Red like roses fills my dreams and brings me to the place you rest...
Ruby is a student at Signal Academy who is admitted to Beacon Academy two years early 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, a corset, 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.
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. Ozpin directly calls het "an adorable girl" when they first meet. That said, she earned her place to go to Beacon two years early.
Cape Snag: Her cape gets stuck to the ground by one of the Giant Nevermore's feathers in Episode 8. Averted the rest of the time; somehow, no matter how often she spins her fully-extended scythe behind her back, it never manages to snag.
Cat Smile: Does an open-mouthed version in episode 5 after showing off her Flash Step to Weiss, accompanied with pawing hand motions.
Charles Atlas Superpower: Not as strong as Yang, but she is a 15 years old girl who can punch people across the room and out of said room. Not to mention wielding a huge scythe rifle, which probably weight quite a bit, with contemptuous ease.
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 and the first few minutes of the "red" trailer 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.
Given how this contrasts with her awkward yet bubbly personality in-series so far, it's unclear whether the song refers to a tragedy from Ruby's past, or may be foreshadowing for a later incident.
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 resumÚ" than about showing her personality.
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 14.
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.
Goggles Do Nothing: She wears a wolf-eyed sleep mask with her pyjamas which is never pulled over her eyes (she still has it on her forehead when she wakes up in episode 15). Of course, it just as easily could have moved up there if Ruby tossed around while she slept...
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 Kindly I 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.
Grief Song: "Red Like Roses Part 2" reveals that it's about the death of someone close.
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 Call It Vera: Crescent Rose. So far, she's the only character in the series that refers to her weapon by name.
Ruby: Look! You can see Signal from up here! I guess home isn't too far after all... Yang: Beacon's our home now.
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. "I just wanna be a normal girl with normal knees."
Ruby: I got moved ahead two years! I don't want anybody to think that I'm special or anything... 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 in her made-up plan. It helps that she gets the associated personalities.
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.
Leitmotif: "Red Like Roses" and "Red Like Roses Part 2":
Little Miss Badass: Younger and shorter compared to, say, Blake, but still kicks massive ass.
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 a 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.
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.
Not Afraid to Die: Described as this due to her innocence. Somewhat subtly lampshaded:
Mook:[talking to Ruby with her headphones on] You got a death wish or something? Ruby:[removing her headphones after he catches her attention] Yes?
Parental Abandonment: The lyrics to her verse of Red Like Roses and the entirety of Red Like Roses Part II heavily imply that either one or both of her parents are dead.
Perky Goth: In sharp contrast to her looks, she is very cheerful in personality and voice.
Poor Communication Kills: Subverted, and later discussed. In episode 6, Ruby interrupts Weiss's lunge at a Beowolf by appearing out of nowhere and slashing it, causing Weiss to awkwardly divert her momentum and inadvertently set the grass on fire. Weiss angrily calls Ruby out on this, while the latter coolly downplays it.
Weiss: You attacked out of turn! I could have killed you! Ruby: You'll have to try a lot harder than that...
Red-Headed Hero: It's a shade of red that verges on black near the top, but it's red all the same.
Right Behind Me: In Episode 10, Weiss and Ruby argue about all the reasons why Ruby is a terribly choice for team leader. Declaring that Ozpin made a mistake, Weiss storms off. A dejected Ruby turns around to find Ozpin standing directly behind her and realises he's overheard every single word.
Rule of Cool: It's one thing for a girl Ruby's size to swing around a scythe twice her size. However, the recoil of the shots allows her to defy gravity and bisect Beowolves.
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, and in Episode 15, she decides to become Penny's friend despite the rest of her team giving discouraging motions to the idea.
Skilled, but Naive: 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.
Weiss: I'm just surprised that someone that talks so much would communicate so little during an encounter!
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. Even her headphones◊ and diary have it.
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.
The Strategist: Part of the reason why she's the leader of Team RWBY. She alone came up with the plan to defeat the Nevermore.
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.
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.
