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Sheriff
The Sheriff of Nottingham
Background information
Feature films Robin Hood
Mickey's Magical Christmas: Snowed in at the House of Mouse
Television programs House of Mouse
Once Upon a Time
Video games
Park attractions
Portrayed by Will Traval (in Once Upon a Time)
Portrayed by
Animators Milt Kahl
Voice Pat Buttram (in the original film)
Bill Farmer (in House of Mouse)
Performance model
Designer
Inspiration The Sheriff of Nottingham of the Robin Hood stories
Honors and awards
Character information
Full name
Other names Bushel-Britches
Personality "Honorable", pompous, arrogant, tough, calculated, sly, cheerful, ironic, greedy, heartless, chipper, self-confident, blundering, short-tempered, sneaky, shifty, dishonest, a cheater, slightly charismatic, sarcastic, mocking, mean, bully, protective, desperate, hopeless, funny, stupid, silly
Appearance (in his traditional form): Obese gray wolf, sheriff clothing, crimson shoes, hat, gold star badge, wears a gold medallion round his neck
(in his prisoner form): Both prisoner uniform and cap consisting of black and white stripes
Nationality
Species
Birthday
Occupation Sheriff
Tax collector
Prince John's lieutenant
Alignment
Alignment Bad
Affiliation
Affiliations
Goal To collect the most tax money to make Prince John rich (succeeded)
To hang Friar Tuck at dawn (failed; when Little John releases the accused Friar)
Home Nottingham, England
Relatives
Pets
Allies Prince John, Sir Hiss, Prince John's rhino guards, Trigger (formerly), Nutsy (formerly)
Minions Trigger (formerly), Nutsy (formerly), his wolf guards
Enemies Robin Hood, Little John, Friar Tuck, Lady Kluck, Alan-A-Dale, Skippy, Sis, Tagalong, Mother Rabbit, Toby, Otto
Once Upon a Time Rumplestiltskin
Likes Maid Marian, to collect taxes, arresting people
Dislikes Outlaws, Robin Hood's disguises
Powers and abilities His strength
His speed
His regular archery
His authority over his henchmen
His 2nd powerful individual in Nottingham
Weapons His sword
His torch (to try to burn Robin Hood off, but accidentally burns Prince John's throw rug)
Fate Gets thrown in the rock pile along both Prince John and Sir Hiss by King Richard.
Quote (gets his buttocks poked by Trigger's bowcatser) "Is the safety on old Betsy?"
"You're under arrest for high treason to the crown." (binds Friar Tuck's throat together with his whole head smothered in his hood thanks to trigger)
(right after collects Otto's doubloons from his cast to the palm of his hand) "It smarts, now, don't it, Otto, but Prince John says that the taxes should hurt."
"WHAT IN TARNATION YOU TRYIN' TO DO, YOU BIRD BRAIN?!"
"Oh, ya got it all wrong, Hiss, the snivelin', grovelin' weasely, neezely-"

The Sheriff of Nottingham is the secondary antagonist from Disney's 1973 feature film Robin Hood. He is voiced by Pat Buttram.

Personality

The Sheriff was charged to collect the taxes by Prince John. In contrast to Prince John, who is the mastermind behind the many plans to stop Robin Hood, the Sheriff is a more active antagonist, constantly fighting and attempting to capture Robin Hood. He is completely unsympathetic to the poverty of the town's people, using immoral ways to collect taxes such as forcing out the coins Otto had hidden in his leg cast, regardless of the pain the blacksmith would endure from his broken leg in the process, or taking the single farthing that was in the church's poor box and laughing as he did it. Because of this, he is hated by the people of Nottingham, who often derisively refer to him as "Bushel-britches," referring to the Sheriff's rather overweight physique. Despite his constant attempts to capture Robin Hood, he always fails. In addition, he is always fooled by Robin Hood's disguises, despite his claims to the contrary. Despite this, he is not stupid, as he was baffled by Prince John's unexpected claim that Robin Hood should be released, and immediately grew suspicious of John' behavior, with his suspicions being confirmed when he found Little John holding the prince hostage via knife-back. The Sheriff commands a posse of archer wolves, and has authority over Trigger and Nutsy. Unlike most Disney villains, the Sheriff is a cheerful character but he seems to have a short temper. He also speaks with a heavy Southern United States accent, which is likewise derived directly from British dialect which most characters speak in. 

