Qrow and his twin sister, Raven, were raised in a tribe of bandits that regularly attacked the outlying villages of Anima. Unlike his sister, Qrow sees them as killers and thieves and strongly opposes their "survival of the fittest" mantra. Qrow eventually disassociated himself from the tribe.
Qrow was a member of Team STRQ. He reflects fondly on his time with the team, stating that they had quite a reputation and were the "coolest team ever to graduate Beacon."
Qrow formerly taught as a professor at Signal Academy, later retiring when the situations worsened.
Qrow is a member of Ozpin's inner circle, a group whose goal is to protect the world. The group sends him on a key reconnaissance mission, risking his life to gather intelligence in the field for them. He sends the mysterious message "Queen has pawns" to the group members. He later returns from his mission with some information about their enemy.
Qrow was a student at Beacon and graduated as a member of Team STRQ.
Port was a Teacher's Assistant in at least one of Qrow's classes when he started at the Academy. Qrow's behavior highly amused Port, particularly when Qrow unabashedly wore a skirt to class.
Oobleck expresses familiarity with Qrow and Raven and finds the twins to be rather "interesting".
Qrow was Summer's teammate and while not much is known about what relationship the two had between each other, but Qrow seems to remember her fondly referring to her as "special" and was aware of Summer's lineage as a Silver-Eyed Warrior. Although not stated by him directly, Qrow likely misses her very much.
In "Pomp and Circumstance", Qrow talks about Summer to Ruby, describing her as a very heroic and kind person and saying that like her daughter Summer wouldn't have given up even after learning about Salem's immortality, describing her as 'the best of us" while saying that Summer could also be a brat, indicating that the two had a very close relationship and that while Qrow didn't always agree with Summer he also respected her greatly for her abilities and human qualities.
He also reveals that Summer went on her final mission on her own and that he doesn't know if it was connected with Ozpin.
Qrow was on the same team as Taiyang Xiao Long. As they are both known to be teachers at Signal Academy, they are colleagues at the school. However, the two appear to have a strained relationship, for when Qrow asks Taiyang to leave Ruby's room so he can talk to her alone in "End of the Beginning", her father fixes him with a glare before complying. According to the director's commentary, this one look sums up the philosophical differences between Qrow and Taiyang.
In "Two Steps Forward, Two Steps Back", when the poison shows its effects, Qrow mumbles something about telling Taiyang that "she" is not coming back. He may have been referring to Summer Rose, which would imply he was present when Summer died, or to Raven after she left Taiyang and Yang to return to the tribe.
Raven is Qrow's twin sister and former teammate. In "Destiny", Qrow reveals to Yang that the only time he sees his estranged sister is when she has information or a message to relay, and after that, she disappears. Qrow further adds that he disagrees with her worldview and deems her dangerous.
The siblings meet onscreen in "Family" at a tavern in Higanbana, and the conversation shows their relationship borders on antagonistic. Raven sees him as a traitor for abandoning their "family", whereas Qrow sees his sister as a hypocrite for talking about family while ignoring her own daughter in Patch. Raven also condemns Qrow for believing in Ozpin, whom she has no faith in whatsoever. He was also able of deducing that the Spring Maiden was in the tribe and of manipulating Raven into confirming his suspicions by asking her about the Maiden's whereabouts to which Raven refused to answer.
In "The More the Merrier", after hearing from Yang that Raven is present, he shoots at her to force her to reveal herself. Qrow makes one last attempt to convince Raven to hand over the Spring Maiden and work together against Salem, but she still refuses. After finding out that she joined forces with Cinder and set a trap for him, Ruby, and Yang, an enraged Qrow disowns Raven as his family while fighting her. In "Haven's Fate", Qrow asks Yang about Raven's fate, but only receives a vague reply that she is gone. He does not question his niece further about Raven.
Ruby is Qrow's honorary niece and student, although they are technically not biologically related, the two are extremely close and share an almost parental relationship, with Qrow showing more concern and care for Ruby as anyone else, clearly showing he cares for her very much.
Qrow is responsible for teaching Ruby how to wield her weapon, Crescent Rose, as mentioned in "Ruby Rose". Ozpin deduces that Qrow was the source of Ruby's talent with such an uncommon and highly dangerous weapon, for he knows no other scythe-wielders of comparable skill.
At one point, Qrow saved Ruby and Yang's lives when the latter went searching for her mother and ran into a group of Grimm.
