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The Monochrome League

    All For One 

All For One

The true leader of the Monochrome League and Toshinori's Arch-Enemy. He is the one who gave Toshinori his crippling injury six years prior to the events of the story, but not before the hero dealt some similarly crippling damage back. All For One has been licking his wounds for years, but with the Monochrome League in motion, it's only a matter of time before he makes his grand return...

  • Adaptational Badass: In addition to having an Aura, All For One's Power Parasite ability is depicted as tearing the very souls of his victims out of their bodies and storing them within himself.
  • All There in the Manual: The magnitude of his power was explained on the Discord channel long before he made his first appearance in the story.
  • Antagonist Abilities: His Power Parasite abilities have made him the most powerful non-magical being on Remnant. He can rip the souls of his victims out of their bodies to use their Auras and Semblances and distribute them among his subordinates.
  • Big Bad: One of two in the story, sharing the role with Salem, Queen Of All Grimm. He runs the Monochrome League from behind the scenes, killed the seventh host of One For All, and crippled Toshinori, the eighth host, in his prime- and according to Word of God, Toshinori in his prime was the equivalent to one of the Maidens.
  • The Dreaded: He's so powerful that Cinder does not dare attack the Monochrome League out of fear of inciting his wrath.
  • Hero Killer: He's the one that killed Nana Shimura, seventh holder of One For All, not to mention countless others over the years who inevitably tried to stop him. He's also the one that gave Toshinori his career-limiting wound.
  • Hoist by His Own Petard: When he gave his brother a Semblance he stole, it created One For All, which would eventually be used by Toshinori to cripple him for years. Oops.
  • Humanoid Abomination: He has stolen so many souls that his Aura is truly enormous and he's essentially a walking amalgamation of the forcibly removed souls of his victims.
  • Only I Can Kill Him: Because One For All cannot be stolen by All For One, the host of One For All is the only one who can fight directly against All For One and hope to come out on top. Even Maidens could be at risk from his abilities.
  • Physical God: He's said to be the most powerful human on the planet due to the sheer enormity of his Aura and the countless Semblances he's acquired over the years. The only one who can stand up to him in a straight fight is a holder of One For All. Even then, only its most recent wielders, Nana Shimura and Toshinori, acquired the ability to match him blow for blow. Nana perished in her attempts to protect Toshinori, while the latter suffered his Game-Breaking Injury while defeating him. Even a Maiden would be hard-pressed to fight him.
  • Power Parasite: He can rip the Auras, Semblances, and very souls of others from their bodies and store them within himself for his own use. He can also pass these abilities to others, but these abilities and Auras cannot grow as the soul is essentially dead without its host body.
  • Required Secondary Powers: However his Semblance works, it seems to render him immune to the debilitating effects of merging one's Aura with another, which can lead to a Loss of Identity under normal circumstances.
    • That said, it has been confirmed that as a male, if he was to take the power/soul of a Maiden, he wouldn't be able to use the powers.
  • Surveillance as the Plot Demands: The TV in the Bad-Guy Bar that the League is based in has a camera that All For One uses to spy on Roman and any others who do business with the League.
  • Your Soul is Mine!: His Semblance, also named All For One, lets him rip the Auras and Semblances of others out of their bodies and store them within himself to utilize at will.

    Tomura Shigaraki 

Tomura Shigaraki

Tomura Shigaraki is the head of the Monochrome League, leading its attack on the Beacon students visiting Mountain Glenn in an effort to draw out and kill Toshinori.

  • Adaptational Badass: Like the rest of the transplanted My Hero Academia characters, Shigaraki benefits from having an Aura.
  • Bad Powers, Bad People: He can disintegrate anything by touching it and he definitely isn't a nice guy.
  • The Friend Nobody Likes: Shigaraki is a Psychopathic Manchild with no knowledge of public relations, social interactions, or how to run a terrorist group, not to mention his penchant for whining. He's still the leader of the Monochrome League by virtue of All For One.
  • Lean and Mean: Shigaraki is thin and scraggly and he's definitely no hero or do-gooder, given how badly he wants to kill Toshinori.
  • Psychopathic Manchild: He whines when things go wrong, refers to people he doesn't care about as NPCs and shows a callous disregard for life that's only matched by his single-minded determination to kill Toshinori.
  • Touch of Death: His Semblance allows him to disintegrate anything he touches with all five fingers.



The League of Villain's teleporter and Shigaraki's adviser. He maintains a polite, gentlemanly image and rarely raises his voice. But don't be fooled, this man is as evil as his boss and has no problems sending teenagers to their deaths.

  • Antagonist Abilities: His teleportation abilities are rare and integral to the League's ability to strike where they please, transporting vast quantities of bad guys and dispersing the heroes when he ambushes them at Mountain Glenn.
  • Badass in a Nice Suit: He's always seen wearing white suit between missions.
  • The Bartender: Works as this at the Bad-Guy Bar that acts as the League's home base between jobs.
  • Dark Is Evil: He's constantly exuding his Aura and Semblance, making it appear as though he was made of black fog.
  • Villain: Exit, Stage Left: He's the League's escape plan when things go awry.
  • Villain Teleportation: His ability to create portals allows the League to move around and strike in vast numbers. It's implied that he transported Magne and Compress from the ship Sun was on to Vale as to not alert the authorities.



A hulking, monstrous being who accompanies Shigaraki, serving as the League's muscle during their raid on Mountain Glenn.

