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* AlternativeCharacterInterpretation:
** Early on, before the show even began, people thought of Ruby as TheStoic, due to the first teaser trailer showing her battling the Grimm calmly. The same went for Weiss, judging from her trailer.
** A small cluster of fans think that Weiss is a {{Tsundere}}, and that's why she acts so abrasive to Ruby. It's a common subject for forum jokes. Either that, or a JerkassWoobie. Her scolding Ruby to "shut up and don't touch me!" while ''holding her closer'' certainly doesn't hurt the Tsundere image.
** After Episode 12, some people are starting to think of Jaune as less of an underdog and more of a thick-headed GloryHound than anything else. Though this lessened after he admitted to being a jerk and apologizing.
** There are a number of fans that see Ironwood as a hypocrite for resenting Ozpin over asking him to trust him with little justification, and then turning around and asking the same thing when the Council gives him power.
* ArcFatigue:
** In Volume One, the Jaune arc: Episodes 11 and 12: "Jaunedice" and Episodes 13 and 14: "Forever Fall" showing Cardin being TheBully to Jaune (even with [[WillNotBeAVictim the finale]]) was judged by various fans to take entirely too long and redundant given Jaune's [[TheStrategist behavior]] in Episode 8 against a [[ScaryScorpions Death Stalker]], and taking away any spotlight from other characters by taking up a quarter of the sixteen-episode volume.
* AwesomeArt: ''And'' Awesome Animation, given this is Creator/MontyOum.
** Volume 2 has started using Awesome ''Fanart'' for the closing credits.
* AwesomeEgo:
** Mercury seems to be a prime candidate based on his appearances thus far.
** Roman Torchwick as well. He certainly has an ego, [[EvilIsCool and he certainly deserves it]].
* AwesomeMusic: [[AwesomeMusic/{{RWBY}}Has its own subpage]]
* BaseBreaker:
** Adam ''immediately'' developed a bad rep from the fans from his role in the Black trailer. Fans felt that Blake should've gotten more opportunities to shine, bemoaning how it was he who took out the SpiderTank instead. They may show interest in his role for the story and his connection with Blake, but even in this case, they're turned away due to his inexperienced voice acting.
** Ruby is getting some of this as well. While she's a favorite among plenty of fans, others don't think she's deserving of leading the team (or the team and series essentially being named after her) due to her inexperience and personality. This isn't helped by her decreasing presence in the story after Episode 10.
** Jaune:
*** Originally seen as potentially one of the most likable and dynamic characters thanks to his lovable loser personality, his stretched out character arc turned a lot of fans against him, especially as it achieved almost nothing, and he had shown a calm, strategic side in episode 8 that didn't show up again in the volume.
*** Others praise his arc, saying it at least shows his character more and shows he has potential to be a competent fighter. Others argue it's nice to see a ButtMonkey trying hard to become better rather than being left in the background for the occasional joke.
*** It's come back with a vengeance after Chapter 5 of Volume 2: he's been turned down four times by Weiss, but he keeps trying. Many fans see this as extremely disrespectful, to the point that the fandom is divided over whether he counts as a DoggedNiceGuy or belongs in [[EntitledToHaveYou negative passive aggressive]] [[StalkerWithACrush stalker]] territory.
*** Worsened by the conversation between Jaune and Neptune in episode 7. Some saw Jaune's comments as highly hypocritical after his lack of consideration for Weiss' feelings during his attempts to woo her, and Neptune's line was read by some to have the connotation of 'giving' Weiss away. Because the two writers voice these characters, the scene is criticized as having the writers, or at least their avatars, discussing which one of them 'gets' the female character. On the other side, others say Neptune and Jaune's heart-to-heart adds more development to their characters.
*** His sheer screentime is another point of contention. Jaune received a personal character arc in Vol 1 that ran through four episodes, compared to Yang, who despite being a member of the main team, had very little screentime. While Vol 2 has given the members of team RWBY more character moments, the argument revived for chapters 6 and 7 due to Jaune's prominence.
** Penny has a bit of this going after only two episodes, thanks to her completely hijacking the fight against White Fang just to show off her moveset, despite having nothing direct to do with the plot as yet.
** The finale of Volume 2 could be this in a few ways:
*** The beginning action sequence was marked by noticeably poorer animation and several moments of questionable fight choreography. This wasn't helped by the previous episode having a very positive reception for the exact opposite and the fanbase expecting things to peak with the finale. The was retroactively explained by [[WordOfGod Miles]], one of the writers, revealing they were actually on a very tight schedule to finish and release the finale, leading to the drop in animation quality.
*** Team CFVY's introduction, while long anticipated, could be seen as unnecessary pandering due to the ease at which the other fighters were already handling the situation and the Altesian military's subsequent intervention. At the same time, the team had been teased since the beginning of the season, and their introduction confirms their continued importance to the story itself.
*** The complete lack of stakes during the fight, where the Grimm forwent doing any real damage to the city or citizens and contented themselves with attacking the capable main characters instead. Furthermore, all property damage was fixed instantly by Glynda's magic, making the buildup of the previous three episodes seem wasted for lack of real impact on the story. It could be argued this was the point, since most of the Grimm were only Mook-level, but still.
*** Finally, the two reveals at the end [[spoiler: Adam's association with Cinder and Raven's unmasking]] were both negatively and positively received for different reasons. [[spoiler: Adam's]] for being too quick of a teaser of prominence for someone who had spent the entirety of the season with zero clues as to his whereabouts, but many are excited that he's back and note that his appearance makes some sense in retrospect (explaining Cinder's White Fang connections). [[spoiler:Raven]] had a very odd scene at TheStinger; it looks like it's in a dream, because of the odd night-time placement and 3D format used for the sequence, and doesn't follow any of the continuity at the end of the season. Fans also found it a bit jarring that the face of a masked character, who only just appeared in the previous episode, was revealed so quickly. On the other hand, fans do like how even though her face was revealed, her identity remains a mystery, and her striking similarities to Yang are enough to drive the WildMassGuessing cluster aflame.
