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This is the character sheet for RWBY. Unless otherwise noted, every single one of these people is a Badass.

Yes, even the Corgi.

Beacon Academy


In addition to the below, we know of at least one other staff member: Professor Peach, who is only mentioned once in V1E13 and has not yet (as of the end of V4) appeared on-screen.

Professor Ozpin
Voiced by: Shannon McCormick
Based on: The Wizard of Oz/Odin
Killed/Discorporated by Cinder Fall at the end of V3. As of V4 is sharing a body with Oscar Pine.

A description of the character goes here.

Tropes exhibited by this character include:
  • Ancient Tradition: Member of a nameless organization which has supported the Four Maidens through the centuries, and is responsible for their history becoming Shrouded in Myth.
  • Big Brother Is Watching: Ozpin seems to know and see more than is reasonable, for instance having a live feed of Ruby and Weiss in the Emerald Forest during their initiation.
  • Big Good: He presumably has been Salem's main opposition for a considerable time period and he is in a position of leadership.
  • Cool Teacher
  • Dark Secret: He's Salem's ex-husband, they're both immortal in their own ways, and he has no idea how to stop her permanently. The best he can do is basically keep her in check.
  • Eccentric Mentor/Trickster Mentor
  • Flying Dutchman: In V5E3 he reveals that he is thousands of years old, and cursed to reincarnate over and over again into the body of a like individual whenever he dies, as punishment by the gods for failing to stop Salem long ago.
  • Lennon Specs
  • Metaphorically True: As of the start of V6, Ozpin shown to have been keeping more secrets than previously suspected -- and sometimes almost reflexively keeping secrets that shouldn't be.
  • Older Than They Look: Random throwaway details before the end of V3 suggest that he was around for the last big war, which was nearly a century before the start of the story. And there's some evidence that that was a relatively recent event for him. In V5 we find out this is in fact true, and why -- and why this trope isn't anything more than technically correct.
  • Opaque Lenses: But since they never seem to obscure his eyes they probably don't count.
  • Reasonable Authority Figure
  • Resurrective Immortality: As noted above, every time he dies, he immediately reincarnates. However, unlike the usual implementation of this trope, he reincarnates into an existing young adult male, and the two eventually merge into a single being.
  • Shout-Out Theme Naming: To The Wizard of Oz. (The Wizard's initials spelled out "O.Z.P.I.N.H.E.A.D."; Ozpin is Headmaster of Beacon.)
    • His original name, that of his first incarnation, was "Ozma" -- the name of the princess who regains the throne of Oz and rules over it starting at the end of the second Oz book.
  • Trademark Favorite Beverage: Is almost never seen without a coffee cup in his hand. (According to Word of God it contains hot chocolate.) It could be argued that his Catch Phrase is "sluuuuuuuurp".

Glynda Goodwitch
Voiced by: Kathleen Zuelch
Based on: Glinda, the Good Witch of the North

A description of the character goes here.

Tropes exhibited by this character include:

Professor Peter Port
Voiced by: Ryan Haywood
Based on: Peter of Peter and The Wolf

A description of the character goes here.

Tropes exhibited by this character include:

Professor Doctor Bartholomew Oobleck
Voiced by: Joel Heyman
Based on: Dr. Seuss' Bartholomew and the Oobleck

A description of the character goes here.

Tropes exhibited by this character include:

Those who do not study history....are doomed to repeat it.



(Pronounced "Ruby")

Tropes that apply to Team RWBY as a whole:

Ruby Rose
Ruby Rose, V1-3.
Ruby, V4+
Voiced by: Lindsay Jones
Based on: Little Red Riding Hood, The Ruby/Silver Slippers

I know you didn't plan this;
You tried to do what's right.
But in the middle of this madness,
I'm the one you left to win this fight.

A description of the character goes here.

Tropes exhibited by this character include:
  • Alliterative Name
  • Ascended Fangirl: Ruby, who geeks out over huntsmen and huntresses, manages to get into Beacon Academy two years before she normally would be old enough, on the basis of both skill and overwhelming enthusiasm.
  • Badass
  • Big Eater: At least where cookies are concerned.
  • Dramatic Wind: Even indoors, in still air, her red cape ripples and waves.
  • Elegant Gothic Lolita: Her "working clothes" have a very strong EGL flavor.
  • Everything's Better with Spinning: When Ruby really pushes her Super Speed, she appears to transform into a bright red spinning helix.
  • Flight: As of the beginning of V4, Ruby's Super Speed seems to be developing into true flight -- as seen during the Food Fight in V2E1, she can become essentially a living bullet, but by V4 she also seems to have gained a limited ability to "hover", with mid-air hang times of several seconds or longer.
    • In V8, Penny reveals that it's not so much super-speed or flight as an odd kind of Teleportation -- and she can take others with her; the first time she tries it after this revelation, Ruby discovers she can effortlessly carry four other people over a long distance.
  • Friendly Sniper: She makes frequent use of a sniper rifle, however we haven't seen her use it against truly distant targets that much.
  • Genki Girl: Easily excited, geeky, and hyperactive? Ruby fits it like a glove.
  • Grave Marking Scene: She starts the "Red" Trailer with one; she also starts and ends V3 with one.
  • Hand Behind Head: Could be considered her signature gesture.
  • I Call It "Vera": Ruby with Crescent Rose (and to a lesser degree weapons in general), at least as of the start of V1. She gets better socialized with people by the end of that volume, and seems less... fetishistic about weapons by then.
  • I Just Want to Be Normal: Oddly enough, her primary reaction to getting moved up two years and getting into Beacon, after the initial elation wears off. This reaction vanishes pretty quickly, though, once it's apparent that her classmates (other than Weiss) don't notice or care that she's that much younger than them.
  • Impossibly Cool Clothes: For the most part averted, as Rooster Teeth has designed all the costumes for RWBY with cosplayers in mind -- but in V4 and after, her cape behaves... oddly, changing its length from a few feet long to dozens as dramatically appropriate. See, for instance, the V4 trailer, and the opening sequence of V5.
  • Kid Hero: Well, 15 years old (Then 16); but she is very young, but is also Remnant's biggest hero.
  • Lightning Bruiser
  • Literal-Minded: Occasionally shows signs of this, such as not understanding Weiss is being facetious about forgetting the existence of the fairgrounds in V3E1.
  • Little Red Fighting Hood
  • Magic Skirt
  • Magnetic Hero
  • Missing Mom: Her mother, Summer Rose disappeared on a 'mission' when she was little; she still seems to idolize Summer, and regularly visits her grave. It is later revealed her mother is not dead, but something far worse, having been turned into one of Salem's Grimm experiments.
  • Motor Mouth: When she gets excited.
  • Nom De Mom: She uses her mother's last name, unlike her older sister.
  • Not Quite Flight: Starting in Volume 4 she seems to have leveraged her Super Speed and Recoil Boost into something that is almost but not quite true flight, including outrageously long hang times and hurtling like a comet at her opponents. (But see Flight, above.)
  • Pals with Jesus: At the end of V9, Ruby finds herself on surprisingly casual terms with a being who appears to be the creator god(dess) responsible for the existence of the brother gods who created Remnant; and said creator seems to regard Ruby with sibling-like or parental affection.
  • Petal Power: Ruby seems to emit showers of rose petals -- and a Dramatic Wind to carry them -- just by moving. And sometimes by standing still.
  • Pint-Sized Powerhouse: Judging by the heights of other characters, Ruby can't be any taller than about 5'2".
  • Recoil Boost: Ruby boosts her already-impressive speed by using the recoil from her Dust shells.
  • Silver Eyes: Basically the first thing Ozpin says to her is a comment on her eyes. Her eyes are related to a power she has.
  • Sinister Scythe: Averted. Although Crescent Rose is massive in its scythe form, and is definitely deadly, it somehow fails to be truly sinister, instead coming across as a heroic scythe.
  • Spank the Cutie: Nearly became a victim of this from Glynda, if the 'slap on the wrist' euphemism was any indication. Ozpin rescued her from this however as he had plans to recruit her instead.
  • Small Girl, Big Gun
  • Socially Awkward Hero: Or so she initially describes herself. But by the middle of Volume 1 she seems to be quite at ease with the other students around her, enough so that she can even briefly mentor Jaune on being a team leader.
    • At one point in the manga she had a fear of large crowds. This fear is not seen in the Vytal Festival, so presumably she got over it.
  • The Southpaw: Confirmed by Word of God, but at the same time it's clear from the footage of her fights that she's functionally ambidextrous -- at least when wielding Crescent Rose.
  • Super Senses: The directors joke about it in their V3 commentary, but Ruby's ability to spot Emerald from the other side of the arena in V3E8 verges on telescopic vision. (Emerald spotting Ruby spotting her counts as well.)
  • Super Speed
  • Swiss Army Gun/Sinister Scythe: The two modes of her weapon.
  • Teen Genius: Word of God describes Ruby as a prodigy with immense natural talent, who subsequently doesn't have to work very hard to excel as she has. This is initially a source of friction between her and Weiss, who has put a great deal of effort into being as good as she is.
  • Traumatic Superpower Awakening: Upon witnessing Cinder murder Pyrrha in V3E12, Ruby essentially exploded in white light, which froze the Grimm "dragon" and seriously injured Cinder. Upon recovering three days later, Ruby remembers that something happened, but not what, nor how to trigger or use whatever power it was.
  • Traveling At the Speed of Plot: Sometimes Ruby's Super Speed just isn't there when it's dramatically necessary.
  • Vitriolic Best Buds: With Weiss, at least through the end of V3. When they reunite in V5, their relationship seems to be considerably less prickly.

Weiss Schnee
Weiss, V1-3
Weiss, V4+
Voiced by: Kara Eberle
Based on: Snow White

Mirror, tell me something,
Tell me who's the loneliest of all?
Fear of what's inside of me,
Tell me can a heart be turned to stone?

A description of the character goes here.

Tropes exhibited by this character include:

[Ruby hugs Weiss]
Weiss: Shut up! Don't touch me!

[hugs back]
—Volume 2, Episode 2
    • And then there's the heartfelt hug she gives Yang at the end of V5E4:

Weiss: I missed you so much!

