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Weapon: High-Caliber Sniper-Scythe: Crescent Rose
Voiced by: Saori Hayami (Japanese), Lindsay Jones (English)
- Attack : ★★★
- Speed: ★★★★★
- Range: ★★★★
- Casual: ★★★★
- Kawaii: ★★★★★★★★★★★★
- This girl's incredible! Wanna see?
Using her Aura, Ruby can tap into her Semblance of Speed, allowing her to dash and move around at speeds faster than the eye can see. She also wields a hybrid weapon she personally made called the Crescent Rose, which can take the form of a scythe, or an anti-armor sniper rifle which can fire bullets infused with multiple Dust elements.
Ruby is a very beginner-friendly all-rounder with a lot of mobility and reach, variety in options across the board and no obvious weak areas. Even though she has fast-moving projectiles, they all have a distinct windup and are easy to circumvent, so this rookie Huntress is no true zoner.
Her Distortion Drives are Petal Burst, a dashing attack slashes her opponent repeatedly on impact; and Petal Dance, a series of twirling slashes and blasts followed by a powerful final strike. Her Astral Heat, Red Reaper, has her drop kick the opponent and use her Speed Semblance to fly into the sky, hooking them around the neck with Crescent Rose to take them along for the ride. She propels herself higher and higher by firing Crescent Rose repeatedly before flipping upside down and using one final shot to decapitate her opponent in a flurry of rose petals.
- Adaptational Curves: Ruby's official artwork changes her Beacon Saga outfit, turning her top into a two-piece jacket/shirt that, combined with her corset, makes her a little more top-heavy like her sister, Yang. Compare her original artwork with the game's official artwork◊. She retains this in the opening of the game but is subverted in regards to her battle sprite.
- Badass Adorable: She's an incredibly cute girl who is also a powerful Huntress in training. Case in point, her official luck stat is replaced with "Kawaii," in which she has a rank of 12. Best shown in her interactions with Ragna before a fight, where she's excitedly fangirling over his colossal Aramasa.
- Badass Cape: Has her Beacon Saga outfit and the cool cape it comes with.
- BFG: Crescent Rose can also become a large sniper rifle which can fire specialized Dust bullets. Ruby can use the large recoil to boost her mobility.
- Berserk Button: She's quick to take offense to Ragna calling her a brat during Episode RWBY.
- Blood Knight: Seems overjoyed when she decides to drop in at the end of the reveal trailer.
- Boobs of Steel: She's no slouch in battle, and both her character artwork and the opening show her being noticeably more stacked than in her home series. Subverted for her battle sprite, however.
- Cute Bruiser: Just look at her "Kawaii" rating!
- Dash Attack: One of her Distortion Skills, Petal Burst, has her spin around rapidly and charge through her opponent, much like the attack she used to end the food fight in Volume 2.
- Explosion Propulsion: Ruby's Astral Finish has her carry herself and her opponent into the air by the shots from her Crescent Rose before cleaving her victim in twain.
- Fairytale Motif: Her character design takes quite a few nods from Little Red Riding Hood.
- Flash Step: Her Semblance boosts her speed, making her move faster than the eye can see.
- Flaw Exploitation: In Episode RWBY, she takes advantage of Waldstein and Hakumen's Blood Knight natures to get the two fighting it out and then grabbing the blue Keystone and running away while they're distracted by each other. It also helps that they and Tager are all really big, really slow-moving guys. Waldstein takes the deception pretty well.
- Flower Motifs: Aside from her name, rose petals appear when she uses her Semblance.
- Foil: Ruby wears red and fights with a transforming scythe and comes from a fantasy-esque world. Just like Ragna. But Ruby is the kind and optimistic to Ragna's gruff and fatalism.
- Half the Man He Used to Be: Ruby's Astral Heat has her hook her opponent into with Crescent Rose and rockets into the sky using the rifle's firing recoil before using the force to cut clean through them. It's a whole cloth recreation of her killing blow to the Nevermore in Volume 1.
- Horrible Judge of Character: Downplayed. She thinks Hazama is a decent guy. This is a weakness carried over from the show: she expects the best in everybody and this has led her to trusting some horrible people she really shouldn't have, like Mercury and Emerald or Raven Branwen. In Ruby's defense, though, Hazama did end up appearing out of nowhere when she needed a partner, so Ruby really couldn't judge him by anything else other than appearance. Plus, since shes not from the Blazblue universe, she would have no way of knowing about Hazama, what he did, Terumi, etc...essentially, apart from shadyness and suspicious behavior, she didnt really have any reason to distrust him at the time, unlike Ragna and the other BlazBlue characters, who actually DO know Hazama and have lots of reasons to distrust him.
- Kid Hero: At fifteen years old, Ruby is the youngest member of Team RWBY, but she is also their leader. Ruby is a skilled combatant, but her youthful inexperience can lead her to being quite naive in her story.
- The Knights Who Say "Squee!": She absolutely gushes over Ragna's weapon in a unique intro should the two be on the same team.
