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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:
  • 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 allowed, 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 considered harbingers of misfortune and death, the creators only stated they adopted the name because they liked it.
  • Author Existence Failure: After a severe allergic reaction left him comatose, Monty Oum died 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.
  • 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: As mentioned above, the show is so popular it inspires spin-offs and big events, and also impressive quantities of merchandise - helps it won RT 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.
  • Christmas Rushed: Every episode is only finished days before its release, and thus crunch time is very common - Miles and Kerry recall spending overnight on RT's office when finishing Volume 1. It got even worse in Volume 6, where many of crew also had to work on gen:LOCK (see Troubled Production below).
  • Creator Backlash:
    • Miles Luna admitted prior to Volume 5 that he was painfully aware of how often Yang got shafted for screentime and plot relevance, 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.
  • 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.
  • 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:
    • Monty Oum voiced Lie Ren in Volumes 1 and 2, and would have voiced Qrow if not for his Author Existence Failure.
    • 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.
    • Writer Miles Luna voices Jaune Arc.
    • 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 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.
  • 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 a question, but is interrupted by Ozpin's answer, who anticipated what the question was before it was asked: Ruby was asking the fandom's biggest question about Ozpin's cane: is it 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 may be connected to Pyrrha in some way.
  • 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)
  • 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 is quite expected.
    • 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 out 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".
  • In Memoriam: The credit roll of Volume 3 ends with a dedication to Monty, showing his signature flanked by the messages "Monty Oum, 1981-2015" and "We love you, Monty".
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  • 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 succumbing to a severe 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 one 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
    • The animator for the SLVR fan trailers, was hired by Rooster Teeth (however, he works for Death Battles, not RWBY)
    • 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.
    • Cristina Valenzuela expressed her desire to join the show via tweet way back in 2016. She has been cast in Volume 7.
  • 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.
  • Recycled Script: A Magnificent Bastard villain making a team of heroes look bad while making one of their own look good and innocent in the eyes of the public to hide nefarious plans to harm the city? Is that Volume 3's second half or X-Ray & Vav's Season 2 second half?
  • Referenced by...:
    • In Inverted Fate, Bratty and Catty's new get-up as part of the Guard is clearly based off Yang and Ruby.
    • A poster of RWBY can be seen in the final trailer of Doctor Sleep.
  • 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. He was replaced by Jason Liebrecht as the voice of Qrow.
  • 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 Volume 3 and 4 finales 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 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 6 and gen:LOCK were produced back to back, forcing the animators to go through an intense period of crunch time to get both shows done. Soon after gen:LOCK wrapped, Rooster Teeth's Glassdoor page was filled with reviews discussing the terrible working conditions, with one source claiming that as much as a third of Volume 6 was effectively made for free because of the company's refusal to pay overtime.
  • Video Source: Provides one of the videos for Big Damn Heroes.
  • What Could Have Been:
    • Professor Ozpin was originally supposed to be voiced by Monty Oum himself, but he decided that he wasn't the right fit. Matt Hullum (the voice of Sarge from Red vs. Blue) also auditioned for the part.
      • Speaking of Monty, he would have voiced Qrow Branwen had he not passed away. The role instead went to Vic Mignogna.
    • Gavin Free was originally slated to voice Junior.
    • Many scrapped ideas regarding character design were shown on the panels at RTX 2013:
      • Ruby's hair was originally going to be gray, because Monty wanted to evoke a kind of wolf-like appearance for her. He mentioned later that Ruby's current hairstyle still looks kinda "wolfy". Her cape was also originally going to have a muff-like thing around her neck, but animation issues restricted that.
      • Both Ozpin and Glynda were going to have more cape elements in their design, but they were scrapped for the same reason as Ruby's cape-muff.
      • Roman Torchwick's early designs had a striped scarf.
      • Team RWBY wasn't supposed to have hair colors that matched their theme colors, and everyone but Yang was a brunette. So, Yang was the only one who ended up keeping her original hair color.
      • Melanie and Miltia are built off early designs for Ruby and Weiss.
    • Jaune's original line after Ruby killed the Nevermore was going to be a quiet, awestruck, "Bye bye, birdy."
    • Professor Oobleck was originally going to be a boring, lethargic teacher.
    • Glynda originally had an Australian accent.
    • By the original plans, Jaune was actually on the right track in the cave in Players and Pieces, because the relics were going to be inside assorted Grimm, including the Deathstalker stinger.
    • Nora was originally meant to have a sash that wrapped around her waist, and ended in two long tails. Monty scrapped the idea because he thought it would be too hard to animate.
    • RWBY Volume 2: Production Diary 1 describes Velvet as simply having been created for the sole purpose for demonstrating the discrimination Faunus face, but fan response to her was so positive that she was further written into the story for Volume 2.
      Kerry: It's a good thing we didn't go-we almost went with a dude with an elephant trunk. Probably wouldn't have turned out—
      Miles and Kerry: Not as good.
