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!! FridgeBrilliance:

* Team RWBY and fairy tale motifs:
** Yang and Blake become partners in Episode 6 (later becoming a full team when they join with Ruby and Weiss). Going by the lyrics of 'Red Like Roses', that makes them the ''Literature/BeautyAndTheBeast''. This is reinforced by their personalities, but for the opposite character: Yang is the [[Tank]] of the team and occasionally goes berserk, reminiscent of a Beast. Meanwhile, Blake's book-loving and introverted nature references Belle, the Beauty of the titular fairytale.
** Making another fairy tale duo, Weiss and Ruby's names and partnership make them ''Literature/SnowWhiteAndRoseRed.'' This lets Team RWBY allude to ''five'' different fairy tales with only four members.
** The girls are inspired by seemingly unrelated tales. However, each tale involves a girl, a house, and a potentially dangerous creature within. Red Riding Hood has her grandma's house and the BigBad Wolf, Snow White has the Seven Dwarves' cottage, Belle has the Beast's mansion, and Goldilocks has the house with the Three Bears.
** In episode 11, Ruby eats cookies while Weiss eats an apple. Rather appropriate, given their respective FairytaleMotifs.
** The brilliance of Roman being Ruby's first fight: Roman is named, obviously, for the Roman empire. The empire's cultural center was Rome. The brilliance comes in when you recall who founded Rome in mythology: Romulus and Remus, two brothers who were... wait for it... feral children raised by wolves. [[LittleRedFightingHood Ruby]], meet [[TheBigBadWolf Roman]].
* A further connection between Weiss and her inspiration, Snow White: Mines. Dust is implied to be harvested from the earth (see the crystals it's sold as in Episode 1), and Weiss's family own Dust mines/process the substance. Snow White traveled to a mine and helped the workers there.
* Yang is related to Goldilocks. In the show, guess what the first Creatures of Grimm that Yang fights are.
* The academies that train people to fight the monsters threatening civilization are called "Signal", "Beacon," and "Sanctum", which reference the "points of light" idea of an AdventureFriendlyWorld where isolated cities fight against the darkness. When "Shade" is introduced, it seemed like the odd one out... however, it's later insinuated that Shade is located in or near a desert, the prime setting for DarkIsNotEvil / TheSacredDarkness / LightIsNotGood in terms of thematic naming.
* Ruby's weapon of choice is a SinisterScythe, which is often associated with the ''Grim'' Reaper. The monsters are collectively known as the ''Grimm''. Overall, many characters and creatures hail from stories written by The Brothers ''Grimm''.
* Pyrrha didn't use any recoil from her weapon to slow her descent, and just smashed through everything until she stopped. While this in itself is a viable strategy, it makes more sense given that she was intending to help Jaune all along. Since he was just falling, with nothing stopping him, she couldn't slow herself down and still land in time.
* In The First Step Part 1, shortly after Ozpin comments that partners are determined by eye contact, Yang is seen putting on mirrored sunglasses and winking at Ruby. She didn't want to meet anyone else's eyes until she could make sure they would be a good partner to her.
* Pyrrha's Semblance:
** In Forever Fall Part 2, Pyrrha explains that she can control magnetism. This explains her absurd accuracy with a thrown spear, and her shield (there's a FreezeFrameBonus in ''Players and Pieces'' where her spear hovers up to her hand with the magnetic sound effect when she gets launched over the Death Stalker). Magnetism would give her a large advantage over most opponents. Most of the characters we've seen so far use metallic weapons. Magnetism is one of the most versatile powers in fiction, reinforcing Pyrrha's position as the "strongest fighter" in Beacon.
** It also explains how she's able to [[ThrowingYourShieldAlwaysWorks shield-bounce]] with skill comparable to ComicBook/CaptainAmerica: She's quite literally controlling the direction the shield will move in after she smashes it into someone, as in her one-on-four battle with Team CRDL in Volume 2.
* The lyric "And victory is in a simple soul" takes on an additionally optimistic tone after having learned that the Grimm are TheSoulless, lacking even the simplest of souls and, consequently, victory. And given Episode 1's narration which ends with Ozpin commenting that perhaps the answer lies with a simpler, more innocent soul. Aura, used in combat, draws power from your soul. Victory is LITERALLY dependent on your soul, not just metaphorically. This was echoed later by Ozpin: ''But perhaps victory is in the simpler things that you've long forgotten...things that require a smaller, more honest soul.'' [[spoiler:It also is now revealed to be a reference to Ozpin's belief in a simpler, smaller soul being key. And in particular, Ruby is implied to be said soul.]]
* The white flash whenever a human character is struck by one of the powerful blows being thrown around in the ''Yellow'' trailer is, in retrospect, clearly their aura defending them from lethal damage.
* Cardin's meaningful name explained by darkstarsabre on reddit:
--> "People have picked up on the Winchester part and the firearms being used in colonial activities - largely alluding to his treatment of faunus. But something much more interesting for you to consider. Henry Beaufort. The Cardinal of Winchester who presided at the trial of Joan of Arc."
* [[spoiler:Jaune faked his way into Beacon,]] explaining his initial incompetence, his BoringButPractical sword and shield as opposed to the Crazy mix-and-match weapons of the rest of Beacon's student body (and his surprise at Ruby's Crescent Rose being custom-made), his extremely casual clothing (underneath his armor, he's just wearing a sweatshirt, jeans, and sneakers), and the fact that he didn't recognize Pyrrha except by a cereal box advertisement.
* When Blake gets tired of everyone bickering around her while she's trying to read, she gets everyone to shut up by blowing out her candle, seemingly surrendering her book for some peace and quiet. [[spoiler: However, we later find out that she's a Faunus, and that means she can see in the dark, so she likely wasn't losing any reading time at all.]]
* How do cats act towards new people? Cold, stand-offish... but once they realize you're family; they warm up to you. [[spoiler: Exactly how Blake acted.]]
* Weiss's refusal to acknowledge that not all Faunus are bad news and Blake's refusal to acknowledge that the White Fang really ''is'' showing their black and white views of the issue, matching their color themes.
* After [[spoiler:Blake]] explains the backstory of the White Fang, it becomes apparent that the song "[[spoiler:From Shadows]]" isn't about [[spoiler:Blake]], but about the White Fang.
-->[[spoiler:'' [[FantasticRacism When it started]], [[ReconcileTheBitterFoes all we wanted was a chance to live our lives]] / [[FaceHeelTurn Now in darkness]], [[TheRevolutionWillNotBeCivilized taking anything we want and we will rise]]...'']]
* So we know that Ruby associates better with weapons than with people, and what's her gun's last name again? That's right, she named Crescent Rose like a family member.
* The RWBY "White" trailer was released on February 14, 2013, otherwise known as Valentine's Day. The song featured in the trailer, "Mirror Mirror", makes constant references to being alone. February 14 is also known as Singles Awareness Day.
* The iconic pose Ruby makes against the moon in her trailer is subtly repeated in the other three. Weiss poses in front of a window's streaming light before delivering the finishing blow to the knight, Blake poses in front of the shattered moon after doing a launch attack with Gambol Shroud against the Spider Mecha, and Yang backflips after punching Junior, posing up against the disco ball at the club as she reaches the height of the flip.
* The [[MundaneMadeAwesome hilariously over-the-top]] FoodFight in "Best Day Ever", between Teams RWBY and JNPR, is clearly more than just that; look closely at how many of them used food (and other things) in ways that ''highly'' acted like their regular weapons. In other words, a what-if subtext of [[LetsYouAndHimFight Team RWBY vs. Team JNPR]]. Even better. Rubies are red, juniper berries are blue. In other words...Machinima/RedVsBlue.
* Also from the FoodFight, why were Team RWBY and Team JNPR able to use leeks, sausages, turkeys, baguettes and watermelons as weapons? Back in Season One, Pyrrha mentions that Aura can be used to strengthen weapons, among other things, to Jaune. Apparently in the hands of a skilled Aura user, even a broom is as tough as a sword. Or a piece of bread. Or a swordfish.
* There's a neat callback during the FoodFight when once again in a fight, Ruby does a FlashStep directly in front of Weiss. Only this time, instead of screwing up Weiss's attack, it was to take the shot from Nora that Weiss was trying to brace for.
* Cinder's team acronym:
** If Cinder, Roman, Mercury, and Emerald were a Hunter team, they'd be team CRME (Crime).
** Going by the color rules, it also works as CREM (Cream).
** With Neo added, they're Team CRMSN (Crimson). (Using Emerald's last name, Sustrai.)
** With Neo added and Roman removed, they are Cinder, Mercury, Emerald, and Neapolitan, team... [[UnfortunateNames um]], Cinnamon. Because it is hot.
* The first book Emerald asks Tukson for is ''The Thief and the Butcher''; Emerald's been called a "Master ''Thief''" by Mercury, and Mercury seems to have been the one that killed Tukson - making him the ''Butcher''.
* Why did Penny sound unnaturally cheery and exceedingly strict in her diction at the end of Volume 1? Because she's a robot, as revealed in Volume 2, Episode 3. It is likely that her personality hadn't developed much beyond that of a basic AI at the time of first meeting the gang, and in the few weeks between the fight and meeting Ruby again, it could have developed, and is now much more subtle, and more natural.
* Going back to Volume 1: When Nora and Ren are introduced, a joke is made of Nora's motor-mouth nature by having her constantly gabble over the duo's morning activities. Note how she seems to continue talking about the same subject over each timeskip. Impossible, yes? This ''could'' be seen as just a weird mistake... ''or'' it could imply that Nora is ''so'' scatterbrained, that she keeps looping the monologue back around to the same subjects over and over and over again.
* Kara Eberle [[http://roosterteeth.com/members/journal/entry.php?id=3210840&uid=957253&page=1 states]] that Weiss' favorite season is winter. [[spoiler:We later find out that Weiss has a sister, named Winter]], so this acts as foreshadowing, and Weiss's comment about how she always wanted bunk beds as a kid suddenly makes more sense.
* ''Painting The Town...'': Penny mentions that Ruby is taking the news of her true nature surprisingly well. All the way back in ''Shining Beacon'', however, Ruby mentions that meeting new weapons is just like meeting new people, only better. Penny, a weapon in the form of a person, is probably one of the coolest things Ruby can think of. No wonder she takes the news so well.
* Weiss doing the things she does in heels seems absurd, especially given how most people these days are aware of how unrealistic it is. Yet, it makes sense when considering her unique ability controls gravity. Especially notable in ''Painting the Town...'', where she ''jumps twenty feet off a highway onto the road'' and holds a perfect stance.
* Yang's semblance:
** Yang's semblance absorbs damage and sends it back at her opponent. Her Ember Celica are two shotguns strapped onto her arms, the recoil would cause some force against her arms when she fires them. So basically she absorbs the recoil from her Ember Celica and gets stronger with every shot. One suggestion floated on Tumblr is that her action of punching her fists together is a self powerup.
** During the food fight, Nora took her out the only surefire way possible... by actually ''physically'' taking her out of the battlefield.
** While possibly not intentional, when Neo fights against Yang, she does so with finesse and control, misdirecting Yang's punches with counters and relatively light blows, to avoid it kicking in.
* Every time Penny tells a lie she hiccups. Kinda like Pinocchio's nose growing when he lies.
* Junior says none of his men came back. What were his men doing with Roman? Robbing a Dust store. What happened during that robbery? They got blasted by Ruby. Not knowing that Yang trashed the bar after they'd left, they'd be too scared to go back to Junior telling him exactly what happened..... that they'd had their asses handed to them by a 15-year old girl half their height. Considering what Junior implied about his men, this wouldn't be out of line with their character. While it is possible the police picked them up, as an information broker, Junior would have likely known that. Given what happened to Tucson, this might drift into FridgeHorror too.
* Pyrrha takes on team CRDL in 4 on 1 fight. Who wants to bet she agreed to that because [[ViolentlyProtectiveGirlfriend she still had a grudge for how they treated Jaune?]] Throw in the brutal way she finished off Cardin and it looks pretty likely. Given Glynda's protests when Mercury requested to fight Pyrrha, it even possible that fighting Team CRDL was ''Pyrrha's idea''. Sadly, she didn't make good on [[CallBack her threat to break his legs]].
