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"May dust be brought to dust but not bring despair, for there is no futility even in death."

SLVR (pronounced "silver") is a fan-made series created by YouTuber Mark Zhang. It is based off of RoosterTeeth's Animesque series RWBY.

With the exception of the Charcoal Trailer, each trailer focuses on the members of Team SLVR.

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  • Action Girl: Vella, Ragora and Lysette certainly are, but then again, what else did you expect of a fan series set in RWBY, where virtually any female character has a weapon that's also a gun and can kick your ass?
  • Aerith and Bob: Brandon is pretty much the only normal name out of the entire cast of SLVR. The others have names like Lycan, Simin and Ragora.
  • All There in the Manual: Details like the character names, weapons and semblances are revealed in the video descriptions of the YouTube videos.
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  • Ambiguous Situation: The Charcoal Trailer offers little in the way of information, even after The Reveal of Brandon being a member and possibly key figure of Pandora. What was inside the container he stole from the "Jade Ninjas"? Why was he targeting it?
  • An Ax To Grind: Ragora's weapon is a shotgun-slash-battle ax.
  • An Ice Person: Lysette's semblance lets her drop the temperature of virtually anything she touches. Combined with Ice Dust, she can create structures of ice, and at one point in the Regalia Trailer, freezes Ragora solid.
  • Animal Motif: Wolves for Lycan, since he's a Faunus, and swans for Lysette.
  • Ascended Fan Boy: Meta-wise, Mark Zhang created the Charcoal Trailer as tribute for Monty Oum, sometime following his passing. It garnered overwhelm praise and even caught the attention of RoosterTeeth. Though he's not a member of their staff, Zhang was hired to do fight animations for ScrewAttack's Death Battle.
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  • Back-to-Back Badasses: When Team SLVR is finally gathered in the later half of the Regalia Trailer, this trope is invoked to the max, as Lycan rushes in and takes down Armors left and right like it's going out of fashion with Simin before Vella appears and provides support.
  • Big Bad:
    • The White Fang and an Expy of the White Fang Lieutenant from Volume 2 are the antagonists of the Silver Trailer, apparently looting a warehouse where Simin is staking out.
    • The "sword and shield" androids in the Viridian Trailer, which are chasing after Vella for unknown reasons.
    • The Grimm are natural antagonists in the Linen Trailer, inhabiting a ruined city that Lycan is exploring, though his final opponent is a Grimm-possessed Armor.
    • Lysette Atratus, a member of Pandora, is the antagonist of the Regalia Trailer, leading a platoon of Armors and demanding Ragora to surrender before engaging her.
    • It's implied that Brandon is this to Team SLVR, as he is either a member of Pandora or a key figure in the organization, since he's seen with the Armors.
  • Blood Knight: Lycan. His Establishing Character Moment has him jump head-first against a bunch of Grimm. And when it looks like he's about to face off against the Omega Beowolf, he cracks a grin and cracks his knuckles. And then there's his appearance in Regalia...
  • Blow You Away: What Simin's wind dust generated lance can do, creating a large tornado upon impact that sucks in his enemies and throw them around.
  • Book-Ends: The first trailer in the series, Charcoal, ended with Brandon obtaining the Jade Ninjas cargo and left the bridge by ship. At the end of the Regalia Trailer, Team SLVR is all gathered and watches that same ship descend in front of them. This serves as an excellent way to bring all the trailers together in full circle, especially with the possibility of Team SLVR and Brandon about to engage.
  • Call-Back: In RWBY Volume 2, it was mentioned that infusing clothes with Dust was actually a thing, being an age-old technique. Simin's weapon of choice? A Dust-infused jacket that lets him make weapons out of the stuff, ranging from swords, shields and spears.
  • The Cameo: The White Fang and the Grimm appear in the Silver and Linen Trailers respectively, serving as the main antagonists to the trailer's respective hero.
  • Colour-Coded for Your Convenience: Much like in RWBY, each character's name and overall attire is themed after a color, reflected by the trailers they appear in. Charcoal for Brandon, Silver for Simin, Linen for Lycan, Viridian for Vella and Regalia for Ragora.
  • Cool Hat: Brandon sports a rather spiffy hat that'd make even Roman envious, and Ragora sports a witch's hat.
  • Deadpan Snarker: Ragora, full-stop. Her response to Lysette asking her to surrender?
    Ragora: Hm... I'll consider it if you hand over the Radiant.
  • Expy:
    • Hm, Little Bit Beastly going for him, hot-headed and his weapon more or less gives him sharp claws... So, what'cha doin' here Logan?
    • Lysette to Winter Schnee. Lysette has similar features to her and Weiss to the point where she could almost be mistaken for a Schnee herself, and has a rather strict personality.
