Adaptation Expansion: At the same time, the movie strives to give Robin and those Merry Men a much more thorough background, pulling aspects from various other adaptations and adding a few new ones of its own.
Against My Religion: Azeem, a Muslim, is forbidden by his faith from drinking alcohol. Friar Tuck doesn't have this limitation.
Friar Tuck: Let us open a bottle and do our best to save each other's souls. Azeem: Alas, I am not permitted. Friar Tuck: Fine, then; you talk, I'll drink.
The opening credits feature the Bayeux Tapestry, which dates from the 11th century and depicts the recent Norman conquest of England. The film is set in the 12th century, during the Third Crusade. This is akin to showing images from The American Revolution in the opening to a movie about The American Civil War.
When Richard The Lionheart shows up at the end, Robin greets him as "Your Majesty." The English sovereign wasn't called "Majesty" until the reign of Henry VIII, three centuries later.
They also seemed to forget that Richard only spent about six months of his entire reign in England. He also forgave John and instead focused on regaining territory in France. Though this last bit is absent from pretty much every single version of the Robin Hood legend.
There is also no way in hell that Marian, even as King Richard's cousin, would address him so familiarly as "Richard!", or not at least curtsy in his presence.
Not to mention Richard was only 42 when he died, much younger than Sean Connery was the time of filming.
The song Will Scarlet sings to mock Robin when Robin and the Merry Men first meet is set to the melody of "Pop Goes the Weasel," the first recorded mention of which is found in the mid-19th century. Granted, it probably originates from an earlier time, but not five hundred years earlier.
Barbarian Celts, more befitting Roman times, during the era of the Crusades.
Attention Deficit... Ooh, Shiny!: In the middle of the Celts' raid on the Merry Men's camp, Robin starts dumping chestfuls of gold coins on the bloodthirsty marauders. And they stop right in their tracks to pick up said booty, every last one of them, seeming to completely forget about the raging battle surrounding them that they initiated.
Badass Preacher: Friar Tuck is just as good a fighter as any of the other Merry Men. When he's sober, anyway.
Berserk Button: Many characters have them. Most notably is Friar Tuck, who is righteously angry at the corrupt Bishop.
Blackmail Is Such an Ugly Word: Marian hesitantly accepts the Sheriff's wedding proposal when he implies that he will execute her handmaiden and the children captured in the raid on Robin's camp otherwise.
In his defense, it more seemed to be Mortianna involved in those things; the Sheriff goes to her for advice and (somewhat reluctantly) goes along with certain things, but there's little to show he actively practices any of it himself.
Case in point, he does insist on a Christian priest performing his wedding to Marian. Heck, the fact alone that he waits to be officially married before forcing himself on her shows that he does have somestandards.
However, in the extended cut of the film, there is a scene where Mortianna advises him to seek aid "from those who share our god." Make of it what you will.
Cat Scare: When Marian is trying to locate the source of a sound, a hissing cat leaps onto the table before her, just before a soldier throws her down onto it.
Similarly, the statue that the Sheriff had made of himself, which gets used as a battering ram in the climax. Also counts as a Chekhov's Gag as various characters pause to look at the scar that someone added to the statue after Robin and the Sheriff's first fight.
The portrait of a young Robin (seen hanging in Locksley Hall early in the film) looks an awful lot like Will Scarlet, who is secretly his illegitimate half-brother.
Chuck Cunningham Syndrome: Arguably, Prince John; in most versions of the legend, he's running the country in Richard's absence (as he did in Real Life), but as noted above, he was Adapted Out of this version. The film doesn't even mention him.
Child by Rape: What Mortianna wants the Sheriff to beget by Marian. When he drags her into the chapel for the forced marriage, Mortianna declares that Marian is "ripe" and will produce a son.
Corrupt Clergyman: The Bishop of Hereford is a textbook example. He willingly works with the Satan-worshipping Mortianna and the Sheriff of Nottingham to sanction marital rape, all for money. After Robin and Azeem interrupt the ceremony, the Bishop flees into another room and starts trying to pack up as much treasure as he can before fleeing. Of course, that's when Friar Tuck comes in...
Eye Scream: Duncan, Lord Locksley's retainer, had his eyes cut out because he refused to believe the accusations leveled at his master. The fact that he's the only servant left on the Locksley estate when Robin arrives suggests he might have been the only one who resisted.
