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[[caption-width-right:320:The heroes of the first two seasons. From left to right Will, John, Marion, Much (squatting), Robin, Tuck, Nazir]]

-->''In the days of the Lion spawned of the Devil's Brood, the Hooded Man shall come to the forest. There he will meet Herne the Hunter, Lord of the Trees, and be his son and do his bidding. The Powers of Light and Darkness shall be strong within him. And the guilty shall tremble.''

A 1980s television retelling of the RobinHood legend, with a large dose of Celtic mysticism. In this version, Robin is TheChosenOne, the spiritual son of pagan forest-god Herne the Hunter. Notable for being the first version to get away from the green-tights-and-hat-with-a-feather image in favour of something a band of 12th century outlaws might actually wear, for introducing the idea of a Saracen outlaw which was copied by later adaptations, and for portraying [[UsefulNotes/RichardTheLionheart King Richard]] as just as bad as Prince John, although that thankfully didn't catch on as much.

Besides these, perhaps it is most notable for having ''two'' different Robins -- one a woodsman, the other a nobleman -- allowing it to cover the two different versions of Robin found in the various (contradictory) tales. The original, played by Michael Praed, appeared in the first two series; Jason Connery played his replacement in the third and final series. The Maid Marion for both was Judi Trott, playing Marion of Leaford, a former ward of the Sheriff's brother, who in this version is an active member of the Merry Men.

The series spawned the usual 1980s set of [[SpinOff Spin-Offs]], including a three volume novelisation by the original TV creator Richard Carpenter, which covered the whole series except for the third-season episodes that he didn't write, and a ''Robin Of Sherwood'' TextAdventure video game by Adventuresoft for various eight-bit home computers.

There were plans for a fourth series, but the production company ran out of money; there were several attempts up until 2010 to revive it, including plans for a movie and several attempts to pitch a new series to ITV, none of which came to anything. Robert Addie, who played Guy of Gisburne, died in 2003 and Richard Carpenter died in 2012. Still, many of the surviving Connery-era cast were finally able to reunite in 2015 for [[http://www.radiotimes.com/news/2015-07-23/robin-of-sherwood-to-return-with-stars-jason-connery-ray-winstone-judi-trott-and-clive-mantle "The Knights of the Apocalypse",]] an audio drama based on an unfilmed script of Carpenter's. It is due to be released in 2016.

The series are also known for putting Irish music group Music/{{Clannad}} on the map (apart from their theme from ''Harry's Game'').

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!!''Robin Of Sherwood'' provides examples of:

* AchillesInHisTent: Will leaves the other outlaws briefly after his resentment of Robin comes to a head in "The Children of Israel".
* ActionGirl: Isadora is a pure example, who gets a full-blown YouGoGirl arc.
* AllMythsAreTrue: Primarily a weird mix of Myth/CelticMythology and Christian folklore. There are also episodes drawing from Myth/NorseMythology and [[KingArthur Arthurian legend]], with another episode [[CrossOver featuring]] another legendary English outlaw named Adam Bell.
* AndNowYouMustMarryMe: Guy of Gisburne warns the de Talmonts of the oncoming pogrom, but it turns out only because he's infatuated with Sarah and intends to kidnap and forcibly marry her.
* AppleOfDiscord: At least one apple appears in every episode of the show, and they're used several times to underscore discord.
** Gisburne stabs one while glaring poisonously at Ralph of Huntingdon in "The Enchantment".
** The Sheriff tears into one as an unsubtle threat in "The Greatest Enemy".
** Gisburne punctuates an angry remark in "The Power of Albion" by biting into an apple.
** Several episodes show a basket of apples being toppled during a fight.
* ArbitraryScepticism: In the episode "The Swords of Wayland", the outlaws scoff at the idea of demons terrorizing a village, even though they had come up against evil spells and diabolical rituals in the past.
* ArrangedMarriage: The [[NobilityMarriesMoney arrangement]] between Robert de Rainault and [[RunawayBride Mildred de Bracy]], a young noblewoman who loves [[UnableToSupportAWife Alan-a-Dale]] (a minstrel [[ParentalMarriageVeto dismissed by her father]] for courting her).
* ArcWords: "Nothing's forgotten. Nothing is ever forgotten."
* AttemptedRape: King John and Marion. It veers into BlackComedyRape as Marion stalls for time by suggesting a game of "conquest", in which she gets to verbally and physically abuse him as he tries to seduce her.
* AuthorAppeal:
** While Richard Carpenter deserves credit for giving Marion back her street-cred (she was quite the {{Badass}} in the old ballads, before Hollywood got hold of her and turned her into a DamselInDistress) by making her a useful and skilled member of the outlaws, she also goes through an ''awful'' lot of bondage and brainwashing in his scripts.
** Most evil villains usually had a sultry concubine in tow.
* BarBrawl: A couple of times.
* BatheHerAndBringHerToMe: Said almost word-for-word by King John in regards to Marion.
* BathtubBonding: PlayedForLaughs in "Alan-a-Dale," when the Sheriff and Gisburne share a bathtub - and yell at each other the whole time.
