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* The cliffside altar Ruby visits in the first trailer is engraved with the epitaph, "Summer Rose / Thus kindly I scatter."; which is from [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Last_Rose_of_Summer The Last Rose of Summer]] by [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Thomas_Moore Thomas Moore]].
* Red hooded girl alone in the woods being confronted by wolves? Viewers can be forgiven for thinking that Ruby is Literature/LittleRedRidingHood. WordOfGod confirmed the connection.
* Weiss Schnee is German for "White Snow". Literature/SnowWhite, anyone? The name of Weiss's theme song? [[Literature/SnowWhiteAndTheSevenDwarfs Mirror Mirror]].
* Adam's weapon and combat style are [[https://twitter.com/montyoum/status/315342093893648385 based off]] Kagura Tsuchimiya from ''Anime/GaReiZero''. Adam also draws direct movements from a few other sources - [[VideoGame/DevilMayCry Vergil]] and [[VideoGame/GuiltyGear Johnny]] to name a few.
* Blake and Adam's names reference ''Literature/BeautyAndTheBeast'', with Belle being the root of Blake's last name (Belladonna), and Adam being Beast's real name. Blake is also introduced reading a book, and in another episode reads by the light of a candelabra.
* Yang picks a fight with a slightly {{Yakuza}}-[[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Axe_Gang esque gang]] [[AnAxeToGrind wielding axes.]] In addition, the way they go flying when she engages them resembles [[Film/KungFuHustle another Axe Gang]]. There are numerous shout outs to the House of Blue Leaves battle from ''Film/KillBill''. (Which was also a reference to The Axe Gang.)
* Yang is inspired by Literature/{{Goldilocks}}. In her trailer, the DJ is wearing a bear headpiece that obscures his entire head.
* The combo Yang uses just before the final punch in her trailer is a [[Manga/HajimeNoIppo Dempsey Roll]], except instead of punches she's weaving around rockets and baseball swings on her approach.
* Yang basically goes [[Manga/DragonBall Super Saiyan]]-esque when she gets serious. "I Burn Remix" has her saying "and Super Saiyan now" in terms of her strength. The soundtrack also makes direct references to [[Comicbook/FantasticFour The Human Torch]] and [[{{Comicbook/Ghostrider}} Johnny Blaze aka Ghostrider]].
* Melanie uses [[VideoGame/{{Tekken}} Ling Xiaoyu's]] kicks which also used by Tifa in Dead Fantasy, this because of [[WordOfGod Monty said]] he reused some moves he did previously in Dead Fantasy, but with different angle of camera to make them look new or different.
* The monsters in a fairytale-themed world are called "[[Creator/TheBrothersGrimm The Grimm"]]. The creators confirmed they've been heavily inspired by this work, and fairy tales more generally, in producing this show and its characters.
* Professor Ozpin and Glynda Goodwitch are very obvious and confirmed nods to ''TheWizardOfOz''.
* In episode 1, a row of magazines seen to the right of Ruby when a mobster is threatening her have a grinning grey silhouette on their covers that looks practically identical to [[Manga/FullmetalAlchemist Truth]].
* Also in episode 1, a humorous example: Ruby's line, "Oh, that's my uncle!" is a shout out to the Rooster Teeth podcast, where Burnie once [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zoCvqDd2_C8 used that line]] to summarize his problems with Japanese-style storytelling.
* Jaune Arc is inspired by [[JeanneDArchetype Jeanne D'Arc]], who did disguise herself as male for a while. His entire team are confirmed to be based on famous characters who, at some point in their legend, disguised themselves as a member of the opposite sex. Nora is based on Thor, Pyrrha on Achilles, and Ren on Hua Mulan.
* In episode 2, Weiss says to Ruby, "Aren't you a little young to be attending Beacon?" This is likely a reference to a RunningGag in {{Phineas and Ferb}}.
* Roman Torchwick by his dress and signature color seems to a be a reference to Alex from ''Film/AClockworkOrange''.
* The store that Torchwick and his goons attempt to rob is named [[Film/FromDuskTillDawn "From Dust Till Dawn"]].
* A substance called Dust has powerful, mysterious qualities, and people are fighting over who controls it and how to use it. [[Literature/HisDarkMaterials Sound familar?]]
* The lack of color in the background characters is similar to what is utilized in ''LightNovel/{{Durarara}}''.
* Ruby's line about growing up because she drinks milk might be another reference to ''Manga/FullmetalAlchemist'' due to the main character there Edward Elric never drinking his milk, which is the reason (according to his friends and family) for his never getting any taller.
* Yang's sunglasses in episode 4 are a homage to ''TopGun''.
* Considering Monty Oum referenced ''Manga/SoulEater'' when describing how he envisioned his characters, it's very likely that the arrow-like patterns of Glynda Goodwitch's ragged cape are a shout out to Medusa. There's also a {{mook}} in episode 8 that looks like a Arachnophobia member.