  • Adaptational Badass: Like the rest of the transplanted My Hero Academia characters, Noumu benefits from having an Aura. Even with his regeneration Semblance suppressed by Aizawa, he was able to clash with Toshinori blow-for-blow.
  • Adaptational Species Change: The color scheme of the Noumu is altered so that it's black, with a bone-white beak and red eyes. Given the color palate, it implies that this version of it is at least part Grimm.
  • Body Horror: If the exposed brain wasn't enough, he has a strange, beak-like mouth with all of his human teeth inside of it.
  • The Brute: Whatever character he had has long been destroyed and he has no personality to speak of. All he does is protect Shigaraki and kill whatever is asked of him.
  • Healing Factor: He possesses a powerful regenerative ability that allowed him to hold up even as Toshinori continued to punch him. It takes Aizawa and Toshinori working together to soften Noumu up to the point that Toshinori could send him flying with one final punch. Even after all this, the Noumu is found alive and well later on.
  • Lightning Bruiser: He's fast enough to keep up with Toshinori's incredible speed, but Noumu ultimately ends up losing out when Toshinori threw enough punches to knock Noumu into a nearby mountain.
  • Offscreen Moment of Awesome: Canon had the fight against the Nomou be a drag out, knock-down spectacle of a battle where the viewers got to see All Might cut loose and show what he's capable of. While it's implied that a similar battle took place here, none of the characters that we get viewpoints from witnessed it.
  • Red Eyes, Take Warning: He has the same white skull and red eyes as the Grimm.
  • Super Strength: He's strong enough to go toe-to-toe with Toshinori of all people.
  • Super Toughness: One of his abilities is Shock Absorption, allowing him to take as many as 300 blows from Toshinori.
  • Twinkle In The Sky: Toshinori ends up punching him so hard that Noumu flies out of the Underground Training Facility (which is deep underground) and into a nearby mountain.


The Club

    In General 

The Club

A seedy nightclub on the backstreets of of Vale. It's home to a criminal organization run by Junior that specializes in providing manpower to other criminal enterprises, including Roman Torchwick and the Monochrome League.

  • Ascended Extra: Junior and the rest of the club's occupants get considerably more screentime than in the original RWBY series, which is especially notable given that they were all intended as one-shot characters in the original "Yellow" trailer.
  • Butt-Monkey: In addition to the events of the "Yellow" trailer in which the entire bar is decimated by Yang, the bar gets burnt down again by Pyrrha when Junior gets touchy-feely with her. Then it gets ripped apart a third time by the entirety of Team MNVW in a battle that ends with Junior getting thrown in the slammer. Even Weiss feels sort of sheepish about the club's endless bad luck.
  • Know When to Fold 'Em: After watching scores of his henchmen get wiped out by a single Glenn Smash, Junior, the Malachite twins, and any nameless mooks still standing all decide to book it. Unfortunately for them, they don't get very far.
  • Oh, Crap!: Junior groans when he sees Team MNVW walk in the door after Yang and Pyrrha burnt his club to the ground on two separate occasions. The DJ isn't sure whether to prepare to fight or run for dear life. After witnessing Izuku's Glenn Smash wipe out several mooks, everyone left standing decides to make a break for it.
  • Too Dumb to Live: The employees of the Club always wear their very distinctive, unique uniforms... even when they're being loaned out to other people for secret criminal activities. It's this trait which tips MNVW off to their illicit activities.
  • Wretched Hive: The club serves as a hideout for mobsters and undesirables as well as a source of manpower for other criminal organizations.

    Hei "Junior" Xiong 

Hei "Junior" Xiong

The head of the organization stationed in the club. He gets interrogated by Yang for information in the "Yellow" trailer, leading to a fight between her and his henchmen. Team MNVW ends up walking all over his toes while investigating a series of Dust robberies at Schnee Dust Company-affiliated stores.

Junior's weapon is a bazooka capable of firing multiple rockets at a time and turn into a club for close combat.

  • Adaptational Dumbass: In the main RWBY series, he's wise enough to tell his men to stand down when Yang shows up at his club again. In this story, he tries to pick a fight with all of Team MNVW even though Pyrrha burned down the entire club the last time she was here and her fame as an invincible tournament fighter. He also continues to antagonize Izuku after watching the devastation that a Glenn Smash can unleash.
    • He also hired Pyrrha Nikos, who, as a reminder, is a world famous four time combat championship winner. He then tried to molest her. We don't see what happens exactly, but by the end the bar is burning merrily and he's being wheeled away in an ambulance.
  • All Men Are Perverts: He's willing to take a sucker punch from Yang immediately after she ingratiated herself to him by grabbing his balls and insisting that he call her "Sir". When Pyrrha tries to work at his club in hopes of earning some income for her team, Junior tries to feel her up, resulting in Pyrrha reflexively shooting him with Miló and starting a fight that burns the club down.
  • All There in the Manual: Junior's full name was revealed in Monty's Facebook page.
  • Animal Motif: Bears. He's almost as large as Yatsuhashi, his name means "Black Bear", his DJ wears a bear costume, and his henchmen wield handaxes with the Chinese character for "bear" engraved on them.
  • Badass Beard: He's strong enough to briefly take on Yang and has an impressive beard to match.
  • Batter Up!: His club is shaped like a foam bat when in melee form.
  • Bilingual Bonus: Hei Xiong is Chinese for "Black Bear" which fits his theme as the junior bear in Goldilocks, being smaller than the Grizzly and Polar bears.
  • Bullying a Dragon: Junior tries to get touchy with Pyrrha, a world-famous fighter most people can recognize on sight, of all people. She shoots him and burns down his club for good measure. After Izuku apprehends him, Junior continues to antagonize the Huntsman-in-Training even though he just saw Izuku wipe out half of his Mooks and a huge portion of his club with a finger flick.
  • Color-Coded Characters: "Hei" is Chinese for black.
  • Large and in Charge: He's 6'11'' and the only one in the club who was able to actually damage Yang in their fight.
  • Meaningful Name: His name is Hei Xiong, which translates into "Black Bear". Yang is based off Goldilocks and, like her namesake, intrudes on the residence of the "bear", causing chaos in the process.
  • Muscles Are Meaningless: Despite his stature, he needs his weapon to pose any sort of threat to a Huntsman-in-Training and is quickly dispatched after his weapon is smashed by Yang. When Izuku is staring him down, Junior is easily cornered and can't overpower Izuku's use of One For All: Full Cowl.
  • Mugging the Monster: He decides to cop a feel of Pyrrha, whom he just hired as a waitress. The encounter ends with him being temporarily paralyzed after she shot him in the leg. When all of Team MNVW shows up, he's just so tired of Huntsmen tearing his place apart that he decides to try and beat them and hold them for ransom, only to hightail it after seeing Izuku's raw destructive power. Even after Izuku apprehends him, he continues to antagonize him at every turn.
  • Screw This, I'm Out of Here!: After writing off mousy little Izuku and threatening to take all of Team MNVW hostage, Junior ends up making a break for it after seeing the destructive power of a Glenn Smash.
  • Unfortunate Name: Yang mocks his name, saying he looks too old to be called "Junior".
  • Waistcoat of Style: Wears one as part of his bartender theme.
  • You Have Outlived Your Usefulness: The Monochrome League lets Junior get apprehended by Team MNVW because his manpower isn't worth the cost of keeping him in business. And he's not very bright.