* BattleDiscretionShot: Used for a brief moment of comic relief as John is being captured in "The Greatest Enemy".
* BigNo: Robin's foster-father when the mill is burnt down. Variations on this when Robin [[BigWordShout shouts Gisburne's name]] after Guy kills the miller and when the Sheriff [[SayMyName yells after his fleeing nephew]].
* BittersweetEnding
* BlondeBrunetteRedhead: There were three memorable female characters in the show: Isadora (blonde), Meg (brunette), and of course, Marion (redhead).
* BoisterousBruiser: King Richard.
* BookEnds: The first and last episodes of the first season, and the final episode of the show, all involve an important scene among a CircleOfStandingStones. Also, the first episode of season 1 and the last episode of season 2, when [[spoiler:Ailric and Robin of Loxley are killed in the same way, by the same man]].
* {{Brainwashed}}: Richard Carpenter seemed to ''love'' this trope. It happened to one or all of the outlaws at least once a season.
* BreakingTheFellowship: This is what happens after Robin's death. The first two episodes of season three deal with Robert of Huntingdon's attempts to reunite the outlaws.
* BreakingTheFourthWall: Done very, ''very'' briefly in "The Swords of Wayland" in which some nuns take off their wimples to reveal their long hair, and one stares defiantly at the camera.
* BrokenPedestal: Adam Bell, who the other outlaws explain to Robert was an earlier local hero to the oppressed, turns out to have become a ruthless criminal rather than a principled rebel.
* TheButcher: Philip Mark, the Butcher of Lincolnshire.
* CatapultNightmare: Little John has one of these when he dreams of Meg being killed in "Cromm Cruac".
* ChewingTheScenery: John Rhys-Davies in "The King's Fool", when he reveals his identity to the outlaws and then takes them to task.
* CircleOfStandingStones: Several important scenes take place around one.
* CometOfDoom: A shooting star appears over Caerleon Castle on Midsummer's Eve.
* ComicallyMissingThePoint: After a group of [[TheKnightsTemplar Templars]] attack and soundly thrash the outlaws (and abduct Much), Tuck refers to them as "Poor[[labelnote:*]]i.e. they've taken an oath of poverty[[/labelnote]] Knights of the Temple of Solomon". Will replies, "Poor? I'd hate to see the good ones!"
* ContinuityNod: In "The King's Fool", the Sheriff is in danger of losing his position to the Baron de Bracy, his would-be father-in-law who he screwed over in the previous episode.
* ContrivedCoincidence: The Sheriff's nephew Martin is kidnapped at the ''exact same time'' as Much is captured, resulting in Robert and the Sheriff agreeing to an exchange of prisoners: "your half-wit for my brat."
* CoolSword: Albion.
* CrypticConversation: The treasure of Caerleon is alluded to in several of these.
* CueTheSun: [[spoiler:Robin of Loxley's death.]]
* DarkerAndEdgier: Not in absolute terms compared to later works, but the series was significantly darker than the average teatime family adventure show and many earlier Robin Hood retellings. It has quite ruthless heroes who clearly kill a lot of people (albeit with BloodlessCarnage), truly depraved and murderous villains, very explicit and intense ethnic and class conflict, Richard I being as bad as most of the other nobles and royals, and strong elements of neo-paganism among the good guys and black magic among the bad ones. This is established right at the start, when the traditional first meeting between Robin and Little John is played in a darker way with John being under black magic mind control and seriously trying to kill Robin.
* DefeatMeansFriendship: Robert of Huntingdon fights all four of Tuck, John, Will and Nasir in "Herne's Son".
* DepravedDwarf: Skulley, Raven's depraved number two in "The Inheritance", who tries to hamstring Little John.
* DepravedHomosexual: By '''very''' strong innuendo, Philip Mark. A brutal tyrant who dresses from head to foot in [[LeatherMan black leather]], keeps his boy-servants clad in finery while the girls remain in rags, and flirtatiously chin-chucks one of the boys. He also repeatedly hits on Guy in a rather unsubtle manner. He responds to Gisburne's introduction by eyeing Guy head to toe and making the sultry declaration that he'll surely "find a use for" him, and pats Guy's hand while declaring, "you're mine now." Later he tells Guy, "you must show me this tunnel of yours", [[DoesThisRemindYouOfAnything which results in a startled look from Guy]], even though Philip is ostensibly referring to a secret passage in the castle. Robert de Rainault calls Mark a "posturing catamite" to his face, which leads to rage but not an actual denial.
* DeusExMachina: Herne a couple of times, most notably when Marion is fatally wounded and Herne heals her, just 'cause he can.
* DogPileOfDoom: How Little John gets captured in "The Greatest Enemy", though it takes about seven or so soldiers to hold him down.
* DoomedHometown: The series opens with the child Robin barely escaping as soldiers led by the Sheriff burn down the village of Locksley and massacre all its inhabitants, including Robin's father.
* DramaticThunder: Underscores the deaths of Ailric of Loxley and [[spoiler:Robin of Loxley]].
* DressingAsTheEnemy: Almost OnceAnEpisode.
-->'''Sheriff:''' Well? Where's the villain's head?
