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Characters

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Team RWBY

  • Yang Xiao Long's full name is a reference to Bruce Lee, whose Chinese screen name was "Li Xiaolong".
  • Yang and Ruby have a corgi named "Zwei", which is German for "Two". In Cowboy Bebop, there is a corgi named Ein(s), which is German for "One".

Team JNPR

Team JNPR has an unusual motif: heroes of legend who at one point disguised themselves as the opposite gender, with each member of the team having the gender of the disguise.
  • Jaune Arc is inspired by Jeanne D'Arc, who did disguise herself as a man for a while. He is believed to have an instinct for leadership and tactics and comes from an unassuming background. The bullies that target him during the Jaundice arc are Team CRDL, led by Cardin Winchester who has the telephone number 1374-BEAUFORT; the Cardinal of Winchester oversaw the trial of Joan of Arc and he was Henry Beaufort, a man born in approximately 1374.
  • Nora Valkyrie is inspired by the legend of Thor, who once disguised himself as a woman in order to get close enough to the man who stole his famous weapon. As with Thor, Nora's weapon is based on a war hammer.
  • Pyrrha Nikos is inspired by the legend of Achilles, who once disguised himself as a woman called Pyrrha. Nikos comes from Nike the Greek Goddess of Victory, and when she unlocks Jaune's Aura, the words she speak come from Greek philosophy. When she confronts the giant Death Stalker, her lunging spear stabs are based on Achilles's signature move from Troy.
  • Ren is inspired by Hua Mulan who famously disguised herself as a man so that she could protect her father's honour when conscription demands men send their sons to war.

Ozpin's Faction

Ozpin's inner circle are primarily connected to The Wonderful Wizard of Oz.
  • Ozpin has two primary motifs
    • He is based off The Wizard himself. The acronym for Oz's full name, OZPINHEAD, was the inspiration for Ozpin's name and his position as Headmaster. His reincarnation, Oscar Pine, was introduced as a farmhand who spends his days digging and tilling the earth. The Wizard's real name is Oscar Diggs. Oscar Pine also contracts to Oz Pin(e) (OZPIN).
    • He is also based off Odin, the Norse God. He possesses great wisdom and magical power. Odin was kept informed of the events of the world through two ravens called Huginn and Muninn. When Yang tells Blake about her mother, Raven, there is a Norse poem in the background, containing stanzas about Huginn and Muninn. Raven and her twin brother, Qrow, kept Ozpin informed of the events of the world because he used his magic to give them the ability to shapeshift into their namesake birds. Also like Odin, Ozpin is capable of travelling around the world in forms unrecognisable to even those who know him: instead of dying, his memories, Soul and Aura are transported into new bodies, thereby changing his identity every time.
  • Glynda Goodwitch is based off Glinda the Good Witch. Her Semblance ability allows her to perform feats that look like magic and she constantly monitors students through technological means, similar to Glinda the Good Witch's ability to monitor the events of Oz via a magical book. She wears a lot of white, in keeping with the Oz rule that only witches are allowed to wear white. Instead of a wand, she uses a leather riding crop, and her symbol is a tiara, in keeping with Glinda being the ruler of Quadling Country.
  • Qrow Branwen is based off the Scarecrow, acting as the rational thinker of Ozpin's subordinates. He is also based on Muninn, one of Odin's two ravens in Norse mythology. His twin sister Raven is based on Huginn. Salem refers to them as 'eyes'; when Tyrian reports that he's poisoned Qrow, Salem mentions 'the second eye is blinded', a reference to Raven (the other eye) having abandoned Ozpin years ago. Ozpin later confirms that he gave the twins the power to shapeshift into birds so that they can gather information from around the world on Salem's activities and the locations of new Maidens. In Volume 6, his alcoholism takes over completely, rendering him barely functional; in Volume 7, although he regains control of it, the climax of the volume leads him to make an emotional, irrational decision that has terrible consequences. Both incidents are a case where he loses the mind the original Scarecrow sought to gain.
  • James Ironwood is based off the Tin Woodsman. He has lost half his body and therefore functions by means of cybernetic replacements. His surname Ironwood is a translation of the Russian version of the Tin Man. Also, the Tin Woodsman eventually becomes the General of the army of Oz, and is given a kingdom to rule in his own right. Ironwood is both the headmaster of the Huntsman Academy and the General of the Atlesian army. This gives him two seats on the Atlesian ruling council and, as Volume 4 proves, the ability to wield inordinate power over the Council to do things such as close the Atlesian borders and enforce Dust embargoes around the world. Qrow once even complains to Ozpin that he isn't sure Ironwood has a heart, a reference to the Tin Woodsman's desire to be given a heart. In the revisionist Wicked, the Tin Woodsman has an unrequited crush on Glinda the Good Witch, and Ironwood spends Volume 2 attempting to woo a rather impatient, but not entirely unreceptive, Glynda Goodwitch. During the climax of Volume 7, he goes off the deep end in his goals to protect Atlas and the Relics, regardless of who stands in his way—losing the very heart that the Tin Woodsman sought to obtain.
  • Leonardo Lionheart is based off the Cowardly Lion. He's a lion Faunus, his first name refers to lions, his second name refers to the courage of lions, and he's constantly terrified of the threat the villains pose to Mistral, the world and particularly himself. Salem outright refers to him as a coward, although Ozpin seems a little surprised by the extent of Leo's craven behaviour, implying something recent happened to him to make him so terrified of Salem.
  • Theodore is based off Dorothy Gale. His flashy ensemble has several references to a Magical Accessory worn by Dorothy during her various adventures. Instead of Ruby Slippers, his weapon is a pair of Dust-infused Ruby Gloves that make a distinctive noise when clicked together. He wears a pair of flashy silver boots (the Silver Shoes of the novels) and a distinctive silver belt, a reference to the Nome King's magical belt. On Theo's office desk is a photograph of a girl in pigtails, a checked dress and with a little black dog. This is the classic description of Dorothy and her little dog Toto.

