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  • Abandon Shipping:
    • Tauradonna (Adam + Blake) shippers ended up all but disappearing after "Heroes and Monsters" was released, which turned the once well-liked ship into complete No Yay, compounded by confirmation in the Livestream that Adam was abusive to Blake in the past. The news even spawned a controversial alternate name for the ship on Reddit - "Animal Abuse" - which only further encouraged everyone jumping ship.
    • Emberald (Cinder + Emerald) shippers have always been on shaky ground due to the relationship being canonically abusive (Cinder slaps Emerald during a flashback in Volume 3), but Emerald and Mercury indirectly saying that Emerald saw Cinder as a surrogate mother for the one she never had was another nail in the coffin.
    • Cloqwork (Ozpin and Qrow) shippers took a hit in numbers after Ozpin's death and possession of a teenage boy, but Volume 6 was a series of sustained gut punches to the ship thanks to Qrow's Broken Pedestal. Ozpin gaining a more canon love interest being Salem's past lover also didn't help things.
  • Acceptable Targets:
    • Characters who try too hard when flirting are seen as annoying by others, including those they hit on and their playboy tendencies are often the result of some personal insecurity. Jaune tries too hard because of his desire to be a traditional hero and disgusts Weiss with his advances, Mercury's cheeky attempts at flirting with Emerald pisses her off, Neptune hits on many women because he's afraid of what people will actually think of him being a nerd, and annoys the Malachite twins at one point with his suave cool guy image (as well as pisses off Weiss, who has a crush on him), and while she's yet to be rejected, Yang's quip about the boys in the early episode clearly annoys Ruby and Yang is agitated when Qrow's story takes a flirty swerve to distract her from the video game they were playing. Downplayed in that none of the characters are treated as bad people specifically because of these traits, but their Casanova tendencies are never treated as positive attributes either.
    • In general, sexual abusers and lechers are a common target in the show. Adam's abusive and possessive behavior in Volume 3 toward Blake immediately marked him as a monster, while Junior's flirting with the then-underage Yang in the Yellow trailer is treated as justification for her to hit him. Later on, in Volume 5, a lecherous man Yang encounters at a gas station keeps hitting on her and then tries to touch her hair, and she promptly punches him so hard he's hurled out of the store and gets a water on the house for it.
  • Angst? What Angst?: One of the show's criticisms, especially in its early stages, was Ruby being perennially happy and whether or not it grated as the Volumes steadily got darker and darker and the cast developed their personalities - only one episode implies it might be for show. Some think it's refreshing and a good trait to balance out the increasing darkness, while other think it leaves her a Flat Character.
  • Anti-Climax Boss:
    • Adam Taurus was built up as a powerful and dangerous adversary for almost five years, ever since the initial "Black" trailer. In Volume 3, he nearly killed Blake and crippled and traumatized Yang. In Volume 5, he successfully pulled a mutiny on the White Fang's leader and took over. At the end of the volume, he and his forces are easily caught and thwarted by Blake and the rest of Menagerie. When Adam moves to attack Blake, she strikes him down with a single dodge and a double-handed strike. While confronting Blake and Sun, Adam's forces are beaten and apprehended; he retreats from Haven, abandoning his men to their fates.
    • The Leviathan, despite being showcased as a force to be reckoned with and possessing raw power unlike any Grimm before it, is ultimately put down by Ruby managing to unleash her Silver Eyes again and weaken the Grimm for Cordovin to finish it with a direct attack with her drill in the span of 10 minutes.
  • Archive Panic: New fans often say they indulged in an Archive Binge. While the short amount of episodes stimulates it, the length (usually 12 minutes, disguised in Volume 1 by splitting a few in two-parters) makes for at least 15-16 hours to watch all 6 volumes.
  • Arc Fatigue:
    • One common issue fans had with the first volume was that the six episodes immediately after "Players and Pieces" were very slow-paced episodes dealing with school life where Weiss had to grapple with Ruby becoming team leader and Pyrrha discovering Jaune's secret and Jaune dealing with the consequences of it. The slow pace of those episodes, the shortness of each episode, and the fact that they were split across six weeks when the show first aired meant that many fans got tired of waiting for something interesting to happen. This is less of a problem now that one can sit through all of those episodes in under twenty minutes.
    • Volumes 4 and 5 were criticized by some fans for having multiple plotlines that took a long time to resolve due to the main characters being split apart. One particularly common complaint was that Blake's arc in Menagerie was taking too long to resolve. Another arc that was complained about was RNJR's arc in Mistral in Volume 5, which mostly involved them hanging around the house, only training in one episode, and having exposition-heavy scenes, all while basically waiting for the plot to advance, while Blake managed to conclude the Menagerie arc all by herself.
  • Author's Saving Throw:
    • The handling of Adam Taurus and Sienna Khan in Volume 5 was so strongly criticized by the fandom that the creators acknowledged it and decided to address it in the Volume 6 character short. The criticism focused on the idea that Adam had been stripped of all the elements that had previously made him dangerous and was reduced to a villainous caricature that did little more than chew on the scenery while Sienna introduced the idea of a moral grey area between being a freedom fighter and a terrorist that was prevented from being explored at all by the way Adam was handled. The character short addresses how Adam's fall to darkness began and what Sienna's role in the origin of that path was. It therefore focuses for the first time on displaying examples of anti-Faunus hate and violence, the previously informed trait that is the charismatic power Adam holds over other Faunus, and his Start of Darkness. At the same time, it showcases Sienna's authority and her abilities in battle. It also focused on fight animation and choreography to address fears in the fandom that previous volumes had lacked good quality fights and that the RWBY staff may have been losing talent to other Rooster Teeth projects.
    • Ruby's handling garnered a lot of complaints over Volume 5 due to not being active, having less relevance compared with other characters in spite of being the protagonist and not asking about her silver eyes. In Volume 6, the writers specifically said that Ruby was on their list of things to improve with this volume, and Ruby has been the primary focus for the volume, assuming a leadership position and central role in the story and finally solving the silver eyes issue.
  • Badass Decay: In his debut and in his appearance in Volume 3, Adam Taurus acts like a calm and collected badass. His humiliating defeat in Volume 5 at Blake's hands caused many fans to admit that they could not see him as a threat anymore. His Volume 6 short partially helped reestablish his fighting prowess, but on a character level the damage had been done for many.
  • Better on DVD:
    • Volume 1 attracted some criticism for its short episode length, which was compounded by the wait between episode releases. These issues become much less pronounced when the entire Volume is watched in a single sitting on its various venues, since there's no wait to make the show feel like it's slogging.
    • Volume 4 has this reputation as well, as it's basically an entire Volume dedicated to world-building and Character Development and as a result has a slower pace that is better viewed all at once.
    • Volume 5 follows in this trend, with the main thrust of the season being a slow build-up to the climactic Battle of Haven and reuniting the main cast bit by bit. But in the meanwhile, individual episodes tend to have little action, which makes experiencing the season episode by episode on a weekly basis drag much more than being able to experience it in a single sitting. The Blu-Ray version of Volume 5 also went back and retroactively inserted some background fighting in one scene to address the criticism of everyone standing around for much of the Haven Battle episodes.
    • The Japanese dub is better on home release than its broadcast version, RWBY 1-3: The Beginning, due to the amount of scenes cut from the show to fit a 30-minute 13 episode series, which includes the cutting of a base breaking four-episode arc.
  • Broken Base:
    • The final four episodes of Volume 3 - "PvP", "Battle of Beacon", "Heroes and Monsters" and "End of the Beginning" - have proved to be quite controversial with the fandom. Between the heavy Darker and Edgier tone these four episodes took, the deaths of three major and well-liked characters and the general Nothing Is the Same Anymore tone these episodes took threw everyone for a loop, sending the fandom into a tizzy over the massive changes done to setting. The most controversial of these is Pyrrha's death, mostly due to the suddenly-heated Ship-to-Ship Combat that erupted from it and the levels of Trolling Creator Rooster Teeth is cultivating because of it.
    • Adam's handling post-Volume 3 has sharply divided the fandom, most notably around the reveal that he was abusive towards Blake and his subsequent obsession with her. Fans in favor of the twist argue that Adam was always meant to just be a supporting villain to Blake and Yang's arcs and that him spiraling into insanity was good writing for his character. Detractors feel that the twist was poorly foreshadowed before Volume 3, to the point where it almost feels like a Shocking Swerve, that it reduced Adam's character to just a one-note psychotic yandere, or simply felt Adam was more interesting as Blake's mentor.
  • Captain Obvious Reveal:
    • Cinder's reveal as The Man Behind the Man: While there's not a lot of buildup or misleading per se, the first volume's Spoiler Opening places her very prominently in comparison to Roman, the supposed Big Bad up until then.
    • Based on Jaune's outdated weapons, lack of combat-related knowledge, overall clumsiness, and Glynda's mention that despite what his transcript said he wasn't ready for Beacon, people began to theorize he somehow got into Beacon outside the normal means. It is later confirmed when he admits to Pyrrha that he faked his transcript in order to enter Beacon.
    • Penny's Robotic Reveal in "A Minor Hiccup". It had previously been somewhat confirmed in the earlier episode "Black and White", which shows she has a large mechanical compartment in her body that holds her swords. Word of God says that her abilities in that episode are, apparently, shown off earlier than intended.
  • Cargo Ship: Ruby x Crescent Rose. It helps that she's cuddled it, called it her "sweetheart", and in general is quite attached to it, on top of being a weapons enthusiast and Lindsay Jones herself believing Ruby is asexual and wouldn't be interested in boys or girls.
