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  • All-Star Cast: When RWBY first began, the cast consisted of the staff of Rooster Teeth. For the first two volumes, the only recognizable actor in the show was Jen Taylor, the voice of Cortana from Halo and Princess Peach from Super Mario Bros.. Starting from Volume 3, however, more recognizable voice actors (mostly from Funimation) joined the cast, playing roles both major and minor. Sorted by volume debut:
  • Aluminum Christmas Trees: Yang's turkey boxing gloves have a raw chicken real world precedent.
  • Approval of God:
    • Monty was quite generous when it came to approval of fan works, and frequently shared cosplay photos, fanart, and AMVs that caught his eye on his Facebook page. He was also very supportive of a Japanese fandub of the series, and even gave tips on making OCs for fanfics.
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    • A fan made a theme song for Ruby and Yang's father, Taiyang, which composer Jeff Williams left a comment stating he liked it.
    • Reaction videos, as long as they come out after the public release, have gotten shout outs on Twitter from Miles Luna (VA of Jaune and Head Writer) and Barbara Dunkelman (VA of Yang and Rooster Teeth's Social Media Coordinator). MurderofBirds seems to be their favorite, as they sent him a gift package as well as a video of the whole production team reacting to his reaction of Episode 9 of Volume 3 (contains spoilers). Kim Newman, one of the show’s animators, and Eddy Rivas, one of the show's writers, also regularly join his RWBY livestream discussions.
  • Ascended Fanon: In a show where this is part of the character writing process, there are several examples:
    • Fans of the show took the show-wide colour-theme-naming and ran with it to produce shipping names based on each character's theme colour. In Volume 2, Ruby introduces tag-team combination attack moves, listing each pair involved in the relevant tactic by their shipping name, including Bumblebee (Yang (Yellow) and Blake (Black)) and Freezerburn (Weiss (white and uses Ice Powers) and Yang (Yellow and is associated with fire)). In Volume 3, Jaune unsuccessfully attempts to convince his team to use combination attacks that are also named after fandom pairing names, such as Arkos (portmanteau of Jaune and Pyrrha's surnames) and Flower Power (Ren, whose symbol is a flower, and Nora, who is based on Thor and therefore is the show's power-house fighter).
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    • Volume 3 ends with Ruby, Jaune, Ren and Nora joining forces to travel across the continent of Anima together, searching for answers to who the villains are and what their plans are. In Huntsman Academies, students work and graduate together as a team of four, with a colour-themed team name that is bestowed by the headmaster. As the four students came from two different teams, the fandom debated what new team name they should have for the future Volume 4 and settled on two possible options, with associated pros and cons: Team JNRR (Junior) or Team RNJR (Ranger). When Volume 4 started, the first episode opened to Ren, Nora and Jaune arguing about whether to call themselves Team JNRR or RNJR. Team JNRR initially wins due to Nora and Jaune favouring it, until Jaune decides it doesn't work when spoken aloud and Ren points out it doesn't follow the color rule, making Team RNJR the default. At the end of Volume 5, Ruby officially calls them Team RNJR.
    • A Reddit Q&A held after the end of Volume 5 included a question about whether or not Qrow's weapon had a name. The creators admitted that the weapon didn't have a name until they spotted the fanon name "Harbinger"; they liked it enough to adopt it as the weapon's official name. Although the fanon name gained popularity due to crows being harbingers of misfortune and death, the creators only stated they adopted the name because they liked it.
    • Yang is not actually a Pungeon Master in the animation series, despite popular Fanon applying it to her due to her voice actress...but she totally is in her skin and announcer pack in Smite.
    • In a near-instantaneous example, RWBY reactor MurderofBirds released a thirty-minute long video of him and his friends riffing on the fact that Jacques Schnee appears to wear a clip-on tie because the character model doesn't display the tell-tale signs of the tie travelling around the neck under the collar the way other character models do. Shortly after the release of the video, Eddy Rivas - one of the head writers of Volume 7 - decided to make this canon and Kiersi Burqhart - the other head writer - supported this.
  • Author Existence Failure: Monty Oum suffered a fatal allergic reaction on February 1, 2015. It was initially uncertain whether or not RWBY would continue, until the creative team confirmed they had access to Monty's notes. Volume 3 understandably aired later than usual in 2015, with the future of the show confirmed. His brother, Neath Oum, took over voice acting for Monty’s character, Ren.
  • Big Name Fan: Naturally, due to the size of the show. Quite a few of them are in Promoted Fanboy below (such as Cristina Valenzuela and Toshimichi Mori).
    • Nicole Maines (actor for Nia Nal/Dreamer on Supergirl (2015)) is a huge fan of the show, and a friend of Arryn. She's also a Bumbleby shipper.
