Ruby was right. We're here to make the world better. Even if the show is known for having a lot of horrid, harsh and cruel moments, there are always nicer, kinder things to look forward to.
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- The transition from the scene of Ruby, Ozpin, and Glynda is Yang moving in front of the camera to hug Ruby. She's so happy that they don't have to split up.
Yang: "Oh, I can't believe my baby sister is going to Beacon with me! This is the best day EVER!
Ruby: *unable to breathe* Please stop...
Yang: But I'm so proud of you!
- 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. A kind gesture from people who played some bad guys.
- The Japanese dub begins with this.◊
- Jaune's interactions with Ruby in general are very awkward yet very sweet.
- 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.
- The credits theme, Gold, is all about Yang being a good sister to Ruby.
- 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.
- Yang trades some friendly banter with Jaune after Weiss and Pyrrha leave, and Ruby helps him up and walks him out to the deployment area. It's all quite nice to watch, and the two social misfits certainly have some great chemistry.
- 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 it pretty much leaves her with a plain shield in the middle of a forest infested with creatures of Grimm.
- 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, neither party does the Big "NO!", 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.
- The fact that Ruby immediately brings up Jaune when thinking about getting another partner apart from her sister. All because he's nice and funny. If only because he doesn't look strong enough, Ruby would be completely comfortable with the idea of spending the next four years with Jaune as her partner.
- 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 smile at each other.
- Despite her efforts to get Ruby to make new friends and saying it might be better for her to partner up with someone else, Yang's first instinct is still to look for Ruby.
- Despite their relationship still being rocky (before and afterward), when a flaming tree nearly falls on Ruby, Weiss' first instinct is for both of them to cut their losses and run. She could have easily left her there, but chose not to.
- "I could have KILLED you!" Weiss actually seems more mad about almost hurting Ruby than she does having her attack interrupted. Keep in mind: Weiss is the "Technician", compared to Ruby the "Performer".
- 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.
- This scene becomes even more heartwarming when taking into account events that happen in Season 5. Neither of them realize it at the time, but when Pyrrha shares her Aura with Jaune she's also teaching him how to use his Semblance, as it kicks in when he shares his Aura with others.
- Once again, Ruby is in trouble, and Weiss' 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? Yeah, Prepare to Die immediately.
- 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.
Blake: What is it?
[beat of watching Ruby leading the way]
- Plus, Blake's smile after the above exchange suggests that she could tell what Yang was thinking.
- For one of the final parts of Team RWBY's plan to beat the Nevermore, Weiss has to cast a dozen Glyphs 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. Blink and you might miss it, but 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 it by leaving her safety in Weiss' hands, since, if the spell had failed, Ruby would no doubt have gotten killed either by falling or being exposed to a direct attack from the Nevermore.
- 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.
- Yang's reaction to Ruby getting put in charge was rather sweet. It really shows how supportive she is of her little sis.
- Blake, who prior to this has been mostly cold and standoffish, is now gleefully engaging in Ruby's and Yang's morning antics.
- There's also the fact that Weiss deigned herself to participate in decorating the room at all.
- 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] Here.
Ruby: 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!
Weiss: ...Hey, Ruby?
Weiss: ...I always wanted bunk beds as a kid. [exits]
- Glynda's expression as she finishes her lecture on Jaune. She obviously doesn't think of him as a competent fighter, but that only makes her even more concerned about his well-being.
- Ruby and Pyrrha sharing the same concern for Jaune because of how Cardin treats him. They try to get him to admit he's being bullied so he can ask for help. It just shows how much they care about Jaune.
- Nora can also be seen with a sad expression on her face during the discussion, something very rare, and offers to help, if "We'll break his legs!" can be called help.
- 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.
- So, Cardin is Blackmailing Jaune. What makes Jaune decide enough is enough? Being forced to be their lackey? He can live with that.. An inspirational speech from Ruby? It's effective, but nope. Tasked to get a large amount of Rapier Wasps in the middle of the night? Nope (though admittedly he doesn't get stung for his trouble). 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.
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?Ruby: Hmmm... (Beat) Nope!Jaune: Heh...you know, you're not the easiest person to talk to about this kind of stuff.Ruby: Nope!
- And quite frankly, the way she kept saying, "Nope!" was adorable.
- Do what you want to Jaune himself, but here's some friendly advice: you don't mess with his team or his friends. Ever. That is a terrible idea.
- 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.
- 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 despite the wishes of her teammates. 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's sake.
- Penny decides to wipe the floor with a few dozen White Fang goons because they hurt Ruby, thus rewarding Ruby for agreeing to be her friend earlier.
- Also, Ruby telling her to stay back where it's safe.
- Blake as a child protesting alongside White Fang. She's so adorable...if you can ignore the context, at least.
- Ruby trying to "diffuse" any possible situation with Blake and Weiss at the end.
- The Adorkable part is that Ruby doesn't quite understand the actual 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
- Emerald and Mercury may be a new pair of antagonists for this volume, but their Vitriolic Best Buds routine can be quite endearing. One might wonder how either would react to the other being in any genuine peril.
Mercury: [in a sarcastically pleading fashion] Oh Emerald, master thief! Please don't take my money! I barely have enough to get by!
- Blake looks over her notes, which contains a pencil drawing of Adam from the back, with his rose symbol just below that. She doesn't say anything, but it's clear that despite deserting him in the Black trailer, she's still a little worried about him.
- On a secondary note, on the facing page is the old White Fang symbol and Adam's drawing has a training sword and no Grimm mask. These were before their violent turns, showing how she prefers to think of them, rather than what they are now.
- Let's take a brief moment to bask in Weiss' character evolution so far. When Blake makes a move to isolate herself, Weiss stands up and encourages them all to do something together. She was doing two things here which warm the heart. First, after Ruby explained her intentions in detail about spending their last day of free time together Weiss is the first to support her efforts. While she might not be advocating for the specific scheme Ruby has in mind, she is taking the initiative to accomplish Ruby's endgame of spending time together. This is in major contrast to how she started in volume one, where she treated Ruby as either a hindrance or as a rival through most of the episodes. Second, she is specifically attempting to wrangle Blake back into the group and not allow her to isolate herself. While this gesture is not as obvious as it becomes in episode two, Weiss is clearly trying to reach out to the girl. It's particularly poignant considering all the things she said about Blake's species and former organization at the end of volume One.
- Then she promptly gets pied in the face, which was fairly adorable in its own right. Doubly so if we take Nora's sudden cry of "I got it!" to mean that her solution to what to do today was in fact the ensuing food fight. And while we cut away from her full reaction, anger didn't seem to be part of it at all.
- Gotta love the bromance going on between Sun and Neptune in the episode.
- Sun is ecstatic over the opportunity of introducing Neptune to Team RWBY, speaks of them in idolizing tones, and makes a point of emphasizing Blake's desire for secrecy of her heritage in earnest. He's got a big smile on his face when he sees what the two teams are doing.
Sun: I love these guys.
- The mere fact that everyone is willing to engage in this wholesale silliness is pretty heartwarming by itself. Yes, this would come naturally for Nora, Ruby, and Yang, but this seems like the kind of situation that Blake, Ren, Weiss, (and to a lesser extent) Jaune and Pyrrha would just as well like to avoid. That everyone jumps right into it without a second thought speaks to how much the teams have loosened up and become more tightly knit.
- When Ruby is haming it up with the "fallen comrade" scene, Weiss doesn't react. She's playing along as the "fallen comrade" in question. In other words, she's indulging her silly teammate.
- During the food fight, you really get to see how good the teamwork in RWBY has gotten. They trade off on fighting and block blows for each other throughout the fight. This enables them to stand in equal footing to Nora and Pyrrha.
- The epic food fight between RWBY and JNPR has ended, Glynda has cleaned up, and finished chewing them all out. How does everyone react? Nora belches loudly, Yang falls through the roof, and after a brief pause? Both teams, still a complete mess, bust up laughing. Then Ozpin shows up just in time to cool Glynda's head—they are still kids, after all.
- According to Jaune, Weiss was nice enough to tell him and his team about Blake's "status".
- Even better according to a livestream interview with Monty, Blake had said it was ok to tell them. It shows that Blake must trust team JNPR as much as she does her own team.
- 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.Weiss: Huh?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. Or hold more sway than her head.
- 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...
[Blake looks away.]
Ozpin: [with a hint of sadness] Why do you wear that bow, Blake? Why hide who you are?
- Even when he becomes a bit more down-to-business 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.
- How much Ozpin 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: [when Ironwood leaves] ...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 One. The way she dramatically poses on a chair just to ask Blake what is wrong is adorable and funny. Looks like Ruby's rubbing off on her.
- Following this, Blake does indeed tell them what's wrong; what's bothering her. They listen. Weiss tries to tell them to wait until they're ready, but when she's outvoted (again) she decides to lend her support as well.
- 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.
- 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.
- Ruby takes Penny's Robotic Reveal very kindly and assures her that she has a heart and soul.
Ruby: You think just because you have nuts and bolts instead of squishy guts makes you any less real than me?
Penny: (surprised and confused) I don't... Um... You're...taking this extraordinarily well.
- Weiss sending Blake a glyph to attack on, even though it means Weiss herself falls.
- Penny's conversation with the soldiers while Ruby was hiding was particularly telling; they really were worried for Penny. Ruby's smile suggests this wasn't lost on her, either.
- The episode opens with Pyrrha kicking the ever living crap out of Team CRDL. Yes, it's awesome seeing her beating them all on her own, but if you remember how much they bullied Jaune back in Volume One, along with the hints that she loves Jaune and the brutal way she finishes off Cardin, it's pretty likely that she asked to face them at least partly because she was still mad and wanted payback. It's just too bad she didn't get to live up to her threat to break Cardin's legs.
- 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!
- Seeing that Jaune's feelings for Weiss are genuine and how he only has eyes for her to the point of obliviousness for other women. 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.
- Even more so when you realize Nora's not just telling Pyrrha that... she knows that she should take that advice as well, given the song "Boop."
- 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 strong and powerful. 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 ends up shoving Blake to the table in frustration. When Blake, peeved, gets back up, Yang simply... hugs her.
- Blake greets Sun with, "I knew you'd look better with a tie on" before he gets a look at her and it's left without words for a moment until he asks her if they're actually going together. The smile on his face when she says yes is really Adorkable.
- 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 for Jaune to do; arrive wearing a freaking dress. Despite everyone laughing, even Pyrrha (though good-naturedly, and after a valiant attempt not to), he's not embarrassed in the slightest as he 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]
- Really, every single thing Jaune does from the moment he starts talking to Ruby counts. He gave up on trying to ask Weiss out to not get between her and Neptune, and his immediate and clear reaction to learning Neptune turned her down is anger on her behalf. Then when he actually meets Neptune and calls him out on 'leading the girls on', you should hear the admiration he has for Weiss and absolute lack of understanding how anyone could turn her down.
- And his earnestness gets through to Neptune to the point that he confesses his fears. The entire conversation that ensues is equal parts Crowning Moment of Heartwarming and Crowning Moment of Funny. And then after Neptune says that Weiss is 'all Jaune's' after his fuckup, Jaune considers this for several moments and then instructs him to just go talk to her and quotes Pyrrha's earlier instructions - which makes two for two of these two putting their friends' love lives before their own and giving good advice, which is a separate Crowning Moment of Heartwarming all in itself.
- 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. Point that Jaune's intentions were actually good all along has been taken.
- And Neptune went from being absolutely unable to confess he can't dance to apparently going and explaining the whole thing to Weiss. The guy who tries so hard to be cool admitting he turned Weiss down because he was embarassed? Holy shit.
- Pyrrha's friendship with her team and RWBY gain a new light after we learn about her past. She knows perfectly what love and friendship are but lost these two after becoming a champion. This whole time she has been searching and hoping to find these again and we even see her attempting this with Weiss, only to be placed on a pedestal once again. Cut to her meeting Jaune. From this point forward, her dream come true.
- Penny's guards don't treat her like a "thing." The one in red 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 rolls her eyes and looks at Ozpin who gives her a subtle nod of permission, resulting in her instantly accepting Ironwood's request as she actually smiles.
