|“||As a girl, I wanted to be just like those heroes in the books. Someone who fought for what was right and protected people who couldn't protect themselves!||„|
|“||We've all lost something, and I've seen what loss can do to people. But if we gave up every time we lost, then we'd never be able to move forward.||„|
|~ Ruby, in her letter to Yang.|
She is voiced by Lindsay Jones in English and Saori Hayami in the Japanese dub.✔
Ruby appears as a young, silver-eyed girl with black hair. She is one of the youngest characters in the series and, as such, is one of the shortest.
In Volumes 1-3, she wore a black blouse, cincher, and battle skirt outfit with a long red cape and hood, and dark red lace trimmings along the bottom of the skirt and sleeves.. She wore a black belt with ammunition and a silver plate of her emblem on it. She wore black leggings with a red tint and black boots with red soles.
Her Slayer outfit, which appeared exclusively in Volume 2, was a long-sleeved grey shirt with black dress overlay. Underneath was a smaller red shirt with a giant black imprint of her emblem on the bottom. The sleeves included black bands and her cape and hood remained.
Her school uniform is a dark maroon suit over a white collared shirt and red tie. The uniform also includes a red and gold plaid skirt and black collar. She retains her cape and hood.
Her prom dress is a sleeveless red dress with a black belt and a black mesh neck strap. This also includes red heels.
Her first set of pajamas consist of a pair of white pajama pants decorated with images of pink roses, a black tank top with a comedic heart-shaped pink Grimm face, and a black sleeping mask with decorations of red Grimm eyes.
Her other set of pajamas is a matching pair of pants and a shirt: black with white dots and white edges.
As of Volume 4, she changed her traditional outfit to another: a white shirt under a red and black cincher, a black battle skirt with red trimming, a black and red belt with ammunition, and torn white leggings. This outfit also includes the same boots, cape, and hood as the original outfit.
Ruby is the daughter of Summer Rose and Taiyang Xiao Long, as well as the younger half-sister of Yang Xiao Long, with whom she was raised on the island of Patch.
When she was very young, Yang would read her fairy tales every night before bed, filled with the deeds of great heroes; this would later inspire Ruby to become a Huntress.
One day, Summer went missing while on a mission. Yang said that, although Ruby was "really torn up" by the incident, she was too young to really understand what was happening.
Shortly after Summer's disappearance, Yang brought Ruby with her to an abandoned building in order to find clues about the whereabouts of Yang's mother, Raven Branwen. During the search, they were almost killed by Beowolves, but were saved by their uncle Qrow Branwen, which only fueled her desire to become a Huntress.
To achieve this, she studied at Signal Academy, where she built and learned to use her high-caliber sniper scythe, Crescent Rose, under the tutelage of her uncle Qrow.
Ruby Rose is seen visiting an altar by a cliffside in a snow-laden forest, whose inscription reads: "Summer Rose / Thus Kindly I Scatter", which is a reference to the poem The Last Rose of Summer by Thomas Moore.
On her way back, she was confronted by a pack of Beowolves, which she quickly slew before going on her way.
While in Vale, Ruby unexpectedly encounters her sister, Yang, outside of a club. Yang is somewhat reluctant to discuss what she is doing there, claiming that it is a "long story".
The manga opens with the events of the "Red" Trailer. These are revealed to be a flashback, as the scene transitions from Ruby standing next to her mother's memorial, to her waiting for the remaining members of Team RWBY to show up near Beacon Academy.
Once everyone comes, the team heads to the cafeteria, where they chat about the nature and uses of Dust, before being interrupted by Cardin Winchester throwing Jaune Arc into their table. Cardin then begins antagonizing Ruby, who stepped in to defend Jaune, before they are interrupted by Professor Glynda Goodwitch.
Glynda decides to resolve the situation through a public sparring match, which ends up being spectated by numerous students, as well as Professor Ozpin. Ruby initially freezes up due to the large audience present and the threat of Cardin's weapon, but is brought to her senses by Weiss Schnee.
During the fight, Ruby reminisces on the time she was saved by her Uncle Qrow. The spar ends with Ruby as the winner and, in honor of her uncle, opts to don her cloak along with her school uniform from now on.
Dust Shop Robbery
Ruby becomes inadvertently involved in the affairs of the criminal Roman Torchwick when she interferes with his attempted robbery of the Dust store From Dust Till Dawn.
After quickly dispatching all his armed henchmen, Ruby gives chase to Roman as he flees to a nearby rooftop. There, she finds herself out of her depth when Roman's Bullhead arrives to pick him up. It was only the intervention of Glynda that prevented Ruby from being harmed when Roman detonated a Dust crystal at her feet with a shot from Melodic Cudgel.
The pilot of the Bullhead, Cinder Fall, swaps places with Roman in order to cover their escape. After trading several blows, Cinder successfully distracts Glynda by forcing her to save Ruby from harm, giving Roman enough time to fly away.
Unhappy with that turn of events, Glynda briefly scolds Ruby in a remote location for her foolhardy risk-taking behavior, before admitting she was brought here for another reason. That reason was to meet Professor Ozpin, the headmaster of Beacon Academy where Glynda taught, who has seen Ruby's actions on camera and has a couple of questions for her.
After being briefly distracted by Ruby's unusual eye color, Ozpin questions her skills with the scythe, and quickly draws out her association with Qrow and Signal Academy, as well as her dream to join Beacon in order to become a huntress. Impressed by the girl's ambitions and values, he exercises his authority as the headmaster to accept her into the school two years early, much to the delight of Ruby's sister, Yang.