As of V5 she's grown and opened up remarkably, so much so that the only trace of the old Ice Queen is the playful nickname her friends have for her.
  • Icy Blue Eyes
  • Instant Runes: Her "glyphs".
  • Jerkass -> Jerk with a Heart of Gold: At least up until V3. After V4, she seems to have lost almost all her Jerkass tendencies.
  • Kill It with Ice: Weiss incorporates this in her style.
  • Magic Skirt: In V1-3, plus enough petticoats or other under-ruffles to block even a view from directly underneath.
  • Middle Child Syndrome
  • Oddly Visible Eyebrows
  • Only Sane Man: The least impulsive member of Team RWBY, at least.
  • Pint-Sized Powerhouse: Out of her high-heeled boots, it's possible she's as much as a couple inches shorter than Ruby. She's certainly no taller than Ruby is.
  • Rapunzel Hair: Given it's normally in a high ponytail that goes almost to her knees, her hair probably hangs to her ankles when it's down.
  • Rich Bitch: Mellows considerably with Character Development.
  • Royal Rapier
  • Scars Are Forever: Despite the availability of healing that verges on magic and the wealth of her family (and her father's obsession with appearances), Weiss still has a subtle but visible scar across her left eye.
  • Singing Voice Dissonance: Downplayed. Since Weiss is the only one in the group that sings (on-screen at least), naturally Casey Lee Williams takes her singing voice. Casey can sound like Weiss on occasion (particularly when she's vocalizing) but it's still very obvious the voice isn't Kara Eberle's.
  • Sugar and Ice Personality: As demonstrated in her Character Development between V1 and V5.
  • Summon Magic: A family trait that she initially was unable to use; she finally displays some ability with it by the end of V3, and after considerable effort in V4 has clearly mastered it.
  • Time Master: In Volume 2, Weiss employed a new glyph that instead of looking like a snowflake looks like clockwork, and which seems to accelerate its recipient's personal time rate for a brief period.
  • Vitriolic Best Buds: With Ruby, at least through the end of V3. When they reunite in V5, their relationship seems to be considerably less prickly.
  • White Sheep: A role shared with sister Winter, in regards to the Schnee family.
  • White-Haired Pretty Girl
  • Woman in White: V1-3. Starting in V4, though, her color palette shifts to incorporate a lot of greys and pale blues.

Blake Belladonna
Blake, V1-3
Blake, V4+
Voiced by: Arryn Zech
Based on: Beauty of Beauty and the Beast

Born with no life, into subjugation.
Treated like a worthless animal,
Stripped of all rights, just a lesser being,
Crushed by cruel ruthless Human rule.

A description of the character goes here.

Tropes exhibited by this character include:
  • Alliterative Name
  • Animal Jingoism: Blake seems to have an automatic and instinctive feline dislike of Zwei when he first appears.
  • The Atoner: Became a huntress as a way of making up for the damage she did as a member of the White Fang.
  • Badass
  • Beast Folk
  • Bookworm
  • Catgirl
  • The Chief's Daughter: We learn in V4 that her father is the Chieftain of Menagerie, and the former leader of the White Fang.
  • Covert Pervert: It's heavily implied some of her favorite literature is on the trashy side. Ninjas of Love, indeed!
  • Cute Monster Girl
  • Deadpan Snarker
  • Death Glare: Just as good at it as Weiss, although she uses it less frequently.
  • Dirty Coward: Believes this of herself, at least initially. By the end of V5 it's possible she no longer does so.
  • Doppelganger Spin/Doppelganger Attack: Blake leaves images of herself behind to take hits from opponents; most of the time these images appear to be insubstantial, but in V2E11 we see that she can also (apparently with the aid of Dust) make them of some elemental material -- fire, stone and ice were shown. And events in V3E1 suggest she can make an image last several seconds or longer. Unlike the typical Doppelganger manifestation, though, her images do not move.
  • Dual-Wielding: Gambol Shroud's sheath is a blade in its own right, and she can use the sheath in one hand and Gambol Shroud in blade form in the other.
  • Eyes of Gold
  • Expressive Ears: Although they're first seen behaving that way in V4, after the switch in animation engines. Flashbacks made after the switch -- such as that seen in the pre-V6 Adam short -- show that they were just as expressive before V4, we just didn't see it.
  • Hereditary Hairstyle: Her latest haircut (as of V9) looks very similar to her mother's hair.
  • Important Hair Accessory: Her bow. When she discards it entirely at the beginning of V4, it indicates the growth of her character.
  • Interspecies Romance: Strongly hinted at with Yang.
  • Little Bit Beastly: She has cat-ears and cat-like golden eyes.
  • Mafia Princess: She tells Sun she was "born to [the White Fang]" and she is the former partner and love interest of a mid-level leader of the White Fang. And in V4E5 we learn that she is the daughter of the original leader/founder of the White Fang, who stepped down five years before the start of the show.
  • My Instincts Are Showing: She has demonstrated a few catlike behaviors in V2, such as following the dot of a laser pointer and reacting with hostility to dogs. Her reaction to a bowl of fish in V3E1 is also very catlike.
  • Official Couple: After seasons of Ship Tease, she and Yang finally share their feelings towards each other and kiss.
  • Paper-Thin Disguise: Her bow in V1-3. Even as early as her first appearance as a silhouette at the end of the "Red" Trailer people were going "cat ears!" The bow's ability to completely hide her ears (which in V4+ animation aren't even in the same place on her head as the bow was) is completely inexplicable.
  • Rapunzel Hair: Second only to Weiss. Averted as of V6.
  • Romantic Two-Girl Friendship: Judging by events in both V2 and V3, she and Yang appear to have one. No longer a friendship as of V9.
  • Sheath Strike
  • Shell-Shocked Veteran: At the start of V4, in the wake of the fall of Beacon; in her case, it manifests as mild paranoia and jumpiness. She gets over it by the end of V5.
  • Speed Echoes: In the first three volumes, her semblance manifested as Speed Echoes which could take a combat hit for her, and unlike most such echoes looked solid and the same color as her. These echoes were initially stationary, but by V4 became able to move on their own.
  • Stock Animal Diet: Has been seen to gorge herself on fish; when her faunus nature was revealed at the end of V1, Ruby comments that she does like tuna a lot.
  • The Stoic: In V1. By V3, though, she has opened up considerably and is very expressive. Unfortunately, the events of the last two episodes of V3 initially undid all that growth, and it took the events of V4 and V5 to restore it to her.
  • Super Speed: And she leaves afterimages in her wake.
  • Trademark Favorite Food: One cat-like trait she has is a fondness for fish, something Ruby brings up when Blake is revealed to be a a faunus. Later she passes up the noodles at the tournament in favor of cooked fish.

Yang Xiao Long
Yang, V1-3
Yang, V4+
Voiced by: Barbara Dunkelman
Based on: Goldilocks

I burn! Can't hold me now.
You got nothing that can stop me.
I burn! Swing all you want.
Like a fever I will take you down.

A description of the character goes here.

Tropes exhibited by this character include:
  • Actor Allusion: Yang's tendency to make bad puns echoes Barbara Dunkelman's own infamously bad puns.
  • Artificial Limbs: Receives an artificial arm from Ironwood in V4E3 to replace her lost right arm. In V4E4 she finally tries it.
  • Badass
  • Bare-Fisted Monk/Shotguns Are Just Better: Her weapon is Ember Celica, a pair of gauntlets that can fire Dust-filled shotgun shells, sometimes combined to give her punches greater impact. As of V4, she only has one Ember Celica, the other apparently having been destroyed with the loss of her arm at the end of V3. But that's okay, because her prosthetic arm incorporates the same functionality.
  • Bare Your Midriff: Her original (volumes 1-3) costume. Averted in her subsequent outfits.
  • Berserk Button: Nobody Touches the Hair.
  • Boisterous Bruiser
  • Boobs of Steel: Her "working clothes" from V1-V3 seem to have provided a "push-up" effect that made her most visibly busty of the girls in Team RWBY -- and, indeed, the whole female cast. Neon Katt even comments on it during their fight in V3. However, when we see her in a simple tank top in V4 -- tellingly, after losing her arm and suffering PTSD -- she's not nearly as buxom as she appeared to be in the previous volumes.
  • Cool Big Sis: To Ruby.
  • Cowgirl: In V1-V3, her "working clothes" gave off this vibe, even though, on closer examination, they really weren't Western gear.
  • Critical Status Buff: Even though she isn't a video game character, Ruby tells us in volume 2, episode 4, she still manages to have this trope.
  • Fashionable Asymmetry: Yang's original outfit in V1-3 included a diaphanous skirt-like wrap around her hips that was cut diagonally and hung mostly on her right, and stockings of different heights.
  • Flaming Hair: Sometimes it looks as though this is the case.
  • Hero with Bad Publicity: Briefly in the wake of being framed for shattering Mercury's leg during the Vytal Tournament; however after V3 no one has mentioned it, or even recognized her as "that girl".
  • I Have Several Names: Or so she claims in the "Yellow" trailer. We've yet to hear any except "Yang".
  • Improvised Weapon: Substituted a pair of turkeys for her gauntlets during a food fight.
  • Interspecies Romance: Strongly hinted at with Blake. A costume design for Yang in V4 released at RTX 2016 includes a bumblebee patch on her thigh, which was explicitly pointed out by Rooster Teeth staff as a "clue". (Then again, she named her motorcycle "Bumblebee".)
  • Jerkass: She's got a bit of this, especially when focused on a target. For instance, in the "Yellow" trailer, she probably could have walked out of Junior's bar after apologizing for the Groin Attack and not had any trouble. But she chose to escalate matters unnecessarily, apparently just for kicks.
    • There's also way she handled Blake's obsession with stopping Torchwick. Instead of remaining calm and trying to understand Blake's side of things, she gets angry the second Blake disagrees with her and shoves her against the nearby desk until Blake surrenders and agrees to slow down.
    • It appears her experiences in V3 and V4 have moderated this somewhat. V5 shows her going out of her way to restrain herself where she would formerly cut loose without a concern.
  • Kaleidoscope Eyes: Normally her eyes are lilac, but they go to bright red if her stress level is high enough -- or if someone presses her Berserk Button.
  • Missing Mom
  • Nobody Touches the Hair: It's her Berserk Button, in fact.
  • Oddly Visible Eyebrows
  • Playing with Fire: Appears to be an effect provided by Ember Celica rather than an inherent power, judging by the red Dust shells it uses.
  • Promotion to Parent: Yang seems at times quite maternal in regards to Ruby.
  • Pungeon Master: Mostly amusingly horrible ones.
  • Recoil Boost: Yang uses strategically fired shots from Ember Celica to launch herself into the air or directly at foes.
  • Red Eyes, Take Warning: When Yang gets angry or frustrated, her eyes change from lilac to bright red. And she bursts into flame.
  • Rocket Punch: Averted. In V5E7, Yang does something that looks like she can launch her bionic arm to win an arm-wrestling match with Nora. It turns out (and is confirmed by Word of God) that it was just a simple disconnect, and it was Nora's own strength that sent her flying. (This turned out to be a Chekhov's Gun for a moment at the end of the volume when she just disconnected the arm to escape someone who had grabbed her by it.)
  • Romantic Two-Girl Friendship: Judging by events in both V2 and V3 (and the lyrics of the closing song of V4), she and Blake appear to have one.
  • Shell-Shocked Veteran: During much of V4, Yang demonstrates clear symptoms of PTSD stemming from the fall of Beacon and the loss of her arm. While she's substantially better by V5, she still seems to suffer some residual effects.
  • Shout-Out: Through much of V4 wears a pair of cargo pants decorated with a patch that has three bear heads on it.
  • Super Mode: Her "red eyes, flaming hair" mode when she taps into all the energy she's absorbed during a fight. In the "Yellow" trailer, she literally explodes when she engages it, but in the series proper the shift is a bit more subtle.
  • Super Strength: And she gets stronger with every hit she takes.
  • Unorthodox Reload: As seen in the "Yellow" trailer.

