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Creatures of Grimm
Enigmatic beasts that 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.
- Always Chaotic Evil: None of them appear anything other than aggressive and hostile, especially dominant in the younger, smaller versions. The larger ones have learned slightly better, and will wait for opportunities to strike.
- Dark Is Evil: The Grimm are predominantly black creatures and are manifestations of animosity.
- Genius Bruiser: Truly old Grimm are gigantic, and more than that they learn from experience, so they're also the smartest.
- Glowing Eyes of Doom: When a Grimm is about to attack or becomes aggressive, it's common for their eyes to begin glowing.
- Kill All Humans: Their primary motivation. They don't even seem interested in animals outside of territorial disputes. They also don't need to eat them for sustenance, they attack humans because they want to.
- Meaningful Name: The name for the creatures of Grimm may be a reference to the Brothers Grimm or Grimm's Fairy Tales, a famous classic collection of German fairy tales compiled by the brothers
- Mook: A normal grimm doesn't stand much of a chance against even student Hunters.
- No Body Left Behind: They evaporate a short while after death, making it harder to learn more about them. Trophies are simple recreations.
- Red Eyes, Take Warning: The Grimm typically have red eyes, to go along with their shadowy, oversized appearances and evil nature. They also have pinkish red markings to go along with those glowing eyes.
- The Soulless: All living things possess a soul: plants, animals, and of course, the denizens of the world of Remnant. However, the monsters of Grimm lack a soul, since they're incarnations of darkness.
- 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 spines protruding from their bodies.
- Stronger with Age: Grimm bulk up the longer they live, and their faculties become more refined.
- The Heartless: Grimm are attracted to human negativity. Sadness, envy, loneliness, hatred.
- The Usual Adversaries: Fulfill this role in Season 1, and to a lesser extent in Season 2.
- 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 werewolf-like creatures. They fight Ruby in the Red trailer. In the Red Trailer, the Beowolves appeared as black wolf shadows with red teeth, 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 to the right) making them look more fitting for a creature of Grimm.
Bear-like Grimm appearing in the Emerald Forest in Episode 6. It is later revealed that there are larger Ursai in the world, and a large one, the Ursa Major, was seen living in the Forever Fall forest.
- Bears Are Bad News: Very big, very burly, and very mean.
- Beary Funny: The only Grimm to get any role other than "Snarling Monster".
- Elite Mooks: While not seemingly dangerous to the characters, they can be perceived as large and burly Beowolves. The Ursa Major itself is an elite to the rest of its species, being bigger and stronger.
- Meaningful Name: "Ursa" is Latin for "bear", but the name choice may be closer to "Ursa Major and Minor", alternate names of the Big Dipper and Little Dipper. It may even be appropriate to call the smaller ones "Ursa Minor" as well.
- Off with His Head!: Jaune managed to lop the head off one in Forever Fall.
- Smarter Than They Look: They evidently possess enough intelligence to be confused as to Yang's mood shift.
- Spell My Name with an "S": The official spelling of the plural form of Ursa in the show is U-R-S-A-I.
- Spikes of Villainy: The Ursa Major in Forever Fall has large spikes protruding from its back, implying they grow them as they get bigger. It also has many bony plates on its back and limbs.
- Sweet Tooth: That big Ursa certainly seemed to have been attracted to Cardin after he'd been pasted with sweet sauce.
- White Mask of Doom: Like all of the other Grimm.
Giant snake Grimm premiering in Episode 6 in the Emerald Forest.
- Go for the Eye: Ren managed to pluck the fangs off the black head and stab one through its eye.
- A Head at Each End: Revealed in the RWBY Crew Chat that it was a single large snake with two heads.
- Kaiju: Both of the snakes are 15x the size of the largest known snake (anacondas are rumored to be able to reach up to thirty feet in length but are narrow in width and unable to "stand up").
- Meaningful Name: A Taijitu is the proper word for what the West would call a Yin-Yang. Now look at their colors.
- More Teeth than the Osmond Family: This Grimm has fangs, and a full set of sharp teeth.
- Reptiles Are Abhorrent: So far the only reptiles in the show and they both attacked without provocation.
- Volumetric Mouth: Justified. They're snakes.
- Your Head Asplode: The final fate of the black one, courtesy of Ren.
Giant scorpion Grimm which appears in Episode 7, and fights Team JNPR in Episode 8.
- Alluring Anglerfish/Schmuck Bait: Its stinger glows in the dark. If only Jaune knew that...
- Attack Its Weak Point: The only weak point in its armor (besides its eyes) is its stinger, which Team JNPR severs.
- Beware My Stinger Tail: Being a massive scorpion and all.
- 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.
- Darkness Equals Death: How the Death Stalker makes its debut.
- Disney Villain Death: After it gets brained by its own stinger, Nora fires her hammer again, allowing her to alight the scorpion and let it fall along with the bridge it was standing on.
- Go for the Eye: Pyrrha took out one of its eyes with her spear.
- 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).
- Immune to Bullets: It's unclear if any fired shots managed to penetrate its armor, but even if they did, they didn't slow it down much.
- Kaiju: The largest known scorpion species in real life can reach 23cm in length and 56g in weight. The Death Stalker is so large it dwarfs adult humans, covers the ground as fast as a running human, and requires team-work to defeat.
- Light Is Not Good: The stinger tail glows in the dark, getting an Alluring Anglerfish reaction from Jaune.
- Meaningful Name: Named after the Leiurus quinquestriatus "Deathstalker" Scorpion.
- Scary Scorpions: Especially scary when they are the size of a hill.
- Takes One to Kill One: The only thing that succeeds in piercing its armor is its own stinger.