Welcome to Beacon
After arriving at Beacon, Yang separates from her sister after meeting some of her friends, leaving Ruby to her own devices. She immediately gets herself in trouble by falling on a luggage trolley belonging to Weiss.
Dismayed at the possibility of damage to her supply of Dust, Weiss immediately begins to berate Ruby, but in the process shakes enough Dust into the air that it makes Ruby sneeze, detonating the drifting Dust in a flash of fire, electricity, and ice. Before their conversation escalates into a full blown argument, they are interrupted by Blake Belladonna, who infuriates Weiss by mentioning the less-than-savory reputation of her family company, the Schnee Dust Company. Eventually, Blake and Weiss depart, leaving a depressed Ruby alone.
She isn't alone for long though, as she is helped to her feet by Jaune, who she previously saw being sick on the airshipcarrying them to Beacon. Despite a few rocky moments, during which they exchange unflattering nicknames, the two strike up a friendship and part ways on amiable terms when they reach Beacon's Amphitheater.
There, Ruby attempts to explain her day's misadventures to a disbelieving Yang. Ruby is interrupted from her explanation by Weiss, who scares Ruby into Yang's arms and makes her realize Ruby's tale was completely true. Ruby tries to make peace with Weiss to no avail, before they get distracted by a speech from the headmaster and subsequently go their separate ways.
That night in the Academy's ballroom, Ruby attempts to write a letter to her friends at Signal Academy about her day. However Yang, eager to help her sister make friends, interrupts and drags her over to Blake to formally introduce herself.
The two strike up a conversation about books and Ruby's dreams for her future before Weiss arrives and starts berating everyone over the amount of noise they're causing. A dismayed Blake blows out her candles, leaving the quartet in the dark.
Beacon Academy Initiation
The morning of their second day at Beacon, Yang notes that Ruby was "awfully chipper" and Ruby explains that she was happy that she was no longer going to have to struggle socially but could let Crescent Rose speak for her. It is clear that Ruby does not like the thought of making friends and wants to stick with Yang, even joining her team, if necessary.
She becomes angry when Yang suggests that making friends would help her "break out of her shell" and grow up emotionally. Shortly afterward, Ruby helps Jaune go to the Beacon Cliff after the boy is left stunned by his failure to impress Weiss and by a near-miss from a Milówielded by a famed young athlete named Pyrrha Nikos.
On the cliffs, Ruby reacts with dismay when the class is informed by Glynda that they would be sorted into teams by the Academy faculty and not by their own choice. Ozpin makes this worse by implying that who they would be paired up with for the test (and the rest of their Academy career) was down to a combination of chance and their judgment.
After being launched into the Emerald Forest, Ruby searches unsuccessfully for Yang before finally coming across Weiss, who promptly walks away, leaving Ruby behind. Although initially dismayed, Ruby is determined to make the team-up work and is overjoyed when Weiss returns to her after initially storming away.
Ruby starts attempting (unsuccessfully) to impress Weiss first with her speed and then with her ability as a fighter when they encounter a pack of Beowolves. However, Ruby jumps in front of Weiss to attack the lead Beowolf, causing Weiss to hastily redirect the fire-based attack she was about to use on the Grimm, starting a small forest fire. Ruby gets frustrated at their having to flee the resulting fire and Weiss accuses Ruby of being "the strongest child to sneak her way" into Beacon, an accusation that clearly infuriates Ruby.
During their journey through the forest (during which they get hopelessly lost), the two argue repeatedly. Weiss accuses Ruby of being childish, irresponsible, and by far her inferior. Ruby counters that Weiss is bossy and clearly thinks that she is perfect, an accusation that clearly bites deeply.
Finally, Ruby somehow talks Weiss into a scheme that leads to the two dangling from the back of a giant Nevermore high over the ruined temple at the north of the forest that was their objective. Ruby jumps off of the Grimm's back, leaving a furious Weiss still dangling from the creature's claw.
Ruby is inadvertently saved from a painful landing in front of Yang and Blake when Jaune, who had been flung into the air by a Death Stalker, strikes her in mid-air knocking them both into the trees. After recovering, Ruby sees the Death Stalker attacking Pyrrha and Ruby runs to her aid.
However, the giant scorpion-like Grimm is able to resist both Crescent Rose's blade and its rifle fire with no apparent damage. Ruby flees but is trapped when the Nevermore pins her cape to the ground with a barrage of spear-like feathers. She is only saved from being killed by the Death Stalker's sting when Weiss traps the creature's tail in ice.
Weiss, now more upset than angry, repeats her charge that Ruby is immature and reckless but acknowledges that her own acerbic personality is not helping matters. She offers to act nicer if Ruby stops showing off. Ruby responds that she merely wanted to prove to Weiss that she can take care of herself.
Weiss' response that "You're fine", is an enormous relief to Ruby. She then has an emotional reunion with Yang who had been trying to help her escape the Death Stalker but had not been able to reach her due to a barrier of Nevermore spear-feathers.
Ruby collects the White Knight relic from the temple, completing the first part of the initiation test. She supports Weiss' declaration that they needed to make haste back to the cliffs to finish the test rather than "dilly-dally" around, fighting the Grimm.
Ruby, Weiss, Blake, Yang, Jaune, Nora Valkyrie, Pyrrha, and Lie Ren flee deeper into the abandoned temple buildings and are finally trapped between the Nevermore and the Death Stalker on a bridge across a seemingly bottomless abyss.
