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Alejandro Murrieta (later de la Vega)/Zorro II

Played By: Antonio Banderas
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"The pointy end goes into the other man."
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A thief who is trained by Don Diego de la Vega to be the next Zorro after his brother is killed by Captain Love. He eventually meets, and falls in love with Diego's daughter, Elena, while helping to bring down Rafael's newest scheme.


  • Action Dad: He and Elena had a child in the sequel.
  • The Alcoholic: Drinks when bad things happen to him and was willing to sell his silver pendant for more alcohol after his brother was killed before Don Diego intervened. Don Diego gave that pendant to Alejandro many years ago.
  • Big Damn Kiss: With Elena and it's quite the giant kiss.
  • Chekhov's Gunman: Appears in the prologue with his brother, when they save Zorro's life from a group of soldiers when they try to snipe Zorro.
  • Combat Pragmatist: His incarnation of Zorro fights dirtier than most.
  • Crimefighting with Cash: After going from Rags to Riches.
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  • Dashing Hispanic: He's played by Antonio Banderas. This is inevitable.
  • Destructive Savior: His first action as Zorro involves destroying an entire fort. By accident.
  • Duel of Seduction In the first film. Zorro swordfights with Elena. While the former qas taking things seriously, Zorro went into the duel with the intention of seducing her.
  • Drowning My Sorrows: This is what he's doing when Diego first meets him, right after his brother was killed.
  • The Gadfly: When masquerading as a Don, he takes every chance he can to irritate Love.
  • He Cleans Up Nicely: He begins the film as a shabby, depressed alcoholic, but after Don Diego bathes and grooms him, he looks a lot like Antonio Banderas.
  • Historical Character's Fictional Relative: Alejandro is a fictional character, but his brother Joaquin was a real Mexican bandit.
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  • Hope Bringer: As the new Zorro.
  • Idiot Hero: He's in this territory during his first venture as the new Zorro, until his sophistication catches up with his swordsmanship skills.
  • It's Personal with the Dragon: Alejandro's vendetta is with Captain Love, not Don Rafael.
  • Legacy Character: Diego trains him to be his successor as Zorro. (Also shares a first name with Diego's father.)
  • Master Swordsman: Under Diego's tutelage he becomes one of the greatest swordsmen in the world.
  • Mock Millionaire: He poses as a Spanish aristocrat, with Diego pretending to be his valet.
  • Rags to Riches: After Don Diego took him as his protegee. Furthermore when he marries Elena.
  • Reformed Criminal: Started the film as a thief. Ends it as a hero.
  • Rich Idiot With No Day Job: His disguise as "Don Alejandro del Castillo y Garcia" at Don Montero's party. He flawlessly bluffs his way into Rafael's graces with an unaffected air of pomposity and formality, even adding the flourish of making fun of Zorro among the other Dons in attendance.
  • Shout-Out: To Diego himself in The Mark of Zorro (1940). Alejandro employs sleight of hand, conversational misdirection, flirting while posing as a clergyman, superior dance moves and a wealth of charm under the mask, all traits displayed by Tyrone Power's Don Diego. Even without direct continuity to that film, the spirit of Power's Zorro seems to take hold of Banderas' incarnation. (These touches approach Fridge Brilliance, given Diego schooled him in nearly every respect.)
  • Smooch of Victory: Plants a vehement one on Elena after out fencing her.
  • Sword Cane: He has one when he poses as a Don. He doesn't use it though. In fact, the only reason we know it's a swordstick at all is that he checks it briefly before attending the banquet.
  • Take Up My Sword: Literally. Despite being a badass, Don Diego feels his way too old to continue his heroics, so he made Alejandro his Legacy Character.
  • Throw the Dog a Bone In a comical scenario he does this to Elena after their duel; throughout the film we learn of her being kidnapped, orphaned, raised to oppress and stifle her wild heart — then we see her being belittled and mocked by the male elite, disrupted on the dance floor and accidentally disclose her crush on Zorro to him mistaking him for a priest. Finaly she valiantly faces Zorro with only victory on her mind...which so doesn't happen. In fact her defeat is so embarrassing it's gained notoriety and when including the aforementioned, she clearly needed a good day. Therefore claiming some victory smooching for himself could've been Zorro cheering her up.
  • You Fight Like a Cow: Cheerfully mocks his opponents whenever coming to grips with them.
  • You Killed My Brother: To Captain Love.

Don Diego de la Vega/Zorro I

Played By: Anthony Hopkins
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"When the pupil is ready, the master will appear."

