go unnoticed so she shows up to the audition in a man's button down shirt, sneakers, and baseball cap. The agents ask her if she can do it "more Latina". She tries exaggerating her natural accent, but the agent says they want a "real Latina" like the ones in the waiting room: a bunch of young, pretty brunettes in tight jeans and heels. She just slinks off grumbling that she is from Veracruz.
  • MADtv (1995) parodied this with Debra Wilson and Nicole Sullivan playing Latinas Melina and Lita in a recurring skit.
  • Rosie Perez (sense a trend?) played one on Law & Order: Special Victims Unit, in an episode where her son was molested by her husband (whom he actually met while she was homeless).
  • Ugly Betty is a very intentional aversion of this trope, although her sister Hilda plays it straight, as did Salma Hayek when she guest-starred.
  • Judy Reyes as Carla from Scrubs. Lampshaded when a new Latina nurse is described as "spicy". The Janitor then calls her "a young Carla". Of course, most of the time Carla is a level-headed Team Mom, and any time she does get 'spicy', it's normally for parody sake.
  • A fair few of the characters on the Miami-based Dexter, most notably Lt. LaGuerta. Miguel Prado counts too once you factor in all the Ho Yay.
  • B'Elanna Torres, the half-human and half-Klingon Chief Engineer of Star Trek: Voyager, is a subversion. While she is of Latin heritage on her human side, and she is quite fiery in temperament, her hot-bloodedness is entirely due to her Klingon side. In "Faces", where she is split into her human and Klingon halves, her human (Latina) half is meek, hesitant, and fragile.
  • Santana Lopez on Glee is a temperamental Latina teenager initially known for her promiscuity.
  • Noah's Arc: Despite being male, Ricky fits this trope, being aggressive and somewhat confrontational, flirtatious, highly sexual, and displaying the Tsundere-like inner kindness every so often.
  • Gloria on Modern Family, played by Sofia Vergara. Her hot-bloodedness and Ms. Fanservice tendencies are heavily featured in the show.
    Gloria: I am Colombian! We get excited! My country is covered in coffee!
  • Gabrielle, played by Eva Longoria, on Desperate Housewives. The character is decidedly "spicy" even without the stereotypical accent.
  • Francia Raisa played a no-less spicy character on the made-for-TV third and fourth installments of The Cutting Edge.
  • A gender-flipped example of the trope at work in a show's ads: the TNT show Hawthorne, a medical drama, advertised its first season with somewhat somber music, though occasionally featuring a gospel choir. Then for season 2, they added Latin singer Marc Anthony to the cast. All of a sudden, the ads are filled with exciting salsa music and the ad's narrator promises "Things will be heating up at the hospital!"
  • Food Network used to feature Ingrid Hoffman, hostess of "Simply Delicioso" in this role. The show can still be seen in re-runs on Food Network's spinoff channel, the Cooking Channel.
  • Averted in Parks and Recreation. April Ludgate (Puerto Rican on her mom's side) is the resident Snark Knight at the Parks Department and says almost everything in a flat monotone. Not to say that she can't get spicy; it's just not something she normally does. At least not when she's sober.
  • In Wizards of Waverly Place, this is Theresa, when the mood strikes her. Averted with Alex who's too all-American to fit this.
  • Brooklyn Nine-Nine:
    • Downplayed with Detective Rosa Diaz. She is a hot-tempered, strong-willed, sexually confident Badass Biker who's not afraid to get physical, but she also is much more deadpan and stoic than the typical example.
    • Subverted in the same show with Detective Amy Santiago, who is also Latin American but is Diaz's complete opposite, being a buttoned-up, dorky and klutzy goody two-shoes with a competitive streak and plenty of neuroses and insecurities for the both of them.
  • In Blue Bloods, both of Detective Danny Reagan's road partners have been these: Jackie Curatola (played by Jennifer Esposito) and Maria Baez (played by Marisa Ramirez).