Appearances

Robin Hood

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"There's somethin' funny goin' on here."

The Sheriff appears at the film's opening, sneaking up on Robin Hood and Little John as the two are swimming. Despite his attempts, Robin Hood manages to escape by hiding in a tree.

Later, he is shown traveling though the town for his daily tax collection. He uses several methods to get them. First, he takes them from Otto the blacksmith, by hitting Otto's leg until the coins that the dog hid in his cast come out, which causes obvious pain to Otto's broken leg. At Mother Rabbit's home, he takes the single farthing that was meant as a birthday present for Skippy. The Sheriff even stops so low as to take money from a blind beggar, while being completely oblivious to the fact that the beggar is Robin Hood in disguise.

The Sheriff is one of the participants in Prince John's archery tournament. Once again, he is unaware of the fact that a stork archer is a disguised Robin Hood. He even carries on a conversation with the "stork" about how Robin Hood did not attend, and brags that he could always see through the disguises. Though the sheriff is apparently a decent archer, making it to the final round, he resorts to cheating to defeat the disguised Robin Hood. First he has his vulture henchman, Nutsy, hide in the target, and the vulture adjusts the target so that the Sheriff gets a bulls-eye. When the "stork" shoots, he nudges the stork's bow, in an attempt to have him miss. He loses anyway, thanks to Robin Hood's skill. After Prince John unmasks Robin Hood and sentences to beheading, the Sheriff becomes suspicious when the prince suddenly orders Robin to be released. He then discovers Little John holding a knife to the back of Prince John's neck and attacks him, freeing the prince and resulting in the following battle against Robin Hood.

Despite his supposed loyalty to Prince John, he is not above making fun of him when Prince John is not around, as the Sheriff is next seen singing a mocking song about Prince John that the villagers had made up. Later, he presumably imprisons most of the townspeople on the Prince's orders for not paying the dramatically increased taxes that Prince John imposed as punishment for the mockery, takes money from the poor box in the church which is the last straw for Friar Tuck who attacks him, he then arrests Friar Tuck for high treason. On Prince John's orders, he prepares the gallows to hang the Friar, knowing that Robin Hood would no doubt come to stop the execution and lead to his capture. While he and his 2 vulture henchmen (Trigger and Nutsy) are working, they are approached by a blind beggar, who is once again Robin Hood in disguise. Trigger gets suspicious when the beggar begins asking too many questions about Friar Tuck's execution, but the Sheriff ignores him, believing he's harmless.

The Sheriff and his men are then seen guarding the jail, however, the Sheriff had fallen asleep on duty. He gets annoyed by Trigger when his crossbow accidentally fires. When he and Trigger hear the sounds of Nutsy being ambushed by Robin Hood and Little John, they investigate, and find what they believe is only Nutsy, but really Robin Hood. The disguised Robin Hood then puts the Sheriff back to sleep with a lullaby and steals his keys and opens the door to the jail, allowing Little John to enter. When Trigger hears the door shut, he accidentally fires his crossbow again, waking the Sheriff up, who fails to see Little John getting in and then reprimands Trigger for making another false alarm.

Falling back asleep, he is awoken again when coins from one of the bags that was being pulleyed from the royal treasury to jail cell fell on him. He was then subdued by Little John who stole his clothes to use a disguise to keep Trigger from alerting anyone. The Sheriff is then seen again (in his underwear) chasing Robin Hood when he attempts to escape. The Sheriff corners him in Prince John's chambers and lunges at him with his torch, setting the room on fire. After a brief fight, Robin Hood escapes when the flames cut the Sheriff off from chasing him. It's unknown how he managed to escape the burning room. The Sheriff is finally seen at the end of the film, having been stripped of his position by King Richard, who returned from the crusades, and is sentenced to working in the Royal Rock Pile alongside Prince John and Sir Hiss.

