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  • Acting for Two:
    • Maggie Tominey plays the Malachite twins, Melanie and Miltia.
    • In a similar vein, the twin stepsisters are played by Amanda Lee.
    • For Volume 9, Brendan Blaber voices the Jinxy Peddler as well as some one-off characters.
  • All-Star Cast: When RWBY first began, the cast consisted of Rooster Teeth's staff. 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.. Since the third volume, however, more recognizable voice actors (mostly from Funimation) joined the cast, playing roles both major and minor. Sorted by volume debut:
  • Amateur Cast: At the time of the show's debut, most of its cast were Rooster Teeth staffers who hadn't done much professional voice acting.
  • 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.
    • 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 Creative Director). 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. Kim Newman, one of the show’s animators, and Eddy Rivas, one of the show's writers, also regularly join his RWBY livestream discussions.
    • When The Simpsons did a parody of Death Note for Treehouse Of Horror XXXIII, CRWBY was delighted to see that Ironwood was used as one of the references for Homer's five o'clock shadow.
  • 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).
    • 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 creative team 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 creative team 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 just about every anciliary material (RWBY Chibi, RWBY: Grimm Eclipse, RWBY: Amity Arena, and 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 wrapping 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's Saving Throw:
    • Volume 5 was seen as the show's nadir for several reasons. The fandom's criticisms centered around the passivity of the heroes compared to the previous volume's journey-bound tone, the reduced relevance of main protagonist Ruby during major story beats, and lack of exploration of Mistral's exotic setting. CRWBY confirmed they addressed these complaints for the next volume by kicking off Ruby's development into an active leader in the fight against Salem and exploring the Mistral underworld via Cinder's storyline.
    • After Blake's Volume 7 haircut was criticised for poor texturing and looking unflattering in certain lighting, CRWBY confirmed they upgraded her hair texture to appear more natural, while upgrading Weiss's hair simultaneously.
    • When Rooster Teeth closed down, Warner Bros. Discovery immediately put several shows, including RWBY, up for sale, and allowed the Ruby Rose VTuber stream to continue practically uninterrupted while they find a new owner for the IP.
    • Volume 9 as well as its Bonus Ending Animatic was made free for all viewers as opposed to being exclusive to First members, due to the impending closure of the website.
  • 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, to the point that, when Warner Bros. Discovery closed down Rooster Teeth, they put it up for sale practically immediately.
  • Channel Hop:
    • While the first six volumes were originally added to YouTube, all episodes of RWBY besides the very first one were removed from the platform right before Volume 8 aired on the Rooster Teeth Website. A later Q&A released before Volume 9's debut confirmed Rooster Teeth would no longer post any new episodes from the main series in the platform due to YouTube greatly decreasing the ad revenue received from their videos.
    • The first eight volumes debuted on Rooster Teeth's official website. Two years after the eighth volume concluded, the ninth volume premiered exclusively on Crunchyroll for a year before premiering on Rooster Teeth itself on March 30th, 2024.
  • 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.
  • Christmas Rushed: For most of the show's runtime, 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 the sixth volume 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 a drop in quality and have since have promised to keep more ahead for the later volumes.
  • Creator Couple:
    • Lindsay Jones, who voices Ruby Rose, married Sun Wukong's voice actor Michael Jones in 2014.
    • Yuri Lowenthal, Mercury's second voice actor, is married to Tara Platt, who voiced Kali Belladonna.
    • Voice actors Jack Patillo (Junior Xiong) and Caiti Ward (Velvet Scarlatina) have been married since 2013.
    • 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 once married to Emerald Sustrai's actress, Katie Newville. They have since divorced.
    • Barbara Dunkelman (Yang) once dated Aaron Marquis (Nolan Porfirio), but they have since separated.
    • Neon and Scarlet's respective voice actors, Meg Turney and Gavin Free, have been dating since 2013.
    • Amber's voice actress Laura Bailey is married to the Atlas Ship Captain's voice actor Travis Willingham.
    • Coco's voice actress Ashley Burns is married to Taiyang's VA and series executive producer Burnie Burns since 2019.
    • Qrow's second voice actor (Jason Liebrecht) and Winter's actress (Elizabeth Maxwell) are dating.