* In Vol. 2 Episode 5, [[spoiler: Cinder]] is seen sewing. While the implications for the meaning behind the needle are very much wild mass guessing, the actual act of sewing makes sense in the context of her fairy tale: after all, [[spoiler: Cinderella was expected to serve her wicked stepmother and stepsisters and do every chore, sewing included]]. In Vol. 2 Episode 7, we see her clothes glow like fire when she attacks and could change into a formal dress when she had to make a quick disguise. What we saw her do in episode 5 was weaving dust into her clothes.
* Yang, whose motif is Goldilocks, once traveled to a house inhabited by dangerous animals when she was a child. And Ruby, who has the Little Red Riding Hood motif, went along with her. The sisters are saved from the Beowolves thanks to their uncle, who happens to be a Hunter.
* In Vol. 2 Episode 6, we learn that [[spoiler: Yang took Ruby when she was a toddler to follow a hint about Yang's mother, when they were attacked by Beowolves, and saved by Qrow. Ruby was asleep for most of the trip, judging from the flashback art and Yang's narration. However, if she wasn't woken up by snarling Grimm, she ''must'' have woken up when Qrow saved them with his ballistic scythe; this might have instilled Ruby with the desire to learn such a difficult weapon: watching her uncle save her life.]]
* In the first episode of Volume 2 we see Pyrrha use her [[MagnetismManipulation Semblance power]] to send a storm of cans at Team RWBY. She was probably just goofing around with her friends, but at the same time none of them were using their regular, metal weapons. The cans were probably the only thing she ''could'' do with it. It was probably one of the few times she could actually use her Semblance so openly as well. Extra points because RWBY already knows, since she point blank told most them in Volume 1.
* With Yang's explanation of hers and Ruby's mothers in Vol.2 Episode 6 (who both disappeared in similar circumstances), Red Like Roses Part II could easily apply to her and her mum as much as it does to Ruby and Summer. Might also even apply to Yang and Summer Rose, considering that by the way she described her, she did (and does) see her as her mother too.
* Jaune references Weiss singing. The only time we've seen her do that is her trailer, so he was in the audience. It probably influenced his decision to [[spoiler:fake his way into Beacon]] too.
* Yang's symbol is a burning heart, and two of her outfits have undershirts which, combined with the tops layered over them, form a heart shape. What is one of her major character traits? Her love and devotion to Ruby, of course.
* Back in the Yellow Trailer, when Yang [[ShockwaveStomp punched the floor of Junior's club]], it uncharacteristically bent around the impact, rather than being shattered upon impact. How? Perhaps the answer lies with Dust - it's been explained in the first World of Remnant that Dust can be woven within cloth, as well as directly fused with human bodies as well. Perhaps it could do the general same with metal/glass/other materials, giving them unique effects. Alternately she could've been channeling her aura directly into the floor. Similar ripple effects take place when both Lie Ren and Fox have used this technique against grimm.
* Joan of Arc was known for crossdressing and leading the French; she was also known for not doing much fighting on the battlefield herself, but instead being a strategic leader. Come Vol.2 Episode 7, Jaune has officially worn drag, and is the leader of team JNPR. Not only that, but Jaune is just about the weakest fighter in his team; he's the leader because of his strategic skills, not his battle prowess.
* In "Field Trip", Weiss takes to the puppy Zwei quite quickly after the initial impression. Remember 'I always wanted bunk beds as a kid'? She's quite ecstatic about something else she likely wanted to have, but couldn't.
* Note the moment in "Field Trip" when Zwei starts barking at Blake from the bottom of the bunk beds, like a dog barks at a cat up in a tree. Even funnier when he does, Blake suddenly gets down on all fours and starts moving like most cats would when trying to figure out how to get down without getting any closer. When she gets an opening, she leaps to a nearby table to escape.
* What if Ozpin was reserving that mission for RWBY in Field Trip.
* During the Initiation into Beacon Yang uses her gauntlets to prolong her flight. At first it appears that she is just having fun but considering how she wanted Ruby to team up with someone else, so she can mature a bit, maybe she was ensuring that Ruby won't be able to reach her before running into someone else.
* Episode 9 of volume 2:
** Doctor Oobleck asked team RWBY why they had chosen to be Huntresses, that is, all except Ruby herself. He was probably briefed on why she joined up by Ozpin. Plus, he didn't ''need'' to. Ruby has always had the goal in life to be a huntress to protect people. She ''knows'' why she chose that career. The others had never really thought about it themselves.
** Even better, when Yang was expressing her discontent at Oobleck's inaction, he points out, "This is a job, and you all signed on for it. I hope you understand that." Yang blows off the question after a bit of hesitance, and Oobleck narrows his eyes. After questioning the girls, in the next episode, they [[MeaningfulEcho unintentionally echo]] Oobleck's own words as they figure out why they chose to be Huntresses.
--->'''Blake:''' We all signed up for it.\\
'''Weiss:''' It's a job for the protection of the people.\\
'''Oobleck:''' ''[[SoProudOfYou [smiles]]]''
* Roman's vague terrorism makes more sense when you consider that there were several goals. Aiding the White Fang was one of them, but so was causing panic in general. Panic attracts Grimm. [[spoiler:And that's exactly their ultimate plan: To bring Grimm to Vale]].
* Zwei's use as a bullet powered up from Dr. Oobleck's weapon. Sounds like just another case of Monty Oum Awesomeness[[TradeSnark ™]], but remember back to V1, Episode 6. Pyrrha's explanation of Aura was "With practice, Aura can be our shield. Everyone has it, ''even animals''." And Zwei was living with a family of hunters. He was probably trained to use Aura the way we train police dogs to track people.
* In the Yellow trailer, Yang beats a lighter, more agile opponent (Melanie) by interrupting her kick, grabbing her arm and spinning her before taking her out with a kick to the head.. In her preceding fights, she also had a lot more room to maneuver and build up attack power. On the train, she tries to throw Neo too, only to be completely blindsided when Neo moves with the throw, as well as being unable to reach full power. Just another indication of how unprepared Yang is for fighting fast opponents, that she lacks alternate attack strategies. Also, she couldn't cut loose without risking blowing her train car apart, dooming everyone else.
* Of course Coco can easily dispatch Grimm and parry their attacks with just a purse. Her purse has to be incredibly dense and heavy[[note]]Jaunne and Ruby went over it in Volume 1 Episode 2(?). You can make things smaller than they should be, but not lighter.[[/note]], seeing as how it transforms into a fully functional minigun. That and possibly aura too. The minigun aspect also explains how she easily tore through a Death Stalker and several Nevermores: the weapons of Teams RWBY + JNPR, with the exception of Nora's grenade launcher, have mostly the power of standard guns, [[RealityEnsues which proved ineffective against these armored opponents]]. A minigun however propels rounds with ''a lot more'' force than all of them, and thus was able to pierce them relatively easily, by comparison.
* A fridge-heartwarming for General Ironwood: while he firmly believes in military might, his preference for android soldiers means that less people are fighting and dying in battle. When he says he wants to protect people, he ''means'' what he says. And in contrast to a listing in the FridgeHorror section, nobody's being sacrificed for hidden agendas.
* The promo poster for V2 shows the White Fang logo mirrored on Crescent Rose
* In Volume 2 Episode 4, it takes the entirety of team RWBY and then some just to defeat one Atlesian Paladin. But when the mechs show up again during Episode 11, Ruby and Oobleck tear through them no problem. Then you notice that they're not actually ''destroying'' the Paladins, only throwing them off the sides of the train each time, and Oobleck is (of course) an incredibly powerful Hunter in his own right, and everything makes a lot more sense.
* The fights in the last two episodes of volume 2 highlights the general difference in first and third year students. While first years are formidable, they typically can be taken down if they lack room to maneuver and build up attacks, like how Yang and Weiss lost even though we know they've beaten stronger opponents and did better in the next episode. Team CVFY on the other hand didn't need the extra room, but demolished the Grimm anyway. Third years know how to ''focus'' their power for more versatility.
* A song about having difficulty letting go of a lost loved one seems out of place in the epic battle in Players and Pieces, but then remember the Nevermore's namesake and it makes a whole lot more sense. Following this train of thought, when was the next time a Giant Nevermore posed a major threat to Ruby? [[spoiler: Right after Penny’s death.]]
* Wearing high heels in battle seems like a terrible idea, but for some characters there's a reason for it. Pyrrha is based on Achilles, whose only weakness was his heel. Blake [[spoiler:is a catgirl. Cats are digitigrade, which means they walk on their toes.]]
* In Roman's first appearance, his cane-gun's fireballs looked and sounded like fireworks. Specifically, Roman Candles.
* In her tirade against the White Fang, Weiss treats theft on par with murder. Why? Because the thing stolen was a Dust shipment--and Dust is most prominently used as a weapon. Revolutionaries like the White Fang would have no other use for it, and the amount they stole would allow them to kill ''a lot'' of people. In addition, Dust stolen from the Company is Dust that isn't being used to fuel weapons and vehicles which would be used to fight the Grimm. Not only are the White Fang using Dust to hurt humans, but they're denying supplies to those who would further protect humanity.
* Monty had mentioned that the character designs have more than a few pockets on them. [[TheDevTeamThinksOfEverything His reasoning is so people who cosplay the characters will have places to put their phones, wallets, game systems, etc. while in costume]].
* Weiss's color is white. White light is made of all the colors in the visible spectrum. What is Weiss's weapon? A Multi-Action Dust Rapier which can contain any color of Dust for her to use. What is more interesting is that you separate light with a prism. A prism needs at least two mirrors to separate light into the different colors. What is Weiss's song in the White Trailer? Mirror, Mirror. Alternatively, in all art when every color comes together you get the opposite, ''black''. Chapter 11 of Volume 2 shows us Blake using dust shades.
* Blake's rematch with [[spoiler: Roman]] at the end of volume 2. In their first fight, he handled her and [[spoiler: Sun]] pretty easily, only taking a couple of hits. When she fights him again, aside from using her [[spoiler: Dust-empowered semblance clones]] to offset his great [[spoiler: cane]] skill, her movement is much more restrained. She is fighting smartly instead of impulsively, since her speed blitz the first time had done little good. Moreover, the setting is now in her favor: as we saw in her trailer, she has experience fighting in the confines of a moving train. And on Roman's end, he can't afford to simply shoot her with a charge, and the one time he does it seems to be a relatively low-power firework--if he did, he'd blow the train apart and ruin their plan, forcing him to fight up close and get his ass kicked.
* Some people were clearly upset that after so much build-up, the Grimm attack on Vale was just instantly cleaned up by Glynda. but it does make sense; Glynda's an experienced Huntress with lots of power, so a clean-up would be easy enough in the first place. Plus, the attack was supposed to instigate panic in the people. Her cleaning it up so quickly and easily could be a way to put the people at ease, since that's the job of Huntsmen and Hutressess. they're supposed to protect civilians, and if they can't act quickly in a serious situation, then what hope do people have?
* Nora seems to ''really'' enjoy herself during battle, particularly during the initiation exam. Which makes perfect sense considering she's based on Thor, one of the Norse gods, who revel in combat.
* Neo's weapon is a parasol, an item used to protect oneself from the sun. Who is the character Neo fights? Yang, one of the characters representing the Sun.
* How did [[spoiler:an illegal activist]] like Blake support herself between [[spoiler:leaving the White Fang]] and applying to Beacon? Well, the train car she was left on at the end of the Black Trailer was visibly carrying packages of Dust. She probably sold them on the black market.
* In "The Shining Beacon" Jaune is walking kind of funny while he's talking with Ruby. Like he's slightly unbalanced. Almost like... [[{{Foreshadowing}} he's not comfortable with the weight of his sword and shield yet]].
