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* AcceptableTargets: Characters who try too hard when flirting are seen as annoying by others, including those they hit on and their playboy tendencies are often the result of some personal insecurity. Jaune tries too hard because of his desire to be a traditional hero and disgusts Weiss with his advances, Mercuryís cheeky attempts at flirting with Emerald pisses her off, Neptune hits on many women because heís afraid of what people will actually think of him being a nerd ([[InsistentTerminology 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), Ironwood apparently has a history of hitting on Glynda and as a result she goes out of her way to avoid him as much as possible (though it's implied their bad blood has lots of other factors too), 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. [[DownplayedTrope Downplayed]] in that none of the characters are treated as bad people specifically because of these traits, but their [[CasanovaWannabe Casanova tendencies]] are '''never''' treated as positive attributes either.
* AlternativeCharacterInterpretation:
** Early on, before the show even began, people thought of Ruby as TheStoic, due to the first teaser trailer showing her battling the Grimm calmly. The same went for Weiss, judging from her trailer.
** 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 JerkassWoobie. Her scolding Ruby to "shut up and don't touch me!" while ''holding her closer'' certainly helps the Tsundere image.
** After Episode 12, some people are starting to think of Jaune as less of an underdog and more of a thick-headed GloryHound than anything else. Though this lessened after he admitted to being a jerk and apologizing.
** 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.
** Jaune is implicitly freed from Cardin's blackmail when he saves Cardin from an Ursa attack. Is it because the otherwise {{Jerkass}} Cardin feels genuine gratitude for Jaune saving him? Or is it just because no one would believe Jaune [[spoiler: forged his papers]] if Cardin tried to rat him out after this point?
** Junior has a large amount of hired goons who he's shown hiring out to dangerous criminals like Roman, indicating he's at least partially responsible for some of his 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 [[DesignatedHero violent young girl who's attacking him and his staff.]]
** [[TheAlcoholic Qrow's]] actions against Winter. Some saw him as an uncontrollable drunk person who picked a fight on Winter because he was that out of it. Others saw it as a game of chess, where Qrow meticulously planned the whole scenario out to make Winter look bad in front of not only Ironwood, but to the whole crowd that gathered, in an attempt to go against the Atlas Army in Vale.
** Raven's message to her daughter Yang in brings up the question: Is she trying to [[SinkOrSwimMentor tough up]] her daughter? Or does she simply not care enough to save her daughter a second time?
** Scarlet will most likely never be seen as anything more than the dopey British-sounding guy in the eyes of the fans thanks to being voiced by Creator/GavinFree.
** Pyrrha [[spoiler: not telling Jaune anything before entering the Aura-transfering machine, despite knowing it might be the last time they see each other]]. Was she afraid he'd try to stop her, or was she afraid that he wouldn't?
* AngstWhatAngst: While Blake does go into a depressive state after Chapter Four, Sun is relatively much happier and never brings up the freeway incident in which, well, quite a few people ''died''. ''Possibly'' subverted, to be fair to him, given his less-than-upbeat noodle detour. Neptune seems to notice.
* ArcFatigue: In Volume One, the Jaune arc: Episodes 11 and 12: "Jaunedice" and Episodes 13 and 14: "Forever Fall" showing Cardin being TheBully to Jaune (even with [[WillNotBeAVictim the finale]]) was judged by various fans to take entirely too long and redundant given Jaune's [[TheStrategist behavior]] in Episode 8 against a [[ScaryScorpions Death Stalker]], and taking away any spotlight from other characters by taking up a quarter of the sixteen-episode volume.
%%* SugarWiki/AwesomeArt: ''And'' Awesome Animation, given this is Creator/MontyOum.
%%** Volume 2 has started using Awesome ''Fanart'' for the closing credits.
%%* AwesomeEgo:
%%** Mercury seems to be a prime candidate based on his appearances thus far. Volume 3 shows he has the skills to back it up.
%%** Roman Torchwick as well. He certainly has an ego, [[EvilIsCool and he certainly deserves it]].
* SugarWiki/AwesomeMusic: [[AwesomeMusic/{{RWBY}} Has its own subpage]].
* BaseBreaker
** The trailers showcased each member of RWBY except for the Black Trailer, where Blake shared the spotlight with Adam, and at one point was saved by him. The fandom was split between viewing the Black Trailer as an intriguing plot set-up or Adam stealing Blake's thunder before the show had even started.
** Jaune is a lovable loser with an instinct for strategy and leadership whose story arc dealt with his lack of combat experience, how he's being bullied by Team CRDL, and how to deal with women. The fandom disagrees on whether he's an audience surrogate for introducing the world who is working hard to gain real skill in combat, leadership and socializing, or a hypocrite who needs to take his own advice about women, and who is a Butt Monkey wasting screentime that could be spent on more useful characters.
** Penny was either an intriguing character with cool combat skills and a lovably quirky personality, or yet another new character hijacking the finale that could instead have been spent on giving the main characters a chance to shine.
** Sun is either well-liked for his combat style, character design, general character concept, and being the first Faunus Blake interacts with outside of the trailers, or disliked for having several questionable moments (accidentally revealing that Blake is a Faunus to Neptune, jumping into team RWBY's room uninvited) and elbowing in on the popular Bumblebee shipping between Blake and Yang.
** The Volume 2 finale introduces Team CFVY's fighting abilities which a lot of fans had anticipated and loved. However, it also reduced main character screen time and shifted focus away from the plot build-up in previous episodes. Fans are split between enjoying the introduction of CFVY and their abilities or criticizing the loss of plot momentum and the lack of threat tension due to rushed animation as a result of the staff's very tight scheduling. Coco in particular is either praised or criticized for her overpowered destruction of the Grimm threat Team RWBY couldn't handle by themselves.
** Although fandom reception of Flynt Coal has so far been almost entirely positive, the same cannot be said for Neon Katt, on whom opinion is rather torn. Some people love her for her unique fighting style and the way she outclasses Yang for most of the fight, and find her design colourful. Other people, well, they find her squeaky voice and trolling personality just as annoying as Yang no doubt did, plus they find her just downright gaudy.
** '''Adam Taurus'''. The episode ''Heroes and Monsters'' has Adam show more outright cruelty than most characters have in the show's entire record. In response to this, the particularly vocal base has been split into three parts: those that defend and rationalize his actions, those that decry them as out of character and complain that Rooster Teeth has been inconsistent, and those that seem to be unsurprised with the way Adam is acting, but are now condemning anyone who doesn't hate his very existence. There's almost no safe place from these arguments.
* BetterOnDVD: Many of the complaints concerning Volume 1's ArcFatigue and short episode length become much less pronounced when watched in a single sitting.
* BigLippedAlligatorMoment: Some found [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fcunOzv85OU JNPR's dance routine]] to be an amusing homage to the Monty's dance skills, others found it to be jarring and awkward.
