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The World of Remnant: Sanus (Eastern)
Remnant is a harsh landscape inhabited by the Creatures of Grimm that dominate the skies, land and oceans. There were once many kingdoms scattered across the continents of Sanus, Solitas and Anima. However, most have fallen to the Grimm, leaving behind only four survivors. By combining technological advancement with local topography, civilisation flourishes within the protected boundaries of these four kingdoms.
Sanus is the largest continent on Remnant and boasts two surviving kingdoms, the Kingdom of Vale to the east and the Kingdom of Vacuo to the west. The Great War began on the continent's east coast as a result of clashes between the Kingdoms of Vale and Mistral, but ended in the deserts of the Kingdom of Vacuo, where the forces of Vale and Vacuo triumphed over the forces of Mistral and Mantle. While the eastern portion of the continent boasts favourable terrain for protecting the Kingdom of Vale, the western deserts of Vacuo are much more inhospitable.
Kingdom of Vale
The Kingdom of Vale is a well-guarded territory in the north-eastern region of Sanus. Its eastern border is protected by a spine of steep mountains and its western border is protected by coastal waters that are too shallow for marine Grimm to pose any threat. Just off that shoreline is a small island called Patch which is considered to be part of the kingdom.
The kingdom is named after its capital city, but includes a number of other cities positioned further south along the north-west coast. The elite Huntsman Academy that protects the kingdom is Beacon Academy and one of its main feeder schools is Signal Academy.
For more information on Professor Ozpin, please see RWBY: Friends and Allies.
Professor Glynda Goodwitch
Voiced By: Kathleen Zuelch [EN], Masumi Asano [JP]
Debut: Ruby Rose*
A Huntress and teacher of Beacon Academy that comes to Ruby's rescue in the first episode. A member of Ozpin's secret circle, Glynda fights with a riding crop and her Semblance, which grants her telekinesis.
- Alliterative Name: An imperfect example as Glynda Goodwitch only produces the same sound when the first name is spoken in a clumsy fashion.
- Arson, Murder, and Lifesaving: She scolds Ruby for fighting so recklessly and endangering lives in the process, culminating in her saying Ruby should be sent home with a pat on the back... she then averts the trope by returning to her focus on punishment and concluding that Ruby should also be sent home with a slap on the wrist, emphasising her statement by whipping the table near Ruby's hand.
- Badass Cape: In opposition to the rest of her attire, Goodwitch wears a black cape with purple lining. The back of the cape is adorned with Glynda's crown symbol, and ends in tatters shaped like arrowheads. This has done nothing to detract from her record of fighting on even ground with Cinder and nonchalantly knocking Grimm out around her.
- Badass Teacher: A teacher and a powerful sorceress who first appears to protect Ruby from one of Torchwick's Dust-enhanced explosions. She provides the first introduction of both a Huntress and a magical duel when she fights off Cinder and protects Ruby from harm. She's later confirmed to be the elite Beacon Academy's combat instructor.
- Barrier Warrior: When Ruby is about to be blasted by Roman in the pilot episode, Glynda appears from nowhere and deflects Roman's attack with an energy shield made of glyphs. Attack bounce off the barrier as though the barrier is a trampoline that has been turned on its side.
- Boring, but Practical: One of Glynda's most frequently-seen attacks is a brief, close-range pulse of telekinetic power projected from the tip of her wand. It's nothing flashy or particularly impressive, but the sheer force of the blast is typically powerful enough to One-Hit Kill any Grimm unlucky enough to get caught in it, as observed in "Breach" and again in "Heroes and Monsters".
- Cleavage Window: Due to her high collar, she possesses a very centralized opening in her blouse that exposes some of her cleavage.
- Curse Cut Short: Ozpin cuts her off when she accuses James Ironwood of treating everything like a "contest of measuring di-".
- Deadpan Snarker: Her prim and proper exterior is complimented by her incredibly sharp wit, often snarking at her hyperactive students and making jabs at close friends.Glynda: Trouble sleeping?
Ironwood: Arm was acting up.
Glynda: Of course. So, logically, you got out of bed, dressed yourself completely, and decided to gaze menacingly out into the distance.
- Entertainingly Wrong: As she watches team JNPR meet up in "The Emerald Forest pt 1" she states that she feels sorry for Ren, who has just teamed up with Nora, and that she doesn't know how they will get along. Ren and Nora are childhood friends and get along incredibly well.
- Establishing Character Moment: Glynda steps in to defend Ruby, calmly stops bullets with an elaborate magical shield, nearly shoots down Cinder's airship with her magic, and then sternly tells Ruby not to get into trouble again. This minute and a half tells us that Glynda's a badass sorceress, protector of the peace, stern yet fair, and more than worthy of her position as Team Good's lieutenant.
- Good Cop/Bad Cop: Plays the Bad Cop in the first episode, criticizing Ruby's reckless attack of Torchwick in the middle of a built-up area and scaring her by smacking the table next to her hand with her whip. She introduces Ozpin via an implication that the only reason she's not going to send Ruby home in disgrace is because Ozpin wants to talk to her, setting him up as the "friendly cop" before he's even entered the room. This allows him to ply her full of cookies to soften the fact he's interrogating her personality before offering her a place at his academy.
- Lady of Black Magic: In addition to her stylish blouse and pencil skirt, she wears a cape that gives her a magician's air. She has a commanding presence and carries herself with stern grace. Her primary method of fighting is with a riding crop, through which she directs her attacks by pointing towards her targets, being they people, Grimm or inanimate objects. Between her telekinetic Semblance and her ability to focus Dust into unique effects, her style of fighting resembles magic: she can create defensive shields, create lethal showers of ice daggers, drag storm clouds into the area and kick up storm winds. She can also toss Grimm aside with barely a glance just by swishing her riding crop as she walks by. She can even rebuild broken buildings and mend holes in the street just by using telekinesis.
- Little "No": When she and Qrow are fighting the Grimm during the Battle of Beacon, they're stopped cold by a shock wave that resonates through the streets. While even the other adult Huntsmen seem confused, Glynda instantly recognises the cause, letting out a quiet "No...." just before a mountain overlooking Mountain Glenn shatters, releasing a massive Grimm Dragon that had been locked within.
- Magic Wand: Glynda's weapon is a leather riding crop which she wears in a holster strapped to the outside of her right boot. Whenever she uses her telekinetic Semblance, she wields the riding crop as a wand, pointing it at the target of her power. Objects she's moving through the air will move in accordance with the direction she moves the riding crop in. That, combined with the strength and flexibility of her telekinesis, gives her the appearance of performing magical acts, such as the time she fought Cinder — she pointed her wand at the sky which defined the location in which she created a purple circle of glyphs; from that circle, storm clouds appeared and rained down shards of ice which she used her wand and two extended fingers to direct at Cinder's airship like darts.
- Mind over Matter: Her Semblance. She can levitate a large number of objects and put them together however she likes. This is very useful while acting as damage control for the antics of her students or putting the city back together after Grimm attacks.
- Ojou Ringlets: Huntsmen are held in extremely high standing throughout the Kingdoms. As a huntress who is second-in-charge of Vale's elite Huntsman Academy, she commands great respect. Her stern face is softened by the ringlets that frame her features and her personal symbol is a tiara.
- Perpetual Frowner: With her stoic demeanor, she's never seen smiling, even in lighthearted moments; she's even snarling at her students' antics, even though Ozpin is more easy-going about it. The only moments she drops the frown are in her more vulnerable moments as she wearily voices her concern for the students, seeing they're supposed to become the defenders of the world.
- Prim and Proper Bun: Compared to Ozpin's laid-back attitude and amused tolerance for Ruby's ditzy behaviour, she's stern, restrained and seems as frustrated by Ozpin's attitude as by Ruby's. Even her kindness is stern: when she compliments Ruby, her tone of voice is firm and professional and is quickly followed by an admonishment of Ruby's reckless heroics.
- Surveillance as the Plot Demands: Has an iPad-like device (called a "Scroll" in-universe) that captured Ruby's battle with the Mobsters even though Glynda was nowhere to be seen. It shows her every student in the exam, even close up, and not one of them notices it. It's another reference to The Wonderful Wizard of Oz; Glinda the Good had a magic book that recorded everything that happened in Oz.
- Tranquil Fury: On more than one occasion, Glynda is seen to be barely containing herself from lashing out, but still acts with the utmost composure.
- When Glynda marches into the dining hall after the Food Fight, she gives off a small growl upon seeing the state of the room. However, instead of exploding at the perpetrators, she chastises them in a firm, disappointed tone.Glynda: Children. Please... Do not play with your food.
