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Ruby's relative is the one lying in the graveThe poem referenced has an excerpt that reads as follows:
Ruby and Blake.It's possible that Beauty is fighting to heal the dying Beast, and has been tasked with acquiring the Crescent Rose to do so (roses were prominent in the original tale). Also, the Beowolves may be the spawn of the Beast's curse, and Ruby is seeking to kill the Beast to destroy the Beowolves for good (which Beauty won't allow). Basically, it's a case of Grey and Gray Morality.
Ruby is connected to AdamPart of a nation/clan or something, seeing as Monty probably meant they're not related-by-blood.
Red will lose her voice.It was really annoying in the Yellow It was really annoying in the Yellow trailer. So she will become a true Montezon and speak only with her actions, primarily violence.
Ruby and Yang's relationship…Is an adoptive sister bond. Ruby's parents were killed some years ago, likely when Ruby was much younger, possibly when she was a child, likely due to the war, a protest turned sour, or something else entirely. Yang's family took her in, raising her as one of their own. Ruby and Yang are unaware of Ruby's true parentage, and this is why they call each other 'sis' and say 'our parents-' meaning Yang's, supposedly.
Ruby and Blake will also get Twitter accounts along with a few other major characters.According to monty episode 1 is Weiss heavy so setting up her situation with a twitter account would be clever AND we know much more about Yang than the other girls so exploring her through twitter would also be easy to do. We know the least about Ruby so she'll likely get an account once we know more about her and Blake seems to be on the run currently so she'll get a twitter account once she's safer. It'd be a nice way to expand on the girls.
Ruby's sister/mother was eaten by a grimm, making her the controlling entity of the grimThere have been other human grim that control all the other ones, but only entity at a time. When one is defeated the one that defeated it is corrupted and takes it place. The human grim has no control for its action.
Ruby passed a Secret Test of Character in the first episode.A la Captain America, Ozpin describes being a Huntress as slaying monsters with an impassive look on his face, but when Ruby talks about her motivations she states that she wants to help people.
Ruby was "garbage" prior to Qrow because she designed Crescent Rose before learning her fighting style.We know that she made Crescent Rose, a combined rifle and sniper rifle. Seems pretty advanced for somebody forging her own weapon, especially since scythes aren't exactly easy to wield as weapons. It wouldn't be surprising if she designed Crimson Rose before realizing "I need to know how to use this." Therefore, it wasn't until a fellow scythe wielder, her uncle and probable inspiration, Qrow, started instructing her that she managed to get a handle on things.
Ruby's first name and the name of her uncle/mentor hints at her own motif and thematic links to the Oz books.Qrow may well be a reference to the Scarecrow. Ruby's first name is the color of Dorothy's shoes from the movie. Her silver eyes share the color of the slippers in the book. This may indicate that her family will have other Oz references.
Ruby is a faunusShe was originally supposed to have wolf-like features, but this was too difficult to animate, so it wasn't done. But that doesn't mean she's not still a wolf-like faunus. She could just be hiding it very well. For example, her skirt and cape could be hiding a short tail (if faunus have them). Her hair looks styled in such a way that there could be floppy dog ears in there somewhere, which could be held down somehow. Having headphones and a hood can help hide it better. And even her personality is not unlike an excitable puppy. This could even tie into why Ozpin was so interested in her eye color. Perhaps it's a little known fact that wolf faunus tend to have silver eyes, or something.
Ruby has Asperger's SyndromeThink about it, she seems to have quite a few traits associated with Asperger's/HFA; ranging from subtle things–poor time management if episode 9 is any indicator, an aversion to direct eye contact, particularly in confrontations, resistance to interacting with people outside of established friends and family, ie Yang–and unsubtle–Literal-Minded tendencies leading to difficulty recognizing sarcasm and social cues, and, from what we can tell so far, a somewhat unusual obsession with weaponry. From a technical standpoint, Ruby seems to fulfill the DSM-IV criteria for an Asperger's diagnosis, though given that there hasn't been significant focus on her early childhood so far and it's unlikely we'll get much information about what she was like as toddler or even a young child, there's no way to tell whether or not she fulfills the criteria that require documentation of said periods of life.
When she was younger, Ruby was saved by a Hunter from an incident that killed her grandmother or similar figure."Red Like Roses" I and II, as well as possibly bits of "This Will Be The Day" and the shots of Ruby at a gravestone, allude to the possibility of someone close to Ruby either being dead or soon to be dead. If we look at the story of Little Red Riding Hood itself, some versions have a huntsman come across the wolf, remove Little Red and her grandmother from his stomach, and fill his belly with stones. The name of the group that Ruby idolized and is training to be a part of? Hunters. It's possible that at one point Ruby and her grandmother (or a similar relationship) were in danger, likely involving Grimm, and a Hunter was able to rescue Ruby, but not her grandmother. This was possibly the incident that inspired Ruby to become a Huntress, aside from the reasons she gave. While Ruby seems far from seeming like she has any trauma over a dead relative, there's a chance that over the course of the story that something could trigger her feelings over the incident and bring everything back. The lyrics to "Red Like Roses II" suggests that Ruby has Survivor Guilt over what happened as well. If we presume that Ruby was being raised by her grandmother at the time, this can also explain why she was adopted by Yang's family.
Ruby is a Death Seeker.Except she's a really upbeat version of it. If the lyrics of "Red Like Roses, Part II" have meaning she seems to have actively lost someone in her life that deeply affected her. Her combat style is absolutely reckless. She throws herself bodily at her enemies, carving through them like a blender, but she seems incapable of taking more than a few blows before she's stunned (permanently damaged, who is so far other than Weiss' backstory scar?) She doesn't really have a fear of death. What if she's trying to "find that person again"?
Ruby has a massive case of Stepford Smiler.This is going off of the lyrics of Red Like Roses II. The death of the person that was mentioned in the song has left a huge effect on Ruby, causing her to become majorly depressed. She hides this with a Genki Girl act, almost to the point of Becoming the Mask. The only one who knows this side of Ruby is of course, her sister Yang.
If someone close to Ruby is shown, like a relative, they will be voiced by Ray.Cause why the fuck not?
Ruby's Aura turns her cloak and hood Red Like Roses.It used to be white, like the person's in the grave; but her feelings changed it. She can go short periods without wearing her hood; like a class or two; but if she keeps it off; her Aura turns all of her clothing red.
Ruby is Vale's equivalent of a Perky Goth even more so for her red cape and hood.Red is the color associated with death in this society; like how black is in Western countries on Earth; and white in Japan. Her wearing her red hood and cape all the time is kinda morbid; but nothing too unusual. Adam uses red rose symbolism for this reason too.
Ruby's Semblance isn't her speed, it's her cloak.It's already far from ordinary, constantly billowing in a nonexistent breeze, wrapping around her to teleport, scattering rose petals, etc. It might also explain why she wears it with her school uniform; she can call it at will. If semblances have names, bonus points for being called "Red Like Roses".
Volume 2 onward will be a Break the Cutie story for Ruby.Given Ruby's Wide-Eyed Idealist speeches and Genki Girl personality, I get the feeling that the events and emotions depicted in "Red Like Roses Part II" haven't happened to Ruby yet. Even having No Social Skills doesn't quite hint enough at such a traumatic past.
Fighting is Ruby's way of grieving.The lyrics to Red Like Roses Part II implies whoever's under that white cloak left to engage some sort of combat (especially if you take the line "I'm the one you left to win this fight" literally). Maybe going off to fight (with a weapon which she named like a family member) is her way of not being left behind again (it would also explain why she was so keen to follow Yang). It would also tie in nicely with the symbolism of the battle around the gravesite in her trailer (mourning's what you do when you visit a relative's grave, after all).
Ruby's parents are the two narrators in the first episode.Yes, that includes Ozpin as her father. Maybe the opening narration is one of her childhood memories. And there has to be a reason why Jen Taylor's name is in the opening sequence.
Ruby's eyes will turn red like Yang's......but it will not be Played for Laughs. Something tells me this will be sort of like Weiss's Blood Upgrade in her trailer. ("...Blood that's red like roses" and all that.) Maybe even a Superpowered Evil Side?
"Rose" is Ruby's middle name, not her actual surname....and people call her "Ruby Rose" because it sounds better (with her full name being "Ruby Rose Xiao Long" or "Ruby Rose Long", depending on if "Xiao Long" is Yang's surname or middle name and surname). This would explain her and Yang's different surnames.
Crescent Rose is named after an actual person close to Ruby.Maybe an ancestor of hers. Or even the White Cloak character, instead of it being Summer Rose as indicated on the nearby gravestone.
Ruby is just a little bit... offThink about it. an almost expressionless scene of her ripping Beowolves apart... she must have been ('scuse my language) pissed at them. I assume either she fought them to relieve some anger, a suicide by proxy attempt Death Seeker. OR the Beowolves were responsible for that death, and she was on a Roaring Rampage of Revenge. IF this wasn't a prophetic thing at least… because it it wasn't, she wears Beowolf PJ's. Probably as 'proof' to Yang that she isn't upset about whatever happened. I think in the future, this will become a case of He Who Fights Monsters if its prophetic though… you know… the trailer.
Cinder Fall is Ruby's motherIn Red like Roses: Part II, the second vocalist (for the caretaker apparently killed) is the first's mother. Her trailer has her standing at a grave with the name 'Summer Rose', but the song implies that her mother was lost on a mission or expedition; thus, it's more likely the marker is a cenotaph, and her mother's body never found. Cinder Fall is initially mysterious, but her color of motif seems to be red as well (and cinders are red, making this fit). Thus: Summer Rose went out to do...something, and never came back. The situation led her to be presumed dead, but in fact she survived, and some circumstance led her to go incognito as Cinder Fall. What's she after? Why is she working with Roman? Who knows?
Ruby's mother died while she was young, and Uncle Qrow was her surrogate fatherPossibly an actual uncle or a close friend of her mother, maybe a step dad, or possibly he's Yang's biological father and the two have different dads, so Ruby refers to him as 'Uncle' mostly because he's not really a step-dad.
Ruby dyed her hair.How else would she have hair that is red and the tips and black at the roots?
Ruby's speed semblance affects her life constantly instead of just letting her move fast in short burstsRight now it's not clear how much a person's semblance affects their life outside of combat, but seeing as how Yang has a habit of literally starting fires around her when angry, it seems that it's more of a constant presence than a useful power that can just be turned on and off. If this is true, it would explain a lot about Ruby; she talks quickly, she swings through emotions quickly, she plans quickly, she learns quickly, she eats and metabolizes quickly, and she even adjusts to major changes in her life like being made team leader far faster than you would expect. This would make her comparable to other famous speedsters like Quicksilver, whose speed makes the rest of the world seem slow and boring. To someone who experiences time on a faster setting, activities like trying to talk to other people or pay attention in class would be infinitely more difficult, but building up knowledge about these things and getting used to them would be much easier. Thus Ruby's initial issues with socializing and studying but her eventual success at fixing them all make sense.
Weiss will be her family's White Sheep.And possibly a Spoiled Sweet. We aren't hearing good things about the Schnee family, but, well- Weiss is a protagonist. If she were as bigoted as the rest of them, it'd cause so much conflict with Blake that they'd never form a team in the first place. (Unless Hunter teams are assembled by teacher mandate...) She may well have a subplot about getting over her Fantastic Racism, but if all she saw in Faunus were potential slaves, it's unlikely she'd be one of the heroes.
Weiss is or will be in an Arranged Marriage, and conflict arising from it will be addressed in the series.Monty said that Weiss is rebellious because "everything has already been decided for her," and an Arranged Marriage could be part of that.
Lyrical Analysis: Weiss has some sort of Superpowered Evil Side.Look at some of the lyrics of her theme song:"Fear if what's inside of me." "...let me hide from me?". She's hiding something. She's lonely because she's trying to protect those around her or something like that.
The Knight was a close friend of Weiss.Each trailer featured someone important to the girl. Ruby at an unknown's grave, Blake with Adam, and Yang had Ruby (and the Transient Princess). The knight might be the prince or huntsman. Weiss' look of shock/surprise shows that it was not supposed to be hostile to her. Weiss mostly uses her magic to dodge and block the knight's attacks. It's doubtful she would have hesitated to kill an enemy. She could have been begging the knight to not fight. Also, her face when the song is done: pain and remorse likely over the knight's death. Her looking around to recall she's in concert implies she was very into that memory. She possibly thinks about it often. Were the knight a normal enemy, why the recurring flashbacks?
Weiss will be a Defrosting Ice Queen.Her song lyrics seem to imply she's cold and distant. Or...
Alternatively Weiss just wants to have friends.Her song mentions that she is the one "loneliest of all" of them
Weiss and Ruby will be related.Snow-white and Rose-red
Weiss is projecting her guilty feelings about mishandling Dust to Ruby.Transporting Dust in glass bottles and suitcases? And then when shifting blame on someone; doing it again when she shook up said glass bottle to create a Fuel-Air Explosion? She messed up, badly, and being the Schnee Heiress; she really should have known better.
Weiss will be the odd one out in Team RWBY.Thus far, she seems to be getting along the least well with all three other girls, and this will continue for some time after the team forms.
Weiss sang "This Will Be The Day," in-universe.It's a reasonable assumption. Also, assuming her songs are inspired by events in her life, it could be a way of justifying Suspiciously Apropos Music.
Building on the above, Weiss can see the future, and that's why everything she sings is appropriate.What? All this guess presumes is that there are oracular abilities in canon when there's no basis or hints of any kind to suggest it.
Weiss won't believe Blake's comments about her family in Episode 2.Spoilers from RTX state that Blake mentions that the Schnee family has questionable business partners and controversial labor practices. Being of that family, I predict Weiss will either express doubt or ignore her.
If Weiss really is rebelling against her parents...It's because her fight with the Black Knight was her "royal test", and that was the last straw for her.
Weiss is The Mole in Beacon for the Schnee Dust Company.She offhandedly mentions the potential of Ruby causing her to fail her "mission" during Episode 5. Mayhaps this mission be from her parents; "burdened by a royal test," anyone? Given her desire for perfect grades, she might have been enrolled into Beacon to access some secret that is only revealed or provided to students who excel and her parents want to know what it is and/or acquire it.
