!!YMMV in general:
* GermansLoveDavidHasselhoff: While Robin Hood started as a figure of English folklore, he is popular around the world, as are the many adaptations of his stories.

!!YMMV for the [[Disney/RobinHood 1973 Disney film]]:

* AlternativeCharacterInterpretation: Was Sir Hiss' reaction to the idea of hanging Friar Tuck a case of EvenEvilHasStandards or a case of PragmaticVillainy?
* [[SugarWiki/HeartwarmingMoments Crowning Moment of Heartwarming]]: The Sexton's wife (a mouse) giving their last farthing to the empty poor-box and Friar Tuck is deeply touched.
--> '''Friar Tuck:''' Your last farthing? Little Sister, no-one can give more than that! Bless you both.
** With a little bit of FridgeBrilliance, one can realize that this exact argument was made by Jesus in the lesson of the Widow's Mite in Mark 12 and Luke 21.
* CriticalDissonance: It's very polarizing among critics and historians (and the Disney animators themselves), but nonetheless it was a big financial hit and has been loved by generations of Disney fans. It's also one of the higher-rated pre-Renaissance Disney films on Website/IMDb, at 7.6/10 (for further comparison, ''Disney/{{Frozen}}'' is at 7.5).
* CrossesTheLineTwice: The increasingly despicable ways the Sheriff collects taxes and has no qualms on who he collects from. A cripple, even bumping his bandage shoe, a kid's birthday present, a blind beggar (actually Robin in disguise, but he didn't know that) and the church's poor box. His FauxAffablyEvil behavoir while doing all this makes it even more hilarious.
* CultClassic: The film is considered by most to be [[SoOkayItsAverage average at best]], but it does have its fans. It helps that it became the second of the Disney Animated Canon's '70s entries to hit VHS and laserdisc[[note]]''Disney/TheManyAdventuresOfWinnieThePooh'' became the first, but went out of print for quite a few years, in favor of Disney giving each short its own VHS.[[/note]], and came back to VHS quite a few times afterwards. Robin Hood himself got a SpiritualSuccessor in ''Disney/{{Zootopia}}'s'' Nick Wilde.
** It notably has a large PeripheryDemographic in the FurryFandom for obvious reasons.
* EarWorm: Roger Miller's "[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OzFYb7_ySbU Whistle Stop]]" (the song used during the film's opening), ''especially'' after a vocal sample was sped up and SampledUp for the [[MemeticMutation Hamster Dance]]. (One [[https://web.archive.org/web/20100914123005/http://www.aolradioblog.com/2010/09/11/100-worst-songs-ever-part-two-of-five/ AOL Radio journalist]] even claimed that this Hampster Dance was an "annoying-on-purpose, chipmunks-on-speed bit of nonsense" and "the grandfather of today's '{{Rickroll}}'.")
* GeniusBonus: The RunningGag that John is TheUnfavorite is historically accurate; their mother, Queen Eleanor, always pushed Richard's interests over John's (possibly because [[SomeoneToRememberHimBy Richard resembled his dead father more]]), to the point of attempting to raise an army against John during one of Richard's absences. Of course, that bit [[LighterAndSofter got left out]].
* HilariousInHindsight:
** Robin's hat is too big for Skippy, and King Richard's crown is too big for Prince John. If you look closely, one of Skippy's animators is Creator/DonBluth, who went on to use similar imagery in ''WesternAnimation/AnAmericanTail''. (Also doubles as a GeniusBonus because the same metaphor is used in Shakespeare.)
** A Creator/{{Disney}} movie with a lion who is a king... [[Disney/TheLionKing You don't think?]]
** A scrawny lion who is jealous of his stronger brother, has tons of MommyIssues and creates a serious problem with fire... [[Disney/TheLionKingIISimbasPride that sounds familiar.]]
** Building on the aforementioned; a noble lion king who tolerates his resentful, smaller, weaker brother to be close to him, only to then be deposed by way of said brother's treacherous scheming. Are we talking about King Richard and Prince John, or about Mufasa and Scar?
** Hmm, for new Disney fans, Robin Hood looks a bit [[Disney/{{Zootopia}} familiar]]
* HoYay: Sir Hiss cheers up Prince John by using his tongue to tickle Prince John's ear, and when Little John in disguise befriends Prince John, Sir Hiss was extremely jealous. Hiss doesn't do it intentionally (he is a ''snake'', after all), and while it does tickle PJ, he finds it annoying. On the other hand, the fact that Hiss sleeps in John's bedroom with him, for no discernible reason, is a bit...questionable. (He trusted him ''that'' much?)
** And he identifies Robin Hood at the tournament by ''looking up into his disguise''. From the rear.
** The film's AmbiguouslyGay portrayal of Prince John is kind of funny, considering that historically speaking, Richard's the one whose sexuality is up for debate.
* LoveToHate: Prince John and the Sheriff. Both comical villains who enjoy their evil so much it's hard not to enjoy it with them.
* MemeticMutation: Anyone remember The Hampster Dance? Guess what the original sample was from.
** {{Yiff}} [[http://captionsearch.com/pix/tmvlrsdyx.jpg in hell, furfags]]
** [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cGPQxVejF6s "Seize the Fat One!"]]
* MoralEventHorizon: While Prince John is mostly LaughablyEvil, when [[spoiler: he decides to hang Friar Tuck to lure Robin out]], [[EvenEvilHasStandards even Sir Hiss is shocked]].
** Given that the Church was an independent political entity that ''would'' object to this simply for the affront of a noble executing a priest on his own authority rather than attempting to have him punished via church law, there are reasons other than morality to be shocked by such an order. Not to mention that it could also be seen as an affront to God himself!
