Allusions are a common feature that are used to call to mind a reference that connects to a character, location, creatures, etc. They are shown to have an impact on the character's influence in the story, and can be seen through actions, designs such as emblems, and names. Each character has an allusion, but their behavior and roles are not governed by said allusion.
Some characters may share a connected allusion theme within their group – such as Team RWBY having a connecting theme of alluding to fairy tale characters, or Salem's Inner Circle sharing the theme of taking well-known "hero" characters and changes their stories to make them turn into villains if they had lost something from the classical tale.
For more information on a character's individual allusion, see their respective Behinds the Scenes and Trivia pages.
Team RWBY shares the connected theme of the members of the group alluding to fairy tale characters. They are shown as follows:
- Ruby Rose - Ruby alludes to the character Little Red Riding Hood from the fairy tale of the same name.
- Weiss Schnee - Weiss alludes to the character Snow White from the fairy tale Snow White and the Seven Dwarves.
- Blake Belladonna - Blake alludes to Belle and The Beast from the fairy tale Beauty and the Beast.
- Yang Xiao Long - Yang alludes to Goldilocks from the fairy tale Goldilocks and the Three Bears
The members of Team JNPR allude to characters who are said to have disguised themselves as the opposite gender in their original stories.
- Jaune Arc - Jaune alludes to Jeanne d'Arc, upon who is known to have disguised herself as a man.
- Nora Valkyrie - Nora alludes to Thor, who disguised himself as the goddess Freyja to infiltrate the giant Þrymr's fortress to retrieve his hammer, Mjölnir.
- Pyrrha Nikos - Pyrrha alludes to Achilles, who is said to have disguised himself as a red-haired girl, assuming the name Pyrrha upon doing so.
- Lie Ren - Ren alludes to Hua Mulan, who disguised herself as a man in order to serve in the army in place of her aging father.
Each of the members of team SSSN is based on characters or people from classic tales.
- Sun Wukong - Sun is based on the monkey king, Sun Wukong, from the classical Chinese novel Journey to the West.
- Scarlet David - Scarlet is based on the character Peter Pan from Peter Pan in Scarlet, the official sequel to the original Peter Pan.
- Sage Ayana - Though it is unknown which specific character was the inspiration for Sage, it is known that the character was from one of Aesop's fables.
- Neptune Vasilias - Neptune was based on Neptune, the Roman god of the sea. However, in contrast to his origins, Neptune is scared of water, which is ironic.
The members of CFVY appear to have names derived from various sweets.
- Coco Adel - Coco's name could be derived on either the drink hot cocoa or cacao, which is the main ingredient of chocolate. In addition, she may also be a nod to 20th-century fashion designer Coco Chanel, who was fond of wearing multiple strings of pearls (as in the famous photograph by Boris Lipnitzki) and berets.
- Fox Alistair - Fox's name makes allusion to the fox hunter's pie. In addition, Fox alludes to the character Todd from the story, The Fox and The Hound, which he shares with his uncle, Copper.
- Velvet Scarlatina - Velvet's name holds a resemblance to red velvet cake. In addition, she alludes to the stuffed rabbit in the children's book The Velveteen Rabbit.
- Yatsuhashi Daichi - Yatsuhashi is the name of a Japanese pastry made with sweet beans.
The members of Team FNKI are inspired by internet memes.
- Flynt Coal - Flynt is a reference to Flynt Coal, a running joke and fictional character created by the Achievement Hunters during their Let's Play Minecraft series. His name is derived from the Achievement Hunters repeatedly getting confused between the game items "Flint" and "Coal".
- Neon Katt - Neon is a reference to rave parties, as well as the internet sensation, Nyan Cat.
- Kobalt - Kobalt wears black and blue, referencing an infamous dress which was perceived by some to be white and gold but in reality is black and blue. Kobalt shares this allusion with Ivori.
- Ivori - Ivori is clad in white and gold, referencing an infamous dress that was in the black and blue in color scheme but was perceived by some to be colored white and gold. Ivori shares this allusion with Kobalt.