Qrow is close with his younger niece to the point where he kids around with her. In "It's Brawl in the Family" when Ruby gleefully asks him if he missed her, he replies with a teasing "Nope" before patting her on the head. When Ozpin calls Qrow to his office after his fight with Winter Schnee, he and Ruby share a fist-bump before he departs. In "Lessons Learned", the two of them play video games together as he enthralls her with stories of his missions as a Huntsman. Small aspects of Qrow's personality reflect on Ruby, though his demeanor is more cool-headed and nonchalant, as opposed to her bubbly hyperactivity. He also gives valuable advice to Ruby, reminding her to keep learning and moving forward.
In "End of the Beginning" after the Fall of Beacon Qrow managed to rescue Ruby Rose while she was unconscious atop Beacon tower exclaiming "it's alright. I got ya, kiddo. I got ya" and subsequently took her home to Patch.
Once Ruby awakes, he explains to Ruby a power relating to her eyes informing her of the legend of those with silver eyes, recalling that Ozpin remarked on that trait of hers when she first met him. He then tells her that, with Ozpin missing, he is taking over Ozpin's work for him, going to Haven Academy in Mistral to learn about the conspiracy against Vale, but tells her to rest instead of joining him. Later he sees Ruby and her friends begin the journey to Haven, he jumps out of sight and turns into a bird determined to keep an eye on the group.
Months later Qrow is still discreetly following Ruby and her new team, Team RNJR, during the several months of their journey to Haven. Without them noticing his presence, he secretly kills Grimm before they attack, making their journey easier. Later, Qrow reveals himself when Tyrian Callows attacks the group, and he simply smiles and greets his surprised niece with a simple "Hey". During the fight, Qrow repeatedly warns Ruby to stay back, but she does not listen, forcing him to save her from fallen debris. Tyrian wounds and poisons him as a result.
In "A Much Needed Talk", Ruby asks Qrow why he had followed Team RNJR discreetly instead of joining them. He replies that it is because of his Semblance of misfortune; he did not want it to harm his niece. The following morning, Qrow finds out Tyrian had poisoned him, much to Ruby's horror. Ruby and Jaune Arc carry him on a stretcher as they hope to scavenge for medicine in Kuroyuri. In "No Safe Haven", after he is treated, Qrow recovers and jokingly tells Ruby that he is usually the one saving her, rather than the other way around.
However, not all of Qrow's traits endear him to his niece, such as when he returns home drunk in Mistral after finding Ozpin's latest incarnation, Oscar Pine. This shows that Qrow's alcoholism can be somewhat embarrassing to his niece. It is later revealed in "The Coming Storm" that Ruby fears that her uncle will consume too much alcohol to deal with depression.
In "Argus Limited", Qrow is stopped by Ruby from strangling Dudley, and he complies and quietly steps aside for her. In "Uncovered", Qrow tells Ruby to do what she believes is right, prompting her to ask Jinn about Ozpin's secret. In "So That's How It Is", Qrow coldly stops Ruby from assuring Oscar about his identity, claiming that they are better than giving someone false hope. In "Alone in the Woods", Qrow's drinking habits make Ruby worried about him, but he brushes off her offer to console with her and Yang about his problems.
In "Dead End", after a fail attempted to get to Altas, Qrow ignores Ruby and refuses to listen to her when he goes searching for a nearby bar in Argus. He even refuses to answer Ruby's calls. In "Lost", Qrow is shocked when Ruby counters his rejection of Jaune's idea of stealing an Atlas airship. He is later left in awe as he sees the determined look on his niece's face.
In "Stealing from the Elderly", Qrow is stunned again when Ruby stands up to him after his breakdown and wonders how she has grown up so fast. In "The Lady in the Shoe", he tries to save his niece from falling down the cliffside and reacts with horror when he fails. In "Seeing Red", Qrow tries to stop Ruby from fighting Caroline Cordovin again but ceases when his niece tells him to trust her. He later catches her after she destroys the cannon of the Colossus.
In "Our Way", Qrow praises Ruby for her accomplishments in Argus, but jokingly tells her not to worry him like that again. When he stops himself from drinking, he receives a hug and an "I love you" from his niece, causing Qrow to give a sincere smile.
In "Pomp and Circumstance", when Ruby becomes overwhelmed with everything that's happened since arriving in Atlas, Qrow comforts her and reassures her that her mother would be proud of her.
Weiss and Qrow first interact when he arrives at Beacon during the Vytal Festival. Weiss interprets his use of the name "Ice Queen" as directed to her, but he drunkenly pushes her aside. Weiss is disgusted and thinks of him as a "crazy guy".
