Beacon Academy

Yang is a former first-year student at Beacon Academy.


Yang is a member of Team RWBY.


Summer Rose

Summer was Yang's step-mother, and Yang looked up to her. She describes Summer as "super-mom - baker of cookies and slayer of giant monsters". Yang was unaware that Summer was not her biological mother until after her death when her father told her the truth of her parentage. Despite that, Yang still fondly remembers Summer and regards her as a great mom.

In "Gravity", while Yang is comforting Ruby, who has broken down in tears after Salem implied that she was responsible for Summer's disappearance, she is shown to be distraught, with tears in her eyes.

In "Witch", when Salem asks who she had taken from Yang, Yang unhesitatingly replied "Summer Rose... my mom!" This indicates that regardless of her encounters with her birth mother Raven, she deems Summer as her true mother, bringing closure to her sense of family.

In "Risk", Yang breaks down in tears and falls on her knees after Ruby tells her about the Hound being a person with silver eyes and says that the same thing might have happened to their mother. However, after getting back up, and while trying to comfort Ruby, she says to Ruby that Summer took a risk the day she went on her last mission, and that things certainly didn't go the way Summer thought they would, but that she's still her hero.

Taiyang Xiao Long

Yang has a close relationship with her father, but she admits that he was devastated following the death of Summer Rose, forcing Yang to raise Ruby Rose and herself for some time. He also teaches at Signal Academy. According to Ruby, Yang learned to fight from Taiyang.

Yang shares many traits with her father, with slight similarities in clothing style, hair color, and a protective, yet positive, outlook. Like her father, Yang's joyful nature can be strained, as both became more somber and withdrawn after serious losses (Taiyang with Summer not returning, and Yang with her arm and the Fall of Beacon).

In "Of Runaways and Stowaways", Taiyang clearly shows that he is concerned for his daughter and trying to help her. Their interactions are not at all hostile, but Yang's emotional state does not allow for much laughter. Taiyang, saddened, lets her set her own pace, not pressuring her to try out the new robotic arm, and not interfering when she struggles to regain control after a trauma flashback had left her panting in fear.

In "Family", Yang clashes with Tai over her self-assessment as an adult and her reluctance to don her new arm. Tai encourages her to not let her handicap stop her. Yang was stunned when he made a seemingly hurtful remark, but she lightly punches him in the arm, passes it off as a joke, and shares a laugh.

Tai encouraging his Sunny Little Dragon.

Later, when she overhears why Tai has not gone searching for Ruby, Yang feels dejected, ashamed, and like a burden. The next morning, when she emerges from the house with her new arm equipped, Tai stops his gardening and the pair began their much-delayed training: the first sign of progress of mending their relationship.

In "Two Steps Forward, Two Steps Back", Yang has regained some of her former confidence and is seen training under Taiyang. While he is blunt with his training, he accepts Yang as an adult and finally tells her about Raven Branwen and where they differ and resemble. Taiyang also gives Yang strong advice on how and when to use her Semblance and helps her grow and develop as a fighter.

In "Taking Control", Yang is confronted by Taiyang before she can leave. Her father asks where she is going: to find her sister or her mother. He also promises not to interfere with her search for Raven anymore.

In "Known by its Song", Yang reacts with anger after Raven called Taiyang a fool for trusting Ozpin.

Raven Branwen

Having been raised by Summer and her father, Yang only found out about her biological mother after Summer's apparent death. Raven had left shortly after Yang's birth, and after finding out about her, Yang began to search for her. At one point, her search nearly got herself and Ruby killed when she ran into a group of Grimm, but were saved by their uncle, Qrow Branwen. This tempered her zeal, though she continues to search for her mother, but not at the expense of anyone else.

In "Destiny", Yang gets information on her mother from Qrow after revealing that she recognized her mother as the woman who saved her from Neo. Qrow confirms her deduction and offers to help her find her, but he also warns her that her mother won't do her any favors a second time, and that she is a dangerous person, which visibly upset Yang. Originally, they were going to do more with Raven Branwen and Yang Xiao Long in Volume 3, but weren't able to due to time restraints.[1]

In "Two Steps Forward, Two Steps Back", she finally got to learn more about Raven from her father, with Taiyang describing her mother as a complicated person who was formidable in many ways and who fought for what she believed in, but also that Raven had great flaws that tore team STRQ apart and caused great damage to their family.

The reunion between mother and daughter.

In "Welcome to Haven", her conversation with the Bartender shows she knows exactly who Raven is. Yang acknowledges his warning about the Branwen Tribe.

In "Lighting the Fire", Yang finally finds her mother, however, after Raven makes a cavalier comment about Yang finally deciding to visit her, Yang shows anger and retorts that she spent years looking for her mother. When Raven tries to praise her for being able to find her and beat her men, Yang is unimpressed and remains silent. She rejects Raven's hospitality, stating that she needs her Semblance to reach Qrow and, by extension, Ruby. When her mother refuses to help, Yang angrily demands her request once again, nearly inciting a brawl with Raven's whole tribe. She is even more infuriated when she discovers that her mother had kidnapped Weiss. When the fight is stopped before it truly begins, Raven finally, and begrudgingly, relents to Yang's request.

In "Known by its Song", Yang is suspicious of her mother's story, but clearly shocked by what she reveals. When Raven insults Qrow and Tai about trusting Ozpin, Yang becomes infuriated, snapping at her for abandoning her family and never being a part of her life. She is shocked again when she sees Raven transform from her namesaked bird before her very eyes. When Raven creates a portal, she asks Yang to choose between staying with her so they could have a proper mother-daughter relationship or joining Qrow and Ruby. Yang chooses the latter without hesitation. Raven then warns Yang that if she sides with Qrow, she may not be kind to her the next time they meet, to which Yang coldly replies that she was never kind during this meeting. Unbeknownst to Yang, her mother agrees following Yang's departure.

