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->''"Red like roses fills my dreams and brings me to the place you rest\\
White is cold and always yearning, burdened by a royal test\\
Black the beast descends from shadows\\
Yellow beauty burns gold..."''
-->--"'''Red Like Roses'''" from the Red trailer

''[[http://roosterteeth.com/archive/?sid=rwby&v=more RWBY]]'' (pronounced "Ruby") is an {{Animesque}} CGI production from Creator/RoosterTeeth, created and animated by Creator/MontyOum.

Many years ago, in a world known as Remnant, mankind lived in peace until the arrival of "The Grimm": malevolent creatures who emerged from the darkness to attack humanity. To fight back, mankind created a magical energy source known as "Dust" and used its power to not only drive back the Grimm but catalyze the growth of civilization across the planet.

In the present day, Huntsmen and Huntresses are trained in special schools to harness the Dust and become protectors of the peace. One such trainee, an idealistic girl named Ruby Rose, is scouted by the elite Beacon Academy and allowed to skip two years' worth of training to attend. Once there, she is placed into a team with three other students: Yang Xiao Long, her boisterous big sister; Weiss Schnee, the heiress of the Schnee Dust Company; and Blake Belladonna, a mysterious and aloof girl. Though initial tensions are high, the forces of darkness are preparing to return and the four girls must learn to work together to survive.

The four main characters were introduced one at a time in four trailers: ''[[http://roosterteeth.com/archive/?id=6052&v=more Red]]'' (Ruby Rose), ''[[http://roosterteeth.com/archive/?id=6934&v=more White]]'' (Weiss Schnee), ''[[http://roosterteeth.com/archive/?id=7194&v=more Black]]'' (Blake Belladonna), and ''[[http://roosterteeth.com/archive/?id=7615&v=more Yellow]]'', (Yang Xiao Long), to much anticipation and speculation. On July 18th 2013, the first episode premiered for the general population. The first season, or 'volume', ran for sixteen episodes[[note]]which were condensed into 10 episodes of a more homogeneous length on the DVD.[[/note]] and can be ordered [[http://roosterteeth.com/store/product.php?id=436 here]]. [[note]]Region 4 viewers can purchase it [[http://hanabee.myshopify.com/collections/everything/products/rwby-volume-1-dvd at Hanabee]]. [[/note]] Following the completion of Volume 1, the show had a brief hiatus before debuting Volume 2 at RTX 2014, and its online debut followed on July 24th 2014.

New episodes are released weekly on Rooster Teeth's website, and the series is also being simulcasted on [[http://www.crunchyroll.com/rwby Crunchyroll]]. Additionally, each episode is put up on [[https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLUBVPK8x-XMhCW2fW7ZYlD9MHjvmT8IGK Rooster Teeth's YouTube channel]] one week after it premieres. Episode 1 is [[http://roosterteeth.com/archive/?id=7872 here]]. The first two volumes are now available on Creator/{{Netflix}}.

[[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aUTUMlAdfmM A Japanese fandub exists]], and an official export to Japan (via Warner Brothers Japan) was announced at RTX 2014. Rooster Teeth will also be working with the creator of the fangame ''[[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O_A116ynks0 RWBY: Grim Eclipse]]'' to make an [[http://www.crunchyroll.com/anime-news/2014/07/04-1/rooster-teeth-making-rwby-video-game official RWBY game]].

Monty Oum's [[AuthorExistenceFailure sudden and tragic death]] in early 2015 left the future of the series in question, but other members of the RWBY team assured the fans that the show would go on as planned, considering there was apparently enough story and information left by Monty to go straight through a potential Volume ''5''. Volume 3 is scheduled to premiere sometime before the end of 2015.

Warning: '''Unmarked spoilers below.'''

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!!''RWBY'' contains examples of:

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* AbridgedSeries:
** The [[Blog/RWBYRecaps Recaps]] by [[http://roosterteeth.com/members/journal/?uid=666935 Matt the Mammoth Rider]], a blog of text and screencaps summing up episodes by retelling the story and reinterpreting parts to make jokes via AlternativeCharacterInterpretation.
** The [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W2e2D7Lzq-U actual abridged series]] stops at Episode 14.
** A [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rb-Q-B0pU14 video series]] covers the first two volumes.
* AddedAlliterativeAppeal: One of the locations surrounding Beacon Academy is called the Forest of Forever Fall.
* AdventureFriendlyWorld: It's called Remnant, and it's filled with monsters, with only the rare beacons of civilization (the kingdoms of Vale, Vacuo, Mistral, and Atlas) and magic holding them back. Civilization is protected, and able to exist at all, through the efforts of Huntsmen and Huntresses whose careers are either mission-based, going on adventures to fight the Grimm, or academy-based, where they teach the next generation to fight the Grimm and control the missions the other Hunters go on.
* AlienSky: The phases of Remnant's moon appear to be based on a [[DetonationMoon shattering visual effect]] that fades into and out of view depending on the moon's rotation relative to Remnant's. As the moon's rotational speed appears to be different to its orbital speed, the moon does not constantly show the same face to Remnant. When the undamaged face is in view, the moon appears to be completely whole. When the shattered face is fully in view, the moon looks very badly broken. There are also stages in between where the moon can look just slightly, or partially, broken.
* AllThereInTheManual: Vol. 2 introduces an information series called "World Of Remnant", providing additional information about the setting works. Creator/MontyOum also disseminated and clarified certain meta-knowledge via Twitter, Facebook and interviews.
* AnAdventurerIsYou: Oum says Team RWBY is based on a standard RPG group. Yang is the Fighter/Tank, Weiss is the Mage, Blake is the Thief, and Ruby herself is possibly the Archer. While Ruby appears to be the special character of the show, the set-up ensures she's not the only useful character in the show. Others have skills and necessary roles, too.
* AnimalMotifs:
** White Fang's emblem is a wolf, and they share their name with the book ''Literature/WhiteFang'', which is about a wolf-dog and his relationship with both the wilds of nature and with humans.
** Team CRDL as well with their names references to birds (and their team name is pronounced 'Cardinal').
* AnimationBump: Volume 2 has better, more fluid animation, and more nuanced facial expressions and colour palettes. It also helps that each episode is much longer compared to the first volume.
** The fight scenes in Volume 1 would get one in comparison to the rest of the season.
* {{Animesque}}: The animation and character design resemble anime in general. Certain visual and artistic conventions that apply to anime are therefore reproduced for this show as well. The director researched several anime while designing the series. When Crunchyroll began streaming the series, certain people began demanding the show in the "original" Japanese instead of English "dub". It has gained both Japanese and Chinese fan followings as a result.
* AnimeThemeSong: As part of its animesque nature, the show has an OP that wouldn't look out of place on anything coming out of Japan. The song is ''[[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oNtcP6EXm3s This Will Be the Day]]'' by Jeff Williams. True to form, the 2nd Volume comes with a 2nd Opening, ''[[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rpAfCxXctlY Time To Say Goodbye]]''.
* AppliedPhlebotinum: Dust is a crystal which can be triggered by [[FunctionalMagic Aura]] to cause various effects depending on the type of dust used. It is commonly formed into charges which are mechanically ignited (Hunter ammunition), but can also be manually triggered, woven into [[ClothesMakeTheSuperman clothing]], or even embedded directly into a person's body.
* ArcNumber: Four is an important recurring number. Academy teams consist of four people, each based on four main colours. There are only four Kingdoms.
* ArmorPiercingQuestion: During their first field exercise, Oobleck interrogates three out of four of the girls over why they've chosen to become hunters. For every answer given, he immediately exposes the flaw in their reasoning with a very simple question. For example, when Blake claims she wants to fight corruption, he asks 'How?', leaving her speechless. The trio are left very troubled both by the answers they've given to Oobleck and by the fact Oobleck has not asked Ruby the question at all.
* ArtEvolution:
** Ruby's rig was updated from the trailer to the show itself. Compare the 3D model of her in the premiere trailer and the series.
** [[http://static2.wikia.nocookie.net/__cb20121109093811/rwby/images/b/b1/Beowolves.png Beowolves]] also [[http://static4.wikia.nocookie.net/__cb20130818183857/rwby/images/8/84/Beowolfprofilepic.png changed]].[[note]]Later [[{{Handwaving}} handwaved]] to say that the trailer beowolves were very young and weak.]]
** [[http://tearfulfriend18.tumblr.com/post/81654806301/volume-2-is-looking-good-damn-good Volume 2]], in comparison to Volume 1. Darker, more holographic parts, more detailed extras (bystanders are not just black silhouettes anymore), and smoothed-out animation.
* ArtisticLicensePhysics: Present in a number of fights. Most noticeable in the Volume 2 opener food fight, thanks to the numerous seemingly-indestructible food items used as bludgeons - and the cans of soda that behave more like grenades.
* ArtShift:
** A news report shown in the first episode is done in hand-drawn animation.
** Comedy moments will involve cutesy artwork: Ruby turns into a chibi as she gushes over student weapons, Ruby and Yang's {{catfight}} is shown as a BigBallOfViolence and Ruby's thoughts while running through the forest being stylized as comic characters.
** Flashbacks get a 2D anime-style animation, ranging from Blake's White Fang idealism as a child to the dark, gritting forest nightmare that almost got Yang and Ruby killed as very young children.
* AscendedFanboy: Jordan Scott, creator of the RWBY game when it was still a fan project, was hired by Rooster Teeth to help develop it.
* AscendedMeme: Various fandom ships gained names based on which pair was being shipped. In Chapter 4, those ship names get acknowledged in-universe as RWBY tactics involving the relevant pairs combining their techniques and abilities when fighting Torchwick.
* AttackPatternAlpha: Team RWBY has developed special tactical manoeuvres based on the principle of CombinationAttack. Two members of the team combine their powers and fighting styles to produce special attacks. The decision on which moves to make at what point in a fight is made by the team leader, Ruby.
** "Freezer Burn" is carried out by Weiss and Yang, using snow and fire to produce a dense fog and slippery surface to make vision difficult to use on the battlefield.
** "Checkmate" is carried out by Weiss and Blake, using Weiss's glyphs to power up Blake, making her speed and whip attacks even more effective than normal.
** "Ladybug" is carried out by Ruby and Blake, using a series of dashing strikes to the mecha's legs, going back and forth between them too fast for it to focus on them, and ending with a jumping downward slash that severed one of its arms.
** "Bumblebee" is carried out by Yang and Blake, using Blake's whip to catch Yang after the mecha had knocked her away, and then whipping her around at it to build up speed for a devastating strike.
** "Ice Flower" is carried out by Ruby and Weiss, using Ruby's speed and firepower to cannonise Weiss's ice, to freeze the opponent solid with ice that settles in the shape of an ice flower.
* AuthorAppeal: Left-handedness is common because of Monty's left-handedness, and Weiss is a fencer because he had studied fencing. The show is also full of strong action women because Monty likes those kinds of characters.
* AutobotsRockOut: Most major fight scenes are accompanied by vocal rock songs:
** The fight against the Giant Nevermore in "Players and Pieces" has "[[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=euuxPokAeIA Red Like Roses part 2]]".
** The FoodFight in "Best Day Ever" [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n6nL6i5jOaY gets an instrumental metal track]] with [[OminousLatinChanting a choir of "ooh"s]] to highlight the MundaneMadeAwesome nature of the scene.
** In "Painting the Town", "[[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=asM-6lXOOUU Die]]" starts to play when Yang's CriticalStatusBuff activates.
** "[[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KIZ8lLtsQWo Caffeine]]" starts to play in the episode "Breach" during team CFVY's fight scene.
* AvengersAssemble: Team RWBY understandably do this numerously, and sometimes they wind up together out of sheer coincidence.
* BabyTalk: Weiss is reduced to this in "Field Trip" when trying to insult Ruby and Yang's corgi Zwei to his face, only to be won over by its impenetrable cuteness. Afterwards, she always talks to Zwei in this manner.
-->'''Weiss''': Are you telling me that this mangy...drooling...''mutt'' is going to wiv wif us ''foweva''? Oh, yes he ''is'', oh yes he ''is''! Oh, isn't he adorable!
* BadassFamily:
** Ruby and Yang are sisters, and either one of them can ruin your day if you get on her bad side. In episode one Ruby also mentions an uncle who taught her how to fight, just cementing this further. In season 2, it's further explained in [[spoiler: Yang's flashback]] that their parents were hunters too. [[spoiler: It's worth noting that both of their mothers were huntresses who were previously on the same team as their eventual husband and Qrow.]]
** Downplayed in Jaune's case. At least three generations of his family were warriors and heroes. Jaune himself? [[IJustWantToBeSpecial Not so much.]]
* BackToBackBadasses: All of Team RWBY in the Volume 1 opening -- they stand in a loose circle facing outward, baring weapons against the many monsters surrounding them. Actually, it appears they are ''searching'' for the enemy, who turns out to be floating above the center of the circle.
** It's also how they begin Volume 2, Episode 12 [[spoiler: facing off against a ''lot'' of Grimm]].
* BadGuyBar: The club that Yang enters in her trailer appears to be this, considering the large number of {{Mooks}} that appear when she starts making trouble (as well as Roman Torchwick talking with Junior).
* BagOfHolding: The tiny cylindrical package that Yang and Ruby receive from their father in episode 8 of season 2. At first a tiny corgi dog pops out of it. Yang then reads a note that he also packed a lot of food for the dog, and many cans of dog food pour out when she flips the container downward.
* BashBrothers: Jaune and Pyrrha show an early indication of this during the fight with the Deathstalker in Episode 8, using their similar equipment (swords and shields) in a very smoothly compatible manner.
* BackBlocking:
** In the second episode, Jaune wonders where he'll find a quirky girl to talk to. Then he walks off-camera, revealing [[ChekhovsGunman someone who turns out to be]] Pyrrha in front of the group of [[FacelessMasses silhouette characters]].
** The Volume 2 opening appears to show Ruby standing by herself á la Volume 1, but then pans to show Weiss, Blake and Yang standing alongside her.
* BattleAura: As explained by Pyrrha, every human can manifest their soul in a way that creates this, blocking attacks and [[HealingFactor healing injuries]]. Word Of God (via the director's commentary), confirms that this is why most human characters are so tough --they're using their Aura to defend against injury.
* BearsAreBadNews: The Ursa variant of Grimm are 10 to 15-foot-tall, spiky-armored bears.
* BigBallOfViolence: Ruby and Yang enter one in episode 3 while play-fighting.
* BigDamnHeroes:
** Glynda Goodwitch's introduction in Episode 1 has her block an explosive vial of Dust meant for Ruby, then try to prevent Roman's escape before Cinder Fall negates her endeavour.
** Weiss pulls this off for Ruby in Episode 8 as the latter's cape is stuck by one of the Nevermore's feather and the Deathstalker is about to sting her.
** Jaune does one in episode 14 with a little help from Pyrrha, for Cardin, the JerkJock who was bullying him earlier.
** In episode 16, [[spoiler:Penny]] singlehandedly wipes out Roman's forces after telling Ruby she's "combat ready".
** In Vol.2 Episode 11, the mysterious samurai who [[DeusExMachina literally appears from nowhere]] to save Yang from Neo as the latter is about to deliver a CoupDeGrace.
* BigEntrance: During the fight to repel the Grimm invasion in Volume 2's finale, Sun and Neptune step in with their newly acquired badges and loudly announce their intent to kick ass... [[SubvertedTrope before being drowned out]] by the even more dramatic arrival of the Atlas military, which catches nearly everyone's attention.
* {{Blackmail}}: In episode 12, Jaune reveals to Pyrrha [[spoiler:that he forged his application to Beacon, hence why he's so underwhelming compared to everyone else at that school. Unfortunately for him, Cardin's room was just below, and he happened to overhear this. He promises to be a SecretKeeper, and claims to be Jaune's friend, but tells him that while putting Jaune in a headlock. He then also asks his new "friend" to do the report that Professor Oobleck had them do]].
* TheBladeAlwaysLandsPointyEndIn:
** The knight's blade lands at a near 90 degree angle when Weiss disarms it in the White trailer, though it does fall over after a brief time.
** Pyrrha's spear lands at a similar angle in Vol.2 Episode 5 when Mercury briefly disarms her.
* BladeBrake[=/=]SwordPlant: Done by Ruby and Weiss in their trailers, as well as Adam in the Black trailer. Blake does it along with BuildingSwing in Episode 8.
* BladeRun: Weiss does this in her trailer, and given that the blade is bigger than she is, she even is able to do an UnnecessaryCombatRoll on it.
