The following is a list of Vale and Beacon Academy minor characters from RWBY, arranged alphabetically and categorically.
- Minor Characters
- 1 Meg Scarlatina
- 2 The Achieve Men
- 3 Councilmen
- 4 Crow Bar Bartender
- 5 CCT AI
- 6 Cyril Ian
- 7 Detectives
- 8 Gray Family
- 9 Madame Mallari
- 10 Spruce Willis
- 11 Vega Bleu
- 12 Unnamed Reporters
- 13 Beacon Academy
- 14 RWBY: Roman Holiday
- 15 References
Meg Scarlatina is Velvet Scarlatina's Faunus mother. She and Velvet's father, Will Scarlatina, are in different kingdoms, possibly separated due to what Will describes as different views on the world.
Velvet mentions that she got "her mother's ears", implying Meg is also a rabbit Faunus.
Meg as a girl's name is a short form of the Greek for Margaret meaning "pearl" and Scarlatina is an alternative name for scarlet fever.
The Achieve Men
The Achieve Men, and Achibi Men in RWBY Chibi, are presumably a boy band in Remnant. The group is an Easter Egg directly referring to the Rooster Teeth gamer group Achievement Hunter, going as far as to have a poster based on a promotional picture of the real Achievement Hunters.
Yang is a fan of the group, since she puts a poster of them up in the Team RWBY dorm room in "The Badge and The Burden". In "Burning the Candle", a poster was also seen in JNPR's dorm room. The group has yet to make an actual appearance in the show, and the in-world names of its members are currently unknown.
Four of the six real-world members of Achievement Hunter, Jack Pattillo, Ryan Haywood (formerly), Michael Jones and Gavin Free, have voice roles as characters in RWBY (specifically Junior, Professor Port (formerly), Sun Wukong, and Scarlet David respectively). "Achieve Men" was Geoff Ramsey's original name for the Achievement Hunter website.
A chibi version of the Achieve Men boy band poster also appears in RWBY Chibi, with Ray Narvaez, Jr. (second from left) replaced by Jeremy Dooley, mirroring the real-life roster change.
In "Breach", following the destructive Grimm outbreak in Vale, the councilmen expressed their doubt in Ozpin's ability to provide sufficient security to the 40th Vytal Festival, and they transferred this responsibility to General James Ironwood, of the visiting Atlesian contingent. They also warned Ozpin that his position as headmaster of Beacon Academy was called into question.
Following the Fall of Beacon, the council decided to place a ban on air transportation in Vale due to Ironwood's ships being hacked.
Jimmy Vanille, father of Neopolitan and former city manager of Vale, was a member of the Vale City Council before his death.
The councilman with a speaking role was voiced by Gray G. Haddock.
Crow Bar Bartender
The Bartender was seen at Crow Bar, where Qrow Branwen was first seen drinking whilst watching the Vytal Festival matches in the episode "New Challengers...". He attempted to engage Qrow in casual conversation, praising the performances of Team JNPR and Team SSSN, but Qrow is unreceptive and mostly dismissed him. After Qrow leaves, he accidentally knocks over a glass and says to himself dejectedly, "Aww, gee darn it." Originally he was supposed to say "Aww gee dang it", but his voice actor couldn't say it for some reason and they changed it to the one said in the show. The Bartender made a cameo in "Fall".
The CCT AI was a holographic assistant who attended to users of the Cross Continental Transmit System tower in Vale. She took the appearance of a young woman in a uniform, with dark hair tied into a bun and dark blue eyes. She attended to Weiss Schnee in "A Minor Hiccup" and displayed a cheery personality.
The CCT AI was voiced by Megan Castro, who works in sales at Rooster Teeth.
The AI's Character model was used as part of the crowd of Spectators at the Vytal Festival, and can also be seen fleeing the Grimm Attack.
Cyril was voiced by Patrick Rodriguez, who was also an artist on RWBY.
A pair of Detectives working for the Vale Police Department are seen in "The Stray", investigating the most recent in a series of Dust store robberies. One of them hypothesizes that the White Fang are behind the robberies, the other simply replies that they aren't paid enough. The pair later confronts Sun, who is seen hanging from a lamppost. Despite their efforts, he deftly evades their attempts to apprehend him.
The duo is voiced by Burnie Burns and Joel Heyman. They share their personality, appearance and voice actors with a pair of similar characters in Rooster Teeth Shorts. They also share certain mannerisms, such as nonchalantly waving firearms around.