Sword Plant: Well, Scythe Plant, but every time she's taking out Crimson Rose, this tends to stab its blade into the ground, holding it to the side of her body. It appears to be her standard combat stance.
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."
Technical Pacifist: In the first episode, she hits Torchwick's goons with the back end of her scythe, clearly intending only to knock them down.
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. Word Of God says that in battle, she tends to put more faith in her weapon's capabilities than her own.
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 — usually relative to Ruby's momentum — 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 shots with higher recoil which seem to let off a black muzzle flash instead of the standard white flash. 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 exert 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.
Blade Brake/Sword Plant: Ruby stops her flight by striking the blade of her scythe to the ground. Also used to mitigate the recoil of shots when she focuses on shooting.
Blade on a Stick: The scythe blade can be realigned to sit straighter along the end of the handle thus extending its reach by making it into a glaive.
Bottomless Magazines: Subverted in the Red trailer. Ruby has to reload in her fight against the Beowolves. Once. 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.
She reloads again while staring down the Beowolves surrounding her and Weiss; unfortunately for her, Weiss forces the both of them to retreat after seeing the fire she accidentally started growing out of control.
Companion Cube: Ruby 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 tied in a ponytail on the right of her head 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 constantly 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.
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.
Same thing happens later on with Blake, though it takes 12 hours for the source of her anger to be diverted from a completely different (but very divisive) issue to this trope.
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. She also believes she deserves to be a team leader more than Ruby.
Ash Face: Her whole body gets covered in ash after she inadvertently makes Ruby sneeze with the Dust she kept waving around.
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 a viewer'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.
Big Damn Heroes: Steps in to save Ruby from the Death Stalker's stinger after the latter's cape is pinned by the Nevermore's feather. As Ruby opens her eyes, Weiss berates her impulsiveness, and makes a few concessions with regards to her own poor attitude as well.
Blade Run: Against the Giant Knight. Actually a Blade Roll.
Blood Upgrade: In her trailer, Weiss begins to truly lay the smack down after the Giant 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.
Port: All due respect, your exceptional skill on the battlefield is matched only by your poor attitude. Weiss: How dare you! Port: My point exactly.
Catch Phrase: "No, you dunce!" seems to be becoming one for her, usually in response to Ruby's frequent ignorance.
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 then 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 Giant 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.
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.
Weiss: Hey, Ruby? I always wanted bunk beds as a kid.
Early-Installment Weirdness: Like Ruby, she's much more stoic in the trailer that introduces her than she is in the actual series. There's also been no hint of her musical talents in the series proper so far.
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. And she was right. White Fang was behind those robberies.
Fashionable Asymmetry: She ties her ponytail to the right as (per Word Of God) her way of rebelling against her strict parents.
Fatal Flaw: Pride. Not "fatal" yet, but her pride does lead her to dangerous situations sometimes. She slowly suppresses this over time, though.
Flash Step: Pulls this a lot more than Ruby, but isn't quite as fast as her.
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.
Freudian Excuse: Her mistrust of Faunus comes from how the only Faunus she grew up knowing about were the ones who tried to kill members of her family. For what it's worth, however, she is careful to make a distinction between Faunus in general and those of the White Fang.
On top of her ability to jump while airborne, one of her runes effortlessly flings the Giant Knight into the air, while another holds him there for her final attack.
In "Players and Pieces", aside from securing Ruby to the makeshift slingshot before flinging her at the Nevermore, she uses her glyphs to allow Ruby to run up a cliff, dragging Nevermore by the neck the whole way.
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.
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.
From episode 15:
Weiss:[to Penny]You're fighting in the tournament? Penny: I am combat-ready! Weiss: Forgive me, but... You hardly look the part. Blake: Says the girl wearing a dress. Weiss: It's a combat skirt! Ruby:[moving beside Weiss] Yeah! [Weiss extends her hand for a low-five with Ruby]
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. Notably, though, she shows perceptible restraint at not disparaging Sun Wukong again in front of Blake.
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 position 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.
Leitmotif: "Mirror, Mirror" is an "I Am" Song; While overtly elegant, she complains that she cannot understand herself and asks if this is what she really is.
