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* TheCavalryArrivesLate: Sir Richard only arrives after the battle with Gisbourne is finished, but does provide welcome refuge and medical aid.


''The Outlaws of Sherwood'' is a retelling of the RobinHood legend by Creator/RobinMcKinley. It deliberately {{deconstruct}}s the figures and setting, trying for historical accuracy and psychological plausibility, as well as unusual attention paid to the matter of privies.

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''The Outlaws of Sherwood'' is a retelling of the RobinHood legend by Creator/RobinMcKinley.Creator/{{Robin McKinley}}. It deliberately {{deconstruct}}s the figures and setting, trying for historical accuracy and psychological plausibility, as well as unusual attention paid to the matter of privies.



* BittersweetEnding: [[spoiler:Hurrah! They defeat the sheriff, the {{Official Couple}}s all make it out intact and committed, Robin is named heir to a wealthy Saxon landholding, and all of the outlaws are pardoned... sort of. King Richard's (actually pretty realistic) punishment for their technically criminal behavior is to ''conscript them into TheCrusades,'' thus separating them from their beloved homeland for several years (and that's if they survive). Even Much and Alan, who were crippled in the last battle, choose to come and work in the king's service.]]

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* BittersweetEnding: [[spoiler:Hurrah! They defeat the sheriff, the {{Official Couple}}s all make it out intact and committed, Robin is named heir to a wealthy Saxon landholding, and all of the outlaws are pardoned... sort of. King Richard's (actually pretty realistic) punishment for their technically criminal behavior is to ''conscript them into TheCrusades,'' UsefulNotes/TheCrusades,'' thus separating them from their beloved homeland for several years (and that's if they survive). Even Much and Alan, who were crippled in the last battle, choose to come and work in the king's service.]]


''The Outlaws of Sherwood'' is a retelling of the RobinHood legend by RobinMcKinley. It deliberately {{deconstruct}}s the figures and setting, trying for historical accuracy and psychological plausibility, as well as unusual attention paid to the matter of privies.

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''The Outlaws of Sherwood'' is a retelling of the RobinHood legend by RobinMcKinley.Creator/RobinMcKinley. It deliberately {{deconstruct}}s the figures and setting, trying for historical accuracy and psychological plausibility, as well as unusual attention paid to the matter of privies.


* AllergicToRoutine:  Will Scarlet. Many people also think this why King Richard went off to the Crusades.

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* AllergicToRoutine:  Will AllergicToRoutine: Will Scarlet. Many people also think this why King Richard went off to the Crusades.



* BeautifulDreamer:  Robin watches over and admires Marian while she's unconscious from her injury sustained by Guy of Gisbourne. 
* BittersweetEnding: [[spoiler:Hurrah! They defeat the sheriff, the {{Official Couple}}s all make it out intact and committed, Robin is named heir to a wealthy Saxon landholding, and all of the outlaws are pardoned…sort of. King Richard’s (actually pretty realistic) punishment for their technically criminal behavior is to ''conscript them into TheCrusades,'' thus separating them from their beloved homeland for several years (and that's if they survive). Even Much and Alan, who were crippled in the last battle, choose to come and work in the king's service.]]
* BowAndSwordInAccord:  Will is proficient with both weapons, though we don't see much of his sword work until the FinalBattle. 

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* BeautifulDreamer:  Robin BeautifulDreamer: Robin watches over and admires Marian while she's unconscious from her injury sustained by Guy of Gisbourne. 
Gisbourne.
* BittersweetEnding: [[spoiler:Hurrah! They defeat the sheriff, the {{Official Couple}}s all make it out intact and committed, Robin is named heir to a wealthy Saxon landholding, and all of the outlaws are pardoned…sort pardoned... sort of. King Richard’s Richard's (actually pretty realistic) punishment for their technically criminal behavior is to ''conscript them into TheCrusades,'' thus separating them from their beloved homeland for several years (and that's if they survive). Even Much and Alan, who were crippled in the last battle, choose to come and work in the king's service.]]
* BowAndSwordInAccord:  Will BowAndSwordInAccord: Will is proficient with both weapons, though we don't see much of his sword work until the FinalBattle. FinalBattle.



