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''Ivanhoe: A Romance'' is an 1819 [[HistoricalFiction historical novel]] by Sir Creator/WalterScott, set in the reign of King UsefulNotes/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 the general class of readers." (And to be fair, this romantic idea of early British history remained popular enough that Creator/ArthurConanDoyle used it 72(!) years later, in Literature/TheWhiteCompany, which takes place centuries after the events of Ivanhoe).
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 Creator/LordByron, 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.


Scott's novel has had a number of adaptations.

* A stage version was prepared as early as 1826, the ''pasticcio'' opera ''Ivanhoé'', which combined existing melodies by Gioacchino Rossini with new texts. Sir Walter attended a performance and was not impressed.
* The opera ''Der Templer und die Jüdin'' (The Templar and the Jewess) by Heinrich Marschner had its German premiere in Leipzig in 1829 and was put on stage over 200 times in various German theatres during the following 70 years. It was first produced in English in London in 1840 and was first performed in America in 1872 (New York).
* Another German composer, Otto Nicolai, wrote ''Il Templario'' (The Templar), which was first produced in 1840. Other operas based on the novel were ''Ivanhoé'' by Thomas Sari, ''Rebecca'' by Bartolomeo Pisani and ''Rébecca'' by A. Castagnier.
* The French composer Victor Sieg won the prestigious Prix de Rome for his dramatic cantata ''Ivanhoé'', which was first performed in 1864.
* For English-speakers, the best known operatic adaptation is probably [[Music/ArthurSullivan Sir Arthur Seymour Sullivan]]'s rather [[SeriousBusiness turgidly solemn]] 1891 adaptation, which impressed UsefulNotes/QueenVictoria and ran for over 150 performances.
* In 1850, 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, Creator/MetroGoldwynMayer produced what is probably the best remembered film version, ''Film/{{Ivanhoe}}''
* 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 [[Creator/RogerMoore Roger Moore]] as Ivanhoe.
* A 1970 miniseries starring Eric Flynn.
* A 1975 AnimatedAdaptation by AirProgramsInternational.
* A very well regarded adaptation in 1982 with Creator/AnthonyAndrews as Ivanhoe, Olivia Hussey as Rebecca, James Mason as Isaac, Creator/LysetteAnthony as Rowena, Sam Neill as Bois-Guilbert and Creator/JohnRhysDavies as Reginald Front-de-Boeuf.
* [[WesternAnimation/IvanhoeBurbankAnimation A 1986]] Australian AnimatedAdaptation by Creator/BurbankFilmsAustralia
* A 1995 television series starring Kristen Holden-Ried
* A 1997 AnimatedAdaptation by Creator/{{CINAR}} and France Animation: "WesternAnimation/IvanhoeTheKingsKnight"
* Another 1997 production, a mini-series produced by A&E and the BBC, starring Steven Waddington as Ivanhoe, with Susan Lynch as Rebecca, Victoria Smurfit as Rowena, Creator/ChristopherLee as Beaumanoir, and [[Creator/CiaranHinds Ciarán Hinds]] as Bois-Guilbert.
* "Sniffing the Gauntlet", a 1998 episode of ''Series/{{Wishbone}}'' with Wishbone imagining himself as the title character.
* ''Darkest Knight'', a 2000 Channel 5 adaptation starring Ben Pullen as Ivanhoe and Charlotte Comer as Rebecca.


!!Tropes employed by this novel (and its various adaptations) include:

[[folder: The Book]]
* 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. Check. 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 [[UsefulNotes/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}}
* ArtisticLicenseHistory: Until the fourteenth century, more than a hundred years ''after'' the novel takes place, the Catholic Church actually judged belief in witchcraft as heretical, so Rebecca wouldn't have been put on trial for it.
* 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
* BeautyEqualsGoodness: Rebecca.
* 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.
* BigEater: Athelstane really, really loves banqueting.
* 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). In a more figurative sense, Ivanhoe's identity as the Disinherited Knight.
%%* BloodKnight: Front-de-Bœuf
* BoisterousBruiser: Perhaps the most outstanding examples are Friar Tuck and [[UsefulNotes/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. On the other hand it certainly demonstrates his sincere interest - which puts him one up on Wilfred who barely knows Rebecca's alive.
* 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
%%* DarkIsNotEvil: See the BlackKnight, above.
* DatedHistory: 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.
%%* DiesWideOpen: [[spoiler: Bois-Guilbert.]]
%%* TheDogBitesBack: Ulrica.
* DisproportionateRetribution: Athelstane wanted to execute the friars that [[spoiler:didn't feed him properly when he woke up from his supposed death.]]
* 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. The latter, in fact, is ''so'' determined to avoid this - as well as being forced to convert - that she's ready and willing to throw herself out of a tower.
%%* 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 helps Ivanhoe out of gratitude when he is hurt and frequently expresses that his love for his daughter trumps all of his wealth and even his own life.
* 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 [[UsefulNotes/RichardTHeLionHeart Richard Cœur-de-Lion]]
* HistoricalHeroUpgrade: [[UsefulNotes/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.)
* 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 to even 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: UsefulNotes/RichardTheLionHeart is disguised as ''[[spoiler:the BlackKnight ]]''.
%%* KnightInShiningArmour: In effect, if not in fact.
* KnightTemplar: Averted, oddly enough, by most of the actual [[UsefulNotes/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 [[UsefulNotes/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 UsefulNotes/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 UsefulNotes/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.
* UsefulNotes/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.
* 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: [[UsefulNotes/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 ''completely'' useless, but bedridden for most of the book.
%%* [[WarriorPrince Warrior King]]: [[UsefulNotes/RichardTheLionHeart Cœur-de-Lion]]
* [[WellExcuseMePrincess Well, Excuse Me, Princess]]: Rowena, especially when she tells off de Bracy.
%%* WoobieDestroyerOfWorlds: Ulrica
* WreckedWeapon: The Black Knight winds up breaking his sword. Twice.
* 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.

[[folder:Tropes Present in the 1975 TV Adaptation]]
* AdaptationalWimp: Front-de-Boeuf to the point that he needs assistance in the Ashby tournament, wants to return to France the moment he hears Richard is returning to England and doesn't even participate in the battle of Torquilstone.
* CompositeCharacter: Front-de-Boeuf is combined with Fitzurse. Until his name is given as Front-de-Boeuf would would think he was Fitzurse.
%%* DemotedToExtra: Athelstane.
* SparedByAdaptation: Bois-Guilbert; it is rather ambiguous with Front-de-Boeuf on the other hand. The last we see of the latter is Ulrica holding a torch before him. Later, Bois-Guilbert tells Prince John that Torquilstone has been captured and Front-de-Boeuf has gone missing.
* SpiritualSuccessor: To API's previous TheLegendOfRobinHood. One can't help but think if the animation style used in "The Legend of Robin Hood" had been used in this then there would be less characters with black hair.

[[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]].
* AdaptedOut: Ulrica is not present and most of the castle is still standing, with only thatch roofs getting set on fire by Saxon archers.
* AllLoveIsUnrequited: A mixed example: While Ivanhoe does love and marry Rowena in this version, he kisses Rebecca and shows a large amount of romantic affection for her, believing that he could wed and love her if only she were not a Jewess. The show even ends with Ivanhoe lamenting what could have been.
* ButtMonkey: Athelstane is hit in the groin with the wood end of a spear, knocked away by Sir Brian when he flees with Rebecca and gets hit by a fleeing Norman soldier, causing him to hit the side of a lean-to, which collapses on him. All in about two minutes.
* ColorMotifs:
** Yellow for Ivanhoe, coupled with [[BlueIsHeroic blue]] for his time as the Disinherited Knight.
** Red, White and Black for Bois-Guilbert, befitting his status as a Templar.
** Magenta and Red for De Bracy.
** Yellow and Black for Front-de-Boeuf.
* CoolHelmet: The helmets the three antagonists wear. Bois-Guilbert has a blackbird atop his, while De Bracy has a dragon and Front-de-Boeuf has a pair of horns.
* CrucifiedHeroShot: Sir Brian spreads his arms wide as he deliberately leaves himself open to be stabbed.
* DualWielding: Front-de-Boeuf wields a sword in one hand and an axe in the other in his fight with the Black Knight.
* FashionableAsymmetry: The breath holes are only on the right side of the helmet.
* GoOutWithASmile: Sir Brian when Ivanhoe stabs him.
* GroinAttack: Athelstane is hit in the groin with the blunt end of a spear.
* HeroicSacrifice: Sir Brian, who [[spoiler:deliberately leaves himself open to being stabbed to death by Ivanhoe in the final duel so Rebecca can live.]]
* {{Leitmotif}}: The Black Knight has a fanfare on trumpet, heard as he enters the tournament melee and climbs the ladders during the attack on Torquilstone Castle.
* RealMenWearPink: De Bracy's surcoat is magenta.
* SparedByTheAdaptation: The castle is in much better shape than in the book.
* SpiritualSuccessor: To TheStoryOfRobinHoodAndHisMerrieMen; the ''Series/DoctorWho'' episodes TheLion, TheKnightOfJaffa, TheWheelOfFortune and TheWarlords; the miniseries TheLegendOfRobinHood. It later received a successor of its own in the 1997 Ivanhoe miniseries, the 1984 RobinHood series and Hellbound.
* TruerToTheText: It is vastly superior to other adaptations because of this. The 1952 film is too condensed and the 1997 miniseries has been expanded too much. All is as it should be because of this.

