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Carlos Madrigal, formerly known as Carlos Felipe, was a main character and occasional antagonist of From Dusk Till Dawn: The Series, appearing of the main antagonist of the first season, one of the two main antagonist (with Amancio Malvado) of the second season and a supporting character of the third season. He was a culebra and leader of the Culebros. He was turned by Santanico sometime in the early 1500s and became her lover. In 2014, his body parts were chopped apart by Richie, Seth, Santanico and Scott. Santanico later brings him back to help stop Amaru.



He was a conquistador and arrived at the temple that is now known as the Twister. He is entranced by Kisa's beauty and is turned into a culebra by her.

Early 1900s[]

He turned Narciso Menendez into a culebra when he was a member of Pancho Villa's bank robbers.

Throughout From Dusk Till Dawn: The Series[]

In Pilot, he is responsible for making the plans for the Geckos and while he tells Seth he can't get a ride for them, he should trust his brother, Richie, instead.

In Blood Runs Thick, he is picked up by Kyle Winthrop and they begin discussing about various subjects, especially souls and religions. He tells Kyle every soul has a certain flavor and shows his fangs, biting and draining Kyle of blood, then he takes his appearance. He heads to the location where Kate, but fails in taking her with him, instead he reveals to the Fuller siblings that Jacob left congregation as he lost his path. After a brief scuffle and the Fullers leave, he tells the withered corpse of Kyle he did good and drives off.

In Mistress, he talks to two men that are delivering cargo and while he gets threatened, Carlos doesn't budge and tells the two that they will bring the cargo for free, and begins feeding on one of the men. He is interrupted by Seth calling him and proceeds to feed on the other man, tying him up. He delivers the cargo, a group of women, to Narciso and the consiglieres, who all proceed to feed on them.

In Self Contained, he calls Seth to inform him on how angry he is about the mishaps the brothers have caused in the public's eye and warns them that rangers are like dogs. While at the border station, he takes a disguise and then drains Avalino Torres' of blood, temporarily taking his form in order to help the Gecko brothers cross the border. He also runs across Scott and sees the darkness in the boy, telling him that he's glad he's not the lacrosse team. Carlos and his men later begin a shootout with the officers at the border station as a way of distraction.

In Place of Dead Roads, he has Freddie captured and talks to him about his wife, daughter and sees that Freddie has the knife. He allows his men, Ulises and Ramon, to torture Freddie and kill him as he has to leave for the Twister. At the end, he introduces Santanico to the crowd and Richie reveals Carlos gave the knife to him.

In Pandemonium, as the feeding frenzy rages on, he leads Narciso and the other consiglieres to a feast elsewhere in the bar. While Santanico recovers from being shot, she is angry that he said the ranger was dead, but he showed up at the bar and caused havoc. He tells her that she's his world and she tells him no more mistakes, and he mentions the consiglieres are waiting. They join the consiglieres downstairs and he listens as Narciso tells a story about Carlos leading the brothers and the ranger to the bar, with possible threat of exposure. As Narciso insults the culebras that are below them, Carlos and Santanico tell him they will no longer be slaves, and the two begin killing counselors as it's revealed they poisoned their drinks. He then brings Narciso to a dungeon, chaining him up and remarks that he's the master now.

In La Conquista, he discusses Richie's condition with Santanico and she tells him that things are going the way they should, which he complies to. He gets into a battle with Freddie, revealing to the ranger that he comes from an ancient bloodline known as the Otomi, and Freddie manages to pin him down. Before Freddie can kill him off, Scott saves him and it's revealed Carlos turned the teenager into a culebra.

In Boxman, he and Scott head to the RV to find the bonds, but Seth has put them somewhere else. He is also told by Scott about Richie and Santanico. He later goes down to the dungeon where Narciso is and tells him that Santanico cannot be allowed to be free from the temple. He later heads to Santanico's chambers and confronts her, telling her not to worry as they'll all eventually find out where everyone stands.

In The Take, he sides with Narciso and the Nine Lords, taking Richie hostage so Seth can bring the $30 million oil bonds to them. He offers a woman to Richie and drains her of blood, and battles it out with some of the female culebras while Seth rescues his brother. He is sentenced to the labyrinth after his failures and cuts a piece of vine and concrete, closing the entrance with the sun shining.

In Opening Night, Carlos is walking out an entrance with a crazy look and shaggy, long hair, and humming.

In In a Dark Time, he is confronted by Amancio and asks about the bond. He is considered crazy as he has been in the labyrinth for awhile. He later reveals to have steel-gold type fangs now and knew Scott was ready to kill him, and Scott runs away.

In Attack of the 50 Ft. Sex Machine, Carlos is seen walking into Seth's motel room and asking him where Richie and Santanico are. Seth tells him he doesn't know nor does he care, and he ends up shooting Carlos multiple times, but it does nothing. Seth runs and gets into the car with Sonja and drives off. Carlos is seen standing in the doorway of the motel room and looks with satisfaction.

In The Best Little Horror House in Texas, Carlos goes to Amancio to ask him about finding Santanico and is brushed twice by him. He is then grabbed by the throat and slammed on a table, and told that he is no use anymore. Afterwards, Carlos heads towards Nathan Blanchard's place and watches all the girls that are on the stage. He sees Paloma and notices she dances just like Santanico. He buys all the girls and takes Paloma to a secret room, with music playing and dances with her. He throws her on the bed and she tells him that the goddess protects her, which leads him to ask her what she just said. He tells her she is a goddess and that she will be his forever, and Santanico comes in still disguised as Madame Diana and then slaps Paloma and tells her to get to the truck. Carlos tells Santanico he knows who she is and she transforms back into her true self. They talk and she then vamps out, ready to attack him. Instead, he fires multiple bullets at her and then incapacitates her with a bullet wound to the head, and carries her off through a door.

