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The Shining Beacon, Pt. 1
- In a strange way, Ruby admitting that she doesn't like skipping two years to go to her dream academy, because she doesn't want to be seen as special. It shows that she's quite responsible despite her usual bluster.
- Also, immediately after Ruby admits that she doesn't want to be seen as special, Yang puts an arm around her shoulder and says, "But you ARE special." Awww, Yang!
- Made even better by the fact that she doesn't say it in her usual enthusiastic tone, but rather, in a calm, sincere voice, showing that she isn't just trying to boost Ruby's confidence, she just considers it a fact.
- The voices of Torchwick's goons in the first scene were a pair of Make a Wish beneficiaries.
The Shining Beacon, Pt. 2
- Jaune's interactions with Ruby in general are very sweet and awkward.
The First Step, Pt. 1
- Blake starting to warm up to Ruby when Ruby says she also likes books. Ruby then talks about how she was inspired to become a warrior after Yang read to her stories of heroes.
: That's... very ambitious for a child. Unfortunately, the real world
isn't the same as a fairy tale. Ruby
: (smiles) Well... that's why we're here. To make it better
- The credits theme, Gold, is all about Yang being a good sister to Ruby.
The First Step, Pt. 2
- Pyrrha's genuine friendliness towards Jaune, even when he ignores her to hit on Weiss and just as readily moves to hit on her, is kind of nice, especially considering pretty much everyone else's first reaction to Jaune is either disgust, annoyance, or mockery thus far.
- Yang trades some friendly banter with Jaune after Weiss and Pyrrha leave, and Ruby helps him up and walks him out to the starting point. It's all quite nice to watch and the two social misfits certainly have some great chemistry.
The Emerald Forest, Pt. 1
- Pyrrha quickly looks around upon landing and sees Jaune flailing through the air, and her first instinct is to save him, by way of impaling her spear through his clothes from at least a hundred feet away. Keep in mind that's pretty much her only weapon (that we know of).
- Her looking around quickly tells us that saving him was her premeditated plan.
- She could just have been more cautious than others and merely caught Jaune by chance as she scans around her landing zone to make sure it's safe for her to proceed on foot. That by no means takes anything away from the fact that she still chooses to save Jaune after seeing him in trouble.
- Think about this: Ozpin told them that monsters inhabited the woods, so it was crucial to keep their weapon ready. Instead, Pyrrha puts Jaune's safety above her own by throwing her weapon several hundred meters away to save Jaune, at the potential cost of her own life. In this small act, they're throwing Ship Tease out the window.
- Not necessarily. Keep in mind, Ren handled himself fairly well against some of the larger monsters we've seen barehanded before drawing his weapons. Given her reputation, it's a fairly safe assumption that she could travel a few hundred yards whilst being able to avoid anything she couldn't take with just her shield, especially given that she probably has at least partially superhuman speed.
- Ruby, mulling over who she knows at Beacon, considers Yang, Jaune, and Blake as partners... before running into eye contact with the one other person she knows: Weiss. Despite their rocky relationship prior, there's no Big "NO!" from either party and they accept each other as partners with minimal fuss beyond Weiss briefly checking to see if another candidate is nearby. Ruby even smiles shortly after eye contact and is happy when Weiss returns to her.
- Ruby noticed Weiss before they made eye contact. She comes to a halt, gaze lowered, then chooses to look her in the eyes.
- When Pyrrha arrives to where Jaune is still pinned, she teasingly asks him if he still has room on his team. After some feigned offence on Jaune's part, the two look and tenderly smile at each other.
Players And Pieces
- Despite their relationship still being rocky (before and afterward), when a flaming tree nearly falls on Ruby, Weiss's first instinct is for both of them to cut their losses and run. She could have easily left her there, but chose not to.
- Pyrrha's prayer-like unlocking of Jaune's Aura.
- Most of Pyrrha and Jaune's interactions in general. Jaune not knowing things about the RWBY universe, and Pyrrha going out of her way to explain things to him. Other people would have probably been annoyed at his ignorance, but not Pyrrha.