- 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.
- Blake laughing along with Neptune and Sun, and generally enjoying herself at the dance, after having spent the past two episodes in a prolonged emotional and physical breakdown.
- Ruby is feeling ashamed about letting Cinder Fall escape from her at the dance. Ironwood reassures her that what she did was honorable and brave.note
- Weiss, Blake, and Yang, aware of what happened during the ball, crowd around a downtrodden Ruby once she's back from Ozpin's office. While Weiss notes that Ruby's decision was rather risky, 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, rules or no rules, bends the rules for them. 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 (or Taiyang) 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.
- Just when you think Ruby's gonna get chewed out for doing two things wrong, Doctor Oobleck immediately approves of Zwei joining them on the mission, gushing over their excellence performance in hunting and such things.
- 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 in a lot of fan's favorites list.
Oobleck: As a Huntsman, it is my job to protect the people, and although I am capable of doing it with traditional weaponry, I believe I can make a much larger impact if I do it with my mind. As a teacher, I'm able to take knowledge, the most powerful weapon of them all, and place it in the hands of every student that passes through my classroom. I look at this wasteland, and I see lives that could have been saved, but I also see an opportunity; an opportunity to study these ruins and learn from this tragedy, and therefore become stronger. I am a Huntsman, Ruby, because there is nothing else in this world I would rather be.
- Oobleck's interaction with the team is very endearing. He was introduced as a somewhat impatient Motor Mouth constantly zipping around, and upon seeing that he would be their guide, Team RWBY obviously didn't think much of him, particularly his combat abilities. Oobleck is then shown to be a very considerate and thoughtful person- he concedes to Ruby's logic, praises her ingenuity in bringing a dog to a tracking mission, converses with the girls respectfully, listens to and carefully thinks over their words, encourages them to think deeper about their opinions and motivations, and conducts his lessons in a slower and more mellow pace than previously seen in the classroom.
- 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 didn't have to ask Ruby why she chose to fight.
- 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 the 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 worthwhile job. In the corner, the (apparently) asleep Oobleck overhears them—and has a tiny little smile.
- Weiss reveals the reason she left Atlas: she's fully aware of the morally-dubious turn that her family's company has taken, and she hopes to put things right—something a regular job wouldn't do for anyone.
- Yang catching Ruby and spinning her around in their reunion hug.
- 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 up ahead. 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 realize that Weiss may have sourced said Dust from her own rapier, sacrificing her own combat abilities to help her teammate.
- 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 Zwei, and vice versa, as well as their Fastball Special attack.
- When Jaune gets a missed call from Ruby, his team isn't entirely worried about 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 no time flat, she gives him a satisfied smile, clearly pleased that his training has gone so well.
- When Fox's punch made a big Ursa explode and send spikes flying everywhere, Yatsuhashi stands in front of Velvet, shielding her from the spikes.
- Ruby paying a visit to Summer's grave to give her a summary of her adventures in the previous Volumes.
- It ends with a flock of birds flying into the setting sun, recreating Monty's rather unique signature.
- According to Emerald, Team RWBY is always happy around each other and friendly to everyone they meet. Yes, that includes the normally stuck-up, temperamental Weiss and the antisocial, brooding Blake. Seeing Team RWBY so comfortable with one another is such a far cry from the tensions that nearly tore the group apart in Volume One.
- Pyrrha offering to pay for Team RWBY's meal after Weiss' credit card gets declined.
- Minor example amidst the otherwise hilarious scene of Blake vainly trying to save her bowl of fish. The moment it gets nabbed by the shopkeeper, Weiss' look towards the dejected Blake indicates she feels bad the latter may not be getting her fish just because her card got declined.
- Learning that Nora and Ren have nowhere to go (apart from Beacon) because they're orphans gives a new light to their relationships with each other, and the others of Team JNPR + Team RWBY: as far as they're concerned, they're the only family they have. It also makes Jaune's remark that Ren is like the brother he never had, and Ren's admission that he feels the same way a lot more heartwarming in hindsight.
- Nora's Color Failure during her rant isn't just a one-off gag - it's actually clever foreshadowing. Later on, we finally get to see Ren's semblance: the ability to mask negative emotion, which also turns whoever it touches gray. Nora lost her color when she got worked up because Ren was trying to calm her down.
- Ren telling Jaune to stand up for himself against a rather hurtful comment about his fighting skills even if it came from Nora, his own partner and Jaune's teammate (not to mention, Jaune technically is Nora's leader). It's a notable step on their friendship considering he didn't really bother to say anything to Jaune when he was being bullied in the past.
- Jaune doesn't get mad at Nora and, instead, accepts that she's "not wrong" about him, which also hints that he has gained some confidence without letting it go to his head.
- Ruby makes a comment about "girl pockets" when Emerald gives her wallet back. A small friendly poke about Monty stating in a tweet that he intentionally designed each character with pockets so that cosplayers could carry around their valuables at conventions.
- When Nora first uses her semblance in the match against BRNZ, Port says that she's one of his favorite students.
- Ruby and Weiss cheering for Jaune and Neptune respectively.
- Pyrrha's about to laugh at the team attack name but as soon as Jaune thinks she might not like it, she stops and tries to convince him of otherwise.
- When Jaune is arguing with BRNZ, Pyrrha calls for him and he takes a moment to suppress his anger before speaking to her. It's a small thing, but considering that he previously raised his voice against her in Volume One, the fact that he made such an effort just to not accidentally do so again says a lot about much he has grown to care for her.
- Weiss complementing Jaune's increase in skill during JNPR's fight. Especially because she's the only one of his friends who didn't have faith in his ability.
- Blake blushing when Sun gives her a smile after SSSN's victory and empathizing on his dork nature.
- Weiss's reaction to seeing her sister arrive via airplane. Points to her voice actress, Kara, for being able to convey so many feelings in just two simple words.
- Weiss's entire behavior around her older sister Winter.
- Despite Winter initially scolding Weiss for her performance in the tournament, she doesn't question her about anything else related such as her grades or her ranking and, instead, puts the topic aside and shows to be more interested in Weiss's health, daily life, and even her friendships. Lastly, she decides to use what little free time she has left to be with her younger sister.
- Weiss points out Ruby when Winter asks her if she's made any new friends. The little interaction they have right after just makes it clearer.
- While it's as crisp and stiff as every other sentence out of Winter's mouth, and prefaced with her comment about finding Ruby underwhelming, Winter thanks Ruby for being friends with her sister.
- When Qrow pushes Weiss aside to confront Winter, we see Winter narrow her eyes in anger that someone would treat her sister like that.
- Ruby first seems concerned when Weiss tells her that someone is attacking Winter, but as soon as she sees that it's her uncle, she starts jumping up and down with excitement and loudly cheering him on.
- Penny waving at Ruby and Weiss before she leaves. It brings a smile to both of their faces.
- Ruby's reunion with her uncle Qrow and his reaction toward his niece's enthusiasm. It's very evident that Ruby absolutely adores her uncle. And sloshed or not, Qrow adores her right back.
Ruby: UNCLE QROW!!! (Jumps and latches onto his arm) Hi! (Qrow raises his arm, bringing her up to eye-level) Aahh, it's so good to see you! Did ya miss me? Did ya miss me?!
- He even repeats her favorite phrase "nope!" right back to her when she asks if he missed her, probably a sort of childhood game between them or one of Ruby's quirks growing up.
- The entire interaction, from Ruby hurtling out of nowhere and latching onto Qrow's arm, her exuberant "Hi!" and excitedly asking if he missed her to their little fist bump as Qrow leaves is so tooth-rottingly adorable you'll need to schedule an appointment with your dentist.
Qrow: (smirks) Nope! (Tussles her hair)
Ozpin: Qrow. A word, please.
Qrow: (whispering to Ruby) I think I'm in trouble.
Ruby: You did kinda tear up our courtyard.
Qrow: (smiles) Yeah. (winks) I did. (fist bumps Ruby) Catch ya later, kid.
- Even though it looks like Winter started the fight, Ironwood doesn't jump into conclusions nor scolds Winter. And when they meet with Qrow at Ozpin's office, he defends Winter and puts the blame on Qrow for provoking her.
- It's small, but despite their two family members duking it out in the courtyard and each siding with their respective relative, Weiss and Ruby don't seem to have let the Winter v. Qrow fight come between them and go back to joking about after it's over.
- Velvet's shocked response to Coco's defeat shows how much she cares about her teammate. And then to top it off Fox wordlessly leans across and puts a hand on her shoulder reassuringly. CFVY is clearly a very close-knit team, and this just demonstrates it again.
- Qrow, Yang and Ruby are all playing a video game together in Team RWBY's dorm. Its just a nice family moment.
- The sheer pride in Qrow's voice as he talks about Team STRQ. He even carries a photo of them around from their student days and waxes nostalgically about many crazy adventures they used to go on. He even called them the "coolest team that ever has ever graduated Beacon."
- When Yang locks onto her mother in the photo, Qrow immediately puts it away and changes the subject. The man cares for his nieces and he knows them well enough to avoid that subject.
- Qrow giving advice to Ruby and Yang about their future as huntresses, and he brings out this one inspiring quote from a certain someone.
"You two, you're going to go far. But only if you keep learning. If you never stop moving forward."
*Excuse your transcriber as she goes and cries in a corner*
- Switches over to Tear Jerker if you have the Youtube captions turned on:
- Winter and Weiss having tea together, where Winter compliments her sister's progress made on her own, tutors her in her glyphs, gives her a hug and then encourages her to live her own life outside their father's influence.
Some believe in fairy stories, and the ghosts that they can't see.
- As Winter leaves, we get an uplifting reprise of "Mirror Mirror".
I know that I could do so much, if I could just believe in me.
Mirror Mirror, I'll tell you something. I think I might change it all.
- A really minor detail, but still endearing: right as Winter and Weiss turn to go their separate ways, Winter looks over her shoulder at Weiss one last time. While only a small gesture, it really cements how much Winter cares about Weiss's well-being.
- Similarly minor, but last episode, while under the watch of Atlas military escorts, Winter says her mission + how long she was staying were classified. In private with Weiss this episode, she told her sister the details of both parts, without reserve and despite military training that classified means classified no matter what.
- Penny seeing Ruby and immediately making a beeline for her and giving her a flying hug.
- Penny likes having Ruby for a friend so much that she wants to transfer to Beacon.
- At the start of the fight, when Flynt was talking to Weiss, Yang tried to leap to Weiss' defense before Neon cut her off.
- Flynt and Neon are at first extremely rude to Weiss and Yang. While Neon is just agitating Yang to be The Gadfly, Flynt has a more personal reason for disliking Weiss: Flynt's father owned a Dust shop that was put out of business by the Schnee Dust Company. After Weiss sacrifices herself to save Yang from him by shoving him into a flaming vent:
Flynt: That was a gutsy move, Schnee... I dig it.
- Even better is that this is a Call-Back to Mountain Glenn where Weiss explains that she wants to become a Huntress so her family name will be remembered fondly instead of reviled for her father's actions, which is exactly what happens here.
- Weiss simply offers a heartfelt apology for what her father had done, without any of the indignance or defensiveness that the Weiss from previous volumes would've shown.
- After Neon spent the entire match ruthlessly taunting and mocking Yang and setting herself up to be an Alpha Bitch bully opponent, it's actually kind of sweet that she drops that act the minute the match is over, enthusiastically congratulates her opponents, and expresses a genuine interest in getting to know them outside the arena. Turns out the baiting just that—good old-fashioned trash talk that was never malicious.
"That was... that was...amazing! Oh my gosh, you guys were super-crazy-awesome! We should definitely party together sometime."
- After winning the fight Yang goes right to Weiss to see if she was OK after she took a hit for her and is soon joined by Ruby and Blake, who congratulate the two.
- Yang gently teasing Weiss about her form at the end of the match, a Call-Back to the beginning when Weiss instructed Yang to watch her form.
- Pyrrha still humbly declares that she only made it to the singles round thanks to her teammates.