    • Early art for Ren implies that he was originally intended to be a more androgynous or even female character wielding a sword.
    • Early art for Blake gave her heterochromia and two differently colored cat ears.
    • Monty's earliest doodles of Yang, Pyrrha and Weiss show some minor differences.
      • Yang's pants and some highlights of her clothes were yellow and she had a different style belt. Her promotional art still has her skirt with a more pleated/segmented look as well.
      • Pyrrha had some armor covering her sash instead of a belt, extra armor on one leg, and no tiara or ponytail.
      • Weiss' clothes weren't as detailed, her jacket lacked it's red collar, is missing her black undershirt and had a different ponytail. There was also a few early designs for her snowflake emblem.
    • Different production art that was released showed that Weiss originally had a beauty mark instead of a scar, and that Myrtenaster's hilt was built more like a complete gun rather than just the revolver mechanism.
    • Something that mistakenly made it into the White trailer in a few shots was that the Dust in the mechanism in Myrtenaster was all red, as opposed to the multicolored seen in the series proper. Each would still have had different properties, but Monty initially disliked the idea of having a rainbow used on the design before deciding that it would make things clearer overall.
    • Cinder at one point had incredibly long, flowing sleeves similar to Weiss.
    • Penny's curbstomp of the White Fang forces, where she clearly shows signs of being a robot (weapon popping out of her back, inhuman strength even by the standards of what had been shown, firing energy beams in a very mechanical fashion), was not intended to be in Episode 16, and was added by Monty without prior knowledge. This is clear in the DVD commentary, where Miles Luna makes it clear he had intended Penny stopping the van to be the first indication of Penny's true power and identity.
    • During Mercury and Emerald's Establishing Character Moment of their assassination of Tukson, the crew considered adding an extra shot of some of Tukson's blood on a wall.
    • During Best Day Ever, the first food Yang caught was going to be a cherry with stem, then she reveals the stem with a knot tied in it (you can see her 'hold small object' hand pose when she does the 'with a Yang' pun), but they decided that was a hair too risque.
    • Ren originally grabbed a pair of cucumbers during the food fight, but they were changed to leeks after a lot of "Is he hitting Yang with a pair of green dicks?" reactions.
    • Russel Thrush was originally Russel Crow.
      Monty: I had to slap that one out of the air.
    • CRDL was originally pronounced something like 'Crow'.
    • Starting with Volume 3, we can only wonder what the series might have been like had Monty Oum lived to keep working on it. He was reportedly far more involved in the animation than the writing, but given what kind of show this is and several instances of Monty inserting ideas into the show just because he thought they would be cool, it's sadly a major creative loss.
    • Velvet's Hunter outfit's design had several options, ranging from a hood with holes to let her ears through, a lengthy raincoat plus a variant with rolled coat tails, and even a back ribbon that was considered for Nora's outfit. Most of these designs were scrapped for a simplistic model.
    • There was going to be a Nora and Pyrrha vs. Sun and Neptune fight during the Vytal Festival Tournament, but it was cut due to not having any real relevance to the plot and being short on time.
    • Warner Bros. Japan asked Burnie Burns to include a Hot Springs Episode in the future. Burns staunchly refused due to Ruby's age.
    • Crescent Rose was originally much more sniper-like, looking almost like a Barret Sniper rifle with a scythe blade added onto it.
    • invoked Originally, the Atlas Cargo Pilot was going to have a line about his boyfriend back in Atlas, but the writers realized that having their first LGBT character be a morally ambiguous bit character who died in the second episode he was in would be in poor taste.
    • Before the show premiered, Corsac and Fennec Albain were going to be the villains of Volume 1. Then came Roman Torchwick, who stole the show beyond anyone's expectations. The Albains would later become the overarching villains of Blake's story in Volumes 4 and 5.
    • The Apathy was one of the first Grimm designed. However, the creators realized that they'd be too strong for Team RWBY in the early volumes, so it took until volume 6 for them to appear. There was also discussion of whether other Grimm would be affected by the Apathy, with an emaciated Beowolf too weak to hunt humans being in concept for a while.
      • Miles during the Volume 4 commentary mentions that his "Favorite Grimm" was left on the cutting room floor. With the knowledge since then that the Apathy were this Grimm, it means RNJR nearly encountered them on the way to Mistral.
    • Volume 6 was originally meant to have 14 episodes like Volume 5, but due to unknown production reasons (commonly suspected to be the cost of producing the extra-large episode "The Lost Fable") it lost an episode and had its contents merged with the 13th episode.
  • 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 Luna approved of the line.
  • 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. (This is probably a case of Trolling Creator).
    • 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.
    • 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.
  • Written by Cast Member: Miles Luna is Jaune, Kerry Shawcross is Neptune, and Monty Oum was Ren.


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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