They do not meet again until Weiss and Yang travel through one of Raven's portals to him, and they are on better terms. Qrow affirms everything Raven had told Weiss about magic and Ozpin's secrecy, and he leads her and the other Beacon students to defend Haven Academy.
In "Dead End", Qrow uses Weiss as leverage to try to get away from Argus to Atlas.
After arriving at Mantle, Qrow suggested Weiss not to call her sister since they have no idea what’s going on in Atlas and suggests that it was best to stay hidden for now.
Blake and Qrow interact very little with each other, but Qrow knows enough about Blake to give her the nick name "the emo one".
Yang is Qrow's biological maternal niece. At one point, he saved Yang and Ruby's lives when the former went searching for her mother and ran into a group of Grimm.
The two appear to be rather close, playing video games and having a teasing competitive edge. When Qrow shows Yang and Ruby a group photo of Team STRQ, he demonstrates an awareness of Yang's desire to find her mother, making an unsuccessful attempt to cover Raven's face.
He is shown to care deeply for her after she is accused of assaulting Mercury Black for no reason, cracking jokes in an attempt to lighten her mood and confirming it was Raven who saved her on the train. He encourages her to move on from the alleged assault, even offering information that might help her in locating her mother though he warns her that Raven isn't a kind person and that she's dangerous.
After the Fall of Beacon, Qrow promises Yang that he will watch over Ruby. When she comes to Mistral in "Known by its Song", he takes her and Weiss to Ruby. In "Rest and Resolutions", Qrow stops Yang from yelling at Ozpin, stating he and Raven wanted the power to turn into birds.
In "Haven's Fate", Qrow receives the Relic of Knowledge from Yang after the Battle of Haven. When Yang vaguely says that Raven is gone, he does not question his niece further and replies they are glad to see her safe and sound.
In "Uncovered", Yang becomes hostile to Qrow when he tries to defend Ozpin, leaving him visibly upset.
In "Lost", Yang and her team find Qrow completely passed out, she comments that she has never seen him this bad before.
Qrow is part of Ozpin's inner circle, a very privileged position. Ozpin affectionately refers to him as "a dusty, old Qrow" in "Ruby Rose", and in "Lessons Learned", Qrow says that he and Ozpin are "cool" and "go way back". Ozpin also expresses familiarity with Qrow's ability as a scythe-wielder, referring to him as the only other wielder he knows matching Ruby's skill. Qrow seems extremely loyal to Ozpin and disregards those whom he perceives as betraying the headmaster.
In "Black and White", Qrow sends a message to Ozpin's Scroll that reads, "Queen has pawns", showing an ongoing collaboration between them regarding apparent threats. In "It's Brawl in the Family", when Qrow unexpectedly appears at Beacon, it is revealed that he was on a long-term reconnaissance mission for Ozpin, and he returns with pertinent information about their enemies' plans.
While Ozpin appears to be quite exasperated by Qrow's behavior and constant drunkenness, he still ultimately trusts his judgment and skills in the field.
After Ozpin goes missing in "End of the Beginning", Qrow decides to "pick up where he left off", possessing his cane as evidence of his choice.
Months later, in a Mistral bar at the end of "No Safe Haven", Oscar approaches Qrow and asks for his cane back. Qrow is perplexed for a moment but then complies, glad that Ozpin has returned. In "Rest and Resolutions", Qrow defends Ozpin from Yang's accusations.
In "True Colors", Qrow and Ozpin show different attitudes toward their situation. Qrow quickly points out their disadvantage, while Ozpin tries to stay optimistic about Human potential. After Lionheart's call, they share a deep suspicion of the Haven headmaster.
In "Argus Limited", Qrow is stunned when Ozpin reveals the Relic attracts Grimm, showing he had no knowledge of the fact beforehand. In "Uncovered", Qrow is distraught at learning Ozpin had lied to him and the others about the Relic of Knowledge. When he tries to defend Ozpin and speak out against Ruby asking about Ozpin's secrets, Ruby's teammates defend her, which makes him relent.
After Jinn reveals Ozpin's past as Ozma, concluding with the fact that Salem cannot be destroyed, Qrow's trust in Oz is all but shattered. Though hearing that Ozpin has no plan towards beating Salem proves to be the last straw, as Qrow punches him in the face, sending him into a tree. Shaking, he proclaims how he thought Ozpin saved him from his cursed fate but now considers him an omen.