Weiss is unable to use her aura.The reason why being related to her eye scar, that is why it has not been healed. It is also why she's the only one seen being hit in her trailer. Unless using Dust means you have to be able to use your aura we have not seen her use it.
Nice Weiss is entirely an act on her part.Inside, she's just as angry and bitchy as ever, but Port gave her the slap she needed to realize that wasn't acceptable, so she's gone to the other extreme and trying to be as pleasant and supportive as possible, not realizing there's a middle ground. She'll have a breakdown pretty soon when the stress of trying to be overly nice gets to her and she returns to being a Jerk with a Heart of Gold, especially if it's because the team tells her she's being slightly creepy.
The Knight represents someone better Weiss feels she has to beat.And that someone better is a sibling. Hear me out: Despite her haughty behavior, it is clear that Weiss is insecure in her skills. Couple in the fact that she tells Ruby "I always wanted bunk beds as a kid", which hints that she does have a sibling, probably an older sister. Perhaps when she was younger, she and her sister were good friends, but do to their strict parents expectations of them, they both grew apart. Weiss wants to be the best for her parents, and feels that beating her older sister would make that happen, no matter what the cost to her and her sibling's relationship. This also fits well with her song. "Can a heart be turned to stone?" She feels guilty about feeling like she has to be better than her sibling.
Weiss just wants to be normal
The Knight was actually an mental representation of Weiss's father.Given how heavily implied it is that Weiss's father was abusive, it's possible that Weiss frequently used her imagination to escape into dreams, where she would be the hero, and her father's abusiveness would be the "royal test" she had to surpass.
The Knight was Weiss's brother.A bit further out than the above theory, but it corresponds to being "burdened by a royal test"; we don't know how much of a Crapsack World this is for sure, but I consider it possible that Weiss and her brother were made to fight, with the survivor becoming heir of the Schnee Dust Company. Weiss isn't on the offense for much of the trailer because she doesn't want to kill her brother, and when she eventually does, just before the final blow, the music slows down with "I'm the loneliest of all". From the looks of it, she really didn't want to kill the Knight, whoever he was, and wouldn't it make her the loneliest of all if she was the one that had to kill her own brother? While I suppose an abusive father is a good form of "royal test", it could be taken a lot more literally. "Why won't you let me hide from me?" throws a monkey wrench into the father Knight theory for me: As far as we're aware, she did nothing to her father that would result in her feeling ashamed or afraid of herself. Adding another character into the mix just clears it up so much for me.
Weiss does still care that Blake was a member of White Fang, she's just realized there's nothing she can do about it.Considering Weiss' outburst over Ruby's leadership of the team and her opinions on White Fang and the Faunus as a whole, I do not believe this is the end of Weiss and Blake's conflict. They simply hold contrary views on the subject of the Faunus as a group and the purpose of the White Fang. But with the plenty of time Weiss has had to think on it, she's likely come to the conclusion that anything she does about it will alienate her from the people she's going to be working with for the next few years, and any even well meaning looks into Blake's story will only end badly for her. Her "don't care" was less about her not caring about the subject, but more her willingness to trust Blake and keep an open mind about her views of the Faunus.
The Knight was a White Fang assassin sent to kill Weiss.Given the extremes that the White Fang are known for, and their specific vendetta against the Schnee family... well, what better way to strike at a bloodline than to eliminate their offspring? The White Fang's masks do have an armored look that vaguely resembles what the Knight wore...
Weiss has some connection to "Whitecloak" from the opening credits.Mainly because her jacket's pretty much the only thing in the show other than WC's cloak to be white with a red lining. It seems odd that two important characters would share the same colour scheme....
Weiss was just lip-synching during her performance in her trailer.And Casey Lee Williams will voice a completely different character later in the series. Or, as an alternative...
The concert is the fantasy sequence in her trailer, and the Knight duel is what really happened.There hasn't been any reference to her musical talents in the series so far. And the duel apparently left a permanent scar on her face, so...
Weiss is the daughter of CinderCinder seems adamant that Roman use the White Fang to commit crimes against the Schnee family. She also seems unwilling to be directly involved with the Fang. Could it be that Cinder is in fact Weiss' mother, using Roman to drag the White Fang reputation through the dirt, thus sustaining the public opinion that the Faunus are nothing but criminals in order to exonerate the Schnee family for their unethical treatment of their Faunus workers? Plus, y'know, it'd be the cliche 'rebelling against your parents as they're evil' storyline.
Her dual shadows in the White trailer are symbolic of something.In the opening concert scene, the spotlights shine on Weiss in such a way as to give her two shadows. In the ending scene, she has just one. It could be explained by the lights changing, but it could also be a hint that, by fighting the Knight, she emotionally/mentally unified herself.
Weiss is gay, and attracted to Pyrrha.
Blake will be discriminated against by one of the girls.Due to being a faunus. It'll probably be Weiss due to her class. However over time they may grow to be Vitriolic Best Buds.
Blake's Ninjas of Love is a 'naughty' romance novel.Judging by the way her eyes shift as she quickly moves to hide it away.
Blake and Adam are trying to find a cure for Adam.Adam's mask is what is keeping him in a human form.
Black is the "Beast".She'll have a transformation sequence that will show the ascension of her fighting style, much like Ruby's weapon forms and Weiss' color settings. She could be considered a demonic figure in that regard, possibly even via heritage, leading to the belief that she "descends from shadow".
Lyrical Analysis: Blake was a slave, forced to fight, and she's now out for revenge. Still possibly a 'Beast' as well.Analyzing Blake's Theme, From Shadows, found here: http://rwby.wikia.com/wiki/RWBY_Soundtrack/From_Shadows. "From shadows/We'll descend upon the world/Take back what you stole/From shadows/We'll reclaim our destiny/Set our future free" Implies she's fighting against someone who fought against her people, possibly Weiss' family considering the train decals. "Born with no life... into subjugation/Treated like a worthless animal/Stripped of all rights/Just a lesser being/Crushed by cruel ruthless human rule" She's not fighting willingly. She is a 'Beast' in the sense she's treated as an animal or slave. Also the specifically 'Human Rule' implies she may still possibly have a questionable lineage. "When it started/All we wanted was a chance to live our lives/Now in darkness/Taking everything we want and we will rise/We'll rise/We'll rise" Now that she is free, she's plotting revenge on those who kept her captive.
Blake has seen some things.When Jaune and Pyrrha get attacked by the scorpion, the scream causes her to look up in the sky, almost scared, as if she's remembering something horrible.
Blake will betray the group.Sounds a little far-fetched, I know, but it's just a weird feeling I'm getting. Think about it: she wasn't seen during the launching scene, she has Yellow Eyes of Sneakiness, and she's very cat-like. Cats are often portrayed as secretive and sneaky. If she doesn't betray the group, then at the very least, she's hiding something that will be crucial to the plot.
The Train Job (Black Trailer) Was Meant To Be An Initiation Test For BlakeThis troper noticed this when he was rewatching episode 8 to see if the man talking to Torchwick was a Faunas. This troper noticed a similarity between the mask covering the mans head and Adam's mask. Despite being different in coloration, detailing and shape, Adam's was a vizor and much more elaborate while the man's was a full helmet, they both shared the same four eye slits. So, if this man is a part of the White Fang then we can infer that White Fang Members were the mask to identify themselves as White Fang members. Blake wasn't wearing one. Judging from this we can guess that Blake was not a member of White Fang, but was seeking to join/help them before seeing firsthand what the White Fang actually does, hence her fleeing.
Adam was a father-figure to BlakeThis one also gets into Blake’s past a bit and is a bit of a Tear Jerker because I like those. Blake was orphaned when her parents were killed in the Schnee Dust Company’s mines likely due to poor maintenance on the Company’s part. Adam, either through a moment of genuine compassion or seeing her as a useful addition of talent/pawn, takes Blake in providing her a place to live and food on the table, effectively adopting her and become her mentor in the process of inducting her into White Fang. She never realizes just how terrible he really is until the Train Job.
Blake's childhood was preparing her for joining White FangThis Troper is basing off of tactics actually used by terrorist groups, gangs and other such groups that utilize violence as part of their modus operandi. Blake, as a young child, was sent off to combat school to be trained in physical combat with the intention of being used as a higher ranked White Fang operative. During this time she likely had less contact with the White Fang and was able to associate with people who weren't Faunas or White Fang Members. Due to this prolonged exposure to other people Blake developed the morality that would not allow her to go through with Adam's plans during the Train Job. She used her credentials gained from whatever school she attended in order to get into Beacon.
Blake forged her documents to get into Beacon, just like Jaune did.After all, she's been in the White Fang for pretty much her whole life, and she might not have ever gone to a combat school. Therefore, after leaving them and deciding to become a Huntress, she forged documents and enrolled, and unlike Jaune, she actually had the combat skill to back it up.
Yang Xiao Long
Yang's father's nameYang Ju-Long
Yang will use Full-Contact Magic and her fists.Just a thought after seeing the first three girls. Ruby and Blake use gun augmented weaponry while Weiss used a rapier mixed with magic abilities. This troper thinks they might have two with gunblades and two with magic, but its just a guess.
Yang has Psychic PowersBecause she's a Golden Sun. It wouldn't be the first reference Monty's made in a roundabout fashion.
Yang is specialAll of the other trailers have only the colors red, white, and black. I don't see why Monty would exclude 1/4 of his palette if he didn't have some foreshadowy reason for it.
Yang was not always humanSome kind of elemental associated with fire, either changed into or reincarnated as a human for some purpose. First: Her flaming hair and fire powers. In the context of the magic we see in Weiss' White trailer, this is extraordinarily simplistic, only seeming to be capable of exploding around her when she calls on it. It also comes and goes pretty randomly, sometimes it manifests as she's being hit, or when she's doing the hitting. This indicates a more primal nature to her powers, and that it's not the same type of power that Weiss wields. Second: Her red eyes. Her eyes changing colors seems to just happen without any external influence. She's just punching like she's been doing for much of the trailer. Notably this does not seem to cause any real change to her personality, her facial expressions don't change and neither does her voice when talking to Ruby. Like with the nature of her other powers, this seems to be pointing to a more primal reason for it existing, that this is part of Yang's identity. Third: Her name, Yang Xiao Long, can mean "Sun Small Dragon" which is fitting for her flame theme, but considering differing naming conventions between The West and China, and the reference to Bruce Lee, her name would become "Xaiolong Yang", or Small-Dragon Sun. This isn't interesting on it's own, but this◊ image shows two landmasses shaped as though they were dragons, with one being a clearly serpentine Chinese styled dragon. It's possible then that Yang originally was some kind of fire dragon named after the sun changed into a human, possibly as a daughter to an old wizard, a secret super-soldier, maybe to even be a guardian to Ruby. In any case she was likely raised with Ruby, and despite that they aren't related by blood are still family.
The woman Yang was looking for was her real sister.http://browse.deviantart.com/art/Transient-Princess-136525544 It looks like the image, at any rate.
There will be a moon-themed character, who will act as a rival to Yang.Drawing on a lot of speculation listed above, a character (likely Yin, because of the relation.) will be moon themed to contrast Yang's sun. -First is Yang's sun motifs. Being heavily connected to the color yellow and fire, plus the above facebook picture with the incredibly bright sun/moon, (still not really sure...) she is definitely has a strong sun motif. -Next is the pins. After the recent revelations of there being two moons, the unknown yellow pin is likely representing two crescent moons. It is also yellow. As Yang is sun and light, this could represent moonlight, rather than sunlight. -Finally, "Moonslice." The unknown, presumably a weapon, likely is related to the character, as Yang's gauntlets have little chance of being named that. This might gain a bit more credit if Yang's weapons are referred to as something like "Sun——-."
Yang has inborn fire powers because she was exposed to Dust often in her childhood.Dust is like Mako, you see...
Yang will go on a berserker rage at some point.Either because someone messed with her hair, or one of the RWBY team, most likely Ruby, will be nearly killed.
Yang is going to die.Or have her spirit broken, or be rendered comatose, or otherwise be narratively incapacitated. Why? Well, a couple of reasons. One, she represents the "older sibling substitute/mentor" archetype arguably filled by both Mami Tomoe (who she (very) vaguely resembles) and Kamina, complete with the requisite awesomeness—and overconfidence. Fitting that archetype is demonstrably not good for your long-term survival prospects. Two, the second verse of the OP:
Beware that the light is fading
Beware as the dark returns
This world's unforgiving
Even brilliant lights will cease to burnConsidering that Yang's entire theme focuses around "burning" ("Yellow beauty burns gold"; her trailer theme is "I Burn"; her name means "Sun Little-Dragon"; and oh yeah she literally lights on fire when she fights)...yeah. The lyrics could admittedly be purely metaphorical, or refer to Beacon in some way, but the connection with Yang seems far simpler and more apropos.
Yang is half-dragon on her father's side.This explains the fire powers, and whenever dragons mate with a human woman the offspring is ALWAYS either a sexy human girl with an attitude and superpowers, or a handsome young lad with said powers who is evil to the core. Check every piece of fiction ever, you know it's true.
Ruby was adopted into Yang's family as a heavily traumatized little girl; Yang became an Invincible Big Sister to build Ruby up.Ruby's family; likely mother; was killed by Grim. Around age ten, or so, she was a dark sullen girl who was convinced EVERYONE would die on her. Yang dedicated her life to proving this false. She would be everything. Carrot and the Stick; Sink or Swim Mentor; and a lot of hugs. She also swore to Ruby that "not a hair" on Yang's head would ever not come back to Ruby; the focus on this wording being the cause of her rages.
Yang is looking for her mother.Its known that Ruby and Yang share a father, whether by blood or adoption is unknown. Fan Consensus is that Ruby's mother has died. However, what if Yang is looking for her blood mother?
Yang has/will gain some sort of power assimilation abilityMy reasoning? Her theme song incorporates all her teammate's songs.
Yang is a spyBased on the trailer. She went into that nightclub looking for info. In addition to her combat skills, she showed an ability to manipulate people. She used her youth to get Junior to underestimate her, letting her get close enough to grab him by the balls. Then she used her beauty to lure him into a sucker punch. And as far as we know, she never did tell Ruby what she was doing there. She said "It's a long story", which could easily have been an attempt to deflect the question and/or buy time to come up with a lie.
