Volume 1

Black and White

How very disappointing, Roman.
—Cinder, commenting on Roman Torchwick's failure in a recent operation
We have big plans for you, Roman... All we ask is... a little cooperation.
—Cinder, ordering Roman to continue working with the White Fang

Volume 2

Best Day Ever

You'll know what you need when you need to know.
—Cinder, deflecting Roman's question regarding Cinder's group "grand master plan"
Don't think... obey.
—Cinder, to Emerald Sustrai
We're proceeding to phase two.
—Cinder, regarding her plan's progress


People assume that she's fated for victory when she's really taking fate into her own hands.
—Cinder on Pyrrha Nikos' fighting prowess
It's not about overpowering an enemy. It's about taking away what power they have. And we will, in time.
—Cinder, to Emerald

Dance Dance Infiltration

They'd be scratching their heads long after we finished what we came here for.
—Cinder, to Mercury Black
Enjoy the rest of the night. After all, it is a party.
—Cinder, to Mercury


All in all, I call today a success.
—Cinder, regarding the Grimm invasion to Vale

Volume 3

Round One

Even if you know how the story ends, that doesn't make it any less fun to watch.
—Cinder on foregone conclusions

It's Brawl in the Family

Let's give the crowd a good fight...
—Cinder on engineering the battle between Team CVFY and Emerald and Mercury.

Beginning of the End

I want to be strong. I want to be feared. I want to be powerful.
—Cinder's opening monologue
You will question everything you know.
—Cinder to Emerald
The Huntsman severed the connection before it was complete... Yes. It's... an emptiness. It burns. Like hunger. I like it... Yes. I will claim what is ours... Thank you.
—Cinder's half of a conversation with an unknown person


This is not a tragedy. This was not an accident. This is what happens when you hand over your trust, your safety, your children, to men who claim to be our guardians but are in reality nothing more than men. Our academies' headmasters wield more power than most armies, and one was audacious enough to control both.

They cling to this power in the name of peace, and yet, what do we have here? One nation's attempt at a synthetic army mercilessly torn apart by another's star pupil. What need would Atlas have for a soldier disguised as an innocent little girl? I don't think the Grimm can tell the difference. And what, I ask you, is Ozpin teaching his students? First, a dismemberment, now this? Huntsmen and Huntresses should carry themselves with honor and mercy, yet I have witnessed neither.

Perhaps Ozpin felt as though defeating Atlas in the tournament would help people forget his colossal failure to protect Vale when the Grimm invaded its streets. Or perhaps this was his message to the tyrannical dictator that has occupied an unsuspecting kingdom with armed forces. Honestly, I haven't the slightest clue as to who is right and who is wrong, but I know that the existence of peace is fragile, and the leaders of our kingdoms conduct their business with iron gloves. As someone who hails from Mistral, I can assure you the situation there is equally undesirable.

Our kingdoms are at the brink of war, yet we, the citizens, are left in the dark. So, I ask you, when the first shots are fired, who do you think you can trust?
—Cinder, giving her speech to all who watch Pyrrha tear Penny apart

Battle of Beacon

—Cinder, admiring the havoc unfolding below
It's horrendous.
—Cinder, sardonically relishing in the chaos she has wrought
Do not miss what happens next.
—Cinder, just before the arrival of the Wyvern

Heroes and Monsters

This whole time... Right beneath our feet...
—Cinder, to Ozpin
She was right about you... Such arrogance...
—Cinder, to Ozpin

End of the Beginning

Shhh... This is your home now.
—Cinder, to the Wyvern
It's unfortunate you were promised a power that was never truly yours. But take comfort in knowing that I will use it in ways you would never had imagined.
—Cinder, to Pyrrha
—Cinder, on Ruby's activation of her silver eyes

Volume 5

Dread in the Air

I don't understand. Working with bandits? Keeping Ruby alive? What's the point? We're strong enough to take what we want by force.
—Cinder, to Salem

A Perfect Storm

So this is the long-lost Spring Maiden. Prove it.
—Cinder, to Raven Branwen and Vernal
Raven, I won't underestimate you, so please don't insult my intelligence. There is a slim chance you and your Maiden could escape here today. But if you know our master as well as you claim to, then you know you could never truly escape her. But we come bearing an olive branch.
—Cinder, to Raven
If you come with us to Haven, we'll leave you, your tribe and your little secret to live out the rest of your days squabbling in the wilderness. We just need the Relic.
—Cinder, to Raven
Fly back home and tinker with your machines. And tell Salem she'll get what she wants and more.
—Cinder to Arthur, while striking the deal with Raven