Salem's Faction

  • Salem, whose name is connected to the Salem Witch Trials, is Ozpin's Arch-Enemy. She is based on the Wicked Witch of the West, who was an enemy of The Wizard in the original stories. At the end of Volume 6, she starts creating an army of winged Beringel, literally creating the army of flying monkeys that the Wicked Witch commands in the stories.
  • Tyrian is based on the Scorpion from the Aesop tale of The Scorpion and the Frog. He's a Scorpion Faunus who favours poisoning his victims with his stinger. Like the scorpion from the tale, he revels in his killer nature and takes every opportunity to strike out, even if it runs the risk of inconveniencing him in the process.
  • Dr. Arthur Watts is inspired by Dr. John Watson of Sherlock Holmes. The creators describe him as being a version of Dr. Watson that became affiliated with Moriarty instead of Sherlock, using his genius to bring about chaos and destruction for his master's plans.
  • Roman Torchwick's design and his surname come from Lampwick from Pinocchio. His clothes and signature color are also a reference to Alex from A Clockwork Orange.
  • Neopolitan is based off Neapolitan ice-cream, and as such dresses primarily in pink, white and brown. She is also based after a gender bent cosplay of Roman Torchwick.
  • Mercury Black's inspiration is Mercury of Roman mythology, as is his personal winged helmet motif. His weapons residing in his feet act as a reference to Mercury's reputation for being fleet of foot and wearing winged sandals. Additionally, Mercury's father, Marcus, is a shout-out to fellow Roman god, Mars.
  • Tock, the Faunus who disabled Maria's Silver Eyes, is a reference to the crocodile from Peter Pan. Not only is she a crocodile Faunus, but she keeps a stopwatch to keep track of her victim's last moments—much like how the crocodile is famous for swallowing a clock that heralds its arrival.

The Ace-Ops

True to the group's Punny Name, this team is based on Aesop's Fables.
  • Clover Ebi, the leader of the Ace-Ops, is based off the titular character from A Fisherman's Good Luck. Not only does he use a fishing rod as his weapon, but he also has luck-based items (a clover, a rabbit's foot, a horseshoe) and Semblance at his disposal. His last name also derives from Ebisu, the Japanese god of luck and fishermen.
  • Both Vine Zeki and Elm Ederne allude to The Elm and the Vine, a tale about how the vine and the elm came to be symbols of unity and marriage. In the show, Elm and Vine work well together and use their Semblances in similar, but opposing ways — Vine's to extend in flexible ways, and Elm's to lock herself firmly in place so that she can maximise her strength.
  • Harriet Bree's competitive nature, nickname of "Hare", and super-speedy Semblance make her an obvious reference to the hare from The Tortoise And The Hare.
  • Marrow Amin's inspiration comes from The Dog and Its Reflection, according to one of the concept artists.