  • Cliché Storm: Though they were well-received, the first few episodes were criticized by some for having a lot of familiar anime tropes from the get-go, primarily in the classroom and character areas.note  However, it moves away from this in later seasons, using the setup as a jumping-off point.
  • Complete Monster:
    • Cinder Fall is the mysterious villain of the first three volumes. Working for Salem in her mission to be "strong, feared and powerful", Cinder recruited two young fighters named Mercury and Emerald, attacking Amber, the Fall Maiden, to drain her of her powers. In the Vytal tournament, Cinder exploits Emerald's powers of illusions to make the noble warrior Pyrrha accidentally rip apart the sentient robot Penny with her magnetism power, before using the ensuing panic to let the Grimm attack Vale and Beacon Academy—commenting how "beautiful" the carnage is while having the attack filmed. Murdering Amber to take the rest of her powers, Cinder defeats Pyrrha in a pitched fight before coldly executing her with an arrow that burns her from the inside out. Injured by Ruby's Silver Eyes powers, Cinder recovers in volume five where she coerces Raven and her tribe to join Salem, later sadistically mocking Jaune over Pyrrha's murder, impaling Weiss in front of Jaune to put another death on his conscience, and killing Raven's apprentice Vernal to take her Spring Maiden powers for herself. Cruel and ambitious, Cinder leaves the kingdoms and alliances of Remnant shattered in her quest for power.
    • Adam Taurus is the embodiment of spite and cruelty. A high-ranking member of the Faunus liberation group the White Fang, Adam begins verging into extremist terrorist attacks with no care for innocents who die, prompting his Love Interest Blake Belladonna to flee the group. Adam later assists in the aforementioned attack on Beacon Academy, during the Vytal Festival, unleashing Grimm on the city. When encountering Blake, Adam vows to kill everything she loves, maiming Yang when she tries to defend Blake and trying to murder Blake herself. When the high leader of the White Fang, Sienna Khan, objects to what Adam has done, Adam murders her and takes her place before ordering Blake's family killed to "keep his promise" to her. Adam then leads a White Fang attack to destroy the Haven Academy, spitefully attempting to detonate explosives to kill himself, Blake and all the Faunus present, White Fang or innocent, when he's cornered by the authorities. Adam later savagely slaughters his own former followers of the White Fang when they question him and returns to stalking Blake, hellbent on murdering her and making her suffer for "ruining his life".
    • For Dr. Merlot, see here.
  • Crack Pairing: Adam and Ironwood are shipped together despite never having met in the show. Weiss and Ilia took off after Volume 5: although they're both from Atlas, they've never actually met. Some interesting crazy ship ideas can be found here
  • Creator Worship: To a part of the FNDM, Monty Oum was considered the sole creator of RWBY, could do little wrong, and his unfortunate passing is when they accuse the show of entering Seasonal Rot. This group dislikes criticism of Monty, objecting both to anyone who dislikes Monty's fight animation or prefers the fights of later volumes. Any faults within the show that they do acknowledge are blamed on the shows writers, Miles Luna and Kerry Shawcross, who they accuse of ruining Monty's vision.
  • Creepy Awesome:
    • Neopolitan acts cutesy and elegantly, even when curb-stomping Yang into unconsciousness, whimsically dancing and somersaulting around the fist-fighter while silently egging her on with mocking smiles. Once Yang is on the ground and unconscious, however, Neo casually strolls over to her, drawing out a hidden blade from her parasol. She raises the blade with the intention of stabbing Yang with a wide, creepy grin that shows all her teeth. She appears to be a mute, so her body language is often exaggerated and focused on mocking her opponents as if to accuse them of being incompetent for not being able to hit such a tiny, vulnerable-looking girl. Given the chance to do violence, however, she seems to take a visibly vicious delight in drawing her blade.
    • Tyrian is Ax-Crazy, can barely talk without breaking into insane laughter, his eyes are almost constantly unnaturally widened, he's thoroughly devoted to Salem, and oh, he's a scorpion Faunus. He also utterly curb stomps Team RNJR in a fight, and gave Qrow a good run for his money too.
    • Cinder Fall, thanks to a surprisingly chilling performance by Jessica Nigri. She's introduced with Glowing Eyes of Doom, she's almost sickly-pale at times, and constantly speaks in a very composed and enigmatic tone, all of which make her Curb Stomp Battles that much more intimidating. Downplayed after Volume 3 due to her injuries and subsequent persona.
    • Adam Taurus is a narcissistic, sociopathically unstable, yet incredibly skilled swordsman who embodies spite, hate, and evil. He engages in a frighteningly realistic depiction of abusive and stalker behavior toward Blake, his former protege, and forcibly dismantles anyone serving as an obstacle in his quest for power.
  • Cry for the Devil: There's been unexpected sympathy for Cinder's sorry state at the start of Volume 4. She has lost an eye, is badly scarred and struggles to speak, managing only a faint whisper. What was once a strong, powerful, commanding villain is currently no more than a broken wreck. Although a source of mockery to the rest of Salem's followers, Salem considers her to be absolutely vital to the success of her plans. Because she has a crippling weakness, she is being forced to stay by Salem's side until she heals. It's clear from her reaction to this that she had no idea this is what she was signing up for. This only grew when we got to see her Salem nearly killing her in training, and the horror on her face when the last of Tyrian's sanity snaps and he begins gleefully dismembering a Grimm. Of course, the final shot of the volume was her coldly destroying a projection of a surrendering Ruby, so she's not entirely sympathetic. Indeed, "The More The Merrier" had Cinder back in action, showing her to be cruel and callous as ever in her mockery of Jaune's loss and impaling Weiss just to spite him further.
    • With Volume 6 fleshing out her backstory significantly, there are shades of this for Salem, as it becomes clear how much tragedy she endured on her road to evil, including crossing the Despair Event Horizon multiple times.
  • Die for Our Ship: Sun and Neptune's individual introductions had them very quickly flirting with Blake and Weiss respectively, with them being dates during the school ball. The duo very quickly drew the ire of Blake/Yang and Weiss/Ruby shippers for being canon threats to those fanon favorites. The Sun/Neptune pairing was born from these spats but has since become a popular pairing in its own right.
  • Draco in Leather Pants:
    • Roman Torchwick is often portrayed sympathetically in fanworks, being frequently made into a Lovable Rogue or an Anti-Villain of sorts. In canon, he is a violent criminal who commits armed robberies, gleefully blows up airships and is implied to engage in You Have Failed Me towards his underlings. His sole motivation is stated to be his own survival and he doesn't care how many people he has to hurt in order to ensure it. The only sympathetic quality he is shown to possess is his Villainous Friendship with Neo.
    • Neopolitan, Roman's partner in crime, is quite popular with the fanbase due to her character design and a unique combat style. While not much is known about her, she is established to be a remorseless killer and an accomplice in some of her partner's worst crimes. Fans still tend to show her a lot of sympathy and tend to give her redeeming traits, occasionally resulting in a full-blown Heel–Face Turn. Her grief over having lost Roman as shown in Volume 6 further encouraged fans to give Neo this sort of treatment.
    • Adam Taurus is a mass-murdering terrorist and a domestic abuser, portrayed as an embodiment of spite and cruelty. Any well-intentions he had for his actions has long since been lost as he got Drunk with Power and began Slowly Slipping Into Evil in the backstory. His handling is regarded as contentious due to a large portion of fans thinking he would have worked better as a well-intentioned anti-villain. Then there are some fans who attempt to whitewash Adam's canonical nastiness, ignoring or excusing many of his villainous actions. For example, they downplay his abuse of Blake, justifying his emotional manipulation by saying that he wasn't lying to her during his character short and arguing that he only vowed to destroy Blake's life in Volume 3 because she "betrayed the White Fang". This became more common after Adam revealed his face, which not only proved he had traumatic past but also increased his attractiveness significantly.
  • Ear Worm: The opening theme to Volume One easily sticks to the mind, especially when watching many episodes in a short space of time.
  • Ensemble Dark Horse:
    • Velvet was confirmed by the creators to be a one-shot character who was such a hit with the fans that she was given an expanded role. She is usually the member of Team CFVY that the main characters interact with.
    • Perry is a small, slim member of the White Fang who stood out to the fandom immediately. He wears small, round, bookish glasses over his mask which causes the fandom much hilarity. When he speaks, he's extremely polite and posh in manner. Both aspects are completely at odds with the terrorist work the White Fang is doing, and the over-excited behavior of his boss, Roman.
    • The White Fang Lieutenant is first introduced as an announcer for Roman at the White Fang gathering, where Roman promptly steals the show. He made a surprising appearance later as a hulking man who drags his chainsaw blade through the ground as he walks, and who relishes the chance to kill a Schnee when faced with Weiss as his opponent. While he does has a mask that is unusually patterned for the White Fang's plain white Grimm masks, it's only after his fight with Weiss where he beat her down and apparently forced Blake to flee that he's presented as Adam's lieutenant.
    • Thanks to the RWBY Character Status Charts, the nameless Atlas pilot who flies Weiss from Atlas to Mistral was picked up by the FNDM despite his short appearance. He was christened Pilotboi and managed to win one of /r/RWBY's character tournaments.
  • Epileptic Trees:
    • The villainous actions of Volume 3 clearly involved some kind of ability to mind-screw protagonists or by-standers. Theories about what was happening included Emerald or Mercury having illusion powers; Neo having illusion powers being able to manipulate things while hidden or not existing and just being an illusion created by Emerald; Mercury using mercury poisoning; or Cinder using Fall Maiden powers. The speculation spawned a meme that "Everyone is Neo". While Cinder does indeed have Fall Maiden powers and Neo does have some kind of unexplained illusion-esque ability, most of the villain actions have been facilitated by Emerald's confirmed hallucination Semblance which allows her to target one or (at most) two minds and trick the victim into seeing (or not seeing) whatever Emerald wants.