- In a way, the aura unlocking could be seen as a sort of marriage, with their souls binding together.
- Ren smiles for the first time after Nora 'boops' him, and it is adorable.
- Not just any smile mind you. It's a "what am I gonna do with you" smile.
The Badge and The Burden, Pt. 1
- Once again, Ruby is in trouble, and Weiss's first instinct is to save her. And this time, it wasn't something that endangered herself at all.
- The only time Nora loses her cool in this episode is when the Deathstalker slams Ren into a wall. Process that for a moment. Being in the middle of a death-forest doesn't stress her. Being besieged on both sides by what could qualify as living mobile fortresses doesn't stress her. Ren possibly getting hurt? That's what makes her stop grinning.
- What Ruby whispers to herself after Weiss buries the hatchet with her. Not to mention the burying of the hatchet itself.
- Yang rushing to try and saving Ruby from the Deathstalker, and as soon as she's had her moment with Weiss, the first thing she does is run up and hug her little sister.
- Yang's smiling, wordless So Proud of You moment as the teams are leaving the temple.
: What is it? [beat of watching Ruby leading the way] Yang
- Plus Blake's smile after the above exchange suggests that she could tell what Yang was thinking.
- In Episode 7, Professor Ozpin had seemed only vaguely aware of Glynda's comments about Jaune not being ready for Beacon until the team announcements at the end of Episode 8. He singles out Jaune alone for personal praise with a very "I'm proud of you" tone. In other words, he's basically announced to the entire academy that Jaune has proven he has every right to be at Beacon.
- Pyrrha's brilliant grin the moment Jaune is announced to be the leader of team JNPR.
- Jaune's surprise at being named team leader by Ozpin. He was clearly not expecting it as he was looking at Pyrrha moments before Ozpin said his name, expecting her to receive the honor.
- For one of the final parts of team RWBY's plan to beat the Nevermore, Weiss has to cast a dozen Dust spells in an instant to propel Ruby up the cliff. A moment after Ruby lands on the cliff wall, the camera pans back to Yang, Blake and Weiss, and Weiss falls to one knee in exhaustion after pumping out so many spells so quickly. Consider this for a moment. Not only does Weiss trust Ruby enough to exhaust herself for Ruby's plan, but Ruby reciprocates by leaving her safety in Weiss's hands, since, if the spell had failed, Ruby would no doubt have gotten killed either by falling or being too exposed to a direct attack from the Nevermore.
The Badge and The Burden, Pt. 2
- Blake, who prior to this has been mostly cold and standoffish is now gleefully engaging in Ruby's and Yang's morning antics.
Jaunedice, Pt. 1
- Professor Port gives Weiss a combination of a mild lecture and a pep talk when she complains about not being leader of Team RWBY, rounding it out by encouraging her to focus on being the best person she can be, instead of worrying about being the best leader.
- Not to mention his unshakable faith in Professor Ozpin's judgement.
- Professor Ozpin's pep talk to Ruby is also pretty heartwarming, as she was feeling rather down after being chewed out by Weiss earlier. He told her off about her assumption of leadership, warning her that she may have been given it, but she still has to earn it, but he does so in a gentle way that gives her confidence to take his advice instead of knocking her spirit even further.
- Weiss making up with Ruby at the end of the episode after getting over the fact that she wasn't made team leader and having taken Professor Port's advice to heart (and seeing that Ruby's trying to take her role a bit more seriously by studying - taking Ozpin's advice even though Weiss doesn't know that).
[Weiss nudges Ruby to wake her with a soft "Ahem!"] Ruby:
Weiss! I-I-I was studying and then I fell asleep I'm sorry! Weiss: [covers Ruby's mouth and spots her mug]
How do you take your coffee? Ruby:
I-I don— Weiss: [irritably]
Answer the question! Ruby: Cream and five sugars! Weiss: [sighs]
Don't move. [drops down to her bunk and comes back with coffee]
Um...thanks, Weiss... Weiss:
...Ruby, I think you have what it takes to be a good leader. Just know that I am going to be the best
teammate you will ever have. Good luck studying. [goes to leave but stops to point at Ruby's paper]
That's wrong by the way! [beat] Weiss:
Hey, Ruby? Ruby:
...I always wanted bunk beds as a kid. [exits]
Jaunedice, Pt. 2
- Pyrrha's concern for Jaune because of how Cardin treats him. She even tells Jaune that he can always ask her and the others for help whenever he's being bullied. It just shows how much she cares about Jaune.