After she, Weiss, Blake, and Yang make a few futile attempts to kill the Nevermore both individually and with massed ranged fire; Ruby comes up with a plan to combine the various skills and abilities of all four girls.
Yang and Weiss co-operate to ground the Nevermore, freezing its tail to the ground. Blake and Yang create an enormous slingshot from the ribbon of Gambol Shroud. Ruby is then launched from it (with the aid of Weiss' weapon); she pins the Nevermore's neck to the cliff with Crescent Rose's blade and ascends the cliff, aided by her weapon's recoil and Weiss' powers. Finally, at the top of the cliff, a final shot from Crescent Rose beheads the Nevermore and Ruby has defeated her first foe as a student of Beacon Academy.
That evening, back in the amphitheater, Professor Ozpin announces that Ruby, Weiss, Blake, and Yang, having all selected a White Knight Relic, would henceforth work together as Team RWBY. Much to Ruby's shock, Weiss' disbelief, and Yang's joy: Ruby is named team leader.
Start of Classes
The next morning, Ruby, taking her role as team leader most seriously, rallies her team with a whistle to the task of unpacking and decorating their dormitory room. She is eagerly assisted by Yang and Blake but less happily by Weiss, who is probably somewhat annoyed at having her new leader blowing a whistle in her ear at a close range first thing in the morning.
After getting the room in order and creating bunk beds to save space, Ruby determines from their schedule that their first classes of the day start at 9am. When an understandably-alarmed Weiss points out that it is 8:55am, Team RWBY and Team JNPR engage in a sprint across the courtyard to class, watched by a dismayed Glynda and an amused Ozpin.
Ruby pays little attention to the opening lecture of the Grimm Studies class, taught by Peter Port after it becomes clear that the teacher just wishes to boast of his heroic past and, possibly, flirt with a disgusted Yang. Ruby's lackadaisical attitude enrages Weiss who inadvertently volunteers to demonstrate the skills a Huntress needs by fighting a Boarbatuskthat Professor Port has brought along for the occasion.
Weiss struggles against the Grimm boar, primarily because she keeps pausing to berate Ruby for distracting her or telling her what to do, despite Ruby actively trying to give her advice and encouragement. After killing her foe (using a strategy Ruby had suggested), she storms off, much to her classmates' puzzlement.
Ruby confronts her teammate, demanding an explanation. Weiss rages at Ruby, telling her that she is unfit to be a leader due to her youth and lack of skill; she did not want to be in any team led by Ruby.
A dismayed Ruby meets up with Ozpin, who informs her that he has made more mistakes than anyone else on Remnant but that he does not believe that making Ruby team leader is one of those.
Ozpin counsels Ruby that being a leader is a badge and burden she must bear always and that she needs to prove herself worthy of it. She cannot expect to lead if she does not show herself worthy of being followed. After the headmaster leaves, Ruby sees Weiss talking to Professor Port and seems to come to a decision.
That night, Ruby falls asleep studying and is woken by Weiss who seems impressed by her work ethic. Weiss informs her that she intends to be the best teammate she can be and gives Ruby a coffee and a tip on her studies as peace offerings. Before leaving she confesses that she always wanted a bunk-bed.
As classes progress for a few weeks, Ruby is seen watching a fight between Jaune and Cardin. After the match, Glynda announces a festival that Ruby is clearly excited about, as it means fighting teams from other schools. Ruby later joins Team JNPR for a meal, where she looks at Pyrrha in agreement, and questions if Jaune is okay after his humiliating defeat and calls Cardin a bully due to how he treats him.
One night, Ruby runs into Jaune outside his room, thinking that he locked himself from his room. Jaune admits to Ruby his problems with Cardin and Pyrrha, but Ruby gives him some advice about being a leader and how as a leader, Jaune needs to put his team before himself and how he isn't allowed to fail because of it. She believes that Jaune could be a great leader and leaves Jaune in the hall to think about it.
The next day, Ruby and her team go on a field trip to Forever Fall to collect red sap from the local trees. Everything goes well until Cardin and Jaune are attacked by an Ursa. Ruby orders Yang and Blake to get Glynda while Weiss, Pyrrha, and herself go to save Jaune.
Pyrrha tells them to wait as Jaune fights the Ursa, helping him slightly with her Semblance. Ruby asks what Pyrrha just did and Pyrrha explains she has the power of polarity, which Ruby mistakes as the power to control poles, prompting Weiss to correct her that it means controlling magnetism. The three then leave Cardin and Jaune alone and walk back to rejoin the groups.
In order to prepare for the upcoming Vytal Festival, Weiss convinces the team to head down to the docks to see the other teams; despite Ruby complaining that it smells like fish. While there, the team investigate a robbery at a Dust shop.
Weiss and Blake begin to fight about the White Fang's possible involvement in the robbery, but Ruby sides with Blake that it probably wasn't them and wonders if it was Roman; as the Vale Police Department had never caught him and the crime is similar to the robbery at From Dust Till Dawn. Just then Sun Wukong runs off a nearby boat and the group gives chase at Weiss' insistence. During the chase, Weiss knocks over a girl named Penny and Ruby greets her first.
As they talk, Ruby calls her a friend before leaving around the corner. As they talk about the strange girl, Penny appears in front of them and asks Ruby if she really meant that they were friends. Despite everyone signally to Ruby not to say yes, she does anyway and Penny is overjoyed.
