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-->''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 [[RichardTheLionHeart King Richard]] as just as bad as Prince John, although that 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 Marian for both was Judi Trott, playing Marion of Leaford.

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 (and the recent death of writer Richard Carpenter has likely put an end to such plans for good).

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:

* EightiesHair: Marion's hair is ''ginormous''. Both Robins sport typical '80s-style mullets.
* ActionGirl: Lady Marion, Isadora.
* AllMythsAreTrue: Primarily a weird mix of CelticMythology and Christian folklore. There are also episodes drawing from NorseMythology and [[KingArthur Arthurian legend]], with another episode [[CrossOver featuring]] another legendary English outlaw named Adam Bell.
* AmbiguouslyGay: Definitely Philip Mark, the replacement Sheriff of Nottingham, who seems deliberately touchy-feely with the men that surround him, 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. The (regular) Sheriff seems to have reached the same conclusion, calling Mark a "posturing catamite".
* AndNowYouMustMarryMe: Guy of Gisburne to Sarah de Talmont.
* AntiHero: Will Scarlet. It's strange to see any member of the Merry Men as a borderline sociopath.
** "Which is your favorite ear? Is it your LEFT...or is it your RIGHT?!" with accompanying indications via dagger. This to a church abbot.
* 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.
* AristocratsAreEvil: The Baron de Belleme.
* 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."
* AscendedExtra: The series did not plan on introducing a Saracen member of Robin's team. They introduced a Saracen slave who was scripted to die fighting Robin in defence of his master. The actor was such a great guy, however, that they rewrote the scene so that he [[spoiler: disarmed Robin, held a blade to his throat, then grinned and let him go]] and became a mostly non-speaking extra. As the series progressed his story was fleshed out, and he owned a couple of episodes by the end. Almost all versions of the story in film and TV since have featured a Middle Eastern Merry Man, including Azeem in ''Film/RobinHoodPrinceOfThieves'' and Djaq in the late-2000s BBC ''Series/RobinHood''.
* 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 DistressedDamsel) 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.
* BigBrotherInstinct: Nasir toward Marion. It's really very sweet.
* 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).
* BlondGuysAreEvil: Gisburne.
* 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.
* BumblingSidekick: Much for the good guys, Guy for the bad guys.
* TheButcher: Philip Mark, the Butcher of Lincolnshire.
* ChewingTheScenery:
** John Rhys-Davies in "The King's Fool", when he reveals his identity to the outlaws and then takes them to task.
** Nickolas Grace frequently, but especially in "The Children of Israel", during his [[BigEntrance return from Westminster]] and his final scene with the Qabala text.
* CircleOfStandingStones: Several important scenes take place around one.
* CometofDoom: A shooting star appears over Caerleon Castle on Midsummer's Eve.
* TheComplainerIsAlwaysWrong: {{Subverted}} with Will Scarlet. He's mistrustful and antagonistic toward King Richard - and he's right to be.
* ContrivedCoincidence: The Sheriff's nephew Martin is kidnapped at the ''exact same time'' as Much is captured, resulting in Robin 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.]]
* DecoyDamsel: Quite often Marion's contribution to the team.
* DemotedToExtra: The Sheriff's brother Abbot Hugo. By season three he's [[ChuckCunninghamSyndrome all but been phased out]].
* DeusExMachina: Herne a couple of times, most notably when Marion is fatally wounded and Herne heals her, just 'cause he can.
* DidNotGetTheGirl: The second Robin, after Marion opts to become a nun.
* DisappearedDad: Marion's father. [[spoiler:She thinks he died in Palestine, but he was actually a prisoner of the King's enemies]].
* DogPileOfDoom: How Little John gets captured in "The Greatest Enemy", though it takes about seven or so soldiers to hold him down.
* 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!
* DualWielding: Nasir.
* 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.)
* EnemyMine: The Sheriff temporarily teams up with Robin in "The Sheriff of Nottingham" and again in "Adam Bell."
* 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.]]
* EvilSorcerer: The Baron de Belleme, Gulnar.
* EvilSoundsDeep: The youthful-looking Gisburne has a surprisingly deep and harsh voice.
* EvilUncle: Edgar to Robert of Huntingdon, and the Sheriff to Martin.
* EvilWearsBlack: King John, Philip Mark.
* FakeDefector: Robert of Huntingdon in "The Power of Albion", Marion in "The Betrayal".
* 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.