- A small moment, but when Glynda mentions the tournament coming up, Weiss gets just as excited about it as Yang, before quickly returning back to her 'prim and proper' persona.
Forever Fall, Pt. 1
- Pyrrha telling Jaune that she "really will break [Cardin's] legs", after watching Jaune just take his crap again.
- The simple fact that Pyrrha was more than willing to help Jaune train.
Forever Fall, Pt. 2
- So, Cardin is Blackmailing Jaune, what makes Jaune decide enough is enough? Being forced to be their lacky? Nope. An inspirational speech from Ruby? Nope. Tasked to get a large amount of Rapier Wasps in the middle of the night? Nope. An attempt to get revenge on Pyrrha? Oh yes.
- Pyrrha throughout the episode. While she does act cold, and the looks she gives are heartbreaking, all of it points to just how much she cares for Jaune.
- Ruby's little chat with him in the hall, with her expressing to him the same confidence in Ozpin's decision as Professor Port had about Ruby's. Plus, passing on some of the gist of what Ozpin had said to her that day.
- And quite frankly, the way she kept saying, "Nope!" was adorable.
Jaune: ...I'm a failure.
Ruby: (cheerfully) Nope!
Jaune: "Nope" ?
Ruby: Nope! You're a leader now, Jaune. You're not allowed to be a failure.
Jaune: But what if I'm a failure at being a leader?
: Hmmm... (Beat
Jaune: Heh...you know, you're not the easiest person to talk to about this kind of stuff.
- Do what you want to Jaune himself, but do NOT mess with his team and/or friends.
- First, the obvious: Pyrrha manipulating Jaune's shield to protect him from the Ursa's right paw. But also the conversation with Ruby and Weiss afterward. It's clear that we don't really need to know why Pyrrha's very supportive of Jaune; all we need to know is that she'll always be there for him, even when Jaune himself doesn't know it.
Ruby: We have to tell them what happened!
Pyrrha: Or... We could just keep it our little secret.
- Jaune acknowledging he had been a jerk for the last few days (weeks?) and apologizing to Pyrrha. And Pyrrha accepting without reservation.
Pyrrha: Jaune, it's okay. Your team really misses their leader, you know.
- The smile on Pyrrha's face when Jaune finally asks for her help in training his combat skills.
Black and White
- In spite of all the drama, seeing Weiss and Ruby low five (which one would hardly expect from Weiss) was pretty cute, and shows their friendship really does exist.
- Even more potent is that Weiss is the one who initiates the low five.
- Ruby can't help but say yes to Penny's request for friendship. Penny's exuberance is adorable, if uncanny.
- This also shows the Character Development Ruby has undergone over the course of the season. Accepting a friendship request even at the discouragement of one's existing friends is quite a difference from the girl in Episode 2 who didn't feel the need to socialize when her sister was around.
- The fact that Weiss even went out with Ruby and Yang to look for Blake. How she feels about Blake is unknown, but she's willing to put those feelings aside and help her friends.
- Weiss declaring she doesn't care that Blake was once a member of the White Fang and insists that she talk to her teammates the next time something serious happens.
- Also when she proceeds to talk to Sun, you can hear her nearly call him by the names she used in the last episode, but she stops herself just before she does so. It could be for Blake.
- Penny decides to wipe the floor with a few dozen White Fang goons because they hurt Ruby.
- Also, Ruby telling her to stay back where it's safe.
- Blake as a child protesting alongside White Fang. She's so adorable.
- Ruby trying to "diffuse" any possible situation with Blake and Weiss at the end.
