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    Tropes E 
  • Early-Bird Cameo: The 2nd Anime Theme Song teases several new characters, including Velvet and Sun both being a part of full 4-Man Teams, along with whatever group Penny belongs to.
  • Edible Bludgeon: Vol.2 Episode 1's Food Fight has Team RWBY and Team JNPR using breadsticks, leeks, turkeys, watermelons, soda cans, etc. against each other.
  • Empathy Doll Shot: As Ruby and Jaune walk through the ghost town of Kuroyuri, taking in the sight of devastation all around them, there's a close-up camera shot of an abandoned child's bicycle lying outside a partially crushed building. It's clear that this town was wiped out at a time when it was thriving with life and families.
  • Enemy Mine: The White Fang is working with Torchwick, despite Blake (a former member) finding the concept of them willingly working with humans (especially that one) to be unthinkable. The feeling is mutual, since the aforementioned person has open disdain for Faunus and only works with them because they need the manpower. What they are hoping to accomplish is general anarchy in the city while Cinder hits the Beacon CCT building. It wasn't even their primary means of attack, either, just one branch of six.
  • Enhanced Archaic Weapon: Almost every weapon in the series is some form of this (e.g. in the main cast Ruby, Blake, Yang, Pyrrha and Nora's weapons are all capable of using their firearm modes to increase the damage of their melee strikes in some waynote  and Weiss's can channel Dust). The only real exceptions in the main cast are Ren (who just uses machine pistols with blades) and Jaune's no-frills-attached sword (although his shield's at least collapsible).
  • Epic Fail: In "Round One", Reese of Team ABRN performs a badass acrobatic jump that involves her breaking her hoverboard into twin pistols and firing them at Blake... only to land right on her tailbone.
  • Epic Rocking: Of the three released soundtracks, 28 out of 81 tracks are at least 5 minutes long, with the longest out of those 28 stretching to 10 minutes.
  • Epic Tracking Shot: Episode 2 of Volume 2 opens with a shot that goes from the skydocks at Beacon across the academy and up through the clouds to Ozpin's office at the top of the tallest tower.
  • Establishing Character Music: The trailers which introduced each member of Team RWBY made excellent use of music to help establish their characters.
    • Ruby's song "Red Like Roses" sounds like it's played by a mariachi band, portraying Ruby as a fun-loving character, but the triumphant orchestral music underneath demonstrates her heroic nature.
    • Weiss's song "Mirror, Mirror" is a haunting orchestral piece, accompanied by Weiss' singing. This shows her inner struggle, as she tries to figure out who she is meant to be in life.
    • Blake's song "From Shadows" alternates between a somber piano piece and heavy electronic music, showing her double nature and her melancholy outlook on life.
    • Yang's song "I Burn" starts as a dance remix of the other girls' songs, before transitioning to a pounding synth beat. This demonstrates her devotion to her teammates and her Blood Knight tendencies.
  • Everyone is a Super: At the end of Volume 2 most of the evidence seems to point towards the fact that everyone has Aura and can have it unlocked by an active Aura user and most do so. Remnant is a Death World after all. But, like in the real world, not everyone trains themselves to the bone to become a killing machine that would make most, but not all, Slayers go green with envy and, most importantly, the majority of people on Remnant are neither adrenaline junkies or just plain nuts, which is an actual requirement to become a Huntrer trainee. The Beacon Academy Initiation is proof of that.
  • Evil Laugh: While inside a holding cell, Torchwick gives a sinister chuckle directly to the camera in "Breach".
  • Evil vs. Evil: When Cinder fights the Spring Maiden for the Relic of Knowledge, the battle is not good versus evil. Cinder is responsible for the destruction of Beacon Academy just so she can steal the Fall Maiden's power for herself, a plan that enables the White Fang and Grimm to enter the Kingdom of Vale and kill countless people. She revels in her ability to reprogramme the robotic Atlesian army to turn on the Vale citizens it was trying to protect and ensuring that the rest of the world receives live feed of the carnage to maximise global pain, terror and suffering. The Spring Maiden has been raised by a tribe of bandits who slaughter innocent villages for personal gain and who leave the survivors vulnerable to attack from the Grimm, who are attracted by the pain and suffering the bandit raids cause. And, while the tribe doesn't normally engage in people trafficking, the Spring Maiden revels in the opportunity to kidnap Weiss for the opportunity to ransom a wealthy family that control global Dust trade. The Spring Maiden appears to be Vernal, an understudy of the Branwen Tribe's leader, Raven, who abandoned her daughter Yang at birth and who lives by the mantra the strong survive and the weak die. Vernal is used by Raven as a decoy to hide the fact Raven is the real Spring Maiden, having obtained the power by winning the trust of the original Spring Maiden and then murdering her when Spring failed to live up to Raven's exacting standards. Raven successfully double-crosses and defeats Cinder, but Yang uses Raven's litany of crimes and cowardice to shame her into abandoning the Relic to Yang, cravenly allowing her own daughter to take the Relic and become Salem's target instead of herself.
  • Evolving Credits:
    • The endings show silhouettes of various characters each episode, usually whoever was most prominent that episode, or sometimes whoever was seen last before the credits roll.
    • Volume 2's feature fan art of the characters.
    • Each episode of Volumes 3 and 4 features concept art for who/whatever was introduced in that episode.
  • Exactly What I Aimed At: In "Tipping Point", Ruby fires a lightning round from Crescent Rose that seems to be aimed at Tyrian, but he dodges it by mere centimeters and it hits Nora instead. Tyrian starts cackling, calling the situation ironic, only for an enraged Nora to appear behind him, power-boosted and pulsating with lightning..
  • Exact Words:
    • When Dr. Oobleck reprimands Ruby for disobeying his instructions to leave all bags back at Beacon in "Search and Destroy", she retaliates by saying that it was before he told them to listen to everything he said.
    Oobleck (to self): She's not wrong.
    • While fighting Tyrian in "Punished", Qrow orders Team RNJR not to get close after a few members try to do so only to be swatted back by Tyrian. Ruby decides to help her uncle in a different way by positioning herself high up from afar to try and shoot at Tyrian with Crescent Rose. It doesn't work; she narrowly misses him the first time, and he blocks them all with his stinger the second time.
  • Expository Hairstyle Change: Season 3 flashbacks show us that Emerald didn't originally have her current bob, while Cinder's was shorter compared to her current style.
  • Expository Theme Tune: The show's primary composer, Jeff Williams, has access to the scripts and some of the future plans for characters and plot. As a result, he has full creative freedom to express the storyline and characters in his songs as he sees fit. This includes foreshadowing future events, but also includes his own personal interpretation and things he feels the desire to explore. As a result, while the songs do include titbits and foreshadowing about the show, he has warned they cannot be taken literally or as confirmation of how things in the show will develop.
    • "This Will Be the Day" acts as a Call to Adventure and Dare to Be Badass, exploring the idea of children who have been trained to fight finding the best of themselves when things are at their worst.
    • "Time to Say Goodbye" is a song about heroes realising they have reached a point of no return and that the stakes have become increasingly higher. The song is used as the opening theme when the show starts confirming that the plotline is getting darker and kicking in to high gear.
    • "When It Falls" signaled that not only were things getting grimmer, but there would be a scenario that will inevitably be reached where everything falls apart in the end. This sets the stage for the fall of Beacon Academy at the end of Volume 3 and Team RWBY being scattered to the four winds by circumstances beyond their control.