Yang is most definitely not human.She's a robot. More specifically, a transformer (source: Yellow trailer: "I'm more than meets the eye") Failing that, she's a super sayin'... I mean, Saiyan.
Yang's Semblance is something to do with either fire or anger.It would definitely explain how she goes Super Saiyan, and/or how she broke the colour spectrum with her anger.
Yang is older than 17Yang seems more self-assured than the other girls, like she's had more experience than they. She is also physically more developed. Coupled with the ease to which she entered the club during her trailer and her actions therein it fits neatly into the idea that she is in fact several years older than 17 and is just posing as a high school girl for reasons yet to be revealed. This segues nicely into the spy theory from above.
In her trailer, Yang is tracking down her and Ruby's mother's murderer.Assuming their mother died a while before the show began, Yang secretly spends her free time trying to track down the person who killed her. After running into Ruby outside the club, however, she realizes that she's gonna have to come clean about it and begins with, "It's a long story..."
"Xiao Long" isn't Yang's real name.As an alternative to the "Rose is Ruby's middle name" theory. She said she had "several names" to Junior and "Xiao Long" itself comes from Xiaolong; Bruce Lee's stage name (which he was never-the-less known by, as far as Chinese speaking audiences were concerned). Yang could also be an alias, but it would be odd for Ruby to constantly call her by it, making it more likely its her real first name or a nickname.
Yang is a female version of Samson.Why else would she get mad when someone cuts her hair? It's because all her power comes from it. Or at least she thinks it does.
Yang is a cancer survivor.To explain why she gets so angry when anyone damages her hair - most people don't have that sort of reaction to their hair getting damaged, so it may be that the hair is important to her, since, at one point, she completely lacked it.
Yang's hair is styled after her mother's hair.It may be that her mother died at some point before the series' beginning, and Yang deliberately styles her hair in the same way in memoriam. Thus, whenever anyone damages it, she gets pissed off because, knowingly or otherwise, they've just insulted that memory to some extent.
Yang's hair is the actual protagonist of the series, and will become it's own character at some point....we had three hair-related WMGs in a row. Clearly, Yang's hair is important to the series.
"Summer Rose" is Yang's real name."Summer" certainly fits her sun theme, and her death could simply be symbolic (taking on a new name for whatever reason). If you interpret Red Like Roses Part II as being an argument between Ruby and whoever white cloak is, it could be more literal than it seems; an actual argument caused by Anger Born of Worry after Yang was seriously injured, rather than an abstract How Dare You Die on Me!.
Yang is a cross-dimensional traveler.Why? The first clues come from the lyrics of I Burn, which reference Dragon Ball ("I'm Super Saiyan now") and two separate Marvel characters (the Human Torch and Johnny Blaze). Neither Dragon Ball nor Marvel, or for that matter any anime or comics, appear to exist in Remnant, so why are they in the song? Possibly, Yang came from another world, such as our own, where such things are known; she would have then been transported to Remnant as a child and been adopted by Ruby's parents. If this is true, it casts other facts in a different light. She knows that this world is different from her old one; adventure exists for those who seek it, and danger isn't so deadly. With this in mind, Yang would presumably have thrown herself into this adventure with glee once she got the chance—and certainly, she seems to fight monsters more for the joy of it than most characters. The fact that she has "many names" may be explained by the fact that she chose a few which sounded cool upon entering the world before settling on a fairly reasonable-sounding one. Even more minor facts make more sense. Take, for instance, her semblance. While the others we know (Ruby's speed, Pyrrha's polarity, and especially Weiss's glyphs) are precise and modest, Yang's fire is indiscriminate and showy. Either this is because it isn't a semblance (but something from whichever world she is from), or because the semblance didn't start "developing" or getting honed (depending on how, exactly, they work) until she was at least a few years old. A side theory is that she comes from the Marvel universe. Her fire would be a superpower in this case, and she is familiar with the Human Torch and Johnny Blaze because they were in the news or somesuch.
Cinder wasn't the only good guy to go badJaune has the same relationship with his father as Luke had with his own... none. Jaune cites advice from his father, but this in itself does not prove he is alive. Jaune in the Volume 1 Opening is staring at a statue of a pair of hunters. The male is his father, but it is a false memorial as his father IS still alive, but like Vader has gone over to the dark side. Jaune wants to live up to his father's reputation, but he'll likely have to fight him instead.
The "shielth" isn't a shield at allIn fact, Jaune's shielth is similar to that feather-thingy from Dead Fantasy 8 that Kairi uses to summon her flying gun weapons. Because "Why The Fuck Not?"
Jaune Arc...His parents were hunters who died on the field. Judging by his expression seeing the statue in the opening, he seems sad and intimidated by the shoes he has to fill.
Jaune's sword and sheath has some sort of gun functionality.Something like a muzzle-loaded rifle or somesuch.
When Jaune develops his skills, he'll become a Stone WallFrom his traditional weapons, it can be implied that he'll have little destructive power but at least decent defense. Plus he has motion sickness so I doubt he'll do much acrobatics, unlike the girls. And Pyrrha notes that he's got a strong Aura, among many uses of it being Healing Factor and Super Toughness (it's a thing that he often gets flung around and yet rarely, if ever, suffers heavy damage, let alone being slowed down). Put all of them together and he'll become a badass defensive-style slow fighter who shrugs off damage like a tank. And his commanding skills can make up for that, too.
Jaune is the Implied Love Interest of Pyrrha.A good portion of her screen time (as of episode 5, the time of writing this) has involved her focusing her attention on Jaune. Add in her first in-series appearance semi-ogling Jaune as he walks off camera, and her blushing after subtly emphasizing her chest towards him (she could have had more neutral body language). She may turn out to be the type who's Adorkable towards her love interest.
Jaune's fighting style...
The reason Jaune never attended a battle schoolwas because he wasn't allowed to, and for good reason. Why on earth would a member of an esteemed lineage of warriors not go through proper battle training when he clearly wants to? Simple: His family didn't let him, but not because they didn't believe in him. Jaune will turn out to be a Living Macguffin of some sort, most likely due to something one of his ancestors did to save a lot of lives. This meant that he could never fall into the wrong hands, lest he be used for evil. Thus, becoming a huntsman was out of the question, and he was likely never told in order to allow him to live a normal life. Remember his comment about being tired of being the damsel in distress? It was foreshadowing. He will in fact be the damsel who needs to be rescued from the clutches of evil in this story.
Jaune is NOT a living MacGuffin, just a guy with protective parents. Ozpin is aware of all of this.Even if his family has a history of being Hunters, maybe his parents don't want Jaune to live such a dangerous life (one parent dead due to Grimm, surviving one doesn't want the same fate for Jaune perhaps?). However, since Jaune knows about his family legacy, he probably made a deal with his parents: "If I can get into the school, you have to let me go." Cue getting the fake transcripts, and faking his way into the school. Ozpin has probably figured all this out, or knew from the start, and is letting Jaune continue as a Hunter because he believes Jaune has a good deal of potential, and just needs to use it. Might also explain Ozpin's Sink Or Swim tactics, he is trying to force not only Jaune, but everyone to their full potential.
Jaune's heroic ancestors? They also cheated their way to their heroism.Like Jaune, they were Unlucky Everydudes who shoved their way into a combat institution without proper start because they want to be recognized as great warriors, but as they got in they encounter various tribulations and grim fates along the way. They were good at ordering others what to do, again just like Jaune. By becoming leaders, they can take more credit of their heroics than their subordinates, becoming Famed in Story. It's likely that they never tell this to Jaune himself. This will also be the reason Prof. Ozpin appointed him as a leader - because he not only knows Jaune's ancestors were great leaders too, but also the fact that they, well, cheated their ways in.
Jaune was adoptedHis adoptive parents, knowing he didn't have the distinguished Arc bloodline (I am assuming that some things like aura talents and such run in bloodlines), and worried that their adopted son would be at risk if he took up the warrior mantle. What they didn't realize is that his biological line was as strong, or even stronger, than their own. Jaune, of course, does not know any of this. The idea that he might be the twin brother of another cast member (especially Weiss) could make this more fun.
Jaune is the protagonistBecause while he did cheat his way into Beacon, he still may qualify for the "simple soul". Because it would be funny if the biggest twist in the series is that Team RWBY is the secondary cast.
Jaune's dancing skills will help him in combatMaybe he'll become a Dance Battler.
Ruby will make Jaune a new weapon so he can badass level up.His weapon seems way too ordinary compared to everyone else. Plus, it's not a gun. There's probably some problem with that because he won't be able to attack anything from far away. We know Ruby made her weapon, so maybe she'll alter Jaune's as some sort of present or something.
Jaune's simple weapon style is actually going to be useful later on.One day Team JNPR gets captured and striped of their weapons. While they can hold their own with aura, they still need weapons. What they find is... Mundane variants... They'll still adapt, but old habits die hard. But for Jaune, the only unique thing about his weapon was his shield, and he adapts better or at least more quickly than everyone else with their relatively normal weapons.
Jaune's ancestor owned the shielth, but wasn't the original owner of the sword.It's called Crocea Mors, the Latin name of a sword that was said to have belonged to Julius Caesar. In the legend, Caesar used the sword to mortally wound Nennius in the Roman conquest of Britain, but then got it embedded in Nennius' shield, leading the latter to throw his own sword away and carry out a Dying Moment of Awesome with Crocea Mors - something similar could have happened to great great grandfather Arc (the sheilth might not even have been supposed to serve as a scabbard until a sword got caught in it)note . If Pyrrha's any indication, the world of RWBY has a Grecian-Roman Fantasy Counterpart Culture out there and Vale seems to be analogous to Western Europe. The fact that the sword and shield match can be chalked up to Theseus's paradox. Bonus points if it ends up being called by one of legendary!CM's Welsh names when someone more familiar with its original owner than Jaune's ancestor shows up.
Jaune's weapon has an offensive form which he has yet to discover.Since Jaune's Aura already gives him some defensive capabilities, at some point, as he learns to harness it better, his shield might just end up becoming redundant. Maybe he'll end up discovering another variation of his weapon; given his naivete, it'll most likely happen by accident.
Jaune going airborne will eventually be an indicator of his progression into a full-fledged Huntsman.It's clear that Jaune has a lot of potential. One of the many ways the series could show this potential is by him being able to better handle going airborne (maybe even finally having a landing strategy). I get the feeling that at some point, one of his attack strategies will involve him deliberately being launched into the air. I can just imagine him using his Aura (and shield) to prevent damage while having Nora propel him with a blow from her grenade-powered hammer.
Jaune's going to become The Paladin.On account of what we see of his Aura seems to be protective in nature. He may not ever get the combat skill to compete with the others, but becoming a Combat Medic (along with being The Strategist) would be a good role for him.
Jaune doesn't NEED a ranged weapon variantBecause his Aura is so powerful he'll develop the super rare ability to Kamehameha. Which will totally impress everyone.
Jaune's sword is going to turn out to be far superior to Cardin's maceCardin's mace has vains on it which resemble the ones on ceremonial maces and also has a (possibly decorative) jewel. This would fit with his "Bishop" themenote (which also lends more weight -ha ha- to the idea it's "ceremonial" in design, since that's what maces ultimately became when heavy armour became obsolete). If this is the case, then it might be a modern, flashy weapon. By contrast, Jaune's sword is old, but comes from a time when you wanted a sword that was good at cutting things, not looking flashy. It also fits quite nicely with their respective owners (Cardin's a heavily built bully in imposing armour, but folds pretty easily; Jaune's a skinny wimp with a few pieces of armour over jeans and a hoody, but clearly the better Ursa slayer).
Some of Jaune's Character Development will come from the schools' Blacksmith/Weapon Forger instructorDuring the show, the students will be in a class designated to help students forge and manufacture their weapons. Jaune will be embarrassed by his weapons' simplicity as opposed to those of this classmates, and the teacher will give Jaune a speech about the true nature of weapons that will trigger character growth. Either by revealing that, out of all the weapons said teacher had made in their time that their simplest and earliest weapon is the one they still use to this day, or by revealing some hidden aspect of Jaune's weapon that not even Jaune knew about.
Jaune has at least one dead relative.
Jaune is going to perform a Heroic Sacrifice
Jaune is smart
Nora is a Mafia PrincessI admit this has absolutely no basis in anything, but the way she suggested breaking a man's legs as if she had used that as a solution to problems before just makes me think she might be.
There will be no romance between Nora and Ren.Monty knows his anime. He knows other people who know theirs have been down this road way too many times.
Nora will shout PANCAKES and run into a guy and bite his hand off.There might be a relation between Nora and that boy named Dennis.
Nora and Ren's special 'Aura'Nora's will have something to do with lightning, and Ren's will have something to do with strength augmentation.
Pyrrha's been hired as Jaune's secret bodyguard.While he wasn't skipped ahead like Ruby, somehow Jaune got to Beacon without knowing any of the basics. He's from a heroic family who pulled strings to push him forward even when he wasn't prepared… and the bodyguard's to ensure he survives. That Super Empowering ritual Pyrrha used is unlikely to be standard issue.
Pyrrha's ritual didn't just awaken Jaune's aura, it also bolsters it with hers.That wasn't just "I reach into your soul and turn on the switch." It was much more intimate. "I release your soul and by my shoulder protect thee." It's similar to a "Ministra Magi" in Negima Magister Negi Magi. "It is your power" means their power is his.
Pyrrha has poor running skills.While Pyrrha may be a renowned athlete, that doesn't necessarily mean she excels at all things physical. Episode 8 showed her having difficultly fleeing from the Death Stalker and she was lagging behind the group while running to class in Episode 9. Maybe she Sacrificed Basic Skill for Awesome Training and put all her attention into her upper body dexterity that her running skills suffered?
Pyrrha will die, probably in a Heroic Sacrifice.Pyrrha. Pyrrhic Victory, anyone?
Pyrrha plays some important role in Season 2.
JNPR will be a defensive-themed team.All the members of Team RWBY seem to have a running theme of being Lightning Bruisers, hitting hard while maintaining high mobility. Conversely, Jaune has a bad case of motion sickness, making it unlikely that he'd pull of the same kind of acrobatic, high-speed action that RWBY would. He does, however, have a weapon set that implies a more static, defensive position. The rest of his team will have similar weaponry - while RWBY is the "offensive" team, JNPR will be focused on holding one's ground and maintaining a defensive position.
