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A work of blood, sweat, and tears in trying to repair a show with infinite potential left to squander in a desert of idiocy.

Fixing RWBY is a video series by Celtic Phoenix Productions on YouTube. As the title suggests, the videos have him air his grievances with the web cartoon series RWBY, and give his thoughts on how he would have tackled the series if he could.

As such, the series is essentially a Fix Fic without the actual fanfic. Instead, the fixing is done in more of a brainstorming/story outlining format, with each video consisting of him going over lore, revamped character arcs/backstories, and major story beats.

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Fixing RWBY can be seen using this playlist.

Spoilers for RWBY are untagged below. Read at your own risk.


Fixing RWBY provides examples of:

  • Adaptational Angst Upgrade: Naturally since this version is a Darker and Edgier version of the original show.
    • In season 1 team RWBY has a much harder time getting along and it isn't until the season finale do they become a cohesive team.
    • Nora seems to have self-worth issues that manifest as jealousy towards Pyrrha. She never got to talk or apologize to Pyrrha about their fight before Pyrrha's death.
    • Arslan also has self-worth issues, constantly trying to prove her worth against Pyrrha to show that her own prowess was from hard work instead of nepotism.note  Losing to JNPR causes Arslan to go through a total breakdown.
    • Things got even worse during the fall of Beacon:
      • Penny is infected with a virus that allows Cinder to control her; during the PvP round, Penny is fully aware that she is being controlled but can do nothing about it. It's also clear that there's a real chance Penny can't be rebuilt because the chip that contains her memories and personality was heavily damaged.
      • Ciel is present when Penny died and is shown mourning over her.
      • By the end of the fall Roy is presumably killed by a Nevermorenote , Fox is gravely injured by Adam, Cardin loses an eye, Velvet's ear is partially cut off, and Neptune is bound to a wheelchair from being impaled in the spine by a Paladin mech.
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    • Roman Torchwick is revealed to have one by being the Sole Survivor of the Apathy-induced death of Brunswick Farms.
    • Vernal isn't just Raven's subordinate in this version but rather her biological daughter. Not only that, but a significant amount of time is spent on Weiss bonding with Vernal. Yang's realization that she had a half-sister only after she had died and Weiss finding out that Vernal actually valued the time they spent together causes both of them to emotionally break down. Raven takes it hard as well, especially when her attempts to obscure Vernal's death end up alienating her from her tribe.
  • Adaptational Badass: Changes to Volume 1 and 2 make the Creatures of Grimm a far more serious and dangerous threat, one that team RWBY are only barely able to fight against.
  • Adaptational Early Appearance:
    • Neo, Tukson, and Team CFVY debut in Volume 1 instead of Volume 2.note 
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    • Ciel debuts, and Scarlet and Sage are properly introduced, in Volume 2 instead of Volume 3.
    • Not so much a character but rather a battle. The Belladonna assassination attempt becomes the climax for Blake's arc in Volume 4 instead of 5.
  • Adaptational Intelligence: Raven's attempt to steal the Relic of Knowledge to protect herself was a bad case of Didn't Think This Through, as Yang points out that Salem would dedicate all of her resources to taking it from her. in Fixing RWBY, Raven has a concrete objective for the Relic other than protecting herself. She first tries to destroy the Relic with her Maiden powers. When she found the Relic is Made of Indestructium, she intended to go to Plan B and bury the Relic hundreds of miles down beneath the surface among ruins that ward away the Grimm in the hopes of preventing Salem from ever finding it.
  • Adaptational Jerkass:
    • Weiss' initial Fantastic Racism is turned up to the point where she says Faunus are naturally subservient to humans. She also states that it's childish to think that Faunus on the same level as humans. It's so offensive a rant that all her teammates get mad at her. She is also much more of an Alpha Bitch initially, actively defying Ruby's orders because she wanted to be the team leader, always pushed the blame onto her teammates, and refused to interact with them unless she was required to, and tried to transfer into another team.
    • Downplayed with Nora. While she's still just as sweet and bubbly as her original counterpart, she harbored intense jealousy towards Pyrrha because Pyrrha always gets the praise from the crowd when JNPR appears. She straight-up tells Pyrrha that she must be addicted to the attention and that Nora is better than Pyrrha. She also lashes out at Jaune, claiming the only reason Jaune is any good as a huntsman is because Pyrrha helped him and he wouldn't have done it on his own.
    • Team ABRN are more vindictive in this version instead of the blank slates that they were in the original. Special mention goes to Arslan who doesn't believe Ren, Nora, or Pyrrha are "true Mistralians" because of their backgrounds being different ethnic groups that were absorbed in Mistral.