- Leitmotif: Ruby Mix (BBTAG Special) - A medley of the songs This Will Be The Day, Red Like Roses and Red Like Roses Part II, with Best Day Ever capping it off.
- Little Red Fighting Hood: Looking at her design makes it very obvious as to which literary figure she was inspired by.
- Magic Skirt: Monty Oum's patented "Anti-Upskirt Technology" is in full effect here as any strike that dares to lift up her skirt doesn't.
- Mythology Gag: Ruby's Petal Burst Distortion Skill is the same dashing tornado attack she used to end the Food Fight in the first episode of Volume 2 and to try and get past Mercury in Volume 3's ninth episode.
- Additionally, her Astral Finish is based on her decapitating the Giant Nevermore in Volume 1, Episode 8 (although with her pulling the enemy into the sky with Crescent Rose's recoil herself instead of relying on Glyphs from Weiss to run up).
- Nice Girl: A strong contender for the nicest character in the game. Ruby is kind, optimistic and cheerful to a fault.
- Otaku: Concerning weaponry. It may be played up here more than in her own series, since she is fangirling over Ragna's Aramasa in their team intro (to the point where he has to physically hold her back), and in her intro with Es, she says she is more interested in Es's Murakumo than the Azure (you know, the source of ultimate power that can grant any wish and change the entire world however one desires). However, since she's from another world, she most likely doesn't know what the latter even is.
- Version 2.0 has her geeking out over the Susanoo unit and asking to try it on. Susanoo surprisingly approves of her ambition.
- Perky Goth: Looks like a goth but is actually bubbly and cheerful.
- Recoil Boost: One of her signature skills, letting her dart around the screen in an instant, closing or creating distance with an opponent with ease.
- Saying Sound Effects Out Loud: "Sneak, sneak... sneak, sneak..."
- Sibling Team: Forms one with Yang if they are teamed up together.
- Sinister Scythe: The primary form of her Crescent Rose.
- The Smurfette Principle: She's the only female among the four main protagonists of each series in the game.
- Spin Attack: She has an air special where she falls to the ground while spinning her scythe. Her second Distortion Skill called Petal Dance, which is based off of an attack sequence she performed from the Red Trailer, involves lots of spinning and twirling of the scythe coupled with point blank sniper fire.
- Super Speed: Her Semblance, aptly named "Speed." It allows her to move at high speeds but seems to be limited to dashing in one direction at a time.
- Swiss Army Weapon: Crescent Rose can take the form of a large scythe, or an armor-piercing rifle.
- This Is Unforgivable!: Says this upon her partner being knocked out and when activating her Resonance Blaze.
- Wasn't That Fun?: She says this in her victory animation if she and Gordeau are on the same team.Ruby: Yahoo! That was so much fun!
Gordeau: Wahoo! Aren't you rowdy?
Weapon: Multi Action Dust Rapier: Myrtenaster
Voiced by: Yōko Hikasa (Japanese), Kara Eberle (English)
- Attack: ★★★
- Speed: ★★★★★
- Range: ★★★★★
- Casual: ★★★★
- Kawaii: ★★★★★★★★★★★★
- My name is Weiss Schnee. You would do well to remember it.
She wields the revolver/rapier Myrtenaster in battle, using it to channel various Dust capsules and invoke their powers in her sword play. As her name and literary inspiration imply, she does favor a lot of ice attacks, but her various Dust attacks allow her to use a mix of different elements in conjunction with her Semblance ability to create glyphs from which to project her attacks.
An intelligent and flexible fighter, Weiss is a character centered on setups. She can poke into mid with her normals, attack at longer range with her ice shards (though they are slow) and even has some tools for defence and space control as well. That said, her normals are more linear than Ruby's so choosing the right one for the specific situation is paramount and choosing poorly can see Weiss catching a punishing hit.
Her Distortion Skills are Glacial Torrent, which covers the ground in front of her in ice; and Snow Flurry, a series of lightning-fast slashes rising into the air with the aid of her glyphs. Her Astral Heat, White Night, has her summon a glyph under her opponents feet that propels them into the air while she summons six smaller glyphs around her that each fire two energy blasts at the opponent that traps them in a barrier. She then jumps above the opponent while summoning a massive ice sword from a larger glyph and finishes them with a downward thrust from both the ice sword and Myrtenaster, leaving behind nothing but gently falling snow.
- Academic Alpha Bitch: Downplayed, somewhat (see Adaptational Nice Guy below). She's an intelligent and resourceful aspiring huntress with a carefully detailed attack plan. Depending on her partner however, she may find herself improvising, much to her dismay (and frustration).
- A-Cup Angst: Normally averted, as the subject is hardly of any relevance in her home universe, but she does let out an exasperated "Excuse me?!" when Platinum comments that she did okay "in spite of [her] cup size" in their post-fight interaction.
- Weiss is far more offended by Platinum in the Japanese dub, though.
- Ac CENT Upon The Wrong Syl LA Ble: There are actually two clips of the announcer saying Weiss' full name. The first pronounces her last name as "Shoo-nee"
- Adaptational Curves: Averted. Weiss is the only member of team RWBY to not have a more voluptuous figure than usual in this game than in her own series, as per the RWBY fanbase's memes about her being flat. Not that she isn't cute; she just fills a different niche.