%% * BladeSpam:
%% ** Simultaneous, split-second and standard BladeSpam all get their time to shine.
%% ** [[spoiler:Penny]] in the 16th episode.
* BlankWhiteEyes:
** Ruby in Episode 4, when Ozpin drops the bomb on how the team matchmaking works.
** Ruby again in episode 8, as she is falling from the sky. She then gets intercepted by Jaune who was tossed by a Death Stalker, and then develops CirclingBirdies (actually, circling wolves) shortly afterwards. Happens to her again later as her reunion with her sister is suddenly interrupted by Nora.
** Weiss, Blake and Yang did this in episode 15, when Ruby agrees to Penny's notion that she's her friend (her teammates vehemently denied this and mimes to Ruby to reject it); they collapse to the ground afterward.
** Weiss again in episode 8 of season 2 when the girls find out the huntsman they'll be shadowing is. [[spoiler:Professor Oobleck, who doesn't seem like the typical BadAss huntsman they envisioned]].
* BloodlessCarnage: When very little blood is shown despite absurdly sharp weapons and magic-fueled firearms regularly making contact with people, either this or SwordsSetToStun is in play. InUniverse, this is {{Justified}} due to humans' Aura, which (as Jaune puts it) is like a force field. People won't take lethal hits until their Aura is depleted. This justification doesn't extend to the Grimm, however, since Aura comes from one's soul, which Grimm are stated to lack. However, the third "World of Remnant" segment about Grimm explains that Grimms' bodies tend to dissolve shortly after they're killed. In other words, any carnage inflicted on Grimm eventually becomes bloodless (and body-less, for that matter).
** The [[SwordsSetToStun Black Trailer]] and the finale of Volume 2 are guilty of this even when it should be averted--the first few robot guards Blake and Adam slice apart are shown falling to pieces, but after that, the rest just get tossed around like ragdolls as if blades weren't hitting them. In the V2 finale, not a single Grimm sheds any blood (even when torn apart by Coco) even when dealt lethal hits or ''exploded'', which is odd as we know by now that they should be in very bloody pieces. Squeezed schedule is to blame for this.
* BlownAcrossTheRoom:
** Inverted, guns are powerful enough to throw the ''shooter'' across the room and is used as a [[RecoilBoost form of locomotion]], while no one that ''gets'' shot is thrown around thanks to their Aura.
** Ruby does get knocked backward by a rocket shot from Torchwick's cane in "Black and White". She's fine though.
** Happens repeatedly during the [[MundaneMadeAwesome super-powered]] FoodFight in Vol. 2 Episode 1.
* BoobsOfSteel: Yang is very well-endowed, a bare-knuckles fighter (even if she has some help from her bracers), and seems to be the strongest of the four.
** Blake is also decently endowed and may have some edge in strength over Ruby and Weiss due to her being [[spoiler: a Faunus]], but it hasn't been confirmed one way or another yet. Yang is said to actually gain power from ''getting hit'', though, so it may be a mix of this and a ShoutOut to TheIncredibleHulk in her case.
* BossInMookClothing: Sure his mask's a little fancier than the mooks', but don't lie. You expected the White Fang Lieutenant to be a much easier fight than the others going on at the time.
* BoringButPractical: In a world where magic, guns, and blades intersect, Jaune uses... a plain old [[AncestralWeapon sword]] and a [[RetractableWeapon collapsible]] [[LuckilyMyShieldWillProtectMe shield]]/scabbard. Ruby lampshades this, saying that it's good to have a healthy respect for the classics.
* BothSidesHaveAPoint: Weiss's mistrust of the White Fang stems from her family having waged war with them for years. She's seen family, friends and board members executed. As a result, she tends to view Faunus as a White Fang recruit waiting to happen. Blake is angry with that view because it paints all Faunus with the same brush and even most White Fang members have a history of peaceful protest, since it's only recently the White Fang has become violent, in part due to the bigotry of people of like Weiss. Weiss is right about the criminal nature and violence of White Fang, while Blake is right about the mistreatment of Faunus having backed them into a corner.
* BrandX:
** Shi-nee brand toothpaste (assumed name).
** Pumpkin Pete's Marshmallow Flakes (cereal).
** Udder Satisfaction (on a carton of milk at the start of the food-fight scene).
** [[Creator/AchievementHunter People Like Grapes]] & Dr. Pipper Soda
** Gentleman's Best Friend (canned dog food)
* BreakoutCharacter:
** Torchwick was supposed to have been a one-off character for the first episode only. They liked how he came out and his voice actor's skills so much so that they made him a major part of the volume finale, as well as a major player in the group of villains in the second volume.
** Velvet was meant to be a one-off character demonstrating the challenges of being a Faunus. However the fandom response was so strong, she was turned into a recurring character with her own team.
* BrickJoke:
** [[ItMakesSenseInContext The sound sloths make.]]
** In Episode 11, Nora suggested to her team (and team RWBY) that they should break Cardin's legs for being such an ass. In Episode 12, we got this:
--->'''Pyrrha:''' ''[referring to Cardin, after he left]'' You know, I really ''will'' break his legs.
** Episode 2 of Volume 2. [[CasanovaWannabe Neptune]] introduces himself to Weiss:
--->'''Neptune:''' And I don't believe I caught your name, Snow Angel.\\
'''Weiss:''' ''[slight laugh]'' Um, I'm Weiss.\\
'''Jaune:''' ''[in background]'' Are you kidding me?!
** In Vol.2 Episode 5, Jaune tells Pyrrha that if she can't get a date to the prom, he'll go in a dress. In Episode 7, during the dance itself, he finds out Pyrrha didn't get a date... guess what he proceeds to do.
** In the first several episodes of Vol.2 several characters call Weiss "ice queen" much to her dismay. Flash foreword to the mid season boss fight and as he is retreating Torchwick who has never even met Weiss responds "ladies, ice queen [Weiss "hey"] always a pleasure".
* BrutalHonesty: Most of the teachers at Beacon thus far:
** Glynda Goodwitch's first two acts were to save Ruby when she picked a fight with Torchwick, and then call her out for being so reckless.
** Ozpin welcomes the new students to his school with a DareToBeBadass speech which basically begins as a ReasonYouSuckSpeech.
** Peter Port gives Weiss a blunt "that's absurd" when she suggests that Ozpin made a mistake in making Ruby the team leader, then points out a few of her worst traits before giving her some sound advice.
** Bartholomew Oobleck chews out Jaune and Cardin for not paying attention in class and telling them being accepted into Beacon means they're being held to a higher standard (with a hint of ObliviousGuiltSlinging since [[spoiler: Jaune got in with fake credentials]]). He also makes Weiss, Blake and Yang re-evaluate their reasons for wanting to be Huntresses.
* ByTheLightsOfTheirEyes: Pyrrha and Jaune in episode 7 after Jaune's torch goes out when he trips and falls into a puddle.
* ButtMonkey: The old man who owns From Dust 'Til Dawn has been robbed twice, and his truck has a nice dent in the front.
** Jaune can't keep up with his peers [[spoiler: because he cheated his way in]] and is always the first one knocked out of a fight. He's also the one the slapstick happens to (or at least the one it happens to first), the one who makes himself look foolish and ignorant with the most regularity (he didn't know about aura, landing strategies, using his scroll correctly in combat and a lot of other stuff the rest of the cast takes for granted), and is on the receiving end of a lot of grief from [[TheBully Cardin]] [[spoiler: who found out about his cheating and is blackmailing him into being his servant]].
* CallBack:
** The "Yellow" trailer's fight scene starts similarly to the Red trailer's. A wave of enemies closes in, Ruby/Yang leaps into the air, framed in bright light as the song lyrics reach "Yellow beauty burns gold".
** After Weiss reassures Ruby in Episode 8 that she doesn't need to prove herself to anyone, Ruby sighs and whispers "normal knees", calling back to her conversation with Yang in Episode 1.
** Jaune's fight with an Ursa has him dodging a sweeping attack by jumping, only to get punched out of the air right afterwards. Just like Weiss in the White Trailer.
** Penny has some similarities to Ruby when it comes to making friends. She even mentions "going shopping, and painting our nails, and talking about cute boys" like Weiss did sarcastically in Episode 3, and Ruby took at face value. [[LampshadeHanging Ruby herself lampshades this.]]
---> '''Ruby:''' Was this what it was like when you met me?\\
'''Weiss:''' No. [[ComicallyMissingThePoint She seems far more coordinated.]]
** During Weiss' list of White Fang's crimes against her family, she mentions 'an entire train car full of Dust, stolen.' Guess what happened during the Black trailer?
** Volume 2 starts with the man whose Dust shop was robbed in Volume 1 re-opening for business. [[spoiler:[[ButtMonkey And then he gets robbed]] ''[[ButtMonkey again]]''.]]
** While Mercury and Emerald are walking toward Tukson's, one of the establishments they pass has the dance club music from the Yellow Trailer playing.
** In Vol. 2 Episode 1, Nora sings "I'm queen of the castle" again during the FoodFight.
** Just before the food fight kicks off in earnest, Ruby is holding a carton of milk. She still hasn't grown up much.
** 'Welcome to Beacon' has [[CasanovaWannabe Neptune]] introducing himself to Weiss by calling her "Snow Angel". He's ''much'' more successful than [[ButtMonkey Jaune]] was. The episode also has Weiss making a comment about Yang busting up a club (referencing the Yellow Trailer).
** When Yang enters the club again, (amidst henchmen screaming "She's coming back!" in fear) she struts through the doors as a remix of 'Red Like Roses' plays in the background, just like she did in the 'Yellow' Trailer.
** Interactions between Sun and Blake outside of Beacon:
--->'''Sun:''' I knew you looked better without the bow. [=(S1E15)=]\\
'''Blake:''' I knew you would look better in a tie. [=(S2E6)=]
** Nora wears a t-shirt with "Boop" written on it.
** When Yang returns to the club in Volume 2, the song playing in the background is the same, and starts skipping as the DJ hides.
** In "No Brakes", Weiss faces down another tall enemy with an accordingly gigantic bladed weapon, like in the White trailer. Blake also attempts to decouple a pair of train cars with her blade, as she did in the Black trailer, but this time, the cars separate on their own before she brings her sword down.
** In ''Forever Fall Pt.2'', Jaune defeated a huge Ursa with Pyrrha's assistance. Come the Vol.2 finale, Jaune faces another huge Ursa (in fact, a ''bigger'' one than before!) This time, [[TookALevelInBadass he defeats it all by himself]].
** Nora using her hammer to propel herself across long distances (first shown in Volume one Episode eight to launch across a broken bridge) returns in the Volume two finale for the final fight.
* CasanovaWannabe: Jaune and his attempts to hit on Weiss.
** Neptune could be considered as such, since he hits on anything with a skirt and is only successful with one person.
* CastHerd: Becomes evident part-way through volume 1, but the opening for volume two establishes the herds pretty firmly.
** Team RWBY - Pronounced 'Ruby' (Ruby, Weiss, Blake, Yang)
** Team JNPR Pronounced 'Juniper' (Jaune, Nora, Pyrrha, Ren)
** Team CRDL Pronounced 'Cardinal' (Cardin, Russel, Dove, Lark)
** Team CFVY Pronounced 'Coffee' (Coco, Fox, Velvet, Yatsuhashi)
** The Beacon Academy staff (Ozpin, Glynda, Port, Oobleck)
** Team SSSN Pronounced 'Sun" (Sun, Scarlet, Sage and Neptune) ((Confirmed on the RWBY Podcast)
** The villains (Cinder, Mercury, Emerald, Roman, Junior, the Malachite sisters)
* CataclysmBackstory: The emergence of the Grimm.
* CatNinja: Blake Belladonna has a cat AnimalMotif [[spoiler:and is secretly a cat [[LittleBitBeastly Faunus]]]] who fights much like a ninja, with a kusarigama-esque weapon, sneaky & fast movements and being able to create body doubles of herself.
* CapeSnag: Ruby gets pinned to the ground by her cape in episode 8. Only Weiss's intervention saves her life. Somehow averted every time Ruby spins her fully-extended scythe behind her back.
* CaptainObviousReveal: [[invoked]]
** InternalReveal version: Blake is [[spoiler:a Faunus]].
--->'''Yang''': Wait, how did you know that?\\
'''Penny''': Uh, the [[spoiler:cat ears]]?\\
'''Yang''': ''What'' [[spoiler:cat ears]]? She wears a... [[ExplainExplainOhCrap bow...]]
** The reveal that Penny [[spoiler:is a robot]], which was already pretty obvious from her fight against Torchwick's Airjets.
* CasualDangerDialog: The mook at From Dust Till Dawn should have seen it coming.
-->'''Ruby''': Are you... robbing me?
* CatapultToGlory: The plan to defeat the Nevermore revolves around loading Ruby into an oversized slingshot (close enough to a ballista) made from Yang and Blake holding Gambol Shroud's ribbon and two pillars, and Weiss launching Ruby at the Nevermore's neck.
* CatSmile: Ruby briefly sports one in Episode 5.
* TheCavalry: In Vol.2's finale, an isolated Team RWBY are thoroughly outnumbered by Grimm, and Yang goes down quickly. Then they're joined by, in order: Team JNPR; the Atlesian military; Zwei; Team CFVY; Professor Port and Professor Oobleck; and finally, a supremely pissed Glynda Goodwitch. Asskickery ensues. Cinder's group also [[VillainousRescue helps]] stave off a few Grimm and (apparently) capture Torchwick.
* CelShading: The show's art style is, beside Anime, reminiscent to this.
* ChainsawGood: The Chainsword used by the White Fang Lieutenant, complete with SwordDrag in its introduction.
* TheChainsOfCommanding: Ozpin warns Ruby that the position of team leader is both a badge of honor and a terrible burden. Naturally, the title of the episode is "The Badge and the Burden".
* ChangedMyMindKid: An abbreviated version in Episode 5; Weiss turns away and walks off upon finding out that Ruby is her partner, sees that the alternative is Jaune, walks back and drags Ruby off, all within the space of 25 seconds.
--> '''Weiss:''' By ''no'' means does this make us friends. ''[drags Ruby by her hood]''\\
'''Ruby:''' [[{{Squee}} You came back!]]
* CharacterBlog: [[https://twitter.com/RT_WeissSchnee Weiss]], [[https://twitter.com/RT_YangXiaoLong Yang]] and [[https://twitter.com/RT_RubyRose Ruby]] have Twitter accounts.
* CharlesAtlasSuperpower: Aura is possessed by all living things, except monsters because they have no souls.
* ChekhovsSkill:
** The commentary has Monty reveal that launching the students into the forest was done specifically to introduce the concept of 'Landing Strategies', and implied that this will be important in Volume 2, something strongly implied by that volume's opening sequence.
** In Volume 1, during Oobleck's class, it's established that most faunus are able to see in the dark. It's handy when Blake and Sun infiltrate a White Fang recruitment meeting in Volume 2 and are spotted by Roman.
--->'''Sun''': He sees us...\\
'''Blake''': ''[spots fusebox above her head]'' He can't see in the dark. ''[shoots fusebox]''
** Combined with ChekhovsGag, remember those rocket-propelled launchers? Where they store their weapons during moments where they won't be needing them? Turns out they can call the lockers to the user's location, giving them access to their weapons at a near-moment's notice - Ruby does just that when she sees an unconscious guard outside the dance hall, [[GenreSavvy and gets suspicious.]]
** The ability to weave Dust into clothing was [[AllThereInTheManual revealed during the first "World of Remnant" episode]], then actually demonstrated by [[spoiler:Cinder]] during Vol.2 Episode 7.
* ChessMotifs:
** The relics Ozpin picks for the test take the form of large chess pieces in matching pairs of white (which are actually gold-coloured) and black. Team RWBY took the White Knight, Team JNPR took the White Rook, and Team CRDL took the Black Bishop.
** At the end of Episode 16 [[spoiler: Qrow sends Ozpin the cryptic message "QUEEN HAS PAWNS"]]. TheStinger might imply this as an allusion to [[spoiler:Cinder Fall and Roman Torchwick]].
** In Volume 2, Chapter 7, [[spoiler:Cinder plants a virus with a queen chess piece symbol in the communication tower computers]].
* ChewOutFakeOut: In Vol.2 Episode 9, after finding out Ruby brought [[TeamPet Zwei]] with her on their mission, it seems as though Dr. Oobleck is about to read her the riot act... only for him to praise her as a genius, pointing out that they can use the dog's heightened canine senses to assist them in their tracking efforts.
