Trivia / RWBY

Trivia Tropes:

  • Actor Allusion
    • Ozpin's hair colour is a shout out to Monty. Monty was originally going to voice the character until he decided his voice wasn't right for the part.
    • Ryan Haywood, who voices Peter Port, has played characters that have locked up animals before. The creators joked a lot about that when doing the scene involving Port having a caged Grimm in class.
    • Burnie and Joel return as two quirky cops like in the Pirating short.
    • In volume 2 Yang makes an Incredibly Lame Pun, something her voice actress Barbara Dunkelman is infamous for.
    • In volume 2, Roman refers to himself as a professional. Another antagonistic character also voiced by Gray Haddock, Locus from Red vs. Blue, has also done so.
    • Ren dancing should surprise no one, considering his voice actor.
    • During a Traintop Battle, Dr. Oobleck yells out to decouple the caboose since it could kill them all. Oobleck's voice actor also voiced the character Caboose in Red vs. Blue, who had a Running Gag about how he had several teammate kills under his belt.
    • At one point, Cinder Fall is seen sewing on her outfit. Her voice actress, Jessica Nigri, is a renowned cosplayer that sews on her own outfits.
    • Scarlet David has several references to his voice actor, Gavin Free. Scarlet's last name is Gavin's middle name, he's on the receiving end of a Groin Attack like his voice actor frequently is in other Rooster Teeth productions, and he's dressed like a pirate as nod to Gavin playing as "the Dandy" in past Assassin's Creed games on Achievement Hunter.
    • Weiss's butler Klein is voiced by J. Michael Tatum, who also voiced a well-known butler character in anime.
  • All There in the Script:
    • Penny's surname has been confirmed to be Polendina, but the name Polendina was never referenced in the show before Volume 3. Even in the credits, she was initially only listed as Penny.
    • Similarly, Raven's name wasn't mentioned in the show and referred to only in credits before Volume 3. In the show, she's referred to as Yang's mother or Qrow's sister, and unlike Penny, her surname, Branwen, remains credits only.
    • The name of the Female Narrator from the very first episode is "Salem". This has only ever been revealed in the credits of the final episode of Volume 3, due to her on-screen appearance, but the name was never mentioned in the show before then and hasn't been referred to properly since.
  • Aluminum Christmas Trees: Yang's turkey boxing gloves have a raw chicken real world precedent.
  • Approval of God:
  • Ascended Fanon:
  • Author Existence Failure: After a severe allergic reaction left him comatose, Monty Oum passed away on February 1st, 2015. It was initially uncertain whether or not RWBY would continue, until the creative team confirmed they had access to Monty's notes. Volume 3 understandably aired later than usual in 2015, with the future of the show confirmed.
  • Character Blog: Three quarters of Team RWBY have Twitters (Ruby, Weiss, Blake; Yang's was apparently terminated). However, none of the Twitters have been updated since summer 2013.
  • The Danza: Flynt Coal, voiced by Flynt Flossy, though the name existed before the casting.
  • Demand Overload: The Volume 4 premiere caused Rooster Teeth's website to get so much traffic that the servers crashed.
  • Descended Creator:
    • Monty Oum voiced Lie Ren in Volumes 1 and 2, and would have been voicing Qrow; Ruby's old scythe teacher.
    • Director Kerry Shawcross makes a very brief appearance near the end of Episode 9 making the noise he's known for on the Internet Box. He's also the voice of Neptune, one of Sun's teammates.
    • Writer Miles Luna voices Jaune Arc.
    • Joe Macdonald, who occupies several design positions in the staff, voices Yatsuhashi Daichi in Volume 3.
  • Fan Community Nicknames: In keeping with the acronym-based team names that huntsmen students receive, RWBY does not have a fandom. It instead has The FNDM.
  • Fandom Nod:
    • In Season 2, Episode 4, Team RWBY uses fan-derived codenames for two-person attack combos (like "Ice Flower" for Ruby + Weiss or "Bumblebee" for Yang + Blake), some of which are humorous shipping names.
    • Jaune attempts to implement this system for Team JNPR in Season 3, Episode 2, again using fandom pairing names. This time, his team objects that "Flower Power" (Ren + Nora) doesn't make much sense and Pyrrha questions his choice of "Arkos" for them (Jaune Arc + Pyrrha Nikos).
