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'''''Ivanhoe: A Romance''''' is an 1819 [[HistoricalFiction historical novel]] by Sir Creator/WalterScott, set in the reign of King RichardTheLionHeart and largely concerning the long-smouldering antagonism between the [[PeopleOfHairColor Normans and Saxons]] in the centuries after the Norman Conquest -- an antagonism which, at that date, is highly [[AnachronismStew anachronistic]] (one might call it a sort of HollywoodHistory) and largely the product of Scott's teeming imagination. In the face of severe criticism by his own contemporaries on this and other historical inaccuracies, Scott himself admitted, "It is extremely probable that I may have confused the manners of two or three centuries," but [[MST3KMantra comforted himself]] that "errors of this kind will escape [[ViewersAreMorons the general class of readers]]." And indeed, despite the author's [[AuthorTract Whig history]] limitations and prejudices (which are [[WriterOnBoard evident]]), ''Ivanhoe'' is a stirring and colourful tale, with plenty of action, lovable heroes and heroines and hissable villains, and a real feeling for the genuine -- if ''extremely [[{{Flanderization}} exaggerated]]'' -- romance of TheHighMiddleAges.

The novel was originally something of a [[MoneyDearBoy Pot-boiler]]. Scott's popularity as a poet was waning in the face of the more exotic verses of Lord Byron, and his over-gentrified lifestyle and a life-threatening bout of illness had left his pocketbook in an equally sickly condition. His [[UsefulNotes/{{Scotland}} Scottish]] novels were popular enough, but of limited appeal; Scott felt, moreover, the need for a fresher source of inspiration -- so he turned to History and TheMiddleAges, the object of his lifelong and devoted -- if not always pedantically accurate -- study. The novel won immediate, long-lasting, and deserved popularity, restored Scott's fortunes, and helped to launch the entire HistoricalFiction genre.

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Scott's novel has had a number of adaptations.

* A stage version was prepared as early as 1828.
* In 1850, [[VanityFair William Makepeace Thackeray]] produced the [[AffectionateParody parodic]] FanSequel, ''[[http://www.hicom.net/~oedipus/books/randr.html Rebecca and Rowena: A Romance Upon Romance]]'', in which [[TakeThatScrappy Athelstane]] and [[DieForOurShip Rowena]] die and Wilfred [[FanPreferredCouple marries]] a [[ValuesDissonance converted]] Rebecca. This parody was popular enough that it was adapted to the stage in turn.

There have been several [[TheFilmOfTheBook Film Adaptations]].
* Two appeared in 1913:
** ''Ivanhoe'' was a US production, directed by Herbert Brenon, and starring King Baggot as Ivanhoe, Leah Baird as Rebecca, Herbert Brenon as Isaac, Evelyn Hope as Rowena, and Wallace Widdicombe as Bois-Guilbert;
** ''Rebecca the Jewess'' was directed by Leedham Bantock and featured Lauderdale Maitland, Ethel Bracewell, Hubert Carter, Nancy Bevington, and Harry Lonsdale in the same rôles, respectively. (Oddly, both were filmed in the same locations at Chepstow Castle in Wales.)
* In 1952, MetroGoldwynMayer produced what is probably the best remembered film version, ''Ivanhoe'', directed by Richard Thorpe, and starring Robert Taylor as Wilfred, Creator/ElizabethTaylor as Rebecca, Felix Aylmer as Isaac, Joan Fontaine as Rowena, George Sanders as Bois-Guilbert, [[UsefulNotes/{{Scotland}} Finlay Currie]] as Cedric. This version was nominated for three [[AcademyAward Academy Awards]], for Best Picture, Best Colour Cinematography, and Best Score for [[MiklosRozsa Miklós Rózsa]]; it stressed the spectacular and [[{{Swashbuckler}} swashbuckling]] elements.
* A Russian adaptation in 1983, ''The Ballad of the Valiant Knight Ivanhoe'' (''Баллада о доблестном рыцаре Айвенго, Ballada o Dovlestnom Ryzare "Ayvenho"'') appeared, directed by Sergey Tarasov, starring Peteris Gaudins as Ivanhoe and featuring songs by Music/VladimirVysotsky.

There have also been quite a number of LiveActionTelevision adaptations of the novel:
* A 1958 television series with Roger Moore as Ivanhoe.
