[[caption-width-right:300:The legend had it coming.]]

->''"We're ''men''''\\
''We're ''men in tights'',''\\
''Always on guard,''\\
''Defending the people's rights!"''
-->-- '''The Merry Men'''

Really, it was only a matter of time before Creator/MelBrooks turned his sights on the venerable legend of Myth/RobinHood and completely shredded it (again - see ''Series/WhenThingsWereRotten''). This anachronistic, irreverent romp through one of the best-known tales of the Western world runs roughshod over classic and modern adaptations alike, aiming most of its quips at Creator/KevinCostner's ''[[Film/RobinHoodPrinceOfThieves Prince of Thieves]]'' version but getting in a good many jabs at the classic Creator/ErrolFlynn ''Film/TheAdventuresOfRobinHood'' as well.

And unlike some ''other'' Robin Hoods, ''this'' one has an English accent! (Instead of an [[Creator/ErrolFlynn Australian]], [[Creator/RussellCrowe New Zealand]], or [[Creator/KevinCostner American]] one, that is. ItWillNeverCatchOn.)

!!This movie contains examples of:

* AbhorrentAdmirer: Latrine. Even her ''cardboard picture'' of Rottingham ends up cringing.
* AccidentalAimingSkills: "To tell you the truth, [[ShootTheRope I was aiming for the hangman]]!"
* AffablyEvil
** The dungeon master in the opening scene, who acts more like a hotel concierge.
** Rottingham has his moments. During his final duel with Robin, he politely tells him "''En garde!''" and Robin, just as politely, thanks him for the warning.
*** Of course, this comes right after Rottingham first takes one giant impaling lunge at Robin.
* AffectionateParody: Creator/MelBrooks' raison d'etre.
** The sheer number of {{Shout Out}}s to previous ''Robin Hood'' films (especially ''Film/TheAdventuresOfRobinHood'') is really impressive, especially the sets.
* AllMenArePerverts: [[spoiler:The key to the greatest treasure in all the land -- Marion's chastity belt.]]
* AllWomenAreLustful: Broomhilde immediately tries to pick up Little John, and Maid Marian's locked chastity belt is a major frustration in her life. And let's not even get started on Latrine.
* AltarTheSpeed: Subverted.
* AluminumChristmasTrees: Being a movie from TheNineties, there are a few things that will confuse a newer viewer:
** Maid Marion uses [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ny8-G8EoWOw The Clapper]] to turn on the lights in one scene. This was an invention in the late 80s / early 90s where you could turn lights on and off with a clap. Except ''any'' noise would set it off, leading to a lot of consternation on consumers' parts.
** Ahchoo pauses to pump his shoes up. Reebok Pump Basketball shoes came out in 1989 and were the first inflatable sneakers.
** During the training montage, pantyhose are passed out in plastic eggs. L'eggs, a prominent stocking company, used packages exactly like this during that era.
** Robin's Patriot Arrow is a reference to Patriot Missiles, used in the first Gulf War.
** Need to reach the villagers in a hurry? Fox them! A reference to fax machines, which were cutting-edge technology at the time.
** When Robin attempts to mount his horse from behind [[ShoutOut in the style of]] [[Film/ThreeAmigos the Three Amigos]], [[FailedAttemptAtDrama he doesn't quite make it]], so Ahchoo remarks;
--->'''Ahchoo:''' [[ShoutOut Man]], Film/WhiteMenCantJump.
*** ...This joke has become the subtly awesome one in the entire movie; History considers ''Men In Tights'' to be one of Brooks' ''many'' comedy classics. '''No-one''' remembers the Creator/WesleySnipes[=/=]Creator/WoodyHarrelson OddCouple movie that came out ''the previous year.''
* AmbiguouslyJewish: Prince John seems to do a pretty good amount of JewishComplaining, and also mentions a Seder.
* AnachronismStew: By RuleOfFunny.
* {{Angrish}}: The Sheriff of Rottingham, numerous times. Normally, he just transposes two words ("Over that boy hand"), or swaps syllables of words ("Struckey has loxed again"), or a little PronounTrouble ("I'll pay for this!") when mildly annoyed. But watching Robin and Marian kiss at the ball causes him to rant out the following sentence with every single word out of order.
* ArrowCam: Parodied.
* ArrowCatch: See DisabilitySuperpower below.
* ArrowsOnFire: In the opening CreditsGag.
-->'''Villager:''' Every time they make a Robin Hood movie, they burn our village down!\\
* AutomaticCrossbows: Used by Dirty Ezio, complete with laser sight and [[NoisyGuns lots of clicking.]]