Fake Brit: Kevin Costner doesn't even try. Source of a famous Take That by Mel Brooks. According to some reports, he did try at first, but his English accent was so awful the director told him to forget about it. Of course, what the average person in England actually spoke at the time would barely be recognizable as English to a modern speaker...
Follow the Leader: The film duplicates so much from the immortal series Robin of Sherwood that the creators of the latter actually briefly wondered whether they should sue. They quickly decided against the inevitable hassle and stresses, and just waved it all off.
Friend to All Children: Friar Tuck. When the Sheriff's men infiltrate the forest dwelling, he rounds up several of the kids and herds them to safety.
Friar Tuck: This way, my lambs.
God Help Us All: As the Celts prepare to attack the village, Azeem gasps "Allah be merciful."
Groin Attack: This is how the brief fight between Robin and an armored Lady Marian ends.
Heroic Bastard: Will Scarlet, who is Robin's illegitimate half-brother.
Sheriff of Nottingham: Wait a minute. Robin Hood steals money from my pocket, forcing me to hurt the public, and they love him for it? [Scribe nods] Sheriff: That's it then. Cancel the kitchen scraps for lepers and orphans. No more merciful beheadings. And call off Christmas!
"Call off Christmas" is actually a bit of Truth in Television. In those days, the governors, land owners and Shire-reves would hold a festive gathering at Yule for their tenants, to keep people's spirits up and help them survive when winter was frequently lethal.
Large Ham: Alan Rickman. Oh so very much. He only took the part on the condition that he got to play it however he wanted.
Mama Bear and Papa Wolf: Fanny and Little John, who are this way about each other as well as their kids.
Massive Numbered Siblings: Wulf, the eldest son of Fanny and Little John, has seven younger brothers and sisters (the youngest of whom is born midway through the film). Wulf is the only one whose name is ever mentioned.
Nice Job Guiding Us, Hero: The bad guys specifically let old, blind servant Duncan escape so he can lead them back into Robin's encampment.
Will Scarlet: (With more pity than malice) Poor old blind fool led 'em straight to us.
Nice to the Waiter: We know Marian's a good person because she treats her servants well and she brings purses full of money to church on Sunday to give to the poor. Conversely, we know the Sheriff's a jackass for many reasons, but among them are the way he treats his scribe and Guy of Gisborne (who is his own cousin in this).
Noodle Incident: We never learn what caused Azeem to be imprisoned, other than that it involved a woman named Jasmine.
Hence, Mel Brooks did the famous Take That when in Men in Tights, his Robin comments "Because, unlike some other Robin Hoods, I can speak with a British accent". Then again, the language used in England in the 12th century was nothing like what we call British today (Received Pronunciation/Standard English being recent developments). An American accent is possibly as good an approximation for medieval English as a British accent is.
Oh Crap: Duncan's reaction to learning, belatedly, that Azeem is a Moor. A more serious one is after the Merry Men defend their forest home from hired thugs. Robin looks out towards the Nottingham soldiers in the distance, with flaming arrows and trebuchets, and says "My God" in sheer terror.
Produce Pelting: As the sentenced-to-hanging men are led out to the gallows.
Re Cut: The extended version adds in 12 minutes of new footage, including an entire subplot with the Sheriff and Mortianna. She's his biological mother and uses him as a pawn in her Evil Plan to get Nottingham on the throne in King Richard's absence.
Recycled Trailer Music: Disney uses the main fanfare in the promotional clip that plays as soon as one of their DVDs is loaded.
The Resenter: Will Scarlet towards Robin. In the latter half of the movie, we find out why when Will reveals that he's Robin's illegitimate half-brother.
Throwing Your Sword Always Works: Azeem chucks his sword at Mortiana while she is in full sprint, and hits her square on. And she goes flying across the room and hits the wall! Averted a few minutes before this, when Robin's sword breaks a little above the hilt, and he throws the remainder at the Sheriff. Master swordsmen like Kaoru could fight on like that, but Robin isn't one of those.
Partly justified in that Azeem's scimitar is a good shape for throwing. Flying across the room could be the leg muscles going into spasm (like with electric shock), but that's pushing it.
Maybe Magic, Maybe Mundane: Mortiana prophesies that Azeem will be the one to kill her, and Azeem seems to have a sense of this destiny as well. The spectacular nature of her death could be either Hollywood physics or an indication that something mystical was at work between them.
The Unfavorite: Will Scarlet, who was the son of Robin's father and a woman he was involved with after the death of Robin's mother. Lord Locksley broke it off with the woman (and basically abandoned his second son) because the affair upset Robin.