    • Leonardo Lionheart is far more bitter and resentful to Ozpin than in canon, where he regrets betraying him but was too afraid to fight Salem after learning the truth. In Fixing RWBY, Leo hated Ozpin for forcing him to bear the burden of being Mistral's headmaster, though his reasons for hating him arguably also make him more sympathetic than his canon counterpart.
  • Adaptation Name Change:
    • Though the spelling of SSSN remains the same, it's now pronounced "season" rather than "sun".
    • In Volume 5, in order to downplay the Punny Name, "Shay D. Mann" is changed to "Shiloh Mann".
    • In the same Volume, Vernal's real name is actually "Lily".
  • Adaptational Nice Guy: Raven isn't surmised to be nothing more than a Dirty Coward like in canon. Instead, she became disillusioned with Ozpin after discovering that his conflict with Salem was a Forever War that only killed generations upon generations of good hunters and huntresses for a cause that they didn't know was pointless.
  • Adaptation Relationship Overhaul:
    • In canon both Shay D. Mann and Vernal were just subordinates in regards to Raven. In Fixing RWBY Volume 5 it's revealed that Vernal is Raven's biological daughter, a fact which also makes her Yang's half-sister. And Shiloh is Vernal's father and Raven's lover.
    • Ozpin is a lot less tangentially involved with the death of Hazel's sibling, a brother named Magnus in this continuity, this time around, being that said sibling was one of his previous hosts rather than just a student of his who was killed.
  • Adaptation Species Change: Faunus are not considered a single species, rather a blanket category for many different species.
  • Adaptational Sympathy: Lionheart in canon is treated as a reluctant Dirty Coward who simply didn't have it in him to face Salem. Here, it's less that he lost his nerve and more that he crossed the Despair Event Horizon. As a Faunus, half of the kingdom hated him while the other half looked to him as some kind of savior or symbol. The pressure proved too much and Leo finally reached the tipping point when he saw the futility of fighting Salem.
  • Adaptational Wimp: Ruby's abilities are toned down at the start for realism.note  This is done in order to make Grimm more intimidating and show that Ruby is still just at a beginner's level.
  • Adapted Out: As noted in the post-story commentary for Volume 4, Oscar was excised from the plot due to Celtic seeing no real use in keeping him around, especially when he found a suitable host for Ozpin.
  • Age Lift: Cinder is more obviously older than most other characters. Instead of being disguised as a student when she infiltrates Beacon, she's disguised as a teacher.
  • Alternate Universe Fic: RWBY is rewritten from the ground up with the basics kept intact.
  • Angsty Surviving Twin: The first episode of Volume 5 reveals that Malachite becomes this, hallucinating her sister and going absolutely mad with grief when taking her revenge on very much alive Roman.
  • Ascended Extra:
    • Instead of being a sign of Early-Installment Weirdness and being a bit gag, Yang's friends in episode 2 have designs and have plot relevance.
    • CVFY are introduced in Volume 1 and act as mentors to team RWBY.
    • Neo is a reoccurring villain from Volume 1 and manages to get much more screen time in the Mistral saga.
    • Tukson makes an appearance in Volume 1 and works as part of an underground railroad system for anyone trying to leave the White Fang.
    • Cardin's role is increased in both of the first two volumes.
    • The White Fang Lieutenant serves as The Heavy for Adam Taurus in Volume 2.
    • Ciel becomes a reoccurring character in Volume 2.
    • Roman Torchwick also gets a little more screen time, especially in his flashbacks and reveal. He graduates to being a full-blown member of the main supporting cast in Volume 5.
  • Blackmail:
    • In the rewrite, instead of threatening Junior with a Groin Attack, Yang threatens him with blackmail. She has a picture of him talking with Roman that she's more than happy to let slip to the police and media.
    • Cardin blackmails Jaune into doing stuff for him in exchange for not telling that Jaune faked his way into the school. Later Jaune gets back at Cardin by blackmailing him with Blake's help.
  • Big "WHAT?!": Weiss shrieks out a "What?!" that can be heard across the entire Bandit Camp when she learns Raven is using Myrtenaster as a rotisserie spit.
  • Bully Brutality: Cardin's bullying goes as far to cause Velvet physical harm. This is Blake's last straw. She stands up to Velvet against Cardin.
  • Composite Character:
    • Yang takes up Sun's role in Volume 1.
    • A plot twist reveals that Roman ends up being Ozpin's Reincarnation instead of Oscar.
    • Melanie Malachite ends up taking the place of Neo Politan in canon as the revenge driven woman who hunts the protagonists. Where Neo wanted to kill Cinder and then later Ruby to avenge Roman, Melanie wants to kill Roman to avenge her twin Miltia.
  • Cyborg: Neptune suffered a spinal injury in the Fall of Beacon that left him paraplegic. He was given an Atleasian implant to repair the damage and let him walk again after months of physical therapy.