Avian Grimm. Debuted in Episode 8, when Team RWBY fight a giant version of it.
- Big, Badass Bird of Prey: Massive and powerful, the Nevermore fought in Episode 8 is one of the toughest Grimm encountered, requiring an elaborate combination of strategy and power from Team RWBY. To put this in perspective, the feathers are taller than the characters!
- Extra Eyes: Four menacing red eyes of glowing doom.
- Feather Flechettes: It fires its (huge) feathers for an attack, at one point pinning Ruby's cape to the ground.
- 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.
- Ever since the students entered the forest a feather keeps popping up. A very large feather falls in the foreground after Ruby cuts down a tree before walking offscreen.
- Also in the beginning of Episode 4, Ruby killed a bird during her descent to the forest.
- Freeze-Frame Bonus: The tiny bird Ruby crashes into is actually a very small Nevermore, darkened so that it looks like a crow.
- Giant Equals Invincible: None of RWBY's attacks even scratched it. It tanked sword slashes and bullet barrages none the worse for wear, and shoving fireballs down its mouth only made it dizzy. It took a supercharged slingshotted Ruby a Recoil Boosted running start before gaining enough momentum to decapitate it.
- Giant Flyer: The older Grimm get, the larger they become. The Giant Nevermore is so huge in size, one flight feather alone is longer than a tree. It flies like a normal raven, however.
- Kaiju: Compared to Weiss, the thing is massive.
- Immune to Bullets: Like the Deathstalker, nothing Team RWBY fires at it slows it down for more than a second. Even literally eating fireballs only made it dizzy.
- 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.
- Meaningful Name: Quoth The Raven: "Nevermore".
- Off with His Head!: Courtesy of Ruby and Crescent Rose.
Wild boar-like Grimm. It made its action-packed debut in Episode 10.
Huge elephant-like Grimm, first seen in Volume 2, Episode 9.
- Death Glare: Eerily, one of them noticed Ruby and Oobleck, stopped moving, and simply stared at them for an entire minute. It was not a pretty sight.
- Immune to Bullets: Oobleck states that Crescent Rose's bullets would only agitate them.
- It Can Think: They are Grimm, but the first specimens seen have lived for hundreds of years, and have learned that humans are more resilient than they look - thus they do not mindlessly attack on sight. However, they stay near the walls of the Kingdoms, explicitly 'waiting' for something...
- Kaiju: It's hard to judge their height relative to humans, but they were walking through a forest whose trees weren't even the same height as their legs alone.
- War Elephants: Albeit ones that would object to being ridden by humans.
A Theropod-like Grimm that was briefly seen during the Grimm assault on Vale.
- Armless Biped: They only have one pair of limbs, and their theropod-like appearance makes it hard to know which animal they're based on.
- Joke Character: It doesn't seem to do much. Even Beowolves outshine it.
- No Name Given: At least on screen. The commentaries gave the name of 'Creep'.
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.
- Early-Bird Cameo: Introduced in the first episode in a newscast; formally acknowledged in-series eleven episodes later in "Jaunedice (Part 2)", during Professor Oobleck's lecture.
- Evil Costume Switch: That logo in the upper-right corner was a lot less blood-colored and didn't have the claw marks in their peaceful days.
- Faceless Goons: Justified. They are criminals, after all. One wouldn't particularly want to be identified.
- Jumping Off the Slippery Slope: Peaceful Protest eventually turned into Violent Protest.
- Knight Templar: They even look kind of like high-tech Knights Templar.
- Mooks: Their primary function is to fill in for the mobsters, i.e., charge en masse and become fight choreography fodder.
- OOC Is Serious Business: As soon as Blake sees them working with Roman, a human, she realizes that something's very wrong.
- Resignations Not Accepted: Tukson's fate demonstrates that the White Fang doesn't take kindly to deserters.
- The Revolution Will Not Be Civilized: It once was, but the new leadership decided to be a bit more "hands on" with their message of equality.
- Sword and Gun/Dual Wielding/Guns Akimbo: From what has been seen so far, the main armament of the White Fang mooks is the aforementioned scimitars, and some firearms.
- Then Let Me Be Evil: Their justification for wearing Grimm masks. Blake indicates that this is a practice that began with the new leadership.
Blake: The masks are a symbol. Humanity wanted to make monsters out of us, so we chose to don the faces of monsters.
- Well-Intentioned Extremist: They want equality, but use violence and fear to get it.
- Western Terrorists: With a bit of Bomb Throwing Anarchist throw in.
- 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: They're working with Roman for an unknown agenda; stealing all the Dust in Vale was only Phase 1 of the plan. At the end of Volume 2, it's revealed that they are associated with Cinder's group by way of Adam Taurus, who reassures the trio that the organisation will listen to him.
- Your Terrorists Are Our Freedom Fighters: They were peaceful freedom fighters, but then they turned into terrorists. Even then Blake still refers to them as well-meaning.
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!
White Fang Lieutenant
"Finally, I get to kill a Schnee..."
Voiced By: Gray Haddock
An unnamed member of the White Fang in "Painting The Town..." who speaks at the faction meeting where Roman unveils the Atlesian Paladin. He later reappears in "No Brakes" and fights Weiss with a chainsaw.
- Badass Normal: He has yet to demonstrate a Semblance or Dust powers, and his weapon is just an ordinary chainsaw, but he's still more than a match for a Huntress-in-training.
- Boss In Mooks Clothing: He's not dressed any differently from the regular White Fang members, albeit he's taller, has an unique mask, and wields a chainsaw. He manages to knock Weiss unconscious after taking a severe beating from her.
- The Brute: He doesn't get much characterization beyond having a vendetta against the Schnee family.