    • "Let's Just Live" takes a more hopeful note, with the show's characters recovering from and accepting the traumas of the previous volumes, resolving to continue pursuing their goals despite their losses, even if they can only do so by living one day at a time.
    • "The Triumph" takes the previous song's theme further, stating that even though things seem hopeless, and even though they've lost so much, the heroes must pull themselves together and start fighting back.
  • Exposed to the Elements: While in the first volumes all the uncovered skin in Team RWBY's costumes doesn't seem too troublesome due to mild climates, season 6 opens in a train to Atlas, going through a snowstorm... and only Weiss and Yang don't seem like they would be damn cold.
  • Expy: The island of Menagerie is an expy of the real world continent Australia. Both are islands in the south east of major continents, where two thirds of the landmass is considered inhospitable because of climate and dangerous wildlife. The fact that Menagerie was also a means to relocate all Faunus from the mainland bares similarities to Australia's history, where it was once used to keep European convicts who would eventually colonize it.
  • Exotic Weapon Supremacy: Most characters of note use some form of multi-purpose Swiss Army Weapon, and wildly improbable ones at that. The fight sequences are practically over-the-top exotic improbable weapon porn. Which is not to say that they don't look pretty damn awesome.
  • Extranormal Institute: Beacon Academy is the most prestigious school for training future Huntsmen, people trained in Aura and advanced weapons skills to protect humanity from the Creatures of Grim. Beacon is next to a monster-filled forest which the Headmaster uses to break in the new students on only their first day in school. If they survive that, they then have to survive Professor Port's class. If his boring speeches don't kill, his habit of releasing caged monsters in the classroom to fight unwary students just might. And that's only Day Two. The headmaster had announced it was going to be an interesting year. He wasn't joking. The kids don't just have fairytale monsters and crazy teachers to worry about; the human villains want to attack the school, too.
  • Extraordinary World, Ordinary Problems: In a world where everyone has special powers, hybrid weapons are commonplace, and giant monsters roam the wilderness, they still must deal with typical burglaries, credit cards being declined, and the stress of high school.
  • Extremely Short Timespan: In contrast to Volumes 1 and 2 taking place over several months, Volume 3 takes place barely over a week (barring the Time Skip to winter at the end, and the Flashback episode).
  • The Extremist Was Right: According to Blake, the White Fang's change from peaceful protest to terrorism actually worked to get Faunus to be treated as equals... but out of fear, not respect. But on the other side we have Weiss, who not only turns out to be right in accusing the White Fang of the recent Dust thefts, but her condemnation of them as evil turns out to be entirely accurate.
  • Eye Cam:
    • Episode 4 starts with Ren waking up in this perspective, greeted by Nora.
    • In "No Brakes", after being knocked unconscious, Yang comes to as the camera switches to first-person, where we see Yang blinking and disoriented as she watches Raven exit via portal.
  • Eyedscreen: Almost constantly during the initial Grimm encounter in Vol.2 Episode 9.
  • Everything Is An Ipod In The Future: Long-range and wi-fi communication is made possible by four CCT towers that are stationed in each kingdom which connect directly and via smaller relays that are located outside the kingdom and which are vulnerable to the Grimm. The towers can only function together or not all and make it possible for scrolls to function. Scrolls are collapsible tablets that, among other things, function as a phone, messenger (email, text and video), camera, video game controller and holographic projector. It can also monitor Aura levels of both the owner and others.
  • Eye Scream:
    • The King Taijitu that attacks Ren gets one of its own fangs shoved through the eye of its unmasked head.
    • Maria is an elderly blind woman who once had surgery to give her artificial eyesight using Atlesian technology. She lost her eyesight in battle against an assassin who was hired to kill her because she possessed silver eyes. The assassin sliced Maria's eyes with a sword, but died before doing any more damage.
    • This is strongly implied with Adam, who spends most of his time hiding his eyes behind a mask. He was branded across the face by the SDC, the scarred outcome being similar to the branding of cattle. The brand covers his left eye, which is permanently partially shut. The eye has a red sclera and a strange grey iris. Adam has hated humanity, and particularly the SDC, ever since.

    Tropes F 
  • Faceless Masses: In Volume 1, characters in the background simply appear as black silhouettes. Averted in future volumes, however.
  • Face-Revealing Turn: Used in the ending of the Volume 3 finale as a shot of Salem, who has previously appeared as the show's narrator, starts with her back to the camera, only for her to turn and reveal deep red and purple veins on her otherwise deathly pale face, as well as her eyes having black sclerae and red pupils.
  • Fairytale Motifs: Many characters have design elements based on fairy tales, although their journeys through the show are not intended to retell the fairy-tales they're inspired by. The Creatures of Grimm are named after The Brothers Grimm, and the four main characters are based on fairy tales:
    • Ruby is Little Red Riding Hood and her introductory trailer consists of her fighting a forest full of Beowulves.
    • Weiss is Snow White, and her introductory trailer consists of her engaging in an ice-duel with a royal knight.
    • In Blake's introductory trailer, her relationship with Adam mirrors Beauty and the Beast.
    • Yang's trailer references a couple of fairy tales; she is Goldilocks, with the bar owner and DJ respectively being named after a bear and wearing a bear mask; there are also twin girls in the club, one dressed in red and the other in white, who are based on Snow-White and Rose-Red.
  • Family Portrait of Characterization: A portrait in the Schnee family's mansion from several years prior shows Jacques Schnee's wife and daughters looking sad/unhappy (in the present day, his wife is an alcoholic because of him, and his daughters Winter and Weiss have both made efforts to escape his emotionally abusive hold over them). Whitley (his son, whom he favors), on the other hand, is smiling.
  • Famous Ancestor: A classic example of a subversion. Jaune's great-great grandfather is implied to be a war hero, yet out of the known cast, Jaune seems to be the least suited to be a warrior, having none of the training, instincts or knowledge of his peers.
  • Famous Last Words: Cinder's final battle during the destruction of Beacon Academy results in her opponent's last words staying with her long after she's killed that opponent. Pyrrha asks her if she believes in destiny. The smile drops off Cinder's face and she responds with 'Yes'. In Volume 6, when Cinder realises that Neo can disguise an entire Mistral airship as an Atlesian airship so they can sneak past the blockade, she tells Neo that someone once asked her if she believed in destiny. She concludes that she's happy to say she still does.
  • Fantastic Ghetto: According to Professor Oobleck's lecture, Faunus used to be confined to the city of Menagerie (which is on its own fish-shaped continent). Their aversion to the idea triggered the Faunus War.
  • Fantastic Racism:
    • Little Bit Beastly characters, referred to as "Faunus" have Civil Rights protests with signs saying that they are not animals. Also, in the past there was a civil war known as the 'Faunus Uprising', and they used to be concentrated to the island of Menagerie.
    • Shown in Episode 11 when Team CRDL bully Velvet (a rabbit faunus) in the cafeteria. Yang comments that it must be hard being a Faunus, as nobody defends her. In fact, Team CRDL as a whole seems to be made of Fantastic Racists. Russel calls Velvet a "freak" for her ears, and Cardin says that the reason they had victories in their war was due to animals being easier to train than humans, despite the fact that Velvet is right there in the class. Blake and Pyrrha call him out for this one. Blake herself is a cat Faunus.
