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* Trailers
** The Red Trailer: the cliffside altar Ruby visits is engraved with the epitaph "Summer Rose / Thus kindly I scatter." This 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]].
** The White Trailer:
** The Black Trailer: Adam's weapon and combat style are [[https://twitter.com/montyoum/status/315342093893648385 based off]] Kagura Tsuchimiya from ''Anime/GaReiZero''.
** The Yellow Trailer:
*** 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 [[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. She also uses the Flamingo stance parry and kicks used by Sarah Bryant in ''VideoGame/VirtuaFighter 5.'' Right after that Yang uses one of Lion's throws from ''5'' against her.
*** 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.)
* Team RWBY's themes are mostly FairytaleMotif references, but Shout Out references also exist.
** Yang's full name is Yang Xiao Long, a reference to Creator/BruceLee, whose Chinese screen name was "Li Xiaolong". Her "casual" outfit in Volume 2 bears a striking resemblance to [[Videogame/{{MassEffect2}} Miranda Lawson's]] normal catsuit uniform, particularly in the coloration of the torso and sleeves and the lines of the shoulders. The one big difference is Yang's version has a skirt and CleavageWindow.
** Blake's "Intruder" costume is based on one the outfits worn by Yuri of Music/GirlsGeneration in the music video for "The Boys".
** Weiss casts Haste from ''Franchise/FinalFantasy'' on Blake and later herself, using the same visual effect (a clock appearing under her feet with rapidly spinning hands) from Monty's old work, ''WebAnimation/DeadFantasy''.
** Yang and Ruby have a corgi named "Zwei" which is German for "Two". In ''Anime/CowboyBebop'', there is a corgi named Ein(s), which is German for "One".
* Team JNPR's theme is confirmed to be based on famous historical or mythical people who disguised themselves as a member of the opposite gender.
** Jaune Arc is inspired by [[JeanneDArchetype Jeanne D'Arc]], who did disguise herself as a man for a while. He is believed to have an instinct for leadership and tactics and comes from an unassuming background. The bullies that target him during the Jaundice arc are led by Cardin Winchester. Joan of Arc's interrogator was the Cardinal of Winchester, Henry Beaufort. In terms of [[ButtMonkey omedy]], he's a guy leading a team with a blue theme, with seven sisters, a bad lack of common knowledge, and no style beyond brute strength? He could be Caboose from ''Machinima/RedVsBlue''.
** Nora Valkyrie is inspired by the legend of Thor, who once disguised himself as a woman in order to get close enough to the man who stole his famous weapon.
** Pyrrha Nikos is inspired by the legend of Achilles, who once disguised himself as a woman called Pyrrha. Nikos comes from Nike the Greek Goddess of Victory, and when she unlocks Jaune's Aura, the words she speak come from Greek philosophy. When she confronts the giant Death Stalker, her lunging spear stabs are based on Achilles's signature move from ''Film/{{Troy}}.
*** [[spoiler: She is eventually killed when she is shot in the heel, just as Achilles was. Again like the film, this cripples her, allowing her to be finished off by a arrow to the chest.]]
** Ren is inspired by Hua Mulan who famously disguised herself as a man so that she could protect her father's honour when conscription demands men send their sons to war. His dual guns greatly resemble Haseo's Xth Form DG-X weapons, from ''Franchise/DotHack''.
* Team SSSN is inspired in design by both ''Literature/JourneyToTheWest'' and K-Pop bands.
** Sun Wukong is named after the Monkey King and wields a staff. Sun's semblance creates clones; the Monkey King was able to create clones out of his hair.
** Neptune Vasalias's appearance is inspired by T.O.P of Music/BigBang. His power recalls the trident of the God of the Sea, Neptune, but also Zhu Bajie; King Neptune was a famous pig, a WW2 Navy mascot that raised huge funds for the US Navy. The Monkey King's companion, Zhu Bajie, is an anthropomorphic pig whose power is affected by water.
** Its been stated that Sage is inspired by Aesop, though it wasn't specified whether it was one of his Fables or Aesop himself.
* Volume 1, Episode 1:
** One of the articles of clothing hanging on a clothesline in the alley where Torchwick and his lackeys are introduced is confirmed in the DVDCommentary to be the Fourth Doctor's iconic-looking ''Series/DoctorWho'' scarf. The creators have mentioned that there is time-travel in this show somewhere.
