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->''"[[LittleRedFightingHood Red like roses fills my dreams and brings me to the place you rest]]\\
[[DefrostingIceQueen White is cold and always yearning]], [[LonelyRichKid burdened by a royal test]]\\
[[AntiHero Black]] [[AnimalMotifs the beast]] [[{{Ninja}} descends from shadows]]\\
[[MsFanservice Yellow beauty]] [[PlayingWithFire burns gold]]"''
-->--"Red Like Roses" from the Red trailer

''[[http://roosterteeth.com/archive/?sid=rwby&v=more RWBY]]'' (pronounced "Ruby") is an {{Animesque}} CGI production from Creator/RoosterTeeth, created and animated by Creator/MontyOum.

Many years ago, in a world known as Remnant, mankind lived in peace until the arrival of "The Grimm": malevolent creatures who emerged from the darkness to attack humanity. To fight back, mankind created a magical energy source known as "Dust" and used its power to not only drive back the Grimm but catalyze the growth of civilization across the planet.

In the present day, Huntsmen and Huntresses are trained in special schools to harness the Dust and become protectors of the peace. One such trainee, an idealistic girl named Ruby Rose, is scouted by the elite Beacon Academy and allowed to skip two years' worth of training to attend. Once there, she is placed into a team with three other students: Yang Xiao Long, her boisterous big sister; Weiss Schnee, the heiress of the Schnee Dust Company; and Blake Belladonna, a mysterious and aloof girl. Though initial tensions are high, the forces of darkness are preparing to return and the four girls must learn to work together to survive.

The four main characters were introduced one at a time in four trailers: ''[[http://roosterteeth.com/archive/?id=6052&v=more Red]]'' (Ruby Rose), ''[[http://roosterteeth.com/archive/?id=6934&v=more White]]'' (Weiss Schnee), ''[[http://roosterteeth.com/archive/?id=7194&v=more Black]]'' (Blake Belladonna), and ''[[http://roosterteeth.com/archive/?id=7615&v=more Yellow]]'', (Yang Xiao Long), to much anticipation and speculation. On July 18th 2013, the first episode premiered for the general population. 'Volume 1' of season one ran for sixteen episodes[[note]]Which were condensed into 10 episodes of a more homogeneous length on the DVD.[[/note]] and can be ordered [[http://roosterteeth.com/store/product.php?id=436 here]]. Following the completion of Volume 1, the show had a brief hiatus before debuting Volume 2 at RTX 2014, and a public online debut followed a few weeks later.

New episodes are released weekly on Rooster Teeth's website, and the series is also being simulcasted on [[http://www.crunchyroll.com/rwby Crunchyroll]]. Additionally, each episode is put up on [[http://www.youtube.com/user/RoosterTeeth Rooster Teeth's YouTube channel]] one week after it premieres. Episode 1 is [[http://roosterteeth.com/archive/?id=7872 here]].

[[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aUTUMlAdfmM A Japanese fandub exists]], and an official export to Japan (via Warner Brothers Japan) was announced at RTX 2014. Rooster Teeth will also be working with the creator of the fangame ''[[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O_A116ynks0 RWBY: Grim Eclipse]]'' to make an [[http://www.crunchyroll.com/anime-news/2014/07/04-1/rooster-teeth-making-rwby-video-game official RWBY game]].

Warning: '''Unmarked spoilers below.'''

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!!''RWBY'' contains examples of:

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[[folder: Tropes A-E]]
* AbridgedSeries: After a fashion, the [[http://roosterteeth.com/members/journal/entry.php?id=3082879 RWBYJNPR Recaps]] by Matt the Mammoth Rider. Even though they are blog posts of text and screencaps, they have much the same feel as an AbridgedSeries in that they sort of sum up the episodes through retelling, with details distorted to make jokes, along with a certain degree of AlternativeCharacterInterpretation. [[note]]Trope page [[Webcomic/MattsRWBYJNPRRecaps here]].[[/note]]
** Also, it does have at least one more traditional AbridgedSeries (abbreviated, GagDub videos) - which is really surprising given that each of the actual episodes tend to average around 6 to 10 minutes, already…
* AbsurdlySharpBlade: Ruby's scythe cuts cleanly through a fairly large tree and later is able to slice through the neck of a monster, roughly as thick as she is tall. Heck, in the Red trailer, she cuts a lot of wolves in half, some of them lengthwise! PlayedForLaughs in episode 9, when she accidentally cuts the curtain in their room in half while turning around, only to have it stitched back together a moment later.
* ActionGirl: Essentially every female character introduced so far is one. Justified, since every girl that's shown up so far is either a Huntress or a criminal (or something else entirely in one case) and as such, are required to be this trope in order to be legitimately competent at their respective jobs.
* AdventureFriendlyWorld: It's called Remnant (and the continent is called Vytal) and it's filled with monsters, with only the rare beacons of civilization and magic holding them back. The "points of light" setting is specifically namedropped.
* AerithAndBob: Some of the names are: Lie Ren (surname first), Nora Valkyrie, Pyrrha Nikos, Ruby Rose, Yang Xiao Long (given name first), Jaune Arc, Cardin Winchester. And it's not like they come from the four corners of the world, Ren and Nora have been friends for years (exact number uncertain, probably since childhood, Nora just said "we've been friends for sooo long"), and Ruby and Yang were raised as sisters. The only relatively foreign character (not a native of Vale) is Pyrrha Nikos.
* AlienSky: The phases of Remnant's moon has a [[DetonationMoon shattering visual effect.]] The reason it seems to shatter and merge continually is because unlike our moon; it spins on its axis such that the same side isn't always facing Remnant. It spins, we see the whole side; it spins; we see the shattered side; and back again.
* AllAnimalsAreDogs: A more subtle case, where the giant snake makes a dog-like 'yelp' when Ren breaks off its fangs.
* AnimalMotifs:
** White Fang. Their emblem is a wolf, and they share their name with the book ''Literature/WhiteFang'', which is about a wolf.
** Team CRDL as well with their names references to birds (and their team name is pronounced 'Cardinal'.)
* AnimationBump: The fighting. It's really noticeable when you hold the action up against the casual scenes.
* {{Animesque}}:
** The animation and character design resemble anime in general. The director is quoted as having researched several anime while designing the series. Makes sense when the trailers showed that three out of the four main characters seem to have a SuperMode (with one of them having a rage-fueled ''Super''-Super Mode).
** It's animesque enough that when Crunchyroll started streaming the series, people started demanding the "original" Japanese audio.
** The series has picked up a Japanese following via subtitled uploads on NicoNicoDouga, perhaps due to this. It also has a Chinese fandub you can look up on YouTube.
* AnimeThemeSong: As part of its animesque nature, the show has an OP that wouldn't look out of place on anything coming out of Japan. The song is ''This Will Be the Day'' by Jeff Williams. True to form, the 2nd Volume comes with a 2nd Opening, ''[[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rpAfCxXctlY Time To Say Goodbye]]''.
* AppliedPhlebotinum: "Dust", crystals (or crystal dust) which are apparently used in magic. As of Volume 1, the only clear-cut users are Weiss and Roman.
** It's implied, though not confirmed, that most weapons are fueled by Dust (Jaune's sword being the obvious exception) and Yang's gauntlets clearly have red Dust crystals as their ammo/fuel.
* ArsonMurderAndLifesaving: The first episode has a DoubleSubversion. When Ruby's being interrogated/chewed out by Goodwitch, she tells her that she should be sent home "with a pat on the back", then continues "and a slap on the wrist" (and smacks the table with her riding crop for effect). Then she introduces Ozpin, who plays the "lifesaving" part straight.
* ArtEvolution:
** Applies to Ruby only, as her rig was updated until the show was ready according to Word Of God. Compare the 3D model of her in the premiere trailer and the series.
** [[http://static2.wikia.nocookie.net/__cb20121109093811/rwby/images/b/b1/Beowolves.png Beowolves]] also [[http://static4.wikia.nocookie.net/__cb20130818183857/rwby/images/8/84/Beowolfprofilepic.png changed]].
** [[http://tearfulfriend18.tumblr.com/post/81654806301/volume-2-is-looking-good-damn-good Volume 2]], in comparison to Volume 1.
* ArtShift: Common in the early episodes.
** A news report shown in the first episode is done in hand-drawn animation.
** In episode 2, when Ruby suddenly turned into a hand-drawn chibi, bouncing about in enthusiasm while her CG sister Yang looked on bemusedly.
** In episode 3, when Ruby and Yang get into a playful {{Catfight}} (complete with [[ThatPoorCat cat noises]]) which is shown as a BigBallOfViolence.
** In episode 4, the Pumpkin Pete's Marshmallow Flakes Cereal Box. For added fun, the background and brand label even fall into the scene after the conversation continues.
** In episode 5, Ruby's thoughts are visually stylized akin to the Rooster Teeth Animated Adventures.
** In episode 16, [[spoiler: Blake's memories of the White Fang]] are in a [[{{Animesque}} 2D anime style.]]
* ArtisticAge: Ruby looks like a young woman when drawn but appears much younger when rendered. Word Of God is that she's 15. Most of the girls are supposed to be 17 but some look far too young for that age.
* AscendedFanboy: Jordan Scott, creator of the RWBY game when it was still a fan project, was hired by Rooster Teeth to help develop it.
* AsYouKnow: Used in Episode 6 by Pyrrha to tell Jaune, and the audience, about "auras", although Jaune seems to know [[TheWatson just as much as the audience]] when it comes to the subject.
** [[spoiler: [[{{Foreshadowing}} It becomes very much justified,]] [[HarsherInHindsight in addition to very depressing]], when we learned that Jaune used forged transcripts to get into Beacon; he really ''doesn't'' know a lot of things that the other characters do.]]
* AuthorAppeal:
** According to one of Monty's tweets, Ruby and Weiss are left-handed because he himself is left-handed. Though Ruby has been shown performing right-handed actions, such as the end of episode 16, so she might be effectively ambidextrous.
** Also, in another of of Monty's tweets, he said that Weiss fights using fencing techniques because he himself also studied fencing.
** On a more general level, Monty Oum's love of strong women in combat situations is obvious, given that of the 8 main characters, only two of them are male, and those two boys are far more often fatigued and overwhelmed in combat scenarios than any of their female associates.
* AvengersAssemble: The girls come from very different backgrounds and JNPR counts as well.
* {{Badass}}: Many, considering [[Creator/MontyOum the animator]].
* BadassAdorable: All four girls to varying degrees, as well as Nora.
* BadassBandolier: Ruby and Yang.
* BadassBiker: Yang sports a fancy motorcycle.
* BadassBookworm: Blake.
* BadassCape: Ruby sports a red [[LittleRedFightingHood hooded one]].
