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Sherwood is a 2019 animated series released on the YouTube Red streaming service. Based on the legend of Robin Hood, the animated series follows 14 year-old Robin and her friends’ battles with the wealthy Upper City in their efforts to overcome inequality and fight for justice.

It premiered on January 15th, 2019.

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  • Action Girl: Robin and, after some practise, Rose.
  • After the End: Rising sea levels have destroyed much of the planet, leaving Sherwood as one of the last vestiges for humanity's survival.
  • The Alcatraz: The Cube, a half-submerged maximum security prison shaped like a giant Rubik's cube. Robin sneaks in to rescue Tui and Rose in the first episode.
  • Apathetic Citizens: Most of the citizens of Sherwood seem complacent to the Sheriff's actions.
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  • Aristocrats Are Evil: Even in episode one, the rich are shown to be hoarding medicine while the poor are sick and dying.
  • Adaptational Backstory Change: Instead of being a disgraced former male noble, Robin is now a female commoner. However, her father does turn out to be part of the Sheriff's inner circle.
  • Aggressive Categorism: In Gripper's eyes, all people from the Upper City are amoral scum that deserve to die. It takes a lot of Character Development for him to learn people don't get a say in which side of the fence they're born on.
  • Dark-Skinned Blonde: Gripper and Juba are both Black and have pale blond hair.
  • Decomposite Character: Iniko and Gripper both draw inspiration from Little John. Iniko has the role as The Lancer in Robin's band, while Gripper has the legendary size and strength.
  • Does Not Like Shoes: Iniko's wetsuit only has spat-like coverings. Hey, all the better for swimming in.
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  • Facial Markings: Tui has moko tattoos on her chin and forehead.
  • Gender Flip: Robin "Hood" is a girl, as is the character based on Will Scarlet, Rose Trefgarne.
  • Gilded Cage: Rose describes the Upper city as this thanks to the Sheriff and his spies.
  • Honorary Uncle: Robin's "Aunt" Tui raised her after her mother died and her father disappeared.
  • Hover Board: What Rose brings to the team is her hover boarding skills.
  • Kill the Poor: Nottingham's ultimate plan is to send his section of the citadel aloft, and bomb the Upper City and slums to drown.
  • Layered Metropolis: Sherwood is made up of the waterlogged slums and a floating citadel where the rich and elite live.
  • Necessarily Evil: Tom Loxley knows the Sheriff is only interested in saving himself, but he still believes collaborating with him is the only way to ensure the populations can survive the incoming storms. Only during the season finale does Tom realize how wrong he was.
  • Police State: While not scrapping to get their next meal like the sea croppers, life for Upper City residents is hardly ideal. They are spoon-fed lies by the Sheriff, and any discontent is punished with banishment. Rose was imprisoned in the Cube because her parents reported her for insurgency, rather than risk losing their residency status.
  • Related in the Adaptation: In the Robin Hood legends, Guy of Gisbourne is a hitman hired by the Sheriff of Nottingham. Their counterparts here, Sheriff Nottingham and Gisbourne, are father and son.
  • Ship Tease: Between Robin and Iniko, more so on his part.
  • Submarine Pirates: Iniko and Gripper. Their sub is busted up in the pilot, so they join Robin's resistance to rob the Upper City of the necessary parts.
  • "Well Done, Son!" Guy: Every act of cruelty Gisbourne does is for his father's approval. Unfortunately, Nottingham doesn't regard him as a competent minion, much less love him.
  • Wrecked Weapon: Gisbourne wrecks the DNA gauntlet beyond repair in the finale, necessitating that Robin cut her own palm to use her blood to stop the Orb.

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