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Robyn Hood is an updating of the Robin Hood legend from Zenescope Entertainment comics, and is part of their Grimm Fairy Tales universe. It consists of the following comic book series:

  • Robyn Hood (5 issues, 2012)
  • Robyn Hood: Wanted (5 issues, 2013)
  • Realm Knights (4 issues, 2013)
  • Robyn Hood: Legend (5 issues, 2014)
  • Robyn Hood (20 issues and 1 annual, 2015-2016)
  • Robyn Hood: I Love NY (12-issue limited series, 2016-2017)
  • Grimm Fairy Tales: Apocalypse (5 issues, 2016-2017; described by the writer as a wrap-up point for many of his ongoing storylines in the universe, including Robyn Hood)
  • Robyn Hood: Tarot (one-shot)
  • Robyn Hood: The Hunt (6 issues, 2017-18)
  • Van Helsing vs. Robyn Hood (4 issues, 2018)
  • Robyn Hood: The Curse (6 issues, 2018)
  • Robyn Hood: Outlaw (6 issues, 2019)
  • Robyn Hood: Vigilante (6 issues, 2019)
  • Van Helsing vs. the League of Monsters (6 issues, 2020)
  • Robyn Hood: Justice (6 issues, 2020)

The series begins as Shang, one of the guardians of Myst, storms a temple of cultists. After he is attacked by and kills a couple, he discovers a baby on an altar. He takes the child and confers with the Council of the Five Realms, who unanimously agree that the baby must be killed, lest she turn out the same as the Jabberwocky. Shang cannot bring himself to do this, believing that the child has the potential to live a better life and takes her to Earth where she is left on the doorstep of a family that will come to raise her. That family names her Robyn Locksley.

Sadly, the family is not without its own problems. Robyn's adoptive father is a deadbeat drug dealer who abuses both her and her adoptive mother, including forcing a very young Robyn to do drug deals for him. Robyn's mother is also gravely ill, and Robyn eventually turns to petty theft in order to pay for her mother's medication. After her mother loses her job, she and Robyn are unceremoniously kicked out of the house by her father. A few years after this, Robyn comes home one day only to discover that her mother has succumbed to her illness. She is put into foster care and bounces around the system until she ends up in a normal high school. By this point in her life, Robyn has made a point of standing up to those that use power to intimidate or the corrupt and in so doing makes herself an enemy to Cal King, a sociopathic spoiled brat whose father runs the town. Robyn steals his car in attempt to teach him a lesson, but Cal and his friends chase her down, forcing her to crash her car, and then proceed to brutally beat and gang-rape her before Cal cuts her left eye out. Meanwhile, a group of people in Myst desire a protector, and eventually using magic they reach out to her and pull her into Myst.

In Myst, Robyn is greeted by a mysterious woman who tells her that she will become what the people of the land require, but the woman is murdered before she is able to elaborate. She journeys through the kingdom of King John and discovers a wide range of poverty and despair. She begins to live off the land and after some time is confronted by Little John. She also soon meets his companions who become her group of Merry Men. They train for a while before deciding on a campaign of revenge, retribution and revolution against the evil King. She is captured after taking part in a contest but escapes and manages to kill the King, thus freeing the people from his tyrannical rule. She talks with a woman named Marian who directs her to a portal back to Earth.

Robyn returns to find the man that raped her, first killing his two best friends and then seemingly killing his father before confronting him. He shocks her by revealing that he had forgotten who she was and that him raping her was not even worth remembering. She drags him outside and kills him as well. When leaving she confronts two police officers and attacks them, but realizes although they were complicit in her rape that they are not exactly guilty either. Instead she gets them to call the sheriff in for backup who was partially responsible for a lack of justice in her case. She kills him and then leaves, though it is revealed that the father did not die. She travels to New York City and steals from a bank on Wall Street and throws the money in the air before leaving to discover herself after she realizes that her campaign of revenge has not left her satisfied.

On the run as an outlaw, Robyn eventually has an encounter with Britney (a.k.a. 'Red Riding Hood'), who attempts to bring her in. Their encounter ultimately ends in a stalemate with Britney agreeing to stop hunting her, but the truce will be void if Robyn kills another human. Robyn tells Britney that she knows that what she has done to get into this situation was not necessarily right, but she doesn't regret her actions, no matter how they haunt her.