The former Zorro, who was imprisoned after the fall of New Spain, he escapes from prison to seek revenge against the man who destroyed his family, Don Rafael.


  • Action Dad: He's at the twilight of his career as Zorro when his late wife has Elena.
  • Aristocrats Are Evil: Averted. He is himself an aristocrat, though he fights for the people and seems fairly cynical towards his social class.
  • Beneath Notice: When Diego is masquerading as Alejandro's manservant, he tells Alejandro that Don Rafael will not recognize him since he would not look a servant in the eye.
  • Big Good: He's the leader among the protagonists, and the one who actually plans out their assault on Rafael's regime.
  • Broke Your Arm Punching Out Cthulhu: Kills Don Rafael, but dies from a bullet he took during the fight.
  • Clark Kenting: When he assumes the guise of Alejandro's manservant "Bernardo". Lampshaded/Hand Waved with this bit of dialog:
    Alejandro: We'll never get away with this... What if [Rafael] Montero realizes who you are?
    Diego: Montero thinks of himself as a true nobleman; he will never look a servant in the eye.
  • Cool Old Guy: Don Diego may be getting along in years, but he has lost none of his skill with the sword.
  • Crimefighting with Cash: He's a very rich man who works as a Vigilante Man.
  • Deadpan Snarker: In spades.
    Don Diego (speaking about Alejandro's sword): Do you know how to use that thing?
    Alejandro: Yes. Pointy end goes into the other man.
    Don Diego (blank stare on his face): This is going to take a lot of work.
  • Despair Event Horizon: Goes over it when Esperanza is killed in front of him and Elena is taken from him. He gets over it twenty years later when Don Rafael returns to California.
  • He Cleans Up Nicely: He gradually cleans up as Alejandro's training progresses. By the time he assumes the guise of Bernardo, his hair is pulled back, he's clean-shaven, and he looks elegant even in servant's garb.
  • Horrible Judge of Character: When Don Rafael holds Elena at gunpoint, Diego drops his sword without hesitation. Rafael, who turns out to be bluffing, is enraged that Diego thought he would go through with it and fatally shoots him.
  • Kiss of Distraction: Done twice to Elena.
  • Master Swordsman: The best swordsman in the movie, even into his old age.
  • Mentor Occupational Hazard: Killed by Don Rafael during their final duel. He lives long enough to exchange some last words with Alejandro and Elena before he dies.
  • Mutual Kill: He and Rafael mortally wound each other during their climactic duel.
  • The Old Convict: He becomes one of these, after he gives up hope when he is arrested, his home destroyed, and his wife and child apparently killed. After twenty years, though, he finds the strength to break out.
  • One Last Job: He was planning on leaving his identity of Zorro behind after rescuing the three innocent men in the prologue. Then Don Rafael arrests him and Esperanza is killed.
  • Passing the Torch: He trains Alejandro to be his successor. Incidentally, he is holding a literal torch to announce Zorro's return.
  • Say My Name: Screams “Rafael!” as he’s carted off to prison at the end of the prologue.
  • Self-Proclaimed Knight: As the mysterious black-clad rider who fights injustice in Spanish California. Alejandro takes up this role, continuing it to The Legend of Zorro.
  • Whip It Good: Used a whip in addition to a sword in the prologue.

Elena Montero / Elena De la Vega

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"I have had the proper instruction since I was four."

Don Rafael Montero's daughter, later revealed to be Don Diego's daughter. While she loves her adoptive father, she is aware that something is not quite right about her life, a feeling that only intensifies when she arrives in Mexico.