- Ruby doesn't quite understand the problem. "Weiss; it's not what you think; she doesn't actually wear a bow; she's got these kitty ears, and they're actually kinda cute!"
- Aside from Weiss choosing to look past Blake's past and consider her a teammate, there's just something poignant in the way she restrains herself from disparaging Sun in front of Blake. Considering how liberal she's been with insulting the Faunus an episode earlier, she's clearly not the girl she was 12 hours earlier.
- Sun hanging around with Blake- a near-total stranger- for two days, because he thought she needed the company. And she did.
Best Day Ever
Welcome To Beacon
A Minor Hiccup
- According to Jaune, Weiss was nice enough to tell him + his team about Blake's 'status'.
- When Weiss' advantage in their card game crumbles she falls back down into her chair in waterfall tears. Then Ruby, still in tears herself over her own move being ruined, tries comforting her.
Yang: Trap card.
Yang: *Rearranges the board* Your armies have been destroyed!
Weiss: *Slumps into her chair crying* I hate this game of emotions we play!
Ruby: *Leaps into Weiss lap and hugs her still in tears herself* Stay strong, Weiss! We'll make it through this together!
Weiss: *Still emotional, hugs Ruby back and pulls her close.* Shut up! Don't touch me!
- Notice especially that Weiss says not to touch her and THEN goes in for a bigger hug. Her heart seems to know better than her head what she thinks of Ruby.
- The flashback in which Ozpin tries his damnedest to get Blake to open up. It's very clear he cares about his students and is saddened by prejudice that the faunus fall under.
Ozpin: I admire your drive, and I am proud to run a school that accepts individuals from all walks of life. Rich, poor, human...[beat, takes a sip of coffee]...faunus...[with a hint of sadness] Why do you wear that bow, Blake? Why hide who you are?
- Even when he becomes harsher and colder during that conversation, while asking if Blake still has connections with the White Fang, it's not because he's judging her — he is protecting his world, and his students. Only when he begins to mention a possible threat does his expression and tone turn hard, and when that passes, he goes back to a worried and sad expression, asking Blake to please speak to him if anything is bothering her, not just if she has any more information about the incident. He makes it clear that he does care about his students, ALL his students, very much.
- Before that, how much he believes in protecting his students, and very subtly, that he believes they can take care of themselves as well - all expressed in one sentence.
Ironwood: But ask yourself this: Do you seriously believe your children can win a war? (slowly turns to leave)
Ozpin: I hope they never have to.
- Weiss noticing Blake's depression, and calling her out on it, getting her to open up to them, just as Blake promised at the end of Volume 1.
- The way she dramatically poses on a chair just to ask Blake what is wrong is adorable and funny. Ruby seems to be rubbing off on her.
Painting The Town
- Sun's response to Ruby's attempts to discourage him from helping them investigate the The White Fang.
Ruby: Sorry Sun. We don't wanna get friends involved if we don't have to.
Sun: That's dumb, you should always get friends involved.
- A blink and you miss it moment right at the start; after Jaune fails to flirt with Weiss and everyone leaves, Yang ruffles his hair and tries to reassure him on the way past.
- Despite how scared Penny obviously is she's adamant that her father loves her and is genuinely worried about her well-being.
- Ruby herself expresses an understanding and appreciation in regards to her own father.
- There's something about the delivery of Ruby's "...oh" at the end that seems to carry an understanding, almost comforting tone, instead of something more shocked or along the lines of "...huh, interesting."
- Ruby and Penny's interactions are very sweet. When they meet to discuss what happened after the night at the docks, Ruby appears by Penny's side with a hand on her shoulder, just smiling. From then on, the entire thing almost feels like a date.
Burning the Candle
- Team RWBY has taken up the task of planning the dance in hopes of trying to cheer Blake up who is not doing so well thanks to the worry born from previous episodes. So far it seems to be for naught, as Blake angrily declared the dance to be "a colossal waste of time".
- While training Jaune gets this confident little smile on his face when he manages to surprise Pyrrha. Immediately after she gets that same mischievous smirk from volume one right before she knocked him on his butt and does it again. This time she can't help but laugh after she knocks him on his butt during training but it has a charming mix of amused friend and proud teacher.