With her record cleared following service with the organisation known as the Realm Knights, Robyn sets up shop as private investigator in New York City in partnership with Marian. The two of them handle cases no one else take; usually ones with a supernatural bent.

The comic appears to take place in the Cthulhu Mythos, as the Chtulu chant is used by several characters to perform magic.

Tropes present in Robyn Hood:

  • Abusive Parents: Robyn's adoptive father, Guy of Gisbourne's mother. Robyn's birth mother Lucinda, the Queen of Darkness also counts.
  • Absurdly-Spacious Sewer: Robyn hunts down a gang of Lizard Folk living in New York's absurdly spacious sewers in I Love NY.
  • Archer Archetype: Robyn has trouble following orders, and even trouble asking for help. As a result she tends to operate as a lone wolf character
  • Arrowgram: Robyn uses this to send a note to a young girl she has taken an interest in telling her to meet her at the library in I Love NY #1.
  • Bad People Abuse Animals: Guy of Gisbourne's mother has his horse killed and forces him to wear the skin as a cloak.
    • In another issue, a young woman is shown neglecting and abusing a cat right before she gets munched by a bunch of werewolves. Robyn and Marian end up taking this cat in, and he lives a much better life with them.
  • Bait-and-Switch Gunshot: In The Hunt #2, Robyn is nearly lynched by a group of guards inside the prison. When she fights her way loose, one the guards draws a gun. There is a shot and then the guard falls over; having been shot by Miller, a mole inside the prison.
  • Bitch in Sheep's Clothing: Synapse. Initially appearing as a Shrinking Violet telepath, she turns out to have been controlling the minds of quite a few members of the Underground before Tatter grabs her in a Heroic Sacrifice moment and locks her away. Unfortunately she's Not Quite Dead and manages to escape Tatter's prison by pulling off a Grand Theft Me on Emmett, but is found out by Robyn and Emily and exorcised by the Spriggan. She's last seen imprisoned in a bottle and being carried around by the Spriggan, who informs her he has plans for her.
  • Blinded by the Light: In I Love NY #3, Robyn is blinded and deafened by a flashbang, which leads to her committing Self-Offense on Agent Red.
  • Blood Magic: The Big Bad in The Curse is a Mayincatec sorcerer who works his spells through the use of blood magic.
  • Boxed Crook: This is how Robyn Locksley (a.k.a. 'Robyn Hood') is recruited into the Realm Knights organisation. So long as she stays off the radar and operates within the parameters given in her missions, she is allowed to stay out of jail.
  • Cannot Spit It Out: Robyn to Will Scarlet, which ends up being a big source of regret for her after Will dies. Twice.
  • Caught in a Snare: In I Love NY #2, Robyn gets caught in a snare set by the pack of Lizard Folk she is hunting through an Absurdly-Spacious Sewer.
  • Chained to a Bed: In #1 of her ongoing series, Robyn Hood does this to a sleazy politician; taking photos with his phone and uploading them to his Twitter account and sending them to everyone in his contacts list, including journalists.
  • Chainsaw Good: In I Love NY #4, Robyn fights a Monster Clown wielding a chainsaw. She points out to him what a stupid weapon choice that is just before she shoots him the head which causes him to hit himself with his chainsaw as he falls.
  • Civvie Spandex: Robyn wears an outfit that is identifiably a costume, but which looks like it could be put together in a sporting and hunting goods store (with maybe a little extra work with scissors and thread).
  • The Corpse Stops Here: Outlaw starts with Robyn returning home to find her apartment broken into and Captain Gengrich wounded and apparently dying in her bathroom. Robyn is cradling Gengrich and trying to summon help when the police arrive; having been sent by Gingrich's real attacker to catch Robyn in a compromising position.
  • Cowboy Cop: Robyn comes out of the ongoing series as somewhat friendly with Julia Gengrich, a captain in the NYPD, and occasionally consults on supernatural cases. As a direct result, as we find out in Liesel Van Helsing's book, "pulling a Locksley" has become a slang phrase in the NYPD for "completely ignoring orders and jumping headfirst into danger."