** [[FridgeBrilliance Interesting historical context]]: John and Richard's father, Henry II, allegedly ordered the Archbishop of Canterbury, Thomas à Becket, assassinated. Certainly not an excuse (especially since Henry II simply misspoke out of annoyance at the wrong time in reality), but can possibly be a reason why Prince John would even consider it. Though the political uproar it caused might also be considered a good reason why Prince John should know better.
** The Sheriff sort of crossed it himself by taking money (one farthing, no less!) from ''the church's poor box'' (during a time period when Churches were tax-exempt)... and then arrests Friar Tuck for "high treason to the crown" when the good priest, having finally lost his patience, ''goes at him and fights him''!
-->'''Friar Tuck''': [[ThisMeansWar You want taxes?]] ''[[IWillShowYouX I'll give you taxes!]]''
* NarmCharm: Friar Tuck's sudden outburst of "GET OUTTA MY CHURCH!" is {{Narm}} for some. For others, it's a [[SugarWiki/MomentOfAwesome Crowning Moment Of Awesome]]. Given that this was Andy Devine doing his voice, it's bound to have either reaction.
* OlderThanTheyThink: There are two lion brothers. One's the king, and his brother, resentful of him, manages to get him out of the throne, so he can claim it himself. After he does, things go downhill, making everyone hate him. [[Disney/TheLionKing Sound familiar]]? Amusingly, this may be more coincidence (or a result of historical, literary, and iconographical references) than a deliberate echo--''Robin Hood'' is based on English history, ''Lion King'' on ''Hamlet'' which is an English play, and England (particularly its kings) has long been associated with lions, both in symbolism and heraldry.
* PopularWithFurries: Before ''Zootopia'', this was probably ''the'' shining example. A very common thing to hear from a lot of furries was that this was their earliest memory and possibly their first foray into the fandom's main interest. It definitely helped that it was released on VHS at a time when the Internet boom was only a few years down the road.
* SampledUp: As described under EarWorm, a vocal sample from the opening "Whistle Stop" song was sped up and interpolated in the famous Hamster Dance song, though casual listeners might not recognize the sample in its context.
* SoOkayItsAverage: The critics' reaction to the film at the time it premiered.
* SpecialEffectsFailure: The development process for ''Robin Hood'' ended up forcing the animators to recycle animation from other movies to make up for the bare-bones budget they were given...[[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ihS970ymuC0 and boy does it show]]. Notice how in the last shot of ''Phoney King of England'', Maid Marian's framerate is different from the rest.
* {{Squick}}: Alan-a-Dale can bend his knees in ''both directions!'''
** Boy, if the Sheriff had won the archery tournament....
* VindicatedByCable: Due to its original lackluster standing and not doing well in theatrical reissues, Disney decided in 1984 to release ''Robin Hood'' as the premiere film in the Walt Disney Classics VHS/Laserdisc collection since they didn't feel it had much future in theaters (there were some serious plans on releasing ''Robin Hood'' on VHS even before Eisner, Wells, and Katzenberg entered the Disney lot). This made it a decent hit and set the stage for ''Disney/{{Pinocchio}}'s'' subsequent video release, which changed the game altogether. ''Robin Hood'' did very well on video overall and was eventually released from the Vault, becoming a serious darkhorse in the canon, and that VHS and subsequent tapes helped build towards 2016's ''Disney/{{Zootopia}}'' with Nick Wilde; that film is one of the highest grossing and highest rated films of 2016.
* WhatAnIdiot: Prince John is one of the least competent villains in the Disney canon for a lot of reasons. It becomes very clear in his first scene, when his coach runs into Robin Hood and Little John dressed in drag, advertising fortune-telling.
** '''You'd Expect''' Everyone in the royal convoy to ignore them and keep moving, noting that the "Fortune Tellers" look rather strange, and one of them (Little John) has a very masculine voice for a woman.
** '''Instead''' Only Sir Hiss is suspicious, but is shut down and then locked in a casket by Prince John, who buys Robin Hood's "fortune telling", hook, line, and sinker, and invites him into the coach. The procession is subsequently robbed blind by Robin and John, [[ShamefulStrip even taking the prince's clothes.]] Just for good measure, they also steal the gold hubcaps on the coach's wheels, which disables it and drops Prince John into the muddy road in the ensuing mad dash.
** '''Then''' Later, towards the end of the film, the Sheriff arrests Friar Tuck, and Prince John concocts a plan to use Tuck to bring Robin Hood to him. They condemn Tuck to die, and then set up the gallows and guards for Hood's impending arrival.
*** '''You'd Expect''' Everybody in the castle to take their caffeine pills and stay awake through the night, likely knowing that's when Hood will strike, and they'll be alert and ready for him.
*** '''Instead''' The place is rather empty, and only about twenty rhinos, ten wolves and TWO vultures are actually awake and patrolling. Prince John, Sir Hiss, and the Sheriff are definitely asleep, since they are seen like that. The vultures are quickly taken out of the picture, and, while Little John rescues the townsfolk prisoners including Tuck, Robin Hood climbs into Prince John's bedroom and loots it like the coach at the beginning of the film. Hiss finally wakes up, and starts a commotion that brings the guards out, but in the ensuing battle, the Sheriff sets fire to the castle tower, destroying it and at least damaging the castle itself. Robin Hood escapes within an inch of his life, and with all the tax money and prisoners.

!!YMMV for the [[Series/RobinHood 2006 BBC version]] of ''Robin Hood'':

* AlternativeCharacterInterpretation: Guy of Gisborne's perceived characterization can range from anything between misunderstood [[TheWoobie woobie]] to sadistic killer.
** This even happens within the show itself to some degree. After three seasons of snapping from one characterisation to the other like a light-switch most of the fandom just shrugged and picked whatever interpretation they liked best.
