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...the coolest team to ever graduate Beacon.
—Qrow, on Team STRQ

STRQ (pronounced "Stark") was a team composed of Summer Rose, Taiyang Xiao Long, Raven Branwen and Qrow Branwen.

STRQ graduated from Beacon Academy prior to the events of the series. Qrow reveals that they were rather well-known during their time at Beacon, suggesting a similar reputation and record of accomplishments as the team two of their children, Ruby Rose and Yang Xiao Long, would be a part of.


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Summer Rose was the former leader of Team STRQ.
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Taiyang Xiao Long is a former member of Team STRQ.
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Raven Branwen is a former member of Team STRQ.
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Qrow Branwen is a former member of Team STRQ.


After Team STRQ first formed, Taiyang and at least one other member, likely Summer by process of elimination, played a prank on Qrow. He had never seen a school uniform before, so they told him that the girl's uniform skirt was actually a kilt. When Qrow appeared in class, then-Teacher's Assistant Peter Port had to leave and privately laugh. Later, Qrow had to publicly work on his landing strategy while wearing the skirt, a memory Taiyang would find hilarious for years. Taiyang also claims that this prank did Qrow a favor as it helped him catch the positive attention of girls in the school.

According to Raven, Team STRQ got away with more than they should have and were given more difficult missions by Ozpin, similar to that of Team RWBY.

In "Two Steps Forward, Two Steps Back" Taiyang tells Yang Xiao Long that Raven had unspecified faults that tore Team STRQ apart.

Following the team's dissolution, Summer actively worked as a Huntress and raised a family with Taiyang up until her death on a mission; Taiyang became a teacher at Signal Academy; Raven returned to the bandit tribe that raised her and Qrow and eventually became its leader; Qrow temporarily became a teacher at Signal and actively worked in Ozpin's group.


  • Following the Color Naming Rule, the team name is intended to evoke the phrase "stark white".
  • All of the members of STRQ are related to Ruby Rose and/or Yang Xiao Long:
    • Summer is Ruby's mother and Yang's step-mother.
    • Taiyang is their father.
    • Raven is Yang's mother.
    • Qrow is Yang's biological uncle and Ruby's honorary uncle.
  • They share a similar color scheme to Team RWBY:
    • Red for Raven and Ruby.
    • White for Summer and Weiss.
    • Black for Qrow and Blake.
    • Yellow for Taiyang and Yang.
  • Two members of both teams are biologically related:
    • Qrow and Raven are twin siblings.
    • Ruby and Yang are half-sisters.
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Start a Discussion Discussions about STRQ

  • What is Raven doing with Tai? (V5 postcredit discussion)

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    • I personally believe that in the very end of the series. For Raven's conclusion, she will die against Salem to save Yang. Which means ...
    • 0551E80Y wrote:I personally believe that in the very end of the series. For Raven's conclusion, she will die against Salem to save Ya...
  • Team STRQ character basis = poems?

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    • ArcWraith wrote:So since all teams each have their own theme that all members follow (RWBY = fairy tales, JNPR = genderbent heroes etc) I ...
    • That could be hit. Poem, check. Chinese name, check. Sun motif, check. It even has part of his name in it(under a different context but still)...