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Series: Robin of Sherwood

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 Robin Hood legend, with a large dose of Celtic mysticism. In this version, Robin is The Chosen One, 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 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 Marian of Leaford, a former ward of the Sheriff's brother, who in this version is an active member of the Merry Men.

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 CLANNAD on the map (apart from their theme from Harry's Game).


Robin Of Sherwood provides examples of:

  • '80s Hair: Marian's hair is ginormous. Both Robins sport typical '80s-style mullets.
  • Action Girl: Lady Marian, Isadora.
  • Affectionate Nickname: Tuck calls Marian "Little Flower".
  • All Myths Are True: Primarily a weird mix of Celtic Mythology and Christian folklore. There are also episodes drawing from Norse Mythology and Arthurian legend, with another episode featuring another legendary English outlaw named Adam Bell.
  • Ambiguously Gay: 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", 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".
  • And Now You Must Marry Me: Guy of Gisburne to Sarah de Talmont.
  • Anti-Hero: 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.
  • Arbitrary Scepticism: 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.
  • Aristocrats Are Evil: The Baron de Belleme.
  • Arranged Marriage: The arrangement between Robert de Rainault and Mildred de Bracy, a young noblewoman who loves Alan-a-Dale (a minstrel dismissed by her father for courting her).
  • Arc Words: "Nothing's forgotten. Nothing is ever forgotten."
  • Ascended Extra: 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 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 Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves and Djaq in the late-2000s BBC Robin Hood.
  • Attempted Rape: King John and Marian. It veers into Black Comedy Rape as Marian 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.
  • Author Appeal:
    • While Richard Carpenter deserves credit for giving Marian back her street-cred (she was quite the Badass in the old ballads, before Hollywood got hold of her and turned her into a Damsel in Distress) 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.
  • Bar Brawl: A couple of times.
  • Bathe Her and Bring Her to Me: Said almost word-for-word by King John in regards to Marian.
  • Bathtub Bonding: Played for Laughs in "Alan-a-Dale," when the Sheriff and Gisburne share a bathtub - and yell at each other the whole time.
  • Big Brother Instinct: Nasir toward Marian. It's really very sweet.
    • Tuck, also towards Marian (due to him being her only friend in Nottingham).
    • Robin towards Much, who he grew up with.
  • Big "NO!": Robin's foster-father when the mill is burnt down. Variations on this when Robin shouts Gisburne's name after Guy kills the miller and when the Sheriff yells after his fleeing nephew.
  • Bittersweet Ending
  • Blonde, Brunette, Redhead: There were three memorable female characters in the show: Isadora (blonde), Meg (brunette), and of course, Marian (redhead).
  • Blond Guys Are Evil: Gisburne.
  • Boisterous Bruiser: King Richard.
  • Book Ends: The first and last episodes of the first season, and the final episode of the show, all involve an important scene among a Circle of Standing Stones. Also, the first episode of season 1 and the last episode of season 2, when 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.
  • Breaking the Fellowship: 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.
  • Breaking the Fourth Wall: 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.
  • Bumbling Sidekick: Much for the good guys, Guy for the bad guys.
  • The Butcher: Philip Mark, the Butcher of Lincolnshire.
  • Chewing the Scenery:
    • 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 return from Westminster and his final scene with the Qabala text.
  • Circle of Standing Stones: Several important scenes take place around one.
  • Comet of Doom: A shooting star appears over Caerleon Castle on Midsummer's Eve.
  • Comically Missing the Point: After a group of Templars attack and soundly thrash the outlaws (and abduct Much), Tuck refers to them as "Poor Knights of the Temple of Solomon". Will replies, "Poor? I'd hate to see the good ones!"
  • The Complainer Is Always Wrong: Subverted with Will Scarlet. He's mistrustful and antagonistic toward King Richard - and he's right to be.
  • Contrived Coincidence: 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."
  • Cool Sword: Albion.