In "The More the Merrier", Yang spots Raven in her avian form and calls out to her, forcing Raven to reveal herself to everyone. When Raven denotes how everyone has made a choice, she looks squarely at Yang, who glares at her in response. Later, she is shocked to see that her mother has allied herself with Cinder's Faction and, by extension, Salem.

In "Downfall", Yang confronts Raven when she is about to take the Relic of Knowledge.

Yang parts ways with Raven once again, while also acquiring the Relic in the process.

During their confrontation in "Haven's Fate", Yang begins to question her mother about the former Spring Maiden's fate and is shocked to realize that Raven had killed her. She then proceeds to shoot down all of Raven's attempts to justify herself and confronts her mother about her hypocrisy[2], asking her if she let Yang walk into the trap at Haven because she knew that Yang could handle it or if it was because it brought her a mean to get what she wanted. She also asks her mother if she killed the Raven that Taiyang told her about, citing her as only powerful, not strong. Despite her PTSD acting up, Yang refuses to back down, and vowed not to back down to Salem either, before demanding that Raven hand over the Relic due to her not wanting her mother to have it.[3] Her mother makes one last attempt to stop her, but Yang roughly pushes past her, though, she gets a tearful apology before Raven departs. Once Yang acquires the Relic, she breaks down into tears over her emotional encounter with Raven.

Later, when she returns to the others, she does not tell Qrow about Raven being the Spring Maiden and claims that Raven disappeared before Yang got to the Vault.

In "Uncovered", when Qrow mentions that they do not have the Spring Maiden to seal the Relic back in the Vault, Yang briefly looks away, as she is the only one among them who knows who the true Maiden is: Raven.

In "Witch", Yang calls Summer Rose her mother instead of Raven. This implies that Yang no longer sees Raven as her mother, due to abandoning her out of fear of Salem.

Qrow Branwen

Qrow is Yang's maternal uncle. While they are close, Yang does not seem to idolize him as Ruby does. Likewise, although he does not mentor her as actively as he does Ruby, Qrow treats Yang as a mature adult and does not try to insulate her from reality. Qrow sometimes calls Yang by nicknames, such as "Firecracker".

In "Burning the Candle", Yang tells Blake Belladonna that she and Ruby were saved from the Grimm by their uncle, Qrow, when they set out to look for Yang's mother.

Qrow talks with Yang

Qrow is supportive of Yang and gives her much-needed advice on occasion. In "Lessons Learned", he gives Ruby and Yang perspective on their achievements and warns them not to become overconfident in their abilities, though he also tells them that they both have the potential to "go far".

Later, in "Destiny", Qrow gives some reassurance to Yang after her "unwarranted assault" in the Vytal Festival, while also giving her some information on her mother, Raven. Although he knows that Raven is dangerous, he relays said information to Yang, along with hints about where to find her long-lost mother.

After the Battle of Beacon, Yang was promised by Qrow that he would look after Ruby.

In "Known by its Song", Yang defends Qrow, citing he's never given her a reason to doubt him. When Raven insults Qrow for trusting Ozpin, Yang slowly becomes angered. She later reaches him through Raven's Semblance.

In "Rest and Resolutions", when Yang yells at Ozpin for what he did to the Branwen twins, she is surprised that her uncle wanted the ability to turn into a bird.

In "Uncovered", Yang becomes hostile to her uncle when he tries to defend Ozpin.

In "Lost", Yang and her team find Qrow completely passed out, commenting that she has never seen him this bad.


Ruby Rose

Yang and Ruby share a close sisterly bond

Ruby is Yang's younger half-sister, schoolmate, teammate, and leader. Yang shows high levels of appreciation and affection for Ruby, as she is extremely excited about Ruby's invitation to join Beacon Academy and promotion to Team Leader. As Ruby moved up two years and stated she did not want people to think of her as "special", Yang comforted her and told her that she was special, displaying a caring nature.

Yang clearly feels a considerable amount of responsibility for Ruby. After the death of Summer and their father's subsequent breakdown, Yang seems to have become a major caregiver for the young Ruby. This extended to her taking the girl with her on her nearly ill-fated exploration of Patch to find a place associated with her missing biological mother; it is implied that she felt quite a bit of guilt over nearly getting her younger sister killed. Despite her general protectiveness of her hair, Yang is shown to be comfortable with Ruby touching it, being fine with Ruby brushing it and even using it to play with Ruby by tickling her nose. In the past, Ruby complimented Yang's hair when she was brushing it and compared it to a burning dragon.

Despite this, she still abandoned her when they arrived at Beacon to hang out with her friends. Right before this occurred, Yang encouraged her sister to make some friends on her own. Later, she tried to resolve the enmity between Ruby and Weiss, and even literally dragged Ruby into a conversation with Blake in an attempt for her sister to make new friends of her own.

This concern for her sister's social side returned in "The First Step" when Yang brought up her hopes of Ruby coming out of her shell and pointing out that she needed to meet and work with new people to grow up. In spite of this, when she heard the Ursai in the bushes during "The Emerald Forest", she seemed hopeful that it was Ruby there to partner with her and, upon realizing it was not, jokingly asked the Ursai if they had seen her. In "Players and Pieces", Yang runs to get to Ruby when she is being chased by a Deathstalker and a Nevermore, and later smiles with pride when Ruby leads the students to the cliff to escape the Grimm. She's later overjoyed when Ruby is made Leader of Team RWBY, hugging her and expressing that she is very proud of her sister. Yang's concern for her sister is also seen during the episode "Mountain Glenn" where she worries for her sister, who went missing after the road beneath her collapsed, dropping her deep underground. After reuniting with her, she tightly hugged her sister, having saved her from near death at the hands of the White Fang.