  • Action Girl: Elena can keep up with Zorro in swordplay.
  • All Women Are Lustful: There aren't many women in the film, but Elena represents how they're expected to be chaste products of her time. Elena's deepest nature is of salacity, however and she can only pretend for so long.
  • All Girls Want Bad Boys: OK, Zorro is really a nice guy and a gentleman, but when she sees him for the first time, she mistakes him for a bandit or someone dangerous, and it's because of this that she is instantly smitten by him.
  • Aloof Dark-Haired Girl: She's always poised and graceful.
  • Beware the Nice Ones: In combat, Elena's compassion is replaced by a fiery temper.
  • Best Her to Bed Her: Downplayed; Elena was only okay with Zorro kissing her once she'd officially lost the duel.
  • Big Damn Kiss: With Zorro, slightly exaggerated; Elena was largly infatuated with Zorro, thus their kiss was very intense.
    • Played with on other levels; raised chaste and kept away from men so far, her first physical experience was with her crush whom she hero-worships, she's half naked and only not wrapping her arms around him due to her hands covering her nudity.
    • Furthermore, she went into the fight with every intention to win and retrieve her dad's map. Instead she was defeated, stripped and disarmed, so the kiss is also rather funny.
    • Fooled by Zorro's priest gimmick when they first met, Elena had inadvertently informed Zorro of her "lustful" urges. She'd practically set herself up for this from that moment; of course Zorro would exploit this to escape and indulge his own attraction to her.
    • Even the music builds up with Elena's anticipation and bursts with rapture once the kiss starts.
  • Belligerent Sexual Tension: Parodied; neither Elena nor Zorro hurt the other in their fight, but Elena's clearly trying and getting more furious with each kiss stolen from him. When he beats her, Elena's crush overtakes her senses and she gives in to her urges.
  • Clothing Damage: Initiated this on Zorro with one cut to the shoulder. Zorro, in return, inflicted so much of this on her in their duel that she was left topless by the end.
  • Combat Stilettos: Downplayed as her sexy combat boots aren't burlesque stiletto design.
  • ComedicUnderwearExposure: She didn't find it funny but Zorro and audience members sure did
  • Consolation Award: Parodied somewhat; Her kiss with Zorro wasn't what she intended going into the fight, infact her defeat was slightly too humiliating. The kiss was so incredibly good, however, she ended up not caring.
  • Defeat by Modesty: She pretty much lost the will to fight after Zorro cut her clothes off her.
  • Defiant to the End: When Zorro has her defeated, she refuses to verbally admit defeat...but her physical actions couldn't make it more obvious she's yielded
  • Distracted by the Sexy: She removed her gown to achieve this with Zorro, but ended up trapped in his sexual charisma and let him escape.
  • Distracted by My Own Sexy:
    • Played with as removing her gown was to distract and arouse Zorro but it just helped him do both to her.
  • The Ingenue; Downplayed, Elena is very proper, but the aristocratic depths is her act and upbringing.
  • Epic Fail: Played for laughs; in Elena's mind she will defeat Zorro in fencing and retrieve what he stole. Moments later, she's toyed with and defeated, gets her clothes sliced off by her own sword likely taking away some dignity too, she uses his hat to cover herself, gets kissed with the passion of a thousand suns and subsequently, too hopelessly flabbergasted to act, lets Zorro walk away... with his hat. To add insult to injury, he rejects her attempt to kiss him again, and her enormously strict father enters a second after.
  • Eternally Pearly-White Teeth: Everything on Zeta Jones was aesthetically flawless in the film (more so), teeth included.
  • Eye Take; After getting caught nude by Rafael, Elena describes Zorro as "vigorous" twice. When an unimpressed Rafael enquires the description again, Elena's eyes almost pop out of her skull as she validates.
    • There are multiple points where, if freeze framed during her eye take, she looks slightly deranged if not evil and it's very funny.
