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  • Anti-Climax Boss: There are quite of a few villains who are hyped up as being really dangerous and skilled but never quite measure up towards the end.
    • In "The Order To Kill Zorro," Kapital hires three of what are supposed to be some of the greatest assassins in the world to go after Zorro. Of the three, only the Master Swordsman lives up to the reputation and nearly kills Zorro twice. The other two are dispatched by Zorro with only low to mid-level difficulty at best.
    • In the episode "My Fair Lady Zorro," Lieutenant Gabriel hires two masked fighters who were deadly in their precision and moved too fast for most of the army to even keep up with. By the end of the episode, they only give Zorro some degree of difficulty because he doesn't have his sword. Once his sword is in his grasp again, Zorro pretty much ends it with a Single-Stroke Battle.
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    • Commander Raymond. Full stop. Despite being the main villain of the story whose fencing skills were presumably above that of Gabriel and most of the other one-shot villains, Raymond lasts no longer than any of the other bad guys in his final battle with Zorro and is cut down in a record 25 seconds (give or take considering some brief pauses during the final fight).
  • Big-Lipped Alligator Moment: Near the very end of the episode "Lady Barbara," when the episode's villain is falling off a section of a ship's decking following a fight with Zorro, the titular noblewoman lifts up her skirt partway, raises her leg, and kicks the villain right off the ship. Even if you take into account an earlier scene where it's revealed that she's rather bossy toward her husband, the Governor-General, this particular moment—while certainly cementing her as a Heroic Bystander—still comes a little out of left field, having no build-up beforehand.
  • Ensemble Dark Horse: There are a few characters who have become quite popular with the fanbase despite only appearing once.
    • Teo Angelo gets a good deal of love and sympathy from the fanbase for his friendship with Diego, his tragic backstory with his parents, and possessing tremendous fencing skills which rank among the very best swordsmen in the series.
    • Alicia from "My Fair Lady Zorro" also proved to be a hit with the fans for being the first female protagonist who can take down multiple bad guys on her own without the use of any firearms and having a spunky personality without inflicting any abuse on Diego.
  • Fan-Preferred Couple: Quite a bit of fans prefer Zorro to be with Alicia, the girl who briefly masqueraded as Zorro in the episode "My Fair Lady Zorro" over the official pairing of Zorro and Lolita. To a lesser degree, the shepherd girl from "Too Many Borros" is also preferred by fans to be with Diego over Lolita since she was quick to figure out Zorro's identity after simply listening to him talk and came to understand and appreciate why he had to put up a Clark Kenting persona for the public.
  • Funny Moments:
    • "The Ties of Blood": At the annual harvest festival, Diego takes part in a contest that involves crawling across a set of ropes and leaping onto a barrel. Diego decides that, just this once, he's going to stop acting like a weakling and really show off what he can do. However, his moment of glory only lasts about fifteen seconds before Lolita loudly declares that she's in love with Zorro (in response to yet another of her parents' attempts to "encourage" her to marry Diego). A shocked Diego loses his grip and is left hanging upside-down from the barrel by his toes, much to the amusement of the crowd. Just to add insult to injury, it isn't long before his toes can't hold out any longer and he plummets into the ocean, screaming all the way down.
    • "Lady Barbara": Zorro sneaks into the titular noblewoman's carriage as part of a plan to steal a box of jewels in her possession (Raymond stole the jewels from the townspeople and then gave them to Barbara as a going-away present, without her knowing of their origin). Barbara screams out for the soldiers, but Zorro covers her mouth with one hand and politely assures her he's not there to harm her. She nods in understanding, he removes his hand—and she screams out for the soldiers even louder than before. The look on Zorro's face has to be seen to be believed.
    • "Lolita Get Your Gun:" Diego has to briefly disguise himself as a female peddler to get inside a nunnery where Lolita is being held hostage...but by the time he's changed to his Zorro outfit, he's forgotten to wipe off the make-up. Leading to a rather embarrassing moment when Lolita points it out.
      Lolita: When did you start wearing lipstick? (Zorro sheepishly covers his mouth)
  • Germans Love David Hasselhoff: The show has quite a large following from people in India and Pakistan.
  • Growing the Beard: While the show was good to begin with, episode 30 and beyond were when the show underwent a major change for the better. The animation became much more fluid and action scenes got a lot more intricate. Diego's past and where he learned swordsmanwhip were explored more in-depth with the introduction of his friend Teo. A slow but steady story arc also took root as the Big Bad Duumvirate of both the Army and the South India Trading Company increasingly made life unbearable for the town, culminating in their joint project in bringing cannons into the town to root out all who opposed the army. Character development also got better, as characters like Captain Jekyll eventually saw the need to work with Zorro on certain matters and stopped trying to arrest Zorro as much while Lieutenant Gabriel's potential to turn to the side of good and his interactions with Raymond were explored more in-depth. A few good continuity nods also abounded in the later episodes as Zorro was forced to deal with the chickens coming home to roost when the brother of the guitar killer came to town to avenge his brother.
  • Heartwarming Moments:
    • "Lady Barbara": The Governor-General's wife, leaving California to return to Spain, has befriended Bernard and wants to take him home with her and adopt her. Bernard has become quite fond of her by this point too, but the status quo being what it is, he opts to stay behind. Nevertheless, they promise never to forget each other.