Miscellaneous Characters

Teachers

  • Peter Port is based off Peter from Peter and the Wolf. Aside from a wise grandfather he claims to have, Peter claimed to have captured a Beowolf, being hailed a hero in his village in doing so.
  • Dr. Bartholomew Oobleck is named after Dr. Seuss' children's novel Bartholomew and the Oobleck. His hair is green, which also reflects the Oobleck.

Students

  • Velvet Scarlatina is a brown-haired girl with brown rabbit ears. She is a reference to the children's storybook The Velveteen Rabbit; the Rabbit was a brown toy that was beloved by a little boy who contracted scarlet fever, which is also known as scarlatina.
  • Inspired by Pinocchio, Penny is an artificial girl who wishes to understand and socialise with real people. Like Pinocchio, she has a tendency to sneak off without permission and get into trouble as a result of the adventures she gets swept up in. She talks about not being a real girl the way Pinocchio talks about wanting to be a real boy. While Pinocchio's nose lengthens when he lies, Penny starts hiccoughing whenever she lies. Her surname "Polendina" is a yellow mushy food that was the insult used to describe Geppetto's hair.
  • Team SSSN is inspired in design by both Journey to the West and K-Pop bands.
    • Sun Wukong is named after the Monkey King and wields a staff. Sun's semblance creates clones that are the same colour as his hair; the Monkey King was able to create clones out of his hair.
    • Scarlet is stated to be based on Peter Pan. Specifically, his name stems from the second novel in the series, called Peter Pan in Scarlet.
    • The writers have stated in livestream interviews that Sage is inspired by Aesop, though they claim that they cannot remember whether it was one of his Fables or Aesop himself. Upon further research, he seems to draw parallels with The Frog and the Ox, considering his large stature, color motif, andleaping ability. Plus, much like the titular frog's impossible task, his efforts led mostly to failure as he had no chance of keeping up with the much faster and smaller Team NDGO.
    • Neptune Vasalias's appearance is inspired by T.O.P of Big Bang. His power recalls the trident of the God of the Sea, Neptune, but also Zhu Bajie. King Neptune was a famous pig, a WW2 Navy mascot that raised huge funds for the US Navy; the Monkey King's companion, Zhu Bajie, is an anthropomorphic pig whose power is affected by water.
  • Brawnz Ni, leader of Team BRNZ, references the Bronze Kneecap. Fellow BRNZ member Roy Stallion references Roy Mustang.
  • Team FNKI are based on Internet memes. Two members were introduced in Volume 3, the remaining two in Volume 7.
    • Neon Katt is based off the Nyan Cat meme. She creates a rainbow trail behind her, is a cat Faunus (her cat trait is a tail), uses ice in reference to the cat's icing, and has a hyperactive personality. In Volume 7, her outfit is redesigned to something that bears strong similarities Jolyne Cujoh's from JoJo's Bizarre Adventure: Stone Ocean, a connection confirmed by her concept designer, Erin Winn.
    • Flynt Coal's inspiration originates from Rooster Teeth itself. He is based off Flint Coal, a character birthed from Achievement Hunter's Minecraft LPs, a character that also lent its name to a character in yet another Rooster Teeth production.
    • The two remaining members of Team FNKI are inspired by the Internet phenomenon "The Dress"; Kobalt represents the blue-and-black interpretation while Ivori is the white-and-gold.
  • Shade Academy student Umber Gorgoneion is based on Medusa. Her hair is in dreadlocks (resembling snakes) and her Semblance is a Deadly Gaze that paralyzes her victims. She is forced to wear mirrored glasses to protect others, as her powers are always active.