* BadassFamily:
** Ruby and Yang are sisters, and either one of them can ruin your day if you get on her bad side. In episode one Ruby also mentions an uncle who taught her how to fight, just cementing this further.
** Downplayed in Jaune's case. At least three generations of his family were warriors and heroes. Jaune himself? [[IJustWantToBeSpecial Not so much.]]
* BadassLongcoat: Adam from the Black trailer.
* BadassPrincess: Weiss is an "heiress, actually", but still qualifies.
* BackToBackBadasses: All of Team RWBY in the opening -- they stand in a loose circle facing outward, baring weapons against the many monsters surrounding them. Actually, it appears they are ''searching'' for the enemy, who turns out to be floating above the center of the circle.
* BadGuyBar: The club that Yang enters in her trailer appears to be this, considering the large number of {{Mooks}} that appear when she starts making trouble (as well as Roman Torchwick talking with Junior).
* BashBrothers: Jaune and Pyrrha show an early indication of this during the fight with the Deathstalker in Episode 8, using their similar equipment (swords and shields) in a very smoothly compatible manner.
* BackBlocking: In the second episode, Jaune wonders where he'll find a quirky girl to talk to. Then he walks off-camera, revealing [[ChekhovsGunman someone who turns out to be]] Pyrrha in front of the group of [[FacelessMasses silhouette characters]].
* BattleAura: As explained by Pyrrha, every human can manifest their soul in a way that creates this, blocking attacks and healing injuries. Word Of God (via the director's commentary), confirms that this is why most human characters are MadeOfIron --they're using their Aura to defend against injury.
** LightIsGood: Aura is depicted as a shimmering ring of ([[ColorCodedCharacters personally coloured]]) light around the person channeling it. Of course, [[DarkIsEvil most Grimm are so dark in colour they look like living shadows.]]
* BearsAreBadNews: Yang and Blake blow up two in Ep. 6. Another one shows up in episode 14.
* BeautyIsNeverTarnished: Averted. That punch Weiss took from the giant suit of armor left her a scar[[note]]There is debate upon the nature of the ''scar'' namely [[http://rwby.wikia.com/wiki/Thread:6774 here]] and [[http://rwby.wikia.com/wiki/Weiss_Schnee here]].[[/note]] down her left eye. Make no mistake though, she's still very beautiful nonetheless.
* BerserkButton: Do ''not'' touch Yang's hair, as seen in the Yellow Trailer and in Episode 6.
* BigBallOfViolence: Ruby and Yang enter one in the 3rd episode.
* BigDamnHeroes:
** Glynda Goodwitch's introduction.
** Weiss later also pulls this off for Ruby in Episode 8.
** Jaune does one in episode 14 with a little help from Pyrrha, [[spoiler:for Cardin, the JerkJock who was bullying him earlier.]]
** In episode 16, [[spoiler:Penny]].
* {{Blackmail}}: In episode 12, Jaune reveals to Pyrrha [[spoiler:that he forged his application to Beacon, hence why he's so underwhelming compared to everyone else at that school. Unfortunately for him, Cardin's room was just below, and he happened to overhear this. He promises to be a SecretKeeper, and claims to be Jaune's friend, but tells him that while putting Jaune in a headlock. He then also asks his new "friend" to do the report that Professor Oobleck had them do]].
* TheBladeAlwaysLandsPointyEndIn: The knight's blade lands at a near 90 degree angle when Weiss disarms it in the White trailer, though it does fall over after a brief time.
* BladeBrake[=/=]SwordPlant: Done by Ruby and Weiss in their trailers, as well as Adam in the Black trailer. Blake does it along with BuildingSwing in Episode 8.
* BladeRun: Weiss does this in her trailer, and given that the blade is bigger than she is, she even is able to do an UnnecessaryCombatRoll on it.
* BladeSpam: Simultaneous, split-second and standard BladeSpam all get their time to shine.
** [[spoiler:Penny]] in the 16th episode.
* BlankWhiteEyes:
** Ruby in episode 8, as she is falling from the sky. She then gets intercepted by Jaune who was tossed by a Death Stalker, and then develops CirclingBirdies (actually, circling wolves) shortly afterwards. Happens to her again later as her reunion with her sister is suddenly interrupted by Nora.
** Weiss, Blake and Yang did this in episode 15, when Ruby agrees to Penny's notion that she's her friend (her teammates vehemently denied this and mimes to Ruby to reject it); they collapse to the ground afterward.
* BlownAcrossTheRoom: Inverted, guns are powerful enough to throw the ''shooter'' across the room and is used as a form of locomotion, while no one that ''gets'' shot is thrown around thanks to their Aura.
** Ruby does get knocked backward by a rocket shot from Torchwick's cane in "Black and White". She's fine though.
* BrandX: It is a low budget show, what would you expect?
** Shi-nee brand toothpaste (assumed name).
** Pumpkin Pete's Marshmallow Flakes (cereal).
* BoobsOfSteel: Yang is very well-endowed, a bare-knuckles fighter (even if she has some help from her bracers), and seems to be the strongest of the four.
* BoringButPractical: In a world where magic, guns, and blades intersect, Jaune uses... a plain old [[AncestralWeapon sword]] and a [[RetractableWeapon collapsible]] [[LuckilyMyShieldWillProtectMe shield]]/scabbard. Ruby lampshades this, saying that it's good to have a healthy respect for the classics.
* BothSidesHaveAPoint: Both Weiss and Blake in "The Stray." As both argue over their various conceptions about the Faunus and White Fang, Weiss reveals that [[spoiler:the White Fang and Faunus have waged a personal war against her family's company for years. She has seen family, friends, and board members executed, and her father would come home angry every day. Blake, on the other hand is an ''actual Faunus'' and a former member of the White Fang, who is angry because every time Weiss talks about Faunus or the White Fang she feels the need to include an insult in it and points out that if it weren't for bigoted people like Weiss and Cardin the White Fang wouldn't exist and the Faunus wouldn't be fighting humanity]].
** It helps that they are arguing different points. [[spoiler: Weiss' insults are directed at the White Fang and the criminal Sun. Given somewhat ambiguous wording, Blake takes those as insults to Faunus in general, which she hotly retorts. Weiss in turn is confused and offended that Blake would advocate for a known terrorist organization, which Blake takes as her being bigoted. Really, Blake is arguing that the Faunus are mistreated and discriminated against and Weiss is arguing the White Fang are a dangerous terrorist group. These views are not mutually exclusive, but both of their insistence that they are is what drives the conflict.]]
* BrainsAndBrawn: Weiss ''wanted'' to form this sort of partnership with Pyrrha Nikos. Instead, she got [[GenkiGirl Ruby]]. Which is actually still this trope... or would be if the two could work together properly.
* BreakoutCharacter: A couple in the production of the series.
** Torchwick was not planned to be more than just a minor character used only in the opening episode, but they liked how he came out and his voice actor's skills so much so that they made him a major part of the volume finale.
** Team JNPR were only going to be secondary characters, but as they worked on creating them they rose to almost the same level as Team RWBY, to the point that one of the story arcs (The [[JustForPun Jaune Arc]]) centered on them, taking up a quarter of the first volume's episodes. According to the creators, they became "the second A-Team."
** In the development diary released for volume 2, Monty admits that Velvet was meant to be a one-off character demonstrating the challenges of being a Faunus. However he was so impressed with how the audience responded to her that he promised to give her character a more prominent role in the show in volume 2 and beyond.
* BrickJoke:
** [[ItMakesSenseInContext The sound sloths make.]]
** In Episode 11, Nora suggested to her team (and team RWBY) that they should break Cardin's legs for being such an ass. In Episode 12, we got this:
--->'''Pyrrha:''' ''[referring to Cardin, after he left]'' You know, I really will break his legs.
* BrutalHonesty: Most of the teachers at Beacon thus far;
** Glynda Goodwitch's first two acts were to save Ruby when she picked a fight with Torchwick, and then call her out for being so reckless.
** Ozpin welcomes the new students to his school with a DareToBeBadass speech which basically begins as a ReasonYouSuckSpeech.
** Peter Port gives Weiss a blunt "that's absurd" when she suggests that Ozpin made a mistake in making Ruby the team leader, then points out a few of her worst traits before giving her some sound advice.
** Bartholomew Oobleck chews out Jaune and Cardin for not paying attention in class and telling them being accepted into Beacon means they're being held to a higher standard (with a hint of ObliviousGuiltSlinging since [[spoiler: Jaune got in with fake credentials]]).
* ByTheLightsOfTheirEyes: Pyrrha and Jaune in episode 7 after Jaune's torch goes out after tripping into a puddle.
* CallBack:
** The "Yellow" trailer's fight scene starts similarly to the Red trailer's. A wave of enemies closes in, Ruby/Yang leaps into the air, framed in bright light as the song lyrics reach "Yellow beauty burns gold".
** After Weiss reassures Ruby in Episode 8 that she doesn't need to prove herself to anyone, Ruby sighs and whispers "normal knees", calling back to her conversation with Yang in Episode 1.
** Jaune's fight with an Ursa has him dodging a sweeping attack by jumping, only to get punched out of the air right afterwards. Just like Weiss in the White Trailer.
** Penny has some similarities to Ruby when it comes to making friends. She even says along the lines of "polishing nails and talks about cool boys together" like Weiss did sarcastically in Episode 3, and Ruby took at face value. [[LampshadeHanging Ruby herself lampshades this.]]
---> '''Ruby:''' Was this what it was like when you met me?\\
'''Weiss:''' No. [[ComicallyMissingThePoint She seems far more coordinated.]]
** During Weiss' list of White Fang's crimes against her family, she mentions 'an entire train car full of Dust, stolen.' Guess what happened during the Black trailer?
* CastHerd: Becomes evident part-way through volume 1, but the opening for volume two establishes the herds pretty firmly.
** Team RWBY (Ruby, Weiss, Blake, Yang)
** Team JNPR (Jaune, Nora, Pyrrha, Ren)
** Team CRDL (Cardin, Russel, Dove, Sky)
** Team CFVY (Coco, Fox, Velvet, Yatsuhashi)
** The Beacon Academy staff (Ozpin, Glynda, Port, Oobleck)
** Sun's yet-to-be-introduced team. (The blue-haired one is named "Neptune"; he and the redhead are based off members (T.O.P and G-Dragon) of the Korean Pop Boy Band "Big Bang."
** The villains (Cinder, Mercury, Emerald, Roman, Junior, the Malachite sisters)
* CataclysmBackstory: The emergence of the Grimm.
* CapeSnag: Ruby gets pinned to the ground by her cape in episode 8. Only Weiss's intervention saves her life. Somehow averted every time Ruby spins her fully-extended scythe behind her back.
