History Film / TheMaskOfZorro

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->''"It seems we have a fly in the ointment... or should I say a fox? Zorro."''
-->-- '''Jacob [=McGivens=]'''
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''The Legend of Zorro'': Ten years later, the demands on Zorro are putting a strain on Alejandro and Elena's marriage, so they have a temporary trial separation. Meanwhile, a new SmugSnake has entered the scene with eyes on both Elena and California, whose impending statehood is imperiled when Alejandro uncovers Yet Another Conspiracy to carve California and hand it over to various Evil Overlords. Cue a desperate battle on multiple fronts to win the day and the girl.

''The Legend of Zorro'' was not well received (and more importantly, didn't turn much of a profit), so a third film seems unlikely.

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!!This film series provides examples of:

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''The Legend of Zorro'': Ten years later, In 2005, the demands on Zorro are putting a strain on Alejandro and Elena's marriage, so they have a temporary trial separation. Meanwhile, a new SmugSnake has entered the scene with eyes on both Elena and California, whose impending statehood is imperiled when Alejandro uncovers Yet Another Conspiracy to carve California and hand it over to various Evil Overlords. Cue a desperate battle on multiple fronts to win the day and the girl.

''The Legend of Zorro''
sequel ''Film/TheLegendOfZorro'' was not well received (and more importantly, didn't turn much of a profit), so a third film seems unlikely.

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!!This film series provides examples of:



!!''The Legend of Zorro'' has examples of:

%%* AncientConspiracy: The Knights of Aragon.
* AnimalReactionShot: Zorro manages to land his horse on top of a moving carriage train, only to notice that it's about to enter a tunnel. There's a shot of the horse's eyes widening.
* ArtisticLicenseHistory: Some of the most glaring ones in the film, which is set in 1850, are the role of the Confederate States of America (which weren't formed until 1861), the First Transcontinental Railroad (which wasn't completed until 1869; in fact, California wouldn't gain its first railroad until 1856) and the California Statehood Referendum which is entirely fictious.
* BadassBystander: The Cortez couple seem to be set up to be another pair of helpless victims in need of rescuing. Turns out they're ''quite'' capable of putting up a fight when pushed to it.
* BadassPreacher: Padre Filipe. A scrawny-looking, unassuming priest who punches out mooks (and who braves bullets to conceal Zorro's identity)? That approaches even Zorro's level of badass.
* BeautyIsNeverTarnished: Elena runs across a dirt field at full speed, fights with a shovel, runs back across the same field at full speed, falls in the dirt at least once, and when she gets back to her room her white nightgown is spotless and she doesn't have a hair out of place.
* BigBadDuumvirate: Armand and [=McGivens=].
* CultureClash: The film has elements of this, contrasting the Hispanic trappings of the old California to the increasingly Wild West aesthetic of the to-be-American state.
* DoesThisRemindYouOfAnything: Elena marries a rich tycoon who creates weapons of mass destruction and hides them in wine bottles. 'Sounds a lot like a ''Film/{{Notorious}}'' 1946 movie.
* DramaticUnmask: Zorro getss captured and unmasked by the bad guys, who also have his wife and child in tow. Elena already knows his identity as do the audience; the only important character it's a reveal for is his son.
* DrowningMySorrows: What would YOU do if you lost your wife to a smarmy, rich French dude?
* EstablishingCharacterMoment: Father Felipe gets a nice one when five minutes into the film, he's telling the man who just shot up a plaza to bugger off in no uncertain terms. While standing right in front of him, unarmed.
* EternalSexualFreedom: The film is set in mid-19th century California. The wealthy and socially prominent main characters (Antonio Banderas, Catherine Zeta-Jones) get divorced, and the woman continues to raise their son and is apparently still socially prominent. And remember that this is Spanish-Mexican California, a ''Catholic'' culture, where divorce was even more intolerable than in Protestant countries, although loopholes did of course exist.
* EvenEvilHasStandards: Armand can be convinced not to execute a father in front of his son.
* EvilCounterpart: Jacob [=McGivens=] to Father Felipe. As [=McGivens=] himself puts it, "we're both men of God."
%%* FrenchJerk: Armand.
* FamilyUnfriendlyDeath: Despite being rated PG (compared to the first film's PG-13 rating), ''Legend'' has a few violent deaths, including the film's villain [[spoiler: being tied to the front of a train and having his body slam into debris on the tracks onscreen]]
* GratuitousSpanish: Tornado even only accepts Alejandro's orders once he speaks in Spanish, and Zorro asks Joaquin to talk with him "en la lengua de nuestros padres".
* HairTriggerExplosive: The villains' plan involves a train full of nitroglycerine. To demonstrate one tosses a small drop onto the floor causing a huge explosion.
* HappilyMarried: Yeah, there was the separation phase, but that was mostly because [[spoiler: Elena was blackmailed into it]]. For the most part, Alejandro and Elena are this.
* ItBelongsInAMuseum: Two Pinkerton agents capture Zorro and claim that the days of vigilantes are over.
-->'''Pinkerton agent:''' (showing Zorro his mask) This belongs in a museum. So do you.
* JustTrainWrong: The driver of the bad guy's train is hit by a piece of wood and falls against the throttle, shoving it forward and [[RunawayTrain causing the train's speed]] and boiler pressure to dramatically increase. Pushing the throttle forward would actually close it, making the train slow down (and eventually stop) while a rise in speed would cause the boiler pressure to decrease.
* LamarckWasRight: Don Alejandro de la Vega's son, Joaquin, seems to have inherited his father's taste for social justice and swordfighting skills despite the fact that he has no idea his father is actually Zorro.
* LargeHam: Zorro himself.
--> '''Alejandro''': [[AC: No-one]] leaves my ''tequila worm'' dangling in the wind!
* LightIsNotGood: [=McGivens=] kills people because he believes he is doing God's work, and often quotes the Bible.
* LighterAndSofter: Overlapping with DenserAndWackier.
* LovesMyAlterEgo: Joaquin idolizes Zorro, but thinks his father is a loser, without realizing that they're both the same man.
* NitroExpress: The hero and the villain have a swordfight [[TraintopBattle on top of a train]] loaded with nitroglycerin.
* OfCourseISmoke: Elena gets rid of [[RomanticFalseLead Armand]] so she can talk to Alejandro by asking him to buy her a pipe. [[BrickJoke Much later]], after she and Armand have had dinner, a servant brings "her" pipe. Initially she says she needs her stomach to settle first, but when she needs an excuse to be out on the balcony, she's forced to light up.
-->'''Armand:''' Are you all right?
-->'''Elena:''' Fine.
-->'''Armand:''' My God, you're turning green.
* OhCrap:
** The villain's reaction when the train is about to ram to a wall.
** And [=McGivens=] before ''he'' dies in another scene.
* PaperThinDisguise: Zorro's son is unable to recognize his own father's face or voice, while talking to him, because part of Zorro's eyes are covered by his facemask.
* PassingTheTorch: The alternate ending does this with the aging Alejandro and his now-adult son Joaquin. This was changed, though, in order to allow for more possible sequels with the same actors.
* PinkertonDetective: Pinkerton agents extort Elena, the wife of Zorro, to help them investigate a secret society trying to prevent the 1850 admission of California to the Union. Rather anachronistically, since the Pinkertons weren't formed until after that event.
* PocketProtector: [[spoiler:Father Quintero appears to die from a shot, but then he comes back later and reveals that he was saved by his crucifix necklace]].
%%* PsychoForHire: [=McGivens=].
* RacingTheTrain: A version of this happens when Alejandro's son does this with the horse, Tornado, is racing to catch up to the train.
* ScreamsLikeALittleGirl: Both villains do this before they die.
* ShoutOut: [[Film/IndianaJonesAndTheLastCrusade "This belongs in a museum...and so do you."]]
* ShovelStrike: Elena attempts to fend off some attackers with a shovel.
* SkipToTheEnd: The remarriage has to be rushed because the Zorro Bell is ringing.
%%* SlapSlapKiss
* StockSubtitle
* SwitchToEnglish: Inverted. After the title character rescues his son from the BigBad's gang, they start a conversation in English. Then Zorro cuts the conversation off and requests that they converse in "the language of our fathers" Spanish. The rest of the conversation occurs in Spanish with English subtitles.
%%* SwordFight
* ThrownFromTheZeppelin: After the AncientConspiracy members hear Armand's evil plans, one disagrees. As a result, Armand demonstrates his secret weapon - nitroglycerin - by throwing a small bottle of it on him.
%%* TraintopBattle
* UndersideRide: Joaquin trails the [=McGiven=]'s gang by clinging to the underside of their wagon.
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* Of course, most of the tropes listed on Franchise/{{Zorro}}'s page.