* CargoShip: 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.
* ClicheStorm: The first few episodes were criticized for having a lot of familiar anime tropes from the get-go, primarily in the classroom and character areas.. [[note]]To clarify: There's a [[{{Moe}} cute]], [[GenkiGirl optimistic]] [[ImprobableAge fifteen-year-old]] ActionGirl who [[JumpedAtTheCall dreams of being a hero]]. There's a [[MysteriousWoman mysterious]] {{Ninja}}, [[WomanInBlack clad in black]], who [[{{Bookworm}} likes to read and initially shies away from the protagonist's attempt at befriending her]]. There's a [[EntitledBastard wealthy, arrogant]] IceQueen who [[JerkWithAHeartOfGold isn't as cruel as she seems]]. There's a HotBlooded CoolBigSis who [[BloodKnight enjoys punching evil in the face]]. Oh, and a horde of mindless, ugly creatures preying upon humankind. Not to mention the four protagonists are [[PublicDomainCharacter explicitly based off]] fairytale characters.[[/note]] However, it moves away from this in later seasons, [[TropesAreTools using the setup]] as a jumping-off point.
* CounterpartComparison: The members of Team JNPR have quite a few individual parallels to Team RWBY:
** In personality:
*** Both teams have an [[{{Adorkable}} awkward]] leader with lots of potential and fond of IndyPloy (Ruby/Jaune). Both are capable strategists in their own right.
*** A famous fighter well-known outside the school (Weiss/Pyrrha)
*** A quiet [[TheStoic Stoic]] with ninja-like fighting style (Blake/Ren)
*** A BoisterousBruiser GenkiGirl whose Semblances allow them to draw strength from being attacked. (Yang/Nora)
** In combat styles:
*** Nora, much like Ruby, uses a [[MorphWeapon dual-mode]] weapon that switches between a [[{{BFG}} large gun]] and a heavy melee weapon that uses RecoilBoost, plus being the [[SmallGirlBigGun largest weapon of the team and smallest member.]]
*** Ren, like Yang, uses a [[DualWielding pair of]] [[MixAndMatchWeapon guns that double as melee weapons]], plus being Eastern-themed in name.
*** Pyrrha, like Blake, uses a SwissArmyWeapon.
*** Jaune, like Weiss, uses a sword, and is the only member of his team who doesn't use some form of a gun.
** There's also some between RWBY and the villains, CRME:
*** A red-clad leader who uses weaponry she designs herself (Ruby/Cinder).
*** A member associated with Dust clad mostly in white who fights with a one-handed weapon, and additionally has tensions with Faunus (Weiss/Torchwick).
*** A dual-wielding street rat with kusari-gama like weaponry that steals and fights evasively (Blake/Emerald). Both also have a marked penchant for [[DeadpanSnarker sarcasm]].
*** A casually violent member with armed extremities who fights mostly with martial arts and bullets launched from those extremities (Yang/Mercury).
** 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 [[LightNovel/SwordArtOnline Asuna]]. [[https://twitter.com/montyoum/status/304196892198305792 Monty is quite irritated at this comparison]].
** A rapier user, [[AnIcePerson has ice abilities]], and is a daughter from a high-class family. Now if Weiss was the StudentCouncilPresident, she'd be one step closer to be like [[VideoGame/{{Persona 3}} Mitsuru Kirijo]].
** With Weiss being snooty, from a rich and influential family that discriminates against a lower class, academically brilliant, and a know-it-all who learns to get along with others, her own voice actress has likened her to a mix of [[Literature/HarryPotter Draco Malfoy and Hermione Granger]].
** Another design and color comparison (but not personality), this time to ''Anime/PuellaMagiMadokaMagica'', there are some parallels drawn between Blake/Homura, Yang/Mami, Weiss/Sayaka and Pyrrha/Kyoko. The latter two pairs have similar weapons as well. But the comparison stops there though.
** Yang's fighting style and weapon (and to a lesser extent her outfit) evokes that of Bullet from VideoGame/BlazBlueChronophantasma. Viewers of ''Anime/AkameGaKill'' may also find her comparable to Leone. Related: Penny's choice of weapon and fighting style also evokes that of Mu-12 with a bit of [[GuiltyGear Ramlethal]] thrown in. Other similar comparisons with BlazBlue includes Ruby with Ragna, Weiss with Jin and Pyrrha with Tsubaki. Furthering the connection with Leone, both are yellow colored, close range hand/fist fighters with a prominent bust, have wild blonde hair, are typically associated with being a bit promiscuous, and most recently, [[spoiler:both have lost an arm at one point.]]
** Pyrrha is often compared to Agent Carolina of ''Machinima/RedVsBlue'', a WebAnimation also done by Rooster Teeth. Both are red-haired, formidable fighters. Being played by the same actress helps the comparison. To a lesser extent, she's also often compared to Erza Scarlet of ''Manga/FairyTail''.
** Ruby will often be compared to Maka Albarn from ''Manga/SoulEater'', due to their general sweetness and both of them being scythe wielding schoolgirls.
** Neo(politan) is often compared to [[Anime/KillLaKill Nui Harime]] due to their [[PinkMeansFeminine partially matching color scheme]], being CuteAndPsycho, carrying around a stylish parasol, and sporting a really mischievous smile. Fans also speculated that, like Nui to Ryuko, Neo is related to Ruby's family in some way.
*** Yang's VA in the Japanese dub had previously voiced Ryuuko, which the fandom immediately latched onto.
*** Neo disguised herself as a huntress in order to infiltrate [[spoiler:the Vytal Festival tournament]], similar to Nui's disguise as Shinjiro Nagita.
*** Neo's current disguise during [[spoiler:the Vytal Festival]] gives her the appearance of a Miku clone, or more accurately fellow CuteMute Franchise/BlackRockShooter.
** May Zedong is jokingly considered by some to be the lovechild of [[MetalGearSolidVThePhantomPain Venom Snake and Quiet]] by virtue of only having one exposed eye and being a sniper.
** A terrorist group with the name of a colored fang that initially had good intentions until it suffered massive MotiveDecay is now [[spoiler:being manipulated by a sexy woman with long raven hair and piercing golden eyes to be the lackeys in a plan to gain unimaginable power by stealing it from others and unleash horrific monsters humanity had earned a hard-fought safety from upon the realm of man once more]]. Are we talking about RWBY or ''[[FireEmblemElibe Fire Emblem Blazing Sword]]''?
** An IajitsuPractioner that uses a red katana contained in a shotgun scabbard who's part of a terrorist organization that [[spoiler: fights a quick battle that results in a severed arm?]] Are we talking about Adam or [[VideoGame/MetalGearRisingRevengeance Sam?]]