Mafia Princess: Her family is said to be a shady and possibly corrupt corporation; it is unknown what type she is.
Magic Idol Singer: A subversion, since her singing and her fighting ability appear to be unrelated. The juxtaposition of the two is somewhat reminiscent of Babydoll from Sucker Punch.
Magic Knight: In addition to her Instant Runes, her rapier has a multi-purpose revolving chamber that enhances her skill-set against her enemies. She also fences an animated suit of armor two to three times her size. 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 peeks 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.
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.
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.
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 mixed with inexperience, 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!
Snowflakes feature heavily in her blouse, magic runes, and even in the architecture of the building she fights the Giant Knight in.
They also appear on the boxes of the train Blake and Adam are attacking in the Black trailer, likely representing the Schnee Dust Company.
Single-Stroke Battle: How she destroys the Giant Knight in her trailer after using almost all of her various Dust types and glyphs to subdue it.
Skilled, but Naive: Her inner monologue in Episode 6 suggests that she doesn't have a great deal of practical experience (particularly in dealing with threats to her life), having to remind herself how to properly adopt a fighting stance.
Spirited Young Lady: Monty describe this as the reason she keeps her pony tail to the right, as her own way of rebelling against her family.
Squishy Wizard: Of a sort, due to her highly prominent use of Dust, for which she needs her sword.
The Southpaw: Like Ruby, who mainly wields Crescent Rose with her left hand, Weiss wields Myrtenaster with her left hand.
Stop Helping Me!invoked: Snaps at Ruby's comments during her duel with the Boarbatusk, yet follows her advice on dealing with the monster. It's unclear, though, whether she knew how to defeat it all along, or Ruby's advice really did help.
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.
Does this in her trailer in conjunction with magic to create Spikes Of Doom.
How she activates Myrtenaster's ice effect.
Tactical Withdrawal: In episode 6, she decides to pull Ruby out of the forest she accidentally set on fire rather than take advantage of the Beowolves' confusion that arose from it.
Team Mom: Shows some spades of this, especially since, despite not liking them initially, showed much more 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.
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 determined 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.
Wall Run: Using her glyphs, she allows Ruby to do this to accumulate enough momentum to decapitate the Nevermore.
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.
Barrier Warrior: The red setting creates this effect in the White Trailer by rendering the sword immobile except by its wielder. It probably has repulsive properties, given how it's seen again in episode 8 when she launches Ruby toward the Nevermore.
Sword Beam: It can fire off multiple light-blue blasts of energy.
"Don't be so dramatic."
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.
It also twitched again slightly later, right before the Ursa that Nora's using as a ride comes crashing out of the trees.
Gets more ambiguous with Velvet... it's seen that some Faunus have two sets of ears.
In episode 15, she removes her bow and we finally find out the truth... Yep. there's cat ears under there.
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.
Aside Glance: After killing the Ursa that was about to be Yang's second victim in episode 6, she retrieves her blade and, while returning it to its sheath, gives a nice grin.
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 herself.
Blood Knight: When Sun intervenes during her fight with Roman, she steps in, exclaiming "He's mine!" Overlaps a bit later with Combat Pragmatist, as she interrupts Sun again to knock Roman down after the latter deftly holds his own against Sun's shotgun/nunchucks assault.
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 viewers, 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.
She has another teary-eyed moment after Weiss chooses to overlook her past allegiances and regard her as a teammate first.
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.
Doppelgńnger Attack: Although she's more often seen using them as defensive illusions, she does do this a few times in her trailer, usually to accommodate Adam's attacks.
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. To cite one instance, watch episode 8 and note her transition from swinging back up from getting knocked off the bridge by Nora to suddenly slashing her way across the Nevermore's back.
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.
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.
Leitmotif: "From Shadows". Its longer, five minute variant (the one that opens with the lyrics quoted at the top of her page) is the actual song. There are two singers, both complaining about the "worthless human rule" and wanting to rise up against them. How much of an influence the first singer (male, most likely Adam) had on the second (female, likely Blake) is unknown, since they talk about the same thing in cooperation. However, the song begins and ends on a piano section, indicating that she prefers to have things the way they were before the new leader of the White Fang.
