Characters / RWBY Team RWBY

The titular team of the series, RWBY (pronounced Ruby) is composed of Ruby Rose, Weiss Schnee, Blake Belladonna and Yang Xiao Long, four girls who had no idea how to interact with each other but eventually became Fire-Forged Friends and one of the strongest teams in the first year. Despite being students, they actively work to secretly combat the White Fang and the villains controlling them, breaking rules when necessary. Being the main characters... that tends to happen a lot.

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    In General 

Associated Tropes:

  • Action Girl: They are all Huntresses in training and very capable fighters.
  • Amazon Brigade: An all-female combat unit, they are the elite first-year team, containing one of the physically strongest people, a terrorist-trained warrior, and an academically-gifted dust-user, and led by a girl who is so gifted with the most dangerous type of weapon that she was pushed two years ahead of her age-group.
  • Badass Crew: The very first. Each has shown their badassery in their trailers, but it's in Players and Pieces that they start being a badass as a team by defeating the giant Nevermore together.
  • Color-Coded Characters: Ruby is red, Weiss is white, Blake is black & Yang is yellow.
  • Egocentric Team Naming: Downplayed; it isn't Ruby who named her team like her name, Ozpin did.
  • Fire-Forged Friends: Ruby and Yang were always close, being sisters, but their bonds with Blake and Weiss formed after fighting as a team and trusting the other girls to have their back.
  • Four Girl Ensemble: Four girls make up the team.
  • Fun with Acronyms: The team name RWBY is made up of the member's first names and can be pronounced as "Ruby".

    Ruby Rose 

Ruby Rose
"I was complete garbage before... and now I'm like... haaa, wha-chaaaa!"
Voiced By: Lindsay Jones (née Tuggey) [EN], Saori Hayami [JP]

