We're in the middle of a fight!
—Brawnz Ni

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Brawnz Ni[2] was the leader of Team BRNZ. He and his team fight against Team JNPR as part of the Vytal Festival Tournament in the episode "New Challengers...".


Brawnz was a young man with dark purple eyes and short black hair that graduated to gray with his hair slicked toward his left.

He wore a sleeveless top that graduated from gray to purple, a purple scarf, black pants with bronze kneecaps and a bronze buckled black belt and a dark purple scarf that wrapped around his right leg and black boots with studded strap detailing. He also had three black straps, one studded, on his left arm

Powers and Abilities


Main article: Brawnz's Claws

Brawnz's weapons of choice were his Claws, which he used in conjunction with his knees that were armored with bronze kneecaps. He appeared quite adept at hand-to-hand combat, being roughly able to match Pyrrha Nikos in close quarters combat for a brief period of time.


Brawnz and his team were students at Shade Academy, from the Kingdom of Vacuo. He and his team journeyed to participate in the 40th Vytal Festival combat tournament, hosted by the kingdom of Vale. Brawnz and his team were defeated by Team JNPR of Vale's Beacon Academy in the team round of the tournament.

In "Destiny", he is seen conversing with Nolan Porfirio while Velvet Scarlatina is taking photos of Sun Wukong and his weapon.

According to RWBY: Before the Dawn, Brawnz was killed during the Battle of Beacon, along with his teammates Roy Stallion and May Zedong. Brawnz and May were killed probably trying to save Roy.[3]


  • His name Brawnz is a corruption of the word "bronze", which is a type of metal alloy with a characteristic brownish tint.
  • "Ni" is the chemical symbol for Nickel, a silvery metal used most often as a component for bronze.
  • 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.[4]


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