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- Adaptational Angst Upgrade: While each of the girls experienced hardships in their respective backstories in canon, it's much more serious here, with their current personalities being Played for Drama.
- Action Girl: They're teenage girls who prove to be vicious in battle, with each having their own unique fighting style.
- Age Lift: All of the members are slightly older than their canon counterparts, with Ruby Rose being 17 instead of 15, and the rest being 18 instead of 17.
- Character Exaggeration: The one trait that makes each of the girls stand out, are more emphasized in this series.
- Ruby's socially awkward side is more emphasized.
- Weiss's snippiness is emphasized to being a Tsundere.
- Blake's aloofness is exaggerated to the point of shyness.
- Yang's adventurous elements have more emphasis and less is put on her Team Mom ones. She still has a maternal/sisterly side but her bombastic attitude is more central to her character.
- Darker and Edgier: Team RWBY has little to none of the comedic tones of their canon counterparts, and their backstories are much more tragic as well.
Ruby Rose, Huntress In-Training
- Adaptational Personality Change: This version of Ruby is stated by Switchback, to be much more socially awkward as she grew up with her "Argent" status attracting unwanted attention from her peers. In the canon series, her moments of dorkiness is mostly due to her obsession with weapons, trying to fit into Beacon Academy despite being a Grade Skipper, and being relatively young and innocent with her ideals and personality.
- Adaptational Superpower Change: Due to the concept of "Magic" being Adapted Out, Ruby's silver-eyed abilities are the result of being an "Argent", which is a rare unknown power.
- Adorkable: She aspires to be a cool hero, and is quite endearing in her interactions with others.
- All of the Other Reindeer: Being known as an "Argent" has brought a lot of unwanted attention from her school peers while growing up in Signal Academy, with those wanting to take advantage of her special status while others bullying her because of it.
- Composite Character: Switchback stated that Ruby's redesign in this series is influenced by her V1 outfit, along with the redesign from Shirow Miwa's RWBY.
- Grade Skipper: She is allowed to attend Beacon Academy one year early by Ozpin.
- Little Red Fighting Hood: Does it need any more clarification?
- Perky Goth: She has a gothic appearance, but is nevertheless outgoing and cheerful at times.
- Red Is Heroic: She wears red in her attire, and is one of the main heroes of the series.
- Shout-Out: According to Switchback, Ruby's admiration for her late mother and collection of Summer Rose merchandise is similar to Atsuko Kagari.
- Shrinking Violet: She's quite awkward when interacting with others.
- Socially Awkward Hero: She's not that good at social interaction, and somewhat justified with how she was treated by her peers while growing up knowing of her special status as an "Argent".
- Superpowerful Genetics: Her mother is an "Argent", and Ruby inherited that power as well.
- Super Speed: Her Semblance allows her to move and attack at incredible speeds.
- Swiss Army Weapon: Cresent Rose is capable of three modes in combat.
Weiss Schnee, Dust Heiress
- Adaptational Jerkass: Zigzagged. In the original canon series, Weiss started off as initially snippy and entitled before mellowing out throughout the volumes, and later becoming the most level-headed member of Team RWBY. The webcomic makes her a full-on Tsundere in order to show her "hard-to-approached" personality at the start of the series.
- Adaptational Superpower Change: In the original canon series, Weiss' Semblance is hereditary, along with being awakened as her own power. In the webcomic, her Glyph Semblance is an artificial one that the Schnee dynasty created and have it perfected by forcing the power into their chosen heirs throughout generations, and Weiss' true Semblance was suppressed long ago due to her training.
- Clothing Reflects Personality: The red and black in Weiss' attire symbolizes the defiance of her family's traditions and showcase the inner struggle of her identity.
- Composite Character: Switchback stated that Weiss' redesign in this series is influenced by her V1 outfit, her V2 Snowpea outfit, and Shirow Miwas redesign for RWBY.
- Dark and Troubled Past: She's been heavily trained by her family to become the "perfect" Schnee warrior and had her individuality and true Semblance suppressed.
- I Just Want to Be Free: One of her lifelong goals is to be free of her families' twisted traditions, and to lead her own life as her own person.