- Adaptational Nice Guy: Weiss in this game retains the haughtiness and bossiness of her Volume 1 incarnation from the show, but she does seem to be rather friendly with Ruby, whereas in the show, she spent most of her Volume 1 screentime being incredibly dismissive of her partner and didn't respect her abilities at all.
- She also seems to get along well with Blake, even though in the show, their early relationship was... rocky.
- She seems to hold a lot of respect for Yu, calling it an honor to fight alongside the leader of the Investigation Team, something which he reciprocates.
- She also shows appreciation to Hyde for helping her against Azrael and Carmine in Episode Under Night In-Birth.
- She hits it off pretty well with Yumi, showing admiration for and sincerely complements Yumi's foreign dancing skills.
- Ambidextrous Sprite: The scar on her face changes sides depending on the direction she is facing; canonically, it is on her left side.
- Badass Adorable: Like Ruby, she's a cute teenage girl who is also a Huntress in-training and a skilled fighter for her age. Her Kawaii stat is also 12 stars.
- Balcony Speech: Zig-zagged (as there's no crowd around to hear it), but will break off into one after she defeats her opponent.Weiss: We must strive for the best version of ourself. There is no time to stand idly by.
- BFS: The Resonance Blaze version of her Glacial Torrent Distortion Skill has her create and attack with a sword much larger than she is, just like she did in the finale of Volume 2.
- Big Damn Heroes: Towards the end of Episode Mode - RWBY. Weiss, Blake and Yang arrive just in time as Ruby must fight the Big Bad. She assists Ruby in taking it down together, while Blake and Yang look after a weakened and defenseless Ragna and Es.
- Counter-Attack: Precision Parry (22C). Weiss activates a small windowframe which should her opponent attack, she becomes invulnerable to it and provides a counter-strike of her own. It requires precise timing and reaction, making it Difficult, but Awesome.
- Criss-Cross Attack: One of her Distortion Skills is her knocking her foe up with a dashing strike, then she bounces off her glyphs as she strikes through the midair enemy multiple times from different positions.
- Cultured Badass: From her regal appearance to her sophisticated personality...from her polished style of fighting to her gracefully composed outros after a battle...this young lady quite masterfully deserves this trope indeed.Weiss: "I am the creme de la creme of Team RWBY. I have no time for losing here."
- Cute Bruiser: Along with the other members of Team RWBY, she has one of the highest "Kawaii" ratings.
- Determinator: No matter what should happen, you're not breaking this young lady's spirit.Weiss: I will NOT give up!
- Didn't Think This Through: In Episode Mode - BlazBlue she attempted to steal Ragna's Keystone in attempt to get everyone back to their homeworlds, but she didn't know what to do after that, which Hazama points out.
- The Diva: Absolutely. Remarkably talented in singing and fighting to the point she's the only character who provides the vocals to her very own theme songs while fighting her opponents. Mix that in with her ambitious-driven spirit and unbreakable resolve and you have a (ice) queen that can't be tamed.Weiss: Hah! You'll catch a cold if you sleep there.
- Dueling Scar: Along her left eye.
- Everyone Has Standards: As Weiss takes her training and combat seriously, she finds Yu's enthusiasm questionable. And if you pair her up with Shadow Operatives leader Mitsuru Kirijo?Mitsuru: Execution complete!Weiss: '...Execution?' That's disturbing...
- Fairytale Motifs: Weiss is based a lot on Snow White. She even has a color palette based off the Disney film.
- Family Honor: Carrying a lot of pride in her people, she will not let her prestigious Schnee legacy go to waste in all that she does.Weiss: For my family's honor...!
- With Orie: Both of them are ladies of war that wield rapiers and use summoning powers in battle, but while Orie is simply a regular girl that gives off the image of a high-class girl, Weiss actually does come from a high-class lifestyle.
- With Mitsuru: Both are rapier-wielding rich girls who use ice as their primary element. However, while Weiss is someone who is still striving to uphold her family name, Mitsuru has already become the head of her family's legacy.
- With Yukiko: Both are similar-aged wealthy young heiresses who are graceful dancers in combat. Whereas Yukiko fights with fire attacks, Weiss fights with ice.
- Geometric Magic: Her Glyphs take the form of magic circles, which have multiple different utilities.
- Giving Someone the Pointer Finger: When she gets exasperated by Platinum's comments on her chest size, she'll point her finger accusingly at her.
- Girly Bruiser: Her idle animation has her daintily check her nails.
- Good Is Not Nice: Trainee monster slayer and protector of the people of Remnant. Also kind of a brat. But then again, see Hidden Depths below.
- Hair Flip: Haughtily pulls one of as one her winposes.
- Heroic Vow: "As long as I bear the Schnee family name, I shall be sure not to tarnish it."
- Hidden Depths: It is all but outright stated that Weiss' haughty attitude is at least partially a defence mechanism employed by a vulnerable and pitiable girl who grew up in a very difficult home environment.
