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Isador Cortez
Machete - Spy Kids 4
Character Statistics
Full Name: Isador Cortez
Nickname: Machete (codename)
Uncle Machete
Big Brother,
Alignment: Good
Affiliation: OSS
Mother: Juanita Cortez (mother)
Father: Unnamed father †
Brothers: Gregorio Cortez (younger brother)
Wilbur Wilson (brother-in-law)
Sisters: Marissa Wilson (younger sister)
Ingrid Cortez (sister-in-law)
Niece: Carmen Cortez (niece)
Maria Wilson (niece)
Rebecca Wilson (step-niece)
Nephew: Juni Cortez (nephew)
Cecil Wilson (step-nephew)
Nemesis: Donnagon Giggles(formerly)
Alexander Minion(formerly)

Gary Giggles(formerly)
Production Info
First Appearance: Spy Kids
Movie Appearances: Spy Kids
Spy Kids 2: The Island of Lost Dreams
Spy Kids 3-D: Game Over
Spy Kids: All the Time in the World (cameo)
Game Appearnace: Spy Kids: Mega Mission Zone
Book Appearance: One Agent Too Many (mentioned)
A New Kind of Super Spy (mentioned)
Mucho Madness
OSS Wilderness (mentioned)
Mall of the Universe (mentioned)
Spy TV (mentioned)
Superstar Spies (mentioned)
Freeze Frame (mentioned)
Spring Fever
Off Sides (mentioned)

Isador "Machete" Cortez is the oldest brother to Gregorio and Marissa Cortez, as well as the uncle to Carmen and Juni Cortez, and is an expert gadget inventor. He is a major character in Spy Kids and a cameo character in Spy Kids 2: The Island of Lost Dreams, Spy Kids 3-D: Game Over and Spy Kids: All the Time in the World.




Spy Kids[]

In Spy Kids, Machete is first seen in a flashback, at his brother's wedding. It seems as though Gregorio and Machete have a lot of conflict between them.

When his brother, Gregorio and Gregorio's wife, Ingrid get captured by Fegan Floop, Carmen and Juni visit him, hoping he will help them to save their parents. Machete refuses to go after Gregorio, but allows his niece and nephew to stay with him, and shows them a one-passenger jet that could get them to Floop's castle despite refusing to help. Later that night, Carmen and Juni sneak out of bed, take the map and some of his gadgets, and fly the jet to the castle just as he wakes up, though he is able to wave goodbye to them after seeing the jet get taken by them.

How Machete manages to get to Floop’s castle is never explained, but in the end, he decides to help the Cortezes against Mr. Lisp's army of robot children, which Floop reprogrammed to attack Lisp, Ms. Gradenko and Minion instead. When asked why he came back, Machete replies that it was for the same reason he left. Gregorio says that he no longer remembers the reason. Machete says that he doesn't as well. Machete then breaks down crying, with his brother embracing him, both reconciling in the process.

Spy Kids 2: The Island of Lost Dreams[]


In Spy Kids 2, Machete later builds Carmen and Juni a high-tech treehouse after they became secret agents. Machete then shows some of his latest gadgets: the Spy Watches and the Machete Elastic Wonder.

At the end of the film, Carmen claims she can't sing so Machete shows Carmen a Microphone that auto-tunes her voice and Juni a guitar that plays itself. When they are done, Machete informs Carmen that he did not put any batteries in it and Carmen was actually singing.

Spy Kids 3: Game Over[]

In Spy Kids 3, Machete appears near the end of the film when he helps battle the Toymaker's video game robots. After the battle, Machete becomes closer with the Cortezes.

Spy Kids: All the Time in the World[]

In Spy Kids 4, Machete makes a cameo appearance where he is seen tripping in a laboratory when time is frozen by Danger D'Amo, a.k.a. the Timekeeper. In a deleted scene, while Cecil and Rebecca are running from two OSS agents, they end up in his laboratory, managing to ruin several experiments. As they are found by Machete, he hides them from the OSS agents.


Machete Cortez is a gruff man that originally did not care much for his brother or the rest of his family, similar to Carmen's early thinking. Later, he shows more compassion and chooses to help his family becoming particularly fond of Carmen and Juni and builds them new spy gadgets.





In other media[]


Spy Kids Adventures book series[]

Mucho Madness[]


Spring Fever[]





  • Machete also shares the same name (and actor) as a character in the film of the same name, also directed by Robert Rodriguez. Daryl Sabara, who played Juni Cortez, portrayed a character named Julio in Machete, and Alexa PenaVega, who played Carmen Cortez, portrayed a character named Killjoy in the sequel, Machete Kills.
    • Trejo and Rodriguez made two different statements regarding its canonicity. Trejo jokingly stated “that’s what Uncle Machete does when he’s not taking care of the kids”[1], while Rodriguez stated on a Reddit AmA that the Spy Kids and Machete films are alternate universes, meaning they're non canon.[2]