* A 1970 miniseries starring Eric Flynn.
* A very well regarded adaptation in 1982 with Creator/AnthonyAndrews as Ivanhoe, Olivia Hussey as Rebecca, James Mason as Isaac, Lysette Anthony as Rowena, Sam Neill as Bois-Guilbert and JohnRhysDavies as Reginald Front-de-Boeuf.
* A 1986 Australian AnimatedAdaptation by Burbank Films
* A 1995 television series starring Kristen Holden-Ried
* A 1997 AnimatedAdaptation by {{CINAR}} and France Animation: "Ivanhoe, the King's Knight"
* Another 1997 production, a mini-series produced by A&E and the BBC, starring Steven Waddington, with Susan Lynch as Rebecca, Victoria Smurfit as Rowena, ChristopherLee as Beaumanoir, and Ciarán Hinds as Bois-Guilbert.
* ''Darkest Knight'', a 2000 Channel 5 adaptation starring Ben Pullen as Ivanhoe and Charlotte Comer as Rebecca.

Interestingly, there have been several operatic versions: Gioachino Rossini's ''Ivanhoé'' (a pastiche which did not impress Scott, who attended a performance), Thomas Sari's ''Ivanhoé'', Bartolomeo Pisani's ''Rebecca'', A. Castagnier's ''Rébecca'', Otto Nicolai's ''Il Templario'', and Heinrich Marschner's ''Der Templer und die Jüdin''. The best known, however, is probably [[Music/ArthurSullivan Sir Arthur Seymour Sullivan]]'s rather [[SeriousBusiness turgidly solemn]] 1891 adaptation, which impressed [[QueenVicky Queen Victoria]] and ran for over 150 performances.
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!!Tropes employed by this novel (and its various adaptations) include:

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* AbhorrentAdmirer: Athelstane and de Bracy for Rowena; Bois-Guilbert for Rebecca; Prince John for Alicia Fitzurse.
* AdaptationDistillation: A number of the various adaptations have successfully reinterpreted the original in the terms of their own eras. The 1952 version was extremely popular in an age which demanded spectacle. The 1982 version attempted a sort of ''[[Film/TheAdventuresOfRobinHood Adventures of Ivanhoe]]'' approach, and featured some striking performances. The 1997 A&E/BBC version went for a DarkerAndEdgier, de-romanticized interpretation that captured more of the sense of suspense and tragedy in the novel than other versions. As is the way with most great works, each age will get the kind of ''Ivanhoe'' that best suits it.
* AdultFear: Being part of a subjugated race. Check. Having arrogant [[AristocratsAreEvil aristocrats]] able and willing to do whatever they want to do to you with the approval of the law. Having a CorruptChurch tell you that you are ''supposed'' to be subjugated. Check. Being mocked because your ancestors lost a battle. Check. Being kidnapped by a would-be rapist. Check.
* AllLoveIsUnrequited: Guilbert loves Rebecca who loves Ivanhoe who loves Rowena.
* AltumVidetur: The churchmen in this novel are ''very'' prone to lapsing into gratuitous Latin. Even ''Rebecca'' does it at one point.
** Lampshaded by Wamba, who tells Cedric that repeating "Pax vobiscum" will be enough to make him seem like a authentic friar.
* AnachronismStew: As Scott himself admitted. ''See above.''
* {{Anticlimax}}: In the trial by combat to determine the fate of Rebecca, Brian de Bois-Guilbert, the invincible [[TheKnightsTemplar Templar]], is facing Wilfred of Ivanhoe, who is still recovering from his wounds -- but when they actually joust, Bois-Guilbert simply [[spoiler: keels over dead]], "a victim of his own contending passions," and Wilfred is left standing there, looking awkward.
* {{Arrowgram}}
* AttemptedRape: Bois-Guilbert is foiled in this by Rebecca's threatening to throw herself off the tower ''See'' DrivenToSuicide'', below.''
* AttentionDeficitOohShiny: How the narrator describes Wamba's "foolishness."
* BadassPreacher: Friar Tuck
* BeingGoodSucks: One reason Rebecca doesn't really enjoy herself in the novel.
* BerserkButton: For Gurth, Cedric attacking his dog Fangs.