- An Ice Person: Her Dust lets her use many different elemental attacks, but ice is her firm favorite. This manifests in-game as her firing icicles from various angles as projectiles, generating spires of ice for a reversal or super, or even generating an ice wall that can block projectiles. This wall can also allow her to perform corner pressure mid screen since the space it occupies cannot be walked over once generated.
- Impaled with Extreme Prejudice: Weiss's Astral Heat opens with a glyph-based Macross Missile Massacre before using a recreation of the finishing move she used on the knight in the White trailer, only this time she summons the Knight's sword to follow through with her strike.
- Inspector Javert: Towards Ragna. Like Orie, she doesn't trust a Keystone to be in the hands of a wanted criminal and clearly has no time to hear his side of the story.
- Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Weiss is pretty full of herself, but her heart is clearly in the right place.
- Kicking Ass in All Her Finery: Sports her trademark winter-themed dress (accompanied by a bolero) going into battle.
- Lady of War: Befitting a girl of her class, her fighting style is poised, elegant, and graceful.
- The Lancer: Within her team, to Ruby. It's an arrangement she wasn't exactly thrilled with at first.
- Leitmotif: Weiss Mix (BBTAG Special) - A medley of the songs Mirror Mirror, It's My Turn and This Life Is Mine.
- Let's Fight Like Gentlemen:Weiss: We'll do this properly, fair and with honor.
- Magic Knight: Able to cast glyphs to use as platforms and barriers and even mix them up with her Dust, Weiss is highly versatile as a fighter.
- Mix-and-Match Weapon: Weiss's weapon, the Myrtenaster, is a rapier with a revolver compartment that stores Dust used for spells.
- My Name Is Weiss Schnee: She's courteous enough to let her opponents know who she is before she whitewashes them.Weiss: 'Weiss Schnee.' That's the name of the huntress who beat you. Don't forget it.
- Mythology Gag: In an incredibly impressive display of attention to detail, one of Weiss's smart combos is identical to a series of attacks she used against the White Fang lieutenant in Volume 2, Chapter 11 (compare this to this).
- Additionally, her Snow Flurry Distortion Skill is based on the Spam Attack she used in the same fight and the Resonance Blaze version of her other one, Glacial Torrent, includes her summoning the large ice sword from Volume 2, Episode 12.
- Her Astral Finish is her final attack against the Arma Gigas in the White Trailer, with the addition of the previously mentioned large ice sword.
- Ojou: Of the Schnee kind!
- Punctuated! For! Emphasis!: When she jumps in after her tag partner is defeated:
- Rapunzel Hair: If Weiss were to undo the ponytail/bun combo she sports and let her hair loose, it would easily reach well down her calves. In her official art for the game, it would practically be at her feet.
- Royal Rapier: Part rapier, part revolver and part magic wand, Myrtenaster is however all-parts stylish.
- Running Gag: Weiss has a lot of trouble getting her partner cooperate with her battle plans. Ruby, Makoto, Luna, and obviously Nu-13 have trouble following directions and irritate Weiss by running off into fights at random.
- Respected by the Respected: If Six Heroes Hakumen and Nine the Phantom are on any indication.
- Ship Tease: As of the latest 2.0 update, she finally has this with Jin Kisaragi in Episode Extra. Despite both of them being somewhat demeaning to each other at first (which is no surprise given their respective canon personalities), they managed to work together well on the Snow Racing competition and perfectly combined their powers of ice to manipulate the environment to their advantage even though they lost, in the end. Before the race begins, the Announcer even jokingly calls them "Lovebirds" and they did not even deny it.
- Sigil Spam: Her "snowflake" motif appears on her Glyphs, which she uses a lot.
- Spoiled Brat: Weiss grew up as a highly privileged millionaire heiress, expected to be the leader of Team RWBY from day one, and took it out on Ruby when she was clearly intentionally snubbed by her well-meaning teachers to teach her a lesson in humility; it took her some considerable Character Development to get over it (and ironically she ended up as one of the most down-to-earth and emotionally resilient members of the team). In the game, this old trait carries over as she tries to boss her teammates around.
- Vitriolic Best Buds: Even though they're on good terms, Weiss will often chastise Ruby.
- What the Hell, Hero?: Her outros with Makoto and Platinum have her chewing out her tag partner for not fighting according to her plan. Makoto promises to do better in the future (before forgetting the plan again) while Luna just dismisses her concerns.
Weapon: Variant Ballistic Chain Scythe: Gambol Shroud
Voiced by: Yu Shimamura (Japanese), Arryn Zech (English)
- I'm a member of Team RWBY, I can't afford to disappoint.
In combat, she's an agile fighter who wields Gambol Shroud, a mix of an automatic pistol and katana that she can turn into a sickle with a long ribbon to manipulate it from a distance. It also has a sharpened sheath that she wields alongside the first weapon. Her Shadow Semblance lets her create shadow images of herself to distract and overwhelm her foes.