* ColorCodedCharacters:
** The four main characters have theme colors, which lead to the acronym title. "Ruby" the character has a red theme; as her name means "white snow" in German, it should come as no surprise that "Weiss" has a white theme; "Blake" has a black theme, and "Yang" is named after what basically amounts to the golden sun.
** And then there's the second set of characters, colored yellow, pink, red and bluish black.
** This is actually a plot point - in defiance of fascist governments 80 years before the story starts, it became a tradition for some families to name their children after various colors to represent their artistic freedom and individualism.
** Then there's the pins, which include a couple of pink emblems.
* ColourfulThemeNaming: ''Field Trip'' reveals that 80 years before the series begins, there was a great war where even artistic self-expression was at stake. In memory and defiance of this, people have ever since named their children after colours, a core concept of art. All characters in the show are colour-themed, as are their team names. The [[https://twitter.com/montyoum/status/406894139746172928/photo/1/large sole exception]], for unrevealed reasons, is Professor [[OddNameOut Ozpin]]. Examples include Ruby being red-themed, Weiss being white-themed, Blake being black-themed (her name is an Old English word for a dark-haired person), and Yang being named after a Chinese word for light and the sun.
* CombatStilettos:
** Melanie and Militia both wear extremely high heels. Judging by the narrow stances they use and the short steps they take, the animation team actually considered just how uncomfortable and constricting they would be.
** Cinder Fall wears very high heels. Then again, her combat style doesn't involve a lot of jumping and kicking, so she can get away with it more easily. [[spoiler:As of Volume 2, Chapter 7, she can run ninja-style over rooftops and fight a [[SheFu very physical, acrobatic up close and personal style]], all while wearing [[ThighhighBoots thigh high, high-heeled boots.]]]]
** Weiss also wears heels, though not quite as high. In Vol.2 Episode 6, while dressed for the dance, Ruby wonders aloud how Weiss can even fight while wearing them.
* CombinationAttack: In episode 8, how Team RWBY and (to a lesser extent) Team JNPR each take out their respective Grimms. By season 2, team RWBY specializes in combination attacks, and can do them on Ruby's command.
* ConservationOfNinjutsu: Can be relied upon almost as much as gravity. Hordes of {{Mooks}} fall like bowling pins (sometimes literally), but any time a hero is fighting a single opponent, watch out.
** Almost comically proven by the lone ChainsawGood mook [[spoiler:who nearly kills Weiss on the train at the end of Volume 2]].
* ContinuityNod: In episode 15, Weiss mentions that an entire train of her family's Dust shipments was stolen by the White Fang. Presumably, this is the same as the one [[spoiler:Blake robbed in her trailer]]. This is also evidenced by [[spoiler:the [[FreezeFrameBonus Schnee logo]] visible on some of the crates in the Black trailer]].
* ContrivedCoincidence: In episode 8, Ruby and Jaune bump into each other -- in ''mid-air'', and from vastly different trajectories.
* CorruptCorporateExecutive: The Schnee Dust Company doesn't have a very good reputation, and is described as being known for both its production of Dust as well as its exploited laborers and shady business practices.
* CoolAirship: Beacon has several. General Ironwood commands a whole fleet of them.
* CoolTrain: The train that Blake and Adam board in the Black trailer is so wide that it runs on two parallel sets of tracks.
* CurbStompBattle:
** Ruby delivers one in the first episode against Roman's thugs until Cinder shows up.
** The students generally deliver these during their expedition into the woods. Although the Death Stalker and Nevermore had the initial advantage, those two are eventually on the receiving end as well.
** Jaune suffers from one in episode 11 from Cardin. He later delivers one to an Ursa in the finale of season 2, slaughtering it in 5 seconds without taking a single hit, albeit looking a little bit clumsy while doing it.
** Penny delivers one to Roman Torchwick and [[spoiler: the White Fang minions]] in episode 16 [[BerserkButton after Torchwick hits Ruby]]. She more or less single-handedly ends the fight and forces Torchwick and [[spoiler: the White Fang]] to flee.
** Pyrrha in Vol.2 Episode 5 against the entirety of team CRDL.
** In Vol.2 Episode 11, Neo wipes the floor with Yang who can't even get a hit in.
** Blake delivers one to Torchwick, and the only reason she didn't kill him was to help Weiss, who had been defeated by a White Fang MookLieutenant.
** Coco blasts through a Death Stalker ''and'' '''three''' Nevermore -- both of which took Teams JNPR and RWBY respectively an arduous battle to defeat -- ''all by herself''.
* CurseCutShort:
** Weiss after Ruby abandons her on the Nevermore.
--->'''Weiss:''': Oh, you ''insufferable'' little red--
** Roman after [[spoiler:Blake]] sneaks up behind him.
--->'''Roman:''' Oh, for f--
** Goodwitch arguing with Ironwood.
--->'''Goodwitch:''' Why must [[YourAnswerToEverything your answer to everything]] involve a triumphant display of military bravado!? You treat every situation like it's a [[CompensatingForSomething contest of measuring di]]--\\
'''Ozpin:''' Glynda!\\
'''Goodwitch:''' Well, he does.
* CreatureHunterOrganization: Signal, Beacon and the rest are this, since they train people exclusively to fight the Grimm.
* CutenessProximity: Ruby and Yang's father sends them a tiny corgi dog in the mail. While Blake is understandably a little hesitant to welcome it, Weiss is afflicted by this trope when the dog looks at her. Her initial reluctance gradually changes into one of {{Squee}} as the doggy looks at her.
* DarkerAndEdgier: Although deaths have been mentioned in dialogue in prior episodes, Volume 2 ''starts'' with an (offscreen for the actual act) assassination.
** The second season's finale is this too. Unlike just the few Schmucks in the [=VTOLs=], a lot o civilians and mooks are not making it out of the fight.
* DarkIsEvil: Naturally, the [[EvilWearsBlack black-furred]] [[NamesToRunAwayFromReallyFast Grimm]] are [[AlwaysChaoticEvil quite evil]].
* DarkIsNotEvil:
** Ruby's red and black colour scheme and SinisterScythe are pretty typical of villains, but she's a nice PerkyGoth.
** Blake's [[ColorCodedCharacters signature colour]] is black, but she's nice when she isn't worried about the White Fang and cares a lot about protecting humanity.
** Glynda Goodwitch wears black and [[PurpleIsTheNewBlack purple]], but her name is more indicative of her allegiance.
* TheDarknessGazesBack: Implemented in Yang's personal flashback monologue to Blake in "Burning the Candle", where her younger self takes young Ruby and travels to a remote hut in the woods. When the viewers look into the hut, [[RedEyesTakeWarning the red and glaring eyes of Grimm start appearing...]]
* DarkReprise:
** The tune is the same, but the second verse lyrics of the Opening's "This Will Be The Day" are considerably darker.
** As are the lyrics for ''[[http://rwby.wikia.com/wiki/RWBY_Soundtrack/Red_Like_Roses_Part_II Red Like Roses Part II]]''.
---> ''"[[spoiler: [[WhamLine It's your blood that's red like roses]].]]"''
** A PlayedForLaughs version, in Vol. 2 Episode 1 Nora gives an EvilLaugh before singing "I'm queen of the castle" again, but filtered to sound more sinister, if it wasn't [[CloudCuckooLander Nora]] singing it.
* DarkSecret: Seems to be a requirement for coming to Beacon.
** [[spoiler:Jaune]] forged his transcripts into Beacon.
** [[spoiler:Blake]] is a Faunus and was part of the White Fang.
* DecapitationRequired: Not entirely a requirement so much as a way of upholding the RuleOfCool.
** The Nevermore that Ruby's team fights in episode 8. None of their other attacks seemed to be affecting it much, so she launches a CrazyEnoughToWork plan: Yang literally feeds it 4-5 shells from her "guntlets" to stun it into the side of the cliff, Weiss freezes it in place, Blake utilizes her whip as a slingshot, and using Weiss's magic, Ruby slings into it, then runs up the cliff with the crow's head in the crook of her scythe, firing shots into its skull as she goes before finally taking its head off at the top and stopping it for good. Ruby even strikes a pose after she lands just to further emphasize that RuleOfCool is what this show runs on.
** [[spoiler:Jaune]] beheads an Ursa in episode 14, saving Cardin in the process.
* DebutQueue: The first half of Volume 1 introduces the various LoadsAndLoadsOfCharacters in the show and gives them all a small introduction to their characterization, such as Blake with her love of books.
* {{Defictionalisation}}: Ruby's rose pyjama pants are now available in the RoosterTeeth store. Nora's 'Boop' shirt is also available, though it was there before volume 2 started (in male styles only).
* DetonationMoon: The Remnant night sky has a damaged-looking moon.
* {{Deuteragonist}}: It looks like Jaune, Pyrrha, Nora, and Ren will be the deuteragonists of the series, compared to the protagonists of Ruby, Weiss, Blake, and Yang. Or, if you want to be more specific, Ruby and Jaune (leaders of their respective teams).
* DoppelgangerAttack: Sun is capable of creating yellow clones of himself that explode on impact.
* DoppelgangerSpin: Blake's Semblance lets her create clones of herself that disappear when hit. It seems that she can only create one at a time, however.
* DramaticGunCock[=/=]DescriptionPorn: Ruby does this while showing off Crescent Rose to Jaune.
-->'''Jaune:''' Whoa! Is that a scythe?\\
'''Ruby:''' It's also a customizable high-impact sniper rifle.\\
'''Jaune:''' A what?\\
'''Ruby:''' ''[cocks her weapon]'' It's also a gun.
* DramaticWind: Played with a lot, but used especially for Ruby and her red cloak, even when she's indoors.
* DrivenToSuicide: Unusually, [[DiscussedTrope discussed]] in Episode 12 when Pyrrha brings Jaune up to the roof of Beacon to talk. Jaune sees the railless rooftop and comes to completely the wrong conclusion: "I'm not ''that'' depressed!" Hearing this response, Pyrrha is initially confused, but the moment she figures it out, [[OhCrap she's appropriately horrified and pulls him away from the edge.]] [[SuicideAsComedy It's played for laughs]].
* DropTheHammer: Nora's weapon, in addition to being a grenade launcher that fires rounds with a pink heart on them, also has the ability to turn into a hammer that packs an explosive punch. Accordingly, she also uses it for the occasional RocketJump.
* DullSurprise: From Vol. 2 Episode 3:
--> [[spoiler:'''Penny''': I'm not...a real girl.]]\\
'''Ruby:''' [''[[{{Beat}} beat]]''] Oh.
* DysfunctionJunction: Given all the people who have some DarkSecret, especially [[spoiler:Jaune and Blake]], it's almost certainly this.
** As of season 2, we learn that the entirety of Team RWBY has some burden to bear. Ruby and Yang [[spoiler:both have [[MissingMom missing mothers]]]], Weiss feels [[spoiler: she has to redeem her family's name]] and Blake has to [[spoiler:[[TheAtoner atone for her time in the White Fang]]]].
* EarlyBirdCameo: The 2nd AnimeThemeSong teases several new characters, including Velvet and Sun both being a part of full 4-Man Teams, along with whatever group Penny belongs to.
* EdibleAmmunition[=/=]EdibleBludgeon: Vol. 2 Episode 1's FoodFight has Team RWBY and Team JNPR using breadsticks, leeks, turkeys, watermelons, soda cans, etc. against each other.
* EgocentricTeamNaming: Downplayed; RWBY obviously sounds like its leader Ruby, but she didn't get to name the team that way -- Ozpin did. Same goes for Cardin and his "Cardinal." Meanwhile, Jaune's team is given the not-very-indicative name "Juniper", and so is Velvet's team "Coffee".
* EnemyMine: The White Fang is working with [[spoiler: Torchwick]], despite [[spoiler: Blake (a former member)]] finding the concept of them willingly working with humans (especially [[FantasticRacism that one]]) to be unthinkable. The feeling is mutual, since the aforementioned person has open disdain for Faunus and only works with them because [[GenderNeutralWriting they]] need the manpower. What they are hoping to accomplish is still unknown.
* EnhancedArchaicWeapon: Almost every weapon in the series is some form of this (e.g. in the main cast Ruby, Blake, Yang, Pyrrha and Nora's weapons are all capable of using their firearm modes to increase the damage of their melee strikes in some way[[note]]Ruby and Yang's essentially shoot enemies point blank, Pyrrha and Nora's use a blast to propel their weapons and Blake essentially uses the shots from the pistol portion of her weapon to "steer" it.[[/note]] and Weiss's can channel Dust). The only real exceptions in the main cast are Ren (who just uses machine pistols with blades) and Jaune's no-frills-attached sword (although his shield's at least collapsible).
* EpicTrackingShot: Episode 2 of Volume 2 opens with a shot that goes from the skydocks at Beacon across the academy and up through the clouds to Ozpin's office at the top of the tallest tower.
* EveryoneIsASuper: At the end of Volume 2 most of the evidence seems to point towards the fact that everyone has Aura and can have it unlocked by an active Aura user and most do so. Remnant is a DeathWorld after all. But, like in the real world, not everyone trains themselves to the bone to become a killing machine that would make most, but not all, [[Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer Slayers]] go green with envy and, most importantly, the majority of people on Remnant are neither adrenaline junkies or just plain nuts, which is an actual requirement to become a Huntrer trainee. The Beacon Academy Initiation is proof of that.
* ExactWords: Ruby pulls this on Dr. Oobleck in "Search and Destroy". When he reprimands her for disobeying his instructions to leave all bags back at Beacon, she retaliates by saying that he never gave the instruction for them to listen to him.
-->'''Oobleck (to self)''': She's not wrong..
* ExoticWeaponSupremacy: Most characters of note use some form of multi-purpose SwissArmyWeapon, and wildly improbable ones at that. The fight sequences are practically over-the-top exotic improbable weapon porn. Which is not to say that they don't look pretty damn awesome.
* ExtranormalInstitute: Beacon. Possibly Signal, if the fact that Ruby made Crescent Rose herself and learned how to fight with it while studying there is any indication.
* TheExtremistWasRight: Played with. [[spoiler: According to Blake, White Fang's [[YourTerroristsAreOurFreedomFighters new direction]] actually caused Faunus to be treated as equals... but out of fear, not respect]]. In addition, [[spoiler:Weiss turns out to be right in accusing the White Fang of the recent Dust thefts, but only to the extent that they're actually just hired muscle]].
* EvilLaugh: While inside a holding cell, Torchwick gives a sinister chuckle [[TheFourthWallWillNotProtectYou directly to the camera]] in "Breach".
* EvolvingCredits:
** The endings show silhouettes of various characters each episode, usually whoever was most prominent that episode, or sometimes whoever was seen last before the credits roll.
** Volume 2's feature fan art of the characters.
* EyeCam:
** Episode 4 starts with Ren waking up in this perspective, greeted by Nora.
** In "No Brakes", after being knocked unconscious, Yang comes to as the camera switches to first-person, where we see Yang blinking and disoriented as she watches the Samurai exit via portal.
* {{Eyedscreen}}: Almost constantly during the initial Grimm encounter in Vol.2 Episode 9.
* EverythingIsAnIpodInTheFuture: The scrolls, which are collapsible, holographic tablets that not only allow users to access the Aura percentage of themselves and their teammates, but also allows them to stream video from cameras as well as send and receive calls.
* EyeScream: One of the giant snakes that attacks Ren gets one of its own fangs shoved through its eye.
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[[folder: Tropes F-M]]
* FacelessMasses: In Volume 1, characters in the background simply appear as black silhouettes. Averted in Volume 2, however.
* FacePalm
** Pyrrha does this in episode 12, when she [[MimingTheCues tries to act out the answer to the teacher's question for Jaune]] and he gets it wrong.
** In the beginning of Volume 2, Ren when Nora [[spoiler:pies Weiss, kicking off the FoodFight]].
** Weiss on at least two separate occasions during Vol.2 Episode 5, when [[CasanovaWannabe Jaune tries to serenade her]].
** After Oobleck praises Ruby for bringing Zwei with her on their mission:
--->'''Ruby''': ''(proudly)'' I'm a genius.\\
''[Weiss and Yang both facepalm]''
* FairytaleMotifs:
** The four main characters' designs, overall themes, and the trailers that introduce them all reference fairy tales: Ruby is Literature/LittleRedRidingHood, Weiss is Literature/SnowWhite, and Blake's relationship with Adam mirrors Literature/BeautyAndTheBeast. Yang's trailer has more than one motif: she [[Literature/{{Cinderella}} enters a club she wasn't invited to after arriving on an orange (pumpkin-colored) motorcycle]], [[Literature/{{Goldilocks}} she has blonde hair, speaks to a guy named "Junior" and fights the DJ of the club, who wears a bear mask]], and the white- and red-clad twin girls she also fights may be an allusion to a lesser-known fairy tale, ''Literature/SnowWhiteAndRoseRed''. However, Yang herself was eventually confirmed to be based on Literature/{{Goldilocks}}. There may also be some shades of Rapunzel, given that she has longer hair than most of the cast, and that she's very sensitive about that feature of hers.
