YMMV / RWBY

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  • 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, Mercury's cheeky attempts at flirting with Emerald pisses her off, Neptune hits on many women because he's 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.
    • In general, sexual abusers and lechers are a common target in the show. Adam's abusive and possessive behavior in Volume 3 toward Blake immediately marked him as a monster, while Junior's flirting with the then-underage Yang in the Yellow trailer is treated as justification for her to hit him. Later on, in Volume 5, a lecherous man Yang encounters at a gas station keeps hitting on her and then tries to touch her hair, and she promptly punches him so hard he's hurled out of the store and gets a water on the house for it.
  • Archive Binge: Want to catch up on the series before Volume 5 and have some 11 hours to do so? Rooster Teeth got you covered!
  • Arc Fatigue: Volume 4 has been criticized by some for its slow pacing, with RWBY being split apart and separate plotlines that would normally take an episode or two being stretched over the entire season by telling each member of RWBY's individual story, with some scenes devoted to progressing other character's plotlines.
    • One common issue fans had with the first volume was that the six episodes immediately after "Players and Pieces" were very slow-paced episodes dealing with school life where Weiss had to grapple with Ruby becoming team leader and Pyrrha discovering Jaune's secret and Jaune dealing with the consequences of it. The slow pace of those episodes, the shortness of each episode, and the fact that they were split across six weeks when the show first aired meant that many fans got tired of waiting for something interesting to happen. This is less of a problem now that one can sit through all of those episodes in under twenty minutes.
  • Awesome Music: Has its own subpage.
  • Base-Breaking Character:
    • 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 and elbowing in on the popular Bumblebee shipping between Blake and Yang.
    • 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: Volume 1 attracted some criticism for its short episode length, which was compounded by the wait between episode releases. These issues become much less pronounced when the entire Volume is watched in a single sitting on its various venues, since there's no wait to make the show feel like it's slogging. Volume 4 has this reputation as well, as it's basically an entire Volume dedicated to world-building and Character Development and as a result has a slower pace that is better viewed all at once.
    • The Japanese dub is also better on home release than its broadcasted version, RWBY 1-3: The Beginning, due to the amount of scenes cut from the show to fit a 30-minute 13 episode series.
  • 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 these 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.
    • When Ruby manifests a new ability at the end of Volume 3, the fandom divided sharply over whether or not it was a good addition to the show. Some fans feel that the event came out of nowhere with inadequate foreshadowing, while others argue that there are enough subtle clues to suitably set up the event. Fans will criticize Ruby's power awakening, the killing off of the fan-favourite Pyrrha and and the use of Pyrrha's death to trigger Ruby's awakening. Other fans support the foreshadowing argument, the death of Pyrrha as a necessary part of the story, the awakening of Ruby's powers and the link between Ruby's awakening and Pyrrha's death. The two subjects are very controversial and heavily entwined in the fandom's consciousness because of they both happened in the story.
    • The fandom is split on Volume 4. One part has considered it a nice Breather Season, devoting itself to character development and world-building. The other part dislikes the Volume for the exact same reason, feeling that the slower pace and meandering plot lines just mar the season and waste time. The fandom also can't agree if the fight scenes have gotten better or worse.
  • 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.
  • 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.
    • 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.
    • Viewers of Akame ga Kill! find Yang comparable to Leone; both are yellow-themed, close range hand/fist fighters with a prominent bust, have wild blonde hair, are typically associated with being a bit promiscuous. They have also both lost an arm. Related: Penny's choice of weapon and fighting style also evokes that of Mu-12 with a bit of Ramlethal thrown in.
    • 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. She also disguised herself as a huntress in order to infiltrate the Vytal Festival tournament, similar to Nui's disguise as Shinjiro Nagita, and Yang's Japanese voice actor is Ryuko, which the fandom immediately latched onto.
    • Ruby and Yang have recently been compared a lot to Ragna the Bloodedge for many reasons. Ruby's are sharing his colors (red and black), having a mysterious body part based power, and using transforming scythes as weapons. Yang's case is that she is an older sibling, is hot blooded, is a close range fighter, has a short fuse and lost an arm. During the events of Volume 5, it's revealed that Yang tried to teach Ruby hand-to-hand combat and Ozpin decides to further Ruby's training. Yang even swears, a trademark of Ragna. With BlazBlue: Cross Tag Battle in the works, people have not let this slip by.
  • Crack Pairing: To be expected given the fandom's tendency to ship everyone with everyone else, some notable examples including Yang and Mercury, Blake and Cardin or even Adam and Ironwood. Some interesting crazy ship ideas can be found here
  • 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 (by one of said Hunters no less).