** The store that Torchwick and his goons attempt to rob is named [[Film/FromDuskTillDawn "From Dust Till Dawn"]].
** 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]]''.
** 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.
* Volume 1, Episode 3:
** The image on Ruby's nightshirt looks a lot like Majora's Mask from ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaMajorasMask''.
** Blake describes a book she is reading as the story of a man with two souls. [[http://home.gamer.com.tw/creationDetail.php?sn=2116015 Transcriptions]] of the scene confirm the story to be ''Literature/TheStrangeCaseOfDrJekyllAndMrHyde''.
* Volume 1, Episode 4:
** Ruby's line about growing up because she drinks milk might be a 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 ''Film/TopGun''.
* Volume 1, Episode 5:
** When Ruby is considering potential partners, the art style used recalls Rooster Teeth's Animated Adventures videos.
** 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.
* Volume 1, Episode 8:
** Just after [[DropTheHammer launching]] Jaune and herself across a broken bridge, Nora declares "NORA SMASH!" during her next attack as per {{Comicbook/TheIncredibleHulk}}.
** The gang fights a giant monster raven called a Nevermore, which is a shout out to Creator/EdgarAllanPoe.
** Team RWBY defeated the Giant Nevermore by using an UpToEleven version of the [[VideoGame/MetalGearSolidPeaceWalker Ultimate Combining Weapon]]: [[LethalJokeWeapon Human Slingshot]]. To achieve it, Weiss' Semblance is utilized as both an [[VideoGame/DevilMayCry Air Hike]] and a [[Manga/SoulEater Vector Arrow]].
* Volume 1, Episode 9:
** Yang has an 'Achieve Men' Poster, which is a cartoon version of the Achievement Hunter Boy Band Poster. Doubles as a MythologyGag, 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 reference to the opera, ''Peter and the Wolf''.
** In a nod to the different roles Professor Port's voice actor has played, Port refers to all creatures as prey... or Edgar.
* Volume 1, Episode 16:
** Penny's fighting style is pulled straight from VideoGame/BlazBlue.
** Blake and Roman's fight, when Blake is attacking at multiple angles, is reminiscent of [[VideoGame/MetalGearRisingRevengeance Monsoon's]] Red Phosphorus attack pattern.
** The masks of Torchwicks goons look an awful lot like A Certain Strategist's Mask from ''VideoGame/{{Utawarerumono}}''.
* Volume 2, Chapter 1:
** During her speech, Ruby quotes [[UsefulNotes/AbrahamLincoln Abraham Lincoln's]] "4 Score and Seven Years" and UsefulNotes/MartinLutherKingJr's "I Have a Dream". When Weiss accuses her of stealing her binder, she uses [[UsefulNotes/RichardNixon Richard Nixon's]] "I'm not a crook" [[MemeticHandGesture peace sign]].
** Tukson can be heard humming the opening notes of Blood Gulch Blues from ''Machinima/RedVsBlue'', and Mercury and Emerald try to figure out what kind of Faunus Tukson was. They conclude "A puma?" in another ''Red vs. Blue'' reference.
** Tukson is basically a mix between ComicBook/{{Wolverine}} and ComicBook/{{Sabretooth}}, being a bulky man with claws, massive sideburns and hairy arms. Bonus points for Mercury walking out of his shop with an WebAnimation/XRayAndVav comic. Jaune also reads the same comic in episode 2.
** Emerald and Mercury indulge in some meaningless banter with each other before going to Tukson's place and attempting to engage him in small talk before getting down to the business at hand. This is very similar to Jules and Vincent's early scenes in ''Film/PulpFiction'', where they also chat about pointless stuff with each other on the way to meet with Brett and attempting some small talk with him as well before getting down to the very same business Emerald and Mercury attend to.
** [[http://store.roosterteeth.com/collections/t-shirts/products/peoplelikegrapesshirt People Like Grapes]] Soda machines appear during the food fight.
** Other food products include "Dr. Piper" (likely a reference to Dr. Pepper, as well as a likely reference to Peter Piper), "Ol' King Cold" (a reference to Old King Cole), and a milk carton called "Udder Satisfaction."
** Nora calling "Off with their heads!" as per Film/AliceInWonderland, after shouting "I'm queen of the castle!" moments before.