** Monty says the character designs reference fairy tales and mythology (among other things), but they have no interest in retelling any fairy tales and would rather tell their own story. He cites concepts such as Stein and Medusa from ''Manga/SoulEater'', who are loosely based on classical/mythological characters.
** All of Team JNPR are themed based on [[GenderFlip gender-flipped]] historical/mythological characters who crossdressed: JoanOfArc (Jaune), [[Myth/GreekMythology Achilles]] (Pyrrha), [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hua_Mulan Mulan]] (Ren), and [[Myth/NorseMythology Thor]] (Nora).
* FamousAncestor: A classic example of a subversion. Jaune's great-great grandfather is implied to be a war hero, yet out of the known cast, Jaune seems to be the least suited to be a warrior, having none of the training, instincts or knowledge of his peers.
* FantasticGhetto: According to Professor Oobleck's lecture, Faunus used to be confined to the city of Menagerie. Their aversion to the idea triggered the Faunus War.
* FantasticRacism:
** LittleBitBeastly characters, referred to as "Faunus" have Civil Rights protests with signs saying that they are not animals. Also, in the past there was a civil war known as the 'Faunus Uprising', and they used to be [[FantasticGhetto concentrated to the city of Menagerie]].
** Shown in Episode 11 when Team CRDL bully Velvet (a rabbit faunus) in the cafeteria. Yang comments that it must be hard being a faunus, as nobody defends her. In fact, Team CRDL as a whole seems to be made of Fantastic Racists. Russel calls Velvet a "freak" for her ears, and Cardin says that the reason they had victories in their war was due to [[WhatMeasureIsANonHuman animals being easier to train than humans]], despite the fact that Velvet is right there in the class. Blake and Pyrrha call him out for this one. [[spoiler: Blake herself]] is a cat Faunus.
** Episode 15: Weiss considers the Faunus of the White Fang to be nothing more than terrorists, with a history of violence and war between them and her family's business to back it up. While she never goes so far as to call all Faunus bad, she admits to not trusting them.
** On the other side, some Faunus are part of a terrorist-style group whose members seem really eager to wipe out humans[=/=]end human rule.
* FantasyWorldMap: The world of Remnant.
* FastballSpecial:
** In Episode 8, Pyrrha flings Nora into the air with her shield. The push upward is [[RocketJump assisted by Nora's rocket hammer]], [[DropTheHammer and so is her descent]] towards the stinger embedded on the Death Stalker's head.
** Which is followed by Team RWBY taking [[UpToEleven it even further]], using Blake's Gambol Shroud and Weiss's [[GravityMaster Gravity Manipulation]] as a slingshot to launch Ruby at the Giant Nevermore.
** In Vol.2 Episode 11, Oobleck uses his thermos/flamethrower/bludgeon hybrid to launch Zwei and destroy a White Fang mech.
* FireForgedFriends: With the exception of Ruby and Yang, nobody in Team RWBY seemed particularly thrilled at the prospect of working with each other. They start to become a cohesive team after their trial-by-fire in the Emerald Woods, though tension between Weiss and Blake persists until the end of volume 1.
* FlashStep:
** Blake seems to use this as part of her fighting style. Watch her fight against [[spoiler:Roman Torchwick]] in Vol.1 Episode 16; the "shadow" she leaves behind suggests this trope.
** A slight variation of this happens in Vol.2 Episode 8. After Ruby tells Professor Ozpin, Glynda, and General Ironwood about details she saw in the previous episode while fighting an intruder, the Professor tells her to be discreet about explaining the situation. After returning to her room, Weiss, Yang, and Blake are standing on the far side of the room, and all three nearly instantaneously pop up in front of her with a whoosh sound to ask her what happened.
* FloralThemeNaming: The Crescent Rose; the Myrtenaster, German for the Myrtle flower family (primarily white flowers that also come in other colours), Ember Celica (Celica is another name for the common bellpepper), and Blake's last name, "Belladonna", the alternate name for either the ''Amaryllis belladonna'' flower or the toxic plant ''Atropa belladonna'' AKA Deadly Nightshade.
* {{Flynning}}: In Vol.2 Episode 5, Pyrrha's and Jaune's "training" amounts to striking and attacking their swords. However, this trope is [[DownplayedTrope Downplayed]] as Pyrrha goes for a leg sweep at the end of the fight.
* FoodFight: A ''literal'' food fight breaks out between Team RWBY and Team JNPR in the first episode of Volume 2. [[MundaneMadeAwesome And it was epic.]]
* ForceAndFinesse: Ruby and Weiss are the most prominent example, but all the pairs in RWBY and JNPR are this -- including Jaune and Pyrrha; since Jaune doesn't have a definite fighting style, Jaune is the brute force, oftentimes simply throwing himself at the opponent again and again, as seen in his fights against Cardin and the Ursa. Pyrrha is the finesse in this pair, having the training and coordination to carefully direct her strikes and defenses, [[spoiler:or, thanks to her Semblance, the defenses of others.]]
* ForcedPerspective: After Ruby cuts down a tree in frustration, a feather floats down in front of the camera. It looks like it's close to the camera, but then it lands, ''covering'' the tree she just cut down. [[spoiler:Turns out to be {{foreshadowing}} for the Nevermore which appears in the next episode]]. Played with slightly in that [[spoiler: the Nevermore ''does'' look to be as huge as its feathers would imply -- in fact, the feather that appeared first was ''smaller'' than the ones it threw at Ruby]].
* ForegoneConclusion: Episode 4 makes a big deal out of the idea of teams, and builds up suspense for who will be paired with whom... or, rather, it would, if the [[TrailersAlwaysSpoil trailers]] and [[SpoilerOpening intro]] hadn't already spelled out who's going to be on what team.
* {{Foreshadowing}}:
** Ruby's trailer is primarily a 'White' setting, while Weiss' trailer is primarily 'Black'. Blake's trailer is predominantly black and red as per Adam's colour-scheme. However, her eyes are yellow, and her trailer ends with the camera zooming away from her as she turns into silhouette and disappears. Yang's first proper appearance in the Yang trailer is the exact opposite of Blake's ending - the camera zooms in on her approaching silhouette that transforms into full detail. Her setting rotates through all four colours in relation to which character the song is about.
** Listen closely when Pyrrha pins Jaune to the lockers. When she pulls her spear back, you can hear a magnetic hum.
** Jaune is obviously behind the others from the outset. He didn't design his weapons, which are low-tech family heirlooms. Glynda confirms it by voicing her fears that Jaune's application transcript does not match the reality of his abilities, which are too low for Beacon's entry requirements. [[spoiler:He faked his transcripts. He has no combat history at all]].
** Blake's trailer has Adam and Blake raiding a train full of Dust sporting the Schnee logo, setting up the show's plot of the Schnee corporation's monopoly on Dust mining and sales, the Dust-theft and hoarding by White Fang faunus, and the direct history of violence between the Schnee and White Fang organisations. Events regarded by the villains as "Phase 1" of their end-game.
** In Blake's trailer, she and Adam discuss humans as if they're excluded from that race. She is critical of Schnee labour practices. She gets offended when Faunus are insulted or bullied, her ear-shaped hair bow twitches subtlety twitch like cat ears. She knows a lot about historical faunus/human conflict. She's confirmed to be a White Fang cat-faunus during an argument with the anti-White Fang Weiss.
** Weiss and Blake's argument about who is responsible for all the dust-thefts in Vale centres on whether it's Roman Torchwick or White Fang. [[spoiler:It's both, Roman and the White Fang are working together]].
** When the teams were launched into the forest, Blake was conspicuously absent. Since that entire sequence was about showing off everyone's abilities, the audience was confused as to why we didn't get to see her landing strategy. [[spoiler:As it turns out, this was because it was a spoiler: She landed on all fours. Y'know, like a cat]].
** Adam is mentioned a few times throughout Volume 2; Blake is drawing a sketch of him in "Best Day Ever", and in "Mountain Glenn" she talks about him and how she [[spoiler:left the White Fang]] after seeing how evil he had become. These all lead up to [[spoiler:his eventual return and apparent collusion with the villains in the final episode]].
* FourTemperamentEnsemble:
** Ruby is Phlegmatic. Yang is Sanguine. Weiss is Choleric. Blake is Melancholic
* FreezeFrameBonus:
** Torchwick is shown talking to Junior at the beginning of the Yellow trailer.
** If you look closely at the Grimm Snakes Ren fights, the black one has a patch of white in the center and the white has a black patch in the center. Together, they make the Taoist symbol.
** A cave drawing of [[{{Foreshadowing}} a scorpion fighting stick men]] is on the wall on either side of the hole Jaune and Pyrra enter to find the temple and rouse the Deathstalker.
** Blake's bow [[http://24.media.tumblr.com/29df3374db2bc89c72afbf5d97431f52/tumblr_msog32fQB21s7vfd5o1_400.gif twitches]] slightly when she sees Ruby fall from the sky. [[spoiler: Because, underneath the bow, she has cat ears.]]
** Nora's grenades have hearts on the front of them.
** In Episode 9, the names of the all the Grimm creatures are shown on the wall of the classroom. Aside from the ones named in series and by Word Of God, the revealed names were the King Taijitu for the snakes, and Boarbatusk for a boar. If you pause on the part where Blake accidentally spills her stuff on the floor, you'll notice she has "Shi-nee" toothpaste.
** In Episode 12, if you pause the video on the zoomed out shot of Jaune and Pyrrha on the roof, you can see [[spoiler:Cardin Winchester]] eavesdropping on their conversation in a window below them.
** When Jaune turns on Cardin and throws the sap at him, Lark used Dove as a human shield. You can see Dove shrug him off behind Cardin.
** In Episode 16, when [[spoiler:Penny cuts the Bullheads in half with lazer beams]], the [=RWBYsaurus=] can '''very''' briefly be seen falling along with the others. It's visible for about a quarter of a second during a very GunPorn-esque scene, and it wasn't discovered until four months later, '''after''' Monty made a tweet saying that no one noticed it yet. Also, Penny's swords aren't swords in that scene.
** In the warehouse in Vol.2 Episode 1, when Roman grouphugs Mercury and Emerald, you can see Roman and Emerald's hands brushing past each other's pockets. Roman's hand sweeps past Emerald's back pocket for the paper, while Emerald's sweeps past Roman's left jacket pocket for his lighter. Bonus points for both of them reaching for the place they thought they had their item in.
** Earlier in the episode, Ruby really did appropriate Weiss's Vytal Festival activities binder for her own "Best Day Ever" plans.
** In Vol.2 Episode 3, the boxes that Ruby knocks over while chasing Penny are labeled "[[http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/breakable_things_1274.png Breakable Things]]". Also, pay close attention during Ruby and Penny's conversation at the CCT and you'll see [[https://fbcdn-sphotos-g-a.akamaihd.net/hphotos-ak-xpa1/t31.0-8/10452997_587047311406031_1955135873451296613_o.jpg Cardin Winchester walking past in the background]].
** In Vol.2 Episode 7, Neptune admits that he can't dance; during the montage at the end, you can briefly see Neptune dancing, and it's true: he can't.
* FreudianExcuse: When [[WhatTheHellHero called out]] on her FantasticRacism against Faunus, Weiss explains that the terrorist group [[KnightTemplar White Fang]] has targeted her company, and by extension her family, ever since she was a little girl. Aside from seeing close family friends "disappear", the constant attacks on her father's company left him enraged at home, which, in her own words, "[[AbusiveParents made for a]] [[PunctuatedForEmphasis very...difficult...childhood."]]
* FreudianSlip: When arguing with Weiss about the nature of the White Fang and faunus in general, [[spoiler:Blake]] accidentally uses 'we,' revealing [[spoiler:her nature as a faunus with some form of involvement with the questionable organization]].
* FunWithAcronyms: The team names, which are apparently officially given by Ozpin upon completion of the initiation phase:
** RWBY (pronounced "Ruby" [[note]] in Middle English and Modern Welsh use 'w' as a vowel and makes an 'oo' sound [[/note]]) stands for Ruby, Weiss, Blake and Yang. It conveniently covers their colour schemes, too (Red, White, Black, Yellow).
** JNPR (pronounced "Juniper") stands for Jaune, Nora, Pyrrha, Ren.
** CRDL (pronounced "Cardinal") stands for Cardin, Russel, Dove, Lark. The team name [[PunnyName covers both]] the team's bird and Christian themes.
** CFVY (pronounced "Coffee") stands for Coco, Fox, Velvet, Yatsuhashi.
** Inverted with the headmaster. The [[Literature/TheWonderfulWizardOfOz Wizard of Oz's]] full name formed the acronym O.Z.P.I.N.H.E.A.D. That was used to create the name of the Beacon head, Ozpin.
* FunWithSubtitles: The Netflix captions feature a number of typos and goofs. Most of them are fairly prosaic, but don't be drinking something when you read the line "Brothers of the White Fang, why are you ''eating'' this scum?"
* FunnyBackgroundEvent:
** In the Volume 2 premiere, Sun is talking to Neptune about how the students at Beacon are "the coolest." Not more than two seconds later, [[ButtMonkey Jaune]] is seen tossed at the window as Sun and Neptune walk by, unaware of the food fight going on in the cafeteria.
** In ''Painting the Town...'', when Ruby is answering Blake's call for help, the dumpster behind Ruby is boarded up after her [[EekAMouse hearing squeaks]] inside it earlier.
** In ''Field Trip'', while the focus is on Weiss and Ruby watching Yang read her father's letter, Blake can be seen creeping around on Ruby's bunk bed, irritably watching the dog as he barks cheerfully up at her.
* GatlingGood: Coco's main weapon, built into ''a ladies' handbag''.
* GenkiGirl:
** Nora Valkyrie. The other girls all have their moments too.
** Ruby acts this way towards weapons as evidenced in Episode 2.
* GenderBlenderName: Blake is a girl, and Dove and Sky of Team CRDL are boys. Another example is Scarlet, although due to an androgynous appearance and no appearances yet in the show, it's only speculation that Scarlet is male.
* GenderFlip: According to [[https://twitter.com/montyoum/status/398484962866786304 this post]] by Monty Oum, the inspirations for each member of team JNPR all [[DisguisedInDrag disguised themselves]] [[SweetPollyOliver as the opposite gender]]. This suggests that Jaune, Pyrrha, Nora, and Ren are respectively based off [[JeanneDArchetype Joan of]] [[JoanOfArc Arc]], [[Myth/GreekMythology Achi]][[Literature/TheIliad lles]][[note]][[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Achilles_on_Skyros In some stories]], Achilles was disguised as a girl named Pyrrha to avoid UsefulNotes/TheTrojanWar[[/note]], [[Myth/NorseMythology Thor]][[note]]In one story, Thor was disguised as the goddess Freya[[/note]], and Disney/{{Mulan}}.
* GenreBlind: The mook in the first episode completely failed to notice that Ruby's cape was blowing in the wind, despite being indoors. Which might've indicated to him that she was an anime protagonist. Perhaps he simply assumed there was a fan where he couldn't see it.
* GenreShift: A musical example; ''From Shadows'' switches from a melancholy instrumental piece, to high-speed techno, to angry, rebellious rock, and then [[BookEnds ends with a]] LonelyPianoPiece. [[TropesAreNotBad It's a pretty good song.]]
* GilliganCut:
** "You're... a huntress? Can I have your autograph!?" (''Cut to Ruby being reprimanded by her hero.'')
** "We can do this. We've never backed down before and we're not going to start now. Besides, it won't only be us out there. We'll be fighting alongside a genuine Huntsman!" (''Cut to team RWBY's MassOhCrap when they realize said huntsman is [[spoiler:Doctor Oobleck]]'').
%% * GoodEyesEvilEyes: Has been mentioned as a factor in the protagonists' designs, with the most heroic and innocent character (Ruby) having the largest eyes. Averted with Neopolitan.