    • 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:
    • Neopolitan acts cutesy and elegantly, even when curbstomping Yang into unconsciousness, whimsically dancing and somersaulting around the fist-fighter while silently egging her on with mocking smiles. Once Yang is on the ground and unconscious, however, Neo casually strolls over to her, drawing out a hidden blade from her parasol. She raises the blade with the intention of stabbing Yang with a wide, creepy grin that shows all her teeth. She appears to be a mute, so her body language is often exaggerated and focussed on mocking her opponents as if to accuse them of being incompetent for not being able to hit such a tiny, vulnerable-looking girl. Given the chance to do violence, however, she seems to take a visibly vicious delight in drawing her blade.
    • Tyrian is Ax-Crazy, can barely talk without breaking into insane laughter, his eyes are almost constantly unnaturally widened, he's thoroughly devoted to Salem, and oh, he's a scorpion Faunus. He also utterly curbstomps Team RNJR in a fight, and gave Qrow a good run for his money too.
    • Cinder Fall, thanks to a surprisingly chilling performance by Jessica Nigri. She's introduced with Glowing Eyes of Doom, she's almost sickly-pale at times, and constantly speaks in a very composed and enigmatic tone, all of which make her Curb Stomp Battles that much more intimidating. Downplayed after Volume 3 due to her injuries and subsequent persona.
  • Cry for the Devil: There's been unexpected sympathy for Cinder's sorry state at the start of Volume 4. She has lost an eye, is badly scarred and struggles to speak, managing only a faint whisper. What was once a strong, powerful, commanding villain is currently no more than a broken wreck. Although a source of mockery to the rest of Salem's followers, Salem considers her to be absolutely vital to the success of her plans. Because she has a crippling weakness, she is being forced to stay by Salem's side until she heals. It's clear from her reaction to this that she had no idea this is what she was signing up for. This only grew when we got to see her Salem nearly killing her in training, and the horror on her face when the last of Tyrian's sanity snaps and he begins gleefully dismembering a Grimm. Of course, the final shot of the volume was her coldly destroying a projection of a surrendering Ruby, so she's not entirely sympathetic.
  • Die for Our Ship: Sun and Neptune's individual introductions had them very quickly flirting with Blake and Weiss respectively, with them being dates during the school ball. The duo very quickly drew the ire of Blake/Yang and Weiss/Ruby shippers for being canon threats to those fanon favourites. The Sun/Neptune pairing was born from these spats but has become a popular pairing in its own right.
  • 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.
  • Ear Worm: The opening theme to Volume One easily sticks to the mind, specially during an Archive Binge.
  • 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 is a small, slim member of the White Fang who stood out to the fandom immediately. He wears small, round, bookish glasses over his mask which causes the fandom much hilarity. When he speaks, he's extremely polite and posh in manner. Both aspects are completely at odds with the terrorist work the White Fang is doing, and the over-excited behaviour of his boss, Roman.
    • The White Fang Lieutenant is first introduced as an announcer for Roman at the White Fang gathering, where Roman promptly steals the show. He made a surprising appearance later as a hulking man who drags his chainsaw blade through the ground as he walks, and who relishes the chance to kill a Schnee when faced with Weiss as his opponent. While he does has a mask that is unusually patterned for the White Fang's plain white Grimm masks, it's only after his fight with Weiss where he beat her down and apparently forced Blake to flee that he's presented as Adam's lieutenant.
  • Epileptic Trees:
    • The villainous actions of Volume 3 clearly involved some kind of ability to mind-screw protagonists or by-standers. Theories about what was happening included Emerald or Mercury having illusion powers; Neo having illusion powers being able to manipulate things while hidden or not existing and just being an illusion created by Emerald; Mercury using mercury poisoning; or Cinder using Fall Maiden powers. The speculation spawned a meme that "Everyone is Neo". While Cinder does indeed have Fall Maiden powers and Neo does have some kind of unexplained illusion-esque ability, most of the villain actions have been facilitated by Emerald's confirmed mind-control Semblance which allows her to target one or (at most) two minds and trick the victim into seeing (or not seeing) whatever Emerald wants.
    • It has been speculated that Taiyang and Raven are the parents (either with each other or other partners) of several other characters, particularly Jaune (who has the same blue eyes and blonde hair as Taiyang) and Adam (due to having a similar colour scheme, weapon and White Fang mask to Raven).
