Red like roses fills my dreams and brings me to the place you rest...
Ruby is a student at Signal Academy who is recruited to Beacon Academy to train to become a Huntress at the beginning of the series. She is a short, pale-skinned girl with chin-length hair, dressed in a red cloak, black blouse, and a skirt with red trimmings. She is partnered with Weiss, and is the leader of Team RWBY. She was trained by her uncle, who helped her design Crescent Rose.Her Twitter account is here.
Ambiguous Disorder: While it's not as blatant as Penny's antics, though arguably more realistic for it, Ruby seems to have many traits associated with Asperger's Syndrome and High Functioning Autism. Among other things, Ruby struggles a great deal with the more subtle aspects of socialization, has a somewhat unusual obsession with weaponry and doesn't seem to pick up on social cues, figurative language, or sarcasm particularly well. Despite that, she's one of the most honest and caring characters on the show, though said honestly sometimes leads to a bluntness that can be a bit off-putting.
According to Word of God; Ruby was originally supposed to look "wolf-like." This couldn't be conveniently done animation-wise; nevertheless she has a cartoonish wolf-face on her pajamas, and her sleep mask has wolf eyes on them.
Arrogant Kung-Fu Guy: Downplayed. Ruby is a nice girl but believes that her skills alone are enough to win her any fight she's in.
Artistic Age: Looks like a young woman when drawn but appears much younger when rendered. Word of God is that she's 15.
Ascended Fangirl: Her dream is to go to Beacon Academy so that she can become a Huntress and help people. Less than a minute after we learn this fact, the headmaster offers her the chance to attend two years before she would have normally been allowed to apply. We then Jump Cut to her flying to Beacon with Yang.
Aside Glance: She turns to the camera and smirks in the "Red" trailer, just before bisecting a beowolf.
Asskicking Pose: Scythe blade embedded in the ground, gun pointed at the enemy. She does it when she's getting ready to open fire on her enemies.
Badass: Wipes out a pack of Beowolves single-handed.
Badass Adorable: She's the youngest person in Beacon, at fifteen, and explicitly stated as childish by Weiss. That said, she earned her place to go to Beacon two years early.
Custom Uniform: Her uniform has the same cape as her usual clothes on it.
Dangerously-Short Skirt: She always fights in a skirt, to the point where she concurs with Weiss that, as a "combat skirt," she's meant to fight while wearing it.
Dark and Troubled Past: If the lyrics of Red Like Roses Part II are any indication, someone close to Ruby (probably her mother) sacrificed her life, leaving Ruby all alone in the world. And judging from the lyrics, Ruby was rather embittered by this.
Dragged by the Collar: By Weiss in episode 5 when she realizes her only other option in Jaune. Ruby's ecstatic about it.
Dramatic Wind: The beginning of her trailer has her walking around in a snowy forest, the wind blowing through her cloak. In the series proper, it sometimes billows around on its own even when she's inside.
Early-Installment Weirdness: She's much more stoic in the Red Trailer than she is in the series proper. According to Monty, the trailer was "more of a weapon demonstration" than about her being in character.
Embarrassing Nickname: 'Crater Face', given to her by Jaune after she blew up. She almost asks Blake to refer to her this way in the third episode.
She uses the recoil of her weapon to achieve this. However, she also does this in the beginning before pulling her weapon out; when the Beowolves first lunge at her, she flashes in a manner similar to Ninja Log, leaving a cloud of rose petals and appearing high in the air.
She does this again in conversation with Weiss at the end of episode 5, once more leaving a cloud of rose petals. Pyrrha specifically notes this as her Semblance in episode 12.
Flat "What.": Delivers one after seeing Pyrrha somehow move Jaune's shield into position at a distance, quickly followed by him beheading a massive Ursa in one blow.
Ruby's fighting style seems to incorporate a lot of charging and slashing where and when she feels appropriate, while Weiss makes precise, calculated strikes and Dust combinations.
In terms of character design, Ruby has short hair, an outfit that's at least slightly gothic, and a color scheme of red, black and silver, while Weiss has long hair, a 'princess-type' design, and a color scheme of white, blue and red.
Their personalities differ, with Ruby being honest and kind but somewhat brash and insecure, and Weiss being level-headed and confident but also sarcastic and devious.
Gadgeteer Genius: To an extent. After all, She designed and built Crescent Rose herself.
Grade Skipper: By getting into Beacon, she's moved ahead two years.
Grave Marking Scene: In the trailer and the opening; Ruby is in vigil at the Cliffside Altar; a plaque marker with the inscription; "Summer Rose Thus I Kindly Scatter." In the opening, there is a hovering ghostly figure identical to her; except their hood and cape are white.
Gray Eyes: Ozpin notes her eyes are actually silver but changes the subject as abruptly as he raises it. So far, she's the innocent grey-eyed typed. She's very savvy about weapons and fighting but she looks at the world through the eyes of hope and idealism and it makes her seem very innocent by the standards of other characters.
Head Phones Equal Isolation: Not as severe as many cases, as she's very friendly; but she was wearing her hood and headphones in her introduction in the story; making her unaware of the shop being robbed. In accordance to the trope, she has No Social Skills problems.
The Hero: The main character of the story and leader of team RWBY.
I Just Want to Be Special / Be Careful What You Wish For / I Just Want to Be Normal: In that order. First, she wants to become a mighty Huntress so she can fight evil and protect people. However, after a chance meeting with the headmaster of the world's top school for Hunters, she gets her wish and starts to complain about how she just wants to be a normal student, not wanting people to think that she's special because she got enrolled two years early.
Yang: "But you ARE special."
In Harm's Way: Potentially, if considering the lyrics to her theme. She's an extremely good fighter, maybe even the most dangerous member of the team, and Monty claims she has no fear of death. She seems to embrace combat like it's one of the few places she feels at home.
The Leader: Of team RWBY. Somewhere between the headstrong and charismatic type; likes to charge headfirst to any enemy ahead of her peers, and can make them believe on her made-up plan. It helps that she gets the associatedpersonalities.
Leeroy Jenkins: Ruby has a tendency to act without prior thought, which has put her in mortal danger at least twice so far. At first, Weiss believes that Ruby was just showing off, but Ruby explains that her 'showing off' is simply her trying to prove to Weiss that she isn't incompetent. For all her impulsiveness, she does prove herself a capable leader when she was able to hold back for the sake of a plan during the fight with the Nevermore.
Left the Background Music On: She's listening to the opening theme on her headphones when a thug tries to rob her. After planting Crescent Rose (and two thugs), she turns them off and the music goes with them.
Lightning Bruiser: She is the fastest character in the series, Pyrrha even noting that speed is her special ability. At the same time, she is capable of slaughtering through dozens of monsters in the matter of seconds and casually cut a tree in half.
Magic Skirt: Enforced by Monty, who specifically wants to avoid a Panty Shot. Even when it's unavoidable to see straight up it, it is full of crinoline completely obscuring everything above the skirt line.
Mini Dress Of Power: Her outfit (namely, the corset and skirt) is actually a one-piece, surprisingly.
Mix-and-Match Weapon: She carries a sniper-scythe that flings her into the air at high-velocity speed.
No Social Skills: Aside from Yang and Jaune, she doesn't seem to do well with most people. She doesn't want to draw too much attention to herself after being enrolled at Beacon, has to be forced to interact with Blake, and her displeasure with having to be put on a team with other people during initiation borders on Oh Crap. This contrasts greatly with her confidence in battle, which may be the point. She even admits to Weiss she's not great with people.
Shrinking Violet: Not an immediately obvious example, but Ruby is very reluctant and nervous about meeting new people, and seems to cling to Yang for support. Not to mention how she is easily cowed by interpersonal conflict. Yang seems aware of the problem, and has made efforts to correct it.
After partnering with Weiss, this starts to fade; Ruby has to be assertive and defend her opinions, because if she doesn't, Weiss won't respect her. In Episode 8, she's become confident enough to suggest the plan that RWBY later uses to defeat the Nevermore.
Skilled, but Na´ve: Ruby is an absolute pro when it comes to wielding her weapon, so much so that she got moved ahead two years in her Huntress training. But her social skills are extremely poor, and has poor judgment in real combat situations, often rushing into fights recklessly. When she comes up with a plan, though, she managed to succeed.
The Slacker: Goof version as displayed by her antics in Peter Port's class.
Small Girl, Big Gun: In its base form it's as big as she is. When it's unfolded it dwarfs her. Physically, she's also the smallest, and youngest, of the girls.
Something about a Rose: The emblem on her belt, post-Red trailer, is a rose. The tombstone she visits is etched with a rose. Aside from its obvious name, Crescent Rose leaves behind only rose petals when it swings (assuming this isn't the Beowolves themselves). And as previously noted, her last name is Rose as well.