    • Episode 15: Weiss considers the Faunus of the White Fang to be nothing more than terrorists, with a history of violence and war between them and her family's business to back it up. While she never goes so far as to call all Faunus bad, she admits to not trusting them.
    • Some Faunus are part of a terrorist-style group called the White Fang whose members seem really eager to wipe out humans/end human rule.
    • Ilia's backstory highlights the casual discrimination some of the faunus face: like Blake, she hid her faunus nature (that of a chameleon whose skin changes color in response to strong emotions) in order to blend in with humans and have a chance at a better life, only to lose it all when an accident in the nearby mines, resulting in the deaths of many faunus laborers, caused her skin to change color due to grief. The same humans she thought of as friends turned on her in horror.
  • Fantasy Counterpart Culture:
    • Mistral, the eastern continent, is known for houses with sloping rooftops, kitsune masks, Ninjas, poor resources and a maritime tradition. It also unfortunately has a major underground criminal element. In other words, it's Japan mixed with 19th Century Singapore.
    • Menagerie, the southern-most continent where the Faunus live, is clearly based off Australia. The founders were forced to settle there, most of the continent is sparsely-populated desert with lush areas around the coasts, and the wildlife is noted to be even more dangerous than the rest of Remnant.
  • Fantasy World Map: The world of Remnant.
  • Fashionable Asymmetry: Most characters go for this look. Yang's outfit sports mismatched socks and a Showgirl Skirt, Weiss' ponytail is offset to her right side, and Blake's left arm is sleeveless with a ribbon wrapped around it. Justified as Remnant's society places a greater emphasis on individualism and freedom of expression.
  • Fastball Special:
    • In Episode 8, Pyrrha flings Nora into the air with her shield. The push upward is assisted by Nora's rocket hammer, and so is her descent towards the stinger embedded on the Death Stalker's head.
    • Which is followed by Team RWBY taking it even further, using Blake's Gambol Shroud and Weiss's Gravity Manipulation as a slingshot to launch Ruby at the Giant Nevermore.
    • In Vol. 2 Episode 11, Oobleck uses his thermos/flamethrower/bludgeon hybrid to launch Zwei and destroy a White Fang mech.
    • In Vol. 3 Episode 1, Blake uses her Gambol Shroud as a grappling hook to launch Yang at Team ABRN when they're not on guard.
    • In Vol. 3 Episode 5, Flynt Coal uses his trumpet's sonic blast to propel Neon on her rollerblades.
    • In the Volume 4 trailer, the Beringel throws Beowolves at Ruby.
  • Feminist Fantasy: RWBY an action-oriented series focused on an Extranormal Institute where students train to become Huntsmen or Huntresses. The cast are all loosely based on various Fairy Tales, with Little Red Riding Hood starring as scythe-wielding Action Girl Ruby, Snow White as Lady of War Weiss, Goldilocks as Cute Bruiser Yang, and Beauty as Cat Ninja Blake. The cast primarily consists of women, all capable warriors in their own right and respected as equals by their male peers. It also features references to warrior women from mythology, in the forms of Pyrrha Nikos (Amazons) and Nora Valkyrie. According to Word of God, they intentionally avoided panty shots even when the heroines are jumping and flipping around in short skirts. Adding to that is the fact that only women can become one of the four Maidens and wield exceptional, magical power.
  • Final Exchange: In the final episode of Volume 3, after Cinder disables Pyrrha, they have their final exchange before Cinder executes Pyrrha:
    Pyrrha: Do you believe in destiny?
    Cinder: (frowns, narrowing her eyes) Yes.
  • Fire-Forged Friends: The first lesson new students to Beacon Academy experience is to be thrown into a forest full of Grimm. The headmaster's advice to the students is to kill anything that moves because the teachers will not intervene to save anyone's life. When an individual makes eye contact with another student, they will be paired for the remaining four years. Two pairs are formed by matching relics that each pair manages to find. However, because of the danger in the forest, the students find themselves being forced to team up just to stay alive. As a result, the future teams RWBY and JNPR find themselves at the temple of relics at the same time, confronting two powerful Grimm. Ruby organises Weiss, Blake and Yang to take on the Giant Nevermore while Jaune organises Nora, Pyrrha and Ren to take on the Giant Deathstalker. After that experience, the two teams remain very close friends, working, studying, eating and playing together, as well as supporting each other and passing on advice.
  • Flash Step:
    • Blake seems to use this as part of her fighting style. Watch her fight against Roman Torchwick in Vol.1 Episode 16; the "shadow" she leaves behind suggests this trope.
    • A slight variation of this happens in Vol.2 Episode 8. After Ruby tells Professor Ozpin, Glynda, and General Ironwood about details she saw in the previous episode while fighting an intruder, the Professor tells her to be discreet about explaining the situation. After returning to her room, Weiss, Yang, and Blake are standing on the far side of the room, and all three nearly instantaneously pop up in front of her with a whoosh sound to ask her what happened.
    • Dr. Oobleck performs these constantly in his first appearance due to his overcaffeination.
    • Ruby's Semblance is essentially this, and also achieves it with her weapon's recoil.
  • Flawed Prototype: The Paladins used by the White Fang in Volume 2 were actually stolen prototypes, according to Winter, who warns Weiss that the real models would have been much harder for Team RWBY to deal with. True to form, in Volume 3, a trio of up-to-date Paladin models are able to take on the combined force of Teams CFVY, SSSN, ABRN, FNKI, and part of JNPR. It isn't until Velvet and Weiss use their Semblances in ways that have not previously been seen that the three Paladins are defeated.
  • Floating Continent: The sky castle variant (but not an Ominous Floating Castle), serves as the arena for the tournament during the Vytal Festival.
  • Floral Theme Naming: The Crescent Rose; the Myrtenaster, German for the Myrtle flower family (primarily white flowers that also come in other colours), Ember Celica (Celica is another name for the common bellpepper), and Blake's last name, "Belladonna", the alternate name for either the Amaryllis belladonna flower or the toxic plant Atropa belladonna AKA Deadly Nightshade.
  • Flynning: In Vol.2 Episode 5, Pyrrha's and Jaune's "training" amounts to striking and attacking their swords. However, this trope is both Downplayed, as Pyrrha goes for a leg sweep at the end of the fight, and Justified, as Jaune is still improving his swordplay.
  • Foil
    • Blake and 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 defense (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.
    • Jaune and Pyrrha. Pyrrha is a very intelligent and competent warrior who has garnered in-universe fame for her personal exploits. Jaune is a naive, unassuming young man who has zero combat training but has a famous ancestry. Her character arc is about learning from Jaune what it means to be a normal teenager with normal friends and relationships, while his character arc is about learning from Pyrrha what it means to be a true warrior. Both have self-esteem issues, with Jaune being the first person who ever treated her like a normal human being and Pyrrha being the first person who ever had genuine faith in his ability to become a warrior.
    • James and Qrow. While both serve under Ozpin, James is uptight, formal and likes getting straight to the point, while Qrow is drunk, grumpy and enjoys winding people up. James prefers approaching problems with open, physical and excessive displays of force, while Qrow prefers intelligence gathering, working from the shadows and playing his cards close to his chest. Both men are aggressive, but James focuses on macho, physical aggression that's backed up by verbal arguments, while Qrow prefers sarcastic, verbal attacks that's backed up by physical actions. Putting the two men in a room together is a recipe for fireworks; they both want the same thing, but their personalities clash on how best to achieve it.