** Not to mention [[IkeaWeaponry a long assembly sequence]].
* AwardBaitSong: "Marian" is a parody of the Franchise/DisneyAnimatedCanon award bait, especially with the soft rock cover of it that plays over the credits, which was quite common of various animated {{award bait song}}s at the time (such as Music/CelineDion & Peabo Bryson's version of ''Disney/BeautyAndTheBeast's'' title song, Music/LindaRonstadt & James Ingram's cover of ''WesternAnimation/AnAmericanTail's'' ''Somewhere Out There'', and Bryson & Regina Belle's cover of ''Disney/{{Aladdin}}'s'' ''A Whole New World'').
** It also may be more directly parodying Bryan Adams' "(Everything I Do) I Do It For You" from ''Film/RobinHoodPrinceOfThieves''.
%%* BackToBackBadasses:
%%-->'''Robin:''' By the by, do you know preying mantis?\\
%%'''Ahchoo:''' You're lookin' at him!
%%* BadassBack: Subverted.
%%-->'''Ahchoo:''' Your back just got punched ''twice''.
* BadassBoast: In the song sung by the Merry Men:
-->''We may look like sissies''\\
''But watch what you say, or else we'll punch out your lights!''
* BadNewsInAGoodWay: TropeNamer. Prince John requests that the Sheriff keep his news positive, but when the Sheriff attempts to try it, it doesn't come off very well:
--> '''Prince John:''' I knew it! I knew it would be bad news. Wait, I have an idea. Maybe if you tell me the ''bad'' news in a ''good'' way, it wouldn't sound so bad.\\
'''Sheriff of Rottingham:''' The bad news in a good way. Yes, yes, I can do that. The bad news in a good way. Well, here it goes. ''[hysterically]'' Ha! Ha! Ha! W-wait till you hear this! I just saw Robin of Locksley, he's back from the crusades. ''[laughs]'' You know, he just beat the ''crap'' out of me and my men. ''[laughs]'' He hates you and he loves your brother, Richard! ''[laughs]'' And... ''[laughs]'' ... he wants to see you hanged! ''[laughs and snorts loudly]'' We, we're in an awful lot of trouble! ''[laughs]''\\
'''Prince John:''' What, are you crazy?! Why are you laughing?! This is terrible news!
* BaitAndSwitchComparison: At the feast after Robin deposits a hog on Prince John's table.
-->'''Sheriff:''' That's a wild boar!\\
'''Robin:''' No, that's a wild pig. ''[points at Prince John]'' ''That's'' a [[FunWithHomophones wild bore!]]
* BeardOfSorrow: They're complimentary at the Khalil Prison, so everyone fits in.
* BigDamnHeroes: Robin's crews came to his rescue just as [[ItMakesSenseInContext a chandelier fell on him]] during his fight with the Sheriff's guards.
* BladeLock: Subverted.
* BlindMistake: Blinkin's entire reason for being.
* BrawnHilda: Broomhilde.
* BreakingTheFourthWall: Repeatedly. It's a signature Creator/MelBrooks trope. As one example, at one point they pull out the script to see what happens next.
* ButtMonkey: Rottingham.
* TheCameo:
** Isaac Hayes as Asneeze
** Creator/DomDeluise as Don Giovanni
** Creator/PatrickStewart as King Richard
* CameraAbuse:
** The camera moving in on Marian singing in the bath crashes through a window before sheepishly retreating.
** The Abbott's staff smashing into the camera lens.
* CaptainObvious:
-->'''Filthy Luca:''' I will take these cotton balls from you with my hand and put them in my pocket.\\\
'''Little John:''' They call me Little John. Oh, but [[IronicNickname don't let my name fool you]]; in real life, I'm very big.
* CardboardPrison: Parodied (as with everything else) in the intro, with the Robin and Asneeze escaping from Le Dungeon within five minutes of Robin getting tossed in.
* CasualDangerDialogue: During the fight at the castle feast, Robin and Blinkin have this exchange.
--> '''Blinkin:''' Drink, Sire?
--> '''Robin:''' Ah, thank you, Blinkin.
-->''continues [[OffhandBackhand sword-fighting a mook]] one-handed and downs a goblet of wine with the other''
--> '''Blinkin:''' Sounds like we're winning, Sire.
--> '''Robin:''' So we are. Carry on.
* CatapultToGlory: Prince John accidentally sends the Sheriff flying during a demonstration of a "stealth" catapult. He lands in the bed of a ''very'' happy Latrine, who'd just been praying for God to send her her one true love.
* CharacterFilibuster: Played for laughs.
** ''Twice'', and in quick succession. First with Robin as UsefulNotes/WinstonChurchill, then with Ahchoo ([[RunningGag BLESS YOU!]]) as UsefulNotes/MalcolmX (complete with glasses).
* CheckPlease: Prince John, when the fight during the banquet scene lands on his table.
* ChosenOne: Subverted. Robin's key [[spoiler:fits Marian's chastity belt, but it doesn't ''work'']].
