Robin Hood (Jonas Armstrong)
The Hero of the piece, this Robin is a younger, cheekier, and more easy-going variation of the traditional character. The Earl of Huntington and Lord of Locksley, Robin returns from five years fighting with King Richard in the Holy Land, to find that his lands and estates are now under the control of Guy of Gisborne.
After refusing to conform to the corrupt laws that are now in place, Robin escapes into Sherwood Forest and begins a campaign of guerrilla warfare against the Sheriff, complete with the familiar rob from the rich to give to the poor system of wealth distribution.
- Achilles in His Tent: In Tattoo, What Tattoo? he refuses to join the outlaws in trying to save Djaq, as he's too preoccupied with trying to beat the truth from Gisbourne about his attempt on the King's life.
- Aesop Amnesia: A particularly disappointing one in Too Hot to Handle. For the first time since the season premiere he's displaying pangs of grief over the death of Marian. This leads to him breaking up with Isabella, basing it on a) his duty to the King and England, b) his acknowledgement that he's never going to get the chance to have a normal life, c) the danger that Isabella is in if she's known to be in league with Robin, and d) the fact that he still misses Marian too much. The episode ends with him looking wistfully at a happy family, knowing that it's a future he can never have...only for him to hook up with Kate two episodes later.
- To make matters worse, Robin's other Aesop throughout the show is that he needs to treat Much with more respect. Starting a relationship with Kate, the girl that he knows Much has a crush on, is probably the cruellest thing he's ever done to his best friend.
- Always Save the Girl: In Get Carter he's clearly more concerned about Marian's safety than that of any of the other outlaws.
- Badass in Distress: In Sisterhood.
- Being Good Sucks: "I am tired of doing the right thing!"
- Belligerent Sexual Tension: He has this with all three of his Love Interests: Isabella, Marian and Kate (in that order). The first one ends up killing him.
- Catchphrase: "I have a plan...half a plan."
- Inverted at one point in the series 2 finale, when Much asks him if he has a plan; when Robin says he doesn't, Much asks him if he has half a plan, to which Robin replies "I don't have half a plan, Much!"
- Died Happily Ever After: He is welcomed by Marian as he dies, who promises him that now they have eternity together.
- Dying Alone: Averted, as Marian's spirit comes to fetch him.
- Famed in Story: He is Robin Hood.
- A Father to His Men: Though he is by no means a perfect father.
- First Guy Wins: Actually, Marian's first meetings with both Guy and Robin happen prior to the start of the show, but it's indicated that she knew Robin first (and was betrothed to him before he joined the Crusades).
- Glory Hound: According to Marian, Guy and the Sheriff.
- Iconic Item: For this particular Robin, his Saracen bow (as opposed to the long-bow that most traditional Robin Hoods carry).
- I Kiss Your Hand: To Marian in Tattoo, What Tattoo, just before he slips Guy's engagement ring off her finger.
- Improbable Aiming Skills: Par for the course, of course.
- Last Kiss: Played straight with Marian, deliberately averted with Kate.
- Love Triangle: With Marian and Guy; later with Kate and Isabella.
- Playing Possum: The very first scene of the second season is him lying on the ground with (seemingly) an arrow in his eye. It's a ploy to make potentially rich travellers stop on the road through Sherwood.
- Revenge Before Reason: He attacks Gisborne after Marian's death. He gets over it by the end of the episode.
- Rousing Speech: His speciality, ranging from "Will You Tolerate This?" in the first episode, to "Isn't That Something Worth Fighting For?" in the finale.
- Small Name, Big Ego: He has these moments, mostly towards Much, whom he seems to take for granted (technically not his ego so much as the "legend" he's building for himself goes to his head and he ignores good advice).
- Technical Pacifist: Whilst in series one the only time he actually kills someone is when Marian's seeming death causes him to go berserk, it goes downhill from there; the majority of his kills in series two are only people immediately threatening him or someone else, but in season three, his killing policy is completely arbitrary - in episode 8, he shoots a guard in the back without warning, and then next episode he claims to only kill when there is 'no alternative'.
- 10-Minute Retirement: In The Return of the King and again in Total Eclipse.
- Weapon of Choice: His bow, of course.
Much (Sam Troughton)
Robins faithful manservant who accompanies him to the Holy Land and who is promised an Earldom by Robin on their return to England. Disappointed at the loss of Bonchurch Estate and all the comforts that it entails, but too devoted to Robin to do anything but follow him into Sherwood, Much is simultaneously the most loyal and most reluctant member of the gang.
- Asexuality: According to Sam Troughton, Much was asexual. Apparently, the writers disagreed.
- Butt-Monkey: To the extent that the fanbase started a "Treat Much Right" campaign.
- Crouching Moron, Hidden Badass: People keep forgetting that the talkative, clumsy, sensitive, perpetually hungry Bumbling Sidekick fought in the Holy Land for five years. Then a fight comes along and suddenly he's taking names and kicking ass.
- Iconic Item: His shield and hat.
- Lethal Chef: Though to be fair, it's not like he has a lot to work with.
- Never Bareheaded: He's almost never seen without his hat.
- Only One Name: If he has a last name, it's never spoken out loud. Even the usual "miller's son" appellation that's usually attributed to the character goes unmentioned.
- Stalker with a Crush: Much, sweetie, when a girl tells you that you're dirty and you smell and that nothing can ever happen between you, it means that she's really not interested.
- Weapon of Choice: His sword and shield.
Little John (Gordon Kennedy)
Outlawed prior to the shows commencement for reasons that are never specified, Little John is the leader of a team of outlaws before he throws his lot in with Robin. Believed dead by his wife Alice, and having never even met his son John, Little John is the champion of women and children, and the Team Dad of the outlaws.
