FANDOM


You're under arrest for high treason to the Crown!
~ The Sheriff of Nottingham arresting Friar Tuck.

The Sheriff of Nottingham is the secondary antagonist from Disney's 21st full-length animated feature film Robin Hood, which is based on the legendary heroic outlaw of the same name.

In the original film, he was voiced by the late Pat Buttram, who also played Chief in Disney's The Fox and the Hound. In House of Mouse, he was voiced by Bill Farmer, who also played Stanley in Disney's Beauty and the Beast.

Personality

The Sheriff is shown to be an honorable, otherwise greedy individual. He was charged to collect the taxes by Prince John. In contrast to Prince John (who is the villainous 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 unsympathetic and thoughtless to the poverty of the townspeople, using immoral ways to collect taxes, such as forcing out the coins that 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 shown to be very intelligent and smart, as he was baffled by Prince John's unexpected claim that Robin Hood should be released, and immediately grew suspicious of John's tyrannical and dangerous behavior, with his suspicions being confirmed when he found Little John holding the prince hostage via knife-back. The Sheriff commands a treacherous posse of archer wolves, and has authority over Trigger and Nutsy.

Unlike most Disney villains, the Sheriff is a cheerful and enthusiastic character, but he seems to be temperamental, short-tempered, argumentative and cantankerous. He also speaks with a heavy Southern United States accent, which is likewise derived directly from British dialects which most characters speak in.

Biography

Robin Hood

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 and respectable archer, making it to the final round, he resorts to cheating to defeat the disguised Robin Hood. First he has one of two vulture henchmen named Nutsy, hide in the target, and the vulture adjusts the target so that the Sheriff gets a bull's 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. He tries to fight Lady Kluck, causing her to Judo flip the Sheriff knocking him out.

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, while sharing it with Sir Hiss, much to John's fury. 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 two vulture henchmen 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 that he is harmless.

The Sheriff and his men are then seen guarding the jail, but 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 is 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, where all three villains were heard from no more.

House of Mouse

Like many others characters created by Disney, the Sheriff of Nottingham 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 fairytale), the Sheriff was portrayed as a human in this series instead of an anthropomorphic wolf.

Disney Parks

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

39 years later in September 13, 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.

Quotes

"It sure is and I'll just take it for poor Prince John"
"Listen, Friar, you're mighty preachy and you gonna preach your neck right into a hangman's noose"
"There's something funny going on around here."
"Criminently Trigger, point that peashooter the other way."
"Why you..."
"Now, for the last time, no more false alarms!"

Gallery

Trivia

  • Nine animations of the Sheriff are reused in the film.
  • The character was originally intended to be a dimwitted goat, but this was dropped by the director who wanted to keep the villainous stereotype of a wolf.
  • This character is animated by the late Milton Erwin Kahl and the late John Lounsbery.
  • In the original Robin Hood story, the Sheriff was the main antagonist. But in the film, he is the secondary antagonist, while Prince John is the main 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. However, he still likes to make fun of him by singing the mock song.
  • While Robin Hood was in his "old man" disguise and talking to the Sheriff, the Sheriff smiles at the camera.
  • Just like his boss Prince John, the Sheriff abuses his sidekicks (John with Sir Hiss and the Sheriff with Trigger and Nutsy).
  • There was a scene deleted from the final film that showed the Sheriff collecting taxes in a tent in the town square. Additionally, the Sheriff was featured in an unused suplot that involved Prince John sending forged love letters to both Maid Marian and Robin Hood in order to lure them into another trap.
  • In the alternate ending, the Sheriff was shown crying at Robin and Marian's wedding, indicating that he did not suffer the same fate as Prince John and Sir Hiss at this point.
  • Although he is the secondary antagonist, the Sheriff turned out to be more dangerous than Prince John.
  • He is the only wolf in the film who can speak. Whereas the wolf archers are mute in the entire film.