  • Evil Is Cool:
    • Roman Torchwick was a surprising example, given his apparent Non-Action Guy introduction. He proved himself to be quite the badass when he fended off both Blake and Sun at once and consistently gives his opponents a run for their money, all the while being stylish and snarky, and managing to look cool even while losing.
    • Cinder Fall's debut had her Playing with Fire and blocking bullets from Crescent Rose with her bare hands, then her subsequent battles showed off her materializing her bowsword out of volcanic glass and brutally curbstomping most of her opponents.
  • Evil Is Sexy:
    • Roman Torchwick, 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 if the guyliner is any indication.
    • Cinder Fall in Volumes 1-3 both looks and sounds quite sexy (and the series knows it); she's almost always wearing tight pants or a Dangerously Short Skirt, and the camera graces her with some very nice angles. It's downplayed in Volume 4; she's still very attractive despite her injuries, but more conservatively dressed.
    • Emerald Sustrai's hips don't lie, and she's also quite busty and bares her midriff.
  • Fandom Berserk Button:
    • Whether or not the show can be described as an anime can generate a lot of heated debate. It's a western show that borrows very heavily from anime, leading to confusion over its status. Even the show's creators have heard of the argument and try to avoid getting involved.
    • Whether or not the show will ever have LBGT characters can cause friction. The creators originally stated that they're up for it, and would want the characters to discover their sexuality in their own time. As of Volume 5, there was a gay couple onscreen in Mistral, marking the first LGBT couple in the series. It also has the first character to be attracted to the same sex in Ilia’s confirmed attraction to Blake while they were in the White Fang together.
  • Fanon:
    • There are signs that Faunus do exhibit some behavioral traits stereotypically associated with their animal species (Cats like fish and hate dogs, so does Blake; monkeys like bananas, so does Sun). However, the fandom takes these animal traits to extremes so that faunus have heat cycles and 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 favorite food is ice-cream (and that she's obsessed with it), 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.
    • One common fanon interpretation of Aura is that it is a form of 24-Hour Armor: a shield that is always on and will deflect incoming attacks. This actually goes against how it is depicted in the show, where characters are frequently dealt knockout or even lethal blows by attacks that come abruptly or without warning, such as Coco getting knocked out by Emerald in their battle in the Vytal Festival or Yang's injury from Adam's sudden sword strike at the end of Volume 3. Ren clarifies in Volume 5 that it takes a conscious effort to use Aura for protection; with enough training, it can eventually become second nature.
  • Fan-Preferred Couple:
    • In canon, Weiss and Neptune are attracted to each other, however the fandom prefers Weiss with Ruby and has given the ship a nickname ("White Rose"), having shipped them together ever since their prequel trailers first came out. The fandom imagined a pairing between The Stoic (Ruby) and a Tsundere Weiss. However, the proper show revealed the two girls had very different personalities than assumed. This didn't dampen the ship, but did prevent the canon ship from developing massive support within the fandom.
    • In canon, Sun and Blake are attracted to each other, however the fandom prefers Blake with Yang and has given the ship a nickname ("Bumblebee"). This originates from the prequel trailers, with the canon show giving the girls' different personalities to what was initially assumed. Blake and Yang don't meet until half way through the first volume, and the fans delight in every emotional scene between them. Bumblebee is one of the most popular ship pairings in the entire show.
      • Similarly, despite Blake and Sun's budding interest in each other, Blake/Ilia took off like lightning in the fandom right after Blake's Volume 5 short was released, due to Ilia and Blake gaining significant history, Ilia having a sympathetic backstory, and Blake and Ilia refusing to fight each other. Ilia was later confirmed to have had feelings for her.
    • 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, as well as 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.
  • 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.
    • Some people also see this on Tyrian's creepy interest in Jaune. In their first meeting, Tyrian points out Jaune is the only one he might have any interest in his group, besides kidnapping Ruby. The creepy softness of his tone when talking to Jaune just adds to it.
  • 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.
    • Quite a few fans joke that Ozpin and Salem seem to have some kind of history with each other. A few thousand years of it, as it turns out.
    • Since pretty much the moment she showed up, Ilia has been shipped with Blake by many fans, and that's only picking up steam with each new scene showing them together. Ilia's heartbroken confession of her attraction to Blake in "Alone Together" has made the already popular ship take off like lightning.
  • Friendly Fandoms:
    • It wouldn't be hard to find a Kill la Kill fan in the RWBY community, especially considering they were both realesed the same year. Fitting, as a similar work to Kill La Kill was also Monty's favorite anime.
