YMMV / The Adventures of Robin Hood

The movie

  • Awesome Music: Doubling as well as Awesome Music Of Crowning, the "March of the Merry Men," as it recurs in the coronation scene, is a riot of trumpet fanfares, soaring violins, and glittering harp strings.
  • Chaotic Good: Well, since Robin is the page image...
  • Ensemble Darkhorse: Olivia de Havilland as Maid Marian, Basil Rathbone as Guy of Gisbourne, Ian Hunter as King Richard the Lion-Heart and Robert Warwick as Sir Geoffrey.
  • Esoteric Happy Ending: Prince John is banished in the end but he will become King of England upon Richard's death and his reign will be the beginning of the end of the Angevin Empire.
  • Foe Yay: Robin's duel with Guy sizzles with homoeroticism, with plenty of thrusting, sweating and panting and moaning in each other's faces.
  • Ho Yay: Word of God has it that Claude Rains deliberately played Prince John as gay, thus making Guy his manbitch.
  • Neutral Good: Robin Hood qualifies; while openly at war with the Normans, especially Prince John, he will aid Norman and Saxon equally as need be. When Robin gives Marian a tour of a makeshift hospice he had set up for those victimized by Norman soldiers and tax-gatherers, Marian observes that one of the people he has sheltered was a Norman. Robin answers, "What of it? It's injustice I hate, not the Normans."
  • Spiritual Licensee: Of the novel Ivanhoe but it pales in comparison to actual adaptations of the novel.
  • Tough Act to Follow: For many this is the definitive film version of Robin Hood... Unless it is a portrayal in a film adaptation of Ivanhoe.
  • What an Idiot!: Marian's attempts to hide the fact that she is trying to warn the King are ... less than convincing. She writes a letter to King Richard, telling him of the assassination plot and then hears a knock on her bedroom door. Despite the fact that there is a) a lady's maid next to her who successfully hides and b) a fire burning on the hearth right behind her, she neither gives the letter to the maid nor throws it in the fire, nor does she seek a delay with the obvious "I'm getting dressed!" or somesuch. Instead she puts it in a conspicuous box on a table that she claps shut and still has her hands on when Sir Guy bursts through the door, and that she stares at while he toys with it.

The TV series

  • Ear Worm: Even hearing the name "Robin Hood" will make most people start humming this show's theme tune.