JNPR will have pairings.Jaune will have Ship Tease with Pyrrha, while Nora will have Ship Tease with Ren.
Team JNPR gets their own songs in later volumes.They (well, Jaune at least) have already had four centric episodes out of sixteen. Why not? Unless Nora already got hers with "I'm queen of the castle"...
Ozpin already knows Jaune cheated his way into beacon.Come on now I think we can all agree that the with the vibes Ozpin gives off he has to be aware that Jaune's transcripts were fake. Ozpin even made Jaune leader of one of the teams and, as Port said, Ozpin's judgment is to be trusted. It's all really just a Secret Test of Character for Jaune.
Ozpin knew that Cardin was blackmailing Jaune.Why let it continue? Because this made Jaune start paying attention to class because he was terrified of Cardin; and had to do his homework right (and double-down on his own). No more falling asleep in class.
Ozpin knew that Blake was a Faunus
Ozpin's remarks about Ruby's silver eyes will foreshadow a major revelation.It's possible that Ruby inherited her silver eyes from one or both of her parents (and as we've seen in Red Vs. Blue having green eyes was how we saw that the Director and Carolina were related). Seeing who else has silver eyes might mean the discovery of an important family member. Another possibility is that gold and silver eyes are significant, which could mean there's an unrevealed link between Ruby and the golden-eyed Cinder.
Ozpin and Ren are related in some way.Green and black clothes, similar voices and facial structure (though this could likely be because Monty was originally supposed to voice Ozpin).
Ozpin can't use dustOzpin being based on the Wizard of Oz is unable to use magic powers and gained his position through clever political maneuvering.
Ozpin is going to die, and it will affect Ruby greatlyOr Qrow, but he'd need a bit of characterization first. This comes out of several points coalescing together. "Red Like Roses" - the first version - contains a line for each of Ruby, Weiss, Blake and Yang. Weiss and Yang's have been very indicative of who they are while Blake's, while not conclusive, seems to have similar elements to her - especially considering Monty's use of the word "mysterious". But Ruby's is about loss. Red Like Roses II delves even deeper into it - someone who is left alone to fight. Plenty of possibilities but unless Monty's really willing to sacrifice Yang, Mentor Occupational Hazard seems like the most likely candidate. Toss in Ozpin's general negativity and his seemingly unusual interest in Ruby and her development, it seems like he knows that his time is coming - and that Ruby is the one who must bear the burden of the fight ahead.
Ozpin was the leader of one of the best anti-Grimm teams in history, but screwed up, and now chooses not to fight.One, Ozpin would need some serious credentials in order to be the head of this academy. Two, this would explain why Professor Port (mustache man) trusts him so much: He was part of that team. The other two members of the team? Glinda and the Scarlet Witch. Basically, those four were one of the best teams, and then Ozpin at some point made a serious mistake. Scarlet got pissed, and defected, Glinda is probably more angry at Scarlet than Ozpin, and Port just supports Ozpin. This would also explain the dialogue between Scarlet and Ozpin at the beginning of episode 1 (the voice over that ends with "things that require a smaller, more honest soul." Probably talking about not just Scarlet, but himself with that. His mistake was probably due to pride, and he has been paying for it ever since.
Ozpin is an immortal/some manner of incredibly-long-lived beingHow else could he have made more mistakes than any man, woman, or child on this planet? Longer lifespan.
Alternative to above, Ozpin's semblance is time travel.Peter Port says that Ozpin has 'never once led [him] astray'. At the same time, Ozpin says to Ruby 'I've made more mistakes than any man, woman and child on this planet'. How could Ozpin have made so many mistakes from his point of view, and yet Port not be aware of them? Time travel. He makes a mistake, goes back in time, and fixes it, meaning the only one who knows he made a mistake is him.
We will get to see Ozpin fight in a future episodeAnd he will proceed to either demolish a pack of mooks with contemptuous ease, putting even less effort into it than any of the main characters and still kicking ass, or go head-to-head with a "Boss"-type enemy like Torchwick, Adam, Cinder, or a boss-level Grimm, and either match them blow-for-blow or even have the upper hand. This may or may not be accompanied or triggered by him going Papa Wolf in defense of his school and/or his students.
Ozpin's cane is...A thermos-cane. To explain why he always has hot coffee on hand.
Ozpin and/or Glynda will be the Big Bad.They're based off Glinda and The Wizard of Oz respectively, though there's been a lot of Alternate Character Interpretation (some widely famous) that say that Glinda and the Wizard are villainous people. Perhaps the show will play with that interpretation?
Ozpin has a connection to Ruby that she isn't aware of.Specifically, going on the Fairytale Motifs, he's the Woodsman, as evidenced by the emblem on his coffee mug being a pair of axes. His line about having 'made more mistakes than anyone' could be taken at face value, assuming he's Really 700 Years Old OR it could be taken as something he believes is true out of guilt, and that Ruby is a reminder of that guilt. He was a close friend of Summer Rose (Ruby's mother) and failed to save her life, and thus consider's himself responsible for Ruby's wellbeing, hence why he let her into Beacon so easily and why he's been very open and friendly with her in private, in contrast to his cold demeanor elsewhere.
"Ozpin" isn't the headmaster's real name.Word of God (by way of the naming guidelines) confirms that there's a reason his name doesn't follow the normal colour-based theme naming. There's a fairly simple, universal explanation for an odd name; it's a pseudonym. This ties in nicely with its origin (being derived from the Wizard from the Wizard of Oz's given name's initials - if this WMG's correct, perhaps his real name will have something to do with Wizards, giant heads or people behind curtains).
Ozpin plays a lot of scrabble.How else would he come up with acronyms so easily?
Ozpin was keeping tabs on Ruby since before Episode 1This is the real reason Glynda had that recording of Ruby's fight with Roman. It is also why Ozpin so quickly allowed Ruby to join Beacon.
Professor Peach will never be mentioned againHis was just a throwaway name.
There will be two other teachers at BeaconThey will also be based upon stories of a "(name) and the (thing)" convention similarly to Port and Oobleck.
Every major character at Beacon has some kind of secret.Hints have been dropped for every member of Team RWBY (even Yang's Super Mode seems somewhat suspect) and Ozpin's already admitted to making more mistakes than any one person on the face of the planet. Seems like a Dark Secret might be required on the transcript.
Sparring partners in Glynda's combat class are decided by abilityThe point of sparing is to learn how to fight and a placing two opponents who are wildly mismatched together would just lead to curb stomp battles where neither person would benefit. This is why in martial arts there are weight classes and belts. The only reason Cardin was fighting Juan was that team CRDL are amongst the weakest in in there year. It explains why when you have such strong characters as Lie Ren (took out the King Tiejitu alone) and Pyrrha (record regional champion wins, Cardin doesn't continuously get his ass handed to him but he is so arrogant he hasn't figured this out yet. As another guess the top tier includes Velvet (word of god says she's powerful), Yang, Blake, Lie and Pyrrha. Second has Nora, Ruby (not because they are unskilled but because neither is known for restraint) and Weiss (again not lack of skill but lack of real experience)
The gem in Cardin's mace is a Dust crystalLikely a fire gem so he can set his mace on fire.
Something/someone will break Cardin's legs by sheer coincidence.The line has come up enough times that it would make a fitting just desserts for the school bully.
Cardin will pull a Face-Heel Turn.He'll get busted for his bullying and wind up either humiliated or expelled from Beacon. This will drive him to join forces with the likes of Rome and the Witch in order to get revenge, specifically on Jaune.
Alternatively, "Breaking Cardin's Legs" may be a huge Foreshadowing of his Character Development.It may sound like it won't make sense to some, but this is the same thing that happened to Yuri Boyka "The most perfect fighter in the world" after losing to Chambers in the second film by literally breaking one of his legs.
Cardin will become the show's Butt Monkey after Jaune escapes the roleAfter Jaune's revelations in Jaunedice Part II, it's not all that funny seeing him be inept and bumbling. It wouldn't be so funny if someone we liked became the Plucky Comic Relief in his place, for the same reason. But what if someone we don't like takes the role? Cardin could become an Unsympathetic Comedy Protagonist.
Cardin (possibly all of CRDL) may be expelled for trying to destroy JauneAssuming Ozpin knows the truth and doesn't care (which he likely does), and that the group is slated for a Face-Heel Turn or Red Shirt status. Eventually Jaune will grow a pair and sufficiently anger Cardin enough that blackmail is no longer amusing, or JNPR groups up to beat his head in after Jaune mans up and tells them about it. Cardin, desperate to have the last word in the feud, will approach Ozpin directly. At this point, one of two things could happen. 1. Ozpin will flatly state Jaune earned his place by surviving at all and order Cardin to back off or face his own expulsion. If Cardin complains specifically about violation of the rules, Ozpin will bluntly reaffirm headmaster fiat and tell Cardin that Jaune is at Beacon "because I said so" and if Cardin doesn't like it, he can leave. Depending on what Monty wants to do with Team Cardinal, Cardin may force the issue and get his team expelled, setting them up to join Torchwick. 2. Jaune and Cardin will both be summoned to Ozpin's office. For drama-milking on the writers' part, Ozpin will initially start by rightfully berating Jaune for forging his transcripts, which will have Jaune sullen and Cardin quite smug. Then Ozpin will suddenly start showering Jaune with praise on what he's done so far in the show (lead a team in killing a massive Grimm, survive his trial in the first place, stand up for Velvet, anything else he does between now and whenever this plot is resolved), and end by calling Cardin out on all of his negative traits, including his vicious racism and how he encourages it in his team, as well as his moral bankruptcy concerning the blackmail. It'll end with Jaune getting slapped on the wrist in some fashion but encouraged that he belongs at Beacon, and Cardin either warned to back off or expelled outright.
Cardin will pull a Heel-Face TurnBrought on by the heroics in Episode 14. There's a reason why, in the opening, Juane gets the camera focus for the line "your heart will open minds."
Cardin is descended from General LaguneThis just seems to make so much more sense of a lot of things; Cardin's hatred of Jaune stems from jealousy, because Jaune's family were remembered as heroes, while Cardin's ancestor is widely known for being General Failure. He blames the faunus for his family's shame, and therefore tries to dismiss them as animals. Also, he was annoyed more by Pyrha telling everyone about Fort castle than he was by Blake needling him, which is odd, since Pyrha was relatively passive, and not as insulting. Finally, Oobleck's comment about history repeating itself can't be referring to Jaune, because Jean D'arc isn't part of Remnant's history. maybe it could be referring to the Winchester family instead.
Russel Thrush, of CRDL, has a secret of some sort.His design is the odd one out in the team (he has a barbarian style ripped shirt and shoulder pad while the other three have symmetrical plate armour). In the Forever Fall episodes he was noticeably separate from the team as they looked at the other students (on the far left, blocked off from the rest of the team by Jaune - his leader's blackmailed Butt Monkey) and towards the end of part 1, when they're advancing on Jaune, he's standing alone off to the left of the screen while Dove and Lark are standing together on the opposite side (although this could just be down to D&L being partners and Russell standing to the right of Cardin). If CRDL get more character development, it's a safe bet he's going to be the group's outsider with some sort of secret (maybe serving as a foil to how RWBY deals with what they learned about Blake in episodes 15 and 16) - perhaps having faunus heritage (come on, don't say the haircut didn't make you think it!) or secretly not sharing the others' views on them (given their bishop theme, being a "heretic" would sort of make sense).
Velvet Scarlatina's weapon of choice.Velvet's weapon will likely be a gun (Pretty much like everyone else) but instead of having another form as a melee weapon, she can change it into different forms of guns. Rifle, Shotgun, Assault, even a pistol form.
The rest of Velvet's team are Faunus.You know, segregation. And it could be why they didn't defend her against CRDL- they were afraid they'd get bullied too.
Velvet's team...…will be based on fairy tales of toys coming to life, since Velvet herself is based on The Velveteen Rabbit.
Another style of Velvet's team...As mentioned earlier in the theories above, Velvet's team will be Faunus based on stories about toys but the theme of Velvet's team would have to do more the fabric/material like Velvet. Specifically:
Velvet's storyline will somehow involve wishing she were human.Maybe she's internalized the racism against Faunus and honestly doesn't think of herself as a human being. Her character arc could involve finding self-confidence and kicking that line of thought to the curb.
There will be other characters who wish they were human.Such as the newly revealed automaton, Penny.
Velvet will be recruited into the White Fang because she wants a place to belong.When we first see Velvet, she is sitting alone and being picked on by Team CRDL. Emphasis on the "alone" part. Where is her team? It might just be that her schedule with other members of her team meant that she was alone for that short time, but for argument's sake, we'll say that her teammates won't have anything to do with her due to her Faunus status. This isolation makes for prime conditions for recruiting into extremist organizations. Velvet will meet a representative of the White Fang, who will tell her about humans who will, at best, ignore them or at worst, bully/persecute/enslave them. She will enlist with the White Fang because they will offer her companionship, something that she seems to (so far) be sorely lacking. From here, Velvet's story can take a number of directions. She seems like a sweet girl, so it is unlikely that it is in her nature to harm even those who discriminated against her. So eventually, White Fang will either gradually changer her personality so she becomes a loyal, maybe even fanatical, fighter. Or, more hopefully, Velvet will reach a point where her conscience will not allow her to perform acts of terrorism, and pull a Heel-Face Turn.
Velvet will have at least one reference to Reisen Udongein Inaba.
Velvet avoids her team at lunch for their safety.Because they would beat the crap out of anyone messing with her and she's afraid they'd get in trouble.
The guy who got over excited in Professor Port's class will be on Velvets teamBecause they already have the character model.
Velvet used to be in a different team before CFVYEvery character has a part of their name that relates to a colour somehow. Velvet, however, has the reference in both her first and last names - the Velvet part refers to her current colour, brown, but on her previous team she used the other colour present: Scarlatina (scarlet). It's possible that her first team was notoriously faunophobic, and she requested to be transferred into a more accepting team.