Voiced by: Mrs. PennyApple/Penny Layne Matthews
Based on: Toto (?)

A description of the character goes here.

Tropes exhibited by this character include:
  • Cuteness Proximity
  • Expy/Shout-Out: To Ein from Cowboy Bebop
  • Made of Iron: Has been used as a projectile several times against mecha and Grimm and comes out of it unharmed. According to Word of God, Zwei is not a normal Corgi, even by Remnant standards.
  • Nearly-Normal Animal: Other than being Made of Iron, Zwei is an almost-normal animal in terms of behavior and intelligence. What sets him apart from the usual corgi is his apparent understanding of, and willingness and ability to take part in, Huntsman-level combat. Oh, and being able to survive being stuffed into and shipped in a mailing tube along with 25 pounds of canned dog food.
  • Ridiculously Cute Critter
  • Team Pet


(Pronounced "Juniper")

Tropes that apply to Team JNPR as a whole:

Jaune Arc
Voiced by: Miles Luna
Based on: Joan of Arc

I'm tired of being the lovable idiot, stuck in the tree while his friends fight for their lives! Don't you understand? If I can't do this on my own... then what good am I?

A description of the character goes here.

Tropes exhibited by this character include:
  • Adorkable
  • Ancestral Weapon: The sword-and-shield combination called Crocea Mors ("Saffron Death" in Latin).
  • Attack! Attack! Attack!: Oddly enough, Jaune shows tendencies along these lines, continuing to attack his foes when conventional aura strategy is to retreat or defend.
  • Audience Surrogate: For much of Volume 1, Jaune is a naive innocent whose ignorance of just about everything important to the show allows the audience to learn with him everything they need to understand the show's setting and premise.
  • Badass: Takes a while for this to show.
  • Butt Monkey: During Volume 1. Once he Takes a Level In Badass, though, this ends -- though he still remains a bit insecure and goofy.
  • Casanova Wannabe: Towards Weiss, at least until about halfway through Volume Two.
  • Cheaters Never Prosper: Appears to be subverted with Jaune. He used falsified transcripts to get into Beacon because he felt so strongly the need to live up to his family history, but despite his self-doubts he does appear to be Beacon material.
    • Given that according to Ozpin in V2E2 all Beacon applicants have to pass a rigorous test to get in, it's pretty clear that Jaune has everything it takes except the formal training (and confidence) -- which means he got into Beacon entirely on raw talent and potential.
  • Crazy Prepared: According to Miles Luna, the reason Jaune has "left" and "right" written on the soles of his shoes is so that he can still put them on correctly in the event he is injured so badly he can't tell left from right.
  • The Dulcinea Effect: Inverted -- several of the (much more skilled) girls around him advise him and/or take him under their wing when he arrives at Beacon Academy.
  • Hair of Gold: Rare male example.
  • Healing Hands: One manifestation of Jaune's Semblance (the ability to transfer Aura to others), which he finally discovered in V5E11.
  • Incompletely Trained: Almost completely untrained, in fact, at the start of the series -- but Pyrrha (and later, time and experience) eventually take care of that.
  • Jeanne D'Archetype: Extremely rare male example of the trope, but he's got it -- protected by women who like him under The Dulcinea Effect, making him a Magnetic Hero, and a natural leader. Oh, and the name. Also, his white and gold breastplate and shield are a deliberate echo of Jeanne d'Arc's “harnois blanc” ("white armor"), which when polished shone like the sun.
  • Legacy Hero: Carries his grandfather's weapon from the great war, and implies that his parents are huntsmen.
  • Magic Feather: Late in Volume 1, Pyrrha gives him a little unseen help in a battle with an ursa, the defeat of which allows him to really believe for the first time that he deserves to be at Beacon.
  • Oblivious to Love: Doesn't seem to notice Pyrrha's crush on him, though he does consider her a close friend. At least until about halfway through Volume 2, when he finds out directly from Pyrrha that she likes him.
  • Older Than They Look: Subsequent to Volume 9. In V9, it's revealed that thanks to a little accidental Time Travel, he's spent several decades in the Everafter -- long enough to get white streaks in his hair -- waiting for Team RWBY to arrive. At the end of V9, though, the Blacksmith restores his physical age to that which it was when he entered the Everafter.
  • Outnumbered Sibling: Has seven sisters, one of whom we meet in V6.
  • Pop Culture Isolation: He gives the impression of having grown up relatively isolated from a lot of Remnant's pop culture and/or media.
  • Socially Awkward Hero: But he seems to grow out of it.
  • Took a Level In Badass: With a little help from Pyrrha, he gains enough confidence in himself at the end of V1 to actually realize he can be a good fighter. He continues to take levels in Badass in subsequent volumes, including quite a few off-screen during V9.
  • Unskilled but Strong: Pyrrha quickly realizes he has a lot of potential, he just doesn't know how to focus it properly.
  • Wholesome Crossdresser: Wears a dress at a formal ball because of a promise he made, and manages to look not too bad in it.

Nora Valkyrie
Voiced by: Samantha Ireland
Based on: Thor


A description of the character goes here.

Tropes exhibited by this character include:
  • Badass
  • Beware the Silly Ones
  • Big Eater: When it comes to sweets.
  • Blush Sticker: They're faint, but she has two perfectly circular pink patches on her cheekbones.
  • Cleavage Window
  • Critical Status Buff: As revealed in V3E2, Nora's semblance lets her absorb electricity to boost her combat strength.
  • Cute and Psycho: Definitely seems like this at times, but it's more a reflection of the lack of a filter between her brain and her mouth. She speaks what she thinks, and sometimes it's things like "We'll break his legs!". Usually, though, her next thought is some variety of "oh, wait, we can't".
  • Drop the Hammer
  • Genki Girl: Even more than Ruby -- Ruby can at least stand still for extended periods of time. Nora, however... On the director's commentary for Volume 1, it's stated that the half-joking idea behind Nora and Lie Ren is that they share a single pool of energy between them, and Nora hogs it all.
  • Grenade Launcher: Nora's weapon is one of these, when it isn't a warhammer. With hearts on it.
  • Guys Smash, Girls Shoot: Thoroughly subverts by doing both.
  • Heart Symbol: Nora, all over. Literally -- from her weapon to the cutout on her decolletage.
  • Heartwarming Orphan
  • The "I Love You" Stigma: According to an Image Song for Nora on the Volume Two soundtrack, instead of saying "I love you" to Ren, she says "boop" because it's safer.
  • Limit Break: Electrical attacks (including her own summoned lightning) gives her Super Strength.
  • Moe Stare: The closest Smile Trope to the almost-blank-faced, wide, open-mouth smile she wears whenever she's not actively doing anything (look at her when she's just hanging in the back of the crowd in V1E8).
  • Motor Mouth
  • Perpetual Smiler
  • Platonic Life Partners: Appears to be this with Lie Ren -- but her Image Song on the soundtrack for Volume Two (track 5, "Boop") makes it pretty clear that she has, of late, fallen in love with him. And by the end of V4, they've both managed to get past this to an actual romantic relationship.
  • Rocket Jump: Nora can do this with strategic application of her grenade launcher/warhammer Magnhild.
  • Shock and Awe: Like her inspiration, Nora appears to be able to summon lightning from storms, and when charged up can add electrical effects to her attack.
  • Throw Down the Bomblet: Although she uses a grenade launcher instead of throwing them, Nora certainly demonstrates the "poor impulse control" aspect of this trope.
    • During the food fight in V2E1, she shows this behavior when throwing cans of soda as grenades.
  • Wacky Girl

Pyrrha Nikos
Voiced by: Jen Brown
Based on: Achilles
Killed by Cinder in V3E12.

A description of the character goes here.

Tropes exhibited by this character include:
  • Academic Athlete
  • Apologizes a Lot: As noted below, her Catch Phrase early on was "I'm sorry!"
  • Attractiveness Isolation: Being very talented in what she does also makes everyone else think she is out of their league.
  • Badass
  • Because Destiny Says So: Starting around the middle of Volume 3 is plagued by a conflict between what she thought her personal destiny was, and what it might actually be.
  • Catch Phrase: "I'm sorry!" during V1 and V2. Possibly followed closely by "Hello again!"
  • Celebrity Endorsement: As of the start of Volume 1, she's on boxes of Pumpkin Pete's Marshmallow Flakes, Wheaties-style.
  • Chosen One: Oddly enough by a mortal agency which serves a non-mortal power.
  • Hollywood Magnetism: Her Semblance.
  • Hot Amazon
  • Humble Hero: Despite her fame and athletic prowess, Pyrrha is terribly self-effacing and down-to-earth.
  • I Want My Beloved to Be Happy: Perfectly willing to do this for Jaune. Winds up being wasted effort, but to her benefit.
  • Magnetic Hero: Both literally and figuratively.
  • Miss Exposition: To Jaune, regarding Aura and Semblances.
  • Mythological Allusion: During their face-off in V3E11, Cinder first wounds her with an arrow through her heel.
  • Nice Guy: She forgives Jaune for a lot of (unintentional) obnoxious behavior when they first met, and went out of her way to save his life during the initiation in V1E7, after which she briefly exhausts herself to unlock his Aura. Even after he is outright nasty to her late in V1, she still wants to help him improve. Despite her own attraction to him, she advises him on how to court Weiss in V2. In V3 she pays for Team RWBY's meals when Weiss' credit card is rejected. She routinely ignores her own wants and desires for the happiness of others.
  • Rapunzel Hair: Kept in a high ponytail, but it looks long enough to possibly reach her knees if taken down.
  • Oddly Visible Eyebrows
  • Sacrificial Lion: Created by the production team to die in V3, as part of the tone shift taking place that volume.
  • Sexy Mentor: To Jaune.
  • Significant Green-Eyed Redhead
  • Throwing Your Gun Always Works: Especially when it turns into a spear.
  • Throwing Your Shield Always Works: Pyrrha's shield doubles as extra-large chakram.

Lie Ren
Voiced by: Monty Oum (V1-2), Neath Oum (V3-?)
Based on: Mulan

A description of the character goes here.

Tropes exhibited by this character include:


(Pronounced "Cardinal")

Tropes that apply to team CRDL as a whole:

Cardin Winchester
Voiced by: Adam Ellis
Based on: Henry Beaufort, Cardinal of Winchester

A description of the character goes here.

Tropes exhibited by this character include:
  • Blackmail: In V1, he overheard Jaune admitting to Pyrrha that he falsified his records to get into Beacon, and briefly -- until his Break the Haughty moment -- used it to force Jaune to play lackey and dogsbody to him.
  • Break the Haughty: Got his ego cut down severely when Jaune saved him from getting mauled to death by an Ursa in V1E14.
  • Jerk Jock: During V1. He all but disappears for the next two volumes set in Beacon.

