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"Why do you suppose he asked us about being a Huntress?"

The titular team of the series, RWBY (pronounced Ruby) is composed of Ruby Rose, Weiss Schnee, Blake Belladonna and Yang Xiao Long, four girls who had no idea how to interact with each other but eventually became close friends and one of the strongest teams in the first year. Despite being students, they actively work to secretly combat the White Fang and the villains controlling them, breaking rules when necessary.

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    In General 
"Imagine what it'll be like when we graduate!"

  • Action Girl: It goes without saying that all four ladies are vicious in battle, and each has her own unique fighting style. Ruby has her Sinister Scythe that can also turn into a rifle, Weiss fences like a pro and also has ice magic, Blake has superhuman speed and reflexes, and Yang is a brawler who can even use her gaunlets like shotguns. The girls utilize their abilities as a team and always work together to kick as much butt as possible.
  • Color-Coded Characters: Ruby is red, Weiss is white, Blake is black & Yang is yellow.
    • Ruby's dark hair is red-tinted. She wears red and black (or grey) clothing and her hooded cloak is red. Her weapon is also red and black. Roman tends to nickname her "Red".
    • Weiss is named after the German word for "white". She has white hair, her clothing is white and her power is predominantly snow and ice based. She often gets nicknamed "Snow Angel" or "Ice Queen", partly because of her appearance and partly because of her haughty demeanor.
    • Blake's hair is black, her clothing is a mixture of black and white (predominantly black) and her weapons are predominantly black. Her name can also mean either "dark-haired" or "pale-haired". Her pyjamas are kimono-styled and predominantly black.
    • Yang's hair is golden and her clothing is various shades of brown and yellow. Her power is fire-themed and her appearance is designed to allude to the asymmetrical beauty of a flickering flame. Her name is connected to the light of the sun which predominantly appears as yellow to the human eye.
  • Foil: Within the team, we have the following pairs:
    • Ruby is honest, kind, and insecure; she is brash and immature, with an impulsive, explosive fighting-style and a habit of trying to fight alone. Weiss is devious, sarcastic, confident and level-headed; she has a precise, calculated fencing style, artistic Dust use and values team-work and communication in battle. Being responsible for a team forces Ruby to become the mature, responsible person that Weiss wants from her, whereas being forced to be a follower has taught Weiss how to complement Ruby's weaknesses with her own strengths.
    • Ruby is an idealist, who has been raised on stories of heroes saving the world and who wants to do that to protect humanity. Blake is a jaded cynic who has seen the dark side of humanity and regards herself as a criminal hiding in plain sight. When Blake tries to tell Ruby that the real world isn't the fairytale Ruby thinks, Ruby tells her that's why huntresses exist, to make the world a better place for everyone.
    • Blake and Weiss have polar opposite backgrounds with a history of enmity. Blake is a Faunus who has lived her life fighting for equality by fair means or foul. She is also the daughter of Menagerie's chieftain and former leader of the White Fang. Weiss has been born into a life of luxury, heiress to a global company that exploits workers such as the Faunus. The White Fang and the Schnee Dust Company have been at war for years, but both Weiss and Blake have become disillusioned with their upbringings and the ways in which their male role-models are running things. Their stances were originally as black-and-white as their respective colour schemes but both have been learning from the other. Both refuse to go along with their group leader's wishes and become outcast — Blake voluntarily via deserting the White Fang, and Weiss involuntarily via disinheritance. Both seek to restore their groups to honour — this was Weiss' motivation for leaving Atlas for Beacon, and Blake comes to the eventual decision to "take back" the White Fang.
    • Weiss is calculating, calm and very deliberate, Yang is hot-headed, rash and quick-tempered. Weiss' relationship with her father is... not good, and she has no problems severing ties with her parents when the time comes. Yang's relationship with her father is very strong, and despite being abandoned by her at a young age, she still wants to resume ties with her mother. Like with Weiss's other RWBY relationships, she and Yang get closer over time... Weiss actually tries to loosen up, trying to quip following the battle with Roman and the mech suit, and acting more rashly in trying to take out Flynt during the battle with Team FNKY. Yang, meanwhile, is encouraged by her father to act LESS rashly in her fighting, and to think through her actions instead relying on her power and emotions during battle.
    • Yang is a sun-themed, bright-coloured brash, physical fighter who appears to be carefree and light-hearted. Blake is a shadow-themed, acrobatic fighter who puts distance between herself and her opponents. She is aloof, brooding and acts like the weight of the world is on her shoulders. However, Blake allows herself to be controlled by her emotions and problems, and views herself as a coward. Yang, who is much more confident in both combat and social situations, tells her that she has to learn how to channel this so that she can gain control of her problems. Yang does have problems, but they're not as visible because she controls them and refuses to wallow. She's already learned the hard way and seeks to guide Blake from making the same mistakes.
  • Fun with Acronyms: The team name RWBY is made up of the member's first names and can be pronounced as "Ruby".

    Ruby Rose 

Ruby Rose

Voiced By: Lindsay Jones (née Tuggey) [EN], Saori Hayami [JP]

Debut: Red Trailer
"It's also a customisable, high-impact sniper rifle."
Click here to see her post-timeskip appearance  
"We’ve all lost something, and I’ve seen what loss can do to people. But if we gave up every time we lost, then we’d never be able to move forward."

"As a girl, I wanted to be just like those heroes in the books — someone who fought for what was right and who protected people who couldn't protect themselves."

Ruby is a student at Signal Academy who is admitted to Beacon Academy two years early to train to become a Huntress at the beginning of the series. She is very cheerful and optimistic, but a little socially awkward and somewhat fixated on her weapon, Crescent Rose. She is partnered with Weiss, and is the leader of Team RWBY. She was trained by her uncle, who helped her design Crescent Rose.

Ruby's weapon, Crescent Rose, is described as a "high velocity sniper-scythe". As this suggests, its a large scythe that also fires high-caliber sniper rifle ammo. In addition, its blade angle can change — usually relative to Ruby's momentum — effectively turning it into a war glaive (a polearm with an inwardly-curving sword-like blade on the end). Her Semblance "Petal Burst" allows her to become a cloud of rose petals, granting her an immense speed and mobility boost.

