History Series / RobinOfSherwood

21st Jul '16 6:21:54 AM foxley
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* TheOldConvict: The nameless insane old prisoner in the dungeon of Nottingham Castle, who constantly refuses to join in escape plans because he doesn't want to leave his pet rat Arthur. He was initially created as a plot device for one episode, but became an EnsembleDarkhorse.
19th May '16 1:59:30 AM LondonKdS
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* BowsVsCrossbows: The series unusually has a clear moral distinction between the two weapons - the heroes constantly use longbows while anybody who uses a crossbow, almost without exception, will be evil. This is almost certainly because of historical associations, where longbows are seen as the iconic "English" weapon, while crossbows are for sneaky foreigners.

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* BowsVsCrossbows: BowsVersusCrossbows: The series unusually has paints a clear moral distinction between the two weapons - the heroes constantly use longbows while anybody two. '''Anyone''' who uses a crossbow, crossbow is evil, almost without exception, will be evil. exception (Marian once grabs up a crossbow in a melee to shoot Gisburne with). This is almost certainly because of historical associations, where longbows are seen as due to the iconic "English" weapon, long tradition of the longbow as a symbol of English military might and righteousness, while crossbows are for sneaky foreigners.for, eew, '''French''' people.



* GoodWeaponEvilWeapon: '''Anyone''' who uses a crossbow in this series is evil, almost without exception (Marian once grabs up a crossbow in a melee to shoot Gisburne with). This is due to the long tradition of the longbow as a symbol of English military might and righteousness, while crossbows are for, eew, '''French''' people.
18th May '16 11:03:11 PM IronicMouse
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* BowsVsCrossbows: The series unusually has a clear moral distinction between the two weapons - the heroes constantly use longbows while anybody who uses a crossbow, almost without exception, will be evil. This is almost certainly because of historical associations, where longbows are seen as the iconic "English" weapon, while crossbows are for sneaky foreigners.
11th May '16 3:10:32 AM Morgenthaler
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* ComicallyMissingThePoint: After a group of [[TheKnightsTemplar Templars]] attack and soundly thrash the outlaws (and abduct Much), Tuck refers to them as "Poor[[labelnote:*]]i.e. they've taken an oath of poverty[[/labelnote]] Knights of the Temple of Solomon". Will replies, "Poor? I'd hate to see the good ones!"

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* ComicallyMissingThePoint: After a group of [[TheKnightsTemplar [[UsefulNotes/TheKnightsTemplar Templars]] attack and soundly thrash the outlaws (and abduct Much), Tuck refers to them as "Poor[[labelnote:*]]i.e. they've taken an oath of poverty[[/labelnote]] Knights of the Temple of Solomon". Will replies, "Poor? I'd hate to see the good ones!"



* TheKnightsTemplar: Robin fights a group of them in the episode "Seven Poor Knights from Acre", because their leader - a FrenchJerk - mistakenly concludes that Robin and his gang stole from them.



** When TheKnightsTemplar showed up, one of them spoke only German (although he clearly ''understood'' his leader's French). He addressed the leader not with any of the ordinary German words for leader or commander, but as "Komtur" -- a word that refers ''only'' to a commander in a knightly order such as the Templars.

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** When TheKnightsTemplar UsefulNotes/TheKnightsTemplar showed up, one of them spoke only German (although he clearly ''understood'' his leader's French). He addressed the leader not with any of the ordinary German words for leader or commander, but as "Komtur" -- a word that refers ''only'' to a commander in a knightly order such as the Templars.
6th Feb '16 8:28:04 PM Astrinde
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* WinWinEnding: The ending of "Alan-a-Dale". [[spoiler:Alan and Bridget get to marry; the "dowry" the outlaws stole turns out out to be worthless rocks, but Bridget gives them a valuable necklace to compensate; the Sheriff gets to keep the dowry that he claimed the outlaws stole, and doesn't have to marry a woman he despises. The only unhappy person is Bridget's father, who doesn't even appear on screen.]]

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* WinWinEnding: The ending of "Alan-a-Dale". [[spoiler:Alan and Bridget Mildred get to marry; the "dowry" the outlaws stole turns out out to be worthless rocks, but Bridget Mildred gives them a valuable necklace to compensate; the Sheriff gets to keep the dowry that he claimed the outlaws stole, and doesn't have to marry a woman he despises. The only unhappy person is Bridget's Mildred's father, who doesn't even appear on screen.]]
30th Jan '16 4:10:01 PM LondonKdS
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The series spawned the usual 1980s set of [[SpinOff Spin-Offs]], including a three volume novelisation by the original TV creator Richard Carpenter, which covered the whole series except for six third-season episodes, and a ''Robin Of Sherwood'' TextAdventure video game by Adventuresoft for various eight-bit home computers.

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The series spawned the usual 1980s set of [[SpinOff Spin-Offs]], including a three volume novelisation by the original TV creator Richard Carpenter, which covered the whole series except for six the third-season episodes, episodes that he didn't write, and a ''Robin Of Sherwood'' TextAdventure video game by Adventuresoft for various eight-bit home computers.
22nd Jan '16 1:41:11 AM LondonKdS
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* RedShirt: Every so often an episode would open with [[RememberTheNewGuy a brand-new outlaw]] established among the core group. Their job was to die before the 45 minutes were up.
21st Jan '16 2:56:59 PM LondonKdS
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* FakeShemp: As the elderly John Abineri disliked being out in the country getting rained on, many shots of Herne are actually an extra wearing his stag headdress, with studio-recorded dialogue added later.
21st Jan '16 2:52:13 PM LondonKdS
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* FakeShemp: As the elderly John Abineri disliked being out in the country getting rained on, many shots of Herne are actually an extra wearing his stag headdress, with studio-recorded dialogue added later.
21st Jan '16 5:49:10 AM LondonKdS
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* VillainOfTheWeek: Despite the prominence of various recurring villains, the story did have these. Often they appeared in episodes where the outlaws leave Sherwood, but in other episodes they were usually one-off [[PsychoForHire Psychos For Hire]] or {{Sociopathic Soldier}}s who the Sheriff or King John set on the outlaws.
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