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From left to right: The Flea, Rikochet, and Buena Girl

¡Mucha Lucha! (roughly translated to A Lot of Wrestling!) was a Flash-animated show (one of the very first in fact) that ran on Kids' WB! from 2002 through 2005.

Running for 52 episodes (and being retitled ¡Mucha Lucha!: Gigante in its third and final season), the show focused on the young Luchadores (masked wrestlers) who are students at the FOREMOST, WORLD RENOWNED, INTERNATIONAL SCHOOL OF LUCHA!!!!. Most prominent of the students are the main trio, consisting of Rikochet, who aims to become Luchadore Supreme, and his two friends, The Flea and Buena Girl.

DC Comics published a three-issue Comic Book ¡Mucha Lucha! series in 2003.


¡Mucha Tropes!:

  • Adobe Flash: One of the very first (and arguably the first truly successful) animated shows created for TV broadcast to have its animation done entirely with vector-based Flash. This later allowed the show to be remastered in high-definition when it went to streaming.
  • A Day in the Limelight: While most of the episodes focus on the Power Trio, just about every wrestler seen in the title sequence gets at least one 11-minute spotlight.
  • Arson, Murder, and Jaywalking: "Honor... family... tradition... AND DONUTS!"
  • Audience Participation: The three protagonists and Cindy Got Volunteered for this watching a pro match after one wrestler "dares" the other to fight with four junior luchadores in his jersey. (And they help him escape a pin.)
  • Big Eater: The Flea. Mostly donuts, but willing to gorge on any edible (and occasionally inedible) thing.
  • Calling Your Attacks: A constant of the series has the characters yelling the name of their attack before transforming into said object.
  • Catchphrase:
    • Buena Girl's "That's not buena." and "It's all buena."
    • Rikochet's "Ay, basura."
    • The Flea's "Zapatos de rata"
  • The Chosen One: In the movie, turns out Rikochet is the Chosen One that must defeat the evil El Maléfico to save the Earth. Somewhat averted in that they only win by he, Buena Girl, and the Flea working together. He doesn't even get the finishing blow.
  • Eating Contest: One episode has Rikochet trying to gain weight as fast as possible in order to battle 3 students twice his size. Him and his friends treat it like a contest.
  • Exceeded the Goal: In the episode "Weight Gaining" Rickochet wishes to challenge Potato Potata Jr., El Haystack Grande and Francisco of the Forest to a 3-on-1 wrestling match after they make fun of him. The problem is he has to gain their accumulated weight for the match to be official, since The Foremost World-Renowned International School of Lucha goes by a weight class system. By the end of his food binge, Rickochet becomes a literal giant and outweighs his potential opponents by TONS! Putting himself in a weight class all his own.
  • Evil Twin: In the first episode of season 3, Rikochet is framed for many misdeeds by an evil leprechaun named Rick O'Shay, who wants to destroy his reputation in order to salvage his own. "It wasn't me! It was Rick...O...Shay!"
  • Good Angel, Bad Angel:
    • Buena Girl and The Flea appear as Rikochet's angel and devil, respectively, in "Honor Thy Lucha". At the end, The Flea is convinced by two devils to melt the ice caps.
    • A later subversion has The Flea with a devil and an angel, but in this dilemma (in which The Flea has an unfair advantage because Rikochet is in very bad shape), the angel actually agrees with the devil.
  • Grand Finale: A Direct to Video movie which saw Ricochet, Buena Girl and Flea fighting an evil luchador, El Maléfico, for the fight of Lucha wrestling (and the world of course).
  • Grandparental Obliviousness: Averted in The Movie, when Rikochet's grandfather knows how to defeat El Maléfico and save the Earth, and that Rikochet is The Chosen One.
  • Hates Baths: One episode indicates that The Flea's suit is actually white, and it's layered in dirt due to poor hygiene habits on his part.