The meeting turns sour when Weiss and Blake begin fighting over the White Fang and Faunus in general, forcing Ruby and Yang to watch them fight well into the night. However, when Blake accidentally admits she was affiliated with the White Fang and runs off, Ruby tries and fails to stop her. She then goes out searching for her after she had been gone all weekend.
Ruby and her sister Yang are constantly shouting out Blake's name in the hopes of finding her, while Weiss just walked doing nothing. Shortly after Penny appeared, Yang and Weiss left her alone with Ruby, much to Ruby's annoyance. Ruby and Penny spend the rest of the day talking, mostly on Blake and friendship. Shortly afterward, during the night, the two girls heard an explosion.
After seeing who it was, Ruby called herself out to Roman who took the advantage in shooting Ruby whilst she was distracted. Scared that Penny might get injured, Penny still went on to fight, which impressed Ruby by her skills. Once Team RWBY was reunited she happily shouted about her team being together again. After this, she asks for Penny, who is seen to be in a car talking to a mysterious man.
Beginning the Second Semester
Before the second semester beings, Ruby compiles a large binder of ideas for how she and her team can have the best day ever. She then meets them in the dining hall and begins to explain to them her idea, despite Nora and Yang flinging food at each other. This eventually escalates into a full scale food fight between Ruby's team and JNPR.
Ruby leads her team into the charge, but eventually, everyone on her team is incapacitated. As a final attack, Ruby uses her Semblance to create a wind vortex that sucks up all the loose food, plates, and soda in the dining hall and dashes past JNPR, forcing them against the back wall. She then jumps out of the way as they are hit with the airborne food and soda, covering them entirely. As Glynda barges into the room and sets everything right, Ruby is seen laughing with everyone else.
Ruby is seen playing a board game with her teammates, but she and Weiss lose to her sister. After Sun arrives and introduces them to his friend Neptune Vasilias, Blake leaves. Later that day, Ruby returns to her dorm with Yang and Weiss. Yang says that they should not have let "the new guy" play, and Ruby tells Yang how she's only mad because he beat her and that Yang should have attacked when Ruby told her to.
After Weiss stops Blake from leaving, pointing out her recent behavior, Ruby asks Blake if she still is thinking about Roman. Blake answers that she has thought of not only Roman, but also the White Fang, and the discussion continues on about how nobody knows what is going on.
After a lengthy conversation, Ruby formulates a plan for the four to take down the enemies that are conspiring against them, to which all agree, but not with the "Aye' response she was expecting. Deciding to form a plan, Ruby suddenly remembers leaving her board game in the library and rushes out to get it, but she bumps into Emerald Sustrai and Mercury Black.
She also meets Cinder again, although she isn't aware that she fought her during the Dust Store robbery. Ruby then redirects them to where they are supposed to go. Cinder thanks her and that they will meet again. Ruby agrees and shouts "Welcome to Beacon!"
Following Peter Port's class, Ruby is with her team in their dorm, changing their clothes into their alternate outfits. After going over their plans, the team leader is surprised by Sun, who agrees alone to join them, but Ruby tells him she doesn't want to get friends involved. He objects, having Neptune join him as well. After pairing Neptune with Yang and Sun with Blake, Ruby heads out with Weiss. She pulls away Weiss after rejecting her idea of working with Neptune.
The pair is then seen talking about the Cross Continental Transmit System center when they bump into Penny. When Ruby asks Penny where she's been, she runs away, and Ruby goes after her, leaving Weiss alone but not before telling her that they would meet up later.
After running around with Penny and asking her several questions, they are spotted by two Atlas Soldiers, prompting Penny to run away with Ruby running behind her. Ruby aids her by cutting off a scaffolding, causing boxes to fall, blocking the soldiers' passageway. Using her speed, Ruby grabs Penny in flight but soon loses control, crashing to the floor, dropping Penny, and causing Ruby herself to land on the street.
Before she is hit by an incoming truck, Penny saves her in the nick of time and stops the truck with her bare hands, lifting it up, visibly shocking Ruby. Penny runs away again. After catching up to her once more, Ruby again asks Penny what is wrong. She tells Penny that she can trust her and assures her that they are friends. Penny then reveals to Ruby her metallic hands and that she isn't a normal girl, leaving Ruby surprised once again.
After learning about Penny's true self, Ruby surprises her by saying that it matters not to her if she is a robot, because all that matters is that she has a heart and soul, something she herself can feel. Penny hugs Ruby in joy and then hides her in a garbage dump after hearing the two Atlas soldiers.
Some time later, Ruby responds to Blake's distress call, pointing out how she would not miss the fight with the Atlesian Paladin-290. She then joins her team in a fight against Roman, who was piloting the large robot. After a long fight, the robot is destroyed by Yang, resulting in the escape of their enemies. After Weiss makes a small joke, Ruby snickers, although Yang and Blake weren't too pleased with the joke.
Aftermath and The Dance
Ruby is seen with her team observing a fight between Pyrrha and Team CRDL, where Pyrrha emerges victorious. When Mercury decides to challenge Pyrrha immediately afterwards, Ruby offers praise in regards to his skills to Emerald.
Later that day, Ruby and her team show concern for Blake, who hasn't slept in days, has barely eaten, and has allowed her grades to drop significantly. When her team attempts to help her, Blake brushes them off and leaves, telling them that she will be in the library. Ruby, Yang, and Weiss then stare in shock as Jaune shows up at their dorm, attempting to invite Weiss to the dance, only to get shot down.