* CrazyAwesome:
** 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 [[ShockAndAwe Semblance]] is pretty awesome.
** Yang's response to a giant killer crow (with some [[UnspokenPlanGuarantee help]] from Ruby) is to shoot in its mouth at point blank range.
** Ruby counts for being the one to come up with the ''ridiculously'' awesome [[CatapultToGlory "Slingshot]] [[FastballSpecial 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.
* CreepyAwesome:
** Cinder Fall, thanks to a surprisingly chilling performance by Creator/JessicaNigri, a well-known cosplayer. Being formally introduced in Season 1's finale with fiery GlowingEyesOfDoom really helps, too.
** Neopolitan acts cutesy and elegantly, but it's clear it's meant to be as dissonant as possible when she curbstomps Yang while retaining this attitude. She garnered a massive fandom for that very reason.
* DesignatedVillain: Junior and the Malachite Twins. The Volume 2 opening places them prominently alongside the main BigBad 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 [[CurbStompBattle 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 [[TrailersAlwaysLie Volume 2 opening]] has not been repeated for Volume 3 and they have not appeared again.
* DieForOurShip:
** Sun Wukong flirting with Blake and later having tea with her in episode 15 created a lot of hate from the Blake/Yang fans. This has fortunately died down with the advent of Volume 2, and more specifically, the introduction of Sun's [[HoYay friend and confidant]] Neptune.
** Neptune has now become an even worse example, thanks to fans worrying he's breaking up White Rose.
* EnsembleDarkhorse:
** Velvet, 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. Even with her team of equally popular background characters (who don't qualify for the trope due to their Velvet-affected popularity even ''before'' their debut), Velvet plays a bigger role compared to the others by simply having one simple conversation with Ruby at least once a season.
** Perry and the chainsaw-wielding Faunus are bit characters who have become extremely popular beyond all proportion to their roles and they should stay.
** Flynt and Neon of Atlas's Team FNKI. To a lesser extent, Arslan and Reese from ABRN are much more popular than BRNZ, NDGO, or the male half of their team, the first for being a no-nonsense bare-fisted badass, and the second for having a unique and very cool weapon style.
* EpilepticTrees:
** The fandom has gone wild speculating about the illusions seen in Volume three, [[spoiler:ranging from the reasonable (Emerald or Mercury have some sort of illusion semblance, or Neo has been manipulating things while hidden), to the unlikely (Mercury is literally using mercury poisoning, or Cinder is using the Fall Maiden powers), to the downright bizarre (Emerald has an illusion semblance, and Neo doesn't actually exist, but is an illusion created by Emerald, or [[MemeticMutation Everyone is Neo]]).]]
** As the tournament progresses, you wonder just ''how'' many matches [[spoiler:Cinder rigged to favor her plans and how many matches were coincidental. According to the Fridge page, nearly ''all'' the matches were rigged, from pitting the all-male SSSN vs the all-female NDGO with the odds stacked against the former to putting the person with the HairTriggerTemper against a {{Troll}}]].
* EvilIsCool: Roman and Cinder. Roman for being a stylish, snarky, badass who can mange to look cool even while losing. Cinder for being mysterious and CreepyAwesome.
* EvilIsSexy: [[http://images1.wikia.nocookie.net/__cb20131108012949/rwby/images/0/0e/CinderTeammates.png Cinder Fall]], from what we see of her silhouette in the first episode and her full reveal in the TheStinger for the last. And surprisingly, Jessica Nigri even manages to make her ''sound'' sexy too.
* {{Fanon}}:
** Faunus are largely assumed to have traits of the animals they resemble; for example, a cat faunus hating a dog faunus. While there ''is'' support for this in canon to some extent (like Blake not liking dogs), sometimes it's taken to extremes. For example, there's a RunningGag among the fandom that Velvet is an EthicalSlut due to the reputation of the mating habits of rabbits. Additionally, some members of the FNDM have also decided that Faunus have heat cycles.
** Neo being mute has been generally accepted by fans due to her not making a single sound in her appearances.
** Fox from Team CFVY is almost always portrayed as blind by fans due to his [[ProphetEyes pure white eyes]].
* FanPreferredCouple:
** Before the series came out, Ruby and Weiss were shipped together constantly. This was most likely caused by the Website/DeviantART author [[http://lunarisfuryaileron.deviantart.com/ LunarisFuryAileron]] whose RWBY [[YonKoma 4komas]] were featured on Monty's twitter a few times causing the pairing to spread quickly. This continued on even after Ruby and Weiss were revealed to have very different characterizations than what the fandom assumed. (The joke that Weiss is {{Tsundere}} is doing much to encourage the shippers.)
** The [[SugarWiki/HeartwarmingMoments ending of Episode 10]] will most likely provide further fuel.
** [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qeygmqTqeT0 Weiss and Ruby's fanon relationship in a nutshell.]]
** Blake/Yang has joined Ruby/Weiss in this regard, if the question of whether Bumblebee will be canon or not during the RWBY Crew Chat is any indication. This was [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rBddETTCr2U later acknowledged by both Arryn Zech and Barbara Dunkleman]], the voice actresses for Blake and Yang, respectively, in an interview.
** Within ''days'' of the Volume 2 web-premiere, Sun/Neptune exploded in popularity and quickly became the big thing for both characters, though a good bit of their shippers admit that they subscribe to it as much to get Sun away from Blake as for its own merits.
** As for straight pairings, Jaune/Blake is surprisingly popular, especially after Jaune/Weiss [[ShipSinking sunk]].
* FoeYayShipping:
** 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.
** While the level of foe is arguable, its clear that Qrow and Winter are rather antagonistic to each other. Within a few hours of their fight being made public, there were 3 shipping fics of them on Fanfiction.net. The [[IdiosyncraticShipNaming ship name]] that has been accepted by a majority of the fandom labels the pairing as either "Night's Watch" or "Snowbirds".
* FreudWasRight:
** From the front, which is where most people stand when talking to him, Ozpin's CoolChair looks like it has a tall, slightly pointy back with circular, gear-shaped "wings" where the back meets the seat. From behind, however, the full shape of the chair becomes visible... and what it actually looks like is a very obvious [[http://kaisergeyser.tumblr.com/post/98428783740/miss-nerdgasmz-blangyouredead-ozpins-chair case]] of AccidentalInnuendo.
** In "Burning the Candle", we see Jaune dropping a rose on the ground after [[spoiler:he sees Weiss asking Neptune to the dance (he had been trying to win her over for most of the episode)]], and it leads to a MatchCut to an exceptionally ''droopy'' rose..
* FunnyAneurysmMoment:
** After learning that Jaune snuck his way into Beacon, and learning his reasons for doing so, his previous ButtMonkey antics take on a whole new light.
** Yang and Ruby's occasional offhanded comments about their dad's overprotective nature become a lot darker when it's revealed he [[spoiler: basically has the CartwrightCurse (though Raven, his first love, is still alive) and almost lost his daughters to the Grimm once already.]]
