The film is about Simón Bolívar's life from his birth to the Battle of Boyacá, in which the campaign for the independence of New Granada was developed. Guillermo Rincón, the director, said that after seeing many heroes exhalted in American films, he wanted to exalt one closer to Colombia who deserves it.
For a time, many people on forums assured that the movie didn't officially exist due to a rumor stating that both its producers and the Mexican company dubbing it decided to erase it from existence due to its godawful quality (the movie was actually released theatrically in Colombia for a few weeks and Señal Colombia broadcasted it occasionally, disproving the rumor). It wasn't until years later that the entire movie was leaked on the internet with the second, Mexican dub for the entire world to see.
This film has these tropes:
- Adaptation Dye-Job: Almost all the Historical Domain Characters have weird color hairs which their historical counterparts obviously didn't.
- Animesque: The designs are drawn in manga style to appeal to younger audiences, since anime series like Saint Seiya and Dragon Ball Z were quite popular then.
- Birth/Death Juxtaposition: Bolívar's birth occurred near Americo's father's death.
- Cain and Abel: Tiránico is Cain and his sister, Rosa, is Abel. Rosa is nice and a supporter of independence, while Tiránico is the bad guy of the film. Tiránico remorselesly delivers Rosa to justice to be executed.
- Evil Is Petty: Tiránico is utterly insufferable to say the least.
- Evil Redhead: Tiránico is a major villain of the story, and his hair is similar to red. One of his allies has red hair, playing straighter the trope.
- Exposed to the Elements: Américo and other black Bolívar's allies faced the cold Paramo of Pisba while wearing the same broken, open shirts they often wear.
- Happily Ever Before: The real Bolivar's life becomes a hell after he became president: Spanish South America ends up divided, he becomes unpopular (he even had to escape from an assassination attempt) and dies sadly. Those events are not shown even if there is a Sequel Hook at the ending.
- Hate Sink: Tiránico. He is a complete jerk, keeps annoying Bolivar, is racist and doesn't care for his sister.
- Hereditary Hairstyle: Américo has a similar hairstyle to his dead father.
- Historical Hero Upgrade: The real Bolívar did not care that much about the sufferings of the black slaves. The real one suggested to use them against the Royalists with the reward of getting freedom (it finally didn't pass) and approved a freedom of wombs, but his income depended on slaves working in his hacienda.
- I Surrender, Suckers: Tiránico begs Américo for mercy in the name of Rosa, whom he sworn not to harm Tiránico. The latter gets distracted remembering it and Tiránico exploits it to kill him.
- Mr. Fanservice: Many of the black-skinned people, specially Américo as an adult. He is well-muscled and shows it by wearing an open shirt.
- Names to Run Away from Really Fast: Tiránico's name translates as tyrannical. It symbolizes his cruelty and the Spanish oppression in New Granada.
- Not Allowed to Grow Old: Many characters, like the doctor or Bolívar's mentor seem not to be affected by time.
- Off-Model: One man who was talking to Bolívar suddenly has six fingers in one of his hands. The movie itself doesn't seems to believe in models anyway.
- Politically Incorrect Villain: Major villain Tiránico is explicitly racist.
- Protagonist Title: The film is called Bolívar, el Héroe and follows the story of Simón Bolívar (at least before he becomes president), the hero.
- Salt and Pepper: The white Bolivar is close friends with Américo.
- Sequel Hook: At the ending, it seems that the presidential arc will be shown.
- Schoolyard Bully All Grown Up: Tiránico starts as a bully to Bolívar when both attended school and later the military school. Later, he grows as the Big Bad of the film.
- Straw Character: Tiránico is a strawman representation of the Spanish domain, representing it as... politically incorrect.
- Strong Family Resemblance: Américo looks exactly like his father, sharing the same white color in their hair.
- A Taste of the Lash: It happens to slaves. Bolívar's first mentor punishes Bolívar by borrowing the whip to a coachman, but Bolivar's grandfather considers this a cruel punishment and fires that mentor.
- You Gotta Have Blue Hair: Almost anyone, having green, purple, purely red, or orange hair.