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  • Sadistic Choice: Either Jaune gives in to Cardin's demands and pull a nasty prank on Pyrrha, or Cardin gets Glynda Goodwitch to kick Jaune out of the academy for not being qualified for Beacon in the first place. He would have settled for option 2 had a group of Grimm not attacked them.
  • Sailor Earth: Monty has come up with rules on how to name original characters.
  • Sarcastic Clapping: "It's Brawl in the Family" ends with Cinder clapping sinisterly as she is about to watch Emerald and Mercury face off against Team CFVY in a doubles round that she programmed.
  • Saying Too Much: In "The Stray", Blake and Weiss are having a heated argument spurred by Weiss' outspoken prejudice against the Faunus of the White Fang, who she believes are all evildoers. In the heat of the moment, Blake accidentally reveals to all of Team RWBY that she's a Faunus and associated with the White Fang.
    Weiss: You want to know why I despise the White Fang? It's because they're a bunch of liars, thieves, and murderers!
    Blake: Well, maybe we were just tired of being pushed around!
  • Say My Name:
    • In "Heroes and Monsters", Torchwick shows his first bit of genuine emotion for someone else when he cries out Neo's name after Ruby activates her parasol and makes her fly off the airship.
    • In the Volume 3 finale, Ruby yells out Pyrrha's name when she sees her being killed and disintegrated by Cinder.
    • "Vault of the Spring Maiden" begins with Jaune calling out Weiss' name after she is impaled by Cinder.
  • Scary Scorpions: While in a dark cave, Jaune mistakes a giant scorpion's glowing stinger for a relic he and Pyrrha were looking for. Hilarity Ensues.
  • Schizo Tech: The world, powered by Dust's pseudo-magical properties, is a mixture of fantasy monsters and their hunters, sword-wielding nobility, ornithopter-like airships, portable music players, holographic tablets, and tiltjet ("Airjet") transports. Most notable is the complete absence of satellite technology since Dust doesn't work in space.
  • School Forced Us Together: This can very easily happen, given that teams are essentially formed at random and spend their entire school career together. Weiss never would have had anything to do with Ruby or Blake if she had any choice otherwise.
  • Secret War: The Creatures of Grimm are controlled by Salem, a woman who is human in form but who has the strange black and white appearance, and burning red eyes, of the Grimm. She has spent many thousands of years manipulating humans and Faunus from the shadows in her attempt to destroy them. Professor Ozpin, the affable headmaster of the prestigious Beacon Academy, has to be careful who finds out about Salem's existence as her control of the Grimm means that anything that could cause mass fear and panic would give the Grimm the power to wipe out the four protected kingdoms inside which most of humanity survives. Ozpin has been cursed by the gods to walk the earth for thousands of years attempting to stop Salem's evil while she wants to destroy humanity just to destroy Ozpin's faith in their potential. He created the Huntsmen Academies as a way of protecting four divine Relics from Salem, which used together could bring destruction and chaos to the entire world.
  • Sedgwick Speech: Torchwick gives one to Ruby in "Heroes and Monsters", bragging that heroes like her will die while dishonest men like him survive... right as a Griffon swoops down and swallows him whole.
  • Senseless Sacrifice: In "Never Miss a Beat", Flynt takes down Weiss then prepares to join Neon against Yang. Weiss tackles him into a lava plume, depleting her Aura and removing her from the contest. However, Flynt survives, remaining in the fight until he and Neon are defeated by Yang.
  • Serial Escalation: Due to the nature of RWBY, each volume brings out more and more potential of the story and the cast.
    • Volume 1 started to set the base, fancy fighting scene and lovable characters. Common complaints were short episodes (6 minute for average) and bad non-fighting animations.
    • Volume 2 escalates this with better and more fighting scenes, more characters (like Neo and Neptune), and episodes with length of 13 minute average.We also see the first actual threat to humanity with a Grimm invasion.
    • Volume 3 ups the ante a lot compared to the last two, especially since it happens after Monty Oum died. Every episode has an elaborate fight scene, the lore of the world is further established, more characters are brought in (Qrow and Winter), the story takes a very sharp turn of seriousness, the death toll also sky rockets and we are presented our very first 28 minute long episode with the Volume finale.