* Looking back over the series, it's actually surprisingly consistent how Team RWBY tends to perform in combat. Individually, they're capable of utterly destroying hordes of weaker Grimm and have no trouble tearing through small armies of White Fang. But when they start fighting stronger and better enemies, more often than not, they tend to lose. Ruby was unable to even scratch the Deathstalker in "Players and Pieces," Blake was unable to really stand up to Roman in "Black and White," Ruby wasn't able to stop Cinder in "Dance Dance Infiltration," and both Yang and Weiss were beaten by their respective opponents in "No Brakes." This even holds true among normal Hunstman and Huntresses: Glynda was unable to do much more than scratch the paint of Roman and Cinder's airship when she attacked them on her own. But when the teams work together, as they did in "Players and Pieces" and "Paint the Town" they can defeat vastly more powerful enemies. If the teams had worked together against powerful opponents like Neo, Torchwick, or the White Fang Lieutenant, they probably would have smashed them into the floor with ease. [[RealityEnsues As a team, RWBY is extremely powerful, but as individuals, they're much more vulnerable.]] Also doubles as FridgeBrilliance for their training. They're Huntsmen and Huntresses: they were trained to hunt, and hunt Grimm specifically. Which for the most part are simply wild animals with no ability to fight properly, as such it would make sense they are less effective against human opponents that can counter and strategize against them.
* "From Shadows" actually has the robotic voice saying "Intruder: Identify yourself." as part of the vocals. The entire remainder of the song is ''the response'': the White Fang identifying who and what they are by saying what they fight for and against.
* When the Grimm attacked through the breach, Emerald mentions that the attack "was still days away." But what's happening right at that point in time? ''All'' of Beacon's Huntsmen-in-training are getting ready to head out on training missions with professional Hunstmen. While some are staying in Vale's walls, many are heading out of the kingdom into the wilds. If the attack had hit on schedule, most of Beacon's Huntsmen and students would have been away from the city when the Grimm came through. RWBY and Oobleck forcing Roman to start early probably saved countless lives just because a lot of Vale's defenders were still at Beacon getting ready to leave and were able to respond to the Grimm attack.
* At first, Weiss and Yang being asked to plan the Dance seems a bit odd, or at least a [[TheMainCharactersDoEverything coincidence]]. However, consider their personalities. Yang clearly knows how to have fun, and is probably a party girl; she would know what people would want to have at the "party" part of the Dance. Weiss was raised to be a "proper lady"; she would know how the formal "school dance" part of the [[ShapedLikeItself School Dance]] is supposed to be organized. Together, they probably ''could'' plan a "perfect night".
* Rubies are attributed to Nobility, Passion, and Protection. Fitting for an AllLovingHero leader like Ruby Rose, who truly desires to make the world a better place and lacks any selfish motivations for being a Huntress.
* [=RWBY=]'s colour scheme is mirrored by that of [[spoiler:the team their parents were in]]. The show's title has a lot more meaning now... It also matches the Magnum Opus, or the method where the Philosopher's Stone would be created.
* During the food fight, Pyrrha, supposedly the best fighter among all the first-years, is brought down rather quickly in the fight. At first it seems to be because it was a light-hearted scene and she wasn't fighting seriously. Yet remember what Mercury said after his brief fight with her. Her use of Semblance is very subtle. Most of the time, when she's sparring, her opponents are using METAL weapons, but throughout the food fight they're using long loaves of bread, watermelons, leeks, and a ''swordfish'', none of which are known to be all that magnetic. It's likely that she was knocked down so quickly because she was unable to utilize a very fundamental aspect of her fighting technique, controlling her opponents' weapons in her favor.
* In the Volume 3 opening, when it shows Teams RWBY and JNPR falling in a circle, both teams are positioned in a way that they're in order - counter clockwise for RWBY, clockwise for JNPR.
* At first there didn't seem to be a reason in the food fight (This is breakfast time, remember) for entire watermelons, turkeys, and swordfish other than RuleOfFunny. Then during Round One, we see the bowls given to teams RWBY and JNPR at the food stand are HUGE. After seeing several of them ate the entire bowl without getting sick, I remembered that athletes tend to eat a lot more then others due to the high levels of physical exertion they do. Hunters would have to be constantly training in order to stay in fighting shape, meaning they would be eating much more heavily to provide the extra energy.
* Water:
** If his round-ending move against NDGO is any indication, he's not afraid of water per se, but only afraid of water when ''fighting''. Chances are, he's gotten himself badly electrified while fighting in water before, given his weapon's nature. His twinkle-toe step just before sticking his trident into the water could be just comedy, or him being ''really'' careful about not shocking himself again.
** Alternatively, if he had the fear of water before he developed his weapon (assuming it's not related to his Semblance), he likely developed his weapon as an elemental counter to anything aquatic.
** Who can blame Neptune for being afraid of the water? Have you ''seen'' the kind of deadly things that live in the water, from massive sharks with maws with 300 razors inside to 120--foot long jellyfish easily big enough to swallow a human that travel in swarms, and that's both in real life ''and'' without going into the '''terrifying''' shit that lives in the ocean's deepest crevices, which are reasonably referred to as soulless monsters out to much on humanity. In RWBY, you have actual monsters of that description, and if RWBY reflects the real world, the terror of the Grimm would multiply a hundredfold deep in the water.
* At first, Qrow's reaction to the fights might just seem like a drunk guy complaining. However, the fights ''did'' have problems (mainly lack of teamwork); most viewers (in- and out-of-universe) would just be too awed by the fight itself to notice the technical details. Qrow not only notices them, he calls the fight "a mess". Kind of puts just how powerful a full-fledged Huntsman (one that is ''also'' a teacher) is in perspective. To wit, the problems with JNPR and SSSN's fights (that we can assume Qrow watched):
** JNPR's fight: stupid decision to have a tactical meeting, even stupider decision to let your opponents stand there and have a discussion, but the ultimate stupidity is to ''yourselves'' be standing right in a bunch, for the better part of a minute, waiting for your opponents to launch another big attack. BRNZ only had themselves to blame for getting all of them knocked out at once.
** SSSN's fight: comic relief from one teammate who's scared of water (and this behaviour probably being highly unbecoming of a Huntsman), getting your own teammate knocked out (although in fairness, Sun is to blame only as far as he threw the coconuts and dodged them), stupidly standing in the middle of tornadoes waiting to get thrown out, among others. The remaining members of Team NDGO also make the mistake of all gathering in the water, allowing them to be eliminated in one fell swoop.
** [[spoiler: Cinder also has access to the match-ups, controlling the fights to have the best outcome for her team]]. Qrow probably picked up on that as well.
* RWBY's choice for who to send forward for the 2v2 round. We have Weiss and Yang. The two complement each other by picking up each others' weaknesses.
** Yang is the ultimate Tank/Damage Dealer of RWBY; Not only can can she get the hell beaten out of her and keep going, she gets stronger as she takes hits. Her weakness? She's the slowest member of a team of high speed fighters and lacks long range options. She struggles against people who are fast enough to dodge her and her gunshots are rather slow, meaning she has to get close to hit somebody.
** Weiss is the team's support expert. She's not as fast as Ruby, but still capable of moving quickly. Her Dust knowledge and Semblance allows her to hinder her opponents or help her allies. More over, she also is quite capable of long range combat. Her flaw is that she is rather fragile and doesn't hit as hard. Going up against a tank is bad for her because they can handle her attacks and wait for an opening to counter, and she'll get taken out quickly.
** They flow well because Yang can take the lead, keeping their opponents focused on fighting her while Weiss supports from behind. Weiss doesn’t risk getting taken out. Yang gets Weiss manipulating the battlefield, creating barriers to minimizing the room to dodge in. However Yang’s most telling weakness is her speed. Weiss has an ability that makes her teammates faster. Yang’s flaw? No more.
* Weiss and Yang are representing Team RWBY in the doubles round, while Emerald and Mercury are representing their team. When it shows RWBY fighting the bad guys in the intro, Weiss is fighting Emerald, while Yang is fighting Mercury.
* As a disguise, Neo is wearing a black wig and has green eyes. At first, the eyes seem like just something to prevent her pink/brown/white sometimes-heterochromia ([[KaleidoscopeEyes Neo's eyes are complicated, okay]]) from giving her away. But then they change to their pink and brown colors, respectively. That means her eyes can also turn green, which seemingly screws up her ice-cream themed color scheme. However, while it's not a flavor in Neapolitan ice-cream, what's another popular ice-cream flavor? The often green-colored mint chocolate-chip.
* Professor Port mentions Nora as one of his favorite students during the tournament - of course she would be, as he sees a lot of himself in her: they both have a love for battle, like telling over-boasted stories, and generally have a cheerful facade that also covers some HiddenDepths.
* Qrow still being able to fight Winter effectively while drunk has a brilliance to it. If Glynda was telling the truth and Qrow being drunk is normal, he's probably had to fight drunk before, meaning he's used to the handicap.
* For whatever devious reason, Cinder has been [[spoiler:directly manipulating the tournament's supposedly random match generator. If you thought it was [[ContrivedCoincidence suspiciously convenient]] that Weiss got to fight in an ice-filled arena, and Nora in a lightning-themed one, that's because it wasn't random at all.]] With the revelations given to us in ''Fall'', [[spoiler: it'd make sense if she was trying to rig the match against Team SSSN; boys can't inherit the Maidens' power anyways, so there's no point in keeping an eye on them over a team made up entirely of girls. It also makes sense if she was narrowing down the possible vessels for the Maiden's power by having as many girls lose as possible.]]
* Ozpin has been stated to be the only character whose name is not based on a color. However, he ''is'' based on the Wizard of Oz, and therefore ''over the rainbow'' in more ways than one.
* A bit of fridge tearjerker but seeing how Weiss first reacts to seeing her big sister and how she wanted bunk beds when she was younger, Weiss may have wished to have a normal and loving relationship with her big sis. Instead, Winter is very cold to her little sister and even hits her when she makes a simple mistake. The worst part is that Winter clearly loves Weiss just as much as Weiss loves her, but she can't show it in public.
* Qrow's comment about Atlas's military being 'sell outs' takes a new light with the World of Remnant: Huntsmen episode. Huntsmen are an ancient lifestyle and hold standings equal to those in the police and even the military. In three of the four kingdoms, fully trained huntsmen were encouraged to act outside the realm of kingdom politics and choose their own allegiances provided they serve humanity as a whole. But Atlas' school are imposing a military life-style on its Huntsmen-in-training, heavily pressuring them into military special services. His comment wasn't towards Winter, but towards the Atlesian Huntsmen in general for abandoning their ways and conforming to military service.
* Hunters:
** The World of Remnant reveals that Hunter's have a lot of free reign after they are commissioned.
---> Once finished with their training, Huntsmen and Huntresses are free to choose who they work for, as well as what kind of work they will do through the use of mission boards. Allying with a particular Kingdom or village is entirely up to the individual.
** To reiterate, they choose their employers and their jobs. They are glorified mercenaries. It bugged me why there were criminals who had the skill to fight full-fledged Hunters. This explains it, the criminals ARE Hunters!
** Sure enough, "Lessons Learned" has Qrow specifically mention seeing Hunters that had been hired by less than savory people.
** On a similar note, the World of Remnant features two characters with unique designs, but they also don't correspond with anyone else from the series. Who are they? Come "Fall", [[{{Foreshadowing}} and we're revealed to the story of the Four Maidens, with Summer and Winter looking very similar to them...]]
* The volume openings have been getting progressively darker, obviously, but take a look at the knowledge we receive each volume on Hunters and see how it correlates.
** Volume 1- This Will Be The Day- become the hero you dream to be./ We are given just enough information to know that Hunters are celebrated heroes.
** Volume 2- Time to Say Goodbye- Being a hero isn't fun and games./ Some Hunters have selfish reasons for being one, but they are fighting for good... right?
** Volume 3- When it Falls- There is no hope. Good will fail./ Hunters are revealed to have a very mercenary-like organization, and the morality of their client doesn't exactly matter.
** If you noticed a trend, as the songs have gotten darker, the Hunters stop seeming to be purely good and more gray shows up.
* Atlas' policy of military indoctrination of its Huntresses and Huntsmen makes more sense considering both the World of Remnant episode Huntsmen and Qrow's reference to Huntsmen working for dubious employers. As CFVY, Qrow and Winter all demonstrated, Huntresses and Huntsmen are insanely powerful fighters, able to level buildings when push comes to shove. Atlas, being a relatively new country, would obviously want that sort of power completely loyal to it, rather than their wallets.
* In "Lessons Learned", Coco wasn't shaking due to Emerald. The biggest thing we know about CVFY as a group is that they're extremely close. Coco didn't start shaking until after she learned that her opponents could mimic Yatsuhashi. She isn't afraid of them, she's afraid because she knows that if she sees Yatsuhashi agian, she'll have to shoot at him.