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 very cheerful and optimistic, but a little socially awkward and somewhat fixated on her weapon, Crescent Rose. She is partnered with Weiss, and is the leader of Team RWBY. She was trained by her uncle, who helped her design Crescent Rose.
  • Action Girl: The first one introduced, setting the tone for the series quite profoundly.
  • Adorkable:
    • Her bursts of energy and enthusiasm (like when she's having a Motor Mouth sequence) are adorable. Ozpin even calls her that.
    • From episode 14, upon misunderstanding the meaning of polarity:
      Ruby: Whoa, you can control poles...
      Weiss: No, you dunce! It means she has control over magnetism!
      Ruby: [still impressed, whispering] Magnets are cool, too...
    • "Search and Destroy" has this:
      Oobleck: I can assure you, I've had my fair share of tussles.
      Ruby: Like the mushroom?
      Blake: Those are truffles.
      Ruby: Like the sprout?
      Yang: Those are Brussels.
  • Alliterative Name: Ruby Rose.
  • Animal Motifs:
    • 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.
    • In episode 8, her Circling Birdies are little wolves.
  • 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. In fact she is constantly being told that fighting isn't all there is to life. Her early character development involves her learning how to fight as a team and to trust her teammates.
  • 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.
  • The Baby Of The Bunch: The youngest of the team (being 2 years younger than the rest) and acts like a spirited and somewhat naive young girl. Weiss (at first) had a hard time showing respect to her due to her behavior, while Yang (her sister) always dotes on her.
  • Badass Adorable: She's the youngest person in Beacon at the age of fifteen, is explicitly stated as childish by Weiss, and is called "an adorable girl" by Ozpin. She's also an extremely capable combatant, able to wipe a pack of Beowolves by herself and was the last member standing during the over-the-top Food Fight with Team JNPR.
  • Badass Bandolier: Her belt stores the bullets for her sniper scythe. Which she can wield one-handed and which is twice her size.
  • Badass Cape: Her red hooded cape is strapped by cross-shaped pins. It flows rather gracefully in spite of the constant flipping, which she does rather often given her destructive combat style. It signifies her as idealistic and a hero.
  • Big "NO!": Parodied. In Volume 2's first episode, she lets this out while cradling Weiss after she has just been knocked out by Nora, as if she thought Weiss was killed in action. Keep in mind this was during an extreme Food Fight.
  • Blade Brake: If she's able to, she'll stab her scythe into the ground to brake herself after being knocked back. Taken Up to Eleven in her fight in Volume 3, chapter 11: she gets knocked back so far by Roman's firework that her scythe gets embedded into the hull of the ship all the way to the hilt.
  • Blow You Away: Ruby can use her Super Speed to whip up a wind so powerful it can pin people to walls and counter Pyrrha's magnetism semblance.
  • Boyish Short Hair: Chin-length black hair, giving her a more tomboyish look than Weiss or Blake.
  • 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.
  • The Chains of Commanding: Discussed with Ozpin in the aptly-titled episode "The Badge and the Burden".
  • Circling Birdies: Her variant has wolves instead of birds.
  • Color-Coded Characters: Red. Her dark hair is red-tinted. She wears red and black (or grey) clothing and her hooded cloak is red. Her weapon is also red and black. Roman tends to nickname her "Red".
  • Combat Pragmatist: Possibly as a result of Character Development, by "Heroes and Monsters" she's begun to show a willingness to fight dirty against human opponents; activating Neo's umbrella against the wind and kicking Roman in the shin when he gets too close.
  • Companion Cube: She treats all weapons very... respectfully, but coddles Crescent Rose and calls it her sweetheart. The fact that it's a transforming sniper-scythe that she herself designed probably contributes to that...
  • Counterpoint Duet: "Red Like Roses Part 2" is basically an argument between Ruby and her dead mother. With hints of a When I'm Gone Song from the second vocalist and a very clear How Dare You Die on Me! from the first. And for added Reality Subtext, the two vocalists are mother and daughter in real-life.
  • Creepy Cool Crosses: On her belt in the artwork and first trailer, and fastening her hood. In later animations, however, her belt sigil was changed to a rose.
  • Crippling Overspecialization: As skilled as Ruby is with her weapon, three times now she's been proven to be completely helpless in a real fight when unarmed. The third time she was actively disarmed mid fight, displaying just how crippling this is. To be fair, though, through clever tactics and expert use of her semblance, she's still able to fight back and get a few hits in the third time, though it just isn't enough when she's faced with someone who is armed.
    • As of Season 3, she's now good enough to take on a giant, griffon-like Grimm unarmed. The battle takes maybe five seconds.
  • Cute Bruiser: If the BFG she carries around wasn't enough of a indication she's stronger than she looks, her first action when she's mugged, is to punch said mugger across the room.
  • 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 Is Not Evil: Ruby has the looks and attire of an Eerie Pale-Skinned Brunette, wields a Sinister Scythe as her signature weapon, and has a Color Scheme typically associated with Obviously Evil villains and dark Anti Heroes. In the Red Trailer, she doesn't say a word as she wanders the woods cutting down monsters, and spends a fair portion of it wearing her hood. Prior to the release of the actual show, fanon had her pegged as a stoic, solitary Anti-Hero. Despite this appearance and the initial impression given by her trailer, she's one of the nicest and most innocent characters on the show.
  • Dark and Troubled Past: In Volume 2 episode 6 Yang explains that Ruby's mom went missing during a mission and the lyrics in the duet "Red like Roses pt. II" which seems to be between Ruby and Summer hint that Ruby is bitter about this, though Summer says that she had to, even if she didn't want to.
  • Determinator: In "Heroes and Monsters", she's heavily outmatched by both Neo and Roman and swarmed by a flock of Griffin Grimm, but the girl does not falter. Even when Roman's beating her with his cane and giving her a "The Reason You Suck" Speech, she keeps standing back up. The world is a cold, dark place and no matter what, Ruby's refusing to roll over and die.
  • Double Jump: Ruby pulls this off in "Battle of Beacon", leaping off the airship heading for Vale, then using her Semblance to shoot back to Amity Colosseum's dock.
  • Dragged by the Collar: By Weiss in episode 5 when she realizes her only other choice for a partner is Jaune.
  • 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 résumé" 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.
  • Fairytale Motifs: Her hooded red cloak, wolf sleeping mask and her fight with Beowolves in the Red Trailer all show that she's based on Little Red Riding Hood.
  • Fangirl: Has a romanticized view of Hunters — see The Knights Who Say Squee — and weapons even more so.
    Yang: They're just weapons.
    Ruby: Just weapons? They're an extension of ourselves! They're a part of us!
  • Flash Step:
    • 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.
  • Flower Motifs: Is heavily associated with roses.
  • Foil:
    • Ruby is honest, kind, insecure and brash while Weiss is devious, sarcastic, confident and level-headed. Ruby has short hair, a gothic-inspired outfit and a red, black and silver colour scheme. Weiss has long hair, a princess-inspired outfit and a white, blue and red colour scheme. Ruby's fighting style involves creative, explosive charging and slashing while Weiss is a precise, calculated fencer and Dust user. Ruby comes from a close-knit, nurturing family while Weiss comes from a family implied to be tense, distant and adversarial.
    • To Blake: Ruby is a young, innocent idealist who just wants to help people and believes they can make a difference, and Blake is an older, jaded cynic who wanted to change the world for the better, but whose hopes of doing so were shot down long ago. This is illustrated through the concept of fairytales; Ruby describes how reading about heroes in fairytales inspired her to become one too, and Blake remarks that the real world isn't like a fairytale.
    • To Cinder: A young girl being admitted into Beacon two years early contrasting with a woman infiltrating the same school illegitimately. Ruby relies on Crescent Rose almost exclusively during combat while Cinder has one of the most varied fighting styles in the entire cast. Both are looking to change the world, though Ruby hopes to give everyone a happy ending while Cinder appears to want to throw the world into chaos. They even share the same red-and-black color scheme, but where Ruby is accented with silver, Cinder is accented with gold.
  • Force And Finesse: Ruby charges into battle wielding a scythe to slice or shoot through anything in her path, while Weiss uses a rapier with precision and calculation alongside specific uses of Dust.
  • Giving Someone the Pointer Finger: She gives Nora the pointer finger in "Best Day Ever", along with squishing the milk carton she was holding and loudly declaring the start of hostilities against team JNPR... in a Food Fight.
  • Goggles Do Nothing: She wears a wolf-eyed sleep mask with her pajamas 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. Weiss particularly picks on Ruby for this reason, initially calling her childish and immature, until she comes to term that Ruby is made the team leader for a good reason.
  • 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. According to Episode 6 of Volume 2 and Casey Lee Williams, it's her mother, Summer Rose. Though its not confirmed Summer is in fact dead, just that she never returned after a mission.
  • Gun Nut: Well... Weapons in general, actually.
  • Hand Behind Head: She does this quite a few times out of nervousness/embarrassment.
    • She does this for the first time in "The Shining Beacon, Part 2", when she extended her hand out to Blake when first meeting her only to be ignored.
    • Also, in "Field Trip" when her joke is met with dead seriousness from Goodwitch, Ozpin and Ironwood, who were questioning Ruby about her attacking Cinder.
  • Headphones 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.
  • Heroic BSOD: In "PvP", finding out Mercury's ploy against Yang was one step, but Penny's death is what really broke Ruby. After she sees the event occur in the stadium, she just sinks to her knees and begins pitifully crying. At the start of the next episode, while everyone is scrambling out of the stadium after a Grimm attack ensues, she's still on her knees in shock.
  • Hidden Depths: While hinted at in her Image Song, Volume 2 explicitly reveals how Ruby lost her mother at a young age, and her father shut down after, leaving her and Yang almost alone, save for their uncle.
  • Humble Hero: She's embarrassed when Yang praises her for getting into Beacon early.
  • I Call It "Vera": Crescent Rose. So far, she's the only character in the series that refers to her weapon by name.
  • I Can See My House from Here: While admiring the view from the airship, she says something to this effect.
    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 Normal: She wants to be a Huntress, but she doesn't want to become one in a different way to any other Huntress or Huntsman. While she wants to make it to the elite Hunter academy, Beacon, she wants to do it by the same route as any other student. Being pushed forward two years therefore stresses her out a lot.
    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 (Lindsay Jones, her VA, claims she is essentially too young to understand the weight of mortality yet). She seems to embrace combat like it's one of the few places she feels at home.
  • In the Blood: Ruby claims that the only reason she's any good is because of her uncle, who uses the same weapon as her. When she tells Ozpin he trained her, he isn't surprised.
  • Jumped at the Call: Not many teens would run towards a gun-equipped airship and try to shoot it down. Then again, not many teens have already crafted and trained with their own scythe/sniper rifle beforehand either.
  • Kicking Ass in All Her Finery: In Chapter 7 of Volume 2, she attacks Cinder in her prom dress. Cinder quickly escapes, but Ruby put up a bit of a fight, by forcing Cinder to use her weapon, dodging all of her arrows, and forcing Cinder into a corner despite Ruby's heels making movement very uncomfortable.
  • The Knights Who Say Squee: "You're a Huntress? ...Can I have your autograph?!" Volume 2 Episode 6 expands a bit on why: her mother, Summer Rose, was one herself.
  • Large And In Charge: Inverted - she's the smallest and the youngest of the girls and she's the leader of the team.
  • Law of Chromatic Superiority: She is the red-clad main character.
  • 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.
  • Leitmotif: "Red Like Roses" and "Red Like Roses Part 2". Although "Part 1" is more often re-used in several scenes of hers, since it's about two-thirds instrumental. Part 2 reveals some Hidden Depths about both her character and her mom's, showing that she was devastated by her mom's death and is trying to live up to her dream, while her mother doesn't want her to meet the same fate she did.
  • Literal-Minded: In addition to the more specific trait of Sarcasm Blindness, Ruby frequently struggles to grasp idioms and other figures of speech, leading to exchanges along the lines of the following:
    Yang: If you want to grow up, you're going to have to meet new people and learn to work together.
    Ruby: I don't need other people to help me grow up, I drink milk!
  • Little Miss Badass: People tend to be surprised at how good at combat she is, given she's only fifteen and absolutely tiny. Weiss points this at her when trying to call her immature.
    Ozpin: And what is an adorable little girl like you doing with one of the most dangerous weapons ever designed?
  • Little Red Fighting Hood: The resemblance to Little Red Riding Hood was intentional, but she isn't actually Riding Hood herself. Not that it would've mattered regarding her fighting skills.
  • Lightning Bruiser: She is the fastest character in the series, Pyrrha even noting that speed is her Semblance. 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. The bruiser part isn't lacking either, once she gets some good time training it. When a Nevermore even bigger than the first she fought (estimated at over 100 times her size) attacks Pyrrha, she uses her Semblance and sends herself speeding into it armed only with one of Penny's knives, and has the entire bird reeling back.
  • Luminescent Blush: Always present; the flush isn't embarrassment.
  • Magic Skirt: Enforced by Monty, who specifically wants to avoid a Panty Shot. Even when it's unavoidable to see straight up it, it is full of crinoline completely obscuring everything above the skirt line.
  • Mini Dress Of Power: Her outfit (namely, the corset and skirt) is actually a one-piece, surprisingly.
  • Mix-and-Match Weapon: She carries a sniper-scythe that flings her into the air at high speed.
  • Nice Girl: Ruby is somewhat shy and initially awkward around people, but cares a great deal for the people around her, and just wants to get along with everybody. She is the first person to befriend Jaune. She is sympathetic even to Weiss when learning of her difficult childhood, though Weiss spent pretty much all of the first volume criticizing her. She is the only person who isn't weirded out by Penny, and reassures her that being a machine doesn't make her any less real than Ruby after learning that Penny is not a real human.
  • No Social Skills: At the start of the series, Ruby is very uncomfortable interacting with people other than family members like Yang, and botches her first few attempts at conversation. 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 is aghast at the prospect of being partnered with somebody other than Yang. Over the course of the series, Ruby becomes much more comfortable with socializing, though she's still awkward, goofy, an occasionally inappropriate around strangers.
  • Nom de Mom: She uses her mother's last name instead of her father's, most likely to honor her.
  • Of Corsets Sexy: Despite her apparent age, she has no qualms over wearing a corset.
  • Oh Crap!:
    • Has one during "Players and Pieces" when she's pinned down by the Grimm's feathers and about to be struck down.
    • Has another one when she realizes she lost her weapon when staring at two White Fang guards.
  • Otaku: She's very well-versed in weapons.
  • The Paragon: Subtle, but when Jaune deprecates himself following a fallout with Pyrrha in "Forever Fall", Ruby tells him he can't fail his duty as team leader. This inspires Jaune to turn on Cardin when the latter tries to have him harm Pyrrha.
    "Jaune, maybe you were a failure when you were a kid, and you might even have been a failure the first day we met, but you can't be one now. You know why? Because it's not just about you any more. You've got a team now, Jaune. We both do. And if we fail, then we'll just be bringing them down with us. We have to put our team mates first, and ourselves second. Your team deserves a great leader, Jaune, and I think that can be you."
  • Parental Abandonment: As of "Burning the Candle", it turns out that Ruby's father is alive, but her mother (and, by extension, Yang's stepmother), Summer Rose, went missing while out on a mission. However, Yang mentions that although Ruby was devastated, she was also really young when it happened, so it's likely she didn't understand what was actually going on at the time.
  • Perky Goth: In sharp contrast to her looks, she is very cheerful in personality and voice.
  • Personality Powers: Her superhuman speed matches her impulsiveness rather well. In addition, her Crescent Rose scythe matches her gothic appearance.
  • 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...
  • Proper Tights with a Skirt: Can be seen as another way around that Magic Skirt. Also present with her school uniform.
  • 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 realizes he's overheard every single word.
    • Earlier in Episode 3, Ruby is telling Yang about her (disastrous) encounter with Weiss and how mean Weiss was to her; Weiss is of course right behind her. (Although Ruby is mostly lamenting her own failure rather than insulting Weiss.)
  • 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.
  • Sacrificed Basic Skill for Awesome Training: Because she's a prodigy in fighting and designing, Ruby's more comfortable around weapons than people (though she admits meeting people is important).
  • Sarcasm-Blind: She has issues detecting sarcasm, especially when it comes from Weiss.
    Ruby: Hello, Weiss! I'm Ruby! Wanna hang out? We could go shopping for school supplies!
    Weiss: [clearly sarcastic] Yeah! And we can paint our nails, and try on clothes, and talk about cute boys, like Tall, Blond, and... Scraggly over there! [points at Jaune]
    Ruby: Oh, wow, really!?
    Weiss: [death glare] No.
  • Secret Keeper: She's one of the few people aware of the fact that Penny is a robot. The only other people who know are General Ironwood, Penny's father, and Cinder.
  • Shy Finger-Twiddling:
    • When Weiss is scolding her for sneezing into a cloud of Dust and causing an explosion.
    • Also shows up when Qrow asks her if she truly believed she and her friends were capable of ending crime in an entire kingdom:
      Ruby: I mean, I did until you said that...
  • Single Stanza Song: The first part of "Red Like Roses", as used in the Red Trailer, is mainly instrumental with just one verse sung with a One-Woman Wail. However, the second part features more revelatory lyrics.
  • Skilled, but Naïve: 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, Crescent Rose is 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.
  • Spin Attack: Frequently uses these, since the attack arc of a scythe lends itself towards this. In her first appearance, she takes out groups of Mooks with single sweeps of her weapon.
  • Spin to Deflect Stuff: Deflects incoming gunfire by quickly twirling her scythe.
  • Spotting the Thread: In "Destiny", Velvet tells Ruby about her team's battle with Emerald and Mercury, telling her that Coco had thought she had seen her teammate with her the entire time when he was nowhere around him. Velvet chalks it up to the heat of battle stress, but Ruby realizes it's too much of a coincidence.
  • 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. And as shown in "Painting the Town...", she's come up with several attack patterns involving each permutation of two team RWBY members (except for Yang and herself).
  • Spent Shells Shower: At the end of her trailer, after a wild massacre on the pack of Beowolves, the shells she fired while executing her attacks can be seen falling all around her.
  • Squee:
    • 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.
    • When her uncle Qrow shows up at the Vytal Festival:
      Weiss: Some crazy guy just started attacking my sister!
      Ruby: Oh, no! Who would do such a thi— [sees it's Qrow, starts grinning and hopping foot to foot in excitement]thaaat is my uncle!
  • Stealth Pun: The Beowolves are Grimm. Using a scythe on them makes Ruby a Grimm Reaper.
  • Super-Deformed: Can do this when going Squee over weapons.
  • Super Senses: Her eyesight is amazing. She's able to spot and identify Emerald sitting in the stands on the opposite side of the arena. Mind, this arena is very wide: when we get a viewpoint from her own side, most everyone we can see is a pinprick. This may have to do with her being a trained sniper.
  • Super Speed: Speed is noted by Pyrrha to be her Semblance. She can move so fast she can create powerful winds as a side-effect.
  • Sweet Tooth:
    • Implied; it seems that she's this having five spoons of sugar in her coffee and her love for cookies.
    • In episode 11, while everyone else is eating lunch, she just has a plate of cookies.
  • Sword Plant: Every time she takes out Crescent Rose, she tends to stab its blade into the ground, holding it to the side of her body. It appears to be her standard "ready for combat" stance.
  • Symbolic Blood: The lyrics of Red Like Roses Part II state that "it's your blood that's red like roses". Whenever Ruby slays Grimm, they bleed rose petals. While all Grimm dissipate upon being killed, only Ruby's kills dissipate as petals.
  • Technician vs. 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.
  • Trademark Clothing: Her red hood and cape; granted given her motif, but she even wears it over her school uniform.
  • 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. By the second volume, they've graduated to anticipating each other's moves in combat without a word passing between them.
  • Weapon Twirling: Spins her scythe around when she's reloading it.
  • Weapon Across the Shoulder: Standard resting position for when Crescent Rose is in full-on scythe mode.
  • Wide-Eyed Idealist: She has deep faith that their world can be improved, and was inspired to become a Huntress by fairytales Yang read to her as a child.
    Blake: [in response to hearing the above] Unfortunately, the real world isn't the same as a fairytale.
    Ruby: [smiles] Well, that's why we're here. To make it better.
  • Worf Had the Flu:
    • The party is the first time she ever wears heels, and she struggles to balance in them, let alone walk without twisting her ankle. By the time she spots Cinder's infiltration and moves to stop her, she's figured out how to move fast in them, but she remains wobbly, and struggles to maintain her balance throughout the fight. On the other hand, considering she's facing one of the series main antagonists so far, she was rather lucky.
    • The climaxes of Volumes 1 and 2 had Ruby get taken out easily due to outside circumstances (The first time Torchwick basically pulled a sucker punch when Ruby was distracted by Penny, and the second she had lost her scythe before running into the White Fang, in addition to having had her Aura drained from a long fall.)