    • James and Glynda as well. Glynda is refined, polite, prefers subtlety, and has complete faith in Ozpin. James is direct, macho, prefers the head-on approach, and is chaffing under the secrets that Ozpin will not confide in them.
    • Cinder and Raven have proven to be this over time. Both are Maidens but while Raven's defining traits are her absolute loyalty to her bandit tribe, being A Mother to Her Men style leader and a certain fear that she cannot overcome her ultimate enemy, Cinder is out for herself, treats people like pawns and has an overweening arrogance about her.
  • Food Fight: One occurs in "Best Day Ever". It starts with Nora throwing grapes for Yang to catch in her mouth but escalates to a tomato to the face after a particularly bad pun. Yang retaliates and it slowly builds up with larger fruit until Nora lobs a pie which hits Weiss instead of Yang. A quick scene change later and the rest of the student body is fleeing the now devastated dinner hall, and Team RWBY and Team JNPR get into a super powered brawl using foodstuffs instead of their normal weapons; Ruby, Pyrra and Blake substitute their blades for bread rolls, Yang uses two whole roast turkeys as her gauntlets, Weiss uses a swordfish instead of her rapier, Nora builds a hammer out of a flagpole and a watermelon, Ren uses leeks as sai... Listen, back when Monty was alive, he demanded this kind of wonderful lunacy on a regular basis, okay? Such as Pyrra using her Magnetism Manipulation to weaponize soda cans.
    Ruby: "Justice will be swift! Justice will be painful! (Crushes milk carton) IT WILL BE DELICIOUS!"
  • Food Interrogation: After Roman and Cinder escape, Glynda Goodwitch detains Ruby and scolds her for involving herself in a fight with dangerous criminals. After intimidating her, Professor Ozpin strolls in to calmly question Ruby about her fighting technique while offering a plate of chocolate chip cookies. Ruby happily scarfs down the offering.
  • Force and Finesse: When Yang and Neo fight, Neo whimsically dances and somersaults all around Yang, whose hard, physical, fist-fighting style struggles to make contact with the tiny, athletic Neo. Even when Yang does appear to make contact, Neo somehow manages to flow with the blows, elegantly escaping injury by redirecting them using a lace parasol that turns Yang's own strength against her. Neo's silent, mocking smiles keep egging on Yang, who is short-tempered at the best of times, until Neo is able to curbstomp Yang into unconsciousness. Neo keeps a concealed blade sheathed in the stem and handle of the parasol, but she only pulls it out when she sees a chance to kill the comatose Yang.
  • Forced Perspective: After Ruby cuts down a tree in frustration, a feather floats down in front of the camera. It looks like it's close to the camera, but then it lands, covering the tree she just cut down. Turns out to be foreshadowing for the Nevermore which appears in the next episode. Played with slightly in that the Nevermore does look to be as huge as its feathers would imply — in fact, the feather that appeared first was smaller than the ones it threw at Ruby.
  • Foregone Conclusion:
    • Episode 4 makes a big deal out of the idea of teams, and builds up suspense for who will be paired with whom... or, rather, it would, if the trailers and intro hadn't already spelled out who's going to be on what team.
    • In the fight in "Beginning of the End", it's already clear from the beginning that Cinder will defeat Amber and steal half her power, as was revealed in the previous episode.
  • Foreshadowing:
    • Ruby's trailer is primarily a 'White' setting, while Weiss' trailer is primarily 'Black'. Blake's trailer is predominantly black and red as per Adam's color-scheme. However, her eyes are yellow, and her trailer ends with the camera zooming away from her as she turns into silhouette and disappears. Yang's first proper appearance in the Yang trailer is the exact opposite of Blake's ending - the camera zooms in on her approaching silhouette that transforms into full detail. Her setting rotates through all four colors in relation to which character the song is about.
    • Blake's trailer has Adam and Blake raiding a train full of Dust sporting the Schnee logo, setting up the show's plot of the Schnee corporation's monopoly on Dust mining and sales, the Dust-theft and hoarding by White Fang, and the direct history of violence between the Schnee and White Fang organisations. Events regarded by the villains as "Phase 1" of their end-game.
    • In Blake's trailer, she and Adam discuss humans as if they're excluded from that race. In the show, she is critical of Schnee labor practices. She gets offended when Faunus are insulted or bullied, her ear-shaped hair bow occasionally twitches like cat ears. She knows a lot about historical faunus/human conflict. She's confirmed to be an ex-White Fang cat-faunus during an argument with the anti-White Fang Weiss.
    • In Blake's trailer, Adam is thinks nothing of killing humans, causing Blake to abandon him. In the show, we hear about White Fang's descent into terrorism after an internal coup; silhouettes of the three leaders show one looking rather like Adam's profile. In Volume 2, Blake sketches Adam a lot, and is worried about why White Fang is unusually working with Roman. When Adam returns to the show, it's clear he's working with Cinder in some way. In Volume 3, Blake reveals that she had a friend who slowly descended into cruelty. Adam is the White Fang leader Cinder coerced with her Maiden powers into helping her achieve her goals; when Cinder sets off her plan to wreck Beacon and reach Amber, the White Fang help by invading Vale to kill humans with an army of faunus and Grimm. Adam goes straight to the school to confront Blake, where he hints that Blake was his abuse victim, attempts to kill him and permanently maims Yang.
    • Jaune is obviously behind the others from the outset. He didn't design his weapons, which are low-tech family heirlooms. He doesn't know about Aura, the cornerstone of Huntsmen abilities, and has to have his Aura unlocked. Glynda comments that Jaune's application transcript does not match the reality of his abilities, which are too low for Beacon's entry requirements. He faked his transcripts. He has no combat history at all.
    • When Pyrrha pins Jaune to the lockers early on, pulling back her spear is accompanied by the sound of a magnetic hum. She confirms her Semblance is polarity when she uses magnetism to raise Jaune's shield to give him secret aid against an Ursa. During a food fight, the full extent of her Semblance is seen when she creates tornadoes of drinks cans. "Destiny" reminds us of the power of Pyrrha's Semblance when she loses emotional control and accidentally slams Jaune into a wall. Secret Robot Girl Penny is confirmed to be sensitive to magnetism when she jokes about getting a magnet stuck to her head. Penny is eventually accidentally destroyed during the tournament by Pyrrha's full Semblance as part of Cinder's villainous plans; it also sets up Pyrrha's ability to fight a fully-powered Maiden despite being a teenage trainee; it's only after her Aura shatters, rendering her Semblance unusable, that Cinder finally gains the upper hand.
    • In "The Shining Beacon, part 2", Blake is reading a book about a man with two souls, each fighting for control of his body. In the Volume 2 opening, red maple leaves are flowing off Pyrrha. Pyrrha is chosen to receive the Fall Maiden's powers through an artificial system that will place Amber's soul into her body. This foreshadows the circumstances that will lead to Pyrrha's death. Afterwards, a drifting autumn maple leaf becomes a recurring symbol for anything Pyrrha-related.
    • Blake's book also foreshadows events in Volume 4, where Ozpin's soul has become bonded with Oscar's, effectively resulting in two souls in one body.
