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->''"Red like roses fills my dreams and brings me to the place you rest\\
White is cold and always yearning, burdened by a royal test\\
Black the beast descends from shadows\\
Yellow beauty 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 began harvesting a mysterious 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. The first season, or 'volume', 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]]. [[note]]Region 4 viewers can purchase it [[http://hanabee.myshopify.com/collections/everything/products/rwby-volume-1-dvd at Hanabee]].[[/note]] Following the completion of Volume 1, the show had a brief hiatus before debuting Volume 2 at RTX 2014, and its online debut followed on July 24th, 2014.

New episodes are usually released weekly on Rooster Teeth's website (Saturdays for sponsors, Sundays for the public), with episodes of a miniseries called ''World of Remnant'' dedicated to [[AllThereInTheManual giving more information about Remnant]] sometimes being published in between episodes. The series is also being simulcasted on [[http://www.crunchyroll.com/rwby Crunchyroll]]. Additionally, each episode is put up on [[https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLUBVPK8x-XMhCW2fW7ZYlD9MHjvmT8IGK Rooster Teeth's YouTube channel]] one week after it premieres. Episode 1 is [[http://roosterteeth.com/archive/?id=7872 here]]. The first two volumes are now available on Creator/{{Netflix}}.

An official export to Japan (via Creator/WarnerBrothers Japan) was announced at RTX 2014. There is also [[http://www.crunchyroll.com/anime-news/2014/07/04-1/rooster-teeth-making-rwby-video-game a video game]] in the works, ''[[http://rwbygame.com RWBY: Grimm Eclipse]]''. It is based on [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O_A116ynks0 a fangame]], whose creator Rooster Teeth is now working with. Steam Early Access for the game began on December 1st, 2015. A manga was [[http://www.crunchyroll.com/anime-news/2015/10/19-1/shirow-miwa-to-create-rwby-manga-adaptation also announced]] in October 2015, to begin running in November of the same year.

Monty Oum's [[AuthorExistenceFailure death]] in early 2015 left the future of the series in question, but other members of the team assured the fans that the show would go on as planned, considering there was apparently enough story and information left by Monty to go straight through a potential Volume 5. True to their word, on October 15th, [=RoosterTeeth=] released [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=18lGsn4TCaQ the intro animation of Volume 3]], and Chapter 1 was released on October 24th for sponsors, and the next day for the general public.

On April 1, 2016, a spinoff series was announced entitled ''WebAnimation/RWBYChibi'', giving the franchise a more lighthearted and comedic spin after the events of Volume 3.
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[[folder:Tropes A-B]]
* AbusiveParents:
** Weiss heavily {{implie|dTrope}}s that her father was abusive towards her and possibly her sister in an unknown fashion while they were growing up. He received a lot of stress from dealing with the White Fang's terrorist acts against the Schnee Dust Company, so he often would come home from work in a less than pleasant mood.
** Mercury implies his father, Marcus, is this as well as being an [[TheAlcoholic alcoholic]]. When Cinder arrives at his house, Mercury is found severely injured, his face is bruised and his legs are bleeding and nearly crippled, [[{{Patricide}} and he has just finished killing his father]].
* AchievementsInIgnorance: According to Pyrrha, the friendships she has made in Beacon are this for Jaune. He approached her knowing nothing of her FamedInStory status and combat prowess, completely sidestepping one of the main reasons of her LonelyAtTheTop woes. In turn, her interactions with the ButtMonkey made Pyrrha look more approachable to other people, which helped to partially subvert her AttractivenessIsolation.
* AddedAlliterativeAppeal:
** One of the locations surrounding Beacon Academy is called the Forest of Forever Fall.
** "The Badge and the Burden" and "Forever Fall" in season one.
* AdultFear:
** In "Burning the Candle", Yang tells Blake about her childhood, how she and Ruby ventured outside their home and were utterly defenseless against the Grimm that were waiting for them. If Qrow hadn't shown up in time, they would have been killed and Taiyang would have lost his two young daughters after already losing both wives.
** Beacon, a school full of teenaged students, some visiting from outside the kingdom, is [[spoiler: attacked by a large number of Grimm and Atlas military technology]]. Imagine sending your child away to a fighting competition and then finding out that has happened at the venue.
* AdventureFriendlyWorld: It's called Remnant, and it's filled with monsters, with only the rare beacons of civilization (the kingdoms of Vale, Vacuo, Mistral, and Atlas) and [[AppliedPhlebotinum Dust]] holding them back. Civilization is protected, and able to exist at all, through the efforts of Huntsmen and Huntresses whose careers are either mission-based, going on adventures to fight the Grimm, or academy-based, teaching the next generation to fight the Grimm and control the missions the other Hunters go on.
* AIIsACrapshoot: In "Battle of Beacon", Torchwick plants a computer virus in his hijacked airship, which causes all of Ironwood's Atlesian androids to go rogue and turn against their allies.
* AlienSky: The phases of Remnant's moon appear to be based on a [[DetonationMoon shattering visual effect]] that fades into and out of view depending on the moon's rotation relative to Remnant's. As the moon's rotational speed appears to differ from its orbital speed, the moon does not constantly show the same face to Remnant. When the undamaged face is in view, the moon appears to be completely whole. When the shattered face is fully in view, the moon looks very badly broken. There are also stages in between where the moon can look just slightly, or partially, broken.
* AllForNothing: In Volume 3, one of Pyrrha's main issues is the power transfer to receive the remainder of Amber's powers. She undergoes quite some emotional wear-and-tear as she decides whether or not she wants to do it, and in the end, [[spoiler:even though Pyrrha accepts to do the transfer, Cinder kills Amber and takes the rest of the power]].
* AllLoveIsUnrequited:
** Nora's ImageSong makes it clear she is in love with Ren, but CannotSpitItOut.
** Ironwood often flirts with Glynda, who coldly rebuffs his advances.
** Jaune is attracted to Weiss, but she does not want to have any sort of relationship with him.
* AllThereInTheManual: Vol. 2 introduces an information series called "World Of Remnant", providing additional information about the setting works. Creator/MontyOum also disseminated and clarified certain meta-knowledge via Twitter, Facebook and interviews.
* AllThereInTheScript: Several characters' last names are only revealed in the credits.
* AlphabetNewsNetwork: VNN: Vale News Network.
* AnAdventurerIsYou: Oum says Team RWBY is based on a standard RPG group. Yang is the Fighter/Tank, Weiss is the Mage, Blake is the Thief, and Ruby herself is possibly the Archer. While Ruby appears to be the special character of the show, the set-up ensures she's not the only useful character in the show. Others have skills and necessary roles, too.
* AnArmAndALeg:
** At some point in Mercury's past, he lost both of his legs and had them replaced with prosthetic limbs. [[spoiler:Cinder uses his artificial limbs to further her plot. Mercury is capable of withstanding Yang's Semblance-empowered attacks and make it appear as though his legs are broken. This allows Emerald to use her powers to frame Yang and by extension Ozpin (as her headmaster) without injuring Mercury at all.]]
* AnimalMotifs:
** White Fang's emblem is a wolf, and they share their name with the book ''Literature/WhiteFang'', which is about a wolf-dog and his relationship with both the wilds of nature and with humans.
** Team CRDL as well with their names references to birds (and their team name is pronounced 'Cardinal').
* AnimationBump:
** The fight scenes in Volume 1 would get one in comparison to the rest of the season.
** Volume 2 has better, more fluid animation, and more nuanced facial expressions and colour palettes. It also helps that each episode is much longer compared to the first volume.
** Volume 3 has far more detailed and natural-looking backgrounds, more 2D animation mixed in to alleviate the technical shortcomings that the 3D animation still has, and minor touches such as realistic tears.
* {{Animesque}}: The animation and character design resemble anime in general. Certain visual and artistic conventions that apply to anime are therefore reproduced for this show as well. The director researched several anime while designing the series. When Crunchyroll began streaming the series, certain people began demanding the show in the "original" Japanese instead of English "dub". It has gained both Japanese and Chinese fan followings as a result.
* AnimalJingoism: Referenced when Zwei is sent to Ruby and Yang; everyone warms up quickly to the idea of having a PreciousPuppy staying with them... except Blake, who trees herself to get as far away from Zwei as possible.
* AnimeThemeSong: All three volumes come with [=OPs=] that wouldn't look out of place on anything coming out of Japan. The [=OPs=], all composed by Jeff Williams and performed by Casey Lee Williams, are as follows:
** Volume 1: ''[[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oNtcP6EXm3s This Will Be the Day]]''
** Volume 2: ''[[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rpAfCxXctlY Time To Say Goodbye]]''
** Volume 3: ''[[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=18lGsn4TCaQ When It Falls]]''
* AnOfferYouCantRefuse: In "Beginning of the End", this is how [[spoiler: Cinder and her associates "convince" the White Fang to work with them, with Cinder igniting a circle of fire beneath Adam's feet and her associates cutting down their entire camp.]]
%%** Roman's speech implied that he received one as well.
* AnswerCut:
** "Never Miss a Beat" ends with Ozpin describing the girl that he believes will be a strong maiden candidate, as we see Pyrrha entering the elevator of the Cross Continental Transmit tower.
** In "Fall": "The assailant that attacked the Fall Maiden has made their first move. And there's no telling when their next move will be." (''MatchCut to Cinder, sitting in the Amity Colosseum, [[PsychoticSmirk grinning smugly]].'')
* AppliedPhlebotinum: Dust is a crystal which can be triggered by [[FunctionalMagic Aura]] to cause various effects depending on the type of dust used. It is commonly formed into charges which are mechanically ignited (Hunter ammunition), but can also be manually triggered, woven into [[ClothesMakeTheSuperman clothing]], or even embedded directly into a person's body.
* ArcNumber: Four is an important recurring number. There are only four Kingdoms, each with a four-year academy. Academy teams consist of four people, each based on four main colors. There are four basic types of dust and four maidens representing the four seasons. Not to mention the fact that the story starts right before the 40th Vytal Festival. Character-wise, the past four generations of Jaune's family were heroes and Pyrrha is a four time champion of the Mistral regional tournament.
* ArcWords: Many arc words can be found in both the series and the soundtrack.
** Frequently, the words "burn" and "spark" turn up.
** Variations of "We are in a time of peace" also crop up surprisingly frequently.
** Volume 3 in particular has "fall." The intro song is called "When it Falls," the BigBad's name is Cinder Fall, it takes place during the fall season, [[spoiler:Pyrrha is selected to become the next Fall Maiden]], the song "I May Fall" plays during a battle, the episode in which the CerebusSyndrome really starts to set in is called "Fall," and the volume ends with [[spoiler:the fall of Beacon]].
* ArmorPiercingQuestion:
** After a class, when Weiss expresses frustration about Ruby being named team leader instead of her to Port, he asks her, "So the outcome did not fall in your favor. Do you really believe that acting in such a manner would cause those in power to reconsider their decision?"
** During their first field exercise, Oobleck interrogates three out of four of the girls over why they've chosen to become hunters. For every answer given, he immediately exposes the flaw in their reasoning with a very simple question. For example, when Blake claims she wants to fight corruption, he asks 'How?', leaving her speechless. The trio are left very troubled both by the answers they've given to Oobleck and by the fact Oobleck has not asked Ruby the question at all.
** In "It's Brawl in the Family", Ozpin says this to Ironwood after he tries justifying bringing a whole fleet to the Vytal Festival.
--> "A guardian is a symbol of comfort. But an army is a symbol of conflict. There's an energy in the air now. The question in the back of everyone's minds: if this is the size of our defenses, what are they expecting to fight?"
* ArmorPiercingSlap: Winter has a penchant for giving Weiss a disciplinary smack upside the head. The first time she does it, it gives Weiss a CranialEruption.
* ArtEvolution:
** Ruby's rig was updated from the trailer to the show itself. 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]].[[note]]Later [[{{Handwaving}} handwaved]] to say that the trailer beowolves were very young and weak.[[/note]]
** [[http://tearfulfriend18.tumblr.com/post/81654806301/volume-2-is-looking-good-damn-good Volume 2]], in comparison to Volume 1. Darker, more holographic parts, more detailed extras (bystanders are not just black silhouettes anymore), and smoothed-out animation.
** Volume 3 as well, in comparison to Volume 2. The animation is now a mixture of 3D models and 2D backgrounds, which look a LOT prettier than the old 3D ones.
* ArtisticLicensePhysics: Present in a number of fights. Most noticeable in the Volume 2 opener food fight, thanks to the numerous seemingly-indestructible food items used as bludgeons - and the cans of soda that behave more like grenades. It is justifiable by way of how Aura works.
* ArtShift:
** A news report shown in the first episode is done in hand-drawn animation.
** Comedy moments will involve cutesy artwork: Ruby turns into a chibi as she gushes over student weapons, Ruby and Yang's {{catfight}} is shown as a BigBallOfViolence and Ruby's thoughts while running through the forest being stylized as comic characters (Rooster Teeth Animated Adventures style, to be precise).
** Flashbacks get a 2D anime-style animation, ranging from Blake's White Fang idealism as a child to the dark, gritting forest nightmare that almost got Yang and Ruby killed as very young children.
* AscendedMeme: Various fandom ships gained names based on which pair was being shipped. In Chapter 4, those ship names get acknowledged in-universe as RWBY tactics involving the relevant pairs combining their techniques and abilities when fighting Torchwick.
** In "New Challengers", Jaune calls for a team meeting when their team is fighting Team BRNZ and tries to execute codenamed team attacks named after the Nora/Ren and Jaune/Pyrrha ships, referencing them by name ("Flower Power" and "Arkos", respectively).
** The name of Jaune and Pyrrha's pairing, Arkos, has to be explained to newcomers rather frequently. The show lampshades this by having Pyrrha herself question it in Vol. 3.
* AshFace:
** Episode 2 has Ruby launching a Dust-powered sneeze that covers Weiss in ash. She's not happy.
** In "Never Miss a Beat", after tackling Flynt onto a fire-spewing vent, the extent of Weiss' injuries is being covered in soot. [[EyesAreUnbreakable The areas around her eyes are perfectly clean, though.]]
* AsskickingPose: Team RWBY frequently assemble in chromatic order before attacking together.
* AttackPatternAlpha: Team RWBY has developed special tactical maneuvers based on the principle of CombinationAttack. Two members of the team combine their powers and fighting styles to produce special attacks. The decision on which moves to make at what point in a fight is made by the team leader, Ruby.
** "Freezer Burn" is carried out by Weiss and Yang, using snow and fire to produce a dense fog and slippery surface to cloud the enemy's vision.
** "Checkmate" is carried out by Weiss and Blake, using Weiss's glyphs to power up Blake, increasing her speed and making whip attacks even more effective than normal.
** "Ladybug" is carried out by Ruby and Blake, using a series of dashing strikes to the mecha's legs, going back and forth between them too fast for it to focus on them, and ending with a jumping downward slash that severs one of its arms.
** "Bumblebee" is carried out by Yang and Blake, using Blake's whip to catch Yang after the mecha had knocked her away, and then whipping her around at it to build up speed for a devastating strike.
** "Ice Flower" is carried out by Ruby and Weiss, using Ruby's firepower and Weiss's ice to freeze the opponent solid with ice that settles in the shape of an ice flower.
** PlayedForLaughs with Jaune attempting to do the same during the tournament, only for the rest of Team JNPR to get confused and try to figure out what he is talking about.
* AuthorAppeal: Left-handedness is common because of Monty's left-handedness, and Weiss is a fencer because he had studied fencing. The show is also full of strong {{Action Girl}}s because Monty liked those kinds of characters.
* AuthorityEqualsAsskicking:
** There is a conflict between General Ironwood and the Beacon staff because Ironwood believes in closely associating authority with the amount of arsekicking that authority is capable of. It's why he insists on bringing an army to Vale for the Vytal Tournament. By contrast, Ozpin, Qrow and Glynda fear such displays will backfire rather than be helpful. The lesson the Beacon teachers seem to teach their students is that authority requires leadership ability rather than combat skill.
** Jaune has no combat training prior to joining Beacon and is the weakest member of his team. However, he has a natural instinct for leadership in combat and became team leader because of it. He was the only student congratulated by Ozpin upon being made team leader. He later has a stiff learning curve in how to be a leader when he has to stand up to Cardin's bullying for the sake of his team.
** Ruby has to learn from Ozpin that a leader must be a role-model at all times otherwise people will have no reason to follow them. Once she understands that she has to earn loyalty, she becomes much more responsible in classes and takes a much more mature approach to leadership.
** While Roman Torchwick is certainly no slouch in combat, he is not indicated to be exceptional compared to the huntresses and huntsmen. Itís clear that the truly dangerous thing about Roman is his skill at inciting a crowd and spreading terror throughout a city.
* AutobotsRockOut: Most major fight scenes are accompanied by vocal rock songs:
** The fight against the Giant Nevermore in "Players and Pieces" has "[[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=euuxPokAeIA Red Like Roses part 2]]".
** The FoodFight in "Best Day Ever" [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n6nL6i5jOaY gets an instrumental metal track]] with [[OminousLatinChanting a choir of "ooh"s]] to highlight the MundaneMadeAwesome nature of the scene.
** In "Painting the Town", "[[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=asM-6lXOOUU Die]]" starts to play when Yang's CriticalStatusBuff activates.
** "[[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KIZ8lLtsQWo Caffeine]]" starts to play in the episode "Breach" during team CFVY's fight scene.
* AvengersAssemble: Team RWBY understandably does this numerously and sometimes winds up together out of sheer coincidence.
** Taken [[SerialEscalation to an extreme]] in "Battle of Beacon", with not just Team RWBY, but [[spoiler:Teams JNPR, SSSN, CFVY, ABRN, and FNKI]].
* BabyTalk: Weiss is reduced to this in "Field Trip" when trying to insult Ruby and Yang's corgi Zwei to his face, only to be won over by its impenetrable cuteness. Afterwards, she always talks to Zwei in this manner.
-->'''Weiss''': Are you telling me that this mangy...drooling...''mutt'' is going to wiv wif us ''foweva''? Oh, yes he ''is'', oh yes he ''is''! Oh, isn't he adorable!
* BackToBackBadasses:
** All of Team RWBY in the Volume 1 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.
** It's also how they begin Volume 2, Episode 12 facing off against a ''lot'' of Grimm.
** Done twice in "Battle of Beacon" with Oobleck and Port, and Weiss and Blake; both pairs are fending off Grimm.
* BadassBoast: Several of the songs on the soundtrack, especially "I Burn", "Caffeine", "Neon", and "I'm The 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. In season 2, it's further explained in Yang's flashback that their parents were hunters too. It's worth noting that both of their mothers were huntresses who were previously on the same team as their eventual husband and Qrow.
** Downplayed in Jaune's case. At least three generations of his family were warriors and heroes (possibly including his sisters). Jaune himself? [[IJustWantToBeSpecial Not so much.]]
* BadGuyBar: The club that Yang enters in her trailer appears to be a gathering place for criminals, as the owner Junior sells his services (such as hired muscle) to known criminal Roman Torchwick.
* BagOfHolding: The tiny cylindrical package that Yang and Ruby receive from their father in episode 8 of season 2. At first a tiny corgi dog pops out of it. Yang then reads a note that he also packed a lot of food for the dog, and many cans of dog food pour out when she flips the container downward.
* 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. Incidentally, it foreshadows their relationship in their team.
%%** RWBY has interchangable BBs-Blake and Yang, Blake and Weiss, Weiss and Ruby....
* BackBlocking:
** In the second episode, Jaune wonders where he'll find a quirky girl to talk to. Then he walks off-camera, revealing [[ChekhovsGunman Pyrrha]] in front of the group of [[FacelessMasses silhouette characters]].
** The Volume 2 opening appears to show Ruby standing by herself à la Volume 1, but then pans to show Weiss, Blake and Yang standing alongside her.
* BattleAura: As explained by Pyrrha, every human can manifest their soul in a way that creates this, blocking attacks and [[HealingFactor healing injuries]]. Word Of God (via the director's commentary), confirms that this is why most human characters are so tough --they're using their Aura to defend against injury. Yes, even Jaune.
* BearsAreBadNews: The Ursa variant of Grimm are 10 to 15-foot-tall, spiky-armored bears.
* BenevolentConspiracy: The leaders of the four major huntsmen academies are working together behind the scenes to protect everyone from the threats that exist on Remnant - both the threats people know about, and the ones that are kept secret. [[spoiler:Ozpin, Glynda, Ironwood, Qrow and the Vacuo and Mistral academy leaders work together against threats, the knowledge of which could alter everything people believe about themselves and their world. One of their core motivations for secrecy is the desire to avoid causing panic, which would draw hordes of Grimm to the cities. [[DeconstructedTrope Deconstructed]] as of v3 episode 9. No matter how benevolent it was or reasonable the intentions, Cinder took advantage of the secrecy and exposed it, sowing distrust amongst the people]].
* BerserkButton:
** Don't touch Yang's hair. Or mess with her teammates.
** Don't break Coco's sunglasses, [[SeriousBusiness or destroy her favorite clothing store]].
* BigBad: Volume 1 makes Torchwick appear to be the main villain, but eventually reveals he's subordinate to the true BigBad, Cinder, and is merely carrying out Phase One of her plans.
* BigBallOfViolence: Ruby and Yang enter one in episode 3 while play-fighting.
* BigDamnHeroes:
** Glynda Goodwitch's introduction in Episode 1 has her block an explosive vial of Dust meant for Ruby, then try to prevent Roman's escape before Cinder Fall negates her endeavour.
** Weiss pulls this off for Ruby in Episode 8 as the latter's cape is stuck by one of the Nevermore's feathers and the Deathstalker is about to sting her.
** Jaune does one in episode 14 with a little help from Pyrrha, for Cardin, the JerkJock who was bullying him earlier.
** In episode 16, Penny singlehandedly wipes out Roman's forces after telling Ruby she's "combat ready". Incidentally, Ruby had befriended her earlier despite her teammates' wishes.
** In Vol.2 Episode 11, [[spoiler:Raven]] saves Yang from Neo as the latter is about to deliver a CoupDeGrace.
** In "Heroes and Monsters", Cardin is about to get shot by [[spoiler:a couple of hijacked Atlesian Knights]] when their heads are suddenly blown off... enter [[spoiler:Ironwood, who had survived the crashing of his airship and is [[RoboticReveal revealed to be a cyborg.]]]]