* GratuitousGerman[=/=]BilingualBonus: Weiss is the German word for White (weiß) while Schnee means Snow. Also an aversion of NoPronunciationGuide; her name is pronounced correctly according to the German intonation of the words composing her name in her debut. But when asked why it's pronounced with a "W" sound as opposed to the "proper" way on the livestream prior to the first episode going public Monty summed it up that world of ''RWBY'' is an interpretive world, that Germany doesn't exist, and '''[[PrecisionFStrike fuck you]].''' Judging by everyone's reactions when they got the question he had been waiting a long time to say that.
* GreatOffscreenWar: The Faunus rights conflict and the unnamed war Jaune's great-great-grandfather took part in, which may be the same conflict.
* GreenRocks: Dust's original form. Given that Dust can be multiple colours, it actually looks like jewelry in this state.
* GreenRooming: Adam, Junior and the Malachite twins are introduced in the trailers (Black and Yellow respectively). Junior and the twins finally enter the show in Vol. 2 Episode 4, while Adam doesn't appear at all [[spoiler:until the very end of Volume 2]].
* GroinAttack: In the Yellow trailer, Yang interrogates Junior by grabbing him by the testicles and continually squeezing.
** In "Breach", Coco takes out a Beowulf [[http://youtu.be/-p4iS_p3b8E?t=7m16s with a kick to the groin before dispatching it by smashing its head in with her purse.]]
* GroundPound: Done by Yang in her trailer.
* GunshipRescue: This tactic is used in Episode 1 for Roman Torchwick to escape his attacker. The twist is that Torchwick is the villain and he is being attacked by the main protagonist for trying to rob a shop.
* HalfTheManHeUsedToBe:
** Vol.2 Episode 9 has both Blake and Ruby taking out Grimm by doing [[BloodlessCarnage questionably clean]] bisections.
** "Breach" has Coco using her minigun to bisect a giant Grimm eagle that topples to the ground.
* HasTwoMommies: Penny was made by her "father" in collaboration with General Ironwood.
* HateSink: Cardin was meant to be disliked, with his constant bullying of Jaune and Velvet. His blackmailing Jaune to do his school work has made many a fan want Nora and/or Pyrrha to go through with her threat of breaking his legs. Considering he was named after the man who oversaw the trial and execution of Joan of Arc, this outcome was most likely 100% intentional.
* HeroesLoveDogs: Team RWBY and Zwei the puppy. (Except [[CatGirl Blake]].)
* HeroOfAnotherStory: Averted; JNPR was originally supposed to be the B-Team, but Word Of God states that somewhere in production they 'became a second A-Team.'
* HeroicBSOD: Ruby suffers one in episode Vol.2 Episode 6, after they fail to convince Blake to go to the dance in the previous episode. Yang tells her that Blake will be going one way or another, and ends up convincing her to go.
* HeroTrackingFailure: In episode 11 of season 2, Roman and his goons are unable to hit Ruby while she's fleeing from them towards her friends.
* HiddenAgendaVillain: Cinder and her allies' plan is so far unknown to both Team RWBY ''and'' the audience.
* HowWeGotHere: The seventh episode ends with Ruby falling from the sky. The eighth starts by showing exactly where Ruby fell from. How she and Weiss got up there in first place, however, is never shown.
* TheHunter: What Beacon, and presumably the other academies, teach people to become. To be [[GenderNeutralWriting gender equal]], they are referred to as "Huntsmen" and "Huntresses."
* HumansAreSpecial: Pretty much spelled out by Pyrrha when she's describing Aura to Jaune. Not only does it explain away most of the more improbable physical capabilities of the characters (Ruby being able to withstand using gunshots as propellers, much less her being able to lift Crescent Rose in the first place), but she also goes on to state that the weapons in the series channel Aura in order to further their power. It's later explained that some (if not all) people have unique powers called Semblances, like Ruby's speed, Weiss's usage of glyphs and Pyrrha's magnetic abilities.
* HypocriticalHumor:
** From Episode 7:
--->'''Weiss:''' I'm not bossy! Don't say things like that!
** Followed by the beginning of Episode 8:
---> '''Yang:''' ''[flares up, with her eyes turning red]'' I can't take it anymore! Can everyone just chill out for two seconds before something crazy happens again!?
** Episode 4 of the second season has Yang disdain Weiss for making a pun, complaining it wasn't very good...after she said she always kicks her semesters off [[IncrediblyLamePun with a Yang]] in the first episode of the season.
* ICallItVera: Ruby's Crescent Rose -- the only explicitly character-given weapon name so far.
** Every other main character's weapon has been named [[AllInTheManual elsewhere,]] but Ruby is the only one who treats her weapon with quite that level of affection.
* IDidWhatIHadToDo: Referenced verbatim in "Red Like Roses Part 2":
-->''I didn't have a choice, I did what I had to do''\\
''I made a sacrifice but forced a bigger sacrifice on you''
* IJustWantToBeNormal:
** Ruby sort of [[ZigZaggedTrope tinkers with this trope]]: while she does want to become a Huntress, she isn't comfortable with becoming a Huntress-in-training two years early. (She wants to be special in a normal way, not special in a special way.) She also gave us this famous quote which doubles as this trope's page quote:
-->"I don't want to be the bee's knees, okay? I don't want to be any kind of knees! I just want to be a normal girl with normal knees!"
** Pyrrha is another example: for a long time, all she ever knew was combat, no social skills, no relationships, nothing like that. As such, people only recognized her for her accomplishments, rather than who she really is. Due to this, everybody she ever met had her placed on a pedestal, and never bothered to interact with her because, in their eyes, Pyrrha was just too good for them. But when Jaune comes along, he knew nothing about her, and even when he was told of Pyrrha's fame, he still treated her like anybody else. This is one of the reasons why she has a crush on him.
* ImperialStormtrooperMarksmanshipAcademy: Seen in Vol. 2 Chapter 11, where Torchwick and more than ''five'' or so {{mooks}} fail to shoot a running Ruby, with her somehow maneuvering through all of the rounds fired without a scratch ''and with her back turned''. No wonder Torchwick got so upset.
* ImpossiblyCoolWeapon:
** The named characters' weapons include Ruby's [[SniperRifle Rifle]]-[[SinisterScythe Scythe]], Weiss's magic-casting [[RevolversAreJustBetter Revolver]]-[[RoyalRapier Rapier]], Blake's KillerYoYo-[[KatanasAreJustBetter Katana]] [[DualWielding with]] a [[SheathStrike sharpened scabbard]], a Rifle-Katana, Yang's paired [[ShotgunsAreJustBetter Shotgun]]-[[PowerFist Gauntlets]], a [[MacrossMissileMassacre missile launcher]] that turns into a [[CarryABigStick club]], and [[SwissArmyWeapon one particular weapon]] that transforms into a [[CoolSword sword]], [[CoolGuns rifle]], and a [[RocketPoweredWeapon spear that flies with the rifle's recoil]].
** Episode 16 introduces Sun Wukong's Bo staff, which splits into a pair of Nunchucks that also function as sawed-off shotguns. Just imagine if Creator/BruceLee had those when he was alive.
** Coco carries a ladies' bag -- that unfolds into ''an enormous gatling gun''.
** [[spoiler:Raven]] wields a sword that's about as long as her legs, in a sheath that appears to contain enough Dust for a dozen of Weiss's Myrtenasters. ''And it can create portals out of thin air!'' Though, that could just be her Semblance, but she seems to use the sword to do it, similar to Weiss needing Myrtenaster to create her glyphs.
** So far, the only characters who don't have multi-use weapons are Jaune with his basic sword-and-shield combo, and the Malachite sisters', whose weapons are merely bladed shoes and a pair of claws. Don't let that diminish their [[BadassNormal threat level]], though.
* ImprovisedCatapult: How Nora gets Jaune to the far side of the broken bridge in ''Players and Pieces''.
* ImprovisedWeapon: A bunch in the first episode of Volume 2. [[spoiler:All food-based]].
* IncrediblyLamePun:
** Ruby says that she wants to kick the semester off with a bang, to which Yang replies that she likes to kick ''her'' semesters off with a Yang. Everyone present groans. Even the [[LettingTheAirOutOfTheBand background music reacts temporarily]].
---> '''Nora''': ''[throwing a tomato at Yang]'' Boo.
** Weiss, surprisingly, makes one after Torchwick and his latest minion escape in "Painting the Town". Even more amusingly, it's ''Yang'' who's most annoyed by it (apparently, there's a time and a place for jokes).
--> '''Weiss:''' Was this not it?\\
'''Yang:''' No, it just wasn't very good.
* TheInfiltration: Cinder, Mercury, and Emerald do this in Volume 2 when they infiltrate Beacon Academy.
* InnateNightVision: According to "Jaunedice (Part 1)", many Faunus possess this trait.
* InsistentTerminology:
** By WordOfGod, Dust is not magic.
** By word of Weiss, that's not a dress she's wearing, it's a "combat skirt." Ruby agrees.
** Neptune is ''not'' a nerd. He's an intellectual.
** It's ''Doctor'' Oobleck. He didn't earn his [=PhD=] for fun, thank you very much!
* IResembleThatRemark:
-->'''Weiss:''' I'm not bossy! Don't say things like that!
* {{Irony}}:
** When Glynda says to Jaune "We wouldn't want you to be gobbled up by a Beowolf, now, would we?", Cardin says "speak for yourself." Jaune later personally saves Cardin from being eaten by an Ursa, despite weeks of torment of many students, Jaune especially, and him trying to get Jaune to throw Rapier Wasps at his friend. If Jaune had Cardin's attitude, he'd be Ursa chow.
** Episode 2:
--->'''Ruby:''' ''[falling onto Weiss's luggage]'' I don't know what I'm doing.\\
'''Weiss:''' ''[standing over Ruby]'' What are you doing?
* ItCanThink: The creatures of Grimm are generally mindless, but grow more powerful as they age, and sometimes intelligence is among the strengths they develop. The most powerful Grimm are smart enough to avoid humans rather than attack outright, allowing themselves to continue growing powerful (aside from surviving, of course).
* JigglePhysics:
** In Yang's trailer, her breasts can be clearly seen bouncing around when she reloads her [[ShotgunsAreJustBetter Shotgun]]-[[PowerFist Gauntlets]]. So far, this continues in the series itself.
** This was applied to Professor Port's belly too, which could easily count as FanDisservice.
** The improved character rigging for Volume 2 suggests this will be more common when it makes sense given the character and the costume: Glynda demonstrates it when she barges in after the FoodFight.
* JumpScare: In "Field Trip"; when Ruby opens the door to Team RWBY's room after talking with Ozpin, Weiss, Yang, and Blake suddenly rush up to the camera so quickly that it can easily be startling.
* KiAttacks: All living things can generate an Aura, which is basically the equivalent of Ki and allows:
** [[TheForceIsStrongWithThisOne Sensing]]: Allows them to expand their senses.
** HealingFactor: Jaune's the only one who has explicitly shown this, but it is implied for everyone else.
** SuperEmpowering: Allows one to unlock the aura of another.
** SuperToughness: Withstand damage.
* LadyInRed: Pyrrha at the school dance in "Dance Dance Infiltration".
* LadyOfWar: [[MagicKnight Weiss]] and [[MagnetismManipulation Pyrrha]] are a few heroic examples.
* LaResistance: The group known as White Fang may be this.
* LandOfDragons: Implied, given the fact that Ren is basically a boy version of an AnimeChineseGirl, as well as Yang's exceedingly Chinese name.
* TheLastOfTheseIsNotLikeTheOthers[=/=]OddNameOut: The names of the four alt outfits for the RWBY crew are Slayer (Ruby), Intruder (Blake), Hunter (Yang) and [=SnowPea=] (Weiss). Hilariously lampshaded in [[http://steel--the--gamer.deviantart.com/art/RWBY-5Koma-Codenames-476650701 this comic]].
* LawOfChromaticSuperiority: Ruby is the [[RedIsHeroic red-clad]] main character. The two most significant villains have also had red themes.
* LeaningOnTheFourthWall: Team CFVY's entrance into the fray in the season 2 finale has three members use their weapons in battle, the lone exception being Velvet (the faunus Cardin was bullying back in season 1, whose weapon was the source of heavy speculation among the fandom), who was walking around with a small briefcase-looking item. Just when it seems she's about to use it, Coco stops her.
--> ''"Hey, come on, you've spent all semester building that up. Don't waste it here."''
* LeeroyJenkins:
** Ruby dashes off to fight the Death Stalker in episode 8. She's promptly smacked by it for her trouble.
** Jaune's also fond of suicidal charges. He seems to have grown out of this by the Volume 2 finale.
* LeftJustifiedFantasyMap: Vale. Averted with the [[http://img1.wikia.nocookie.net/__cb20130902145521/rwby/images/7/72/WorldMap.png world at large]].
* LeftTheBackgroundMusicOn:
** Inverted in the "Black" trailer; the robot voice saying "Intruder - identify yourself" is actually from the song "From Shadows".
** In Yang's trailer, which makes sense given it's in a nightclub. Changes to standard background music after she slams the DJ's face into the soundboard.
** Returns again when Yang returns to the club, and the record starts skipping until the fearful DJ pulls up the needle.
** Happens again in Episode 1; Ruby is listening to the opening theme during the robbery. There's even some distortion as she lowers her headphones to respond to the mook and the music ends with an audible click when she switches them off while posing in front of the store.
* {{Leitmotif}}: In the episodes, melodies from the trailers play during character-important moments. Examples:
** In Episode 1, a melody from "Red Like Roses" plays when Ruby shoots herself up the building that Roman Torchwick is escaping up. A little xylophone-like tune also plays during two of Glynda's appearances, first during her BigDamnHeroes moment, and then when a hologram of her appears in the airship.
** The second part of Weiss' rant in her debut is accompanied by part of "Mirror, Mirror". When Blake joins in seconds later, though, the music switches to the melody in "Red Like Roses" that plays at 'Black the beast descends from shadows', meaning "Red Like Roses" might be the Leitmotif of the entire team.
** A form of "I Burn" appears in Episode 5 as Yang flies through the air. "Mirror, Mirror" also reappears when Ruby runs into Weiss.
** "Red Like Roses - Part II" plays as the two teams begin fighting the Deathstalker and Nevermore in earnest.
** An orchestral rendition of "This Will Be the Day" plays as Jaune fights the Ursa in Episode 14.
** A short snippet of "Red Like Roses" can be heard in Episode 16, when Ruby shows up at the docks and [[spoiler:confronts Roman Torchwick]].
** The motifs during the food fight in "Best Day Ever" change depending on which main character is in focus. "Mirror, Mirror" and the end of "Red Like Roses Part I" are the more distinct ones that can be heard.
** Roman Torchwick's theme. It's subtle and underscored, but if you listen closely, you notice that the music sounds like a darker rendition of certain parts of "Red Like Roses 1 & II".
* LifeMeter: Hunter and Huntresses can use their auras as personal force fields, justifying their toughness. As damage accrues, the shield starts losing energy; get it low enough and things will start to be lethal again. This trope comes into play with devices that can gauge one's remaining aura strength, making it look like an actual video game LifeMeter to spectators and participants. In combat tournaments, officials may step in and stop the battle once one's Aura Gauge reaches the red zone.
* LightIsGood: Aura is depicted as a shimmering ring of ([[ColorCodedCharacters personally coloured]]) light around the person channeling it. Of course, [[DarkIsEvil most Grimm are so dark in colour they look like living shadows.]]
* LightIsNotGood:
** Roman Torchwick wears a long, white coat but is definitely on the villain side.
** To a lesser extent, Weiss is the [[AcademicAlphaBitch meanest]] of the main characters.
* LimitedAnimation: Demonstrated in two quirks of the series: the fact that each episode is between four to eight minutes (except for the first, middle, and last episodes of each season, which are over twelve minutes), and that every extra or character unimportant to the plot is animated as a black silhouette. Though both of these were changed in Volume 2.
* LoadsAndLoadsOfCharacters: Being based in a school environment and having a cross-cultural school festival/tournament on the horizon means that a lot of characters were introduced very quickly, with room for many more in the future. By the end of Volume 1 alone there were 26 named and 3 unnamed characters, with the Volume 2 opening credits introducing an extra 6 unnamed characters.
* LoopholeAbuse: In Vol.2 Episode 8, Professor Ozpin, of all people, lets Team RWBY take on a mission in the southeast quadrant, where some suspicious activity is taking place. They originally weren't allowed to because it's normally not open to first year students. But he figures since they're going to end up there anyway, he'll allow the rules to be bent slightly so they can go there to investigate.