* AngstDissonance: Throughout season one Robin is haunted by his memories of war in the Holy Land, struggling with nightmares, post-traumatic stress, and survivor's guilt. At the end of season two his beloved Marian is stabbed through the stomach and dies in his arms, something that is only intermittently referred to in series 3, even though she dies in the ''Holy Land'', the source of his entire first-season angst.
* AngstWhatAngst: After [[spoiler: Marian's murder]] Robin goes on a vengeance-fuelled rampage. Then...he gets over it. He's back to his cheerful old self by the next episode, in which he meets his new LoveInterest.
** As it turns out, he's ''always'' been this way. In the WholeEpisodeFlashback, he's shown as a child, smiling and laughing amidst a group of cheering peasants...approximately five minutes after [[spoiler: his father's [[NotQuiteDead apparent]] death]]
* AnticlimaxBoss: Although Prince John was played by Toby Stephens, which automatically makes his entire performance a CrowningMomentOfFunny, it was also true that John was less menacing than the Sheriff of Nottingham and just as easily bested by the outlaws. Foppish and cowardly, Prince John is eventually run out of Nottingham with his tail between his legs.
* AssPull: Where Tuck gets the explosive needed to [[spoiler: destroy Nottingham castle]] from in ''Something Worth Fighting For'' is seen as this, although there ''was'' some attempt to explain it in-story.
** The canopies (sun-visors?) on the parapets of Nottingham Castle that never existed until Robin needed one to use as a hang-glider.
* BigLippedAlligatorMoment: Kate invents CPR. Robin invents hang-gliding.
* CargoShip: In season 1, the Sheriff asks Guy if he's jealous of Marian's horse. The two men are watching her from a window as she grooms it.
* CharacterDerailment:
** The second series of Robin Hood had character development from everyone, but most notably Guy of Gisborne, who, by the penultimate couple of episodes, is risking his own life to stand up for what he believes in and to defend others; something he would never have done back in the day. This is mostly because of his love for Marian, and he repeatedly defies the Sheriff for Marian's sake. Marian shows Guy friendship, despite working against him in secret, and is very very good at keeping her double-agent status secret. In the finale, Marian suddenly begins flailing about like a muppet, yelling "I LOVE ROBIN HOOD! I'M GOING TO MARRY ROBIN HOOD!" [[spoiler:Guy then stabs her through the gut and rides off]]. ''Two'' characters derailed for the price of one!
** It seems to run in the family. Isabella, who seems intelligent, helpful and rational. Robin begins a relationship with her, but when she encourages him to run away with her, he tells her that his loyalties lie with England and the mission. She responds by picking up the nearest sword and trying to kill him. As you do.
* CreatorsPet: '''Kate.''' Her purpose in the show was to be the the TokenGirl, the DamselInDistress and the SatelliteLoveInterest, in that order, and in the most [[FauxActionGirl obnoxious]] [[ComplainingAboutRescuesTheyDontLike ways]] [[ClingyJealousGirl possible]]. Her astounding stupidity and utter uselessness were bad enough, but the worst of it was that Kate was simply Not A Very Nice Person, despite the writers' desperate attempts to [[CharacterShilling shill]] the contrary.
** The writers seemed to think that if enough outlaws fell madly in love with Kate (who at various points call her: "a treasure," "a good fighter," "amazing", and "brave, compassionate and beautiful"), the audience would too. They didn't.
*** And "perfect." Don't forget the perfect, spoken ''before'' Kate joined the band (and only in the second episode with her in it!) Oh, Much.
*** She even gets to shill herself a couple of times, telling John that "I'm not some stupid girl," and Much that "I can take care of myself." Both statements are patently untrue.
*** The [[AudioAdaptation audio books]] also go nuts with the Kate shilling. ''The Dambusters'' opens with the following declaration: “Kate, what a wonderful companion, fighter, friend, wit, beauty.” You'd be excused for thinking that the narrator was being sarcastic.
** Though it does feel like we were thrown a bit of a bone at the very end of the show, as [[spoiler:Robin refuses to so much as look back at her as he heads off to die alone, permanently reunited with Marian.]]
* CryForTheDevil: Guy and Isabella in the WholeEpisodeFlashback are portrayed as socially awkward and ostracized kids. In the finale Guy strokes his sister's hair and later Isabella casts a regretful glance over her brother's body, reminding the audience that (as Isabella said earlier) they loved each other once.
* DamselScrappy: Kate. Kate. A hundred times Kate! She's pushy, loud and generally useless, where in contrast Marian was an ActionGirl who at least had the dignity to be right when she was pushy, and was never louder than was needed. And yes, true to the trope, all of Kate's numerous kidnappings were due to her inability to keep up, defend herself, or know when to keep her mouth shut. In her capacity as a "damsel" scrappy, she's been captured by guards more times in one season than any of the other outlaws have in three. The words: "Where's Kate?" could be a drinking game.
* DesignatedHero:
** Robin got worse as the seasons went on. His "[[ThouShaltNotKill no-kill]]" policy was chucked out in the second season when it became apparent that he was prepared to kill in the name of King Richard (even if it meant shooting unarmed priests and mentally-deranged spies), and by the third season he was shooting guards in the back whilst ''still'' insisting that he only killed when he needed to. He also treated his outlaws like crap (especially poor Much), started a relationship with a girl he was barely interested in despite knowing that his best friend liked her, attacked a frightened woman in her own bedroom after she's had to kill a man in self-defence, and shot dead an executioner who was just doing his job (and ''then'' having the gall to tell the aforementioned woman that not only is ''she'' "a murderer" for killing a man who was threatening to rape/strangle her but that ''he'' only kills when he absolutely needs to).
