* {{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 Harrison Love, the PsychoForHire [[TheDragon Dragon]], keeps the dismembered body parts of Alejandro's brother pickled in alcohol, which he drinks "based on an Incan custom". 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 [[Series/GameOfThrones Arya Stark]]...
* MagnificentBastard: Both Don Rafael and Don Diego. In the sequel, Armand.
* 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, despite having the same leads and director.
* 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.