- Chainsaw Good: He wields a lightweight chainsaw in battle. He can hold it one-handed like a sword.
- Conservation of Ninjutsu: Several White Fang Mooks can't even touch a Huntress-in-training, but one elite White Fang is a threat to Weiss.
- Facepalm Of Doom: Gives one to Weiss before smashing her into the floor.
- Guttural Growler: He doesn't talk often, but whenever he does it's with a harsh, deep voice.
- Malevolent Masked Man/White Mask of Doom: He wears a full-face Grimm mask, and he's much more threatening than the average White Fang member.
- Mook Lieutenant: Beyond being called a lieutenant in the credits, he hosts the White Fang's warehouse meeting.
- No Name Given: Credited simply as 'White Fang Lieutenant'.
- Sword Drag: When he appears in "No Brakes", he nonchalantly drags his chainsaw across the floor as he prepares to face Weiss.
- Tattooed Crook: As shown in his image, he has a large, intricate tattoo on his left shoulder that goes nearly all the way to his elbow.
- What the Hell Is That Accent?: In his debut, he has this very odd accent that involves a vaguely Hispanic slur with some French or Dutch vibes. He completely ditches the accent once he meets Weiss Schnee, however, and his voice - now fully English - reverberates in a raspy baritone reminiscent of Steve Blum.
A semi-robotic battlesuit created by Atlas, this particular model made its debut before a gathering of White Fang. It had been "acquired" and, subsequently, it was piloted by Roman Torchwick in his attempt to wipe out Team RWBY. More Paladins are later employed by the White Fang to defend the train during 'No Brakes'.
- An Arm and a Leg: Its left arm is severed during Ruby's and Blake's duo attack. Yang shatters the right arm with one punch, forcing Torchwick to avoid her subsequent hits until Ruby and Weiss freeze the Paladin in its tracks, allowing Yang to shatter the mecha completely.
- Arm Cannon: Both arms predominately deploy rocket launchers.
- Conservation of Ninjutsu: The Paladin piloted by Roman took a fair bit of effort to bring down. The White Fang Paladins that appear in 'No Breaks' are swatted off the train (though not destroyed) with only a quarter of the effort.
- Holographic Interface: Like most other computers in Remnant, the interface in the mech is a holoprojected screen and a likewise keyboard.
- Laser Sight: When Yang blows Weiss's ice with her weapon, a dense fog is created, and Torchwick has to activate several laser sights to see through it.
- Made of Iron: Probably literal, but it definitely takes many a hit from Team RWBY as well as Sun and Neptune without faltering.
- Mini-Mecha: The cockpit is about 1/3 of the suit's overall mass.
- Reality Ensues: What happens when you pilot a cumbersome mecha on top of a moving train with limited space? One good hit, regardless of effectiveness, is gonna knock you right onto the tracks.
- Swiss Army Appendage: Actual mechanical hands can swap in place of the arm cannons, their piston-like strikes can be on par with this.
"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.
- All There in the Manual: His full name was revealed through Monty's Facebook Turnaround models.
- Animal Motif: Adam Taurus. He has two brown strands of his hair that look like horns, and there are markings on his mask that resemble horns as well.
- Animal Stereotypes: He also "sees red" and seems unwilling to consider the views of others (i.e. he's bullheaded).
- Badass Longcoat: He wears a long-sleeved trenchcoat, that even glows when he performs his Charged Attack.
Wilt and Blush
Adam's weapons, a ninjato and rifle. The rifle barrel serves as the sheath for the sword.
"It's not about overpowering the enemy. It's about taking away what power they have."
Don't think... Obey.
A mysterious woman with unusual powers, Cinder Fall is the leader of an equally mysterious group closely associated with crime lord Roman Torchwick. She and her teammates, Mercury Black and Emerald Sustrai, infiltrate Beacon Academy in Volume 2, posing as transfer students while subtly carrying out spy activities.
- The Assimilator: A conversation with Emerald and Mercury in "Extracurricular" reveals that one of the reasons they infiltrated Beacon Academy is to scan potentially powerful Semblance users like Pyrrha (whom Emerald adds to the list), then take away their powers in due time.
- Badass: In the first episode, she duels Glynda in a magical battle to a draw and telekinetically fends off Ruby's bullets, despite having to maintain her balance in a careening plane. When she infiltrates the CCT, she defeats a room full of armed soldiers single-handedly before again holding off both Ruby's bullets and her blade attacks.
- Bare-Handed Blade Block: Can deflect shots fired from Crescent Rose with just her palm.
- Big Bad: So far she's driving the villains and their actions, but there's a hint that she's only the face of the true villain given that she's not the narrator arguing with Ozpin at the beginning of Episode 1.
- Combat Stilettos: All of her outfits include heels that she uses to fight off soldiers when she infiltrates the communications tower in "Dance Dance Infiltration."
- The Chessmaster/Diabolical Mastermind: Aside from her use of Chess Motifs, Cinder clearly has a long-running plan with multiple elements and is very skilled at carrying it out.
- Chess Motifs: At the end of "Dance Dance Infiltration", a computer she was working on flashes the symbol of a chess queen.
- Dark Action Girl: The first female villain introduced into the series and is at least on par with Glynda.
- Dual Wielding: Creates or summons a pair of long blades in "Dance Dance Infiltration".
- Face Framed in Shadow: When she fights Ruby in Episode 1, her face is completely shadowed except for one burning eye. Due to this, when she and Ruby meet face-to-face, she's wearing different clothing so Ruby doesn't recognize her.
- Fairytale Motif: Based on Cinderella, Cinder's name was originally drafted as "Cinder Ella" before being finalised as "Cinder Fall" and her footsteps are accompanied by the sound of tinkling glass as an allusion to Cinderella's glass slippers. Her power is fire-based,note and when she infiltrates the CCT, she has to be "home by midnight"; as the clock chimes midnight, she flees the CCT as her clothes transform, and her mask gets left behind on the floor.