  • Set Swords to "Stun": Whenever the protagonists employ sharp weapons against other humans, they either use this or just hit with the blunt part (one example being the opposite end of the blade of Crescent Rose, Ruby's weapon, another being when Blake puts her sword to Roman's throat; it's obviously with the blunt part in). It's unclear if they intentionally use this against their more badass opponents, since they can usually deflect their attacks one way or another. Averted for robots, monsters, and the like. This is explained by way of Aura, in that it acts as a "shield" for characters who have a soul, so any attacks to them would first harm their Aura as it shields them until it's depleted in battle. Weapons that hit people who are not shielded by Aura have more realistic (and often gruesome) effects. Also, while blunt impacts are usually nonlethal even against people with weak or drained Auras, bladed weapons are presented as vastly more deadly, with most of the onscreen deaths thus far being at the hands of enemies with piercing and cutting weaponry.
  • Shell-Shocked Veteran: At the end of Volume 3, Yang is nearly catatonic, reduced to lying in bed after being badly injured and her team broken up. Her story arc in Volume 4 centers on her gradualy overcoming her Post-Traumatic Stress. Meanwhile, Volume 4 also reveals Jaune to spend his nights training intensely while listening to recordings of Pyrrha . In fact, for Volume 4, it might be easier to list central characters who don't fit this trope.
  • Shamu Fu: Weiss improvises a swordfish for her rapier during the food fight.
  • Ship Sinking: The Volume 3 finale saw one of the show's most popular ships (Arkos) torpedoed down with Pyrrha's death. Especially sad since the episode's public release happened to be on Valentine's Day.
  • Shoo Out the Clowns: Torchwick, a dangerous but otherwise amusing villain, is put in jail at the end of Volume 2 and is Out of Focus for most of Volume 3, while Cinder can put in the final touches of her master plan. During the penultimate episode, he is unceremoniously eaten by a Grimm in the disaster he helped cause.
  • Shout-Out: Has its own page.
  • Shut Up, Kirk!: In the Volume 7 finale "The Enemy of Trust", Oscar points out that fighting each other is exactly what Salem wants, and argues that there are consequences to Ironwood's plans that he hasn't considered. Oscar points out that Ironwood is sacrificing millions and abandoning the entire world just to save the few who live in Atlas, but Ironwood says Oscar's position is just a philosophical point that won't matter if Salem wins. When Oscar tells him that he's become as dangerous as Salem, Ironwood simply shoots the boy, shattering his Aura and leaving him to fall to his apparent death.
  • Shut Up, Hannibal!: In Vol.2 Episode 11, after being subdued by Blake, Torchwick attempts to convince her they're on the same side. Blake listens at first, but the moment she sees Weiss on the ropes, she knocks Torchwick out cold and rushes off to help.
  • Sibling Yin-Yang: When Qrow is telling Team RNJR stories around the campfire, he tells them of a creation myth about two brothers, the God of Darkness and the God of Light. The God of Light creates life while the God of Darkness creates destruction. In the myth, they don't get on very well and keep trying to one-up each other. In the end, they decide to create a single thing that they can both be proud of, something with the power to both create and destroy: humanity. Qrow tells Team RNJR that, while humans have come up with dozens of gods throughout Remnant's history, Ozpin once told him that the Gods of Light and Darkness are actually real: the God of Light created plants and animals while the God of Darkness created the Creatures of Grimm. They left behind four extremely powerful artefacts in the form of relics: the powers of Knowledge, Creation, Destruction and Choice, which are protected by the four Huntsmen Academies and which Salem is trying to find.
  • Sickening "Crunch!":
    • When Yang breaks Mercury's leg at the end of "Fall".
    • Again when Penny is split apart by her own wires in "PvP".
    • In "Argus Limited", when Dudley is a bit slow to avoid the tunnel, resulting in a broken arm.
  • Sigil Spam: Several examples of different uses, since pretty much every significant character has a specific symbol associated with them. For reference, the Volume 1 credits after each episode (except for the finale) show silhouettes of the characters and their corresponding symbols.
    • Ruby's symbol is featured on her belt, headphones, and journal. Blake's emblem is on her stockings (and it may or may not be an oddly-placed badge), and her sleepwear. Yang wears her emblem on her undershirt and on her skirt, and it's also present on her own sleepwear. Adam's symbol is present on Blush and the back of his coat. Jaune's symbol has so far only been seen on his shield, but since it's mentioned that his great-great grandfather used it, the symbol may belong to the entire Arc family rather than just him. Nora's symbol is on the back of her shirt and her hair brush she was using in her introduction. Pyrrha's symbol appears on the buckle of her sash and the way she stores her spear and shield make her symbol on her back.
