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¡Mucha Lucha!
Title card
Also known as¡Mucha Lucha!: Gigante (season 3)
Created by
  • Eddie Mort
  • Lili Chin
Developed by
  • Michael Ryan
  • Eddie Mort
  • Lili Chin
Directed by
  • Alfred Gimeno (season 1)
  • Ken Kessel (seasons 2 and 3)
Voices of
Theme music composerChicos de Barrio
Opening theme¡Mucha Lucha! performed by Chicos de Barrio
Country of originUnited States
Original languageEnglish
No. of seasons3
No. of episodes52 (list of episodes)
Executive producerSander Schwartz
  • Eddie Mort (seasons 2-3)
  • Lili Chin (seasons 2-3)
  • Alfred Gimeno (season 1)
  • Michael Ryan (season 1)
  • Ken Kessel (seasons 2-3)
  • Jim Krieg (seasons 2-3)
  • Joel Kuwahara
Running time22 minutes
Production companies
Original release
NetworkKids' WB
ReleaseAugust 17, 2002 (2002-08-17) –
February 26, 2005 (2005-02-26)

¡Mucha Lucha! (subtitled Gigante during its third and final season) is an American animated television series that aired on Kids' WB from August 17, 2002, to February 26, 2005.[1] It was created by Eddie Mort and Lili Chin and produced by Warner Bros. Animation. It is the first animated television series intended for children created with Macromedia Flash, a program which became widely used as a medium for animation in the years.[2]

On January 4, 2005, the direct-to-video feature film ¡Mucha Lucha!: The Return of El Maléfico was based on the series.


The show is set in Luchaville, a fictional town in Southern California centered on lucha libre where nearly everyone in that town wears a costume (they are never seen without their mask) and has a well-known wrestling move. These wrestling moves being capable of transforming the character in relation to the naming of the move. The series mainly centers on three friends, Rikochet, Buena Girl, and the Flea, as they struggle through the Foremost World-Renowned International School of Lucha, where they study.


SeasonEpisodesOriginally aired
First airedLast aired
113August 17, 2002 (2002-08-17)February 8, 2003 (2003-02-08)
226September 13, 2003 (2003-09-13)January 21, 2005 (2005-01-21)
313September 11, 2004 (2004-09-11)February 26, 2005 (2005-02-26)
MovieJanuary 4, 2005


  • Rikochet (voiced by Carlos Alazraqui and Jason Marsden)– A young wrestler who is the protagonist. He considers himself the bravest of the group, but sometimes leaps before he finds.
  • Buena Girl (Kimberly Brooks)– A smart, young female wrestler who always plays by the rules. She can also be very arrogant and obnoxious at times.
  • The Flea (voiced by Candi Milo)– A friend of Rikochet and Buena Girl who is always dirty and refers to himself in the third person. As well as having a few disgusting habits, he is also the most nervous but often proves to be a useful ally.
  • El Rey (voiced by Michael Donovan)– An action figure which represents Rikochet's conscience. He carries him in a backpack, but he can move and talk on his own as if he were alive. It is stated that this action figure is just part of a large merchandising euphoria related to a supreme undefeated Mexican wrestler with the same name (an allusion to Santo). Alongside the series, several other El Rey toys appear and often causes trouble with Rikochet.


¡Mucha Lucha! ran into a problem when initially pitched to Kids' WB as they wouldn't want actual wrestling seen on screen due to seeming violent. Lili Chin would have to draw visual guides to show that actual wrestling was more choreography than harmful acts of violence.[citation needed]


Licensed music[edit]

  • Café Quijano - Desde Brasil
  • Los Miserables - Punk Rock Y Subversion
  • Celso Piña - Cumbia Poder
  • Tito Nieves - Shut Up
  • Frankie Negron - So Wonderful
  • Plastiko - Esfera De Cristal
  • Pesado - Entre Mi Corazón Tu Y Yo
  • El Tri - Nosotros Los Latinos
  • SNZ - Me Protejo
  • Bacilos - Bésela Ya
  • Charlie Cruz - Un Chin Chin
  • Volumen Cero - Hollywood
  • Los Lobos - Good morning aztlán


The show was also seen on Kids' WB in the United States, Teletoon in Canada, CITV and Kix in the United Kingdom, and Canal 5 in Mexico from August 17, 2002, until February 26, 2005. It also premiered on Cartoon Network internationally in 2003, and in U.S in 2004. In March 2007, the show began its first rerun on Miguzi, and was later replaced with Ben 10 for the last slot before Miguzi was shut down in the same year. The final rerun of the show lasted from 2008 to 2009, and it was removed from the lineup in 2010.