In Bondage, he brings Santanico to a location where locals have a shrine resembling and he tries to convince Santanico to come back to be there for her people, but she refuses. They face off and she gets away after Regulator interrupts the skirmish.

In Bizarre Tales, he is chained to the Regulator's car and dragged to the Titty Twister. He remarks he and the Regulator are the only ones to have made it out of the labyrinth and is handed over to Narciso. They sit at a table and converse, with Narciso offering up the Twister and can do whatever he wants with it. He talks about Narciso being one of Pancho Villa's bank robbers and how Carlos turned him. While Narciso tells him a driver is here and to make his decision, Scott puts a sword through Narciso's neck. The three walk out of the bar and tells Narciso to look his boot, but he refuses and Carlos beheads him. He says Cortes thought he was a god, but he wasn't, but Carlos seems to think he is and presses a button, and the Twister explodes, with the two leaving as the place burns to the ground.

In Bring Me the Head of Santanico Pandemonium, he and Scott head to Celestino Oculto's mansion and infiltrate it so they can retrieve the bond Freddie took. Carlos heads to the cellar where the blood and takes a drink, getting a euphoric type feel from it. As Scott and Kate come to him, he allows Scott to have some blood as he earned it and tells Kate she is about to see the rise of a new Lord.

In The Last Temptation of Richard Gecko, he uses Kate in one of the steps to find the blood well and solve the codex, with her needing to kill an innocent to see the stars. The group arrives at Jacknife Jed's and talk to Amancio about the key needed to open the well. He gives Kate to Amancio for the key in a deal and finds out Freddie has the key. He then has Freddie incapacitated by being buried alive and goes to the blood well with his team.

In There Will Be Blood, he begins the process of draining the blood well after unlocking it with the ancient key. It's also revealed that he is currently with another culebra named Maia and is confronted by Richie. He then shoots Kate twice when she tries to stop the process and to help culebras like Scott.

In Santa Sangre, he manipulates Scott into pumping the blood well and to deliver the truck to the culebras at Jacknife Jed's. He and Maia head to the truck stop first and he then fights against Santanico and begins a frenzy inside the truck stop, biting an unknown woman and turning her into a culebra. He is then dismembered by Scott as he reveals that since he was in the labyrinth, he was granted powers and the group decides to dispose of his body parts separately.

In Rio Sangre, he is put back together by Santanico as she needs his help. Seth and Carlos go to the prison where Venganza is currently hiding at and he talks to her about Amaru. She and him then face off against Tatuaje, and Santanico kills the xibalban demon.

In Matanzas, he and the group head to an abandoned town called Matanzas to face off against Amaru. He goes underneath the tunnels with some of the others and they see culebras being chained off. While he and Santanico go in a different direction, they run across more culebras and he tells Santanico that she needs to convince them she is the true diosa and a leader.

In Dark Side of the Sun, he reveals to Santanico he had failed the labyrinth and made a deal with Xibalba for power. After Amaru's defeat, he goes with Santanico and leaves on somewhat good terms with the Geckos.

Physical Appearance[]

Carlos stands about 5' 8" (1.72 m) and often dresses in very ornate clothing, especially suits and suave jackets. He has sleek, black hair, brown eyes, and light brown skin. He appears to be of Hispanic descent. In his vampire form Carlos has scales around the face and chest area he also has steel teeth after ripping out his old ones.


Carlos has a calm exterior, but inside lies a greedy man that wants to rise up and be rich. He is shown to have a very serious temper when angered. Nonetheless, he can be calculating and manipulative, tricking others into doing his bidding. Moreover, his charm and wit often help him in situations where his life may be in danger, even outsmarting Ranger Gonzalez. On the whole, Carlos is dangerous, blessed with the physical qualities of a vampire and over 500 years of psychologically and emotionally influencing others.

Powers and Abilities[]

  • Immortality- Culebras do not age or decay and are immune to death by disease or sickness.
  • Accelerated Healing- Culebras heal from physical wounds much faster than humans. In addition, chronic illnesses, such as poor vision, are immediately corrected. For example, Richie was shot in the hand and had a large hole that caused him immense pain if too much pressure was applied to it. Upon transformation, the large wound healed rapidly and his vision was heightened, no longer requiring him to wear glasses.His healing was upgraded to where he could take a stake through the chest and recover in seconds. He also recovered from being chopped into pieces albeit with being assembled by Santanico.
  • Superhuman Strength- Carlos has more strength than a regular human.
  • Shapeshifting- Carlos can shape-shift into a reptilian form that is far stronger and more feral than their human form. It causes them to mentally degenerate into mindless animals that can be killed easier as they are not as smart in a fight and are more blood crazed, though when partially transformed, they are simply more aggressive and can speak, while other are more like hungry zombies and even hunt in hoards or packs. They either have flaked or scaly skin with sometimes hardened scales and horns.


  • Sunlight- Culebras are vulnerable to the sunlight and will die of exposure to it.
  • Staked- Culebras are vulnerable to stakes to the heart, as it will usually kill them. This however probably wont be able to kill him as it didn't when he was ataked in "Rio Sangre" he was able to regenerate from a stake to the heart
  • Extraction- Carlos is vulnerable to heart extraction.
  • Decapitation- Culebras are vulnerable to decapitation, but like snakes, they have been shown to still have movement.


Season One

Season Two

Season Three



  • Carlos is the Spanish form of Karl, meaning "a free man".
  • Madrigal is derived from the Latin word matricalis, meaning "from the womb".
  • Felipe is the Spanish variant of Phillip, which derives from the Greek adjective Philippos "friend of horses".



  • He is based off the character Carlos in the original film.

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