- Summer Rose - Summer alludes to the poem The Last Rose of Summer by Thomas Moore, as evidenced by the epitaph on her gravestone: "Summer Rose/Thus Kindly, I Scatter", a line from the poem.
- Raven Branwen - Raven alludes to Huginn, a raven who flies around the world gathering information for Odin. Specifically, she alludes to the poem Grímnismál.
- Qrow Branwen - Qrow alludes to the Scarecrow from The Wizard of Oz. In addition, Qrow stands in as Munin for Raven's allusion to Huginn.
Team CRDL seems to have a bird motif.
- Cardin Winchester - Cardin alludes to Henry Beaufort, who oversaw the trial of Joan of Arc. His first name is likely also derived from the cardinal, an American bird species.
- Russel Thrush - Russel is named after a family of birds called turdidae or, more commonly, thrushes.
- Dove Bronzewing - Dove is named after the bird species known for their pure white color. Another form of dove, known as a Bronzewing, has feathers colored bronze.
- Sky Lark - Sky Lark is named after a genus of larks known as Alauda, also known as Skylarks.
- Arslan Altan - Arslan alludes to the character Aslan from C.S. Lewis' The Chronicles of Narnia series. In addition, Altan (Telgey) is a Mongolian earth goddess.
- Bolin Hori - Bolin may allude to Hebo, the Chinese god of the Yellow River.
- Reese Chloris - Reese may allude to Chloris, who in Greek mythology, was a nymph associated with spring, flowers, and new growth.
- Brawnz Ni - On the AfterBuzz TV of RWBY Volume 3 Episodes 1 and 2 Reviews, Miles said that Brawnz's kneecaps pay homage to the The Fairly OddParents! character Bronze Kneecap.
- Nebula Violette - Like the rest of her team, Nebula is a reference to IndieGoGo.
- Dew Gayl - Like the rest of her team, Dew is a reference to IndieGoGo.
- Gwen Darcy - Like the rest of her team, Gwen is a reference to IndieGoGo.
- Octavia Ember - Like the rest of her team, Octavia is a reference to IndieGoGo.
Members of Ozpin's Group, along with Qrow Branwen and the Headmasters of the other Huntsman Academies, allude to characters from The Wizard of Oz.
- Ozpin - Ozpin alludes to Oz from The Wizard of Oz. In addition, Ozpin stands in as Odin for Raven and Qrow's allusions to Huginn and Munin.
- Glynda Goodwitch - Glynda Goodwitch alludes to Glinda the Good Witch from the novel The Wizard of Oz.
- Oscar Pine - Oscar is the first name of The Wizard of Oz, the character Ozpin alludes to, whose full initials are OZPINHEAD. "Oscar Pine" also somewhat sounds like "Ozpin".
- Bartholomew Oobleck - Oobleck alludes to the character Bartholomew from the Dr. Seuss book Bartholomew and the Oobleck.
- Peter Port - Port alludes to the character Peter from the fairy tale Peter and the Wolf.
- Thumbelina Peach - Professor Peach likely alludes to Thumbelina, a fairy tale written by Hans Christian Andersen about a tiny girl, Thumbelina, and her adventures with toads, moles, and may bugs. She may also be a reference to Professor Plum, a character in the boardgame Cluedo, who was likewise named for a species of fruit.
- Ann Greene - Professor Greene likely has an allusion to Anne of Green Gables.
- Harold Mulberry - Professor Mulberry may be an allusion to the English nursery rhyme, Here We Go Round the Mulberry Bush.
- Cinder Fall - Cinder alludes to Cinderella from the fairy tale of the same name.
- Roman Torchwick - Roman alludes to Romeo Candlewick, known as Lampwick in the Disney adaptation, from Pinocchio.
- Emerald Sustrai - Emerald likely alludes to Aladdin from The Book of One Thousand and One Nights as well as the Disney movie.
- Mercury Black - Mercury alludes to the mythological figure Mercury, who is the Roman equivalent to Hermes.
The allusion theme of Salem's followers, Cinder included, takes well-known "hero" characters and changes their stories to make them turn into villains if they had lost something from their classical tales.