Pyrrha: *Laughing* Well done! You sword play has improved immensely!
Jaune: Couldn't have done it without you.
- While it mostly shows how oblivious Jaune is to Pyrrha's feelings, it is also rather heartwarming at how ridiculous he finds the thought that Pyrrha isn't popular among the guys.
Jaune: Please, if you can't get a date, I'll wear a dress. Ha!
Dance Dance Infiltration
- Seeing that Jaune's feelings for Weiss are genuine and not just a part of his Casanova Wannabe persona. It was nice to know that he really does admire her and can look past her Rich Bitch attitude to see her good points.
- Despite knowing each other for a few months and the fact that he barely ever speaks, Jaune already trusts Ren enough to divulge such personal feelings. He considers Ren to be like the brother he never had. Ren even admits that he feels the same about Jaune.
- Pyrrha's I Want My Beloved to Be Happy moment, where she encourages Jaune to speak from his heart about how he feels about Weiss. Nora dejectedly tells Pyrrha to practice what she preaches.
- Yang's backstory while sad has it's heartwarming moments, namely when she's talking about her family. Specifically, Summer Rose went missing while on a mission, and Yang's own birth mother left as well for reasons unknown. Yang, determined to find out more about her mother, took Ruby in a wagon and searched through a dark, dirty, and dangerous forest. When she got to an abandoned house, Yang was about to fall off her feet from exhaustion... and was greeted by a pack of Beowolves. The only reason she and Ruby survived was because Qrow was nearby. This also implies the person she was looking for in the Yellow trailer was her mother - and instead of being weak and tired, that was when Yang is a Lightning Bruiser. She's definitely grown since that incident.
- Blake's reaction was very telling. For most of this episode, and the one before it, Blake has been moody, morose, and cold. While Yang was speaking (very softly, at that), Blake's fatigued and stern glower slowly drops. By the end of Yang's monologue, Blake's looking down at the floor, clearly upset, offers her sympathy, and even admits that she understands now why Yang's trying to get her out of this funk. Even at her absolute worst state, Blake still manages to be The Empath.
- Yang is pleading with Blake to calm the hell down regarding her obsession with White Fang and Torchwick. Blake vehemently believes that capturing Torchwick is more important. It gets to the point where Yang has to shove Blake to the table in frustration. When Blake, peeved, gets back up, Yang simply...hugs her. She's almost to the point of tears as she says You Are Not Alone.
- Yang had seemingly successfully gotten through to Blake, and not only does Blake agree to get some rest and attend the dance, but she greets Sun with, "I knew you'd look better with a tie on." Not only does Blake dance with Yang first, she even laughs while dancing with Sun afterwards.
- A minor one, but Weiss is seen talking with a stranger and smiling, which shows how she has been defrosting.
- Also minor but no less sweet, is Yang's reaction to seeing Ruby in her dressed-up outfit. The level of proud sisterly squee in 'Ooooh, you look so beautiful!' is certainly touching.
- The fact that Yang had no idea that Summer wasn't her real mother until after she went missing definitely counts. The woman clearly loved Yang as if she were her own.
- Ruby and Ozpin's chat during the dance was very interesting. They discuss how fighting is like dancing, how one cannot spend all their time on the battlefield, and how amazing it is when friends can spend time together. Ozpin is speaking to Ruby in a tone of equality, and it's very interesting how easily the two can converse.
- Ruby and Jaune's friendship is still going strong.
Jaune: So I see you're hiding behind the punch bowl as well.
Jaune: [holds up his glass in mock seriousness] To the socially awkward.
[Ruby giggles, and they clink their glasses]
- Jaune took a joking remark that he made to Pyrrha, and held himself to it.
- And Jaune setting his own anger/jealousy aside, in the end, talking to Neptune.
