Comic Book / Robyn Hood

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Robyn Hood is an updating of the Robin Hood legend from Zenescope comics, and is part of their Grimm Fairy Tales universe. It consists of the following comic book series:

  • Robyn Hood (limited series, 2012)
  • Robyn Hood: Wanted (2013)
  • Robyn Hood: Legend (2014)
  • Robyn Hood (20 issues and 1 annual, 2015-2016)
  • Robyn Hood: I Love NY (12-issue limited series, 2016-2017)
  • Grimm Fairy Tales: Apocalypse (5 issues, 2016-2017; described by the writer as a wrap-up point for many of his ongoing storylines in the universe, including Robyn Hood)

As Shang single handedly storms a temple in Myst, he discovers a small child within. He confers with the Council of the Five Realms as opposed to her fate, but every member agrees that she must be killed (referring to the Jabberwocky, another such child that was saved). Shang cannot bring himself to do this, believing that the child has the potential to live a better life and takes her to Earth where she is left on the doorstep of a family that will come to raise her. That family names her Robyn Locksley.

The family is not without its own problems and one day Robyn comes home to find her adoptive mother dead (likely at the hands of her adoptive father, though this is not identified explicitly). She is put into foster care and bounces around the system until she ends up in a normal high school. By this point in her life she has made a point of standing up to those that use power to intimidate or the corrupt and in so doing she confronts Cal King, the most popular guy in school, who is partially so because his father runs the town. She steals his car and and races away but she is eventually caught and he takes ugly revenge on her by raping her and cutting out her left eye. Meanwhile a group of people in Myst desire a protector, and eventually using magic they reach out to her and pull her into Myst.

In Myst, Robyn meets an undead woman who tells her that she will become what the people of the land require. She journeys through the kingdom of King John and discovers a wide range of poverty and despair. She begins to live off the land and after some time is confronted by Little John. She also soon meets his companions who become her group of Merry Men. They train for a while before deciding on a campaign of revenge, retribution and revolution against the evil King. She is captured after taking part in a contest but escapes and manages to kill the King, thus freeing the people from his tyrannical rule. She talks with a woman named Marian who directs her to a portal back to Earth.

Robyn returns to find the man that raped her, first killing his two best friends and then seemingly killing his father before confronting him. He shocks her by revealing that he had even forgotten who she was and that him raping her was not even worth remembering. She drags him outside and kills him as well. When leaving she confronts two police officers and attacks them, but realizes although they were complicit in her rape that they are not exactly guilty either. Instead she gets them to call the sheriff in for backup who was partially responsible for a lack of justice in her case. She kills him and then leaves, though it is revealed that the father did not die. She travels to New York City and steals from a bank on Wall Street and throws the money in the air before leaving to discover herself after she realizes that her campaign of revenge has not left her satisfied.

On the run as an outlaw, Robyn eventually has an encounter with Britney (a.k.a. 'Red Riding Hood'), who attempts to bring her in. Their encounter ultimately ends in a stalemate with Britney agreeing to stop hunting her, but the truce will be void if Robyn kills another human. Robyn tells Britney that she knows that what she has done to get into this situation was not necessarily right, but she doesn't regret her actions, no matter how they haunt her.

With her record cleared following service with the organisation known as the Realm Knights, Robyn sets up shop as private investigator in New York City in partnership with Marian. The two of them handle cases no one else take; usually ones with a supernatural bent.

Tropes present in Robyn Hood:

