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Hector, also known as Francisco Cortez, is a character in Don't Drink the Water.
Based on the inscriptions shown at the beginning of Don't Drink the Water, Hector was born in the year 1506. He was charged with guarding the Fountain of Youth by Juan Ponce de León over 400 years ago, being kept alive and young by its mystical water. Unfortunately, Hex was able to force him to reveal its location. He had led a lonely existence because if he became attached to anyone they would eventually grow old and die while he would continue to live, and warned a then-10 year-old Max Tennyson (rejuvenated by the Fountain of Youth) not to long for his kind of life. When the fountain was destroyed by Ben as Heatblast, Hector revealed that the effects of its water would gradually reverse themselves after a while. Thus, he would continue to age until his death. Liberated from his mission of protecting the Fountain, he was able to live a normal life again.
- Don't Drink the Water (first appearance)
- His role is similar to the Grail Knight in Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade as he guards an eternal-life-giving object and stays alive by consuming the object. The object is the Fountain of Youth in Hector's case and in the Knight's case the Holy Grail.