Little Bit Beastly: Her cat ear-shaped bow gives the appearance of a Cat Girl, and fan speculation that there were actual cat ears under the bow was common, until she took off the bow in episode 15. Turns out it was true that she had cat ears.
Lonely Piano Piece: The Book Ends of the "From Shadows" song. The intro is a piano rendition of the chorus, while the outro is a different, more melancholy melody.
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*.
On the sadder side, she's the only character so far who's actually shed some tears. (It's possible that Velvet may have also been crying from Team CRDL's bullying, but tears don't turn up very well in the animation; their presence is only implied whenever Blake raises a finger to wipe something away from below her eye.)
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.
Purple Is Powerful: What isn't black or white in her outfit is purple — including her symbol, as shown in the title sequence.
Rapunzel Hair: Not to the same extent as Weiss (with her thigh-length ponytail), but Blake's hair is easily waist-length.
Reluctant Warrior: Comes off as this in her trailer. She's concerned with the casualties they might make along the way, which eventually leads to her decision to part ways with Adam (and possibly dissociate herself with the White Fang altogether).
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-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 carries 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. In the ninth episode, seeing her going along with Ruby and Yang when their team gets their own room is pretty jarring to see after her stoic demeanor all throughout the previous episodes.
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.
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 resemble an oversized cleaver, that's actually its sheath, which has a sharp edge in itself. 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 pistol-compare this◊ to this), 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.
"Great! The gang's all here. Now we can die together!"
Voiced By: Barbara Dunkelman
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.
Big Sister Instinct: Is quick to defend Ruby against Weiss in Episode 3 and is the first one to go to her aid after being attacked by the Grimm. Jeff Williams has confirmed that the song Gold is about her sisterly love for and desire to protect Ruby.
Biker Babe: Her debut has her riding a motorcycle to get to Junior's club.
Death from Above: She has a fair amount of attacks in her arsenal that involve her descending from the sky and landing with tremendous power atop some poor mook's head.
Dramatic Gun Cock: As Yang equips Ember Celica in her trailer, she expels one shell before fighting the men in earnest. It's possible, however, that she may have already fired when she knocked Junior all the way to the other side of the club with one punch.
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.
Incendiary Exponent: Fire swirls around her when her eyes turn red. And then, of course, there's her weapon.
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.
Jiggle Physics: Only noticeable if you're looking for it. Barbara herself says Monty likes to animate her "very late at night"...
Lady Legionnaire Wear: Her skirt is missing a few segments, but her shorts make up for this by having a segmented pattern around each leg. Appropriately, her fighting style and personality make her easily the most aggressive member of the team.
Yang (阳) is the Chinese character for sun and/or light, fitting her yellow hair and light outfit.
Xiao (小) Long (龙) means "Little Dragon" and is Bruce Lee's Chinese stage name ("Li Xiaolong" to be exact), a fitting reference for the team's Bare-Fisted Monk.
Ms. Fanservice: Her outfit is made to show off her figure, and her figure certainly gets a lot of attention.
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.
One-Woman Wail: In the trailer version. After the preceding three remixes, this denotes the transition to her own unique segment of the song. Curiously, this part was also from "Mirror, Mirror".
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 Mode: She can power up at will, although she actually seems to have two modes. Her eyes change colour and her hair becomes fiery. The second mode seems to turn her hair to white flame.
Super Rug Pull: Despite being made of glass, the dance floor uncharacteristically flexes to the shockwave, rather than shattering on impact.
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.
So Proud of You: To Ruby, for getting into Beacon two years early and for becoming the team leader of RWBY.
Has one private moment with this as she looks on at Ruby leading the other main characters back to the cliff.
Turns Red: When she really gets into her fighting, she develops a fiery Battle Aura, her hair turns more fiery, and she fights much harder.
Unorthodox Reload: Throws a belt of ammunition in the air before swinging her gauntlets back into them.