** The third season also introduced Kate, who was shilled as brave, compassionate and altogether wonderful even though she was never anything but rude, nasty and shrill to everyone around her, and once demanded that a terrified woman be left to be raped and strangled by her sadistic husband, stating that "she doesn't deserve our help."
* DieForOurShip: Whether Marian was better off with Guy or with Robin is a debate that still rages in forums to this day, despite the fact that [[spoiler:all three characters are now dead]].
** There was also some squabbling over the Will/Djaq/Allan LoveTriangle, and who was the best partner (if any) for Kate.
* EnsembleDarkhorse: Guest-star Carter, a crusader looking for vengeance...then redemption ([[spoiler:which unfortunately came in the form of RedemptionEqualsDeath]]).
** Also Meg. Also [[spoiler:killed]].
** Will and Djaq. Managed to survive the carnage by being PutOnABus.
*** In fact, many - if not most - of the one-shot guest stars ended up being more popular than many of the main characters, including Matilda, the German Count, Meg, Carter, Queen Eleanor, the Fool, Benjamin Palmer, Davina, Eve, and Sir Jasper.
* EvilIsSexy: Guy of Gisborne and [[spoiler: Isabella]].
* FanPreferredCouple: The Guy/Marian ship ended with one half of it murdering the other. Doesn't stop the shippers.
* FightSceneFailure: When Marian punches out Guy of Gisborne at the altar, her fist ''clearly'' doesn't connect with his face. Other fight scenes amongst the outlaws were rather clumsy, particularly whenever Robin blocked a sword-blow from an opponent with his bow. ''It's made of wood, people!'' And the fight between Robin and Guy in "Tattoo, What Tattoo?" involves both actors obligingly lining themselves up for the other one to more easily punch them.
* FranchiseOriginalSin: The moment that the writers became more interested in Guy of Gisborne (and specifically, his volatile relationship with Maid Marian) than with every single other character on the show. This led to more and more screen-time being devoted to Guy and Marian as a potential couple, until the point where the writers (presumably) realized that they'd gone too far with it, and needed to derail it pronto. Their solution was for Guy to [[spoiler:stab Marian to death in a jealous rage at the end of Season 2]]. There are plenty of reasons why Season Three is considered terrible, but it's mainly because that without [[spoiler:Marian]], the story had absolutely no emotional center. There was simply nothing left to care about, or to look forward to.
* FunnyAneurysmMoment:
** In an early first season episode, reluctant hero Allan-a-Dale asks: "What is the point of all of us dying?" as a way of getting out of a rescue mission. In season three [[spoiler:he dies the [[DroppedABridgeOnHim most pointless, meaningless death imaginable]].]]
** Foz Allen and Dominic Minghella are on record for stating that Friar Tuck was omitted in seasons one and two because they "didn't want a comic relief character". When Tuck is finally introduced, he ends up being utterly humorless.
* GrowingTheBeard: The second season is generally considered to be of a much higher standard than the first, with a more consistent tone between episodes and better character development.
* HesJustHiding: There were quite a few "Marian's not dead" theories floated following the series 2 finale.
* HilariousInHindsight: Anyone who has seen ''Series/TheVicarOfDibley'' will know that this is ''not'' the first time Creator/RichardArmitage has been punched in the face at the altar on his wedding day.
** The audiobook ''The Siege'' has one of these, when Robin gets drunk. [[http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/england/lancashire/8691796.stm Consider what happened to Jonas Armstrong a year later.]]
* HoYay:
** There's quite a bit of homosexual subtext between the Sheriff and Guy of Gisbourne. By season two, they must have known, as it features the Sheriff rolling onto Guy in bed, offering to kiss him, bathing in front of him, and so on. And if you think it's coincidence, his first line of the season is, with his arms spread wide, "Tell me you'd rather have a woman than all this!" He was referring to a map showing a large parcel of ill-gotten land, but still.
** Actually, the allegations of Robin Hood and his Merry Men being a little too "merry" for the Church's liking was what introduced Maid Marian into the legend.
** And Robin and Much in the new series are a bickering married couple, most notably when Robin cradles a sobbing AntiVillain, after he realizes his personal reasons to want Robin dead are based on a lie, and Much complains, "You've never held ''me'' like that!"
** Then there's Allan/Will, who were extremely close during Season One and almost [[strike:eloped]] ran away together in the season finale. Technically, both of them had crushes on [[SweetPollyOliver Djaq]], but the fact that she spent the entire season disguised as a boy certainly muddied the water a little bit...
** Not to mention Guy/Allan. After a bout of torture (in which Guy throws a bucket of water over a [[ShirtlessScene shirtless]] Allan), Allan agrees to [[FaceHeelTurn provide inside information]] on Robin and the outlaws. Guy then proceeds to change his clothing in front of Allan, dress him up in matching black leather, and have an [[HomoeroticDream erotic dream]] about him. Even the Sheriff catches on, referring to Allan as "Gisborne's boy" and remarking "Kissing in the moonlight?" when he walks in on them together in the dark.
** In Season Three, Allan (who by this stage is well and truly the fandom's LittleBlackDress) is often paired with Much. Again, there was something of a LoveTriangle between the two of them and [[CreatorsPet Kate]], but the two of them seemed far more interested in each other, and half the fandom speculated that if it didn't work out with Kate, they were more than likely to start making out with each other instead.
** Finally, there's Robin/Guy, mixed with a hefty dose of FoeYay. They're all the other ever talks about, Robin ditches his new girlfriend Kate in order to go on a field-trip with Guy, and eventually Guy [[spoiler:dies in Robin's arms]]. For a second there, it honestly looks like Robin is going to kiss him goodbye.
