Robin Hood is an anthropomorphic fox who is the main protagonist of Disney's 1973 feature film of the same name. Although Robin Hood is often shown as an outlaw who chooses to rob from the rich to help the poor people, in this animated version he is shown mainly attacking Prince John and his agents, who have impoverished Nottingham with high taxes. Robin Hood and Little John steal the tax caravans and give it back to the peasants while trying to avoid capture by both Prince John and the Sheriff of Nottingham. He is voiced by Brian Bedford.
Robin Hood is based on the character from the Robin Hood legends. Like the character of legend, Robin Hood is a heroic outlaw who steals from the rich and gives to the poor. He is known for his mastery of archery as well as his talent for disguising himself. Despite being declared an outlaw, Robin Hood is a good and generous person at heart, and is beloved by the townspeople for his deeds.
Little background is given as to Robin Hood's early life. It is mentioned that he already have meet Maid Marian in the past, and they were in love. At some point after this, Robin Hood became an outlaw, and was already being sought by the Sheriff of Nottingham at the opening of the film.
Robin Hood is a slender red fox with brown eyes who wears a yellow hat with a red feather on it, but later changed to green, and wears green clothing and shoes.
- Fox Physiology: Robin Hood is an anthropomorphic fox.
- Human Mimicry: As an anthropomorphic fox, Robin Hood walks on his legs and wears human clothing.
- Agility: Robin Hood is agile and uses it to outmaneuver his opponents.
- Master Archer: Robin Hood is a mastery of archery, he was able to hit every target in the "Archery Tournament".
- Disguise Mastery: Robin Hood is a master of disguising himself, he once disguise as a stork to avoid detection and a blind man to fool the guards.
- Skilled Swordsman: Even though he relies on a bow and arrow, Robin Hood is skilled in sword fighting.
- Skilled Woodsman: Due to spending most time in the woods, Robin Hood is very persistent in working in the woods.
His first appearance in the film is running with Little John from the Sheriff of Nottingham and his posse. After escaping, he and Little John disguise themselves as gypsy fortune tellers. Together, they successfully rob the royal caravan of the tyrannical, ruthless Prince John, earning him the prince's ire. Robin Hood becomes Prince John's most wanted figure in Nottingham. While disguised as a blind beggar, Robin is seen giving the money to Nottingham residents who suffer from the oppressive taxes of Prince John.
Later on, he finds out from Friar Tuck that Prince John has organized an archery tournament with a kiss from Maid Marian as a winner's prize. Though it is clearly a trap meant to capture him, Robin Hood attends, disguised as a stork, in order to see Maid Marian, whom Robin loves. However, his masterful archery skills reveal his identity, and he is captured and sentenced to death. Little John interrupts the execution by threatening Prince John, and after a battle, Robin Hood escapes into Sherwood Forest with Little John, Maid Marian and others.
After discovering that Friar Tuck has been imprisoned by Prince John for treason, Robin Hood attempts a rescue to both save the friar from death, and to rescue the residents of Nottingham who have been imprisoned for failure to pay taxes. The jail break goes successfully, until it is revealed that Tagalong was left behind. Though Robin Hood is able to rescue the child, he is trapped in the castle. He is stalked in the tower by the Sheriff of Nottingham who engulfs the tower in flames while trying to hit Robin Hood with a flaming torch. Robin Hood manages to run, and eventually jumps from a tower into the moat, while being shot at by the sheriff's posse. Though originally believed to be dead, Robin Hood survives, much to the anger of Prince John.
At the end, King Richard returns, pardons Robin Hood for his heroic deeds, and allows him to marry Maid Marian.
Sometimes he appears as a guest on House of Mouse. In the episode "Thams to Minnie", Robin Hood was part of the rumor chain, mainly the end of the rumor Clarabelle sends from Mickey, to Donald, to Daisy, to Goofy, the Red Queen, Pocahontas, then to Robin Hood, who wrote a message by the feather on his hat back to Clarabelle saying that "We be better off without Minnie."
Robin Hood, portrayed by Tom Ellis, appeared on the second season of Once Upon a Time in the episode "Lacey". He is introduced as a thief who attempts to steal a powerful magic wand from Rumplestiltskin, however he is caught in the act and kept prisoner. Belle, believing that there is good in Robin Hood, frees him from his jail. An angered Rumplestiltskin returns and reveals that Robin Hood has, in fact, taken the wand. Upon finding the thief in Sherwood Forest, his life was spared by Rumplestiltskin when he discovers what the thief had stolen the wand for Maid Marian, who was gravely ill.
He has been recast for Season 3 and is played by Sean Maguire.