    • As a bully-boy joke, Cardin shoves Jaune into a locker that is assigned to students to store their gear whenever they're in class. By entering co-ordinates into the locker, a rocket powers up, blasting the locker into the air and sending it off to an unknown destination. This sets up future battle situations where the kids are caught up in fighting without their weapons, and need to summon those weapons swiftly. By keying their pin numbers into their scrolls, the lockers near-instantaneously arrive at the requested location. Importantly, the joke makes it clear the lockers can easily carry the weight of people, which is also important for later events when Ruby rides a locker into battle and Pyrrha revisits the Cardin scene to send Jaune out of harm's way.
    • In "Lessons Learned", Coco is confused and bewildered by an illusionary Yatsuhashi, leading to her defeat. Two episodes later, Ruby wishes Yang luck in her fight by telling her to "break a leg". Yang breaks Mercury's leg in defense after she already won the battle and he deliberately attacked her. But the camera and the way the crowds react showed that it was Yang attacking the downed Mercury unprovoked, leaving Yang confused and the audience wondering if an illusion was cast.
    • In Breach, it's easy to miss that Weiss conjures an ice blade during the fight. Lessons Learned makes a more obvious hint with reveal of the Schnee hereditary summoning semblance. It finally plays out in Heroes and Monsters where Weiss successfully summons a sword that easily cleaves an Atlesian Paladin but leaves her drained of energy.
    • When on a field mission, Oobleck shows Ruby the giant Goliaths that do not attack, but rather grow more powerful as they wait for humanity to grow weak. He explains that Grimm may start out as weak and unintelligent, but they gain power, intelligence and patience as they age. Not only does this foreshadow ancient beings like the Grim Dragon but also the villain who's determined to destroy humanity, a woman called Salem who has the exact same black and white markings, and glowing red eyes, as the Grimm.
    • When Ozpin and Ruby first meet in "Ruby Rose", he comments that she has silver eyes. At the beginning of Volume 3, Ruby wonders why Ozpin really let her into Beacon early. In the Volume 2 opening credits, there's a scene that zooms in on Ruby's eyes before whiting out and shifting to the next scene. In the Volume 3 finale, Ruby unleashes a massive blast of power from her eyes that freezes the Grimm Dragon and whites out the scene to the next, where she regains consciousness at home. Qrow tells her that Ozpin once revealed to him that silver eyes are very rare; people with them are destined to become mighty warriors with strange powers who are rumored to be able to kill Grimm just with a glance.
    • Characters frequently remark on how certain Ruby is in her choice of career, as well as her determination to be a hero and fight injustice. Ozpin also warns Ruby that she can't spend her entire life on the battlefield, no matter how much she might wish to. This is all foreshadowing to the reveal of her nature as a silver-eyed warrior. As Qrow explains it, the silver-eyed warriors were fighters without equal, destined to become legendary heroes who could strike fear into even the Grimm.
    • In the Volume 3 opening, Teams RWBY and JNPR are broken apart from their formation dive, and the camera focuses on Pyrrha falling into nothingness. At the end, Team RWBY is under the Dramatic Spotlight and Ruby is the only one with her head up; everyone else has their head hung dejectedly. Both events foreshadow the fates of all five characters at the end of the volume. This is also somewhat played with, as the opening shows JNPR falling away in separate directions, while RWBY is together, but defeated. In reality, team RWBY is scattered, while team JNPR is defeated but (mostly) still together.
    • In "Welcome to Beacon" team RWBY is seen playing Remnant: The Game in the library. When Ruby's forces are destroyed, Yang comments that most of her forces were androids, giving more information on the nature of Atlas and also revealing the concept of Grimm allies (which Yang uses against Ruby's fleet). The game foreshadows the Volume 3 finale. Ruby deployed the Atlesian fleet which are defeated by Yang's Grimm allies, and at one point, Atlesian fleet turns on itself. The Volume 3 finale activates the Atlesian fleet, which are overwhelmed by Griffons. A Giant Nevermore attacks the tournament stadium and Roman steals an Atlesian ship, turning it on the Atlesian army. The robots turn on the humans and the White Fang ship in Grimm allies.
    • Throughout the first two volumes and part of the third, several bits of dialogue by Ozpin, Qrow, Glynda, and others hint that the enemy isn't going to wait for the children to grow up to act. After the events of the last episodes of Volume 3, Beacon is fallen, the Vytal Festival they've all been training for is rendered moot, team RWBY is scattered, and the heroes end what should have been a four-year education less than a year in.
    • There's a few bits of foreshadowing regarding Qrow and his animal-morphing. Early on, Qrow is shown at a bar on the waterside well outside of Beacon, when Winter's ship is coming in, and a very short time later he's managed to catch up to Winter despite the fact that she was in an aircraft and was landing at a dock on the top of a cliff, several miles away. In the same scene, there's also a conspicuous shot of a crow or raven flying overhead.
    • Volumes 3-4 hint at Qrow's permanently active bad luck Semblance. Examples include: the bartender knocking over his glass by accident in the Crow Bar; Ironwood coincidentally showing up at the worst moment to embarrass Winter during her fight with Qrow; the "good" luck Cinder feels she has when she realises Ironwood's scroll has been infected with her virus, giving her control access to the Atlesian cyber-army and Penny's schematics — the infection occurs when Ironwood connects his phone to Ozpin's computer in Qrow's presence; during Qrow's fight with Tyrian, Tyrian lands on rotten wood and crashes through a building, and a loose beam falling when Ruby is underneath it.
    • In Volume 3, Pyrrha gives the names of a few Remnant fairy tales in a conversation with Ozpin. The story focusses on the The Story of the Seasons, revealing the origin of four women who wield incredibly magical power, known as the Maidens. However, she also mentions the titles of several other fairy tales, including The Tale of the Two Brothers and the Girl in the Tower. Qrow tells Team RNJR the Tale of the Two Brothers in Volume 4, revealing the two gods are actually real, and created both the Grimm and humanity, and in Volume 6, Jinn explains where the fairy tale of the Girl in the Tower ends and the reality behind it begins. Volume 5 confirms that the wizard in The Story of the Seasons who created the Maidens is Ozpin while Volume 6 confirms that The Girl in the Tower is the story of how Salem's life went horribly wrong, leading to her becoming the villain that now threatens the world.
    • In "Lesson Learned", when Qrow says "they don't give medals for almost", Ruby replies that "They do, and it's called silver!". At the end of volume 3, Ruby arrives almost in time to save Pyrrha, and seeing her friend die activates her Silver Eyes.
    • In Volume 3's first episode, Nora falls into a panicked rant while explaining what will happen if Team JNPR does poorly in the upcoming tournament, and undergoes Color Failure as she's comforted by Ren. Toward the end of Volume 4, we learn that Ren's Semblance lets him calm his and others' emotions to hide them from Grimm, which manifests as their colors fading and turning washed-out. So that earlier incident wasn't a sight gag, but Ren trying to calm Nora down.
    • Adam's Volume 5 plotting is foreshadowed in the Volume 5 intro, where he flicks his sword out of its sheathe in a specific location. Sienna Khan's bodyguards also wear the same style mask that Adam wears; they are loyal to Adam, not Sienna Khan, revealed when pulls a coup, killing Sienna and taking over leadership of the entire White Fang.
