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Here Are 7 Latino Superheroes (Or Villains) You Should Know

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Comic book superheroes are everywhere. Seriously, anywhere you turn…up high on billboards, in the middle of Times Square, on your IG feed you’re bound to see a masked crusader. And did you know some of these fictional characters fighting for (or against) justice are Latino? No?! Well lucky for you, we’ve compiled this quick, handy primer to get you up to speed.

America Chavez

Chavez, or Miss America, is a LGBTQ Latina with superhuman strength that can fight. She’s also from a different dimension — Utopian Parallel, to be more specific — so it’s nice to know that Latinos exist in parallel universes. Miss America is a member of the Ultimates.

Blue Beetle / Jaime Reyes

A Mexican-American teen from El Paso, Texas, Jaime Reyes became the third Blue Beetle after an alien scarab fused with his body, giving him that kickass exoskeleton. Reyes was inducted into the Teen Titans and was even featured on “Smallville” — yay! —  where he was played by non-Latino Canadian actor Jaren Brandt Bartlett — womp womp.

White Tiger

Of the five White Tigers that have existed, three of them were Latino and they were all related. The OG White Tiger was Hector Ayala, who became Marvel’s first Latino superhero when he was introduced in 1975. After his death, his niece Angela Del Toro took over the role. The latest White Tiger is Ava Ayala, Hector’s youngest sister. As noted on the tweet above, and if we’re lucky, there’s a maybe a chance that we’ll see Angela Del Toro’s version in season 2 of Netflix’s original series, “Jessica Jones.”

Kyle Rayner

You might not know it from his name, but the last Green Lantern (who later became the White Lantern after mastering all seven lantern rings, depicted above) is actually Latino. His father was Aaron Rayner, which was an alias for Mexican-American CIA agent Gabriel Vazquez.

Bane

The supervillain, best known for breaking Batman’s back, was born inside a prison on Santa Prisca. Technically, Santa Prisca is a fictional Latin American island in the Caribbean, but we’re going to claim him as one of our own because 1) he’s a badass (again, he broke Batman’s back) and 2) it’s comic books we’re talking about; nothing is real!

Miles Morales

⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀{Short Open To} Miles sat on the far side of the table with Kate on his left, Ganke on his right, and in front of him a big, juicy, Thanksgiving Turkey. ⠀⠀⠀⠀"Lets carve this thing, I'm starved!" Mikes said with a joking tone. [Shouldn't we say a few things first?] Kate said. "I guess but….wait…do you hear that." {Miles, it's your phone.} "Oh" Miles checked his phone and got a news alert. There was a bomb planted In the bank. "Crap, sorry….bad language, but I have to go, there is a bomb planted in the bank." [You are not doing this right now……please tell me this is a joke!!!] "Sorry!" And with that Miles ran out of the room and swung into the city streets. He landed on a building and put his suit on. Miles then leaped off the building and landed in front of the Bank. As Miles looked inside the bank, he saw someone there, It was you.

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In 2011, a lot of people were upset that Marvel killed off Peter Parker in “The Ultimate Spider-Man.” Even more people were upset when he was replaced with Miles Morales, an Afro-Latino from New York City. Sorry, folks, but Miles Morales is a badass and is here to stay. Deal with it.

Victor Mancha

Victor Mancha is Donald Trump’s biggest nightmare: the child of supervillain Ultron and Marianella Mancha, an ex-drug mule from Mexico. The half-Mexican cyborg has superhuman strength, is highly intelligent and can manipulate electromagnetic fields. Originally a sleeper agent programmed to destroy the Avengers, Victor became a good guy after watching Ultron kills Marianella before his very eyes. He’s a member of The Runaways.

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8 Moments I’ve Seen Other Latinos Bounce Back And Kick Ass From Hardships

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8 Moments I’ve Seen Other Latinos Bounce Back And Kick Ass From Hardships

Things we’re stereotyped for all the time: being loud, talking like we’re angry, being bad tempered. TBH, these same characteristics seen under the right light have reaffirmed time and again how proud I am to be Latina. Like that time…

When she bounced back to give back.

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Second generation Mexican blogger, Liz Beth from BBWGeneration, and her kids were homeless after she ended her abusive marriage. On top of working to provide for her children as an accountant and blogging about plus sized fashion, she works as a volunteer for homeless shelters and collects food to give to people living on the streets of LA. *Grabs tissue*

When a racially-charged insult didn’t keep her down.

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One time, as I waited for my hip hop class to start at a corridor outside a casting in LA, I overheard a group of white actresses suggesting the only Latina on call, a boricua, leave as they were “never going to give her the part with an accent like that.” She replied, “In a multicultural country like the U.S., that comment is dumb and out of place.”

When she rocked being bi-lingual.

Once, I received an email from of a Colombian graphic designer, the signature read: “Typos courtesy of my iPhone and my South American roots.” 🙂

When she was fearLESS.

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In front of an audience of 300 Latina entrepreneurs, Rosie Rivera spoke about her experience as a victim of sexual abuse and her critical views of traditional Hispanic media. Rivera encouraged all women to use their voices. She proves that even after a horrible experience, you’re strong enough to move forward and even help others.

When they stood loud in their silence.

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On February 18th, Latinos and their supporters spoke loud and clear to the U.S. government when businesses across Wisconsin shut down during the “Day Without Latinos.” The initiative was presented in response to two controversial bills. One intended to prevent cities from issuing photo IDs, the other would have made it legal for police officers to question anyone about their legal status. Take that.

When he broke through.

“Make sure for once and forever the color of our skin becomes as irrelevant as the length of our hair,” said Alejandro Iñárritu, during his Oscar acceptance speech as Best Director for “The Revenant.” This is the type of speech that deserves a standing ovation.

When she redefined beauty.

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Not only has Denise Bidot successfully challenge the traditional concept of beauty and sexiness, she takes every opportunity to highlight the importance of self love and self acceptance. “Beauty is not a size. You can be a size 2 and be curvy or you can be a size 24 and be curvy. Curvy is being a woman,” commented the model at the launch party of HBO’s “El Negocio, in New York City.

When she keeps children safe and fed.

On top of her full time job as a public relations manager, Denisse Montalvo runs The Orphan Earring, a charity that recycles old jewelry and turns them into new beautiful pieces. The funds from all sales bring school supplies to four orphanages in Mexico, Guatemala, Nicaragua and Colombia.

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