    • It has been speculated that Taiyang and Raven are the parents (either with each other or other partners) of several other characters, particularly Jaune (who has the same blue eyes and blonde hair as Taiyang) and Adam (due to having a similar color scheme, weapon and White Fang mask to Raven).
    • Many songs are fairly clear in which character(s) are involved, even if the meaning of the song is highly debatable. However, the Volume 2 song 'Sacrifice' raises a lot of debate amidst the FNDM over who is the 'singer' and who is the 'subject'. The song makes numerous references to the Secret War between Ozpin and Salem, and comes across as the singer calling out one or both of them in particular. Common ideas have been that the song is about Cinder; or about Raven, given the similarities between the lyrics and Raven's canon feelings about the Secret War; or, as of Volume 6, Salem, primarily due to the lyrics working as a call out to not just Ozma, but the brother gods as well.
    • With the release of After The Fall, there have been theories on Tumblr that imply that both Bertilak and Carmine were hired by Arthur Watts based on the fact that they were Atlesian expats that are all based off of Arthurian mythology. Therefore, it stands to reason that Watts would try and capture Gus to provide Grimm bait through his Semblance - either to cause discord in Atlas, or to provide a convenient distraction when retrieving the Sword of Destruction in Vacuo.
  • Evil Is Cool:
    • Roman Torchwick was a surprising example, given his apparent Non-Action Guy introduction. He proved himself to be quite the badass when he fended off both Blake and Sun at once and consistently gives his opponents a run for their money, all the while being stylish and snarky, and managing to look cool even while losing.
    • Cinder Fall's debut had her Playing with Fire and blocking bullets from Crescent Rose with her bare hands, then her subsequent battles showed off her materializing her bow-sword out of volcanic glass and brutally curbstomping most of her opponents.
    • Raven Branwen is essentially RWBY's take on a Social Darwinist magical samurai Batman. Skewed morality aside, it is -at least- as cool as it sounds. Her decisive victory against Cinder truly cements how cool this woman is.
    • Adam Taurus is a skilled swordsman, and capable of injuring Yang and sending the heroes running. Whilst he suffered Badass Decay in Volumes 4 and 5, he got to show off his charisma and skill once more in his own character short.
  • Evil Is Sexy:
    • Roman Torchwick, due to his Pretty Boy looks, red hair, enticing voice, and sharp style, making him considered one of the most attractive villains. He seems to be doing this on purpose if the guyliner is any indication.
    • Cinder Fall in Volumes 1-3 both looks and sounds quite sexy (and the series knows it); she's almost always wearing tight pants or a Dangerously Short Skirt, and the camera graces her with some very nice angles. It's downplayed in Volume 4; she's still very attractive despite her injuries, but more conservatively dressed.
    • Emerald Sustrai's hips don't lie, and she's also quite busty and bares her midriff.
    • The Big Bad herself, Salem, is somewhat attractive. While in the present day she looks rather monstrous, in the past she used to be a human woman with long, flowing blonde hair, and wore an elegant white dress. Even after absorbing the pools of annihilation that turned her eyes black and red and her skin pale, she still looked cuter than the monstrosity that Ozpin and his forces fight to this day. Even though her body is covered with black veins, her hair is done up elegantly and the long, black cloak she wears accentuates her lithe figure and exposes her cleavage.
    • Adam Taurus was already attractive thanks to his slick design, interesting outfits, and his inherent evil appeal, but the second he removed his blindfold and revealed his eyes, his attractiveness levels increased significantly. Interestingly, his branded eye barely harms his looks at all.
    • From the novel: Carmine Esclados. She's the only one who can give Yang a run for her money, especially when they have similar outfits. Hell, even Coco calls her one In-Universe when they met for the first time!
  • Family-Unfriendly Aesop: The message of "Smile", sung from the perspective of Ilia's parents, is a string of unfriendly Aesops. Her parents warn Ilia that people will judge and hate her for simply being Faunus, then instruct her to pretend to be like them while studying in Atlas until she can make a better life for herself, treating it like revenge. Most of all, they warn her that while she might think humans will change and no longer hate Faunus, that will never be the case.
  • Fanon: So much that it has its own page.
  • Fan-Preferred Couple:
    • Blake and Yang, which the fandom has given a nickname ("Bumblebee"). This originates from the prequel trailers, with the show giving the girls different personalities to what was initially assumed. Blake and Yang have the most Ho Yay of any same-sex pairing, and the fans delight in every emotional scene between them. Bumblebee is one of the most popular ship pairings in the entire show.
    • Weiss and Ruby, which the fandom has given a nickname ("White Rose"). Again having shipped them together ever since their prequel trailers first came out. The fandom imagined a pairing between The Stoic (Ruby) and a Tsundere Weiss. However, the proper show revealed the two girls had very different personalities than assumed. White Rose is one of the most popular pairings in the entire show.
    • Sun Wukong gets shipped with his Casanova Wannabe team mate Neptune, which initially began based on Neptune's appearance alone. This later gained popularity as a result of his adorkable personality, as well as a desire to solve the perceived threat to both the Bumblebee and White Rose ships which arises from the Ship Tease between Sun and Blake and Neptune and Weiss.
  • First Installment Wins: A lot of spin off material such as RWBY Chibi, the manga anthologies, and various games are all either set during or use outfits from the Beacon Era (Volumes 1-3) with very rare exceptions. The first three volumes are also the most iconic ones and the ones generally better regarded.
  • Foe Yay:
    • How a portion of the fandom sees Roman's relationship with Ruby, despite the show having multiple times where he proves them wrong.
    • Some people also see this on Tyrian's creepy interest in Jaune. In their first meeting, Tyrian points out Jaune is the only one he might have any interest in among his group, besides kidnapping Ruby. The creepy softness of his tone when talking to Jaune just adds to it.
  • Foe Yay Shipping: In general, a rule of the fandom is that if two characters fight, someone will start shipping it:
    • Fallen Petals (Cinder/Ruby) was a considerably popular crack ship until Cinder's character motivation became killing Ruby.
    • After their clash in "No Brakes", Yang and Neo (known as either Banana Split or Baked Alaska) have gotten a pairing, too.
    • A small faction of fans have taken to shipping Ruby and Roman together (calling the ship Rosewick), mainly due to her being Roman's Arch-Enemy and their utter dedication to taking each other down. Plus, Roman has a generally playful attitude.
    • Arc Furnace (Jaune/Cinder) is quite popular, if largely because of how absurdly mismatched it is.
  • Franchise Original Sin: The show has had flawed writing and awkward dialogue since the beginning, but the fight scenes were so over the top almost everyone didn't notice them or was willing to turn a blind eye to them. In Volume 5, however, much of the screen-time consists of lengthy scenes of exposition while there are very few fights of generally lower quality, making the flaws much more apparent and resulting in the volume gathering a very poor reception compared to the others.
  • Friendly Fandoms:
    • The show has this kind of relationship with Black★Rock Shooter ever since the early 2010's when both shows were still relatively new at that time, thanks to the various similaritiesnote . Fans of both series made crossover fictions and artwork between the two, such as this one.
    • It wouldn't be hard to find a Kill la Kill fan in the RWBY community, especially considering they were both released the same year. Fitting, as a similar work to Kill La Kill was also Monty's favorite anime.
    • Also with Bloodborne of all things. Many have pointed out similarities between the works, like the crazy trick weapons, monsters out of old fairy tales and horror stories, and the protagonists being Hunters.
    • As well as The Witcher Franchise. Both protagonists are monster slayers from Hunter schools who have magical powers, monsters from fairy tales and folklore whose tropes are being played with, racism that led to the creation of a terrorist group and political intrigue from different kingdoms. Some say jokingly or seriously that the RWBY series is by accident and/or coincidence a very Lighter and Softer version of The Witcher.
    • Thanks to BlazBlue: Cross Tag Battle, the BlazBlue, Persona 4, and Under Night In-Birth fandoms have become even friendlier with the FNDM.
  • "Funny Aneurysm" Moment:
    • After learning that Jaune snuck his way into Beacon, and learning his reasons for doing so, his previous Butt-Monkey antics take on a whole new light.
    • In Volume 1 Jaune, rather out of nowhere, makes a suicide joke to Pyrrha while they talk about his bullying problem (much to her distress). In Volume 5 Cinder refers to him as "a failure with a death wish." Not only does he not refute her claim whatsoever but he openly states that he's fine with dying if it buys the rest of the group time; Indicating that he has in fact become suicidal but is waiting to essentially use himself as a human shield for one of the others.
      Jaune: [jokingly] Pyrrha, I know I'm going through a hard time right now, but I'm not that depressed.
    • During the Volume 2 food fight, Weiss gets knocked out cold and Ruby hams up her "death" and begs her not to leave her. Three volumes later, in a much less funny scene, Weiss is nearly killed by Cinder, with Jaune essentially filling in for Ruby (who was, herself, knocked out cold by Emerald).
    • Sun jokes that with RWBY off scouting out the Southwest Quadrant, he and Neptune can tour Vale without the explosions that seem to follow them. Episode 11 ends with the Grimm breaking into Vale after Torchwick and the White Fang blew open an opening for the Grimm to invade.
    • There have been constant jokes among the fandom basically summing up to "JAUNE! KISS HER YOU IDIOT!", and in "End of The Beginning", he does, right before Pyrrha dies.
    • During certain instances, Nora being a Big Eater was played for laughs. That isn't so funny anymore after Volume 4 Episode 10 revealed that Nora was a Street Urchin before she met Ren, and she was forced to scavenge the trash for food, even if it was moldy bread. It is likely Nora came close to starvation at times.