  • Arrogant Kung-Fu Guy: Downplayed. Ruby is a nice girl but believes that her skills alone are enough to win her any fight she's in. In fact she is constantly being told that fighting isn't all there is to life. Her early character development involves her learning how to fight as a team and to trust her teammates.
  • Artistic Age: Looks like a young woman when drawn but appears much younger when rendered. At the start of the show, she is explicitly stated to be 15; she is pushed into Beacon Academy two years early, making the rest of her peers 17.
  • Aside Glance: She turns to the camera and smirks in the "Red" trailer, just before bisecting a Beowolf.
  • Ass-Kicking Pose: Scythe blade embedded in the ground, gun pointed at the enemy. She does it when she's getting ready to open fire on her enemies.
  • Audible Sharpness: Crescent Rose literally hums as it slices through the air.
  • Awesomeness-Induced Amnesia: Ruby has no idea what happened when she first unleashed her silver eye powers on Cinder and the Grimm Dragon. She woke up weeks afterward, and only heard about what she did to them second-hand.
  • The Baby of the Bunch: The youngest of the team (being 2 years younger than the rest) and acts like a spirited and somewhat naive young girl. Weiss (at first) had a hard time showing respect to her due to her behavior, while Yang (her sister) always dotes on her.
  • Badass Adorable: She's the youngest person in Beacon at the age of fifteen; Weiss accuses her of being childish while Ozpin describes her as an "adorable girl". She is an extremely capable combatant who designed her weapon from scratch, a sniper-rifle/scythe combination that Ozpin states is one of the most dangerous weapons in existence. She is capable of wiping out a large pack of Beowolves without help and is the last person standing in the melodramatic Food Fight with Team JNPR. She is so talented at combat with this weapon that she is pushed ahead of her academic age-group by two years.
  • Badass Bandolier: Her belt stores the bullets for her sniper scythe. Which she can wield one-handed and which is twice her size.
  • Badass Cape: Her red hooded cape is strapped by cross-shaped pins. It flows rather gracefully in spite of the constant flipping, which she does rather often given her destructive combat style. Her post-Time Skip design changes it to a tattered cape fastened by a pin shaped her like usual emblem. The cape itself also changes shape when Ruby is using her Semblance, extending and wrapping around her when she accelerates, and becoming longer during dramatic moments.
  • BFG: When her weapon is in rifle form, the gun alone is almost as long as her body. When the weapon transforms into a scythe, it unfolds to its full length; the blade alone is the same height as her, the handle is at least half as long again, and she can still use it as a gun.
  • Big "NO!":
    • Parodied during a Food Fight between Teams RWBY and JNPR, the two teams fight as seriously as if they're in battle with Grimm or enemies. When Weiss hits a pillar that collapses, Ruby rescues her just in time, cradling her body and crying out as if Weiss has been killed in action. It's still just part of the game, however.
    • Played straight in Volume 5 during the battle at Haven when Ruby turns around just in time to see Jaune and Cinder launch themselves at each other. Ruby has a brief flashback to the moment of Pyrrha's death, before yelling "No!" as her silver eye powers activate.
  • Blade Brake: If she's able to, she'll stab her scythe into the ground to brake herself after being knocked back. Taken Up to Eleven in her fight in Volume 3, chapter 11: she gets knocked back so far by Roman's firework that her scythe gets embedded into the hull of the ship all the way to the hilt.
  • Blade on a Stick: The scythe blade can be realigned to sit straighter along the end of the handle thus extending its reach by making it into a glaive.
  • Blood Knight: Downplayed compared to her sister but it's definitely there. She expresses visible disappointment when Oobleck stopped them from attacking a Beowolf, and its clear that combating threats gets her really excited.
    Ruby: [upon seeing a Goliath] Let's kill it.
  • Blowing a Raspberry: Downplayed. While sparring with Oscar she darts behind him and sports one, waving her fingers in her face, chanting "lah-lah-lah~" instead of "thhhbbbt".
  • Blow You Away: Ruby can use her Semblance to whip up a wind so powerful it can pin people to walls and counter Pyrrha's magnetism semblance.
  • Calling the Old Man Out: Qrow is Ruby's uncle and mentor in the arts. She even wields a similar weapon to him. However, Ruby becomes increasingly frustrated throughout Volume 6 with Qrow's habit of drinking heavily. Ever since Ozpin's secret was revealed by Jinn, Qrow increasingly retreats further into alcoholism until he's no longer helping them and actively hindering them. When he shuts down the students from discussing Jaune's idea for getting to Atlas, Ruby finally loses her temper with him. She bluntly tells him that she doesn't care what he thinks and she's going to hear out Jaune because the rest of them haven't given up on finding a solution.
  • Cape Snag: Her cape gets stuck to the ground by one of the Giant Nevermore's feathers in Episode 8. Averted the rest of the time; somehow, no matter how often she spins her fully-extended scythe behind her back, it never manages to snag.
  • Cat Smile: Does an open-mouthed version in episode 5 after showing off her Flash Step to Weiss, accompanied with pawing hand motions.
  • The Chains of Commanding: Discussed with Ozpin in the aptly-titled episode "The Badge and the Burden", where he says that a leader is a position of responsibility, and that she should strive to earn respect from her teammates. This is referenced later when Ruby takes on Ozpin's role to give the same message to Jaune.
  • Circling Birdies: In Volume 1, Episode 8, a falling Ruby gets slammed into a tree and is momentarily stunned. In keeping with her Animal Motif, the cartoons circling her head are wolves instead of birds.
  • Cleavage Window: Played with but ultimately subverted in her new design for Vol. 4. Ruby's wearing a white shirt that's cut to reveal some cleavage in a small window, as shown in the official concept art. However, she's still wearing her corset over it, covering the whole of her bust.
  • Combat Pragmatist: Possibly as a result of Character Development, by "Heroes and Monsters" she's begun to show a willingness to fight dirty against human opponents, activating Neo's umbrella against the wind and kicking Roman in the shin when he gets too close. In addition, while not included in the fight, she chops off Tyrian's tail when his Aura breaks.
  • Companion Cube: She treats all weapons very respectfully, but coddles Crescent Rose. When she gushes over everyone else's weapons, Yang asks if her weapon isn't good enough. Ruby hugs Crescent Rose, cuddles and caresses it and refers to it as her sweetheart.
  • Creepy Cool Crosses: On her belt in the artwork and first trailer, and fastening her hood. In later animations, however, her belt sigil was changed to a rose.
  • Crippling Overspecialization: Ruby is so trained in using her scythe that she actually sees using her fists as useless. In the Volume 5 Yang trailer, she complains about having to be trained in hand-to-hand combat and barely keeps up with Yang's punches. Ozpin, through Oscar, also calls out Ruby's inability to fight without Crescent Rose and plans to rectify this in the month they have to prepare for Salem's next move.
  • Custom Uniform: She always wears her cape. Even when she's wearing her school uniform, her cape is attached to it.
  • Determinator:
    • In "Heroes and Monsters", she's heavily outmatched by both Neo and Roman and swarmed by a flock of Griffin Grimm, but the girl does not falter. Even when Roman's beating her with his cane and giving her a "The Reason You Suck" Speech, she keeps standing back up. The world is a cold, dark place and no matter what, Ruby's refusing to roll over and die.
    • This is even more explicit in "End of the Beginning": two of her friends are dead, her team has been broken up, Beacon's ruined and there's still threats out there. She should be curled up in a ball somewhere. However, we're shown that Ruby's heading to Haven with Jaune, Nora and Ren in tow with Qrow watching their backs.
  • Didn't Think This Through:
    • At the end of Volume 3, Ruby gathers Jaune, Ren and Nora together and takes them on a journey to Haven Academy; the journey takes all of Volume 4 because they have to walk most of the way across an entire continent. When they joke about the fact they're just walking places every day, it's revealed that the main reason Ruby's walking across Anima is because she had no idea how long it would take. She was raised on a tiny island where everything is within easy reach of her home; she hadn't considered how big the rest of the world is.
    • When Team RNJR fights with the Petras Gigas Geist, Ruby's solution to the Geist replacing one of its rock arms with a tree is to shoot a round of fire dust at the tree in an attempt to burn it away. All that manages to accomplish is give the Geist a tree arm that's now on fire, forcing them to avoid being burned as well as hit.
  • Double Jump: Ruby pulls this off in "Battle of Beacon", leaping off the airship heading for Vale, then using her Semblance to shoot back to Amity Colosseum's dock. She also uses the Recoil Boost of her rifle for this.
  • Dragged by the Collar: By Weiss in Vol. 1 episode 5 when she realizes her only other choice for a partner note  is Jaune.
  • Dramatic Gun Cock: Crescent Rose seems to cock solely for intimidation factor, seeing as it's a bolt-action rifle which has enough technological advancements to transform into a functional scythe.
  • Dramatic Wind: The beginning of her trailer has her walking around in a snowy forest, the wind blowing through her cloak. In the series proper, it sometimes billows around on its own even when she's inside.
  • Drop the Hammer: The "Back" end of the scythe can be used for this, as she demonstrates in her fight with the mobsters in Episode 1.
  • Early Installment Weirdness: She's much more stoic in the Red Trailer than she is in the series proper. According to Monty, the trailer was "more of a weapon résumé" than about showing her personality.
  • Elemental Eye Colours: When Professor Ozpin first meets Ruby Rose, he implies that her possession of silver eyes is significant. In Volume 3, she freezes a Grimm Wyvern to stone when white light bursts out of her eyes; her uncle Qrow tells her that there's an ancient legend about silver-eyed warriors possessing the ability to destroy the Grimm with only a look. In Volume 6, she learns from a blind, elderly silver-eyed warrior that her power can kill Grimm in a variety of ways, including vaporising them, and is connected to the desire to protect all life. Together, Ruby and Maria discover that their power is connected to the silver-eyed God of Light, and is therefore the power of Light itself.
  • Embarrassing Nickname: 'Crater Face', given to her by Jaune after she blew up. She almost asks Blake to refer to her this way in the third episode.
  • Every Proper Lady Should Curtsy: Weiss comes from a family that moves in very high ranking social circles and who engage in the formal, reserved, well-mannered behaviour and appearance that goes with it. Ruby, who has a much rougher, more informal personality, attempts very hard to try a ladylike curtsy the first time she meets Weiss's older sister, Winter. However, it's not something she's used to or good at; she gracelessly loses her balance and almost falls over instead.
  • Everything's Better with Spinning: She does a lot of spins with the scythe (often aided by Recoil Boost), and with a weapon that massive with that design, it works pretty well.
  • Exotic Weapon Supremacy: When Ozpin sees Crescent Rose he describes it as being one of the most dangerous types of weapon ever designed.
  • Facepalm: After being interrupted from her comic books, Ruby notices Qrow completely intoxicated on the couch and gives herself a facepalm with a sigh, clearly annoyed that Qrow's once again completely sloshed.
  • Family Eye Resemblance: Ruby strongly resembles her mother, Summer Rose, and even inherited the rare trait of silver eyes from her. It is commented on by Qrow and hinted that Ozpin knows this as well.
    Qrow: You're special, Ruby. The night you met Ozpin, what was the first thing he said to you? [...] Silver eyes. That's an extremely rare trait...
    Ruby: So?
    Qrow: You're special, Ruby. And not in the 'Daddy loves his special angel' kind of way. You're special the same way your mom was.
  • Flash Step:
    • She uses the recoil of her weapon to achieve this. However, she also does this in the beginning before pulling her weapon out; when the Beowolves first lunge at her, she flashes in a manner similar to Ninja Log, leaving a cloud of rose petals and appeaing high in the air.
    • She does this again in conversation with Weiss at the end of episode 5, once more leaving a cloud of rose petals. Pyrrha specifically notes this as her Semblance in episode 14.
  • Flat "What": Delivers one after seeing Pyrrha somehow move Jaune's shield into position at a distance, quickly followed by him beheading a massive Ursa in one blow.
  • Flight: Ruby's Semblance has evolved in Volume 4 to the point where she can freely move and change her direction in the air in small bursts.
  • Flower Motifs: Is heavily associated with roses. Her semblance leaves rose petals when she uses her superspeed.
  • Foil: Ruby is a compassionate leader and protector of the people. Cinder commands her forces through a mixture of manipulation and fear while tearing down the foundations of an entire society. While Ruby suffers from Crippling Overspecialization, Cinder's fighting style is extremely varied to fit any situation. Ruby inherited her silver eyes genetically while Cinder stole the powers of the Fall Maiden. Even their names mirror one another (Rose vs Fall), though this last one is likely unintentional.
  • Forgot About His Powers: Ruby occasionally fails to use an ability in life-threatening situations that could otherwise have helped her, i.e. when she is pinned by the Nevermore for the first time, she tries to yank her cape free instead of simply cutting it free with her scythe. Her Semblance, the ability to move faster than human eyes can usually detect, would've also been perfect for escaping the cronies when she drops into Underground Mountain Glenn (which she does later to escape Torchwick). She gets better in later episodes would see her use her Semblance more liberally, but meeting up against opponents with reflexes fast enough to combat it.
  • Friendly Sniper: Her primary Weapon of Choice is, in her own words, a "customizable high-impact sniper rifle", and she's a very cheerful Genki Girl.
  • Giving Someone the Pointer Finger: She gives Nora the pointer finger in "Best Day Ever", along with squishing the milk carton she was holding and loudly declaring the start of hostilities against team JNPR... in a Food Fight.
  • Glowing Eyes: Twice, when Ruby unleashed her silver eyed powers, her eyes glow white with energy expelling outwardly.
  • Grade Skipper: By getting into Beacon, she's moved ahead two years. Weiss particularly picks on Ruby for this reason, initially calling her childish and immature, until she comes to term that Ruby is made the team leader for a good reason.
  • Grave-Marking Scene: In the trailer and the opening; Ruby is in vigil at the Cliffside Altar; a plaque marker with the inscription "Summer Rose Thus Kindly I Scatter." In the opening, there is a hovering ghostly figure identical to her; except their hood and cape are white.
  • Hand Behind Head: She does this quite a few times out of nervousness/embarrassment. She attempts it when she first meets Blake, but is ignored. When summoned to discuss with Ozpin, Glynda and Ironwood the fight she had with Cinder, she attempts to break the tension with a joke, but it falls flat. Realising how serious the teachers are, she places a hand behind her head nervously.
  • Headphones Equal Isolation: Not as severe as many cases, as she's very friendly; but she was wearing her hood and headphones in her introduction in the story, making her unaware of the shop being robbed. In accordance to the trope, she has No Social Skills problems.
  • The Hero: The main character of the story and leader of the main team RWBY. She joined to become a Huntress to protect people and her silver eyes mark her as special according to Qrow.
  • Heroic BSoD: In "PvP", finding out Mercury's ploy against Yang was one step, but Penny's death is what really upset Ruby. After she sees the event occur in the stadium, she just sinks to her knees and begins pitifully crying. At the start of the next episode, while everyone is scrambling out of the stadium after a Grimm attack ensues, she's still on her knees in shock, but she comes out of it once the Nevermore breaks through security and threatens Pyrrha.
  • Heroic Willpower: During "Alone in the Woods", while everybody grows sluggish, tired and thinks of giving up, Ruby is still the only one that wants to keep the Lantern of Knowledge safe and tries to push them into action.
  • Human Hummingbird: When Ruby loses her balance, she has a habit of trying to regain her balance by flailing her arms like a bird flapping its wings. When she attempts to curtsy upon meeting Winter for the first time, she loses her balance and flails gracelessly in her attempt to avoid falling over. She also does while training with Oscar in hand-to-hand combat, a skill they both need to learn; when he dodges her fist, she over-extends and only just avoids falling as a result of flailing her arms.
  • I Call It "Vera": She treats her weapon, Crescent Rose, like it's her own child and admits she went overboard in designing it. She once refers to it as her "sweetheart"; she regards weapons as an extension of a person's self and that seeing new weapons is like meeting people "but better". Although all weapons in the show have names, she's the only character to have referred to her weapon's name in-universe.
  • I Just Want to Be Normal: She wants to be a Huntress, but she doesn't want to become one in a different way to any other Huntress or Huntsman. While she wants to make it to the elite huntsman academy, Beacon, she wants to do it by the same route as any other student. Being pushed forward two years therefore stresses her out a lot.
    Ruby: I got moved ahead two years! I don't want anybody to think that I'm special or anything...
    Yang: But you ARE special.
  • Impossibly Cool Weapon: It's a high-caliber sniper-scythe, essentially a scythe that can fold into a gun.
  • In Harm's Way: Ruby is a very good fighter and wants to become a Huntress so that she can help protect people who cannot protect themselves. She chose Huntress over the police force because she thinks being a Huntress is a much cooler job option, and she figures that if she's going to spend her life helping people, she may as well make a career out of it. She enjoys combat and feels more comfortable on the battlefield than on a dance floor. Qrow once tells her that there is an ancient, almost forgotten, legend that says people who are born with silver eyes are destined to become the greatest warriors, feared even by the Grimm. However, Roman tells her that Huntsmen have a foolish lifestyle; because Remnant is such a dangerous world, the life expectancy of Huntsmen is very low and most die young. He thinks her desire to be a hero is a death sentence.
  • In the Hood: The "Red" trailer introduces her while donning her hood and brooding over a tombstone, kickstarting the franchise with an air of dark fantasy before she removes it and fights a horde of Beowolves. She also puts it on on a few occasions at the start of the series due to her lack of social skills, and initial unwillingness to bond with people she encounters.
  • Jumped at the Call: Not many teens would run towards a gun-equipped airship and try to shoot it down. Then again, not many teens have already crafted and trained with their own scythe/sniper rifle beforehand either.
  • Kicking Ass in All Her Finery: In Chapter 7 of Volume 2, she attacks Cinder in her prom dress. Cinder quickly escapes, but Ruby put up a bit of a fight, by forcing Cinder to use her weapon, dodging all of her arrows, and forcing Cinder into a corner despite Ruby's heels making movement very uncomfortable.
  • The Knights Who Say "Squee!": Ruby idolises huntsmen and huntresses and becomes extremely excited by them and their weapons. When she first meets Ozpin and Glynda in the pilot after Glynda saves her life, she's thrilled to be in the presence of a huntress and begs Glynda for an autograph; when interviewed by Ozpin over a possible placement at his elite combat school, she admits she wants to help people but finds huntresses more romantic, cool and exciting than police officers, becoming increasingly excited until she trails off with a squeal of delight. When she finally arrives at Beacon Academy, she can't contain her excitement at the sight of all the trainee huntsmen and huntresses, gushing so hard over all the personalised weapons she witnesses that she briefly transforms into chibi art.
  • Laugh Themselves Sick: When Ruby finally sees that the hoodie Jaune wears underneath his breastplate has a picture of a cute bunny rabbit on it, she starts laughing and holding her sides. When she hears that it's the cereal mascot Pumpkin Pete and finds out how he got it, her laughing increases until she falls onto her back, weakly kicking her legs into the air.
  • Large Ham: She's enthusiastic, energetic and gets easily carried away. Her first mission as team leader is to get everyone to set up their dorm room before classes, which involves lots of fist pumping, blasting a whistle in Weiss's ear and accidentally damaging her curtains by swinging her scythe around too wildly. When initiating a food fight, she dramatically declares that justice will be swift, painful and delicious as she destroys a carton of milk, and when Weiss is knocked down, she dramatically screams her team-mate's name as if Weiss has just died. Even after the destruction of Beacon Academy, Ruby still finds the time to ham it up on occasion; when she learns that Jaune's hoodie has a cute little bunny rabbit on it, she ends up rolling around on the floor, shrieking with laughter.
  • Law of Chromatic Superiority: Silver in relation to eyes is stated to be an extremely rare colour. The heroine has these very rare silver eyes and, if the legends are true, is destined to be a great huntress. Silver eyes is supposed to be a sign of a person with a mysterious, magical ability to slay Grimm; according to myth, they can slay Grimm with just a glance.
  • The Leader: Of team RWBY. Somewhere between the headstrong and charismatic type; likes to charge headfirst to any enemy ahead of her peers, and can make them believe in her made-up plan. It helps that she gets the associated personalities. On team RNJR, less so as Ruby takes the overall decisions but the battle strategies are provided by Jaune.
  • Leeroy Jenkins: Ruby has a tendency to act without prior thought, which has put her in mortal danger at least twice so far. At first, Weiss believes that Ruby was just showing off, but Ruby explains that her 'showing off' is simply her trying to prove to Weiss that she isn't incompetent. For all her impulsiveness, she does prove herself a capable leader when she holds for the sake of a plan during the fight with the Nevermore and leadership calms her down over time, allowing her to develop team tactics with creative names that describe which combination of team members and powers will be used when called upon.
  • Leitmotif: "Red Like Roses" and "Red Like Roses Part 2". Although "Part 1" is more often re-used in several scenes of hers, since it's about two-thirds instrumental. Part 2 focuses on her and her mother's feelings, showing that she was devastated by her mom's death and is trying to live up to her dream, while her mother doesn't want her to meet the same fate she did.
  • Like Mother, Like Daughter: Ruby has been shown to be a lot like her mother Summer Rose. The picture of Summer shows that Ruby gets a lot of her looks from Summer. Both Summer and Ruby wear hoods and capes with Summer having a white one and Ruby having a red one. They both also have silver eyes that mark them as warriors with magical abilities. Ruby optimistically believes that, if everyone works together, they can overcome any obstacles and succeeds, even if they seem impossible. Raven comments that this attitude makes Ruby exactly like her mother.
  • Literal-Minded: In addition to the more specific trait of Sarcasm Blindness, Ruby frequently struggles to grasp idioms and other figures of speech, leading to exchanges along the lines of the following:
    Yang: If you want to grow up, you're going to have to meet new people and learn to work together.
    Ruby: I don't need other people to help me grow up, I drink milk!
  • Little Red Fighting Hood: The resemblance to Little Red Riding Hood was intentional, but she isn't actually Riding Hood herself. And she's quite badass enough to take on a lot of Grimms. In an allusion to the LRRH story, the Red trailer has her fighting Beowolves like how Little Red is threatened by a big wolves.
  • Magical Eye: Legend states that people with silver eyes are destined to become the greatest warriors, with power to defeat the Grimm. It's said that a silver-eyed warrior can kill the Grimm with just a look. Ruby learns about this legend after mysterious power bursts from her own silver eyes to freeze the Grimm Dragon to Beacon Tower.
  • Magic Skirt: Enforced by Monty, who specifically wants to avoid a Panty Shot. Even when it's unavoidable to see straight up it, it is full of crinoline completely obscuring everything above the skirt line. Dialogue between her and Weiss (the other notable skirt-wearer) implies In-Universe that these are skirts meant for fighting in and so were probably deliberately designed to function that way.
    Weiss: It's a combat skirt!
    Ruby: Yeah!
  • Mini Dress Of Power: Her outfit (namely, the corset and skirt) is actually a one-piece, surprisingly. She's also a young capable fighter with lots of potential.
  • Missing Mom: Ruby's mother, Summer Rose, raised both Yang and Ruby until she went off on a mission and never came home. There is a grave dedicated to Summer on the edge of a cliff that Ruby periodically visits, and Yang believes that Ruby was too young to fully understand what was happening at the time. Ruby's father, Taiyang, raised his daughters alone after that, with some help from Ruby's honorary uncle, Qrow.
  • Mix-and-Match Weapon: While her weapon can transform between a rifle and a scythe, it does have the ability to function as both a scythe and rifle at the same time. Ruby often uses the recoil from the rifle to augment her extreme speed, and also to help propel her through the air.
  • Motor Mouth: Whenever Ruby gets nervous or excited, she begins speaking at a much faster pace.
  • Multicolored Hair: Ruby's hair is black with red accents... or the other way around. It's confusing to say the least, and artwork doesn't help, as in the show and the official art seen above her hair colors are the former, whereas in other official art its the latter.
  • Mundane Utility: She's seen using Crescent Rose to prop up some curtains. Its hilt is a very sharp hook, and while it CAN stab things, Ruby uses it to hold up turkey to feed her dog.
  • Naïve Everygirl: Ruby fits this trope to a T at first (being idealistic, Sarcasm-Blind and Literal-Minded), though with Character Development and some suffering she's started to grow out of this.
  • No Social Skills: At the start of the series, Ruby is very uncomfortable interacting with people other than family members like Yang, and botches her first few attempts at conversation. She doesn't want to draw too much attention to herself after being enrolled at Beacon, has to be forced to interact with Blake, and is aghast at the prospect of being partnered with somebody other than Yang. Over the course of the series, Ruby becomes much more comfortable with socializing, though she's still awkward, goofy, an occasionally inappropriate around strangers.
  • Nom de Mom: Taiyang Xiao Long has two daughters, Yang Xiao Long and Ruby Rose, who were born to two different women. His first wife, Raven Branwen, abandoned the family when their daughter, Yang Xiao Long, was a newborn. His second wife, Summer Rose, raised Yang as her own but died while Yang and Ruby were still very young. While Yang uses her father's name of Xiao Long, Ruby goes by her mother's name of Rose. Due to a past world war that attempted to suppress individuality and artistic expression, the world considers it a very serious matter to ensure that children have names that allow them to express themselves artistically. It's therefore very strongly implied that Ruby chose to use her mother's name, as she has incorporated the rose into her personal design, wearing a red cape that sheds like rose petals, and using a rose as her personal symbol, which is woven into her stockings and prominently displayed as her cloak clasp.
  • Not Good with People: By her own admission, she prefers to let her weapons speak for her. Yang does try her best to help Ruby grow out of it by forcing her to make friends.
  • Not Quite Flight: Her character short for Volume 4 shows her using her ability to move freely while in the air (she also demonstrated this ability briefly in Volume 3), but she hasn't been shown to be capable of sustained flight.
  • Of Corsets Sexy: By Volume 4, Ruby has changed the waist cincher with lacing from her original outfit for a corset, which is not for fanservice even if the high-neck blouse creates a Cleavage Window of sorts.
  • OOC Is Serious Business: In "Vault of the Spring Maiden", when Ruby leaps in to help her sister fight Emerald and Mercury, Yang asks her if she's okay. Ruby admits that she's not, she's angry. Earlier in the fight, she was still trying to reason with Emerald to understand why Emerald would be siding with someone like Salem. But that was before people started getting hurt. The significance of a sunny, cheerful girl who is always positive, even when fighting villains, losing the cheer and getting angry causes the background music to abruptly stop playing.
  • Otaku: She's very much a weapon enthusiast. She admits that she's more interested on the weapons people have than the people themselves.
  • The Paragon: Ruby has an instinctive ability to inspire others through her idealistic, optimistic outlook and refusal to give in depression, pain or grief even when things become difficult. Blake considers her to be the embodiment of purity and Ruby's vision of leadership as being something that must not fail their team-mates inspires Jaune to stand up to Cardin's bullying. When she blames Qrow's life-threatening injuries on her decision to drag her friends across an entire continent on a dangerous quest, Jaune tells her that her courage inspires them all to help her no matter what. Professor Ozpin tells Oscar that he thinks she has an unquantifiable power to inspire others, even in the darkest times, that he finds quite remarkable. He and Oscar are the only ones who suspect it's placing a terrible burden upon her.
  • Parental Abandonment: As of "Burning the Candle", it turns out that Ruby's father is alive, but her mother (and, by extension, Yang's adopted mother), Summer Rose, went missing while out on a mission. However, Yang mentions that although Ruby was devastated, she was also really young when it happened, so it's likely she didn't understand what was actually going on at the time. In volume 5, Yang mentions that Ruby hadn't even learned to talk yet when this all happened.
  • Parental Neglect: It's implied in volume 2, and stated in volume 5, that following Summer's death, Yang was left pretty much alone to pick up the pieces and take care of Ruby because Taiyang wasn't much of a presence (having "shut down", and apparently busy working at Signal).
  • Past Experience Nightmare: In volume 4, Ruby is shown trying to cope with Pyrrha's death, having recurring dreams about it and waking up in cold sweat with Pyrrha's voice still echoing in her thoughts.
  • Perky Goth: In sharp contrast to her red-and-black frilled outfit and fierce-looking weapon, she is very cheerful in personality and voice.
  • Petal Power: When Qrow talks about what Semblances are and how they can function, one of the examples he uses is the ability to burst into rose petals. Whenever Ruby activates her super-speed, she often seems to vanish in a swirl of rose petals and petals are often left behind when she leaves the area. Qrow is very strongly implying that Ruby isn't using an illusion or Dust woven into her cloak to produce those rose petals; her Semblance really does cause her to burst into rose petals whenever she activates it.
  • Plucky Girl: Ruby has an enduring optimism that she can make the world a better place for everyone. She was raised on children stories about great heroes protecting and inspiring people and is determined to become a Huntress to help people survive the world of monsters in which they live. When Blake tries to tell her she's fantasising like a child and the real world isn't so kind, Ruby simply tells her that the reason people like them exist is to make the real world a nicer place. When she regrets dragging her friends on a dangerous quest across the continent of Anima, Jaune tells her that she didn't drag anyone — her optimism and determination gave them the courage to follow her. When Ruby cheers up the terrified Oscar with advice on how she copes with the terrible things the world has been throwing at her, Oscar and Professor Ozpin discuss her unique ability to and inspire others with her constant optimism and determination. Her optimism drives a bitter Roman to rage about her detachment from a world in which the realists only concentrate on survival. There are strong hints that Salem sees Ruby as the key to winning her ancient war with the equally optimistic Ozpin: by breaking Ruby's optimism, she can break Ozpin and defeat him by destroying the world he protects right in front of his eyes.
  • Poor Communication Kills:
    • Subverted, and later discussed. In episode 6, Ruby interrupts Weiss's lunge at a Beowolf by appearing out of nowhere and slashing it, causing Weiss to awkwardly divert her momentum and inadvertently set the grass on fire. Weiss angrily calls Ruby out on this, while the latter coolly downplays it.
      Weiss: You attacked out of turn! I could have killed you!
      Ruby: You'll have to try a lot harder than that...
    • Played a bit more straight in Volume 3, since one reason why Penny died was because of the promise she made to not tell anyone that she was a robot; if Pyrrha had known it may have turned out much differently than it had.
  • Post-Victory Collapse:
    • After wrecking Cinder and freezing the Grimm Dragon by activating her silver eyes power for the first time, she spends what is implied to be at least several days in a coma-like state.
    • Downplayed in the aftermath of battle of Haven, where she drops onto her knees with a loud tired groan, out of exhaustion.
  • The Power of Love: Ruby's Silver Eyes have been triggered only in situations that had people she loves being harmed or threatened and is implied to come from her desire to protect them. In "Alone in the Woods", Maria leads Ruby into using the Silver Eyes intentionally for the first time by instructing her to think of her family and friends; the ones who love her and whom she wants to protect.
  • Pursuing Parental Perils: Ruby's mother was a huntress who died on the job. Ruby is absolutely determined to become one. She wants to help people and sees being a huntress as the more glamorous option to be a policewoman. Roman points out that huntsmen have a tendency to die early because of their job, but that reality has never deterred Ruby from wanting to be one.
  • Recoil Boost: A big part of her combat style: many of the moves Ruby pulls off are done by firing shots to propel herself short distances, simultaneously attacking and evading an opponent.
  • Retractable Weapon: The scythe actually folds into the gun itself. Aside from that, two hooks on the back of the blade can fold forward to turn the scythe into a war glaive.
  • Right Behind Me:
    • In Episode 3, Ruby is telling Yang about her (disastrous) encounter with Weiss and how mean Weiss was to her; Weiss is of course right behind her. (Although Ruby is mostly lamenting her own failure rather than insulting Weiss.)
    • In Episode 10, Weiss and Ruby argue about all the reasons why Ruby is a terrible choice for team leader. Declaring that Ozpin made a mistake, Weiss storms off. A dejected Ruby turns around to find Ozpin standing directly behind her and realizes he's overheard every single word.
  • Rule of Cool: It's one thing for a girl Ruby's size to swing around a scythe twice her size. However, the recoil of the shots allows her to defy gravity and bisect Beowolves.
  • Sacrificed Basic Skill for Awesome Training: Because she's a prodigy in fighting and designing, Ruby's more comfortable around weapons than people (though she admits meeting people is important).
  • Sarcasm-Blind: She has issues detecting sarcasm, especially when it comes from Weiss.
    Ruby: Hello, Weiss! I'm Ruby! Wanna hang out? We could go shopping for school supplies!
    Weiss: [clearly sarcastic] Yeah! And we can paint our nails, and try on clothes, and talk about cute boys, like Tall, Blond, and... Scraggly over there! [points at Jaune]
    Ruby: Oh, wow, really!?
    Weiss: [death glare] No.
  • Scarred Equipment: While the official artwork for Volume 4 Ruby showed that Crescent Rose was beat up, it wasn't until Volume 6 that showed that the weapon now bore scars from constant use.
  • Secret Keeper: She was one of the few people aware of Penny's true nature prior to the latter's death. The only other people who knew were General Ironwood, Penny's father, and Cinder.
  • Shy Finger-Twiddling:
    • When Weiss is scolding her for sneezing into a cloud of Dust and causing an explosion.
    • Also shows up when Qrow asks her if she truly believed she and her friends were capable of ending crime in an entire kingdom:
      Ruby: I mean, I did until you said that...
  • Significant Birth Date: Season 2 of RWBY Chibi revealed that her birthday is Halloween. This was later confirmed to be canon with the main series in a tweet by Miles Luna.
  • Silly Rabbit, Cynicism Is for Losers!:
    • She responds to Blake's cynical rebuttal against her idealistic views of being a Huntress by agreeing with her statement that the world is corrupted, but adding that Huntsmen and Huntresses exist to make it better.
    • She rejects her uncle Qrow's remark that "They don't give out medals for almost."
      Ruby: They do and they're called silver!
    • She utterly rejects Torchwick's cynical, self-serving world view.
      Roman: I may be a gambling man, but even I know there are some bets you just don't take. Like it or not, the people who hired me are going to change the world. You can't stop them, I can't stop them, you know the old saying, "If you can't beat 'em..."
      Ruby: I don't care what you say! We will stop them, and I will stop you! BET ON THAT!
  • Skilled, but Naïve: Ruby is an absolute pro when it comes to wielding her weapon, so much so that she got moved ahead two years in her Huntress training. But her social skills are extremely poor, and has poor judgment in real combat situations, often rushing into fights recklessly. When she comes up with a plan, though, she managed to succeed.
    Weiss: I'm just surprised that someone that talks so much would communicate so little during an encounter!
  • Small Girl, Big Gun: In its base form, Crescent Rose is as big as she is; when it's unfolded, it dwarfs her. Physically, she's also the smallest, and youngest, of the girls.
  • Something About a Rose: She has taken her mother's surname "Rose" and has a lot of rose symbolism. Her mother's grave contains the carving of a rose, as does her private journal, and she wears rose symbols on her belt. In keeping with her full name, her rose symbolism combines with her black-and-red colour scheme to evoke red roses specifically, including the name of her red-and-black gun-scythe, Crescent Rose. Even her headphones are red. Her Semblance enables her to move at extremely fast speeds, but does so by transforming her into rose petals that burst through the air.
  • Spin Attack: Frequently uses these, since the attack arc of a scythe lends itself towards this. In her first appearance, she takes out groups of Mooks with single sweeps of her weapon.
  • Spin to Deflect Stuff: Deflects incoming gunfire by quickly twirling her scythe.
  • Spotting the Thread: In "Destiny", Velvet tells Ruby about her team's battle with Emerald and Mercury, telling her that Coco had thought she had seen her teammate with her the entire time when he was nowhere around him. Velvet chalks it up to the heat of battle stress, but Ruby realizes it's too much of a coincidence.
  • The Strategist: Part of the reason why she's the leader of Team RWBY. She alone came up with the plan to defeat the Nevermore. And as shown in "Painting the Town...", she's come up with several attack patterns involving each permutation of two team RWBY members (except for Yang and herself).
    Ruby: I have a plan.
    Weiss: You always do.
  • Strong Family Resemblance: When we finally see Summer Rose's full visage in the Volume 6 finale, it's easy to think she's exactly how Ruby will look in another decade.
  • Spent Shells Shower: At the end of her trailer, after a wild massacre on the pack of Beowolves, the shells she fired while executing her attacks can be seen falling all around her.
  • Squee!:
    • Twice in the first episode in regards to huntresses. First when she meets Glynda and asks her for an autograph, and again when she cannot verbally enunciate all her Motor Mouth feelings on the subject.
      Ruby: I mean the police are alright, but huntsmen and huntresses are so much more romantic and exciting and cool, just gyaha, y'know?
    • Again in episode 2 upon stepping on Beacon's grounds. This time, in reaction to seeing other students' weapons.
    • When her uncle Qrow shows up at the Vytal Festival:
      Weiss: Some crazy guy just started attacking my sister!
      Ruby: Oh, no! Who would do such a thi— [sees it's Qrow, starts grinning and hopping foot to foot in excitement]thaaat is my uncle!
  • Stealth Pun: The Beowolves are Grimm. Using a scythe on them makes Ruby a Grimm Reaper.
  • Super Speed: Speed is noted by Pyrrha to be her Semblance. She can move so fast she can create powerful winds and vacuum tubes as a result.
  • Sweet Tooth: Ruby has five spoons of sugar in her coffee and has a strong taste for cookies. When she first meets Ozpin, he bribes her with a plate full of cookies when drawing information out of her about who she is and what she wants to be when she's grown up. She demolishes the plate in moments. When discussing Cardin's bullying in the canteen, her lunch consists of a plate of cookies.
  • Swiss Army Weapon: Ruby's weapon is a sniper rifle that can transform into a scythe. Even in the scythe form, she can still use it as a gun and often uses the gun recoil to help empower strength her scythe swings.
  • Sword Plant: Every time she takes out Crescent Rose, she tends to stab its blade into the ground, holding it to the side of her body. It appears to be her standard "ready for combat" stance.
  • Symbolic Blood: During the Red Trailer, when Ruby kills the Creatures of Grimm, their blood disintegrates into red petals in exactly the same way her cape does whenever she uses her Semblance. The appearance of floating red petals become a symbol for Ruby's presence in an area throughout the main show.
  • Technician vs. Performer: The performer to Weiss's technician. Both are trained in combat, but Ruby doesn't have as much restriction or stiffness in her style as Weiss does. Not to mention being more impulsive and chaotic personality-wise. Word Of God says that in battle, she tends to put more faith in her weapon's capabilities than her own.
  • Throwing Your Sword Always Works: During her fight with Neo she hurls her scythe which spins as it was thrown, before returning to her.
  • Took a Level in Badass: Volume 4 Ruby is much more powerful than we saw her at the end of Volume 3, if her character short is anything to go by — her speed Semblance is much more powerful and goes further than before to the point where she is able to make speed copies, she is able to tank punishing blows from a massive gorilla-like Grimm, and she has a powerful leaping distance. As of yet, it is unknown whether this is for show a la the original trailers, a result of several months of being Taught by Experience, or due to her silver-eyed warrior powers.
  • Trademark Clothing: Her red hood and cape; granted given her motif, but she even wears it over her school uniform.
  • Traumatic Superpower Awakening: In the climax of Volume 3, seeing Cinder burning Pyrrha to ash pushed her over the edge and triggered a mysterious power tied to her silver eyes. While we don't know what this power exactly is, it was strong enough to freeze a Grimm Dragon.
  • Vitriolic Best Buds: She and Weiss have gone from snarking and bickering with one another to retrieving coffee and giving each other low fives when defending their choice of wardrobe being "combat skirts" without even making eye contact. By the second volume, they've graduated to anticipating each other's moves in combat without a word passing between them.
  • Vocal Evolution: Her voice subtly changes from her debut to post season 1, where it gets higher and more cartoony sounding.
  • Wake-Up Call: After an argument with Weiss and a lecture from Ozpin, Ruby learns that since she's the leader of her team, she needs to actually act the part. She can't goof off all the time, she has to step up and be a proper leader even when not in battle or on a mission.
  • Weapon Twirling: Spins her scythe around when she's reloading it.
  • Weapon Across the Shoulder: Standard resting position for when Crescent Rose is in full-on scythe mode.
  • Wide-Eyed Idealist: She has deep faith that their world can be improved, and was inspired to become a Huntress by fairytales Yang read to her as a child.
    Blake: [in response to hearing the above] Unfortunately, the real world isn't the same as a fairytale.
    Ruby: [smiles] Well, that's why we're here. To make it better.
  • Worf Had the Flu: When investigating the White Fang at Mountain Glenn, Ruby is easily captured after she loses her scythe falling down a sinkhole in the abandoned town. Her punches have little impact on her captors and, while she's normally willing to challenge Roman to fight when she has her weapon, without it she concentrates on trying to escape him. She has to be found by her team and reunited with her weapon before she can successfully fight back. In flashbacks, Yang has unsuccessfully tried to get her to address her inability to fight without her weapon but she doesn't make a serious attempt to correct this weakness until Professor Ozpin confronts her about it in Volume 5.
  • Wrong Context Magic: Her silver eyes power is distinct from any other power in the setting. Even when we get introduced to various forms of real magic, Qrow's shapeshifting, the Maiden powers, Ozpin's immortality, the Relics, and Salem, her power is noted to be separate from all of it, and it's implied that not even Ozpin fully understands it. All we know is that it's inheritable, it can be used to damage or freeze Grimm, and she sometimes uses it involuntarily when under intense stress.