* Volume 2, Chapter 2:
** Yang uses the ''Anime/YuGiOh'' memetic line "You just activated my trap card!".
** Not to mention the fact that she prefaces that reveal with "Pretty sneaky, sis!", from the old [[BoardGames Connect Four]] commercial.
** In the warehouse scene, Roman refers to himself as a professional. Not unlike another cane-gun user in ''Literature/TheDayOfTheJackal''.
* Volume 2, Chapter 3: Jaune asks Weiss if she would like to see a new Spruce Willis movie with him. This is a reference to the real-world Bruce Willis, who is known for his several action-genre movies, modified to fit the show's color theme naming (spruce is a shade of green).
* Volume 2, Chapter 4:
** Ruby calls out attack patterns by using various internet {{shipping}} names like "Freezer Burn" (Weiss/Yang), "Ladybug" (Ruby/Blake) and "Bumblebee" (Blake/Yang) to denote which pair to attack. Curiously, instead of their more common shipping names "White Rose" and "Monochrome", Ruby/Weiss became "Ice Flower" and Weiss/Blake became "Checkmate" respectively. At least with the latter's change, it ties into the ChessMotifs found in the series.
** The Team RWBY combo attacks were all basically some for of dual tech, a system used in ChronoTrigger. Ladybug (Ruby/Blake) begin their attack with [[Videogame/RivalSchools Eiji "Edge" Yamada's Team Up Super]], ending the combo with an X-cut straight out of ChronoTrigger. The combo attacks were also inspired by the dwarves battling in ''Film/TheHobbit''.
** While piloting the Paladin, Roman is shown with only his face in a black void surrounded by HUD screens, the same effect as Tony in his ''Film/IronMan'' suits. The only difference is that Roman is shown at an angle rather than Tony who would be staring directly into the camera.
** RWBY's fight with the White Fang's Atlesian Paladin started with the large mecha rampaging along an elevated highway, only to be knocked off into battle among the support struts. This sequence is reminiscent of the fight between Optimus Prime and Bonecrusher in ''Film/{{Transformers}}''.
** While team RWBY is fighting Roman, Neptune and Sun are at ''A Simple Wok'', a noodle shop named after Kerry and Chris' ''A Simple Walk into Mordor''.
* Volume 2, Chapter 6: Ren [[http://31.media.tumblr.com/b9c10af4c8aa5bffd63829fb0b611563/tumblr_nbeicq0kxu1qzm9p9o2_1280.png uses]] Samurai Shampoo, which is a play on the show ''Anime/SamuraiChamploo''.
* Volume 2, Chapter 7:
** The episode title "Dance Dance Infiltration" is a play-on-words of ''VideoGame/DanceDanceRevolution'', a favorite activity of Monty's.
** In select {{Freeze Frame Bonus}}es, you can see ''Music/DaftPunk'' [[http://i.imgur.com/fhKpNzJ.jpgplaying at the dance]].
** The arrival of Ruby's rocket-locker to deliver Crescent Rose is reminiscent of the delivery pods from ''VideoGame/BatmanArkhamCity''.
** In the battle between Ruby and Cinder, we see Cinder taking a bow and shooting three arrows at once like she's ComicBook/{{Hawkeye}}. Her close-combat style is almost identical to Archer's in ''VisualNovel/FateStayNight''.
* Volume 2, Chapter 8: The mission boards in "Field Trip" have a definite computer RPG/MMO flavor to them.
* Volume 2, Chapter 9: The episode's title, "Search and Destroy" seems to be a reference to Metallica's song, "Seek and Destroy"
* Volume 2, Chapter 11:
** The mysterious masked woman who saves Yang bears a resemblance to Hakumen from ''VideoGame/BlazBlue''. Also her katana's armored scabbard is a dead-ringer for Raiden's from ''VideoGame/MetalGearRising''. Plus her katana itself is blood-red much like Sam's Muramasa.
** It was certainly no accident that Oobleck said they had to detach the Caboose, which is a shout out to ''Machinima/RedVsBlue''.
** [[FastballSpecial Oobleck launching Zwei]] to destroy a White Fang mech is reminiscent of Rinoa's Angelo Cannon from ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyVIII''.