  • The nearest that British TV has got to this trope might be Scottish/Spanish actress Michelle Gomez, who brings something of the flamboyant spicy-Latin to everything she appears in, albeit with a Glasgow accent. (Although she played a South American footballer's wife in her first big TV series, The Book Group.)
    • Anglo-Spanish actress Carla Mendonça managed something of the same in a couple of episodes of My Parents Are Aliens.
  • Sophie from Bella and the Bulldogs fits this to a T. She is a Deadpan Snarker, living with a massive number of brothers has made her tough enough to be a Tomboy, yet she dresses and acts like a typical Girly Girl. She also attracts a considerable number of boys, most notably Newt, but rejects all of them and acts like a heartbreaker bordering on Fille Fatale.
  • Trish from Austin & Ally isn't way too attractive, but she is very spicy and her Latina origins are highly emphasized on, complete with a Quinceañera and an Overly Long Name - Patricia Maria de la Rosa. Like the example above, she is quite the Deadpan Snarker as well. And it has to be pointed out that She Cleans Up Nicely.
  • Played for Laughs on Married... with Children with local TV reporter Miranda Veracruz de la Hoya Cardenal.
  • Alana and Bianca from That's So Raven. Alana has the habit of speaking gratuitous Spanish in her sentences. She's the Alpha Bitch but shows Hidden Depths.
  • Vida: Lyn is perceived this way by a lot of white guys due to her gorgeous looks and also being promiscuous. However, otherwise she's not really an example, being mild-mannered, very far from an action girl and laidback generally (though with some exceptions).
  • Another Life (2019): Michelle. She's a very beautiful Latina who has a fiery temper (but with a soft side), wears sexy clothing and is quite tough.
  • A few of the Latina inmates on Orange Is the New Black fall under this, most notably, Aleida Diaz and Maria Ruiz, who both have the fiery attitudes as well as the looks. Mildly subverted with Flaca and Maritza, as they have the looks, but rarely the attitudes, and with Blanca, Ouija, and Zirconia, who have the attitudes, but not so much the looks. Also, a flashback episode reveals that Miss Rosa was definitely this in her youth, when she was a beautiful, fiery, bank robber.
  • Judge Maria Lopez, the former Massachusetts Superior Court jurist who presided over a short-lived courtroom reality show of the same title. In contrast to her The People's Court counterpart, Judge Marilyn Milian (both women are Americans of Cuban heritage), Lopez was more like a Latina version of Judge Judy, loud and boisterous. Promos for Lopez's show even used the tagline, "Justice will be served spicy!" Milian is more even-tempered, but can definitely lose her cool if pushed too far.
  • Deadly Class: Maria's a Mexican girl who is quite sexy and has a fiery temper. Her black hair, olive skin and penchant for wearing red are pretty classic as well.
  • In contrast to her more neurotic and down-to-earth white roommate Sophie, How I Met Your Father's Valentina is an excitable, promiscuous Mexican-American party girl who has a very sensual relationship with her boyfriend Charlie.
    Valentina: I dated a Brazilian once. I didn't speak Portuguese, he didn't speak English, so we had to speak with our bodies - and those conversations went deep.
  • Among One Day at a Time (2017)'s majority-Cuban cast, the grandmother Lydia is the most passionate and dramatic, and is even an accomplished dancer. Her socially conscious and awkward granddaughter Elena calls her a walking stereotype.

  • Romanian singer Inna planned on calling an album LatINNA, and the lead single "Cola Song" even exploits the trope with the chorus "Soy Latina baby" (Romania isn't even if the country isn't Latino per se, though their language also comes from Latin).
  • The White Stripes gives us (from "Icky Thump"):
    Redhead senorita, lookin' dead, came and said, "need a bed?" in Espanol...
  • The Rolling Stones' "Miss You" is "gonna come around the square with some Puerto Rican girls who are just dying to meet you."
