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Disney's 1957 TV Show

  • Zorro's first appearance is loaded with these (also doubling as moments of Awesome for Zorro). He begins by surprising Sergeant Garcia, who is unarmed and half-dressed, in his quarters, and pins him against a wall with his own saber. Then he proceeds to lock both Monastario and Licenciado Pina in one of their own jail cells. And then, when Garcia comes back for round two, Zorro simply disarms him and backs him up until he falls into a nearby well.
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  • The 3rd episode, "Zorro Rides into the Mission", gives this moment when Captain Monasterio, the Big Bad on the first story arc, tries to arrest Don Ignacio Torres, who took sanctuary in the Mission of San Gabriel. Padre Felipe points out to Monasterio that he is not allowed to arrest Torres so long as he has sanctuary in the church, which leads to this;
    Monastario: And who would know if I just took him by force? We're a long way from both Madrid and Rome.
    Padre Felipe: True, but I'm not far away from that flower pot, with which I can bash you over the head, until my faithful Indians can come to the rescue.
  • The Halloween episode of the first season has Diego planting the seeds in García's mind about a ghost that haunts the mission. Henry Calvin's reactions just sell it.
  • No one is better at interpreting Bernardo's sign language than Diego, but even he sometimes has trouble. This often results in hilarious exchanges as Bernardo tries different combinations of signs to try and get his point across.
    • One such exchange takes place after Bernardo is knocked out and locked in a storage room because he witnessed a kidnapping:
      Diego: What were you doing in there?
      Bernardo: *pointing to his head*
      Diego: You have a headache? Well, I'm sorry you have a headache, but what were you doing in there?
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  • Diego is fond of lampshading his activities as Zorro with seemingly innocuous comments slipped into ordinary conversation. While none of the characters around him pick up on the double meaning, Diego can often be seen smiling at his own cleverness. Bonus points if Bernardo is close by and able to react to his antics.
  • In "Zorro Fights His Father," this exchange after Zorro successfully frees an innocent prisoner just before he is executed and escapes, thoroughly dismantling the trap the Magistrado and Don Alejandro set for him. Poor Garcia, who has been trying to stall the execution in any way possible and has just had rings run around him by Zorro, bears the brunt of the Magistrado's fury.
    Magistrado: In the entire Spanish Empire, there is only one thing that is flatter than that belly of yours. You know what that is, Sergeant!?
    Garcia: No, Excellency. What?
    Magistrado: YOUR HEAD!
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  • Diego's father has injured his leg and is having the wound examined by a doctor. As the doctor begins to probe the site of the injury, Diego hastily excuses himself, claiming "I cannot bear to hear my father scream in pain." Alejandro retorts that he will never hear that happen. Immediately after, he lets out a pained shout. Cue Diego, standing in the doorway and grinning as if to say, "I told you so."
  • In "Zorro By Proxy," Diego is arrested after being framed as Zorro. Lacking access to his costume, he improvises by "borrowing" Sergeant Garcia's saber and cutting a mask from the blanket provided in his cell. Then he throws what's left of the blanket over his shoulders to stand in for a cloak. This is amusing by itself, but the kicker comes when one of the guards posted on the walls spots him and raises the alarm. To keep any of the soldiers from getting a good look at him, Diego resorts to hiding behind Sergeant Garcia and dragging him around the cuartel like a human shield.
    Raquel: Stay right with him, Sergeant! Don't let him get away!
    Garcia: I am pursuing him, in a way!
    • Throughout the ensuing fight scene, Diego can be seen stopping to readjust the blanket several times when it almost slips off of his shoulders. He also runs around with one hand holding the edges against his chest, lest the corners flap and expose the everyday clothing he's still wearing underneath. To say this makes Zorro look awkward is an understatement.
    • He even lampshades his improvised costume at the end of the episode.
      Diego: You know, things must be going very badly with him. One thing I do remember: I saw him up close and he was very poorly dressed.

Isabel Allende's novel

  • The Lemony Narrator has sarcastic comments for everyone, including herself:
    • When describing the methods of the Francescan monks to recruit and convert Indios the narrator makes disparaging comments on their habit of using lazo and stick and explain that La Perouse more compassionate methods had been dismissed by most of them due a most unfortunate circumstance: he's French.
    • When describing don Alejandro's mansion, the narrator explains that he's also making experiments to find a new and better way to preserve meat to sell to the sailors, and adds that, due the mansion being close to the sea, the smell of such experiments influences the migratory paths of whales.
    • When Zorro first wears his costume, the narrator points out what the mask actually hides: Diego's humongonous bat-like ears.
  • Toypurnia was baptized Regina Maria de la Inmaculada Concepción. She promptly forgot most of it, and went either by Regina (later Regina de la Vega) or Toypurnia depending on the situation.

