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Manticores are large, lion-like flying Creatures of Grimm first encountered in the episode "Argus Limited" in RWBY Volume 6.

AppearanceEdit

Manticores have the body and head of a lion, wings of a predatory bird and the tail of a scorpion. They also have black fur and feathers, with white bone-like spines on their bodies, including a white lion skull and a large, crown-like mane of bone. A pair of bull horns also protrudes from their skulls.

Manticores in Solitas have parts of their skin frozen, including their fur and feathers, due to the extremely cold weather in the tundra, most notably having completely frozen over noses. They also appear to be slightly larger than the variant seen in Anima.

Manticores in DC's RWBY comics have a different appearance to the ones seen in the show, with spiked clubs on the ends of their tails instead of a stinger and lacking wings. This variant of the Manticore is also much bigger than the ones seen in "Argus Limited", dwarfing them. Both attributes come from the Manticore's original concept art.

HistoryEdit

In RWBY #3, Team RNJR faces off against a pride of giant, wingless Manticores in the Forest of Hinoki, defending a nearby village.

These flying creatures attacked a train in the icy parts of Anima. They were fought off by the combined efforts of Team RWBY, Qrow Branwen, Jaune Arc, Oscar Pine, Nora Valkyrie and Lie Ren.

More Manticores attacked Argus along with a group of Sphinxes, being fought by those same Huntsmen along with the local armed forces.

Powers and AbilitiesEdit

Manticores are quite agile for their size, flying fast enough to catch up with an express train and delivering quick blows with their claws. Along with clawing and biting, Manticores also use their large frames for flying tackles. Manticores can also sting prey with their venomous scorpion-like tails, and are capable of breathing fire, sharing the latter ability with the Sphinx.

TriviaEdit

  • Manticores are legendary creatures with the head of a human, body of a lion and the tail of a scorpion. Their Grimm counterpart differs from the traditional Manticore in many ways, as it lacks any human features, and has traits from birds of prey and bovines instead.
  • These creatures were designed by fan artist Aromie "Inkyou24" Kim, who first posted a concept of a manticore Grimm on Reddit and was then invited by the RWBY crew to develop it further for the actual show.[1] They later also designed the Centinels.
  • In the same episode they make their debut in, a group of them is commanded by a Sphinx. Both are feline based, have bird-like wings and are capable of shooting fireballs from their mouths.
  • Manticores in the RWBY DC Comics are larger, lack wings and some have a spiked mace tail. This design actually resembles Aromie Kim's original design more closely than the final design seen in the show.

ReferencesEdit

Minor Combatants
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