- After the successive interventions of Team JNPR, the Atlesian Military, and Team CFVY against the Grimm invading Vale, Glynda shows up, furiously strolling towards the breach and silently wiping out Grimm without even looking at them, before sealing the breach within seconds.
- When Glynda marches into the dining hall after the Food Fight, she gives off a small growl upon seeing the state of the room. However, instead of exploding at the perpetrators, she chastises them in a firm, disappointed tone.
- Weather Manipulation: During the pilot episode, Glynda battles Cinder in an attempt to stop Roman escaping custody. In her attempt to ground the ship, Glynda creates a circle of purple glyphs in the air from which storm clouds appear. They rain down shards of ice that Glynda directs with her riding crop and two fingers to strike the ship like darts.
- Whip It Good: Glynda carries a riding crop which acts as both a wand and a means to intimidate her listeners when she needs to punctuate her words for emphasis. Coupled with her messy bun, glasses, stern demeanour, cleavage-exposing pencil-thin dress and knee-high boots, her appearance carries a dominatrix overtone.
Doctor Bartholomew Oobleck
Voiced by: Joel Heyman [EN], Yuichi Karasuma [JP]
Debut: Jaundice Pt. 2*
A professor who teaches history, such as the ancient wars and the civil rights struggles of the Faunus. Apparently he has a PhD. He fights with a coffee thermos that extends into a full staff that can emit flames.
- Adventurer Outfit: He owns a classic adventurer outfit, complete with pith helmet. Despite his scruffy appearance during lecturers and at the ball, when he wears this outfit, he's impeccably dressed. Not even his tie is askew.
- Back-to-Back Badass: When the students on the tournament field prepare to face off against a horde of Griffons, they are told to stand down by Oobleck and Port, who would prefer their students live to tell the tale than die in an impossible fight. The last thing the students see as they flee the stadium are Oobleck and Port standing back-to-back, completely surrounded by the Grimm and joking about making one last stand together. When it's later revealed that they're leading the evacuation of Beacon, they're completely uninjured.
- Badass Teacher: On top of his tenure as a history teacher at Beacon Academy, Team RWBY finds out that he's the Huntsman they're assigned to. He can wipe the floor with several Atlesian Paladins while he and team RWBY are pursuing Torchwick in "No Brakes", and reassures his students that he can take care of the rest as they try to stop the train.
- Beware the Silly Ones: Oobleck is hyperactive, goofy, caffeine addicted, and seems just a little bit off. Even if he favors knowledge, he's still a trained huntsman employed at Beacon and can wipe out his enemies with a flamethrower.
- Character Tics: He conducts himself in a very twitchy, sharp fashion, speaks rapidly and gestures with his finger when making points.
- Combat Commentator: Along with Port during the Vytal Tournament. He's the analyst, who explains things to the crowd such as Nora's semblance.
- Flash Step: He is capable of moving so fast that he can appear to be almost teleporting. His lectures can be hard for his students to keep up with and he zips around the lecture theatre so fast, the students can barely keep their eyes on him.
- Incredibly Lame Pun: As an announcer, Dr. Oobleck has made two puns while commentating. He refers to Team SSSN's victory as "shocking" and announce's Flynt's knock out with the phrase, "Sour note for Flynt!"
- Insistent Terminology: Students keep referring to him as Professor Oobleck, which irritates him. As he points outs to Team RWBY, he is Doctor Oobleck and he didn't get his PhD for fun.
- Large Ham: His Motor Mouth tendencies allow him to chew out Weiss without retaliation, and he momentarily gets caught up in fascination once he sees Zwei emerge from Ruby's backpack.
- Messy Hair: His hair has a windswept appearance as befitting his disheveled appearance and constantly swift movements.
- Motor Mouth: He conducts his lectures at lightning-speed, being able to convey a lot of information very quickly. Even during casual conversation he tends to speak quickly, but can slow down if he has to.
- Mr. Exposition: This is what he was designed for. The reason for all his quirks is to allow him to deliver a large amount of backstory without it being a standard boring Info Dump.
- Must Have Caffeine: During class, Oobleck can be seen guzzling cup after cup of coffee. He has many coffee cups of varying sizes scattered across the room, located on a number of surfaces. There is even one located on the head of the doorway into the classroom, a location he can easily reach because he is so tall. As he ceaselessly zips around the room talking almost as fast as he moves, there is never a place in the room where he doesn't have access to coffee. As if that wasn't enough to show he's addicted, his weapon is concealed in his thermos, and his emblem features a flame inside a coffee cup.
- Opaque Lenses: His glasses are a constant, unchanging white. Unlike most examples of this trope, Cheated Angle is not in effect, as Oobleck's eyes are perfectly visible when his profile is observed from the side.
- Playing with Fire: His thermos (appropriately) changes into a flamethrower that hurls out massive fireballs and blows up anything it hits. Funnily enough, it's used to smack Zwei around, turning him into a high-speed fireball that knocks out an Atlesian Paladin.
- Psychologist Teacher: He forces Team RWBY to reevaluate their reasons for becoming huntresses, so they would become better ones. Later in Volume 4 alongside Port and Taiyang, they help Yang break free of her Heroic BSoD.
- Science Hero: He admits to Ruby that being a Huntsman doesn't necessarily mean kicking tons of ass, but at the same he tells her that his knowledge of fauna is extremely valuable in the long run; knowledge that can save far more lives than simply being a warrior.
- Seriously Scruffy: He has an untidy look (mismatched shoes, untucked shirt, unfastened tie, Messy Hair) and only stops rushing around to take a swig of coffee. He's appropriately enthusiastic (and yet serious) about history. He only dresses neatly when he puts on his Adventurer Outfit.
- Super Speed: He is capable of incredible speed, and will sometimes use it even for mundane events like leaving lectures where his departure is little more than a blur of motion.
- Utility Weapon: The flamethrower/club he fights with is also a perfectly functional thermos, presumably filled with more coffee.
- You Gotta Have Blue Hair: He has shaggy green hair.
Professor Peter Port
Voiced By: Ryan Haywood [EN], Soichi Abe [JP]
Debut: The Badge and the Burden*
A professor and former Huntsman at Beacon Academy who lectures about the Grimm. He fights with a blunderbuss-axe hybrid.
- Absurd Phobia: Port tries to give Yang a life lesson in handling fear; he mentions that even he sometimes gets afraid from time to time. Oobleck ruins the lesson by explaining that Port is terrified of mice. At first, Port tries to point out that they are causes of disease and famine, but is forced to admit that it's the hairless tails in particular that freak him out."They bring only disease and famine! And don't even get me started on their tails! So hairless, it's simply unnatural."
- Alliterative Name: Peter Port.
- Back-to-Back Badass: When the students on the tournament field prepare to face off against a horde of Griffons, they are told to stand down by Oobleck and Port, who would prefer their students live to tell the tale rather than die in an impossible fight. The last thing the students see as they flee the stadium is Oobleck and Port standing back-to-back, completely surrounded by the Grimm and joking about making one last stand together. When it's later revealed that they're leading the evacuation of Beacon, they're completely uninjured.
- Badass Mustache: He was an heroic huntsman in his youth capable of saving a village single-handedly, and his mustache is almost as large as his tales!
- Big Fun: A rotund - though short - gentleman who's really rather jovial. Even his approach to the dire threat of the Grimm is about having fun: he views hunting Grimm as a sport.
- Big Ol' Eyebrows: As seen above, he has extremely bushy eyebrows that accentuate his lack of visible eyes.
- Blah Blah Blah: Heard when telling his story (much of which is heard during when Ruby is making fun of him). It kicks in while the camera's on people who aren't listening.Mysterious Narrator: To further complicate study, the corpse of a Grimm will only remain for a short period of time before completely evaporating. Those who hunt the beasts for sport find this particularly upsetting, but get by with cheap taxidermic recreations and bombastic storytelling.
- Boisterous Bruiser: He considers the creatures of Grimm to be nothing but prey that he relishes the thought of hunting. When off the battlefield, he loves nothing more than to relive his hunts by telling them to his students in inundating detail. When he and Oobleck are swarmed by Nevermores in "Battle of Beacon", he just laughs and tells Oobleck to place his bets on who is going to kill more of them.
- The Bore: When in his class for the first time, Ruby finds it very difficult to pay attention to his speech, which is heard as Blah Blah Blah when she zones out. In Volume 2, he's still at it in the background while Weiss watches a clock that counts down to the end of the lesson and Jaune is more interested in flirting than learning. The second the bell goes off at 4pm, all the students in the class flee the room, leaving Port's speech to trundle to a reluctant halt.