Crescent Rose

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 war glaive (a polearm with an inwardly-curving sword-like blade on the end).
  • Absurd Cutting Power: It's sharp enough for her to cut trees nonchalantly. Against Grimm, 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.
  • Audible Sharpness: Crescent Rose literally hums as it slices through the air.
  • BFG: The blade alone is about as tall as Ruby is.
  • Blade Brake: 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, or fight while in heels.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Everything's Better with Spinning: She does a lot of spins with the scythe (often aided by Recoil Boost), and with a weapon that massive with that design, it works pretty well.
  • Exotic Weapon Supremacy: When Ozpin sees Crescent Rose he describes it as being one of the most dangerous types of weapon ever designed.
  • Floral Theme Naming: Shares Ruby's surname. Given that Ruby thinks weapons are like people...
  • Impossibly Cool Weapon: Ruby admits she went a little overboard in designing it.
  • Mix-and-Match Weapon: To use the words of the designer herself and The Watson:
    Jaune: Whoa! Is that a scythe?
    Ruby: It's also a customizable high-impact sniper rifle!
  • Mundane Utility: She's seen using it to prop up some curtains. Its hilt its a very sharp hook, and while it CAN stab things, Ruby uses it to hold up turkey to feed her dog.
  • Named Weapon: As with all of the members of Team RWBY, her weapon is named. Strangely, however, Crescent Rose is the only weapon name explicitly mentioned in-universe as of Volume 2.
  • Recoil Boost: Many of the moves Ruby pulls off are propelled by Crescent Rose's recoil.
  • Retractable Weapon: The scythe actually folds into the gun itself. Aside from that, two hooks on the back of the blade can fold forward to turn the scythe into a war glaive.
  • Sniper Rifle: Crescent Rose can be turned into a bolt action sniper rifle.
  • Sinister Scythe: Half of the use of the weapon is in the form of a scythe. It's also normally wielded left-handed, though Ruby isn't sinister in any other way.
  • Sticks to the Back: Crescent Rose rests on the small of Ruby's back when not in use.
  • Swiss Army Weapon: The first of many, many more in the series.

    Weiss Schnee 

Weiss Schnee
Voiced By: Kara Eberle [EN], Yoko Hikasa [JP]

