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Red like roses fills my dreams and brings me to the place you rest

White is cold and always yearning, burdened by the royal test

Black the beast descends from shadows

Yellow beauty burns gold


In the world of Remnant, humanity clings to civilization in the face of the creatures of Grimm, a veritable army of monsters and supernatural forces. Only the power of a substance known only as "Dust" allowed humanity to win a battle for its survival against the Grimm, and even now its creatures are only barely held at bay.

Responsible for defending human civilization from the forces of darkness are the Huntsmen and Huntresses, highly skilled individuals with unique weapons and a mastery of the use of Dust. These guardians are trained in special institutions, such as Beacon Academy in the nation of Vale.

RWBY follows the story of four extraordinary girls and their friends as they make their way through their training at Beacon, and come face-to-face with not only the creatures of Grimm, but all-too-human threats to the survival of humanity in this dangerous world.

An innovative Web Animation series by Monty Oum of Rooster Teeth, it was heralded months in advance by a series of carefully doled-out trailers ("Red", "White", "Black" and "Yellow"), which built up a remarkable level of excitement and speculation before its premiere in July 2013.

As of Fall 2017, it has completed over forty episodes.

A dedicated wiki exists for the show, containing a surprisingly vast amount of detail gathered from a wide variety of sources.

Tropes used in RWBY include:

(List compiled at the end of Volume One of Season One, and is subject to update/revision.)