- The Artifact: There's one John-centric episode per season (which is invariably a filler), but most of the time he's just sort of there.
- Bear Hug: He gives one to Marian in Get Carter after her father dies.
- Catchphrase: Several; "We go to Nottingham!", "Him I do not like" (Inverted to "Him I liked" on occasion), "A good day to die" and "We are Robin Hood!" The last one is more the group's catch phrase, but he's the most likely to shout it out as a way of raising morale.
- Death Seeker: It is revealed that John feels incredible guilt for having abandoned his wife, and his "a good day to die" catchphrase was because to him, any day is a good day to die. He gets over it
- Iconic Item: His quarterstaff.
- Shipper on Deck: Bizarrely, he encourages Robin to hook up with Kate, despite all the problems inherent in that pairing.
- Simple Staff: His traditional weapon of choice.
- Team Dad: By virtue of being the oldest of the outlaws and is a father himself. He particularly serves this role to the younger outlaws, like Will.
- Unwitting Instigator of Doom: John telling Isabella he believes Robin has eyes for Kate has disastrous consequences.
- Weapon of Choice: In keeping with the legends, he uses a quarterstaff.
Allan-a-Dale (Joe Armstrong)
A opportunistic thief, con-artist, pick-pocket and compulsive liar, this Allan strays far from his traditional role as a minstrel (ironically, he is actually left out when the other outlaws dress up as minstrels). The only outlaw that has no personal investment in the cause that Robin Hood is fighting (and often pointing out that as a poor person himself, he should have a share of any stolen goods) Allan sticks around just for the fun of it or perhaps for want of anything better to do.
- Anti-Hero: Allan doesn't particularly share or believe in Robin's ideals, and is only with the outlaws via circumstances forcing it, as best shown by his argument with Much in "Sisterhood".
- Breakout Character: In season two, only to be Demoted to Extra in season three.
- Catchphrase: "I'm not being funny, but..."
- Combat Pragmatist: As a result of his Grey-and-Gray Morality. When the other outlaws insist that an enraged Robin not kill Guy of Gisborne, citing his "no killing" policy back at him, Allan just shrugs.
- Demoted to Extra: He has one of the most dramatic story-arcs in Season Two what with his The Mole, FaceHeel Turn and Welcome Back, Traitor storylines, and in Season Three is lucky if he gets three lines per episode. The writers remember him eventually, just in time to kill him off.
- Did Not Get the Girl: He has a crush on Djaq, but loses her to will. In season three he shows some interest in Kate, but she only has eyes for Robin.
- Dropped a Bridge on Him: He dies a cruel, meaningless, partially off-screen (he is seen being shot down by the Sheriff's men, but his actual death is never seen) death that turns his entire life into a Shoot the Shaggy Dog story.
- Easily Forgiven: Though it's more a case of "easily forgiven, not easily forgotten".
- Evil Costume Switch: He switches to a black leather outfit during his FaceHeel Turn.
- FaceHeel Turn: In Season 2, he turns to Guy of Gisborne's side, first as The Mole, and then as The Dragon.
- Improbable Hairstyle: He seems to have access to lots of hair gel.
- Mistreatment-Induced Betrayal: Allan convinces himself that this is the reason behind his FaceHeel Turn, on account of Robin not taking better care of his men.
- The Mole: In season two he strikes a deal with Gisbourne to spy on the other outlaws and feed him information on their doings.
- Out-of-Character Moment: Breaking character in The King is Dead and giving away the outlaws plan to Sheridan.
- Redemption Equals Death: A belated example; at the end of series 3 it turns out the gang still don't trust him after his betrayal, setting off a sequence of events that results in his death.
- Redemption Demotion: He seems to lose a lot of street-cred once he's joined up with Guy of Gisborne. Among other things, he loses a sword-fight to a one-legged man.
- The Resenter: Toward Robin. "You were always in the sun, Robin. And I'm always in the shade."
- Shoot the Shaggy Dog: Where to begin? His only brother betrays him and is then purposefully hanged long before the outlaws arrive to rescue him. He's captured, tortured and coerced by Guy of Gisborne into becoming The Mole. He looses his first love interest to Will, and his second love interest to Robin. His two best friends abandon him right after his HeelFace Turn, deciding to stay in the Holy Land together. He's framed by Isabella, resulting in the gang instantly turning on him without giving him a chance to defend himself. On his way to warn Robin that Prince John's army is on the march, he's shot repeatedly with arrows in the back and dies believing that his friends consider him a traitor.
- Sticky Fingers: Is often seen pick-pocketing.
- Weapon of Choice: He uses a sword in most fights in the first two series, but takes to fighting with two in the third.
Will Scarlett (Harry Lloyd)
An apprentice carpenter in Locksley, Wills mother died of starvation in the attempt to keep Will and his little brother alive, and his father lost his hand after taking the punishment for his children when they steal food to eat. The youngest member of the gang at eighteen, Will joins the gang after Robin saves him from hanging and due to his deep hatred of the Sheriff, something that can often cause his low-simmering temper to rise up.
The most sensible, moral and sensitive member of the gang, Will falls in love with Djaq and decides to stay with her in the Holy Land at the conclusion of season two.
- Accidental Pervert: He approaches a topless Djaq whilst she's cleaning herself for prayer. He doesn't realize she's a woman until his eyes suddenly drop to chest-level.
- An Axe to Grind: As a carpenter, an axe is his weapon of choice.
- Beware the Nice Ones: When he loses it, he really loses it.
- Put on a Bus: Along with Djaq, at the end of season two.
- The Quiet One: He says very little, especially compared to chatterboxes such as Much and Allan.