    Weiss Schnee 

Weiss Schnee

Voiced By: Kara Eberle [EN], Casey Lee Williams (singing voice) [EN], Yōko Hikasa [JP]

Debut: White Trailer
Click here to see her post-timeskip appearance 
"You don't have a clue! None of you do! You're all just standing around, talking about nothing: worrying about your hair, your money, your stupid problems that don't mean anything!"

"When I said I wanted to honour my family's name, I meant it. But — it's not what you think. I'm not stupid; I'm fully aware of what my father has done with the Schnee Dust Company. Since he took control, our business has operated in a 'moral grey area' ... which is why I feel the need to make things right. If I had taken a job in Atlas, it wouldn't have changed anything. My father was not the start of our name, and I refuse to let him be the end of it."

Weiss is the heiress to the Schnee Dust Company and a new student at Beacon Academy. As expected of someone from a rich family, she is haughty and dismissive of others, but over time it's revealed that she has a softer side as well, and desperately wishes to prove her worth as a Schnee. She is partnered with Ruby.

Weiss's weapon, Myrtenaster, is described as a "multi-action Dust rapier". It has a revolving chamber that gives it supernatural effects. Her Semblance, "Glyphs", allows her to generate Instant Runes which allow her to perform a variety of effects ranging from augmenting her speed or defying gravity, to summoning ice-clones of the foes she's slain in previous battles. She is able to combine Dust and her Glyphs to create additional effects, such as creating gravitational force.