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  • Genius Bonus:
    • There are subtle references to fairy tales, mythology, literature and history everywhere, particularly in form of Meaningful Name:
    • In Episodes 11-14, Jaune's bully is named Cardin Winchester. Henry Beaufort, the Cardinal of Winchester, was the one who presided over Joan of Arc's trial and execution.
    • Fans especially knowledgeable about Ancient Greek philosophy will notice that Pyrrha's training speech in episode 6 references the traditional principles of Arete, the Greek ideal of self-excellence.
    • With JNPR being all gender reversed references to famous cultural heroes, this foreshadows Pyrrha's injury and death, in the same manner as Achilles. Further, her name foreshadows her fight with Penny, in that she wins easily, but Cinder uses it to spark chaos.
    • It's incredibly subtle, but in the first episode, the number on Roman Torchwick's mugshot is 274761453. Scholars of the history of Rome will know that these numbers correspond with the "end" of each stage of Rome's history: 27 BC was when Octavian became the first Roman emperor, 476 AD was when the western Roman Empire fell and Emperor Romulus Augustus was deposed, and 1453 AD was when Constantinople fell and the eastern Roman Empire finally ended.
  • Germans Love David Hasselhoff: This series seems to have found a dedicated audience in Asia, to the point that there is both a Chinese and Japanese fan-dub. It eventually got picked up by Warner Bros. Japan for an official Japanese dub with an All-Star Cast.
  • Gotta Ship 'Em All: The fandom is incredibly open minded about the characters. A single one is always shipped with just about every other existing character to some extent regardless of sexual preference. If they exist, you can bet there are shipping fanworks about them with the entire cast.
  • Growing the Beard: Volumes 2 and 3 are generally considered when the show picks up the pace and starts consistently improving.
  • Harsher in Hindsight:
    • In the Black Trailer, Adam and Blake hijack a train with the Schnee family logo on it to steal the Dust it's carrying. Blake is worried about the lives on the train that will be lost if Adam sets the charges like he plans, but Adam makes it clear he doesn't care about those lives. As a result, Blake abandons him, leaving him with the Dust, but escaping with the rest of the train. At the end of Volume 1, Weiss reveals how the war between her family and the White Fang has made her childhood extremely unpleasant; one of the examples she lists as an event that caused her (implied to be) abusive father to come home in a foul mood to make her childhood unpleasant is the train heist that occurs in the Black Trailer. Blake's past terrorist activities have accidentally directly contributed to the domestic abuse Weiss has been living with.
    • In Heroes and Monsters, Roman lectures Ruby during their fight that her attempts to be a hero will be wasted because history shows that anyone who tries to play the hero will just end up getting themselves killed. An episode later, Pyrrha heroically attempts to single-handedly stop Cinder from destroying Beacon Tower, while Jaune tries to get help; Ruby heroically tries to come to Pyrrha's rescue but arrives just seconds too late; the tower falls and Cinder kills Pyrrha right in front of Ruby's horrified eyes.
    • During the tournament, Nora has a Made Myself Sad moment as she lists off all the bad things that could happen if JNPR loses the tournament. Although it's superficially Played for Laughs, it drops the bombshell that the reason Nora is panicking is because she and Ren are orphans; without Beacon, they have no home and no family. The volume ends with Beacon's destruction and her worst fears coming to pass. She, Ren and Jaune join Ruby on a journey across Anima to try and find out what on earth is really going on, only for them to come face to face with the monstrous reason for why Ren's an orphan and how he and Nora have been helping each other to survive since a very young age.
    • In Volume 1, RWBY and JNPR get a front row seat to Cardin and his team bullying Velvet, with team CRDL pulling on her rabbit ears and mocking her for being a Faunus. While Pyrrha expresses disgust over Cardin's actions and Yang remarks on how hard the Faunus must have it, none of them actually do anything to stop Cardin's discriminatory treatment or even speak up about it despite finding it reprehensible. Later, in the Volume 5 episode Alone Together, when attempting to capture Blake, Ilia lumps all humans into two categories; The ones who hate the Faunus, and the ones who stand by and let that hatred happen, which is exactly what happened in Volume 1 .
  • Heartwarming in Hindsight:
    • Nora's famous "Boop" moment was heartwarming on its own, but after her Image Song in Volume 2 revealed that's her way of telling Ren she loves him, the scene became even more heartwarming.
    • Ren and Jaune share a funny moment in Volume 2 which Jaune pours his heart out asking Ren for advice and calling him the brother he never had while Ren is only wearing a towel. Ren's tone and the funny nature of the scene make it seems that he is returning Jaune's feelings only for politeness, but in Volume 4, it's pretty clear that they have grown to have a really strong bond, even hugging each other before having to go their separate ways, and Ren's claim about Jaune being like a brother to him was really genuine.
  • He Really Can Act:
    • Jessica Nigri has gotten consistent praise for her performance as Cinder, especially as acting isn't her main career.
    • Miles Luna shows off his acting talent during The Reveal that Jaune faked his transcripts. There's also his raw, heart-rending scream when Jaune is helpless to save Pyrrha from her suicide mission. This is followed by his anger, self loathing, and impotent rage at Qrow in season 4, and at Cinder in season 5.
    • For years, Garrett Hunter was derided as being the worst voice talent for the show as Adam, but come Volume 6 and he finally became comfortable with the character, to the point where many fans said Garrett has had the most improvement of any of the actors in the show.
  • He's Just Hiding!:
    • Almost immediately after the news of Roman's demise got out, many theories cropped up about how he could have somehow survived. All in vain, as the RWBY Volume 3 crew and cast have announced that he's never coming back. Not that this has stopped them though, with some pointing out they could be a Lying Creator, especially after Donut was confirmed dead, only to return perfectly alive. The fact that Coco survives being Swallowed Whole by a Grimm in After the Fall has only added fuel to the fire.
    • Many theories have popped up after the deaths of Penny and Pyrrha that they may still be alive. Penny because she is a robot it's naturally assumed she can be rebuilt or fixed somehow. Pyrrha because her body disintegrated, has had many people latch onto the No Body Left Behind trope and assume she was teleported or Ascended to a Higher Plane of Existence. However, considering she had an arrow in her heart and had clearly stopped breathing before Cinder disintegrated her, the chances of this are sadly slim. Ultimately, two days after the Sponsor release of the episode, her voice actor confirmed that this was to be Pyrrha's fate from the very beginning. Ironically, Word of God said that they were attempting to avert the trope by killing her on screen via burning on the inside out.
    • Interviews with Miles and Kerry after season three certainly don't help either side, while all the deaths had been planned since the beginning they refuse to confirm or deny the possibility of bringing a character back. Though they also mentioned that bringing even one character back would open a flood gate they aren't really in any hurry to open.
    • During the penultimate episode of Volume 6, Seeing Red, Adam was hit with this trope, due to Cinder suffering a similar fate only to survive. This is despite the fact that unlike Cinder, Adam has no god-like abilities, was mortally stabbed twice and fell hard on the rocks below with a Sickening "Crunch!" as their head and neck hit them, before landing in the rapid waterfall in the colder, snowy reaches of Anima. Kerry confirmed on RWBY Rewind that they're dead, leaving any theories about them being still alive Jossed.
  • Hilarious in Hindsight:
    • Some (possibly) less informed fans assumed it was a Japanese animated series and demanded that Crunchyroll make the Japanese version available. Well, it seems Japan likes this series too, and a Japanese fan dub of the series is underway.
    • Nora being a Gender Swap homage to Thor becomes this after Marvel made Thor a woman.
    • Yang's shotgun gauntlets have become somewhat amusing now that the character of Jacqui Briggs has been introduced to Mortal Kombat X, using weaponized gauntlets with "Shotgun" as a possible variation.
    • Neo was often compared to Nui of Kill la Kill, which Monty often watched. Then it was revealed that Yang will share Ryuko's VA in the Japanese dub.
    • Yang breaking Mercury's leg in "Fall" is made a little bit more amusing when one considers how way back in Volume 1 Nora commented that she'd break Cardin's legs if he harassed Jaune.
    • Twofold for Laura Bailey. First, this isn't the first time she voiced a character named Amber. Second, she once voiced Serah Farron, who wields a sword that can turn into a bow in the sequel. It's the same kind of weapon Cinder uses to defeat Amber.
    • During RTX 2015, there was the infamous incident where Miles, in trying to get Kerry to show off the detail to the Volume 3 poster, accidentally gets it to zoom in on Ruby's body, leading Lindsay to quip "Ruby learns more about her body this Volume". At the end of the volume, we do... in the fact that she's actually superpowered beyond her Aura.
    • They got Yuichi Nakamura to voice Adam in the Japanese dub. One of his most famous roles is Yuuki Terumi from Blazblue. Terumi also happened to cut off someone's arm. This connection got even more hilarious in Blazblue Cross Tag Battle where you can actually have Blake fight against Terumi or even tag up with him for a fight.
    • There's some people made comparisons to Attack on Titan, particularly how the Grimm are compared to the Titans. It later is revealed that the ability to transform into Titans can either be transferred via You Kill It, You Bought It or passed off to a random person when the person with said ability dies. This is also present in RWBY, but it is more akin to the Maiden powers...
    • Ami Koshimizu voicing Yang for many reasons. First, one of Ami Koshimizu's most famous roles is Yukiko Amagi from Persona 4. Persona was inspired by JoJo's Bizarre Adventure, and Yang says Jotaro's famous ORA ORA ORA in the Japanese dub. And later, BlazBlue: Cross Tag Battle was announced, meaning Yang and Yukiko can meet in person now.
