Western Animation: Zorro Generation Z
Another Rick Ungar
creation. This time the story of Zorro
is updated to 2015 and the latest descendant of the De La Vega line also called Diego is a 17 year old teenager who takes up the mantle of Zorro with help from his mute friend Bernardo. To replace the famous Tornado we now have a Cool Bike
called Tornado Z that helps transport Diego to fight against the corrupt mayor of the town.
- Action Girl: Scarlet Whip.
- Badass Biker: Zorro.
- Beneath the Earth: One episode has "The Subway People," a civilization that inexplicably lives below Pueblo Grande.
- Broke Episode: There was an episode where Diego's dad decides to make him learn the value of a dollar and cuts him off from his trust fund, right when he needs a lot of money to rebuild his totaled bike.
- But Not Too Foreign
- Captain Ersatz: Don Payaso is basically The Joker, even down to wearing a purple tuxedo.
- Cool Bike: Tornado Z
- Cute Mute: Bernardo.
- Daddy's Little Villain: Mostly subverted with Maria. She fights the criminals working for her dad but when the opportunity arises to expose him as a criminal, she can't go through with it.
- Family-Friendly Firearms: The future looks a lot like the present if you don't count weaponry. Guns strongly resemble the Star Trek: The Next Generation early "dustbuster" incarnation of phasers.
- Four Is Death: Thoe show's most formidable villains are the appropriately-named Fearsome Four. Luckily for Zorro they only show up twice.
- Gadgeteer Genius: Also Bernardo.
- Hollywood Hacking / Magical Computer: Constantly.
- Heroes Want Redheads
- Humongous Mecha: In "The Wounded Fox."
- Laser Blade
- Left Hanging: The show ends with Mayor Martinez losing his reelection campaign... to an even bigger crook. The intro to a second season was released, but the season itself never followed. Strangely the season 2 intro makes it look like Mayor Martinez still would've been the main villain.
- Legacy Character: There have been many Zorro's over the years. Diego is just the most recent.
- Making it kind of weird is that whenever one appears, he sounds just like the evil mayor.
- Living with the Villain: Maria.
- Locked Out of the Loop: Diego's father Don Alejandro.
- Morph Weapon: Zorro's single weapon can rearrange into several modes: Laser Blade, Darth Maul-esque laser staff, laser whip, and a standard laser blaster.
- My Horse Is a Motorbike: Tornado Z.
- Mutual Masquerade: Diego and Maria have no idea of each others' secret identities, until the last episode.
- Mythology Gag: Originally Maria's costumed identity was going to be the Black Whip, probably based on the movie Zorro's Black Whip, actually about a masked heroine. Presumably this was changed to make her more distinct from the black-clad Zorro. It's also a reference to Lady Rawhide, a popular "Bad Girl" spin-off of the '90s Zorro comics who wore red and used a whip.
- Never Say "Die": Averted in the theme song. The show still uses euphemisms for the most part.
- Paper-Thin Disguise: Scarlet Whip's method of distinguishing herself from her civilian identity... she puts on red shades and wears a red trenchcoat. That's it.
- They never mention this but if you look close her hair is pinker in costume, implying she also wears a wig.
- Recycled IN SPACE: Zorro IN THE FUTURE!
- Shout-Out / Expy: Scarlet Whip to Lady Rawhide
- Slap-Slap-Kiss: Diego and Maria.
- The Speechless: Bernardo is a mute.
- Talking Is a Free Action: Hilariously subverted in the pilot, where Zorro and Scarlet Whip have a spitting contest over who's a better hero, and the bad guys take advantage of their distraction to shoot Scarlet Whip off a roof.
- Totally Radical
- Twenty Minutes into the Future
- The Voiceless: Some actually assumed Bernardo Morn-esquely never quite got the opportunity to get a word in while on screen, before it was made clear he couldn't speak.
- Whip It Good
- Whip Sword
- Xtreme Kool Letterz
- Zorro Mark: Naturally. Into the seat of an enemy's pants, usually.