* HistoricalDomainCharacter: RichardTheLionheart at the end, with more historical nuance than is often the case when Richard appears at the end of a Robin Hood tale.

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* HistoricalDomainCharacter: RichardTheLionheart UsefulNotes/RichardTheLionheart at the end, with more historical nuance than is often the case when Richard appears at the end of a Robin Hood tale.



* LoveConfession:  From Robin to Marian immediately following the BeautifulDreamer sequence, while simultaneously [[AnguishedDeclarationOfLove "apologising for [his] arrogance and stupidity."]] It [[RelationshipUpgrade graduates quickly and happily into a marriage proposal]]. 
** Another from [[spoiler:Little John to Cecily]], [[AnguishedDeclarationOfLove very anguished]], on the battlements of Sir Richard's manor. 

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* LoveConfession:  From LoveConfession:
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Robin to Marian immediately following the BeautifulDreamer sequence, while simultaneously [[AnguishedDeclarationOfLove "apologising for [his] arrogance and stupidity."]] It [[RelationshipUpgrade graduates quickly and happily into a marriage proposal]]. 
proposal]].
** Another from [[spoiler:Little John to Cecily]], [[AnguishedDeclarationOfLove very anguished]], on the battlements of Sir Richard's manor. 



* RefugeInAudacity:  Sir Richard purports that this might be how the outlaws can get the king to listen to them:
--> The Lionheart has some sympathy for boldness … and little sympathy for greed. 

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* RefugeInAudacity:  Sir RefugeInAudacity: Sir Richard purports that this might be how the outlaws can get the king to listen to them:
--> The Lionheart has some sympathy for boldness … boldness ... and little sympathy for greed. greed.



* RoaringRampageOfRevenge:  Robin wants to embark on one of these after Marian is wounded by Guy of Gisbourne; the FinalBattle descends on him before he has the chance. After it's over and there are many unheroic dead, he feels guilty for his "passion". 

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* RoaringRampageOfRevenge:  Robin RoaringRampageOfRevenge: Robin wants to embark on one of these after Marian is wounded by Guy of Gisbourne; the FinalBattle descends on him before he has the chance. After it's over and there are many unheroic dead, he feels guilty for his "passion". 



* RunawayHideaway: Greentree is a Type 3, to Robin's perpetual chagrin.

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* RunawayHideaway: Greentree is a Type 3, becomes the kind that other runaways run away to, to Robin's perpetual chagrin.



* ShroudedInMyth: Robin Hood. Among other things, Robin is quite possibly the ''worst'' archer in the band; all his famous trick shots turn out to have been dumb luck or have actually been performed by one of the other Merry Men and attributed to him.
** [[spoiler:King Richard]], who's been listening to all the Robin Hood stories, says he's disappointed that Robin isn't ten feet tall and able to knock down walls with his voice.
* SimpleStaff:  the melee weapon favored by the outlaws, as staves are easily acquired in the forest and require minimal training to use effectively.  Little John opted for one even before joining the band, as he surprisingly turns out to be a bit of a TechnicalPacifist, and it's loosely implied that he's the one training the others to use it. 

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* ShroudedInMyth: Robin Hood. Among other things, Robin is quite possibly the ''worst'' archer in the band; all his famous trick shots turn out to have been dumb luck or have actually been performed by one of the other Merry Men and attributed to him.
** [[spoiler:King Richard]],
him. Near the end, a character who's been listening to all the Robin Hood stories, stories says he's disappointed that Robin isn't ten feet tall and able to knock down walls with his voice.
* SimpleStaff:  the The melee weapon favored by the outlaws, as staves are easily acquired in the forest and require minimal training to use effectively.  Little effectively. Little John opted for one even before joining the band, as he surprisingly turns out to be a bit of a TechnicalPacifist, and it's loosely implied that he's the one training the others to use it. 