Home media[edit]

In Region 1, Warner Home Video has released one compilation on DVD and VHS that contained the first six segment-episodes from season one, titled Heart of Lucha, on August 23, 2003. The direct-to-video movie The Return of El Maléfico, was released on October 5, 2004, exclusively at Walmart, while other retailers released it on January 4, 2005, during the third and final season.

In 2019, ¡Mucha Lucha! was available remastered for the first time in High Definition for home viewers and became available on demand through Amazon Prime.[3]

In 2022, The show became available for streaming on HBO Max in Latin American countries, also using the High Definition remasters.[4]


A toy line based on the show was released by Jakks Pacific in 2004.[5] In this toy line included "Mix-a-Lot" action figures; these had removable body parts that could be placed on the bodies of other action figures in the series. "Signature Move" action figures were also put out, along with a toy wrestling ring. However, the second series of the toy line was canceled.

During the summer of 2003, DC Comics published a three-issue mini-series of comic books based on ¡Mucha Lucha! All three of the stories featured in these comic books were written by Eddie Mort, and have even been occasionally referenced in the TV series.

  1. El Rey, Come Home!
  2. It's All Buena!
  3. Limbo of the Lost Luchadores!

The show was licensed for a Game Boy Advance video game, Mascaritas of the Lost Code, in late 2003; a PlayStation 2 video game, Mysterioso Grande, was slated for release, but was cancelled around 2004 as the creators could not find a publisher.[6]

In the year 2005 the Mexican snack company Sabritas distributed promotional items in the form of tazos with a picture of various characters from the show. Totaling in 230 pogs, they were sold in two separate series. The first series was referred to as the "classic" series, while the second series was referred to as the "rematch" series.

Proposed revival[edit]

In 2014, a revival called ¡Mucha Lucha! Para Siempre was proposed which would have centered on Rikochet, Buena Girl, and the Flea as teenagers.[7][8][9] Rikochet would return home after time away with his uncle with a sense of purposelessness. Due to losing his honor as a wrestler 5 years ago to another wrestler named Guillermo El Toro. He would he find a new found sense of purpose after hearing from the tv that Guillermo El Toro would be fighting Buena Girl. Rikochet would then reconnect with The Flea and Buena girl and have a rematch With Guillermo El Toro to reclaim his honor.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Erickson, Hal (2005). Television Cartoon Shows: An Illustrated Encyclopedia, 1949 Through 2003 (2nd ed.). McFarland & Co. pp. 568–569. ISBN 978-1476665993.
  2. ^ Perlmutter, David (2018). The Encyclopedia of American-Canadian-Mexican Animated Television Shows. Rowman & Littlefield. pp. 409–410. ISBN 978-1538103739.
  3. ^ "Amazon Prime series page". Amazon. Retrieved 2022-11-21.
  4. ^ "HBO Max series page". Retrieved 2022-11-21.
  5. ^ DeMott, Rick (2003-10-17). "JAKKS Pacific Lands Mucha Lucha Toy License". Animation World Network. Retrieved 2014-12-01.
  6. ^ "Mucha Lucha [PS2 – Cancelled] – Unseen64". Unseen64: Beta, Cancelled & Unseen Videogames!. April 15, 2008.
  7. ^ Archived at Ghostarchive and the Wayback Machine: "All About Mucha Lucha (Includes 2014 Revival Pitch Reel Excerpt)". YouTube. 21 November 2019.
  8. ^ "Mucha Lucha! Para siempre".
  9. ^ "Mucha Lucha! Para siempre".

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