Robin Hood turns out to live in the Enchanted Forest, exactly in the old mansion of Rumplestiltskin where he comes to help Baelfire and Mulan. The way whether it is was spared by the curse remain a mystery. A possible explanation is that the thief, Little John and the merrymens were spared by the curse by the spell of Cora, as it was the case for Mulan, Aurora and Prince Phillip. Robin Hood turns out to have a son, a little boy, Roland, among whom the mother, Marian died further to illness. Roland is used as bait by Baelfire for to attract the Shadow and to join Neverland. After-party this moment, Robin, impressed by the courage and the loyalty of Mulan, suggest her joining his merrymens, the time when she says her farewells to Aurora. Robin Hood had a lion tattoo on his arm. Unknown of himself, he turns out to be the great love of the future Evil Queen, estimated and described by Tinker Bell, in a period when the fairy prevented Regina's fall from a balcony, affected by Daniel's loss and in a marriage forced with Snow White's father. Regina had don't the courage to meet Robin Hood, whose fate is also impeded. It lets suppose that if Regina would have effectively met Robin Hood, she would never have become the Evil Queen and he would never have become an outlaw.
A playable, costume add-on of Robin Hood was available for the game.
Robin Hood appears in the Disney INFINITY game. In the 3DS version, he appears as a cameo. He steals coins from the player with the highest amount of coins and than gives it to the player with the lowest amount of coins. It is his trade mark steal from the rich and give to the poor.
Robin Hood also has his own spell card known as "Robin Hood's Magic Arrow" in the attraction Sorcerers of the Magic Kingdom.
- The costume that Robin Hood wears is similar to that of Peter Pan albeit without the tights.
- Robin Hood is similar to Merida from Brave.
- In the Season 3 Phineas and Ferb episode "Canderemy", Stacy Hirano wore an outfit very similar to Robin Hood's.
- Robin Hood was the second hero to have first known his love interest (Maid Marian) in childhood, but later separated and fallen in love with her, the first being Bambi from the film of the same name and third being Simba from The Lion King. Interestingly, all three of them are animal. Prince Phillip from Sleeping Beauty may or may not count, as his love interest (also his betrothed), Princess Aurora, was only an infant at the time.
- Robin Hood is the first Disney character to be skilled in archery, with Gaston being the second, Hercules being the third, Li Shang being the fourth and Merida being the fifth.
- The fact that Robin Hood is portrayed as a fox may be a reference to Reynard the Fox, a fox trickster of Western folklore. More probably, the animators of Robin Hood reused the design of Renard, the antagonist of the unfinished project of film Chanticleer, which was a great help for Robin Hood : the sheriff's design is the one of Ysengrimus from Chanticleer, and Alan-a-Dale's the one of Chanticleer himself.
- Unlike a real red fox, Robin Hood, and to a much lesser extent, Maid Marian, for some reason has red ears instead of black ones, and does not sport the brown "gloves" on his arms and legs and the white tip on his tail. This was eventually corrected with Tod in The Fox and the Hound.
- Robin Hood is an inspiration of the real Robin Hood from the legend.
- Robin Hood had the same Hat like Prince Phillip but in other color: Robin Hood has it in green and Prince Phillip he's got in red matching with his cape.
- Robin Hood calls little John, Johnny, the same way Maid Marian calls Lady Kluck, Klucky.
- Robin Hood is considered the best archer in the Disney universe.
- Robin Hood is similar to Phoebus from The Hunchback of Notre Dame. Even though they are a serious character they still have time to tell a joke.
- It is possible that Disney chose a fox for Robin Hood because foxes are considered:
- Tricksters; dresses as a fortune teller and a blind beggar.
- Thieves; robs the rich (but gives to the poor).
- Cunning; able to get away often from the Sheriff of Nottingham.
- Robin Hood is the second main protagonist whose movie is a musical, but does not have a song in the feature, the first was Arthur Pendragon, and the third is Oliver.
- During the song The Phony King of England, there is a gray cat that is similar to Scat Cat (The Aristocats) that dances like him.
| Robin Hood | The Story of Robin Hood and His Merrie Men | House of Mouse | Once Upon a Time | Once Upon a Time in Wonderland
Characters: Robin Hood | Little John | Alan-A-Dale | Prince John | Sir Hiss | Sheriff of Nottingham | Trigger | Nutsy | Rhino Guards | Captain Crocodile | Wolf Arrowmen | Otto | Friar Tuck | Skippy Bunny | Sis Bunny | Tagalong Bunny | Mrs. Bunny | Toby | Maid Marian | Lady Kluck | Sexton Mouse | Little Sister | King Richard
|Official Disney Princes|
|The Prince | Prince Charming | Prince Phillip | Prince Eric | Beast | Aladdin | John Smith | Li Shang | Prince Naveen | Flynn Rider|
|Other Lead Male Protagonists|
|Mickey Mouse | Donald Duck | Bambi | Peter Pan | Arthur | Robin Hood | Taran | Simba | Quasimodo | Phoebus | Hercules | Tarzan | Milo Thatch | Sora | Prince Edward | Rei | Wreck-It Ralph | Kristoff|