- When Qrow insinuates that the opposite is true, Pyrrha actually becomes angry, and in her own subtle way, asks Qrow just who the hell he is to her.
- The story of the Four Seasons. The Maidens chose to help the Old Man out of the goodness of their hearts for no other reason than it was a kind thing to do. In return, he blessed them with power. Power great enough that its still exists to this day.
- Pyrrha mentioning fondly that her mother loved that fairy tale in particular.
- Despite being thrown into the deep end with shattering revelations about the world's history, Pyrrha unhesitatingly agrees to become the new Fall Maiden in order to safeguard humanity. Crosses with Tear Jerker, as it's very obvious throughout the whole scene that Pyrrha is very upset and scared by everything that's going on right now and doesn't want to be the Fall maiden, to have yet another spotlight on her, but will go through with it because she's Pyrrha and she holds everyone else's needs above her own.
- RWBY happily cheering Yang on in the finals round, even if it does end badly.
Ruby: Break a leg, sis!
- When Yang wins her fight against Mercury, the rest of her team congratulate her with cries of joy - Blake even leaps to her feet to applaud her. Too bad it doesn't last though.
- Emerald's affection for Cinder suddenly makes sense when we learn that, before Cinder recruited her, she used to make a living out of robbery.
Cinder: Follow me, and you'll never be hungry again.Emerald: Thank you...
- The main villains interacting inside the ambulance is a bit funny and heartwarming sight. Especially after seeing how they came to be.
Cinder: Well, you all performed marvelously. Driver included.Neo: (smiles at Cinder)
- The moment when Amber, the Autumn Maiden, sees a crying child by the side of the road. She gets off her horse and comfortingly offers the little girl an apple. True, the scenario was an illusion, but the kindness was real. Too bad that kind act utterly blew up in poor Amber's face moments later.
- Ironwood's sad expression when he informs Team RWBY that they're disqualified. He and the staff at Beacon are seemingly on Yang's side, and believe the incident to be nothing more than an unfortunate accident. However, there's nothing they can do to help her since it doesn't change the fact that millions of people had just watched her kneecap an "innocent" person on live TV. Either way, despite his harsh tone and having to raise his voice at one point, Ironwood seems to legitimately regret having to disqualify them.
- Ruby and Weiss immediately believe Yang's pleas of innocence. Blake needs a bit more convincing, but it's understandable given what happened with Adam; even then, it doesn't take much for her to come around. What's most telling is that Weiss, the one who you'd expect to be laying into Yang for her actions, is the first one to defend her, even getting mad at Blake, which just goes to show how far she's come.
Weiss: You're hotheaded, but not ruthless.
- More than just supporting Yang, Weiss' entire tone for that scene implies she is downright pissed at how her friend is being treated:
- After seeing Yang driven to tears, Blake instantly regrets insinuating that her partner is lying. She explains that her past experiences are why she can't really trust Yang after this, before admitting "But you're not him," and choosing to trust Yang after the latter honestly says that she saw Mercury attack her first. It's nice to see Blake slowly grow out of her trust issues here.
- After leaving Yang to have some privacy, it's kind of nice to see Weiss and Blake go off to have coffee/tea together, cementing the fact that, in spite of their earlier issues, the two of them really are friends.
- Team JNPR also express their concern for Yang. In turn, Ruby wishes Pyrrha luck in the tournament. Just shows how much the two teams care for one another.
- Team JNPR doing everything they can to help Pyrrha prepare for the tournament. Even if it doesn't last, seeing her laugh at Ren and Nora's antics was quite refreshing, given the heavy load that had just been dumped on her.
- After questioning what made her shoot Mercury, and telling her that Raven won't come to her aid again if she needs it, Qrow tries to lift Yang's spirits and offers her a hand in helping her track Raven down if she ever wishes to do so.
- Its heartwarming in another way as well. Qrow KNOWS Yang considers finding her mother one of her major goals in life. While Raven does contact Qrow, he affirms that she only does so when it suits her and it's implied to be sporadic. He never told Yang about this before because he's afraid that Yang will be crushed when she finds out what Raven is actually like.
- The moment where Qrow affectionately calls Yang "Firecracker". It sounds like the kind of nickname her uncle's had for her for years.
- Despite their obviously disagreeing world views, her choices and sparse contact, Qrow initially speaks fondly of Raven. Its clear that despite their differences he still dearly loves her sister.
- Jaune and Pyrrha share quite a touching moment where Jaune's presence alone comforts Pyrrha immensely. Jaune putting his hand on top of hers probably helped too, and the fact that he wasn't even nervous; he's just that focused on trying to help her.
- Easy to miss that Jaune never even bothered to ask Pyrrha what's wrong. He doesn't press her about it and, instead, he settles with letting Pyrrha know that she has his full support. Whether she decides to share her concerns with him or not it's her choice only and Jaune is considerate enough to accept that.
- The maple leaves deserve mention. The first one that landed in front of Pyrrha caused her to become distressed as it was a reminder of what's coming to her. Then Jaune comes in to comfort her and another maple leaf lands right next to the other one reassuringly.
- Velvet's appearance in the episode is just a nice moment between her and Ruby, where she expresses concern for Yang, disgust at how people are treating her and offering Ruby a small consolation that Coco also underwent 'battlefield hallucinations', unintentionally giving Ruby a thread to spot. It's nice to know that Velvet, an older student, supports her first year friends even though she must have few chances to interact with them regularly. Her moments with her photography are cute too.
- Nora and Ren enthusiastically cheer for Pyrrha, while Jaune looks worried for her.
- Weiss and Blake actually went to the cafe together.
- It's oddly adorable to see that Neo brought Roman his hat, even if she didn't need to.
- Crossing over with Tear Jerker, Port's reaction to Penny's death seems very genuine, less out of shock at her nature, and more at the fact that a student just died.
- This is a testament to how much Ozpin cares about the people: Despite Cinder staining Gen. Ironwood's actions regarding bringing his army to Vale. What does he do first when James calls? He doesn't immediately accuse him or lock him out; instead, he basically tells the general to do what he promised to do and use his army to do it.
- Blake assuring a worried Yang that Ruby can fend for herself. Shows how much she's come to trust her teammates and her leader, despite having been shown to have major trust issues in previous chapters.
- Weiss expresses sadness at Penny's death. In "The Stray", Weiss (along with Blake and Yang) were creeped out by Penny upon meeting her.
- Jaune, Nora, and Ren are still in the stadium despite the chaos, with Jaune shouting at Pyrrha to move, finally just jumping down to rush to the platform.
- Immediately after this, Nora yells after Jaune, with a similar tone to the one she used in "New Challengers" (after Ren was briefly knocked down); she's truly worried for her teammate.
- When the Nevermore is bearing down on Pyrrha, it's suddenly attacked by Ruby... using one of Penny's swords.
Ruby: Leave her alone!!
- Pyrrha apologizes to Ruby, and Ruby assures her that Penny's death wasn't her fault, followed by Jaune bringing her weapons and adding:
Jaune: We have to make sure they don't take anyone else.
- Jaune and Ruby give Pyrrha exactly what she's been needing for a very good while: Forgiveness. Jaune for her shoving him into a pillar, and Ruby for what happened to Penny, and it's exactly what Pyrrha needed to get back in the fight.
- Right as Ruby, JNPR, SSSN, ABRN, CFVY, Flynt and Neon are about to fight the Grimm in the stadium, Port and Oobleck step in and tell them to leave.
Oobleck: Ms. Rose. This day will surely go down in Remnant's history. I'll prefer it, if my students could live to tell about it.
- Team ABRN and half of Team FNKI jumping to Ruby's aid just as quickly as Teams JNPR, CFVY, and SSSN do is a really touching moment.
- Not only that - look at it even more deeply. There's a very high chance that by staying to fight for Beacon, they could either die or never see their homes (Mistral to ABRN, Atlas to FNKI) for a long, long time. But when given the explicit choice to either go home or fight for a place they don't even live in, they don't hesitate to take the latter option.
- Blake and Weiss, who spend the last portion of Volume One butting heads, fighting off Grimm together. Weiss, who contested Ruby's leadership in Volume One, lets Blake take the lead in fighting off the White Fang at the docks. Blake pushes Weiss out of the way of an Atlesian robot's line of fire. When the two of them split up to deal with multiple threats, Weiss tells her to be safe.
- As Team SSSN and JNPR are lining up for battle, we get a little scene of Jaune and Pyrrha exchanging this adorable little look between them. Despite being stuck fighting a nearly hopeless battle, they're just happy to be at each other's side again.
- Not only that, but Pyrrha is copying Jaune's dramatic pose. D'aww.◊
- Roman giving a very concerned - yes, even fearful - shout for Neo when Ruby activates her parasol, sending her flying off the ship. This is followed by an uncharacteristic display of blind rage. It's the first time in three seasons that he's shown an emotion other than smug superiority and subtle annoyance, which really drives the point home that Neo is not just any henchman.
- Velvet's sheer excitement at finally getting to use her weapon is adorable.
- In the ensuing sequence where Velvet reveals that her ability is Power Copying, there's a bit where she activates Penny's weapon and it almost feels like a tribute to Penny.
- Coco's complete faith in Velvet's ability to kick ass on her own, up to and including indicating to the others to hold fire on the Paladin to give her shy, underestimated teammate her chance.
- Ren and Nora's brief scene shows how important they are to each other. Nora shoves Ren out of the way of a Paladin to take the hit for him but Ren's too shocked at the sight of her being hurt to dodge the Paladin's second strike.
- Qrow's Stab the Scorpion scene to save Ironwood, given how tense things have been between them and how the former seemed to hate the latter's guts.
Ironwood: (terrified) Qrow! This isn't my doing!Qrow: You idiot. I know you didn't do this.
- Points to the latter, given how they could have easily shot Qrow out of the air, but instead turned their weapon around and took a defensive stance as if to minimize any pain or suffering should the two come to blows.
- Extra points must be given to Qrow, who could have easily shot at the beast or called for Ironwood to turn around, but instead charges it himself. Jerk with a Heart of Gold, indeed.
- Also the fact afterwards Qrow seems genuinely insulted Ironwood would believe Qrow blamed him for the turn of events.
- Ozpin refuses to activate the machine until Pyrrha gives her explicit verbal consent.
- Weiss throwing herself in front of the Paladin to protect Velvet. She wasn't expecting to manage a summons to save her, she was simply trying to protect her friend.
- It also shows how far Weiss has come as a character. Way back in Volume One she held so much contempt for the Faunus that it wouldn't have surprised anyone if she did nothing.
- Coco's shout after Velvet when the Paladin finally gets in a lucky blow right when the poor girl is between hard-light weapons, and the snarl she gives as she fires up the minigun again to pull its attention back to her. Just before the Atlesian control network goes dark, there's a brief shot of the final Paladin charging the group which has arranged itself around Velvet, tucking her behind Coco in the centre of the defenders.
- Ruby's Shut Up, Hannibal! to Roman is a testament to her beliefs that she mentioned way back in Volume One, that she and the rest of the Huntsmen and Huntresses are there to make the world better.
Ruby: I don't care what you say! We will stop them and I will stop you! BET ON THAT!
- During her fight, Velvet utilizes the various weapons that her friends have used. What is the final weapon she brings out? Penny's swords.
- Also, take note of how the scene and the music both take special care to put emphasis on the part where she channels Penny. Between that and Ruby using one of her swords to fight the Nevermore, you can tell that Penny will not be forgotten by her friends or the show creators any time soon.
- When Pyrrha is in the Aura transfer pod, all she does while Cinder kills Amber, and absorbs all of the Fall Maiden's power, is desperately bang on the door. But when Cinder attacks Jaune? She pushes the door away with her Semblance and charges at Cinder.
- Ozpin staying behind to hold back Cinder, who has now absorbed all of Amber's powers, while Jaune and Pyrrha escape.