The other teams from the InitiationRWBY took white "Ponies" which parallel their fairytale motif. JNPR took white "castles" which parallel their kingdom motif. CRDL took black bishops (aka Euplectes which, in turn, parallels the team's avian motif]). Going by what we have seen so far, the remaining pieces Pawns will be notoriously disposable redshirts, and lastly, the Queens will be royals perhaps a mix of fairytale and real life royal legends. Of course there are two colors and thus likely two sides to the school. So far we know RWBY and JNPR share a dorm hall. That's likely the "White" side, while CRDL will be on the "Black" side with whoever else chose the black pieces. If correct, then the black knight pieces will be taken by characters who represent darker fairytales; the black rook pieces will be taken by legendary villains (perhaps Publius Clodius Pulcher, Caligula, the Big Bad Wolf, definitely Loki if going the way of genderswaps as they did with JNPR); the white bishops will be an all-girl team based again on birds.
The total amount of teams.There will be a bare minimum of six total teams in Beacon, alongside RWBY and JNPR.
Sensing a theme here...The other girls' weapons, and possibly other characters in general, will continue the close range weapons with gun properties added on. I can see Black's speculated whip being fired like a Hookshot from The Legend of Zelda, but you have me at Yellow.
Team RWBY will specialize in Dust use, while Team JNPR will specialize in Aura use.
*** Pyrrha is always using her semblance.
Team CRDL will be the Asshole Victims to show just how powerful White Fang/Roman's gang isThey'll be picked out as the weakling, and one of said organisations will show up, and, after toying with them a bit, will force-feed them curb and steal their uniforms and weapons to blend in. Bonus points if it turns out they kicked their asses because they selected for "people others will be relieved to learn are missing."
Team CRDL will join Roman's gang.It's pretty obvious given that they are all blatantly evil racist bullies, exactly the type to join the villains. Roman offers them money, they'll sell out turn on Beacon, giving both Team RWBY and Team JPNR a chance to team up against and slaughter CRDL and move on.
Team CRDL is a Paper TigerThey talk a good fight and look impressive, but so far we haven't actually SEEN them doing anything impressive fight wise. Sure, Cardin beat Jaune, but that's because Jaune has no training in combat and he attacked Cardin head on despite Glinda saying he should have been more defensive. When put head to head with a single, albeit rather big, Ursa, most of Team CRDL runs while the Ursa wipes the floor with Cardin. The more you think about it, CRDL only ever picked on Jaune, who has no fighting skills, and Velvet, who seems like a major Shrinking Violet. None of them have gone after anyone in Team RWBY, and even when Cardin did plan revenge on Pyrrah he used Jaune as a proxy to do the dirty work for him. Overall they seem to rely more on intimidation and fear rather than skill. It makes sense in a way, bullies intentionally go after people they know can't fight back in order to create some semblance of control.
Ozpin, Glynda and Port were all on the same teamPort mentions that he's followed Ozpin without question for years and Glynda seems to be something of a close acquaintance of Ozpin's. They might even be a mirror image of what Team RWBY is now, with Ozpin matching Ruby, Port matching Yang and Glynda matching either Weiss or Blake.
Team leaders were picked at randomThis is done to prevent people from bribing, arguing, threatening or using any other sort of tactics to become leaders of their team. Leaders were those who during the emerald forest initiation picked the second of each artifact pair.
There is a shortage of students wanting to apply to BeaconThat's why Ozpin accepted Jaune who faked his papers, and Ruby, even though she was only 15. He needs all the potential students he can get and thinks "Well, if they're willing, why shouldn't I accept them?"
The Bad People
Torchwick will get away with it.At the end of the series (hopefully many, many years from now) after all is said and done, after all the battles have been fought, and after all the other villains have been killed or imprisoned... Roman will turn out to have escaped during the climactic battle with a suitcase full of money and left to retire somewhere tropical.
Torchwick answers to or is otherwise related to a villain based off the Coachman.Keeps with the Pinocchio motif thus far established with the character.
Roman is planning an assault on Beacon.At the end of Episode 8: Players & Pieces,Roman is seen examining a map of Vale, which is marked with movement arrows, position markers, and labels, primarily about the police. He's shown with a phone, at the tail end of a discussion with someone. During this scene, one of his employees wheels in a cart loaded with secured crates, filled with Dust crystals, remarking that he'll need a lot more. If he's not gearing up for a major offensive, then what is he doing?
Torchwick is impersonating OzpinIt would make Ozpin's speech in the second episode make much more sense. It was shoddy, repetitive and unenthusiastic. Ozpin is a caffeine addict. They bear physical similarities, and light hair is easy to dye and glasses hide different eye colours.
Roman Torchwick has fought with Qrow in the pastWhen Torchwick first sees Ruby revealing her scythe, he narrows his eyes. This could be just annoyance at the interruption, but this could also be a sign of recognition. After she easily defeats his minions, Torchwick makes a tactical withdrawal. When pursued, he first attempts to kill Ruby via Dust explosion, and when Goodwitch shows up, he lets Cinder take care of her. At the conclusion of "Ruby Rose," the audience assumes that Torchwick is not very combat oriented. However, this is shown quite wrong in "Black and White," where Torchwick holds his own against both Sun and Blake. Yet when Ruby shows up again, he does not attack her immediately, but waits until she's distracted to fire at her.
Roman will have a Karmic Transformation into a Faunus... somehowHis Fairytale Motifs, Candlewick from Pinocchio (Lampwick in the Disney film), are redhead turned into donkeys. On top of that the constant dismissive comments toward his Faunus mooks are basically Tempting Fate.
Roman is a self-hating FaunusThis will come to light in the second season... maybe.
Torchwick and Cinder are members of White FangWhat if Torchwick and Cinder are really just trying to take revenge on people who discriminate against faunus? What if Cinder or Torchwick are actually faunus themselves? Perhaps their big plan is to conduct some sort of attack against prejudice people. I know this is crazy, but I'm really just throwing things left and right at the moment.
Qrow is Roman Torchwick.When Ozpin recieved the message "Queen Has Pawns" From Qrow the 'queen' is Cinder and the 'pawns' are the people that were behind her. Qrow would have to be The Mole in Cinders' organization to find this information. He is texting in such a vague manner in case his phone is checked.
The Wicked Witch connectionsCinder is the woman Yang was looking for in the Yellow trailer. Also, she will have some kind of connection to Beacon Academy. The moment Roman realised there was a Huntress on the scene, Cinder took over, indicating she's had Huntress training, too. The best place for that is Beacon. This might also explain the narration at the beginning of Episode 1: the voice overs were Cinder and Ozpin. They're connected via Beacon Academy's teaching staff and Cinder's negative outlook has driven her to Roman's side because she's become a Well-Intentioned Extremist or undercover in Roman's organisation as a mole. Somehow, Yang's mission, Beacon Academy, Ozpin, Roman's goals are all connected and the key is Cinder.
Cinder is related to one of the girls
Cinder was the woman Yang was looking for in YellowEven if Yellow was non-canon, Cinder is the only other sensible option for it.
The two silhouettes behind the Wicked Witch in the intro are...
Cinder is a double agentCinder is a mole in Roman's organization. This is why Glynda was at hand, for she had been forewarned about the robbery and was standing by in case Roman or his goons got out of hand. Then Ruby became the spanner in the works, and Glynda had to rescue her from Roman's attack. Out comes Cinder, and they fight an impressive looking, but ultimately just for show duel before Roman makes his escape. This is also why Glynda is so annoyed with Ruby afterwards, for she effectively blew a planned out stakeout.
Cinder's "personal weapon" is actually her dressAs the pattern on the collar and sleeves of her dress precisely matches the "tattoo" pattern that glows when she uses Aura.
Cinder is a renegade HuntressSo far, the only people we've seen with powers on par with what she's demonstrated so far have all been hunters or hunters in training, and it seems quite reasonable that those powers are either dust magic or related to her aura's semblance.
Cinder is the one who killed Ruby's mother.Just a feeling... Plus, it'd make for great drama once the two inevitably meet.
Cinder Fall was part of a 4 person team with seasons as their themes.
Cinder pulled a Face-Heel Turn.Ozpin, Port, Glynda and Cinder were a team back in their school days working together as RWBY and co do now. They went on to be a famous Hunter team, unusual in the fact that they worked together rather than singly or in pairs. Either Cinder was always the Token Evil Teammate who revealed herself at an inopportune moment leading to her open break with Ozpin and the rest of the team. Or recent history events yet to be covered in show. Probably dealing with dust, and the truth behind the creatures of Grimm lead to Cinder taking the dark side path when she learned the truth herself.
Cinder is neither human nor faunus.If anything, my money is on some bizarre variant of Grimm. We still don't know for sure exactly how she and Roman are tied to the Grimms (they seem to be separate forces so far), but we also don't know where Cinder's powers come from. She doesn't seem to use any sort of weapons, and the burning nature of her eyes is unlike anything we've seen in any characters so far, human, faunus or even Grimm. I don't think she got so skilled at using Dust without being related to the most supernatural beings we've encountered so far. Perhaps a Grimm born with an aura, and (a la Cinderella), her Semblance is the ability to turn into a beautiful woman, only instead of her original form being an innocent girl, her original form is a snarling wolf monster.
Cinder is the "queen" and Roman/the people behind her are the "pawns"Seems fairly reasonable.
NeapolitanThere is a girl who was shown standing next to Roman in the Volume 2 Trailer who apparently has brown and pink hair. Monty has since been tweeting images of Neapolitan ice cream. Obviously, as with the pics of yatsuhashi alluding to the name of the fourth member of team CFVY, this must mean that Neapolitan is the girl's name. She probably just goes by Nea though.
CleopatraOne of Cinder's threesome introduced at the end of Black and White, was given the placeholder name "Cleo" by RWBY wiki. This was because she supposedly had an Egyptian feel to her look what with her skin color and jewelry. With the reveal of her real name and the symbol of a black jewel on her back, it seems Emerald may have more in common with Cleopatra after all.
MercuryFormerly referred to as Gray and Marcus as placeholders, Mercury is a member of Cinder's team. Mercury being the reflective element used in the manufacture of mirrors, it's possible that Merc alludes to the Evil Queen's Magic Mirror in Snow White.
The terrible trio shown at the end of episode 16 will follow a Warrior/Thief/Mage motif.Blue haired guy will be the warrior based on process of elimination, green-haired girl will be the thief based on her midriff baring outfit, and Cinder is obviously the mage with her fire spells.
Melanie and Miltia are Junior's daughters.There's something of a resemblance and it seems strange that Junior would have them in the club if they weren't close. Alternatively, they're younger sisters of his.
Junior and the Twins do not want to be working with CinderThey seem to set off from the other villains in the opening, and in front of them as well, meaning they'd probably be the first ones that get taken out by RWBY and the rest; meaning they are the least valuable, likely because they only work for Cinder out of fear, not for any of her goals.
Qrow is Cinder's male mysterious minionIn the offical Volume 2 poster, his eyes look silver.
Qrow has the power to turn into his namesake.Hence the crow in Blake, Yang and possibly Ruby's trailers, as well as knowing what Cinder is up to: he's actively spying on them.
Qrow will have something bird-like about him when he's introduced.Could be his skills remind you that of a crow, clothing mainly black in color, and/or something he wears is feathery even to the point it could resemble wings...anyone else have Medivh on the brain now?
Adam is the new leader of the White Fang who turned them to extremes.During the Black trailer, Blake was chosen by Adam to go on a mission because she was one of the White Fang's most effective operatives. But she already was preparing to leave because she no longer trusted Adam's leadership; his treatment of the humans on the train was all Blake needed, her cutting off the train with Adam on it represented her leaving the White Fang and what it had become. She still believed in their ideals, but not Adam's leadership.
The drawn pictures of the girls are their future/older lookThis troper noticed it in the characters page. The drawn pictures are their older self, and the rendered one are their younger self. The best evidence can be seen in Weiss and Blake. Weiss looks a bit more friendly in her drawn/older picture compared to her rendered/younger self. Since she started the series slowly defrosting, the older self is the logical conclusion. Aside, her eyes are drawn differently; her older self eyes are more softer, compared to her younger self. Aside, wasn't there an eye characteristic trope? How they were drawn to show the innocence of the characters? As for Blake, her rendered/younger self is constantly worried/anxious about something, but her drawn/older self, seems to be enjoying herself.
Adam is Blake's abusive older brother.And he makes no apologies for it. He certainly seems to control her to some extent in the trailer a la Beauty and the Beast. I wouldn't go so far as to say he's lover or anything but certainly someone of close relation. Similar color scheme and skin tone. Both are using weapons typically associated with Japan (Ninjato for Adam and Kama and Chain for Blake). As such, they are also influenced by japanese warriors (Samurai for Adam, Ninja for Blake).
Adam's weapons "Wilt and Blush" are named for a loved one who died of sickness.The loved one died of sickness which had high fever as a symptom, hence looking like a permanent "blush", before s/he passed away after being too weak in body - the person "wilted" away. Adding to this is that the name of the sword is "Wilt", and could represent how the person's life was "severed" (as if by the cut of a blade) by sickness; the gun's name is "Blush", where blushing covers a rather wide area of the face (to which Adam has been seen using Blush more like a shotgun instead of a rifle).
Adam is the one in the graveRuby looks over a someones' grave at the beginning of her trailer. I'm guessing that was Adam.
Adam is somehow related to the Grimm.Adam's Cool Mask bears resemblance to that of the Grimm creatures seen in the new opening. Adam's mask◊ and the Grimm's masks◊ share a bone-marrow-white and bright red colour scheme. Adam's outfit also has a distinct majority of black. If you look at Adams hair, he also has a set of fin-like horns, implying hes a Faunus. But while the other Faunus' ears are that of "normal" animals, Adam has a black spikier head-feature that looks very Grimm-like. Maybe Adam actually is "descended from shadow".
Adam is a member of whatever organization sent Roman those dust crystalsThe mask looks uncannily similar.
Adam is the "man with two souls" from Blake's book in episode 3.It makes sense considering her comments about how harsh the "real world" is and how when she talks about the book she really opens up to Ruby and Yang. Blake really does care about Adam, probably because of how the "real world" treated them, but she's repelled by his second soul, probably some form of demon, which drives his negative attributes like his neglect of the train passengers.