** Sun jokes that with RWBY off scouting out the Southwest Quadrant, they can tour Vale without the explosions that seem to follow them. [[spoiler: Episode 11 ends with the Grimm breaking into Vale after Torchwick and the White Fang blew open an opening for the Grimm to invade.]]
** In Volume 3, Episode 6, Ruby cheers Yang on before her match with Mercury by telling her to "Break a leg". [[spoiler:She might have done just that - Mercury's. Although it was later revealed that Mercury is not only completely fine due to his lower legs being cybernetics, he was faking his pain the whole time.]]
** In the first episode of Volume 2, Ruby and Weiss have a DiedInYourArmsTonight moment PlayedForLaughs. [[spoiler:It's not so funny for Ruby once she actually witnesses the first on-screen death]].
* GeniusBonus:
** There are subtle references to fairytales, mythology, literature and history everywhere, particularly in form of MeaningfulName:
** 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 ''[[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Arete arete]]'', the Greek ideal of self-excellence.
** One of the very first things the narrator says in the first episode is "Man, born from Dust." The name Adam from the Book of Genesis is derived from a Hebrew word for [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Adamah earth, or the ground.]] Or, in other words, dust. And just to drive the point home, Abrahamic philosophy makes a big deal about "from dust we came and to dust we shall return".
* GermansLoveDavidHasselhoff: This series seems to have found a dedicated audience in Asia, to the point that there is both a [[http://www.bilibili.com/video/av778729/ Chinese]] and [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3FmWA9-t6Io Japanese]] fandub. It eventually got picked up by Warner Bros. Japan for [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ziz6GGwu35g an official Japanese dub]] with an AllStarCast.
* GirlShowGhetto: Averted, it was one of the most successful animated series on Website/YouTube and other sites.
* GrowingTheBeard:
** 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 Creator/MontyOum production) animation, and use of stock anime tropes. Still, the series soldiered on, steadily improving as it went. Then [[SugarWiki/MomentOfAwesome 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, scripting, and voice acting.
* HarsherInHindsight:
** Weiss gives a long list of attacks on her family that made her life difficult growing up. The train robbery she mentions coincides strongly with the events of the Black trailer.
** Blake's comments about the Schnee Dust Company's questionable business partners and controversial labor practices make a whole lot more sense given that, [[spoiler:being a Faunus and in the White Fang, she would have found out a lot of their secrets/been on the receiving end of their cruelty and prejudice.]]
** Ruby's theme becomes a lot darker after Red Like Roses Part II. [[spoiler: "It's your blood that's red like roses."]]
** In Vol.1 Episode 4, after rattling off a list of [[TheAce Pyrrha's]] achievements to [[TheWatson an oblivious Jaune]], Weiss asks whether he really believes he's worthy of talking to her, to which he reluctantly admits that he isn't. In Vol.2 Episode 7, Pyrrha tells Jaune that this is the exact problem she faces: because of her status as TheAce, [[LonelyAtTheTop everyone assumes she's completely out of their league and won't talk to her]]. The one person who actually had the confidence to approach Pyrrha as a friend (if only because he didn't know who she was), ''and Weiss tried to turn him away from her''.
** It's minor, and already fairly harsh when it happens, but Velvet's bullying at the hands of Cardin may become even worse with the implication in Volume 2 Episode 8 that she's actually an older student.
** Monty's passing puts a tragic spin on the lyrics of the incredibly upbeat Boop song from the Season 2 soundtrack since it's Nora addressing her inability to spill her romantic affections to Ren, who in turn is voiced by Monty. As a result, some of the lyrics sound like parts of a eulogy.
--> We've been together for a long, long, long, long time... I can't believe it, [that] this is happening!
** In Volume 2, Episode 4, Yang enters Junior's club and is greeted by several guns, since she left a rather violent impression the last time. In Volume 3, Episode 6, Yang is surrounded by guns because [[spoiler:she broke Mercury's leg]].
** Pyrrha's [[http://knowyourmeme.com/photos/1067028-rwby#comments optimistic speech]] from earlier in volume 3 isn't quite as optimistic anymore since she [[spoiler:may have killed Penny]].
** This [[http://dishwasher1910.deviantart.com/art/RWBY-Accident-happens-583678142 fan art]], which was created one week before the episode "[=PvP=]" came out, is surprisingly very accurate to [[spoiler: the actual outcome of the episode]].
*** The very same artist created a picture [[http://dishwasher1910.deviantart.com/art/RWBY-Future-Yang-Xiao-Long-544712179]] of [[spoiler:a future Yang with what looks like a prosthetic arm]] months ago. Once is a coincidence, but twice is a bit suspicious!
** Some people have compared Adam to [[VideoGame/MetalGearRisingRevengeance Jetstream Sam]], with both of them having similar weapons and combat styles, as well as being disillusioned [[BloodKnight Blood Knights]] forced to join the villain who threatens them. [[spoiler: Well, now they're even more alike now that Adam has also cut off the arm of one of the protagonists in a similar fashion.]]
* HeartwarmingInHindsight: Nora's famous "Boop" moment was heartwarming on its own, but after her ImageSong in Volume 2 revealed that's her way of telling Ren she loves him, the scene became even ''more'' heartwarming.
* HeReallyCanAct:
** 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 Creator/AchievementHunter did a fairly impressive job voicing Sun, considering he's not usually an actor nor has he done any voice acting prior (and was apparently adorkably nervous about doing it.)
** In the same vein, Kerry as Neptune.
** Even from day one, Lindsay Jones has done a fantastically convincing job of playing Ruby.
** Miles Luna shows off his acting talent during TheReveal that [[spoiler: Jaune faked his transcripts.]]
** Barbara Dunkelman, Kara Eberle, Arryn Zech, Shannon [=McCormick=], Jack Patillo and Taylor Pelto have all been praised for their performances in Volume 2.
** Arryn and Kara also manage to pull this off at the end of their characters' argument during The Stray, especially when the former utters the WhamLine.
** While Garrett Hunter's portrayal of Adam wasn't well received in the 'Black' trailer and his delivery of "My darling" in Battle of Beacon was considered a bit {{Narm}}y, he managed to be [[NightmareFuel downright terrifying]] during his extended scene in Heroes and Monsters.
** Even though Gray G. Haddock has been fantastic from the start, he really gets a chance to show off during Roman's monologue in Heroes and Monsters.
%%* HesJustHiding: Almost ''immediately'' after the news of [[spoiler:Roman's demise got out, many theories cropped up about how he could have somehow survived.]]
* HilariousInHindsight:
** Months before Lie Ren was revealed, a prominent fan character was created. His identifying color is green, he is stoic (albeit far more so than Ren), and wields dual bladed pistols. During an interview, the crew mentioned that they have seen him and that these sort of things just happen.
