Hello, I recently found this Reddit post on the RWBY subreddit about the increasing soured opinion towards the series' protagonists, and I gotta say, I agree with this post's message. https://www.reddit.com/r/RWBY/comments/urwyqu/the_many_reasons_behind_the_increasing_dislike_of/
This video is by Calxiyn, one of my favorite RWBYTubers. Anyway, I found this video to be rather interesting. It proposes a fix of the original story without bashing or mocking the creators'. It's all subjective, but I found this rewrite to be more engaging and more emotional. I felt the characters in this rewrite were much more rounded and had a bit more depth. I like how in the rewrite, it gives parallels to Emerald and Neo.
My biggest criticism of this video is probably the visuals. I'm not art-critic by any stretch of the word, but I kinda felt some of the video's visuals were kinda... meh. Especially the part when Cal decides to take Cinder in a 1920s Flapper Girl look. Regardless of what you find superior is subjective, because in the long run, this is all in the name of fun.
Not gonna lie I am quite excited for this new Anime RWBY series created by Gen Urobuchi, because I have a feeling it would be a pretty crazy series.
Yeah the guy worked on Fate/Zero and Black Lagoon, which is pretty cool and given the work he has done I can imagine the RWBY anime series will be somewhat dark. Though dark but have some light hearted moments, I feel like it might take place in the Beacon Saga given the outfits, maybe it might add some new stuff from the later volumes but into the Beacon Saga creating a new series of events.
Oh this is kinda more on Gen Urobuchi for those wondering:
Gen Urobuchi (born December 20, 1972) is a prolific Japanese author in the Visual Novel industry who currently works under nitro+. He is (in)famous for creating dark, tragic settings and plot twists in his stories, in part due to nearly dying in an epidemic when he was younger. Indeed, as he put it in this interview, the experience gave him "eyesight of the dead". The work which gave him this fame was Saya no Uta, an H. P. Lovecraft-inspired Visual Novel released under Nitro+. As a result, he has been given the nickname "Urobutcher" by several circles on the internet. That said, he may be trying to break out of this mold; given how he worked on a a tokusatsu series. (Though he had stated that said series would be Darker and Edgier than the previous entries in the franchise. And it was.)
He and Kinoko Nasu of Type Moon are known to be good friends, and have even collaborated on three Fate/series projects, such as Fate/Zero, Fate/Apocrypha, and Fate/Grand Order; they also played together in the Tabletop RPG that would be adapted into Chaos Dragon.
So yeah imagine a RWBY anime with his style of writing?
What are some characters that are disliked/hated?
In a previous post I made, I recall saying Nora Valkyrie is my favorite character although I am not a RWBY fan. I feel her, Pyrrah, Neo and Salem are the best characters.
I want to focus on Nora, though. I feel like Nora, among many of RWBY's main characters are stock characters.
I truly think Nora is a manic pixie dream girl. A manic pixie dream girl is a female character with outgoing, energetic, humorous and generally eccentric qualities. They are often quirky and may do things like break out in song and dance randomly. Plus, her riding on that fallen grimm that was sliding was pretty out there. Debately, though is it that out there compared to other maneuvers in RWBY?
Nora sings her "queen of the castle" victory song. Plus, I've seen her randomly dance in a scene before. I need not mention Nora's energetic and outgoing nature, that is automatic. Also, she uses visual gags more thoroughly than most characters. Manic pixie dream girls often have cartoonist qualities attributed to them.
A criticism of the stock character is that they tend to exist only to help with the character development of a male who usually behaves opposite of her. This dynamic tends to be called sexist. I think Nora does this when Nora says she doesn't know who she is without that one male character. In fact, someone in my previous post about Nora called that sexist.
All in all, I think Nora just about perfectly fits the manic pixie girl archetype. Many people hate this archetype. Such other manic pixie dream girls would be movie characters like Claire from Elizabethtown and Samantha from Garden State. I find it fun, whimsical and sometimes disturbing.
