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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.[1]

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 changing their stories to make them turn into villains if they had lost something from the classical tale.[2]

For more information on a character's individual allusion, see their respective Behinds the Scenes and Trivia pages.

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Team RWBY

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 Rose alludes to the character Little Red Riding Hood[3] from the fairy tale of the same name, which follows Team RWBY's theme of fairy tale allusions. This allusion has had the following influences on the character and show:

  • Ruby wears a red, hooded cape, much like Little Red Riding Hood.
  • The "Red" Trailer, which introduces Ruby, features her walking through a forest and being attacked by a pack of Beowolves, which are wolf-like Grimm. Little Red Riding Hood traveled through a forest, followed by a wolf, which later ate her grandmother and attacked her.
  • Roman Torchwick's nickname for her is "Red".

Weiss Schnee

Weiss Schnee alludes to the character Snow White from the fairy tale Snow White and the Seven Dwarves, which follows Team RWBY's theme of fairy tale allusions. This allusion has had the following influences on the character and show:

  • The literal translation of Weiss' name, from German to English, is "White Snow".
    • However, the actual descriptive phrase "white snow" would translate to "weißer Schnee" or "schneeweiß" in German. The German name of Snow White in the original book is "Schneewittchen".[4]
  • The song Mirror Mirror heavily references the evil queen's use of a magic mirror, with the lyrics "Mirror, tell me who's the loneliest of all" referencing the queen's line "Mirror mirror on the wall, who's the fairest of them all?" This song first plays in the "White" Trailer, which serves as Weiss' introduction.
  • The pendant on the necklace Weiss wears with her original battle outfit is an apple,[5] referencing the poisoned apple that Snow White takes a bite of.
  • Advertisements for Schnee Dust Company merchandise bear the slogan "The finest of them all", referencing the evil queen's phrase "who's the fairest of them all".
  • Klein Sieben, one of the Schnee family's butlers, alludes to all the seven dwarves.

Weiss also alludes to another variation of Snow White in the fairytale Snow White and Rose Red. This allusion is a connection to how she and Ruby would become close partners.[6]

Blake Belladonna

Blake Belladonna alludes to Belle and The Beast from the fairy tale Beauty and the Beast, which follows Team RWBY's theme of fairy tale allusions. This allusion has had the following influences on the character and the show:

  • Blake loves to read, much like Disney's version of Belle.
  • In the episode "The Shining Beacon, Pt.2", Blake is seen to own a candelabra, which references Lumière, the living candelabra from the Disney adaptation. According to Miles Luna, this was part of an attempt to surround her with lots of "Belle-related items".[7]
  • Red Like Roses has the lyric "Black the Beast descends from shadows."
  • Like The Beast, Blake has animal traits and is ostracized for them
  • Gambol Shroud's asymmetrical dual wield form is inspired by her duality of being both Belle and The Beast.[8]
  • In BlazBlue: Cross Tag Battle, Blake's two Distortion attacks are called Untouchable Beauty and Ferocious Beast.

Yang Xiao Long

Yang Xiao Long alludes to Goldilocks[9] from the fairy tale Goldilocks and the Three Bears, which follows Team RWBY's theme of fairy tale allusions. This allusion has had the following influences on the character and the show:

  • The "Yellow" Trailer, which serves as an introduction for Yang, takes place in Hei "Junior" Xiong's nightclub. During the course of the trailer, she knocks out a DJ who is wearing a bear mask and fights Junior. The literal translation for Junior's name, from Chinese to English, is Black Bear. That, added with his nickname, Junior, makes him the "baby bear" to her Goldilocks.
  • Yang's first fight in the series proper is against a pair of Ursai, bear-like Grimm, in the episode "The Emerald Forest". This again is another allusion to the three bears in the story of Goldilocks.
  • Yang places great value on her long, thick, golden-blonde locks of hair.
  • Her Volume 4 "DGAS" outfit has a patch on the left leg of her pants depicting three Ursa masks, thus referencing the three bears.
  • In "Welcome to Haven", there is a fuel station called "Just Rite". In the fairy tale, Goldilocks tries the bowls of porridge, chairs and beds successively, each time finding the third "just right". In the same episode, the Shady Man and Yang herself describe her body as being "not too bulky, not too lean" but "just right".

Team JNPR

The members of Team JNPR allude to characters who are said to have disguised themselves as the opposite gender in their original stories.[10]

Jaune Arc

Jaune Arc alludes to Jeanne d'Arc, or Joan of Arc, which follows JNPR's theme of people who dressed themselves as the opposite gender.[11] Joan of Arc dressed herself as a man while in the French army. This allusion has had the following influences on the character and the show:

  • His name is similar to that of Joan of Arc.
  • In Volume 1, Jaune had a brief story arc spanning "Jaunedice" through "Forever Fall, Pt.2", which referenced Joan of Arc's tale. In this arc, Jaune is bullied and blackmailed by Cardin Winchester, who alludes to Henry Beaufort, who was a Cardinal and the Bishop of Winchester. Henry Beaufort took part in the trial of Joan of Arc, which led to a false conviction, sentencing her to death by immolation.

