If in Chile there is the gang with a comical monicker "Los Cara de Pelota", and criminals like the "Tila", or the "Cizarro," in Mexico, where narco mafiosos are to be feared, this could be further from the truth.
Like the "Barbie" in the world of cartels, there are other more common names like "Mono" or "Gordo" and other more cryptic like "Mando Conejo." That is the alias that the authorities still do not know what it means, Armando Santiago Orozco, captured in January in Oaxaca.
The nicknames of the narcos can be striking and surreal threatening or innocent. Some reflect the range of a bully, while others come from their days of school. They can also refer to their reputation, as in the case of a mafioso known as "El más loco" verses just plain "loco."
In the case of the "innocent" is the "Ostión", the nickname of sicario Israel Nava, killed in April in the northern part of the country, and so named from school because his father had a job where he sold fish.
By contrast, Los Zetas, former military soldiers are assigned nicknames with the letter Z, followed by a number. For example, "Z1" through "Z10" corresponds to the founding members.
"Nicknames for the cartels are like a second baptism, an incorporation in to the criminal world," says Homero Aridjis, author of the novel "Sicarios."