    Melanie & Miltia(des) Malachite 

Melanie and Militia(des) Malachite
Melanie on your left, Miltia on the right.

Junior's right-hand henchwomen and bodyguards.

  • Alliterative Name: Miltiades and Melanie Malachite.
  • Armed Legs: Melanie fights with a pair of Combat Stilettos.
  • Combat Stilettos: Melanie fights with a pair of high heels with sharpened edges.
  • Deadpan Snarker: They congratulate Weiss and Pyrrha for capturing them in complete monotone.
    Melanie and Militia: Congrats, real good work.
  • Elegant Gothic Lolita: Miltia's clothing is dark red set off by black lace and bows. Melanie's clothing follows a more classic lolita look being white clothing offset by green-white lace and bows.
  • Excessive Evil Eyeshadow: Their eyeshadow covers the upper parts of their eyes and travels all around the outside edge of their eyes as well. Both girls have eyeshadow that's color-coordinated with their clothing.
  • Friendly Enemy: Despite the hell that the various Huntsmen and Huntresses from Beacon have put upon them over the last few months, they're genuinely friendly with Nora, and are the ones who point her in the direction of Uraraka to get a job in building demolition.
  • Home Field Advantage: The twins' in-depth knowledge of the backstreets of Vale is the main reason why it takes Weiss and Pyrrha so long to capture them.
  • Screw This, I'm Outta Here!: They book it when they see how powerful Izuku's Semblance is. Weiss and Pyrrha make sure that they don't get particularly far.
  • Those Two Guys: They're never seen without each other.



Junior's Mooks that he loans out to other shady organizations for added manpower. They all wear the same black suits, black hats, red ties, and red shades. They're involved with both Roman Torchwick and the Monochrome League, who hired them out while raiding Dust stores.

  • An Axe to Grind: Many of them have axes.
  • Limited Wardrobe: As previously mentioned, they all wear the same outfit. Unfortunately, this includes while they're on loan to other criminals, which is how Team MNVW tracks Junior's links to Roman back to The Club.
  • Mook: They're as numerous as they are useless when faced with an actual Huntsman, in-training or not. Ruby easily dispatches a whole bunch of them while trying to foil a Dust robbery prior to coming to Beacon, Pyrrha easily mops the floor with them off-screen, and Izuku wipes out a whole crowd of them with a single Glenn Smash. Justified in that they aren't trained in the use of their Auras and all of their previous fights were against talented Huntsmen-in-Training with powerful Semblances.
  • Sunglasses at Night: They wear their red shades everywhere, even while operating at night or in a dark club. Of course, this makes them extremely conspicuous when they're walking around outside.

Roman Torchwick's Operation

    Roman Torchwick 

Roman Torchwick

A crime boss who deals out Dust to various criminal enterprises across Vale. He fancies himself a gentleman and an opportunist who lays low and quietly rakes in a fortune underneath the noses of Beacon's Hunters. But underneath his smiling veneer is a ruthless and conniving man who is happy to manipulate anyone and everyone for his own gain.

Roman's weapon, the Melodic Cudgel, is a walking stick that has a hidden firing mechanism within the main body. He can use it to launch unstable Dust crystals as projectiles with the push of a button.

  • Affably Evil: He gives off this impression when Izuku unknowingly met him at a coffee shop. He even gave him a suggestion to choose music as an elective as the ladies love men who play musical instruments.
  • Badass in a Nice Suit: He kicks ass and looks dapper doing it.
  • Classy Cane: Roman's weapon, the Melodic Cudgel, is this. It can also shoot unstable Dust crystals as projectiles with a launcher hidden within it as the bottom tip flips up to act as a scope. It completes his smartly-dressed appearance.
  • Dastardly Dapper Derby: Wears a derby and is a ruthless crime boss.
  • Demoted to Extra: In the original RWBY, he's frequently pitted against Ruby throughout the first three volumes. Here he only gets mentions and occasional scenes.
  • Dramatic Irony: He lays low because he fears Toshinori and his supposed invincibility in combat, going on and on about how the Grim Reaper would have to sneak up on him to kill him.
    Kill The All Mighty Huntsman? Kill Toshinori Yagi? Hah! The day that giant wall of meat got beat by anyone Roman Torchwick would gladly eat his hat. It just wasn't going to happen. Not now, not ever. Hell, the Grim Reaper himself would probably have to sneak up on the Symbol of Peace just to have old age take him. The fact that Shigaraki honestly thought he could kill that invincible man? Ludicrous, positively ludicrous.
  • Fantastic Racism: Like Cardin, Torchwick sees Faunus as nothing more than animals, taking glee in watching them beg for their lives or running them over with a car until they're nothing more than bloodstains on the road. He derisively refers to one of the dog Faunus he meets as "doggo". At least part of it stems from a betrayal that he suffered at the hands of his teammates, who were Faunus, and left him raising Neo when her older sister (his other teammate) died from injuries at said Faunus' hands.
  • The Gadfly: He teases Neo for her growing attraction to Katsuki.
  • Good Smoking, Evil Smoking: He enjoys a good Vacuoan cigar and is definitely not a nice human being.
  • Guyliner: Wears this as part of his flamboyant image.
  • Laughably Evil: He's always cracking jokes to others, even those as dangerous as Shigaraki.
    Roman: Evenin' there Shigaraki. Can't say you're looking better but you're looking... yourself, so that sleep must be doing you some good.
  • Only in It for the Money: He's looking to strike it rich through his continual heists and dealings with Cinder, the White Fang, and the Monochrome League, not caring who gets hurt in the process as long as he doesn't get caught, and especially not caring about their ideology.
  • Peek-a-Bangs: His right-sweeping fringe covers his right eye and part of his face.
  • Pragmatic Villainy: The main reason why he and his men have stuck to inconspicuous, sporadic robberies across Vale is because he knows a larger heist will draw heads faster. He orders his men to avoid killing or injuring civilians for the same reasons out of fear of a Roaring Rampage of Revenge from someone like Toshinori. He also realizes that it is possible to rule the Vale Underground without necessarily having to go up against Toshinori, which the last few fools who tried to unite the Underground tried.
  • Spotting the Thread: Roman correctly deduces that the Monochrome League has some sort of backer who is the one truly pulling the strings. He normally would have fingered Kurogiri as the leader, as the man is professional, polite, and intelligent, but Kurogiri regularly submits to Shigaraki, who is a Psychopathic Man Child and in no way someone who could run the group effectively enough to come back from a loss like they did in Mountain Glenn. While he doesn't know who is running the group, he also doesn't care as long as the money is coming in.
  • Tactical Withdrawal: He fled from Ruby when they met prior to her attending Beacon after watching her wipe out his henchmen.
  • Xanatos Gambit: Had Neo leak the White Fang's plans to Izuku and his friends. Why is it an example of this? Roman was the owner of all three of the docks that were attacked. If the White Fang succeeded and got all the Dust, it was all insured, so Roman would still come out on top. If Izuku and his friends came out on top (which happened), the White Fang gets made a fool of in the eyes of Cinder, he comes out looking more competent in her eyes, and he doesn't have to deal with damages to his docks. If Izuku and his friends get hurt or die, they don't interfere with his plans in the future. No matter what happens, he wins.