* BettyAndVeronica: Rowena and Rebecca for Ivanhoe, Athelstane and Ivanhoe for Rowena, Ivanhoe and Bois-Guilbert for Rebecca.
* BigDamnHeroes: The Black Knight for Ivanhoe, Ivanhoe for Rebecca.
* BlackAndWhiteMorality: Certainly most of the Goodies are ''very '' good, and most of the Baddies ''very'' bad, but it does not prevent them from being memorable characters. One is inclined to say that, rather than being Black and White, they are all rendered in primary colours.
* BlackKnight: "''Le Noir Faineant''" (aka The Black Sluggard)
* BloodKnight: Front-de-Bœuf
* BoisterousBruiser: Perhaps the most outstanding examples are Friar Tuck and [[RichardTheLionHeart Cœur-de-Lion]] himself.
* BurnTheWitch: Rebecca's fate if her champion loses the TrialByCombat.
* TheCareTaker: Rebecca the [[FlorenceNightingaleEffect beautiful]] [[CultureClash Jewish]] maiden cares for [[KnightInShiningArmor Sir Wilfred]] of Ivanhoe after he is wounded in the tournament at Ashby-de-la-Zouche.
* CharacterDevelopment: Sir Brian de Bois-Guillbert evolves from fully intending to rape the lovely Rebecca to trying to persuade her to turn Christian and voluntarily become his mistress to finally offering to throw away a lifetime of ambitions and plots if she will only accept him. The extent to which this is improvement is highly questionable since he remains unwilling to take "no" for an answer throughout and intends to let her be burned alive as a witch if she ''won't'' accept him.
* CharacterTitle
* ColdBloodedTorture: As when Front-de-Bœuf threatens to roast Isaac alive on a grill.
* ChildhoodFriendRomance: Ivanhoe and Rowena.
* ChristianityIsCatholic: The setting dictates this, though Sir Walter throws in a number of [[WriterOnBoard hints]] that "it ain't necessarily so."
* CorruptChurch: Sir Walter, being a conventional if not convicted Presbyterian, invented quite a few corrupt churchmen as [[TakeThat Take Thats]] against the Roman Catholic Church: the worldly Prior Aylmer, the proud, cruel, and lustful Bois-Guilbert, the ignorant and violent "hedge-priest" Friar Tuck, the unscrupulous Malvoisin, the fanatical Beaumanoir, the greedy and treacherous Abbot Wolfram who betrays Athelstane. Indeed, there is not a single completely ''decent'' cleric in the whole novel.
** To be fair, Prior Aymer's faults are, made up for to a large degree by his good nature. He is fonder of the wine, the women and the hunt more then a churchman should be but he is not cruel like many of the characters and not a KnightTemplar.
* CourtlyLove: Played straight by Wilfred and Rowena (and [[spoiler:Rebecca for Wilfred]]; subverted by Athelstane and de Bracy for Rowena; beaten all to hell and back by Bois-Guilbert for Rebecca
* TheCrusades: Where many of the main characters are returning from -- specifically, the Third Crusade.
* DarkIsNotEvil: ''See'' the BlackKnight'', above.''
* DiesWideOpen: [[spoiler: Bois-Guilbert.]]
* TheDogBitesBack: Ulrica.
* DrivenToSuicide: What Rebecca will be if Bois-Guilbert tries to seize her in the tower of Torquilstone.
* TheDulcineaEffect: Ivanhoe champions Rebecca, who is not his LoveInterest. Of course, he [[IOweYouMyLife owed her his life]].
* TheDungAges: Averted in Scott's original novel, though some adaptations have depicted at least parts of the setting this way.
** They are sure not presented as sweet, kind, and pleasant ages though.
* EstrogenBrigade: In-universe. In the first volume, the narrator spends a lot of time repeatedly pointing out how much the ladies enjoy tournaments and matches between knights even more enthusiastically than many men.
* EvilChancellor: Waldemar [[NamesToRunAwayFromReallyFast Fitzurse]] -- not personally depraved, but certainly ruthlessly ambitious -- and a heck of a lot smarter than nearly all the other baddies.
* TheEvilPrince: Prince John, whose taking of this role in the RobinHood legend was [[TropeCodifier cemented]] by Scott.
* FanSequel: W. M. Thackeray's ''Rebecca and Rowena.''