I wish Nora appeared more. I feel as a character, her qualities had so much more to contribute to the RWBY series.
Attention all RWBY fans
On MyCast I've been making a fanon project called Doodles, a live-action/animated coming of age comedy drama film about a 16 year old aspiring artist named Briana who is reeling from a family tragedy when her own doodles come alive to help her through her rough time.
I was influenced by Christopher Robin, Whisper of the Heart, Coraline, Dark Night: A True Batman Story, A Letter to Momo, The Indian in the Cupboard, and What Lives Inside when I thought of this idea.
Now Briana's doodles come from a world that is like a refuge for creations, when someone creates something rather these creations are made from drawings, from paintings, from statues, from models, for movies, for TV, for literature, for comics, for art, for video games, for cartoons, for anime, for manga, for storybooks, etc. and these creations are made with all of their creators' hearts then that creation is given a soul (like the Briana's doodles) but if this creation is created by someone whose heart is in a dark place then that creation becomes a dark doodle (like the villains of my Doodles idea).
Anyway I imagine that there would be a sequence where the doodles take Briana to their world as a day-off from the real world just like how with the animated world sequences in Mary Poppins and Mary Poppins Returns. Plus this movie would feature Roger Rabbit-style cameos of various fictional characters.
So if you guys think that if these RWBY characters should be perfect to make a cameo in Doodles vote yes but if you think they shouldn't vote no or don't vote.
Go to these links on MyCast to vote and you can sign in on MyCast through either your Google account or Facebook account through here.
Uh, hey there, everyone. I guess this is my first major post on this wiki. In any case, it's RnR. Nice to meet ya. Now, I'mma cut to the bone here. I love the Semblances in RWBY. I'm a bit of a superpower buff, so you can imagine. I love their idea, I love their concept, and I love how they can evolve. However, as much as I love them, I think they're underutilized at times, or at least not used to their fullest potential. Unicorn of War's video, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TEpC_x9elVM, got me thinking that Semblance doesn't play as much as a part I think should, and they can be so much more. It's also got me wondering. How would I do things differently?
Now, I know that RWBY is no stranger to criticism, but ya know what? Let's have some fun here, okay? How would you guys the Semblances? What changes would you make, if any? What abilities would you add? What would their evolution be?
For starters, I'll share my ideas.
Ruby Rose - Petal Burst (Of course, I'd call it Rose Burst, but that's a topic for another day): It's pretty much the same as the original; it gives Ruby the power of super speed. However, instead of Ruby forming into massive, separate clusters of rose petals, I would have her Semblance go something like this. Ruby's Petal Burst would start at the essential incredible superspeed, getting faster the more she uses it in battles. Then it would evolve into a flashstep ability, pretty much Ruby's standard ability in the series proper, but it would be far stronger since she worked her way up to it. Next, it would further evolve into invisible speed. When Ruby dashes in a burst of speed, she moves too fast to the point where she's invisible. Not to be confused with the flash step evolution, where she moves so fast it looks she teleports. Finally, and my personal favorite, Ruby would gain the abilities of scattering and reforming. This one relates to Ruby's and the poem's lyrics on her grave, 'Thus Kindly, I Scatter'. Ruby would have the ability to scatter and reform herself somewhat instead of form into massive. It's like her Semblance in the recent volumes, minus "thus negating her mass," and just being an enormous cluster. Ruby would be turning into more scattered petals. Not only would Ruby still be able to break down her and her friends into petals, but she can disperse into intangible petal clusters to avoid attacks and move at incredible speed.