- Roaring Rampage of Revenge: After his father dies.
- Single-Target Sexuality: There is no other woman in the world except Djaq.
- Weapon of Choice: He usually fights with an axe, using a smaller one for carpentry.
Djaq (Anjali Jay)
Following in the newer tradition of having a Saracen character join Robin Hoods gang, Djaq is the first female to hold the honour, making her a Twofer Token Minority. Contributing her skills as a physician, scientist, linguist and swordswoman to the team, she came across as less of a Mary Sue than she had any right to, largely due to the genuine affection she had for her fellow outlaws, and her role as Deadpan Snarker.
- Affirmative Action Girl: She's introduced halfway through the first season, joining Marian as one of only two main female characters.
- Badass Adorable: She's tiny, adorable, has Puppy-Dog Eyes...and will rip your arms off if you get her angry.
- Captain Obvious: A few times, though it could be argued that because English was not her first language, she felt the need to state the obvious just to make sure she knew exactly what was going on.
- Combat Pragmatist: She isn't above attacking someone from behind or throwing pepper in a man's face (justified in that she is tiny and needs every advantage she can get)
- Fish out of Water: Largely averted, as she adjusts to life in England reasonably well.
- Gender Flip: The first Saracen to be played by a woman; previous incarnations include Nasim in Robin of Sherwood and Azeem in Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves.
- Girliness Upgrade: In the second series.
- Hey, Wait!: When Djaq sneaks into the castle in the yellow dress, she passes Guy, who tells her to stop...and to not forget to keep the Sheriff's cup filled.
- Important Haircut: Happened prior to her first appearance, when she cuts her hair to disguise herself as a man.
- Lethal Chef: She describes herself as "a rubbish cook," though on several occasions she's seen helping Much prepare the food.
- Love Triangle: A minor one, with Will and Allan, who both admit to liking her.
- Meaningful Rename: Djaq was her twin brother's name. She adopted after his death, both in memory of him and as part of her male disguise.
- My Sibling Will Live Through Me: Her real name is Saffiya, but she goes by the name "Djaq" in memory of her dead twin brother.
- One of the Boys: As Much says of her: "Apart from being a girl, Djaq is one of the boys."
- Outdoor Bath Peeping: How Will inadvertently discovers her gender, when he interrupts her bathing in preparation for prayers.
- Put on a Bus: Along with Will, at the end of season two.
- Samus Is a Girl: Her first appearance has her disguised as a boy to protect herself.
- She Cleans Up Nicely: Have we mentioned the yellow dress?
Royston White (William Beck)
An original member of Little John's outlaws, who dies in the fourth episode of the series.
- Anyone Can Die: The first major character to get killed off, though perhaps mildly subverted considering he was the only character not to appear in any of the legends.
- Even Bad Men Love Their Mamas: He chooses to betray the other outlaws when his mother is taken captive by the Sheriff.
- Forgotten Fallen Friend: After his death, no one ever mentions him again. However, Little John does keep his outlaw tag and later passes it onto his son, somewhat fitting considering he says that Roy "was like a son to me."
- Jerk with a Heart of Gold: He loves his mother, and dies for a baby.
- The Mole: For one episode, when his mother is held captive and he's ordered to kill Robin in order to spare her life.
Brother Tuck (David Harewood)
A mysterious monk who arrives from travelling the world (having left the church after he became disillusioned) at the start of season three, and who joins the outlaws after inspiring Robin to recommit to the cause.
- Adaptational Badass: Friar Tuck isn't usually directly involved in the combat himself, but this version is very competent in battle.
- Advertised Extra: Tuck was heavily promoted in the lead-up to season three, but after the first three episodes, he's Demoted to Extra and basically just hangs out in the background. He gets a bit more coverage in the last two episodes, but given the amount of hype surrounding him he's very low-key.
- Badass Preacher: A monk who engages helps the outlaws and engages in combat.
- Easily Forgiven: He introduced himself to the gang by leading them into a trap as a motivational tool for Robin to get his mojo back by saving them. At the end of the episode Robin admits Tuck to the gang, barely acknowledging complaints from the rest of them that, oh yeah, HE was the reason why they were almost executed. Tuck's explanation is something along the lines of "You've got to gamble big to win big." Justifiable in that Tuck was very helpful to Robin during the episode, but when Robin is captured in the next episode it's a little surprising that the gang is willing to follow Tuck.
- Emphasize EVERYTHING: His speech patterns often lent themselves to this.
Kate (Joanne Froggatt)
A village girl who joins the team. Is what happens when writers decide they need a girl just for the sake of it.
- And Starring: The opening credits of Season Three ended with "And Joanne Froggatt."
- Bratty Teenage Daughter: Point-blank refuses to listen to her mother.
- Canon Foreigner: Insofar as the legends of Robin Hood can be considered "canon".
- Actually, in some stories there was a "Kate the Kitchen Maid" who ended up almost ruining the rescue of Alan-a-Dale's love Lucy because she nearly gave the outlaws away by screaming. Much kept her quiet and when they saved Lucy, he brought her along. Depending on the source, she and Much may have eventually married.
- Cassandra Truth: Robin doesn't believe her when she tells him Isabella can't be trusted.
- Clingy Jealous Girl: She hates Isabella on sight for seemingly no other reason but that she's standing next to Robin.
- Complaining About Rescues They Don't Like: She outright objects to several of her rescues.
- Composite Character: She seems to be a deliberate blend of Marian (as Love Interest), Djaq (as Token Girl) and Will (as Oppressed Peasant), standing in for all three of them, albeit rather unsuccessfully, in Season Three.
- Cute, but Cacophonic: Wincing was a natural reaction from viewers whenever she decided to open her mouth whilst angry.
