Volume 6, Episode 2:
As Qrow, Oscar, Team RWBY and the mysterious old woman recover from the Grimm attack, an old foe returns and secrets are revealed...
Tropes in this episode include:
- Armor-Piercing Question: When Ozpin tries to explain that he has reasons for keeping secrets, Yang insists that he can share with them because they will never turn their back on him. When they realise that they're not the first people to have promised him that, they're left speechless.Ozpin: Do you really think Leo was the first? That he didn't say those exact words to me?!
- Arson, Murder, and Jaywalking: After the train taking them to Argus crashes, Yang struggles to pull her motorbike out of a snowdrift while complaining about the state of their situation. They have to travel by foot through heavy snow to the city of Argus because the Relic of Knowledge that they're trying to take to General Ironwood for safe-keeping was attracting the Grimm to the train full of people that they were travelling. However, of all the problems they have, Yang ends up focussing on the little old lady that crashed with them.Yang: Great! This is just great! We're stranded, we lost a third of our party, and we've gained a defenseless old lady!
- Barbie Doll Anatomy: Jinn is completely naked except for the chains and jewellery she is wearing. However, she lacks any physiological marks such as nipples, genitalia or even a belly button.
- Big "NO!": Normally calm and placid, even when Ozpin is angry he doesn't get too loud. However, he desperately yells "No!" when Ruby asks Jinn the fateful question.
- When the gang confronts Ozpin after learning the Relic attracts Grimm, Yang demands to know what happened to "no more lies or half-truths". This was exactly what she insisted Ozpin promise to uphold when she first joined the party after leaving Raven's bandit camp in Volume 5.
- In Volume 3, Ozpin asked Pyrrha what her favourite fairy tale was. Pyrrha listed several fairy tale titles. When she mentions the fairy tale of The Girl in the Tower, Ozpin immediately interrupts to shift the conversation to The Story of the Seasons. At the end of this episode, it is revealed that The Girl in the Tower is Salem's story and that Ozpin really doesn't want it to be discussed.
- Continuity Nod:
- Photographs used of various characters are all shown from Volumes 1-3, if they were present in those volumes. In the wanted pictures, Adam is wearing his Black Trailer clothing, while Cinder, Emerald and Mercury have their original appearances as well. The photographs Cinder shows Lil' Miss Malachite are all of Teams RWBY and JNPR, and come from the Vytal Festival camera footage of the tournament.
- After Ozpin states he hid the truth about the Relic to try and minimise anxiety and negativity in the hope of keeping things as safe as possible for everyone, Weiss impatiently states that she's getting very tired of other people choosing what is best for her. This is a reference to her Volume 4 storyline where her choices were constantly being destroyed by her father insisting that his decisions were 'for her own good'.
- Electronic Eyes: Maria is blind without the goggles that are attached to her face. They enable to her to see, but she claims the technology is malfunctioning and needs to be repaired. Every so often she taps them to try and get them to work properly in the same way a person would tap a television that has a dodgy aerial.
- Fighting from the Inside: Oscar is as concerned about Ozpin's obfuscation as everyone else, but he is able to learn what Ozpin hiding before the others because of their shared existence. He manages to rebel against Ozpin's control just long enough to tell the gang that, if they want to know what Ozpin is hiding, they need to summon Jinn from the Relic of Knowledge and ask her that question.
- Hypocrite: Ozpin constantly expresses his faith in humanity, believing in their ability to overcome adversity and their willingness to stop the worst people from causing chaos. Despite this, he doesn't trust humanity enough to share his knowledge and secrets, not even with his closest allies. When Ozpin insists that he should be the only person to carry the Relic, Ruby asks him if his talk of having faith in humanity means everyone except the very team that's putting their lives on the line for him. Although he tries to explain that she's misunderstood his action, all it does is convince Ruby that she needs to ask the Relic of Knowledge to reveal what Ozpin is hiding.
- I Resemble That Remark!: When their train crashes, Yang complains about the situation and sums up how bad it is by concluded that they've ended up with a defenseless old lady. Maria objects to being called defenseless but then acknowledges that she's hard of hearing and blind without her artificial eyes, which don't work properly. She concludes that she can see Yang's point, after all.
- "It" Is Dehumanizing: Ozpin knows full well that the Relic is a female entity named Jinn. However, until that secret is revealed, he refers to the Relic as 'it' to maintain the illusion that the Relic is just an object that happens to have some power.
- Meanwhile, in the Future...: Right before Cinder meets Lil. Miss Malachite, a news report of the villains present for the attack on Haven Academy is seen, stating they've been missing for about a month now. Last episode, Qrow said before sending his letter to Ironwood that only two weeks have passed since the attack. Meaning, Cinder's plot takes place, at minimum, two weeks after Team RWBY's plot. Additionally, it's revealed that a "big guy" has also been asking for RWBY a week prior to Cinder.
- Mugged for Disguise: When Cinder makes it out of the Vault of the Spring Maiden, she collapses to the ground, exhausted. A passer-by spots her and approaches to see if Cinder needs help. Cinder instead kills the woman and steals both her clothing and her money.