* AncientConspiracy: The Knights of Aragon in the sequel.
* ArchEnemy: Two in ''Mask''; Don Rafael Montero to Don Diego and Captain Love to Alejandro.
* AristocratsAreEvil: Don Rafael and the rest of the Dons
** Averted with Zorro as Diego De La Vega is himself an aristocrat, though he fights for the people and seems fairly cynical towards his social class.
* ArtisticLicenseHistory: Some of the most glaring ones in ''The Legend of Zorro'', which is set in 1850, are the role of the Confederate States of America (which weren't formed until 1861), the First Transcontinental Railroad (which wasn't completed until 1869; in fact, California wouldn't gain its first railroad until 1856) and the California Statehood Referendum which is entirely fictious.

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* AncientConspiracy: The Knights of Aragon in the sequel.
* ArchEnemy: Two in ''Mask''; Don Rafael Montero to Don Diego and Captain Love to Alejandro.
* AristocratsAreEvil: AristocratsAreEvil:
**
Don Rafael and the rest of the Dons
** Averted with Zorro as Diego De La Vega is himself an aristocrat, though he fights for the people and seems fairly cynical towards his social class. \n* ArtisticLicenseHistory: Some of the most glaring ones in ''The Legend of Zorro'', which is set in 1850, are the role of the Confederate States of America (which weren't formed until 1861), the First Transcontinental Railroad (which wasn't completed until 1869; in fact, California wouldn't gain its first railroad until 1856) and the California Statehood Referendum which is entirely fictious.



* BabiesEverAfter: In the closing sequence of ''Mask'', Alejandro and Elena are shown to be living together with a son named Joaquin, in honor of Alejandro's brother.

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* BabiesEverAfter: In the closing sequence of ''Mask'', sequence, Alejandro and Elena are shown to be living together with a son named Joaquin, in honor of Alejandro's brother.



** Zorro disguises himself as a monk in the prologue before revealing himself.

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** The original Zorro disguises himself as a monk in the prologue before revealing himself.



