- 1 Affiliations
- 2 Stepfamily
- 3 Cinder's Faction
- 4 Salem's Inner Circle
- 5 White Fang
- 6 Team RWBY
- 7 Team JNPR
- 8 Ozpin's Group
- 9 Ironwood's Group
- 10 Others
- 11 References
Affiliations[edit | edit source]
Cinder originally lead a group of five individuals consisting of herself, Roman Torchwick, Emerald Sustrai, Mercury Black and Neopolitan. The ultimate goal of this group was to aid Cinder in completing Salem's orders as a part of her group. They are responsible for many crimes committed throughout Vale. The faction has shrunken following Roman's death at the hands of a Griffon and Mercury's promotion to Salem's Inner Circle, leaving the members down to Cinder, Emerald, and Neopolitan.
Cinder is a member of Salem's group. She carries out the group's plan to destroy Beacon Academy, and she also greatly limits communication by destroying Beacon's Cross Continental Transmit System tower.
Stepfamily[edit | edit source]
When Cinder was young, she was adopted by a rich business owner in Atlas as her stepdaughter and brought her into her home and business, The Glass Unicorn. However despite having taken her in, it was apparent that the Madame never truly cared for Cinder and only saw her as free labor.
During her time raising Cinder, the Madame took open pleasure in torturing Cinder by using the shock collar she forced her to wear whenever Cinder made a mistake in her eyes. She also doubled her abuse to Cinder by forcing her to say the phrase, "Without you, I am Nothing" to demoralize her from fighting back.
Cinder in turn, absolutely despised her stepmother and developed a deep grudge against her for her abuse that slowly became murderous as it continued.
This eventually lead to Cinder meeting Rhodes, who told her that hurting them would not better her life in the least and only worsen it and temporarily made Cinder stop wanting to hurt them and instead bid her time and train with him in secret to become a Huntress and turn old enough to no longer need her approval for anything.
However despite being taught a different way to deal with her problem, it became apparent that Cinder's grudge against her never disappeared and only grew as the years went by. This eventually culminated in Cinder personally killing the Madame and her two daughters after they found out about her weapon.
After killing her stepsisters, Cinder personally made a point of slowly killing the Madame with her bare hands by choking her and finally snapping her neck.
As seen from Cinder's current behavior, its been shown that the Madam's negative influence is still abundant within Cinder's mind due to her abuse. This is mostly seen by her taken up several of the Madam's traits into her own behavior and personality, most notably with her relationship with Emerald Sustrai.
After their mother adopted and took in the young orphaned Cinder from her children's home in Mistral, Cinder was introduced to her two new stepsisters after she was brought into their business of the Glass Unicorn.
Despite being the same age as them and her being their new stepsister, it became apparent the two girls cared absolutely nothing for the young girl and only saw her as nothing more than a servant or a sources of petty amusement for their cruelty. This is seen during Cinder's time growing up under them, where the two girls made a point of constantly bullying, and taking pleasure at Cinder's misery and struggles.
Due to this abuse, its been shown that Cinder hated her stepsisters and developed a deep grudge against them. Later it was also shown that the two also enjoyed tattling to their mother about Cinder's mistakes or blunders in order to get her into trouble. This is seen when they immediately reported to her about Cinder's newly obtained weapon after finding it in her room.
Eventually this became the last straw for Cinder, who then proceeded to murder the two of them and proceeded to slowly choke their mother to death before finally snapping her neck in revenge for all their abuse inflicted on her.
Cinder's Faction[edit | edit source]
Emerald is one of Cinder's subordinates. Cinder has been shown to have direct control over her. When scolded by Cinder, Emerald becomes sad and submissive, calling her "ma'am". Despite her normally condescending attitude towards Emerald, Cinder appears to view her and Mercury as her teammates, always referring to their trio as "we", and never excludes them. Emerald eagerly obeys Cinder and does whatever she is asked by her, holding a strong amount of respect for her leader. It is revealed in "Beginning of the End" that Emerald was the first member of her faction that Cinder sought out, recruiting her to her cause while Emerald was in the process of a robbery.
