Characters: RWBY Team RWBY
The titular team
of the series, RWBY (pronounced Ruby) is comprised 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 close 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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Voiced By: Lindsay Jones (née Tuggey)
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.
Her Twitter account is here.
- Action Girl: The first one introduced, setting the tone for the series quite profoundly.
- 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.
- Wipes out a pack of Beowolves single-handed.
- RWBY and JNPR get into a massive food war (the kind only super powers can deliver). One after another, the members of RWBY are struck down. Alone, Ruby kicks into full on super speed, decimating JNPR in what is better described as a force of nature than an attack.
- Badass Adorable: She's the youngest person in Beacon, at fifteen, and explicitly stated as childish by Weiss. Ozpin directly calls her "an adorable girl" when they first meet. That said, she earned her place to go to Beacon two years early.
- Badass Bandolier: Her belt.
- Badass Cape: Her red hooded cape is strapped by cross-shaped pins. It flows rather gracefully in spite of the constant flipping.
- Big Eater: She ate a plate of cookies in a matter of seconds.
- 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 a Food Fight.
- 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.
- Bring My Red Jacket: Her choice of clothing is red, including a Little Red Fighting Hood.
- 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.
- Cloud Cuckoo Lander: While Ruby's much more well-adjusted than most examples, her fangirling over weapons, her impulsiveness, constant misunderstandings and being a Motor Mouth firmly place her here.
- 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".
- Comically Missing the Point: In episode 4: She thinks Yang is talking about growing up physically when she means emotionally.
- 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.
- 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 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.
- 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.
- She also mentions her mother rather in a blasé tone of voice, despite Vol. 2 stating that Summer went missing when she was very young.
- 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: To Weiss in multiple aspects:
- Ruby's fighting style seems to incorporate a lot of charging and slashing where and when she feels appropriate, while Weiss makes precise, calculated strikes and Dust combinations.
- In terms of character design, Ruby has short hair, an outfit that's at least slightly gothic, and a color scheme of red, black and silver, while Weiss has long hair, a 'princess-type' design, and a color scheme of white, blue and red.
- Their personalities differ, with Ruby being honest and kind but somewhat brash and insecure, and Weiss being level-headed and confident but also sarcastic and devious.
- Also to Cinder Fall. A young girl let into Beacon ahead of time vs. a grown woman infiltrating the same school.
- 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 out of nervousness when her joke is met with dead seriousness from Goodwitch, Ozpin and Ironwood, who were questioning Ruby about her attacking Cinder.
- Head Phones Equal Isolation: Not as severe as many cases, as she's very friendly; but she was wearing her hood and headphones in her introduction in the story, making her unaware of the shop being robbed. In accordance to the trope, she has No Social Skills problems.
- The Hero: The main character of the story and leader of team RWBY.
- 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.
- 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. 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.
- Left the Background Music On: She's listening to the opening theme on her headphones when a thug tries to rob her. After planting Crescent Rose (and two thugs), she turns them off and the music goes with them.
- Leitmotif: "Red Like Roses" and "Red Like Roses Part 2". Although "Part 1" is more often re-used in several scenes of hers, since it's about two-thirds instrumental.
- Little Miss Badass: Younger and shorter compared to, say, Blake, but still kicks massive ass.
- 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.
- 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.
- Motor Mouth: When she gets nervous or excited.
- Multicolored Hair: Black with red accents... or the other way around.
- Naïve Everygirl: Fits this trope to a T.
- No Social Skills: Aside from Yang and Jaune, she doesn't seem to do well with most people. She doesn't want to draw too much attention to herself after being enrolled at Beacon, has to be forced to interact with Blake, and her displeasure with having to be put on a team with other people during initiation borders on Oh, Crap. This contrasts greatly with her confidence in battle, which may be the point. She even admits to Weiss she's not great with people.
- Not Afraid to Die: Described as this due to her innocence. Somewhat subtly lampshaded:
Mook: [talking to Ruby with her headphones on] You got a death wish or something?
Ruby: [removing her headphones after he catches her attention] Yes?