- Training from Hell: She was born and raised into becoming the "perfect" warrior of her family, and said training includes having her in having her individuality suppressed, along with an artificial Semblance being forced into her.
- Tsundere: She is stated to be this by Switchback.
Blake Belladonna, Silent Rebel
- Adaptational Badass: While Blake is no slouch herself in the original canon series, her fighting style notably revolves around evasiveness and defense, and lacks the more offensive capabilities of her teammates. In the webcomic, she's not only able to fight more offensively but has the ultimate move called "Eclipse".
- Adaptational Personality Change: According to Switchback, this version of Blake is much more emotionally distant and angst-filled, but with very good reasons. While her canon counterpart has also her fair share of angst, she nevertheless had a more sheltered upbringing (if Issue #2 is considered canon) and most of her shy and aloof personality is the result of the strained relationship with her parents, the White Fang's radicalize actions against humanity and her abusive relationship with Adam.
- Adaptation Species Change: Instead of a separate species, Faunus is known as a subspecies of humanity, thus making Blake this in the webcomic.
- Adaptation Relationship Overhaul:
- In the original canon series, Blake's relationship with Adam was described as "student and student" along with being romantic. The webcomic keeps their relationship as "student and mentor", but with a familial connection instead.
- She and Sun knew each other since childhood, while Blake only met Sun when she's in her first-year attending Beacon Academy in the original canon series.
- Her relations to Ghira and Kali Shanti are that of a goddaughter due to the deaths of her original birth parents, in comparison to their full-blooded one of the original canon series.
- Badass Bookworm: She loves to read, and is a former White Fang member turned Huntress-in-training.
- Childhood Friends: With Sun Wukong.
- Composite Character: Switchback states that he took influences from Shirow Miwas redesign of her for RWBY, and retool it to closely resemble her V1 design.
- Dark and Troubled Past: She was orphaned at a very young age due to the death of her birth parents and was raised by Adam in the White Fang since the status of her godparents is unknown.
- Death of a Thousand Cuts: "Eclipse" ultimately comes down like this. It involves creating dozens of Shadow Clones at the same time, and in the split second where all the clones still retain the physical form, force them to converge onto her target and attack all at once with the combined strength of a thousand Blakes.
- Doppelgänger Attack: She's capable of doing this with her Semblance. It's taken Up to Eleven with her ultimate move, "Eclipse".
- Fantastic Racism: Being a Faunus, she faced discrimination while growing up, and hides her animal trait underneath a large bow to blend in with the human crowd.
- Form-Fitting Wardrobe: Her outfit is designed by Switchback to be both elegant and practical.
- Little Bit Beastly: As a cat Faunus, she has two cat ears on her head, and is currently hiding them to avoid attention.
- Ninja Log: She mainly uses her Semblance to create a clone to serve as a distraction to evade from attacks.
- Perpetual Frowner: She's usually seen with a neutral or melancholic expression.
- Shrinking Violet: More so than Ruby, as Blake keeps her distance in order to hide her past as a White Fang member.
Yang Xiao Long, Fiery Fighter
- Adaptational Jerkass: Switchback states that Yang will be much more irresponsible, impulsive, and argues with her teammates and teachers more at the start of this series.
- Adaptational Skimpiness: In the original series, Yang's outfit already makes her a Ms. Fanservice. But Yang's shorts are more torn and ragged in order to sell out her "rowdy, party girl" personality in the webcomic.
- Biker Babe: Her redesign is this to emphasize her thrill-seeking, adventurous personality.
- Boobs of Steel: She has the largest breast size than her teammates, and is the strongest fighter out of all of them.
- Cool Big Sis: Regardless of their distance, Yang is still the loving and caring sister to Ruby.
- Cool Shades: Her aviator glasses are a permanent part of her redesign, and it sells her biker look more.
- Character Development: Defied... at first. As Yang prefers to not grow out of her current thrill-seeking, adventurous, party girl attitude.
- Don't You Dare Pity Me!: Switchback states that Yang hates feeling helpless, and wouldn't want anyone to see her softer side.
- Dude Magnet: She's a very attractive girl and is stated to had several ex-boyfriends before the start of the series.
- In the Blood: The thing scares Yang the most, is becoming like her mother, who's an infamous criminal known to the World of Remnant. In the setting of the series where "fate" can be intertwined with others, it has yet to prove whether Yang's fears might come true.
