Volume 4

The Next Step

My thoughts exactly. Even without her new power, it should have been effortless.
—Watts, to everyone, during the meeting
What about her? Seems to me that this is Cinder's problem, not ours.
—Watts, about Ruby Rose

No Safe Haven

Why thank you, Professor. Salem always did say you were... quite hospitable.
—Watts, to Professor Lionheart

Volume 5

Welcome to Haven

Oh, Leo. We have got to work on your improvisational skills.
—Watts, to Professor Lionheart

Dread in the Air

I'm still just so fascinated by this creature. Cinder, dear, are we coming through? Can you see us clearly? Well, as clearly as you can.
—Watts, curious about the seer
Oh goody, you've recovered.
—Watts, to Cinder with sarcasm
As much as I'd love to take credit, ma'am, I can't say that either of us are to thank for this development. I guess you could say, a little birdie told us.
—Watts, to Salem

A Perfect Storm

Little late to run and hide. You've been on our master's list for some time, so you must understand that we cannot allow you to slip away.
—Watts, talking to Raven
Technically, I was also a doctor, but I must say, the rest was spot on.
—Watts, talking to Raven after she recognizes him as an Atlesian scientist
Alright ladies, let's pause for a moment. We have one objective - retrieving the Relic of Knowledge. Now Qrow Branwen may be on our list of individuals we would very much like dead, but he's not going to go down without a fight, and he's not going to fight quietly. Our advantage here is just as you said - we walk straight into Haven, no resistance, no one the wiser. A battle with your brother throws that all out the window.
—Watts, to Cinder and Raven about the Relic of Knowledge and Qrow
Wait. Don't think I don't see what you're after. If this falls to pieces over a grudge with a child, I will not be taking the blame.
—Watts, warning Cinder before she makes a deal with Raven

Volume 6

So That's How It Is

You're joking, how could you know that?
—Watts, questioning Salem about Cinder's current fate
He's the only man with a chance of getting through to Ironwood. If that happens...
—Watts, explaining the connection between Ozpin and Ironwood before noticing Salem's rage


Tyrian! It's time.
—Watts, calling Tyrian to come with him after the conversation with Emerald and Mercury

Volume 7

A New Approach

For the last time, a singular hideout makes us susceptible to discovery.
—Watts, to Tyrian by wireless communication
We stay mobile.
—Watts, reaffirming their plan, to reassure Tyrian about his fears of being recognized in Atlas
While cyber security has been stepped up in Atlas, as usual, none of the code was updated in Mantle.
—Watts, commenting about Mantle's cyber security
It should be. I helped write that code, after all.
—Watts, to Tyrian about his responsibility for writing the code in Mantle

Pomp and Circumstance

A spitting image of you, this lad, Jacques. Creepily so, I might add. He's definitely inherited your... affect.
—Watts, to Jacques Schnee about Whitley Schnee
That is what I wanted people to think. You're right. However, I've heard things about you too, Jacques. Namely, that you have an Ironwood problem.
—Watts, to Jacques
What if I said you can have your cake… and eat it, too?
—Watts, to Jacques

A Night Off

Fine work, Tyrian. I think we are done for tonight.
—Watts, to Tyrian after they framed Penny Polendina for murdering the innocent bystanders in Mantle at the pre-victory party

As Above, So Below

James Ironwood never recognized my genius. After everything I gave him, he still disgraced me. I simply wish to return the favor.
—Watts, to Jacques about his strained relationship with Ironwood
A seat on the council. All I need is your login credentials for the Atlas network. You promise to make Ironwood's life a waking nightmare, and I will guarantee you victory at the polls by giving the voters down in Mantle a little… "digital push", if you will.
—Watts, to Jacques