Russel Thrush
Voiced by: Shane Newville
Based on: Unknown

A description of the character goes here.

Tropes exhibited by this character include:

Dove Bronzewing
Voiced by: (no spoken lines yet)
Based on: Unknown

A description of the character goes here.

Tropes exhibited by this character include:

Sky Lark
Voiced by: (no spoken lines yet)
Based on: Unknown

A description of the character goes here.

Tropes exhibited by this character include:


(Pronounced "Coffee")

Caffeine. I'm caffeine.
Caffeine. I'm caffeine.
I'm a bad dream.
I'm a rad scene.
I'm a tad mean.
But I'm not afraid to take you out.

Tropes that apply to Team CFVY as a whole:

  • Theme Naming: Sweets and desserts, and something or someone else as well
Coco Adel
Voiced by: Ashley Jenkins
Based on: Coco Chanel/Chocolate

A description of the character goes here.

Tropes exhibited by this character include:

Fox Alistair
Voiced by: (no spoken lines yet)[when?]
Based on: Fox Hunter's Pie

A description of the character goes here.

Tropes exhibited by this character include:

Velvet Scarlatina
Voiced by: Caiti Ward
Based on: The Velveteen Rabbit/Red Velvet Cake

A description of the character goes here.

Tropes exhibited by this character include:
  • Badass Adorable: Though she's technically a year older than most of the cast, she's rather cute nonetheless.
  • Beast Folk
  • Breakout Character: According to the behind the scenes videos, a single scene where she was designed just to be an example faunus led to an expanded role. And hundreds of fan-submitted designs for her in battle garb. Of course, this is a lot like her archetype, if she's the bunny who became a real character!
  • Deathbringer the Adorable: Scarlatina is another name for scarlet fever. Outside of battle, she's a real sweetheart. In battle, she's a force to be reckoned with.
  • Hair-Raising Hare: Despite being cute and sweet-tempered, Velvet is a dangerous fighter. At the end of V2, after Coco tells her not to use her weapon, Velvet starts taking out Grimm with only close-range melee attacks (mostly kicks, befitting a rabbit faunus). And when she does use her weapon... well, in V3E11 she was able to take down two Atlesian Paladins by herself.
  • Nice Guy: She lets Team CDNL get away with bullying her in V1, and she's the only person outside of JNPR and RWBY who believes Yang and worries about how she's coping in the wake of her being framed at the Vytal Festival in V3.
  • Power Copying: According to the directors' commentary track for V3, Velvet's Semblance is akin to Taskmaster's photographic reflexes, allowing her to copy the fighting style of anyone whom she sees in action. When combined with her Swiss Army Weapon (see below), it makes her a force to be reckoned with.
  • Swiss Army Weapon: Her weapon, which is called "Anesidora", is a camera which allows her to manifest an energy version of any other weapon that she's taken a photo of with it. In V3E11, we see her use almost a dozen different "ghost weapons" including all of Team RWBY's gear, Nora's hammer/grenade launcher, and Penny's swords. When combined with her Semblance, it allows her to basically be a one-woman army. Each photo apparently provides only one short use of a weapon, given Coco's warning in V2E12 that she'd "spent all semester building that up" and that she shouldn't "waste it". It looks like a wood-and-brass lunchbox.

Yatsuhashi Daichi
Voiced by: Joe MacDonald
Based on: Yatsuhashi Kengyo/yatsuhashi, a regional confection from Kyoto

A description of the character goes here.

Tropes exhibited by this character include:
  • Acrofatic: For a guy who's seven feet tall, heavily muscled, carrying a five-foot-long sword and wearing armor, he is surprisingly agile and acrobatic, tumbling, dodging and leaping like Spider-Man.
  • Big Freaking Sword: To go with being The Big Guy.
  • The Big Guy: At seven feet tall even, he's the largest person in RWBY.
  • Meaningful Name: Depending on the kanji, "daichi" can mean "great" or "large" in Japanese.
  • Samurai: Or has the same basic look, at least.

Haven Academy


(Pronounced "Sun")

Tropes that apply to Team SSSN as a whole:

  • Shout-Out: Each member of the team is inspired in some way by a member of the K-Pop group Big Bang.

Sun Wukon

Voiced by: Michael Jones
Based on: Either Daesung or Seungri of Big Bang/Sun Wukong

A description of the character goes here.

Tropes exhibited by this character include:

Scarlet David

Voiced by: Gavin Free
Based on: G-Dragon of Big Bang/Peter Pan (as he appears in the authorized 2006 sequel Peter Pan in Scarlet)

A description of the character goes here.

Tropes exhibited by this character include:
  • Ambiguous Gender: Confirmed to be male, though.
  • Expy: Of G-Dragon from the K-pop group Big Bang.
  • Mythology Gag: When flung across the arena during the fight against Team NDGO, he briefly takes Peter Pan's trademark arms-spread flight pose.
  • Pirate: He carries a cutlass and a flintlock, and in the image to the right is wearing a jacket not unlike that worn by Captain Hook. When we see him fight in V3, it is mostly among the rigging of a sailing ship.
  • Sword and Gun: See Pirate, above.

Sage Ayana

Voiced by: Joshua Ornelas
Based on: Taeyang of Big Bang/Aesop

A description of the character goes here.

Tropes exhibited by this character include:
  • Badass Longcoat
  • Big Freaking Sword: Wields a blade that's at least five feet long, and is almost a foot across at the hilt and five or six inches wide just before it narrows to a tip.
  • Motif: Sage seems to have a clock motif -- his sword has half a clock face (with Roman numerals) inscribed on the blade just above the hilt, and he has a repeating pattern of the Roman numerals "V" and "I" tattooed on his neck.
    • Feather Motif: He also has green wings emblazoning the back of his longcoat, and wing tattoos on his chest.

Neptune Vasilias

Voiced by: Kerry Shawcross
Based on: T.O.P of Big Bang/Poseidon

A description of the character goes here.

Tropes exhibited by this character include:


Blake's Family

Ghira Belladonna

Voiced by: Kent Williams
Based on: Bagheera

A description of the character goes here.

Tropes exhibited by this character include:

Kali Bellandonna

Voiced by: Tara Platt

A description of the character goes here.

Tropes exhibited by this character include:

Ilia Amitola

Voiced by: Cherami Leigh Kuehn

A description of the character goes here.

Tropes exhibited by this character include:
  • Chameleon Camouflage/Hollywood Chameleons: Has complete control over the color of every part of her body, including her hair and the whites of her eyes. It's unclear if this is a faunus manifestation, or a Semblance influenced by it.
  • Green-Eyed Monster: In love with Blake and jealous of her relationship with Adam, even after it is long over.
  • Heel Face Turn: Near the end of V5, during the assassination attempt on the Belladonnas, she abandons the White Fang to stand with Blake and her family.
  • Lizard Folk: A Chameleon faunus.
  • Psycho Lesbian: Briefly seems to express this trope for a couple episodes in late V5, but gets over the jealousy that's behind it and things get better for everyone concerned.
  • Unrequited Love: For Blake. A lot of her anger at Blake is really displaced jealousy of Blake's former relationship with Adam.
  • Whip It Good: Her weapon is a bladed, Dust-loaded whip capable of slicing metal.



Not a badass.

Voiced by: Patrick Rodriguez

A description of the character goes here.

Tropes exhibited by this character include:

Penny Polendina

Voiced by: Taylor Pelto McNee
Based on: Pinocchio
Accidentally killed by Pyrrha in V3E9.
Rebuilt and revivified by her father between V3 and V7.
Became the Winter Maiden at the end of V7.
Turned into a human girl in V8E12.
Suicides on Jaune's sword in V8E14 to deny Cinder the power of the Winter Maiden.

A description of the character goes here.

Tropes exhibited by this character include:
  • Alliterative Name
  • Badass
  • Become a Real Girl: An unusual and inverted case, in that Penny claims she's not a "real girl", but Ruby assures her that she actually is.
    • She is transformed into a human girl by the Staff of Creation in V8E12 as a way to free her from Watts' virus.
  • The Blade Always Lands Pointy End In
  • Catch Phrase: Penny appears to have one in "I'm combat-ready!" Strongly supported by its appearance on the Penny T-shirt available in Rooster Teeth's online shop.
  • Children Are Innocent: It's entirely likely that Penny is the chronologically youngest foreground character in the show, and despite being a robot built for combat is also easily the most innocent character we meet. Which makes her death all the much harder to take; as a character she was almost certainly created specifically to be killed as a harbinger of the show's tone shift at the end of Volume 3. The second time she dies is almost worse.
  • Cuddle Bug: Very big on hugging her friends.
  • Dance Battler: When we finally see Penny in action in V3, her moves are very dancelike; this is some of the last of Monty Oum's animation cues that were used.
  • Hand Blast: Her Wave Motion Gun, with extra bonus swords.
  • Heart Drive: By implication. Something is different enough about Penny's construction that she possesses a genuine soul, unlike other Atlesian robots, which (while they possess artificial intelligence) are mere automatons. It turns out that her father/creator has implanted a piece of his own soul in her. Twice.
  • I Cannot Self-Terminate: Averted horribly in V8 with the virus Watts implants in her, which is driving her to go to the Vault under Atlas, retrieve the Staff of Creation, and then terminate herself. And after she's turned into a real human being to free her from the virus, she still ends up suiciding on Jaune's sword in V8E14, to deny Cinder the power of the Winter Maiden.
  • Idiot Hair
  • No Sense of Personal Space: During Volume 1. She seems to have gotten much better about it by Volume 2.
  • Pinocchio Nose: She hiccups when she lies.
  • Pint-Sized Powerhouse: Penny is about the same height as Ruby, and even more powerful.
  • Required Secondary Powers: Averted. While she is super-strong Penny is not completely resilient -- stopping a truck from hitting Ruby tears the skin off her hands, revealing her Robot Girl nature.
  • Ridiculously-Human Robot: Justified, in that she is a gynoid with a soul.
  • Robot Girl: Until V8E12.
  • Sacrificial Lamb: Created by the production team to die in V3, as part of the tone shift taking place that volume.
    • Subverted at the start of V7, when we learn her father has rebuilt and revivified her.
      • Only for her to commit suicide at the end of V8 to keep the power of the Winter Maiden from falling into Cinder's hands.
  • Set Swords to Stun: Despite being all about flying swords, none of Penny's attacks actually draw blood, and her Wave Motion Gun only damages property, not people.
  • Strange Girl: Although by Volume 2 she seems to have become more "normal", possibly due to her exposure to Team RWBY and other people outside of the complex where she was built.
  • Super Strength
  • Throwing Your Sword Always Works: Especially if you're controlling a couple dozen or so...
  • Uncanny Valley: Penny lived there during her first appearances in Volume 1, but at some point between Volumes 1 and 2 moved to a much better neighborhood.
  • Youthful Freckles

General James Ironwood

Voiced by: Jason Rose
Based on: The Tin Woodsman

The Headmaster of Atlas Academy and the head of the Atlesian Military, Ironwood first appears in V2 with an entire fleet of airships to protect the Vytal Festival at Vale. He is a complex character who initially appeared to be a potential villain, despite being a confidante and friend of Ozpin, but is revealed to be an apparent hero during the fall of Beacon in V3. However, as Atlas closes itself off more and more from the rest of the world, he seems to slide back into Anti-Hero territory and beyond.