Ruby has also shown some annoyance towards Yang's affection, once even causing a comedic fight between them. It has been revealed that Yang would read to Ruby before bed when she was little, and the stories inspired Ruby to be a Huntress.

Yang and Ruby's relationship becomes strained after the Fall of Beacon

After the Battle of Beacon, Yang and Ruby's relationship becomes strained, due to the former's crushed emotional state. Nothing Ruby says can uplift the despondent girl, so she simply respects her wishes for solitude.

In "Family", upon hearing that her father has not gone looking for Ruby because he has to "look after some things", Yang becomes dejected, knowing he had spoken about her. This becomes a motivating factor for her to move forward.

In "Taking Control", it is revealed that Yang knows Ruby is headed for Mistral.

In "No Safe Haven", Yang is finally on the move in search of Ruby, evidenced when she chose the path to Mistral over the route towards the Bandits.

In "Volume 5 Yang Character Short", Yang helps Ruby to train her in hand-to-hand combat. When their training session got interrupted by an Ursa and almost had Ruby killed without her weapon, she protected Ruby and killed it with the help of her Semblance. Ruby went to see if Yang was okay, to which Yang says that she's always got Ruby's back.

Yang and Ruby's relationship is rekindled

In "Lighting the Fire", Yang expresses her desire to reach Ruby, knowing that her sister will need her help.

In "Known by its Song", when Raven asks Yang to choose between staying with her so they can have a proper mother-daughter relationship or to go after Qrow and Ruby, Yang chooses to go after Qrow and Ruby without hesitation, saying that all she wants is to make sure Ruby is safe. When she is finally reunited with Ruby in Mistral, she was, at first, angry that Ruby left, but she gives her sister a warm embrace, crying as she says "I love you". Thus, their relationship is repaired.

In "Rest and Resolutions", Yang decides to stay and help Ozpin in the fight against Salem because of Ruby's influence, as she knows that her sister has an instinct for doing the right thing.

In "Alone Together", Yang joins Ruby while she's laying on the ground, observing birds, and playfully uses her hair to tickle Ruby's nose. The two then drink coffee together alongside Weiss, though Ruby unintentionally angers Yang by wishing that Blake was with them, though Yang eventually calms down after her talk with Weiss.

In "The More the Merrier", Yang immediately comes to help Ruby get up after she was hit by a fireball shot by Cinder Fall.

In "Vault of the Spring Maiden", Yang is saved by Ruby from Emerald Sustrai and Mercury Black. She then prepares to fight alongside her sister, asking her if she was okay.

In "Downfall", she and Ruby fight together against Emerald and Mercury. She later obeys Ruby's order to go to the Vault without hesitation, despite her shock of seeing Blake.

In "Haven's Fate", she joins Ruby after her sister fell on her knees from weariness and drops to her side.

In "Argus Limited", Yang tends to Ruby after the train crash-lands in the snow. In "Alone in the Woods", Yang argues with Ruby about their mission, which she and most of the others deemed pointless, since Salem is immortal. She gets further on her sister's bad side when she states that they need to leave after Ruby accidentally drops the Relic down the well. Yang later snaps out of her sullen state when Ruby is confronted by the Apathy.

In "Our Way", Yang is very worried about Ruby as she was about to be eaten by Leviathan. However, Ruby summons Jinn to save her life and buy her some time to use her powers. After the battle, Yang is impressed that Ruby froze the Leviathan.

Yang comforting Ruby

In "Ace Operatives", Yang is shown to be uneasy with Ruby's choice of hiding the truth about Ozpin and Salem from General Ironwood, though she listens to Ruby's reasons for not telling him.

In "Gravity", after Ruby broke down into tears and fell to the ground after what Salem said about Summer, Yang immediately rushes to her sister's side and cradles her sister's head on her lap to comfort her, despite being distraught too about what Salem said.

Following the events of Volume 7, Yang hardens herself in order to prepare for the overwhelming situation that they were in. She was hurt by what had happened to Mantle and wanted to do whatever she could to help them, hinting at her reason for criticizing her younger sister.[4]

In "Divide", Yang and Ruby got into an argument over whether to evacuate Mantle's citizens to safety or to finish the Amity Tower. She also criticizes Ruby's leadership and disagreed with her decision to finish the Amity Tower first, since no one will help Atlas in time, which resulted in them splitting into two groups to achieve both objectives.

In "Ultimatum", Yang and Ruby are finally reunited, with Yang telling her sister she missed her too.

Staying by Ruby when she's at her lowest ebb

In "Risk", Yang runs to Ruby's side after the latter storms out of the Schnee Manor banquet hall. Yang tries to cheer her sister up by making a joke on how Ruby was trying to "one-up". Ruby asks if Yang heard from Blake about what was underneath the Grimm. When Yang suggests Ruby not to worry, Ruby reveals of how Summer died, to which Yang broke down for a brief moment, but goes to comforting Ruby, especially when her sister fears all her efforts to save Atlas were for nothing. Yang simply retorts by saying it was a risk, that there was no guarantee the plan would work, and that they need hope now more than ever. Yang then hugs Ruby while declaring Summer to be her hero.

In "Worthy", Yang willingly takes a hit from Neo that was meant for Ruby, which breaks her Aura and sends her tumbling into a void. This shows that Yang values Ruby's life above her own.

