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Long Live King Richard!
~ King Richard being mentioned by Robin Hood and the rest of the peope of Nottingham when they stand up to Prince John
Ah, Friar Tuck. It appears that I now have an outlaw for an in-law.
~ King Richard to Friar Tuck after Robin Hood and Maid Marian's wedding

King Richard is a character who was mentioned a dozen times until he finally appeared in the end of the 1973 animated Disney film, Robin Hood. He is the king of England, the older brother of Prince John and the uncle of Maid Marian.

He was voiced by the late Peter Ustinov, who also voiced Prince John.

Biography

King Richard was hypnotised by Sir Hiss to leave for war and his brother Prince John took over. However he later returned, immediately reclaims his throne from his brother, upon dicovering his terrible deeds  and had John along with Sir Hiss and The Sheriff of Nottingham arrested for their crimes against poor people and it is unknown what he did to the Rhino guards and Wolfarrowmen before watching the wedding of Robin Hood and Maid Marian, though it can be assumed that he had the Rhino guards and Wolfarrowmen, who were loyal to Prince John, being arrested as well.

Trivia

  • Richard is Marian's uncle despite the two being separate species (Richard being a lion and Marian being a fox). Though it is possible that he is her uncle by marriage and that his wife is sisters with either Marian's mother or father.
  • Richard bears a resemblance to two Disney characters, He looks like Mufasa and his clothing is similar to the Archdeacon's. Also the reason why Richard is a lion in the film is because in real life, Richard's nickname was Richard the Lionheart.
    • Oddly enough, King Richard in Disney's Robin Hood first appeared in 1973, while Mufasa made his debut in 1994, with the release of The Lion King, and the Archdeacon made his debut in 1996, with the release of The Hunchback of Notre Dame. So King Richard preceded Mufasa in 21 years, and the Archdeacon in 23 years.

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