-->'''Robin in Gisburne's armour:''' On the villain's shoulders!
* TheDungAges: Nearly every peasant character is filthy, with Robin of Loxley a notable exception. The nobility isn't that much better off; Sir Guy of Gisburne is shocked when he learns that Prince John takes two baths a week. (The Sheriff, on the other hand, takes a few baths on screen - and on one occasion [[HoYay shares the tub]] with Gisburne.)
* EurekaMoment:
** In the first episode, the [[RecurringExtra Old Prisoner's]] phrase [[RunningGag "feet first"]] gives Robin an idea for escaping Nottingham's dungeon.
** The next episode has a RepeatWhatYouJustSaid moment, with Gisburne's remark about a "ferret" moving the Sheriff to use Jennet of Elsdon against the outlaws.
** At the end of season 2, a messenger's sarcastic salutation ("good hunting") to the Sheriff [[spoiler: inspires the Sheriff to lead a hunt in Sherwood Forest, which results in the first Robin's death.]]
* EvilFormerFriend: Sarek turns out to have been Nasir's best friend before betraying the Hashishim.
* EvilKnockoff: Gulnar's memorably-fanged golem.
* EvilUncle: Edgar to Robert of Huntingdon.
* EvilWearsBlack: Philip Mark.
* FacePalm: King John does a literal one in "Rutterkin", after Robert saves Sir Richard and the other Merry Men from execution.
* FakeDefector: Robert of Huntingdon in "The Power of Albion", Marion in "The Betrayal".
* FallGuy: In "The Time of the Wolf", the Sheriff blames Guy for the loss of the corn to the outlaws, when a royal envoy demands somebody's head for it.
* FalseFlagOperation: In "The Betrayal", Roger de Carnac impersonates Robert and leads a group of fake Merry Men in atrocities against innocent peasants, to destroy Robin Hood's reputation.
* FamilyUnfriendlyViolence: The show was not allowed to show [[BloodlessCarnage any blood]], but nevertheless some scenes are quite disturbing by modern family TV standards, such as Baron de Belleme screaming and convulsing while dying after Robin stabs him, and Much falling into a stake-and-pit trap and being shown from above with the tip of a stake sticking out of his back.
* FantasyKitchenSink: The show was a rather eclectic mix of characters that ascribed to Christianity, mysticism, Paganism, Satanism, atheism, or Judaism, all of which had elements of their differing belief systems manifest in the show: golems, spirits, demons, witches, sorcerers, and Pagan gods.
* FiveManBand:
** TheHero: Robin Hood, naturally.
** TheLancer: Will Scarlet.
** TheBigGuy: Little John.
** TheSmartGuy: Friar Tuck.
** TheChick: Lady Marion (also an ActionGirl) or Much (who's [[TheLoad mostly useless]] until the third series).
** SixthRanger: Nasir [[spoiler:and Robert of Huntingdon, the replacement Robin Hood]].
* FeetFirstIntroduction: Will Scarlet's reintroduction in "Herne's Son".
* FirstNameBasis: All of the outlaws with each other. The Sheriff to almost no-one, except his brother - and, oddly, Ralph of Huntingdon, whom the Sheriff pointedly calls "Ralph" (while still addressing Guy as "[[HeyYou Gisburne]]").
* {{Flynning}}: A notable aversion, at least partly because Mark Ryan (Nasir) and Robert Addie (Gisburne) were extremely competent swordsmen.
* ForcefulKiss: Sir Guy of Gisburne to Sarah de Talmont. Owen of Clun to Marion (she punches him immediately afterwards).
* FrameUp: Abbot Hugo and Sir Guy, to Jennet and Thomas of Elsdon. Lord Edgar and Walter Clout, to Mad Mab (also an example of [[spoiler: FramingtheGuiltyParty]]).
* FramingTheGuiltyParty: of a sort. Robert of Huntington's evil uncle Edgar frames his brother for contracting a witch to cast a spell on the king, picking Mad Mab, a crazy lady who tends pigs out in the woods as someone people would easily believe to be a witch. [[spoiler: At the end of the episode, his scheme having been revealed, Lord Edgar flees on horseback and it cuts back to Mab, who ''casts a spell to kill Edgar, then calmly casts another one to open the locked cell door'']]
* FrenchJerk:
** A mercenary band of them is hired by Guy in "Lord of the Trees"; they smash up a tavern just because they can. Although their leader is from Nivelles, which is in Belgium nowadays.
** The more French a character is, the more likely they are to be a JerkAss: most of the villains are Norman nobles, and so therefore of French descent.
* FriendVersusLover: Will doesn't take too kindly to Little John's girlfriend when he decides to elope with her.
* FurAndLoathing: Some of de Rainault's clothes are fur-trimmed, and Philip Mark wears an entire robe of fur.
* GettingCrapPastTheRadar: Prince (later King) John is nicknamed Soft Sword (a real insult directed at him in history, and yes, while it was mainly aimed at his GeneralFailure tendencies, the phallic implication would have been deliberate at the time).
* GladiatorGames: The "blood games" that Owen of Clun indulges in with his fellow Marcher Lords.