    • Weiss' symbol seems to be used by the entire Schnee Dust Company, and it has appeared on the company's bottles and crates (and also the toothpaste tube Nora has in the fourth episode), certain places in the castle where Weiss fights the Knight, as well as the back of her bolero and on her nightgown. Unlike all other revealed symbols, though, it also shows up when she uses her Semblance. It's probably a family crest.
    • Beacon's symbol features most prominently on Ozpin's coffee mug, but can be spotted frequently all around the academy.
    • Ozpin's personal symbol appears in the credits for Episode 9 and looks similar to the cogs found on the handle of his cane.
    • Glynda's symbol is a tiara and can be found on the back of her cape as well as the credits for Episode 9.
    • Cinder's is tattooed on her back. In Torchwick's case, a pumpkin face is carved at the end of his cane.
  • Significant Background Event: In a quick shot at the top of the roof; one sees Cardin in the window right below.
  • Silly Rabbit, Cynicism Is for Losers!:
    • Briefly showcased in "The Shining Beacon, Part 2", when Ruby optimistically responds to Blake's cynical rebuttal against her idealized visions of being a Huntress, agreeing with Blake's statement that the world is corrupted but also adding that Huntsmen exist to make it better.
    • In "Heroes and Monsters", Torchwick gives Ruby a brooding Shut Up, Kirk! speech about how her spirit will be worthless in the real world, and that survival is the only thing that matters. He gets killed by a Grimm immediately afterwards.
  • Silly Rabbit, Idealism Is for Kids!:
    • When Ruby and Blake first meet, Ruby states her vision of huntresses, that she wanted to be like the storybook heroes — someone who fights for right and protects the vulnerable. Blake tells her that's ambitious for a child and that the real world is not like a fairy tale.
    • Ruby's idealism infuriates Roman, who rants at her that this heroic spirit will get her nowhere in this kind of world, and that she should do what every single huntress in history does and die. He believes the only thing that matters in this world is the ability to survive.
    • When Blake and Adam confront each other, Blake tells Adam she never wanted what Adam has done: she wanted equality and peace between the Faunus and humans, not violence, bloodshed, and war. Adam bluntly tells her that what she wants is impossible.
  • Single Stanza Song: "Red Like Roses." The page quote is the entire lyrics of the song.
  • Single-Stroke Battle: In "Heroes and Monsters", after Yang sees Adam stab Blake, she activates her Semblance and launches towards him. Though she doesn't have a blade, the result is more or less this trope. Adam cuts Yang's arm off in one swing.
  • Slobs vs. Snobs: Definitely an undercurrent of the antagonism between Ruby and Yang's Cool Uncle, Qrow Branwen, and Weiss's Cool Big Sis Winter; she's the prim and proper specialist in an actual military (and is severe enough in her style to make Weiss seem relaxed), while he's the unkemp and rude spy. She refers to him with a certain upper class contempt, he calls her an Ice Queen (making her the second member of her family with that nickname in the show).
  • Sliding Scale of Idealism vs. Cynicism: Quite firmly on the idealistic side, even in the show's darker moments.
  • Smug Smiler: Neo during her fight with Yang in Volume 2 Episode 11.
  • Sneeze of Doom: Ruby has a massive Dust-empowered one in Episode 2, which covers Weiss in ash. Weiss is unamused.
  • Soft Water: Cinder managed to survive a long drop into a pool of water while being frozen and having run low on her aura.
  • Soldier vs. Warrior: Humanity is fortunate enough to have two lines of defence against the Grimm. The Kingdoms are protected by regular army troops, such as Atlas with its armies of uniformly white soldiers and combat robots, and there's of course the Huntsmen, with their flashy transforming Enhanced Archaic Weapons, unique fighting styles and gratuitous Costume Porn.
  • Something About a Rose: Adam and Ruby both have a rose motif. He has a rose painted on the back of his jacket. The grave she visits at the beginning of the trailer has a rose etched into it. Many of their movements are accentuated with rose petals, and the gore she's responsible for is depicted as spurts of red blood accompanied by more rose petals. If that wasn't enough, Monty confirmed her weapon is named "Crescent Rose". This, naturally, has led to speculation that the two are related somehow. Monty has said they are not related, and their stances differ from each other in terms of "scatter and wilt". In other words Adam's style is a dying rose—possibly a reference to the curse linked to a dying (wilted) rose from the Disney version of Beauty and the Beast.
