Volume 2

Welcome to Beacon

Oz, you and I both know why I brought those men.
—Ironwood, reassuring Ozpin about his military's presence
But ask yourself this: do you honestly believe your children can win a war?
—Ironwood, before leaving Ozpin's office

Field Trip

I have served you faithfully for years...but if you mean to tell me that your plan is to hold the defenses, and wait—
—Ironwood, questioning Ozpin

Mountain Glenn

I refuse to believe that a man that I've trusted for so long would act so... passively.
—Ironwood, to Glynda Goodwitch in regards to Ozpin


This is the right move, Ozpin. I promise, I will keep our people safe; you have to trust me.
—Ironwood, to Ozpin
I'm going to give you one chance. Who's really behind all this?
—Ironwood, to Roman Torchwick
The council's given me custody over you for as long as I see fit. So you can make yourself comfortable. I can be sure that you'll have plenty of time to talk.
—Ironwood, to Torchwick

Volume 3

It's Brawl in the Family

If you were one of my men, I would have you shot!
—Ironwood, to Qrow Branwen
Discreet wasn't working. I'm here because this is what was necessary.
—Ironwood, about the military presence in Vale
The people of Vale needed someone to protect them, someone who would act. When they look to the sky and see my fleet, they feel safe, and our enemies will feel our strength.


For the past few years, Atlas has been studying Aura from a more scientific standpoint- how it works, what it's made of, how it can be used. We've made... significant strides. And we believe we've found a way to capture it.

Heroes and Monsters

Someone's done the impossible and gained control of my machines. And that enormous Grimm seems to be fixated on the school. Glynda, form up the local Huntsmen and establish a safe zone here in Vale. We need to evacuate Beacon. Qrow, I'm leaving that to you and my men. I still need to get to my ship.

Volume 4


That is a load of garbage and you know it.
—calling Jacques Schnee out on his false altruism

Tipping Point

She's the only one making sense around here.
—Ironwood to the Trophy Wife, about Weiss Schnee

Taking Control

That's exactly what I'm doing. Our people need protection. By this time next week, the Kingdom of Atlas will be officially closing its borders. No one in; no one out. Without the council's permission.
—Ironwood threaten Jacques

RWBY: The Official Manga

Chapter 9

A question then, Oz. Are you prepared to send your students... To fight on the battlefield going forward?
—Ironwood questioned Ozpin about sending his students to war

About Ironwood

You're a good person, James. You've always done what you think is best for the people, even against strong protest. It's admirable. But it's high time you stopped talking about trust and started showing it.
—Glynda, to Ironwood in "Mountain Glenn"
His heart is in the right place. He's just... misguided.
—Ozpin, about Ironwood in "Never Miss a Beat"
Sometimes, I'm not even sure he has a heart.
—Qrow, about Ironwood in "Never Miss a Beat"
I suppose the council trusts him, for better or worse.
Jacques Schnee, in "Remembrance"
I trust him.
Weiss Schnee, responding to her father's bad faith
You've never trusted anyone other than yourself!
—Jacques Schnee, to Ironwood
I'm not sure what happened to James in Vale, but it seems to have only worsened some of his more unfortunate tendencies.
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