- Fighter, Mage, Thief: She's the Mage of her trio, with Emerald as the Thief and Mercury as the Fighter. In "Dance Dance Infiltration", however, she's shown to apply all three styles, breaching into the CCT and stealing some information, all while giving a rough beating to the guards with pure physical prowess, then engaging Ruby with her magical powers.
- Glowing Eyes of Doom: Her eyes glow yellow when using her fire powers, drifting in to Fireball Eyeballs territory.
- Gunship Rescue: She arrives in a gunship to bail Roman out in Episode 1 of Volume 1.
- Hidden Agenda Villain: Everything about her is shrouded in mystery. We don't what she wants or why she wants it, who she works with (or for), and we're not even sure if she is the "Queen" Qrow mentioned in his "Queen Has Pawns" text to Ozpin at the end of Volume 1.
- Kung-Fu Wizard: Is skilled at both fire manipulation and close combat.
- Lady of Black Magic: She's dark, elegant, composed, and a powerful user of fire Dust. She's also one of the most powerful magic users shown so far in the story, as she's at least on par with Glynda.
- Leitmotif: A chilling hint of choir, and a subtle singeing sound.
- The Man Behind the Man: For most of Volume 1, Roman Torchwick was seen as the prime antagonist. Then she shows up at the very end to prove that he's working for her.
- Mini Dress Of Power: She has one of the shortest and most revealing dresses of any cast member, given the shortest part of the skirt has a slit up the side that reveal she's wearing either hotpants or a tight skirt underneath. Best seen in this rigging test of her character model.
- Nice Shoes: In episode one her shoes make a distinct clinking sound when she walks revealing them to be made of glass.
- Only Sane Man: She's the only one with a cool head between an emotional crime lord, a Casanova Wannabe, and an irritable master thief. She has to rein in the other three a lot of the time she's onscreen.
- Peek-a-Bangs: Her left eye is covered by her hair.
- Playing with Fire: All her attacks seen so far are fire based, even when she materializes her weapons. In the season finale, she conjures a flame in her hand just as a display.
- Power Glows: The patterns on the collar and sleeves of her dress (and on her catsuit) light up bright yellow when using Aura. The first Remnant History episode states that some "old-school" Dust Users put Dust into their clothing. When Ruby and Glynda discuss it, Ironwood points out it's such a time-honoured tradition that it can't be used to identify the villain's identity, indicating that it may be an "old school" method, but it's still very commonly used.
- Psychotic Smirk: Sports one◊ at the end of "Welcome to Beacon," and another◊ right before confronting Ruby in "Dance Dance Infiltration"
- She's Got Legs: Her normal outfit, the minidress, allows for a ton of opportunities for the camera to linger on her nice legs, which it does repeatedly.
- Spontaneous Weapon Creation: In "Dance Dance Infiltration," when she spins around, her limbs illuminate orange, and she materializes a pair of swords for battle. She later does the same when she whips out a bow with three arrows versus Ruby Rose.
- Spy Cat Suit: In ''Dance Dance Infilteration," with gratuitous cleavage.
- Stealth Hi/Bye: Pulls this on Ruby in "Dance Dance Infiltration", disappearing from view during the brief period where Ruby turned around.
- The Straight and Arrow Path: One of her weapons in Dance Dance Infilteration. She can fire 3 arrows at once.
- Suddenly Voiced: Along with finally showing her face in The Stinger to the final episode of Volume One.
- Terrible Trio: Implied by the series opener having her flanked by two other ominous figures.
- Vague Age: She's described as "older" than the main characters, but still looks young enough to infiltrate Beacon posing as a student. She moisturizes a lot.
- Wizard Duel: Her fire versus Glynda's clouds.
"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.
- Badass: Not only did he overpower Blake, he blocked every single shot from Sun's guns, point-blank!
- Bomb Throwing Anarchist: His speech at a White Fang rally gives this impression:
Roman: I'd like to mention the fact that you and I all have a common enemy! The ones in control, the people pulling the strings, the dirty, rotten humans that run our kingdoms. Government, military, even the schools. They're all to blame for your lot in life!
- Breakout Villain: He was originally going to be a first-episode-only villain who does little fighting, but positive reception led to Monty making him more significant in the grand scheme of things (and more dangerous too).
- Casual Danger Dialogue: Defeating him is just not enough to get him to shut up. Seriously; he has one-liners for almost every single instance his plans have been thwarted by the heroes.
- Combat Pragmatist: The moment Ruby turns to tell Penny to stay back, he takes full advantage and blasts her. And when both arms are blasted off the Paladin he's piloting, he still kicks Yang away with the legs - not to mention having shoulder-tackled her into a pillar before that.
- Curse Cut Short: When Blake sneaks up on him in episode 16:
Roman: Oh, for fu—
- Deadpan Snarker: Has a sharp wit and usually snarks in a calm kind of voice.
- Dangerously Genre Savvy: Normally, a villain overpowering a member of the main cast can lead to a Big Damn Heroes. Not so with Roman. After Roman holds his own against Blake and Sun, he notices Ruby. Before she could even react, he immediately attacks her to prevent her from doing a thing.
- Dragon with an Agenda: Has shades of this. He primarily operates separate from Cinder's group, holds Emerald and Mercury in contempt, hired his own Dark Action Girl to counteract the White Fang's and Cinder's numeric superiority, and on occasion outright ignores orders, such as with Tukson and starting the train plan ahead of Cinder's schedule (though the latter may be due to his hideout being discovered by Ruby). He also remains one of the best fighters, going up against Team RWBY with a Mini-Mecha, and the groups front man, attending a White Fang rally and presenting an acquired Atlesian Paladin.