    • The Spring Maiden's fate is foreshadowed throughout Volumes 4 and 5, from Qrow telling Raven and Leo he knows the Spring Maiden is hiding out with Raven's tribe, to the way Vernal's voice is supernaturally enhanced and lightning strikes from a clear blue sky to prevent the tribe from brawling with Yang and Weiss; this includes Cinder demanding proof the Spring Maiden is who she says she is, Raven accusing Cinder of having a fake name to reflect her status as the Fall Maiden (Vernal's name means 'of spring'), and Raven revealing to the audience that she's spent years planning for the day Salem came after the tribe for the Spring Maiden. Every time Vernal appears to use Maiden power, she never displays the fire around her eyes that accompanies a Maiden's power use, while Raven stands nearby wearing her face-hiding helmet. Raven publicly tells Vernal to fight Weiss without using her power, and when Cinder attacks Raven and Vernal in the vault to steal the Spring Maiden's power, she discovers that Vernal has no power: Vernal was a decoy; Raven is the real Spring Maiden.
    • Ren's clarification of how Aura works when Oscar is being trained - that it needs to be activated as a defense against incoming attacks, rather than being 24-Hour Armor - was indicated much earlier in the series, with Pyrrha wondering why Jaune didn't activate his Aura to protect himself from a swinging branch, and with multiple instances of characters being knocked unconscious or seriously hurt by attacks that came without warning or were too quick to detect and evade, i.e. Coco being hit from behind by Emerald, Adam cutting off Yang's arm with a single attack, and Adam running Sienna Khan through the stomach.
    • The season 5 intro features, among other things, Lionheart sitting at his desk surrounded by tentacles hinting at his eventual gruesome demise at the hand of a Seer.
  • Forest of Perpetual Autumn: The forest known as Forever Fall is filled with nothing but trees with scarlet leaves, making it seem like it's always autumn.
  • Forever War: Remnant is a dangerous world where the Creatures of Grimm seek to destroy humanity. Only a few humans know that the Grimm are controlled by a woman who is thousands of years old and possessed of strange powers. This group is led by Professor Ozpin and actively hides the truth about Salem to avoid mass panic. However, some of these guardians suspect Professor Ozpin is hiding even deeper secrets, and those that have learned them have abandoned his cause. Once a great hero called Ozma, Oz has been reincarnating into different men for thousands of years. Originally lovers until he was killed by sickness, Salem is punished by the gods for attempting to resurrect Ozma. Unable to enter the afterlife, she raises an army against the gods, condemning humanity to oblivion. The God of Light resurrects Ozma to give humanity a single chance at redemption but Oz eventually comes to realise that he cannot save humanity if Salem continues trying to destroy it. He therefore hides from his allies the truth: because Salem cannot be destroyed, he is fighting a war that cannot be won and cannot be ended.
  • Four Lines, All Waiting: In Volume 4, the main characters have separated into different geographic regions due to the events of the third volume. As a result, instead of dealing with protagonists in the same area investigating the villains and working as one to progress the plot, Volume 4 has to cycle between characters on different continents to advance each separate strand of the plot.
  • Freeze-Frame Bonus:
    • Torchwick is shown talking to Junior at the beginning of the Yellow trailer.
    • If you look closely at the Grimm Snakes Ren fights, the black one has a patch of white in the center and the white has a black patch in the center. Together, they make the Taoist symbol.
    • A cave drawing of a scorpion fighting stick men is on the wall on either side of the hole Jaune and Pyrrha enter to find the temple and rouse the Deathstalker.
    • Blake's bow twitches slightly when she sees Ruby fall from the sky. Because, underneath the bow, she has cat ears.
    • Nora's grenades have hearts on the front of them.
    • In "Players and Pieces", when Nora lands her killing blow, and launches Jaune and Pyrrha tumbling over its back, Pyrrha uses her semblance to grab her spear in mid-air. It's hard to spot, but going frame-by-frame reveals that it actually changes trajectory slightly before she's actually touched it.
    • In Episode 9, the names of the all the Grimm creatures are shown on the wall of the classroom. Aside from the ones named in series and by Word Of God, the revealed names were the King Taijitu for the snakes, and Boarbatusk for a boar. If you pause on the part where Blake accidentally spills her stuff on the floor, you'll notice she has "Shi-nee" toothpaste.
    • In Episode 12, a sharp eye can see Cardin Winchester eavesdropping on Jaune and Pyrrha's conversation during the zoom-out.
    • When Jaune turns on Cardin and throws the sap at him, Lark used Dove as a human shield. You can see Dove shrug him off behind Cardin.
    • In Episode 16, when Penny cuts the Bullheads in half with lazer beams, the RWBYsaurus can very briefly be seen falling along with the others. It's visible for about a quarter of a second during a very Gun Porn-esque scene, and it wasn't discovered until four months later, after Monty made a tweet saying that no one noticed it yet. Also, Penny's swords aren't swords in that scene.
    • In the warehouse in Vol.2 Episode 1, when Roman grouphugs Mercury and Emerald, you can see Roman and Emerald's hands brushing past each other's pockets. Roman's hand sweeps past Emerald's back pocket for the paper, while Emerald's sweeps past Roman's left jacket pocket for his lighter. Bonus points for both of them reaching for the place they thought they had their item in.
    • Earlier in the episode, Ruby really did appropriate Weiss's Vytal Festival activities binder for her own "Best Day Ever" plans.
    • In Vol.2 Episode 3, the boxes that Ruby knocks over while chasing Penny are labeled "Breakable Things". Also, pay close attention during Ruby and Penny's conversation at the CCT and you'll see Cardin Winchester walking past in the background.
    • In Vol.2 Episode 7, Neptune admits to Jaune that he can't dance. During the montage at the end, you can briefly see Neptune dancing, and it's true: he can't.
    • In Vol.3 Episode 11, if you pause at just the right moment you can see Adam flicking, what is presumably either Blake or Yang's blood off his sword after dismembering the latter's right arm.
  • Framing Device: During the episode "Kuroyuri", Ruby and Jaune are in the long-destroyed town of Kuroyuri attempting to locate medicine to save Qrow's life. Every so often, a Match Cut is used to switch from the devastation to the sight of the exact same town when it was a thriving hub of activity. The flashbacks are used to show how the town was destroyed, leaving Ren and Nora as its only survivors. Ren and Nora themselves don't appear in the present-day storyline until the end of the episode once their flashback story has been told...having accidentally come across the trail of the creature that destroyed Kuroyuri in the flashback (and more recently Shion) only to see that it's headed towards their friends.
  • Freudian Excuse:
    • When called out on her Fantastic Racism against Faunus, Weiss explains that the Faunus terrorist group White Fang has targeted her company, and by extension her family, ever since she was a little girl. Aside from seeing close family friends "disappear", the constant attacks on her father's company left him enraged at home, which, in her own words, "made for a very... difficult... childhood."
    • Adam is filled with hatred for humanity and doesn't want Faunus equality, he wants humanity broken beneath his feet. Blake once describes him as a person who is trying to hurt the world that hurt him. He wears a mask because his left eye has been ruined from a brand that was burned into his face bearing the 'SDC' logo.
  • Freudian Slip: When arguing with Weiss about the nature of the White Fang and faunus in general, Blake accidentally uses 'we' when referring to the Fang, revealing her nature as a faunus with some form of involvement with the questionable organization.
  • The Friends Who Never Hang: Downplayed with Ruby and Blake, as they get along and mutually support and care about one another. While each other pair of team members have a unique bond (Ruby and Yang are sisters, Ruby and Weiss are partners and Vitriolic Best Buds, Blake and Yang are partners and Yang helped Blake out of her obsession over the White Fang, Weiss and Blake reconciled their differences over the White Fang after a heated argument and Weiss was the first to call out Blake's descent into self-destructive behaviour, Weiss and Yang fought together in the doubles round of the tournament where Weiss sacrifices herself for Yang's safety, enraging Yang to destroy the stadium), Ruby and Blake have no shared experience with one another as of yet.