** BadassBeard: Captain Love
** BadassBystander: the Cortez couple in the sequel seems to be set up to be another pair of helpless victims in need of rescuing. Turns out they're ''quite'' capable of putting up a fight when pushed to it.
** BadassGrandpa: Diego de La Vega (AnthonyHopkins) and his archenemy Don Rafael (Stuart Wilson) in ''The Mask of Zorro''. Both of them are capable of going one on one with the much younger Alejandro.
** BadassMoustache: Diego and Rafael both feature very Badass moustaches.
* BatmanGambit: Don Diego crashed Montero's party to spy on the dons, get the map, get some payback by setting the adjacent fields on fire, and even get close to his daughter. All came in handy later on.

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** * BadassBeard: Captain Love
** BadassBystander: the Cortez couple in the sequel seems to be set up to be another pair of helpless victims in need of rescuing. Turns out they're ''quite'' capable of putting up a fight when pushed to it.
**
* BadassGrandpa: Diego de La Vega (AnthonyHopkins) and his archenemy Don Rafael (Stuart Wilson) in ''The Mask of Zorro''. Both of them are capable of going one on one with the much younger Alejandro.
** * BadassMoustache: Diego and Rafael both feature very Badass moustaches.
* BatmanGambit: Don Diego crashed Montero's party to spy on the dons, get the map, get some payback by setting the adjacent fields on fire, and even get close to his daughter. All came in handy later on.



* BigBad: Don Rafael in ''The Mask''.
* BigBadDuumvirate: Armand and [=McGivens=] in ''The Legend''.
* BigNo: Rafael does this twice: first when one of his men tries to shoot Diego and he realizes that Esperanza is in the way; second when Captain Love attempts to shoot Diego with Elena being dangerously close to the old man. The second time, he manages to stop the would-be shooter before [[HistoryRepeats history repeats itself]].
* BloodFromTheMouth

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* BigBad: Don Rafael in ''The Mask''.
* BigBadDuumvirate: Armand and [=McGivens=] in ''The Legend''.
Rafael.
* BigNo: Rafael does this twice: first when one of his men tries to shoot Diego and he realizes that Esperanza is in the way; second when Captain Love attempts to shoot Diego with Elena being dangerously close to the old man. The second time, he manages to stop the would-be shooter before [[HistoryRepeats history repeats itself]].
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itself]].
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BloodFromTheMouth



** In the first movie's ActionPrologue, a young boy runs into a hooded man, assuming he's just another bystander in the crowd, before looking closer and realizing the hooded man is Zorro. Twenty years later in a gold mine, a slave worker is brought some water by another hooded man, who once again, upon closer inspection, is Zorro. The particularly heartwarming part, the boy who noticed the former Zorro ''became'' the latter one twenty years down the line.

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** In the first movie's ActionPrologue, a young boy runs into a hooded man, assuming he's just another bystander in the crowd, before looking closer and realizing the hooded man is Zorro. Twenty years later in a gold mine, a slave worker is brought some water by another hooded man, who once again, upon closer inspection, is Zorro. The particularly heartwarming part, the boy who noticed the former Zorro ''became'' the latter one twenty years down the line.



* ClarkKenting: when Diego assumes the guise of Alejandro's manservant "Bernardo". {{Lampshade|Hanging}}d[=/=]{{Hand Wave}}d with this bit of dialog:

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* ClarkKenting: when When Diego assumes the guise of Alejandro's manservant "Bernardo". {{Lampshade|Hanging}}d[=/=]{{Hand Wave}}d with this bit of dialog:



* {{Confessional}}: In the first movie, Elena confesses her lust at seeing the new Zorro for the first time... [[spoiler:only it's actually Zorro in the booth with her instead of the priest]].
* CoolHorse: Tornado, of course.

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* {{Confessional}}: In the first movie, Elena confesses her lust at seeing the new Zorro for the first time... [[spoiler:only it's actually Zorro in the booth with her instead of the priest]].
* CoolHorse: Tornado, the horse of course. the original Zorro. Same goes for the Tornado of the New Zorro.



* CultureClash: The sequel has elements of this, contrasting the Hispanic trappings of the old California to the increasingly Wild West aesthetic of the to-be-American state.
* DarkerAndEdgier: The original Alcalde in the Mark of Zorro is a grubby, greedy thief. Rafael Montero sees no problem with stealing other men's children, treason, and [[BreadEggsMilkSquick mass murder]] (though he does balk somewhat at the last one). Captain Pasquale is a saint compared to Captain Love.

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* CultureClash: The sequel has elements of this, contrasting the Hispanic trappings of the old California to the increasingly Wild West aesthetic of the to-be-American state.
* DarkerAndEdgier: The original Alcalde in the Mark of Zorro is a grubby, greedy thief. Rafael Montero sees no problem with stealing other men's children, treason, and [[BreadEggsMilkSquick mass murder]] (though he does balk somewhat at the last one). Captain Pasquale is a saint compared to Captain Love.



* DoesThisRemindYouOfAnything: In ''Legend'', Elena marries a rich tycoon who creates weapons of mass destruction and hides them in wine bottles. 'Sounds a lot like a ''Film/{{Notorious}}'' 1946 movie.
* DoorClosesEnding: In the first film.

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* DoesThisRemindYouOfAnything: In ''Legend'', Elena marries a rich tycoon who creates weapons of mass destruction and hides them in wine bottles. 'Sounds a lot like a ''Film/{{Notorious}}'' 1946 movie.
* DoorClosesEnding: In the first film.
%%* DoorClosesEnding



* TheDragon: Captain Love in the first movie.
* DrowningMySorrows:
** This is what Alejandro is doing when Diego first meets him, right after his brother was killed.
** Also happens in the sequel: What would YOU do if you lost your wife to a smarmy, rich French dude?
* [[LukeIAmYourFather Elena, I Am Your Father]]: Diego reveals this to her by completing an anecdote [[SomethingOnlyTheyWouldSay only he would know]].

