Robin Hood was a Saxon noble, living near the castle of Nottingham. By various means he was forced into a life of banditry, using his cunning and skill-at-arms to relieve bishops, nobles, and servants of the king of gold and jewels levied from the oppressed peasants. Robin collected a band of supporters, his "Merry Men" around him, dressed in green. The members that never cease to appear are Robin himself, Maid Marian, Little John, and Friar Tuck. Along with being a middle-ages Communist, Robin spends his time fighting the cruel Sheriff of Nottingham, and, ultimately, King John, who had usurped the throne from the rightful King, Richard I (Coeur de Lion or Lionheart).
More thoughts on this idea was maybe finding an alternative story where:
- Instead of Robin stealing from the Rich, he stole from the poor
- a darker version of the classic story
- Robin and the merry men keeping the gold they stole
- Robin influencing the men he recruits through greed
- OR maybe the sheriff has convinced all the villagers, etc that the outlaws are evil due to something that has happened e.g a nobleman has been assassinated and blames them
- which leads Robin and his gang to hide and discover the truth