The Southpaw: Ruby primarily uses her left hand to wield Crescent Rose, with the right supporting. However, close observation reveals she does just as well with the reverse, implying she's fully ambidextrous.
Twice in the first episode in regards to huntresses. First when she meets Glynda and asks her for an autograph, and again when she cannot verbally enunciate all her Motor Mouth feelings on the subject.
Ruby: I mean the police are alright, but huntsmen and huntresses are so much more romantic and exciting and cool, just gyaha, y'know?
Again in episode 2 upon stepping on Beacon's grounds. This time, in reaction to seeing other students' weapons.
Super Speed: Speed is noted by Pyrrha to be her Semblance.
Sweet Tooth: Implied; it seems that she's this having five spoons of sugar in her coffee and her love for cookies.
In episode 11, while everyone else is eating lunch, she just has a plate of cookies.
Symbolic Blood: Roses. The Beowolves in her trailer bleed petals; and the lyrics of the soundtrack version of Red Like Roses Part II flat out says it's "your blood that's red like roses."
Technician Versus Performer: The performer to Weiss's technician. Both are trained in combat, but Ruby doesn't have as much restriction or stiffness in her style as Weiss does. Not to mention being more impulsive and chaotic personality-wise.
Vitriolic Best Buds: She and Weiss have gone from snarking and bickering with one another to retrieving coffee and giving each other low fives when defending their choice of wardrobe being "combat skirts" without even making eye contact.
Ruby's weapon, described as a "High Velocity Sniper-Scythe". As this suggests, its a large scythe that also fires high-caliber sniper rifle ammo. In addition, its blade angle can change, effectively turning it into a glaive (a polearm with a sword-like blade on the end).
Abnormal Ammo: After Ruby replaced its normal clip with a specially marked one (it bore a symbol showing four arrows pointing towards a circle, in the shape of a cross) Crescent Rose was able to fire what seemed to be miniature black holes. Word of God says that they're called Cross Clips, though technically they're magazines.
Absurdly Sharp Blade: It's sharp enough for her to cut trees nonchalantly. Against Grims, though, she has to make more effort.
Ace Custom: Ruby built Crescent Rose herself. Apparently, everyone in Signal creates their own weapons. Ruby admits that she may have gone overboard on designing it.
It is unclear, but this trope may have been played straight. There was a strong impression that Ruby didn't reload because she was out of ammo. She just needed to swap it to a one with more punch. Once she did, her ranged and melee damage increased absurdly and battle was over in a matter of seconds.
Companion Cube: Hugs Crescent Rose when Yang asks if her weapon isn't good enough when she's appreciating everyone else's. She goes even further in episode 4 when she calls it sweetheart while cuddling and caressing it.
Dramatic Gun Cock: It seems to cock solely for intimidation factor, seeing as it's a bolt-action rifle which has enough technological advancements to transform into a functional scythe.
Drop the Hammer: The "Back" end of the scythe can be used for this, as she demonstrates in her fight with the mobsters in Episode 1.
Voiced By: Kara Eberle, Casey Lee Williams (singing)
Mirror, tell me something... tell me who's the loneliest of all? Fear of... what's inside me- tell me can a heart be turned to stone?
Weiss is the heiress to the Schnee Dust Company and a new student at Beacon Academy. She has icy blue eyes, flowing white hair and a crooked scar over her left eye. She wears a pale blue bolero jacket over a similarly colored thigh-length dress, with a piece of black lace making up the neckline of the dress. She is partnered with Ruby.Her official Twitter account is here.
Abusive Parents: It's implied that Weiss' father was this due to the stress of dealing with the White Fang.
Action Girl: In a different light than Ruby. Where Ruby was a hack and slash type, Weiss is like an elegant fencer with the aid of magic.
Academic Alpha Bitch: She yells out Ruby for falling into her suitcases, and then gives her a verbal thrashing about why she shouldn't be at Beacon. And while she remains haughty, the heart of gold is slowly and subtly starting to peek out, as of Episode 6.
In episode 9, she's the one taking class the most seriously, and she gets fed up with Ruby, who's using the time to goof off.
Arrogant Fencing Girl: Like Ruby, downplayed. Weiss is aware that she's not perfect but expects to be someday. She also already thinks she's leagues ahead of Ruby despite only getting a glimpse of her skill.
Badass: Defeating an animated suit of armor thrice her size and armed with a BFS should qualify her as one. If it doesn't, it might be worth pointing out that her fighting style involves the use of objects that are practically Made of Explodium. And a lot of it, at that.
Badass Princess: The heiress to the Schnee Dust Company has to be a Dust expert, and can think of a dozen or more ways to use it to kick your ass.
Beauty Is Never Tarnished: Averted. During Weiss' fight with the Knight she takes a nasty hit to the head and gets a scar from it...well, maybe- it's not clear if the sequence is canon.
Berserk Button: Anyone defending the White Fang, who've been at war with her family's company for decades. Unfortunately, her teammate Blake is a former member of the White Fang
Beneath the Mask: Besides her Image Song, episode 5 is the first episode to really hint that Weiss's haughtiness is just a facade (though this was many's guess to begin with). Despite her arrogant attitude, she seems to be a bit easily spooked, as when Ruby simply left her in the forest alone, the moment monsters seemed to be coming around from all corners, Weiss was actually desperately calling for Ruby to come back. Yes, this is the same Weiss.
In accordance to Technician Versus Performer below, it can be implied that while she got much time for training, she had little experience with fighting actual threats, as opposed to Ruby.
Blade Run: Against the Black Knight. Actually a Blade Roll.
Blood Upgrade: In her trailer, Weiss begins to truly lay the smack down after the Black Knight gets a hit in and leaves her with a bleeding wound over her eye.
Break the Haughty: She doesn't take it well when Professor Port tells her that he trusts Ozpin's decision in making Ruby team leader and that she has a serious attitude problem. When she lashes back he proves his point, then tells her she should try to be the best person she can be, not the best leader. This conversation seems to finally get Weiss off her high horse.
Catch Phrase: "No, you dunce!" seems to be becoming one for her, usually in response to Ruby not knowing something.
Centipede's Dilemma: When she's thinking about how to start a fight in episode six; she thinks to herself that she needs to lead with her right foot. ....she leads with her left.
City Mouse: Implied in episode 5, given her apparent difficulty with the forest's brush in addition to her preexisting upper-class status.
Combat Stilettos: Despite her high wedge-heeled boots, Weiss has no trouble at all flinging herself in every direction as she battles the Knight.
Color-Coded Elements: Her magic, though the effect of each color remains unclear, as one color may have more than one effect. White seems to give her a surface to step on while in the air, as well as propulsion, but it also appears when she uses ice-based attacks. Blue appears when she increases Ruby's speed, but also when Weiss freezes the tail of the Nevermore to the ground. She has a black setting that seems to be meant for launching things, and while it turns red in episode 8, it remains black while she uses it in episode 10.
Corrupt Corporate Executive: Subverted. It's implied one of her parents is one, but Weiss herself does not appear to like the practices or associations.
Curtains Match The Windows: They do in the artwork. They still do some extent for the animation, as they end up as different shades of blue.
Defrosting Ice Queen: Weiss eventually realizes almost completely on her own that her relationship with Ruby simply can't succeed unless she reins in her attitude. She promises Ruby she'll try to act nicer, so long as Ruby stops with the showboating and tries to keep a clear head.
Professor Port also helped this, to the point that she made Ruby coffee and acts really nice while she's at it. See Break the Haughty above.
Fantastic Racism: She really mistrusts Faunus, due to her past experiences with White Fang making her believe that any Faunus could be a member of White Fang or join up with White Fang if given the chance. What doesn't help is the revelation that her teammate Blake turns out to be both a Faunus and a former member of the White Fang. However, as of Episode 16, she seems to be making an effort to get over this.
If one dissects her words verbatim, she never dismisses faunus directly; she only insults the ones in White Fang. The argument only started when Blake started defending them; apparently thinking Weiss was referring to all faunus.note There's also the fact that White Fang used to be a peaceful movement of Fauna liberation before its change of leader. Of course, Weiss's Hates Everyone Equally tendencies make this difficult to decipher.
Fragile Speedster: Seems to be her style, seeing as she's a lot more nimble and agile than Ruby even without a Recoil Boost, but takes more damage - she actually bleeds in the trailer - than the others.
No Pronunciation Guide: Aversion; her name is pronounced correctly according to the German intonation of the words composing her name in her debut. But when asked why it's pronounced with a "W" sound as opposed to the "proper" way on the livestream prior to the first episode going public Monty summed it up that world of RWBY is an interpretive world, that Germany doesn't exist, and fuck you. Judging by everyone's reactions when they got the question he had been waiting a long time to say that.
Gravity Master: Possibly. On top of her ability to jump while airborne, one of her runes effortlessly flings the Black Knight into the air, while another holds him there for her final attack.
