- The Tin Man was also a woodcutter, creating a connection with the latter part of his surname.
- In "Never Miss a Beat", Qrow Branwen references Ironwood's allusion by saying "Sometimes, I'm not sure he even has a heart." In The Wonderful Wizard of Oz, the Tin Man went to the wizard because he felt that he lacked a heart.
- Half of Ironwood's body is made of metal, and the Tin Man has a body made of metal.
- In "Unforeseen Complications", Vernal refers to Ironwood's army as his "little troops and tin cans."
There are no visible differences in appearance between the show and concept art versions of the following appearances.
- According to Monty Oum, Ironwood was mostly conceived of by Miles Luna and Kerry Shawcross.
- After Volume 3, Rooster Teeth changed animation software from Poser Pro 2013 to Autodesk Maya. With this change, the animation department also made all new models for RWBY. The James Ironwood model was given shorter arms.