** Ruthlessly subverted in the Volume 3 finale. [[spoiler:Pyrrha is at Cinder's mercy, but Ruby shows up just in time...to see Cinder shoot Pyrrha with an arrow, killing her]].
* TheBigDamnKiss: Happens between [[spoiler:Jaune and Pyrrha]] in Volume 3's finale.
* BigEntrance: During the fight to repel the Grimm invasion in Volume 2's finale, Sun and Neptune step in with their newly acquired badges and loudly announce their intent to kick ass... [[SubvertedTrope before being drowned out]] by the even more dramatic arrival of the Atlas military, which catches nearly everyone's attention.
* BigNo:
** In "Best Day Ever", Ruby lets out one during the FoodFight when [[PietaPlagiarism cradling]] Weiss after she is thrown into a pillar by Nora.
** In "Battle of Beacon", Ironwood lets out a genuinely alarmed one when he sees [[spoiler:the group of Atlesian androids on his airship turning their guns on him after being hacked and turned rogue by Torchwick]].
** At the end of "Heroes and Monsters", Yang lets out an enraged yet heartbroken one when she charges at [[spoiler:Adam]] after she sees [[spoiler:Adam stabbing Blake]].
* BigWhat: Cinder in the Volume 3 finale when she sees [[spoiler:Ruby revealing unforeseen power, enveloping everything around her in white]].
* BilingualBonus: "Schnee" is German for snow and "Weiss" is the German word for white (''weiß'') pronounced okay but the W would make a V more like "Veiss" (vice).
* BlackHoleBelly: Pretty much everyone, including tiny characters like Weiss, can eat ''mountains'' of food without any change in appearance afterwards.
* {{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 happens to overhear this. He blackmails Jaune into doing his homework and chores for him for the next two episodes, until Jaune finally stands up to him and saves him from a rampaging Grimm]].
* 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.
** Pyrrha's spear lands at a similar angle in Vol.2 Episode 5 when Mercury briefly disarms her.
** Sage's sword does this when he's knocked out of the match in Vol. 3 Episode 2.
** [[spoiler:When Penny gets, erm, defeated in Episode 9, her swords subvert this, as most of them fall flat. One of them falls in and sticks, however, impaling a fallen bit of fabric from her clothing.]]
* 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.
%%** Penny in the 16th episode.
* BlankWhiteEyes:
** Ruby in Episode 4, when Ozpin drops the bomb on how the team matchmaking works.
** Ruby again 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 do this in episode 15, when Ruby agrees to Penny's notion that she's her friend (her teammates vehemently deny this and mime to Ruby to reject it); they collapse to the ground afterward.
** Weiss again in episode 8 of season 2 when the girls find out the huntsman they'll be shadowing is [[spoiler:Professor Oobleck, who doesn't seem like the typical badass huntsman they envisioned]].
* BloodlessCarnage:
** Little to no blood is shown despite absurdly sharp weapons and Dust-fueled firearms regularly making contact with people. InUniverse, this is {{Justified|Trope}} due to humans' Aura, which (as Jaune puts it) is like a force field. People won't take lethal hits until their Aura is depleted. While Grimm lack Aura, the third "World of Remnant" segment about Grimm explains that their bodies tend to [[EverythingFades dissolve shortly after they're killed.]] In other words, any carnage inflicted on Grimm eventually becomes bloodless (and body-less, for that matter).
** In "Heroes and Monsters," when [[spoiler:Yang loses her arm]], glowing yellow particles billow out from the wound rather than blood. Whether this is a visual representation of her Aura dispersing or a side-effect of the weapon used is unclear.
** While this trope is generally in full effect, there are a few notable aversions. When Weiss gets punched by the knight armor in the White trailer, blood runs down her forehead over her eye. In "Beginning of the End," [[spoiler:Mercury's bloody, bandaged legs are on full display when Cinder and Emerald arrive to recruit his father.]] In "Heroes and Monsters," [[spoiler:[[http://i.imgur.com/tr8ktjH.jpg Adam can be briefly seen flicking Yang's blood off his sword]] after cutting off her arm. The preview for the Volume 3 season finale shows the remainder of Yang's arm wrapped in bloody bandages.]]
* BlownAcrossTheRoom:
** Inverted, guns are powerful enough to throw the ''shooter'' across the room and is used as a [[RecoilBoost 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.
** Happens repeatedly during the [[MundaneMadeAwesome super-powered]] FoodFight in Vol. 2 Episode 1.
* 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.
** Blake is also decently endowed and may have some edge in strength over Ruby and Weiss, but it hasn't been confirmed one way or another yet. Yang is said to actually gain power from ''getting hit'', though, so it may be a mix of this and a ShoutOut to TheIncredibleHulk in her case.
* BookEnds:
** In "Lessons Learned", the first and last shot of the scene of Winter tutoring Weiss is of a caterpillar.
** Volume 3 begins and ends with Ruby visiting her mother's grave.
** One that spans from the very first episode. In that episode, it opens with a narration by a mysterious woman that ends with Ozpin refuting her darkness with faith in a small, honest soul. The Volume 3 finale, "End of the Beginning" ends with the mysterious woman's rebuttal to Ozpin's faith in that small soul, revealing that [[spoiler:[[GreaterScopeVillain she was the overarching villain throughout the first three volumes]]]].
* BossInMookClothing: Sure his mask's a little fancier than the mooks', but don't lie. You expected the White Fang Lieutenant to be a much easier fight than the others going on at the time.
* BoringButPractical: In a world where Phlebotinum, 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: Weiss's mistrust of the White Fang stems from her family having waged war with them for years. She's seen family, friends and board members executed. As a result, she tends to view any Faunus as a White Fang recruit waiting to happen. Blake is angry with that view because it paints all Faunus with the same brush and even most White Fang members have a history of peaceful protest, since it's only recently the White Fang has become violent, in part due to the bigotry of people of like Weiss. Weiss is right about the criminal nature and violence of White Fang, while Blake is right about the mistreatment of Faunus having backed them into a corner.
* BrandX:
** [[Music/ShiNee Shi-nee]] brand toothpaste (assumed name).
** Pumpkin Pete's Marshmallow Flakes (cereal).
** Udder Satisfaction (on a carton of milk at the start of the food-fight scene).
** [[Creator/AchievementHunter People Like Grapes]] & Dr. Pipper Soda
** Gentleman's Best Friend (canned dog food)
** [[Anime/SamuraiChamploo Samurai Shampoo]]
* BreakingTheFellowship: As of the Volume 3 finale, [[spoiler:Team RWBY has been disbanded. Weiss is dragged back home by her father, Blake runs off to parts unknown to prevent Adam and whatever is left of the White Fang from targeting her friends, Yang is crippled and in full HeroicBSOD mode, refusing to even leave her bed, and Ruby is heading to Haven with the remaining members of Team JNPR to find clues on their enemies.]]
* BreakoutCharacter:
** Torchwick was supposed to have been a one-off character for the first episode only. 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, as well as a major player in the group of villains in the second volume.
** Velvet was meant to be a one-off character [[FantasticRacism demonstrating the challenges of being a Faunus.]] However the fandom response was so strong, she was turned into a recurring character with her own team.
* BreakTheBadass:
** Played around with quite a bit throughout the series as the opposition the protagonists face start to reveal their hands, but particularly used in Volume 3. It comes to a head at the end of the season when [[spoiler:two of the primary cast are lost, namely Yang and Pyrrha.]]
*** In Yang's case, [[spoiler:she loses her right arm as she confronts Adam in the penultimate chapter of Volume 3. The trope is invoked to remind/formally introduce the audience to just how badass Adam is supposed to be in the series, as he has not been seen in any significant action since his appearance in the Black Trailer. Although, this advent also has hints of [[SacrificialLion just being a means to shake things up for the next season]] by breaking up the team and taking Yang out of commission.]]
* BreakTheCutie:
** The latter half of Volume 3 does this to [[spoiler:Yang. Although Yang is more like a badass than a cutie, she does portray a nice and kind attitude and has a happy-go-lucky outlook on life coupled with a bubbly personality, at least until...]]
*** Starting from the solo fights stage of the Vytal Festival. Although [[spoiler:Yang technically wins her fight against Mercury, she is eliminated from the tournament by means of Emerald's [[MasterOfIllusion mind control/manipulation.]] Yang's team and closest friends are willing to buy her story after a bit of hesitation, but she is pretty much universally shunned by the majority of the community, and possibly even the world (as the Vytal Festival fights are televised, likely to the whole world).]]
*** [[spoiler:Then, as things start to hit the fan a few chapters later, guess who's victim to a good ol' dismemberment? This is especially jarring as Yang was a fist-using brawler who is suddenly now out an arm.]]
*** The trope is especially evident in the penultimate scene of Chapter 3. Completely broken by this point, [[spoiler:when asked about what happened by Ruby after she passed out during the final confrontation, Yang reports that Weiss was taken away by her father, and Blake "just ran". While Yang rationalizes Weiss' father's decision, she outright refuses to even consider any heroic reasons for Blake to do what she did. (This fact is even more gut-wrenching when you consider that the first time Blake went missing back in Volume 1, it was Yang who told off Weiss for not at least hearing out Blake's side of the story before making accusations.) Then Yang comments on how hopeless the whole situation is, how it's an inevitability for the Big Bads to win, and how there isn't a point in even trying. Compare this to the girl who previously charged head-first into almost every confrontation and had the attitude to match.]]
*** [-[[spoiler:'''Ruby:''' So what do we do now?\\
'''Yang:''' ''[long pause followed by a slight sigh]'' You can do whatever you want. I'm gonna lie here.\\
'''Ruby:''' Yang...\\
'''Yang:''' Just leave me alone.]]-]
* 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.
** Episode 2 of Volume 2. [[CasanovaWannabe Neptune]] introduces himself to Weiss:
--->'''Neptune:''' And I don't believe I caught your name, Snow Angel.\\
'''Weiss:''' ''[slight laugh]'' Um, I'm Weiss.\\
'''Jaune:''' ''[in background]'' Are you kidding me?!
** In Vol.2 Episode 5, Jaune tells Pyrrha that if she can't get a date to the prom, he'll go in a dress. In Episode 7, during the dance itself, he finds out Pyrrha didn't get a date... guess what he proceeds to do.
** In the first several episodes of Vol.2 several characters call Weiss "ice queen" much to her dismay. Flash foreword to the mid season boss fight and as he is retreating Torchwick who has never even met Weiss responds "ladies, ice queen [Weiss "hey"], always a pleasure".
*** In the third episode of the third season, Qrow calls out to "ice queen", prompting an infuriated Weiss to ask him what he wants. He was talking to her older sister.
* BrokenPedestal: [[spoiler:The scandal of Yang "breaking" Mercury's leg]] was the moment that Beacon's reputation was challenged ''intensely'' by the whole world, with Ozpin especially being scapegoated for [[spoiler:commissioning the teaching of such barbarian fighting tactics]].
* 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 to 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]]). He also makes Weiss, Blake and Yang re-evaluate their reasons for wanting to be Huntresses.
* ButtMonkey:
** The old man who owns ''From Dust 'Til Dawn'' has been robbed twice, and his truck has a nice dent in the front.
** Jaune can't keep up with his peers [[spoiler:because he cheated his way in]] and is always the first one knocked out of a fight. He's also the one the slapstick happens to (or at least the one it happens to first), the one who makes himself look foolish and ignorant with the most regularity (he didn't know about aura, landing strategies, using his scroll correctly in combat, and a lot of other stuff the rest of the cast takes for granted), and was on the receiving end of a lot of grief from [[TheBully Cardin]] [[spoiler:who found out about his cheating and briefly blackmailed him into being his servant]]. Fortunately for Jaune, he's gotten better since then.
* ByTheLightsOfTheirEyes: Pyrrha and Jaune in episode 7 after Jaune's torch goes out when he trips and falls into a puddle.
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[[folder:Tropes C-E]]
* 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 mentions "going shopping, and painting our nails, and talking about cute boys" 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?
** Volume 2 starts with the man whose Dust shop was robbed in Volume 1 re-opening for business. [[ButtMonkey And then he gets robbed]] ''[[ButtMonkey again]]''.
** While Mercury and Emerald are walking toward Tukson's, one of the establishments they pass has the dance club music from the Yellow Trailer playing.
** In Vol. 2 Episode 1, Nora sings "I'm queen of the castle" again during the FoodFight.
** Just before the food fight kicks off in earnest, Ruby is holding a carton of milk. She still hasn't grown up much.
** "Welcome to Beacon" has [[CasanovaWannabe Neptune]] introducing himself to Weiss by calling her "Snow Angel". He's ''much'' more successful than [[ButtMonkey Jaune]] was. The episode also has Weiss making a comment about Yang busting up a club (referencing the Yellow Trailer).
** When Yang enters the club again, (amidst henchmen screaming "She's coming back!" in fear) she struts through the doors as a remix of 'Red Like Roses' plays in the background, just like she did in the 'Yellow' Trailer.
** Interactions between Sun and Blake outside of Beacon:
--->'''Sun:''' I knew you looked better without the bow. [=(S1E15)=]\\
'''Blake:''' I knew you would look better in a tie. [=(S2E6)=]
** Nora wears a t-shirt with "Boop" written on it.
** In "No Brakes", Weiss faces down another tall enemy with an accordingly gigantic bladed weapon, like in the White trailer. Blake also attempts to decouple a pair of train cars with her blade, as she did in the Black trailer, but this time, the cars separate on their own before she brings her sword down.
** In ''Forever Fall Pt.2'', Jaune defeated an Ursa Major with Pyrrha's assistance. Come the Vol. 2 finale, Jaune faces an Ursa Minor. This time, [[TookALevelInBadass he defeats it all by himself in mere seconds]].
** Nora using her hammer to propel herself across long distances (first shown in Volume 1 Episode 8 to launch across a broken bridge) returns in the Volume 2 finale for the final fight.
** The Volume 3 intro sequence begins with a rose petal against the moon, similar to the way the Red trailer began.
** In "Round One," Nora belches loudly like she did at the end of the food fight in Volume 2. After Nora belches, Jaune makes a reference to the very first thing he did back in Volume 1:
--->'''Jaune:''' If I barf, I'm blaming you.
** "New Challengers" has Sun try to brush off Neptune's embarrassing attempts to hit on Team NDGO with a take on Neptune's "Ignore him, for he knows not what he says" to make up for Sun saying he was going to the dance dressed like normal in "Burning the Candle".
--->Ignore him, for he...yeah, he's dumb.
** Episode three has Qrow and Winter make several references to things we've attributed to Ruby, Yang, and Weiss. Qrow showcases RedEyesTakeWarning like Yang, while Winter performs a BladeRun on Qrow like Weiss did in to the Knight in her trailer. Their fight ends up destroying the courtyard, which was supposed to happen during Ruby and Weiss's first meeting if it wasn't for an animation error (and the dialogue claims did occur). In fact, Qrow's overly casual attitude throughout the scene and Winter's frustrated response is very similar to Volume 1's Ruby/Weiss relationship. [[GenerationXerox Some things apparently run in the blood.]]
** Volume 3 Episode 7: Amber blocks Emerald's shots the same way Cinder blocked Ruby's in the very first episode.
** In Volume 1 Episode 12, Pyrrha tries to comfort Jaune about his lack of combat skills and offer to help him train, only to make him feel worse. In Volume 3 Episode 8, Jaune tries to comfort Pyrrha when she's stressed about the Fall Maiden and her destiny, only to make her feel worse.
** In Volume 1 Episode 8, Nora and Ren ride on an Ursa. In Volume 3 Episode 10, Scarlet and Sage are seen riding on an Ursa. What makes it funnier is that Nora and Scarlet are both redheads and that Ren and Sage both have green as part of their color scheme.
** Velvet's first fight in the series is a major call back to [[spoiler:all of the trailers, plus most of the fights throughout the series. As she copies weapons and styles, she is shown using the exact same weapons, animations and dynamic shots while fighting.]]
** In the Black trailer, when Adam cuts through a Spider Droid, the scenery around him turns red and black, with Adam hunched over and his sword held straight out behind him. The shot of him [[spoiler:slicing Yang's arm off]] in "Heroes and Monsters", features the same colouring and pose, with the only difference being [[spoiler:Yang's hair and gauntlets being left yellow in the shot]].
** The Volume 3 finale had a considerable lot of them:
*** The episode's name, "End of the Beginning", is a reference to the title of Volume 3 Episode 7, "Beginning of the End". Episode 7 has several instances of FadeToBlack where the storytelling experience is reliant on just audio; the finale treats its FadeToWhite the same way.
*** Volume 1 has Cardin shoving Jaune in a rocket-locker then sending it flying with him in it. [[spoiler:Pyrrha does the exact same thing in the Volume 3 finale, to keep him from getting killed at Cinder's hands.]]
*** In Volume 1 Episode 8, Ruby uses Weiss' glyphs to run up the side of a cliff after having hooked a Nevermore by the neck with Crescent Rose. In the Volume 3 finale, [[spoiler:Weiss uses her glyphs to allow Ruby to run up the side of the CCT to get to the top where Cinder and Pyrrha are fighting. She even lampshades it by saying, "You can do this."]]
*** In the Volume 3 finale, [[spoiler:Cinder kills Pyrrha with an arrow to the heart just like she had killed Amber an episode prior]].
*** The very first thing Ozpin says to Ruby in the first episode is "You have silver eyes." In the finale, [[spoiler:Qrow explains that Ozpin once told him that people with silver eyes are destined to be warriors, and that Ruby's silver eyes come from her mother]].
* CaneFu:
** Roman's elegant fighting style.
** Ozpin holds his own [[spoiler:against Cinder, who had just gained god-like powers]] very efficiently with just his cane.
* CasanovaWannabe: Neptune since he hits on anything with a skirt and has only been shown to be successful with Weiss (though the team SSSN fangirls seem to like him just as much as they like the other members of the team).
* CastHerd: Becomes evident part-way through Volume 1, but the opening for Volume 2 establishes the herds pretty firmly.
** Team RWBY Pronounced 'Ruby' (Ruby, Weiss, Blake, Yang)
** Team JNPR Pronounced 'Juniper' (Jaune, Nora, Pyrrha, Ren)
** Team CRDL Pronounced 'Cardinal' (Cardin, Russel, Dove, Lark)
** Team CFVY Pronounced 'Coffee' (Coco, Fox, Velvet, Yatsuhashi)
** The Beacon Academy staff (Ozpin, Glynda, Port, Oobleck)
** Team SSSN Pronounced 'Sun" (Sun, Scarlet, Sage and Neptune)
** The villains (Cinder, Mercury, Emerald, Roman, Neo)
* CataclysmBackstory: The emergence of the Grimm.
* CatNinja: Blake Belladonna has a cat AnimalMotif and is secretly a cat [[LittleBitBeastly Faunus]] who fights much like a ninja, with a kusarigama-esque weapon, sneaky & fast movements and being able to create body doubles of herself.
* 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.
* CasualDangerDialog: The mook at From Dust Till Dawn should have seen it coming.
-->'''Ruby''': Are you... robbing me?
* CasualtyInTheRing: [[spoiler: Occurs in Volume 3 in Penny and Pyrrha's fight, with Pyrrha accidentally dismembering and destroying Penny. The effect of the world seeing this gruesome display gives the Grimm enough fuel to attack Vale]].
* 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.
* TheCavalry: In Vol.2's finale, an isolated Team RWBY are thoroughly outnumbered by Grimm, then they're joined by, in order: Team JNPR; the Atlesian military; Zwei; Team CFVY; Professor Port and Professor Oobleck; and finally, a supremely pissed Glynda Goodwitch. Asskickery ensues. Cinder's group also [[VillainousRescue helps]] stave off a few Grimm and (apparently) capture Torchwick.
* CerebusCallBack: Remember that gag involving Jaune getting shoved into a flying locker? [[spoiler:It happens again in "The End of the Beginning, only it's Pyrrha doing it to make sure he's safe and before she goes off to fight Cinder in a battle she'll die in.]]
** At the end of the same episode, Ruby hugs Yang [[spoiler: after she lost her arm]] saying "I'm so happy you're ok" the same way Yang did when Ruby almost died from a Nevermore during the initiation. [[spoiler: Except Yang ''isn't'' ok]].
* CerebusSyndrome: Hits ''hard'' halfway through Volume 3, to the point where Rooster Teeth had to post a viewer-discretion warning on their website shortly before the airing of Episode 7.
* ChainsawGood: The Chainsword used by the White Fang Lieutenant, complete with SwordDrag in its introduction.
* 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.
* ChekhovsGag: In Volume 3, Episode 3, Mercury mentions that [[TheAlcoholic Qrow]] smells like "my dad after a long day." Come Episode 7 and we find out [[spoiler:Mercury killed his father]], who is strongly implied to have been an abusive drunk.
* ChekhovsGun:
** Ozpin's comment that Ruby has "silver eyes" in the first episode is left hanging for three whole volumes before that gun gets fired. [[spoiler:Silver eyes are the sign of someone born with the skills and power to fight the Grimm, and Ruby uses that power to freeze the Grimm Dragon attacking Beacon]].
** The Cardin shoving Jaune in the rocket locker becomes one later, twice. The first was back in Vol 2 when Ruby called her's to her when she saw Cinder in "Dance Dance Infiltration". Then, the fact that the locker could carry a person's weight was used [[spoiler:by Ruby to hitch a ride on the outside to get to the ship Roman had taken over.]] Then in the Vol. 3 finale when [[spoiler:Pyrrha shoved Jaune in yet another locker in order to keep him from stopping her from going to confront Cinder. WordOfGod was that it was fully intended back in Volume 1 to show that somebody could survive being sent away in the locker, in preparation for this scene.]]
* ChekhovsSkill:
** In Volume 1, during Oobleck's class, it's established that most faunus are able to see in the dark. It's handy when Blake and Sun infiltrate a White Fang recruitment meeting in Volume 2 and are spotted by Roman.
--->'''Sun''': He sees us...\\
'''Blake''': ''[spots fusebox above her head]'' He can't see in the dark. ''[shoots fusebox]''
** Combined with ChekhovsGag, remember those rocket-propelled launchers? Where they store their weapons during moments where they won't be needing them? Turns out they can call the lockers to the user's location, giving them access to their weapons at a near-moment's notice - Ruby does just that when she sees an unconscious guard outside the dance hall, and gets suspicious.
*** Once again, but by about a dozen students simultaneously to bring down a Nevermore in Volume 3 while delivering the weapons to fight the remaining Grimm.