- Not Good with People: By her own admission. Yang does try her best to help Ruby grow out of it.
- Of Corsets Sexy: Despite her apparent age, she has no qualms over wearing a corset.
- Oh, Crap:
- Has one during Ep. 8 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 may even been a failure on the first day we met. But you can't be one now. You know why? Because it not just about you anymore. 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 teammates first, and ourselves second. Your team deserves a great leader, Jaune, and I think it might 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.
- 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).
- A few times, contrasting her against Weiss. For example:
- A little later, in the middle of her team executing her plan to take out the Nevermore:
Think you can make the shot
? Weiss: [haughtily]
Hmph! Can I? [beat] Ruby:
Can y— Weiss:
Of course I can!
- Shy Finger Twiddling: When Weiss is scolding her while shaking the Dust bottle emphatically.
- Shrinking Violet:
- Not an immediately obvious example, but Ruby is very reluctant and nervous about meeting new people, and seems to cling to Yang for support. Not to mention how she is easily cowed by interpersonal conflict. Yang seems aware of the problem, and has made efforts to correct it.
- After partnering with Weiss, this starts to fade; Ruby has to be assertive and defend her opinions, because if she doesn't, Weiss won't respect her. In Episode 8, she's become confident enough to suggest the plan that RWBY later uses to defeat the Nevermore, and in Episode 15, she decides to become Penny's friend despite the rest of her team giving discouraging motions to the idea.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- Stealth Pun: The Beowolves are Grimm. Using a scythe on them... Ruby is a Grimm reaper.
- Super-Deformed: Can do this when going Squee over weapons.
- 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: Well, Scythe Plant, but every time she's taking out Crescent Rose, this tends to stab its blade into the ground, holding it to the side of her body. It appears to be her standard combat stance.
- Symbolic Blood: Roses. The Beowolves in her trailer bleed petals; and the lyrics of the soundtrack version of Red Like Roses Part II flat out says it's "your blood that's red like roses."
- Similarly, whenever she kills something, they often dissipate into petals.
- Technical Pacifist: In the first episode, she hits Torchwick's goons with the back end of her scythe, clearly intending only to knock them down.
- Technician Versus Performer: The performer to Weiss's technician. Both are trained in combat, but Ruby doesn't have as much restriction or stiffness in her style as Weiss does. Not to mention being more impulsive and chaotic personality-wise. Word Of God says that in battle, she tends to put more faith in her weapon's capabilities than her own.
- Teleporters and Transporters/Offscreen Teleportation: While in the trailer, it could have been passed off as artistic licence, in Episode 6, Ruby appears in a burst of rose petals directly in front of a Beowolf◊ (and inadvertently blocking Weiss). There does not seem to be a sense that she used a Flash Step to get there, but simply ported there. When Weiss turns around and tells her not to slow her down, she is already in front of Weiss again, and Weiss has no idea how she got there. According to Pyrrha, it's her Semblance.
- Think Nothing of It: She's embarrassed when Yang praises her for getting into Beacon early.
- Trademark Clothing: Her red hood and cape; granted given her motif, but she even wears it over her school uniform.
- Trademark Favorite Food: Strawberries, according to Word Of God. She's also seen with cookies a lot.
- 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.
- 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.
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).
Voiced By: Kara Eberle
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.
Her official Twitter account is here
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- Badass: Defeating an animated suit of armor thrice her size and armed with a BFS should qualify her as one. If it doesn't, it might be worth pointing out that her fighting style involves the use of objects that are practically Made of Explodium. And a lot of it, at that.
- Badass Princess: The heiress to the Schnee Dust Company has to be a Dust expert, and can think of a dozen or more ways to use it to kick your ass.
- 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.
- Berserk Button: Her family has been at war with the White Fang for years and lives have been lost. She therefore has no tolerance for anyone who defends the White Fang and is instinctively suspicious of any faunus she thinks might have a connection to White Fang.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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?!
- 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.
- 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:
- 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.
- Entitled Bastard: Professor Port calls her out on this.
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
- 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.