- Dirty Harriet: She does this in a seedy pub, acting as a drunken tavern wench in order to distract a man that the outlaws want to rob. Of course, she's nearly raped two seconds later...
- Distress Ball: Grabs a firm hold of it immediately, and doesn't let go for a single moment of screen-time.
- Easily Forgiven: In her first episode she rats out Robin's location to Guy in exchange for her brother's freedom. Robin is only in the castle in the first place because he tried to help Kate free her brother, but the outlaws express shock at her betrayal for about two seconds before being completely fine with it. The episode ends with Robin apologising to her for her brother's death. When Isabella turns up, Kate is the first one to suspect her of treachery, and nobody points out that Kate is just as culpable.
- Faux Action Girl: She needs to be rescued no less than fifteen times over the course of eleven episodes, despite her insistence that she can look after herself.
- Forceful Kiss: How she lets Robin know she's interested.
- Girl Next Door: Apparently, she's this to Robin, having lived in Locksley all her life. Oddly, Robin doesn't recognise her when they first meet, even though he's on a first-name basis with her mother and all the other villagers.
- Iconic Item: Her forehead braid, though this is more the result of Memetic Mutation considering she only wore it for three episodes in total.
- Informed Ability: The BBC profile on Kate lists "her imagination" as her specialized weapon. Fans have yet to figure out what on earth this means.
- Improbable Hairstyle: The infamous forehead braid. Having black roots in the 11th century doesn't help either.
- Informed Attractiveness: Although this has less to do with the attractiveness of the actress as it does with the sheer amount of unwarranted attention Kate got. Much falls in love with her at first sight and Allan pursues her for reasons that are never particularly clear. Robin hooks up with her after telling her she's "brave, compassionate and beautiful," and her presence alone is suggested to be a factor in Archer deciding to join the outlaws (this is a character that seemingly has no interest in the two half-brothers who have just saved his life). She is threatened by no less than three villains because they are sexually interested in her (this includes the Crown Prince of England) and even Little John jumps on the bandwagon when he calls her "a treasure" and warns Robin not to let her slip through his fingers. Even Isabella of all people says "the prettiest things are the most fragile" in regards to Kate. Yet the fact that Kate is just a dim-witted peasant girl makes all the adultation directed at her come across as rather silly, especially when compared to her predecessors, who on top of being a stunning noblewoman and an exotic Saracen, were given personalities and a level of intelligence that would make the average guy actually want to hang out with them.
- The Load: Good grief. As one reviewer put it: "Why don't the outlaws use Kate as a human shield? At least then she'd be useful."
- Manchild: There's never a clear indication of how old Kate is, but certain factors suggest she's a young teenager. In which case, it's a little awkward to watch a woman in her late twenties in the role.
- The Millstone: Because when she wasn't being useless, she was being an active liability.
- Murder the Hypotenuse: Kate makes a couple of very serious attempts to get rid of Isabella, directly and indirectly.
- Negated Moment of Awesome: In the final episode Kate manages to sneak herself out of the besieged Nottingham Castle in order to fetch King Richard, promising the others that she'll "be back with an army." The move that might well have salvaged this character in the eyes of many is negated due to the fact that King Richard isn't even in the country yet.
- New Neighbors As The Plot Demands: Though she's never seen before season three, she and her family have lived in Locksley for some years.
- Nice Job Breaking It, Hero!: Poor Matthew stood a better chance of survival in the army considering his sister botches four separate attempts to save him from his enforced conscription. When she's taken captive by Gisborne, Matthew dies trying to save her.
- Satellite Love Interest: Her purpose is essentially to act as Robin's default girlfriend when he's exhausted all his other options, because god forbid he be without a makeout session for more than five episodes.
- Single Girl Seeks Most Popular Guy: Though Much has a crush on her, she has eyes only for team-leader Robin.
- Small Name, Big Ego: In her first episode as an outlaw, she makes judgment calls on a perfect stranger, snaps at Much for making a nervous comment before battle, argues with Robin about his orders, and is generally rude and snippy to everyone, all while contributing zilch to the team-unit. And the writers wondered why the audience hated her....
- Stalker with a Crush: She's something of this in regards to Robin; always ensuring that she's partnered with him during missions, getting aggravated if he's not paying her enough attention, and turning into a Clingy Jealous Girl the very second that she claps eyes on Isabella.
- Territorial Smurfette: Kate has just happily identified herself as "the girl" of the gang in a conversation with the other outlaws when Robin turns up with Isabella in tow. Kate's immediate reaction is to snap: "what's the reason for her?"
- This Looks Like a Job for Aquaman: Subverted. At no point do Kate's skills as a potter come in handy.
- And her specialised weapon of "Imagination" rarely seems to get used either, judging by the amount boneheaded decisions she makes which could have been prevented if she actually thought before acting.
- Too Dumb to Live: She abandons the outlaws in order to try and rescue her brother on her own. She tries to cut a deal with Guy of Gisborne. She blunders into fights without a weapon. She mouths-off at a tax collector. She refuses to follow Robin's (perfectly reasonable) orders. When an entire room full of outlaws, nobles, and castle guards are searching for Prince John's crown, she grabs it and begins waving it above her head, yelling: "I've got it! I've got it!" She interrupts a peaceful protest in order to scream abuse at the soldiers and dare them to kill her. She joins the outlaws despite having no useful skills whatsoever, and doesn't show much interest in acquiring such skills either. (Like learning self-defense, or at least some medicine.) She wears an ankle-length dress in a forest. She's the only female character to survive the show! Gah!!