    • Well known YouTuber CallMeCarson has mentioned being a fan of the show, commenting on a Red Like Roses cover by Amanda Lee.
  • Black Sheep Hit: RWBY was something of an oddball in Rooster Teeth's lineup upon its release, being their only work to have nothing to do with gaming, and also being a more serious action series rather than a comedy. It has since gone on to be one of their most popular (and certainly their most profitable) series, becoming a franchise spanning several games, comics, manga, books, and a bevy of merchandise.
  • Blooper: Volume 5's battle at Haven Academy is animated in stages by completely different teams and only connected together at the end of the process. This lack of coordination produces a series of inconsistencies that make it appear as though characters are teleporting around the battlefield. A fan project that explores these bloopers can be found on the show's wiki.
  • Cash Cow Franchise: The show is so popular it inspires spin-offs and big events, and also impressive quantities of merchandise - and has won Rooster Teeth some previously untapped demographics and markets. Just the fact that the board game Combat Ready got to its $250,000 Kickstarter goal in four days, and finished with more than triple that ($795k) shows RWBY downright prints money for its creator.
  • Character Blog: Three quarters of Team RWBY have Twitters (Ruby, Weiss, Blake; Yang's was apparently shut down). However, none of the Twitters have been updated since summer 2013.
  • Character Outlives Actor: After the passing of the show's creator Monty Oum, his character Lie Ren has been voiced by Oum's brother, Neath.
  • Christmas Rushed: For most of the show's runtime to date, production isn't done for the entire season before it starts airing, leading to the crew having to rush in the final hours before the airdate. At least one episode of Volume 3 was only finished rendering with hours to spare before it was due online. Volume 5's storyboards were only drawn a few weeks before their episode's airdates. It got even worse in Volume 6 where many of crew also had to work on gen:LOCK leading to an unhealthy crunch environment. The writing team eventually admitted it was causing quality to drop and have promised to keep more ahead for volume 7 and beyond.
  • Creator Backlash:
    • The crew in general don't look back on Volume 1 with a lot of good memories, with Ruby's actress Lindsay Jones frequently wishing for a chance to redub the season and Miles Luna frequently bemoaning the Jaundice arc for taking too long.
    • Miles admitted prior to Volume 5 that he was painfully aware of how often Yang got shafted for screentime and plot relevance during the first four volumes, and specifically noted that Yang would get a lot of focus in that coming volume.
    • Since Volume 5, Luna has taken several small potshots at the season in retrospect, such as mocking several lines he wrote on the commentary track, noting that the team wouldn't be stuck in a house again all season for Volume 6, and specifically promising that Ruby would get more focus and her leader status would be more emphasized in the coming Volumes.
    • Miles has bluntly agreed with many fan criticisms of the Faunus racism plot, admitting at C2E2 2020 that the plot was "overly ambitious" for the crew to handle.
    • Eddy Rivas has admitted some regret about the handling of Clover and the subsequent backlash after Volume 7 regarding potential queerbaiting in the series, saying that in hindsight it may have been best to let the fandom down gently before they got their hopes up.
      • Several crew members who drew fanart or spoke excitedly about the Fair Game (Qrow/Clover) ship also admitted a lot of regret in riling the community up and making them think Fair Game had a chance.
    • The crew stated during the commentary track for Volume 7 that they wish the Neo vs ORNJ fight had been shorter. They also admitted that they were aware how few interactions the main characters had (particularly regarding interactions within Team RWBY and Ren) and expressed regret at them getting cut.
  • Creator Couple:
    • Lindsay Jones voices the titular character while her husband Michael Jones voices Sun Wukong.
    • Yuri Lowenthal (Mercury's second voice actor) and Tara Platt (the voice of Blake's mother) are husband and wife, respectively.
    • Jack Patillo provides the voice for Junior Xiong and his wife Caiti Ward voices Velvet Scarlatina.
    • Matt Hullum, the show's executive producer, is married to Anna Hullum, who voices Raven Branwen.
    • Shane Newville, who played Russel Thrush and served as an animator, was married to Emerald Sustrai's actress, Katie Newville. They have since separated.
    • Yang and Nolan Porfirio's voice actors dated.
    • Neon and Scarlet's voice actors are dating.
    • Amber and the Atlas Ship Captain's respective voice actors are married.
    • Coco and Taiyang are married.
    • Qrow's second voice actor (Jason Liebrecht) and Winter's actress (Elizabeth Maxwell) are both dating.
  • Creator's Favorite: Miles admitted in the Volume 7 commentary that one of his favorite characters is Oscar. Him and Eddy Rivas have both said in the past that Yang is their favorite member of Team RWBY.
