RWBY Characters Ranked

Fairy tale, historical, and other public domain stories mashed-up and reimagined as a fantasy action epic. Considering how gonzo Red vs Blue was, it's surprising that RWBY was both family friendly and good. Also, Americans make better anime.
  1. 1.
    Blake Belladonna
    The brooding one of the band. Alludes to Belle from Beauty and the Beast
  2. 2.
    Yang Xiao Long
    Kung fu Goldilocks with shotgun gauntlets.
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    Glinda Goodwitch
    One of few classic magic users. Reimagined Glinda the Good Witch from The Wizard of Oz.
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    Professor Ozpin
    The Headmaster of Beacon. He's the man with the plan.
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    Pyrrha Nikos
    Technically the most skilled fighter in the school. Named for the Greek goddess Nike.
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    Ruby Rose
    Little Red Riding Hood with a huge scythe/sniper rifle.
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    Lie Ren
    Gun-fu meets Wu Shu. Gender flipped Mulan.
  8. 8.
    Weiss Schnee
    Snow White reimagined as a rich heiress.
  9. 9.
    Sun Wukong
    Based on the same character from Journey to the West.
  10. 10.
    Adam Taurus
    The beast to Blake's beauty. Leader of the White Fang.
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    Roman Torchwick
    Dirty criminal. A mash-up of Alex from A Clockwork Orange and Candlewick from Pinocchio.
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    Cinder Fall
    The series's villain. Infiltrated Beacon along with Mercury and Emerald. Cinderella meets the Human Torch.
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    Jaune Arc
    The wee lamb of the school. Based on Joan of Arc.
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    Emerald Sustrai
    Cinder's minion. Her name is Basque for "thief". Inspired by both Aladdin and Cleopatra.
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    Nora Valkyrie
    The fun loving heavy-hitter. Alludes to the granddaughter of Charles Darwin and the Norse god Thor.
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    Qrow Branwen
    Ruby's uncle and original teacher. Heavy drinker. Alludes to Bran the Blessed.
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    Penny
    A battle android Pinocchio.
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    General James Ironwood
    Headmaster of Atlas Academy and the head of Atlas's military. Alludes to the Tin Man from The Wizard of Oz.
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    Neapolitan
    Illusionist and Roman Torchwick's bodyguard. Can use her umbrella as a shield. Named after Neapolitan ice cream.
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    Velvet Scarletina
    Alludesudes to The Velveteen Rabbit. Her camera captures the function of other weapons.
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    Coco Adel
    Patty Herst meets Coco Chanel.
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    Neptune Vasilias
    Sun's teammate. Inspired by the Roman god of the sea.
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    Winter Schnee
    Weiss's older sister and an officer in the Atlas army.
  24. 24.
    Dr. Bartholomew Oobleck
    Another professor at Beacon Academy. Inspired by Bartholomew and the Oobleck by Dr. Seuss.
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    Mercury Black
    Alludes to the Roman god of the same name. Has cybernetic legs. Also Cinder's minion.
  26. 26.
    Salem
    We know nothing about her yet. Could she be Cinder's boss?
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    Professor Peter Port
    Also a Beacon instructor. From Peter and the Wolf.