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* TheDragon: Captain Love in the first movie.
Love.
* DrowningMySorrows:
**
DrowningMySorrows: This is what Alejandro is doing when Diego first meets him, right after his brother was killed.
** Also happens in the sequel: What would YOU do if you lost your wife to a smarmy, rich French dude?
* [[LukeIAmYourFather Elena, I Am Your Father]]: Diego reveals this to her by completing an anecdote [[SomethingOnlyTheyWouldSay only he would know]].
killed.



** Father Felipe gets a nice one in the sequel when five minutes into the film, he's telling the man who just shot up a plaza to bugger off in no uncertain terms. While standing right in front of him, unarmed.



--> '''Montero''': ''Get the children out of the plaza immediately!!'' (to Don Luis) The children should never have to see the things we do.
** Similarly in the sequel; Armand can be convinced not to execute a father in front of his son.
* EvilCounterpart: arguably, Jacob McGivens to Father Felipe. As McGivens himself puts it, "we're both men of God."

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--> '''Montero''': ''Get the children out of the plaza immediately!!'' (to Don Luis) [[ChildrenAreInnocent The children should never have to see the things we do.
** Similarly in the sequel; Armand can be convinced not to execute a father in front of his son.
* EvilCounterpart: arguably, Jacob McGivens to Father Felipe. As McGivens himself puts it, "we're both men of God."
do]].



* FamilyUnfriendlyDeath: Despite being rated PG (compared to the first film's PG-13 rating), ''Legend'' has a few violent deaths, including the film's villain [[spoiler: being tied to the front of a train and having his body slam into debris on the tracks onscreen]]
* FashionsNeverChange: Averted. Napoleonic-esque costumes and uniforms in the first few minutes of ''The Mask of Zorro'' had largely changed to more Victorian styles in the the rest of the movie, set 20 years later.

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* FamilyUnfriendlyDeath: Despite being rated PG (compared to the first film's PG-13 rating), ''Legend'' has a few violent deaths, including the film's villain [[spoiler: being tied to the front of a train and having his body slam into debris on the tracks onscreen]]
* FashionsNeverChange: Averted. Napoleonic-esque costumes and uniforms in the first few minutes of ''The Mask of Zorro'' had the film has largely changed to more Victorian styles in the the rest of the movie, set 20 years later.



* FirstKiss: After beating her in their sword duel Zorro kissed Eléna big time. Both because he loved her and to daze her into no longer wanting to fight.

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* FirstKiss: After beating her in their sword duel Zorro kissed Eléna big time. Both because he loved her and to daze her into no longer wanting to fight.



* FollowTheLeader: In a strange double-edged example, ''The Mask of Zorro'' may have inspired the film version of ''Film/TheCountOfMonteCristo''; but ''Zorro'' also seems to be a {{re|cycledINSPACE}}telling of the ''Monte Cristo'' story (it's actually a retelling of ''The Curse Of Capistrano'').
* FrenchJerk: Armand.



* GiantMook: Alejandro encounters one in the fort in ''Mask'', whom he defeats by bludgeoning the Mook's head with cannonballs. Said Mook falls over, spitting out his own teeth.
* GratuitousSpanish: Given it takes place in California, during both "Mexican province" and "joining the US" phases, justified. In the sequel, Tornado even only accepts Alejandro's orders once he speaks in Spanish, and Zorro asks Joaquin to talk with him "en la lengua de nuestros padres".
* HairTriggerExplosive: In ''The Legend of Zorro'', the villains' plan involves a train full of nitroglycerine. To demonstrate one tosses a small drop onto the floor causing a huge explosion.
* HappilyMarried: Yeah, there was the separation phase, but that was mostly because [[spoiler: Elena was blackmailed into it]]. For the most part, Alejandro and Elena are this.

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* GiantMook: Alejandro encounters one in the fort in ''Mask'', while stealing a horse for himself, whom he defeats by bludgeoning the Mook's head with cannonballs. Said Mook falls over, spitting out his own teeth.
* GratuitousSpanish: Given it takes place in California, during both "Mexican province" and "joining the US" phases, justified. In the sequel, Tornado even only accepts Alejandro's orders once he speaks in Spanish, and Zorro asks Joaquin to talk with him "en la lengua de nuestros padres".
* HairTriggerExplosive: In ''The Legend of Zorro'', the villains' plan involves a train full of nitroglycerine. To demonstrate one tosses a small drop onto the floor causing a huge explosion.
* HappilyMarried: Yeah, there was the separation phase, but that was mostly because [[spoiler: Elena was blackmailed into it]]. For the most part, Alejandro and Elena are this.



* HeroicSacrifice: Finale of the first movie.
* HistoricalHeroUpgrade: Three-Finger Jack and [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Joaquin_Murieta Joaquin Murieta]] were historical outlaws operating in California during the Gold Rush, and their gang was believed responsible for most of the murders in the Mother Lode area of the Sierra Nevadas. In the film they form a cheery band of outlaws with Joaquin's brother Alejandro, (who was invented for the film) who use guile to steal from the corrupt soldiers serving the government of California and seem content with humiliating their victims.