  • Creator's Pest: Miles has made no secret of how much he hates Adam as a character, an attitude shared by many within the animation team and also by Garrett Hunter, who admitted saying Adam's lines creeps him out. Miles even included a footnote in the Volume 5 script when Blake smacks Adam down saying "fuck you Adam Taurus." This even extended to, at RTX after Adam's short was debuted, calling him "The Worst."
  • The Danza: Flynt Coal is voiced by Flynt Flossy.
  • Defictionalization:
    • FYE started selling actual Pumpkin Pete's cereal (with Pyrrha in the box, of course)
    • The RT Store has defictionalized certain objects fron the series, including Ozpin's coffee mug, Nora's and Ruby's headphones, Ren's chef apron, Qrow's flask, Yang's sunglasses and, as of RTX 2019, a to-scale Crescent Rose prop.
  • Demand Overload: The Volume 4 premiere caused Rooster Teeth's website to get so much traffic that the servers crashed. Not only that but some of the following episodes have also caused the site to crash. People really want to watch RWBY.
  • Descended Creator:
    • Series creator Monty Oum voiced Lie Ren in the first two volumes, and would have voiced Qrow if not for his Author Existence Failure in 2015.
    • Producer/director Kerry Shawcross makes a very brief appearance near the end of Episode 9 making the noise he's known for on the Internet Box. He's also the voice of Neptune, one of Sun's teammates.
    • Kathleen Zuelch was the supervising producer for the first volume as well as Glynda Goodwitch's voice actress.
    • Executive producer and Rooster Teeth co-founder Burnie Burns provides the voice of Taiyang Xiao Long.
    • Animator Shane Newville voices Russel Thrush.
    • Roman Torchwick is voiced by Rooster Teeth Animation head Gray G. Haddock.
    • Writer Miles Luna voices Jaune Arc.
    • Barbara Dunkelman, RT's social media and expo manager, is the voice of Yang Xiao Long.
    • Many small roles are voiced by crewmembers. For instance, Yatsuhashi Daichi's only line was spoken by Joe Macdonald, who occupies several design positions in the staff.
  • Development Gag: In Volume 7, the car General Ironwood and Winter Schnee ride in has a velociraptor hood ornament. Monty was known to make pictures with the RWBY models that included a velociraptor (dubbed the RWBYSaurus by the FNDM) at random.
  • Development Hell: Volume 5's Japanese dub has been in development limbo for some time without an official announcement from Warner Bros on if the series will continue. Reports from Japanese fans that Volume 4 was met with a lukewarm reception may have put the series' chances in Japan on ice, especially given how Volume 5 was met with a far harsher reception in the West.
  • Fan Community Nicknames: In keeping with the acronym-based team names that huntsmen students receive, RWBY does not have a fandom. It instead has The FNDM. The production team are usually called CRWBY as well.
  • Fandom Nod:
    • In Season 2, Episode 4, Team RWBY uses fan-derived codenames for two-person attack combos (like "Ice Flower" for Ruby + Weiss or "Bumblebee" for Yang + Blake), some of which are humorous shipping names.
    • Jaune attempts to implement this system for Team JNPR in Season 3, Episode 2, again using fandom pairing names. This time, his team objects that "Flower Power" (Ren + Nora) doesn't make much sense and Pyrrha questions his choice of "Arkos" for them (Jaune Arc + Pyrrha Nikos).
    • Season 4, Episode 1 has a Running Gag involving the ongoing fandom debate over a certain new team name. Ren and Ruby want the name to be RNJR, while Nora and Jaune prefer JNRR though Jaune later concedes that Ren has a point with RNJR.
    • In Season 5, Episode 10, Ruby eyes Ozpin's cane and begins to ask one of the most popular questions about Ozpin's cane: Is it secretly Beacon's Relic? An amused Ozpin confirms it's not a Relic, it's just extremely important to him personally. Apparently, it still has a few tricks up its metaphorical sleeve, but Ozpin doesn't elaborate further.
  • Fan Nickname: There's enough that a new page had to be made here, just to contain all of them.
  • God Never Said That:
    • When Volume 5 ended, some fans were angry that a supposed reappearance by Neo and our heroes meeting up with Pyrrha's parents (or rather anything to do with Pyrrha while in Mistral) never happened. The creators never said Neo would appear that volume, just that she'll come back soon and Pyrrha's parents were apparently meant for Volume 3, but were removed. Both ideas came to fruition in Volume 6 as Neo made her return early on and Jaune ends up meeting a mysterious red-headed woman who is connected to Pyrrha in some way.
    • Fans have become convinced that at some point, a member of the crew said that "Neo is going to do something that will make the fans hate her." In truth it's a misquote that refers to Jaune and his failure to stop Cinder from shooting Amber.