** The sheriff had been using a jackhammer on the lock earlier; that can't have been good for the mechanism. Or perhaps it ''did'' rust in the bath.
* CombatBreakdown: Literally ''and'' figuratively. Damn substandard quarterstaves...
* CoolAndUnusualPunishment: As punishment for his treachery, King Richard names all the toilets in England after Prince John. Then he has him locked in the Tower of London. "Make him part of the tour."
* CoughSnarkCough: Yeah, we all believe that the misdeeds were totally the Sheriff's fault...
-->'''Everyone:''' *cough* Bullshit! *cough* Bullshit!
* CreatorCameo: Creator/MelBrooks as a Jewish rabbi peddling circumcisions and sacramental wine.
* CreepyChangingPainting: PlayedForLaughs with the sheriff's cardboard cutout.
* CripplingCastration: Rabbi Tuckman offers to circumcise Robin and his group of Merry Men, only for them to refuse when he demonstrates the circumcision as putting one's manhood through the chopping end of a small guillotine.
* DeusAngstMachina: Parodied with the number of tragedies Blinkin says happened to Robin's family, and then he hugs Robin and says it's great to see him home.
* DisabilitySuperpower: Blinkin.
-->'''Blinkin:''' I heard that coming a mile away!\\
'''Robin:''' Right-o, Blinkin, very good.\\
'''Blinkin:''' Pardon? Who's talking?
** Don't forget when he beats the ''hell'' out of that pillar. For a blind man, Blinkin is ''really, '''really''' fast''.
*** And he bear-hugged Robin.
* DisasterDominoes: Robin takes out an entire corps of armored knights by hitting ''one'', who then falls into the next, who knocks down the one in front of him, who then...
* TheDon: The Sheriff enlists the help of Don Giovanni (Creator/DomDeLuise), a mafia boss from Jersey, to get rid of Robin Hood.
* DisneyCreaturesOfTheFarce: Marian coaxes a bluebird into landing on her finger. Shortly after, it leaves, having pooped on her finger.
-->'''Broomhilde:''' Oh! It looks like that happy little bluebird left a happy little doo-doo on your hand.
* DistractedByTheSexy: At the banquet fracas, a steward and several busty court ladies watch the mayhem in shock from afar. After a moment, he starts [[MaleGaze checking out the boobage]] while they're none the wiser.
* DoubleEntendre: "People call me 'Little John'. But, don't let my nickname fool you. In real life, I'm very big."
* DroitDuSeigneur: King Richard demands the PG-rated version of this trope before Robin and Marian get married. It's just a kiss, but it's a substantial one.
-->'''Rabbi Tuckman:''' ''[observing]'' [[Film/HistoryOfTheWorldPartI It's good to be the king]].
* EasyComeEasyGo:
-->'''Blinkin:''' ''[falls out of a tree]'' I CAN ''SEE''! ''[runs into another tree]'' No, I was wrong.
* EmbarrassingFirstName: [[TomTheDarkLord Mervin, the Sheriff of Rottingham]].
* EverybodysDeadDave: Mercilessly parodying a similar scene in ''Prince of Thieves''.
-->'''Robin Hood:''' Blinkin, listen to me. They've taken the castle! \\
'''Blinkin:''' I thought it felt a bit drafty. Cor, this never would have happened if your father was alive. \\
'''Robin Hood:''' He's dead? \\
'''Blinkin:''' Yes. \\
'''Robin Hood:''' And my mother? \\
'''Blinkin:''' She died of pneumonia while... oh, you were away... \\
'''Robin Hood:''' My brothers? \\
'''Blinkin:''' They were all killed by the plague. \\
'''Robin Hood:''' ''[sounding a little sadder]'' My dog, Pongo? \\
'''Blinkin:''' Run over by a carriage. \\
'''Robin Hood:''' ''[sounding a little more hopeful]'' My goldfish, Goldie? \\
'''Blinkin:''' Eaten by the cat. \\
'''Robin Hood:''' ''[on the verge of tears]'' My cat? \\
'''Blinkin:''' Choked on the goldfish. \\
''[{{beat}}]'' \\
'''Blinkin:''' Oh, it's good to be home, ain't it, Master Robin?
* ExactWords:
--->'''Robin:''' Watch my back!\\
''[a soldier runs up and hits him two times]''\\
'''Ahchoo:''' Your back just got punched twice.
--->'''Robin:''' Lend me your ears!\\
''[ villagers [[HavingAHeart pull off their ears and throw them to Robin]] ]''
--->'''Sheriff:''' HA! WalkThisWay! ''[tosses his head and struts away]''\\
''[Robin and guards shrug and do as he said]''
** When Marian tries to talk Robin out of attending the archery tournament:
--->'''Marian:''' Promise you won't go!\\
'''Robin:''' Okay. [[LoopholeAbuse I promise you won't go]].