  • Faceless Mooks: The Armors are autonomous machine knights and serve as cannon fodder for Pandora. The only known instance of them being Elite Mooks is if they're possessed by possession-type Grimm, as shown in the Linen Trailer.
  • Great Bow: Vella's weapon of choice is a rifle-slash-bow.
  • Hijacked by Ganon: The Armor that Lycan faces in the Linen Trailer is noticeably much more powerful than the ones in the Regalia Trailer. In the video description for Regalia, the Armor was taken over by a possession-type Grimm similar to a Geist.
  • Impossibly Cool Clothes: Simin's jacket is a noteworthy example, as it's been infused with Dust.
  • Light Is Not Good: Lysette is dressed in a white military outfit, and she's certainly not an ally of SLVR.
  • Little Bit Beastly: Lycan is a Faunus, though his animal features are rather hard to spot at first. His Faunus trait is his eyes and teeth, which have narrowed slits similar to a wolf, and his teeth are like fangs.
  • Meaningful Name:
    • Brandon's name is an allusion to Nicholas Flammel, the French scribe reported to be a legendary alchemist that discovered the secrets of immortality. His weapon, Magnum Opus, is even a reference to the process used to create the Philosopher's Stone.
    • Simin's last name, Megistus, is in reference to Hermes Trismegistus, the Greek name of the Egyptian god Thoth, who was affiliated with many things such as wisdom, mathematics, writing, magic, and the moon, which ties into the SLVR's lunar theme.
    • Lycan alludes to Lycaon, a king of the Greek nation Arcadia who, according to myths, killed his son and tried to feed his roasted remains to Zeus, the king of the gods, to test his divinity. As punishment, Zeus turned Lycaon and the rest of his children into wolves, becoming one of the first werewolves in ancient cultures, even lending his name to the alternative term "lycanthrope".
    • Vella's name is a reference to Vellamo, the Finnish goddess of the waters and wife of fellow sea god Ahti. She is known mainly for having a tall and beautiful stature, giving blessings to fishermen, wearing a blue dress made of sea foam, and possessing powers over the winds, storms, and waves.
    • Ragora Cinarum is a shortened derivative of the Mandragora Offcinarum, aka the purple-colored mandrake flower. It was used in witchcraft as a medium for spiritual familiars to reside in, due to the unique, man-shaped appearance of the root itself.
    • Lysette comes from the Danish term Lyset, meaning "The Light", while her surname, Atratus refers to the Cygnus Atratus, the black swan. It's also implied that Lysette may or may not be based off of the Denmark fairy tale "The Ugly Duckling," given her swan motif.
  • Playing with Fire: Brandon's semblance lets him heat up anything he touches. He uses this with his weapon, which heats up the blade and lets him easily slice through his opponents and increases the power of his weapon's gun form, shooting through three enemies at once. Simin's jacket is infused with Dust and lets him make weapons with the same attribute as the Dust he's currently using: when using Fire Dust, he uses a BFS made out of fire.
  • Red Eyes, Take Warning: Brandon has red eyes, and he took down his attackers without being hit once.
  • Red Oni, Blue Oni: While we don't know who's partner is who, Lycan is most definitely the Red Oni to his team's Blue Oni, easily being the most hot-blooded of the bunch.
  • The Reveal: The Regalia Trailer opens up with the final member of Team SLVR, Ragora, infiltrating an occupied fortress protected by Armors. They were first seen in a still-shot at the end of the Charcoal Trailer and reappeared in Linen as a Grimm-possessed enemy. And it turns out they're Faceless Mooks that are the cannon fodders of a group called Pandora, of which Brandon Charbonneau is either a member or key figure of.
  • Slasher Smile: When Ragora delivers the final blow to Lysette, something similar to Adam's Moonslice happens where the screen turns black-and-purple, and Ragora has a demonic purple grin spread across her face.
  • Suddenly Voiced: From Charcoal to Viridian, the characters didn't so much as even let out a grunt. Linen was the first known use of voice-acting in the series, though Lycan didn't actually talk, he just let out battle cries and roars. It wasn't until the Regalia trailer that voice acting was used.
  • Summon Magic: Ragora's semblance, aptly named "familiar" ties into her witch theme as it lets her summon a purple dragon-looking head that can shoot explosive shots at her enemies, though it mostly just tries to take a bite out of you.
  • The Last of These Is Not Like the Others: Could also be Early Installment Weirdness, but the Charcoal Trailer didn't feature any of Team SLVR, likely because they weren't conceptualized at that point. It also probably helps the fact that Brandon is an antagonist.
  • Wham Shot: In Linen, Lycan's about to go up against a souped-up Beowolf...only for it to get killed by a Grimm-possessed machine knight — one of the ones seen behind Brandon at the end of the Charcoal Trailer. They later reappear in Regalia, serving as the primary force of the Pandora organization, signifying that Brandon is an antagonist.
  • You Gotta Have Blue Hair: Vella and Regora have viridian and purple-colored hair respectively.

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