Have you also fallen prey to the recently famous Spanish series called ‘La Casa De Papel’ (in English known as ‘Money Heist’) and are now continuously humming ‘Bella Ciao’? Well, us too! This show has captured hearts all over the world with its action, suspense, and inventive storyline.
What’s interesting is that the show (even with its raging popularity) avoided adapting to the international tastes and in that way retained its cultural identity. The series is the story of the world’s biggest heists, orchestrated by a crime genius to the smallest detail where the heist men (and women) are given code names inspired by cities. We believe the codes were picked according to their characteristic personalities.
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Here’s Why The Characters Of La Casa De Papel Match The Cities They’re Named After
Berlin (The Leader)
As a character, Berlin was a sociopath that hid behind his impeccable manners. He also had an almost pathological need to please others. Berlin is one of everyone’s favourite characters because he is always calm and composed, hence not a surprise that he was the leader twice. This affably evil man with his expensive lifestyle brings control in the heist, the same as the city of Berlin’s combo of glamour and grit.
Tokyo (Hot-Blooded Protagonist)
Our punk rock chick is the narrator of this heist but along with that, she is also impulsive. This young and tough character hooks the audience with the same passion as the city she is named after. Being futuristic yet rooted in tradition, the city of Tokyo balances the brush with tranquil gardens and old ways. She is stylish and catches everyone’s attention, just like the way it’s with Tokyo.
Helsinki and Oslo (The Loyal Cousins)
‘The Brutes’, they can be considered as the strength in the group. As declared by Helsinki, they have been together in ‘in war, in peace, in crime, and in prison.’ Same goes with the cities, they are approachable both figuratively and literally. While both these Nordic cities are not conventional travel destinations, they are filled with magnificent architecture and breath-taking scenery of the surrounding mountains and sea.
Denver (Muscle with a Heart of Gold)
Are you thinking about the laugh too? This character from La Casa De Papel brought to life the trope of a thug with a hair-trigger temper. Just like in the story with his multi-faceted characteristics, Denver city is known for its 300 days of sunshine. It is a thriving cultural scene, diverse neighborhoods, and natural beauty. It also has one of the world’s most extraordinary music venues. Just like the character, the city is an easygoing and go-with-the-flow kind of place.
Moscow (Old and Sensible)
This former miner who became locksmith (and later used those skills for bank robberies and to steal jewelry) was clearly a gentle soul who cared for others. He also made a special bond with Tokyo and was the only one who was reasonable with a good moral compass. The city code picked for him fits him well as this Russian city is one of the coldest cities on earth but is home to some of the most colorfully unique architecture, green landscapes, and rich history. Moscow is an upbeat and vibrant city, which is so very similar to the character in La Casa De Papel.
Rio (The Baby)
Literally the youngest in the group, Rio is playful and naive. Known to be a very skilled hacker, Rio is obviously the tech expert in the group and is shown to have the most empathy with the hostages. The age and nature fall in place with the city code picked for him. Brazilian city is one of the most populous cities with vibrant colors. It is bound together with the stories related to history and heritage, works of pride and legacy, and the artful portrayal of culture and tradition. Rio is a place that attracts young people with its carnivals, parade floats, flashy costumes, and samba dancers.
Nairobi (The Benevolent Matriarch)
Put in charge of the quality of the falsifications, Nairobi as a central character in La Casa De Papel is ruthless and smart. She is loud and clear about her motives and therefore, one of the few who are future-oriented. Just like the character, Kenya’s capital city is filled with boundless energy. East Africa’s most cosmopolitan city offers great contrasts where race, tribe, and origin all become facets of a unique Nairobi character. Its sheer natural beauty, stunning national parks and wildlife has earned Nairobi the name “Green City in the Sun”.
In this group of bandits in La Casa De Papel aka Money Heist’s cast, each with a broad range of skill sets and some intriguing character traits, who was your favorite? Let us know in the comments below! If you want to know which “Money Heist” character you are, click here.
Money heist is an armed robbery in which valuable things are taken illegally from a place or person.
Álex Pina, a Spanish television producer, writer, and director is the executive producer of this hit series.
Actors like Álvaro Morte as The Professor, Úrsula Corberó as Tokyo, Pedro Alonso as Berlin, Miguel Herrán as Rio, Alba Flores as Nairobi and Jaime Lorente as Denver are few of the major money heist character names.
As per reports Money heist will end with season 5, however the creators have announced that there will be a series on one of the more well-known money heist characters, Berlin.