- Combat Commentator: Along with Oobleck for the Vytal tournament. He's there to provide play by play and color commentary.
- Cool Teacher: He initially comes across as trying too hard to be funny and interesting to be either, let alone cool. Later however, he turns out to be extremely perceptive, wise, and genuinely helpful when addressing Weiss's leadership issues. He also seems to have been this for Team STRQ based on how good his relationship is with Tai, though he was a TA at the time.
- Dirty Old Man: Subverted. He briefly and jokingly flirts with Yang during their first class, which (understandably) creeps her out. However, it is more part of his Boisterous Bruiser behaviour. In all his other appearances he is nothing but respectful of his female students, and tries to cheer up Yang when she's going through her Heroic BSoD in Volume 4.
- Eyes Always Shut: His eyes are usually drawn as closed slits which gives him a jovial appearance, but they do widen into being visible when he's startled or worried.
- Fan Disservice: A pretty quick shot showing his belly bouncing.
- Great White Hunter: Back when he was a Huntsman, as he describes it. He's a very enthusiastic man who likes challenge and showing his achievements.
- Large Ham: Speaks, especially when teaching, in a large, bombastic manner.
- Meaningful Name: "Peter" is derived from the Greek word "Petros", meaning "stone", indicating the grey color of his hair and mustache. "Port" as a surname is from the Old French "LaPotre" meaning "the door", and the family was charged with protecting the gates of fortified cities or large and unique doors. The word "portly" refers to a person who is on the chubby side, which he is.
- Noodle Incident: The story of how he captured a Beowolf in his youth is glossed over by the episode to reflect the fact that the kids aren't paying attention. The one bit that is focused on is that his grandfather, despite smelling of cabbages, was a wise man. While his grandfather was referenced because his wise advice was relevant to the tale even though the kids don't listen to it, the story behind the unfortunate smell isn't even hinted at.
- Porn Stache: His handlebar mustache is so large that it completely swamps his mouth and cheeks.
- Psychologist Teacher: He sternly, yet not harshly, serves as this to Weiss when she believes she should have been team leader, telling her that rather than worrying about being team leader she should just be the best person she can be, advice she takes to heart. In Volume 4 he tries to do this again for Yang when she is afraid to put on her prosthetic arm, and assures her that fear is just an emotion like any other, and she shouldn't let it rule her. Along with Oobleck and her father, they are able to break her out of the Heroic BSoD.
- Sherlock Scan: Is able to tell a great deal about Weiss' personality within an hour of meeting her. He then deconstructs her attitude so hard, she becomes willing to make coffee for Ruby and bury the hatchet with her.
- Swiss Army Weapon: An axe that doubles as a blunderbuss — whose trigger is right between the two axe blades.
- Undying Loyalty: Firmly declares that he's been following Ozpin for years and holds the man's decisions and leadership in esteem.
- Why Did It Have to Be Snakes?: He has an intense fear of mice, of all things. In his words, "They bring only disease and famine!" And don't get him started on those unnaturally hairless tails...
A well-respected team of older Beacon students, whose late return home from a mission fighting Grimm results in Yang and Weiss being given responsibility for organizing the school ball. They debut as a full team in the Volume 2 finale when the Grimm successfully breach the city's defenses.
After the Battle of Beacon, their story continues in the novel RWBY: After The Fall.
- Ascended Extra: They are the leads for the first book in a series of Light Novel's set after Volume 3 titled RWBY: After The Fall.
- Edible Theme Naming: The team's name is pronounced "coffee". All the team members have colour schemes that fit in with various shades of brown and red, and each one has a name that is associated with something that can be consumed.
- Coco's name is connected to cocoa, which forms the basis of both hot chocolate drinks and other sweets that may contain cocoa or chocolate.
- Fox's name is connected to fox hunter's pie, a sweet, rich pie made with cocoa, vanilla and pecan pieces.
- Velvet's name is connected with red velvet cake, which is bright red sponge cake containing cocoa and iced with cream cheese.
- Yatsuhashi's name is connected to a Japanese sweet that can be eaten baked or steamed and which is made from rice flour and flavored with cinnamon or green tea. It can also be folded to create a center that is traditionally filled with red bean paste but can instead be filled with chocolate spread.
- Hero of Another Story: When Team CFVY is first introduced, they're in an older year group to the protagonists, and the fuss made by the school's students when they return from a mission they've been on for a while indicates that they're very well-known and very popular. Unlike other students, who make their own way there, when the city is breached by the Grimm in Volume 2, Team CFVY arrive with the teachers. However, their story is barely touched on in the main show, leaving the extent of their fame and missions untold. The novel called RWBY: After The Fall explores their story outside of the main work.
Voiced by: Ashley Jenkins [EN], Shizuka Ito [JP]
Debut: Field Trip*
The leader of Velvet's team and fellow Beacon Academy student. She fights with Gianduja, a purse that can transform into a minigun.
- As Lethal as It Needs to Be: In Volume 2's finale, Coco's bullets shred armored opponents and massive enemies such as Nevermore, while reducing the surroundings to chaos. However, during her tournament match with Mercury and Emerald, her bullets do little more than mow down grass; they even fail to destroy the trees in the forest arena. During the Battle of Beacon, her bullets don't even scratch the Griffon she's fighting. The novel RWBY: After The Fall explains that her bullets become more effective when she enhances them with her Semblance.
- Badass Bandolier: Firmly establishes the gap between first years and upper years by keeping a cool and deadpan attitude even in the midst of a Grimm invasion, kicking ass with rather mundane moves, and whipping out a minigun that easily dispatches the larger Grimm, leaving destruction in her wake. Her minigun functions by virtue of her belt and the strap on her carrying case being adorned with powerful bullets.
- Briefcase Blaster: Her handbag can transform into a Gatling gun.
- The Casanova: In RWBY: After The Fall, Coco's pre-Beacon school days are described by Velvet as having been spent "breaking performance records, and girls' hearts".
- Combat Stilettos: Her extremely fashionable combat clothing consist of studs, belts and very high heels.
- Cool Shades: The aspect of her character first noticed ever since she was a wee silhouette.
- Covert Pervert: Coco's narration in RWBY: After The Fall notes one of the main reasons for wearing her Cool Shades all the time is so she can admire pretty girls without anyone noticing.
- Fashionable Asymmetry: Her skirt cuts to one side and a mysterious strap dangles near her left knee. Her hair also sports a side plait on the right that's orange instead of brown.
- Gatling Good: Her purse transforms into a minigun that's at least as big as she is, and the bullets used are powerful enough rip through a Deathstalker's armor, as well as shoot down Giant Nevermore, one of which ends up bifurcated. However, tournament opponents Mercury and Emerald show the problem with her fighting style. They're agile enough to dodge the rounds and get in close—at one point, she almost fires at her partner by mistake and shuts down the gun for a while as a result.
- Girly Bruiser: Likes clothes? Check. Hates it when said clothes or the places she acquires them are destroyed? Check. Fights with a big honking minigun? Check.
- Groin Attack: Her first on-screen kill is a huge Beowulf she kicks in the nuts, then lets it feel the pain for a few seconds, before finishing it with a good whack from her handbag.
- The Gunslinger: Goes "The Vaporizer" route with a rotary minigun. Emerald and Mercury backing off and hiding in high grass? No problem! Just mow it.
- Hammer Space: Her purse, which is at best one cubic foot, transforms into a minigun.
- Handbag of Hurt: Beats a few Grimm to death with her purse before changing it into her minigun. Considering that it has the same mass as her minigun in a much smaller space, it's really not surprising.
- In the Back: Emerald chooses not to fight Coco face-to-face. She hides in the trees, using ambush tactics where Coco's powerful mini-gun is rendered ineffective. While Coco is left distracted and confused, Emerald is able to sneak up behind Coco and defeat with a strike from her blade.
- Item Amplifier: Coco's ability to amplify Dust allows her to make any Dust item more powerful. This also extends to making the elemental effects of Dust more powerful.
- It's Personal: When she finds her shades smashed on the ground, she quickly gets serious on what could've been a friendly rivalry with Emerald.
- Long-Range Fighter: Fights mainly at a longer range with her gatling bag, and shows some difficulty when opponents close in on her.
- Made of Explodium: Coco's Semblance allows her to supercharge any kind of bullet she fires, turning it into an explosive round of great destructive force. She nicknamed her Semblance "Hype".
- Nerves of Steel: In comparison to her teammates, Coco treats the Grimm invasion as barely worth her notice, beating around Grimm with a handbag after staring down and calmly talking to a Beowulf twice her size.
