- Adaptation Displacement: Let's face it, most of you have seen the movies, not the original stories. In a more direct example, in the first book, Zorro wore a sombrero and full-face mask. But McCulley liked the flat Andalusian hat and half-mask Douglas Fairbanks wore in the movie so much that he wrote that costume into all the later stories.
- Crowning Moment of Awesome: Anytime the adaptation averts Flynning and gets a real sword duel in.
- Draco in Leather Pants: Enrique is seemingly regarded this way by a not insiginficant proportion of the fanbase.
- Ear Worm: The live action TV show theme. In both English and Spanish.
- Newer Than They Think: Due to the iconic nature and well told storyline, Zorro is often thought to be an old folk tale from the settler days of California, and not a relatively new story made whole-cloth in 1919.
- What an Idiot: The military arranged a clever way to deliver the taxes to Monterrey without risk. The blacksmith forged a giant padlock, whose sole key was delivered first to the governor. So, even if thieves stole them, they wouldn't be able to open the case. They called all the people to watch the ceremony: the taxes will be safe at the moment when García closes the padlock, doing this! (yes, you understood it correctly, he closed the padlock alone, as a demonstration, without securing the case with it... and the only key is one state away)