Blake is a tricky to use mid/long-range specialist with very good mixups and downright oppressive normals at mid-range. She is quick on her feet and her clones can be used offensively or defensively. On top of all that, Blake has many useful assists and can pair with most of the cast fairly well. Her damage and HP are relatively low and she requires effort to make work, but the practice will pay off with her.
Her Distortion Skills are Untouchable Beauty, a sword wave that reaches across the screen; and Ferocious Beast, a rising slash that follows into an overwhelming flurry of slashes. Her Astral Heat, Black Death has her kick the opponent into the air and slash them with both blades before jumping above them and delivering a spinning strike with her sickle as she drives them back down into the ground before they dissolve away like dust in the wind.
- Ac CENT Upon The Wrong Syl LA Ble: Like Weiss, Blake has two announcer clips calling out her name and, like Weiss, it butchers her last name. For some odd reason, the first clip calls her "Belladonya" instead of "Belladonna".
- Adaptational Curves: While Blake was never really a slouch in the bust department, she, much like Ruby, has also received a bit of a bump up for her character art and in the opening cinematic of the game. Subverted in her battle sprite, however.
- Adaptational Jerkass: Blake was never a particularly friendly girl in her home series, but here she throws any and all sympathy for the fighters from other worlds out the window. In Episode Under Night In-Birth, she tries to take Hyde's Keystone, and when he tries to plead his case to her about how they need to try and get everyone back to their home worlds, Blake glosses over it, replies that she and her team need to get back to their world as soon as possible, and attacks him anyway. She even throws some sarcasm at Susano'o.
- Badass Adorable: Not as much as her teammates, but it's there.
- Badass Bookworm: Often can be seen with her nose buried in the pages of a book, but she can keep up with her teammates. One of her pre-battle intros even has her reading a book before the fight starts.
- Big Damn Heroes: Arrives with Weiss and Yang when Ruby must defeat the Big Bad alone. She and Yang protect Ragna and Es while Ruby and Weiss take down the enemy together.
- Boobs-and-Butt Pose: Blake's full portrait art gives a generous view of her chest and rear.
- Boring Insult:Blake: You nearly killed me!... with boredom.
- Casting a Shadow: By combining her Semblance with Dust, Blake can create a special clone that turns to mist when hit. If Blake steps into the mist, she turns transparent.
- Cat Girl: Blake is a cat Faunus. She hides her ears under a bow, and few outside of Team RWBY know of her true nature.
- Cruel and Unusual Death: Many Astral Heats leave no bodies behind, so this is not uncommon, but Blake's completely reduces her opponents' body to dust that blows away.
- Dark and Troubled Past: Once served the White Fang and their extremist ways, and hoped that becoming a Huntress would help her distance herself from that.
- Deadpan Snarker: Despite her mostly serious personality, Blake oozes deadpan.Jin: What an annoying woman, jumping around all over the place!Blake: This is the part where you're supposed to thank me?
- Did You Just Flip Off Cthulhu?: Blake has nothing but snark for Susano'o, the Physical God of destruction of the Blazblue universe."You did okay, too. For a 'god'."
- Dishing Out Dirt: Using Dust she can create a clone out of earth, as opposed to the standard intangible ones.
- Downloadable Content: The first DLC character to be announced, released on her own at launch, and is free of charge like her partner Yang.
- Dual Wield: Gambol Shroud comes in two parts: the main sword/machine gun/kusarigama and its bladed sheath. She can wield both of them at the same time.
- Fairytale Motifs: Less obvious than Ruby or Weiss, but Blake is based on Beauty and the Beast, reflecting both Beauty and Beast (as confirmed by Word of God in her design notes and later verified by her voice actress). Her sympathy for the sliver of humanity in Merkava and vowing to protect him from others draw a clear parallel to Beauty, while her cat ears and the discrimination she faces for being a Faunus parallel to the Beast.
- Fantastic Racism: In her own world, Blake's people are discriminated against severely, which necessitates her disguising herself as a human girl. Makoto senses this when she attempts to befriend her in Episode Under Night In-Birth.
- Fragile Speedster: Quite agile and has a lot of options to mix up and confuse the opponent, but has below average health and can't afford to take much of a hit.
- Leitmotif: Blake Mix (BBTAG Special) - A medley of the songs From Shadows and Like Morning Follows Night
- Little Bit Beastly: A trait shared by all Faunus. In her case, this manifests as a pair of cat ears, which she normally keeps covered by her bow.
- Mix-and-Match Weapon: Blake's weapon, the Gambol Shroud, is a katana that can transform into a pistol and a small kusarigama scythe.
- Mythology Gag: Blake is able to imbue her clones with various elements via Dust (fire, earth and darkness) like she did when fighting Roman Torchwick in Volume 2, Episode 11.
- Also, one of Blake's Distortion Skills is a Sword Beam attack,◊ just like the one she used to defeat Torchwick.
- Furthermore, the hosts of the February 2018 ArcNama stream confirmed that several of Blake's attacks were based on ones she used in the "Black" Trailer.
- Her Astral has the screen turn red while the characters on screen are silhouetted against it, before her opponent dissolves. This is a reference to Adam's Semblance finishing move (named Moonslice) from the Black Trailer.