- Nice Hat: She always wears a beret. During the tournament, her fans in the audience are identifiable because they wear the same style beret as she.
- Prepare to Die: Says it word for word in Vol.2 Episode 12 before going to town on an especially large Beowolf.Coco: [to a large Beowolf] You just destroyed my favorite clothing store. Prepare to Die.
- The Slow Walk: When CFVY makes their entry into the battle, Velvet and Fox speed off forward, Yatsuhashi stays to clear the Grimm gathering around, and Coco simply takes a casual strut while the rest of her team is fighting. When she does enter the fray, Fox backs off so a large Beowolf can know why she's taking her sweet time.
- Spiteful Spit: After pointing out a giant Beowolf destroyed her favorite clothing store, she spits off to the side before declaring that it was going to die.
- Statuesque Stunner: Even when the average height in Vale is higher than the real world, Coco is the second tallest woman after Glynda, with her teammate Velvet being one head shorter than her. She's also a walking wardrobe of cool, with a casual attitude towards her team.
- Utility Belt: Both her belt and the strap on her carrying case are adorned with bullets. Pretty powerful ones too, able to tear through armored foes like the Death Stalker and Nevermore, which teams JNPR + RWBY couldn't pierce with traditional rounds, respectively.
- Why Did It Have to Be Snakes?: She has a phobia of enclosed spaces due to a childhood incident where she got stuck in a cupboard during a game of hide-and-seek. During her team's second-year mission, they failed to protect the survivors from the Grimm in part due to Coco's claustrophobia being dredged back up when having to climb down a small crevice in order to rescue them from a cave closed off by a landslide, throwing her off-balance when the group is menaced by a Deathstalker. This also makes things worse when she is Swallowed Whole by the Blind Worm.
- The Worf Effect: She is easily defeated by Mercury and Emerald to show how dangerous the new foes are now that they're on the field and how easily they can take out someone as strong as she.
- Zipperiffic: Her black trousers have several pockets around the waist, as well as many zippers around the knees.
Debut: Field Trip*
A member of Velvet's team and fellow Beacon Academy student. He uses martial arts to fight with a pair of wrist-mounted blades named Sharp Retribution.
- Animal Theme Naming: His black, orange and brown color themes, from his hair to his skin and his black-legged, orange-bodied clothing, are reminiscent of the color scheme of a red fox.
- Aura Vision: To compensate for his blindness, Fox mastered an advanced Huntsman technique to sense the aura of living things, letting him roughly gauge his surroundings based on people or animals he can "see". He can also detect Creatures of Grimm by sensing their lack of Aura.
- Blade Below the Shoulder: His weapons are a pair of wrist-mounted blades which extend past his elbows. He combines his punches with several slashes from these blades.
- Boring, but Practical: His weapons are nothing special, but between his manipulation of Aura and apparent hand-to-hand combat skills, a pair of wrist blades can do just as much damage as any other student's weapon.
- Covered with Scars: Most of his arms are covered in scars and there's also a vertical scar running down the left side of his mouth.
- Dark-Skinned Redhead: His skin is a deep reddish-brown shade, not much different in color to his brownish-red hair. It contributes to his overall fox-themed coloration.
- Deadpan Snarker: While most of the time only Team CFVY can hear him, he's never far from a wry, sarcastic comment.
- Disabled Snarker: Dude's a blind telepath. His snarky comments tends to be when you don't expect it from someone as quiet as him.
- Defeat Equals Explosion: His punches somehow cause an Ursa to burst like a balloon and send its own bone spikes flying into other Ursa around it.
- Desperately Looking for a Purpose in Life: Fox lived as a child in the harsh deserts of Vacuo, looking for a place to belong. When he traveled to Vale, he became an important member of Team CFVY.
- Gallows Humor: He's always quick with a joke regarding his own blindness. It's a means of calming down those around him, making light of his disability so that they won't be hung up on it.
- Good Scars, Evil Scars: In addition to the multitude of scars on his arms, he has a very thin one on the right side of his lips.
- Monochromatic Eyes: His eyes are solid white. There's no evidence of differentiation between sclera, irises or pupils. He is later confirmed to be physically blind.
- Power Fist: His blades have large metal plates that extend past his arm and seem to serve as knuckle dusters.
- The Quiet One: He prefers to use his Semblance to mentally communicate with his team, which makes it more notable on the rare occasion he does choose to vocalize.
- Self-Made Man: He started off as a blind orphan living in the harsh deserts of Vacuo and later became a prominent Huntsman-in-training at Beacon.
- Sleeves Are for Wimps: Wears what appears to be a sleeveless vest, which shows that his arms are covered in scars.
- Telepathy: His Semblance, which allows him to establish a Psychic Link with his team, as well as compensate for his lack of sight.
- Utility Belt: Has three pouches visibly attached to his belt.
Voiced By: Caiti Ward [EN], Megumi Han [JP]
Debut: Jaunedice Pt. 1*
A rabbit Faunus attending Beacon Academy who dabbles in photography. Monty Oum held a contest where fans got to decide what her battle gear design would be. According to Monty, she is an experienced mage for her team and is very agile. Her weapon, Anesidora, is a camera which can convert images into hard-light projections using Dust. She combines this with her Semblance, which allows her to perfectly recall a subject's fighting style from memory.
- Adorkable: She's really enthusiastic about her photography and at one point apologizes, embarrassed, to Ruby after snapping a photo of her when she wasn't expecting it. And when Coco finally gives her permission to use her Power Copying, she immediately gets excited.
- All Your Powers Combined: During the assault on Beacon by several Paladins, Velvet mimics and utilizes the forms of every named student weapon except for Stormflower, Crocea Mors, and Milo and Akouo. Despite a large group of students working together, they can't bring them down. Velvet's use of everyone's abilities enables her to take out two Paladins single-handedly.
- Animal Motif: Her animal side is a brown rabbit, and her eyes are animated a little differently to give her a wide, dark, doe-eyed expression reminiscent of a Bunnies for Cuteness style.
- Ascended Extra: Originally just a character device to exemplify the discrimination against Faunus. Positive fan response resulted in her receiving an actual role in the series.
- Badass Adorable: She's an adorable little bunny-person with a knack for photography, however lousy she seems at it. And with her Power Copying, she can solo two Atlesian Paladins that were giving all of FNKI, CVFY, SSSN, and ABRN the fight of their lives. It's convincing enough for her team leader, Coco, to not worry about Velvet getting hurt.
- Camera Fiend: Velvet will take photos at any opportunity, even when on the battlefield. Her photographs don't look very good to the people around her; when she shows Ruby a photograph she has taken of Sun, the photograph only captures Sun's abs and weapon, completely cutting off his head. Ruby politely mentions it's much better than previous photos. The camera is her weapon; by photographing weapons, she gains the ability to create one-off Hard Light copies. In combination with her Semblance, which allows her to perfectly mimic anyone's fighting styles, she can fight in any style, and with any weapon, she chooses. However, once she runs out of photographs, she has to take new ones to "reload". As a result, she doesn't use her weapon unless she absolutely has to.
- Ditto Fighter: Her weapon can produce copies of other people's weapons, apparently by taking photographs of them, and then use those weapons with similar skill to the original users' thanks to her Semblance.
- Hard Light: Her replicated weapons have the appearance of blue wireframes, projected from her camera box. According to the design notes in the credits, the weapons and all associated extras are hard light.
- The Heart: Velvet is considered the "soul" of CFVY, with her teammates being fiercely protective of her.
- It Only Works Once: Coco's comments imply that her ability only works once per picture, so once she uses a copied skill she will need to take another picture in order to use it again. This was later confirmed during a stream by the creators, in addition to each weapon copy having a short life.
- Kick Chick: The few hits she got in during the attack on Vale were all kick based.
- Little Bit Beastly: Being a rabbit Faunus, she has a pair of long rabbit ears, which are pulled on by Cardin in her first appearance. She possesses a pair of human ears, too.
- Long-Lost Uncle Aesop: Velvet's originally intended role, but her instant popularity resulted in her becoming a reoccurring character.
- Nice Girl: Velvet is very friendly towards most people she meets; she even refrains from retaliating against Team CRDL when they bully her. After Yang's televised debacle, she's one of the few people outside RWBY and JNPR who shows concern for the troubled girl, also expressing disgust at all the horrible things people are saying about her.
- Photographic Memory: Her Semblance. She uses this together with her weapon, a camera that can convert photographs of weapons into hard-light projections, to perfectly recall and mimic the fighting styles of the people whose weapons she is replicating so that she can use her own weapon to the best effect.