  • Sound-Coded for Your Convenience: According to the production diary, Monty himself makes sure that every weapon featured in the series has its own unique set of sounds.
  • Soundtrack Dissonance:
    • Played for laughs at the end of the first episode, which has the airship flying to Beacon with a suitably uplifting music, except our protagonists are freaking out over Jaune vomiting on Yang's shoes.
    • The music to the eponymous action scene in "Food Fight" is deadly serious, but the fight itself is anything but.
  • Speed Blitz: In her fight against the White Fang Lieutenant, Weiss uses her glyphs to dash back and forth while attacking, appearing like a white blur the entire time. Really, any time she uses her Time Dilation glyphs can count.
  • Spent Shells Shower:
    • Ruby's trailer concludes with shell casings falling from the sky ejected from her weapon.
    • Yang ejects a lot of casings from her gauntlets in her trailer.
  • Spider Tank: The Spider Droid is a huge machine that crawls like a spider, even though it only has four legs. It can function on two legs as well. In the first manga, it is piloted by a tiny security droid that sits inside the tank's cockpit.
  • Spin to Deflect Stuff: Almost everyone uses this to deflect or parry just about everything. Yes, even bullets. Rule of Cool is in full effect here.
  • Spoiler Opening:
    • The Volume 1 opening isn't played until the end of the first episode, but it includes characters that did not appear in the episode or in the trailers. Furthermore, it heavily implies which characters will be on the same team. Related to this are the end credits for episode 16. The voice actor credits are listed in the order of each character's first appearance... ending with the name of a new character who appears in The Stinger.
    • The Volume 2 opening continues the trend, showing new characters and making their affiliations pretty clear. As with Volume 1, the end credits of the final episode also reveal the name of a character who appears in The Stinger.
    • The Volume 4 opening shows Blake aboard a ship with companions. When Episode 3 introduces her being followed around the ship by a hooded figure, it's easy to guess the stalker's identity before the in-episode reveal occurs.
  • The Spartan Way: The initiation at Beacon Academy is to be launched at high speeds into a forest full of monsters to fight through them and take a "Relic" from a temple.
    Ozpin: Do not hesitate to destroy anything in your path... or you will die.
  • Split Screen: Throughout the initial Grimm encounter in Vol.2 Episode 9, as well as Oobleck's subsequent interrogation of Yang.
  • Squee!: Ruby has a tendency to do this; see her character entry.
  • Stab the Scorpion: In "Heroes and Monsters", Qrow unveils his full scythe and charges at Ironwood, who is initially shocked but then stands guard as he thinks Qrow is about to attack him. As he jumps into the air, Qrow flies right past Ironwood and bisects the Griffon lunging towards him.
  • Staring Through the Sword:
    • A quick shot of Qrow during his fight with Winter in "It's Brawl in the Family" shows him holding his weapon in greatsword form between his eyes as Winter charges at him.
    • When Ruby had to pick up a sword the one time her usual weapon was unavailable she did the same thing right down to an almost identical shot. Which makes sense because Qrow is the one who taught her how to fight, even if Ruby opted not to give her weapon a sword mode.
    • Weiss does this several times with Myrtenaster throughout Volume 4, and in the intro.
  • Stealth Pun:
    • The Creatures of Grimm are so named because they were created by the God of Darkness, who is the brother of the God of Light. This makes them the 'brother's Grimm', a reference to the 'Brothers Grimm', whose fairy tales form the basis of the inspiration behind the creation of the show.
    • The Beowolves are Grimm. By using a scythe on them, Ruby is a Grimm Reaper.
    • In the pilot, when the camera first pans to Ruby in the dust store, she's reading a magazine called "Weapons". Thus making it "Weapons Magazine".
    • In the food fight in episode 2, when Blake and Pyrrha are dueling with loaves of French bread as if fighting with swords. A bâtard (bastard) loaf is a French bread that shares its name with the bastard sword.
    • Vale = Veil = Curtain. Where is the great and powerful Ozpin?
    • Blake's semblance is to create copies of herself as decoy, and she's a cat Faunus. She's also a copycat.
    • Semblances are supposed to be something unique to each person. The Schnee family has a hereditary semblance, so you could say they're special snowflakes.
    • The first gay character on the show has their sexual orientation revealed several episodes after their introduction. Their name, however, gives this away if the translation is known. Ilia's surname is Amitola, a Sioux word for 'rainbow'.