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. As expected of someone from a rich family, she is haughty and dismissive of others, but over time it's revealed that she has a softer side as well, and desperately wishes to prove her worth as a Schnee. She is partnered with Ruby.
  • Abusive Parents:
    • Weiss implies that her lonely childhood was due to her father's perpetual stress of constantly dealing with the White Fang, which kept targeting the Schnee Dust Company for as long as she could remember.
    • The giant knight was revealed to be a Grimm construct of her father intended to beat Weiss into giving up her plans to attend Beacon. So the man clearly has no compunctions about sending a super-powerful soulless monster against his own daughter just to exercise his authority.
  • Action Girl: In a different light than Ruby. Where Ruby was a hack-and-slash type, Weiss is like an elegant fencer with the aid of magic.
  • Academic Alpha Bitch: She yells at 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. But 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.
  • Affectionate Nickname: Jaune and Neptune have called her Snow Angel, though Yang came up with the name less than affectionately. Ice Queen also seems to qualify.
  • Anger Born of Worry: One of the first signs of Weiss's defrosting is when her disdain towards Ruby's Leeroy Jenkins techniques stops being annoyance and becomes this. 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.
  • Ash Face: Her whole body gets covered in ash after she inadvertently makes Ruby sneeze with the Dust she kept waving around. It happens again, though Played for Drama, in Volume 3 after pushing herself and Flynt Coal into an erupting flame geyser that completely depleted her Aura reserves.
  • Back-to-Back Badasses: With Blake, in the tenth episode of Volume 3, as they prepare to face the incoming assault.
  • Badass Princess: She is capable of defeating animated armour thrice her size and armed with a BFS. Her fighting style requires her to use objects that are Made of Explodium. 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. She's made it clear that she's training to become a Huntress because she feels it's the best way to redeem her family name, brought low because of her father's questionable activities.
  • Bait-and-Switch Comment: She's initially dismissive of keeping Zwei and starts off a sentences telling Ruby off, but quickly turns her tune around after looking at him for a few seconds.
    Weiss: Are you telling me that this mangy...
    [pans to the dog]
    Weiss: ...drooling...
    [zooms in onto the dog]
    Weiss: ...mutt—
    [Weiss smiles and her eyes go wide]
    Weiss: —is going to wiv with us fowever? Oh, yes he is, yes he is! Oh isn't he adowable? Arf! Arf!
  • Barrier Warrior: One of the uses of her Instant Runes is to create walls of ice or to just use the rune itself as a sort of Aura barrier. She provides the main defensive support to Team RWBY during their fight with the Nevermore since unlike Team JNPR no one uses shields.
  • 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 that lasts well into the series.
  • Beneath the Mask: Weiss's haughtiness seems to be a façade. Despite her arrogant attitude, she warms up to people (and dogs) quickly, doesn't like being alone in dangerous situations and always wished she had been allowed to have bunk beds as a child. She's implied to be very lonely, something her Image Song also focuses on. When alone in a lift, she psyches herself up for meeting her family by practising fake smiles, looking unusually stressed and tired while doing so.
  • 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.
  • Big Sister Worship: Towards her sister Winter. She practically jumps up and down when she sees her airship landing.
    Weiss: She's here!
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Character Development: Among Team RWBY, she has quite possibly changed the most from volumes 1 to 2. She goes from being a haughty, bigoted Alpha Bitch to a much kinder and defrosted friend and ally to Ruby.
  • Chekhov's Gun: Despite all her practice, she struggles with making anything appear when summoning; at best she managed a tiny sword that wasn't much bigger than a caterpillar. Later on, during the battle for Beacon, she manages to summon a full-sized arm and sword to take down the bot attacking her friends.
  • Color-Coded Characters: White. She has white hair, her clothing is white and her power is predominantly snow and ice based. She often gets nicknamed "Snow Angel" or "Ice Queen", partly because of her appearance and partly because of her haughty demeanor. For added bonus her name is German for "White."
  • 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.
  • 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. Discussed in "Burning The Candle" when Ruby shows up to the dance in high heels, clearly not used to balancing in them.
    Ruby: Can we have a serious talk about how Weiss fights in these?!
  • Cranial Eruption: Gets one on the side of her head when Winter smacks her. Ruby playfully pushes it back in.
  • 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.
  • Cuteness Proximity: Weiss initially appeared disdainful of the puppy Ruby's and Yang's dad sent over to their dorm...then assures it that they will be best fwends.
  • Dance Battler: Her fighting style contains a lot of flips and pirouettes, making her look like a fighting ballerina.
  • Dangerously Short Skirt: Actually an Invoked Trope. She herself calls it a "combat skirt," and she's always seen fighting in it.
  • Defrosting Ice Queen:
    • Weiss eventually realizes almost completely on her own that her relationship with Ruby simply can't succeed unless she reins in her attitude. She promises Ruby she'll try to act nicer, so long as Ruby stops with the showboating and tries to keep a clear head.
    • Professor Port also helped this, to the point that she made Ruby coffee and acts really nice while she's at it. See Break the Haughty above.
    • Hilariously, though, she can't understand why people continually refer to her as an ice queen.
    • When she shares coffee with Ruby, she shares a very private thing about herself that she never told anyone else. It's her softest moment yet.
      Weiss: Hey, Ruby? I always wanted bunk beds as a kid.
    • Illustrated comically in "Field Trip", when the part of her that hates mess conflicts with the part of her that thinks puppies are really, really cute. The puppy side wins out.
  • Doesn't Trust Those Guys: She holds Faunus in such low regard because a group of them—the White Fang—constantly harasses her family.
  • Dramatic Thunder: Both times she gloats, there's thunder in the background, which immediately gets cut off when she's interrupted.
  • Early Installment Weirdness: Like Ruby, she's much more stoic in the trailer that introduces her than she is in the actual series; as with Ruby's trailer, her trailer was probably intended to demonstrate her weapon and abilities rather than her character. There's also been no hint of her musical talents in the series proper so far, although her singing ability at least has been confirmed, if Jaune is anything to go by. She mentions that she will not be singing for a while after inhaling ash in the battle with team FNKI.
  • Entertainingly Wrong: In her match against Neon and Flynt, Yang asks her what to expect from Atlas students. She lists off "strict, militant fighters with advanced technology and carefully rehearsed strategy". Cue Neon zooming around behind her in a wave of rainbow.
  • Entitled Bastard: Professor Port calls her out on this.
    Port: I see before me a girl who spent her entire life getting exactly what she wanted.
    Weiss: That's not even remotely true.
    Port: [Fascinating Eyebrow]
    Weiss: ...well, not entirely true.
  • Every Proper Lady Should Curtsy: How she responds to the applause to her song in her trailer.
  • Fairytale Motifs: Weiss Schnee means "White Snow". She's an heiress, white-haired, white-clothed and her signature abilities are based on ice and snow. She's based off Snow White.
  • Fantastic Racism: As a result of the war between her family and the White Fang, she deeply mistrusts faunus, believing any could be a member or be wanting to join up. While most of her attitude is reserved for White Fang faunus, her mistrust of any faunus showing any signs of being a bit free with the law can make it seem like she's blaming all faunus. This attitude leads to an angry confrontation with Blake at the end of Volume 1 over the motivations of the White Fang and why Blake is defending the reason for their existence.
  • Fashionable Asymmetry: She ties her ponytail to the right as (per Word Of God) her way of rebelling against her strict parents.
  • Flash Step: Pulls this a lot more than Ruby, but isn't quite as fast as her.
  • Foil:
    • Ruby is honest, kind, insecure and brash while Weiss is devious, sarcastic, confident and level-headed. Ruby has short hair, a gothic-inspired outfit and a red, black and silver colour scheme. Weiss has long hair, a princess-inspired outfit and a white, blue and red colour scheme. Ruby's fighting style involves creative, explosive charging and slashing while Weiss is a precise, calculated fencer and Dust user. Ruby comes from a close-knit, nurturing family while Weiss comes from a family implied to be tense, distant and adversarial.
    • To Blake in regards to their backgrounds. Weiss comes from a high-class background; her family owns one of the largest dust companies in the world, and because of their exploitation of faunus, they are at war with the White Fang. Blake is a faunus who was raised into the White Fang and grew up in harsh conditions. While they both grew disillusioned with their father figures' methods and became huntresses, Weiss did it to restore her family's honour while Blake did it to escape from the White Fang. This is represented in their white vs black color schemes.
    • To Yang, as the ice-themed to her fire-themed, the finesse to her force, and the sheltered upper-class to Yang's more street-smart character who hits up bars for information.
  • Force And Finesse:
    • Weiss uses a rapier with precision and calculation alongside specific uses of Dust, while Ruby charges into battle wielding a scythe to slice or shoot through anything in her path.
    • She also has this dynamic with Yang, her partner in the doubles round of the Vytal Festival Tournament. Weiss fights by maintaining control over her form, while Yang goes wild with rage and lets that fuel her.
  • Forgot About His Powers: During her confrontation with the White Fang Lieutenant, she doesn't think to use her Dust to freeze him, or knock the weapon out of his hands, or a multitude of other things accomplished with Dust in the past. This could be averted if she had given Blake all her Dust prior, except that Dust is still visible in it and she purposefully spins the cartridges before her fight, as well as using large amounts of Dust later.
  • 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.
  • Full-Contact Magic: She can augment her movements and attacks with Instant Runes and magical spells.
  • Girly Bruiser: An heiress who wears a fancy dress and jacket capable of kicking ass with a rapier and Dust.
  • Good Is Not Nice: At first, anyway. Every one of her appearances in her first two episodes involve somehow insulting Ruby. Despite this, she's one of the good guys.
  • Gratuitous German: Weiss is the German word for White (weiß) while Schnee means Snow.
  • Gravity Master: Her Semblance, which takes the form of snowflake-shaped glyphs. She can use them to attract, repel, slingshot, and even yank enemies into the path of her next attack. She can also use them for Wall Running, both for herself and anybody else.
  • 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.
  • Hello, Nurse!: Among all of the female characters, she gets the most attention from men, and that's including Pyrrha, Blake, and Yang (who themselves are rather popular, but Weiss has the stigma of being an heiress). She actually dislikes that she's getting the attention, because she suspects it's mostly due to "the perks that come with my name."
  • Heroic Sacrifice: A non-fatal version during the Vytal Festival double rounds in which she pushes herself and Flynt Coal into an erupting fire geyser to keep him from attacking Yang. This act weakens him enough that he and his partner Neon end up easy prey for a vengeful Yang.
  • Hidden Depths: Acts very giddy during the impending Vytal Festival, and has an entire binder's worth of planned activities — which Ruby hijacks to make her own Best Day Ever plans.
  • Hypocritical Humor:
    • 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'm 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]
    • At one point she's called bossy, which she refutes by commanding the person to not say things like that.
  • An Ice Person: Especially with her sword's blue setting — it's one of her magic types, and the most prominent. She is capable of encasing her entire team in ice to protect them from explosions. It protects the entire team from harm when their train crashes into downtown Vale.
  • Icy Blue Eyes: She has pale, clear blue eyes in keeping with her cold personality and her powers over the elements — particularly ice and snow.
  • Idol Singer: Her trailer alternates between her singing "Mirror, Mirror" on stage and fighting an armored monster.
  • Image Song: "Mirror, Mirror".
  • Improvised Weapon: Uses a swordfish in "Best Day Ever".
  • In-Series Nickname: "Ice Queen". She's confused to why everyone calls her that, despite, well... look up at Defrosting Ice Queen above.
  • Insufferable Genius: Her behavior early on, never missing a chance to correct others or show off her knowledge. She eventually mellows out, but retains her haughty nature.
  • Internal Reformist: The Schnee Company has a long proud tradition, but ever since Weiss's father took control, the company has slipped into a "moral grey area". Weiss is determined to make sure her father's actions do not finish off the family name.
    Weiss: My father was not the start of our name, and I refuse to let him be the end of it.
  • Instant Runes: All of which resemble snowflakes. It's noted by Pyrrha to be her unique Semblance; which she refers to as glyphs.
  • Jerkass: When we first meet her, she is typically a nasty person, especially to Ruby. However, as the series progresses, she becomes more of a Jerk with a Heart of Gold.
  • Jerkass Has a Point:
    • 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, or waving bottles of it around.)
    • 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: Even though she's introduced more as a Jerkass, 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.
  • Kicking Ass in All Her Finery: She has the most elegant design out of the four main girls but still manages to take down the Giant Knight.
  • Lady of War: Her fighting style is very graceful and refined, and the most elegant in the series. It seems to combine calculated fencing with dancing, specifically, the dance formations associated with figure skating. She also has a cool, collected demeanor in battle.
  • Lamarck Was Right: The episode Lessons Learned reveals that Weiss' Glyph Semblance is a trait all Schnee are born with.
  • 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 sings about how she cannot understand herself and asks if this is what she really is.
  • Lonely Rich Kid: "Mirror, Mirror" implies this.
  • Lovable Alpha Bitch: After learning some important life lessons (such as making friends and dialing down her Fantastic Racism), she's extremely supportive in combat and slowly improving her sociability throughout the series.
  • Mafia Princess: Her family is said to be a shady and possibly corrupt corporation; it is unknown what type she is. In volume 2, she acknowledges that her father is far from pure when it comes to his business practices and vows that he will not be the last thing that the Schnee family name is remembered for.
  • Magic by Any Other Name: She uses Dust for to effectively cast offensive, defensive, and utility spells in combat.
  • 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.
  • Motive Rant: Non-villainous example, after Blake called her out for her Fantastic Racism, she reveals why she's like that:
    Weiss: You want to know why I despise the White Fang, why I don't particularly trust the Faunus? It's because they've been at war with my family for years. War, as in actual bloodshed. My grandfather's company has had a target painted across its back for as long as I can remember, and ever since I was a child, I've watched family friends disappear, board members executed, an entire train car full of Dust stolen. And every day my father would come home furious, and that made for a very difficult childhood.
  • My Friends... and Zoidberg: Weiss is subject to this as a running gag in Vol. 2, starting with Ruby's "Friends, sisters... Weiss!" in the first episode and continuing in the following episode with Sun addressing every member of RWBY but Weiss by their given name (using "Ice Queen" instead). Even the bad guys get in on it when Torchwick greets team RWBY collectively and appends "Ice Queen" to it when they confront him in episode 4.
  • 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: Mulling over her answer to Oobleck's question on why she wants to be a huntress makes Weiss realize her motivation lies with the belief that being a huntress isn't about themselves or even their families, it's about the people they're meant to protect.
  • Not So Above It All: Of all the members of RWBY Weiss is usually the one with the straightest laces, but has let her excitement get the better of her more than once. When the upcoming tournament is brought up her reaction is excitement on par with Yang, even if she does remember herself immediately. In Vol.2 Episode 1, one errant pie to the face and she doesn't hesitate to get herself fired up with her teammates before they start a food fight with Team JNPR so intense that it destroys the majority of the cafeteria. In Chapter 2, she also balances on a chair while doing a dramatic finger point in order to cheer up Blake. Ruby and Yang must really be rubbing off on her. Also, in "Field Trip", she is reduced to Cuteness Proximity when she sees the Precious Puppy sent over by Tai Yang.
    Weiss: Are you telling me, that this going to wiv wif us fowever? Oh yes he is, yes he is!
  • Odd Name Out: Not Weiss herself, but each member of Team RWBY has an alternate outfit, and each alternate outfit has a codename used to refer to it. Ruby's Blake's Yang's and Weiss's alternate outfit codenames are respectively: Slayer, Intruder, Hunter... and SnowPea.
  • One-Woman Wail: During her Blood Upgrade in her trailer, the "Mirror, Mirror" song crescendoes with faster vocals.
  • Only Sane Man: Rapidly shaping up to be this for Team RWBY as of episode 9 as Blake is not only on board with Ruby and Yang's antics but seems to be quite enthusiastic about it.
  • Perpetual Frowner: Weiss usually looks cross or simply serious, only smiling if she thinks she's being lauded in some way. When she does genuinely smile and become excited, Ruby comments that it's weirding her out.
  • Personality Powers: One of her favorite dusts to employ is ice dust, which suits her cold personality, though she becomes warmer as the series goes on.
  • The Prima Donna: Very haughty as she tries to be prim and proper. This leads to her clashing with Ruby in Vol. 1.
  • Punctuated! For! Emphasis!: From Episode 7, due to the relative nervousness with which she said:
    Weiss: I'm. Not. Perfect.
  • Rapunzel Hair: Incredibly long white hair, which she usually keeps tied up in a ponytail.
  • Red Mage: Her Semblance makes her incredibly versatile: She's not as powerful as Yang, but Myrtenaster can temporarily boost its power with Red Dust. She's not as fast as Ruby, but she can boost her speed AND that of others with Yellow Glyphs. She can attack from any range with several different elements while buffing everyone else. The only big weakness she has is that constant use tires her out.
  • Reluctant Warrior:
    • While Ruby delights in slaying Beowolves, Weiss wears a more doubtful expression throughout most of the W trailer.
    • Episode 5 suggests this may be caused by fear 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!
  • Scars Are Forever: A small scar on her left eye, presumably left from her clash in Flashbacks with the Giant Knight.
  • She's Got Legs: Due to that Dangerously Short Skirt, we get a lot of shots of her long, fit legs.
  • Ship Tease: She's very flattered by Neptune's attempts at hitting on her in "Welcome to Beacon," and in "A Minor Hiccup," she tries her damnedest to get Ruby to pair her up with Neptune rather than herself. Doesn't work. In "New Challengers", she cheers Neptune on before Team SSSN's match against Team NDGO... through promptly cheers against him after he flirts with the all-girl team.
  • Sigil Spam:
    • 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 Naïve: 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.
  • Speed Blitz: When using a Haste rune on someone already quick, they're capable of this. So far she has used this on Blake and herself.
  • Spirited Young Lady: Monty describes this as the reason she keeps her ponytail off to the right, as her own way of rebelling against her family.
  • Stepford Smiler: In "A Minor Hiccup" it's very obvious she's using a mask of haughty cheerfulness when dealing with Schnee employees. She spends the elevator ride practising her smile, which disappears as soon as she's done with the conversation.
  • Stepping Stones in the Sky: Her Semblance, which manifests visually as Instant Runes. It allows her to rappel off non-existent walls in the air, at any angle.
  • The Southpaw: Like Ruby, who mainly wields Crescent Rose with her left hand, Weiss wields Myrtenaster with her left hand.
  • Summon Magic: All Schnee are capable of using their glyphs to perform summoning. It's the one thing Weiss is struggling to master. While she glumly tells Winter she simply cannot do it, there is a hint in the Volume 2 finale that she unconsciously partially-summoned a sword. In Volume 3's fourth episode, neither she nor Winter notice that Weiss has successfully summoning a tiny sword. In the penultimate episode of Volume 3, she succeeds in partially summoning the whole knight, producing the arm that held the sword.
  • 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.
    Weiss: By no means does this make us friends. [drags Ruby by her red hoodie]
    Ruby: [happily] YOU CAME BACK!!
  • Sword Plant: How she activates Myrtenaster's ice effect. Simulates this in the food fight... with a squeeze bottle of ketchup.
  • 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.
  • Taking You with Me: A non-fatal variant during the Vytal Festival Double Rounds. Low on Aura and realizing she can't beat Flynt Coal in a straight-up fight without her weapon, she chooses to tackle him into an erupting lava geyser to keep him from attacking Yang. This results in her completely depleting her Aura and being disqualified, but while Flynt can still fight, it depletes his Aura enough for a vengeful Yang to take him and his partner Neon out.
  • Technician vs. 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.
  • Time Master: She is able to create fields to give a Haste effect to allies.
  • Took a Level in Kindness: It started after she saved Ruby from the Death Stalker, and was properly planted after her heart-to-heart talk with Professor Port. By Volume 2, this is fully in effect, best seen when she notices Blake moping around and asks what's wrong. In Volume 3, she offers to treat her teammates to noodles (only for her card to be rejected, but still) and willingly sacrifices herself to save Yang from being beaten in the Vytal Festival double rounds. It's also notable that Weiss is the first of Team RWBY to defend Yang after her incident in the tournament finals and even very vocally stands up to Ironwood in doing so.
  • Tragic Bigot: The White Fang have been striking hard against her grandfather's company, leaving her with a hatred of them, which spills over to a strong distrust of faunus in general.
  • Trap Master: She lures the Giant Knight into a rune that flings him upward, setting him up for her final attacks.
  • Teeth-Clenched Teamwork:
    • With Ruby starting episode 5. Although it's worth noting that, despite her blatant resentment, Weiss makes little to no fuss about being partnered with her... until they are forced into combat alongside each other, with deliberately conflicting ideologies bringing out the fussiness in them both.
    • They work better together on Episode 8, after Weiss comes to an agreement with Ruby; if the latter stops trying to show off, the former will act nicer. And as of Episode 10, Weiss is more determined on becoming a good teammate for Ruby (who's also working harder on being a good leader).
  • Unnecessary Combat Roll: She does this on a blade in her trailer.
  • Unwanted Assistance: 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.
  • Vitriolic Best Buds: She and Ruby have gone from snarking and bickering with one another to retrieving coffee and giving each other low fives without even making eye contact. And that's not even getting into their little moment from Volume 2 where they share in each other's they're losing at a board game.
  • 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.
  • Zettai Ryouiki: Her snowpea outfit is still based on a combat mini-skirt design, but the boots come midway up her thighs.