  • Absurdly Sharp Blade: Ruby's scythe, which can effortlessly slice werebeowolves in half, chop down old-growth trees, and is capable of decapitating giant monsters.
  • Academic Athlete: Pyrrha Nikos.
  • Action Girl: Pretty much every female character, even Velvet who starts off being bullied by Cardin and not fighting back.
  • Alien Sky: Remnant is definitely not Earth, not with a shattered moon in the sky.
  • American Accents: In addition to the "default" accent imposed by being an American production, the two cops investigating the Dust shop robbery in S1E15 have distinct Joisey/Bronx accents.
  • Alternate Universe: No argument. A broken moon in the sky, unfamiliar continents, active magic with technology, humanity beseiged by hordes of monsters...
  • Ancestral Weapon: Jaune's sword and shield, which belonged to his great-grandfather, a great hero.
  • Artsy Moon: If you consider being broken into a few dozen pieces "artsy".
  • Ascended Fangirl: Ruby, who geeks out over huntsmen and huntresses, manages to get into Beacon Academy years before she normally would be old enough, on the basis of both skill and overwhelming enthusiasm.
  • Applied Phlebotinum: Dust, which seems to be a fuel for magic or magic-like effects. Plus, whatever it is that makes all the weapons do what they do.
  • Art Shift: The "news broadcast" seen at the end of S1E1 is, or is made to look like, traditional animation instead of CGI.
    • Also, the design of the beowolves changed between the release of the "Red" trailer and the series premiere in July 2013.
  • Badass Adorable: Ruby Rose.
    • Also Nora Valkyrie and Velvet Scarlatina (the latter mainly by Word of God as of November 2013).
  • Battle Aura: Demonstrated by Yang in her trailer as part of her fire powers, but also seems to be a visible manifestation of "aura" or a "semblance" in use.
  • Beast Folk: The Faunus, who are treated as second-class citizens.
  • Bellisario's Maxim: Invoked (along with the Rule of Funny) in the director's commentary track for volume 1 when discussing how Weiss and Ruby ended up clinging to the flying Nevermore.
  • Berserk Button: Never, ever, touch Yang's hair.
  • Beware the Silly Ones: Nora. If only because she has a Grenade Launcher.
  • Big Ball of Violence: Ruby and Yang, the first night at Beacon. Complete with the sound of That Poor Cat.
  • Big Eater: Ruby, at least as far as cookies are concerned. And Nora when it comes to sweets.
  • Bizarre and Improbable Ballistics: Blake's weapons seem to demonstrate this in the "Black" trailer.
  • The Blade Always Lands Pointy End In: Penny. Then again, her weapons are clearly designed to do this.
  • Blah Blah Blah: Professor Port's first lecture turns into this as the camera focuses on Weiss's growing irritation with Ruby's behavior in class.
  • Blackmail: Cardin uses Jaune's secret to basically turn him into a lackey and dogsbody.
  • Blank White Eyes: Numerous times in the series.
  • Bloodless Carnage: The closest thing we see to spraying blood are showers of rose petals.
  • Book Ends: The Jaune arc begins and ends with scenes on a roof.
  • Bullying a Dragon: Dr. Oobleck assures Ruby that provoking the Goliaths by shooting them with her Crescent Rose would be a very bad idea.
  • Butt Monkey: Jaune. Lampshaded when he complains to Pyrrha that he wants to be more than just the "loveable idiot stuck in a tree while his friends are fighting for their lives."
  • By the Lights of Their Eyes: Several times, most notably during the "initiation" sequence.
  • Call a Rabbit a Smeerp: A mix of averted and expressed. The obvious werewolves Ruby fights in the "Red" trailer are called beowolves, but many of the other creatures of the Grimm are original and have original names.
  • Casanova Wannabe: Jaune acts like this around Weiss and pretty much only Weiss.
  • Catch Phrase: It's too early to be completely sure, but 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.
  • Catgirl: Blake.
  • Cheaters Never Prosper: Appears to be subverted with Jaune, who used falsified transcripts to get into Beacon because he felt so strongly the need to live up to his family history, but who despite his self-doubts does appear to be Beacon material.
  • Chekhov's Gun: "Landing strategies" and the rocket-propelled lockers, by Word of God on the director's commentary track for Volume 1.
  • Chest Insignia: All of the girls in Team RWBY as well as a few other characters have distinctive symbols that are worn or appear on their equipment.
    • Ruby's rose symbol can be seen on her headphones in the first episode, and hangs on her belt near her right hip.
    • Weiss' snowflake is on the back of her jacket.
    • Blake's flower-like whatever-it-is can be seen at the top of one of her thigh-high stockings.
    • Yang wears her burning-heart insignia, partly hidden, on one breast.
    • Nora uses a heart, which appears on her grenades and launcher and as the cutout of her decolletage. She also seems to have a stylized "hammer-in-a-circle" logo — prominent during her "I'm queen of the castle" song-and-dance during the initiation arc.
  • Chirping Crickets: Tumbleweed variation only, during the first encounter with Penny. Twice.
  • Circling Birdies: When Ruby is momentarily stunned, alternating stars and cartoon wolves orbit her head.
    • In the "Yellow" trailer, a stunned Junior momentarily is circled by a ring of hearts.
  • Color-Coded Elements: Definitely present, although not clearly universal, and clearly linked to the Color Motifs.
  • Color Motif: The production team explicitly designed the look of everything in the series around a specific system of colors/meanings.
  • Competence Zone: Realistically averted. The main characters are supposed to be exceptional individuals, going to a school teaching them to be even more exceptional — and their teachers are definitely more competent than they are, more than capable of teaching them things they need to know. Other adults vary, just as they would in the real world.
  • Cool Big Sis: Yang, to Ruby.
  • Crash Into Hello: How Weiss met Ruby. And how Weiss met Penny.
    • The Volume 1 director's commentary hinted that this might be a Running Gag for Weiss.
  • Did Not Do the Research: Monty Oum has already gotten some Internet Backdraft on names and their pronunciations: "Weiss Schnee", for instance, is more correctly pronounced something like "Vice Shnay", and "Yang" should sound like "Yong". Oum has offered a Hand Wave for this, pointing out that Remnant is not Earth and their similarity to terms in Earthly languages is a coincidence.