  • The protagonist in Marty Robbins’ cowboy ballad "El Paso" falls for a vivacious Mexican saloon dancer. His lust and Felina’s (apparent) fickleness bring about the cowboy’s downfall.
    Blacker than night were the eyes of Felina / Wicked and evil while casting a spell / My love was deep for this Mexican maiden / I was in love but in vain, I could tell

    Professional Wrestling 
  • The first native star of Capitol Sports Promotions, La Tigresa, was a subversion of sorts. She definitely had a temper, but by professional wrestling standards she was surprisingly level headed, being much less explosive in her anger than off island wrestler Jacqueline and having a far longer fuse than "foreigner" Luna Vachon. However, Tigresa's most famous rival Stacy Colon was a straight example. Far better known for public relations and financial management than wrestling, Stacy would nonetheless shift gears verbally or physically in a hurry when prodded, or defense of her family. Sometimes this temper would even be exploited by Tigresa, but sometimes that would backfire. Stacy's father Carlos and brother Eddie share the zero to hundred outbursts, other brother Wrestling/{{Carlito}Colon}} deliberately tries and sometimes fails to stay "cool" in all circumstances while cousin Orlando tends to be fiery be default. Still, the Colons as a whole are all appreciative of Stacy's grace and a little weary of her wrath.
  • WWE Diva Lita (who had a Mexican grandparent) was originally this as Essa Rios's valet. Instead of just being a valet, if someone tried to interfere in Rios' matches she'd block their interference with moonsaults and flying huracanranas. After her falling out with Rios, she dropped the Latin shtick to become Matt Hardy's high-spirited girlfriend.
  • Shelly Martinez may be best known for playing Ariel, a Gypsy fortune-teller-turned-vampire, in WWECW. Elsewhere, both under her own name and the name Salinas, she plays the trope relatively straight, although interestingly she plays the seductress aspect up more when using her own name and the spicy aspect more as Salinas.
  • Former TNA Knockout Tag Team Champion Sarita has embraced this since her Face–Heel Turn. May be a case of Fake Nationality as Sarah Stock is Canadian though her pre-TNA fame came from wrestling frequently in Mexico. Her kayfabe cousin Rosita plays this straight as well, purposely removing her earrings while talking trash as a signal that she is ready to fight.
  • The famed WWC (World Wrestling Council in Puerto Rico) Women's Champion Debbie Ross, known for beating people down back stage for slights like smeared makeup.
  • Another famed WWC champion, La Rosa Negra. Black Rose is usually friendly enough as a tecnica anyway but is still known for outbursts of rage that can get pretty explosive.
  • Other examples from the WWC and IWA PR women's division(s) include The sultry Fantasy, impulsive La Bella Carmen, proudly emotional La Morena, the bossy Krystal la Potra, "La Chica de la Actitud" Roxxy, notorious Sore Loser Sweet Nancy, the sometimes openly evil revolutionary Amazona and the especially worrying Leandra, since she's nearly 300 lbs. Vanilla Vargas in particular is a Dirty Coward who prefers to run and jeer from a distance but can be reliably goaded into combat by pushing her metaphorical buttons. Génesis, Red Velvet and Ivy Fit stand out among the wrestlers, being a passionate sweetie, proud of her sexuality but never particularly angry and an aggressively positive would be role model, respectively, but Ivy's daughter Doris has enough attitude to more than make up for that and she's not even a wrestler! Lady Demonique is a subversion, being as angry and violent as anyone in WWC, but in her violence and anger are usually independent of each other, she and her lover Disciple leaning more towards gleeful sadists.