* Coco and Yatsuhashi are defeated rather easily by Emerald and Mercury but there's a couple reasons why this is. One, Cinder more than likely rigged the stage so that the environment is set up to an advantage for fighters like Mercury and Emerald. Secondly, both Yatsuhashi and Coco use rather large weapons and fight by overwhelming their opponents with their strength but both Mercury and Emerald fight almost like how Neo dealt with Yang. By using their speed, finesse, and smaller weapons to use their opponent's strength against them until they end it with one decisive move. What's more, the cheating is now much more obvious now that ''Fall'' has come out. ''Someone'' was there, making Coco and Yatsuhashi see things other than they are. Mercury and Emerald vanish into high grass, but when it's mowed down, they aren't there anymore. Before, that could've been passed off as skill--not now. Later, when Coco is dealing with Emerald, Emerald literally vanishes into thin air, despite Coco having had her sights right on her. Then, Yatsuhashi comes up behind Coco and speaks her name, only to disappear after Yatsuhashi is revealed to be across the arena, and eliminated. Again with Emerald, we're shown a shot from afar, with Coco alone. A second later, Emerald is right behind her, with no indication of ''how'' she got there.
* Team FNKI:
** Weiss in the doubles round told Yang to expect extremely disciplined fighters with strong tactics and advanced technology. She was then rather shocked to get [[CrazyAwesome Team FNKI]] instead. However, when you look back at it, her first guess was entirely right; both Flynt and Neon had advanced dust weaponry, and they did act tactically, splitting up their opponents and then putting them in situations where they had the disadvantage (Yang against an opponent she couldn't hit easily, and Weiss in open ground against a tough opponent wielding a powerful offensive weapon). And Neon, for all her apparent silliness, is fighting to a strict rhythm, constantly repeating "never miss a beat" to keep her sense of timing.
** How utterly different they are from the rest of Atlas: with a military 'rule', everything tries to be orderly, organized, and conformed to some extent. One way of rebelling against conformity is to be as outrageous as possible - Neon provides this in spades, while Flynt has a personal grudge against the Schnee family (who is a big thing in Atlas), giving him reason to do the same.
** Their defeat wasn't just because of Weiss and Yang's efforts, but also because their biggest advantage was also their biggest weakness. Flynt's [[StoneWall sentinel-like]] style of combat, along with Neon's [[FragileSpeedster frenetic pace]], and finally their over-reliance on controlling the pace of the fight led to their downfall. Flynt's wasn't expecting to be overpowered by Yang and failed to avoid her retaliation, leading to Neon losing her rhythm and moving too fast for her own good.
** One little thing that becomes obvious after watching episode 6: [[spoiler: Cinder put them against Yang and Weiss because of Neon's [[TheGadfly personality]]. She wanted everyone to see Yang's temper so the DeliberateInjuryGambit would be more believable.]]
** Neon Katt's entire character is a reference to the Nyan Cat meme, from the rainbow trail she leaves while skating to being a cat faunus. But there's the fact that she keeps endlessly taunting Yang. This seems like an original idea or just a reference to how annoying Nyan Cat is, until you realize what the lyrics to the Nyan Cat song are. It's just saying "Nyan, Nyan, Nyan, Nyan" over and over again. Alternatively, it could be heard as saying "Nya, nya, nya nya nya," a common childish taunt. Both Nyan Cat and Neon Katt almost never say anything but taunts.
** Assuming that Atlas names their teams like Beacon does, the one who named them FNKI is none other than straight-laced, humorless James Ironwood.
* In the opening of Volume 2, we see Pyrrha fade in with an effect shaped like autumn leaves. Fast forward to Volume 3, [[spoiler:and we find out that Pyrrha was selected to be the Fall Maiden.]]
* When Pyrrha asks why [[spoiler:the existence of the maidens isn't common knowledge, it's revealed that it ''was'' until power-mad people tried to kill them and steal their powers. Which means that the power the maidens possess ''doesn't'' protect them any more than their own aura. Which explains how Amber was injured to begin with.]]
* Compared to Weiss, the design for Winter's weapon is surprisingly simple and, more importantly, her fighting style hardly seems to rely on Dust at all. This makes sense when, in ''Lessons Learned'', we learn that Winter also defied their father and got cut off from the Schnee family's financial resources, which presumably includes their Dust supply, so she's learned to fight without relying on it. It also seems to foreshadow that things might get difficult for Weiss in the future, as she'll either have to adopt a new style of fighting or be careful of just how much Dust she uses in battle. No wonder Winter emphasized how important it was for Weiss to learn how to summon.
* If you look closely, Qrow wears shiny silver rings and necklaces. Crows are well known for hoarding shiny things, so it makes sense that Qrow would wear silver.
* Cinder's choice of [[spoiler: using Yang as the scapegoat]] would not only demoralize team RWBY - having come face to face with Ruby twice, Cinder knows what she is capable of - but would also demoralize another major threat: Qrow, [[spoiler: whose niece is now arrested]]. Not to mention demoralizing his ''own'' team mates in case they suddenly get involved in her schemes. It has an extra layer to it--even if there ''were'' people who wouldn't have doubted her before, there's the fight Qrow, her uncle, had with a Schnee just a couple days before, attacking someone for basically shits and giggles. Qrow's own arrogant love of fighting is one more strike against Yang now, and with Ruby's well-known love of weapons, everyone's going to think they're a family of violent thugs now. Even worse, Yang ''does'' have a history of flying off the handle and doing damage. Remember her trailer? Junior can come in and legitimately say that Yang assaulted him and his staff and trashed his club for ''incredibly'' petty reasons of calling her "blondie".
* In ''Fall'', Mercury doesn't even look injured from getting shot in the leg, despite having no aura and thus probably bleeding. [[spoiler: The reveal that Mercury has prosthetic legs explains both this and how Mercury would go along with a plan that involved getting shot in the knee.]]
* Even if [[spoiler:it's revealed Mercury's legs were robotic]], it wouldn't change much. Atlas has [[spoiler:been making robots, so for them, it wouldn't matter if his legs were flesh or not]]. It still wouldn't change the fact that [[spoiler:Yang (to the audience) attacked him unprovoked.]]
* Chess metaphors:
** Given that Cinder is referred to by Ozpin's BenevolentConspiracy as ''Queen'', the revelation in ''Beginning of the End'' that [[spoiler: she's reporting to someone else]] makes perfect sense. In chess, the Queen is the most powerful piece, but the presence of a Queen means that there is also a ''King''. By extension, This implies Cinder can be replaced in the grand scheme. Unless the 'King' is located, the game isn't over.
** In chess, the queen is the most powerful piece on the board; able to move diagonally, horizontally, or vertically until she hits an edge or another piece. Cinder having half the Fall Maiden's power likely makes her one of the most powerful beings in Remnant, and even before taking Amber's power is revealed to be quite proficient in combat. The king, on the other hand, is extremely weak, but necessary to remain in the game. Perhaps any "King" in charge of Cinder is the brains to her power. On top of this, a queen can be replaced by a pawn at any time in chess. Perhaps Cinder was nothing more than a pawn before receiving the glove that stole Amber's powers. Perhaps Cinder wasn't the first queen at all.
** The metaphor can even be continued on to include the others in Cinder’s plan even if they are not referred to as such:
** Pawns are disposable pieces used and discarded in the opening moves of putting a plan into action, but if you don’t pay enough attention to your foe’s pawns then they will turn into a threat as big as the Queen; The White Fang as a whole and the Grimm.
** Rooks are the lines of defense used to keep the opponent from pressuring you so that you have time to set up your plan; Roman and his criminals and Adam and the White Fang.
** Bishops are seen as less predictable and slightly more unknown moving in ways that can’t be fully understood if you’re not them; Neo.
** Knights can be even less predictable still having a move set that makes using them properly difficult but once in place can cause a great deal of damage to your opponent, another aspect being that knights thematically are very loyal to their sovereign but ultimately discarded once they are no longer needed; Mercury and Emerald.
* There is actually a really big reason why Atlas is looked down upon for pressing their students to join the military besides simply "selling out". It was explained that the academies were formed after the Great War 80 years prior. That war was fought for individuality and the academies were built to commemorate that. Atlas instead breaks tradition and encourages conformity.
* Back in ''Lessons Learned'', a quick shot reveals that Mercury did take damage to his Aura, but not nearly what would be thought by tanking a giant strike by Yatsuhashi. Moreover, look at the actual tanking of said strike. [[spoiler: The reason Mercury's aura took so little damage is because his legs are robotic, made of metal and thus much stronger than human flesh and not needing as much aura protection to begin with. Clashing weapons is noticeably more easy if they're your entire leg down from the thigh rather than just plating on the heels and ankles, as was previously thought.]]
* In "Destiny", Ruby manages to see Emerald from across the entire arena - well, her weapon of choice is part 'customizable high-impact ''sniper rifle''', so she must have some experience seeing from far distances. And while at first you may think there's no visible scope, "Mountain Glenn" briefly showcased her tracking a Grimm through such a lens, revealed to be the small part attached to it's gun form, just under the handle's length.
* "Extracurricular" has a lot of significant {{foreshadowing}} for Volume 3:
** Mercury is able to [[spoiler:deduce [[MagnetismManipulation Pyrrha's Semblance]] so quickly because his legs are metal prosthetics.]]
** Cinder might have well have sent Mercury (and possibly Emerald) to scout out the brightest students because [[spoiler:she knew Ozpin and his conspiracy would be looking for someone to replace Amber as the Fall Maiden. They put Pyrrha on their radar, and sure enough that's exactly who Ozpin and company chose.]]
** When discussing [[spoiler:Pyrrha's Semblance and how she uses it]], Cinder remarks that "people assume she's fated for victory, when she's really taking fate into her own hands." This matches Pyrrha's belief that destiny is something you work toward, not something that happens to you.
** And finally, Cinder ends the conversation by stating that they don't have to overpower the enemy, just take whatever power they have. [[spoiler: [[PowerParasite Which is exactly what she did to poor Amber]].]]
* May Zedong sounds very similar to Mao Zedong, a Chinese leader who started the Cultural Revolution... That happened to start in May.
* [[spoiler: Penny's fate was foreshadowed in "Never Miss a Beat" when she had a magnet stuck to her head, showing she was in fact affected by magnetism.]] Damn that ChekhovsGun is brutal
* Penny and Pyrrha:
** It seems strange that [[spoiler: Penny's wires should be able to shred herself. She fought excellently and took nary a hit from Pyrrha, keeping her on the defensive much of the time. And Emerald's illusions don't seem to be able to affect tangibility or reality, only what people see and hear. But recall that Penny is an android and that Cinder was able to hack her. She might've ended the fight prematurely by shutting off Penny's Aura, making sure her redirected attack destroyed her.]]
** Alternatively, Penny can be seen reacting in pain to Pyrrha's magnetic pulse even before the wires get wrapped around her body, visibly effected by the black magnetic aura, and looking like she's having a heart attack. Being a machine, its quite possible the pulse caused some of her systems to fail.
** [[spoiler: Having Pyrrha take down Penny has the added bonus of eliminating what is possibly the single greatest threat to the plan: Penny herself. She put Pyrrha on the ropes - if they had teamed up against Cinder, she would never have won. Beyond this, Penny could have been a Maiden candidate if Pyrrha died, due to her robotic nature and preexisting power.]]
* Mercury's decision to spare Ruby could actually be explained rather pragmatically. Mercury only begins attacking her once the fight in the stadium begins and draws everyone's attention to it, and when both of them are indoors. But by the time he catches up to Ruby, she's already outside, and the fight has already ended, leaving the entire stadium in StunnedSilence. Attacking Ruby at this stage risks drawing attention to himself from anyone within hearing range. Also, Ruby's emotions are helping to fuel the Grimm, so letting her live benefits the plan more than hurts it.
* Part of the reason Team FNKI lose to Yang and Weiss is the fact that Flynt keeps repeating the same tactic. In other words... He's [[StealthPun a one-hit wonder]].
