Villains Wiki

Hi. This is Thesecret1070. I am an admin of this site. Edit as much as you wish, but one little thing... If you are going to edit a lot, then make yourself a user and login. Other than that, enjoy Villains Wiki!!!


Villains Wiki
This article's content is marked as Mature
The page Mature contains mature content that may include coarse language, sexual references, and/or graphic violent images which may be disturbing to some. Mature pages are recommended for those who are 18 years of age and older.

If you are 18 years or older or are comfortable with graphic material, you are free to view this page. Otherwise, you should close this page and view another page.

It was gonna be a surprise. After we ran away.
~ Isabel Aretas to Marcus about a surprise.

Isabel Aretas is the main antagonist in Bad Boys for Life. She is a drug kingpin and the former lover of Mike Lowrey. 

She was portrayed by Kate del Castillo.



In 1989, Isabel Aretas was the wife of drug kingpin Benito Aretas, whose cartel was the main focus of an investigation by the Miami Police Department. Police captain Conrad Howard enlisted rookie detective Mike Lowrey out of the police academy (prior to Mike's longtime partnership with Marcus Burnett) to go undercover and infiltrate the Aretas cartel. During his time undercover, Mike engaged in an affair with Isabel, who showed him the ways of her lifestyle, leading to Mike's current high-life personality.

When the time came to take down the cartel, Isabel planned on running away with Mike, as she became pregnant as a result of their affair. However, Mike found out how dangerous Isabel was, as she was nicknamed, "La Bruja" (Spanish for "The Witch"), for being into black magic, leading to Mike having her locked up as well. Benito ended up dying after his arrest, and as for Isabel, she gave birth to a son in prison, named Armando.

Bad Boys For Life

Isabel spent the following quarter-century seeking revenge on Mike, and in the beginning of the film, she killed a guard and several other people to make her escape, with Armando assisting. The mother-and-son pair returned to Mexico City, with Isabel ordering Armando to resurrect the business and kill everyone who was part of the cartel's takedown, including Mike, who Isabel ordered to kill last--as she wanted to make Mike suffer. The villainess gave the order without revealing that Mike was Armando's biological father. However, Armando went after Mike first, and fired multiple shots at him during a party celebrating the birth of Marcus' Grandson. Isabel was furious at her son for going after Mike first, though Armando justified his decision as Mike was the greater threat, while Mike survived the attempt, leading him to go on an investigation to find the shooter with the help of his ex-girlfriend (and fellow officer) Rita Secada and her tech-driven team in charge, the Advanced Miami Metro Operation or AMMO.

Meanwhile, Armando killed the others under his malevolent mother's orders, including Captain Howard, who was shot and killed in front of Mike. Howard's death led to Marcus joining Mike on his mission, and during their pursuit of Armando, the words, "Hasta el fuego", were said to Mike. Mike recognized the words as the same phrase that he and Isabel had said to each other, leading to Mike revealing the truth to Marcus, that Armando was his biological son and the result of his past affair with Isabel, adding that he had to be the father because Benito couldn't father children. 

Mike went to Mexico City to confront Isabel, with Marcus, Rita, and the rest of the group going with him--despite Mike's protests. He later confronted Isabel, who revealed that she had planned to surprise him with the news of her pregnancy during their plans to run away together, while callously responding to Mike's scolding regarding Armando by boasting that he has no idea that Mike was his father. An immense shootout followed between Isabel's henchmen and the group, with Mike fighting Armando and attempting to reveal that Armando was his son. The revelation surprised Armando and left him in disbelief, after which Mike told him that Isabel will reveal everything. When asked by Armando if Mike was his father, the evil Isabel indirectly confirmed Mike's statements, only to add that Mike was nothing to him and order her son to kill his father.

When Armando refused, Isabel attempted to kill Mike herself, only to end up shooting Armando by accident when he stepped in between them to protect Mike. Isabel is briefly shocked by the fact that she shot her son, but she later made another attempt at Mike, only for Rita to shoot and kill Isabel, who ended up falling over into a wave of fire, while Armando made a full recovery.