Weiss Schnee

Rushing to Weiss after the match

Weiss is Yang's schoolmate and teammate. After an incident with Ruby involving Dust, Weiss returned to her to read a Dust usage pamphlet. In an attempt to be friendly, Yang asked the two to try to make up, with less-than-stellar results. Later in the dorms, Weiss, complaining about the lack of sleep, came over to Ruby, Yang, and Blake, only to have an argument ensue.

The two were originally not on the best terms, Weiss complaining of their antics and Yang believing she had a problem with her sister. Although they have had their difficulties, she still cheers Weiss on in Peter Port's class as she fights a Boarbatusk.

Despite their hostility, the tension between the two seemed to have ceased by the time of the festival. Regardless, Yang strongly opposes Weiss on her comments regarding how a White Fang and Faunus are the same.

The two seem to be on entirely friendly terms by "Welcome to Beacon", with Yang feeling comfortable enough to put her hand on Weiss's shoulder and Weiss not being outwardly annoyed by this. Yang also offers Weiss advice on how to correctly play Remnant: The Game, even leading her to the brink of victory. This, however, was a ruse so Yang could activate her trap card and destroy Weiss's armies herself. In "Painting the Town...", Yang bluntly shoots down Weiss's attempt at making a pun, critiquing it as "not very good".

In "Extracurricular", it was revealed that Yang is working together with Weiss to organize the Beacon's dance event. Although they were seen arguing about what to bring for the party, both are enthusiastic and eager to do a good job, further showcasing the two's ability to coexist. Both also seem to share a love for formal events and attire.

During their battle against Team FNKI, Yang attempts to defend Weiss when Flynt Coal insults her, although she is interrupted by Neon Katt. Yang is also angered when Weiss is taken out of battle and quickly rushes to her side after defeating Flynt and Neon.

After the Battle of Beacon, Yang is saddened when she tells Ruby that Weiss was taken away by her father to Atlas.

In "Lighting the Fire", Yang finds Weiss locked in a cage. Surprised to see each other, Weiss is confused as to what is happening, even questioning Yang on why her mom would kidnap her, infuriating Yang. After the situation is resolved, Weiss jumps onto Yang, hugging her, leaving her slightly surprised. Saying how much she missed her, with tears, Yang replies on how much she missed her too, as the two friends and teammates remain embraced.

Weiss reunites with Yang

In "Alone Together", after her outburst to Ruby and Weiss about Blake's absence, Yang is confronted by the latter alone, and they share the loneliness they faced when they were younger. Every time Yang criticizes Blake for leaving, Weiss counters with solid reasons. In the end, it is Weiss who helps Yang to have faith in Blake's return, and is surprised when her friend states that she is there for Yang.

In "The More the Merrier", Yang looks on in horror when she sees Weiss impaled by Cinder.

Blake Belladonna

Blake is Yang's teammate and Academy partner. The night before the Beacon Academy Initiation, they meet when Yang drags Ruby over to her in order to help Ruby make some more friends - Ruby and Blake having been vaguely acquainted. The conversation becomes awkward and Yang thinks they should leave, but Ruby manages to connect with Blake's interest in reading.

During the initiation, Blake appears to be following Yang through the forest. When Yang confronts a pair of Ursai and defeats one, Blake jumps in to kill the other. The two girls seem to get along well, although, due to Blake's silent personality, they do not talk much. By the time of the festival, the two have a stronger bond. In "Welcome to Beacon", Yang is seemingly worried when Blake voices her concern regarding the White Fang and attempts to reassure her. When Blake proposes they take the fight to their enemies, Yang instantly agrees and playfully remarks "I love it when you're feisty", both sharing a smile afterward.

The two are skilled as a fighting duo, exemplified by Ruby's orders for a coordinated attack when Team RWBY fights Roman Torchwick. "Extracurricular" reveals that Yang, along with the rest of the team, is deeply concerned over Blake's recent lack of sleep and appetite, as well as her slipping grades. She calms Blake down when she becomes irritated and tries to convince her to attend the dance the following weekend, promising to ensure Blake has the perfect night. Blake, however, declines and leaves for the library.

Yang later on confronts Blake the day before the dance. She opens up to Blake about her childhood and how she continues searching for her mother. When Blake's stubbornness about making their investigation into Torchwick and the White Fang a priority over her health angers Yang, she pushes her onto the teacher's desk, demonstrating she would have no chance against Roman in her current state. Calming down, Yang hugs her partner and tells her to not stop, but to get rest, not only for herself, but for those she cares about as well. Yang encourages Blake to attend the dance again, offering her a dance. When Blake attended, both are seen dancing together, finishing up shortly before Yang allows Sun Wukong to cut in.

During the team's first away mission to Mountain Glenn, after they make camp for the night, Yang voices her admiration for Blake when the latter questions her own motives for being there, again attempting to cheer her up and reassure her. Yang assures Blake that she is not the type of girl to run away from a fight. Blake, however, disagrees, citing the instances of her running from the White Fang, her team, and even the nature of her Semblance as examples of her running away from a fight. Yang points out that Blake, along with Weiss, at least have purpose and direction in their lives, while Yang merely goes with the flow and takes what life throws at her, and Ruby thrives on her passion to become a Huntress.

Blake decides to show faith in Yang

During "Destiny", Yang is visibly hurt by Blake's hesitation in believing her about why she attacked Mercury, even after Blake explains it is due to her history with Adam Taurus. She tells Yang to be truthful and if she regrets attacking Mercury, to which Yang says he attacked first so she attacked back. She is, however, greatly relieved when Blake makes the choice to trust her, putting aside her misgivings and speaking well of Yang's character over the time she has known her.