  • First Kiss: Heavily implied with Zorro at least.
  • Fully-Clothed Nudity: Elena's reaction of being in just her underpants is (intentionally) overdone as she remained covered.
  • Gaussian Girl: Somewhat justified during her first fight with Zorro in a dusty, pre-dawn barn.
  • Good Bad Girl: It's no secret Elena has an incredibly good heart and moral center. Her sexual desires, however, are more akin to 21st century sorority. In of itself that's not bad, but her time period looked on it as such.
  • I Have Boobs, You Must Obey!: Downplayed where she has no reservations of her bouncing cleavage when fighting Zorro or dancing with his alter-ego, but doesn't go further.
  • Love Before First Sight; Elena falls for Zorro immediately dispite him being masked, describing his eyes as having caught her interest.
  • Love Makes You Crazy: Downplayed pre-kiss; Elena's attraction to Zorro leads to her condescending to many noblemen regarding his worth, embarrassing Rafael and earning some scornful misogyny
    • She confessed feeling randy for him in a confession booth, going into avid, almost fleshy detail. However, she didn't realize she was confessing to Zorro who was conveniently hiding in the booth. Rather than notice his familiar voice or question how a priest had such little knowledge on the commandments, she accepts Zorro's "advice" to follow her urges. Clearly her rationality sat back for her desires this time.
    • Having been training since childhood, she was more confident than crazy assuming she could out fence Zorro but gravely overestimated herself, and clearly wanted a chance to meet him again
    • After losing her clothes and getting magnetized in Zorro's gaze, she makes no effort whatsoever to escape, call for backup or even fight back. Then she makes the mistake of turning her back on her "opponent" and excluding the use of her hands in a flimsy (albeit ingeniously funny) attempt to cover her exposed breasts, enabling herself to be cornered
    • Despite knowing what all Rafael's goons are after is at stake, Elena doesn't even attempt to use her and Zorro's snogfest to retrieve it or her sword
    • Exaggerated post-kiss and justified as Elena's completely overwhelmed by [1] now; She has a good thirty seconds to do...indeed anything before Zorro takes off but remains glued to the spot in a delirious state of mystification. She also remains there after he's left instead of fleeing or clothing herself, making the subsequent face to face with Rafael all the more comically inconvenient for her.
  • Love Makes You Dumb: Letting Zorro steal from her dad in exchange for a smooch wouldn't have been deemed smart by her peers but was incapable of caring at the time. Later she discovers it's to stop Rafael's evil plans.
  • Lust: Being a regular church goer notwithstanding, Elena posesses a blisteringly uncommon sex-drive that Zorro boils to the brim. She tries to oppress it in honor of her "dad" but this proves futile. Elena's dialogue and actions towards/about Zorro indicate strongly that sex is far more prominent on her agenda than love.
  • Ms. Fanservice: Provides most of the Fanservice in the movie, either with her many elegant outfits and with her swordfight with Zorro.
  • Naked People Are Funny: Her humiliated reaction to Zorro stripping her clothes off with his sword is very much Played for Laughs.
  • Naked Freak-Out Very justified considering the times and how vulnerable she'd just become. Thankfully she takes it better than her peers might've.
  • Nipple and Dimed: An averted blink and you'll miss it example; the shot after grabbing Zorro's hat to cover her breasts, Elena spins around and her right breast, nipple and all, is fully visible for a split-second
  • Oblivious Adoption: She has no idea that Don Rafael stole her from her birth parents.
  • Post-Kiss Catatonia: Comically obvious; the steamy "Mmmmmmm!" Elena emits during the kiss foreshadowed this trope. She could not speak or move after Zorro had snogged her, had forgotten she was holding her hat (had possibly forgotten she was nude) and then, offering no resistance whatsoever, lets him throw her sword across the room and walk away with her father's map. When her adoptive dad hurriedly enters and demands an explanation, Elena's condition continued inhibiting her speech and focus.