    • Also with Bloodborne of all things. Many have pointed out similarities between the works, like the crazy trick weapons, monsters out of old fairy tales and horror stories, and the protagonists being Hunters.
    • As well as The Witcher Franchise. Both protagonists are monster slayers from Hunter schools who have magical powers, monsters from fairy tales and folklore whos tropes are being played with, racism that led to the creation of a terrorist group and political intrigue from different kingdoms. Some say jokingly or seriously that the RWBY series is by accident and/or coincidence a very Lighter and Softer version of The Witcher.
  • "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.
    • 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.
    • There have been constant jokes among the fandom basically summing up to "JAUNE! KISS HER YOU IDIOT!", and in "End of The Beginning", he does, right before Pyrrha dies.
    • During certain instances, Nora being a Big Eater was played for laughs. That isn't so funny anymore after Volume 4 Episode 10 revealed that Nora was a Street Urchin before she met Ren, and she was forced to scavenge the trash for food, even if it was moldy bread. It is likely Nora came close to starvation at times.
    • In Volume 5, when Qrow says he going to find a crew of Huntsmen, his semblance kicks in and breaks a table. Nora gives a deadpan "good luck with that" right afterwards. Turns out, every single Huntsman Qrow is looking for is missing. Good luck is now needed a lot.
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  • 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.
    • It's incredibly subtle, but in the first episode, the number on Roman Torchwick's mugshot is 274761453. Scholars of the history of Rome will know that these numbers correspond with the "end" of each stage of Rome's history: 27 BC was when Octavian became the first Roman emperor, 476 AD was when the western Roman Empire fell and Emperor Romulus Augustus was deposed, and 1453 AD was when Constantinople fell and the eastern Roman Empire finally ended.
  • 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 is one of the most successful animated series on YouTube and other sites.
  • Gotta Ship Em All: The fandom is incredibly open minded about the characters. A single one is always shipped with just about every other existing character to some extent regardless of sexual preference. If they exist, you can bet there are shipping fanworks about them with the entire cast.
  • Growing the Beard: In the early volumes, the show had awkward voice acting and animation outside of the fight scenes. As the series progressed, each new volume brought in better voice acting, writing, and more sophisticated animation software, as well as increased budgets, more animators, and better hardware for rendering, resulting in a series that has improved by leaps and bounds with each new volume.
  • Harsher in Hindsight:
    • In the Black Trailer, Adam and Blake hijack a train with the Schnee family logo on it to steal the Dust it's carrying. Blake is worried about the lives on the train that will be lost if Adam sets the charges like he plans, but Adam makes it clear he doesn't care about those lives. As a result, Blake abandons him, leaving him with the Dust, but escaping with the rest of the train. At the end of Volume 1, Weiss reveals how the war between her family and the White Fang has made her childhood extremely unpleasant; one of the examples she lists as an event that caused her (implied to be) abusive father to come home in a foul mood to make her childhood unpleasant is the train heist that occurs in the Black Trailer. Blake's past terrorist activities have accidentally directly contributed to the domestic abuse Weiss has been living with.
    • When Pyrrha, Weiss and Jaune first meet, Jaune doesn't recognise Pyrrha so Weiss rattles off a list of Pyrrha's achievements, demanding to know if he really believes he's worthy of asking Pyrrha to team up with him; he reluctantly admits he isn't. Eventually, Pyrrha tells Jaune that this is the exact problem she faces: because she is such an exceptional warrior, everyone assumes she's out of their league and won't talk to her. Jaune was the first person who had the confidence to approach Pyrrha as a friend, and Weiss tried to destroy that friendship before it could begin precisely because her only interest in Pyrrha was Pyrrha's exceptional talent.
    • In Heroes and Monsters, Roman lectures Ruby during their fight that her attempts to be a hero will be wasted because history shows that anyone who tries to play the hero will just end up getting themselves killed. An episode later, Pyrrha heroically attempts to single-handedly stop Cinder from destroying Beacon Tower, while Jaune tries to get help; Ruby heroically tries to come to Pyrrha's rescue but arrives just seconds too late; the tower falls and Cinder kills Pyrrha right in front of Ruby's horrified eyes.
    • During the tournament, Nora has a Made Myself Sad moment as she lists off all the bad things that could happen if JNPR loses the tournament. Although it's superficially Played for Laughs, it drops the bombshell that the reason Nora is panicking is because she and Ren are orphans; without Beacon, they have no home and no family. The volume ends with Beacon's destruction and her worst fears coming to past. She, Ren and Jaune join Ruby on a journey across Anima to try and find out what on earth is really going on, only for them to come face to face with the monstrous reason for why Ren's an orphan and how he and Nora have been helping each other to survive since a very young age.