** In the following episode, we have this exchange:
--->'''Oobleck''': From this point forward, you have to do exactly as I say. Do you understand?\\
'''Team RWBY''': *nod* \\
'''Oobleck''': Ruby, I thought I told you to leave all your bags back at school.\\
'''Ruby''': [[ExactWords But you didn't tell us to listen to you yet.]] So I didn't. \\
'''Oobleck''': [[GracefulLoser ...she's not wrong.]]
* LovecraftLite: Bizarre, gibbering monsters of unknown origins and unknown motivations wage war on humanity, which are sequestered in four little pinpricks of safety, barely able to break out of this seige. What do we get out of this dark tale? Four [[ActionGirl Action Girls]] ready to stab the monsters in the face!
* LoveDodecahedron: Volume 2, hoo boy. Pyrrha likes Jaune, Jaune likes Weiss, Weiss likes Neptune, and Neptune likes [[CasanovaWannabe anything in a skirt]]...
* LyricalColdOpen: On the soundtrack, "Shine" starts out with nothing but Casey Lee Williams' vocals.
* LyricalDissonance: During the climactic fight sequence in Episode 8, the song "Red Like Roses Part II" plays. As background music, the theme fits the sequence perfectly... but the [[http://rwby.wikia.com/wiki/RWBY_Soundtrack/Red_Like_Roses_Part_II song itself]] (at least the part that played in the episode) is about the singer feeling depressed over the death of a loved one.
* MadeOfExplodium: Dust is extremely volatile. It can explode from being sneezed on.
* MagicAIsMagicA:
** Dust is a crystalline substance that can be used naturally, requiring great discipline to control, or artificially, with greater ease. It possesses four basic attributes, but artificial and naturally occurring combinations are possible. In powder form, it's very volatile, but can be harnessed in stable ways. It has been incorporated into all levels of technology from weapons and ammunition to being woven into clothing. It can also be fused directly with people (although it's the old fashioned way of doing it).
** Aura is a physical manifestation of the soul that can empower both humans and faunus with training. It can block damage, enhance senses, empower weapons, heal damage and activate dust. Even animals possess aura. Only Monsters of Grimm do not.
** A Semblance is an ability related to an awakened Aura that manifests in ways unique to each individual. There are a wide variety of Semblances from SuperSpeed to InstantRunes to SelectiveMagnetism. It's an ability Huntsmen and Huntresses incorporate into their arsenal of skills and powers.
* MagicByAnyOtherName: Dust, according to Kerry and Miles [[http://youtu.be/D8o4neUbtcc?t=29m48s during their RTX panel.]]
* MagicFeather: Inverted in "Forever Fall, Pt.2". Jaune believes he killed an Ursa with nothing but his own skill, but Pyrrha was actually helping him from the background. She, Ruby and Weiss decide to not tell him. Given the fact that at the end of the episode, he accepts Pyrrha's offer for extra training, he more probably thinks that he just got lucky.
* MagicSkirt:
** Will apply to everyone according to Monty. Even where an upskirt shot happens, they tend to be full of crinoline, so nothing above the skirt line can be seen anyway.
--->'''Monty:''' RWBY will be tasteful, clean and responsible. I implemented very effective ANTI UPSKIRT TECHNOLOGY! for this show.
** A particularly noticeable example is when Nora balances upside-down on her hammer after killing the Deathstalker. She hangs there for a few seconds, and her skirt does nothing.
** In "Burning the Candle", Ren apparently uses a Magic Towel.
** InUniverse, Weiss refers to her attire as a "combat skirt", suggesting that it's deliberately designed as a magic skirt to avoid embarrassment during battles.
* {{Magitek}}: Technology appears to be powered by Dust.
* MaleGaze:
** In "Dance Dance Infiltration", as if Cinder wasn't already appearing as MsFanservice, we got [[https://youtu.be/0-f-mGvOba8?t=9m40s this beautiful shot featuring her butt as the centerpiece]]. It's safe to say that the fandom wasn't close to prepared.
** There's also a fairly tantalizing shot of Emerald's posterior at the 5:42 mark of "Breach".
* MasculineGirlFeminineBoy: Jaune and Pyrrha. The former's a clumsy timid boy who seems to be new to everything around him while the latter's an experienced and more talented girl who looks after him.
* MatchCut:
** ''Tons'' of them in the volume 2 opening, used to interchange between the different members of Team RWBY engaged in battle or running.
** Near the end of "Burning the Candle", a white rose that Jaune drops on the ground after [[spoiler:seeing Weiss asking Neptune to the dance]] fades seamlessly into a drooping white rose amongst a bouquet at the dance. Perhaps that droopy rose represents...something...
** In "Breach", a shot of a pink cloud-filled sky fades into a shot of a yellow cloud-filled sky.
* MeaningfulBackgroundEvent: In Episode 12, while Jaune and Pyrrha are talking on the roof [[spoiler: Cardin can be seen in the open window below them]].
* MeaningfulEcho:
** In Vol.2 Episode 6, Pyrrha gives advice to Jaune on talking to Weiss about his feelings: "No ridiculous schemes, no pick-up lines. Just... be honest." The following episode, Jaune gives the exact same advice to Neptune.
** In Vol.2 Episode 11, Ruby says the line "We're going to stop this train", and the line is repeated by Oobleck later in the same episode.
-->'''Ruby''': [[LampshadeHanging I know. I said that earlier.]]
** In the same episode, Weiss tells Blake to "go on ahead" when they're pitted up against the White Fang Lieutenant. Oobleck says the same command to Ruby atop the train and pitted up against incoming Paladins.
* MidairCollision: Happens with Ruby and Jaune in Episode 8.
* MimingTheCues: Jaune gets asked a question in class that he doesn't know the answer to. Pyrrha tries to mime it to him -- the answer is night vision -- but he misinterprets it and answers, "Binoculars?" Cue FacePalm.
* MinidressOfPower:
** Pyrrha Nikos wears a midriff-covering tube top-like armor with a mid-thigh skirt. It does not bother her at all, probably because it is elastic. So her skirt actually makes sense.
** Penny, Nora, Ruby, and Weiss also count as this (though as Weiss insists, it's a ''combat skirt'').
* MinorInjuryOverreaction: Do ''not'' damage Yang's hair, even in the slightest, if you value being in one piece and not on fire.
* MiniMecha: The Atlasian Paladin, developed by the kingdom of Atlas in cooperation with the Schnee Dust Company, which allows human soldiers to fight alongside Atlas' MechaMooks. Torchwick stole some for the White Fang, and used one to fight against team RWBY in "Painting the Town."
* MixAndMatchWeapon: Most weapons are based on swords, but also incorporate some elements of guns into their design. Ruby has a scythe that can fire as a rifle. Weiss's rapier has a revolver style chamber that she can rotate to cast different spells. Blake has a sword with a sharpened sheath, meaning she can DualWield. The second sword also has a pistol attached and has a lengthy ribbon, which she can use similar to a KillerYoYo or a kusarigama. Yang's mixes gauntlets and a shotgun, along with somehow creating fire (which could either be a result of Dust ammunition, her Semblance, or a variation of the real world Dragon's Breath shotgun ammunition).
** MoreDakka: A meta example: during one interview, a fan asked: "Is there going to be any weapon that does not somehow have a gun in it?"
--->'''Kerry:''' Why would you want that?
** And then Jaune appears with just a sword and a collapsible shield that doubles as a scabbard. The shield's technically not a weapon, and the series is still young. [[spoiler:Jaune takes down a fully-grown Ursa completely on his own in the Season 2 finale, when back in season 1 he did need a bit of help from Pyrrha]].
** And before that, we have the Malachite sisters in the "Yellow" trailer, who only have bladed heels or claws.
* MonkeyMoralityPose: In the dining hall, Nora throwing food for Yang to catch with her mouth escalates until Nora accidentally hits Weiss in the face with a custard pie. Team JNPR is shown with Ren covering his eyes, Pyrrha covering her mouth and Jaune covering one of his ears. Nora, meanwhile, points at Ren, passing the buck in a parody of the fourth monkey, 'Do no Evil'.
* MoodWhiplash:
** Episode 12 ends on a rather foreboding note... only to immediately go into the credits featuring the bouncy theme of the hyperactive Prof. Oobleck. The DVD version ended this episode with the more mellow {{leitmotif}} of Jaune and Pyrrha.
** "Extracurricular" has Ruby, Weiss and Yang worrying about how Blake is too upset about Torchwick and the White Fang to bother sleeping or eating...to Jaune trying (and failing) to serenade Weiss into going to the dance with him.
** In a meta/real life example, volumes 1 and 2 were added to Netflix...the day before Monty Oum's death.
* MookChivalry: In Episode 1, Roman's mooks attack Ruby one at a time. Whenever human goons are smart enough to attack as a group, they usually get swept away with some kind of SpinAttack.
* MsExposition: Pyrrha fills this role in Episode 6, when she explains to Jaune how the aura system works. Bonus points for being juxtaposed with Ren fighting a giant snake to show what she's explaining to Jaune and the audience.
* {{Mukokuseki}}: Akin to the classic anime style, character features do not automatically reveal nationality or race. Since the setting is explicitly not our world, names that may have strong cultural associations in real life cannot be used to determine the race or nationality of the characters. Lie Ren is the notable exception. Everything about him, from his straight spiky black hair, to his manner of dress, to his voice, to the fact that he is given a bare-fisted martial arts scene in this series full of magic weapon battles, suggest "Asian".
* MuggingTheMonster: While holding up a shop, a group of bandits decide to try to rob Ruby. The look on her face (as in, complete nonchalance) when she realizes that she is being robbed is priceless. Cue CurbStompBattle followed by Torchwick bemoaning the incompetence of his minions. The opening song even begins to play as a mook spots her and the lyrics match the situation perfectly.
-->They see you as small and helpless;\\
They see you as just a child.\\
Surprise when they find out that a warrior will soon run wild.
* MultinationalTeam: Symbolically, at least. Each member of Team JNPR references an archetypal warrior from a different culture: Jaune is [[KnightInShiningArmor French]], Pyrrha is [[AncientGreece Greek]], Ren is [[KungFuFighting East Asian]] and Nora is [[HornyVikings Nordic]]. Nonsymbolically, Pyrrha has confirmed she is from one of the other countries.
* MundaneMadeAwesome:
** Professor Port's [[LargeHam lecture in Episode 9]]. It sounds nice, but he's talking about a Beowulf, a low-level, cannon fodder {{Mook}} in ''detail''.
** In Volume 2, Episode 1, Teams RWBY and JNPR square off in a FoodFight. The food isn't so much thrown as it is [[EdibleAmmunition hurled at high velocities]] or [[EdibleBludgeon used as bludgeons]] in intense duels.
* MundaneUtility: In Episode 9, Ruby uses Crescent Rose to hang up a curtain. And promptly slice it in two by accident as she turns around.
** Prof. Oobleck's weapon transforms into a coffee thermos when he's not using it.
* MusclesAreMeaningless: Many characters don't look like they can even lift their weapons up, much less fight with them. Special mention goes to Ruby and Nora, who are both small but use huge polearm-based weapons, and Yang, who is tall but doesn't look like she can hit nearly as hard as she actually does.
* MyFriendsAndZoidberg:
** In ''Best Day Ever'':
--->'''Ruby:''' Sisters! Friends! Weiss.\\
'''Weiss:''' Hey!
** in ''Welcome to Beacon'':
--->'''Sun:''' Ruby, Yang, Blake, Ice Queen.\\
'''Weiss:''' Why does everyone keep calling me that?
** In ''Painting the Town...'':
--->'''Roman:''' Ladies...Ice Queen...\\
'''Weiss:''' Hey!
* MythologyGag:
** Monty has stated in a [[http://montyoum.deviantart.com/art/Icarus-57849822 previous animation]] that crows are "his own flavor" instead of DisturbedDoves.
** The same animation's description also mentions Monty's preference for a white/black/red color scheme.
** Also, when Ruby confirmed that Qrow was her uncle, she mumbles 'Oh, that's my uncle!' with a mouthful of cookies, which comes out as slightly Asian sounding, a reference to Burnie's summary of Asian films.
** Whenever the action goes into slow motion, they add a noise to the soundtrack using the same sound ''WebVideo/TheSlowMoGuys'' use to slow things down. Examples include [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_detailpage&v=PS9huFMmSoc#t=176 a fight in ''Forever Fall part 2'']], and [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_detailpage&v=KHynQoJgbgc#t=206 a moment in Sun's introduction]] in ''The Stray''.
** Yang's decoration of choice is the Creator/{{Achievement Hunter}}s Boy Band poster.
** One brand of grape soda is called [[Creator/AchievementHunter People Like Grapes]].
** Yet another reference to Creator/AchievementHunter in the form of an "X-Ray and Vav" comic book that Jaune is reading in volume 2, chapter 2.
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[[folder: Tropes N-Z]]
* NamedWeapons: Practically each and every weapon, although most are only known through WordOfGod.
** Ruby's weapon is "Crescent Rose," and Weiss' Multi-Action Dust Rapier is "Myrtenaster". [[ThemeNaming Both names]] refer to flowers (Myrtenaster is a combination of the Myrtle and Aster flower families), while Blake has "Gambol Shroud" a variant ballistic chain scythe and Yang uses a pair of dual ranged shot gauntlets called "Ember Celica". In addition, Adam's sword and gun are, respectively, named "Wilt" and "Blush".
** Team JNPR's weapons are also named: Jaune's retractable shield/sword sheath is "Crocea Mors"; Pyrrha's sword/spear/rifle and shield are named "Miló" and "Akoúo̱" respectively; Nora's grenade launcher/hammer is "Magnhild"; and Ren's bladed submachine guns are named "Storm Flower".
* NeverTrustATrailer: The [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tNAX4EQF2r8 Volume 2 trailer]] in spades, to the point that it may very well be parodying the trope given how quickly various moments in it were revealed in the show.
** Ruby holds Weiss in [[PietaPlagiarism Pieta style]], with a SkywardScream, and (clean) Team RWBY laughing in school cafeteria, but these were all part of the food fight sequence of the first episode with no real harm done to Weiss.
** Several scenes have Team RWBY in their normal clothing, mainly Ruby & Penny and the Paladin fight; whereas in [=V2E3=] and [=V2E4=], they are wearing their alternate outfits. Of course, this might been to avert TrailersAlwaysSpoil.
** In the trailer, it looks like Cardin manages to hit Pyrrha with his mace, sending her flying. In [=V2E5=], Pyrrha actually plans out using that blow to dodge a low sweep from another member of Team CRDL.
** The final group shot scene in the trailer doesn't show up in the episode it seems to occur ([=V2E4=]). The closest to that scene is Ruby and Weiss' "Ice Flower" combo attack from the same episode.
* NoConservationOfEnergy: Averted. Weiss's overuse of her Semblance in Episode 8 (during the Nevermore battle) makes her gasp for breath. The implication is that Semblance takes ''some'' kind of energy away from the caster. There's also a hint of this in "A Minor Hiccup" when Ruby carries Penny away from the soldiers chasing her for a short while before stumbling and dropping Penny.
* NoJustNoReaction: Yang, of all people, has one in "Painting the Town" after Weiss comes out with an IncrediblyLamePun.
* NoOSHACompliance:
** Dust is extremely volatile; yet is sold with no security in shops along with books; and Weiss was carrying suitcases of it in insecure corked bottles. (She blames Ruby when it explodes.)
** The roof of Beacon has absolutely no railings or significant walls whatsoever, as shown in a hilarious yet mildly unnerving moment when Pyrrha takes Jaune up there.
* NoodleIncident:
** Just what was the plan that got Ruby and Weiss [[spoiler:hanging from the talons of the Giant Nevermore]]?
** The time Jaune locked himself out of his room is mentioned in "Forever Fall", but is never seen or elaborated upon more.
* NotSoDifferent: Blake's obsession with trying to stop Roman in Volume 2 leads her to research relentlessly to the point that she's losing sleep and won't do anything else. Yang relates to her a story of her searching for her mother when she was younger, and almost got killed by some monsters as a result were it not for her uncle saving her and Ruby. She then tells Blake that she hasn't stopped looking for her mother, but doesn't put that above living her life and spending time with her friends and family like the latter had been doing the last few days. Blake relents and decides to take it a little slower, and goes to the dance the next day.
* OcularGushers: By both Ruby and Weiss in the board game scene in Vol. 2 Episode 2.
* OddCouple: All the pairs in "The First Step" end up being this, in some sense. Many are also RedOniBlueOni. Childish Ruby with the know-it-all Weiss, hotheaded Yang with quiet Blake, TheAce Pyrrha with clumsy and incompetent Jaune, and the classic pairing of GenkiGirl and DeadpanSnarker, Nora/Ren. The last one is [[LampshadeHanging lampshaded]] by Glynda.