* CaptainObviousReveal: [[invoked]]InternalReveal version: Blake is [[spoiler:a Faunus]].
-->'''Yang''': Wait, how did you know that?\\
'''Penny''': Uh, the [[spoiler:cat ears]]?\\
'''Yang''': ''What'' [[spoiler:cat ears]]? She wears a... [[ExplainExplainOhCrap bow...]]
* CasualDangerDialog: The mook at From Dust till Dawn should have seen it coming.
-->'''Ruby''': Are you... robbing me?
* CatapultToGlory: The plan to defeat the Nevermore revolves around loading Ruby into an oversized slingshot (close enough to a ballista) made from Yang and Blake holding Gambol Shroud's ribbon and two pillars, and Weiss launching Ruby at the Nevermore's neck.
* CatSmile: Ruby briefly sports one in Episode 5.
* TheChainsOfCommanding: Ozpin warns Ruby that the position of team leader is both a badge of honor and a terrible burden. Naturally, the title of the episode is "The Badge and the Burden".
* ChangedMyMindKid: An abbreviated version in Episode 5; Weiss turns away and walks off upon finding out that Ruby is her partner, sees that the alternative is Jaune, walks back and drags Ruby off, all within the space of 25 seconds.
--> '''Weiss:''' By ''no'' means does this make us friends. ''[drags Ruby by her hood]''\\
'''Ruby:''' [[{{Squee}} You came back!]]
* CharacterBlog: [[https://twitter.com/RT_WeissSchnee Weiss]], [[https://twitter.com/RT_YangXiaoLong Yang]] and [[https://twitter.com/RT_RubyRose Ruby]] have Twitter accounts.
* CharlesAtlasSuperpower: Aura is possessed by all living things, except monsters because they have no souls.
* ChekhovsSkill: The commentary has Monty reveal that launching the students into the forest was done specifically to introduce the concept of 'Landing Strategies', and implied that this will be important in Volume 2, something strongly implied by that volume's opening sequence.
* ChessMotifs: The relics Ozpin picks for the test take the form of large chess pieces in matching pairs of white (which are actually gold-coloured) and black. Team RWBY took the White Knight, Team JNPR took the White Rook, and Team CRDL took the Black Bishop.
** At the end of Episode 16 [[spoiler: Qrow sends Ozpin the cryptic message "QUEEN HAS PAWNS"]]. TheStinger might imply this as an allusion to [[spoiler:Cinder Fall and Roman Torchwick]].
* ColorCodedCharacters: The four main characters have theme colors, which lead to the acronym title. "Ruby" the character has a red theme, "Weiss"[[note]]German for white. Her last name, Schnee, also means Snow.[[/note]] has a white theme, "Blake" has a black theme, and "Yang" is named after what basically amounts to the golden sun.
** And then there's the second set of characters, colored yellow, pink, red and bluish black.
** Then there's the pins, which include a couple of pink emblems.
* ColourfulThemeNaming: Ruby being a shade of red, Weiss being German for white, and Blake being based off an Old English word referring to someone with dark hair, and Yang being the Chinese word for light and the sun. [[http://constantlycalibrating.com/2013/02/19/interview-monty-oum/ Confirmed]] by Monty. Monty actually has this as an [[https://twitter.com/montyoum/status/406894139746172928/photo/1/large official rule]], true for all characters (except Ozpin).
* CombatStilettos: Melanie and Militia both wear extremely high heels. Judging by the narrow stances they use and the short steps they take, the animation team actually considered just how uncomfortable and constricting they would be.
** Likewise, Cinder Fall wears very high heels. Then again, her combat style doesn't involve a lot of jumping and kicking; she can get away with it more easily.
* CombinationAttack: In episode 8, how Team RWBY and (to a lesser extent) Team JNPR each take out their respective Grimms.
* ContinuityNod: In episode 15, Weiss mentions that an entire train of her family's Dust shipments was stolen by the White Fang. Presumably, this is the same as the one [[spoiler:Blake robbed in her trailer]].
** This is also evidenced by [[spoiler:the [[FreezeFrameBonus Schnee logo]] visible on some of the crates in the Black trailer]].
* ContrivedCoincidence: In episode 8, Ruby and Jaune bump into each other -- in ''mid-air''.
* CorruptCorporateExecutive: The Schnee Dust Company doesn't have a very good reputation, and is described as being known for both its production of Dust as well as its exploited laborers and shady business practices.
* CoolAirship: Beacon has several.
* CoolTrain: The train that Blake and Adam board in the Black trailer is so wide that it runs on two parallel sets of tracks.
* CurbStompBattle:
** Ruby delivers one in the first episode against Roman's thugs until the witch shows up.
** The students generally deliver these during their expedition into the woods. Although the Death Stalker and Nevermore had the initial advantage, those two are eventually on the receiving end as well.
** Jaune suffers from one in episode 11 from Cardin.
** Penny does one to Roman Torchwick and the White Fang minions in episode 16 after Torchwick hits Ruby. So much so that she essentially ends the fight and forces Torchwick and the White Fang to flee.
* CurseCutShort: Roman after [[spoiler:Blake]] sneaks up behind him.
-->'''Roman:''' Oh, for f--
* CreatureHunterOrganization: Signal, Beacon and the rest are this. since they train people exclusively to fight the Grimm.
* DarkIsEvil: Naturally, the [[EvilWearsBlack black-furred]] [[NamesToRunAwayFromReallyFast Grimm]] are [[AlwaysChaoticEvil quite evil]].
* DarkIsNotEvil[=/=]LightIsNotGood: Ruby's red and black colour scheme is actually pretty typically of villains, but she's a nice, PerkyGoth. Blake's [[ColorCodedCharacters signature colour]] is black, but she's also a pretty nice person. Glynda Goodwitch wears black and [[PurpleIsTheNewBlack purple]], but her name is more indicative of her allegiance. On the other hand, we have Roman Torchwick who wears a long, white coat but is definitely on the villain side. To a lesser extent, Weiss is the [[AcademicAlphaBitch meanest]] of the main characters.
* DarkReprise:
** The tune is the same, but the second verse lyrics of the Opening's "This Will Be The Day" are considerably darker.
** As are the lyrics for ''[[http://rwby.wikia.com/wiki/RWBY_Soundtrack/Red_Like_Roses_Part_II Red Like Roses Part II]]''.
---> ''"It’s your blood that’s red like roses."''
* DarkSecret: Seems to be a requirement for coming to Beacon.
** [[spoiler:Jaune]] forged his transcripts into Beacon.
** [[spoiler:Blake]] is a Faunus and was part of the White Fang.
* DecapitationRequired: Not entirely a requirement so much as a way of upholding the RuleOfCool.
** The Nevermore that Ruby's team fights in episode 8. None of their other attacks seemed to be affecting it much, so she launches a CrazyEnoughToWork plan. Yang punches it to the side of the cliff, Weiss freezes it in place, Blake utilizes her whip as a slingshot, and using Weiss's magic, Ruby slings into it, then runs up the cliff with crow in tow, finally taking its head off and stopping it for good.
** [[spoiler:Jaune]] does one to an Ursa in episode 14, saving Cardin in the process.
* DebutQueue: The first few half of the season introduce the various LoadsAndLoadsOfCharacters in this show, and gives them a small introduction to their characterization, such as Blake with her love of books.
* DetonationMoon: The Remnant night sky has a damaged-looking moon.
* DramaticGunCock[=/=]DescriptionPorn: Ruby does this while showing off Crescent Rose to Jaune.
-->'''Jaune:''' Whoa! Is that a scythe?\\
'''Ruby:''' It's also a customizable high-impact sniper rifle.\\
'''Jaune:''' A what?\\
'''Ruby:''' ''[cocks her weapon]'' It's also a gun.
* DramaticWind: Played with a lot, but used especially for Ruby and her red cloak, even when she's indoors.
* DrivenToSuicide: Unusually, [[DiscussedTrope discussed]] in Episode 12 when Pyrrha brings Jaune up to the roof of Beacon to talk. Jaune sees the rail-less rooftop and comes to completely the wrong conclusion: "I'm not ''that'' depressed!" Hearing this response, Pyrrha is initially confused, but the moment she figures it out, [[OhCrap she's appropriately horrified and pulls him away from the edge.]]
** SuicideAsComedy: It's PlayedForLaughs.
* DropTheHammer: Nora's weapon, in addition to being a grenade launcher that fires rounds with a pink heart on them, also has the ability to turn into a hammer that packs an explosive punch. Accordingly, she also uses it for the occasional RocketJump.
* {{Deuteragonist}}: It looks like Jaune, Pyrrha, Nora, and Ren will be the deuteragonists of the series, compared to the protagonists of Ruby, Weiss, Blake, and Yang. Or, if you want to be more specific, Ruby and Jaune (leaders of their respective teams).
* DysfunctionJunction: Given all the people who have some DarkSecret, especially [[spoiler:Jaune and Blake]], it's almost certainly this.
* EarlyBirdCameo: The 2nd AnimeThemeSong teases several new characters, including Velvet and Wukong both being a part of full 4-Man Teams, along with whatever group Penny belongs to.
* EgocentricTeamNaming: Downplayed; RWBY obviously sounds like its leader Ruby, but she didn't get to name the team that way -- Ozpin did. Same goes for Cardin and his "Cardinal." Meanwhile, Jaune's team is given the not-very-indicative name "Juniper".
* EnemyMine: The White Fang is working with [[spoiler: Torchwick]], despite [[spoiler: Blake (a former member)]] finding the concept of them willingly working with humans (especially [[FantasticRacism that one]]) to be unthinkable. What they are hoping to accomplish is still unknown.
* EnhancedArchaicWeapon: Almost every weapon in the series is some form of this (e.g. In the main cast Ruby, Blake, Yang, Pyrrha and Nora's weapons are all capable of using their firearm modes' to increase the damage of their melee strikes in some way[[note]]Ruby and Yang's essentially shoot enemies point blank, Pyrrha and Nora's use a blast to propel their weapons and Blake essentially uses the shots from the pistol portion of her weapon to "steer" it.[[/note]] and Weiss's can channel Dust). The only real exceptions in the main cast are Ren (who just uses machine pistols with blades) and Jaune's no-frills-attached sword (although his shield's at least collapsible).
* ExoticWeaponSupremacy: Most characters of note use some form of multi-purpose SwissArmyWeapon, and wildly improbable ones at that. The fight sequences are practically over-the-top exotic improbable weapon porn. Which is not to say that they don't look pretty damn awesome.
* ExtranormalInstitute: Beacon. Possibly Signal, if the fact that Ruby made Crescent Rose herself and learned how to fight with it while studying there is any indication.
