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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:
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  • 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.
    • 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.
  • Ascended Fanon: In a show where this is part of the character writing process, there are several examples:
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    • 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 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.
  • 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 Monty Oum's death, his character Lie Ren has been voiced by Oum's brother, Neath.
  • Character-Specific Pages:
  • 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.
    • Garrett Hunter, the voice of Adam Taurus, has admitted that he felt Adam's narrative potential was never fully realised, saying in 2019 shortly after Volume 6 that "they never used the character to his potential."
    • 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. Some crew members who drew fanart or expressed excitement with the ship expressed similar regret.
    • 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, who voices Ruby Rose, is married to Sun Wukong's voice actor Michael Jones.
    • Yuri Lowenthal, Mercury's second voice actor, is married to Tara Platt, who voiced Kali Belladonna.
    • 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. He 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."
  • Crossdressing Voices: Lindsay Jones and Josh Grelle are both non-binary. Their characters, Ruby and Tyrian, are female and male respectively.
  • 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: Some of the show's Production Posse have served as voice actors. For example:
    • For the first two volumes, Lie Ren was voiced by series creator Monty Oum.
    • 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.
    • Executive producer and Rooster Teeth co-founder Burnie Burns voices Taiyang Xiao Long.
    • Animator Shane Newville voices Russel Thrush.
    • Roman Torchwick is voiced by ex-Rooster Teeth Animation head Gray G. Haddock.
    • Writer Miles Luna voices Jaune Arc.
    • Barbara Dunkelman, RT's Creative Director, is the voice of 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 brother, Neath Oum, took over voice acting for Monty’s character, Ren.
  • 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 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 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 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.
  • 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.
    • After the World of Remnant episode "The Four Maidens" streamed in early 2016, several fans immediately predicted that Ozpin was the Wizard from the tale. This was confirmed in the fifth volume.
    • 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". Then she dies and passes the power on to Winter in the next volume, showing that the setup wasn't for nothing.
  • In Memoriam:
    • A dedication for Monty Oum appears in the end credits of "End of the Beginning", which aired one year after his sudden death. It includes his signature, as well as his years of birth and death, and the message "We love you, Monty".
    • The Volume 7 finale, "The Enemy of Trust", aired five years after Oum's death. A dedication was once again included in the end credits, this time with the message "We still love you, Monty."
  • 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 Itō 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.
    • Likewise, after controversies surrounding Port's voice actor Ryan Haywood, he was dropped and replaced with Anthony Sardinha, starting with the Switch port of RWBY: Grimm Eclipse.
  • 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, 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.
  • Playing Their Own Twin:
    • Maggie Tominey plays the Malachite twins, Melanie and Miltia.
    • In a similar vein, the twin stepsisters are played by Amanda Lee.
  • 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.
    • Amanda Lee has done three covers of songs for the show and gets to join the cast in Volume 8.
    • 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:
    • Like her character May Marigold, Kdin Jenzen is a transgender woman.
    • Arryn Zech revealed on a livestream that Blake Belladonna, just like herself, is bisexual.
  • Quote Source:
  • 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 died 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 this volume, 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.
    • 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 that personal bonds and the pain of loss are meaningless. Ren explodes at that, furiously telling them that 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 in to the role after the death of his brother Monty, the creator of the show and Ren's original voice actor.
      • 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.
  • 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.
    • 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.
  • 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 from Fullmetal Alchemist.
      • 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.
    • Port's VA, Ryan Haywood, exited from Rooster Teeth in October 2020 due to allegations of sexual misconduct. Anthony Sardinha took his place as Port's new VA.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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 had a two-month delay 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). Volume 3 was considered a success, but it was the last volume 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 Volume 8's official soundtrack was later delayed by a family emergency.
  • Video Source: Provides one of the videos for Big Damn Heroes.
  • What Could Have Been: Enough for its 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.
  • Word of God:
    • 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 clarified that Summer is definitively dead, not just missing.
    • A livestream done by the cast and crew a day before the Volume 3 finale confirmed that Roman Torchwick did not survive being eaten by the Griffon during "Heroes and Monsters".
    • Jen Brown (Pyrrha's VA) revealed that one of the first things Monty told her about Pyrrha was that she was going to die.
    • Miles and Kerry confirmed during an AfterBuzz livestream that Salem is not the original Winter Maiden. Their similar designs were 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 just independent ideas he had and then edited to fit RWBY. To give two examples: "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 their origins. He continues, stating that they put their own spin on it instead of retelling it as they are not interested in that.
    • While many believed 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 reiterate the point.
  • 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 show's writers 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.
  • 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 realised 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.
    • 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.


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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