* GlassEye: Raven in "The Inheritance".
* GloryDays: Adam Bell tries to recapture them with Robert.
* GoodWeaponEvilWeapon: '''Anyone''' who uses a crossbow in this series is evil, almost without exception (Marian once grabs up a crossbow in a melee to shoot Gisburne with). This is due to the long tradition of the longbow as a symbol of English military might and righteousness, while crossbows are for, eew, '''French''' people.
* GotVolunteered:
** The Sheriff shoves two of his soldiers forward to be picked off in "The Greatest Enemy".
** Gisburne is volunteered to accompany (and [[TheMole betray]]) Sir Richard in "Herne's Son".
* GottaCatchThemAll: The titular Swords of Wayland provide a rare villainous example.
* HairTriggerTemper: King Richard
* HamToHamCombat: Philip Mark and Robert de Rainault. The actors actually tried to out-camp each other throughout the episode.
* TheHashshashin: They show up a couple of times. Nasir used to be one.
* HistoricalFantasy: Had a notable element of this, despite also trying to be a fairly realistic depiction of the real Middle Ages.
* HistoricalVillainUpgrade: UsefulNotes/RichardTheLionheart is as corrupt a figure as his brother Prince John.
** Ironically, also a HistoricalHeroUpgrade, as Prince John is still played as nasty, but arguably has more dignity and intelligence than he had in real life.
*** In double irony, Richard was a pompous warrior, who couldn't speak a word of English, despised England itself (but appreciated the income from its taxes), and was the reason for John having to tax the place dry, in order to pay for his wars and his ransom when he got captured on return from Crusade. John was an awful warrior, but an excellent administrator, and it was probably largely due to his skill with money that England didn't go bankrupt thanks to his brother. Alas for history, romantic thugs were, and are, far more popular than competent administrators.
* HistoryRepeats: At the end of the final episode, Marion finds the dead body of Gulnar's golem copy of Robert and thinks it's Robert, which is played very seriously as a trauma. Then [[MoodWhiplash immediately after she leaves]] the Sheriff and Gisburne also arrive and find the body, and the same mistake is played for laughs.
* HoistByHisOwnPetard: The Sheriff ropes in Robert and the outlaws to rescue his kidnapped nephew Martin (in whom he's only interested because of his lands and fortune), only to find that a few days with the outlaws is enough to destroy Martin's adulation of his EvilUncle and decide that he's never going to see him again.
* HolyBurnsEvil:
** Joshua de Talmont's Qabala text drives the Sheriff [[GoMadFromTheRevelation temporarily insane]] when it shows him [[TheMirrorShowsYourTrueSelf his own evil nature]].
** In "Cromm Cruac", Marion pouring holy water into the evil magic pool breaks the spell and destroys the demon. Immediately afterwards, Gulnar appears to be burned, or at least suffer intense pain, when Marion throws more of the holy water in his face.
* {{Homage}}: The lengthy fight between Robert and Will in "Herne's Son" is a homage to the famous fist-fight sequence in ''Film/TheQuietMan''.
* HypnotizeThePrincess: Gulnar does this to Marion in "Herne's Son".
* IDieFree
* IllKillYou: Shouted by Gisburne to the Sheriff in the final episode.
* InadequateInheritor: Isadora is considered this by her father on account of her being a girl. Though he calls in Robert to be his SpiritualSuccessor as the guardian of Caerleon, Robert declines and points out Isadora as a much better option.
* InitiationCeremony: Gisburne is reluctantly subjected to one by the Sons of Fenris.
* InsultToRocks: Roger de Carnac calls the outlaws pigs. Robert calls de Carnac a pig. Will states that that's an insult to pigs.
* IronicName: The elderly protector of [[KingArthur Caerleon and the Round Table]] is a man called Lord Agrivaine, said to be the latest in a long line of Agrivaines dating back to the time of Camelot. Anyone who knows their Arthurian mythology will know that the original Agrivaine would have been the ''last'' person willing to guard the Round Table.
* KickTheDog: Moth kicks a dog aside as he stalks through Nottingham town's main square.
* KillTheGod: In "Lord of the Trees", Gisburne orders a hired mercenary to shoot Herne.
* KingArthur: Pops in for a brief cameo at the end of "The Inheritance", which centres around his original Round Table.
* KingIncognito: King Richard.
* TheKnightsTemplar: Robin fights a group of them in the episode "Seven Poor Knights from Acre", because their leader - a FrenchJerk - mistakenly concludes that Robin and his gang stole from them.
* LaserGuidedKarma: Edward of Wickham curses Gisburne after the Blessing is desecrated; the resultant divine retribution is swift and quite apt.
* LeftHanging:
** In "The Enchantment", one of Baron de Belleme's concubines is successful in resurrecting his dead body. The Baron is last seen in his castle, planning his next scheme, and that's the last we ever see or hear of him.
** In the finale of the entire series, Marion opts to reject Robert's marriage proposal and become a nun. Richard Carpenter was relying on a fourth series in order to resolve these issues, but he never got the chance.
