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It isn't just you. Let's just say some of the Vacuan students here are giving a new name to "Shade" Academy. Because they're throwing a lot of shade at us?
—Nadir, to Bolin

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Nadir Shiko[1] is a member of Team ABRN. Nadir and his team were first revealed at the RTX 2015 RWBY Panel on August 7th, 2015. He was seen fighting Team RWBY alongside the rest of his team in the Vytal Festival Tournament.

AppearanceEdit

Nadir has long pink hair tied back into a short ponytail, with an undercut, and the undercut portion of his hair is black. He has a dark complexion and blue eyes.

His outfit consists of a cream-colored short-sleeved jacket with yellow details and a black, long-sleeved V-neck shirt, with cream colored fingerless gloves. He wears black medium-length pants and cream colored sneakers.

PersonalityEdit

In RWBY: Before the Dawn, Nadir is shown to approach serious topics in a humorous manner, making a pun at the mention of Shade Academy's students harassing transfers from other academies. He is brave enough to be amongst the first students to come to Shade Academy's aid during the Crown's attack.

Powers and AbilitiesEdit

Nadir's weapon appears to be an assault rifle or submachine gun. During the fight with Team RWBY, he was easily incapacitated by Ruby Rose and some ice Dust early on.

Whilst briefly freed by his teammate Reese Chloris, he was quickly removed and re-frozen from the fight yet again by Weiss Schnee. Nadir appears to be the weakest member of his team, judging from his performance in the match.

His weapon can also transform into a sword. It is unknown how proficient he is with a sword.

HistoryEdit

Nadir and his team are students at Haven Academy, from the kingdom of Mistral. His team journeyed to participate in the 40th Vytal Festival combat tournament, hosted by the kingdom of Vale, but were defeated by Team RWBY in the team round of the tournament.

Nadir and the other students defend Beacon Academy during the invasion by the Grimm and White Fang. In RWBY: After the FallVelvet Scarlatina states Nadir and his team was observed defeating a Death Stalker at the Battle of Beacon.

Team ABRN had gone back to Haven Academy after the Battle of Beacon with Neptune Vasilias, Scarlet David, and Sage Ayana, where they watched their school nearly fall to the White Fang’s attack. Like SSSN, they were one of the teams who had decided to continue their training in Shade rather than losing another semester. ABRN had beaten them to Vacuo by a few weeks, as Sun Wukong had insisted on taking SSSN through the scenic route.[2]

In RWBY: Before the Dawn, Nadir is later present for the Beacon Brigade's meetings alongside his team.[3]

Nadir later participates in the Battle of Shade, and is amongst the first to come to its aid along with the rest of the Beacon Brigade and later celebrates their victory with the group.[4]

TriviaEdit

  • When said together, Nadir Shiko's first and last names sound like Nadeshiko, the Japanese name for a family of pink flowers commonly known as carnations. Nadeshiko also refers to the idealised Japanese woman.
    • Nadir (نادر) is a masculine name meaning "rare", "precious" or "dearly loved" in Arabic. "Nadir" (נדיר) also means "precious" or "rare" in Hebrew, though it is not a name. Nadir, from the Arabic Nazir (نظير), meaning "opposite", is also an astronomical term referring to the direction directly downwards or below a certain location. It is also used to refer to the lowest point in a person's spirits or fortune (in other words, the opposite of the zenith).
    • In Japanese, Shikō or Shiko can have a number of different meanings depending on the kanji used to write it. One possible writing, Shiko, a diminutive of Ishiko (石子), can be formed by appending the suffix -ko (子) to the male name Ishi (石), which means "stone" or "rock".
  • In the original English version, during his debut in "Round One", he can faintly be heard saying "Thanks, Reese!" after she frees him from the ice. This audio is still in the Japanese dub, and it has not been translated to Japanese. Despite this, he is not credited as having spoken a single line.

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