** The ability to weave Dust into clothing was [[AllThereInTheManual revealed during the first "World of Remnant" episode]], then actually demonstrated by Cinder during Vol.2 Episode 7.
* 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 Qrow sends Ozpin the cryptic message "QUEEN HAS PAWNS". TheStinger might imply this as an allusion to Cinder Fall and Roman Torchwick.
** In Volume 2, Chapter 7, Cinder plants a virus with a queen chess piece symbol in the communication tower computers.
* ChewOutFakeOut: In Vol.2 Episode 9, after finding out Ruby brought [[TeamPet Zwei]] with her on their mission, it seems as though Dr. Oobleck is about to read her the riot act... only for him to praise her as a genius, pointing out that they can use the dog's heightened canine senses to assist them in their tracking efforts.
* ClothingDamage: Present for the first time in "Beginning of the End", and ''not'' played for Fanservice, during [[spoiler: Cinder/Emerald/Mercury's attack on the Fall Maiden]] - Mercury is hit by a continuous stream of fire, and this eventually tears off everything below the knees, [[spoiler:[[TheReveal showing bionic legs]]]].
* ClusterFBomb: The rap section of "I Burn" is hip-hop, at its hip-hoppiest. (For comparison, the rest of the song uses a single "ass," and the show itself uses very mild curses or [[CurseCutShort cuts them short]].)
* ColorCodedCharacters: Eighty years before the story begins, a global war ends which was fought over, among other things, the right to artistic self-expression. In memory of this, people ever since have named themselves and their children after colours, a core concept of art. As a result, every character is associated with a colour that is built into their name either directly, or by association. The exception is Ozpin who, while associated with the colour green, does not have a name that is based on, or associated in-universe, with that, or any other, colour.
** Team RWBY is associated with red, white, black and yellow. Ruby Rose is red-themed, having dark, red-tinted hair, wearing red and black clothes with a bright red hooded cape, and wielding a red-and-black sniper-scythe. She scatters red rose petals whenever her speed Semblance kicks in. Weiss Schnee is associated with white; she wears mostly blue-tinted white, has white hair, and favours Ice Dust in battle. Blake Belladonna is black-themed, with black hair, wearing black and white clothing and fights in a ninja-style with black weapons. Yang is yellow-themed, with golden hair, clothing in shades of yellow and browns and whose gun-gauntlets are bright yellow; she will also appear to be on fire when she gets angry and her Semblance kicks in.
** Team JNPR is associated with yellow, pink, red and green. Jaune Arc is yellow-themed, standing out for having vivid (but natural) yellow hair; his armour and weapons are tinted a yellowish-brown. Nora Valkyrie is pink themed, with pale red hair, wearing pink skirt and firing rounds of ammo that have pink hearts on them. Pyrrha Nikos is red themed, with long red hair, a flowing red sash around her waist and with a red and yellow weapon. Her appearance is offset with yellow, such as her tiara and armour. Lie Ren is green-themed, wearing a vivid green jacket and wielding green knife-guns. He and Nora have a long history together, and he wears a pink streak in his hair associated with his pink eyes which are a similar shade to Nora's pink theme.
* ColourfulThemeNaming: ''Field Trip'' reveals that 80 years before the series begins, there was a great war where even artistic self-expression was at stake. In memory and defiance of this, people have ever since named their children after colours, a core concept of art. All characters in the show are colour-themed, as are their team names. The [[https://twitter.com/montyoum/status/406894139746172928/photo/1/large sole exception]], for unrevealed reasons, is Professor [[OddNameOut Ozpin]]. Examples include Ruby being red-themed, Weiss being white-themed, Blake being black-themed (although she is the black-themed character, her name comes from two Old English sources, mean either dark or pale; her clothing colours are black and white), and Yang being named after a Chinese word for light and the sun.
** There's even production notes in place, written by Monty himself, [[http://rwby.wikia.com/wiki/Color_Naming_Rule that outline the rules]].
* CombatStilettos: The student uniforms very often come with practical loafer-style shoes. However, many of the female characters will change into heels as part of their combat uniform. Certain characters are almost always seen in heels, whether in combat or not, such as Glynda, Winter, Neo, Melanie and Militia, but some make a conscious decision to change into heels for battle.
** Cinder Fall wears very high heels when in her signature red costume, even when engaging in acrobatic close-combat fights. Due to her Cinderella motif, her shoes often get a lot of close-up camera shots, often with a sound effect that sounds like glass clinking. When she changes into a catsuit for an infiltration, she wears a different set of high-heeled thigh-high boots. It doesn't impede her ability to run across rooftops ninja-style.
** Weiss wears wedge-heeled boots as part of her combat uniform. Her fighting style includes dance-like movements found in ice-skating, including twirling, leaping and sliding across the ground. Ruby once complains that she can't understand how Weiss can fight in them.
** When Blake wears her combat uniform, she wears ankle-boots with wedge heels. She is designed for agile, fast-moving combat, using high speed, leaps and dodging. Her heels don't slow her down at all.
** Pyrrha's combat uniform is a Greek-inspired ensemble that includes armoured high-heeled knee-high boots. She is capable of mid-air backflips without ever requiring a push-off point or touching the ground.
** Coco is a fashionista whose combat uniform is designed to evoke the latest fashions. She wears high-heeled bots as part of the look, but her main fighting style is to stand and fire a huge minigun. When she is forced to move, she is as agile as any other fighter, despite the heels.
* CombinationAttack: In episode 8, how Team RWBY and (to a lesser extent) Team JNPR each take out their respective Grimms. By season 2, Team RWBY specializes in combination attacks, and can do them on Ruby's command.
* ComicallyMissingThePoint:
** Ruby does this a lot...sometimes twice in a row.
--->'''Weiss:''': Gee, if only there were somewhere on campus to get food around here. ''[camera zooms out to show the entire fairground]'' Oh, ''wait''.\\
'''Ruby''': It's okay, Weiss. I forget about the fairgrounds too.\\
'''Weiss''': I was being facetious!\\
'''Ruby''': W-well, if you were hungry, why didn't you say so!
** Oobleck, being himself, gets in on this too.
---> '''Oobleck''': Aaaand now they've seen us.\\
'''Weiss''': What?!\\
'''Oobleck''': ''[leans in right next to her ear]''' AND NOW THEY'VE SEEN US!
** Jaune, who stops in the middle of a tournament fight to discuss team attack names and sees nothing wrong with this. His opponents aren't amused.
---> '''Jaune''': We are ''trying'' to have a team meeting here, ''thank you very little''.\\
'''Brawnz''': ...We're in the middle of a fight!!\\
'''Jaune''': And we're in the middle of a ''conversation'', WHAT DON'T YOU GET ABOUT THAT?!
* ConservationOfNinjutsu: Can be relied upon almost as much as gravity. Hordes of {{Mooks}} fall like bowling pins (sometimes literally), but any time a hero is fighting a single opponent, watch out.
* ContinuityNod: In episode 15, Weiss mentions that an entire train of her family's Dust shipments had been stolen by the White Fang. The Black trailer involved Blake and Adam pulling a heist on a train with cargo that had the Schnee logo.
* ContrivedCoincidence:
** In "The Shining Beacon, Part 2", after Ruby leaves Jaune to go to Yang, Jaune complains about how he'll ever find another nice and quirky girl to talk to. As he leaves, we see Pyrrha, who happens to be the only background character that isn't a silhouette.
** In episode 8, Ruby and Jaune bump into each other -- in ''mid-air'', and from vastly different trajectories.
** The mere existence of RWBY as a team has elements of this. The nieces of a spy in a BenevolentConspiracy, the heiress to the biggest mining corporation in the world, and a former terrorist whose agenda placed her in dead opposition with the above heiress? All of whom colored to align neatly with their spiritual predecessor, to whom Ruby and Yang are related to by blood? They could have won the lottery with their luck!
* 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: Winter Schnee arrives at Beacon in an airship with four wings and ribbons trailing behind it.
%%** Beacon has several. General Ironwood commands a whole fleet of them.
* CoolTrain: The train that Blake and Adam board in the Black trailer is so wide that it runs on two parallel sets of tracks.
* CranialEruption: In "It's Brawl in the Family", Weiss suffers this after an ArmorPiercingSlap from Winter. Ruby is kind enough to push the bump back in.
* CrossReferencedTitles: The seventh episode of Volume 3 is called "Beginning of the End". The twelfth and final episode of the volume is called "End of the Beginning".
* CurbStompBattle:
** Ruby delivers one in the first episode against Roman's thugs until Cinder 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. He later delivers one to an Ursa in the finale of season 2, slaughtering it in 5 seconds without taking a single hit, albeit looking a little bit clumsy while doing it.
** Penny delivers one to Roman Torchwick and [[spoiler:the White Fang minions]] in episode 16 after Torchwick hits Ruby. She more or less single-handedly ends the fight and forces Torchwick and [[spoiler:the White Fang]] to flee.
** Pyrrha in Vol.2 Episode 5 against the entirety of team CRDL.
** In Vol.2 Episode 11, Neo wipes the floor with Yang who can't even get a hit in.
** Blake delivers one to Torchwick, and the only reason she didn't kill him was to help Weiss, who had been defeated by a White Fang MookLieutenant.
** Coco blasts through a Death Stalker ''and'' '''three''' Nevermore -- both of which took Teams JNPR and RWBY respectively an arduous battle to defeat -- ''all by herself''.
** In Volume 3 Chapter 4, Mercury and Emerald brutally crush Yatsuhashi and Coco in the two-on-two matches of the tournament.
** In the above episode, Qrow totally demolishes both Ruby and Yang in a fighting game, to the extent that the game calls it [[FlawlessVictory "total annihilation"]].
** "Never Miss a Beat" begins with Penny single-handedly defeating Russel and Sky of Team CRDL by implanting her swords into the rocks the two are hiding behind, lifting the rocks up as they hang on for dear life, and slamming them down.
** In the above episode, there's a case of initial playing-straight and then subversion (if not playing-straight for the other side). Weiss and Yang's fight with Neon and Flynt starts with them getting their butts handed to them, but after Weiss' HeroicSacrifice, things turn around; Yang is able to defeat a weakened Flynt and also takes out Neon after she trips and falls onto a geyser.
** "Beginning of the End" showcases a flashback where Amber, midway through her surprise fight against [[spoiler:Cinder, Emerald and Mercury]], is forced to [[spoiler:activate her Fall Maiden powers]], violently trashing her opponents with magic [[spoiler:until she's finally shot in the back by Cinder's arrow]].
** Ruby is on the receiving end of one when she goes up against Neo and Roman by herself. Despite getting Neo swept off the airship, a BadassBoast AND a ThemeMusicPowerUp, Roman continues to handily curb-stomp her alone.
** Ruby delivers one to Cardin in the second chapter of the manga after she's suddenly put in a mock match against him by Goodwitch.
* CurseCutShort:
** Roman after Blake sneaks up behind him.
--->'''Roman:''' Oh, for f--
** Goodwitch arguing with Ironwood.
--->'''Goodwitch:''' Why must [[YourAnswerToEverything your answer to everything]] involve a triumphant display of military bravado!? You treat every situation like it's a [[CompensatingForSomething contest of measuring di]]--\\
'''Ozpin:''' Glynda!\\
'''Goodwitch:''' Well, he does.
* CreatureHunterOrganization: Signal, Beacon and the rest are this, since they train people exclusively to fight the Grimm.
* CutenessProximity: Ruby and Yang's father sends them a tiny corgi dog in the mail. While Blake is understandably a little hesitant to welcome it, Weiss is afflicted by this trope when the dog looks at her. Her initial reluctance gradually changes into one of {{Squee}} as the doggy looks at her.
* DarkerAndEdgier: The show begins with a light-hearted, comic air as the teenagers bed into their new school and begin learning how to be the next generation of heroes. However, Volume 2 kicks off with [[spoiler:an assassination]] and mid-way through Volume 3, the creators published a warning to guardians of young viewers, advising them to double-check episodes before permitting youngsters watch them. From that time on, [[spoiler:students have been framed for heinous, violent acts and the villain takes her plans public, beginning with a bloody, violent invasion of Vale by both the White Fang and the Grimm.]]
* DarkestHour: The Volume 3 finale brings together strands of plot that have existed ever since the pilot episode to reveal just how dangerous the Creatures of Grimm can be, how precarious Vale's situation now is, and just how evil humans and faunus are capable of being to each other. [[spoiler:Cinder obtains the Fall Maiden's full powers, and kills both Amber and Pyrrha. Roman dies, Neo and Ozpin are MIA, Adam stabs Blake and severs Yang's arm. Beacon and the CCT are in ruins, a Grimm Dragon is frozen on the Tower but still attracting Grimm, and Team RWBY is forced to split and go their separate ways. The Female Narrator is revealed to be a woman who looks like a humanoid Grimm, who is determined to destroy humanity because she hates Ozpin so much.]]
* DarkIsEvil: Naturally, the [[EvilWearsBlack black-furred]] [[NamesToRunAwayFromReallyFast Grimm]] are [[AlwaysChaoticEvil quite evil]].
* DarkIsNotEvil:
** Ruby's red and black colour scheme and SinisterScythe are [[RedAndBlackAndEvilAllOver pretty typical of villains]], but she's a nice PerkyGoth.
** Blake's [[ColorCodedCharacters signature colour]] is black, but she's nice when she isn't worried about the White Fang and cares a lot about protecting humanity.
* TheDarknessGazesBack: Implemented in Yang's personal flashback monologue to Blake in "Burning the Candle", where her younger self takes young Ruby and travels to a remote hut in the woods. When the viewers look into the hut, [[RedEyesTakeWarning the red and glaring eyes of Grimm start appearing...]]
* 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."''
** A PlayedForLaughs version, in Vol.2 Episode 1 Nora gives an EvilLaugh before singing "I'm queen of the castle" again, but filtered to sound more sinister, if it wasn't [[{{Cloudcuckoolander}} Nora]] singing it.
** "Fall" ends with [[spoiler:Yang being arrested]] as a sad piano version of "I Burn" plays.
** "Battle of Beacon" begins with scenery of [[spoiler:the city of Vale being destroyed by a Grimm attack]] as a glum, somber string/piano reprise of "When It Falls" plays.
** In the same episode, an OminousPipeOrgan rendition of "From Shadows" plays as [[spoiler:Blake discovers Adam]].
* DarkSecret:
** Jaune got into Beacon with forged transcripts. He can't actually fight and has no idea what Aura is until Pyrrha teaches him.
** Blake is a Faunus and was part of the terrorist group known as the White Fang.
* DeathByIrony: An angry, nihilistic speech about how [[TheReasonYouSuckSpeech idealism will get people killed]] and the only way to live in a world like Remnant is to focus on survival isn't the best decision to make when surrounded by people-killing monsters who are attracted to negative emotions. [[spoiler:Roman's rant about Ruby's determination to be a hero gets him swallowed whole by a nearby Grimm just as he's explaining what a successful survivor he is.]]
* DebutQueue: The first half of Volume 1 introduces the various LoadsAndLoadsOfCharacters in the show and gives them all a small introduction to their characterization, such as Blake with her love of books.
* {{Deconstruction}}:
** Jaune demonstrates how hard it can be for someone who is a ButtMonkey and UnskilledButStrong. It's clear in the beginning he's leagues behind everyone else in combat and knowledge, especially since he faked his transcripts to get into Beacon. He has a strong Aura but it does nothing for him since he doesn't know how to properly utilize it until he gets proper training. He's aware he is seen as a lovable idiot and suffers an inferiority complex because of it.
** Pyrrha, Jaune's partner and {{Foil}}, takes apart TheAce and AttractivenessIsolation. Because she is pretty, sweet and talented, she is constantly put on a pedestal, idolized and treated like a celebrity. She finds it hard to develop a meaningful relationship with anyone because everyone sees her as "too good for them" and doesn't treat her like an actual person. In fact, it is because she is ''so'' perfect that Ozpin himself decides to [[spoiler: choose [[TheChosenOne her]] to be the next Fall maiden candidate, despite the high physical and emotional risks that could harm her.]]
* DefeatMeansFriendship: In "Never Miss A Beat", Team FNKI spend most of their fight [[IShallTauntYou antagonizing]] Weiss and Yang, with Flynt in particular harbouring a dislike of Weiss as her company put his father out of business. After the pair are knocked out, Neon ''instantly'' changes her tune and excitedly suggests that they should hang out sometime, while Flynt finds new-found respect for Weiss after her attempted TakingYouWithMe HeroicSacrifice.
* {{Defictionalisation}}: Ruby's rose pajama pants are now available in the RoosterTeeth store. Nora's 'Boop' shirt is also available, though it was there before volume 2 started (in male styles only).
* DeliberateInjuryGambit: "Fall" ends with Mercury launching a flying kick at Yang after she's already won, causing her to bring down her gauntlet on and shoot his kneecap. [[spoiler:However, the cameras showed nothing about a flying kick and only showed Yang shooting Mercury unprovoked as if to rub salt in his wounds. It turns out that Mercury attacking her was an illusion brought onto her by Emerald's Semblance, and Mercury was going along with it because his legs are robotic prosthetics that could get fixed easily]].
* DepletedPhlebotinumShells: Firearms use Dust instead of gunpowder. It's also implied the bullets themselves, at least the awesome ones that Hunters and Huntresses use, are Dust-enhanced too.
* DescriptionCut:
** "We can do this. We've never backed down before and we're not going to start now. Besides, it won't only be us out there. We'll be fighting alongside a genuine Huntsman!" (''Cut to team RWBY's MassOhCrap when they realize said huntsman is Doctor Oobleck'').
** "I suggest we find our Guardian." (''Cut to Mercury'').
* DespairEventHorizon: Throughout Volume 3.
** Yang's fall was much more general, starting with the diabolical broken leg scandal that she was unfairly suckered into and ending with [[spoiler:her losing her arm]], which is the point when the emotional heft of [[spoiler:losing the school as well as Penny and Pyrrha]] finally hit her full-on and reduced her to a depressed empty shell of her usual positive and energetic self.
* DetonationMoon: The Remnant night sky has a damaged-looking moon.
* {{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).
* DieOrFly: Early in Volume 3, Weiss struggled to activate and develop her [[spoiler: hereditary summoning semblance]]. But when [[spoiler: she angrily rushes in to protect Velvet from the Paladin]], she spectacularly - if unintentionally - pulls it off.
* DoesThisRemindYouOfAnything: In "Burning the Candle", Jaune tries to win Weiss over for the dance, only to see her asking Neptune out near the end of the episode. Dejected, he throws the white rose he was planning on giving to her to the ground, setting up a MatchCut to another white rose. However, this rose is awfully [[TheLoinsSleepTonight droopy]]. To drive it home, the next episode even has Weiss struggling to make the flower stand up again.
* TheDogWasTheMastermind: That [[spoiler:mysterious woman who serves as the narrator and the first voice we ever hear in the series]]? You'll want to remember [[spoiler:her]], because [[spoiler:SHE]] IS THE MAIN VILLAIN.
* DoppelgangerAttack: Sun is capable of creating yellow clones of himself that explode on impact.
* DoppelgangerSpin: Blake's Semblance lets her create clones of herself that disappear when hit. It seems that she can only create one at a time, however.
* DownerBeginning: "Destiny" starts with [[spoiler:Ironwood telling Team RWBY that they have officially been disqualified from the Vytal Festival tournament]].
* DramaticSpotlight: Team RWBY appears under one in the third opening, with all of them looking depressed. [[spoiler:That is, all except Ruby. By the end of the Volume, Weiss, Blake and Yang [[TraumaCongaLine have every reason to be]].]]
** PlayedForLaughs in "Lessons Learned"; During Qrow's flashback, we see him under one as he describes to Ruby and Yang feeling defeated...by the sight of an innkeeper's short skirt. Ruby is amused, Yang less so.
* 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 railless rooftop and comes to a completely 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 played for laughs]].
* DroppedABridgeOnHim: Torchwick [[spoiler:was eaten by a Griffon mid-rant]].
* 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.
* DubNameChange: In the Japanese dub, Huntsmen and Huntresses are called Hunters.
* DullSurprise: From Vol.2 Episode 3:
-->'''Penny''': [[spoiler:I'm not... a real girl]].\\
'''Ruby:''' ''[{{beat}}]'' Oh.
* DysfunctionJunction: In Volume 2, we learn that the entirety of Team RWBY has some burden to bear. Ruby and Yang both have [[MissingMom missing mothers]], Weiss feels she has to redeem her family's name and Blake has to [[spoiler:[[TheAtoner atone for her time in the White Fang]]]].
* EarlyBirdCameo: The 2nd AnimeThemeSong teases several new characters, including Velvet and Sun both being a part of full 4-Man Teams, along with whatever group Penny belongs to.
* EdibleBludgeon: Vol.2 Episode 1's FoodFight has Team RWBY and Team JNPR using breadsticks, leeks, turkeys, watermelons, soda cans, etc. against each other.
* 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. The feeling is mutual, since the aforementioned person has open disdain for Faunus and only works with them because [[GenderNeutralWriting they]] need the manpower. 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).
* EpicFail: In "Round One", we see Reese of Team ABRN doing a badass acrobatic jump that involves her breaking her hoverboard into twin pistols and firing them at Blake...[[FunnyMoments only to land right on her tailbone]].
* EpicRocking: Of the three released soundtracks, 28 out of 81 tracks are at least 5 minutes long, with the longest out of those 28 stretching to 10 minutes.
* EpicTrackingShot: Episode 2 of Volume 2 opens with a shot that goes from the skydocks at Beacon across the academy and up through the clouds to Ozpin's office at the top of the tallest tower.
* EstablishingCharacterMusic: The trailers which introduced each member of Team RWBY made excellent use of music to help establish their characters.
** Ruby's song "Red Like Roses" sounds like it's played by a mariachi band, portraying Ruby as a fun-loving character, but the triumphant orchestral music underneath demonstrates her heroic nature.
** Weiss's song "Mirror, Mirror" is a haunting orchestral piece, accompanied by Weiss' singing. This shows her inner struggle, as she tries to figure out who she is meant to be in life.
** Blake's song "From Shadows" alternates between a somber piano piece and heavy electronic music, showing her double nature and her melancholy outlook on life.
** Yang's song "I Burn" starts as a dance remix of the other girls' songs, before transitioning to a pounding synth beat. This demonstrates her devotion to her teammates and her BloodKnight tendencies.