    • Yang goes berserk when somebody damages her hair. She has a hair-triggered temper.
  • Stock Sound Effects: A jackhammer is heard while team RWBY turns their 4 beds into 2 bunk beds.
  • The Stinger: Every single volume ends with a short scene that takes place after the end credits have planed. All of the stingers occur as a result of something that happened during the volume and most include a revelation of some kind that sets up the next volume. Examples include Volume 1's stinger revealing the mysterious woman from the pilot episode or Volume 4's stinger, which shows Oscar tracking down Qrow.
  • Stuffed into a Locker:
    • Jaune gets thrown into his locker by Cardin in episode 11. To make matters worse, the locker is then launched into the sky.
    • This happens again in the Volume 3 Finale, but this times its Pyrrha who stuffs him into the locker.
  • Superhero Speciation: Pyrrha explains that Huntsmen can use a "Semblance", i.e a specific power that is unique to each person.
  • Super-Persistent Predator:
    • The Death Stalker and the Nevermore in episodes 7 and 8. Even though the students try to get away from them, those two creatures relentlessly pursue them, forcing them to take them down. Justified in that Grimm are soulless monsters who usually care more about killing humans than their own survival.
    • Later defied in Vol.2 Episode 9, when the Dr Oobleck explains that some Grimm that have lasted long enough learn that humans are dangerous prey, and that they seem to be waiting till they have an advantage.
  • Superpower Lottery: Any of the Maidens would qualify. Not only do they have their actual Semblance, but they also have a ton of other magic powers related to their Maiden status. Among the four, Raven in particular has hit the jackpot. She has a Semblance that allows her to teleport, was granted the ability to turn into a literal raven, and has the powers of the Spring Maiden. She's possibly the third most powerful character as of Volume 5, behind only Ozpin and Salem.
  • Super Reflexes: Nearly every Aura-using combatant has this to some degree, since they regularly deflect projectiles with their weapons without a second thought.
  • Super Window Jump: In the first episode of the series, Ruby sends a mook through the window with a kick and follows directly afterwards.
  • Survival Mantra: The title of "Never Miss a Beat" is taken from the phrase Neon constantly utters while in battle.
  • Swiss Army Weapon: As Ruby explains in the second episode, "It's also a gun" applies to almost every melee weapon in the series, with it being easier to list the weapons that don't have alternate modes. Most weapons can transform between a melee function and a ranged function, and while most of those transform into a gun, such as Ruby's Crescent Rose (scythe-like polearm to sniper rifle), Blake's Gambol Shroud (paired swords, one of which can turn into a pistol, along with an extendable ribbon-like attachment for throwing and grappling), or and Yang's Ember Celica (armored gauntlets that deploy into shotguns), some of the weapons use more exotic elements, such as Weiss' Myrtanser (rapier with a revolver function that loads different types of Dust ammunition, enabling her to create various elemental bursts). A few characters subvert this, with their weapon transforming into variants on the same type, i.e. Jaune's Crocea Mors after being upgraded (sword and shield in it's base form, and combining the two to make a greatsword), or Raven's katana (which can exchange a number of different Dust blades in a rotating scabbard). Others avert it by having paired weapons, with one melee and one ranged, like Adam's Wilt and Blush (one being a traditional katana, and the other being a rifle that can also serve as a scabbard to shoot the former out at extreme speeds).
  • Sword Drag: In "Heroes and Monsters", Neo drags the pointy end of her closed parasol on the ground as she approaches a helpless Ruby.

    Tropes T 
  • Tactical Withdrawal:
    • Teams RWBY and JNPR agree to retreat from the Deathstalker and the Nevermore after completing their objective in the Emerald Woods. Subverted when they are pursued relentlessly, forcing them to take the Grimm down.
    • Most of Torchwick's appearances lead to him retreating. Even though he is a competent fighter, he (wisely) decides to cut his losses when faced with several Hunstmen and just escape with his original goal in tow.
    • After a Raven flees and Vernal, Lionheart and Cinder are taken out, Hazel and Mercury begin to pull back as they're already tired and have no chance of beating the heroes now that they're outnumbered nine-to-three. Emerald has a breakdown over Cinder's apparent death and refuses to move before inflicting a massive hallucination on the heroes and passing out, allowing her teammates to grab her and flee the scene.