A depressed Ruby is seen sitting on a chair, whilst her teammates prepare for the dance. When Weiss asks Ruby which tablecloth they should use, the team leader asks if both are the same, with Weiss answering on why she even asked. When Yang asks Ruby what's wrong, Ruby says that she has no more ideas on how to get Blake to come to the dance, Yang reassures her and Weiss that Blake is going.
The next day, an embarrassed Ruby enters the ballroom, with Yang commenting on how beautiful she is. She complains about the shoes, and how it's possible for Weiss to fight in such footwear.
Following this, with Weiss and Yang heading their way to have fun, Ruby has a small conversation with Ozpin, who points out that one can never spend all their time on the battlefield, and that both dancing and fighting are exactly the same, and that she should take the time into having fun. He comments that as time goes on friendships can be tested, but it's opportunities at events like these which can strengthen those bonds, and why they are remembered.
Ruby is seen alone drinking from a cup, and is later joined by Jaune, who adds on how both of them are alone. When Jaune asks about Weiss, she informs him that she came alone, which upsets him, knowing she had asked Neptune to the dance. She is then seen talking with her sister, who headlocks her, only to tell her to try and have fun.
Ruby later notices Cinder sneaking around and decides to follow her. After giving chase and seeing what she did to several guards, Ruby confronts her in a small fight, but Cinder escapes, leaving her alone in the Cross Continental Transmit System, as James Ironwood arrives.
The Mountain Glenn Mission
Ruby arrives at Ozpin's office, where the headmaster along with Ironwood and Glynda are waiting for her. They then begin to talk about the events of the previous night, in which Ruby recollects the events of Cinder, however, she points out that she doesn't recognize the assailant due to her mask, but brought up her abilities. Glynda notes the glass-based abilities described by Ruby were similar to the woman she fought when they first met Ruby.
After Ironwood praises Ruby for her actions, Ozpin asks Ruby to keep their conversation secret, which she agrees to. She is then confronted by her team upon her arrival to her dorm room, to which she eventually tells them of the events last night. While Weiss believed her actions to have been rather risky, Blake says that Ruby handled it right, as Yang tries to comfort her sister by telling her that everything would be alright. In an effort to cheer her up, Yang reveals to Ruby a package delivered to them from their father.
After opening up the package and revealing to be their dog Zwei, Ruby is overjoyed, along with Yang, and her partner Weiss, who was skeptical at first, while Blake hid up on top of Ruby's bed. After Glynda calls all first-year students to the assembly hall, Ruby heads over with her team, where Ozpin gives a speech on how eighty years to the day the biggest war ended.
Following the speech, Ruby and her team head to a selection of missions called Search & Destroy and all choose Quadrant 5, to clear out Grimm, but are unable to, due to it being unavailable for first-year students. However, Ozpin, after pointing out some of Ruby's past actions, along with her team, he bends the rules and enlists them in their selection.
Following a short conversation with Team CFVY'S Velvet Scarlatina, Ruby presses on on how they never backed down from a challenge, and that they can't do it now. Blake agrees, and Ruby brings up that it won't be just them, but also that they will fight alongside a genuine huntsmen. Unfortunately, Ruby and her team are left in utter shock upon seeing that Bartholomew Oobleck was the one joining them.
As the team still remains in shock upon Oobleck being their shadowing Huntsman, he informs them of their mission and then rushes of to the ship. At that moment, Team JNPR meets up with Team RWBY, who begin talking about their mission to Quadrant 5, just as Sun and Neptune arrive, in which also talk about their job. After Oobleck calls for the team, Sun, Neptune and Team JNPR give Yang and her team a sympathetic look and then part ways.
Once aboard the ship. Oobleck tells Weiss that despite being intellectual, he has had his share of "tussles" as a Huntsmen, which Ruby mistakes for truffles and brussels sprouts. Oobleck brings up on how the southeast quadrant of Vale is the site of the kingdom's greatest failure, where Ruby answers Mountain Glenn, as Yang adds on to it with it being an expansion having been overrun by the creatures of Grimm, and was fenced of the rest of the city.
Once they arrive, after discovering that Ruby had brought the dog, something which Oobleck didn't seem to be bothered by, they are ordered to dispatch a group of Beowolves, which they do, and continue to do so for the rest of the day.
Later, Ruby accompanies Oobleck to scout the perimeter, as her team set up camp. When they reach the edge of the destroyed city, she notices Grimm in the distance, which Oobleck tells her are the Goliath's. When she points out on attacking them, Oobleck informs her that her sniper rifle would just agitate them, but over time learned that their fight against humans resulted in their deaths, and since then have kept away from humans.
The two then get into another discussion, where Ruby asks Oobleck why he became a Huntsmen. He tells her that he chose his career to save people, and when he looks at the ruins of the city, he looks and wonders about the people that could've been saved.
Around nighttime, the two return to the campsite and Ruby warms herself up the fire, while Oobleck tells them to get ready for the next day, and to eat their dinner and head to bed, shortly before asking who will take first watch, as Ruby herself volunteers first. When heading out, Yang asks Ruby if Oobleck asked her on the reason she became a Huntress and what did she tell him, however, Ruby informs her that he didn't and heads out, wishing her team good night.
As her team lays in their beds behind her, Ruby keeps watch with Zwei as Beowolves are heard in the distance, and Ruby says that things will be better tomorrow.