- Unwanted Rescue: The first time in Sins of the Father is arguably justified as Robin and Much's intervention leads to her being outlawed, but a later example in The King is Dead, Long Live the King outright shows her shout at Much for rescuing her from a man holding a knife to her throat.
- Well, Excuse Me, Princess!: Her initial response to Robin, before she becomes his biggest fangirl.
- What Kind of Lame Power Is Heart, Anyway?: Fans are still scratching their heads over why her BBC character profile lists her imagination as her weapon. Especially since she never uses it.
Lady Marian (Lucy Griffiths)
Dropping the usual maid part of her name in favor of "lady", this version of Marian operated as Robins eyes and ears within the castle, but also had an agenda of her own what with her secret identity as the Nightwatchman, a masked and hooded figure who distributed food parcels amongst the poor.
The centre of a love triangle between Robin Hood and Guy of Gisborne, she dies at Gisbornes hands at the end of season two.
- Alliterative Name: Averted. She's always referred to as "Lady Marian" rather than "Maid".
- All Girls Like Ponies: After a squabble, Gisborne tries to placate her with a beautiful white pony — the gesture works.
- Anachronism Stew: All of her costumes, particularly the infamous yellow cardigan.
- Back for the Finale: Albeit in the afterlife, but still.
- Beauty Is Never Tarnished: To a rather ridiculous extent. In Treasure of the Nation Guy beats her within an inch of her life, and she walks away without a mark on her. And even as she lies dying of a stab wound, her hair and makeup look fantastic.
- Classy Cat-Burglar: It's unclear whether the Nightwatchman stole prior to Robin's return to England, but she certainly does so afterwards, particularly in The Return of the King when she breaks into Guy's house.
- Damsel in Distress: A couple of times.
- Death by Secret Identity: Being unmasked as the Nightwatchman by Gisborne ultimately leads to her death two episodes later.
- Death by Sex: Well, death by symbolic sex at least. Dominic Minghella is on record as stating that her death was "the consummation of her Guy". The death scene involved her in a white dress and with loose hair, getting impaled in the lower abdomen with a sword, which is then pushed further into her as she throws her head back and gasps, before she looks into the eyes of her killer and slides down his body to the ground. In the background, a fountain gushes water from Guy's direction toward her.
- Decoy Damsel: She and Robin pull one of these off perfectly in Lardner's Ring.
- Defrosting Ice Queen: Toward Robin in season one.
- Deliberately Distressed Damsel: Most notably in Lardner's Ring.
- Died in Your Arms Tonight: In Robin's arms.
- Disney Death: At the end of series 1.
- Distress Ball: A couple of times, notably in The Return of the King when she tries to rob Guy's house, and again in Treasure of the Nation. The latter is especially painful considering she dresses up as the Night Watchman in the middle of the day, enters a village teeming with soldiers, breaks into a barn where the food supplies are kept, and is immediately caught by Allan and Guy. It's unclear how Marian was planning to get the heavy sacks of food out of the village by herself.
- Dramatic Unmask: When Gisborne discovers who the Nightwatchman is.
- Dying Smirk: She smiles as she dies. She's either heartbreakingly brave or bizarrely cheerful for a young woman with a sword in her stomach.
- False Friend: Puts up a front of affection toward Gisborne in order to feed information to Robin. Somewhat subverted in that she doesn't particularly enjoy deceiving him, and on a couple of occasions shows what may be legitimate feelings toward him.
- Fake-Out Make-Out: With Count Frederick.
- Final Speech: Her wedding vows.
- Forgot About Her Powers: Marian forgets all about her She-Fu in the finale of season two, and instead decides to stop Guy from murdering King Richard by pushing his Berserk Button (his hatred of Robin). It does not end well.
- Impaled with Extreme Prejudice: Guy runs her through with his sword.
- Important Haircut: She has one in an early episode of series 1. Ostensibly this is punishment for defying the Sheriff, but afterwards her tougher "Night Watchman" persona comes more into focus.
- Improbable Hairstyle: She looks just like she's stepped out of a shampoo commercial.
- Kiss of Distraction: She uses this technique all the time on Guy of Gisborne. Whenever he's about to catch Robin or his gang breaking a law, outwitting the Sheriff, or sneaking into the castle, she'll kiss him, or promise to marry him, or otherwise take advantage of his obsession with her.
- Knife Nut: She keeps them in her boots, in her cleavage, and in her hair.
- Lady in Red: On occasion, most notably when the sheriff tells her to wear something to "stimulate the imagination."
- Lady of War: Particularly in her role as the Night Watchman.
- Let's Get Dangerous!: Whenever she dons the Night Watchman persona.
- Letting Her Hair Down: When she joins the outlaws in Sherwood Forest.
- Love Makes You Dumb: What gets her killed is her joyful declaration of love toward Robin while Gisbourne is standing right in front of her with a sword.
- Obfuscating Stupidity: Sometimes, usually in front of Guy.
- Revealing Injury: Averted in Turk Flu. Guy has wounded the Nightwatchman earlier in the day, and so orders all the men to remove their sleeves while at the fair. When he leans over to pat Marian on the arm, he notices that she is bleeding in the exact same place he cut the Nightwatchman — only for Marian to discreetly cut her hand with a paring knife and blame the blood on that instead.
- Rich Idiot with No Day Job: It's unclear where Marian gets the supplies to give to the peasants, but it's suggested that they come from her own larder and we never see her steal anything. As such, there's no real reason for her to wear a disguise when delivering food - one gets the sense that she just likes the thrill.
- She-Fu: At one stage she is seen practicing Tai Chi outside her house. In 12th century England.
- Single Woman Seeks Good Man: Though attracted to Guy, this trope is the reason Robin wins her heart.