Yang Xiao Long - Burn: Now, I was inspired by Unicorn of War's video for this one. Yang's would pretty much be one for one in RWBY proper. However, much UoW, I didn't particularly appreciate how her Semblance got shelved later in the series while everyone was free to use theirs however they wanted. Instead, much like UoW, I would have Yang go through her trauma as she did in the series, and instead of activating it by taking damage, she would be using the strength of his inner flame, her drive to fuel her Semblance. That drive is to protect her friends, especially Ruby, one of the few families she has left. With this evolution, Yang's Semblance would be much more powerful, and she would be able to form that power into a whole burning aura around her instead of just her hair. Moreover, she can concentrate her power into a single point, i.e., her fists, increasing the power of her punches immensely. Yang even ability amplify this ability with Fire Dust.
I could go on, but I think I chattered enough. Sorry for the long read, I just wanted to elaborate on my ideas for their Semblances, and I got into it. Like I said, superpower buff, you know how it is.
Anywho, you got any idea for Semblance ideas and evolutions for the characters? Write em' in the comments below. I'd love to know to see what you guys come up with. Check out the Superpower Wiki if you need help getting a clear-cut idea.
And with that, everyone, stay safe, stay healthy, and take care.
Back when Volume 8 was still new and such. Some people (including myself) hoped that Nora Valkyrie would become the Winter Maiden rather than Winter Schnee. I think it could have worked if one of the main characters ascended to the status of Maiden. I think it would have been better if Winter was a red herring, destined to become Penny's successor, but instead give it to Nora. Now why do I think it could have worked? Well other than playing on the expectations of the audience, Nora has more heart-to-heart moments with Penny than with Winter.
You could argue Penny knows Winter better than Nora, simply being that after Penny's "resurrection," she and Winter were working together protecting Mantle, and setting up James' plan to tell the world about Salem. However, during the runtime of Volume 8, Penny and Winter never interact. Well they do, but it's Penny, post-mortem, saying farewell to Winter, and giving her the Powers. They don't interact with each other via scroll-call, or while Ruby's Group is in the Altas Military compound. Not once (while Penny's still alive) do they even talk to each other. While Nora, on the other hand, has more personal interactions with Penny, and is the one who helps her take control of her virus, albeit temporarily.
Another argument one could bring up is, "if Winter didn't receive the Maiden powers, then James would have killed her." I say, write it to where Winter uses her speed and agility to outmaneuver and beat Ironwood, since James was all about brute force, and power. Also, he's hauling that giant cannon, it should've been harder for him to move around, while Winter has a lighter weapon. (Plus, I still don't understand how she was able to beat him without his weapons, but was struggling when he was lugging around that BFG knock-off. But that's for a different time).
Another reason why it would have been spectacular to see Nora as the Winter Maiden is it would definitely be a BIG character moment for her. Nora goes from being the quirky girl who smashes stuff with a hammer to essentially a superhero. However, at the same time, it paints a big ol' target on her back for the villains, getting more personal with the characters.
In conclusion, while we did get Winter as the Maiden (and that's just how it is), and if you liked the decision in making Winter the Maiden. Then I'm happy for you. However, I think Nora would have been a better fit.
Here are my predictions of rwby v9 - 15
Ruby will lose one of her eyes
Jaune will sacrifice himself by an explosion
Cinder and Tyrian will turn into Grimm
Team RWBY will obtain the maiden powers
Here are my discussions of rwby vol 9 and later rwby volumes
RWBY Volume 9 will be possibly released in November to Next Year January
RWBY later volume will be confirmed by Rooster Teeth and released on other dates confirmed by Rooster Teeth
TRIGGER WARNING: This post is going to be a controversial one. I am not trying to offend, those are not my intentions. However, if anyone is, I sincerely apologize in advance. I am just trying to make a few arguments in good faith. If this post seems too personal or too aggressive, please, I encourage you to scroll past.
Perhaps I’m reading too deeply into this, or reaching, and should just chill. But I have a problem about the messages surrounding the character of General James Ironwood. More specifically, his semblance, and the symbolism of James “losing his humanity” during V7C11. I know I made a comment on the character page that it doesn’t matter whether or not you liked James’ turn, in the long run, it doesn’t matter, because Ironwood doesn’t exist. Although this statement is true, Ironwood has no real autonomy outside the series. The messages surrounding him are real, however.