General Ironwood shows concern over Qrow's warning in his conversation with Ozpin in "Welcome to Beacon", which prompted him to bring his fleet to Vale in hopes of preventing conflict in the Vytal Festival. However, this action only served to infuriate Qrow.
When Qrow appears in "It's Brawl in the Family", the two are shown to be on less than friendly terms as implied by Qrow's alcoholic habits. Qrow even proclaims that if he were one of Ironwood's men, he would shoot himself. Qrow reveals that he is in Ozpin's circle because the Beacon headmaster solely invited him, which suggests that Qrow was against the decision at the time. Qrow also criticizes Ironwood's heavy-handedness and lack of discretion in bringing his massive fleet to Vale.
Qrow has commented that he wonders if Ironwood has a heart. Nonetheless, Qrow saves Ironwood from a Griffon in "Heroes and Monsters", knowing the general is innocent of the carnage caused by his automated forces. He shows his respect and loyalty by asking Ironwood for suggestions regarding their plan of action to deal with the invading Grimm, showing that while he may not respect his methods, Qrow does not completely hate him or view him as a threat.
After the Battle of Haven, Qrow wrote a letter to Ironwood about current events happening in Mistral, though he says nothing about Lionheart's treachery.
Upon arriving in Mantle, after Qrow saw a broadcast of Ironwood’s current condition, he felt sorry for him and asks what has he been doing in Atlas.
In "A New Approach", Ironwood gives Qrow a hug while admitting how grateful he was to see him, to which Qrow reciprocates.
In "With Friends Like These", Qrow's relationship with Ironwood strains into one of hatred after the General has him wanted for arrest. He even personally swears that he would make Ironwood pay for the incidents that led to Clover's death and Tyrian's escape.
Qrow is initially frustrated with Lionheart, mostly for not contacting Ozpin in some time. His frustration grows with Lionheart's inability to assist him in rescuing the Spring Maiden from the Branwen Tribe, so much so that he heads for a local bar afterward.
Later, in "True Colors", Lionheart contacts him about a "breakthrough" he has had in acquiring a small raiding party to help rescue the Maiden. However, in light of the result of their previous encounter, Qrow finds himself more suspicious of the Haven headmaster.
In "The More the Merrier", Qrow is revolted and enraged to find out Lionheart has been in league with Salem and was the one to send the Huntsmen of Mistral to their deaths. This betrayal visibly unsettles Qrow, causing him to abandon any and all sense of loyalty and camaraderie he once had for Lionheart.
However, in "Argus Limited", Qrow refrains from mentioning Lionheart's treachery in his letter to Ironwood. This is likely only because of the risks he would be taking from including this information.
Qrow follows Jaune, who travels with Ruby, Lie Ren, and Nora Valkyrie. Once Qrow speaks with them, his conversation with Jaune is rough around the edges due to Pyrrha's attempt at becoming the Fall Maiden. Jaune also accuses Qrow of using Ruby as bait to draw out Tyrian. Despite Jaune's enmity toward Qrow due to Pyrrha, Jaune is the one to help Ruby carry him on a stretcher and puts getting him help first. During Team RNJR's battle against the Nuckelavee, Jaune carries Qrow to safety.
In "Welcome to Haven", Jaune's hostility towards Qrow has lessened to the point where they can have a casual conversation with each other. Qrow even mentions to Leonardo that Team RNJR, Jaune included, are not pushovers. This at the very least indicates that Qrow has some respect for Jaune.
In "Lost", Qrow quickly rejects Jaune's seemingly insane idea of stealing a military airship to get to Atlas, reasoning that they will be facing military punishment if they are caught.
When Qrow hesitates to answer Team RNJR on why he had kept a distance when protecting them, Nora presses him as he had no problem telling them other stories. Qrow concedes her point and decides to open up about his Semblance, revealing that he knows Nora's as well.
After watching her fight in the four-on-four round of the Vytal Festival tournament, Qrow openly states to Pyrrha that he believes that she gives more help to her teammates than they give to her. He supports Ozpin's decision to have her as the next Fall Maiden and is later saddened once he confirms her death to Ruby.
In part due to Ren's quiet nature, Qrow and Ren do not interact much beyond communicating when both fight Tyrian. Ren takes Qrow's stories seriously and decides what the group's best option is after listening to him.
In "The Lady in the Shoe", Qrow saves Ren from falling off of the Colossus and works together with him in destroying the shield generator.