  • Creator's Favorite: Miles Luna's favorite character according to the Volume 7 commentary is Oscar. He and Eddy Rivas have both considered Yang their favorite member of Team RWBY.
  • Creator's Pest: Miles hates Adam Taurus as a character, an attitude shared by many within the animation team as well as 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 calling him "The Worst."
  • The Danza:
    • Flynt Coal is voiced by Flynt Flossy.
    • Scarlet David's surname is the same as his voice actor's middle name; Gavin David Free.
  • 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, Ruby's pajama pants, Nora's Boop shirt and Jaune's Pumpkin Pete Hoodie, Yang's sunglasses and, as of RTX 2019, a to-scale Crescent Rose prop.
    • Professor Ozpin created a book called Fairy Tales of Remnant about stories from all over the world of Remnant, and made it part of the curricula of the Huntsmen Academies. Fairy tales are important in the show because they contain clues about the secret history of Remnant that only a select few individuals know. Rooster Teeth published the book as Professor Ozpin's personal copy, including notes he's made about each fairy tale, both to contribute to world-building and to drop plot-significant clues about the main show.
  • 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: Several of the show's Production Posse have voiced characters within the series. For example:
    • For the first two volumes, Lie Ren was voiced by series creator Monty Oum, with his brother Neath taking over from the third volume onwards.
    • Producer/director Kerry Shawcross makes a very brief Creator Cameo 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.
    • As an executive producer, Rooster Teeth co-founder Burnie Burns voices Taiyang Xiao Long.
    • Animator Shane Newville voices Russel Thrush.
    • Roman Torchwick was initially voiced by ex-Rooster Teeth Animation head Gray G. Haddock.
    • Writer Miles Luna voices Jaune Arc.
    • Barbara Dunkelman, RT's Creative Director, voices Yang Xiao Long.
    • 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.
  • Died During Production: Monty Oum suffered an allergic reaction on January 23, 2015, and eventually died on February 1, less than nine months before the third volume's premiere. It was initially uncertain whether or not RWBY would continue, until the creative team confirmed they had access to Monty's notes. The third volume understandably aired later than usual in 2015, with the future of the show confirmed. His role as Ren was recast with his brother, Neath Oum.
  • 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. He admitted it had a few tricks up its sleeve, but didn't elaborate further. What the cane is capable of is something that gets slowly revealed over time.
  • God Never Said That:
    • After 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 creative team 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 caused people to assume she said that Nora would be getting her backstory in the Volume, leading to blowback when this supposed backstory never surfaced.
    • Opponents of pairings between two or more of the eponymous team's members will quote Monty Oum as saying that he imagined them as being close in platonic, "sisterly" ways, the implication (or outright statement) being that it would go against his vision. This is a misquote of a conversation between Monty and Kerry during the V2 DVD Commentary for Chapter 9: Monty states he likes the specific scene that's playing out because the girls are behaving in an "almost sisterly" way and reassuring each other as "they're sharing all that strife". Kerry agrees, stating that they "sense they're going through the same thing".
  • Harpo Does Something Funny:
    • During production, the voice cast was encouraged to ad-lib some dialogue 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 an 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.
  • Hire the Critic: Brendan Blaber, who mocked the show both on his Twitter account, and on his YouTube channel, was eventually cast as the Jinxy Peddler and some one-off characters for Volume 9. Blaber himself has taken humor with the situation.
  • No Dub for You: Outside Japanese, there's no other foreign-language dubs in existence, nor any known plans to dub the series any other language either, with the sole exception of Justice League × RWBY: Super Heroes & Huntsmen.note 
  • Non-Singing Voice: Casey Lee Williams sang for Weiss Schnee instead of Kara Eberle.
  • Official Fan-Submitted Content:
  • The Other Darrin:
    • Beginning with Volume 3, Ren is voiced by Monty Oum's brother, Neath, after the former's 2015 death.
    • Mercury Black is voiced by Yuri Lowenthal instead of J.J. Castillo from Volume 3 onward, after Castillo left Rooster Teeth.