A family of six from the village of Lower Cairn outside Vale. Lower Cairn was destroyed by Grimm, but the six managed to escape. The family consisted of Linus, the father, Rhea, the mother and their four children - a son named Leander and their daughters, Phoebe, Helen and Clio. They hid in an underground cave and were eventually discovered by Team CFVY, who were searching for survivors. Coco Adel entered the cave while the rest of the team looked to find or make another exit.
Linus was pinned to the ground by a Death Stalker's stinger but was saved by Yatsuhashi Daichi. Coco dispatched the Death Stalker with Gianduja. Linus was killed by an Ursa outside the cave. The Ursa was killed by Velvet Scarlatina before it could kill Rhea, who fled back into the cave with her children. All five were killed when a Goliath collapsed the cave completely.
Linus means "flax" in Greek, bringing light yellows to mind. Rhea is also a Welsh name referring to a river in Wales, bringing blues to mind. Leander is a Greek name meaning "lion man", bringing golds to mind. Phoebe is a Greek name meaning "bright", bringing bright colors to mind. Helen is a Greek name meaning "shining light", bringing light colors to mind. Clio is a Greek name meaning "celebrate", bringing bright colors to mind. Their surname is literally a color, a mix between black and white.
Madame Mallari is a folk medicine practitioner on the Island of Patch, and a neighbor to Yang Xiao Long, Ruby Rose, and Taiyang Xiao Long. Yang helped her out on her farm while she was recovering from her injuries from the Fall of Beacon. She has prosthetic legs and helps Yang out after the loss of her arm.
In RWBY 6, she is last seen giving Yang a heartwarming embraced before she leaves Patch. She also give some herbs to Yang for her journey to Anima. She was last seen brewing up another medical concoction.
Mallari is derived from Mayari, an ancient Tagalog goddess of the moon, bringing shades of white to mind.
Spruce Willis is likely a movie actor or director in Remnant. Jaune Arc mentions him in "A Minor Hiccup" when he tries to invite Weiss to Willis' most recent movie.
His name is a play on words with "Spruce", a tree from the Pinaceae family that gives its name to a particular tone of green, and real-world actor Bruce Willis, who is known for his action movies.
Vega attended Pharos Academy in Vale alongside Velvet and Coco. She chose to attend Atlas Academy afterward. Velvet used a copy of her weapon with Anesidora to aide in her descent to the Emerald Forest during her Beacon Academy initiation. The weapon, a pair of arm-mounted grappling hooks, allowed Velvet to swing between several trees to slow her momentum.
Vega is a Spanish name than means "dweller in the meadow", bringing greens to mind. Bleu is French for blue.
Various reporters are heard in "Of Runaways and Stowaways" while Yang browses various news channels.
Staff, students and other characters related to Beacon Academy.
Professor Thumbelina Peach was a teacher at Beacon Academy that taught Plant Science. In "Forever Fall", Peach was mentioned by Glynda Goodwitch as having instructed each student to fill a jar of red sap from the trees of Forever Fall. According to "The Vacuum", the 6th episode of RWBY Chibi, the professor is a woman. Her class was revealed in RWBY: After the Fall. Her role in the Battle of Beacon and status after the Fall of Beacon are currently unknown
Peaches are a species of fruit, often found in pink or orange colors, and peach is often considered a color, like that of the fruit.
Thumbelina is a fairy tale written by Hans Christian Andersen about a tiny girl, Thumbelina, and her adventures with toads, moles, and may bugs. Thumbelina is also a genus of Lavenders, specifically called Thumbelina Leigh.
Professor Peach may also be a reference to Professor Plum, a character in the boardgame Cluedo, who was likewise named for a species of fruit.
Professor Ann Greene was a teacher at Beacon Academy mentioned in After the Fall that taught Stealth and Security. Her role in the Battle of Beacon and status after the Fall of Beacon are currently unknown
Ann is a Latin name meaning "eagle", bringing many colors to mind, such as gray, black, white, brown, and gold.
The name Greene is Anglo-Saxon in origin and is derived from the Old English "grene", meaning green.
She may be an allusion to Anne of Green Gables.