* InferredHolocaust: The series ends with [[spoiler:both Robin Hood and Maid Marian (and a couple of Merry Men) dead]], and the remaining outlaws promising to fight on in his name and defeat Prince John. The show was cancelled after this, but since history tells people that in a few years time the prince becomes King John, they obviously failed utterly (and may well have been killed in the attempt).
* ItWasHisSled: [[spoiler: Gisborne kills Marian]].
* JerkassWoobie: Guy of Gisborne stabs unarmed women, leaves babies in the woods to die, burns down houses, and sells his sister to a rapist. He's also arrogant, selfish, and has a vicious temper that causes mass suffering to him and everyone around him. And yet, whenever anyone shows him a shred of kindness, he blossoms like a delicate little flower in the sun...the fact that he's a DracoInLeatherPants doesn't hurt either.
* MagnificentBastard: The Sheriff and Prince John.
** Isabella certainly qualifies as a [[MagnificentBastard Magnificent Bitch]]. In only five episodes as the Sheriff of Nottingham, she manages to achieve more than the old Sheriff did in two and a half seasons, and is the individual directly responsible for the deaths of [[spoiler:Allan, Robin, Guy and Thornton]].
* MemeticMutation: Has magnified a lot of Kate's negative traits.
** Particularly the forehead braid (which she only had for three episodes) and the "e keeled mah bruvvah!" line (which she only said a couple of times).
* MisaimedFandom: A large portion (though not all) of the Guy/Marian shippers. Despite capitalizing on the actors' chemistry with some ShipTease between Guy and Marian, the writers were very careful to ensure that Robin and Marian had a respectful and reciprocal relationship, whilst Guy's and Marian's was riddled with [[ArsonMurderAndJayWalking violence, threats, blackmail, intimidation, betrayals and hurt feelings]]. However, there is still a portion of the fandom that argue that Marian should have ended up with Guy, an opinion that can be divided into two distinct arguments: those that believe Guy was an accurate portrayal of a socially-awkward 12th century knight, who was therefore justified in everything he did regarding Marian (a view that [[JustIgnoreIt requires steadfast denial]] of the show's AnachronismStew), and those that paint him as a DracoInLeatherPants, who acted the way he did thanks to his FreudianExcuse, [[RonTheDeathEater with Marian regarded as an ungrateful bitch for not appreciating him.]]
** Though there are exceptions, the former group's fanfiction usually follows the basic "rape fantasy" scenario, in which Marian is forced to marry Guy against her will, only to find out that he's quite an acrobat in the bedroom, whilst the latter group either has Marian apologize for to him for ''her'' behavior, then treat him to some [[RedemptionEqualsSex Redemptive Sex]], or cuts out Marian and pairs Guy with a self-insert character.
*** As for the show itself, it turned out that what the writers were ''actually'' trying to do was [[{{deconstruction}} deconstruct]] the notion that the love of a good woman can redeem a CuteButTroubled [[AllGirlsWantBadBoys Bad Boy]]. When Marian finally refuses to play along with Guy's demands and tells him that she's in love with Robin Hood, he [[spoiler:stabs her to death]], effectively [[ShipSinking sending the Guy/Marian ship to the bottom of the bright blue sea]].
* MoralEventHorizon: Guy [[spoiler:killing Marian]]. 'nuff said.
* {{Narm}}: Oh. So. Much. Actually, much of the Narm in the first two seasons (which were rather tongue-in-cheek) would probably be considered NarmCharm, but after the intense MoodWhiplash of the S2 finale in which [[spoiler:Marian is brutally impaled on a sword]], the fact that many subsequent episodes ''still'' include ridiculous scenarios results in a veritable onslaught of [[{{Narm}} Narmtastic scenes.]]
** Special mention must go to Guy's "secret weapon" that he plans to use to kill Robin Hood. He's carting around a sinister-looking box, as Prince John's elite team of soldiers surround the outlaws. The box opens...[[spoiler:and out comes the oldest, tiniest, mangiest, most worn-out lion you've ever seen in your life. The outlaws react with terror as the decrepit beast ''waddles'' toward them at a snail's pace, looking like it just wants to find a quiet place to lie down and die.]]
** Robin hang-gliding from the castle parapets. It's played for laughs, but it still destroys brain-cells.
** Whenever Kate has an emotional scene, especially if she has the forehead braid on at the time.
* NarmCharm:
** In the second season, during the death scene of [[spoiler:Marian]]. On the one hand, the build-up involves a confusing and contrived sequence of events, and the death scene itself is drawn out to an utterly ridiculous extent in which [[spoiler:Marian]] has a sword in her stomach and yet is able to carry on a completely coherent conversation for several minutes; on the other hand, [[spoiler:''Maid freaking Marian'']] is dying and the EmotionalTorque is OverNineThousand and [[LikeYouWouldReallyDoIt no one can believe it's really happening]] and it's the most horrible, devastating thing that's ever happened on any Mythology/RobinHood retelling ''ever''.
--> [[spoiler:'''Robin:''']] "We have forever, my love."\\
[[spoiler:'''Marian:''']] "I hope we have forever in heaven, because we didn't get enough time on earth."
** Topped only by their [[spoiler:TogetherInDeath]] scene at the very end of the series, which echoes their parting words:
--> '''Robin:''' My wife...\\
'''Marian''': Now and forever, my love.
* NightmareRetardant: The lion. Seriously, if the outlaws had wanted to kill it, all they would've had to do was kick it over. Gently.
* OlderThanTheyThink: The idea of Gisborne murdering Marian was one of the ideas for the cancelled fourth series of ''RobinOfSherwood''.
** ''RobinOfSherwood'' also had Guy and Robin (actually [[SuspiciouslySimilarSubstitute the second one]]) as half-brothers. And the idea of Middle Eastern outlaw started with that show.
