The New Adventures of Zorro is the 1981 Filmation Animated Adaptation of the black-clad, sword-wielding character. It was co-animated by Tokyo Movie Shinsha and thus has a slightly better art style than most typical Filmation cartoons preceeding it.
Don Diego de la Vega dons the outfit, and is often accompanied by his amigo, Miguel, who has his own costume. Together They Fight Crime!, but the criminals in question just happen to be the Governor General, who is backed up by the soldiers in his garrison under the command of Captain Ramon.
Unlike some other versions, Zorro calls his horse "Tempest", his archenemy is Captain Ramon rather than Captain Monastario, and Ramon's aide is Sgt. Gonzales, rather than Sgt. Garcia. The names Ramon and Gonzales for these characters actually hearken back to the first film version, Douglas Fairbanks's The Mark of Zorro (1920).
- Animated Adaptation
- Antagonistic Governor: the unnamed Governor-General of California.
- Badass Normal: Zorro
- Bumbling Sidekick: Sergeant Pedro Gonzales, to Captain Ramon.
- Cowardly Sidekick: Sgt. Gonzales.
- Calling Card: the Z that Zorro etches with his sword.
- Crouching Moron, Hidden Badass: Don Diego
- Dark Is Not Evil
- Even Evil Has Standards: Captain Ramon is only too happy to arrest General Dalamentes after Zorro exposed him as a thief in "The Tyrant". Though to be fair, that probably had more to do with the General's harsh discipline regimen he imposed on both Captain Ramon and Sergeant Gonzales. Later in the episode, Sgt. Gonzales expressed disgust that the General robbed everybody in the name of the King.
- Go-Karting with Bowser: Played with. Sgt. Gonzales is a family friend to the de la Vegas, including Don Diego, and Don Diego is dating Maria, the Governor-General's daughter.
- Gratuitous Spanish
- Minion with an F in Evil: Sgt. Gonzales. He's almost Zorro's answer to Sgt. Schultz of Hogan's Heroes.
- No Name Given: The Governor-General
- Teeth-Clenched Teamwork: Anytime Captain Ramon and Sgt. Gonzales find themselves having to work with Zorro.
- Opening Narration
- Pirate Girl: Lucia.
- President Evil: The Governor-General.
- Rich Idiot With No Day Job: Don Diego
- Secret Underground Passage: Don Diego shifts a brick on his fireplace to gain access to his secret underground lair.
- Sword Fight: At the drop of a hat.
- Transformation Sequence