* TheExtremistWasRight: Played with. [[spoiler: According to Blake, White Fang's [[YourTerroristsAreOurFreedomFighters new direction]] actually caused Faunus to be treated as equals... but out of fear, not respect]]. In addition, [[spoiler:Weiss turns out to be right in accusing the White Fang of the recent Dust thefts; but only to the extent that they're actually just hired muscle]].
* EvolvingCredits: The endings show silhouettes of various characters each episode, usually whoever was most prominent that episode, or sometimes whoever was seen last before the credits roll.
* EyeScream: One of the giant snakes that attacks Ren gets one of its own fangs shoved through its eye.
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[[folder: Tropes F-M]]
* FacelessMasses: Characters in the background simply appear as black silhouettes. Though this looks to have changed in Volume 2.
* FacePalm: Pyrrha does this in episode 12, when she [[MimingTheCues tries to act out the answer to the teacher's question for Jaune]] and he gets it wrong.
* FairytaleMotifs: The four main characters' designs, overall themes, and the trailers that introduce them all reference fairy tales: Ruby is Literature/LittleRedRidingHood, Weiss is Literature/SnowWhite, and Blake's relationship with Adam mirrors Literature/BeautyAndTheBeast. Yang's trailer has more than one motif: she [[Literature/{{Cinderella}} enters a club she wasn't invited to after arriving on an orange (pumpkin-colored) motorcycle]], [[Literature/{{Goldilocks}} she has blonde hair, speaks to a guy named "Junior" and she fights the DJ of the club, who wears a bear mask]], and the white- and red-clad twin girls she also fights may be an allusion to a lesser-known fairy tale, ''Literature/SnowWhiteAndRoseRed''. However, Yang herself was eventually confirmed to be based on Literature/{{Goldilocks}}. There may also be some shades of Rapunzel, given that she has longer hair than most of the cast, and that she's very sensitive about that feature of hers.
** Monty says the character designs reference fairy tales and mythology (among other things), but they have no interest in retelling any fairy tales and would rather tell their own story. He cites concepts such as Stein and Medusa from Manga/SoulEater, who are loosely based on classical/mythological characters.
** All of Team JNPR are themed based on [[GenderFlip gender-flipped]] historical/mythological characters who crossdressed: JoanOfArc (Jaune), [[GreekMythology Achilles]] (Pyrrha), [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hua_Mulan Mulan]] (Ren), and [[NorseMythology Thor]] (Nora).
* FamousAncestor: A classic example of a subversion. Jaune's great-great grandfather is implied to be a war-hero, yet out of the known cast, Jaune seems to be the least suited to be a warrior, having none of the training, instincts or knowledge of his peers.
* FantasticGhetto: According to Professor Oobleck's lecture, Faunus used to be confined to the city of Menagerie. Their aversion to the idea triggered the Faunus War.
* FantasticRacism:
** LittleBitBeastly characters, referred to as "Faunus" have Civil Rights protests with signs saying that they are not animals. Also, in the past there was a civil war known as the 'Faunus Uprising', and they used to be [[FantasticGhetto concentrated to the city of Menagerie]].
** There is a faunus in Beacon (a rabbit girl), and Team CRDL bullies her in the cafeteria. Yang comments that it must be hard being a faunus, as nobody defends her. In fact, team CRDL as a whole seems to be made of Fantastic Racists. Russel calls Velvet (the aforementioned rabbit faunus) a "freak" for her ears, and Cardin says that the reason they had victories in their war was due to [[WhatMeasureIsANonHuman animals being easier to train than humans]], despite the fact that Velvet is right there in the class. Blake and Pyrrha call him out for this one. [[spoiler: Blake herself]] is a cat Faunus.
** Episode 15: Weiss considers the Faunus of the White Fang to be nothing more than terrorists, with a history of violence and war between them and her family's business to back it up. While she never goes so far as to call all Faunus bad, she admits to not trusting them.
* FastballSpecial:
** Used in episode eight, Pyrrha flings Nora into the air with her shield. The push upward is [[RocketJump assisted by Nora's rocket hammer]], [[DropTheHammer and so is her descent]] towards the stinger embedded on the Death Stalker's head.
** Which is followed by Team RWBY taking [[UpToEleven it even further]], using Blake's Gambol Shroud and Weiss's [[GravityMaster Gravity Manipulation]] as a slingshot to launch Ruby at the Giant Nevermore.
* FlashStep: Blake seems to use this as part of her fighting style. Watch her fight against [[spoiler:Roman Torchwick]] in Volume 1 Episode 16; the "shadow" she leaves behind suggests this trope.
* FloralThemeNaming: The Crescent Rose; the Myrtenaster, German for the Myrtle flower family (primarily white flowers that also come in other colours), Ember Celica (Celica is another name for the common bellpepper), and Blake's last name, "Belladonna", the alternate name for either the Amaryllis belladonna flower or the toxic plant Atropa belladonna AKA Deadly Nightshade.
* ForceAndFinesse: Ruby and Weiss are the most prominent example, but all the pairs in RWBY and JNPR are this -- including Jaune and Pyrrha; since Jaune doesn't have a definite fighting style, Jaune is the brute force, oftentimes simply throwing himself at the opponent again and again, as seen in his fights against Cardin and the Ursa. Pyrrha is the finesse in this pair, having the training and coordination to carefully direct her strikes and defenses, [[spoiler:or, thanks to her Semblance, the defenses of others.]]
* ForcedPerspective: After Ruby cuts down a tree in frustration, a feather floats down in front of the camera. It looks like it's close to the camera, but then it lands, ''covering'' the tree she just cut down. [[spoiler:Turns out to be {{foreshadowing}} for the Nevermore which appears in the next episode]]. Played with slightly in that [[spoiler: the Nevermore ''does'' look to be as huge as its feathers would imply -- in fact, the feather that appeared first was ''smaller'' than the ones it threw at Ruby]].
* ForegoneConclusion: Episode 4 makes a big deal out of the idea of teams, and builds up suspense for who will be paired with whom... or, rather, it would, if the trailers and intro hadn't already spelled out who's going to be on what team.
* {{Foreshadowing}}:
** Close observation reveals that Ruby's trailer takes place primarily in a 'White' setting, while Weiss' trailer took place in a 'Black' setting. However, Blake's trailer was ''not'' set in yellow, like everyone thought. It was coded with black and red, instead symbolizing her partnership with [[RedHeadedHero Adam]]. It should be noted, however, that Blake has gold/yellow eyes, which one can say stand in for this purpose despite it being a character trait. Yang puts all to shame by physically changing her surroundings into color-coded areas, along with the music changing to suit the correct color.
** In a similar vein, Ruby, Weiss, and Blake all have designs and character themes inspired by ''one'' fairy tale or another--''Literature/LittleRedRidingHood'', ''Literature/SnowWhite'', and ''Literature/BeautyAndTheBeast'' respectively- which incited a lot of WildMassGuessing over what the Yellow fairy tale would be. Subverted when Yang's trailer was revealed, as she alludes to ''many'' -- although Word Of God clarifies she was inspired by ''Literature/{{Goldilocks}}''.
** If you look around the series, you can spot a couple of crows flying around before promptly disappearing. The first time was in Blake's Trailer. Others include one in Yang's Trailer, the bird Ruby crashes into in episode 5, and a looming shot on a black feather in episode 6. This foreshadows both Qrow's appearance before he was named, and [[spoiler:the GIGANTIC Nevermore the four fight halfway through the season.]]
** It's pretty clear early on that Jaune is a bit behind the others, to the point where even Glynda believes that he's not fit for combat even if his transcripts say otherwise. [[spoiler: It makes sense, when you consider his transcripts were all fake.]]
*** Crocea Mors are the most basic of the main characters' weapons, with the only fancy feature being the shield retracting, and that is meant for out of combat situations. [[spoiler: In other words, they are the kind of weapons even a complete amateur could pick up and use passably.]]
** Lots of hints were dropped from Blake: She reacts in disgust when Cardin talks smack about Faunus, her HairDecorations subtly twitching, among many others. It's then dropped down heavily in Ep. 15 when she gets into a heated argument with Weiss about Faunus, Weiss reveals that her family's train full of Dust was sabotaged by a Faunus terrorist group, and Blake shouts about how [[spoiler:"Well, maybe [[SayingTooMuch we]] were just tired of being pushed around!"]]
** Also from Episode 15, when the group come across a ransacked Dust shop, Weiss declares the White Fang must have been responsible while Ruby suggests it may have been "that Torchwick guy." [[spoiler: Turns out [[BothSidesHaveAPoint they were ''both'' right]], as the White Fang are now working with/for Torchwick.]]
** Episode 2 sees Blake also make some critical comments about the Schnee Dust Company. These might have been dismissed as Blake just being analytical, but given nobody else seems to mention the SDC or know about their questionable ethics, it alludes to her association with [[spoiler:the Faunus/White Fang]].
** Blake's trailer was initially vague about who Adam was, why Blake turned on him, and where it fit chronologically with the series proper. In retrospect, it's clearly showing [[spoiler: Blake leaving the White Fang.]]
** Blake's trailer, or rather, the music in it, also foreshadowed her [[spoiler: being a Faunus. The lyrics pretty much explain the total motives of the White Fang, as told by Blake.]]
--->[[spoiler:''"Born with no life into subjugation'']]
--->[[spoiler:''Treated like a worthless animal!'']]
--->[[spoiler:''Stripped of all rights just a lesser being'']]
--->[[spoiler:''Crushed by cruel, ruthless human rules!"'']]
* FourTemperamentEnsemble:
** Among Team RWBY:
*** Ruby is Sanguine. She is passionate, energetic, and brave, although fool-hardy and impulsive may be a better description at times. She also has a big, big love of weaponry and that adds more fuel to her happiness and excitement.
*** Weiss is Phlegmatic. "Calculative" describes nearly every aspect of her character, from how she deals with people to her fighting style. She is also quite the judgmental know-it-all and definitely has a HolierThanThou demeanor to anyone who have not proven themselves better than herself in her eyes. She is also uncaring to those useless enough to "prove" themselves worse than her.
*** Blake is Melancholic, largely keeping to herself, and remarkably idealistic (though it may be a bit hidden between the lines) for having such a troubled past. She does not come off as shy and timid, however this is probably more because she is become very good at putting up a front and hiding her feelings (again, due to her troubled past).
*** Yang is Choleric. She fiercely watches out for and takes care of her sister Ruby and has a HairTriggerTemper, literally if her hair gets damaged. Despite this, she is quite optimistic about most people given her immediate initial reactions to both Blake and Weiss.
** As for Team JNPR:
*** Jaune is not much of anything at the moment, but that is part of his character arc -- he is probably on track to grow into the Choleric role.
*** Pyrrha, who has been helping Jaune grow into his role as leader, is clearly the supportive Phlegmatic.
*** Ren's apparent tranquility pegs him as a Melancholic. He is calm, well-mannered, and just takes care of the task at hand.
*** The enthusiastic Nora is clearly Sanguine.
* FreezeFrameBonus:
** Torchwick is shown talking to Junior at the beginning of the Yellow trailer.
** If you look closely at the Grimm Snakes Ren fights, the black one has a patch of white in the center and the white has a black patch in the center. Together, they make the Taoist symbol.
** Blake's bow [[http://24.media.tumblr.com/29df3374db2bc89c72afbf5d97431f52/tumblr_msog32fQB21s7vfd5o1_400.gif twitches]] slightly when she sees Ruby fall from the sky. [[spoiler: Because, underneath the bow, she has cat ears.]]
** In Episode 9, the name of the all the Grimm creatures are shown on the wall of the classroom. Aside from the ones named in series and by Word Of God, the revealed names were the King Taijitu for the snakes, and Boarbatusk for a boar. If you pause on the part where Blake accidentally spills her stuff on the floor, you'll notice she has "Shi-nee" toothpaste.
** In Episode 12, if you pause the video on the zoomed out shot of Jaune and Pyrrha on the roof, you can see [[spoiler:Cardin Winchester]] eavesdropping on their conversation in a window below them.
** In Episode 16, when [[spoiler:Penny cuts the Bullheads in half with lazer beams]], the [=RWBYsaurus=] can '''very''' briefly be seen falling along with the others. It's visible for about a quarter of a second during a very GunPorn-esque scene, and it wasn't discovered until four months later, '''after''' Monty made a tweet saying that no one noticed it yet. Also, Penny's swords aren't swords in that scene.
** A picture of a scorpion fighting stick men is on the wall on either side of the hole Jaune and Pyrra enter to find the temple and rouse the Deathstalker.
** Nora's grenades have hearts on the front of them.
** When Jaune turns on Cardin and throws the sap at him, Lark used Dove as a human shield. You can see Dove shrug him off behind Cardin.
* FreudianExcuse: When [[WhatTheHellHero called out]] on her FantasticRacism against Faunus, Weiss explains that the terrorist group [[KnightTemplar White Fang]] has targeted her company, and by extension her family, ever since she was a little girl. Aside from seeing close family friends "disappear", the constant attacks on her father's company left him enraged at home, which, in her own words, "[[AbusiveParents made for a]] [[PunctuatedForEmphasis very...difficult...childhood."]]
* FreudianSlip: When arguing with Weiss about the nature of the White Fang and faunus in general, [[spoiler:Blake]] accidentally uses 'we,' revealing [[spoiler:her nature as a faunus with some form of involvement with the questionable organization.]]
* FunWithAcronyms: The team names, which are apparently officially given by Ozpin upon completion of the initiation phase:
** RWBY (pronounced "Ruby") stands for Ruby, Weiss, Blake and Yang. It conveniently covers their colour schemes, too (Red, White, Black, Yellow).
** JNPR (pronounced "Juniper") stands for Jaune, Nora, Pyrrha, Ren.
** CRDL (pronounced "Cardinal") stands for Cardin, Russel, Dove, Lark. The team name [[PunnyName covers both]] the team's bird and Christian themes.
** Inverted with the headmaster. The [[Literature/TheWonderfulWizardOfOz Wizard of Oz's]] full name formed the acronym O.Z.P.I.N.H.E.A.D. That was used to create the name of the Beacon head, Ozpin.
* GenkiGirl: Nora Valkyrie. The other girls all have their moments too.
** Ruby acts this way towards weapons as evidenced in Ep. 2.
* GenderFlip: According to [[https://twitter.com/montyoum/status/398484962866786304 this post]] by Monty Oum, the inspirations for each member of team JNPR all [[DisguisedInDrag disguised themselves]] [[SweetPollyOliver as the opposite gender]]. This suggests that Jaune, Pyrrha, Nora, and Ren are respectively based off [[JeanneDArchetype Joan of]] [[JoanOfArc Arc]], [[GreekMythology Achi]][[Literature/TheIliad lles]][[note]][[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Achilles_on_Skyros In some stories]], Achilles was disguised as a girl named Pyrrha to avoid TheTrojanWar[[/note]], [[NorseMythology Thor]][[note]]In one story, Thor was disguised as the goddess Freya[[/note]], and Disney/{{Mulan}}.
* GenreBlind: The mook in the first episode completely failed to notice that Ruby's cape was blowing in the wind, despite being indoors. Which might've indicated to him that she was an anime protagonist. Perhaps he simply assumed there was a fan where he couldn't see it.
* GenreShift: A musical example; ''From Shadows'' switches from a melancholy instrumental piece, to high-speed techno, to angry, rebellious rock, and then [[BookEnds ends with a]] LonelyPianoPiece. [[TropesAreNotBad It's a pretty good song.]]
* GilliganCut: "You're... a huntress? Can I have your autograph!?" (''Cut to Ruby being reprimanded by her hero.'')
* GoodEyesEvilEyes: Has been mentioned as a factor in the protagonists' designs, with the most heroic and innocent character (Ruby) having the largest eyes.
* GratuitousGerman[=/=]BilingualBonus: Weiss is the German word for White (weiß) while Schnee means Snow.
** NoPronunciationGuide: Aversion; her name is pronounced correctly according to the German intonation of the words composing her name in her debut. But when asked why it's pronounced with a "W" sound as opposed to the "proper" way on the livestream prior to the first episode going public Monty summed it up that world of ''RWBY'' is an interpretive world, that Germany doesn't exist, and '''[[PrecisionFStrike fuck you]].''' Judging by everyone's reactions when they got the question he had been waiting a long time to say that.
* GreatOffscreenWar: The Faunus rights conflict and the unnamed war Jaune's great-great-grandfather took part in, which may be the same conflict.
* GreenRocks: Dust's original form. Given that Dust can be multiple colours, it actually looks like jewelry in this state.
* GreenRooming: Roman is introduced in the first episode, then disappears for a while. He isn't seen again until around the end of episode 8, having quietly bided his time and planning his next scheme.
** Similarly, Adam has not been seen or heard of since the Black trailer.
** Not to mention Junior or his associates/bodyguards Melanie and Miltia.
*** Those three '''do''' appear in the second volume's opening, though.
* GroinAttack: Yang interrogates Junior by grabbing him by the testicles and continually squeezing.
* GroundPound: Done by Yang in her trailer.
* GunshipRescue: This tactic is used in Episode 1 for Roman Torchwick to escape his attacker. The twist is that Torchwick is the villain and he is being attacked by the main protagonist for trying to rob a shop.
* HarpoDoesSomethingFunny: During production, the voice cast was encouraged to come up with little ad-lib things that might fit various situations. Notable ones include:
-->'''Yang:''' ''[after a gratuitously overextended landing sequence]'' Nailed it. (Episode 6)\\
'''Ruby:''' ''[almost as an afterthought from realizing [[spoiler:Blake[='=]s a cat faunus]]]'' She does like tuna a lot... (Episode 16)
* HateSink: Cardin, was meant to be disliked, with his constant bullying of Jaune and Velvet. His now blackmailing Jaune to do his school work has made many a fan want Nora and/or Pyrrha to go through with her threat of breaking his legs. Considering he was named after the man who oversaw the trial and execution of Joan of Arc, this outcome was most likely 100% intentional.
* HeroOfAnotherStory: Averted; JNPR was originally supposed to be the B-Team, but Word Of God states that somewhere in production they 'became a second A-Team.'
* HowWeGotHere: The seventh episode ends with Ruby falling from the sky. The eighth starts by showing exactly where Ruby fell from. How she and Weiss got up there in first place, however, is never shown.
* TheHunter: What Beacon, and presumably the other academies, teach people to become. To be [[GenderNeutralWriting gender equal]], they are referred to as "Huntsmen" and "Huntresses."
* HumansAreSpecial: Pretty much spelled out by Pyrrha when she's describing Aura to Jaune. Not only does it explain away most of the more improbable physical capabilities of the characters (Ruby being able to withstand using gunshots as propellers, much less her being able to lift Crescent Rose in the first place), but she also goes on to state that the weapons in the series channel Aura in order to further their power.
** It's later explained that some (if not all) people have unique powers called Semblances, like Ruby's speed, Weiss's usage of glyphs and Pyrrha's magnetic abilities.
* HypocriticalHumor:
** From episode 7:
--->'''Weiss:''' I'm not bossy! Don't say things like that!
** Followed by the beginning of episode 8:
---> '''Yang:''' ''[flares up, with her eyes turning red]'' I can't take it anymore! Can everyone just chill out for two seconds before something crazy happens again!?
* ICallItVera: Ruby's Crescent Rose -- the only explicitly character-given weapon name so far.
* ImpossiblyCoolWeapon: The named characters' weapons include a [[SniperRifle Rifle]]-[[SinisterScythe Scythe]], a magic-casting [[RevolversAreJustBetter Revolver]]-[[RoyalRapier Rapier]], a KillerYoYo-[[KatanasAreJustBetter Katana]] [[DualWielding with]] a [[SheathStrike sharpened scabbard]], a Rifle-Katana, a pair of [[ShotgunsAreJustBetter Shotgun]]-[[PowerFist Gauntlets]], a [[MacrossMissileMassacre missile launcher]] that turns into a [[CarryABigStick club]], and [[SwissArmyWeapon one particular weapon]] which transforms into a [[CoolSword sword]], [[CoolGuns rifle]], and a [[RocketPoweredWeapon spear that flies with the rifle's recoil]].
** Episode 16 introduces Sun Wukong's Bo staff, which splits into a pair of Nunchucks, which are also sawed-off shotguns.
** Let's just say everyone but Jaune has one, and leave it at that.
*** Add the Malachite sisters' weapons to the exceptions list, which are merely bladed shoes and a pair of claws.
* InnateNightVision: According to "Jaunedice (Part 1)", many Faunus possess this trait.
* InsistentTerminology: By Word Of God, Dust is not magic.
** By word of Weiss, that's not a dress she's wearing, it's a "combat skirt". Ruby agrees.
* {{Irony}}: When Glynda says to Jaune "We wouldn't want you to be gobbled up by a Beowolf, now, would we?", Cardin says "speak for yourself". Jaune later personally saves Cardin from being eaten by an Ursa, despite weeks of torment of many students, Jaune especially, and him trying to get Jaune to throw Rapier Wasps at his friend. If Jaune had Cardin's attitude, he'd be Ursa chow.
* JigglePhysics: In Yang's trailer, her breasts can be clearly seen bouncing around when she reloads her [[ShotgunsAreJustBetter Shotgun]]-[[PowerFist Gauntlets]]. So far, this continues in the series itself.
** This was applied to Professor Port's belly too, which could easily count as FanDisservice.
* KiAttacks: All living things can generate an Aura, which is basically the equivalent of Ki and allows:
** [[TheForceIsStrongWithThisOne Sensing]]: Allows them to expand their senses.
** HealingFactor: Jaune's the only one who has explicitly shown this, but it is implied for everyone else.
** SuperEmpowering: Allows one to unlock the aura of another.
** SuperToughness: Withstand damage.
* LaResistance: The group known as White Fang may be this.
* LandOfDragons: Implied, given the fact that Ren is basically a boy version of an AnimeChineseGirl, as well as Yang's exceedingly Chinese name.
* LawOfChromaticSuperiority: Ruby is the [[RedIsHeroic red-clad]] main character. The two most significant villains have also had red themes.
* LeeroyJenkins: Ruby dashes off to fight the Death Stalker in episode 8. She's promptly smacked by it for her trouble.
** Jaune's also fond of suicidal charges.
* LeftJustifiedFantasyMap: Vale.
** Averted with the [[http://img1.wikia.nocookie.net/__cb20130902145521/rwby/images/7/72/WorldMap.png world at large]].
* LeftTheBackgroundMusicOn:
** Inverted in the "Black" trailer; the robot voice saying "Intruder - identify yourself" is actually from the song "From Shadows".
** In Yang's trailer, which makes sense given it's in a nightclub. Changes to standard background music after she slams the DJ's face into the soundboard.
** Happens again in episode 1; Ruby is listening to the opening theme during the robbery. There's even some distortion as she lowers her headphones to respond to the mook and the music ends with an audible click when she switches them off while posing in front of the store.
* {{Leitmotif}}: In the episodes, melodies from the trailers play during character-important moments. Examples:
** In episode 1, a melody from 'Red Like Roses' plays when Ruby shoots herself up the building that Roman Torchwick is escaping up. A little xylophone-like tune also plays during two of Glynda's appearances, first during her BigDamnHeroes moment, and then when a hologram of her appears in the airship.
** The second part of Weiss' rant in her debut is accompanied by part of 'Mirror, Mirror'. When Blake joins in seconds later, though, the music switches to the melody in 'Red Like Roses' that plays at 'Black the beast descends from shadows', meaning 'Red Like Roses' might be the Leitmotif of the entire team.
** A form of 'I Burn' appears in Episode 5 as Yang flies through the air. 'Mirror, Mirror' also reappears when Ruby runs into Weiss.
** "Red Like Roses - Part II" plays as the two teams begin fighting the Deathstalker and Nevermore in earnest.
** An orchestral rendition of "This Will Be the Day" plays as Jaune fights the Ursa in episode 14.
** A short snippet of "Red Like Roses" can be heard in Episode 16, when Ruby shows up at the docks and [[spoiler:confronts Roman Torchwick]].
* LifeMeter: Hunter and Huntresses can use their auras as personal force fields, justifying their MadeofIron status. As damage accrues, the shield starts losing energy; get it low enough and things will start to be lethal again. This trope comes into play with devices that can gauge one's remaining aura strength. In combat tournaments, officials may step in and stop the battle once one's Aura Gauge reaches the red zone.
* LimitedAnimation: Demonstrated in two quirks of the series: the fact that each episode is between four to eight minutes (except for the first, middle, and last episodes of each season, which are over twelve minutes), and that every extra or character unimportant to the plot is animated as a black silhouette. Though both of these were changed in Volume 2.
* LoadsAndLoadsOfCharacters: The current ensemble of characters shown in the trailers? Word Of God says that's "just the tip of the iceberg."
** As of the end of Volume 1: 26 named characters, and three unnamed characters.
** The opening theme for Volume 2 shows 26 characters with known names and 9 characters who are unnamed as of yet.
* LyricalDissonance: During the climactic fight sequence in episode 8, the song "Red Like Roses Part II" plays. As background music, the theme fits the sequence perfectly... but the [[http://rwby.wikia.com/wiki/RWBY_Soundtrack/Red_Like_Roses_Part_II song itself]] (at least the part that played in the episode) is about the singer feeling depressed over the death of a loved one.
* MadeOfExplodium: Dust is extremely volatile. It can explode from being sneezed on.
* MagicAIsMagicA: Vytal has three forms of "Magic".
** "Dust" is a mineral substance which, in powder form, behaves kind of like gunpowder if gunpowder could have [[ElementalPowers elemental attributes]]. A sneeze is enough to set off a cloud of the stuff, so it needs to be handled with care. Also comes in what appears to be a more stable "crystal" form, which can be picked up and held without apparent danger.
** Humans each have an aura, which is a physical manifestation of the soul. Someone capable of using their aura tends to be MadeOfIron due to being protected by it, and also gains a minor HealingFactor.
** Some Huntsmen and Huntresses use a "Semblance," an ability that varies between individuals. This can be anything from SuperSpeed to InstantRunes to SelectiveMagnetism.
* MagicByAnyOtherName: Dust, according to Kerry and Miles [[http://youtu.be/D8o4neUbtcc?t=29m48s during their RTX panel.]]
* MagicFeather: Inverted in "Forever Fall, part 2". Jaune believes he killed an Ursa with nothing but his own skill, but Pyrrha was actually helping him from the background. She, Ruby and Weiss decide to not tell him.
** Given the fact that at the end of the episode, he accepts Pyrrha's offer for extra training, he more probably thinks that he just got lucky.
* MagicSkirt:
** Will apply to everyone according to Monty. Even where an upskirt shot happens, they tend to be full of crinoline, so nothing above the skirt line can be seen anyway.
--->'''Monty:''' RWBY will be tasteful clean and responsible. I implemented very effective ANTI UPSKIRT TECHNOLOGY! for this show.
** A particularly noticeable example is when Nora balances upside down on her hammer after killing the Deathstalker. She hangs there for a few seconds, and her skirt does nothing.
* MasculineGirlFeminineBoy: Jaune and Pyrrha. The former's a clumsy timid boy who seems to be new to everything around him while the latter's an experienced and more talented girl who looks after him.
* MidairCollision: Happens with Ruby and Jaune in Episode 8.
* MeaningfulBackgroundEvent: In Episode 12, while Jaune and Pyrrha are talking on the roof [[spoiler: Cardin can be seen in the open window below them]].
* MimingTheCues: Jaune gets asked a question in class that he doesn't know the answer to. Pyrrha tries to mime it to him -- the answer is night vision -- but he misinterprets it and answers, "Binoculars?" Cue FacePalm.
* MinidressOfPower: Pyrrha Nikos wears a midriff-covering tube top-like armor with a mid-thigh skirt. It does not bother her at all, probably because it is elastic. So her skirt actually makes sense.
** Penny, Nora, Ruby, and Weiss also count as this (though as Weiss insists, it's a ''combat skirt'')
* MinorInjuryOverreaction: Do ''not'' damage Yang's hair, even in the slightest, if you value being in one piece and not on fire.
* MixAndMatchWeapon: Most weapons are based on swords, but also incorporate some elements of guns into their design. Ruby has a scythe that can fire as a rifle. Weiss's rapier has a revolver style chamber that she can rotate to cast different spells. Blake has a sword with a sharpened sheath, meaning she can DualWield. The second sword also has a pistol attached and has a lengthy ribbon, which she can use similar to a KillerYoYo or a kusarigama. Yang's mixes gauntlets and a shotgun, along with somehow creating fire (which could either be a result of Dust ammunition, her Semblance, or a variation of the real world Dragon's Breath shotgun ammunition).
** MoreDakka: A meta example: during one interview, a fan asked: "Is there going to be any weapon that does not somehow have a gun in it?"
-->'''Kerry:''' Why would you want that?
** And then Jaune appears with just a sword and a collapsible shield that doubles as a scabbard. The shield's technically not a weapon, and the series is still young. [[spoiler:And Jaune has yet to show the results of being formally trained for the first time with Pyrrha]].
** And before that, we have the Malachite sisters in the "Yellow" trailer, who only have bladed heels or claws
* MoodWhiplash: Episode 12 ends on a rather foreboding note... only to immediately go into the credits featuring the bouncy theme of the hyperactive Prof. Oobleck. The DVD version ended this episode with the more mellow {{leitmotif}} of Jaune and Pyrrha.
* MookChivalry: A heroic example from Episode 1: Ruby and Glynda do not attack simultaneously while fighting the Wicked Witch.
* MsExposition: Pyrrha fills this role in episode 6, when she explains to Jaune how the aura system works. Bonus points for being juxtaposed with Ren fighting a giant snake to show what she's explaining to Jaune and the audience.
* {{Mukokuseki}}: Akin to the classic anime style, character features do not automatically reveal nationality or race. Since the setting is explicitly not our world, names that may have strong cultural associations in real life cannot be used to determine the race or nationality of the characters.
** Lie Ren is the notable exception. Everything about him, from his straight spiky black hair, to his manner of dress, to his voice, to the fact that he is given a bare-fisted martial arts scene in this series full of magic weapon battles, suggest "Asian".
* MuggingTheMonster: While holding up a shop, a group of bandits decide to try to rob Ruby. The look on her face (as in, complete nonchalance) when she realizes that she is being robbed is priceless. Cue CurbStompBattle followed by Torchwick bemoaning the incompetence of his minions. The opening song even begins to play as a mook spots her and the lyrics match the situation perfectly.
-->They see you as small and helpless;\\
They see you as just a child.\\
Surprise when they find out that a warrior will soon run wild.
* MultinationalTeam: Symbolically, at least. Each member of Team JNPR references an archetypal warrior from a different culture: Jaune is [[KnightInShiningArmor French]], Pyrrha is [[AncientGreece Greek]], Ren is [[KungFuFighting East Asian]] and Nora is [[HornyVikings Nordic]].
* MundaneMadeAwesome: Professor Port's [[LargeHam lecture in Episode 9]]. It sounds nice, but he's talking about a Beowulf, a low-level, cannon fodder {{Mook}} in ''detail''.
* MundaneUtility: In episode 9, Ruby uses Crescent Rose to hang up a curtain. And promptly slice it in two by accident as she turns around.
* MythologyGag: Monty has stated in a [[http://montyoum.deviantart.com/art/Icarus-57849822 previous animation]] that crows are "his own flavor" instead of DisturbedDoves.
** The same animation's description also mentions Monty's preference for a white/black/red color scheme.
** Also, when Ruby confirmed that Qrow was her uncle, she mumbles 'Oh, that's my uncle!' with a mouthful of cookies, which comes out as slightly Asian sounding, a reference to Burnie's summary of Asian films.
** In the fight scene of "Forever Fall pt.2," one scene cuts to slow motion, using the same sound ''WebVideo/TheSlowMoGuys'' use to slow things down.
** Yang's decoration of choice is the Creator/{{Achievement Hunter}}s Boy Band poster.
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* NamedWeapons: Ruby's weapon is "Crescent Rose," and Weiss' Multi-Action Dust Rapier is "Myrtenaster". [[ThemeNaming Both names]] refer to flowers (Myrtenaster is a combination of the Myrtle and Aster flower families), while Blake has "Gambol Shroud" a variant ballistic chain scythe and Yang uses a pair of dual ranged shot gauntlets called "Ember Celica". In addition, Adam's sword and gun are, respectively, named "Wilt" and "Blush".
** Team JNPR's weapons are also named: Jaune's retractable shield/sword sheath is "Crocea Mors"; Pyrrha's sword/spear/rifle and shield are named "Miló" and "Akoúo̱" respectively; Nora's grenade launcher/hammer is "Magnhild"; and Ren's bladed submachine guns are named "Storm Flower".
* NoConservationOfEnergy: Averted. Weiss's overuse of her Semblance in Episode 8 (during the Nevermore battle) makes her gasp for breath. The implication is that Semblance takes ''some'' kind of energy away from the caster.
* NoOshaCompliance: Dust is extremely volatile; yet is sold with no security in shops along with books; and Weiss was carrying suitcases of it in insecure corked bottles. (She blames Ruby when it explodes.)
** The roof of Beacon has absolutely no railings or significant walls whatsoever, as shown in a hilarious yet mildly unnerving moment when Pyrrha takes Jaune up there.
* NoodleIncident:
** Just what was the plan that got Ruby and Weiss [[spoiler:hanging from the talons of the Giant Nevermore]]?
** The time Jaune locked himself out of his room is mentioned in "Forever Fall", but is never seen or elaborated upon more.
* OddCouple: All the pairs in "The First Step" end up being this, in some sense. Many are also RedOniBlueOni. Childish Ruby with the know-it-all Weiss, hotheaded Yang with quiet Blake, TheAce Pyrrha with clumsy and incompetent Jaune, and the classic pairing of GenkiGirl and DeadpanSnarker, Nora/Ren.
* OffscreenTeleportation: One of the animation gags has characters leaving a dotted outline where they were previously standing before the scene changed.
* OneManArmy: [[spoiler:Penny]] in episode 16.
** In the Red trailer Ruby destroys dozens of Beowolves. In the Black trailer Blake does the same[[note]]with some help from Adam but still impressive[[/note]] to dozens of Schnee robots.
* OurSoulsAreDifferent: Beings with souls (pretty much anything besides [[TheSoulless the Grimm]]) can have their Aura unlocked, manifesting the power of their souls in various way - see KiAttacks above.
* OutOfFocus: Even though she's part of the main team (because, well, the title's named after that team), Yang hasn't yet got as much development and focus as the other characters. Despite having had the longest trailer before the series started, no allusions to those events have come up either.
* PietaPlagiarism: In the Volume 2 trailer [[spoiler:Ruby holding Weiss]]
* PhonyDegree: How [[spoiler:Jaune]] got into Beacon (with the help of forged paperwork).
* PinnedToTheWall: Jaune has this happened to him twice, both by Pyrrha's spear. Both are also nonlethal; she only hits his hood. And the second time was to save him from his lack of a landing strategy.
* PluckyComicRelief: Jaune Arc seems like he will become this, due to his airsickness in "Ruby Rose" and being launched before he can finish asking questions in "The First Step." Lampshaded in Ep. 12 when Jaune goes on a rant about how he hates being the "lovable idiot." [[spoiler:Which turns out to be a bit heartbreaking after it just reminds he does not belong at Beacon.]]
** He may be moving away from it as he gets more CharacterDevelopment, (taking out a giant Grimm almost single-handed helps) although likely he will never shake it completely.
* {{Power Crystal}}s: The material known as Dust seems to be this, as it powers most of the weapons in RWBY. It appears to also come in a powder form (possibly the natural one, judging by the name), or at least something that requires a flask to hold, judging by the tubes on the walls of the Dust store in the first episode.
* PrecisionFStrike: The non-trailer, non-remix variant of "I Burn" featured a guest verse by Lamar Hall that included the only f-bombs in the Volume 1 soundtrack. Then it got censored.
** Well, that and "Red Like Roses" part II, which has a GoshDarnItToHeck variant.
* PromotedToOpeningTitles: In the Volume 2 opening, Professors Port and Oobleck, Team CRDL, Velvet, Sun, Penny, Junior and the Malachite sisters from the "Yellow" trailer…
* PunnyName:
** The Dust store in the first episode - ''From Dust Till Dawn''.
** And Roman Torchwick (as in Roman candle) whose weapon is a firework launcher.
* ReactionShot: A great nonhuman one from the pair of ursas in Episode 6 after Yang notices a strand of her hair floating down.
* RealityEnsues: Episode 8 shows Ruby [[LeeroyJenkins taking a Deathstalker on by herself]], only to not even damage it. Shortly after, the problems of having a long cloak are pointed out as [[CapeSnag she's caught when the Nevermore pins it to the ground.]]
* RecoilBoost:
** Most of the fighters do this. Monty Oum said that he was animating with a mind for conservation of motion, so a lot of weapons pull double-duty as both offensive implements and accelerators for the characters.
** The "Red" trailer is full of this, as Ruby uses the recoil from [[SmallGirlBigGun Crescent Rose]] to push herself around and set up attacks. She also has to plant the scythe blade in the ground in order to shoot and not get knocked back.
** Yang uses the force from her shotgun gauntlets to empower her punches, gain a bit of extra speed, and ''stay up in the air and fly'' over the Emerald Forest.
* RepeatCut: Ruby's initial "[[CatapultToGlory encounter]]" with the giant Nevermore during her team's CombinationAttack gets a triple take. Weiss's ice attack a few seconds earlier gets a double.
** Earlier used as Ren destroyed the black head of the King Taijitu.
* RookieRedRanger: Both teams RWBY and JNPR are led by (and in RWBY's case, named for) their least experienced member.
* RuleOfAnimationConservation: If a character has color in their design and a distinct face, you can be pretty certain they're going to be important later on. This idiosyncrasy has been used for several visual gags.
** Semi-averted with most of CRDL. Other than Cardin, they so far have not been important, to the point where we don't even know what weapons they have. On the other hand, their styles are more generic than other characters.
* RuleOfCool: Physics does not work that way and it is far too awesome for anyone to care.
* RunningGag: Jaune being thrown into the air. So far it's been done by a test launcher, a scorpion, and a hammer (twice). There was even one time where he was launched into the air in a locker.
** Weiss being flabbergasted by someone [[FlashStep FlashStepping]] in front of her.
%%* RunningGag: Pyrrha pinning Jaune to a surface with her spear. (If this happens a third time we can add this).
* SailorEarth: Monty has come up with [[https://twitter.com/montyoum/status/406894139746172928 rules on how to name original characters.]]
* SayingTooMuch: How [[spoiler: Blake lets slip that she is a faunus.]] See Episode 15's WhamLine.
* ScaryScorpions: While in a dark cave, Jaune mistakes a giant scorpion's glowing stinger for a relic he and Pyrrha were looking for. HilarityEnsues.
* SchizoTech: The world, powered by Dust's magical properties, is a mixture of fantasy monsters and their hunters, sword-wielding nobility, ornithopter-like airships, portable music players, holographic tablets, and [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tiltjet tiltjet]] ("Airjet") transports.
* ScoobyStack: Team JNPR forms one in episode 9 while eavesdropping on Team RWBY. Since [[ButtMonkey Jaune]] is on the bottom, they eventually fall on him.
* SignificantBackgroundEvent: In a quick shot at the top of the roof; one sees Cardin in the window right below.
* ShipTease:
** During the Crew Chat in October, the crew stated that they enjoy watching fan shipping and 'Bumblebee' [[note]][[LesYay Blake x Yang]], for those unfamiliar with the shipping-related names[[/note]] was popular among them.
** When asked about Ozpin and Glynda, they went into full 'we're not telling' mode.
** Some have pointed out that the 4 partner pairings between RWBY and JNPR also work very well for romantic pairings of various dynamics, contributing to the shipping.
** During [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V1lNSidRkJ0 Animating RT]], a panel held in Melbourne, an audience member asked about what would happen with Jaune and Pyrrha. Monty responded "Stuff." [[LampshadeHanging The audience member then states that he knew he'd get that answer, and he didn't know why he asked it in the first place.]] Go to 1:22:12.
* ShortLivedAerialEscape: In the ''first episode'', Glynda attempts to pull this off on Roman right after rescuing Ruby, but [[spoiler:Cinder's]] arrival ultimately resulted in averting this trope.
* ShoutOut: [[ShoutOut/{{RWBY}} Has its own page]].
* SigilSpam: Several examples of different uses, since pretty much every significant character has a specific symbol associated with them.
** Ruby's symbol is featured on her belt, headphones, and journal. Blake's emblem is on her stockings (and it may or may not be an oddly-placed badge), and her sleepwear. Yang wears her emblem on her undershirt and on her skirt, and it's also present on her own sleepwear. Adam's symbol is present on Blush and the back of his coat. Jaune's symbol has so far only been seen on his shield, but since it's mentioned that [[AncestralWeapon his great-great grandfather used it]], the symbol may belong to the entire Arc family rather than just him.
** Weiss' symbol seems to be used by the entire Schnee Dust Company, and it has appeared on the company's bottles and crates (and also the toothpaste tube Nora has in the fourth episode), certain places in the castle where Weiss fights the Knight, as well as the back of her bolero and on her nightgown. Unlike all other revealed symbols, though, it also shows up [[InstantRunes when she uses her Semblance]]. It's probably a family crest.
** Beacon's symbol features most prominently on Ozpin's coffee mug, but can be spotted frequently all around the academy.
** Ozpin's personal symbol appears in the credits for Episode 9 and looks similar to the cogs found on the handle of his cane.
** Glynda's symbol is a tiara and can be found on the back of her cape as well as the credits for Episode 9.
* SingleStanzaSong: "Red Like Roses." The page quote is the entire lyrics of the song.
* SneezeOfDoom: Ruby has a massive Dust-empowered one in Episode 2, which covers Weiss in ash. Weiss is unamused.
* SomethingAboutARose: Adam and Ruby both have a rose motif. He has a rose painted on the back of his jacket. The grave she visits at the beginning of the trailer has a rose etched into it. Many of their movements are accentuated with rose petals, and the gore she's responsible for is depicted as spurts of red blood accompanied by more rose petals. If that wasn't enough, Monty confirmed her weapon is named [[https://twitter.com/montyoum/status/266649381099405312 "Crescent Rose"]]. This, naturally, has led to speculation that the two are related somehow.
