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The characters from the Disney version of Robin Hood.

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    Robin Hood
Voiced by: Brian Bedford

Robin Hood is an anthropomorphic fox who is the titular protagonist. Although Robin Hood is often shown as an outlaw who chooses to rob from the rich to help the poor people, in this animated version, he is shown mainly attacking Prince John and his agents, who have impoverished Nottingham with high taxes. Robin Hood and Little John steal the tax caravans and give it back to the peasants while trying to avoid capture by both Prince John and the Sheriff of Nottingham.

  • Accent Slip Up: When Robin was disguised as an old blind man, he gives himself an old decrepit voice and a West Country accent to further the act. Once he hears that Friar Tuck was going to be hanged, he goes to his normal voice in shock, but then quickly remembers himself and resumes his act.
  • The Ace: Expert archer, master of disguise, champion of the people, etc.
  • Anguished Declaration of Love: While being held hostage by Prince John and about to be hanged, Prince John tries to make the situation even more emotionally dire when he asked the heroic outlaw if he loves Maid Marian like she does with him. Robin's response is tell her that does love her, "more than life itself".
  • Archer Archetype: Averted. Robin is still an ace archer but is more warm-hearted than the colder examples of this trope.
  • Babies Ever After:
    • Discussed where Robin proposes to Marian.
      Robin: We'll have six children.
      Marian: Six? Oh, a dozen at least.
    • And after they get married, Skippy tags along, saying "Robin Hood's going to have kids. Somebody has to keep their eye on 'em!"
  • Big Brother Instinct: Towards Skippy and the other kids. He goes to their birthday with gifts and everything.
  • Big Good: He is the one who gives hope to the people of Nottingham during King Richard's absence.
  • Big Guy, Little Guy: Little Guy to Little John's Big Guy. He's the leader of the duo, and Little John is his much bigger sidekick.
  • Childhood Friend Romance: With Maid Marian. She tells the children about how she and Robin grew up together.
  • Cunning Like a Fox: Robin Hood is a fox in this version because of his cunning nature.
  • Cute Little Fangs: Being heroic foxes, both Robin and Marian have these.
  • Defiant to the End: When about to be executed by Prince John, who has the gall to call him a "traitor to the crown":
    Robin: Traitor to the crown?! That crown belongs to King Richard! LONG LIVE KING RICHARD!!
  • Disney Death: During the climactic battle, Robin escapes from the burning castle by jumping into the moat. He is briefly presumed drowned, due to his hat floating on the moat's surface, with an arrow through it, but it turns out he's just hiding underwater.
  • Fat and Skinny: The Skinny to Little John's Fat. He's a slender fox and his best friend is a fat bear.
  • Friend to All Children: Kids idolize him, and he's a Cool Big Bro for them.
  • Full-Name Basis: He's referred to as Robin Hood more often than just Robin.
  • Guile Hero: He is Cunning Like a Fox and it shows. His gypsy thievery and his castle break-in are two great moments.
  • Homeless Hero: Robin is a heroic, but homeless, outlaw. This most likely changed after marrying Maid Marian.
  • Hope Bringer: He gives the oppressed people of Nottingham the strength to endure Prince John's tyranny.
  • Improbable Aiming Skills: In the archery contest, Robin still manages to score perfect bull's-eyes even though the arrows he's using are made of two twigs tied loosely together with cord. When a cheap shot causes him to aim high, he fires a second arrow at the first one to redirect it back to the bulls-eye, even knocking out the Sheriff's arrow in the process. HE'S FRIGGIN' ROBIN HOOD! Accept no substitutes. Unfortunately, this works against him, because it allows Prince John to see through Robin's thick disguise, when everyone else is properly fooled.
  • Insecure Love Interest: Believes that he can't offer anything to Maid Marian because he's an outlaw.
  • Lovable Rogue: A heroic outlaw who steals from the rich (or rather, from the corrupt and oppressive government) and gives to the poor.
  • Love Confessor: Robin sorrowfully confesses to Little John he loves Maid Marian while in the woods.
  • Love Makes You Dumb: In the words of Little John, "Cool it, lover boy! Your heart's running away with your head!"
  • Magnetic Hero: Justified. Robin is loved by everyone in Nottingham because he "robs the rich to feed the poor."
  • Master of Disguise: "This disguise would fool my own mother!" (Granted, the stork disguise was actually pretty good — Prince John only saw through it because nobody else is that good of an archer.) He also disguised himself as a lady gypsy and an old blind man, and even briefly impersonated Nutsy.
  • Nice Guy: In his Lovable Rogue way, he's a genuinely good person who wants to help everyone.
  • Nice Hat: A green bycocket with a red feather.
  • Noble Fugitive: Is an outlaw on the run, with his status at the end of the film and histoy with Marian implying he was a noble who refused to bend the knee to Prince John and stayed loyal to King Richard.
  • Official Couple: With Maid Marian. They get married by the end of the film.
  • Pale Females, Dark Males: Robin's fur color is slightly darker than Marian's.
  • Protagonist Title: The film's title is his whole name.
  • Rags to Royalty: After marrying Maid Marian, Robin goes from a heroic, but homeless, outlaw to a member of royalty.
  • Red Is Heroic: He's a red fox and is The Hero.
  • Redhead In Green: An anthrophormopic red fox, and of course any incarnation of Robin Hood is going to be wearing Lincoln green.
  • Undying Loyalty: In his eyes, King Richard is the only true king of England.
  • Wacky Marriage Proposal: Robin proposes in the midst of the battle of the fair. She happily accepts his proposal and jokingly lampshades its wackiness on how he could've used a more romantic setting.


    Little John
Voiced by: Phil Harris

Little John is a bear and is Robin's loyal sidekick.

  • Acrofatic: For a fat bear, he's just as agile and fast as Robin Hood.
  • Attractive Bent-Gender: Little John gets wolf-whistled when in disguise.
  • Badass Baritone: With the deep, warm voice of Phil Harris, this is a given.
  • Bears Are Bad News: To his opponents at least - he's strong enough to fight multiple rhinos at once with a Simple Staff, and to hand the Sheriff his ass in a straight fight.
  • Beary Friendly: He's Robin's best friend, and is amenable, pleasant and likable.
  • Beary Funny: A downplayed example; he's playful and funny but also Robin's Straight Man.
  • Beware the Nice Ones: Generally a happy-go-lucky kind of guy until Robin's in trouble. He'll threaten lives if it means saving his buddy.
  • Big Fun: He leads the post-archery contest party.
  • Big Guy, Little Guy: Ironically the Big Guy to Robin's Little Guy. Robin is the leader of the duo, and Little John is his much bigger sidekick.
  • Boisterous Bruiser: Little John is a fierce party animal.
  • Curb-Stomp Battle: To the Sheriff, twice. The first time, he lays the Sheriff out with one punch and gives Robin his sword. The second time, he drags the Sheriff into the prison and locks him up, and the Sheriff isn't even able to call for help.
  • Deadpan Snarker: He's not above making dry quips about certain situations and people.
  • Fat and Skinny: The Fat to Robin's Skinny. He is a fat bear and Robin is a slender fox.
  • Fat Best Friend: To Robin Hood, as his fellow outlaw and loyal sidekick.
  • Gentle Giant: He's as big as he's friendly.
  • Homeless Hero: Like Robin, Little John is a heroic thief, but a homeless one.
  • Ironic Nickname: "Little" John is actually a very big bear.
  • The Lancer: He's the cautious and more serious sidekick to the careless Robin.
  • Lightning Bruiser: He's as fast as Robin even while acting as a cart horse and the strongest character in the movie.
  • Master of Disguise: Like Robin Hood, he's very good at disguising himself.
  • Nice Guy: A fun, lovable guy and the best friend Robin Hood and company could ask for.
  • Nice Hat: His green hat. It's the only one he's got.
  • Reused Character Design: He strongly resembles Baloo from The Jungle Book, with the main difference being that Little John is brown, while Baloo is grayish. He even has the same voice actor, Phil Harris.
  • Shipper on Deck: Little John advises Robin on ways to romance Maid Marian. Also seen in the scene where he orders Prince John to release Robin (threatening him with a knife) and after Robin is released, he threatens him again: "Now PJ, tell my pal to kiss Maid Marian, or I've just found a new pincushion."
  • Stout Strength: He's a fat bear, but also among the most physically powerful characters in the film.

Voiced by: Roger Miller

Alan-A-Dale is based off the minstrel of the same name from various Robin Hood legends, and is depicted as a rooster. Alan-a-Dale only states his name at the beginning of the film, where he also introduces himself as a minstrel. He functions as the film's narrator, using songs to tell the story.

  • All-Knowing Singing Narrator: He is the one telling this story, but he also takes part in it. For instance, he helps Friar Tuck to chase down Sir Hiss at the archery tournament, and when he's arrested and thrown in jail, he already knows what's happening outside.
  • The Bard: He sings songs, records lore, and carries a stringed instrument.
  • Barefoot Cartoon Animal: Like Lady Kluck, he never wears shoes.
  • Cocky Rooster: Averted, he's a nice, friendly minstrel who narrates the story. Ironically, Lady Kluck, a hen, fits the stereotype much better.
  • Everyone Calls Him "Barkeep": Zig zagged. He introduces himself as Alan-A-Dale, but the opening credits just call him "The Rooster," and the other characters don't refer to him at all.
  • Feather Fingers: He can play his lute with his wings.
  • Greek Chorus: He serves as the film's narrator, using songs.
  • Interactive Narrator: He sometimes chats to the audience, sometimes sings a song about what's going on just then, and sometimes gets stuck into the fighting. The sheriff even arrests him.
  • Nice Guy: He has a warm, kind personality and is willing to go out of his way to serve the greater good, like helping Friar Tuck apprehend Sir Hiss, for suspicion that he's trying to co-opt Robin Hood's role in the tournament.
  • Wandering Minstrel: As he himself puts it:
    "Oh, incidentally, I'm Alan-A-Dale, a minstrel. That's an early-day folk singer. My job is to tell it like it is, or was, or whatever."

    Maid Marian
Voiced by: Monica Evans (speaking), Nancy Adams (singing)

Maid Marian is a vixen and is based on the character from the actual Robin Hood legend.

  • Alliterative Name: Maid Marian.
  • Anguished Declaration of Love: When Robin is about to be hanged, she tearfully begs that Prince John spare him. Why? Because she loves him.
  • Babies Ever After:
    • Discussed where Robin proposes to Marian.
      Robin: We'll have six children.
      Marian: Six? Oh, a dozen at least.
    • And after they get married, Skippy tags along, saying "Robin Hood's going to have kids. Somebody has to keep their eye on things."
  • Childhood Friend Romance: Maid Marian tells the children about how she and Robin grew up together.
  • Cunning Like a Fox: Downplayed; even though she's a Nice Girl, she does manage to throw a pie in Trigger's face.
  • Cute Little Fangs: Being heroic foxes, both Robin and Marian have these.
  • Damsel in Distress: She's a lovely Proper Lady, but almost completely helpless, even when her love is about to be executed before her eyes. However, she almost manages to convince Prince John to spare Robin through The Power of Love and hits a guard aiming for Robin with a pie, which just goes to show how helpful she can be when she tries.
  • Dub Name Change: Downplayed in both cases.
    • More than Honorific Title Change in Latin American Spanish dub and also overlaps with Bowdlerise of sorts later on: Maid Marian's title was originally changed until the 2010s as Lady Marian, since "Maid" is normally translated as... a maid ("sirvienta" or "criada" in Spanish). Due to a language drift, since 2010 her title "Lady" was later replaced with "Señorita" (Miss), as "Lady", along with "Lord" are now derogatory terms to refer to a person who is incredibly corrupt, arrogant and who only uses his or her influence to do what he or she wants.
    • The same thing goes in the Japanese dub, as her title is changed to Princess Marian (Marian-hime), likely for the same reasons.
  • Forceful Kiss: Downplayed. While taking part in Skippy's roleplaying game, she tells him that the hero kisses the damsel upon rescuing her, something Skippy refuses to do. An offended Marian decides that if he won't, then she will. She then grabs Skippy and sweetly kisses his cheek, which earns him ridicule from the other children watching them.
  • Friend to All Children: As seen in her interactions with Skippy and his friends, she's very good with children.
  • Love Interest: Robin Hood's lady love.
  • Neutral Female: Inverted. She typically isn't of much help when things get dangerous, but she does have a couple of moments where she's actively trying to assist her lover and his band.
  • Nice Girl: Awful nice, as the kids say in-universe.
  • Official Couple: With Robin Hood. They get married by the end of the film.
  • Pale Females, Dark Males: Marian's fur color is slightly lighter than Robin's.
  • Pink Means Feminine: She wears pink and purple. Probably also because Princesses Prefer Pink, but she's never technically identified as a princess, even though she is stated to be the King's niece.
  • Proper Lady: A graceful, charming and lady-like woman.
  • Shaking the Rump: She does a seductive flourish during the "Phony King of England" song, whose animation was recycled from Duchess from The Aristocats.
  • Single Woman Seeks Good Man: Marian loves Robin Hood because of his kindness, the hope he gives to the people of Nottingham, and that he only steals from the rich to give to the poor.
  • Spoiled Sweet: Despite being part of Prince John's household, Maid Marian is one of the nicest characters in the film, and also the most romantic.
  • Tomboy and Girly Girl: Girly Girl to Lady Kluck's Tomboy. Maid Marian is the quintessential polite and feminine Proper Lady, while Lady Kluck is a fierce, outspoken Boisterous Bruiser. During a fight Lady Kluck even tells Marian to run away, as it is "no place for a lady" and then she humorously starts fighting the guards.
  • Uptown Girl: King Richard amusedly remarks at the end that he has "An outlaw for an in-law!"
  • Violently Protective Girlfriend: Or fiance. Marian threw a pie in Trigger's face after the latter nearly shot Robin with a crossbow bolt.
  • What Happened to the Mouse?: From the celebration at Robin's camp, all the way to the epilogue, she is nowhere to be seen or heard from.

    Lady Kluck
Voiced by: Carole Shelley

Lady Kluck is a chicken and Maid Marian's lady-in-waiting.

  • Acrofatic: Despite being "the fat one" (as Prince John called her), she's quite athletic and an Action Girl through and through.
  • Action Girl: Lady Kluck joins the brawl that caps the archery tournament.
  • Barefoot Cartoon Animal: She isn't seen with any footwear.
  • Beware the Silly Ones: She's a quite comical character, but also capable and strong. She was able to defeat all the guards, and strong enough to judo-throw the Sheriff.
  • Brave Scot: She speaks with a Scottish accent and is no doubt fierce and brave.
  • Big Fun: She's an amusing, fun-loving Boisterous Bruiser.
  • Blue Is Heroic: She wears a blue gown and is one of the heroes.
  • Boisterous Bruiser: Like Little John, she is a fierce party animal.
  • Clucking Funny: A short, fat chicken and one of the funniest characters of the film.
  • Cocky Rooster: A Gender Flipped example. She's a hen, but has the loud and fierce personality more commonly associated with roosters.
  • Cool Old Lady: There's no telling of her age, but she looks and sounds older than Marian.
  • Curb-Stomp Battle: "Seize the fat one!" Here she comes, laying out every rhinoceros in her path.
  • Feather Fingers: Just like any bird character, she can use her wings as hands.
  • Friend to All Children: Like Maid Marian, she enjoys playing with Skippy and his friends.
  • Fur Is Clothing: For a brief gag, one of the rhino guards grab her by the feathers, which are pulled down, revealing Goofy Print Underwear, suggesting she was wearing feathered bloomers above her underwear.
  • Genki Girl: In contrast to the graceful Maid Marian, she's very feisty and energetic.
  • Hypocritical Humor: She tells Maid Marian that it is "no place for a lady" when she starts fighting the guards... despite being a lady herself. It's possible that she meant "this is no place for a proper lady".
  • Lady-in-Waiting: To Maid Marian. In their first scene playing badminton, Kluck jokes "As your lady in waiting, I'm waiting!"
  • Nice Girl: In spite of her war-like personality in times of danger, she has a kind, caring personality.
  • Non-Mammal Mammaries: Although one shot implies it's not actual cleavage, just a persistent wrinkle in her rather plump form.
  • Shipper on Deck: She supportingly tells Marian that there's no way Robin forgot about her while also making sweet comments on Marian's love for him.
  • Stout Strength: She may be overweight, but just look at the way she took down those rhino guards!!!
  • Tomboy and Girly Girl: Tomboy to Maid Marian's Girly Girl. Maid Marian is the quintessential polite and feminine Proper Lady, while Lady Kluck is a fierce, outspoken Boisterous Bruiser. During a fight Lady Kluck even tells Marian to run away, as it is "no place for a lady" and then she humorously starts fighting the guards.
  • True Blue Femininity: She wears a blue cap and a blue dress but she is the tomboy of the pair so the trope is inverted.
  • Violent Glaswegian: She has a Scottish brogue and if you get her upset, she will start getting as mad as a wet hen, and she's not afraid to charge at the rhino guards like a runaway freight train.
  • What Happened to the Mouse?: Alongside Marian, she's nowhere to be seen for much of the final act of the film.

    Friar Tuck
Voiced by: Andy Devine

Friar Tuck is a badger and a kind-hearted priest who is good friends with Robin Hood and Little John.

  • Badass Preacher: He deliveres a righteous beating to the Sheriff for stealing from the Poor Box.
  • Bald of Awesome: He styles his head in a tonsure because he's a priest, and a Badass Preacher at that.
  • Berserk Button: Dismissing his 'sermons' is one thing, but outright disrespecting him, a man of the church, by telling him that his 'preachiness' is gonna soon land him in a hangman's noose while stealing out of the poor box is another thing entirely.
  • Beware the Nice Ones: Do not take money from the poor box in front of Friar Tuck if you don't want a righteous beating.
  • Furry Baldness: He has a hairstyle like this, but unlike most examples he also has an actual bald spot on top of his head. Maybe it's a tonsure.
  • Get Out!: When the Sheriff crosses the line with him, Friar Tuck screams in his face, throws him out of the church by repeatedly hitting him with his belly and proceeds to hit him with a stick.
    "GET OUTTA MY CHURCH! Out! Out! Out! Out!"
  • Good Shepherd: As usual, Friar Tuck is a devout and admirable man.
  • Improbable Weapon User: He uses Alan-a-dale's lute as a makeshift bow to shoot an arrow at Hiss's balloon.
  • Nice Guy: One of the nicest characters in the film, due to his role as the Good Shepherd.
  • Shipper on Deck: Friar Tuck encourages Robin to court Maid Marian while also happily telling him that the winner of the archery contest would receive Maid Marian's kiss.
  • Stout Strength: Like Little John, he's grossly fat but also among the most physically powerful characters in the film.

    King Richard
Voiced by: Peter Ustinov

King Richard is the older brother of Prince John and the true king of England.

  • 100% Adoration Rating: In contrast to his brother, obviously.
    Prince John: But traitors to the crown must die!
    Robin Hood: Traitor to the crown? That crown belongs to King Richard. Long live King Richard!
    Crowd: Long live King Richard!
  • Badass Beard: His mane grows on his chin and cheeks as well, giving off this impression.
  • Big Good: He could be considered this, being The Good King and beloved by all the good characters, even if his role in the plot is minor.
  • Cain and Abel: The Abel to John's Cain for being a more benevolent royal.
  • Deus ex Machina:
    • He serves as this during the original planned ending for the film, which wasn't animated but is available on the DVD. In it, Robin Hood was injured while escaping from the castle, and once Little John leaves to get help, Prince John prepares to kill Robin Hood himself, only for King Richard to suddenly appear in the doorway and catch John in the act. He then shouts John down, telling him to drop the dagger and return the crown, all while stating how disappointed he is in him.
    • He also serves as a downplayed example of this in the ending that was released. Once Robin Hood escapes and John chases Sir Hiss in a tantrum, the next scene cuts to King Richard having already returned and straightened everything out. There is no mention of how long a Time Skip there was, if any, so Richard just shows up in the last scene to make everything right.
  • Foolish Sibling, Responsible Sibling: The Responsible to John's Foolish. While John is an arrogant, impatient and petty Manchild who wants to fuel his power through stealing from the poor, Richard is a kind, mature and sensible leader who rules the country professionally and doesn't look down on anyone below his status.
  • The Ghost: Only subverted at the very end of the film, when he finally appears onscreen despite having been mentioned since the beginning.
  • The Good King: Everything gets better once he arrives; John is imprisoned and Robin Hood gets a Happily Ever After ending with Marion.
  • Greater-Scope Paragon: He is seen by his subjects as the paragon of the The Good King but is absent on a crusade for most of the story.
  • Historical Domain Character: Both Prince John and King Richard were real historical figures, though one imagines that even Medieval Morons would have noticed if they had been real lions.
  • Historical Hero Upgrade: As always in the Robin Hood story, Richard gets this; whereas the real Richard was a war-loving gloryhound who cost England a lot of moneynote , the heightened taxes are entirely Prince John's idea (and for Prince John's benefit). This version of Richard didn't even want to go to war; he was hypnotized by Sir Hiss in order to compel him to go crusading.
  • King of Beasts: He is The Good King, thus portraying him as a lion was an obvious choice. It helps that the historical Richard had the nickname "Lionheart" and that the House of Plantagenet eventually had a trio of lions on a red background as their coat of arms.
  • Large Ham: Even in the few lines that King Richard has, Peter Ustinov never fails to ham it up.
  • Nice Guy: He is seen as an ideal king, kind and considerate of his subjects.
  • Panthera Awesome: Prince John and King Richard are lions but only the latter is awesome.
  • Reasonable Authority Figure: As seen above, he fixes everything when he comes back.
  • Shipper on Deck: For Robin and Maid Marian. During the couple's wedding, he is nothing but elated for them.
  • Small Role, Big Impact: He only appears in the story at the very end, but it's his return what guarantees a happy ending.

    Skippy Rabbit
Voiced by: Billy Whittaker

Skippy is an energetic 7-year-old rabbit. He lives with his mother and his siblings. He is the oldest boy in the family.

  • Ascended Fanboy: He evolves from being Robin Hood's biggest fan to interacting with his hero. Robin even gives him his hat after the Sheriff takes his birthday gift.
  • Badass Adorable: He's a cute rabbit with an adorable admiration of Robin Hood, and he fires an arrow at Prince John's butt.
  • Barefoot Poverty: Implied to be the case, since most aristocracy is seen with footwear.
  • Blue Is Heroic: Skippy wears a blue tunic and is one of the good guys.
  • Bunnies for Cuteness: An adorable young boy of a rabbit.
  • Girls Have Cooties: the reason why he refused to kiss Maid Marian during their game. When Maid Marian decides to make him play along and kisses him he's visibly embarrassed, and his friends think it's hilarious.
  • Kid-Appeal Character: He's a young boy who admires Robin Hood, much like the audience.
  • Killer Rabbit: Literally. Skippy, a seven-year-old rabbit, successfully shoots an arrow at Prince John! (It bounces off his ass.)
  • Massive Numbered Siblings: At least a dozen of unnamed rabbit siblings.
  • Nice Guy: Skippy is a happy-go-lucky and heroic child.
  • Nice Hat: Wears Robin Hood's hat (a present from Robin himself) for most of the film.
  • Righteous Rabbit: He's a little rabbit with a heroic disposition.
  • Shipper on Deck: After Maid Marian fondly reminisces her childhood with Robin Hood, Skippy reflexively asks if they're going to have kids.
  • Smooch of Victory: Skippy is forcibly given one by Maid Marian during their roleplay game, much to his embarrassment.
  • Took a Level in Badass: He goes from nearly wetting himself over Prince John conceivably executing him to firing an arrow at the villain's butt, and later helping Robin stop some guards.

    Mother Rabbit
Voiced by: Barbara Luddy

The kindly mother of Skippy and his many siblings.



    Prince John
Voiced by: Peter Ustinov

Prince John is a lion and the villain of the story.

  • 0% Approval Rating: His "The Villain Sucks" Song was so successful that everyone, even Prince John's allies (Sir Hiss and the Sheriff) start singing it.
  • Bad Boss: Due to his bad temper, he's cruel to Sir Hiss and constantly abuses him both physically and verbally.
  • Berserk Button: Mentioning King Richard in front of Prince John. Mentioning his mother is probably okay, as it just causes him to bluescreen and start sucking his thumb.
  • Beware the Silly Ones: Prince John may be a comical, embarrassing Momma's Boy, but if you mock him badly enough, he will not let you get away with it.
  • Big Bad: The source of the story's conflict. Robin's hiding out, his inability to marry Marian, the heavy taxes, it's all him.
  • Cain and Abel: The Cain to Richard's Abel for "sending him off on that crazy crusade".
  • The Caligula: After tricking his older brother King Richard into partaking in a crusade, he assumes the crown and becomes a dictator, with his excessive taxation.
  • Can't Take Criticism: When Hiss is going off on an "I Warned You" rant after he's robbed by a Disguised in Drag Robin and Little John, he responds by angrily smashing a mirror over Hiss' head.
  • Cats Are Mean: He's a lion and he's mean, however his brother Richard who's also a lion inverts this trope.
  • Character Tic: Sucking his thumb.
  • Dirty Coward: In the Archery Tournament fiasco, while Robin Hood was fighting off the guards, Prince John tried to blind-side him. However, Robin Hood easily disarms him before that happened, and Prince John immediately runs away in fear while pathetically begging for his life.
  • Disproportionate Retribution: When he learns that the villagers were making fun of him (and he really had it coming anyway) he triples the (already harsh) taxes, causing the town to be driven into poverty and imprisoning most of the villagers who were unable to pay.
  • Even Bad Men Love Their Mamas: Prince John's relationship with his mother is... complicated. He seems to react with a huge amount of remorse when he ends up either wrecking her things (i.e., her mirror and her castle) or is reminded of her in some way, and childishly sucks his thumb.
  • Evil Counterpart: To King Richard, obviously, given who The Good King is in this situation.
  • Evil Is Hammy: He chews the scenery with abandon, such as his reaction to "The Phony King of England".
  • Evil Is Petty: Where to begin? He antagonizes the populace incessantly by imposing ridiculously high taxes on them, and relishes the opportunity to get back at Robin Hood. He's no better to his own subordinates, either, treating Hiss with rather jarring cruelty.
  • The Evil Prince: He's second in line and his ambition is behind his evilness.
  • Faux Affably Evil: On occasion, when treated with the requisite flattery, he can be friendly and cheerful. This never lasts too long however.
  • Fisher King: With Prince John's greed, taxes become increasingly high, and the likelihood of starvation for the local populace increases. This is best shown in his reaction to "The Phony King of England", where he incarcerates anyone who isn't willing or able to pay taxes. After King Richard returns, everything is restored to normal.
  • Foolish Sibling, Responsible Sibling: The Foolish to Richard's Responsible. While Richard is a kind, mature and sensible leader who rules the country professionally and doesn't look down on anyone below his status, John is an arrogant, impatient and petty Manchild who wants to fuel his power by stealing from the poor.
  • Freudian Excuse: Prince John has serious maternal issues. It's implied that he spent his whole life being The Unfavorite to his mother.
  • Greed: He is depicted as not only hoarding gold, obsessively counting it, and fondling it, but even sleeping with it in his bedchamber. To be fair, no one could expect the royal chambers to be vulnerable to any but the most daring and skillful of thieves, but surely there were more secure places to put it... right?
  • Hair-Trigger Temper: Being a massive Spoiled Brat, he gets angry and irritated rather easily. Just ask Sir Hiss.
  • Historical Domain Character: Both Prince John and King Richard were real historical figures, though one imagines that even Medieval Morons would have noticed if they had been real lions.
  • Historical Downgrade: He's little more than a bratty, ineffectual crybaby... at least at first glance.
  • Historical Villain Upgrade: In this story, he taxes people out of sheer greed and is even responsible for Richard's crusades, via his hypnotic Evil Chancellor. As noted in Artistic License – History, the heavy taxes were raised in order to finance Richard's wars and his ransom when he was captured by the Emperor of the Holy Roman Empire. Although by all accounts the historical John really was a childish overgrown brat with an uncontrollable temper.
  • Humiliation Conga: The entire film could be seen as this for Prince John. In the first heist that Robin and Little John perform, he is scammed, robbed and stripped of his royal robes, then ends up in a muddy puddle. During the archery tournament, his plan backfires, he's shot in the backside by a child, beaten by a chicken and dubbed "The Phony King of England". Finally, his second plan to capture Robin ends with him being thrown out of his bed chamber, charged at by his own guards, then chasing Sir Hiss with a stick while sucking his thumb. And to add the cherry on top, he ends up in prison in the epilogue.
  • Hypocrite: After he is captured at the archery contest, Prince John calls Robin a traitor to the crown, despite the fact that he unlawfully seized the throne while Richard was off on the Crusades. Robin rightfully calls him out on it.
  • It's All About Me: Taken to a narcissistic degree.
  • Jerkass: He's a greedy, short-tempered, immature jerk and becomes even worse over the course of the movie.
  • King of Beasts: He is a lion just like his brother, although a scrawny and maneless one.
  • Laughably Evil: He is one of the most laughable, incompetent and hilarious Disney villains ever, although he has some scary moments.
  • Lean and Mean: Prince John is scrawnier than his benevolent older brother.
  • Manchild: He's very whiny, often throws temper tantrums, constantly sucks his thumb and cries very easily.
  • Manipulative Bastard: He hosts an archery tournament with the prize being a kiss from Maid Marian, knowing that it will lure in Robin, and he quickly deduces that the mysterious stranger is Robin in disguise based on his archery skills. He also tries to have Friar Tuck executed to lure in Robin, knowing that they are friends.
  • Money Fetish: He sleeps with bags of taxes.
  • Momma's Boy: He is devoted to his mother even though she preferred his brother.
  • Narcissist: Exaggerated sense of self-importance? Check. A distinct lack of empathy? Check. Refusal to acknowledge his faults? Check.
  • Non-Action Big Bad: While he is the mastermind behind the plans to stop Robin Hood, he relies on The Sheriff to do all the dirty work for him. The Sheriff is more of a physical threat to Robin, constantly attempting to capture him, and then actively trying to kill him during the climatic battle, unusually for a Disney film which has more often the main villain fight the heroes.
  • Not-So-Harmless Villain:
    • Prince John is a cowardly, childish mama's boy, but that doesn't stop him from being a cunning and ruthless tyrant who is a fan of lethal and amoral force.
    • He has a surprisingly smart moment at some point. Initially he failed to see through Robin and Little John's gypsy costumes, but later when Prince John stages an archery tournament, he is more perceptive, seeing through Robin's stork disguise (which is actually pretty convincing) and sets a trap for Robin once his guard is down.
  • Psychopathic Manchild: A petulant, temperamental, selfish, impulsive crybaby who sucks his thumb and cries for his mommy.
  • Royal Brat: One of the meanest and most immature characters in the movie. Unfortunately, he's also in charge of the kingdom for most of it.
  • Smug Snake: Has quite an ego, but his plans and traps to catch and kill Robin Hood NEVER work out the way he wants them to.
  • The Sociopath: A bit more lightly than any other examples. However he's still a selfish and greedy despot who doesn't think twice of hurting and/or killing innocent people when pushed too far.
  • Spoiled Brat: When the Nottingham citizens shout out their loyalties to King Richard, John's response was whining while jumping up and down on his throne.
  • Still Sucks Thumb: Sucks his thumb whenever he's upset. He's even the page image.
  • Tyrant Takes the Helm: He takes over the throne from his older brother Richard. Unlike his brother who was apparently The Good King, John is a terrible ruler, known for his terrible and unjust taxes, causing misery everywhere.
  • The Un-Favourite: "Mother always did like Richard best!"
  • The Unfettered: He's willing to stoop to such lows as having Friar Tuck, a man of the Church, hanged as long as it gives him a chance at taking Robin Hood down. He even scoffed at Sir Hiss's reluctance.
    Sir Hiss: Hang Friar Tuck? A man of the Church?!
    Prince John: Yes, my reluctant reptile!
  • Vengeance Feels Empty: When Prince John heard the villagers singing "The Phony King of England", he responds with tripling the taxes to the point of having them arrested. After this, he is shown sitting in his throne with much anger on his face, and more determined desire to kill Robin Hood.
    "It's Robin Hood I want, you [Sir Hiss] idiot! I'd give all my gold if I could get my hands on—"
  • "The Villain Sucks" Song: "The Phony King of England" is a mocking song that Little John and the villagers of Nottingham sing about him. The "sucks" part is also literal, as the song mentions him sucking his thumb.
  • Villainous Breakdown: Once the "Phony King of England" himself hears the aforementioned song, it leads to him screaming new decrees about tripling the taxes right at the scared-witless Sheriff's face while strangling Sir Hiss. He finally completely loses it after the climax, chasing Hiss with a stick while ranting and sucking his thumb, which somehow makes it even worse.

    Sir Hiss
Voiced by: Terry-Thomas
Dubbed by: Roger Carel (European French)

Sir Hiss is a snake and Prince John's loyal adviser.

  • Accessory-Wearing Cartoon Animal: Wears nothing but a feathered hat and a collar. Justified, because he is a snake. Averted with his jail robes, which cover most of his coils.
  • Affably Evil: At least, he's certainly more pleasant than Prince John and the Sheriff.
  • Alcohol Hic: When he's let out of the ale barrel, he is clearly drunk and his slurred hssssing is just one indication.
  • Ambiguously Jewish: Working as Prince John's accountant, being called "cowardly cobra" as one of the more tamed insults and gets the blame for every mistake Prince John makes. Just like many Jews of the middle ages.
  • Beleaguered Assistant: The advisor to John and smarter than his foolish boss. The things that keep him from being a Dragon-in-Chief is that he is much less ambitious, egotistical and cruel than John.
  • Brutal Honesty: With someone like John trying to avoid saying anything undesirably truthful ends up being impossible like walking in a minefield and therefore often blows up in Hiss's face.
  • Butt-Monkey: Often the target of Prince John's temper tantrums.
  • Cassandra Truth: He sees through every single disguise. While he might not know who it is, he knows they aren't who they claim to be. Yet every time, Prince John assumes he's just jealous of the attention they're getting.
  • The Complainer Is Always Wrong: Whenever he unsuccessfully tries to warn Prince John and is ignored, he usually ends up on the short end of John's temper tantrums.
  • Even Evil Has Standards: Sir Hiss has no problem with Prince John's evil deeds until he decides to hang Friar Tuck, a man of the Church.
  • Evil Genius: Sir Hiss is the Big Bad's adviser, and it's thanks to his hypnotic abilities that Prince John was able to steal King Richard's throne. Unfortunately, John doesn't listen enough to Hiss' more sensible counsel (don't implicitly trust a couple of forture tellers or a duke who shows up uninvited). He's also shown counting taxes for Prince John.
  • Human Knot: When Prince John, who already found out Robin's little disguise, pulls him out of the ale barrel, Hiss informs him of this fact. It leads to him being tied around a beam.
    Prince John: Get out of that, if you can.
  • Hypercompetent Sidekick: Now, if Prince John had listened to Hiss' advice now and then (don't trust the strange gypsy women, for one), he'd have been spared some of his humiliations.
  • Hypnotic Eyes: He is stated to have hypnotized King Richard into going off on crusade. At least once he did this to Prince John, which made him mad.
  • Ineffectual Sympathetic Villain: He's smarter and less of a Jerkass than his boss, and objects to some of Prince John's actions.
  • I Warned You: He goes off on such a rant after Prince John is robbed by Robin and Little John in disguise as gypsies, having tried to warn him that they were planning to rob him. In response, the prince smashes a mirror over his head.
  • Nice Hat: He wears a cap with matching feather.
  • Not So Above It All: He momentarily joins the Sheriff in singing "The Phony King of England", only to get chewed out by Prince John when he walks in and overhears them and the villagers' popular song.
  • Only Sane Man: From the villain side. He can see through the heroes' disguises and tries to warn Prince John about it, but only gets mistreated as a result.
  • Pragmatic Villainy: While Sir Hiss seems genuinely shocked that Friar Tuck is going to be hanged, he might be afraid that doing so would get them excommunicated from the Catholic Church.
  • Professional Butt-Kisser: He acts as Prince John's sycophant. However, even a consummate bootlicker like him finds it frustratingly hard not to say some unasked truths whenever his boss screws up-which is very often.
    Sir Hiss: And how well King Richard's crown sits on your noble brow.
    Prince John: Doesn't it? Uh, King Richard? I've told you never to mention my brother's name!
    Sir Hiss: A-A mere slip of the forked tongue, Your Majesty.
  • Reptiles Are Abhorrent: He is a snake and Prince John's Evil Chancellor.
  • Reused Character Design: He's got Kaa's body and even Hypnotic Eyes, though his own eyes are generally smaller, apart from when he employs said Hypnotic Eyes.
  • Smug Snake: All of the villains are pompous and nasty, but Sir Hiss is a literal example, and used to provide the trope's image. Ironically, despite his own ego, he's not a proper example, given all the above tropes with regard to his reactions to Prince John's choices.
  • Snakes Are Sinister: Much like the other snake from a previous Disney movie, although both of them are more funny than sinister. Unlike Kaa who was a Laughably Evil Big Bad Wannabe on his own and somewhat more sinister, Sir Hiss serves as a Butt-Monkey servant to the Big Bad.
  • Snake Talk: Ssssir Hisssss ssssayyyss Ssseeccrets.
  • Sycophantic Servant: He's the Big Bad's sidekick, and he is constantly sucking up.

    The Sheriff of Nottingham
Voiced by: Pat Buttram

The Sheriff of Nottingham is a wolf and Prince John's top enforcer.

  • Beware the Silly Ones: Robin and Little John can run rings around him, but not as much so everyone else. He enforces all of John's taxes and laws with diligence, and by the climax has most of his opposers imprisoned.
  • Blatant Lies: He insists he's not a bad man and is just doing his job, when it's quite clear from the way he acts that he highly enjoys his work of stealing from the poor.
  • Card-Carrying Villain: Not only does the Sheriff use underhanded tactics to collect every last coin from the townspeople, he enjoys every minute of it - he seems to particularly enjoy stealing from widows, children, cripples, beggars and churches.
  • Corrupt Hick: Despite being set in Medieval England, the Sheriff and his underlings act like stereotypes from the American Deep South.
  • Curb-Stomp Battle: The Sheriff is easily the most dangerous villain physically, but Little John is capable of handling him in seconds. Robin, not so much as evidenced by their battle at the end of the movie.
  • The Dragon: To Prince John. One of few Disney examples in plain sight, he's aggressive, takes orders from his (slightly) brighter boss, orders the Mooks around, and serves as the primary physical threat to Robin as demonstrated nicely during the final battle scene in the tower.
  • Dumb Muscle: Big, dumb, and mean. Also quite lazy when off duty.
  • Everyone Calls Him "Barkeep": He's only ever referred to as "Sheriff", even by his close associates.
  • Evil Counterpart: To Little John, as a big and strong second to the Big Bad instead of The Hero.
  • Fat Bastard: With his big belly and crass demeanor, he is the closest example.
  • Faux Affably Evil: He's always cheerful and polite while doing sadistic things.
  • Hate Sink: Much like Prince John, he is widely disliked by the residents of Nottingham, to the point of being consistently booed throughout the archery tournament.
  • In-Series Nickname: Is called "Bushel-britches" by a number of characters.
  • Jerkass: Like Prince John, he's a rude, power-tripping jerk.
  • Just Following Orders: He likes to portray himself as a Punch-Clock Villain when people call him out on his relentless collecting, but it's clear from his actions that he enjoys his job.
  • Kick the Dog: He's a dog kicking machine; he steals from widows, children (taking a coin given to them on their birthday no less), people with broken legs, blind beggars, and even the poor box of the church.
  • Kill It with Fire: Having lost his sword he comes after Robin with a torch in the finale, setting the entire building on fire.
  • Know-Nothing Know-It-All: At the archery tournament, the Sheriff rants to a disguised Robin Hood that the reason he hasn't captured the titular character is because "Robin is a coward". He then comments about how Robin hasn't shown his face at the tournament before bragging about how he'd easily "see through his phony disguises", completely unaware Robin was literally right next to him.
  • Laughably Evil: A nasty guy who takes delight in his evil, and is hilarious to boot.
  • Nice Hat: A red hat with a feather.
  • No Name Given: His name is never revealed.
  • Not So Above It All: He even gets caught up in singing the "Phony King of England" song, with Sir Hiss failing miserably in trying to dissuade him from singing it in the presence of Prince John, no less, leading to a Mood Whiplash when John increases the taxes on the villagers.
  • Not-So-Harmless Villain: He's a bumbling goof, but nearly kills Robin in the climax of the film, burning the castle down in the process.
  • Savage Wolves: Jackass wolves anyway.
  • Smarter Than You Look: He looks and acts like a pompous bumpkin, and is generally treated as such, but he coyly sees through all the civilians' elaborate attempts to hide their money and is the first around (since Sir Hiss is punch-drunk) who suspects that something is going on once John suddenly and anxiously pardons Robin.
  • Stout Strength: The biggest and strongest of the bad guys, despite his considerable gut.

    Nutsy and Trigger
Nutsy (left) and Trigger (right).
Voiced by: Ken Curtis and George Lindsey, respectively

Trigger and Nutsy are the dimwitted vultures and the palace guards.

  • Accessory-Wearing Cartoon Animal: They both only wear cloaks, and Trigger wears an iron helmet.
  • Affably Evil: They're usually pretty cordial to whomever they're addressing.
  • An Axe to Grind: Nutsy wields a halberd.
  • Cassandra Truth: Trigger, on two occasions: the first is when he suspects Robin (disguised as a beggar) to be a spy, and the second is when he rightfully worries that there may be a jailbreak in the works.
  • Clueless Deputy: Nutsy is a ditz and Trigger can't keep his crossbow under control. (Not that the Sheriff is much better, but he looks like it in comparison.)
  • Feathered Fiend: Two antagonistic vultures though they are probably Just Following Orders.
  • Feather Fingers: Both can use their wings as hands; Trigger can use a crossbow with it.
  • Hypercompetent Sidekick: Trigger to the Sheriff. During the battle between the Sheriff and Friar Tuck, he pulls down the hood of Friar Tuck, blocking the Friar's view and allowing the Sheriff to capture him. He's later the only one who realises a jailbreak is coming and keeps trying to warn him.
  • I Call Her "Vera": Trigger refers to his crossbow as "Ol' Betsy."
  • I Just Shot Marvin in the Face: Trigger's crossbow does have a safety catch, but it's either faulty or Trigger is bad at telling when it's on — it gets to the point where the Sheriff is more afraid of the crossbow when Trigger swears the safety catch is on this time, honest.
  • Karma Houdini: The only villains that weren't arrested. Given that they weren't abusing their power like John, Hiss, and the Sheriff were, this meant they had Karmic Protection.
  • The Klutz: Nutsy, when he pulls the trapdoor on the gallows and the Sheriff falls through:
    Sheriff: Now I know why your mama called you Nutsy.
  • Meaningful Name: "Now I know why your mama called you Nutsy." Trigger too, who is known for his itchy trigger finger.
  • Minion with an F in Evil: Nutsy, but only because he's an idiot, while Trigger comes off as more malicious. However, as seen in Punch-Clock Villain below and their apparent Heel–Face Turn, both of them can be considered to be poor villains.
  • Properly Paranoid: Trigger is the only one who even suspects Robin Hood's beggar disguise, and is insistent that he'll try a jailbreak. Naturally, the Sheriff doesn't listen to him.
  • Punch-Clock Villain: At the end they're seen guarding the imprisoned John, Hiss, and the Sheriff for King Richard, so it's clear they just do their job no matter who's on the throne as seen in a deleted scene where Richard reveals himself to them and they immediately bow to him.
  • Reused Character Design: They share animation models with the Beatles-esque vultures from The Jungle Book. Except that they are villainous, while the Jungle Book vultures were sympathetic.
  • Those Two Bad Guys: Two henchmen to Prince John and the Sheriff.

    Captain of the Guard/Captain Crocodile
Voiced by: Candy Candido

A crocodile who serves as, well, the Captain of Prince John's guards.

  • Accessory-Wearing Cartoon Animal: Wears a cape and a hat and nothing else.
  • An Axe to Grind: Wields a double-headed battleaxe during the escape scene at the end. He uses it to cut the rope holding up the portcullis, trapping Robin Hood inside the castle.
  • Authority Equals Asskicking: There's a reason why he's Prince John's chief guard. He's the only villain in the movie to put a decent fight against Robin Hood without being easily defeated.
  • Badass Cape: His red cape denotes his status as Captain of the Guard.
  • The Brute: Acts as backup muscle for the Sheriff. During his Sword Fight with Robin he actually holds his own, establishing himself as the most physically capable of the villains. It takes getting run over by the rhinos to put him out of action.
  • Enigmatic Minion: Whether he's independently evil or a Punch-Clock Villain is not made clear.
  • Everyone Calls Him "Barkeep": He's always just "Captain".
  • Evil Sounds Deep: His voice sounds like it's coming from somewhere down in the Marianas Trench.
  • Hypercompetent Sidekick: Downplayed. While no genius, he holds his own against Robin Hood at the archery tournament, and single-handedly prevents his escape in the finale after the Sheriff and the rest of the guard have failed by doing the most practical thing and closing the gate. Easily the most competent villain, despite rarely being seen.
  • Knight of Cerebus: Compared to Prince John, Sir Hiss, the Sheriff and the rest of his guard, he's arguably the most deadly serious of the movie's villains even if he appears in very few scenes. He is inches away from killing Robin in a sword fight, almost kills an old owl during the prison escape, and arrives to trap Robin Hood in the castle, albeit briefly.
  • Luckily, My Shield Will Protect Me: Carries a shield during his fight with Robin, and parries both sword strokes and arrows with it.
  • Mook Lieutenant: Always appears at the head of the rhino guard, and relays Prince John's orders to them.
  • Never Smile at a Crocodile: He's a crocodile, he works for Prince John, and as villains in this movie go, he's relatively dangerous.
  • Nice Hat: His little red hat.
  • Punch-Clock Villain: Another possible explanation of why he isn't seen with John, Hiss and the Sheriff when all is said and done. Despite his sinister appearance, he never expresses any personal motivation or takes much initiative. All he does is help Prince John in his gambit to capture Robin, an outlaw, and later tries to stop a jail break, including trying to strike the elderly owls with his axe in an act of excessive cruelty.
  • Reptiles Are Abhorrent: The crocodile Elite Mook, although like Trigger and Nutsy, he's probably Just Following Orders.
  • Reused Character Design: Of Ben Ali Gator from the "Dance of the Hours" segment of Fantasia.
  • Shield Bash: Knocks down Robin during their Sword Fight with his shield and then almost stabs him with his sword.
  • Sword Fight: Has one with Robin Hood at the archery tournament and actually acquits himself well.
  • What Happened to the Mouse?: As stated above, it's unknown if he has escaped, perished, imprisoned or pardoned.
  • Would Harm a Senior: He tries to strike the elderly owl couple during the prisoners' escape scene.


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