In "Heroes and Monsters", Yang tries to find Blake somewhere in the ruins in Beacon. After seeing her getting stabbed in the abdomen by Adam, blinded by rage, she attempts to attack Adam for hurting Blake. Adam severs her arm, causing her to fall unconscious. Blake then uses her Semblance to distract Adam and carry Yang out of the building. After having retreated to safety and they are both on the ground recovering, Blake reaches out to an unconscious Yang, apologizing and crying.

After the Battle of Beacon, seen in "End of the Beginning", Blake runs away without a word, which wounds Yang even further. The usually upbeat and energetic girl becomes cold and cynical towards everything that has happened, including Blake's supposed betrayal, regardless of how much Ruby tries to defend her estranged partner.

In "Alone Together", Yang still has not gotten over Blake's running away and doubts she will see her again. However, deep down, she really misses her. After having a talk with Weiss, she begins to believe that she will meet Blake again. In "Downfall", Yang unexpectedly reunites with Blake and her eyes widen with shock. Their reunion is brief as Yang is directed by Ruby to head for the Vault. Once Yang returns in "Haven's Fate", and the battle ends, she warily eyes Blake, but then immediately smiles, and welcomes her into a group hug, accepting that Blake is back.

In "Argus Limited", Yang tells Blake that it will be a while before their relationship returns to the way it was before, but expresses happiness that they are back together again.

In "The Coming Storm", she tells Blake about her trauma and that she has not gotten over her fear of Adam. When Blake says she will stay by her side and protect her, Yang is offended and abruptly walks off. In "Alone in the Woods", while they are fleeing from the Apathy, Yang grabs Blake's hand and leads her outside. She is later assured by her partner that her doubts of their mission was caused by the Apathy draining them of their wills.

Protecting each other

In "Stealing from the Elderly", Yang quickly drives off to Blake's destination after hearing about how Blake's mission in disconnecting the relay tower has failed. In "The Lady in the Shoe", she drops her motorcycle, Bumblebee, near Adam before she proceeds to fight him by Blake's side. In "Seeing Red", Yang and Blake work together to fight him. The battle ends with both of them successfully killing Adam. This causes Blake to break down crying. Yang rushes to Blake's side to comfort and embrace her, at which Blake promises Yang she won't break her promise and abandon her again. Yang replies, saying that she knows she won't. Both of them then comfort each other.

In "Our Way", Yang can be seen comforting Blake after the battle against Adam. After the fight against a Leviathan and hordes of Grimm, she holds Blake's hand and tell Weiss that they were there for each other.

In "Ace Operatives", she is a bit flustered about Blake's new haircut and compliments her on it.

After they successfully complete their mission and become official Huntresses, Yang can be seen taking a selfie with Blake.

In "Sparks", Yang partners up with Blake and Marrow to eliminate Beowolves in the abandoned mines. She, along with Blake, are annoyed at Marrow when he suggests both of them should go on separate missions until both of them proceed to take down a Beowolf together.

In "A Night Off", the two of them are invited by Team FNKI to go to a dance club, and Yang is seen correcting Blake's dance moves, much to the annoyance of Weiss. Later, at the election rally, Ren mentions that "at least they're back to being friends again", to which Nora rejects the claim and speculates that "there's more going on" between the two, with Ren disagreeing, Ruby's annoyance at the two arguing, and Penny's curiosity about who Nora and Ren were talking about.

In "Worst Case Scenario", while in an Atlas vehicle, Yang ask Blake's opinion about whether they should've told Ironwood about what they learned about Salem, to which Blake tells Yang about the condition and situation of Mantle. Blake further reveals that she doesn't wish to use violence to bring Robyn Hill in to talk with Ironwood or to do the right thing. Yang then says that they won't have to use violence, forming an idea on how they could get Robyn to cease hostilities with Ironwood.

In "With Friends Like These", Blake and Yang worked together to defeat the better-trained Ace-Ops after Ironwood ordered Team RWBY, Team JNR, Oscar, and Qrow to be arrested.

In "Fault", Yang shows worry that Blake would think less of her for what she believed to be breaking the promise she made to always be there for her and protect her, asking Jaune if she would think less of her for not helping with Amity and being disappointed when Jaune believed she was talking about Ruby and assured her that her sister would forgive her.

In "Ultimatum", when Yang and Blake are reunited, Yang places a hand on her cheek softly with a blush on her face and places their heads together, which Blake happily returns.


Jaune Arc

Early on at Beacon, Yang notices that Ruby has formed a tentative bond with Jaune. Though she thinks less highly of him, she is seen encouraging Ruby to be friends with him. Yang has also been shown to playfully tease Jaune about his romantic misadventures with Weiss, calling him lady-killer after being rejected by Weiss the first time and the second time, tousling his hair, and stating "one day" after Jaune's second failed attempt. This relationship does not change after they meet again in Haven, as she consistently teases him and calls him "vomit boy", referencing how they met.

In "Dead End", Yang is unable to stop Jaune from his assault on Oscar Pine. In "Lost", she shows concern about his proposed idea of stealing an Atlas airship, questioning how they would get onto the airfield.

In "Fault", she acknowledges how he has grown after his fight with Ren.

Nora Valkyrie

A "friendly" food fight

As Nora retells a fantastical version of her recurring dream, Yang is shown to be completely enthralled by it. Before their second semester started, Nora was also seen playfully throwing food into Yang's mouth from her table, much to the latter's joy, until Nora hit her in the face with an apple and the conflict escalated. Nora later struck Yang into the sky with a watermelon hammer, but the two laughed about it a few minutes later, showing they are still on good terms.

