Cool Hispanic Characters

Hispanic characters in videogames are rare creatures. I often laugh at my black friends who complain about getting nothing but token black characters. At least you guys get the tokens. Most hispanic characters in videogames are painfully stereotypical, have little relevance to the plot, or they are little more than supporting cast characters with offensively over exaggerated and unflattering characteristics. This list is for the rare, the precious, the few and far between genuinely cool hispanic characters in videogames. Expect it to be a short list. Considerably shorter than the Lame Hispanic Characters list I am planning to work on next.

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Posted by 8_Bomb

Carmen Sandiego? Are you sure that she's Hispanic? I had never really thought about her race and just assumed she was White. Also I never knew that Al-Cid from XII was based on a real-life person. I have to admit that I only knew about five of these characters on this list. Shame there aren't more.

Posted by TheRedFear

Some of the old Carmen Sandiego shows voiced Carmen with a subtle, faint hispanic accent. Not all though. Mostly I went with my judgement based on her name. 
 
Carmen is a a very common and popular hispanic female name, I've never even heard of a white girl named Carmen. And San Diego is also a hispanic name. The spanish where the first people to colonize the city of San Diego(and Los Angelos, and others) and gave it the spanish names we so commonly take for granted today.  
 
Not all hispanic people have brown/tan/coffee skintones. "White" skintones are very common in hispanic races, even down in Mexico. If you ever watched the show "Psych" on USA the actor who plays the main character on that show is actually mexican.

   
Posted by Agent47

Wow I was thinking of making a list like this but this is pretty friggin cool.Plus the addition of Carlito and Isabela from Dead Rising made me smile well done bro well done.

Posted by Agent47
@TheRedFear: From my experience(I am from Puerto Rico)it seems that the hispanics that tend to be real light are ones that either at some point in their family someone married a white person or they have some European acenstry(ala España).Most of my friends(Mexicanos, Hondureños and Puertorriqueños they are brown and sometimes dark)It's those hispanics that one of their parents are hispanic and the other white.Which eh I'm not racist but those people are kind of weird. Those whites crossed with hispanics they look hispanic but act white eh I dunno.
Posted by TheRedFear

Thanks :) 
 
Technically all hispanics have european ancestry I beleive. Whether mexican, puerto rican, cuban or whatever, almost all of us originally hailed from Spain/The Iberian Peninsula. I beleive Spain shares it's eastern border with France, and it's southern border with Africa. I would imagine that the border with France is where alot of the lighter skin colors in Spaniards came from, and the southern border is where the darker tones originally cam from.  
 
It's so mixed up now that there's a wide range of skintones. I'm Puerto Rican too. I and my mother are often mistaken for whites(though other hispanics often peg me as Puerto Rican as soon as they see me). My Father and sister are very darkskinned, more like the skintones typically ascocciated with Mexicans(although there are white skintones in Mexico too). My sister's husband is also Puerto Rican and like me he has a white skintone, but their two daughters are as dark as my sister.
Posted by D34dM4n

isn't Jackie Estacado Italian, not Hispanic?

Posted by TheRedFear

Like I said in his entry, his earliest known ancestor is a spaniard, and my list is sparse. I'll take what I can get. Heh.

Posted by superxash

I liked Ricardo from SH3, and his weaponized guitars. The songs weren't anything to jump up and down about, but the weapons he was carrying in those were awesome.

Posted by Generiko

I felt that Secundo was just a "gay hair stylist with an accent" stereotype. Also isn't Ashley from Mass Effect hispanic? I would put her on the list >.>

Posted by TheRedFear

Havn't played the game so I still can't comment on Secundo. As for Ashley...how do you figure she's hispanic? Her name's white. Her look's white. If she's hispanic they did one hell of a job of making sure nobody would ever figure it out. lol.

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@agent47 said:
@TheRedFear: From my experience(I am from Puerto Rico)it seems that the hispanics that tend to be real light are ones that either at some point in their family someone married a white person or they have some European acenstry(ala España).Most of my friends(Mexicanos, Hondureños and Puertorriqueños they are brown and sometimes dark)It's those hispanics that one of their parents are hispanic and the other white.Which eh I'm not racist but those people are kind of weird. Those whites crossed with hispanics they look hispanic but act white eh I dunno.

Seriously? Hispanics are mutts. We're generally a mix of European blood, Native American and African slaves. Some even have Asian ancestry. The main commonalities are location, language, culture, and religion (Most hispanics are or were born into catholic families). Being hispanic is not a race, it's an ethnicity. There are still plenty of mostly white or mostly black hispanics out there, but at no point is it "and a hispanic married a white person." We run the gamut.

Also, whenever you have to say, "I'm not racist, but," that's a pretty good indication that, yeah, you're probably a little racist. I have no idea what that "act white" nonsense is about. The way you phrased that, it comes across as you saying the people with minimal European ancestry are who the "real" hispanics are. That's complete bullshit.

On topic, Christie Monteiro probably shouldn't make your list. As a Brazilian she may be Latin American, but not hispanic. Different language, culture, and traditions. Carmen Sandiego on the other hand is almost certainly hispanic. The hesitance to believe that might be due to how infrequently you'll ever see a lead female hispanic in a game or any other form of media. Still, looking at the list of villains that worked for her in the games kind of indicates that the makers of the series weren't really into subtlety.