** Some ([[PoesLaw possibly]]) less informed fans assumed it was a Japanese animated series and demanded that Crunchyroll make the Japanese version available. Well, it seems [[GermansLoveDavidHasselhoff Japan likes this series too]], and a [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3FmWA9-t6Io Japanese fan dub]] of the series is underway.
** Nora being a GenderSwap homage to Thor becomes this after [[http://www.theguardian.com/culture/shortcuts/2014/jul/16/female-thor-good-feminine-male-superhero-better Marvel made Thor a woman.]]
** Yang's shotgun gauntlets have become somewhat amusing now that the character of Jacqui Briggs has been introduced to ''VideoGame/MortalKombatX'', using weaponized gauntlets with "Shotgun" as a possible variation.
** Neo was often compared to Nui of ''Anime/KillLaKill''. Then it was revealed that Yang will share [[Creator/AmiKoshimizu Ryuko's VA]] in the Japanese dub.
** [[https://twitter.com/mojojoj27827860/status/657672351094546432 This fanart]] shows Neo and the ElegantGothicLolita that appeared in the Volume 3 trailer facing each other. The pic becomes more funny [[spoiler:when it's revealed the Goth girl is none other than Neo herself.]]
** [[spoiler:Yang breaking Mercury's leg]] in "Fall" is made a little bit more amusing when one considers [[spoiler:[[AscendedMeme how way back in Volume 1 Nora commented that she'd break Cardin's legs if he harassed Jaune.]]]]
** [[http://knowyourmeme.com/photos/1028654-rwby This picture]], putting Ruby in the ''VisualNovel/AceAttorney'' setting does take a much more hilarious turn after the aforementioned spoiler.
** ''Twofold'' for Creator/LauraBailey. First, this isn't the first time she voiced a character named [[Manga/DarkerThanBlack Amber]]. Second, she once voiced [[VideoGame/FinalFantasyXIII Serrah Farron]], who wields a sword that can turn into a bow in [[VideoGame/FinalFantasyXIII2 the sequel]]. [[spoiler:It's the same kind of weapon Cinder uses to defeat Amber.]]
** [[http://www.pixiv.net/member_illust.php?mode=medium&illust_id=37857600 This fanart]] of a [[GenderBender genderswapped Yang]] looks almost spot-on for Yang's father, Taiyang. The image was uploaded on 8/17/2013, almost two years before Taiyang's design was revealed.
** At an RTX panel this year (2016), Yang mentioned she wants the ability to shapeshift. This is a double bonus. First, [[spoiler:Yang fought Mercury Black]], voiced by Yuri Lowenthal, who also voiced Ben Tennyson, who had the ability to shapeshift. Second, a famous [[https://www.fanfiction.net/s/11348911/1/RWBBYVerse-Clash-of-Heroes crossover fanfic]], that was made long before this RTX happened, involved a Ben 10 - RWBY crossover, where at one point [[spoiler: Ben let Yang use the Omnitrix for a day.]] Looks like Yang got her wish.
* HolyShitQuotient:
** Very high, especially in the climactic battles in episodes 8, 14, and 16 of Volume One.
** The FoodFight in the Volume 2 premiere, plus the Mecha fight in Episode 4, the train fight(s) in Episode 11 and the epic Grimm encounter in the finale also count.
** And then the Volume 3 opening tops it all, with a ''very'' darker feel than anything we've seen so far.
** Episode 6, "Fall", from Volume 3. [[spoiler:Pyrrha learns of the Maidens and that in the near future she'll have to decide whether to accept the Fall Maiden Amber's aura, possibly losing herself in the process. Yang is arrested after an illusion tricked her into attacking a downed Mercury.]]
** Episode 9, "[=PvP=]". [[spoiler:Penny is torn to pieces by a distressed Pyrrha, Neo breaks Roman out of prison, the army guarding Vale is utterly decimated and what's left is under Cinder's control, the hordes of Grimm attracted to the place by Yang's debacle finally arrive, and ''Adam and the White Fang'' have turned up in force too. Things look ''very'' bleak for the heroes at this point.]]
** Not to be outdone, we have Episode 10 - "The Battle of Beacon Part 1." Where to begin? [[spoiler:Port and Oobleck stay behind in the arena to fight off Grimm with Port remarking "one last fight," Torchwick gains control over Ironwood's automated soldiers, said soldiers shoot Ironwood out of his own ship (with a high chance of him dying), Blake and Adam finally come face to face for the first time since the Black trailer, Ruby goes to take down Torchwick while Torchwick sends Neo her way,[[BatmanGrabsAGun Ozpin can no longer sit idly by in this hour of need and grabs his cane to join the action]], ''a Grimm dragon that can spawn other Grimm breaks out of a mountain due to the panic of all the citizens of Vale,'' and Pyrrha seems to finally make her decision regarding the Fall Maiden's power. The final shot of the episode shows Cinder watching team JNPR from above before activating her half of the Fall Maiden's powers.]]
** ''Somehow'' Episode 11-"Heroes and Monsters" manages to raise the stakes even [[UpToEleven higher.]] [[spoiler: Ruby nearly dies in her confrontation between Neo and Torchwick, Neo gets blown off the ship while several thousand feet in the air, Roman gets ''[[SwallowedWhole EATEN BY A GRIFFON]]'', Ironwood is revealed to have at least over half of his body replaced by cybernetics, Velvet has the ability to use projections of other weapons, Adam ''stabs Blake and cuts off Yang's arm'', and Cinder kills Amber, before Pyrrha can gain her powers, and assumes the full power of the Fall Maiden.]] Damn.
* HoYay:
** In "Burning the Candle", Jaune drags Ren away while the latter is wearing only a pink towel and goes on about how they've formed deep bonds between each other during the semester. [[NotWhatItLooksLike Jaune was just asking Ren for advice on how to make Weiss fall for him]].
** This [[http://sunwukxng.tumblr.com/post/131725475364/does-gray-ship-blacksun-and-seamonkeys-or Facebook post by Gray seems to imply some Ho Yay on Neptune's part.]]
* HypeBacklash:
** You promote a series for half a year done by big shots like Rooster Teeth and Monty Oum and there will inevitably be those who feel the final product doesn't live up to all the hype. However, this has more to do with ''RWBY'' being a completely different beast from the creators' past works; about the only similarities ''RWBY'' has to ''Machinima/RedVsBlue'' (Rooster Teeth's previous, widely loved series) is that they both have frequent comedy and cool fight scenes. In everything else, they're quite different. Similarly, Mounty Oum's other famous works (''{{Haloid}}'' and ''DeadFantasy'') have ExcusePlot and are nothing but wall-to-wall over the top action sequences. The fact that ''RWBY'' focuses on character development, world building, and plot, and only has action sequences (which are still over the top) when the plot requires them also pushes it into this category.