* [[spoiler:KillEmAll:  Oh, the FinalBattle. Six of the sixteen outlaws are killed, with two more wounded potentially fatally, and yet two more left permanently crippled. There are at least nineteen mentioned enemy {{Mooks}} and TheDragon, all of whom are killed save one. Especially shocking because the body count for the entire novel up until that point is ''two''.]]


* FightingForSurvival:  Sir Richard's untrained peasants are 100% ready to help Robin's men should it come to open combat against the sheriff.  Several Nottingham residents are only too happy to pass on gossip to the isolated outlaws.  Also, in the FinalBattle there is Tuck, who turns out to be something of a BadassPacifist. 


''The Outlaws of Sherwood'' is a retelling of the RobinHood legend by RobinMcKinley. It deliberately {{deconstruct}}s the figures and setting, trying for historical accuracy and psychological plausibility.

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''The Outlaws of Sherwood'' is a retelling of the RobinHood legend by RobinMcKinley. It deliberately {{deconstruct}}s the figures and setting, trying for historical accuracy and psychological plausibility.plausibility, as well as unusual attention paid to the matter of privies.


* ShelteredAristocrat: Played straight with Marjorie, who is horrified to learn that the outlaws live in moveable shelters rather than a house. Will has hints of this at first--Robin is particularly nervous that he'll play this trope straight--but it is soon averted. While Cecil did throw up the first time he saw a stag being gutted, it's later revealed he also hated the trappings of royal life.

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* ShelteredAristocrat: Played straight with Marjorie, who is horrified to learn that the outlaws live in moveable shelters rather than a house. Will has hints of this at first--Robin is particularly nervous that he'll play this trope straight--but it is soon averted. While Cecil did throw up the first time he saw a stag being gutted, it's later revealed he also hated the trappings of royal noble life.


* ShelteredAristocrat: Played straight with Marjorie, who is horrified to learn that the outlaws live in moveable shelters rather than a house. Will has hints of this at first--Robin is particularly nervous that he'll play this trope straight--but it is soon averted. Also averted with Cecil, who, it is later revealed, hated the trappings of noble life.

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* ShelteredAristocrat: Played straight with Marjorie, who is horrified to learn that the outlaws live in moveable shelters rather than a house. Will has hints of this at first--Robin is particularly nervous that he'll play this trope straight--but it is soon averted. Also averted with Cecil, who, it is While Cecil did throw up the first time he saw a stag being gutted, it's later revealed, revealed he also hated the trappings of noble royal life.

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** [[spoiler:King Richard]], who's been listening to all the Robin Hood stories, says he's disappointed that Robin isn't ten feet tall and able to knock down walls with his voice.


** In the beginning of the novel, Robin is thinking about how he knows people who can not only sight accurately with a bow, but seem to always know when a gust of wind is coming that might throw off their aim and adjust for it; he is lamenting that he is ''not'' one of these people.

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** In the beginning of the novel, Robin is thinking about how he knows people who can not only sight accurately with a bow, but seem to always know when a gust of wind is coming that might throw off their aim and adjust for it; he is lamenting that he is ''not'' one of these people. (It's implied that Marian, on the other hand, is.)


* ShelteredAristocrat: Played straight with Marjorie, who is horrified to learn that the outlaws live in moveable shelters rather than a house. Will has hints of this at first--Robin is particularly nervous that he'll play this trope straight--but it is soon averted. Averted hard with Cecil, who, it is later revealed, hated the trappings of noble life.

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* ShelteredAristocrat: Played straight with Marjorie, who is horrified to learn that the outlaws live in moveable shelters rather than a house. Will has hints of this at first--Robin is particularly nervous that he'll play this trope straight--but it is soon averted. Averted hard Also averted with Cecil, who, it is later revealed, hated the trappings of noble life.

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* LineOfSightName: Much thinks that Robin should have a more distinctive name; Robin pulls his cloak up against the ever-present rain and dryly suggests "Robin of the Hood". Much accepts this as the best he's going to get.

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