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King Richard
Background information
Feature films Robin Hood
Short films
Television programs
Video games
Park attractions
Portrayed by
Portrayed by
Animators Tony Fucile
Voice Peter Ustinov
David Ogden Stiers
Performance model
Inspiration King Richard I from the Story of Robin Hood
Honors and awards
Character information
Full name King Richard I
Richard Plantagenet
Other names
Personality Kind, royal, caring, positive, wise, good, fatherly
Appearance Obese, large, muscular gold lion, elderly, light brown mane, thick black eyebrows, gray nose, thin black whiskers, white tabard with thick crimson hem and a yellow steeple design on its front, periwinkle tunic with lacey cuffs, gold necklace, chocolate sandals, gold crown (similar to Prince John's; without jewels), brown cane
Occupation Monarch of England
Prince John's older brother
Robin Hood uncle-in-law
Maid Marian's uncle
Alignment Good
Goal To take good care of his kingdom
Home Nottingham
Relatives Henry II (father) Eleanor of Aquitaine (mother) Prince John (younger brother)
Maid Marian (niece)
Robin Hood (nephew-in-law)
Allies The citizens of Nottingham, Robin Hood, Maid Marian, Little John, Friar Tuck, Lady Kluck, Trigger, Nutsy
Enemies Prince John, Sir Hiss, the Sheriff of Nottingham, Rhino Guards, Wolf Arrowmen
Likes His people happy, Robin Hood having helped Nottingham
Dislikes His brother's greediness
Powers and abilities Strength
Fate Returns from the crusade and continues to rule England.
Quote "Ah, Friar Tuck. It appears that I now have an outlaw for an in-law." (laughs with Friar Tuck) "Yes, not bad, hmmmm?"

King Richard is a character from Disney's 1973 film Robin Hood. He is Prince John's older brother. In the film, he was voiced by Peter Ustinov who also voiced Prince John. Although Ustinov also voiced Prince John in the German dub, he didn't do King Richard's German voice.



King Richard was the older brother and, according to Prince John, was favored by their mother. In contrast to Prince John, Richard is shown to be much stronger looking, and he sports a full mane. He is seen as an ideal king, kind, and considerate of his subjects. He apparently has family other than John, as Maid Marian is said to be his niece.


Robin Hood

Sometime before the events of the film, Richard ruled England as King. He was hypnotized by Sir Hiss, the henchman of Prince John, to go off on the Crusades. In his absence, Prince John usurped the throne, and became known for his harsh, dictatorial rule.

Though King Richard is not seen for most of the film, he is alluded to. It is noted by many that the crown that Prince John wears belongs to King Richard, as it does not fit Prince John's head well. The very name of Richard is enough to cause Prince John to throw an angry tantrum. Later, when facing death, Robin Hood cheers on Richard's name, noting that the crown is rightfully his, and not Prince John's.

King Richard returns to England to set everything right at the end of the film, much to the relief of the people of Nottingham and reclaims his throne from his brother. He imprisons Prince John, Hiss, and the Sheriff of Nottingham for their crimes against poor people and it is unknown what he did to their Rhino guards and Wolfarrow men if he executed them for attempting to kill poor people. He also pardons Robin Hood and gives his blessing for Robin to marry Maid Marian. After the ceremony, King Richard notes to Friar Tuck that he now has an outlaw for an in-law.

House of Mouse

He is seen making appearances on the 2001-03 television series the House of Mouse, usually sitting at tables with Robin Hood, Maid Marian, or Little John. He is especially suspicious of his brother Prince John, Sir Hiss, & the Sheriff of Nottingham as he despises them.

Once Upon a Time

King Richard doesn't appear on the show. However, Robin Hood hold a tatoo with a LionHeart, which signify his loyalty to the King. By extension, King Richard could also exist in this version.

Alternate ending

An idea the Disney animators had thought of, but did not make the cut was where Prince John was about to strike Robin Hood and Maid Marian in the church, but is suddenly restrained by the sudden appearance of King Richard, who has just returned from the Crusades. King Richard sees firsthand the brutal oppression Prince John has imposed on the villagers, the misery and poverty of the commoners, and the fact the castle is all in flames. Richard is enraged that John has run his kingdom into the ground, but still cannot impose the punishment he wishes because John still is a family member and it would upset their mother. Had this idea made it on screen, it would have better explained the final scene and bridged the gap between the terrible fight in the burning castle and the joyous wedding. However, elements are shown in the film, such as Prince John (and his underlings) being punished at the Royal Rock Pile, the nullification of the tax burden, and Robin Hood's reinstatement into civilian society.


  • In the movie, it is stated that Richard is Maid Marian's uncle, but this would have to be an inaccuracy, because the 2 are separate species (Maid Marian is a fox and Richard is a lion). However, it could be hinted that King Richard was once married to a sister of one of Marian's parents (also a fox), which could be considered radical. If this is the case then she may be based on Marie of Champagne; the eldest daughter of King Richard's youngest sister-in-law Blanche of Navarre, Countess of Champagne. Although Richard died not long after the historical Marie's birth, Maid Marian could also be based on Eleanor, the Maid of Brittany whose father Geoffrey was Richard's younger and John's older brother.
  • If you look close, you can see that King Richard bears resemblance to 2 characters from films that came out after Robin Hood: The Archdeacon from the 1996 film the Hunchback of Notre Dame and Mufasa from the 1994 film, The Lion King. Like King Richard, the latter is also both a king and the older brother to the main antagonist.
  • Both King Richard and Rapunzel's father the King have “out-laws” for “in-laws”, so to speak: King Richard has Robin Hood while Rapunzel’s father has Flynn Rider.
  • King Richard's appearance as a lion is symbolic as the real King Richard I was nicknamed the "Lionheart."
  • When John mentioned how his mother favored Richard over him, this alludes to historical fact: Eleanor of Aquitaine, the mother of Richard the Lionheart and John, was well known for favoring Richard above all her other children.
  • In the story of Robin Hood, King Richard and Prince John are really cousins of Maid Marian.
  • Patrick Stewart portrayed King Richard in Mel BrooksRobin Hood: Men in Tights.


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