Myrtenaster (Mur-ten-es-stur)

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 that all the weapons use Dust, Myrtenaster, being a "Multi Action Dust Rapier", uses 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. The blue-setting can also be used this way.
  • Blow You Away: The white setting is capable of producing a gust of wind that counters Flynt's sonic waves.
  • Color-Coded for Your Convenience: Has six color-coded settings for different effects: red, white, yellow, blue, light blue and violet.
  • Finishing Move: The white setting.
  • Floral Theme Naming: Myrten Aster is German for a family of flowers (Myrtle) that are typically found to be white, but can come in a variety of other colors.
  • An Ice Person: The light blue setting.
  • Magic Wand: Weiss's use of it for Dust basically make it one.
  • Named Weapons: As with all members of Team RWBY, this weapon is named.
  • Playing with Fire: The red setting also creates fire in the show itself.
  • Revolvers Are Just Better: It's not actually a revolver, but it has a revolver-like mechanism in the guard that allows it to switch between magic enhancements.
  • Royal Rapier: It's a rapier, and yep, Weiss is an Ojou.
  • Spell Blade: She can use it to provide supernatural effects like ice, fire, barriers, and she can combine the dust inside with her Glyphs to make them even more effective.
  • Spikes Of Doom: Ice spikes, to be precise.
  • Stance System: The best way to describe its capabilities. It shifts between six different styles, all with various effects.
  • Sword Beam: It can fire off multiple light-blue blasts of energy.

    Blake Belladonna 

Blake Belladonna
"Don't be so dramatic."
Voiced By: Arryn Zech [EN], Yu Shimamura [JP]

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 mysterious, quiet, no-nonsense young woman who doesn't easily open up to others and is fond of reading. She was 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.
  • Action Girl: Much more reliant on jumping around when she uses her ribbon-pistol-bayonet, though.
  • Alliterative Name: Blake Belladonna.
  • 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 train's crew... after attacking it. Still, it does show that she seems to object to Adam's moral code.
  • Animal-Eared Headband: The ribbon on her head gives illusion of cat ears, and even twitches occasionally. It's designed to hide her real cat ears.
  • Animal Motifs: The cat, being sneaky and hiding mysteries, as well the bow on her head resembling cat ears. Ruby claims she likes tuna and Yang lures her into stalking a laser pointer. She's horrified by the sisters' Precious Puppy and attempts to evade the dog using the same behaviour as a tree'd cat.
  • 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. Also after she realizes Yang is taking a moment to admire Ruby's showing off of leadership.
  • Back-to-Back Badasses: With Weiss in the tenth episode of Volume 3, preparing to face the incoming assault.
  • Badass Bookworm: Deflects dozens of bullets point-blank, while running towards the shooters, at that. In fact, she dismembers Mecha-Mooks with 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. She's very fond of books, and has her nose in one whenever she gets the chance.
  • Bare Your Midriff: Her white undershirt is open just enough for this effect. Her second outfit starting from "A Minor Hiccup" makes this moreso by replacing her top with a bomber jacket that leaves her entire lower abdomen exposed.
  • Blade Lock: Engages in one with Adam in the penultimate episode of Volume 3, which she did to stop him from murdering an innocent student. Unfortunately, she struggles to fend him off, when he's only using one hand no less. It even comes with Sword Sparks.
  • Casual Danger Dialog: She has a very low opinion of the threat level of the Schnee Company's mechs. When Adam says that they're going to be doing it the hard way, she replies, "Don't be so dramatic."
  • Cat Ninja: Blake has a cat Animal Motif and is secretly a cat Faunus who fights much like a ninja, with her kusarigama-esque weapon, sneaky and fast movement and her ability to create body doubles of herself.
  • Color-Coded Characters: Black. Her hair is black, her clothing is a mixture of black and white (predominantly black) and her weapons are predominantly black. Her name also means "black-haired". Her pajamas are kimono-styled and predominantly black.
  • 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 her fight with Weiss, she flees to Beacon's courtyard statue, gazing at it in tears. When Weiss makes up with her after finding her again, the only thing Weiss is truly angry about is that Blake hid her problems instead of sharing her troubles with her teammates.
  • Dark and Troubled Past: The lyrics of From Shadows suggest that she may have been born into poverty, or even slavery. She's an ex-White Fang Faunus who's on the run from her terrorist past.
  • Dark Secret: She is determined to hide her Faunus status; she views herself as a "criminal hiding in plain sight" because she is a White Fang defector. She only admits that reason to another Faunus (Sun), although Team RWY know she's ex-White Fang. When asked the reason by Ozpin, she claims it's because she wants to people to see who she really is, not what she is.
  • Deadpan Snarker: Has a tendency to calmly and bluntly put down others, particularly with Adam and Weiss.
  • Death Glare:
    • When she complains about Sun needlessly stealing apples, Sun retorts by claiming she used to be in a cult. The glare she shoots him makes him back off very quickly.
    • She later glares at Roman after he knocks Sun and Neptune off of the highway.
  • Decoy Getaway: She uses her semblance in "Heroes and Monsters" to distract Adam long enough for her to grab Yang and flee.
  • Depending on the Artist: Blake's appearance has inconsistencies between her 3D model, the official artwork, and merchandise. Sometimes her vest is open so high her belly button (which doesn't make its way onto the 3D model) is visible and sometimes so low that only a tiny sliver of skin above her waistband is showing, sometimes her shorts have a zipper and button in the middle but most of the time they just have apparently useless zippers on the legs, and sometimes her cat ears are purple but usually they're black.
  • 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 that's Hidden in Plain Sight.
  • Doppelgänger 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. Later confirmed as being her Semblance. And "No Brakes" shows that she can use this ability in conjunction with Dust, adding several abilities to her repertoire.
  • Elemental Powers: With the help of Dust, Blake is able to give her clones elemental abilities; Fire clones explode, Earth Clones are shields, and Ice clones can be used to trap an enemy. Considering the amount of Dust Weiss has, there's a LOT more.
  • The End Justifies The Means: Downplayed, she believes that the White Fang shouldn't be condemned for their violence because they're just lashing out at the ingrained persecution of human society but she still left them for said violent acts.
  • Exhausted Eyebags: In episode 5 of Volume 2, Blake is drawn with these to show how she has became The Insomniac from stressing over what Torchwick is planning.
  • Expressive Hair: Not unlike actual cats, her hair stands up aggressively when she meets Zwei, the corgi.
  • Fairytale Motifs: Beauty and the Beast: she's the "beauty" who follows the path of good to Adam's "beast" whose path is a problem for her morality. Blake's surname means "beautiful woman". Adam is commonly believed to be the Beast's real name in the Disney film.
  • Fashionable Asymmetry: Her right arm doesn't have a sleeve. Justified, as it holds her ribbon for her kusarigama.
  • The Fettered: Whatever she's doing in the Black trailer, she dislikes unnecessary death.
  • Fire-Forged Friends: It took a lot of work, but Blake finally and firmly develops into Yang's best friend after "Burning The Candle" once the latter convinces her to stop obsessing (or at least to tone it down from self-destructive levels) over Torchwick and White Fang.
  • Flash Step: While at first she appears to be able to move so quickly that she leaves behind an afterimage of herself, it is revealed in Episode 10 of Volume 2 that her semblance is actually the ability to create a temporary clone of herself to take hits and distract her enemies.
  • Force And Finesse: Her being the "finesse" half, who moves quickly and gracefully and attacks swiftly with her sword(s) and can confuse opponents with her Semblance, and Yang being the "force" half, who fights with in-your-face brawling techniques with her Power Fist and Semblance backing it up.
  • Fragile Speedster: Has the least raw power out of everyone in the team: Weiss can boost her own power with Dust, Ruby has a massive scythe she can power up even more with Recoil Boost and Super Speed, Yang is strong enough already, but Blake has a very small weapon and gun. She STILL kicks ass thanks to trickery and clever use of her own Semblance.
  • 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".
  • Had To Be Sharp: Ozpin observes that the normal process for qualifying for entrance into the prestigious Beacon Academy is to go through the usual combat education and examinations. Blake is one of the very few who did not qualify this way. Blake tells him how hard life is outside the protected kingdoms; if a person cannot fight, they will die. It's pure survival.
  • Hair Decorations: A black bow that strongly resembles animal ears, so they stand out quite a bit. She uses it to hide her feline ears so that people won't realize she's a faunus. While it did fool Ruby, Yang and Weiss, plenty of other characters have guessed from the outset that she's a faunus hiding her ears, including Sun, Penny and Ozpin.
  • Heroic BSOD: Spends the first half of Volume 2 in a taciturn, isolationist mood due to the discovery that Faunus-racist Roman is using the White Fang for his illegal activities. She barely eats, sleeps, socializes or studies due to her obsession until Yang talks some sense into her and she accepts her team mates and friends really are willing to help her uncover the truth. Even Ozpin's worried about her.
  • Heroic RROD: Blake's physical breakdown, starting from Volume 2, Chapter 5, was most prominently shown in Volume 2, Chapter 6, where Yang shoves her onto a desk out of frustration. Almost as if to prove Yang's point that Blake has no hope of beating Torchwick if she doesn't rest, Blake struggles to regain her footing, and is too weak and tired to shove Yang in retaliation. She tries her best to push Yang back, but it barely nudges her teammate.
  • Heroic Self-Deprecation: Blake tells Yang she isn't as courageous and determined as Yang thinks, musing that she's spent her life running away and that her semblance, which creates decoys that take the hits meant for her, is a sign that she seems built that way.
  • 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.
  • Hide Your Otherness: Wears a black bow the hide her cat ears.
  • Implausible Fencing Powers: Deflects a hail of bullets during the "Black" trailer. It's taken to the next extreme when Weiss casts Haste on her in "Painting the Town...", allowing Blake to rend the air so fast that she can keep up with and slash a Macross Missile Massacre.
  • Improvised Weapon: Uses a pair of baguettes, and later a chain of sausages, in "Best Day Ever" during the Food Fight.
  • The Insomniac: Blake becomes this in Volume 2, because she is very stressed out over thinking about what Torchwick is planning to do with the White Fang. It shows with her Exhausted Eyebags, and angrily dismissive response to Sun asking her to the dance.
  • Kiai: The loudest combatant of Team RWBY, possibly aside from an enraged Yang.
  • Knight in Sour Armor: By the time she enrolled at Beacon, she's already been disillusioned by the unending discrimination against the Faunus, as well as the subversion of the White Fang's founding ideals.
  • Lady of War:
    • She relies more on acrobatics, speed and stealth than brute strength or large weapons when she fights. She is also very composed. In "Search and Destroy", she waited, completely still, for the Grimm to approach her from behind, with them less than an inch or so near her, before she attacked.
    • Notably, Blake's fighting performance deteriorates when she's angry: Her initial confrontation with Roman had her incredibly angry and distracted, so she could barely land a hit. Compare that to her next fight with him, where she's much more composed and has nifty elemental shadow clones.
  • Leaning on the Fourth Wall: Coupled with Aside Glance; the 15th episode ends with her saying, "So. You want to know more about me." (cut to credits)
  • Leitmotif: "From Shadows", which is a reflection of the White Fang's grievance. 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 their oppression. 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: She's a cat-eared girl with almond-shaped golden eyes. She also engages in some feline behaviour, such as stalking laser points, liking tuna and treeing herself to avoid Ruby and Yang's dog.
  • 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 melancholic melody.
  • Luminescent Blush: When Team SSSN win their first tournament match, Sun and Neptune begin doing a silly victory dance in the middle of the stadium. Sun suddenly stops dancing, locates Blake in the watching crowd and directly acknowledges her. Blake responds by blushing furiously.
  • Ninja: Her moveset and her penchant for stealth are based on ninjas.
  • Ninja Log: Her Semblance lets her leave "copies" of herself momentarily, which she uses to trick opponents into attacking before the real her reveals herself right afterwards. It also has the special effect of boosting her forward.
  • Not So Above It All: She does initially try to remain aloof from her team-mates antics, but they work hard to suck her into their madness. She goes from being an aloof loner with a secret love of romance novels, to a fully integrated team member who's willing to groove along to dance music and become visibly desperate for fish when Weiss can't pay for the team's meal.
  • Not What I Signed On For: She left the White Fang after they shifted from peaceful protesting to acts of terrorism; despite believing in their cause, she couldn't condone their violent actions.
  • One Degree of Separation: She was still part of the White Fang when Cinder and her associates were talking with Adam, but the one meeting she barely missed was right before the train job that convinced her to leave.
  • Out of Focus: In Volume 3, she has remarkably less screentime and dialogue than she had previously; she even goes several episodes without uttering a single word.
  • Personality Powers: She believes her Semblance, which allows her to leave behind a "shadow" of herself as a means of defense and escape, is a sign that she always runs from her problems.
  • 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.
  • Raven Hair, Ivory Skin: She has light skin and long black hair, and Sun finds her attractive, giving her a flirty wink when they first meet.
  • 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).
  • Red Oni, Blue Oni: The blue to Yang's red; Yang is outgoing, boisterous, and heavily associated with bright, fiery colors, while Blake is reserved, generally quiet, and associated with dark, cool colors.
  • Reverse Grip: How she dual-wields her swords when separated.
  • Screw the Rules, I'm Doing What's Right: Her reason why she left the White Fang and decided to go rogue.
  • 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.
  • Self-Duplication: Her semblance leaves behind copies of herself. Deep introspection over why she wants to be a Huntress leads her to lament that her shadows are always taking the hits for her.
  • She-Fu: Utilizes flips in her combat style a lot more than Weiss, Yang 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.
  • Ship Tease:
    • Sun likes her a lot. She can't seem to make her mind whether to be flattered or annoyed by his attention but her team-mates keep pushing the two together, and she's steadily warming up to him.
    • She blushes at Sun's flirting during "New Challengers".
    • More darkly, when Adam is trying to hurt Blake by destroying all she loves during "Heroes and Monsters," Blake's clearly terrified when she hears Yang call for her and Adam says he'll start by killing her. While on the surface it can be construed as concern for a close friend, her reaction (and Yang's) seem much more intense than would be likely for that.
  • Silly Rabbit, Idealism Is for Kids!: In contrast with Ruby's mentality, she has a very different view of the world. She's also the only member of the team who doesn't immediately believe Yang after the Tournament incident, citing that she's seen people close to her turn down dark paths before. With a little convincing though, she ultimately does take Yang's side.
    Blake: Unfortunately, the real world isn't the same as a fairy tale.
  • 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.
    Weiss: Lately, you have been quiet, anti-social, and moody.
    Yang: Uhh, have you met Blake?
  • Supernatural Gold Eyes: Accentuates her cat-like appearance, a mark of her Faunus heritage.
  • Tactical Withdrawal: She seems as fast as Weiss and as powerful as Ruby. That said, she knows when to cut her losses and run.
  • Thou Shalt Not Kill: In her trailer, she's willing to destroy Schnee Company property all day, but she draws the line at killing. When Adam sets explosives without concern for the train crew's lives, she bails on White Fang, and in so doing protects the crew from the explosives.
  • Took a Level in Cheerfulness: In Volume 1, Blake was a serious, aloof girl, though not completely humorless. Volume 2 sees her become moody, stressed out, and anxious. By the beginning of Volume 3, while she is still somewhat reserved, she is almost as excitable as the rest of her teammates (such as comically lamenting having a bowl of fish taken away from her, and doing a little victory dance after Team RWBY won their first match), and comfortably chats with Emerald along with Ruby, Weiss, and Yang.
  • Trademark Favorite Food: When the team first learn Blake is a faunus, Ruby seems to think it explains why she eats so much fish. At the tournament, she doesn't simply eat a bowl of noodles like everyone else, she has an extra portion of fish cooked specially for her. Not only is she left drooling over the fish, but she becomes very unhappy when it's taken away from her and dives on the opportunity to take up Pyrrha's offer to pay for it.
  • Tsurime Eyes: Her eyes are notably pointier than the other girls' to accentuate her cat-girl themed appearance.
  • Visual Pun: A feline Faunus with the power of duplication... she's a literal copycat.
  • Western Terrorists: White Fang engage in law-breaking behaviour against humans in the name of faunus liberty. The Black trailer shows Blake's involvement in at least one such illegal activity, although her refusal to take human life is ultimately what makes her turn her back on the White Fang's changed path from peaceful protesters to organised terrorists.
  • Why Did It Have to Be Snakes?: In episode 8 of Volume 2, Blake is terrified of Yang and Ruby's little family dog.
  • 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 no use at all.