  • Academic Alpha Bitch: She yells at Ruby for falling into her suitcases, and then gives her a verbal thrashing about why she shouldn't be at Beacon. And while she remains haughty, the heart of gold is slowly and subtly starting to peek out, as of Episode 6. But in Episode 9, she's the one taking class the most seriously, and she gets fed up with Ruby, who's using the time to goof off.
  • Affectionate Nickname: Jaune and Neptune have called her Snow Angel, though Yang came up with the name less than affectionately. Ice Queen also seems to qualify.
  • Ambition Is Evil: Zig-zagged.
    • At first, her ambitious nature is treated as a flaw, going so far as to hurt her relationship with the rest of her team because Weiss believes that she should be the team leader. Once she is given a lecture by Port about her immaturity, Weiss turns that ambition toward being the best teammate and person she can be. Later on, it's revealed that Weiss knows that her father has taken the family corporation into a "morally gray" area and that Weiss is seeking to redeem the name of her family through becoming a Huntress, turning her ambition into a virtue.
    • This is emphasized in the "World of Remnant: Schnee Dust Company" short, which reveals that Weiss is much like her grandfather, who was also an ambitious and driven man who created the Schnee Dust Company through his own learning, skill, and determination and made it a shining example of industry and prosperity, and that Weiss is trying to live up to that legacy.
    • The Volume 5 Weiss Trailer shows that a big part of her ambition and drive toward perfection was because Winter drilled into her that she needs to be stronger and self-sufficient to be able to escape from her father's control.
  • Applied Phlebotinum: While it's implied that all the weapons use Dust, Myrtenaster, being a "Multi Action Dust Rapier", uses a lot of it, which makes sense considering her connections.
  • Ash Face: Her whole body gets covered in ash after she inadvertently makes Ruby sneeze with the Dust she kept waving around. It happens again, though Played for Drama, in Volume 3 after pushing herself and Flynt Coal into an erupting flame geyser that completely depleted her Aura reserves.
  • Back-to-Back Badasses: With Blake, in the tenth episode of Volume 3, as they prepare to face the incoming assault.
  • Bait-and-Switch Comment: She's initially dismissive of keeping Zwei and starts off a sentence telling Ruby off, but quickly turns her tune around after looking at him for a few seconds.
    Weiss: Are you telling me that this mangy...
    [pans to the dog]
    Weiss: ...drooling...
    [zooms in onto the dog]
    Weiss: ...mutt—
    [Weiss smiles and her eyes go wide]
    Weiss: —is going to wiv with us fowever? Oh, yes he is, yes he is! Oh isn't he adowable? Arf! Arf!
  • Barrier Warrior: One use for her Instant Runes is to create walls of ice or to just use the rune itself as a sort of Aura barrier. The red setting on her weapon creates a barrier effect in the White Trailer by rendering the sword immobile except by its wielder. It probably has repulsive properties, given how it's seen again in episode 8 when she launches Ruby toward the Nevermore. The blue-setting can also be used this way. She provides the main defensive support to Team RWBY during their fight with the Nevermore as, unlike Team JNPR, no one uses shields.
  • Beneath the Mask: Weiss' haughtiness is partially a façade or defence mechanism. She is arrogant and sarcastic, but that hides extreme loneliness. She indicates the war between her family and the White Fang has led to a very difficult childhood and an unpleasant relationship with her father; she has to practice fake smiles in preparation for communicating with her family. She's mature enough to recognise her flaws, she will protect even people she dislikes, and warms up to people (and dogs) very quickly. She even starts readjusting her faunus prejudices after getting to know Blake and Sun better and privately admits to Ruby that she really wanted bunk beds as a child.
  • Big Damn Heroes:
    • Steps in to save Ruby from the Death Stalker's stinger after the latter's cape is pinned by the Nevermore's feather. As Ruby opens her eyes, Weiss berates her impulsiveness, and makes a few concessions with regards to her own poor attitude as well.
    • Later during the invasion of Beacon, she uses her Semblance to narrowly stop a Paladin from killing Velvet.
  • Big Sister Worship: When Weiss realizes Winter has arrived in Vale, she becomes very excited and rushes to meet her. She attempts to behave in a proper, well-mannered and very formal manner, but keeps having to restrain outbursts of enthusiasm. Winter initially seems withdrawn and strict to her, but is more interested in whether Weiss is socialising and making friends than how her work is progressing. Weiss values her advice about developing her Semblance; when her father detains her in her own home, Weiss escapes and flees Atlas, determined to travel by any means necessary to Mistral to find her sister.
  • A Birthday, Not a Break: When Yang assumes that Weiss doesn't understand loneliness because she comes from a large family with a lot of closeness, Weiss tells her what the Schnee family is really like to live with by using her tenth birthday as an example. Her mother called out her father for missing Weiss's birthday dinner, and Jacques furiously says that he only married her for the family name. His wife is so devastated that she turns to drink, eventually becoming a drunkard who can never be relied on to show up or support any of her recitals or social events.
  • Blade Run: In the White Trailer, she does this with the sword of the Arma Gigas when fighting against it. Considering it's larger than she is, she even does an Unnecessary Combat Roll on it.
  • Blank White Eyes: At the end of "Field Trip", this is her reaction to finding out that the Huntsman Team RWBY will be working with is Oobleck.
  • Blood Upgrade: In her trailer, Weiss begins to truly lay the smack down after the Arma Gigas gets a hit in and leaves her with a bleeding wound over her eye.
  • Blow You Away: The white setting on her weapon is capable of producing a gust of wind that counters Flynt's sonic waves.
  • Break the Haughty: She doesn't take it well when Professor Port tells her that he trusts Ozpin's decision in making Ruby team leader and that she has a serious attitude problem. When she lashes back he proves his point, then tells her she should try to be the best person she can be, not the best leader. This conversation seems to finally get Weiss off her high horse.
    Port: All due respect, your exceptional skill on the battlefield is matched only by your poor attitude.
    Weiss: How dare you!
    Port: My point exactly.
  • Calling the Old Man Out: In "Punished", when her father Jacques lectures her for her actions at the Vale fundraising event, Weiss attempts to tell him that she wants to leave Atlas only for him to bluntly state that her dreams and ambitions mean nothing to him, since he only cares about the Schnee family name. Weiss then points out that the family name is more hers than his since she was born a Schnee while he married into the family and took the name. Unfortunately for Weiss, she gets disinherited as a result.
  • Catchphrase: Weiss will confront someone's questionable attitude with the phrase, "What's that supposed to mean?" She did so with Blake when she doubted Yang's innocence after attacking Mercury, when Yang dismissed Blake's absence in Mistral, and when Special Operative Cordovin accuses Blake of being of "questionable character".
  • Centipede's Dilemma: When she's thinking about how to start a fight in episode six, she thinks to herself that she needs to lead with her right foot. She then leads with her left.
  • Character Development: She goes from being a haughty, bigoted Alpha Bitch to a much kinder and defrosted friend and ally to Ruby. After getting to know Blake better, she also undergoes a shift in her treatment of Faunus, from automatically assuming Faunus are White Fang terrorists-in-waiting (such as her first meeting with Sun) to actively protecting Faunus that are in danger (such as the Volume 3 finale battles involving Velvet). During a high society charity benefit in Volume 4, she gets pissed when a wealthy woman loudly states that Vale got what it deserved because it was arrogant for them not to have proper defences. Weiss publicly attacks the woman, who is horrified and demands General Ironwood do something about it. Ironwood merely states that Weiss is talking sense and leaves the party.
  • Cleavage Window: From Volume 4, Weiss wears an elegant, sparkling mini-dress that is worn off the shoulder and which sports a low cleavage. Over her shoulders, she wears a long-sleeved bolero that fastens at the hollow of her neck to produce a collar, but exposing her skin and therefore her cleavage between the fastener to the top of the dress.
  • Color-Coded Elements: Her magic, though the effect of each color remains unclear, as one color may have more than one effect. White seems to give her a surface to step on while in the air, as well as propulsion, but it also appears when she uses ice-based attacks. Blue appears when she increases Ruby's speed, but also when Weiss freezes the tail of the Nevermore to the ground. She has a black setting that seems to be meant for launching things, and while it turns red in episode 8, it remains black while she uses it in episode 10.
  • Color-Coded for Your Convenience: Her weapon has six color-coded settings for different effects: red, white, yellow, blue, light blue and violet. Looking at the barrel of the sword therefore acts as a way of revealing what effects she intends to use.
  • Combat Stilettos: Despite her high wedge-heeled boots, Weiss has no trouble at all flinging herself in every direction as she battles the Arma Gigas. Discussed in "Burning The Candle" when Ruby shows up to the dance in high heels, clearly not used to balancing in them.
    Ruby: Can we have a serious talk about how Weiss fights in these?!
  • Cranial Eruption: Gets one on the side of her head when Winter smacks her. Ruby playfully pushes it back in.
  • Curtains Match the Windows: She has light blue hair with Icy Blue Eyes.
  • Cuteness Proximity: Weiss initially appeared disdainful of the corgi Ruby's and Yang's dad sent over to their dorm...then assures it that they will be best fwends. When Jaune's young nephew attempts to mimic Jaune's grumpy body language, Weiss is completely smitten and begins gushing over how adorable he is.
  • Dance Battler: Her fighting style contains a lot of flips and pirouettes, making her look like a fighting ballerina. When she zips around using her glyphs it can also give her the appearance of a figure skater. The dance-like motions, particularly the flourishes and spins, are apparently a part of how her glyphs work; the more complex glyph effects and her controlled summoning require Weiss to make complex movements with her body and sword to quickly create the glyphs and summons. Otherwise Weiss has to hold still and engage in intense concentration over several seconds to create the same effects.
  • Deflector Shield: In Volume 5, Weiss has become skilled enough with ice Dust that she can use it to create a barrier around herself to deflect projectiles.
  • Defrosting Ice Queen: Professor Port's advice on being the perfect team-mate helps Weiss understand that her relationship with Ruby simply can't succeed unless she reins in her attitude. Although she offers to be nicer in exchange for a more mature Ruby, she needs Professor Port's advice to rein in her jealousy over Ruby being made team leader. Although she's aloof and haughty, she doesn't understand why people keep referring to her as an ice queen. However, when she finally accepts Ruby as team leader, she warmly shares a private confession with Ruby, and when she meets Zwei, her instinctive horror is quickly replaced by acknowledgement of how adorable Zwei is.
    Weiss: Hey, Ruby? I always wanted bunk beds as a kid.
  • Determinator: Even after being disinherited by her father and mocked by her brother, her last scene in Volume 4's 'Punished' indicates she does not plan on giving up on what she feels is right.
  • Doesn't Trust Those Guys: She holds Faunus in such low regard because a group of them—the White Fang—constantly harasses her family and have killed board members of her father's company.
  • Dramatic Thunder: Both times she gloats, there's thunder in the background, which immediately gets cut off when she's interrupted.
  • Dueling Scar: Has a small thin one over her left eye. Bonus points for having a German name as well as being a fencer.
  • Early Installment Weirdness: Like Ruby, she's much more stoic in the trailer that introduces her than she is in the actual series; as with Ruby's trailer, her trailer was probably intended to demonstrate her weapon and abilities rather than her character.
  • Elemental Motifs: Weiss Schnee has a Snow White Fairytale Motif that has led to her entire family having a snow/ice association. They all have snow-white hair and pale skin and the emblem of their family and company is a snowflake. The family's white colour motif has a secondary colour of blue to create a snow/ice theme that is so associated with them that Weiss's father, who married into the family and originally had black hair, has fully adopted the entire elemental theme as part of his take-over of the family and company. When the main characters are introduced on their first day at school, Jaune takes an immediate liking to Weiss and nicknames her 'Snow Angel'. Others, however, call her 'Ice Queen' for her cool, aloof personality; her older sister, Winter, shares the same nickname for the same reason. Like all Huntsmen and Huntresses, Weiss and Winter can use any type of Dust energy in battle, but they both prefer using Ice Dust, which completes the family's elemental motif.
  • Entertainingly Wrong: In her match against Neon and Flynt, Yang asks her what to expect from Atlas students. She lists off "strict, militant fighters with advanced technology and carefully rehearsed strategy". Cue Neon zooming around behind her in a wave of rainbow.
  • Every Proper Lady Should Curtsy: As she's raised to be a proper lady, this is how she responds to the applause to her song in her trailer.
  • Eyes Are Unbreakable: She has a small, jagged scar across her left eye, but her vision is unimpaired, due to getting the scar from a blunt impact that hit her brow and cheek but didn't strike the eye itself.
  • Family of Choice: Weiss has a corrupt father who is only interested in the family name and a brother who hates her. When she's disinherited and detained, she escapes with the help of her servant, Klein. She tells Klein that she regards him as family, and not her father and brother. She also tells Yang that she would do anything for Team RWBY and states the team is more a family to her than her father and brother have ever been.
  • Fanservice Pack: Weiss has gone from a conservative dress style that makes her modest chest look flat and long boots in Vol. 1-3, to replacing the boots with short heels and shortening the skirt to show off her legs, as well as adding a bit of a Cleavage Window in Vol. 4-6, to Vol.7 where, although back to a more conservative dress, has noticeably gained more of a chest to her, with her Atlas pyjamas in episode 5 being a more clear example.
  • Fantastic Racism: As a result of the war between her family and the White Fang, she loathes White Fang faunus and mistrusts all faunus as potential White Fang members. When Sun plays loose with the law, her prejudice is triggered, leading to an angry confrontation with Blake. However, she comes to accept that Blake is a former member of the organisation and starts to give Sun a chance.
  • Fashionable Asymmetry: She ties her ponytail to the right as (per Word of God) her way of rebelling against her strict parents.
  • Finishing Move: The white setting on her weapon is used in the White trailer. The setting causes all of the chambers and the blade itself to glow white before Weiss delivers a single powerful blow that finishes off the Knight.
  • Flash Step: Not on Ruby's level, but one of her signature movies is using gravity manipulation and sometimes time dilation glyphs to attack her opponents from multiple angles too fast for them to react.
  • Floral Theme Naming: Myrten Aster is German for a family of flowers (Myrtle) that are typically found to be white, but can come in a variety of other colors.
  • Freudian Excuse: Her mistrust of Faunus comes from how the only Faunus she grew up knowing about were the ones who tried to kill members of her family. For what it's worth, however, she is careful to make a distinction between Faunus in general and those of the White Fang.
  • Gilded Cage: When Jacques forces her to return home to Atlas, her family home is a prison to her; although she does live in the lap of luxury, she ultimately wants to live the more free life of a Huntress where she isn't dominated by her father and his plans for the family business. After she inadvertently causes chaos at his charity event, Weiss tells Jacques of her plans to leave Atlas, only for him to disinherit her as a result.
  • Geometric Magic: Weiss' Semblance involves creating complex spinning glyphs with various effects, each with an intricate geometric designs. Her white glyphs repel and move objects away from them, while black glyphs pull objects or people into them and hold them in place. She can also create glyphs that speed up someone's movement. Pale, blue-white glpyhs allow her to summon enemies that she has defeated in the past. She can also charge these glyphs with Dust to shoot various elemental projectiles. In addition, Weiss can create multiple glyphs or speed up and control her summoning by moving in geometric patterns akin to ballet dancing, though as she gets better she needs less and less of this; in Volume 3 Weiss needed to go through complex motions and circles to create multiple glyphs, but in Volume 5 she's able to make the same effects with minimal gestures.
  • The Glomp: When Weiss realizes that Yang is in the bandit camp, she decides to escape from the bandit prison by openly using her Semblance to summon her Knight clone. When she reaches Yang's side, they are initially prepared to fight the bandits back-to-back until Raven calls them off and decides the girls' need to hear a few home truths in private. Just before they follow Raven into her tent, Weiss tackles Yang in a fierce hug, emphatically declaring how much she has missed her. Initially startled, Yang hugs her back and tells Weiss that she's missed her, too.
  • Good Scars, Evil Scars: Her Dueling Scar is a small pale line over her eye which is easy to ignore when looking at her.
  • Gratuitous German: Weiss is the German word for White (weiß) while Schnee means Snow.
  • Gravity Master: Her Semblance, which takes the form of snowflake-shaped glyphs. She can use them to attract, repel, slingshot, and even yank enemies into the path of her next attack. She can also use them for Wall Running, both for herself and anybody else.
  • Green-Eyed Monster: In episode 8, after the teams are formed for the first time, Ruby is picked as the leader of team RWBY. Weiss is visibly shocked at his announcement, and in episode 10 asks Professor Port why someone like Ruby got the position. She felt Professor Ozpin made a mistake in his decision, but Prof. Port counters, saying that he's always trusted Ozpin's judgment. He also adds a little bit of his own observation, stating that she seems like the type of girl who always got what she wanted, and tells her she shouldn't be obsessed with not being the leader, but rather to be the best person she can be.
  • Hair Color Dissonance: In the artwork, she has pure white hair. It gains the slightest shade of blue in the animation.
  • Heroic Sacrifice: During the Vytal Festival double rounds, she pushes herself and Flynt Coal into an erupting fire geyser to keep him from attacking Yang with his sonic blasts. This act weakens him enough that he and his partner Neon end up easy prey for a vengeful Yang.
  • Hypocritical Humor:
    • She gets angry at Ruby for knocking over and nearly messing up some of her Dust supplies, when she was the one waving around and spreading the contents of a jar of red dust. In someone's face. Someone who promptly sneezes.
    • When crying over losing the round in a board game, Ruby tries to hug her. She snaps "Don't touch me!" while returning the hug.
  • An Ice Person: Especially with her sword's blue setting — it's one of her magic types, and the most prominent. She is capable of encasing her entire team in ice to protect them from explosions. It protects the entire team from harm when their train crashes into downtown Vale.
  • Icy Blue Eyes: She has pale, clear blue eyes in keeping with her cold personality and her powers over the elements, particularly ice and snow.
  • Image Song: "This Life Is Mine" is sung by Weiss during the Schnee charity concert. Her father manipulates her into singing at the concert because he wanted to remind the world that a member of the Schnee family was on the front lines trying to save Beacon Academy; he thinks it will be good PR for the company. While Weiss agrees, she chooses to sing "This Life Is Mine", a song of defiance about her claiming her right to control her own life from her father. By the end of the volume, she manages to escape her father's house and take back control.
  • Impaled with Extreme Prejudice:During the battle at Haven, Vernal breaks Weiss's Aura and Jaune reacts with alarm, leading to Cinder to mock his reaction. When she defeats Jaune, Cinder realises that he'll be satisfied to die for his friends so targets the vulnerable Weiss instead of killing him; all Jaune can do is watch in shock as she creates a spear from her fire-magic and impales Weiss through the abdomen.
  • Improvised Weapon: Uses a swordfish in "Best Day Ever"'s Food Fight as a substitute for her rapier. She also uses condiments in lieu of her ice attack.
  • In-Series Nickname: "Ice Queen". She's confused to why everyone calls her that.
    • Insult of Endearment: "Ice Queen" started as a straight-up insult, but gradually grows into one of these as the series goes on and Weiss becomes a nicer person. By Season 5, she reluctantly admits to actually being somewhat attached to the nickname.
  • Insufferable Genius: Her behavior early on, never missing a chance to correct others or show off her knowledge. She eventually mellows out, but retains her haughty nature.
  • Internal Reformist: The Schnee Company has a long proud tradition, but ever since Weiss's father took control, the company has slipped into a "moral grey area". Weiss is determined to make sure her father's actions do not finish off the family name.
    Weiss: My father was not the start of our name, and I refuse to let him be the end of it.
  • Instant Runes: All of which resemble snowflakes. It's noted by Pyrrha to be her unique Semblance; which she refers to as glyphs.
  • Jerkass Has a Point:
    • When Ruby jumps directly in front of Weiss's magic attack to take out the enemy they were both focused on, Weiss makes the point that Ruby's recklessness and lack of communication nearly got herself killed.
    • While she's rather harsh with Ruby in episode 10, it's because she's angry at the supposed team leader for cheerfully slacking off in class.
    • Weiss spends an entire episode arguing with Blake because of how much she hates the White Fang. While Weiss is clearly bigoted towards the Faunus in general, as shown with her reaction to Sun's petty crimes and mischief-making, her hatred of the White Fang is not unjustified, since they are a terrorist group trying to Kill All Humans and her family has personally suffered at their hands.
    • Later, after Blake runs away, Weiss suggests that they should call the police instead of looking for her themselves. Ruby dismisses this, mostly because Weiss sounds like she's suggesting the police be called to deal with a criminal, rather than help find a friend.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Even though she's introduced more as a Jerkass, she clearly values Ruby's safety enough to save her from being skewered by the Death Stalker without a second thought. And then she reassures Ruby that she's already proven herself. She also told Blake that she should tell her teammates whenever she has trouble and appears to not care about Blake being a Faunus — in her own jerkish way. Notably, though, she shows perceptible restraint at not disparaging Sun Wukong again in front of Blake. She grows out of this by Volume 3.
  • Keigo: The Japanese dub reflects the extremely high-class, well-bred upbringing of Weiss with very formal speech patterns; this includes referring to herself via such Japanese Pronouns as "watakushi", an extremely polite, old-fashioned term that is appropriate for her depiction as a princess-like heiress of a globally-dominant corporation.
  • Kicking Ass in All Her Finery: She has the most elegant design out of the four main girls (even with the secondary clothes she gets in Vol. 2) but she's about just as capable as her peers.
  • Lady of War: Her fighting style is very graceful and refined, and the most elegant in the series. It seems to combine fencing with dancing, specifically, the dance formations associated with figure skating. She also has a cool, collected demeanor in battle. This is taken further with her post-Time Skip outfit, a stylish dress and petticoat, in Volume 4.
  • The Lancer: Seems to fall into this position as Ruby's partner in the team. It's well-exhibited in battle during the fight with the Nevermore — Ruby makes the plans, but Weiss is the one who executes most of the key steps, including watching Ruby's back while she sets everything in place.
  • Leader Wannabe: In Volume 1, she tries to get herself declared leader of the team. She fails because none of her teammates even like her, much less follow orders from her, and Professor Port recognizes that it's because of her ego and persuades her to drop it. Unusually for the trope, Weiss is somewhat justified in her rebellion (Ruby being an inexperienced goofball who slacks off in class) and both girls end up learning that leadership has to be earned, not demanded.
  • Leitmotif: "Mirror, Mirror" is sung by Weiss during the White Trailer while she remembers a battle with an armoured knight; it's a song where she's asking who she is and whether she can switch off her emotions. That song is often played in the background of her scenes in the main show.
  • Lonely Rich Kid: Implied; she was raised as a "princess" of her corporate empire, and she mentions to Ruby that she has always wanted a bunk bed (that is, she wanted someone to sleep together with).
    • "Mirror, Mirror" and "Mirror Mirror, Part II" imply this, with her reflecting on how ironic it is that someone who grew up with so much privilege would feel sad and lonely. A lyric describes how her she was discouraged from forming friendships, furthering her loneliness.
  • Lovable Alpha Bitch: After learning some important life lessons (such as making friends and dialing down her Fantastic Racism), she's extremely supportive in combat and slowly improving her sociability throughout the series.
  • Mafia Princess: Her family is said to be a shady and possibly corrupt corporation; it is unknown what type she is. In volume 2, she acknowledges that her father is far from pure when it comes to his business practices and vows that he will not be the last thing that the Schnee family name is remembered for.
  • Magic Idol Singer: A subversion, since her singing and her fighting ability appear to be unrelated. The juxtaposition of the two is somewhat reminiscent of Babydoll from Sucker Punch.
  • Magic Knight: In addition to her Instant Runes, her rapier has a multi-purpose revolving chamber that enhances her skill-set against her enemies. She also fences an animated suit of armor two to three times her size. This is probably because of her family's wealth: Dust is the substance which grants magical abilities, and is implied to be very expensive. The Schnee corporation has a monopoly on Dust trading, so it makes sense that her fighting style uses a lot of Dust — she can afford it.
  • Magic Skirt: We get upskirt peeks every now and then in her trailer, but no Panty Shot to speak of. Intentional on Monty's part.
  • Magic Wand: Weiss's use of her sword for Dust makes it a magical wand, with her being capable of launching different kinds of "magical" Dust attacks from afar with it.
  • Mini Dress Of Power: Even more than Ruby; the shirt and skirt are of a one piece design, and she doesn't have leggings. Like Ruby, she's also a trained fighter.
  • Motive Rant: Non-villainous example, after Blake called her out for her Fantastic Racism, she reveals why she's like that:
    Weiss: You want to know why I despise the White Fang, why I don't particularly trust the Faunus? It's because they've been at war with my family for years. War, as in actual bloodshed. My grandfather's company has had a target painted across its back for as long as I can remember, and ever since I was a child, I've watched family friends disappear, board members executed, an entire train car full of Dust stolen. And every day my father would come home furious, and that made for a very. Difficult. Childhood.
  • My Friends... and Zoidberg: Weiss is subject to this as a running gag in Vol. 2, starting with Ruby's "Friends, sisters... Weiss!" in the first episode and continuing in the following episode with Sun addressing every member of RWBY but Weiss by their given name (using "Ice Queen" instead). Even the bad guys get in on it when Torchwick greets team RWBY collectively and appends "Ice Queen" to it when they confront him in episode 4.
  • Never My Fault: During her first day at Beacon, Ruby gets off on the wrong foot with Weiss after accidentally setting off a Dust explosion; however, while Ruby did accidentally knock over Weiss' luggage and ignite the Dust cloud with her sneeze, Weiss was the one who created said Dust cloud in the first place by taking a can of it out and shaking it while scolding her, so the explosion was more her fault than Ruby's.
  • Noble Bigot: Thanks to bad experiences with the White Fang, she's rather snobby and dismissive towards Faunus. She also seems to be aware of how knee-jerk this is, and is perfectly willing to swallow her distaste towards Blake.
  • Non-Idle Rich: Mulling over her answer to Oobleck's question on why she wants to be a huntress makes Weiss realize her motivation lies with the belief that being a huntress isn't about themselves or even their families, it's about the people they're meant to protect.
  • Not So Above It All: Of all the members of Team RWBY Weiss is usually the one with the straightest laces, but has let her excitement get the better of her more than once. When the upcoming tournament is brought up her reaction is excitement on par with Yang, even if she does remember herself immediately. In Vol.2 Episode 1, one errant pie to the face and she doesn't hesitate to get herself fired up with her teammates before they start a food fight with Team JNPR so intense that it destroys the majority of the cafeteria. In Chapter 2, she also balances on a chair while doing a dramatic finger point in order to cheer up Blake. Ruby and Yang must really be rubbing off on her. Also, in "Field Trip", she is reduced to Cuteness Proximity when she sees the Precious Puppy sent over by Taiyang.
    Weiss: Are you telling me, that this going to wiv wif us fowever? Oh yes he is, yes he is!
  • Odd Name Out: Not Weiss herself, but each member of Team RWBY has an alternate outfit, and each alternate outfit has a codename used to refer to it. Ruby's, Blake's, Yang's, and Weiss's alternate outfit codenames are respectively: Slayer, Intruder, Hunter... and SnowPea.
  • One-Woman Wail: Weiss sings two songs in-universe. She sings "Mirror, Mirror" during the White Trailer, where her crescendos and faster vocals add tension to the fight she's remembering. During the Schnee charity benefit in Volume 4, she sings "This Life Is Mine" to defy her father's control over her life. Her scene is introduced by her wailing lyrics transitioning between scenes. As a result, her use of transitioning wails in-universe is a signature aspect of the songs she sings.
  • Passed-Over Inheritance: In "Punished", Jacques disinherits her after disobeying him one too many times, leaving his only son as the sole heir.
  • Perpetual Frowner: In Volume 1, Weiss usually looks cross or simply serious, only smiling if she thinks she's being lauded in some way. When she does genuinely smile and become excited in episode 15, Ruby comments that it's weirding her out. She grew out of it during Volume 2.
  • Politically Incorrect Hero: Until the end of Volume 1, she's prejudiced against the Faunus, due to her bad experiences with the White Fang, and makes no effort to hide it.
  • Power Incontinence: Weiss admits to Winter with frustration that she's struggling to master the Schnee ability to summon ice-forms of vanquished enemies. She spends the whole of Volume 3 failing to summon on command but, when trying to protect Velvet during the battle for Beacon, she accidentally summons the arm and sword of the knight without meaning to. During an Atlesian fundraiser to help the Kingdom of Vale after the loss of Beacon, Weiss loses her temper with a woman who is insulting Vale's plight and her father, who is embarrassed by her outburst. During the altercation, she falls to the ground, accidentally summoning forth the Boarbatusk she defeated in Professor Port's class. The Boarbatusk attacks the woman Weiss was angry with but is stopped by General Ironwood. After that, she's confined to her bedroom where she trains to master her summoning power. By the time she escapes her home, she has full command over her summoning abilities.
  • Punctuated! For! Emphasis!: From Episode 7, due to the relative nervousness with which she said:
    Weiss: I'm. Not. Perfect.
  • Rapunzel Hair: Weiss' artwork shows her hair almost reaching her knees. And that's with the bun/ponytail combo she sports. By the time Volume 4 rolls around if she were to undo it it looks like it would reach her ankles.
  • Red Mage: Her Semblance makes her incredibly versatile: She's not as powerful as Yang, but Myrtenaster can temporarily boost its power with Red Dust. She's not as fast as Ruby, but she can boost her speed AND that of others with Yellow Glyphs. She can attack from any range with several different elements while buffing everyone else. The only big weakness she has is that constant use tires her out.
  • Revolvers Are Just Better: Her weapon is not actually a revolver, but it has a revolver-like mechanism in the guard that allows it to switch between magic enhancements.
  • Rich Bitch: Acts like this when Ruby fell into her luggage and when Blake points out her family business's questionable corporate actions. Though her luggage was filled with Dust, a substance that can explode from simply being sneezed on, so she is somewhat justified in being upset. Played so straight it might be considered lampshading in episode 4 when she talks to Pyrrha.
    Inner Monologue: This is perfect! The smartest girl in class, combined with the strongest girl in class, together we will be unstoppable! I can see it now, we'll be popular, we'll be celebrities, we'll get perfect grades! Nothing could come between us now!
  • Royal Rapier: Her weapon is a rapier, and Weiss is an Ojou who fights gracefully with it.
  • The Runaway: Of the Abused variety. Towards the end of Volume 4, she finally decides to bail out from the manor thanks to her loyal butler Klein to escape from Jacques and reunite with Winter at Mistral.
  • Scars Are Forever: A small scar on her left eye is left from her clash in Flashbacks with the Arma Gigas, as shown in the White Trailer.
  • She's Got Legs: Due to her short skirt, there are a lot of shots of her long, fit legs.
  • Ship Tease: She's very flattered by Neptune's attempts at hitting on her in "Welcome to Beacon"; in "A Minor Hiccup", she tries her damnedest to get Ruby to pair her up with Neptune rather than herself. Doesn't work. In "New Challengers", she cheers Neptune on before Team SSSN's match against Team NDGO... through promptly cheers against him after he flirts with the all-girl team.
  • Sigil Spam: Snowflakes feature heavily in her blouse, magic runes, and even in the architecture of the building she fights the Arma Gigas in. They also appear on the boxes of the train Blake and Adam are attacking in the Black trailer, representing the Schnee Dust Company.
  • Single-Stroke Battle: How she destroys the Arma Gigas in her trailer after using almost all of her various Dust types and glyphs to subdue it. She strikes through the Knight, then she lands, and the Knight gets cut in half and dissolves into shadows.
  • Skilled, but Naïve: Her inner monologue in Episode 6 suggests that she doesn't have a great deal of practical experience (particularly in dealing with threats to her life), having to remind herself how to properly adopt a fighting stance.
  • Speed Blitz: When using a time dilation rune on someone already quick, they're capable of this. So far she has used this on Blake and herself.
  • Spell Blade: She can use her weapon to provide supernatural effects like ice, fire, barriers, and she can combine the dust inside with her Glyphs to make them even more effective.
  • Spikes of Doom: Her sword is able to create ice spikes from the ground that are mainly used to entrap enemies.
  • Spoiled Brat: She acts as such early on, such as in "The Badge and the Burden", when she vocally complains about how she wasn't made leader of Team RWBY and tells Professor Port that Ozpin made a mistake making Ruby the leader. Port even sums her up as "a girl who spent her entire life getting exactly what she wanted", which Weiss admits isn't entirely wrong. Port goes on to point out that Weiss is basically throwing a temper tantrum over the fact that something she wanted went to someone else, which is not going to get Ozpin to reconsider.
  • Stance System: Her sword's "Dust revolver" part is loaded with different kinds of Dust. When she goes with one type, she spins the revolver part before that.
  • Staring Through the Sword: Does this several times with Myrtenaster throughout Volume 4, considering it's the stance she uses when she practices her summoning.
  • Stepford Smiler: In "A Minor Hiccup" it's very obvious she's using a mask of haughty cheerfulness when dealing with Schnee employees. She spends the elevator ride practicing her smile, which disappears as soon as she's done with the conversation. She later reveals to Yang just how unhappy her upbringing really was: her father only married her mother for the inheritance, a truth that is revealed on Weiss's tenth birthday. Her mother was so devastated that she took to drink and is now an alcoholic who takes no part in the lives of her children. Her father is controlling, attempting to mould his children into exactly what he needs them to be to protect his business interest; his two daughters rebel and he disinherits them both while she doesn't trust her brother because he allowed their father to successfully influence him.
  • Stepping Stones in the Sky: Her Semblance, which manifests visually as Instant Runes. It allows her to rappel off non-existent walls in the air, at any angle.
  • Summon Magic: All Schnees are capable of using their glyphs to summon ice-forms of enemies they have previously defeated. When Weiss struggles to master it, she glumly tells Winter she simply cannot do it. Small hints occur throughout Volume 3, such as Weiss successfully summoning a tiny sword, that neither she nor Winter notice until she successfully partially summons the knight to protect her and Velvet from the Paladins during the Battle for Beacon. During a charity fundraiser in Atlas, she lashes out at a guest who is insulting Beacon's fate and accidentally unleashes a fully summoned Boarbatusk that attacks the woman. While confined to her room as punishment, she successfully works on mastering her summoning ability, and from Volume 5 can summon ice versions of foes she has defeated in the past to fight on her behalf. She favours the knight she defeated in the White Trailer, but it takes time for her to fully summon him. While fighting Vernal, Vernal is able to destroy the knight by attacking it before it's fully summoned, and then never again gives Weiss the time to summon it again.
  • Surrounded by Idiots: Feels this way about the other students, except for Pyrrha. Upon making eye contact with Ruby (and thus becoming her partner), Weiss simply turns and walks away... only to find that the next student she meets (Jaune, hanging from a tree) is even more incompetent. Recognizing this, she walks back to Ruby and drags her off.
  • Swiss-Army Superpower: Weiss's Semblance is the ability to create glyphs, which manifests as a mystical circle of runes and symbols. However, she is extremely creative about how she uses the glyphs, and she appears to be able to combine the glyphs with Dust to broaden their scope. When the glyphs are white, she can use a time distortion ability that speeds up the targeted person; she can use them multiple times to pinball around an opponent, striking many times without being hit. She can also use white glyphs to send Ruby racing up vertical surfaces at superspeed, and to summon ice clones of enemies she has defeated in battle who fight on her behalf. She can also create runes that are as black as Gravity Dust, and which appear to act as gravitational forces; with them, she once holds Ruby in the air before slingshotting her up a cliff, anchors herself to the floor of a careening vehicle, and even slowed down the descent of a crashing airship.
  • Sword Beam: Her sword can fire off multiple light-blue blasts of energy.
  • Sword Plant: Weiss activates her weapon's area-of-effect abilities by thrusting her sword into the ground. She can then create icy floors or hedges of ice spikes. It's also how she eventually starts controlled summoning.
  • Tactical Withdrawal: In episode 6, she decides to pull Ruby out of the forest she accidentally set on fire rather than take advantage of the Beowulves' confusion that arose from it.
  • Taking You with Me: Low on Aura and realizing she can't beat Flynt Coal's sonic blasts without her weapon, she chooses to tackle him into an erupting lava geyser to keep him from attacking Yang. This results in her completely depleting her Aura and being disqualified. Although Flynt can still fight, it depletes his Aura enough for a vengeful Yang to take him and his partner Neon out.
  • Technician vs. Performer: The technician to Ruby's performer. Both are trained in combat, but Weiss is more cautious and analytical than Ruby. For one, she has an Inner Monologue on how to prepare a strike against an incoming Beowulf. She values proper structure, organization, and planning in general. As the Vytal Festival approaches, she gets excited about the organization that goes into such an event.
  • Teeth-Clenched Teamwork: When Weiss and Ruby first meet, Ruby falls over Weiss's many suitcases of highly volatile Dust; Weiss takes an instant dislike to her as a result. During their induction in the Emerald Forest, Weiss is therefore horrified to discover that she and Ruby are going to be paired up for their entire four years of schooling. She breaks the rules of teaming up by storming off into the forest, but changes her mind when her next encounter is with Jaune. Deciding Ruby is the lesser of two evils, she begrudgingly accepts the situation. However, they spend their time travelling through the forest arguing with each other and struggling to fight without getting in each other's way. By the end of the day, they're working together much better, until Professor Ozpin later confirms that Ruby will be the team leader which makes Weiss resentful and hostile again, until her talk with Professor Port.
  • Time Master: She is able to create fields to give a Haste effect to allies. In volume three she refers to it as "time dilation".
  • Took a Level in Cheerfulness: In Volume 1, she smiled so little that her giddiness for the Vytal Festival made Ruby comment on it. By Volume 2, she's loosened up considerably, engaging in silly behaviour such as balancing theatrically on a chair, cooing over Zwei, and attempting puns.
  • Took a Level in Kindness: It started after she saved Ruby from the Death Stalker, and was properly planted after her heart-to-heart talk with Professor Port. By Volume 2, this is fully in effect, best seen when she notices Blake moping around and asks what's wrong. In Volume 3, she offers to treat her teammates to noodles (only for her card to be rejected, but still) and willingly sacrifices herself to save Yang from being beaten in the Vytal Festival double rounds. It's also notable that Weiss is the first of Team RWBY to defend Yang after her incident in the tournament finals and even very vocally stands up to Ironwood in doing so.
  • Tragic Bigot: The White Fang have been striking hard against her grandfather's company, leaving her with a hatred of them, which spills over to a strong distrust of faunus in general.
  • Tragic Ice Character: Weiss Schnee is associated with ice and snow: she's from the cold northern continent, her name means "white snow", and her emblem is a snowflake; the characters even referred to her as "Ice Queen" early on in the series due to the cold way she treated others. However, behind her initially frosty exterior is a girl who grew up with an alcoholic mother and an abusive father, and all her theme songs are about trying to figure out who she really is, such as "The Path to Isolation", which uses cold and snow as imagery when discussing loneliness.
  • Trap Master: She lures the Arma Gigas into a rune that flings him upward, setting him up for her final attacks.
  • Unwanted Assistance: Snaps at Ruby's comments during her duel with the Boarbatusk, yet follows her advice on dealing with the monster. It's unclear, though, whether she knew how to defeat it all along, or Ruby's advice really did help.
  • Vitriolic Best Buds: She and Ruby have gone from snarking and bickering with one another to retrieving coffee and giving each other low fives without even making eye contact. And that's not even getting into their little moment from Volume 2 where they share in each other's they're losing at a board game.
  • Wall Run: Using her glyphs, she allows Ruby to do this to accumulate enough momentum to decapitate the Nevermore.
  • You Can't Go Home Again: With to her father disinheriting her, Weiss no longer considers Atlas her home. When Weiss escapes from the mansion at the end of Volume 4, Klein lampshades Winter is the only family she has left now. Additionally, because of the security Ironwood plans on placing on the Atlas border, it will be difficult for Weiss to return to Atlas in the future.