You Monster!: When she sees that one of the Ursae had managed to sever a string of her hair, she gets so furious at them that she actually hits them with this before delivering a Curb-Stomp Battle to them.
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.
Yang's weapon, described as "Dual-Ranged Shot Gauntlets". They're a pair of retractable gauntlets that can fire shotgun shells.
Bottomless Magazines: Subverted- just like Ruby, Yang has to reload. But onlyonce. Just like Ruby she switches to a more powerful ammo. It is unclear if she had expended all her ammunition before reloading.
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.
Eh, why not? My mom always says "Strangers are just friends you haven't met yet."
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.
Slightly Deconstructed, since these are also telltale clues that he hasn't had proper training, and that his Beacon documents were forged.
Berserk Button: Threaten to hurt his teammates? All that will result for you is PAIN. Cardin just had to keep pushing him...
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.
Was a target of Cardin's bullying , but later episodes began to subvert Jaune's then current state with him asserting himself to Cardin and protecting his friends.
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.
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 some well-timed assistance 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.
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 is ordered 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.
Deuteragonist: So far he shows signs of being one, having had at least four centric episodes (a couple of two-parters).
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. Initially.
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.
Gesundheit: He didn't know what Aura is and gives this response when Pyrrha mentions it.
Genius Ditz: While he isn't quite dumb, he is a bit of a klutz and somewhat of a space cadet. He's also really smart when it comes to battlefield tactics when he has a chance to think.
Gravity Is a Harsh Mistress: Of the Gravitational Cognizance variety. After a brief moment of being The Hero to Weiss's Distressed Damsel, the both of them suddenly realize exactly where they are. Although they fall at the same time, Jaune lands first, for some reason; falling flat on his face before Weiss lands on his back almost nonchalantly.
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.
The Leader: Mostly the charismatic type, he's seemingly able to see an opportunity to strike and move his team to do it.
Leeroy Jenkins: Not to a fatal extent, but he sucks at defense, and is particularly fond of suicidal charges when fighting alone.
Leitmotif: Several scenes between him and Pyrrha are accompanied by a mellow harp melody. So far, this has played: during Pyrrha's very brief cameo in episode 3; when Pyrrha formally partners up with Jaune; a variation plays when she unlocks his Aura; when she takes him up to the Beacon rooftop, and accordingly during the same episode's ending credits (in the DVD version). Notably, it has never played when they are apart.
Loud Gulp: Complete with a nervous chuckle in episode 4 when Ozpin reveals a very real possibility of dying during the Initiation.
Jaune is French for yellow. His full name is also similar to Jeanne d'Arc.
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 (though he does retaliate by jokingly calling her "Crater Face"), 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/Death Glare: 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.
Running Gag: Being flung away to the air and/or hanging from a high altitude.
The Runt at the End: Although Jaune shows instinctive leadership qualities, his combat prowess is a disaster. It results in him being the only student unable to handle the landing strategy in their very first lesson and he's also far behind the other students in combat training. He never went through the combat schools that develop students for entry into Beacon and lied his way into the school.
Sarcasm-Blind: Overheard Weiss sarcastically referencing him with regards to stereotypical girl behaviour of discussing attractive boys. He has since taken it straight and hit on her multiple times.
Screams Like a Little Girl: Screams when he and Pyrrha are attacked by the Death Stalker in Episode 7. In the distance, Yang and Blake think a girl is screaming.
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 ideason 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.
He believes this about himself in regards to getting better, which leads him to reject Pyrrha's offer of personal training.
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.
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.
Suffers from a pretty nasty case of motion sickness. His Boring, but Practicalweaponset notably implies a more static fighting style that wouldn't agitate this.
He also claims he may be allergic to Red Sap which he and his classmates were sent to collect in Forever Fall; although that's probably just an excuse to not be pushed to do Cardin's bidding.
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.
Blood Knight: She is VERY enthusiastic about punting stuff (and other people on occasion) with her rocket-propelled hammer. Not to mention her first suggestion to solving Jaune's bully problem is to break said bully's legs.