Gambol Shroud

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.
  • Cloth Fu: Presumably the "Variant" part of "Variant Ballistic Chain Scythe" refers to the fact that Blake uses a ribbon to keep a grip on the pistol rather than a chain.
  • Elemental Powers: Blake can load it with Dust, though it doesn't affect GS itself but her clones.
  • Grappling-Hook Pistol: The "ribbon" part of the weapon seems to act as this, allowing her to gain higher ground fast alongside Ruby, Yang, and Weiss.
  • 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.
  • Katanas Are Just Better: In default form.
  • Meaningful Name: To "gambol" is to run or jump around in a playful manner, and shroud refers to something that conceals or hides. The chaotic, mutable fighting style this weapon requires, Blake's ninja-like abilities and her hidden personality, make the name fit well.
  • Mix-and-Match Weapon: Gambol Shroud can be used as a weapon when sheathed, dual-wielded with said sheathe, transform into a pistol and then be used as a kusarigama with the blade attached.
  • Named Weapon: As with all of Team RWBY's weapons, this one is named.
  • Recoil Boost: In pistol form, the gun actually fires to give the blade part more speed.
  • Swiss Army Weapon: The katana part can be turned horizontally, which effectively turns it into a kusarigama with a gun on the end, and even its sheathe can be used as a weapon! And then it can be loaded with Dust to change the elements of her shadow clones too...
  • Sheath Strike: The sheath of this weapon is just as sharp as a blade and can be used as such. She sometimes dual wields her blade and her sheath, as well.
  • Variable-Length Chain: Well, ribbon, but there seems to be no limit on the ribbon's actual reach.

    Yang Xiao Long 

Yang Xiao Long
"Great! The gang's all here. Now we can die together!"
Voiced By: Barbara Dunkelman [EN], Ami Koshimizu [JP]