* EveryoneIsASuper: At the end of Volume 2 most of the evidence seems to point towards the fact that everyone has Aura and can have it unlocked by an active Aura user and most do so. Remnant is a DeathWorld after all. But, like in the real world, not everyone trains themselves to the bone to become a killing machine that would make most, but not all, [[Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer Slayers]] go green with envy and, most importantly, the majority of people on Remnant are neither adrenaline junkies or just plain nuts, which is an actual requirement to become a Huntrer trainee. The Beacon Academy Initiation is proof of that.
* ExactWords: When Dr. Oobleck reprimands Ruby for disobeying his instructions to leave all bags back at Beacon in "Search and Destroy", she retaliates by saying that it was ''before'' he told them to listen to everything he said.
-->'''Oobleck (to self)''': She's not wrong.
* ExpositoryHairstyleChange: Season 3 flashbacks show us that Emerald didn't originally have her current bob, while Cinder's was shorter compared to her current style.
* ExpositoryThemeTune: Applies to all of the theme songs.
** "This Will Be the Day" seems to be written in second-person perspective addressing the various members of Team RWBY (for example, the first verse is probably referring to Ruby) and acts as a CallToAdventure and a DareToBeBadass to discover their best when the world is at its worst.
** "Time to Say Goodbye" was essentially a signal that they have reached a point of no return, and higher stakes will be faced, which reflects on the show progressively getting DarkerAndEdgier.
** "When It Falls" signaled that not only were things getting grimmer, but there would be a scenario that will inevitably be reached where [[DespairEventHorizon everything falls apart]] in the end. [[spoiler:This proved to be correct as by the end of Volume 3, every lyric has essentially come true, with Cinder (possibly) gaining the most victories and Team RWBY left as a broken, empty shell of what it used to be.]]
* 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 Academy is the most prestigious school for training future Huntsmen and Huntresses, people trained in [[SoulPower Aura]] and advanced weapons skills to protect humanity from the Creatures of Grim. Beacon is next to a monster-filled forest which the Headmaster uses to break in the new students on only their first day in school. If they survive that, they then have to survive Professor Port's class. If his boring speeches don't kill, his habit of releasing caged monsters in the classroom to fight unwary students just might. And that's only Day Two. The headmaster had announced it was going to be an interesting year. He wasn't joking. The kids don't just have fairytale monsters and crazy teachers to worry about; the human villains want to attack the school, too.
* ExtremelyShortTimespan: In contrast to Volumes 1 and 2 taking place over several months, Volume 3 takes place barely over a week (barring the TimeSkip to winter at the end, and the Flashback episode).
* TheExtremistWasRight: Played with. According to Blake, the White Fang's change from peaceful protest to terrorism actually worked to get Faunus to be treated as equals... but out of fear, not respect. In addition, 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.
* EvilLaugh: While inside a holding cell, Torchwick gives a sinister chuckle [[TheFourthWallWillNotProtectYou directly to the camera]] in "Breach".
* 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.
** Volume 2's feature fan art of the characters.
* EyeCam:
** Episode 4 starts with Ren waking up in this perspective, greeted by Nora.
** In "No Brakes", after being knocked unconscious, Yang comes to as the camera switches to first-person, where we see Yang blinking and disoriented as she watches Raven exit via portal.
* {{Eyedscreen}}: Almost constantly during the initial Grimm encounter in Vol.2 Episode 9.
* EverythingIsAnIpodInTheFuture: Long-range and wi-fil communication is made possible by four CCT towers that are stationed in each kingdom which connect directly and via smaller relays that are located outside the kingdom and which are vulnerable to the Grimm. The towers can only function together or not all and make it possible for scrolls to function. Scrolls are collapsible tablets that, among other things, function as a phone, messenger (email, text and video), camera, video game controller and holographic projector. It can also monitor Aura levels of both the owner and others.
* EyeScream: One of the giant snakes that attacks Ren gets one of its own fangs shoved through its eye.
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* FacelessMasses: In Volume 1, characters in the background simply appear as black silhouettes. Averted in future volumes, however.
* 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.
** In the beginning of Volume 2, Ren after Nora pies Weiss, kicking off the FoodFight.
** Weiss on at least two separate occasions during Vol.2 Episode 5, when Jaune tries to serenade her.
** After Oobleck praises Ruby for bringing Zwei with her on their mission:
--->'''Ruby''': ''(proudly)'' I'm a genius.\\
''[Weiss and Yang both facepalm]''
* FaceRevealingTurn: Used in the ending of the Volume 3 finale as [[spoiler:a shot of Salem, who has previously appeared as the show's narrator, starts with her back to the camera, only for her to turn and reveal deep red and purple veins on her otherwise deathly pale face, as well as her eyes having [[BlackEyesOfEvil black sclerae]] and [[RedEyesTakeWarning red pupils]]]].
* FadeToBlack: Used often in "Beginning of the End".
* FadeToWhite: Used in the Volume 3 finale as [[spoiler:Ruby taps into some unforeseen power when she witnesses Cinder killing Pyrrha]].
* 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 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), [[Myth/GreekMythology Achilles]] (Pyrrha), [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hua_Mulan Mulan]] (Ren), and [[Myth/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.
* FamousLastWords:
** "This is going to be so much fun!" -- [[spoiler:Penny Polendina]]
** "As for me, I'll do what I do best: lie, steal, cheat, and survive!" -- [[spoiler:Roman Torchwick]]
** "Do you believe in destiny?" -- [[spoiler:Pyrrha Nikos]]
* FantasticGhetto: According to Professor Oobleck's lecture, Faunus used to be confined to the city of Menagerie (which is on its own fish-shaped continent). 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]].
** Shown in Episode 11 when Team CRDL bully Velvet (a rabbit faunus) 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 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. 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.
** Some Faunus are part of a terrorist-style group called the White Fang whose members seem really eager to wipe out humans/end human rule.
* FantasyWorldMap: The world of Remnant.
* FashionableAsymmetry: Most characters go for this look. Yang's outfit sports mismatched socks and a ShowgirlSkirt, Weiss' ponytail is offset to her right side, and Blake's left arm is sleeveless with a ribbon wrapped around it. Justified as Remnant's society places a greater emphasis on individualism and freedom of expression.
* FastballSpecial:
** In Episode 8, 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.
** In Vol. 2 Episode 11, Oobleck uses his thermos/flamethrower/bludgeon hybrid to launch Zwei and destroy a White Fang mech.
** In Vol. 3 Episode 1, Blake uses her Gambol Shroud as a grappling hook to launch Yang at Team ABRN when they're not on guard.
** In Vol. 3 Episode 5, Flynt Coal uses his [[InstrumentOfMurder trumpet's sonic blast]] to propel Neon on her [[RollerbladeGood rollerblades]].
* FeministFantasy: ''RWBY'' an action-oriented series focused on an ExtranormalInstitute where students train to become [[TheHunter Hunters or Huntresses]]. The cast are all loosely based on various [[FairytaleMotifs Fairy Tales]], with Literature/LittleRedRidingHood starring as [[SinisterScythe scythe-wielding]] ActionGirl Ruby, [[Literature/SnowWhiteAndTheSevenDwarfs Snow White]] as LadyOfWar Weiss, {{Goldilocks}} as CuteBruiser Yang, and [[Literature/BeautyAndTheBeast Beauty]] as {{Ninja}} Blake. The cast primarily consists of women, all capable warriors in their own right and respected as equals by their male peers. It also features references to warrior women from mythology, in the forms of [[TheAce Pyrrha]] Nikos (Amazons) and [[GirlyBruiser Nora]] Valkyrie. According to WordOfGod, they intentionally avoided panty shots even when the heroines are jumping and flipping around in short skirts. Adding to that is the fact that only women can become one of the four Maidens and wield exceptional, magical power.
* FireForgedFriends: With the exception of Ruby and Yang, nobody in Team RWBY seemed particularly thrilled at the prospect of working with each other. They start to become a cohesive team after their trial-by-fire in the Emerald Woods, though tension between Weiss and Blake persists until the end of volume 1.
* FlashStep:
** Blake seems to use this as part of her fighting style. Watch her fight against Roman Torchwick in Vol.1 Episode 16; the "shadow" she leaves behind suggests this trope.
** A slight variation of this happens in Vol.2 Episode 8. After Ruby tells Professor Ozpin, Glynda, and General Ironwood about details she saw in the previous episode while fighting an intruder, the Professor tells her to be discreet about explaining the situation. After returning to her room, Weiss, Yang, and Blake are standing on the far side of the room, and all three nearly instantaneously pop up in front of her with a whoosh sound to ask her what happened.
** Dr. Oobleck performs these constantly in his first appearance due to his overcaffeination.
** Ruby's Semblance is essentially this, and also achieves it with her weapon's recoil.
* FloatingContinent: The sky castle variant (but not an OminousFloatingCastle), serves as the arena for the tournament during the Vytal Festival.
* 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.
* {{Flynning}}: In Vol.2 Episode 5, Pyrrha's and Jaune's "training" amounts to striking and attacking their swords. However, this trope is [[DownplayedTrope Downplayed]] as Pyrrha goes for a leg sweep at the end of the fight.
* {{Foil}}
** Blake and Sun. Both are [[LittleBitBeastly Faunus]], but Blake hides her race to because she's afraid of what people will think of her, while Sun revels in his race and doesn't seem to care how people view him. Blake is ex-White Fang who believes in the need to fight for Faunus rights, while Sun views the White Fang as a cult who appointed themselves as Faunus representatives without say-so from other Faunus. Blake's Semblance produces shadow-based clones that are used for defence (deception, dodging and escaping), whereas Sun's Semblance produces light-based clones that are used offensively to attack the opponent directly. Sun helps Blake to loosen up while Blake helps Sun to show at least a little restraint.
** Jaune and Pyrrha. [[IdealHero Pyrrha]] is a very intelligent and competent warrior who has garnered [[TheAce in-universe fame]] for her personal exploits. [[ClassicalAntiHero Jaune]] is a naive, unassuming young man who has zero combat training but has a famous ancestry. Her character arc is about learning from Jaune what it means to be a normal teenager with normal friends and relationships, while his character arc is about learning from Pyrrha what it means to be a true warrior. Both have self-esteem issues, with Jaune being the first person who ever treated her like a [[IJustWantToBeNormal normal human]] being and Pyrrha being the first person who ever had genuine faith in his ability to [[IJustWantToBeBadass become a warrior]].
** James and Qrow. While both serve under Ozpin, James is uptight, formal and likes getting straight to the point, while Qrow is drunk, grumpy and enjoys winding people up. James prefers approaching problems with open, physical and excessive displays of force, while Qrow prefers intelligence gathering, working from the shadows and playing his cards close to his chest. Both men are aggressive, but James focusses on macho, physical aggression that's backed up by verbal arguments, while Qrow prefers sarcastic, verbal attacks that's backed up by physical actions. Putting the two men in a room together is a recipe for fireworks; they both want the same thing, but their personalities clash on how best to achieve it.
* FoodFight: A ''literal'' food fight breaks out between Team RWBY and Team JNPR in the first episode of Volume 2. [[MundaneMadeAwesome And it is epic.]]
* 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, 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. Turns out to be {{foreshadowing}} for the Nevermore which appears in the next episode. Played with slightly in that 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 [[TrailersAlwaysSpoil trailers]] and [[SpoilerOpening intro]] hadn't already spelled out who's going to be on what team.
** In the fight in "[[WholeEpisodeFlashback Beginning of the End]]", it's already clear from the beginning that [[spoiler:Cinder will defeat Amber and steal half her power]], as was revealed in the previous episode.
* {{Foreshadowing}}:
** Ruby's trailer is primarily a 'White' setting, while Weiss' trailer is primarily 'Black'. Blake's trailer is predominantly black and red as per Adam's colour-scheme. However, her eyes are yellow, and her trailer ends with the camera zooming away from her as she turns into silhouette and disappears. Yang's first proper appearance in the Yang trailer is the exact opposite of Blake's ending - the camera zooms in on her approaching silhouette that transforms into full detail. Her setting rotates through all four colours in relation to which character the song is about.
** Blake's trailer has Adam and Blake raiding a train full of Dust sporting the Schnee logo, setting up the show's plot of the Schnee corporation's monopoly on Dust mining and sales, the Dust-theft and hoarding by White Fang, and the direct history of violence between the Schnee and White Fang organisations. Events regarded by the villains as "Phase 1" of their end-game.
** In Blake's trailer, she and Adam discuss humans as if they're excluded from that race. In the show, she is critical of Schnee labour practices. She gets offended when Faunus are insulted or bullied, her ear-shaped hair bow occasionally twitches like cat ears. She knows a lot about historical faunus/human conflict. She's confirmed to be a White Fang cat-faunus during an argument with the anti-White Fang Weiss.
** In Blake's trailer, Adam is thinks nothing of killing humans, causing Blake to abandon him. In the show, we hear about White Fang's descent into terrorism after an internal coup; silhouettes of the three leaders show one looking rather like Adam's profile. In Volume 2, Blake sketches Adam a lot, and is worried about why White Fang is unusually working with Roman. When Adam returns to the show, it's clear he's working with Cinder in some way. In Volume 3, Blake reveals that she had a friend who slowly descended into cruelty. [[spoiler:Adam is the White Fang leader Cinder coerced with her Maiden into helping her achieve her goals; when Cinder sets off her plan to wreck Beacon and reach Amber, the White Fang help by invading Vale to kill humans with an army of faunus and Grimm. Adam goes straight to the school to confront Blake, where he hints that Blake was his abuse victim, attempts to kill him and permanently maims Yang.]]
** Jaune is obviously behind the others from the outset. He didn't design his weapons, which are low-tech family heirlooms. He doesn't know about Aura, the cornerstone of Huntsmen abilities, and has to have his Aura unlocked. Glynda comments that Jaune's application transcript does not match the reality of his abilities, which are too low for Beacon's entry requirements. [[spoiler:He faked his transcripts. He has no combat history at all.]]
** When Pyrrha pins Jaune to the lockers early on, pulling back her spear is accompanied by the sound of a magnetic hum. She confirms her Semblance is polarity when she uses magnetism to raise Jaune's shield to give him secret aid against an Ursa. During a food fight, the full extent of her Semblance is seen when she creates tornados of drinks cans. "Destiny" reminds us of the power of Pyrrha's Semblance when she loses emotional control and accidentally slams Jaune into a wall. [[spoiler:Secret RobotGirl Penny is confirmed to be sensitive to magnetism when she jokes about getting a magnet stuck to her head. Penny is eventually accidentally destroyed during the tournament by Pyrrha's full Semblance as part of Cinder's villainous plans; it also sets up Pyrrha's ability to fight a fully-powered Maiden despite being a teenage trainee; it's only after her Aura shatters, rendering her Semblance unusable, that Cinder finally gains the upper hand.]]
** In "The Shining Beacon, part 2", Blake is reading a book about a man with two souls, each fighting for control of his body. In the Volume 2 opening, red maple leaves are flowing off Pyrrha. [[spoiler:Pyrrha is chosen to receive the Fall Maiden's powers through an artificial system that will place Amber's soul into her body. No-one knows what the consequences of two souls in Pyrrha's body will be - but it could completely change who she is.]]
** In "Lessons Learned", Coco is confused and bewildered by an illusionary Yatsuhashi, leading to her defeat. Two episodes later, Ruby wishes Yang luck in her fight by telling her to "break a leg". [[spoiler: Yang breaks Mercury's leg in defense after she already won the battle and he deliberately attacked her. But the camera and the way the crowds react showed that it was ''Yang'' attacking the downed Mercury unprovoked, leaving Yang confused and the audience wondering if an illusion was cast.]]
** In ''Breach'', it's easy to miss that Weiss conjures an ice blade during the fight. ''Lessons Learned'' makes a more obvious hint with reveal of the Schnee hereditary summoning semblance. It finally plays out in ''Heroes and Monsters'' [[spoiler: where Weiss successfully summons a sword that easily cleaves an Atlesian Paladin but leaves her drained of energy.]]
** When on a field mission, Oobleck shows Ruby the giant Goliaths that do not attack, but rather grow more powerful as they wait for humanity to grow weak. He explains that Grimm may start out as weak and unintelligent, but they gain power, intelligence and patience as they age. Not only does this foreshadow ancient beings like the Grim Dragon [[spoiler:but also the villain who's determined to destroy humanity, a woman called Salem who has the exact same black and white markings, and glowing red eyes, as the Grimm]].
** When Ozpin and Ruby first meet in "Ruby Rose," he comments that she has silver eyes. At the beginning of Volume 3, Ruby wonders why Ozpin really let her into Beacon early. In the Volume 3 opening credits, there's a scene that zooms in on Ruby's eyes before whiting out and shifting to the next scene. [[spoiler: In the Volume 3 finale, Ruby unleashes a massive blast of power from her eyes that freezes the Grimm Dragon and whites out the scene to the next, where she regains consciousness at home. Qrow tells her that Ozpin once revealed to him that silver eyes are very rare; people with them are destined to become mighty warriors with strange powers who are rumoured to be able to kill Grimm just with a glance.]]
** In the ending of the Volume 3 opening when Team RWBY is under the DramaticSpotlight, Ruby is the only one with her head up, while everyone else has their head hung dejectedly. [[spoiler:In the Volume 3 finale, Ruby is the only one that still has a drive to do something. Yang is emotionally and physically damaged from the loss of her arm, her school, and her friends, Weiss is returning to Atlas with her father, and Blake has flat-out run away.]]
** In "Welcome to Beacon" team RWBY is seen playing Remnant: The Game in the library. When Ruby's forces are destroyed, Yang comments that most of her forces were androids, giving more information on the nature of Atlas and also revealing the concept of Grimm allies (which Yang uses against Ruby's fleet). [[spoiler:The game [[https://www.facebook.com/ashley.bowling.549/videos/865266950263354/?pnref=story foreshadows]] the Volume 3 finale. Ruby deployed the Atlesian fleet which are defeated by Yang's Grimm allies, and at one point, Atlesian fleet turns on itself. The Volume 3 finale activates the Atlesian fleet, which are overwhelmed by Griffons. A Giant Nevermore attacks the tournament stadium and Roman steals an Atlesian ship, turning it on the Atlesian army. The robots turn on the humans and the White Fang ship in Grimm allies.]]
* 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.
** A cave drawing of [[{{Foreshadowing}} a scorpion fighting stick men]] is on the wall on either side of the hole Jaune and Pyrrha enter to find the temple and rouse the Deathstalker.
** Blake's bow [[http://24.media.tumblr.com/29df3374db2bc89c72afbf5d97431f52/tumblr_msog32fQB21s7vfd5o1_400.gif twitches]] slightly when she sees Ruby fall from the sky. Because, underneath the bow, she has cat ears.
** Nora's grenades have hearts on the front of them.
** In Episode 9, the names 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 Cardin Winchester eavesdropping on their conversation in a window below 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.
** In Episode 16, when 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.
** In the warehouse in Vol.2 Episode 1, when Roman grouphugs Mercury and Emerald, you can see Roman and Emerald's hands brushing past each other's pockets. Roman's hand sweeps past Emerald's back pocket for the paper, while Emerald's sweeps past Roman's left jacket pocket for his lighter. Bonus points for both of them reaching for the place they thought they had their item in.
** Earlier in the episode, Ruby really did appropriate Weiss's Vytal Festival activities binder for her own "Best Day Ever" plans.
** In Vol.2 Episode 3, the boxes that Ruby knocks over while chasing Penny are labeled "[[http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/breakable_things_1274.png Breakable Things]]". Also, pay close attention during Ruby and Penny's conversation at the CCT and you'll see [[https://fbcdn-sphotos-g-a.akamaihd.net/hphotos-ak-xpa1/t31.0-8/10452997_587047311406031_1955135873451296613_o.jpg Cardin Winchester walking past in the background]].
** In Vol.2 Episode 7, Neptune admits to Jaune that he can't dance. During the montage at the end, you can briefly see Neptune dancing, and it's true: he can't.
** In Vol.3 Episode 11, if you pause at just the right moment [[spoiler: you can see Adam flicking, [[http://imgur.com/tr8ktjH what is presumably either Blake or Yang's blood]], off his sword after dismembering the latter's right arm]].
* FreudianExcuse: When [[WhatTheHellHero called out]] on her FantasticRacism against Faunus, Weiss explains that the Faunus 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 very... difficult... childhood]]."
* FreudianSlip: When arguing with Weiss about the nature of the White Fang and faunus in general, Blake accidentally uses 'we,' revealing her nature as a faunus with some form of involvement with the questionable organization.
* TheFriendsWhoNeverHang: Downplayed with Ruby and Blake, as they get along and mutually support and care about one another. While each other pair of team members have a unique bond (Ruby and Yang are sisters, Ruby and Weiss are partners and VitriolicBestBuds, Blake and Yang are partners and Yang helped Blake out of her obsession over the White Fang, Weiss and Blake reconciled their differences over the White Fang after a heated argument and Weiss was the first to call out Blake's descent into self-destructive behaviour, Weiss and Yang fought together in the doubles round of the tournament where Weiss sacrifices herself for Yang's safety, enraging Yang to destroy the stadium), Ruby and Blake have no shared experience with one another as of yet.
* FromBadToWorse: The entirety of "Heroes and Monsters". While the heroes make some small gains it's mainly through pure luck. [[spoiler: Ruby barely survives a fight with Roman and Neo. Neo gets removed from the fight rather inventively which enrages Roman. This leads to Roman getting careless and killed by a Grimm which allows Ruby to disable the ship and stop the [=AKs=]. On the flipside however Blake is severely injured by Adam, Yang loses an arm attempting to save Blake and Amber is killed by Cinder leading to Cinder gaining the remainder of Autumn's powers.]]
* FunWithAcronyms: The team names, which are apparently officially given by Ozpin upon completion of the initiation phase:
** RWBY (pronounced "Ruby" [[note]] in Middle English and Modern Welsh use 'w' as a vowel and makes an 'oo' sound [[/note]]) 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.
** CFVY (pronounced "Coffee") stands for Coco, Fox, Velvet, Yatsuhashi.
** 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.
* FunWithSubtitles: The Netflix captions feature a number of typos and goofs. Most of them are fairly prosaic, but don't be drinking something when you read the line "Brothers of the White Fang, why are you ''eating'' this scum?"
* FunnyBackgroundEvent:
** In the Volume 2 premiere, Weiss stands up to talk about Ruby's plan for the best day ever. Next to her, Yang starts getting worried and starts making frantic head shaking gestures. She's trying to stop Nora throwing a pie, which promptly hurtles in from offscreen and hits Weiss seconds later
** Immediately afterwards Sun is talking to Neptune about how the students at Beacon are "the coolest." Not more than two seconds later, [[ButtMonkey Jaune]] is seen tossed at the window as Sun and Neptune walk by, unaware of the food fight going on in the cafeteria.
** In ''Welcome to Beacon'', team RWBY is playing a board game. As Ruby activates Yang's trap card, the camera cuts to team JNPR, while Ruby and Yang's argument audibly carries on, with a few playing pieces being flung over team JNPR's table.
** While team RWBY is still playing, Jaune comes over and tries to convince Weiss to trust him to play her hand. Pyrrha perks up, gets out of her chair, and speeds over to his side just before he reveals that Blake is a f-"fun-loving person!"
** In ''Painting the Town...'', when Ruby is answering Blake's call for help, the dumpster behind Ruby is boarded up after her [[EekAMouse hearing squeaks]] inside it earlier.
** In ''Field Trip'', while the focus is on Weiss and Ruby watching Yang read her father's letter, Blake can be seen creeping around on Ruby's bunk bed, irritably watching the dog as he barks cheerfully up at her.
** In the battle with [[spoiler: Amber]], as Cinder's presence becomes apparent, Mercury can be seen dodging lightning by literally backflipping up and down like some weird spring load or slinky, or maybe both.
** While Jaune is observing the damage in Volume 3's tenth episode, Sage and Scarlet can be seen riding an approaching Ursa Major, hanging on for dear life.
* GatlingGood: Coco's main weapon, built into ''a ladies' handbag''.
* GenerationXerox: Team RWBY's fate ends up fairly similar to Team STRQ. [[spoiler: The mysterious female disappears, the blonde bruiser is left emotionally scarred after too many losses and the scythe wielder goes on to join another group to continue the fight.]]
** The only one who doesn't match is Weiss, who instead is similar to her own sister, who disobeyed her fathers orders to join Beacon, but ultimately, returns to serve him after her defeat.
* GenkiGirl:
** Nora Valkyrie. The other girls all have their moments too.
** Ruby acts this way towards weapons as evidenced in Episode 2.
* GenderBlenderName: Blake is a girl, and Dove and Sky of Team CRDL are boys. Another example is Scarlet, part of Team SSSN and voiced by Creator/GavinFree.
* 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]] [[UsefulNotes/JoanOfArc Arc]], [[Myth/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 UsefulNotes/TheTrojanWar[[/note]], [[Myth/NorseMythology Thor]][[note]]In one story, Thor was disguised as the goddess Freya[[/note]], and Disney/{{Mulan}}.
* 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:
** When Ruby talks to Glynda Goodwitch for the first time after the encounter with Roman Torchwick, she asks for an autograph. Cut to a scene where Glynda is reprimanding Ruby for recklessly trying to fight criminals on her own.
** In "Field Trip", Team RWBY gets excited that they're about to go on a mission with a trained Huntsman. Cut to their horrified expressions when they learn this "trained Huntsman" is [[{{Cloudcuckoolander}} Professor Oobleck]].
* GoodEyesEvilEyes: Has been mentioned as a factor in the protagonists' designs, with the most heroic and innocent character (Ruby) having the largest eyes. This is noticeable in the animation: characters of upstanding morals either have larger and more noticeable eyes (RWBY, Pyrrha, Nora, etc) or eyes of vivid color (Neptune's and Jaune's deep blue eyes, as well as Ren's pink ones). Villains play to the opposite effect, either having clearly villainous eye colors (Cinder's fiery orange ones and Emerald's straight-up red ones), darker ones (Torchwick's and Mercury's very dark eyes), or eyes that are not visible at all (Adam, the White Fang Lieutenant). Neo is a notable aversion, as not only does she look positively ''adorable'', she has eyes to match, making her villain status that much more disturbing. Then again, CuteIsEvil...
* GraveMarkingScene: Volume 3 begins with Ruby at her mother's grave.
* GravityIsAHarshMistress: In Vol. 2 Episode 5, Ruby and Yang are leaning in from off-screen to watch [[DoggedNiceGuy Jaune serenade Weiss]]. Both are at an impossible angle. Ruby notices this near the end of the scene and promptly falls over.
* GreaterScopeVillain: Turns out that the largest villain in the series is [[spoiler: Salem, aka the ''narrator from the very beginning of the first episode.'' Cinder may or may not be directly working for her]].
* GreatOffscreenWar: The Great War Jaune's great-great-grandfather took part in and the Faunus Rights Conflict.
* GreenRocks: Dust's original form. Given that Dust can be multiple colours, it actually looks like jewelry in this state.
* GreenRooming:
** Adam, Junior and the Malachite twins are introduced in the trailers (Black and Yellow respectively). Junior and the twins finally enter the show in Vol.2 Episode 4, while Adam doesn't appear at all until the very end of Volume 2.
** Sage and Scarlet (as well as Neptune) are introduced in the trailer for Volume 2. However, Sage and Scarlet don't appear in the entire volume at all except for ''tiny'' background characters in one scene. This has so far continued into Volume 3, with Sage and Scarlet finally getting one line each....and then getting knocked out, in less than fifteen seconds in the case of Sage. So far they have not had any more significance than being characters in the arena stands watching the Tournament.
* GroinAttack:
** In the Yellow trailer, Yang interrogates Junior by grabbing him by the testicles and continually squeezing.
** In "Breach", Coco takes out a Beowulf [[http://youtu.be/-p4iS_p3b8E?t=7m16s with a kick to the groin before dispatching it by smashing its head in with her purse.]]
** In "New Challengers," Scarlet gets hit in the crotch by a coconut, depleting his Aura to critical levels and knocking him out of the Vytal Tournament match.
--->'''Sun''': Nuts.
* GroundPound: In the Yellow Trailer, Yang punches the dance floor to attack Junior.
* GrowlingGut: In "Round One", after Blake says she [[{{Understatement}} may have worked up an appetite]] at the Vytal fairgrounds, her stomach growls ''loudly''.
* TheGuardsMustBeCrazy:
** In Season 2, Episode 10, Ruby finds Zwei outside and narrowly avoids getting caught by two White Fang henchmen who naively dismiss Zwei's bark.
** An aversion straight out of the Evil Overlord handbook. In Season 2, Episode 11, when a guard sees an unusual red something on the back of the train, he does not go look around the corner. He immediately gets his phone out and radios in an intruder. (He still gets knocked out, but the message is received.)
* GunshipRescue: An airship arrives in the nick of time to "save" the criminal Roman Torchwick from Ruby in "Ruby Rose".
* HailfirePeaks: The Amity Colosseum (the arena used for the Vytal Festival) [[RandomlyGeneratedLevels randomizes the arena]] with two or more terrain modules, plus the neutral centre stage. RWBY's fight with ABRN, for example, got the namesake combination of LethalLavaLand and SlippySlideyIceWorld.
* HalfTheManHeUsedToBe:
** Vol.2 Episode 9 has both Blake and Ruby taking out Grimm by doing bisections.
** "Breach" has Coco using her minigun to bisect a giant Grimm eagle that topples to the ground.
** [[spoiler:Penny was chopped in half and at the arms by Pyrrha, due to Emerald messing with Pyrrha's perceptions]].
** In "Heroes and Monsters", Ironwood approaches Qrow who unsheathes his scythe and jumps as if he's about to bring it down on him...[[spoiler:only to [[StabTheScorpion instead bisect the Grimm that was behind Ironwood]], lunging at him]].
* HateSink: Cardin's only purpose is to be as big of a jerk as possible and be despised by the audience. He {{blackmail}}s Jaune into doing his schoolwork and is later seen bullying the innocent Velvet just because she's a Faunus.
* HeroWithBadPublicity: By the end of Volume 3, Episode 9, it seems both the Kingdoms of Vale and Atlas have had the political carton of eggs thrown in their faces when Cinder exposes their actions and asks the citizens why should trust academies that create either {{Child Soldier}}s or {{Ridiculously Human Robot}}s. She also goes on to claim that her home kingdom of Mystral is just as bad.
* HeroesLoveDogs: All the girls on Team RWBY love Zwei the puppy. (Except [[CatGirl Blake]].)
* HeroicSacrifice:
** In "Never Miss a Beat", Weiss attempts to take out Flynt by tackling him onto a flame-spewing vent when he's about to target Yang. Weiss ends up depleting all of her aura, and Flynt survives by the skin of his teeth, but is weak enough to be taken out by Yang. Once the battle is over, Flynt [[WorthyOpponent acknowledges her courage in the act]].
** A more serious example: [[spoiler:in the Volume 3 finale, Pyrrha goes off to fight Cinder almost out of instinct due to the threat she's bringing to her school and her friends, refusing to be dissuaded by Jaune and Ozpin. She puts up a hell of a fight, but she gets killed for her efforts]].
* HeroOfAnotherStory: Averted; JNPR was originally supposed to be the B-Team, but WordOfGod states that somewhere in production they 'became a second A-Team.'
* HeroicBSOD:
** Yang ends up suffering one in Vol.3 Episode 8 as a result of having been made to look like she attacked Mercury Black after the match unprovoked a couple of episodes before, turning the crowd against her and getting RWBY disqualified from the tournament. She ends up resigning herself to the team dorm. Later, it becomes long-term after [[spoiler: Adam cuts off her arm]].
** A much more extreme example is likely at the end of Ep. 9 in Vol. 3. [[spoiler: Penny gets chopped in half and both Ruby and Pyrrha are in a state of shock.]]
** Ruby herself got struck by this from Ep. 9 to the middle of Ep. 12 Vol. 3 where everything turned to chaos and a few of her friends got victimized. She recovers a few days later, though.
* HeroTrackingFailure: In Vol.2 Episode 11, Roman and his goons are unable to hit Ruby while she's fleeing from them towards her friends.
* HiddenAgendaVillain: Cinder and her allies' plan is so far unknown to both Team RWBY ''and'' the audience.
* HowWeGotHere:
** The seventh episode of first volume 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.
** "Beginning of the End" is a flashback episode that shows Cinder's activities before the series, including the circumstances under which she attacked the Fall Maiden.
* 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."
* 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!?
** Episode 4 of the second season has Yang disdain Weiss for making a pun, complaining it wasn't very good... after she said she always kicks her semesters off [[IncrediblyLamePun with a Yang]] in the first episode of the season.
** Nora's response to Blake storming out of the library?
---> '''Nora:''' ''[throws up her hands]'' Women.
* ICallItVera: Ruby's Crescent Rose -- the only explicitly character-given weapon name so far.
** Every other main character's weapon has been named [[AllThereInTheManual elsewhere]], but Ruby is the only one who treats her weapon with quite that level of affection.
* IDidWhatIHadToDo: Referenced verbatim in "Red Like Roses Part 2":
-->''I didn't have a choice, I did what I had to do''\\
''I made a sacrifice but forced a bigger sacrifice on you''
* IfItTastesBadItMustBeGoodForYou: Ren's health drink of a blend of herbs and vegetables that he offers to Pyrrha in "Destiny", which already looks unappetizing, with a sickly green color and cauldron-bubbling sound effects. Then Nora reluctantly drinks some of it, and immediately throws up.
--> "If it looks the same coming up as it did going down, then there's ''something'' wrong."
* IJustWantToBeNormal:
** Ruby sort of [[ZigZaggedTrope tinkers with this trope]]: while she does want to become a Huntress, she isn't comfortable with becoming a Huntress-in-training two years early. (She wants to be special in a normal way, not special in a special way.) She also gave us this famous quote which doubles as this trope's page quote:
-->"I don't want to be the bee's knees, okay? I don't want to be any kind of knees! I just want to be a normal girl with normal knees!"
** Pyrrha is another example: for a long time, all she ever knew was combat, no social skills, no relationships, nothing like that. As such, people only recognized her for her accomplishments, rather than who she really is. Due to this, everybody she ever met had her placed on a pedestal, and never bothered to interact with her because, in their eyes, Pyrrha was just too good for them. But when Jaune comes along, he knew nothing about her, and even when he was told of Pyrrha's fame, he still treated her like anybody else. This is one of the reasons why she has a crush on him.
** Although as one of the commentary's mentions Ruby worries less and less about being normal as the volumes go on in favor of going beyond what's expected of her to take the fight to the villains, to the point that she basically forgets all about wanting to be normal in Vol 3 [[spoiler:so that by the time she learns she has actual special powers with her silver eyes, and thus never WAS normal at all, she instantly embraces them and wants to put them to use fighting Cinder.]]
* ILied: [[PlayedForLaughs Said jokingly]] by Jaune when he was trying to serenade Weiss in "Extracurricular".
-->'''Jaune:''' ''[knock knock knock]'' Aw, come on! ''[knock knock knock]'' Open the door. ''[sounding resigned]'' I promise not to sing...\\
'''Weiss:''' ''[opens the door]''\\
'''Jaune:''' ''[singing]'' ♫ I LIED!!! ♫\\
'''Weiss:''' ''[{{face palm}}s]''
* IconicLogo: Done as an "InMemoriam" moment. Volume 3's first scene ends with birds flying in front of the sun in the same pattern as [[http://knowyourmeme.com/photos/1034040-rwby Monty Oum's old signature]].
* IgnoredEnemy: In Volume 3 Episode 2, Team JNPR get into an argument about code names during a tournament match. The fight is completely halted for about half a minute as their opponents look on confused.
* ImperialStormtrooperMarksmanshipAcademy: Seen in Vol. 2 Chapter 11, where Torchwick and more than ''five'' or so {{mooks}} fail to shoot an escaping Ruby, with her somehow maneuvering through all of the rounds fired without a scratch ''and with her back turned''. No wonder Torchwick got so upset.
* ImpossiblyCoolWeapon: So far, the only characters who don't have multi-use weapons are Jaune, with his basic sword-and-shield combo, and the Malachite sisters', whose weapons are merely bladed shoes and a pair of claws.
** The named characters' weapons include Ruby's [[SniperRifle Rifle]]-[[SinisterScythe Scythe]], Weiss's Aura-casting [[RevolversAreJustBetter Revolver]]-[[RoyalRapier Rapier]], Blake's KillerYoYo-[[KatanasAreJustBetter Katana]] [[DualWielding with]] a [[SheathStrike sharpened scabbard]], Yang's paired [[ShotgunsAreJustBetter Shotgun]]-[[PowerFist Gauntlets]], Junior's [[MacrossMissileMassacre missile launcher]] that turns into a [[CarryABigStick club]], Adam's Katana with [[IaijutsuPractitioner Rifle-Sheath]], and [[SwissArmyWeapon one particular weapon]], Pyrrha's, that 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 that also function as sawed-off shotguns.
** Coco carries a ladies' bag -- that unfolds into ''an enormous gatling gun''.
** Raven wields a sword that's about as long as her legs, in a sheath that appears to contain enough Dust for a dozen of Weiss's Myrtenasters. She also appears to use the sword to create portals.
** When a group of students struggle to take on one Paladin, Velvet's weapon allows her to take on two of them alone and take one out. [[spoiler:She takes pictures of other people's weapons and then [[PowerCopying re-summons]] them as hard-light copies for her to use with equal abilities.]]
* ImprovisedCatapult: How Nora gets Jaune to the far side of the broken bridge in ''Players and Pieces''.
* ImprovisedWeapon: A bunch in the first episode of Volume 2. All food-based.
* IncrediblyLamePun:
** Ruby says that she wants to kick the semester off with a bang, to which Yang replies that she likes to kick ''her'' semesters off with a Yang. Everyone present groans. Even the [[LettingTheAirOutOfTheBand background music reacts temporarily]].
-->'''Nora''': ''[throwing a tomato at Yang]'' Boo.
** Weiss, surprisingly, makes one after Torchwick and his latest minion escape in "Painting the Town". Even more amusingly, it's ''Yang'' who's most annoyed by it (apparently, there's a time and a place for jokes).
-->'''Weiss:''' Was this not it?\\
'''Yang:''' No, it just wasn't very good.
* IncrediblyLongNote: Near the end of "When it Falls", Casey holds one for ten seconds.
* TheInfiltration: Cinder, Mercury, and Emerald do this in Volume 2 when they infiltrate Beacon Academy.
* InnateNightVision: According to "Jaunedice (Part 1)", many Faunus possess this trait.
* InnocentlyInsensitive: Done twice in "Destiny", both times to Pyrrha, who is already troubled with the weighty decision of [[spoiler:assuming the powers of the Fall Maiden with the potential risk of losing her identity]].
** Ren tells her that she'll be defending Beacon's honor.
** Jaune advises her to let nothing stand in her way if it means fulfilling her destiny.
* InsistentTerminology:
** By word of Weiss, that's not a dress she's wearing, it's a "combat skirt." Ruby agrees.
** Neptune is ''not'' a nerd. He's an intellectual.
** It's ''Doctor'' Oobleck. He didn't earn his [=PhD=] for fun, thank you very much!
* IResembleThatRemark:
-->'''Weiss:''' I'm not bossy! Don't say things like that!
* IronicEcho:
** In "Painting the Town," Yang returns to Junior's club, only to be greeted with several guns, since she was so violent the last time. A volume later, in "Fall," Yang is surrounded by guns because she was being violent.
** Pyrrha's good-natured, comic "I'm sorry!" CatchPhrase is played for drama in "Destiny" after she accidentally loses control of her Semblance and throws Jaune into a pillar. [[spoiler:It's played for tragedy in the Volume 3 finale when it becomes the last thing she ever says to Jaune before pushing him into a rocket locker to allow her to fight Cinder alone. She and Jaune both know it's a fight she can't win.]]
* IronicName: We find out in "New Challengers" that ''Neptune'' is afraid of water.
* {{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.
** Neptune is named after the Roman God of the Seas, and shares a name with a famous WW2 naval mascot. He's terrified of water.
* InstantCostumeChange: In "Destiny", Nora changes from her regular clothes into a workout outfit between cuts.
* ItCanThink: The creatures of Grimm are generally mindless, but grow more powerful as they age, and sometimes intelligence is among the strengths they develop. The most powerful Grimm are smart enough to avoid humans rather than attack outright, allowing themselves to continue growing powerful (aside from surviving, of course).
* 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.
** The improved character rigging for Volume 2 suggests this will be more common when it makes sense given the character and the costume: Glynda demonstrates it when she barges in after the FoodFight.
** Volume 3 has carried the torch. Winter has shown significant movement, both in battle and body language, and a younger Blake shows an unusual....bouyancy while walking behind Adam during a flashback.
* JumpScare:
** In "Field Trip", when Ruby opens the door to Team RWBY's room after talking with Ozpin, the rest of the team suddenly rush up to the camera so quickly that it can easily be startling.
** The Volume 3 opening starts softly with piano as we see a petal falling onto a rose...only for the ''loud as all hell rock theme song'' to burst in out of nowhere as the rose gets trampled by a horde of Grimm.
* 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.
** Usage of Dust.
* KnightOfCerebus: Roman is a competent villain but his antics are often accompanied with humorous posturing. It's when Cinder and her posse starts becoming more active that the plot starts to become thicker and darker, culminating in them unleashing a large-scale chaos in the last third of the third volume.
* KubrickStare:
** Cinder does this often while grinning dubiously to add to her mysterious, ominous persona. It helps that her hair [[PeekABangs covers one of her eyes]].
** In "Lessons Learned", as soon as Emerald and Mercury's Vytal doubles round with Coco and Yatsuhashi begins, they just back into the tall yellow grass, staring at them in this manner and smiling slyly.
** In the above episode, a close-up shot of Qrow has him doing this as he tells Ruby and Yang of his last mission.
** "Never Miss a Beat" ends with Pyrrha making an ominous smirk in this manner as the CCT elevator closes.
* LadyOfBlackMagic: Glynda and Cinder.
* LadyInRed: Pyrrha at the school dance in "Dance Dance Infiltration".
* LadyOfWar: [[MagicKnight Weiss]], [[{{Ninja}} Blake]] and [[MagnetismManipulation Pyrrha]] are a few heroic examples. A [[DarkActionGirl villainous]] example is [[DanceBattler Neopolitan]].
* 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.
* LateToTheTragedy: In the Volume 3 finale, [[spoiler:poor Ruby reaches the top of the CCT a little too late and is only able to watch as Pyrrha is killed by Cinder]].
* LawOfChromaticSuperiority: Ruby is the [[RedIsHeroic red-clad]] main character. The two most significant villains have also had red themes.
* LeaningOnTheFourthWall:
** The final line of "The Stray" ("So, you want to know more about me..."), delivered by Blake to Sun, is given a shot that is angled as if Blake is directly addressing the audience.
** Team CFVY's entrance into the fray in the Volume 2 finale has three members use their weapons in battle, the lone exception being Velvet (the faunus Cardin was bullying back in season 1, whose weapon was the source of heavy speculation among the fandom), who was walking around with a small briefcase-looking item. Just when it seems she's about to use it, Coco stops her.
-->''"Hey, come on, you've spent all semester building that up. Don't waste it here."''
** The 30-second advert for "Battle of Beacon" ends with Cinder saying "Do ''not'' miss what's coming next." The line is then repurposed when she says it to Mercury near the end of the episode as he's getting a broadcast of [[spoiler:the devastation brought down on Vale]], but even then it still feels like this.
* 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. He seems to have grown out of this by the Volume 2 finale.
** [[spoiler:Pyrrha impulsively rushing off to fight Cinder]] in the Volume 3 finale seems a lot like this, and even worse considering [[spoiler:she gets killed in the fight]].
* 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.
** Returns again when Yang returns to the club, and the record starts skipping until the fearful DJ pulls up the needle.
** 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.
** Also inverted with Flynt Coal's trumpet, every attack is taken from the soundtrack.
* {{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 confronts Roman Torchwick.
** The motifs during the food fight in "Best Day Ever" change depending on which main character is in focus. "Mirror, Mirror" and the end of "Red Like Roses Part I" are the more distinct ones that can be heard.
** Roman Torchwick's theme. It's subtle and underscored, but if you listen closely, you notice that the music sounds like a darker rendition of certain parts of "Red Like Roses 1 & II".
** Qrow has an associated melody first heard in his introduction at the bar.
** Winter has a theme that can first be heard when she flies in for the Vytal Festival.
* LettingTheAirOutOfTheBand: When Weiss is hit with the pie in "Best Day Ever", the boisterous theme sputters and crashes to a halt.
* LifeMeter: Hunter and Huntresses can use their auras as personal force fields, justifying their toughness. 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, making it look like an actual video game LifeMeter to spectators and participants. In combat tournaments, officials may step in and stop the battle once one's Aura Gauge reaches the red zone.
* 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.]]
* LightIsNotGood:
** Roman Torchwick 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.
* LimitedAnimation: Season 1 had this bad: of sixteen episodes, only three were longer than seven minutes, and every extra or character unimportant to the plot is animated as a black silhouette (though this was actually an artistic choice they were experimenting with rather than a production issue). Both of these were changed in Volume 2.
* LiteralCliffHanger: In "Mountain Glenn", Ruby is trying to get back to her camp with Zwei, but the pavement suddenly collapses. Ruby is able to save Zwei before the pavement she's holding onto breaks off.
* LittleNo: Ruby's reaction to the announcement that [[spoiler:Penny will be fighting Pyrrha]] at the end of "Destiny".
* LoadsAndLoadsOfCharacters: Being based in a school environment and having a cross-cultural school festival/tournament on the horizon means that a lot of characters were introduced very quickly, with room for many more in the future. By the end of Volume 1 alone there were 26 named and 3 unnamed characters, with the Volume 2 opening credits introducing an extra 6 unnamed characters.
* LoopholeAbuse: In Vol.2 Episode 8, Professor Ozpin, of all people, lets Team RWBY take on a mission in the southeast quadrant, where some suspicious activity is taking place. They originally weren't allowed to because it's normally not open to first year students. But he figures since they're going to end up there anyway, he'll allow the rules to be bent slightly so they can go there to investigate.
** In the following episode, we have this exchange:
--->'''Oobleck''': From this point forward, you have to do exactly as I say. Do you understand?\\
'''Team RWBY''': *nod* \\
'''Oobleck''': Ruby, I thought I told you to leave all your bags back at school.\\
'''Ruby''': [[ExactWords But you didn't tell us to listen to you yet.]] So I didn't. \\
'''Oobleck''': [[GracefulLoser ...she's not wrong.]]
* LovecraftLite: Bizarre, gibbering monsters of unknown origins and unknown motivations wage war on humanity, which are sequestered in four little pinpricks of safety, barely able to break out of this siege. What do we get out of this dark tale? Four [[ActionGirl Action Girls]] ready to stab the monsters in the face!
* LoveDodecahedron: Volume 2, hoo boy. Pyrrha likes Jaune, Jaune likes Weiss, Weiss likes Neptune, and Neptune likes [[CasanovaWannabe anything in a skirt]]...
* LyricalColdOpen: On the soundtrack, "Shine" starts out with nothing but Casey Lee Williams' vocals.
* 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.
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* MadeOfExplodium: Dust is extremely volatile. It can explode from being sneezed on.
* MagicAIsMagicA:
** Dust is a crystalline substance that can be used naturally, requiring great discipline to control, or artificially, with greater ease. It possesses four basic attributes, but artificial and naturally occurring combinations are possible. In powder form, it's very volatile, but can be harnessed in stable ways. It has been incorporated into all levels of technology from weapons and ammunition to being woven into clothing. It can also be fused directly with people (although it's the old fashioned way of doing it). Both in- and out-of-universe sources insist that Dust not be referred to as Capital-M Magic. [[spoiler: Because... real magic exists, but it's beyond Top Secret.]]
** Aura is a physical manifestation of the soul that can empower both humans and faunus with training. It can block damage, enhance senses, empower weapons, heal damage and activate dust. Even animals possess aura. Only Monsters of Grimm do not.
** A Semblance is an ability related to an awakened Aura that manifests in ways unique to each individual. There are a wide variety of Semblances from SuperSpeed to InstantRunes to SelectiveMagnetism. It's an ability Huntsmen and Huntresses incorporate into their arsenal of skills and powers.
* MagicByAnyOtherName: Dust, according to Kerry and Miles [[http://youtu.be/D8o4neUbtcc?t=29m48s during their RTX panel.]]
* 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.
** In "Burning the Candle", Ren apparently uses a Magic Towel.
** InUniverse, Weiss refers to her attire as a "combat skirt", suggesting that it's deliberately designed as a magic skirt to avoid embarrassment during battles.
** Played with in Volume 3's battle between Team SSSN and Team NDGO. Gwen Darcy gets hung upside down at one point, and she immediately crosses her arms over her combat skirt to prevent it from falling down. It stays upright on its own, but she does lose all the throwing knives she had stored in it, which do not.
* {{Magitek}}: Technology appears to be powered by Dust.
* MaleGaze:
** In "Dance Dance Infiltration", as if Cinder wasn't already appearing as MsFanservice, we got [[https://youtu.be/0-f-mGvOba8?t=9m40s this shot based around her butt]]. It's safe to say that the fandom wasn't close to prepared.
** There's also a fairly tantalizing shot of Emerald's posterior at the 5:42 mark of "Breach".
** [[http://vignette2.wikia.nocookie.net/rwby/images/1/1a/V3_07_00065.png/revision/latest?cb=20160103160103 The butt shot]] returns with a vengeance in "The Beginning of the End."
* TheManBehindTheMan:
** Volume 3, Episode 7 implies there is another person behind Cinder's plan, which would make whoever they are the true mastermind.
* 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.
* TheManInFrontOfTheMan: The first episode gives the impression that Roman Torchwick is the main villain and that the mysterious woman who flew his airship and fought off an enemy huntress on his behalf is another one of his minions. Later on the woman is revealed Torchwick's boss, Cinder Fall.
* MassOhCrap:
** In Volume 2's "No Brakes", the Vale populace is bewildered when the White Fang's train bursts from the underground, with Team RWBY still dazzled from the impact. [[spoiler:Then the Grimm emerge from the breach and invade the streets, causing a mass panic.]]
** In Volume 3's "[=PvP=]", the world witnesses a savage fight that appears to result in the death of a person, and the broadcasters cannot control their own feed to cut off the grisly sight. While Ironwood attempts to take control of the crowd, the stadium is attacked, causing mass panic. [[spoiler:Pyrrha accidentally tears Penny apart, leading Cinder to announce everyone's in danger and they can't trust the authorities to protect them, followed by the Grimm invading the kingdom ''en masse''.]]
* MatchCut:
** ''Tons'' of them in the volume 2 opening, used to interchange between the different members of Team RWBY engaged in battle or running.
** Near the end of "Burning the Candle", a white rose that Jaune drops on the ground after seeing Weiss asking Neptune to the dance fades seamlessly into a drooping white rose amongst a bouquet at the dance.
** The penultimate shot of "Field Trip" cuts from Team RWBY's excitement to fight alongside a real Huntsman to their shocked reactions to finding out that said Huntsman is [[spoiler:Dr. Oobleck]].
** In "Breach", a shot of a pink cloud-filled sky fades into a shot of a yellow cloud-filled sky.
** In Vol. 3 Episode 1, Ruby's reaction to winning against Team ABRN in the Vytal Festival tournament is [[YeahShot jumping into the air and shouting "WE DID IIIIT!"]]; as she's midair, the scene behind her changes to the Vytal fairgrounds.
** In "Fall", a shot of Amber's face cuts perfectly into a shot of Cinder's.
* MeaningfulBackgroundEvent: In Episode 12, while Jaune and Pyrrha are talking on the roof, Cardin can be seen in the open window below them.
* MeaningfulEcho:
** In Vol.2 Episode 6, Pyrrha gives advice to Jaune on talking to Weiss about his feelings: "No ridiculous schemes, no pick-up lines. Just... be honest." The following episode, Jaune gives the exact same advice to Neptune.
** In Vol.2 Episode 11, Ruby says the line "We're going to stop this train", and the line is repeated by Oobleck later in the same episode.
-->'''Ruby''': [[LampshadeHanging I know. I said that earlier.]]
** In the same episode, Weiss tells Blake to "go on ahead" when they're pitted up against the White Fang Lieutenant. Oobleck says the same command to Ruby atop the train and pitted up against incoming Paladins.
* MeaningfulName:
** Many if not all of the ColorCodedCharacters (so, a majority of the characters).
** "Fall" discusses Pyrrha being chosen as the candidate to assume the powers of the Fall Maiden, and it ends with [[spoiler:Yang experiencing a ''fall'' from grace of her own after her reputation is tarnished after she breaks Mercury's leg and gets arrested... at the arrangement of Cinder Fall]].
** The Hunter Academies. Beacon, Haven, Shade and finally, Atlas are all names implying protection and/or comfort. Atlas Academy is named after the [[Myth/ClassicalMythology Greek Titan Atlas]], who is said to have held up the pillar between the heavens and the earth as punishment for his actions in the Titanomachy and suggests a motif of protectors and bearers of responsibility, its name also brings to mind Atlases, large books of maps, suggesting a motif of guidance and unity.
* MidairCollision: Happens with Ruby and Jaune in Episode 8.
* 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.
* MiniMecha: The Atlasian Paladin, developed by the kingdom of Atlas in cooperation with the Schnee Dust Company, which allows human soldiers to fight alongside Atlas' MechaMooks. Torchwick stole some for the White Fang, and used one to fight against team RWBY in "Painting the Town."
* 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:Jaune takes down a fully-grown Ursa completely on his own in the Season 2 finale, when back in season 1 he did need a bit of help from Pyrrha]].
** And before that, we have the Malachite sisters in the "Yellow" trailer, who only have bladed heels or claws.
* MonkeyMoralityPose: In the dining hall, Nora throwing food for Yang to catch with her mouth escalates until Nora accidentally hits Weiss in the face with a custard pie. Team JNPR is shown with Ren covering his eyes, Pyrrha covering her mouth and Jaune covering one of his ears. Nora, meanwhile, points at Ren, passing the buck in a parody of the fourth monkey, 'Do no Evil'.
* 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.
** "Extracurricular" has Ruby, Weiss and Yang worrying about how Blake is too upset about Torchwick and the White Fang to bother sleeping or eating...to Jaune trying (and failing) to serenade Weiss into going to the dance with him.
** In a meta/real life example, volumes 1 and 2 were added to Netflix... the day before Monty Oum's death.
** In the Volume 3 opening, it starts off with some nice soothing piano, and on screen it says "Created by Monty Oum", with a solitary red rose behind it in twilight, and a red rose petal falling onto the rose... And then the theme tune is the hard hitting, rock song "When it Falls".
** Watching the rather touching and heartwarming "World of Remnant: The Four Maidens" is this after the dark episode "[=PvP=]".
** Nora provides a brusque but very much needed mood shift in "Destiny" after [[spoiler:Team RWBY gets disqualified from the Vytal Festival tournament and Blake admits her reluctance to believing Yang]] with a hilarious rapid-fire scene trying to get Pyrrha physically pumped for her match that ends with her lifting a 2-ton barbell only the weight to slowly make her fall back onto the floor.
* MookChivalry: In Episode 1, Roman's mooks attack Ruby one at a time. Whenever human goons are smart enough to attack as a group, they usually get swept away with some kind of SpinAttack.
* MrFanservice: Sun's outfit of choice, a long white jacket with no shirt underneath, leaves little to the imagination in regards to his very muscular chest and abs.
* MsFanservice:
** Yang Xiao Long, who the song "Red Like Roses" refers to as "yellow beauty burns gold". [[http://images.wikia.com/rwby/images/4/4f/Yang1.png Her primary outfit]] shows off a bit more of her figure than the rest of the cast, with some exposed cleavage.
** [[http://static.tumblr.com/df43d8088837da8e21284ce2c5021bca/papizk0/glFmvk7nj/tumblr_static_tumblr_mr8niuqdxi1rq5fzso2_400.gif Pyrrha Nikos]]. Her combat outfit features a [[DangerouslyShortSkirt miniskirt]], [[OfCorsetsSexy corset]], [[ImpossiblyLowNeckline low neckline]], and [[ZettaiRyouiki thigh-highs]]. She's also noticeably taller, curvier, and more athletic than most of the other girls at Beacon.
** Cinder Fall, who under several occasions has worn outfits that show off her voluptuous body. Let's not forget [[http://i.imgur.com/UCmDocQ.gif the butt shot]].
* 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 crazy weapon battles, suggest "Asian".
* MuggingTheMonster: In the very first episode, some thugs are robbing a store that main character Ruby Rose just happens to be in. When one of them brings her attention away from her headphones and magazine by trying to get her to put her hands up, she responds by throwing the offending man across the room and attacking the entire group. The main theme 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]]. Nonsymbolically, Pyrrha has confirmed she is from one of the other countries.
* 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''.
** In Volume 2, Episode 1, Teams RWBY and JNPR square off in a FoodFight. The food isn't so much thrown as it is [[EdibleAmmunition hurled at high velocities]] or [[EdibleBludgeon used as bludgeons]] in intense duels.
* 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.
** [[CaffeineBulletTime Prof. Oobleck's]] weapon transforms into a coffee thermos when he's not using it.
** The FoodFight that kicks off Season 2 features boatloads of this from start to Glynda's using her powers to set things back up at the end.
* MusclesAreMeaningless: The creators have stated that Aura renders muscle mass pointless, so Remnant women are not viewed as weaker than men. Many characters therefore don't look like they can even lift their weapons, let alone fight with them; Ruby and Nora are both small women who use huge polearm-based weapons, and Yang who, despite being tall and slim, still doesn't look like she'd be one of the hardest hitters of the show.
* MyFriendsAndZoidberg:
** In ''Best Day Ever'':
--->'''Ruby:''' Sisters! Friends! Weiss.\\
'''Weiss:''' Hey!
** in ''Welcome to Beacon'':
--->'''Sun:''' Ruby, Yang, Blake, Ice Queen.\\
'''Weiss:''' Why does everyone keep calling me that?
** In ''Painting the Town...'':
--->'''Roman:''' Ladies... Ice Queen...\\
'''Weiss:''' Hey!
* 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.
** Whenever the action goes into slow motion, they add a noise to the soundtrack using the same sound ''WebVideo/TheSlowMoGuys'' use to slow things down. Examples include [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_detailpage&v=PS9huFMmSoc#t=176 a fight in ''Forever Fall part 2'']], and [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_detailpage&v=KHynQoJgbgc#t=206 a moment in Sun's introduction]] in ''The Stray''.
** Yang's decoration of choice is the Creator/{{Achievement Hunter}}s Boy Band poster.
** One brand of grape soda is called [[Creator/AchievementHunter People Like Grapes]].
** Yet another reference to Creator/AchievementHunter in the form of an "X-Ray and Vav" comic book that Jaune is reading in volume 2, chapter 2.
* NamedWeapons: Practically each and every weapon, although most are only known through WordOfGod.
** 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".
* NeverTrustATrailer:
** The [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tNAX4EQF2r8 Volume 2 trailer]] in spades, to the point that it may very well be parodying the trope given how quickly various moments in it were revealed in the show. Ruby holds Weiss in [[PietaPlagiarism Pieta style]], with a SkywardScream, and (clean) Team RWBY laughing in school cafeteria, but these were all part of the food fight sequence of the first episode with no real harm done to Weiss.
** The final group shot scene in the trailer doesn't show up in the episode it seems to occur ([=V2E4=]). The closest to that scene is Ruby and Weiss' "Ice Flower" combo attack from the same episode.
** The trailer for Vol.3 episode "Lessons Learned" makes Winter look a lot harsher than she actually turns out to be. The episode itself actually shows more of her sisterly side.
** The trailer for Vol.3 episode "Fall" implies that the main focus will be the Yang v Mercury tournament fight, with a sub-plot involving Pyrrha. The episode is instead one long InfoDump focusing on Pyrrha, and the Yang v Mercury fight lasts for all of about three minutes at the end of the episode (although it ''does'' tie heavily into the plot).
** The trailer for "Destiny" only shows Blake telling Yang that she wants to believe her, making it come off as having lost all faith in Yang. The episode only shows her needing some convincing (that being Yang looking her in the eye and claiming her innocence) before deciding that she does trust Yang.
** This show has a repetitive problem with an Opening variant; both the openings for Volume 2 and Volume 3 give major prominence to characters that either don't fulfill anything important or don't fulfill much before disappearing. Of note is Team SSSN and Winter Schnee--Team SSSN was teased with a similar team shot that all of the other characters got, but unlike them, half the team doesn't appear in the entire volume except for barely noticeable background characters. In Volume 3, they actually get more prominence in the opening than TEAM JNPR, the [[{{Deuteragonist}} secondary team of the entire show]], but got no more prominence than their one fight scene in the second episode, which did not reflect well on them. Winter Schnee similarly gets a lot of focus in the Volume 3 opening, showing her strained relationship with Weiss and her enmity with Qrow Branwen. Unlike Qrow, who sticks around the entire Volume, Winter is only around long enough to fight Qrow not ten seconds after she arrives, give Weiss a life lesson, drop off some cargo and then leave.
* 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. [[spoiler:Happens again later when she summons the knight she fought in the White trailer during "Heroes and Monsters."]] There's also a hint of this in "A Minor Hiccup" when Ruby carries Penny away from the soldiers chasing her for a short while before stumbling and dropping Penny. [[spoiler:She dropped Penny because Penny is a robot and heavier than Ruby was expecting]].
* NoJustNoReaction: Yang, of all people, has one in "Painting the Town" after Weiss comes out with an IncrediblyLamePun. And it's verbatim, no less.
* 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. [[NeverMyFault 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:
** How Ruby and Weiss got themselves a ride in the talons of the giant Nevermore is never explained.
** The time Jaune locked himself out of his room is mentioned in "Forever Fall", but is never seen or elaborated upon more.
** In "Lessons Learned", Qrow defends his old Beacon team STRQ's fashion sense by saying that there are a number of "inappropriate stories" that can back up the fact that they looked good, but he decides to wait on telling them until Ruby and Yang are older.
--->'''Ruby''': [[ParentalSexualitySquick Ugh, gross!]]
* NothingIsTheSameAnymore: [[spoiler:The scandal of Yang "breaking" Mercury's leg]] in "Fall" was primarily the moment where CerebusSyndrome set in, with the reputation of Beacon being [[BrokenPedestal tarnished and questioned]]. As if to push this in, the next episode was preceded by a message from the writers that the show was heading in a much darker direction and to be careful about younger viewers watching it.
** The ending of Volume 3 definitely has the characters in a ''much'' different place, which only begs the question as to how Volume 4 will possibly go on about making amends. [[spoiler:Pyrrha is killed, Ruby inadvertently taps into unforeseen latent power in the heat of the moment that even takes Cinder by surprise, we discover that Ruby's silver eyes ([[SuperpowerfulGenetics taken from her mother]]) have a deeper meaning, and Team RWBY is left broken by the end of it all. Ruby goes off with the rest of Team JNPR, Blake runs away, Weiss is taken back to Atlas by her father, and Yang is bedridden with depression.]]
* NotSoDifferent: Blake's obsession with trying to stop Roman in Volume 2 leads her to research relentlessly to the point that she's losing sleep, isn't eating, can't focus/stay awake in class and will hardly speak to anyone. Yang relates to her a story of her searching for her mother when she was younger, and almost got killed by some monsters as a result were it not for her uncle saving her and Ruby. She then tells Blake that she hasn't stopped looking for her mother, but doesn't put that above living her life and spending time with her friends and family like the latter had been doing the last few days. Blake relents and decides to take it a little slower, and goes to the dance the next day.
* NotSoStoic:
** Ozpin is perpetually calm with undertones of smugness, apart from one moment in Volume 2 when he raises his voice very briefly when talking with Ironwood. Then in Volume 3 Qrow shows up, and within seconds of him entering Ozpin's office manages to leave the headmaster utterly ''exasperated''
** Earlier in the same episode, cool-headed Mercury is [[OhCrap shocked]] seeing Qrow fighting Winter.
** After almost three volumes of being a perpetual, cool-headed SmugSnake, Cinder completely loses her composure and dissolves into rage when [[spoiler:she sees Ruby unleashing her silver-eyes power.]]
* OcularGushers: By both Ruby and Weiss in the board game scene in Vol. 2 Episode 2.
* 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 [[SavvyGuyEnergeticGirl classic pairing]] of GenkiGirl and DeadpanSnarker, Nora/Ren. The last one is [[LampshadeHanging lampshaded]] by Glynda.
* OddNameOut:
** The names of the four alt outfits for the RWBY crew are Slayer (Ruby), Intruder (Blake), Hunter (Yang) and [=SnowPea=] (Weiss).
** The names of the Hunter academies and combat schools mentioned so far have names related to either a sense of relief (Shade, Haven, Sanctum) or of hope (Beacon, Signal). Except for Atlas, its name is notable in that it is a less direct, non-definitional reference to protection.
* OffhandBackhand: Done a few times:
** First, by Glynda to a couple of Grimm in "Breach".
** Adam's last scene in volume 3 is him doing this to a random Grimm.
* OffscreenMomentOfAwesome: Almost every character with a name is excessively badass and leagues above the ordinary humans that populate Remnant, but the show ''starts'' this way. Every single huntsman-in-training that's important goes through one, due to a mandatory four years of prior training at a lesser combat school being required before any of the big four Hunstman academies will accept them. This can also be applied to several fights we only see the tail end of or not at all, including:
** A good few fights in the Vytal Tournament, including SSSN's and JNPR's doubles rounds, Penny's team round, and the villain team's CurbStompBattle in their own team round.
** Neo's casual slaughter of an entire military fleet.
%%** Yang says over the comm thats has encountered members of the White Fang releasing Grimm into the school, we dont see her again until the end of the next chapter.
* OffscreenTeleportation: One of the animation gags in the first volume had characters leaving a dotted outline where they were previously standing before the camera angle changed.
* OffWithHisHead: Attempted by Adam in "Heroes and Monsters", where [[spoiler:he decapitates what he thinks is Blake, but when "Blake" dissolves into smoke he realizes it's one of Blake's semblance clones, which is when he turns and sees the real Blake running away with Yang]].
* OhCrap: Happens a few times.
** Neo's response to Raven showing up in "No Brakes" can be summed up as "utter panic".
** In volume 3, Mercury also loses his usual smugness when he sees Qrow arrive at Beacon.
** Ruby's reaction to the announcement of [[spoiler:Penny facing Pyrrha]] at the end of "Destiny".
-->'''Ruby''': (''hangs head briefly, looks back up with [[WideEyesAndShrunkenIrises widened eyes]]) [[LittleNo No...]]
** Ironwood lets out a genuinely alarmed [[BigNo "No!"]] in "Battle of Beacon" when [[spoiler:his group of Atlesian androids go rogue under the influence of a hack and point their guns at him]].
* OneManArmy:
** In the Red trailer, Ruby destroys dozens of Beowolves all by herself.
** In the Black trailer Blake (with some help from Adam) destroy dozens of Schnee robots during their train heist.
** Penny in Vol. 1 Episode 16, where she thrashed some White Fang goons and destroyed at least one of their planes.
* OpenSecret: Blake doesn't want people to know she's a Faunus so she can avoid the [[FantasticRacism discrimination they receive]], yet lots of people know about it. She told Team RWBY and Team JNPR, Ozpin (and possibly the rest of the senior Beacon staff) and Sun figured it out by themselves, Neptune was told by Sun, and Torchwick and his {{mooks}} know since it was revealed during a fight with them.
* OrchestraHitTechnoBattle: How the battle between Yang and [[BadGuyBar Junior's night club]] is framed during the [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QCw_aAS7vWI Yellow Trailer]]. Yang visits the same bar in the show proper in season 2 and the same music is playing, but everyone involved comes to a tense armistice rather than a fight.
* OurDemonsAreDifferent: The Grimm, creatures of LivingShadow with red and white masks. They are stated to have no souls, are attracted to negative emotions, and their origins and motivations (besides KillAllHumans) are unknown.
* 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: As the secondary alpha team, Team JNPR are not in as many episodes so that the primary focus can remain on Team RWBY. Jaune is a slight exception to this, with an arc about him in both seasons. Pyrrha, meanwhile, has a spotlight arc in the third.
* PaperThinDisguise: In "Painting The Town", Blake and Sun infiltrate a White Fang meeting with their only disguises being Grimm masks, Blake's slightly different outfit, and Sun's shirt being buttoned. {{Justified|Trope}} because nobody bar Torchwick would recognize them first place, and being in a large crowd prevents him from immediately spotting them.
* ParasolOfPain: Neo's umbrella, which she mostly uses as a shield and bludgeoning weapon. The hilt also contains a dagger.
* ParentalSexualitySquick: Ruby is visibly disgusted when Qrow promises to share some "inappropriate stories" about Team STRQ (the team he was on with Ruby and Yang's father and their respective mothers) back when they were younger.
* PersonalityPowers: Semblances are expressions of the user's soul, manifesting as a power or powers that reflect a person's disposition. Yang is a BoisterousBruiser, so she becomes stronger as she takes hits straight on (as long as she is conscious), Ruby is young and excitable, so she has SuperSpeed, etc. Blake later actually uses this trope on herself as she bitterly claims her ability to leave behind illusions shows it's in her nature to run from her problems.
* PersonOfMassDestruction: In Volume 3, Cinder Fall indicates that Huntsmen and Huntresses are this, since the Headmaster of an Academy commands more firepower (in the form of his students, who are just hunters ''in training'') than the national army of his Kingdom. She uses this as part of a lie that the Kingdoms will be going to war.
* PietaPlagiarism: Parodied in Volume 2. After Weiss is struck in the FoodFight, Ruby holds her like this. Cue BigNo.
* PhonyDegree: Jaune got into Beacon by forging his credentials. [[NaiveNewcomer He had zero combat experience and didn't even know what Aura is]] before Pyrrha gave him lessons.
%%* PhraseCatcher: "[=He's/She's=] not wrong."
* PieInTheFace: Weiss accidentally receives one, courtesy of Nora, and it's what kicks off the epic FoodFight in "Best Day Ever".
* PinnedToTheWall: Jaune has this happened to him twice, both by Pyrrha's spear. Both are also non-lethal; she only hits his hood. And the second time was to save him from his lack of a landing strategy.
* PowerCrystal: The material known as Dust 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.
* PreciousPuppy: Ruby's and Yang's father, Taiyang, sent over Zwei, and Ruby and Weiss gush over how adorable it is.
* 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.
** "Red Like Roses" part II has a GoshDarnItToHeck variant.
--->''Now I'm trapped inside a nightmare every single effing day''
** In-series, the strongest language so far has been dropped by Qrow.
-->'''Qrow''': So you tell me James, when you brought your army to Vale, did you think you were being discreet? Or did you just not give a '''damn'''?!
** In "[=PvP=]", an Atlas ship captain says "dammit" twice.
* PrepareToDie: In "Breach", Coco uses this as a PreAsskickingOneLiner against a Beowolf.
-->'''Coco''': [[SeriousBusiness You just destroyed my favorite clothing store.]] (''spits'') '''''[[DisproportionateRetribution Prepare to die.]]'''''
* ProductionForeshadowing: Ruby's tray attack on Pyrrha during the food fight in Volume 2 is nearly identical to one of Reese's hoverboard attacks on Blake in Volume 3.
* ProductPlacement: "Lessons Learned" begins with an ad for Rooster Teeth's Christmas items, and "Never Miss a Beat" and "Fall" both begin with an ad for the new ''RWBY: Grimm Eclipse'' game.
* PromotedToOpeningTitles: In the Volume 2 opening, Professors Port and Oobleck, Team CRDL, Velvet, Sun, Penny, Junior and the Malachite sisters from the "Yellow" trailer.
* ProstheticLimbReveal:
** Mercury Black was revealed to have prosthetic legs via flashback an episode after he performed a DeliberateInjuryGambit on Yang.
** James Ironwood was hinted at having a metal arm in episode 10 of volume 3. Episode 11 revealed that the entire right side of his body is robotic.
* ProtagonistTitle: Slight variant; Ruby Rose inspires the name of the first episode, not the series.
** In a way, it can be considered as such as team RWBY is the main group and it is an acronym of its members.
* ProperlyParanoid: A short way into Volume 2, Ozpin and Goodwitch express concern at General Ironwood bringing what's essentially an entire army to Vale for "security" reasons. Ironwood is shown to be completely correct when the White Fang cause Grimm to pour into Vale, helping out the Beacon students that are currently fighting them off.
* PunBasedTitle: "[=PvP=]", a term which usually means "player versus player" (this is the first time two protagonists square off against each other) but in this context also refers to the fight between Penny and Pyrrha.
* PunnyName:
** ''From Dust Till Dawn'', a Dust shop whose [[ButtMonkey owner]] has become a recurring character.
** And Roman Torchwick (as in Roman candle) whose weapon is a firework launcher.
** The representatives of Team FNKI that we see in "Never Miss a Beat": Flynt Coal ([[AscendedMeme a name created in]] ''LetsPlay/AchievementHunterMinecraftSeries'' that eludes to flint and coal) and Neon Katt ([[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QH2-TGUlwu4 Nyan Cat]]).
* PyrrhicVictory: For a piece of irony, Pyrrha got struck with this [[spoiler:in Vol. 3 ch. 9. She wins against Penny, but Cinder uses that victory to shame Beacon.]]
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* RazorFloss: Penny's wires aren't designed for this, they're only intended to control her swords. [[spoiler:However, a powerful enough blast of magnetism from Pyrrha causes them to wrap around Penny and split her to pieces]].
* ReactionShot:
** A quick one by the robot guards in the "Black" trailer after Adam takes out the first one.
** A great non-human one from the pair of ursae 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.]]
** The girls decide to leave Zwei in their room for a week since he has plenty of food and a can opener. Ruby takes him with her because he's still a dog and can't be left alone.
** Volume 2 Episode 10: Ruby is unarmed when up against two White Fang Mooks. She's knocked to the ground in one punch and KO'ed once she's on the ground. Considering her performance in earlier fights, it's possible the fall she took just before either gave her a concussion or depleted her aura.
** In the aftermath and Volume 2 Episode 12 [[spoiler:it's revealed that most of the White Fang soldiers in the tunnel didn't survive the events in the underground tunnel. This leads to Cinder, Mercury, and Emerald discussing the very real possibility that the remaining White Fang will refuse to take part in their other plans... before Adam, a high-ranking White Fang member and Blake's former mentor, steps in and assures them otherwise]].
** One that applies across the series: When the girls are fighting alone or challenge powerful opponents to one-on-one fights, they tend to get in trouble or even straight-up ''lose'', especially against much more experienced foes. Particularly notable during the DwindlingParty sequence in "No Brakes" where [[spoiler:both Weiss and Yang get their asses thoroughly kicked by [[TheRestShallPass the opponents they stop to face.]]]] It's only when they work together that RWBY is able to get the upper hand on stronger, tougher, more experienced, and better-armed foes. Also, [[spoiler:Ozpin, acting like a typical fantasy teacher, chooses to send the first-year RWBY on a mission that's intended for students well beyond their skill level, to prove themselves - they fail in large part because of their inexperience, and Ozpin faces political disgrace for his decision]].
** Jaune is an inexperienced, undertrained young man with lots of determination. Instead of making him a {{Determinator}}, this ends up [[LeeroyJenkins getting him into situations where he's at risk of being seriously injured or even killed]], sometimes hampering others in the process. His voice actor describes it as his biggest flaw.
** Volume 3 Episode 5: Neon uses roller blades to give herself a mobility advantage. This backfires when the arena floor is damaged, and her skates get caught on ground.
** Volume 3 Episode 9: Both the idea of DarkSecret and MightMakesRight are blown out of the water when [[spoiler:Penny is bisected, exposing the weakness of her fighting style: the wires that control her swords can tear someone to shreds (including her) if control is lost. Ironwood kept her robotic status secret, so only Ruby and Cinder had found out the truth. Cinder is able to use the idea of a combat machine disguised as an innocent girl to incite great negativity in the public and disgrace Ozpin, Ironwood and the entire concept of the noble, protective Huntsmen. Ironwood starts to explain himself to Ozpin, but is [[ShutUpKirk interrupted]] by Ozpin, who is more interested in focussing Ironwood on using his army to protect Vale. ]]
** Volume 3 Episode 11: Yang charges at [[spoiler:Adam and tries to punch him. However, because he is a very fast swordsman with a [[ArmourPiercingAttack long sword that can seemingly cut through anything]], not only does Yang fail to land her punch, but Adam ''slices her right arm clean off'', and [[SingleStrokeBattle with a single stroke]], Team RWBY's powerhouse is left permanently maimed and curled up unconscious on the floor]]. Yang made a ''huge'' tactical mistake and it cost her very dearly. Also depicted with shocking realism is [[spoiler:how hard it would be to recover from something like this; through the epilogue, Yang shows all the textbook signs of clinical depression and hasn't even left her bed ''weeks later''.]]
** Volume 3 Episode 12: [[spoiler:Despite Pyrrha being an extremely skilled fighter, she is still a student, and attempting to go toe-to-toe with a now superpowered Cinder gets her killed in a brutal fashion. Pyrrha's lack of armor and high heels don't help: she gets shot in the ankle and heart.]]
* 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.
* RecruitTeenagersWithAttitude: The schools are clearly in the ''business'' of recruiting teens with attitudes. In fact, the first chapter starts with Ruby joining the school in such a way after she's seen fighting with a crime lord and his goons.
* RedAndBlackAndEvilAllOver: Subverted with Ruby, who is actually a good-hearted character.
** Played straight with the Creatures of Grimm, almost all of which have black skin/fur and red accents on their faces. There's also Cinder Fall and Adam Taurus, who qualify for this trope.
* RedHerring: A quarter of the way into Volume 3, Cinder comes across [[spoiler:blueprints for Penny]]. Knowing that she has [[spoiler:Atlas' systems]] wrapped around her finger one can easily assume that she'd [[spoiler:hijack Penny]] at some point, especially since she makes a point of how this simply accelerates her plans. However, it's eventually revealed that it's [[spoiler:simply the ''knowledge'' of Penny being a robot that helps accelerates her plans, as she pits her against Pyrrha]]...
* RepeatCut:
** Used as Ren destroyed the black head of the King Taijitu.
** 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.
** Used repeatedly during the first Grimm encounter in "Search and Destroy".
** Used pointedly during [[spoiler: Ironwood's confrontation with a Beowolf.]]
* TheRestShallPass: This occurs multiple times during "No Brakes":
** Yang fights Neo in the first carriage so the others can go on ahead, [[spoiler:and is almost killed.]]
** Then Weiss fights the White Fang Lieutenant, so Blake can go fight Torchwick.
* TheReveal:
** "Jaunedice (Part 2)":
--->'''Jaune:''' I wasn't really accepted into Beacon.
** "The Stray":
--->'''Blake:''' ''[to Weiss]'' Well, maybe we [the White Fang] were just tired of being pushed around!
* 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.
* RoboticReveal:
** [[spoiler:Penny]] reveals to Ruby that she's a robot at the end of "A Minor Hiccup".
** Volume 3 Episode 7: [[spoiler:Mercury has robotic legs]].
** Volume 3 Episode 11: [[spoiler:Ironwood is a cyborg. The right half of his body is entirely cybernetic]].
* RockyRollCall: In "Players and Pieces", the gang all call out each others' names as they come together. Nora ends it by dramatically announcing her own name.
* 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.
** Downplayed with most of CRDL. Other than Cardin, they so far have not been important, to the point where we haven't even seen their weapons outside of the Volume 2 opening. On the other hand, their styles are more generic than other characters.
** Averted as of Volume 2, with bystanders no longer being rendered as mere black silhouettes and are now about as detailed as plot-important characters.
** As of Volume 3, background characters are now being rendered using static, 2D images more often than in the previous volumes. And being rendered a 2D image does not exempt the character from becoming much more important in the story, like [[spoiler:Taiyang]].
* 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, and in the first episode of Volume 2 he is thrown into a window off screen right before the FoodFight breaks out.
** Weiss being flabbergasted by someone [[FlashStep FlashStepping]] in front of her. First Ruby, then Penny.
** Everybody being greeted normally with the [[MyFriendsAndZoidberg exception of Weiss]], with most characters calling her Ice Queen. Her response is always a taken aback "Hey!" She even cuts in with it during the song ''Dream Come True'' when it calls her "uptight".
* SadisticChoice: Either Jaune gives in to Cardin's demands and pull a nasty prank on Pyrrha, or Cardin gets Glynda Goodwitch to kick Jaune out of the academy for not being qualified for Beacon in the first place. He would have settled for option 2 had [[EnemyMine a group of Grimm not attacked them]].
* SailorEarth: Monty has come up with [[https://twitter.com/montyoum/status/406894139746172928 rules on how to name original characters.]]
* SarcasticClapping: Cinder at the end of "It's Brawl in the Family", about to watch Emerald and Mercury face off against Team CFVY in a doubles round that ''she'' programmed.
* SayingTooMuch: How Blake lets slip that she is a Faunus.
* SayMyName:
** In "Heroes and Monsters", Torchwick shows his first bit of genuine emotion for someone else when he cries out Neo's name after [[spoiler:Ruby activates her parasol and makes her fly off the airship]].
** In the Volume 3 finale, Ruby yells out [[spoiler:Pyrrha]]'s name when she sees [[spoiler:her being killed and disintegrated by Cinder]].
* 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 pseudo-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.
* ScrewThisImOuttaHere: In the captions for [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q7bRvpQTT9g Volume 3 Episode 8's trailer]], the ''transcriber'' does this because of how dark and depressing the trailer is.
* SedgwickSpeech: [[spoiler:Torchwick]] gives one to Ruby in "Heroes and Monsters", bragging that heroes like her will die while dishonest men like him survive... right as [[spoiler:a Griffon swoops down and swallows him whole]].
* SenselessSacrifice: In "Never Miss a Beat", Flynt takes down Weiss then prepares to join Neon against Yang. Weiss tackles him into a lava plume, depleting her aura and removing her from the contest. However, Flynt survives, remaining in the fight until he and Neon are defeated by Yang.
* SerialEscalation: Due to the nature of RWBY, each volume brings out more and more potential of the story and the cast.
** Volume 1 started to set the base, fancy fighting scene and lovable characters. Common complaints were short episodes (6 minute for average) and bad non-fighting animations.
** Volume 2 escalates this with ''better'' and ''more'' fighting scenes, more characters (like Neo and Neptune), and episodes with length of 13 minute average.We also see the first actual threat to humanity with a [[spoiler:Grimm invasion]].
** Volume 3 ups the ante ''a lot'' compared to the last two, especially since it happens after Monty Oum died. Every episode has an elaborate fight scene, the lore of the world is further established, ''more'' characters are brought in (Qrow and Winter), the story takes a very sharp turn of seriousness, the death toll also sky rockets and we are presented our very first ''28 minute long'' episode with the Volume finale.
* SetSwordsToStun: Whenever the protagonists employ sharp weapons against other humans, they either use this or just hit with the blunt part (one example being the opposite end of the blade of Crescent Rose, Ruby's weapon, another being when Blake puts her sword to Roman's throat; it's obviously with the blunt part in). It's unclear if they intentionally use this against their more badass opponents, since they can usually deflect their attacks one way or another. Averted for [[WhatMeasureIsANonHuman robots, monsters, and the like]]. This is explained by way of Aura, in that it acts as a "shield" for characters who have a soul, so any attacks to them would first harm their Aura as it shields them until it's depleted in battle.
* ShapedLikeItself:
** The defeat of the Nevermore:
--->'''Yang:''' Well, that was a thing.
** In Vol. 2, Episode 6:
--->'''Sun:''' So is Blake still being all... [[BuffySpeak Blakey]]?
** In Vol. 2, Episode 9:
--->'''Oobleck:''' My dear, we're not just looking for an underground crime network, we're looking for an ''under''ground crime network![[note]]As in, a crime network that isn't made secretly, but is ''literally'' under the ground.[[/note]]
** In "Round One" of Vol. 3:
--->'''Ruby''': Dad's still here...he's, y'know..Dad.
* ShamuFu: Weiss improvises a ''swordfish'' for her rapier during the food fight.
* ShipSinking: The Volume 3 finale saw one of the show's most popular ships ([[spoiler:Arkos]]) torpedoed down with [[spoiler:Pyrrha's death]]. Especially sad since the episode's public release happened to be on Valentine's Day.
* ShooOutTheClowns: Torchwick, a dangerous but otherwise amusing villain, is put in jail at the end of Volume 2 and is OutOfFocus for most of Volume 3, while Cinder can put in the final touches of her master plan. [[spoiler: During the penultimate episode, he is unceremoniously eaten by a Grimm in the disaster he helped cause.]]
* ShoutOut: [[ShoutOut/{{RWBY}} Has its own page]].
* ShutUpHannibal: In Vol.2 Episode 11, after being subdued by Blake, Torchwick attempts to convince her [[NotSoDifferent they're on the same side]]. Blake listens at first, but the moment she sees Weiss on the ropes, she knocks Torchwick out cold and rushes off to help.
* SilverHasMysticPowers: While silver by itself does not have mystical abilities, the concept is alluded to. [[spoiler: Those born with silver eyes are destined to become mighty warriors who, according to legend, could kill Grimm with a glance. Given what Ruby does to the Grimm Dragon, and just about all the other Grimm she encounters, there's plenty of weight to that story.]]
* SickeningCrunch:
** When [[spoiler:Yang breaks Mercury's leg]] at the end of "Fall".
** Again when [[spoiler:Penny is split apart by her own wires]] in "[=PvP=]".
* SigilSpam: Several examples of different uses, since pretty much every significant character has a specific symbol associated with them. For reference, the Volume 1 credits after each episode (except for the finale) show silhouettes of the characters and their corresponding symbols.
** 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. Nora's symbol is on the back of her shirt and her hair brush she was using in her introduction. Pyrrha's symbol appears on the buckle of her sash and the way she stores her spear and shield make her symbol on her back.
** 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.
** Cinder's is tattooed on her back. In Torchwick's case, a pumpkin face is [[StealthPun carved]] at the end of his cane.
* SignificantBackgroundEvent: In a quick shot at the top of the roof; one sees Cardin in the window right below.
* SillyRabbitCynicismIsForLosers: Briefly showcased in "The Shining Beacon, Part 2", when Ruby optimistically responds to Blake's cynical rebuttal against her idealized visions of being a Huntress, agreeing with Blake's statement that the world is corrupted but also adding that Huntsmen and Huntresses exist to make it better.
* SillyRabbitIdealismIsForKids:
** When Ruby and Blake first meet, Ruby states her vision of huntresses, that she wanted to be like the storybook heroes -- someone who fights for right and protects the vulnerable. Blake tells her that's ambitious for a child and that the real world is not like a fairy tale.
** Ruby's idealism infuriates Roman, who rants at her that this heroic spirit will get her nowhere in this kind of world, and that she should do what every single huntress in history does and die. He believes the only thing that matters in this world is the ability to survive.
** When Blake and Adam confront each other, Blake tells Adam she never wanted what Adam has done: she wanted equality and peace between the Faunus and humans, not violence, bloodshed, and war. Adam bluntly tells her that what she wants is impossible.
* SingleStanzaSong: "Red Like Roses." The page quote is the entire lyrics of the song.
* SingleStrokeBattle: In "Heroes and Monsters", after Yang sees [[spoiler:Adam stab Blake]], she activates her Semblance and launches towards him. Though she doesn't have a blade, the result is more or less this trope. [[spoiler:Adam cuts Yang's arm off in one swing.]]
* SlobsVersusSnobs: Defintely an undercurrent of the antagonism between Ruby and Yang's CoolUncle, Qrow Branwen, and Weiss's CoolBigSis Winter; she's the prim and proper specialist in an actual military (and is severe enough in her style to make Weiss seem relaxed), while he's the unkemp and rude spy. She refers to him with a certain upper class contempt, he calls her an Ice Queen (making her the second member of her family with that nickname in the show).
* SmugSmiler: Neo during her fight with Yang in Volume 2 Episode 11.
* 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''.
* SoundCodedForYourConvenience: According to the production diary, Monty himself makes sure that every weapon featured in the series has its own unique set of sounds.
* 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.
** The music to the eponymous action scene in "Food Fight" is deadly serious, but the fight itself is anything but.
* 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.
* SpinToDeflectStuff: Almost everyone uses this to deflect or parry just about everything. Yes, even bullets. RuleOfCool is in full effect here.
* SpoilerOpening:
** The Volume 1 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. As with Volume 1, the end credits of the final episode also reveal the name of a character who appears in TheStinger.
* 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.
-->'''Ozpin:''' Do not hesitate to destroy anything in your path... or you will die.