Nora Valkyrie

Nora Valkyrie alludes to Thor, from Norse mythology, which follows JNPR's theme of people who dressed themselves as the opposite gender.[12] In order to steal back his hammer, Thor once had to disguise himself as the goddess Freyja, wearing bridal gear along with the disguise. This allusion has had the following effects on the character and the show:

  • Her emblem is a hammer with a lightning bolt through it.
  • She wields a warhammer that has a Norse name. Thor is said to wield a hammer called Mjolnir.
    • The idea for Nora's weapon also stems from a video of a Mexican tradition where explosives are hit with sledgehammers.[13]
  • Her last name is Valkyrie, which references the fact that Thor had to disguise himself as Freyja, who is sometimes associated with valkyries.
  • Her Semblance allows her to absorb and produce electricity to power up her muscles, giving her more strength. Thor is known for his strength and his connection to lightning and thunder.
  • She discovered her Semblance when she was struck by lightning on a Thursday. The word "Thursday" means "Thor's Day" in Old English and is named after Thor.

Pyrrha Nikos

Pyrrha Nikos alludes to Achilles, which follows JNPR's theme of people who dressed themselves as the opposite gender.[14] Achilles once had to go into hiding by disguising himself as a red-haired woman named Pyrrha. This allusion has had the following influences on the character and the show:

  • Pyrrha's given name comes from the name that Achilles took on while in disguise.
  • Pyrrha's nickname is "The Invincible Girl". Achilles was an invincible warrior who was impervious everywhere but his heel.
  • Shortly before Pyrrha is killed, an arrow strikes her ankle, thus preventing her from fleeing. Similarly, Achilles was killed by an arrow striking his heel.

Lie Ren

Lie Ren alludes to Hua Mulan, which follows JNPR's theme of people who dressed as the opposite gender.[15] Mulan had to disguise herself as a man to sneak into the Chinese army in place of her aging father.

  • Ren's battle outfits have Chinese influences.
  • Ren's father, Li Ren, tells him to be brave and fight during his final moments. This could reference in how the original legend, Hua Mulan's parents fully supported her decision in joining the military in place of her aged father.

Team SSSN

Each of the members of team SSSN is based on characters or people from classic tales.

Sun Wukong

Sun Wukong alludes to the character Sun Wukong, the Monkey King, from the ancient Chinese novel Journey to the West. This allusion has had the following influences on the character and the show:

  • Sun is a monkey Faunus. The original Sun Wukong is a monkey.
  • He fights with a staff named Ruyi Bang and Jingu Bang, similar to the original Sun Wukong's staff, Ruyi Jingu Bang.
  • His Semblance allows him to produce clones of himself. The original Sun Wukong could create clones of himself from strands of his hair.
    • Coincidentally, Monty once tweeted that his computer began lagging when he put three Suns in a scene, as well as the fact that most of Sun's polygons are in his hair.[16]
  • In Volume 1, Sun identifies Blake as a Faunus right away. This may be a reference to the original Sun Wukong's ability named "huǒyǎn-jīnjīng" (火眼金睛, lit. "fiery-eyes golden-gaze"), which enabled him to see through disguises and illusions.
  • In "Of Runaways and Stowaways", he says the line "It'll be a regular journey to the east! Yeah, I like the sound of that." This is a reference to the title of the novel.

Scarlet David

Scarlet David alludes to Peter Pan from the novel Peter Pan in Scarlet, which acts as a sequel, in which Peter Pan has become the new Captain Hook. This allusion has had the following influences on the character and the show:

  • His given name, Scarlet, comes from the title of the novel. His family name, David, comes from David Barrie, brother of Peter Pan author J. M. Barrie.[17]
  • He has a pirate motif with his outfit and his weapons.
  • At one point in "New Challengers...", Scarlet is seen to perform a "flying" pose, similar to that of the Peter Pan from the Disney film adaptation of the Peter Pan series. He then performs a similarly Disney-adaptation-esque maneuver to stick a landing on the mast of the arena's ship, complete with comical melodramatic overbalancing reminiscent of Captain Hook and the playful Peter Pan.
  • Scarlet's weapons Hook and Darling are both named after characters from Peter Pan. Darling being the last name of the three children Protagonists of the story and Hook being the name of the Pirate Captain Antagonist.
  • Scarlet's Semblance,"Gliding" and the flying pose he made during "New Challengers...", is also another allusion to the story/movie of "Peter Pan".

Sage Ayana

Though it is unknown which specific character was the inspiration for Sage, it is known that the character alludes to Aesop[18] or one of Aesop's fables[19] His weapon Pilgrim alludes to the Aesop fable The Pilgrim and the Sword.

Neptune Vasilias

Neptune Vasilias alludes to Neptune, the god of the sea in Roman mythology, who is the counterpart of Greek mythology's Poseidon. This allusion has had the following influences on the character and the show:

  • His given name is Neptune. His family name, Vasilias, is a variant of the Greek word Basileus, meaning "leader, prince, king or emperor", and Poseidon is often called the King of the Sea.
  • His weapon transforms into a trident, which the Roman god Neptune is known to wield.
  • His hydrokinetic semblance is likely a tribute to his name origins
  • His emblem is a trident head in a shield.
  • Neptune's older brother's name is Jupiter, who was ironically the younger brother of Neptune in Roman mythology.