- Never Be Hurt Again: When Yang suggests to Ozpin that him telling them the truth about what's happening won't make them trust him any less or stop being loyal to him, he reveals that Leo once said exactly the same thing but still ended up betraying him. He then reveals that Leo wasn't even the first. As a result, he doesn't trust anyone with his secrets any more. When the team decide to ask Jinn for full disclosure on what Ozpin is hiding, Ozpin loses all self-control and charges at Ruby to stop her. Only Jinn's intervention stops him.
- Not Quite Dead: To end their battle, Raven tossed Cinder over the cliff edge and encased her in ice. However, the bottom of the chasm is filled with water. When Cinder regains consciousness, she's drowning in the water, surrounded by chunks of melting ice. She manages to drag herself to shore but is so exhausted from the fight and almost drowning that she can barely stand or summon magic. It is her Grimm arm's natural strength that enables her to escape from the cavern.
- Oh, Crap!: Ozpin remains in control while attempting to justify his secrecy to the girls, even while suffering a Rant-Inducing Slight after being asked to be more trusting with them. However, once he suddenly realizes he is no longer holding the Relic of Knowledge, he panics. When Ruby mentions that she saw it had fallen and picked it up, she clearly thinks she's solving Ozpin's concern. However, it only makes him more nervous. He then becomes increasingly agitated when the group becomes suspicious about his insistence that he carry it instead of Ruby.
- O.O.C. Is Serious Business: Throughout the whole show, Ozpin had been a calm person who never lost his cool or raised his voice, even in tense situations. When Ruby finally asks Jinn to reveal what Ozpin is hiding, Ozpin loses all self-control for the very first time. He shouts and charges at Ruby too fast for the shocked protagonists to react. Only Jinn's intervention stops him from reaching Ruby.
- Our Genies Are Different: When someone holds the Relic of Knowledge and speaks the name 'Jinn', blue mist spills from the Relic and manifests the form of a blue woman. She has long pointed ears and is completely naked except for golden chains and jewellery. She refers to herself as a 'being' that was created by the God of Light to impart knowledge to humanity. She can answer a total of three questions every one hundred years.
- The Power of Legacy: Ozpin's stated reason for keeping Lionheart's treason covered up; He wants Leo to be remembered for his life of service, and not the dirty deeds he did near the end of that life.
- Rant-Inducing Slight: When the protagonists start demanding answers from Ozpin as a result of the latest example of him hiding critical information from them, he answers everything they throw at him calmly but forcefully. However, when Yang tells him that he needs to trust them and that they won't stop trusting him or being loyal just because he's told them the truth, his temper finally snaps: he angrily tells them that Leo once promised the exact same thing as Yang but eventually betrayed him anyway, and while he's not claiming they will definitely betray him, his experience is too great for him to risk revealing his secrets to anyone any more.
- The Reveal: When Ozpin asked Pyrrha in Volume 3 what her favourite fairy tale was, she listed the titles of several fairy tales. Ozpin immediately reveals The Story of the Seasons is based on truth and Volume 5 confirms that the story is about him. Volume 4 confirms that The Tale of Two Brothers is another fairy tale based in truth, regarding two divine brothers who created the Relics, the Grimm and humanity. The end of this episode reveals that another fairy tale Pyrrha listed is also true: The Girl in the Tower is Salem.
- Rule of Three: The Relic of Knowledge is designed to offer knowledge to humanity. It does so by being able to answer three questions every century.
- Self-Deprecation: Of the behalf of the producers. A flashback showing the group planning their journey to Atlas where Weiss bemoans that she has to return to the very kingdom she struggled to escape in the first place. Nora tries to cheer her up by pointing out the bright side to the journey: finally escaping the house they're staying in. It's an in-joke reference to the fandom's biggest complaint that most of Team RNJR's storyline in Volume 5 was confined to that house.
- Self-Fulfilling Prophecy: A variation, it's more than clear that Ozpin's refusal to trust anyone with the truth (based on past betrayals) are why no one trusts him and why the team is forced to get the information through other means, because he won't stop lying to them even when the lies serve no purpose or endanger hundreds of lives.
- Time Stands Still: As soon as Ruby speaks Jinn's name, the snow storm they're standing freezes and it's as if time and movement stand still. Only Ruby's group can move as Jinn slowly manifests from the Relic.
- Was It All a Lie?: When Ruby realises that Ozpin doesn't trust her, or any of them, to carry the Relic of Knowledge, she asks him if his faith in humanity meant everyone other than the very group who was risking their lives to help him get the Relic to Atlas. Ozpin tries to claim that she's misunderstood and he just feels the Relic is his burden to bear, but the girls don't believe him.
- White Void Room: After Jinn has been asked what Ozpin is hiding, her method of answering the question is to isolate Team RWBY and Qrow from each other. Each one finds themselves alone in a completely white void. From the void form the illusions that play out the story Jinn is about to tell.
- Wishing for More Wishes: Once Ozpin explains how the Relic of Knowledge works, Nora excitedly wonders if they could "ask for more questions". Ren points out "they're not wishes", as questions don't work that way.
- You Have Got to Be Kidding Me!: After all the efforts Weiss had to go through to flee Atlas, and then escape bandits, just to reach Haven, she is dismayed about having to return there and deliver the Relic to Ironwood.