- Protectorate: Yatsuhashi is her sworn protector. Velvet specifically stated that she wasn't worried during their mission because Yatsuhashi was there to protect her. When Fox caused massive amounts of debris to fly everywhere, Velvet stepped closer to Yatsuhashi, who shielded her with his armored arm.
- Rapunzel Hair: Her long, sleek brown hair flows past her hips. It is always neatly trimmed and worn loose.
- Shrinking Violet: In Volume One. She's hesitant to even raise her hand in class. This disappears in the following Volumes for the most part, where she's shown to be far more friendly and talkative. RWBY: After The Fall shows that she still has moments of this.
- Stronger Than They Look: Velvet is a small, slim girl who looks fragile and always appears to need the huge Yatsuhashi's protection. However, she is fully capable of hefting Yatsuhashi high into the air so that he can kill a mole crab with little difficulty.
- Tights Under Shorts: As a character, she was designed to be both modest and athletic. As a result, she wears a modest, modern style of combat attire. Tight, flexible Lycra covers her body from neck to toe, which is further covered by a cropped brown jacket and matching shorts. When wearing her school uniform, she hides her legs with tights and conducts herself shyly and nervously.
- Too Awesome to Use: Velvet spends her student days taking pictures of everyone else's weapons with her camera, which is designed to create hard-light projections of every weapon she has photographed. However, she can only create one projection per photograph, and each projection only lasts a short time. Thus, she cannot easily replace weapons that she has very little access to. For example, she can take photographs of her teammates' weapons whenever she wants, but for friends, colleagues or other fighters she only sees occasionally, or may never see again, she runs the risk of never again being able to take a photograph of such weapons. As a result, she has to use these projections strategically to avoid wasting them, and Coco often bans her from using her weapon in battle if she thinks it will just be a waste of Velvet's ability. Even during the Battle of Beacon, Velvet didn't activate her weapon until Coco gave her permission.
Voiced By: Joe Macdonald [EN], Ryōsuke Morita [JP]
Debut: Field Trip*
A Beacon Academy student, he is the tallest member of team CFVY and one of the tallest characters in the show, fighting with a massive zweihander named Fulcrum.
- Audible Sharpness: As soon as he takes his sword off his back and readies up for an attack, a resonating echo can be heard.
- Badass Baritone: As the largest Beacon student observed, Yatsuhashi has a deep, overbearing voice, and he displays some impressive feats of pure strength, chief amongst them being massive shockwave stomps.
- BFS: His weapon is a giant, bronze curved sword almost as tall as he is.
- Fashionable Asymmetry: The shoulder armor on his left arm has no counterpart on his right.
- Gentle Giant: As one of the tallest characters, Yatsuhashi is a huge man. When Team CFVY's mission was overrun with Grimm, Velvet was safe because of how Yatsuhashi kept looking out for her. During the first breach of Vale's defences by the Grimm, Yatsuhashi protects Velvet from debris by shielding her with his arm. In the novel RWBY: After The Fall, he actively tries to avoid intimidating people with his huge presence.
- Innocently Insensitive: He has a habit of making racist jokes about Faunus due to his upbringing in the heavily-racist Mistral. This means that he often doesn't realize how offensive the things he says really are until Velvet explains it to him.
- Laser-Guided Amnesia: His Semblance allows him to induce amnesia in others.
- Muscles Are Meaningful: Yatsuhashi is one of the tallest and most muscled characters, and is correspondingly strong. When the Paladins cause trouble for everyone, Yatsuhashi stops one by halting its punch and holding it in place.
- One-Handed Zweihänder: Despite his sword being nearly as big as he is, he still is capable of swinging it with one hand in both a standard grip and Reverse Grip. It increases the speed of his fights.
- Power Incontinence: When he was a kid he accidentally used his Semblance to temporarily erase his mother's memory of his little sister's existence.
- Shockwave Stomp: By slamming his sword into the ground, he's able to send a dangerous wave of energy through the ground. It can destroy the ground, create tremors, set off geysers, and sends enemies flying. He uses it against both Grimm and tournament opponents.
- Simple, yet Awesome: His weapon? A giant sword, nothing more, nothing less. The awesome part comes from his strength and techniques he uses with the blade, whether it be with one hand or a reverse grip.
- Skintone Sclerae: His dusky skin is part of his Japanese theme, but the whites of his eyes are the same colour as his skin.
- Teens Are Short: Most of the teenagers have reasonable heights, but are dwarfed by most of the adults being unusually tall. Yatsuhashi is the exception; at 7'0" tall, he averts the trope and is the 2nd tallest character in the show, right after Hazel who is confirmed to be 8'0" tall.
- Weapon Across the Shoulder: When Team CFVY is done wiping out the Grimm in the plaza, Yatsuhashi can be seen strolling around with his sword in this manner, though his weapon is normally stuck to the back when not fighting.
- The Worf Effect: Serves as the Worf to Mercury and Emerald alongside Coco, to show how easily they are outmaneuvered and overpowered after previously being easily the most capable students seen. He fares slightly better than Coco, taking much more punishment before going down, though still being pummeled without restraint by Mercury.
A team who join Beacon Academy in the same year group as Team RWBY; they're introduced as the school bullies and make life difficult for both Faunus and any humans they take a disliking to.
- Animal Motif: Along with the team name's reference to a bird, each member of CRDL has a name referencing a bird. Cardin, Russel, and Dove even have birds emblazoned upon their chest armor, bracers and belt respectively.
- Dirty Coward: Despite having come to the elite Beacon Academy to train to become some of the world's top Huntsmen, when Team CRDL is attacked by a giant Ursa, they don't attempt to fight it. They turn tail and flee, abandoning Cardin and Jaune to face the monster alone. Cardin cowers in terror when the Ursa disarms him, leaving the combat novice, Jaune, to face it alone.
- Gang of Bullies: And as is typical for the trope, their tough-guy act and support for their leader evaporates the moment they meet something bigger than they are: a big, BIG Ursa.
- Jerkass: All four of them: Cardin is shown actively being a bully to Jaune and Velvet in Episode 11, and during the tormenting of Velvet, the other three are laughing it up. Russel even calls Velvet a freak because of her status as a Faunus.
- Mugging the Monster: They make a point of picking on Velvet in Volume 1. They likely don't realize at the time that she's their senior and thus more experienced.
- Overshadowed by Awesome: Monty and Miles describe them as this on the DVD Commentary; they're not bad fighters by any stretch - Russel and Dove even get some nice tag-team work in, and make it to the second round of the Tournament - it's just that the only person we've seen them fight as of Volume 2 is Pyrrha, followed by Penny in Volume 3.
- Punny Name: The members of Team Cardinal are all named after birds, as is their team name. However, the team came together because both pairs chose black bishops and a cardinal is a senior ecclesiastical rank that is given to ordained bishops. At least three members of the team are wearing armor similar to medieval church knights, and Christian folklore believes that the cardinal bird is blood red because it's stained with the blood of Christ. The bird was named after the ecclesiastical rank, which is represented by the color red.
- Satellite Character: Aside from Cardin, all of them. They are never seen without their leader, and aside from being lazy jerks, don't stand out much. Russel fares slightly better than Dove and Lark since he has his own voice actor.
- Symbol Motif Clothing:
- Cardin Winchester's chest armor has a bird emblazoned upon it, and Dove Bronzewing wears a dove symbol on his belt buckle. Russel's bracers each have his thrush symbol on them.
- Episode 13 ends with Jaune throwing a jar of red sap which stains Cardin's armor, turning the bird blood-red; the cardinal bird is blood-red and Christian folklore states the bird turned blood-red when stained by the blood of Christ.
Voiced By: Adam Ellis [EN], Subaru Kimura [JP]
Debut: The First Step*
The leader of Team CRDL, who fights with a mace that can project Dust.
- Bad Boss: Cardin's Leeroy Jenkins style broke up any organized attack in their organized match against Pyrrha; including hitting Dove in the face with his mace in a Foe-Tossing Charge.
- Blackmail: Cardin implies, then later states, that he will reveal Jaune's Dark Secret if he doesn't do his homework for him.
- Break the Haughty: After being attacked by an enormous Ursa, Cardin tries to defend himself, but is quickly defeated. Jaune saves his life and earns his respect, after which all mention of blackmailing goes silent.