    • Season 4, Episode 1 has a Running Gag involving the ongoing fandom debate over a certain new team name. Ren and Ruby want the name to be RNJR, while Nora and Jaune prefer JNRR though Jaune later concedes that Ren has a point with RNJR.
  • Fan Nickname: There's enough that a new page had to be made here, just to contain all of them.
  • Flip-Flop of God: Sun's name was listed as Sun Wukon in the episode 16 credits, but it was Sun Wukong in the credits of episode 15. Presumably the G-less spelling is a typo, as other posts by Monty have used the G.
  • Harpo Does Something Funny: During production, the voice cast was encouraged to come up with little ad-lib things that might fit various situations. Notable ones include:
    Yang: [after a gratuitously overextended landing sequence] Nailed it. (Episode 6)
    Ruby: [almost as an afterthought from realizing Blake's a cat faunus] She does like tuna a lot... (Episode 16)
  • I Knew It:
    • Pretty much everyone predicted Episode 15's reveal of Blake as a Faunus and to a lesser extent Episode 16's clarification of her former membership in White Fang.
    • After the release of the promotional material for Volume 2, namely, the group silhouette for Velvet's Team, it was pretty much a given that her team would somehow be named "Coffee."
    • Penny being a robot.
    • Many people speculated that Ruby and Yang are half-sisters, sharing a father, but fewer speculated that it was Yang's biological mother that she has been searching for in the Yellow trailer, and that Summer Rose, Qrow, the sisters' father, and Yang's mother were on the same team.
    • The name of possibly Yang's mother was ludicrously spot on: Raven Branwen.
    • After the Volume 3 trailer, many fans suspected that the Elegant Gothic Lolita shown there was Neo in disguise, which was confirmed in the first episode of Volume 3.
    • The majority of the fanbase predicted that Penny vs Pyrrha would happen during the tournament arc of Volume 3, and that it would end with Penny in pieces.
    • Many people were able to figure out that Velvet can copy weapons and styles with her camera from the first snapshot of Sun.
    • Considering his character origins, nobody should be surprised that Ironwood is truly a tin man. He's got a cybernetic arm, and a large part of his body is made of metal.
    • People were calling Pyrrha dying since her introduction back in Volume One. They were right.
    • Remember the narrator from the first episode? Well, people were able to guess that A. She's a character, and B. She's a villain. Say hello to Salem.
    • Quite a few fans predicted that Jaune would take up Pyrrha's equipment in some capacity following her death. He gets an updated set of equipment reforged from her gear at the end of Volume 4's first episode.
    • Yang getting a prosthetic limb from Ironwood is quite expected.
    • More than a few fans predicted Oscar having a connection to Ozpin, and so decided that his name must be the given name of the Wizard of Oz.
  • In Memoriam: The credit roll of Volume 3 ends with a dedication to Monty, showing his signature flanked by the messages "Monty Oum, 1981-2015" and "We love you, Monty".
  • Name's the Same:
    • Australians who have a passing interest in the celebrity world may have noticed the name Ruby Rose and associated it with a real life person first.
    • This isn't the first series to involve a terrorist group named "White Fang" - there's also the group from the anime Mobile Suit Gundam Wing.
    • Vol 3, Episode 3's title, "It's Brawl in the Family"? Where have we heard that before?
    • In Vol 3 Episode 5, we're introduced to Flynt Coal. There's a character with the same exact name over in X-Ray and Vav. Both characters are a reference to the same Rooster Teeth Minecraft meme.
  • Official Fan-Submitted Content:
  • Outlived Its Creator: Monty Oum died several months before Volume 3 premiered, but had left notes one the entire plot outline and ideas for the main characters as adults. In one livestream, the writers commented that the plot overview alone could be made into 20 volumes worth of story, but the length of the show will ultimately depend on how Miles and Kerry structure the content going forward.
  • The Other Darrin:
    • Starting with Volume 3, Ren is voiced by Monty Oum's brother, Neath Oum, due to Monty's death.
    • Mercury Black is voiced by Yuri Lowenthal instead of J.J. Castillo from Volume 3 onward, due to Castillo leaving Rooster Teeth.