** Monty has said they are not related, and their stances differ from each other in terms of "scatter and wilt". In other words Adam's style is a dying rose--possibly a reference to the curse linked to a dying (wilted) rose from [[LostInImitation the Disney version of]] ''Disney/BeautyAndTheBeast''.
* SoundtrackDissonance: Played for laughs at the end of the first episode, which has the airship flying to Beacon with a suitably uplifting music, except our protagonists are freaking out over Jaune vomiting on Yang's shoes.
* SpentShellsShower: Ruby's trailer concludes with shell casings falling from the sky ejected from her weapon. Yang ejects a lot of casings from her gauntlets in her trailer.
* SpoilerOpening: The opening isn't played until the end of the first episode, but it includes characters that did not appear in the episode or in the trailers. Furthermore, it heavily implies which characters will be on the same team. Related to this are the end credits for episode 16. The voice actor credits are listed in the order of each character's first appearance... ending with the name of a new character who appears in TheStinger.
** The Volume 2 opening continues the trend, showing new characters and making their affiliations pretty clear.
* TheSpartanWay: The ''initiation'' at Beacon Academy is to be launched at high speeds into a forest full of monsters to fight through them and take a "Relic" from a temple.
* StealthPun:
** In the title. The ''W'' is pronounced like a ''single'' U. [[BilingualBonus Which more or less mimics the proper pronunciation of the letter in some languages such as Welsh]].
** The Beowolves are [[TheHeartless Grimm]]. By using a scythe on them...Ruby is a [[TheGrimReaper Grimm Reaper.]]
** The Ribbon/Gun portion of Gambol Shroud is technically a [[PistolWhipping pistol-whip]] and is commonly used for this purpose.
** Ozpin's name comes from ''Literature/TheWizardOfOz''. He is also green-themed. Even the "pin" part of his name from the fact the Wizard of Oz's full name formed the acronym Oz P.I.N.H.E.A.D.
** In the pilot, when the camera first pans to Ruby in the dust store she's reading a magazine called "Weapons". Thus making it "Weapons Magazine".
** Yang has a ''hair-triggered'' temper.
* SteppingStonesInTheSky:
** Used by team RWBY as the temple collapses around them.
** Blake in particular, as everyone else uses their weapons to propel themselves to a safe place, while Blake runs straight up a pillar.
* StockSoundEffects: A jackhammer is heard while team RWBY turns their 4 beds into 2 bunk beds.
* TheStinger: Episode 16.
* StuffedIntoALocker: Jaune gets thrown into his locker by Cardin in episode 11. To make matters worse, the locker is then launched into the sky.
* SuperDeformed: Ruby does this in episode 2.
* SuperSpeed: Ruby's Semblance. All of her teammates also has this to a lesser extent, as well as Lie Ren.
* SuperheroSpeciation: Pyrrha explains that Huntsmen and Huntresses can use a "Semblance", i.e a specific power that is unique to each person.
* SuperPersistentPredator: The Death Stalker and the Nevermore in episodes 7 and 8. Even though the students try to get away from them, those two creatures relentlessly pursue them, forcing them to take them down.
* SuperWeight: Aura users hover at a Type 2. Those with Aura and sufficient skill using Dust powers are more of a Type 3.
* SwissArmyWeapon: Most of the characters have {{Mix And Match Weapon}}s. Most of them are a normal-ish weapon that can fire bullets. The exceptions include Weiss's Myrtenaster, which is a rapier that incorporates design aspects of a revolver (with differently-colored Dust particles instead of bullets), and Jaune's BoringButPractical sword and (collapsible-and-doubles-as-scabbard) shield.
* {{Squee}}: Ruby has a tendency to do this; see her character entry.
* SuspiciouslyAproposMusic: In the first episode when Ruby kicks the mook out the window, her detached headphones blaring out the theme music of "[[ThemeTuneCameo This Will Be the Day]]." The ensuing fight sequence is what propels her goal to enroll in Beacon later that night.
** Not to mention the first few lines are "[[MuggingTheMonster They see you as small and helpless, they see you as just a child. Surprise when they find out that a warrior will soon run wild]]."
* TalkToTheFist: Adam's response to "Intruder! Identify yourself!"
* TechnicianVersusPerformer: Weiss appears to be the Technician to Ruby's Performer. In their first fight together, Weiss mentally goes through a checklist on her stance and form. When she finally attacks, Ruby comes out of nowhere, having given no forethought to her attack. Weiss has to redirect her own attack to avoid hitting Ruby, and accidentally starts a forest fire.
** Another pair that seems to exhibit this: Ren (Technician) and Nora (Performer). All of Ren's attacks (especially his fight against the two Basilisks) seem to be practised martial arts strikes, while Nora simply does what's most effective given her current momentum. Bonus points since Nora is almost never seen without a smile, and Ren tends to be more stoic.
* TheRevolutionWillNotBeVilified / TheRevolutionWillNotBeCivilized: Both averted when it comes to the White Fang. Their (original) goal of advocating Faunus rights was laudable but a change in leadership turned them into a violent, criminal, terrorist organization that even other Faunus dislike. At the same time, the bigotry and prejudice that provided a reason for the group's formation still exists, and a former member grudgingly admits that their new violent attitude ''did'' result in humans treating Faunus better.
* TheTeam: Students are arranged into teams of four, consisting of two pairs of curriculum-long partners. In addition to working together on the field, they also share a dorm room at the academy. Based on the known teams (RWBY, JNPR, and CRDL), each team name is an acronym of each teammate's initials combined into a larger word (such as "JNPR = Juniper" and "CRDL = Cardinal"). Due to how teams are arranged through a combination of eye contact and retrieving a matching set, teams can easily become a RagtagBunchOfMisfits; Teams RWBY and JNPR are evidence of this.
* ThemeTuneCameo: Ruby is listening to "This Will Be The Day" in episode 1.
* ThreePointLanding: Ruby demonstrates how it's done in Episode 5, complete with dramatic head snap, lacking only a dramatic explosion behind her. Later done by Pyrrha after the Death Stalker is defeated.
* TidallyLockedPlanet: Inverted. The moon's phases (and [[DefaceOfTheMoon shape]]) change because it rotates (instead of being tidally locked, as it is on Earth).
* TournamentArc: Part of the Vytal Festival. Played with in that Volume 1 ends before the tournament properly begins (assuming that the succeeding volume doesn't do a TimeSkip).
* TrainJob: The setting for the "Black" trailer. [[spoiler:Turns out to be both the reason Blake left the White Fang, and one of the bigger reasons Weiss hates them, as the train contained one of her family's large Dust shipments]].
* TranquilFury:
** Weiss displays this during her fight scene in the White Trailer.
** Pyrrha displays a bit of this after seeing Jaune get bullied yet again by Cardin. Considering it was [[GenkiGirl Nora]] who first made the suggestion, the idea of Pyrrha taking it seriously says a lot about her feelings:
---> '''Pyrrha:''' You know, I really will break his legs.
* {{Understatement}}: Yang in Episode 8, after [[WeWorkWellTogether an epic]] [[OffWithHisHead decapitation]].
-->'''Yang:''' Well... That was a thing.
* UnspokenPlanGuarantee: Episode 8, all Ruby says is "I've got a plan, cover me!" A minute of combat elsewhere and the plan is being put into place.
** Justified in that the off-screen delay was easily long enough for Ruby to get to each of her teammates and explain the important details of the plan, and we outright see her launching herself towards Blake right before the cut, confirming this.
* VocalEvolution: Compared to what was heard in the trailers, the voice acting in episode 1 has improved ''significantly''.
** Played with as it's not actually the actresses. Complaints about Ruby's voice in the Yellow trailer were revealed to be hollow, as they were recorded after the first episode. Michael Jones, fiance to Ruby's actress, pointed out that it's less about the acting and more about the delivery of the dialogue, as well as post editing done by the sound team.
* VomitDiscretionShot:
** Episode 1 ends with Jaune Arc getting airsick and vomiting. The view during the scene is of exterior the airship they are in.
** Episode 2 begins with an immediate follow up to this scene. This time, we see Jaune on screen, but he turns around so his body obscures the vomit.
* WeirdMoon: [[DetonationMoon It's broken.]]
* WellExcuseMePrincess: Blake's initial reaction to [[AlphaBitch Weiss]]. Ruby even mockingly calls Weiss "princess" seconds before.
* WhamEpisode:
** Episode 12 reveals that [[spoiler:Jaune cheated his way into Beacon]]. Even worse, [[spoiler:Cardin finds out and decides to blackmail him.]]
** Episode 15: [[spoiler: Blake is a faunus, and was part of White Fang.]]
* WhamLine:
** "Jaunedice (Part 2)":
---> '''[[spoiler:Jaune]]:''' [[spoiler: I wasn't really accepted into Beacon.]]
** "The Stray":
---> '''[[spoiler:Blake]]:''' [[spoiler: Well, maybe [[SayingTooMuch we]] were just tired of being pushed around!]]
** Wham Lyric from "Red Like Roses Part II":
---> ''Every nightmare just discloses''
---> ''[[spoiler:It's your blood that's red like roses]]''
* WhatHappenedToTheMouse: We see how Ren blows the black snake's head off, but not how the white head is defeated.
** Or of the Rapier Wasps Cardin was supposed to use for his plan after it's foiled.
* WickedWitch: Cinder, the pilot of the aircraft that Roman Torchwick used is the HotWitch variety, [[PlayingWithFire literally]]. Has a FaceFramedInShadow, dueled Glynda to a draw and is seen in the credits with SupernaturalGoldEyes.
* AWildRapperAppears: In the album version of "I Burn."
* WizardDuel: Between Glynda Goodwitch and [[WickedWitch Cinder]] in the first episode.
* WhiteMaskOfDoom: The Grimm are wearing these in the opening. Adam also wears a Grimm-esque one. [[spoiler:The White Fang working for Roman Torchwick also wear them]].
* TheWorfEffect: Blake seems to suffer from this when fighting against Roman in episode 16, [[FragileSpeedster but this might be natural for her]]. Sun fares slightly better because he hasn't fought till now, but Roman is still able to hold both of them off separately. Ruby, meanwhile, gets hit while she's distracted and does nothing at all in that sequence; however, it does set the stage for [[spoiler:Penny]] quite nicely.
* WorldOfBadass: This story takes place in a world that is filled with werewolves, giant suits of armor, magic, HumongousMecha, humanoid robots with optional machine guns for hands, {{Mix And Match Weapon}}s and {{Improbable Weapon User}}s.
* YourTerroristsAreOurFreedomFighters: [[spoiler:Blake's]] take on the White Fang group, though she does seem to think they have crossed the line.
* ZettaiRyouiki: So far as Episode 9 reveals, female students have a few options in this, should they choose not to wear full-length tights. They include Grade E, D and A so far.
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