After Cinder is severely wounded by Ruby Rose, she becomes reliant on Emerald to communicate with others for her, to the point that, when asked questions, her automatic response is to signal for Emerald, as shown in "Of Runaways and Stowaways." Emerald places a great deal of trust in Cinder's power, and is left emotionally devastated when she does not return from the vault in "Haven's Fate."
Later as revealed by her during her fight and argument with Mercury, Emerald truly believes that Cinder cares and loves her and considers her to be her only true family. And without Cinder's presence to reassure her, Emerald has now begun actively questioning her position as one of Salem's accomplices in her plans to wage war with the world.
Upon hearing of Mercury's spiteful revelation that Cinder truly does not care for her, Emerald was seen to take immense anger and rejection on Mercury's analysis and ended up fighting with him due to her refusing to believe him.
In "Divide", Cinder and Emerald are reunited. However, while Emerald looks happy to see Cinder and attempts to get close to her, Cinder orders her to be quiet. Salem refers to Emerald as one of Cinder's assets, which she does not refute.
In "Fault", Despite Cinder's degrading tone of voice during their reunion, Emerald still retains her strong loyalty and devotion to Cinder, as seen where she immediately jumped on the opportunity to help her when she began making plans to check on Amity Communications Tower behind Salem's back and against her direct orders. Compared to Neo showing resistance and difficulty in following her orders, Emerald assured Cinder that she could help her because she had been training herself to improve her Semblance even promised to tell no one of where they were going.
Cinder in turn, aware that she needed assistance, agreed to having her accompany her to Amity Tower, albeit begrudgingly.
In "Midnight", after waking up from being treated by Emerald, Cinder questions Emerald why she brought her back to Monstra. Once Emerald argues she was treating her injuries, Cinder laments that they failed. When Mercury enters the room and tells Emerald that Cinder does not care for her, her eyes flare up and she tells them both to get out.
Mercury is one of Cinder's associates. Like Emerald, Cinder has Mercury under her direct control and scolds him whenever he displeases her. However, their relationship is more mutual in comparison. Mercury holds Cinder in high regard, placing a lot of confidence in her and doing everything she asks of him. It is revealed in "Beginning of the End" that when Cinder met Mercury, the latter had killed his father, an assassin who Cinder had initially intended to recruit. As a result, she ended up inviting Mercury instead, despite Emerald's protests that they did not need him. For his part, Mercury recognizes that Cinder does not truly care for him.
After his promotion in "Midnight", Mercury openly tells Emerald that Cinder does not care for her in front of his former leader. Later when Cinder attempts to order him around, Mercury boasts he doesn't to take orders from Cinder anymore and that he now directly answers to Salem, causing Cinder to hesitate and look down in defeat.
Cinder was one of Roman's associates, assisting him in the escape stage of the failed robbery of From Dust Till Dawn by flying the Bullhead and later assaulting Ruby and Glynda Goodwitch in a brief, but fierce battle.
However, it was shown during her second appearance in "Black and White" that Roman was working under Cinder's command and was actually afraid of her. Roman had stated that he only worked with her because he did not believe she can lose.
In "The Coming Storm", Cinder denied responsibility for Roman's death and was not above using his death to manipulate his former partner in crime, Neo, to help her in her efforts to claim the Relic of Knowledge, get revenge against Ruby and kill her against Salem's orders and act as her accomplice now that she was cut off from her servants and Salem's support.
Neo is part of Cinder's team during the Vytal Festival tournament along with Mercury and Emerald. They are an effective team in combat. They work together in "Beginning of the End" to get Mercury out of the Amity Colosseum.
In "The Coming Storm", Cinder is attacked by Neo, who blames her for Roman's death. However, as they fight, Cinder manages to convince her that Ruby is the one responsible and then invites the girl to work with her to kill Ruby. In "The Grimm Reaper", Cinder offers to allow Neo to kill Ruby, as she is under orders to let the Silver-Eyed Warrior live, a deal which Neo accepts.
In "Out in the Open", Neo had a mild amount of irritation towards Cinder, due to her having to complete jobs not immediately aligned with her goal of killing Ruby. Neo displays this by rolling her eyes at Cinder and even briefly refusing when she is ordered to prioritize obtaining the Lamp and finding the Winter Maiden.
