Trivia / RWBY

Trivia for RWBY.
  • Actor Allusion
    • Junior repeatedly refers to Yang as "blondie". Barbara Dunkelman's screen name within the Rooster Teeth community (as well as her Twitter handle, Xbox Gamertag, etc) is BlawnDee.
    • 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.
    • This is not the first time Jen Brown has voiced a proficient warrior with green eyes and red hair in a ponytail (Pyrrha Nikos)
    • Ryan Haywood still has a habit of locking up animals as Peter Port.
    • Burnie and Joel return as two quirky cops like in the Pirating short.
    • The full version of "Red Like Roses Part II" turns out to be a duet between singer Casey Lee Williams and her mother Sandy Lee Casey. This leads to quite a bit of Reality Subtext in the song itself.
    • 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. Scalret'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.
    • For the upcoming Japanese Dub of the series, this will not be the first time that Ruby Rose will be wielding a Sinister Scythe. In fact, it's not even the second time either!
    • Likewise, this won't be the first time the hot blooded Yang fights a short, pink, umbrella-wielding villain that, at least at first, is incapable of even being touched.
    • Penny apparently can do Ramlethal's Calvados.
    • Once again, Vic Mignogna is voicing the relative of a scythe wielder who goes to a monster-fighting school.
    • With the change in casting, this is not the first time Mercury outspeeds bullets and starts doing spinning kick shenanigans.
    • When Winter berates Weiss for her failure to master a semblence technique, she suggests that Weiss should return to her father's company and work as a receptionist. Kara Eberle, Weiss' VA, used to work for Rooster Teeth as a receptionist.
  • All There in the Script: Several names have appeared before being mentioned in the show.
    • Ruby's mother's name "Summer" has only been seen on what is surmised is her gravestone.
    • Although Qrow's name was mentioned in show, the spelling had to be clarified by subtitles.
    • Taiyang Xiao Long, the name of Ruby and Yang's father, was leaked by Monty to this very site in the WMG section. It was later leaked again on Twitter via a pic of filenames which also revealed...
    • Penny's surname, Polendina, which given that a second file which read only as "Polendina" would seem to be her father's name as well.
    • Willow Schnee has been another name which could arguably be seen as revealed alongside Polendina, suggesting another relative of Weiss and Winter.
    • Cinder's name was initially revealed only in the credits of the final episode of Volume 1.
    • Emerald, Mercury, Neptune, and Neopolitan had their names revealed on Facebook when Monty released turnaround images.
    • Monty tweeted a pic of Yatsuhashi Kengyo the blind musician to demystify the identity of the final member of team CFVY. He also tweeted the names Coco and Fox along with cosplay photos.
    • Revealed in the credits of Volume 2's finale, Raven Branwen is the name of the mysterious lady who saved Yang on the train. Given her surname, she may also be Yang's mother.
  • Aluminum Christmas Trees: Yang's turkey boxing gloves have a raw chicken real world precedent.
  • Ascended Fanon:
  • Author Existence Failure: Monty Oum passed away on February 1st, 2015 from a severe allergic reaction that left him comatose. This left RWBY's fate uncertain at first, but it was later said by Grey that Monty had left enough notes and information to get through about Volume 5, and that Volume 3 should begin airing before the end of 2015. Dead Fantasy, on the other hand, is undoubtedly canceled.
  • 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.
  • 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: 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).
  • Fan Nickname: Most of which are supplied by the wiki as placeholder names.
    • The fans once referred to characters by their colors: Black, White, etc. The fandom began using name colors from other languages as well.
    • Junior's weapon has been dubbed the "Batzooka", saying he must have stolen it from Batman.
    • In the same video, we have "DJ Deadb3ar."
    • While not a fan-derived nickname, Jaune will forever be referred to as Vomit Boy to some.