- Downplayed in the conclusion to volume two: Roman is will to be captured by the police and imprisoned for the actions that Cinder planned. However, whether or not this was to pursue a broader agenda is unclear.
- Didn't See That Coming: Roman's rematch with Blake in "No Brakes" went very differently to the first. For the first time in the show, she fought with dust.
- Early-Bird Cameo/Freeze-Frame Bonus: We get a brief glimpse of him talking with Junior in the "Yellow" trailer.
- Enemy Mine: He clearly shows disdain for the Faunus, but he's forced to work with them under Cinder's orders.
"We're not exactly the most inconspicuous of thieves at the moment, so why don't you animals try and pick up the pace?"
- He also can't stand Emerald and Mercury, and made it plain (and public) that the only reason he hasn't tried to kill either is because of Cinder.
- He even tries to pull this on Blake, though it's unclear if he was actually trying to convince her or was just trying to get under her skin.
- Expy: DVD commentary points out he's one of Alex DeLarge from A Clockwork Orange, wearing a Derby Hat, a white jacket, using a cane as a weapon, and even having Alex's eye tattoo. And while Roman isn't nearly as Ax-Crazy as Alex, he's certainly a ruthless criminal mastermind.
- Fairy Tale Motifs: His name and his weapon are inspired by Candlewick from Pinocchio.
- False Reassurance: "Shh, shh. Calm down. We're not here for your money." (beat) (to mook:) "Grab the Dust."
- Fantastic Racism: Has a low opinion of Faunus and badmouths some hired Faunus mooks.
- Faux Affably Evil: Sugarcoats his nature as a ruthless crime lord by adopting a relatively polite, gentlemanly manner that just barely lapses when he's annoyed.
- Genre Savvy: He's definitely a fantastic fighter, but he's very aware that the villain isn't going to fare too well against those with special Hunter skills. As soon as a Huntress turns up, he backs out of the fight and gets Cinder to take over. When he later fights the kids, he escapes from the battlefield upon deciding Penny's power is not a good thing. When his giant mecha is destroyed by RWBY, he opts to escape even though he only suffered a few stains on his clothes. Just subverted is when he went up against Blake in episode eleven of volume two: he fails to take into consideration that Blake may have updated her combat arsenal for their rematch.
- Gentleman Thief: Though he's willing to use violence when necessary; namely, when an Action Girl just pulverized all his goons.
- Giggling Villain: When he fights Sun and Blake, he lets out a series of maniacal, though low-key cackles.
- Good Smoking, Evil Smoking/Cigar Chomper: He sure loves his cigars.
- Gonna Need More Trope: He comments that whatever scheme is being planned in "Players and Pieces" needs more men.
- The Heavy: The Stinger at the end of volume 1 reveals that he's working for Cinder, not the other way around as it seemed back in the first episode. Even with the introduction of Cinder, Mercury, and Emerald into the story, Roman is the one making most of their plans actually happen while they remain under cover at Beacon.
- I Shall Taunt You: He actually does a pretty good job at breaking Blake's composure during their second fight, though he didn't account for the Dust that Weiss gave her to tip the scales.
- Know When To Fold Them: See Genre Savvy. He's a very good fighter, but he knows better than to get into a prolonged fight with the main cast, so whenever it looks like he's just about to face some trouble, he hauls his ass out.
- Lampshade Hanging: When he's fleeing yet again in Episode 16:
Roman: These kids just keep getting weirder!
- Leitmotif: A low, slightly mysterious flute, violin, and piano piece.
- The Nicknamer: He calls Ruby "Red" during their first encounter and continues to use it in future ones. His first encounter with Weiss results in him calling her "Ice Queen" due to the ice attacks she was using on him. He doesn't know others call her that because of her personality.
- Peek-a-Bangs: His hair covers the right side of his face.
- Play-Along Prisoner: He's arrested in the Volume 2 finale, but remains completely confident and taunts Ironwood when he tries to interrogate him; it's part of the plan.
- Politically Incorrect Villain: Of the fantasy type. He clearly looks down on Faunus and calls them animals to their faces.
- Pragmatic Villainy: Prefers to run off, preferably with the loot, than to fight the heroes when his Mooks fail.
- Pretty Boy: Tall, slim, attractive, and really girly eyelashes.
- Punny Name/Stealth Pun: The shots from his cane look an awful lot like roman candles...
- Recurring Boss: The main cast do keep running into him. He and Ruby are introduced together when they run into conflict with each other while he's stealing Dust from a shop she's in. He later takes on Sun and Blake in two-on-one combat, fights RWBY, Sun and Neptune in a giant mecha, climaxing in a huge confrontation between RWBY and Roman's group that leds to Roman's capture - although being captured appears to be part of the plan.
- Self-Deprecation: When he tells the faunus that "humans are the worst", he uses himself as an example of what he means by that.
- Starter Villain: In the first episode, he organizes a simple store robbery only to be thwarted by Ruby and Glenda. Thanks to his popularity, he was quickly given a much more solid role in the overall story.
- Super Reflexes: Despite Sun and Blake's superior speed, he's still able to keep up with both of them attacking him near-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: He 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.
- Took a Level in Badass: When his role as a villain got buffed up, so did his fighting competence. He goes from cutting his losses and escaping from Ruby in his first appearance to overpowering Blake and giving Sun a run for his money during the final episode of volume 1.
- Villain Exit Stage Left: He has a tendency to use a colleague as a distraction so that he can escape via a suddenly available airship. It's done in his debut departure in "Ruby Rose" and repeated in "Black and White" and "Painting The Town".