* FateWorseThanDeath: Rape, emphasized by Ulrica and Rebecca.
* FeudalOverlord:
** What Cedric is to Gurth and Wamba.
** Baron Front de Boeuf
* FlorenceNightingaleEffect: How Rebecca falls for Wilfred
* [[GratuitousFrench Gratuitous Norman French]]: ''Mort de ma vie!'' The Normans here are always bursting out with Gallic oaths and phrases -- in fact, the novel practically opens with a long discussion between [[ThoseTwoGuys Gurth and Wamba]] of the intermingling of French words with English and the subtle distinctions of meaning between them both.
* {{Foil}}: Rowena and Rebecca, as Scott shows by paralleling their reactions to their would-be-rapists.
* GoodScarsEvilScars: We're told that Reginald Front-de-Boeuf's scars would have made a positive impression if displayed on an entirely different kind of man. On Front-de-Boeuf, however...
* GreedyJew: Isaac of York in Ivanhoe is somewhere between an example and a subversion. He's a moneylender with seemingly unlimited stores of riches who is very concerned with his money, but he frequently states that his love for his daughter trumps all of his wealth.
* HappinessInSlavery: Lampshaded. When Cedric offers Wamba his freedom Wamba asks that it be [[HeroicSacrifice bestowed upon Gurth]], joking that it is more pleasant to be a slave because no one asks slaves to go to war.
* TheHighMiddleAges: To be exact, the year 1194 A. D. (''But see'' TheMiddleAges'' below.'')
* HistoricalFiction: One of the [[TropeCodifier Trope Codifiers]].
* HistoricalDomainCharacter: Prince John and [[RichardTHeLionHeart Richard Cœur-de-Lion]]
* HistoricalHeroUpgrade: [[RichardTheLionHeart Richard I]] -- though Scott's depiction is not uniformly a positive one; his Richard is proud, reckless, a bit sensual, rather violent, and perhaps on the whole not an entirely inaccurate depiction of the [[WarriorPrince warrior king]]. Still, he does seem to leave out the king’s extreme arrogance, deviousness, intolerance, morbidity, and occasional bouts of almost insane fury. (The theory, by the way, that Richard was a [[HoYay homosexual]] -- which would doubtless have [[NoYay scandalized]] the strait-laced Puritan Scott -- was not seriously advanced until after his time.)
* HistoryMarchesOn: The view popularised by Sir Walter, of plucky "English" commoners still resisting their "Norman" overlords a century or two after the Conquest was questioned even in Scott's own time, and almost wholly abandoned by serious historians within the same century.
* HollywoodCostuming: Scott's descriptions of clothing and armour are wildly at variance with our knowledge of 12th century costume.
* HollywoodHistory: At times nearing CriticalResearchFailure.
* [[HonorBeforeReason Honour Before Reason]]: Wilfred tries to explain this concept to Rebecca, who still insists on Reason before Honour.
* ICanStillFight: What the wounded Wilfred asserts for Rebecca's trial by combat.
* IGaveMyWord: As Bois-Guilbert tells Rebecca: “Many a law, many a commandment have I broken, but my sworn word, never.”
* ItsAllAboutMe: Brian de Bois-Guilbert, who is too blind even to be aware of it.
* TheJester: Wamba
* KickTheDog: Gurth doesn't care how badly you treat ''him'', but throw a javelin at ''his dog'', and he's lost all respect for you.
* KingIncognito: RichardTheLionHeart is disguised as ''[[spoiler:the BlackKnight ]]''.
* KnightInShiningArmour: In effect, if not in fact.
* TheKnightsHospitallers: The Hospitaller, Ralph de Vipont, is a much less formidable figure than any of the other challengers at Ashby-de-la-Zouche.
* TheKnightsTemplar: Most importantly Brian de Bois-Guilbert, but also Albert de Malvoisin, Grand Master Lucas de Beaumanoir, ''et al''.
* KnightTemplar: Averted, oddly enough, by most of the actual [[TheKnightsTemplar Templars]] in the story, but played ''absolutely straight'' by Lucas de Beaumanoir, who is a KnightTemplar in both senses of the term — indeed, the Grand Master of the Order.
* LightFeminineAndDarkFeminine: Virginal Rowena (light) and desirable Rebecca (dark).