  • "Holy Shit!" Quotient:
    • Due to the show's emphasis on spectacle and emotionally-charged action sequences, the HSQ of the entire series tends to be very high.
    • The Reveal that previously there was another humanity that was wiped out by the gods when, under Salem's manipulations, it rebelled against them.
  • Ho Yay: Has its own page.
  • Idiosyncratic Ship Naming: The show's name RWBY, while standing for the four main characters of Ruby Rose, Weiss Schnee, Blake Belladonna and Yang Xiao Long, also stands for the four colors each girl is defined by: Red, White, Black and Yellow respectively. Every character in the show is represented by a color so the fandom tends to name ships in honor of the show's emphasis on color themes, such as Ruby and Weiss being called White Rose and Blake and Yang being called Bumblebee. A full list of shipping names is being collected at a fan site here and here.
  • It Was His Sled: At the end of Volume 3, the climactic battle leads to two major consequences that caused the fandom a great deal of shock at the time. However, the fan reaction was so widespread across Social Media, that the events became well-known even to people who have never followed the show. These consequences being Pyrrha being killed by Cinder and Yang having her right arm sliced off at the elbow by Adam.
  • Just Here for Godzilla: Monty Oum had a famous and recognizable style of choreographing and animating fight scenes. His name alone was a draw for people familiar with his work to give RWBY a look when it first started airing. After his death, new animation teams and software took over the show, changing the style of action scenes. This created a divide between fans that are only interested in Monty's work, and fans that are interested in the show regardless of the fight animation style used.
  • Launcher of a Thousand Ships: Due to the fandom's openness with shipping, as well as their love for Crack Ships, just about any character can become this. Yes, that includes background characters like the shopkeeper that appeared throughout the first volumes.
  • LGBT Fanbase: This originated from assumptions fans made about the personalities of the four heroines during the show's original four advertising trailers. While the show proved the a great deal of these assumptions wrong, interviews revealed the creators do want LGBT characters, but the teens will develop self-awareness slowly and realistically. Confirmed creator support boosted fan interest, making it a very prominent part of the fandom, and most of the show's characters have dedicated LGBT+ fans.
  • Like You Would Really Do It:
    • Despite the second half of Volume 3 abruptly increasing the darkness and danger of the setting, most fans were convinced that Team RWBY, being the main characters, would make it out of the chaos unscathed. Cue everyone's horrified reaction in "Heroes and Monsters" to Yang getting her arm cut off by Adam, and her ending the season bedridden with depression.
    • In "The More the Merrier", Weiss is stabbed in the abdomen. Many people already dismissed her potentially dying from bleeding out, as Blake hasn't reunited with the rest of team RWBY yet, and killing the former off before the latter returns would cheat everyone of a full team RWBY reunion. Additionally, more cynical fans called that someone on the hero side would suffer a severe injury so that Jaune could unlock some kind of healing Semblance. Sure enough, come the next episode, "Vault of the Spring Maiden", Jaune unlocks his Semblance and Weiss survives.
  • Memetic Badass:
    • As the show's most popular villain, Roman Torchwick never stopped being top dog of the antagonists, is only toying with Cinder by pretending to be unaware and compliant with her nebulous grand scheme as he builds up his dragon's horde of Dust, that furthermore his humoring her is the only thing that is keeping her in a position of power at all, he can pimp-slap any of the heroes into submission without missing a beat no matter the odds, could pickpocket the whole cast blind without a single person becoming aware, rules over all human and Faunus gangs alike with Machiavellian absolute authority, and is only deigning to remain in Ironwood's custody because he can make use of the position he's in. Those are often the same fans who don't believe he's actually dead.
    • Mercury Black, thanks to being in three of the best fights of Volume 3, his constant smug demeanor and a rip-roaring metal song in "I'm The One," to the point where some chan boards nicknamed Mercury "The One," out of respect. Even with his lessened screen-time, Mercury managed to only add to this status in Volume 6 with the revelation that he doesn't even have a Semblance thanks to his father. Many fans took this as a sign of Merc's utter badassery that even without a Semblance, he was able to go toe-to-toe with Pyrrha and Yang, and both only won because he threw both fights.
    • After his dressing down of Jacques Schnee, many fans insinuate that James "Two Seats" Ironwood replaced both of his testicles with some form of God chairs. Most also believe that, should Ironwood get a third seat on the council, he would become all-powerful and single handedly destroy Salem and the Grimm.
    • Kali Belladonna. While she had little time of actual screen time during the attack at her mansion, and was mostly shown to be a Combat Pragmatist with a skill to improvise and adjust to a dangerous situation, even taking out Yuma with a tea tray, most fans consider her to be on equal footing with her husband or possibly even above him in skill and strength. She became especially known for her badass one liner when shooting Mooks that cornered her in the library
    Kali: GET OUT OF MY HOUSE!
  • Memetic Loser:
    • Jaune, he's joked a lot on how he's clueless about things and how incompetent he can be in battle. Admittedly some of this was intentional since he's a normal dude surrounded by insanely powerful huntsmen and huntresses but there are many fans who tend to only focus on his earlier bumbling attitude rather then his increased fighting skills and leadership capabilities shown in later volumes. This has only gotten worse after "Heroes and Monsters" aired wherein Jaune (unintentionally) got Amber (and because of what happened after that, Pyrrha) killed when he was distracted by Pyrrha's screams during the power transfer which ended up given birth to a couple of memes. Hell even the creators have started making fun of Jaune's perceived uselessness. This lessened somewhat after he stopped the Nuckelavee's charge cold in the Volume 4 finale (but not by much), then got reduced even further in Vault Of The Spring Maiden when he unlocked his Semblance and saved Weiss with it.
    • Weiss has earned herself this reputation over time, due to having sustained a number of defeats over the course of the show. She had to retreat from a pack of Beowolves after starting a fire during the fight, lost to Adam's Lieutenant, performed a near-Senseless Sacrifice against Flynt, lost to Winter's summons back when she was still training, lost in a duel with Vernal and nearly got killed by Cinder shortly afterwards — after which she had to be saved Jaune, the show's other Memetic Loser. All of the above made Weiss a target for jokes regarding her perceived uselessness and poor tactical skills.
  • Memetic Mutation: Has its own page.
  • Memetic Psychopath:
    • Though Neo has shown some signs of being Cute and Psycho in the show itself, the fandom has taken it to insane proportions, portraying her as murdering random people whenever she can. There is also more than a few fan artists who have portrayed Neo as being sexually excited as she attacks/kills people, usually Yang.
    • Nora has been known to get very aggressively enthusiastic when offering support to her friends, particularly if it involves a (potential) fight of some kind. Because of how eager Nora gets during these moments, especially the whole "We'll break his legs" incident, many a fanworks make Nora out to be a violent person who gets off on injuring or murdering random people on a whim and someone who frequently encourages her friends to do the same. Amusingly enough, this is always Played for Laughs.
  • Misblamed:
    • It didn't take long at all after the season 3 finale for many, many fans accusing Miles and Kerry of killing off Pyrrha solely as one final tragedy in a season that was already divisive due to its massive change in tone and threat level. Thankfully, this died down quickly after it was confirmed by both Monty's widow and Pyrrha's voice actress that Monty himself planned Pyrrha's death before the series even began.
    • Miles gets accused of writing Jaune as a self-insert and giving him an abundance of screen time. A Reddit AMA revealed that Monty and Kerry were behind most of Jaune's prominence.
  • Misaimed Fandom:
    • Thanks to Roman's coolness and suave demeanor, many fans seemed to be convinced he was the real top dog of the villains, ignoring the fact he was one of the lowest-powered villains. Many fans still clamor for his return today, despite him not factoring into the larger plot.
    • The conflict in Argus is meant to come across as the heroes unable to get to Atlas due to Cordovin blocking their way out of sheer nationalistic bluster and her massive ego, and their attempt to steal an Airship being a last resort and blatant Necessary Evil, whereas Cordovin's decision to release a massive mecha and attempts to kill them, all while proclaiming the glory of Atlas and inferiority of other kingdoms and the heroes, is a large case of Disproportionate Retribution. However, a significant swathe of the fandom see Cordovin as only doing her job, and demonize the heroes as rushing into the first half-cocked plan they could think of at best, or pirates needing to be arrested at worst. Not helping issues are the misconceptions that there is no hurry for the heroes to get to Atlas and the idea they could still call Atlas, ignoring the fact the Relic is a Grimm magnet and just being in Argus puts it in danger, Salem is still hunting for it, and that Atlas can't be contacted with the CCT down, meaning getting to Atlas ASAP is paramount.
    • On a meta level, a significant number of fans like to believe that the show is largely the brainchild of Monty Oum, and that the head writers, Miles Luna and Kerry Shawcross, are ruining the series and vision he had. In truth, the show was conceived by the three of them together, as by his own admission Monty couldn't write, and Miles and Kerry often had to make sure Monty didn't take the scenes too far for Rule of Cool lest they interfere with the writing, best evident with Volume 2's finale Breach, which is criticized for making the Grimm come across as glorified mooks after seeing RWBY, JNPR, and CFVY so easily decimate them.
  • Moe:
    • Ruby is just adorable, with her tendency to geek out over weapons, woobie tendencies, and tiny size.
    • Velvet, her timidity and bashfulness made her a fan-favorite in no time, and her eagerness with both photography and helping her friends leave the impression of a precious bunny.
    • Oscar, being even smaller and younger than Ruby with the same wide-eyed admiration for Hunters and Huntresses, naturally falls into this as well. Just look at him.
