Isador Cortez, also known as Machete, is the main protagonist in the Machete film series. He is a former Mexican Federal, who owns a shop that sells spy gadgets. His weapon of choice is the machete, although he can handle firearms perfectly fine. Cortez is fluent in both Spanish and English. On his chest is a tattoo depicting a female. Machete is related by blood toJuni Cortez and Carmen Cortez , being their uncle. Trejo has described Machete as a "badass", and said that his mother had started calling him "Machete".

He is potrayed by Danny Trejo.


1590s (in pseudo-Spanish form macheto), from Spanish machete, probably a diminutive of macho "sledge hammer," alteration of mazo "club," which is probably [Barnhart] a dialectal variant of maza "mallet," from Vulgar Latin *mattea "war club".



  • Spy Kids (2001)
  • Spy Kids 2: The Island of Lost Dreams (2002)
  • Spy Kids 3-D: Game Over (2003)
  • Grindhouse (2007)
  • Machete (2010)
  • Spy Kids: All the Time in the World (2011)
  • Machete Kills (2013)
  • Snickers: The Brady Bunch (2015)
  • Spy Kids: Mission Critical (2018 –

Comic Books

  • Machete #0 (2010)

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