  • Darker and Edgier: In canon, Volumes 1 and 2 are pretty tame. Fixing RWBY adds more drama and darker themes to them.
  • Death by Adaptation:
    • Saber Rodentia is killed in the Belladonna assassination attempt.
    • Miltia Malachite is revealed to have died in the Fall of Beacon.
  • Dude Looks Like a Lady: Roman is shocked to find out that Ren is actually a guy when they get into the hot spring, to Ren's bafflement. They spend the next scene arguing about it with Ren listing off all the clues that he is a guy and Roman defending his assumption with examples of women with those same traits.
  • Early-Bird Cameo: A sick in bed Neo appears as a cameo in the third episode.
  • "Eureka!" Moment: As the Lieutenant keeps fighting during the Breach, he bellows out that humanity will fall against the White Fang. This inspires Ruby to call for the team attack "Forever Fall" to launch the Lieutenant over the blockades and into a horde of Grimm who finish him off.
  • Explain, Explain... Oh, Crap!: When Kali interrogates Ilia about Operation Fenrir she claims that it was pipe dream by the previous white fang leader before Sienna Khan. She explains that it was a full size coup in Mistral that was declared a pipe dream due to it being impossible to occupy all the territory, she then goes on saying that it would be stopped by Atlas and Vale only to realize that Atlas closed it boarders and Vale still recovering from the Fall of Beacon meaning that no longer have anyone who could stop the operation.
  • False Flag Operation: Roman gets the idea to use the White Fang as a scapegoat for his own crimes, hiring Faunus to help in his latest heist and providing them fake uniforms to pass them off as White Fang members. This lands him in hot water when the real White Fang surround him after Season 1.
  • Fantastic Racism:
    • The speciesism between Faunus and humans originates both from jealousy of each other's traits and because they were rivals during early history. Speciesism against Faunus also differs from region to region and sub-species to sub-species.
    • Pyrrha, Nora, and Ren suffer from discrimination by Mistralians because they're not "pure" Mistralian. They're descended from ethnic groups that were dissolved into Mistral.
  • Fantastic Slurs:
  • Faux Affably Evil: Cinder here is imagined as a straighter version of this in the first three volumes compared to her mainline counterpart, behaving less like an overt schemer and all around malicious villain and more like a skilled manipulator capable of acting casual around Mercury and Emerald when she's in the mood. After being horribly scarred by Ruby, this veneer drops entirely, and she acts more like her canon counterpart going forward.
  • Fix Fic: To the point where he has two videos tackling the revised mythology and history of the new story alone.
  • Foreshadowing:
    • Cardin telling Jaune that he can't protect his friends forever in Volume 1 foreshadows Pyrrha's death in Volume 3.
    • One of the stories Ruby and Pyrrha discuss while researching their history paper foreshadows the climaxes of Volumes 2 and 3.
    • Arslan's obsession with beating the "invincible" Pyrrha in early Volume 3 foreshadows Pyrrha's death several episodes later.
  • Gender Flip: As opposed to a sister named Gretchen in the main continuity, Hazel here had a brother named Magnus, who was one of Ozpin's previous hosts.
  • Good Is Not Soft: Ozpin considers this the difference between himself and Ruby. He truly wants to protect mankind and its future, but he's willing to do any Necessarily Evil action to safeguard the world. It's why he feels he has more in common with his new host Roman than with Ruby.
  • Hard-Drinking Party Girl: One change is that Yang's Hard Drinking Party Girl image isn't completely for show. For example, after she gets formally initiated into Beacon she gets drunk and ends up hangover the next day. It borderlines on alcoholism and Yang drinks to deal with her abandonment issues. Coco calls her out on this when Yang decides to drink rather than try and help with the problems Team RWBY are currently facing.
  • Hazy-Feel Turn: As Ozpin's newest host, Roman ends up having to align himself with the heroes, though it has yet to be seen if Roman will turn over a new leaf of his own volition.
  • Heel–Face Turn:
    • Cardin, unlike his canon counterpart, grows to respect the Faunus after being chewed out for his bullying numerous times. During the Fall of Beacon, he goes to look for Velvet on the basis that he feels indebted to her, and protects her and Fox from Adam.
    • Neo Politan, finding herself unable to assassinate Yang like she intended, spends time with and even befriends her as they both recovered in physical therapy. When they both fully recover, Neo joins her in traveling to Anima.
  • Hot Springs Episode: A Breather Episode in season 5 is set in "Onsen Onsen Onsen", a Mistrali bathhouse, where the heroes all relax in hot springs heated by fire dust. Weiss, Yang, and Ruby have their conversations about Blake as in canon, while in the men's bath Roman is surprised to discover Ren's actually a man and the two argue about it.
  • Internal Reveal: Blake being a cat Faunus is changed into one of these. She doesn't have her bow in the Black trailer, so viewers know she's a Faunus passing as a human from the get-go.