- The Bully: His team's Establishing Character Moment is them bullying Velvet, where Cardin enjoys yanking Velvet's rabbit ears. He also ruthlessly bullies Jaune and blackmails Jaune into being his skivvy once he learns Jaune's secret. When Pyrrha shows up Cardin is class, he seeks revenge by forcing Jaune to collect a box full of rapier wasps as part of an elaborate plan to attack Pyrrha. He only stops bullying Jaune when Jaune saves him from a giant Ursa.
- Bullying a Dragon: He seeks to inflict Disproportionate Retribution or Pyrrha Nikos, the world-renowned fighter who can easily take his team out, as well as regularly bullies her teammate. Had his plan with rapier wasps succeeded or had he not stopped messing with Jaune, he would probably found himself with broken legs, but luckily for him, the only form of retribution he gets is a humiliating defeat at her hands in Volume 2.
- Carry a Big Stick: Cardin's weapon is an ornate flanged mace with a central gem, to further his "Bishop" theme.
- Combat Pragmatist: Knees Jaune in the chest while engaged in a Weapon Lock with him, and tries to ambush Pyrrha while she's distracted by his teammates.
- Establishing Character Moment:
- Cardin's vicious assault on Jaune in a spar ("This is the part where you lose") requires Glynda's intervention to prevent Jaune from being seriously hurt. His reaction to her comment about not wanting serious injuries is "Speak for yourself". When his team is introduced by bullying Velvet, it's confirmed the team is like this, not just Cardin.
- Fantastic Racism: Cardin's attempt to explain the victories of the Faunus in war as it being easier to train an animal than a human (with Velvet being there, too) before Pyrrha and Blake shut him up.
- Friend or Foe: In Team CRDL's fight against Pyrrha, Cardin strikes his mace against the ground to produce a shockwave toward Pyrrha... and hits Dove when he raises his mace. Dove's out for the rest of the fight.
- Hammer Space: How else does Cardin suddenly brandish his mace while sitting up from getting knocked down by the Ursa?
- Having a Blast: He can generates what's essentially a wave of explosions by slamming his mace on the ground.
- Jerk Jock: Cardin is the leader of his group and the one shown bullying other students.
- Kubrick Stare: Cardin's glare turns into this at the closing of Episode 11.
- Large and in Charge: Cardin's the tallest of the team and the leader.
- Meaningful Name: Henry Beaufort, the Cardinal of Winchester, presided over the trial and execution of Joan of Arc; The "relic" his team selected during their formation task is a black bishop. Cardin's introductory role in the story is as a bully who targets Jaune Arc for harassment during Jaune's Volume 1 character development storyline; Jaune's character inspiration was Joan of Arc and when Cardin contacts him to order him to capture some Rapier Wasps, Jaune's scroll reveals that Cardin can be contacted at 1374-BEAUFORT — Henry Beaufort was born in Beaufort Castle in approximately 1374.
- The Slacker: Of the Jerkass variety. He doesn't intend to do any actual work when he decides to blackmail Jaune to do it for him.
- Smug Snake: Acts like a tough guy when he feels safe, torments other students and makes their lives as miserable as possible just for fun, tries to make Pyrrha suffer from rapier wasp stings by having Jaune hit her with a jarful of sap, and does it all with an arrogant smirk on his face... Yeah, this guy's a snake.
- Sore Loser: Cardin squeezes out claiming "Lucky shot." in volume 2, chapter 5 before conking out after Pyrrha beats Team CDRL with nary a hit landed against her.
- Spin to Deflect Stuff: As implausible as it sounds, he just needs to twirl his mace in order to deflect Pyrrha's rifle shots. With its tip.
- Terms of Endangerment: Cardin acts rather "kind" to Jaune after finding out his Dark Secret, calling him his "buddy" and "Jaunny-Boy". This is not seen as comforting in the slightest.
- This Is the Part Where...: Cardin pulls this phrase on Jaune at the end of their full contact combat training session. Professor Goodwitch has to intervene to prevent Cardin injuring Jaune too badly.Cardin: This is the part where you lose.
- Took a Level in Badass: One-shots an Ursa Major in Volume 3, showing that he has improved.
- Vocal Dissonance: Cardin is a big, bulky guynote , leading one to expect him having a deep, intimidating voice. In actuality however, Cardin has a fairly very high-pitched, almost nasally-sounding voice.
Voiced By: Shane Newville [EN], Atsushi Miyamoto [JP]
Debut: The First Step*
A member of team CRDL who dual wields daggers.
- Combat Parkour: Russell uses flips to avoid attacks and somersaults as an attack.
- Delinquent Hair: Sports a wily mohawk.
- Dual Wielding: Uses two oddly-shaped swords, as shown in the Season 2 opening.
- Fantastic Racism: He calls Velvet (a rabbit Faunus) a freak for her ears.
- Rolling Attack: He performs a triple somersault before planting his feet against Pyrrha's shield.
- Spell Blade: Russel's daggers are similar in design to Weiss's Myrtenaster.
Debut: Players and Pieces*
A member of team CRDL who fights with a gunblade.
- Boring, but Practical: His weapon is a fairly simple gunblade, but he is very capable with it, deflecting and parrying most of Pyrrha's blows, which is more than can be said for some of his teammates.
- Combat Parkour: Throughout his fight with Pyrrha, Dove performs flips of varying sorts and never takes a blow from her. Unfortunately, he's teamed with Cardin, who inadvertently knocks him out.
- Eyes Always Shut: He has opened his eyes... once.
- Friend or Foe: Is subject to this when Cardin hits him by mistake in a sparring match between Team CRDL and Pyrrha. Dove isn't seen for the rest of the fight, so Cardin must have knocked him out.
- Human Shield: Momentarily becomes this for Sky Lark after Jaune throws the Red Sap jar at Cardin.
Debut: Players and Pieces*
A member of team CRDL, he fights with a halberd.
- Beware the Silly Ones: Despite a goofy side, Sky is by no means nice. Although he has yet to prove himself dangerous as his first encounter with a giant Ursa sent him hauling ass out of dodge.
- Blade on a Stick: Fights against Pyrrha wielding a halberd adorned with a crescent blade.
- Human Shield: Sky hides behind Dove when Jaune throws the Red Sap jar at Cardin.
Island of Patch
Taiyang Xiao Long
Voiced by: Burnie Burns [EN], Kenyuu Horiuchi [JP]
Debut: Round One*
Ruby and Yang's father, and a teacher at Signal Academy. He was in a relationship with his teammate Raven Branwen before she disappeared (which produced Yang), and later in another with his teammate Summer Rose (which produced Ruby), before she disappeared as well. He studied at Beacon as a member of Team STRQ.
- "Awesome McCool" Name: Taiyang can be translated as Sun. His full name is translated as Sun Dragon.
- Bruiser with a Soft Center: The man who taught Yang her brutal, bare-knuckled fighting style, is built like a brick house, is at least as skilled as his daughter Yang, has a tattoo on one arm and a scarf tied around the other. He's also an incredibly worried and concerned father who brings his daughters breakfast in bed. In fact, most scenes Taiyang is in has him say or do something to emphasize his Good Parents qualities. As if to push this point in, the tattoo in question is a spiked heart.
- Brutal Honesty: How he finally confronts the Elephant in the Room about Yang's arm: by insinuating she may have lost a few brain cells if she's that in denial about it. She's used to it. He also rather bluntly states that her semblance is essentially a superpowered temper tantrum, and tells her that it's a great idea as a fallback, but utterly useless if her opponent can beat it anyway.
- Cartwright Curse: Both of his relationships with his daughters' mothers ended with his significant other either vanishing or dying.
- Eccentric Mentor: While he's a bit of a nut, he's also an excellent teacher to Yang, and now that she's back home, is working tirelessly to get his daughter back in the saddle and correct the deficiencies in her fighting style that she left Beacon with. His method of teaching is also eccentric, if brutal: he bluntly tells Yang directly to her face about her shortcomings and mistakes, never sugarcoating anything, because he knows that she can both take it and will use that advice best.
- Foil: He's this to Raven. Whereas Raven abandoned her daughter shortly after birth, Taiyang stayed behind to raise her (and his second daughter after the loss of Ruby's mother, too). Raven is not on good terms with Qrow, whereas Taiyang gets on well enough with Qrow to mock him and call him a jerk in the same way Yang calls him one as well as having Qrow call out to him while in a stupor. Whereas Raven appears to not care about her daughter, Taiyang is an extremely devoted parent. Qrow accuses Raven of not caring about Yang's condition, while Taiyang drops everything to support Yang through her convalescence. As a result, Yang has received a positive outlook from Taiyang, but has only negative experiences from her mother.
