YMMV / Robin of Sherwood

  • Anti-Climax Boss:
    • Roger de Carnac's name strikes terror into the hearts of Gisburne and the Sheriff, his methods are as brutal as they are cunning, and he's played with a creepy detached air by Matthew Frewer. Robin kills him before the episode's half-way mark.
    • "The King's Devil" is built up as a terrifying Torture Technician sent to help in the hunt for the outlaws, but his only actual role is to get ambushed and injured by the outlaws, wander lost in the forest for most of the episode, and finally identify Robert of Huntingdon as Robin Hood at the end.
  • Complete Monster: Morgwyn of Ravenscar from the two-parter The Swords of Wayland is a powerful witch and leader of the Cauldron of Lucifer coven. To set about gathering the Swords of Wayland to summon Lucifer from hell, Morgwyn kidnaps villagers and brainwashes them into an elite troop known as the Hounds. She sends the Hounds to kill and be killed by their own people and bring her the swords. One young man fails to recognize his own parents and kills himself upon being captured. Morgwyn kidnaps the outlaws and attempts to Mind Rape them into killing Robin himself. Finally, Morgwyn plans on sacrificing them in a ceremony to summon her dark master Lucifer himself to cause the Apocalypse and consume the world.
  • Critical Research Failure: It's more likely to be a deliberate fudging of the facts given the attention to historical detail paid elsewhere in the series, but the depiction of Herne the Hunter as an medieval figure of pagan worship with worship stretching back to the Dark Ages misses the inconvenient point that Herne is a relatively modern invention. The figure wasn't first mentioned in writing until 1597 (by Shakespeare, of course) and even then he was described not as a pagan god or spirit but as the ghost of a human poacher. He was also associated with a particular locality - Windsor - that is no where near Nottinghamshire. His codification as the archetypal antlered pagan deity is largely a Victorian invention. Some historians have made the (rather wistful and farfetched) case for this romantic figure having real Celtic origins, though, so we can forgive the makers of Robin on the grounds they were writing according to a real, if marginal, theory.
  • Crowning Moment of Awesome: Robin of Loxley - in his final moments, he bravely faces down a small army of Norman warriors and fires an arrow over their heads. When he draws his bow a final time — without an arrow — they cringe away. He then looks knowingly at the Sheriff and smiles without fear, breaks his bow over his knee, and turns to face his death.
  • Crowning Moment of Funny: Robert de Rainault calmly reading out the transcript of a woman's brutal interrogation by torture in a bored-sounding voice.
  • Ear Worm: The title theme's bleepy electronica may be dated as hell, but once it gets in your head, it will never leave. Ever.
  • Ensemble Darkhorse: The old man in Nottingham Castle dungeons, along with his rat Arthur.
    • Nasir proved so popular that a Saracen character has been included in almost every Robin Hood adaptation since.
    • Isadora. There was some disappointment that she didn't join the Merry Men as an Affirmative Action Girl.
  • Fandom Heresy: It's not a good idea to state that you thought Jason Connery was a better Robin Hood than Michael Praed.
  • Ho Yay: Guy and the Sheriff. In one episode, Guy is made to towel-dry the Sheriff, who orders, "Harder, Gisburne!"; later they share a bathtub, where the Sheriff tells Gisburne, "Rub my back! Lower!" A few episodes later, when the angry Prince John punishes Gisburne, he addresses him as "de Rainault's protégé - if that's all you are"; Guy responds by uncomfortably looking away.
  • Narm: Plenty of times, usually to do with Fight Scene Failure or the Soundtrack Dissonance. Due to the Nostalgia Filter, it may now count as Narm Charm.
    • From the first episode:
    Much: Gisburne killed Father!
    Robin: GISBUUUUUURNE! (echoes several times)
    • From "The Enchantment":
    Gisburne: I'm free of you, Sheriff. I'm free of you! (runs to the window and shouts) I'M FREE OF YOU NOOOOOOOOW!!! (echoes several times)
  • One-Scene Wonder: Queen Hadwisa and Queen Isabella of Angoulême.
  • Special Effects Failure:
    • The fact that the Silver Arrow in The Pilot looks like a small cruise missile and/or vibrator has often been remarked upon by the show's fanbase and even the show's creator.
    • The physical manifestation of the demon at the climax of "Cromm Cruac", which is described on the commentary as the "Muppet of Death".
  • The Untwist: In one episode Nasir is being hunted by a Saracen called Sarak. Because his face is covered, and he speaks in a growly voice, there is some indication that it is actually the woman that was with Sarak when he and Nasir fought the first time. Except...it's not.