The More the Merrier

Aww, don't take it personally, little bird. Your sister was a recent addition. The lion on the other hand... entrance into the Vytal Festival was a real treat, but Leonardo's been sending Salem all sorts of information for a very, very long time. Isn't that right, professor?
—Cinder, to Qrow
Who are you again?
—Cinder, callously dismissing Jaune's rage
I'm starting to remember you, you're the dense one that can't tell when he's out of his league.
—Cinder mocking Jaune
Are you going to let her die too?
—Cinder to Jaune, after Weiss cries out in pain
Did you think you actually had a chance against me?! YOU?!
—Cinder, livid at Jaune wounding her pride
You're just a failure with a death wish.
—Cinder, to Jaune

Vault of the Spring Maiden

Are you nervous, girl? The first Maiden in - why, I'm not sure anyone knows how many years - is about to open a vault. I would say it's quite an exciting time. Don't you feel honored?
—Cinder, to Vernal
It's nothing personal, dear. You're just not worthy of such power. But I am... So I will take... what is mine...
—Cinder, to Vernal
Wha- what is this? Where's the power?!
—Cinder, after finding out Vernal's not the Spring Maiden


Vernal was a decoy this whole time. The last Spring Maiden must have trusted you a great deal before she died. I bet that was a mistake.
—Cinder to Raven before they fight
Look who's talking.
—Cinder to Raven, after Raven says Cinder became a monster for power
Shut up!
—Cinder's last words before Raven sends her into an abyss

Volume 6


I'm looking for these travelers.
—Cinder, to Lil' Miss Malachite about Teams RWBY and JNR

The Coming Storm

Do you have my information?
—Cinder, to Lil' Miss
Wait... Neo?
—Cinder, when confronting Neo
Hmph, nice trick. You've gotten stronger... So have I.
—Cinder, to Neo
I don't have time for your misplaced blame, girl. I didn't kill your boss. If you want revenge, take it up with "Little Red".
—Cinder, to Neo
You're not the only one with a grudge against Ruby!
—Cinder, to Neo
Listen! We both want that girl dead. So quit wasting your time fighting me and let's discuss how we kill her together.
—Cinder, to Neo

The Grimm Reaper

Now you understand. I've got to get the Relic before it can be secured in Atlas. It's the only way that Salem... It's the only way we can accomplish our goal.
—Cinder, to Neo
You're not the only one who wants Ruby dead. But unfortunately, Salem does not feel the same way...
—Cinder, to Neo
I've been... instructed not to kill her... But you... You have no such orders. You can do as you please.
—Cinder, to Neo
Help me get to Atlas, help me find her... and the rest is up to you.
—Cinder, to Neo

Our Way

It should get us to Solitas. After that, you might want to try materializing yourself some snow boots.
—Cinder, to Neo
You know, Neo, someone once asked me if I believed in destiny. And I'm happy to say I still do.
—Cinder, to Neo about believing in destiny

Volume 7

As Above, So Below

Huh. You're back early. Tell me you found what we've been looking for.
—Cinder, to Neo after she returned from the Schnee Manor

Out in the Open

You said the farm boy has the Lamp? Find him, take it.
—Cinder, to Neo
Ironwood's been hiding the Winter Maiden for years. Tonight I'm going to find her.
—Cinder, to Neo

The Enemy of Trust

You Atlas elites are all the same! You think hoarding power means you'll have it forever, but it just makes the rest of us hungrier. And I refuse to starve.
—Cinder, to Winter Schnee
I have come too far to be stopped by some toy!
—Cinder, to Penny Polendina

Volume 8


And according to radio chatter, that same general and his forces outsmarted you. A shame Watts never made it back.
—Cinder, to Tyrian
Without you, I am nothing.
—Cinder, to Salem


We're just sitting and waiting. Without the Maiden power, the vault means nothing. Let me claim it for you.
—Cinder, to Salem
Yes, yes, of course. Without you, I am nothing.
—Cinder repeats her mantra to Salem
Salem doesn't know those children like I do. They wouldn't just abandon their misguided attempt to save the world.


I was hoping your friends would be here. But it looks like they left you to do all the work.
—Cinder to Penny
I don't serve anyone. And you wouldn't either, if you weren't built that way.
—Cinder to Penny


Without you, I am nothing.
—Cinder to the Madame, the origin of her mantra
You're right. Without you I am nothing. But because of you, I am everything.
—Cinder's resolve
I won't have to run now.
—A broken Cinder to Rhodes


You know, this may be the first time I've ever been happy to see you.
—Cinder, to Watts
It's my turn to ask for something.
—Cinder, to Watts


Salem isn't here right now, but I think we can still come up with a plan while she's pulling herself together. First, I'm going to watch you plummet to an unremarkable end. And then I'm going to burn a path directly to the Vault where I will wait to tear that magical puppet to pieces. And take... what is mine.
—Cinder, to Watts