** This Marian likes to dress up in disguise and go gallivanting around the countryside; in one of the very earliest [[http://www.lib.rochester.edu/camelot/teams/maid.htm ballads]] that featured Marian, she dresses up in disguise and fights Robin to a stand-still in Sherwood Forest.
* OneSceneWonder: Or rather, one episode wonder; [[MeaningfulName Legrande]].
* ReplacementScrappy: Kate, who as the replacement of Marian (as Robin's girlfriend), Djaq (as the girl of the group) and Will (as the voice of the peasantry) was utterly ''doomed'' to embody this trope. It didn't help that she was also a text-book example of a FauxActionGirl, everybody's SatelliteLoveInterest and TheLoad, with a knack for getting kidnapped, a ridiculous hairstyle, a whiny voice, and the InformedAbility of [[http://www.bbc.co.uk/robinhood/characters/kate.shtml an imagination]]. She was not a very popular character.
* RescuedFromTheScrappyHeap: Meta example. Joanne Froggatt was never given the chance to rescue Kate from the Scrappy Heap, but she went on to portray the immensely popular Anna in ''Series/DowntonAbbey'', a character that bears several passing similarities to Kate.
* RonTheDeathEater: What usually happens to Robin in Guy/Marian fan-fic. Amusingly enough, by making Robin a jealous, self-centered, possessive, egotistical, violent man in order to consolidate Guy/Marian, [[CompletelyMissingThePoint Robin ends up being indistinguishable from canon!Guy.]]
* RootingForTheEmpire
* TheScrappy:
** Kate was brought into the show in order to replace Maid Marian [[spoiler:(killed at the end of season two)]]. It's astonishing that nobody on the writing staff realized that trying to replace an iconic LoveInterest with an OriginalCharacter was a ''terrible'' idea, and that it would have taken a screenwriting ''miracle'' to pull it off. Already pegged as a ReplacementScrappy to a beloved central character, things went downhill when Kate was introduced as a [[ClingyJealousGirl Clingy Jealous]] [[JerkassSue Jerkass]], [[FauxActionGirl Faux Action]] [[TheLoad Load]] and [[TheDitz Ditzy]] [[DamselScrappy Damsel]]. Not only an egregious CanonForeigner into the mythos of RobinHood, [[TrappedByMountainLions completely irrelevant]] to the StoryArc, and the DesignatedVictim that [[ComplainingAboutRescuesTheyDontLike complained every time someone rescued her from her own stupidity]], the real problem stemmed from the fact that she was ''completely and utterly'' '''useless'''. Her pre-outlaw occupation was to sell hideous pots to a village that was undoubtedly more concerned about where their next meal was coming from, her attempts to “save” her brother from enforced conscription [[NiceJobBreakingItHero lead directly to his death]], and she never did anything to justify her place amongst the outlaws (at best she stood and watched, [[TheMillstone at worst she got captured and criticised them on how they handled her rescue]]), and yet still the other outlaws [[CharacterShilling shilled]] her to the skies. Everything that could go wrong, ''did'' go wrong with the writing of this character, to the point where you wonder if it was done on purpose.
*** Luckily for Joanna Frogett who played Kate, her very next role was on ''Series/DowntonAbbey'' where she played Anna the maid, a far more beloved (and ''competent)'' character, which proved it wasn't the actress' fault for Kate's low popularity but poor writing.
** Tuck wasn't that popular either. Though he had least had the advantage over Kate of actually ''being'' in the legends upon which the show was based, it was abundantly clear that the writers introduced him without really knowing what they planned to do with him. After the first episode of the third series (in which he convinces Robin to return to the fight against injustice) he really doesn't do anything substantial. It might not have been so bad except that the writers would often focus on Kate and Tuck at the expense of the other outlaws (Much, Allan, John) who had been around since the beginning of the show and were now being [[SpotlightStealingSquad shoved aside in order to accommodate the newcomers]]. Thus Kate and Tuck not only got two character-centric episodes revolving around them, but were made out to be the two most important and trusted members of Robin's gang (Tuck taking John's place as TheLancer, and Kate nudging out Much as Robin's {{Sidekick}}, as well as his new LoveInterest) with no justification whatsoever.
* SeasonalRot: A number of contributing factors ensured that the third season not only earned the hatred of the fans, but the cancellation of the show. This included the new writers who apparently didn't bother to watch the previous two seasons, the [[AbortedArc dropping of long-term storylines]] from the show, the complete lack of mention of Will Scarlett and Djaq (who were abandoned in the Holy Land), the reimagining of [[strike:Friar]] Tuck as a MagicalNegro, the introduction of the [[JerkSue horrid Kate]] as a love interest for Robin, the reduction of the outlaws into bit-parts (whose only job was to babysit [[TheLoad Kate]] and [[CreatorsPet talk about how great she was]]), the abandonment of the "rob from the rich/give to the poor" premise, the painful introduction of Guy and Robin's [[LongLostRelative half-brother]] in an attempt to set up Robin Hood as a LegacyCharacter for a proposed Season Four, and finally, the mass cast exodus of all but two of the original cast members (who were disposed of in some of the [[DroppedABridgeOnHim worst deaths conceivable]]), who certainly weren't shy in voicing their displeasure at the direction the show had taken.
* ShockingSwerve: The end of season two, wherein [[spoiler:Marian]] is killed off. It didn't go down ''quite'' as well as Foz Allen and Dominic Minghella had hoped...
* SoBadItsGood: To some viewers. According to ''[[Series.DeadRingers Dead Ringers]]'':
--> ''"And now on BBC One with a brand new series of Robin Hood; where we've taken a much-loved classic tale, given it a pithy 20th century makeover, and made it shit."''
* SpecialEffectFailure: The lion (although to be absolutely fair, the director does try his best to work around the fact that it's the most harmless, half-dead specimen imaginable).