  • Melina Perez is a proud Mexican who wrestled in Tijuana to follow in the footsteps of Rey Mysterio Jr., but her gimmicks initially avoided this, being a former beauty pageant queen, an arrogant and violent but otherwise unemotionally compromised former CIA agent from High Desert California, and a smiling native leg wrestler. Ohio Valley Wrestling changed this, as she began acting more like herself. This was leaned into more heavily and downplayed at the same time when debuted on Smackdown as an out and out Ms. Fanservice valet who did the splits on the ring apron (while wearing a skirt and allowing the camera a Panty Shot), attempted to seduce MNM's opponents and was known for screaming and shrieking. Smackdown had her hit ever part of the spicy lantina stereotype except that it presented her as mostly 'Anglo', as she had highlighted her hair and wasn't using her last name Perez. After her 2008 face turn, her surname was acknowledged on television and she kept the Screaming Warrior part of the trope. According to the Bella Twins, they did pitch to be in a stable with Melina to play this trope up, hoping to name themselves 'Latina Heat'.
    Brie Bella: We had all these great ideas about us, the Latinas getting together and like, what's better than seeing a group of girls getting mad at each other and fighting?
  • Ivelisse Vélez played this up a lot more after her release from WWE, dying her blonde hair brown to make herself look more Hispanic and adopting a tough Spicy Latina attitude. She wasn't in NXT long enough to get a handle on her character, but she was given a reggaeton theme and was energetic in her face appearances and aggressive as a heel.
  • By contrast, Valentina did not let her pale skin or blonde hair get in the way of dubbing herself "Latina Heat". Though she's more known as Alexis Laree's scorned sister, TNA's evil cheerleader or the tone deaf Kandi Kisses, she did feud with fellow spicy Latina Erica Porter in the California based Ultimate Pro Wrestling (herself better known as WOW's Jungle Grrl, who was also spicy, but more "indigenous" than "latina").
  • Bandita from Wrestlicious was outright referred to as a Spicy Latina on the show's website. She manages the bullfighter Maria Toro, who is one as well.
  • Ring of Honor's Mandy Leon promotes the hashtag #Latina on her Twitter. One of her Finishing Moves, a neckbreaker hold, was called Havana Dreams.
  • Eve Torres briefly when she was in her 'hoeski' phase in early 2012 - a seductress who attempted to use Zack Ryder and John Cena for attention, letting her temper get the better of her when it didn't work. But she eventually found her feet more as a Bitch in Sheep's Clothing.
  • Taynara Conti and Venezuelan Dynamite Didi Cruz share the catchphrase "Latinas Do It Better". The Brazilian not usually considered for this trope Conti is more so the "spice". Didi is certainly animated and loud but can be counted on to act out even when she is not angry, and has a comparatively subdued temper.
  • Rosa Mendes is Canadian, but in the first few years of her career, put on an exaggerated accent and was billed from Costa Rica. She portrayed a hammy primadonna who salsa danced her way to the ring and cut promos in Spanish. The spice was arguably downplayed though, as she was a Jobber who only ever had one recorded win on television (and that was by disqualification). In the last couple of years of her career, she dropped the accent once she became a cast member of the reality series Total Divas.
  • Mila Naniki basically has The Gimmick of being as demanding and contrarian as humanly possible to everyone around her. In the event Naniki actually gets what she asks for exactly how she asked for it, she'll find something to get angry about and someone to attack for it, with words or fists depending. Like fellow Puerto Rican Ivelisse Velze Naniki also dies her hair to look "more Hispanic". On the other hand, her Cranky Land Lord gimmick in MLW, Salina de la Renta, downplays this, as her twisted sense of humor often supersedes her ire, and she even lets her blonde roots poke through sometimes. Whether working as Naniki or de la Renta, she also tends to be much less temperamental when with "Spoiled Brat" Aria Blake, an even prouder Puerto Rican but decidedly unspicy Latina. Blake's not above screeching at people when she wants space or Tantrum Throwing due to setbacks but for the most part is a grinning prankster more likely to inflame other people's tempers, or pout.
  • Eva Marie referred to herself as a "Mexican Firecracker" and with dyed red hair, merged this with Fiery Redhead. As she had no proper ring training, she couldn't play up the aggressive part and instead relied on the sultry Ms. Fanservice aspects. Like Rosa, thanks to Total Divas, she dropped those traits to bring herself more in line with her reality TV persona; instead adopting the image of an Attention Whore and Dirty Coward who used all sorts of tactics to avoid fighting.
