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Zorro, Spanish for fox, is the name used by a fictional Mexican-era California masked hero and master swordsman of the Old West.

In the stories, his real name is Don Diego De La Vega who fights for the people against the corrupt tyranny of Govenor Montero where he proves to be much too foxlike and cunning for the bumbling authorities to catch.

Zorro first made his appearance in a novel, The Curse of Capistrano, by Johnston McCulley. He soon becomes a regular character in numerous pulp fiction magazines.

The character has been also adapted for numerous movies, the most famous of which include:

There has also been one parody for the premise called Zorro: The Gay Blade which starred George Hamilton[?]

There were also numerous television shows with the best known one being one shown in the 1950s staring Guy Williams[?].

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