The Japanese anime

  • Every time Lolita's parents try to convince her to marry Diego. Most of their motivation is because they're in somewhat dire financial straits and the La Vega family is rich, and they believe they'd be able to influence Diego, but Lolita's mother has another reason: both of them are crushing on Zorro.
  • Episode 3:
    • When he learns that Lolita is engaged to Diego, Gabriel challenges him to duel for her hand before the whole city. Hilarity Ensues.
    • After the 'duel' Gabriel, having proved that Diego is a mollusk, asks Lolita to break her engagement and become his fiancee… Only to learn she hates soldiers and anyone wearing a uniform. Her rant leaves him looking at her with his mouth hanging open, much to the laughter of the viewers… And the in-universe witnesses.
  • Episode 4: Lolita picks a fight with some soldiers abusing their authority, and Diego, trying to stop the fight, gets targeted. The soldiers attempts at beating up and then killing Diego have to be seen to be believed, as do their faces when Gabriel, who really was just passing by (he was on patrol) orders them to stop murdering his hated romantic rival to try and make a good impression on Lolita.
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  • Episode 6:
    • Bernando warning Diego of a group of bandits (actually working for Gabriel) riding toward Lolita's home, telling him he wants to take part to the action... And being tied up and left behind.
      • After fighting the bandits and being nearly killed due their leader using hypnosis on him, Diego comes back home, tells Bernardo he's OK, and falls asleep next to him... leaving Bernardo still tied up.
    • Gabriel saying Lolita is shy. Sure, there's a reason for it, but still...
    • Gabriel has framed Zorro for the heist, but Lolita says she doesn't believe it, and reveals that she knows how to recognize the bandit leader in spite of the mask due having wounded his right forearm. Then Bernardo, Lolita, her parents, and Gabriel realize that Diego has a wound right there... And for a moment even Gabriel entertains the idea before they all get a good laugh.
  • Episode 7:
    • Lolita showing jealousy over Diego, backpedaling once she realizes it was a misunderstanding and claiming that no girl would fall for him... And then correcting herself, as he has apparently broken the heart of a cow.
      • Later, she catches Diego with another girl (actually the victim of Raymond's latest scheme—Diego is trying to help her enter the town so she can claim her inheritance). Hilarity Ensues (at least until Gabriel shows up).
    • Raymond has put road blocks around the town to stop the lawful heiress of the late Don Fernandes from claiming her inheritance, and Diego is trying to smuggle her, disguised as a shepherd, through Garcia's roadblock. In exchange for passage, Diego and offers him a case of wine:
      Garcia: "This is bribery!"
      *Diego nods*
      Garcia: "Well, I can't refuse such a gift... Let them pass!"
      • As Diego, Bernardo and the heiress are passing through, Garcia orders them to stop...because her poncho has the worst stench he has ever smelled.
    • After Diego is imprisoned with the heiress, Lolita comes to help, tries to convince Garcia to let her pass by feigning jealousy, and when that fails she lifts her skirt...to reveal a bottle of wine. That one works.
    • The soldiers going crazy due the plan Diego suggested to Lolita, namely a dozen people disguised as Zorro riding through the pueblo to distract them.
      • The finale: Garcia, left alone to guard the jail, is confronted by Lolita and Bernardo, both dressed as Zorro. Lolita suggests that he should faint...and he immediately produces a bottle of wine and knocks himself out.
  • Episode 8 has Lolita trying her hand at astrology. Hilarity Ensues... At least until she predicts a murder and it happens.
  • Episode 9: Garcia and the vase.
  • Episode 13 is basically Home Alone, Recycled WITH ZORRO, complete with Bernardo using one of the traps from the original movie (the heated doorknobs). That is all.
  • Episode 16 revolves around Raymond buying a katana, believed to be able to cut straight through another sword ''and'' the guy wielding it, as a gift for the governor. A three-way fight quickly ensues between the soldiers escorting it, a group of bandits trying to get their hands on it, and Zorro trying to prevent it from falling into the wrong hands. In the end, the leader of the bandits gets hold of it and slashes at Zorro, who has no choice but to block with his sword. The katana promptly snaps in half. Turns out it was a bamboo sword painted to look like a real katana, and nobody in California knew it. Hilarity Ensues immediately, and then again when the governor and Raymund find out.

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