  • Moral Event Horizon: Adam turns out to have a lot of issues with Blake for abandoning him during the Black Trailer. He tells Blake he intends to destroy everything she ever loved for having the temerity to walk away from him. He stabs her to provoke Yang, then slices Yang's arm off. When Blake tries to shield Yang's body with her own, Adam victim-blames by asking her why she has to hurt him, then decapitates her. It turns out to be one of Blake's shadow clones to give her time to flee with Yang, but the illusion fooled Adam and he didn't hesitate to decapitate her.
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  • Narm:
    • Blake's reaction to everyone finding out of not only her Faunus nature but also her ties to the White Fang is to simply bolt out of the room, which comes off as more of an "abandon thread" reaction than anything serious.
    • While he got better with time, Adam's voice acting since his debut in the "Black" trailer has been frequently criticized as being unintentionally hilarious, as it sounds like his VA is trying way too hard to sound "cool." This all came to a head in Volume 3 in "Battle of Beacon": Adam's one-liner when Blake runs into him ("Hello, my darling.") is extremely corny even though it's intended with a lot of malice.
    • Ozpin's fight with Cinder has him striking her multiple times with his cane, but the way its animated, the juggling nature of the hits makes it look like Cinder's dancing in place.
    • A moment in the opening for Volume 4 has Blake fighting Adam, which is during the chorus where it usually has people doing badass things. Then Adam goes to her and there's a camera shot of Blake with her hands up screaming. It becomes hilarious despite the context of this scene.
    • During the opening of Volume 6, there's a moment where Salem screams at the screen in frustration in a shot focused entirely on her face. It's supposed to be a menacing moment; unfortunately, the position of her mouth (as well as the motion blur from the vibrating screen and how her teeth are only barely whiter than her pale skin making it hard to tell where her face ends and her teeth begin without pausing), combined with her hairstyle, accidentally makes her look somewhat similar to an axototl, making it a little hard to take seriously.
    • Ruby's speeches can be pretty goofy sounding when looked at critically, making them sound like generic shounen anime speeches. In particular is her speech in Volume 6, Chapter 9. While pretty motivational, it turns funny/stupid when Ruby declares that they never needed help from an adult, considering most of their major fights against Salem did require help from an adult.note  Not helping matters is that soon after this, Ruby needed the help of an adult to save her from a Leviathan.
  • Narm Charm:
    • The JNPR dance is the corniest, cheesiest thing imaginable, but there couldn't be a more awesome or satisfying conclusion to that subplot.
    • Ozpin doing voices for the Maidens in the World of Remnant episode "The Four Maidens" is goofy, but it adds to the feeling that it's something out of a storybook, and works really well.
    • Adam's line when he's about to try and murder Blake is delivered with almost no emotion to the point where it doesn't even seem to be a question, but it just shows how far he's fallen and how he can't be reasoned with anymore.
    • While the idea of someone making a plant grow into the shape of a heart, especially when it's bamboo, is rather ridiculous and corny, seeing the guy give it to his partner, which is also the first time we see an LGBT couple in RWBY, is pretty sweet.
  • Never Live It Down:
    • Weiss calls Ruby a dolt once, very early in the first volume. The fandom has made it her catch-phrase and go-to insult for whenever anyone, but especially Ruby, annoys her.
    • Jaune is initially introduced as a character who struggles to do anything right, from throwing up in his first introduction because of travel sickness to bumbling through his very first lesson. He only attempts to hit on Weiss a couple of times in the first two volumes, but has been defined by the fandom because of his hopeless crush and his terrible attempts to woo her. The fandom portrays him as hitting on her on a daily basis, something that sometimes overlaps with parts of the fandom who prefer portraying the two characters in different ships.
    • Nora eagerly suggests breaking Cardin's legs only once in the entire series as a response to the fact her friend and team-leader, Jaune, is being bullied by Cardin. However, this line is the reason why fanfic writers commonly make Nora comically violent in ways that far exceed her canon character. For the same reason, Cardin is popularly portrayed as having his legs broken in various ways as karmic retribution for his bullying.
    • Yang's voice actor is (in)famous for her pun-making skills and Yang's appearance and personality are similar to her. The fandom therefore jokes that Yang is a relentless pun-maker. However, Yang's first pun occurs in Volume 2's first episode, and her total number of puns can be counted with one hand.
  • Nightmare Fuel: Has its own page.
  • Nightmare Retardant: After the release of the volume 4 finale, The FNDM was quick to point out that the Nuckelavee's stretching arms combined with its jerky movements make it look like a demonic inflatable air dancer. The comparison makes the monster go from disturbing to downright goofy for some.
  • No Yay: The penultimate episode of Volume 3, "Heroes and Monsters", does this for Blake/Adam. His downright abusive expression of how he'll make Blake suffer for leaving him, not to mention what he does to Yang who tried to save her, has done a lot to turn people away from shipping them. And with Rooster Teeth later officially confirming that their past relationship had been an abusive one, Tauradonna shippers have all but disappeared. See that page's entry for more.
  • Older Than They Think:
    • Several years before the series was made, Monty made a short that used "shotgun nunchucks". Both RWBY and the short use the same animation for the fight scenes. There's also a girl in the short who leaves copies of herself behind and dual-wields.
    • Characters in Monty's ''Dead Fantasy'' series use some of the same powers and fight moves that would later be seen in RWBY. (Something very similar to Weiss's time-stopping Semblance shows up here, for example.) In a larger sense, Dead Fantasy serves as a sort of prototype for RWBY's style of combat, in which super-powered heroes engage in a little good-natured sparring with weapons and attacks that would be lethal to ordinary humans.
  • One-Scene Wonder:
    • Tukson only gets a few minutes of screen time before his assassination, but his design, voice, and implied backstory made him very popular with the fans.
    • The first time a Maiden in seen in battle is a single scene which displays exactly what Maiden powers are capable of. The scene is a flashback to the moment where Cinder ambushed the Fall Maiden, Amber. It shows that Amber is immensely power, displaying the ability to levitate and control the elements. She puts up an awesome fight against Cinder, Emerald, and Mercury and is voiced by the popular Laura Bailey. However, as it's a flashback, the outcome of the fight is already known and serves only to show why Cinder is so powerful in the current timeline, and why Amber is scarred and comatose. In the current timeline, Amber is unable to be saved and Cinder successfully kills Amber without her ever regaining full consciousness.
    • During the Battle of Beacon, General Ironwood's airships get a brief moment in an episode to show how they function in a war situation, through a small scene involving an Atlesian captain giving orders during a war situation. His deep, commanding tone instantly won fans among the audience. The ship is killed moments later, but the character was voiced by the popular actor, Travis Willingham.
    • A new character introduced in Volume 5 has a single scene, but they have a very interesting design and give the White Fang a moral ambiguity that it lacked in the previous four volumes. Sienna Khan is introduced as a cat Faunus who unusually has a body covered in stripes, giving her the appearance of a tiger. When she describes the philosophy of the militancy she originally wanted for the White Fang, she introduces for the first time, the possibility of the White Fang existing in the grey area between freedom fighters and terrorists. Unfortunately, she is murdered in her introductory scene by Adam, who intends to take control of the White Fang and transform it from her vision into his morally unambiguous terrorism.
    • Volume 6 had one in Tock, which right from her appearance in episode 7's thumbnail caught the public's attention by her scary design. In the episode itself, she has a cool fight scene with young Maria Calavera, slices her eyes, and is decapitated, a short but impactful appearance.
  • One True Threesome: Threesome-ships started to become very popular within the fandom around Volume 4, partially due to the fanbase growing annoyed at the utterly brutal shipping wars, as well as the fact that many fans have a tendency to ship certain characters (such as Blake, and Jaune) with several other character simultaneously. note 
    • Prior to Volume 4: Tai/Qrow/Summer already had quite a following. Likewise JNPR-Berries (a rare One True Orgy) was also extremely popular.
    • During Volume 4: Yang/Blake/Sun (aka Sunny Bees) became a fairly popular ship for a time.
    • During Volume 5: Weiss/Yang/Blake gained a lot of traction due to Weiss and Yang's increased Ho Yay. Alternatively there are people who now ship Ilia/Blake/Sun, Ilia/Blake/Yang, and even Ilia/Blake/Yang/Sun.
      • Likewise, the Martial Arcs and Renora shippers became much more amicable with each other and the Renorarc ship became popular as a result. A few more Jaune OT3's would be Jaune/Ruby/Weiss and Jaune/Ruby/Oscar, but neither seem to be as popular as Renorarc has gotten. (Renorarc is especially noticeable as it's one of the only two OT3s that has a consistent ship name within the fandom.)
      • Weiss/Ruby/Oscar has a small following as well.
  • Only the Creator Does It Right: The show was originally advertised as an animation created by Monty Oum, who had built up a reputation around having a signature style of choreographing flashy, high-speed fights. For fans who follow the show because it's a Monty Oum creation, the quality of fights and the development of his original vision are both extremely important. Ever since Monty's untimely death after Volume 2's end, there have been fans who feel no subsequent animators can do the fights justice and that the original vision of the show has been lost. Sadly, there are numerous fans who seem to think that Monty did everything in the show, thus they consider the "original vision" to be everything in-series.
  • Periphery Demographic: The show is aimed towards adults, but attracted a sizable fanbase of children during the early years. The creators acknowledged this in a message that doubled as a warning that the show was going to get darker in Volume 3. A possible explanation for the upcoming RWBY Chibi spin-off is born out of a desire to provide this younger audience (and also adult viewers who were drawn to the light-hearted comedy and slice-of-life aspects of RWBY's earlier episodes) with an non-alienating alternative to the Darker and Edgier direction the main show is taking.
  • Portmanteau Couple Name:
    • Jaune Arc/Pyrrha Nikos is referred to as "Arkos".