* FieryRedhead: Unusually {{averted}}. Marion has her moments, but is mostly quite an easy-going gal.
* 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).
** TheSixthRanger: 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]]").
* ForcefulKiss: Sir Guy of Gisburne to Sarah de Talmont. Owen of Clun to Marion (she punches him immediately afterwards).
* FreudianExcuse: Guy has a doozy of one, revealed in a [[DeathBedConfession near-death confession scene]] in season 3.
* FriendVersusLover: Will doesn't take too kindly to Little John's girlfriend when he decides to elope with her.
* {{Flynning}}: A notable aversion, at least partly because Mark Ryan (Nasir) and Robert Addie (Gisburne) were extremely competent swordsmen.
* 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]]).
* FurAndLoathing: Some of de Rainault's clothes are fur-trimmed, and Philip Mark wears an entire robe of fur.
* GlassEye: Raven in "The Inheritance".
* GloryDays: Adam Bell tries to recapture them with Robin.
* 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".
* HairTriggerTemper: Will Scarlet.
* 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.
* HeterosexualLifePartners: All the outlaws, but particularly John and Will. The Sheriff and Gisburne, mostly because Guy [[ResignationsNotAccepted can never leave]].
* HerHeartWillGoOn: The inevitable fate of Marion once Michael Praed left the show.
* HistoricalVillainUpgrade: 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.
* HoistByHisOwnPetard:
** Gulnar is killed by his own golem.
** The Sheriff ropes in Robin 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]].
* HowDoYouLikeThemApples: 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.
* HugeGuyTinyGirl: Little John and Meg of Wickham.
* HypnotizeThePrincess: Gulnar does this to Marion in "Herne's Son".
* IcyBlueEyes: Margaret describes her son's eyes as "cold, remote" after he learns the truth of his parentage.
* IDieFree
* InadequateInheritor: Isadora is considered this by her father on account of her being a girl. Though he calls in Robin to be his SpiritualSuccessor as the guardian of Caerleon, Robin declines and points out Isadora as a much better option.
* 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.
* ItIsPronouncedTropay: The Lichfield bureaucrats can't pronounce Gisburne's name right, much to his frustration.
* 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.
* KilledOffForReal: [[spoiler:Robin himself. Luckily, Herne has a replacement lined up.]]
* KingArthur: Pops in for a brief cameo.
* KingIncognito: King Richard.
* KnightTemplar: Robin fights a literal group of these at one point.
* LargeHam: Gulnar.
* LaserGuidedKarma: Edward of Wickham curses Gisburne after the Blessing is desecrated; the resultant divine retribution is swift and quite apt.
* LastNameBasis: The Sheriff and Gisburne until the final episode, when a shift to "[[FirstNameBasis Guy]]" signifies an acknowledgment of equality.
* 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 Robin'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 Robin'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.
* LegacyCharacter: As above.
* LightningReveal: Guy's face in "The Cross of St. Ciricus".
* TheLoad: Much, though he's not so bad in the later episodes.
* LoveAtFirstSight: Robin of Loxley and Marion. "You're like a May morning."
* LoveConfessor: The Abbot of Thornton Abbey, to Marion.
* LovePotion: Gulnar administers one to Marion.
* MadEye: Whenever the Sheriff gets really angry, his left eye bulges out.
* TheMagnificentSevenSamurai: In "The Swords of Wayland". There are even seven outlaws exactly!
* MalevolentMaskedMen: Sarak.
* MasterSwordsman: Nasir.
* MeaningfulRename: Will Scarlet, who changed his surname from Scathlock.
* MenOfSherwood: The outlaws, naturally.
* MessianicArchetype: Robin of Loxley.
* 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."
* 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]]. [[DemonsOrAngels Lilith, Verdelet, Grendel]]. The swords [[XMakesAnythingCool Morax]] and [[NamesEndingInTh Beleth]]. [[KNames Mark, Sarak]].
* NeutralFemale:
** Used positively. Marion wasn't much use in a fist-fight, though good with a longbow, and sometimes helped simply by staying out of the way.
** {{Deconstructed}} with Queen Isabella. During an assassination attempt she flees in terror, and watches as Robin and her attacker fight, actively ''following'' them through the church just so she can watch them go at it. Finally Robin 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.
* NeverFoundTheBody: [[spoiler:Robin of Loxley]].
* ObstructiveBureaucrat: Gisburne gets increasingly frustrated by them in Lichfield.
* PimpedOutCape: The Sheriff has a lot of these; the one he dons for the archery contest is particularly egregious.