Green-Eyed Monster: In episode 8, after the teams are formed for the first time, Ruby is picked as the leader of team RWBY. Weiss is visibly shocked at his announcement, and in episode 10 asks Professor Port why someone like Ruby got the position. She felt Professor Ozpin made a mistake in his decision, but Prof. Port counters, saying that he's always trusted Ozpin's judgment. He also adds a little bit of his own observation, stating that she seems like the type of girl who always got what she wanted, and tells her she shouldn't be obsessed with not being the leader, but rather to be the best person she can be.
Hair Color Dissonance: In the artwork, she has pure white hair. It gains the slightest shade of blue in the animation.
Hypocrite: She gets angry at Ruby for knocking over and nearly messing up some of her Dust supplies, when she was the one waving around and spreading the contents of a jar of red dust. In someone's face. Someone who promptly sneezes.
Hypocrisy and jerkass tendencies aside, the fact remains that Dust is extremely volatile. If Ruby's sneeze at the cloud of Dust is anything to go by, falling on Weiss' luggage could possibly have blown them both to kingdom come. (That said, with Dust being so clearly dangerous, Weiss should not be carrying around such quantities in unmarked suitcases.)
When Ruby jumps directly in front of Weiss' magic attack to take out the enemy they were both focused on, Weiss makes the point that Ruby's recklessness and lack of communication nearly got herself killed.
While she's rather harsh with Ruby in episode 10, it's because she's angry at the supposed team leader for cheerfully slacking off in class.
Jerk with a Heart of Gold: She clearly values Ruby's safety enough to save her from being skewered by the Death Stalker without a second thought. And then she reassures Ruby that she's already proven herself. She also told Blake that she should tell her teammates whenever she has trouble and appears to not care about Blake being a Faunus - in her own jerkish way.
Kung-Fu Wizard: Her melee skills combined with her mastery of Dustcraft makes her the most versatile fighter on Team RWBY, perfectly represented during their fight with the Nevermore.
Lady of War: As mentioned above, her fighting style is more graceful and refined than those of her teammates. It seems to be dance based, specifically, the dance formations associated with ice skating.
The Lancer: Seems to fall into this positions as Ruby's partner in the team. It's well-exhibited in battle during the fight with the Nevermore - Ruby makes the plans, but Weiss is the one who executes most of the key steps, including watching Ruby's back while she sets everything in place. Not only that, but they're almost complete Foils to each other, making this trope even more prominent.
This is probably because of her family's wealth: Dust is the substance which grants magical abilities, and is implied to be very expensive. The Schnee corporation has a monopoly on Dust trading, so it makes sense that her fighting style uses a lot of Dust - she can afford it.
Magic Skirt: We get upskirt peaks every now and then in her trailer, but no Panty Shot to speak of. Intentional on Monty's part.
Mini Dress Of Power: Even more than Ruby; the shirt and skirt are of a one piece design, and she doesn't have leggings.
Never My Fault: Got off on a really bad foot with Ruby after the Dust explosion in front of the school... that she herself is responsible for. While Ruby may have bumped her luggage and ignited the explosion with her sneeze, it was Weiss who took the Dust out and created the cloud by shaking it while scolding her.
Noble Bigot: Thanks to bad experiences with the White Fang, she's rather snobby and dismissive towards Faunus. She also seems to be aware of how knee-jerk this is, and is perfectly willing to swallow her distaste towards Blake.
Non-Idle Rich: Despite her wealth and privilege, she's training to be a Huntress like the other protagonists.
Only Sane Man: Rapidly shaping up to be this for Team RWBY as of episode 9 as Blake is not only on board with Ruby and Yang's antics but seems to be quite enthusiastic about it.
Perpetual Frowner: Ruby spends most of her time fighting with a coy little smile on her face. Weiss never does the same, not once showing an expression beyond neutrality, and most of the time actually frowning.
She smiles much more in the actual show, but they're usually when she's getting her ego fed or when she's being sarcastic. At this point, Blake has smiled sincerely more times than Weiss.
Ruby even points out how unsettling it is to see her smiling so much in episode 15.
Rapunzel Hair: Incredibly long white hair, which she usually keeps tied up in a ponytail.
Reluctant Warrior: While Ruby delights in slaying Beowolves, Weiss wears a more doubtful expression throughout most of the W trailer.
Episode 5 suggests this may be caused by fear, given Weiss' reaction to being ambushed by a Grimm.
Rich Bitch: Acts like this when Ruby fell into her luggage and when Blake points out her family business's questionable corporate actions. Though her luggage was filled with Dust, a substance that can explode from simply being sneezed on, so she is somewhat justified in being upset. Played so straight it might be considered lampshading in episode 4 when she talks to Pyrrha.
Inner Monologue: This is perfect! The smartest girl in class, combined with the strongest girl in class, together we will be unstoppable! I can see it now, we'll be popular, we'll be celebrities, we'll get perfect grades! Nothing could come between us now!
The Southpaw: Like Ruby, who mainly wields Crescent Rose with her left hand, Weiss wields Myrtenaster with her left hand.
Surrounded by Idiots: Feels this way about the other students, except for Pyrrha. Upon making eye contact with Ruby (and thus becoming her partner), Weiss simply turns and walks away... only to find that the next student she meets (Jaune, hanging from a tree) is even more incompetent. Recognizing this, she walks back to Ruby and drags her off.
Tactical Withdrawal: In episode 6, she decides pull Ruby out of the forest she accidentally set on fire rather than take advantage of Beowolves' confusion that arose from it.
Team Mom: Shows some spades of this, especially since, despite not liking them initially, showed much concern when both Blake and Ruby put themselves in dangerous situations.
Technician Versus Performer: The technician to Ruby's performer. Both are trained in combat, but Weiss is more cautious and analytical than Ruby. For one, she has an Inner Monologue on how to prepare a strike against an incoming Beowolf.
She values proper structure, organization, and planning in general. As the Vytal Festival approaches, she gets excited about the organization that goes into such an event.
Trap Master: She lures the Black Knight into a rune that flings him upward, setting him up for her final attacks.
Teeth-Clenched Teamwork: With Ruby starting episode 5. Although it's worth noting that, despite her blatant resentment, Weiss makes little to no fuss about being partnered with her... until they are forced into combat alongside each other, with deliberately conflicting ideologies bringing out the fussiness in them both.
They work better together on Episode 8, after Weiss comes to an agreement with Ruby; if the latter stops trying to show off, the former will act nicer. And as of Episode 10, Weiss is more determinated on becoming a good teammate for Ruby (who's also working harder on being a good leader).
Vitriolic Best Buds: She and Ruby have gone from snarking and bickering with one another to retrieving coffee and giving each other low fives when defending their choice of wardrobe being "combat skirts" without even making eye contact.
Woman in White: Dresses in white, has white hair and a snowflake theme, and is heiress to a very powerful company.
Weiss's weapon, described as a "Multi Action Dust Rapier". It has a revolving chamber that gives it supernatural effects.
Applied Phlebotinum: While it's implied all the weapons use Dust, Myrtenaster is suggested to use a lot of it. Which makes sense, considering her connections.
Sword Beam: It can fire off multiple light-blue blasts of energy.
Voiced By: Arryn Zech
Born with no life- into subjugation. Treated like a worthless animal! Stripped of all rights, just a lesser being- crushed by cruel, ruthless human rule!
A young woman with long black hair, amber-colored eyes and a black ribbon resembling animal ears on her head. She's the first to appear with full-fledged voice acting in her trailer, as well as the first to be partnered with another character, Adam. Later on she is partnered with Yang.Her new Twitter is here
Action Girl: Much more reliant on jumping around when she uses her ribbon-pistol-bayonet, though.
Aloof Dark-Haired Girl: Long dark hair, detached personality and pretty much beautiful; she's also between Weiss and Yang in height. The "detached personality" part is subverted, though, at least past Episode 9.
Anti-Hero: She seems a bit sad at the beginning of the trailer, when Adam gets her ready to infiltrate the train. That said, she expresses concern over the passengers... after attacking it, mind you. Still, it does show that she seems to object to Adam's wonky moral code.
Animal-Eared Headband: The ribbon on her head gives this impression (the bit of red inside one 'ear' in the pic to the right is a rose petal drifting past, not part of the ribbon itself). It also moves like animal ears...because it happens to be hiding real animal ears.
Animal Motifs: The cat, being sneaky and hiding mysteries, as well the bow on her head resembling cat ears. Ruby also said that she likes tuna. As it turns out, the motif is more than appropriate due to her bow hiding an actual pair of cat ears.
Badass: Deflects dozens of bullets point-blank, while running towards the shooters, at that. In fact, she dismembers Mecha-Mookswith her sheathe. She's so fast that she successfully dodges every single attack the Spider Tank launches at her specifically, while running, flying and flinging herself around. Her nature as a badass is most evident in this line:
Berserk Button: She's irked at Cardin's snide comment on Faunus. Gets on full-on angry rant when Weiss talks down about Faunus (and the particular monkey one they found) too much. This is because she secretly is a Faunus.