  • Dartboard of Hate: At the end of The Hunt, the Executioner is seen sitting in his solitary cell throwing blades into a picture of Robyn he has stuck on the wall.
  • Deadly Environment Prison: The interdimensional prison Robyn is sent to in The Hunt is located on a Floating Island and surrounded by a Hungry Jungle.
  • Dirty Cop: The sheriff of Robyn's hometown is in Oswald King's pocket, and covers up Oswald's son Cal's crimes; including his rape and assault of Robyn.
  • Dirty Harriet: Robyn goes undercover as High-Class Call Girl to bring down a dirty politician in #1 of her ongoing series.
  • Divine Parentage: Robyn's true parents are Lucinda the Queen of Darkness and the titan Cronus.
  • Doorstop Baby: Shang deposits the infant Robyn on the doorstep of the Locksleys.
  • Exactly What I Aimed At: In The Hunt #6, Robyn fires an arrow in the arena that seemingly misses her opponent. However, it is then revealed that the arrow has smashed the reinforced glass window of the warden's box, which was her real target all along.
  • Eye Scream: After Cal and his cronies gang-rape Robyn, one of his friends says they can't stand how she's staring at them. Cal scoffs before casually leaning down and cutting out one of Robyn's eyes with a piece of glass.
  • Falling Chandelier of Doom: In Vigilante #1, Robyn is escaping from her former allies in the Underground in the Peacock's banquet hall. She shoots the rope holding up the ornate chandelier, sending plunging down on top of her pursuers.
  • Floating Continent: The dimension where Robyn is imprisoned in The Hunt has floating islands.
  • Forced Prize Fight: In #3 of the Robyn Hood ongoing series, Robyn and Red are captured by a gang of supernatural creatures and forced to battle each other in a barbed wire cage match.
  • Frame-Up: In I Love NY, the mysterious Big Bad frames Robyn for the murder of a columnist who had been very vocal in his criticism of her.
  • Freudian Excuse: Guy of Gisbourne used to be a sweet kid who loved his horse, but his mother was obsessed with honor and forcing him into becoming a knight. To achieve this, she would physically and mentally abuse him, which has caused him to warp into the jerkass he is at the time of the comics' taking place.
  • Friend or Foe?: In I Love NY #3, Robyn and Agent Red are both sneaking into the same club. Not knowing who is coming, Red detonates a flashbang. Blinded and deafened, Robyn then attacks the person who threw the flashbang, not knowing it is Red.
  • Gender Flip: Robin is changed to a young woman named Robyn.
  • Genuine Human Hide: In The Curse, the Big Bad uses a form of blood magic that allows his underlings to bypass biometric security measures by wearing the skin of the person the system is tuned to. They have to wear the entire skin or the magic won't work.
  • Good Scars, Evil Scars: Robyn has a dramatic scar over her left eye where Cal King cut her eye out after raping her. (Her blind eye now also magically glows, which adds to the dramatic effect.)
  • Heroic Sacrifice: Nick does this by throwing himself at Death (yes, the Horseman of the Apocalypse) in an attempt to rescue Robyn. It works, and he is finally permitted to die (see Who Wants to Live Forever? below).
    • Hadesnote  does this a year later to rescue Angelica (his half vampire/half goddess daughter) from being grabbed by Death.
  • High-Dive Escape: In I Love NY # 11, a wounded Robyn escapes from Alina Rose by jumping through the closed window of a warehouse into the river.
  • Hijacked Destiny: Robyn has her status as the prophesied "Child of Darkness" stolen by another archer, thanks to a ritual and a drop of our heroine's blood. Normally, this would be a relieve for Robyn, since then she would avoid getting constantly harassed by members of the Dark Horde that want her to turn to evil, and bring their organization to a complete dominion of the Five Realms. That, and get rid of all the guilt that knowledge brings to her. The problem is, the woman that has done this is definitely evil, is totally on board with making said prophecy true, and has a personal vendetta against Robyn. Planning to harm many of her loved ones along the way. She manages to beat the pretender by the end of the story, but is left unclear if the ritual has been undone.