** Blake using flame-type Dust to augment her illusion Semblance and make it blow up on Torchwick is somewhat similar to [[Manga/{{Naruto}} Itachi Uchiha]]'s Explosive Shadow Clone Technique.
* Volume 2, Chapter 12:
** Ruby attacks the pack of Beowolves in "Breach" the same way Neo attacked the Agent Smith clones in ''Film/TheMatrixReloaded''.
** Coco's line ("You just destroyed my favorite clothing store. PrepareToDie.") sounds remarkably similar to the Film/ThePrincessBride film's [[MyNameIsInigoMontoya famous]] [[YouKilledMyFather quote]].
** Coco's weapon, a purse that transforms into a [[GatlingGood Gatling gun]], is familiar to those who have played ''VideoGame/DevilMayCry 4'' as the Pandora.
** Yatsuhashi's Weapon: A Cleaver as long as he is tall with no handguard or proper grip is reminiscent of the main character's weapon in ''Manga/{{Bleach}}''.
** One of the lyrics in the song played when Team CFVY shows up in "Breach" is "I'm the highway star" from Music/DeepPurple.
* Volume 3, Chapter 1:
** The way Blake takes out Reese (by using her semblance as bait and attacking from behind) is a one-person variant of the Bum Bait videos by Creator/AchievementHunter, where one teammate acts as melee bait to set up easy kills for a partner.
* Volume 3, Chapter 2:
** During SSSN's fight with NDGO, Dew sweeps up some tornadoes that knock Sage out of the battle in short order. When she tries to do the same to Scarlet, he ends up stabilising himself and landing safely on a galleon. The way he does so looks very similar to ''Literature/PeterPan'' [[http://worldartsme.com/images/peter-pan-flying-clipart-1.jpg when he is in flight]], but since Scarlet is a reference to ''Peter Pan in Scarlet'', this is hardly surprising.
* Volume 3, Chapter 3:
** Qrow and Winter's battle brings to mind ''Manga/{{Berserk}}'', considering that there's a well groomed, white haired saber fighter focused on performance and form vs. a gruff, dark haired greatswo- ''scythe'' fighter that's more wild and strength based. At one point, Winter even jumps and lands on Qrow's blade, just like Griffith did.
** The episode title is a blatant shout out to ''Series/AllInTheFamily'', though it can also bring the mind the similarly named ''VideoGame/SuperSmashBros'' webcomic ''Webcomic/BrawlInTheFamily''.
* Volume 3, Chapter 4:
** Coco mowing down the grass that Emerald and Mercury are hiding in, and her subsequent surprise at not hitting anything, seem highly reminiscent of the "We hit nothing" scene from ''Film/{{Predator}}''.
** After Coco comments that she doesn't like Emerald after she breaks her glasses, a glowing green bullet comes from out of nowhere, and some {{overcrank}} sets in that allows Coco to dodge the bullet in what just screams "''Film/TheMatrix''".
** The video game Qrow and Ruby are playing is a reference to ''VideoGame/MortalKombat'', with its {{palette swap}}ped {{ninja}} characters and Fatality-esque {{finishing move}}s.
** Qrow's protests about being called old bring to mind similar protests being made by [[FullMetalAlchemist a certain other character]], also voiced by VicMignogna, over being called short. Similarly, his skirt length joke also brings to mind Roy Mustang's infamous miniskirt speech from the first FMA anime adaptation.
* Volume 3, Chapter 5:
** Flynt Coal originated as a joke in the LetsPlay/AchievementHunterMinecraftSeries and became a minor character in ''WebAnimation/XRayAndVav''. His team's connection to memes and trolling suggests he's also based on the Skeleton Trumpet meme.
** Neon Katt is based on the Nyan Cat [[MemeticMutation meme]]. She creates a rainbow trail behind her, has cat traits, uses ice (referencing the cat's icing), and has a hyperactive personality.
** While Cinder is looking at Penny's schematics, you can see her model number as M374. The Meta from ''Machinima/RedVsBlue'' wore a M-374 Hephaestus Combat Suit.
* Volume 3, Chapter 7:
** Amber's fight with Cinder shows her using powers that can manipulate weather. Her use of PowerFloats and her darker skin bring to mind ''ComicBook/XMen'''s Storm.