- Jerk with a Heart of Gold: She may be a bit abrasive and is kind of a delinquent, but Yang nevertheless the kind older sister to Ruby, even if they weren't as close since childhood.
- Sore Loser: According to Switchback, she hates to lose.
- Static Character: Invoked by herself, as Yang doesn't want to change her current attitude in fear of becoming like her mother, who's one of the most dangerous criminals in all of Remnant.
- Team Mom: Not yet, but Switchback states she will grow into this as part of her Character Development.
- Took a Level in Cynic / Took a Level in Jerkass: After learning about her mother, Yang distanced herself from Ruby at the start of their teen years, and later became the thrill-seeking, adventurous, party girl, at the start of the series.
- "The Fanatic General of the White Fang"
- Adapted Out: His toxic romantic obsession with Blake is removed completely in the webcomic for a more parental and sibling-like dynamic.
- Adaptational Badass: ZigZagged. In the original series, Adam is a Master Swordsman, along with possessing a Semblance that can absorb damage and sends it back tenfold. However, his Semblance only works through his sword, and when deprived of it, he becomes powerless. The RWBY: Cherish Adam doesn't suffer from the weakness of his canon counterpart, but he still requires a medium to use his Semblance since it doesn't come with the negation to deal with the recoil damage.
- Adaptational Nice Guy: While Adam still suffers the same tragedies as in the original canon series, his noble goal of liberating Faunus from human oppression is much more genuine and less self-serving, and is very loyal and caring to his friends in the webcomic.
- Adaptational Personality Change: Thanks to Switchback omitting Adam's more toxic traits along with giving an Age Lift, the bull Faunus' is radically different compared to his canon counterpart. In the original canon series, Adam was presented as a calm and collected Well-Intentioned Extremist who's on a mission to fight for the rights of the Faunus... at first; only revealed in the later volumes to be a hot-tempered, spiteful, and mentally insane Jerkass whose noble actions are merely a "mask" to hide his true goal of correcting only his own suffering, and is romantically obsessive of Blake. In this version, Adam's goal of liberating Faunus from human oppression is truly genuine, and he's more of an aloof Nice Guy whose loyal and caring to his friends and is capable of putting the needs of others before his own desires.
- Adaptation Species Change: Instead of a separate species, Faunus is known as a subspecies of humanity, thus making Adam this in the webcomic.
- Adaptational Wimp: ZigZagged. In the original series, Adam was a fierce warrior who mainly relies on channeling his Semblance through his sword and became powerless when deprived of it. Here, Adam doesn't have that weakness, but he still needs a medium in order to safely release the power of his Moonslice without suffering the severe recoil.
- Adaptation Relationship Overhaul:
- In the original series, Adam's relationship with Blake was described as "mentor and student" along with being romantic. The webcomic keeps their relationship as "mentor and student", but with a familial connection instead.
- In regards to Sun Wukong, Adam knew him when the latter was a child and trained him in combat alongside Blake. In the original canon series, Sun's existence was a complete unknown to Adam's knowledge for most of the volumes and they only met during the Battle of Haven.
- Age Lift: In the original series, he's estimated by the creators to be 23. The webcomic brings Adam's age at 28, making him 10 years older than Blake.
- Anti-Villain: He's a powerful swordsman who's one of the leading figures of a radicalized organization who's willing to terrorize humanity... for the sake of liberating the Faunus from oppression.
- Beware the Quiet Ones: He may carry himself in a calm and calculating manner, but deep down is a vengeful man willing to cut down any adversary to liberate his people from oppression.
- Big Brother Mentor: Switchback states that he's more of an older brother to Blake and to a lesser extent, Sun. He also trained both of them in combat when they were children.
- Blood Knight: Due to the burning passion from within, he enjoys and revels in combat.
- Dark and Troubled Past: He was born into slavery, and lost his parents when they tried to help the other Faunus in a prison break.
- Doppelgänger Attack: When he accumulates enough energy through his Semblance, he can create clones of himself for a more added offense in a fight.
- Eye Scream: Suffers this like his canon counterpart. Unlike his canon counterpart, Adam intentionally chooses to be branded in order to not only kill the guard who's responsible for his parents' death but to fully bring down the illegal mining operation that's causing trouble for many Faunus lives.