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* %%* HeroicSacrifice: Finale of Used in the first movie.
finale.
* HistoricalHeroUpgrade: Three-Finger Jack and [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Joaquin_Murieta Joaquin Murieta]] were historical outlaws operating in California during the Gold Rush, and their gang was believed responsible for most of the murders in the Mother Lode area of the Sierra Nevadas. In the film they form a cheery band of outlaws with Joaquin's brother Alejandro, (who was invented for the film) who use guile to steal from the corrupt soldiers serving the government of California and seem content with humiliating their victims.



* IAmSpartacus: Early in the first film, after Zorro has been in prison for decades, Don Rafael returns to find him. Cue all the prisoners declaring "I Am Zorro!" (although, contrary to the trope's common usage, it doesn't appear that they were doing so to protect Zorro, as it was never implied they even knew that the real Zorro was among them).
** Kinda cute that the original Spartacus is ''Kirk Douglas'', Catherine Zeta-Jones' (Elena) father-in-law.

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* IAmSpartacus: Early in the first film, after Zorro has been in prison for decades, Don Rafael returns to find him. Cue all the prisoners declaring "I Am Zorro!" (although, contrary to the trope's common usage, it doesn't appear that they were doing so to protect Zorro, as it was never implied they even knew that the real Zorro was among them).
** Kinda cute that the original Spartacus is ''Kirk Douglas'', Catherine Zeta-Jones' (Elena) father-in-law.
them).



* JustTrainWrong: In the sequel, the driver of the bad guy's train is hit by a piece of wood and falls against the throttle, shoving it forward and causing the train's speed and boiler pressure to dramatically increase. Pushing the throttle forward would actually close it, making the train slow down (and eventually stop) while a rise in speed would cause the boiler pressure to decrease.
* KarmicDeath: Two in ''The Mask of Zorro'' [[spoiler: Captain Love is stabbed with his own sword, and Rafael is caught in the straps of a wagon full of gold which then drags him to his death. For bonus points, the wagon load of gold slams into Captain Love on the way down.]]

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* JustTrainWrong: In the sequel, the driver of the bad guy's train is hit by a piece of wood and falls against the throttle, shoving it forward and causing the train's speed and boiler pressure to dramatically increase. Pushing the throttle forward would actually close it, making the train slow down (and eventually stop) while a rise in speed would cause the boiler pressure to decrease.
* KarmicDeath: Two in ''The Mask of Zorro'' them: [[spoiler: Captain Love is stabbed with his own sword, and Rafael is caught in the straps of a wagon full of gold which then drags him to his death. For bonus points, the wagon load of gold slams into Captain Love on the way down.]]



* LegacyCharacter
* LighterAndSofter: ''The Legend of Zorro'', overlapping with DenserAndWackier.

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* LegacyCharacter
* LighterAndSofter: ''The Legend of Zorro'', overlapping with DenserAndWackier.
%%* LegacyCharacter



* [[MadScientistsBeautifulDaughter Mad Don's Beautiful Daughter]]: Elena.

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* [[MadScientistsBeautifulDaughter Mad Don's Beautiful Daughter]]: LukeIAmYourFather: Diego reveals this to her by completing an anecdote [[SomethingOnlyTheyWouldSay only he would know]].
%%* MadScientistsBeautifulDaughter:
Elena.



* MatingDance: Elena and Alejandro at the ball in ''The Mask of Zorro''. Don Rafael wasn't happy.

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* MatingDance: Elena and Alejandro at the ball in ''The Mask of Zorro''. ball. Don Rafael wasn't Rafael, who witnesses it, is not happy.



* MythologyGag: Diego's alias as Alejandro's manservant is Bernardo, who in the original series was the name of Diego's manservant. Other elements like the giant flaming Z and Zorro hiding in a confessional also appeared in older Zorro movies. The title "The Mask of Zorro" itself is just one letter away from the first Zorro movie, ''Film/TheMarkOfZorro.''
** Alejandro's brother is a bandit named Joaquín Murrieta. There was a real bandit in California named Joaquín Murrieta (although he was active years after the film is set), and that Murrieta is considered a likely inspiration of the literary Zorro.

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* MythologyGag: MythologyGag:
**
Diego's alias as Alejandro's manservant is Bernardo, who in the original series was the name of Diego's manservant. Other elements like the giant flaming Z and Zorro hiding in a confessional also appeared in older Zorro movies. The title "The Mask of Zorro" itself is just one letter away from the first Zorro movie, ''Film/TheMarkOfZorro.''
** Alejandro's brother is a bandit named Joaquín Murrieta. There was a real bandit in California named Joaquín Murrieta (although he was active years after the film is set), and that Murrieta is considered a likely inspiration of the literary Zorro.



* NitroExpress: Almost literally in ''The Legend of Zorro''.



* TheNudifier: Zorro's sword to Elena's dress.



* OhCrap: In ''Legend of Zorro'', the villain's reaction when the train is about to ram to a wall.
** And [=McGivens=] before ''he'' dies in another scene.
* PassingTheTorch: The entire point of ''The Mask of Zorro'' seemed to involve this.
** The alternate ending to ''The Legend of Zorro'' does this with the aging Alejandro and his now-adult son Joaquin. This was changed, though, in order to allow for more sequels with the same actors.

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* OhCrap: In ''Legend of Zorro'', the villain's reaction when the train is about to ram to a wall.
** And [=McGivens=] before ''he'' dies in another scene.
* PassingTheTorch: The entire point of ''The Mask of Zorro'' the film seemed to involve this.
** The alternate ending to ''The Legend of Zorro'' does this with the aging Alejandro and his now-adult son Joaquin. This was changed, though, in order to allow for more sequels with the same actors.
this.