Tropes exhibited by this character include:
  • Ancient Tradition: Member of a nameless organization which has supported the Four Maidens through the centuries, and is responsible for their history becoming Shrouded in Myth.
  • Beard of Evil: He has grown one by the start of V7, hinting early on at his coming shift from military hero to tyrant.
  • Cyborg: V3E12 revealed that most if not all of the right side of his body is cybernetic.
    • After the events at the end of V7, his left arm had to be amputated and was also replaced with a cybernetic limb.
  • Four-Star Badass: And is perfectly willing to lead the charge into battle at the front if he had to.
  • General Ripper: Dangerously close to this trope, as it would be his first impulse to Zerg Rush his enemies and overwhelm them with sheer firepower. The morality aspect of this trope is highly mitigated by his access to expendable combat robots. So it comes across more as a matter of incompetence than anything else.
  • Jumping Off the Slippery Slope: Ironwood launched himself out of Anti-Hero territory and firmly into "villain" in early V8 when he outright murders (in front of witnesses) an Atlas Council member for protesting his recent high-handed actions. By the end of the volume he is determined to nuke Mantle and its stranded population to punish Penny for not obeying his orders.
  • Knight Templar: Appears to be one right from the start, although how much of one he actually is seems to vary from volume to volume... at least until V8.
  • Man in White: Possibly applies; the council's transfer of responsibility from Ozpin to Ironwood certainly doesn't look good, despite Ironwood's apparently sincere intentions.
  • Morality Pet: Both Ozpin and Glinda (whom he is well acquainted with) have called him out on his gung-ho tendencies and have attempted to temper his rashness with appeals to logic and caution.
  • More Dakka: Firm believer in this.
  • Mythology Gag: In Volume 3, one character references his "metal head", and there is some discussion whether or not he has a heart.
  • Perma Stubble: Starting in V4. Becomes a full beard by V7.
  • Reasonable Authority Figure: To an extent. Is supportive of Ruby when she takes the initiative to stop a break-in at Beacon and commends her, but is also incredibly gung-ho and impulsive. Loses this when he becomes a military tyrant in V8.
  • Shout-Out Theme Naming: To The Wizard of Oz -- it's pretty clear he's based on the Tin Woodsman. Especially with comments like "He doesn't have a heart" from people like Qrow.
  • Super Strength: Effortlessly tosses around an alpha beowulf -- almost twice his height and four times his weight -- when he finally cuts loose in V3.
  • Tin Man: Initially seems to be a cold, pragmatic military man -- in fact, he's set up to look like the villain of volumes 2 and 3. But he turns out to be a lot nicer and more heroic than he seems at first. Sadly, it doesn't last.
  • Well-Intentioned Extremist: Demonstrates elements of this trope right from the start and dives headlong into it in Volume 8.

Winter Schnee

Voiced by: Elizabeth Maxwell
Based on: Unknown (Snow White, Rose Red or other "alternative" Snow Whites from Grimm's Fairy Tales, maybe?)
Becomes the Winter Maiden in V8E14.

Weiss's elder sister, and it's obvious they're related -- they have many traits in common. She and Qrow appear to have some kind of history.

Tropes exhibited by this character include:

Oscar Pine

Voiced by: Aaron Dismuke
Based on: The Wizard of Oz (?)

First appearing in V4E1, Oscar appears to be the new host for the spirit of Professor Ozpin.

A description of the character goes here.

Tropes exhibited by this character include:
  • Farm Boy
  • Hazel Eyes: Kind of. His eyes are mostly hazel-green, with a ring of yellow around them.
  • Heroic Host: For Ozpin's soul.
  • Meaningful Name: He has the same first name as the Wizard of Oz, which given his position as the host of Ozpin's spirit/aura/whatever, is quite indicative of his future role in the story.
    • "Oscar" can be abbreviated as "Os", which makes him "Os Pine" to "Ozpin".
  • Refusal of the Call: Initially resists Ozpin's attempts to convince him to leave the farm and find Qrow.
  • Sharing a Body: With Professor Ozpin, starting in V4, as a result of Ozpin's rather odd implementation of Resurrective Immortality. According to Ozpin, the two minds will eventually merge to become a single individual with all their combined memories. Oscar views this as basically his impending death as an individual (and based on what little we've seen of Ozpin's identities over the centuries, he's probably right).
  • Socially Awkward Hero: As demonstrated by his halting speech and tendency to look at the floor when approaching Qrow in The Stinger to V4.
  • Inner Dialogue: When speaking with Ozpin.

Oscar's Aunt

Voiced by: Marissa Lenti
Based on: Unknown

A description of the character goes here.

Tropes exhibited by this character include:

The Schnee Household

As far as can be determined, none of the members of the Schnee family still living in the family home are badasses. Jacques is bad and an ass, but that doesn't count. Klein may be a badass, but we really haven't seen enough of him to be sure either way.

The following tropes apply to the Schnee family as a whole:

  • Theme Naming: First names starting with "W".
    • Odd Name Out: Jacques Schnee, who we learn early on married into the family and took the Schnee surname.

Jacques Schnee (nee Gelè)

Voiced by: Jason Douglas
Based on: Jack Frost (per Word of God)
Apparently murdered by James Ironwood in V8E13.

Weiss's borderline-abusive, control freak father. Married into the Schnee family and took the name, and since the death of Weiss's grandfather controls the Schnee Dust Company with both an iron hand and a flexible sense of ethics. He makes a good show of being an altruist and caring about his family, but that's all it is -- a show. He'll do whatever is necessary to advance the SDC, and if that means disinheriting a daughter and locking her away so she won't generate bad publicity, well then, so be it.

Not a badass.

Tropes exhibited by this character include:
  • Abusive Father: At least emotionally so toward Weiss, although judging by her reaction to the slap she got from him in V4E7, he has never (previously) been physically abusive.
    • Given how matter-of-factly both Whitley and Weiss discuss the possibility that he was shouting at their mother in V4E2, it's likely he is also emotionally abusive of his wife.
  • Badass Mustache
  • Control Freak
  • Corrupt Corporate Executive: Acknowledged by just about everyone, including himself, but he justifies it as necessary to maintain the SDC's profitability and market dominance.
  • Domestic Abuse: Implied by Weiss at the end of V1, and we see him emotionally abuse her in V4.
  • Fantasy-Forbidding Father: Where the fantasy is basically being anything but an evil corporate drone. Winter has managed to escape, but Jacques does his best to crush Weiss's ambition to be a huntress.
  • Follow in My Footsteps: Demands this of his children; only Whitley complies (and gladly).
  • Greed
  • It's All About Me: As evidenced by the large portrait of himself hung behind his desk in his office.
  • Man of Wealth and Taste
  • Parental Abandonment: Jacques has always been emotionally distant from Weiss, but when she defies him in V4 he disinherits her and essentially puts her under house arrest.
  • Parental Favoritism: For Whitley.
  • Pride
  • The Proud Elite
  • Sexless Marriage/Sleeping Single: For the last eight years according to Weiss in V5, starting when he admitted to his wife that he only married her for her family name.

Willow Schnee

Voiced by: Caitlin Glass
Based on: Unknown

I’m sorry I couldn’t come down for your party, I’m... afraid I’m not feeling well.

—Willow, to Weiss about not attending the banquet at the Schnee Manor

Weiss, Winter and Whitley's mother. By the end of V6 she had yet to be seen except in a portrait in the Schnee home; she finally makes her first on-screen appearance in V7E8. She clearly loves her children, but apparently feels ineffectual.

Probably not a badass.

Tropes exhibited by this character include:
  • The Alcoholic/Lady Drunk: Strongly implied by Weiss in V4; when we first see her in V7 she has a bottle of something clear (and clearly alcoholic -- gin or vodka, perhaps) in hand. This is clearly a coping mechanism for her unhappy, loveless marriage to Jacques.
  • Big Brother Is Watching: Claims to have cameras planted in every room in Schnee Manor, all feeding to her scroll, in case she needed protection and/or evidence against Jacques. She certainly had one in his private office.
  • Domestic Abuse: Emotionally abused, at least, by Jacques.
  • Sexless Marriage/Sleeping Single: For the last eight years according to Weiss in V4, starting when Jacques admitted to her that he only married her for her family name.
  • White-Haired Pretty Girl: Like her daughters.
  • The Woobie: It's hard not to feel sorry for her, given how bad what little we actually know about her is.

Whitley Schnee

Voiced by: Howard Wang
Based on: Unknown

Weiss and Winter's younger brother. When we first encounter him, he seems to be a sympathetic character supportive of Weiss, but once she's disinherited he shows his true colors as the son of Jacques Schnee. He is openly contemptuous of Huntsmen and Huntresses, considering them barbaric. However, he may actually be less hostile to Winter and Weiss than simply angry at being left alone with their dysfunctional parents when his sisters fled their home -- in V7E10, his mother Willow implies as much to Weiss. This turns out to be the case when he joins his sister and her friends in their efforts to save Mantle in V8.

Not a badass. But might have potential.[please verify]

Tropes exhibited by this character include:
  • Annoying Younger Sibling: The conversation between Whitley and Weiss when we first meet him suggests that he was this when they were both much younger. Weiss is pleased that he appears to have matured, but it turns out that he's just ... redirected his acting out into other, more subtle, behaviors.
  • Cain and Abel: With Weiss; in an unusual case where it's the younger sibling who is the evil one. Averted after his Heel Face Turn in V8.
  • Daddy's Little Villain: The only one of the Schnee children to take after Jacques; a rare male example of the trope. Averted after his Heel Face Turn in V8.
  • Heel Face Turn: In V8, after his father is revealed for the bastard he is, Whitley shifts his loyalties to his sister and her friends, and proves instrumental in at least one plan to rescue the population of Mantle.
  • Like Father, Like Son
  • Sissy Villain: Shows some signs of this trope.
  • Smug Snake: Once he reveals his true colors after Weiss is disinherited.
  • Stepford Smiler
  • Unskilled but Strong: Presumably he has inherited the Schnee Glyph semblance and Summon Magic, but his dismissive attitude toward Huntsmen, Huntresses and combat skills in general make it almost certain that he has no aura training at all. Unless that's just what he wants you to think...
  • White-Haired Pretty Boy

Klein Sieben

Voiced by: J. Michael Tatum
Based on: All Seven Dwarfs

The Schnee family butler, loyal to Weiss above all others in the family. He is exceptionally short -- shorter even than Weiss, and possibly a new contender with Neo for smallest character in RWBY -- but despite his obvious source he appears to be more of a midget than a dwarf, as his limbs are properly proportioned for his height. He is not particularly loyal to Jacques, and when Weiss is disinherited and locked in a Gilded Cage, Klein opens up a Bookcase Passage so that she may escape.