Ruby is seen to still be keeping the first watch, whilst her team members are asleep, who then begin talking. She later falls asleep as Yang takes watch and is awoken when Zwei runs out, prompting her to go after him, not alerting her team. After catching up to her pet, she hears two White Fang members and follows them, but unable to call for her team, Ruby decides to go tell them, but the street caves in, and she falls through with Zwei, but manages to throw him over, but fails in her attempt to get up, as the remainder of the street collapses.
She lands in what appears to be an underground village and is confronted by the two same guards she saw earlier, and attempts to fight back but is quickly apprehended and knocked out. She is then brought before Roman.
Ruby is seen being attacked by Roman, who appears to be enjoying himself. When asked by the latter on how she found them, she uses her Semblance to escape, but unfortunately fails due to Roman using his weapons hook to grapple her. Their attention is then caught by several explosions in the distance and fleeing White Fang members.
As Roman is angered, it is revealed to be Oobleck and the rest of her team, and using an open opportunity, Ruby jumps on Roman covering his eyes with his own hat and begins to run, managing to evade the shots being fired at her. She is cornered by four White Fang members who all attempt to shoot Ruby, but is then saved by her sister Yang. Jumping into her arms happily, Ruby tells her team that she is fine and begins to inform them of the White Fang's actions, who are fleeing on a train. Given no other choice, Ruby tells them that they have to stop them.
As they board the train, the team discovered several bombs were rigged onto the train, later noticing they were set so each car detached from the train would explode to create holes in the ceiling of the tunnel for the Grimm to escape to the surface. After they take out several henchmen atop the train, Ruby and Oobleck work together to eliminate the Atlesian Paladin-290s so they could reach the front car.
However, as they reach the front car and rejoin with the rest of the team, they realize the train's about to reach the end of the tunnel, with no way to stop it. Weiss encompasses the group in a barrier of ice before the train collides and burst upward into the center of Vale. Recovering from the crash, Ruby hears the city's emergency sirens blare as a horde of Grimm emerges and terrorizes the city from within.
Team RWBY regroups at the center plaza as they are surrounded by Grimm from all sides. Each team member engages the Grimm, with Ruby, at one point, anchoring her Crescent Rose into the ground and spin-stomping attacking Grimm from around her. Eventually, Oobleck joins the fight, with Teams JNPR and CFVY, Sun, Neptune, Emerald, Mercury, the Atlesian Forces and other Beacon Professors arriving to contain the swarm of Grimm.
After securing the breach in the city and disposing of the invading Grimm, Team RWBY return to Beacon to assess the events of the past 2 days, though Ruby is still concerned about being unable to resolve all the lingering questions and mysteries surrounding their investigation thus far. With dawn rising, she suggests the team gets some sleep, to which they all agree.
Vytal Festival Tournament
Shortly before the Vytal Festival tournament begins, Ruby returns to the cliffside forest to visit Summer Rose's grave. She talks about her father, Taiyang Xiao Long, how he has started to go on missions again and that she thinks he misses adventuring with her. She also talks about how Yang is on her team at Beacon, and how she's become a great fighter.
She speaks about her new teammates, Weiss and Blake; how she's made many new friends and met some odd teachers; and how she'd stopped some bad guys - pausing to remark on the similarity between mother and daughter. She also wonders momentarily why Ozpin let her into Beacon and how he reminds her of her uncle Qrow. She then gets called away by Taiyang, who is about to leave on another mission. She joins him and he drops her off at Vale, where the tournament is due to begin.
At the enormous floating stadium Amity Colosseum, Team RWBY's first match in the tournament is with Team ABRN of Haven Academy. After an action-packed match, Team RWBY emerges victorious, and the team heads to the Beacon fairgrounds to get a meal. There, they meet Emerald, who returns Ruby's wallet, claiming that she had dropped it. Emerald praises Team RWBY's performance, much to Ruby's delight.
RWBY ends up eating at a noodle store run by the Shopkeep, where Ruby orders a huge bowl. There they are joined by JNPR, before the latter head off to their next match in the tournament. Ruby and her team follow JNPR over to the stadium, taking their place at the spectator stands to cheer their friends on.
During the match between Team JNPR and Team BRNZ she cheers Jaune on. After the match between Team SSSN and Team NDGO, she is relieved that SSSN won. As Team RWBY leaves the stadium, Ruby bumps into Weiss as the latter sees Winter Schnee's airship arriving at Beacon.
Weiss takes off after her sister's ship, and Ruby hurries after her. Ruby and Weiss meet Winter at Beacon's courtyard. After Winter declines to answer a couple of Weiss' questions yet asks of her sister's well-being, Winter thanks Ruby for taking an interest in a friendship with Weiss. Ruby notices the formalities in the sisters' speaking, and she stops herself from being too informal. This leads to pauses as she searches for words and a loss of balance as she tries to curtsy. She bids the sisters well and heads off just when Qrow arrives at Beacon.
As Qrow and Winter fight, Weiss tells Ruby that a crazy person is attacking her sister. When she realizes he is her uncle, she disregards Weiss' claim and instantly cheers on her family member. Ruby leaps onto Qrow's arm after his fight and repeatedly asks if he missed her. He says "nope" before affectionately messing with her hair. Ozpin calls Qrow to his office, and Qrow wishes Ruby well with a wink and a fist bump. Weiss notes how similar Ruby is to her uncle. Ruby says Weiss is only mad because of how well Qrow did against her sister, and Weiss calls the match a draw at best.