    Blake Belladonna 

Blake Belladonna

Voiced By: Arryn Zech [EN], Yu Shimamura [JP]

Debut: Black Trailer
"Don't be so dramatic."
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"...No. No more. They're better off without me. I made my choices and I'll deal with the consequences because they belong to me."

"All my life, I fought for what I thought was right. I had a partner named Adam. More of a mentor, actually. He always assured me that what we were doing would make the world a better place but, of course, his idea of a perfect future turned out to be not perfect for everyone. I joined the Academy because I knew Huntsmen and Huntresses were regarded as the most noble warriors in the world, always fighting for good, but I never really thought past that. When I leave the Academy, what will I—? How can I undo so many years of hate?"

A mysterious, quiet, no-nonsense young woman who doesn't easily open up to others and is fond of reading. She was the first to appear with full-fledged voice acting in her trailer, as well as the first to be partnered with another character, Adam. Later on she is partnered with Yang.

Blake's weapon, Gambol Shroud, is described as a "variant ballistic chain-scythe". While it seems to resemble an oversized cleaver, that's actually its sheath, which has a sharp edge in itself. The weapon itself is a katana with a gun attached to it, and the gun's trigger is itself attached to a ribbon Blake wraps around her wrist. Her Semblance, "Shadow," lets her create temporary shadow clones that allow Blake to dodge incoming attacks.