- We Gotta Stop Meeting Like This: One of his teasing taunts to Blake before they start fighting in "No Brakes".
- Where Does He Get All Those Wonderful Toys?: Manages not only to steal an assload of Dust easily, but also procures an Atlesian Paladin literally the episode after it was introduced.
- Would Hurt a Child: He seems fairly happy both times he shoots Ruby.
- You Have Failed Me: Junior implies that Torchwick did this to his hired mobsters, seeing how none of them returned after their dust heist. He also implies this will happen to a White Fang member who momentarily objects to his order to start the train early.
Roman's weapon, which appears to be an ordinary walking stick, but when activated it raises a crosshair and fires an unstable explosive round resembling a roman candle.
- Cane Fu: It can stand up to Blake's Gambol Shroud and he's skilled enough with it to put up an extended fight with Blake and Sun.
- Classy Cane/Gun Cane: The shaft of the cane serves as the barrel of an explosive round shooter, complete with a crosshair attachment above the barrel.
- Grappling-Hook Pistol: Its handle can be shot out to grapple onto something.
- Sigil Spam: Look closely at its tip, and you can see a pumpkin face carved around it. Judging from the episode 8 credits, it's probably his symbol.
- Stealth Pun: A Roman Candle is a kind of firework.
- Pinocchio's nemesis likes getting you all tangled up in strings.
- Stuff Blowing Up: It fires explosive bolts.
Voiced By: J.J. Castillo
"Ugh... you're no fun today.'
One of two "right-hand men" to Cinder introduced in the Black and White stinger
Voiced By: Katie Newville
"I will seriously pay you to shut up."
One of two "right-hand men" to Cinder introduced in the Black and White stinger
An acquaintance of Torchwick who was present with him at a White Fang faction meeting in Volume 2. She is introduced when she bails him out of a fight with Team RWBY and later defends the execution of the White Fang's plan. She has yet to utter a single sound.
- Arch-Enemy: Rapidly becoming this to Yang. After she managed to fend her off relatively effortlessly in their first encounter, Yang becomes determined to take her down by herself in their second, which proves... a bad idea.
- Badass Adorable: She's really short and looks really young, yet she's able to utterly outperform Yang in speed and uses her maneuverability to make Yang's strength useless, all while wordlessly taunting her throughout their fight.
- Big Damn Heroes: Villain variant in "Painting the Town"; just as Yang fired a round at Roman, who just got out of the wrecked Paladin, Neo landed before him and blocked the shot with her umbrella, before making their escape on an airship.
- Combat Stilettos: She's not the least bit hindered by her heels when battling Yang, adding to her graceful fighting style.
- Curtains Match The Windows: Due to having Multicolored Hair AND Technicolor Eyes, the colours often match up, with one eye brown and one eye pink. However, her eye colours frequently change, so sometimes they're the reverse of her hair colour, sometimes on the same side as her hair colour, and sometimes are either both brown, both silver or a combination of brown and silver.
- Cute and Psycho: Showed an obvious glee as she was about to deliver a Coup de Grāce to a downed Yang.
- Cute Mute: She's said nothing in her two appearances, and stayed completely silent during her fight with Yang.
- Dance Battler: All of her moves have an elegant flow to them; so much so that she even manages to calmly take a seat mid-fight. This aspect of her personality seriously irritates Yang, which Neo takes full advantage. She made use of her umbrella's parasol in parrying Yang, using it to catch her off guard and open her up to incoming blows, which she delivered with a series of skilled and highly acrobatic use of kicks. This is enough to keep (a highly irritated and consequently slower) Yang from her ability to tap into her Semblance, and it ends with Neo knocking her out by throwing her onto the ceiling, all in a graceful and elegant way that screams finesse.
- Distaff Counterpart: To Torchwick. Her outfit is essentially a feminized version of his with softer colors (pink, brown and white vs. red, black and white), they both wield weaponised accessories associated with the gentry and they do so with a smirk on their faces. Monty revealed in a livestreamnote that she was even based on a genderbent Torchwick cosplay.
- Edible Theme Naming: Named for Neapolitan ice cream, which combines vanilla, chocolate and strawberry flavors.
- Enigmatic Minion: Beyond her working with Roman and some basic aspects of her fighting skills, absolutely nothing is known about Neo, and even that is mostly guesswork. Where she comes from, her goals, her connections to the other villains, and even whether or not she can speak are all completely unrevealed.
- Eye Color Change: Her eyes go from both being brown, to being heterochromic diagonally opposite her Multicolored Hair, to being heterochromic and matching with her hair, to pure white when she flees. Fans have sat down and documented over a dozen shifts during her fight with Yang.
- Flash Step: She's fast enough to seemingly teleport herself and Roman away to an awaiting escape ship.
- Hyper Competent Sidekick: While Roman was getting his ass kicked by Blake, Neo was completely and utterly destroying the even more powerful Yang.
- Know When to Fold 'Em: In episode 11 of season 2, after being stopped from killing Yang by the mysterious Raven Branwen, Neo takes one look at her and realizes who she is, before making a swift escape.
- Lady of War: She maneuvers herself in a graceful manner while fighting Yang and maintains a dignified air throughout the fight, even taking a moment to take a seat on a crate, complete with crossing her legs.
- Master of Illusion: She creates a mirror image of her and Roman as a decoy for their escape, which Yang shatters.
- Mix-and-Match Weapon: Her umbrella has a gun function just like Roman's Melodic Cudgel, but she never uses it as a pistol and only uses it to teleport herself away. However, if you were to take away the canopy and its supports, the designs of the two are almost identical.
- Multicolored Hair: Brown and pink with a white Skunk Stripe.