Ruby, Yang and their uncle are later in Team RWBY's dorm taking turns playing a two-player fighting game. Ruby asks why Qrow is at Beacon when his mission was supposed to take longer. He tells Ruby and Yang of his most recent mission as well as Team STRQ, of which he used to belong. While he admires their actions as huntresses, he also reminds them that his nieces and their friends cannot stop all crime in Vale.
Ruby finds Penny after the latter's victory against Team CRDL's Russel Thrush and Sky Lark. She is introduced to Penny's acquaintance, Ciel Soleil, who already knows much about Ruby. Penny asks Ciel for a minute to talk with Ruby, and Ciel obliges. Ruby asks if Ciel knows Penny is a robot, and Penny denies the claim. She reasons that General Ironwood does not want anyone to find out. She recalls getting a magnet stuck to her head, but she was able to cover it. The two laugh over the situation.
Penny tells Ruby she has a plan to stay at Beacon, though Ironwood and her father are likely not to allow her. Ciel calls Penny to leave, and Ruby goes to the stands to watch Weiss and Yang fight Flynt Coal and Neon Katt of Team FNKI. After Weiss and Yang win and the former is charred, Ruby and Blake come to her side and congratulate them.
As Yang is chosen at random to fight Mercury in the singles round, Ruby, Weiss and Blake cheer her on from the stands. Ruby tells her sister to break a leg, wishing her well. Yang wins the fight. However, after the fight, Ruby and everyone watching sees Yang break Mercury's leg, apparently without provocation. Ruby and her team are speechless, unaware that Yang actually saw Mercury attacking her first.
Ruby is later seen comforting Yang along with Weiss and Blake in their dorm. Ironwood is with them and states no matter what really happened previously, Yang was seen attacking an innocent student without provocation, and is therefore disqualified. Despite the popular belief, Ruby is still quick to rally at her sister's side along with Weiss.
After leaving Yang alone in their dorm, the three meet JNPR outside their dorm. Ruby informs them that Mercury, along with his own team, rushed back to Mistral to meet up with family and will be therefore unreachable. Ruby supports Pyrrha and wishes her good luck on the singles rounds. Ruby later meets Velvet at the airship docks. Velvet states her concern for Yang as well and dislikes ill news towards her, which Ruby appreciates. She also tells Ruby that Coco experienced the same sort of hallucination in her match against Emerald and Mercury. Ruby was off put by this information and begins to suspect.
Ruby then gets a seat in Amity Colosseum before the match starts, but then is agape when she spots Emerald seated across the arena. Which contradicts to the information she was given. Ruby then leaves the Colosseum grandstands. Mercury then emerges before her. Who, much to Ruby's surprise, looks completely unscathed. She is later horrified when she hears Professor Port announce the next match, Pyrrha against Penny. Mercury reveals he knows Penny's secret, and acknowledges the havoc that will be caused due to Pyrrha's semblance. Beginning to catch on to the ruse, Ruby reaches to draw her weapon, only to find she did not bring it. Mercury takes a fighting stance, leaving Ruby to face him alone.
While Pyrrha and Penny's match progresses, Ruby becomes ensnared in a losing conflict against Mercury and does her best to escape and warn her friends. Ruby is too late in getting back to the grandstands, falling to her knees and crying when seeing Penny torn apart before Pyrrha and an international audience. Ruby breaks down in tears when she sees Penny's dismembered remains in the arena.
The Battle of Beacon
nitially frozen with shock and horror, she later sees Pyrrha and Jaune in danger. In response, she grabs one of Penny's swords, and stabs the Grimm in an effort to defend the two. When Pyrrha apologizes, Ruby comes to terms with the ordeal, and states that it is not her fault, but that of the conspirators causing the chaos. After receiving help from the other students, she requests Sun's Scroll to retrieve her weapon.
When Port and Oobleck intervene, Ruby initially protests on them having to evacuate the stadium when the Griffonsarrive, but she is swayed by their reasoning that they have to survive to tell history.
Once the group gathers, Ruby agrees with Jaune and Sun to defend Vale, heading to Beacon in an Air Bus. However, once she sees Ironwood's craft fall from the sky, she returns to Amity by herself, to propel herself on a locker, all the way to Roman's stolen airship.
Jumping onto the deck, Ruby watches as the Dragon and several Griffon pass by her. One Griffon lands in front of her, and she defeats it, but it leaves her a little bit exhausted. Suddenly, Neopolitan appears behind Ruby and snaps a picture with her Scroll, sending it to Roman and prompting him to go and fight Ruby.
Getting overpowered by the duo, Ruby asks why they are letting the Grimm destroy everything, becoming shocked when she learns that is their plan. Roman and Neo overpower Ruby again, and she ends up hanging onto Crescent Rose on the edge of the airship. As Neo points her blade at her, Ruby notices a button on the umbrella and quickly pushes it, sending her opponent flying into a horde of Griffon. Ruby angrily proclaims that she and her allies will stop their enemies and charges at Roman. However, he counters her attack and beats her with his cane, proclaiming that he will survive while heroes like her will die. He is suddenly eaten alive by a Griffon, much to Ruby's horror.
As the monster moves to attack her, she dodges and kicks it into the hull of the ship. As the aircraft begins to fall, Ruby dashes to Crescent Rose and jumps off the ship. Firing bullets to slow her descent, she lands safely onto Beacon's landing pad and watches as the airship crashes into Vale.
Ruby later regroups with Weiss, Sun, Blake, Yang, Nora and Ren, and is devastated to see that Yang's right arm has been cut off. After realizing Jaune and Pyrrha are still missing, she declares that she will bring them back, with Weiss accompanying her.