Navigation

           WhiteDisneyLogo Villains

Animated Features
Queen Grimhilde | Magic Mirror | Honest John | Gideon | Stromboli | Coachman | Coachman's Minions | Monstro | Chernabog | Zeus | Vulcan | Boreas | Pink Elephants | Man | Ronno | Tetti-Tatti | Lumpjaw | Willie | Mr. Winkie | Rustlers | Headless Horseman | Lady Tremaine | Anastasia Tremaine | Drizella Tremaine | Lucifer | Queen of Hearts | Card Soldiers | Cheshire Cat | The Walrus and the Carpenter | Captain James Hook | Neverland Pirates (Mr. Smee) | Tick Tock the Crocodile | Rat | Si and Am | Maleficent | Maleficent's Goons (Diablo) | Cruella De Vil | Jasper and Horace | Madam Mim | Shere Khan | Kaa | Bandar Log (King Louie) | Edgar Balthazar | Prince John | Sheriff of Nottingham | Sir Hiss | Captain Crocodile | Rhino Guards | Wolf Arrowmen | Trigger & Nutsy | Heffalumps & Woozles | Madame Medusa | Mr. Snoops | Brutus & Nero | Amos Slade | Chief | Horned King | Horned King's Army (Creeper & Gwythaints) | Cauldron Born | Orddu, Orwen & Orgoch | Arawn | Padraic Ratigan | Thugs (Fidget, Felicia & Bartholomew) | Bill Sykes | Roscoe and DeSoto | Ursula | Flotsam and Jetsam | Glut | Percival C. McLeach | Joanna | Beast | Gaston LeGume | LeFou | Monsieur D'Arque | Tom, Dick, Stanley & Walter | Wolves | Jafar | Iago | Razoul | Gazeem | Cave of Wonders | Scar | Hyena Clan (Shenzi, Banzai & Ed) | John Ratcliffe | Claude Frollo | Frollo's Soldiers (Brutish Captain & Oafish Guard) | Hades | Pain & Panic | Fates | Cerberus | Titans (Lythos, Hydros, Pyros, Stratos & Cyclops) | Nessus | Hydra | Nemean Lion | Shan Yu | Hayabusa | Elite Hun Soldiers | Cecil Clayton | Sabor | Clayton's Pirates | Firebird | Black Triangles | Jack-in-the-Box | Kron | Bruton | Emperor Kuzco | Yzma | Kronk | Lyle Tiberius Rourke | Rourke's Mercenaries (Helga Katrina Sinclair) | Leviathan | Vikings | Gantu | Long John Silver | Pirates (Scroop, Onus, Hands, Turnbuckle, Blinko, Longbourne, Fayvoon, Grewnge, Krailoni, Hedley, Torrance, Mertock, Verne & Crex) | Nathaniel Flint | Alameda Slim | Rico | Mr. Wesley | DOR-15 | Mike Yagoobian | Dr. Calico | Dr. Facilier | Lawrence | Facilier's Shadow | Friends on the Other Side | Mother Gothel | Stabbington Brothers | Turbo | Cy-Bugs | Sour Bill | Wynnchel & Duncan | Prince Hans | Duke of Weselton | Erik & Francis | Yokai | Alistair Krei | Mr. Yama | Dawn Bellwether | Doug Ramses | Woolter | Jesse | Sheep Cops | Ram Thug | Duke Weaselton | Mr. Big | Polar Bear Thugs (Koslov, Raymond & Kevin) | Te Kā | Tamatoa | Kakamora | Arthur

