Ernesto de la Cruz is the main antagonist of Coco. He was Miguel Rivera's idol, and a famous singer and musician who dazzled audiences with his good looks and his charm, and was a source of Mexican pride due to his handsome looks, strong morals, and his standing up for his fellow Mexicans. He was also thought to be Miguel's great-great grandfather as well. After dying by being crushed by a giant bell, he resides as a soul in the Land of the Dead. It is later revealed that Héctor had written the songs that Cruz performs in the film; however, Hector was feeling homesick and had an argument with Cruz. Cruz subsequently poisoned Hector, and stole the credit for the songs he had written.
Ernesto, while he was still alive.
Ernesto entertains people on a train.
A wink for the camera!
"And Hector was my best friend."
After admitting that he murdered Hector, Ernesto reveals his true nature to Miguel.
"Success doesn't come for free, Miguel. You have to be willing to do whatever it takes to..."
"...seize your moment."
"I know you understand."
Ernesto gets hit by Imelda for murdering Hector.
Ernesto realizes that Miguel is actually Hector's great, great grandson.
"You're related to Hector?"
Ernesto runs away from Miguel & the deceased Riviera, who have come to retrieve Hector's photo.
Ernesto and Imelda fight over Hector's photo.
"Get her off the stage!"
Ernesto growls furiously , as Imelda steals the show.
Ernesto joins Imelda.
"You're not going anywhere!"
"Stay back, stay back! All of you! STAY BACK!! NOT one more step!"
"He's a threat!"
A live broadcast, exposes Ernesto's true colours to the audience.
"You think I'd let him go back to the Land of the Living with your photo? To keep your memory alive?!"
"I am Ernesto de la Cruz, the greatest musician of all time!"
"I'm the one who's willing to do whatever it takes to seize my moment!"
"Whatever it takes!"
Ernesto throws Miguel over the edge.
Ernesto, Imelda & her deceased relatives watch as Miguel falls.
Ernesto returns to the stage...
...only to be jeered by the audience.
"Orchestra! A one! A two! A one, two-"- Ernesto pleads with the orchestra to strike a tune.
The conductor snap his baton without a word, while the orchestra glares at Ernesto, with disgust.
The audience throw food at Ernesto, after they see his true nature.
After she saves Miguel, Pepita confronts Ernesto on the stage.
Thrown into the air by Pepita.
Ernesto sees he is about to hit a giant bell.
Ernesto screams, before he is about to hit the bell.
Ernesto looks up, just as the bell is about to crush him.
Ernesto gets crushed by a giant bell, which echoes his original death.