Volume 2Edit

Welcome to BeaconEdit

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 TripEdit

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 GlennEdit

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 3Edit

It's Brawl in the FamilyEdit

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 MonstersEdit

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 4Edit


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

Tipping PointEdit

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

Taking ControlEdit

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

Volume 7 Edit

The Greatest Kingdom Edit

Many have described these as uncertain times. And while that may be the case for the rest of the world, I can tell you what is certain: the Kingdom of Atlas will remain strong... and it will remain safe. That is my promise.
—General Ironwood, reaffirming his promise to the people of Atlas over the Atlas Broadcast System

A New Approach Edit

Until now, I believed it was impossible to truly turn the tide against Salem. Oz has pushed her back, has kept victory out of her claws, but she will keep returning stronger and stronger… unless we destroy her.
—General Ironwood, to everyone
I needed to ensure Salem couldn’t infiltrate Atlas. And I wanted my military here, protecting my people.
—General Ironwood, about his reason to everyone
Ozpin believed the best way to fight Salem was to do so in secret. Whether that was the right choice or not isn’t for me to say. But we find ourselves in a position of needing, well, a new approach.
—General Ironwood, to everyone

RWBY: The Official MangaEdit

Chapter 9Edit

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 IronwoodEdit

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.
General Ironwood.... he looks.... tired.
—Yang and Ruby, about Ironwood's appearance on the Atlas Broadcast System
James... what have you been doing?
—Qrow Branwen, questioning Ironwood's activities and motives following the Fall of Beacon
James was no different. I couldn’t tell you exactly what it was he saw there, but it changed him. He’s…
Pietro Polendina, talking about Ironwood
He's scared.
—Qrow, about Ironwood
Paranoid would be the more appropriate term.
—Pietro, about Ironwood
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