  • From Bad to Worse: The entirety of "Heroes and Monsters". While the heroes make some small gains it's mainly through pure luck. Ruby barely survives a fight with Roman and Neo. Neo gets removed from the fight rather inventively which enrages Roman. This leads to Roman getting careless and killed by a Grimm which allows Ruby to disable the ship and stop the AKs. On the flipside however Blake is severely injured by Adam, Yang loses an arm attempting to save Blake and Amber is killed by Cinder leading to Cinder gaining the remainder of Fall's powers.
  • Fun with Acronyms: The team names, which are apparently officially given by Ozpin upon completion of the initiation phase:
    • RWBY (pronounced "Ruby" note ) stands for Ruby, Weiss, Blake and Yang. It conveniently covers their colour schemes, too (Red, White, Black, Yellow).
    • JNPR (pronounced "Juniper") stands for Jaune, Nora, Pyrrha, Ren.
    • CRDL (pronounced "Cardinal") stands for Cardin, Russel, Dove, Lark. The team name covers both the team's bird and Christian themes.
    • CFVY (pronounced "Coffee") stands for Coco, Fox, Velvet, Yatsuhashi.
    • SSSN (pronounced Sun), ABRN (pronounced Auburn), and FNKI (pronounced Funky)
    • Inverted with the headmaster. The Wizard of Oz's full name formed the acronym O.Z.P.I.N.H.E.A.D. That was used to create the name Ozpin, Head of Beacon.
  • Fun with Subtitles: The Netflix captions feature a number of typos and goofs. Most of them are fairly prosaic, but don't be drinking something when you read the line "Brothers of the White Fang, why are you eating this scum?"
  • Funny Background Event:
    • In the Volume 2 premiere, Weiss stands up to talk about Ruby's plan for the best day ever. Next to her, Yang starts getting worried and starts making frantic head shaking gestures. She's trying to stop Nora throwing a pie, which promptly hurtles in from offscreen and hits Weiss seconds later
    • Immediately afterwards Sun is talking to Neptune about how the students at Beacon are "the coolest." Not more than two seconds later, Jaune is seen tossed at the window as Sun and Neptune walk by, unaware of the food fight going on in the cafeteria.
    • In Welcome to Beacon, team RWBY is playing a board game. As Ruby activates Yang's trap card, the camera cuts to team JNPR, while Ruby and Yang's argument audibly carries on, with a few playing pieces being flung over team JNPR's table.
    • While team RWBY is still playing, Jaune comes over and tries to convince Weiss to trust him to play her hand. Pyrrha perks up, gets out of her chair, and speeds over to his side just before he reveals that Blake is a f-"fun-loving person!"
    • In Painting the Town..., when Ruby is answering Blake's call for help, the dumpster behind Ruby is boarded up after her hearing squeaks inside it earlier.
    • In Field Trip, while the focus is on Weiss and Ruby watching Yang read her father's letter, Blake can be seen creeping around on Ruby's bunk bed, irritably watching the dog as he barks cheerfully up at her.
    • In the battle with Amber, as Cinder's presence becomes apparent, Mercury can be seen dodging lightning by literally backflipping up and down like some weird spring-loaded slinky.
    • While Jaune is observing the damage in Volume 3's tenth episode, Sage and Scarlet can be seen riding an approaching Ursa Major, hanging on for dear life.

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  • Gatling Good: Coco's main weapon, built into a ladies' handbag.
  • Genki Girl:
    • Nora Valkyrie. The other girls all have their moments too.
    • Ruby acts this way towards weapons, as evidenced in Episode 2.
  • Gender-Blender Name: Blake is a girl, and Dove and Sky of Team CRDL are boys. Another example is Scarlet, part of Team SSSN and voiced by Gavin Free.
  • Gender Flip: According to this post by Monty Oum, the inspirations for each member of team JNPR all disguised themselves as the opposite gender. This suggests that Jaune, Pyrrha, Nora, and Ren are respectively based off Joan of Arc, Achillesnote , Thornote , and Mulan.
  • Get Out!: In "Tipping Point", a man Weiss meets at a charity event named Henry Marigold gives a bad first impression on her, starting with a cheesy pickup line and then brashly admitting that he only came to the event for the food, irking her to the point that she orders him to leave (verbatim with the trope name, to boot).
  • Ghost Town: Haven Academy in Mistral is almost entirely deserted when RNJR arrives there. According to Professor Leo, Mistral suffered similar damage as Vale did in the months after the end of Volume 3, with the fear and dread from those events drawing in large-scale Grimm attacks. Haven had to send out all of its Huntsmen to fight the Grimm across the kingdom's vast lands, leaving only Leo to tend to the school.
  • Gilligan Cut:
    • When Ruby talks to Glynda Goodwitch for the first time after the encounter with Roman Torchwick, she asks for an autograph. Cut to a scene where Glynda is reprimanding Ruby for recklessly trying to fight criminals on her own.
    • In "Field Trip", Team RWBY gets excited that they're about to go on a mission with a trained Huntsman. Cut to their horrified expressions when they learn this "trained Huntsman" is Professor Oobleck.
  • Good Eyes, Evil Eyes: Has been mentioned as a factor in the protagonists' designs, with the most heroic and innocent character (Ruby) having the largest eyes. This is noticeable in the animation: characters of upstanding morals either have larger and more noticeable eyes (RWBY, Pyrrha, Nora, etc) or eyes of vivid color (Neptune's and Jaune's deep blue eyes, as well as Ren's pink ones). Villains play to the opposite effect, either having clearly villainous eye colors (Cinder's fiery orange ones and Emerald's straight-up red ones), darker ones (Torchwick's and Mercury's very dark eyes), or eyes that are not visible at all (Adam, the White Fang Lieutenant). Neo is a notable aversion, as not only does she look positively adorable, she has eyes to match, making her villain status that much more disturbing. Then again, Cute Is Evil... When Adam's eyes are eventually revealed, he has one vivid blue eye akin to the hero eye colours and one bestial eye that has been deformed by torture; his story is one of a person who started fighting for Faunus rights but who descended over time into a monster who cared only for himself.
  • Good Is Not Soft: Humanity struggles to survive in a world full of monsters who seem to exist solely to destroy humans. As a result, the Huntsmen that protect people from the Creatures of Grimm need to give no quarter just to survive. The very first lesson Beacon Academy teaches its new students consists of Professor Ozpin launching the teens over a cliff into a monster-filled forest, with the warning that they need to kill everything that moves because the teachers won't come to their rescue. At the same time, Professor Oobleck challenges his students to understand what their motivation for becoming Huntsmen actually is. This challenge causes Team RWBY in particular a crisis of faith as Weiss (who joined to restore honour to her family name), Blake (who joined to atone for the crimes of her past), and Yang (who joined to experience the thrill of danger) begin to realise their personal desires are restricting their growth. Oobleck is extremely pleased when the girls' realise the most important duty of being a Huntsman is to protect the vulnerable and innocent... and no matter how brutal the world, or their lessons, this is the one thing they must never forget.
  • Good Parents:
    • Ghira and Kali Belladonna show this off by their first reaction to seeing their daughter after the fall of Beacon is to hug her and sigh in relief, not caring that she ran away. Although Ghira's something of an Overprotective Dad, it's clear that he does so out of love for his child.