  • Diegetic Switch: Subverted. In the opening scenes of the very first episode, Ruby's clearly listening to "This Will Be The Day" until she decides to interrupt the robbery of the Dust shop. After she follows one of the Mooks through the shop window, the music switches from a tinny, "heard over headphones" version to a high-quality version — until we hear the "click" of Ruby turning off her player and the music stops.
  • Different Individualistic Powers: Sembelances is the manifestation of a person's innate and personal power as an ability unique to each user. It is a power projected from one's Aura and is "fueled" by it as well. A person would need to first train with Aura in order to develop their Semblance.
  • Dirty Coward: Professor Lionheart turns out to be one of these, unlike the character that he is based on (who turns out to be brave despite believing himself to be a coward). He ends up selling out his own kingdom to the Big Bad.
  • Dragged by the Collar: At the start of their initiation, Weiss turns around and drags Ruby off by the collar of her cape when she realizes her only other possible teammate is Jaune.
  • Drink Order: An important part of early character design according to Word of God. When they figured out that Blake drank tea and Weiss drank coffee, Monty Oum and company felt they were starting to get somewhere.
    • Ruby, by the way, drinks coffee, black, with five sugars.
  • Drop the Hammer: Nora's weapon, which is also a Grenade Launcher. With hearts on it.
  • Epic Flail: Sun's pistol-chucks.
  • Everything's Worse With Rapier Wasps
  • Eye Cam: We first see Nora through Ren's eyes as he wakes up on the morning of the initiation.
  • Extraordinarily Empowered Girl: Most if not all of the female cast.
  • Face Fault: Not long after team RWBY meets Penny for the first time.
  • Faceless Masses: Just about anyone who's not involved in the action in some way is simply a black silhouette.
    • RWBY Volume 2: Production Diary 3 revealed that the "shadow people" (as the Rooster Teeth staff called them) are gone and will be replaced with fully-rendered individuals.
  • Fairy Tale Motifs: Everywhere you look.
  • Fantastic Racism: Towards the Faunus.
  • Fantasy World Map: Glimpsed in full during the prologue; the vicinity of Vale is seen in more detail a couple of times during the first season. Monty Oum allegedly squirted ketchup into a paper napkin, wadded it up, and then unfolded it to determine the basic landmasses of the world.
  • Feather Flechettes: The Nevermore fires its immense feathers in this manner.
  • Fighting with Chucks: Sun Wukon.
  • First Boy Wins: It's a bit premature given the planned scope of RWBY, but those fans who don't see Jaune and Pyrrha pairing up argue for Jaune and Ruby partly because of this trope.
  • Force Field: As Jaune and Pyrrha make clear, one of the effects that Aura can provide.
  • Gainaxing: During their commentary track for the Blu-ray release, the four female stars allege that both Yang and Pyrrha are deliberately animated at times with the infamous "Gainax bounce".
  • Genki Girl: Ruby.
    • Nora, even more so — 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.
  • Good Scars, Evil Scars: Weiss's surprisingly subtle facial scar — aqcuired during the events of the "White" trailer — is definitely a "good scar".
  • Gravity Is a Harsh Mistress: When Jaune leaps out to catch a falling Weiss, it becomes a classic Looney Tunes "Oh Crap" pause-and-plunge moment.
  • Great White Hunter: Professor Peter Port.
  • Grenade Launcher: Nora's weapon is one of these, when it isn't a warhammer. With hearts on it.
  • Groin Attack: As part of his bullying, Cardin gets one in on Jaune.
  • Guns Do Not Work That Way: Certainly not as part of transforming gadgets which are melee weapons half the time.
    • Averted in the "Yellow" trailer, by Junior: using it as a bludgeon is a great way to break your rocket launcher.
  • Hair of Gold: Yang.
  • Hammerspace: Where Ren keeps his gunblades, although it does appear the portals are in his sleeves.
  • Hand Blast: Penny's Wave Motion Gun, with extra bonus swords.
  • Hand Wave: Monty Oum's explanation why some names are mispronounced compared to their source languages.
  • Happy Dance: Nora can be seen doing one after retrieving the artifacts but before the battle with the Deathstalker and the Nevermore during the initiation arc.
  • Hate Sink: There's a reason why Adam's White Fang forces end up abandoning him. When the tough gets tough...the tough get going...out of the battlefield, as Adam demonstrates. And of course, not even Salem's fellow minions seem fond of Cinder.
  • Heart Symbol: Nora, all over. Literally — from her weapon to the cutout on her decolletage.
  • Human Hummingbird: Weiss does this at least once, early in the first season.
  • I Call Her "Vera": Ruby with Crescent Rose (and to a lesser degree weapons in general).
  • Idiot Hair: Penny.
  • Image Song: "Mirror, Mirror" from the "White" trailer and "From Shadow" from the "Black" trailer are very much this for Weiss and Blake respectively. A snippet of Yang's song "I Burn" finishes up the medley which provides the soundtrack for the "Yellow" trailer, but can be found in its entirety in the Volume One soundtrack. The odd man out is the "Red" trailer; its music is more an introduction to the entire series than an image song for Ruby; if any song can be said to be her image song, it is probably "Red Like Roses, Part II", which is played during the climax of the fight with the Nevermore, and is also available as part of the Volume One soundtrack.
  • Imagine Spot: Weiss plotting in S1E2 how she and Pyrrha will be an unstoppable team together.
  • Important Hair Accessory Blake's bow.
  • Incompletely Trained: Jaune.
    • Ruby to a lesser degree — she's very competent solo, but initially has no idea how to work in a team.
  • Instant Runes: Weiss's snowflake-like "glyphs".
  • Ironic Echo: Penny's rapid-fire recitation of all the fun things she and Ruby can do together since they are now friends echoes word-for-word Weiss's sarcastic inventory of "girl things" to (not) do with Ruby when they met for the second time at the Beacon opening ceremonies.
    • Ruby picks up on some of this, asking Weiss moments afterwards, "Is this what I was like when we met?"