  • Human Sacrifice: In The Curse #5, the Big Bad performs an Aztec human sacrifice by the cutting the heart of his living victim, atop his new skyscraper (which is shaped like a pyramid) to open the gate between worlds and summon Quetzalcoatl.
  • Hungry Jungle: The Alcatraz Robyn is imprisoned in in The Hunt is a Deadly Environment Prison surrounded by a hungry jungle.
  • Hunting the Most Dangerous Game: In the I Love NY series, Robyn is captured by Natalya who plans to subject her to this.
  • I Call It "Vera": Robyn's magical bow is named Scarlett, after Will Scarlett: her Love Interest who died helping her to liberate the magical land of Myst.
  • Impaled Palm: in I Love NY #11, Robyn stabs Fuchs through the palm with a piece of splintered wood. This doesn't even slow Fuchs down, as he pulls a Lodged-Blade Recycling by pulling the shard out of his hand and slashing Robyn with it.
  • Important Haircut: Once they're back from Myst, Robyn gives Marian one of these. Marian panics a bit at first, but after seeing the results, she is ecstatic.
  • Improbable Aiming Skills: Like all comic book archers, Robyn possesses these. In her case there is a magical element to her skill.
  • Improbable Use of a Weapon: In I Love NY #2, Robyn is Caught in a Snare and unable to use her bow. She somehow manages to kill a Lizard Folk by throwing an arrow at it.
  • Incompatible Orientation: Marian initially has a crush on the solidly heterosexual Robyn.
  • In the Hood: Robyn's outfit includes a green hood.
  • I Own This Town: Oswald King. The richest man in Robyn's hometown, he so thoroughly controls the town that his son Cal feels he can commit rape with impunity.
  • I Take Offence to That Last One: In Robyn Hood #15, Robyn intimidates a group of skinwalkers. As she goes to leave, one of them calls her a "crazy bitch". Robyn turns around and demands "What did you call me?" As another skinwalker starts to say "He didn't mean b...", Robyn continues "Did you just call me crazy?" The next panel has all of the skinwalkers Pinned to the Wall with arrows.
  • Jerk Jock: Cal King, whose actions go past mere bullying to outright criminality (which he can get away with because his father owns the town).
  • Just Like Robin Hood: Robyn briefly indulges in this — throwing the money she stole from a Wall Street bank to the crowd — before ultimately deciding that her campaign of revenge is empty and that she needs to find something more worthwhile to do with her life.
  • Karmic Death: In Van Helsing vs the League of Monsters, a vampire is overheard laughing about one of his victims, who, believing that the vampire would sire him, brought him "pretty much his entire family". The vampire cackles that he ate the guy first, after thanking him for "basically doing [his] meal prep for the next six months".
  • Lizard Folk: Robyn clashes with a group of lizard folk in living in New York's sewers who have taken to abducting people off the streets in I Love NY.
  • Lodged-Blade Recycling: In I Love NY #11, Robyn stabs Fuchs through the palm with a piece of splintered wood. This doesn't even slow Fuchs down, as he pulls the shard out of his hand and slashing Robyn with it.
  • Making the Choice for You: Avella does this for Robyn, killing a deranged Guy of Gisbourne, who had been pleading with Robyn to kill him and make his life/death worth something. She didn't do it for Robyn's sake, though, but as revenge for Guy's torturing her in the past.
  • Master Archer: Robyn is generally acknowledged as being the greatest archer in the world; able to effortlessly match the feats of legendary archers. None of the other heroes doubt her abilities to take on monsters, demons and other supernatural entities armed only with a bow and arrows.
  • Mayincatec: In The Curse, the Big Bad is an Aztec sorcerer using a newly constructed pyramidal skyscraper as a temple to summon the Aztec gods through Blood Magic and Human Sacrifice.
  • Moe Greene Special: In I Love NY #2, Robyn hits a Lizard Folk in the eye with a thrown arrow. The lizard later delivers the arrow to its boss, who uses in an attempt to frame Robyn for murder.
  • Monster Clown: In I Love NY #4, Robyn fights a gang of monster clowns who are abducting children.
  • Most Common Superpower: Like almost all Zenescope heroines, Robyn is noticeably well-endowed.
