- 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.
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 Early Appearance:
- Neo, Tukson, and Team CFVY debut in Volume 1 instead of Volume 2.note
- Ciel debuts, and Scarlet and Sage are properly introduced, in Volume 2 instead of Volume 3.
- 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.
- Adaptational Species Change: Faunus are not considered a single species, rather a blanket category for many different species.
- Adaptational Wimp: Ruby's abilities are toned down at the start for realism. This is done in order to make Grimm more intimidating and show that Ruby is still just at a beginner's level.
- Adaptation Name Change: Though the spelling of SSSN remains the same, it's now pronounced "season" rather than "sun".
- Alternate Universe Fic: RWBY is rewritten from the ground up with the basics kept intact.
- 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 reoccuring villain from Volume 1.
- 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 reoccuring character in Volume 2.
- 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.
- 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.
- Darker and Edgier: Volumes 1 and 2 are pretty tame. Fixing RWBY adds more drama and darker themes to them.
- Early-Bird Cameo: A sick in bed Neo appears as a cameo in the third episode.
- Fantastic Slurs:
- Some slurs cited are "fur-licker" for cat faunus, "lizard brain" for reptilian faunus, and "furball" for mammalian faunus. "Faunus" itself can be a slur (and it originally was a slur) depending on how it's used.
- According to the commenter TheIntratec9 (who suggested the idea in the first place), "Critter" is a deragatory term used against all faunus and sounds similar to a real-life deragatory term used against African-Americans.
- "Jockey" is a a term used against Faunus sympathizers.
- Fantastic Racism: The speciesism between faunus and humans originates both from jealousy of each others traits and because they were rivals during early history. Speciesism against faunus also differs from region to region and sub-species to sub-species.
- Fix Fic: To the point where he has two videos tackling the revised mythology and history of the new story alone.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- Mix-and-Match Critter: Dangerous squirrel/monkey (or squirrel/ape) hybrids are mentioned in the third episode. They attack the characters.
- Not So Different: Roman used to be similar to Ruby, but something in his Mysterious Past changed him.
- Reality Ensues: Ruby is a strong prodigy, but she still has difficulty beating multiple Grimm on her own. She is only an untrained teenager after all.
- The Speechless: Neo is mute.note
- Street Smart: Yang is portrayed as streetwise, which is implied in canon but isn't given much emphasis.
- 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.