    • Megumi Toyoguchi, whose voiced Pyrrha Nikos in the Japanese dub, will be replaced by Shizuka Ito in Volume 3 due to Megumi being pregnant and going on Maternity leave.
  • Promoted Fanboy:
    • Jordan Scott, creator of the fan game RWBY: Grim Eclipse got hired by Rooster Teeth to make an official game.
    • NDGO were originally a team of OCs and cosplayers of them on Tumblr, and have since been granted an in-universe team as thanks for their sponsorship.
    • Yssa Badiola, an animator who worked on X-Ray and Vav, is a huge fan of RWBY and now, she voices Ciel Soleil in Volume 3.
    • "Mojojoj", a popular RWBY fan artist known for his incredibly quick work, is a conceptional artist for the new RWBY Chibi.
  • The Red Stapler: The instant people got a good look at Jaune's hoodie in "The Next Step", pretty much everyone wanted one.
  • Relationship Voice Actor:
    • In the original English:
      • Sun is voiced by Lindsay Tuggey (Ruby's voice actress)'s husband.
      • Also, "Russel Thrush + Emerald forever".note 
      • Junior and Velvet's voice actors are married.
      • Sun, Scarlet, Ruby, Junior and Professor Port are all part of Achievement Hunter.
      • Yang and Nolan Porfirio's voice actors are dating.
      • Neon and Scarlet's voice actors are dating.
      • Amber and the Atlas Ship Captain's respective voice actors are married.
      • Coco and Taiyang are engaged.
      • The (second in the case of the former) voice actors for Mercury and Blake's mother, Kali, are married.
    • For the Japanese dub:
      • Yang's and Nora's VAs also voices Ryuko & Mako in Kill la Kill. They're also part of the Pretty Cure series, but different entries.
      • In Guilty Gear, Nora and Penny are Valentine Sisters.
  • Recycled Script: A Magnificent Bastard villain making a team of heroes look bad while making one of their own look good and innocent in the eyes of the public to hide nefarious plans to harm the city? Is that Volume 3's second half or X-Ray and Vav's Season 2 second half?
  • The Red Stapler: Jaune's hoodie is set to be released very soon in the Rooster Teeth store
  • Star-Making Role: For Lindsay Jones (Ruby) Barbara Dunkelman (Yang; as an actress), Kara Eberle (Weiss), Arryn Zech (Blake), Michael Jones (Sun; as an actor) and Jessica Nigri (Cinder; as a voice actress)
  • Teasing Creator:
    • Monty is a mild example.
    • With the news that Velvet would play a bigger role in Volume 2, fans excitedly looked forward to finding out what her weapon and fighting style looked like. Come the Vol.2 finale, it seemed we were about to find out...only for Coco to completely steal the show instead. Velvet finally reveals it in Volume 3, Episode 11 "Heroes and Monsters".
    • In "Heroes and Monsters", after Adam cuts Yang's arm off and moves in for the kill, Blake shields Yang with her body. Adam mutters on why "Blake must hurt him" and proceeds to decapitate her. Turns out it was just an illusion, but many viewers at this scene experienced a near heart attack.
    • The preview of the Volume 3 finale. Otherwise normal and routine with one thing out of place... the length of the episode is going to be 28 MINUTES LONG! And the preview thumbnail was posted the night before the release date for sponsors, so everyone had to wait in anticipation for the coming morning.
  • Trolling Creator: Miles and Kerry always seem to get the biggest laugh out of viewer outrage and misery when bad things happen to characters. And when told the Volume 3 finale would air on Valentine's Day during a livestream, Miles burst into laughter, given that the Arkos ship was going to get nuked that day, and later tweeted "Happy Valentine's Day!" when announcing the season finale's release, knowing that the day was going to be anything but happy. And in the AfterBuzz stream, he broke out into a grin when the hosts speculated about Jaune following Pyrrha into death, sending many fans into a panic.
  • Troubled Production: Goes without saying, but Monty Oum's death delayed production of Volume 3 by two months, leading to Rooster Teeth to only air a trailer at RTX 2015 instead of the first episode.