    • Before their names were revealed, Pyrrha was Umber, Nora was Apricot, and Ren was Nero. Their team name would have been JAUN. When their names were revealed, ANVL became a short-lived placeholder: Arc, Nikos, Valkyrie and Lie. It was quickly replaced with JNPR (Jaune, Nora, Pyrrha, Ren) once Monty tweeted that it wasn't ANVL.
    • Continuing with weapons, Pyrrha's was called the Magnospear (derived from the word magnetosphere) and Xiflelin (portmanteau of xiphos, rifle, and javelin), Jaune's Sword and Shielth, Ren's Jade Dragons, and Nora's was Amethyst Thunder. Due to apparent significance of Jaune's weapon, it was often also called Excalibur.
    • Roman Torchwick's weapon was called Candy Cane.
    • Sun's weapons were nicknamed Gunchaku.
    • Some of the techniques also get nicknames, such as Weiss's "Air Step" and Adam's OHK against the Spider Droid being called Seeing Red or Moonslice, the latter of which is based on a tweet from Monty with notes about what seems to be the Black Trailer.
    • Speaking of the Spider Droid, it and the Knight are still unofficial names.
    • The creature from the class in episode 9 captured by Professor Port was being called Edgar after a cow captured by Port's voice actor Ryan Haywood in Roosterteeth's Minecraft streams.
    • The two members of Team CRDL seen during the Initiation (Russel and Cardin) were referred to as Mohawk Guy and Armor Guy respectively.
    • Cinder is the witch that aids Roman in the first episode; fans like calling her Wicked Witch or Crimson.
    • The droids in the Black trailer are AK-130s. Due to the similarity in name to the AC-130 gunships - which are called "Spookies" - these droids are called such as well.
    • The Grimm creatures' names: Beobears (Ursa), Basilisks (King Taijitu), and Scorpius/Scorpi (Death Stalker).
    • Cardin's mace weapon is called Almace, or by others Douche Whisk.
    • Team POGO: Professor Port; Ozpin; Glynda Goodwitch; and Professor Oobleck
    • Team QROW: Speculating the team up of Qrow, "Summer Rose", Ozpin, and Glynda Goodwitch... an alternative choice would be Roman in place of Rose.
    • Team Sloth seems to be a popular one on Deviantart and Tumblr.
    • Team Double-Date Night for JNPR due to how smoothly the two pairs ship.
    • Professor Port is sometimes called Professor Armstrong.
      • Amusingly enough, Word Of God has said that Armstrong strongly influenced the character design.
    • Pyrrha is sometimes called P-Money.
    • Emerald is called Cleo or Cleopatra because of her vaguely Egyptian-looking outfit. Fittingly, Mercury is called Marcus (or alternatively August). Possibly alluded to in the show itself, as Mercury's father was named Marcus.
      • Emerald's weapons are "Falcons" (portmanteau of falx + guns).
    • Penny's weapon is nicknamed Puppeteer.
    • The dinosaur who keeps popping up in Monty's pictures is called RWBYsaurus.
      • Team RWBY has been referred to as Team DNSR due to its association with said reptile.
    • Velvet's team was nicknamed Coffee and Cream or team JAVA due to their silhouette colors, before being confirmed by Monty as CFVY - "Coffee".
      • Coco was associated with Lucca and has also been called Mocha...
      • Yatsuhashi earned the more generic title of The Heavy. He's also known as The Mountain.
    • Sun's team is Team KPOP, which turned out Hilarious in Hindsight when Monty revealed that one member's design was literally based off a member of Big Bang.
    • Mercury's shotgun-greaves have gained the nickname Shoot-Boots in some circles of the fandom. Others have taken to calling them Talaria, after the sandals that the Roman God Mercury was said to wear. Also, Quicksilver.
    • Penny is suggested as being the daughter of Gepeddo.
    • Japanese fans have taken to calling Yang "Yang-nee" (Big Sis Yang) affectionately. They also refer to Cinder as BBA (which is Internet slang for the Japanese word "babaa", which means "old lady" and often used as an insult).