    • "Pepita": At the start of the episode, the titular flower-girl attempts to get some bullies to leave her alone by declaring that she's friends with Zorro and that she'll call him to beat them up, but since she's known for telling fancy stories, they of course don't believe her. Well, cue the end of the episode when Zorro comes to rescue Bernard and Pepita from the episode's villain...
    Pepita: Bernard needs your help! He's my only friend! Don't let anything bad happen to him!
    Zorro: (smiles) I thought I was your friend too, Pepita.
    Pepita: Zorro, you know who I am?
    Zorro: Mmm-hmm.
  • Hilarious in Hindsight: One episode has Zorro fighting a pack of sharks underwater; in spite of the fact that being underwater should slow his movements significantly, he still manages to defeat the sharks' leader and send the lot of them scurrying after slashing his Zorro Mark on the leader's nose. This series aired in 1996; less than two decades later, Roronoa Zoro, the resident swordsman of the Straw Hat Pirates (who was named in homage to Zorro), defeats Hody Jones, a shark Fishman, in one slash of his sword while underwater.
    • One episode that had to do with the relationship between Diego and Lolita featured a nobleman villain who was posing as the son of a Duke (and Zorro) and was in the process of wooing Lolita whom he later took captive, leading to Lolita needing to be saved by the real Zorro. Fast forward almost a decade later, The Legend Of Zorro is released and the Zorro in that movie is faced with quite a similar situation as a nobleman antagonist (Count Armand) is also trying to woo his love interest and Zorro has to save her once he takes her captive later in the movie.
  • Magnificent Bastard: Commander Raymond really solidifies himself as one in "The Peoples' Enemy" with his quick thinking and smooth tongue. Towards the end, Zorro and his allies bust into a public assembly before Raymond with evidence of his dirty dealings with a crooked merchant named Diaz. However, rather than get publicly exposed, Raymond completely turns the situation around in his favor by ordering Diaz to be arrested, shooting Diaz when he resists, agreeing to hand the grain back to the people, and then thanking Zorro in public for helping the army take down Diaz, allowing him to ride away in the process and avoiding a potential riot as a result. Evil though he may be, Raymond is still cunning and brilliant enough to turn a potentially catastrophic situation into a victory for himself and re-direct the public's anger into contentment despite how unpopular the army is.
  • Moment of Awesome:
    • Zorro's Single-Stroke Battle against two hyped-up assassins in "My Fair Lady Zorro."
    • Lolita proving herself to be a crack-shot with a rifle in "Lolita Get Your Gun." From the top of a church spire, at that. And bear in mind that, at the time the series is set, rifles and other firearms were notoriously inaccurate even in the hands of a skilled marksman.
  • The Scrappy: Lolita gets quite a bit of hate from fans for the way she belittles Diego and puts him down almost all the time. In the episode "Trapped By Ninja Magic" she even goes so far as to beat him up for allegedly not coming to her help (even though he did as Zorro). It also doesn't help her case that Diego has very little choice but to play the spoiled fool and can't just casually reveal his Zorro identity to her because if the army did find definitive proof that he was Zorro, his whole family would most likely get arrested and/or executed.
  • Tear Jerker:
    • "Man's Best Friend": When Figaro comes to the Vega family home for the first time, he gets into significant trouble that results in Maria ordering Bernard to get rid of him. Very reluctantly, Bernard winds up taking Figaro out to the woods, sending him to fetch a stick, then driving his cart away with tears in his eyes. Becomes a double-whammy when Figaro returns with the stick a moment later, sees no sign of Bernard, and realizes he's been abandoned. (Don't worry, it all works out by episode's end.)
  • They Wasted a Perfectly Good Plot: The episode Gabriel's Rebellion was well received enough, as it showed Gabriel's potential to turn to the side of good. However, what seemed to have disappointed many was the fact that there was no followup to Gabriel's character development. In the future, Gabriel could have either undergone a full Heel–Face Turn or at the very least, fully turn against Raymond and try to usurp him as Big Bad. However, neither scenario occurs and Gabriel remains as Raymond's lackey for the remainder of the series.
  • What an Idiot!: In the episode "The Hypnotic Doctor," the guitar killer's brother Sodom comes to town to avenge what he believed was his brother's death at the hands of Zorro. Even though his brother's rather public execution at the hands of Raymond was no secret, Sodom made absolutely no effort to personally investigate his brother's death on his own even though he was a master hypnotist who could have easily gotten the truth out of everyone. Instead, he just believes the army at face value when they tell him that Zorro murdered his brother despite all obvious evidence to the contrary. It got so bad that finally when Zorro defeats him, he manages to fall into quicksand and refuses Zorro's help to get out, calling Zorro a murderer to the end.
  • WTH, Casting Agency?: For the English Dub. While the voices for the main characters like Zorro, Lolita, Raymond, Gabriel, Bernard, etc. are pretty decent, the voice acting for some of the one-shot and minor characters can sound downright cringe-worthy, as if either the voice actors playing them had been gargling glass in their throats or they were random drunk hobos picked off from the streets.

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