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.
    • After Pyrrha's death it has become increasingly hard to find Jaune/Pyrrha material and shippers, and Jaune/Ren and Jaune/Ruby have both gained popularity in Volume 4.
  • 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.
  • Alternative Character Interpretation:
    • Junior has a large number 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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 final scenes in Volume 3. Was his Shut Up, Kirk! speech to Ruby about heroism leading to pointless deaths merely a villainous rant or did he lose someone important to him, who may have been a huntsman/huntress? Was he an idealistic young huntsman who lost that idealism? His reaction to Neo being swept off the airship soon after the rant also offers an alternative view of the character. 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 or still reeling from the emotions that drove his rant at 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.
    • Cinder disposing of Pyrrha's body at the end of her confrontation in "End of the Beginning"; was she being cruel and rubbing salt in the wound? Or since they are both from Mistral, was Cinder disposing of Pyrrha's body in an honourable and respectful way?
    • General Ironwood. Is he genuinely well meaning and only resorting to drastic measures because of chafing at the very legitimate flaws of those he works with, or is he an entitled Hypocrite that demands full inclusion from others while refusing to return said courtesy and does what he does because of an inability to see other view points? His actions in "Taking Control" could be taken either way as good intentions in reaction to a bad situation or as excessive Knight Templar behavior because he refuses to own up to his own faults.
    • Lots of things were left unanswered or in Ambiguous Situation about Whitley. Whether or not he is a Green-Eyed Monster that disliked his sisters out of jealousy due to them having battle skills while he doesn't or he genuinely thinks battling is barbaric, whether he told Weiss about he and his father leaving the house to rub it in her face about his freedom or to warn her she has the time to plan or even attempt to escape and related to that, whether he wants Weiss to leave just because he doesn't want her around, because he wants her to be free away from their father or he simply doesn't care are all things fans speculate about.
  • 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.
  • 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 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.
    • Whitley Schnee. A faction of the fans have taken a liking on him, believing him to be either Affably Evil or a candidate for Token Evil Teammate and Heel–Face Turn, other faction believes him to be a younger version of his father with all the Jerkass qualities and he is just there to piss everyone off. When "Punished" confirmed that the latter was the truth, the base-breaking expanded with the idea of "redemption" - some fans believe he deserves a second chance, away from his father's assholish attitudes while some fans believe he deserves to be ran through the coals alongside his equally assholish father.
  • 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 Four 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.
  • 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.
    • 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 criticise 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.
    • Volume 4 has seen a split among the fandom. One part of the fandom has considered it a Breather Season, devoting itself to character development and world-building. The other part dislikes the season for the same reason, feeling that the slower pace and meandering plot lines mar the season. There's also a split on whether the action 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.
  • 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.
    • Tyrian is quite literally crazy and awesome, but his nonchalant blocking of Crescent Rose's bullets with his tail without looking lands him in this proper.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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 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.
  • Ensemble Darkhorse: There are quite a few characters in the RWBY storyline, that, despite only making a few scant appearances, have become really popular. Several examples include:
    • 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 White Fang Lieutenant are bit characters who have become extremely popular beyond all proportion to their roles.
  • 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 for being a stylish, snarky, badass who can mange to look cool even while losing.
    • Cinder Fall 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, with her Badass Adorable credentials, Cute and Psycho personality, revealing outfits, and Cute Mute characterization.
    • Though how evil she is isn't clear, Ilia is very attractive, and is working with the White Fang.
  • 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. So far, no characters have been confirmed to be LBGT, making the subject a sensitive one within the fandom.
  • 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'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.
    • Scarlet was first seen as an indistinct, androgynous background character with a sidecut. Fans assumed he was trans or nonbinary as a result. Although he has since been confirmed to be biologically male, the accepted fandom position is that he is not cisgender, or at least is not straight when portrayed as a cis man.
    • 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.
    • Despite clearly being light-skinned, some fans like to portray Pyrrha and Blake with much darker skin, bordering on making them black. And on the subject of Pyrrha, her total doormat status, her penchant for apologies, and her maple-colored armor has made fans go with the idea that Pyrrha is the Remnant-equivalent of Canadian.
    • In fanfics, it's quite common for writers to substitute "Dust" for "God." Another popular substitution is Monty Oum's name is some way or form.
    • The release dates of the four trailers are thought of as the characters' birthdays.
  • 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:
    • 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.
    • 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.
  • 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.
  • "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.

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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.
  • 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:
    • 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. It's especially impressive as there were serious doubts over whether the rest of the crew could keep up the quality level after Monty Oum's death.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
    • RWBY Chibi, an AU version of RWBY that runs on Rule of Funny with Chibified version of the cast. No, not that one.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
  • 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 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.
  • 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.
  • 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
  • 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, to the point that it was the focus of several RWBY Chibi sketches.
    • 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. And then she gets the entire Volume 4 credits sequence to herself, full of awful puns.
    • 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". 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; 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.
  • 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. With the events of Blake's arc in Volume 4 having Sun come with her to Menagerie, and also getting wounded trying to help her against the White Fang, with Blake crying over him in a manner which memories what happened with Yang, it's getting worse.
    • 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 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.
  • 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: Widely agreed to be Team RWBY and JNPR versus the Nevermore and Deathstalker respectively in Volume 1, particularly when Ruby ran up the cliff and decapitated the Nevermore.
  • 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.
  • 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.
    • 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.
  • Tastes Like Diabetes:
  • 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.
  • 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.
    • Regarding Yang's PTSD storyline in Volume 4, some were expecting not only a Training Montage, but also a potential fight with a returning villain, like Neo (who's status is yet to be confirmed), to further solidify that she's back for action. The Training Montage occurs, but only once, and then Yang immediately decides to find Ruby.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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. Granted, not that it made a difference once Yang realized what just happened, but still...
    • 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.
    • Sure, Ruby and Jaune, you just keep dropping those maps. It's not like you need them for your long trek across Anima to get to Mistral... Oh wait.
  • 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 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.
  • 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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