    • The grouping of Cinder, Roman, Emerald, and Mercury has acquired a number of unofficial Team acronyms: CREM (cream or creme), CRME (crime or chrome), MERC (mercenary or mercury).
      • With the recent apparent addition of Neo to the "team" as well as the reveal of Emerald's surname (Sustrai), a new acronym vastly more appropriate to the team (or at least its leader) has emerged: CRMSN (crimson).
    • Speculation for Sun's team members included Antares (for Scarlet) and Rex (for Neptune).
    • Neptune's weapon is called the Trigundao.
    • With the reveal Taiyang Xiao Long, Summer Rose, Raven and Qrow Branwen were a team, the names TRQS (Taiyang-led turquoise) and QRTS (Qrow-led quartz) and STRQ (Summer-led stark/stork) got thrown around by the fandom prior to the reveal of the last one being the canonical name.
    • Certain circles began using "Raven" to refer to both the Transient Princess as well as Yang's missing mother (the two had been strongly associated).
    • Banesaw for the White Fang Lieutenant who wields a chainsaw.
    • Dimension Samurai and Lady Grimm, and Vermillion for Raven's appearance in "No Brakes".
    • Miltia of the Malachites has her name chronically misspelled as Militia.
    • Shipname approved by Nebula Violette for NDGO members Dew and Nebula: Storm Riders
    • Team BRNZ is sometimes referred to as Team Gopnik because the team's simple, sorta-cheap-looking clothing - especially May's beanie and Adidas-looking shorts - make them look like, well, Russian gopniks.
    • Qrow has been dubbed Drunkle because he's permanently sloshed.
    • When Achievement Hunter (specifically Michael and Lindsay Jones, Ryan Haywood, and Jeremy Dooley) did a Let's Play of RWBY: Grimm Eclipse, the four tried to figure out a perfect Team name for themselves. The fandom rallied and created Team MJLR, pronounced "Mjölnir".
    • The as-yet-unnamed secret inner circle of "protectors of the world" that Ozpin is the apparent leader of has been termed the Ozluminati.
    • During an interview with Ruby and Yang for RTXAU (Yes, as the characters), they used the screen names RlyRlyKoolKid and Fireballin17, respectively. Jaune showed up partway through as I<3YellowSnow, which might as well be the new Jaune/Weiss ship name.
    • The scene in the episode "Battle of Beacon" where Roman uses Cinder's virus to take over the Atlesian Knights and have them turn on the Hunters and Huntresses was almost immediately nicknamed "Order 66".
    • The Dragon Grimm is called Kevin.
    • After the events of "Heroes and Monsters", quite a few fans have decided to nickname Volume 3 The Empire Strikes Back.
    • Velvet's weapon has been nicknamed Unlimited Blade Works
  • 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)
  • Hey, It's That Voice!:
  • 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.
  • 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 and left enough notes for the production team to work on Volumes 4 and 5.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Relationship Voice Actor:
    • Sun is voiced by Lindsay Tuggey (Ruby's voice actress)'s husband.
    • Also, "Russel Thrush + Emerald forever".
    • 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.
    • 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?
  • 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.
  • 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 also 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 her trailer in a few shots was that the Dust in the mechanism 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.
      • In addition, Ren originally grabbed a pair of cucumbers, but got a lot of 'is he hitting her with a pair of green dicks?' reactions, so they made it leeks.
    • Russel Thrush was originally Russel Crow.
      Monty: I had to slap that one out of the air.
      • CRDL was original something pronounced 'Crow'.
    • Monty Oum would have been voicing Qrow, if not for reasons listed above.
    • 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.
      • While reviewing the submissionsnote , along with her voice actress, he came across one with glasses and immediately comments that he regrets not giving Velvet glasses, especially given that Caiti wears them too. In the end, since she didn't start with glasses, they decided not to add them.
  • The Wiki Rule: RWBY Wiki.
  • Word Of God:
  • Write What You Know: Weiss uses fencing because Monty himself studied it.