- The intense action in the ending. As Yang searches for Blake, she turns right as Adam plunges his sword into Blake's stomach, triggering her anger and sending her lunging at Adam, yelling at him to get away from Blake. The scenario ends with both Yang and Blake seriously wounded but escaping successfully together through tricking Adam with a semblance clone of Blake's. There's also the subtle implication that throwing herself in front of Yang has allowed Blake's semblance to become more advanced like an actual illusion than a copy she leaves behind, as there's no indication that it's even an illusion before Adam attacks it (Blake normally leaving these illusions behind whilst she's still visible).
- Making the above example more bittersweet, is the fact that earlier, Blake expressed mistrust at Yang after the latter's incident in the Vytal tournament and directly compared her to Adam. Blake watched these two clash resulting in Yang getting herself maimed trying to defend her, and in doing so, Yang demonstrated that she has a far stronger bond with Blake than Adam ever did.
- The strong friendship of our main characters is further emphasized given the grave situation:
- Weiss attempting to shield Ruby from the sight of her injured teammates.
- Blake reaching out to hold Yang's hand while tearfully apologizing to her.
- In spite of their wounds, Ren and Nora refuse to abandon their teammates. If only were they able to stand on their own, they would still be at Beacon searching for Jaune and Pyrrha.
- Sun might come off as bad for wanting to leave Jaune and Pyrrha behind but he makes clear that he doesn't want anyone else to be put in danger. Not after they all barely made it out alive.
- Weiss showing nothing but concern for Jaune. He constantly asks her to find and save Pyrrha and each time she responds by asking about his safety instead to the point Jaune screams at the top of his lungs to forget about him and focus only on saving Pyrrha.
- This exchange, cementing how far Weiss has gone from being the Jerk Ass of the group to a true companion:
Ruby: I'll find them. I'll find them, and I'll bring them back.
Weiss: No. We will find them.
- After 3 volumes of relationship development, Jaune and Pyrrha finally kiss. Even if it ended up as a Last Kiss, that moment was a long time coming.
- Pyrrha even engages in Foot Popping as Jaune starts to kiss her back.
- Cinder talking with the Dragon winds up becoming a twisted version of this as she coos the dragon.
Cinder: This is your home now.
- In the midst of the chaos of Ruby watching Pyrrha die and awakening her latent powers, the screen goes white, and then...
Qrow: It's alright, I got ya, kiddo... I got ya!
- Taiyang: He's been sleeping on a chair next to Ruby waiting for her to wake up, tries his best to reassure her about Yang's state even when though he's equally depressed about it, almost cries because his daughters were brought back home alive, gets angry at Qrow for separating him from Ruby, and finally says goodbye to her with a peck on her head. On top of that we later see him bringing breakfast to her bed.
Taiyang: I'm just glad to have my girls back at home.
- Ruby makes the decision to go to Haven. Her team isn't going with her (Weiss was taken back to Atlas, Blake ran away, and Yang is too emotionally drained to care), but she isn't going alone. The remaining members of Team JNPR are following her there, and from the looks of it, Qrow will be keeping a watchful eye on them.
- Incidentally, the conversation makes it clear that Jaune doesn't blame Ruby for not saving Pyrrha.
- The group stops by Summer's grave so Ruby can say goodbye.
- The end of the credits, where it scrolls over the Rooster Teeth logo, followed by Monty Oum 1981-2015, followed by his signature and "We love you, Monty", to the finishing lyrics of "Cold".
But your star's still in the sky
So I won't say goodbye
I don't have to say goodbye
- The fairy tale as a whole is the touching story of how four sisters befriended a bitter and lonely old wizard, convincing him to finally step outside his home.
- The ending of the tale, where the wizard bestows all his powers upon the kind maidens who became his friends and they all promise to come together and meet him each and every year.
The Next Step
- Salem gets one when she reassures Cinder that despite all the injuries she has taken from Ruby and what the other members of the inner circle say, she is still important to their goals and should feel proud of what she accomplished. Salem then goes on to say that Cinder is being kept near her so that she can make a full recovery.
- The scene where Ruby makes fun of Jaune's Pumpkin Pete Hoodie is mostly just really, really funny, but it also serves to show us that, despite everything bad that happened in Volume Three, our heroes can still laugh.
Ren: Well... I suppose we don't have to grow out of everything.
- Remember who was on the box of Pumpkin Pete's breakfast cereal? It was Pyrrha, who wanted to befriend Jaune precisely because he only recognized her as the girl on the box. It's a sweet call back to more lighthearted times.
- When Jaune picks up a reforged Crocea Mors from the blacksmith, he complements Jaune on the metal he gave him to reforge it. Where he got it from? Pyrrha. That's certainly one way to honor the fallen. The new design of the shield has Pyrrha's circlet on it.
- It gets even more beautiful when you remember that Jaune's equipment is an heirloom set. Every Arc that wields Crocea Mors, forevermore, will be carrying Pyrrha with them. He made her a part of his family in the end.
- Nora catching Ren when the geist knocked them all back was pretty sweet.
- Klein cheering up Weiss by going into his other personalities after her conversation with her father. Their relationship in general shows that even with all the things Weiss went through in the Schnee household, she at least always had someone who truly cared about her aside from Winter.
- Although everything else he says is a tearjerker, Whitley does at least seem to care for Weiss, and she seems to care for him too.
- Whitley going out of his way to make sure Weiss knows what she's walking into is shockingly nice, giving how much he seems to take after Papa Schnee. Weiss seems happily surprised, and sounds very touched when she tells him 'thank you'.
- Even though Whitley doesn't like Winter, he really does seem to admire her.
- All three of these are now horribly subverted, but it was nice while it lasted.
- Before he departs from Mr. Schnee's office, Ironwood pauses and tells Weiss that Atlas Academy will have a position ready and waiting for her, following up by assuring her that classes will resume soon.
- This is especially nice, considering Weiss initially turned down Atlas in favour of Beacon, but Ironwood doesn't even bring it up.
- Weiss defends Ironwood during her father's rant about the General. Considering Jacques' implied treatment of his kids, this shows a lot of backbone and loyalty on her part. She really did grow a lot at Beacon, and the lessons are sticking. She's not going to let him badmouth one of the people who helped her fight for her home.
- During the walking to Xione Village, Jaune talks about some happy family memories, especially about his seven sisters.
- The video of Pyrrha, even though it is a Tear Jerker scene, shows how much Pyrrha cared for Jaune, encouraging him to continue and praised him for his determination to improve his fighting skills.
Pyrrha: I'll always be here for you Jaune.
- And Jaune is sticking to it. Several months after her death, Jaune is still using the training video that Pyrrha left him, to better his skills. It's what she would have wanted him to do.
- An interesting parallel between Jaune and the character of The Director from another RT production can be noted in this scene. Both of them spend time watching and re-watching a video of their lost loved one. However, while the Director holes himself up in his facility and stagnates wondering about how to undo the misfortune of the past, Jaune moves forward, motivated to make himself the best he can be by Pyrrha's memory.
- And Jaune is sticking to it. Several months after her death, Jaune is still using the training video that Pyrrha left him, to better his skills. It's what she would have wanted him to do.
- Jacques, while he twists it to his own ends, at the very least cares enough about Weiss for him to acknowledge that she defended Beacon. He doesn't show it, but it's clear that he's proud of her for doing that. And he doesn't confirm or deny that he's telling Weiss to sing, just that he thinks it could make a lot of people happy. Not himself. Just a lot of people.
- The captain of Blake's passenger ship tries to engage her in conversation because traveling alone by ship can be lonely and he wants her to feel comfortable.
- Taiyang shows up with a package for Yang — a "state of the art Atlas tech" arm to replace the limb she lost fighting Adam Taurus. He then reveals that he expected to have to pull some strings and call in favors for it, only for General Ironwood to have put one of his top scientists on the arm's development before Taiyang even spoke to him. All for Yang's sake. Yang herself isn't exactly ecstatic, but it's a sweet gesture.
Taiyang: He wanted me to tell you that you fought admirably. You should be proud of yourself.
- Ironwood's gesture becomes especially poignant when one considers that Ironwood was the one who had to disqualify Yang and Team RWBY during the Vytal Festival. It shows that the regret he showed back then was heartfelt, especially considering the context behind said disqualification.
- There's another layer when you take into account that Ironwood himself has replacement limbs. He knows how it feels to lose a limb, he's been through the same depression and trauma, and he's doing what he can to help her through it.
- The sheer amount of glee and happiness in Taiyang's voice when announcing he had something for Yang. It really emphasizes his Good Parents qualities.
- If you look closely when Taiyang walks in and says he has something for Yang, you can actually see her smiling a bit. Even this deep in her depression, the fire is still burning.
- Sun worrying and trying to support Blake, even though she left the people she cared about out of fear they may be targeted by the White Fang. Sun decides to be with her and not leave her alone despite her reticence, even going so far as offer his help against the White Fang. While Blake isn't actually going to confront them he decides to stick around anyway to keep her company.
- Sun catching Blake from her long drop after clipping the Grimm's wing. Blake fully intended to take the full brunt of the impact when she landed but in comes Sun, who catches her effortlessly. Blake may not have wanted him to travel with him but the young woman has somebody she can trust completely nearby while she goes back home.
- The entire scene in the kitchen with Port and Oobleck:
- Yang walks in on Port and Oobleck bantering with Taiyang about a Noodle Incident involving Qrow and a "kilt" from their huntsmen days. It's just a nice, cheerful moment. Depression be damned, even Yang can't help but giggle at them.
- Yang gets into an argument with Taiyang, and he makes a rather harsh joke about Yang's arm. This utterly shocks Port and Oobleck into horrified silence, and Yang... actually laughs at it. Yes, you read that right: Yang. Laughed. If there was any worry of this girl not recovering, this ends it.
- Taiyang dismissing Yang as not being ready to face the real world, Yang bemoaned 'does every father figure just have the same three condescending phrases?' Its subdued, but it shows that even though they're only Uncle and Niece, Yang considers Qrow to be just as much a father figure to her as Taiyang is.
- Dr. Oobleck tells Yang that a lot of people want to see her get back to normal... which also doubles as Leaning on the Fourth Wall, because we sure do.
- Professor Port consoling Yang by telling her that fear is, like any emotion, temporary. Topping it off, he reveals his own worst fear: Mice.
- Port refers to Yang by her name rather than as "Ms. Xiao Long", showing that he acknowledges the amount of shit she has been through and is willing to treat her like an adult or equal.
- Taiyang invokes Yang's Meaningful Name and says he'll be behind her all the way, supporting her desire to go back out into the world.
Tai: You're Yang Xiao Long. My sunny little dragon. So whenever you're ready to stop moping and get back out there? I'll be there for you.
- The speech also serves the purpose of telling Yang that her arm is never coming back, but she shouldn't let that stop her. Given the way he seems to hold back tears it seems to have been a hard thing for Taiyang to say, considering he almost lost Yang when Adam tried to kill her, but he said it anyway.
- When they are departing, Oobleck and Port ask Taiyang about Ruby and are audibly concerned about her well-being. The two may be goofballs, but this interaction reinforces that the two really do care a good deal about their students.
- The fact that for months, Qrow has been tailing RNJR to keep them safe and make sure their journey goes smoothly.
- A bit backhanded, but the first thing Raven does to catch Qrow's attention is to get him a drink.
- Also the barmaid that served it flirts with him a little, leaving him with a cute grin before he talks to his sister.
- Qrow demonstrates loyalty to his niece by calling Raven out on her abandonment. Similarly are his reasons for leaving his old tribe. Overall it demonstrates the "heart of gold" aspect of Jerk with a Heart of Gold.
- A small one for Raven, as from what Qrow says, it seems that she does indeed keep in eye on her daughter, and knows that she had lost her arm. So, although not as much as it should be, it shows that Raven (to some minuscule degree) does care enough for Yang to at least watch her despite not getting directly involved in most of her life.
- The episode caps off with a great one: Yang puts on the robotic arm at the end of the episode! She's done it!
- The reason she mustered the strength to do it? She didn't want to hold her father back from going to search for his other daughter. Depressed as she may be, she'd still do anything for her family.
- Despite Menagerie being a less-than-stellar place to live, and Faunus generally still being discriminated against, they've managed to come together and create a place where, as Blake says, "everyone can feel safe".
