YMMV / RWBY

  • Abandon Shipping: Tauradonna (Adam + Blake) shippers ended up all but disappearing after Heroes and Monsters was released, which turned the once well-liked ship into complete No Yay, compounded by confirmation in the Livestream that Adam was abusive to Blake in the past. The news even spawned a controversial alternate name for the ship on Reddit - "Animal Abuse" - which only further encouraged everyone jumping ship.
  • Acceptable Targets: Characters who try too hard when flirting are seen as annoying by others, including those they hit on and their playboy tendencies are often the result of some personal insecurity. Jaune tries too hard because of his desire to be a traditional hero and disgusts Weiss with his advances, Mercuryís cheeky attempts at flirting with Emerald pisses her off, Neptune hits on many women because heís afraid of what people will actually think of him being a nerd (intellectual!) and annoys the Malachite twins at one point with his suave cool guy image (as well as pisses off Weiss, who has a crush on him), and while she's yet to be rejected, Yang's eagerness to meet boys in the early episode clearly annoys Ruby and Yang is agitated when Qrow's story takes a flirty swerve to distract her from the video game they were playing. Downplayed in that none of the characters are treated as bad people specifically because of these traits, but their Casanova tendencies are never treated as positive attributes either.
  • Alternative Character Interpretation:
    • Early on, before the show even began, people thought of Ruby as The Stoic, due to the first teaser trailer showing her battling the Grimm calmly. The same went for Weiss, judging from her trailer.
    • Junior has a large amount of hired goons whom he's shown hiring out to dangerous criminals like Roman, indicating he's at least partially responsible for some of their crimes, and is somewhat sleazy when interacting with Yang. However, as he never commits any serious crimes himself, and Yang herself is pretty quick to use violence against him, one could interpret him as just a businessman trying to deal with a violent young girl who's attacking him and his staff. The manga's adaptation of the Yellow trailer adds its own interpretation, dropping his sleazier aspects and being more amicable with Yang after the fight. He even excused the damage done to his club as being common nature and all he asked for was her to order a drink.
    • A small cluster of fans think that Weiss is a Tsundere, and that's why she acts so abrasive to Ruby. It's a common subject for forum jokes. Either that, or a Jerkass Woobie. Her scolding Ruby to "shut up and don't touch me!" while holding her closer certainly helps the Tsundere image.
    • After Episode 12, some people are starting to think of Jaune as less of an underdog and more of a thick-headed Glory Hound than anything else. Though this lessened after he admitted to being a jerk and apologizing, and in later volumes this faded pretty much completely.
    • Almost the entirety of the fanbase has marked Jaune as an extreme case of Oblivious to Love beating the levels of characters like Ichika Orimura. Most fanworks and forum jokes, if not all of them, portray Jaune as this trope. However, only Pyrrha has shown interest in him, and any hints of romance between her and Jaune are non existent because of Pyrrha's inexperience and maternal nature. Given Jaune's similarities to characters who suffer from this trope, it's no wonder he gives the image of one despite his case being greatly arguable.
    • Jaune is implicitly freed from Cardin's blackmail when he saves Cardin from an Ursa attack. Is it because the otherwise Jerkass Cardin feels genuine gratitude for Jaune saving him? Or is it just because no one would believe Jaune forged his papers if Cardin tried to rat him out after this point?
    • There are a number of fans that see Ironwood as a hypocrite for resenting Ozpin over asking him to trust him with little justification, and then turning around and asking the same thing when the Council gives him power.
    • Weiss' dislike for Jaune has been topic for debate. While Weiss herself claims to believe his infatuation with her is an act and his intentions not good at all, the majority of the community believes Jaune does nothing else but to flirt with her off-screen and Weiss herself knows his intentions are good but simply doesn't reciprocate his feelings and is too tired of his attempts to woo her to show any semblance of respect for him.
    • Qrow's actions against Winter. Some saw him as an uncontrollable drunk person who picked a fight on Winter because he was that out of it. Others saw it as a game of chess, where Qrow meticulously planned the whole scenario out to make Winter look bad in front of not only Ironwood, but to the whole crowd that gathered, in an attempt to go against the Atlas Army in Vale.
    • Raven's message to her daughter Yang in brings up the question: Is she trying to tough up her daughter? Or does she simply not care enough to save her daughter a second time?
    • Scarlet will most likely never be seen as anything more than the dopey British-sounding guy in the eyes of the fans thanks to being voiced by Gavin Free.
    • Pyrrha not telling Jaune anything before entering the Aura-transfering machine, despite knowing it might be the last time they see each other. Was she afraid he'd try to stop her, or was she afraid that he wouldn't?
    • Absolutely everything about the final verbal exchange between Cinder and Pyrrha can be open to interpretation.
    • While the source is obviously, clearly very biased, "Divide" nonetheless offers a plausible, possibly In-Universe alternate view to Ozpin; while he is ostensibly teaching willing students to battle against threats to peace and all people, he's also training children to fight in a war that they don't even know exists, knowing that he's sending many of them to die against an enemy they aren't even aware exists. The final verse of Volume 2's "Time to say Goodbye" has a similar opinion.
      • In a similar vein, Salem's accusations in "Divide". Is she genuinely sympathetic towards the children Ozpin trains and sends to die, or is she only using this as an opportunity to rub salt in the wound for Ozpin?
    • The second half of Volume 3 sees Pyrrha have a life-threatening choice put on her with the fate of the world on her shoulders, shortly followed by her being tricked into horribly murdering another student, causing her to have a breakdown and be unable to defend herself from Grimm. When she finally tries to sacrifice her own mind and soul to take on the Fall Maiden's power, Cinder arrives and thwarts that too. The finale sees Pyrrha attempt to put an end to Cinder in a very uncharacteristic display of determination to put down a foe she should know she can't beat, rather than calling Ironwood, Glynda, and Qrow to the scene as Ozpin had commanded her, and paying for it with her life. Did she honestly think she could beat Cinder? Or was she simply so distraught at this point that she no longer cared about the possibility of her death?
    • Roman's reaction to Neo being swept off the airship really paints his death in the Grimm-infested sky in a new context. Since the Grimm are attracted to fear, panic, and other negative emotions, he may have been attacked simply because he was that worried about Neo.
      • Roman's Shut Up, Kirk! speech to Ruby about how being a hero just results in a pointless death. Was this just a villainous rant, or did he lose someone important to him, who may have been a hunter/huntress? Or in a third vein, could he have once been a young idealistic man hoping to become a hunter just like Ruby?
    • While some fans would dismiss Blake's favorite books as simply young adult romance novels on par with Fifty Shades of Grey, in Japan, many of the viewers immediately assumed the books Blake was reading were from the Yaoi Genre, giving rise to her status as a Yaoi Fangirl.
  • Arc Fatigue: In Volume One, the Jaune arc: Episodes 11 and 12: "Jaunedice" and Episodes 13 and 14: "Forever Fall" showing Cardin being The Bully to Jaune (even with the finale) was judged by various fans to take entirely too long and redundant given Jaune's behavior in Episode 8 against a Death Stalker, and taking away any spotlight from other characters by taking up a quarter of the sixteen-episode volume.
  • Awesome Art: And Awesome Animation, given this is Monty Oum. Each episode in later volumes ends with proudly shown concept artwork of the characters that were most prominent in that episode, and that's not saying anything about the superb animation quality in the fight scenes, and in general in later volumes.
    • Volume 2 was for a while using Awesome Fanart for the closing credits. This came to a close after Volume 3, what with more happening in each episode and many more artists for the crew to afford picking and choosing from.
  • Awesome Ego:
  • Awesome Music: Has its own subpage.
  • Base Breaker
    • The trailers showcased each member of RWBY except for the Black Trailer, where Blake shared the spotlight with Adam, and at one point was saved by him. The fandom was split between viewing the Black Trailer as an intriguing plot set-up or Adam stealing Blake's thunder before the show had even started.
    • Jaune is a lovable loser with an instinct for strategy and leadership whose story arc dealt with his lack of combat experience, how he's being bullied by Team CRDL, and how to deal with women. The fandom disagrees on whether he's an audience surrogate for introducing the world who is working hard to gain real skill in combat, leadership and socializing, or a hypocrite who needs to take his own advice about women, and who is a Butt Monkey wasting screentime that could be spent on more useful characters.
    • Penny was either an intriguing character with cool combat skills and a lovably quirky personality, or yet another new character hijacking the finale that could instead have been spent on giving the main characters a chance to shine.
    • Sun is either well-liked for his combat style, character design, general character concept, and being the first Faunus Blake interacts with outside of the trailers, or disliked for having several questionable moments (accidentally revealing that Blake is a Faunus to Neptune, jumping into team RWBY's room uninvited) and elbowing in on the popular Bumblebee shipping between Blake and Yang.
    • The Volume 2 finale introduces Team CFVY's fighting abilities which a lot of fans had anticipated and loved. However, it also reduced main character screen time and shifted focus away from the plot build-up in previous episodes. Fans are split between enjoying the introduction of CFVY and their abilities or criticizing the loss of plot momentum and the lack of threat tension due to rushed animation as a result of the staff's very tight scheduling. Coco in particular is either praised or criticized for her overpowered destruction of the Grimm threat Team RWBY couldn't handle by themselves.