    • Also justified as it's her first kiss and first sensual experience overall.
  • The Power of Lust: Elena's uncommomly strong passion and concupiscence defies typical behavior of her era's women and female characters of the films time. She's undeterred though, knowing she wanted Zorro and being fearless in going for him. She might've tried exploiring this trope when she fought Zorro, given her sultry approach to the situation. If so, it backfired quite hugely.
  • Pyrrhic Victory: played for laughs mostly; receiving a torrid makeout session with Zorro cost her the duel, her pride, clothes and dads map... but she recieved a torrid makeout session from Zorro.
  • Reluctant Fanservice Girl: She didn't exactly enjoy being given a Shameful Strip by Zorro, despite being aroused, and resorts to grabbing his hat to cover herself. Zigzagged as she forgets it when kissing Zorro then returns to it afterwards.
  • Sex Is Evil, and I Am Horny: A nineteenth century woman, Elena was strictly raised as a "proper" young lady, believing and behaving on the surface the very idea of sex sinful. Her upbringing clashed with her true nature however which were of intense animal desire. As such, once Zorro entered her life, her stifled desires bubbled to the surface yet she continued opressing herself. In Zorro's company however she became less capable of self-restraint until finally succumbing. Elena doesn't get deflowered on screen but has her first kiss.
  • Shameful Strip: How Zorro defeated her in their duel.
  • She Is All Grown Up; Elena's first appearance is as an infant, then she's twenty one years old and quite the stunner
  • Silk Hiding Steel: She's very feminine yet tough.
  • Slap-Slap-Kiss: Once Zorro got the upper hand in thier fight, the rest was sword sword kiss multiplied by three. Luckily nothing was hurt except Elena's pride.
  • Smooch of Victory: Zorro steals this trope from Elena thus inverting it. Elena's victory being stolen in probably the most embarrassing way imaginable (at the time anyway), this is practically a Smooch Of Moral Support. She was far beyond enrapt to take it.
    • On the other hand, she'd practically abandoned her intention to beat him and might've considered the kiss a triumph.
  • Spicy Latina In every sence. It's not hard to imagine she'd be incredible with machine guns and motorcycles had she lived in modern times.
  • Spirited Young Lady: She wants to keep the commandments and tries to behave the way her father would like her to but her heart is too wild. She can both dance gracefully with Captain Harrison Love or sword fight with Zorro. She also makes her view of politics known at dinner.
  • Spoiled Sweet: She's privileged, but nonetheless a good person.
  • Starstruck Speechless: Zigzagged; She's not the typical tongue tied fangirl with the dashing Zorro, in fact she's perfectly confident around him initially. After thier first kiss however, she was too thunderstruck to speak to him. She attempted comprehensible speech in Rafael's interrogation but her euphoric state made her little to no help.
  • Twinkle Smile; Zorro throws her sword into the wall like a dart, kicks his into his hand and re-scabbards it in three seconds, AFTER thier kiss, so yeah, he warranted one from her.
  • Virgin in a White Dress: The bodice she dawns during her and Zorro's fencing match is strikingly white. Maybe it getting sliced of was symbolic...
  • Virgin Vision; Is subjected to a downplayed version by Rafael who finds her naked after having just made out with Zorro. Sex wasn't involved but the circumstances offer all composing evidence for an embarrassingly funny moment.
  • Worth It: After Zorro stole Rafael's map, Elena attempted to stop him. Zorro physically overpowered and stole her clothes, horrifying her. Zorro then blisteringly snogged Elena, leaving her in far too zonked a condition to act. All she could do was enjoy her high.