* Way back in Volume One, Ruby explains to Blake that she's always wanted to be a Huntress, helping people and asking nothing in return (with Yang clarifying some of this later). Blake thinks this is admirable, [[RealityEnsues but the real world isn't the same as a fairytale]], to which Ruby assuredly replies [[HeartwarmingMoments "Well, that's why we're here: to make it better."]] [[spoiler:This is exactly the same reasoning behind the Four Maidens helping out the old man in their fairytale; that they help out because they are able, and do not expect anything in return... for which they were granted his power. And by all indications, this trend continues with the equally-kind Summer + Ruby Rose, who wield an equally-ancient-and-powerful ability - it was practically foreshadowing]].
* When Cinder, Mercury, and Emerald overlook the destruction they caused, Cinder looks satisfied, Mercury is gleeful, but Emerald is unnerved. Now remember Cinder was the mastermind of the plan, Mercury is an assassin, and Emerald is merely a thief. While she has had some exposure to the horrors they caused, she would be the least prepared to take in what they have just done.
* There's a FunnyBackgroundEvent in the tenth episode of the third volume, with Neon roller skating away followed by a Boarbatusk. Except when you think about it, it's completely serious: it would only make sense to lead the Grimm away from where the threat of destruction is greatest, and would take some pressure off of the defense.
* According to Qrow, part of the point of the BenevolentConspiracy is that [[SecretWar nobody knows what they're doing]]. Presumably one of the secrets they were hiding is the [[spoiler:Grimm Dragon]]. Given the nature of the Grimm, this makes perfect sense. The [[spoiler:Dragon]] is ''gigantic'', [[spoiler:creates more Grimm]], can fly, and presumably can't be permanently put down (or it would have been already). But by making it an {{Unperson}}, they can make sure it stays dormant and can't do any harm. Crosses into FridgeHorror, as now that [[BrokenMasquerade the secret is out]] they're going to ''have'' to find a way to kill it once and for all; as long as people know about it, they will fear it, and it will keep coming back.
* When Ruby jumped off the airbus, we all thought she's gonna go rescue Ironwood, but ultimately decided to board the battleship instead. The answer will be clear if you remember Ironwood's words back in Volume 2 Episode 8: Ruby realized what is the threat, and took action like a true leader. The battleship denied the Atlas's army's air superiority. The robots are being controlled, causing mayhem everywhere. Between taking down the ship to give Vale a fighting chance or saving an old guy who's obviously won't die easily, it's easy to understand what would Ruby choose. Ironically, Ruby doesn't save Ironwood because she's busy doing what he taught her.
* When Weiss and Blake are fighting at Beacon, Weiss focuses on the Atlas droids, while Blake fights the White Fang grunts. It was referenced in Volume Two that the Schnee Dust Company helps fund the Atlas military. By having Weiss fight the droids, it helps cement how, like Blake, she has chosen to not let her past bind her.
* The Grimm exist only to viciously kill humans, so why does the Nevermore stay in the Colosseum to attack Ruby and Pyrrha when hundreds of people have just fled the arena? Simple: Grimm feed on negativity. Ruby and Pyrrha were feeling ten times more despair than anyone in the country at that moment. This also extends to the opening scene of Blake and Weiss in the middle of a crisis, but while they stand there for more than a full minute, the Grimm completely ignore them - because, while the two of them are sad and shaken, the panic of everyone else around them is much stronger than those two, so they have no interest (or if they do, they're going after the strongest sources first, and will only go after them after those are exhausted).
* Roman [[spoiler:getting eaten]] seems to come right out of nowhere, but again: Grimm are attracted to negative emotions. Roman [[spoiler:just watched Neo be sent flying off the ship]] and then began ranting to Ruby how the world is going to change and he has no choice but to go along with it in order to survive, like he always has. It's likely that Roman was remembering some very unpleasant experiences at that moment. Additionally, Ruby had just affirmed her sincere belief that she and the other Huntsman and Huntresses ''will'' stop their plans. Her hope and earnestness made sure that she wouldn't have been an immediate target by comparison to Roman's sheer negativity.
* Velvet's camera:
** At first, it seems that Velvet's poor photography skills are just some quirk of hers, and the picture of Sun that she shows to Ruby is just a one-off gag to help lighten the mood. However, notice how [[spoiler: the picture is centered on Sun's nunchucks rather than his face. Ultimately, the weapon is what's important to her, and come "Heroes and Monsters," we get to see why.]]
** The fact that Velvet's camera is kept inside of the box that's been hyped up, her hobby of taking photos, and the somewhat retro in appearance style camera. Since photography's beginnings, there was a superstition created by those who didn't understand the science of how a photo is produced, and presumed it was magic. The superstition in question? [[spoiler:If someone's picture is taken, the camera traps a persons soul, either a portion or its entirety. What's Velvet's weapon/semblance? PowerCopying, she can briefly create a perfect HardLight copy of another person's weapons and fighting style, if she's photographed them. Lending further credibility to this is Velvet's personal symbol and lens cover, a black/hollow heart with yellow stitching across it. What's also often associated with someone's soul, or where it resides? Their heart. In other words, she captures the "essence" of someone's fighting style with her photos, and releases them for her attacks]]
* Three things regarding Volume 3's opening theme:
** The name of the song is ''When it Falls.'' In Volume 3, [[spoiler: the Four Maidens are revealed, and the most important to the story is the Fall Maiden.]]
** [[spoiler: When Velvet fights the Atlesian Paladins in Heroes and Monsters, ''I May Fall'' is played. This song perfectly counters the opening theme. ''When it Falls'' is essentially saying "Evil will win and you can't do anything to stop it." On the other hand, ''I May Fall'' is saying "I won't let that happen. As long as I can fight, and as long as there's hope, I won't give up." This also mirrors Ruby and Torchwick's conflicting points of view in the same episode.]]
** In the Volume 3 Opening, set to ''When it Falls'', the forces of Atlas led by Ironwood are cut to when the line "Crushed by the weight of the world" plays. [[AtlasPose Now, just what is Atlas commonly remembered for in Greek Mythology]]?
* In ''Heroes and Monsters'' Ruby, Torchwick and Neo are battleing on an airship surrounded by Grimm that, for some reason don't actually interfere with the fight. It's only when [[spoiler: Neo gets blown off and Torchwick physically starts beating Ruby with his cane that one pops up to [[SwallowedWhole gobble him up]].]] This makes perfect sense when you remember that Grimm are attracted to negative emotions, which makesTorchwick's glaringly obvious [[spoiler: fear, worry and rage over Neo]] the perfect meal for them.
* Yang's ArcWords -style intro caption has always come off as ironic.[[labelnote:Read it here]]''Scathing eyes ask that we be symmetrical, one-sided and easily processed. Yet every misshapen spark's unseen beauty is greater than its would-be judgement.''[[/labelnote]] This is obviously supposed to refer to Yang, what with her wild, boisterous ways, her lawlessness, and her excitable personality. Yet despite the words speaking of symmetry and misshapen-ness, Yang has easily the most symmetrical character design of all four RWBY characters. Ruby has her massive scythe and her magazine clip, Weiss has her rapier, her scar, and her side-swung ponytail, and Blake's entire design speak to asymmetry, with one sleeve and especially the design of her MixAndMatchWeapon. Yet Yang's outfit is almost entirely symmetrical save for the barely-noticeable stocking and skirt differences. Even her weapons are identical and dual-wielded. But [[spoiler: Now that Yang's arm has been slashed off, she really is the most asymmetrical and misshapen of all.]]
* At the end of the "The End of the Beginning", Ruby is setting off to Haven with [[spoiler:Jaune, Nora, and Ren. Put them together, and you have JRRN - journey, or perhaps RNJR - ranger. There's also RRNJ - orange (to keep with the color scheming), and JNRR - junior, which can be seen as a reference to the "young soul" Ozpin and Salem have mentioned.]]
* Beyond the actual narrative reasons for Ruby joining [[spoiler:what's left of team JNPR]] it also makes sense on the thematic level, [[spoiler:since they just lost their "red" team member.]]
* People are quesitoning just how close Team RWBY really is given [[spoiler:they split up while their leader was comatose]] but factor in these things: They are all teenagers, [[spoiler:one of them has had their arm cut off and is still dealing with all the trauma from that, the other just found out their ex is a psychotic terrorist willing to destroy everything she holds dear and has run off, and the last one was forced to leave with her father and had little choice in the matter.]] it comes across as a really bad case of RealityEnsues.
** To add to it, [[spoiler:Yang's extreme reaction to Blake's running away]] makes perfect sense. [[spoiler:Ever since Raven left home, Yang has had severe abandonment issues. She very nearly caused Ruby's death when taking a stroll in the Grimm-infested woods. She lashed out at Junior for not giving her the information for her search. And now, ''someone else'' who was close to her, her '''partner''', has up and abandoned her]]. It is entirely in character.
* Watch the Volume 3 opening again: Jaune is the furthest away from Pyrrha, while Ruby and Weiss are holding her hands. [[spoiler:This gets reflected in the finale when Pyrrha sends Jaune to Vale while Ruby and Weiss go to help her. Unfortunately, just as Pyrrha is the first to fall away from the circle, she's also the first fatality of Teams RWBY and JNPR.]]
* Some characters have eye colors that match their seeming love interests. Weiss has blue eyes, which refer to Neptune. Blake has yellow eyes, which refer to Sun ([[LesYay or Yang, if you want]]), and Sun has eyes that are either black, to refer to Blake, or [[HoYay blue]], depending on what scene you're in. Ren has pink eyes, which refers to Nora, while Nora has green eyes, which refer to Ren.
* [[spoiler: Salem]] is clearly set up to be Ozpin's archnemesis, to the extent that her name itself is an opposite [[spoiler: The wizard of Oz was a man pretending to be a wizard and worshiped for it, whereas Salem alludes to people being falsely accused of being witches, and then being killed for it.]] Even better, her symbol [[spoiler: has some similarities to Glynda's one. She's The Wicked Witch of the West to Glynda's Good Witch of the South]].
* [[spoiler:Salem's speech towards Ozpin]] hits some pretty high notes when it cuts to [[spoiler:what's going on with the other people dealing with the situation in Beacon.]]
** "When banded together, unified by a common enemy, they ''are'' a noticeable threat.", paired with [[spoiler:Glynda failing to put even a simple door together with her telekinesis. This relates to her effortlessly fixing the area after the Breach in Volume 2, as everyone was banded together against a common enemy: the Grimm.]]
** "But divide them, place doubt into their minds...", paired with [[spoiler:Blake running away, relates to how ''she'' has doubts in her mind regarding whether being a part of a team is a good idea or if it'd [[ItsNotYouItsMyEnemies hinder them]].]]
** "Any semblance of power they once had will wash away." Paired with [[spoiler:Weiss being sent away to Atlas by her father. She attended Beacon, against her father's wishes, thus establishing just a semblance of power she had over her father.]]
** "Of course, they won't realize it at first. Like you, they'll cling to their fleeting hope, their aspirations, but this is merely the first move." Paired with [[spoiler:Ruby going with JN_R after visiting her mother's grave. Ruby's clinging onto her fleeting hope: a lead on Cinder, and is walking with her aspirations, Team JN_R.]]
* The song ''Divide'', used in the credits after her appearance, at first seem to be in grief of the heroes lost in the past few episodes and in anger at their killers... but it's actually from Salem's faction's point of view, against Ozpin.
** ''It was '''you'''. Who. Ended their lives. Made them to dig their own graves! With your dark. Sick. '''Cruel''' design, convinced them their world could be saved. '''Have? You? No? Shame?''' Signing them up for your war? Trained them to fight what they can't beat, choices that they would pay for!''
** Which is even more horrible. The ''entire'' song is about the good people that have been lost, throwing them in Ozpin's face, and the faces of anyone else who believed in their cause. It's a song about VictimBlaming.
** The theme of the song is even more brilliant since during the Salem Witch Trials the accused witches were blamed for daring to do witchcraft by the "good-hearted" Puritan citizens.
* Ruby's eyes in connection to her new power makes a lot of sense when you take into account that supernatural monsters are weak against silver. Most particularly werewolves. Ruby has had wolf symbolism since the very beginning. This gets even more brilliant when you remember how much Ruby is based off Little Red Riding Hood.
