Young Nicholas Schnee decided to spend his days at combat school, his nights working alongside his father in the dwindling Mantle mines, and anytime in between learning everything he could about anything he didn't know.
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Nicholas Schnee is the father of Willow Schnee, making him father-in-law to Jacques Schnee and grandfather to Winter, Weiss, and Whitley. He is the founder and first CEO the Schnee Dust Company.


Nicholas' appearance is seen in portraits throughout the Schnee Manor. In them, he is shown to be a tall man with long, white hair and a white beard. He greatly resembles his daughter, Willow and his three grandchildren, who all inherited his facial structure, blue eyes and naturally white hair.

He wore a heavy, ornate suit of armor reminiscent to that of the Arma Gigas, with a black shirt and pants underneath. Nicholas wore a red fur-trimmed cloak which was held by a gold chord. Statue replicas of this armor are seen repeatedly throughout the Schnee Manor.

In the RWBY: World of Remnant episode "Schnee Dust Company", he is portrayed as a muscular man who wears a red scarf.


Nicholas has not been shown in the main series itself, but his existence and history are detailed in "Schnee Dust Company".

In his youth, Nicholas attended combat school and mined with his father in the mines of Mantle. Upon his father's death, he inherited all of what little his father had and used the money to gather a mining team and discover a Dust deposit. Nicholas personally oversaw Dust expeditions around the world and built a trustworthy, upstanding reputation for the Schnee Dust Company that led to the company's success. Nicholas was forced to retire as his youth spent in the mines caused his health to fail later in life. He allowed his son-in-law, Jacques, to inherit the SDC upon being convinced by the latter to do so.


  • Whether Nicholas is alive is unknown.
  • Nicholas' armor seems to be the the same model used for the statues and portraits decorating the Schnee Manor.
  • Nicholas might allude to Santa Claus who is often associated with Saint Nicholas of Myra and referred to as "Old Nick" as well.

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