  • The Bella Twins more so in their early career, where they were presented as an interchangeable pair of Ms Fanservices there to provide 'exotic' eye candy. Upon a Face–Heel Turn in 2011, they were prone to more Cat Fighting and also became Hotter and Sexier. As with Rosa and Eva, Total Divas allowed them to distinguish their personalities; Brie being more of a Plucky Girl and Nikki the Alpha Bitch.

  • Bleak Expectations: Season 3 has Juanita Hotchile, one of Harry Biscuit's impulsively married replacement wives, who he correctly suspects is using him for citizenship purposes. She quickly dumps him for Mister Gently Benevolent, and begins playing this trope to the hilt... even after having her brain placed in the body of a dinosaur (or, as she puts it, dinophwoar). Both Biscuit and Benevolent are deeply troubled by her being such a sexy dinosaur.
    Mr. Benevolent: Get a grip, Gently, she's a dinosaur!

  • Anita from West Side Story stands out from the other Shark girls (already a fairly spicy lot) by virtue of sheer spice. She has the most exuberant choreography and catchiest songs of the entire show. In the first film adaptation she was one of the few to be actually played by a Latino actor.
  • Mimi Marquez from RENT is a fiery and confident sex worker.
  • In Damn Yankees, Lola takes on this persona ("Señorita Lolita Rodriguez Hernando... Miss West Indies of 1957") in an attempt to seduce Joe.
  • The title character in Bizet's Carmen is also an example. Fiery, spirited, and very passionate, Carmen is perhaps the most popular example in opera.

    Video Games 
  • Judy Alvarez from Cyberpunk 2077, though she's a bit of a downplayed version. While she is very Hot-Blooded and prone to outbursts when angry, frustrated or sad, she has an introspective and quiet side. She's also a romance option for female V. Judy only really becomes flirty or sultry if the player decides to enter a relationship with her; with all other characters and a platonic V she remains professional/friendly.
  • Isabela from Dead Rising. Confrontational, Rough background, Good fighter and all the way around Hot.
  • Isabela from the Dragon Age series is a fiercely independent pirate captain from Antiva, a Fantasy Counterpart Culture of Spain in Thedas. True to this trope, she is shapely raven-haired, olive-skinned Action Girl with an exotic British accent, who radiates such sexy appeal that Even the Girls Want Her (and she's one of the few openly bisexual characters in the games).
  • Catalina from Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas. She's extremely violent, loud, aggressive, and generally batshit insane, but she also has a tender side to her when she's infatuated.
  • Kyanna Delrio of HuniePop. Dark skinned, dark-haired, loves Spexican flavored gifts, and very passionate and zesty.
    Kyanna (to Audrey): "You're fucking loco!"
  • Killer Instinct: Maya is turned into one in the 2013 reboot; in the original games, she was just an amazon Jungle Princess, while in the new game, she turned into Brazilian and has certainly a rough attitude to match.
  • Ashley Williams from Mass Effect is Hispanic and one of the strongest characters in the game. And she's definitely got more sass than any of the other characters.
  • Overwatch features Sombra, a Playful Hacker from Mexico who channels her sass and playful attitude into being the most dangerous cyberterrorist on the planet. Prone to Poirot Speak.
  • One of the selectable voices for the main character in Saints Row 2 is definitely this. Below are a few examples.
    I think I need a bigger gun.
    I dare Ultor to try and stop me.
    I got the biggest balls in this whole city. That's right I said it.
    I sure wish I was killing something about now.
    You can never have enough guns, that's what I always say.
    Sobriety tests are for pussies.
  • Street Fighter V: Laura Matsuda is an Afro-Brazilian with Japanese descent, she's sassy and playful.