* The fact that Ozpin took such an interest in Ruby is both fridge horror and brilliance with the reveal that her silver eyes signify great power and combat prowess. On the brilliance end, it explains why he would pull her ahead two years and put her in a position to grow as both a person and a warrior just for beating up four men who showed no Aura ability. However, this could be seen as him helping a little girl destined for greatness along, or molding her into, on the Fridge Horror part, into a superweapon to use against Salem and the Grimm.
* Where was Pyrrha shot with an arrow, ultimately leading to her demise? [[AchillesHeel In the heel. Just like the Greek hero she was based on.]]
* Cinder's killing of Pyrrha could be a very smart move. Not only was Pyrrha one of the best Huntresses in Training, but people idolized her, possibly even to the extent of being humanity's champion. Can you imagine what killing such a person could do for morale, both in the ranks and that of citizens?
* Ozpin and Co and The Wizard of Oz:
** Ozpin's name is clearly a reference to the titular wizard, the "-pin" derived from the initials of The Wizard of Oz's name (which spelt out PINHEAD). He is also portrayed as the mastermind of the group, fitting considering that Oz was a man who operated in the shadows: after all, Oz did run everything through an alter ego. The fact that Ozpin gets stuff done through Qrow, Ironwood and presumably Glynda makes a lot of sense, too: in the story, Oz did manipulate Dorothy and Co to get rid of The Wicked Witch of the West.
** Glynda shares her name with the Good Witch of the South, and fights with "magic" (her semblance of telekinesis, but still!) that she seems to direct using her riding crop in a way reminiscent of a wand - just like a witch/female wizard.
** Qrow is less obvious, but all the same an allusion to the Scarecrow. He acts like Ozpin's eyes and ears, keeping tabs on things and informing him of goings-on, like how a scarecrow watches over a field. Qrow also fights with a scythe, a weapon traditionally used to harvest plants like grain. This also connects to scarecrows, considering that scarecrows are used on farms to frighten off birds from eating crops. Qrow being an alcoholic could also be a reference: the scarecrow had no brain, which alcohol impairs. Qrow taking over from Ozpin after the Volume 3 finale could be a deliberate allusion to the way the Scarecrow took over Oz after the Wizard left.
** Ironwood is strongly associated with The Tin Man. His name references him, "iron-" referring to the tin man being made of metal while "-wood" referencing the Tin Man being found while cutting down trees. Ironwood has a stoic, emotionless demeanor, an allusion to the Tin Man's lack of a heart, which is often associated with emotion. He also is heavily involved with robots, or "metal men", and later on we learn that Ironwood himself is partly metal His nation even treats his flesh and blood soldiers like faceless automatons.
** Taiyang is the Cowardly Lion; he spends most of the series at home not doing anything to affect the plot, despite being a capable Hunter. He even has the color scheme.
** Who's Dorothy? Well, who do we know who's an innocent girl - that is, a simple soul - with a dog? Alternatively, as Ruby is ''already'' Red Riding Hood, it's Summer Rose who was Dorothy. After all, Summer also sported Silver Eyes, much like Dorothy had those silver slippers.
** Alternatively, some theories have suggested that Team RWBY themselves are the stand-ins for the protagonists of the Wizard of Oz. Ruby is the obvious Dorothy, as an innocent girl with a cute dog companion. Yang could be the Scarecrow, as her CharacterDevelopment seems to be projected towards not being such a temperamental LeeroyJenkins, i.e, getting a brain. Weiss could be the Tin Man, as she's a [[DefrostingIceQueen cold and distant girl who is gradually learning to be kind]], i.e, getting a heart. Blake could be the Cowardly Lion, as her character arc seems to be learning to stand and face her DarkAndTroubledPast and her problems head-on rather than run away from them, i.e, getting courage.
* The fact that Qrow was shadowing Autumn when she was attacked, and that Ozpin knows that the Four Maiden's story is true and Autumn's own name could mean that Autumn and Ozpin were, at the very least, acquainted. If she knew what was happening in her final moments, imagine how she must feel that she is being sacrificed by someone she knew to be replaced like a defective weapon?
* Considering all of this, the character of Salem makes a lot of sense. Clearly, it would fit for Ozpin's archenemy to be a reference to The Wicked Witch of the West, and considering that Salem's name references the infamous Salem Witch Trials, it's not too hard to guess that's exactly who Salem is based on.
* Why does Cinder have influence over Grimm? Cinderella was great with animals!
* The Narrator being a villain was actually hinted at throughout her narrations. In "Ruby Rose", she states "But even the most brilliant lights eventually flicker and die. And when they are gone... darkness will return" and "there will be no victory in strength". In the World Of Remnant episode "Grimm", she says "And in the end... killing is all that matters." Her seeking to divide the kingdoms is foreshadowed in "Kingdom" when she says "But the four kingdoms stand as beacons of hope. As safe havens from the darkness that surrounds them. They are the key to mankind's survival, as long as they stand united..." Furthermore, the World of Remnants narrated by Ozpin? It's Ozpin trying to convince Salem of humanity's value.
* Torchwick not bothering to kill Tukson makes a lot more sense knowing that Torchwick is on Cinder's side to ensure he survives whatever happens, if Tukson had managed to escape, it's likely that Torchwick would've done the same.
* "Do you believe in destiny?" [[spoiler: Pyrrha was ultimately not destined to be a hero, and Cinder was not destined to be victorious, but Ruby's silver eye powers meant she was destined to be a great warrior. Cinder's undoing was not Pyrrha's destiny, but Ruby's.]] Following on this, for anyone following her actual role in the story, it's not surprising that [[spoiler: Pyrrha's]] ultimate destiny is not to BE the hero, but to empower them.
* Ren and Nora's concern that Jaune and Pyrrha are still missing probably isn't just worry over their teammates. Beacon, the only place they have to call home, is effectively destroyed and they have to flee. Jaune and Pyrrha (plus Team RWBY) are basically the only family they have left, and they have no way of knowing if they're safe.
* Take another look at the Season 3 intro. Notice how the camera zooms in on Ruby's eyes as she fights Cinder. And how Pyrrha is the first one to go flying off when they're in the falling circle.
* Right at the beginning of the show, the opening narration very plainly states that there will be no victory in strength. Come the end of volume 3, the strongest fighters Beacon had to offer by the end of the Tournament, Pyrrha and Yang, whose strengths, of body and character, have been a major part of their characterisations from the beginning, are dead and [[BrokenBird broken with no will to continue]], respectively. Meanwhile, Ruby's smaller, more honest soul turned the tide and ruined Cinder's plans at the last second, even if the [[PyrrhicVictory cost was too great]], and she's still maintaining hope for a brighter future, mirroring Ozpin's reply from the first episode.
* Volumes 1 & 2's openings end with the title RWBY with the four letters grouping close together, while Volume 3's RWBY title has each letter noticeably placing further away from each other. [[spoiler: Makes more sense considering that at the end of Volume 3, the whole Team RWBY has broken up and each member goes their separate ways]]. Not to mention how Ruby's the only one conscious or active in the final shot of the opening where the camera spins around the sitting girls. Each of them becomes inactive, save for Ruby.
* Just as Team SSSN is pronounced Team Sun, Ruby joining and leading the remains of Team JNPR becomes Team RRNJ, or Team Orange.
* Part of the chorus for ''Die'' says "Shattering the moon and bloodying the sky." ''I May Fall'' also has the lyrics "As the skies rain blood" and later on "When the moon is gone." [[spoiler: In the place where Salem is first shown, the sky is colored blood-red, and there's a clear view of the shattered moon. The moon is also partially shrouded in clouds, which makes it look as though it's fading into nothingness.]]
* The opening animation for Volume 2 shows each member of Team RWBY facing off against one of the villains: Ruby vs. Cinder, Weiss vs. Emerald, Blake vs. Torchwick, and Yang vs. Mercury. The same is true for Volume 3's opening, expect it has Blake fighting Adam instead. This foreshadows the Volume 3 episode ''Heroes and Monsters'', where Torchwick dies and Adam starts to become a more prominent antagonist.
* The narration at the end of Volume 3 is a continuation of the opening narration from Volume 1. You can hear it here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Jd9F2ghwOw8
* If Cinder hadn't had Roman attack that particular Dust shop on that night back in volume 1, it's possible Ruby would never have met Glynda and Ozpin and wouldn't have been pushed ahead two years to go to Beacon, and she would never have been in a position to unlock her Silver Eyes power. Cinder had written Ruby off as more or less a non-threat from that point, but it's ultimately her own fault that something she could never have expected blindsided her because it came from someone whose presence she was more or less directly responsible for.
* During Cinder's [[spoiler: fight with Pyrrha]], her dress does not light up as it usually does even though she attacks mainly with fire. At first this may just seem to be an animation error, but then one realizes that she has the Fall Maiden's powers and thus no longer needs the Dust in normal fights. In contrast, during her [[spoiler: fight with Ozpin]], she uses both Dust and the Maiden's powers in tandem as her opponent is a much more powerful threat than who she faces afterward. This combination of Dust and Maiden's powers also allows for much more excessive use of fire and heat. She outright melts the floor into lava with her hand while sliding to a stop after she's pushed backward, and she lights her swords on fire for the added offensive power. Alternatively, she used up all her Dust during her first fight and had none left for her second.
* [[spoiler:Torchwick's death]]:
** It did seem [[AntiClimax anti-climactic]] on the surface in the heat of that particular moment ([[spoiler:he was giving a very angry, emotion-driven rant to Ruby after fighting her intensely and was about to deliver a presuming final blow only to be eaten by a Griffon]]), but it was likely done deliberately. One of the main characteristics about Grimm is that they're drawn to negativity, which is why they started attacking Beacon at the end of "[=PvP=]" after [[spoiler:Penny's death]], since there was already brooding emotions that were taken and stirred further by Cinder with her hate speech that really catalyzed the attack as a whole. So it looks like [[spoiler:Torchwick's death]] was less of an AssPull and more of a somewhat cruel reminder.
** It's even foreshadowed - several times actually. Earlier in the fight, when things are looking bad for [[spoiler:Ruby]] and she's clearly afraid she gets targeted by several Grimm. And then, after Neo [[spoiler:is removed from the battle]] the Grimm begin to [[spoiler:circle Torchwick]] a sign that they've begun to target [[spoiler:him]] due to the negative emotions. What happens after is only a surprise if you didn't pay attention to the Grimm.
** A part of Torchwick's speech to Ruby seems almost like a [[LeaningOnTheFourthWall meta prediction at the fan's reactions]] to [[spoiler:his, Penny and Pyrrha's deaths; especially Pyrrha's as fans even went so far as to make a petition to bring her back because she had so much to live for]].
--->'''Torchwick:''' But this is the real world! The real world is COLD! The real world, doesn't care about spirit!
* Qrow is dismissive of RWBY's heroics in Vol 1 and 2 saying it's cute but they really can't make a serious dent in the crime of Vale. He's also dismissive of the Academy's in general, claiming they're a decent start but only that, and even after finishing it's not until you're a hunter out in the world that you really start to grow, saying you can grow more in a few days out there than you can in weeks of academy training. And sure enough he's right. The students despite being able to take Grimm and mooks are utterly no match for their older more experienced opponents. Emerald was on her own surviving for years, while Mercury was trained by an angry alcoholic abusive father who forcibly beat into far greater skills than the ones taught by supportive teachers like Glinda or Taiyang. Torchwick, as a criminal had to "lie, cheat and survive." They were out in the world, and thus they walked all over the students. As fun and cool as Beacon seemed to be, it was actually holding RWBY back as far as giving them the skills needed to stop Salem.

!! FridgeHorror:
* Recall how, in "Ruby Rose", Roman throws a '''single''' [[AppliedPhlebotinum Dust]] crystal at Ruby and shoots it, causing an explosion that could've easily severely injured her, and in "Welcome to Beacon", Ruby sneezes on three bottles of Dust, creating a relatively large explosion left a '''crater''' in front of the school grounds. Now recall how [[OhCrap almost everything]] [[EarthShatteringKaboom in Remnant]] [[MadeOfExplodium is powered using]] [[ToxicPhlebotinum Dust]].
