Bolin Hori[2] is a member of Team ABRN. Bolin and his team were first revealed at the RTX 2015 RWBY Panel on August 7th, 2015. He was shown fighting Team RWBY alongside the rest of his team during the Vytal Festival Tournament.

Appearance[edit | edit source]

Bolin has lightly-tanned skin, amber eyes, and black hair. He wears two yellow sashes, one around his waist the other over his shoulder alongside a dark blue vest and gray pants with yellow lacing up the sides. He also wears black boots and black fingerless gloves, and a dark gray beaded necklace.

Personality[edit | edit source]

Bolin is shown to be a perceptive person, and is able to take initiative as shown by being the one to break the silence and kick off the Beacon Brigade meeting in RWBY: Before the Dawn. He and Reese are uncomfortable at the mention of the Fall of Beacon, but are still brave enough to be amongst the first students to come to Shade Academy's aid.

Powers and Abilities[edit | edit source]

Bolin's weapon is a staff. During the battle with Team RWBY, he was caught off guard by Weiss Schnee and her glyphs. He is surprisingly agile, being able to dodge past both Weiss and Ruby Rose's attacks, but he is ultimately outclassed by Team RWBY, along with the rest of his team. Additionally, Bolin seems to be capable of withstanding a great many hits, quickly recovering after hitting his spine once thrown into a rock by Weiss or being shot in the face by Ruby's Crescent Rose.

The World of RWBY: The Official Companion book states that Bolin is extremely adept at weaving his way through enemy formations.

History[edit | edit source]

Bolin and his team are students at Haven Academy, from the kingdom of Mistral. His team journeyed to participate in the 40th Vytal Festival combat tournament, hosted by the kingdom of Vale, but they were defeated by Team RWBY in the team round of the tournament.

In "It's Brawl in the Family", he is seen briefly in the stadium having a conversation with Nolan Porfirio.

Bolin and the other students defend Beacon Academy during the invasion by the Grimm and White Fang. In RWBY: After the Fall, Velvet Scarlatina states Bolin and his team were observed defeating a Death Stalker at the Battle of Beacon.

Team ABRN had gone back to Haven Academy after the Battle of Beacon with Neptune Vasilias, Scarlet David, and Sage Ayana, where they watched their school nearly fall to the White Fang’s attack. Like SSSN, they were one of the teams who had decided to continue their training in Shade rather than losing another semester. ABRN had beaten them to Vacuo by a few weeks, as Sun Wukong had insisted on taking SSSN through the scenic route.[3]

In RWBY: Before the Dawn, Bolin and Reese attend an 8am History class taught by Rumpole with Team CFVY, visibly uncomfortable at talks of the Fall of Beacon.[4] He is also present for the Beacon Brigade's meetings alongside his team.[5]

Bolin participates in the Shade re-initiation, being drafted as the leader of Team BYRN.[6]

Bolin later participates in the Battle of Shade, and is amongst the first to come to its aid along with the rest of the Beacon Brigade and later celebrates their victory with the group.[7]

Trivia[edit | edit source]

  • Bolin is a Chinese name usually given to boys. It can mean "elder brother", or "rain". Rain brings to mind the color blue.
  • The word hori roughly translates to "yellow" in Basque.
  • "Hori" is derived from the Japanese surname "Horii" (堀井). The first kanji can be translated to "moat".
  • Bolin may allude to Hebo, the Chinese god of the Yellow River, following his name's color motif.
  • Despite saying "But who's got yours?" in "Round One", there are no "Round One" end credits to credit the voice actor; instead, the opening titles are shown at the end of the episode. The voice actor is also not credited in the comprehensive "End of the Beginning" credits. Thus, Bolin's voice actor is never credited in the show proper.
    • In a Reddit AMA, Kerry Shawcross confirmed Jon Risinger to be the voice of Bolin.

References[edit | edit source]

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