21 Santo Movie Posters That Prove He Was Mexico’s Ultimate Badass

What happens when you combine James Bond, Superman, and Hulk Hogan? You get El Santo. But it gets better: He’s Mexican!

This is El Santo. He was a wrestling legend and a Mexican cultural icon.

His wrestling career spanned over 40 years, starting in 1942.

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When he wasn’t selling out arenas throughout Latin America, he was acting in films as his wrestling persona.

He performed in 54 films, fighting everything from zombies to Nazis.

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Here are 21 of his most badass movie posters:

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1. Remember when Santo could breathe in outer space? Plus, he had three giant flying saucers looking for him.

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2. In this film, Santo didn’t need to drive a stake through Dracula’s heart. That’s why he used his fists.

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3. Who could forget when Santo took on Frankenstein’s monster and the Wolf Man in a 2-on-1 handicap match? They could not handle Santo’s panther-like agility.

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4. But Wolf Man would not give up. So in this film, he tag-teamed with Dracula to face-off against Santo and his partner Blue Demon. They could not handle their machismo.

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5. Three times the charm! Wolf Man enlisted the help of The Mummy, The Vampire, The Lady Vampire, The Cyclops, and “Franquestein.” They all lost. Again.

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6. In this film, Santo proved he was a feminist when he strangled “The Strangulator of Women.” Yes. That was his name.

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7. FYI, Santo once ate “Los Zombies” for breakfast.

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8. Only Santo could fight Vampire Women and still be a gentleman about it.

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9. El Santo once needed an army to fight The Mummies of Guanajuato. And by army, I mean Blue Demon and Mil Mascaras. That’s it.

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10. Only Santo could check into the Hotel of Death and give it a 5-star rating.

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11. Santo sometimes wrestled with a machine gun. NBD.

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12. Somehow, a film company in Turkey came up with the genius idea of putting Captain America, Spiderman, and Santo in one movie. The screen blew up.

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13. Santo jumped off of a helicopter to take down “The Murderer of T.V.” You do not get in between Santo and his telenovelas.

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14. Santo and Blue Demon never take off their masks. EVER. Not even on a double date.

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15. Santo killed the “King of Crime” with a Gorilla Press Drop.

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16. Santo rewrote history when he single-handedly defeated the Nazis.

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17. Santo always welcomed a suicide mission. Look how happy he looked!

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18. When someone stabbed Santo in the heart, he went to hell, kicked everyone’s ass, and returned to earth to seek revenge. Based on a true story.

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19. When Santo wanted to speak to you in private, you knew you were in deep shit.

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20. One part that’s often left out of the famous “La Llorona” folktale is the part where Santo defeated her with a Figure-Four Leg Lock.

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21. No one knows how Santo got himself into this situation. All we know was that he suplexed a demon and won.

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