Live-Action Movies
Long John Silver | Captain Nemo | Pony Sugrue | Prince John (1952) | Chato | The Marten | Kuala | Vicky Robinson | Ute Chief | Jacques Lebeau | Makoos | Durante | Barnaby | James Haggin | Cattlemen | Comanche Chief | Apaches | Mr. Dawes Sr. | Tanamashu | Judge Higgins | Mountain Ox | Peter Thorndyke | Vince Heber | Mrs. Satterfield | A.J. Arno | Chillie Walsh | Colonel Pierson | Ab Cross | Colonel Heller | King Leonidas | Bookman | Swinburne | Mr. Eben | Mark Pierson | Hugh McRae | Sam Eagle Speaker | Kerwood Krinkle | Frank Stillwell | Hnup Wan | Dr. Terminus | Gogans | Charles Olympus | Marshal Wooly Bill Hitchcock | Big Mac | Hans Reinhardt | The Watcher | Bluto | Vermithrax Pejorative | Master Control Program | Sark | Ed Dillinger Sr. | Mark Jennings | Kelly | Mr. Dark | Mike | Rosie Little | Hunters | The Nome King | Princess Mombi | Connie | Bullwhip | Parker | Buzz | Wolf's owner | Timber Wolf | Hunter | Eagle | Alistair Patton | Patton Snr. | Judge Doom | Toon Patrol (Smarty, Greasy, Psycho, Wheezy & Stupid) | Abdullah | Mr. Patel | Nigel | John Merrick | Beauty Smith | Luke and Tinker | Sykes | Cherokee | Lip-Lip | Fritz | Neville Sinclair | Lothar | Jack Reilly | Nigel Snyder | Joseph Pulitzer | Delancey Brothers | Charles Hendrickson | Winifred Sanderson | Mary Sanderson | Sarah Sanderson | John Ricketts | The King & the Duke | Pap Finn | Cardinal Richelieu | Comte de Rochefort | Milady de Winter | Borg Guillarson | Leland Drury | Mr. Heath | Miners | Lloyd Halverson | William Boone | Buldeo | John Wilkins | Tabaqui (1994) | Sergeant Harley | Shere Khan (1994) | Bandar Log (1994) (King Louie (1994) & Kaa (1994)) | Juice (Blank Check) | Ranch Wilder | Injun Joe | Tony Perkis | Agent Woods | Jack and Ralph | Ashcan and Pete | Aunt Sponge | Aunt Spiker | Rhino | Skeleton Pirates | Shark | Cruella De Vil (1996) | Jasper & Horace Badun (1996) | Mr. Skinner | Jean-Pierre Le Pelt | Alonzo | Norman Snively | Ricky King | Charlotte | Lyle Van de Groot | Max & Thor | Lion | Beatrice Stanhope | Chester Hoenicker | Wilson Croft | Smith and Wesson | Bennett Hoenicker | Luanne LeSeur | Meredith Blake | Shere Khan (1998) | Tabaqui (1998) | Bandar Log (1998) | Eddie Taffet | Andrei Strasser | Elliot Coleye | Dr. Claw | Kramer | RoboGadget | Malcolm | Lana Thomas | Elliot T. Jindraike | Toy Santa | Louise Walker | Mr. Sir | Charles “Trout” Walker | Kissin' Kate Barlow | Linda Walker | Sheriff | Hector Barbossa | Crew of the Black Pearl (Bo'sun, Scratch & Pintel & Ragetti) | Ramsley | Zombies | Carla Santini | Lord Kelvin | Black Scorpions (General Fang) | Inspector Fix | Viscount Mabrey | Ian Howe | Captain Bill Fawcett | Zaphod Beeblebrox | Frankie and Benjy | Prostetnic Vogon Jeltz | Vogons | Humma Kavula | Gag Halfrunt | Royal Pain | Stitches | Lash | Speed | Penny Lent | Jadis the White Witch | Jadis' Secret Police (Maugrim & Vardan) | Ginarrbrik | General Otmin | Dr. Kozak | Jack Frost | Davy Jones | Crew of the Flying Dutchman (Maccus & Kraken) | Lord Cutler Beckett | East India Trading Company | Janice Avery | Queen Narissa | Mitch Wilkinson | Simon Bar Sinister | El Diablo | Henry Burke | Miraz | Telmarines (Glozelle & Lord Sopespian) | Nikabrik | Hag & Werewolf | Kendall Duncan | Tess Tyler | Speckles | Lucinda | Oswald Granger | Red Queen | Knave of Hearts | Card Soldiers | Jabberwock | Jubjub Bird | Hamish Ascot | Morgana le Fay | Morganians (Maxim Horvath, Abigail Williams, Sun Lok, Drake Stone & Marrok) | Nizam | Ms. Stout | CLU 2 | Rinzler | Blackbeard | Angelica Teach | The Spaniard | King Ferdinand VI | King George ll | Sab Than | Matai Shang | Tal Hajus | Jenny | Latham Cole | Butch Cavendish | Jay Fuller | Evanora | Theodora | Maleficent (2014) | Diaval | King Stefan (2014) | King Henry | The Witch | The Wolf | Lady Tremaine (2015) | Grand Duke (2015) | Anastasia Tremaine (2015) | Drizella Tremaine (2015) | Lucifer (2015) | David Nix | Shere Khan (2016) | King Louie (2016) | Bandar Log (2016) | Kaa (2016) | Fleshlumpeater | Giants (Bloodbottler & Bonecruncher) | Pramod Kadam | Beast (2017) | Gaston LeGume (2017) | LeFou (2017) | Monsieur D'Arque (2017) | Tom, Dick & Stanley (2017) | Wolves (2017) | The King (2017) | Armando Salazar | Crew of the Silent Mary (Lesaro) | Scarfield | It | Heffalumps | Sugar Plum Fairy | Tin Soldiers | William Weatherall Wilkins | V.A. Vandevere | Jafar (2019) | Iago (2019) | Cave of Wonders (2019)