* {{Expy}}:
** Cary Elwes is essentially playing [[Film/ThePrincessBride Westley]] playing Robin Hood.
** Creator/DaveChappelle pretty nicely echoes Cleavon Little from ''Film/BlazingSaddles''.
** In the ''Film/{{Godfather}}'' scene, Don Giovanni is Don Corleone, Filthy Luca is Luca Brasi, and Dirty Ezio is Film/DirtyHarry. Bonus point for the last one, for being a convincing doppelganger of Creator/ClintEastwood.
* EyeOfNewt: And Latrine's [[LethalChef the cook...]]
* FallingChandelierOfDoom: Right trope, wrong rope. It fell on Robin, not the guards.
* FalseReassurance: Semantics, semantics...
* {{Fanfare}}:
** The film opens with one over the credits.
** The Sheriff gets a hilarious one, played without trumpets.
--->'''Sheriff:''' SHUT UP, YOU ''BLOODY FOOLS!''
** During the archery tournament, trumpets are played directly into Prince John's ears.
* FateWorseThanDeath: The Sheriff of Rottingham reluctantly agrees to marry Latrine if she saves his life. He quickly regrets that decision.
** Later, King Richard throws Prince John into the Tower (of London), and tells his men "make him part of the tour."
* {{Flynning}}: Parodied, played straight, and then spanked like a naughty child.
* FreezeFrameBonus: The "magic pill" that Latrine gives to the Sheriff after he's run through to save his life is a [[JustForPun Lifesaver]].
* FunWithSubtitles: As Marian's hefty nurse prepares to drop into the saddle, her horse is thinking, "You've got to be kidding!"
* FunnyBackgroundEvent: When Blinkin is hacking and slashing his way through what he thinks is an army of {{mook}}s (he's actually just beating up a wooden support beam), one of the castle maids hiding under the stairs is giving him a "WTF?" look.
* GagPenis: By way of a suggestive shadow puppet and a scabbard. It makes the Merry Men burst into spontaneous applause.
* GaleForceSound: When Robin sings with Marian in his arms, the force of his singing blows her hair back and messes up her tiara.
* {{Gesundheit}}: A RunningGag regarding Ahchoo ([[SelfDemonstratingArticle BLESS YOU!]]). His name is frequently heard as a sneeze -- Asneeze is his father's name, incidentally.
* GloveSlap:
-->'''Sheriff of Rottingham:''' I challenge you... to a duel! ''[slaps Robin Hood across the face with his glove]'' Hahahahaha! ''[throws down glove]''\\
'''Robin Hood:''' ''[calmly puts down his drink, then grabs a gauntlet from a suit of armor and slaps the Sheriff back]''\\
'''Robin Hood:''' I accept!
* GodivaHair: Maid Marian coming out of the bath.
* GreekChorus: The four Merry Men dancing throughout the movie.
* GroinAttack:
** An accidental one on Blinkin's part:
--->'''Ahchoo:''' ''[extending his hand]'' What's up man?\\
'''Blinkin:''' How do you do? ''[reaches out to shake Ahchoo's hand, but ends up hitting him in the happy spot]''\\
'''Ahchoo:''' ''[in much pain]'' I've been better.
** Another unintentional one when Robin [[RagingStiffie discovers]] Maid Marian's chastity belt.
-->'''Maid Marian:''' It's an Everlast.\\
'''Robin:''' ''[in pain]'' I'll bet...
** Earlier, Robin Hood accidentally does one to himself; failing to jump onto a horse from behind.
* HaveIMentionedIAmHeterosexualToday
-->''We're butch!''
* HavingAHeart: "Lend me your ears!"
* HeroesWantRedheads: Maid Marian is played by a redhead.
* HomeGuard: The Sheriff and his men. Robin takes a [[TakeThat cheap shot]] at the Sheriff, who seized his family's property while Robin was fighting in the Crusades.
-->'''Robin:''' [[TakeThat ''My'' father couldn't get me into the National Guard.]]\\
'''Crowd:''' ''Oooooooohh...''
* HonorBeforeReason: Robin decides to fight Little John to cross the bridge, even though, as Ahchoo points out, it "ain't exactly the Mississippi." Robin insists that it's "the principle of the thing."
* IdiotBall: Robin grabs it hard when he decides that he absolutely ''has'' to compete in the archery tournament at the festival, which he didn't learn about until '''after''' he was told that the festival was a trap. Everyone present when he makes that decision realizes it, too.
* IncessantMusicMadness: Prince John calls for the knights to stop Robin and his men. About 50 men in suits of armor start marching into the room from all sides, the clanging of their armor getting louder and louder and louder. After several minutes of this, Prince John, who is holding his ears, says, "I hope this is worth THE NOISE!!!"
* IHaveYouNowMyPretty: ... too bad about the chastity belt, though.
-->'''Sheriff:''' That's going to chafe my willy.