* LiteraryAgentHypothesis: Scott originally published the novel under the pseudonym Laurence Templeton, in which guise he claimed he was merely transcribing and editing an actual medieval document, the "Wardour Manuscript" [[note]]a pun on "Wardour Street" in London, which was known for its shops that sold antique furniture of dubious provenance[[/note]] -- though the author’s actual identity seems to have been an open secret.
* LoveDodecahedron: Rowena for Wilfred; Athelstane for Rowena, Maurice de Bracy for Rowena, Wilfred for Rowena; Rebecca for Wilfred; Bois-Guilbert for Rebecca.
* {{Lust}}: Exemplified by a number of the baddies, perhaps most egregiously by Brian de Bois-Guilbert.
* MatzoFever: Rebecca
* MedievalMorons: Averted for the most part; though some play is made of the credulity of the crowd during Rebecca's trial, it is made clear that the accusing witnesses found by Malvoisin are acting more out of greed, envy, and political corruption rather than out superstition. (Beaumanoir, though a [[KnightTemplar fanatic]], is not exactly a moron.)
* TheMiddleAges: Scott's Early Romantic, "Look-to-the-Knight-of-the-Fetterlock-Fair-Rebecca" conception of the 12th century [[UsefulNotes/{{Britain}} England]] veers at times ''very'' close to the ThemeParkVersion of the mediæval period.
* NamesToRunAwayFromReallyFast: A lot of these. The Templar Preceptor Albert de Malvoisin ("bad neighbour").and his brother Philip; Reginald Front-de-Boeuf ("Or 'Beef-head'" as Richard Armour put it, in ''The Classics Reclassified''). Waldemar Fitzurse's last name means "Son of the {{Bear|sAreBadNews}}" -- which was also the surname of the ringleader of St. Thomas Becket's [[RhetoricalRequestBlunder assassins]].
:: Scott states outright that Waldemar is the assassin's son.
* NeverMyFault: Bois-Guilbert, refusing to realize that Rebecca is in danger of being sentenced to burn mainly because ''he kidnapped her''.
* NobleBigot: Cedric, who is enraged against the bigotry of Normans, sometimes has trouble not being [[MoralMyopia bigoted against Jews]]. As one of the major themes of the book is bigotry, such things are not surprising.
* NobodyCallsMeChicken: How Wilfred goads Bois-Guilbert into dueling him in the third volume.
* NowLetMeCarryYou: Rebecca nurses Wilfred back to health. Later he comes to save her from being burned as a witch.
* ObfuscatingInsanity: Wamba
* ObliviouslyEvil: Bois-Guilbert so thoroughly buries himself under the tropes of NeverMyFault and PlayingTheVictimCard that he honestly doesn't seem to understand that what he does to Rebecca makes him a villain, not her KnightInShiningArmor.
* EeriePaleSkinnedBrunette: Rebecca of York is described as having "Bright eyes, black locks, and a skin like paper, ere the priest stains it with his [[PurpleProse black unguent]]."
* PaperThinDisguise: As the Palmer, Ivanhoe somehow manages to sneak back into his own home, where absolutely nobody recognizes him until he finally identifies himself to Gurth.
* PeopleOfHairColor: Although Scott’s assertion of a lingering racial animosity between Normans and Saxons was not ''absolutely'' without basis (there was in Henry II's time a Saxon noble called "William with the Beard" who refused to shave as a protest against the Conquest), there can be absolutely no doubt that such feelings were highly eccentric, uncommon, and of no practical social or political importance by the reign of [[RichardTheLionHeart Richard I]].
* PerverseSexualLust: William Makepeace Thackeray was in love with Rebecca.
-->"... ever since I grew to love Rebecca, that sweetest creature of the poet's fancy, and longed to see her righted."\\
-- '''Excerpt''' from ''Rebecca and Rowena''
* PinballProtagonist: One of Scott's calling cards is the passive protagonist, who often spends most of the novel being carted around by the ActionHero. Ivanhoe is one of the best-known examples, and famously spends a battle sequence flat on his back in a tower, unable to see anything that's going on.
* PlayingTheVictimCard: After Rebecca has been sentenced to death, Bois-Guilbert sees ''himself'' as the injured party because the girl still refuses to love him. Sure, it's his fault she's in this mess in the first place, but he would save her if she would just agree to reward him.