Disproportionate Retribution: After Cardin Winchester has been seen to childishly torture Jaune Arc, Nora suggests breaking his legs (and she's serious!)
Extreme Omnivore: Glynda gives no indication as to whether Red Sap is even edible and moments later, Nora is heard gulping down an entire jar in 2 seconds.
Genki Girl: How Ruby acts around weapons is how Nora acts all the time. "Boop."
Ghost Story: Her story in the cafeteria deliberately resembles this, though she is repeatedly undermined by Ren. As it turns out, it's only a recurring dream that she's been having for about a month, and Ren is perceptibly tired of having to correct her embellishments.
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.
Sigil Spam: Her symbol is on the back of her outfit, as well as her comb.
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.
Yeah, it was pretty cool. Sadly, the cereal isn't very good for you.
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 four-time tournament champion. 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.
Dogged Nice Girl: Although she hasn't shown any overtly romantic tendencies, it's clear she likes Jaune a lot.
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.
"Pyrrha" was the name used by Achilles when he was crossdressing as a woman.
Miming the Cues: Jaune gets asked a question in class that he doesn't know the answer to. She tries to mime it to him - the answer is night vision - but he misinterprets it and answers, "Binoculars?" Cue Face Palm.
Ms. Exposition: Gives Jaune one, on the subject of Aura. Later on she does this to Ruby and Weiss on the subject of "Semblance".
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.
Super Strength: Possibly. Weiss refers to her as "the strongest girl in class". And in episode 8, while boosting Nora's Rocket Jump, she's able to leap fairly high despite taking the brunt of Nora's grenade-propelled hammer.
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 for wanting to be alone with Jaune.
Tranquil Fury: After seeing Jaune get bullied yet again by Cardin, she almost takes Nora's advice on dealing with him. If she wasn't attending to Jaune first, her tone implies that she probably would have:
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.
Barrier Warrior: As the concept of Aura is being explained, Ren displays using it defensively and offensively. How? Force-fielding a giant snake's attack then ripping its fangs off, and making the other snake's asplode with a bare palm strike.
Blade Brake: Able to do so with his Guns Akimbo, as demonstrated by his landing technique in Episode 5 — hooking his blade to a tree trunk and spiraling his way down.
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 (without using Aura) 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.
Hammerspace: His sleeves are evidently tight and yet he can fit his guns inside it without trouble.
Ren is Japanese for "lotus", and he wears a lotus emblem.
Lie Ren is also the mandarin pronunciation for "Hunter", and he's in a school to become a Huntsman.
Noodle Incident: We see how he takes out the black snake head, but not how he defeats its other white head.
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.
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.
Gun Kata: Presumably, the blades would be handy in a close-quarters fight. His one contribution to the Death Stalker's demise, in fact, is loosening its stinger to make it easier for Pyrrha to sever it and make it fall on the scorpion's head.
Guns Akimbo: His weapon is a set of two guns that he fires akin to submachine guns.
More Dakka: Rather than pistols, the guns appear to be submachine guns, due to the fire rate. Notably, they also have little to no recoil at all.
"But perhaps, victory is in the simpler things you have long forgotten. Things that require a smaller, more honest soul."
Voiced By: Shannon McCormick
Being a team leader isn't just a title you carry into battle, but a badge you wear constantly. If you are not always performing at your absolute best, then what reason do you give others to follow you?
The headmaster of Beacon Academy.
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 teamwork, 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 O.Z.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. See his picture caption.
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.
Odd Name Out: Word Of God has stated that Ozpin's name deliberately does not follow the colour rules for the naming of all other characters.
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.)
An Ice Person: Some of her abilities in the first episode indicate this.
Arson Murder And Life Saving: Inverted; she scolds Ruby for fighting and tells her she should get sent home with a "pat on the back... and a slap on the wrist." Punctuated by her whipping the table near Ruby's hand.
Ojou Ringlets: Downplayed. While she is not from a 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.
Heard when telling his story (much of which is heard during when Ruby is making fun of him).
That's when the camera's on people who aren't listening, and the rest of the time it's coherent, mostly.