-->'''Marian:''' ''[as the Sheriff attempts to open it with a jackhammer]'' No matter what you do, I shall ''never submi-i-i-i-i-i-i-i-it!''
* IKnowKungFaux:
-->'''Robin:''' Do you know "Praying Mantis"?\\
'''Ahchoo:''' You're ''looking'' at him.
* InnocentInnuendo: See GagPenis, above.
* InsistentTerminology:
** "Hold this, Father." "Rabbi." "Whatever."
** [[IronicEcho "Thank you, your majesty, here's your knife." "Sword." "Whatever."]]
* InsurmountableWaistHighFence: The bridge that Little John guards, spanning a stream that's only a few inches wide and deep. Ahchoo [[LampshadeHanging notices this]] and tries to explain it to Robin:
-->'''Ahchoo:''' You don't have to do this. Look... this ain't exactly the Mississippi. ''[jumping across for emphasis]'' I'm on one side... ''*jumps back*'' I'm on the other side! ''*jumps back*'' I'm on the east bank... ''*jumps back again*'' I'm on the west bank! ''*easily straddles stream*'' It is not that critical.
-->'''Robin:''' That's not the point. It's [[HonorBeforeReason the principle of the thing.]]
-->'''Achoo:''' ''*looking at the burly Little John, then back at Robin*'' Nice knowin' ya.
* ItWillNeverCatchOn:
-->'''Crowd:''' A ''black'' sheriff?!?\\
'''Ahchoo:''' Hey, why not? It worked in ''Film/BlazingSaddles''...
* JustYouAndMeAndMyGUARDS: The Sheriff of Rottingham supplies the TropeNamer.
* KissingTheGround: Parodied. Robin kisses the ground noisily when he lands in England, then spits sand out of his mouth.
* KnifeNut: Will Scarlet.
* KnifeOutline: Using [[MoreDakka six arrows]], fired all at once.
* {{Knighting}}: One of the few things played straight. Robin Hood gets knighted by King Richard after the climax.
* LandInTheSaddle: Marian leaps from a balcony onto her horse. When her large lady-in-waiting attempts to do the same, her horse dodges. Given that she ''cracks the stones'' the horse was previously standing on, you can't blame the horse.
-->'''Brunhilde:''' Fahrvergkügel! If I vas you, I vould ''never'' do zat again! Any qvestions? ''[horse shakes its head]'' Gut.
* LargeHam: King Richard. Prior to him, the Sheriff handles the rest of the movie's hamminess; more than half his lines are either intensely sinister whispers or resounding shouts.
* LastSecondWordSwap: Marian hopes someone will come along who has the key to her... heart.
* LeftTheBackgroundMusicOn: When Robin sings "The Night is Young" to Marian, some of the Merry Men join in as the background music. Marian keeps turning her head every time they pitch in, wondering where it's coming from.
* LighterAndSofter: Compared to ''Film/RobinHoodPrinceOfThieves''.
* LoopholeAbuse: The Rabbi Tuckman's wine is ''sacramental'' wine. It's only for blessing things. But on seeing the dejected looks on Robin and his men, the good Rabbi decides they can just bless the trees and squirrels and such until they're all good and drunk.
* LosingAShoeInTheStruggle: When the Sheriff's plot to marry Maid Marian fails, he grabs her and runs. This sudden motion causes her shoes to fall off.
* MalcolmXerox: Ahchoo's RousingSpeech to the villagers.
* MatronChaperone: Broomhilde. Her entire job is to ensure that Maid Marian stays that way.
-->'''Broomhilde:''' Before you do it, you must go through it! Or else I blew it.
* MessOnAPlate: Latrine's omelet from hell. The intact eyeballs aren't the most visually disturbing thing on that plate.
* MistakenForGay: Rabbi Tuckman mistakenly labels all of the Merry Men as this upon their first meeting.
-->'''Rabbi Tuckman:''' ''[shaky hand motion]'' [[YiddishAsASecondLanguage Faygeles?]]\\
'''Robin Hood:''' No, we're straight. Just... merry.
* MisplacedWildlife: Like everything else in the movie, intentional and played for laughs. The 12th Century Fox that they use to send a message [[note]]i.e. a pun on "to fax"[[/note]] is a grey fox, which aren't native to England. To add to the absurdity, it makes the sound of [[Series/{{Flipper}} a dolphin]] as it runs off. The "happy little bluebird" isn't a native species, either.
* MisspellingOutLoud:
-->'''Don Giovanni:''' OK, you want plain English: Robin is gonna be dead. D-E-D. Dead.
* MomentKiller: Marian's nursemaid. That's her ''job''. And, of course, a shout out to ''Film/{{Spaceballs}}''.
-->'''Broomhilde:''' You aren't married yet! Before you do it, you must go through it! Or else I blew it.
