As in the legend, Robin is opposed by the and , as well as the Sheriff's brother Abbot Hugo representing all the greedy abbots in the legends.
Novelises Herne's Son Parts 1 and 2 and The Power of Albion from the beginning of Series Three, showing how Robert of Huntingdon became 'Robin.
Airing in the mid-1980s, when media fandom as we know it was gathering speed, Robin Of Sherwood inspired a large fannish following, with zines full of fanfiction and lively discussion.
The pagan flavor of the series has also made its way into the popular imagination — Carpenter decided that Robin would not just be a man who decided to fight an oppressive regime, but would be specially chosen for his destiny by Herne the Hunter, an antlered forest god who spoke to Robin via the consensual possession of an unnamed shaman, played by John Abineri.
A warrior by nature and not inclined to remain in and properly govern England, Richard tries to get Robin to join his army, but when Robin, realising what sort of man Richard really is, publicly refuses, he orders Robin killed unsuccessfully.
He frequently relies on the brawn of Guy of Gisburne, whom he nonetheless disrespects and ridicules for his failures.
The lack of a fixed set was occasionally an issue behind the scenes — when Robin and Gisbourne had to wrestle in mud in the episode Alan A Dale, Michael Praed and Robert Addie had to race each other to the single shower between takes to use the meagre supply of hot water.