    • Samantha Ireland, Nora's voice actress, said during a convention before Volume 7 that Nora would get interesting content in relation with her backstory. This led to people claiming that she said that Nora would be getting her backstory in the Volume, leading to blowback when this supposed backstory never surfaced.
  • Harpo Does Something Funny:
    • During production, the voice cast was encouraged to come up with little ad-lib things that might fit various situations. Notable ones include:
      Yang: [after a gratuitously overextended landing sequence] Nailed it. (Episode 6)
      Ruby: [almost as an afterthought from realizing Blake's a cat faunus] She does like tuna a lot... (Episode 16)
    • A picture of a old script that Miles once showed simply said "Monty actions ensues." for when Yang annihilated some Grimm after she found they displaced a hair from her head to obviously imply the specifics of the fight were up to Monty to work his magic on.
  • I Knew It!:
    • Pretty much everyone predicted Episode 15's reveal of Blake as a Faunus, and to a lesser extent Episode 16's clarification of her former membership in White Fang.
    • After the release of the promotional material for Volume 2, namely, the group silhouette for Velvet's team, it was pretty much a given that her team would somehow be named "Coffee."
    • Penny being a robot.
    • Many people speculated that Ruby and Yang are half-sisters, sharing a father, but fewer speculated that it was Yang's biological mother that she has been searching for in the Yellow trailer, and that Summer Rose, Qrow, the sisters' father, and Yang's mother were on the same team.
    • The name of Yang's mother was ludicrously spot on: Raven Branwen.
    • After the Volume 3 trailer, many fans suspected that the Elegant Gothic Lolita shown there was Neo in disguise, which was confirmed in the first episode of Volume 3.
    • The majority of the fanbase predicted that Penny vs Pyrrha would happen during the tournament arc of Volume 3, and that it would end with Penny in pieces.
    • Many people were able to figure out that Velvet can copy weapons and styles with her camera from the first snapshot of Sun.
    • Considering his The Wonderful Wizard of Oz character inspiration, nobody was surprised that Ironwood is truly a tin man. He's got a cybernetic arm, and a large part of his body is made of metal.
    • People were calling Pyrrha dying since her introduction back in Volume 1.
    • Remember the narrator from the first episode? Well, people were able to guess that A. She's a character, and B. She's a villain. Say hello to Salem.
    • Quite a few fans predicted that Jaune would take up Pyrrha's equipment in some capacity following her death. He gets an updated set of equipment reforged from her gear at the end of Volume 4's first episode.
    • Yang getting a prosthetic limb from Ironwood was quickly predicted after Volume 3.
    • More than a few fans predicted Oscar having a connection to Ozpin, and so decided that his name must be the given name of the Wizard of Oz.
    • Nobody was surprised when Whitley tuned out to be a Bitch in Sheep's Clothing, who wants to kick his sisters out of his father's will and be the sole heir to the SDC.
    • Several people called as early as Volume 3 that Ozpin is the Wizard from the Maiden's Tale. Similarly, when Volume 4 confirmed that he incarnated in several bodies through the ages, many people theorized that he was once the King of Vale. In Volume 5, Ozpin claims to have founded the schools, as the King of Vale is confirmed to have done, likely making them the same man.
    • Cinder surviving the Battle of Haven was predicted by nearly everyone even before she was spotted in the Volume 6 poster, and chapter 2 opens with her as if to say "We all know she survived, let's get it over with."
    • Fans called Maria having silver eyes as early as the moment that the opening of Volume 6 was released to the general public. It was finally confirmed by Volume 6's "Alone in the Woods".
    • Virtually everyone predicted that Penny would return during the Atlas volumes due to her robotic nature making her a prime candidate for cheating death. Sure enough, Volume 7's first episode shows her alive and well.
    • RWBY's habit of pulling Red Herring plot points, especially regarding who gets Maiden powers, meant few people seriously figured Winter would become the Winter Maiden after how blatantly she was set up to be the next candidate, with Nora and Penny being the most popular alternatives. Sure enough Penny winds up becoming the next Winter Maiden in the Volume 7 finale "The Enemy of Trust".
  • In Memoriam:
    • A dedication to Monty Oum appears after the credits of the Volume 3 episode "End of the Beginning", showing his signature flanked by the messages "Monty Oum, 1981-2015" and "We love you, Monty".
    • The Volume 7 finale "The Enemy of Trust", released on the fifth anniversary of Monty's death, once again ends with his signature, this time with the message "We still love you, Monty."
  • Jossed:
    • A good portion of the fanbase thought that Jaune's semblance would be some kind of reflector shield. While his true Semblance does amplify defensive capabilities, that's not the intended purpose.