Professor Harold Mulberry was a teacher at Beacon Academy mentioned in After the Fall that taught Weapon Crafting and Upkeep. His role in the Battle of Beacon and status after the Fall of Beacon are currently unknown
Mulberries are a type of flowering plant with dark purple or black berries.
He may be an allusion to the English nursery rhyme, "Here We Go Round the Mulberry Bush."
Iris Marilla was involved in the same initiation in the Emerald Forest as Team CFVY. Coco sees her falling as they descend. Coco describes her as "floating" to the ground. Coco thinks she's cute, particularly with the flowers in her hair, but heads in the opposite direction once she lands, thinking that the girl could hold her back.
In RWBY: Before the Dawn, Iris attends an 8am History class taught by Rumpole with Team CFVY, visibly uncomfortable at talks of the Fall of Beacon. She has also joined the Beacon Brigade and was upset after mentioning Casper due to him dying in the Fall of Beacon.
Iris is a genus of flowers as well as the name of the Greek Goddess of Rainbows, while Marilla is a girl's name meaning "shining sea" in Latin.
Castor was one of Iris's friends, possibly a boyfriend, who died at the Fall of Beacon.
Castor as a boy's name is of Greek origin, and the meaning of Castor is "beaver". In classical myth, along with Pollux, one of the heavenly twins immortalized in the constellation Gemini.
It is unknown if Castor had a twin named Pollux.
Other various unnamed students of Beacon Academy appeared in RWBY.
A trio of unnamed students were seen during the first night at Beacon in "The Shining Beacon, Pt.2". Yang ogled them as they roughhouse in the common area.
A student in "The Badge and The Burden" shouted "EEE-YUP" in the classroom in response to a question asked by Professor Port. This is a reference to Andrew Blanchard's catchphrase from the Internet Box Podcast, which several cast and crew members of RWBY also work on. He was voiced by Kerry Shawcross.
A student in "Field Trip", voiced by Jacob Strickler, shouted "Team CFVY is back!" when the Team arrived back from their mission.
Carmel was Neo (formerly known as Trivia Vanille)'s mother and Jimmy's wife. Like her husband, she didn't understand her daughter's inability to talk; unlike her husband, was not verbally abusive about it. However, she refused to look into Trivia's eyes to talk to her directly. She had a very strained marriage with her husband.
She was also a top graduate at Lady Browning's Preparatory Academy For Girls, in reality a top spy and assassin.
Throughout Trivia's childhood, Carmel was a largely unavailable presence, marginally showing care for her daughter beyond concern. However, she and Jimmy had still made an effort to provide her with therapists and doctors to understand their daughter where they couldn't, and provided teachers for her. After an incident where Trivia nearly burns down the Vanille Estate, she decides to send her 18-year old daughter to the Lady Browning's Preparatory Academy For Girls, where hopefully, she would learn to control her problematic Semblance and find friends, and secretly wishing she'd join the secret program.
When Trivia - now going as Neopolitan - meets with Roman and the two are hunted by the Xiong Family and Spider about a hard drive with information about the latter's plans, Carmel and Jimmy receive the two at the Estate again, the thug's mother delighted at seeing their daughter again. She secretly drugs Neo's drink, and it is then revealed she is a member of Browning's academy, but had decided to betray it in order to establish the Vanille family (Neo included) as the criminal syndicate of Vale.
During the ensuing conflict, she is tied up by Beatrix Browning and Hei Xiong (who'd formed a truce to find the two criminals in the Estate), and is then beaten. Neo finds her tied up, but leaves Carmel to her fate.
Carmel was a pale-skinned woman who wore her light brown hair in a bun. She wore a white dress with a matching white pearl necklace and a triskelion pin.
Carmel is Hebrew name meaning “garden”, and also the American pronunciation of “Caramel”. "Vanille" is a French name meaning "vanilla" bringing a creamy white color mind. Both connect to the family's ice cream theme.
Jimmy was Neopolitan's (formerly known as Trivia Vanille) father, Carmel's husband, and the council and city manager of Vale. He was verbally abusive to Neo, most frequently yelling at her. He didn't understand his daughter being mute and kept demanding her to talk even though she couldn't talk. He had a very strained marriage with his wife. He also understood that Neo was clever, and thus hired teachers and doctors to better understand who she is.
As the years went by, he started using more extreme measures on his daughter to try and make her normal. However, these only made her more resentful and led her to even hit her father at one point.
