Take... the girl.
—The Hound

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The Hound[3] was a highly intelligent Creature of Grimm created by Salem that could adapt itself to its surroundings. It made its first appearance in "Divide", when she commanded it to hunt down the one who can show her how to use the Relic of Knowledge. In "Dark", The Hound was revealed to contain a Faunus as its core. It was later killed at the Schnee Manor while hunting down Penny Polendina.

Appearance

The Hound was a large Grimm who had a short, wide snout with its teeth overlapping over its jaw. The Grimm lacked eyes, but had canine ears and quill-like spines on its back, one of the former notably having been seemingly sliced off. It had a tar-like body, often dripping Grimm Liquid from its primary mouth and body.

The Hound had two mouths in its body, the primary jaws and a second pair of jaws located on the back of its neck.[4]

It appeared in the background of various shots in the episode "Refuge", where its physical form resembled that of a large canine, stalking its prey before making an approach. Upon attack, the Grimm transformed into a humanoid form, resembling a werewolf. Its legs were rearranged to allow the Hound to be bipedal.

Finally, the Grimm further transformed by using its host's vocal cords and sprouting red, bat-like wings in its back, the creature taking on the appearance resembling a gargoyle. It was also able to extend its limbs and even grow and additional arm.

When Ruby Rose used her Silver Eyes and exposed the core, The Hound was revealed to have once been a pale Silver-Eyed Faunus with canine ears as his trait. He was horribly scarred, his face warped and contorted, resembling a severe burn. His right eye was covered by a vein-like mass of white flesh, which faded and extended beyond his eye. White boils bubbled in patches of his skin, and he appeared to have been rotting, as pieces of torn skin exposed his muscle. Black liquids leaked from his remaining eye and ears. Beneath the Grimm mass, it appears the man's flesh had since withered away as his arm had been reduced to its skeleton and blackened.

Personality

Like all Grimm, The Hound was loyal to Salem and followed her commands without question. However unlike a majority of Grimm, The Hound was the first one to show genuine Human-like intelligence and cunning. This is seen where it was smart enough to use Oscar Pine as a shield when combating Yang, Jaune, and Ren to prevent them from attacking it or using their firearms against it. Also, prior to its confrontation with them, it showed enough cunning, patience and stealth to first observe the group before attacking in order to find any weaknesses it can exploit. It was through this that it had gained the needed information to use in its kidnapping of Oscar. During the attack, The Hound showed enough self-control to break Oscar's Aura without seriously injuring him.

Later during its transportation of Oscar back to Monstra, The Hound showcased enough tactical and analytical ability to know it had no time to waste fighting off its pursuers and instead called for reinforcements.

Because the Hound has a Faunus at it's core, it has shown the capacity to talk and answer when spoken to. As seen where it utters the word "No" in response to Ren's demands to return Oscar, showing that it understood Human language.

The Hound has shown to display personality traits equivalent of a loyal pet. It follows Salem around, enjoys being petted by her and would react to her emotions, seen where it snarled and jumped to threaten Cinder when she attempted to force the issue regarding the Winter Maiden.

At Schnee Manor, while hunting for Penny Polendina, The Hound displayed an instance of sadism, letting Whitley Schnee know it knew he was there in the room for no other reason than to terrify him. When The Hound was struck by Ruby's Silver Eyes, exposing the Faunus inside, the man expressed a tortured and single-minded fury in his goal, continuously repeating "take the girl", referring to Penny. He displayed no other cognitive thought or indication, as the Grimm flesh swallowed him back up.

History

Salem orders the Hound to track down Oscar Pine

At some point, Salem experimented on a Silver-Eyed Warrior Faunus, creating the hybrid known as The Hound.

When Salem acquires the Relic of Knowledge, she summons The Hound so that it can track and bring the one who can show her how to activate it. The Grimm tracks Oscar Pine, Yang Xiao Long, Jaune Arc, and Lie Ren in Mantle, where it follows Oscar in secret before ambushing him and knocking him out.

The three attack the Grimm, but are shocked and horrified by its intelligence and ability to speak and using Oscar as a hostage, allowing The Hound an opportunity to grow wings to fly away. Yang, Jaune, and Ren use their hoverbikes to chase after the monster.

The trio followed after The Hound into a cavern. The Hound proceeds to summon more Grimm in order to slow them down. Ren was able to latch onto it but the Hound proceeds to slam Ren around the cavern until he was forced to let go in order to save Jaune and Yang. The Hound proceeds to take Oscar to Monstra. It was later seen holding Oscar by his coat while Salem tortures him for information until Hazel Rainart takes over. The Hound follows Salem through a hallway passing by Cinder Fall and Neopolitan. When Cinder inquires on what it is, Salem revels the Grimm was an experiment that has so far been successful. It growled at Cinder when she talked back to Salem. The duo then proceed to leave Cinder and Neo behind.

