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.

He was voiced by the late Pat Buttram in the final project.


Original script

In a subplot not included in the finished film, the Sheriff of Nottingham assists Prince John in sending forged love letters to Maid Marian and Robin Hood to lure them into a trap. There was also going to originally be an scene where the Sheriff collects the taxes in a tent in the town square.

Robin Hood

Alternate ending

In the alternate ending, the Sheriff of Nottingham is depicted as attending the wedding of Robin Hood and Maid Marian following King Richard's return to England as a guest, sitting alongside Nutsy and a badger couple. He cries when Robin and Marian are married, implying that he has reformed. Given the absence of Prince John and Sir Hiss from the wedding, it can be assumed that unlike them, the Sheriff of Nottingham was pardoned from his crimes and retained his title.



  • While the Sheriff of Nottingham is depicted as having been stripped from his title and banished to the Royal Rock Pile in the finished film, some people don't understand why it was originally intended for him to attend Robin's and Marian's wedding, given that while it seems to indicate that he was just doing his job regardless who ruled, it's apparent that the Sheriff loves his job and likes to make people suffer.
    • With this in mind, if any of Prince John's henchmen deserved to be pardoned and attend Robin's and Marian's wedding at the end, that should have been Sir Hiss, as unlike the Prince and the Sheriff, he wasn't actually too evil and even expressed some reluctance to Prince John's plans to hang Friar Tuck.
  • Early on development, the Sheriff of Nottingham was intended to be a stupid goat instead of a cunning wolf. However, as the filmmakers decided to keep the fictional villainous stereotype of a wolf, this idea was dropped likely immediately, as no concept art of the Sheriff of Nottingham as a goat is known to exist.

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