House of Mouse

The Sheriff of Nottingham, like many others characters created by Disney, appears as a guest character in this series. Some of the episodes that the Sheriff appears in include "The Stolen Cartoons", "Pete's House of Villains", "Goofy's Valentine Date", and Mickey's Magical Christmas: Snowed in at the House of Mouse.

Once Upon a Time

The Sheriff of Nottingham appear in Once Upon a Time , portrayed by Will Traval, as inhabitant of Fairytale Land. Some time in the past, Robin Hood humiliated the Sheriff and took the woman he loved, Marian away from him. Later, he meets up with the Dark One, Rumplestiltskin, in the forest. Rumplestiltskin is looking for Robin Hood, and though the Sheriff knows where the man is, he won't give any information. Instead, he proposes Rumplestiltskin allow him to spend a night with his servant, Belle, in exchange for information on the thief's whereabouts. Rumplestiltskin refuses, and finds it easier to rip out the Sheriff's tongue as a threat. He tells the Sheriff he'll give it back for information on the thief. Finally, the Sheriff tells him of the deep grudge he holds against the thief, who goes by the name Robin Hood.

After the Curse, his StoryBrooke counterpart is Keith, a frequent visitor to The Rabbit Hole bar. One night, he meets a woman, Lacey (Belle becoming amnesiac because a sort launched by The Evil Queen), who is happily playing pool by herself. He assumes she and Mr. Gold (Rumplestiltskin) are no longer together, so he attempts to flirt with her, but is quickly turned down. Later that night, Lacey goes out on a date at the diner with Mr. Gold. She excuses herself to the bathroom to fix her dress, but actually goes out to the alley to meet up with Keith. They make out, and Mr. Gold eventually finds them. He angrily pushes Keith off of her thinking she was being forced upon, but discovers it was planned. Keith approaches Mr. Gold to apologize stating he did not know they were still a couple, which Mr. Gold bitterly affirms. Mr. Gold has had enough, and using magic, he rips out Keith's tongue and hits him with his cane. Lacey is attracted to Mr. Gold's dark side and watches with a mischievous look on her face as he continues to give Keith a continuous brutal beating.

Even though Once Upon a Time was derived directly from Disney films (i.e. Gaston being in this despite not originating from the original fairy-tale), the Sheriff was portrayed as a human in this series instead of an anthropomorphic wolf.

Quotes

  • "It sure is and I'll just take it for poor Prince John"
  • "Listen Friar you're mighty preachy an' you gonna preach your neck right into a hangman's noose"
  • "Crin in the nickle Triggerpoin that peashooter the other way."
  • "Why you..."

Disney Parks

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The Sheriff at the Disney Parks.

The Sheriff makes occasional appearances in the Disney Parks as a meetable character.

In 2013, the Sheriff was joined with other Disney Villains for the "Unleash the Villains" Halloween event hosted by Hades from Hercules, at Disney's Hollywood Studios.

Trivia

  • Nine animations of the Sheriff are reused in the film.[1]
  • The character was originally intended to be a stupid goat, but this was dropped owing to the director who wanted to keep the villainous stereotype of a wolf (since wolves are more stereotypically evil in fiction than goats).
  • This character is animated by Milton Erwin Kahl and John Lounsbery.
  • In the original Robin Hood story, the Sheriff was the main antagonist, but in the film he is the secondary antagonist.
  • Because the Sheriff is more active, he is constantly thought to be the main antagonist.
  • Even though he seems to be fearless, the Sheriff is shown to be afraid of Prince John and obeys his every command, but he still likes to make fun of him by singing the mock song.
  • He is similar to the Wolf Boss from Kung Fu Panda 2. Both are the secondary antagonist, both obey their boss' orders, and both talk back when their master is not around. For instance, the Sheriff makes fun of Prince John when he's not around, while the Wolf Boss mumbles about Shen when he's not around.
  • The Sheriff is the rude elephants from Dumbo sinc they encounter the protagonist more the main antagonist does, as a result are often mistaken as the main antagonists.
  • Sheriff is one the few archenemies not to be the main villain.
  • The Sheriff is similar to Diesel 10 in the Director's Cut in the cut of 'Thomas and the Magic Railroad' because in the Director's cut Diesel 10 is the main enemies to the main good guys, but is only supplementary to the deleted main villain P.T. Boomer. Just like in the final cut their pairs of minions reform.