  • Taken for Granite: This is ostensibly the effect that the Silver-Eyes power has on large species of Grimm that are unfortunate enough to meet a Silver-Eye Warrior's gaze. Whereas smaller Grimm species like the Beowolves and the Apathy get completely vaporized by a strong enough burst of light, hulking behemoths like the Wyvern and the Leviathan are at most encased in stone and unable to move, with the possibility that they can break out of the mold. It's also noted that the Silver-Eyes power is dependent on the user's emotions and experience; a novice like Ruby needs to buy time to find the correct state of mind to summon forth the light, which may or may not be strong enough to fully petrify the Grimm threat, whereas a skilled warrior like the Grimm Reaper can instantly call forth the light to quickly petrify a Giant Nevermore in mid-flight, leaving it to crash and shatter into dust.
  • Talk to the Fist: Adam's response to "Intruder! Identify yourself!"
  • Talking Is a Free Action:
    • In "Players and Pieces", after Weiss saves Ruby from the Death Stalker, she continually lecture Ruby and the entire time no action is done by the Death Stalker in front of them or the Nevermore circling above them.
    • Parodied in "New Challengers..." when team JNPR get into an argument about their team moves. Team BRNZ stand around awkwardly at first and eventually try to remind JNPR that they were in a fight.
    • In "Battle of Beacon", Weiss and Blake talked about the current situation, called Yang to check up on her status, and contemplate their next move in the fairgrounds...while the Grimm are all over trashing the place, not ever paying attention to the two huntresses. Hilariously averted in the next episode, however, when in the middle of a rant to Ruby, Roman is devoured by a Grimm Griffon he never saw coming.
    • In "A Perfect Storm", Blake uses an ice substitution to immobilize Corsac and Fennec. She then converses with her father and Sun, who tell her they can finish them off alone, while standing a few feet away from them. Corsac and Fennec don't break out for thirty seconds.
  • Taking the Bullet: During the food fight, Ruby takes a hit from Nora meant for Weiss.
  • The Team: Students are arranged into teams of four, consisting of two pairs of curriculum-long partners. In addition to working together on the field, they also share a dorm room at the academy. Based on the known teams (RWBY, JNPR, CRDL and CFVY), each team name is an acronym of each teammate's initials combined into a larger word (such as "JNPR = Juniper" and "CRDL = Cardinal"). Due to how teams are arranged through a combination of eye contact and retrieving a matching set, teams can easily become a Ragtag Bunch of Misfits; Teams RWBY and JNPR are evidence of this.
  • This Is a Drill: The left hand of the Colossus can retract to expose a massive drill for use in close quarters. It is never revealed during Cordovin's battle with the protagonists but she activates it to defeat the Leviathan once Ruby's partially petrified it with her silver eyes.
  • Team Pet: Ruby and Yang's corgi Zwei.
  • Team Title: The title refers to the protagonists' team, Team RWBY.
  • Technician vs. Performer:
    • Weiss appears to be the Technician to Ruby's Performer. In their first fight together, Weiss mentally goes through a checklist on her stance and form. When she finally attacks, Ruby comes out of nowhere, having given no forethought to her attack. Weiss has to redirect her own attack to avoid hitting Ruby, and accidentally starts a forest fire.
    • Another pair that seems to exhibit this: Ren (Technician) and Nora (Performer). All of Ren's attacks (especially his fight against the King Taijitu) seem to be practised martial arts strikes, while Nora simply does what's most effective given her current momentum. Bonus points since Nora is almost never seen without a smile, and Ren tends to be more stoic.
  • Temporal Theme Naming: All females with seasonal names are very plot significant. There is also an in-universe fairy tale that has existed for thousands of years about four sisters whose compassion helped a callous old man. In gratitude, the old man blessed the sisters with great mystical power to help and guide humanity, which would be inherited across many generations of young women called "Maidens". These maidens are known as the "Seasons": Winter, Spring, Summer and Autumn.
    • Winter: The older sister of Weiss, upon whom she exerts a strict but affectionate maternal influence. She has mastered the Schnee family's unique, inherited Glyph-based Semblance, which includes time manipulation and summoning. Although Huntress-trained, she is a member of the Atlas military and reports to Ironwood. She has a personality clash with Ruby's uncle, Qrow, and has at least some connection to Ozpin's secret group.
    • Spring: Though no character has the exact name "Spring", one of Raven's bandits is named Vernal, a word meaning "of spring". That's pretty much all that can be said about her.
