|“||My power grows. Soon, there will be a gap between the worlds. I can feel it. Soon, I will be able to reach into the other world. The world of daylight from which I was banished so many years ago. Show me the Luchadores who can aid me in opening the passage between worlds. Show me! I command it!"||„|
|~ El Maléfico's first lines|
El Maléfico is the titular main antagonist of the 2004 direct-to-video animated film ¡Mucha Lucha!: The Return of El Maléfico. He is an evil and undefeatable luchador who was imprisoned in Nether Nether Land for 70,000 years.
He was voiced by Tim Curry, who also played Dr. Frank-N-Furter in The Rocky Horror Picture Show, Pennywise the Dancing Clown in It, Wadsworth in Clue, Lord of Darkness in Legend, Emperor Palpatine in Star Wars: The Clone Wars, Hexxus in FernGully: The Last Rainforest, King Chicken in Duckman, Professor Calamitous in Jimmy Neutron: Boy Genius, Mouse King in Barbie in the Nutcracker, Philippe in Barbie and The Three Musketeers, Goblin King in Scooby-Doo and the Goblin King, Ben Ravencroft in Scooby-Doo and the Witch, Farley Claymore in The Shadow, Taurus Bulba in Darkwing Duck, Darke in The Pebble and the Penguin, Billy Flynn in Criminal Minds, Maestro Forte in Beauty and the Beast: The Enchanted Christmas, Von Talon in Valiant, Kilokahn in Super Human Samurai Syber-Squad, Big Bayou in Courage the Cowardly Dog, Slagar the Cruel in Redwall, Anatoly Cherdenko in Command & Conquer: Red Alert 3, Evil Manta in The Little Mermaid, and Long John Silver in Muppet Treasure Island.
When the planet converges, El Maléfico will open the portal to between the world of daylight and darkness. From each generation, many luchadors have fought him and failed to defeat him. However, the only hero and a savior of all of the masked wrestlers who can imprison him is someone who stands for honor, family, tradition, and donuts and the uses of the Artifacts of Bueno-ness to defeat him. Once defeated, he is sent back to the bowel of the earth for 70,000 years until the planet aligns again.
¡Mucha Lucha!: The Return of El Maléfico
Many years later, the planet was converged as El Maléfico is still imprisoned in Nether Nether Land. He plans to trick one of the luchadores to gain access to the world of daylight. Then, he will go to Las Vegas to destroy all luchadores participating at the Ultimate Worldwide Luchathon.
During Rikochet’s party, The Flea was hypnotized by El Maléfico, so he wanted him to play wrestle or dare. He then tricks The Flea to dare Rikochet by reading the sentence from The Code of Masked Wrestling backwards. After reading the sentence, Buena Girl tried to stop him, but everybody in the party started to become frozen thus now summoning him to the world from the book. Everyone was unaware of his inky cloak appearance because he was brought to the world, so he can destroy the world.
After introducing himself, he blows Rikochet, Buena Girl, and The Flea all the way to Gerbil Jorge’s Happy Masked Magic World of Wrestle-Tainment. Then, he starts to turn every remaining masked wrestler at the party into an inanimate object and destroys every place at Luchaville.
He then sets off to Las Vegas to destroy every car that blocked his path. Before getting ready for the Ultimate Worldwide Luchathon, he consumed an announcer with an inky slime from his cloak which led luchadores and audiences shocked. Every luchadores had fought him with their signature moves, but failed to defeat him due except Lonestar and Mama Maniaca. Then, he was able to defeat the last remaining luchadores and uses The Code of Masked Wrestling to imprison all the luchadores’ souls into the book, so he can gain power. He also used his powers to summon a volcano in the middle of Las Vegas.
Later, he uses a book to seal a soul from a singer, so he can gain powers. He gives The Three Mascaritas 16 hours to gather The Artifacts of Bueno-ness before he takes over the world with darkness. He was then encountered by El Silver Mask Jr. to end his reign of terror, only to defeat him and wanting to eat him. However, he gets off his grip and seals his soul to the book and continues to keep an eye on The Three Mascaritas.
With only an hour left, darkness had started to spread and he started to get stronger by every second before ruling the world. Although, The Three Mascaritas had arrived at his volcanic lair at Las Vegas. They also revealed they have the Artifacts of Bueno-ness to defeat him once and for all.
They were prepared to defeat him, but only overpowered them with his signature moves. Then, they got stronger than before, and eventually defeated him for the first time. However, since it was only 5 minutes left, he didn’t give up and he was enraged. He then used the souls from The Code of Masked Wrestling to grow giant and was going to smush them. Although, due to their powers, they lifted his foot and threw him to the building. Then, The Three Mascaritas grew giant along after he grew taller, so they defeated him again and got up again only to use his powers to attack them. Out of The Three Mascaritas, Rikochet was the only masked wrestler who resisted his power and used it to finally defeat him.
After the final battle, El Maléfico along with The Three Mascaritas shrunk down to their normal size. He is now powerless and throws a temper-tantrum because he’s been imprisoned for 70,000 years for his reign of terror to be struck and The Three Mascaritas tells him that he can always battle again in the next 70,000 years.
After releasing everyone’s soul from The Code of Masked Wrestling, Rikochet takes off his masks and exposes El Maléfico’s true identity as he turns out to be Jenny Perkins, who has been evil all along. Then, Buena Girl seals Jenny Perkins and Slurf into The Code of Masked Wrestling as they are now imprisoned back where they came from. The world was restored and the planets were separated from the alignment as everyone had their soul back and celebrated his defeat.
- The name "El Maléfico" means "the malefic" in Spanish.
- During the production for "¡Mucha Lucha!: The Return of El Maléfico", he originally had a different design than the final version of the movie.
- His crown and his cloak was originally going to be dark green, but it was later changed to purple. His appearance remained in the final version with slight changes to his design.
- He is the only ¡Mucha Lucha! villain that does not appear in the series as he was imprisoned in the book at the end of the movie.
- El Maléfico is also one of the most powerful and the evilest ¡Mucha Lucha! villains of the entire series.