Others

  • Raven Branwen is based on Huginn, one of a pair of magical birds that served Odin in Norse Mythology.
  • The name of the current head of the Schnee Dust Company, Jacques Schnee, is derived from Jack Frost. Its founder, Nicholas Schnee, is derived from Saint Nicholas, better known as Santa Claus. Frank Baum wrote stories set in a land considered a neighbour to his more famous Land of Oz stories, which are a significant influence on this show, where Jack Frost was always trying to undermine Father Christmas.
  • Maria Calavera is based off of the Grim Reaper. Her outfit brings to mind calaveras, decorative skulls used to celebrate Día de los Muertos (or Day of the Dead), which represents the Grim Reaper's skeletal appearance and death motif. Back when Maria was younger, she wielded two scythes, just as how the Grim Reaper wields a scythe itself, and her Red Baron title was known as the Grimm Reaper.
  • Lil' Miss Malachite is based on the nursery rhyme "Little Miss Muffet". Her organization is based on spiders, and she herself used to be afraid of them. She also makes her first appearance eating what appears to be curds and whey, just as Miss Muffet likes eating them.
  • Caroline Cordovin is inspired by the nursery rhyme "The Old Woman Who Lived in a Shoe".
  • Pietro, the father of Penny, is inspired by Pinocchio's own creator-father, Geppetto; his office even has a statue of a whale on the book shelf that the camera lingers on, which is a reference to the Disney version of the story, where a whale swallows Geppetto and Pinocchio.
  • Robyn Hill and the Happy Huntresses are pretty much RWBY's version of Robin Hood and his Merry Men.
    • Robyn alludes to Robin Hood herself. Her desire to gain a seat on the Atlesian Council for the sake of the people of Mantle references Robin Hood going up against the rich for the sake of Nottingham's poor. When her supporters are attacked at a rally on election night by what appears to be Ironwood's forces, she goes full vigilante, stealing the construction supplies being taken by the Atlesian military to return them to Mantle, which desperately needs them for protection against the Grimm.
    • Joanna's name and imposing appearance reference Little John, Robin Hood's right-hand man. Her surname of Greenleaf is also the surname of an alias that Little John once used.
    • Fiona Thyme is based on Friar Tuck.
    • May Marigold is based off of Maid Marian.
  • Will Scarlatina, the father of Velvet Scarlatina, is based on Will Scarlet of the Merry Men. His exact connection to Robyn and the Happy Huntresses has yet to be revealed.
  • Fria is based off the Blue Fairy from Pinocchio. When she's introduced, she was the current Winter Maiden—which is symbolized by the color blue when she unleshes her powers. Before she dies, she transfers her Maiden powers over to Penny—thus making Penny a "real girl" of sorts.
  • Jax and Gillian Asturias are based on the Nursery Rhyme Jack and Jill. Jax is the more dominant of the pair and has delusions of grandeur; he leads their organization, The Crown, into disaster, attempting to drag his sister down with him in the process. Their father also reveals that the sickly Jax fell into a sandpit as a child, suffering a head injury, just like Jack in the nursery rhyme.

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Trailers

    Trailers 

Trailers

Examples connected to the four trailers that were shown prior to the advent of the show.


The Red Trailer

The first trailer, featuring Ruby Rose.

The Black Trailer

The third trailer, featuring Blake Belladonna.

The Yellow Trailer

The fourth trailer, featuring Yang Xiao Long.

  • Yang basically goes Super Saiyan-esque when she gets serious. "I Burn Remix", which plays when she powers up her strength, includes the lyrics "...and Super Saiyan now". The soundtrack also makes direct references to The Human Torch and Johnny Blaze aka Ghostrider.
  • Melanie uses Ling Xiaoyu's kicks which also used by Tifa in Dead Fantasy, this is because Monty said he reused some moves he did previously in Dead Fantasy, but with different angle of camera to make them look new or different. She also uses the Flamingo stance parry and kicks used by Sarah Bryant in Virtua Fighter 5. Right after that, Yang uses one of Lion's throws from 5 against her.

Volumes

    Volume 1 

Volume 1

Episode 1

  • The store that Torchwick and his goons attempt to rob is named "From Dust Till Dawn".
  • Ruby's line, "Oh, that's my uncle!", is a shout out to the Rooster Teeth podcast, where Burnie once used that line to summarize his problems with Japanese-style storytelling.
  • In the scene where the mook tries to get Ruby's attention, there is an album or magazine in the background titled "Truth" with the character from "Fullmetal Alchemist" on the cover.

Episode 3

Episode 4

  • Yang puts on a pair of sunglasses just before she's thrown off the cliff, and continues to wear them while she's flying through the air. They are designed to be an homage to Top Gun.

Episode 5

Episode 8

Episode 9

  • Yang has an 'Achieve Men' Poster, which is a cartoon version of the Achievement Hunter Boy Band Poster.
  • Ruby, Yang and Blake's cheer of 'Banzai!' is coupled with them leaning to one side in the room-reorganizing sequence. This is a reference to Fuu, Mugen and Jin using the same phrase and lean in Samurai Champloo.
  • During the Grimm lecture, a boy shouts 'EEEEEEEEYYYYYYY YEAHHHH!' (Voiced by Kerry, no less) after a catch phrase shared by the members of the Internet Box.
  • A music piece during Professor Port's lecture is a reference to the opera Peter and the Wolf.