- Salem - Salem alludes to the Wicked Witch of the West from The Wizard of Oz. In addition, she could also be based on Rapunzel, the German fairy tale made famous by the The Brothers Grimm, and may fulfill the role of the Fairy Godmother to Cinder's allusion to Cinderella.
- Arthur Watts - Watts alludes to John Watson, from the Sherlock Holmes stories, if he had connected with James Moriarty instead of Sherlock Holmes.
- Tyrian Callows - Tyrian is based on the Scorpion from the fable The Scorpion and the Frog.
- Hazel Rainart - Hazel Rainart alludes to Hansel from Hansel & Gretel. In addition, he had a twin sister named Gretchen Rainart, who alluded to Hansel's sister Gretel.
- Tock - Tock alludes to Tick Tock, the crocodile from the story of Peter Pan.
The White Fang shares its name with a novel written by Jack London, as well as the character the novel is named after. The novel follows the perspective of White Fang, a wolfdog, as he sees the world of Humans and endures the hardships it brings, which turn him savage. By the end of the novel, White Fang is tamed by a man named Weedon Scott, and his savage nature turns into a more peaceful one until he eventually saves Scott's life. Certain members of the White Fang share a connecting theme to Rudyard Kipling's The Jungle Book.
- Adam Taurus - Adam has multiple allusions to him in which he alludes to the Beast, Gaston, and the cursed rose from the fairy tale Beauty and the Beast. His allusion sets him as a reverse version of the Beast - one who truly becomes a monster, like Gaston, beyond Beauty's help and becoming a burden(curse) for her, rather than being redeemed by her.
- Sienna Khan - Sienna likely alludes to Shere Khan from Rudyard Kipling's The Jungle Book, which is all the more evident as the predecessor, Ghira, may allude to Bagheera from the same story.
- Corsac Albain - Corsac and his brother may allude to Tabaqui from The Jungle Book, a jackal who feeds on scraps from either Shere Khan or the wolves of the Seeonee Pack.
- Fennec Albain - Fennec and his brother may allude to Tabaqui from The Jungle Book, a jackal who feeds on scraps from either Shere Khan or the wolves of the Seeonee Pack.
- Ghira Belladonna - Ghira's first name alludes to Bagheera from Rudyard Kipling's The Jungle Book, which is all the more evident as his successor to the White Fang leadership, Sienna Khan, may allude to Shere Khan from the same story.
- Kali Belladonna - Kali's first name may allude to Kali, a Hindu goddess who is said to destroy evil in order to protect the innocent.
- Junior Xiong - Hei "Junior" Xiong alludes to the Baby Bear in the fairy tale Goldilocks and the Three Bears.
- Merlot - The character of Doctor Merlot may allude to Doctor Moreau from the science fiction novel The Island of Doctor Moreau by H. G. Wells.
- Iris Marilla - Iris alludes to the Greek goddess of rainbows of the same name.
- Spruce Willis - Spruce's name is a play real-world actor Bruce Willis, who is known for his action movies.
- Leonardo Lionheart - Lionheart alludes to the Cowardly Lion from The Wizard of Oz.
- Lil' Miss Malachite - Lil' Miss Malachite alludes to the nursery rhyme Little Miss Muffet.
- Dee - Dee and Dudley appear to be based on Tweedledee and Tweedledum from Through the Looking-Glass, the sequel to Alice in Wonderland.
- Dudley - Dee and Dudley appear to be based on Tweedledee and Tweedledum from Through the Looking-Glass, the sequel to Alice in Wonderland.
- Bartleby - Bartleby alludes to the character Bartleby from the short story Bartleby, the Scrivener. In the story, a Wall Street lawyer hires a new clerk who, after an initial bout of hard work, refuses to make copies or do any other task required of him, with the words "I would prefer not to."
- F. Pickerel - Pickerel likely represents the Frog from the fable The Scorpion and the Frog with Tyrian representing the Scorpion.
- Fenix Nemean - Fenix's last name refers to the Nemean lion, a vicious monster in Greek mythology that lived at Nemea. It was eventually killed by Heracles, and it could not be killed with mortals' weapons because its golden fur was impervious to attack.
