Oh, you know. Just working on my photography. Do you wanna see?
—Velvet, to Ruby

Velvet Scarlatina is a former student of Beacon Academy and a member of Team CFVY. Her weapon of choice is Anesidora, a camera which can produce hard-light copies of weapons after she has taken pictures of them. She made her debut in "Jaunedice", where she was being bullied by Team CRDL for her Faunus heritage.

Following the Fall of Beacon, Velvet and her team transfer to Shade Academy.[1]


Velvet has long, brown hair and brown eyes. She also has a pair of brown rabbit ears, identifying her as a Faunus.

Velvet is first seen wearing the Beacon Academy uniform, which consists of a white, form-fitting top, with a collar lined with black and a pink ribbon tied neatly below. She also appears wearing a dark-brown, long-sleeved jacket that comes down around her chest over the shirt. Her leggings consist of two parts: a pair of dark-brown shorts and a pair of black form-fitting leggings that come to just below her hips.

Her combat gear is comprised by a short, long-sleeved brown jacket with a golden zipper, brown shorts with golden detail and black leggings. She wears a black, semi-translucent undershirt beneath her jacket, along with golden spaulders and vambraces on both arms, as well as a similar belt, and her heel and toes are likewise protected.[2]


Velvet is very shy and quiet, and tends to keep to herself, either by choice or because she is isolated by others for being a Faunus. Even when being picked on by others, she tends to act very reservedly and refuses to fight back. She could even be described as timid. However, when around her team, Velvet displays much more sassiness in comparison to her usual shyness around others.

Later, when Bartholomew Oobleck asked if anyone had been discriminated against for being Faunus, she was hesitant to even raise her hand and only did so after seeing another classmate raise their hand first. Monty Oum describes her as having modest fashion tastes.[3] Due to tormentors in Pharos and Beacon, she has a deep-seeded hatred towards the kingdom of Mistral, generalizing people from the kingdom in a negative light, the reason for this has yet to be explained. Additionally, she dislikes Vacuo at first due to the lack of comfort in the kingdom, but slowly grows an attachment to it.

However, despite her shy personality, she seems to get along with others, as seen with Team RWBY, and being a second-year student, she wishes them safety on their mission.

In battle, shown in "Breach", Velvet continues to display her timid nature. When not attacking or finishing an attack, her stance is much more closed than the others, even hiding under Yatsuhashi Daichi when Fox Alistair destroys an Ursa with Sharp Retribution, sending its spikes flying everywhere within the vicinity of the area.

In addition to this, she unquestioningly obeyed Coco Adel's suggestion to avoid using Anesidora in the fight against the hordes of Grimm, though she seemed a little disappointed. When Coco tells her to use it during "Heroes and Monsters", she immediately gets excited.

Powers and Abilities

According to Monty, Velvet is an extremely adept mage with skills highly valued by her teammates. She is also said to have a significant amount of experience in working with her team on the battlefield, being a great asset to them.[3] Velvet also shows in her first onscreen battle in "Breach" that she is fairly adept in martial arts, making good use of jumps and kicks.

She is very agile and athletic. It is likely that Velvet has excellent night vision, as this is stated to be a common characteristic of Faunus. With her rabbit ears, she may also have superior hearing, as does Blake Belladonna, who has cat ears.


Velvet's weapon, Anesidora, uses Hard-Light Dust to make copies of weapons she has photographed, which last for a few hits. Using this weapon in conjunction with her Semblance gives her the ability to mimic the fighting styles and abilities of other Huntsmen. However, she is not able to fully utilize a copy of a weapon, as she does not have the power to mimic the Semblance relating to a weapon's full capabilities. Each weapon copy can only be used once, after which point she must take a new photograph to have access to the copy again. As such, she rarely uses her weapon, deferring to Coco to let her know when the time is right and resorting to martial arts in most engagements.


Velvet's Semblance, Photographic Memory[4], is an intelligence-type[5] Semblance. It is the ability to mimic the exact moves that other people have learned and used in combat to a degree. However, her Semblance does not allow her to mimic the Semblances and capabilities of others and perform moves that are a direct result of another person's Semblance.[6]


  • Velvet alludes to the stuffed rabbit from The Velveteen Rabbit. For more information on this allusion, as well as other choices the creators made for this character, see Velvet Scarlatina/Behind the Scenes.
  • Velvet's weapon "Anesidora" is Ancient Greek for "sender of gifts", and was an alternate name for Pandora, who opened a box that held all the evils in the world. This connects to how when Velvet "opens" her camera to unleash destructive powers.


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