Jimmy was later revealed to be a corrupt member of the council due to helping the Xiong Family smuggle Dust into Vale while he secretly stole some of the Dust from these shipments for himself and kept it at his Estate.
When Trivia - now going as Neopolitan - meets with Roman and the two are hunted by the Xiong Family and Spider about a hard drive with information about the latter's plans, Carmel and Jimmy receive the two at the Estate again, the thug's father is distraught at seeing their daughter with a criminal. When Carmel secretly drugs Neo's drink, it is then revealed the two had formed a plan to establish the Vanille family (Neo included) as the criminal syndicate of Vale, and that his actions were partially a result of wanting to protect Neo from the underworld connections of his family.
When a gang war between the Xiong Family and Spider broke out in the Vanille Estate, Jimmy is trapped inside his estate for safety. However, his daughter leads Lil' Miss Malachite to shoot the Dust inside his manor and caused a huge explosion with Jimmy killed in the process.
Jimmy was a pale-skinned man who wore his dark brown hair in a short cut, complimented by a black suit.
“Jimmies” are a slang term for Sprinkles. and "Vanille" is a French name meaning "vanilla" bringing a creamy white color mind. Both connect to the family's ice cream theme.
Cookie, Mags, and Heather
A pair of three girls slightly older than a 12-year old Trivia; Cookie, Mags and Heather were bullies known for causing trouble in Vale's commercial district.
When Trivia is pushed to the ground, she activates her Semblance, creating the illusion of a fissure on the ground between herself and the girls. As she does, Neopolitan appears once more, visible to the bullies, shocking Trivia who'd realized her Semblance evolved. Neo punches Mags, breaking her nose.
Cookies are sweet biscuits typically with pieces of chocolate on the top, coming in a warm-brown colour. "Mags" could be a shortened form of "Margaret" which means "pearl". Heather is the name of a purple-colored Eurasian heath that grows on moorland.
Arad and Cloud
Arad and Cloud were members of the Vale Police Department. After Trivia Vanille has an incident with the bullies mentioned above, the officers chase her in worry about her safety. Catching up to Trivia, they realize she's the heir to the Vanille family, shocked that the couple even had a daughter. Concerned that there may be a situation of abuse, the two officers decide to escort the girl home and contact the parents, where they ask Carmel Vanille if there was anything going on.
Cloud is a more serious officer, whereas Arad tends to be more money-driven.
Cloud brings whites and greys to mind.
Aurelia was Neo's teacher in her formative years, being generally described as kind-hearted and well-meaning. Enough so that Jimmy Vanille confessed to an illusion of her that he wishes Trivia had more initiative about her intellect.
Originally a combat instructor at Patch Combat School, she had been supervising the training of a 15-year old student, when an Ursa attacked. With the mission having gone awry and the student being killed, Aurelia, blaming herself, resigned despite the school's board having not held the event against her.
Aurelia would later go on to be a teacher to at the Vanille Estate, before quitting that job after her student drugged her drink and stole her car for a joyride.
She is a reference to The Sleeping Beauty.
Aurelia comes from the Latin word "aureus" meaning "golden, gilded".
Ms. Burgundy is a young businesswoman who sells Roman Torchwick a luxury apartment in Vale. She once had dreams of being a Huntress before failing the entrance exams and finding her niche.
Burgundy is a shade of dark-red with a tinge of purple in it.
Fred is a naive man who'd recently graduated school before being hired to work as a banker at the First Bank of Vale. His naivety frustrates Roman, who is baffled by the man's innocence and lack of fear in face of the criminal.
"Fred" is a shortened form of "Frederick" which means "peaceful ruler"; concepts of "peace" typically bring whites to mind.
Kandi Floss is a graduate of Haven Academy who operates as a Huntress in Vale alongside Roch Szalt. When Roman robs the First Bank of Vale, they attempt to stop him and fail, causing more harm than good in the form of property damage.
Her weapon is a slingshot which can transform into a tuning fork that fires sonic blasts.
Her name is a reference to candy floss, also known as cotton candy, which are typically pink in color.
Roch Szalt is a graduate of Haven Academy who formerly operated as a Huntsman in Vale alongside Kandi Floss. When Roman robs the First Bank of Vale, they attempt to stop him and fail, causing more harm than good in the form of property damage. This causes him to lose his license, thus disgracing him. It is heavily implied that he constantly did more harm than good on Huntsman job's and this incident was the last straw before he was disgraced. He later finds work as security in Vale's warehouse district, and has a rematch with Roman and Neo, who promptly defeat him.