Team CFVY

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. Her name, fashion style, weapon, and appearance may also be a nod to 20th-century fashion designer Coco Chanel.

  • They share names and have similar last names.
  • They are both fond of wearing multiple strings of pearls (as in the famous photograph by Boris Lipnitzki) and berets.
  • Her crosshairs belt buckle could be seen as a subtle allusion towards the Chanel double-C logo.
  • Chanel handbags are also well known for their diamond-patterned leather and simple black-and-gold color scheme, elements of which are apparent in Coco's weapon.

Fox Alistair

Fox's name makes allusion to the fox hunter's pie. 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.

This allusion has had the following influences on the character and show:

  • She is a rabbit Faunus.
  • In the story, the child who owns the titular stuffed rabbit becomes ill with scarlet fever, which is sometimes referred to as "scarlatina" in old literature. Velvet's full name references this and the story's title.
  • In order to fulfill Team CFVY's sweets-naming rule, Velvet's name is also an allusion to red velvet cake.

Yatsuhashi Daichi

Yatsuhashi is the name of a Japanese pastry made with sweet beans.

  • On July 7, 2014 at 11:47 AM, Monty Oum began tweeting a series of 23 images of yatsuhashi,[20] much to the confusion of his followers. He followed these with an image of Yatsuhashi Kengyo[21] along with the message, "You all will figure it out". After his candid reveals of two other names mere hours earlier, followers surmised Yatsuhashi to be the name of the final member of team "Coffee".[22]

Team FNKI

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. "Flynt Coal" also spawned merchandise and a character of the same name in X-Ray and Vav. His name is derived from the Achievement Hunters repeatedly getting confused between the game items "Flint" and "Coal".

Neon Katt

  • Neon's design is based on the famous Internet meme Nyan Cat,[23] which features an animated cat flying through space leaving a rainbow trail, all set to J-pop music. Her overall appearance may take design cues from rave parties and J-pop fashion.

Kobalt

(conjectural) Kobalt wears black and blue, supposedly 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

(conjectural) Ivori is clad in white and gold, supposedly 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.

Team STRQ

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. In the poem, all of the rose's companions are dead, and the writer promises to help the rose join them.

Raven Branwen

Raven alludes to Huginn,[24] a raven who flies around the world gathering information for Odin. Specifically, she alludes to the poem Grímnismál.

This allusion has had the following influences on the character and show:

  • Raven is named after the type of bird that Huginn is.
  • In the scene in "Burning the Candle" where Yang Xiao Long tells Blake Belladonna about her search for Raven, lines from Grímnismál that talk about Huginn and Muninn are written across the top of the chalkboard.[25]
    • "Hugin and Munin fly each day over the spacious earth. I fear for Hugin, that he come not back, yet more anxious am I for Munin."
  • Prior to the events of the series proper, Raven left her team behind. This connects with the line "I fear for Hugin, that he come not back" in the poem.
  • Ozpin granted Raven the ability to transform between a raven and Human form. This is similar to how Odin granted Huginn and Muninn the ability to speak.
  • The reason that Ozpin gave Raven and Qrow Branwen the ability to transform into birds was so that they could gather information on Salem's plans and track down Maidens. This is similar to how Huginn and Muninn were tasked with traveling the world to gather information for Odin.

Qrow Branwen

Qrow alludes to the Scarecrow from The Wizard of Oz as well as Odin's raven Munin from Norse Mythology.

Scarecrow

Qrow Branwen alludes to the Scarecrow from The Wonderful Wizard of Oz by L. Frank Baum.[26]

  • His persistent drinking of alcohol - a substance known for impairing judgment - may be a reference to the Scarecrow's "brainlessness." Though the fact he still functions and fights even intoxicated could refer to the Scarecrow still being able to think and plan despite not having a brain.
  • The Scarecrow sought out a brain in the original story. Qrow works for Ozpin by gathering intelligence.
  • In the Volume 3 episode "End of the Beginning", Qrow notes that now Ozpin is gone, he has to pick up where he left off. This could be a nod to how Scarecrow took over as ruler of Emerald City when Oz left in the original book.

Muninn

Some characters stand in as a certain role for another character's allusion, giving them a secondary allusion alongside their primary basis. Qrow is the Muninn,[27] to Raven's Huginn. Muninn is a raven who flies around the world gathering information for Odin. Specifically, he alludes to the poem Grímnismál. This has had the following influences on the character and show:

  • Qrow is named after a very similar bird to the type that Muninn is. There is no consistent distinction between crows and ravens, beyond their size and basic appearance, and both are of the genus Corvus.
  • In the scene in "Burning the Candle" where Yang Xiao Long tells Blake Belladonna about her search for Raven Branwen and the day that Qrow saved her life, lines from Grímnismál that talk about Huginn and Muninn are written across the top of the chalkboard.[28]
    • "Hugin and Munin fly each day over the spacious earth. I fear for Hugin, that he come not back, yet more anxious am I for Munin."
  • Prior to the events of Volume 3, Qrow spent his time going on missions around Remnant gathering information for Ozpin. This is very similar to how Muninn traveled the world to gather information for Odin, and the danger of this job provides cause for concern, matching the line "yet more anxious am I for Munin."
  • Ozpin granted Qrow the ability to transform between a crow and Human form. Similarly, Odin granted Huginn and Muninn the ability to speak.
  • During Tyrian's report to Salem of how he poisoned Qrow, she stated that the "Last eye is blinded", clearly alluding to how Qrow primarily served as Ozpin's spy and primary informant using his bird form.
    • This in turn alludes to Odin's own relationship with Muninn, as along with Huginn, he primarily served as Odin's main "eyes" in observing the going on's of the world in Norse Mythology.

Team CRDL

Team CRDL seems to have a bird motif.

Cardin Winchester

Cardin Winchester alludes to Henry Beaufort,[29] who oversaw the trial of Joan of Arc. This allusion has had the following influences on the character and show:

  • Henry Beaufort was a Cardinal and a Bishop of Winchester. As reference to this, Cardin's full name is Cardin Winchester, and he chooses the Black Bishop piece during the initiation.
  • His scroll ID is 1374-BEAUFORT.
  • In Volume 1, he bullies Jaune Arc, who alludes to Joan of Arc.
  • His weapon, The Executioner, is a reference to Henry Beaufort overseeing the execution of Joan of Arc.

His first name is likely also derived from the cardinal, an American bird species.

Russel Thrush

  • He is named after a family of birds called turdidae or, more commonly, thrushes. This fits the bird theme for Team CRDL.
    • Taking his given name into account, he is likely an allusion to the Turdus ruficollis or "red-throated thrush".

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. This fits the bird theme for Team CRDL.

Team ABRN

Arslan Altan

Arslan alludes to the character Aslan from C.S. Lewis' The Chronicles of Narnia series.[30] 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.

Team BRNZ

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.[31]

Team NDGO

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.

Ozpin's Group

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, as well as the god Odin from Norse Mythology.

Wizard of Oz

Ozpin alludes to the Wizard of Oz, from the novel of the same name The Wonderful Wizard of Oz by L. Frank Baum.

This allusion has had the following influences on the character and show:

  • The initials of the Wizard's name, Oscar Zoroaster Phadrig Isaac Norman Henkel Emmannuel Ambroise Diggs,[32] spell OZPINHEAD, which may be the origin of Ozpin's name, as well as his position as headmaster of Beacon Academy.
  • The Wizard lived in Emerald City, and Ozpin's green motif likely comes from this.
  • In "Known by its Song", Raven Branwen states that "Old Man Oz has a great and terrible secret". This alludes to the Wizard's title, "Oz, The Great and Terrible."
  • Ozpin has the ability to reincarnate into different people. In the original The Wizard of Oz book, the Wizard appeared to Dorothy and her friends in several different forms all claiming to be the same person.
  • Ozpin revealing how he had no plan to defeat Salem may allude to how the Wizard was revealed to be a fraud to Dorothy and her friends.

Odin

Some characters stand in as a certain role for another character's allusion, separately from their own. Ozpin stands in as Odin for Raven's allusion to Huginn and Qrow's allusions to Munin:

  • Huginn and Muninn are ravens to whom Odin gave the ability to speak. Huginn and Muninn both traveled the world to gather information and report back to Odin just as Qrow and Raven gathered information for Ozpin.

Glynda Goodwitch

Glynda Goodwitch alludes to Glinda the Good Witch from the novel The Wizard of Oz. This allusion has had the following influences on the character and show:

  • Glynda's full name is derived from this allusion.
  • The Good Witch is usually depicted with a magic wand. Glynda wields her riding crop like a wand when using her Semblance.
  • The Good Witch is usually depicted wearing a tiara or crown. Glynda's emblem is a tiara.

Oscar Pine

Oscar alludes to Tip from The Marvelous Land of Oz.

This allusion has had the following influences on the character and show:

  • Both lived simple farmhand lives with their female guardians before leaving.
  • Both first encountered the Scarecrow/Qrow when they arrived at the largest city in the land, Mistral/Emerald City.
  • Both become central characters because of their relation to the Wizard and to Ozma.
    • Tip turns out to be Princess Ozma, the lost true ruler of the Land of Oz, while Oscar becomes the host for the spirit of Ozma, the ancient hero and ruler.
    • Tip, as Princess Ozma, takes over the land after the Wizard of Oz, while Oscar becomes Ozma's host after Ozpin, who alludes to the Wizard of Oz.

Beacon Academy Staff

Bartholomew Oobleck

Oobleck alludes to the character Bartholomew from the Dr. Seuss book Bartholomew and the Oobleck.

This allusion has had the following influences on the character and the show:

  • His name is taken from the title of the book.
  • His hair is green, like the oobleck.
  • The fact that he prefers to be called "doctor", rather than "professor", may reference how the author, Theodor Seuss Geisel, authored his children's books under the pen name Dr. Seuss.