* PrinceCharmingWannabe: Bois-Guilbert just can't seem to wrap his head around the fact that "[[ScarpiaUltimatum Marry me, and I'll save your life; refuse, and I'll let you die]]" is something ''villains'', not ''heroes'', do.
* PublicDomainCharacter: RobinHood. Scott was not the first, by any means, but he is probably the most influential author in linking the outlaw's legend with RichardTheLionHeart and Prince John; more original with Scott was the linking of the legend with a supposed racial animosity between the [[PeopleOfHairColor Normans and the Saxons]]. Scott also popularised the name "Locksley" as associated with the outlaw.
* PurpleProse: As an example, Ulrica’s parting TakeThat to Front-de-Bœuf:
-->''Farewell, Front-de-Bœuf! May Mista, Skogula, and Zernebock, gods of the ancient Saxons -- fiends as the priests now call them – supply the place of comforters at your dying bed, which Ulrica now relinquishes! But know, if it will give thee comfort to know it, that Ulrica is bound to the same dark coast with thyself, the companion of thy punishment as the companion of thy guilt. And now, parricide, farewell for ever! May each stone of this vaulted roof find a tongue to echo that title into thine ear!''
* PoisonousFriend: Malvoisin to Bois-Guilbert.
* RapeIsASpecialKindOfEvil
* RealityIsUnrealistic: The almost impossibly noble Rebecca is said to be the only character based directly one of Scott's contemporaries -- a friend of Scott's friend Washington Irving -- a Jewish lady from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, named Rebecca Gratz.
* TheReasonYouSuckSpeech: Rebecca constantly tries to acquaint Brian de Bois-Guilbert with [[ObliviouslyEvil how wrong he is]] about his [[ScarpiaUltimatum actions]] and [[ItsAllAboutMe motivations]] regarding [[PlayingTheVictimCard his treatment of her]], to no success.
* RetCon: Sir Walter invented a role for RobinHood against Prince John in RichardTheLionHeart's absence to plug some holes in his plot.
* RightfulKingReturns: "Take heed to yourself, for the Devil is unchained!"
* RhymesOnADime: The novel includes a number of poems and "songs" recited or sung by the characters.
* RichardTheLionheart: A major character.
* RoaringRampageOfRevenge / RoaringRampageOfRescue : The storming of Front de Boefs castle. [[KickTheSonOfABitch Probably quite a few readers were pleased]] with that one.
-->''In that war-cry is the downfall of thy house. The blood-cemented fabric of Front-de-Boeuf's power totters to the foundation, and before the foes he most despised! The Saxon, Reginald! The scorned Saxon assails thy walls! Why liest here, when the Saxon assails thy place of strength?''
* RoyalBrat: Prince John, who is constantly referred to as petty and spoiled, is an unusual adult version of this trope.
* ScarpiaUltimatum: Two:
** Maurice de Bracy to Rowena: "Marry me, or I'll kill your guardian and your boyfriend." (This is over in the same chapter it appears in.)
** Brian de Bois-Guilbert to Rebecca: "Marry me, or at least have sex with me, or I'll let them kill you." (This lasts until [[spoiler: Bois-Guilbert's death]].)
* [[ScrewThisImOuttaHere Screw This -- I'm Outta Here]]: Maurice de Bracy's reaction to [[spoiler:King Richard's return]].
* SecondaryCharacterTitle: Wilfred of Ivanhoe is physically present only for about 25% of the book and unconscious or incapacitated for half of that.
* ServileSnarker: Wamba -- it's probably in his job description as a jester.
* SexSlave: Ulrica
* ShoutOutToShakespeare: Shylock from ''The Merchant of Venice'' lurks just behind Scott's Isaac, who is partly a subversion of the figure. Lampshaded by Scott in one of the epigraphs.
* ShownTheirWork: Scott appended notes to later editions, justifying some of the historical assertions he made, or at least showing what historical incidents had suggested them.
* SplittingTheArrow: Robin Hood does this. Although not the originator of this trope, it is a TropeCodifier.
* SpoiledBrat: Rowena
* StarCrossedLovers: Wilfred and Rebecca
* StormingTheCastle: Torquilstone
* {{Swashbuckler}}: More in its adaptations than in Scott's original novel.
* SupportingProtagonist: The book may be named after Wilfred, but the true protagonist of the book is Rebecca.