* PragmaticAdaptation: The original neatly introduced Zorro to a new generation by making Don Diego the mentor to a new Zorro and adding healthy lashings of tongue-in-cheek humour.
* PsychoForHire: Captain Love in ''The Mask of Zorro'' and [=McGivens=] in ''The Legend''.
* RacingTheTrain: A version of this happens in ''Legend of Zorro'' when Alejandro's son does this with the horse, Tornado, is racing to catch up to the train.
* RecycledInSpace: Main character is a hopeless loser who gets trained up to be awesome by an old master? Not a particularly common plot for a swashbuckler, but ''extremely'' popular for [[{{Wuxia}} kung fu movies]].

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* PragmaticAdaptation: The original film neatly introduced Zorro to a new generation by making Don Diego the mentor to a new Zorro and adding healthy lashings of tongue-in-cheek humour.
* %%* PsychoForHire: Captain Love in ''The Mask of Zorro'' and [=McGivens=] in ''The Legend''.
Love.
* RacingTheTrain: A version of this happens in ''Legend of Zorro'' when Alejandro's son does this with the horse, Tornado, is racing to catch up to the train.
* RecycledInSpace:
RecycledInSpace:
**
Main character is a hopeless loser who gets trained up to be awesome by an old master? Not a particularly common plot for a swashbuckler, but ''extremely'' popular for [[{{Wuxia}} kung fu movies]]. movies]].



* ReluctantFanserviceGirl: Elena becomes one after Zorro gives her a very humbling ShamefulStrip.

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* RelativeButton: Captain Love taunts Zorro with this during their duel after learning that he is Alejandro, the surviving Murrieta brother.
-->'''Captain Love:''' You're doing well. Your brother would have shot himself by now.
* ReluctantFanserviceGirl: Elena becomes one after Zorro gives her a very humbling ShamefulStrip.



* ScreamsLikeALittleGirl:
** Both villains in ''The Legend'' before they die...
** Captain Love does this-a lot. The biggest one is just before the cart full of gold flattens him.
* SelfProclaimedKnight: Don Diego de la Vega as the mysterious black-clad rider who fights injustice in Spanish California in ''The Mask of Zorro'' and Don Alejandro Murrieta de la Vega in ''The Legend of Zorro''.
* SlapSlapKiss: Played rather cleverly during and after Elena and Zorro's swordfight. Also present in the sequel.
* ShamefulStrip: Zorro stripping Elena at the end of their sword fight most definitely counts.
* ShoutOut: [[Film/IndianaJonesAndTheLastCrusade "This belongs in a museum...and so do you."]]
* SpiritedYoungLady: Elena wants to keep the commandments and tries to behave the way her father would like her to but her heart is too wild. She can both dance gracefully with Captain Harrison Love or sword fight with Zorro. She also makes her view of politics knows at dinner.

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* ScreamsLikeALittleGirl:
** Both villains in ''The Legend'' before they die...
**
ScreamsLikeALittleGirl: Captain Love does this-a this-- a lot. The biggest one is just before the cart full of gold flattens him.
* SelfProclaimedKnight: Don Diego de la Vega as the mysterious black-clad rider who fights injustice in Spanish California in ''The Mask of Zorro'' and Don Alejandro Murrieta de la Vega in takes up this role, continuing it to ''The Legend of Zorro''.
Zorro''.
* SlapSlapKiss: Played rather cleverly during and after Elena and Zorro's swordfight. Also present in the sequel.
swordfight.
* ShamefulStrip: Zorro stripping Elena at the end of their sword fight most definitely counts.
* ShoutOut: [[Film/IndianaJonesAndTheLastCrusade "This belongs in a museum...and so do you."]]
counts.
* SpiritedYoungLady: Elena wants to keep the commandments and tries to behave the way her father would like her to but her heart is too wild. She can both dance gracefully with Captain Harrison Love or sword fight with Zorro. She also makes her view of politics knows at dinner.



* SwitchToEnglish: Inverted. After the title character rescues his son from the BigBad's gang, they start a conversation in English. Then Zorro cuts the conversation off and requests that they converse in "the language of our fathers" Spanish. The rest of the conversation occurs in Spanish with English subtitles.



* TakingTheKids: In an unusual (and villainous) example, Don Rafael takes Diego's daughter Elena and raises her as his own.
** DeathByChildbirth: Rafael tells Elena that this happened to her mother. It's a lie, of course.

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* TakingTheKids: In an unusual (and villainous) example, Don Rafael takes Diego's daughter Elena and raises her as his own.
** DeathByChildbirth: Rafael tells Elena
own, telling her that this happened to her mother. It's a lie, of course.mother [[DeathByChildbirth died in childbirth]].



* ThrowItIn: Anthony Hopkins was very proud of the work he did mastering the bullwhip and insisted they let him show off a bit. The scene in the cave where he's extinguishing candles with the whip? That was Hopkins.



* UndersideRide: Joaquin trails the [=McGiven=]'s gang by clinging to the underside of their wagon in ''The Legend of Zorro''.



* WhipItGood: Diego, played by AnthonyHopkins, has a thing for cigars, black leather, and whips. ... Anyone want to bet it's been Rule 34'd?
** In fact, Zorro's main weapons are a sword and a whip.

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* WhipItGood: WhipItGood:
**
Diego, played by AnthonyHopkins, Creator/AnthonyHopkins, has a thing for cigars, black leather, and whips. ... Anyone want to bet it's been Rule 34'd?
** In fact, Zorro's main weapons are a sword and a whip.
whips, even if he's not Zorro anymore.