- Maria Calavera - Maria Calavera alludes to the Grim Reaper, the figure that represents death in mythology.
- James Ironwood - Ironwood alludes to the Tin Man from The Wizard of Oz.
- Penny Polendina - Penny Polendina alludes to Pinocchio from The Adventures of Pinocchio.
- Pietro Polendina - Pietro alludes to Mister Geppetto from The Adventures of Pinocchio.
The Ace-Ops are based on Aesop's Fables. "Ace-Ops" is a homophone of "Aesop's" and every member of the team is based on one of the fables:
- Clover Ebi - Clover is based on A Fisherman's Good Luck.
- Elm Ederne - Elm and Vine are based on The Elm and The Vine.
- Harriet Bree - Harriet is based on the Hare from The Hare and the Tortoise.
- Vine Zeki - Elm and Vine are based on The Elm and The Vine.
- Marrow Amin - Marrow is based on The Dog and Its Reflection.
The Happy Huntresses are based on Robin Hood's Merry Men.
- Robyn Hill - Robyn alludes to Robin Hood, a legendary heroic outlaw.
- May Marigold - May likely alludes to Maid Marian, the love interest of the outlaw Robin Hood in English folklore.
- Fiona Thyme - Fiona likely alludes to Friar Tuck from the legend of Robin Hood.
- Joanna Greenleaf - Joanna likely alludes to Little John, Robin Hood's right-hand man who was known for his immense size and strength. On one occasion, John used the name of Reynold Greenleaf to go undercover in Nottingham.
- Jacques Schnee - Jacques alludes to Jack Frost, the personification of ice, winter, and freezing cold.
- Klein Sieben - Klein alludes to the Seven Dwarves from the fairy tale, Snow White and the Seven Dwarves.
- Nicholas Schnee - Nicholas Schnee likely alludes to Santa Claus, who is associated with Saint Nicholas of Myra.
- Fria - Fria alludes to the character known as The Fairy with Turquoise Hair (also known as "the Blue Fairy") from Carlo Collodi's 1883 book The Adventures of Pinocchio, in which she turns Pinocchio into a real boy. Her name also refers to the Norse Goddess, Freya.
- Camilla - Camilla is associated with the Old Roman family name, Camillus. It was also the name of a legendary warrior maiden of the Volscians in Virgil's Latin epic, Aeneid.
- Will Scarlatina - Will's name could reference Will Scarlet, one of the Merrymen in the tales of Robin Hood.
- Drunk Mann and Drinking Buddy - Drunk Mann is voiced by Joel Mann and Drinking Buddy is voiced by Dustin Matthews, and the characters are caricatures of said animators.
- Caroline Cordovin - Caroline alludes to the nursery rhyme of the old woman who lived in a shoe.
- Saphron Cotta-Arc and Terra Cotta-Arc - Saphron and Terra Cotta may refer to the ancient Greek poetess Sappho of Lesbos, so famed for her romantic preference for women that the name of her homeland coined the term "lesbian", and her own name coined the term "sapphic". Many of her works that survived did so on terra cotta pottery shards.
The name of the organization alludes to the nursery rhyme Jack and Jill, particularly the line "Jack fell down and broke his Crown," in reference to the Asturias' allusion to the titular characters.
- Gillian Asturias - Gillian alludes to the titular character Jill from the nursery rhyme Jack and Jill
- Jax Asturias - Jax alludes to the titular character Jack from the nursery rhyme Jack and Jill
- Umber Gorgoneion - Umber likely refers to Medusa from Greek mythology.
- Carmine Esclados - Carmine alludes to the Red Knight, Esclados, from Arthurian legends.
- Bertilak Celadon- Bertilak alludes to the Green Knight, Bertilak de Hautdesert, from Arthurian legends.
- Theodore - Theodore alludes to Dorothy from the The Wizard of Oz.
- Xanthe Rumpole - Rumpole alludes to Rumplestiltskin, a popular fairy tale.
