In Robert Rodriguez's exploitation action thriller Machete, Luz, a taco truck proprietor also known to illegal Mexican immigrants as Shé, the leader of an aid movement called the Network, fights to protect her people from a racist border vigilante, Von Jackson (Don Johnson), who goes so far as to gun down a pregnant woman in the name of his cause.

When Luz and Jackson meet, he blames her for the attempted assassination of border fence proponent Senator John McLaughlin (Robert De Niro) and claims "an eye for an eye," blasting a bullet into one of hers before leaving her to die. Presumed dead, she makes a triumphant (and sexy) return in the final showdown sporting a badass black eye patch to match her badass black leather bra and general badassness.