Schnee Dust Company
The way he described Nicholas in the World of Remnant episode, "Schnee Dust Company", can be assumed that he does not consider him as one of the many Schnees that are, according to him, "self-entitled, monopolizing slobs" and actually hold some form of respect towards him. He describes Nicholas as omeone who "had a fire in his belly".
To Qrow, Jacques is simply one of the many, if not only, Schnees that is a "self-entitled, monopolizing slob(s)". He shows his obvious disdain towards the head of The Schnee Dust Comapny by describing him as horribly, although realistically, as possible while also indirectly referring to him as the devil himself.
Qrow and Clover were partnered together during their mission to defeat a Geist in the abandoned Dust mine. During the mission, Clover saves him from falling due to his misfortune Semblance. After Clover reveals his luck Semblance, he jokingly winks at Qrow, leaving him surprised.
Clover begins to encourage Qrow to not be so hard on himself. Due to Clover's possession of a Semblance that affects luck, he possesses a degree of insight as to how Qrow's power of misfortune has shaped his view of himself. He encourages the former professor to give himself more credit for how Ruby and Yang, as well as their friends, have turned out, citing him as a positive role model. The two have formed a friendly, albeit professional relationship. Qrow even confides that he's given up alcohol to Clover.
In "Gravity", after Ruby warned him and the others about Ironwood's plan to abandon Mantle, Qrow looked at Clover in disappointment and distrust.
Despite Clover's orders to arrest Qrow, the veteran huntsman still held enough respect and loyalty to Clover to cry out in anguish when Tyrian murdered the Ace-Ops' leader.
In "The Enemy of Trust", Qrow keeps Clover's badge as a memento.
While both of them had virtually no interaction, when meeting Robyn, the leader of the Happy Huntresses playfully referred to him as "5 o'clock shadow". The two are seen fighting together against Tyrian Callows in the Volume 7 opening.
In "Out in the Open", Qrow along with Clover helps Robyn fight off against Tyrian, after the psychopathic Faunus attacked her in an ambush with the goal of killing her to cause more panic in Mantle. After he, Robyn and Clover managed to defeat Tyrian, both of them gets shocked when Ruby gives them a warning message about Ironwood sacrificing Mantle to Salem and with the two of them glared at Clover in distrust and anger.
In "With Friends Like These", Qrow tried his best to calm both Robyn and Clover down from fighting each other when the leader of the Ace-Ops had orders of arresting him. He told both of them that they can possibly solve this out by getting to Atlas and talk to Ironwood personally. But Robyn was not interested at listeting to him and just stated to let's get this over with. During the fight, Tyrian uses the distraction to break free from his seat and crashes the Manta.
At the Manta crash site in the tundra just outside Mantle, Qrow finds Robyn lying among the debris. He sighs in relief when he found her not to be dead but unconscious.
After Qrow and Robyn are arrested in "The Enemy of Trust," Robyn comforts the aggrieved Huntsman as he gazes down at Clover's bloodied emblem.
Salem's Inner Circle
Qrow, like other members of Ozpin's Group, is wholly aware of her existence. He mentions personally seeing some of her creations and states that "they are fear". Qrow is also aware of Salem's goals of dividing Humanity and obtaining the four Relics from the Huntsman academies.
When he witnessed Cinder stealing Amber's powers, he cut the transfer before Amber could be harmed further. During this event, he was unable to see Cinder's face because Emerald Sustrai used her Semblance to mask Cinder's identity.
Qrow intervenes when Tyrian attempts to strike a fallen Ruby with his scorpion stinger. Qrow had not previously known him, but he quickly figures out that Salem sent Tyrian after Ruby. They have an evenly matched fight that results in Qrow getting wounded by Tyrian's stinger when he is distracted by the need to save Ruby. He soon discovers that Tyrian had poisoned him.
Qrow holds a murderous hatred of Tyrian after the latter murdered Qrow's comrade, Clover Ebi, with Qrow's own weapon. Qrow even cried out his intent to kill Callows immediately after.
When Hazel attacked Oscar during the Battle of Haven, Qrow rushes to stop Hazel and receives a merciless beating from the vengeful man in the ensuing fight, including a Lightning Dust enhanced punch that makes his skeleton visible. He later comments that Hazel is "sheer willpower" and seems visibly unsettled by how fast his Aura regenerated.