Cinder pitted against the Hound to find Watts and the Winter Maiden

When Salem summons her subordinates on the bridge, The Hound sniffs the scents of Cinder, Neo, and Emerald Sustrai. Salem challenges Cinder to break Arthur Watts from his prison and find Penny Polendina before The Hound does, promising her the Winter Maiden powers regardless of who arrived on scene first. Cinder glares at the Grimm, and it is soon present for Salem's strike on Atlas.

The creature soon made its way to the Schnee Manor, where it caught wind to the scent of Penny's "blood". The Hound finds Ruby Rose and Blake Belladonna in the manor's backup generators, attacking Ruby, who had the scent on her. Realizing that Ruby isn't its target and that it must "take the girl", The Hound abandoned the fight and crashed into the manor proper. Willow is able to warn Weiss Schnee of the Hound just as it knocked her aside and chased after Penny's blood, coming across Whitley Schnee as he attempted to secure travel for Atlesians. Willow was able to use her Semblance to pin down The Hound with a Summon. In the hall, its chase after Whitley and Willow was interrupted by a conjured ice wall by Weiss. The Hound doubled back to the manor's entrance to encounter a possessed Penny, who attempts to fight the Grimm off her to complete her given tasks. As it attempts to leave, Ruby uses her eyes on it, causing it to drop Penny as it falls backwards out of a window.

The Hound's skeletal remains after its death

However, The Hound survives the attack and climbs back up, its face having been affected by the Silver Eyes and revealing it to have a heavily scarred Silver Eyed Faunus as its core, to the group's horror. The Hound recovers from the attack, and prepares to leap at Penny, Ruby, Blake, and Weiss, only to subsequently be crushed to death by an Arma Gigas statue in the manor, pushed over by Whitley and Willow. As the Grimm dissipated, all that was left of the person inside were the skeletal remains.

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Powers and Abilities

The Hound's primary ability is to adapt its own body to fit the surroundings needed. It is shown to be able to rearrange its limbs, sprout bat-like wings, stretch its limbs at great distances and even grow an additional arm. It is also a capable tracker with an immense sense of smell.

Most notably, however, The Hound is immensely intelligent for a Creature of Grimm, stunning Jaune when it used an unconscious Oscar Pine as a hostage against a team of Huntsmen and uttering the word "no" in Human speech. This Grimm frightens even other Grimm, such as the Sabyrs who immediately retreated upon realizing they were in its vicinity. The Hound had also displayed an immense level of stealth, as seen where it had apparently stalked Yang's group for a prolonged period of time without being detected. The Hound also has the ability to call forth Grimm to assist it when needed.

Due to its lack of eyes, The Hound is blind and is forced to rely on its hearing and sense of smell.[5]

Because of the liquid-like state of its body, The Hound is immensely durable, able to shrug off hits with ease. Rather than puncturing flesh, they simply impact the ever-shifting surface of the Grimm, which absorbs the force of any impact or quickly regenerates any wound. Even more significantly, the Grimm is shown to be able to regenerate even from the powers of the Silver Eyes. However, it was shown to still be greatly damaged by the exposure, causing its core to be briefly exposed and the monster to be weakened to the point that it could not move as fast as before.

In the past, the monster's host was once a Silver-Eyed Warrior, though it is unknown if he was aware of his abilities or was able to use them at all after being experimented on by Salem.

Trivia

  • The Hound's sound design was done by Chris Kokkinos.[6]
  • The Hound is the first canonical Grimm in the series to display the ability to speak.
    • Prior to The Hound's debut, three other Grimm capable of Human speech appeared in the non-canonical comedy spinoff RWBY Chibi. They were Floyd the Geist and the twin Beowolves Mike and Marty respectively.
    • In the Hound's case, this is because it has a Silver-Eyed Faunus as its core.
  • In "Fault" it was stated by Salem that The Hound is an experiment, indicating that it might be a prototype.
  • In the Volume 8 Opening Salem is shown with The Hound's wings.
  • The Hound's design is inspired by several types of canines, namely Great Danes and greyhounds.[7]
  • The person in The Hound is the first Silver-Eyed Faunus to appear in the series.
  • The Faunus inside of the Hound is likely a fox or dog Faunus, which alludes to the 1967 story: The Fox and the Hound by Daniel P. Mannix.

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