  • Mugged for Disguise: Robyn steals a robe from a cultist to infiltrate the Church of Many Eyes in Robyn Hood #7.
  • Multishot: In Grimm Fairy Tales: Genesis, Robyn battles a swordswoman who keeps cutting her arrows out of the air. As she has two swords, she is able to cut down two arrows at once. Robyn finally defeats her by firing three arrows at her at the same time.
  • In #15, a gang of monsters capture Robyn and Van Helsing and plan to livestream their murder on to the web to show other monsters two of their biggest hunters have been disposed of. Things do not run to plan, and the deaths of several monsters end up being streamed instead.
  • Occult Detective: Robyn and Marian found Nottingham Investigations; a P.I. firm that specialises in investigating supernatural cases.
  • Orderlies are Creeps: In The Curse #1, an orderly takes a disturbing interest in Sam while she is in a coma in the hospital. However, while he is getting inappropriately physical with her, the monster that is possessing her manifests and kills him.
  • Parrying Bullets: In Grimm Fairy Tales: Genesis, Robyn battles a swordswoman who keeps cutting her arrows out of the air.
  • Person as Verb: Because of Robyn's habit of impetuously throwing herself into dangerous situations, "pulling a Locksley" has become a slang phrase in the NYPD for "completely ignoring orders and jumping headfirst into danger."
  • Pineapple Surprise: in Vigilante #2, Robyn shoots an arrow that punctures one of the tear gass grenades on the SWAT cop who is tryying to arrest her; causing it to detonate.
  • Pinned to the Wall: Robyn's foes usually end up like this if she doesn't want to kill them.
  • Politically Incorrect Villain: Cal brags about having stabbed a gay classmate in the stomach and then forcing him to lie to the authorities it was a suicide attempt instead.
  • Prison Episode: In The Hunt miniseries, Robyn is imprisoned in an inter-dimensional prison and has to escape.
  • Prison Riot: Robyn triggers one in The Hunt, when she manages to convince the supernaturals she is in a Forced Prize Fight against that she is not their real enemy, but that the prison is. The opponents, and the rest of inmates, seek to unleash their fury upon the warden.
  • Psycho Sidekick: For a time there's Cindynote , who is basically Harley Quinn but without the obsessive love for the Joker. She is eventually burnt to death after a collection of magic-users realize she's going to kill Robyn and one of the Horsemen of the Apocalypse at the same time, manipulate things so only Cindy is caught in the magical backlash.
  • Rape and Revenge: Robyn extracts vengeance on Cal King and all those she holds responsible for her rape when she first returns from Myst. Unfortunately, Guy of Gisbourne and Avella manage to rescue a very badly burnt Cal from the fire Robyn left him to die in. This winds up backfiring massively on them when Cal proves to be a bigger monster than they had anticipated and turns on them.
  • Ripped from the Headlines: The Iron Maiden storyline is this, being about a billionaire named Jerry Wepstein, who works with a woman named Giselle Maxis to traffic young girls into sexual slavery for the rich and powerful.
  • Scope Snipe: Robyn does this to a police sniper in Outlaw #1: non-fatally putting an arrow into his scope to spoil his shot, ruin his gun, and serve as a very effective warning.
  • Self-Offense: In I Love NY #3, Robyn is blinded and deafened by a flashbang and winds up attacking Agent Red because she can't see who it is or hear Red desperately shouting out her identity.
  • Shoot the Rope: In Vigilante #1, Robyn is escaping from her former allies in the Underground in the Peacock's banquet hall. She shoots the rope holding up the ornate chandelier, sending the chandelier plunging down on top of her pursuers.
  • Shout-Out: At one point Robyn goes by the alias "Willow" and mentions she's a big fan of Buffy the Vampire Slayer, and later calls herself "Faith" during a job.
  • Sinister Shiv: In The Hunt, Red Death attempts to stab Robyn in the showers with a shiv made from a sharpened toothbrush. Robyn takes it off her and uses it to stab one of her other attackers.
  • Splitting the Arrow: Robyn does this in Robyn Hood #7 while she is practicing so she does not become overly reliant on her magical bow Scarlet.
