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Western Animation / Rocket Robin Hood

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60's Canadian cartoon series set in "the fantastic years to come," supposedly the year 3000, starring Rocket Robin Hood and his Merry Men, direct descendants of the English originals. Produced by Toronto-based Trillium Productions, the second and third seasons were done by Ralph Bakshi, and had a much different feel from the first. Though largely forgotten outside of Canada (and Mexico), the series has been a standby in children's programming blocks ever since its original release, due in part to Canadian content mandates.

Many animation sequences from this show were re-used in episodes of the 1967 Spider-Man series and at least two episodes, "Dementia Five" and "From Menace to Menace" were recycled with Spider-Man replacing Robin.

Tropes include:

  • Berserk Button:
    • There are quite a few. For example, in one episode, whenever the Sheriff would claim that the disintegrator ray was "his", he would be corrected by the inventor. However, if he'd claim the disintegrator ray to be "ours", he would certainly not be corrected. Throughout the entire series, if one threatens one of Robin's men, or Robin himself, he'll soon wish he hadn't, as the loyalty between the Merry Men is strong. And, don't try to trick Eric Arthur, the leader of the Vikings, as he doesn't like it when people try to deceive him. The Sheriff of NOTT hates cowardice.
    • Prince John apparently hates it when the Sheriff tries to side with the peasants, due to them starving. As a result, he immediately believes the Sheriff is committing Treason.
      The Sheriff of NOTT: Ahhhh, if they weren't so starved, Your Highness, then, perhaps-
      Prince John: That sounds suspiciously like Treason! Could it be that the Sheriff of NOTT is shirking his duties? Perhaps some punishment will make him see the error of his ways, eh, Titanor?
      Titanor: (Holding the Sheriff, and threatening him with his Neuron Puppet Rod) You are already 3/4 of an idiot, Sheriff! Shall we try for the other quarter, Prince John?
  • Big Eater: Friar Tuck. The interstitial in which he was featured has him rapidly eating from a large plate of food and throwing away each piece of food after taking one bite. Disrupting his chow is his Berserk Button (as two of the Sheriff's guards learned the painful way).
  • The Big Guy: Little John
  • Dirty Coward: The Sheriff of N.O.T.T. (National Outer-space Terrestrial Territories). Not so much Prince John.
  • Eat the Camera: "The Manta Menace."
  • Edible Bludgeon: The fight scenes often featured a hambone and a sack of flour.
  • "Everybody Laughs" Ending: With only a very few exceptions.
  • Even Evil Has Standards: Sheriff of N.O.T.T. generally isn't too fond of robbing peasants dry or humiliating more than nessesary to keep them in line. Unfortunately, he is working under Prince John, who did not have even that much of ethics.
  • Fighter-Launching Sequence: In the opening sequence.
  • Humiliation Conga: As it was aimed at kids, you rarely see anyone actually getting killed, even the villains, who usually just end up getting defeated. Many of them ended up being subjected to the Humiliation Conga, but perhaps the most notable example of this was Dr. Medulla at the end of the "Living Planet" episode, in which after he is defeated, he is prevented from escaping, overpowered by Robin before he can retaliate, and tied to a pole to be pestered by a woodpecker pecking on his head while the hero and his allies look on laughing and making jokes at his expense.
  • Identical Grand Son: The entire cast, as driven home in the episode where Robin and Little John go back in time eighteen hundred years to meet the real Robin Hood.
  • Limited Animation
  • Mooks: The Sheriff's guards, though they're more often hit with a Curb-Stomp Battle than outright death.
  • "The Reason You Suck" Speech: The Sheriff has been on both sides of this trope. He once invoked this on his guards for failing to keep Robin and Little John in the vault. The time this trope was invoked onto the Sheriff was when Prince John decided to bring in a new Sheriff, while the old Sheriff was fired and scheduled to be executed.
    The Sheriff of NOTT: Imbeciles! Buffoons! Cowards! I'm surrounded by cowards! I ask you to guard two prisoners! Just - twoooo prisoners! I even put them 10 feet underground in a steel vault to make it easier for you! And what happens?
    Prince John: Fools! Dolts! How long did you think I would tolerate such stupidity? You call yourself a Sheriff? Why, a man with half a brain would have gotten rid of this Rocket Robin Hood nuisance eons ago! And, I brought such a man with me.
  • Pragmatic Villainy: Sheriff of N.O.T.T., surprisingly. Several times he tried to point to Prince John, that peasants are driven to starvation by his taxes, and it would be more productive to lower taxes now, so they could become more prosperous and pay much more in the future. Unfortunately, Prince John is too paranoid to listen to him.
    • He also raised reasonable doubt about having the bomb, capable of destroying most of Solar System, stored right in N.O.T.T. headquarter.
  • Reality Is Out to Lunch: "Dementia Five". Just Don't step on the rugs... seriously...
  • Recycled In Space: Rocket Robin hood is actually just Robin Hood, except they sometimes fly through space and stick words like "astro" in randomly.
  • Sound In Space
  • Too Dumb to Live: One episode had a feast where Friar Tuck was eating a meat pie, and Prince John offers Rocket a bowl of broth (While adding poison right in front of everyone, but no-one seems to notice) Robin declines the broth and hands it to Friar Tuck. Who immediately drains it and starts reacting to the poison.
  • Xanatos Gambit: Sheriff of N.O.T.T. is surprizingly good in inventing the plans, that would put his rivals (or potential replacements) against Rocket Robin. If they sucseed, it would be Sheriff plan that worked. If they fail, Sheriff would got his rivals removed or humiliated.