** Also when Robin and Marian are about to be married, who should show up to object but King Richard himself, played by Creator/PatrickStewart no less.
--> '''Rabbi Tuckman:''' I now pronounce you man and...
--> '''King Richard:''' I OBJECT!
--> '''Rabbi Tuckman:''' Who asked?!
* {{Multishot}}: Featured on the posters.
* NeutralFemale: Marian to an extreme extent during the swordfight between Robin and the Sheriff. She doesn't even try to get off the bed.
* NiceJobBreakingItHero: You had to mention the archery contest, didn't you, Maid Marian?
* NoFourthWall: Constantly.
* NoisyGuns: As with everything else, done for giggles. With crossbows.
* OffhandBackhand:
** Do You Know Praying Mantis?
** During the brawl at the feast, Blinkin gives Robin a drink, and as he downs it, he carries on a swordfight in this vein.
** One of the villagers does this to one guard accidentally while celebrating taking another one down a moment beforehand.
* OffingTheAnnoyance: Almost invoked when a mime annoys the Sheriff to the point that he just shouts 'Kill him!', before he's stopped by Prince John, who says '[[IncrediblyLamePun You know, a mime is a terrible thing to waste.]]'
* TheOnlyOneAllowedToDefeatYou: Hilariously averted by Rottingham. See above, JustYouAndMeAndMyGUARDS
* PassThePopcorn: When Robin woos Maid Marian, the merry men set out some benches and gather to watch, and a couple of the villagers are [[AnachronismStew eating popcorn]], right off the cob, on a stick.
* PigLatin: The New Latin used by the Abbot.
-->'''Abbot:''' Oh ordLay, ivethgay usway ouryay essingsblay. Amen-ay!
* ThePiratesWhoDontDoAnything: Robin and the Merry Men are never shown robbing the rich or giving to the poor. For that matter, their actions to take down Prince John and restore Richard to the throne boil down to being mildly irritating, resulting in John focusing all his attention on taking down Robin until Richard returns and deals with his brother by himself.
* PissTakeRap: The Merry Men at one point.
* PoliceBrutality: We first see Ahchoo when he's being worked over by Rottingham's grunts.
-->'''Ahchoo:''' Man, I hope somebody's gettin' a video of this!
* PreAssKickingOneLiner: In spades. Notably...
-->"Care for some... dessert?"\\
''[[[ItMakesSenseInContext mashes his face with a grapefruit]]]''
* PrecisionFStrike: When Blinkin is trying to get down from the observation tower, he ends up knocking over the ladder, which he only discovers after leaning forward to grab it.
-->'''Blinkin:''' Oh, shit!
* PrettyBoy: Will [[Film/GoneWithTheWind Scarlet O'Hara]].
* ProducePelting: At Robin, after he actually ''loses'' an archery contest.
-->'''Blinkin:''' Oh, they've opened the salad bar.
* ProjectileKiss: Robin blows a kiss to Marian as he leaves Prince John's castle. Broomhilde intercepts it.
* PromiseMeYouWontX: "All right. I promise you won't go."
* RageAgainstTheAuthor: The villagers in the opening sequence yell at Creator/MelBrooks for burning down their village. ''Again''.
* RagingStiffie: Robin's painful method of discovering Marian wears a chastity belt ("''clang''!"). PlayedForLaughs in a later scene where the scabbard of Robin's sword rises and creates a suggestive shadow.
* ReadingAheadInTheScript: When Filthy Luca bests Robin, during Prince John's archery contest, by splitting his arrow. Robin literally pulls out the movie's script and quickly flips through it, 'til he finds where it says he gets another shot. Prince John and the Sheriff of Rottingham, along with the rest of the cast, consult their own copies and see that he's right. Cue Robin's "Patriot Arrow".
* RealMenWearPink: Real Men wear tights. ''[[GroinAttack Tight]]'' tights!
* RecycledSoundtrack: The song "Men in Tights" has the same backbeat as "Jews in Space" from ''Film/HistoryOfTheWorldPartOne''
* RepeatAfterMe: Walk this way, indeed.
* RousingSpeech: Subverted and played straight, in that order.
* RunningGag:
** Robin lapsing into long-winded speeches.
** Robin and Maid Marian being prevented from kissing.
** People mistaking Ahchoo's name for a sneeze.
** The Sheriff's dyslexia.
** Prince John's mole moving around his face....
--->'''Prince John:''' I have a ''mole''?
* ScarpiaUltimatum: A variant -- Marian [[PleaseIWillDoAnything promises to marry Rottingham]] if he will spare Robin. The Sheriff has Robin standing at the gallows anyway, just for insurance.
** Inverted at the end when Rottingham is run through. Latrine has a magic pill that will save his life[[note]]Quite literally a Life Saver[[/note]]... but she'll only give it to him if ''he'' promises to marry ''her''.