** If one counts "shoot the woman I love" as failure.
** If killing the woman your boss loves in front of the boss isn't EpicFail, what is?
* [[YouKilledMyFather You Killed My Brother]]
* YouLookFamiliar: Pedro Armendariz Jr. plays both Don Hector and Governor Riley. In addition Tony Amendola plays Don Luis and Father Quintero, the name of the villain in the Creator/TyronePower film was Don Luis Quintero.
* ZenSurvivor: Diego.
* ZorroMark: Besides the obvious "Z"s, Alejandro cuts an "M" for Murrieta into the cheek of his brother's killer.

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** If one counts "shoot the woman I love" as failure.
** If killing the woman your boss loves in front of the boss isn't EpicFail, what is?
* [[YouKilledMyFather You Killed My Brother]]
* YouLookFamiliar: Pedro Armendariz Jr. plays both Don Hector and Governor Riley. In addition Tony Amendola plays Don Luis and Father Quintero, the name of the villain in the Creator/TyronePower film was Don Luis Quintero.
*
%%* YouKilledMyFather
%%*
ZenSurvivor: Diego.
* ZorroMark: Besides the obvious "Z"s, Alejandro cuts an "M" for Murrieta into the cheek of his brother's killer.killer.

!!''The Legend of Zorro'' has examples of:

%%* AncientConspiracy: The Knights of Aragon.
* AnimalReactionShot: Zorro manages to land his horse on top of a moving carriage train, only to notice that it's about to enter a tunnel. There's a shot of the horse's eyes widening.