There's going to be someone associated with a crow, who is part of Blake's captors.In Blake's trailer, right as she and Adam are about to jump down the cliff, a crow appears,then promptly flies offscreen. It reappears in Yang's trailer, right as she is about to enter the nightclub, and again flies offscreen. It may appear when Ruby is walking towards the clearing, but that is more likely a Beowolf. The fact that it reappears leads me to believe that it has a bit more meaning, and acts as a scout for a character, always watching the girls. The character is associated with black, obviously, but it keeps tabs on slave girl Blake, and later Yang.
Other Fairytale Motifs...Professor Ozpin: The Huntsman from the Red Riding Hood story, if the ax crest on the coffee mug he was drinking from in the first episode is his. He will act as Ruby's most prominent mentor in the series, possibly resulting in a Precocious Crush.
Droids from Black trailer are law enforcement.It is really strange that both protagonists suffered no damage from hits whatsoever. Rubber bullets, dull blades and stun beams? Sounds like law enforcement to me.
At least one of the Hunters or Hunter Students is going to turn (or possibly always has been) evil.Glynda (sheer irony, and then we can see the girls fighting her and her debris-shaping skills) or Jaune (who will undergo Break the Cutie, cross a Despair Event Horizon and, possibly after being pressured by the White Fang or whoever Torchwick works for, decide to go From Nobody to Nightmare).
Someone in the main cast will get Hero with Bad Publicity treatmentWhether it's Ruby's team or Jaune's team, something will happen that'll cause most of the Hunters to turn on someone in the main cast.
The velociraptor is an actual character.The raptor that appears in all of Monty's drawings and joke renders will be an actual character. Its roles could include.
There will be a cherry blossom themed character.And he/she will either serve as a evil counterpart or rival to Ruby.
New Characters based on Book-form "Fairy tales"noteBefore anyone points out the "Other Fairytale Motifs" WMG above, this is for new characters the aforementioned WMG seems to find some connection to the established characters (also Ozpin and Glinda prove that Monty willing to go to other folklore sources for inspiration)
The Mobster's Weapons transform between axe and machete formsWould explain a lot about them. They might be meant as survival tools (The Axe and Machete are both very useful survival tools in their own right), which fits with them being criminals, as criminals often use Improvised Weapons due to the simplicity in obtaining them.
The white cloaked person in front of Ruby in the intro is either her dead mother or someone close.It makes sense. Ruby is seen walking away from a grave or a marker in her trailer and in the intro theme it looks like she is kneeling to (or trying not to be blown away from) the figure in a white cloak like hers. Plus there has been no mention of her parents, only of her uncle in the first episode. It would make sense to be someone deceased due to the ghostly body and ghostly white cloak in place of the marker/grave.
White Cloak/Summer Rose died in a Heroic SacrificeI know you didn't plan this / You tried to do what's right / But in the middle of this madness / I'm the one you left to win this fight - Red Like Roses Part II
Ruby and Yang's mother, Summer Rose, is alive in the series' present, but will end up dying at some point in the future.
Penny is a battle robot.She just doesn't act like she's really human.
Assuming the above WMG is true, Penny was made to replace Hunters/HuntressesIf she is indeed a battle robot, Penny is a Super Prototype, built as part of an initiative to replace the need for Hunters and Huntresses, and has been entered into the combat tournament to prove that she is superior to the current Hunter/Huntress training regime. As such, her existence is a threat to Beacon, as if she is indeed better the school might be closed in favour of more battle robot manufacturing.
Penny has thermal vision.Which is why she could see Blake's cat ears through her bow.
Expanding on the above, the Evil Genius of the Five-Bad Band will be a Robot Master based on GepettoHe designed Penny as part of a prototype line of Ridiculously Human Robots out of either a desire to create true life or fill a hole left by some great personal tragedy. He obviously has a few bugs to work out (if Penny is his Dragon, it will turn out the reason she repeats lines from other characters is that her "human" voice is a recorder/modulator-her real one is a Machine Monotone, and she's fairly intelligent, if naive about organic social interactions. If not she's just a mindless bot with preprogrammed responses), which is why he's working for Torchwick or perhaps White Fang (or both, as Torchwick could be hiding Faunus ears in his bowler or a human sympathizer): He needs the funding to complete Penny and make her truly indistinguishable from human.
Sun Wukong will be a Love Interest for Blake.They've already had a little Ship Tease.
Sun Wukong will join Beacon.He'll probably hang around, but only for the tournament and any events that occur in that timeframe. Beacon Academy will probably quickly become irrelevant.
The "Mysterious Narrator" Is White Cloak.Considering that Cinder is not voiced by Jen Taylor but instead by Jessica Nigri that means she is not the narrator. Considering most of the fandom thinks that White Cloak is a female this leaves her or some other character that hasn't been introduced yet.
Lisa Lavender is an AILike Eliza from Deus Ex: Human Revolution
Summer Rose/White Cloak/Ruby's Mother is still alive.Going off of the lyrics to Red Like Roses Part II, Ruby never saw her mother die. It's entirely possible that she had to fake her own death and take on a new identity, likely as a double agent. This would make her lyrics in the song an apology to Ruby for keeping her in the dark about it.
Qrow will have a "tengu" theme.Following on from the "Qrow has a crow theme" WMG above; Tengu are mythical Japanese creatures who (in some versions) resemble humanoid crows (or humans with unnaturally long noses). Aside from the crow theme, Ruby made several allusions to kung fu movies (the Roosterteeth "He's my uncle" shout out, Funny Bruce Lee Noises she made, etc) when she was talking about him. Additionally, myths about Tengu have had them; have altercations with woodcutters which involve knowing what they're thinking (some versions of the Red Riding Hood tale have the hunter who rescues her as a woodcutter - given he's in contact with Ozpin, there could be a mind reading analogy in there...), punish people by turning them into wolves (Ruby has a wolf theme), hand out magic cloaks (Ruby must have gotten her cloak from somewhere - it being a gift from her mentor would explain why she wears it all the time) and training martial artists.
The Shopkeeper from the first episode is Qrow.He's dusty, old and he appears to know Ruby. Her "will you be OK looking after the shop" could have been more of a "Ooo! Can I go after him, Uncle Qrow?!".
Sun Wukong is here to join the tournament is a part of a four person team that each represents a character from one of the Four Chinese Classics.
Penny is a flesh and blood hominid - she's just weird.More specifically, her strange mannerisms and way of talking could come from being raised in a lab (rather than being built or grown in one). More specifically, her behaviour matches someone with a high rating on the F-scale (low social intelligence, quick to solve problems with violence when someone seems to be at faultnote , binary thinking, etc.), which tends to be a trait seen in people with strict or regimented upbringings.
Penny is the REAL protagonist of RWBY and the rest of the show is just a drawn out Cold Open
Sun and Mercury have a past
'Mr Scientist' will be a Well-Intentioned Extremist
Creatures of Grimm
We will eventually see humanoid GrimmDesigned to be smarter than normal Grimm, enhanced intelligence will lead to certain Grimm questioning their existence and purpose and change sides.
The next Grimm revealed will be a rhinoceros typeand it will team up with a Boarbatusk.
The Cliffs were infested with Grimm because of the Deathstalker's and the Nevermore's presence; they were Sealed Evil in a Can.Such strong Grimm still attracted lesser entities which is why Signal uses it as a training stage. The Deathstalker was sealed in the cave (hence the paintings) and the Nevermore was sealed in the tree that Ruby cut down. Nobody expected anyone to awaken them (the cave was obvious, and it was a Million to One Chance that Ruby cut down that tree). Even less expected them to kill them.
The main enemies are a race of shadow monsters.
The bird that Ruby wiped out before landing in the forst (Birdy, no!) was one of the Nevermore's chicksAnd that's why the Nevermore seemed to target Ruby and those near her.
There are microscopic GrimmsWe know that the Grimm have appeared in the form very similar to animals. Who's to say there aren't bacterial Grimm? This would also explain why Schnee Dust Company would invest in making toothpaste: Dust containing toothpaste is the only way to kill oral micro-Grimms!
There will be a huge Beowolf and its name will be Sköll
The Grimm were once HumansWhen Phyrra explained Aura to Jaune, she referred to them as the "Darkness" to the hunters' "Light". She then amended that everyone has both Light and Dark inside them. Perhaps the Grimm are just the result of letting your Darkness consume you?
The Grimm are not evil, or soulless.The spend most of their times in forest, and when we do see a Grimm in action, it's in their territory. They say history is written by the winners, so is it that hard to believe the human race would twist the tail in their favor?
The Grimm are a type of UnversedThey are the negative thoughts and emotions of humanity (and Faunus) made manifest as separate beings of pure Darkness via some form of dark magic. And unfortunately, this means that so long as dark thoughts and feelings exist in the hearts of man, the Grimm will never truly disappear.
Setting and Plot
Shit's about to hit the fan.They delayed episode 15 by a week, and it's going to air on Halloween night. Do the math.
The other kingdoms will represent different regions of the world IRLVale thus far encompasses stories in, of, and by authors from Europe/Asia. There will be kingdoms that represent the Americas, Africa, etc. (perhaps Australia and Greenland).
There will be a forest representative of the Summer seasonSo far, we know of Forever Fall from the Black Trailer, the Snowy Forest from the Red Trailer, and the Emerald Forest from the Initiation. The seasons must have balance.
The academy will hold a ball at some point.There's no real justification for this guess, I just think more Costume Porn would be really cool. Bonus points if said ball is interrupted by a demon attack and all the students have to fight in formal dress.
RWBY will hold or participate in a concert.There's already indications that this may happen. Weiss is already shown singing (and her own song, no less), and this picture shows that each team member has their own instrument models. Songs will play out in the style of the Yellow trailer: Ruby sings "Red Like Roses," Weiss follows up with "Mirror, Mirror," Blake sings "From Shadows," and Yang does "I Burn," followed up with a full band effort for "This Will Be the Day."
Dust and dust-based weaponry are only lethal against the GrimmThe girls' weapons demonstrate varying degrees of lethality, and I theorize it's because Dust isn't as harmful to humans as it is to Grimm. This may have to do with the prologue stating that "Man was born from Dust". Here's my breakdown:
The RWBY world revolves around magic.If the assumption that Ruby's (and possibly Adam's) use of rose petals is some kind of magic is correct, then that makes Blake the only character introduced so far who has displayed no magical abilities. And the lyrics of her song suggest that she is some kind of outcast. It could be that magic ability is prized in the RWBY universe, or even the norm, and the inability to use it limits one's social standing. (It should also be noted that this would make Blake the group's Badass Normal, given that she's still rather powerful).
Something happened to the moon.When we see it in the Red Trailer it's full,in Black it seems there are pieces of it scattered...Could it mean something?
The moons will be very important at some point.Each girl gets a defined shot with the moon behind them, plus the fact that one is destroyed and another intact means at some point something is going to show up involving them.
There will be a flashback episode centered around Ozpin's days at Beacon.And he will be revealed to have been almost exactly like Ruby in terms of personality.
Beacon will fall out of the sky.Because Monty Oum.
Signal will be destroyed and be a Break the Cutie moment for Ruby Rose.The full "This Will Be the Day" lyrics and the opening narration both mention how brilliant lights can be snuffed out... and what are the names of different academies? Things like "Beacon" and "Signal" - probable light sources. Hearing that Signal fell to the Grim (or otherwise) and consequently learning (or assuming) that her uncle Qrow was killed will either cause Ruby Rose to either become a Broken Bird or suffer a Heroic BSOD.
There will, at some point, be a huge Dust explosion.I mean, epic. Continent destroying. If a single sneeze can make a vial of it explode, imagine what our heroes' guns could do in, say, a factory. Besides, explosions and high action go together like bread and butter.
Trailers take place after the series begins.Black seems to be a prequel, but it might not be. Red trailer is nothing but Ruby showing her scythe off, so it may or may not be in the timeline somewhere. Weiss does not appear to have her scar from her trailer in the first episode. Yellow might well take place before or after the beginning. It is thus possible that all of them take place after episode 1.
The 2nd verse of "This Will Be the Day" is prophetic.[note]also building on the "Signal will be destroyed" and "The trailers took place after Episode 1" WMGs above[/note] Something bad will happen (most likely being the "Signal being destroyed" theory above), bad enough for the girls to go their separate ways, leading to the events from the trailers, but in a different order (explained by Ruby trying to put the band back together). But nothing will ever be the same again, mostly due to lingering tensions and the fact that this world will face an Apocalypse, or the aforementioned Doomed Hometown theory.
Either Beacon will be taken over by a hostile, mind-controlling force, or the other students will believe the girls have been.Or the girls actually will be - this is based on the scene in the intro where the RWBY team is surrounding some sort of pulsating, hovering energy-ball thing - or maybe it's a portal - and they're facing outwards, in defensive positions. Either the Happy Fun Ball is not a threat, or they believe it isn't, and they're protecting it against something or someone who is a threat. When combined with the 'brilliant lights (Beacon?) will cease to burn' bit in the theme song, the implications are a bit...interesting, to say the least, especially if Ozpin is the foreshadowed "man with two souls".
The word 'bitch' is a racial slur on Vytal.Because of the Faunus.
Blake and Weiss will find themselves at the center of the Schnee vs. WF conflict.Sometime after they make up and reconcile their differences, a future episode will feature the above mentioned conflict. Both girls will be called traitors by their respective sides "for working with the enemy" as the girls try to explain how the conflict isn't so black and white and that a resolution can be reached. Their proof? Both girls have managed to work together on team RWBY, and therefore the Schnee Dust Company and the White Fang can also learn to cooperate by following the girls' example. While the episode may not end with everything magically patched, the girls' actions will cause the conflict to move towards a positive conclusion.
Dust comes from the moon.Either chunks of it broke/were blown off and fell to Earth (well not Earth, but you know what I mean), or it looks the way it does because it's been steadily eroded from some sort of lunar mining operation (given the airships, tablet/mobile phones and Impossibly Cool Weapons a space program's not that farfetched). This would, of course, make it Moon Dust.
Ozpin and the other Beacon staff spy on students with CrowsThey've only ever been shown watching students who are outside and a small, flying Animal Eye Spy would be able to get the wide range of angles (and be innocuous enough that nobody noticed them. "Birdy, no!" could have been foreshadowing.