Other Animated Movies
Br'er Fox & Br'er Bear | Giant Magnet | Evil Clown | Merlock | Dijon | Oogie Boogie | Lock, Shock and Barrel | Bill Bluff | BluffCo Industries (Guy Graham, Bob & Bluff Agents) | Phillium Benedict | Anti-Recess Legion (Kojak, Fenwick, Anti-Recess Agents, Anti-Recess Ninjas, Anti-Recess Scientists, Agent Henderson, Agent Smithson, Agent Underville, Agent Franklin, Agent Morrisey, Agent Goodman, Dr. Rosenthal, Dr. Lazenby & Dr. Steinheimer) | Gelman | Ivan Krank | Von Talon | Cufflingk & Underlingk | Kazar | Wildebeests (Blag) | Vidia | Supervisor | Mr. Whiskers | Shelley | Were-Rat | Sea Monkeys | Mr. Burgermeister | Ripslinger | Zed | Ned | Zarina

Sequels
Abis Mal | Sa'Luk | Forty Thieves | Maestro Forte | Fife | Jesters | Zira | Outsiders (Nuka & Vitani) | Mack McCro | Supreme Commander | Morgana | Undertow | Cloak & Dagger | Bradley Uppercrust III | The Gammas | Buster | Sarousch | Pom-Pom | Tad White | Jacques von Hämsterviel | Reuben | Sparky | Leroy | Erik Hellstrom | Lil' Lightning | Lord Qin | Bandits | Mama Gunda | Uto and Kago | Marina Del Rey | Cad Spinner

Shorts, TV Shows, Comics and Video Games
Peg Leg Pete | Phantom Blot | Skeletons | Grim Reaper | Mad Doctor | Gustav | Lonesome Ghosts | Doctor Vulter | Solego the Chaos God | Arpine Lusène | Eli Squinch | Sylvester Shyster | Fantomius | Inquinator | Spectrus | Zafire | H. U. Hennessy | Jolly Roger | Witch | Zeke Midas Wolf | Captain Katt | Mortimer Mouse | Beagle Boys | Foxy Loxy | Ajax | Witch Hazel | Adolf Hitler | Nazi School Teacher | Little Hans | Fat Cat | Norton Nimnul | Aldrin Klordane | Baby Thaddeus | Stan & Heff | Wooster | Julius | Frankenollie | Mizrabel | Huntsman | Huntsgirl | Al Roker | Chuckles | Princess Irmaplotz | Sharky & Bones | Red Jessica | Beatrice Le Beak | ShiverJack | Grace Goodwin | Shadow Blot | False Shadow Blot | Foxy Loxy | Goosey Loosey | Cedric | Wormwood | Miss Nettle | Sofia the Worst | Mamanu | Princess Ivy | Wendell Fidget | Muck, Gunk & Grime | Crispy | Prisma | Twitch | Vor | Captain Hook | Shuriki | Fiero | Troyo | Rippen | Andrew | Varian | Cruz | Vestia | Oswald Gardner | King Edmund | Cassandra | Zhan Tiri | Tromus | Sugracha the Eternal

Disney Parks
Alien | Auctioneer | Bartholomew Gore | Black Prince | The Bride | Constance Hatchaway | Daisy de la Cruz | Executioner | Hatbox Blast-Ups | Hatbox Ghost | Hitchhiking Ghosts | Knight of the Living Dead | Lava Monster | Mad Hatter | Madame Leota | Master Gracey | Medusa | Monkey King Statue | Nebula Ghosts | Phantom | Pirates | Professor J.T. Wu | S.I.R. | Thunderbird | Werecat Lady | Yeti (Expedition Everest) | Yeti (Matterhorn Bobsleds)

Community content is available under CC-BY-SA unless otherwise noted.