Another post on Word Press is asking for people to make the case for fictions greatest archer. Their are MANY great fictitious archers running around in the alternate realities of books, comics, movies and television, so it is really hard to pick. Just as an example here are a few: Green Arrow, Arsenal, Merlyn, Katniss, Bo Duke and Luke Duke from the original Dukes of Hazard, Storm Shadow, William Tell, etc. However, for me, it will always be the original, Robin Hood.
According to History.com English legal records going back to the 13th century, hae criminals using “Robehod,” “Rabunhod” and other variations. Also according to History.com “The first literary references to Robin Hood appear in a series of 14th- and 15th-century ballads about a violent yeoman who lived in Sherwood Forest with his men and frequently clashed with the Sheriff of Nottingham.”
Between the 13th and 16th centuries the mythical Robin Hood grew, his stories became bigger and morphed in to the Robin Hood we know today. A follower of King Richard, a leader of Merry Men, a lover of Maid Marian, and a pain in the arse to The Sherriff of Nottingham and Prince John.
It is out of these stories that some, if not most, of our newer fictitious archers have grown. The original DC Comics Green Arrow is a BLATANT Robin Hood inspiration…or rip off. Hawkeye is just Marvels version of Green Arrow. All the newer comic book archers have just molded themselves after Green Arrow and Hawkeye.
Lets look at TV Shows. Earlier I stated that Bo and Luke Duke were famous fictional archers, which may seem slightly out of place until you watch the T.V. show. Many times in the T.V. show they both use a bow and arrow for various reasons, never missing. If you watch Dukes of Hazard, you can also see the spirit of the mythical Robin Hood in the show. Rosco P. Coltrane is their Sherriff of Nottingham, Boss Hogg is Prince John, and the Duke brothers are just dual Robin Hoods.
Look at Katniss, squint a little bit, and in the haze you will see a female Robin Hood.
Robin Hood came first, inspired all, and is the ultimate fictitious archer.