Saved by the Bell's A.C. Slater is perhaps the quintessential '90s Latino.

Played by Extra host Mario Lopez, Slater was the son of a U.S. Army major who constantly moved the family around. With no sense of stability, he showed up to Bayside High School as an outsider, but found a way to stand out through sports. Slater excelled at football, wrestling, and dance as a way to maintain a sense of identity he could actually control.

During Saved by the Bell: The College Years, Slater “came out” as Chicano. He was one of two people of color on the original cast, alongside Lisa Turtle (Lark Voorhies​). Whether you were on Team Zack or Team Slater, Latinos could at least turn on the TV after school, and see one character who looked like them.