  • Absurdly Spacious Sewer: Robyn hunts down a gang of Lizard Folk living in New York's absurdly spacious sewers in I Love NY.
  • Arrowgram: Robyn uses this to send a note to a young girl she has taken an interest in telling her to meet her at the library in I Love NY #1.
  • Blinded by the Light: In I Love NY #3, Robyn is blinded and deafened by a flashbang, which leads to her committing Self Offense on Agent Red.
  • Boxed Crook: This is how Robyn Locksley (a.k.a. 'Robyn Hood') is recruited into the Realm Knights organisation. So long as she stays off the radar and operates within the parameters given in her missions, she is allowed to stay out of jail.
  • Caught in a Snare: In I Love NY #2, Robyn gets caught in a snare set by the pack of Lizard Folk she is hunting through an Absurdly Spacious Sewer.
  • Chained to a Bed: In #1 of her ongoing series, Robyn Hood does this to a sleazy politician; taking photos with his phone and uploading them to his Twitter account and sending them to everyone in his contacts list, including journalists.
  • Chainsaw Good: In I Love NY #4, Robyn fights a Monster Clown wielding a chainsaw. She points out to him what a stupid weapon choice that is just before she shoots him the head which causes him to hit himself with his chainsaw as he falls.
  • Cowboy Cop: Robyn comes out of the ongoing series as somewhat friendly with Gingrich, a captain in the NYPD, and occasionally consults on supernatural cases. As a direct result, as we find out in Liesel Van Helsing's book, "pulling a Locksley" has become a slang phrase in the NYPD for "completely ignoring orders and jumping headfirst into danger."
  • Crippling the Competition: After raping her, Cal King cuts out Robyn's left eye to destroy her ability as an archer.
  • Dirty Cop: The sheriff of Robyn's hometown is in Oswald King's pocket, and covers up Oswald's son Cal's crimes; including his rape and assault of Robyn.
  • Dirty Harriet: Robyn goes undercover as High-Class Call Girl to bring down a dirty politician in #1 of her ongoing series.
  • Doorstop Baby: Shang deposits the infant Robyn on the doorstep of the Locksleys.
  • Forced Prize Fight: In #3 of the Robyn Hood ongoing series, Robyn and Red are captured by a gang of supernatural creatures and forced to battle each other in a barbed wire cage match.
  • Frame-Up: In I Love NY, the mysterious Big Bad frames Robyn for the murder of a columnist who had been very vocal is his criticism of her.
  • Friend or Foe: In I Love NY #3, Robyn and Agent Red are both sneaking into the same club. Not knowing who is coming, Red detonates a flashbang. Blinded and deafened, Robyn then attacks the person who threw the flashbang, not knowing it is Red.
  • Good Scars, Evil Scars: Robyn has a dramatic scar over her left eye where Cal King cut her eye out after raping her. (Her blind eye now also magically glows, which adds to the dramatic effect.)
  • High-Dive Escape: In I Love NY # 11, a wounded Robyn escapes from Alina Rose by jumping through the closed window of a warehouse into the river.
  • Hunting the Most Dangerous Game: In the I Love NY series, Robyn is captured by Natalya who plans to subject her to this.
  • Impaled Palm: in I Love NY #11, Robyn stabs Fuchs through the palm with a piece of splintered wood. This doesn't even slow Fuchs down, as he pulls a Lodged-Blade Recycling by pulling the shard out of his hand and slashing Robyn with it.
  • Improbable Aiming Skills: Like all comic book archers, Robyn possesses these. In her case there is a magical element to her skill.
  • Improbable Use of a Weapon: In I Love NY #2, Robyn is Caught in a Snare and unable to use her bow. She somehow manages to kill a Lizard Folk by throwing an arrow at it.
  • Incompatible Orientation: Marian initially has a crush on the solidly heterosexual Robyn.
  • I Own This Town: Oswald King. The richest man in Robyn's hometown, he so thoroughly controls the town that his son Cal feels he can commit rape with impunity.
  • I Take Offence to That Last One: In Robyn Hood #15, Robyn intimidates a group of skinwalkers. As she goes to leave, one of them calls her a "crazy bitch". Robyn turns around and demands "What did you call me?" As another skinwalker starts to say "He didn't mean b...", Robyn continues "Did you just call me crazy?" The next panel has all of the skinwalkers Pinned to the Wall with arrows.
  • Jerk Jock: Cal King, whose actions go past mere bullying to outright criminality (which he can get away with because his father owns the town).
  • Just Like Robin Hood: Robyn briefly indulges in this — throwing the money she stole from a Wall Street bank to the crowd — before ultimately deciding that her campaign of revenge is empty and that she needs to find something more worthwhile to do with her life.
