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- 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.
- 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. Keep in mind: at this point, pretty much everyone else's first reaction to Jaune is either disgust, annoyance, or mockery thus far.
- Yang trades some friendly banter with Jaune after Weiss and Pyrrha leave, and Ruby helps him up and walks him out to the 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 that's pretty much her only real weapon (that we know of).
- Her looking around quickly tells us that saving him was her premeditated plan.
- She could just have been more cautious than others and merely caught Jaune by chance as she scans around her landing zone to make sure it's safe for her to proceed on foot. That by no means takes anything away from the fact that she still chooses to save Jaune after seeing him in trouble.
- Think about this: Ozpin told them that monsters inhabited the woods, so it was crucial to keep their weapon ready. Instead, Pyrrha puts Jaune's safety above her own by throwing her weapon several hundred meters away to save Jaune, at the potential cost of her own life. In this small act, they're throwing Ship Tease out the window.
- Not necessarily. Keep in mind, Ren handled himself fairly well against some of the larger monsters we've seen barehanded before drawing his weapons. Given her reputation, it's a fairly safe assumption that she could travel a few hundred yards whilst being able to avoid anything she couldn't take with just her shield, especially given that she probably has at least partially superhuman speed.
- Her looking around quickly tells us that saving him was her premeditated plan.
- 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 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.
- Ruby noticed Weiss before they made eye contact. She comes to a halt, gaze lowered, then chooses to look her in the eyes.
- When Pyrrha arrives to where Jaune is still pinned, she teasingly asks him if he still has room on his team. After some feigned offence on Jaune's part, the two look and smile at each other.
- Despite their relationship still being rocky (before and afterward), when a flaming tree nearly falls on Ruby, Weiss's first instinct is for both of them to cut their losses and run. She could have easily left her there, but chose not to.
- "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 "Technicial", 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.
- Once again, Ruby is in trouble, and Weiss's first instinct is to save her. And this time, it wasn't something that endangered herself at all.
- The only time Nora loses her cool in this episode is when the Deathstalker slams Ren into a wall. Process that for a moment. Being in the middle of a death-forest doesn't stress her. Being besieged on both sides by what could qualify as living mobile fortresses doesn't stress her. Ren possibly getting hurt? 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 Dust spells in an instant to propel Ruby up the cliff. A moment after Ruby lands on the cliff wall, the camera pans back to Yang, Blake and Weiss. 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's 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.
- 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 worried about his well-being.
- When Glynda mentions the tournament coming up, Weiss gets just as excited about it as Yang, before quickly returning back to her "prim and proper" persona.
- Pyrrha's concern for Jaune because of how Cardin treats him. She even tells Jaune that he can always ask her and the others for help whenever he's being bullied. It just shows how much she cares about Jaune.
- Ruby and Nora also offer 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 lacky? Nope. An inspirational speech from Ruby? Nope. Tasked to get a large amount of Rapier Wasps in the middle of the night? Nope. An attempt to get revenge on Pyrrha? Oh yes.
- Pyrrha throughout the episode. While she does act cold, and the looks she gives are heartbreaking, all of it points to just how much she cares for Jaune.
- Ruby's little chat with him in the hall, with her expressing to him the same confidence in Ozpin's decision as Professor Port had about Ruby's. Plus, passing on some of the gist of what Ozpin had said to her that day.
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. 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.
- 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 she started in volume one, where she treated Ruby as either a hindrance or as a rival through most of the episodes. And 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. Particularly poignant considering all the things she said about Blake's species and former organization at the end of volume 1.
- 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 Pyrra 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.
- 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. And 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. And 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?
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.
- 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.
- Before that, how much he believes in protecting his students, and very subtly, that he believes they can take care of themselves as well - all expressed in one sentence.
- Weiss noticing Blake's depression, and calling her out on it, getting her to open up to them, just as Blake promised at the end of Volume 1.
- The way she dramatically poses on a chair just to ask Blake what is wrong is adorable and funny. Looks like Ruby's rubbing off on her.
- 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?"
- 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.
- 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 a Lightning Bruiser. She's definitely grown since that incident.
- Blake's reaction was very telling. For most of this episode, and the one before it, Blake has been moody, morose, and cold. While Yang was speaking (very softly, at that), Blake's fatigued and stern glower slowly drops. By the end of Yang's monologue, Blake's looking down at the floor, clearly upset, offers her sympathy, and even admits that she understands now why Yang's trying to get her out of this funk. Even at her absolute worst state, Blake still manages to be The Empath.
- Yang is pleading with Blake to calm the hell down regarding her obsession with White Fang and Torchwick. Blake vehemently believes that capturing Torchwick is more important. It gets to the point where Yang 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]
- 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.
- 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.
- While the rest of her team is struggling to figure out their true motivation for becoming huntresses, Ruby almost reflexively takes first watch. As she watches out over the city, Weiss, Blake, and Yang are clearly struggling to get to sleep. Ruby, stroking Zwei as she does, says, "Don't worry. Things will be better, tomorrow." There's a reason why Oobleck did not have to ask Ruby why she 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 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 realise 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 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 an big Ursa explode and send spikes flying everywhere, Yatsuhashi stands in front of Velvet, shielding her from the spikes.
- "Gold": A bubbly song that about being a protective, comforting, and generally positive influence on someone's life.
- And according to Jeff Williams, it's about Yang's relationship with Ruby. So to sum up, Yang loves her sister so much, they gave her a second theme song to properly express it.
- Then they go and give her a third theme song to really illustrate just how long this has been a thing, with "All Our Days".
- "I May Fall": It's a song about the Darkest Hour and the protagonists Heroic Resolve to not die, that with their friends they can not, will not fall.
- "Wings": The ending credits song for the sixteenth episode, and a heartfelt anthem about enduring hardship, surpassing pain and finding strength in those who care about you.
- "Shine": The song from the JNPR dance in V2E7. The official Arkos theme song. It's basically Pyrrha singing about how Jaune saved her from loneliness and how much she loves him. Shipping feels! It can also be interpreted as a Bumbleby song, since Blake's and Yang's bond was stronger by the time of the dance.
- "Boop": A song about Nora wishing that she and Ren were "Together-Together". Also, when she says Boop, she's really trying to say "I love you".
- 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 site on Fanfiction 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 10000 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 her dislike towards the series pretty vocal. However, before Oum died, she retweeted a link to his charity drive and even expressed her 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.