Isabel is very ruthless, not hesitating to kill those who are on her way. This part of her personality is even reinforced when it is revealed she uses black magic to curse her enemies (in her mind). Extremely vengeful, her goal is to avenge Mike's betrayal who is the cause of her imprisonment and even goes far as to kill Mike's friends or work partners. With her son Armando, she was somewhat harsh with him, berating him for his failure and not tolerating he acts on his own. That relationship was also influenced by the vengeful's side of Isabel because she lied to Armando about his father, telling his father was Benito instead of Mike. But despite all of that, she genuinely loves him, as seen when she accidentally shot him instead of Mike who was her blank. However, as explained previously, she put her vengeance above her love of Armando, not paying attention when he was at risk of being shot.


  • Isabel is the only main villain in the Bad Boys franchise to be female. She is also the only main villain in the franchise to not be killed by either Mike or Marcus.


           Sony Pictures Logo.png Villains

Animated Features
Loc-Nar | The Girl | The Queen | Captain Lincoln F. Sternn | Tyler | The Beast | Constance Nebbercracker | Shaw | Tank Evans | Reggie Belafonte | Mayor Shelbourne | General Grawl | Professor Kipple | Fifi | Doug | Ivan Ivanovitch Sakharine | Allan | Tom | Pedro | Falcon | Aristides Silk | Red Rackham | Queen Victoria | Black Bellamy | Quasimodo Wilson | Esmeralda | Chester V | Live Corp (Chester V's Holograms & Barb) | Bela | Bat Cronies | Ed and Edna | King Leonard Mudbeard | Green Pigs | Douche | Gargamel (2017) | Azrael (2017) | Monty | Smiler | Anti-Virus Bots | Hunter | King Herod | Thaddeus and Rufus | Abraham Van Helsing | Ericka Van Helsing | Kingpin | Doctor Octopus | Prowler | Green Goblin | Scorpion | Tombstone | Vanessa Fisk | Richard Fisk | Zeta | PAL Labs (PAL, PAL Max, Glaxxon 5000 & PAL Max Prime) | Pockets | Lutador | Gigi | Jonathan Loughran