- Sixth Ranger: Halfway through season two, she joins Robin and the other outlaws in the forest (though it doesn't last long).
- Ship Tease: Plenty with Guy, despite Foregone Conclusion of the Official Couple.
- Small Name, Big Ego: She tells Robin that "I do exactly what you do, only with more intelligence." Considering she's saying this while lying wounded after breaking into Guy's house, trying to steal his money, getting stabbed and having to be rescued by Robin, this claim is dubious.
- Stockholm Syndrome: Marian shows traces of this in early season two, when she must rely on Gisborne for her well-being despite the fact that he is largely responsible for endangering it.
- Stuffed in the Fridge: The writers admitted that their reason for killing her off was in order to take away what was most important to Robin.
- Together in Death: The entire point of her final cameo.
- Too Happy to Live: Seconds before she's stabbed to death, Marian simultaneously frees herself from Gisborne's control and declares her intentions to marry Robin Hood, with a look of pure rapture on her face.
- Traumatic Haircut: As punishment for defying the Sheriff.
- Unkempt Beauty: When she joins the outlaws.
- Virgin Tension: Despite dropping the "maid" part of her name, the show makes it very clear that Marian is a virgin. The Sheriff refers to her as a "maid" in a rather cruel way in Who Shot The Sheriff?, and in Get Carter, when Guy asks whether she's given herself to God (i.e. become a nun) Marian replies: "I haven't given myself to anyone yet." This double entendre means more to the audience than it does to Guy considering that Marian has been sleeping in the forest with Robin, and not at a convent as Guy's been lead to believe.
- Well, Excuse Me, Princess!: Robin notes that everything Marian says to him sounds like a criticism.
- White Shirt of Death: She's wearing a white dress when she dies.
Guy of Gisborne (Richard Armitage)
The Sheriff of Nottinghams right-hand man and competitor for Marians affections. The most incompetent assassin ever to screw up everything hes ever been ordered to do with little exception, Guy makes up for it with his ability to strut around in black leather.
- Chained to a Bed: By his sister. Who then refers to him as "a present for Prince John."
- Darth Vader Clone: Shades of this only, but he's physically imposing, standing noticeably taller than almost everyone else besides John, perpetually clad in black, has a deep and sinister voice courtesy of Richard Armitage, and serves (in seasons 1 and 2 at least) as the enforcer for the Big Bad.
- Depending on the Writer: He veers from sadistic killer to noble anti-hero on a whim.
- Also affects how much of a threat he is in any given episode. In some he's a genuine source of danger and fear for the Outlaws, in others he's a bumbling fool and defeating him is child's play.
- Dies Wide Open: Robin closes them.
- Easily Forgiven: Arguably. Though he's not accepted instantly into the gang, the fact that Robin forgives him at all after he ran through Marian with a giant sword brings this trope into play.
- Epic Fail: Guy never manages to kill any of the major characters that he's been sent to assassinate. Not King Richard, not Prince John, and not the Sheriff of Nottingham. God only knows how he managed to screw that last one up, as after "killing" him he actually reaches into the Sheriff's mouth to retrieve his gold tooth, and somehow doesn't notice that the man is still alive. Apparently this trained assassin can only kill people if they're a) unarmed and b) standing directly in front of him.
- He also declares that he's going to kill Isabella. All he ends up doing is providing her with the tools she needs to kill both him and Robin. The means for Isabella's death are provided by Tuck and Robin, which are completely unrelated to anything that Guy does.
- Erotic Dream: Marian massaging his shoulders. Who then turns into Allan.
- Even Evil Has Standards: Guy expresses reluctance to kill a group of children. Slightly odd considering he had no qualms about exposing his infant son to the elements in the first season.
- Evil Cannot Comprehend Good: He's frustrated and baffled by Robin's willingness to leave behind his aristocratic wealth and live as an outlaw, but eventually tumbles to the explanation that it's because Robin is a glory-hound who gets off on the love of the peasantry. It never once occurs to him that Robin embraces outlawry not because the people love him, but because he loves them.
- Evil Counterpart: To Robin.
- Expository Hairstyle Change: His hair throughout the third series; in the first two episodes it's been grown long and greasy to indicate the aftermath of his murder of Marian. When he returns following a two-episode break in episode 5 it's still long, but he seems to have found the time for a shampoo.
- Expy: Sure, Guy of Gisbourne has been part of Robin Hood legends for centuries, but here? Give him an eyepatch and he'd be Space Commander Travis.
- Face Death with Dignity: After a Karmic Stabbing Guy admits to Robin that he's wasted his entire life, and is just grateful for the chance to die with dignity.
- Flaw Exploitation: Both Robin and Marian know that she is Guy's weak spot, and use this against him on several occasions, most notably in Lardner's Ring when Robin pretends to hold her hostage in order to facilitate their escape.
- Less-Evil Costume Switch: In the first two episodes of series 3, he wears brown leathers instead of his usual black. It fits with how he actually feels guilt and remorse for the first time in his life, brought on by killing Marian. Then he leaves, comes back and has an Eviler Costume Switch, mixing the black leathers with reds and golds.
- Guyliner: He's even called Guy.
- Hoist by His Own Petard: A lifetime of violence finally catches up to him in the form of his little sister.
- I Die Free: His exact words.
- Impaled with Extreme Prejudice: At the Sheriff's hands, part of his Karmic Death.
- Karmic Death: He dies after he's impaled on the sheriff's sword, the same way he killed Marian at the end of S2. Likewise, Isabella manages to stab him in the back with a dagger dipped in a poison that he himself had given to her as retribution for selling her as a child to a sadistic husband.
- Kill the Ones You Love:
- Despite repeated claims that he loves Marian and that "his world will turn to ash" without her, he ends up murdering her at the end of the second series. He spends the rest of the show guilt-ridden over her death, and even in his own dying moments he doesn't hold out any hope that he'll ever see her again in the afterlife.
- He also gives his little sister a vial of poison so that she can kill herself, even after she tells him: "you loved me once."
- Limited Wardrobe: Only seems to wear black leather. Lampshaded thusly:The Sheriff [mockingly relaying a message from Marian to Gisborne]: ...and for God's sake, change your clothes once in a while.
- Love Redeems: Subverted big time. Guy and Marian's relationship seems to be following the predictable pattern of a good woman who awakens the inner nobility of a Cute but Troubled Bad Boy...only for Guy to stab Marian to death when he finds out she's in love with someone else.
- Murder the Hypotenuse: Inverted. Guy puts a huge amount of time and effort into trying to kill the Hypotenuse, and ends up murdering his Love Interest instead. Oh, Guy.
- Not in This for Your Revolution: When he joins the outlaws, or at least initially, as all he wants to do is get his revenge on Isabella for betraying him; by the end it's implied he's come round to Robin's reasons.
- Plot-Induced Stupidity: Guy's levels of competence fluctuated wildly, from brutally efficient, to so inept you wonder how he ties his shoelaces in the morning. Two prime examples are his encounters with Djaq in The Booby and the Beast and Kate in Cause and Effect. In the former case, Guy is observant enough to recognise the blonde with the silly-looking braid across her forehead that he had confronted earlier in the day, but in the latter case Guy has a Hey, Wait! moment with Djaq as she's disguised as a serving girl. Guy fails to recognise her, even though she's the only Saracen woman in the entire country.
- Running Gag: The sheer amount of times that Guy is stabbed in the back, both figuratively and literally, is almost this. Essentially, it's every single character he ever interacts with: Prince John, the Sheriff, Isabella, Marian, Lambert, Tuck, Allan, Archer... Ironically, the only major character that doesn't betray him is Robin.
- Scars Are Forever: His facial scar that Robin gives him at the beginning of the third season remains, but the wound that the Sheriff caused by dripping acid on his arm disappears.
- Selective Obliviousness: Guy is very careful to ignore the mounting evidence that Marian is working with Robin Hood. By the final episodes of season two, he's in complete denial.
- Self-Made Orphan: Or so he thinks...
The Sheriff of Nottingham (Keith Allen)
The gleefully sadistic Sheriff, who despite having ambitions to take over England, often seems to act the way he does just for the fun of it.
- And Starring: An unusual example, as Keith Allen is credited 'and Keith Allen' despite coming fourth out of nine names in the opening credits.
- Back for the Finale: In series 3, when he turns out to be Not Quite Dead.
- Bond Villain Stupidity: The snake pit, the lion, the duel over the boiling oil, the sealed overflow chamber that slowly filled with water (which Guy wandered away from before the water was even over Robin's head), the Sheriff's endless refusals to kill Robin because he preferred to torture him slowly...after a while you begin to wonder if Guy and the Sheriff actually wanted Robin to live for some reason.
- Lampshaded in the audiobook story The Dambusters, where the Sheriff wonders out loud why he doesn't just kill Tuck on the spot as he decides to leave Tuck in the middle of a water mill to drown and then leaves before Tuck is even slightly injured for no clear reason.
- Catchphrase: "A clue: no" (which became the title of the first series finale). Also "La-di-da-di-da!"
- The Dragon: To Prince John. Has one of his own, in Guy of Gisborne.
- Even Evil Has Loved Ones: He clearly loved his sister and was devastated by her death.
- Every One Calls Him Barkeep: Averted. Though he's referred to as "the Sheriff" 99% of the time, he's actually given a first name: Vaizey.
- Faux Affably Evil: He performs hideous acts in the most hilarious way possible.
- Hoist by His Own Petard: Dies in an explosion caused by the Byzantine Powder that he himself brought into the castle.
- I Want My Mommy!: Whenever he's in serious peril (such as in Dead Man Walking when he believes Little John is about to kill him).
- I'm Going to Hell for This: Inverted ("You're going to hell for this!"), then Played for Laughs ("Just for this?")
- Karmic Death: The last thing he sees is a flaming arrow...
- Large Ham: Keith Allen makes a meal of the scenery every episode.
- Oh, Crap!: His expression just as he realises he's about to be blown up says it all.
- Pet the Dog: For such a woman-hater, he has a surprisingly affectionate relationship with his sister, and is visibly shattered by her death (even though he never mentions her again).
- Small Name, Big Ego: He has moments of this, though not to the audience but to other characters. In fact his ridiculous dickery and Jerkass personality was what made him so endearing. But he seems to think he could run the entire kingdom better than the king, even though all he's shown us is he's exceptionally good at backstabbing people and inventing creatively fun tortures.
- Straw Misogynist: Subverted. Though he makes several disparaging remarks toward women, and often refers to them as "lepers", there was an interesting subtext that suggested that it was all a show for Gisborne, who he didn't want getting too close to any female who could threaten the influence Vaizey held over Guy. The only character Vaizey shows any love for is his sister, and he never underestimates Marian, even when Guy and Robin do. When an Abbess comes to the castle and a guard argues against letting her into a room where the tax money is kept, the Sheriff's response is not "she's just a woman", but "she's just a nun."
- Villainous Breakdown: After he learns Prince John is not happy with how he's dealing with Robin Hood up to his apparent death. He returned having got over this spectacularly.]]
Isabella of Gisborne (Lara Pulver)
Appearing in the third season as Guys never before seen or mentioned little sister, Isabella entered the show on the run from her sadistic husband. An enigmatic presence throughout her eight episodes, she is the centre of the political machinations that drove the final season. Initially introduced as a Replacement Goldfish for Robin and as The Mole within the castle, Isabella subverted expectations by striking out on her own, flirting with Prince John, performing a FaceHeel Turn and winning herself the position of Sheriff of Nottingham.
- Attempted Rape: What her husband Thornton is trying to do before she kills him.
- Ax-Crazy: She becomes this after Robin dumps her.
- BrotherSister Incest: There are several rather suggestive scenes between herself and Guy. She even drugs him and ties him to a bed.
- Broken Bird: Dead parents? Check. Abusive Marriage? Check. Failed Relationships? Check. Driven insane by one too many betrayals? Yes. However, she's one of the few broken birds who are truly evil.
- Create Your Own Villain: Robin, Guy and Thornton contribute heavily toward her downward spiral into insanity, and all pay dearly for it. As do Meg and Kate. They also come out worse off. You do not want to mess with this woman.
- Derailing Love Interests: For her first few episodes she's portrayed as intelligent, rational and compassionate; after Robin dumps her she's more or less a completely different character.
- Disc-One Final Boss: In Something Worth Fighting For.
- Distressed Damsel: Portrayed as such in her first episode, but subverted throughout the rest of the show.
- Evil Costume Switch: She upgrades to leather as soon as she's made Sheriff.
- Expository Hairstyle Change: In her first appearance, her hair is loose and maidenly; after her FaceHeel Turn and elevation to the position of Sheriff she wears it in a severe-looking bun, and finally, when she reverts to Ax-Crazy mode, her hair becomes wild and loose again.
- I Fight for the Strongest Side: Subverted considering this attitude (and Robin's badly timed "it's not you, it's me" speech) is what makes her choose Prince John's team.
- Lady in Red: Quite often, usually when she's at her most seductive.
- Letting Her Hair Down: Subverted: she is first seen with her hair down and then starts wearing it up after her FaceHeel Turn.
- Love Makes You Crazy: Robin dumps her. She responds by trying to kill him. As you do.
Prince John (Toby Stephens)
King Richard's little brother, with his eye on the throne in his absence.
- And Starring: Credited as 'with Toby Stephens as Prince John'.
- Catchphrase: "Do you love me?" and "long live me" (although it's difficult to get a catchphrase when you only appear in three episodes, these were used more than once across those episodes.)
- Evil Cannot Comprehend Good: He's a very weird case of this mixed with It's All About Me, as he believes essentially that because he is Prince John, everything that he does is inherently good. When Isabella tries to call him out on it, pointing out that burning villagers to death in a church is not the mark of a benevolent king, his response is "but I AM being benevolent!" He's an Evil character who can't comprehend that he's not Good
- He Who Must Not Be Seen: Up until season three he was oft-mentioned, but never seen.
- Historical Badass Upgrade: The real John had no military prowess, earning him the nickname "Softsword". This version is capable enough to take on Robin and Guy.
- Narcissist: Oh, so very much. "Do you love me?"
- You Got Spunk: To Kate, whilst she's throwing a tantrum in front of him. The fact that John sounds so utterly bored when he describes her as "feisty" is what salvages the scene.
Sir Edward of Knighton (Michael Elwyn)
Marian's father and the former Sheriff of Nottingham.
- I Will Only Slow You Down: He utters this trope by name after he's fatally stabbed.
- Recurring Character: Though not in the opening credits, he's in almost every episode up until his death.
- Senseless Sacrifice: Edward dies in order to deliver the Pact of Nottingham into Robin's hands, a McGuffin that the outlaws unfortunately forget to take to the Holy Land when they set off in pursuit of Marian. It would have provided King Richard with definitive proof that Prince John was plotting treason against him, and although Robin convinces him eventually, it's only after Richard sets off a chain of events that results in Marian's death. The Pact is never mentioned in season three, but by that stage, it was worthless anyway.
Archer (Clive Standen)
Guy and Robin's half-brother. Would have (presumably) become the new Robin but for the show's cancellation.
- Easily Forgiven: He sold Guy and Robin out to Isabella for money, and also sold Vaizey Byzantine fire. He ends up a member of the gang with little comment to him being untrustworthy. Admittedly, like Guy, he was thrown into the situation with them and they didn't really have much of a choice in the matter.
- Katanas Are Just Better: He even appears to Dual Wield them somehow (despite them being two-handed weapons).
- Loveable Rogue: That was the idea, anyway.
- Meaningful Name: He's a warrior called Archer.
- Ninja Pirate Zombie Robot: Archer is dressed like a pirate, armed like a ninja, and has the rat-tails of a Padawan Jedi.
- Suspiciously Similar Substitute: There was actually some effort to avert this, as whilst Archer is clearly set up to be the new Robin, he has different views and ideals (even calling Robin out on condemning his peasant army to death).
Carter (Joseph Kennedy)
A Crusader who returned to England from the Holy Land seeking revenge against Robin for his brother's death. Hired as an assassin by the Sheriff, he successfully infiltrates the outlaw camp, but performs a HeelFace Turn after Robin tells him the truth about how his brother died. Appearing in only two episodes, this guest star became surprisingly popular among the fanbase.
- Dropped a Bridge on Him: He's killed by the Sheriff in a scene that lasts no more than two seconds, a death that is then entirely overshadowed by Marian's (though according to the DVD commentary, the grave next to Marian's with the shield belongs to him, so it can be assumed that the outlaws gave him some sort of funeral).
- Sudden Sequel Death Syndrome: Carter survives his first episode as a guest star, but is killed off in his next appearance.
"Luke Scarlett (Jonathan Readwin/Christian Cooke)
Will Scarlett's little brother.