Don Rafael Montero

Played By: Stuart Wilson
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"Our children should never see the things we have to do."

The military governor of California in the backstory, he deduces Zorro's secret identity as Don Diego de la Vega and arrests him. He returns to California twenty years later with an elaborate scheme to buy the state from the Mexican Republic.


  • Arch-Enemy: To Don Diego.
  • Aristocrats Are Evil: The posterboy for everything that was wrong with the Dons' rule of Mexico.
  • Authority Equals Asskicking: He's miles ahead of his Mooks in combat.
  • Bad Boss: Runs one of his own men through when that man accidentally shot Esperanza.
  • Beard of Evil: He sports a classic villain beard and is the Big Bad.
  • Big Bad: The plan to buy California, and all the horrors that emerge from it are on him.
  • But for Me, It Was Tuesday: He tries to play this straight, telling Diego that he "hasn't given him a second thought" since he had him imprisoned. The fact that his very first action on returning to California was to visit the prison to make sure Diego was dead, however, strongly implies that he was lying and was in fact quite afraid of him, even after twenty years.
  • Combat Pragmatist: Rafael will do anything to gain an advantage over an opponent in a fight, including threatening his own daughter (though he'd never actually follow through).
  • Cruel Mercy: Throws Diego in prison rather than killing him so that he can live with the loss of his family.
  • Disney Villain Death: Diego shoves a cart full of gold bricks off a cliff; the wagon's straps catch Rafael's leg and drag him off the cliff.
  • Even Evil Has Loved Ones: He loved Esperanza de la Vega, though she wanted nothing to do with him, and loves his adoptive daughter Elena as well. This is best expressed when he stops Love from firing through Elena to hit Zorro.
  • Even Evil Has Standards: His actions are far too heinous for him to be considered any sort of Anti-Villain but Don Rafael is still shown to adhere to at least a small modicum of morality. For one, he tries to prevent the children of Mexico City from witnesses the hangings and is slightly reluctant to murder all of the slaves inside the mine. He also would never shoot his adopted daughter, and is surprised that Don Diego expected him to.
  • Evil Is Bigger: He's noticeably taller than Diego and Alejandro.
  • Evil Old Folks: He can still fight evenly with either Zorro, despite being well into his sixties.
  • Evil Parents Want Good Kids: Rafael raised Elena to be a law-abiding, faithful member of the Church and generally good citizen who has no idea how he made his money.
  • Evil Plan: He's got a pretty good one. He plans to buy California from General Santa Anna and establish it as an independent state, which would not only put himself and the dons back in power but also fulfil his public pledge to the people, achieving Villain with Good Publicity status at last. He does this by mining gold ore from Californian mines – ore the general is unaware even exists – and marking the gold as Spanish in origin, essentially purchasing the general's land with the man's own money. Even "Alejandro" seems impressed despite himself.
  • Faux Affably Evil: He can act like a cultured gentleman and even talks a good game about how he wants to preserve the innocence of children by preventing them from seeing an execution or how he would never hurt his own daughter. But he won't think twice about executing as many innocents as he can just to draw out Zorro, ruining the life of his rival and stealing his daughter, or eliminating you if you no longer serve any purpose for him.
  • Good Scars, Evil Scars: Gets a "Z" carved into his neck by Diego during the prologue.
    Diego: Three men, three cuts. A small memento of your time in Mexico, Rafael, and a reminder never to return.
  • The Heavy: Everything that happens in the film happens because of Rafael.
  • Hero Killer: He's the one who fatally shoots Diego in their final duel.
  • In the Hood: He wears a hood when he returns to California.
  • It's Personal: Diego was his rival for Esperanza. The original Zorro bedeviled his rule of Mexico. After learning they are one and the same, Rafael's hatred of Diego only intensifies and he sets out to ruin the other Don's life.
  • Karmic Death: He gets caught in the straps of a wagon full of gold which then drags him to his death. For bonus points, the wagon load of gold slams into Captain Love on the way down.
  • Master Swordsman: One of the best swordsmen in the film, capable of matching Diego and Alejandro alike.
  • Murder the Hypotenuse: Downplayed. Rafael clearly saw arresting and humiliating Diego in front of Esperanza as a last-ditch means of getting her to transfer her affections to him. It fails when Esperanza is killed by one of Rafael's own men.
  • Noble Demon: He's an evil aristocrat, but he's also a loving father who refuses to harm children and expresses disgust at his Dragon's sadism. Even his Moral Event Horizon moment—holding Elena at gunpoint—is a subversion because it turns out to be a bluff.
  • Pet the Dog: Coupled with Papa Wolf, he genuinely loves Elena, despite the fact that she isn't really his daughter. He takes her in, raises her well (to the point of distancing her from his dirty dealings), all without spoiling her. Two good examples of how genuine it is are when Captain Love takes an opportunity to try and shoot Diego, and Rafael, fearing that Love may accidentally shoot Elena, immediately pushes him away; and when he holds her at gunpoint to get Diego to drop his sword, then bluntly and angrily reveals that he never intended to shoot her.
  • Royal Rapier: Fights with a rapier appropriately decorated for his rank in the aristocracy.
  • Screw the Rules, I Make Them!: Rafael doesn't care a whit for legal procedure, and hangs three men without trial just to lure out Zorro.
  • Surrounded by Idiots: The other Dons, his hired soldiers, and even Captain Love are all morons so far as Rafael is concerned.
  • Visionary Villain: Rafael pitches himself to "Don Alejandro" as a man with a vision.
  • Wicked Cultured: A cultured member of the upper class and only too happy to remind everyone of it.
  • Would Not Hurt A Child: Subverted. He goes out of his way to avoid harming children. Early in the film, he orders his men to remove all children from the execution plaza because he feels that children should not be exposed to the cruel acts he is willing to commit. He also adopts his archenemy's daughter and raises her well, and when Captain Love suggests killing the mine workers (many of them small children), Rafael is visibly disturbed...though, of course, he agrees to go through with it anyway, not to mention he was forcing them to work those mines in unsafe conditions to begin with, and even ordering the children out of the plaza might be more of a Faux Affably Evil moment for the veneer of his reputation than genuine kindness, given how ruthless he is otherwise.
  • You Have Failed Me: Stabs a Mook Lieutenant when the latter guns down Esperanza.

Captain Harrison Love

Played By: Matt Letscher
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" Bury the body. Bag the head."

Don Rafael Montero's right-hand man during the main story, Captain Love is a former American cavalry officer with a number of perverse tastes.