    • Volume 3 made some fans theorize that Qrow's Semblance is the ability to transform into a crow, due to its stinger showing him jumping off a cliff and a crow flying from the spot moments later. Volume 4 reveals his actual Semblance to be 'Misfortune', and Volume 5 explains his ability to shapeshift as a gift granted to him and Raven by Ozpin's magic.
    • A popular fan theory postulates that Ruby's father is actually Qrow, not Taiyang. This was shot down by the writers during a Reddit AMA.
    • Jen Brown confirmed that the woman Jaune talked to in Volume 6, credited as simply, "Red Haired Woman", is a real person, not a ghost or figment of Jaune's imagination, nor is she channeling Pyrrha's spirit or anything like that.
    • Kerry confirmed on RWBY Rewind that Adam is, in fact, dead.
  • Name's the Same:
    • The main character Ruby Rose shares her name with an Australian celebrity.
    • This isn't the first series to involve a terrorist group named "White Fang" - there's also the group from the anime Mobile Suit Gundam Wing.
    • Vol 3, Episode 3's title, "It's Brawl in the Family"? Where have we heard that before?
    • In Vol 3 Episode 5, we're introduced to Flynt Coal. There's a character with the same exact name over in X-Ray & Vav. Both characters are a reference to the same Rooster Teeth Minecraft meme.
  • Non-Singing Voice: Casey Lee Williams provides the singing voice for Weiss Schnee.
  • Official Fan-Submitted Content:
  • The Other Darrin:
    • Beginning with Volume 3, Ren is voiced by Monty Oum's brother, Neath, due to the former suffering a fatal allergic reaction.
    • Mercury Black is voiced by Yuri Lowenthal instead of J.J. Castillo from Volume 3 onward, due to Castillo leaving Rooster Teeth.
    • In the Japanese dub, Megumi Toyoguchi was temporarily replaced as Pyrrha by Shizuka Ito in Volume 3 due to Toyoguchi going on maternity leave. Togoyuchi later redubbed Pyrrha as part of a bonus disc.
    • After the controversies surrounding Qrow's voice actor Vic Mignogna, he was replaced in Volume 7 with Jason Liebrecht.
  • Outdated by Canon:
    • Many fanfics depicted Weiss' mother as dead and Blake as a street orphan. Volume 4 revealed that Weiss' mother is alive (albeit a distant Alcoholic Parent), while Blake has two loving parents and is actually from an affluent family.
    • The first two trailers, Red and White, focused on showing off the fighting choreography rather than any actual characterization. As a result, Ruby and Weiss were mistaken by fans to be stoic individuals with Sugar And Ice Personalities. In canon, Ruby is an optimistic Genki Girl while Weiss is a Academic Alpha Bitch who loosens up as time goes on. The full reason behind Weiss's sad theme song "Mirror Mirror" wasn't given until Volume 4, when we see her home life back in Atlas.
    • A mention of Jaune having seven older sisters was made in Volume 2. Sure enough, this took off as Fanfic Fuel with various writers having their own takes on them, like being from separate mothers or some being Faunus. In Volume 6, we get introduced to one of them, Saphron, and get treated to a childhood picture with all of them.
    • Due to Adam's very limited role and appearances in the first two Volumes, many fanfic writers imagined his character the same way Blake did: a Faunus who genuinely wanted peaceful co-existence who was willing to employ violent tactics to do so and went too far in his methods. The ending episodes of Volume 3 would go on to reveal that he never wanted peace between Faunus and humans to begin with and is misanthropic toward them. The fifth Volume would reveal that his beliefs in Faunus superiority are dogmatic, wishing to subjugate humans as slaves.
  • Outlived Its Creator: Monty Oum died several months before Volume 3 premiered, but had left notes on the entire plot outline and ideas for the main characters as adults. In one livestream, the writers commented that the plot overview alone could be made into 20 volumes worth of story, but the length of the show will ultimately depend on how Miles and Kerry structure the content going forward (current guesstimates by the crew suggest they're aiming for about twelve volumes total).
  • Playing Against Type:
    • Josh Grelle is predominantly cast in young protagonist roles who also lead a harem cast. Here, he does a 180 degree turn for the hammy, batshit insane villain Tyrian. According to his Twitter, he's enjoying this (in his own words) "psycho" role.
    • I-no notwithstanding, Kikuko Inoue is known for playing motherly, nurturing roles. Here, while her character does have some motherly qualities, she's still voicing series Big Bad, Salem.
  • Posthumous Credit: Despite succumbing to a fatal allergic reaction, Monty Oum was posthumously credited as a writer for most of Volume 3.
  • Promoted Fanboy:
    • Jordan Scott, creator of the fan game RWBY: Grimm Eclipse, got hired by Rooster Teeth to make the game official.