Captain Obvious Reveal: A bow that twitches like animal ears, mention of "human" rule in her Image Song, shrewd knowledge of Faunus history, glaring and making a taunt at Cardin for his ignorance and racism in Oobleck's class... many, if not most, had cottoned on to Blake being a Faunus before the reveal.
It's even lampshaded by Penny. She apparently realized it as soon as she met Blake, embarrassing Ruby, Yang, and Weiss because even they had to admit it was obvious.
Combat Stilettos: Blake's heels shouldn't aid her in doing those flips, sliding down cliffs and being generally sneaky, yet she wears them anyway.
Covert Pervert: Implied in Episode 9; she owns a book titled "Ninjas of Love", and her reaction to finding it and attempt to hide said book give an indication of its content.
Cry Cute: After Blake is discovered to be a Faunus and has a serious falling out with Weiss she runs to a statue in front of Beacon and does this.
Dark and Troubled Past: The lyrics of From Shadows suggest that she may have been born into poverty, or even slavery. Given her status as a Faunus and as a former member of the White Fang, this is further implied.
Dark Secret: Seemed determined to withhold that she is a faunus. Given the reaction she receives when it comes to light, who can blame her?
Deadpan Snarker: Has a tendency to calmly and bluntly put down others, particularly with Adam and Weiss.
Defector from Decadence: Blake was a member of the White Fang when it used to protest peacefully, and left sometime while it moved into crime and violence. Unlike most examples, though, Blake didn't leave quite immediately, and she labels herself as a "criminal hiding in plain sight".
Detached Sleeves: The one sleeve she has doesn't attach over her shoulder. The other arm doesn't have a sleeve at all.
Expressive Accessory: Her black ribbon subtly twitches in a scene in Episode 8. In Episode 15 it's revealed that the bow hides cat ears.
The Fettered: Whatever she's doing, she dislikes unnecessary death.
Flash Step: Unlike Ruby or Weiss, Blake moves fast enough to leave after-images, but only shifts over a foot or two at a time.
Fragile Speedster: Moves quickly, attacks quickly, shears everything cleanly with her kusarigama. Against a tougher boss, though - such as the Spider Droid, or Giant Nevermore - she doesn't have that much kick.
Gender-Blender Name: "Blake" is a gender-neutral name but is more commonly chosen for boys than girls. It comes from the old English word for "Black".
Hair Decorations: A black bow that strongly resembles animal ears, so they stand out quite a bit. The cat ear shaped bow actually conceals cat ears, stating her status as a Faunus.
Ninja: Her moveset and her penchant for stealth is based off a ninja.
Not so Above It All: Gleefully engages in redecorating team RWBY's room with a smile on her face and a zest not seen from her in previous episodes. She also reads romance novels apparently. Ninjas of Love. *snickers*.
OOC Is Serious Business: When the usually calm and mellow Blake gets into a shouting match with Weiss over Weiss' attitude towards Faunus, it's clear something's up. That "something" being that Blake is a Faunus herself.
Blake: Unfortunately, the real world isn't the same as a fairy tale.
Screw This, I'm Outta Here: A variation. It's implied that Blake isn't too fond of Adam's lack of standards. Once he gets rid of the Spider Tank, she severs the mechanism connecting the front of the train with the back, presumably leaving him stranded. It also protects the crew members of the train from any charges he would set.
She also left the White Fang when its methods got too extreme for her.
She-Fu: Utilizes flips in her combat style a lot more than Weiss, Adam, or Ruby.
Sherlock Scan: Runs into Ruby and Weiss, finds a vial of Dust, and uses the symbol on the vial to determine the Academic Alpha Bitch yelling at someone else is heiress to an international company with a monopoly on magic and shady business practices, all within about five seconds. Given Blake's background and the White Fang's war on the Schnee family, it's unsurprising.
Stealth Pun: The Ribbon/Gun portion of Gambol Shroud is technically a pistol-whip and is commonly used for this purpose.
Straight Man: In episode 8, she shares this with Yang at the beginning, pointing out the ridiculousness happening around her. Yang loses her temper towards the end, while Blake stays calm (even Ren loses his cool at Nora at one point).
Sticks to the Back: She caries Gambol Shroud on her back with what appears to be a large magnet.
The Stoic: Subverted. Her initial introduction makes it looks like she's a classic example of this trope, but as the episodes progress it becomes clear that she's a quiet personality rather than a stoic personality.
Sugar and Ice Personality: Initially, Blake seems to be aloof and disinterested, but when Ruby starts connecting with her over books, she seems to warm up a bit, even smiling and chuckling.
Tactical Withdrawal: She seems as fast as Weiss and as powerful as Ruby. That said, she knows when to cut her losses and run.
Tsurime Eyes: Her eyes are notably pointier than the other girls' to accentuate her cat-girl themed appearance.
Western Terrorists: Given away by her slip; she later admits outright to have been a part of the White Fang in her past, both in its origins as a peaceful organization and later as a criminal group.
Hidden Villain: Weiss' Motive Rant about her Tragic Bigot background mentions something that we saw in Blake's introductory trailer: the theft of an entire shipment of Dust that she took part in. Either Blake doesn't want to tell her that it was her fault, or she doesn't know that it was specifically her doing.
Yellow Eyes of Sneakiness: Her first introduction is part of an infiltration onto a train that they're to steal a Dust shipment from. Although she balks at killing innocents on the train, she doesn't appear to object to their goal. In the series proper, she comes across as very aloof and mysterious, though it is toned down over Volume One as more is revealed about her.
Zipperiffic: Blake's shorts have a zipper on each leg, and they're placed in such a way that they have pretty much no use at all.
Blake's weapon, described as a "Variant Ballistic Chain Scythe". While it seems to resembles an oversized cleaver, that's actually its sheath. The weapon itself is a katana with a gun attached to it, and the gun's trigger is itself attached to a ribbon Blake wraps around her wrist.
Improvised Weapon: The parts seem noticeably mismatched (notably, the handle is the handgrip of a Glock), compared to, say, Weiss's rapier. Given her implied life of poverty, it's possible the weapon was cobbled together out of scavenged parts by either her or Adam.
Sending out your army but you still can't win, listen up silly boy 'cause I'm gonna tell you why— I burn!
Yang is an energetic, blond-haired young woman with a violent streak. She is going to Beacon Academy to train to be a huntress, and is overjoyed when her younger sister Ruby is asked to attend Beacon Academy as well. She is partnered with Blake.Her official Twitter account can be found here.
Badass: She takes on a whole nightclub run by a mafia-style organization, and wins. Where as the other girls rely on some degree of finesse, she seems to take the defensive approach to combat, shrugging off blows and returning fire with stronger attacks.
Bear Hug: Her Establishing Character Moment in-series is pulling Ruby into an enthusiastic hug, talking excitedly about how happy she is that they'll be attending Beacon together. Unfortunately, she puts too much of her strength into it.
Blood Knight: Starts throwing punches almost entirely unprovoked (although Junior is working for a gang), and appears to be having the time of her life throughout her trailer.
In Harm's Way: To adrenaline junkie levels. When being catapulted into the air to start her Huntress training, Yang doesn't just enjoy the flight, she fires blasts from her gauntlets and uses the recoil to make it last longer. Must have been taking lessons from Ruby.
Fashionable Asymmetry: One stocking is higher than the other and her skirt is longer on the opposing side, on top of some notable Sigil Spam. Her skirt also overlaps her belt on one side in her artwork.
Zettai Ryouiki: In her regular outfit, the Fashionable Asymmetry of her stockings has a class C for her right leg and a class B for her left. Her school uniform consists of a Class A.
Mukokuseki: Though her lineage hasn't been touched upon, she has a Chinese name, despite being tall, blonde-haired, buxom, and purple-eyed. It should be mentioned there probably is no China in the show's setting.
Nobody Touches the Hair: Both times so far that her hair's gotten damaged (in her trailer, and then again in Episode 6) are the only times she's gone into a blind rage.
Not Quite Flight: After being launched into the air Yang can use her weapons to significantly prolong her flight time.
Older Than She Looks: She doesn't look like she's old enough to be in a club, but then again, she doesn't look like she could punch you through a wall either. Word of God puts Ruby at 15, starting classes at Beacon 2 years early, and the other 3 girls are 17.
Only Friend: Averts the trope. Ruby says that she's fine with Yang being her only friend at Beacon, but Yang knows that's an unhealthy way for Ruby to think and encourages her to socialize.
Playing with Fire: Whether it's just her gauntlets or also an inborn power is unknown, given her hair...