    • Although fandom reception of Flynt Coal has so far been almost entirely positive, the same cannot be said for Neon Katt, on whom opinion is rather torn. Some people love her for her unique fighting style and the way she outclasses Yang for most of the fight, and find her design colourful. Other people, well, they find her squeaky voice and trolling personality just as annoying as Yang no doubt did, plus they find her just downright gaudy.
    • Adam Taurus. The episode "Heroes and Monsters" has him show more outright cruelty than most characters have in the show's entire record. In response to this, the particularly vocal base has been split into three parts: those that defend and rationalize his actions, those that decry them as out of character and complain that Rooster Teeth has been inconsistent, and those that seem to be unsurprised with the way Adam is acting, but are now condemning anyone who doesn't hate his very existence. There's almost no safe place from these arguments.
    • Cinder, by the end of Volume 3. A large number of fans have accused her of being overpowered and thrown around various flame bait-ey terms and tropes due to how well her plan comes together and how she's only defeated by Ruby's "silver-eyed warrior" power. Others however disagree, feeling her planning skills and power weren't any further than what one would expect from a good Magnificent Bastard villain.
  • Better on DVD: Many of the complaints concerning Volume 1's Arc Fatigue and short episode length become much less pronounced when watched in a single sitting.
  • Big Lipped Alligator Moment: Some found JNPR's dance routine to be an amusing homage to the Monty's dance skills, others found it to be jarring and awkward.
  • Broken Base:
    • The final four episodes of Volume 3 - "PVP", "Battle of Beacon", "Heroes and Monsters" and "End of the Beginning" - have proved to be quite controversial with the fandom. Between the heavy Darker and Edgier tone these four episodes took, the deaths of three major and well-liked characters and the general Nothing Is the Same Anymore tone these episodes took threw everyone for a loop, sending the fandom into a tizzy over the massive changes done to setting. The most controversial of this is Pyrrha's death, mostly due to the suddenly-heated Ship-to-Ship Combat that erupted from it and the levels of Trolling Creator Rooster Teeth is cultivating because of it.
    • The conflict of opinions between Ozpin and Ironwood was quite frequently argued by the fans. The pro-Ozpin side reiterated his opinions that Ironwood's army would cause more fear than comfort and cited the signs that Cinder was taking steps to neutralize his forces as proof that his methods were flawed. The pro-Ironwood side argued that Ozpin's cautiousness was functionally the same as inaction, and had (at Mountain Glenn) and would cause problems far worse than just making the people a little nervous. The debates have died down after the release of the last few episodes of Volume 3, which proved both sides were correct. Ironwood's army was quite easily defeated and subverted by Cinder's actions and Ozpin's own plans played right into her hands.
    • There are those who liked the death of Pyrrha or disliked it but believe it should remain final and she shouldn't be brought back, and there are those who were so infuriated by her death that they quit the show and those who consider her death a huge misstep that should be undone as soon as possible.
  • Cargo Ship: Ruby x Crescent Rose. It helps that she's cuddled it, called it her "sweetheart", and in general is quite attached to it, on top of being a weapons enthusiast.
  • Catharsis Factor:
    • To many viewers, it was a sweet moment of relief and triumph when Cinder completely lost her composure for the first time.
    • To many, so was Roman's Karmic Death. For others, though...
  • Cliché Storm: Though they were well-received, the first few episodes were criticized by some for having a lot of familiar anime tropes from the get-go, primarily in the classroom and character areas.. note  However, it moves away from this in later seasons, using the setup as a jumping-off point.
  • Complete Monster: Cinder Fall is the mysterious villain of the first three volumes. A woman who wishes to be strong, feared and powerful, Cinder recruited two young fighters named Mercury and Emerald and attacked Amber, the Fall Maiden. Defeating her, Cinder drained half her powers, leaving Amber in a coma. She then recruits the terrorist group the White Fang by massacring some of their members and forcing the rest into service. In the Vytal tournament, Cinder arranges a match between Pyrrha, who has magnetism powers, and Penny, a robot, and has Emerald use her illusion powers to make Pyrrha panic and use an attack that rips Penny into pieces. Cinder then hijacks the sound system to sow discord and fear among the people and has the White Fang attack, while also unleashing the monstrous creatures known as Grimm on the civilians. Merrily commenting how "beautiful" the carnage is, she has Mercury film it while gloating. Cinder then murders Amber to get the rest of her powers and in a fight with Pyrrha, cripples and then coldly executes the young warrior by using an arrow that burns her from the inside. Cruel and ambitious, Cinder leaves the kingdoms and alliances of Remnant shattered in her quest for power.
  • Counterpart Comparison
    • A rapier user who launches a barrage of strikes against a massive sword wielding foe only to be punched flying (in the exact same pose, no less) brings to mind Asuna. Monty is quite irritated at this comparison.
    • A rapier user, has ice abilities, and is a daughter from a high-class family. Now if Weiss was the Student Council President, she'd be one step closer to be like Mitsuru Kirijo.
    • With Weiss being snooty, from a rich and influential family that discriminates against a lower class, academically brilliant, and a know-it-all who learns to get along with others, her own voice actress has likened her to a mix of Draco Malfoy and Hermione Granger.
    • Another design and color comparison (but not personality), this time to Puella Magi Madoka Magica, there are some parallels drawn between Blake/Homura, Yang/Mami, Weiss/Sayaka and Pyrrha/Kyoko. The latter two pairs have similar weapons as well. But the comparison stops there though.
    • One can now draw some very strong parallels between Pyrrha and Mami, since both are strong mother figures and were killed partly to cause a very abrupt shift in tone for their respective shows, and to have a very drastic emotional effect on the main character.
    • Yang's fighting style and weapon (and to a lesser extent her outfit) evokes that of Bullet from BlazBlue: Chrono Phantasma. Viewers of Akame ga Kill! may also find her comparable to Leone. Furthering the connection with Leone, both are yellow colored, close range hand/fist fighters with a prominent bust, have wild blonde hair, are typically associated with being a bit promiscuous, and most recently, both have lost an arm at one point. Related: Penny's choice of weapon and fighting style also evokes that of Mu-12 with a bit of Ramlethal thrown in. Other similar comparisons with BlazBlue includes Ruby with Ragna, Weiss with Jin and Pyrrha with Tsubaki.
    • Pyrrha is often compared to Agent Carolina of Red vs. Blue, a Web Animation also done by Rooster Teeth. Both are red-haired, formidable fighters. Being played by the same actress helps the comparison. To a lesser extent, she's also often compared to Erza Scarlet of Fairy Tail.
    • Ruby will often be compared to Maka Albarn from Soul Eater, due to their general sweetness and both of them being scythe wielding schoolgirls.
    • Neo(politan) is often compared to Nui Harime due to their partially matching color scheme, being Cute and Psycho, carrying around a stylish parasol, and sporting a really mischievous smile. Fans also speculated that, like Nui to Ryuko, Neo is related to Ruby's family in some way.
      • Yang's VA in the Japanese dub is Ryuko, which the fandom immediately latched onto.
      • Neo disguised herself as a huntress in order to infiltrate the Vytal Festival tournament, similar to Nui's disguise as Shinjiro Nagita.
      • Neo's current disguise during the Vytal Festival gives her the appearance of a Miku clone, or more accurately fellow Cute Mute Black★Rock Shooter.
    • May Zedong is jokingly considered by some to be the lovechild of Venom Snake and Quiet by virtue of only having one exposed eye and being a sniper.
    • A terrorist group with the name of a colored fang that initially had good intentions until it suffered massive Motive Decay is now being manipulated by a sexy woman with long raven hair and piercing golden eyes to be the lackeys in a plan to gain unimaginable power by stealing it from others and unleash horrific monsters humanity had earned a hard-fought safety from upon the realm of man once more. Are we talking about the White Fang or the Black Fang??
    • An Iaijutsu Practitioner wielding a red katana contained in a shotgun scabbard, who's part of a terrorist organization which works for the Big Bad, and who fights a quick battle that results in a protagonist's severed arm? Are we talking about Adam or Jetstream Sam?
    • A young Butt Monkey who wasn't allowed to become a warrior like his father but decided to go on an adventure of his own when he had the chance. He's completely normal and mundane if compared to the main cast but is a natural born leader and later turns out to be a good strategist and tactician. He also captivates the heart of a woman who's out of his reach thanks to his good nature and friendliness but loses her as soon as their love finally starts. Yep, Monty wasn't kidding when he said he wanted his own Sokka character and created Jaune as a result.
    • The Grimms are often compared with the Black Beast or the Yoma.
    • Many fans have pointed out the parallels the series has with Bloodborne, in that both are stories about Hunters that use transforming weapons to fight supernatural Beasts that threaten humanity. Also in both, something is up with the Moon.
    • Terrorist group of human-animal hybrids that are named after a colour and a sharp animal part, claim to represent their people but are actually crazy anarchists and make significant gains in the later series. Are we talking about the White Fang or the Black Claw?
  • Crazy Awesome:
    • Can't think of a good covert distress signal? Consider a sloth. Need a mode of transportation? Ride an Ursa. Picking up a chess piece? Sing about it! Comrade can't make a proper jump? Destroy the bridge for propulsion. Team leader is being bullied? Offer to help by breaking the bully's legs. Not sure if Red Sap is edible or not? Consume an entire jar anyway. Nora does this all the time. Even her Semblance is pretty awesome.