Big Ego, Hidden Depths: Episode 9 introduces him as a self-important bore and a bit of a Dirty Old Man. The succeeding episode, however, shows him to be very perceptive of people — he calls out Weiss's doubts regarding making Ruby leader over her.
The Bore: Ruby at least finds it very difficult to pay attention to his lectures.
Cool Teacher: He tries to be this by telling stories of his exploits and having students battle captured monsters in the middle of class. In reality his style of lecturing tends to come across as a bit dry (see above). Essentially making him Lupin crossed with Binns.
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.
Swiss-Army Weapon: An axe that doubles as a blunderbuss — whose trigger is right between the two axe blades.
Undying Loyalty: Firmly declares that he's been following Ozpin for years and holds the man's decisions and leadership in esteem.
"Mr. Arc! Finally contributing to class! This is just excellent, excellent!"
Voiced by: Joel Heyman
History is important, gentlemen! If you can't learn from it... you're destined to repeat it.
A professor who teaches history, such as the ancient wars and the civil rights struggles of the Faunus.
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.
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.
His ignorance of history, and particularly his blatantly racist attitude, leads to him getting humiliated in class by Pyrrha and Blake.
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.
Hammer Space: How else does Cardin suddenly brandish his mace while sitting up from getting knocked down by the Ursa?
Hate Sink: A Gang Of Bullies who are also racist towards one of the show's designated woobies. Add in the fact that they're a bunch of cowards who would abandon each other to save their 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 after Jaune throws the Red Sap jar at Cardin.
Jerk Jock: Cardin is the leader of his group and the one shown bullying other students.
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.
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 fares slightly better than Dove and Lark since he has his own voice actor.
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 rabbit Faunus attending Beacon Academy. Her team is unknown. Monty Oum held a contest where fans got to decide what her battle gear design would 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.
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".
Mukokuseki: Despite having the name of a character from a Chinese novel, he is blonde, slightly tanned looking and has green eyes.
My Species Doth Protest Too Much: Hates the White Fang, seeing them as crazy extremists who make Faunus look bad. Which causes him to briefly choke on his tea when Blake reveals her former allegiance with them.
Stealth Pun: Monty has stated that he was thinking about making a "Gun-gun", as a joke to lampshade the weapons he had designed already. Chinese martial artists often use a staff known as a Gun. So Sun wields the Gun-Gun.
Weapon Twirling: He does this a lot with his weapon, whether in staff form or in chucks form; which, incredibly, does not hinder his firing rate in the slightest.
"You called me 'friend'! Am I really your friend?"
Voiced By: Taylor Pelto
"I'm combat ready!"
A very odd girl that Weiss literally ran into near the docks.
Action Girl: When she sees combat, she actually outdoes Blake, Sun and Ruby together, by taking down the enemies they couldn't touch.
Comically Missing the Point: Since she doesn't realize how big of a revelation it was for Ruby, Weiss and Yang to learn that Blake's a Faunus, she has a different take on Ruby's comment:
Ruby: You see, Blake might not be who we thought she was. Penny: Is she a man?
Crouching Moron, Hidden Badass: Her first appearances paint a picture of a mild mannered girl, who appears slightly touched in the head. When Torchwick 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.
Dissonant Serenity: She makes short work of the White Fang and three airships with a smile on her face the whole time. And in her introductory scene, she's quite fine with starting a conversation with Team RWBY while still on the ground.
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.
Spock Speak: She puts emphasis on every syllable of longer words and talks rather slowly. "Sen—sational!"
Stealth Hi/Bye: She appears and disappears from Team RWBY several times.
Ruby: Aaah! Penny, where did you come from?!
Super Strength: Possibly augmented by her weapon; but she can pull down an Airjet that has been caught in her blades; with no grounding issues.
Tron Lines: Her outfit sports bright green lines of light racing upwards. This foreshadows she isn't something entirely human.
Uncanny Valley: In-Universe. She looks human, but her mannerisms and speech are odd enough to freak out Team RWBY (for example, enthusiastically greeting them while lying on the ground - having ran into Weiss- and not thinking to stand back up until it's pointed out).