* OffhandBackhand: Done by Glynda to a couple of Grimm in "Breach".
* OffscreenTeleportation: One of the animation gags in the first volume had characters leaving a dotted outline where they were previously standing before the camera angle changed.
* OneManArmy:
** [[spoiler:Penny]] in Episode 16.
** In the Red trailer Ruby destroys dozens of Beowolves. In the Black trailer Blake does the same[[note]]with some help from Adam but still impressive[[/note]] to dozens of Schnee robots.
* OpenSecret: [[spoiler:Blake being a faunus]] tends to be this. Team RWBY knows, but it's revealed that so does JNPR, Ozpin (and probably the rest of the senior Beacon staff), Sun, Neptune, and from the way Sun was talking about Neptune spilling secrets, it doesn't look like it would stop there, and Torchwick and his mooks know since it was revealed during the fight with them.
* OurSoulsAreDifferent: Beings with souls (pretty much anything besides [[TheSoulless the Grimm]]) can have their Aura unlocked, manifesting the power of their souls in various way - see KiAttacks above.
* OutOfFocus: As the secondary alpha team, Team JNPR are not in as many episodes so that the primary focus can remain on Team RWBY. By extension, the teachers only appear when plot-necessary or when a setting location requires them to be in the background (such as a scenes occurring during a lesson).
* PersonalityPowers: Semblances run along this line, given they're an expression of the user's soul. Yang is a BoisterousBruiser, so she becomes stronger as she takes hits straight on, Ruby is young and excitable, so she has SuperSpeed, etc. Blake later actually uses this trope on herself as she bitterly claims her ability to leave behind illusions shows it's in her nature to run from her problems.
* PietaPlagiarism: Parodied in Volume 2. After Weiss is struck in the FoodFight, Ruby holds her like this. Cue BigNo.
* PhonyDegree: How [[spoiler:Jaune]] got into Beacon (with the help of forged paperwork).
* PieInTheFace: Weiss accidentally receiving one, courtesy of Nora, is what kicks off the epic FoodFight in "Best Day Ever".
* PinnedToTheWall: Jaune has this happened to him twice, both by Pyrrha's spear. Both are also non-lethal; she only hits his hood. And the second time was to save him from his lack of a landing strategy.
* PluckyComicRelief: Jaune Arc seems like he will become this, due to his airsickness in "Ruby Rose" and being launched before he can finish asking questions in "The First Step." Lampshaded in Ep. 12 when Jaune goes on a rant about how he hates being the "lovable idiot." [[spoiler:Which turns out to be a bit heartbreaking after it just reminds him he does not belong at Beacon.]] He may be moving away from it as he gets more CharacterDevelopment (taking out a giant Grimm almost single-handedly helps), although he'll likely never shake it completely.
* {{Power Crystal}}s: The material known as Dust seems to be this, as it powers most of the weapons in RWBY. It appears to also come in a powder form (possibly the natural one, judging by the name), or at least something that requires a flask to hold, judging by the tubes on the walls of the Dust store in the first episode.
* PreciousPuppy: Ruby's and Yang's father, Tai Yang, sent over Zwei, and Ruby and Weiss gush over how adorable it is.
* PrecisionFStrike:
** The non-trailer, non-remix variant of "I Burn" featured a guest verse by Lamar Hall that included the only f-bombs in the Volume 1 soundtrack. Then it got censored.
** "Red Like Roses" part II has a GoshDarnItToHeck variant.
* PrepareToDie: In "Breach", Coco uses this as a PreAsskickingOneLiner against a Beowolf.
-->'''Coco''': [[SeriousBusiness You just destroyed my favorite clothing store.]] (''spits'') '''''[[DisproportionateRetribution Prepare to die.]]'''''
* PromotedToOpeningTitles: In the Volume 2 opening, Professors Port and Oobleck, Team CRDL, Velvet, Sun, Penny, Junior and the Malachite sisters from the "Yellow" trailer.
* ProperlyParanoid: A short way into Volume 2, Ozpin and Goodwitch express concern at General Ironwood bringing what's essentially an entire army to Vale for "security" reasons. Ironwood is shown to be completely correct when the White Fang cause Grimm to pour into Vale, helping out the Beacon students that are currently fighting them off.
* PunnyName:
** ''From Dust Till Dawn'', a Dust shop whose [[ButtMonkey owner]] has become a recurring character.
** And Roman Torchwick (as in Roman candle) whose weapon is a firework launcher.
* ReactionShot:
** A quick one by the robot guards in the "Black" trailer after Adam takes out the first one.
** A great nonhuman one from the pair of ursae in Episode 6 after Yang notices a strand of her hair floating down.
* RealityEnsues:
** Episode 8 shows Ruby [[LeeroyJenkins taking a Deathstalker on by herself]], only to not even damage it. Shortly after, the problems of having a long cloak are pointed out as [[CapeSnag she's caught when the Nevermore pins it to the ground.]]
** The girls decide to leave [[spoiler:Zwei in their room for a week since he has plenty of food and a can opener. Ruby takes him with her because he's still a dog and can't be left alone.]]
** Volume 2 Episode 10: [[spoiler: Ruby is unarmed when up against two White Fang Mooks. She's knocked to the ground in one punch and KO'ed once she's on the ground. Considering her performance in earlier fights, it's possible the fall she took just before either gave her a concussion or depleted her aura]].
** In the aftermath and Volume 2 Episode 12 [[spoiler:it's revealed that most of the White Fang soldiers in the tunnel didn't survive the events in the underground tunnel. This leads to Cinder, Mercury, and Emerald discussing the very real possibility that the remaining White Fang will refuse to take part in their other plans... before Adam, a high-ranking White Fang member and Blake's former mentor, steps in and assures them otherwise]].
** One that applies across the series: When the girls are fighting alone or challenge powerful opponents to one-on-one fights, they tend to get in trouble or even straight-up ''lose'', especially against much more experienced foes. Particularly notable during the DwindlingParty sequence in "No Brakes" where [[spoiler: both Weiss and Yang get their asses thoroughly kicked by [[TheRestShallPass the opponents they stop to face.]]]] Its only when they work together that RWBY is able to get the upper hand on stronger, tougher, more experienced, and better-armed foes.
* RecoilBoost:
** Most of the fighters do this. Monty Oum said that he was animating with a mind for conservation of motion, so a lot of weapons pull double-duty as both offensive implements and accelerators for the characters.
** The "Red" trailer is full of this, as Ruby uses the recoil from [[SmallGirlBigGun Crescent Rose]] to push herself around and set up attacks. She also has to plant the scythe blade in the ground in order to shoot and not get knocked back.
** Yang uses the force from her shotgun gauntlets to empower her punches, gain a bit of extra speed, and ''stay up in the air and fly'' over the Emerald Forest.
* RepeatCut:
** Used as Ren destroyed the black head of the King Taijitu.
** Ruby's initial "[[CatapultToGlory encounter]]" with the giant Nevermore during her team's CombinationAttack gets a triple take. Weiss's ice attack a few seconds earlier gets a double.
** Used repeatedly during the first Grimm encounter in "Search and Destroy".
* TheRestShallPass: This occurs multiple times during "No Brakes":
** [[spoiler: Yang fights Neo in the first carriage so the others can go on ahead, and is almost killed.]]
** [[spoiler: Then Weiss fights the White Fang Lieutenant, so Blake can fight Torchwick.]]
* TheRevolutionWillNotBeVilified[=/=]TheRevolutionWillNotBeCivilized: Both averted when it comes to the White Fang. Their (original) goal of advocating Faunus rights was laudable but a change in leadership turned them into a violent, criminal, terrorist organization that even other Faunus dislike. At the same time, the bigotry and prejudice that provided a reason for the group's formation still exists, and a former member grudgingly admits that their new violent attitude ''did'' result in humans treating Faunus better.
* RoboticReveal: [[spoiler:Penny]] to Ruby at the end of "A Minor Hiccup".
* RookieRedRanger: Both teams RWBY and JNPR are led by (and in RWBY's case, named for) their least experienced member.
* RuleOfAnimationConservation:
** If a character has color in their design and a distinct face, you can be pretty certain they're going to be important later on. This idiosyncrasy has been used for several visual gags.
** Downplayed with most of CRDL. Other than Cardin, they so far have not been important, to the point where we haven't even seen their weapons outside of the Volume 2 opening. On the other hand, their styles are more generic than other characters.
** Averted as of Volume 2, with bystanders no longer being rendered as mere black silhouettes and are now about as detailed as plot-important characters.
* RuleOfCool: Physics does not work that way and it is far too awesome for anyone to care.
* RunningGag:
** Jaune being thrown into the air. So far it's been done by a test launcher, a scorpion, and a hammer (twice). There was even one time where he was launched into the air in a locker, and in the first episode of Volume 2 he is thrown into a window off screen right before the FoodFight breaks out.
** Weiss being flabbergasted by someone [[FlashStep FlashStepping]] in front of her. Her response is always a taken aback "Hey!" She even cuts in with it during the song ''Dream Come True'' when it calls her "uptight".
** Everybody being greeted normally with the [[MyFriendsAndZoidberg exception of Weiss]], with most characters calling her Ice Queen.
%%* RunningGag: Pyrrha pinning Jaune to a surface with her spear. (If this happens a third time we can add this).
* SailorEarth: Monty has come up with [[https://twitter.com/montyoum/status/406894139746172928 rules on how to name original characters.]]
* SayingTooMuch: How [[spoiler: Blake lets slip that she is a faunus.]] See Episode 15's WhamLine.
* ScaryScorpions: While in a dark cave, Jaune mistakes a giant scorpion's glowing stinger for a relic he and Pyrrha were looking for. HilarityEnsues.
* SchizoTech: The world, powered by Dust's magical properties, is a mixture of fantasy monsters and their hunters, sword-wielding nobility, ornithopter-like airships, portable music players, holographic tablets, and [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tiltjet tiltjet]] ("Airjet") transports.
* ScoobyStack: Team JNPR forms one in episode 9 while eavesdropping on Team RWBY. Since [[ButtMonkey Jaune]] is on the bottom, they eventually fall on him.
* SetSwordsToStun: Whenever the protagonists employ sharp weapons against other humans, they either use this or just hit with the blunt part (one example being the opposite end of the blade of Crescent Rose, Ruby's weapon). It's unclear if they intentionally use this against their more {{Badass}} opponents, since they can usually deflect their attacks one way or another. Averted for [[WhatMeasureIsANonHuman robots, monsters, and the like]].
* ShapedLikeItself:
** The defeat of the Nevermore:
--->'''Yang:''' Well, that was a thing.
** In Vol. 2, Episode 6:
--->'''Sun:''' So is Blake still being all... [[BuffySpeak Blakey]]?
** In Vol. 2, Episode 9:
--->'''Oobleck:''' My dear, we're not just looking for an underground crime network, we're looking for an ''under''ground crime network!
* ShipTease:
** During the Crew Chat in October, the crew stated that they enjoy watching fan shipping and 'Bumblebee' [[note]][[LesYay Blake x Yang]], for those unfamiliar with the shipping-related names[[/note]] was popular among them.
** When asked about Ozpin and Glynda, they went into full 'we're not telling' mode.
** Some have pointed out that the 4 partner pairings between RWBY and JNPR also work very well for romantic pairings of various dynamics, contributing to the shipping.
** During [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V1lNSidRkJ0 Animating RT]], a panel held in Melbourne, an audience member asked about what would happen with Jaune and Pyrrha. Monty responded "Stuff." [[LampshadeHanging The audience member then states that he knew he'd get that answer, and he didn't know why he asked it in the first place.]] Go to 1:22:12.
* ShoutOut: [[ShoutOut/{{RWBY}} Has its own page]].
* ShutUpHannibal: In Vol.2 Episode 11, after being subdued by Blake, Torchwick attempts to convince her [[NotSoDifferent they're on the same side]]. Blake listens at first, but the moment she sees Weiss on the ropes, she knocks Torchwick out cold and rushes off to help.
* SigilSpam: Several examples of different uses, since pretty much every significant character has a specific symbol associated with them. For reference, the Volume 1 credits after each episode (except for the finale) show silhouettes of the characters and their corresponding symbols.
** Ruby's symbol is featured on her belt, headphones, and journal. Blake's emblem is on her stockings (and it may or may not be an oddly-placed badge), and her sleepwear. Yang wears her emblem on her undershirt and on her skirt, and it's also present on her own sleepwear. Adam's symbol is present on Blush and the back of his coat. Jaune's symbol has so far only been seen on his shield, but since it's mentioned that [[AncestralWeapon his great-great grandfather used it]], the symbol may belong to the entire Arc family rather than just him. Nora's symbol is on the back of her shirt and her hair brush she was using in her introduction. Pyrrha's symbol appears on the buckle of her sash and the way she stores her spear and shield make her symbol on her back.
** Weiss' symbol seems to be used by the entire Schnee Dust Company, and it has appeared on the company's bottles and crates (and also the toothpaste tube Nora has in the fourth episode), certain places in the castle where Weiss fights the Knight, as well as the back of her bolero and on her nightgown. Unlike all other revealed symbols, though, it also shows up [[InstantRunes when she uses her Semblance]]. It's probably a family crest.
** Beacon's symbol features most prominently on Ozpin's coffee mug, but can be spotted frequently all around the academy.
** Ozpin's personal symbol appears in the credits for Episode 9 and looks similar to the cogs found on the handle of his cane.
** Glynda's symbol is a tiara and can be found on the back of her cape as well as the credits for Episode 9.
** Cinder's is tattooed on her back. In Torchwick's case, a pumpkin face is [[StealthPun carved]] at the end of his cane.
* SignificantBackgroundEvent: In a quick shot at the top of the roof; one sees Cardin in the window right below.
* SingleStanzaSong: "Red Like Roses." The page quote is the entire lyrics of the song.
* SmugSmiler: Neo during her fight with Yang in Volume 2 Episode 11.
* SneezeOfDoom: Ruby has a massive Dust-empowered one in Episode 2, which covers Weiss in ash. Weiss is unamused.
* SomethingAboutARose: Adam and Ruby both have a rose motif. He has a rose painted on the back of his jacket. The grave she visits at the beginning of the trailer has a rose etched into it. Many of their movements are accentuated with rose petals, and the gore she's responsible for is depicted as spurts of red blood accompanied by more rose petals. If that wasn't enough, Monty confirmed her weapon is named [[https://twitter.com/montyoum/status/266649381099405312 "Crescent Rose"]]. This, naturally, has led to speculation that the two are related somehow. Monty has said they are not related, and their stances differ from each other in terms of "scatter and wilt". In other words Adam's style is a dying rose--possibly a reference to the curse linked to a dying (wilted) rose from [[LostInImitation the Disney version of]] ''Disney/BeautyAndTheBeast''.
* SoundCodedForYourConvenience: According to the production diary, Monty himself makes sure that every weapon featured in the series has its own unique set of sounds.
* SoundtrackDissonance: Played for laughs at the end of the first episode, which has the airship flying to Beacon with a suitably uplifting music, except our protagonists are freaking out over Jaune vomiting on Yang's shoes.
** Taken in the opposite direction with the Season 2 food fight. The music is deadly serious. The action it underpins most decidedly is not.
* SpentShellsShower: Ruby's trailer concludes with shell casings falling from the sky ejected from her weapon. Yang ejects a lot of casings from her gauntlets in her trailer.
* SpoilerOpening:
** The Volume 1 opening isn't played until the end of the first episode, but it includes characters that did not appear in the episode or in the trailers. Furthermore, it heavily implies which characters will be on the same team. Related to this are the end credits for episode 16. The voice actor credits are listed in the order of each character's first appearance... ending with the name of a new character who appears in TheStinger.
** The Volume 2 opening continues the trend, showing new characters and making their affiliations pretty clear. As with Volume 1, the end credits of the final episode also reveal the name of a character who appears in TheStinger.
* TheSpartanWay: The ''initiation'' at Beacon Academy is to be launched at high speeds into a forest full of monsters to fight through them and take a "Relic" from a temple.
--> '''Ozpin:''' Do not hesitate to destroy anything in your path... or you will die.
* SplitScreen: Throughout the initial Grimm encounter in Vol.2 Episode 9, as well as Oobleck's subsequent interrogation of Yang.
* {{Squee}}: Ruby has a tendency to do this; see her character entry.
* StealthPun:
** The Beowolves are [[TheHeartless Grimm]]. By using a scythe on them...Ruby is a [[TheGrimReaper Grimm Reaper.]]
** In the pilot, when the camera first pans to Ruby in the dust store she's reading a magazine called "Weapons". Thus making it "Weapons Magazine".
