* {{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]].)
* Creator/AwesomeMusic: Music/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".
* DracoInLeatherPants: Don Rafael Montero gets this from the fans at times. By no means a one-dimensional villain, Montero does genuinely have some positive traits, such as being AFatherToHisMen who's willing to fight either Zorro on his own and doesn't ask his troops to do anything he wouldn't do himself in battle. Plus he genuinely does love Elena and tried to be as good of a father to her as possible, to the point he chastised Don Diego for thinking he would ever shoot her just to gain an advantage over him. And he does show a small hint of hesitation over blowing up all the workers in the mine. However, none of this detracts from the fact that he was willing to have multiple innocent people executed just to draw out Zorro. And it doesn't change the fact that he only became Elena's father because he fought the first Zorro in a duel that led to her mother's death in the first place and then ''took the baby Elena from Don Diego and had Don Diego put in prison for up to two decades'', plus he had no problem ''pretending'' to be willing to shoot Elena to make Don Diego drop his weapon and leave him open for a fatal shot. And with regards to all the workers who slaved away in his mines, no matter how horrified he may have looked at Captain Love's suggestion to blow them all up, Don Rafael really had no qualms about ''enslaving those people and putting them into slave labor in the first place''.
* FirstInstallmentWins: ''The Mask Of Zorro'' is a great film (Creator/RogerEbert went so far to say it was one of the best Zorro films ever made), ''The Legend Of Zorro''... not so much.
* FridgeLogic: Did Diego know about Alejandro giving his daughter Elena a ShamefulStrip when he decided to ship them together at the end?
* HilariousInHindsight:
** "The pointy end goes into the other man"? Someone's been getting swordfighting lessons from [[Series/GameOfThrones Arya Stark]]...
** The IAmSpartacus scene, considering that Creator/KirkDouglas, the original Film/{{Spartacus}}, is Creator/CatherineZetaJones' (Elena) father-in-law.
* MagnificentBastard: Both Don Rafael and Don Diego.
* NightmareFuel: There's something really unsettling about Joaquin Murrieta's head floating in a jar of wine, particularly the eyes, staring away blankly.
* SignatureScene: Zorro using his sword to render Elena topless.
* TearJerker: The finale of the prologue, as Don Diego loses everything he cared for: His wife gunned down in front of him, his child taken to be raised by his ArchEnemy, his home burned to the ground, and his freedom.
-->'''Diego''': Rafael!! You'll never be rid of me! Rafael!!!!