Neopolitan (Neo)

The right-hand woman of the infamous Roman Torchwick. She and Katsuki cross paths at an ice cream eating competition. She sparks a rivalry between them when she steals the prize belt he won, prompting him to grab Izuku at Beacon and drag him to Vale to hunt her down.

  • Adaptation Expansion: Originally a Satellite Character to Roman during the Beacon Arc, here she gets more screentime even without her boss in the picture.
  • Ascended Extra: Compared to her boss, who gets considerably less screentime than her, Neo becomes a recurring character as an antagonist and rival to Katsuki rather than just following Roman around.
    • This is also averted when it comes to Cinder Fall's team at Beacon- in canon, Roman lent her out to Cinder's trio to make a four-man team. Here, she's nowhere to be seen and Mustard has taken her place.
    • She was the fourth member of Team MHA, putting her skill level on par with that of the Big Three. In canon, one of the Big Three (Mirio) was capable of taking down all of class 1-A without taking a single hit.
  • Badass Adorable: She manhandles Katsuki without taking a single scratch despite being just 4'10'', making her shorter than Nora and Ruby.
  • Batman Gambit: She intentionally leaked the White Fang's heist at Vale's docks to Izuku and Katsuki so that the hundreds of smaller Dust robberies Roman's men were pulling all over the city would go unnoticed. This also stomped out the Fang's attempts to sell Dust to Cinder.
  • Belligerent Sexual Tension: She loves to tease Katsuki because of his Comical Overreacting. When Roman asks if she intentionally leaked the White Fang's heist to Katsuki because she liked the screaming blonde, she simply punches Roman in the stomach.
  • Big Eater: When ice cream is involved, she's happy to enter an eating contest, beating out everyone except for the even more determined Katsuki.
  • Blood Knight: She has a wild grin of satisfaction the second time she fights Katsuki, even though she has the upper hand the entire time.
  • Curb-Stomp Battle: Her fight against Katsuki is one, effortlessly deflecting all of his attacks before letting him exhaust himself and knocking him out once he let his guard down. Even after months of training, he still only manages to land one solid hit on her while she was holding back.
  • Cute Mute: Cute as a button but never speaks, only communicating through Scroll messages and body language.
  • Demoted to Extra: Played with. As stated above in the Ascended Extra trope, she is a recurring character now. However, she also got demoted from her role as Cinder's fourth teammate for the Vytal Festival, being replaced with Mustard.
  • Edible Theme Naming: She's named after the ice cream flavor and has a similar color palette of pink (strawberry), white (vanilla), and brown (chocolate) throughout her hair and clothing.
    • Her older sister was named Spumoni, another type of banded frozen dessert.
  • Enemy Mine: Twice.
    • She leaks the White Fang's plans to steal massive quantities of Dust from Vale's docks to Izuku and Katsuki because it would benefit her and Roman's operations.
    • She later teams up with Izuku and Katsuki against an entire horde of Beowolves attracted by Katsuki's feelings of anger and frustration.
  • Foil: To Katsuki. They're both self-assured, strong brawlers with powerful Semblances who love ice cream. But while Katsuki tends to overwhelm his foes with overwhelming offense, Neo specializes in being nigh-untouchable before striking her foes when they least expect it.
  • Guys Smash, Girls Shoot: Inverted with Roman. Neo prefers to get up close and personal, outmaneuvering her foes with her acrobatics, use of illusions, and the defensive properties of her parasol while battering away at their defenses. Roman tends to step back and assail people with his Melodic Cudgel.
  • I Am Not Left-Handed: She doesn't take her rematch with Katsuki seriously at all until he actually manages to strike her once. After hearing Katsuki's motives for fighting her, she decides to stop holding back and quickly disarms and overwhelms him. She also effortlessly stabs an Alpha Beowolf to death before Izuku can even formulate a battle plan.
  • Lady of War: Her fighting style is poised and acrobatic, never letting her lose control for a second while she effortlessly dodges and blocks everything her opponents throw at her before launching a counterattack.
  • Master of Illusion: Her Semblance allows her to create extremely convincing illusions to distract others. These illusions are akin to solid holograms that shatter once struck. She beats Katsuki by distracting him with them and letting him exhaust himself before taking him down from behind.
  • Multicolored Hair: Brown and pink with a white Skunk Stripe, though she can change this at will thanks to he Semblance.
  • Nonchalant Dodge: She effortlessly dodges and parries Katsuki's blows while mocking him with her body language and Smug Smiler tendencies, all in a carefully planned effort to piss him off enough to make him throw caution to the wind.
  • Parasol of Pain: Her parasol is durable enough to take direct hits from Katsuki's Semblance and it possesses a knife function for when she's going for the kill.
  • Pint-Sized Powerhouse: She easily parries all of Katsuki's attacks and knocks him out cold with one hit. She also implies that she could easily do the same to Izuku. More than that- she was on Mirio's team when he won the Vytal Tournament, and thus is in the same skill category as the Big Three.
  • Pragmatic Villainy:
    • She doesn't bother to kill Katsuki or Izuku (despite being more than capable of doing so), because she knows that Beacon's Huntsmen (including Toshinori) would be breathing down her neck the minute the word got out.
      Neo: [via Scroll message] Besides, even if I thought you guys might be some kind of a threat in the future it'd be waaay too much hassle to actually kill you. Sure, having Beacon Students coming down here making noise like they own the place is annoying but having Full Hunters, including the Symbol of Peace, stomping around here because a couple got killed? Yeah, I'm not stupid.
    • She decides to disclose the White Fang's plans to Izuku and Katsuki not out of morality or camaraderie, but because the foiled Dust heist would cut out Roman's competition when the time came to sell Dust to Cinder.
  • Ship Tease: She's got some with Katsuki. She denies it vehemently and kicks Roman in the shin when he brings it up, but she's notably irked when she sees a besotted girl Katsuki rescued try to follow him.
  • Smug Smiler: She knows she's stronger than Katsuki and Izuku and doesn't hesitate to rub it in their faces with her constant grin of confidence.
  • Sore Loser: After losing the ice cream eating contest to Katsuki, she ends up swiping the prize belt from him while he's distracted.
  • Sweet Tooth: She enjoys ice cream and can eat almost as much of it as Katsuki. It's how they first met- she signed up for the same Ice Cream eating contest.
  • Sword Cane: She has a knife in her parasol that she uses to finish off her opponents once she knocks them out cold. She decides to use it to snip the bits of hair that got singed by Katsuki's explosions instead. She effortlessly stabs an Alpha Beowolf to death with it before Izuku can even think of a plan.
  • Suddenly Voiced: Downplayed. She never speaks, but she chats via Scroll messages (and at one point, hand-written notes) when she never communicated at all outside of body language in the original RWBY.
  • Teens Are Short: She's around Izuku's and Katsuki's age and one of the shortest named characters in the series, only beaten out by Sorahiko and Mineta.
  • Troll: She loves messing with Katsuki.
  • The Voiceless: She never speaks, only communicating through Scroll messages and body language.
  • Trademark Favorite Food: Ice cream, going so far as to enter an ice cream eating contest that she narrowly loses to Katsuki.
  • Worthy Opponent: She's dismissive of Katsuki as a guy she can toy with at first, but she eventually acknowledges him as this despite completely overwhelming him, with both of them flashing wild grins as they face off. She eventually points out that she'll avoid fighting him for a while so he can get on her level, as she doesn't feel right holding back.