- Master Swordsman: Adam is skilled in swordsmanship and is on par with a highly skilled Huntsman.
- Nice Guy: Despite his flaws, Adam is quite caring to those he's close to and is able to put their needs above his own desires. Also, only (and only if) you're a Faunus then Adam would be courteous and supportive. If you're a human or involved in the Faunus discrimination whether or not intentionally... then welp, it's nice knowing you.
- Ninja Log: While preferring to use his clones for offense, Adam can also have them used for evasive actions.
- Parental Substitute: To Blake, as her birth parents died long ago, while her godparents' status is unknown.
- Required Secondary Powers: Adam can suffer from recoil damage if he doesn't use a medium (e.g. tools or weapons) to safely release the stored energy.
- The Stoic: Justified. As he believes that being outwardly emotional will lead to one's death, considering what happened to his parents.
- Then Let Me Be Evil: This quote says it all:Adam: "If they want a monster... I'll give them one."
- Trademark Favorite Food: He likes to drink black coffee.
A childhood friend of Blake Belladonna who's associating with the White Fang for her benefit.
- Adaptation Relationship Overhaul:
- In regards to the White Fang of the original canon series, Sun has a low opinion of them (seeing them has "holier than thou creeps who use force to get what they want") and fight against their terrorist actions. While he does associates with them in the webcomic, he's only doing it for Blake's sake.
- In regards to Adam Taurus, Sun knew him as a child and mentored by the bull Faunus in combat alongside Blake. In the original canon series, Sun only heard of Adam through Blake's description of him for most of the volumes and they only met during the Battle of Haven.
- He and Blake knew each other since childhood, while Sun only met Blake when she's in her first-year attending Beacon Academy in the original canon series.
- Adaptation Species Change: Instead of a separate species, Faunus is known as a subspecies of humanity, thus making Sun this in the webcomic.
- Childhood Friends: With Blake Belladonna.
- Dark-Skinned Blonde: He has blond hair, but with a tan complexion.
- Not in This for Your Revolution: While he may be associating with the White Fang, he's only doing it for Blake's sake, and doesn't particularly agree with the group's radical actions for Faunus liberation.
Yang Xiao Long's birth mother, and Renmant's most wanted criminal.
- 0% Approval Rating: Considering that she's the most wanted criminal in the World of Remnant, leading a kingdom's worth of sky pirates, and is enough of a threat for the four kingdoms to be wary of other than the Creatures of Grimm, then she this by default.
- Adapted Out: Raven's status as the Spring Maiden is removed in this series, as the concept of "Magic" isn't included.
- Adaptational Badass: ZigZagging. In the original canon series, Raven is the leader of a Bandit Clan and one of the most powerful charactersnote , but she prefers to keep a low profile. Despite her deficency in the webcomic, Raven is feared by the World of Remnant as the "Sky Pirate Queen", who's leading a bandit kingdom of sky pirates in a flying fortress.
- Adaptational Wimp: While she's still strong and skilled, Raven lacks the mystical abilities of her canon counterpart, and mostly had to rely on her air fleet of sky pirates and her reputation as The Dreaded.
- Bandit Clan: Up to Eleven. Raven is practically in charge of an entire kingdom of them.
- Cool Airship: An air fleet big enough to house a kingdom's worth of sky pirates.
- The Dreaded: She isn't known as the "Sky Pirate Queen" just by raiding villages from above. If leading a bandit kingdom in a flying fortress isn't enough, then having Switchback describe Raven's fleet as something for the four kingdoms to be cautious of other than the Creatures of Grimm, is saying something.
- First Love: To Taiyang Xiao Long.
- Notorious Parent: She is Yang's biological mother. However, she is also the most renown female criminal on the planet. Seeing as how her younger half-sister Ruby follows a Heroic Lineage, Yang worries that she's destined to follow in Raven's footsteps.
- Red Baron: She is known as "The Queen of Dawn", or more appropriately, "The Sky Pirate Queen".
The late mother of Ruby Rose and Yang Xiao Long, and a legendary Huntress who's well-known to the World of Remnant for her status as an "Argent".