Yang and Nora will team up at one point.They're both energetic, outgoing, and more powerful than they look, and their fighting styles rely on overwhelming force, moreso for Nora than Yang. It would be pretty awesome to see them team up against some behemoth Grimm, or a Hate Sink who beats the shit out of both Ruby and Ren and gloats about it. Alternatively, they could just get up to wild hijinks outside of battle.
Penny will be outed as a robot in the tournament when she takes damage.Tournament rules use how much energy the combatants auras' have left to determine when one of them has lost. Penny, as a robot, has no aura and this will be exposed when one of the competitors manages to land a hit on her. The blow may or may not hurt her, but the fact that her life bar won't go down will make it clear that she's not human.
Penny will be accused of cheating.Alternative to the above, Penny will be accused of rigging the aura-measuring devices.
Humans are not native to Vytal.The faunus are clearly targets of Fantastic Racism, but not the types one typically sees. They are indeed treated as lesser beings and given terrible jobs, but the way the Schnee corporation treats them sounds less like an evil slave-driver and more like an evil Wal-Mart. Moreover, for much of their recent history, they were confined to the Menagerie. This heavily-enforced, seemingly-non-slavery-including isolation is odd...but it is reminiscent of two prominent real-world cases of racism: Apartheid in South Africa, and more precisely various reservations of Native Americans. Moreover, the number of faunus in the general population is remarkably low; there are only a handful of them in all of Beacon, and the only ones we see elsewhere are Sun Wukong and members of the White Fang. Why is this? If humans spread from other continents to Vytal, this can be explained rather easily. They came to Vytal; warfare and disease wiped out most of the natuve faunus, with the rest being corralled in the Menagerie. They took the tools the humans brought with them and managed to fight back (much like how Native Americans were much less defenseless against Europeans once they adopted their firearms and horses), which lead them to being nominally equal citizens of Vale. However, they're still treated as subhuman by many, and there are still open sores from the war; thus, most still stick to the Menagerie and surrounding areas.
Faunus are hybrids of animals and humans because of a genetic experimentBecause it's the only explanation that does not make me think of the possibility involving ancient bestiality.
The White Fang is working with the Schnee Dust Company.Which just happens to run almost completely contrary to the theories that Blake and Adam are with the White Fang. Consider that the Schnee Dust Company is known for controversial labor forces, and that the Faunus mentioned in the first episode were protesting for their rights. This could imply that the Faunus were enslaved by them, so the company thought it'd be a good idea to form ally with an organization for Faunus control. To further add to this (though it works better if the White Fang were formed by the company) the color scheme of their logo is white and red, just like Weiss, and their name happens to have the word 'White' in it, also associated with Weiss, and subsequently, the Schnee Dust Company.
The academies are apolitical and will train anyone old enough.Given the increasing hints that Blake is or used to be a part of White Fang, and committed crimes for them, this will have to be the case for them to train her. And the second part just seems sensible, given how few Hunters there are. They'd need anyone who can fight in humankind's war against the demons.
The Schnee Corporation enslaves Faunus as miners, and White Fang opposes this.Self-explanatory. It would make for interesting conflict between Blake and Weiss.
The academies politically support the Schnee Corporation, at least in name.It's the only way for them to secure a reliable supply of Dust, which they need for weapons and magic training. Unless they train miners as well as Hunters. Besides, any schools that large would need to have sponsors, and since there's no unified government on any of the continents...
The La Résistance is targeting the Schnee familyAdam and Blake infiltrated a cargo train that carried snowflakes, the symbol belonging to (presumably) the Schnee family. Weiss joined the Extranormal Institute because she felt that her family was too ruthless.
Pumpkin Pete's Marshmallow Flakes comes from a subsidy of the Schnee Dust Company.Given how little we know about either company at this point, and how prolific SDC seems to be overall, who knows? Maybe they have smaller businesses in addition to their Dust mines, either by their own creation or through by-outs of other profitable companies.
Pumpkin Pete/the company's owners will be an antagonistic force.Why not? The cereal isn't very good for you, after all. Also, the "pumpkin" aspect could justify a Headless Horseman motif...
Sanctum's teachings place higher emphasis on duty than the other academies' do.It would explain Pyrrha's Humble Hero tendencies. (Not that they need any explanation, but you know what I mean.) It would also make sense if the academies' philosophies were adapted to fit different locations or teachers.
White Fang used to be split in peaceful and military wings.Weiss said that her family had been at war with the White Fang for "as long as she can remember", but Blake said that it was 5 years ago that White Fang became militant with a new leader. Granted, being at war since one was 12 years old might seem "as long as you can remember" to a 17-year old, but that still seems like there is a discrepancy. Blake was not part of the militant wing when she was young; and wasn't aware of them. Said militant wing became dominant 5 years ago. Weiss did not hear about the peaceful wing; she only heard about the ones who killed the Schnee board members, family, and friends; and made her family-life "difficult."
The Schnee Corporation also specializes in automatons.As in, the security forces in the Black trailer, as well as the Knight in the White trailer, were both made by the same company. The robots on the train were to protect the Dust shipment, while the Knight was a training dummy for Weiss.
The determining factor of what body parts a Faunus gets is what the most prominent or useful feature of their animal isVelvet and Blake have the ears because rabbits and cats have sensitive hearing, and Sun Wukong gets a monkey's prehensile tail. Judging by this, Adam could've been wearing that visor because he was an iguana faunus. Possibly an iguanus?
The company Penny is from is also the manufacturers of the AK-130s in the Black TrailerWell, they both are robots, so ...
The Knight in the White Trailer represents Weiss's parental neglect/abuse
The Headstone in "Red"I can faintly make out the writing; it says, "Summer Rose; Thus kindly I *something*". Thoughts?
The Crescent Rose was not intended to be used as a Scythe.In the "Red" trailer, you can see Ruby hunker down into the snow/ice with the blade and begin to shoot the beasts. We can see at multiple times during the trailer Ruby gets sent flying by the shots of the gun part of the weapon. This is because it's a high caliber weapon, and the the amount of recoil it has is immense. By hooking herself into the ground, she is able to actually stand and shoot her targets without flying thirty feet through the air. This was the intended use of the weapon, the blade wasn't meant for killing, it was made for holding her in place like an anchor.
The train Blake attacked was carrying Weiss' luggage.From Weiss' Twitter account we see an entry showing her luggage and mentioning that she's all packed for her trip. It'll turn out that the train Adam and Blake attacked was purely for transporting that and it's disappearance got Weiss angry, so she hired Yang to find Blake.
Some of the 'guns' do not use bullets.Especially Yang's gauntlets, instead what we are seeing are little packs of Dust that get depleted over time. This is why she didn't have to reload for a while, because each 'shell' gave her a number of shots, and the entire thing allows her to use them in different fashions. In addition, it allows the show to have people being shot with them with being 'shot' in the process.
The cookies Professor Ozpin gave were part of an interrogation technique.The table, the lighting, Ozpin and Glynda playing Good Cop/Bad Cop. It was an interrogation as much as an interview. We only see her Motor Mouth tendencies after she ate them all. They weren't "drugged" per se; but the amazing jumps and flips she's shown are partly enabled by a Hyperactive Metabolism. Introduce a lot of sugar to that furnace, and self-restraint goes out the window. Is she too young and immature for Beacon? Let's load her up with sugar and kindness after she's been scared and see what comes out!
Monty will make the following shout outs.
Blake will be able to disguise herself as one of the black student figures nobody pays attention to.And will suddenly pop up out of "nowhere" surprising everyone. (Being a nice reference to Ninja Noh Theater.)
Theoretical Japanese dub voicesPretty much just for fun since it would be hard for this to happen. I just gonna start with Team RWBY, maybe someone else will step up and add more:
The show will move in seven-episode cyclesSix episodes of character development/comedy/filler, one episode of fight scene. We'll see in episode fifteen.
Aura is NOT a force field. Rather, it is much like Mana, as in, an energy that, with training, can be used in various applications.So far, we've seen the members of RWBY, Jaune, Ren, Cinder and Glynda utilize a special ability in one way or another. It seems like they each have a unique ability. For RWBY, I'm guessing that...
Red Like Roses Part 2Applies to Team RWBY in general and not just Ruby.
Faunus are somehow connected to the GrimmAlso, this connection doesn't affect the faunus in any direct way, it's just their origin (or something), and potentially the origin of the prejudice against them.
Ozpin knows that Jaune faked his way into BeaconAnd because he's a Sink or Swim Mentor he's let Jaune continue figuring that his inexperience will result in him flunking out or the same drive and determination that allowed him to fake his way in will get him to succeed in spite of his handicaps.
Rooster Teeth is using Gender Neutral Writing by not using the word Hunter.See the word "Hunter?" It's scattered across the fandom. Everybody uses it; to refer to both the plural and Huntsmen and Huntresses; as well as a synonym for Huntsman. Except....the word is never uttered in the series itself. Ever. Huntsman, Huntress, or "Huntsmen and Huntresses" is used...every...single...time. Tell someone this; and their eyes cross. That's not true. Someone had to use that word somewhere. But..."never" is a strong word. All it takes is one counter-example to break it. Nobody can give that counterexample.
There will be a Ten Commandments-like weapon sometime later in the series.Just remembered this awesome manga and realized how well Haru Glory's Ten Commandments would fit in this universe. For those who don't know, imagine if Weiss's Myrtenaster changed its form in accordance with the type of Dust she's currently using. Maybe a character inspired by this manga's protagonist could be a love interest for her?
The trailers all occur on the same night as the first episode.When Roman shows up at From Dust to Dawn, he complains about how hard it is to find a dust shop open that late, which would imply he hasn't planned this in advance. Given he was speaking to Junior in the Yellow trailer (and uses his mooks), it makes sense that he hired them and set off to do some heistin' on the spot at once (otherwise he could have checked the opening times). Ruby (a schoolgirl) is out pretty late...why would that be? Given Yang was out on a mission of some sort, perhaps Ruby took the time to visit the gravesite and had just got back into town at the end of the Yellow trailer. As for Roman's poor planning; what could force his hand, and for that matter, why might a shop decide to stay open that late? This could be explained by an incoming shipment of dust. If Roman knew that the next shipment of dust was going to be blown up (Cinder could easily have had something to do with Blake and Adam's raid and told him), he might have impulsively decided to grab some while he could (or maybe he agreed to strike out against a Dust store as a good will gesture towards the White Fang), and the shopkeeper kept his shop open so he could get his new stock in before closing up for the night (a train large enough to need two sets of tracks might only be able to travel every so often). Meanwhile, Weiss's father hears about the train job and makes her childhood difficult (this would explain why she mentioned a simple act of sabotage as if it was the worst thing on a list including the murder of family friends). In summary the day could have gone something like this;
Semblance usage is powered by the Dust in Remnant's atmosphere.
Semblances are hereditary
Taken together "This Will Be The Day" (and "Time To Say Goodbye") is basically saying Be Careful What You Wish For
RWBY are the Four-Temperament Ensemble
The RWBY Pins.
Yellow's Fairy Tale motifMonty stated that, while not creating characters intended to retell fairytales, it is intended their designs be inspired by fairytale characters. Ruby was revealed as a Little Red Fighting Hood & "Red Like Roses" gave away Weiss' "Snow White" and Blake's "Beauty and the Beast" correlations, it's a bit unclear to whom yellow refers: "Yellow beauty burns gold." However, it's hinted that her symbol is a pair of crescent moons (or a burning heart), and from Monty's notes, her weapon may be called "Moonslice", creating a possible lunar or nocturnal theme◊ as well. What are our fairy tale candidates?
Yellow is named Yang.Monty released a screen◊ of him working on the models, and a file named 'Yang' is visible next to Adam.
Weiss and Blake will initially not like each other.Weiss will distrust Blake because Blake is a thief and attacked what was presumably her train, as the boxes had snowflakes on them. Blake won't like Weiss because Weiss is apparently very wealthy and may even be famous. And if the lyrics of From Shadows are anything to go by, then the wealthy and power haven't exactly been kind to Blake.
Weiss and Ruby will end up partners.Weiss and Ruby seem to regularly pair up in promotional material even though Ruby is closer to the other two friend-wise. This becomes an obvious avenue for Weiss to logically become part of Team RWBY and provides the most opportunities for jokes later on. This would likely also mean that Yang and Blake would pair up who have far less animosity but their own friction. And then pair two sets of partners together for the 4-man team that Pyrrha was mentioning and boom, you have Team RWBY.
Black's name will be BelleWhile the name Belle doesn't directly resonate with the color black it does reference to something that does, the Beast (and Monty said that the names would either directly represent or remind you of it). It also references a fairy tale and fits with Black's part in Red like Roses: Black the beast descends from shadows.
Ruby will prove a significant asset to Weiss during the trials.Whether through spectacular (if unwilling/unwitting) teamwork or by Ruby (or Yang or Blake) saving Weiss from a potential failure of the trials, this will motivate her to start getting along with her new teammates and break out of her thus-far bitchy mindset.
Team RWBY will not form by choice.It seems that Beacon divides students into 4 person teams, judging by RWBY and JNPR. Being that Blake and Weiss are clashing, neither care for Ruby, and Yang wants to hang with her own friends, they will not join willingly. So they are put together by teachers, perhaps because they are outsiders. Ruby is the youngest student and knows no one, Weiss seems quite elitist so wouldn't have friends anyway, Blake has done some dubious antics, assuming her trailer takes place before the series, and is thus a rebel. Yang might be a fiery spirit, might be put in to balance the extreme emotions and monitor her young sister, or just needs to fill up numbers.
Blake & Adam are Fauna of the White FangFrom Shadows talks of being 'a lesser being crushed by cruel ruthless human rule' who will 'take back what (was) stole.' Blake and Adam belong to a non-human (possibly animalistic) race whose lands were conquered by humans. Treated as monsters (beasts?) by humans, and given no rights. The White Fang began as an attempt at freedom from human subjugation and reclamation of their homeland, but went out of control, taking everything in the name of vengeance. Given that and the actions in the Black Trailer, it seems Blake used to be part of White Fang before abandoning them for their extreme methods.
