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"Robin of Locksley. I taught him how to use a bow. He taught me how to not feel pain."
Vandal Savage on Robin[src]

Robin of Locksley, otherwise known as Robin Hood, was a legendary Middle Ages archer and a folktale hero.

History

Robin was born in Locksley.[1] He was romantically associated with Maid Marion.[2] He also led a group of "merry men", stealing from the rich and giving to poor.[3]

At some point immortal Vandal Savage encountered Robin, learning from him how to resist pain, which was crucial for Savage, as he, while being immortal and being able to heal from most of the injuries, was not pain resistant. In exchange Vandal taught Robin archery, which began Robin's legacy as a known archer.[1]

Legacy

An assortment of identities used by vigilante Oliver Queen, including The Hood, The Arrow and Green Arrow had drawn numerous comparisons with Robin over the years.[4]

Powers and abilities

Abilities

  • Pain Tolerance: Robin was highly tolerant to pain, an acquired skill which he taught to Vandal Savage.
  • Archery: In exchange Vandal taught him archery to such a level, that Robin become a legendary archer on his own.
  • Leadership: Robin led a group of "merry men".

Equipment

Appearances

Arrow

Season 1

Season 3

Season 4

Season 5

The Flash

Season 2

Trivia

  • Season 2 of Arrow is the only one in which Robin Hood was not mentioned at any point, nor the comparisons with Oliver Queen were drawn.

Behind-the-scenes

  • Robin Hood is a heroic outlaw in English folklore who "stole from the rich and gave to the poor", a highly skilled archer and swordsman. He is, indeed sometimes attributed as a possible native of the village of Locksley, Nottinghamshire, also historical evidence is scarce and nearly impossible to confirm.
  • There are numerous versions of Robin Hood in the DC Comics, the main one being inspired by the folklore hero.
    • It should be noted that original comic book depiction of Oliver Queen was clearly inspired by Robin Hood, including archery and a traditional green costume often attributed to the folklore hero.
    • Oliver Queen is also called The Hood in the series, an alias which is used by another character inspired by the Robin Hood mythos.

References

  1. 1.0 1.1 "Legends of Yesterday"
  2. "Betrayal"
  3. "The Recruits"
  4. "Legends of Today"