Cinder's Faction

    Cinder Fall 

Cinder Fall

A mysterious and enigmatic woman possessing immense power, she buys Dust from Roman for her own plans. Her bewitching appearance belies her affinity for cruelty and causing pain, with her associates tiptoeing around her to avoid her wrath.

  • Always a Bigger Fish: She could incinerate Roman in a heartbeat if she so desired and he wonders why she hasn't tried to take over the entirety of Vale's underworld yet. It's implied that she's aware of All For One's existence and is playing it safe to avoid drawing his ire, as she knows Roman also works for the Monochrome League (which AFO runs).
  • The Bully: She loves flaunting how powerful she is and forcing others to kneel to her, as shown with the White Fang lackey who tried to talk back to her and Roman.
  • I Control My Minions Through...: Fear. Her underlings know not to cross her because she's just so much more powerful than them. That being said, according to Roman, she never fails to back down when he pushes the issue, which is an indication that she knows who his other employers are.
  • More Deadly Than the Male: She's far more powerful than her associate, Roman, who lives in fear of inciting anger in her. Then inverted when it's implied that she's laying low because of the (male) All For One.
    • Due to her status as a (half) Maiden, which can only be female, she's one of the most powerful beings on the planet, up there with Toshinori, the other Maidens, and All For One.
  • An Offer You Can't Refuse: Those who refuse to work for her are swiftly dealt with. She always offers her rivals an ultimatum: join her or die.
  • Playing with Fire: She can easily generate fire with a snap of her fingers and threatens a member of the White Fang with it to make him submit to her whims.

White Fang

    Adam Taurus 

Adam Taurus

The leader of the Vale cell of the White Fang, Adam is a bull Faunus and a former associate of Blake's. While he might have had good intentions originally, he's fallen far, but is no less deadly for it. Without a doubt he's one of the more dangerous individuals in Vale.

  • Ax-Crazy: The event that led to Blake leaving the White Fang for good was him deciding to kill everyone on board a Dust Train. Blake objected.
  • Badass in Charge: Blake explains that the White Fang in general tends to operate this way, as the stronger you are, the more responsibilities you can take on. Adam runs the entire Vale network of operatives.
  • Bastard Boyfriend: Adam got more and more violent and extreme over time until Blake finally left him when he ordered his men to massacre an entire train.
  • Cool Sword: He's got one - a red katana with a shotgun hilt called Wilt and Blush.
  • The Dreaded: Blake is visibly shaken at the thought that Adam might get involved in the White Fang raid on the Docks, because if that happens, the death toll will be enormous.
    • He's widely known and feared across Vale, thanks to his bloodthirsty nature and great strength.
    • That said, Toshinori serves as this to Adam and the rest of the White Fang, as for the most part the orders of the Vale branch are "Keep watch over Beacon and don't bring the Symbol Of Peace down on us." There's a reason in-universe why Adam mostly stuck to raiding Atlas when he's part of the Vale branch of the Fang.
  • The Ghost: While his presence as leader of the White Fang in Vale is known and understood, he hasn't been seen making appearances - which, according to Blake, is a good thing.
  • Little Bit Beastly: As a Faunus, he has an animal attribute - in this case, he has horns on his forehead.
  • Meaningful Name: With Blake, he forms a reference to "Beauty and the Beast," with him making the titular Beast (as his nature as a terrorist shows). His name also comes from the common theory that the Beast's name is Adam.
  • Super Senses: As a Faunus, he has night vision.
  • What Measure Is a Non-Human?: Species-inverted, as Adam's willingness to kill any human who gets in his way shows.

    The Admiral 

The Admiral

An unnamed member of the White Fang who leads its operations at Fisk Pier. He comes to blows with Izuku when a coalition of Huntsmen-in-Training launch a preemptive strike on the White Fang in advance of the organization's plan to steal huge shipments of Dust from the Schnee Dust company.