  • Crazy People Play Chess: The Sheriff is so infuriated by losing a chess match to his ten-year-old nephew that he almost backhands the boy.
  • Cryptic Conversation: The treasure of Caerleon is alluded to in several of these.
  • Cue the Sun: Robin of Loxley's death.
  • Decoy Damsel: Quite often Marian's contribution to the team.
  • Demoted to Extra: The Sheriff's brother Abbot Hugo. By season three he's all but been phased out.
  • Deus ex Machina: Herne a couple of times, most notably when Marian is fatally wounded and Herne heals her, just 'cause he can.
  • Did Not Get the Girl: The second Robin, after Marian opts to become a nun.
  • Disappeared Dad: Marian's father. She thinks he died in Palestine, but he was actually a prisoner of the King's enemies.
  • Dog Pile of Doom: How Little John gets captured in "The Greatest Enemy", though it takes about seven or so soldiers to hold him down.
  • Dramatic Thunder: Underscores the deaths of Ailric of Loxley and Robin of Loxley.
  • Dressing as the Enemy: Almost Once an Episode.
    Sheriff: Well? Where's the villain's head?
    Robin in Gisburne's armour: On the villain's shoulders!
  • Dual Wielding: Nasir.
  • The Dung Ages: 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 shares the tub with Gisburne.)
  • Enemy Mine: The Sheriff temporarily teams up with Robin in "The Sheriff of Nottingham" and again in "Adam Bell."
  • Eureka Moment:
    • In the first episode, the Old Prisoner's phrase "feet first" gives Robin an idea for escaping Nottingham's dungeon.
    • The next episode has a Repeat What You Just Said 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 inspires the Sheriff to lead a hunt in Sherwood Forest, which results in the first Robin's death.
  • Evil Knockoff: Gulnar's memorably-fanged golem.
  • Evil Sorcerer: The Baron de Belleme, Gulnar.
  • Evil Sounds Deep: The youthful-looking Gisburne has a surprisingly deep and harsh voice.
  • Evil Uncle: Edgar to Robert of Huntingdon, and the Sheriff to Martin.
  • Evil Wears Black: King John, Philip Mark.
  • Fake Defector: Robert of Huntingdon in "The Power of Albion", Marian in "The Betrayal".
  • Fantasy Kitchen Sink: 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.
  • Fiery Redhead: Unusually averted. Marian has her moments, but is mostly quite an easy-going gal.
  • Five-Man Band:
  • Feet-First Introduction: Will Scarlet's reintroduction in "Herne's Son".
  • First Name Basis: 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 "Gisburne").
  • Forceful Kiss: Sir Guy of Gisburne to Sarah de Talmont. Owen of Clun to Marian (she punches him immediately afterwards).
  • French Jerk: A mercenary band of them is hired by Guy in "Lord of the Trees"; they smash up a tavern just because they can.
  • Freudian Excuse: Guy has a doozy of one, revealed in a near-death confession scene in season 3.
  • Friend Versus Lover: 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.
  • Frame-Up: Abbot Hugo and Sir Guy, to Jennet and Thomas of Elsdon. Lord Edgar and Walter Clout, to Mad Mab (also an example of Framingthe Guilty Party).
  • Fur and Loathing: Some of de Rainault's clothes are fur-trimmed, and Philip Mark wears an entire robe of fur.
  • Glass Eye: Raven in "The Inheritance".
  • Glory Days: Adam Bell tries to recapture them with Robin.
  • Got Volunteered:
    • The Sheriff shoves two of his soldiers forward to be picked off in "The Greatest Enemy".
    • Gisburne is volunteered to accompany (and betray) Sir Richard in "Herne's Son".
  • Hair-Trigger Temper: Will Scarlet, King Richard, King John, and the Sheriff.
  • Ham-to-Ham Combat: Philip Mark and Robert de Rainault. The actors actually tried to out-camp each other throughout the episode.