- Oh, Crap: When Raven Branwen appears right before she delivers the Coup de Grāce to Yang, Neo shows a look that can only be described as absolute horror, followed by a swift and silent Screw This, I'm Outta Here!.
- Parasol of Pain: One that is strong enough to block Yang's powered-up shots and she uses it to great effect in her fighting style.
- Pint-Sized Powerhouse: When wearing heels, she manages to come up to Yang's shoulders. She also kicks Yang's ass.
- Punny Name: Her name is a pun on Neapolitan ice cream, which she shares her general color scheme with.
- Quizzical Tilt: She does this in the middle of her fight with Yang, though she's obviously doing it to taunt her opponent rather than express confusion.
- Silent Snarker: Even while silent, her body language and facial expressions show how much she's taunting Yang in their fight.
- Slasher Smile: Pulls off one◊ while about to deliver coup de grace to her downed opponent in volume 2 ep 11.
- Smug Smiler: Her grin borders on mockery through her fight against Yang, knowing full well she can overpower her opponent with ease. This only serves to irritate Yang even more.
- Stealth Pun: Neo isn't just short, she's pint-sized. note
- Sword Cane: She has a sword hidden inside her parasol. She doesn't use it in fights, only to finish off downed opponents.
- Technicolor Eyes: She often displays heterochromia, with one eye being pink and the other brown. However, her eyes frequently change colour depending on her mood and/or situation. The following combinations have been seen: two brown eyes, two silver eyes, brown in the left and pink in the right, brown in the right and pink in the left, brown in the right and silver in the left.
- Troll: Seems to be one. She tricked Team RWBY with an illusion before escaping them, and then drove Yang nuts in their fight while stomping her. All with a big smile on her face, and occasionally taking a relaxing break in the middle to show just how little of a concern her opposition is.
- The Voiceless: Goes a full combat scene without uttering a sound, and hasn't made any other vocalizations, nor has had a voice actress attached to her yet.
An organization led by Junior, Melanie and Miltia are likely his bodyguards as they can be seen with him at the bar. The mobster-like henchmen are spread out across the club, keeping an eye on the attendees.
- Ascended Extra: The Club and its occupants, including Roman Torchwick, were all originally attended as one-off characters for the "Yellow" Trailer. While Roman and the Henchmen quickly appeared in the official series, Volume 2 would bring Yang back to the Club to meet Junior and the twins once again.
- Chekhov's Army: While they have since cameoed in an episode, the fact that Junior and the Twins are shown in the Volume 2 opening seems to imply they will play a larger role in the series.
- Wretched Hive: Torchwick hires some of Junior's men to help in his Dust thefts. The club itself is a hideout for Mobsters and other undesirables.
Hei "Junior" Xiong
"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. Later appears in volume 2 as a (potentially recurring) villain.
- 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.
- All There in the Manual: Junior's full name was revealed in Monty's facebook.
- Anti-Villain: In volume 2 episode 4, he expresses no hostility towards Yang or Neptune (though he does get annoyed at Neptune for asking a dumb question) when they show up at his club for information instead of a fight. He even tells her what he knows about Roman Torchwick, though admittedly it's not much.
- Authority Equals Asskicking: He lasts longer and lands more hits on Yang during their fight than any of his guards.
- Badass Beard: It's something of an Actor Allusion to his actor, whose beard is legendary to the Rooster Teeth fandom. Junior fully proves that facial hair equals power, since he actually manages to beat Yang down with his bat before losing to her Super Mode.
- Bilingual Bonus: Hei Xiong is Chinese for "Black Bear" which fits his theme as the junior bear in Goldilocks, being smaller than the Grizzly and Polar bears.
- Casanova Wannabe: When Yang suggests making up for her initial Groin Attack by kissing, he agrees, albeit confusedly. Then Yang punches him across the room.
- Color-Coded Characters: Hei is Chinese for black.
- Cool Shades: They're red. He loses them in his fight with Yang.
- Fairytale Motifs/Meaningful Name: His name is Hei Xiong, which translates into 'Black Bear'. Yang is based off Goldilocks. Do the math.
- Freeze-Frame Bonus: In Yang's trailer, she first sees Junior talking briefly with Roman Torchwick.
- Groin Attack: Yang interrogates him by grabbing his crotch and squeezing.
- Knowledge Broker: According to Yang's sources, he knows everything (presumably everything in the underworld).
- Muscles Are Meaningless: He is the largest human character seen so far, but he has to rely on a large bazooka in order to stand a chance against Yang, and she still trounces him.
- Sunglasses at Night: He and his mooks all wear ones with red lenses, except when they're getting their asses kicked at which point there's a good chance they'll get knocked off.
- Surrounded by Idiots: When being grilled by Yang for information in "Painting the Town" he mentions how he hasn't seen any of the men Torchwick hired since the night of the robbery. He assumes that he wasn't "satisfied" with them, then yells loud enough for the henchmen in the club to hear that he can see why.
- Too Dumb to Live: Yes, accept this kiss from the girl who nearly ground your balls with her bare hands, immediately after threatening her life. That can't end badly.
- Unfortunate Name: Yang mocks his name, saying he looks too old to be called "Junior".
- Waistcoat of Style: The bartender variant, and he can be seen tying it up during his reappearance in "Painting the Town".
Junior's weapon transforms from a bazooka capable of simultaneously firing multiple rockets into a club for when closer combat is needed.
- Batter Up: In its club form, it's wielded like a baseball bat. It also resembles a bottle in shape including jagged edges when broken.
- Macross Missile Massacre: The rockets spread out when first fired and home in on the target from different directions in order to make dodging or blocking them harder.
