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"Neon" redirects here, for the song of the same name, see "Neon (song)".

Never miss a beat, never miss a beat, never miss a beat!
—Neon Katt

Neon Katt[1] is a student at Atlas Academy, and a member of Team FNKI. She and Flynt Coal participated in the Vytal Festival Tournament against Yang Xiao Long and Weiss Schnee during the doubles round in the episode "Never Miss a Beat".

Appearance

Neon is a young girl with a light complexion. She has sea green eyes and moderate red-orange hair with light blue streaks in her bangs. As a feline Faunus, Neon's physical trait is that of a cat tail covered with pink fur that becomes lighter toward the tip.

Tournament (Volume 3)

Neon's tournament outfit has a large range of bright colors, and is lighter and more revealing than that of most other characters. She wears a light blue cropped tank top over a dark purple bra, showing her upper cleavage. She also wears dark purple short shorts under a pink combat mini-skirt and white belt with a yellow winking smiley face on the buckle. Two buttons are fixed to her tank top over her right breast, one purple with a cat design and another green one with a heart. Her hair was done up in two pig tails.

She also has a white cat bell collar around her neck, a pair of bracers on her arms and pads on her shins and knees. She wears red trick roller blades, which she also uses to quickly move around. The roller blades each only have two wheels to assist her in her tricks. A tattoo of a shooting star with a red, green and yellow trail winds around her right arm.

Atlas (Volume 7)

In Atlas, Neon began to sport a new look, having restyled her hair into two buns. Neon retains her white bell collar around her neck, as well as new, white roller blades with dark blue wheels and peach tongues and cuff. The roller blades have twin peach hearts outlined by white on the backs.

Neon now wears a white cat-themed cropped jacket with attached fingerless cat paw gloves and cat ears on the hood defined by peach coloring. She wears a dark blue crop top with straps with golden buckles that attach to her shorts, under a light blue crop top. Her two buttons are now fixed on her jacket over her right breast. She now wears blue shorts with two yellow star designs on her left thigh and another layer beneath that in the form of pale blue stockings that graduate to dark blue with rainbow stripes on the sides alongside tears on the thighs and calves. She also wears a white belt with golden belt loops set on the second notch with an additional belt around her right thigh attached via a strap to her main belt.

Atlas Soldier

During the Battle of Atlas, Neon dons the uniform of an Atlas Soldier and retains her roller blades.

Image Gallery

Personality

Neon has an extremely bubbly and hyperactive personality. She seems to take great joy in provoking her opponents, immediately mockingly mimicking Yang's speech and attacking her for her weight and appearance, despite the fact that- aside from her large breasts- Yang is built the same as all of the other girls in her age group- minus the fact that Yang is taller than most of them. In battle, she retains this attitude, taunting her enemies, making silly faces at them, and cracking puns that even Yang does not appreciate. However, once beaten, she does respect her opponents, calling Yang and Weiss "super crazy awesome" and asking them to party sometime.

Powers and Abilities

Neon's rainbow trail

Whilst moving around on her roller skates, she repeatedly chants the mantra, "Never miss a beat". During the match against Yang and Weiss, she apparently misses a beat, tripping and falling on rocky terrain and making her an easy target for Yang, who is able to finish her off with a single shot from Ember Celica.

As a cat Faunus, she presumably has the ability to see well in the dark.

Whenever Neon moves quickly she leaves a semitransparent colorful trail behind her. The nature of this trail and if this is her Semblance was never elaborated upon.

Weapon

Main article: Neon's Nunchaku

Neon's weapon of choice is her Nunchaku, which also appear to function as glowsticks. She is extremely fast and agile on her roller skates, able to evade almost all of Yang's attacks with relative ease, ducking and diving across the terrain with great skill.

Her great speed also allows her to quickly attack with her nunchaku, which are shown to be able to harness ice Dust, creating blocks of ice at the point of impact to potentially immobilize opponents.

Trivia

Allusion

  • Neon's design is based on the famous Internet meme Nyan Cat,[2] which features an animated cat flying through space leaving a rainbow trail, all set to J-pop music. Her overall appearance may take design cues from rave parties and J-pop fashion.
    • Apart from being phonetically similar to "Nyan", the name "Neon" likely alludes to neon lights, which are glass tubes filled with brightly glowing colored gases, often used for street advertisement and decoration. When used in lamps and lasers, neon produces a reddish glow.
    • As a further nod, Neon leaves a rainbow trail when moving on her roller blades in battle, working as both a nod to her name and the meme that inspired her.

Color Naming Rule

  • Neon alludes to neon lights, which are glass tubes filled with neon gas, illuminating in a bright orange color.

Character&Design

  • The new design that Neon gets in Volume 7 takes inspiration from the Spice Girls, especially Scary Spice, as well as the character Jolyne Cujoh from JoJo's Bizarre Adventure.[3]
  • The purple button on Neon's shirt is a reference to a Twitter account named Render Cat that was created by Luis "Paco" Vazquez, a Motion Capture and Render Technician who works at Rooster Teeth.
  • In Volume 3 she wears two-wheeled trick roller blades designed to allow her to do tricks like grinds.
  • Many Faunus have additional elements in their design that tie into their animal traits: Neon's Atlas attire has her hair tied into twin cones that look like cat ears, her gloves have cat paws and her hoodie has cat ears.

References

  1. "Never Miss a Beat" Credits
  2. RWBY Volume 3 Blu Ray Extra '3,2,1, BEGIN!'
  3. Erin Winn's Twitter
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