* {{Anvilicious}}: Arguably, both films seem to carry a recurring trend that, when Zorro loses focus and starts thinking of his own gain or gratification, things go very wrong for him. (Significantly observable in the second film where [[spoiler:everything turns around for Zorro after he prays for the strength to do what's right]].)
* AwesomeMusic: JamesHorner cuts loose with an outrageously fun, Latin-flavored score.
* CompleteMonster: Captain Love. Keeps the dismembered bodyparts of Alejandro's brother pickled in alcohol, which he drinks "based on an Incan custom". And when he learns Zorro has the means to expose Don Rafael's plan (buying California with stolen gold), he calmly suggests destroying the mine to hide evidence of the theft...with the slaves who did the mining still inside, "to destroy ''all'' the evidence".
* FirstInstallmentWins: ''The Mask Of Zorro'' is a great film (RogerEbert went so far to say it was one of the best Zorro films ever made), ''The Legend Of Zorro''... not so much.
* HilariousInHindsight: "The pointy end goes into the other man"? Someone's been getting swordfighting lessons from [[GameOfThrones Arya Stark]]...
* MagnificentBastard: Both Don Rafael and Don Diego. In the sequel, Armand.
* RoleAssociation: After Don Diego shaves his mustache and goatee to play the part of Bernardo, you wonder if he'll kill Don Rafael and [[SilenceOfTheLambs eat his liver with some fava beans and a nice Chianti.]]
** You wouldn't be alone if you'd half-expected [[AntonioBanderas Alejandro]] to bust out a [[{{Desperado}} guitar case full of guns]].
* TheScrappy: Seriously... who, after watching the first movie, apparently demanded that what the sequel needed was a child thrown into the mix??
* {{Sequelitis}}: The general consensus seems to be that ''The Legend Of Zorro'' was not so legendary.
* SignatureScene: Zorro using his sword to render Elena topless.
* UnfortunateImplications: Elena quickly getting over how easily Zorro stripped her might strike some as her having some ValuesDissonance... at least until she gets caught, then she goes back to being properly embarrassed.