    • Yang's response to a giant killer crow (with some help from Ruby) is to shoot in its mouth at point blank range. Yang actually gets called this in-universe by winning a huge underdog fight against a pair of Hunters and destroying most of the arena they were fighting in doing so.
    • Ruby counts for being the one to come up with the ridiculously awesome "Slingshot Trick".
    • Qrow, Ruby and Yang's uncle, firmly plants himself here by turning up drunk, goading Winter Schnee into fighting him and keeping pace with her the entire time.
  • Creepy Awesome:
    • Cinder Fall, thanks to a surprisingly chilling performance by Jessica Nigri, a well-known cosplayer. Being formally introduced in Season 1's finale with fiery Glowing Eyes of Doom really helps, too.
    • Neopolitan acts cutesy and elegantly, but it's clear it's meant to be as dissonant as possible when she curbstomps Yang while retaining this attitude. She garnered a massive fandom for that very reason.
    • It certainly didn't take long for Salem to become this. Given that she looks thoroughly otherworldly, and has one heck of a villainous monologue delivered by Jen Taylor.
  • Designated Villain: Junior and the Malachite Twins. The Volume 2 opening places them prominently alongside the main Big Bad and her faction, when they only have one appearance in that volume which confirms that Junior's had no more relevance to the plot than loaning Torchwick the men that got curb-stomped in Volume 1's first episode. In his debut in Yang's trailer, he doesn't actually show any hostility to her beyond saying she probably shouldn't be in his club due to how young she is and calling her "Blondie". This makes her grabbing of his balls, terrifying of the bar-goers, and absolute wrecking of the place seem rather uncalled for. So far, the Volume 2 opening has not been repeated for Volume 3 and they have not appeared again.
  • Die for Our Ship:
    • Sun Wukong flirting with Blake and later having tea with her in episode 15 created a lot of hate from the Blake/Yang fans. This has fortunately died down with the advent of Volume 2, and more specifically, the introduction of Sun's friend and confidant Neptune.
    • Neptune has now become an even worse example, thanks to fans worrying he's breaking up White Rose.
  • Draco in Leather Pants: The villains are, in fan-made works, sometimes depicted as being much more heroic than they are in canon, but Roman gets it the most, usually being a Lovable Rogue.
  • Ensemble Darkhorse:
    • Velvet was confirmed by the creators to be a one-shot character who was such a hit with the fans that she was given an expanded role. She is usually the member of Team CFVY that the main characters interact with.
    • Perry and the chainsaw-wielding Faunus are bit characters who have become extremely popular beyond all proportion to their roles.
  • Epileptic Trees:
    • The fandom has gone wild speculating about the illusions seen in Volume three, ranging from the reasonable (Emerald or Mercury have some sort of illusion semblance, or Neo has been manipulating things while hidden), to the unlikely (Mercury is literally using mercury poisoning, or Cinder is using the Fall Maiden powers), to the downright bizarre (Emerald has an illusion semblance, and Neo doesn't actually exist, but is an illusion created by Emerald, or Everyone is Neo). It turns out that Emerald had the illusion Semblance.
    • As the tournament progresses, you wonder just how many matches Cinder rigged to favor her plans and how many matches were coincidental. According to the Fridge page, nearly all the matches were rigged, from pitting the all-male SSSN vs the all-female NDGO with the odds stacked against the former to putting the person with the Hair-Trigger Temper against a Troll.
    • And a certainly strange theory is that Jaune is actually Taiyang's son, either with Raven or another woman. It possibly started as a non-lethal Die for Our Ship, but has become incredibly commonplace.
  • Evil Is Cool: Roman and Cinder. Roman for being a stylish, snarky, badass who can mange to look cool even while losing. Cinder for being mysterious and Creepy Awesome. Cinder's apparent boss, Salem, also qualifies, with a seriously cool design, and being voiced by Jen freaking Taylor.
  • Evil Is Sexy:
    • Cinder Fall, from what we see of her silhouette in the first episode and her full reveal in the The Stinger for the last. And surprisingly, Jessica Nigri even manages to make her sound sexy too.
    • Emerald Sustrai's hips don't lie. Her partner-in-crime, Mercury, also has a devoted fanbase that is loving his gymnastic appeal.
    • Roman Torchwick, mainly due to his Pretty Boy looks, red hair, enticing voice, and sharp style, making him considered one of the most attractive villains. He seems to be doing this on purpose, telling by the guyliner.
    • Neo as well, although to a lesser extent, with her Badass Adorable credentials, Cute and Psycho personality, revealing outfits, and Cute Mute characterization.
  • Fanon:
    • There are signs that Faunus do exhibit some behavioural traits stereotypically associated with their animal species (Cats like fish and hate dogs, so Blake does, too; Monkeys like bananas, so Sun does, too). However, the fandom takes these animal traits to extremes so that faunus have heat cycles or assuming that Velvet is an Ethical Slut because rabbits are stereotyped as obsessed with mating.
    • Very little has been revealed about Neo, except that she never talks, seems to primarily (but not exclusively) act as Roman's support, and her appearance and name were inspired by both cross-gendered cosplay costumes for Roman and Neapolitan ice-cream. The fandom generally assumes she is a mute, that her favourite food is ice-cream, and that she and Roman have an important relationship (which ranges from father/daughter to siblings to lovers and everything in-between).
    • Fox has pure white eyes in canon. The accepted fandom interpretation is that he is blind.
    • Scarlet was first seen as an indistinct, androgenous background character with a sidecut. Fans assumed he was transgender, agender, or any other non-cis gender. Although he has since been confirmed to have male anatomy, the accepted fandom position is that he is not cis-gendered, or at least is not heterosexual when portrayed as cis-gendered.
    • Qrow is viewed as the younger fraternal twin to Raven given that they were siblings who were in the same school team. Fans also interpret his heavy drinking as being caused by Raven's disappearance, Summer's death and Taiyang's canonically-implied breakdown after losing two wives. Given how easily he defeated his nieces in Volume 3, Qrow is also assumed to be an avid video gamer.
    • Given that Ironwood was heavily involved in the creation and development of Penny, but the relationship is never seen on-screen, fans often assume he and Penny have the same relationship as Qrow and Ruby.
  • Fanon Discontinuity: It was said in a RWBY Volume 3 livestream that each Faunus has only one animal trait. Before this many fans created Faunus Original Characters who had multiple traits, and after that information was revealed... fans still went on with making Faunus OCs with multiple traits. This also applies to canon characters as there is a very significant number of Blake fan art that gives her a tail as well as cat ears.
  • Fan-Preferred Couple:
    • Before the series came out, Ruby and Weiss were shipped together constantly. This was most likely caused by the DeviantArt author LunarisFuryAileron, whose RWBY 4komas were featured on Monty's Twitter a few times. This continued on even after Ruby and Weiss were revealed to have very different characterizations than what the fandom assumed.
    • Blake and Yang shared almost no interaction before they became teammates halfway through Volume 1, but that hasn't stopped the so-called Bumblebee pairing from being one of the largest pairings in the show. Fans were delighted when the show gave them a little heart-to-heart talk in Volume 2 and a more tragic incident at the end of Volume 3.
    • Sun Wukong gets shipped with his Casanova Wannabe team mate Neptune, which initially began based on Neptune's appearance alone. This later gained popularity as a result of his adorkable personality, their Those Two Guys dynamic, and a desire to solve the perceived threat to both the Bumblebee and White Rose ships which arises from the Ship Tease between Sun and Blake and Neptune and Weiss.
    • Roman Torchwick and Neopolitan are shipped very often by the fans because of the fact they are predominately seen in each other's company and are both extremely psychotic. Roman's alarmed reaction upon witnessing Neo being blown off the airship didn't hurt, although the fact Roman is dead has hurt it somewhat.
    • Ironwood/Qrow is the most popular ship involving adult characters. The fiery dynamic between the pair spawned Belligerent Sexual Tension pairings that became extremely popular.
  • Foe Yay: How a portion of the fandom sees Roman's relationship with Ruby, despite the show having multiple times where he proves them wrong.
  • Foe Yay Shipping:
    • Fallen Petals (Cinder/Ruby) is a considerably popular crack ship.
    • After their clash in "No Brakes", Yang and Neo (known as either Banana Split or Baked Alaska) have gotten a pairing, too.
    • A small faction of fans have taken to shipping Ruby and Roman together, mainly due to her being Roman's Arch-Enemy and their utter dedication to taking each other down. Plus, Roman has a generally playful attitude.
  • Freud Was Right:
    • From the front, which is where most people stand when talking to him, Ozpin's Cool Chair looks like it has a tall, slightly pointy back with circular, gear-shaped "wings" where the back meets the seat. From behind, however, the full shape of the chair becomes visible... and what it actually looks like is a very obvious case of Accidental Innuendo. Bonus points for Glynda complaining about everything turning into "a contest of measuring di-"
    • In "Burning the Candle", we see Jaune dropping a rose on the ground after he sees Weiss asking Neptune to the dance (he had been trying to win her over for most of the episode), and it leads to a Match Cut to an exceptionally droopy rose...