In "New Challengers...", it is implied that Qrow has an interest in confronting Winter, as well as in the Volume 3 Opening, where the two faced off against each other. In "It's Brawl in the Family", it is revealed that this was provoked by Winter's affiliation with General Ironwood and the Atlesian Military, due to the latter's excessive security measures during the Vytal Festival. Qrow is quick to berate Winter on the matter, which quickly escalates into a physical altercation. Although, it is shown during their battle that they have no malicious intent towards each other and that this is simply their way of teasing one another. Upon closer inspection, the two are seen to be smirking at each other throughout the altercation. Later, after persuading Ironwood to dismiss her from the conference held by the members of Ozpin's Group, he smiles and winks teasingly at her as she departs.
As of their reunion in Volume 7, Winter questions his chaperoning methods as to which he replies that "it's hard to change the mind of the kids when they have their minds set on something."
It is revealed in "Sparks" that the only reason why Qrow wanted Ironwood to dismiss Winter from The Inner Circle's meeting was because he did not want her getting involved with their dangerous mission to stop Salem. Though, at the time, he was still not aware that Winter was already in the know regarding The Maidens and The Relics and was in fact Ironwood's primary candidate to be the next Winter Maiden.
During the February 2019 Update of the mobile game RWBY: Amity Arena, Qrow was given a Valentine's Outfit named "Dandy Qrow". A year later, during the February 2020 Update, Winter was given a matching Valentine's Outfit named "Queen Winter" with the following caption: "Now Winter can fight with Qrow all day as mortal frenemies!". Additionally, the player title "Mortal Frenemies" is distributed to the players who logged in during that year's Valentine's Day.
Qrow temporarily saved Amber's life when she was attacked by Cinder's Faction, severing the connection transferring Amber's Maiden powers to Cinder. As a member of Ozpin's Group, protecting Amber, along with the other Maidens, is but one of his duties.
As Ozpin's latest reincarnation, Oscar is by default one of Qrow's contemporaries and superiors in this inner circle. As Oscar takes advice from Ozpin's voice within him, he has a rather distant relationship with Qrow, the latter of whom celebrates his discovery of the Beacon Headmaster's latest reincarnation by becoming wildly drunk, much to Oscar's discomfort and embarrassment. The two appear to have a professional relationship, with Qrow being unfazed by Ozpin's occasional manifestations through Oscar. Aside from this, Oscar often relays information to Qrow on Ozpin's behalf, calling for meetings and important announcements to his unexpected subordinate.
When Hazel attacks Oscar in "Vault of the Spring Maiden", Qrow ends his fight with Raven and rushes to save the boy. In "Haven's Fate", Qrow advises Oscar not to strain himself as he is truly exhausted from the battle and catches him before his head can hit the floor when he passes out.
After Jinn reveals the futility of their mission to stop Salem, Qrow does not hold back when Oscar reveals his fear of just becoming another one of Oz's lives, telling Ruby not to lie to Oscar about remaining his own person.
Despite Qrow's anger and disgust towards Ozpin, he seems to pity Oscar to an extent.
Shiro Wan is a Hunstman from the Kingdom of Mistral and an old friend of Qrow's as mentioned in "Known by its Song". Not much is known of their relationship, but Qrow states that "we go way back" and describes him as "a pretty alright guy." He then pays off Shiro's debt, demanding his name to be cleared.
In his youth, Qrow all but worshiped the legendary Huntress known as The Grimm Reaper, even modeling his weapon, Harbinger, off of Maria's own weapons, Life and Death. He wanted to become as skilled as the one who could stop Grimm in their tracks, and trained hard to match her. However, in time, as Maria never used her real name nor showed her face, Qrow and many other Huntsman and Huntresses assumed that she had died when word of her legendary exploits began to fade away.
Qrow was awestruck upon learning who Maria truly was, showing his reverence for her skills. Tales of what Maria could do during her career as a Huntress is likely where Qrow gained at least some of his knowledge of the Silver-Eyed Warriors. Though he's dejected when Maria tells him and the others that she doesn't see herself as someone who's to be admired as she chose to hide out of fear after the attempt on her life by Tock, causing him to fall back into his depressed state.
In "Our Way", Qrow comments that it was amazing to see Maria in action, calling her the "Grimm Reaper" and has begun to warm up to the elderly huntress.
While Maria herself despite her initial negative comments and view on Qrow has softened up to him and complemented him on supporting his nieces and their friends when they asked for help and again helped them back up when their plans began to initially fall apart,showing that she has now begun to change her initial negative view of him and is beginning warm up to the huntsman.
- ↑ Volume 3 Directors' Commentary Chapter 12