Creator: Monty Oum

He chose being awesome as a career.
"Never let anyone tell you that something is impossible."
Monty Oum, Words to live by

"I mean who doesn't like being told they're awesome?"
Monty Oum on the only proper reaction to his work.

Monyreak "Monty" Oum (June 22, 1981 - February 1, 2015), was, among other things, a self-taught 3D animator, whose education was entirely observational. He was responsible for some of the most awesome Web Animation around, most of which relied on Rule of Cool.

He gained early fame for Haloid and Dead Fantasy, two of his most famous works and the two that really put him on the map. He was hired by Rooster Teeth to work on never-before-done (at the time) animation for Red vs. Blue, for which he worked tirelessly to make Tex even more awesome than previously thought possible. After finishing up season 10 of RvB, he launched a new web series under the name of RWBY, something he said he's always been wanting to do since he got into animation. As the director and lead writer of RWBY, he took employees and other writers from all sections of Rooster Teeth, including fan favorites from Achievement Hunter, to produce the series. In between his movies, he was working on an adaptation of Hatsune Miku for M.U.G.E.N.

He also worked briefly as a combat designer for Midway Games and Namco Bandai (as a combat designer for the former and combat designer/animator for the latter's Afro Samurai game). His long-term goal, aside from making movies for his fans, was to make the most awesome fighting game ever. Some fans have begged for him to make a game based off RWBY, something he somewhat hinted at before a RWBY game was confirmed at RTX 2014.

His online presence lives on through a video list of his work over at GameTrailers, his DeviantArt gallery, his original YouTube channel, his former Twitter account, and his former Tumblr account.

On January 30, 2015, Monty was stricken with an unknown medical emergency and a fundraiser was set up to help with paying for the expenses. On February 2, it was revealed that he had passed away, due to a severe allergic reaction that left him comatose. He was 33 years old. He will be missed dearly. In his memory, Rooster Teeth has challenged everyone whose lives were touched by Monty and his works to use their creativity to make the world a better place.

Works with animation by Monty Oum:

Voice Acting Roles:

  • RWBY: Lie Ren (Volumes 1 + 2)

Tropes associated with Monty:

  • All Asians Know Martial Arts: Played for laughs when he appeared as a guest "martial arts instructor" in an episode of Immersion.
    Monty: "As the Rooster Teeth resident Asian, I am fully qualified to teach you in the art of fruit self-defense."
  • Author Appeal: Action Girls and fluid fight scenes permeate his works. Even Haloid had Samus fight out of her armor, and it turns out the SPARTAN in the video was a woman all along.
  • Badass: Most characters he animated, either original or borrowed, had to be in order to live up to the stunts he had them pull. He himself was also a pretty cool guy.
  • Badass Armfold: As per his profile picture, it seemed to be his trademark pose, as shown in The Gauntlet and other appearances.
  • Cool Versus Awesome: The two works that brought him to fame were Halo vs. Metroid and Dead or Alive vs. Final Fantasy.
  • Humble Hero: Despite being flashy in virtually every aspect (including his movies and even the way he dressed), he was described by people who knew him as humble. His tweets about how he values humility support this.
  • Recoil Boost: A common component in his Gun Fu animations. He said that his goal was to make fights fluid by conserving motion, which means integrating the recoil from firearms into combat maneuvers.
  • Rule of Cool: The only rule he lived by. Oum's fight scenes are powered by "what would be awesome here."
  • Shipper on Deck: Monty actually served as matchmaker, to Gavin Free and Meg Turney, as they both wrote.
  • Shout-Out: Several of his fight scenes contain shout outs to various Martial Arts Movies, including:
    • Haloid has a scene where Samus and the SPARTAN recreate Neo's "running pole kick" move from The Matrix Reloaded.
    • The mooks in the beginning of RWBY are modeled after the Axe Gang from Kung Fu Hustle.