    • Weiss, near the end of Volume 1, gave some pretty rude remarks on the White Fang and Faunus in general, claiming that the White Fang want to wipe humanity off the face of the planet. As we see in later volumes, she's pretty much correct in that regard, especially after they cause the fall of Beacon and Adam becomes High Leader in Volume 5.
    • Another Weiss one. Early in Volume 2, Weiss stated that most boys that asked her out were only interested in the perks of her family. In Volume 5 episode 8, she revealed that her father told her mother to her face that he only married her for that exact same reason.
    • In Volume 1, RWBY and JNPR get a front row seat to Cardin and his team bullying Velvet, with team CRDL pulling on her rabbit ears and mocking her for being a Faunus. While Pyrrha expresses disgust over Cardin's actions and Yang remarks on how hard the Faunus must have it, none of them actually do anything to stop Cardin's discriminatory treatment or even speak up about it despite finding it reprehensible. Later, in the Volume 5 episode Alone Together, when attempting to capture Blake, Ilia lumps all humans into two categories; The ones who hate the Faunus, and the ones who stand by and let that hatred happen, which is exactly what happened in Volume 1 .
  • 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.
    • Ren and Jaune share a funny moment in Volume 2 which Jaune pours his heart out asking Ren for advice and calling him the brother he never had while Ren is only wearing a towel. Ren's tone and the funny nature of the scene make it seems that he is returning Jaune's feelings only for politeness, but in Volume 4, it's pretty clear that they have grown to have a really strong bond, even hugging each other before having to go their separate ways, and Ren's claim about Jaune being like a brother to him was really genuine.
  • 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.)
    • Even from day one, Lindsay Jones has done a fantastically convincing job of playing Ruby. Ruby's voice originally got a lot of hate because it didn't really gel with what was shown in the Red trailer. However now we've got to know Ruby as a character it's a perfect fit.
    • Miles Luna shows off his acting talent during The Reveal that Jaune faked his transcripts. There's also his raw, heart-rending scream when Jaune is helpless to save Pyrrha from her suicide mission. This is followed by his anger, self loathing, and impotent rage at Qrow in season 4.
    • 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.
    • Fans were quick to respond positively to Neath Oum's portrayal of Lie Ren, who has no prior history of voice acting and only took over because the character was previously voiced by his brother, Monty Oum. Specially as Ren was The Quiet One with Monty and Neath had much more to speak, particularly once the character's screentime and subsequent development improves in Volume 4.
  • 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. Ironically, Word of God said that they were attempting to avert the trope by killing her on screen via burning on the inside out.
    • 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.
  • 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, which Monty often watched. 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 Serah 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.
    • They got Yuichi Nakamura to voice Adam in the Japanese dub. One of his most famous roles is Yuuki Terumi from Blazblue. Terumi also happened to cut off someone's arm.
    • There's some people made comparisons to Attack on Titan, particularly how the Grimm are compared to the Titans. It later is revealed that the ability to transform into Titans can either be transferred via You Kill It, You Bought It or passed off to a random person when the person with said ability dies. This is also present in RWBY, but it is more akin to the Maiden powers...
  • "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.
    • Pretty much everything after "Fall".
    • Volume 4, Episodes 6 and 7: Tyrian demonstrates how dangerous he is by fighting RNJR and Qrow.
  • Ho Yay: Has its own page.
  • 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. It's also used for the fans who ship all the girls together except Ruby/Yang, but find it too hard to use all the other names (Bumblebee, White Rose, Checkmate, Ladybug, and Freezerburn) at once and shorten it down.
    • 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, or sometimes Mechanical Rose.
    • 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". The occasional exception does pop up though, like Jaune/Ren being called "Martial Arcs" or Jaune/Yang being called "Dragon Slayer".
    • 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.
    • Since Coco uses a gun and wears what looks like a sniper scope on her belt, the ship of her and Velvet is called "Crosshares".
    • Some like to jokingly call the Fox/Velvet ship Zootopia because both involve a "fox" and a "rabbit".
    • While the most commonly agreed name for the Yatsuhashi/Velvet ship is "Cinnabun", some people have called it "Stuffed Rabbit"... take a few seconds to realize why it's called that...
    • "Snowbirds" for Qrow/Winter.
    • "Rich Farmers" became a popular one to Whitley/Oscar, as did Compost Corp.