    • In the Japanese dub, Megumi Toyoguchi was temporarily replaced as Pyrrha by Shizuka Itō in Volume 3 due to Toyoguchi's 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 with Jason Liebrecht from Volume 7 onwards.
    • After controversies surrounding Port's voice actor Ryan Haywood, the role was recast with Anthony Sardinha, starting with the Switch port of RWBY: Grimm Eclipse.
    • Torchwick was originally voiced by producer Gray Haddock who left the company in 2019 under a cloud of allegations. Billy Kametz was his initial replacement; after succumbing to cancer before completing his lines, the role was recast with Christopher Wehkamp. Kametz's lines were preserved to honour him, so "Tea Amidst Terrible Trouble" contains lines from both actors.
  • 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 said the plot overview alone could be made into 20 volumes worth of story, but the show's length 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:
    • Jessie James Grelle is predominantly cast in young protagonist roles who also lead a harem cast. Here, they do a 180 degree turn for the hammy, batshit insane villain Tyrian. According to their Twitter, they're enjoying this (in their 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.
    • Michael Jones's onscreen persona (which he has admitted is mostly played up for comedic effect) is that of a (deafeningly) loud, caustic guy with a Hair-Trigger Temper. Here, he plays the kind-hearted, fun-loving Sun Wukong.
  • Posthumous Credit:
    • Despite succumbing to a fatal allergic reaction, Monty Oum was posthumously credited as a writer for most of Volume 3.
    • Though he succumbed to colon cancer in 2022, Billy Kametz recorded lines for Roman Torchwick in Volume 9, which aired nearly 10 months after he had passed.
  • Production Nickname:
    • Director's comments for Volume 4 indicate that CRWBY nicknamed Salem's four main subordinates "Team WTCH" (Watts, Tyrian, Cinder, Hazel).
    • The Herbalist's Ascended form was nicknamed "Butterflerb" in the director's commentary for Volume 9.
  • 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.
    • Hajime "Mojojoj" Nakamura, a popular RWBY fan artist known for his incredibly quick work, is a conceptional artist for RWBY Chibi.
    • Vietnamese fanartist Bach Do, 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 desired 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 Aromie "Inkyou24" Kim 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 desired to join the show in a 2016 tweet. She was eventually cast as Robyn Hill for the seventh volume.
    • 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 covered 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.
    • Amanda Lee has done three covers of songs for the show and joined the cast for the eighth volume.
    • The JNPR anthology was done by several fanartists from the FNDM. A few of their OCs can be seen as background characters.
  • Queer Character, Queer Actor:
    • Panromantic demisexual intersex transgender non-binary actor Kdin Jenzen voices May Marigold, a transgender woman.
    • Arryn Zech revealed on a livestream that Blake Belladonna, just like herself, is bisexual.
    • Yang is Ambiguously Bi. She is voiced by Barbara Dunkelman, who stated she wasn't fully straight.
    • Bisexual actress Lindsay Sheppard voices Saphron Cotta-Arc, who has a wife and son.
  • Reality Subtext:
    • Volume 3 starts with Ruby talking to her mother Summer's grave, and the shot of the crows flying into the setting sun is deliberately designed to form the shape of Monty Oum's artistic personal signature. Monty died before the volume's start, so Ruby talking also acts as the Rooster Teeth crew talking to Monty; the scene of Ruby talking to Summer's grave was the last scene Monty ever worked on. At the volume's end, 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 with an In Memoriam card 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.
    • The Volume 8 episode "War" has two moments that are coloured by real-life context that can be connected to the scene:
      • The Ace-Ops tell Ren, Jaune and Yang that, when team members die, the team should just move on and replace them with someone else, essentially arguing personal bonds and the pain of loss are meaningless. This prompts Ren to furiously say no one is replaceable. While this has the obvious in-universe connotations of what Jaune, Ren and Nora went through after their team-mate Pyrrha died, the line takes on a reality subtext for those fans who know that Ren's voice actor, Neath Oum, only stepped into the role after his brother Monty's 2015 death.
      • When Weiss struggles to let go of her blood-ties to Atlas in favour of helping Mantle, she asks if May, who also comes from an elite Atlesian family, feels the same way. This triggers May into giving an extremely raw emotional outburst about the rejection she experienced from her family because she's a trans woman. Her voice actress, Kdin Jenzen, is also a trans woman, making the scene a very real moment for anyone who knows that.