Weiss: No. She seems much more coordinated.


Penny: It sure is windy today.

  • Legacy Hero: What Jaune feels he has to be.
  • Like Brother and Sister: Although many viewers apparently see Jaune and Pyrrha shaping up into an Official Couple, the voice actresses on their commentary track for Volume 1 strongly hint that the two are actually forming a very deep and platonic friendship.
  • Limited Wardrobe: The most we've seen anyone own is three outfits: battledress, school uniform, and sleepwear.
  • Little Miss Badass: Just about every girl in the cast who isn't a Badass Adorable.
  • Little Red Fighting Hood: Ruby, oh so much.
  • Machinima
  • Magical Security Cam: Several instances of footage reused as cam views. Possibly justified by the (perhaps literal) magical computers in use.
  • The Man Behind the Man: After going sixteen episodes thinking Torchwick is the main villain, we discover in The Stinger to S1E16 that the woman who seemed like a flunky in S1E1 — called "Cinder" in the credits — is actually his boss.
  • Mana: Called "Aura", and a known, measurable quality possessed by Huntsmen and Huntresses.
  • Mana Meter: Actually present In-Universe — every student at Beacon can check their aura level with their handheld computer/phone/PDA, and are exhorted to do so when fighting, so they know when to shift to defensive tactics if it gets too low. The aura display appears as a classic colored bar, starting out green, growing shorter as aura is used, and turning red when too much aura has been expended.
  • Meaningful Name: It appears that nearly everyone in the cast has a name that makes some kind of reference to fairy tales or fantasy literature. (While at the same time following the Color Motif.)
  • Miss Exposition: Pyrrha, regarding Aura and Semblances.
  • Mix-and-Match Weapon/Impossibly Cool Weapon: Everybody's got one! Most combine a firearm of some sort with a melee weapon, and change shape between functions.
    • Sun Wukon goes one better: his weapon is a staff that splits into a pair of nunchaku, which themselves are made out of pairs of pistols (which look like flintlocks, but are multi-shot).
    • Blake's Gambol Shroud can be a used as one or two blades for melee, as a kusarigama/sickle-and-chain, and as a gunblade.
    • Pyrrha's spear/rifle and chakram-shield.
    • Jaune seems to avert this; his sword doesn't appear to turn into anything else, even if it is an Ancestral Weapon. His shield, though, folds for convenient storage, and to become his sword's scabbard.
  • Mooks: Torchwick has a small crew of them, and he's not impressed by their quality.
    • Junior's minions in the "Yellow" trailer seem to be the same group — they have the same black-suit-white-face-and-little-red-sunglasses look. Given that Torchwick is very briefly seen concluding some kind of deal with Junior in the club just before Yang walks up to the bar, it's possible that he acquired his goons from Junior.
    • Torchwick later appears to be in charge of a squad of White Fang footsoldiers.
  • Motion Capture: Confirmed to have been used for many scenes. However, it's often painfully obvious when it wasn't.
  • Motionless Chin: Averted. In close-ups, chin movements are obvious and clearly synchronized to the Mouth Flaps.
  • Motor Mouth: Ruby, when she gets excited.
  • My Hero!: Uttered by Weiss in a totally bored and unimpressed manner when Jaune flubs an attempt to flashily rescue her from a fall.
  • Named Weapons: Most if not all of the multiform weapons have names:
    • Ruby named her scythe Crescent Rose.
    • Weiss' sword is Myrtenaster.
    • Blake's gunblade/kusarigama is called Gambol Shroud.
    • Yang's "Dual Ranged Shot Gauntlets" are called Ember Celica.
    • Possibly averted by Jaune's sword, which seems to have no name.
  • Nightmare Fuel Station Attendant: If there's anything that makes Cinder truly despicable and terrifying, it's that she'll stop at nothing to obtain the power that she wants.
  • No Sense of Personal Space: Penny.
  • Nobody Touches the Hair: Yang — it's her Berserk Button, in fact.
  • Not Allowed to Grow Up: Averted, according to Word of God. The intent is that characters will age in real time with the viewers; the example given by Monty Oum is that after ten years of production, 15-year-old Ruby will be 25.
  • Not a Morning Person: Lie Ren. For reasons explained in Genki Girl, above.
  • Off-Model: Much of the animation — at least some of it done by Motion Capture — is beautifully fluid and realistic. Other moments... not so much.
    • There's one moment in S1E16 where two characters are standing in such a way that the one closer to the viewers is partially obscuring the one further away, but one of the gestures made by the further character happens in front of the closer character — that is, closer to the viewer.