  • Arch-Enemy: To Alejandro.
  • Authority Equals Asskicking: Like Don Rafael, Love is much more skilled than the Mooks.
  • Ax-Crazy: Underneath his dissonant calm, Love is, in Alejandro's words, "a very sick man." Violence is his first resort, he's prepared to open fire inside a Church or gun down Elena in order to get to Alejandro, and then there's his collection of body parts.
  • Baddie Flattery: Compliments Zorro during their final duel. Also a case of the Relative Button.
    Love: You're doin' well. Your brother would have shot himself by now.
  • Beard of Evil: He sports a very Badass Beard. Unfortunately, he is also very evil.
  • Blood Knight: He's clearly in search of a Worthy Opponent throughout the movie, and once he becomes convinced that Zorro is one, he tosses away a perfectly good chance to shoot Zorro in exchange for a sword-fight.
  • Cavalry Officer: Love's a cavalryman by training, and invokes most of the stereotypes associated with cavalry officers, if filtered through the evil of his personality.
  • Cold Sniper: An excellent shot and a thoroughly callous man.
  • Colonel Kilgore: Clearly became a mercenary because of how much he enjoyed the violence when he was in the American Army.
  • Creepy Souvenir: Keeps Joaquin Murrieta's head in a jar after killing him. He later does the same with Three-Fingered Jack's hand (the one missing fingers).
    • The real-life Love did, in fact, keep Joaquin and Jack's head and hand in jars of alcohol. He displayed them, rather than drank from them, however.
  • Disney Villain Death: While he was already impaled, he was most likely sent falling after the cart of gold Montero was tied to fell right on top of him, as it continued to fall afterwards.
  • Dissonant Serenity: Love maintains a near permanent calm while engaging in the worst kinds of violence and mind games, with the mask only slipping a few times over the course of the film.
  • The Dragon: To Montero.
  • Establishing Character Moment: For the first part of the movie, he appears to just be a snobby soldier who has no qualms about killing when he needs to. It's only later when we see that he drinks out of jars with human body parts in them, that we realize that he's actually crazy.
  • Evil Has a Bad Sense of Humor: Love's virtually humorless for most of the film, rarely smiling or responding to jokes from others, and proving highly vulnerable to "Don" Alejandro's mockery. The only thing that produces even mild amusement from him is when he realizes that he has twice shot Three-Finger Jack while he is flying through the air, and his amused smirk in reaction to "You're a very sick person, Captain Love" when he offers Diego his preserved body parts (one from Jack).
  • Fair-Play Villain: Subverted. Love repeatedly abandons advantages in order to engage Zorro in one-on-one combat, but always resorts to trickery or unfair tactics the moment the fight goes against him. He's motivated by ego, rather than an actual sense of fairness; if he can win on Zorro's terms he will, but if he can't, he'll win on his own instead.
  • Faux Affably Evil: Pretends to be cordial with "Don Alejandro" by asking if he wants something to drink, then shows him Joaquin's head in a jar and Three-Fingered Jack's hand in another jar.
    Love: How rude of me... Would you care for something to drink? (Pulls up the head of Joaquin)
  • Going Native: Love claims to have picked up his habit of bottling, and even eating, his enemy's organs, from the Peruvian Natives.
  • Good Scars, Evil Scars: Alejandro (as Zorro) carves an 'M' into his left cheek. It looks more like a 3, but it's the thought that counts.
  • Hand Cannon: His revolver is able to reverse Three-Fingered Jack's momentum while the latter is in midair, spinning, and holding a heavy pickaxe.
  • Hero Killer: Love's introduced gunning down Joaquin and Three-Finger Jack and he only gets more frightening from thereon out. Becoming a good enough swordsman to revenge himself on the Captain is the entire point of Alejandro's arc, and Diego himself acknowledges that Love is a very dangerous man.
  • Hired Guns: Love is an American mercenary, selling his services across the Mexican border.
  • Historical Villain Upgrade: There was a real Captain Harry Love, who was responsible for killing Joaquin Murrieta (and Three-Fingered Jack, in fact) and preserving his head in a jar. However, the real Murrieta was a murderous bandit and the real Love was only doing his job by bringing him to justice, and only put his head in a jar as proof that he killed him, not so he could cannibalize it later; nor did he ever, you know, enslave and try to murder hundreds of innocent people. Of course, the real Harry Love wasn't a saint, either. He ended up dying after attempting to kill the bodyguard of his estranged wife (who had been hired specifically to keep him away from her). The bodyguard shot Love in the arm and he died on the operating table as doctors attempted to amputate it.
  • I'm a Humanitarian: Love tells Alejandro about how the Peruvian natives eat the eyes of their enemies, then displays his collection of trophies. The implications as to Love's own dietary inclinations are clear and distressing.
  • Impaled with Extreme Prejudice: With his own sword, no less.
  • It's Personal with the Dragon: Alejandro is gunning for Love, not Rafael.
  • Karmic Death: Zorro stabs him with his own sword.
  • Kick the Dog: He keeps the heads of his enemies in jars, including Alejandro's older brother. Also, it was his idea to blow up the mine with all the peasant workers (including children) inside.