* StrangledByTheRedString: Will and Djaq's relationship is given subtle foreshadowing throughout season two, leading to a declaration of love that was considered too sudden, too [[{{Narm}} corny]] and completely out of character for both of them in what is widely known as the [[FanNickname Barn Scene of Ick]] .
** Robin and Isabella's first meeting is accompanied by a musical cue that's about as subtle as an anvil drop, and the episode concludes in a {{Narm}}tastic scene in which Robin confronts her about the fact that she's Gisborne's sister. He grabs her by the face, pushes her back into a tree, and acts so betrayed and angry that looks as though he's angsting over a woman he's been dating for three months instead of someone he's known for approximately five minutes.
*** Much's immediate and inexplicable infatuation with Kate.
* TakeThatScrappy:
** Robin decides to work with Isabella, resulting in a snide: "She always gets what she wants" remark from Kate. Robin irritably snaps: "Just leave it Kate!" Unfortunately, Kate is eventually proved irrefutably right in her insistence that Isabella can't be trusted, and gets to say "Maybe next time you'll listen to me" and "I told you so," as well as receive an influx of CreatorsPet-shilling when Little John calls her "a treasure" and Robin tells her that she's "brave, compassionate and beautiful" before making out with her. This is ''after'' Kate [[DesignatedHero demands that Isabella be left to get raped and strangled at the hands of her abusive husband.]] Still, Robin's "shut up" was nice while it lasted....
** Several episodes later though, when Guy joins the team, he calmly informs Kate: "You don't have to like me. ''I'' don't like ''you.''"
** In the GrandFinale, Robin discovers [[spoiler:that he's been fatally poisoned]]. Kate attempts to give him a LastKiss, but he deliberately turns his face away, and a few moments later [[spoiler:is [[TogetherInDeath reunited with Marian]]]]. Kate has to settle for a one-armed hug, and when Robin leaves to [[spoiler:[[DyingAlone die alone]]]], he ''doesn't even look back''.
* TastesLikeDiabetes: The series occasionally strays into this sort of territory with its uplifting messages and such. Then the writers, in their infinite wisdom, decided to have an episode filling in Robin and Guy's backstory. Cue Child!Robin developing his addiction to vomit-inducingly-noble stances while throwing out tax collectors.
* TheWoobie: Guy sometimes, Djaq often, Much always.
* TookTheBadFilmSeriously: The entire cast in the third season, bless them. What had been a silly, campy show for its first two seasons (and which somehow managed to pull it off, thanks to the dignity of the actors) was now asking to be taken deadly seriously...whilst still including ridiculous scenarios such as a lion so old that it couldn't even walk in a straight line and Robin hang-gliding from the castle parapets. In fact, Allan-a-Dale's WTF reaction to the hang-gliding is clearly the moment when the actor decided he was quitting.
* TooCoolToLive: Meg, a smart, spunky girl who shows intelligence, compassion and an endearing sense of entitlement that gets Guy of Gisborne to stop moping and rethink his priorities. Meg's counterpart Kate spends the entire episode sulking and moaning (as per usual) and tops it off by trying to manipulate a dangerous situation so that her romantic rival is killed off. Now, guess who dies and guess who survives the ''entire show''.
** Also, Legrande.
* TrappedByMountainLions: For two episodes in season three Guy of Gisborne was entirely absent due to Creator/RichardArmitage's commitments with ''Series/{{Spooks}}''. The StoryArc couldn't proceed without him, which led to the writers marking off time with two negligible episodes in his absence, first in which the outlaws try to rescue a copy of [[McGuffin the Bible]] translated into English, and then in rescuing Kate multiple times from an evil tax collector. Excepting the contrivance of Kate joining the outlaws and some minor background for Tuck, neither episode adds anything to the arc of the season and can easily be skipped.
** Kate's entire presence is one very long TrappedByMountainLions arc. Her scenes could be exorcised completely from season 3 with absolutely no impact made on the overarching storyline. Her frequent kidnappings are padding, her love story with Robin is pointless, and the odd occasion in which she ''is'' allowed to be mildly useful involves her doing things that could have just as easily been achieved by another outlaw (like finding a MacGuffin or causing a distraction). There is nothing involving Kate herself (that is, something that ''only'' her character could have done) that in any way shapes the course of the season's StoryArc.
* TheyWastedAPerfectlyGoodCharacter: Djaq was a SweetPollyOliver who played the {{Gender Flip}}ped role of the Saracen, brought from Jerusalem to England as a slave. She disguises herself as a boy, takes her twin brother's persona, and decides to join Robin and his outlaws as TheMedic. The potential here was breathtaking - not only could it been a great FishOutOfWater story, but Djaq effortlessly took the place as TheHeart of the group, had an intriguing dynamic with all her fellow outlaws (including a LoveTriangle that was vastly more interesting than [[RomanticPlotTumor Robin, Marian and Guy forever whinging at each other]]) and an endearing superiority complex that was completely at odds with the actress's tiny stature. She almost instantly become the show's EnsembleDarkHorse, only for the writers to completely ignore her, throw her into an [[StrangledByTheRedString abrupt relationship]] with Will Scarlett, write her out of the show, and [[ReplacementScrappy replace her]] with a JerkassSue who was [[CreatorsPet hated by all and sundry]], but who got twice as much screentime in one season than Djaq did in two.