  • What Could Have Been:
    • Professor Ozpin was originally supposed to be voiced by Monty Oum himself, but he decided that he wasn't the right fit. Matt Hullum (the voice of Sarge from Red vs. Blue) also auditioned for the part.
    • Gavin Free was originally slated to voice Junior.
    • Many scrapped ideas regarding character design were shown on the panels at RTX 2013:
      • Ruby's hair was originally going to be gray, because Monty wanted to evoke a kind of wolf-like appearance for her. He mentioned later that Ruby's current hairstyle still looks kinda 'wolfy'. Her cape was also originally going to have a muff-like thing around her neck, but animation issues restricted that.
      • Both Ozpin and Glynda were going to have more cape elements in their design, but they were scrapped for the same reason as Ruby's cape-muff.
      • Roman Torchwick's early designs had a striped scarf.
      • Team RWBY wasn't supposed to have hair colors that matched their theme colors, and everyone but Yang was a brunette. So, Yang was the only one who ended up keeping her original hair color.
      • Melanie and Miltia are built off early designs for Ruby and Weiss.
    • Jaune's original line after Ruby killed the Nevermore was going to be a quiet, awestruck, "Bye bye, birdy."
    • Professor Oobleck was originally going to be a boring, lethargic teacher.
    • Glynda originally had an Australian accent.
    • By the original plans, Jaune was actually on the right track in the cave in Players and Pieces, because the relics were going to be inside assorted Grimm, including the Deathstalker stinger.
    • Nora was originally meant to have a sash that wrapped around her waist, and ended in two long tails. Monty scrapped the idea because he thought it would be too hard to animate.
    • RWBY Volume 2: Production Diary 1 describes Velvet as simply having been created for the sole purpose for demonstrating the discrimination Faunus face, but fan response to her was so positive that she was further written into the story for Volume 2.
      Kerry: It's a good thing we didn't go-we almost went with a dude with an elephant trunk. Probably wouldn't have turned out—
      Miles and Kerry: Not as good.
    • Early art for Ren implies that he was originally intended to be a more androgynous or even female character wielding a sword.
    • Early art for Blake gave her heterochromia and two differently colored cat ears.
    • Monty's earliest doodles of Yang, Pyrrha and Weiss show some minor differences.
      • Yang's pants and some highlights of her clothes were yellow and she had a different style belt. Her promotional art still has her skirt with a more pleated/segmented look as well.
      • Pyrrha had some armor covering her sash instead of a belt, extra armor on one leg, and no tiara or ponytail.
      • Weiss' clothes weren't as detailed, her jacket lacked it's red collar, is missing her black undershirt and had a different ponytail. There was also a few early designs for her snowflake emblem.
    • Different production art that was released showed that Weiss originally had a beauty mark instead of a scar, and that Myrtenaster's hilt was built more like a complete gun rather than just the revolver mechanism.
    • Something that mistakenly made it into the White trailer in a few shots was that the Dust in the mechanism in Myrtenaster was all red, as opposed to the multicolored seen in the series proper. Each would still have had different properties, but Monty initially disliked the idea of having a rainbow used on the design before deciding that it would make things clearer overall.
    • Cinder at one point had incredibly long, flowing sleeves similar to Weiss.
    • Penny's curbstomp of the White Fang forces, where she clearly shows signs of being a robot (weapon popping out of her back, inhuman strength even by the standards of what had been shown, firing energy beams in a very mechanical fashion), was not intended to be in Episode 16, and was added by Monty Oum without prior knowledge. This is clear in the DVD commentary, where Miles Luna makes it clear he had intended Penny stopping the van to be the first indication of Penny's true power and identity.
    • During Mercury and Emerald's Establishing Character Moment of their assassination of Tukson, the crew considered adding an extra shot of some of Tukson's blood on a wall.
    • During Best Day Ever, the first food Yang caught was going to be a cherry with stem, then she reveals the stem with a knot tied in it (you can see her 'hold small object' hand pose when she does the 'with a Yang' pun), but they decided that was a hair too risque.
    • Ren originally grabbed a pair of cucumbers during the food fight, but they were changed to leeks after a lot of 'is he hitting Yang with a pair of green dicks?' reactions.
    • Russel Thrush was originally Russel Crow.