  • The Hashshashin: They show up a couple of times. Nasir used to be one.
  • Heterosexual Life-Partners: All the outlaws, but particularly John and Will. The Sheriff and Gisburne, mostly because Guy can never leave.
  • Her Heart Will Go On: The inevitable fate of Marian once Michael Praed left the show.
  • Historical Villain Upgrade: Richard the Lionheart is as corrupt a figure as his brother Prince John.
    • Ironically, also a Historical Hero Upgrade, 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.
  • Hoist by His Own Petard:
    • 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 Evil Uncle and decide that he's never going to see him again.
  • Holy Burns Evil: Joshua de Talmont's Qabala text drives the Sheriff temporarily insane when it shows him his own evil nature.
  • How Do You Like Them Apples?: 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.
  • Huge Guy, Tiny Girl: Little John and Meg of Wickham.
  • Hypnotize the Princess: Gulnar does this to Marian in "Herne's Son".
  • Icy Blue Eyes: Margaret describes her son's eyes as "cold, remote" after he learns the truth of his parentage.
  • I Die Free
  • If You Kill Him, You Will Be Just Like Him: Robin of Loxley uses this argument, trying to convince Will Scarlet that they should spare the captive Gisburne; Will is not impressed.
    • Robert of Huntingdon refuses to kill Adam Bell for the same reason.
  • I'll Kill You!: Shouted by Gisburne to the Sheriff in the final episode.
  • Inadequate Inheritor: Isadora is considered this by her father on account of her being a girl. Though he calls in Robin to be his Spiritual Successor as the guardian of Caerleon, Robin declines and points out Isadora as a much better option.
  • Initiation Ceremony: Gisburne is reluctantly subjected to one by the Sons of Fenris.
  • Ironic Name: The elderly protector of 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.
  • It Is Pronounced Tro-PAY: The Lichfield bureaucrats can't pronounce Gisburne's name right, much to his frustration.
  • Kickthe Dog: Moth kicks a dog aside as he stalks through Nottingham town's main square.
  • Kill the God: In "Lord of the Trees", Gisburne orders a hired mercenary to shoot Herne.
  • Killed Off for Real: Robin himself. Luckily, Herne has a replacement lined up.
  • King Arthur: Pops in for a brief cameo.
  • King Incognito: King Richard.
  • Knight Templar: Robin fights a literal group of these at one point, because their leader - a French Jerk - mistakenly concludes that Robin and his gang stole from them.
  • Large Ham: Gulnar.
  • Laser-Guided Karma: Edward of Wickham curses Gisburne after the Blessing is desecrated; the resultant divine retribution is swift and quite apt.
  • Last Name Basis: The Sheriff and Gisburne until the final episode, when a shift to "Guy" signifies an acknowledgment of equality.
  • Left Hanging:
    • 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, Marian 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 Tropes Are Not Bad, 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.
  • Legacy Character: As above.
  • Lightning Reveal: Guy's face in "The Cross of St. Ciricus".
  • The Load: Much, though he's not so bad in the later episodes.
  • Love at First Sight: Robin of Loxley and Marian. "You're like a May morning."
  • Love Confessor: The Abbot of Thornton Abbey, to Marian.
  • Love Potion: Gulnar administers one to Marian.
  • Mad Eye: Whenever the Sheriff gets really angry, his left eye bulges out.
  • The Magnificent Seven Samurai: In "The Swords of Wayland". There are even seven outlaws exactly!
  • Malevolent Masked Men: Sarak.
  • Master Swordsman: Nasir.
  • Meaningful Rename: Will Scarlet, who changed his surname from Scathlock.
  • Men of Sherwood: The outlaws, naturally.
  • Messianic Archetype: Robin of Loxley, who's basically Pagan Jesus, what with being the "Son of Herne" and all.
  • Mob Boss Suit Fitting: The Sheriff in "Herne's Son", looking over new robes from his tailor while extorting gold from Sir Richard.