- Swiss Army Weapon: It can transform between a club and a bazooka.
- Wrecked Weapon: Yang breaks it in half and appropriately, it looks like a broken wine bottle.
Melanie & Miltia(des) Malachite
Miltia on the left, Melanie on the right.
Both Voiced By: Margaret Tominey
A pair of black-haired twins that Yang encounters and fights in a nightclub during the Yellow trailer.
- Alliterative Name: Miltiades and Melanie Malachite.
- Armed Legs: Melanie fights with a set of Combat Stilettos.
- 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.
- 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.
- Elegant Gothic Lolita: Miltia's clothing is dark red set off by black lace and bows. Melanie's clothing follows a more classic lolita look being white clothing offset by green-white lace and bows.
- Elite Mooks: In the "Yellow" trailer, they start fighting after Yang has taken out all the Mobster mooks, and the two of them put up a much better fight with just the two of them than all the Mobsters combined.
- Excessive Evil Eyeshadow: Their eyeshadow covers the upper parts of their eyes and travels all around the outside edge of their eyes as well. Both girls have eyeshadow that's colour-coordinated with their clothing.
- Extremity Extremist: Melanie is a Kick Chick while Miltia focuses on punching.
- Meaningful Name: Miltiades is Greek for "Red Earth" in reference to the color of her dress, and Melanie is a Greek derivative of "Blackness" which, considering her outfit... Their surname, 'Malachite', is a green mineral, which likely refers to the twins' green eyes.
- Shout-Out: Early in the fight with Yang, Miltia does Ling Xiaoyu's "X Marks the Spot" move.
- Spell My Name with an "S": Miltia's name can be spelled Militia or Milltia or similar variants. Monty has confirmed the spelling is Miltia.
- Stocking Filler: Melanie wears white garters, Miltia wears black ones.
- Tag Team Twins: The two attack Yang in an alternating pattern over the course of their admittedly rather brief fight. Their combat styles also complement one another.
- Thigh-High Boots: They both wear thigh-high boots, with Melanie having hers tipped with blades that she uses in her capacity as a Kick Chick.
- Valley Girl: In the "Yellow" Trailer when they talk they have a heavy Valley girl drawl. When they appear again they only say "Whatever" with the same drawl.
- Wolverine Claws: Miltia fights with a pair of two-fingered red claws strapped to her gloves.
These are tuxedo-wearing criminals who are on the payroll of Junior and work at the club he runs. These men wear black suits, black hats and red ties, armed with red axes and swords. Torchwick hired several of them to aid in the robbery of From Dust Till Dawn in episode one.
- An Axe to Grind: Some of them have an axe with the word "bear" (as in financially speculating via a bear market) written in Chinese.
- Bilingual Bonus: The above Chinese word "bear" can also mean "empty head", indicating their uselessness.
- Cool Shades/Sunglasses at Night: They all wear red sunglasses no matter the time of day or even inside a dark club.
- Mooks: None of them pose a threat to Dust wielders; much less to Ruby or Yang.
- Mugging the Monster: In the first episode.
I said, put your hands in the air! Now! Ruby:
...Are you... robbing me? Mook: [sounding exasperated] Yes! Ruby:
- Nice Hat: All of them.
- 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.
- Technicolor Blade: Their axes and katanas are red.
- 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.
- You Have Failed Me: None of the minions that Junior loaned to Torchwick came back. He thinks Torchwick killed them, and Junior can't blame him.
A gray-colored medieval knight that resides within a palace. It fights Weiss in the White trailer, landing her a permanent scar over her left eye.
- Animated Armor: There's no one inside when it was destroyed.
- BFS: Wields a sword as tall as it is, with the Knight being easily three times as tall as Weiss.
- Continuity Nod: In episode 2 of Volume 2, there are Knight figures on the board of the game that Team RWBY is playing.
- Literally Shattered Lives: Once it hits the floor after Weiss's Coup de Grāce, it completely shatters apart like ash.
- Mighty Glacier: Slower than Weiss, but extremely durable, taking several Dust-related techniques to the face without so much of a scratch. One punch was enough to injure Weiss and inflict a permanent scar.
- No Body Left Behind: Dissolves into snowflakes when killed.
- Shout-Out: Both the setting it's fought in and the general design he has are evocative of Dark Souls; down to the enemy dissolving when defeated.
INTRUDER. IDENTIFY YOURSELF.
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. As of Volume 2, they are being phased out in favor of the AK-200 model.
- Anti-Villain: While in the "Black" trailer they fight Blake and Adam, they are just security robots trying to stop White Fang Terrorists from stealing a large supply of Dust. Given Adam's statement about the crew, they come off as the good guys.
- Blade Below the Shoulder: The "Black" Trailer shows that their hands can become ethier blades or guns
- Collapsible Helmet: When they're looking for a fight, a helmet plate appears over their faces.
- Left the Background Music On: The mechanical voice saying "Intruder — identify yourself" is actually part of the song "From Shadows".
- Half the Man He Used to Be: At least one robot suffers this fate at the hands of Adam's Implausible Fencing Powers.
- Mecha-Mooks: More durable than the Beowolves, but they don't pose too much of a threat.
- More Dakka: Their hands have cylindrical fingers that fire bullets in the air.
- Red Eyes, Take Warning: When their faces and torsos light up red, they're ready to swarm over you.
A tentative name for the machine that appears in the Black trailer. Colored dark gray and highlighted by red, it fires large, blue orbs from its guns, which are outfitted on its arms.
- He Was Right There All Along: Blake and Adam enter a train car which contains a Dust deposit, but little did they know the Droid was lurking in the ceiling.
- No Body Left Behind: Dissolves into rose petals when Adam destroyed it.
- 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.