Episode 14

Episode 16

    Volume 2 

Volume 2

Chapter 1

  • During her speech, Ruby quotes Abraham Lincoln's "4 Score and Seven Years" and Martin Luther King Jr.'s "I Have a Dream". When Weiss accuses her of stealing her binder, she uses Richard Nixon's "I'm not a crook" peace sign.
  • Tukson can be heard humming the opening notes of Blood Gulch Blues from Red vs. Blue, and Mercury and Emerald try to figure out what kind of Faunus Tukson was. They conclude "A puma?" in another Red vs. Blue reference, this time to a long-standing joke about the Warthog's name (a jeep belonging to the Reds).
  • Mercury walking out of Tukson's shop with an X-Ray & Vav comic. Jaune also reads the same comic in episode 2.
  • People Like Grapes Soda machines appear during the food fight.
  • Other food products include "Dr. Piper" (likely a reference to Dr. Pepper), "Ol' King Cold" (a reference to Old King Cole), and a milk carton called "Udder Satisfaction".
  • Nora calling "Off with their heads!" as per Alice in Wonderland, after shouting "I'm queen of the castle!" moments before.

Chapter 2

  • Yang uses the Yu-Gi-Oh! memetic line "You just activated my trap card!" after prefacing the reveal with "Pretty sneaky, sis!" as per the old Connect Four commercial. She and Ruby discuss the trap card in a similar manner to when luck-based cards are activated in the anime: the activator explains what the good effect does, the opponent clarifies what the bad effect is, and the good effect then occurs.

Chapter 3

  • Jaune asks Weiss if she would like to see a new Spruce Willis movie with him. This is a reference to the real-world Bruce Willis, who is known for his several action-genre movies, modified to fit the show's color theme naming (spruce is a shade of green).
  • Blake's "Intruder" costume is based on one the outfits worn by Yuri of Girls' Generation in the music video for "The Boys".

Chapter 4

  • At one point, Weiss casts Haste from Final Fantasy on Blake and later herself, using the same visual effect (a clock appearing under her feet with rapidly spinning hands) that's used in Monty's old work, Dead Fantasy.
  • The Team RWBY combo attacks were all basically some form of dual tech, a system used in Chrono Trigger. Ladybug (Ruby/Blake) begin their attack with Eiji "Edge" Yamada's Team Up Super, ending the combo with an X-cut straight out of Chrono Trigger. The combo attacks were also inspired by the dwarves battling in The Hobbit.
  • While team RWBY is fighting Roman, Neptune and Sun are at A Simple Wok, a noodle shop named after Kerry and Chris' A Simple Walk into Mordor. Kerry voices Neptune.

Chapter 6

Chapter 7

Chapter 11

  • The title of the episode is "No Brakes", in reference to the Achievement Hunter phrase "No brakes on the Fuck Train", used to denote a killstreak or other string of gaming successes.

Chapter 12

  • Ruby attacks the pack of Beowolves in "Breach" the exact same way Neo attacked the Agent Smith clones in The Matrix Reloaded.
  • One of the lyrics in the song played when Team CFVY shows up in "Breach" is "I'm the highway star" from Deep Purple.

    Volume 3 

Volume 3

Chapter 1

  • The way Blake takes out Reese (by using her semblance as bait and attacking from behind) is a one-person variant of the Bum Bait videos by Achievement Hunter, where one teammate acts as melee bait to set up easy kills for a partner.

Chapter 2

  • During SSSN's fight with NDGO, Dew sweeps up some tornadoes that knock Sage out of the battle in short order. When she tries to do the same to Scarlet, he ends up stabilising himself and landing safely on a galleon. The way he does so is meant to look like Peter Pan when he is in flight because Scarlet is a reference to Peter Pan in Scarlet. Scarlet is then subsequently incapacitated by taking two hits in the groin, which is a popular attack target on his voice actor Gavin Free.

Chapter 4

Chapter 5

  • While Cinder is looking at Penny's schematics, you can see her model number as M374. The Meta from Red vs. Blue wore a M-374 Hephaestus Combat Suit.

Chapter 7

  • Cinder's "Follow me, and you'll never go hungry again" is a reference to Scar's line.

Chapter 12

  • The way Ruby, Nora, Jaune and Ren take off walking together from Ruby's house is designed too reference the Wizard of Oz, where the party of four is walking along the yellow brick road 'off to see the wizard'.