* ThoseTwoGuys: Gurth, a swineherd, and Wamba, a jester, whose conversation opens the novel.
* TomboyAndGirlyGirl: Rebecca and Rowena are universally and rather incorrectly treated this way among Rebecca/Ivanhoe shippers, including Thackeray -- with [[WhatMeasureIsANonBadass all the venom the trope brings]] to "Girly Girl" Rowena. In Scott's novel, while Rebecca is unquestionably the most awesome by a landslide, Rowena actually resembles [[Disney/{{Aladdin}} Princess Jasmine]] more than some {{Ingenue}} PrincessClassic, and not to mention Rebecca isn't mentioned to be overly tomboyish either.
* TokenGoodTeammate: [[RichardTheLionHeart King Richard]] is like this to [[RobinHood Locksley]]'s men.
* TheTourney: Central to the plot.
* TrialByCombat: The climax of the novel Sir Wilfred of Ivanhoe fights on behalf of Rebecca, the daughter of Isaac of York, who has been accused of sorcery.
* UnfortunateNames: De Bigot, Prince John's seneschal, mentioned in a throwaway line. Very nearly a Creator/MelBrooks character.
* UnrequitedLove: Quite a lot. ''See'' LoveDodecahedron, ''above.''
* UselessProtagonist:: Wilfred Not quite useless, but useless for most of the book.
* [[WarriorPrince Warrior King]]: [[RichardTheLionHeart Cœur-de-Lion]]
* [[WellExcuseMePrincess Well, Excuse Me, Princess]]: Rowena, especially when she tells off de Bracy.
* WoobieDestroyerOfWorlds: Ulrica
* YouCanBarelyStand: Wilfred of Ivanhoe meets Sir Brian de Bois-Guilbert as challenger in a trial by combat despite barely having recovered of his wounds from the tournament.
* YouGotSpunk: Brian de Bois-Guilbert's opinion of Rebecca's attempted suicide to escape him.
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[[folder: Tropes Present in the 1952 Movie]]

* AdaptationDistillation: Condenses the plot while retaining the basics of everyone's characterization, and avoids the UselessProtagonist problem by making Ivanhoe and Rowena more [[VillainsActHeroesReact active.]]
* AllLoveIsUnrequited: Ivanhoe does not, as in some versions, return Rebecca's affection.
* BeardOfEvil: Prince John has a villainous weedy beard. And De Bracy has a nasty little moustache.
* BettyAndVeronica
* BigDamnHeroes: [[spoiler: Richard shows up at the very end to do this.]]
* CombatPragmatist: Ivanhoe has no compunctions about sneaking up behind people and stabbing them in the back, or hiding in dark corners and popping out to stab them in the back.
* TheEvilPrince
* DeathByAdaptation: Wamba is promoted to Gurth's role, and is killed at Torquilstone.
* DullSurprise: Robert Taylor's performance edges into this at (a few) points.
* EpicFlail: Bois-Guilbert's weapon in the climatic duel.
* FaceDeathWithDignity: Bois-Guilbert dies calmly telling Rebecca he loved her and wishing her well.
** FriendInTheBlackMarket: Isaac providing Ivanhoe with armor and ransom money for King Richard.
** TheCavalry: Locksley's men
* ChildhoodMarriagePromise
* CombatCommentator: the knights briefly do this during the joust.
* GoodWeaponEvilWeapon: Played with. During the final duel, Bois-Guilbert uses a mace and chain--a nicely evil weapon--but Ivanhoe uses an axe. This is to drive home that he's not Rebecca's KnightInShiningArmor.
* {{Flynning}}: Oh, yes. At several points you can see one combatant just holding his sword up while the other hits it repeatedly.
* HeroSecretService: especially evident in the message-arrow scene.
* HistoricalHeroUpgrade: Also present in this adaptation, although it's played with differently. Ivanhoe staunchly supports Richard, because he's Richard's friend; almost all the other characters point out that there's very little to choose between Richard and John. Ivanhoe builds support for Richard by promising a civil rights movement.
* KangarooCourt: One of the witnesses against Rebecca starts crying and admits that she was forced to testify.
* {{Leitmotif}}: The swaggering, menacing Norman theme.
* OhCrap: Prince John when Richard shows up.