  • Alliterative Name: Her first and last name start with "B".
  • Anti-Hero: Blake is aloof, antisocial, and can be callous about the feelings of those around her; all the same, she clearly cares deeply about helping people and protecting those she loves. She has severe self-doubt over her tendency to abandon people and her fear of getting emotionally close to anyone.
  • Animal-Eared Headband: The ribbon on her head gives illusion of cat ears, and even twitches occasionally. It's designed to hide her real cat ears.
  • Animal Motifs: The cat, being sneaky and hiding mysteries, as well the bow on her head resembling cat ears. Ruby claims she likes tuna and Yang annoys her into following a laser pointer. She's horrified by the sisters' Precious Puppy and attempts to evade the dog using the same behaviour as a tree'd cat.
  • Anthropomorphic Personification: Discusses this with Sun in Volume 5, saying that she has a tendency to see people as the embodiment of a word. Ruby is purity, Weiss defiance, Yang strength, and Sun is earnest. She eventually came to realize Adam was spite.
  • Aside Glance: After killing the Ursa that was about to be Yang's second victim in episode 6, she retrieves her blade and, while returning it to its sheath, gives a nice grin. Also after she realizes Yang is taking a moment to admire Ruby's showing off of leadership.
  • Aw, Look! They Really Do Love Each Other: The trip to Menagerie causes great friction between the introverted, secretive Blake and the extroverted, open Sun. When Sun is badly wounded by a White Fang spy, Blake rushes to his side, tearfully crying out for help and telling him to hold on. In a call-back to Adam maiming Yang, Blake is upset it's happened again, blaming herself for her friends' injuries at the hands of the White Fang.
  • Badass Bookworm: Deflects dozens of bullets point-blank, while running towards the shooters, at that. In fact, she dismembers Mecha-Mooks with her sheathe. She's so fast that she successfully dodges every single attack the Spider Tank launches at her specifically, while running, flying and flinging herself around. She's very fond of books, and has her nose in one whenever she gets the chance.
  • Bare Your Midriff: Blake tends to wear clothes that reveal her belly button. In Volumes 1-3, her primary combat uniform consist of an white top that is cut to just reveal her bellybutton, while her secondary combat uniform consists of a bomber jacket that leaves her entire lower abdomen exposed. In Volume 4, her top consists of a lattice-necked crop-top that only covers her breasts and leaves the rest of her torso exposed to the waist. Her father is a bit concerned about her clothing choices.
    Ghira: So... Is it warm in Vale?
    Blake: Huh?
    Ghira: It just... seems like your outfit doesn't cover very much.
    Blake: (looks down and crosses her arms defensively) It covers plenty.
  • Bizarre Human Biology: Being a cat faunus, she has feline ears atop her head... along with the human ones on the side. And it's not clear on whether she listens with all four.
  • Blade Lock: Engages in one with Adam in the penultimate episode of Volume 3, which she did to stop him from murdering an innocent student. Unfortunately, she struggles to fend him off, when he's only using one hand no less. It even comes with Sword Sparks.
  • Brooding Boy, Gentle Girl: Gender-inverted with her and Sun. She is a moody, melancholy loner with a very Dark and Troubled Past. In an attempt to overcome her self-perceived cowardice, she tries to deal with problems herself (and hurts herself in the process) or avoids them altogether, and later insists that it's best if nobody were attached to her. Whenever Sun sees Blake in distress, he often tries to cheer her up or offer her comfort and companionship, usually to be ignored or coldly dismissed. He refuses to give up on being her companion and being there for her during her darkest moment, despite the fact that all he usually accomplishes is pissing her off even further. "Like Morning Follows Night" expands on this dynamic; Blake questions whether Sun understands what she's been through, and feels like she must keep everybody at a distance so that they don't have to suffer alongside her. Meanwhile, Sun tries to convince Blake to let go of her past and forgive herself for her mistakes.
  • Broken Bird: She starts the show nervous, suspicious and unable to trust. She hates herself as a coward and has a self-destructive obsession with trying to understand the White Fang's motives and activities. Although Beacon's friendly atmosphere begins to bring her out of her shell, the academy's destruction and Adam's promise to destroy everything she loves, beginning with maiming Yang, puts her on the run. She's paranoid, frightened, surely and determined to be alone as she travels back to her home in Menagerie, and very upset that Sun is following her, determined to not let her stay this way.
  • Casual Danger Dialog: She has a very low opinion of the threat level of the Schnee Company's mechs. When Adam says that they're going to be doing it the hard way, she replies, "Don't be so dramatic."
  • Cat Ninja: Blake has a cat Animal Motif and is secretly a cat Faunus who fights much like a ninja, with her kusarigama-esque weapon, sneaky and fast movement and her ability to create body doubles of herself.
  • Cat Smile: After the confrontation with Ilia, when Sun strains his injury trying to argue with Blake, she involuntarily dissolves into giggles that leave her with a wavy smile on her face.
  • Category Traitor: Blake's father Ghira gives a speech to the people of Menagerie telling them that Adam is planning on taking over the White Fang and then launch an attack on Haven Academy. When he asks the people to travel to Haven to help protect the humans, Ilia interrupts the speech to denounce Blake's entire family to the populace. She declares them to be the worst kind of Faunus, traitors who side with humans against the very organization that's trying to save the Faunus from all the crimes humanity has committed against them.
  • Cloth Fu: Presumably the "Variant" part of "variant ballistic chain-scythe" refers to the fact that Blake uses a ribbon to keep a grip on the pistol rather than a chain.
  • Color-Coded Eyes: Blake's yellow eyes are symbolic of her being a cat Faunus. This connection only exists from an audience's perspective, since in-universe, humans may have yellow eyes.
  • Combat Stilettos: Blake's heels shouldn't aid her in doing those flips, sliding down cliffs and being generally sneaky, yet she wears them anyway.
  • Covert Pervert: Her Ninjas of Love book, seen in "The Badge and the Burden", is heavily implied to be an erotic novel; when unpacking her books in the former, Blake takes out the book, but gets flustered and nervously looks around before putting it back.
  • Cowardly Lion: She believes that her biggest flaw is that she runs away from her problems. She is convinced her entire make-up is designed around this flaw because her Semblance leaves clones behind whenever she dodges or flees, which take the hits that are meant for her. She fled from her past with the terrorist White Fang and especially her obsessive, overbearing and abusive partner, Adam. However, she's always there when her school colleagues, friends and team-mates need her help, she wants to become a Huntress to make the world a better place. When Adam attacks Beacon Academy and maims Yang, Blake flees Vale and goes on the run again. This time she goes back to her roots, trying to mend bridges with her family, and doesn't begin to develop the mentality to stand her ground until the end of Volume 4 when she decides to reform the White Fang from Adam's influence.
  • Cry Cute:
    • After her fight with Weiss, she flees to Beacon's courtyard statue, gazing at it in tears. When Weiss makes up with her after finding her again, the only thing Weiss is truly angry about is that Blake hid her problems instead of sharing her troubles with her teammates.
    • This happens again in Volume 3, episode 12, when she's tearing up at the sight of an injured and unconscious Yang. Blake, feeling guilty, repeatedly apologizes to her on the ground while clutching her hand.
    • Blake cries in front of her father during a heart-to-heart in "A Much Needed Talk" after her father expresses concern for her safety and happiness. She feels as if she didn't deserve their love after leaving them behind.
  • Dark and Troubled Past: She's an ex-White Fang Faunus who's on the run from her terrorist past. Word of God confirms her relationship with Adam to have been an abusive one.
  • Dark Secret: She is determined to hide her Faunus status; she views herself as a "criminal hiding in plain sight" because she is a White Fang defector. She only admits that reason to another Faunus (Sun), although Team RWBY know she's ex-White Fang. When asked the reason by Ozpin, she claims it's because she wants to people to see who she really is, not what she is.
  • Deadpan Snarker: Has a tendency to calmly and bluntly put down others, particularly with Adam and Weiss.
  • Death Glare:
    • When she complains about Sun needlessly stealing apples, Sun retorts by claiming she used to be in a cult. The glare she shoots him makes him back off very quickly.
    • She later glares at Roman after he knocks Sun and Neptune off of the highway.
  • Declaration of Protection: While the team is holed up in an abandoned farm during a blizzard, Yang has a PTSD flashback to Adam. Blake tells her that she'll be by her side and vows to protect her from Adam. Although Yang starts to smile at Blake promising to not run and remain by her side, she swiftly becomes offended by the vow to protect her and moodily storms off. She later reiterates the vow when the two of them confront Adam together, this time as a mutual sentiment, which helps to relax Yang after Adam tries to rile her up.
  • Decoy Getaway: She uses her semblance in "Heroes and Monsters" to distract Adam long enough for her to grab Yang and flee.
  • Depending on the Artist: Blake's appearance has inconsistencies between her 3D model, the official artwork, and merchandise. Sometimes her vest is open so high her belly button (which doesn't make its way onto the 3D model) is visible and sometimes so low that only a tiny sliver of skin above her waistband is showing, sometimes her shorts have a zipper and button in the middle but most of the time they just have apparently useless zippers on the legs, and sometimes her cat ears are purple but usually they're black.
  • Determinator: When she finds out that Torchwick is working with the White Fang, she becomes obsessed with finding out they're up to and stopping it. Her determination becomes an obsession that takes a heavy toll on her grades, social life and health. Yang takes her to one side to tell her a story about how Yang's obsession with finding her birth mother almost got herself and Ruby killed at a young age. Yang has since mastered her desire and helps Blake to do the same. Blake eventually plays the trope straight when she saves Yang's life by picking up Yang's unconscious body and running despite having just suffered a vengeful beating and being stabbed in the abdomen.
  • Dirty Coward: Blake thinks she's a coward because she feels her response to problems is to run away. Even her Semblance reinforces her self-belief by creating decoys that take her hits for her. Examples she uses to "prove" she's a coward include her fleeing the team when she actually lets slip to Weiss that she's ex-White Fang and her abandoning Adam during the Black Trailer. When she runs away to protect the people she cares about from Adam's vengeance, a physically and emotionally broken Yang bitterly judges her for running away because Blake hasn't told anyone why she's gone. In "Taking Control", Sun calls her out on constantly running away, informing her that contrary to what she thinks, constantly abandoning her loved ones and friends is anything but selfless and in fact hurts them more than the bad guys ever could; hearing this, combined with the discovery that Adam intends to usurp the White Fang and then destroy Haven Academy just as he destroyed Beacon, finally gets Blake to decide she's done running.
  • Dope Slap: In "Of Runaways and Stowaways", she gives Sun a big slap after they finish fighting the serpent Grimm because she's angry he followed her onto the ship going to Menagerie.
  • Doppelgänger Attack: Although she's more often seen using them as defensive illusions, she does do this a few times in her trailer, usually to accommodate Adam's attacks. Later confirmed as being her Semblance. And "No Brakes" shows that she can use this ability in conjunction with Dust, adding several abilities to her repertoire.
  • Elemental Powers: With the help of Dust, Blake is able to give her clones elemental abilities; Fire clones explode, Earth Clones are shields, and Ice clones can be used to trap an enemy.
  • The End Justifies The Means: Downplayed, she believes that the White Fang shouldn't be condemned for their violence because they're just lashing out at the ingrained persecution of human society but she still left them for said violent acts.
  • Exhausted Eyebags: In episode 5 of Volume 2, Blake is drawn with these to show how she has became The Insomniac from stressing over what Torchwick is planning.
  • Expressive Ears: Whenever she's uncertain or upset, the tips of her cat ears will fold over to look like a floppy-eared dog's ears. The more uncertain or upset she becomes, the more folded and flatter her ears become.
  • Expressive Hair: Not unlike actual cats, her hair stands up aggressively when she meets Zwei, the corgi.
  • Falling into His Arms:
    • During the Black Trailer she and Adam try and hijack a train that's carrying Dust. However, there are robotic guards that are alerted to the presence of intruders and prove quite tough to fight. As one sends Blake flying, Adam manages to catch her in his arms before she falls.
    • When she and Sun fight a marine Grimm together, Sun is knocked down from a great height. Blake rushes forward and catches him in her arms just in time. He jokingly calls her his hero whereupon she dumps him on the ground like he's a sack of potatoes. Later on during the same fight, she is the one who falls from a great height and Sun returns the favour by catching her in the same way.
  • Fashionable Asymmetry: Her right arm doesn't have a sleeve. Justified, as it holds her ribbon for her kusarigama.
  • Fatal Flaw: The majority of Blake's problems stem from a deep self-loathing. She generally focuses on what she thinks are her own failings, such as perceived cowardice and guilt over things she has no control of, which often drives her to run away from others when they try to help her. Blake admits to her father that she doesn't understand how anyone could care about her or forgive her for what she's said and done, and tells Sun that she wants to do things on her own because that way she's the only one who has to suffer the consequences. Yang, Sun, and Ghira all point out, in different ways, that Blake's self-flagellating is not helping her; Yang notes how it's self-destructive to obsess over resolving a problem at the expense of anything else because she thinks she's responsible for it, while Sun points out that pushing others away because of guilt just hurts them even more, especially when they want to help her. Ghira simply tells her that no matter what, her friends and family will always love her.
  • The Fettered: Blake is intensely troubled by the violence the White Fang was committing, especially under Adam's command, and finally broke away when Adam admitted he didn't care about the lives of civilians. The violence the White Fang are contributing to continues to trouble her throughout the first two volumes, to the point that she is obsessively trying to find a way to stop whatever they're planning. Blake's self-imposed guilt over what happened during the fall of Beacon drives her actions in the fourth volume, as she still feels responsible for the horrible things the Fang have done under Adam's command.
  • Flash Step: While at first she appears to be able to move so quickly that she leaves behind an afterimage of herself, it is revealed in Episode 10 of Volume 2 that her semblance is actually the ability to create a temporary clone of herself to take hits and distract her enemies.
  • Foil: To Sun. Both are Faunus, but Blake hides her race to because she's afraid of what people will think of her, while Sun revels in his race and doesn't seem to care how people view him. Blake is ex-White Fang who believes in the need to fight for Faunus rights, while Sun views the White Fang as a cult who appointed themselves as Faunus representatives without say-so from other Faunus. Blake's Semblance produces shadow-based clones that are used for defence (deception, dodging and escaping), whereas Sun's Semblance produces light-based clones that are used offensively to attack the opponent directly. Sun helps Blake to loosen up while Blake helps Sun to show at least a little restraint.
  • Friend or Idol Decision: When Sun and Blake fight a White Fang spy, Sun targets the spy while Blake is free to either help him pin down the spy or go after the spy's dropped scroll. Sun tells her to hurry up and go after the scroll. As Blake does so, Sun reaches the limit of his Aura, making himself vulnerable to being badly injured a short time later when she refuses to hand over the scroll to Ilia.
  • Gender-Blender Name: "Blake" is a gender-neutral name but is more commonly chosen for boys than girls.
  • Grappling-Hook Pistol: The "ribbon" part of her weapon seems to act as this, allowing her to gain higher ground fast alongside Ruby, Yang, and Weiss.
  • Had to Be Sharp: Ozpin observes that the normal process for qualifying for entrance into the prestigious Beacon Academy is to go through the usual combat education and examinations. Blake is one of the very few who did not qualify this way. Blake tells him how hard life is outside the protected kingdoms; if a person cannot fight, they will die. It's pure survival.
  • Heroic BSoD: Spends the first half of Volume 2 in a taciturn, isolationist mood due to the discovery that Faunus-racist Roman is using the White Fang for his illegal activities. She barely eats, sleeps, socializes or studies due to her obsession until Yang talks some sense into her and she accepts her team mates and friends really are willing to help her uncover the truth. Even Ozpin's worried about her.
  • Heroic RRoD: Blake's physical breakdown, starting from Volume 2, Chapter 5, was most prominently shown in Volume 2, Chapter 6, where Yang shoves her onto a desk out of frustration. Almost as if to prove Yang's point that Blake has no hope of beating Torchwick if she doesn't rest, Blake struggles to regain her footing, and is too weak and tired to shove Yang in retaliation. She tries her best to push Yang back, but it barely nudges her teammate.
  • Heroic Self-Deprecation: While in Mountain Glenn, Blake berates herself for her perceived cowardice, musing that she's spent her life running away and that her Semblance acts as proof because it only creates decoys that take the hits meant for her. When those decoys save Yang's life from Adam, Blake still blames herself for Yang's injuries. She abandons Team RWBY and goes on the run, although it's implied that she's distancing herself from the people she cares about to protect them from Adam. In "A Much Needed Talk", she even claims that she doesn't deserve her family's love, because she turned her back on her family, supporting the White Fang over them; she can't believe they don't hate her.
  • Hide Your Otherness: She views herself as a criminal hiding in plain sight because she's a Faunus who is on the run from the terrorist White Fang organisation. She achieves this by hiding her cat ears underneath a girly hair bow, disguising her faunus heritage from everyone. On the way back to her home on Menagerie in Volume 4, she discards the bow, feeling that she no longer needs it to hide herself.
  • Implausible Fencing Powers: Deflects a hail of bullets during the "Black" trailer. It's taken to the next extreme when Weiss casts Haste on her in "Painting the Town...", allowing Blake to rend the air so fast that she can keep up with and slash a Macross Missile Massacre.
  • Improvised Weapon: Uses a pair of baguettes, and later a chain of sausages, in "Best Day Ever" during the Food Fight.
  • The Insomniac: Blake becomes this in Volume 2, because she is very stressed out over thinking about what Torchwick is planning to do with the White Fang. It shows with her Exhausted Eyebags, and angrily dismissive response to Sun asking her to the dance.
  • It's Not You, It's My Enemies: Deconstructed. During Volume 4, Blake states she is getting tired of seeing her friends getting hurt because of her, and Sun calls her out on running away. He tells her that her actions are not nearly as 'selfless' as she might believe. Instead, pushing her friends away only causes more harm than good, as exemplified by Yang's continued anger about Blake's abandonment of her in Volume 5.
  • It's Personal: When a terrorist coup topples Ghira, the peaceful White Fang leader and Blake's father, Blake initially sides with the coup leaders, especially Adam. The new, violent direction eventually causes her to defect to Beacon Academy to become an honourable Huntress. She remains obsessed with trying to uncover the White Fang's end-game until Beacon is attacked, where Adam vows to destroy everything she loves. Blake flees and only stops running once she's reunited with her parents and worked through her guilt over the injuries Yang and Sun receive just for trying to help her. Learning that Haven Academy is Adam's next target is the final straw, whereupon she vows to take back control of the White Fang from Adam.
  • Jerkass Realization: Throughout most of Volume 4, she repeatedly lashes out at Sun, who's trying to help her and bring her out of her shell. She slaps him repeatedly and tells him point-blank she doesn't want his help in "A Much Needed Talk". An episode later, Sun is badly injured in a fight with Ilia, and she breaks, reinforcing her belief that it's her fault her friends are being injured because of her connection to Adam. When Sun comes around from the injury, he calls her out on her attitude; he states that, contrary to what she thinks, constantly running out on her friends and pushing them away is not selfless; it just causes them pain. After that, she's much more accepting of Sun's presence in her life.
  • Katanas Are Just Better: Her weapon's default form is a katana with a gun part attached.
  • Kiai: The loudest combatant of Team RWBY, possibly aside from an enraged Yang.
  • Knight in Sour Armor: By the time she enrolled at Beacon, she's already been disillusioned by the unending discrimination against the Faunus, as well as the subversion of the White Fang's founding ideals.
  • Lady of War: She relies more on acrobatics, speed and stealth than brute strength or large weapons when she fights. Normally very composed, she becomes deadly and focused when emotionally-charged in battle. In "Search and Destroy", she waited, completely still, for the Grimm to approach her from behind, with them less than an inch or so near her, before she attacked. When fighting Roman for the second time, she focuses her emotions into taking him out as fast and efficiently as possible. The few times she has been in a situation where her composure has broken, it has been life or death, and she has still made calculated, graceful decisions to retreat rather than stay in a hopeless battle.
  • Leaning on the Fourth Wall: Coupled with Aside Glance; the 15th episode ends with her saying, "So. You want to know more about me." (cut to credits)
  • Leave Me Alone!: This is her mindset in a nutshell. Throughout Volume 2, she rebuffs those reaching out to her, due to feeling a personal responsibility to keep Torchwick away from the White Fang. The fact that her health and sanity were going to shit didn't stop her from forgoing food and sleep to try and track down the White Fang. The events that transpire near the end of Volume 3 cause her to revert to her solitary ways after having temporarily taken a level in cheerfulness, believing that anybody who gets close to her will be endangering themselves. She repeatedly lashes out at Sun, who wanted to bring her out of her shell, treating him as an unwelcome intrusion. It reaches a head in "A Much Needed Talk", where she repeatedly slaps Sun across the face and flat-out tells him to his face that she doesn't want his help.
  • Leitmotif: During the Black Trailer, she and Adam are taking part in a train heist while "From Shadows" plays, a song defiance from an oppressed race to its oppressors. Refrains from this song regularly play during scenes involving her.
  • Little Bit Beastly: She's a cat-eared girl with almond-shaped golden eyes. She also engages in some feline behavior, liking tuna and treeing herself to avoid Ruby and Yang's dog.
  • Lost Food Grievance: When Team RWBY pauses at a noodle stand for lunch between tournament matches, everyone except for Blake receives the same bowl of noodles no matter what they order; the chef makes her a special bowl which includes a huge fish. As a cat Faunus, her team-mates have already observed that she loves fish; the moment she sees the meal, she drools and becomes starry-eyed. When Weiss can't pay as intended, Blake attempts to sneak her meal away but the chef confiscates the bowl. With a piteous "no!", she slumps forward onto the counter top until Pyrrha, who witnesses everything, offers to pay. Team RWBY attempts to politely decline, but Blake hastily begs for a change of heart.
  • Luminescent Blush: When Team SSSN win their first tournament match, Sun and Neptune begin doing a silly victory dance in the middle of the stadium. Sun suddenly stops dancing, locates Blake in the watching crowd and winks at her. Blake responds by blushing furiously and agreeing with Yang that Sun and Neptune are still dorks.
  • Meaningful Name:
    • The name "Blake" comes from two Old English sources, one meaning "black" and the other meaning "pale". Blake is predominantly associated with black, but wears a lot of white as well.
    • To "gambol" is to run or jump around in a playful manner, and shroud refers to something that conceals or hides. The chaotic, mutable fighting style Blake's weapon requires, Blake's ninja-like abilities and her hidden personality, make the name of her weapon fit well.
  • Mix-and-Match Weapon: Gambol Shroud can be used as a weapon when sheathed, dual-wielded with said sheathe, transform into a pistol and then be used as a kusarigama with the blade attached.
  • Motive Misidentification: Blake originally believes that Adam shares her idealism for a world where humans and Faunus peacefully co-exist. Although she left the White Fang due to his extremism, she still believes he simply went too far in pursuit of a noble goal and describes him thus for the first three volumes. Only at the end of Volume 3 does she learn the truth; Adam declares equality impossible while helping the villains to destroy Beacon Academy and vowing to kill everyone Blake loves for abandoning him. In Volume 5, she describes it to Sun as initially thinking Adam stood for justice or passion until eventually realising he only symbolised spite. In Volume 6, Yang indicates Blake's misidentification was caused by deliberate deceit when she asks Adam if Blake gave her loyalty to him or the person he was pretending to be.
  • My God, What Have I Done?:
    • In "End of the Beginning", a wounded, tired, and bandaged Blake grabs an unconscious Yang's hand, repeatedly saying "I'm sorry" as tears stream down her eyes. Her guilt over what happened to Yang is obvious.
    • In "A Much Needed Talk", Blake is driven to tears out of regret for leaving her parents when she was young to stay with the White Fang under Adam's leadership.
  • My Greatest Failure: As revealed in "A Much Needed Talk", Blake criticised both of her parents for leaving the White Fang and openly called them cowards for going against their cause... only to eventually discover that her parents had good reason to leave, especially considering how far they've fallen. It's to the extent that, when discussing the incident with her father, she breaks down crying in the midst of her apology:
    Blake: I should have left the White Fang with you and Mom. I should’ve listened to you, and I’m sorry. I’m so, so sorry.
  • Ninja Log: Her Semblance lets her leave "copies" of herself momentarily, which she uses to trick opponents into attacking before the real her reveals herself right afterwards. It also has the special effect of boosting her forward.
  • Not Afraid of You Anymore: Ever since the events of Volume 3, she's been terrified of Adam and on the run from her friends. At the end of Volume 4, Sun's You Are Not Alone speech, as well as the discovery of Adam's plan to overthrow Sienna Khan, gets her to decide she's Tired of Running. In Volume 5, she rallies all of Menagerie against the White Fang, thwarts Adam's plans, and lets him know in no uncertain terms that he no longer intimidates her. Her standing up to him, coupled with Sun backing her up and his men getting arrested, leads Adam to escape Haven.
    Blake: You can try and make me regret coming here, Adam, but honestly ... I've got more important things to deal with.
  • Not What I Signed on For: A coup deposes the former peaceful leader, Ghira Belladonna, to transform the White Fang into a militant organisation under the command of Sienna Khan, willing to use violence to achieve Faunus equality by force where peaceful protest is failing. Although the Belladonna family leaves the organisation, Ghira's daughter Blake remains, supporting the coup's new approach. However, under Adam's command, Blake finds the militancy becoming more violent and indiscriminate until Adam's lack of concern for the safety of innocents on a Dust train he wants to blow up becomes the line she cannot cross. Abandoning Adam and the White Fang, Blake goes on the run and joins Beacon Academy, hoping to achieve her desire for a better, more equal, world in a more honourable way. When Blake and Adam confront each other during the Battle of Beacon, she is horrified to learn that Adam has never wanted Faunus equality: he wants humanity defeated and broken, their fate to serve the Faunus.
  • Oblivious to Love: She was unaware of Ilia's feelings for her until the latter's Anguished Declaration of Love.
  • One Degree of Separation: She was still part of the White Fang when Cinder and her associates were talking with Adam, but the one meeting she barely missed was right before the train job that convinced her to leave.
  • Personality Powers: Discussed Trope. At a low point in her life, Blake tells Yang and Weiss that she believes she's a coward because she has a history of running away from her problems. She cites her Semblance as evidence of this cowardice because she personally interprets the ability as allowing her to flee combat strikes by creating clones that remain behind to take the hits that are meant for her.
  • Purple Is Powerful: What isn't black or white in her outfit is purple — including her symbol, as shown in the title sequence.
  • Rapid-Fire "No!": When Sun is injured by a White Fang member who is a former acquaintance of Blake's, Blake panics and repeats the word 'no' four times in rapid succession as she hurries over to his side. She blames herself for his injury, seeing it as a repeat of the way Adam injured Yang just to get back at her for leaving him and the White Fang.
  • Raven Hair, Ivory Skin: She has light skin and long black hair, and Sun finds her attractive, giving her a flirty wink when they first meet.
  • Rebellious Rebel: Starts off as a member of the White Fang, a rebel faunus group striving for equal rights. When it becomes corrupt under new leadership, she ends up cutting ties with the organization and running. By the end of volume 4, she becomes determined to "take back" the White Fang.
  • Recoil Boost: In pistol form, the gun actually fires to give the blade part more speed.
  • Reluctant Warrior: Comes off as this in her trailer. She's concerned with the casualties they might make along the way, which eventually leads to her decision to part ways with Adam (and possibly dissociate herself with the White Fang altogether).
  • Red Oni, Blue Oni: The blue to Yang's red; Yang is outgoing, boisterous, and heavily associated with bright, fiery colors, while Blake is reserved, generally quiet, and associated with dark, cool colors.
  • Reverse Grip: How she dual-wields her swords when separated.
  • Rousing Speech: When the Belladonna family ask the people of Menagerie to fight against the White Fang, Ghira's attempt to rouse the population ends with him turning to Blake in the hope that speaking from the heart about her experience during the White Fang attack on Beacon will convince them to get involved. Ghira turns out to be right, but for the wrong reason. When Adam orders the Albain brothers to assassinate Ghira and Kali, the attempt fails and draws the attention of the population. Outside the burning house, Blake points out that Faunus are capable of hate crimes against their own people, too, and that if the people of Menagerie really do oppose such attitudes, they have to stop letting the White Fang speak for them. When she openly forgives Ilia and lets Ilia stand with her against the White Fang, others begin to volunteer, too.
  • Saying Too Much: In "The Stray", when her argument with Weiss over the White Fang reaches the point where Weiss openly declares them to be nothing but a group of liars, thieves, and murderers, Blake snaps and shouts, "Well, maybe we were just tired of being pushed around!", inadvertently revealing to the rest of the group that she's both a Faunus and connected to the White Fang. Cue an Oh, Crap! when she realizes that she let it slip and subsequently flees the room.
  • Scars Are Forever: After Adam stabbed her in the stomach in Volume 3, a scar can be seen on Blake's stomach from certain angles starting in volume 5.
  • Secretly Wealthy: When Blake shows Sun where her family home is, Sun is shocked to see it's the largest residential building in the area. It's a huge, sprawling mansion with steps leading up to a giant front door with an enormous, intimidating knocker. There are multiple, good-sized rooms inside and, unlike Weiss's cold, empty, echoing family mansion, Blake's family mansion uses rich, warming wood effects. What Blake hasn't revealed to her friends and team-mates is that she's the daughter of one of the most influential Faunus in the world. Her father is Menagerie's chieftain, and the former peaceful White Fang leader who stepped down five years prior to the series. However, as Blake refused to leave with her parents, volume 4 is the first time she has experienced this wealth.
  • Self-Duplication: Her semblance leaves behind copies of herself. Deep introspection over why she wants to be a Huntress leads her to lament that her shadows are always taking the hits for her.
  • Sherlock Scan: Runs into Ruby and Weiss, finds a vial of Dust, and uses the symbol on the vial to determine the Academic Alpha Bitch yelling at someone else is heiress to an international company with a monopoly on magic and shady business practices, all within about five seconds.
  • Sheath Strike: The sheath of this weapon is just as sharp as a blade and can be used as such. She sometimes dual wields her blade and her sheath, as well.
  • Ship Tease: Sun is introduced winking flirtatiously at her, and he's frequently shown trying to charm her in his own dorky way. She fluctuates between being flattered and annoyed at his advances (he was her most frequent target of a Death Glare) at first, but she's warmed up to him, culminating in her dancing with him in Volume 2 and blushing at his flirting in Volume 3. Blake also has quite a bit with Yang, which became most noticeable in Volume 6 where Blake and Yang are constantly seen together, attempting to mend their relationship.
  • Signature Headgear: For the first three volumes, Blake wears a large, black bow that dominates the top of her head, standing out like a pair of animal ears. The bow is designed to hide feline ears so that people won't realize that she's a Faunus. It fools everyone except for Professor Ozpin, Penny and fellow Faunus, Sun. She only makes the decision to stop wearing the bow at the start of Volume 4, when she travels home to the Faunus island of Menagerie.
  • Silly Rabbit, Idealism Is for Kids!: In contrast with Ruby's mentality, she has a very different view of the world. She's also the only member of the team who doesn't immediately believe Yang after the Tournament incident, citing that she's seen people close to her turn down dark paths before. With a little convincing though, she ultimately does take Yang's side.
    Blake: Unfortunately, the real world isn't the same as a fairy tale.
  • Stealth Pun: The Ribbon/Gun portion of Gambol Shroud is technically a pistol-whip and is commonly used for this purpose.
  • Straight Man: In episode 8, she shares this with Yang at the beginning, pointing out the ridiculousness happening around her. Yang loses her temper towards the end, while Blake stays calm (even Ren loses his cool at Nora at one point).
  • Sticks to the Back: She carries Gambol Shroud on her back with what appears to be a large magnet.
  • Strong Family Resemblance: She has inherited her height from her mother, Kali. Like Kali, she has wavy black hair and black cat ears. Her facial structure and eyes are also shaped like her mother. The only difference between them is that they wear their hair at different lengths and her mother's cat ears are a little larger.
  • Sugar-and-Ice Personality: Initially, Blake seems to be aloof and disinterested, but when Ruby starts connecting with her over books, she seems to warm up a bit, even smiling and chuckling. In the ninth episode, seeing her going along with Ruby and Yang when their team gets their own room is pretty jarring to see after her stoic demeanor all throughout the previous episodes.
    Weiss: Lately, you have been quiet, anti-social, and moody.
    Yang: Uhh, have you met Blake?
  • Super Senses: Blake has two pairs of ears, one human pair and a second pair of feline ears that are situated on top of her head. Her feline hearing is far superior to her human hearing. When fighting for her life against Adam, she can hear the sound of Yang's motorbike engine long before Yang arrives and identify the direction from which Yang is coming. Adam only has human hearing and is oblivious until Yang's motorcycle crashes into his body; Blake is unharmed, having known to move out of the way.
  • Swiss Army Weapon: The katana part can be turned horizontally, which effectively turns it into a kusarigama with a gun on the end, and even its sheathe can be used as a weapon! And then it can be loaded with Dust to change the elements of her shadow clones too...
  • Tactical Withdrawal: She seems as fast as Weiss and as powerful as Ruby. That said, she knows when to cut her losses and run.
  • Tears of Remorse: Blake can be prone to blaming herself for the things Adam does to people she cares about just to spite her or for decisions she's made in the past that she is now ashamed of. Whenever she attempts to apologise for these things, she bursts into tears. When Adam cuts off Yang's arm to spite Blake, Blake sobs an apology to the unconscious Yang, and she bursts into tears when she apologises to her father for abandoning her parents to remain with an increasingly violent White Fang, wondering how Ghira can still love her after all that. When Adam sabotages the team's attempts to get to Atlas, she and Yang are forced to kill Adam; she collapses in tears and sobs in Yang's arms that she will never run away again.
  • Tired of Running: In "Taking Control", Sun lectures her on how friends stay by each other's side and how shutting out a friend hurts them far more than it helps. Boosted by this, Blake announces that they're going to stop Adam from assassinating Sienna Khan, take back the White Fang from his militant faction, and save Haven Academy from falling. When Ilia later asks her why Blake isn't taking her advice to leave before it's too late, Blake retorts that she runs away too much.
    Ilia: Why couldn't you just leave?!
    Blake: Because I run away too much.
  • Took a Level in Cheerfulness: Blake is first introduced as a serious, aloof, and quiet girl, though not completely humorless. After bonding with Ruby in The Shining Beacon, Blake becomes more willing to participate in their misadventures (like decorating their dorm in The Badge and the Burden). Her interactions with her teammates all involve her gradually opening up the more they earn her trust and loyalty (like dropping her obsession with Torchwick after a long talk with Yang). While she's still somewhat reserved, the third volume sees her smiling more frequently, laughing more often, and having more fun in general, culminating in her comical overreactions to receiving a bowl of fish before having it taken away in Volume 3. When Beacon falls and Adam maims Yang, telling her he'll destroy everything she cares about, she goes on the run, becoming isolated, paranoid and distinctly less cheerful.
  • Trademark Favorite Food: When the team first learn Blake is a faunus, Ruby seems to think it explains why she eats so much fish. At the tournament, she doesn't simply eat a bowl of noodles like everyone else, she has an extra portion of fish cooked specially for her. Not only is she left drooling over the fish, but she becomes very unhappy when it's taken away from her and dives on the opportunity to take up Pyrrha's offer to pay for it.
  • Tsurime Eyes: Her eyes are notably pointier than the other girls' to accentuate her cat-girl themed appearance.
  • Variable-Length Chain: Her weapon has a ribbon that seems to have no limit on actual reach.
  • Visual Pun: A feline Faunus with the power of duplication... she's a literal copycat.
  • Weak, but Skilled: A variation of this. She's very much a capable fighter, but lacks the kind of sheer destructive power possessed by the rest of her team. In her trailer, it was Adam, not her, that landed the finishing blow on the Spider Tank. Also, unlike Ruby, Weiss, and Yang, her Semblance has no offensive capabilities, and is merely a means of defense and evasion. Despite all this, however, she still manages to fight on par with her team through her very versatile fighting style, and clever use of her Semblance.
  • Western Terrorists: The White Fang used to be a peaceful organisation until a coup forced the peaceful leader to stand down and replace it with leaders who were willing to use violence and other law-breaking activities to achieve Faunus liberty. Although Blake is the daughter of the deposed peaceful leader, she initially supported the coup becoming estranged from her family. However, over time she becomes disillusioned with the violence, feeling that it's taking Faunus away from the goal of achieving peace and equality. The Black Trailer shows her last ever mission for the White Fang, a train heist to obtain Dust cargo; when Blake realizes Adam is planning on blowing up the train regardless of the human lives it will cost, she abandons the mission, Adam and the White Fang. She joins Beacon Academy in an attempt to atone by becoming a force for good in the world.
  • Wrecked Weapon: During battle, Blake's sword is cut in half by her opponent, leaving her with only her sheath to fight with. Adam destroys her sword, and she is quickly defeated without it. The only reason why she doesn't die at that moment is because she hears Yang approaching with her feline hearing and is able to protect herself with her clone Semblance just long enough for Yang to arrive. Even with Yang's help, the fight only ends when Yang and Blake each grab one half of the broken sword and stab Adam from two different directions.
  • Who Wears Short Shorts?: For the first three volumes, Blake wears a pair of tight white hot-pants over a pair of purple-tinted black tights. The shorts have black zips in the front of each leg, which creates the illusion that she's wearing an exposed garter over her shorts to hold up stockings.
  • Why Did It Have to Be Snakes?: Befitting her cat-nature, Blake reacts like a cat when Ruby and Yang's father posts them their pet dog. She leaps up and backwards upon first seeing the dog, with her hair standing on end. Retreating to the top bunk to avoid the dog, she behaves like a treed cat as Zwei barks at her from the ground, before eventually figuring out a route to the ground that allows her to leave the room while avoiding the dog. Just like a cat racing across furniture, she almost knocks a lamp over as she goes.
  • You Are Better Than You Think You Are: In "A Much Needed Talk", Blake, believing that she betrayed her family by leaving them to follow the White Fang's new leader, no longer considers herself worthy of their love. Her father tells her that her eventually leaving and setting herself back onto the right path proves she is a far stronger person than most people ever manage.
  • You Are Not Alone: Blake is convinced she has to face the problems of dealing with the White Fang alone. When she accidentally reveals she's a White Fang faunus, she runs away from her team for two days. When she's finally found, Weiss makes her promise to let the team help her with her problems. When Blake worries about hunting down the White Fang to the point of not eating or sleeping and losing grades, her team again insist on helping her and Yang's personal appeal encourages her to accept help investigating the White Fang. When Adam tells Blake he will destroy everything she loves and cuts off Yang's arm, Blake runs away from Vale, convinced it's better that she be alone. She is secretly followed by Sun, who initially believes her to be going after the White Fang alone. When he learns the truth, he remains determined to ensure she doesn't go through her trauma alone. Later, when Sun is injured by a White Fang member that was spying on her, Blake insists that that's exactly why she ran away from Team RWBY, Sun informs her that contrary to what she thinks, running out on and abandoning her friends and loved ones is not selfless and in fact causes them more pain than their enemies ever could; this gives her the strength to confront the White Fang. Eventually, she is able to use her learning curve to both help Ilia turn back from the same isolation and anger, and to confront Adam once and for all with Yang's help and support.
  • Zipperiffic: Blake's shorts have a zipper on each leg, and they're placed in such a way that they have no use at all.

    Yang Xiao Long 

Yang Xiao Long

Voiced By: Barbara Dunkelman [EN], Ami Koshimizu [JP]

Debut: Yellow Trailer
"Great! The gang's all here. Now we can die together!"
Click here to see her post-timeskip appearance 
"And I think I have been through enough to be considered an adult at this point."