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    Volume 4 

Volume 4

Chapter 1

  • The barrel that Oscar is turning has the Compost King logo on it, which first appears in a board game the characters are playing in RWBY Chibi.

Chapter 2

  • Jaune says he'd like to have a warrior's wolf tail, like Sokka's.
  • The scene where Jaune watches a recording of Pyrrha over and over again while training is a reference to the finale of Red vs. Blue Season 10.
  • Li Ren's character design was, per Kerry, explicitly based off Hanzo from Overwatch.

    Volume 5 

Volume 5

Chapter 6

  • Raven's speech describing Salem is nearly the same as the Terminator "It will not stop" speech Kyle Reese gives.
  • In the same scene, Raven refers to Ozpin's "Great and Terrible Secret", furthering his Wizard of Oz allusions.

    Volume 6 

Volume 6

Chapter 6

  • The Apathy Grimm are inspired by Batleby the Scrivener by Herman Melville. Bartleby was originally a hard worker, ambitious to make a success of himself. However, the farm runs into money troubles, meaning he can no longer afford to hire Huntsmen. As the Apathy make the farm population increasingly tired, they increasingly repeat the mantra "I'm tired". In the story, Bartleby's repeated mantra was "I would prefer not to". Bartleby ends up dying in prison because he no longer has the will to get to his feet to eat his food.
  • The Apathy Grimm are also inspired by Serenity. The government comes up with a plot to keep the population of Miranda calm and peaceful by drugging them. Bartleby decides to keep the farm population calm and peaceful by trapping two Apathy Grimm on the farm. As with the film, the plan works far too well. The population of Miranda end up dying because they just sit or lie down where they are and lack the will to ever get up again.
  • The designer of the Apathy's appearance took inspiration from the illustrations of Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark to come up with their appearance.

Chapter 11

  • It is revealed that Caroline Cordovin pilots a Humongous Mecha built into the mountain of the Argus Military Base to fight against aquatic Grimm that would try to attack the port city. This is a shout out to Godzilla-themed Kaiju movies and Pacific Rim.

Chapter 12

  • When the Leviathan attacks Argus, Caroline activates a drill on the left arm before slamming it into the Leviathan with a dramatic leap to deliver the killing blow, very similar to the Giga Drill Breaker.
  • In the after-credits scene, Salem is seen creating an army of mutant, winged Beringel, a clear reference to the Wicked Witch of the West and her winged monkeys.

    Volume 7 

Volume 7

Chapter 1

  • On the wall of Dr. Polendina's office, there is a chalkboard with "days since last nonsense" written on it, with the counter at zero.
  • On Dr. Polendina's bookshelf, there is a statue of a sperm whale. This is a reference to Monstro the Whale in Disney's version of Pinocchio.

Chapter 5

Chapter 11

  • Robyn's combat move against Tyrian to break his Aura? Fire an arrow at him at point-blank range and let him catch it effortlessly. And then the arrow explodes in his face. This move comes from The Avengers (2012), where Hawkeye pulled the same trick on Loki.


Other

    Other 

Other

  • The White Fang are an organisation of militant Faunus who used to peacefully protest over faunus inequality. There's a constant theme in the show that humans and faunus need to find equality and learn how to live together, a situation made more difficult by the White Fang's recent descent into terrorism. White Fang is a novel by Jack London which focusses on a wild-born wolf-dog that slowly learns how to live with humans.
  • Monty Oum referenced Soul Eater when describing how he envisioned his characters; the arrow-like patterns of Glynda Goodwitch's ragged cape are a shout out to Medusa. There's also a mook in episode 8 that looks like an Arachnophobia member. Weiss starts using her glyphs to dash out of danger, similar to Medusa's Vector Plates.
  • There are several Slow Mo Guys references throughout the show. Whenever Jaune goes into slow motion, the sound the Slow Mo Guys use plays. The dumpster Penny dumps Ruby in has the initials for the Slow Mo Guys, Gus' RTAA face, and Captain Dynamic's symbol.
  • The show's page on the Rooster Teeth website has a group shot of Team RWBY, with Weiss and Yang wearing t-shirts based off the classic Disney logo and the Jurassic Park logo, respectively.
  • The lyrics for "I May Fall" are inspired by Aragorn's speech in The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King.
  • The lyrics for "Big Metal Shoe" are Reference Overdosed with children's stories and Nursery Rhymes.


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