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.
Red Eyes, Take Warning: The Grimm typically have red eyes, to go along with their shadowy, oversized appearances and evil nature.
The Soulless: All living things possess a soul, whether human, plant or animal. However, the Grimm lack a soul because they're manifestations of anonymity.
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. In episode 6, she clearly considers them as such; she complains to Weiss after the latter's decision to retreat because of the fire she accidentally started:
Ruby: What was that!? That should've been easy!
No Body Left Behind: Killed Beowolves dissolve into rose petals. Possibly an effect of Ruby's Crescent Rose or just artistic preference.
Savage Wolves: They do nothing but terrorize humans, being Grimm.
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.
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.
Hoist by His Own Petard: Team JNPR impaled it with its own stinger, namely by having Nora drive the thing right through its brain after Pyrrha sliced it off (which came after Ren loosened it before getting knocked away).
Kaiju: The Death Stalker easily dwarfs the largest known scorpion (Heterometrus swammerdami which doesn't have a nickname, i.e. Pandinus imperator "Emperor Scorpion").
Feed It Fiery Blasts: Yang inflicts this on the Nevermore. All it does is cause it to crash into the cliff and get back up soon after. It's actually All According to Plan, as Weiss gets an opportunity to freeze its tail and pin it to the cliff.
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 to the start of the series, 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.
Blake: The White Fang is hardly a bunch of psychopaths. They're a collection of misguided Faunus. Weiss: Misguided? They want to wipe humanity off the face of the planet! Blake: So, then they're very misguided!
"I wouldn't exactly call it a little operation..."
Voiced By: Gray Haddock
Calm down, we're not here for your money... Grab the Dust.
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: Not only did he overpower Blake, he blocked every single shot from Sun's guns, point-blank!
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.
The Heavy: The Stinger at the end of episode 16 reveals that he's working for Cinder, not the other way around as it seemed back in the first episode.
Leitmotif: A low, slightly mysterious flute and violin piece.
The Nicknamer: Calls Ruby "Red." Which isn't that far off from her real name, but still.
Not so Above It All: Paying close attention to the map he's poring over in episode 8 shows he wrote "DUMB COPS" near the bottom. To be fair, he does make a distinction from other areas simply labeled "COPS".
Not-So-Harmless Villain: His first appearance had him run from Ruby and the best he could do was keep a plane in the air. The next time they met? He's considerably more dangerous.
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. Including point-blank shotgun blasts, courtesy of Sun.
Surrounded by Idiots: Pretty much calls the Mobsters useless when Ruby defeats them in under a minute.
Tactical Withdrawal: In the first episode, he chooses not to face Ruby head-on after she knocks his goons out. And in the sixteenth, he flees after watching Penny decimate the White Fang and destroy three airships in quick succession.
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.
"Looks like we're gonna be doing this the hard way."
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 infiltrates a train alongside Blake in the third trailer.
Cool Mask: A tannish white visor with four slits and dozens of red markings designed in a flame pattern.
Dark and Troubled Past: Judging by the lyrics of From Shadows, he probably shared the difficult childhood that Blake seems to have suffered through. If Blake's previous association with the White Fang is any indication, he's probably a Faunus too.
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.
"Aren't you a little bit young to be in this club, Blondie?"
Voiced By: Jack Pattillo
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 and swinging her around for a good while. (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.
Crippling Overspecialization: Yang takes full advantage of this, but still makes sure that her last attack corresponds with that of her opponent's style.
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.
Voiced by: Jen Taylor
The narrator of the first episode, who provides exposition on the fantasy setting of RWBY. She's credited as "Mysterious Narrator" at the end of Volume 1.
Ms. Exposition: Explains the origins of humans, Creatures of Grimm, and Dust.
Narrator: Along with giving information about humanity's tales of survival against the Grimm, she has a more cynical outlook on the fate of humanity. Ozpin then replies with a more optimistic viewpoint.
No Name Given: As indicated above, she's only credited as "Mysterious Narrator".