      • Weiss later tries to make the rose stand back up after she and Neptune don't quite work, at about the same time Jaune comes back. Make of that what you will.
  • "Funny Aneurysm" Moment:
    • After learning that Jaune snuck his way into Beacon, and learning his reasons for doing so, his previous Butt Monkey antics take on a whole new light.
    • Yang and Ruby's occasional offhanded comments about their dad's overprotective nature become a lot darker when it's revealed he basically has the Cartwright Curse (though Raven, his first love, is still alive) and almost lost his daughters to the Grimm once already.
    • Sun jokes that with RWBY off scouting out the Southwest Quadrant, they can tour Vale without the explosions that seem to follow them. Episode 11 ends with the Grimm breaking into Vale after Torchwick and the White Fang blew open an opening for the Grimm to invade.
    • In Volume 3, Episode 6, Ruby cheers Yang on before her match with Mercury by telling her to "Break a leg". She might have done just that - Mercury's. Although it was later revealed that Mercury is not only completely fine due to his lower legs being cybernetics, he was faking his pain the whole time.
    • In the first episode of Volume 2, Ruby and Weiss have a Died in Your Arms Tonight moment Played for Laughs. It's not so funny for Ruby once she actually witnesses the first on-screen death, though it's not Weiss who ends up being the victim.
    • There have been constant jokes among the fandom basically summing up to "JAUNE! KISS HER YOU IDIOT!", and in "The End of The Beginning", he does, right before Pyrrha dies.
    • In Volume 1, during Jaune's montage of being bullied, Cardin shoved him into a rocket-powered locker and activated it. In "The End of the Beginning", Pyrrha does just that again to get Jaune to safety before she goes to fight Cinder.
      • Was confirmed in an Afterbuzz podcast with the writers that the locker joke was made specifically to demonstrate that someone could be launched from the rocket and survive
    • There were several jokes about Roman and Neo, due to Neo being mute and Roman talking constantly. However, Roman and Neo's Villainous Friendship being broken up by Roman's death has made it more tearjerking than funny.
  • Genius Bonus:
    • There are subtle references to fairytales, mythology, literature and history everywhere, particularly in form of Meaningful Name:
    • In Episodes 11-14, Jaune's bully is named Cardin Winchester. Henry Beaufort, the Cardinal of Winchester, was the one who presided over Joan of Arc's trial and execution.
    • Fans especially knowledgeable about Ancient Greek philosophy will notice that Pyrrha's training speech in episode 6 references the traditional principles of arete, the Greek ideal of self-excellence.
    • With JNPR being all gender reversed references to famous cultural heroes, this foreshadows Pyrrha's injury and death, in the same manner as Achilles. Further, her name foreshadows her fight with Penny, in that she wins easily, but Cinder uses it to spark chaos.
    • One of the very first things the narrator says in the first episode is "Man, born from Dust." The name Adam from the Book of Genesis is derived from a Hebrew word for earth, or the ground. Or, in other words, dust. And just to drive the point home, Abrahamic philosophy makes a big deal about "from dust we came and to dust we shall return".
  • Germans Love David Hasselhoff: This series seems to have found a dedicated audience in Asia, to the point that there is both a Chinese and Japanese fandub. It eventually got picked up by Warner Bros. Japan for an official Japanese dub with an All-Star Cast.
  • Girl Show Ghetto: Averted, it was one of the most successful animated series on YouTube and other sites.
  • Growing the Beard:
    • Despite the initial hype surrounding the series (or maybe because of it), the reaction to the first few episodes was decidedly... mixed, with there being numerous complaints concerning the voice acting, short episode lengths, sparse (for a Monty Oum production) animation, and use of stock anime tropes. Still, the series soldiered on, steadily improving as it went. Then Episode 8 was released...
    • Volume 2. Many complaints about the previous Volume have been addressed in some way, from animation, pacing, writing, voice acting, and modeling.
    • So far Volume 3 is turning out to be an even bigger improvement over Volume 2 than 2 was over 1, with vastly improved animation, writing, and voice acting. Especially if you like the Darker and Edgier approach.
  • Harsher in Hindsight:
    • Weiss gives a long list of attacks on her family that made her life difficult growing up. The train robbery she mentions coincides strongly with the events of the Black trailer.
    • In Vol.1 Episode 4, after rattling off a list of Pyrrha's achievements to an oblivious Jaune, Weiss asks whether he really believes he's worthy of talking to her, to which he reluctantly admits that he isn't. In Vol.2 Episode 7, Pyrrha tells Jaune that this is the exact problem she faces: because of her status as The Ace, everyone assumes she's completely out of their league and won't talk to her. The one person who actually had the confidence to approach Pyrrha as a friend (if only because he didn't know who she was), and Weiss tried to turn him away from her.
    • In Heroes and Monsters, Roman lectures Ruby during their fight that anyone who tries to play the hero will just end up getting themselves killed. Comes an episode later, Pyrrha heroically attempts to stop Cinder on her own and dies trying, right in front of Ruby's eyes, no less.
    • Early in Volume 3 Nora has a Made Myself Sad moment as she lists off all the bad things that could happen if JNPR looses the tournament. It's Played for Laughs, but the volume ends with her more serious fears coming to pass.
  • Hilarious in Hindsight:
    • Some (possibly) less informed fans assumed it was a Japanese animated series and demanded that Crunchyroll make the Japanese version available. Well, it seems Japan likes this series too, and a Japanese fan dub of the series is underway.
    • Nora being a Gender Swap homage to Thor becomes this after Marvel made Thor a woman.
    • Yang's shotgun gauntlets have become somewhat amusing now that the character of Jacqui Briggs has been introduced to Mortal Kombat X, using weaponized gauntlets with "Shotgun" as a possible variation.
    • Neo was often compared to Nui of Kill la Kill. Then it was revealed that Yang will share Ryuko's VA in the Japanese dub.
    • Yang breaking Mercury's leg in "Fall" is made a little bit more amusing when one considers how way back in Volume 1 Nora commented that she'd break Cardin's legs if he harassed Jaune.
    • Twofold for Laura Bailey. First, this isn't the first time she voiced a character named Amber. Second, she once voiced Serrah Farron, who wields a sword that can turn into a bow in the sequel. It's the same kind of weapon Cinder uses to defeat Amber.
    • During RTX 2015, there was the infamous incident where Miles, in trying to get Kerry to show off the detail to the Volume 3 poster, accidentally gets it to zoom in on Ruby's body, leading Lindsay to quip "Ruby learns more about her body this Volume". At the end of the volume, we do... in the fact that she's actually superpowered beyond her Aura.
    • RWBY Chibi, an AU version of RWBY that runs on Rule of Funny with Chibified version of the cast. No, not that one.
  • Heartwarming in Hindsight: Nora's famous "Boop" moment was heartwarming on its own, but after her Image Song in Volume 2 revealed that's her way of telling Ren she loves him, the scene became even more heartwarming.
  • He Really Can Act:
    • Some fans are praising Jessica Nigri, best known as a cosplay model, for making Cinder sound absolutely terrifying with about three lines.
    • Michael Jones of Achievement Hunter did a fairly impressive job voicing Sun, considering he's not usually an actor nor has he done any voice acting prior (and was apparently adorkably nervous about doing it.)
    • In the same vein, Kerry as Neptune.
    • Even from day one, Lindsay Jones has done a fantastically convincing job of playing Ruby.
    • Miles Luna shows off his acting talent during The Reveal that Jaune faked his transcripts.
    • Barbara Dunkelman, Kara Eberle, Arryn Zech, Shannon McCormick, Jack Patillo and Taylor Pelto have all been praised for their performances in Volume 2.
    • Arryn and Kara also manage to pull this off at the end of their characters' argument during The Stray, especially when the former reveals what she is and where she comes from
    • While Garrett Hunter's portrayal of Adam wasn't well received in the 'Black' trailer and his delivery of "My darling" in Battle of Beacon was considered a bit Narmy, he managed to be downright terrifying during his extended scene in Heroes and Monsters.
    • Even though Gray G. Haddock has been fantastic from the start, he really gets a chance to show off during Roman's monologue in Heroes and Monsters, along with his anguished cry of "NEO!"
    • Fans were quick to respond positively to Neath Oum's portrayal of Lie Ren, even with the character receiving very few lines.
  • Hell Is That Noise: The shrill tone whenever Cinder creates a fiery explosion.
  • He's Just Hiding:
    • Almost immediately after the news of Roman's demise got out, many theories cropped up about how he could have somehow survived. All in vain, as the RWBY Volume 3 crew and cast have announced that he's never coming back. Not that this has stopped them though, with some pointing out they could be a Lying Creator, especially after Donut was confirmed dead, only to return perfectly alive.
    • Many theories have popped up after the deaths of Penny and Pyrrha that they may still be alive. Penny because she is a robot it's naturally assumed she can be rebuilt or fixed somehow. Pyrrha because her body disintegrated, has had many people latch onto the No Body Left Behind trope and assume she was teleported or Ascended to a Higher Plane of Existence. However, considering she had an arrow in her heart and had clearly stopped breathing before Cinder disintegrated her, the chances of this are sadly slim. Ultimately, two days after the Sponsor release of the episode, her voice actor confirmed that this was to be Pyrrha's fate from the very beginning.