* PromotedToScapegoat: Gisburne is promoted from steward to deputy at the beginning of season 2 and spends the rest of the series taking blame and insults from the Sheriff.
* PurpleIsPowerful: The Sheriff has a lot of purple clothing, and his brother Abbot Hugo wears no other colour.
* TheQuietOne: Nasir. Of course, he was an ultra-sneaky assassin.
* RealLifeWritesThePlot: By the second series, Michael Praed had decided to leave the show to appear on Broadway, and so his Robin was KilledOffForReal in the finale and replaced for a third series.
* 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 their first moments with him]].
* RedemptionEqualsDeath: Adam Bell.
* RedAndBlackAndEvilAllOver: Morgwyn of Ravenscar and the Hounds of Lucifer.
* RedFilterOfDoom: The beginning and ending of "The Swords of Wayland".
* RedShirt: Every so often an episode would open with [[RememberTheNewGuy a brand-new outlaw]] established among the core group. Their job was to die before the 45 minutes were up.
* ReliableTraitor: Gisburne, who [[MistreatmentInducedBetrayal betrays the Sheriff]] in "The Children of Israel", "The Sheriff of Nottingham", "The Pretender", and "Time of the Wolf".
** That final episode is particularly noteworthy, as Guy gets the opportunity to [[KillMeNowOrForeverStayYourHand kill the Sheriff]]. In the end [[spoiler:Gisburne refuses to do it and commits ''another'' betrayal, turning on his former companions and telling the Sheriff, [[CantKillYouStillNeedYou "I need you"]] as he flees with him. Then he pulls a sword on the Sheriff, revealing that what he really ''needed'' was a target for the King's anger, in order to save his own neck.]]
* 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.
* 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".
* 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.
* ShorterMeansSmarter: The Sheriff.
* 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.
* SinisterMinister: Abbot Hugo, the clerical equivalent of a CorruptCorporateExecutive.
* SoundtrackDissonance: The bizarre clucking sounds that accompany Marion when she enters Sherwood for the first time.
* [[SpellMyNameWithAnS Spell My Name With An O]]: Though most retellings of RobinHood use the spelling Mari'''a'''n, this version was definitely spelt (and pronounced) Mari'''o'''n.
* 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.
* StoutStrength: Friar Tuck, naturally.
* SupernaturalAid: The Silver Arrow, which Herne calls Robin's "protection."
* SuspiciouslySimilarSubstitute: Robin of Loxley replaced by Robert of Huntingdon. Justified, since they're playing the two different traditional versions of the same folk hero.
* 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.
* TakingTheVeil: Marion at the beginning of series one and again at the end of series three.
* TarotTroubles: "The Inheritance" begins with Agrivaine instructing his daughter Isadora in a Tarot reading which predicts the entire episode. Bonus points for three of the four cards being Death, The Hanged Man, ''and'' The Tower.
* TechnicalPacifist: Robin of Loxley is very bad at this, happily slaughtering RedShirts who are only fighting him because they need to feed their families and refusing to kill anyone with a name. Will Scarlet actually calls him on this.
* 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: Robin 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 Robin has died]].
* 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).
* TrainingThePeacefulVillagers: "The Swords of Wayland."
* 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
* TwitchyEye: Gulnar.
* 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!"
* TheUnpronounceable: Nasir's full name. ''He'' can say it just fine, but it leaves the other outlaws dumbfounded.
* TheUnsmile: The barber in the Sheriff's nightmare. Terrifying.
* TheUnsolvedMystery: Arthur of Brittany's real identity.
* 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: Sir Guy of Gisburne, Martin de Rainault.
* VaguenessIsComing: Many of Herne's warnings and instructions take this form.
* TheVamp: Lilith.
* TheVoiceless: Nasir in the first season; his lines gradually accumulate.
** [[FridgeBrilliance Maybe the character got the hang of the local language over time?]]
* 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, 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 Robin and is rejected. In the very next episode, Arthur of Brittany tells Robin 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: See TechnicalPacifist.
* 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.
* WrittenInAbsence: Nickolas Grace's scheduling conflicts in the second and third seasons are briefly explained as the Sheriff undertaking "a journey to Westminster" (during which Gisburne, as deputy, becomes acting Sheriff and gets DrunkWithPower) and "a pilgrimage to Canterbury" (an interesting choice for the HollywoodAtheist Sheriff), respectively.
* YinYangBomb: Used often with the sword Albion.

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