* BetterOnDVD: Much of the complaints of ArcFatigue and short episodes become much less noteworthy when one is able to watch Volume One in a single setting.
* BigLippedAlligatorMoment: Some found [[spoiler: [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fcunOzv85OU JNPR's dance routine]]]] to be an amusing homage to the Monty's dance skills, others found it to be jarring and awkward.
* BrokenBase:
** The voice acting is easily the most contentious aspect of the series so far. The question is whether you're basing your complaints on the voice ''pitches'' or the voice ''acting''. In a remarkable transition, VocalEvolution has rendered much of the conversation obsolete.
** Ruby's PerkyGoth voice at the end of the ''Yellow'' trailer led to mixed reactions as well. The high-pitched, somewhat childish tone ''does'' fit her, admittedly, given her short height, youthful appearance and [[https://twitter.com/montyoum/status/305239829455724544/photo/1 apparent]] [[https://twitter.com/montyoum/status/285515674648977408/photo/1 cheerfulness]]. However, it doesn't mean people particularly ''like'' it either. Part of the blame can probably be attributed to the fact that [[TheStoic the way she was presented]] [[TrailersAlwaysLie in the ''Red'' trailer suggested otherwise]]. Monty himself says that the "Red" trailer was more of a weapon resume than a character trailer; Ruby had no actual character in it. Of course, following episode 1, most people aren't complaining about it as much now due to VocalEvolution and her personality becoming better established.
** Weiss:
*** Her bitchy attitude during the first half of Season 1 caused some friction, especially from those who saw her trailer and pictured her as TheStoic lonely girl. Some like the extra fire (and the extra comedy that comes from her friction with other characters), but others dislike it on account of her being, well, a bitch when it isn't really needed. [[RescuedFromTheScrappyHeap Finally seems to be lessening as of Episode 8]].
*** Her FantasticRacism regarding Faunus is causing her to fall back into the [[TheScrappy bitchiness]] in some fan's eye. [[JerkJustifications Some believe she has]] [[FreudianExcuse her reasons]] (namely, [[TragicBigot being terrorized by a group of them]] that caused [[AbusiveParents problems with her father]]), but the debate is in whether it makes her in the right or not to judge an entire race based on the actions of a few of them. Does not help that her jerk tendency is [[ZigZaggedTrope zig-zagging]]. Her acceptance of Blake in Vol2 and her attempt to get Blake to communicate with her team in chapter 2 calmed this particular break.
** Some people have a problem with Blake's behavior during 'The Stray' and 'Black & White', on account of them believing she throws an almost uncharacteristic temper tantrum at Weiss. Others defend her behavior, proclaiming that it was only natural for someone like Blake to ''eventually'' get fed up with Weiss' (not entirely unjustified) FantasticRacism. Some feel that it was rather cold of her not to defend Velvet from Cardin (other than stare in silent contempt), while others say that her inaction isn't particularly different from how literally ''everybody else'' did nothing to Cardin (on screen, of course).
** There is a large BrokenBase over Volume 2, Chapter 6 "Burning the Candle" regarding whether there is a case of BaitAndSwitchLesbians. (The crux of the argument is that Rooster Teeth said that Remnant is "queer accepting" and then at the dance, everyone quickly went into male/female pairings.) While this ignores how Blake and Yang actually danced on-screen together before Sun arrived, and nobody batted an eyelash, the background dancers lacked any male/male or female/female pairings who were explicitly together during the slow dances.
** The fact that Sun's remaining team members, Scarlet and Sage, don't show up in Volume 2 (save for one brief shot of them from very far away) despite appearing in the title opening and being hinted at during the hiatus, has left many fans very bitter.
** One complaint from Vol1 was a lack of characters with diverse ethnicity. Some argue that since RWBY is, or at least is based off, an anime, the tendency for white and asian characters to have similar skin tones shouldn't be surprising. Emerald's addition in Vol2 was happily accepted, but the tendency for the majority of background characters to be various shades of white is still criticized.
** [[PreciousPuppy Zwei]] is a mixed bag depending on who you ask. An instant hit with the fandom when he was first introduced, his further appearances have soured some fans into thinking Zwei was thrown in for comedic a/or fanservice. Most notably, in "Breach," while other characters expended considerable effort and resources to defeat Grimm, Zwei manages to stop one simply by headbutting it.
* CargoShip: Ruby x Crescent Rose. It helps that she's cuddled it, called it her "sweetheart", and in general is quite attached to it, on top of being a weapons enthusiast.
* ClicheStorm: It hits a lot of familiar anime tropes from the get-go, primarily in the classroom and character areas. This is probably why people either LoveItOrHateIt. [[note]]To clarify: There's a [[{{Moe}} cute]], [[GenkiGirl optimistic]] [[ImprobableAge fifteen-year-old]] ActionGirl who [[JumpedAtTheCall dreams of being a hero]]. There's a [[MysteriousWoman mysterious]] {{Ninja}}, [[WomanInBlack clad in black]], who [[{{Bookworm}} likes to read and initially shies away from the protagonist's attempt at befriending her]]. There's a [[EntitledBastard wealthy, arrogant]] IceQueen who [[JerkWithAHeartOfGold isn't as cruel as she seems]]. There's a HotBlooded CoolBigSis who [[BloodKnight enjoys punching evil in the face]]. Oh, and a horde of mindless, ugly creatures preying upon humankind.[[/note]] It doesn't help that the four protagonists are [[PublicDomainCharacter explicitly based off]] fairytale characters.