In "The Enemy of Trust", Neo again displays her frustration when Cinder nonchalantly took the Lamp without thanking or acknowledging Neo's success or efforts in retrieving it.
When Cinder and Neo arrive at Monstra in "Divide", the former takes credit for stealing the Relic of Knowledge for her own benefit to appease Salem, and later calls her an asset without first asking Neo about her own opinion, causing her to begin having doubts about her continued partnership with Cinder.
In "Fault", Neo shows active displeasure with Cinder and now refuses her orders, such as when she initially refused to accompany her to go to Amity Communications Tower, causing Cinder to frustratingly glare at her and later allow Emerald to accompany her as well.
Salem's Inner Circle[edit | edit source]
Salem[edit | edit source]
Cinder is one of Salem's subordinates. She is heard speaking to an unidentified individual in "Beginning of the End"; most likely Salem. The mysterious glove that Cinder uses to steal Amber's power in "Beginning of the End" bears Salem's emblem. Cinder is loyal to Salem through the promise of the Maidens' powers and god-like abilities, feeling as though they are owed to her.
After the Fall of Beacon, Salem states that Cinder is a key part of their plans due to her status as the Fall Maiden and holds her in high regard for her successes against Ozpin and Beacon.
Cinder sees Salem as powerful and has molded her personality off her. The way Salem treats Cinder in "Fault" is nearly identical to the way Cinder treats Roman and Emerald in Vale.
Salem functions not only as Cinder's superior but also as her trainer. She puts Cinder through "treatment" that causes pain and holds her to a high standard when overseeing her training against several Grimm. Eventually, Cinder masters her power and uses it with no hesitation, much to Salem's delight.
Cinder is not above questioning some of Salem's decisions. In "Dread in the Air", when given the freedom to speak her mind, she questions why they are planning to work with bandits and to capture Ruby alive, believing they are already strong enough to take what they want by force. Salem tells her not to underestimate the usefulness of others. Despite Cinder questioning Salem she also is shown to respect her immensely, bowing to her after Salem warned her to be aware of Ruby Rose's powers.
In "The Coming Storm" and "The Grimm Reaper", Cinder to an extent still shows loyalty to Salem despite wanting revenge on Ruby Rose, but due to Salem's command, she decided to arrange for Neo to kill her in order to avoid possible consequences or end up like Lionheart.
During the events of "Divide", Cinder's relationship with Salem is further highlighted. It is shown that while Salem appreciates Cinder for her abilities, she none the less considers Cinder as nothing more than a piece in her chessboard and places her at only a slightly higher value than a "pawn". She also makes sure to reinforce the hierarchy between them when Cinder becomes too ambitious, as seen where she made it clear that she was to only act when Salem orders her too when she began making plans to mount another attempt to steal the power of the Winter Maiden without gaining Salem's approval first.
Cinder in turn is aware of the difference in power between them and knows not to show her usual prideful demeanor in front of her. Instead, she is shown to be completely submissive to her after successfully returning to her side and making up for her previous failures and deferred to Salem's orders and decisions despite her own opinion.
In "Fault", despite being submissive to Salem, Cinder is willing to go behind her back to search for the Winter Maiden powers after she was ordered to stay put.
In "Amity", Cinder proclaims that she does not serve anyone after Penny questions why she serves Salem.
In "Midnight", after her return to Monstra, Salem tortures Cinder in front of the entirety of her inner circle, using Cinder's Shadow Hand to inflict pain to its host, which sparks memories of Cinder's abusive past. Salem decides to change her methods to instead lift Cinder up.
Although allies, Cinder and Watts appear to have a rough relationship. Watts mercilessly mocks her for losing to Ruby, even calling her pathetic due to her injuries. Watts takes special pleasure in tormenting and angering Cinder because of her inability to talk back, but judging from some of his comments, Watts and Cinder also had a preexisting enmity before she lost her voice. Said enmity is further shown in "A Perfect Storm", when Cinder suggests deviating from the original objective in solely obtaining the Spring Maiden, inciting Watts in the process, though she burns his hand in response to him trying to overrule her.