The two in an arm-wrestling match

When they reunite in Mistral over half a year later, Yang shows off her new robotic arm, and Nora challenges her to an arm wrestling match, to which she accepts. Ultimately, Yang wins the battle when she fires her arm off and sends Nora flying back into a wall. The two appear to share a competitive and combative nature, as well as a similar go-with-the-flow attitude. Both are the physical powerhouses of their respective teams, often operating in a similarly less-than-subtle manner.

After graduating in Atlas, Nora joins Yang and Penny in a moment of fun after Yang surprised Penny with her robotic arm. In "A Night Off", she believes that Yang and Blake are "more than just friends".

Pyrrha Nikos

Not much interaction was shown between Yang and Pyrrha, but they get along very well. In "End of the Beginning", she was devastated by Pyrrha's death.

Lie Ren

While the two are rarely seen interacting with each other, Yang seems to be a good friend to Ren, as she hugged him when he and the other members of Team JNR reunited with Team RWBY in "The Grimm Reaper".

In "Fault", their friendship becomes strained after Ren is forced to rescue Yang and Jaune and begins to believe he is carrying the rest of the group[5] and both of them get into an argument about their jobs as Huntsmen and Huntresses. She asks Ren if he's planning to push everyone away from him, but he didn't respond back.

After getting captured by the Ace Operatives and Ren's Semblance evolves, Ren deliberately avoids looking at Yang because he didn't want to see what she was feeling at the moment and was more focused on how dysfunctional the Ace Operatives were instead.[6]

In "Witch", Yang and Ren make up while searching for Oscar inside Monstra, with them talking about their fears. She is puzzled by Ren's newfound ability to read emotions, but takes it well when Ren says that she doesn't have to hide her fear with jokes, and the two then speak fondly about Jaune and how he's leading them. When she asks Emerald why they should trust her, she calms down after Ren tells her and Jaune that Emerald is afraid of Salem just like them, showing that she trusts Ren's judgement and his new power.


Sun Wukong

There is not much interaction between them, but, in RWBY: The Official Manga, Yang defends Sun by telling Weiss that she shouldn't assume he's a member of the White Fang.

Neptune Vasilias

Yang is initially annoyed by Neptune, who defeats her at Remnant: The Game. She is completely dismissive of him in Junior Xiong's club and exasperated by his naivete, but she, nevertheless, trusts him to slow down the Atlesian Paladin-290 while it chases Sun and Blake.


Neon Katt

During the doubles round of the Vytal Festival Tournament, Neon mercilessly taunts Yang during their match, making fun of her hair, large breasts, weight, and eyes. This incites the fiery blonde's anger. However, after the match, Neon has a change of heart and calls her "super crazy awesome" and suggests that they "should definitely party together some time".

In "A Night Off", after arriving in Atlas, Yang and Neon appear to be on more friendly terms as she and the other members of Team FNKI invited her and Blake out to dance, although Yang still finds her and the rest of Team FNKI annoying.

Ozpin's Group


Yang and the new Ozpin, Oscar Pine.

During her time at Beacon Academy, Yang seemed to respect Ozpin and his position. However, after his soul merges with Oscar's, she acts much more disdainful and aggressive towards him for several reasons.

In "Rest and Resolutions", Yang is angry with Ozpin for turning Raven and Qrow into birds, along with keeping many other secrets from her and the other students. After he gives his reasons and offers the students a chance to leave the battle against Salem, Yang decides to stay, but demands Ozpin to not keep any more secrets from them. After he agrees, he places a hand on Yang's shoulder and tells her and the students to rest that night, and she smiles.

After the Battle of Haven in "Argus Limited", Yang's trust in Ozpin is further strained when she learns that he neglected to tell her and the others sooner that the Relic can also attract Grimm.

In "Uncovered", Yang calls Ozpin out for breaking his promise to not withhold any more pertinent information, along with fabricating the story of Lionheart's heroic death. After Jinn reveals that she can still answer two questions, Yang glares at Ozpin, realizing he had lied to them yet again.

After Jinn reveals that Salem cannot be destroyed, Yang's trust towards him completely shatters. When he seals himself away within Oscar's head, Yang calls him a bastard and demands he return so she can further speak her mind. In "Our Way", Yang is seemingly upset at the possibility that Ozpin was watching them the entire time without their knowledge.

In "Ultimatum", Yang is surprised when she hears from Ren that Ozpin has returned, and is cautious and conflicted when Oscar tells her, Jaune, and Ren about how Ozpin trusted him with the power of the Long Memory and the other things he did for Oscar.

In "Risk", after Ozpin takes Oscar's place and apologizes for having not trusted them with the truth in the first place and for locking himself away, Yang, having learned how risky it is to trust someone, accepts his apology and agrees to trust him again alongside the others.

In "Creation", Yang was shown to, now, more or less, let go of her original resentment towards Ozpin as she began collaborating with him to save the people of Atlas and Mantle using the Relic of Creation.

Oscar Pine

Yang appears to be relatively good friends with Oscar, and clearly cares about him, although she has lashed out to him because of his connection with Ozpin.

In "Rest and Resolutions", after Ozpin's conversation with the Beacon students, Oscar finds himself touching her shoulder, causing him to pull back in nervousness. Fortunately, she does not seem to mind and playfully laughs at his awkwardness.

In "Uncovered", Oscar agrees with her about Ozpin's secrecy and that he needs to now tell them the truth. Later, when Oscar struggles with Ozpin over the control of his body and tells them to stop Ozpin, she asks him what Ozpin is trying to stop Ruby from doing.

Yang leaning on Oscar

In "So That's How It Is", Yang angrily demands Oscar to bring out Ozpin, since she is not done talking to him.

In "Alone in the Woods", while running away from the Apathy, Yang yells at Oscar that they need to leave Brunswick Farms immediately.