* First exam:
** The first actual exam for Beacon Academy involves catapulting several students several hundred feet in the air, into a forest infested with shadow-like beasts, and at least one cavern that is home to a gigantic scorpion. Most of the main cast is tough and well-trained, with the exception of Jaune, who had no knowledge of how to use his [[CharlesAtlasSuperpower Aura]], the same power that makes the other characters superhuman. What would have happened to Jaune if Pyrrha hadn't gone out of her way to land quickly and save him? Assuming he did survive the fall, he wouldn't have lasted long in that forest. It hasn't been mentioned yet if there have been any students like Jaune who may have been killed during this exam in the past. Beacon does perform some manner of background check on their entrants, but Jaune got in, despite being obviously unprepared, through a so-far vague screening process. This makes even more sense when you find out Jaune [[spoiler: faked his papers to get into Beacon]]. Is the reason Ozpin still accepted him because he knew [[spoiler: If he was lying, he would likely die in the first test, anyway?]] This makes Ozpin's "I'm proud of you" moment sound a lot more sinister.
** Still horrifying from the opposite perspective: if Ozpin didn't know there was something fishy about Jaune's acceptance to Beacon, imagine how he and Glynda would have felt if Jaune had died in the forest... compare to a military commander having to tell a family their child died in training.
* The LyricalDissonance of "Red Like Roses Part II" causes a lot of this. It might just be referencing [[DarkAndTroubledPast Ruby's life in some way]]... In fact, ALL of the songs have dark lyrics with the exception of "I Burn" and even that could be interpreted several ways. Makes you wonder if RWBY isn't a regular DysfunctionJunction. It got worse when the full version of "Red Like Roses Part II" was released. It turned out to be a duet...[[RealitySubtext and the singers are mother and daughter in real life]].
* In the first episode of volume two, Cinder caresses Roman's face when telling him just to do what she tells him to do. ...her eyes start to glow; and you can hear a faint sizzling. She's using her fire-dust woven clothing as a threat; just enough that Roman can feel it. As in, she was telling him she could burn his face off if he gets too nosy.
* So what happened to the people in those cars that Roman knocked off the road in his Paladin Mech? While they'd have Aura, their Aura were likely still locked like Jaune's was.
* Going back to Vol.2 Episode 1, Roman lists off three effects of his robberies: People are panicking. The police are acting in force. And most importantly, the price of Dust is through the roof. The SDC is fully capable of taking full advantage of this situation, acting as the hero to Roman's villain. It's even likely Roman has them thinking that his thefts are false flag operations just to hide the fact he is also in cahoots with the real White Fang. Team RWBY is screwed.
* Yang is a GREAT sister to Ruby. There was even a song about what a great sister she was to Ruby! However, a little of that could stem from the fact that [[spoiler: Yang endangered Ruby when she was a toddler, almost getting her killed by Beowolves because of her own curiosity when she took her in a wagon to look for her own birth mother.]]
* In Vol.1 Episode 4, after rattling off a list of [[TheAce Pyrrha's]] achievements to [[TheWatson an oblivious Jaune]], Weiss asks whether he really believes he's worthy of talking to her, to which he reluctantly admits that he isn't. In Vol.2 Episode 7, Pyrrha tells Jaune that this is the exact problem she faces: because of her status as TheAce, [[AttractivenessIsolation everyone assumes she's completely out of their league and won't talk to her]]. The one person who actually had the confidence to approach Pyrrha as a friend (if only because he didn't know who she was), ''and Weiss tried to turn him away from her''.
* A bit more of a Fridge Tearjerker than Fridge Horror, but when Pyrrha takes Jaune up to the roof in Jaunedice, his first reply is to say he's "not that depressed." Pyrrha takes a second to catch the meaning behind that before frantically pushing him away from the edge. So, Jaune seems to have assumed his partner would cheerfully encourage him to commit suicide.
* Apparently, if it lives to be centuries old, a Grimm will become both enormous and smart. Smart, waiting behemoths that have centuries of experience to draw upon.
* The opening song for Volume 2 has a rather somber moment where the singer laments on whether they're just heroes or cannon fodder dying for someone else's glory. If you think about some of the more famous fantasy stories, like Harry Potter, Chronicles of Narnia, or even The Wizard of Oz, you will find theories, interpretations and possibly ''confirmations'' that the BigGood was simply ''using'' the hero for their own scheme (i.e. Glinda using Dorothy to kill the Wicked Witch for her and the Wizard of Oz simply going along with it). Kind of unnerves you just thinking about if there's a similar hidden agenda, ''especially'' when RWBY's ''own'' Big Goods are named after those very same Wizard of Oz characters that put Dorothy up to killing the Witch. Even worse when you consider that Cinder is likely using the White Fang for such an agenda.
* In A Little Hiccup we find out that [[spoiler: Penny]] is a robot developed by Atlas and the first ever capable of generating aura. Because it's doubtful Atlas got this in one go we're left to wonder what became of the (likely many) failed prototypes and just how conscious were they once they were deemed failures. And of course we already know the Schnee Dust Company has a very close relationship with the Atlas military, especially in weapons and robot manufacturing.
* Above, it is listed as Fridge Heartwarming that Ironwood wants to develop android soldiers to protect living beings from being sacrificed in battle. However, this turns into Fridge Horror when you consider that he's involved with the project to [[spoiler: create ensouled robot soldiers]] to die in their place. What's worse: Droids can be hacked, how long will it be until the government loses control of these droids to the criminal underworld? Or is that WHY he wants to create ensouled robots? Have Atlas combat droids been hacked in the past, and he has reason to think that giving them self-awareness and an aura will make them more resistant to hacking?
* The Grimm Invasion of Vale, which was forced to be kicked off early by Torchwick - Emerald had this to say: "That's still days away!" What do a few days matter? Well, consider the concurrent events going on; teams are taking on missions outside the city, shadowed by experienced Huntsmen/Huntresses - Team RWBY left the day before Team JNPR, and no doubt it would have taken days for them all to be gone on their missions. Not to mention, a few more days, and the military would have likely left too after it's business was concluded. In other words, the city would have been comparatively empty of fighters when the invasion started... and by the time anyone could get back, it would have much, much worse. Forcing it to kick off early is what saved the day (and the city), in the end, just barely. What's more, the visitors from other nations that survived would go back to their own countries full of panic and fear, making them vulnerable to Grimm in their very own nations just from an attack in a different one.
* In volume 3, Nora lists off what could happen if JNPR loses in the tournament and gets depressed in the process. While this scene is suppose to be comical, Nora mentions briefly that her and Ren have no parents and no home left to go to. Did something bad happen to Ren and Nora in the past?
* As amusing as drunk Qrow is, Glynda's admission that he is almost constantly drunk makes it both sad and horrying. Qrow probably has very good reasons to stay plastered. He lost one of his team-mates and he doesn't even know if his own sister is even alive. His BigDamnHeroes when he saved little Yang and Ruby may seem heroic but he must have been absolutely terrified that he might lose some more people dear to him.
* The Volume 3 opening has scenes with teams RWBY and JNPR together, including them running full-speed at the invading army of Grimm. Then there's a scene with both teams falling from the sky, holding hands in a circle...until JNPR falls away while Ruby looks on in fear. This is followed by RWBY sitting back-to-back, with everyone but Ruby herself looking defeated. [[BreakingTheFellowship Could]] [[WeUsedToBeFriends this be]] {{foreshadowing}} [[DwindlingParty for]] [[KillEmAll something?]]
* Cinder and the tournament:
** Cinder choosing the line up for the second round. Note that, when we first saw Qrow, it was drunkenly dismissing Team JNPR and Team SSSN's fights, even calling SSSN's match a mess. However, we now know that being drunk doesn't seem to slow his perceptions much. And with him telling the other leaders that their enemy is already at Vytal, this makes both Cinder choosing the line up and Qrow's comment even more concerning - Cinder's been fixing the matches all this while, explaining Mercury's comment at the end of Episode 1 about knowing who would win. In that case, Cinder has some agenda that involves moving known factors (RWBY, JNPR, and maybe SSSN), up through the ranks, while eliminating unknown or too powerful factors herselves (Mercury and Emerald vs Coco and Yatsuhashi).
** The fight itself reinforces just how terrifyingly out of their depth Team RWBY is when dealing with Cinder and her plans. It reinforces the fact that, for all their strutting and the ease with which they can mow down Grimm, the members of Team CVFY, while older, are still ''students''. On the other hand, Mercury and Emerald, for all their palling around with Ruby and hanging out with them both in and out of the classroom, are ''not''. As the first chapter of Volume 2 reveals in their introduction, Mercury and Emerald are ''killers'' and experienced ones at that, possibly every bit as dangerous as Neo, who utterly dominated in her fight against Yang. Pyrrha, with all her skill, was sparring against someone who was more than capable of killing her at any time. Ruby and her teammates have been hanging out with a girl who was not only able but, if her sentiments are to be taken seriously, more than willing to kill them if given the chance and reason. In fact, the only reason that Emerald and Mercury haven't killed anyone (aside from that one time) is not from any compunction against it, but because it would undermine their infiltration of Beacon.
** And now we have an idea what Cinder's doing: [[spoiler:In ''Fall'' it's revealed the someone, implied to be Cinder, nearly killed the Fall Maiden and stole part of her powers. To prevent what's left from being stolen, Ozpin plans to move the rest to Pyrrha. Cinder's already in the Beacon networks, adding students like Pyrrha to a list for some previously unknown purpose, but now it seems she's trying to keep track of possible vessels. It also explains everything Cinder's done up to this point: cause enough havoc to quietly steal the rest of the Maiden's power. Following the botched Grimm invasion in volume 2, Cinder's rigging the tournament bouts to remove other potential vessels from consideration and narrow down the target. The only thing left is what does Cinder plan to do with this power...]]
** And part of the plan also happens in Fall. Yang ended up breaking Mercury's leg and getting arrested. Everyone who saw Yang believed she attacked him without being provoked whereas she believed that Mercury was about to attack her. While the stream of people raging about her apparent attack seemed to summon Grimm, you also have to think of the flipside too. Some of those people who saw what happened were Yang's friends, including her sister. This can easily become a HeroicBSOD for them, which can also attract Grimm. Adding to this are how it will go down from here. If Yang is punished, those friends will probably upgrade that BSOD into either a BreakTheCutie or even a fullblown DespairEventHorizon. If, for whatever reason, Yang isn't punished, people will cry out for justice. [[XanatosGambit Either way, Cinder gets an army of Grimm to Vale]].
** For further fridge horror there is a chance that Taiyang was watching as well if not on the arena itself then on the TV. Keep in mind that guy already lost much. His first love is missing, his second love is dead, and now he saw his daughter being ''arrested''. For something he ''saw her doing''. He won't even have a comfort of hope that it was a mistake they'll soon realize and release her. For all he knows his daughter broke someone's leg for no reason and got rightfully arrested for that AdultFear at it's finest.
** There's also the case of the situation being neatly tied up within a short span. It wouldn't really matter though. The damage has been done. People would be terrified of Yang, her friends and family will be doubting themselves, the fear and anger sparked from the incident is enough to summon the Grimm. After all, all they need is one spark.
** If you think about it there is a very good reason why everyone reacts to Yang this way. One must remember that not everybody has superhuman abilities. The vast majority are pretty much normal humans. If any one of these Hunters were to suddenly turn criminal when they would be unstoppable, as even Hunters ''in training'' are capable of laughing off bullets and break concrete with their fists. A fully trained Huntsman would be a potentially unstoppable killing machine. Heck we even got confirmation from Qrow that he met some criminal huntsman in his missions. More importantly they are pretty much the world police of Remnant in all but name. So Yang's attack would be the rough equivalent of a military or police officer assaulting an unarmed civilian.
* During "Fall" it was revealed that Ironwood and Atlas scientists have found a way to capture Aura and put it into someone or something else. Remember how Penny is described as "the first synthetic person capable of generating an Aura" back in Volume 2? There's a strong possibility that Penny's Aura is not actually her own; it was taken from someone else, probably as an experiment to test the functionality of the Aura-Capture technology Atlas was creating to transfer the Fall Maiden's power.