Live-Action Films
Miss Hannigan | Rooster and Lily St. Regis | Christine | John Kreese | Cobra Kai (Johnny Lawrence, Dutch, Bobby Brown, Tommy & Jimmy) | Gozer | Stay Puft Marshmallow Man | Terror Dogs (Zuul & Vinz Clortho) | Library Ghost | Murray Plotsky | Central Park Thief | Lieutenant Colonel Podovsky | Marshall Murdock | Sergeant Yushin | Captain Vinh | Lieutenant Tay | River Pirates (Trong Kinh) | Lifer | Ericson | Jerry Dandridge | Billy Cole | Evil Ed | Jareth | Goblin Army | Chozen Toguchi | Sato Toguchi | Toshio & Taro | Christopher Meddows | Regine Dandrige | Colonel Zaysen | Sergeant Kourov | Tomask | Shop Assistant | Terry Silver | Mike Barnes | Snake | Dennis | Vigo | Janosz Poha | Scoleri Brothers | Mink Coat | Vilos Cohaagen (1990) | Mars Colony Security Force (Carl Hauser, Richter, Lori, Helm, Everett, Benny & Harry) | Dr. Edgemar | Raymond Zhang | Nigel Griffith | Moon | Kara | Luis Cali | Jack Thrope | Carlos | Ruiz | Jorge | T-1000 | Douglas | Skynet | James Hook (1991) | Mr. Smee (1991) | Luc Deveraux | Andrew Scott | Eric Qualen | Richard Travers | Kynette | Delmar | Kristel | Ryan | Heldon | Mike | Ray | Koga | Ishikawa | Glam | Vinnie | Slam | Darren | Gerald Thomas | Colonel Dugan | Ned Randall | Charlie | Gabe | Morgan | Jack Harding | J.J. | Jimmy | Eddy | Fouchet | Casper | Ferguson | Van Pelt | Agatha Trunchbull | Harry Wormwood | Cable Guy | Edgar the Bug | Egor Korshunov | Andrei Kolchak | Vladimir Krasin | Agent Gibbs | Boris Bazylev | Sergei Lenski | Igor Nevsky | Ivan Radek | Arachnids | Mary Ann Rogers | Lothar Zogg | C.J. | Carl | Buelow | Zed | Klaus | Lars | Eric | Zilla | Don Rafael Montero | Harrison Love | K. Edgar Singer | Huxley | Bill the Bug | Pesties | Alley Cats (Smokey, Monty, Lucky, Red & Unnamed Gray Cat) | Snowbell | S.E.T.H. | Deacon | Altaaf Khan | Hilal Kohistani | William Tavington | Genus | Russell Woodman | Green Goblin | Dennis Carradine | Bank Robbers | Harry Osborn | J. Jonah Jameson | Falcon | Chuck Cedar | Mac McGrath | Serleena | Scrad & Charlie | Jarra | Dog Poop | Corn Face | Pineal Eye | Mosh Tendrils | Flesh Balls | Jeff | Creepy | Kylothians | Devlin Bowman | Rachel Wright | Arnold Gundars | Zhu Tam | Gwyneth Harridan | Jenny | Bruce | T-X | T-1 | Johnny Tapia | James Hook (2003) | Mr. Smee (2003) | Don Price | Grigori Rasputin | Karl Ruprecht Kroenen | Ilsa Von Haupstein | Sammael | Ogdru-Jahad (Behemoth) | Warren Vandergeld | Vandergeld Sisters | Heath and Russ | Doctor Octopus | Brother Sum | The Beast | Landlady | The Axe Gang | The Harpists | Big Al | Boogeyman | Warden Hazen | Mr. Electric | Minus | Count Armand | Jacob McGivens | Zorgons | Robot | Jerry McDowell | Calvin Sims | Mr. Walken | Rosco | Bruno | Venom | Sandman | Lance Warner | Camp Canola (Robert Jeffrey Warner) | Fatoush | Grant Walbridge | Salim Yousfobdal | Derek Huff | Ted Jones | Budlofsky | Matheson | Carol Brazier | Veck Simms | James Kent | The Tornado | T-RIP | Serena Kogan | Ted Winter | Master Li | Cheng | Liang | Ted Winter | Roger Wesley | David Ershon | Benjamin Chudnofsky | Frank Scanlon | Shane | Stephanie | Gargamel (2011) | Azrael (2011) | Boris the Animal | Weasel | Lilly | Obadiah Price | Mr. Wu | Boglodites | Vilos Cohaagen (2012) | United Federation of Britain (Carl Hauser, Lori, Harry & Police Synthetics) | Lizard | Gustav Fiers | Cash Register Thief | Norman Osborn | Eli Raphelson | Martin Walker | Emil Stenz | Skip Tyler | Muriel Walker | Frat boy Andy | Vexy and Hackus | Electro | Green Goblin | Donald Menken | Rhino | Ashley Kafka | Felicia Hardy | Agent Kruger | Jessica Delacourt | John Carlyle | Guy Danlily | Miss Hannigan | Annie's Fake Parents | Jungler | Vincent Moore | Hippo | Amerika | Ninja | Yolandi | Vincent Sofel | Donkey Kong | Pac-Man | Eddie Plant | Lady Lisa | Slappy the Dummy | Monsters (Giant Praying Mantis, Will Blake, Lawn Gnomes, Madame Doom, Brent Green, Count Nightwing & The Haunted Mask) | Norman Nordstrom | Rowan North | Mayhem | Electrocuted Ghost | Gertrude Aldridge | Francis Begbie | Sick Boy | Bestman Salvage (Vulture, Tinkerer, Shocker #1, Shocker #2 & Randy Vale) | Mac Gargan | Aaron Davis | Niander Wallace | Luv | Russel Van Pelt | Tommy Madigan | Thomas McGregor | Mr. McGregor | Mrs. McGregor | James Tod | Eddie Brock/Venom | Carlton Drake/Riot | Life Foundation (Roland Treece) | Cletus Kasady | High-T | The Twins | Riza Stavros | Luca Brasi | The Hive | Mysterio's Crew (Mysterio, William Ginter Riva, Victoria Snow, Gutes Guterman, Janice Lincoln, & Doug) | Elementals (Molten Man, Hydro-Man, Sandman, Cyclone & Elemental Fusion) | Jurgen the Brutal | Fiona Landers | Melinda Landers | Sam Landers | Kayako Saeki | Isabel Aretas | Armando Armas | Melanie Cole | Barnabas | Samuel Whiskers | Tom Kitten | Mitten | Raylan | Carnage | Shriek | Kasady Family | Ivo Shandor