** In addition her controlling the elements with just her movements and her eyes literally lit up as if coated with fire - the effect is different, but it brings to mind the GlowingEyesOfDoom that characterize the [[WesternAnimation/AvatarTheLastAirbender Avatar State]].
** "Follow me, and you'll never go hungry again." - Cinder's not too far off from [[Disney/TheLionKing Scar's]] similar line.
* Volume 3, Chapter 9:
** [[spoiler:Penny's dance attacks against Phyrra]] are extremely similar to [[spoiler:Kairi/Namine's flying Keyblade laser attacks against the DOA team]] in the last video of Dead Fantasy.
** When Penny unveils an absolutely massive wall of blades ready to rain down on her enemy [[spoiler:as part of an illusion that Emerald cast on Pyrrha]], it looks a lot like Gilgamesh's Gate of Babylon from ''VisualNovel/FateStayNight''.
** [[spoiler:Penny's bisection and what was cut off]] is similar to how Frieza's fight with Goku ended in ''Anime/DragonBallZ''
* Volume 3, Chapter 10:
** A seemingly-friendly TournamentArc with a far more serious plot unknown to the public occurring behind the scenes, said plot headed secretly by some of the most powerful people in the kingdom, a villain who plays off the events of the tournament and said people to further some nefarious goal of which includes an invasion by outside forces which forces the tournament participants to ban together to hold back the tide, [[spoiler:and the arrival of a dragon]]? One might think Cinder was taking lessons from [[spoiler:Future Rouge]] in the [[TournamentArc Grand Magic Games]] arc of ''Manga/FairyTail''.
* Volume 3, Chapter 11:
** As if she couldn't get any more similar to the busty blonde/hot-blooded/close-range fighter [[Anime/AkameGaKill Leone]], Yang ends up [[spoiler:losing an arm, and from a character that at one point was close with one of her teammates.]] Unlike Leone though, [[spoiler:she likely won't be getting it back]].
** The way that [[spoiler: Yang's arm getting cut off]] is censored by having only silhouettes shown against a bright red background isn't a shout out to any one particular work but it does show up a lot in Asian media or works inspired by them like ''Film/KillBill''.
** Given Adam's weapon, the above scene may also be a reference to the prologue mission in ''VideoGame/MetalGearRisingRevengeance'', with one difference: [[spoiler: Yang gets to keep her eye, while Raiden lost both an arm and an eye to Jetstream Sam.]]
** With the knowledge that Blake had betrayed the White Fang, a criminal organization of which Adam is a high-ranking member, the implication that [[spoiler:the two of them may have been an item once]], and the confirmation that [[spoiler:Adam desires revenge against Blake for her betrayal]], this relationship is beginning to eerily mirror that of [[VideoGame/GuiltyGear Millia Rage and Zato-1]]. Adam even has a mask that conceals his face to the viewers, like with Zato's blindfold.
** TheReveal of Velvet's Semblance [[spoiler:[[PowerCopying being able to copy and combine the weapons of others and discard them for new ones]]]] is ''very'' similar to [[spoiler:Shirou/Archer's Tracing abilities]] in ''VisualNovel/FateStayNight''.
** Weiss [[spoiler:performs her first summon and creates a right arm and sword to attack for her.]] The appearance, [[spoiler:a partial summoned being connected to a Semblance summon circle]], is reminiscent of [[spoiler:Yuna]] in ''VideoGame/DissidiaFinalFantasy''.
* Volume 3, Chapter 12:
** [[spoiler:Pyrrha's death and Ruby's unlocking of powers under rage and grief]] is reminiscent of [[spoiler:Goku and Gohan's ascension to Super Saiyan and Super Saiyan 2 respectively]] in ''Anime/DragonBallZ''. [[spoiler: The end of Ozpin and Cinder's battle visually resembles the famous scene of Super Saiyan Goku's Kamehameha Wave versus Frieza's Nova Strike.]]
** [[spoiler: Yang ends up bedridden, depressed, and cynical after her rage gets the better of her. [[Anime/KillLaKill She lost her way.]]]]
** [[spoiler: During Ozpin's duel against Cinder, he jabs at her multiple times with his cane, then finishes it off with one last jab. This is reminiscent of Dante's [[SpamAttack Million Stab]] from ''Franchise/DevilMayCry''.]]