* CounterpartComparison: The members of Team JNPR have quite a few individual parallels to Team RWBY:
** In personality:
*** Both teams have an [[{{Adorkable}} awkward]] leader with lots of potential and fond of IndyPloy (Ruby/Jaune)
*** A famous fighter well-known outside the school (Weiss/Pyrrha)
*** A quiet [[TheStoic Stoic]] (Blake/Ren)
*** A BoisterousBruiser GenkiGirl (Yang/Nora)
** In combat styles:
*** Nora, much like Ruby, uses a [[MorphWeapon dual-mode]] weapon that switches between a [[{{BFG}} large gun]] and a heavy melee weapon that uses RecoilBoost, plus being the [[SmallGirlBigGun largest weapon of the team and smallest member.]]
*** Ren, like Yang, uses a [[DualWielding pair of]] [[MixAndMatchWeapon guns that double as melee weapons]], plus being Eastern-themed in name.
*** Pyrrha, like Blake, uses a SwissArmyWeapon.
*** Jaune, like Weiss, uses a sword, and is the only member of his team who doesn't use some form of a gun.
** A rapier user who launches a barrage of strikes against a massive sword wielding foe only to be punched flying (in the exact same pose, no less) brings to mind [[LightNovel/SwordArtOnline Asuna]]. [[https://twitter.com/montyoum/status/304196892198305792 Monty is quite irritated at this comparison]].
** A rapier user, [[AnIcePerson has ice abilities]], and is a daughter from a high-class family. Now if Weiss was the StudentCouncilPresident, she'd be one step closer to be like [[VideoGame/{{Persona 3}} Mitsuru Kirijo]].
** Another design and color comparison (but not personality), this time to ''Anime/PuellaMagiMadokaMagica'', there are some parallels drawn between Blake/Homura, Yang/Mami, Weiss/Sayaka and Pyrrha/Kyoko. The latter two pairs have similar weapons as well. But the comparison stops there though.
** Yang's fighting style and weapon (and to a lesser extent her outfit) evokes that of Bullet from BlazBlueChronophantasma. Speaking of Blaz Blue, Penny's choice of weapon and fighting style also evokes that of Mu-12.
** Pyrrha is often compared to Agent Carolina of ''Machinima/RedVsBlue'', a WebAnimation also done by Rooster Teeth. Both red-haired, formidable fighters, and matching personality. Being played by the same actress doesn't hurt the comparison, either. To a lesser extent, she's also often compared to Erza Scarlet of ''Manga/FairyTail''.
** Ruby will often be compared to Maka Albarn from ''Manga/SoulEater'', due to their general sweetness and both of them being scythe wielding schoolgirls.
** Neo(politan) is often compared to [[Anime/KillLaKill Nui Harime]] due to their [[PinkMeansFeminine partially matching color scheme]], being CuteAndPsycho, carrying around a stylish parasol, and sporting a really mischievous smile. Fans also speculated that, like Nui to Ryuko, Neo is related to Ruby's family in some way.
* CrazyAwesome:
** Can't think of a good covert distress signal? Consider a ''sloth''. Need a mode of transportation? Ride an Ursa. Picking up a chess piece? Sing about it! Comrade can't make a proper jump? ''Destroy the bridge'' for propulsion. Team leader is being bullied? Offer to help by breaking the bully's legs. Not sure if Red Sap is edible or not? Consume an entire jar anyway. Nora is made of this.
** Yang's response to a BigBadassBirdOfPrey (with some [[UnspokenPlanGuarantee help]] from Ruby) is to shoot in its mouth at point blank range.
** Ruby counts as well for being the one to come up with the ''ridiculously'' awesome [[CatapultToGlory "Slingshot]] [[FastballSpecial Trick"]].
* CreepyAwesome:
** Cinder Fall, thanks to a surprisingly chilling performance by Jessica Nigri, a well-known cosplayer. Being formally introduced in Season 1's finale with fiery GlowingEyesOfDoom really helps, too.
** Neopolitan acts cutesy and elegantly, but it's clear it's meant to be as dissonant as possible when she curbstomps Yang while retaining this attitude. She garnered a massive fandom for that very reason.
* DieForOurShip:
** Sun Wukong flirting with Blake and later having tea with her in episode 15 created a lot of hate from the Blake/Yang fans.
** This has fortunately died down with the advent of Volume 2, and more specifically, the introduction of Sun's [[HoYay friend and confidant]] Neptune.
** Unfortunately, Neptune has now become an even worse example, thanks to fans worrying he's breaking up Whiterose.
* EnsembleDarkhorse:
** Melanie and Miltia (the former being a bit more popular between the two) are shaping up to be this. The twins already have a good amount of fan art, and quite a few fans hope that they have a recurring role in the actual series. They've been seen in the Volume 2 opening, so the chances are looking good.
** Also, Nora of team JNPR is getting quite a fan-base, thanks to her [[CrazyAwesome goofiness]] and awesome weapon.
** To a lesser extent, Lie Ren is picking up on popularity, especially with the females. Probably for [[PrettyBoy his looks]] and how he [[BadAss handled a giant snake all by himself with his bare hands.]]
** Peter Port has a small group of loyal Facebook fans for his HiddenDepths and BadassMoustache.
** Velvet Scarlatina. Mere ''hours'' after she was revealed in Episode 11, she already had fanart and fanfics of her, along with a steady fanbase, from ''both sides of the ocean!'' Monty himself has responded to this one directly in the season 2 dev diary saying that due to Velvet's popularity she would get a stronger role in the series. It's to the point that, instead of trailers for Volume 2, there was a contest for Velvet's design, and then a simple teaser image of Velvet along with the silhouettes of her teammates.
** From [[http://agrissas.tumblr.com/post/69590441030/the-rwby-s1-fandom-survey-results this survey:]]
*** Sun Wukong and Penny come at the top place for favorite secondary characters. Although when pitted against main characters, they still lost against Ruby and Blake.