- Fatal Flaw: Pride. Not "fatal" yet, but her pride does lead her to dangerous situations sometimes. She slowly suppresses this over time, though.
- Flash Step: Pulls this a lot more than Ruby, but isn't quite as fast as her.
- To Ruby in a couple of aspects. Ruby's fighting style seems to incorporate a lot of charging and slashing where and when she feels appropriate, while Weiss makes precise, calculated strikes and Dust combinations. In terms of character design, Ruby has short hair, an outfit that's at least slightly gothic, and a color scheme of red, black and silver, while Weiss has long hair, a 'princess-type' design, and a color scheme of white, blue and red. Their personalities differ, with Ruby being honest and kind but somewhat brash and insecure, and Weiss being level-headed and confident but also sarcastic and devious.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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/Bilingual Bonus: Weiss is the German word for White (weiß) while Schnee means Snow.
- Gravity Master:
- On top of her ability to jump while airborne, one of her runes effortlessly flings the Giant Knight into the air, while another holds him there for her final attack.
- In "Players and Pieces", aside from securing Ruby to the makeshift slingshot before flinging her at the Nevermore, she uses her glyphs to allow Ruby to run up a cliff, dragging Nevermore by the neck the whole way.
- Green-Eyed Monster: In episode 8, after the teams are formed for the first time, Ruby is picked as the leader of team RWBY. Weiss is visibly shocked at his announcement, and in episode 10 asks Professor Port why someone like Ruby got the position. She felt Professor Ozpin made a mistake in his decision, but Prof. Port counters, saying that he's always trusted Ozpin's judgment. He also adds a little bit of his own observation, stating that she seems like the type of girl who always got what she wanted, and tells her she shouldn't be obsessed with not being the leader, but rather to be the best person she can be.
- Hair Color Dissonance: In the artwork, she has pure white hair. It gains the slightest shade of blue in the animation.
- 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."
- 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:
- 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.
- 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: Rips Ruby a new one over accidentally knocking over her luggage, continuing even after Ruby has apologized.
- 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: 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.
- Kung-Fu Wizard: Her melee skills combined with her mastery of Dustcraft makes her the most versatile fighter on Team RWBY, perfectly represented during their fight with the Nevermore.
- Lady of War: As mentioned above, her fighting style is more graceful and refined than those of her teammates. It seems to be dance-based, specifically, the dance formations associated with ice skating.
- The Lancer: Seems to fall into this position as Ruby's partner in the team. It's well-exhibited in battle during the fight with the Nevermore - Ruby makes the plans, but Weiss is the one who executes most of the key steps, including watching Ruby's back while she sets everything in place. Not only that, but they're almost complete Foils to each other, making this trope even more prominent.
- Leitmotif: "Mirror, Mirror" is an "I Am" Song; While overtly elegant, she sings about how she cannot understand herself and asks if this is what she really is.
- Lonely Rich Kid: "Mirror, Mirror" implies this.
- 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.
- 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 realise 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.
Are you telling me, that this mangy...drooling...mutt
...is going to wiv wif us fowever?
Oh yes he is, yes he is!
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.
- An Ice Person: The light blue setting.
- 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.
- 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.
- Gravity Master: The blue setting seems to be this way, with attraction, hold, and repulsion capabilities - Weiss mainly uses the latter to jump off her glyphs in mid-air.
- Magic Wand/Spell Blade: Its powers basically make it these.
- 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.
- Stance System: The best way to describe its capabilities. It shifts between six different styles, all with various effects.
- Spikes of Doom: Ice spikes, to be precise.
- Sword Beam: It can fire off multiple light-blue blasts of energy.
- Time Master: Well, Weiss used her yellow setting to get on top of a BFS in mid-swing, and later, used a similar-colored glyph to give Blake a Haste-styled speed boost.
"Don't be so dramatic."
Voiced By: Arryn Zech
Born with no life- into subjugation. Treated like a worthless animal! Stripped of all rights, just a lesser being- crushed by cruel, ruthless human rule!
A 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.