  • A Father to His Men: Implied, given how quickly one of his subordinates tries to avenge him after Izuku knocks him out cold.
  • All for Nothing: His efforts during the Faunus Rights Revolution ultimately went to waste, as little changed for the Faunus and he soon lost many of his loved ones to anti-Faunus racism in subsequent years. After being defeated by Izuku, the Admiral realizes that even his work in the White Fang was ultimately fruitless, as he'd probably end up dead in a cell not long afterward.
  • Angrish: He's so pissed off when he sees his men go down that he descends into nearly unintelligible squawking.
  • Animal Species Accent: He apparently quacks and squawks when he's mad, which can make him hard to understand.
  • Authority Equals Asskicking: He's apparently higher ranked than the average White Fang lieutenant. To prove this, he easily bats away Izuku's Full Cowl-enhanced blows. A single one of his punches made Izuku feel like his wrists were about to break just from blocking the Admiral's attacks. A single whiffed attack was able to tear a hole in the ice wall Weiss erected to separate them.
  • Badass in Charge: He's the leader of the operation at Fisk Pier and he's powerful enough to put Izuku on the back foot during their fight.
  • Badass Longcoat: Wears a tattered old Atlesian navy uniform over his White Fang uniform. Given how he raided numerous Atlesian ships in his younger years, it's likely a trophy from his glory days.
  • Boxing Battler: He puts up his dukes in the standard boxing fashion, which reminds Izuku of Toshinori. Izuku ends up exploiting this by resorting to kicks, which boxers are not trained to defend against, to catch the Admiral off guard.
  • Category Traitor: He calls Faunus who side with Humans "collared pets". The sight of Sun helping Human Hunters just makes the Admiral angrier.
  • Color-Coded for Your Convenience: The former sailor and Pirate and the most senior of the trio is colored white and blue to reflect his experience.
  • Dark and Troubled Past: He once served in the revolutionary army in hopes of making the world a better place for Faunus during the violent portion of the Faunus Rights Revolution. After a few years of peace, his life quickly spiraled downhill. His wealthy uncle's Dust business was shut down by the Schnee Dust Company's lobbying, leaving the man so distraught that he eventually had a heart attack that killed him. Then his sister was murdered and the human investigators half-assed the investigation, leaving him to care for her three boys. Then two of the boys, Duey and Louie, were savagely beaten to death during the suppression of a White Fang protest when they were just walking home from school. After a few years stewing in his rage, he enlisted in the new White Fang movement under Sienna Khan in hopes of getting back at the Humans who took nearly everyone he cared about.
  • Death Glare: He glares red hot daggers at Izuku after watching several of his men go down.
  • Even Evil Has Loved Ones: He may be a terrorist who takes glee in enslaving his Human enemies, but he loves his nephew and girlfriend. His heart also aches when he hears that one of the attacking Huntsmen apparently has identical siblings until he realizes that they're clones generated through a Semblance.
  • Everyone Calls Him "Barkeep": He's only referred to as "The Admiral" and never by his name. Even his own subordinates don't refer to him by name. It was a nickname he earned during the Faunus Rights Revolution for his commandeering of several battleships.
  • Evil Old Folks: He's old enough for Izuku to call him an old man, but is powerful enough to overwhelm Izuku until he taps into 10% of One For All: Full Cowl.
  • Expy: He's modeled after Donald Duck, complete with his quacking voice and blue-white color scheme. It doesn't make him any less threatening. He even has Donald's canon relatives, even if things took a turn for a worse for them here- his girlfriend Daisy, nephews Huey, Dewey, and Louie, and even an Uncle Scrooge.
  • Fantastic Racism: He hates Humans in general for their systematic discrimination against Faunus. He also hates Faunus who side with Humans, calling them "collared pets". He was more than happy to force humans he captured into slavery on his ships.
  • Fighter, Mage, Thief: The physically-oriented hammer of the The Three Caballeros, making him the Fighter to José's thief and Panchito's Mage.
  • Flight: The Admiral is able to use his wings to fly, dive bombing on Izuku when they first clash.
  • Four-Star Badass: While his actual rank in the Fang is unknown (as "The Admiral" is merely a decorative nickname he received out of admiration from his men rather than a formal rank), he's referred to as The Admiral and has the upper hand in his fight against Izuku.
  • Home Field Advantage: His Semblance apparently makes him a terror on the seas, but it comes across as an Informed Attribute because it never saw any use against Izuku.
  • Hope Spot: Every time things seemed to settle down into a relative sense of normalcy, something else would rip his happiness away from him. The Admiral eventually had enough of this and joined the White Fang.
    For a moment things seemed like they were going well. Then of course everything went to shit. Life hated the Admiral like that.
  • Lightning Bruiser: He can easily keep up with and deflect Izuku's hits and a single punch can take a huge chunk out of an ice wall. Izuku feels that he's done for if he takes a single direct hit from the Admiral. To add insult to injury, the Admiral can fly too, making Weiss' attempts to give Izuku breathing room with her ice wall fruitless. Izuku has to utilize Go Beyond and get another speed boost from Weiss to turn the tables, overwhelming The Admiral with a flurry of kicks to break through his guard before nailing him with a Beacon Smash. Even then, the Faunus takes one more kick before finally going down.
  • Little Bit Beastly: Like every member of the White Fang, the Admiral is a Faunus. In his case, he's a duck Faunus, complete with white wings and squawking voice.
  • My Kung Fu Is Stronger Than Yours: The Admiral is strong enough to overwhelm Izuku's 5% Full Cowl, but the trope gets flipped back on him when Izuku pushes his power up to 10% and begins throwing kicks.
  • No Name Given: Unlike the other two heads of operations, the Admiral's name is never given.
  • Old Soldier: He used to be an officer during the uprisings of the Faunus Rights Revolution, making him far older than any of his subordinates, who weren't even born at the time the war began. He scoffs at Pyrrha, calling her a "fucking over glorified athlete" who was "praised for beating people up in the flashiest way possible", compared to a soldier like him who spilled and shed blood for a cause.
  • Pirate: His role during the Faunus Rights Revolution was to raid any Atlesian ships who dared to poke their heads out.
  • Perspective Flip: "Angry Old Drake" is this, recanting the battle of the docks from the Admiral's perspective rather than Izuku's.
  • Punctuated! For! Emphasis!: Seeing Izuku reminded the Admiral of his old friend "Mick", who begged him not to join the White Fang. This irritates him as he mulls over the thought in his mind.
    It reminded the Admiral of someone who often held the same expression in battle during the war… it reminded him of that person… A mouse Faunus. With that same. Stupid. Fucking. Expression.
  • Red Eyes, Take Warning: His eyes go from dark to red as he gets angrier and angrier at Izuku.
  • Was It Really Worth It?: The Admiral begins wondering if all of his hatred and rage was worth it once Izuku turns the tables on him. He left his loyal girlfriend Daisy behind. He hadn't attended his only living nephew's college graduation or his wedding. Right before he blacks out, the Admiral admits that Mick was right and enlisting in the White Fang was a mistake.
  • Worthy Opponent: He begins to consider Izuku this as they fight and wouldn't have minded teaching him a thing or two if they weren't on opposite sides of the fight.
  • You Remind Me of X: "Angry Old Drake" reveals that Izuku reminds the Admiral of an old friend of his, a mouse Faunus nicknamed "Mick". They are both nervous, fearful guys whose jitteriness hid a fierce, underlying determination. The reminder sends the Admiral into a frenzy, to the point that Izuku comes across as a reminder of Mick who is "shaped like a human".