*** Sun Wukong's weapon beats even Ruby's Crescent Rose. It only saw its action in one episode, even.
*** Sun Wukong comes in second for the favorite fighting style, next to Yang's.
*** He, again, comes on top for the most attractive male.
*** Adam has only been seen in a single promo trailer and yet he also has quite some following.
** Roman Torchwick is also very popular despite his fairly limited screen time and few appearances, from Tumblr to 4Chan.
** Neo, the freaky parasol girl who swooped in to save Roman, has already started dominating fan pages with art and speculation, no doubt thanks to her intriguing appearance and trickster type powerset. This only explodes after she [[spoiler: [[CurbStompBattle trounces Yang.]]]]
** Tukson has a surprising amount of popularity, considering he only had a few minutes of screentime before being unceremoniously killed.
** Perry, the White Fang guard who wears glasses over his mask.
** The leader of team CFVY, Coco. She easily defeats Grimm that took all of Team RWBY and Team JNPR to defeat and does so with style!
** There's an awful lot of people who hope the chainsaw-wielding White Fang Lieutenant that fights Weiss isn't just written off as an EliteMook.
* EvilIsCool: Roman and Cinder. Roman for being a stylish, snarky, badass who can mange to look cool even while losing. Cinder for being mysterious and CreepyAwesome.
* EvilIsSexy: [[http://images1.wikia.nocookie.net/__cb20131108012949/rwby/images/0/0e/CinderTeammates.png Cinder Fall]], from what we see of her silhouette in the first episode and her full reveal in the TheStinger for the last. And surprisingly, Jessica Nigri even manages to make her ''sound'' sexy too.
* {{Fanon}}:
** Faunus are largely assumed to have traits of the animals they resemble; for example, a cat faunus hating a dog faunus. While there ''is'' support for this in canon to some extent (like Blake not liking dogs), sometimes it's taken to extremes. For example, there's a RunningGag among the fandom that Velvet is an EthicalSlut due to the reputation of the mating habits of rabbits.
** Neo being mute has been generally accepted by fans due to her not making a single sound in her appearances.
* FanPreferredCouple:
** Before the series came out, Ruby and Weiss were shipped together constantly. This was most likely caused by the DeviantART author [[http://lunarisfuryaileron.deviantart.com/ LunarisFuryAileron]] whose RWBY [[YonKoma 4komas]] were featured on Monty's twitter a few times causing the pairing to spread quickly. This continued on even after Ruby and Weiss were revealed to have very different characterizations then what the fandom assumed. (The joke that Weiss is {{Tsundere}} isn't doing anything to discourage the shippers either.)
** The [[SugarWiki/HeartwarmingMoments ending of Episode 10]] will most likely do little to stop them.
** [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qeygmqTqeT0 Weiss and Ruby's fanon relationship in a nutshell.]]
** It seems Blake/Yang has joined Ruby/Weiss in this regard, if the question of whether Bumblebee will be canon or not during the RWBY Crew Chat is any indication.
** Jaune and Pyrrha actually ranked higher then ANY other possible pairing in [[http://agrissas.tumblr.com/post/69590441030/the-rwby-s1-fandom-survey-results a fandom survey.]] Including those mentioned above.
** Within ''days'' of the Volume 2 web-premiere, Sun/Neptune exploded in popularity and quickly became the big thing for both characters, though a good bit of their shippers admit that they subscribe to it [[PairTheSpares as much to get Sun away from Blake as for it's own merits.]]
* FoeYayShipping:
** Fallen Petals (Cinder/Ruby) is a considerably popular crack ship.
** After their clash in "No Brakes", Yang and Neo (known as either Banana Split or Baked Alaska) have gotten a pairing, too.
* FunnyAneurysmMoment: After learning that [[spoiler:Jaune snuck his way into Beacon, and learning his reasons for doing so,]] his previous ButtMonkey antics take on a whole new light.
** Yang and Ruby's occasional offhanded comments about their dad's overprotective nature become a lot darker when it's revealed he [[spoiler: basically has the CartwrightCurse (although his first love may still be alive) and almost lost his daughters to the Grimm once already.]]
** Sun jokes that with RWBY off scouting out the Southwest Quadrant, they can tour Vale without the explosions that seem to follow them. [[spoiler: Episode 11 ends with the Grimm breaking into Vale after Torchwick and the White Fang blew open an opening for the Grimm to invade.]]
* GeniusBonus: There are subtle references to fairytales, mythology, literature and history everywhere, particularly in form of MeaningfulName:
** In Episodes 11-14, Jaune's bully is named Cardin Winchester. Henry Beaufort, the Cardinal of Winchester, was the one who presided over Joan of Arc's trial and execution.
** Fans especially knowledgeable about Ancient Greek philosophy will notice that Pyrrha's training speech in episode 6 references the traditional principles of ''[[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Arete arete]]'', the Greek ideal of self-excellence.
* GermansLoveDavidHasselhoff: This series seems to have found a dedicated audience in Asia, to the point that there is both a [[https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLwjlPWmeaixCG4TbzE1hgIEixqQNmoZ9_ Chinese]] and [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3FmWA9-t6Io Japanese]] fandub.
* GrowingTheBeard: Despite the initial hype surrounding the series (or maybe because of it), the reaction to the first few episodes was decidedly... mixed, with there being numerous complaints concerning the voice acting, short episode lengths, sparse (for a Creator/MontyOum production) animation, and use of stock anime tropes. Still, the series soldiered on, steadily improving as it went. And then [[SugarWiki/MomentOfAwesome Episode 8]] was released...
** The better, more current example of this so far has been Volume 2. Many complaints about the previous Volume have been addressed in some way, from animation, pacing, writing, voice acting, and modeling.
* HarsherInHindsight:
** Weiss gives a long list of attacks on her family that made her life difficult growing up. The train robbery she mentions coincides strongly with the events of the Black trailer.
** Blake's comments about the Schnee Dust Company's questionable business partners and controversial labor practices make a whole lot more sense given that, [[spoiler:being a Faunus and in the White Fang, she would have found out a lot of their secrets/been on the receiving end of their cruelty and prejudice.]]
** Ruby's theme becomes a lot darker after Red Like Roses Part II.[[spoiler: "It's your blood that's red like roses."]]
** In Vol.1 Episode 4, after rattling off a list of [[TheAce Pyrrha's]] achievements to [[TheWatson an oblivious Jaune]], Weiss asks whether he really believes he's worthy of talking to her, to which he reluctantly admits that he isn't. In Vol.2 Episode 7, Pyrrha tells Jaune that this is the exact problem she faces: because of her status as TheAce, [[LonelyAtTheTop everyone assumes she's completely out of their league and won't talk to her]]. The one person who actually had the confidence to approach Pyrrha as a friend (if only because he didn't know who she was), ''and Weiss tried to turn him away from her''.
** It's minor, and already fairly harsh when it happens, but Velvet's bullying at the hands of Cardin may become even worse with the implication in Volume 2 Episode 8 that she's actually an older student.
* HeartwarmingInHindsight: Nora's famous "Boop" moment was heartwarming on its own, but after her ImageSong in Volume 2 revealed that's her way of telling Ren she loves him, the scene became even ''more'' heartwarming.
* HeReallyCanAct:
** Some fans are praising Jessica Nigri, best known as a cosplay model, for making Cinder sound absolutely terrifying with about three lines.
** Michael Jones of Creator/AchievementHunter did a fairly impressive job voicing Sun, considering he's not usually an actor nor has he done any voice acting prior (and was apparently adorkably nervous about doing it.)
** In the same vein, Kerry as Neptune.
** Even from day one, Lindsay Jones has done a fantastically convincing job of playing Ruby.
** Miles Luna shows off his acting talent during TheReveal that [[spoiler: Jaune faked his transcripts.]]
** Barbara Dunkelman, Kara Eberle, Arryn Zech, Shannon [=McCormick=], Jack Patillo and Taylor Pelto have all been praised for their performances in Volume 2.
** Arryn and Kara also manage to pull this off at the end of their characters' argument during The Stray, especially when the former utters the WhamLine.
* HilariousInHindsight:
** Months before Lie Ren was revealed, a prominent fan character was created. His identifying color is green, he is stoic (albeit far more so than Ren), and wields dual bladed pistols. During an interview, the crew mentioned that they have seen him and that these sort of things just happen.
** Some ([[PoesLaw possibly]]) less informed fans assumed it was a Japanese animated series and demanded that Crunchyroll make the Japanese version available. Well, it seems [[GermansLoveDavidHasselhoff Japan likes this series too]], and a [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3FmWA9-t6Io Japanese fan dub]] of the series is underway.
** Nora being a GenderSwap homage to Thor becomes this after [[http://www.theguardian.com/culture/shortcuts/2014/jul/16/female-thor-good-feminine-male-superhero-better Marvel made Thor a woman.]]
* HolyShitQuotient: Very high, especially in the climactic battles in episodes 8, 14, and 16 of Volume One. The FoodFight in the Volume 2 premiere, plus the Mecha fight in Episode 4, the train fight(s) in Episode 11 and the epic Grimm encounter in the finale also count.
* HoYay: In "Burning the Candle", Jaune drags Ren away while the latter is wearing only a pink towel and goes on about how they've formed deep bonds between each other during the semester. Of course, [[NotWhatItLooksLike Jaune was just asking Ren for advice on how to make Weiss fall for him]].
* HypeBacklash: Let's be honest. You promote a series for half a year done by big shots like Rooster Teeth and Monty Oum and there will inevitably be those who feel the final product doesn't live up to all the hype. See ClicheStorm above.
** SomethingCompletelyDifferent: This trope may be a reason why. About the only similarities ''RWBY'' has to ''Machinima/RedVsBlue'' (Rooster Teeth's previous, widely loved series) is that they both have frequent comedy and cool fight scenes. In everything else, they're quite different.
** Also crosses with {{Fanon}}. The trailers were released over nine months, and by the first episode's premiere, there were a ''lot'' of fan theories and characterization guesses floating around. When these fans watched the series, most of these theories were jossed in short order (Weiss and Ruby's personalities being the most obvious example) and it came as a bit of a shock. Now, whether or not such jossing is ''welcome'', that's [[BrokenBase another story]].
* IdiosyncraticShipNaming:
** Blake/Yang is referred to as Bumblebee (or [=BumbleBY=]), in most circles. Meanwhile, Ruby/Weiss is referred to as White Rose and Candycane, with the former being more common by a wide margin. Blake/Ruby is commonly called Ladybug or sometimes Black Rose, Weiss/Yang is almost exclusively called Freezerburn, Blake/Weiss is Monochrome or Checkmating, with the former being more common. Ruby/Yang is called Enabler, or alternatively Yellow Rose, Pumpkin or Siscest (for obvious reasons).
** A popular ship name for all four girls as an [[OT3 OT4]] is Pollination, combining the theme of Bumblebee and White Rose.
** A small segment that ships Weiss/Blake/Yang as a plain threesome refers to them by the absolutely puntastic moniker "The Bee's Schnees"
** Penny/Emerald is Verdigris (pennies are made of copper which can turn into the green material, verdigris).
** Further names are collected [[https://docs.google.com/spreadsheet/lv?key=0AlFOL3c0UfSZdHU2VGJULTBjY0Q1emxDQk82MDVsbGc&usp=sharing#gid=0 here]].
** Alternately, when characters in RWBY are shipped together, the pairing is referred to by the color that would result in their mixing.
*** Ruby/Weiss: Pink.
*** Ruby/Blake: Maroon.
*** Ruby/Yang: Orange.
*** Weiss/Blake: Grey, or Monochrome.
*** Rainbow: The whole team.
** After Volume 2 came out, "[=SeaMonkeys=]" was coined for Sun/Neptune.
** Weiss/Neptune is known as "Frozen Ocean".
** In Vol.2 Episode 4, "Freezerburn", "Checkmate", "Ladybug", and "Bumblebee" all got [[AscendedFanon name-dropped]] as battle formations Ruby calls out while the girls are fighting Torchwick. The exception is Ruby/Weiss, which was named "Ice Flower".
** Ruby/Penny is called Nuts and Dolts.
** A recent trend for threesomes involving the Malachite twins is to use the character's color followed by "M&Ms".
* InternetBackdraft:
** The announcement that RWBY would not be released to the general public for two weeks after its RTX premiere had this effect. The backdraft probably wouldn't have been so bad if they hadn't announced this change 11 days before the premiere after more than half a year of hype.
** The length of the episodes in Volume 1 has become a point of contention. It should be said that the team that worked on Volume 1 consists of 10 people and not all of them animators. The latter half of the Volume, which consisted of minimal action and a focus on school drama did not help matters.
** The length issue was addressed for Volume 2 with the announcement that every episode will be at least 12 minutes. This was accompanied by the announcement that they may go to a biweekly release schedule in order to ensure each episode is ready [[note]]In the end, they did not go with biweekly updates, but rather with releasing episodes weekly for four weeks and then taking a one-week break during which we get a shorter "[[AllThereInTheManual World of Remnant]]" episode.[[/note]]
* LesYay: Not as much as the massive amount of shipping tropes would lead one to believe, but present.
** In Vol. 2 Episode 3, Penny and Ruby's reunion is full of this. Their first meeting in Vol. 1 was pretty close too, though more on Penny's side.
** Volume 2 is just piling it on. In Episode 6 Blake and Yang have a very heartwarming talk, that ends with Yang hugging Blake then telling her that if she gets some rest and comes to the dance she'll save a dance for her. It's the wink that sells it. Later, Blake and Yang insist on dancing with each other before Blake dances with Sun.
* LGBTFanbase: Well, it has a mostly female cast and a predominantly male fanbase, as well as a queer female fanbase in Tumblr. It helps that in an interview about the show, Monty pointed out that there will be queer characters appearing in the show (if they aren't there already) and that practically the entire cast ''wants'' it to happen.
* LoveItOrHateIt: Volume 1 pretty much split viewers this way.
* MagnificentBastard: [[WickedCultured Stylish]], [[DeadpanSnarker snarky]], [[AffablyEvil charismatic]], [[TheChessmaster intelligent]] and one hell of a {{Badass}}, Roman Torchwick certainly seems to be shaping up into one of these. Less so, however, when TheStinger of the first volume had TheReveal that [[spoiler:Cinder Fall is TheManBehindTheMan]].
* MarySue: Pyrrha is a distinct subversion. She's nice, loving, and forgiving, along with being TheAce par excellence, but as Volume 1 and especially Volume 2 roll along, it's clear that she sometimes doesn't understand when people don't need help, has a hard time expressing her feelings, can be a bit too shy despite her skill, and she's actually not quite as powerful as she portrays herself.
* MemeticBadass: According to a steadily growing core of fans, Roman Torchwick never stopped being top dog of the antagonists, is only toying with Cinder by pretending to be unaware and compliant with her nebulous grand scheme as he builds up his dragon's horde of Dust, that furthermore his humoring her is the only thing that is keeping her in a position of power at all, he can pimp-slap any of the heroes into submission without missing a beat no matter the odds, could pickpocket the whole cast blind without a single person becoming aware, rules over all human and Faunus gangs alike with Machiavellian absolute authority, and also [[MemeticSexGod he can get any girl to drop their panties for him, no doubt about it.]]
* MemeticMutation:
** People tend to take the scene with Ruby eating cookies and run away with it, making them her TrademarkFavoriteFood in fandom.
** [[PunctuatedForEmphasis I.]] [[ComicallyMissingThePoint Drink.]] [[SugarWiki/FunnyMoments Milk!]]
** Great Weiss Shark[[labelnote:Explanation]]A tumblr user combined a gif of Weiss slowly appearing behind Ruby in episode 3 with ''Film/{{Jaws}}'' music. Puns quickly followed, and Weiss suddenly became [[http://limitbreak-eventhorizon.tumblr.com/tagged/welp+too+late+now associated]] [[http://b00-pop.tumblr.com/post/60913871635/great-weiss-shark with]] [[http://letsendthebeginning.tumblr.com/post/61048045084/okay-so-i-know-i-didnt-make-the-original-pun-and great whites]]. At this point there even exists [[http://waterdepths.tumblr.com/ an RP blog]] for a shark Faunus Weiss.[[/labelnote]]
** Some fans like to portray Ozpin as a {{Troll}} after seeing [[http://31.media.tumblr.com/9a2b94cbb9b8b0acec2344176dc083bf/tumblr_mvez4vfwjD1sv0f5ao1_400.gif his reaction]] to Jaune flailing helplessly in the air.
** "We'll break his legs!"
** Ren falling face-first onto the ground.
** Blake being fed up with everyone around her making cat puns.
** "Boop!"
*** This one arguably became an AscendedMeme in Vol.2 Episode 6 with Nora wearing a T-shirt with "Boop" written on it, and a song on the vol. 2 soundtrack titled "Boop".
** "It's also a gun."[[labelnote:Explanation]]Referring to how almost every character's weapon [[SwissArmyWeapon has a gun of some kind incorporated into it]].[[/labelnote]]
** Volume 2, now with ''DIVERSITY!''[[labelnote:Explanation]]A few early screens of Volume 2 revealed that there are now multicultural characters, burying complaints about every character being distinctly white.[[/labelnote]]
** "Notice me, Cinder-senpai!" Fandom agrees that Emerald has a bit of a crush on Cinder. This is a variation of an [[http://knowyourmeme.com/memes/i-hope-senpai-will-notice-me older meme.]]
** Fans telling Monty Oum that he needs to get some sleep (Monty is a well-known workaholic and often looks somewhat tired in interviews).
** And, to the surprise of no one, X is Y.[[labelnote:Explanation]]A lot of the plot points that were supposed to be major spoilers were guessed almost instantly. Case in point, [[spoiler:Blake being a Faunus and Penny being a robot]][[/labelnote]] Granted, this is actually a case of TropesAreNotBad.
** Immediately after her debut, people began comparing Neo to [[Anime/KillLaKill Nui Harime]].
** Jaune's attempt at a romantic serenade has lead to the joke that he has a Spanish cousin named "Juane" (also a jab at a [[RougeAnglesOfSatin common misspelling]] of Jaune's name). "Juane" is also used as the explanation as to where the heck Jaune got a guitar.
** JNPR dancing works with everything.
** ''IT'S [[ColourfulThemeNaming JUSTIFIED?]]''[[labelnote:Explanation]]As it turns out, there's a totally justified reason for everyone's name being a color, rather than just because. It's in homage to a war eighty years ago that, at least part of it, was to stifle the arts.[[/labelnote]]
** Matching the marching line of Goliath Grimm with Colonel Haathi's Dawn Patrol song from ''[[Disney/TheJungleBook The Jungle Book]]''.
** Ozpin's weapon being his coffee mug, with images of one with a pistol grip as a potential design. [[spoiler:Oobleck beat him to it, however. It transforms into a flamethrower/blunt spear. Something to note, [[FridgeLogic coffee doesn't catch fire, alcohol does]].]]
** Potatoes. [[labelnote:Potato Explanation]]A meme that cropped on up reddit's /r/RWBY board. One user humorously disagreed with another user's theory with the line "Your theory is potato. Literally potato." Now every wacky, out-there theory is referred to as a "potato theory", and various things are referred to as being "literally potato" whenever speculated about.[[/labelnote]]
** [[VideoGame/TeamFortress2 CRY SOME MORE!!!]] [[labelnote:Explanation]]Fans started associating Coco with the Heavy from ''VideoGame/TeamFortress2'' following the reveal that she touts a minigun to mow down the opposition, so it follows that this CatchPhrase would be borrowed, even though Coco herself doesn't say it. Hilariously enough, TheOtherWiki's images page indulges in AltText that includes this line.[[/labelnote]]
** Bellabooty
* MisaimedFandom: [[http://agrissas.tumblr.com/post/69590441030/the-rwby-s1-fandom-survey-results Apparently]] fans are less interested in the plot or the characters than they are with the fact that two sisters have different surnames. A humorous, harmless example, all things considered. This is actually fully explained in episode 6 of Volume 2, though Monty had already confirmed the two as half-sisters well before this.
%%* {{Moe}}: Velvet Scarlatina and Ruby.
* NarmCharm: Junior's second line in "Painting the Town" is so badly delivered it's ''hilarious''.
** The JNPR dance is the corniest, cheesiest thing imaginable. But there couldn't be a more [[AwesomeMoments awesome]] or [[HeartwarmingMoments satisfying]] conclusion to that subplot.
%%* NightmareFuel: Has its own page.
* OlderThanTheyThink: Several years ago, Monty made [[https://www.facebook.com/video.php?v=677213962393479&set=vb.278065288975017&type=2&theater a short]] that used "shotgun nunchuks" before RWBY. It helps that both RWBY and the short use the same animation for the fights scenes.
* PortmanteauCoupleName:
** Jaune/Pyrrha is referred to as Arkos.
** The wikia forums gave a joke name to the Ruby/Jaune ship, known as Arse ('''Ar'''c + Ro'''se''') shipping. And they also add S.S. in front of the ships' names.
** Barbara (Yang's VA) once used "Blang" (for Blake/Yang) on a twitter pic of her and Arryn (Blake's VA).
* ShipMates: Within the fandom, it's not uncommon to find Ruby/Weiss shippers that also support Blake/Yang. Of course, this isn't limited to Team RWBY members; you're likely to find supporters of Jaune/Pyrrha and/or Ren/Nora. The trend seems to continue even if you mix and match.
** If someone ships Sun/Neptune, you can bet with certainty that they were and are big fans of a pairing of Blake and one of her teammates first.
* SpecialEffectFailure: Enough that the show's wiki has a dedicated [[http://rwby.wikia.com/wiki/Inconsistencies inconsistencies]] page detailing the majority of said instances.
** The first version of each episode, released on Rooster Teeth, has its errors recorded by the writers on said wiki. A week later, a cleaner version of the episode with less errors is released on [=YouTube=].
** The animation itself has also been decried as being stiff and lacking in fluidity outside of the fight scenes.
** Almost every character has the same basic run animation for non action sequences. Granted, this is common in full budget video games as well, but it can be a bit glaring. The best example would be when the two teams are late for class, and eight characters have the same movements, though that might have been played for laughs.
* SweetDreamsFuel:
** The series as a whole can be seen as this. The setting is dark, yes, and multiple threats prey upon humankind, but there's a lot of comedic and heartwarming moments to balance that out, and heroism and epic deeds are the order of the day. In some ways, it's a very optimistic series- although CerebusSyndrome may well occur in future episodes.
** Of particular note is the track "[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FjZ6tBAK8xc Gold]]."
--->Don't you worry about the dark / I will light up the night / With the love in my heart / I will burn like the sun / I will keep you safe and warm...
* TaintedByThePreview: Some viewers were turned off by the inexperienced voice acting in the ''Black'' and ''Yellow'' trailers.
* TakeThatScrappy:
** Cardin finally receives a little retribution in the episode ''Forever Fall Pt. 2'': Jaune finally growing a spine to stand up to him, his teammates running away from an incoming Ursa and leaving him behind, said Ursa giving him a beating, and then being saved by his own bully victim.