- Paper-Thin Disguise: Blake wears a bow in her hair to hide her cat ears and pass herself off as a human in public. Gets addressed by Makoto in Episode Under Night In-Birth; she sees right through it.
- Playing with Fire: She can use Dust to create a clone made of fire that explodes when hit.
- Power Creep, Power Seep: Lampshaded in-universe by her interactions with Ragna. When he brags about how easy the fight was for him, Blake calls him out on it for being so impractically nonchalant about it all. This again repeats with Weiss in their team outro.Weiss: An elegant and graceful finish.Blake: You're acting like it was easy...
- Properly Paranoid: She doesn't trust Hazama at all. Given that he sounds like Adam, she has more than good reason.
- Respected by the Respected: Mitsuru Kirijo finds her fighting skills so impressive that she offers her a spot on her Shadow Operatives squadron. In another example, Hazama praises her fighting abilities.
- Reverse Grip: Holds both her blades like this in her neutral stance.
- Sugar-and-Ice Personality: Blake is a young woman with a brooding and aloof personality, but also a strong sense of justice.Blake: You should learn to rely on other people. Having friends is a good thing... surprisingly.
- Sympathy for the Devil: For Merkava.Blake: [intro] I'll never judge a book by its cover. Not even you.Blake: [outro] I can't imagine life's easy for you.
- Teeth-Clenched Teamwork: Blake's interactions when paired with Hazama are not exactly friendly. It's hard to blame her.Hazama: Running, ducking, and dodging your way through battle...the shadows really do suit you, young lady.Blake: I'm honored...but I'd watch my back if I were you.
- Trademark Favorite Food: She admits to having a love of fish to Makoto in Episode Under Night In-Birth.
- Weak, but Skilled: Blake does not have Ruby's insane speed, Weiss' elemental powers or Yang's sheer power, but she can hold her own all the same. She also uses her Semblance very creatively in conjunction with Dust to make copies of herself with various properties.
Weapon: Dual Ranged Shot Gauntlets: Ember Celica
Voiced By: Ami Koshimizu (Japanese), Barbara Dunkelman (English)
- Oh, Ruby! Your big sis won!
- Attack: ★★★★★★
- Speed: ★★★
- Range: ★★★★
- Casual: ★★★★★★
- Kawaii: ★★★★★★★★★★
The older half-sister of Ruby Rose and the fourth member of Team RWBY, Yang's early years were marred with having to take care of her little sister after her step-mother, Summer Rose, died before Ruby had even learned how to talk, and learning about her own birth mother, Raven Branwen, who had walked out just after she was born. Yang is a natural-born fighter and thrill seeker who took to Huntress training at Beacon like a fish to water, being strong and confident yet also approachable and tender to her family and friends. However her boisterous and cheerful personality hides a hurting girl who is coping with a lot of inner pain and desperately looking for a greater purpose in life.
In combat, Yang wields the powerful Ember Celica, shotgun gauntlets that augment her already amazing close-range combat capabilities. Her Semblance increases her combat potential the harder she's struck, though she can easily lose control of that if she's angered... such as having her hair cut.
Yang is an aggressive, short-range rushdown character with great mobility relative to her high health. Her Rage Semblance which triggers whenever her health drops into the "Danger!" point, not only causes the damage of her normals to skyrocket into some of the most damaging normals available to any character, but also extends some of her combos and adds extra properties to her attacks too. However her normals have limited reach and she is heavily reliant on meter to deal outside her empowered state.
Her Distortion Skills are Burning Gold, a full-screen charging Megaton Punch; and Unrelenting Fire, a series of rolling punches ending with a final explosive punch. Her Astral Heat, Yellow Dragon, is a No-Holds-Barred Beatdown that ends with a final earthbound punch that incinerates her opponent.
- Adaptational Curves: Yang's always been busty, but her character artwork for this game has her near Gag Boobs size. Each one is around the size of her head! Subverted in her battle sprite, however; while she's still busty, her proportions aren't as exaggerated.
- Advertised Extra: In the story mode, she is the only team RWBY member to not be fought and never appears outside of her series' respective episode. Additionally, she only appears at the very beginning and end of the episode.
- Background Music Override: I Burn plays when she activates her Semblance.
- Battle Aura: Yang's body becomes enveloped in a fiery yellow aura when her Semblance activates.
- The Big Guy: Yang is physically the strongest and most resilient of Team RWBY, and quite likely the best fighter of the four as wellnote . She opts for a martial arts based fighting style with her weapon supplementing it (a contrast with most other characters from her series, who have based their fighting styles around their weapons instead), and has a lot of power to her punches.
- Big Damn Heroes: She, Blake and Weiss appear in time when Ruby must take down the Big Bad by herself. She stays with Blake to protect beaten-down pair Ragna and Es while Ruby and Weiss destroy the enemy.
- Blood Knight: Yang's motivation for becoming a Huntress? To be able to travel the world and put herself In Harm's Way, and if she gets to help people on the way, then that's a plus. However, she's admitted that she doesn't actually have anything really driving her.Noel: L-let's start with a warning sho-...Yang: Let's take 'em head on!