[[folder: Tropes Present in the 1997 Miniseries]]
* AdaptationExpansion: The longer running time gives more space for characters to be fleshed out.
* AdaptationalHeroism:
** Bois-Guilbert starts out merely lusting after Rebecca, but grows to appreciate her intelligence and spirit; by the end he's genuinely in love with her, [[spoiler: facilitates Isaac's escape from the Templars so he can attempt to get some help, tries to help her escape the night before her execution, and allows Ivanhoe to kill him during their duel so she can live.]]
** Most of the protagonists are generally much nicer to Isaac and Rebecca than they were in the novel.
* AgeLift: Reginald Fitzurse was born in 1145 and marrying age for men at that time was seventeen thus Waldemar has to be thirty-two at the oldest. Waldemar is played by Ronald Pickup who was fifty-seven at the time, though really Waldemar has never been played by a man in his thirties.
* 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.
%%* 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.
* ChessMotifs: Prince John and his retainer share exposition over a game of chess.
%%* ClearMyName: Ivanhoe's task.
%%* ColdBloodedTorture
%%* CrouchingMoronHiddenBadass: Wamba
%%* DarkerAndEdgier
%%* DeathSeeker
%%* DeadpanSnarker: John.
* DeathByAdaptation: De Bracy, Fitzurse and Gurth all die in contrast to the novel where they all were still alive by the end of it.
* DeathsHourglass: The countdown to noon on the day of Rebecca's execution.
* DefeatMeansFriendship: Little John to Gurth after a quarterstave duel.
* 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. Near the end of the series Eleanor of Aquitaine confronts both her sons and chews out 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 wars - leaving John to do the unpleasant but necessary task of raising the money for the aforesaid wars ''and'' his ransom, as well as keeping the country running. As she points out, 'John may be a miserable little runt, but at least he's ''' ''been'' ''' here!'
%%* IWantMyBelovedToBeHappy: Rebecca.
%%* ImportantHaircut
%%* ItsPersonal
%%* KickTheDog
%%* WellDoneSonGuy
* MeaningfulEcho: When Bois-Guilbert is about to rape Rebecca, she tells him that "Reason is a gift from God to civilized men; it has no place in this room." When Rebecca is on trial, Bois-Guilbert repeats this word-for-word to Beaumanoir.
%%* 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.
** 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.
** In fact, all the villains get at least one PetTheDog moment save for Lucas de Beaumanoir, who is even ''[[AdaptationalVillainy worse]]'' than in the novel.
* TheResenter: John is very aware that few people like him.
* SadisticChoice: Presented by Beaumanoir to Bois-Guilbert. Either Bois-Guilbert fights against Rebecca’s champion, or he’ll have to light the fire at her stake himself and then be sentenced along with her.
* SanityBall: John, Fitzurse, and Bois-Guilbert juggle it.
%%* SlouchOfVillainy: John during the trial.
* SmartPeoplePlayChess: Rebecca and Bois-Guilbert play a few games while he's holding her captive; he tries to seduce her with each move, but she doesn't reciprocate.
* SpiritualSuccessor: To ''Film/RobinHoodPrinceOfThieves'' in a way, which is in turn a spiritual successor to both ''Series/RobinOfSherwood'' and ''Film/RobinAndMarian''. It is also a successor to the 1982 film adaptation of Ivanhoe.
%%* StealthInsult
* {{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.