- Blake is hesitating to knock on her parent's door stating she hasn't seen them in a long time and is implicitly worried about how they'd receive her, Sun subtly encourages her to knock anyway.
- The first thing Kali does is throw her arms around Blake, then when her father Ghira comes to investigate who's at the door, the first thing he does is smile happily. Blake was clearly expecting a completely different reaction, but both her parents are thrilled to receive her and stated they'd been worried about her since Vale fell.
- Ghira says that he wasn't concerned about Blake during the battle at Beacon, believing she would be fine. Kali shoots this down by saying he was pacing endlessly in worry for her.
- The businessman voicing his concerns about Atlesian society and the Schnee Dust Company (right next to Jacques Schnee no less) show that, despite what the majority may lead you to believe, there are people within the Atlas high society that are aware of their shortcomings.
- Ironwood vouching for Weiss's outburst during the concert after-party, after the bitchy woman celebrating the fall of Vale causes Weiss to snap and accidentally summon a Boarbatusk that would've smashed her if not for Ironwood.
Woman: "What are you waiting for? She's insane, she should be locked up!"Ironwood: "She's the only one making sense around here."
- Doubly so when you remember the last time Ironwood dealt with false accusations (though to be fair, that one was illusion-assisted). Ironwood doesn't doubt Weiss's innocence for a second here.
- When Tyrian makes it clear he wishes to kidnap Ruby, Nora is quick to stand in front of her friend. Jaune and Ren then make it clear they don't plan on letting Tyrian harm Ruby either. While they are ultimately treated to a Curb-Stomp Battle, Team RNJR does a decent job attempting to fight Tyrian with teamwork between trying to protect each other and Ruby shooting Nora with electricity to supercharge her. While Ruby, Nora, Jaune, and Ren have been friends beforehand, this episode further solidifies how they are True Companions.
- Qrow's Big Damn Heroes moment and Ruby's reaction which strongly contrasts the relationship Weiss has with her father. Qrow charges through the ruins, then a building to block Tyrian's blow with ease. Qrow's own subtle relief at getting there in time is palpable, and Ruby looks happy to the point of tears at her Uncle's appearance. He greets her with a soft assured smirk in return and softly telling her 'Hey'.
- After the concert ends, Weiss looks up towards her family to see her younger brother Whitley giving her a standing ovation, being the only person in the theater to do so. Later at the concert after-party when Weiss lashes out at the party-goers over their arrogance about the Fall of Beacon, Whitley can be seen smiling at her proudly behind his father's back.
- Of course, we now know he was smiling for a very different reason: he was counting on her making a scene so that their father would disinherit her and make him the only heir to the Schnee Dust Company.
- It turns out that Nicholas Schnee, the founder of the Schnee Dust Company, was motivated to save his homeland of Mantle and later Atlas from falling into ruin to resource shortfall, and even went so far as to travel with his men to fight beside them while they went on Dust expeditions. He's a far cry from Jacques, who only married into the family, and we can clearly see where Weiss drew her dreams and ambitions from.
- You can tell by the sound in his voice that Qrow truly respected Nicholas Schnee for what he had accomplished and the methods he used.
- Qrow immediately tells Tyrian that he doesn't know who he is, but he needs to leave his niece alone.
- The small conversation between Qrow and Ruby, using mostly facial expressions, also counts. Qrow didn't even need words to ask Ruby what was going on.
- Along with the look on Qrow's face as he answers Ruby's questions about what Tyrian was talking about, to a bare minimum.
- Even when Qrow tells Team RNJR to stand back, knowing that Tyrian is dangerous, Ruby still steps into the battle since she's not willing to watch her uncle get hurt. This backfires somewhat as Qrow is cut by Tyrian's tail thanks to him taking the time to save Ruby from falling debris.
- Despite being disinherited by her father and mocked by her brother, Weiss makes it clear she is not going to give up. She is determined to do what is right.
- After Tyrian gets driven off, Jaune's only concern is that there are people after Ruby. She may not have her big sister with her, but Ruby has a devoted big brother in the mean time.
- Kali giving her daughter a kiss on the cheek.
- In response to Kali saying that a father is never too busy for his daughter, Blake smiles a bit and says not all her friends would agree with that. It's nice that despite the circumstances and being separated from them by continents, she can think of her friends and smile. And for Weiss in particular, it's another marker of how far they've come since the days of Volume One, when the reveal of Weiss' relationship with her father was part of her big fight with Blake.
- Blake's conversation with her father, set to a remix of "All Our Days" from Volume Two, certainly qualifies. Although it starts humorous as Blake sheepishly interacts with her father, it turns emotional quickly when Blake breaks down crying and apologizes for going against her parents' wishes, even stating that she's not worth their affection, and her father forgives her. It's a very tender scene until Sun ruins it by collapsing into the room and breaking down the door.
- And throughout the interaction, Ghira repeatedly reassures Blake. While she tearfully berates herself, apologizing profusely for past actions, he patiently tells her that everything's fine, outright stating that he never held anything against her to begin with and proving once and for all that she has always been his baby girl whom he loves unconditionally, in stark contrast to Jacques Schnee. In fact, he spends the entire conversation more concerned about his daughters safety and well-being than anything else.
- When Ghira commends Blake's courage for leaving the White Fang and facing her inner demons, Blake claims that she didn't do it alone. Throughout various points in the series, we've seen Ruby, Weiss, and Yang repeatedly reach out to Blake when she was at her lowest, while Blake initially didn't trust them to accept her, and refused to let them help her, and even doubted Yang's innocence. Being the distant lone wolf that she is, Blake acknowledging how much her teammates have helped and supported her is very heartwarming.
- Even though it's less obvious in this episode, the entire season has shown Sun to have genuine, protective love for Blake. Although she's slapped him around for his bad timing, thrown away his scroll, and generally acted coldly towards him, he still runs to protect her when she is foolish enough to chase a White Fang scout. And even though her parents aren't much better at tolerating him, Sun still has enough care and presence of mind to warn Kali about the Fang's activities and promise to return Blake safely.
- Jaune accusing Qrow of using Ruby as living bait for Salem's group. It shows that his anger is not misplaced, he's legitimately pissed at the man for putting another friend in danger. While there are many things Jaune doesn't know, what he does know is that Ruby could've gotten hurt and that's what he cares about.
- A Heartwarming in Hindsight moment. Despite Qrow's reservations about his semblance and the long term danger it poses to his friends and family, he still managed to be enough of a presence in Ruby's life to train her how to wield her Scythe.
- After Qrow reveals his semblance to RNJR, a frustrated Jaune lambasts him for it, which causes Ruby to glare at his direction. This shows that even when she's disappointed in him, Ruby won't take any jabs at her uncle lying down.
- The entire scene with Taiyang and Yang is a Crowning Moment of Heartwarming mixed with a few moments or awesome and tearjerker:
- There's something nice about the fact that Yang and Taiyang are sparring with each other: One is doing it to help his daughter improve while said daughter is doing it so her father can go looking for her sister. Also, Zwei is watching on, happy as can be.
- Yang being so comfortable with her new arm. It's just so good to see her recover.
- Taiyang deconstructing Yang's over-reliance on her Semblance and the harsh way he talks about the faults in her fighting is heartwarming as it's just a father trying to help their child grow. And Yang happily takes his advice, and kicks his ass with it.
- Then there's his comment about Yang's first haircut.
- Taiyang finally talks about Raven with Yang and while it seems he has a bit of a Broken Pedestal about her (and for good reason), he has a lot of admiration for his ex-lover and has that same amount in their daughter, shown as he gives yet another morale boosting talk mixed in with some fatherly advice. There's a reason why he's best dad.
- Also, Zwei demonstrates the ability to follow conversations around him throughout the scene. When Yang bitterly apologises for reminding her father of her mother, Zwei even shoots a look of sympathy towards her.
- Yang tripping her father up and catching him before he falls. Then, as he recovers, he gives a look that just screams So Proud of You. And Yang knows it.
- Weiss has not let being disinherited by her father stop her as she can be seen training to perform the technique Winter was trying to teach her in the previous volume.
- Weiss asking her brother if he is jealous of her and Winter can be seen has her trying to understand why her brother hates her so much. Rather than only being angry at him, Weiss is at least trying to make one more effort to understand him.
- Seeing Weiss succeed in the summoning is heartwarming to see how far Weiss has come in her abilities. Not to mention, Weiss destroying the window both symbolically and literally shows that Weiss is ready to break free from her father once and for all. It shows that the lyrics of 'break free' in the opening theme focusing on Weiss was foreshadowing this moment.
- Weiss' loyal servant Klein breaks into her room when out of concern for her well being. When Weiss asks Klein for help, he immediately nods his head. This indicates that his loyalty is to Weiss and not her father. This could further cement that he was probably her Parental Substitute for her abusive father.
- After their argument in the last episode, seeing Blake worried about Sun after he was injured by Ilia was reassuring to a lot of viewers that she is not becoming like Adam after all.
- The fact that despite all the crap that Sun has gone through, he was still willing to do everything he could to help Blake when she needed him.
- While Qrow's poisoned condition is utterly heartbreaking, in his stupor you can make out him telling Taiyang "she" isn't coming back (most likely Raven but possibly Summer.) Confirmation that the last two members of Team STRQ do care about each other.
- Jaune and Ren's hug when they are about to go their separate ways really shows how close the two have become over the series. They truly are the brothers neither had. Becomes especially so when one remembers how Ren used to react to people suddenly touching him.
- When Ren is on the verge of breaking down upon discussing Kuroyuri, Nora doesn't hesitate to put her hand on Ren's back and suggest she and Ren move in the direction away from the village. Nora really understands Ren and the pain he is feeling.
- Despite how angry he was the night before, Jaune is willing to put any reservations he has of Qrow aside to help save the dying man's life.
- Hazel giving Oscar a hand with some Percussive Maintenance to the ticket machine at a train station.
- Ozpin's voice, instead of being enthusiastic and somewhat insistent as he was previously, is gentle as he apologizes to Oscar for turning his life upside down.
- Seeing Ren as an innocent child who loved his parents was heartwarming to see even if we know they are Doomed by Canon.
- With this episode in mind, look at Ren's symbol. Now take a look at Kuroyuri's. They're essentially a 1:1 match. Ren's honoring his village's memory.
- While Ren was initially too afraid to help Child Nora when they first encountered each other, he took his father's words to heart. Despite the danger of the situation, when Ren sees Nora trying to hide from the Grimm, he runs to her and tries to help.
- Seeing child Nora and child Ren hug each other as Ren uses his semblance to hide their presence was a heartwarming sight despite the horrible circumstances.
- Ren giving Nora a toy hammer both explains why Nora would choose it to be her weapon of choice along with why she eventually developed deeper feelings for her childhood friend.
- Listen closely to the background music during that bit-it's a soft violin version of "Boop".
- This also puts their friendship into a new light. While Nora did state previously that they had no home, we see that Ren and Nora really have been together since they were children. Over that time, Nora went from being the scared, miserable child to the happy, lovable Nora of the present day.
- Ruby and Jaune's heart-to-heart. Ruby apologizes for 'dragging' them into this, but Jaune makes it clear they wanted to go with her. Jaune gives Ruby an uplifting speech about how despite Ruby witnessing Pyrrha's death along with losing Penny, Team RWBY, and to a certain extent Yang, she keeps pressing forward, and that gave them the courage to keep pressing forward. Seeing Jaune put his hand on Ruby's shoulder cements it.
Jaune: You didn't drag us along. You gave us the courage to follow you.
- The way Jaune turns "we lost Pyrrha" around to "you lost her too" is a very important moment and can hit very close to home for people who have lost loved ones before. Because he finally acknowledges that yes, he lost Pyrrha but other people lost her too and wallowing in his grief alone won't change it. Only when people share their grief can they overcome it.
- The above moment serves as another distinguishing parallel between Jaune and The Director. Both are grieving for someone they lost but while The Director wrapped himself in his grief to the point of cutting out anyone else close to him, Jaune remembers and acknowledges that he's not the only one hurting from his loss and that others have been hurt even worse than he has.