** In a case of TropesAreNotBad, our final shot of the Sheriff and Gisburne is them merrily taking Robert's dead body to Newark in a cart, unaware that the corpse is actually just a golem that is already crumbling away. King John's inevitable reaction to this is tantalizingly left up to the imagination.
* LetsYouAndHimFight: Robert's fights with Tuck and Nasir in "Herne's Son" both start with at least one person unaware of who the other is.
* LightningReveal: Guy's face in "The Cross of St. Ciricus".
* LoveConfessor: The Abbot of Thornton Abbey, to Marion.
* LovePotion: Gulnar administers one to Marion.
* LoyalPhlebotinum: In different episodes, Albion burns Guy's and Grendel's hands when they try to use it to kill Robert.
* TheMagnificentSevenSamurai: In "The Swords of Wayland". There are even seven outlaws exactly!
* MalevolentMaskedMen: Sarak.
* MenOfSherwood: The outlaws, naturally.
* MindControlEyes: The outlaws get blank whited-out eyes while under Morgwyn's mind-control spell.
* MobBossSuitFitting: The Sheriff in "Herne's Son", looking over new robes from his tailor while extorting gold from Sir Richard.
* TheMole: Henry of Skipton.
* {{Mooks}}: The Sheriff's guards.
* MoralGuardians:
** Richard Carpenter got into trouble with this lot in his use of Herne, who was misinterpreted as a Satanic figure.
** Mary Whitehouse and her organisation also complained bitterly about Carpenter conducting Satanic masses in a real abbey ("The Swords of Wayland"). When, at an archery meet, this was mentioned to him, Carpenter wryly concluded, "These people don't know how TV is made. They just don't realise that just because we walk through the front door of a location, it doesn't mean in the next scene we're in its actual crypt and not a studio set."
* MythologyGag: On the DVD, one blooper real ends with the cast and crew singing the famous "Robin Hood, Robin Hood, riding through the glen" theme song from ''Series/TheAdventuresOfRobinHood''.
* NakedPeopleAreFunny: After Will and Much think they've been infected by leprosy, they tear their clothes off and jump in the river. The other outlaws find it amusing until they learn what happened.
* NamesToRunAwayFromReallyFast:
** [[RNames Robert de Rainault, Elidor, Gulnar, Edgar]]. [[DemonsOrAngels Lilith, Verdelet, Grendel]]. The swords [[XMakesAnythingCool Morax]] and [[NamesEndingInTh Beleth]]. [[KNames Mark, Sarak]].
** Morgwyn of Ravenscar combines {{Mor}}, [[ReligiousNames a variation on "Morrigan"]], and an IDontLikeTheSoundOfThatPlace location.
* ANaziByAnyOtherName: The Sons of Fenris are a (relatively) subtle Middle Ages example. They greet Gulnar by shouting "Hail Gulnar" and punching the air, they use a sun cross as their symbol (which is not necessarily Nazi in nature, but is a banned Nazi emblem in Germany when used in an overt right-wing political context), and UsefulNotes/AdolfHitler had a personal near-totemic fascination with wolves.
* NeckLift: Gulnar is lifted off the ground and strangled to death one-handed by his golem. Justified since the golem is meant to be superhumanly strong.
* NeutralFemale:
** {{Deconstructed}} with Queen Isabella. During an assassination attempt she flees in terror, and watches as Robert and her attacker fight, actively ''following'' them through the church just so she can watch them go at it. Finally Robert has the assassin unarmed and at his mercy, at which point [[spoiler:Isabella shoots him in the back with a crossbow]].
** Sarak's woman, shown in the FlashBack during which Nasir and Sarak fight.
* ObfuscatingInsanity: The "insane" Welshman who frees Robin from the mind-controlled Merry Men in "The Swords of Wayland", and turns out to be an agent for Herne.
* ObstructiveBureaucrat: Gisburne gets increasingly frustrated by them in Lichfield.
* OnPatrolMontage: Used at the beginning of "The Power of Albion" to show the outlaws getting back to normal business under Robert of Huntingdon.
* OutOfContextEavesdropping: Subverted in "The Betrayal": there's a sequence which is designed to make the audience worry that Marion and Much might really think the other outlaws have turned evil due to a partially-overheard conversation between Will and Tuck, but it turns out that they never believed it.
* OverlordJr: The Sheriff's influence is turning his nephew Martin into this, to the horror of Martin's mother.
* PlayingPossum: Robert does this in "The Inheritance" to trick Raven and his men.
* PrisonerExchange: A variation when the Sheriff exchanges Much for his nephew Martin - it isn't the outlaws who have captured Martin but a different outlaw, who Robert and the usual crew have to rescue Martin from first.
* ThePsychoRangers: Roger de Carnac's band of outlaw impersonators.
* PsychoSidekick: The utterly evil Moth to the morally-grey Adam Bell.
* PuttingTheBandBackTogether: Robert of Huntingdon has to persuade all the outlaws to get back together when Marion is kidnapped.
* RapePillageAndBurn: Happens to Wickham at the hands of Bertrand of Nivelles and his gang, and Caerlon at the hands of Raven and his gang.