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Robin Hood
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Media: 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

Locations: Sherwood Forest | Nottingham | Prince John's castle | The Rabbits' Small Cottage | Friar Tuck's Church

Songs: Oo-De-Lally | The Phony King of England | Love | Not In Nottingham



Once Upon a Time
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Shows: Once Upon a Time (Episode List) | Once Upon a Time in Wonderland

Books: Shadow of the Queen | Reawakened: A Once Upon a Time Tale | Once Upon a Time - Behind the Magic

Once Upon a Time Characters: Emma Swan | Snow White/Mary Margaret Blanchard | Prince Charming/David Nolan | Rumplestiltskin/Mr. Gold | The Evil Queen/Regina Mills | Belle/Lacey French | Killian Jones/Hook | Henry Mills | Jiminy Cricket/Archie Hopper | Victor Frankenstein/Dr. Whale | Princess Aurora | Prince Phillip | Mulan | Blue Fairy/Mother Superior | Widow Lucas/Granny | King George/Albert Spencer | The Genie of Agrabah/Magic Mirror/Sidney Glass | Mad Hatter/Jefferson | Milah | Robin Hood | Prince Henry/The Valet | Marian | Sheriff of Nottingham/Keith | Fairy Godmother | Peter Pan/Malcolm/The Pied Piper | Wendy Darling | Ariel | Zelena/The Wicked Witch of the West | Glinda/The Good Witch of the South | The Wizard of Oz/Walsh | Elsa/The Ice Queen | Anna | Kristoff | Hans | Pabbie | Sven | Tinker Bell | Black Beard | Dragon Maleficent | Lumière | Abigail/Kathryn Nolan | Ursula/The Sea Goddess | Red Riding Hook/The Wolf/Ruby | Huntsman/Sheriff Graham | Baelfire/Neal Cassidy | Pinocchio/August W. Booth | Frederick/Jim | Severe Nurse | Mayor Tomkins | Quinn | Anita | Hansel and Gretel/Nicholas and Ava Zimmer | The Woodcutter/Michael Tillman | Martin | Myrna | Stephen | Donna | Prince James | Jack | Blind Witch | King Xavier | Wraith | Peter | Siren | Hordor | Pongo | Ogres | William Smee | Dorothy Gale | The Witch of the East | The Witch of the North | Sir Gaston | Greg Mendell | Tamara | Geppetto/Marco | Rapunzel | Igor | The King/Mitchell Herman | Rapunzel's Father | Flying Monkeys | King Leopold | Queen Eva | Lost Boys | John Darling | Michael Darling | The Shadow | The Sheriff of Hamelin | King Midas | Nana | Mary Darling | George Darling | Medusa | Gus/Billy | Marshmallow | Zoso

Once Upon a Time in Wonderland Characters: Alice | Cyrus | Jafar | Percy/The White Rabbit | Grendel | Jabberwocky | Silvermist | Red King | The Sultan/The Old Prisoner | Nyx | Tweedledee and Tweedledum | Mrs. Rabbit | Elisabeth/Lizard | Rafi | Taj | Edwin | Sarah | Dr. Arthur Lydgate | Amara

Characters of both series: Will Scarlet/The Knave of Hearts | Anastasia/The Red Queen | Anastasia's Mother | Anastasia's Sister | Cinderella/Ashley Boyd | Little John | Friar Tuck | Grumpy/Leroy | Cora/The Queen of Hearts | Caterpillar | Maleficent

Locations: Storybrooke | The Jolly Roger | Enchanted Forest | Dark Palace | Dark Castle/Rumplestiltskin's Castle | Prince Thomas' Castle | Cinderella's Chateau | Neverland | Skull Rock | Wonderland | New York | Boston, Massachusetts | Land Without Color | Land of Oz | Emerald City | Arendelle | Agrabah | The Sultan's Palace | Sherwood Forest | Hamelin

Objects: Dreamshade | Dark One's Dagger | Enchanted Candle | Pandora's Box | Vorpal Sword | The Slippers

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