    • The wikia forums gave a joke name to the Ruby/Jaune ship, known as Arse (Arc + Rose) shipping. And they also add S.S. in front of the ships' names.
    • Barbara (Yang's VA) once used "Blang" (for Blake/Yang) on a Twitter pic of her and Arryn (Blake's VA).
    • Mercury/Emerald is frequently called "Emercury".
    • For a while the ship name "Neiss" (say it out loud) for Neptune and Weiss was popular.
    • "Renora" for Ren/Nora (naturally).
    • "Pyrruby" for Pyrrha/Ruby.
    • "Ironqrow" has gained some popularity, for Ironwood/Qrow.
    • The threesome between Ren, Nora, and Jaune Arc goes by "Renorarc".
  • Sacred Cow: Part of the fandom is really invested in the show, to the point where they consider it almost flawless. This part of the fandom doesn't like when the show is criticized and can become very defensive when it happens.
  • Scapegoat Creator: The go-to response for a significant portion of the fandom in regards to the flaws of the series is to blame the head writers Miles Luna and Kerry Shawcross, in particular for the quality and quantity of the fight scenes after Monty's passing.
  • Seasonal Rot: Volume 5 is considered drastically inferior to previous volumes due to a lack of well-animated action, the over-reliance on exposition, and unnecessary talking scenes that slow the narrative; these concerns were strong enough to require direct acknowledgement by the creators. While fans generally agree that Volume 6 has improved from Volume 5, the feeling is that the latter half of the volume deteriorated from its strong start and that the creators still have to do more work to reclaim the quality of earlier volumes.
  • Ship Mates:
    • Within the fandom, it's not uncommon to find Ruby/Weiss shippers that also support Blake/Yang. This isn't limited to Team RWBY members; you're likely to find supporters of Jaune/Pyrrha and/or Ren/Nora. The trend continues even if you mix and match; for example, Ruby/Blake shippers often support Weiss/Yang.
    • If someone ships Sun/Neptune, you can bet with certainty that they were and are big fans of a pairing of Blake and one of her teammates (usually Yang) first.
    • Most people split Team JNPR into Jaune/Pyrrha and Nora/Ren, with double dates being a common fanfiction setup.
    • Starting Volume 4 it's become somewhat common for people to ship Martial Arcs (Jaune/Ren) and Sugar Rush (Nora/Ruby) together. If it's the heterosexual ship then it's Lancaster (Jaune/Ruby) and Renora (Ren/Nora).
    • Some who ship Sun/Blake and Neptune/Weiss also come to group ship Teams RWBY and SSSN with Scarlet/Ruby and Sage/Yang to round it out. Although the Scarlet/Ruby ship succumbed to Ship Sinking after Word of God confirmed Scarlet was gay.
  • Ship-to-Ship Combat:
    • Arkos (Jaune/Pyrrha) vs. White Knight (Jaune/Weiss) vs. Lancaster (Jaune/Ruby) erupted into this the moment "End of the Beginning" was released. A lot of the Combat is due to the fact that many Arkos shippers moved to White Knight and Lancaster after Pyrrha died, with many of these shippers claiming that this isn't second best, but all that's left. Despite their ship sinking faster than the Titanic, Arkos shippers are still defiant that their ship is still valid, believing that Pyrrha is still alive, despite even her voice actor and the creator's ex-fiance saying otherwise and claiming that those who jump over to White Knight or Lancaster are nothing more than traitors to the ship. Shipping is Serious Business. This isn't helped by White Rose and Nuts and Dolts, who are also generally opposed to Lancaster. (Don't tell Nuts and Dolts shippers that Penny's dead. Nobody believes it.)
    • There's also a lot of tension between shippers of Bumblebee (Blake/Yang) and Black Sun (Blake/Sun), especially after the focus on Blake and Yang's friendship at the end of Volume 3 and the release of what was seen as a Black Sun-themed song "Not Fall In Love With You" gave both fandoms hopes for canonization. Williams has since stated at NYCC that it was a generic love song from his boy-band days and not dedicated to any particular character. Escalation factors include the Volume 4 soundtrack, where "Like Morning Follows Night" can be interpreted as a ship song for Sun and Blake while "Bmblb" is interpreted as Yang singing about her feelings for Blake, though the latter apparently didn't get creative consultation from M&K according to Blake's VA. The shipping war has eventually become Bumblebee vs any other ship with Blake or Yang that gets popular, such as Freezerburn (Weiss/Yang) or Catmeleon (Blake/Ilia).
    • Not as bad as the above mentioned but some small parts of the Renora ship can be quite vocal about their dislike of the Martial Arcs (Jaune/Ren) ship, which has gained quite a bit of support with Volume 4's increased focus on Jaune and Ren's relationship. It's not all that uncommon for Martial Arcs shippers to receive nasty messages on Tumblr about how Renora is clearly superior and canon already. The Martial Arcs side of this rarely retaliates though because the Renora fans massively outnumber them.
    • The major ships involving Ruby tend to be very protective of her. White Rose (Ruby/Weiss) is the most popular, Lancaster (Ruby/Jaune) also became popular in Volume 4 and Rose Garden (Oscar/Ruby) in Volume 5 skyrocketed, and the disagreements within the shipping camps are intense at times.
  • Signature Scene:
    • From Volume 1, the first Red trailer and the Nevermore/Deathstalker fight scene of Players and Pieces.
    • Pyrrha's death and Yang's dismembering from Volume 3, due to the great shock it caused to the audience.
  • Snark Bait: Volume 1 was the subject of some derision back when due to the quirky animation and Troperiffic characters and plot. Anime News Network editors refused to call it an anime series by pointing out how many cliches it played straight. When the animation quality improved by Volume 3 and the standard characters and setting got flipped every which way you can think of, this was reduced. However, the show still received some snark with Volumes 4 and came back with a vengeance with Volume 5.
  • Some Anvils Need to Be Dropped:
    • The White Fang are a clear example of how extremist groups, no matter what they claim to be fighting for, are trouble through and through not only for the people they fight against, but the people they claim to be on the side of. Especially the people they claim to be on the side of: sooner or later, they will turn on even the moderates for not being as extreme as they are, and they'll show just as little mercy.
    • Celebrate diversity and find strength in unity: Eighty years ago, a world war happened that tried to destroy people's general and artistic individuality. In remembrance of that war, people name their child after colors and are encouraged to find their own individual, personal expression. The four great Huntsmen Academies, set up by the Big Good, train their students to function in teams of four. They eat, sleep and train together, their final grades depend on how well they can work together. The protagonist team, Team RWBY, are at their strongest when they fight together, such as taking down their first giant monster or fighting the villain, Roman Torchwick, when he's fighting with a Mini-Mecha, but at their weakest when they're keeping secrets from each other that divide them, such as Blake hiding her Faunus heritage and White Fang links, and Weiss bottling up her resentment at the Faunus for the ongoing war between her father's company and the White Fang until things explode between them. The Big Bad, by contrast, seeks to turn humanity and Faunus against each themselves and each other, to divide and conquer to achieve her mysterious end goal. She openly admits that the Big Good is right to believe that humanity is capable of greatness through unity, which is why her primary tool is to use divide and conquer tactics to defeat him.
    • Don't let negative emotions control or consume you. The world is populated by monsters that are attracted to, and empowered by, the negative emotions of people. The villains can even manipulate these Creatures of Grimm to attack fortified strongholds en masse by instigating attacks that leave entire populations traumatized. When bandits raid villages, Grimm attacks inevitably follow because of the pain and suffering the survivors feels as a result of the bandits' actions. The Big Good is implied to be a person who is eternally optimistic that humanity can rise above its perils to survive and thrive. The Big Bad's entire strategy consists of divide and conquer, forcing people to confront the worst sides of human nature and give in to despair; it is implied that she feels she cannot achieve her mysterious end-goal until the Big Good's eternal optimism is broken. The key to breaking him is further implied to lie with the show's titular heroine, who is optimistic to a fault, always spinning something bad into a positive action people can take to recover or help others: if Salem can break Ruby, Ozpin himself will break, and victory will be hers. The most extreme anvil occurs when Ruby is arguing with petty thief Roman Torchwick about the difference between the heroes and villains while a mass of Grimm are flying around them: as he tries to beat her to a pulp with his cane, he rants that optimism is a trait that will get a person killed in this world while she rejects his negativity and vows to stop him. During their fight, the Grimm increasingly avoid her while coming increasingly closer to him until, at the climax of his negative rant, the Grimm attack and kill him.
  • Spoiled by the Format: Combined with Spoiler Cover, having the thumbnail for the next episode visible can spoil a twist in the one you're watching. The true identity of the Spring Maiden can be somewhat obvious when the following one displays Raven with the Maiden eye fire and the episode after that shows she's the clear winner of the inevitable clash with Cinder. Likewise, Adam appearing in "Stealing from the Elderly", given the next one has Blake fighting him.
  • Starboarding: Some Qrow/Summer shippers believe (or like to portray) that Qrow was a Romantic Runner-Up, in love with Summer but that decided to step aside and let Tai be with her, both because she liked him more and because of his own semblance.
  • Superlative Dubbing: The Japanese dub is seen as one of the better language tracks of the series, as it brings an All-Star Cast of great and well known voice actors to the table and the delivery is fairly good.
  • Suspiciously Similar Song: The intro to "Not Fall in Love With You" sounds a lot like "Looking for the Magic" in a higher key.
  • Tainted by the Preview: Some viewers were turned off by the inexperienced voice acting in the Black and Yellow trailers.