- Boisterous Bruiser: Like Makoto and Chie, Yang is a rare female example.
- Boobs of Steel: One of the more powerful members of her team, and yes, she is quite stacked. It's even more noticeable in this game thanks to the Adaptational Curves treatment she's been given in her character artwork.
- Boxing Battler: She fights like a boxer, with some martial arts mixed in.
- Cute Bruiser: And how for the Bruiser part.
- Downloadable Content: Like Blake, she's a DLC character and the second to be released on her own. She'll be a free download to boot. Unlike Blake, though, she wasn't available at launch. Instead, Yang was released on June 19, alongside the second and third packs of DLC characters.
- Enemy Mine: When paired up with Neo.Yang: Okay, let's call this a temporary truce. Watch my back.
- Fairytale Motifs: Yep, you guessed it. Yang is Goldilocks.
- Gainaxing: Has a pretty visible bounce in her sprite animations.
- Good Is Not Soft: All of Team RWBY qualify in one way or another (as they're heroic girls who are training to be professional monster slayers and protectors of the public while also fighting against a sinister conspiracy that threatens the world), but Yang best exemplifies this. Yang is a kind, friendly and humorous girl who would throw herself in harm's way without hesitation to protect someone else, but she's not to be taken lightly, being the strongest and perhaps best fighter of the four.
- Leitmotif: Yang Mix (BBTAG Special) - A medley of the songs I Burn and Armed and Ready. The original version of I Burn also plays when she activates her Rage Semblance.
- Lightning Bruiser: Yang boasts a good 18,000 health - which is on par with bruisers like Azrael and Gordeau, and only the really big and tanky Tager and Waldstein have more. She can cross the screen very nearly as fast as her teammates in Team RWBY and has quick windup to her attacks, and of course, she wallops every bit as hard as her incarnation in the show. Like Makoto, her limiting factor is her short reach because she uses her fists to fight.
- Megaton Punch: One of her Distortion Skills has her charge at the opponent to strike with a single fiery punch that knocks the opponent to the other side of the screen.
- Mix-and-Match Weapon: Yang's weapon, the Ember Celica, is a pair of shotgun gauntlets.
- More Than Meets the Eye: As said verbatim in her Leitmotif I Burn, a primary theme of Yang's character is that she's more than the surface assumptions made of her. She's often viewed as a wild, happy-go-lucky brawler who loses all impulse control when angry, but even a closer look reveals there's a lot more going on beneath the surface, showing that she's a kind, considerate Team Mom with a tendency to prioritize everyone else at the expense of herself and has always had far more self-control when angry than she's given credit for, even before her show's Time Skip.
- Ms. Fanservice: Compared to the rest of her team, Yang has always been this. What's notable, however, is that she's even bustier than in her native series. Though her sprite still is nothing to scoff at given what it's based on, her character artwork and the opening shows this in full effect.
- Muscles Are Meaningless: Would you really believe that this unassuming teenage girl can pick up and throw things many times her own weight, send a car flying with a punch and shatter concrete? And that's before her Rage kicks in, which turns her strength Up to Eleven.
- Mythology Gag: Using a combo that includes a move that involves firing Ember Celica will end with Yang performing her signature reload pose, complete with sound effect and ejected shell casing flying out of the weapon.
- Additionally, unlike the other members of her team, who use their Semblances as part of their standard movesets, Yangs Semblance activates automatically as a power-up when her health reaches the red. This is consistent with her home series, where the Semblance is passive and allows her to gain strength from the damage she receives.
- Also, her Rapid-Fire Fisticuffs Distortion Skill comes from her beatdown of Junior after she activated her Semblance in the Yellow Trailer; she used the same Dempsey Roll-style beatdown to finish Mercury in their Vytal tournament clash.
- Nice Girl: When she isn't fighting, Yang is a friendly, cheerful girl who loves lighthearted jokes. And there's no "Ragna and Jin"-style antagonism here: Yang very obviously adores her younger sister and her sister loves her in return, and near the end of Episode RWBY, she gratefully thanks Ragna for protecting Ruby.
- Nobody Touches the Hair: Because if you do, you will die. One of her battle outros states that she got into a fight with her opponents just because they touched her hair.
- Playing with Fire: Yang's Ember Celica comes loaded with incendiary ammunition, augmenting her already powerful punches with explosive flaming blasts. When her Rage Semblance kicks in, she seems to become wreathed in fire, and combined with her distinctive blonde mane, it's quite a sight.
- Rapid-Fire Fisticuffs: One of her Distortion Skills has her deliver a devastating series of punches to the opponent.
- Rapunzel Hair: Much like her bust size, the official arc also noticably exaggerates the amount of hair on her head. And again, her actual battle sprite keeps the proper proportions.
- Red Eyes, Take Warning: When her Semblance kicks in, her eyes turn from bright lilac to fiery red.
- Shotguns Are Just Better: Especially when they're mounted on Power Fists. This combination is Yang's weapon of choice, Ember Celica.
