Robin [=McKinley=] is an American fantasy author, whose works often have active female heroes.

She has written two novels and a number of short stories in the world of Damar. ''Literature/TheBlueSword'' was a Newbery Honor book and ''Literature/TheHeroAndTheCrown'' won a NewberyMedal.

She has written several novels retelling folk tales, including RobinHood (''Literature/TheOutlawsOfSherwood''), "Literature/SleepingBeauty" (''Spindle's End''), "Literature/{{Donkeyskin}}" (''{{Literature/Deerskin}}''), and two different retellings of "Literature/BeautyAndTheBeast" written 20 years apart (''Literature/{{Beauty|ARetellingOfBeautyAndTheBeast}}'' and ''Literature/RoseDaughter'').
!!Works by [=Robin McKinley=] with their own trope page include:

* ''Literature/BeautyARetellingOfBeautyAndTheBeast''
* ''Literature/TheBlueSword'' (and ''A Pool in the Desert'')
* ''Literature/{{Deerskin}}''
* ''Literature/TheHeroAndTheCrown''
* ''Literature/TheOutlawsOfSherwood''
* ''Literature/RoseDaughter''
* ''Literature/{{Sunshine}}''
* ''Literature/{{Chalice}}''

!!Robin [=McKinley=]'s other works provide examples of:
* AllGirlsLikePonies: Most of the (usually female) protagonists have an appreciation for horses, and often have one as a companion.
* AuthorAppeal: MayDecemberRomance.
* {{Bond Creatures}}: ''Pegasus'' - For the human Royal family and the pegasus Royal family, each pegasus and each human have ''each other'' as a bond creature.
* CoolHorse: ''All'' of them, but pegasi especially.
* CuteMute: Lily in "The Healer" in ''A Knot in the Grain'' can't speak. She and her teacher Jolin work out a form of communication via whistling, but it's very limited.
* DeathByChildbirth: Several instances, including ''Literature/{{Beauty|ARetellingOfBeautyAndTheBeast}}'' and "Literature/TheTwelveDancingPrincesses" in ''The Door in the Hedge''.
* DiscreetDrinkDisposal: In "The Twelve Dancing Princesses," the soldier disposes of the drugged wine the oldest princess gives him by surreptitiously pouring it into the thick velvet cloaks he's been given to wear.
* EasingIntoTheAdventure: Common in her works. ''Literature/TheBlueSword,'' for example, begins with Harry's efforts at adjusting to life on the desert frontier of the Homelander Empire.
* EvilDetectingDog: In short story, "Hellhound".
* EvilUncle: The Regent in "The Stagman" is Ruen's.
* GooGooGodlike: "Baby Magic" in ''Spindle's End''.
* GratuitousJapanese: ''Shadows''. Good god, ''Shadows''.
* HormoneAddledTeenager: Played straight with ''[[NewSoundAlbum Shadows]]'', but generally averted. Many of her female characters are teenagers/young adults, but the idea of romance is usually an afterthought.
* InsistentTerminology: ''Pegasus'' is NOT a trilogy, it's one book in three volumes.
* ItWasWithYouAllAlong: Courtesy of Luthe in "The Healer." [[spoiler:Sahath believes that his power as a mage is gone, but it's actually more that he cut himself off from it out of trauma and self-loathing. Luthe points out that Sahath has in fact been unconsciously using his magic to help him repair and build things for Lily and Jolin, and dryly teases him a little for assuming that someone with no training or previous experience in carpentry could be as good at it as Sahath has been without ''some'' kind of supernatural help.]]
* MayDecemberRomance: A common element; see AuthorAppeal.
* MayflyDecemberRomance: ''Sunshine'', sort of. See also ''The Hero and the Crown''.
* NeverWasThisUniverse: ''Sunshine'', ''Dragonhaven'', and ''Shadows''.
* NewSoundAlbum: ''Shadows'' trades [=McKinley=]'s poetic, lyrical writing style for a more teenager-y first person tone filled with GratuitousJapanese.
* OurDragonsAreDifferent: ''Dragonhaven''.
* OurWerewolvesAreDifferent: In ''Shadows'', the change is spurred not by the moon, but by extreme stress. Changing back is tricky, but can be brought on by eating a strongly "human" food (like cold oatmeal), or by the touch of someone they have a strong connection with.
* {{Pegasus}}: ''Pegasus''
* PortentOfDoom: Invoked by the Regent in "The Stagman," who goes to considerable pains to conjure up unseasonable thunderstorms which he can claim as a bad omen over his niece's upcoming ascension to the throne. Luthe is distinctly unimpressed with his sloppiness.
* RecurringCharacter: Luthe, the immortal mage featured most prominently in ''The Hero and the Crown'', turns up in a lot of [=McKinley's=] stories whenever an enigmatic mentor figure is called for.
* RightfulKingReturns: In "The Stagman" in ''A Knot in the Grain''... very reluctantly on the part of Princess Ruen, the rightful ruler in question, who has to be pushed into it by Luthe.
* SlippingAMickey: One of the pieces of advice given to the soldier in "The Twelve Dancing Princesses" is not to drink anything the princesses give him. The old woman giving this advice remarks that she's surprised none of the other men before him have thought of it on their own.
* SomethingAboutARose: ''Literature/{{Beauty|ARetellingOfBeautyAndTheBeast}}'' and ''Rose Daughter'', inevitably.
%%* SpeaksFluentAnimal: ''Spindle's End''.%%
* TaughtByExperience: Unless Luthe is in the story, most of her protagonists have to find their way by improvising madly and fumbling for anything that looks like it might work. Sometimes even when Luthe ''is'' in the story.
* TwiceToldTale: A large number of her works--see individual pages for specifics.
* WhenSheSmiles: Appears in one of the short stories in ''Water: Tales of the Elemental Spirits''.
* WifeHusbandry: "Touk's House" in ''A Knot in the Grain''. A couple of the other {{May December Romance}}s scattered around her works may also count.
* WizardsLiveLonger: Various works, including ''Literature/{{Sunshine}}'' and Luthe in ''Literature/TheHeroAndTheCrown'' and ''Literature/TheBlueSword''.