- The way Jaune turns "we lost Pyrrha" around to "you lost her too" is a very important moment and can hit very close to home for people who have lost loved ones before. Because he finally acknowledges that yes, he lost Pyrrha but other people lost her too and wallowing in his grief alone won't change it. Only when people share their grief can they overcome it.
- Present Nora and Ren's interaction had a heartwarming moment as well with Nora telling Ren she's okay with him by her side which causes him to smile.
Ren: We never get the easy path, do we?
Nora: Easy's no fun anyway ... Are you okay?
Ren: (nods) Hmmm ... And you?
Nora: ...I've got you here don't I? (Before Ren can respond) Come on. There's more than one way up the mountain.
- While the episode ends on a very dark note, seeing Nora holding Ren's hand in the last shot was rather heartwarming, as pictured in this folder.
- On the bad guy side, despite Salem making it very clear she was disappointed in Tyrian for not capturing Ruby, she doesn't dispose of him like most villains would for failure.
- Though judging by Tyrian's reaction and how he seems to worship Salem, letting him live knowing he's disappointed her could be a Fate Worse Than Death for him
- Yang spray painting her trademark yellow colors on her prosthetic arm. The happy look on her face as she does show cements it.
- The garage scene was filled with this. Seeing Yang getting ready to head out on her bike again after not using it for sometime was rather heartwarming to see. Her father coming and saying that he will not stop Yang from leaving. The only thing he wants to know is whether she plans on heading out to find her mother or catch up to Ruby.
- Weiss saying goodbye to Klein, essentially calling him her family.
- When Weiss meets Klein in the library, she drops her belongings and hugs him. She was clearly worried that something happened to him when they were separated.
- While it is sad that Weiss was forced to sneak out of her own home, it was heartwarming to see Klein help her escape. Now Weiss is finally free from her father, and she is off to meet her sister.
- The conversation that Blake and Sun have qualifies, especially when Sun displays his maturity in sticking up for his and Blake's friends, and Blake admitting that she loves and misses her teammates. The smile Blake gives Sun also gets in, though for a slightly different reason. After the turbulence they'd experienced, it was incredibly relieving to see the pair of Faunus reconcile with each other. Blake even gets in a Meaningful Echo of "My hero!"
- When Blake finds out from her parents that Adam is going to completely take over the White Fang, Blake makes it clear she intends to take it back. After an entire season of running away, Blake is returning to the fray.
- As Ren and Nora run through Kuroyuri, Ren mutters "Not again, not again", followed by his relieved expression when he sees Jaune and Ruby are unharmed. It cements that he does consider them to be his and Nora's new family.
- The episode shows all four members of Team RWBY planning to head to Mistral, which makes a reunion between them possible.
- Despite Jaune's apprehension about Qrow, Jaune quickly moves to grab him and gets him to safety with the help of Ren's Semblance.
- As Jaune is going back to the fight, Qrow reaches out and grabs his arm, then gives him a look that seems to be either an acknowledgment of the gesture, despite their previous animosity, or telling him "if I don't make it, take care of Ruby".
- The first thing Ruby does as soon as the fight with the Nuckelavee is over is to check on Qrow. She then proceeds to stay by his side throughout the entire trip to Mistral and watches over him as he recovers. She even gives him an Affectionate Gesture to the Head like he did in Volume three. It just goes to show how much Ruby cares for her uncle.
- Even better, when Ruby runs to check on Qrow after the fight, the first thing he does is look up at her and comment "Sounds quiet. Good job, kiddo." and flashes a proud smile at her. The fact that he is okay and proud of her leaves Ruby visibly ecstatic.
- In the same scene, Qrow is curled up in bed, sleeping in the most adorable position◊.
- While she watches over a recovering Qrow, Ruby sits down to write a letter to Yang; telling her the lessons Ruby's learned about the real world, about how badly loss affects people. She caps it off by reaffirming her faith in being a Huntress that she can help others and the world move forward for the better.
- While on the airship to Mistral, Ren reaches out to hold Nora's hand, and she lays her head down on his shoulder. All set to another (this time piano) remix of "Boop".
- Pretty much every interaction between Nora and Ren qualifies here. There's the part where Nora throws herself bodily to intercept an attack meant for Ren, risking her life in the process. There's the part where she talks him out of his rage and he realizes just how much it meant to her that he was there for her when they were children and that now in his hour of need she is more than ready to return the favor. And of course them holding hands at the end. It give a lot of hope for shippers, but to be honest that doesn't even matter at this point, the two of them share a bond even deeper than romantic love, they share a bond of friendship and trust that not even that nightmare given form can ever break.
- And it even seems to be a Call-Back to Jaune and Pyrrha's moment together in "Destiny". The girl who fears her love will never be reciprocated is reassured by a gentle touch to the hand from the boy she's been waiting to love her back.
- As Jaune stares at his weapons Ren and Nora wordlessly enter the room. Ren leaves his knife next to Jaune's weapon, Nora cuddles up to him, and Ren sits down on the bed as the three silently think back on their loved ones together.
- Ruby revealing that Yang knew that she was heading to Haven, and that she warned her against leaving. It's good to see that the two sisters still talked and shared secrets, after it seemed like there was a rift between them at the end of Volume Three.
- It's subtle, but the smile that Blake shoots Sun confirms that their relationship is alive and healthy.
- Yang choosing to go after Ruby instead of Raven shows just how much she values her little sister.
Yang: Smiles and sighs* You are in so much trouble when I find you.
- Just seeing Yang like this back in action is great. This time last volume, she was broken, crippled and depressed. Now, while she may not have healed all the way, she's got her indomitable fire back, and is on a mission.
- A minor one. During Ruby's letter montage, the scene where Yang arrives in Mistral by ship shows that she arrived by the same ship that has taken Blake and Sun to Menagerie, showing its captain and his first mate in high spirits, still alive and kicking.
- Crossing over with Tear Jerker, during the letter montage, we briefly see Taiyang looking at a picture of his old team. Regardless of how far apart they have grown, he still obviously misses them. As he puts down the STRQ picture, the camera moves to Zwei sitting next to the couch, wagging his tail and barking at Tai, who smiles back. Good to know he isn't completely alone. We then see him look up and start looking at another picture: One of Team RWBY, together and happy, with the words: "New Friends!" written on it, implying it is from all the way back in Volume One.
- The Stinger. Qrow is sitting in a bar, where he is approached by Oscar. The following exchange is unexpectedly sweet:
Oscar: Umm, I'm supposed to tell you-"I want my cane back"?
Qrow: Huh. (stands and tosses it over) It's good to see you again, Oz.
- This little conversation is even better because it gives Oscar what he's wanted for most of the Volume: proof that he isn't insane.
Yang Character Short
- The entire segment shows how much of a protective Cool Big Sis mentor Yang was towards Ruby before she left for Beacon; throughout the short, Yang is trying to train Ruby improve her skills in hand-to-hand combat. Not once does she go too far, and she's always offering advice and sincere encouragement to her little sister. Of particular mention, however, is when Yang saves Ruby from an Ursa, throwing herself in front of Ruby and getting chomped in the midsection, sustaining heavy injuries for her troubles.
- At one point, Nora comes from above the screen and gives a boop to the viewer. It's actually Qrow, who sighs at this, but it was very cute of her nonetheless.
- In the final part of the intro, we see Ruby charging against the enemy and her former teammates joining it. She smiles, knowing that even if they're separated, she can still count on her sister and friends.
- Ruby ribbing her uncle good naturedly about nearly dying on the way to Haven, with Nora doing the same to Ren.
- While traversing through the city of Mistral, a faunus is be seen interacting with a human, with no signs of hostility between the two or with anyone else in the area. It's strongly touching knowing there are locations where faunus are able to freely mingle in with humans, free of racism and prejudice.
- In the same scene, we get a shot of a pair of men, one handing the other a potted plant that's grown in the shape of a heart.
- We learn from Blake that Ilia took the fall for the defection of the Albains, and Ilia herself pleads sorrowfully with Blake to leave Menagerie before things come to a head. This sheds a new light on Ilia's situation and how far she'll go to protect those she cares about.
- It's a minor thing, but in Lionheart's discussion of the events of Volume 3 and Penny's death in the arena, he specifically calls her a "poor girl." Ruby, James, and her bodyguards weren't the only people who saw Penny for what she really was.
- A brief moment occurs between Ruby and Lionheart. The former expresses happiness at meeting the latter, which the latter reciprocates.
- When Oscar arrives at Team RNJR's place and asks whether Ruby is there, Ren and Nora are immediately on their feet, tensed to fight, with Nora darkly demanding to know why he wants her. They've clearly had enough of strangers showing up looking for Ruby, and it's nice to see that they care as much about Ruby as anyone else.
- It doubles as funny but seeing Qrow arrive back to the house drunk and ecstatic about finding Oscar, Ozpin's successor.
- Even though she's out of frying pan and into the fire, the expression of mischievous glee on Weiss' face when she fights the Grimm truly shows just how happy is she to break out of her gilded cage and be in her element again.
- Sienna Khan's barely-subdued rage towards Adam Taurus over his role in the Battle of Beacon qualifies. Even though she's the one who got the Fang into committing terrorist actions, she only did it to command respect for her species. Cowing humanity into servitude and attacking the Huntsman Academies were never on her agenda, and it goes to show that even the corrupter of the White Fang had moral scruples.
- Kali and Blake showing their support of Ghira with affectionate head bumps to the arms.
- Ghira attempting to convince the other faunus to help defend Mistral, with Sun showing his support for Ghira before he spoke to his people - much to the latter's surprise.
- Nora gushing over how cute Ozpin/Oscar is.
- Ozpin/Oscar admits despite the circumstances, he's glad to see his students again and is proud of how much they've grown.
- Qrow was a bit surly after the meeting with Lionheart, but he's kind to Oscar, reminding the other teens that Oscar's situation is "very overwhelming for everyone" when he can see that Oscar is getting uncomfortable with being indirectly called "weird". When Oscar gives control of his body to Ozpin, Qrow quietly gets up while Ozpin expresses and explains his guilt over what happened at Beacon, coming back with a mug of coffee for him.
- Ruby making small talk with Oscar to calm down his nerves. The kid is naturally nervous about being surrounded by Huntsmen who were suspicious of him just a few moments ago but Ruby instantly erases that with a smile and a joke that make him feel comfortable around them.
- Weiss summoning her tiny knight. She gets a soft little smile as she looks at it in her hands, then as it hefts its sword, her face blossoms with joy and hope. Even in the middle of an enemy camp, with no one but herself, she doesn't have to be alone anymore.
- All of Weiss' summoning gains another layer when you listen to the "Mirror Mirror" songs and the lyrics about how divided she is internally — the separation of her mind and heart, looking at the mirror and seeing a stranger — and then look at her summons and realize, as manifestations of her semblance, these are extensions of her own soul that are defending her and keeping her company.
- The budding friendship between Oscar and team RNJR qualifies.
Ruby: (to Oscar) Jaune's like you. He hasn't found his Semblance yet but we all know he will. And you will too. We all just have to try and help each other get stronger.Oscar: (smiling) Cool.
- Oscar apologizing to Ruby when he lands a punch to her face and Ruby showing the same concern for him when she returns the favor a bit too hard.
- When Jaune's mood drops at the mention of his lack of a Semblance, Ruby immediately reassures him by bringing Oscar closer to him and mentioning that the two are in the same situation but their friends believe they will find their Semblance eventually.
- Raven is revealed to have a Semblance which enables teleportation to someone she chooses to bond with - and she's done this with Qrow, Tai... and Yang. Too bad she hasn't used it more.
- Yang and Weiss have been reunited, and freed by Raven, who plans to brief them on Remnant's secrets before teleporting them to Qrow's location. The last shot of the scene is of Weiss leaping at Yang for a hug to a reprise of the chorus from "Home". It's impossible to not smile at the scene.
Weiss: I missed you so much.Yang: ...I missed you too.
- Weiss almost tearfully admitting how much she missed the team. She's been forced to be stoic and polite ever since the fall of Beacon, with Jacques only caring about her obvious trauma if he can exploit it to control her, but that's over now and she can be as emotional as she needs to be. Welcome home, Weiss.