Peter Port

Port alludes to the character Peter from the fairy tale Peter and the Wolf. [33] This allusion has had the following influences on the character and show:

  • In his first appearance in "The Badge and The Burden", Professor Port tells a story about how he captured a Beowolf and was hailed as a hero by his village.

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 board game 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's Faction

Cinder Fall

Cinder alludes to Cinderella from the fairy tale of the same name.

This allusion has had the following influences on the character and the story:

  • In the Volume 1 Cast Commentary, it is said that the shoes she wears with her original battle outfit are made of glass. This is supported by the "clink" noises they make in "Ruby Rose". In the fairy tale, Cinderella wears glass shoes to the ball and accidentally leaves one behind as she leaves in a hurry.
  • She has been shown to fight with glass.
  • Her emblem is a pair of high heel shoes placed sole-to-sole.
  • In the episode "Dance Dance Infiltration", Mercury Black tells her that she should return by midnight. As Cinder narrowly eludes guards, she transforms her stealth outfit into a dress and leaves behind her glass masquerade mask. The clock strikes midnight shortly after she returns to the dance. This references how, in the fairy tale, Cinderella is warned that the spell that gives her a beautiful dress and glass shoes will wear off at midnight. She makes a narrow escape from the ball as the clock strikes midnight, accidentally leaving behind one of her shoes in the process.
  • She shows a preference for fiery-type Dust and magic. In some versions of the fairy tale, Cinderella is a nickname given to her by her step-sisters as a means of mocking the cinders that would cover her clothes after having to sleep near the fireplace as a means to keep warm.
  • Her weapon is named "Midnight", alluding to how, in the fairy tale, Cinderella has to leave the ball at midnight. Following her fight with Pyrrha Nikos, Midnight was never to be seen again, likening to how Cinderella hid after the bells struck midnight in the original fairy tale.[34]
  • Cinder's childhood directly connects to the tale of Cinderella.
    • She was under the care of a cruel adoptive mother and her daughters, much like how Cinderella was under the care of a cruel stepmother and her daughters.
    • Cinder was was put to work by her adopted mother, being used more like a servant or maid, much like Cinderella.
    • Rhodes gave Cinder the means to escape her life with the Madame, thus acting as her Fairy Godmother.
  • When Cinder murdered Madame and the stepsisters in her childhood, it was almost midnight when Rhodes found her.

Roman Torchwick

Roman alludes to Romeo Candlewick, known as Lampwick in the Disney adaptation, from Pinocchio.

This allusion has had the following influences on the character and the show:

  • His name bears similarity to that of his character allusion.
  • He puffs cigars, much like Lampwick is seen doing on Pleasure Island in the Disney movie.

Appearance Basis

  • His appearance is heavily based on that of the character Alexander DeLarge in the 1971 British film A Clockwork Orange, which is based on the novel of the same name.[35]
  • His appearance also has similarities to that of Lampwick in Disney's adaptation of Pinocchio.

Emerald Sustrai

Emerald alludes to Aladdin from The Book of One Thousand and One Nights as well as the Disney movie.

This allusion has had the following influences on the character and the show:

  • Emerald is a thief who used to live on the streets, much like Aladdin's origin.
  • In "Best Day Ever" Emerald is called "street rat" by Roman Torchwick, which is an insult used toward Aladdin.
  • Sustrai is the Basque word for thief.
  • Emerald's emblem is the shape of a cut gem, which could reference Aladdin as the diamond in the rough.
  • Emerald's semblance is hallucinations, making people see what she wants them to see. This is similar to Aladdin making people see him as a prince.
  • Emerald's partnering with Mercury could link to the fact that the mythological Roman God Mercury (Hermes in Greek Mythos and the mythological inspiration for Mercury's character) was the patron God of Thieves, and Emerald herself is a thief.

Mercury Black

Mercury alludes to the mythological figure Mercury, who is the Roman equivalent to the Greek God Hermes.

This allusion has had the following influences on the character and show:

  • His first name is Mercury.
  • His emblem resembles a boot with wings on it. The Roman god Mercury is often depicted wearing a pair of sandals with wings on them and his weapons share the mythological name of Mercury's boots.
    • From Volume 8 onward his boots gain a stylized wing.
  • His weapons are worn on his feet.

Salem's Inner Circle

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.[2]

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.

Salem alludes to the Wicked Witch of the West from The Wizard of Oz.

  • She shares her name with Salem, Massachusetts, a town with a infamous historical event called the Salem Witch Trials.
  • She is the enemy of Ozpin, who alludes to the Wizard of Oz.
  • She is capable of magic, like the Witch.
  • In the Volume 6 post-credits scene, she creates an army of winged Beringels, referencing the Witch's winged monkeys.
  • In "Witch", she uses whirlwinds to lift herself off the ground and travel at high speeds, in reference to the twister which takes Dorothy to the Land of Oz.

Another allusion that Salem may be based on is she is the Fairy Godmother in Cinderella.

  • This is due to Cinder's own relationship and backstory with Salem, where before becoming affiliated with her, Cinder was stated to be weak and had nothing. But upon aligning with Salem, she has now become formidably powerful and gained the means to steal the powers of Maidens.

