!!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.
* DieForOurShip: Rowena. William Makepeace Thackeray's highly inaccurate description says it all:
--> "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 recounted: "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".
* MagnumOpus: It is what Scott is most famous for and is considered the best Robin Hood story out there even if the character has a secondary role. All screen adaptations are even considered superior to the ErrolFlynn film TheAdventuresOfRobinHood.
* 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.
* TheyJustDidntCare: Though Scott contrasts his attitude with that of his friend Mat Lewis (who said, "could he have derived ... advantage from making his heroine [[GreenSkinnedSpaceBabe blue]], blue she should have been"), he does lay claim to enough artistic licence to include whatever details seem colourful and probable, especially as most of his readers [[MST3KMantra wouldnt care anyway]].
* [[WhatDoYouMeanItsNotForKids What Do You Mean, It's Not For Kids?]]: 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 rle fairly consistently.

!!The 1952 film

* WTHCastingAgency: George Sanders as Bois-Guilbert, Creator/ElizabethTaylor as Rebecca, and [[UsefulNotes/{{Scotland}} Finlay Currie]] as Cedric.