Blake is a Cat Faunus who uses that headband to hide her earsShe keeps her ears secret because she's either been a victim of some of the worst Fantastic Racism against Faunus and now suffers from Internalized Categorism and honestly believes she's partially a monster (thus, the Beast becoming a prince(ss)-she learns that she was never a monster-though I bet she keeps the headband because having four ears uncovered gets loud) or because of discriminatory practices that would expel her from Beacon.
Blake is a former member of White FangHer trailer depicts her deciding to cut and run before she gets into some serious trouble.
Jaune will prove to be a Crouching Moron, Hidden Badass.Or by some Let's Get Dangerous, will make our jaws drop to the floor.
Nora wields a hammer.See the pins WMG above. It would make for fitting comedy value, and suit her unsubtle, over-the-top personality. The colours match as well.
Pyrrha will become Jaune's partner by saving him from crashing.Pyrrha was only a few catapults away from Jaune. After landing, she turns around to notice Jaune flailing about and helps him land reasonably safely. When he goes to thank her, they make eye contact and become partners.
Jaune is just too incompetent to qualify for Beacon. Crazy, huh? But let's look at the evidence. Jaune is no pushover, but compared to his fellow students he is pretty clearly the least capable in combat. This presumably contrasts with his ancestors, who were mighty warriors. Thus, in order to fulfill his "destiny," he felt he needed to cheat his way into Beacon. That's it. As to why he got let in, either he's good at forging documents, or it's part of whatever mysterious plan Ozpin has.
Teams will be based around what "relic" they took.The chess motif "relics" will play some role in designating which partner pairs will be combined into the full team, either by playing some kind of game with said piece or each one being matched with another for a predetermined set, like "gold knight + black rook" (or whatever piece she and Weiss pick).
The Second TeamThere's a leaked photo of a group of four other bizarrely colored characters◊. This is most likely the "second Alpha team" that Monty mentioned in an interview.
The team pairings will meet up / be formed via airborne Crash into Hello.Episode 7 ended with Ruby falling from the sky, seemingly towards Blake and Yang. Similarly, Jaune was flung by the Grim scorpion to an unknown location... towards Lie Ren and Nora?
There will be a Big Bad Ensemble.Given the rather diverse amount of enemies in the trailers, I think each of the four girls will have their own antagonists to sort out. Something set the Knight loose on Weiss, and someone must've created those robots on the train, but I doubt they're the same person, and I doubt the culprits are working together.
Junior is based on Little Bear from the Three BearsHe's called Junior because he's the son of an Unholy Matrimony pair of crime bosses/supervillains. As befitting the original story, Mama Bear's character and Papa Bear's character will be Red Oni, Blue Oni: Papa Bear will be Hot-Blooded and physical, while Mama Bear will be The Stoic and mystical. Bonus points for Papa Bear being a Badass Grandpa.
The White Fang are......a bunch of half human half animals. Their symbol is a wolf head, one of their protest signs says "*Cut off* NOT ANIMALS" and the protesters have animal characteristics. Visible are a boy with bunny ears, a girl with bear ears, a goat/ram horned man, and a purple haired boy with small horns. There is a faunus rabbit girl in episode 11 being bullied in the Beacon cafeteria; and she has both rabbit and human ears.
The White Fang are a violent Fauna rights group.They dislike the idea of their fellow Faunus asking for equality and thus consider them Category Traitors, so they attack both their human oppressors and the peaceful Fauna protesters. Adam is likely a White Fang member, while Blake sides with the nonviolent faction.
Other than the first episode, the entire series will be comprised of two-part episodes.Self-explanatory.
Kairi's fighting style will appear in a future battleSpecifically Namine's, because it's too awesome to lose.
The man Junior was talking to will be important.Has red hair, a sword in a sheath and wears a hat with a feather. He definitely has a unique design; though we don't see his face clearly. Likely this is an Early-Bird Cameo.
Barbara, Kara, Arryn and Lindsey will be the voices of the girls.Or at least have some part in it. Evidence is in the last few seconds of the "Red" Trailer; when it shows the credits (Right after the shells hit the ground and she is framed in black), it shows the names of the people who worked on it and what they have done. Monty and Shane are next to animation, character design by Monty and Eileen, etc. But above them are the four listed above - with no indication as to what the role is.
The voices for the girlsLindsay will play Ruby, Kara will play Weiss, Arryn will play Blake and Barbara will play Yellow.
The voice acting.As the series goes on, the acting and the voices themselves will improve as a whole. It takes time for everything, and the experience will benefit the actors in the long run.
The first test will end in Episode 8.
Episode 8's plot will be a multi-boss battle between the raven and the scorpion
The train belonged to WeissThe crates within the train have snowflake insignias, after all.
Yellow will be named Yolo.'Cause why the hell not.
Weiss is an Emotionless Girl, and the black undershirt she wears is symbolic of that.As theorized here, "Black represents death. White is dead where her heart and lungs should be. All the organs that make her live are covered by this black shirt. However, because she is wearing white over it, we only see a glimpse of the death that is underneath. She is dead inside."
The Bitch Face in this picture is because of a training exercise.You know how Weiss was wearing an angry face in it while walking up behind an anxious Ruby? That's actually a teaser for episode 3. I predict that it'll happen in the middle of a fight between the two, one where Weiss will gain the upper hand on account of being a more refined fighter.
Yang always keeps mirrored sunglasses on hand to hide her eyes.Her Red Eyes, Take Warning, that is. She may just use it to hide her Super Mode in case she ever wanted to surprise someone, but it's also possible her Super Mode is something more taboo; if she were ever in a situation where she was very angry but had to restrain herself, she would have to hide it. (She was able to switch off easily in her trailer because she was "spent" beating the crap out of Junior.)
Blake's "Ribbon Twitch" in Episode 8 is simply a case of Expressive AccessoryJust as the title says. Barring some very clever construction, her headband bow doesn't look the way organic ears would.
Blake-as-a-Faunus is a Red HerringWith the headband, and her shady past, and her song lyrics "Born with no life- into subjugation. Treated like a worthless animal! Stripped of all rights, just a lesser being- crushed by cruel, ruthless human rule!", it's overwhelmingly obvious that she's secretly a Faunus. So obvious, it would probably be kind of disappointing if it turned out to be true. It would probably be more interesting if she were actually human.
Blake was a Faunus.Her ears and any other physical features were surgically removed. She wears the bow as a sort of faux-prosthetic.
Blake is not a Faunus, but was enslaved/abused alongside them.The lines "Born with no life/Into subjugation/Treated like a worthless animal" are sung by a male voice, then it goes back to Blake for "Stripped of all rights/Just a lesser being". Blake's parent(s) might have been involved with actively oppressing Fauna, and when they had an unwanted child, they treated her like one of them. She identifies more strongly with Fauna than humans because of her experiences growing up, hence the Expressive Accessory.
Weiss' actions and words will drive Blake into a Face-Heel Turn.When Weiss, Ruby, and Yang find Blake again, Weiss will go on another anti-Faunus tirade that will finally push Blake over the edge, and when either the White Fang or Torchwick finds her next, she'll decide that if the others will never accept her, she might as well live up to their expectations. However, she'll spell this out in an emotional Motive Rant, causing Weiss to have a huge My God, What Have I Done? / Heel Realization moment and spend the next season trying to make amends, try to "save" Blake and convince her to come back to the good guys, and maybe confront her family/company on the cycle of hatred they're helping to perpetuate.
Weiss is an albinoIt explains her white hair. The show seems to be a case of Like Reality Unless Noted (meaning no Animesque hair)- and Ruby and Ren's hair colors are pretty obviously dyed.
Jaune's weapon is Excalibur, or at least based on it.Although it has not been established what his sword can do, one of Excalibur's properties is that its sheath is able to protect its wielder from harm to a certain degree. The sheath of Jaune's sword doubles as his shield, which would fit this description. Plus, he states that it was passed down through his family, meaning someone in his family may have retrieved it from the enchanted lake it was thrown into at some point. Learning to wield it properly will signify Jaune taking a level in badass.
Jaune's first major awesome act will involve him tanking an obscene amount of attacks.Given his motion sickness, the chance that he's going to be flying all over the place is slim to none. It with either have everyone looking on in awe, or no one sees it.
Roman and Cinder are both figureheads for a villainous Dust company, alongside two yet-to-be-revealed 'Wicked Witches', and a Bigger Bad who won't be revealed until much later.In the intro, when Cinder is revealed during the credits reel of the pilot, she's flanked by two figures framed in shadow. It wouldn't be crazy to think that these mysterious people will be important later.
Roman and Cinder are treating each other as Unwitting Pawns.We don't know what their goals are yet, but let's assume Roman is an underworld boss looking to improve his own lot and Cinder is ultimately on the side of the Grim. Roman is willing to work with Cinder and the Grim forces as long as it suits him, and Cinder is working with humanity until the Grim consider the underworld a liability. They'd inevitably decide it's over at the same time and turn it into an Evil vs. Evil Enemy Civil War.
the Witch is Pyrrha.I'm aware one's eyes are green and the other's are gold. However their silhouettes and eye shapes look similar, don't you think? (And we've seen with Yang that power usage can change a person's eye colour.)
Cinder will be the Final Boss for season 1She's the last of the season 1 antagonists shown in the opening theme, so I suspect she'll be, if not the Arc Villain, then the final antagonist fought for the first season.
The first Narrator is Cinder, the evil witch.Her outlook on humanity being doomed to darkness is her motivation for joining The Dark Side. At the beginning of episode one, Ozpin seems to be responding directly to the narrator - perhaps she was a Huntress that parted bitter ways with Beacon. That plus the fact that they managed to get JEN FREAKING TAYLOR to voice her, and I don't think this is gonna be a bit character.
The newscaster and the Wicked Witch are the same woman.Who only has the yellow eyes when she's using her powers. It would seem odd to have the "background characters" as silhouettes but the newslady fully animated if she was only supposed to be a newslady and nothing more - and she doesn't appears in the opening/credits either. Hmm...
Wicked Witch is...I've decided that Crimson must be Maleficent. Why? Fire-based magic, dragon-wing tattoo...
Miltia and Melanie are students at Beacon.It will either be revealed that:
The Mohawk guy and the Redheaded guy visible at the start of the test will be voiced by Gavin and Michael.It's been said that Gavin will voice an important character, and maybe combined with the WMG about Mohawk guy forming an antagonistic team then this could become an interesting development.
Professor Port will refer to his captured Grim as Edgar at one point.Because "No, you don't understand, Edgar is the one in the cage!" would be absolutely priceless.
Yellow mohawk guy will be the leader of a third team.One that will be antagonistic to the heroes, out of focus, or both.
One of the students will be killed in the Emerald Forest.Their partner will be both reassigned and, if not the one responsible for said death, traumatized.
That they are all ambidextrous will bring the four girls together.Consider this - Black dual wields, Ruby and Weiss both use their weapons with whatever hand they feel like and Yellow hasn't been released to contradict this. Being able to use both hands is extremely rare and even more so to have been taught to combatants. So it is probably a sign of some common factor, and that the four will presumably meet and team up will likely arise from this same factor. Ergo, magic ambidexterity. Boom.
The thing at the end of episode 9 will not be what we're expecting.Maybe a trained Grimm?
The launchers were designed to launch people so that they would land somewhere near each other in pairs.As a result, the most likely people they would pair with would be the ones that were picked out, as shown in the Fridge Logic section, they balance each other out but half of them would rather be with someone else. Thus they pick a "random" method and give them the illusion of having a "choice" in order for them not to protest it.
A complicated guess about the setting's mythology.There were four gods- of the sun, the twin moons, and the earth respectively. They created these planets, and possibly the first seeds of life. At some point- I'm not sure how, though the Grim might have played a part- the earth god and one of the moon gods were attacked, and severely injured if not outright killed. This damaged their respective creations; the attacked moon/god shattered, fraying away over time. The earth god fell to the land it had created, its corpse falling into the ocean and creating a new continent. Its bones were lodged deep within this dragon's corpse/continent; these bones were filled with mystical power- magic beyond any humanity possessed. Eventually, humanity moved to this continent (or was born there, your pick) and colonized it. Humans dug up these bones, and called them Dust. They learned that by combining Dust with weaponry, the weapons that emerged were stronger, their nature intertwined with the earth's elements. The soul of the god was also shattered, but did not move as far. It fled into the minds and souls of those people inhabiting the continent, and gave them +5 to weaponry and smithing-related skills...well, no, not really, but it did something like that. So empowered, these people were able to defend against Grim as they never had before, birth of civilization as we know it, blah blah, Academies, blah, teenagers being awesome. Meanwhile, the sun dragon was observing this, and decided to empower its own people to protect itself against whatever attacked the other gods (It chose mundane humans on a different continent to ensure that their power relied on the sun dragon and so they would never betray it). The sun's people were given inborn fire powers. The two different races met up, established more civilization, were able to marginalize the Grim's presence on two continents, and several centuries/decades later, we have Yang, adopted (possibly) into an earth-dwelling family, and Ruby, who is awesome enough to make an insanely complex gun-scythe while still young, and probably has some innate relation to the wood element. I don't know what the intact moon god was/is doing. Maybe it made the Faunus Faunus to begin with, and is their Neglectful Precursor, given the Fantastic Racism.
Shane and KatieIn the cargo train, a heart is engraved on a compartment and "Shane + Katie" is written inside. Shane and Katie, I'm guessing, are two of Weiss' friends, and she was sending something to them via the train.
Some of the voices will change.Not the actors, mind you. More like certain voice pitches will change, like Adam sounding less gruff or Ruby sounding less childish over time.
Episode 8 will kick off the season's "third arc"The first and second having been Arrival at Beacon and the Initiation.
Grand Unified Guesses
Yang is a Saiyan's descendant.Her eyes turn red when she transforms to Super Saiyan because they're already naturally blue.
The entire show is the dying dream of a Red vs. Blue character.Specifically, Agent Maine. With the White Fang representing the Insurrectionists and the big guy with the mask being the one who shot him in the throat. Cinder and Ozpin represent Sigma and the Director, respectively. Blake is CT, and even has similar powers. Pyrrha is his idealized version of Carolina and Jaune is some kind of mish mash between Wash and York.