  • The Mole: Henry of Skipton.
  • Mooks: The Sheriff's guards.
  • Moral Guardians:
    • 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."
  • Naked People Are Funny: 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.
  • Names to Run Away From Really Fast: Robert de Rainault, Elidor, Gulnar, Edgar. Lilith, Verdelet, Grendel. The swords Morax and Beleth. Mark, Sarak.
  • Neutral Female:
    • Used positively. Marian 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 Isabella shoots him in the back with a crossbow.
    • Sarak's woman, shown in the Flash Back during which Nasir and Sarak fight.
  • Never Found the Body: Robin of Loxley.
  • Obstructive Bureaucrat: Gisburne gets increasingly frustrated by them in Lichfield.
  • Overly Long Name: Nasir's full name.
  • Pimped Out Cape: The Sheriff has a lot of these; the one he dons for the archery contest is particularly egregious.
  • Promoted to Scapegoat: 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.
  • The Psycho Rangers: King John's band of outlaw impersonators.
  • Purple Is Powerful: The Sheriff has a lot of purple clothing, and his brother Abbot Hugo wears no other colour.
  • The Quiet One: Nasir, who doesn't say a single word until the last episode of the first series. Of course, he was an ultra-sneaky assassin.
  • Real Life Writes the Plot: By the second series, Michael Praed had decided to leave the show to appear on Broadway, and so his Robin was Killed Off for Real in the finale and replaced for a third series.
  • Really Dead Montage: Plays during the flaming arrows fired for Tom and Dickon at the end of the first episode. 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.
  • Rebellious Princess: Marian, although it's toned down from other versions: she's only minor nobility, and by the time the series begins, all of her land has been taken from her by making her a ward of the Church.
  • Redemption Equals Death: Adam Bell.
  • Red and Black and Evil All Over: Morgwyn of Ravenscar and the Hounds of Lucifer.
  • Red Filter of Doom: The beginning and ending of "The Swords of Wayland".
  • Red Shirt: Every so often an episode would open with a brand-new outlaw established among the core group. Their job was to die before the 45 minutes were up.
  • Reliable Traitor: Gisburne, who 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 kill the Sheriff. In the end Gisburne refuses to do it and commits another betrayal, turning on his former companions and telling the Sheriff, "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.
  • Religion of Evil: The Sons of Fenris.
  • Remember the New Guy: 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.
  • Richard The Lion Heart: As played by John Rhys-Davies.
  • Rightful King Returns: 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.
  • Royal "We": King Richard.
  • Sacrificial Lamb: 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 both are dead and buried by the time the third episode rolls around.
  • Satan: The two-part episode "The Swords of Wayland" involves a group of evil nuns trying to release Lucifer out of hell. Seriously.
  • Secret Circle of Secrets: The Cauldron of Lucifer.
  • Secret Underground Passage: The outlaws use the Sheriff's to break into the castle in "The Sheriff of Nottingham".
  • Shameful Strip: Philip Mark commands that de Rainault be dressed in rags as a prelude to exile from Nottingham Castle.
  • Shirtless Captives: The Sons of Fenris force Gisburne to join them and don their shirtless "uniform" of wolfskins, collar, and harness, while Robin is ordered to remove his tunic before being chained to a pillar.
  • Shirtless Scene:
    • 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.
  • Shorter Means Smarter: The Sheriff.
  • Shown Their Work:
    • 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 DVD Commentary, 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 The Knights Templar 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 Marian riding sidesaddle, as the 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. Marian riding astride is not only historically accurate, but impressively researched.
  • Silver Has Mystic Powers: 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.
  • Sinister Minister: Abbot Hugo, the clerical equivalent of a Corrupt Corporate Executive.
  • Soundtrack Dissonance: The bizarre clucking sounds that accompany Marian when she enters Sherwood for the first time.
  • Spell My Name With an O: Though most retellings of Robin Hood use the spelling Marian, this version was definitely spelt (and pronounced) Marion.