His weapon is a collapsible staff, with different blades on each side: one being clawed and the other being spiked.
His name is a reference to rock salt, invoking the color white.
Zhu is a reporter at the Vale News Network.
"Zhu" is a Chinese surname which means "vermillion red, cinnabar".
Dunn and Matte Looney
Dunn and Matte Looney are members of the Xiong Family and incompetent members of the Vale Police Department. They take Roman Torchwick to see Hei Xiong, their boss after "arresting" him.
Dunn has asthma and has aspirations to be a detective.
"Dunn" comes from an Old English word meaning "dark" or a Gaelic word meaning "brown".
Carnation is a member of the Xiong Family.
Carnation is a family of pink flowers.
Hei Xiong was the former leader of the Xiong Family and the father of Junior Xiong.
Under his control, the Xiong Family rose to be the greatest crime syndicate in Vale during his time, using the Vale police to monitor official actions. At one point, the group had some control over the Dust shipments in Vale through corrupt councilman Jimmy Vanille, who was pressured into helping the organization by Hei. He would become an honorary uncle to Neopolitan through this connection.
After getting to know her, Hei Xiong treated Neo better than her parents did such as buying her gifts that she actually enjoyed. However, he was not above using her as a hostage when it was in his favor.
Junior inherits his father's syndicate after his demise in a gang war between the Xiong Family and Spider at the Vanille Estate. However, the syndicate began losing influence in Vale because of this with Roman taking their place and started losing influence over the Vale Police Department as well.
He alludes to Papa Bear in the story of Goldilocks.
Like his son, his name means "black bear" in Chinese.
Lady Beat Students
Lady Beat had various students in her Academy:
- Roux - Her name means "red" in French.
- Veronica - spoilt daughter of a Vale councilwoman. Her name could refer to vernonica purple.
- Erin and Mauve - a couple who’d constantly break up and get together again constantly. "Erin" is the name of a light shade of green. "Mauve" is the name of a shade of purple.
- Celeste - a girl with an older boyfriend in Vacuo. "Celeste" is the name of a light shade of blue which comes from a precious mineral of a similar name, Celestine.
- Laurel - a girl who was training to be a spy and assassin with Neo. "Laurel" refers to the laurel tree, invoking greens and browns to mind.
A Huntress operating in Vale who was a part of Lady Beat's academy as a graduate and instructor. She teaches Neopolitan to use her skillset more efficiently.
Her name is a play on the term "mandarin", referring to a Chinese official.
"Mandarin" is also the name of the mandarin orange.
Stella was a close associate of Hei Xiong, likely his assistant.
As a former student of Lady Browning's Preparatory Academy for Girls, Stella donned a triskelion pin that marked her as a graduate. After it is revealed that the pin houses a camera as part of Lady Beat's surveillance network, Hei Xiong destroys it.
When Neopolitan is brought before Hei Xiong and reveals to him that Lil' Miss Malachite had plans to overthrow his crime syndicate, Hei orders Stella to go after Lil' Miss with a bullhead. Stella is later ejected from the bullhead when Neo seizes control of the craft. However, Neo wonders if she had a parachute on her before getting ejected, leaving it unknown if she survived the fall.
'Stella' is a Latin word for 'star' that is commonly associated with shades of whitish-yellow.
- RWBY: Before the Dawn
- RWBY Crew Chat
- Rooster Teeth Podcast #14 (29:25)
- Volume 3 DVD Directors' Commentary Chapter 2
- Volume 3 DVD Directors' Commentary Chapter 2
- Afterbuzz TV
- RWBY Volume 2 Episode 12: "Breach" - Credits
- Volume 1 Directors Commentary "Ruby Rose"
- RWBY: After the Fall, page 194
- RWBY: After the Fall, page 197
- RWBY: After the Fall, page 200
- RWBY #2 Chapter 3
- RWBY: After the Fall, page 53
- RWBY Volume 4 Episode 3: "Of Runaways and Stowaways" - Credits
- RWBY: After the Fall, page 269
- RWBY: After the Fall, page 50.
- Miles Luna's Twitter
- RWBY: Roman Holiday, page 5-6
- Reddit AMA on November 10, 2021 on r/RWBY