* SplitScreen: Throughout the initial Grimm encounter in Vol.2 Episode 9, as well as Oobleck's subsequent interrogation of Yang.
* {{Squee}}: Ruby has a tendency to do this; see her character entry.
* StabTheScorpion: In "Heroes and Monsters", Qrow unveils his full scythe and charges at Ironwood, who is initially shocked but then stands guard as he thinks Qrow is about to attack him. As he jumps into the air, Qrow flies right past Ironwood and bisects the Griffon lunging towards him.
* StaringThroughTheSword: A quick shot of Qrow during his fight with Winter in "It's Brawl in the Family" shows him holding his weapon in greatsword form between his eyes as Winter charges at him.
** When Ruby had to pick up a sword the one time her usual weapon was unavailable she did the same thing right down to an almost identical shot. Which makes sense because Qrow is the one who taught her how to fight, even if Ruby opted not to give her weapon a sword mode.
* StealthPun:
** The Beowolves are [[TheHeartless Grimm]]. By using a scythe on them...Ruby is a [[TheGrimReaper Grimm Reaper]]. Similarly, after reloading with a Gravity cartridge Ruby goes absolutely crazy on the Beowolves, defying gravity and physics... with her own source of gravity.
** 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.
** Vale = Veil = Curtain. Where is the great and powerful Ozpin?
** In the episode ''No Brakes'', Yang says "I guess this is what we've trained for". Whilst on a train.
** Neon Katt's first line is to repeat Yang. She's a copycat.
** Blake's semblance is to create copies of herself as decoy, and she's a cat Faunus. She's also a copycat.
** Boy, that sure was an ''awful'' way for [[spoiler:Pyrrha to beat Penny]], huh? You might even say [[PyrrhicVictory it was a...]]
** Semblances are supposed to be something unique to each person. The Schnee family has a hereditary semblance, so you could say they're ''{{special snowflake|syndrome}}s''.
* 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.
** Weiss's glyph Semblance allows her to create these at will.
* StockScream: The classic Wilhelm scream makes an appearance in Volume 2 Chapter 11. Strangely, it's actually layered over ''another'' much more natural-sounding scream.
* StockSoundEffects:
** A jackhammer is heard while team RWBY turns their 4 beds into 2 bunk beds.
** The sound team also makes heavy use of the ''Franchise/{{Halo}}'' gun sound effects they have in in their library from ''Machinima/RedVsBlue''.
* TheStinger: The final episodes of both volumes, wherein a mysterious character who's only made one appearance throughout the corresponding volume shows their face and speaks.
** Volume three breaks the trend. The scene where a mysterious character who's only made one appearance throughout the corresponding volume shows their face and speaks happens before the credits, where the stinger is a fairly tame scene where Qrow shows off his semblance.
* 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.
* 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. [[JustifiedTrope Justified]] in that Grimm are soulless monsters who usually care more about killing humans than their own survival.
** Later defied in Vol.2 Episode 9, when the Dr Oobleck explains that some Grimms that have lasted long enough learn that humans are dangerous prey, and that they seem to be waiting till they have an advantage.
* SuperReflexes: Nearly every Aura-using combatant has this to some degree, since they regularly [[SpinToDeflectStuff deflect projectiles]] with their weapons without a second thought.
* SuperWindowJump:
** A variant in the first episode of the series when Ruby sends a mook through the window with a kick, following directly afterwards.
** A more traditional version in Vol. 2 Chapter 4 when Blake and Sun are escaping the White Fang gathering, with Roman [[ThereWasADoor right behind them]].
%%* SuperWeight: Aura users hover at a Type 2. Those with Aura and sufficient skill using Dust powers are more of a Type 3. Maidens are apparently Type 4.
* SurvivalMantra: The title of "Never Miss a Beat" is taken from the phrase Neon is constantly seen uttering while in battle.
* 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.
* SwordDrag:
** Used with a [[ChainsawGood Chainsaw Sword]], by the White Fang Lieutenant.
** Done by Neo in "Heroes and Monsters" as she drags the pointy end of her closed parasol on the ground of the airship as she approaches Ruby.
* 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]]."
* TacticalWithdrawal:
** Teams RWBY and JNPR agree to retreat from the Deathstalker and the Nevermore after completing their objective in the Emerald Woods. Subverted when they are pursued relentlessly, forcing them to take the Grimm down.
** Torchwick does this in nearly all of his appearances. Even though he is a competent fighter, he (wisely) decides to cut his losses when faced with several badasses and just [[PragmaticVillainy escape with his original goal in tow]].
* TalkToTheFist: Adam's response to "Intruder! Identify yourself!"
* TalkingIsAFreeAction:
** In "Players and Pieces", after Weiss saves Ruby from the Death Stalker, she continually lecture Ruby and the entire time no action is done by the Death Stalker in front of them or the Nevermore circling above them.
** In "Battle of Beacon", Weiss and Blake talked about the current situation, called Yang to check up on her status, and contemplate their next move in the fairgrounds...[[spoiler:while the Grimm are all over trashing the place, not ever paying attention to the two huntresses]]. Hilariously averted in the next episode, however, [[spoiler: when in the middle of a rant to Ruby, Roman is devoured by a Grimm Griffon he never saw coming]].
* TakingTheBullet: During the food fight, Ruby takes a hit from Nora meant for Weiss.
* 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, CRDL and CFVY), 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.
* TeamPet: Ruby and Yang's corgi Zwei.
* TeamTitle: The title refers to the protagonists' team, Team RWBY.
* 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 King Taijitu) 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.
* TeensAreShort: According to [[https://scontent-a-sjc.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-xfa1/t31.0-8/10604608_651234038324805_1451554503241425760_o.jpg the height chart,]][[note]]From Monty's Facebook page[[/note]] most of the teen characters are actually of pretty reasonable heights, and it is the adults who are prone to being unusually tall (Ozpin is about 6'6"), but the overall effect is the same.
* TemporalThemeNaming: All females with seasonal names are very plot significant. There is also an in-universe fairy tale that has existed for thousands of years about four sisters whose compassion helped a callous old man. In gratitude, the old man blessed the sisters with great mystical power to help and guide humanity, which would be inherited across many generations of young women called "Maidens". These maidens are known as the "Seasons": Winter, Spring, Summer and Autumn.
** Winter: The older sister of Weiss, upon whom she exerts a strict but affectionate maternal influence. She has mastered the Schnee family's unique, inherited Glyph-based Semblance, which includes time manipulation and summoning. Although Huntress-trained, she is a member of the Atlas military and reports to Ironwood. She has a personality clash with Ruby's uncle, Qrow, and has at least some connection to Ozpin's secret group.
** Summer: Ruby's MissingMom, a Huntress who never came home from a mission she was on. There is a grave, which Ruby visits whenever she can, and it's implied she is a driving influence on Ruby's desire to become a Huntress to help people. Her team is implied to have historic, mysterious connections to Ozpin.
** Autumn: The current Fall Maiden, Amber, who has been hidden from the world to protect her and keep the Seasons story a fairy-tale that few believe. [[spoiler:She has been left comatose by the BigBad, who has stolen half her power, creating an unprecedented crisis for the protectors of the world. And then she's killed, leaving Cinder Fall the Fall Maiden.]]
* TemptingFate:
** In "Field Trip", Ruby says they've never backed out of a mission before, and that they'll be with a true huntsman, so they should be okay. Then they find out who said huntsman is, Doctor Oobleck, who doesn't seem like quite the ideal huntsman they envisioned.
** In "Search and Destroy", Oobleck starts to ask Ruby why her backpack is so important that it can't be left behind, he gets cut off when Ruby's corgi Zwei pops out.
* ThemeNaming: In addition to the ColourfulThemeNaming, some important characters are named after TheWizardOfOz characters. Currently known characters include Ozpin (the Wizard of Oz), Glynda Goodwitch (Glinda the Good Witch), General Ironwood (the Tin Man), and Qrow (the Scarecrow). Certain, very important, females are also given TemporalThemeNaming, including Ruby's MissingMom, Summer, Weiss's strict but affectionate older sister, Winter, and Amber, who is secretly Autumn, the legendary Fall Maiden.
* ThemeTuneCameo: Ruby is listening to "This Will Be The Day" in episode 1.
* ThisIsNoTimeToPanic: When [[spoiler:the Grimm start attacking Vale]] at the end of "[=PvP=]", an overhead voice message asks for everyone to evacuate and seek shelter in a calm and orderly manner...[[FunnyMoments while everyone is screaming and running through the exit tunnels in general chaos]]. Ironwood then tries repeating the message on the announcers' mic right as [[spoiler:a giant Nevermore lands on the forcefield over the arena]].
* 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.
** Later done by Pyrrha again as Team JNPR arrives to [[BigDamnHeroes assist Team RWBY]] with the Grimm.
* TidallyLockedPlanet: Inverted. The moon's phases (and [[DefaceOfTheMoon shape]]) change because it rotates (instead of being tidally locked, as it is on Earth).
* TournamentArc: After two volumes of build up the Vytal Festival Tournament takes place during volume 3.
* TrainingFromHell: Chapter 4 has the students launched into the monster forest at high speed (told ''specifically'' to expect lethal force from the Grimms and to respond with the same) unsupervised, with the instruction to gain an "artifact" from the temple and return. And ''that'' is the ''initiation'' rite. Later chapters show them sparring with actual weapons and a field trip to a destroyed city infested with more Grimm. Clearly, Hunters are not in a business that is taken lightly.
* TrailersAlwaysSpoil: The preview trailer for Volume 3, episode 4 spoils nearly everything to do with the fight between Coco/Yatsuhashi and Emerald/Mercury.
* TrainJob: The setting for the "Black" trailer. Turns out to be both the reason Blake left [[spoiler: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.
** Glynda when she walks in on the mass FoodFight in Vol.2 Episode 1. This is pretty much Glynda's default combat style.
** Coco displays this too when delivering a PreMortemOneLiner to a Grimm:
--->'''Coco''': You destroyed my favourite clothing store. Prepare to die.
** Ozpin sinks deeper and deeper into this as [[spoiler:he watches Cinder and the White Fang launch a Grimm invasion on Vale and Beacon.]] His tone of voice speaking to Ironwood sounds like he's just barely holding back pure fury.
--->'''Ozpin''': You brought your army to my Kingdom, James. ''Use it!''
** Pretty much every line Adam delivers in "Heroes and Monsters." He's completely calm and in control, but there is no denying the sheer amount of hate and fury he's bottling up regarding Blake's defection from the White Fang.
* TrashTheSet: Vale, and more importantly Beacon Academy, is in ruins at the end of Volume 3. It's probably safe to say we won't be visiting this any time soon.
* TriangRelations: Type 5 with Weiss, Neptune and Jaune.
* TriumphantReprise:
** [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Vt9vl8iAN5Q Mirror Mirror]] gets one at the end of "Lessons Learned" after Weiss is uplifted by Winter.
** A badass orchestral reprise of "Time to Say Goodbye" plays in "Battle of Beacon" as [[spoiler:the Nevermore that had been attacking the stadium is finally downed by Teams JNPR, ABRN, SSSN, CFVY, and FNKI]].
* {{Troperiffic}}: Unsurprising given the [[Creator/MontyOum creative]] [[Creator/RoosterTeeth minds]]'s penchant for adrenaline-inducing action coupled with {{fanservice}}, this series plays with a lot of tropes usually seen in anime, martial arts and video games.
* TwoScenesOneDialogue:
** "The Badge and the Burden, Part 2" had an interchanging pair of scenes with Weiss and Ruby questioning Professors Port and Ozpin (respectively) about Ruby's role as team captain.
** One scene in "Burning the Candle" has Yang luring Blake to her, saying "We need to talk", and immediately whisking her away. The scene is immediately re-enacted with Jaune whisking away Ren.
* UmbrellaDrink: In the [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QCw_aAS7vWI Yellow Trailer]], Yang swaggers up to the nightclub bar, orders a drink, and adds as an afterthought that she wants one of those little umbrellas in it.
* {{Understatement}}:
** Yang in Episode 8, after [[WeWorkWellTogether an epic]] [[OffWithHisHead decapitation]].
--->'''Yang:''' Well... That was a thing.
** When a furious Goodwitch fixes the mess hall after an epic and destructive FoodFight, all she has to say is "Children, ''please'' do not play with your food!"
* UnflinchingWalk: Subverted in "Fall". After seemingly defeating Yang with a barrage of shots, Mercury starts to walk away, smirking, before an explosion behind him (caused by [[FeedItWithFire Yang powering up her Semblance]]) causes him to turn back around.
* TheUnreveal: The show plays with this trope more than once already, starting from Velvet's box in the end of Volume 2, and Qrow's scythe in Volume 3, episode 3.
* UnspokenPlanGuarantee: In 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.
* VillainEpisode: Episode 7 of Volume 3, "Beginning of the End", focuses solely on Cinder, Emerald, and Mercury, detailing their formation as an alliance as well as Cinder's true intentions and master plan.
* VillainForgotToLevelGrind: Roman Torchwick in Season Two's finale: Blake is given [[TakeALevelInBadass a level in badass]] by combining Dust cartridges with her Semblance, and she surprises him by being a much more challenging opponent.
* VitriolicBestBuds: Ruby and Weiss are best friends who spend most of their time willfully disregarding each other's opinions, and in Weiss's case, denying that they're best friends.
* 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, husband of 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.
** At the start of the series, Ruby's voice is not high-pitched as it would become later on, as it's actually closer to her actress' natural voice.
** Volume 3 has had another noticeable shift in the voice work. Blake and Weiss sound a little more like their actresses' natural speaking voices, Emerald sounds a little older and wearier, and in general the quality of the performances has improved a lot.
* 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.
** "Destiny" has Nora vomiting into a trashcan directly after consuming some of Ren's "[[IfItTastesBadItMustBeGoodForYou health drink]]" for Pyrrha.
* WakeUpGoToSchoolSaveTheWorld: Invoked in the blurb on the Rooster Teeth website for all episodes of Volume 2.
* WalkingShirtlessScene: If you're from Vacuo, you show off your abs. Apparently Vacuo's idea of formal attire, at least for men, is to literally just button up their shirt. When the students from all four kingdoms are lined up in their formal military attire, Vacuo stands out because their "uniform" is literally "We're all wearing shirts now."
* WeaponsKitchenSink: And ''how''. No one on the show thus far has used a weapon even vaguely similar to anyone else's, with extreme examples such as a weaponized thermos and projectile wrist-mounted buzz saws (although some weapons do have some similar forms).
* WeHelpTheHelpless: In one of Professor Port's lectures he describes the job of Hunters and Huntress' as being there to protect people who cannot protect themselves.
* WeirdMoon: [[DetonationMoon It's broken.]]
* WellExcuseMePrincess: Ruby's reaction to [[AlphaBitch Weiss]] is to call her princess after Weiss scolds her for 'exploding a hole in front of the school'.
* WhamEpisode:
** ''Fall''. Remnant's history of fairy tales are discussed, and it's revealed that some of them are actually true stories that were deliberately disguised as fairy tales to protect humanity from panic and chaos. There are four Maidens who represent the four Seasons. They were gifted with incredible, magical power by an old man who possessed incredible, magical power of his own. [[spoiler:Cinder has attacked the Fall Maiden and stolen half her power. The Fall Maiden's protectors want Pyrrha to inherit her remaining power.]]
** ''[=PvP=]''. Cinder finally takes her plotting public, causing chaos right across the four kingdoms, but most especially in Amity Colosseum and Vale, confirming the entire story is going in a new, much darker direction. [[spoiler:Penny is graphically torn apart in the arena revealing to the whole world that she is a robot. Cinder then hijacks the global broadcast to ruin the reputations of Ozpin, Ironwood, all four academies, the Atlas army, and the concept of huntsmen. She suggests the people need an entirely new leaderships and method of protecting themselves. Her speech ends with the Grimm invading Vale and Amity Colosseum, aided by Roman and Neo, and the White Fang bringing the Grimm inside the city by airship.]]
* WhatDoesThisButtonDo: In "Battle of Beacon", Torchwick says it word for word while playing with a hijacked Atlesian airship, seeing what different buttons do.
* WhatHappenedToTheMouse:
** We never find out what happens to the Rapier Wasps Cardin was supposed to use for his plan after it's foiled.
** In episode 2 of Volume 1, Yang ditches Ruby and runs off with her group of friends. Said friends are never seen or mentioned again.
* WhatIsEvil: In "The Stray", Weiss and Blake argue about whether or not the White Fang is evil. Weiss describes them as "pure evil" but Blake argues that the discrimination they receive from humanity is the reason why they hate humans and use such drastic measures.
* WhenTheClockStrikesTwelve: "Dance Dance Infiltration" ends with the symbol of a chess queen flashing across a video screen as Beacon's clock tower strikes midnight. [[spoiler:It turns out to be Cinder hacking in so that she can have control over the matchups of the Vytal Festival battles, as seen in Volume 3]].
* WhiteMaskOfDoom:
** The Grimm are wearing these in the opening.
** The White Fang as a whole adopted wearing them as a sort of commentary on their enemies' treatment of Faunus as monsters, likening themselves to the Grimm.
** It's unclear whether Raven is part of the White Fang, or even a faunus, but she has a particularly elaborate mask all the same.
** Winter's SummonMagic, a hereditary ''Semblance'', greatly resembles a Grimm, completely with mask, except it is glowing white.
* WholeEpisodeFlashback: "Beginning of the End" shows how Cinder met Emerald, Mercury and the White Fang, and how she [[spoiler:stole the Fall Maiden's powers]]. The last few minutes, however, cut back to the present.
* 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" as well as the album version of "Caffeine".
* WizardDuel: Between Glynda Goodwitch and [[WickedWitch Cinder]] in the first episode.
* TheWorfEffect:
** Roman is able to take on Blake and Sun by himself during the Volume 1 finale, but later loses handily to Blake in a 1v1 fight at the end of Volume 2. [[spoiler:He later is devoured by a Griffon.]]
** The Grimm in Volume 2. In Vol. 1 a single Nevermore required the whole of Team RWBY to defeat, but in Volume 2 Coco can wipe out three of them in a single stroke, and even when [[spoiler:a Grimm horde is unleashed on the city]] they don't get to accomplish much before TheCavalry effortlessly wipes them out.
** Coco, in turn, is on the receiving end in Volume 3, when Mercury and Emerald fairly easily take out her and Yatsuhashi.
** Yang is all set to hit [[spoiler: Adam, but he slices her arm off with his vaunted 'slice' special move, after having stabbed Blake's gut]], despite both girls having an uncertain amount of Aura left.
* AWorldHalfFull: Past the humor and high octane action, RWBY's setting makes it increasingly clear that humanity has only survived with a foothold of civilization. Even with Dust to fight back the Grimm, there are only four truly safe havens on the ''entire planet'', and this is already considered unprecedented. Attempts to expand often fail, and atop that, violent prejudice and criminal conspiracies are still opting to tear this all down. Ultimately, though, the show makes it clear that solutions can be found, and it first starts with a positive outlook[[note]]which can be taken ''literally'', as Grimm are drawn to negative human emotions[[/note]]; specifically, humanity's already lasted ''this'' long, and it ''wasn't'' just because of Dust - enter the fifteen-year-old-girl with (reasonably common!) ''superpowers''...
* WorldOfBadass: This story takes place in a world that is filled with werewolves, giant suits of armor, magic-like Phlebotinum called Dust, HumongousMecha, humanoid robots with optional machine guns for hands, {{Mix And Match Weapon}}s and {{Swiss Army Weapon}}s. The focus is on Beacon Academy, where becoming a Hunter/Huntress is about as certified-Badass as it gets, and already having superhuman combat abilities is an ''entry'' requirement. Even the resident ButtMonkey is capable of decapitating a ten-foot demonic bear with one swing of his sword.
** Yang and Ruby's dog Zwei shows that in Remnant, [[BadassAdorable even small corgis]] can be outlandishly badass.
** The From Dust Until Dawn shopkeeper, despite appearing to be little more than a normal old man, throws Weiss' declined credit card into the counter ninja star style, causing it to get stuck in the counter and even making it crack slightly.
* WorldOfHam: There is as much over-the-top action as there are over-the-top interactions between the cast. The overly serious characters are few and far between, and even then are not above indulging in their companions' shenanigans.
-->'''Ruby:''' Justice will be swift! Justice will be painful! It will be [[FoodFight DELICIOUUSSS]]!!!\\
'''Weiss, Blake, and Yang:''' YEAH!!!
* WouldHitAGirl: The Vytal Tournament has plenty of female contestants. So naturally we have scenes like Sun landing a ''brutal'' [[http://i.imgur.com/aBv2f22.png flying kick to Octavia's face in "New Challengers"]].
* WrongContextMagic: The Maidens are introduced as this. They have special abilities that normal people are not capable of, which do not come from either Dust or their Semblance, but rather are explicitly compared to magic.
* XOnAStick: Nora uses a watermelon on a stick as an improvised hammer during the FoodFight in Vol. 2 Episode 1. She swings it hard enough to punt Yang ''through'' the roof of the cafeteria.
* YouAllLookFamiliar: Background characters seem to be generated from a pool of possible features (skin color, hair style etc.) As such, some of them tend to look similar to each other. [[PropRecycling Some of these features seem to be]] [[PaletteSwap recolored versions of the main cast, to boot.]] Most noticeable during Season 2.
* YouCantGoHomeAgain: As of the Volume 3 finale, [[spoiler:Beacon has been overrun by Grimm and the dragon's presence is attracting even more.]]
* YouGottaHaveBlueHair: Neptune, [[MeaningfulName fittingly]]. Jaune even mentions near the start of "Dance Dance Infiltration" how much skill it takes to pull off blue hair.
* YouHaveGotToBeKiddingMe: Sun gets one in "The Battle of Beacon" when he sees an enhanced Paladin coming to fight them after the whole crew was spent from fighting two baseline ones.
* YourTerroristsAreOurFreedomFighters: Blake's opinion on the White Fang group, in that she believed that they were still fighting for faunus rights like their original intentions was. Though she does seem to think they have crossed the line after they become increasingly more violent.
* ZettaiRyouiki: The Beacon Academy uniforms allow for this, best seen in [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-E6aeUjfBCM Episode 9]]. Yang and Ruby sport Grade A, though Weiss and Blake settle for much shorter socks.
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-->''"But perhaps victory is in the simpler things that you've long forgotten...things that require a smaller, more honest soul."''

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