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. Blake Belladonna
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    Alludes to Belle from Beauty and the Beast
  2. Yang Xiao Long
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    Kung fu Goldilocks with shotgun gauntlets.
  3. Glinda Goodwitch
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    Reimagined Glinda the Good Witch from The Wizard of Oz.
  4. Professor Ozpin
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    The Headmaster of Beacon. The Not-a-Wizard of Oz.
  5. Pyrrha Nikos
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    Named for the Greek goddess Nike.
  6. Ruby Rose
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    Little Red Riding Hood with a huge scythe/sniper rifle.
  7. Lie Ren
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    Gun-fu meets Wu Shu. Gender flipped Mulan.
  8. Weiss Schnee
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    Snow White reimagined as a rich heiress.
  9. Sun Wukong
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    Based on the same character from Journey to the West.
  10. Adam Taurus
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    The beast to Blake's beauty. Leader of the White Fang.
  11. Roman Torchwick
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    A mash-up of Alex from A Clockwork Orange and Candlewick from Pinocchio.
  12. Cinder Fall
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    The series's villain. Cinderella meets the Human Torch.
  13. Jaune Arc
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    Gender flipped Joan of Arc.
  14. Emerald Sustrai
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    Her name is Basque for "thief". Inspired by both Aladdin and Cleopatra.
  15. Nora Valkyrie
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    Alludes to the granddaughter of Charles Darwin and the Norse god Thor.
  16. Qrow Branwen
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    Ruby's uncle and original teacher. Alludes to Bran the Blessed.
  17. Penny
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    A battle android Pinocchio.
  18. General James Ironwood
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    Headmaster of Atlas Academy and the head of Atlas's military. Alludes to the Tin Man from The Wizard of Oz.
  19. Neapolitan
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    Illusionist and Roman Torchwick's bodyguard. Named after Neapolitan ice cream.
  20. Velvet Scarletina
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    Alludes to The Velveteen Rabbit. Her camera captures the function of other weapons.
  21. Coco Adel
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    Patty Herst meets Coco Chanel.
  22. Neptune Vasilias
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    Sun's teammate. Inspired by the Roman god of the sea.
  23. Winter Schnee
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    Weiss's older sister and an officer in the Atlas army.
  24. Dr. Bartholomew Oobleck
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    Another professor at Beacon Academy. Inspired by Bartholomew and the Oobleck by Dr. Seuss.
  25. Mercury Black
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    Alludes to the Roman god of the same name. Also Cinder's minion.
  26. Salem
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    We know nothing about her yet.
  27. Professor Peter Port
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    Also a Beacon instructor. From Peter and the Wolf.