    • "Rose Garden" is used for Ruby/Oscar.
    • Jaune/Ruby is referred to as "Lancaster".
  • 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: At the end of Volume 3, the climactic battle leads to two major consequences that caused the fandom a great deal of shock at the time. However, the fan reaction was so widespread across Social Media, that the events became well-known even to people who have never followed the show. This has been compounded by Volume 4 promotional art of characters incorporating those twists into character design, thereby making them highly visible and very hard to hide from new fans of the show who are starting from the beginning. In the Volume 3 finale, Pyrrha is killed and Yang loses her arm. Promotional artwork for Volume 4, shows Jaune wearing a variation of Pyrrha's waist sash in memory of her and shows Yang in new clothing with her missing arm clearly visible.
  • Just Here for Godzilla: Monty Oum had a famous and recognisable style of choreographing and animating fight scenes. His name alone was a draw for people familiar with his work to give RWBY a look when it first started airing. After his death, new animation teams and software took over the show, changing the style of action scenes. This created a divide between fans that are only interested in Monty's work, and fans that are interested in the show regardless of the fight animation style used.
  • LGBT Fanbase: This originated from assumptions fans made about the personalities of the four heroines during the show's original four advertising trailers. While the show proved the a great deal of these assumptions wrong, interviews revealed the creators do want LGBT characters, but the teens will develop self-awareness slowly and realistically. Confirmed creator support boosted fan interest, making it a very prominent part of the fandom, and most of the show's characters have dedicated LGBT+ fans.
  • 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 Bastard: 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:
    • 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. And that's just in his first couple of episodes- he's been piling it on more and more ever since.
    • Nora also seems to be getting this after the reveal of her Semblance, with many referring to her as the Goddess of Thunder.
    • "My name is Coco Adel. You destroyed my clothing store. Prepare to die."
    • 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. Those are the same fans who don't believe he's actually dead.
    • After his dressing down of Jaques Schnee, many fans insinuate that James "Two Seats" Ironwood replaced both of his testicles with some form of God chairs. Most also believe that, should Ironwood get a third seat on the council, he would become all-powerful and single handedly destroy Salem and the Grimm.
  • 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 (and because of what happened after that, Pyrrha) 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. This lessened somewhat after he stopped the Nuckelavee's charge cold in the Volume 4 finale, but not by much.
  • 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.
  • Moe:
    • Ruby is just adorable, with her tendency to geek out over weapons, woobie tendencies, and tiny size.
    • Oscar, being even smaller and younger than Ruby with the same wide-eyed admiration for Hunters and Huntresses, naturally falls into this as well. Just look at him.
  • Moral Event Horizon: Adam turns out to have a lot of issues with Blake for abandoning him during the Black Trailer. He tells Blake he intends to destroy everything she ever loved for having the temerity to walk away from him. He stabs her to provoke Yang, then slices Yang's arm off. When Blake tries to shield Yang's body with her own, Adam victim-blames by asking her why she has to hurt him, then decapitates her. It turns out to be one of Blake's shadow clones to give her time to flee with Yang, but the illusion fooled Adam and he didn't hesitate to decapitate her.
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  • 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.
    • 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.
    • A moment in the opening for Volume 4 has Blake fighting Adam, which is during the chorus where it usually has people doing badass things. Then Adam goes to her and there's a camera shot of Blake with her hands up screaming. It becomes hilarious despite the context of this scene.
  • 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
    • While the idea of someone making a plant grow into the shape of a heart, especially when it's bamboo, is rather ridiculous and corny, seeing the guy give it to his partner, which is also the first time we see an LGTB couple in RWBY, is pretty sweet.
  • Never Live It Down:
    • Nora eagerly suggests breaking Cardin's 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 it's 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.
    • Yang's voice actor is (in)famous for her pun making skills and Yang's appearance and personality are similar to her. The fandom therefore jokes that Yang is a relentless pun-maker. However, Yang's first pun occurs in Volume 2's first episode, and her total number of puns can be counted on one hand. The Volume 4 credits has a Yang song called "Armed and Ready" and even a reference to "Goddammit, Barb!".
    • Weiss calls Ruby a dolt once. Fandom practically makes it her catchphrase.
  • Nightmare Fuel: Has its own page.
  • Nightmare Retardant: After the release of the volume 4 finale, The FNDM was quick to point out that the Nuckelavee's stretching arms combined with its jerky movements make it look like a demonic inflatable air dancer. The comparison makes the monster go from disturbing to downright goofy for some.