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.
  • Achilles' Heel: Monty has stated that Yang may have trouble fighting against kick-based fighters, and it shows. Melanie is immediately outed as a bigger threat than her sister Miltia, and Mercury and Neo both put pretty bad beatdowns on her.
  • Action Girl: Just as badass as her little sister.
  • An Arm and a Leg: In Episode 11 of Volume 3, Adam slices off her right arm from the bicep down.
  • Anger Born of Worry: In "Burning The Candle," Yang tries to snap Blake out of her stubborn obsession with Torchwick. The more she tries, the further Blake pushes back. Soon, her eyes turn red and she pushes a tired, defenseless Blake onto a desk.
  • Badass Boast: Her leitmotif "I Burn" is an extended Badass Boast. The above quote is only one verse of it! (And that's not even counting the much longer rap verse!)
  • Bare Your Midriff: More so than Blake, as Yang wears a shorter shirt.
  • 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. Later does so again after Weiss saves Ruby (to Ruby, not Weiss.)
    Ruby: Please, stop...
  • Berserk Button: Pull out a single strand of her hair, and you will die.
  • The Berserker: Turns into this in combat, especially with her ability to gain power from her injuries and her Berserk Button. To put it simply, when Yang gets mad, she gets mad.
  • Berserker Tears: You can briefly see them when she charges at Adam, who just stabbed Blake.
  • The Big Gal: Yang is the main muscle of Team RWBY, not only does her main attack involve dakkaring and fisticuffs but she actually gets stronger the more she gets hurt.
  • Big "NO!": In Volume 3 Episode 11, when she sees Adam stab Blake, she activates her Semblance, and charges right in, screaming "NOOOOOOOOOO!"
  • 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.
  • Blood Knight:
    • Starts throwing punches almost entirely unprovoked (although Junior is working for a gang), and appears to be having the time of her life throughout her trailer.
    • During Vol. 2 Episode 4, after Yang gets beat up by Torchwick's Humongous Mecha, she follows up by punching the mecha's arm off, while Ruby explains to Blake how getting hurt only makes Yang stronger.
    • The Tournament arc uses Yang's thrill-seeking approach to battle to explore the darker side of such behaviour, by showing what happens when people disapprove of someone who tries to solve every problem with excessive force. Cinder's group is able to take advantage of Yang's nature when they trick her into thinking she's being attacked from behind by a sore loser. Her instinct is to put down Mercury by breaking his leg with her fist... since all anyone else sees is her attacking a beaten, defenceless man without provocation, and it's easy to see her crossing the line because there's no change in her type of behaviour, she's left completely disgraced.
  • Boisterous Bruiser: Overlaps with Blood Knight and Genki Girl.
  • Boobs of Steel: She takes on a whole nightclub run by a mafia-style organization, and wins. Whereas the other girls rely on some degree of finesse, she seems to take a brute-force approach to combat, shrugging off blows and returning fire with stronger attacks. This actually serves a practical purpose as Yang's semblance draws its power from the blows she receives, which allows her to benefit from a more aggressive, attack-oriented style. In keeping with her overwhelming physical prowess and aggressive style, she has the biggest breasts on the team.
  • Break the Badass: Volume 3 is one large moment of this, starting with "Fall" which results in her reputation as a huntress being destroyed on internationally broadcast television and ending with "Heroes and Monsters" where she has her right arm sliced off in a Curb-Stomp Battle with Adam. Given how her persona is built on being a Badass fighter, you can bet she'll have some serious issues after all this.
  • Boxing Battler: Based on her blocking and footwork (specifically how she slides to dodge attacks), she fights like a boxer, with some martial arts training to integrate her legs.
  • Burning with Anger: Grazing her hair even once is a one-way ticket to riling her up and seeing her explode into her Super Mode, shortly before she takes out the offender. Junior and a couple of Ursae learned the hard way. An even faster way to activate it is to hurt the people she loves. Adam stabbing Blake caused her to go into rage mode immediately.
  • Call Back:
    • Her opening jump-attack is a brief call back to the Red trailer, complete with camera angle, a disco ball "moon" background, and the music's lyrics.
    • Yang fights Mercury with a lot of moves seen in the Yellow Trailer. She knocks him flat on his chin with a similar elbow to the stomach that was used against the DJ and Melanie (the last kick-based fighter she fought), and when she performs her final series of punches on him, the camera angles are designed to call back her doing the same thing right before taking out Junior.
    • Prior to that fight, she also repeated a similar line Emerald said earlier, which may also count as Foreshadowing given the circumstances.
  • Casual Danger Dialogue: She's willing to engage in cheerful, casual conversation even when in the middle of fight. Even when her opponents are Grimm who don't talk back, she'll strike up a conversation. When fighting Ursae in Episode 6, her casual conversation only stopped when one of them managed to catch a strand of her hair.
    Yang: Great, the gang's all here, now we can die together!
  • Cleavage Window: By combining her scarf with her top, she effectively exposes only a small, enclosed part of her chest right at cleavage line. She keeps the window open after changing her outfit in "A Minor Hiccup."
  • Cluster F-Bomb: Not her, her song during the rap portion. Even the main singer has a Precision F-Strike.
  • Color-Coded Characters: Yellow. Her hair is golden and her clothing is various shades of brown and yellow. Her power is fire-themed and her appearance is designed to allude to the asymmetrical beauty of a flickering flame. Her name is connected to the light of the sun which predominantly appears as yellow to the human eye.
  • Combat Pragmatist: Tricks Junior by faking a kiss before punching him, sending him flying across the room.
  • Contralto of Danger: Has the lowest voice register within her team and is physically the strongest, though everytime she fights, it's with a higher pitched kiai.
  • Cool Big Sis: Ruby's badass and dependable older sister, though her chummy attitude also extends to the rest of her teammates.
  • Cool Bike: Some of it glows and it doesn't need a kickstand to keep from falling over. Aside from her trailer and the Vol. 1 opening sequence, it didn't appear in the series proper until "Painting The Town".
  • Cool Shades: When being (literally) launched into the first trial for the first year students she dons a pair of aviators before she goes flying.
  • Critical Status Buff: Non-video game example. The more damage that Yang's aura takes, the more powerful (and angry) she gets, which can probably be measured by her "aura-level" like a video game health bar. This result in her hits becoming way stronger, enough to wreck hardened objects like Roman's Atlesian Paladin.
  • Curb-Stomp Battle: Yang ends up on the receiving end of this trope twice in the penultimate episode of Volumes 2 and 3.
    • In "No Brakes" she gets her ass handed to her by Neo who dodges all of her attacks without even trying and promptly knocks her out. Without the timely arrival of Raven, Yang would have been killed.
    • In "Heroes and Monsters" Adam cuts off Yang's right arm without her landing even a single punch in while her semblance was activated to boot.
  • Cute Bruiser: While she looks strong, she doesn't look that strong. However, she can have her foes Punched Across the Room with the Ember Celica.
  • Dangerously Short Skirt:
    • She wears a skirt over her black leather shorts, and like Weiss and Ruby, is always seen fighting in it.
    • Her volume 2 outfit trades the partial skirt for a full micro mini skirt and drops the black leather shorts, although in typical RWBY fanfare no panties are to be seen as her new skirt functions exactly like Pyrrha's.
  • Dark and Troubled Past: As she mentions to Blake in Volume 2, she and Ruby experienced the loss of their mother at a young age and basically lost their father too. In fact, it was at this time that Yang learned Summer was her stepmother and that her real mother had disappeared as well, leading Yang to drag little Ruby along as she hunted down answers as to her mother's whereabouts.
  • 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.
  • Determinator: Young Yang was determined to find her birth mother, and with Ruby in tow, endured multiple injuries walking through a forest, and exhaustion to the point of collapse.
  • 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.
    • When she actually activates Ember Celica, she begins her fights by punching one fist forward, then the other, loading the bullets.
  • The Dreaded: Becomes this to Junior's bar after she destroyed the place in her trailer. Fast forward to "Painting the Town", a few Faceless Goons can be seen trying to prevent her from entering the club again, only to get knocked out of the way. And when she strolls through the front door, every single goon inside instantly trains their guns on her - not that it would've likely done them any good, mind.
  • Dumb Blonde: Subverted. She is not, but acts like it to ambush her enemies.
  • Elemental Hair: Fire, specifically, especially when she's angry enough.
  • Everyone Loves Blondes: And she takes full advantage of it.
  • Expressive Hair: When a fight is especially tough/enjoyable.
  • Eye Color Change:
    • Her eyes turn red while her Semblance is active.
    • When Yang is rather depressed and upset, her eye color becomes much more muted than the normal lilac tone.
  • Fairytale Motifs: Goldilocks: she's inordinately fond of her glorious golden mane of hair and is sometimes called "Blondie" as it's her signature. The bar she has underworld connections to is run by a man called Hei "Junior" Xiong; "Xiong" is Chinese for "bear". The DJ usually performs in a bear-mask.
  • 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. How much more asymmetry she will have after dealing with her lost arm is another thing.
  • Fatal Flaw:
    • Her stubbornness almost got herself and Ruby killed when they were very young children due to her refusal to stop searching for her Missing Mom no matter what the consequence.
    • Her short temper and berserker tendencies have proven repeatedly to be an almost literal one.
      • She was easily frustrated when she couldn't land a hit on Neo and could not attack precisely because of it, leading to her getting knocked unconscious and almost killed.
      • Her temper also helped sell Mercury's Deliberate Injury Gambit, disgracing her and making her a Hero with Bad Publicity.
  • Fingerless Gloves: Her gloves lack any cloth over the top half of her fingers.
  • Flaming Hair: Her hair becomes progressively more fiery throughout her trailer.
  • Feed It with Fire: With every hit she takes, her Super Strength amplifies. She gets tossed around like a ragdoll by Roman's Humongous Mecha, then proceeds to reverse it.
  • Female Gaze: Not exactly shy about admiring the opposite sex with the co-ed bunking in Beacon.
    Yang: It's like a big slumber party!
    Ruby: I don't think Dad would approve of all the boys, though.
    Yang: I know I do! [purrs]
  • Fire-Forged Friends: "Extracurricular" and "Burning The Candle" firmly establish her and Blake as such a pair. See Anger Born of Worry above and Not So Different below. This culminates in Yang dancing with Blake at the end of "Burning The Candle" during the prom dance.
  • Foil:
    • Yang is to Blake what Weiss is to Ruby. Where Yang is loud, boisterous, sociable, outgoing and usually (but not always) carefree, Blake is usually quiet, aloof, distant, stoic and stressed. Yang became a huntress to seek thrills and personal adventure, while Blake wants to eliminate evil from the world in all its forms. Even extends to their Semblances and how they fight: Yang's semblance is based on taking her opponents' attacks head-on and turning her pain into strength, while Blake's involves the summoning of an expendable substitute to take the hit while she evades it. Despite a rocky start, these differences don't stop the two from bonding heartwarmingly, though, after Yang reveals they're more alike than people might think.
    • She and Mercury Black have similar weapons and a certain fun loving personality. Mercury focuses more on kicks and is fairly calm in battle, while Yang primarily uses punches and taps into serious rage the longer a fight goes on. Additionally, both Mercury and Blake have a color-black motif, contrasting Yang's yellow. They've both also lost a limb (two in the case of Mercury) at some point. Time will tell if Yang adds more to the trope by getting a prosthetic as well.
  • Force And Finesse: In the doubles round of the Vytal Festival Tournament, she's the Force to Weiss's Finesse.
  • Frame-Up: Yang hears Mercury threaten her then turns to see him attacking her from behind, feet first. She defends herself by punching his leg and bringing him down. All the stadium and television audience sees is her brutally attack an unsuspecting, passive combatant after the fight was already over and without provocation. She is arrested accordingly.
  • Gainaxing: When she cocks her gauntlets, we see her boobs jiggle twice. This continues on in the series, even when not using the gauntlets.
  • Genki Girl: She's quite cheerful and outgoing, the most of the four girls thus far.
  • Girlish Pigtails: She had these when she was younger, as shown in her flashback in "Burning the Candle".
  • The Glomp: With poor Ruby usually on the receiving end.
  • Good Bad Girl: In her first appearance, despite being underage, offers a kiss to Junior (and then sucker punches him). She also isn't shy about admiring the male eye candy when Beacon has co-ed bunking, and intentionally dresses to take advantage of her sex appeal. She's as much of this trope as possible in a show that's nearly No Hugging, No Kissing.
  • Good Is Not Soft: While she's normally quite friendly and cheerful, and she clearly thinks the world of her sister Ruby, she's still by far the most brutal fighter on team RWBY when it comes to combat, is the easiest to anger, and is not afraid at all of using violence as a solution. Not to mention, she isn't a Huntress-in-training because she wants to make the world a safer place or to put an end to corruption and mistreatment, but because she enjoys the rush of battle, and wants her life to be as exciting and unpredictable as possible.
  • Ground Punch: She initiates the fight at the nightclub by doing this.
  • Grin of Audacity: She wears one often throughout her trailer, preceding the delivery of a Curb-Stomp Battle.
  • Hair-Trigger Temper: She gets angry very easily and quickly just from getting trash talked, not having things go her way during a fight, or having her hair damaged.
  • Hero with Bad Publicity: After Yang and Mercury's battle ends, Cinder's machinations ensure the entire world witnesses Yang suddenly shoot Mercury in the leg for no apparent reason. The stadium crowd's reaction is so ugly it causes a spike in Grimm activity, and Yang's apparently vindictive action doesn't just damage her reputation but also Beacon's and Ozpin's, too. Ironwood is therefore forced to disqualify Team RWBY.
  • Hidden Depths: Volume 2 reveals some. Like Ruby, she lost her mother at a young age, resulting in her father shutting down. She then found out that Summer Rose was her step mom, and her birth mother had disappeared long before. She became obsessed with finding her birth mother, until it nearly got herself and Ruby killed. And while she doesn't let this obsession control her any more, she still really wants to know what happened to her mom.
  • Hot-Blooded: Normally a boisterous, but laid-back person, Yang becomes a passionate thrill-seeker in battle, who is prone to being easily pushed over edge into anger. While it's her great strength in powering her up in battle, it can also be a weakness easily exploited by enemies to make her sloppy and prone to error. In "No Brakes", Neo teases Yang beyond patience before knocking her unconscious, and in "Never Miss a Beat", Neon's taunts rile her up so much she starts making mistakes that Neon can exploit. She is eventually framed for an apparently unprovoked attack on Mercury which comes across as believable for her volatile temperament.
  • Hypocritical Humor:
    • At the beginning of episode 8, she tries her damnedest to keep her calm at the insane antics of everybody else in her team and JNPR. And then...
      Yang: [flares up, with her eyes turning red] I can't take it anymore! Can everyone just chill out for two seconds before something crazy happens again!?
    • In Volume 2 episode 4 ("Painting The Town), Yang berates Weiss for making a bad pun. She, of all people. Maybe she was just frustrated from not hitting Torchwick?
  • "I Am Great!" Song: She's basically singing about how badly she's going to beat you (the un-remixed album version also has a Boastful Rap embedded in it for good measure).
  • Idiot Hair: Has a short one on her head.
  • Image Song: I Burn is a long, very catchy Badass Boast about how she will wreck your shit and you can't do a thing about it while Gold is about her desire to protect Ruby.
  • Improvised Weapon: In "Best Day Ever" she used a pair of roasted turkeys as Power Fists.
  • 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. In "Search and Destroy", Yang even described herself as a thrill-seeker, and became a Huntress for the sake of adventures.
  • Jiggle Physics: Only noticeable if you're looking for it. Barbara herself says Monty likes to animate her "very late at night..."
  • Kiai: In the Japanese dub, Yang shouts out oraoraora when she fights.
  • The Lad-ette: She prefers to be called "sir", rather than "sweetheart". And if you say otherwise, she'll crush your plums.
  • Lady Legionnaire Wear: Her skirt is missing a few segments, but her shorts make up for this (in official artwork) by having a segmented pattern around each leg (although her shorts don't have the segmented pattern in the actual series). Appropriately, her fighting style and personality make her easily the most aggressive member of the team.
  • Leitmotif: The straight-forward, hard-rock version of "I Burn" is about her belief she will not be stopped, even if people get in her way. Meanwhile, Gold is a much softer piece that's all about her Cool Big Sis side that she usually only shows around Ruby, and is starting to show around the others.
  • Logical Weakness: She's an absolute terror in close quarters combat, but naturally struggles against opponents with longer melee weapons. Like swordsmen for instance, and that in particular costs her an arm. Her reliance on close-quarters also gets exploited by Neo, who employs dodging and misdirection to avoid her reckless attacks and then swiftly retaliating, made all the worse because of the major height difference between them, which Yang wasn't used to compensating for.
  • Made In Country X: There is a country symbol on her motorcycle; either Vacuo or Mistral via process of elimination.
  • Meaningful Name:
    • 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 fiery Bare-Fisted Monk.
  • Mighty Glacier: Only in comparison to other fighters. She's still athletic as hell and reasonably fast, but is still the slowest of her team and has a lot of trouble keeping up with opponents who move with any degree of speed, Neo and Mercury among them. She still hits like a brick tank, though.
  • 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 is no China in the show's setting.
  • Muscles Are Meaningless: She certainly doesn't look like someone with Super Strength.
  • My Greatest Failure: Taking Ruby with her in search of her birth mother and running into Beowolves when they were little girls.
    Yang: My stubbornness should have gotten us killed that night.
  • 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.
  • "No. Just... No" Reaction: To Weiss making puns. That's... Ironic.
  • Now It's My Turn: Yang takes a beating from a Torchwick-piloted Atlesian Paladin and proceeds to wreck it using her Critical Status Buff. Averted with her fight against Neo, who outclassed her with low-level damage attacks designed to give her positional advantage to attempt a one-stroke finisher.
  • Not So Different: Blake's obsession with catching Torchwick takes a whole different light when it's revealed Yang herself is obsessed with finding her birth mother. She nearly got both herself and Ruby killed while trying to find her mother in their backstory. Hence Yang's aforementioned Anger Born of Worry regarding Blake's stubbornness - she sees herself in Blake and she refuses to let Blake self-destruct.
  • Not Quite Flight: After being launched into the air Yang can use her weapons to significantly prolong her flight time.
  • One-Woman Wail: In the trailer version of "I Burn". 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: Defies 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.
  • Out of Focus: In Volume 1, she had some dialogue, screen time, and action scenes, sure, but she didn't have as much focus as Blake, Weiss, Jaune, or Ruby, all of whom had development as time went along and far more screentime. This gave her the distinction of being the only RWBY member without any noticeable character development.
  • Parental Abandonment: Her mother left her just after she was born. Years later, her step-mother also went missing. She doesn't know what happened to either woman.
  • Playing with Fire: A side-effect of her Semblance, which she uses as a sort of Super Mode to power up her punches and shotgun rounds. Since Yang's power involves draining and redirecting kinetic energy, heat buildup and fire are generated when she triggers it.
  • The Power of the Sun: Her overall motif. Her name means "Little Sun Dragon", she has Playing with Fire abilities, and her two themes of "I Burn" and "Gold" are respectively about her burning power and her warm heart being compared to the sun.
  • Pungeon Master: She has her moments:
    Ruby: I'm talking about kicking off the semester with a bang.
    Yang: I always kick my semesters off with a Yang! Eh? Guys? Am I right? [gets hit with a thrown apple]
  • Rapid-Fire Fisticuffs: She takes the term "straight blast" to an amazing and quite literal level.
  • Rapunzel Hair: Her Berserk Button toward her hair is highly unfortunate for her enemies, because her hair is quite voluminous and long enough to go down to her waist.
  • Red Oni, Blue Oni: The red to Blake's blue; Yang is outgoing, boisterous, and heavily associated with bright, fiery colors, while Blake is reserved, generally quiet, and associated with dark, cool colors.
  • Red Eyes, Take Warning: A part of her Super Mode, whenever she gets really mad, or has taken enough hits to activate her semblance on its own, her eyes will turn red and her hair catches on fire.
  • Roaring Rampage of Revenge: Went on to furiously Curb Stomp her opponents after Weiss sacrificed herself in an attempt to take out Flynt during the Doubles Round of the Vytal Festival. Subverted when Adam stabs Blake, as she activates her semblance and jumps at him in rage... only for him to casually cut her arm off.
  • Rocket Jump: She can use the shotguns in her bracers to launch herself into the air.
  • Rocket Punch: After splattering the incoming watermelons during the foodfight, she promptly puts Jaune down by launching the turkeys she's using as gloves right off of her fists and into his stomach.
  • Scarf of Asskicking: Sports an orange one. To back this up, she has a better win-loss record than any of her team, and is the most excitable when it comes to fighting, outdoing even Ruby.
  • Schmuck Bait: She tricks Junior into letting his guard down by offering to kiss him as an apology in the Yellow Trailer, giving her a chance to punch him.
  • Sexy Walk: Yang knows how to work them hips, most noticeable when she enters the club, both times.
  • She-Fu: In addition to her fists, she's more likely to use her legs to take down enemies than the other girls. Ironically, Monty has stated that she would have trouble against Mercury, a guy who uses bullet boots, because he's a kick-based fighter.
  • She's Got Legs: She wears stockings, but they're short enough that they still show off her legs.
  • Shipper on Deck: After one of Jaune's many failed attempts to woo Weiss, she pats him on the head and promises "One day."
  • Shockwave Stomp: With her fists, naturally.
  • Shout-Out:
    • Her moves and yellow hair are supposed to evoke a specific manly anime. Her theme song even describes her as "Super Saiyan" at one point.
    • At the end of her battle with Junior she unleashes a combo which looks a lot like Dempsey Roll.
  • Showgirl Skirt: Her skirt doesn't wrap all the way around, showcasing her legs.
  • Sibling Yin-Yang: See Small Girl, Big Gun entries for her and Ruby.
  • Sink-or-Swim Mentor:
    • According to Barbara, Yang is the kind of person "who would teach someone to swim by pushing them in the water."
    • Does this to Ruby to force her to socialize. "My friends are here, gotta go!"
  • Small Girl, Big Gun: Inverted. Physically, she's the largest of the main girls, and the Ember Celica are the smallest weapons of the bunch.
  • Statuesque Stunner: The tallest of the girls. According to the height chart she`s 5'8".
  • Stocking Filler: In "A Minor Hiccup," Yang changes her wardrobe, which includes a miniskirt and a pair of garter straps.
  • Stuff Blowing Up: Invokes this with her fiery blasts shot from Ember Celica.
  • Stealth Pun: Her hair-triggered temper.
  • Super Mode: She appears to power up at will, starting where her eyes change color and her hair becomes fiery, and later turn her hair to white flame. As of Vol. 2, Episode 4, this appears to be Yang's Semblance; the more energy she's hit with, the stronger she becomes as a result.
  • Super Rug Pull: Despite being made of glass, the dance floor uncharacteristically flexes to the shockwave, rather than shattering on impact.
  • Super Strength:
  • 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.
  • Team Mom: To some extent; aside from being Ruby's Parental Substitute, she also takes time to address Blake's near-suicidal obsession.
  • Trauma Conga Line: From Chapters 6 to 11 of Volume 3, Yang is framed for assault on global television, is effectively told that her mother cares very little for her, sees her best friend get stabbed, and gets her arm cut off.
  • Unorthodox Reload: Throws a belt of ammunition in the air before swinging her gauntlets back into them.
  • Unwitting Pawn: To Cinder's plan, while a lot of it is still in the dark, her attack on Mercury not only caused Team RWBY and Beacon to become disgraced in the eyes of the public it also increased the activity of Grimm outside the Kingdom.
  • When All You Have Is a Hammer: Her main strategy consists of rushing up to the target and punching the crap out of it in combination with her shotgun shells for extra power. That fails? Get angry and hit it even harder with flames added on. That fails? Take enough damage to power up to the max and blast it away. So far, this strategy has let her win every fight she's gotten into, with the exception of Neo and Adam.
  • Who Wears Short Shorts?: Which shows off her legs quite a lot. In addition, her shorts are tight and form-fitting, which really accentuates her derriere when we get a Male Gaze of it.
  • The Worf Effect:
    • In Episode 11 of Volume 2, she serves as the Worf to Neopolitan, who she can't get a single hit on and is nearly killed by.
    • Happens again in Episode 11 of Volume 3, where she charges at Adam and immediately gets her arm cut off, proving that he's capable of backing up his threats about ruining Blake's life.
  • Wreathed in Flames: As she powers up in battle, her golden hair takes on the quality of flame, as if she's catching fire. Also, when she's angry enough for her eyes to turn red, her hair will also appear to catch fire. In the Yellow trailer, she powered up to "white hot" and her hair correspondingly became white flame.
  • You Are Not Alone: Yang's impassioned speech to Blake in Volume 2, Chapter 6 ends with her embracing Blake and telling her that there are people that want to help her and care about her well-being.
  • You Wouldn't Like Me When I'm Angry: Yang's an outgoing, fun-loving person who destroyed a Paladin and singlehandedly took out multiple members of opposing teams during Team RWBY's fights in the Vytal festival tournament, earning her team a victory. Port even announces that Team FNKI wouldn't like Yang when she's...upset.
  • 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 (below the knees) for her right leg and a class B (just over her knees) for her left, both of which are done in the hotpants/shorts edition. Her school uniform consists of a Class A (thigh highs plus skirt), and her white uniform in Volume 2 Chapter 3 is a miniskirt with garters and boots.