Fired by Jacques at some point between V4 and V7, probably for helping Weiss escape her "house arrest", but returns to the Schnee household when called by Whitley in V8.

Tropes exhibited by this character include:
  • The Jeeves: It's not clear that Klein is necessarily cleverer than Jacques, but he certainly knows how to outmaneuver him at times.
  • Kaleidoscope Eyes: By default he has light brown eyes, but he apparently can change their color at will; he's changed them to red, light blue and yellow on-camera, usually accompanied by a change in how he speaks.
  • Kindly Housekeeper: A rare male version; Klein not only acts as the family butler, he apparently performs some kitchen duties, and some maid/manservent duties as well.
  • Man of a Thousand Voices: Or at least a half-dozen or so -- he switches dialects and accents apparently to amuse or cheer up Weiss. (With the result that he sounds like six or seven different people.)
  • Meaningful Name: "Klein Sieben" means "Short Seven" in German. "Klein" also refers to a trademarked shade of blue developed by French artist Yves Klein in 1957.
  • The Medic: In V8 it's revealed that he has at least some medical/first aid training. (Naturally, it's his "Doc" persona who seems to be The Medic.)
  • Old Retainer: Gives this impression; he's certainly been around long enough to have cared for Weiss (and possibly Winter) as young children.
  • Parental Substitute: Seems to be a bit of a surrogate father to Weiss; he definitely shows a pride in her accomplishments that would never occur to Jacques.
  • Servile Snarker: Mocks Jacques behind his back, mainly to cheer up Weiss.
  • Shout-Out: To Disney's versions of the Seven Dwarfs, in the "personalities" that go with his various eye colors:
    • Light brown (Doc; his "default"/"real" persona)
    • Red (Grumpy)
    • Light blue (Sneezy)
    • Yellow (Happy)
  • Split Personality: One fan theory behind the multiple eye-color/personas thing, but frankly unlikely.


(Pronounced "Stark")

Tropes that apply to Team STRQ as a whole:

  • Colorful Theme Naming: "Stark" as in "Stark White".
  • Theme Naming: There is some debate on this. There is at least one confirmed Wizard of Oz reference in Qrow, and two others have been proposed for Summer Rose and Taiyang, but they are far from certain. (And it appears that Taiyang's proposed correspondence, The Cowardly Lion, actually belongs to Professor Leo Lionheart of Mistral Academy.) Alternately, "Poems" has been suggested, what with Summer Rose's very explicit reference to "The Last Rose of Summer" and the Branwen siblings' correspondence to Odin's ravens, as seen in the Elder (Poetic) Edda. Either way, we have one member apparently left out of the pattern. Until such time as either, both, or something else is confirmed, we'll show all the possibilities.

Summer Rose

Voiced by: (no spoken lines yet)
Based on: The poem "The Last Rose of Summer" by Thomas Moore, Dorothy Gale (?)
Missing, presumed dead.

A description of the character goes here.

Tropes exhibited by this character include:
  • Battle Couple: With Taiyang Xiao Long.
  • Missing Mom: To both Yang (adoptive daughter) and Ruby (daughter by birth).
  • Was Once a Man: In the wake of discovering in V8 that Salem's Hound was "built" around a silver-eyed man, Ruby and Yang speculate that Salem did something similar to Summer Rose.

Taiyang Xiao Long

Voiced by: Burnie Burns
Based on: Unknown

A description of the character goes here.

Tropes exhibited by this character include:
  • Battle Couple: Twice: first with Raven Branwen, and after her disappearance with Summer Rose.
  • Bruiser with a Soft Center: Taiyang is built like a brick house, taught Yang her up close brawling style and is at least as skilled as his daughter. He's also one of the best parents in the series, in the series having taught Ruby to help people. To symbolize this, he has a tattoo of a spiked heart.
  • Brutal Honesty: How Taiyang seems to deal with issues. His way of addressing the issue of Yang's depression and its negative effect was to insinuate that she had lost brain cells with her arm and his way of telling Yang to not rely on her Semblance so much is to bluntly compare it to a temper tantrum.
  • Heroic BSOD: In the wake of the loss of both his wives.
  • Older Than He Looks: Doesn't look old enough to be the father of two teenaged girls.
  • Overprotective Dad: Described as such by both Ruby and Yang. Though the trope is Deconstructed as Remnant is a Death World, both of his children almost dying once (twice as of Volume 3) and both are in the same job that claimed the life of his second love Summer.

Raven Branwen

Voiced by: Anna Hullum
Based on: Muninn

A description of the character goes here.

Tropes exhibited by this character include:
  • Badass in Charge: In V4E4, she mentions that she now leads the "tribe" from which she and Qrow came.
  • Battle Couple: With Taiyang Xiao Long.
  • Cool Gate: Her semblance allows her to generate them at will. In V5, we learn that she can only open them to the location of a person with which she has made some kind of bond; Yang lists these as herself, her father, and Qrow.
  • Cool Mask: See this image. Turns out to have a very practical purpose -- to hide the Fireball Eyeballs indicative of a Maiden using her power when helping Vernal fake being the Spring Maiden.
  • Generation Xerox: Yang's mother, and bears a strong resemblance to Yang.
  • Hypocrite: So described by Word of God, and a complex one, but at its root is a fundamental difference between the image she presents as a tough, in-control leader and the truth, in which she acts out of fear that she's too weak or not in control.
  • Jerkass: Seems to be something of a bitch to her family; it's possible that Yang got her Jerkass qualities from Raven as much as from Qrow.
  • Lady of War
  • Missing Mom: To Yang. Biologically. Raven has barely ever cared for Yang, just saving Yang's life and then telling her it was a one-time thing.
  • Older Than She Looks: Looks to be in her twenties when we know she's the mother of an 18-year-old.
  • Outlaw: A quickly-passing comment in V4E4 reveals that the "tribe" she leads is the gang of bandits responsible for the destroyed village Team RNJR came across in V4E3.
  • Rapunzel Hair
  • The Social Darwinist: Judging by her comments in V4E4.
  • Spontaneous Weapon Creation: As part of being the Spring Maiden, seen during her fight with Cinder Fall in V5E13.
  • Voluntary Shapeshifting: In V5 she reveals that, like Qrow, she can also turn into a bird, and further reveals this power was given to both of them by Ozpin.

Qrow Branwen

Voiced by: Vic Mignogna (V3–6), Jason Liebrecht (V7 onward)
Based on: Huginn, The Scarecrow

Ruby and Yang's uncle, Raven Branwen's brother. He and Winter Schnee appear to have some kind of history.

Tropes exhibited by this character include:
  • The Alcoholic/Functional Alcoholic: When we first see him. By V7, though, he's trying to quit drinking -- and mostly succeeding, it seems.
  • Ancient Tradition: Member of a nameless organization which has supported the Four Maidens through the centuries, and is responsible for their history becoming Shrouded in Myth.
  • Belligerent Sexual Tension: Maybe, with Winter Schnee. It's hard to say this early.
  • Big Freaking Sword: The base form of his weapon.
  • Cool Uncle: To Ruby and Yang.
  • Drunken Master: Appears to be the case.
  • In a Single Bound: In his fight with Winter Schnee in V3E3 he demonstrates the ability to make massive leaps hundreds of feet long and several stories high, at least.
  • Jerkass/Jerkass With a Heart of Gold: He doesn't seem to give a damn about much outside of his nieces and working for Ozpin. Appears inclined to start fights with people who annoy him. He's probably where Yang gets her own Jerkass tendencies from. Confirmed by Word of God on the V4 DVD's Directors' Commentary:

"Qrow's a dick."

Bad Guys

The White Fang

Adam Taurus

Voiced by: Garrett Hunter
Based on: Beast from Beauty and the Beast
Killed by Blake and Yang in V6E12

A description of the character goes here.

Tropes exhibited by this character include:
  • Ax Crazy: To quote Gray Haddock: "Adam is not the most stable of individuals."
  • Beast Folk
  • Blood Knight
  • Colourful Theme Naming: Although it is not obvious, his name does fit the color theming of character names -- "Adam" is a Hebrew name meaning "Red Earth".
    • Which, when combined with his last name gives us a possible Punny Name: "Red Bull".
    • "Adam" is also the name given to the Beast in Disney's CD-ROM game of Beauty and the Beast.
  • Complete Monster: And how, try telling that to his fangirls though.
  • Critical Status Buff/Limit Break: If the events of the "Black" Trailer are any indication, with a little time to prepare Adam can absorb an incoming energy attack with his sword and use it to power a devastating counter-attack/Finishing Move.
  • Disney Villain Death: After Yang and Blake both run him through with both his blade and Blake's in V6E12, Adam stumbles and falls off a tall cliff.
  • Draco in Leather Pants: Despite being painted an obvious villain in the "Black" trailer, as well as being clearly aligned with Cinder as of the end of Volume 2, he has an Estrogen Brigade among the RWBY fandom -- although the events of the end of V3 (and his assassination of Sienna Khan in V5) seems to have toned things down in that regard.
  • Good Scars, Evil Scars: Under his Grimm mask, Adam has a huge "SDC" brand across his nose and one eye. Definitely an evil scar, in more ways than one.
  • Heal It with Fire: Adam's sword apparently is hot enough to cauterize the wounds it causes. It definitely appears to cauterize the stump of Yang's arm, and Sienna Khan does not bleed from the wound that kills her.
  • Iaijutsu Practitioner
  • It's All About Me: Definitely seems to play a big part in his psychological makeup, as evidenced in V5E14 -- he clearly couldn't handle the fact that Blake's arrival in Mistral had nothing to do with their relationship, and she had dismissed him as being unimportant to her personally.
  • Ki Attacks
  • Mask Power
  • Number of the Beast: It's probably no coincidence that the SDC brand on Adam's face is just distorted enough that in some shots it looks like "666" instead.
  • Psycho Ex-Boyfriend: To Blake.
  • Sheath Strike: If you count the fact that it's a gun.
  • Stalker with a Crush: His possessiveness about Blake has a very strong flavor of this trope.
  • Unorthodox Sheathing: Adam sometimes unsheathes his sword by firing it out of its sheath, which is also a gun; it hits its target with the end of its hilt, which makes it just about the only non-lethal attack he has.
  • We Can Rule Together: Almost word-for-word one of the things he says to Blake in V3E11.
  • Why Did You Make Me Hit You?: While not said exactly in those words, Adam certainly seems to lay responsibility for his mistreatment of her at Blake's feet.
  • You Kill It, You Bought It: In V5E2 he assassinates Sienna Khan, the leader of the White Fang, and installs himself as her successor.