      Monty: I had to slap that one out of the air.
    • CRDL was originally pronounced something like 'Crow'.
    • Monty Oum would have been voicing Qrow, if not for his Author Existence Failure.
    • Starting with Season 3, we can only wonder what the series might have been like had Monty Oum lived to keep working on it. He was reportedly far more involved in the animation than the writing, but given what kind of show this is, that's a major creative loss.
    • Velvet's Hunter outfit's design had several options, ranging from a hood with holes to let her ears through, a lengthy raincoat plus a variant with rolled coat tails, and even a back ribbon that was considered for Nora's outfit. Most of these designs were scrapped for a simplistic model.
    • There was going to be a Nora and Pyrrha vs Sun and Neptune fight during the Vytal Festival Tournament, but it was cut do to not having any real relevance to the plot and being short on time.
    • Crescent Rose was originally much more sniper-like, looking almost like a Barret Sniper rifle with a scythe blade added onto it.
  • The Wiki Rule: RWBY Wiki.
  • Word of God:
    • Dust is not magic. It serves the exact same artistic and narrative role, by the staff's own admission, but don't call it magic. Magic is what stage magicians do, and Dust is therefore not magic. This is because magic does exist, but has nothing to do with Dust.
    • Monty Oum has trolled the WMG page with various confirmations and denials.
    • He seemed very fond of the Nora mafia princess theory.
    • Though many had assumed that the Faunus were inspired by the many animal characters that exist in anime, Monty Oum has revealed that they actually stem from his love of the old Hanna-Barbera cartoon Snagglepuss. (This is probably a case of Trolling Creator).
    • Monty's Twitter responses made it clear that Yang and Ruby are half-sisters that share a father, and confirmed that Summer Rose is Ruby's mother. Summer was also stated to definitely be dead, not just missing.
    • A livestream done by the cast and crew a day before the Volume 3 finale confirmed that Roman Torchwick did die in "Heroes in Monsters".
    • A set of tweets from Jen Brown (Pyrrha's VA) revealed that Pyrrha was always meant to have been killed as part of Monty's plans.
    • Miles and Kerry confirmed in during the AfterBuzz livestream that, despite looking similar, Salem is not the original Winter Maiden. It was just a coincidence.
  • Write What You Know: Weiss uses fencing because Monty himself studied it.

General Trivia:

  • If one goes by Ironwood's concept art saying he is 6'3", his revolver appears to have a barrel length of about 13 inches, which is larger than the largest sized barrel of the Smith & Wesson Model 500 (10.5 inches), the largest production revolver in Real Life. The full length of the revolver, from tip of the barrel to the end of its grip is 2'1.5", or 23.5 inches long, which puts Ironwood's revolver on the same size, if not larger, as the Pfeifer Zeliska revolver, which is the largest revolver in Real Life. Going by his actual height of 6'6", his revolver is instead about four inches larger all-around.
  • The name "Faunus" is derived from Faunus, who is the Roman god of forests, wild, and nature. He is also the Roman equivalent to the Greek god Pan. Additionally, the god Faunus is associated with Satyrs, which incidentally have a less human morphology than the Faunus people shown in the show.
  • In a Rooster Teeth livestream on August 21st, 2014, it was confirmed that Faunus and Humans can interbreed with one another.
  • On a Facebook Q&A, Miles and Kerry broke down the breeding genetics of Faunus:
    • If two Faunus of the same phenotype breed (e.g. two Dog Faunus), their child will also be of the same species.
    • If a Faunus and a human breed, their child will either be a Faunus or a Human.
    • If two Faunus of different types breed (e.g. a Dog Faunus and a Cat Faunus), their child will have a chance of being a random type.
  • So far in the series, only Faunus with mammal-based traits have been shown. However, it was confirmed in a RWBY livestream that, though mammalian Faunus are most common, other varieties do exist.
  • It was said in a Volume 3 livestream that every Faunus has only one animal trait.
  • Ruby and Nora own an object in sale at the Rooster Teeth store Ruby's Rose Pajama Pants and Nora's "boop" t-shirt.
  • Mercury Black's fighting style, which looks akin to break-dancing seems to be heavily based on Capoeira.

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