** [[spoiler:Ozpin's duel against Cinder is very reminiscent of the [[Literature/HarryPotterAndTheOrderOfThePhoenix duel between Dumbledore and Voldemort]], with both battles pitting together a [[BigGood paragon of good]] and an [[BigBad antithetical epitome of evil]].]]
** [[spoiler:The cape Glynda wears while trying to fix Vale has a [[Creator/RayNarvaezJr Brown Crown]] on it.]]
** [[spoiler:The way Ruby, Nora, Jaune and Ren take off walking together from Ruby's house is reminiscent of the Wizard of Oz, where the party of four is walking along the yellow brick road 'off to see the wizard' - potentially foreshadowing that they will eventually come across Ozpin, or some other benevolent entity, on their journey ahead.]]
* Manga
** When facing Cardin in a spar, a nervous Ruby starts scientifically analyzing his weapon and fighting style in a similar fashion to how [[FullMetalAlchemist Edward Elric]] does when flustered. Considering he shares the same voice as Qrow, this might not be a coincidence.
* Characters
** Professor Ozpin and Glynda Goodwitch are very obvious and confirmed nods to ''Listerature/TheWonderfulWizardOfOz''. In the same vein James Ironwood and Qrow Branwen are the Tin Woodman and the Scarecrow respectively.
** Roman Torchwick by his dress and signature color seems to a be a reference to Alex from ''Film/AClockworkOrange''. His design and his surname come from Lampwick from ''Disney/{{Pinocchio}}''.
** Dr. Bartholomew Oobleck is named after Creator/DrSeuss' children's novel ''Bartholomew and the Oobleck''. His hair is green, which also reflects the Oobleck.
** Mercury's gun greaves are a suitable shout out to the messenger god's trademark sandals.
** Velvet Scarlatina, being a girl with rabbit ears, seems to be a reference to the children's storybook ''Literature/TheVelveteenRabbit''. Her last name further lends weight to the association as the child who owns the rabbit contracts scarlet fever.
*** On the other hand, her Weapon and Semblance seem inspired by [[FateStayNight Shirou Emiya's]] [[PowerCopying 'Tracing']], from the way she 'observes' a weapon, to the fact that she not only replicates a weapon, but can also mimic the original user's fighting style.
** Inspired by ''Literature/{{Pinocchio}}'', Penny is an artificial girl who wishes to understand and socialise with real people. Like Pinocchio, she has a tendency to sneak off without permission and get into trouble as a result of the adventures she gets swept up in. Her surname "Polendina" is a yellow mushy food that was the insult used to describe Geppetto's hair. However, her descriptions of herself and what she's designed to do come from ''Franchise/ShinMegamiTenseiPersona'' and ''WesternAnimation/AvatarTheLastAirbender''; she explains that she's the first synthetic person capable of generating an aura, and that, while she's been created to save the world, she still has a lot to learn.
** Neo bears a striking resemblance to Alisa Bosconovitch from ''VideoGame/{{Tekken}}'', while her parasol resembles the one wielded by Setsuka from the ''VideoGame/SoulSeries'' Soul Calibur. Furthering the Setsuka comparison, in "No Brakes", it's revealed her actual weapon is a shikomizue within the parasol. In Volume 3, she is shown in disguise as an ElegantGothicLolita version of Hatsune Miku.
** Qrow's weapon and a few bits of his personality are a reference to both [[VideoGame/DevilMayCry Dante]] and [[VideoGame/BlazBlue Ragna the Bloodedge]]. He wields a greatsword with one hand that can transform into a scythe (Ragna) and also has a shotgun built into it (Dante), and several aspects of his character design are associated with death (Ragna). Personality-wise, he [[ObfuscatingStupidity hides his mastery behind the guise of a drunken fool]], is '''heavy''' on the snark when he needs to get his point across, and loyal to those he cares about, but often comes off as a bit abrasive at first glance. His DrunkenMaster status may be an homage to [[VideoGame/{{Tekken}} Lei Wulong]], as Creator/MontyOum was known for being an avid ''Tekken'' player.