* UnintentionallySympathetic: Isabella is clearly meant to be entirely unsympathetic by the end of the show's run, thereby justifying Robin and Guy's (successful) attempt to kill her. In that case, it probably ''wasn't'' such a good idea to have her backstory consist of Guy selling her into an abusive marriage to a sadistic rapist at the age of thirteen, or to have Robin constantly flip-flopping in regards to his attitude and behaviour toward her. Even her ordering the execution of Meg, which is meant to be her MoralEventHorizon, is somewhat understandable, considering that she frees Meg from an arranged marriage only to catch her releasing a prisoner that has already made at least two attempts on Isabella's life. Likewise, the fact that she is one of the few characters on the show to avoid carrying the IdiotBall earned her extra points, and when she's insane she manages to be more competent than any one around her.
* UnintentionallyUnsympathetic:
** At the end of season two, Guy of Gisborne [[spoiler:stabbed Maid Marian to death]], sending his CharacterDevelopment and [[StoryArc Redemption Arc]] back to square one. Season Three tried to turn him into a HeartbrokenBadass, ignoring the fact that for a significant portion of the fanbase, he had already crossed the MoralEventHorizon when he ''stabbed Maid Marian to death'' and thus forfeited any right to the goodwill of the audience. Even [[Creator/RichardArmitage the actor]] hated him.
** The death of Kate's brother did not carry the emotional weight it should have done thanks to Kate's refusal to utilize common sense in her repeated attempts to rescue him. The writers were going for "headstrong" and "impulsive" in their characterization of Kate -- unfortunately, all they really managed was "stupid." The ridiculous swinging between {{Wangst}} and trying to romance Robin didn't help her either.
*** And the cherry on top is the fact that Kate's brother was killed by Guy, resulting in a scene in which the audience has no reason to care about anyone involved.
*** And the cherry on top of that cherry is that depending on how you see it, ''Kate'' is at fault as well for the murder. He died because she got captured trying to get him out of the army and he died trying to save ''her''. Some fans wonder if he might have survived had she just left him in the army.
* UnnecessaryMakeover: Most viewers prefered Djaq's androgynous S1 appearance than her more feminized look in S2 (especially since it included what became known as the [[FanNickname outer-bra]]).
* ViewersInMourning: The backlash for [[spoiler:Marian and Allan's]] deaths were ''not pretty'', and the writer/co-creator responsible for the former's death left the show under rather murky circumstances once the episode had aired. There was less outcry for [[spoiler:Robin and Guy]] considering their fates were sealed by the season two finale and were seen coming a mile away.
* VisualEffectsOfAwesome: The explosion that destroys Nottingham Castle in the finale.
* WhatAnIdiot:
** "Brothers in Arms": Guy of Gisborne confiscates a necklace from a woman so that he has a gift for Marian. Robin Hood tells Marian about its origin.\\
'''You'd expect''': Marian to return the necklace to its owner herself, and tell Guy that she does not accept stolen gifts.\\
'''Instead''': Marian gives the necklace to Robin, who returns it to its owner. Predictably, Sir Guy finds out and starts suspecting that Marian spies for Robin Hood. This starts the chain of events which ends with Marian being forced to promise to marry Guy, to dispel the suspicion.
** In the third series Robin meets Isabella, likes what he sees, implicitly trusts her, and starts up a sudden romantic relationship with her despite the fact that she's the sister of the man who killed [[spoiler: his wife.]]\\
'''You'd expect''': Robin to at least ''try'' and remember [[spoiler: his dead wife]] and the possibility that the sister of the man who murdered her might be just as untrustworthy, dangerous, and unhinged as her brother.\\
'''Instead''': He doesn't, and she [[spoiler:kills him.]]
** [[CreatorsPet Kate's]] introductory episode involves her attempting to save her brother's life by a) trying to move him in a conspicuous cart during the middle of enforced conscription instead of just hiding him in the house, b) screeching "there's nothing there, there's nothing there!" when Guy investigates the suspicious sight of a woman talking to what's meant to be an empty cart, c) sabotaging the outlaws' ambush to free her brother by rushing in and attacking the guards prematurely without even a weapon to defend herself with, d) abandoning the outlaws and sneaking into the castle by herself with no clear plan on what she intends to do, e) forgetting to take out the distinctive braid across her forehead that makes her instantly recognisable to Guy of Gisborne who orders her restrained, f) trying to cut a deal with Guy by revealing to him that Robin, the man who would have saved both her brother ''and'' the rest of the prisoners had Kate just ''let him'', is hiding amongst the prisoners, and g) flailing helplessly when Guy ends up killing her brother when he rushes to her defense, mistakenly believing that Kate is being threatened by Guy.\\
'''You'd expect''': Kate to learn a valuable lesson about the importance of patience, timing, competence, discretion, silence, and letting the professionals do their job without interference. Or, if she ''does'' really want to help, at least try to make herself useful to the group by training, learning other skills, etc.\\
'''Instead''': The next time a tax-collector comes to Locksley, she loudly and aggressively insults him in front of a large crowd of people, resulting in the destruction of her family's pottery business, her own capture and near-rape, and the audience being subjected to her presence for the rest of the series when the outlaws rescue her and then inexplicably invite her to join the team despite the fact that she's ''completely useless.''\\
'''Furthermore''': Why on earth did the outlaws want her on the team in the first place? All she ever did was bitch and moan at them, and act impossibly ungrateful whenever they went out of their way to save her life.
* WhatDoYouMeanItWasntMadeOnDrugs: It has Robin hang-gliding from the parapets of a castle, Maid Marian practicing Tai Chi outside her house, a mangy old lion set loose on Sherwood Forest, costumes that were apparently bought at The 11th century Gap, arrows that defy physics, berets, a black Friar Tuck, hair gel, a man who throws ninja stars, a casino (complete with show-girls), and a plug in the cellar of Nottingham Castle that is somehow able to stop the flow of the River Trent.

!! YMMV for appearances in other works.
* A French-accented parody of the character provides a BigLippedAlligatorMoment in ''WesternAnimation/{{Shrek}}'' (2001).