Professor Theodore is the Headmaster of Shade Academy, having first been referenced in the novel RWBY: After the Fall, and is set to debut in RWBY: Before the Dawn.


Theodore is a distant Headmaster, as compared to his peers in other Academies. He is shown to be somewhat secretive, and willing to make controversial choices despite angering others. Nonetheless, he is stated to be much more cautious than Ozpin or the other Headmasters, prioritizing the protection of his students.


At some point, Theodore became the Headmaster of the Huntsman academy in Vacuo, Shade Academy.

Before the events of the novels, Ozpin invited Theodore into his group, involving him in his shadow war against Salem and her faction.

Disturbed by the disasters at the Battles of Beacon and Haven, and struggling to take in the flood of refugee students, Theodore declares a new initiation for all Shade students-including the formation of new teams. This initiaton is shown to be controversial, causing uproar from students.

According to RWBY: Amity Arena, Theodore's loyalty to Ozpin's Group is uncertain.[1]


  • Like the other Academy headmasters and teachers, Theodore most likely alludes to The Wizard of Oz. He could be a gender-swapped version of The Wicked Witch of the West, who is often named Theodora, or a gender-swapped version of Dorothy as both names share its root.
  • Theodore means "God-given" in Greek. Aspects of God are often associated with the color white.


  1. Amity Arena Ironwood Card bio

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