Out in the Open

The Colosseum remodeling was a communications tower? How did James get this past me?
—Watts, questioning about James and his secret project
Our tin soldier's heart has cost him his mind. We need to keep their attention on Mantle for as long as possible.
—Watts, to Tyrian
If anyone on Remnant could deliver that, wouldn't it be you?
—Watts, to Tyrian
Hmm… This will certainly do the trick. Although I wouldn't exactly call it finished.
—Watts, about the communications tower
It wasn't finished... it was bait.
—Watts, finding out that he fell into James' trap
You know, James, this place has always been a technological marvel. Truly. Even before you went and, uh, did all this. The different types of Dust, the biome system, and of course, everything that goes into controlling them.
—Watts, to James before their battle
At the risk of sounding cliche, James… I won't be going down without a fight.
—Watts, to James


You never appreciated my genius, James. You just stood atop it and called yourself a giant!
—Watts, to Ironwood
You chose that fat-imbecile over me!
—Watts, to Ironwood about choosing Pietro Polendina instead of him
I suppose in this instance, my brains and your brawn are evenly matched.
—Watts, to Ironwood
That was a little too close for my liking, James. Rebuilding those rings is going to be such a pain.
—Watts, to Ironwood
I wouldn't do that if I were you. I mean, unless you're hoping to add more metal to that body of yours.
—Watts, to Ironwood
Oh, I hope you do, James. I hope you do.
—Watts, to Ironwood after his defeat

Volume 8


Yes, well… I suppose we’re all stuck in it together now.
—Watts, during his imprisonment with Qrow, Robyn, and Jacques


Given what we’re after, I’ve got all the motivation I need. Sadly it doesn’t make taking down Pietro’s magical science project any less cumbersome.
—Watts, to Ironwood
Oh, the trust is palpable.
—Watts, to Ironwood
Well, you know what they say. If you can’t beat them, then make them join you.
—Watts, to Harriet


I said I had Penny under control. Not that I could telekinetically force her to do whatever I want.
—Watts, to Cinder about Penny
I implanted a virus in her, you dimwit. She's on a set path now. At least she should be. As much I hate to admit it, there seems to be some part of her capable of resisting. Regardless, it's only the matter of time before her mechanical body succumbs to the virus. She'll open the vault, then she'll destroy herself and our little Penny problem will be done.
—Watts, to Cinder about his virus on Penny
You know it's impressive that you haven't realized this yet but I don't work for you.
—Watts, to Cinder
Please. You can't just threaten me like everyone else.
—Watts, when Cinder threatens him by dropping him to his death from the building
Salem sent you to bring me back.
—Watts, reminding Cinder about Salem's orders on retrieving him
(laughs) Oh, of course you are because that's just what you do. Isn't it? And how has that worked out for you? You stormed into Fria's room thinking you take on Ironwood's top fighter and war machine. But you couldn't. And that machine became the Winter Maiden. Oh, and let's not forget your deal with Raven Branwen. Get all your enemies in one place so you'd have a shot at revenge. If only someone could have warned you against such a miserable idea. Oh wait, I did. But you pushed ahead and you lost it when all you had to do was your job. You think you're entitled to everything just because you've suffered, but suffering isn't enough. You can't just be strong, you have to be smart. You can't just be deserving, you have to be worthy. But all you have ever been is a BLOODY MIGRAINE!
—Watts, to Cinder


Neopolitan, was it? Now isn't the time to hold grudges.
—Watts, to Neo
Oh, believe me, this is everything I've ever wanted.
—Watts, to Cinder about the Central Command and his final words before his death

About Watts

You're supposed to be dead.
—Jacques, to Watts
That's impossible! Dr. Watts died in the Paladin Incident years ago.
Sleet, about Watts' supposed "death"
You always were a pain in the ass.
—James, to Watts

RWBY: Amity Arena

Watts... A name that brings back memories. I thought our friendships ran deeper than our rivalries did, Arthur. Pietro was shattered when he thought you were dead. Your contributions to the network in Mantle, environmental dust controls, and the Paladins are all admired to this day. Is it not enough that your work is being utilized across Atlas in one shape or another right now? Could you sacrifice the color of your spirit for your creations? Because you sure sacrificed your humanity for revenge. But you must understand... Pietro's "life's" work stands apart from ours. Arthur, we made killing machines. He... made a soul. It was our loss, clear and simple. "You chose that fat imbecile over me!" -Watts
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