"At least you two have something that drives you. I've just kinda always gone with the flow, you know? And that's fine; I mean, that's who I am, but how long can I really do that for? I wanna be a Huntress, not really because I want to be a hero, but because I want the adventure. I want a life where I won't know what tomorrow will bring and that will be a good thing. Being a Huntress just happens to line up with that."

The daughter of Taiyang Xiao Long and Raven Branwen, Yang is an energetic, blond-haired young woman with a violent streak. She is going to Beacon Academy to train to be a huntress, and is overjoyed when her younger sister Ruby is asked to attend Beacon Academy as well. She is partnered with Blake.

Yang's weapon, Ember Celica, is described as "dual-ranged shot-gauntlets". They're a pair of retractable gauntlets that can fire shotgun shells. Her Semblance, "Burn," allows her to absorb energy from the damage she takes when struck and use it to multiply her strength.

  • Ambiguously Bi: Although the Ship Tease between Yang and Blake has increased in frequency over the volumes, she has displayed no interest in other girls and no interest in boys since V1C3, when she voiced her appreciation of the various topless boys sharing the hall with them for the night. Later volumes focus entirely on her close relationship with Blake, such as helping her deal with her anxieties related to the White Fang, asking her to a dance, and being extremely distraught about Blake fleeing Vale after she loses her arm trying to protect Blake's life. After reuniting, they survive an initial awkward period to reforge a very close bond, holding hands on several occasions and taking comfort in each other's presence.
  • An Arm and a Leg: At the end of Volume 3, Adam vows to Blake that he will destroy everything she cares about. When he sees her horrified reaction upon realising Yang is trying to find her, Adam decides to start with Yang, cutting off her arm when she rushes in to save Blake. Blake is so guilt-ridden that she goes on the run. In Volume 4, Yang struggles to come to terms with the loss of her arm and suffers PTSD in the form of nightmares and flashbacks to Adam maiming her. When Ironwood, without prompting, commissions a state-of-the-art cybernetic replacement for Yang, Oobleck tells her that there are a lot of people who want her back to "normal", but does not elaborate on who or why. Yang only reluctantly accepts the arm and begins to wear it when she realizes that the reason Taiyang isn't searching for Ruby, who has left to hunt the villains with only Jaune's team for company, is because Taiyang cannot look after Yang and search for Ruby at the same time.
  • Arm Cannon: Her gauntlets allow her fight with ballistic weapons and explosions as well as fighting close-up. Her new arm has its own independent barrel that extends from the forearm, giving the prosthetic the same functionality as Ember Celica.
  • Artificial Limbs: During the fight for Beacon at the end of Volume 3, Adam severs her arm to get back at Blake for turning her back on him. Yang falls into depression for months, struggling to come to terms with her loss. Without anyone asking him to, Ironwood commissions a state-of-the-art cybernetic replacement for her. However, when her father gives her the arm, Yang rejects it and refuses to wear it. It remains by her bedside table, unused. She overhears Oobleck and Port asking Taiyang why he hasn't gone after the AWOL Ruby, and Taiyang mentions having other things to do. Yang realizes that Taiyang can't go after Ruby because he needs to support Yang. After that, she puts on the arm and begins to address her situation. Before she sets off to Mistral, she gives it a yellow and black paintjob.
  • Bare Your Midriff: Her outfits tend to display her navel, from her default one to her pajamas in Volume 1 and her Volume 4 outfit's tank top.
  • Bear Hug: Her Establishing Character Moment in-series is pulling Ruby into an enthusiastic hug, talking excitedly about how happy she is that they'll be attending Beacon together. Unfortunately, she puts too much of her strength into it. Later does so again after Weiss saves Ruby (to Ruby, not Weiss.)
    Ruby: Please, stop...
  • Beneath the Mask: Yang is a cheerful, compassionate and nurturing thrill-seeker. However, she is haunted by the knowledge that Summer, the woman who raised her, is not her biological mother; that woman, Raven, abandoned her at birth. Yang only learns the truth after Summer's death; she becomes so obsessed that she leaves home with Ruby on a quest through a Grimm-filled forest to locate Raven. The two young children would have been killed if not for a timely rescue by Qrow. Although her search continues, she now refuses to allow that obsession to control her and prioritises friends and loved ones over her personal desires. She only reveals this to Blake when Blake's obsession with the White Fang negatively impacts Blake's health and grades.
  • Berserk Button: Touching or otherwise messing with Yang's hair triggers a rather... disproportionate response. Junior tearing off a lock of her hair in the Yellow trailer triggered a massive berserk outburst, and an Ursa claws cutting off another lock sent her into a berserk fury later on in Volume 1. In Volume 5, a lecherous man trying to touch her hair caused her to calmly grab his hand and then punch him so hard her literally bounced out of the building like a tennis ball.
  • The Berserker: Turns into this in combat, especially with her ability to gain power from her injuries and anything that irritates her, such as damage to her hair. Her father points out that her Semblance is a temper-tantrum and criticises it for being a weakness she needs to overcome.
  • Berserker Tears: When she charges at Adam, who just stabbed Blake, it's shown in her eyes that she's crying because of the tragedy she just sees in front of her while she's trying to attack the assailant. You can briefly see them here.
  • The Big Gal: Yang is the main muscle of Team RWBY, not only does her main attack involve dakkaring and fisticuffs but she actually gets stronger the more she gets hurt.
  • Big "NO!": In Volume 3 Episode 11, when she sees Adam stab Blake, she yells "No!" as she activates her Semblance and charges right in.
  • Big Sister Instinct: She is quick to defend Ruby against Weiss in Episode 3 and is the first one to go to her aid after being attacked by the Grimm. Jeff Williams has confirmed that the song Gold is about her sisterly love for and desire to protect Ruby. In "Family", realizing that Taiyang was too busy looking after her to go looking for the missing Ruby, she is motivated to put on her robotic arm and start working her way out of her depression. During the battle for Beacon, the first thing she asks her friends when finding them is where Ruby is.
  • Big Sister Worship: Inverted. On more than one occasion, Yang has been vocally very proud of her younger sister's idealism and willingness to help people.
  • Biker Babe: Her debut has her riding a motorcycle to get to Junior's club. In Volume 4, her new outfit features a biker jacket and motorcycle pants.
  • Blinded by Rage: When Adam stabs Blake and causes her to scream in pain late in Volume 3, Yang flies into a blind rage and recklessly charges at him. This costs her her right arm.
  • Blood Knight: Yang revels in experiencing dangerous situations because she has a thrill-seeking nature; when the knowledge-broker she'd tried intimidating has her surrounded to make her pay for it, she clearly enjoys the ensuing fight and she applies to Beacon Academy because she enjoys the adrenaline rush and unpredictability of adventuring and combat. She doesn't begin to question her attitude until Doctor Oobleck challenges her reason for becoming a Huntress; during a mission to Mountain Glenn, he points out that not every mission will be full of daring and heroism. She also has a short temper with which she fuels her Semblance, allowing her to convert painful blows into greater strength. Her fights are therefore a roller coaster of emotion ranging from enjoyment and bravado to masochism and rage and so predictable in strategy that Cinder is able to exploit her during the Vytal tournament to frame Yang as a ruthless sadist who delights in attacking defenceless people. While convalescing, her father challenges this, encouraging her to rethink her approach to battle and life in general.
  • Boisterous Bruiser: She acts lively and can be boastful at times, and becomes very agitated when fighting.
  • Boobs of Steel: She takes on a whole nightclub run by a mafia-style organization, and wins. Whereas the other girls rely on some degree of finesse, she seems to take a brute-force approach to combat, shrugging off blows and returning fire with stronger attacks. This actually serves a practical purpose as Yang's semblance draws its power from the blows she receives, which allows her to benefit from a more aggressive, attack-oriented style. In keeping with her overwhelming physical prowess and aggressive style, she has the biggest breasts on the team.
  • Bottomless Magazines: Yang does have to reload, but she only ever does so when she needs to switch to more powerful ammo, or whenever it's dramatically appropriate for her to pause in the middle of a fight and reload by throwing the bullet bandoliers up into the air. How much ammo she fires off before reloading is therefore inconsistent; she can go entire fights without reloading, or reload in fights where the amount of ammo she expends before and after the reload are vastly different.
  • Break the Badass: Volume 3 is one large moment of this, starting with "Fall" which results in her reputation as a huntress being destroyed on internationally broadcast television and ending with "Heroes and Monsters" where she has her right arm sliced off in a Curb-Stomp Battle with Adam. Given how her persona is built on being a badass fighter, you can bet she'll have some serious issues after all this. As shown in the aftermath of the Battle of Beacon the various tragedies that Yang underwent has caused her to become shut off and angry even to Ruby.
  • Break Them by Talking: In "Haven's Fate", Yang makes Raven aware that she's not as strong as she thinks she is, saying that she's not only trying to bolt to save her own skin but taking the Relic will make her a target on Salem's hit list. By the end, Raven is in tears and can only whisper an apology to Yang before fleeing.
  • Boxing Battler: Based on her blocking and footwork (specifically how she slides to dodge attacks), she fights like a boxer, with some martial arts training to integrate her legs.
  • Bragging Theme Tune: "I Burn" is the song that plays during the Yellow Trailer, when Yang is fighting in the bar, features the singer baiting her opponents into attacking her so she can prove just how badly she's going to defeat them.
  • Broken Bird: In Volume 3, Yang is framed for mercilessly hurting a downed opponent, everyone but her close friends think ill of her, she watches several of her friends die in the Grimm attack, and loses her arm trying to save Blake. By the end of the volume, she is a blank shell who cannot get out of bed, feels betrayed by Blake, and who cannot muster a response when her own sister says she loves her. Volume 4 reveals she's suffering from PTSD flashbacks to the fight with Adam that cost her the arm, and at first she can't face dealing with the cybernetic arm General Ironwood has custom-made for her. Her arc in the volume concerns her overcoming this problem.
  • Bruiser with a Soft Center: Just like her pa. Yang is a tough-as-nails brawler who nevertheless dotes on her younger sister and often crushes her with Bear Hugs, and is also chummy and flawlessly loyal to her friends and teammates. Probably best shown after the fight with Team FNKI; she runs over to Weiss (who had only a minute before rugby-tackled Flynt into a lava vent to prevent him knocking her out) and very tenderly cradles her and asks her if she's okay.
  • Burning with Anger: Grazing her hair even once is a one-way ticket to riling her up and seeing her explode into her Super Mode, shortly before she takes out the offender. Junior and a couple of Ursae learned the hard way. An even faster way to activate it is to hurt the people she loves. Adam stabbing Blake caused her to go into rage mode immediately.
  • Call-Back:
    • Her opening jump-attack is a brief call back to the Red trailer, complete with camera angle, a disco ball "moon" background, and the music's lyrics.
    • Yang fights Mercury with a lot of moves seen in the Yellow Trailer. She knocks him flat on his chin with a similar elbow to the stomach that was used against the DJ and Melanie (the last kick-based fighter she fought), and when she performs her final series of punches on him, the camera angles are designed to call back her doing the same thing right before taking out Junior.
    • Prior to that fight, she also repeated a similar line Emerald said earlier, which may also count as Foreshadowing given the circumstances.
    • After breaking Mercury's leg, Qrow says towards the end of their talk "Sometimes, bad things just happen." Come End of the Beginning, the finale of Volume 3, and Yang says "Sometimes, bad things just happen" to Ruby when she tries to figure out why Blake left, and Yang insists there doesn't need a reason for it.
  • Calling the Old Woman Out: In the volume 5 episode, "Haven's Fate", Yang calls her out over her actions and cowardice, chewing her out over her decision to murder the previous Spring Maiden and justify it as a Mercy Kill, her decision to run away from the war because she's frightened by Salem, and her willingness to risk other people's lives to save herself. This actually gets through to Raven, who tearfully whispers an apology to Yang before fleeing in shame.
  • Casual Danger Dialogue: Downplayed Example - she's willing to engage in cheerful, casual conversation even when in the middle of fight, often addressing her foes with a smile and making light-hearted jokes when the stakes aren't very high (such as when Pyrrha was knocked across the screen by the Deathstalker). Even when her opponents are the voiceless Grimm who don't talk back, she'll strike up a conversation, and only relenting once she loses a strand of her hair. But notably, Yang only really jokes around with opponents who have no chance at beating her (see her second visit to Junior's club), and she completely drops the carefree tone when faced with more challenging enemies (Torchwick, Neo, Mercury, Adam, even the Nevermore) or when situations call for her to be more professional (such as when she eventually became more serious after Junior's men trained their guns on her when they didn't do so in the trailer).
    Yang: Great, the gang's all here, now we can die together!
  • Character Development: Beacon Academy slowly forces Yang to realise that being a Huntress isn't an exciting adventure where she can charge wildly into battle, using her Semblance to solve any problem. Her desire to become one was based on her thrill-seeking personality, but she comes to lament her aimlessness and lack of altruism and begins to accept that helping people is more important than her own desires. After the tournament, her father resumes her training; this includes calling her out on the way she uses her Semblance, forcing her to begin to acknowledge she needs to fight smarter instead of harder. She eventually lets go of her selfish motives for becoming a Huntress, prioritizing defending innocent people. She calls out Raven only being interested in protecting herself, and she takes the relic of Knowledge, despite not wanting the target that it paints on her back.
  • Cleavage Window: By combining her scarf with her top, she effectively exposes only a small, enclosed part of her chest right at cleavage line. She keeps the window open after changing her outfit in "A Minor Hiccup."
  • Combat Pragmatist: Tricks Junior by faking a kiss before punching him, sending him flying across the room. This takes out the commander of the goons he had surrounding her and prompts the civilians in the club to run away before the fight can begin.
  • Contralto of Danger: Barbara Dunkelman voices Yang with a deep, powerful voice. Yang is also the strongest character of the team, though every time she fights, she uses a higher pitched kiai.
  • Cool Big Sis: As Ruby's badass and dependable older sister, Yang's chummy and protective attitude has extended to the rest of her teammates (such as running to a wounded Weiss' side after beating Team FNKI).
  • Cool Bike: Bumblebee. Some of it glows and it doesn't need a kickstand to keep from falling over. Aside from her trailer and the Vol. 1 opening sequence, it didn't appear in the series proper until "Painting The Town".
  • Cooldown Hug: At the end of her talk with Blake in Burning the Candle, after Yang pushes her to the table, Yang wraps her arms around Blake, and hugs her tightly, pleading with her not to self-destruct like Yang herself almost did. While Blake looks surprised, it was this kindness that convinced her to finally sleep and make it to the dance and she insists on dancing with Yang first when she gets there.
  • Cool Shades: When being (literally) launched into the first trial for the first year students she dons a pair of aviators before she goes flying.
  • Crippling Overspecialization: When critiquing Yang's fights from the Vytal Festival in Volume 4 Tai's two major points are her Attack! Attack! Attack! tendencies and over-reliance on her semblance. His goal in training her seems to be breaking her out of that
    Tai: But you gotta keep your emotions in check, keep a level head, and think before you act! Your semblance is a great fall-back, but you can't let yourself rely on it. It won't always save you... obviously.
  • Critical Status Buff: Non-video game example. The more damage that Yang's aura takes, the more powerful (and angry) she gets, which can probably be measured by her "aura-level" like a video game health bar. This result in her hits becoming way stronger, enough to wreck hardened objects like Roman's Atlesian Paladin.
  • Cry Cute: When she's framed for assault, turned into a Hero with Bad Publicity, and disqualified from the tournament, it's Blake saying "I want to believe you" that drives Yang to tears. Yang's face takes on a slightly pink, translucent quality, and her eyes become unnaturally large to create a baby-like vulnerability. Blake quickly feels guilty, and she explains why she couldn't trust Yang by comparing her to Adam before saying "but you're not him"; Blake later forgives her after accepting that Yang wasn't lying when she said he attacked her first.
  • Curb-Stomp Battle: Yang ends up on the receiving end of this trope twice in the penultimate episode of Volumes 2 and 3.
    • In "No Brakes" she gets her ass handed to her by Neo who dodges all of her attacks without even trying and promptly knocks her out. Without the timely arrival of Raven, Yang would have been killed.
    • In "Heroes and Monsters" Adam cuts off Yang's right arm without her landing even a single punch in while her semblance was activated to boot.
  • Dangerously Short Skirt: Her Slayer outfit consists of a full micro mini skirt and drops the black leather shorts, although in typical RWBY fanfare no panties are to be seen as her new skirt functions exactly like Pyrrha's.
  • Dark and Troubled Past: As she mentions to Blake in Volume 2, she and Ruby experienced the loss of their mother at a young age and lost their father too. In fact, it was at this time that Yang learned Summer was her adopted mother and that her birth mother had disappeared as well, leading Yang to drag little Ruby along as she hunted down answers as to her mother's whereabouts.
  • Deadpan Snarker: Similar to Blake, Yang sometimes shoots off very blunt put downs to her often sillier friends, most notably Jaune, Weiss, and Neptune." When Weiss said she doesn't trust Jaune with her card deck, Yang replied "You attacked your own forces three times in a row".
  • Death from Above: She has a fair amount of attacks in her arsenal that involve her descending from the sky and landing with tremendous power atop some poor mook's head.
  • Deconstructed Character Archetype: Of the Hot-Blooded, Boisterous Bruiser sort of fighter. Her Semblance gives her a Critical Status Buff the more damage she takes, and often gets her literally Burning with Anger. This makes her great in brawls and come-from-behind victories, but we also see the downside of this fighting style when she can't land any hits and her temper becomes a liability. Most critically, the fact that Yang has a tendency to become The Berserker makes her an easy victim of a Frame-Up accusing her of kneecapping a defeated duel opponent. And when she sees Blake being attacked by Adam, she loses it and charges right in despite it being an obvious trap. This ends up costing her an arm. All of this means that Ruby, two years Yang's junior, thinks it's a good thing they're on the same team, since Ruby can "keep her in line."
  • Determinator: Young Yang was determined to find her birth mother, and with Ruby in tow, endured multiple injuries walking through a forest, and exhaustion to the point of collapse.
  • Dramatic Gun Cock:
    • As Yang equips Ember Celica in her trailer, she expels one shell before fighting the men in earnest. It's possible, however, that she may have already fired when she knocked Junior all the way to the other side of the club with one punch.
    • When she actually activates Ember Celica, she begins her fights by punching one fist forward, then the other, loading the bullets.
  • Dual Wielding: The gauntlets are strapped to both arms, allowing her to enhance her punches with ammo. The gauntlets are compatible with her cyber-arm as well.
  • Elemental Hair Colors: She has shining blonde hair which seems to catch fire whenever her Semblance powers up or her temper gets the better of her.
  • Every Bullet Is a Tracer: The second set of shells she uses in her trailer lets her shoot out projectiles which look somewhat similar to Roman Torchwick's fireworks.
  • Eye Color Change:
    • Her eyes turn red while her Semblance is active.
    • When Yang is rather depressed and upset, her eye color becomes much more muted than the normal lilac tone.
  • Fashionable Asymmetry: One stocking is higher than the other and her skirt is longer on the opposing side, on top of some notable Sigil Spam. Her skirt also overlaps her belt on one side in her artwork. How much more asymmetry she will have after dealing with her lost arm is another thing.
  • Fatal Flaw: Her impulsive personality makes her impatient, quick to anger, and prone to thrill-seeking, obsession and dangerously thoughtless acts. As a child, her obsession with finding her birth mother meant that, the moment her father's back was turned, she dragged her sister on a quest to locate Raven. All she found was a nest of Grimm. If not for Qrow turning up just in time, both girls would have died. Although she now controls her obsession with her mother, she revels in thrill-seeking and weaponises her quick temper: combining her wrath, impatience and Semblance allows her to win fights very quickly without bothering with either strategy or temperance. This fighting style makes her predictable to the villains, enabling Neo to defeat and almost kill her without receiving a single hit in return and also enabling Emerald and Mercury to disgrace her as a ruthless fighter who will hit an opponent who is already down.
  • Fingerless Gloves: Her gloves lack any cloth over the top half of her fingers.
  • Flaming Hair: The more power Yang receives from her Semblance, the more lively her hair becomes, glowing brightly and burning with power.
  • Floral Theme Naming: Celica is also another name for the common bell pepper.
  • Feed It with Fire: With every hit she takes, her Super Strength amplifies. She gets tossed around like a ragdoll by Roman's Humongous Mecha, then proceeds to reverse it.
  • Frame-Up: During the tournament, she's framed for breaking Mercury's leg after she wins their fight. Cinder's machinations ensure that while Yang witnesses Mercury attacking her, all the stadium and television audience sees is her brutally attack an unsuspecting, passive combatant after the fight was already over and without provocation.
  • The Gadfly: Yang likes screwing with her friends every now and then for kicks. She uses a laser pointer to get Blake out of her chair, leading the angry Cat Ninja straight to her. When playing board games, she explains the rules of the game to Weiss, states Weiss has the upper hand and is about to win the game... then pulls out her trap card to destroy Weiss' forces. When arm-wrestling with Nora (who didn't know that Yang got a new arm), she releases her prosthetic into Nora's grip, freaking her out.
  • Gainaxing: When she cocks her gauntlets, we see her boobs jiggle twice. This continues on in the series, even when not using the gauntlets.
  • Genki Girl: She's quite cheerful and outgoing, often cracking light hearted jokes and happily socializing with anyone interested; so she's usually the one to cheer up her teammates, including Ruby during much of Volume 1. While everyone loosens up after Volume 1, Yang remains the hardest to get sad, and as for angry, well, that's usually reserved for combat. After going through some major trauma, she takes on a more serious persona, though she isn't above arm-wrestling with Nora.
