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The daughter of Mayor Martinez. Maria adopts a costumed identity to fight against him using two laser–whips. She and Diego are at college together and have a friendly rivalry. Neither knows the other's secret identity until near the end of the final episode in Season 1 "Poll Axed". She is somewhat similar to Lolita Quintero in the 1940 version of The Mark of Zorro or Theresa in the 1974 version —both of whom are Zorro's love interest and the Alcalde's niece. —. Her masked identity may be based on the title character of the 1944 film Zorro's Black Whip. According to series' bible, her costumed identity was originally going to be the Black Whip rather than the Scarlet Whip.