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May is a fair-skinned woman with medium blue hair, a long butt length ponytail wrapped in white bandage-like fabric, and yellow eyes. She wears a dusty brown coat with a small split in the rear, dark brown lapels with the Happy Huntress' brooch emblem on the right lapel over a gray waistcoat and dark brown top. She also wears dark brown shorts alongside matching forearm length gloves.
May wears gray armor padding over her forearms and the backs of her hands. Alongside a pair of gray thigh socks and dark brown thigh-high boots and an orange scarf.
May has a direct and confrontational personality, being described as the "least happy" of the Happy Huntresses, and having a no-nonsense attitude. She appears to want to bring honor to the Marigold name.
May appears to show both distrust and utter disdain towards the military, being shown to have no qualms against adopting an aggressive attitude towards Atlesian personnel such as Marrow Amin. However, around the Happy Huntresses, May shows a more positive side to her personality, being supportive of Robyn's political aspirations and displaying loyalty towards her, to the point of being willing to use both legal and illegal means to accomplish her goals.
Prior to the start of the series, May attended and graduated as a top student from Atlas Academy. Rather than joining the military or staying in Atlas, she decided to help Robyn Hill pursue a career as a politician in Mantle, to prove she is cut from a different cloth than her cousin, Henry Marigold.
In "Sparks", while Robyn Hill and Fiona Thyme blocked a supplier route with a barricade in the tundras of Solitas, she had been waiting, concealing herself and Joanna Greenleaf with her semblance whilst waiting for the vehicle that Ruby Rose, Penny Polendina, Clover Ebi and Qrow Branwen were riding in in order to find out why large sources of Dust and building materials that were being transported to Amity Colosseum. After being detected by Penny, May revealed herself and Joanna on Robyn's orders. After a stand-off, the Happy Huntresses agreed to let them through, deciding they would find out why all the Dust and building materials are being transported to Amity, no matter what it took.
Later, May is present in Robyn's election party, where she argues with Marrow Amin over Ironwood sending the Ace Operatives to make sure nothing happens. Once Tyrian Callows murders the partygoers, framing Penny, May attacks the Atlesian Huntsmen. Following this, the Happy Huntresses take on vigilantism, hijacking supplies from the Amity Communications Tower for Mantle. May is seen using her Semblance to hide the hijacked trucks from view.
Powers and Abilities
May is a skilled fighter as one of Atlas Academies' top graduates. Through her Semblance, May is able to turn herself or a select area seemingly invisible from the outside, being capable of sneaking on others without being detected. May is adept at performing covert operations.
Her weapon is one of the Happy Huntress' standardized weapons; two bladed-crossbows connected by a staff.
- Main article: Semblance#May Marigold
May can create an area of space around her that makes everything inside invisible to the outside. May has showcased enough mastery over her semblance to allow her to easily render up to two people invisible and create a dome large enough to shield a entire cargo truck.
- On December 17th, 2019, a tweet from May's voice actress stated that she is the first onscreen transgender character in RWBY.
- The name "May" is another name for the hawthorn flower, which comes in various colors.
- Marigold is a yellow-orange flower.
- May likely alludes to Maid Marian, the love interest of the outlaw Robin Hood in English folklore.
- May was designed by lead concept artist Erin Winn.