    José Cuérvo - The Parrot 

José Cuérvo

An umbrella-wielding parrot Faunus who acts as a recruiter for the White Fang. He's the head of the operations at Lincoln Yard, where he tries to steal high-grade Dust from the Schnee Dust Company until he's intercepted by Katsuki, Momo, Eijirou, Ruby, Shoto, and Tsuyu.

  • Affably Evil: He may be working for a terrorist organization, but he's appalled at the idea of being pitted against children and would prefer to let them walk away alive if he could help it. He did still aim his bowie knife launcher at Katsuki with a hint of glee, but he was on the verge of having a Heel Realization until he realized that the men under him were still fighting their hardest.
  • All There in the Manual: His name, Semblance, and weapons (a parasol similar to Neo's and a machete that is also a shotgun because it's RWBY, of course it is) never revealed in the main story as he's taken out off-screen. The sidestory, "Why the Caged Bird Sings", offers insight into his personality, history, and abilities. This is eventually averted, as he gives the knife-gun to Tsuyu and Tsuyu shows it to Izuku in a later chapter.
  • Astonishingly Appropriate Appearance: Panchito can't believe that a parrot Faunus has a voice-based Semblance.
  • Blood Knight: He's actually excited that Huntsmen crashed his operations, saying that it'd be boring if everything went off without a hitch. He doesn't get to savor it long as he realizes that he and his men are completely outmatched.
  • Color-Coded for Your Convenience: The sneaky, smooth-talking rogue of the trio is colored green.
  • Combat Pragmatist: He admits that he isn't much of a fighter compared to his compatriots, but he's more than willing to try and capitalize on any advantage he can get. He orders his men to kill the lights to take advantage of the Faunus' natural night vision, but Ruby cuts that plan short when she barrels through the Fang members near the fuse box.
  • Curb-Stomp Battle: He'd like to say that he put up a good fight, but the coalition sent against him and his men was too strong and they were quickly wiped out.
  • Expy: Of José Carioca from The Three Caballeros.
  • The Face: Even after his throat injury, he smooth-talked many talented Faunus into the White Fang's ranks, Panchito among them.
  • Fighter, Mage, Thief: His smooth-talking past and trickery in a fight makes him the Thief to the Admiral's Fighter and Panchito's Mage.
  • Heel Realization: Seeing the young Hunters-in-Training fight his men gave him pause, wondering if his decision to recruit so many young Faunus to fight and die in a war was really worth it.
    Crack his crackers, they were all just kids! He expected at least some vets keeping things in order, but none of them even looked old enough to shave! They should be with their families, not here in the dead of night wearing stuff like that! It was as he finished the thought that another quickly arose: Gods, did he ever look that young when he’d gone to war? Sure, he'd recruited folks of every age to help fight the good fight, but that was for a good cause.
  • I Shall Taunt You: He opens and closes his umbrella to beckon Katsuki forward and bait him into a trap. This works better than expected, thanks to Katsuki already having a bit of a rivalry with someone who uses an umbrella.
  • Know When to Fold 'Em: He quickly realized that he and his men were outgunned while seeing Ruby, Katsuki, and Shoto in action and was tempted to just surrender to save his men the pain. It was only his men's fighting spirit that got José to keep fighting.
  • Last Stand: Attempts one after considering a retreat when eh sees how passionately his subordinates were fighting for him and hte Fang's cause. Unfortunately for him, he was simply outgunned and quickly defeated.
  • Little Bit Beastly: He has parrot wings as his Faunus trait.
  • Multi-Melee Master: He's good with both a knife and his umbrella, the latter of which does double duty as a Shield and a Sawed-Off Shotgun. He scoffs at the idea of being skilled at only one weapon.
  • Non-Action Guy: Downplayed. He's a decent fighter, but not nearly on the same level as the Admiral or Panchito, going down rather quickly once he's disarmed and caught.
  • Old Soldier: Like the Admiral, Cuérvo is an old veteran of the Faunus Rights Revolution. It's implied that his ruined throat stemmed from an injury he got during the war.
  • Parasol of Pain: Like Neo, José carries an umbrella into combat that he uses as both a weapon and a shield against attacks. It's equipped with a bowie knife in the tip that can be launched from it as a projectile as well as a Sawed-Off Shotgun.
  • Passing the Torch: He sees giving his old knife to Tsuyu as this, hoping that the next generation will be able to fix the world that he and others like him messed up.
  • Perspective Flip: "Why the Caged Bird Sings" details his backstory and covers the events of his fight with the Hunters-in-Training from his perspective.
  • Please Put Some Clothes On: He's astonished to see Momo's combat outfit and is half-tempted to throw her his jacket.
  • Sad Clown: By his own admission, he hates acting serious because it reminds him of all the pain he's suffered over the years and the underlying guilt he feels over indirectly sending young Faunus to their deaths.
  • Sawed-Off Shotgun: He has one embedded in his parasol.
  • Shout-Out: He says, "Clever girl." when Tsuyu sneaks up on him and disarms him of his umbrella.
  • Take Up My Sword: After his defeat, he asks Tsuyu to take his knife, figuring that a young Faunus like her would make better use of it than an old bird like him.
  • Villainous Valour: Even after his Heel Realization, he refuses to surrender while his much younger subordinates were still fighting for the Fang's cause, making a Last Stand before going down.
  • Vocal Dissonance: His formerly smooth voice has been ruined by injuries he received in the past, forcing him to utilize his Semblance to communicate in a scrawled patchwork of voices he's heard over the years. After his Aura runs dry, he uses his voice for the first time in ages. All of the words are slurred and hard to understand.
  • Voice Changeling: His Semblance lets him copy the voices of anyone he's heard and remembers. Interestingly, this is the only way he can clearly communicate now that his voice has been ruined.
  • Well-Intentioned Extremist: He wants to make the world better for young Faunus so they wouldn't have to experience the pain and suffering that he experienced decades ago. The problem is that he's working through a terrorist organization.

