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Maid Marian is a vixen and the tritagonists of Disney's 1973 feature film Robin Hood and is the love interest and later wife of the title character, based on the character from the actual Robin Hood legend.

She is voiced by Monica Evans, who previously voiced Abigail Gabble, while Nancy Adams did her singing voice.

Background

Maid Marian is stated in the film to be the niece of King Richard, but it is not stated how. However, she doesn't appear to be related to Prince John. It's is most likely due to them being different species, that Richard is Marian's uncle by marriage.

Marian and Robin Hood grew up together and were in love. However, several years before the time period of the film, she left for London for unspecified reasons and had only recently returned to Nottingham.

Marian is a very lady-like, nice and kind woman. Despite being separated from him, Marian is very much in love with Robin as he loves her. So much so that she finds the courage to plead for his life.

Appearances

Robin Hood

Marian is first seen in the courtyard of Prince John's castle, playing badminton with her lady-in-waiting Lady Kluck.

Marian invites a group of children, including Skippy, his two siblings and friend Toby, to come to her when she discovers Skippy trying to retrieve an arrow and later finds the rest of them outside the gate.

Marian is described as being "awful nice" ("awfully nice", actually) and the children approach her without fear.

After speaking of her past relationship with Robin Hood, she joins in the children's role play of Robin rescuing her. Later, in her room, she expresses her fear that she has been away so long that Robin has forgotten about her, despite Lady Kluck's attempts to reassure her.

Marian is next seen at Prince John's archery tournament, where she is to give a kiss to the winner.

Marian is able to recognize the disguised Robin Hood and cheers him on throughout the tournament. When Robin's identity is revealed and he is sentenced to death, she tries in vain to plead John to show mercy and spare Robin's life.

Although it fails, Robin is freed through the intervention of Little John before the Sheriff found out. She is seen running from members of the Sheriff's posse when Robin Hood dramatically rescues her.

Robin proposes to Marian and she accepts, but playfully chides him for not choosing a more romantic setting.

Marian then accepts his ideas of going to London, Normandy and "Sunny" Spain for a honeymoon, but politely objects to his idea of having six children as she wants at least a dozen.

After escaping to Sherwood Forest, Marian takes a moonlight stroll with Robin and participates in a celebration with the townspeople.

Marian is not seen after this until the end of the story where it is revealed that she marries Robin Hood and leaves with him on their honeymoon.

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Tropes about her

  • Damsel in Distress: During the archery's tournament, Robin has to protect her versus the Sheriff's guards.

Trivia

  • Maid Marian is the only female character from Robin Hood to ever wear shoes on her feet; all other females are barefoot. However, in the storyboards (particularly for the part of the alternate ending where she tends to a wounded Robin Hood and when she runs to hug King Richard who has returned from the crusade), Maid Marian's feet are bare, too.
  • Maid Marian and Robin Hood are the second couple to have known each other during childhood, but later separated for a long time, the first being Bambi and Faline from the film of the former's same name and the third (and so far last) being Simba and Nala from The Lion King. Interestingly, all three of them are animals. However, unlike the other two couples, Marian and Robin are never shown as children. Instead, she explains about it to Skippy, his sisters, and Toby the Turtle, and later, while Robin laments his love for Marian, he gives a hint that they knew each other as kids.
  • With the exception of other female lead animals, Maid Marian is the only leading lady that is portrayed not as a human.
  • Although she is not a princess, Maid Marian still lived in a castle.
  • Maid Marian shares exactly the same dance moves as Snow White and Duchess.
  • Maid Marian's design was eventually reused for that of Vixey's from The Fox and the Hound, though Vixey is less anthropomorphic than Marian.
  • Curiously enough, Monica Evans, Maid Marian's voice actress, as with Carolle Shelley, Lady Kluck's voice actress, also voiced Abigail and Amelia Gabble from The Aristocats.
  • Even though she's a deuteragonist she only appears for approximately 30 minutes of the entire film. She is not seen in the third and final act of the film and only appears briefly at the end.
  • She calls Lady Kluck "Klucky" the same way Robin Hood calls Little John "Johnny".
  • Maid Marian's dress is similar to Merida's dress in Brave.

The only difference is it's pink, as opposed to blue.

  • Maid Marian is not included in the Disney Princess line due to her movie being more of a cult classic than a straightforward hit.
  • Marian is King Richard's niece despite the two being seperate species (Marian being a fox and Richard being a lion). Though it is presumed that he is her uncle by marriage and that his wife is sisters with either Marian's mother or father.
  • In the cancelled Princess Academy, Maid Marian was going to appear alongside Vixey in the animated short, With Vixey watching Maid Marian dance right next to her.

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