See Also
007 Villains | Aardman Villains | Amblin Entertainment Villains | Angry Birds Villains | Bad Boys Villains | The Boys Villains | Community Villains | Final Fantasy Villains | Fright Night Villains | Ghostbusters Villains | Ghost Rider Villains | Godzilla Villains | Goosebumps Villains | Hellboy Villains | Hotel Transylvania Villains | Jackie Chan Adventures Villains | Jerry Bruckheimer Villains | Jumanji Villains | Karate Kid Villains | Marvel Cinematic Universe Villains | Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Villains | Men in Black Villains | Morbius: The Living Vampire Villains | Muppet Villains | Netflix Villains | Rambo Villains | Resident Evil Villains | Robocop Villains | Sony's Spider-Man Universe Villains | Spider-Man Villains | Stuart Little Villains | Syfy Villains | Terminator Villains | The Boondocks Villains | The Grudge Villains | Total Recall Villains | Trainspotting Villains | Underworld Villains | Universal Soldier Villains | Venom Villlains | XXX Villains


Beverly Hills Cop: Victor Maitland | Zack | Casey
Beverly Hills Cop II: Maxwell Dent | Karla Fry | Charles Cain | Nikos Thomopolis
Bad Boys: Fouchet | Casper | Ferguson | Kuni | Noah Trafficante | Eddie Dominguez | Elliot | Drug Buyer
Crimson Tide: Vladimir Radchenko
The Rock: Captain Frye | Captain Darrow | General Hummel
Con Air: Cyrus Grissom | Nathan "Diamond Dogs" Jones | Francisco Cindino | William "Billy Bedlam" Bedford | Garland Greene | John "Johnny 23" Baca | Swamp Thing | Joe "Pinball" Parker | Ramon "Sally Can't Dance" Martinez | Conrad | Gator | Viking
Enemy of the State: Thomas Reynolds | Paulie Pintero
Gone in Sixty Seconds: Raymond Calitri
Pearl Harbor: Isoroku Yamamoto
Bad Boys II: Johnny Tapia | Carlos | Roberto | Donna Maria Tapia | Alexei | Josef Kuninskavich | Blondie Dread | Floyd Poteet
Kangaroo Jack: Salvatore Maggio | Frankie Lombardo | Mr. Smith
Pirates of the Caribbean: Curse of the Black Pearl: Crew of the Black Pearl (Hector Barbossa, Bo'sun, Scratch, Pintel & Ragetti)
King Arthur: King Cerdic | Cynric
National Treasure: Ian Howe
Déjà Vu: Carroll Oerstadt
Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead's Man Chest: Crew of the Flying Dutchman (Davy Jones, Maccus & Kraken) | East India Trading Company (Lord Cutler Beckett & Mr. Mercer) | Hector Barbossa
National Treasure: Book of Secrets: Mitch Wilkinson
Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End: East India Trading Company (Lord Cutler Beckett & Mr. Mercer) | Crew of the Flying Dutchman (Davy Jones, Maccus & Kraken) | Hector Barbossa
G-Force: Speckles
Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time: Nizam
The Sorcerer's Apprentice: Morganians (Morgana le Fay, Maxim Horvath, Abigail Williams, Sun Lok & Drake Stone)
Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides: Edward Teach/Blackbeard | Angelica Teach | The Spaniard | King Ferdinand VI | East India Trading Company (Hector Barbossa & King George ll)
The Lone Ranger: Latham Cole | Butch Cavendish | Jay Fuller
Deliver Us from Evil: Jungler
Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales: Crew of the Silent Mary (Armando Salazar & Lesaro) | Scarfield | Hector Barbossa
Gemini Man: Clayton Verris
Bad Boys for Life: Isabel Aretas | Armando Armas

See Also
Bad Boys Villains | Beverly Hills Cop Villains | Buena Vista International Villains | Disney Villains | CSI Villains | Paramount Villains | Pirates of the Caribbean Villains | Lucifer Villains | Sony Pictures Villains | Warner Bros. Villains

          BadBoysTitle.png Villains

Bad Boys: Fouchet | Casper | Ferguson | Kuni | Noah Trafficante | Eddie Dominguez | Elliot | Drug Buyer
Bad Boys II: Johnny Tapia | Carlos | Roberto | Donna Maria Tapia | Alexei | Josef Kuninskavich | Blondie Dread | Floyd Poteet
Bad Boys for Life: Isabel Aretas | Armando Armas