** Also crosses with {{Fanon}}. The trailers were released over nine months, and by the first episode's premiere, there were a ''lot'' of fan theories and characterization guesses floating around. When these fans watched the series, most of these theories were jossed in short order (Weiss and Ruby's personalities being the most obvious example) and it came as a bit of a shock. Now, whether or not such jossing is ''welcome'', that's [[BrokenBase another story]].
* IdiosyncraticShipNaming:
** 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 [[OT3 OT4]] is Pollination, combining the theme of Bumblebee and White Rose.
** A small segment that ships Weiss/Blake/Yang as a plain threesome refers to them by the absolutely puntastic moniker "The Bee's Schnees."
** Penny/Emerald is Verdigris (pennies are made of copper which can turn into the green material, verdigris).
** Further names are collected [[https://docs.google.com/spreadsheet/lv?key=0AlFOL3c0UfSZdHU2VGJULTBjY0Q1emxDQk82MDVsbGc&usp=sharing#gid=0 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" or "Arctic Circle."
** In Vol.2 Episode 4, "Freezerburn," "Checkmate," "Ladybug," and "Bumblebee" all got [[AscendedFanon 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."
** Blake/Weiss/Ruby is often referred to as "Newspaper."
** Ren/Nora has recently been redubbed "Boop" in honor of Nora's ImageSong.
* InternetBackdraft:
** 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]]In the end, they did not go with biweekly updates, but rather with releasing episodes weekly for four weeks and then taking a one-week break during which we get a shorter "[[AllThereInTheManual World of Remnant]]" episode.[[/note]]
* JustHereForGodzilla: There's a significant chunk of the ''RWBY'' fandom who just watch the show for the beautifully animated fight scenes. Unfortunately, [[FanDumb some of the less mature among these kinds of fans]] tend to very vocal in complaining when the show takes a turn and tries to focus on anything else.
* LesYay:
** In Vol. 2 Episode 3, Penny and Ruby's reunion is full of this. Their first meeting in Vol. 1 was pretty close too, though more on Penny's side.
** Volume 2 is piling it on. In Episode 6 Blake and Yang have a very heartwarming talk, that ends with Yang hugging Blake then telling her that if she gets some rest and comes to the dance she'll save a dance for her. It's the wink that sells it. Later, Blake and Yang insist on dancing with each other before Blake dances with Sun.
** Receiving a compliment from Emerald reduces Ruby to [[LuminescentBlush blushing]], bashful mumbling.
** "Greetings, Ruby Rose. I wish to thank you for taking an interest in my sister." Cue awkward response.
** "I will make it my mission to destroy everything you love, starting with her." Said by Adam to Blake when they see Yang looking for her. The fact that at this point Adam has gone full {{Yandere}} and noticed Blake's horrified reaction to realizing that Yang is about to cross path with him certainly doesn't help. The choice of wording and Yang's immediate appearance after Adam says "love" lends itself to this as well.
*** As it becomes immediately apparent from Yang's perspective [[spoiler: that Adam is stabbing Blake as a mean of torture]], Yang's semblance just-as-immediately gets triggered and Yang herself just-as-immediately proceeds to attack Adam.
* LGBTFanbase: It has a mostly female cast and a predominantly male fanbase, as well as a queer female fanbase in Tumblr. It helps that in an interview about the show, Monty pointed out that there will be queer characters appearing in the show (if they aren't there already) and that practically the entire cast ''wants'' it to happen.
* LikeYouWouldReallyDoIt: Averted in ''Heroes and Monsters'' where in the brief second before Adam cutting off Blake's head off is an illusion, the audience's hearts really did stop in fear. [[spoiler: Given that the Amber had just died on screen and Yang had just lost an arm, there was a genuine fear of TotalPartyKill.]]
* LoveItOrHateIt: The first few episodes of Volume 1 split viewers this way, with a lot of love geared towards the detail, plot development, and of course amazing fight scenes from Episode 5 onwards... and a lot of hate geared towards the first episode or two and the Jaune-centric arc near the end.
* MagnificentBastard:
** [[WickedCultured Stylish]], [[DeadpanSnarker snarky]], [[AffablyEvil charismatic]], [[TheChessmaster intelligent]] and one hell of a {{Badass}}, Roman Torchwick certainly seems to be shaping up into one of these. Less so, however, when TheStinger of the first volume had TheReveal that Cinder Fall is TheManBehindTheMan.
** 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.
* MemeticBadass:
** According to a steadily growing core of fans, Roman Torchwick never stopped being top dog of the antagonists, is only toying with Cinder by pretending to be unaware and compliant with her nebulous grand scheme as he builds up his dragon's horde of Dust, that furthermore his humoring her is the only thing that is keeping her in a position of power at all, he can pimp-slap any of the heroes into submission without missing a beat no matter the odds, could pickpocket the whole cast blind without a single person becoming aware, rules over all human and Faunus gangs alike with Machiavellian absolute authority, and is only deigning to remain in Ironwood's custody because he can make use of the position he's in.
** Nora also seems to be getting this after the reveal of her Semblance, with many referring to her as [[ComicBook/TheMightyThor the Goddess]] [[Myth/NorseMythology of Thunder]].
** Qrow Branwen. All you need to know is that he owns Ice Queens even while drunk, owns generals verbally with his own brand of snark, [[ArsonMurderAndJaywalking and owns his nieces at a video game]].
* MemeticMutation: [[Memes/{{RWBY}} Has its own page.]]
* MemeticPsychopath:
** Though Neo has shown some signs of being CuteAndPsycho 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) [[BloodKnight fight of some kind]]. Because of how eager Nora gets during these moments, especially the whole "[[NeverLiveItDown 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'' PlayedForLaughs.
* MisaimedFandom: [[http://agrissas.tumblr.com/post/69590441030/the-rwby-s1-fandom-survey-results 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.
* MoralEventHorizon: Adam Taurus states that he's going to try to destroy everything that Blake holds dear in retaliation for betraying him. [[spoiler: He follows through with that threat when he [[AnArmAndALeg chops off Yang's right arm]] and then attempts to decapitate Blake all the while asking her [[WhyDidYouMakeMeHitYou why she has to hurt him]]]].
* SugarWiki/MostWonderfulSound: Anytime Crescent Rose or Ember Celica unfold, cock or fire.
* {{Narm}}:
** Blake's reaction to everyone finding out of not only her Faunus nature but also her ties to the White Fang is to simply bolt out of the room, which comes off as more of an "abandon thread" reaction than anything serious.
** In "Battle of Beacon", Adam's one-liner when Blake runs into him is [[http://kobblublu.tumblr.com/post/138385454754/do-over extremely corny]] even though it's intended with ''a lot'' of malice.