* ScarsAreForever: As a result of the childhood blood oath, Rowena and Wilfred have matching small scars on their hands.
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[[folder:Tropes Present in the 1982 TV Adaptation]]
* AdaptationalHeroism: Sir Brian in this version did not die "a victim to the violence of his own contending passions", but rather died heroically. Though he could easily have defeated Ivanhoe, who was fighting as Rebecca's champion, he let himself be struck down [[IWantMyBelovedToBeHappy for Rebecca's sake]].
* HeroicSacrifice: Sir Brian.

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[[folder: Tropes Present in the 1997 Miniseries]]

* AdaptationExpansion: The longer running time gives more space for characters to be fleshed out.
* AnimalMotifs: Prince John is identified with a falcon.
* AlmightyMom: [[spoiler: Eleanor of Acquitaine.]]
* BastardUnderstudy
* BigDamnHeroes: Robin and the outlaws arrive at Templestowe in order to ensure Rebecca and Ivanhoe's safety.
* BlondGuysAreEvil: Inverted: almost all of the good guys are blond; the Normans universally have dark hair.
* TheBrute: Front-de-Boeuf
* CanonForeigner: An extremely strange case: Little John. Yes, he's a famous member of Robin Hood's band of merry men, but he's not in the novel (he's mentioned once, but only in the capacity of Robin telling the others that he's somewhere else entirely). Yet in this particular adaptation he's given a large part to play.
* DarkerAndEdgier
* DeathSeeker
* DeadpanSnarker: John.
* DeathsHourglass: The countdown to noon on the day of Rebecca's execution.
* DefeatMeansFriendship: Little John to Gurth after a quarterstave duel.
* ClearMyName: Ivanhoe's task.
* ChessMotifs: Prince John and his retainer share exposition over a game of chess.
* ColdBloodedTorture
* CrouchingMoronHiddenBadass: Wamba
* EyeScream: What happens to Bois-Guilbert at the trial by combat. [[{{Squick}} And then he turns his head so we can get a good look at the empty socket.]]
* ExpositoryHairstyleChange: Lampshaded. Gurth asks why Ivanhoe is so shaggy.
* GoodScarsEvilScars: Bois-Guilbert has a villainous scar on his cheek.
* HaveYouToldAnyoneElse
* HistoricalHeroUpgrade: Somewhat played with, as is the HistoricalVillainUpgrade. [[spoiler: Near the end of the plot Eleanor of Aquitane confronts both her sons]] and lambasts not only John, but Richard as well. If anything she's more annoyed with the latter, since he's spent all but three or four months of his reign in the Holy Lands and has near bankrupted England to pay for his war - leaving John to do the unpleasant but necessary task of raising the money and, oh yeah, keep the country running. As she says, 'John may be a miserable little runt, but at least he's ''been'' here!'
* IWantMyBelovedToBeHappy: Rebecca.
* ImportantHaircut
* ItsPersonal
* KickTheDog
* KilledByTheAdaptation: De Bracy doesn't make it to France.
** Gurth
* WellDoneSonGuy
* MeaningfulEcho: When Bois-Guilbert is about to rape Rebecca, she tells him that "Reason is a gift of God to civilized men; it has no place here." He repeats this to Beaumanoir during the trial.
* MyGodWhatHaveIDone
* OhCrap: How Prince John reacts when de Bracy warns him that [[spoiler: Richard is back.]]
* PetTheDog: Little John defending Rebecca from a random lech at the tournament; and later, helping Gurth carry the injured Fangs.
** In fact, all the villains get at least one PetTheDog moment save for Lucas de Beaumanoir, who is even ''worse'' than in the novel.
*** Prince John does actually seem to be somewhat sympathetic towards Rebecca during her trial; he mocks a lot of the evidence and knows it's pretty much a sham, but there's not a lot he can do about it.
* SanityBall: John, Fitzurse, and Bois-Guilbert juggle it.
* SlouchOfVillainy: John during the trial.
* StealthInsult
* TheResenter: John is very aware that few people like him.
* {{Xenafication}}: One gets the sense that the ''attempt'' was made to do this with Rowena before someone came to their senses. She is portrayed as much more fiesty and spirited than her book counterpart, and at one point she wields a sword in her own defence - only for the need to use it to never truly arise.
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