Super Strength: She sends Junior across the room before activating her gauntlets. However, it is shown that she did used a shotgun shell while punching him. Apparently, her gauntlets can be used in compact mode just like Ruby's rifle. She is still freaky strong though.
Recoil Boost: As with the Crescent Rose the recoil of this weapon can be used to increase the mobility of the wielder.
Retractable Weapon: When not in use these weapons can retract into seemingly normal bracelets.
Theme Naming / Floral Theme Naming: Ember refers to fire and Celica is from the Latin Coelica meaning Heavenly or Celestial, so like Yang they are named for the Sun. Celica is also another name for the common bell pepper.
Voiced by: Miles Luna
Another student of Beacon Academy who arrives at the same time as Ruby and Yang. He is partnered with Pyrrha, and is the leader of Team JNPR. He comes from a long line of esteemed Hunters, and feels pressured to live up to their reputations.
Adorkable: He's nervous, awkward and clumsy, and it makes him quite endearing. He also wears footsie pajamas.
Audience Surrogate: Of all the characters in the setting, he is the most "normal", while asking all the relevant questions for exposition.
Berserk Button: Threaten to hurt his teammates? All that will result for you is PAIN.
Butt Monkey: Clumsy, has motion sickness, can't get the ladies to pay attention to him, etc. Deconstructed in that he wants to become a hero and warrior by any means necessary, and his dream of being a Huntsman is identical to Ruby's. Unfortunately, where they differ is that Ruby is a Child Prodigy with years of combat training under her belt, while Jaune is a Butt Monkey almost bordering on The Chew Toy for all the abuse that gets heaped on him, (made even worse by his inferiority complex) which is something he unfortunately is entirely aware of. And he hates it.
And now, a target of Cardin's bullying. Poor guy can't catch a break.
The Cape: Episode 14 shows him saving the life of Cardin when an Ursa was about to kill him. Jaune pretty much showed everybody what it means to be a Huntsman: calm under pressure, strategizing to find the enemy's weaknesses, and defending those who can't defend themselves, even if they're jerks.
Jaune: [while hanging on the Death Stalker's stinger] PYRRHA! THIS IS NOT THE RELIC! IT'S NOT!
Casanova Wannabe: He quickly hits on Weiss, Yang, and to a lesser extent Pyrrha when he meets them. All but Pyrrha are turned off.
Jaune: I don't understand. My dad said all women look for is confidence! Where did I go wrong?
Crouching Moron, Hidden Badass: For all his Cowardly Lion tendencies, and various other problems when fighting the Death Stalker, by noticing that Ren had nearly severed the Grimm's stinger he takes the opportunity to point it out to Pyrrha so she and Nora can land the final blow. Despite many people, himself included, thinking he isn't Beacon material, he manages to prove Pyrrha right: he is a great leader.
Pulls this again in "Forever Fall Part 2", when he saves Cardin and kills an Ursa, with only a slight bit of help from Pyrrha, whom Jaune didn't know was there.
Culture Blind: Doesn't seem to know anything about how their world works. Because for the most part, he didn't learn about it before he came to Beacon.
Cowardly Lion: Is clearly afraid of the dangers of Hunting, yet remains calm enough under fire to protect himself and note the scorpion's weaknesses.
He also managed to save Weiss (below) without fear, though he only realized too late he hadn't thought of a way DOWN. The fact that he managed to ignore his fears to save a girl (who he likes to hit on, but still) is telling enough.
Later stands up to Cardin when he orders him to hurt Pyrrha. And subsequently kills an Ursa which has given Cardin a difficult time.
Dark Secret: Jaune was never really accepted into Beacon. He forged his transcripts due to his desire to become a warrior like his father. Whether Ozpin knows about this or not is unclear.
Shows some signs of this during his duel at the beginning of Episode 11, though he hasn't built up the abilities to exploit it, yet.
Again in Episode 14 when he defends Cardin from an huge Ursa. Jaune ends up taking some pretty severe blows head on, but gets up and keeps fighting. He even gets to look at his Life Meter being critical and yet he still presses on.
Diving Save: Does this to a falling Weiss in Episode 8, by jumping off a tree. Then both of them fell to the ground, Jaune first, and Weiss landing on his back.
Don't You Dare Pity Me!: Realizes he's the "lovable idiot stuck in a tree while everyone is fighting for their lives" and hates it. This leads him to reject Pyrrha's offer of giving him extra training.
Also, the scene where he meets Ruby. Where other students antagonized or ignored Ruby, Jaune helps her up and they find the assembly hall together, talking and bonding over their shared awkwardness in a Crowning Moment of Heartwarming.
Whereas the other men at Beacon give us a Shirtless Scene while roughhousing, he walks over in blue footie pajamas.
Does not notice the students getting launched into the forest until it is too late.
Later walks into a cave without noticing the drawings of humans fighting Death Stalker around the entrance.
Famous Ancestor: A classic example of 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.
Seems to have the instincts when he's not running away, but with The Reveal that he faked his transcripts, he certainly has no knowledge and zero training to speak of.
Healing Factor: When his Aura is first unlocked by Pyrrha, the scratch on his cheek healed nearly instantly. It is unknown whether all Aura wielders can heal their wounds or if this is unique to Jaune, but Weiss's scar makes it likely that this is Jaune's Semblance.
Hidden Depths: In episode 12...well, let's just say you'll see his previous clumsy antics in a different light.
Foreshadowing in more than one way: leader, hero and not actually a fighter. Jeanne herself claimed to have never killed anyone. She didn't have a problem getting rough, leading soldiers (who would and did kill) or riding around on the front line, but she refused to actually kill people. Likewise, Jaune doesn't actually have any fighting experience or training prior to the show.
Momma's Boy: Implied, given that he mentioned his mother's sayings twice in his introductory episode. Later on he mentions getting advice from his dad as well.
Nice Guy: Doesn't hold being called "Vomit Boy" against Ruby, and is the first new person in Beacon to be friends with her.
Non-Action Guy: Fits the trope to a tee, so far as Episode 7. Is slowly moving away from this as the series progresses.
Not Afraid of You Anymore: After Jaune saves Cardin's life from an Ursa, he makes it clear to his former bully that he will not stand for anymore of Cardin's shit particularly if aimed at his team.
Not So Weak: He's goofy, clumsy, and a frequent target of Cardin's bullying. But when the life of his friends is in danger he'll protect them with everything he has. Lampshaded when he says to Cardin that he doesn't care whatever Cardin does to him.
Oblivious to Love: Despite his womanizing attitude, he does not notice that Pyrrha seems to be attracted to him.
The Strategist: Has elements of this, coordinating his team into defeating a Deathstalker via severing its tail and hammering the stinger into its head. He's a lot better at this than at fighting, at least on the level of the others, which is probably a large part of why he was chosen for Beacon, or more likely why he was allowed to stay. Notably, he does this without having a plan to begin with, coming up with ideas on the fly, unlike Ruby leading Team RWBY against the giant Nevermore.
Stuffed into a Locker: As part of Cardin's ongoing bullying campaign, Jaune was thrown into a rocket-propelled locker which was programmed to take off and fly elsewhere with him inside it.
Jaune: I'm tired of being the lovable idiot, stuck in the tree while his friends fight for their lives! Don't you understand? If I can't do this on my own... then what good am I?
Invoked by Pyrrha when Jaune is fighting the giant Ursa to save Cardin. She does cheat a little by secretly boosting his shield with her polarity Semblance. Thus giving him the confidence to ask for Pyrrha's help.
Took a Level in Badass: Episode 14, where he takes on an Ursa that was attacking Cardin single-handedly, and ends up decapitating it with some subtle help from Pyrrha.
Unskilled, but Strong: He has a lot of Aura, an instinctual grasp of combat tactics, and is strong enough to be close to the level of the others when he actually blocks or hits. However, he doesn't have a basic grasp of sword and shield style, jumping around and throwing his whole weight behind most of his blows without the trained reflexes or proper technique to react to an enemy's counter.
He can dance pretty well though. Monty confirmed Jaune really is a good dancer.
The Watson: His lack of worldly knowledge allows for things to be explained to both him and the audience, such as the concept of Aura. Justified since unlike his classmates, he hasn't had any formal training.
He also claims he may be allergic to Red Sap which he and his classmates were sent to collect in Forever Fall.
What You Are in the Dark: When Cardin is ambushed by an Ursa, Jaune has the perfect opportunity to just leave the Jerkass bully to die without anybody knowing, but saves him anyways. True, Pyrrha, Ruby, and Weiss were there to witness the battle, but Jaune himself didn't know they were there.
Jaune's equipment, handed down to him from his great-great-grandfather. The shield can transform into a compact shape in order to act as a sheath for the sword.
Hammer Space: The large gun-like weapon she wears on her back in the lineup in Episode 4 is not present in Episode 6. As a matter of fact it it randomly disappears occasionally at the lineup in Episode 4. It's questionable whether the object appears on her back in Episode 5 as she's falling. There's only a split-second to view her and that dark patch could just be the back of her shirt.