  • The Straight and Arrow Path: Robyn has no problems in using a bow (albeit a modern compound bow) against modern criminals armed with automatic weapons. She's just that good. (Of course, it helps that there is a mystical component to her skill.) However, many of her foes use magic, which tends to level the playing field somewhat.
  • Superhuman Trafficking: In I Love NY, Natalya runs a slavery ring that captures Eastern European Highborns and smuggles them into the US where they are sold as sex slaves.
  • Super Window Jump: In I Love NY #11, Robyn jumps through a closed window as part of her High-Dive Escape to get away from Alina Rose. Robyn is already pretty badly wounded at this point, so it is hard to tell if jumping through the glass cut her up any worse.
  • Taken for Granite: In Grimm Fairy Tales Photoshoot Special 2016, Robyn fights fights a villainess called Madame Medusa, who uses a gorgon's eye to petrify actresses and models and turn them into exhibits for her private gallery. She tries to do this to Robyn.
  • Tears of Blood: In The Curse #6, Marian cries tears of blood when she pushes her magical abilities to the limit casting a spell to banish the two gods to the other side of the universe.
  • There Are No Therapists: Averted. Realising that Robyn is suffering some serious psychological trauma, Brittany—who used to be a therapist herself—gives her a recommendation to a therapist. Although initially skeptical, Robyn does attend a session. When he offers to continue seeing her despite their first session being attacked by a monster, Robyn realises he is serious about helping her. She continues seeing him, and admits that it is helping her. It gets him killed by the Cabal, to Robyn's horror.
  • Tongue Trauma: In The Hunt #6, Robyn puts an arrow through the Overly-Long Tongue of one of her attackers.
  • Train Escape: Alina Rose does this in an attempt to escape Robyn in I Love NY #12: grabbing hold of the last car of a subway car as it pulls out of the station. However, she is not quite fast enough to escape and, when she cannot force the carriage door open, she is forced into a Traintop Battle with Robyn.
  • Traintop Battle: Robyn's final showdown with Alina Rose in I Love NY takes place atop a subway train.
  • Trashcan Bonfire: I Love NY #4, Robyn talks to some homeless people warming themselves around a trashcan bonfire while looking for leads on the sewer murders. One of them tries to get handsy and Robyn deals with him in her usual fashion.
  • *Twang* Hello: Like most comic book archers, Robyn has a fondness for this.
  • Underground City: In Outlaw, Tatter introduces the on-the-run Robyn to a hidden undercity beneath New York tat is home to various supernatural creatures and other outcasts.
  • Waking Up at the Morgue: In I Love NY #7, the Vapor Lord - having possessed the body of one of his previous victims - awakens at the morgue as the body is being shown to the victim's sister. He proceeds to murder The Coroner and the sister.
  • Wardens Are Evil: The warden of the interdimensional prison in The Hunt runs the penitentiary as his own personal fiefdom. subjecting the prisoners to all kinds of cruel and unusual punishment, and forcing them to fight for his amusement.
  • Wax Museum Morgue: In Grimm Fairy Tales Photoshoot Special 2016, Robyn fights fights a villainess called Madame Medusa, who uses a gorgon's eye to petrify actresses and models and turn them into exhibits for her private gallery. She tries to do this to Robyn.
  • Who Wants to Live Forever?: Nick, also known as the Rotter, who ran afoul of a very powerful magical being and was cursed to never age or die while his body slowly rots away.
  • William Telling: In Robyn Hood #3 (original mini-series), Robyn shoots an apple off the head of Little John during a bonding session with the Merry Men.
  • Wire Dilemma: In Grimm Fairy Tales: Genesis, Robyn has to defuse a bomb in Times Square in New York on New Year's Eve. She snarkily comments on how movies never get it right right, and how it is never just one wire, as she rips out all of the wires on the bomb.
  • Would Harm a Child: Cal King, a.k.a. the Sheriff of Nottingham, murders the child son of Prince John to take power for himself.
  • Would Hit a Girl: Well, for Cal it's "would brutally beat, gang-rape and cut out a girl's eye for no other reason than he wanted to". In another scene he's seen beating and torturing a prostitute before his father interrupts him and rescues her (not out of any sense of kindness, but because she was seen entering their house and if she disappeared afterwards there would be trouble for the family).