** Episode 5, Volume 2: Watching Pyrrha [[CurbStompBattle absolutely demolish]] ''all of them together'' in a sparring match is extremely gratifying.
* TastesLikeDiabetes:
** For some, the song "Gold".
** Penny, from Episode 15. Both InUniverse and out. Most fans would say this is evidence that TropesAreNotBad.
* TheUntwist:
** After all the subtle and unsubtle hints that [[spoiler:Blake is a Faunus]], it was theorized that she was not [[spoiler:a Faunus herself]], but merely connected to them in some way. Turns out, no, she really ''is'' [[spoiler:a Cat Faunus.]]
** [[spoiler:Cinder's reveal as the BigBad]]: While there's not a lot of buildup or misleading per se, the second volume's SpoilerOpening places [[spoiler:her]] very prominently in comparison to [[spoiler: Roman,]] the supposed BigBad up until then.
** Based on [[spoiler:Jaune's outdated weapons, lack of combat related knowledge, overall clumsiness, and Glynda's mention that despite what his transcript said he wasn't ready for Beacon]], people began to theorize he somehow got into Beacon outside the normal means. [[spoiler:It is later confirmed when he admits to Pyrrha that he faked his transcript in order to enter Beacon.]]
** [[spoiler: Penny's RoboticReveal]] was also not a surprise by the fandom, as we were speculating this on the same episode of the character's introduction. [[spoiler: Though perhaps this was intentional, to divert us from the ''real'' twist; that Penny can still generate an Aura despite being a robot]].
* TheyWastedAPerfectlyGoodPlot:
** In "The Stray" and "Black and White" (Episodes 15-16), the first part seems to point towards settling issues between Blake and Weiss by establishing conflicting backgrounds, but the second ends up being about Blake confronting her previous affiliations on her own, with Ruby only showing up near the end to highlight a completely unrelated character's move set, when it would have been far more effective for Weiss to encounter Blake fighting and help her, thus showing that Weiss cares more about their friendship than Blake's past. Instead, Weiss spends most of the episode simply mumbling about how Blake is as guilty as the group she previously belonged to, only to randomly come in at the end and reconcile with her for no adequately explained reason other than it was the end of the volume. Granted, reconciling with someone ''is not'' the same as forgiving them; it's implied Weiss simply chose to put the team before her own personal feelings, although a very brief "Bah, fine, I'll let it slide" scene would've been helpful for clarification.
** The entirety of the second volume's finale, the culmination of Roman's actions, which is admittedly part of Cinder's plan but carried out prematurely, that had been teased since the beginning of the volume, was wrapped up and rendered mostly inconsequential in under ten minutes of (relatively) poorly animated action sequences and one magic spell last used at the end of the ''gag episode''. The fandom [[BaseBreaker have had issues with this]], [[WordOfGod regardless of the tight schedule]].
* UglyCute: The Boarbatusk variant of Grimm.
* WhatDoYouMeanItsNotPolitical: The White Fang, a WesternTerrorists group that gives a bad name to an established minority group. Related, Weiss, a character represented by the color ''white'', is presented as a racist, while Blake, who is represented by ''black'', is a member of the group. It doesn't help that exposition in episode 16 reveals that despite Faunus officially being recognized as equal, they are still commonly mistreated. Even worse, it's mentioned that Schnee industries used "Faunus labor" and with the way it was said and how Blake mentioned back in episode 2 that the company was at the center of a lot of controversy, it's implied that the workers are either overworked, underpaid, have poor safety conditions, or may even be corporate slaves. It really does seem similar to how slavery was outlawed after the American Civil War, but not long after the Jim Crow laws were passed, creating more or less slavery in all but name.
** Even more appropriate is a comparison between the Schnee dust company and the real-life deBeers diamond company, who uses questionable labor practices in their African mines. The two companies even have Germanic names.
* WinBackTheCrowd: Some announcements about the production of Volume 2 seem to an attempt at this. Volume 2 will have 12 episodes that are all around 12 minutes each (to address the very common 'short episode' complaint Volume 1 was hit with). Also, apparently the animation will be improved as well thanks to Monty's new character rig set-up.
* TheWoobie:
** Velvet's ''[[EstablishingCharacterMoment introductory scene]]'' has her getting harassed by Team CRDL for being a Faunus, culminating in Cardin's aforementioned ear pulling. The poor girl had to leave the cafeteria humiliated and presumably in tears.
** [[spoiler: Having lied to get into Beacon, having no actual combat training and then being blackmailed by Cardin, Jaune was fast steering into this territory. But he saved it in the end by killing a large ursa and standing up to Cardin.]]
** '''Blake'''. As of Episode 15, she is [[spoiler: revealed to be a Faunus, subjected to FantasticRacism by Weiss, and feels isolated from her team]]. Somewhat ironed out in the following episode, but there's still plenty of Woobie fuel. In Episode 5 of Volume 2, the events going on outside of school seem to bear down the most heavily on Blake, making her haggard and snappish towards Sun and her teammates. In "Mountain Glenn", she is shown to have a great deal of self-loathing because she sees herself as a coward who only runs away.
** Taiyang Xiao Long, Ruby and Yang's father, hasn't physically appeared yet, but he could definitely be considered this after Yang tells her story to Blake in Episode 6 of Volume 2. [[spoiler: After Summer Rose, his wife and Ruby's mother, never came back from a mission, Yang says that he just "[[HeroicBSOD shut down]]" after that. However, Summer wasn't the first love he lost, but the second. ''Yang's'' mother was the first and she just up and left after Yang was born. On top of all that, he came VERY close to [[AdultFear losing both of his young daughters to a pack of Beowolves]] [[BigDamnHeroes if Qrow hadn't shown up to save them in time]]]].
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