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libre (Spanish for "free wrestling"
or free fighting) is a term used in Mexico and
other Spanish-speaking areas referring to a form
of professional wrestling involving varied techniques
and moves. Outside of these areas, the term is
synonymous with the professional wrestling performers
in Mexico and other Latin American countries.
Mexican wrestling is characterized by rapid sequences
of holds and moves, as well as High-Flying Moves,
some of which have been adopted in the United
States, and colorful masks. Lucha libre performers
are known as luchadores (singular luchador).
the media and popular culture
fanciful take on the lucha libre concept can be
seen in the animated cartoon ¡Mucha Lucha!
The motion picture Nacho Libre stars Jack Black
as a priest-turned-luchador (somewhat similar
to the real-life lucha libre personality Fray
Tormenta, aka Father Sergio Gutiérrez Benítez).
Nike has designed a line of lucha libre inspired
Coca-Cola developed a Blue Demon Full Throttle
energy drink named after the famous luchador.
In 2007, Cartoon Network produced an animated
series based on the luchador El Santo.
The Nashville-based Anglo band Los Straitjackets
adopted luchador masks as part of their stage
show in the mid-1990s, and have since acquired
a large Mexican following.
Rob Zombie's upcoming animated film The Haunted
World of El Superbeasto stars a Mexican luchador
named El Superbeasto.
Luchadores have become a staple in many fighting
games, characters include:
King & Armor King from Tekken
Raiden from Fatal Fury
Ramon & Tizoc from The King of Fighters
Lisa from Dead or Alive
El Blaze from Virtua Fighter
Rainbow Mika from Street Fighter Alpha 3
El Fuerte from Street Fighter IV
Doctor Eggman, the main antagonist in the Sonic
the Hedgehog series, wrestles as "El Gran
Gordo" in the Sonic X comic series.
The comic Sonambulo revolves around a crime fighting
luchador who possesses supernatural powers.
The comic Friendly Neighborhood Spider-Man includes
a storyline titled "Masks" (issues #6-7)
which discusses the lucha libre world.
The martial arts manga Tenjho Tenge includes a
character named Koji Sagara who fights in the
lucha libre style.
In the manga History's Strongest Disciple Kenichi,
the Smiling Steel Fist Diego Carlos, a member
of Yami, and his disciple Castor are both practitioners
of Lucha Libre.
Suda 51, game developer and head of Grasshopper
Studios is known for his fascination of Lucha
Libre and often includes them in his game, such
as the character MASK de Smith in Killer 7 and
the collectible Lucha Libre masks in No More Heroes.
The anime Air Master features a luchador style
character called Lucha Master.
Raz from the game Psychonauts fights four different
Lucha Libre wrestlers during the Black Velvetopia
level of the game.
In the online cartoon series Homestar Runner,
Strong Bad wears a luchador mask, and is referred
to as a "wrestleman." Humorously, when
once asked if he takes off his mask and boxing
gloves off before he goes to bed, he responds
with, "Well, that's a dumb question. Do you
take your face and hands off before you go to
The ABC Family television show The Middleman episode
entitled "the sino-Mexican revelation"
The American horror movie Wrestlemaniac is centered
around the story of an insane luchador with abnormal
strength; the titular villain is played by actual
lucha libre wrestler Rey Mysterio Sr.
The lucha film Mil Mascaras vs. the Aztec Mummy
stars luchador Mil Mascaras with appearance by
many other famous luchadores such as, El Hijo
del Santo, Dos Caras, Huracan Ramirez, Blue Demon
Jr, and others
The WB television series Angel episode entitled
"The Cautionary Tale of Numero Cinco"
told the story of a family of luchadores called
"Los Hermanos Numeros" who also fought
evil. Angel must help the remaining brother, Numero
Cinco, defeat the Aztec warrior-demon that killed
his four brothers.
On the show Gaki no Tsukai Tanaka Naoki always
falls prey to his comedy partner's (Endo Shozo
antics as "Dynamite Shikoku" during
the No Laughing Batsu game resulting in some sort
of painful punishment. Endo wears a large black
wig with the usual colourful mask and tight blue
In Demashita! Powerpuff Girls Z, Karou's father
is a luchador. (Credit: