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The characters of Ridley Scott's epic and Darker and Edgier version of the legendary story of Robin Hood.

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     The Outlaws 

Robin Longstride (a.k.a. 'Robin of the Hood', a.k.a. Robin Hood)
Played by: Russell Crowe

  • Act of True Love: Robin deciding to stick around in Nottingham (where he could easily be found by Godrey and his mooks) and robbing the Corrupt Church of the grain to plant Nottingham's fields could easily be seen as this. Yes, he wanted Walter to tell him about his past and help the people of Nottingham, but the look on his face when he told Marion what he'd done and she thanked him said it all. He mostly did it for her.
  • Archer Archetype: Well, he is Robin Hood.
  • Been There, Shaped History: Various versions of the tale have given Robin Hood questionable degrees of historical importance, but few have gone so far as to credit him with delivering the first draft of the Magna Carta (written by his own father) to the barons who petitioned King John for its signature.
  • Berserk Button: When Godfrey takes down Marion in the final battle scene. Robin utters a Big "NO!" and proceeds to finally end it by shooting Godfrey through the neck with an arrow.
  • Bow and Sword, in Accord: He is skilled with both.
  • Deadpan Snarker: He occasionally makes dry quips at situations he finds amusing or silly.
    Robin (pointing at his shirtless companions) My men at arms. This is about as courtly as they get.
  • Dead Person Impersonation: He impersonates Marion's late husband Sir Robert Loxley who died in a French ambush While escorting King Richard's crown back to England, firstly to ensure safe passage back to England for himself and his men, and then to help Marion keep her land from the clutches of the Sheriff.
  • Guttural Growler: It's Russell Crowe, so having a husky voice is a given.
  • Honor Before Reason: He will go to extreme lengths to fight against what he perceives to be injustices against the common man.
  • Improbable Aiming Skills: Mostly justified as he's Robin Hood and it's a big part of the legend.
  • The Leader: To his Merry Men and the people of Nottingham. He's the melancholic in the Four-Temperament Ensemble - always thinking, very progressive and a natural leader.
  • Lovable Rogue: Again, he's Robin Hood, the original lovable rogue!
  • Love Confession: "I love you, Marion."
  • Male Gaze: He watches Marion disrobe behind a thin, gauzy drape before looking suitably guilty and turning away.
  • Nice Guy: He is presented in a righteous, kind-hearted light.
  • Nice Hat: Averted due to Robin's iconic green bycocket in truth not being something that appears all that often in live-action in productions anymore with the last production, outside of spoofs and parodies, to have done so having been the 1982 television adaptation of Ivanhoe. This is Truth in Television since bycockets were usually worn by rich noblemen, and never into battle.
  • Romancing the Widow: Robin's pursuit of Marion.
  • Romantic Fake–Real Turn: What started out as a ruse to convince the masses became genuine affection between Robin and Marian.
  • Rousing Speech: Robin gets to expound on civil liberties vis-a-vis the duties and obligations of a King.
  • Weapon of Choice: Two - the bow and arrow and the sword.

Lady Marion Loxley (a.k.a. Maid Marian/Marion)
Played by: Cate Blanchett

  • Action Girl: This version of Marion is no Distressed Damsel. She has Improbable Aiming Skills with a bow and arrow, she ploughs fields and shoes horses and the end even sees her armor clad and leading the orphan boys of Nottingham into battle against the French. Many eyes rolled at this inclusion, though one ballad has Marion disguise herself as a page and duel Robin with swords "for at least an hour or more".
  • Attempted Rape: Marion fights off one from one of Godfrey's French mooks by stabbing him in the neck and kicking him in the face no less!
  • Chastity Dagger: She threatens Robin with one when they first share a bedchamber as part of his pretense to be her husband. Unsurprisingly, it later turns out she wasn't making it up.
  • The Chick: At the end of the movie she and Friar Tuck join Robin and his merry men as outlaws.
  • Contralto of Danger: With Cate Blanchett, this is to be expected.
  • Cry into Chest: After Walter's death, Marion finally breaks down and cries into Robin's chest.
  • Deadpan Snarker: She definitely has shades of this, especially towards Robin. The incredibly sarcastic way she 'invites' him to her chamber and "Oh, is it my turn now?" being prime examples.
  • Defrosting Ice Queen: Marion isn't exactly an 'Ice Queen' but she does act quite coldly towards Robin at first until she noticably thaws towards him later.
  • Friend to All Children: Nottingham's band of feral children act aggressively towards everyone else but Marion. The only time they try to rob her doesn't end too well as she scolds them and even drags one off by his ear! The younger ones even seem perfectly happy to sit in her lap.
  • Never a Self-Made Woman: Who else but Marion? She even ends up as the camp mom at the end.
  • Rapunzel Hair: She wears her hair way past her waist, and being Cate Blanchette, that's even LONGER than on a normal woman.
  • Romantic Fake–Real Turn: What started out as a ruse to convince the masses became genuine affection between Robin and Marian.
  • Samus Is a Girl: An extra rider wearing a face-concealing helmet arrives at the battle just before the final charge. You probably didn't even need to highlight this to know that it's Marion, did you?
  • The Smurfette Principle: She is the only female character of significant importance to the story in Nottingham.
  • Team Mom: She is a mother figure to Nottingham's feral orphans who's fathers have died in The Crusades.
  • The Worf Effect: She experiences a nonlethal case of this against Godfrey.
  • Xenafication: She is a lot tougher here than in some adaptations, though not as tough as others.

Little John
Played by: Kevin Durand

  • An Axe to Grind: His signature staff gets an axehead.
  • The Big Guy: Little John, as usual, is the biggest and broadest of the merry men.
  • Boisterous Bruiser: He's big, brash and lecherous but kind, good humoured and completely loyal to Robin.
  • Four-Temperament Ensemble: Choleric - patient enough to wait for Robin's signal to go into fights as he is infantry, but never hesitates when it's time to fight, is the big guy of the team, and can be fairly cruel with his jokes.
  • Has a Type: He takes an instant liking to a woman who’s nearly as tall as him.
  • Loveable Rogue: He's the most rogueish of all of the merry men, but arguably also the most loveable.
  • Only Known by Their Nickname: Since the traditional tale of him being named "John Little" until Robin renames him is not used. When Friar Tuck asks him about the moniker, he responds, "What are you getting at I'm proportionate!"
  • Violent Glaswegian: He's a rowdy rough man who speaks with what most resembles a Scottish accent.

Allan A'Dayle
Played by: Alan Doyle

  • Four-Temperament Ensemble: Phlegmatic - quiet when he's not singing, generally follows along with anything the others want without argument.
  • Wandering Minstrel: Allan is a musician who is as ready to sing a rousing ditty as he is to go into battle as an archer
  • Warrior Poet: He has a sharp blade and smooth tongue.

Will Scarlet
Played by: Scott Grimes

  • Bestiality Is Depraved: Little John jokes that Will Scarlet "co-habits with sheep" and mimes sheep-shagging. In the film, Will's accent and red hair likely marks him as a Welshman.
  • Colourful Theme Naming: In this version Will has red hair rather wearing red clothing.
  • Four-Temperament Ensemble: Sanguine - the most social of the four, quick to make jokes, but also the one to verbally panic when the group approaches London.

Friar Tuck
Played by: Mark Addy

  • Badass Preacher: Not only does he use the Bee Bee Gun, see below, but also wears armor and goes into battle against the French.
  • Bee Bee Gun: The Friar locks up a bunch of French soldiers inside his small church and throws two beehives in to keep them company. This is a rare case of Chekhov's Bee Bee Gun, as he earlier comments on the dangers of angering a hive.
  • Big Fun: A portly man with quite the sense of humor.
  • Warrior Monk: He dons a suit of armor and takes part in the final battle against the French.


     The Royals 

King Richard the Lionheart
Played by: Danny Huston

  • Bait the Dog: The setup for Richard asking Robin what he thinks of his crusade implies he'll reward him for his honesty. Instead he puts him in stocks with his gang.
  • Boisterous Bruiser: He is boisterous and larger than life, growling dramatically like his namesake when he washes in the morning and rides in battle.
  • Brutal Honesty: When King Richard asks for his opinion of the crusade, Robin answers honestly that it was a pointless waste of life. From the setup in the previous scene, it almost seems that King Richard was going to reward Robin for his honesty and set himself as a Reasonable Authority Figure. Instead he puts Robin and his gang in the stocks for their trouble.
  • Cool Crown: Wears his crown on his helm into battle.
  • Cool Helmet: His signature crowned helm, seen on the right.
  • Fiery Redhead: As red-haired as he is fierce and boisterous. In contrast to Scott's earlier depiction of him in Kingdom of Heaven, he has long curly hair resembling a lion's mane.
  • Frontline General: Leads from the front and is beloved by his men for it. It also gets him killed.
  • Historical Domain Character
  • King Incognito: He dons a cloak and hood and mingles among his men.
  • Large Ham: Danny Huston certainly has fun hamming it up in this role. "THEY DO IT FOR THE LIONHEART!"
  • Modest Royalty: The only decoration he ever wears is his crowned helm.

Prince/King John
Played by: Oscar Isaac

  • Ambiguously Brown: John is played by Guatemalan actor Oscar Isaac and his mother and brother are played by pale-skinned English actors.
  • Bling of War: Wears golden mail and rich clothes into the battle on the beach.
  • Cool Crown: In addition to the crown he normally wears as king, he also wears Richard's crowned helmet.
  • Cool Helmet: Wears the same crowned helmet as Richard into battle.
  • Et Tu, Brute?: John, upon learning of Godfrey's betrayal (the last of the royal court to learn of it), flies into a rage and nearly stabs his wife, who has informed him. Then he breaks into tears and gets a Cool Down Hug. May also qualify as a literal Villainous Breakdown, but he's not the chief villain of the movie.
  • The Evil Prince: Mostly averted as he's actually King for a majority of the movie, in contrast to other versions of the Robin Hood myth.
  • Frontline General: Insists on leading the battle from the front, despite Marshal's protests. He actually holds himself pretty well in combat and survives through it.
  • Historical Domain Character
  • Jerkass: He's brash, selfish, ridiculously cold-hearted towards his first wife and simply will not listen to reason from his mother or William Marshal. He also refuses to sign the treaty at the end despite having already sworn on his mother's life to do so, and he outlaws Robin seemingly because he's jealous of the loyalty he inspires in other people.
  • Jerkass Has a Point: His rant at his mother over Richard's follies, such as going off to play war and having to shell out an exorbitant ransom to get him back, requiring the hefty taxation he's always been vilified for in previous iterations simply to be financially responsible.
  • Kick the Dog: To his lawful wife. He constantly cheats on her since she is, in his own words, as 'barren as a brick'.
  • Naked on Arrival: John and his French mistress (and to-be-wife) are interrupted in bed by his mother. The film is PG-13, so Modesty Bedsheets are present.
  • The Unfavorite: He lampshades this multiple times throughout the film when speaking to his mother, accusing her of loving Richard more than him.

Eleanor of Aquitaine
Played by: Eileen Atkins

Isabella of Angoulême
Played by: Léa Seydoux

  • Everyone Looks Sexier If French: She's your typical beautiful, sensual young French 'pastry' (as named by Eleanor) who John finds infinitely more appealing than his 'barren as a brick' English wife.
  • Historical Domain Character
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Isabella, in spite of being a bit of a bitch (sleeping with a man whilst his wife is just outside the door listening), truly seems to love John in spite of his many faults.
  • Token Good Teammate: Isabella with regards to the French. Her loyalty is entirely to her husband and although she takes part in adultery, she's not shown as outwardly evil. She also shows anger at John for refusing to sign the treaty.

Sir Godfrey
Played by: Mark Strong

  • Bald of Evil: Both Godfrey and his Chief Mook (who tries to rape Marion) are bald and clean shaven in contrast to most other men in the film.
  • Big Bad: King Philip is the Greater-Scope Villain though.
  • Canon Foreigner: Godfrey (along with Sir Walter Loxley) is an Original Character who doesn't appear in any of the source Robin Hood legends.
  • Captain Ersatz: A knight with a French name starting with 'G' who acts as a senior henchman and suffers from Chronic Backstabbing Disorder? It's not Gisbourne, it's Godfrey!
  • The Dragon: To both King John and the French King at the same time.
  • Evil Chancellor: To King John. His title really is Chancellor. Also Treacherous Advisor.
  • Evil Is Petty: He never hides the fact that he is a disgusting Jerkass.
  • Evil Sounds Deep: He has a rather deep, imposing voice.
  • Glasgow Grin: Robin manages to give Godfrey half of one with an arrow in France.
  • The Heavy: He may not be the Greater-Scope Villain (that's King Philip) but his actions drive the main plot of the movie.
  • It's All About Me: Selfish doesn't even begin to describe him. He wants power and influence, no matter that his actions will result in the death of hundreds (and potentially thousands) of innocent people and plunge a whole country into war with itself.
  • It's Personal with the Dragon: King Philip is the leader of the army trying to invade England, but it's Godfrey who committed all the atrocities on English soil. He notably killed Sir Walter, earning him the ire of Robin and Marian.
  • Manipulative Bastard: He manages to convince his childhood friend King John to give him a small army of men to collect taxes from the northern Barons when in reality he has an even bigger army of French soldiers at the ready to dispose of them and rape and pillage their way through the North, causing unrest and nearly plunging England into civil war.
  • Would Harm a Senior: Seen as he mercilessly kills Walter Locksley.

William Marshal
Played by: William Hurt

  • Badass Baritone: The low, gravelly voice of William Hurt lends itself well to this trope.
  • Cool Old Guy: He's in his 50s by the time of the film and still fully fit to go into battle. To boot, he is sensible, noble and considerate.
  • The Good Chancellor: In comparison to Godfrey's Evil Chancellor who takes over Marshal's role once John 'resigns' him.
  • Historical Domain Character
  • Historical Hero Upgrade: While renowned in his time as a soldier and statesman and called after his death "the flower of chivalry" and "the greatest knight who ever lived", he gets to help fight off an French invasion that didn't happen until years later and under different circumstances. See the Hollywood History entry on the main page.
  • Old Friend: He's a dear friend of Walter Loxley.
  • My Master, Right or Wrong: Stays loyal to King John despite his actions, though he tries to steer the king in the right direction.
  • Reasonable Authority Figure: The only person in the royal court who is on the side of our heroes. He was one of the men who signed Thomas Longstride's original treaty calling for more rights for the common man and he tries to advise King John to sign the treaty and truly earn the loyalty and respect of his people, to no avail.
  • The Spymaster: His spies keep him informed of the French forces' movements throughout the film.

King Philip of France
Played by: Jonathan Zaccaï


Sir Walter Loxley
Played by: Max von Sydow

  • Badass Grandpa: Sir Walter isn't afraid to swing a sword at his enemies, despite being 84 years old and nearly blind. Plus his "tumescent glow..."
  • Canon Foreigner: Sir Walter (along with Sir Godfrey) is an Original Character who doesn't appear in any of the Robin Hood legends.
  • Dirty Old Man: This scene:
    Walter: I woke this morning with a tumescent glow. Eighty-four! A miracle.
    Marion: [as Robin smirks] I'd always wondered at the private conversations of men...
  • Papa Wolf: Upon learning the man before him was his son's murderer, he flew into a rage against him, despite being very old and blind. He was even able to wound Godfrey before he was taken down.
  • Sacrificial Lion: He is killed mercilessly by Godfrey.

The Sheriff of Nottingham
Played by: Matthew Macfadyen

  • Demoted to Extra: Whilst he is typically remembered in legend as Robin's most direct adversary, has a very minor role in the film and barely comes into conflict with Robin at all. His later role in the legend is only hinted at in the very end.
  • Evil Sounds Deep: A given, knowing Matthew Mac Fadyen's deep, melodious voice.
  • Harmless Villain: In comparison to the other villains in the film, especially Godfrey.
  • The Quisling: Instead of trying to protect his villagers from the French invasion, he instead tries to save his own behind by currying favour with the marauding soldiers by claiming that he is half-French on his mother's side.
  • Smug Snake: This film does not portray him as the sinister and ruthless adversary of legend, but as a lecherous coward of a man who will do anything to save his own skin at the expense of others.
  • Villainous Crush: On Marion. He constantly acts lecherously towards her and even gives her a Forced Kiss, to which she bites his lip and spits at his feet.


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