- This specific analysis of Yang's reaction to Weiss's hug just ups the Heartwarming in spades. Remember that at this point, Weiss and Yang haven't seen each other since the Fall of Beacon, and both went through a lot since then, with Yang recovering from her PTSD and Weiss dealing with her family. Yang wasn't even expecting to see Weiss at Raven's camp, yet didn't hesitate in defending her friend in a possible fight. And the hug? This was a moment they both needed. One half of Team RWBY is back together again.
- Ever since Volume 2, it has been well known that Yang had been looking for her mother to find out why she abandoned her child and husband. Now, they finally meet and what is Yang asking her mother to do? To create a direct portal to Qrow and as an extension, Ruby. That's right folks, Yang has sought out her mother not to finally receive some answers (Raven was even willing to answer her questions), but to reunite with her little sister.
- Although Yang completely rebuffs her offer, Raven offers to let Yang into the tribe and to answer any questions she may have. Raven's expression when Yang coldly shoots her down suggests that she not only expected, but wanted her daughter to join the tribe, even asking her to reconsider hunting down Ruby, to consider that she might belong with her mother. When Yang refuses to budge and Weiss frees herself, Raven instead orders them into her tent so she can fill them in on the situation and help get them to Qrow using her semblance. What's most telling, and challenges the long-standing if controversial fan theory that Raven cares nothing about Yang, is that when she mentions Ozpin, her tone and expression shift, suggesting Anger Born of Worry in a way that truly befits her Knight in Sour Armor persona, and she actually looks hurt when Yang turns down Raven's somewhat hamfisted attempts to begin mending their relationship.
- Was Raven trying to mend their relationship, or was it an attempt to pull a fast one that didn't go down the way she wanted?
- Blake's conversation with Sun is full of this, starting with how she describes her friends as embodying different traits (purity for Ruby, defiance for Weiss and strength for Yang). When Sun enquires what he stood for, Blake responds thusly:
Blake: Jury's still out on that one. But I'm leaning towards "earnest".
- Later in the conversation, Blake finally admits to Sun that his steadfast loyalty and persistent kindness helped her out of a hole, and she plans to do the same for Ilia as well.
- The way Sun perks up when she says that. Before he had been pretty down about the other Faunus' reluctance to help, but Blake admitting that he had actually done good put the spring back in the monkey boy's step. Bonus points for his antics throughout the conversation actually being ably to pry a smile and a laugh out of Blake for once, showing that she truly is in a better state of mind than last volume, relaxing and remembering to cherish her friends again.
- Before all of that, Sun asking Blake about Adam, showing he clearly knows that there was something between them before he met her. You can tell he's trying to not push the details anymore than he has to, and it shows how much he cares for her.
- Ruby's speech to Oscar is a Tear Jerker, but this is how it ends.
Ruby: This isn't gonna be easy, but the fact that you're even trying says a lot about you. You're braver than you think.
- This is followed by Oscar remarking to Ozpin that Ruby must have been one of the best Huntresses at Beacon. Ozpin gives a gentle chuckle before explaining that in some ways she was, and in others she wasn't, but she also had something very important - a spark that can inspire others even when things are at their darkest.
- Ilia obviously cares enough about Blake to be conflicted about her orders. Time will tell what path she's going to choose.
- Qrow paying the tab of the first Huntsman he was looking for. Even the bartender, who was steaming mad before, cools off when he realizes what must have happened.
- Raven, despite not contacting her daughter, used her raven form to keep an eye on her throughout her life.
- Yang has been having tremors in her left arm on and off since she came back; being lingering remnants of her PTSD, she usually handles said tremors by grabbing her left arm until it stills. When she's arguing with Raven, the tremors start up again ... and Weiss takes her arm instead.
- Raven makes it clear to Yang that, by leaving her to join Qrow and Ruby, she's closing the door on any chance of reconciliation. Yang doesn't even hesitate. She's wanted answers all of her life, and now that they're right in front of her, she's willing to throw them away to reunite with her uncle and half-sister. Her love for them is that strong.
- The last scene, in all its glory, is this in excelsis. Qrow is ruminating grumpily on how his recruitment drive went belly-up due to the Mistral Council recruiting all his targets. Suddenly, Raven's portal appears behind him, and is surprised as he hears a distinctive motor roaring towards him. Inside the safe-house, team RNJR are cooking dinner when Qrow enters and calls Ruby to the lounge. She stops silent, drops the tea set when she sees Yang and Weiss, and becomes completely distraught apologizing to Yang for leaving. Yang's response is a cooldown hug. Ruby calls out to Weiss, who looks up to see Ruby and Yang have broken their hug to give her a spot. The three teammates tearfully hug each other with Oscar, Qrow, and the rest of team RNJR looking on. And all the while, an instrumental arrangement of "Gold" plays through the scene. Three down, one to go.
- Bonus points for Yang telling Ruby she loves her (the last thing we heard Ruby say to her sister at the end of Volume 3). Weiss initially holds back so as not to interrupt the sisterly reunion, but Ruby and Yang both gesture for her to join in anyway.
- Weiss being invited to join the hug is extra poignant given the circumstances of the previous Volume. Weiss was effectively disowned by her biological family (with the exception of Winter), especially after fleeing the family estate. The half-sisters going out of their way to include Weiss in their first sisterly moment after months apart suggests that, after all they've been through, they consider Weiss to be part of their family— a sister in every way but name.
- Bit of Fridge Heartwarming here, but Qrow was feeling very depressed that he was at least hoping one or two hunters or huntresses would be willing to fight for their cause, but only to find out that all of them are either dead, missing, or engaged by the Council. Suddenly, two huntresses do show up; his niece, who's finally on her feet ... and Winter's sister, who managed to escape from her horrible father. Two of Ruby's well trusted teammates have returned to the fold, and his face goes from worried to hopeful when he realizes this.
- After being separated for nearly two Volumes, Team RWBY and the surviving members of Team JNPR are one person short of being fully reunited for the first time since the Fall of Beacon. As soon as they meet up with Blake, the gang will finally be back together.
- The reunion dinner, end of story. It's a welcome relief to see three-quarters of our protagonists catching up, enjoying themselves, and reminiscing (and playfully ribbing each other) about how they used to be back at Beacon and how much they've grown since they parted ways.
- You have to have a heart of stone not to find it endearing that Ruby is going weapon nut over Yang's cybernetic arm, while Yang just smiles a bit as if knowing her sister would have been excited. Plus everyone else showing her support as she's still getting used to it.
- Ruby and Yang engaging in some sisterly antics, and Weiss showing up with coffee.
- Weiss's heart-to-heart with Yang about Blake and loneliness in general, which crosses over with Awesome and Tearjerker. At the end of it, Ruby gingerly pokes her head around the door and finds that all is well with her partner and her sister.
- During the same conversation, Weiss flat out stating that Ruby, Blake and Yang are family to her.
- Ilia seems honestly regretful on some level for betraying Blake, though it doesn't stop her from doing so.
- Downplayed given the level of Tear Jerker and Nightmare Fuel involved, but Blake trusting Sun enough to follow her when she goes to confront Ilia. Sure enough, this happens after Sun rescues Blake.
Blake: Thanks for the backup.
Sun: Thanks for the invitation!
- Ghira is fighting for his life, severely outnumbered, and the first thing he thinks of is to tell his guards to go back up his wife. Then when the Albain twins threaten his family, he rips off his robe and prepares to beat wholesale ass for his family.
- They may be scoundrels, but Raven still cares about Vernal and her tribe, and won't let Salem just walk over them.
- When Blake and Sun arrive to help Ghira, Blake wants to stay behind to take down the Albains. Ghira, however, insists that she find Kali. When Blake tries to protest...
Ghira: You keep assuring me that your friend isn't a complete waste of space. Let's see him prove it.Sun: We got this, Blake! I've wanted to sock these creeps since the day we met.Ghira: You'll have to get in line.
- Ghira nearly sacrificing himself to protect Ilia, despite the fact that she was still their 'enemy' at that time.
- This is likely the moment which, after so much back and forth, triggered Ilia's Heel–Face Turn
- After the White Fang's failed attack on the Belladonnas, the population of Menagerie decide to fully commit to protect Haven Academy and make a stand against Adam - a far cry from their complete reluctance to get involved just a few episodes prior.
- Ilia, having been swayed by Blake's words, is the first to commit to Blake's crusade against Adam. Blake puts an appreciative hand on her shoulder after she does so, prompting an adorable smile from Ilia. Even when Ilia is almost arrested for her involvement in the assassination attempt, Blake intervenes and forgives her for losing her way. Ghira's reaction to it gets in as well.
- The second to commit to Blake's cause? Mata, the Faunus who seemed interested in joining in "Necessary Sacrifices".
- In a minor moment, Blake answers Kali's question about transport by mentioning a ship captain who owes them a favor. It's good to see a minor character get remembered fondly by major players.
- Nearly two seasons after she ran away from the rest of her team to protect them from Adam, Blake is en route to meet up with them, and she's bringing a small army with her. Not only is the gang almost back together, but protecting Haven from the impending attack now feels like a much less hopeless endeavor.
- This creates a nice mirror to the fall of Beacon in volume 3. The faunus in the White Fang under Adam played an instrumental role in Beacon's fall, whereas the faunus in the White Fang under Ghira are poised to play an integral role in Haven's defense. They're motivated, inspired, and after the training session Ghira's got planned for the volunteers, they'll be ready.
- Ghira seems honestly sad about Fennec's death, even after Fennec tried to kill him.
- And Ghira stating the lesson that Blake learned at a younger age than himself. "There is strength in forgiveness."
- Sun easily forgives Ilia for stabbing him, but not before playfully pinching her to get even.
- Ruby offering Raven a chance to work together against Salem. It fails, but she tried.
- Emerald outright stating that she doesn't even care about Salem, but that she has Undying Loyalty for Cinder. She is really willing to walk through hell for her master no matter how many lines Cinder may have crossed or will cross. Now that takes real dedication.
- While it is obscured by everything else in the episode, Hazel gets one for offering Ren and Nora a chance to run. This combined with his insistence that Sienna Khan did not have to die makes him the least malevolent member of Salem's faction.
- While it's rather sad to see Jaune is perfectly fine accepting his own death, he's okay with it as long as "the ones that matter" are fine. This cuts to a shot of Nora and Ren fighting Hazel, then of Yang fighting Mercury.
- Jaune and Ren run over to a downed Weiss, and Jaune pleads with her to stay with him. Thanks to his Semblance kicking in under the stress, she does.
- The fact it was Weiss' injury that unlocked Jaune's Semblance. Not his hatred for Cinder or his sorrow for Pyrrha's death despite how traumatic those experiences were for the guy. Instead, his desire to protect his friends was the key to unlocking his true potential.
- When Weiss was impaled, rather than continue to attack Cinder in blind fury, Jaune was more concerned for Weiss and immediately ran to her side. No matter how much pain and sorrow he experiences, Jaune will always prioritize the well-being of his friends above all else.
- A blend of this and Tear Jerker, but Hazel's motives for siding against Ozpin are revealed; his sister was a student at Beacon who died during a training mission, and he's never stopped blaming Ozpin for it.
- Also mixed with a Tear Jerker, but when Cinder mortally wounds Vernal, you can hear the pure, seething rage in Raven's voice. She wasn't lying when she said that the bandit clan were her family.
- When Nora asks Jaune if he's worried about his Aura running out for using his Semblance on Weiss, he responds that he will be fine, because Pyrrha once said that he has a lot of it and he trusts her words to this day.
- Jaune's response to Weiss' snarky comment after she starts to regain her strength. Clearly she's not affected by her near death experience and is still as strong as ever.
Jaune: Good to have you back, Weiss.
- When Ren gets knocked down, an enraged Nora jumps in and manages to best Hazel.
- Blake giving Adam and his followers one last chance to back down. Considering what he's done to her and tried to do, that's a lot more than most would have given him.
- Ilia cementing her Heel–Face Turn by dismantling the Mistral explosives.