First his semblance. As we all know, Mettle allows James to strengthen his resolve on a decision, helping him hyperfocus. It’s also a passive type of semblance, he cannot turn it off. Unlike Qrow or Clover's semblances, there was no way of knowing his semblance was active. No audio or visual cues, not even a single mention by any of the characters. Some fans don’t even consider it to even be canon. Hell, Jason Rose, the actor behind James’ voice had no idea his character had a semblance until a fan told him at an RTX con.
Now in the real world, according to WebMD, doctors who see people hyperfocus are those who are diagnosed with ADHD. Although there isn't a lot of research into hyperfocus, but it's mainly found in those with ADHD.
ADHD is a form of Neurodiveristy and according to the disabled-world website:
“Neurodiversity is an approach to learning and disability that argues diverse neurological conditions are the result of normal variations in the human genome. This portmanteau of neurological and diversity originated in the late 1990s as a challenge to prevailing views of neurological diversity as inherently pathological, instead asserting that neurological differences should be recognized and respected as a social category on a par with gender, ethnicity, sexual orientation, or disability status." - https://www.disabled-world.com/disability/awareness/neurodiversity/
Without any sort of context, in-universe about his semblance, people had to speculate and assume James' atrocious deeds were because his semblance. If his semblance is to blame, it takes away any sort of moral agency he has. It makes him a puppet of his own mind. It’s possible that's the message the writers were trying to convey. If that's true then it sends a hurtful message of, “people who are Neurodivergent are willing to commit acts of evil,” or, “they have no will of their own.”
Another message I have a problem with surrounding James Ironwood is during the ending portion of the Ironwood vs. Watts fight at the beginning of “Gravity.” When we see James pulling his left arm out of Watts’ trap, this is supposed to symbolize Ironwood finally losing his humanity, and becoming a full fledged villain. All I have to ask is why? Why is James losing his human arm supposed to represent him losing his humanity? That doesn't sit right with me. Even though I have never lost a limb, I can't imagine the pain, and turmoil those individuals are forced to suffer through. With symbolism of James losing his human arm, getting a prosthetic one, and essentially becoming a heartless machine. It sends another harmful message of, “individuals who have prosthetic limbs are less humans than those with real ones."
I know deep down, the members of CRWBY are not malicious, and are not intentionally trying to send a negative/hurtful message when it comes to controversial/difficult topics. I know they are not trying to offend anyone. I know the writing for RWBY is subpar, even back when the show was in its infancy. But, I wish the producers of the show would take some time to do a bit of research when it came to such controversial topics like racial discrimination, PTSD, prostethic limbs, mental disabilities, and so forth. Am I going to stop watching RWBY? No, despite it’s glaring flaws, in the long run I do enjoy RWBY. I want it to get a proper end.
Again, I am sorry if this post comes across as hateful or negative, I am not intending on it to be, and I am not expecting people to agree with me either.
Now that Volume 9 is coming soon, and since we've been through Volume 8, AtF, BtD, and RH, time for some Semblance theories! Here are the following characters with unknown Semblances (this is all hypothetical, I don't care if they "never discovered their Semblance", this is just speculation):
Billy B Burgundy III (Branwen member in maroon)
Chris Karvouno (Branwen member with an eyepatch)
F Pickerel (I suspect the first name to be Frogg or Frosch)
Fenix Atar (Pilot Boi)
Heather Shields and Family
James Ironwood (I don't understand how his Semblance is a Semblance, please make a new one)
Hei 'Junior' Xiong
Hyena Frostbeard (Captain)
Matte Skye (First Mate)
Old Man Shopkeep
Penny Project Scientists (Green, Blue, Black)
Red Haired Woman
Shay D Mann
Slate de Sena
Smith Irons (Blacksmith Faunus from The Next Step)
Taiyang Xiao Long
White Fang Lieutenant
I originally brought this up in a comment on Cinder's page, but I'm not sure that was the right place to do it. So I figured I'd try here.