Heart Symbol: Featured a lot in her design. Even the grenades of her Magnhild get 'em.
Meaningful Name: Obviously. Nora is also short for either Eleanora (Greek, meaning "light") or Honora (Latin, meaning "honor").
Midair Bobbing: Nora is very briefly (one second) shown hovering during the class field trip in Episode 13. It has been speculated that this was a glitch, but it's more likely a deliberate gag playing on the cartoon nature of the series.
Motor Mouth: Once she starts talking, she just goes on and on.
Ship Tease: She's fully aware that she and Ren are extremely close, but in case anyone gets the wrong idea, they're not that close. However, the person she keeps trying to explain the Just Friends situation to... is herself.
Nora wields a multi-shot grenade launcher capable of converting into a large war hammer. She uses the recoil from its explosions to increase the impact damage of hammer swings or propel herself similarly to Ruby's use of Crescent Rose.
A famous athlete with strikingly red hair who graduated from Sanctum Academy with highest honors and won several fighting tournaments before joining Beacon and partnering with Jaune. Pyrrha is apparently the first character confirmed not to be from the Vale region/city as Weiss states that she won the "Mistral" regional tournament four years in succession.
The Ace: So far there's nothing significantly negative about her. Weiss looks up to her, calling Pyrrha "the strongest girl in class". She's mentioned to be a champion of a tournament 4 times. And keeps up with Jaune with sincerest sense of care, despite him being so clumsy.
Action Girl/Badass: Her landing strategy involves tanking through trees with her shield and she has inflicted the second most damage to Death Stalker (the first being Nora). Also see Improbable Aiming Skills.
Apologises a Lot: Not quite as often as usual cases of this trope but she'll apologize even when she saves people.
Chekhov's Gunman: Aside from appearing in the intro sequence since the start, she gets a foreshadowing cameo in Episode 3 when Jaune walks away while wondering what quirky girl he could talk to besides Ruby.
Chekhov's Skill: In episode 4, Pyrrha summons her spear to her hand with an audible magnetic sound after pinning Jaune to a wall with it. Ten episodes later, we find out that it's not a property of her weapon, it's her.
Extreme Doormat: Despite having no ill will towards Jaune (and being one of the few people to actually like him), she doesn't hesitate to get rid of him when Weiss asks, offering only a small 'sorry' as she gets her spear back. Subverted in that, while she seems likely to do what is asked of her, she expresses loathing for bullies like Cardin and likely wouldn't take their crap lying down.
Humble Hero: Acts very down to earth and friendly, contrasting heavily with Weiss' Rich Bitch attitude. She also goes out of her way to explain to Jaune and teach him how to use his Aura without making fun of him.
Improbable Aiming Skills: She manages to nail a free-falling Jaune to a tree without injuring him from a very large distance with a (recoil-aided) spear toss, aimed via her thumb (after locating his general position via scope) no less.
The Lancer: To the team leader Jaune. Whereas he's bumbling, barely competent and not knowing much of the outside world, she's straight-laced, talented and more experienced. Unlike Weiss, though, she's thoroughly supportive of him.
Sexy Mentor: To Jaune, at least as far as 'releasing his Aura' goes. He looks quite awkward when the process requires her to touch him. Finally becomes this trope properly after Jaune takes her up on her training.
Ship Tease: She makes her debut (albeit in a cameo) by appearing immediately after Jaune said he wanted to meet "another nice, quirky girl" like Ruby. When she meets Jaune face to face, she immediately tries to get his attention before he talks to Weiss, and generally hits it off well with Jaune. The series only proceeds to lay it on really thick from there.
For it is in passing that we achieve immortality. Through this, we become a paragon of virtue and glory to rise above all, infinite in distance and unbound by death. I release your soul, and by my shoulder protect thee.
Tactical Withdrawal: In episode 7. After Jaune is sent flying by the Deathstalker, she takes one look at it and promptly legs it. Given that it took the entirety of team JNPR to put it down, it was probably the right decision.
Team Mom: The commentary on the DVD reveals that Pyrrha takes on this role to a degree. The bit of her offering to help Jaune was just a bit of this, and she does the same for her other teammates. That said, she did have other reasons wanting to be alone with Jaune.
Meaningful Name: The weapon Milˇ means Speak and the shield Ako˙o̱ means Listen.
Precision-Guided Boomerang / Summon to Hand: Her shield always returns to her when she throws it, and her spear flies back into her hand with an audible magnetic effect. This is because her specialty is magnetism.
Swiss-Army Weapon: In a matter of seconds it can go from a short sword to a carbine rifle to a spear which uses the rifle part to boost its speed.
Fragile Speedster/Glass Cannon: Despite his speed, accuracy, and skill to blow a giant snake's head off with a palm strike, he seems to have the worst defenses and weakest constitution on JNPR.
Guns Are Worthless: He has thus far been shown more effective and destructive without his weapons than with them. He used their blades as a brake, and wounded the Death Stalker with them, but on the other hand he is able to blow the head off a giant snake with his bare hands, thanks to his aura.
Lie Ren is also the mandarin pronunciation for "Hunter", and he's in a school to become a Huntsman.
Not a Morning Person: Is sluggish and groans when Nora has to wake him up. Word of God says that there was nothing behind it, but then they deem it fitting since Nora "eats" most of his energy every day.
Real Men Cook: Pyrrha tells Jaune that Ren made pancakes. The extent of his cooking abilities however has yet to be shown.
The Stoic: Subverted in that his introduction makes it look like he'll be the stoic foil to Nora's energy. As the episodes progress it becomes clear that he's fairly open about his emotions, making it easy to see when he's frustrated, fed up or in a snarky mood. Comparatively, though, he's still cool-headed to some degree.
Supernatural Martial Arts: When he drops his guns, he promptly beats a giant snake to death with its own fangs and a palm strike.
Weak, but Skilled: His skillful manipulation and usage of Aura mitigates his weak power output. As a matter of fact, when Pyrrha is spouting exposition of what Aura can do, it is interspersed with Ren handling himself against the twin snakes with Aura.
Ren's weapons are a pair of green guns with collapsible curved blades under the barrels.
Big Good: As the head of Beacon Academy and overseeing the training of all the world's Huntsmen and Huntresses.
Brutal Honesty: His induction speech abrasively states the students standing before him are wasting themselves and it's up to them, not the teachers, to do something about it. Later on, he bluntly states that the first thing the students will do is throw themselves headlong into battle against deadly forces and that if they wish to survive they better kill anything that moves because the teachers will not come to their rescue.
Cool Old Guy: He's willing to bend the academy entrance rules for a student if it'll nurture their talent, and is more than willing to dispense good, sensible advice as needed. He tolerates peoples flaws and teaches them to improve themselves. He's not afraid to throw the first years into the middle of danger just to teach them a lesson about team work, but he's free with his praise when they pull through.
Dark and Troubled Past: In Episode 10, he very grimly admits to having made more mistakes than any man, woman, or child on the planet.
Good Cop/Bad Cop: Good Cop to Glynda's Bad Cop. While she was reprimanding Ruby for her foolishness, he walked in to the interrogation room with a plate of cookies for the fifteen year old girl and complimented her skills, even offering to let her into Beacon early.
King Incognito: Averted; near the end of the interrogation/interview he asks Ruby if she knows who he is, which is a classic opening of this trope. She already knows exactly who he is.
Lennon Specs: Ozpin wears a tiny set of circular, dark-tinted spectacles that are perched on the end of his nose and are held onto his ears by a pair of extremely quirky arms.
Meaningful Name: The Headmaster, Ozpin, is named after Oscar Zoroaster Phadrig Isaac Norman Henkel Emmannuel Ambroise Diggs, more commonly abbreviated to Oz P.I.N.H.E.A.D.
Must Have Caffeine: If the opening and his talk with Ruby are any indicator, he's rarely seen without a coffee mug in his hand. He even conducts the first lesson on the edge of a cliff while clutching a coffee mug. His silhouette at the credits of Episode 9 is even seen holding his quickly-becoming-personal-trademark mug.
Narrator: At the beginning of the pilot episode, he finishes up an unknown character's rather cynical narration with a more optimistic one.
Not Himself: While giving a speech to the new students, Ruby and Yang quickly note how troubled he seems, instead of his usual lively self. Ruby even comments that it's as if he's not even present.
Sink-or-Swim Mentor: Makes it very clear on the first official day of the school year that the instructors will not intervene with the first trial and tells the students to not hesitate to destroy anything in their path or they will die... And then he literally launches them into the forest one by one while Jaune worriedly asks several questions which he answers in a very blunt and matter of fact fashion.
Stealth Pun: The character named Oz has a green theme. Even better, he's Oz-Pin the Headmaster. (Oz Pinhead was the original wizard's unfortunate acronym of names.)