  • 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. And with Rooster Teeth later officially confirming that their past relationship had been an abusive one, Tauradonna shippers have all but disappeared. See that page's entry for more.
  • Older Than They Think:
    • Several years before the series was made, Monty made a short that used "shotgun nunchuks". Both RWBY and the short use the same animation for the fight scenes. There's also a girl in the short who leaves copies of herself behind and dual-wields.
    • Characters in Monty's ''Dead Fantasy'' series use some of the same powers and fight moves that would later be seen in RWBY. (Something very similar to Weiss's time-stopping Semblance shows up here, for example.) In a larger sense, Dead Fantasy serves as a sort of prototype for RWBY's style of combat, in which super-powered heroes engage in a little good-natured sparring with weapons and attacks that would be lethal to ordinary humans.
  • 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.
    • Sienna Khan is killed after only one scene, but is loved by fans for her cool design, moral ambiguity, and surprisingly good points regarding the White Fang's turn towards violence.
  • 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; for example, Ruby/Blake shippers often support Weiss/Yang.
    • 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 (usually Yang) first.
    • Most people split Team JNPR into Jaune/Pyrrha and Nora/Ren, with double dates being a common fanfiction setup.
    • Starting Volume 4 it's become somewhat common for people to ship Martial Arcs (Jaune/Ren) and Sugar Rush (Nora/Ruby) together. If it's the heterosexual ship then it's Lancaster (Jaune/Ruby) and Renora (Ren/Nora).
    • Some who ship Sun/Blake and Neptune/Weiss also come to group ship Teams RWBY and SSSN with Scarlet/Ruby and Sage/Yang to round it out.
  • 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 what was seen as a Black Sun-themed song "Not Fall In Love With You" gave both fandoms hopes for canonization. Williams has since stated at NYCC that it was a generic love song from his boy-band days and not dedicated to any particular character. Escalation factors include the Volume 4 soundtrack, where "Like Morning Follows Night" can be interpreted as a ship song for Sun and Blake while "Bmblb" is interpreted as Yang singing about her feelings for Blake, though the latter was discarded as a non-canon song by Williams. The combat has started to become a three-way war now with the fans of Changing Colors/Reading Rainbow (Blake/Ilia) throwing in as well.
    • Not as bad as the above mentioned but some small parts of the Renora ship can be quite vocal about their dislike of the Martial Arcs (Jaune/Ren) ship, which has gained quite a bit of support with Volume 4's increased focus on Jaune and Ren's relationship. It's not all that uncommon for Martial Arcs shippers to receive nasty messages on Tumblr about how Renora is clearly superior and canon already. The Martial Arcs side of this rarely retaliates though because the Renora fans massively outnumber them.
    • The major ships involving Ruby tend to be very protective of her. White Rose (Ruby/Weiss) is the most popular Ruby ship currently, however, the growing popularity of Lancaster (Ruby/Jaune) in late season 3 caused friction between the group of shippers, though things were still alright. The fights got more intese as Whilt Rose (Ruby/Whitley) received support between early and Volume 4. Then it got specially blatant when the popularity of Rose Garden (Oscar/Ruby) skyrocketed between the end of Volume 4 and over the course of Volume 5, as many people, even among those who don't ship it, believe Oscar will become Ruby's canon Love Interest, regarding the fact that they are closer in age than to other characters and the few scenes where they interacted as evidence. The groups of shippers against Rose Garden are also prone to mention that Oscar still has an old man in his head and sharing his body all the time, which makes all his relationships with him filled with Squick.
  • Ships That Pass in the Night: Whoo, brother - Sun/Ruby is certainly this, due to the fact that their voice actors are married and despite the fact that their respective characters barely have a lot of lines between each other. It certainly didn't help when Michael announced Lindsay's pregnancy.
  • Signature Scene:
    • For the series overall (and the first volume), it's widely agreed to be Team RWBY and JNPR versus the Nevermore and Deathstalker in Volume 1, particularly when Ruby ran up the cliff and decapitated the Nevermore.
    • Opinion is divided regarding Volume 2, with the food fight and the JNPR dance scene the main contenders.
    • Thanks to the sheer shock value of it, Pyrrha's death at the end of Volume 3 also counts.
    • When it comes to Volume 4, the Qrow vs. Tyrian fight takes the cake.
  • Snark Bait: Volume 1 was the subject of some derision back when due to the quirky animation and Troperiffic characters and plot. When the animation quality improved by Volume 3 and the standard characters and setting got flipped every which way you can think off, RWBY stopped receiving this treatment.