This is a minor nitpick, but something that's bothered me lately is the apparent inconsistency in the aspect ratios of the profile photos in the characters' infobox. There's also "black/gray bars" (for lack of a better term) on the tops and/or bottoms of some of those pictures.
I've got some re-cropped images from Cinder's template for use if they're wanted. I tried just replacing the images myself but I couldn't for some reason. These have all been cropped to be a 1:2 aspect ratio with the black bars removed:
This problem affects other characters too, I just first noticed it on Cinder's page. I can give examples of others if necessary. It's not really a big deal, just wanted to bring it up to maybe give the wiki a more "clean" look imo.
P.S. Cinder's bangs are clipping through her mask in her current Atlas pic.
I know I probably asked this before and did a poll on it but it was limited...so I wanna do this again if its alright?
If RWBY ever decided to do a crossover manga, or a crossover game, or a crossover movie or finally a crossover comic which of these series would you want them to crossover with?
Under Night In-Birth
Red vs Blue
Honkai Impact 3rd
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles
Attack on Titan
(Yes I know Cross Tag exists but I listed BlazBlue, Persona and Under Night In-Birth as separate crossovers)
Perhaps I'm reading too deeply into this and this is absolutely nothing, but I feel as if CRWBY has a bit of a gender bias when it comes to their characters. Especially their villainous/antagonistic male characters.
After explaining to Ruby his plans to survive, he gets gobbled up from a Nevermore, then the same aforementioned Grimm gets blown up. His death however, is ironic though.
After helping RWBY and JNR's mortal enemy bring about city wide panic and the deaths of dozens of students from Beacon, Atlas, Vacuo, and Mistral including their two friends, Emerald is seemingly easily forgive for her past crimes because she's afraid of Salem and blatantly says to the audience, "I switched sides."
Is nothing more than a sociopathic manchild who joined a revolutionary movement not because he wants to see the Faunus have a chance at a better life, but because his ex-lover left him and wants to continue making her life miserable, and as a result had to be put down, because he was too insane to listen to reason.
Is nothing more than a complete and utter coward who became an asset for Salem because he fears her and wanted an easy way out. Rather than something more relatable or sympathetic i.e. Salem has a family member of his held hostage and is agreeing to her wishes because if he doesn't, she'll kill them.
After participating in on an assassination attempt against Blake's parents. Blake simply asks is this what her parents would want and a moments later she's 100% on Blake's side.
I'm not gonna go into details about this one.
After seeing how unhinged and tyrannical her CO has become, she is ready to fight him and view him as irredeemable. Not once does she try to appeal to his humanity and abandons him to die a slow and painful death. Either to be crushed by tons of rubble between two cities or drowning.
Although he technically was redeemed, he had to die moments after his heel-face turn.
Although Cinder Fall has yet to get the axe and that won't come soon enough, it seems CRWBY really, really, wanted us to at least empathize with her, seeing as she was severely abused as a child, and wanted us to empathize with her, again after Watts berated her.
So if Mercury is killed off during the Vacuo arc, possibly Volume 10 or 11, it'll either be because he's too far gone like the 99% of male antagonistic characters, or like Hazel, and is forced to be in a "redemption equals death" scenario. If one or the other come true, then I think the series' writers have a slight gender bias. If Mercury is redeemed and lives for at least another season, or to the end of the series, then I'll be cautiously optimistic about this theory. The reason why I didn't add Watts, Tyrian, or Neo to this is because Watts' death came without any sort of build up and Tyrian is still alive. As for Neo, I think RWBY+J will have a fight with her on the mysterious beach, eventually will come to an understanding that Cinder is their true enemy, and will become a reluctant antihero who helps the protagonists.