* SeanConneryIsAboutToShootYou: Cary Elwes Is About To Shoot You With [[{{Multishot}} Six Arrows At Once]]!
* SequelSnark: The rapping GreekChorus jokes about reappearing in ''Robin Hood 2''.
* ShadowDiscretionShot: Subverted for laughs.
* ShaggyDogStory: [[spoiler:Robin is revealed about midway through the film that he has the key to Maid Marian's chastity belt. By the end of the film, after defeating the Sheriff of Rottingham and marrying Maid Marian, when he and Marian finally prepare to do the deed, it turns out his key doesn't work... Apparently it wasn't the real key. Or Rottingham's attempts to break the lock open messed it up. Or Marian just spent too long in the bath. [[CuttingTheKnot They decided to just call the locksmith.]]]]
* ShootTheRope: [[OverlyLongGag Not what he was aiming at.]]
* ShotgunWedding: Marian volunteers for one with Rottingham to save Robin from the gallows. Later, Rabbi Tuckman seems to think that Robin's gotten Marian pregnant (it's actually to get Broomhilde to quit cockblocking):
-->'''Rabbi:''' Married in a hurry! Please invite me to the bris.
* ShoutOut:
** Of course, the whole movie picks all of the best parts of many other beloved Robin Hood films (Creator/ErrolFlynn's epic poses in ''Film/TheAdventuresOfRobinHood'', the AwardBaitSong in ''Film/RobinHoodPrinceOfThieves'' and even the archery contest from [[Disney/RobinHood the Disney version]]) and distills it into a lighthearted pastiche.
--->'''Rabbi Tuckman:''' Robin of Locksley? I just came back from Maid Marian, the lady whose heart you stole. You [[Film/RobinHoodPrinceOfThieves prince of thieves]] you!
--->'''Villagers:''' A ''black sheriff''?!\\
'''Ahchoo:''' Hey, why not? It worked in ''Film/BlazingSaddles''.
** That hangman sure looks familiar...
--->'''Sheriff:''' Didn't your mole used to be on the other side?\\
'''Prince:''' [[Film/YoungFrankenstein I have a mole?]]
--->'''Rabbi Tuckman:''' ''[[Film/HistoryOfTheWorldPartI It's good to be the king.]]''
** The screaming kid:
--->'''Boy:''' Well, it's getting late and I've got to go Film/{{home alone}} now. Ahhhhhh!
** During the wedding:
--->'''Person in Crowd:''' Good morrow, Abbot.\\
'''Abbot:''' Good morrow.\\
'''Person in Crowd:''' Good morrow, Abbot.\\
'''Abbot:''' Good morrow.\\
'''Person in Crowd:''' Heeeeey [[Creator/AbbottAndCostello Abbbboooot!]]\\
'''Abbot:''' ...I ''hate'' that guy!
** When Robin fails to jump on his horse:
--->'''Ahchoo:''' Man, Film/WhiteMenCantJump!
** When the camera crashes through the wall, which was done in ''Film/HighAnxiety''.
** Will Scarlet O'Hara being from Georgia is a nod to GoneWithTheWind.
** This [[Film/MontyPythonAndTheHolyGrail isn't the first time]] the hero of a film set in medieval England decided to fight somebody blocking him from crossing a bridge over a tiny stream that could easily be jumped over.
** "[[Film/TheGodfather We'll make him an offer he can't refuse]]", and the whole Don Corle..Don Giovanni scene. "I was just gonna say that!!". Also during this scene, Dirty Ezio is a doppelganger for ''Film/DirtyHarry'''s Creator/ClintEastwood.
** Sir Patrick Stewart as King Richard puts on a voice that sounds a lot like [[Creator/SeanConnery another well-known knighted actor from the UK]] [[Film/RobinHoodPrinceOfThieves who played King Richard in a Robin Hood film.]]
** When Robin first meets Ahchoo, he's being beaten up by guards. Ahchoo comments "I hope somebody's getting a video of this thing." This is a reference to Rodney King being assaulted by LAPD officers in the early 90s.
** A true GeniusBonus one - the camels after Robin and Asneeze escape from prison are references to famous racing horses.
** Robin Hood's motivational speech to the townfolk is essentially taken from Winston Churchill. Ahchoo's takes notes from Malcom X.
** Don Giovanni gets his name from a famous piece by Mozart.
** "A magic pill that can save your life..." In other words, [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Life_Savers Lifesaver brand candy=]].
* SomethingElseAlsoRises: The moonlight serenade ends with an exceedingly suggestive silhouette on a sheet that makes the Merry Men cheer (It's actually Robin's sword).
* SpiritualSuccessor: To ''Series/WhenThingsWereRotten''.
* StockPoses: If Robin isn't in motion, he's doing some kind of dramatic pose. On occasion he manages to maintain it while he ''is'' in motion.