* In the World of Remnant episode "Cross Continental Transmit", it is revealed that the CCT is Remnant's version of the internet, and happens to be the main method of communication within and between the kingdoms. One major flaw that the system has is that if one of the main comm towers goes down, the entire CCT system will fail. This is evidently quite common, as the narrator goes on to say that the towers are routinely taken offline for maintenance. Now, remember that Cinder had hacked into the CCT tower in Vale back in volume 2 and consider what she could do. Chances are good that part of Cinder's plan involves taking the CCT network down. If that happens, she could wreck havoc in Vale while the people there are helpless and unable to call for help. Meanwhile, people living elsewhere would just assume the CCT was down for repairs as usual, blissfully unaware that their loved ones visiting for the Vytal Festival could potentially be caught up in the chaos and slaughtered by the invading Grimm. Let's not forget that the virus infects anything that gets into contact with the Beacon network, like the other CCT towers. Let's also not forget that Beacon's CCT is one of four towers that manage ''total global communication.'' All the plot relevant action's in one place, but she might already have seized the entire system without anyone realizing a thing.
* On the back of Cinder's glove is a symbol- a circle or wheel centered around a stylized eye. She uses it to summon a beetle-like Grimm to try and steal Amber's power. Who else do we know who has the power to summon creatures using the power of stylized symbols? A power that's been passed down through their bloodline? Did I mention the symbol on Cinder's glove is [[BloodMagic red]]?
* When Cinder begins the process of draining Amber's powers, a swirling black and red portal appears beneath them, a visual effect that is disturbingly similar to the portal Raven used to leave the train in ''No Brakes'' after she saved Yang from Neo, as well as the red-and-black orb seen in the show's openings that appears to present a threat.
* The Grimm introduced in ''the Beginning of the End'' is small enough to fit into a woman's palm, but put a person as terrifyingly powerful as Amber on life support by draining half her power. Logically, had it been able to fully drain her, it's possible it would've killed her outright. So far, this is the only specimen ever seen. How many other Huntsmen has this species taken down, without anyone knowing?
* What would have happened if there were witnesses to Pyhrra's outburst with Jaune? ''Especially'' since people are already critical of Beacon's students after what happened with Yang.
* Volume 3 Episode 9 will feature [[spoiler:Penny vs. Pyrrha, with Emerald overseeing the fight. The obvious implications are bad enough, but there's one crucial flaw: people have already seen a Beacon student flip out on an opponent. Cinder clearly wants a Grimm invasion, so she might escalate the violence beyond a mere fight. Penny has the strongest [[WaveMotionGun ranged weapon]] seen in the show, and we still don't know how much control Cinder's virus gives her over Ironwood's robots or the tournament systems. If Cinder can drop the barrier around the arena, ''and'' control Penny's weapons, we're looking at a full on slaughter.]] Especially since [[spoiler:Penny represents Atlas literally and metaphorically. Going to that example, Cinder could simply have Penny slaughter everyone and instead of feeling safe when they look up to the sky, they will feel fear, as it's littered with Atlas Ships]].
* Jaune's reaction to Pyrrha seemingly killing Penny. After his talk with Pyrrha last episode, where he encouraged her to do what ever she must to fulfill her destiny, and Cinder's speech, where she suggested that this action was deliberate, one can only imagine what he's thinking.
* Negative emotions:
** Remnant is a very scary place to live in, not because of the Grimm, but because of what ''causes'' the Grimm to thrive. They're attracted by negative emotions. As we've seen in Volume 3, a mishap in a tournament (such as a person attacking their beaten opponent or even the dismemberment of a participant) causes enough negative emotion to attract a huge army of Grimm. We've also seen that, despite years and years of racism against the Faunus isn't quite enough to generate that same army of Grimm, let alone the smaller army we see in Volume 2's finale. What does this all lead to? A familiar quote: [[Film/TheDarkKnight "Nobody panics when things go 'according to plan.' Even if the plan is horrifying! If, tomorrow, I tell the press that, like, a gang banger will get shot, or a truckload of soldiers will be blown up, nobody panics, because it's all 'part of the plan.' But when I say that one little old mayor will die, well then everyone loses their minds!"]]
** This also leaves one to imagine that society in Remnant is pretty messed up, since anger, sadness and fear are surefire ways to summon Grimm. We're probably thankful that James' idea of protecting people from Grimm is to stock the stadium with all of Atlas' armies and not [[GettingSmiliesPaintedOnYourSoul forcing people to remain happy]].
** This also brings up a disturbing possibility about the bigotry towards Faunus. One would think that social reform would be paramount since it could mean weakening the Grimm, allowing civilization to expand. But remember how often the notion "things could be worse" is used to rationalize and accept one's place in life. Faunus are getting thrown under the bus to give humans a reason to not question their society, and the White Fang unknowingly serves the same purpose for law-abiding Faunus.
** Of course, it could simply be that the FantasticRacism [[NightmareRetardant is more subtle and individual, whereas Yang's actions were sudden and the Festival is being broadcast worldwide]].
** Imagine suffering from a mental illness like depression or an anxiety disorder while living in Remnant. Not only are you already burdened with persistent negative thoughts, but you get the [[SarcasmMode added bonus]] of knowing that your despair could be drawing horrific monsters to the area. Which would probably just make you feel even worse and draw in even more Grimm...
** Which in turn puts Jaune's conversation with Pyrrha in "Jaunedice" in whole new light. Initially it looked like Jaune being [[IdiotHero Jaune]] when he thought she'd want him to jump, but when you know that Grimm are atracted by negative emotions it might actually be ''common'' to encourage people with heavy depression to commit suicide so their negative emotions would not endanger others. Jaune misunderstanding Pyrrha doesn't look so funny when you realise that people who '''are''' "''that'' depressed" might've been actually brought to such places for the reason he thought he was.
* The Grimm aren't just drawn to ''any'' source of negative emotion. They are specifically drawn to those from humans. Grimm don't normally attack animals even though they can feel negative emotions as well. Why? Because they're [[EmotionEater emotion eaters]]. Rather than consume matter to survive, the Grimm might actually feed on negativity itself, like the fear that comes knowing your home is being invaded and that the creatures closing in on you are about to kill you. Their multiple forms could also be them drawing on the phobias of creatures like wolves, bears, snakes, scorpions, and ravens. Emotions and phobias that only humans seem to be capable of experiencing. The events during the tournament might've been like a giant dinner bell for them, drawing them all in for the opportunity to feed. In other words, Remnant is a terrible place for [[HumansAreSpecial humans to be special.]]
* That moment when you realize that on top of all the shit hitting the fan at the end of Episode 9, the train attack from the end of Volume 2 could've also been a part of this had the girls not [[IncrediblyLamePun derailed]] that.
* In ''Lessons Learned'', Winter gets a lot of points for encouraging Weiss to choose her own path, especially given that judging from the private ship, Winter herself probably gave in and begged her father for her money back when she was cut off. However, she also gets points for suggesting that Weiss "stop avoiding him and call home". Papa Schnee's attitude towards his daughters is almost certainly as harsh or harsher than Winter's, but it's sad to think that maybe he really is desperate to talk to Weiss, especially given she's almost ''died'' at that point, be it by Grimm or worse, a chainsaw. Weiss herself admits that seeing people die and go missing was basically a part of her growing up. And now, she's caught in the middle of what's basically an ''apocalypse'' Cinder's started, and her father's a continent away able to do nothing about it. He must be terrified for his daughter. Unlike Winter, if Weiss were to die, he'd have had no chance to speak to her again.
* There's a chance that Penny isn't really dead, but in some kind of safe mode. It makes perfect sense for a machine designed for combat, especially since she has a soul of her own. Except, in the midst of the Grimm attack, will anyone be able to get to her? Or worse, after so much time has passed, what if her remaining power's already depleted?
* Amber woke up during the aura transfer process. She was stuck in a coma since she was attacked and the only thing that could wake her was having her ''soul ripped out''. As painful as the process was for Pyhrra, imagine what she was feeling.
* Right when Yang discovers Adam, pay attention: she does demand Adam get away from Blake, and she is very ready to act....but she doesn't move. Yang isn't just charging in. She's learned from her experiences that that isn't always the best way to do things, and she gives Adam the chance to do as she says or suffer. But unfortunately, [[{{Sadist}} Adam and suffering are synonymous]], and he sheathes his sword in a combative stance and ''grins'' at her, and when she loses it, she loses her arm. For the first time ever, maybe giving her opponent the chance to move wasn't the right thing to do.
* It's closer to Fridge Tearjerker, but in the finale, the room Ruby wakes up in has two beds in it, while the room Yang is in is sparsely decorated and small. Yang didn't even want to ''see'' Ruby or anyone, that's how badly the events of the past few episodes [[BrokenBird have affected her]].
* The Volume 3 Finale was released to non-sponsors on Valentine's Day, a day usually associated with the heart-pierced-with-an-arrow logo. Taken a bit too literally with Pyrrha. Not to mention that Jaune/Pyrrha was the OneTruePairing of some of the fandom and they were rooting for them to be together...
* Adam makes it clear to Blake that he intends to destroy everything she holds dear. This, of course, includes her team... which effectively disbands in the days following him crippling Yang. Ruby's travelling with three skilled Hunters and Huntresses at her side (not including Qrow), and Blake breaking off on her own would make her harder to track, but Yang is INCREDIBLY vulnerable right now: Yang's so deep in depression that she's been bedridden for months, and her mental and physical state would make her an easy target if she was tracked down especially considering how easily Adam dispatched her when she was at full strength.
* You know that logo on Cinder's Grimm-summoning glove? The one which also looks like the portals Raven uses to get around? The same logo that appears on Salem's back.
* At the end of "Heroes and Monsters", when Pyrrha, Ozpin, and an utterly confused Jaune head to the vault to transfer the Fall Maiden powers to Pyrrha, Ozpin tells Jaune he can help by standing guard. However, when the transfer causes enough physical pain to Pyrrha to cause her to scream in agony, Jaune turns from the entrance to see what's going on, and that's when Cinder strikes. [[spoiler:Amber and Pyrrha are dead]] because Jaune had ''one job'' and he screwed it up. Can't be good for his less-than-stellar self-esteem.
* If Jaune ''had'' stayed focused on the entrance, then when Cinder arrived, he would most likely have engaged her in combat, and seeing that Cinder's far more powerful than Jaune, she would have effortlessly killed him. Jaune being distracted by Pyrrha's screams, while ultimately resulting in Amber and Pyrrha's deaths, saves his life from Cinder, who's too focused on getting the Fall Maiden powers to deal with him.
* During the last few episodes of season 3, Cinder's plan extends FAR beyond merely stealing Amber's powers. Her speech paints the world leaders as untrustworthy, describes the Atlas presence in Vale as a military invasion, presents Pyrrha's and Penny's fight as a Beacon student brutally murdering an Atlas one, and ensures the entire world see the Atlas forces attacking innocent Vale civilians. Her very last act is to destroy the CCT tower, which cuts off all global communications between the kingdoms. Cinder's plan seems to be to divide humanity by starting another world war.
* Imagine what Jaune must've gone through in the months before he met back up with Ruby. Getting the news that Beacon has fallen and Pyrrha didn't make it, with plenty of time for him to reflect on it all that's happened up to now, including the realization that Pyrrha was interested in him from the beginning and he never noticed. Maybe thinking that [[FondMemoriesThatCouldHaveBeen if he]] [[BattleCouple had]], [[WhatCouldHaveBeen then things would've turned out differently]]. Hopefully he had Ren and Nora around for support.
* Back in Vol 2 Ozpin approved of sending RWBY on that mission despite it being far above their skill level. Even though he appears to be the wise mentor believing in his students they're badly outmatched and only luck and Raven showing up to save Yang keeps them all getting out alive. Except Ozpin clearly knew about [[spoiler:Ruby's eyes]] which required a TraumaticSuperpowerAwakening (typically the death of a friend) to finally activate. And he sent them into a situation where they would clearly be in serious danger (more so than usual). Was he hoping one of them would die or her own life would be pushed to activate them early? Furthermore what would have happened if Raven didn't show up? Neo would have killed Yang, and Ruby would have ended up clutching her beloved sisters corpse [[spoiler: Which definitely would have turned on her eyes]] Did Raven really show up to save Yang or was she just trying to prevent the latter from happening? Calls into question both Ozpin and Raven's actions as not nearly being as noble as they seemed.
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