Unnamed White Fang Lieutenant

Voiced by: Gray G. Haddock

A description of the character goes here.

Tropes exhibited by this character include:

Corsac and Fennec Albain

Voiced by: Derek Mears (Corsac) and Mike McFarland (Fennec)
Based on: Unknown
Fennec is killed during an assassination attempt on the Belladonna family late in V5.

This pair of brothers are the representatives of White Fang stationed in Menagerie as of Volume 4.

A description of the character goes here.

Tropes exhibited by this character include:
  • Beast Folk: Both are fox faunus; Corsac has a tail for his animal trait, while Fennec has large vertical ears.
  • Expressive Ears: Fennec, to a limited degree.
  • The Mole: They are very definitely agents of Adam's while pretending to be much more moderate and loyal to the "official" White Fang party line. Even then, though, they appear to be using Adam for some longer-term plan.

Sienna Khan

Voiced by: Monica Rial
Based on: Shere Khan
Assassinated by Adam Taurus in V5E2

The leader of the White Fang in V4 and V5.

A description of the character goes here.

Tropes exhibited by this character include:
  • Cat Girl: More precisely, a tiger faunus.
  • Sacrificial Lamb: Her sole appearance (outside of the Adam character trailer) lasts just long enough for her to present herself as far more reasonable than most expected her to be, right before Adam assassinates her.
  • Violence Is the Only Option: Her basic philosophy regarding humans: peaceful negotiation wasn't working, but violence would. That said, she has made it clear she knows when and when not to apply violence.

Salem's Faction


Voiced by: Jen Taylor
Based on: The Wicked Witch of the West (?)[please verify]

A description of the character goes here.

Tropes exhibited by this character include:
  • Abusive Parents: An abusive mother figure to Cinder, directly compared to Cinder's abusive stepmother from her past. She was on the receiving end of this as well, her father kept her locked in a tower in her younger years, and 'fairy tales of remnant' confirms he treated her like a possession, it even being implied he would physically abuse her at times.
  • Bigger Bad: Short of the God of Darkness, long ago departed from Remnant, she's definitely the Biggest Bad.
  • The Chessmaster
  • Cleavage Window
  • Complete Immortality: Inflicted on her by the Two Gods for pissing them off big time in the far distant past.
  • Death Seeker/Who Wants to Live Forever?: Would really like to stop being immortal now, kthxbye. If she has to destroy Remnant to do it, so be it.
  • Even Evil Has Standards: When first seen, she chastises Watts for unnecessary "malignance" when he belittles Cinder for her "failure".
  • Evil Overlord
  • Exotic Eye Designs: As seen in the image to the right, she has black sclera, glowing red irises, and no visible pupils.
  • Facial Markings: Red and purple veins up her cheeks, and a black diamond on her forehead.
  • From a Single Cell/Pulling Themselves Together: She apparently can be entirely vaporized and still regenerate within hours.
  • God Save Us From the Queen: Is basically the Grimm equivalent to the Borg Queen.
  • Humanoid Alien: Loosely speaking. She is a mutated human woman, who could at one point at least still breed with unmodified humans (as seen in V6). Over the subsequent centuries, she seems to have continued to mutate, albeit slowly, and may be more Grimm than human now.
  • Kill All Humans: Her goal.
  • Manipulative Bastard: Controls her minions not by force or intimidation, but by careful emotional manipulation customized to each one, to the point that she almost breaks Tyrian in late V4 just by telling him, "You disappoint me."
  • Meaningful Name: If she is indeed based on the Wicked Witch, "Salem" -- the location of a series of infamous witch trials in North America during the 17th century -- is very appropriate.
  • Monster Progenitor: Although she did not create the Grimm, she has taken over being their "parent" and guiding force.
  • Narrator All Along: She is the "Mysterious Narrator" from V1E1, and from the first four supplemental "World of Remnant" videos.
  • Red Eyes, Take Warning
  • Tainted Veins: At least they look like them.
  • Team Mom: Salem mitigates the animosity her inner circle have for each other through surprisingly gentle means. At one point in the director/writer commentary for V5, they call her "Devil Mom".
  • The Woman Behind the Monsters
  • The Woman Behind the Woman

"Team WTCH"

Salem's lieutenants, through whom she works in the human world.

Tropes that apply to Team WTCH as a whole:

  • Colorful Theme Naming: Generally averted, suggesting that most of them originated among the people who lost the Great War, and thus were not terribly inclined to adopt their enemies' deliberately defiant naming convention.
  • Production Nickname: To date, "Team WTCH" is a name used exclusively by the RWBY production team to refer to Salem's lieutenants.
Dr. Arthur Watts
Voiced by: Christopher Sabat
Based on: Dr. John Watson
Apparently killed in the destruction of Atlas in V8E14

A description of the character goes here.

Tropes exhibited by this character include:
  • A Lighter Shade of Black Played with then horribly subverted later. In volume 5 we see him disapprove of Cinder's needlessly reckless plan in Haven Academy, seemingly setting him up as the more pragmatic one compared to the viciously petty and sadistic Cinder. The Atlas arc reveals just how evil Arthur himself is, being willing to freeze thousands and having sold out his own kingdom simply for fame or adoration. It's even implied that his dislike of Cinder stems from sickening elitism, having known her past as a slave to the Atlas elite, which he was part of.
  • Badass Mustache/Porn Stache: Straddles the line between the two.
  • British Accents/Mid-Atlantic Accent: Speaks in a refined manner that could either be Mid-Atlantic or a soft RP.
  • The Bully: Takes an obvious pleasure in belittling and insulting Cinder for her "failure". Naturally, as a bully he crumbles in the face of someone more powerful, like Salem.
  • The Cracker: Is adept at invading systems and subverting them to his will.
  • Green Eyes: It's unclear yet if Watts' green eyes correspond to the less pleasant aspects of this trope, but it's probably a fair bet.
  • Jerkass: Part and parcel of his being a bully. Even Salem thinks he's overdoing it, and chastises him for his "malignance".
  • Morally-Ambiguous Doctorate: In V5 Raven describes him as a "disgraced Atlesian scientist", and he points out that he's also a doctor -- implying the medical variety. He's unlikely to have a pleasant bedside manner.
  • You Have Failed Me...: Tries to imply this is about to befall Cinder, before he's slapped down by Salem.

Tyrian Callows
Voiced by: Josh Grelle
Based on: Unknown

A description of the character goes here.

Tropes exhibited by this character include:

Cinder Fall
Cinder, V1-V3
Cinder, V4+
Voiced by: Jessica Nigri
Based on: Cinderella

A description of the character goes here.

Tropes exhibited by this character include:
  • Archery: The ranged form of her weapon is a bow, and she is a dead shot with it.
  • An Arm and a Leg: We learn in V5E13 that she lost an arm to Ruby's "white-out" in V3E12 -- and had it replaced with a Grimm arm, courtesy of Salem.
  • The Baroness: Sexpot version. Cinder is a beautiful, dominant woman with an obsession with power, and dresses in many proactive clothes to emphasize her curvy form. In Volume 7 onwards she begins wearing a skintight black outfit.
  • Bifurcated Weapon: She wields a pair of scimitars which fit together to form a bow.
  • Big Bad: For the first three volumes. Then a Bigger Bad is revealed...
  • Bow and Sword in Accord
  • Cat Smile: Does this quite a bit in V2 and V3.
  • Disney Death: Apparently killed by Raven Branwen in V5E13, but somehow managed to survive.
  • Dutch Angle: Cinder is unique among characters in RWBY for the number of shots that are made from the vicinity of her right foot and its anklet of black crystals.
  • Evil Is Sexy
  • Evil Sorceress: Seems to fit this archetype very neatly right from her first appearance in V1E1.
  • Eyes of Gold
  • Expository Hairstyle Change: Her hair is noticeably shorter during the flashbacks in V3E7.
  • Face Framed in Shadow: When we first see her and in the first season opening.
  • Fireball Eyeballs: Demonstrates a not-at-all cartoony version of this trope when manifesting her powers as the Fall Maiden.
  • Good Scars, Evil Scars: The whole left side of her face is scarred as a result of Ruby's "special attack" in V3E12, though it's hard to be sure with her Peek A Bangs. Given her role -- and Ruby's -- in the plot, it's pretty clear that they're "evil scars".
  • Important Haircut: In between V3E12 and V4E1, Cinder has had her long hair cut much shorter -- but her Peek-a-Bangs hide more of her face now.
  • Kill It with Fire: Pyrrha at the end of V3. Almost kills Weiss with a spear of flame in V5E11, and would have succeeded save for the first manifestation of Jaune's Semblance.
  • Kill It with Ice: Although she clearly prefers fire, ice is also available to her; she attempts to do this to Raven in V5E12 and fails.
  • The Man Behind the Man: Her initial appearance in V1E1 suggested she was Torchwick's flunky; the Stinger on V1E16 revealed that instead she was his boss.
  • Mask Power: Behind the Peek-a-Bangs she wears a dark grey half-mask over the left side of her face starting in V4. (We find out in V5E13 that it hides extensive scarring and a destroyed eye caused by Ruby's "white-out" at the end of V3.
  • Master Swordswoman
  • Meaningful Name: "Fall" foreshadowed her acquisition of the Autumn Maiden's power.
    • In V5, Raven suggests that "Fall" is a name she picked for herself because it is so appropriate.
  • Mythology Gag: When infiltrating the communications tower during the formal dance in V2, Cinder is told she needs to get back to the ball by midnight.
  • Older Than They Look: She is at least in her twenties and possibly older, but is able to pass (at close inspection) as a 17- to 20-year-old.
  • Peek-a-Bangs: Her hair covers most of her left eye. It covers it even more in the flashback -- and after V3E12.
  • Playing with Fire: Stolen from the Autumn Maiden and not originally part of her power set.
  • Power Floats/Flight: Once she has all of the Autumn Maiden's power.
  • Power Tattoo: The triangular marking on her back, between her shoulder blades, is a manifestation of the Autumn Maiden's power.
  • Professional Killer
  • The Speechless: After the events of V3E12, Cinder is unable to speak above a whisper -- and that only with difficulty -- for all of V4. She recovers the power of speech by early V5.
  • Spontaneous Weapon Creation: As part of being the Fall Maiden. She demonstrates this several times late in Volume 5; it gets taken Up to Eleven in her battle with Raven Branwen in V5E13.
  • Spy Catsuit: Has donned one on occasion.
  • The Tease: Flirts with just about everyone.
  • Vampiric Draining: In conjunction with some kind of Grimm insect with which she seems to have a symbiosis, Cinder can drain a person's powers. Whether it was a special attack intended only for the person so drained (in V3E7) or a generalized ability has yet to be seen.
  • Wicked Cultured: Elegant, well-spoken, and very persuasive.