  • Sunset Overdrive has Las Catrinas, a gang of ninja cheerleader pseudo nurses. Among them is their leader Esperanza whose temperamental personality and Stripperific outfit lend to this trope even further.
  • Tekken: Christie Monteiro and Katarina Alves are Brazilians, prone to trash-talking, and have very lively personalities, the latter more so than the former.
  • Lisa Santiago of Treachery in Beatdown City is a muscular, Hot-Blooded, Puerto Rican Action Girl who uses Gratuitous Spanish in some of her attacks, such as her three-strike combo "Tres Jabs".


    Web Videos 
  • The Autobiography of Jane Eyre: Susanna-Maria Ramirez Gonzalez, a Hispanic maid at Mr Rochester's house. She's bothered that Jane cannot pick up her clothes for washing and loudly complains about it in Gratuitous Spanish, mocking Jane for her lack of social skills. She's later very pleased and looks excited when Jane's nice to her, but displeased when Jane doesn't understand her name in Spanish, and makes her Susan, albeit reluctantly. She first appeared in episode 7.
  • The Gumdrops Sadia, played by Venezuelan actress Kaireht Yovera, is wild and exciting. Her Establishing Character Moment is trolling someone in Spanish. It's worth noting that the character was just written as a prankster, and would have been the same had a non-Latina actress played her.
  • Discussed in the Stereotypology series where the trope is discussed as just a narrow view of individual Latina women, if they're found attractive or passionate or upset, they're dismissed as "spicy". That's the least of the problem.
  • The Take discusses it in "The Spicy Latina Trope, Explained" and cites several examples like Gloria from Modern Family. The video explains the trope's roots as exotic temptresses for the white man in old Westerns and silent films. Developments such as the Good Neighbor policy made the archetype more seductive and vivacious, while West Side Story (1961)'s Anita contributed to the sassiness.
  • An episode of The Kat Call discusses and complains about this stereotype.
  • Abuela of Abuela is a mouthy Cuban grandmother.
  • Ironmouse fits this, though she denies it (spicily so).

    Western Animation 
  • Officer Renee Montoya in Batman: The Animated Series is a snarky Hardboiled Detective with a habit of Gratuitous Spanish.
  • The Cleveland Show has Junior's wife's Cecilia's aunt, Choni who is played by Rosie Perez.
  • Paulina from Danny Phantom. Very stubborn and the most beautiful girl at Casper High.
  • El Tigre: The Adventures of Manny Rivera had the Aves family, an entire family of Hot-Blooded latina Woman Scorned supervillains seeking revenge on the Rivera family for old grudges.
  • Eduardo's creator Nina from Foster's Home for Imaginary Friends who's a cop that's tough on crime.
  • Inverted with Carmen "Raya" Alonso from Jem. Raya is Mexican-American but is the complete opposite of this trope. She's the shyest, likely sweetest, character in her band.
  • Justice League:
    • An oddball example would be Hawkgirl. She's from the planet Thanagar, not Latin America, and speaks perfect English, but fits much of the trope. And (like all other Thanagarian characters on the show) she's played by a Hispanic actress, which was a conscious decision, to give them a slightly "alien" sound.
    • A more literal example would be Fire, who also shares the same voice actress as Hawkgirl. Roulette describes her as "the blistering babe from Brazil."
  • Ricochet's mom from ¡Mucha Lucha! since she too is a masked wrestler and a good one at that.
  • Lupe from My Gym Partner's a Monkey is a sassy toucon with a latina accent.
  • Done literally in South Park season 7 episode 5 "Fat Butt and Pancake Head" with a parody of a parody (you read that right) of Jennifer Lopez, "played" by Cartman's hand, performing the song "Taco Flavored Kisses".


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Carmelita Fox

Carmelita Fox is a hot-blooded Spanish fox and an agent of INTERPOL, the "hot-blooded Spanish" part emphasized in "Sly Cooper: Thieves in Time".

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