* NarmCharm:
** Junior's second line in "Painting the Town" is so badly delivered it's ''hilarious''.
** The JNPR dance is the corniest, cheesiest thing imaginable, but there couldn't be a more [[SugarWiki/MomentOfAwesome awesome]] or [[SugarWiki/HeartwarmingMoments 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 [[spoiler: 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 [[JumpingOffTheSlipperySlope fallen]] and [[TheSociopath how he can't be reasoned with anymore]]]]
* NeverLiveItDown:
** Nora eagerly suggests breaking Cardinís legs only '''once''' in the '''''entire series''''', and that was in response to her friend Jaune being bullied by him. Because of this one line itís relatively common for fanfic writers to make Nora [[PlayedForLaughs 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 MisaimedFandom.
** 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 FreezeFrameBonus 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 TrademarkFavoriteFood.
** Ironwood politically backstabbing Ozpin in "The Breach" when the latter failed to stop the White Fang from unleashing grim into the City of Vale. Despite James having legitimate reasons for going behind Ozpin's back and there being a very real concern with Ozpin's decision to send in only a single scouting team of in-training Huntresses and one Huntsman to find the White Fang's hideout, many people ''still'' believed his actions were proof that he's a self-serving asshole and Ironwood has been the subject of much ridicule ever since. While this reputation has lessoned somewhat after Volume Three, don't expect fans of the show to come rushing to Ironwood's defense.
* NightmareFuel: Has [[NightmareFuel/{{RWBY}} its own page]].
* NoYay: The latest episode, "Heroes and Monsters", does this for Blake/Adam. His downright {{Yandere}} expression of how he'll make Blake suffer for leaving him, [[spoiler: not to mention what he does to Yang who tried to save her]], has done a lot to [[ShipSinking turn people away from shipping them]].
* OlderThanTheyThink:
** Several years before the series was made, Monty made [[https://www.facebook.com/video.php?v=677213962393479&set=vb.278065288975017&type=2&theater a short]] that used "shotgun nunchuks". It helps that both RWBY and the short use the same animation for the fights scenes.
** If you look through his Deviantart, you can also find some of his animations that he mentions gave birth to the idea of a Red, Black, White color scheme and his preference for crows.
* OneSceneWonder:
** 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.
** [[spoiler: Amber, the Autumn Maiden,]] in Volume 3's "Beginning of the End". [[spoiler:Immensely powerful--showing off that PowerFloats 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 LauraBailey!), only to [[ForegoneConclusion 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 [[spoiler:his ship is taken out by Roman's hijacked warship]], but he's fondly remembered by fans because of his deep tone, delivered by Creator/TravisWillingham.
* PeripheryDemographic: [[http://roosterteeth.com/post/51193367 The creators of RWBY did not expect a very young audience to watch and enjoy the show.]]
* PortmanteauCoupleName:
** Jaune/Pyrrha is referred to as Arkos.
** The wikia forums gave a joke name to the Ruby/Jaune ship, known as Arse ('''Ar'''c + Ro'''se''') 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.
* RescuedFromTheScrappyHeap:
** "Heroes and Monsters" turned Adam from a widely-mocked fool into a legitimately threatening villain in the eyes of the fandom.
** The mocked and often outright hated Ironwood has absolutely ''skyrocketed'' in popularity since his fight scenes near the end of Volume 3, when he proved that not only is he [[FourStarBadass just as strong as his rank would suggest]], he's also willing to take responsibility for his actions and only has the best interests of the people at heart.
* ShipMates:
** Within the fandom, it's not uncommon to find Ruby/Weiss shippers that also support Blake/Yang. This isn't limited to Team RWBY members; you're likely to find supporters of Jaune/Pyrrha and/or Ren/Nora. The trend continues even if you mix and match.
** If someone ships Sun/Neptune, you can bet with certainty that they were and are big fans of a pairing of Blake and one of her teammates first.
* SpecialEffectFailure: Enough that the show's wiki has a dedicated [[http://rwby.wikia.com/wiki/Inconsistencies inconsistencies]] page detailing the majority of said instances.
** The first version of each episode, released on Rooster Teeth, has its errors recorded by the writers on said wiki. A week later, a cleaner version of the episode with less errors is released on [=YouTube=].
** The animation itself has also been decried as being stiff and lacking in fluidity outside of the fight scenes.
** Almost every character has the same basic run animation for non action sequences. Granted, this is common in full budget video games as well, but it can be a bit glaring. The best example would be when the two teams are late for class, and eight characters have the same movements, though that might have been played for laughs.
* SugarWiki/SweetDreamsFuel:
** 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 CerebusSyndrome kicks in.
** Of particular note is the track "[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FjZ6tBAK8xc 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...
* TaintedByThePreview: Some viewers were turned off by the inexperienced voice acting in the ''Black'' and ''Yellow'' trailers.
* TakeThatScrappy:
** 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 [[CurbStompBattle absolutely demolish]] ''all of them together'' in a sparring match is extremely gratifying.
* TastesLikeDiabetes:
** The song "Gold".
** Penny, from Episode 15. Both InUniverse and out. Most fans would say this is evidence that [[TropesAreTools tropes are not bad]].
* TheUntwist:
** After all the subtle and unsubtle hints that [[spoiler:Blake is a Faunus]], it was theorized that she was not [[spoiler:a Faunus herself]], but merely connected to them in some way. Turns out, no, she really ''is'' [[spoiler:a Cat Faunus.]]
** [[spoiler:Cinder's reveal as the BigBad]]: While there's not a lot of buildup or misleading per se, the second volume's SpoilerOpening places [[spoiler:her]] very prominently in comparison to [[spoiler: Roman,]] the supposed BigBad 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 RoboticReveal 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.
* TheyWastedAPerfectlyGoodPlot: 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 [[BaseBreaker has had issues with this]], [[WordOfGod regardless of the tight schedule]].
** Once again, time and budget constraints meant that a number of important fights in the Vytal Festival Tournament were only seen in passing or completely skipped; SSSN's doubles round was never shown, while we never even found out who Pyrrha's partner was for JNPR'S second fight.
* UglyCute: The Boarbatusk variant of Grimm.
* VisualEffectsOfAwesome: 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.
* WhatAnIdiot:
** 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, [[NeverMyFault 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 [[CapeSnag 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, [[InsistentTerminology Dr.]] Oobleck, the guidance Hunter of Team RWBY. So, Doctor, one of your students has gone missing and judging by the way she left her weapon, she is not in good condition at all. Dr. Oobleck should have explained only the core, necessary information about the place they are about to enter and quickly gone after Ruby. He instead rambles on about history that, while important and interesting depending on who you ask, has no immediate relevance to the emergency at hand. The information was only useful in retrospect, and even then was mostly redundant.
** During Yang & Weiss vs Neon & Flynt match, Flynt knocks Weiss down and step on Weiss' weapon. Then he gets distracted by Yang's barrage and turn around, stepping off of Weiss' weapon. She takes this chance to tackle Flynt into a lava pit, taking herself out of the fight and depleting most of Flynt's Aura...instead of...you know, picking up her weapon and attacking him with it. If she did so, Yang might not have had to fight two opponents by herself.