    • NDGO were originally a team of original characters and cosplayers of them on Tumblr, and have since been granted an in-universe team as thanks for their sponsorship.
    • Yssa Badiola, an animator who worked on X-Ray & Vav, is a huge fan of RWBY and now voices Ciel Soleil in Volume 3.
    • "Mojojoj", a popular RWBY fan artist known for his incredibly quick work, is a conceptional artist for RWBY Chibi.
    • Bach Do, a Vietnamese fanartist who goes by the moniker "dishwasher1910" on DeviantArt and Reddit, was taken on as a concept artist for Rooster Teeth's new mecha show gen:LOCK. This was chiefly due, in Gray Haddock's words, to his drawings of the RWBY cast in mecha-like situations.
    • Here's one that goes both ways: BlazBlue director Toshimichi Mori is a fan of RWBY, and has long expressed a desire to make a game based on the show. At the same time, Monty had expressed his love for BlazBlue. Both works would eventually cross over as part of BlazBlue: Cross Tag Battle.
    • After Inkyou24 posted a concept of a Manticore Grimm on Reddit, he was eventually brought in to add his beast to the actual show and also helped develop the Apathy Grimm and Centipede Grimm.
    • Cristina Valenzuela expressed her desire to join the show via tweet way back in 2016. She was eventually cast in Volume 7 as Robyn Hill.
    • Jake Walker, who created this hilarious mash-up with Rick and Morty, eventually joined Rooster Teeth's 2D animation crew.
    • Caleb Hyles, a musician YouTuber who had done covers of several RWBY songs (including a "Red Like Roses" cover with Casey Lee Williams herself), ended up as guest vocals for "Hero", Ironwood's Image Song from Volume 7.
    • Several of the Ace Ops actors (Harriet, Elm and Vine notably) were already fans of RWBY or were aware of the show before being cast and were ecstatic to be part of the series.
  • Reality Subtext: Volume 3 starts with Ruby talking to her mother's grave, and the shot of the crows flying into the setting sun is deliberately designed to form the shape of Monty's artistic personal signature. Monty Oum had passed away before the start of the volume, so Ruby talking also acts as the crew of Rooster Teeth talking to Monty; the scene of Ruby talking to her mother's grave was the last scene Monty ever worked on. At the end of Volume three, after several deaths in the show, a slow song mourning the loss of someone who changed the lives of those around them plays over the credits, which end In Memoriam to Monty. "Let's Just Live" from the Volume 4 soundtrack is also a tribute to Monty while applying to the character deaths as well.
  • Real-Life Relative:
    • Monty Oum's real-life brother Neath replaced him as Ren following the former's tragic death in 2015.
    • Composer Jeff Williams's daughter Casey Lee Williams is the primary vocalist for the show's soundtrack. His ex-wife, Sandy Lee Casey, also provided part of the vocals for Red Like Roses Pt. II.
  • The Red Stapler:
    • The instant people got a good look at Jaune's hoodie in "The Next Step", pretty much everyone wanted one. It is now available at the RT store.
    • Ruby's headphones from the first episode finally materialized and are now available for sale in the RT store. Likewise, Nora's "Boop!" shirt and headphones, Ren's "Please Do Nothing to the Cook" apron, and pretty much any other item of clothing article or accessory that caught fans' interest from the show.
  • Referenced by...:
    • BlazBlue: Central Fiction had pallete swaps for certain characters based on Team RWBY (Specifically, Es as Ruby, Izayoi as Weiss, Taokaka as Blake and Bullet as Yang). This reference would come full circle once BlazBlue: Cross Tag Battle became a reality.
    • In Inverted Fate, Bratty and Catty's new get-up as part of the Guard is clearly based off Yang and Ruby.
    • Doctor Sleep features posters of RWBY and even an action figure of Emerald. Abra also wears a wig at one point that references Emerald's hairstyle.
  • Relationship Voice Actor:
    • In the original English:
      • Sun and Scarlet are on the same team and are voiced by actors who are both a part of Achievement Hunter. Sun is also good friends with Ruby's team; The voice actors for Sun and Ruby are married.
      • Qrow and Oscar are the original Elric brothers.
      • Yuma and Mata are members of Team Four Star.
    • For the Japanese dub:
      • Yang and Nora are Ryuko and Mako in Kill la Kill.
      • Both Yu Shimamura (Blake) and Masafumi Kimura (her father Ghira) worked together in the Japanese dub of Deadpool film as Negasonic Teenage Warhead and her mentor Colossus respectively.
  • Role-Ending Misdemeanor:
    • In 2016, Kathleen Zuelch (the voice of Glynda Goodwitch) went on a drunken Twitter rant about her fellow RWBY castmates, which led to her departure from both Rooster Teeth and the show itself.
