I will not be lured into a trap. If I invest our full strength in this fight, their attack could weaken us for the big one if and when it comes.
—Theodore, to Xanthe Rumpole

Professor Theodore is the Headmaster of Shade Academy, having first been referenced in the novel RWBY: After the Fall, and debuting in RWBY: Before the Dawn. Whether Theodore is his first or last name is unknown.


Theodore is described as “putting everything out there,” having worked hard to get his body into peak physical condition and wanting to show it off. He has dark, close cut hair which is almost shaved off, and a checkered vest shows off his wiry frame thin but with sharp lines of muscle like he had been chiseled from stone.

Theodore wears an ankle length, grey-blue cape likened to the color of a storm sky which is clasped onto his shoulders with a silver chain, a silver belt with a round buckle, matching boots, and bright white slacks with deep side pockets. Theodore also wears red gloves which are decorated in Dust crystals; his weapon of choice.

This outfit is designed to draw attention to himself, which he manages to make work despite being conceptually ridiculous for a man in his forties to pull off.


Theodore is perhaps best described by his youthful and high-spirited personality. Represented by his energy and enthusiasm, he is extremely popular amongst Shade Academy’s students due to his strength and show-offish nature. Due to his youthful spirit, he acts as though he were younger than Ozpin when he is in fact older. Furthermore, he is fine with making controversial choices, keeping other Headmasters in the dark and shaking up Shade Academy’s teams despite student protest.

As an actions over words type of person, he also makes it a point to respect local authorities, declaring a school-wide curfew once Grimm Watch reports students conducting unofficial Huntsmen business after hours.

Despite this, Theodore is much more cautious than Ozpin or James Ironwood, referring to his fellow Headmasters as reckless. He puts his priority in protecting his students, making questionable choices for their sake; as seen with the team shakeup and re-initiation to get them on equal footing. His protective nature of the students goes so far to even conduct research on students from all other Academies, as shown by his introduction to Team CFVY, where he explains he had been making files on them since before the Vytal Festival. Theodore makes it so that the students of Shade Academy are all rightfully powerful individually.

Theodore can get over-enthusiastic at the prospect of combat, and has to be reminded by Xanthe Rumpole not to enter brawls.

Theodore detests being called “Professor” or “Theo,” preferring his normal name. Amongst his oddities, he also refers to Haven Academy as "Mistral Academy" and calls Salem "the big one."

He appears to be easily stressed by the prospect of Salem's arrival, as well as Shade Academy falling like Beacon Academy did, entering a rage at the idea.

Powers and Abilities

Theodore is described as one of the strongest, most powerful Headmasters, which shows in his confident and flamboyant attitude. He primarily takes on a boxing fighting style.

Main article: Theodore's Gloves

Theodore's weapon of choice was a pair of gloves that are embedded with Gravity Dust which to deliver power blows to targets.



Color Naming Rule

  • Theodore means "God-given" in Greek. Aspects of God are often associated with the color white.


  • Theodore is the only Headmaster to have made his debut outside the show proper.
    • He is first mentioned in the show by name during Ruby Rose's speech to Remnant in the episode "Amity".


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