Salem also serves as part of Hazel's allusion, as shown in "Witch" when Salem was held in place by Hazel before burning her with a Fire Dust crystal. In Hansel and Gretel, a witch attempts to burn the character of Hansel, Hazel's allusion, in an oven before being outwitted and thrown into the fire herself.

Salem's role as "The Girl in the Tower" is likely based on Rapunzel, the German fairy tale made famous by the The Brothers Grimm.

She may also have associations of witchcraft and the occult, due to the Salem witch trials, where many people were accused of witchcraft and executed.

  • She shares her name with the most notorious town associated with witches.
  • She was burned alive which could be a reference to the common misconception that people accused of witchcraft were burned alive.

Arthur Watts

Arthur Watts alludes to John Watson, from the Sherlock Holmes stories, if he had connected with James Moriarty instead of Sherlock Holmes.[36] The name Arthur likely alludes to the author of the original Sherlock Holmes stories, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle.

Tyrian Callows

Tyrian is based on the Scorpion from the fable The Scorpion and the Frog.[37] This allusion has had the following influences on him.

  • Tyrian is a scorpion Faunus.
  • This is represented through Tyrian's psychotic behavior as the Scorpion in the original fable would attack others simply because it was in its nature, much like how Tyrian openly embraces his own violent nature.
  • F. Pickerel, the Huntsman in charge of Tyrian's incarceration is named after the Pickerel frog and is likely the Frog to Tyrian's Scorpion.

Hazel Rainart

Hazel Rainart alludes to Hansel from Hansel & Gretel.[38] In addition, he had a twin sister named Gretchen Rainart, who alluded to Hansel's sister Gretel.

This allusion has had the following influences on the character and show:

  • The allusion theme of Salem's followers takes well-known "hero" characters and changes their stories to make them turn into villains.[39] With this in mind, Hazel alludes to Hansel from Hansel & Gretel[40] if he had lost Gretel in the story.
  • Hazel had a twin sister named Gretchen Rainart, who alluded to Hansel's sister Gretel.
  • Hazel was initially opposed to Salem, who alludes to a witch and was once referred to as such by the people of Remnant. Given that Gretchen trained to become a Huntress, she was also opposed to Salem when she was alive. This parallels Hansel and Gretel's conflict with a witch in the story.
  • Hazel ultimately sacrifices himself to temporarily destroy Salem through consuming Fire Dust and burning her alive. This act parallels how Hansel and Gretel defeated the witch by forcing her into an oven.

Tock

Tock alludes to Tick Tock, the crocodile from the story of Peter Pan.

  • She was a female crocodile Faunus; the crocodile in Peter Pan is described as female.
  • Her name is Tock.
  • She carried a stopwatch, referencing how the crocodile makes a tick-tock noise because it has a clock inside of it.
  • Her emblem was a stopwatch.
  • She forcefully takes a certain body part from an enemy, forcing them to use a prosthesis.
  • She has a thick English cockney accent.
  • She wields cutlasses, a weapon frequently associated with pirates, which Tick Tock followed constantly throughout Peter Pan.

White Fang

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.[41][42][43] 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.

These allusions has had the following influences on the character and show:

  • Adam's card information in RWBY: Amity Arena references the Beast: "The final traces of love, the beauty he let go, never returns, and as the last petal falls, Adam is cursed to forever remain a beast. Because, in this tale as old as time, there is no happy ending. In this story... HE is the monster."[44]
  • "The beauty he let go" could refer to Blake Belladonna, who alludes to Belle, and how Adam did not stop her from leaving in the "Black" Trailer.
  • "As the last petal falls, Adam is cursed to forever remain a beast" refers to how, in the fairy tale, the Beast owned a rose that acted as a countdown for his curse. It was said that, when the last petal fell, the curse would become permanent, causing him to remain a beast for the rest of his life.
  • "In this tale as old as time" refers to a song from the Disney adaptation, which has the lyrics "Tale as old as time, song as old as rhyme, Beauty and the Beast."

Beyond the info from the Amity bio, his overall design and character show multiple references to the Beast, Gaston, and the cursed rose.

  • In the Disney version of Beauty and the Beast, the Beast's name is Adam.
  • Adam and Blake had a mutual romance like Belle and the Beast.
  • Adam's sword name, Wilt and Blush, call backs to the enchanted rose blooming and wilting as time runs out. The glow on Adam's sword, when he is using Moonslice, could also be a reference to the glow the enchanted rose emitted.
  • Adam, like Disney's depiction of the Beast and Gaston, has bright blue eyes.
  • Like Disney's depiction of the Beast, he dies from a stab wound and like Gaston's depiction, he falls from a great height to his assured death.
  • His emblem is a wilting rose which calls back to the enchanted rose wilting as the curse progresses.
  • Like, Gaston, his obsessive love for Blake, who alludes to Belle and the Beast, drives him to violence in the face of her rejection.
  • Both characters, Gaston and Adam, are generally perceived by others in-universe as a charismatic and heroic figure, but are actually anything but.

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.