  • Girlish Pigtails: She had these when she was younger, as shown in her flashback in "Burning the Candle".
  • The Glomp: Likes doing this to Ruby when she's excited at what she does or whenever they reunite.
  • Good Bad Girl: In her first appearance, despite being underage, offers a kiss to Junior (and then sucker punches him). She also isn't shy about admiring the male eye candy when Beacon has co-ed bunking, and intentionally dresses to take advantage of her sex appeal. She's as much of this trope as possible in a show that's nearly No Hugging, No Kissing.
  • Ground Punch: She initiates the fight at the nightclub by punching the ground, creating a shockwave that knocks over a lot of goons at once. She also does it to knock Mercury off his balance when he attacks her, though without success.
  • Grin of Audacity: She wears one often throughout her trailer, preceding the delivery of a Curb-Stomp Battle, showing that she enjoys every second of it.
  • Hair-Trigger Temper: She gets angry very easily and quickly just from getting trash talked, not having things go her way during a fight, or having her hair damaged. It gets to the point where she can easily destroy everything in her area.
  • Hero with Bad Publicity: After Yang and Mercury's battle ends, Cinder's machinations ensure the entire world witnesses Yang suddenly shoot Mercury in the leg for no apparent reason. The stadium crowd's reaction is so ugly it causes a spike in Grimm activity, and Yang's apparently vindictive action doesn't just damage her reputation but also Beacon's and Ozpin's, too. Ironwood is therefore forced to disqualify Team RWBY.
  • Heroic BSoD: During Volume 3, Yang is framed for vicious ruthlessness against Mercury and disqualified from the tournament. She loses Beacon Academy, her friends, Penny and Pyrrha, and finally her arm when trying to save Blake from Adam. Team RWBY falls apart when Weiss is forced home to Atlas by her father and Blake runs away, apparently abandoning them all; Yang is so depressed and forsaken, she can't even get out of bed any more. Volume 4 sees Yang struggling to overcome depression, loss of interest in everything, and PTSD flashbacks and nightmares. Initially, she can't face trying out the state-of-the-art cybernetic arm that General Ironwood has had custom-made for her but when she realises her father's had to choose between which daughter to help, her attitude changes. She begins training with the new arm, rebuilding herself physically and mentally. By the end of the Volume, she's back on the road, determined to reunite with her sister.
  • Hot-Blooded: Normally a boisterous, but laid-back person, Yang becomes a passionate thrill-seeker in battle, who is prone to being easily pushed over edge into anger. While it's her great strength in powering her up in battle, it can also be a weakness easily exploited by enemies to make her sloppy and prone to error. In "No Brakes", Neo teases Yang beyond patience before knocking her unconscious, and in "Never Miss a Beat", Neon's taunts rile her up so much she starts making mistakes that Neon can exploit. She is eventually framed for an apparently unprovoked attack on Mercury which comes across as believable for her volatile temperament. Lampshaded by her father while she's recovering at home after the tournament; he uses their training sessions to point out how strong it makes her, and then points out that it leaves her wide-open and vulnerable to any attack when opponents either predict her moves or are strong enough to shrug off her Semblance.
  • Hypocritical Humor: On the first day at Beacon, Yang is collecting one of the relics the students have been assigned to find in a monster-filled forest, when she witnesses the following in quick succession: her sister randomly falls out of the sky, a girl she doesn't know gets chased into the clearing by a monstrous Death Stalker and a second girl she doesn't know rides a monstrous Ursa into the clearing before killing it. Her temper explodes at the random madness and she demands that everyone just chill out for two seconds before something crazy happens again. In the background is the sound of a clock ticking. Exactly two seconds later, Weiss rides in on a Giant Nevermore, and Yang slumps in defeat.
    Yang: [flares up, with her eyes turning red] I can't take it anymore! Can everyone just chill out for two seconds before something crazy happens again!?
  • Image Song:
    • "Gold", one of the volume 1 ending credits song, is about Yang's love for her little sister Ruby and her desire to protect her.
    • "Armed and Ready", the Volume 4 finale song, sings about how Yang has overcome her fears, now stronger for the experience, and how she's coming back better than ever.
    • "Ignite", featured in her Volume 5 character short, is all about how Yang will decimate her opponents.
  • Implied Death Threat: When battling with her opponent, Yang offers him only one last chance to give up and walk away. When Adam spots her left hand trembling, he laughs and asks her if she really believes that, or whether she's really hoping he'll just leave so that she doesn't have to die trying to protect Blake from him.
  • Improvised Weapon: In "Best Day Ever" she used a pair of roasted turkeys as Power Fists.
  • Incendiary Exponent: Fire swirls around her when her eyes turn red, a side-effect of her Semblance. And then, of course, there's her weapon, which produces a lot of fire itself.
  • In Harm's Way: To adrenaline junkie levels. When being catapulted into the air to start her Huntress training, Yang doesn't just enjoy the flight, she fires blasts from her gauntlets and uses the recoil to make it last longer. In "Search and Destroy", Yang even described herself as a thrill-seeker, and became a Huntress for the sake of adventures.
  • Jiggle Physics: Only noticeable if you're looking for it. Barbara herself says Monty liked to animate her "very late at night..."
  • Kiai: In the Japanese dub, Yang shouts out oraoraora when she fights.
  • The Lad-ette: She prefers to be called "sir", rather than "sweetheart". And if you say otherwise, she'll crush your plums.
  • Lady Legionnaire Wear: Her skirt is missing a few segments, but her shorts make up for this (in official artwork) by having a segmented pattern around each leg (although her shorts don't have the segmented pattern in the actual series). Appropriately, her fighting style and personality make her easily the most aggressive member of the team.
  • Leitmotif: The straight-forward, hard-rock version of "I Burn" is about her belief she will not be stopped, even if people get in her way.
  • Logical Weakness: She's an absolute terror in close quarters combat, due to her skill with armed combat, her great strength and powerful Aura, which she relies heavily upon in battle as hit-point tanking. However, her specialist fist fighting style means she struggles with kick-based fighters, such as Mercury, and her close-combat specialism causes her trouble against opponents with longer melee weapons. Junior's big heavy club blows past her defenses, Nora's watermelon hammer launches her out of the food fight before she can get close enough to hit, and Adam's sword cuts her arm clean off.
  • Made in Country X: There is a Mistral symbol on her bike.
  • Meaningful Name: Yang (阳) is the Chinese character for sun and/or light. Xiao (小) Long (龙) means "Little Dragon". Yang's yellow hair turns to flame when her Semblance activates, she's predominantly a fist-fighter, her surname is a reference to Bruce Lee's Chinese stage name "Li Xiaolong", and her father calls her "my sunny little dragon".
  • Megaton Punch: In the first episode of Volume 5, she punches a drunken creep who approaches her and touches her hair so hard that he loses a tooth and bounces around the room like a pinball.
  • Misery Builds Character:
    • "Armed and Ready" imply that her long, painful convalescence after the fall of Beacon have given her the strength to come roaring back to life, ready to unleash Hell on the one who was responsible for her state.
    "My misery, my agony
    Has taught me to fly
    The pain I went through
    Left me with a new war cry!"
    • Along the same vein, "Ignite" describes how her adversities and shame make her unique and even more beautiful than someone who hasn't been through what she'd been through.
  • Missing Mom: Yang's mother, Raven Branwen, ran off shortly after Yang was born. Finding her mother and figuring out why she left are two of Yang's goals.
  • Mix-and-Match Weapon: Her gauntlets are part shotgun, part Power Fist. She's able to punch while firing them to add some extra power.
  • Mr. Vice Guy: Yang is by no means a morally ambiguous person, but her desire to become a Huntress comes from a love for battle and not a desire to help and save people, which she considers an added bonus, and she tends to be the most ruthless fighter on the team. That said, she still harbours disgust for her mother's willingness to kill the former spring maiden for her own benefit.
  • Ms. Fanservice: In Volumes 1-3, her default outfit shows off her tall, athletic figure. It includes thigh-high stockings and small, form-fitting shorts to exaggerate her long legs. She wears a tight, form-fitting jacket over a low-cut top and a scarf around her neck which creates a cleavage window that, combined with the tight clothing, makes her breasts look like they're bursting out of her clothing. Her huntress outfit exposes more cleavage, swaps the shorts for a mini-skirt, and includes thigh-high boots held up with garter straps. This trope is suspended for Volume 4 while she is struggling with an Heroic BSoD; her grunge look (cargo pants, tank top, bomber jacket) instead emphasises her depression. Her Volume 5 outfit downplays the trope as she still wears a midriff-bearing shirt, but it's hidden mostly by her jacket and she dons tight-fitting jeans instead of shorts.
  • Mukokuseki: Though her lineage hasn't been touched upon, she has a Chinese name, despite being tall, blonde-haired, buxom, and purple-eyed. It should be mentioned there is no China in the show's setting.
  • Mundane Utility: When fighting Arslan Atlan in Round One, she has to fire shells just to keep from slipping everywhere on the ice. It's still awesome.
  • My Greatest Failure: Taking Ruby with her in search of her birth mother and running into Beowolves when they were little girls. They're only lucky their uncle Qrow saved them.
    Yang: My stubbornness should have gotten us killed that night.
  • Never Heard That One Before: When a sleazy bandit at a gas station starts hitting on Yang, he leads into his compliment by calling her "not too bulky, not too lean, you're—", Yang finishes his pick up line of "just right" in a bored, unamused tone, implying that she gets that a lot and that his attempt to pun the name of the place (Just Rite) is obvious and awful.
  • Nobody Touches the Hair: It is really not a good idea to mess with Yang's hair. Every time her hair gets damaged, her temper explodes at the person who has damaged it. When it happens in battle, she reaches a new level of power and strength and pummels the opponent. Apparently her first haircut was particularly memorable.
  • "No. Just... No" Reaction: To Weiss making puns since she considers them terrible, but not necessarily because it was a bad time for them.
  • Not So Similar: Taiyang says that she is this to her mother, although he is quite vague about it. Yang seems to have inherited several things Taiyang looked up to in Raven, but the flaws that ultimately caused their team to separate and messed up their family are things that Yang doesn't have. In the Volume 5 finale, Yang is able to take the Relic and continue to fight Salem despite her fear while Raven keeps trying to find ways to run and hide.
  • Now It's My Turn: Yang takes a beating from a Torchwick-piloted Atlesian Paladin and proceeds to wreck it using her Critical Status Buff. Averted with her fight against Neo, who outclassed her with low-level damage attacks designed to give her positional advantage to attempt a one-stroke finisher.
  • Not Quite Flight: After being launched into the air Yang can use her weapons to significantly prolong her flight time.
  • Only Friend: Defies the trope. Ruby says that she's fine with Yang being her only friend at Beacon, but Yang knows that's an unhealthy way for Ruby to think and encourages her to socialize.
  • Parental Abandonment: Her mother left her just after she was born. Years later, her adopted mother also went missing. She doesn't know what happened to either woman, although Summer is presumed dead.
  • Parental Neglect: Following Summer's death, Taiyang "shut down" and then was busy working at Signal Academy. Yang was therefore left alone to pick up the pieces and take care of Ruby. When revealing this story to Weiss, Yang refers to her father by his name instead of "Dad", emphasising the impact of that isolation still has on her to this day.
  • Patchwork Kids: Her physical appearance is a general mix and match of that of her father's and mother's appearances. She has Raven's long voluminous hair, Taiyang's exact shade of blond hair and Raven's facial structure; her eyes are purple, a shade that's supposed to be a mixture of her mother's blood-red eyes and her father's baby-blue eyes.
  • Playing with Fire: A side-effect of her Semblance, which she uses as a sort of Super Mode to power up her punches and shotgun rounds. Since Yang's power involves draining and redirecting kinetic energy, heat buildup and fire are generated when she triggers it.
  • The Power of the Sun: Her overall motif. Her name means "Little Sun Dragon", she has Playing with Fire abilities, and her two themes of "I Burn" and "Gold" are respectively about her burning power and her warm heart being compared to the sun.
  • Promotion to Parent: When Summer disappeared, Taiyang "shut down" and wasn't around much to raise his daughter due to the fact he worked at a school. Yang was then forced to pick up the slack, effectively becoming Ruby's mother figure.
  • Pursuing Parental Perils: She wants to be a huntress like her mother, though her reasons are more about the thrill of adventure than following in her mother's footsteps.
  • Rapunzel Hair: Her hair is long enough to reach her butt, voluminous and she is so proud of it that she gets very angry when it's damaged. Sometimes when in action, her hair length seems even longer than normal.
  • Recoil Boost: The recoil of this weapon can be used to increase the mobility of the wielder. During the first test at Beacon, she was able to achieve Not Quite Flight from the recoil alone.
  • Red Oni, Blue Oni: The red to Blake's blue; Yang is outgoing, boisterous, and heavily associated with bright, fiery colors, while Blake is reserved, generally quiet, and associated with dark, cool colors.
  • Red Eyes, Take Warning: Whenever she gets really mad or has taken enough hits to activate her semblance on its own, her eyes will turn red and her hair catches on fire. Even when moderately angry, her eyes can turn a paler shade of red.
  • Retractable Weapon: When not in use these weapons can retract into seemingly normal bracelets.
  • Roaring Rampage of Revenge: Went on to furiously Curb Stomp her opponents after Weiss sacrificed herself in an attempt to take out Flynt during the Doubles Round of the Vytal Festival. Subverted when Adam stabs Blake, as she activates her semblance and jumps at him in rage... only for him to casually cut her arm off.
  • Rocket Jump: She can use the shotguns in her bracers to launch herself into the air.
  • Rocket Punch: After splattering the incoming watermelons during the foodfight, she promptly puts Jaune down by launching the turkeys she's using as gloves right off of her fists and into his stomach.
  • Scarf of Asskicking: Sports an orange one. To back this up, she has a better win-loss record than any of her team, and is the most excitable when it comes to fighting, outdoing even Ruby.
  • Schmuck Bait: She tricks Junior into letting his guard down by offering to kiss him as an apology in the Yellow Trailer, giving her a chance to punch him.
  • Sexy Walk: Yang knows how to work them hips, most noticeable when she enters the club, both times.
  • She's Back: After losing her arm, Yang spends the first half of Volume 4 feeling abandoned and lost as she deals with PTSD and depression. When she finds out her father was forced to chose which of his two daughters to help because he can't be in two places at once, she decides to address her situation and begins training to work her way through it. She transforms from being unwilling to wear her cybernetic arm to learning how impressive it is to use. By the end of the volume, she's picked herself back up, given the cybernetic arm an artistic make-over, changed her signature clothing and has set off in search of Ruby.
  • She's Got Legs: She wears stockings, but they're short enough that they still show off her legs.
  • Shell-Shocked Veteran: It's shown in Volume 4 that she's been traumatized by the events of the Battle of Beacon; simply dropping a glass on the floor causes her to flashback to the moment Adam cut off her arm. Even after pulling herself back together, some of it lingers; she hallucinates Adam while searching Brunswick Farms and panics, visibly shaking afterwards.
    Yang: I was just seeing things. I'm sorry. I still get flashes from that night.
  • Ship Tease: With Blake since Volume 5 and 6 rolled around. In Volume 5, Yang opened up to Weiss about her feelings regarding Blake's departure, with Yang crying that she needs Blake. Then in Volume 6, Adam is revealed to see Yang as a romantic rival for Blake's affections, with him yelling "What does she even see in you?" to Yang during V6E12.
  • Shockwave Stomp: With her fists, naturally. Shown first in the Yellow trailer where she does this to knock multiple axe goons off their legs at once.
  • Showgirl Skirt: Her skirt doesn't wrap all the way around, showcasing her legs.
  • Sink-or-Swim Mentor:
    • According to Barbara, Yang is the kind of person "who would teach someone to swim by pushing them in the water."
    • Does this to Ruby to force her to socialize. "My friends are here, gotta go!"
  • So Proud of You:
    • To Ruby, for getting into Beacon two years early and for becoming the team leader of RWBY.
    • Has one private moment with this as she looks on at Ruby leading the other main characters back to the cliff.
  • Sore Loser: Played for Laughs. After losing to Neptune in a board game, she angrily storms through her room and grumpily remarks that they never should've let him play. She similarly reacts negatively when she loses a match in a video game after Qrow distracts her with a perverted comment.
  • Stocking Filler: In "A Minor Hiccup", Yang changes her wardrobe, which includes a miniskirt and a pair of garter straps.
  • Stuff Blowing Up: Invokes this with her fiery blasts shot from Ember Celica.
  • Stealth Pun: If her hair is damaged, she explodes with rage. If her hair is damaged in battle, she puts a major beat down on the opponents who dared to strike it. She therefore has a hair-triggered temper.
  • Strong and Skilled: While all of Team RWBY are exceptionally skilled fighters, most of are within the physical limits of normal humans in terms of strength and durability. The exception to this is Yang, who's semblance makes her incredibly tough as she is able to tank the damage taken from attacks and redirect it into empowering herself. In Volumes 4 and 5, she fits this trope even more after training with her father.
  • Super Mode: She appears to power up at will, starting where her eyes change color and her hair becomes fiery, and later turn her hair to white flame. As of Vol. 2, Episode 4, this appears to be Yang's Semblance; the more energy she's hit with, the stronger she becomes as a result.
  • Super Rug-Pull: Despite being made of glass, the dance floor at Junior's club uncharacteristically flexes to the shockwave, rather than shattering on impact.
  • Super Strength:
  • Team Mom: Having lost Summer at a young age, Yang is now the closest thing to a mother figure for Ruby, and it shows. She pushes Ruby to befriend people at Beacon, recognizing that her younger sister needs to "break outta her shell." She also takes it upon herself to address Blake's near-suicidal obsession with Torchwick, and convinces her to drop it after giving Blake a Cooldown Hug.
  • Tell Me About My Father: Taiyang makes it a point to tell Yang of her mother's positive aspects, which hits her really hard when she finally meets Raven and discovers that she's a self-absorbed, pretentious Social Darwinist and Dirty Coward who puts herself and her Bandit Clan above everyone and everything else. In "Haven's Fate", Yang even mentions this while calling Raven out on her cowardice and hypocrisy.
    Yang: You're right. I don't know you. I only know the Raven Dad told me about. She was troubled, and complicated, but she fought for what she believed in, whether it was her team or her tribe! Did you kill her too?
  • Theme Music Power-Up: During her fight against Team FNKI, a jazz remix of "I Burn" plays as she turns the tide and wins the match.
  • Theme Naming: Ember refers to fire and Celica is from the Latin Coelica meaning Heavenly or Celestial, so like Yang they are named for the Sun.
  • Trauma Conga Line: From Chapters 6 to 12 of Volume 3, Yang is framed for assault on global television, is effectively told that her mother cares very little for her, sees her best friend get stabbed, gets her arm cut off, and then the person whose life she tried to save simply ran away with no explanation. For a time afterwards she was in a depressive, bedridden state.
  • Unorthodox Reload: Reloads by throwing a belt of ammunition in the air before swinging her gauntlets back into them.
  • Unwitting Pawn: To Cinder's plan, while a lot of it is still in the dark, her attack on Mercury not only caused Team RWBY and Beacon to become disgraced in the eyes of the public it also increased the activity of Grimm outside the Kingdom.
  • When All You Have Is a Hammer...: Her main strategy consists of rushing up to the target and punching the crap out of it in combination with her shotgun shells for extra power. That fails? Get angry and hit it even harder with flames added on. That fails? Take enough damage to power up to the max and blast it away. So far, this strategy has let her win every fight she's gotten into, with the exception of Neo and Adam. Her father points this out to her as being a bad thing. Relying on strength alone is a strategy that will wear her out quickly, leaving her weak and tired against her opponents, and if she's up against someone who's stronger than her, it'll leave her wide open to potentially fatal strikes. Tai heavily implies how she lost arm is the example that proves his point.
  • Who Wears Short Shorts?: For the first three volumes, Yang wears a lopsided skirt that is held around her waist by a belt because it's completely exposed at the front of her body. It frames the hot-pants she wears and exposes her long, bare legs, serving to act as a quirky, asymmetrical 'frill' to her design rather being a genuine skirt. As a combat fighter who prefers close-combat physical fighting, it enables Yang to fight as freely as possible while also accentuating her femininity.
  • The Worf Effect: During the Volume 2 climax, Team RWBY has to split up to stop a train from breaching the kingdom's defensive walls. Neo's first fight in the show is against Yang, the team's power-fighter. However, Yang is barely able to land a solid hit on Neo, who is acrobatic and keeps dodging or deflecting Yang's attacks. Neo's taunting style of fighting also aggravates Yang's quick temper. When Neo defeats Yang and renders her unconscious, she doesn't suffer a single injury from Yang.
  • Wreathed in Flames: As she powers up in battle, her golden hair takes on the quality of flame, as if she's catching fire. Also, when she's angry enough for her eyes to turn red, her hair will also appear to catch fire. In the Yellow trailer, she powered up to "white hot" and her hair correspondingly became white flame.
  • You Are Not Alone: Yang's impassioned speech to Blake in Volume 2, Chapter 6 ends with her embracing Blake and telling her that there are people that want to help her and care about her well-being. This plea for Blake to stop putting everything on her shoulder and start trusting her friends more convinces Blake to do just that and have more fun with her friends without letting her drive to beat Torchwick control her anymore.
  • You Wouldn't Like Me When I'm Angry: Yang's an outgoing, fun-loving person who destroyed a Paladin and singlehandedly took out multiple members of opposing teams during Team RWBY's fights in the Vytal festival tournament, earning her team a victory. Port even announces that Team FNKI wouldn't like Yang when she's...upset.
  • You Monster!: When she sees that one of the Ursae had managed to sever a string of her hair, she gets so furious at them that she actually hits them with this before delivering a Curb-Stomp Battle to them.

"It's a job. We all had this romanticised vision of being a Huntress in our heads but, at the end of the day, it's a job to protect the people. And whatever we want will have to come second."


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