  • Know When to Fold 'Em: When Bolin realizes most of his team were knocked out of the ring and JNPR outnumbering him, he quietly drops his staff and surrenders.
  • Little Bit Beastly: Faunus evolved from a common ancestor of humans and are still closely related enough to interbreed. Most faunus are mammalian Faunus. Faunus have quirks that differentiate them from humans, such as improved senses and estrus cycles. The concept of "Faunus" is a relatively recent creation as historically it was deemed a slur. Faunus traditionally saw each other as different species so they rejected the term.
  • Made of Indestructium: The Relics, created by the God of Light, cannot be destroyed or even damaged by mortal means. Even the full might of a Maiden doesn't so much as scuff the Relic of Knowledge.
  • Meaningful Name: Remus's name refers to Romulus's brother and co-founder of Rome. It makes sense then how it becomes a Meaningful Rename to Roman Torchwick, as in torching his past as a Brunswick.
  • The Mentor: Professor Ozpin assigns Team CVFY to mentor Team RWBY after realizing the direction they were going. Coco is especially keen on mentoring Ruby as they're both responsible as team leaders.
  • Mix-and-Match Critter: Dangerous squirrel/monkey (or squirrel/ape) hybrids are mentioned in the third episode. They attack the characters.
  • Mundane Utility: Raven uses a sword as a spit to cook her dinner. Weiss is outraged because it's her sword and family heirloom Myrtenaster.
  • No Body Left Behind: Averted. Unlike in canon, the Grimm leave behind skeletons when they die, their flesh dissolving off of their bones. Scientists study the remains to try and learn about the Grimm and Huntsmen use the bones to prove the worth of the creatures they killed for bounty payments.
  • No MacGuffin, No Winner: Raven attempted to invoke this by destroying or burying the Relic of Knowledge, hoping to keep it out of Salem's hands forever. Unfortunately, the Relic is Made of Indestructium and Team RWBY come to take the Relic away from her.
  • No-Sell: Sun gets knocked to the ground and kicked repeatedly by some human crewmembers of the airship he stowed away on. But because they are normal people while Sun has Hunstman training, his aura's so powerful that their kicks do absolutely no damage. He keeps up his casual banter while they futilely try to hurt him.
  • Nothing Is Scarier:
    • Invoked by Cinder in-universe and without by Phoenix. Rather than a lengthy Breaking Speech after Penny's death, Cinder plays a garbled message as if she were being hunted for trying to reveal some dark truth, leaving the terror to people's imaginations.
    • Unlike canon having a decent amount of time focus on Salem's castle and having her appear fairly often, the first time she's ever appeared was Emerald's frantic hallucination at the end of Season 5, playing up the horror as all we know about her personality is Emerald's obvious fear of the Queen of the Grimm.
  • Retired Badass: Season five reveals that Kali Beladonna was the captain of the Menagerie Militia twenty years ago, but stepped down over matters of the heart.
  • The Scapegoat: In Volume 4, Sienna Khan as only recently become the new High Leader of the White Fang. Her predecessor, Kin Onyurio, was deposed and handed over to the authorities for the White Fang's involvement in the Fall of Beacon.
  • Spanner in the Works: Zwei ends up literally derailing the White Fang's plans with the train by unintentionally speeding up the train, causing it to crash into the battering ram engine in front of it and sending everything careening out of the subway into Vale proper, further from the heart of the city as they intended.
  • Spared by the Adaptation: Roman Torchwick ends up surviving, albeit with Ozpin hitching a ride in his head.
  • The Speechless: Neo is mute.note 
  • Still Wearing the Old Colors: Kali Beladonna is retired from the militia but still wears the service uniform after having it modified for day-to-day use.
  • Street Smart: Yang is portrayed as streetwise, which is implied in canon but isn't given much emphasis.
  • Sue Donym: Cinder Fall's pen name "Ash Autumn" when she's pretending to be a journalist to spread more division.
  • Surprisingly Realistic Outcome: After getting her sword back for proving her grit, Weiss defiantly bites off a chunk of Raven's meat as it was still on her sword... only to spit it out since the food just came off the cook fire and was too hot to eat.
  • Wham Line: Throughout Volume 4, we focus on Remus Brunswick. At first, this seemed like a story that would set up the Apathy arc in Volume 6 until we see him running away from home and beating up a group of teens. When he's asked who he is, he answers:
    "My name is Roman. Roman Torchwick."
  • Wham Shot: The stinger for Volume 4's rewrite reveal just who Ozpin's new host is: It's Roman Torchwick.
  • Wouldn't Hurt a Child: Subverted with Roman. He doesn't want to kill a fifteen-year-old like Ruby, but he will if he thinks he must.
  • Wrecked Weapon: In the rewrite for Volume 4, we see why Jaune had his sword and shield reforged by a blacksmith, as both were heavily damaged in a battle with a group of Beringel Grimm at a train station.

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