- Good Parents: A mixture of this and Parents as People. When Ruby is left comatose, he stays by her bedside until she wakes up, and he's happy to bring her breakfast in bed. He panics when he finds out Ruby has left home. He remains at home trying to help Yang recover from the loss of her arm. He gets hold of a cybernetic arm for Yang and is able to hurl insults at her that help cheer her mood up. He says that he'll stay with her until she's ready to go back out in the world, and is privately torn by the fact that he cannot go after Ruby and look after Yang at the same time. It's realizing that her father is so torn up over not being able to go after Ruby because he's looking after Yang that makes Yang finally put on the cybernetic arm that she had previously been rejecting. Later, he spars with Yang to help her get back in shape, points out the flaws in her attitude and fighting style and looks on proudly as she takes his words to heart. So while he wasn't doing his job properly at first, he later remedied his mistake.
- Heroic BSoD: Losing his first love and then Summer, his second wife, caused him to "shut down" as Yang described it. Thankfully it seems that he's recovered.
- Hunk: He is a heavily muscled man with a square face and jawline. He has very blond hair, bright blue eyes, Perma-Stubble, and a spiked heart tattoo. He also has burn scars on his arms that do not detract from his appearance.
- Meaningful Name: One translation of "Taiyang" is "Yang Senior". His eldest daughter is one of the show's main characters and is introduced to the audience long before he is introduced. Her name is Yang.
- Overprotective Dad: Ruby said that he wouldn't approve of the presence of boys during the first night at Beacon, and tends to be overly concerned about her safety in general.
- Parents as People: A mixture of this and Good Parents. When Summer died, he revealed in his grief stricken state that Summer wasn't Yang's mom and according to Yang, he had a tendency to work at Signal rather than be there for his kids. However, he did return to being their father as shown above.
- Parental Neglect: According to Yang, Taiyang 'shut down' and was so busy at Signal that Yang had to raise Ruby for an unspecified amount of time. At some time he did return to being their father, but Yang is still carrying the psychological scars from that time.
- Perma-Stubble: Much like Qrow, Taiyang has a stubble on his face, and like Qrow, was clean-shaven in the picture of team STRQ. Unlike Qrow, whose stubble makes up part of his lack of concern for appearance, Taiyang's is meant to give him a definite fatherly image.
- Stealth Pun: One tied to Taiyang's voice actor. Burnie Burns is the founder of Rooster Teeth, and founders are sometimes called the "fathers of" what they found, so the father of Rooster Teeth plays the father of the main character. That, and there's his "Awesome McCool" Name and "Burnie Burns".
- Visual Pun: He's a very good father, who clearly loves and worries about his daughters has a tattoo of a spiked heart on his arm. He has his heart on his sleeve.
For more information on Qrow Branwen, please see RWBY: Friends and Allies.
For more information on Raven Branwen, please see RWBY: Anima.
The mother of Ruby and stepmother of Yang, Summer was a huntress who travelled a lot on missions. She was a member of Team STRQ with Raven and Qrow Branwen, and also Taiyang Xiao Long, the father of both Ruby and Yang. One day, she never returned from the mission she was on.
- Action Mom: She and Taiyang were both huntsmen; even when he was a teacher, she went out on active assignments. When Ruby is talking to her grave in Volume 2, she mentions that her father has recently started going out on missions again but that she thinks he misses adventuring with Summer.Yang: Her name was Summer Rose, and she was, like... Super-Mom: Baker of cookies and slayer of giant monsters.
- Good Parents: Yang describes her as a "Super-Mom" and mentions that she baked cookies in addition to hunting monsters, and the entire family was devastated when she didn't return from the mission she was on. Yang had no idea Summer wasn't her biological mother until after she disappeared and Ruby continues to visit her grave, furthering the indication that she was, for all intents and purposes, a kind and loving mother to both Ruby and Yang.
- Good Stepmother: She was, by all accounts, as loving to Yang as she was to Ruby, to the point that Yang didn't even find out they weren't biologically related until after Summer's death.
- Missing Mom: She often went on Huntress missions that took her away from home until, one day, she never returned. Ruby visits her cliff-top grave whenever she can. Although Summer is confirmed to be dead, whether or not her body was recoverable to bring home and bury is ambiguous.
- Never Found the Body: Yang states that Summer "went on a mission and never came back". It's all she knows about Summer's fate. There is a grave, but no implication of a body buried there.
- Second Love: Ruby's and Yang's father was originally in a relationship with Raven. When she disappeared shortly after Yang's birth, Summer stepped into the gulf left behind. Yang comments that losing two loves caused her father to "shut down".
- Strong Family Resemblance: Even though most of her face is obscured by her hood, the photo of the young Team STRQ shows that Ruby bears a strong likeness to her mother. Volume 6 reveals what Summer looks like without the hood and confirms that she looks almost identical to Ruby, having very similar face and eye shape, pale skin tone, and red-tipped black hair.
- Temporal Theme Naming: Females with seasonal names are all very plot significant. Summer is Ruby's Missing Mom, implied to be a driving force behind Ruby's desire to protect people and coming from a team with historic, mysterious connections to Ozpin.
Debut: Field Trip*
Ruby and Yang's pet dog that their father, Taiyang, sent to them to take care of while he's away from home himself. Lives with Team RWBY. He looks like a black, white and tan corgi.
- Action Pet: Fully capable of taking on Grimm by himself in outrageously action-packed fashion like most others in RWBY. This in spite of the fact that he's a dog with no known combat training. He also volunteers to be used as a flaming projectile against an Atlesian Paladin.
- Badass Adorable: He helps Team RWBY try to stop Torchwick's bomb-loaded train by allowing Oobleck to launch him as a flaming Fastball Special to attack enemy Faunus. When Oobleck stays behind to hold off the Paladins, despite being surrounded by Grimm and bombs, Zwei uses Puppy-Dog Eyes to ask Ruby for permission to stay behind and help Oobleck. His grand return from that battle consists of him jumping off a Paladin to headbutt◊ a Beowulf.
- Bilingual Bonus: Zwei is the German word for "two". His name is a reference to the corgi from Cowboy Bebop, whose name, Ein, is German for "one".
- Fastball Special: In "No Brakes", Oobleck sets him on fire and launches him at an Atlesian Paladin.
- Hammerspace: Taiyang was able to fit him into a cylindrical can along with several cans of dog food and a can opener.
- Intellectual Animal: Yang implies he can somehow use a can opener (though Ruby disputes this). He understands when Ruby tells him to cover his ears to avoid being harmed by the noise of Crescent Rose's shots. When held up by her to act as a makeshift periscope, he is told to bark one time if something important happens and does. He barks as an implied confirmation prior to Oobleck doing a Fastball Special using him. He has no problem following conversations and can act on the basis of the content of conversations around him, such as handing Taiyang a towel to dry off after he's finished sparring.
- Nigh Invulnerable: Zwei's been stuffed into a can about a third of his size, set on fire and launched as a projectile against a Paladin, and headbutted a Beowolf all without receiving a scratch or even giving off any indication that it bothers him. In fact, he likes it. This dog takes full advantage of the fact that every living creature in Remnant (save Grimm) has an Aura.
- Precious Puppy: Weiss does her best to be irritated at having a dog dumped on them, but a pair of soulful eyes has her converted and in love before she's finished her rant. He hasn't yet convinced Blake, but he has proven to be very useful in battle, especially when paired with Oobleck.
City of Vale
- Advertised Extra: Despite having a been Promoted to Opening Credits in Volume 2, Junior and the twins only show up in one episode for barely thirty seconds.
- Ascended Extra: The Club and its occupants, including Roman Torchwick, were all originally attended as one-off characters for the "Yellow" Trailer. While Roman and the Henchmen quickly appeared in the official series, Volume 2 would bring Yang back to the Club to meet Junior and the twins once again.
- Wretched Hive: Torchwick hires some of Junior's men to help in his Dust thefts. The club itself is a hideout for Mobsters and other undesirables.
Hei "Junior" Xiong
Voiced By: Jack Pattillo [EN], Katsuya Miyamoto [JP]
Debut: Yellow Trailer
A man whom Yang meets in a club and interrogates in the "Yellow" trailer before he and his minions fight her. Later appears in volume 2 as a (potentially recurring) villain.
Junior's weapon transforms from a bazooka capable of simultaneously firing multiple rockets into a club for when closer combat is needed.
- All Men Are Perverts: He accepts a sucker punch, which he refers to as a kiss, from a girl who made his acquaintance by grabbing his balls and demanding he call her "Sir." The same girl that he himself also earlier pointed out was underage.
- All There in the Manual: Junior's full name was revealed in Monty's Facebook page.