Her new Twitter is here
- Action Girl: Much more reliant on jumping around when she uses her ribbon-pistol-bayonet, though.
- Alliterative Name: An imperfect example with the sounds produced being Blake Belladonna.
- Aloof Dark-Haired Girl: Long dark hair, detached personality, and fairly beautiful looks; she's also between Weiss and Yang in height. The "detached personality" part is subverted, though, at least past Episode 9.
- Anti-Hero: She seems a bit sad at the beginning of the trailer when Adam gets her ready to infiltrate the train. That said, she expresses concern over the 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.
- Badass: 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. Her nature as a badass is most evident in this line:
- Badass Bookworm: Given that the RWBY's shown Blake loving books and being a badass ninja fighter, she's of this variety.
- 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.
- Berserk Button: She's been fighting for faunus equality her entire life, so insulting faunus makes her very angry. She dislikes Cardin for bullying faunus and has a blazing row with Weiss over Weiss's attitude towards the faunus.
- 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. As of Volume 2, this appears to be reaching Running Gag proportions.
- 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.
- 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.
- Detached Sleeves: The one sleeve she has doesn't attach over her shoulder. The other arm doesn't have a sleeve at all.
- 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.
- 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 is based off Bella's name and Adam is the Beast's real name.
- Fashionable Asymmetry: Her right arm doesn't have a sleeve.
- 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.
- Gender-Blender Name: "Blake" is a gender-neutral name but is more commonly chosen for boys than girls. It comes from the old English word for "Black".
- Hair Decorations: A black bow that strongly resembles animal ears, so they stand out quite a bit. She uses it to hide her feline ears so that people won't realise 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, socialises 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.
- 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, her slashes create shockwaves that annihilate 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.
- 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.
- Not So Above It All:
- Gleefully engages in redecorating team RWBY's room with a smile on her face and a zest not seen from her in previous episodes. She also reads romance novels apparently. Ninjas of Love. *snickers*.
- On the sadder side, she was the first character so far who's actually shed some tears. (It's possible that Velvet may have also been crying from Team CRDL's bullying, but tears don't turn up very well in the animation; their presence is only implied whenever Blake raises a finger to wipe something away from below her eye.)
- Another happy example is a brief scene at the dance, where she not only pairs up a couple of times, but can be seen happily grooving by herself.
- OOC Is Serious Business: When the usually calm and mellow Blake gets into a shouting match with Weiss over Weiss' attitude towards Faunus it sets the stage for the reveal of Blake's secret.
- Purple Is The New Black: Probably, given the color theme.
- Purple Is Powerful: What isn't black or white in her outfit is purple — including her symbol, as shown in the title sequence.
- Rapunzel Hair: Not to the same extent as Weiss (with her thigh-length ponytail), but Blake's hair is easily waist-length.
- Reluctant Warrior: Comes off as this in her trailer. She's concerned with the casualties they might make along the way, which eventually leads to her decision to part ways with Adam (and possibly dissociate herself with the White Fang altogether).
- Red Oni, Blue Oni: The blue to Yang's red.
- Reverse Grip: How she dual-wields her swords when separated.
- Silly Rabbit, Idealism Is for Kids!: In contrast with Ruby's mentality, she has a very different view of the world.
Blake: Unfortunately, the real world isn't the same as a fairy tale.
- 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.
- 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.
- Tights Under Shorts: They look like Thigh-High Boots from a distance.
- Tsurime Eyes: Her eyes are notably pointier than the other girls' to accentuate her cat-girl themed appearance.
- 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 pretty much no use at all.
Blake's weapon, described as a "Variant Ballistic Chain Scythe". While it seems to resemble an oversized cleaver, that's actually its sheath, which has a sharp edge in itself. The weapon itself is a katana with a gun attached to it, and the gun's trigger is itself attached to a ribbon Blake wraps around her wrist.
- Bifurcated Weapon/Dual Wielding: It's sort of both, due to the fact that the sheath is a blade in and of itself.
- 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.
- Whip It Good/Chain Pain: The ribbon part of her weapon makes it this.
