Kali Belladonna is Blake Belladonna's mother and the wife of Ghira Belladonna, the chieftain of Menagerie. She makes her first appearance in "Menagerie" answering the door to her home and giving her daughter an embrace.
As a cat Faunus with black hair and yellow eyes, Kali shares several physical features with her daughter, although her ears are noticeably larger in size and have more fur details. She has short hair and three gold piercings on her cat ears - two on her right, and one on her left. She wears a black hakama and sandals with white tabi socks. Over her outfit, she wears a black shrug with a long right sleeve and a short left sleeve, gold-leaf trim adorning the opening on the front. She wears long, black arm warmers that extend to the middle finger. The left warmer has a purple band tied around the top and a pair of gold bangles around the wrist. Around her waist is a black and gold sash that trails behind her, with a gold flower-shaped buckle at the end.
Kali is a kind, friendly woman who loves her husband and daughter deeply. She is shown to be a very supportive mother toward Blake. She is also very compassionate, expressing distress towards the attack on Vale despite the flaws that she attributes to the city. Kali enjoys socializing, as suggested in "A Much Needed Talk" when she contrasts Blake's quiet nature to Sun Wukong's sociability, the latter of whom she wants to hear more about Team RWBY from.
As shown in "Alone Together", Kali can be quite bold and fearless, shooting at White Fang members and angrily yelling at them to leave her house.
Also similar to her daughter, Kali also seems to have a great love for eating fish, with tuna being her favorite kind.
Powers and Abilities
In "Alone Together", she is shown to be capable of firing a gun. In "True Colors", she is also shown to be strong enough to knock Yuma unconscious using a tray.
- Kali's name might be a reference to the Hindu goddess Kali, who destroys evil to protect the innocent.
- She could also have an allusion to Raksha, the kind mother wolf who adopted the "man-cub" Mowgli from Rudyard Kipling's "The Jungle Book".
- Kali is Sanskrit for "black".
- Bella donna means "fair lady" or "beautiful woman" in Italian, and is also the name of a toxic plant, commonly known as deadly nightshade. The plant commonly bears poisonous black berries, which lends to Kali's black color theme.