Waistcoat of Style: Black, to go with his black suit. It makes the green top he wears underneath it stand out vividly.
Ojou Ringlets: Downplayed. While she is not from regal background, she is a huntress (which is a pretty high standing) and it's only to one side.
Prim and Proper Bun: Compared to Ozpin's laid back attitude and amused tolerance for Ruby's ditzy behaviour, she's stern, restrained and seems as frustrated by Ozpin's attitude as Ruby's. Even her kindness is stern: when she compliments Ruby, her tone of voice is firm and professional and is quickly followed by a reprimand.
Purple Is Powerful: Her cape and the magic sigils that appear when she's casting spells are all colored purple, and she's performed the most impressive feats of magic shown thus far.
Reasonable Authority Figure/Stern Teacher: Much less forgiving of Ruby's vigilantism in the first episode than Professor Ozpin, though not to an unreasonable degree, saying that Ruby should be commended for foiling the robbery but also reprimanded for behaving in such a foolhardy manner. She also bluntly states that Jaune is not ready for the level of combat required out of concern for him.
Surveillance as the Plot Demands: Has an iPad-like device (called a "Scroll" in-universe) that captured Ruby's battle with the Mobsters even though Glynda was nowhere to be seen. It shows her every student in the exam, even close up, and not one of them notices it. It's another reference to The Wonderful Wizard of Oz; Glinda the Good had a magic book that recorded everything that happened in Oz.
Fairy Tale Motifs: The story of him capturing the Beowolf alive rather than killing it could be a reference to the story of Peter and the Wolf. The background music playing during his telling is indeed named "Peter and the Wolf".
Large Ham: Speaks, especially when teaching, in a large, bombastic manner.
Meaningful Name: "Peter" is derived from the Greek word "Petros", meaning "stone", indicating the grey color of his hair and mustache. "Port" as a surname is from the Old French "LaPotre" meaning "the door", and the family was charged with protecting the gates of fortified cities or large and unique doors. Furthermore, he is a bit on the portly side.
Noodle Incident: Through a lack of attention by both the characters and the episode itself, his story about capturing a live Beowolf amounts to this.
Sherlock Scan: Is able to tell a great deal about Weiss' personality within an hour of meeting her. He then deconstructs her attitude so hard, she becomes willing to make coffee for Ruby and bury the hatchet with her.
Undying Loyalty: Firmly declares that he's been following Ozpin for years and holds the man's decisions and leadership in esteem.
Voiced by: Joel Heyman
A professor who teaches history, such as the ancient wars and the civil rights struggles of the Faunus.
Bunny-Ears Lawyer: As per the norm for Beacon teachers; while he comes off as a very fast guy, he steps in quickly after chaos erupts in his classroom.
Another team of first years in Beacon Academy. Its members are (C)ardin Winchester, (R)ussel Thrush, (D)ove Bronzewing and Sky (L)ark.
Animal Motif: Each member of CRDL has a name referencing a bird.
Asshole Victim: Cardin becomes one in episode 14, when an Ursa shows up, and smells the sap that Jaune threw on him in the previous episode. He ends up getting saved by the latter, with some subtle help from Pyrrha.
Blackmail: Cardin implies, then later states, that he will reveal Jaune's Dark Secret if he doesn't do his homework for him.
Break the Haughty: After being attacked by a enormous Ursa, Cardin tries to defend himself, but is quickly defeated. Jaune saves his life, and earns his respect.
Dirty Coward: Cardin's teammates desert him when he is attacked by an Ursa. Cardin himself cowers when the creature disarms him, though a bit more understandable.
Disproportionate Retribution: How does Cardin want to get back at Pyrrha for snarking at him an episode earlier? By letting loose a bunch of "nasty" rapier wasps to attack her.
Establishing Character Moment: Cardin's vicious assault on Jaune in a spar ("This is the part where you lose"), followed up his lack of concern for others ("Speak for yourself"). CRDL bullying Velvet as a team quickly confirms they're all bad apples led by the big one.
Gang Of Bullies: And as is typical for the trope, their tough-guy act and support for their leader evaporates the moment they meet something bigger than they are: A big, BIG Ursa.
Hate Sink: A Gang Of Bullies who are also racist towards one of the shows designated woobies. Add in the fact that they're a bunch of cowards who would abandon each other to save there own skins in a series that emphasizes True Companions. You'd better believe they were designed for us to hate them.
Human Shield: Dove Bronzewing momentarily becomes this for Sky Lark.
Jerkass: All four of them: Cardin is shown actively being a bully to Jaune and Velvet in Episode 11, and during the tormenting of Velvet, the other three are laughing it up. Russel even calls Velvet a freak because of her status as a Faunus.
Jerk Jock: Cardin is the leader of his group and the one shown bullying other students.
Jump Scare: Uncertain if this was Sky Lark's reaction offscreen, but he is subsequently seen nervously hiding behind Dove Bronzewing after Jaune pelts Cardin with a jar of Red Sap.
Kick the Dog: Cardin bullying Jaune was enough for many to dislike him, then he was shown tormenting Velvet.
Punny Name: The members of Team Cardinal are all named after birds, as is their team name. However, the team came together because both pairs chose black bishops and a cardinal is a senior ecclesiastical rank that is given to ordained bishops. At least three members of the team are wearing armour similar to mediaeval church knights, and Christian folklore has it that the cardinal bird is blood red because it's stained with the blood of Christ (red is also the colour the ecclesiastical cardinal wears).
Satellite Character: Aside from Cardin, all of them. They are never seen without their leader, and aside from being lazy jerks, don't stand out much. Russel fairs slightly better than Dove and Lark since he has his own voice actor.
The Slacker: Cardin... asshole type. He makes it clear he doesn't intend to do any actual work when he decides to blackmail Jaune to do it for him.
His team also seems content to ride his iniquitous coattails as they idly lay about and watch Jaune work his butt off doing their assignments.
Symbol Motif Clothing: Cardin Winchester's chest armor has a bird (presumably a Cardinal) emblazoned upon it, and Dove Bronzewing wears a dove symbol on his belt buckle. Russel's bracers each have his thrush symbol on them.
Episode 13 ends with Jaune throwing a jar of red sap, smearing it all over said symbol — visually representing the above mentioned Christian folklore about the cardinal being stained with the blood of Christ.
Terms of Endangerment: Cardin acts rather "kind" to Jaune after finding out his Dark Secret, calling him his "buddy". This is not seen as comforting in the slightest.
Terrible Trio: Quartet, actually. Cardin is the ringleader to the others' hanger-ons.
Would Hit a Girl: While he hasn't directly hit a girl, Cardin wouldn't hesitate to yank on poor Velvet's rabbit ears or have rapier wasps attack Pyrrha.
Voiced By: Caiti Ward
A Faunus attending Beacon Academy. Her team is unknown. Monty Oum has started a contest where fans get to decide what her battle gear design will be. According to Monty, she is an experienced mage for her team, and is very agile.
Animal Motif: Her animal side is a brown rabbit, and her eyes are animated a little differently to give her a wide, dark, doe-eyed expression reminiscent of a Bunnies for Cuteness style.
An old teacher of Ruby's at Signal Academy who taught her how to use her Scythe. Has only been talked about so far.
All There in the Manual: Prior to the sixteenth episode, the spelling of his name was revealed through the official Youtube subtitles.
Animal Motifs: Crow. Ozpin refers to him as "a dusty old crow" and Ruby says he "took her under his wing."
Chekhov's Gunman: A throw-away comment is made about him in the first episode. In the last episode of Volume 1, it's revealed he and Ozpin are in close contact and appear to be working together against someone they've code-named "Queen".
Crouching Moron, Hidden Badass: Her first appearances paint a picture of a mild mannered girl, who appears slightly touched in the head. When Torchwich lands a cheap blow on Ruby, she suddenly gets serious and proceeds to wipe the floor with the White Fang.
Cute Bruiser: Played with - she's cute, surely, but her fighting style isn't power-based, possibly. However, she does manage to pull back an Airjet with her string blades and using only her body as anchor.
The Ditz: She's...odd. From just sort of hanging out on the ground after being knocked down to latching onto Ruby casually referring to her as "friend." She's so strange that even Ruby finds her weird.
Wave Motion Gun: Generates an effect like this with her blades that cuts through a couple of Roman's aircraft with no effort.
Monsters and Enemies
Creatures of Grimm
Enigmatic beasts who have antagonized humanity since their inception. With the power of Dust, humanity was able to fight back and contain the Grimm. They are still dangerous, but are no longer a threat to the entire human race...at least for now.
Spell My Name with an S: In Ruby's notes and the credits, "Grimm" has a double m, though the official subtitles in the first episode used only one.
Spikes of Villainy: Several variants have large, bone-like spikes protruding from their bodies.