- Elektra Fury - Elektra appears to allude to Electra, one of the most popular mythological characters in tragedies.
- Rae Noire - Rae alludes to the nurse rhyme, Baa, Baa, Black Sheep.
- Ariadne Guime - Ariadne likely alludes to the Cretan princess in Greek mythology of the same name, who is associated with the Minotaur and Theseus.
- Olive Gashley - Olive alludes to "The Gashleycrumb Tinies".
- Starr Sanzang - Starr Sanzang alludes to Tang Sanzang, a central character in the novel Journey to the West by Wu Cheng'en.
- Tayet Aldhahab - Tayet alludes to Tayt, the Egyptian goddess of weaving, textiles, and to a lesser extent mummification.
- Edward Caspian and August Caspian - The Caspians allude to the character Prince Caspian from The Chronicles of Narnia.
- The Gods - The Gods allude to the Brothers Grimm, a pair of brothers who were authors and often credited with creating the classic fairy tales.
- Jinn - Jinn alludes to the Djinn, (الجن al-jinn, also romanized as "djinn"; commonly anglicized as "genies") supernatural creatures in early pre-Islamic Arabian and later Islamic mythology. The greatest magicians in Arabic lore were able to capture djinn to their service and tied them to items such as lamps or rings. The Djinn granted wishes to whoever helped them out of gratitude. Both these aspects were popularized by the folk tale of "Aladdin and the Magic Lamp", featured in One Thousand and One Nights, where a poor boy finds an oil lamp in which a wish-granting jinni was concealed.
- Ozma - Ozma likely alludes to Princess Ozma from the Land of Oz series, beginning with the second book, The Marvelous Land of Oz.
- The Girl in the Tower - The Girl in the Tower likely refers to Rapunzel, as the character in question refers to Salem.
- The Boy Who Cried Grimm - The Boy Who Cried Grimm is a nod to Aesop's Fable, The Boy Who Cried Wolf.
- The Shallow Sea - One of the animals the god of animals turns into in the story, "The Roc" alludes to the giant bird of prey with the same name featured in One Thousand and One Nights that is encountered by both Abd-al Rahman and Sinbad The Sailor.
- The Indecisive King - The full title of the tale, The King, The Crown, and The Widow alludes to the title of "The Lion, The Witch, and The Wardrobe" by C.S. Lewis.
- The Judgement of Faunus - The Judgement of Faunus alludes to "The Judgement of Solomon" from the bible. The actions of the God of animals in the story solving one problem only to create another allude to the Greek Myth "The Judgement of Paris".
- Emerald Forest - The forest's name may be a reference to the Emerald City from The Wizard of Oz.
- Brunswick Farms - Brunswick is a German city related to the The Wild Huntsman, a Headless Horseman-like legend.
- Atlas - Atlas' name is likely a reference to Atlas, a Titan in Greek mythology who was punished for opposing the Olympians by being made to hold up the sky for all eternity.
- Argus - Argus refers to the giant who set to guard a white heifer from Zeus, but was slain by Hermes.
- ↑ 1.0 1.1 Silverman-Oum Interview
- ↑ 2.0 2.1 The World of RWBY: The Official Companion
- ↑ RWBY Crew Chat (at 10:05)
- ↑ Monty Oum's Twitter
- ↑ 5.0 5.1 Rooster Teeth Extra Life 2015 Livestream
- ↑ Backwardz Compatible 2018 Episode 21 - Brok
- ↑ CRWBY AMA
- ↑ Miles Luna's Twitter
- ↑ Uyalago's Twitter
- ↑ Afterbuzz TV
- ↑ The Annotated Wizard of Oz (Page 264)
- ↑ The World of RWBY: The Official Companion
- ↑ Fan Service: Attack on Titan and Knuckles
- ↑ RWBY Rewind
- ↑ The World of RWBY: The Official Companion
- ↑ Gray on RWBY Vol 3 ep 9&10 Aftershow
- ↑ Barbara on RWBYRW
- ↑ Larissa Angus' Twitter
- ↑ After the Fall Special RWBYCast Podcast featuring EC Myers