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Disney's 1957 TV Show
Don Diego de la Vega/Zorro
Played by Guy WilliamsThe son of ranchero (or baron) Don Alejandro de la Vega, Diego in this version is a former university student who returned from Spain to California to be with his father. When he learned on arriving back at the family home in Los Angeles that it had fallen under the tyrannical grip of Captain Monastario, Diego took up the alter ego of Zorro in a pledge to protect the innocent from those who would harm and oppress them. To help hide his alter ego, Diego pretends to be little more than a man of books and guitars, who is seemingly totally inept in combat.
- Big Good: Particularly later in the show, as even without knowing him to be Zorro, many of the people of Los Angeles tend to see him and his father as sharing this trope.
- Blue Oni Red Oni: Blue to his father Alejandro's Red.
- Cool Horse: Rides into action upon Toronado.
- The Dandy: Dresses and behaves like one in public as part of his Obfuscating Stupidity act.
- Dashing Hispanic: Easily the most badass of them in the show.
- Deadpan SnarkerZorro: Beautiful! Coupe to the wall! You must show me that again, Commandante, now will you please get inside the cell.
- Cool Mask: paired with a Nice Hat
- Obfuscating Stupidity: His adopted tactic for dealing with the Commandante.
- Rich Idiot with No Day Job: Zorro is basically the Trope Codifier, so naturally this version is too.
- Screw the Rules, I'm Doing What's Right!: His main reason for using the Zorro persona.
- Zorro Mark: His Calling Card
Played by Gene SheldonDon Diego's manservant, confidant and co-conspirator, the only person at first to know Diego's secret. Unable to speak, Bernardo uses gestures to communicate. Bernardo pretends to be deaf as well as mute, the better to overhear the plans of Zorro's enemies. He also plays the fool, adopting clownish behavior so as to seem harmless. Although Bernardo is sometimes portrayed as a little silly even when no pretense is required, he is also a capable and invaluable disciple for Zorro and Diego, even wearing the mask himself occasionally when the need arises. The character had appeared in the original stories as both deaf and mute; giving him hearing in this iteration helped to make Bernardo more integral to the series as Zorro's spy. It also helped to advance the plot by giving Diego a partner to whom he could confide feelings, plans, and intended actions, while also communicating these things to the viewers.
- Badass in Distress: Almost every time he has to be rescued, he proceeds to kick butt immediately afterward.
- Crazy-Prepared: At the start of the Monterey story arc, Bernardo brought the Zorro costume for Diego to use in case there was a problem that needed solving. Needless to say, he was right.
- Cute Mute
- Obfuscating Disability: He has everyone convinced that he's "deaf and dumb" and thus they ignore him.
- Undying Loyalty: To Diego.
Capitán Enrique Sanchez Monastario
Played by Britt Lomond.A ruthless tyrant, the appointment of the megalomanical Monastario as commandante of Los Angeles resulted in Don Alejandro calling his son home from Spain, and set off Zorro's career.
- Ambition Is Evil: His tyranny is the result of his desire to become the richest man in California.
- Big Bad: For the first thirteen episodes, at least.
Played by Than WyennA talented bureaucrat and lawyer, Pina acted as Capitan Monastario's right-hand man, while constantly worrying that the Capitan's plans were on the verge of going awry.
- The Dragon: to Monastario
Sergeant Demetrio Lopez Garcia
Played by Henry CalvinOne of Captain Monastario's underlings, the Sergeant is often seen leading other soldiers on various missions to oppress the peasants and/or hunt down Zorro. In spite of this, he is a friendly fellow (although not free of his vices) who respects Zorro and is hardly happy with the orders he is given.
- Acrofatic: Lampshaded by Mountain Man Joe Crane, who points out that Garcia "moves right fast" for a man of his build.
- Badass Baritone: Well, he has the baritone part down magnificently, at least...
- Beware the Nice Ones: While not very intelligent, fond of food and drink and polite to a fault, count on that going right out the window if you actively try to hurt somebody.
- Crouching Moron, Hidden Badass: He might never be able to capture Zorro (unless you count Don Diego's rare moments of captivity), If you're a far less benevolent outlaw, he could drag you into a jail cell with surprising ease.
- Let's Get Dangerous!: While usually an Ineffectual Sympathetic Villain played for comic relief, when the chips are down he proves to be a competent sabreur with Stout Strength and surprising agility.
- Reasonable Authority Figure: When Monastario was defeated, Sergeant Garcia became acting commandante of Los Angeles, and keeps the position throughout most of the show.
Played by Don DiamondAdded to the cast following the departure of Monastario, Corporal Reyes acts as Sergeant Garcia's second-in-command, loyal friend, and occasional morality check. He proves to have a sharp, sly wit, often getting the better of his portly superior.
- Butt-Monkey: Being a notch down the pecking order from fellow Butt-Monkey Sergeant Garcia.