* ReallyDeadMontage: Plays during the flaming arrows fired for Tom and Dickon at the end of the first episode. [[spoiler:The first Robin also gets one of these, as the remaining outlaws shoot fiery arrows into the sky and recall significant moments with him.]]
* RearrangeTheSong: The theme got a more upbeat and percussive rerecording for the third season.
* ReasonableAuthorityFigure: Generally averted, as just about every character with any social power will be evil.
** The closest is Earl Godwin in "The Swords of Wayland" - it's strongly hinted that he agrees with Robin that there's something dodgy about Morgwyn, and deliberately lets Robin and Marion escape.
** The Abbot of Thornton is also fairly helpful, once he's finished insulting Tuck.
* RedemptionEqualsDeath: Adam Bell.
* RedAndBlackAndEvilAllOver: Morgwyn of Ravenscar and the Hounds of Lucifer.
* RedFilterOfDoom: The beginning and ending of "The Swords of Wayland".
* ReligionOfEvil: The Sons of Fenris.
* RememberTheNewGuy: In one of the third season episodes, we are introduced to the Sheriff's nephew Martin. Though he's never been seen or mentioned before, he's apparently been living in Nottingham Castle for the past two years.
* ReportsOfMyDeathWereGreatlyExaggerated: Robert of Huntingdon at the end of the series, due to him leaving the dead body of Gulnar's golem copy of him lying around right in the open where people could see it.
* UsefulNotes/RichardTheLionHeart: As played by John Rhys-Davies.
* RightfulKingReturns: {{Deconstructed}} mercilessly when King Richard comes back from the Crusades - and all Richard Carpenter had to do was accurately depict the historical events surrounding his return.
* RoyalWe: King Richard.
* SacrificialLamb: Tom and Dickon. Introduced to us as if they are going to be series regulars, with the requisite backstory and inferred character arcs that go with that, but [[spoiler: both are dead and buried by the time the third episode rolls around]].
* Main/{{Satan}}: The two-part episode "The Swords of Wayland" involves a group of evil nuns trying to release Lucifer out of hell. Seriously.
* SecretCircleOfSecrets: The Cauldron of Lucifer.
* SecretUndergroundPassage: The outlaws use the Sheriff's to break into the castle in "The Sheriff of Nottingham".
* ShamefulStrip: Philip Mark commands that de Rainault be dressed in rags as a prelude to exile from Nottingham Castle.
* ShellShockedVeteran: The depraved bandit Raven, in "The Inheritance", has a speech about how he used to be an idealistic Christian until he found out what going on a crusade was actually like.
* ShirtlessCaptives: The Sons of Fenris force Gisburne to join them and don their shirtless "uniform" of wolfskins, collar, and harness, while Robert is ordered to remove his tunic before being chained to a pillar.
* ShirtlessScene:
** Will in "The Inheritance".
** Nasir and Sarak when fighting in "The Sheriff of Nottingham".
** {{Parodied}} with the Sheriff, whose on-screen baths are played for comedic effect.
* ShoutOut: The Watch in Litchfield in "Herne's Son" have a strong resemblance to the Watch characters in ''Theatre/MuchAdoAboutNothing''.
* ShownTheirWork:
** The writers not only knew the name of the late 12th c. Earl of Huntingdon but that he was a member of the Scottish royal family. David of Huntingdon's eldest son WAS named Robert, though he is supposed to have died young - or been disinherited?
** According to the DVDCommentary, one left-handed extra whose scene required her to write in a ledger was asked to write with her right hand, considering the stigma against left-handed people in those days.
** They also demonstrated a surprisingly accurate view of England in the Middle Ages (save for the obviously fantastic bits), up to and including the incorporation of historical ephemera (like the fact that King Richard once forced his noblemen to bid on their titles at an auction in Nottingham). Most of their take upon the Robin Hood legend is also well-rooted in oft-times obscure earlier versions.
** Phil Rose, who played Friar Tuck, also expressed his admiration for the attention to detail, noting that one particular director would refuse to film a forest scene if the location included any species of tree that wasn't around in the Middle Ages.
** When TheKnightsTemplar showed up, one of them spoke only German (although he clearly ''understood'' his leader's French). He addressed the leader not with any of the ordinary German words for leader or commander, but as "Komtur" -- a word that refers ''only'' to a commander in a knightly order such as the Templars.
** Most writers who failed to do their research would have had Marion riding sidesaddle, as the [[Film/TheAdventuresOfRobinHood 1938 film]] does; it's "common knowledge" that 'proper' women didn't ride astride until less than a century ago. In fact, a sidesaddle that allows a woman to control her own horse at a gallop (as seen in the film) wasn't invented until the time of Queen Victoria. Marion riding astride is not only historically accurate, but impressively researched.
** How many people know Prince John had a first wife named Hadwisa that he divorced on grounds of barrenness? He was actually right about that. Hadwisa was a wealthy heiress and married twice after John but never had any children.
** The description of the evil pagan god Cromm Cruac in the episode of the same name comes from a genuine Irish legend, whose main source really is a manuscript called the Book of Leinster.