    • Vic Mignogna was dropped from the show in February 2019 (shortly after Volume 6 finished airing) in the wake of sexual misconduct allegations. It was eventually decided that Jason Liebrecht would take Mignogna's place as the voice of Qrow from Volume 7 onwards.
    • October of 2020 saw the departure of Port's VA, Ryan Haywood, from Rooster Teeth due to allegations of sexual misconduct.
  • Star-Making Role: For Lindsay Jones (Ruby), Barbara Dunkelman (Yang; as an actress), Kara Eberle (Weiss), Arryn Zech (Blake), Michael Jones (Sun; as an actor) and Jessica Nigri (Cinder; as a voice actress).
  • Talking to Herself: Maggie Tominey voices Melanie and Miltia Malachite.
  • Teasing Creator:
    • Monty Oum was a mild example.
    • The preview images for the final episodes of Volumes 3 and 4 were otherwise normal, except they showed that the finale episodes were unusually long, being over 26 minutes. Panic ensued among the fans. The preview thumbnails were posted the night before the release dates for sponsors, so everyone had to wait in anticipation for the coming morning.
    • Although their ship is also unconfirmed, Vic Mignogna and Elizabeth Maxwell seem to enjoy the idea of their respective characters ending up together.
  • Trolling Creator: Miles and Kerry always seem to get the biggest laugh out of viewer outrage and misery when bad things happen to characters. And when told the Volume 3 finale "End of the Beginning" would air on Valentine's Day during a livestream, Miles burst into laughter, given that the Arkos ship was going to get nuked that day, and later tweeted "Happy Valentine's Day!" when announcing the season finale's release, knowing that the day was going to be anything but happy. And in the AfterBuzz stream, he broke out into a grin when the hosts speculated about Jaune following Pyrrha into death, sending many fans into a panic.
  • Troubled Production:
    • Volume 3 ended up having its production delayed by two months due to Monty Oum's death, preventing the first episode from being premiered at RTX 2015 as planned. Poser's antiquated software also made animation difficult; it would frequently crash and take hours to render the larger, more complex scenes of the volume. This, along with Poser requiring each new animator to be specifically trained in it, led Rooster Teeth to move to Maya starting from Volume 4. Reports indicate that the finale was only finished with hours to spare.
    • Volume 5's Battle of Haven also had a rushed development, going from storyboards to full animation within a month- an insanely fast turnabout time and one that shows on the finished product. Co-director Gray Haddock also left production midway through to begin working on gen:LOCK, leaving Kerry Shawcross to handle the back half of the season by himself (this wasn't helped by the Volume 5 scripts undergoing masive cuts and drafts, leading to them only being finished after the season had begun airing in October). Several admissions from members of the crew indicate that they weren't happy with the final product.
  • Video Source: Provides one of the videos for Big Damn Heroes.
  • What Could Have Been: See it's own sub-page.
  • The Wiki Rule: RWBY Wiki.
  • Word of Gay:
    • A panel in one of the anthology manga (which are otherwise non-canonical) reveals that Scarlet David is "not into girls". The manga's author confirmed that Miles Luna approved of the line.
    • May Marigold's voice actress confirmed when releasing May's turnabout that the character is transgender.
  • Word of God:
    • Dust is not magic. It serves the exact same artistic and narrative role, by the staff's own admission, but don't call it magic. Magic is what stage magicians do, and Dust is therefore not magic. "Traditional" magic does exist on Remnant, but has nothing to do with Dust.
    • Monty once trolled this very wiki's WMG page with various confirmations and denials. He seemed very fond of the Nora mafia princess theory.
    • Though many had assumed that the Faunus were inspired by the many animal characters that exist in anime, Monty Oum revealed that they actually stem from his love of the old Hanna-Barbera cartoon Snagglepuss.
    • Monty's Twitter responses made it clear that Yang and Ruby are half-sisters that share a father, and confirmed that Ruby's parents are Taiyang and Summer. Summer was also stated to definitely be dead, not just missing.
    • A livestream done by the cast and crew a day before the Volume 3 finale confirmed that Roman Torchwick died in "Heroes and Monsters".
    • A set of tweets from Jen Brown (Pyrrha's VA) revealed that Pyrrha was always meant to have been killed as part of Monty's plans.
    • Miles and Kerry confirmed in during the AfterBuzz livestream that, despite looking similar, Salem is not the original Winter Maiden. It was just a coincidence.
    • Contrary to popular belief about the "shipping" songs in the soundtrack, Jeff Williams has stated in an interview that the songs on the soundtrack are not literal representations of aspects of the show, just song ideas he had and then edited to fit RWBY. Similar examples are "Cold"note  and "Home"note .