- After learning that Pyrrha didn't bring a date, and settling things, there's only one thing left to do; arrive wearing a dress. Despite everyone laughing, even Pyrrha (though good-naturedly, and after a valiant attempt not to), he's not embarrassed in the slightest and asks if she wants to dance - which she's thrilled to. Even more heartwarming is to hear Pyrrha go from depressed to completely giddy schoolgirl as Jaune takes the lead, pulls her to him, and then leads her onto the dance floor.
Pyrrha: [Turns to see what everyone is laughing at] ...Jaune...? [Smirk starts to creep across her face]
Jaune: [In a dress with no trace of embarrassment] A promise is a promise.
[beat, Pyrrha tries not to laugh, smile growing bigger by the second]
Pyrrha: [Bursts out laughing] Jaune! You didn't have to!
Jaune: Hey, an Arc never goes back on his word. Now do you want to stand there and laugh at me...[Offers his hand]...Or do you want to dance?
Pyrrha: I...would love to dance! [Jaune suddenly pulls her to him] Oh! [He leads her to the dance floor] Ahhhh~!
- The look on Jaune's face as he's revealed wearing the dress. He's putting himself through enormous ridicule and mockery, in front of the entire school, no less, all so he can make Pyrrha smile. The fella may be Oblivious to Love, but he clearly cares for Pyrrha in his very own Adorkable way.
- Thanks to Jaune's advice, Neptune approaches Weiss again after things went a little sour and puts a good word in about Jaune to boot:
Weiss: So what made you change your mind?
Weiss: You said you were embarrassed at first. What made you come talk to me?
Neptune: You're looking at him. [scene briefly shifts to the dress-wearing Jaune still dancing with Pyrrha] You've got some good friends looking out for you.
- And if you watch Weiss' face carefully, you'll notice her smile going a bit crooked as Neptune says this. Despite the obvious implication, Weiss still isn't too sure she can agree - or perhaps doesn't know what he's talking about.
- After watching Pyrrha suffer in silence for two episodes, culminating with her alone and completely depressed at the dance, seeing how clearly thrilled she is to be dancing with Jaune after finally opening up to him is wonderful.
- Penny's guards don't treat her like a "thing." The red one was dancing with her by the end.
- The only two people who don't seem to be having fun are Ozpin and Glynda, who are standing together on the sidelines, in a silent but comfortable sort of way, watching everyone else having fun. Unlike the other teachers, they're not even drinking. Ironwood interrupts them to ask Glynda, who was coldly dismissive of him a few episodes ago, to dance. She starts to turn away, rolling her eyes in disgust. Ozpin catches her eye, gives her a subtle nod of permission, resulting in her instantly accepting Ironwood's request with surprising politeness. Apparently, Ozpin and Glynda don't need words to communicate, and she'll dance with someone she dislikes if he wants her to.
- For some reason, Ren's expression when asking "wait, what is happening?" looks like he knows what's happening, but is teasing Nora. Ahh, playful banter.
Search and Destroy
- Ruby is feeling ashamed about letting Cinder Fall escape from her at the dance. Ironwood reassures her that what she did was honourable and brave.note
- Weiss, Blake, and Yang are aware of what happened during the ball, crowd around a downtrodden Ruby. While Weiss reprimands Ruby for her impulsiveness, Blake, who'd recently been running herself ragged trying to investigate what was going on, defends Ruby's actions while Yang reassures Ruby that things will be alright.
- Many fans feared Blake would go back to running herself ragged after hearing the news of what happened while she was having fun, but thankfully, this isn't the case at all.
- Ozpin, realizing that Team RWBY would go to the southeast region, whether first-year students were forbidden to or not, gives them his permission to go. The girls appear to be genuinely grateful for his lenience.
- Ruby and Yang discovering that their father mailed them the family dog Zwei in a tube. It's undoubtedly bizarre but the way they act makes it obvious that the two of them enjoy their father's antics.
- Such antics also serve as proof that their father has somewhat managed to recover from the loss of his wife.
- Then there's the pure joy and giddiness Ruby displays at seeing Zwei again: A huge smile upon seeing him, jumping for joy, and baby talking to him in the background while Yang explains Zwei to the others.
- Weiss almost immediately taking a liking to Zwei.
