!!The novel

* AlasPoorScrappy: Averted, because Sir Creator/WalterScott was begged by a personal friend (against his own original intention) to bring the beef-witted Athelstane back from the dead.
* AlternativeCharacterInterpretation: ''Yes'' Bois-Guilbert is an attempted rapist and StalkerWithACrush ''but'' he is also willing to give up everything he's worked for and ever wanted for Rebecca's sake which puts him one up on the gallant Ivanhoe.
* CaptainObviousReveal: "Robin of Locksley," a brilliant shot with a bow who leads a merry band of outlaws in Sherwood forest, is revealed to be the secret identity of... none other than [[spoiler:Robin Hood]]! All right, maybe it wasn't originally ''quite'' as much of a Captain Obvious Reveal as it is today, because Scott ''[[NewerThanTheyThink invented]]'' several of the tropes that became stock parts of the [[spoiler:Robin Hood]] legend. Still, any reader with even the tiniest familiarity with the genre must have seen it coming a mile away.
* DieForOurShip: Rowena. William Makepeace Thackeray's highly inaccurate description says it all:
-->'''William Makepeace Thackeray''': And must the Disinherited Knight ... sit down contented for life by the side of such a frigid piece of propriety as that icy, faultless, prim, niminy-piminy Rowena?
* DracoInLeatherPants: Brian de Bois-Guilbert is disturbingly popular, to the point of being painted as a LoveRedeems {{Heel Face Turn}}er... despite kidnapping Rebecca ''after trying to rape her.''
* FairForItsDay: Isaac of York, though a stereotypical GreedyJew, is nevertheless depicted as grateful toward Ivanhoe and his adherents, and devoted to his daughter -- while Rebecca is downright saintly.
* FanPreferredCouple: As Richard Armour put it, "Honestly, how could Ivanhoe have picked that DumbBlonde, Rowena, over Rebecca?"
-->'''Sir Creator/WalterScott''': ''[in his 1830 Introduction]'' The character of the fair Jewess found so much favour in the eyes of some fair readers, that the writer was censured, because, when arranging the fates of the characters of the drama, he had not assigned the hand of Wilfred to Rebecca, rather than the less interesting Rowena.
* ItWasHisSled: Today's readers aren't going to be fooled for a second when the mysterious ForestRanger gives his name as "Locksley". However, Scott's readers would have been kept in the dark, considering Scott was the first author to link Robin Hood's name with the word "Locksley".
* NightmareFuel: Front-de-Buf's threatened ColdBloodedTorture of Isaac, his deathbed scene with Ulrica, and their subsequent [[KillItWithFire burning alive]], have been known to have this effect on readers.
* OlderThanTheyThink: Scott is sometimes credited with having transferred RobinHood to the time of UsefulNotes/RichardTheLionHeart -- but in reality he was adopting a tradition that dated back to Scottish historian John Major in early [[UsefulNotes/TheHouseOfTudor Tudor]] times and was firmly held by Joseph Ritson, the author of the most influential study of the RobinHood legend in Scott's own time.
* WhatDoYouMeanItsNotForKids: Odd, that a novel written in such PurpleProse, dealing with dead-and-gone historical figures, with themes of racial and religious hatred, having such extremely disturbing scenes as the AttemptedRape of Rebecca, the threatened ColdBloodedTorture of Isaac, and the [[KillItWithFire immolations]] of the [[SelfMadeOrphan parricide]] Front-de-Buf and his treacherous cast-off mistress Ulrica should have been wildly popular for well over a century with children.
** Not at all. Kids knows what makes a good story. It's just that it worries some adults.
* TheWoobie: Various characters at various points in the novel -- but Isaac fulfils this rôle fairly consistently.

!!The 1952 film

* EnsembleDarkHorse: Elizabeth Taylor as Rebecca, Felix Aylmer as Isaac of York, Norman Wooland as King Richard, Basil Sydney as Waldemar Fitzurse and Michael Brennan as Baldwin. As you'll see below, it was quite impressive on Elizabeth's part.

!!The 1982 Film

* EnsembleDarkHorse: James Mason as Isaac of York, Anthony Andrews as Wilfred of Ivanhoe, Michael Hordern as Cedric, olivia Hussey as Rebecca, Julian Glover as King Richard, Ronald Pickup as Prince John, John Rhys-Davies as Front-De-Boeuf, David Robb as Robin Hood, Stuart Wilson as De Bracy, Tony Haygarth as Friar Tuck... Most of the cast really.
* GermansLoveDavidHasselhoff: For some reason, ''Ivanhoe'' has become the New Year's Day hangover movie of choice in Sweden, being shown on TV every year for over 30 years in a row. Much to the consternation of its stars.
-->'''[[https://twitter.com/TwoPaddocks/status/793962663034372096 Sam Neill:]]''' This I know to be true- \\
The French love Jerry Lewis.\\
The GermansLoveDavidHasselhoff.\\
The Swedes hate Sam Neill.