  • Off With Its Head: Ruby decapitates a fair number of the beowolves attacking her in the "Red" trailer.
    • Ruby killing the Nevermore during the Emerald Forest initiation.
    • Jaune killing the ursa in S1E14.
  • Personality Powers: The Beacon students all appear to have gifts or talents, and most of the ones we've seen seem to be reflective of their owners' personalities: Ruby's speed, Yang's fire, and Pyrrha's magnetism, for example.
  • Petal Power: Any time Ruby's in action.
  • Promotion to Parent: Yang seems at times quite maternal in regards to Ruby.
  • Reality Ensues: When Ruby worries that Jaune will be killed by Cinder like Pyrrha before him, she attempts to use her silver eyes in order to save him. However, she isn't the only one that doesn't want history to repeat itself and Emerald knocks her out in order to protect Cinder.
  • Reckless Gun Usage: The Vale police investigating the dust shop robbery. (Lampshaded by Torchwick's map which notes there are "dumb cops" in that part of Vale.)
  • Red Eyes, Take Warning: When Yang gets angry or frustrated, her eyes change from silver to red. And she bursts into flame.
  • Reptiles Are Abhorrent: The King Taijitu, a monstrous two-headed duotone snake fought by Lie Ren in the Emerald Forest.
  • Retcon: In the earliest materials, the planet on which the story is set was called "Vytal", but during the course of production the creative team renamed it to "Remnant". "Vytal" remains as the name of the festival that is impending at the end of Volume 1.
  • Rich Bitch: Weiss gives this impression during her first few screen appearances, and bits of it keep surfacing throughout volume one, but she's considerably more complex than this basic character type.
  • Robot Girl: Penny turns out to be one.
  • Rule of Cool: Appears to be a law of nature.
  • Rule of Funny: Yang's Berserk Button: she's a cool, laid-back girl — unless you muss her hair.
  • Running Gag:
    • Volume 1:
      • Jaune getting stuck in trees.
      • Weiss falling over when she runs into someone she wasn't expecting to be in her way.
  • 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.
  • Shields Are Useless: Averted by Jaune, whose shield seems pretty awesome even if he doesn't quite realize it.
    • Also averted by Pyrrha, whose shield is rather handy itself.
  • Shout-Out: Built on them, and many are rolled into Meaningful Names. Where can we start?
  • Shy Finger-Twiddling: Ruby during the first time she meets Weiss.
  • Skewed Priorities: The humans who bully Faunus can be seen as having these, since they share a common enemy in the Grimm that could potentially destroy them both if left unchecked.
  • Slow-Motion Pass-By: When Blake and Sun Wukon first see each other.
  • Spent Shells Shower: The "Red" trailer ends this way.
  • Stealth Hi Bye: Penny, most notably. Ruby's speed lets her do basically this if she wants. Other characters manage this when it's funny.
  • Stealth Pun: The crescents on Jaune's shield? They're arcs.
  • Stock Sound Effects: Construction sounds — saws, jackhammers, drills, etc. — in the few seconds it takes them to turn their beds into (dubious) bunkbeds.
  • Strange Girl: Penny definitely comes across like this, from the first few moments of conversation with Team RWBY (done entirely while laying on her back in the street) to the odd way she holds her hands at her sides as she walks.
  • Super-Deformed: Ruby in her first moments on the Beacon campus, as well as the images in her "thought bubble" as she races to find a partner in the Emerald Forest.
  • Super Speed: Ruby seems to come close; Professor Oobleck definitely has it.
  • Swiss Army Weapon: Most of the weapons we see in the series. The few exceptions include Jaune's sword (although his shield might count), Ren's pistols (which while combining blades and guns haven't yet shown ability to change shape), and Torchwick's cane-gun.
  • 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 a source of friction between her and Weiss, who puts a great deal of effort into being as good as she is.
  • Theme Naming: All over the place. Particularly Colourful Theme Naming — allegedly every character has some kind of color reference in their name. A few examples:
    • The girls of Team RWBY: "Ruby Rose" is obvious; "Weiss Schnee"="Snow White"; "Blake" is an old English word for "black"; "Yang Xiao Long" is Chinese for "Little Dragon of the Sun", but includes characters which can mean "yellow" or "gold".
    • "Jaune" is French for "yellow".
    • Velvet Scarlatina.
    • Although it's never actually given on-screen, the newscaster on the broadcast seen at the end of S1E1 is, according to Word of God, named Cyril Leon (i.e., "cerulean"). His co-anchor is billed as "Lisa Lavender".
    • In November 2013, Monty Oum tweeted the explicit naming rules for RWBY characters:

1. Characters in RWBY must be:

  • A color

  • Something that sounds like a color

  • Something that means a color

  • Something that makes you think of a color
Further, if a character is on a team, the first letter of their name must fit into a 4-letter acronym which itself must follow the same rules.
  • Theme Song Reveal: It's hard to be sure this early, but "This Will Be The Day" definitely seems to be hinting at something.
    • The songs from the four Trailers also are clearly implying things; as of the first season's halfway point, "From Shadows" (from the "Black" trailer) seems to be the most comprehensible, referring (in retrospect) to Blake's history.
  • Theme Tune Cameo: In the first scene of the first episode, Ruby's listening to "This Will Be The Day" on her player, before it's been used as the theme tune for the first time.
  • Thick Line Animation: It's not consistent across all the artwork, but in general the show has this kind of look. It's especially noticeable with things like the Deathstalker and character faces.
  • 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.
  • Throwing Your Shield Always Works: Pyrrha's shield.
  • Throwing Your Sword Always Works: Especially if you're telekinetically controlling a dozen or so...
  • Toilet Humour: Ruby's scribbled drawing of Professor Port calling him "Professor Poop".
  • Tomboy and Girly Girl: Definitely in play between Ruby (tomboy) and Weiss (girly girl). Appears also to be part of the dynamic between Yang and Blake, but they seem to swap off on who's who as needed.
  • Too Soon: Asked by Sun Wukon of Blake after making a snarky comment about her former membership in the White Fang.
  • Took a Level In Badass: Jaune, in S1E14.
  • Trailers: Starting November 5, 2012, Rooster Teeth released four trailers, spaced eight to ten weeks apart, which each featured one of the four main characters. Combining beautiful animation, non-stop action, Foreshadowing and awesome music, they were responsible for a remarkable level of anticipation and speculation before the series' premiere in July 2013.
  • Train Job: The "Black" trailer is about one.
  • Uncanny Valley: Averted. Despite being made with Poser, whose photorealistic figures live in the Uncanny Valley, RWBY's animation has its detail level dialed back and its abstraction level dialed up to give it a resemblance to traditional animation, and handily escapes the creepiness factor.
  • Vomit Discretion Shot: Jaune, offscreen at the end of S1E1, and onscreen at a trash can at the start of S1E2.
  • Wacky Girl: Nora.
  • Web Animation
  • Weird Moon: A moon in pieces certainly counts.
  • Well-Intentioned Extremist: The modern incarnation of the White Fang, but there are hints that they are being manipulated for some sinister purpose.
  • Western Terrorists: The current version of the White Fang is somewhere between Type VII and Type VIII. It started out as a non-violent Civil Rights Movement for Faunus, but there was a change in leadership about five years before the start of the series, and their methods turned violent. There are hints that they are being manipulated by someone else for more sinister purposes.
  • The Wiki Rule: As noted in the main text
  • You Gotta Have Blue Hair: Almost entirely averted so far — the only character with an "unnatural" hair color as of the end of volume 1 is Professor Oobleck, who has green hair.
    • Lie Ren has a magenta stripe through the hair on the left side of his face, but it could simply be dyed.
  • Your Terrorists Are Our Freedom Fighters: What the current version of White Fang thinks of itself, of course.
  • Zettai Ryouiki: Blake's stockings in her battle garb; Yang's stockings in her school uniform. Both are Rank A.