- Four words: Team RWBY is reunited. Soured, if only slightly, by the fact that there is no time for words as their enemies are still standing.
- In a somber moment, Raven thanks a dead Vernal for her sacrifice and loyalty, after the pair of them managed to defeat Cinder. Raven even takes a moment to shut Vernal's eyes.
- In the stand-off with the remaining members of the White Fang, one of Adam's men draws his gun and is about to fire on the group of faunus confronting him before Ilia takes him down with her whip. A woman in the group sincerely thanks Ilia for saving them and she beams with pride. It's far cry from the earlier turmoil she showed as a member of the White Fang and shows Ilia no longer has any reason to doubt that she's doing the right thing.
- A small moment, but when Yang turns the Knowledge Relic over to Qrow, he asks what happened and then specifically after Raven. Despite verbally disowning her only a few chapters ago, on some level he still cares for his sister's fate.
- Yang also decides to keep Raven being the Spring Maiden to herself, merely telling Qrow that she found Vernal dead, the vault open, and Raven and Cinder gone. As disappointed as she is in Raven, she still wants to give her the chance to escape Salem.
- In a small moment, we see Emerald's genuine grief upon realising that her mentor is very likely dead. And then her Semblance goes into overdrive ...
- Going on that, Mercury's insistence that they have to go. It's the first indication we've gotten that Mercury genuinely cares about his companions.
- On that matter, after Emerald's semblance mishap causes her to lose consciousness, it's Hazel who carries her body and escapes.
- Ghira suggesting that the White Fang will have a Redeeming Replacement in the future.
- Team RWBY have a group hug after the fighting's done, finally having the emotional reunion they sorely needed.
- The build-up to this scene, with Sun using his tail to propel Blake forward, and Weiss being the first one to extend her arm for the group hug.
- Also note that it is a similar type of emotional hug to the one that Yang and Weiss had in "Lighting The Fire" and Ruby, Yang, and Weiss had in "Known By Its Song." It is clear that despite all the issues they have had to deal with since the Fall of Beacon and despite having been separated from each other for a significant amount of time, Ruby, Weiss, Blake, and Yang are family in all but name.
- When Oscar collapses from exhaustion after the fight, Qrow gently catches him and lays him down.
- The stinger shows Taiyang watering his flowers when a black feather lands behind him. No prizes for guessing who just showed up. Sadly, however, he doesn't appear happy. At all.
- It becomes a little heartwarming when you realize that despite Taiyang seemingly having issues with Raven, he still tried giving Yang a positive view of her before she went and destroyed it.
- From Volume One's soundtrack:
- "Gold": A bubbly song that's about being a protective, comforting, and generally positive influence on someone's life.
- "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.
- From Volume Two's soundtrack:
- "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!
- Although the purpose of "All Our Days" is still unknown, the meaning behind it is very clear. It's presumably another song about how much Yang adores and cares for Ruby, and how she'd never abandon her.
- "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".
- From Volume Three's soundtrack:
Some believe in fairy stories
- The reprise of "Mirror, Mirror" gives the original somber and lonely song much more hopeful and positive lyrics, suggesting that Weiss's time spent with Winter and her experiences at Beacon away from her family are changing her for the better and helping her grow more confident as a person.
And the ghosts that they can't see
I know that I could do so much
If I could just believe in me
I'll tell you something
I think I can change it all
- On a more depressing note, "Cold", the second song played in the credits of the last episode of Volume Three. It's heavily implied to be from Jaune's perspective about Pyrrha (and a tribute to Monty from Rooster Teeth). It's about how someone has inspired them to become a hero, when up until that point, they felt as if they'd never accomplish anything great, and how dearly they miss that person.
- The song, "Not Fall in Love With You," which is likely Sun singing about how he feels about Blake. It plays over their ship tease moment in New Challengers, and when you actually listen to it, it's very moving.
- From Volume Four's soundtrack:
Inside we're torn apart
- The latest intro, 'Let's Just Live,' is about soldiering on in times of change and hardship, and never giving up hope that someday it will get better, no matter how much it hurts at the present.
But time will mend our hearts
I don't know where we should go,
- The full version of the song has a slow bridge, which ends with this stanza.
And the story takes an unexpected turn, a friend is suddenly gone.
We can cry our lives away, but if they were here they'd say, "Go forward, you must keep moving on."
- The whole scene with Ren and Nora in the finale counts. Not only do we hear a reprise of "Boop" when Ren holds onto Nora's hand, but we then hear what sounds like Ren's response, confirmed by Casey to be called "Home". Ren affirming his love for Nora really is heart-melting to hear, and Casey really outdid herself in terms of emotive delivery.
Feeling farther from our goal.
I don't know what path we will be shown,
But I know that when I'm with you I'm at home;
Yes I know that when I'm with you I'm at home.
Go where you need to/ know I won't leave you/ I'll follow you/ like morning follows night.
- 'Armed and Ready,' the end credits song, is guaranteed to get a heartfelt grin when you pay attention to the lyrics. Yang is back, stronger and smarter than before.
- 'Like Morning Follows Night' is a song featured when Blake and Sun fight the sea dragon Grimm. The lyrics talk about how he won't let her go alone into danger, and will follow her forever, no matter what. It's fairy tale levels of sweet.
You can run 'til your pain's through/ one thing I won't do/ is let you go alone to face the fight.
We sit for a while, as I drink in your smile/It feels like a dream that's come true/My head starts to buzz and my heart's filled with love over you.
- 'Bmblb' is a love song very strongly hinted to be sung by Yang to Blake, given that it's got the same name as their ship, and it is adorable
- 'This Life Is Mine' is mostly pure awesome, being Weiss' condemnation of her abusive father and what he tried to turn her into, but there's also an element of gratitude in it for the people that helped her realize what love was and rediscover her self-worth.
- Monty's reaction to the response of the first episode.
- Whenever Monty mentions his lack of sleep (he's usually working towards a deadline) in the office or on twitter he is immediately besieged by requests by coworkers and the fanbase to catch a few winks. He usually continues to work until he's done anyway.
- This video, which is a compilation of fan support for both Monty and the show as a whole.
- With the Velvet Costume Contest closed and over 1300 submitted pieces, Monty takes it upon himself to open every single one individually so he doesn't miss any. The fact that he would take the time to do this on top of everything else is just...damn, that's a lot of tabs.
- He also made a point of stating that none of the entries lost, so much as only one was able to be used.
- The first volume's opening depicted Pyrrha reaching out to Jaune reassuringly, foreshadowing her support of him in the future episodes; the second opening depicts a similar situation, only with their positions reversed.
- The closing titles of the second volume use Fanart for their visuals.
- It's quite clear Monty loved his fans to cosplay his work. He has stated in several tweets that he specifically designs the character costumes so they can be easily cosplayed, in particular designing the shoes on a real-life counterpart so cosplayers can find them easily and at a good price and integrating pockets into the design so cosplayers could carry their personal items around safely at conventions.
- Mere hours after news of Monty Oum's passing hit the public ear, the RWBY section on Fan Fiction Dot Net was hit with a slew of fics dedicated to his memory, art and RWBY fan-sites exploded with pictures and tributes to Monty, and even more had notices that pledged their support to Monty's family and friends at Rooster Teeth. Goes to show just how much this moment truly means to so many people.
- Even before his death was announced, the reaction to the news that he had been hospitalized was nothing short of amazing. The Go Fund Me page that was set up to raise money for medical expenses reached its goal of 50k in less than a day. By the time it closed out, the total donated to Monty's family was around 245 thousand dollars (almost quintuple the goal) by almost 10,000 donors. It really goes to show you how many fans he had.
- Someone scattered rose petals outside the office in Monty's memory.
- ScrewAttack's Remastered Samus vs. Boba Fett Death Battle was dedicated to Monty. In the ending credits, instead of the usual Death Battle theme, the credits rolled alongside "Shine" and a 3D animated dance video made by Death Battle's main 3D animator, Torrian. Dancers include Samus and Boba, numerous Storm Troopers, a guest appearance from Deadpool, and to really drive it home, a certain "Zero-Suited" Spartan from his first animation, Haloid. Afterward, Ben and Chad had a brief piece about how Monty's work inspired them to create Death Battle and their personal memories of him.
- Later on Screwattack honored Monty again with the Yang Xiao-Long vs Tifa Lockhart Death Battle to celebrate the third season of RWBY. They even let Barbara voice Yang for the show.
- JesuOtaku has made his dislike towards the series pretty vocal. However, before Oum died, he retweeted a link to his charity drive and even expressed his condolences.
- The crew kicked off the RWBY RTX 2015 panel with a moment of silence for Monty.
- Later in the panel, it was revealed that Monty's brother Neath will be continuing Monty's work voicing Ren.
- And judging by the reactions to Volume Three, the fans have received his voice warmly.
- Later in the panel, it was revealed that Monty's brother Neath will be continuing Monty's work voicing Ren.
- In the update on Rooster Teeth's website about Volume Three's premiere, the last paragraph says this:
We had a gathering last night at Rooster Teeth, people from all over the company joined us to screen Chapter 1. It was a special moment to watch this new first episode together. Monty, you were supposed to be there. Maybe you were. We hope we did ok. We miss you.
- During the RWBY panel at RTXAU, one question raised is what universe Ruby and Yang would like a crossover with. The answer? Ours.
- Barbara Dunkelman's letter to Monty a year after his passing is heartbreaking but very uplifting in that she talks about how massive the show and its community have continued to grow across the world since his passing.
"We've kept moving forward, but don't for a second think we're not taking you along with us."
- It's no secret RT (and the RWBY Production Crew) encourage and enjoy reaction videos - in one person's case though, they appreciated his support so much that they personally sent him gifts in appreciation, and their reaction-to-his-reaction of "PvP". See his appreciation here.
- In the livestream leading up to the Volume Three finale, they talk about Neath for a moment, and mention the level of support they have gotten from the Oum family.
- In the credits of RWBY: Chibi's first episode, it's revealed that RT took on 'Mojojoj' (see Memes section) as a concept artist.
- In the Volume Four commentary, Miles and Kerry talk about how much Burnie got into the role of Taiyang, playing the father figure. Goes with comments made during Volume Three that there was pretty much no doubt who would voice Taiyang.
- Shortly after Ruby and Sun's voice actors, Lindsay and Michael Jones, announced the birth of their daughter Iris, they were sent this piece of fanart, depicting their respective characters in RWBY and Camp Camp cooing over the baby with them. They both retweeted it, with Michael calling it "wonderful" and Lindsay promising to show that picture to Iris when she's older.
- An interview (Original here, translated version (google translated with a few edits) here) with Miles, Kerry and Gray shows that they really didn't expect RWBY to get this popular and that they love their fans for taking the show this far, both in America and in Japan.
- At RTX 2017, Gray Haddock announced a new mecha show called "gen:Lock", and revealed that the concept art's being supplied by RWBY fanartist dishwasher1910, making it the third time a member of the RWBY community got hired by the company after Jordan Scott and Mojojoj. The fact that Rooster Teeth does this time and time again with especially talented community members is heartwarming to the nth degree.
- The reveal that RWBY is now part of BlazBlue Cross Tag Battle. The impact of Monty's legacy was not lost on the fans. As one viewer put it: "Monty Oum was passionate about animating videos that featured fighting game characters. Now his original character is in a fighting game. Everything has come full circle."
- And even before this, BlazBlue Central Fiction had several palette swaps for characters referencing RWBY.
- This gets reinforced further with the fact that Toshimichi Mori is a part of the RWBY fandom, and did this to honor and respect Monty's memory.
- The fact that Mori choose RWBY to even be part of the crossover. When they were discussing it, they wanted to choose a series that would be completely unexpected, and Mori's first thoughts immediately went to RWBY.
- The Reality Subtext behind the series' constant theme of the dead being gone but not forgotten, and messages in line with Monty's "keep moving forward" philosophy (up to and including those exact words being used in multiple speeches). The very show that Monty created is now being used by the writers as a perpetual tribute to him and the person he was, while still fitting the tone he had always intended the show to have.