This page is for Ozma's overview. Some of his incarnations have their own pages.
I am just a man, and not even a very good one.
—Ozma

Ozma, now known as Ozpin, was an ancient warrior introduced in "The Lost Fable". He rescued Salem from her imprisonment in a tower, and both eventually fell in love with each other. However, when Ozma fell ill and died, Salem set out to convince the Gods to resurrect her lover. Ozma was revived by the God of Darkness, but killed again by the God of Light soon after. Ozma was eventually given a choice by the God of Light before he abandoned Remnant; he would be able to return to the land of the living to act as a guide for Humanity and would protect the Relics, powerful items that once brought together would bring the Gods back to Remnant.

The God of Light gave him the ability to reincarnate after death, joining souls with another like-minded person so that he would never be alone. After returning to the world, Ozma reunited with Salem. The two acted as gods and created a prosperous Kingdom while also starting a family, but they turned on each other after Ozma displayed his disagreement with Salem's plans for Humanity. Their children were killed in the ensuing battle and Salem murdered Ozma, who reincarnated again. Thus began the millennia-long feud between the two, with Ozma making it his mission to protect the world from her evil.

Some of the journeys he made during his incarnations were collected into the Fairy Tale known as "The Infinite Man".[1]

At the start of RWBY, Ozma's current incarnation was Professor Ozpin, the Headmaster of Beacon Academy. Following Ozpin's death at the hands of Cinder Fall during the Battle of Beacon, Ozma's soul joined with Oscar Pine.

Appearance[edit | edit source]

Original Life[edit | edit source]

During his first life Ozma had tanned skin with messy brown hair and brown eyes. He originally wore a blue-green tunic with a tan undershirt, a blue cape and black trousers with brown boots. Both his tunic and cape are outlined with golden markings. Over this, he wears metal armor held by brown belts and straps. The armor is etched with ornamental patterns.

First Incarnation[edit | edit source]

The first reincarnation of Ozma was still tanned but had platinum blond hair. He at first wore a white tank top, leather gloves and boots, and brown pants, along with a blue sash tied around his waist and a pendant with a green jewel. By the time Ozma decided to alongside Salem become a god-like figure to mankind, he wore a more regal attire, featuring a dark gray coat with black shoulder pads along with details in light blue and dark blue cuffs. Under his coat, he wore a dark blue dress shirt with light blue linings and details and donned white gloves upon his hands. He also wore gray pants and black shoes.

The Infinite Man[edit | edit source]

The Infinite Man was tanned and had dark brown hair much like Ozma, tying it into a pony tail with dreads. He wore a white cloak with circular concentric circle designs on it.

Hermit[edit | edit source]

One of a number of unnamed incarnations seen only in "The Lost Fable". An old man with long dim gray hair, wearing nothing but tattered shorts, seemingly using his staff as a crutch to walk, whether from exhaustion or physical disability.

Drunkard[edit | edit source]

One of a number of unnamed incarnations seen only in "The Lost Fable". A younger man is seen downing a bottle of an unknown (implied to be alcoholic) beverage, wearing a modern-looking green coat, brown trousers and black-gray shoes.

Settler[edit | edit source]

One of a number of unnamed incarnations seen only in "The Lost Fable'. Shown to have "made peace" with Ozma's spirit and even formed a family. He is also the one who built The Long Memory, afterwards hiding it away in a safe for the next incarnation.

Inquisitor[edit | edit source]

One of a number of unnamed incarnations seen only in "The Lost Fable". Shown to have acquired the Relic of Knowledge and asked three questions to it, one of which on how to destroy Salem. He became distraught after learning he could not.

Wizard[edit | edit source]

The Wizard was a central figure in the Fairy Tale "The Story of the Seasons", as the one who gifted magic to the Maidens. He was a frail elderly man who wore a long, bushy beard alongside scruffy white hair covered by a wide brimmed hat.

King of Vale[edit | edit source]

As the King of Vale, Ozma was a tall, muscular man with long hair who wore a crown and bore a long cape along his shoulders. Additionally, he carried The Long Memory during his reign.

Ozpin[edit | edit source]

As his most recent incarnation before Oscar, Ozpin was a very tall, middle-aged gentleman with tousled gray hair, brown eyes, and bore black sunglasses. He commonly wore a black suit and a green buttoned swear and a matching cowl pinned in place.

Oscar Pine[edit | edit source]

The current incarnation of Ozma. Formerly a farmhand from Mistral, Oscar eventually joined Ruby's Group on their quest to protect the world from Salem. He wears an olive coat with shoulder pads and a belt both of dark red, as well as black trousers and red boots colored orange at the toe.

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Personality[edit | edit source]

Ozma was described to be a pure and noble soul, a righteous warrior who did things for the greater good. He was always ready to lay down his life in pursuit of this ideal. He saved Salem not because he desired her hand in marriage like the others, but because he simply believed that she deserved her freedom.

Ozma also became infatuated with Salem, so much that he only agreed to return to Remnant for her. However, his love for her led to him agreeing with her plans to insert themselves as the world's new gods. He was shown to be happy with her when they started a family, but after a while he remembered his task and turned against Salem, trying to sneak their children away from her.

Throughout his many deaths and lives, Ozma became depressed, suicidal and an utterly broken shell of his former self, wanting to forget his past altogether and hide away from the world. During this time, Ozma's catchphrase became "I am just a man, and not even a very good one," downplaying his own heroic nature. He was also a martyr, as he believed his life was worth less than others and allowed himself to die if it meant saving them. However he still possessed his sense of duty and justice, and eventually decided not to give up.

Powers and Abilities[edit | edit source]

In his original life, Ozma was a renowned warrior considered to be of legendary prowess. He was able to best large creatures and challenges where many other warriors could not. Over time with his incarnations, Ozma's combat skills became sharper. His initial weapon was a long scepter he used as a conduit for his magic. Ozma's more recent incarnations use The Long Memory.

Reincarnation[edit | edit source]

Due to accepting the task of uniting Humanity, Ozma has been endowed with the ability to reincarnate. This causes his soul to attach to a new like-minded host when his previous body is destroyed, the two merging memories and abilities over time until only a single soul remains. Currently, Ozma's soul is attached to and merging with that of Oscar's. Oscar can grant Ozma control of his body, enhancing his combat prowess and the strength of his Aura, though only for limited periods of time. In addition, he can forcibly take control of Oscar's body, though he seems severely drained afterwards.

Magic[edit | edit source]

Ozma using magic to fell a knight.

As one of the original Humans during the time of the Gods, Ozma is capable of performing powerful feats of magic, such as large energy blasts channeled through his scepter. At the time of Humanity's second emergence, his powers were so great that people worshipped him alongside Salem as gods. Over the course of his many incarnations, he gave away parts of his magic, such as the case with the Maidens as well as the Branwen twins. In the present, his magic is a fraction of what it once was.

Trivia[edit | edit source]

  • Ozma likely alludes to Princess Ozma from the Land of Oz series, beginning with the second book, The Marvelous Land of Oz.
  • In a tweet, Eddy Rivas jokingly refers to the Pretend God incarnation as "Ozgiliath Brandybuck".[2]

References[edit | edit source]

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