** In ''New Challengers'', Team JNPR fights Team BRNZ, gains the advantage and almost wins. Jaune attempts to close the match by calling out his team's [[AttackPatternAlpha 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 [[OneManArmy Nora to finish the fight]].
** After Cinder infects the Communications Tower with her virus, Ironwood, despite knowing that there was a breach, forgets the basic rules of data security and proceeds to plug his infected scroll directly into Ozpin's console ... which gives Cinder access [[spoiler: to the combatant selection and lets her arrange the matches to her interest]]. Considering the amount of attempted and successful cheating that happens in all levels of sporting events, either the Vytal Festival has a flawless record of sportsmanship, or Ironwood really should have been better prepared for someone to try something. Like having one of the athletes [[spoiler: fake a sporting injury, especially since Ironwood has his own cybernetics similar to Mercury's]], or one of the huntresses outside of a match using [[spoiler: her semblance]] to influence the matches. Considering the festival's prominence, it had to have happened or been attempted before.
** It never occurs to Ozpin that his own CCT Tower might have been hacked after Cinder breaks into it on the night of the dance, and doesn't bother to do any testing to see if anything was tampered with. This lets Cinder carry out her plan easily and without being detected before it's too late.
* WhatDoYouMeanItsForKids: 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 BloodlessCarnage, but... well, just take a look at the [[NightmareFuel/{{RWBY}} 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.
* WhatDoYouMeanItsNotPolitical: The White Fang, a WesternTerrorists 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.
* WinBackTheCrowd:
** Volume 2 has 12 episodes that are all around 12 minutes each (to address the very common 'short episode' complaint Volume 1 was hit with) and has improved animation due to Monty changing the character rig.
** Volume 3 seems to be answering complaints from Volume 2. The pacing is faster, Jaune's screentime has been greatly reduced (answering complaints that he was a one man SpotlightStealingSquad) and the villains are finally given motives and development.
** After almost three seasons of the heroes never really being put in enough danger or suffering major consequences for losing fights, "Heroes and Monsters" suddenly delivered in a way nobody expected when [[spoiler:Yang's arm got cut off]]. While the fans are largely shocked and horrified by this, they're also relieved that the show is attempting such a level of gravitas.
* TheWoobie: Many characters qualify at some point in the story.
** Velvet's ''[[EstablishingCharacterMoment introductory scene]]'' has her getting harassed by Team CRDL for being a Faunus, culminating in Cardin's aforementioned ear pulling. The poor girl had to leave the cafeteria humiliated and presumably in tears. Velvet was also quite visibly distraught at [[spoiler:watching her teammates Coco and Yatsuhashi get [[CurbStompBattle demolished]] in their valiant fight against Mercury and Emerald.]]
** Having lied to get into Beacon, having no actual combat training and then being blackmailed by Cardin, Jaune was fast steering into this territory. But he saved it in the end by killing a large Ursa and standing up to Cardin. His own parents weren't expecting him to last long at Beacon Academy, showing that even they didn't believe in him.
** '''Blake'''. As of Episode 15, she is [[spoiler: revealed to be a Faunus, subjected to FantasticRacism by Weiss, and feels isolated from her team]]. Somewhat ironed out in the following episode, but there's still plenty of Woobie fuel. In Episode 5 of Volume 2, the events going on outside of school seem to bear down the most heavily on Blake, making her haggard and snappish towards Sun and her teammates. In "Mountain Glenn", she is shown to have a great deal of self-loathing because she sees herself as a coward who only runs away. Then in "Heroes and Monsters", [[spoiler:she's attacked and stabbed by Adam, a man she's implied to have had a romantic relationship with, who then slices Yang's arm off right in front of her when Yang tried to intervene]].
** Taiyang Xiao Long, Ruby and Yang's father. He lost two wives, Yang's mother Raven and then Ruby's mother Summer, which had both been on a Team with him when they were in school and had known each other for many years. According to Yang, the loss of Summer had caused him to "[[HeroicBSOD shut down]]". [[spoiler:And now his daughters are caught up in a life-or-death battle and his eldest one, the only link he likely has left to Raven, [[AnArmAndLeg has lost an arm]] and could be in life-threatening danger]].
** Weiss, though at points she's more of a JerkassWoobie. What little we know about her background implies that her more hostile tendencies are the result of a very troubled childhood, and her expressions in ''A Minor Hiccup'' manage to convey quite a bit of pain.
** Nora's perky personality is implied to be something of a facade after her random nervous breakdown before Team JNPR's first tournament match. While it's mostly PlayedForLaughs, she does mention that she and Ren have no parents, and implies that their home was destroyed.
** Qrow Branwen. His sister Raven disappeared shortly after Yang was born, and his friend Summer Rose died when Ruby was a toddler. Not only that, but he had to save his very young nieces from the Grimm. [[AdultFear If he had been just a few seconds late, they would have been killed]]. Taiyang [[HeroicBSOD emotionally shut down after losing his two wives,]] and Qrow chose to [[DrowningMySorrows numb his losses with alcohol instead.]]
** Pyrrha, as of "Fall", is hit with knowledge that contradicts centuries of history. She is pressured by the headmasters, Ironwood, and Qrow to [[spoiler:take what's left of the current Fall Maiden's Aura]]. The process would involve [[spoiler:artificially forcing Amber's Aura into Pyrrha]], and nobody knows what that will end up doing to Pyrrha, but they speculate that she may [[LossOfIdentity not be the same person]]. To see her abruptly thrown into the thick of things, and become so fearful of the headmasters she once respected and trusted is heartbreaking. The implications of this can be even more heartbreaking for her, among which are how she may be put in an even higher pedestal, isolating her even more from people, and how she may be another target of people who wanted the Maidens' powers. It really doesn't help when Jaune, the boy she loves, tells her to fulfill her destiny at any cost, not knowing what she's going through. In her match against Penny, she ends up [[spoiler:being tricked via Emerald's illusions into dismembering Penny in front of the whole world, subjecting her to the same fate as Yang]].
** Yang is tricked into [[spoiler:making herself look like an absolute monster on live television by Cinder and co., said actions get RWBY disqualified from the tournament and even Blake is hesitant to keep trusting her, which hurts Yang immensely (though she comes around with a bit of persuasion). [[AnArmAndALeg And then she loses her arm]] during "Heroes and Monsters"]].
** Ruby, as of "[=PvP=]" finds out that [[spoiler:the people she'd considered friends have been manipulating her and her team all along, and watches a close friend gruesomely dismember Penny in the tournament, thanks to said fake friends]]. Considering that all her life, she'd never been lied to in such a manner, this must be rather difficult for her to handle.
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