- Sibling Team: Forms one with Ruby if they are teamed up together.
- Strong and Skilled: Ruby, Weiss and Blake are largely within human limits of strength and durability, but make up for it with their Dust, creative use of their unique abilities (Ruby has her Super Speed, Weiss has her quasi-magical Glyphs and Summoning, Blake has her Shadow clones) and sheer skill. This is absolutely not the case with Yang; her strong Aura lets her survive being smashed into (or through) solid concrete and her Semblance lets her absorb the massive power and redirect it back to her attackers.
- Technician vs. Performer: The Performer to Akihiko's Technician. Compared to him, Yang's lacking in the agility and skill department, but her moves are more dynamic, and she prefers putting sheer power behind her fists instead.
- Teeth-Clenched Teamwork: Her interactions with Carmine if they're paired together indicate they'd really rather not be a team, with their victory screen dialogue even being Yang punching him and challenging him to a fight.
- To the surprise of absolutely no one, this is how she feels about fighting alongside Neo.
- Turns Red: When Yang's health bar reaches the danger zone (donated by it turning red), she will automatically activate her Semblance to power up her moves.
Weapon: Sword-Concealing Umbrella: Hush
Voice-grunted by: Konomi Fujimura (Japanese), Casey Lee Williams (English)
In battle, Neo is something of a dancer that twirls, spins, and flips all about as she weaves in attacks. In addition with her semblance capable of producing illusions so convincing one can physically clash with and Neo almost impossible to pin down. Finally, her parasol is capable of serving as a shield and contains a hidden blade in the tip making Neo more than capable of throwing down with your average Huntress even without Dust.
Her Distortion Skills are Overactive Devastation, a 3 hit strike using her semblance with the final hit using her umbrella; and Suspension of Disbelief, a command grab super that allows her to follow up for further damage right after. Her Astral Heat, Shattering Skewer is a rapid-fire series of strikes along with an illusory duplicate, beating her opponent down before running them through with her sword.
- Ambidextrous Sprite: Her hair colours changes sides depending on the direction she is facing. Canonically, the right side of her hair is pink with white streaks and the left side of her hair is brown.
- Counter-Attack: Has a ground and aerial parry where she reappears behind the opponent on success.
- Gate Guardian: Her shared role with Elizabeth in Episode Extra, the two are there to test the competitors to see if they are capable of facing the goal beyond the elevator that Elizabeth is in charge of.
- Giggling Villain: While Neo can't seem to form words, she can vocalize, proven by how she spends most of her intros and outros snickering at her ally or enemies.
- Grapple Move: Suspension of Disbelief's main use is to open up opponents as the Distortion Skill only does 4000 damage by itself but gives Neo an opportunity to follow up from it.
- Leitmotif: One Thing (feat. Casey Lee Williams).
- Master of Illusion: One of two in Cinder's group, the other being Emerald. Unlike Emerald, who simply induces hallucinations (and can only affect one or two minds at a time without overextending herself), Neo's illusions are physically manifested (much like Blake's shadows and Weiss's glyphs) and can be shattered like glass. They're also solid enough and lifelike enough that they can fight in her place briefly while she moves elsewhere invisibly.
- Mythology Gag: Her original partner-in-crime, Roman, was notable for having a sharp tongue and a Nice Hat. So who is she partnered up with in her reveal trailer? Hazama, who is also notable for having a sharp tongue and a Nice Hat.
- Parasol of Pain: Her umbrella, Hush, which contains a sword hidden within. The sword comes out during her Astral Heat.
- Parasol Parachute: One of her air specials. Her A and C versions allow her additional aerial movement options while her B version is her aerial parry.
- Revenge: As expressed by her trailer theme, One Thing, she wants revenge on Cinder, and possibly Ruby (though there's only Cinder's own word on that), for separating her from Roman, permanently.What a sweet release
When you rest in peace
VENGEANCE, JUSTICE, FINALLY MINE!
AND I'LL WATCH YOU FALL!
- Smug Smiler: Always has her signature, mildly condecending, playful smile adorning on her lips, further emphasized by her occasional giggle. It even spills into her post-victory "dialogue" with her partner, as the standard formula of said "dialogue" has Neo's partner making some kinda statement, followed by Neo's character portrait silently smiling at whatever they said... Seldom before has a set of ellipses and a static, smiling character portrait ever expressed quite as much smug derision.
- The Voiceless: She never talks, and several moments from her, particularly in the source material, suggest that she ''can't''. When she communicates, it's through silent gestures, text messages, or funny signs. It seems she can laugh however, as she does so in some instances like her intro with Hazama, as well as grunting in pain when she gets hit.
- Teleportation: She technically can't, simply leaving an illusion in her place while she moves about invisibly, giving the appearance of teleportation, which is how that ability functions for gameplay purposes.
- Tragic Keepsake: Neo is seen wearing Roman's hat during her Overactive Devastation Distortion Skill and one of her win animations (where she changes into her volume 6 attire), the only thing she has left to remember him by after his death.
- Visible Silence: See the above character quote for an example of the most you'll ever get out of her.