    • Monty, in an interview, stated that the characters of RWBY are somewhat based off fairy tale characters, in which one can spot some references, but that they are not necessarily governed or controlled by it (the fairy tale stories/characters). He continues, stating that they put their own spin on it instead of retelling it as they are not interested in that.
    • While many believe that Adam's fairytale allusion is to Gaston, or the cursed rose, Gray Haddock has already confirmed during the end of Volume 3 that Adam's fairytale allusion is to the Beast. He further comments that Adam and Blake are a little bit of both Beauty and Beast. However, in their twist for the allusion, the Beast isn't saved by love in the end. Barbara and Amity Arena also confirms Adam's allusion during Volume 6.
  • Word of Saint Paul:
    • According to Richard Norman, the Atlas smuggler pilot that he plays is named Fenix.
    • Blake's VA Arryn Zech stated in an AfterBuzz interview that both Yang and Sun are in love with Blake. She later also noted during a 2020 livestream that she felt Blake was bisexual.
    • Kendra Ziegler stated the first mate in the boat to Menagerie they voice is named Matte Skye, and that the character is non-binary.
    • The official manga is being written by a Japanese author and has detailed several stories that did not happen in the main series. The show writers have declared that the manga can be considered canon unless they say otherwise, at least for the moment. They have also since used a couple of ideas the manga showed first, notably the existence of possessor-Grimm that can take control of inanimate objects - however, the Volume 4 commentary revealed that possession Grimm were planned as early as the White Trailer, and the one that appears in Volume 4's first episode was originally supposed to appear during Volume 1. As the writers of the show did work with Shirow Miwa to a degree for the manga, the apparent 'early' appearance of these Grimm was a result of the manga adaptation of the White Trailer adding dialogue and exposition.
  • Write What You Know:
    • Weiss uses fencing because Monty himself studied it.
    • The Apathy and their emotion-draining effects was influenced by a picture of a deranged scarecrow Miles once saw on Reddit, the movie Serenity, as well as the short story "Bartleby the Scrivener" (which was about a man who loses all motivation to do anything until he dies of starvation). In fact, the line "I'm tired" is the show's version of "I prefer not to" from the aforementioned short story.
  • You Sound Familiar:
    • Adam Ellis, who voiced Cardin Winchester, would later go on to voice Tukson starting with Volume 2.
    • Maggie Tominey voices the twins Melanie and Militia Malachite in the Yellow Trailer and an episode of Volume 2. She also voices a Volume 2 White Fang recruit called Deery.


General Trivia:

  • If one goes by Ironwood's concept art saying he is 6'3", his revolver appears to have a barrel length of about 13 inches, which is larger than the largest sized barrel of the Smith & Wesson Model 500 (10.5 inches), the largest production revolver in real life. The full length of the revolver, from tip of the barrel to the end of its grip is 2'1.5", or 23.5 inches long, which puts Ironwood's revolver on the same size, if not larger, as the Pfeifer Zeliska revolver, which is the largest revolver in real life. Going by his model's actual height of 6'6", his revolver is instead about four inches larger all-around.
  • The name "Faunus" is derived from Faunus, the Roman god of forests, wild, and nature. He is also the Roman equivalent to the Greek god Pan. Additionally, the god Faunus is associated with Satyrs, which incidentally have a less human morphology than the Faunus people shown in the show.
  • On a Facebook Q&A, Miles and Kerry broke down the breeding genetics of Faunus. A later World of Remnant episode called Faunus covers the subject, but Qrow's in-character description differs from the Q&A explanations in the following ways:
    • Both agree that if two Faunus of the same phenotype breed (e.g. two Dog Faunus), their child will also be of the same species.
    • The Q&A states that if a Faunus and a human breed, their child will either be a Faunus or a Human. However, the episode implies that when a human and Faunus have a child, there might be more chance of the child being Faunus than human, but that the Faunus trait might take a long time to express, leaving the parents uncertain for a while as to whether their child is human or Faunus, and even what type of Faunus the child may be.
    • The Q&A states that two Faunus of different types breed (e.g. a Dog Faunus and a Cat Faunus), their child will have a chance of being a random type (e.g., a Snake Faunus). While the episode agrees with this, it adds an implication that this rule may also apply to a Faunus child born from a Human/Faunus pairing.
  • It was said in a Volume 3 livestream that every Faunus has only one animal trait.
  • Ruby, Nora, and Jaune own an object in sale at the Rooster Teeth store – Ruby's Rose Pajama Pants, Nora's "boop" t-shirt, and Jaune's Pumpkin Pete hoodie. Pyrrha continues this trend with her Pumpkin Pete's cereal being made available as a FYE exclusive foodstuff.

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