    • Interviews with Miles and Kerry after season three certainly don't help either side, while all the deaths had been planned since the beginning they refuse to confirm or deny the possibility of bringing a character back. Though they also mentioned that bringing even one character back would open a flood gate they aren't really in any hurry to open.
  • "Holy Shit!" Quotient:
    • Volume 1, Episode 8: Team work is used to drag a giant murderous raven up a cliff face by the neck and decapitate it, while a giant murderous scorpion is brained with its own stinger.
    • Volume 1 Finale: Blake goes head to head with a firework-shooting anarchist, Sun breaks out a bo staff made of nunchucks that are shotguns, and Penny carves up people and ships alike with an array of knives and a massive laser beam.
    • Volume 2, Episode 1: A Food Fight in the RWBY world, complete with mimics of Huntsman weaponry, completely decimates a cafeteria resulting in property destruction on a colossal scale.
    • Volume 2, Episode 4: A military mech piloted by Roman Torchwick engages Sun and Blake in highway chase rampage, before engaging Team RWBY, who use powerful combinations of their own powers and skills to ruin it, before Neo drops in and helps Roman get away.
    • Volume 2, Episode 11: Yang fights Neo in a horrible miscalculation of her own skill, Weiss fights the White Fang Lieutenant and gets chainsawed, and Blake utterly curb-stomps Torchwick, all inside a train while about ten of the Paladin Mechs from episode 4 are being pitted against Ruby and qualified Huntsman Oobleck.
    • Volume 2 Finale: Second year might is revealed by Yatsuhashi, who uses a Shockwave Stomp; Fox, who makes an Ursa Major explode, Velvet, who fights Grimm bare-handed, and Coco, who turns a purse into a gatling gun and literally shreds a Deathstalker and three giant Nevermore ravens.
    • Volume 3, Episode 3: Fully qualified Huntsmen Qrow Branwen and Winter Schnee engage in a terrifying but awe-inspiring duel, both of them showcasing intense power and raw skill at the same time, once again causing destruction of property Glynda has to clean.
    • Volume 3, Episode 6, "Fall" and pretty much everything afterwards.
  • Ho Yay:
  • Hype Backlash:
    • You promote a series for half a year done by big shots like Rooster Teeth and Monty Oum and there will inevitably be those who feel the final product doesn't live up to all the hype. However, this has more to do with RWBY being a completely different beast from the creators' past works; about the only similarities RWBY has to Red vs. Blue (Rooster Teeth's previous, widely loved series) is that they both have frequent comedy and cool fight scenes. In everything else, they're quite different. Similarly, Monty Oum's other famous works (Haloid and Dead Fantasy) have Excuse Plot and are nothing but wall-to-wall over the top action sequences. The fact that RWBY focuses on character development, world building, and plot, and only has action sequences (which are still over the top) when the plot requires them also pushes it into this category.
    • Also crosses with Fanon. The trailers were released over nine months, and by the first episode's premiere, there were a lot of fan theories and characterization guesses floating around. When these fans watched the series, most of these theories were jossed in short order (Weiss and Ruby's personalities being the most obvious example) and it came as a bit of a shock. Now, whether or not such jossing is welcome, that's another story.
  • Idiosyncratic Ship Naming:
    • Blake/Yang is referred to as Bumblebee (or BumbleBY), in most circles. Meanwhile, Ruby/Weiss is referred to as White Rose and Candycane, with the former being more common by a wide margin. Blake/Ruby is commonly called Ladybug or sometimes Black Rose, Weiss/Yang is almost exclusively called Freezerburn, Blake/Weiss is Monochrome or Checkmating, with the former being more common. Ruby/Yang is called Enabler, or alternatively Yellow Rose, Pumpkin or Siscest (for obvious reasons).
    • A popular ship name for all four girls as an OT4 is Pollination, combining the theme of Bumblebee and White Rose.
    • A small segment that ships Weiss/Blake/Yang as a plain threesome refers to them by the absolutely puntastic moniker "The Bee's Schnees."
    • Blake/Weiss/Ruby is often referred to as "Newspaper." (What's black and white and red/read all over?)
    • Penny/Emerald is Verdigris (pennies are made of copper which can turn into the green material, verdigris).
    • Further names are collected here and here.
    • Alternately, when characters in RWBY are shipped together, the pairing is referred to by the color that would result in their mixing.
      • Ruby/Weiss: Pink.
      • Ruby/Blake: Maroon.
      • Ruby/Yang: Orange.
      • Weiss/Blake: Grey, or Monochrome.
      • Rainbow: The whole team.
    • After Volume 2 came out, "SeaMonkeys" was coined for Sun/Neptune.
    • Weiss/Neptune is known as "Frozen Ocean", "Arctic Circle", "Iceberg", and similar.
    • In Vol.2 Episode 4, "Freezerburn," "Checkmate," "Ladybug," and "Bumblebee" all got name-dropped as battle formations Ruby calls out while the girls are fighting Torchwick. The exception is Ruby/Weiss, which was named "Ice Flower."
    • Ruby/Penny is called Nuts and Dolts.
    • There's a trend for threesomes involving the Malachite twins is to use the character's color followed by "M&Ms".
    • Similarly, ships involving Jaune (aside from Jaune/Pyrrha) usually end up being the character's color, or item (such as Rose for Ruby) followed by "Knight".
    • Ren/Nora has recently been redubbed "Boop" in honor of Nora's Image Song.
    • And then other, more obscure, ships with equally punny names: Ruby/Pyrrha is Milk & Cereal, Jaune/Weiss is White Knight, Velvet/Sun is Bun-anas and Yang/Velvet is Shotbuns.
    • Ruby/Neo was originally called Strawberry Shortcake, in keeping with Neo's Ice cream theme.... and then someone pointed out that Red October works just as wellExplanation , causing it to almost completely overtake Strawberry Shortcake as the name of the ship.
  • Internet Backdraft:
    • The announcement that RWBY would not be released to the general public for two weeks after its RTX premiere had this effect. The backdraft wouldn't have been so bad if they hadn't announced this change 11 days before the premiere after more than half a year of hype.
    • The length of the episodes in Volume 1 has become a point of contention. It should be said that the team that worked on Volume 1 consists of 10 people and not all of them animators. The latter half of the Volume, which consisted of minimal action and a focus on school drama hurt matters.
    • The length issue was addressed for Volume 2 with the announcement that every episode will be at least 12 minutes. This was accompanied by the announcement that they may go to a biweekly release schedule in order to ensure each episode is ready note 
  • It Was His Sled: Pyrrha's death in Volume 3 quickly became so well-known due to the lively fan-response that even people who don't follow the show or know who Pyrrha is are well aware that she died.
  • Just Here for Godzilla: There's a significant chunk of the RWBY fandom who just watch the show for the beautifully animated fight scenes. Unfortunately, some of the less mature among these kinds of fans tend to very vocal in complaining when the show takes a turn and tries to focus on anything else.
  • Les Yay:
    • In Vol. 2 Episode 3, Penny and Ruby's reunion is full of this. Their first meeting in Vol. 1 was pretty close too, though more on Penny's side.
    • Volume 2 is piling it on. In Episode 6 Blake and Yang have a very heartwarming talk, that ends with Yang hugging Blake then telling her that if she gets some rest and comes to the dance she'll save a dance for her. It's the wink that sells it. Later, Blake and Yang insist on dancing with each other before Blake dances with Sun.
    • Receiving a compliment from Emerald reduces Ruby to blushing, bashful mumbling.
    • "Greetings, Ruby Rose. I wish to thank you for taking an interest in my sister." Cue awkward response.
    • Weiss performs a Heroic Sacrifice to save Yang from being knocked out in their match against Team FNKI. This is enough to make Yang power up completely and Curbstomp the two, and she tops it off by immediately running over to Weiss and very gently cradling her and asking if she's okay.
    • "I will make it my mission to destroy everything you love, starting with her." Said by Adam to Blake when they see Yang looking for her. The fact that at this point Adam is fully abusive and noticed Blake's horrified reaction to realizing that Yang is about to cross path with him certainly doesn't help. The choice of wording and Yang's immediate appearance after Adam says "love" lends itself to this as well. And then, as it becomes immediately apparent from Yang's perspective that Adam is stabbing Blake as a mean of torture, Yang's rage-triggered semblance just as immediately activates, herself promptly charging at Adam in Berserker Tears.
    • In Vol. 3, Episode 12,an injured and tired Blake still struggles in order to hold an unconscious Yang's hand. When a depressed Yang reflects on the entire debacle, the thing she's most upset about is that Blake left without warning, coming very close to tears before lying that she doesn't care. The parallels to her father and her mother certainly help.
  • LGBT Fanbase: It has a mostly female cast and a predominantly male fanbase, as well as an LGBT fanbase in Tumblr. It helps that in an interview about the show, Monty pointed out that there will be LGBT characters appearing in the show (if they aren't there already) and that practically the entire cast wants it to happen.
  • Like You Would Really Do It: Despite the second half of Volume 3 plunging the series straight into Cerebus Syndrome, most fans were convinced that Team RWBY, being the main characters, would make it out of the chaos unscathed. Cue everyone's horrified reaction in "Heroes and Monsters" to Yang getting her arm cut off by Adam. The season finale shows that she's still crippled and bedridden, and unless she gets a replacement arm, she'll likely never fight again.
