We have now reached day 14 of my 30-day Robin Hood blog challenge. I’m a little behind but here it is, at last – my best male character.
Allan is my hands-down favourite, with Much a close second, but I can’t keep talking about those two all of the time. So, on this occasion, my choice of best male character is going to be the main man himself – Robin Hood.
For a relative unknown, Jonas Armstrong did a fantastic job of bringing Robin of Locksley to life. Younger than past incarnations, Armstrong’s depiction is probably my favourite since Michael Praed back in the ‘80’s, and I may even go as far as the say, my favourite all-time Robin Hood (although Disney’s fox was cute).
He is cheeky, confident, a tad arrogant, but let’s face it, he’s a young nobleman returning from the Crusades as a close compatriot of the King of England, so I think he is entitled to be a little arrogant. It is rarely annoying arrogant, anyway (let’s try to forget the odd occasion in series 3). He is also determined, brave, loyal, selfless, and a skilled strategist and motivator, with a cute smile. He has a depth that is hinted at on a number of occasions, in particular in A Good Day to Die (series 2, episode 12), and he isn’t afraid to show his emotions, especially when it comes to Marian.
He inspires such loyalty in his gang, even from Allan at his worst, who, in reality, just wanted to be Robin, but, instead, spat his dummy out of the pram in epic proportions (you don’t bite the hand that feeds you, Allan!) His close friendship with Much is just lovely, and the love affair between him and Marian is unrivalled (take note, Kate!)
So, there you go. My best male character is Robin of Locksley, the Earl of Huntington, aka Robin Hood, master of the bow.