  • Spit Take: The Sheriff's reaction to Gisburne's suggestion that Robert of Huntingdon is the new Hooded Man.
  • Stay in the Kitchen:
    • Robin of Loxley to Marian, 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 Marian being one of the outlaws.
  • Stout Strength: Friar Tuck, naturally.
  • Supernatural Aid: The Silver Arrow, which Herne calls Robin's "protection."
  • Suspiciously Similar Substitute: Robin of Loxley replaced by Robert of Huntingdon. Justified, since they're playing the two different traditional versions of the same folk hero.
  • Suspiciously Specific Sermon: Abbot Martin gives some subversive homilies about justice and the people - mentioning Robin Hood by name - in "The Cross of St. Ciricus".
  • Sweet Polly Oliver: Isadora, though she's fooling no one.
  • Taking the Veil: Marian at the beginning of series one and again at the end of series three.
  • Tantrum Throwing: The Sheriff's rages sometimes result in wasted food or disarrayed documents; he also once hurls a full wine goblet at Gisburne's head.
  • Tarot Troubles: "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.
  • Technical Pacifist: Robin of Loxley is very bad at this, happily slaughtering Red Shirts 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.
  • Title Theme Tune: Almost: "Robin... Robin... The hooded man." Repeat. Endlessly.
  • Too Happy to Live: A non-fatal variation, though it's played straight in almost every other respect: Robin and Marian 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 and eventually cancelled, after Marian is led to believe that Robin has died.
  • Total Eclipse of the Plot:
    • 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.
  • Town with a Dark Secret: Cromm Cruac (also an example of a Vanishing Village).
  • Training the Peaceful Villagers: "The Swords of Wayland."
  • Traveling at the Speed of Plot: Most episodes in which the heroes leave Nottinghamshire.
  • Trust Password: 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.
  • Twang Hello
  • Twitchy Eye: Gulnar.
  • Ungrateful Bastard:
    • 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!"
  • The Unpronounceable: Nasir's full name. He can say it just fine, but it leaves the other outlaws dumbfounded.
  • The Unsmile: The barber in the Sheriff's nightmare. Terrifying.
  • The Unsolved Mystery: Arthur of Brittany's real identity.
  • Unwilling Suspension:
    • 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.
    • Marian, Isadora, and Much are shackled with their arms over their heads in "The Inheritance."
  • Used to Be a Sweet Kid: Sir Guy of Gisburne, Martin de Rainault.
  • Vagueness Is Coming: Many of Herne's warnings and instructions take this form.
  • The Vamp: Lilith.
  • The Voiceless: Nasir in the first season; his lines gradually accumulate.
  • Voodoo Doll: Lilith makes two (one of herself and one of Robin), in order to make a Love Potion.
  • Wardrobe Malfunction:
    • Marian'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.
  • We Can Rule Together: 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 Queen Isabella to shoot him in the back midway through his speech.
  • We Want Our Jerk Back: Happens in the third season, after King John appoints a new, even worse, Sheriff of Nottingham.
  • What Measure Is a Mook?: See Technical Pacifist.
  • Whatthe Hell Townspeople: 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.
  • Woman Scorned: Queen Hadwisa.
  • Wouldn't Hurt a Child: In "Adam Bell" the Sheriff nearly strikes Martin after the latter's Surprise Checkmate, 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.
  • Wounded Gazelle Gambit: Marian 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.
  • Written-In Absence: 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 Drunk with Power) and "a pilgrimage to Canterbury" (an interesting choice for the Hollywood Atheist Sheriff), respectively.
  • Xanatos Gambit: The Sheriff pulls off a simple but impressive one in "Alan-a-Dale" by replacing his fiancée's dowry of silver coins with rocks, so that when Robin, et al. inevitably break in and steal the money-chest, 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".
  • Yin-Yang Bomb: Used often with the sword Albion.
  • You All Meet in a Cell: 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.


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