In "Midnight", Cinder has now been ordered by Salem to go and rescue Watts from his imprisonment within Atlas and have him help her go after the Winter Maiden. When she does so in "Dark", she smugly prevents him from talking and claims it's her turn to ask him for something.
In "The Next Step", Cinder appears to dislike Tyrian, who continuously mocks her for losing an eye to Ruby. He takes it upon himself to take one of Ruby's eyes in exchange, but this only seems to make Cinder uncomfortable.
In "Taking Control", Tyrian is not at all embarrassed to show his grief or his sadism in front of Cinder when he vents by maniacally butchering a Beowolf. Cinder, however, is visibly horrified by his behavior.
In "Divide", the two have a short argument, where Tyrian taunts Cinder for her failures and she views him in equally low regard, bringing up how she had heard of his capture. Tyrian regards Watts' capture as a necessary sacrifice, and turns to taunt Neo in that she may turn out the same.
Cinder and Hazel are associates in Salem's inner circle. His only acknowledgment of her so far is to be unimpressed at her losing against a novice Silver-Eyed Warrior. In his comment, he refers to her as "one of us", which establishes he thinks of her as a peer. The two later work together to participate in the Battle of Haven, but Hazel shows no outward reaction when she does not return from the Vault.
White Fang[edit | edit source]
Cinder approached Adam before his attack on the Schnee Dust cargo, proposing to include him and his White Fang soldiers in a part in her plan. He was at first repulsed by the idea of aiding a human cause, but Cinder later returned with a briefcase of money and another of Dust, also having defeated the soldiers at the White Fang camp. Adam realized that the alternative to accepting her offer is death, so he accepted.
In the episode "Breach", Adam said he could convince the White Fang to continue to follow Cinder's plan after the loss of members on the train in "No Brakes".
Team RWBY[edit | edit source]
Cinder first met Ruby indirectly during a foiled Dust robbery, where she briefly fought Ruby. The two meet again during the second semester, where an undercover Cinder claims she is visiting from Haven, alongside Emerald and Mercury. Ruby remains completely unaware, however, Cinder appears to recognize her. The two fight again during the Beacon Dance at the Cross Continental Transmit System, but Cinder retreats and keeps her identity hidden.
In "End of the Beginning", Cinder kills Pyrrha in front of Ruby, which causes the latter to scream in anguish and release her hidden powers with a bright light. Cinder is caught off guard and is enveloped in the light.
In "The Next Step", the results of Ruby's powers have left Cinder scarred, missing an eye, and almost unable to speak. Cinder harbors a grudge against Ruby, having specifically asked for something to be done about her during her meeting with her allies. In "No Safe Haven", Emerald creates a hallucination of Ruby in a submissive state for Cinder to burn alive.
In "Dread in the Air", Cinder asks Watts if Ruby is with Qrow which he confirms. She later informs Salem that she doesn't understand why she wants Ruby alive.
In "A Perfect Storm", Cinder agrees to Raven's terms so she can obtain the Relic and deal with Ruby in one night.
In "The More the Merrier", Cinder ambushes Ruby with a fireball attack through Raven Branwen's portal. Later, during her fight with Jaune Arc, she is brought to her knees in pain by Ruby's power. In "Vault of the Spring Maiden", Cinder orders Lionheart to make sure that Ruby is kept alive while she heads for the vault.
In "Uncovered", Cinder still holds a grudge against Ruby, as she decided to go after the girl and her friends instead of returning to Salem. In "The Coming Storm", it is revealed that Cinder is going against Salem's orders to bring Ruby to her alive by plotting to kill her.
Following her arrival in Atlas, Cinder began to re-prioritize her goals, choosing to classify killing Ruby as a "want", rather than a "need", such as obtaining the Relics or Maiden powers. As a result, she elects to wait to hunt down Ruby later on. In "The Enemy of Trust", she is shown to be outright afraid of Ruby, quickly running from the Atlas Medical Facility due to again being exposed to her Silver Eyes. She later angrily vented her frustrations as she clutched her Grimm arm at the city of Atlas due to being denied the power of another Maiden and Ruby's interference once again.