    • Summer: Ruby's Missing Mom, a Huntress who never came home from a mission she was on. There is a grave, which Ruby visits whenever she can, and it's implied she is a driving influence on Ruby's desire to become a Huntress to help people. Her team is implied to have historic, mysterious connections to Ozpin.
    • Autumn: The current Fall Maiden, Amber, who has been hidden from the world to protect her and keep the Seasons story a fairy-tale that few believe. She has been left comatose by the Big Bad, who has stolen half her power, creating an unprecedented crisis for the protectors of the world. And then she's killed, leaving Cinder Fall the Fall Maiden.
  • Tempting Fate:
    • In "Field Trip", Ruby says they've never backed out of a mission before, and that they'll be with a true huntsman, so they should be okay. Then they find out who said huntsman is, Doctor Oobleck, who doesn't seem like quite the ideal huntsman they envisioned.
    • In "Search and Destroy", Oobleck starts to ask Ruby why her backpack is so important that it can't be left behind, he gets cut off when Ruby's corgi Zwei pops out.
    • Subverted in "Family". As Team RNJR head towards the next town, still upset about the destruction of Shion, Jaune notes that their situation could be a lot worse, and Ruby agrees that their luck might be improving. As per the trope, the camera pans to a Grimm standing on a clifftop, ready to pounce on them... only for Qrow to impale it before it can do so.
  • Terrible Pick-Up Lines: Jaune Arc is often commented at whenever he uses terrible pick-up lines, usually on Weiss.
  • That's Gotta Hurt: In "Lighting the Fire", Jaune and Nora briefly take on Audience Surrogate duties as Ruby and Oscar are sparring, audibly wincing and cringing when someone gets a brutal hit.
  • Theme Naming: Characters named after The Wonderful Wizard of Oz characters seem to be connected to the secret history of Remnant, and the mysterious conflict between Ozpin and Salem. Ozpin's name comes from the acronym of the Wizard's real name (O.Z.P.I.N.H.E.A.D.); Glynda Goodwitch is named after the Good Witch of the South, Glinda; General Ironwood's name comes from the English translation of a Russian version of the Tin Man; Qrow is associated with the Scarecrow. Oscar Pine, who shares Ozpin's soul, Aura and consciousness, is introduced as a farm boy digging the earth; the Wizard of Oz's real name is Oscar Diggs, and the name Oscar Pine name contracts to Oz Pin(e).
  • Theme Tune Cameo: In the very first episode, Ruby is introduced listening to "This Will Be The Day", Volume 1's Theme Song.
  • This Is No Time to Panic: When the Grimm start attacking Vale at the end of "PvP", an overhead voice message asks for everyone to evacuate and seek shelter in a calm and orderly manner... while everyone is screaming and running through the exit tunnels in general chaos. Ironwood then tries repeating the message on the announcers' mic right as a giant Nevermore lands on the forcefield over the arena.
  • This Is the Part Where...: In "Of Runaways and Stowaways", Blake ends up catching a falling Sun, he responds by saying, "My hero!" When Sun returns the favor to Blake later in the episode he tells her "This is the part where you say it."
  • Three-Point Landing:
    • In the Black Trailer, Adam and Blake charge down a cliff-side slope towards a speed train before somersaulting onto a carriage roof, unsheathing their swords in mid-air to act as a brake when they land. As a result, they land with feet and right hands on the roof, their swords ripping up some of the metal to anchor them into position, and their left hands holding their sheaths diagonally away from their bodies.
    • When Ozpin launches the first years off the cliff on their first day at Beacon, Ruby's landing strategy consists of slowing her fall down with the recoil from her rifle and using the scythe to somersault her around trees. She lands hard on her right knee, left foot and right hand, with her left hand held away from her body, then snaps her head up and propelling herself into a run just like a sprinter coming out of the starting blocks.
    • Pyrrha's favourite landing position appears to be landing on her right knee and left foot, with her right hand on the ground and left away from her body. She does it when Team JNPR defeat their first Death Stalker, and again when Team JNPR leap out of a helicopter to join Team RWBY on the ground to protect Vale from the first Grimm breach.
    • In "Tipping Point", after instigating a fight with Team RNJR, Tyrian ends up crashing into a building and holding himself up by his legs. When Jaune and Ren try talking to him, he frontflips forward and lands on his right knee, left foot, and right hand.
  • Tournament Arc: After two volumes of build up the Vytal Festival Tournament takes place during volume 3.