    Panchito "Pistoles" Rojo - The Rooster 

Panchito "Pistoles" Rojo

A gun-toting rooster Faunus with sharp, taloned feet, he leads the White Fang's operations at Falcone Shipping to steal huge amounts of high-grade Dust. He's locked in combat with Yang when Izuku comes across the two of them.

  • Actually Pretty Funny: When Yang makes a joke about how they should stop talking and "Cocka-doodle-do it," he stops and laughs.
  • All There in the Manual: His name and personality are never really expounded upon the main story. It gets filled in by the sidestory, "Little Red Rooster".
  • Blood Knight: He enjoys his fight with Yang enough to compliment her and offers to leave her unharmed if she surrenders. He's excited when she turns him down and is raring to go for round two before Izuku shows up.
  • Blood-Splattered Innocents: Panchito was covered in his brother's blood after the Anacondas killed him with a shotgun. This is what drove his burning hatred for Humans.
  • Color-Coded for Your Convenience: The fiery, vengeance driven man with explosive revolvers is colored red.
  • Dark and Troubled Past: By the time he was eight years old, Panchito was living as an impoverished orphan eating scraps off the street with only his brother for company. Despite doing their best to avoid antagonizing the Humans in his neighborhood, his brother was brutally murdered in front of him by a Human gang. This inspired Panchito's lifelong hatred for Humans, becoming a murderous vigilante who single-handedly wiped out the gangs he deemed responsible for his brother's demise before being recruited by the White Fang.
    Panchito didn’t even register the voices of the two humans standing in front of him. Panchito remembered his brother teaching him how to read. Panchito remembered his brother sharing his food when their family had so little. Panchito remembered the soccer ball his brother gave him for his birthday. Panchito remembered the hugs his brother would give him. Panchito remembered them visiting mama and papa’s graves. Panchito remembered his brother telling him to stay away from the Humans with the snakes on their clothes. To avoid the gangs as much as possible. To treat them with respect. To avoid getting hurt. To avoid things worse than getting hurt. His brother did those things and asked that Panchito do them too. Apparently, that wasn’t enough. Because they still killed him. So Panchito remembered the faces of the two Humans. And he never forgot.
  • Deer in the Headlights: He freezes up when he sees Izuku flying at him with a 10% Beacon Smash as he got flashbacks to when his brother's head was blown to pieces by a shotgun.
  • Delinquent Hair: He wears a pompadour and works for the White Fang.
  • Expy: He's modeled after Panchito Pistoles from The Three Caballeros
  • Extremity Extremist: When he's not busy blasting people with his Hand Cannons, he's kicking them with his taloned feet.
  • Fantastic Racism: He hates Humans with a passion for brutally murdering his brother after trying every possible means of avoiding their ire as a child.
  • Fighter, Mage, Thief: His long-range firepower and relative squishiness when compared to The Admiral make him the Mage to the Admiral's Fighter and José's Thief.
  • Freudian Excuse: Panchito is haunted by the memory of his brother getting half his head blown apart by a racist Human gang known as the Anacondas, devoting his life to wiping them out. Once he achieved that, José convinced him to lend his services to the White Fang in order to get back at more Human assholes.
  • From Nobody to Nightmare: It's doubtful that the Anacondas expected the young Faunus boy they traumatized to become a Vigilante Man who would hunt down every single one of them.
  • Glass Cannon: While he can hold his own in hand-to-hand combat, one solid hit from Izuku sends him sprawling into the water and it takes just one more 10% Beacon Smash to knock him out cold.
  • Gratuitous Spanish: He calls Yang "chicka" while the two of them are fighting. He also refers to José as "señor".
  • Guns Akimbo: Fires his guns like this. Works against him when Izuku comes flying at him with a 10% Beacon Smash while the Rooster's hands and feet are both occupied, leaving him open to getting decked in the face.
  • Hand Cannon: He carries a pair of revolvers that are loaded with medium to high-grade Fire Dust, giving them more than enough firepower to blast through the concrete making up the pier. Izuku initially mistakes them for faroff sniper rounds due to the sheer amount of noise they make even while underneath the harbor.
  • Improbable Aiming Skills: He manages to aim at Izuku from underneath the docks, which are full of containers packed with volatile Dust, without hitting any of the containers and collapsing the floor perfectly to make Izuku fall through.
  • Little Bit Beastly: His legs are thin, muscular, and powerful with clawed toes, just like a rooster's. This makes them useful weapons and gives him the ability to cling to surfaces by digging his claws into them.
  • Perspective Flip: "Little Red Rooster" reveals Panchito's past and his version of the events at the docks.
  • Professional Killer: He worked as a hitman-for-hire between his vigilante missions to have spare cash for food and sex.
  • Revolvers Are Just Better: He carries a pair of high-powered revolvers with mid to high-grade Fire Dust ammo, giving them immense stopping power and the ability to punch through concrete.
  • Unorthodox Reload: He spits his bullets into the chamber of his revolvers when his hands are full (which they frequently are given that he shoots Guns Akimbo).
  • Vigilante Man: Became this after his brother's murder, personally hunting down every single member of the Anacondas and killing them in cold blood. News of this is what draws José's and the White Fang's attention, leading him to join their ranks.
  • Worthy Opponent: Despite his professed hatred for "Human assholes", he acknowledges that Yang is a good fighter and gives her a fair amount of respect.

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