  • It Amused Me: In an episode that had Rikochet haunted by a ghost showing a bad future as a consequence of stealing a fellow student's trading card, the ghost shows Snow Pea stuck in cement. Horrified, Rikochet asks the ghost if Snow Pea's fate was a consequence of stealing said trading card, the ghost admits that he only showed it to him because he thought it was funny.
  • Lampshade Hanging: In the final episode, The Flea points out the one thing that occurs throughout the series - cutting to a big word onscreen instead of showing the action.
    Flea: Why do they always cut to a word on the screen instead of showing the action?
  • Living Toys: El Rey. There was also an episode where Rikochet found out he was secretly competing in wrestling matches with other Living Toys.
  • Make My Monster Grow: Some wrestlers' finishing moves involve increasing their size. In The Movie, the Big Bad does this after they beat him the first time. The trio follows suit for an epic battle.
  • Our Founder: The guy's signature move, The Founding, actually founded the school.
  • The Pig-Pen: The Flea. His costume is really white, but his lifestyle and possibly his power relies on him being dirty.
  • Pokémon Speak: Snow Pea can only say his name and "Rutabaga" when playing online video games.
  • Prophecies Are Always Right: Rikochet, Buena Girl, and the Flea all had prophecies told to their parents before they were born. Rikochet was predicted to defeat El Maléfico and save the Earth, Buena Girl was predicted to love the Code of Masked Wrestling and help defeat El Maléfico, and Flea was predicted to be extremely fond of doughnuts. All three were true, though given Flea's parents owned a doughnut shop, his makes sense.
  • Punch-Clock Villain: The Mummy is an ancient undead lucha horror who spells doom for the world, but she's also willing to wait until the next day when the kids call a halt to the match so they can go eat dinner. She also gratefully accepts an invitation to join them for dinner, is a very jovial dinner guest, and makes friends with the kids and Rikochet's family while spending the night. They promptly go back to fighting as soon as they get to the ring.
  • Scary Stinging Swarm: In the camp episode, when Buena Girl shoots a beehive during archery practice and they attack her.
  • Sealed Evil in a Can: El Maléfico was sealed away in the bowels of the Earth for 100,000 years. From his prison, he hypnotizes The Flea to get Rikochet to set him loose by reading a complete sentence from Buena Girl's copy of the Code of Masked Wrestling backwards. In the end, he gets put back in his can.
  • Serious Business:
    • Lucha Libre has saved the world on at least one occasion, and most characters live their lives around it. The degree to which it is taken seriously is only a slight exaggeration. The school is even divided by wrestling personas, the rudos are given training in their own classroom.
    • Mucha Lucha, Mucha Lucha! It's a way of life!
    • Honor! Family! Tradition! And donuts! (yes, the donuts are also Serious Business)
    • Taking off your mask, a Luchador must NEVER take off their mask.
  • The Hairy Knuckles Academy trio is packed with Shout Outs to American Pro Wrestlers.
    • Primadonna Hodges is basically a short female version of The Rock with dreadlocks.
    • Carlton Cold Jones's name is clearly a reference to "Stone Cold" Steve Austin, but his appearance is more evocative of Triple H.
    • Heavy Traffic's name evokes the "Diesel" persona of Kevin Nash, but his appearance mirrors the stereotypical long haired muscle-man wrestlers of the Attitude Era.
  • The aforementioned Santo Clause is named for El Santo, legendary masked wrestler. Speaking of El Santo, The Return of El Maléfico'' introduces El Silver Mask Jr. (Son of El Silver Mask!), a clear Shout-Out to El Hijo del Santo, El Santo's actual son and successor.
  • The episode "Heart of Lucha" is loosely inspired by Heart of Darkness and its film adaptation Apocalypse Now, with El Kolor De Kurtz being based on Colonel Walter E. Kurtz (as played by Marlon Brando).
  • Signature Move: Naturally, a part of the curriculum in becoming a Luchadore. Everyone is expected to develop and master a special move.
  • Sleep Cute: Buena Girl sleeping on Rikochet's shoulder in "Big Worm".
"I've got one thing to say to you, wanna trade."