    • Ruby's journey through the Ever After in Volume 9 while dealing with Imposter Syndrome and eventually learning to just be herself at the end of the Volume. After "Of Solitude and Self" was released, Kerry Shawcross also tweeted his constant issues with Imposter Syndrome. While he was working on the volume ever since mid-2020 however, he learned to just be himself and became more positive as a result while working on the show.
    • The Volume 9 Epilogue Animatic deals with themes such as hope and uncertainty with everybody unclear about the future war with Salem, mirroring how uncertain the future of RWBY is overall following Rooster Teeth’s shutdown, and the possibility of the show either continuing under a new company or Warner Bros. possibly shelving the entire franchise with no hope of any continuation if it didn’t find a buyer.
  • 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 palette 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.
    • 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.
    • Inverted Fate: Bratty and Catty's get-up as part of the Guard is clearly based off Yang and Ruby.
    • Sleepless Domain: Following Penny's death in Volume 8, a background character in this page bears a suspicious resemblance to her. The author would later confirm that this was an intentional tribute.
    • The Matrix Resurrections: Early in the film, a statuette of Blake Belladonna can be seen in the background in Thomas Anderson's office.
  • Release Date Change:
    • "Ultimatum" was initially going to be released on February 20th, 2021, but the then recent snowstorms over the Austin, Texas area (which left many of the staff members without electricity for several days) caused the show team to push the episode back a week to February 27th.
    • Volume 9 was originally planned to first release in 2022, but was pushed back to February 18th, 2023 instead.
  • 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, who voiced Qrow, was dropped from the show in February 2019 (shortly after Volume 6 finished airing) in the wake of sexual misconduct allegations. The character was eventually recast with Jason Liebrecht, beginning with Volume 7.
    • After it was revealed that RT Animation was abusing their employees with unpaid overtime and false promises to work for free, CEO Matt Hullum revealed that the division's head, Gray Haddock, had stepped down from his position to serve exclusively as a creative consultant. Later when Roman made another appearance in the series, he was instead voiced by Billy Kametz with some of his lines also being done by Christopher Wehkamp who also took over the role from Kametz in Ice Queendom due to Billy Kametz's passing in 2022.
    • Port's VA, Ryan Haywood, exited from Rooster Teeth in October 2020 due to sexual misconduct allegations. Port was eventually recast with Anthony Sardinha.
  • Same Voice Their Entire Life: Jessica Nigri voices Cinder Fall through all stages of her life, including the flashbacks where she was sold into slavery as a child.
  • Saved from Development Hell: Volume 5's Japanese dub was in development limbo for some time without an official announcement regarding the series' continuation. That was until June 2021 when Warner announced that the fifth through seventh volumes would be released between August and October of that year.
  • Series Hiatus: The show took an extended break after Volume 8 due to COVID-19 causing production issues, and as a result of needing to work on both Volume 9 and a Justice League crossover film for Warner Bros., along with working on the War For Cybertron trilogy and Tekken: Bloodline. There was no season premiere in either 2021 or 2022, but the anime spin-off RWBY: Ice Queendom began airing in June 2022.
  • 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).
  • 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.
  • Throw It In!: Originally, Ironwood was only intended to have one singular pistol. However, the staff who adapted his design for the tie-in game Amity Arena gave him two, pointing out that he already had two holsters. The show staff ran with it, incorporating it into Ironwood’s role in the Atlas arc.
  • 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 was delayed for two months after Monty Oum Died During Production, preventing the first episode from being premiered at RTX 2015 as planned. Since he was the team's expert in the outdated Poser software the show had used up to that point, CRWBY struggled to finish episodes on time (the final chapter was only submitted with hours to spare). Though the volume was considered a success, it was the last to use Poser. Beginning with the next volume, the more mainstream Maya was used.