* ArtisticLicenseHistory: Some of the most glaring ones in the film, which is set in 1850, are the role of the Confederate States of America (which weren't formed until 1861), the First Transcontinental Railroad (which wasn't completed until 1869; in fact, California wouldn't gain its first railroad until 1856) and the California Statehood Referendum which is entirely fictious.
* BadassBystander: The Cortez couple seem to be set up to be another pair of helpless victims in need of rescuing. Turns out they're ''quite'' capable of putting up a fight when pushed to it.
* BadassPreacher: Padre Filipe. A scrawny-looking, unassuming priest who punches out mooks (and who braves bullets to conceal Zorro's identity)? That approaches even Zorro's level of badass.
* BeautyIsNeverTarnished: Elena runs across a dirt field at full speed, fights with a shovel, runs back across the same field at full speed, falls in the dirt at least once, and when she gets back to her room her white nightgown is spotless and she doesn't have a hair out of place.
* BigBadDuumvirate: Armand and [=McGivens=].
* CultureClash: The film has elements of this, contrasting the Hispanic trappings of the old California to the increasingly Wild West aesthetic of the to-be-American state.
* DoesThisRemindYouOfAnything: Elena marries a rich tycoon who creates weapons of mass destruction and hides them in wine bottles. 'Sounds a lot like a ''Film/{{Notorious}}'' 1946 movie.
* DramaticUnmask: Zorro getss captured and unmasked by the bad guys, who also have his wife and child in tow. Elena already knows his identity as do the audience; the only important character it's a reveal for is his son.
* DrowningMySorrows: What would YOU do if you lost your wife to a smarmy, rich French dude?
* EstablishingCharacterMoment: Father Felipe gets a nice one when five minutes into the film, he's telling the man who just shot up a plaza to bugger off in no uncertain terms. While standing right in front of him, unarmed.
* EternalSexualFreedom: The film is set in mid-19th century California. The wealthy and socially prominent main characters (Antonio Banderas, Catherine Zeta-Jones) get divorced, and the woman continues to raise their son and is apparently still socially prominent. And remember that this is Spanish-Mexican California, a ''Catholic'' culture, where divorce was even more intolerable than in Protestant countries, although loopholes did of course exist.
* EvenEvilHasStandards: Armand can be convinced not to execute a father in front of his son.
* EvilCounterpart: Jacob [=McGivens=] to Father Felipe. As [=McGivens=] himself puts it, "we're both men of God."
%%* FrenchJerk: Armand.
* FamilyUnfriendlyDeath: Despite being rated PG (compared to the first film's PG-13 rating), ''Legend'' has a few violent deaths, including the film's villain [[spoiler: being tied to the front of a train and having his body slam into debris on the tracks onscreen]]
* GratuitousSpanish: Tornado even only accepts Alejandro's orders once he speaks in Spanish, and Zorro asks Joaquin to talk with him "en la lengua de nuestros padres".
* HairTriggerExplosive: The villains' plan involves a train full of nitroglycerine. To demonstrate one tosses a small drop onto the floor causing a huge explosion.
* HappilyMarried: Yeah, there was the separation phase, but that was mostly because [[spoiler: Elena was blackmailed into it]]. For the most part, Alejandro and Elena are this.
* ItBelongsInAMuseum: Two Pinkerton agents capture Zorro and claim that the days of vigilantes are over.
-->'''Pinkerton agent:''' (showing Zorro his mask) This belongs in a museum. So do you.
* JustTrainWrong: The driver of the bad guy's train is hit by a piece of wood and falls against the throttle, shoving it forward and [[RunawayTrain causing the train's speed]] and boiler pressure to dramatically increase. Pushing the throttle forward would actually close it, making the train slow down (and eventually stop) while a rise in speed would cause the boiler pressure to decrease.
* LamarckWasRight: Don Alejandro de la Vega's son, Joaquin, seems to have inherited his father's taste for social justice and swordfighting skills despite the fact that he has no idea his father is actually Zorro.
* LargeHam: Zorro himself.
--> '''Alejandro''': [[AC: No-one]] leaves my ''tequila worm'' dangling in the wind!
* LightIsNotGood: [=McGivens=] kills people because he believes he is doing God's work, and often quotes the Bible.
* LighterAndSofter: Overlapping with DenserAndWackier.
* LovesMyAlterEgo: Joaquin idolizes Zorro, but thinks his father is a loser, without realizing that they're both the same man.
* NitroExpress: The hero and the villain have a swordfight [[TraintopBattle on top of a train]] loaded with nitroglycerin.
* OfCourseISmoke: Elena gets rid of [[RomanticFalseLead Armand]] so she can talk to Alejandro by asking him to buy her a pipe. [[BrickJoke Much later]], after she and Armand have had dinner, a servant brings "her" pipe. Initially she says she needs her stomach to settle first, but when she needs an excuse to be out on the balcony, she's forced to light up.
-->'''Armand:''' Are you all right?
-->'''Elena:''' Fine.
-->'''Armand:''' My God, you're turning green.
* OhCrap:
** The villain's reaction when the train is about to ram to a wall.
** And [=McGivens=] before ''he'' dies in another scene.
* PaperThinDisguise: Zorro's son is unable to recognize his own father's face or voice, while talking to him, because part of Zorro's eyes are covered by his facemask.
* PassingTheTorch: The alternate ending does this with the aging Alejandro and his now-adult son Joaquin. This was changed, though, in order to allow for more possible sequels with the same actors.
* PinkertonDetective: Pinkerton agents extort Elena, the wife of Zorro, to help them investigate a secret society trying to prevent the 1850 admission of California to the Union. Rather anachronistically, since the Pinkertons weren't formed until after that event.
* PocketProtector: [[spoiler:Father Quintero appears to die from a shot, but then he comes back later and reveals that he was saved by his crucifix necklace]].
%%* PsychoForHire: [=McGivens=].
* RacingTheTrain: A version of this happens when Alejandro's son does this with the horse, Tornado, is racing to catch up to the train.
* ScreamsLikeALittleGirl: Both villains do this before they die.
* ShoutOut: [[Film/IndianaJonesAndTheLastCrusade "This belongs in a museum...and so do you."]]
* ShovelStrike: Elena attempts to fend off some attackers with a shovel.
* SkipToTheEnd: The remarriage has to be rushed because the Zorro Bell is ringing.
%%* SlapSlapKiss
* StockSubtitle
* SwitchToEnglish: Inverted. After the title character rescues his son from the BigBad's gang, they start a conversation in English. Then Zorro cuts the conversation off and requests that they converse in "the language of our fathers" Spanish. The rest of the conversation occurs in Spanish with English subtitles.
%%* SwordFight
* ThrownFromTheZeppelin: After the AncientConspiracy members hear Armand's evil plans, one disagrees. As a result, Armand demonstrates his secret weapon - nitroglycerin - by throwing a small bottle of it on him.
%%* TraintopBattle
* UndersideRide: Joaquin trails the [=McGiven=]'s gang by clinging to the underside of their wagon.
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* CruelMercy: Montero lets Diego live in prison rather than killing him so that he can dwell on how everything he loves has been taken from him. [[spoiler: Diego returns the favor at the end, having taken back Elena and ended Montero's schemes. It doesn't prevent Montero from suffering a KarmicDeath, however.]]
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* ThrowItIn: Anthony Hopkins was very proud of the work he did mastering the bullwhip and insisted they let him show off a bit. The scene in the cave where he's extinguishing candles with the whip? That was Hopkins.
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* UnfriendlyFire: In the prologue, Zorro makes his presence known to the crowd when he wraps his whip around the muskets of the firing squad, forcing them to fire at the squad commander.
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* InTheHood: Don Rafael when he returns to California.
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* HeCleansUpNicely: Alejandro goes from being messy looking to looking like {{Antonio|Banderas}} [[LatinLover Banderas]] over the course of the movie. It is a testament to Antonio Banderas' acting skills that he manages to seem ''not'' charming until the makeover point.

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* HeCleansUpNicely: Alejandro goes from being messy looking to looking like {{Antonio|Banderas}} Creator/{{Antonio|Banderas}} [[LatinLover Banderas]] over the course of the movie. It is a testament to Antonio Banderas' acting skills that he manages to seem ''not'' charming until the makeover point.
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''The Mask of Zorro'' is a 1998 film which depicts the retirement of the aging Don Diego de la Vega as {{Franchise/Zorro}} (Creator/AnthonyHopkins), and his training of a young punk (AntonioBanderas) as his replacement. There have so far been two films in the current treatment of the franchise, ''The Mask of Zorro'' and ''The Legend of Zorro'' (2005).

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''The Mask of Zorro'' is a 1998 film which depicts the retirement of the aging Don Diego de la Vega as {{Franchise/Zorro}} (Creator/AnthonyHopkins), and his training of a young punk (AntonioBanderas) (Creator/AntonioBanderas) as his replacement. There have so far been two films in the current treatment of the franchise, ''The Mask of Zorro'' and ''The Legend of Zorro'' (2005).
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* TheObiWan: Don Diego.



* PragmaticAdaptation: The original neatly introduced Zorro to a new generation by making Don Diego TheObiWan to a new Zorro and adding healthy lashings of tongue-in-cheek humour.

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* PragmaticAdaptation: The original neatly introduced Zorro to a new generation by making Don Diego TheObiWan the mentor to a new Zorro and adding healthy lashings of tongue-in-cheek humour.
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