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Nacho Libre is a 2006 comedy movie starring Jack Black loosely based on the true story of Fray Tormenta, a Mexican priest who secretly fought as a masked wrestler to support his orphanage (Tormenta himself was inspired to do this by wrestling movies.)
The movie features Black as Brother Ignacio, a monk who cooks at a poor children's orphanage. Having always dreamed of being a wrestler (and wanting to gain money to help feed the orphans) Ignacio assumes the Secret Identity of the luchador Nacho, teamed up with a skinny man named Steve who goes by the stage name of Esqueleto (Skeleton).
Tropes found in this film: Edit
- Alternative Foreign Theme Song: The theme song for the Japanese version of is called "Go! Go! Carlito" by Jonny Jakobsen, written with a Mexican theme of course.
- Bash Brothers: A luchador team that takes on Nacho and Esqueleto.
- Contrived Coincidence: Ignacio burns his robe off enough to reveal his secret but doesn't get any serious burns himself. Justified by Rule of Funny.
- Eye Scream: Esqueleto impales an ear of corn on a thug's eye (his partner was going to stab them.)
- Getting Crap Past the Radar: Ignacio's song he wrote to confess his love for Encarnacion. It's about them breaking their vows of celebacy, in a Nickelodeon movie.
- Hide and No Seek: While playing a game with the kids outside, Ignacio decides to talk to the hot new nun, Encarnacion.
Ignacio: OK kids, new game. *dropkicks ball* Go get it!
- Just a Stupid Accent: The main characters speak stilted English as if to remind us that they're actually speaking Spanish.
- Large Ham: Nacho, as expected when played by Jack Black.
- Lethal Joke Character: What Nacho seems to have evolved into by the end of the film. His moves aren't as refined as Ramses', and involve a lot of showboating and pranking. But despite that he's more or less competent and his reversals allow him to surprise more powerful opponents. And of course, if his Heroic Resolve kicks in, he'll channel the spirit of the Eagle on your ass.
- Masked Luchador
- Professional Wrestling
- Pro Wrestling Is Real
- Religious Bruiser: Nacho, once he gets serious.
- Timeshifted Actor: We see Nacho both as a teen and as an adult.
- Translation Convention: Presumably all the characters are speaking Spanish, despite the dialogue of the main characters being in English (other characters speak actual Spanish, making this more confusing.)
- Zany Scheme: Several, but surprisingly not the film's basic premise of a wrestling priest, as it actually happened!