  • Shere Khan is a tiger, and Sienna is a tiger Faunus as indicated by her ears and stripes.
  • Both characters share the last name Khan.
  • Sienna's Semblance is likely another reference to Shere Khan who, in an ironic manner, had a crippled leg.
  • Her leadership of the White Fang, a group known for it's anti-human sentiment mirror Shere Khan's own hatred of humans.
  • Shere Khan was killed by being trampled by male oxen (bulls), paralleling Sienna's death at the hands of Adam, a bull Faunus.

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

His 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. She may also allude to Raksha, the mother wolf in The Jungle Book.

Vale

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.

Mistral and Anima

Leonardo Lionheart

Lionheart alludes to the Cowardly Lion from The Wizard of Oz. He may also have a secondary allusion in the famous polymath, Leonardo Da Vinci.

Branwen Tribe

The Branwen Tribe alludes to Branwen the Blessed from Norse mythology.

Lil' Miss Malachite

Lil' Miss Malachite and her crime syndicate alludes to the nursery rhyme Little Miss Muffet. Lil' Miss Malachite herself alludes to the titular character Little Miss Muffet while her organization is based on and named after the Spider that antagonized her in the story.

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.

Atlas Academy

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.

Winter Schnee

Winter is assumed to allude to The Snow Queen by Hans Christian Andersen.

Ace Operatives

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 is based on Elm from The Elm and The Vine. She shares this allusion with Vine.

Harriet Bree

Harriet is based on the Hare from The Tortoise and the Hare. She shares this allusion with Tortuga.

Vine Zeki

Vine is based on the Vine from The Elm and The Vine. He shares this allusion with Elm.

Marrow Amin

Marrow is based on The Dog and Its Reflection.[45]

Tortuga

Tortuga is based on the Tortoise from The Tortoise and the Hare. They share this allusion with Harriet.

Happy Huntresses

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 alludes to Maid Marian, the love interest of the outlaw Robin Hood in English folklore.

Fiona Thyme

Fiona alludes to Friar Tuck from the legend of Robin Hood.

Joanna Greenleaf

Joanna 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.

Atlas and Mantle

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.

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.

Rhodes

Rhodes alludes to Rhodopis, a figure found in the earliest versions of Cinderella. Alternatively, he may also allude to the Colossus of Rhodes.

Argus

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 Crown

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.

Argento Pocoron

Argento Pocoron, Rosa Schwein and Green possibly allude to The Three Little Pigs.

Rosa Schwein

Argento Pocoron, Rosa Schwein and Green possibly allude to The Three Little Pigs.

Green

Argento Pocoron, Rosa Schwein and Green possibly allude to The Three Little Pigs.

Shade Academy

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"[46].

Vacuo

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.[47]

Ancient Past

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.

Ambrosius

Ambrosius alludes to Merlin, a mythological figure prominently featured in the legend of King Arthur. His usual depiction, based on an amalgamation of historical and legendary figures, combining the existing stories of Myrddin Wyllt and war leader Ambrosius Aurelianus to form the composite figure called Merlinus Ambrosius.

Ozma

Ozma alludes to Princess Ozma from the Land of Oz series, beginning with the second book, The Marvelous Land of Oz.

Grimm

The name for the creatures of Grimm may be a reference to the Brothers Grimm and Grimms' Fairy Tales, a famous classic collection of German fairy tales compiled by the brothers. Notable stories include "Little Red Riding Hood", "Snow White" and "Hansel and Gretel", all of which serve as inspiration for RWBY characters.

Beowolf

The name Beowolf originates from the Anglo-Saxon epic poem Beowulf, which is about a great hero who slays many monsters.

Boarbatusk

The name Boarbatusk may be in reference to the Latin term barbatus, meaning "bearded" (as in the Boar is "bearded" with tusks) or the babirusa, a wild pig known for its elaborate tusks.

Cenitaur

Cenitaurs are a mix between a centipede and a centaur from Greek Mythology.

Centinel

Centinels are based off of centipedes. Being in Atlas and their Grimm inspired from prehistoric creatures, they allude more to Anthropleura.

Creep

Creeps are not based on any single type of animal. Instead, their design is inspired by aspects of both reptiles and birds to show that some Grimm lack an animal equivalent.

Death Stalker

Death Stalker is likely based on the real species of scorpion which shares its name.

  • The initial function of the Death Stalker's glowing tail stinger is very similar to the Anglerfish and its own glowing appendage in reality. Both use it to lure their prey to them via the light on the end of the appendage, before attacking and presumably killing them. Also, their eyes and markings illuminate once they reveal themselves.

Goliath

The Goliaths seem to be based on African elephants, based on their ear size.

  • However, their curved tusks more closely resemble those of mammoths.

They also allude to the titular Goliath from "David and the Goliath", a story from the bible.

Griffon

Griffons (also spelled griffin or gryphon) are legendary creatures possessing traits of eagles and lions.

King Taijitsu

Taijitu is a term that refers to the concept of Yin and Yang, the symbol of which is well known for featuring a black/white dynamic to represent duality. It is used as the symbol of Taoism.

Megoliath

Megoliaths are based off of mammoths from prehistoric times.