    • Played straight in the same episode. The show actually makes you think for a second that Adam just decapitated Blake, but it's immediately revealed to be a decoy.
  • Magnificent Bitch: Cinder Fall manipulates just about everyone without anybody fully realizing what's going on or being able to stop her, culminating in her big speech in "PvP" creating mass panic, causing the populace to distrust Ozpin and his fellow authority figures, and spawn chaos with a Grimm invasion. This is followed by seizing control of most of the military hardware that was brought in specifically to defend against her, and adding to the world-wide panic by broadcasting images of this apparent betrayal.
  • Memetic Badass:
    • According to a steadily growing core of fans, Roman Torchwick never stopped being top dog of the antagonists, is only toying with Cinder by pretending to be unaware and compliant with her nebulous grand scheme as he builds up his dragon's horde of Dust, that furthermore his humoring her is the only thing that is keeping her in a position of power at all, he can pimp-slap any of the heroes into submission without missing a beat no matter the odds, could pickpocket the whole cast blind without a single person becoming aware, rules over all human and Faunus gangs alike with Machiavellian absolute authority, and is only deigning to remain in Ironwood's custody because he can make use of the position he's in.
    • Nora also seems to be getting this after the reveal of her Semblance, with many referring to her as the Goddess of Thunder.
    • Qrow Branwen. All you need to know is that he owns Ice Queens even while drunk, owns generals verbally with his own brand of snark, and owns his nieces at a video game.
  • Memetic Loser:
    • Blake is considered to be a very subpar fighter compared to the rest of her team and the fandom usually likes to poke fun of how "useless" she is as a main character even though she is a very capable fighter. Fans also tend to blame her for things she doesn't even have anything to do with.
    • Jaune, he's joked a lot on how he's clueless about things and how incompetent he can be in battle. Admittedly some of this was intentional since he's a normal dude surrounded by insanely powerful huntsmen and huntresses but there are many fans who tend to only focus on his earlier bumbling attitude rather then his increased fighting skills and leadership capabilities shown in later volumes. This has only gotten worse after "Heroes and Monsters" aired wherein Jaune (unintentionally) got Amber killed when he was distracted by Pyrrha's screams during the power transfer which ended up given birth to a couple of memes. Hell even the creators have started making fun of Jaune's perceived uselessness.
  • Memetic Mutation: Has its own page.
  • Memetic Psychopath:
    • Though Neo has shown some signs of being Cute and Psycho in the show itself, the fandom has taken it to insane proportions, portraying her as murdering random people whenever she can. There is also more than a few fan artists who have portrayed Neo as being sexually excited as she attacks/kills people, usually Yang.
    • Nora has been known to get very aggressively enthusiastic when offering support to her friends, particularly if it involves a (potential) fight of some kind. Because of how eager Nora gets during these moments, especially the whole "We'll break his legs" incident, many a fanworks make Nora out to be a violent person who gets off on injuring or murdering random people on a whim and someone who frequently encourages her friends to do the same. Amusingly enough, this is always Played for Laughs.
  • Misblamed: It didn't take long at all after the season 3 finale for many, many fans accusing Miles and Kerry of killing off Pyrrha solely as one final tragedy in a season that was already divisive due to its massive case of Cerebus Syndrome. Thankfully, this died down quickly after it was confirmed by both Monty's widow and Pyrrha's voice actress that Monty himself planned Pyrrha's death before the series even began.
  • Misaimed Fandom: Apparently fans are less interested in the plot or the characters than they are with the fact that two sisters have different surnames. A humorous, harmless example, all things considered. This is fully explained in episode 6 of Volume 2, though Monty had already confirmed the two as half-sisters well before this.
  • Moral Event Horizon:
    • Adam Taurus states that he's going to try to destroy everything that Blake holds dear in retaliation for betraying him. He follows through with that threat when he chops off Yang's right arm and then attempts to decapitate Blake all the while asking her why she has to hurt him.
    • Cinder causing a Level 9 Grimm Invasion, bringing Vale to its knees.
    • Neo trying to kill Yang with psychotic glee on her face.
    • Roman Torchwick ordering his gangsters to kill Ruby. While we know she's a straight-up Action Girl, he doesn't, and for all he knows, is ordering his Mooks to kill a bystander who just fought back.
  • Most Wonderful Sound: Anytime Crescent Rose or Ember Celica unfold, cock or fire.
  • Narm:
    • Blake's reaction to everyone finding out of not only her Faunus nature but also her ties to the White Fang is to simply bolt out of the room, which comes off as more of an "abandon thread" reaction than anything serious.
    • Junior's second line in "Painting the Town" is so badly delivered it's hilarious.
    • Adam's voice acting since he debuted in the "Black" trailer has been frequently criticized as being unintentionally hilarious as it sounds like his VA is trying way too hard to sound "cool." This all came to a head in Volume 3 in "Battle of Beacon": Adam's one-liner when Blake runs into him ("Hello, my darling.") is extremely corny even though it's intended with a lot of malice.
    • Ozpin's fight with Cinder has him striking her multiple times with his cane, but the way its animated, the juggling nature of the hits makes it look like Cinder's dancing in place.
  • Narm Charm:
    • The JNPR dance is the corniest, cheesiest thing imaginable, but there couldn't be a more awesome or satisfying conclusion to that subplot.
    • Ozpin doing voices for the Maidens in the World of Remnant episode "The Four Maidens" is goofy, but it adds to the feeling that it's something out of a storybook, and works really well.
    • Adam's line when he's about to try and murder Blake is delivered with almost no emotion to the point where it doesn't even seem to be a question, but it just shows how far he's fallen and how he can't be reasoned with anymore
  • Never Live It Down:
    • Nora eagerly suggests breaking Cardinís legs only once in the entire series, and that was in response to her friend Jaune being bullied by him. Because of this one line itís relatively common for fanfic writers to make Nora more comically violent than her canon counterpart, especially in the more lighthearted and comedic fanfics. Also, due to the above suggestion, anytime fanfic writers make Cardin receive karmic retribution for his bullying it will involve his legs being broken in some way.
    • Years later, people are still not over how Weiss hasn't apologized to Blake for her mistrustful attitude towards Faunus in Volume 1. You would think the fact that Weiss stated she has seen people executed by White Fang members and suffered their attacks all her life would give her slightly more ground to stand on than simply not liking Faunus. You would also think the heartwarming conversations between her and Blake in Volume 2 hadn't happened. Possible qualifier for Misaimed Fandom.
    • The very first episode is the only time we ever see Ruby scarfing down an entire plate of chocolate chip cookies and with the exception of a Freeze-Frame Bonus in Episode 11 of Volume 1, there isn't a single moment where she's been so much as seen with a chocolate chip cookie. To this day, people still consider chocolate chip cookies her Trademark Favorite Food, to the point that it was the focus of a RWBY Chibi sketch.
    • A rather weird example comes from Yang's voice actor being (in)famous for her pun making skills. Because of their similar looks and personalities, Yang is often joked as being a relentless pun maker. In the actual show, Yang didn't make a single pun until the first chapter of Volume Two and to this day the number of puns she has made can be counted on one hand.
    • Weiss calls Ruby a dolt once. Fandom practically makes it her catchphrase.
  • Nightmare Fuel: Has its own page.
  • No Yay: The penultimate episode of Volume 3, "Heroes and Monsters", does this for Blake/Adam. His downright abusive expression of how he'll make Blake suffer for leaving him, not to mention what he does to Yang who tried to save her, has done a lot to turn people away from shipping them.
  • Older Than They Think:
    • Several years before the series was made, Monty made a short that used "shotgun nunchuks". It helps that both RWBY and the short use the same animation for the fights scenes. There's also a girl in the short who leaves copies of herself behind and dual wields.
    • Monty's Deviantart has some animations that he mentions gave birth to the idea of a Red, Black, White color scheme and his preference for crows.
    • Ruby is not the first girl with a frilly outfit, an Image Song and a sniper scythe: Margaret Moonlight used them three years before RWBY was announced.
  • One-Scene Wonder:
    • Tukson only gets a few minutes of screentime before his assassination, but his design, voice, and implied backstory made him very popular with the fans.
    • Amber, the Autumn Maiden, in Volume 3's "Beginning of the End". Immensely powerful—showing off that Power Floats as well as several kinds of elemental manipulation—and putting up an awesome fight against Cinder, Emerald, and Mercury (not to mention being voiced by Laura Bailey!), only to end up in a deathlike coma (as seen in Chapter 6).
    • The unnamed Atlas ship captain in "PvP" only gets to say a few lines before his ship is taken out by Roman's hijacked warship, but he's fondly remembered by fans because of his deep tone, delivered by Travis Willingham.
  • Periphery Demographic: The show is aimed towards adults, but attracted a sizable fanbase of children. The creators acknowledged this in a message that doubled as a warning that the show was going to get darker in Volume 3. A possible explanation for the upcoming RWBY Chibi spin-off is born out of a desire to provide this younger audience (and also adult viewers who were drawn to the light-hearted comedy and slice-of-life aspects of RWBY's earlier episodes) with an non-alienating alternative to the Darker and Edgier direction the main show is taking.