    • Volume 5 suffered from severe constraints. CRWBY created three character shorts meant to hype the volume, which ate into the budget; on top of that, Rooster Teeth's animation resources were diverted into the first season of gen:LOCK, which also took out Gray Haddock from returning as co-director. The script-writing was particularly rough, with lots of content being pushed to the next volume. The volume's second half was finished with hours to spare before release. A combination of staff and fan dissatisfaction led to the Production Posse rethinking their approach for future volumes.
    • CRWBY attempted to avoid any hassles during the COVID-19 Pandemic by taking a seven-week mid-season break to complete the second half of Volume 8. It seemed to pay off, only for an episode to be delayed for a week due to weather-related power shortages in Texas. Production was hampered enough that the final chapter was finished the week before release. The release of the volume's official soundtrack was later delayed by a family emergency.
    • Volume 9 lost an entire episode due to budget mismanagement, forcing the writers to hastily kitbash several scripts and concepts together to compensate. It also eventually came out that Rooster Teeth's budget for the season was low enough that more episodes were at risk of being cut before Crunchyroll bought exclusivity of the season for a year.
  • 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.
  • Word of Saint Paul:
    • Jen Brown (Pyrrha's VA) revealed that one of the first things Monty told her about Pyrrha was that she was going to die.
    • 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 is 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 written by Shirow Miwa 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 show's writers did work with 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.
    • According to her VA Kara Eberle, Weiss is attracted, romantically or otherwise, to mature, heroic, compassionate, "take-charge" types, incidentally (or not..) tracking with how she saw her grandfather, Nicholas Schnee; hence her early admiration towards Pyrrha (to the point of idolization in her mindscape shown in Ice Queendom), attraction to Neptune (until the latter's "cool" facade breaks at the time of the Vytal dance), and in Volume 9, to an aged-up Jaune Arc, who as the Rusted Knight has been her favorite fairy-tale hero, outright purring at his becoming so... "mature".
    • According to Barbara Dunkelman, Blake and Yang being in love and becoming an Official Couple was something planned 10 years ago.
    • Volume 9 animator Arryn Troche stated in a tweet, shortly after the release of "Confessions Within Cumulonimbus Clouds", that they felt Yang, as well as her father Tai, are pansexual.
  • 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.
  • Writing by the Seat of Your Pants: While the writers have made it clear that chunks of the show are fully planned out in advance (such as the events of Volume 3), they have also admitted to several instances of last-minute writing as well:
    • Miles and Kerry handled the writing while Monty handled the animation. Monty often put scenes into the show at the last minute, or completely redid scenes at the last minute if Rule of Cool inspiration hit him. For example, Penny's fight in the Volume 1 finale was a last-minute addition, and meant that her Robot Girl reveal in Volume 2 occurred earlier than intended.
    • Some last-minute changes were made due to animation logistics. For example, they had a plan to introduce a character, but hadn't really decided when. When Monty realized that animating Roman escaping Team RWBY onto an airship would be too hard to animate, Neo was produced from an existing design (inspired by a cosplayer) and given an ability that would solve the logistic issue. This meant they had to do last-minute animation changes to some earlier scenes to insert her into the background in preparation for Roman's escape.
    • Team CFVY had been planned for some time but Velvet was originally intended to be a one-off character. Upon seeing the fan response to her, they decided to make her a recurring character and a member of Team CFVY. The team was also inserted at the last minute into the Final Battle of Volume 2, which meant the episode was barely completed before their airtime deadline.
  • You Sound Familiar:
    • Adam Ellis, who voiced Cardin Winchester, would later go on to voice Tukson beginning with Volume 2.
    • Luci Christian first appeared as Lil' Miss Malachite in the Volume 6 episode "Uncovered". She later voiced Fria for her appearances in Volume 7 and Little in Volume 9.
    • 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.
    • Dawn M. Bennett voiced An Ren in Volume 4 and Elm Ederne beginning with Volume 7.
    • Anairis Quiñones first appeared as Harriet Bree in the seventh Volume. She later appeared as Councilwoman Camilla.
    • Jason Liebrecht, Qrow's regular voice actor since Volume 7, later voiced the Hound for his appearances in Volume 8.
    • Chris Guerrero first appeared as the Faunus blacksmith in Volume 4. He would later go on to voice Dudley in Volume 6 as well as the Herbalist in Volume 9.


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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