* SilverHasMysticPowers: In this version, the silver arrow won at the tournament is a relic sacred to Herne. Richard Carpenter was actually the first writer to change it from gold to silver in order to better embody occult values. Robin uses it to stab Baron de Belleme to death, with the implication being that it was a specially effective weapon against a black magician.
* SinisterMinister: Morgwyn in "The Swords of Weyland", an abbess who is secretly the leader of one of England's nastiest black magic covens.
* SociopathicSoldier: Bertrand of Nivelles, Guy's old army buddy now a leader of a gang of mercenaries, is a hair-trigger sociopath ready to rape, vandalise, or simply murder whenever he feels like it.
* SoundOnlyDeath: Meg being killed by soldiers in John's nightmare and later vision in "Cromm Cruac".
* SoundtrackDissonance: The bizarre clucking sounds that accompany Marion when she enters Sherwood for the first time.
* SpitTake: The Sheriff's reaction to Gisburne's suggestion that Robert of Huntingdon is the new Hooded Man.
* StayInTheKitchen:
** Robin of Loxley to Marion, in the second episode.
** Robert of Huntingdon to Isadora, when he insists she stay out of the fight to protect Caerleon Castle.
** Robert of Huntingdon in the final episode, telling Alison of Wickham "no women!" despite Marion being one of the outlaws.
* SupernaturalAid: The Silver Arrow, which Herne calls Robin's "protection."
* SuspiciouslySpecificSermon: Abbot Martin gives some subversive homilies about justice and the people - mentioning Robin Hood by name - in "The Cross of St. Ciricus".
* SweetPollyOliver: Isadora, though she's fooling no one.
* TalkativeLoon: Mad Mab has a tendency to babble.
* TarotTroubles: "The Inheritance" begins with Agrivaine instructing his daughter Isadora in a Tarot reading that predicts the entire episode. Bonus points for three of the four cards being Death, The Hanged Man, ''and'' The Tower.
* ThisIsUnforgivable: Martin recognises how evil his uncle is and rejects him when the Sheriff tries to ambush Robert when he brings Martin back to him, after rescuing him from Adam Bell.
* AThreesomeIsHot: Baron de Belleme has two girlfriends, who do little more than look hot in his first episode, but do a bit more in "The Enchantment". In his first appearance, Prince John is seen to retire to his bedroom with two women. In "The Time of the Wolf", Gulnar is accompanied by two witchy barbarian babes who are identified in the credits as "Maidens", although their appearance and manners don't suggest that. On the good side, Nasir is seen to be rather suggestively welcomed by two women when the outlaws arrive at the Blessing festivities. Maybe he can do it and still stay moral because of Islamic polygamy...
* TitleThemeTune: Almost: "Robin... Robin... The hooded man." Repeat. ''[[EarWorm Endlessly]]''.
* TooHappyToLive: A non-fatal variation, though it's played straight in almost every other respect: Robert and Marion confess their love and prepare to marry, the outlaws and the villagers steal back the grain that was taken from them by the Sheriff, everyone is getting ready for the celebrations that night... and then, on returning to Wickham, they discover that all the women and children have been taken, the rescued grain has been burnt, and the wedding has to be postponed [[spoiler:and eventually cancelled, after Marion is led to believe that Robert has died]].
* TortureTechnician: "The King's Devil" in "The Power of Albion", although he never gets to torture anyone on-screen.
* TotalEclipseOfThePlot:
** A partial solar eclipse appears over the defeated Morgwyn as she flees. (This was a real solar eclipse that occurred during filming.)
** A total lunar eclipse is shown when Isadora takes the oath of fealty.
* TownWithADarkSecret: Cromm Cruac (also an example of a VanishingVillage).
* TrackingDevice: A medieval-tech version in "Adam Bell", when Nasir damages one of the shoes of Adam's horse so that its footprints can be tracked. Adam notices and is ready for them.
* TrainingThePeacefulVillagers: The villagers in "The Swords of Wayland" against the Hounds of Lucifer. The villagers of Wickham in "The Time of the Wolf" against the Sons of Fenris.
* TrashTheSet: The outdoor set used for the village of Wickham in the third season was redressed to play the village of Cromm Cruac in the episode of the same name, and then actually burned down for the episode's fiery ending.
* TravelingAtTheSpeedOfPlot: Most episodes in which the heroes leave Nottinghamshire.
* TrustPassword: In a sense. The new Robin is trying to muster the group again, but Will Scarlet says gloomily that they've lost the fire that they had with the old:
-->'''Robert of Huntingdon:''' No, Scarlet. Nothing is forgotten. Nothing is ''ever'' forgotten.\\
(Scarlet looks thoroughly spooked)\\
'''Scarlet:''' What did you say?\\
'''Robert:''' You heard me.\\
'''Scarlet:''' No ... it wasn't you I heard.
* TwangHello
* UngratefulBastard:
** The serfs on more than one occasion.
** Little John calls Robin this (half jokingly), when the outlaws turn up at Baron de Belleme's castle in order to save him and are told, "I thought I told you to stay in Sherwood!"
* TheUnsmile: The barber in the Sheriff's nightmare. Terrifying.
* TheUnsolvedMystery: Arthur of Brittany's real identity from "The Pretender".