- Deadpan Snarker: And how. The Corporal always seems ready to deliver a good zinger at Garcia's expense.
- The Lancer: To Garcia's "hero" when the Sergeant is acting commandante. In fact, he and the other soldiers are literally "Lancers" by way of their duty title.
Don Alejandro de la Vega
Played by George J. LewisDon Diego's father, greatly disappointed by his son's seeming foppishness and unaware of the secret life he leads or so we are led to believe.
- Blue Oni Red Oni: Red to Diego's Blue
- Bully Hunter: Is furious at Monastario's oppression of the peasantry and Indians.
- Disappointed in You: His reaction to Diego's adopted personality as a popinjay untill he learns that this is just an act Diego puts up to hide the fact that he is Zorro
- Secret Secret-Keeper: During the Monterey arc, we find out that he has secretly been aware of his son being Zorro for quite some time now, but choose not to confront him with this knowledge. He finally admits it when he stops Diego from unmasking himself in public in order to be with his loved one. From that moment on, he becomes a regular Secret Keeper
Don Ignacio "Nacho" Torres
Played by Jan ArvanNeighbor to the de la Vegas, Don Nacho's arrest by Monastario is one of the first signs Don Diego has of the Commandante's true evil.
- Wrongly Accused: Of high treason.
1990 TV Show
Don Diego de la Vega/ZorroThe son of noble Alejandro de la Vega, who returned from the university in Madrid on his father's behalf. After returning, he found that the alcalde was levying huge taxes on the poor and jailing anyone who tried to stop him. Diego realized very quickly that he had to do something, but that he must work anonymously. Hearing Sgt. Mendoza talk about how a soldier's greatest enemy is fear and that the unknown causes fear. Diego was inspired by a fox he sees in the cave adjacent to the de la Vega hacienda. He reflected on the fox's cunning and how the fox is hunted for its fur but still manages to survive. He created Zorro and began fighting oppression.
Played by Duncan Regehr
Victoria EscalanteZorro's ongoing love interest, who is a very outspoken, independent woman. She runs the pueblo's tavern.
Played by Patrice Martinez
- Green-Eyed Monster: Not knowing that Diego and Zorro are the same person, she's not interested in de la Vega at all... until some other girls come closer to him.
Alcalde Luis RamoneRuthless (but not too bright) alcalde obsessed with money. His ambitions are to further his political career and societal status.
Played by Michael Tylo
- Catch-Phrase: "The Ramones do not serve anyone". Hilariously, every time he says it, he's forced to be a slave of particular episode's villain during next few seconds.
- Death by Irony: He finally unmasked Zorro when he wanted to give him a hand and save from a fall. Ramone stripped him of the mask instead of accepting the help and fell off to his death.
- Famous Last Words: "De la Vega? I should knoooooow!" - when he unmasked Zorro, but fell from the balcony.
- Greed: He's obsessed with money, often raises taxes, and creates new ones.
- Ungrateful Bastard: He offered Zorro amnesty for exchange of fencing lessons (to defeat villain of the episode) but did not keep his word. Zorro was not surprised at all.
Sgt. Jaime Mendoza
Played by James Victor
- Be Careful What You Wish For: As we can see in the first season, his dream was always to become an alcalde. Unfortunately, when he was forced to act as mentioned between the time of Ramone's death and Soto's arrival (in the first episode of season four) he begged God to finish it quickly.
- Suspiciously Similar Substitute: To all other Zorro media's Sgt. Garcia. He's also quite obese and dorky sidekick of show's main villain.
Don Alejandro de la Vega
Played by Efrem Zimbalist Jr in season 1 and Henry Darrow in seasons 2-4Don Diego's father and a respected citizen of the pueblo. He takes an active role in the local politics and never hesitates to speak his mind whenever an injustice has been committed. He is a friend to the poor and tries to help the poor whenever he can.
Played by Juan Diego BottoA young mute boy who lives with Don Alejandro and Don Diego at the de la Vega hacienda. Both of his parents were killed by an explosion during a military battle. Felipe received a blow to the neck from the debris caused by the explosion. This blow to the neck as well as the psychological shock from the loss of his parents are the probable causes of Felipe losing the ability to speak. Felipe has pretended for many years to be not only mute but deaf as well. Diego is the only person who knows Felipe's secret. Likewise, Felipe is the only person who knows Diego's secret: that Diego is Zorro.
Alcalde Ignacio de Soto
Played by J. G. HertzlerA ruthless man, and Diego's former colleague from the university. He arrives to Los Angeles after Ramone's tragic death as a new alcalde.
- Jerk with a Heart of Gold: He's so cruel that he was able to put a child in jail and threaten to whip him if he didn't reveal the location of Zorro's cave, but in the series finale he saved Diego's life without any hesitation by shooting de La Vega's evil brother.
- Self-Made Man: According to Diego, Ignacio's parents were very poor and he got everything he has by sheer talent and hard work.