White Mask of Doom: It's unclear as yet if their faces really do have masks, but they certainly have this aesthetic. Either way, Pyrrha refers to them as "manifestations of anonymity."
Jet black werewolves with bright red teeth. They fight Ruby in the Red trailer. In the Red Trailer, the Beowolves appeared as black wolf shadows, because Monty was working on the trailer by himself. Patrick Rodriguez, one of the concept artists and character designers for the series, later redesigned the Beowolves (see the picture above) making them look more fitting for a creature of Grimm.
Dark Is Evil: In their first appearance they are completely black skinned, seemingly made of shadows.
Gorn: Subverted, as when Ruby was goring them in the trailer, rose petals spurted out instead of blood.
Mooks: They're much weaker and slower than typical werewolves, so Ruby has an easier time taking them out.
No Body Left Behind: Killed Beowolves dissolve into rose petals. Possibly an effect of Ruby's Crescent Rose or just artistic preference.
The Other Darrin: Visual example. The picture immediately above is how they appeared in the Red trailer, which Monty had been working on by himself. Later, they were redesigned by some of the concept artists and character designers, and their current form is at the top of the 'Creatures of Grimm' folder.
Bear-like Grimm appearing in the Emerald Forest in Episode 6. It is later revealed that there are larger Ursas in the world, and a large one, the Ursa Major, was seen living in the Forever Fall forest.
Volumetric Mouth: Justified. They're snakes. However, they both also have too many teeth. While many snakes have six rows of miniature gripper teeth, venomous snakes have no teeth. Rather, they have a single pair of fangs. These Grimm seem to have a large set of fangs, a second smaller set of fangs, and a full set of chompers.
Can't You Read the Sign?: The cave where the Death Stalker emerges from has old cave paintings of people attacking the monster with sticks and spears. This could signify that the monster had been in the cave since the original war with the Grimm and warning people to stay away, especially since the original cave entrance was clearly blocked up by boulders to make it a much smaller man-sized entrance.
Lightning Bruiser: Despite its massive size, it is very fast and easily maneuvers through the air. In contrast, the condor, which it resembles, is a clumsy flier. It is strong and tough enough to smash through solid rock, and can crash into the side of a cliff no worse for wear, whereas any other bird would be killed on impact.
Shout-Out: They resemble the Axe Gang, a semi-fictional crime syndicate most notably appearing in Legend Of The Drunken Master and Kung Fu Hustle. Also, the Crazy 88 from Kill Bill considering the katanas.
You All Look Familiar: Some of them wield different weapons or have other minor variances, but they are all clearly made from the same character model.
The White Fang
Originally an organization formed after the war to advocate peace between humans and Faunus, but the Cycle of Revenge made sure such a thing would remain a pipe dream. With a change in leadership five years prior, the formerly peaceful movement has traded in its banners for bombs, and engages in wanton violence to perpetuate a anti-human agenda, with a particular vehemence towards the Schnee Dust Company.
Arch-Enemy: Of the Schnee Dust Company, according to Weiss.
With Us or Against Us/Category Traitor: Potentially. Their first mention in the story was a news report of a faunus run protest being disrupted by this ostensibly faunus freedom movement. Whether they were attacking the peaceful protesters for not sharing their views or simply hijacking the event is unknown.
Villain Team-Up: Currently they're working with Roman for an unknown agenda, besides stealing as much Dust as possible.
A crime lord who tries to steal Dust from a store Ruby is visiting. He has been stealing an enormous amount of Dust in recent months, and is working with the White Fang, though for what purpose is unknown.
Affably Evil: He has a relatively polite, gentlemanly manner that just barely lapses when he's annoyed.
Badass: Is capable of holding his own against both Sun and Blake at the same time.
Blood Knight: He hides it well, but he clearly enjoyed fighting given he was chuckling every few hits he got on Blake and Sun. Not to mention when he nailed Ruby.
Combat Pragmatist: The moment Ruby turns to tell Penny to stay back, he takes full advantage and blasts her.
Deadpan Snarker: His few lines are quite calm, considering that his plans were completely derailed by Ruby.
Super Reflexes: Despite Sun Wukong's and Blake's superior speed, he's still able to keep up with both of them attacking him simultaneously, and able to dodge and/or deflect almost everything the pair sends his way.
Surrounded by Idiots: Pretty much calls the Mobsters useless when Ruby defeats them in under a minute.
Not so Above It All: Paying close attention to the map he's pouring over in episode 8 shows he wrote "DUMB COPS" near the bottom.
Villain Exit Stage Left: To the heroes' credit, they do their best to stop him. Ruby catches him even through his flare shot distraction; and Glynda tries to bring down his escape aircraft; but Cinder counters.
Later on he did the same thing in ep. 16.
Roman's weapon appears to be an ordinary walking stick, but when activated it raises a crosshair and fires an unstable explosive round resembling a roman candle.
Cane Fu: His cane can stand up to Blake's Gambol Shroud and he's skilled enough with it to put up an extended fight with Blake and Sun.
Mini Dress Of Power: She has got to have the shortest skirt of any woman in the cast. One could even argue that they're shorter than Yang's shorts.
The skirt on the dress itself isn't quite that short, but the slit up the side shows her wearing shorts or another skirt under it and those are as short as Yang's. Best seen in this rigging test of her character model.
Shout-Out: Both the setting he's fought in and the general design he has are evocative of Dark Souls; down to the enemy dissolving when defeated.
AK- 130 Androids
Voiced By: Shane Newville
Confirmed name for the robot train security in the Black trailer. Their "faces" are comprised of a spherical red light, with helmet plates that bear a giant letter V. When they see hostiles, the plates cover their faces. Adam and Blake spend half their time running through them without too much difficulty.
Spider Tank: Four curved, insect-like legs accompanying its more humanoid torso.
Use Your Head: Performs what can only be described as a headbutt to knock Blake out of the air.
Wave Motion Gun: When it merges its cannons, the blast is powerful enough to send Blake and Adam flying.
Voiced By: Garrett Hunter
A tall, red-haired man with a black and red longcoat, carrying a rose insignia on the back of his jacket. He bears a tannish-white mask decorated with red flame-like markings around the four eye slits. A white tulip with a rose is found at the back of his jacket. Boasting a ninjato named the Wilt, and a shotgun named the Blush, he seems to be a mercenary, infiltrating a train alongside Blake in the third trailer.
Iaijutsu Practitioner: Finishes off the Spider Droid with an extremely fast sword draw and slash. Also his method of breaking the trapdoor lock at the beginning of the trailer, where he slashes so fast it looks like Wilt never left its sheathe.
Captain Ersatz: Oum specifically cites the Michael XIII from Ga-Rei -Zero- as inspiration for the design, and given the timing of Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance's release, made more than a few people draw comparison to the Murasama, another red-bladed Japanese sword characterized by explosively fast draws.
Named Weapons: "Wilt" is the ninjato and "Blush" is the rifle-sheath.
Sheath Strike: Unlike conventional examples, the sheath is also a gun, rather than a melee weapon.
A man whom Yang meets in a club and interrogates in the "Yellow" trailer before he and his minions fight her.
All Men Are Perverts: He accepts a kiss (actually a sucker punch) from a girl who made his acquaintance by grabbing his balls and demanding he call her "Sir." The same girl that he himself also earlier pointed out was underage.
Beat Them at Their Own Game: Miltia's weapons are attached to her fists while Melanie's are attached to her feet. Yang beats Miltia with a power-punch across the room when she was off-balance after a low kick, and finishes Melanie with a kick to the head after grabbing her arm. (Melanie survived, however, and presumably Miltia did too.)
Bodyguard Babes: They were hanging out near Junior when we first see them, until he waves them off to talk to Yang.
Dance Battler: Melanie especially employs a lot of ballet-style steps and feints in her combat style. It would have probably made for an effective form of Confusion Fu had Yang not simply grabbed her by the arm and kicked her in the head.
Dark Action Girls: They fare much better in combat against Yang than the mooks did, though they also lose.
Hot Scoop: We've only seen a head shot of her so far, but she's not exactly lacking.
Ms. Exposition: Delivering us our info on the Faunus conflict happening in the background to the main plot.
Non-Standard Character Design: She's drawn in 2D while the rest of the show itself is animated in CGI. Her art style is also different from the 2D style seen in the rest of the news clips so far. Word of God states it was a deliberate decision.
A ghostly figure manifesting as a white cloak with red lining, appearing above the gravestone from the Red Trailer during the opening sequence. It is probably Summer Rose, the name carved into the stone. Has yet to be mentioned in-story.
The Disembodied: The figure does not seem to have a body and is, in fact, merely a white cloak floating near the gravestone.
Ghostly Glide: Although she/it doesn't actually go anywhere, this trope definitely applies.
Woman in White: The white cloak fluttering over the grave seems to be an important key to the mystery of Ruby's past and displays white rose symbolism.