- The reason why so many characters are named after colors? As a reminder of the great war, where art, culture and freedom of expression were all oppressed. People named their children after colors to show that no matter what, what they fought for will live on forever.
- It's a small moment, but Velvet was never worried about failing their mission, which ran a week late, simply because she had Yatsuhashi looking out for her.
- It was also good to see the show of concern from the main cast and them interacting with her versus how she had to deal with team CRDL's bullying alone.
- Doctor Oobleck's entire speech on why he became a Huntsman. Especially his conviction on how to best serve mankind. It made him shoot up a lot of fan's favorites list.
- While the rest of her team is struggling to figure out their true motivation for becoming huntresses, Ruby almost reflexively takes first watch. As she watches out over the city, Weiss, Blake, and Yang are clearly struggling to get to sleep. Ruby, stroking Zwei as she does, says "Don't worry. Things will be better, tomorrow." There's a reason why Oobleck did not have to ask Ruby why she fights.
- Glynda comforting Ironwood when he expresses his fears that Ozpin is leaving him out of the loop despite his years of service.
- Team RWBY, sans Ruby, discuss their reasons for why they wanted to be Huntresses, and to make a difference in world. However, just like last episode, they think the answers they gave before weren't satisfying enough, and begin to understand that being one is/takes a lot more than they expected... but it's still a good job. In the corner, the (apparently) asleep Oobleck has a tiny little smile.
- Weiss reveals the reason she left Atlas: she knows about the morally dubious turn that her family's company has taken, and hopes to put things right.
- Yang catching Ruby and spinning her around in a hug when they reunite.
- When the team needs back-up, Ruby immediately decides to call for Jaune.
- Weiss has no hesitation in handing Blake a clip full of dust right before they go into battle, as well as attacking the White Fang's lieutenant and trusting Blake to finish the job. Given their differences at the end of last volume, they've come a long way.
- Even better, the dust clip provides elemental effects to Blake's Semblance, allowing her to use them for something else than running away. Not only did Weiss hear Blake's concerns about the matter, but she listened and deliberately provided something to alleviate those concerns. Moreso when you realise that Weiss may have sourced said dust from her own rapier, sacrificing her own combat abilities to help her team-mate.
- When Blake is offered the choice between taking her revenge out on Torchwick, who was taunting her this whole time, or helping Weiss, she quickly goes to her friend's aid (though she does knock-out Torchwick with a kick, just for good measure).
- Doctor Oobleck's bond with Ruby's dog, and vice versa.
- When Jaune gets a missed call from Ruby, his team dismisses it, but he figures something is wrong and tells them they are investigating. He even assures Ren that they can go to the village he wanted to visit in the future. What a true friend.
- When Pyrrha sees Jaune about to square off against an Ursa, she is genuinely frightened for his safety (the last time he faced one it would have killed him if she hadn't intervened). When he proceeds to hack it to pieces in nothing flat, she gives him a satisfied smile, clearly pleased that his training has gone so well.
- When Fox's punch made an big Ursa explode and send spikes flying everywhere, Yatsuhashi was standing in front of Velvet, shielding her from the spikes.
- "Gold": A bubbly song that about being a protective, comforting, and generally positive influence on someone's life.
- And according to Jeff Williams, it's about Yang's relationship with Ruby. So to sum up, Yang loves her sister so much, they gave her a second theme song to properly express it.
- "I May Fall": It's a song about the Darkest Hour and the protagonists Heroic Resolve to not die, that with their friends they can not, will not fall.
- "Wings": The ending credits song for the sixteenth episode, and a heartfelt anthem about enduring hardship, surpassing pain and finding strength in those who care about you.
- "Shine": The song from the JNPR dance in V2E7. The official Arkos theme song. It's basically Pyrrha singing about how Jaune saved her from loneliness and how much she loves him. Shipping feels! It can also be interpreted as a Bumbleby song, since Blake's and Yang's bond was stronger by the time of the dance.
- "Boop": A song about Nora wishing that she and Ren were "Together-Together". Also, when she says Boop, she's really trying to say "I love you".