In "Dead End," Yang tries to stop Jaune from taking his anger out on Oscar, and is later very worried after he goes missing.

When the group finds him again in "Lost", she is also seen to be surprised, yet very relieved, that he is okay.

In "A Night Off", Yang is comfortable enough with Oscar to rest her arm on his shoulder, which takes him by surprise.

In "War", upon hearing about Ironwood's plan to bomb Monstra from the inside, Yang was primarily concerned for Oscar, due to him still being inside of it, and immediately attempts to convince Winter not to follow through with the order until Oscar is out of it.

In "Witch", Yang was overjoyed upon seeing Oscar alright, and proceeds to make their escape from Monstra. Later, Yang tries to defend him from Salem upon her directing her anger at him.

Ironwood's Group

James Ironwood

Yang's first encounter with Ironwood was quite unpleasant, for he confronted her over her "misconduct" at the Vytal Festival. While he did not believe it was done out of malice, he stated that the people had made their own conclusions and explained to Yang about how many are blinded in war, and, thus, he told her she was disqualified. After the Battle of Beacon, however, Ironwood admired her bravery in defending the school and commissioned a state-of-the-art prosthetic arm for her as a reward.

While Yang also lied to Ironwood with the rest of her friends when they met him again in Atlas, she still tried to help him as much as she could. When she and Blake went behind his back and told Robyn Hill about his plans for Amity Communications Tower, however, Ironwood confronted them about this and became mad that they both lied to him and felt that they betrayed him in "Gravity".

Yang later became upset by Ironwood's plan to abandon Mantle and she, along with her team, opposed him. Later, Ironwood planned to use Yang's Group as leverage against Ruby to give him Penny. After Ironwood shot down the SDC ships, Yang was horrified when he stated that he would bomb Mantle within an hour if they didn't give him Penny.

Penny Polendina

Yang was initially wary of Penny, due to her upbeat behavior after being knocked over in "The Stray". Although known interaction between the two was originally limited, Yang was clearly torn over Penny's death in "End of the Beginning", whether it was her own feelings or knowing how devastated Ruby was over the loss was unknown.

Yang was surprised to see Penny again and alive in "The Greatest Kingdom", though she's happy when Penny reunited with and hugged Ruby. Like the rest of her teammates, Team JNPR and Oscar, she was guided by Penny into Atlas Academy by Penny, and eventually fell out of fatigue due to Penny's energetic and long presentation of the Academy. In "Pomp and Circumstance", after graduation to Huntress, she surprised Penny with her detachable prosthetic arm, and the two eventually laughed together, alongside Nora.

In "Creation", Yang revealed that she saw Penny much like herself: seeing that a real girl was inside the robot body, which Yang considered "something extra", like her own prosthetic.

Salem's Inner Circle


Yang first learns about Salem's existence from her mother, Raven, in "Known by its' Song". Though daunted by what she is told, in "Haven's Fate", she insists she won't run from Salem like Raven had, but she will face her.

Yang first encounters Salem in "Gravity" when she emerges as an apparition from a Seer. Yang doesn't join the conversation between Salem, James Ironwood, and Ruby, but she is visibly upset by Salem's comments on her past encounter with Summer Rose, rushing to comfort her grieving sister and glaring at Salem as she fades away.

The two meet in person in "Witch", as Yang and her group are escaping from Monstra. True to her word, Yang stands up to Salem, rather than fleeing to safety, despite her attacks having no effect. When she and her allies are captured and interrogated, Yang remains defiant and angry, calling Salem out on spreading pain and destruction to everyone else just because she didn't get "a fairy-tale ending." She adds that everything and everyone she's lost was due to Salem, including Summer Rose.

Cinder's Faction

Roman Torchwick

Though Yang had only interacted with Roman Torchwick once, she was strongly aware of his existence, primarily through her sister and Blake. She readily joined in with the rest of her team in deciding to track him down. Though it was not clear whether she recalled seeing him at Junior's club before Junior himself mentions that Torchwick was there the same night she was, Yang goes to Junior first for information about him.

In "Painting the Town...", she and Neptune chased Roman in his stolen Atlesian Paladin-290 on her motorcycle. She swerved to avoid the passenger vehicles he knocked back at her. Once it became an on-foot battle against Roman, Yang partnered with both Blake and Weiss in coordinated attacks. She received a hard hit from Torchwick that might have caused more damage if not for her Aura. Ultimately, she destroyed the Paladin, breaking it into pieces around Roman.

Emerald Sustrai

Yang seems to have had a friendship with Emerald, even fondly calling her by the nickname "Em". However, despite outward appearances, Yang does give an odd backwards glance at Emerald in "Round One".

In "Vault of the Spring Maiden", Yang is forced to fight Emerald and Mercury and, once again, suffers from Emerald's hallucinations, including one of her mother.

In "Witch", Yang is ready to attack Emerald upon seeing her and "Hazel", until the latter reveals himself to be Oscar hidden by one of Emerald's illusions. Yang remains distrustful of Emerald, asking her why they should trust her, but reluctantly agrees to let her help her and her friends after Ren says that Emerald is acting out of fear of Salem, and after Emerald tells them that they need her help to escape from Monstra. Despite her distrust and hostility towards Emerald for her actions, Yang was still willing to save her from Salem, as she attacked Salem after she had grabbed Emerald.

As seen in "Ultimatum", Yang is still hostile towards Emerald and partially blames her due to her involvement for the Fall of Beacon, holding her at gunpoint with Ember Celica and having taken her weapons. However, after hearing Oscar and Ren's arguments about giving her a second chance, and upon seeing Atlas citizens having taken refuge in the subways, Yang begrudgingly agrees.