* One of the articles of clothing hanging on a clothesline in the alley where Torchwick and his lackeys are introduced is a rather [[Series/DoctorWho iconic]] looking scarf that belongs to the Fourth Doctor.
* The book Blake was reading turned out to be about [[Literature/TheStrangeCaseOfDrJekyllAndMrHyde a man]] with two souls, each fighting for control over his body. Proof? A [[http://home.gamer.com.tw/creationDetail.php?sn=2116015 transcription]] was done.
* Ren's dual guns greatly resembles [[Franchise/DotHack Haseo]]'s Xth Form weapons' DG-X.
* Ruby's position while she's hugging Weiss in Episode 5 perfectly mimics that of the original "X. X everywhere." [[MemeticMutation meme]], and someone has [[http://cheezburger.com/7741063936 actually]] used it for that.
* Ren took down the black snake with a [[Manga/LegendsOfTheDarkKing Hokuto: Gosho Ha (Big Dipper: Iron Palm Wave)]].
* The gang fights a giant raven-monster. The bird is called a [[Creator/EdgarAllanPoe Giant Nevermore]]''. When Blake (read:Belle) was swinging from the architecture to attack the flying Giant Nevermore, it emits a roar not unlike a certain [[Disney/BeautyAndTheBeast chimera.]]
** Team RWBY defeated the Giant Nevermore by using an UpToEleven version of the [[VideoGame/MetalGearSolidPeaceWalker Ultimate Combining Weapon]]: [[LethalJokeWeapon Human Slingshot]].
* Yang has an 'Achieve Men' Poster, which is a cartoon version of the Achievement Hunter Boy Band Poster. Doubles as a Mythology Gag, as one of the early names for AH was Achieve Men.
* During the Grim lecture, a boy shouts 'EEEEEEEEYYYYYYY YEAHHHH!' (Voiced by Kerry, no less) after a catch phrase shared by the members of the Internet Box.
* A music piece during Professor Port's lecture is a harkening to ''Peter and the Wolf''.
* Professor Port refers to all creatures as prey... or Edgar.
* [[FanNickname 'Edgar']] uses a [[VideoGame/SonicTheHedgehog Spin Dash]], or [[Franchise/{{Pokemon}} Roll Out]].
* Weiss' magic is utilized as both an [[VideoGame/DevilMayCry Air Hike]] and a [[Manga/SoulEater Vector Arrow]].
* During lunch, what is the only thing on Weiss's plate? [[Literature/SnowWhite An apple]].
* The History teacher? Dr. Bartholomew Oobleck, after Creator/DrSeuss' children's novel ''Bartholomew and the Oobleck''.
* At two points, Jaune goes into slow motion. The second the slow-motion activates, the sound the Slow Mo Guys use plays.
* Yang's full name is Yang Xiao Long, a reference to Creator/BruceLee, whose Chinese screenname was "Li Xiaolong".
** Kind of a coincidence, but Yang's color choice and name brings the Yellow Dress Maiden of ''Heavenly Sword and Dragon Sabre'' to mind, who is a descendant of '''Yang''' Guo and '''Xiaolong'''nu, the protagonists of the aforementioned series prequel (Return of the Condor Hero).
* Penny's fighting style is pulled straight from [[spoiler: ''VideoGame/BlazBlue[='=]''s Nu-13.]]
* Blake and Roman's fight in episode 16, the sequence when Blake is attacking at multiple angles is reminiscent of [[VideoGame/MetalGearRisingRevengeance Monsoon's]] Red Phosphorus attack pattern.
* The image on Ruby's nightshirt looks a lot like [[VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaMajorasMask Majora's Mask]].
* In episode 5, when Ruby is considering potential partners, the art style used is similar to that of Rooster Teeth's Animated Adventures videos.
* In Episode 8, just after [[DropTheHammer launching Jaune and herself across a broken bridge]], Nora goes [[{{Comicbook/TheIncredibleHulk}} "NORA SMASH!"]] during her next attack.
* In the "Best Day Ever" snippet in the 4th RWBY Production Diary, Ruby quotes [[AbrahamLincoln Abraham Lincoln's]] "4 Score and Seven Years" and [[MartinLutherKingJr Martin Luther King Jr's]] "I Have a Dream", albeit wrong, and when Weiss accuses her of stealing her binder, she uses [[RichardNixon Richard Nixon's]] "I'm not a crook" [[MemeticHandGesture peace sign]].
* Sun's team member, Neptune (and at least one other), is directly inspired in design by K-pop bands.
* Neptune and Mercury can be seen as either referencing Roman deities or planets in our solar system.
* Mercury's gun greaves are a suitable shout out to the messenger god's trademark sandals.
* When Ren fights the giant snakes in episode 6, his Aura manifests very similar to an [[Anime.NeonGenesisEvangelion AT-field]].