Yang Xiao Long
"Great! The gang's all here. Now we can die together!"
Voiced By: Barbara Dunkelman
Sending out your army but you still can't win, listen up silly boy 'cause I'm gonna tell you why— I burn!
Yang is an energetic, blond-haired young woman with a violent streak. She is going to Beacon Academy to train to be a huntress, and is overjoyed when her younger sister Ruby is asked to attend Beacon Academy as well. She is partnered with Blake.
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- Action Girl: Just as badass as her little sister.
- Anger Born of Worry: In "Burning The Candle," Yang has to deal with Blake's stubborn obsession with Torchwick. The more she tries, the further Blake pushes back. Soon, her eyes turn red and she literally pushes a tired, defenseless Blake onto a desk.
- Badass: 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 the defensive approach to combat, shrugging off blows and returning fire with stronger attacks.
- 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.
- Blake's descent into self-destructive obsession with the White Fang triggers her anger as she knows exactly what it's like to become so obsessed you hurt yourself and the people you care about. She almost got herself and Ruby killed as young children thanks to her obsession with finding her Missing Mom.
- The Berserker: Turns into this in combat, especially with her ability to gain power from her injuries and her Berserk Button.
- 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.
- Boisterous Bruiser: Overlaps with Blood Knight and Genki Girl.
- Boobs of Steel: Of the four main girls, she has both the most brutal fighting style and the most prominent breasts.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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."
- 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.
- Counter Attack: Her fire aura is from being able to store the energy used in attacks against her, and then release it back.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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: Though it's not a good sign if they do change color.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- Genre Savvy: She takes advantage of her sex appeal to lower suspicion and dresses the part.
- 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.
- 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: Literally. Only in that sense, though.
- Happily Adopted: Summer Rose was her stepmother and Yang clearly thought the world of her, describing her as "Super-Mom". She didn't even know Summer wasn't her actual mother until after she had gone missing.
- 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.
- Hypocritical Humor:
- "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..."
- 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.
- Lightning Bruiser: She is one of the heaviest hitting characters in the series, and this doesn't stop her from being the one of the fastest as well.
- 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.
- 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.
- Older Than She Looks: She doesn't look like she's old enough to be in a club, but then again, she doesn't look like she could punch you through a wall either. Word of God puts Ruby at 15, starting classes at Beacon 2 years early, and the other 3 girls are 17.
- One-Woman Wail: In the trailer version 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: Averts the trope. Ruby says that she's fine with Yang being her only friend at Beacon, but Yang knows that's an unhealthy way for Ruby to think and encourages her to socialize.
- Out of Focus: In Volume 1, she had plenty of 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. This gave her the distinction of being the only RWBY member without any noticeable character development (by contrast, even Ruby at least learned to appreciate making new friends).
- This is completely flipped in Volume 2, where she ignites the food fight, returns to Junior's Club, leads the fight with Torchwick in his mecha, has her Semblance explained, reveals her backstory, and develops her relationship with Blake. In effect, she's turned into the Deuteragonist of her team (and shares it with, appropriately enough, Blake).
- 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: Her Semblance, which she uses as a sort of Super Mode to power up her punches and shotgun rounds.
- 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.
- 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 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.
- 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.
- 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: She sends Junior across the room before activating her gauntlets. note And God help you if you don't take her out quick, thanks to her Semblance.
- Vol. 2 Episode 6 has her carry an amp probably four times her size on her shoulder. Dropping it shakes the room.
- 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.
- Thigh-High Boots: In "A Minor Hiccup," she ditches her usual costume to include black thigh high boots rather than the stockings of her default outfit.
- Unorthodox Reload: Throws a belt of ammunition in the air before swinging her gauntlets back into them.
- 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.
- 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 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 Thigh-High Boots.
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.
- 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.
- Mix-and-Match Weapon: Part shotgun, part Power Fist.
- 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/Floral Theme Naming: Ember refers to fire and Celica is from the Latin Coelica meaning Heavenly or Celestial, so like Yang they are named for the Sun. Celica is also another name for the common bell pepper.