  • 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.
    • 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.
    • One major mistake removed from the YouTube and Japanese release but left in the website and the American release was a shot with Blake and Sun talking together, where Sun's model briefly goes over Blake's despite Blake standing closer to the camera. More generally, particularly in Volumes 1 and 2, characters would have clipping issues, especially ones with long hair like Weiss and Yang.
  • Superlative Dubbing: The Japanese dub is seen as one of the better language tracks of the series, as it brings an All-Star Cast of great and well known seiyuu to the table and the delivery is fairly good.
  • 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.
    • Weiss using her black glyph to slam her bedroom door in her back-stabbing little brother Whitley's face, cutting off his mockery, is satisfying and hilarious.
  • They Wasted a Perfectly Good Character:
    • A lot of fans felt that, aside from Sun himself, Team SSSN was underused, as they mostly show up as secondary characters, with two team members, Scarlet and Sage, being only shown in a couple of episodes despite showing up in the opening title for Volume 2. Neptune gets more scenes but is still a secondary character who only appeared in Volumes 2 and 3.
    • Quite a few fans were upset that Sienna Khan was killed early on, believing that she could have been used in a better manner as a potential leader of the White Fang other than Adam.
  • They Wasted a Perfectly Good Plot: In the third volume, Penny tells Ruby she has a plan to stay at Beacon. She is eventually destroyed by Pyrrha before this plot can be explored, and by the ends of the volume everyone else has left Beacon and the academy itself is abandoned and occupied by Grimm, rendering Penny's plan irrelevant.
  • 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.
  • Tough Act to Follow: The quality of the animation and choreography of all the fights in newer seasons following Monty's death are often a point of contention among FNDM, as many fans have said that many fights in Volume 3 were lackluster compared the flow, momentum, and impact that resulted from Monty's touch. Many fans have pointed out that Monty kind of set the bar a little high and think RT is doing an okay job, while others feel the fights in newer seasons leave much to be desired.
  • Uncanny Valley:
    • There is something off about Whitley Schnee and his demeanor, which is probably why so many people pegged him as evil. His mannerisms are rather similar to Emerald or Mercury while they're interacting with Team RWBY during the Vytal Festival. They're proven right in "Punished" where it's revealed he plans to have both his sisters removed from his father's will, thus leaving him the sole heir of the SDC.
    • The Nuckelavee due to its humanoid head, which twitches around very uncannily.
  • 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.
  • Values Dissonance: In the first episode of Volume 3, Nora belches loudly after eating a bowl of ramen. While this is considered bad table manners in general, it is much more frowned upon in Japan than in the West. note  For Japanese viewers, the crude and unladylike point of the belch doesn't work so well as a joke as in Japan, so they decided to change it into a modest "Guhhh!" for the Japanese dub.
    • A common complaint in the Japanese fandom is that the female characters walk or stand in a "crab stance", or with their toes and knees spread outward. They find this posture unladylike, especially for girls in skirts. note  The Western fandom, however, doesn't consider this a big deal.
  • Vocal Dissonance: A case specific to Red vs. Blue fans but it can be pretty jarring to hear Taiyang, the good dad of the show, talking with the voice of the world weary, Deadpan Snarker of Blood Gulch Leonard Church. Especially if you haven't heard Burnie outside of either show.
  • 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.
    • Volume 4 is using a new animation software. Although the opening credits are regarded as having clumsy movements and a narmy Blake-Adam confrontation, the episodes themselves use a gorgeous cel-shaded artwork with plenty of visual treats to spare.
    • The animation used for Volume 5, while only minor in comparison, is noteworthy when they manage to capture a look of pure terror on Weiss' face when she's pinned down by Beowolves during her character short.
  • 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.
  • 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. Come Volume 4, and RWBY has a darker setting, and a character saying "bitch".
  • 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 former 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, or have poor safety conditions. 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 the Crowd: Each of the series' opening trailers serves as one of these to get a new audience locked in, with progressively more beautiful choereography and escalation. For those who missed the initial trailers and jumped into RWBY itself, there was a taste of the spectacle the series would be known for when Ruby fought Roman's thugs. And for those still on the fence, there's Volume One, Chapter Eight's battle against the Deathstalker and Nevermore to seal the deal.
  • 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: Has its own page.
  • Woolseyism: The Japanese dub includes a little something extra for Yang. What does she say when unleashing a flurry of punches on an enemy? Why "ORA ORA ORA ORA ORA!!", of course!


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