  • Lizard Folk: Robyn clashes with a group of lizard folk in living in New York's sewers who have taken to abducting people off the streets in I Love NY.
  • Lodged-Blade Recycling: In I Love NY #11, Robyn stabs Fuchs through the palm with a piece of splintered wood. This doesn't even slow Fuchs down, as he pulls the shard out of his hand and slashing Robyn with it.
  • Moe Greene Special: In I Love NY #2, Robyn hits a Lizard Folk in the eye with a thrown arrow. The lizard later delivers the arrow to its boss, who uses in an attempt to frame Robyn for murder.
  • Monster Clown: In I Love NY #4, Robyn fights a gang of monster clowns who are abducting children.
  • Mugged for Disguise: Robyn steals a robe from a cultist to infiltrate the Church of Many Eyes in Robyn Hood #7.
  • Multishot: In Grimm Fairy Tales: Genesis, Robyn battles a swordswoman who keeps cutting her arrows out of the air. As she has two swords, she is able to cut down two arrows at once. Robyn finally defeats her by firing three arrows at her at the same time.
  • Murder.com: In #15, a gang of monsters capture Robyn and Van Helsing and plan to livestream their murder on to the web to show other monsters two of their biggest hunters have been disposed of. Things do not run to plan, and the deaths of several monsters end up being streamed instead.
  • Occult Detective: Robyn and Marian found Nottingham Investigations; a P.I. firm that specialises in investigating supernatural cases.
  • Parrying Bullets: In Grimm Fairy Tales: Genesis, Robyn battles a swordswoman who keeps cutting her arrows out of the air.
  • Pinned to the Wall: Robyn's foes usually end up like this if she doesn't want to kill them.
  • Rape and Revenge: Robyn extracts vengeance on Cal King and all those she holds responsible for her rape when she first returns from Myst.
  • Self Offense: In I Love NY #3, Robyn is blinded and deafened by a flashbang and winds up attacking Agent Red because she can't see who it is or hear Red desperately shouting out her identity.
  • Splitting the Arrow: Robyn does this in Robyn Hood #7 while she is practicing so she does not become overly reliant on her magical bow Scarlet.
  • Super Human Trafficking: In I Love NY, Natalya runs a slavery ring that captures Eastern European Highborns and smuggles them into the US were they are sold as sex slaves.
  • Super Window Jump: In I Love NY #11, Robyn jumps through a closed window as part of her High-Dive Escape to get away from Alina Rose. Robyn is already pretty badly wounded at this point, so it is hard to tell if jumping through the glass cut her up any worse.
  • There Are No Therapists: Averted. Realising that Robyn is suffering some serious psychological trauma, Brittany - who used to be a therapist herself - gives her a recommendation to a therapist. Although initially skeptical, Robyn does attend a session. When he offers to continue seeing her despite their first session being attacked by a monster, Robyn realises he is serious about helping her. She continues seeing him, and admits that it is helping her.
  • Train Escape: Alina Rose does this in an attempt to escape Robyn in I Love NY #12: grabbing hold of the last car of a subway car as it pulls out of the station. However, she is not quite fast enough to escape and, when she cannor force the carriage door open, she is forced into a Traintop Battle with Robyn.
  • Traintop Battle: Robyn's final showdown with Alina Rose in I Love NY takes place atop a subway train.
  • Trashcan Bonfire: I Love NY #4, Robyn talks to some homeless people warming themselves around a trashcan bonfire while looking for leads on the sewer murders. One of them tries to get handsy and Robyn deals with him in her usual fashion.
  • *Twang* Hello: Like most comic book archers, Robyn has a fondness for this.
  • Waking Up at the Morgue: In I Love NY #7, the Vapor Lord - having possessed the body of one of his previous victims - awakens at the morgue as the body is being shown to the victim's sister. He proceeds to murder The Coroner and the sister.
  • Wax Museum Morgue: In Grimm Fairy Tales Photoshoot Special 2016, Robyn fights fights a villainess called Madame Medusa, who uses a gorgon's eye to petrify actresses and models and turn them into exhibits for her private gallery. She tries to do this to Robyn.
  • William Telling: In Robyn Hood #3 (original mini-series), Robyn shoots an apple off the head of Little John during a bonding session with the Merry Men.
  • Wire Dilemma: In Grimm Fairy Tales: Genesis, Robyn has to defuse a bomb in Times Square in New York on New Year's Eve. She snarkily comments on how movies never get it right right, and how it is never just one wire, as she rips out all of the wires on the bomb.


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