Hazel Rainart
Voiced by: William Orendorff
Based on: Hansel of Hansel and Gretel?
Possibly killed in V8E12[please verify]

A description of the character goes here.

Tropes exhibited by this character include:
  • Affably Evil: Possibly. Uses Percussive Maintenance to make a ticket machine dispense a train ticket to Oscar for no more reason than that he was passing by and saw that Oscar was having trouble getting one.
    • In V5 he is displeased that Adam assassinated Sienna Khan, scowling and declaring, "No one needed to die today."
    • Events in V5 suggest he sides with Salem less because he personally embraces her cause and more because he'll do anything he can to destroy Ozpin.
  • The Big Guy: One source puts his height at eight feet.
  • Dead Little Sister: His younger sister Gretchen went to Beacon and died on a training mission. He holds Ozpin personally responsible for her death.
  • Elemental Punch: When supercharged with dust crystals embedded in his arms. We see him use lightning dust to great effect. Later he adds fire dust, which allows him to shoot balls of fire.
  • Feel No Pain: According to Ozpin, this is Hazel's Semblance, which allows him to directly "inject" dust into his body. (Ozpin's term, but Hazel is actually driving whole crystals of dust into his upper arms by main force.)
  • Good Hair, Evil Hair: Has a classic short villain beard, despite looking a bit like a lumberjack.
  • Good Scars, Evil Scars: His upper arms are heavily scarred from his dust use.
  • Heel Face Turn: In late V8 he turns on Salem.
  • Kill It with Fire: When he powers up with fire dust.
  • Mighty Glacier: Moves with slow, powerful steps; even in a fight he does not dash about like most other characters in the series.
  • The Quiet One
  • Required Secondary Powers: It's not mentioned, but presumably he must have some manner of Healing Factor since he does not bleed when he forces dust into his flesh.
  • Shock and Awe: When he finally cuts loose, he jams crystals of lightning dust into the flesh of his upper arms, which gives him electrical attacks and seems to increase his strength somewhat. His eyes also glow and he gains a creepy resonance to his voice when he does this.
  • Slow Walk: His usual way of moving, which combined with his size and strength gives him the air of a Juggernaut.
  • The Stoic: At least until he's facing Ozpin.

Cinder's Minions

Mercury Black
Voiced by: J.J. Castillo (V2), Yuri Lowenthal (V3-?)
Based on: Mercury

A description of the character goes here.

Tropes exhibited by this character include:
  • Armed Legs/Leg Cannon: His cyberlegs incorporate guns so that his kicks fire dust charges -- and not just as simple projectiles.
  • Artificial Limbs: His legs, which were replaced at some point after he joined up with Cinder.
  • Bare-Fisted Monk: His primary attack method.
  • Because Destiny Says So: Why he teamed up with Cinder and Emerald, according to what he tells Emerald in V6E8. The two of them showed up at the exact moment he'd defeated his father, and he took that as a sign that he was supposed to go with them.
  • Book Dumb: By his own admission.
  • De-Power: According to him, his father stole Mercury's semblance using his own semblance, and he has to manage without one.
  • Deadpan Snarker
  • Gentleman Thief: For a very loose definition of "gentleman".
  • Kick Guy
  • Patricide: Killed his father in a battle to the death.
  • Professional Killer: The son of an assassin, trained by his father, who murdered his father.
  • Self-Made Orphan
  • Sticky Fingers: While he's basically an assassin, he's not above a little thievery now and then.

Emerald Sustrai
Voiced by: Katie Newville
Based on: Aladdin, Cleopatra

A former Street Urchin, Emerald was Cinder's first minion, at least as far as we can tell from flashbacks. She appears to care nothing for Salem and her goals, and is in fact clearly horrified by the Grimm and their queen, but is fanatically loyal to Cinder and will follow her into hell and beyond.

Tropes exhibited by this character include:

Professor Leonardo Lionheart

Voiced by: Daman Mills
Based on: The Cowardly Lion
Killed by Salem in V5E14

A description of the character goes here.

Tropes exhibited by this character include:
  • Bad Liar: Watts implies he is one, but Lionheart manages to convince Qrow and Team RNJR of a few outright lies early in V5. Once they figure out he's a Turncoat, though, they just play along.
  • Catfolk: Is a lion faunus.
  • Cowardly Boss: A rare non-videogame example. The moment Ruby gets one good shot in on him -- even though it just bounces off his weapon -- he breaks and runs. They don't follow him, though -- and it's Salem who finishes him off, instead.
  • Dirty Coward: Oh, so very much.
  • The Mole: Made clear in the last moments of V4 before the final credits. And by midway through V5 Qrow, Team RNJR and Oscar/Ozpin have figured this out.
  • Turncoat: Clearly established as a friend and ally of Ozpin -- except he's now working for Salem.


Roman Torchwick

Voiced by: Gray G. Haddock
Based on: Romeo Candlewick/Lampwick
Killed by a Grimm in V3E11.

These kids just keep getting weirder.

A description of the character goes here.

Tropes exhibited by this character include:
  • Affably Evil: Just because he's a villain doesn't mean he doesn't attempt to be civil to his enemies, especially in parting.
  • Ascended Extra: According to Kerry Shawcross during the Volume 3 Finale Livestream, Torchwick was originally intended as a throwaway character, but he became a fan favorite, which resulted in a larger part in the overall story. But he was always meant to die -- he just got a "stay of execution" until the end of V3.
  • Badass
    • Badass Driver: Has thus far piloted an airship and Powered Armor with a fair degree of skill.
    • Badass Normal: Has yet to display any abilities other than his melee and gunplay skills, but is able to fight experienced semblance users to a standstill.
    • Cultured Badass: Dapper gangster-style suit-wearing "mob boss" type with a cane that doubles as a miniature cannon.
  • Boomerang Bigot: Utilizes this to get the White Fang to Enemy Mine with him, claiming that humans are assholes, but the ones he and the Faunas have a common enemy in are those who control everything.
  • Cane Fu: Shown to full effect in his battle with Ruby in V3E11.
  • Cigar Chomper
  • Dastardly Dapper Derby
  • Deadpan Snarker
  • The Dragon: To Cinder.
  • Evil Is Hammy: But you get the feeling that it's often a deliberate act on his part.
  • Grappling Hook Pistol: Can fire the handle of his cane as a grappling hook.
  • Gun Cane
  • Killed Mid-Sentence: Just barely, in V3E11 -- he's eaten by a Grimm griffon as he utters the last syllable of the last word in his last line.
  • Man in White
  • The Nicknamer: Rarely calls people (especially Team RWBY) by their names.
  • Nietzsche Wannabe: In V3E11, he lectures Ruby at length -- in the midst of a battle, yet -- about how futile it is to be a hero.
  • Screw This, I'm Outta Here: Said when it's obvious he's outmatched.
  • Shout-Out: To A Clockwork Orange in his design.
  • The Unfettered: His goal is his personal survival in the face of a world of hostile monsters.

Neopolitan, aka "Neo"

Voiced by: Gray G. Haddock (assorted grunts and gasps in V1-3), Casey Lee Williams (BlazBlue: Cross Tag Battle)
Based on: Hecate/Trivia
Birth name: Trivia Vanille

A description of the character goes here.

Tropes exhibited by this character include:
  • Adorable Evil Minion
  • Badass Adorable
  • Depraved Dwarf: by some definitions of dwarfism, Neo is one, and her behavior suggests she's a psychopath and possibly sadistic.
  • Disney Death: Blown off an Atlesian battleship in V3E11, disappeared for almost three whole volumes, only to return in V6.
  • Enigmatic Minion
  • Kaleidoscope Eyes: Neopolitan appears to have complete voluntary control over her eye color. In what is presumably her "normal" appearance, she usually has one pink and one brown eye, matching her hair colors but in counterpoint. In V3E1, we see her in disguise with bright green eyes, although they shift back to her usual pink and brown right before she delivers a Coup De Grace. She appears to lose control over their color and they revert to white when she is surprised or shocked.
  • Kick Chick
  • Master of Illusion: Neo's Semblance, Overactive Imagination, allows her to create physical illusions visible to anyone in line of sight of them, unlike Emerald's hallucination semblance, which affects only the person she targets. It is considerably less taxing than Emerald's power as well. The scope of her Semblance is broad -- at one end of her range she can use it to disguise herself as another person, and at the other end she been shown capable of cloaking a Mistral airship as an Atlesian Manta well enough to fool Atlesian troops. Her illusions have a limited physical existence, but will shatter if struck with sufficient force.
  • Multicolored Hair: Has hair in colors reminiscent of Neapolitan ice cream, hence her name (probably) -- one side is pink with white streaks, and the other is chocolate brown.
  • Older Than They Look: Strongly hinted at by Word of God
  • Parasol of Prettiness/Parasol of Pain: Carries a delicate, lacy parasol which can block energy blasts and deflect blows, and which has a blade hidden in its shaft. While she does use it as a weapon, it's almost secondary to her kicks.
  • Perpetual Smiler
  • Pint-Sized Powerhouse: Confirmed as the smallest character in RWBY by Word of God, but capable of effortlessly defeating Yang.
  • Revenge: Wants revenge on Ruby (and initially Cinder as well until the latter talks her out of it) for Roman Torchwick's death.
  • Silent Antagonist/The Voiceless: For the moment. Gray Haddock has confirmed that she has a voice performer, and that the character is not mute. She audibly gasps in V3E11 when taken by surprise.
  • Sword Cane: She has an epee-like blade hidden in the shaft of her parasol, and was about to use it to perform a Coup De Grace on Yang after defeating her in V2E11, until Raven interfered.
  • Waif Fu: Easily below 5 feet in height, slender, flawlessly acrobatic and graceful, and took out Yang without getting a scratch on her.
  • What Could Have Been: According to both Gray Haddock and The World of RWBY: The Official Companion, Neo was created for a "casting opportunity" -- as a character for actress/comedian Sarah Silverman to voice. For some reason that never happened, and she was made mute instead.

Hei "Junior" Xiong

Voiced by: Jack Pattillo
Based on: Baby Bear

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Tropes exhibited by this character include:
  • Badass in a Nice Suit: Goes about his business wearing a three-piece suit without the jacket.
  • Everyone Calls Him "Barkeep": As of V2E12, no one has actually called him anything other than "Junior".
  • Groin Attack: Got one thanks to Yang in Yellow trailer.
  • Mooks: Has a good-sized band of minions who all share the same fashion sense. Sadly, he's not all that impressed with their quality.

Junior's Mooks

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Melanie and Miltiades "Miltia" Malachite

Voiced by: Margaret Tominey
Based on: Uncertain. The Three Bears' porridge (too hot and too cold) and the German fairy tale "Snow-White and Rose-Red" (in which the titular sisters befriend a bear, i.e. Junior) have been suggested.
Melanie, who is this girl?
—Miltiades, about Yang, in the Yellow trailer

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