Though the two have never had any form of full interaction, in "The More the Merrier", Cinder had no hesitation in throwing a spear at the Aura-less Weiss, incapacitating her, following her fight with Vernal. Cinder showed to having enjoyed her act, sadistically smiling before and after it.
Team JNPR[edit | edit source]
Although she had met him once after she became the Fall Maiden, when they meet again in "The More the Merrier", after Jaune angrily expressed his hatred for contempt for her actions and the apparent happiness and glee at the hundreds, perhaps thousands of lives she either killed or ruined directly or indirectly and him promising revenge against her, Cinder expressed no clue on who he is, further enraging him and causing him to attack her recklessly. During their fight, she constantly taunts Jaune and takes full pleasure in seeing his erratic, pained emotions as she slowly began remembering him and referring to him as the "dense one", but later becomes enraged at him for almost wounding her.
After defeating Jaune, Cinder mocks him for considering the life of his friends as more valuable than his own and sadistically makes him watch as she impales Weiss with a flaming javelin.
Although they have never been seen interacting in Volume 2, it is clear that Cinder has some unknown plans for her, telling Emerald to add her to "the list". Also, Cinder seems to be impressed by Pyrrha's Semblance.
In "End of the Beginning", Cinder fights Pyrrha in Beacon Tower. Although her opponent put up a valiant fight, Cinder ultimately defeats her by shooting an arrow at Pyrrha's heel. She taunts her fallen foe, saying that the Fall Maiden's power never belonged to her, and she confirms that she believes in destiny. Cinder ends Pyrrha's life by shooting an arrow to her chest and subsequently disintegrating her.
As revealed in The World of RWBY: The Official Companion, Cinder had purposefully disintegrated Pyrrha rather then letting her die slowly from her arrow wound, showing Cinder giving a level of mercy at her defeated opponent.
In "Our Way", Cinder quotes Pyrrha's last words to Neo to prove that she still believes in destiny.
Ozpin's Group[edit | edit source]
Ozpin[edit | edit source]
In "Heroes and Monsters", Ozpin and Cinder finally see each other face to face. Cinder expresses her disdain for Ozpin by saying that Salem was right about his arrogance. They fight each other in "End of the Beginning", resulting in Ozpin's apparent death. This leads Cinder to report him as dead to the rest of Salem's faction.
In "Vault of the Spring Maiden", Cinder is shocked to see Ozpin before her once again. His presence gives her pause, though she manages to focus on her mission nonetheless.
In "It's Brawl in the Family", It is clear that Cinder knows of Qrow's threat to her plot, but she suggests they do not change their plans after Mercury spots him at Beacon. Qrow previously interfered when Cinder stole Amber's power, only leaving with half of it.
In "PvP", after rigging the battle match-up of Pyrrha and Penny Polendina and setting up Penny's death, Cinder gives a public proclamation to cause mass hysteria in Vale, during which she targets Ironwood by proclaiming him to be "audacious enough" to be both the General and Headmaster. Later during the Battle of Beacon, Cinder's planted virus infected all of Ironwood's systems, turning all of his drones soldiers to attack Huntsman and innocent civilians, harming both Ironwood's and Atlas' reputation and painting them as ones of those responsible for the attack.
In "Out of the Open", she proclaims him as easy to predict, correctly guessing that by simply scaring him, he would immediately scramble to protect the Winter Maiden and send someone to her, thus making it much easier for Cinder to locate the Maiden herself.
Although their exact relationship was unknown, due to her position as a member of Salem's Inner Circle, Cinder orders Lionheart around as her subordinate. It was with his help that Cinder and her team gained entrance to the Vytal Festival by posing as students from Haven Academy. In "The More the Merrier", she reveals the full extent of his betrayal to Ozpin and his former comrades.
Ironwood's Group[edit | edit source]
Cinder sees Winter in low regard, accusing her of being a puppet to Ironwood. In their fight, Cinder begins to rant at Winter, fully showing her contempt for the Atlas specialist and deeming her to be no better than the other selfish, self-centered and greedy Atlas elites who believe that as long as they have all the power they could keep it forever. Violently attacking her, Cinder states her refusal to "starve".
