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"His stallion is black as the night..."

"The thunder of a stallion's hooves, the crack of a bullwhip and the steely slash of a sword in the night. In a blinding flash of blackness he neutralizes those who would perpetrate injustice, leaving only the unmistakable mark of a "Z" behind — the "Z" for Zorro!"
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The New Adventures of Zorro is a Warner Bros. Saturday Morning Cartoon from the Zorro franchise. It premiered on Kids' WB! on September 20, 1997 and it lasted two seasons with 26 total episodes before it ended on December 12, 1998. Reruns continued on Cartoon Network. The show is rather similar to Batman: The Animated Series and Superman: The Animated Series, which were made around the same time.

Don Diego de la Vega goes on adventures through Spanish California's countryside as the secretive masked vigilante swordsman Zorro. Zorro's with his horse Tornado, his father Don Alejandro de la Vega, his love interest Isabella, and Isabella's father Don Nacho. The smart Native American woman Grey Owl uses her magic powers to help Zorro. The mute Bernardo serves as Zorro's servant and always makes the tools and items Zorro needs to save the day.

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Zorro battles corrupt tyrannical enemies who use steampunk technology or supernatural powers. The main antagonist is Captain Montecero, who wants to bring Zorro to justice with the help of his unlucky bumbling servant Sergeant Garcia and the rest of his Los Angeles troops. When Zorro defeats his enemies, he leaves behind the sign of a "Z" to inform everyone of his presence while being secretive about his real identity.

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"Out in This Very Wiki, Zorro's story is troped..."

  • Alliterative Name: Zorro is also known as the Masked Marauder, which repeats the letter "M".
  • Alliterative Title: Used for the episode "The Poison Pen", which repeats the letter "P".
  • Animated Adaptation: This is an animated cartoon based off of the Zorro franchise. This time, the animation has round shapes and big eyes that give it a certain unique look.
  • Art Evolution: The earliest episodes look rather stiff, but the later episodes improve on the animation.
  • Bragging Theme Tune: The theme song says that no one can escape from Zorro and that everyone trembles at his name.
  • Cattle Punk: Diego fights Steam Punk cyborgs and magical foes. To even the odds, Grey Owl provides Zorro with his own magical assistance, and Barnardo is reinvented as a Gadgeteer Genius.
  • Character Title: The episode "The Enforcer" is named after the Enforcer who Zorro fights.
  • Day Hurts Dark-Adjusted Eyes: One episode has the villain Miguel Vianueva, who escapes to California after thirty years in a Spanish dungeon. After noting he's mildly blinded by a lantern during his first attack at night, Zorro comes to the next confrontation with a flare tucked in his pockets.
  • Early Installment Weirdness: The earliest episodes have stiffer animation than the later episodes.
  • Ending Theme: The closing credits use an instrumental version of the opening theme.
  • Expository Theme Tune: The theme song basically explains who Zorro is and what he fights for.
  • First-Run Syndication: This series ran in syndication from the moment it started.
  • Gratuitous Spanish: They throw in a bit of Spanish here and there, such as the episode titled "Adios, Mi Capitán".
  • Instrumental Theme Tune: The closing credits use an instrumental version of the opening theme.
  • Limited Animation: The earliest episodes look rather stiff.
  • Officially Shortened Title: Sometimes it's simply called Zorro, such as in the logo.
  • One-Word Title: Sometimes it's simply called Zorro, such as in the logo.
  • The New Adventures: The title tells you that these are Zorro's lastest adventures.
  • Parasol of Pain: "The Case of the Masked Marauder" features an umbrella that one can use to appear unarmed, but the umbrella actually holds a sword.
  • Saturday Morning Cartoon: Aired at this time of the week on Kids' WB!.
  • Secret Chaser: It's common for people to try to figure out Zorro's secret identity and learn who he is. They're never successful.
  • The Speechless: Bernardo doesn't talk at all. He only communicates by writing in his book.
  • The Song Remains the Same: The Russian dub retains the English opening theme.
  • Talking with Signs: Bernardo does something similar. He communicates by writing in his book and showing the other characters his paper.
  • Title Theme Tune: They say Zorro's name quite a bit in the opening and explain who he is.
  • The Unmasking: Several characters attempt to find and expose Zorro's secret identity. They even call it "unmasking" the "Masked Marauder".
  • Voiceover Translation: The Russian dub normally averts this, but it plays it straight for the episode "The Ice Monster Cometh" which keeps faint English dialogue in the background.
  • The Western: Takes place in old Spanish California and features elements from this setting.
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