  • Take That, Scrappy!:
    • After spending Jaune's arc bullying and forcing Jaune to take part in his vicious schemes, Jaune stands up to Cardin at the end of "Forever Fall". When an Ursa interrupts them, Cardin's team abandons them, leaving Cardin's life to be saved by the very boy he's been bullying. His team is later demolished in a sparring match when Pyrrha single-handedly defeats them.
    • During Volume 4, Weiss is put on the back foot by Whitley's constant, but slimy, support for her opposition to her father. After she is disinherited by her father and imprisoned in the house, her situation is mocked by Whitley who has been the beneficiary of her downfall. Her response is to create a black glyph on the door he's standing beside and slamming it shut in his face.
  • They Wasted a Perfectly Good Character:
    • Despite being the main protagonist, Ruby receives far less character development or back story exploration during the first five volumes than the other main characters, and even some minor characters. For example, her complicated family situation is only discussed whenever Yang's character is being explored and her goals and drivers in life usually only get mentioned by proxy when other characters are discussing their own life goals. With only a few exceptions, her feelings and thoughts about even traumatic events tend to only be hinted at, or speculated about by other characters. As a result, Ruby's role in the story is passive, acting as a lens for the characters around her to be explored and as a pivot around which the plot occurs, rather than contributing to, or driving, the plot in more a active fashion. It took until Volume 6 for her to finally become more assertive.
    • A lot of fans felt that, aside from Sun himself, Team SSSN has been criminally underused, as they mostly show up as secondary characters, with two team members, Scarlet and Sage, being only shown in a couple of episodes despite showing up in the opening title for Volume 2. Neptune gets more scenes but is still a secondary character who only appeared in Volumes 2 and 3.
    • There is a widespread complaint within the fandom that Sienna Khan was too underused after being introduced in Volume 5. In her introductory scene, she displayed an interesting character design, combining Faunus traits and tiger-striped tattoos with a detailed fashion design that made her stand out from the outset. When she revealed her motives for turning the White Fang militant and how her philosophy of achieving equality through violence actually works, she introduced a moral ambiguity that the White Fang appeared to be lacking in Volumes 1-4. However, the focus in Volume 5 is on Adam's black-and-white view of the world and his morally unambiguous opinion about humanity instead of exploring the grey area between violence and peaceful protest that Sienna's outlook introduces. Adam murders Sienna in the very same scene that introduces her precisely so that he can turn the White Fang to his cause instead of Sienna's, leaving the fandom's interest in the moral issues Sienna introduces unsatisfied. In acknowledgement of the fandom's criticism about how they used Sienna, the creators deliberately designed the Volume 6 Character Short to give Sienna a significant role, introducing her fighting style and weapon choices, and revealing how she was involved in inadvertently setting up Adam's dark path.
    • While Adam's death in combat was certainly welcome, some felt that it occurring immediately after the revelation of his Facial Horror and the implications, was a poor decision, because it could have been used to add depth to a character many felt was too one-dimensional, and ends up unexplained.
  • They Wasted a Perfectly Good Plot: Ruby and Cinder were set up to have a fight, with Cinder explicitly compromising the entire operation on Mistral just to have her revenge on Ruby, only for Cinder to completely ignore her during the entirety of the final showdown.
  • Too Cool to Live: From the beginning of the show, Ozpin is searching for his mysterious Guardian. He describes to Qrow a maiden who is "strong, intelligent, caring..." and "most importantly, she's ready". Unfortunately, Ozpin's search for the perfect warrior ensures she's too perfect to survive long in this world. Pyrrha is introduced as an ace warrior with global fame, a child prodigy who has won the Mistral tournaments four years in a row — and she's only seventeen. She's kind and compassionate to everyone who needs support, she doesn't judge Jaune for his weaknesses and instead helps him find a path to overcome them. Ozpin regards her as the perfect candidate to become the next Fall Maiden, a person who needs to be kind, compassionate and capable of taking on crushing burdens to protect the world against an Ancient Evil. It brings her into direct conflict with Cinder, who is in the process of stealing the Fall Maiden's power for herself, and results in her death by Cinder's hands.
  • Tough Act to Follow: The quality of the animation and choreography of all the fights in newer seasons following Monty's death are often a point of contention among FNDM, as many fans have said that many fights in Volume 3 were lackluster compared the flow, momentum, and impact that resulted from Monty's touch. Many fans have pointed out that Monty kind of set the bar a little high and think RT is doing an okay job, while others feel the fights in newer seasons leave much to be desired. Volumes 4 and 5 were also criticized by many fans for having fight scenes that were perceived as less complex or fluid.
  • Uncanny Valley:
    • There is something off about Whitley Schnee and his demeanor, which is probably why so many people pegged him as evil. His mannerisms are rather similar to Emerald or Mercury while they're interacting with Team RWBY during the Vytal Festival. They're proven right in "Punished" where it's revealed he plans to have both his sisters removed from his father's will, thus leaving him the sole heir of the SDC.
    • The Nuckelavee due to its humanoid head, which twitches around very uncannily. This is probably intentional.
  • Unintentionally Unsympathetic:
    • After the events of Volume 3, Blake is scarred by being the cause of Yang's lost arm. However, for a good chunk of the fanbase, her running away from her friends and her mistreatment of Sun made Blake unlikable, coming across as an abusive coward, and those events didn't justify her actions.
    • Jaune is considered less sympathetic by some fans, due to various factors such as his cheating his way into Beacon, constant attempts to flirt with Weiss in the early years and his failure to protect Amber during the climax of Volume 3.
  • The Un-Twist: After all the subtle and unsubtle hints that Blake is a Faunus, it was theorized that she was not a Faunus herself, but merely connected to them in some way. Turns out, no, she really is a Cat Faunus.
  • Values Dissonance:
    • In the first episode of Volume 3, Nora belches loudly after eating a bowl of ramen. While this is considered bad table manners in general, it is much more frowned upon in Japan than in the West. note  For Japanese viewers, the crude and unladylike point of the belch doesn't work so well as a joke as in Japan, so they decided to change it into a modest "Guhhh!" for the Japanese dub.
    • A common complaint in the Japanese fandom is that the female characters walk or stand in a "crab stance", or with their toes and knees spread outward. They find this posture unladylike, especially for girls in skirts. note  The Western fandom, however, doesn't consider this a big deal.
  • Viewers in Mourning: Pyrrha's death caused quite the impact on the FNDM. Penny and Roman in the previous episodes too, and the latter is even a villain. And then Adam's death brought a second wave of mourners.
  • Visual Effects of Awesome:
    • For Volume 3, the face rigs were severely updated across the board. This allows for a far greater variety of expressions than in past volumes. This is evident right from Episode 1.
    • From Volume 4 onwards, the team switched from using Poser to Maya for the animation software. Although the opening credits are regarded as having clumsy movements and a narmy Blake-Adam confrontation, the episodes themselves use a gorgeous cel-shaded artwork with plenty of visual treats to spare.
    • The animation used for Volume 5, while only minor in comparison, is noteworthy when they manage to capture a look of pure terror on Weiss' face when she's pinned down by Beowolves during her character short.
  • Vocal Minority: While Adam has attained Draco in Leather Pants status, it's only for a very vocal minority of the FNDM. Most see him either as the show presents him, a not so well intentioned stalker, or as wasted potential.
  • What an Idiot!: When Weiss fights Vernal in the climax of Volume 5, she keeps trying to summon the Knight despite being in the middle of a fast-paced battle with a skilled opponent. Vernal, naturally, takes advantage of this to keep attacking her while she's distracted with her summons, and Weiss keeps trying to summon despite the fact that it isn't working and she's got other options to fight Vernal instead.
  • What Do You Mean, "It's for Kids"?: Burnie Burns, among others at Rooster Teeth, has stated that part of why they made the show was so that they could have something made by their company that they could watch with their kids. Yes, it's lacking the swearing that fills most of their work, and it makes full use of Bloodless Carnage. This was later acknowledged during the airing of Volume 3, with Rooster Teeth warning people about how the show was going to get much darker going down the road. Come Volume 4, and RWBY has a darker setting, with violence, betrayal, and profanity as the story gets much more serious.
  • What Do You Mean, It's Not Political?: The White Fang, a Western Terrorists group that gives a bad name to an established minority group. Related, Weiss, a character represented by the color white, is presented as a racist, while Blake, who is represented by black, is a former member of the group. It hurts that exposition in episode 16 reveals that despite Faunus officially being recognized as equal, they are still commonly mistreated. Even worse, it's mentioned that Schnee industries used "Faunus labor" and with the way it was said and how Blake mentioned back in episode 2 that the company was at the center of a lot of controversy, it's implied that the workers are either overworked, underpaid, or have poor safety conditions. It really does seem similar to how slavery was outlawed after the American Civil War, but not long after the Jim Crow laws were passed, creating more or less slavery in all but name. There is also a comparison between the Schnee dust company and the real-life deBeers diamond company, who uses questionable labor practices in their African mines. The two companies even have Germanic names.
  • Win the Crowd: Each of the series' opening trailers serves as one of these to get a new audience locked in, with progressively more beautiful choreography and escalation. For those who missed the initial trailers and jumped into RWBY itself, there was a taste of the spectacle the series would be known for when Ruby fought Roman's thugs. And for those still on the fence, there's Volume One, Chapter Eight's battle against the Deathstalker and Nevermore to seal the deal.
  • The Woobie: Has its own page.
  • Woolseyism:
    • The Japanese dub includes a little something extra for Yang. What does she say when unleashing a flurry of punches on an enemy? Why "ORA ORA ORA ORA ORA!!", of course!
    • Within Korean fandom, the term "Faunus" translated as "Suu-in" (수인/獸人), which literally means "human with beastly characteristics"/"anthropomorphic animal" or simply "furry".

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