  • Portmanteau Couple Name:
    • Jaune/Pyrrha is referred to as Arkos.
    • The wikia forums gave a joke name to the Ruby/Jaune ship, known as Arse (Arc + Rose) shipping. And they also add S.S. in front of the ships' names.
    • Barbara (Yang's VA) once used "Blang" (for Blake/Yang) on a Twitter pic of her and Arryn (Blake's VA).
    • Mercury/Emerald is frequently called Emercury.
    • For a while the ship name Neiss (say it out loud) for Neptune and Weiss was popular.
    • Renora for Ren/Nora (naturally).
    • Pyrruby for Pyrrha/Ruby.
    • Ironqrow has gained some popularity, for Ironwood/Qrow.
  • Ship Mates:
    • Within the fandom, it's not uncommon to find Ruby/Weiss shippers that also support Blake/Yang. This isn't limited to Team RWBY members; you're likely to find supporters of Jaune/Pyrrha and/or Ren/Nora. The trend continues even if you mix and match.
    • If someone ships Sun/Neptune, you can bet with certainty that they were and are big fans of a pairing of Blake and one of her teammates first.
  • Ship-to-Ship Combat: Arkos (Jaune/Pyrrha) vs. Lancaster (Jaune/Ruby) erupted into this the moment "End of the Beginning" was released. A lot of the Combat is due to the fact that many Arkos shippers moved to Lancaster after Pyrrha died, with many of these shippers claiming that this isn't second best, but all that's left. Despite their ship sinking faster than the Titanic, Arkos shippers are still defiant that their ship is still valid, believing that Pyrrha is still alive, despite even her voice actor and the creator's ex-fiance saying otherwise and claiming that those who jump over to Lancaster are nothing more than traitors to the ship. Shipping is Serious Business. This isn't helped by White Rose and Nuts and Dolts, who are also generally opposed to Lancaster. (Don't tell Nuts and Dolts shippers that Penny's dead. Nobody believes it.)
    • There's also a lot of tension between shippers of Bumblebee (Blake/Yang) and Black Sun (Blake/Sun), especially after the focus on Blake and Yang's friendship at the end of Volume 3 and the release of the Black Sun-themed song "Not Fall In Love With You" gave both fandoms hopes for canonization.
  • Special Effect Failure: Enough that the show's wiki has a dedicated inconsistencies page detailing the majority of said instances.
    • The first version of each episode, released on Rooster Teeth, has its errors recorded by the writers on said wiki. A week later, a cleaner version of the episode with less errors is released on YouTube.
    • The animation itself has also been decried as being stiff and lacking in fluidity outside of the fight scenes.
    • Almost every character has the same basic run animation for non action sequences. Granted, this is common in full budget video games as well, but it can be a bit glaring. The best example would be when the two teams are late for class, and eight characters have the same movements, though that might have been played for laughs.
  • Spiritual Licensee: To some, RWBY Chibi is Dumb RWBY as an animation.
  • Sweet Dreams Fuel:
    • The first two seasons can be seen as this. The setting is dark, yes, and multiple threats prey upon humankind, but there's a lot of comedic and heartwarming moments to balance that out, and heroism and epic deeds are the order of the day. In some ways, it's a very optimistic series... Until the Cerebus Syndrome kicks in.
    • Of particular note is the track "Gold."
      Don't you worry about the dark / I will light up the night / With the love in my heart / I will burn like the sun / I will keep you safe and warm...
  • Suspiciously Similar Song: The intro to "Not Fall in Love With You" sounds a lot like "Looking for the Magic" in a higher key.
  • Tainted by the Preview: Some viewers were turned off by the inexperienced voice acting in the Black and Yellow trailers.
  • Take That, Scrappy!:
    • Cardin finally receives a little retribution in the episode Forever Fall Pt. 2: Jaune finally growing a spine to stand up to him, his teammates running away from an incoming Ursa and leaving him behind, said Ursa giving him a beating, and then being saved by his own bully victim.
    • Episode 5, Volume 2: Watching Pyrrha absolutely demolish all of them together in a sparring match is extremely gratifying.
  • Tastes Like Diabetes:
  • The Untwist:
    • After all the subtle and unsubtle hints that Blake is a Faunus, it was theorized that she was not a Faunus herself, but merely connected to them in some way. Turns out, no, she really is a Cat Faunus.
    • Cinder's reveal as The Man Behind the Man: While there's not a lot of buildup or misleading per se, the first volume's Spoiler Opening places her very prominently in comparison to Roman, the supposed Big Bad up until then.
    • Based on Jaune's outdated weapons, lack of combat-related knowledge, overall clumsiness, and Glynda's mention that despite what his transcript said he wasn't ready for Beacon, people began to theorize he somehow got into Beacon outside the normal means. It is later confirmed when he admits to Pyrrha that he faked his transcript in order to enter Beacon.
    • Penny's Robotic Reveal in "A Minor Hiccup". It had previously been somewhat confirmed in the earlier episode "Black and White", which shows she has a large mechanical compartment in her body that holds her swords. Word of God says that her abilities in that episode are, apparently, shown off earlier than intended.
  • They Wasted a Perfectly Good Character:
    • Team SSSN: The story granted half of its members, Sun and Neptune, enough time to introduce them as characters but their relevance to the story was overall minor. The other half, Sage and Scarlet, barely managed to get a single appearance in the Vytal Festival Tournament. It doesn't help how they were portrayed in two openings alongside the main cast thus suggesting their major roles in the story which turned out to be non existent. This is made more apparent by commentary in the post-Volume 3 livestream where it was revealed that originally Sun and Neptune were supposed to fight Pyrrha and Nora for their doubles round and get soundly beaten, a scene that was reportedly cut due to time constraints and lack of plot significance.
    • Several deaths in Volume 3 cut short the possibilities to explore several interesting characters, most notably Pyrrha and Penny.
  • They Wasted a Perfectly Good Plot:
    • Jaune's bullying days were a good insight into his character and Pyrrha's but fans felt the entire issue was too cliche and could have gone for a more original and darker approach. Not only is never revealed how Jaune got the transcripts or how the Beacon staff overlooked it but, after Beacon's downfall, it's entirely pointless as of now.
    • The entirety of the second volume's finale, the culmination of Roman's actions, which is admittedly part of Cinder's plan but carried out prematurely, that had been teased since the beginning of the volume, was wrapped up and rendered mostly inconsequential in under ten minutes of (relatively) poorly animated action sequences and one magic spell last used at the end of the gag fight. The FNDM has had issues with this, regardless of the tight schedule.
    • Once again, time and budget constraints meant that a number of fights in the Vytal Festival Tournament were only seen in passing or completely skipped. Since the entire tournament was in reality a huge Plot Device, fans expected to see the entirety of it, instead they were given a few pieces of it, resulting in several fights that were completely unnecessary and didn't affect the story at all.
    • During Volume 3 Penny mentions to Ruby that she wants to escape from Ironwood and Atlas' control and stay in Beacon with her friends and that she has a plan to do so. Sadly with her death later on in the season we'll never learn what that plan was.
    • During Volume 3, much is made of the possibility that Pyrrha becoming the Fall Maiden would result in her completely losing her identity, memories, and personality. Amber's death at the hands of Cinder, followed by Pyrrha's, renders this plot thread moot.
  • Too Cool to Live: From day one Pyrrha was portrayed to be the perfect warrior. She was, as Ozpin himself put it strong, intelligent, caring, and most importantly, she was ready. Unfortunately Pyrrha was just TOO perfect to stay alive as she was killed by Cinder after she obtained the second half of the Fall Maiden's power.
    • Roman Torchwick was a Magnificent Bastard who applied for Evil Is Cool heavily. Sadly, he ends up Hoist by His Own Petard after being eaten when he goes on a rant in the middle of a Grimm-filled sky, and being eaten immediately after said speech, and has been confirmed dead by the crew.
  • Ugly Cute: The Boarbatusk variant of Grimm.
  • Unintentionally Unsympathetic: For some, Blake lost a lot of respect at the end of Volume 3 for abandoning her friends without telling anyone where she was going (she's briefly seen in the ruins of Beacon) or that she's leaving (to protect them from Adam). While Blake means well, and having gone through torment herself (facing her former abuser, which isn't easy), what makes it a tough pill to swallow is that Yang already has deep issues with abandonment and that Yang previously lost her right arm and nearly her life trying to protect Blake from Adam; Yang, who's been through enough by this point, is shown absolutely heartbroken/depressed over this even months later. Compounding the issue is that thus far we don't know if Blake ran out of hasty feelings, deliberately, or what-have-you reasons.
  • Visual Effects of Awesome: For Volume 3, the face rigs were severely updated across the board. This allows for a far greater variety of expressions than in past volumes. This is evident right from Episode 1.
  • What an Idiot:
    • In The Shining Beacon, when Yang runs off to the main building of Beacon, Ruby gets dizzy and crashes into Weiss Schnee's containers of dust mined from her father's Schnee Dust Company. Weiss angrily takes one of the luggage to show that this stuff is volatile and dangerous. She angrily shakes the Dust around while she's talking, which sends particles everyone, causing Ruby to sneeze. The sneeze triggers a Dust explosion centred on Weiss, who then blames everything on Ruby.