** Yang has a ''hair-triggered'' temper.
** Vale = Veil = Curtain. Where is the great and powerful Ozpin?
** In the episode ''No Brakes'', Yang says "I guess this is what we've trained for". Whilst on a train.
* SteppingStonesInTheSky:
** Used by team RWBY as the temple collapses around them.
** Blake in particular, as everyone else uses their weapons to propel themselves to a safe place, while Blake runs straight up a pillar.
** Weiss's glyph Semblance allows her to create these at will.
* StockScream: The classic Wilhelm scream makes an appearance in Volume 2 Chapter 11. Strangely, it's actually layered over ''another'' much more natural-sounding scream.
* StockSoundEffects: A jackhammer is heard while team RWBY turns their 4 beds into 2 bunk beds.
* TheStinger: The final episodes of both volumes, wherein a mysterious character who's only made one appearance throughout the corresponding volume shows their face and speaks.
* StuffedIntoALocker: Jaune gets thrown into his locker by Cardin in episode 11. To make matters worse, the locker is then launched into the sky.
* SuperDeformed: Ruby does this in Episode 2.
* SuperheroSpeciation: Pyrrha explains that Huntsmen and Huntresses can use a "Semblance", i.e a specific power that is unique to each person.
* SuperPersistentPredator: The Death Stalker and the Nevermore in episodes 7 and 8. Even though the students try to get away from them, those two creatures relentlessly pursue them, forcing them to take them down.
* SuperReflexes: Nearly every Aura-using combatant has this to some degree, since they regularly [[SpinToDeflectStuff deflect projectiles]] with their weapons without a second thought.
* SuperWindowJump:
** A variant in the first episode of the series when Ruby sends a mook through the window with a kick, following directly afterwards.
** A more traditional version in Vol. 2 Chapter 4 when Blake and Sun are escaping the White Fang gathering, with Roman [[ThereWasADoor right behind them]].
* SuperWeight: Aura users hover at a Type 2. Those with Aura and sufficient skill using Dust powers are more of a Type 3.
* SwissArmyWeapon: Most of the characters have {{Mix And Match Weapon}}s. Most of them are a normal-ish weapon that can fire bullets. The exceptions include Weiss's Myrtenaster, which is a rapier that incorporates design aspects of a revolver (with differently-colored Dust particles instead of bullets), and Jaune's BoringButPractical sword and (collapsible-and-doubles-as-scabbard) shield.
* SwordDrag: Used with a [[ChainsawGood Chainsaw Sword]].
* SuspiciouslyAproposMusic: In the first episode when Ruby kicks the mook out the window, her detached headphones blaring out the theme music of "[[ThemeTuneCameo This Will Be the Day]]." The ensuing fight sequence is what propels her goal to enroll in Beacon later that night. Not to mention the first few lines are "[[MuggingTheMonster They see you as small and helpless, they see you as just a child. Surprise when they find out that a warrior will soon run wild]]."
* TacticalWithdrawal: Teams RWBY and JNPR agree to retreat from the Deathstalker and the Nevermore after completing their objective in the Emerald Woods. Subverted when they are pursued relentlessly, forcing them to take the the Grimm down.
** Torchwick does this in nearly all of his appearances. Even though he is a competent fighter, he (wisely) decides to cut his losses when faced with several {{badass}}es and just [[PragmaticVillainy escape with his original goal in tow]].
* TalkToTheFist: Adam's response to "Intruder! Identify yourself!"
* TheTeam: Students are arranged into teams of four, consisting of two pairs of curriculum-long partners. In addition to working together on the field, they also share a dorm room at the academy. Based on the known teams (RWBY, JNPR, CRDL and CFVY), each team name is an acronym of each teammate's initials combined into a larger word (such as "JNPR = Juniper" and "CRDL = Cardinal"). Due to how teams are arranged through a combination of eye contact and retrieving a matching set, teams can easily become a RagtagBunchOfMisfits; Teams RWBY and JNPR are evidence of this.
* TeamPet [=/=] CoolPet: Ruby and Yang's corgi Zwei.
* TechnicianVersusPerformer:
** Weiss appears to be the Technician to Ruby's Performer. In their first fight together, Weiss mentally goes through a checklist on her stance and form. When she finally attacks, Ruby comes out of nowhere, having given no forethought to her attack. Weiss has to redirect her own attack to avoid hitting Ruby, and accidentally starts a forest fire.
** Another pair that seems to exhibit this: Ren (Technician) and Nora (Performer). All of Ren's attacks (especially his fight against the King Taijitu) seem to be practised martial arts strikes, while Nora simply does what's most effective given her current momentum. Bonus points since Nora is almost never seen without a smile, and Ren tends to be more stoic.
* TeensAreShort: According to [[https://scontent-a-sjc.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-xfa1/t31.0-8/10604608_651234038324805_1451554503241425760_o.jpg the height chart,]][[note]]From Monty's Facebook page[[/note]] most of the teen characters are actually of pretty reasonable heights, and it is the adults who are prone to being unusually tall (Ozpin is about 6'6"), but the overall effect is the same.
* TemptingFate:
** In "Field Trip", Ruby says they've never backed out of a mission before, and that they'll be with a true huntsman, so they should be okay. Then they find out who said huntsman is, [[spoiler:Doctor Oobleck]], who doesn't seem like quite the ideal huntsman they envisioned.
** In "Search and Destroy", Oobleck starts to ask Ruby why her backpack is so important that it can't be left behind, he gets cut off when Ruby's corgi Zwei pops out.
* ThemeNaming: In addition to the ColourfulThemeNaming, some important characters are named after TheWizardOfOz characters. Currently known characters include Ozpin (the Wizard of Oz), Glynda Goodwitch (Glinda the Good Witch), General Ironwood (the Tin Man), and Qrow (the Scarecrow).
* ThemeTuneCameo: Ruby is listening to "This Will Be The Day" in episode 1.
* ThreePointLanding: Ruby demonstrates how it's done in Episode 5, complete with dramatic head snap, lacking only a dramatic explosion behind her. Later done by Pyrrha after the Death Stalker is defeated.
** Later done by Pyrrha again as [[spoiler: Team JNPR arrives to [[BigDamnHeroes assist Team RWBY]] with the Grimm.]]
* TidallyLockedPlanet: Inverted. The moon's phases (and [[DefaceOfTheMoon shape]]) change because it rotates (instead of being tidally locked, as it is on Earth).
* TournamentArc: Part of the Vytal Festival. Played with in that Volume 1 ends before the tournament properly begins. Vol. 2 picks up a couple weeks later on the day before the start of the second semester with the tournament being stated to occur at the end of said semester. As of the end of Volume 2, the tournament ''still'' hasn't started.
* TrainJob: The setting for the "Black" trailer. [[spoiler:Turns out to be both the reason Blake left the White Fang, and one of the bigger reasons Weiss hates them, as the train contained one of her family's large Dust shipments]].
* TranquilFury:
** Weiss displays this during her fight scene in the White Trailer.
** Pyrrha displays a bit of this after seeing Jaune get bullied yet again by Cardin. Considering it was [[GenkiGirl Nora]] who first made the suggestion, the idea of Pyrrha taking it seriously says a lot about her feelings:
---> '''Pyrrha:''' You know, I really will break his legs.
** Glynda when she walks in on the mass FoodFight in Vol.2 Episode 1. This is pretty much Glynda's default combat style.
** Coco displays this too when delivering a PreMortemOneLiner to a Grimm:
---> '''Coco''': You destroyed my favourite clothing store. Prepare to die.
* TriangRelations: Type 5 with Weiss, Neptune and Jaune.
* TwoScenesOneDialogue:
** "The Badge and the Burden, Part 2" had an interchanging pair of scenes with Weiss and Ruby questioning Professor Port and Ozpin (respectively) about Ruby's role as team captain.
** One scene in "Burning the Candle" has Yang luring Blake to her, saying "We need to talk", and immediately whisking her away. The scene is immediately re-enacted with Jaune whisking away Ren.
* UmbrellaDrink: In the [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QCw_aAS7vWI Yellow Trailer]], Yang swaggers up to the nightclub bar, orders a drink, and adds as an afterthought that she wants one of those little umbrellas in it.
* {{Understatement}}:
** Yang in Episode 8, after [[WeWorkWellTogether an epic]] [[OffWithHisHead decapitation]].
--->'''Yang:''' Well... That was a thing.
** When a furious Goodwitch fixes the mess hall after an epic and destructive FoodFight, all she has to say is "Children, ''please'' do not play with your food!"
* UnspokenPlanGuarantee: Episode 8, all Ruby says is "I've got a plan, cover me!" A minute of combat elsewhere and the plan is being put into place.
* VocalEvolution: Compared to what was heard in the trailers, the voice acting in episode 1 has improved ''significantly''. Played with as it's not actually the actresses. Complaints about Ruby's voice in the Yellow trailer were revealed to be hollow, as they were recorded after the first episode. Michael Jones, fiancé to Ruby's actress, pointed out that it's less about the acting and more about the delivery of the dialogue, as well as post editing done by the sound team.
* VomitDiscretionShot:
** Episode 1 ends with Jaune Arc getting airsick and vomiting. The view during the scene is of exterior the airship they are in.
** Episode 2 begins with an immediate follow up to this scene. This time, we see Jaune on screen, but he turns around so his body obscures the vomit.
* WakeUpGoToSchoolSaveTheWorld: Invoked in the blurb on the Rooster Teeth website for all episodes of Volume 2.
* WalkingShirtlessScene: If you're from Vacuo, you show off your abs. Apparently, Vacuo's idea of formal attire, at least for men, is to literally just button up their shirt. When the students from all four kingdoms are lines up in the formal military attire, Vacuo stands out because their "uniform" is literally "We're all wearing shirts now."
* WeirdMoon: [[DetonationMoon It's broken.]]
* WellExcuseMePrincess: Ruby's reaction to [[AlphaBitch Weiss]] is to call her princess after Weiss scolds her for 'exploding a hole in front of the school'.
* WhamEpisode:
** Episode 12 reveals that [[spoiler:Jaune cheated his way into Beacon]]. Even worse, [[spoiler:Cardin finds out and decides to blackmail him.]]
** Episode 15: [[spoiler: Blake is a faunus, and was part of White Fang.]]
** Volume 2, Chapter 11: [[spoiler:Yang and Weiss ''lose'' their fights, and only survive because of timely intervention or a last-minute block. The train busts through the city of Vale, and a horde of Grimm begin their invasion. Team RWBY even spends a few minutes early into Chapter 12 ''losing'' to the Grimm before reinforcements arrive]].
* WhamLine:
** "Jaunedice (Part 2)":
---> '''Jaune:''' [[spoiler: I wasn't really accepted into Beacon.]]
** From "Red Like Roses Part II":
---> ''Every nightmare just discloses''\\
''It's your blood that's red like roses''
** "The Stray":
---> '''Blake:''' ''(to Weiss)'' [[spoiler: Well, maybe we [the White Fang] were just tired of being pushed around!]]
** Combined with WhamShot below:
-->'''Mercury:''' (to Cinder) A lot of Faunus didn't escape... sure the White Fang will still listen to us?
-->'''[[spoiler:Adam:]]''' No. But they'll listen to ''me''.
* WhamShot: The end of Episode 2, Vol. 2 - Ruby accidentally runs into a group of people, who turn out to be [[spoiler:Mercury and Emerald]], saying they're visitors for the tournament. Then worse, ''[[spoiler:Cinder]]'' shows up with them...
** In the finale for Volume 2, Cinder and company discuss if the White Fang will still listen to them after several Faunus were killed in the previous chapter. [[spoiler:''Adam himself'' assures that they will listen to him.]] Then, a couple of minutes later, during TheStinger, Yang is shown meeting the masked woman who saved her life the previous episode. [[spoiler:[[DramaticUnmask She takes off her mask]], revealing a face that looks like a palette swap of Yang's]] As if that's not enough, it cuts to Yang's face, [[spoiler:where she suddenly has her signature [[RedEyesTakeWarning red eyes]].]]
*** One can argue that the phrasing "didn't escape" leaves room for interpretation. They could have been apprehended rather than killed.
* WhatHappenedToTheMouse:
** We see how Ren blows the black snake's head off, but not how the white head is defeated.
** Or of the Rapier Wasps Cardin was supposed to use for his plan after it's foiled.
* WhenTheClockStrikesTwelve [=/=] ForDoomTheBellTolls: We aren't shown the significance of it just yet, but "Dance Dance Infiltration" ends with the symbol of a chess queen flashing across a video screen as Beacon's clock tower strikes midnight.
* WickedWitch: Cinder, the pilot of the aircraft that Roman Torchwick used is the HotWitch variety, [[PlayingWithFire literally]]. Has a FaceFramedInShadow, dueled Glynda to a draw and is seen in the credits with SupernaturalGoldEyes.
* AWildRapperAppears: In the album version of "I Burn" as well as the album version of "Caffeine".
* WizardDuel: Between Glynda Goodwitch and [[WickedWitch Cinder]] in the first episode.
* WhiteMaskOfDoom:
** The Grimm are wearing these in the opening. Adam also wears a Grimm-esque one. [[spoiler:The White Fang working for Roman Torchwick also wear them]].
** The [[spoiler: White Fang]] as a whole adopted wearing them as a sort of commentary on their enemies' treatment of [[spoiler: Faunus]] as monsters, likening themselves to the Grimm.
** It's unclear whether [[spoiler: Raven]] is part of the White Fang, or even a faunus, but she has a particularly elaborate mask all the same.
* TheWorfEffect:
** Blake seems to suffer from this when fighting against Roman in Season 1's finale, [[FragileSpeedster but this might be natural for her]]. Sun fares slightly better because he hasn't fought till now, but Roman is still able to hold both of them off separately. Ruby, meanwhile, gets hit while she's distracted and does nothing at all in that sequence; however, it does set the stage for [[spoiler:Penny]] quite nicely.
** In Season 2 Episode 11, Blake returns the favour to Roman by overwhelming him in single combat with a little help from Weiss' Dust cartridges. Meanwhile, Yang gets completely floored by Neopolitan, making the latter far more of a threat than her tenure as Roman's underling.
** And immediately afterwards she arguably ends up on the receiving end herself, when [[spoiler: Raven]] intimidates her into fleeing simply by showing up.
* AWorldHalfFull: Past the humor and high octane action, RWBY's setting makes it increasingly clear that humanity has only survived with a foothold of civilization. Even with Dust to fight back the Grimm, there are only four truly safe havens on the ''entire planet'', and this is already considered unprecedented. Attempts to expand often fail, and atop that, violent prejudice and criminal conspiracies are still opting to tear this all down. Ultimately, though, the show makes it clear that solutions can be found, and it first starts with a positive outlook; specifically, humanity's already lasted ''this'' long, and it ''wasn't'' just because of Dust(which humans created as opposed to discovered) - enter the fifteen-year-old-girl with(reasonably common!) ''superpowers''...
* WorldOfBadass: This story takes place in a world that is filled with werewolves, giant suits of armor, magic, HumongousMecha, humanoid robots with optional machine guns for hands, {{Mix And Match Weapon}}s and {{Swiss Army Weapon}}s. The focus is on Beacon Academy, where becoming a Hunter/Huntress is about as certified-Badass as it gets, and already having superhuman combat abilities is an ''entry'' requirement.
** Yang and Ruby's dog Zwei shows that in Remnant, [[BadassAdorable even small corgis]] can be outlandishly BadAss.
* WorldOfHam: There is as much over-the-top action as there are over-the-top interactions between the cast. The overly serious characters are few and far between, and even then are not above indulging in their companions' shenanigans.
--> '''Ruby:''' Justice will be swift! Justice will be painful! It will be [[FoodFight DELICIOUUSSS]]!!!\\
'''Weiss, Blake, and Yang:''' YEAH!!!
* XOnAStick: Nora uses a watermelon on a stick as an improvised hammer during the FoodFight in Vol. 2 Episode 1.
* YouGottaHaveBlueHair: Neptune, [[MeaningfulName fittingly]]. Jaune even mentions near the start of "Dance Dance Infiltration" how much skill it takes to pull off blue hair.
* YourTerroristsAreOurFreedomFighters: [[spoiler:Blake's]] take on the White Fang group, though she does seem to think they have crossed the line.
* ZettaiRyouiki: So far as Episode 9 reveals, female students have a few options in this, should they choose not to wear full-length tights. They include Grade E, D and A so far.
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