  • Tragic Keepsake: In season 4, Jaune has had Pyrrha's armor reforged to augment his own weapons and armor as a tribute. Similarly, he now wears her red sash.
  • Training from Hell: Chapter 4 has the students launched into the monster forest at high speed (told specifically to expect lethal force from the Grimm and to respond with the same) unsupervised, with the instruction to gain an "artifact" from the temple and return. And that is the initiation rite. Later chapters show them sparring with actual weapons and a field trip to a destroyed city infested with more Grimm. Clearly, Huntsmen are not in a business that is taken lightly.
  • Trailers Always Spoil:
    • The preview trailer for Volume 3, episode 4 spoils nearly everything to do with the fight between Coco/Yatsuhashi and Emerald/Mercury.
    • The Japanese trailer for Volume 3 spoils the entire volume.
  • Train Job: The setting for the "Black" trailer. Turns out to be both part of the reason Blake left the White Fang, and one of the reasons Weiss mentions for why she hates them, as the train contained one of her family's large Dust shipments.
  • Tranquil Fury:
    • Glynda when she walks in on the mass Food Fight in Vol.2 Episode 1. Although her tone-of-voice exhibits enough self-restraint for her behavior to be called tranquil, the expression on her face betrays her severe irritation with the students' youthful antics.
    • Ozpin sinks deeper and deeper into this as he watches Cinder and the White Fang launch a Grimm invasion on Vale and Beacon. His tone of voice speaking to Ironwood sounds like he's just barely holding back pure fury.
      Ozpin: You brought your army to my Kingdom, James. Use it!
    • Pretty much every line Adam delivers in "Heroes and Monsters". He's completely calm and in control, but there is no denying the sheer amount of hate and fury he's bottling up regarding Blake's defection from the White Fang.
    • In "As Above, So Below", Ironwood becomes increasingly angry as he pieces together the full extent of Jacques' treasonous actions and Watts' plan against Atlas, but he never raises his voice above its usual tone. The only outward sign of his rage is him slamming his hands against a chair.
  • Trash the Set: Vale, and more importantly Beacon Academy, is in ruins at the end of Volume 3. It's probably safe to say we won't be visiting it any time soon.
  • Triang Relations: Type 5 with Weiss, Neptune and Jaune in Volume 2.
  • Triumphant Reprise:
    • Mirror Mirror gets one at the end of "Lessons Learned" after Weiss is uplifted by Winter.
    • A badass orchestral reprise of "Time to Say Goodbye" plays in "Battle of Beacon" as the Nevermore that had been attacking the stadium is finally downed by Teams JNPR, ABRN, SSSN, CFVY, and FNKI.
    • A soft string version of "Boop" plays in "Kuroyuri" when Young Ren finds Young Nora underneath a building when the town gets attacked.
  • Troperiffic: Unsurprising given the creative minds's penchant for adrenaline-inducing action, this series plays with a lot of tropes usually seen in anime, martial arts and video games.
  • Trophy Child: Nicholas Schnee single-handedly created a powerful legacy as the world's leading supplier of good-quality Dust, a mined substance that forms the basis of all technology and combat capability humanity possesses. He passed this inheritance on to his son-in-law, Jacques, who only married Nick's daughter to obtain control of the Schnee Dust Company and the prestige of the Schnee name. He isn't interested in being a husband to his wife or a father to his three children, as they exist solely to service his public relations. When the Kingdom of Atlas is framed as an instigator of the invasion of the Kingdom of Vale, Jacques has her daughter return to Atlas to engage in a PR stunt in order to protect the SDC's profit margins: he forces Weiss to sing at a benefit concert to raise aid money for Vale just to remind Remnant that a Schnee fought on the front lines in Vale's defence. However, when she loses control of her Semblance in public, he disinherits her in order to protect his company's reputation. Weiss escapes her home and flees from Atlas as a result, attempting unsuccessfully to find her oldest sister, Winter, who escaped Jacques years ago by joining the Atlasian military. Weiss's brother, Whitley, strongly implies to her that the only way to deal with their father is to allow him to mould them into exactly the same kind of monster he is.
  • Two Scenes, One Dialogue:
    • "The Badge and the Burden, Part 2" had an interchanging pair of scenes with Weiss and Ruby questioning Professors Port and Ozpin (respectively) about Ruby's role as team captain.
    • One scene in "Burning the Candle" has Yang luring Blake to her, saying "We need to talk", and immediately whisking her away. The scene is immediately re-enacted with Jaune whisking away Ren.


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