During their fight and Cinder's subsequent attempt to obtain the power of the Winter Maiden from the dying Fria, Winter manages to slash off Cinder's Shadow Hand right before she could reach the elderly Maiden, causing Cinder intense pain and sending her into a violent rage against Winter after regrowing her limb, eventually rendering her incapable of defending herself as Cinder prepares to stab her to death. However, before Cinder could finish her off, she was stopped by the recently ascended Penny and later forced to retreat by Ruby's arrival.
As revealed in "Midnight", Cinder's immediate hatred and contempt for Winter may be due to her previous abuse and maltreatment by her Atlesian High Class adoptive "family" during her childhood and her suffering while working in the Glass Unicorn in Atlas.
During the events of the Vytal Tournament, Cinder managed to obtain Penny's blueprints and schematics and later used this information during her public international proclamation to the world, as seen where she rigged her battle against Pyrrha in order to engineer her death and reveal her nature to the world.
In "The Enemy of Trust", Cinder battles against Penny who prevents her from going after the Winter Maiden. Cinder reinforces her low view of Penny, referring to her as Ironwood's puppet. She claims it's unfortunate that Penny's "death" was only temporary and later proceeded to threaten her to step aside or she destroy her.
In "Divide", Cinder refuses to refer to Penny by name and still considers her an "it". Later Cinder attempted to go after her for the Maiden powers but was stopped by Salem.
In "Amity", Cinder still retains her view of Penny as nothing more than a puppet. She tries to manipulate Penny by implying that Ruby and Pietro saw her as nothing more than a tool and that she was being used.
Others[edit | edit source]
Cinder first met Rhodes in her childhood after she noticed his weapons and later stole them. He finds her with them, however due to having noticed her around the Glass Unicorn and the obvious abuse the Madame and her two daughters inflicts on the young girl, instead offers to train her to becoming a Huntress to win her her freedom over turning her over to her stepfamily for the theft. Cinder became close to Rhodes due to the kindness he showed her compared to the abuse she suffered under her stepmother and sisters and became the first and perhaps only person that Cinder came to truly and genuinely care for.
As shown during their time training together, Rhodes himself became close to Cinder and has implied that he himself began to see and care for her as something akin to a daughter and despite Cinder's just hatred and contempt for her stepfamily, Rhodes non the less attempted to be a positive influence in the young girl and tried to show her a better path to life.
When Rhodes saw Cinder kill both her stepmother and stepsisters, she became furious with him for wanting to turn her over for her crimes and ends up killing him. However despite this he bore no personal hatred towards her for her actions and before passing, gave her one last supportive look and a pat in the head before dying.
Cinder, her faction, and Watts are sent to obtain the Spring Maiden from Raven. Though when Raven adds her own stipulations, Cinder sees the wisdom in her proposal and agrees to her terms.
Once they travel to the Haven Vault, Cinder deems Raven overrated and freezes her in place. Though after she fails to obtain the Maiden powers from Vernal, she turns to see that Raven herself was the Maiden.
Cinder acidly remarks how the last Spring Maiden must've trusted Raven a "great deal", citing it as a mistake. The pair soon fights and during the battle, Raven calls her out for turning herself into "a monster, just for power". Though Cinder vehemently rebukes her, showing she sees Raven as no different.
Though after the intense battle, Cinder is shown to be on the losing end. She then blocks a final effort from Vernal, only to be blindsided by Raven and sent falling into the abyss.
In "Uncovered", Cinder approaches Lil' Miss at her bar and manages to get past the bodyguards with a bag full of Lien. At first, Cinder seems unimpressed with the gangster but is then surprised that she has a whole syndicate of gangsters working on her behalf. Lil' Miss advises Cinder that "the world needs spiders", in reference to that killing her enemies isn't always the best immediate choice. In "The Coming Storm", Cinder is surprised when Lil' Miss knows who she is, thanks to Neo and later expressed annoyance upon learning that she had sold her out to her.
References[edit | edit source]