    • In Players and Pieces, after our main characters are all the temple in the forest, Ruby tries to engage the deathstalker by herself, but it proves fruitless, so she tries to retreat, only to be cape snagged when a nevermore shoots its feathers at Ruby. Ruby does not use her Crescent Rose in scythe mode to cut her cape, freeing her from being snagged, and saving her from being impaled by the deathstalker. She instead tries pulling her cape off, giving enough time for the deathstalker to approach her and try to impale her. She is only saved from certain death when Weiss intervenes.
    • Now, something from Profess-uh, Dr. Oobleck, the guidance Hunter of Team RWBY. So, Doctor, one of your students has gone missing and judging by the way she left her weapon, she is not in good condition at all. Dr. Oobleck should have explained only the core, necessary information about the place they are about to enter and quickly gone after Ruby. He instead rambles on about history that, while important and interesting depending on who you ask, has no immediate relevance to the emergency at hand. The information was only useful in retrospect, and even then was mostly redundant.
    • During Yang & Weiss vs Neon & Flynt match, Flynt knocks Weiss down and step on Weiss' weapon. Then he gets distracted by Yang's barrage and turn around, stepping off of Weiss' weapon. She takes this chance to tackle Flynt into a lava pit, taking herself out of the fight and depleting most of Flynt's Aura...instead of...you know, picking up her weapon and attacking him with it. If she did so, Yang might not have had to fight two opponents by herself.
    • In New Challengers, Team JNPR fights Team BRNZ, gains the advantage and almost wins. Jaune attempts to close the match by calling out his team's attack strategy names, but instead confuses his own team mates, who don't know what he means. Team BRNZ do not take advantage of Team JNPR's confusion to try and get back into the fight. They are instead shocked by Team JNPR's behaviour and chastise them for forgetting they're in the middle of a fight. Jaune then takes out his frustration on Team BRNZ by ordering Nora to finish the fight.
  • What Do You Mean, It's for Kids?: Burnie Burns, among others at Rooster Teeth, has stated that part of why they made the show was so that they could have something made by their company that they could watch with their kids. Yes, it's lacking the swearing that fills most of their work, and it makes full use of Bloodless Carnage, but... well, just take a look at the Nightmare Fuel page. This was later acknowledged during the airing of Volume 3, with Rooster Teeth warning people about how the show was going to get much darker going down the road.
  • What Do You Mean, It's Not Political?: The White Fang, a Western Terrorists group that gives a bad name to an established minority group. Related, Weiss, a character represented by the color white, is presented as a racist, while Blake, who is represented by black, is a member of the group. It hurts that exposition in episode 16 reveals that despite Faunus officially being recognized as equal, they are still commonly mistreated. Even worse, it's mentioned that Schnee industries used "Faunus labor" and with the way it was said and how Blake mentioned back in episode 2 that the company was at the center of a lot of controversy, it's implied that the workers are either overworked, underpaid, have poor safety conditions, or may even be corporate slaves. It really does seem similar to how slavery was outlawed after the American Civil War, but not long after the Jim Crow laws were passed, creating more or less slavery in all but name. There is also a comparison between the Schnee dust company and the real-life deBeers diamond company, who uses questionable labor practices in their African mines. The two companies even have Germanic names.
  • Win Back the Crowd:
    • Volume 2 has 12 episodes that are all around 12 minutes each (to address the very common 'short episode' complaint Volume 1 was hit with) and has improved animation due to Monty changing the character rig.
    • Volume 3 seems to be answering complaints from Volume 2. The pacing is faster, Jaune's screentime has been greatly reduced (answering complaints that he was a one man Spotlight-Stealing Squad) and the villains are finally given motives and development.
    • After almost three seasons of the heroes never really being put in enough danger or suffering major consequences for losing fights, "Heroes and Monsters" suddenly delivered in a way nobody expected when Yang's arm got cut off. While the fans are largely shocked and horrified by this, they're also relieved that the show is attempting such a level of gravitas.
  • WTH, Casting Agency?: Amber, one of the four Maidens, was certainly a crucial character for Volume 3, but she had only one line aside from screams and grunts in her one able-bodied appearance. Not a particularly good use of veteran voice actress Laura Bailey. According to Rooster Teeth, she recorded those bits while visiting their office for a day.
  • The Woobie: Many characters qualify at some point in the story.
    • Blake. As of Episode 15, she is revealed to be a Faunus, subjected to Fantastic Racism by Weiss, and feels isolated from her team. Somewhat ironed out in the following episode, but there's still plenty of Woobie fuel. In Episode 5 of Volume 2, the events going on outside of school seem to bear down the most heavily on Blake, making her haggard and snappish towards Sun and her teammates. In "Mountain Glenn", she is shown to have a great deal of self-loathing because she sees herself as a coward who only runs away. Then in "Heroes and Monsters", she's attacked and stabbed by Adam, a man she's implied to have had a romantic relationship with, who then slices Yang's arm off right in front of her when Yang tried to intervene. Word of God actually confirms that her relationship with Adam, the one person who took her in and cared for her as a fellow Faunus, was an abusive one. After the fallout of Beacon's invasion, the rest of the main two teams are with friends/family (Ruby and Yang are together and with their dad, Weiss may be with her sister and father, who cares about her safety enough to have her taken back home, Ren, Nora, and Jaune have each other and Ruby with them), but Blake is completely alone, separated from the people she'd finally warmed up to after so long.
    • Jaune. He lost Pyrrha to Cinder and his other love interest Weiss left for Atlas to go back home, and to make matters worse, Pyrrha didn't complete his training with him. To make matters even worse he loses Pyrrha right after sharing his First Kiss with her and doesn't even get to see her before she dies. Then there's the song "Cold" that plays in the credits which clearly shows he's still hurting from Pyrrha's death even weeks/months later. On the lighter side, Ruby decided to join Team JNPR as a replacement huntress after Pyrrha's demise.
    • Taiyang Xiao Long, Ruby and Yang's father. He lost two wives, Yang's mother Raven and then Ruby's mother Summer, which had both been on a Team with him when they were in school and had known each other for many years. According to Yang, the loss of Summer had caused him to "shut down". In the aftermath of the Battle for Beacon his eldest daughter, the only link he likely has left to Raven, has lost an arm and is now going through her own bout of depression. His youngest meanwhile has just waking up from a coma after using unknown magic and has decided to go after the villain herself leaving only a note explaining what she's planning to do.
    • Weiss, though at points she's more of a Jerkass Woobie. What little we know about her background implies that her more hostile tendencies are the result of a very troubled childhood, and her expressions in A Minor Hiccup manage to convey quite a bit of pain. Her uncharacteristic rant in Black and White has her flat out say that watching family members go missing, or worse, be executed, is par for the course for a Schnee.
    • Pyrrha, as of "Fall", is hit with knowledge that contradicts centuries of history. She is pressured by the headmasters, Ironwood, and Qrow to take what's left of the current Fall Maiden's Aura. The process would involve artificially forcing Amber's Aura into Pyrrha, and nobody knows what that will end up doing to Pyrrha, but they speculate that she may not be the same person. To see her abruptly thrown into the thick of things, and become so fearful of the headmasters she once respected and trusted is heartbreaking. The implications of this can be even more heartbreaking for her, among which are how she may be put in an even higher pedestal, isolating her even more from people, and how she may be another target of people who wanted the Maidens' powers. It really doesn't help when Jaune, the boy she loves, tells her to fulfill her destiny at any cost, not knowing what she's going through. In her match against Penny, she ends up being tricked via Emerald's illusions into dismembering Penny in front of the whole world, subjecting her to the same fate as Yang. She's so horrified by what happened that she almost gets killed by a Nevermore. She decides to inherit the Fall Maiden's powers as things get progressively worse at Beacon however before she can receive the powers fully, Cinder kills Amber instead. In the end, after a Now or Never Kiss with Jaune she has one Last Stand against Cinder that ends with her painful, fiery death.
    • Yang is tricked into making herself look like an absolute monster on live television by Cinder and co., said actions get RWBY disqualified from the tournament and even Blake is hesitant to keep trusting her, which hurts Yang immensely (though she comes around with a bit of persuasion). And then she loses her arm during "Heroes and Monsters" trying to save Blake from Adam, who swears to destroy everything she cares about. Then to add salt into the wounds Team RWBY ends up disbanding with Blake herself leaving her without a word seemingly abandoning her in the same way her mother did years ago. By the end of Volume 3 she is left bedridden and bitter, barely even mustering the energy to care about what's happening in the world.
    • Ruby, as of "PvP" finds out that the people she'd considered friends have been manipulating her and her team all along, and watches a close friend gruesomely dismember Penny in the tournament, thanks to said fake friends. Considering that all her life, she'd never been lied to in such a manner, this must be rather difficult for her to handle. Things only get worse for her in End of the Beginning wherein she sees her sister's condition, witnesses the death of Pyrrha at Cinder's hands, and after being stuck in a coma for a few days awakens to find out that her team has disbanded in her absence. However Ruby seems to have transitioned into an Iron Woobie since despite all that she goes off with the remainder of team JNPR to go after Cinder themselves.

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