In "Risk", Yang is still distrustful of Emerald and angrily looks at her after she made a sarcastic comment about Ruby not being her optimistic self, walking in her direction and asking her why she doesn't just leave, though she calms down after Oscar defends Emerald. Later, after Emerald starts saying to the members of team RWBY and JNR about how they didn't give up before, despite the beatings they took, Yang is, at first, wary, but after Emerald awkwardly admits that she switched sides, Yang teases her by saying "aww", and giggles at Emerald's look of embarrassment, indicating that she started to warmed up to Emerald again.

Mercury Black

Face off at the Vytal Festival Tournament

Yang and Mercury do not often interact prior to their one-on-one fight in the Vytal Festival Tournament. At one point, Emerald suggests to her that Mercury has a socializing issue, and, since, at the moment, Mercury was sniffing the inside of a boot, Yang agrees.

During the festival's final round in "Fall", the two exchange verbal banter before their fight begins. Their fight is wordless, but Yang becomes enraged when Mercury successfully knocks her down and hits her with several projectiles from his boots that had been circling. After Yang wins the round, she is deceived by a hallucination into believing that Mercury is launching an underhanded post-fight attack on her. She defends herself with a punch to his leg, giving the appearance to all those watching that she attacked and severely hurt him after his Aura was depleted.

Round two.

The two face off again in "The More the Merrier", with Yang livid at seeing him again. Mercury intercepts her before she can run to Ruby, citing she must "apologize" for his leg. The two square off, but the fight is interrupted by Weiss falling in battle. In "Vault of the Spring Maiden", Yang is overpowered by Mercury, who is helped by Emerald's Semblance, before they are stopped by Ruby. In "Downfall", Yang is initially angry at Mercury when he grabs her prosthetic arm to stop her from reaching the vault. However, she immediately calms down and detaches her arm to escape his grasp.


Yang's first defeat

Yang dislikes the diminutive girl for rescuing Roman from certain defeat in "Painting the Town...", even more so when she tries to stop them in "No Brakes". Yang offers to fight the girl alone and suffers her first defeat in the show proper, although before Neo can land the killing blow, Raven appears and drives her off.

White Fang

Adam Taurus

Her nightmare

Yang witnessed Adam wounding Blake in "Heroes and Monsters". Upon seeing this, she flew into a rage and attacked him. However, Adam thwarted her attack and severed her arm with a single slash of his sword. Both the thought of Adam and the loss of her arm continued to haunt her ever since Beacon fell. In "Of Runaways and Stowaways", Yang experienced fear and saw a flash of his mask when a glass accidentally breaks, while, in "Family", she had a nightmare about Adam based on the day she lost her arm. He became one of the central triggers of Yang's post-traumatic stress disorder.

Ending the nightmare

In "The Coming Storm", Yang had a brief hallucination of Adam at the farm, showing she had yet to overcome her trauma. In "The Lady in the Shoe", Yang puts her fears aside when facing Adam again and she was willing to fight him in order to protect Blake. Afterwards, she told him to leave her and Blake alone and this was his last chance to retreat, but he refused. Suddenly, Yang's left hand started to tremble when facing Adam, hinting that she was still scared of him. In "Seeing Red", when Adam reminded Blake that she once made a promise to him and she had not kept her word, Yang asked him whether Blake really made a promise to him, or to the person he once pretended to be, implying she believed Adam emotionally manipulated Blake to make her think he was a different kind of person than he actually was. During the fight, Yang managed to catch his weapon at the cost of her Aura, after taking advantage of Adam's increasing rage. Yang tossed the blade to the waters and, along with Blake, was able to kill Adam after his Aura was depleted.

In spite of this, Yang does seem to have some remorse about the results of the encounter, based on her conversation with Blake in "Worst Case Scenario".

Xiong Family

Junior Xiong

Junior is a member of a club that Yang attacked. Although having no real relationship, Yang is shown to know who he is before they first met, implying some form of research.

Before the club brawl, Yang interrogates Junior to gain information regarding her mother, and when that method fails, she resorts to flirting with him to lower his guard and make the first attack, provoking him and his henchmen to attack her.

Junior tries to answer Yang's questions

After the fight, Junior willingly complied to help give Yang any information he had regarding her mother. However, he revealed that he really knew nothing about her and couldn't help Yang with finding her mother.

The two meet again in "Painting the Town...". Junior is seen somewhat intimidated by her. She tries to get information out of him about Roman, but comes up empty-handed. She refers to him as her "friend" in "A Minor Hiccup".

Miltia and Melanie Malachite

Miltia and Melanie are twin sisters who are members of a club that Yang attacked. She showed no malice or hate towards them, but she fought them and incapacitated them both after a short, but intense and heated, fight.


Maria Calavera

When she first meets Maria, Yang calls her a defenseless old lady. After Jinn reveals the futility of their mission to stop Salem, Yang is initially hostile to Maria, but Maria silences her. Yang later carries Maria on Bumblebee and bitterly questions the woman's earlier statement that "trails usually lead somewhere".

Later, after Maria reveals her past as the Grimm Reaper, she warns Yang and the others not to try and be like her, claiming that some of them were already stronger, referring to the latter, to which Yang said in response that it was because of the mistreatment of the elder.

Unnamed Spring Maiden

In "Haven's Fate", Yang was shown to have angrily demanded to know what happened to her after seeing her mother open the Vault, and was later seen to be greatly distressed upon learning of how her mother had acquired the powers of the Spring Maiden, and showcased active pity and sympathy for the previous Spring Maiden at having been betrayed by her mother, despite coming to have a close relationship with her.


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