Ember Celica

Yang's weapon, described as "Dual-Ranged Shot Gauntlets". They're a pair of retractable gauntlets that can fire shotgun shells.
  • Arm Cannon: Her gauntlets allow her fight with ballistic weapons and explosions as well as fighting close-up.
  • Bottomless Magazines: Subverted- just like Ruby, Yang has to reload. But only once. Just like Ruby, she can switch to more powerful ammo. It is unclear if she had expended all her ammunition before reloading.
  • Dual Wielding: The gauntlets are on both arms. Except now she's lost an arm, and she may never dual wield again.
  • Elemental Punch: A lot of fire.
  • Every Bullet Is a Tracer: The second set of shells she uses in her trailer lets her shoot out projectiles which look somewhat similar to Roman Torchwick's fireworks.
  • Floral Theme Naming: Celica is also another name for the common bell pepper.
  • Mix-and-Match Weapon: Part shotgun, part Power Fist.
  • Mundane Utility: When fighting Arslan Atlan in Round One, she has to fire shells just to keep from slipping everywhere on the ice. It's still awesome.
  • Named Weapons: As with all members of Team RWBY, these weapons are named.
  • Power Fist: Her weapons allow her to produce some fearsome punches.
  • Shotguns Are Just Better: But they're not shotguns, they're Shot Gauntlets.
  • 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: Ember refers to fire and Celica is from the Latin Coelica meaning Heavenly or Celestial, so like Yang they are named for the Sun.
  • Wrecked Weapon: Partway. She lost one of the pair. Courtesy of Adam cutting off her right arm and it subsequently disintegrating along with the attached gauntlet.