Monstra

Monstra alludes to Monstro the Whale from Pinocchio.

Nevermore

The name "Nevermore" is a reference to Edgar Allen Poe's poem, "The Raven".

  • The Nevermore's abilities are similar to the Stymphalian Birds of Greek Mythology, which were also man-eating birds that could attack by launching their blade-like feathers at victims.

Sabyr

Sabyrs allude to sabre-toorh tigers from prehistoric times.

Sulfur Fish

Sulfur Fish are based off of silverfish.

Teryx

Teryx's are based off the Velociraptor, in reference to Jurassic Park.[48]

Ursa

Their name comes from the Latin word for bear.

  • Although ursae is the Latin plural for the word ursa, the plural is given as "Ursai" according to in-episode captions and published scripts. The word probably does not follow the standard plurals because Latin doesn't exist in Remnant.

Wyvern

Wyverns are mythical dragons or flying reptilian creatures similar to dragons recognizavle by their single pair of legs.

Fairy Tales

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".

The Girl Who Fell Through the World

The Girl Who Fell Through the World likely alludes to "Alice's Adventures in Wonderland", a 1865 novel by author Lewis Carroll. It tells of a young girl named Alice, who falls through a rabbit hole into a subterranean fantasy world populated by peculiar, anthropomorphic creatures.

In "RWBY: Roman Holiday", the name of the girl in the story is revealed to be Alyx which sounds similar to the name of the main character Alice.

Locations

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.

Additionally, it can be a reference to the ancient mythical city of Atlantis (whose name means "Island of Atlas") and is famous for being sunk underwater, which is what happened in "The Final Word".

Argus

Argus or Argos is the name of several figures in Greek mythology.

Glass Unicorn

The Glass Unicorn refers to a symbol of the same name from the novel The Glass Menagerie. The hotel's name is a reference to a symbol of the same name from the 1944 novel, The Glass Menagerie. In the novel, the glass unicorn is a figure in protagonist Laura's collection. In the story, unicorns are "extinct" in modern times and are lonesome as a result of being different from other horses. Similarly, Laura too is unusual, lonely, and ill-adapted to existence in the world in which she lives. The fate of the unicorn is also a smaller-scale version of Laura's fate in Scene Seven. When character Jim dances with and then kisses Laura, the unicorn's horn breaks off, and it becomes just another horse. Jim's advances endow Laura with a new normalcy, making her seem more like just another girl, but the violence with which this normalcy is thrust upon her means that Laura cannot become normal without somehow shattering. Eventually, Laura gives Jim the unicorn as a "souvenir." Without its horn, the unicorn is more appropriate for him than for her, and the broken figurine represents all that he has taken from her and destroyed in her.

Evacuation Central Location

The Evacuation Central Location, otherwise known as Ever After, could allude to the yellow brick road from The Wizard of Oz.

References

  1. Silverman-Oum Interview
  2. 2.0 2.1 The World of RWBY: The Official Companion
  3. Silverman - Oum interview
  4. "Snow White"
  5. Monty Oum's Twitter
  6. 2017 Roosterteeth Panel - Connichi
  7. Volume 1 Directors Commentary "The Shining Beacon, Pt.2"
  8. Johnny Junkers' Twitter
  9. RWBY Crew Chat (at 10:05)
  10. Monty Oum's Twitter
  11. Monty Oum's Twitter
  12. Monty Oum's Twitter
  13. Roooster Teeth Podcast #235
  14. Monty Oum's Twitter
  15. Monty Oum's Twitter
  16. Monty Oum's Twitter
  17. Rooster Teeth ExtraLife 2015 Livestream
  18. RTOz Panel
  19. Rooster Teeth Extralife 2015
  20. Monty Oum's Twitter
  21. Monty Oum's Twitter
  22. Monty Oum's Twitter (retweet)
  23. RWBY Volume 3 Blu Ray Extra '3,2,1, BEGIN!'
  24. Backwardz Compatible 2018 Episode 21 - Brok
  25. Screenshot
  26. CRWBY AMA
  27. Backwardz Compatible 2018 Episode 21 - Brok
  28. Screenshot
  29. Miles Luna's Twitter
  30. Uyalago's Twitter
  31. Afterbuzz TV
  32. The Annotated Wizard of Oz (page 264)
  33. Volume 1 Directors Commentary "The Badge and The Burden"
  34. RWBY: Amity Arena Flame Cinder card bio
  35. Volume 1 Directors Commentary "Ruby Rose"
  36. The World of RWBY: The Official Companion
  37. Fan Service: Attack on Titan and Knuckles
  38. RWBY Rewind
  39. The World of RWBY: The Official Companion
  40. RWBY Rewind
  41. The World of RWBY: The Official Companion
  42. Gray on RWBY Vol 3 ep 9&10 Aftershow
  43. Barbara on RWBYRW
  44. RWBY: Amity Arena Adam Taurus Card Info
  45. Larissa Angus' Twitter
  46. E.C. Myers' Twitter
  47. After the Fall Special RWBYCast Podcast featuring EC Myers
  48. RWBY: Volume 7 Director's Commentary – Chapter 9
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