* StompyMooks: {{Lampshaded}} when the Sheriff calls in a bunch of guards in heavy, clanky armor to surround the protagonists.
-->'''Prince John:''' I hope it's worth the ''noise''!
* StopDrowningAndStandUp: In about an inch of water.
* SwordOverHead: Variant. After Robin defeats the Sheriff of Rottingham, he turns away, compliments his sword, and makes to sheathe it ... and ''accidentally'' runs the Sheriff through as he tries to backstab Robin.
* SwordSparks: Lampshaded when Robin looks at the camera and exclaims "Shocking!", just after the Sheriff's sword makes sparks from striking a stone column.
* TakeThat: To ''Prince of Thieves'', most obviously in the line: "Unlike other Robin Hoods, ''I'' can speak with an English accent."
** Both Italian and French versions say: "I'm not someone who Film/DancesWithWolves".
** The German version has him say that he doesn't cost ("[[Creator/KevinCostner Kosten]]") the producers several million.
* ThatMakesMeFeelAngry:
-->'''Sheriff of Rottingham:''' I was angry at you before Loxley, but now I'm really PISSED OFF!
* ThemeTuneRap: The group of minstrels who frame the story do so using this trope. What are hip-hop and dark-skinned people doing in 12th-century England? [[RuleOfFunny Don't ask]].
* ThousandYardStare: PlayedForLaughs, of course, when Robin develops a [[LargeHam hammed-up version]] as Blinkin goes over [[EverybodysDeadDave the long list of Robin's loved ones, now deceased]]. Blinkin, being blind, is totally oblivious to it and is overjoyed at Robin's return.
* ThrowingDownTheGauntlet: Parodied: the Sheriff of Rottingham slaps Robin with a glove to challenge him to a duel, and Robin counters with an ''actual'' gauntlet by way of accepting the challenge. Rottingham then lays out the terms of the duel, which happen to include [[JustYouAndMeAndMyGuards calling in a whole mess of guards]].
* TitleDrop: The musical number "Men In Tights" in the middle of the movie.
* TomTheDarkLord: Mervin The Sheriff of Rottingham.
* TrainingThePeacefulVillagers: As it turns out, the villagers are not really suited to be trained - Robin's men wonder if it might not be best to go with the training dummies instead. In the end, they manage to get their act together and [[BigDamnHeroes come to the rescue]].
* TrickArrow: Laser-guided Patriot Arrow.
* TrollBridge: Guarded by Little John.
* UncleTomfoolery: Parodied by Creator/DaveChappelle. While this was a pastiche of other Robin Hood films (especially the Costner version), because of the extremes that this role sometimes goes to in a movie playing it straight, this rather exaggerated parody was actually not that far off the norm.
* {{Understatement}}: Robin briefly complains that his noose is a little tight. [[LampshadeHanging Lampshade]] courtesy of the [[StealthPun hangman]].
* UnfortunateNames:
** Latrine. Her ancestors changed it ''to'' Latrine -- it used to be "Shithouse."
** Also Ahchoo, son of [[IncrediblyLamePun Ahsneeze]].
*** '''BLESS YOU!!!'''
* VillainsWantMercy: Prince John tries to beg his way out of trouble with King Richard.
-->'''John:''' It's not my fault. I got a lot of bad advice from Rottingham.\\
'''Merry Men:''' [[CoughSnarkCough *cough* Bullshit! *cough* Bullshit]]!
* VisualInnuendo: The moonlight serenade.
* VisualPun:
** Look closely at the magic pill Latrine gives the Sheriff to "save his life."[[note]]For British viewers, what you call Polo mints are called Life Savers in the States.[[/note]]
--->'''Robin:''' Lend me your ears!\\
''[cue [[HavingAHeart inevitable joke]]]''
** Dom's little iguana apparently has a problem with narcolepsy, a reptile dysfunction. How sad. Either that or he can't keep it up...
--->'''Rottingham:''' Excuse me for saying, Dom Giovanni: Your lizard... seems limp.
* WackySoundEffect: The [[VisualGag 12th century fox]] dashes off to the woods to the sound of a ricocheting bullet and... a dolphin cry?
* WalkThisWay: Led by the Sheriff of Rottingham after the archery contest.
* WeddingDeadline
* WeWillMeetAgain: Parodied and subverted.
-->'''Thug:''' You haven't seen the last of us!\\
''[Robin does his [[KnifeOutline six arrows at once thing]], pinning him to the tree]''\\
'''Thug:''' ''[sheepishly]'' You've seen the last of us.
* WhatAreYouInFor: "...Jaywalking."
* WhatHappenedToTheMouse:
** We never see the results of Prince John and Latrine's plan to get the Sheriff drunk.
** Or, for that matter, the potion she promised John to poison Robin.
* YiddishAsASecondLanguage: Well, it is a Creator/MelBrooks movie.
* YouFightLikeACow