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Melanie, who is this girl?
—Miltiades, to Melanie Malachite about Yang Xiao Long

Miltiades "Miltia" Malachite[3] is a character introduced in the "Yellow" Trailer. She and her twin sister, Melanie Malachite, were seen working for Junior Xiong at his club, where they fight Yang Xiao Long. Miltia's weapons of choice are her claws. She is a member of Spider.

Appearance

Miltia is a teenage girl with short black bob style hair with a straight fringe and pale green eyes, highlighted by heavy red makeup. She wears a red strapless dress that is patterned with newspaper articles with the headings "A New York la pop art di Alborghetti", "Amity Arena", and "New York Fine Art".

Her dress has black and dark red lace layered tulle that hangs down more than the dress. She has an off-centred bow belt around her waist and wears a pair of red thigh-high boots with black heels and soles alongside white lace-up detail. Twin silver chains run round from the back of the boots connecting to layer armor plating on the front of her boots. She wears lacy black stockings that peek out over the top of her boots accompanied by black garter straps that supposedly connect to her underwear.

Miltia sports a pair of black fingerless forearm length gloves with red lining around the tips of the fingers. Her gloves sport a newspaper design similar to her dress running from the backs of her hands to her forearms with a light brown frill trim peeking out of the ends. Miltia's Weapon sits over her gloves.

Her accessories include a large long wing-like red feather and two short white feathers above her left ear and a short black fur shrug held by four beaded chains with a white gemstone in the centre.

As members of Spider, she and her sister have Spider tattoos somewhere on their bodies.

Under Spider, both of the Malachite twins wore matching uniforms – purple halter tops, black cut-off shorts, and mid-calf boots.

Personality

Unlike her sister's more clever personality, Miltia isn't as clever or knowledgeable about the world. She stands in a polite manner and lowers her head a bit, which contrasts with Melanie's more arrogant attitude. She also followed Junior's order readily, as shown when he dismisses them from the bar, while her sister showed a sign of stubbornness.

As a student of Lady Browning's Preparatory Academy For Girls, she was taught mannerisms and social etiquette, fitting into both lower and upper class society. Melanie and Miltia enjoyed pulling pranks on others, and both shared a hobby in clubbing. Miltia enjoyed watching television as well.

She also seems to have high standards when it comes to boys. When Neptune greets them, she, along with her sister show their disdain, walking away and saying "whatever" in unison.

Powers and Abilities

Skills

The Malachite Twins studied at Lady Browning's Preparatory Academy For Girls, and received advanced training on spying and assassinations. They were skilled enough to easily wallop Roman Torchwick in a fight and scare off Neopolitan from initiating combat.

Amongst their skills, they are knowledgeable in fencing, infiltration, social engineering, and self-defense.

Weapon

Main article: Miltia's Claws

Miltia's weapons of choice are her Claws. She has shown to have some skill in combat, employing her weapons use in her fight against Yang. She possesses above-average strength, agility, and skills, able to do fast shifting, evasive flips, and even deflecting some of Ember Celica's bullets.

When teaming up with Melanie, the two can attack in unison and are able to threaten more powerful fighters, such as Yang. It seems that Miltia is a good opportunist, knowing when she should engage with an opening created by her sister or follow with her sister's assault.

Trivia

Allusion

  • Melanie and Miltia are likely based on Snow-White and Rose-Red, characters from the Grimm fairy tale of the same name. This is not to be confused with Snow White from Snow White and the Seven Dwarves (the basis of Weiss).

Color Naming Rule

  • Miltiades (Μιλτιάδης) is a Greek name which means "red earth". Malachite is a mineral name derived from molochitis lithos (Μολοχίτης λίθος) which means "mallow-green stone".
    • Miltiades was also the name of the Athenian general responsible for defeating the Persians at the Battle of Marathon.
    • Appropriate to their shared surname, both twins have green eyes.

Character and Design

  • According to Monty Oum, Miltia's character design is based on an early version of Ruby Rose.[4]
  • According to Monty, Melanie and Miltia were created because some of his friends had asked for a set of twins to cosplay.[5]
  • In the first draft of RWBY: Before the Dawn, Junior Xiong had opened up The Mirage, and the Malachite Twins were the surprise antagonists who take on Yatsu in the cage fight.[6]

References

Characters
RWBY/Justice League
Minor Characters
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