- Animal Motif: Bears. He's physically the largest man encountered short of the White Fang Lieutenant and Yatsuhashi, his name means "Black Bear", his DJ wears a bear costume, and his Mobsters all have the words "bear" engraved on their handaxes.
- Anti-Villain: In volume 2 episode 4, he expresses no hostility towards Yang or Neptune (though he does get annoyed at Neptune for asking a dumb question) when they show up at his club for information instead of a fight. He even tells her what he knows about Roman Torchwick, though admittedly it's not much.
- Badass Beard: Junior fully proves that facial hair equals power, since he beats Yang down with his bat before losing to her Super Mode.
- Batter Up!: In its club form, his weapon is wielded like a baseball bat. It also resembles a bottle in shape including jagged edges when broken.
- 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.
- Color-Coded Characters: Hei is Chinese for black.
- Cool Shades: They're red. He loses them in his fight with Yang.
- Freeze-Frame Bonus: In Yang's trailer, she first sees Junior talking briefly with Roman Torchwick.
- Groin Attack: Yang interrogates him by grabbing his crotch and squeezing.
- Knowledge Broker: According to Yang's sources, he knows everything (presumably everything in the underworld).
- Know When to Fold 'Em: When Yang returns to his club, he wisely tells his mooks to stand down.
- Large and in Charge: Junior is 6'11", and is the only one who does more than squat damage to Yang, at least until Volume 2 when she meets Neo.
- Macross Missile Massacre: The rockets from his weapon spread out when first fired and home in on the target from different directions in order to make dodging or blocking them harder.
- 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.
- Sunglasses at Night: He and his mooks all wear ones with red lenses, except when they're getting their asses kicked at which point there's a good chance they'll get knocked off.
- Surrounded by Idiots: When being grilled by Yang for information in "Painting the Town" he mentions how he hasn't seen any of the men Torchwick hired since the night of the robbery. He assumes that he wasn't "satisfied" with them, then yells loud enough for the henchmen in the club to hear that he can see why.
- Swiss Army Weapon: His weapon can transform between a club and a bazooka.
- Unfortunate Name: Yang mocks his name, saying he looks too old to be called "Junior".
- Waistcoat of Style: The bartender variant, and he can be seen tying it up during his reappearance in "Painting the Town".
- Wrecked Weapon: When Yang breaks his weapon in half, it looks like a broken wine bottle.
Melanie & Miltia(des) Malachite
Both Voiced By: Margaret Tominey [EN], Aya Suzaki [JP]
Debut: Yellow Trailer
A pair of black-haired twins that Yang encounters and fights in a nightclub during the Yellow trailer.
- Alliterative Name: Miltiades and Melanie Malachite.
- Armed Legs: Melanie fights with a set of Combat Stilettos.
- Beat Them at Their Own Game: Miltia's weapons are attached to her fists while Melanie's are attached to her feet. Yang beats Miltia with a power-punch across the room when she was off-balance after a low kick, and finishes Melanie with a kick to the head after grabbing her arm and swinging her around for a good while.
- Combat Stilettos: Melanie not only wears heels, but weaponizes them, with each heel sharpened to a razor point.
- Dance Battler: Melanie especially employs a lot of ballet-style steps and feints in her combat style. It would have probably made for an effective form of Confusion Fu had Yang not simply grabbed her by the arm and kicked her in the head.
- 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.
- Extremity Extremist: Melanie is a Kick Chick while Miltia focuses on punching with her bladed hands.
- Meaningful Name: Malachite is a green mineral that is often called an 'eyestone' whenever its banding patterns form concentric shapes reminiscent of eyes. In gem lore, the stone is traditionally used for security and protection. The twins have green eyes of a similar shade to gem-quality malachite and appear to be Junior's bodyguards at the bar.
- Spell My Name with an "S": Miltia's name can be spelled Militia or Milltia or similar variants. Monty has confirmed the spelling is Miltia.
- Stocking Filler: Melanie wears white garters, Miltia wears black ones.
- Tag Team Twins: The two attack Yang in an alternating pattern over the course of their admittedly rather brief fight. Their combat styles also complement one another.
- Valley Girl: In the "Yellow" Trailer when they talk they have a heavy Valley girl drawl. When they appear again they only say "Whatever" with the same drawl.
- Wolverine Claws: Miltia fights with a pair of two-fingered red claws strapped to her gloves.
Debut: Yellow Trailer
These are tuxedo-wearing criminals who are on the payroll of Junior and work at the club he runs. These men wear black suits, black hats and red ties, armed with red axes and swords. Torchwick hired several of them to aid in the robbery of From Dust Till Dawn in episode one.
- An Axe to Grind: Some of them have an axe with the word "bear" (as in financially speculating via a bear market) written in Chinese.
- Bilingual Bonus: The Chinese word "bear" that they're associated with can also mean "empty head", indicating their uselessness.
- Mooks: They are a small army of men who serve the nightclub owner's needs, including being hired out as heavy muscle for criminals such as Roman Torchwick. Their only narrative purpose in the Yellow Trailer and pilot episode is to provide a threat that allows Yang and Ruby to introduce their superior combat skills to the audience.
- Mugging the Monster: In the first episode, they are helping Roman Torchwick to rob a Dust store and find Ruby at the back of the store, listening to music. When they try to rob her, too, she defeats them all in seconds. They're ordinary mobsters; they're incapable of handling Aura-trained, Dust-empowered Huntsmen, not even trainees like Ruby.
- Sunglasses at Night: They all wear red sunglasses no matter the time of day or even inside a dark club.
- Villains Out Shopping: Looking in the crowds during the Vytal festival, one of the mooks◊ can be seen sitting down and enjoying popcorn during the tournament.
- You All Look Familiar: Some of them wield different weapons or have other minor variances, but they are all made from the same character model.
- You Have Failed Me: None of the minions that Junior loaned to Torchwick came back. He thinks Torchwick killed them, and Junior can't blame him.
Voiced By: Jen Brown [EN], Arisa Sakuraba [JP]
Debut: Ruby Rose*
A reporter first seen in episode 1 covering the Faunus Civil Rights Protest being disrupted by the White Fang.
- Alliterative Name: Lisa Lavender.
- Ms. Exposition: Delivering us our info on the Faunus conflict happening in the background to the main plot.
- Non-Standard Character Design: She's drawn in 2D while the rest of the show itself is animated in CGI. Her art style is also different from the 2D style seen in the rest of the news clips so far (Word of God states it was a deliberate decision), though it's changed in Volume 3 to closer match with the other 2D sections. Volume 4 finally gives her a model.
Voiced By: Patrick Rodriguez
Debut: Ruby Rose*
A recurring character, he is an old man who runs the shop "From Dust Till Dawn".
- Big Ol' Eyebrows: They are the only part of his face used to convey his expressions in the main.
- Butt-Monkey: Nearly every time he shows up, something bad happens to him. His shop was busted up in "Ruby Rose", he falls off a ladder and gets his wallet stolen in "Best Day Ever", and his truck gets abruptly stopped and damaged in the street in "A Minor Hiccup." It fortunately saved himself trouble at the stinger of "Painting the Town", where he works at a noodle shop.
- Eyes Always Shut: Even when he's being robbed or his truck crashes, he doesn't open his eyes.
- Einstein Hair: Although he has yet to exhibit any major eccentricities usually associated with such a hair, he still maintains the general look.
- New Job as the Plot Demands: He is frequently seen working various jobs ranging from shopkeeper, town decorator, and noodle shop owner.
- No Name Given: He's known by his occupation instead of any personal name.
- Recurring Extra: Initially a one-shot character for the first episode, he has since appeared whenever a shopkeeper or civilian Butt-Monkey is needed.
- The Silent Bob: After his first appearance, he no longer utters words, mostly communicating through gestures and facial expressions.
- Super Speed: When serving noodles, this man can move.
Voiced by: Adam Ellis [EN], Kenta Miyake [JP]
Debut: Best Day Ever*
A bookshop owner and former member of the White Fang that Mercury and Emerald track down in Chapter 1 of Volume 2
- Defector from Decadence: Implied, as his reasons for leaving the White Fang aren't stated.
- Sacrificial Lamb: He's killed if only to demonstrate that Cinder's associates do not screw around.
- Screw This, I'm Outta Here!: Subverted. He decides to escape from the White Fang and flee to Vacuo in an effort to distance himself from the group. Unfortunately for him, Cinder's henchmen corner him and eventually kill him off-screen.
- We Hardly Knew Ye: Has about a minute of screentime.
- Wolverine Claws: His fingernails can flex into large claws that he can use in combat.