For the score named after the Apathy, see The Apathy (score).
The Apathy. They're not strong or ferocious. They drain your will to go on.

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The Apathy are Creatures of Grimm that resemble emaciated humanoids. They are first encountered in "Alone in the Woods".


The Apathy is humanoid in shape, somewhat similar to the Imp, but are very tall, with long arms that reach down as far as the ground and extremely long fingers. They have hideous faces, resembling skulls, some even lacking nostrils, and low-hanging jaws.

There are at least four variants to the Apathy's appearance, two being extremely hunched back, whereas the others stand taller.


The Apathy was first foreshadowed in "The Coming Storm", but made their proper debut in the following episode, where they begin to affect Ruby Rose and her group. After Ruby inadvertently drops the Relic of Knowledge down the well, she, Weiss Schnee, Blake Belladonna and Yang Xiao Long go down to retrieve it, only to encounter the pack of Apathy.

After escaping the Grimm, Maria Calavera reveals that the owner of Brunswick Farms had brought two of the Apathy into his cellar to calm the residents, as to not attract other Grimm. However, the owner was exhausted from the journey and thus lacked the strength to seal them away and decided to seal them the next day.

The owner did seal the tunnels, but only after the rest of the pack had followed their missing members into the farm through the water tunnels beneath and because of this, the residents ultimately died from lacking the strength to get out of bed.

Powers and AbilitiesEdit

The Apathy has the ability to use a scream that weakens their prey by draining their will. This works through remote proximity, but if the Apathy can see their target, the effects become much stronger. If the prey is startled, they are jolted out of these remote effects, albeit temporarily.[1]

Repeated attacks will weaken a target to the point of falling asleep while in combat, or even cause their death while unconscious. They also seem to have the ability to drain willpower from remote proximity, as shown when Team RWBY, Oscar Pine, Qrow Branwen and the former residents of Brunswick Farms were affected, in the latter case killing them in their sleep.

They tend to attack in packs, using their superior numbers and will-draining powers to bring down their prey and compensate for their lack of inherent physical strength. A single Apathy is less powerful and will take longer to drain willpower than it does for an entire pack of them.


  • Miles Luna has stated the idea for the story with the Apathy pack in Brunswick Farms existed before Volume 1 was even written[2] and the Apathy is his favorite Grimm.[3][4]
    • He also states that the Apathy would have first appeared in Volume 4 as one of the many monsters encountered by Team RNJR.[5]
  • Patrick Rodriguez created the first designs for the Apathy, which he stated that forced him to take breaks as he "kept scaring and depressing myself."[6] He originally imagined it "skittering about" with the sound of its bones hitting against surfaces, but the design was scrapped because it "looked too fast".[7]
    • The job was subsequently inherited by Aromie "InkYou24" Kim, a fan artist hired after designing the Manticore, who took inspiration from Stephen Gammell's illustrations in the Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark series.[8]
  • Miles based the Apathy on a mixture of a photograph of a scarecrow that he saw on Reddit,[9] the short story Bartleby the Scrivener[10] and the origin of the Reavers in Serenity.[11][12]
  • The Apathy scream and its effects are based on ReDeads from the video game The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time, and it was Kerry Shawcross' idea to use this as a basis.[13] Sound designer Chris Kokkinos also added a variety of animal sounds (in an approach similar to what he used for the Nuckelavee), a tinnitus-like pulse sound, and some passages of "Bartleby the Scrivener" read by himself.[14]
  • The Volume 6 Opening features a number of Grimm arms trying to grab Ruby in the Brunswick underground. While the story arc introduces the Apathy Grimm, the opening uses Imp arms as a placeholder.
  • The writers felt that the Apathy fit into the story of Volume 6 because the characters are at a low point.[15]
  • Despite Maria saying they are not strong and Miles Luna himself describing them as "weak and frail", they are shown to be quite durable as they do not take any significant damage from Crescent Rose or being incinerated.
  • Apathy means without emotion, will, concern or feeling, which is befitting given their power.


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