    • When a comatose Ruby is taken home, Taiyang sleeps in a chair by her bedside until she wakes up and is willing to bring his kids breakfast in bed. He is always there to support and advise his kids as they need it and stays with Yang during her long recovery, keeping a watchful distance, or offering brutal honesty and high praise as needed. He is determined to pull in favors wherever he can to obtain a cyberarm for Yang, only to discover that Ironwood has beaten him to it. He then helps Yang get back in shape, adjust to her new arm, improve her combat abilities, and reveals that if she decides to search for her mother, he'll support her.
  • Good Prosthetic, Evil Prosthetic: Mercury's prosthetic legs seem more crudely made compared to Ironwood's cybernetic enhancements. While Mercury's are roughly leg-shaped for basic function, Ironwood's is sleeker and closer to human form. In addition, Mercury's legs are a duller grey color whereas Ironwood's enhancements are lighter in color. More extreme contrasts for this trope can be found in Volumes Four and Five. Yang loses her arm in Volume Three and gets a new arm from Atlas. The design is sleek and clean, and it's a top-of-the-line model. It originally came in light grey (almost white) color, but Yang paints it to be bright yellow. Cinder also loses her arm in Volume Three and Salem gives her a Grimm-arm, specifically one similar to the Nuckelvee's stretching arm. It makes her look even more Obviously Evil.
  • Good vs. Good: The conflict between team RWBY and their allies on one side and Cordovin with her forces on the other. The protagonists seek to take the Relic of Knowledge to Atlas and, after being denied entrance through the border, decide to steal a military aircraft and fly to Atlas illegally. Cordovin, not knowing the full importance of their mission and being blinded by her hatred towards her Sitcom Arch-Nemesis Maria Calavera, tries to stop them and resorts to rather excessive means in doing so. The resulting battle draws a horde of Grimm towards Argus, forcing both sides to set their conflict aside and fight to protect the city instead. Afterwards, Ruby apologises on behalf of her group for the trouble caused and Cordovin decides to let them leave for Atlas in peace.
  • Gory Discretion Shot: In the Volume 5 finale, Leo attempts a Villain: Exit, Stage Left once he realizes that he and the other villains are unable to obtain the Relic of Knowledge. Unfortunately for him, Salem's Seer Grimm is waiting for him, and he has outlived his usefulness. Pleading for mercy, he's dragged off-screen. Only the wet, visceral sounds of being stabbed in the back and then the head by its tentacle spines can be heard.
  • Gosh Dang It to Heck!: In Volume 3, the barkeep says, "Gee darn it!"
  • Grave-Marking Scene: Volume 3 begins with Ruby at her mother's grave.
  • Gravity Is a Harsh Mistress: In Vol. 2 Episode 5, Ruby and Yang are leaning in from off-screen to watch Jaune serenade Weiss. Both are at an impossible angle. Ruby notices this near the end of the scene and promptly falls over.
  • Great Offscreen War: A century of rising tensions exploded into all-out war that lasted for ten years. Mantle attempted to ban emotions and artistic expression to combat the negativity-powered Grimm, and maintained a trading relationship (technology for supplies) with Mistral. Mistral tried to expand into Vale, triggering war that brought Mantle to Mistral's defense. Initially neutral, Vacuo joined Vale when threatened by Vale's enemies. The war empowered Grimm activity, which destroyed settlements all over the world and forced a brief truce in the war so that the kingdoms could fight the Grimm together. Mantle and Mistral then attempted to end the war by taking the Vacuo Dust mines that supplied their enemies, forcing the Warrior-King of Vale to personally take to the battlefield. Legend claims he single-handedly ended the war with a single, apocalyptic event that forced the other kingdoms to submit; he instigated the Vytal peace treaty, set up the Huntsmen Academies, removed the kingship of Vale and spent his days as a teacher. In Volume 2, Ozpin marks the eightieth anniversary of the war's end with a speech to the huntsmen students of all four kingdoms who are in Vale to attend the Vytal tournament that occurs every two years in honor of the original peace treaty.
  • Green-Eyed Monster: Weiss accuses Whitley of being jealous of the abilities that she and Winter possess, concluding that the reason he doesn't like his older sisters is because he doesn't like it that they can do things that he can't. He calmly dismisses her claim, emphasising that he prefers an army to a single Huntsman; armies are more efficient and less barbaric.
  • Green Rooming:
    • Adam, Junior and the Malachite twins are introduced in the trailers (Black and Yellow respectively). Junior and the twins finally enter the show in Vol.2 Episode 4, while Adam doesn't appear at all until the very end of Volume 2.
    • Sage and Scarlet (as well as Neptune) are introduced in the trailer for Volume 2. However, Sage and Scarlet don't appear in the entire volume at all except for tiny background characters in one scene. This has so far continued into Volume 3, with Sage and Scarlet finally getting one line each....and then getting knocked out, in less than fifteen seconds in the case of Sage. So far they have not had any more significance than being characters in the arena stands watching the Tournament.
  • Grief Song: "Cold", from the Season 3 end credits, a tribute to both Monty and Pyrrha.
  • Groin Attack:
    • In the Yellow trailer, Yang interrogates Junior by grabbing him by the testicles and continually squeezing.
    • In "Breach", Coco takes out a Beowulf with a kick to the groin before dispatching it by smashing its head in with her purse.
    • In "New Challengers," Scarlet gets hit in the crotch by a coconut, depleting his Aura to critical levels and knocking him out of the Vytal Tournament match.
      Sun: Nuts.
    • In "The Next Step", Jaune gets thrown backwards by the Geist pounding the ground and ends up hitting a boulder crotch-first.
    Jaune: “You’ll be fine without a weapon. You’re the strategist.”
  • Ground Pound: In the Yellow Trailer, Yang punches the dance floor to attack Junior. It's also how she triggers her half of Freezer Burn
  • Growling Gut: In "Round One", after Blake says she may have worked up an appetite at the Vytal fairgrounds, her stomach growls loudly.
  • The Guards Must Be Crazy:
    • In Season 2, Episode 10, Ruby finds Zwei outside and narrowly avoids getting caught by two White Fang henchmen who naively dismiss Zwei's bark.
    • An aversion straight out of the Evil Overlord handbook. In Season 2, Episode 11, when a guard sees an unusual red something on the back of the train, he does not go look around the corner. He immediately gets his phone out and radios in an intruder. (He still gets knocked out, but the message is received.)
  • Gunship Rescue: An airship arrives in the nick of time to "save" the criminal Roman Torchwick from Ruby in "Ruby Rose".
  • Gut Punch: Attracting both adults and children, the show initially follows teenagers adapting to their new school, training to protect their world from scary monsters, getting involved in light-hearted, wacky hijinks, and glossing over serious events such as off-screen murder or easily fixed monster invasions. During the third volume's combat tournament, Yang predictably defeats Mercury but is unexpectedly attacked behind from the sore loser; she punches him to the ground only to be arrested by security in front of an angry, booing crowd. The episode ends as arena television reveals the truth to the fanbase and Yang; a defenseless Mercury was lying on the ground while Yang needlessly assaulted him, shattering his legs. After the episode, the creators released a statement requesting that, from now on, adults should supervise any child access to the show; originally intended for a mature audience, this episode was designed to be a gut punch warning fans that a darker storyline was starting.

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