** [[spoiler: Salem's appearance, with her white hair and white skin, may remind people of [[Manga/{{Naruto}} Kaguya Otsutsuki]]. The cloak she wears is also black with red decorations, similar to the Akatsuki cloak, while the red decorations are eyes similar to the ones that appear when [[Manga/{{Hellsing}} Alucard]] releases his restraints. Given her name, her black eyes, and general association with witches, she may also remind some of [[VideoGame/BlazBlue Nine the Phantom]]. Add in her Japanese [[Creator/KikukoInoue voice actress]] and you have another Creator/ArcSystemWorks reference - [[VideoGame/GuiltyGear I-no]]. The appearance of Salem's eyes also bears some similarities to the eyes of the Ghouls from Manga/{{Tokyo Ghoul}} when they activated their kagune, namely with the [[BlackEyesOfEvil sclera turning black]] and the [[RedEyesTakeWarning irises turning red]] along with the [[TaintedVeins highly visible veins]] pulsing at the sides of her eyes. Her only (so far) stated goal is to crush all hope for the people of Remnant, leaving nothing but absolute despair - the very same goal as the [[Anime/TengenToppaGurrenLagann Anti-Spiral]].]]
** Ruby [[spoiler:has a special, extremely rare and extremely powerful ability involving her eyes that she only unlocks after witnessing the death of one of her closest friends. While the exact details of this power are currently unknown, one can't help but be reminded of the [[Manga/{{Naruto}} Mangekyo Sharingan]]]].
* General
** The White Fang are an organisation of militant [[LittleBitBeastly Faunus]] who used to peacefully protest over faunus inequality. There's a constant theme in the show that humans and faunus need to find equality and learn how to live together, a situation made more difficult by the White Fang's recent descent into terrorism. ''Literature/WhiteFang'' is a novel by Creator/JackLondon which focusses on a wild-born wolf-dog that slowly learns how to live with humans. ''Anime/MobileSuitGundamWing'' also contains an organisation called White Fang that has turned from peaceful demonstration to extremism.
** Monty Oum referenced ''Manga/SoulEater'' when describing how he envisioned his characters; 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 an Arachnophobia member. Weiss starts using her glyphs to dash out of danger, similar to Medusa's Vector Plates.
** There are several Slow Mo Guys references throughout the show. Whenever Jaune goes into slow motion, the sound the Slow Mo Guys use plays. The dumpster Penny dumps Ruby in has the initials for the Slow Mo Guys, Gus' RTAA face, and Captain Dynamic's symbol.
** There's a ''Franchise/RoboCop'' theme to the Atlesian military technology. In a scene reminiscent of the final battle in ''Film/RoboCop2'', Yang jumps on the back of the Atlesian Paladin and fires off multiple rounds to the head. When Cinder breaks into the CCT, the guards she takes are out dressed in armoured uniforms that are identical to Murphy's. The way Ironwood takes down a group of Atlesian soldiers is also very similar to [=RoboCop=].
** The concept of the [[SwissArmyWeapon multimode weapons]], their seamless transformation between modes, and the way many of them use ammo magazines on melee weapons is highly reminiscent of the devices in ''Franchise/LyricalNanoha'', especially those using the latter's Cartridge system.
** The [[AllThereInTheManual World of Remnant]] video on the Grimm gives them traits very similar to the [[Manga/AttackOnTitan Titans]], including being generally mindless, having mysterious origins, and most obviously, seemingly eating people not for sustenance, but for fun. The four kingdoms, being walled cities that are the last bastion of the human race, as well as the huntsman being sent out to study and/or kill the enemy monsters (similar to the Scouting Division) at least thematically resemble ''Titan'' as well.
** The show's page on the Rooster Teeth website has a group shot of Team RWBY, with Weiss and Yang wearing t-shirts based off of the classic Creator/{{Disney}} logo and the ''Film/JurassicPark'' logo, respectively.
** Another World of Remnant: The Four Maidens delves further into the story told in "Fall", where we get good looks at the original Maidens, stylized though they may be. Winter's design bares a striking resemblence to Yue from ''WesternAnimation/AvatarTheLastAirbender''; Spring's expressions, manner, and her smile bring to mind [[WesternAnimation/InsideOut Joy]]; Summer's long hair and expression resemble [[WesternAnimation/TeenTitans Starfire]]; Fall's clothing and hair style bring to mind the older version of [[Videogame/OcarinaOfTime Malon]].
* In RWBY: Grimm Eclipse, players have to hold out against [[ZergRush multiple waves of Grimm.]] Each wave is has a title, but the first one is always called Fanfic/{{Emergence}}.

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