** Mad Mab's real identity (as well as who [[spoiler: her husband]], the person she saw Edgar murder was) in "Rutterkin"
* UnwillingSuspension:
** When Abbot Hugo is captured in "The Prophecy", his guardsmen are kept overnight with their wrists bound to trees.
** "The Sheriff of Nottingham" restrains the Sheriff in the same fashion.
** Marion, Isadora, and Much are shackled with their arms over their heads in "The Inheritance."
* UsedToBeASweetKid: Martin de Rainault.
* TheVamp: Lilith.
* VillainOfTheWeek: Despite the prominence of various recurring villains, the story did have these. Often they appeared in episodes where the outlaws leave Sherwood, but in other episodes they were usually one-off [[PsychoForHire Psychos For Hire]] or {{Sociopathic Soldier}}s who the Sheriff or King John set on the outlaws.
* VitriolicBestBuds: The Abbot of Thornton constantly insults Tuck, but actually likes and respects him.
* VoodooDoll: Lilith makes two (one of herself and one of Robin), in order to make a LovePotion.
* WardrobeMalfunction:
** Marion's dress flies up as she jumps from the loft in "The King's Fool."
** Will Scarlet in a short, wet robe in "The Cross of St. Ciricus", climbing up a sheer rock face with no underwear. It perhaps wouldn't have been so bad if the camera hadn't been positioned low, pointing directly ''up''. In the same episode, Guy of Gisburne wears wet beige clothing with black underwear beneath.
* WeCanRuleTogether: Adam Bell tries this on Robert and is rejected. In the very next episode, Arthur of Brittany tells Robert that he'll give him wealth and security, only for [[spoiler:Queen Isabella to shoot him in the back midway through his speech]].
* WeWantOurJerkBack: Happens in the third season, after King John appoints a new, even worse, Sheriff of Nottingham.
* WhatMeasureIsAMook: Robin of Loxley's refusal to kill Guy while killing huge numbers of soldiers.
** Averted in "The Betrayal", where the outlaws kill Roger de Carnac but let his followers off with a beating. Even though they had quite unambiguously murdered innocents in cold blood, unlike many mooks who the outlaws casually kill.
* WhatTheHellTownspeople: The villagers of Calverton refuse to help Robin Hood and his men when they need a place to rest an injured Tuck, even after it's pointed out that they've helped the outlaws many times before.
* WholePlotReference: It may be a coincidence, but "Cromm Cruac" has suspicious similarities of concept to the ''Series/DoctorWho'' story "Castrovalva", from a couple of years before: [[spoiler:an apparently idyllic community and place of healing turns out to be a doomed trap set for the protagonists by a recurring villain.]]
* WinWinEnding: The ending of "Alan-a-Dale". [[spoiler:Alan and Mildred get to marry; the "dowry" the outlaws stole turns out out to be worthless rocks, but Mildred gives them a valuable necklace to compensate; the Sheriff gets to keep the dowry that he claimed the outlaws stole, and doesn't have to marry a woman he despises. The only unhappy person is Mildred's father, who doesn't even appear on screen.]]
* WomanScorned: Queen Hadwisa.
* WouldntHurtAChild: In "Adam Bell" the Sheriff nearly strikes Martin after the latter's SurpriseCheckmate, but stops and ruffles the boy's hair instead; later in the same episode, Adam Bell harshly scolds his band of ruffians for mistreating Martin.
* WoundedGazelleGambit: Marion plays one of these ''on the other outlaws'' after she's fed up with being left out. She jumps on Robin's back and begins to pummel him, only for the others to gather around and cheer her on. Robin throws her off, she fakes an injury, and when the others help her to her feet, all gentleness and concern, she begins to beat them with a switch.
* WrongGenreSavvy: When John is attacked and left for dead by Gulnar's copy of Robert, he and all the other Merries assume that the real Robert is under Gulnar's mind control, given the several times something similar has happened in the past.
* XanatosGambit: The Sheriff pulls off a simple but impressive one in "Alan-a-Dale" by [[spoiler: replacing his fiancée's dowry of silver coins with rocks]], so that when Robin, et al. inevitably break in and steal the money-chest, [[spoiler: they get nothing but a box of stones. Since the bride's father believes that Robin's gang has the money, he can't ask for it back, and the Sheriff can keep the silver without having to marry "that stupid girl".]]
* YinYangBomb: Used often with the sword Albion.
* YouAllMeetInACell: The initial band of Merry Men consists of most of the guys who are imprisoned with Robin, after he and Much are arrested for poaching.
* YouGoGirl: The plot of "The Inheritance" is sparked off by the elderly Lord Agravaine believing that his daughter Isadora is unsuitable to succeed him as guardian of the Round Table because she's a girl. Robert persuades him otherwise, with the ghostly Myth/KingArthur's approval.
* YouGotSpunk: Owen of Clun does the creepy version of this to Marion after he forcibly kisses her and she punches him (not a slap, a full punch) in the face.
* YouHaveFailedMe: Morgwyn is killed by her demon-possessed followers when her attempt to release Lucifer is defeated.

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