Your little friend Oscar was right, but the easy part ends here. "How'd you know about that?"
—Cinder, mocking Team RWBY over her knowledge of their plan
I know I haven't upheld my end of the bargain. I'm... sorry. I will get you Ruby Rose, today. But to do that, I need to ask the Lamp a question.
—Cinder, apologizing to and negotiating with Neo
What have Ruby and her teammates planned?
—Cinder, asking Jinn her final question
You tore this kingdom apart with nothing but your intellect. How about we finish what you started?
—Cinder, to Watts
You deserve this, Arthur. We'll be back.
—Cinder, farewelling Watts in Central Command
I knew your plan would be bold, but I never could have predicted all of this... At least, not without a little help from Jinn. I suppose I have all of you to thank for one last lesson. Sometimes, if you want to win... you simply can't do it alone.
—Cinder, to Team RWBY before Neo charges toward Ruby

The Final Word

I want it all.
—Cinder, to Penny
You should have never threatened me. And you… should have never been born.
—Cinder, before sending Ruby and Neo falling into the void
It figures that a Schnee would be the last one standing, letting all her friends die first.
—Cinder, facing the last remaining member of Team RWBY
Where did it go?!
—Cinder, to Jaune after he killed Penny
I… I failed you again, master. They used the Staff to save thousands. Before our allies fell, Neopolitan… killed Ruby. And before Ruby and her teammates fell, they used the Lamp’s final question. I couldn’t stop them! I couldn’t even stop the Maiden from escaping without putting the Relics in jeopardy… I’m… I’m sorry…
—Cinder, lying to a reformed Salem
I merely added more flames to the fires of Atlas.
—Cinder, to Salem when asked what she used the Relic of Creation for
And that's checkmate.
—Cinder, to a defeated James Ironwood before taking off with Salem

RWBY: The Official Manga

Chapter 8

Now then... shall we discuss the plan?
—Cinder, to Roman about their next plan

Chapter 12

A fortress standing tall in the name of a false peace. Can you hear it, Ozpin? The sound of your lies, falling to pieces.
—Cinder, talking to herself about Ozpin

Chapter 14

You did well to find me here. Were you expecting someone else? Maybe some romance?
—Cinder, to Ruby
Unlike Roman... I'm no fan of big todos. But you caught me red-handed. You're the only one who knows I'm here. The only witness who needs snuffing out.
—Cinder, to Ruby, thinking about killing her

About Cinder

...and a Fall Maiden with a surname so appropriate she probably picked it herself. Something tells me you've got more than a slight case of egomania.
—Raven, to Cinder
What is wrong with you? How can you be so broken inside... to take so many lives, and then come here and rub it in our faces like it's something to be proud of?! All with that damn smile on your face!
—Jaune, to Cinder
Aura can't protect your arm, it's Grimm. You turned yourself into a monster just for power.
—Raven, commenting about Cinder's grafted left arm
It's not over! Cinder will come back, she'll have the Relic, and she'll stop all of you! She won't let us down.
—Emerald, to everyone about Cinder
I want you to understand why Cinder must be left to toil in her isolation until she redeems herself.
—Salem to her group about Cinder's defeat in "So That's How It Is"
You said the light only reacts to Grimm, but... I used it during our battle at Haven. It reacted to Cinder.
—Ruby, to Maria on how Ruby's Silver Eyes affected Cinder in "Dead End"
"I just... Cinder was the only family I ever had. She cared about me, taught me things... But without her here, I don't know if what we're doing--."

"Wake up, already... Cinder doesn't care about you! She doesn't care about either of us!"

—Emerald and Mercury about Cinder in "Lost"
You… are going to pay… for everything you've done!
—Winter, swearing vengeance on Cinder in "The Final Word"

RWBY: Amity Arena

Nobody knows Cinder's last name or what she spends most of her time doing while holed up in the temporary dorms set up for visiting Haven Students. But there's no way she'd be planning anything nefarious in there right?

"You know, your abs look GREAT today."

- Cinder Stalls"
RWBY: Amity Arena
Cinder Fall... the ambitious villainess, has done the impossible. She has stolen the power of a Maiden, defeated Beacon's Ozpin, and turned Atlas weaponry against itself. A near unstoppable force, Cinder is now something more than human... And simultaneously... something less. Midnight struck one last time that night, Never to be seen again. The clock forever stopped in the waltz with Fire, Turned to ashes in Scorching Caress. "Who are you again?" -Cinder
RWBY: Amity Arena

Knights Chronicle X RWBY

Cinder is hungry for power and disdains those weaker than herself. Jealous of those with natural talents, Cinder has crossed every line to acquire the power of the Fall Maiden and shows no hesitation before acting ruthlessly. In addition to wielding Maiden magic, her primary weapon is Midnight, a pair of swords made from obsidian glass.
RWBY/Justice League
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