    • Truth in Television, sort of... Captain Love was based upon a real life person named Harry Love - A member of the California Rangers - who did kill Joaquin Murrieta (Zorro's older brother in the film) in a fire fight; and history states that he did cut off Murrieta's head. However, it wasn't because he wanted the trophy, but because he needed the proof that the deed had been done.
  • Knight of Cerebus: His first scene shows Three-Fingered Jack and the Murrieta brothers on another thieving job (which involved leaving a group of soldiers tied naked around a cluster of cacti). When they run into Captain Love, the lively music abruptly stops, and the film takes a turn for the darker (though still comedic) tone it will employ from then on out.
  • Lack of Empathy: Love displays no empathy for anyone, treating his victims, his employer, and the woman he is ostensibly courting with the same cold indifference.
  • Leave No Witnesses: It's his idea to blow up the mine and the workers inside.
  • Master Swordsman: The only villain, other than Rafael himself, who can match swordsmen of Diego or Alejandro's calibre in combat. If his technique is somewhat shaky when compared to those of Rafael or the Zorros he makes up for it by being brutally strong.
  • Off with His Head!: Decapitates Joaquin Murrieta. For what he does with it, see Creepy Souvenir.
  • Pet the Dog: Despicable though he is, Captain Love "aspires to heroism" and shows a few moments of one-sided decency. Before executing Joaquin, he tells him that it is his honour to do so, but the bandit takes his own life rather than give him the satisfaction. He is also unfalteringly polite and protective of Elena, with whom he is clearly infatuated, but she is uninterested in him.
  • Poisonous Friend: To Rafael Montero. While Rafael is already bad, he has at least some scruples. Love has none and pushes Rafael to be even worse.
  • Professional Killer: Love's a killer for hire with no particular ideological attachments or moral scruples and a willingness to do whatever it takes to earn a profit.
  • Psycho for Hire: Love doesn't care about Rafael's plans and is in it for the pay and the chance to collect trophies.
  • Sadist: Love gets a definite kick out of psychologically tormenting Alejandro during the scene with the "drinks".
  • Screams Like a Little Girl: He does this a lot. The biggest one is just before the cart full of gold flattens him.
  • The Sociopath: Standard parts that are present in most people are clearly absent from Love. He's totally void of empathy, enthused by violence, possessed of an entirely shallow affect, and cavalierly engages in antisocial and unbalanced behaviours, such as collecting his victims' body parts and displaying them to guests.
  • Sociopathic Soldier: Love appears to have joined the army for the violence, and after his discharge, approaches his mercenary work with the same outlook.
  • Sword and Gun: Carries a revolver and a sabre, as would have been typical for a cavalryman at the time.
  • There Is No Kill Like Overkill: Not only does he get stabbed clean through by Zorro (with his own sword, no less), but he also gets piledriven by a wagon loaded with gold bricks.
  • The Unfettered: Rafael is evil but he has some scruples. Love has no such qualms; he will resort to murder without any hesitation and when Rafael warns him what will happen if Santa Ana learns they tried to pay him with money mined from his own land, Love suggests not only burying the mine but also workers along with it when Rafael questions their fate.
  • Unskilled, but Strong: A variation. Love's an experienced and highly trained killer, but he's a soldier and a mercenary, not a duelist, and is somewhat out of his depth when trying to engage either Zorro on their own terms. He's also a large, powerfully built man, however, and this mostly compensates for his lack of professional dueling talent.
  • Why Don't You Just Shoot Him?: With his Blood Knight tendencies taking over, he gives away an opportunity to shoot Zorro just so he can engage in a sword fight.
  • Would Hit a Girl: Nearly shoots Elena when trying to get at Zorro.

Three-Fingered Jack

Played by: L.Q. Jones

An outlaw and partner of Alejandro and Joaquin Murrieta.

  • An Arm and a Leg: Captain Love takes Jack's hand (the one missing fingers) and puts it in a jar of wine.
  • Bounty Hunter: The main portion of the film opens with him pretending to be one that's chasing Joaquin and Alejandro, only for them to reveal that all three are in on the same scheme.
  • Even Evil Has Standards: He admits he's a common thief, but he's appalled by how Montero and Love steal people's lives.
  • Fingore: Lost two of the fingers on his left hand, hence the name Three-Fingered Jack.
  • Go Out with a Smile: He's initially shocked when he recognizes Alejandro among the Dons, but when Alejandro gives him a comforting smile, he responds in kind before dying.
  • Instant Death Bullet: Averted. After Captain Love shoots him, Alejandro approaches him. Jack is shocked to see Alejandro among the Dons before he dies.
  • Insult Backfire: When Captain Love calls him a "common thief", Jack laughs and remarks "as common as they come".
  • Powerful Pick: Attempts to use one against Captain Love. It fails miserably.
  • Race Lift: A Mexican in real life and an Anglo-American here.

Joaquin Murrieta

Played by: Victor Rivers

Alejandro's elder brother.

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