As they arrive at the tower, they receive a call from Jaune asking them to save Pyrrha. After defeating the surrounding Grimm, Weiss propels her onto the walls of the tower so that she can save Pyrrha. Unfortunately, Ruby arrives too late, watching in horror as Cinder kills Pyrrha. She breaks down in despair and unleashes a power that engulfs both the Dragon and Cinder in a blinding light. Ruby falls unconscious moments later and was rescued by Qrow afterward.
A New Team and a New Journey
She later wakes up in her home, under the care of her father, before Qrow steps in to explain what transpired. He tells her she froze the Dragon to the tower using a power that is indicated by her silver eyes – a rare trait that she shared with her mother. Ruby learns that she comes from a line of legendary warriors that Grimm fear. When Ruby wants to help Qrow in completing Ozpin's work, he tells Ruby to recover first.
Later, she visits Yang's room, where she learns that her team has been divided, as Weiss has returned to Atlas with her father and Blake fled. She is shocked and saddened by the news, even more so at how dispirited her older sister has become. Before leaving her broken sibling, she sadly relayed that she still loved her, but receives no reply.
In the following winter, Ruby leaves her home without telling her father, having written a letter to him to explain her departure. Reuniting with Jaune, Nora and Ren, she journeys with them to Haven Academy in Mistral. Along the way, the four of them stop at Summer's Gravestone, where Ruby pays her respects to her mother once again, before departing on their great journey.
Journey to Haven
Several months after her departure, Ruby comes across a village under attack from hordes of Grimm. She quickly moves into the village and makes short work of the Grimm attackers, slaying a fearsome Grimm known as a Beringel. Nearby, Jaune, Ren and Nora see smoke and contact her by Scroll before rushing over to assist. Without waiting for them to arrive, Ruby eagerly continues her fight in the village alone.
Sometime after that, Ruby manages to find her way to Mistral with the others. They help a village by hunting down and killing a Geist that had been plaguing them for weeks, in exchange for new armor for Jaune and a modified Crocea Mors. Upon seeing the logo on Jaune's hood, Ruby bursts into laughter as she sees it's a "cute little bunny rabbit". As they head for the next village with high spirits, Ruby becomes somber at the mention of the Schnee Dust Company.
Sometime later, Ruby has a strange dream where she hears Pyrrha's voice and wakes up startled. When she and her team arrive at Shion, they are shocked to find the town destroyed and its villagers dead. They learn from a dying Huntsmanthat the village was attacked by bandits, and the panic attracted local Grimm. Ruby tries to comfort a distraught Jaune, but he is devastated at another loss of life. Later, Ruby has the same dream again and wakes up in the middle of the night hearing Pyrrha's voice. Upon seeing Jaune's sleeping bag empty, she discovers him training using a training video made by Pyrrha. After watching Jaune train once and listening to Pyrrha's message to him, Ruby quietly slips away back to camp.
Ruby and her friends then travel to Higanbana after she has trouble pronouncing its name. They continue in high spirits, unaware that her uncle Qrow has protected them from a Grimm attack. That night, Ruby and her team make it to town and rest at the inn, and Qrow watches them from a nearby tavern.
Team RNJR sets out again to continue its journey to Haven. The team comes across Oniyuri, an incomplete village that was a failed attempt by people in Mistral to break away from the Kingdom. Ruby and company continue on, but are ambushed by Tyrian Callows, who declares his intention to take Ruby and overwhelms Team RNJR. Ruby's Aura is depleted and she is incapacitated, but before Tyrian can land a critical strike on her, Qrow appears and blocks the attack.
Ruby learns from her uncle that Tyrian is working for Salem, and the two men begin to fight each other. Team RNJR tries to help, but Qrow orders them to stay back. Ruby gets atop a roof and unsuccessfully fires at Tyrian from a distance. She decides to join in once the two fall into a building. Qrow shouts at her to stay back, but she does not listen. Just as a wooden beam is about to fall on her, Qrow saves her but gets grazed by Tyrian's stinger. Ruby quickly retaliates by cutting off the Faunus' tail, crippling him. After Tyrian quickly retreats, Ruby tends to her uncle.
That night, Ruby and her friends learn from Qrow about the four Maidens, the deity brothers who created Remnant and the four relics that are hidden within the four academies. Afterward, Ruby asks her uncle as to why he was following her team discreetly and not joining them. He answers that he did not want his Semblance of misfortune to harm her.
The following morning, Ruby is horrified that Qrow had been poisoned by Tyrian. A makeshift stretcher is used to carry Qrow while they all continue on in the hopes of finding help for him. However, they are forced to make a difficult choice when encountering a fork in the road. Team RNJR splits. Ren and Nora take the mountainous path toward Mistral while Ruby and Jaune carry Qrow through onto a level path that leads to a destroyed city. They both walk over the same symbol that was seen on the ground at Shion.
Ruby and Jaune are unable to locate medical supplies in Kuroyuri, and Ruby apologizes to Jaune for getting him, Ren and Nora involved in the journey. When their companions rejoin them, they are confronted by the Nuckelavee. Ruby helps bring the fight to an end by pinning one of the Nuckelavee's arms with her scythe, and once Ren slays it, the smoke that results from its disintegration catches the attention of pilots from Mistral who were on patrol. The pilots transport them to the City of Mistral, where Qrow receives medical attention, the group finds a place to stay and Ruby writes a letter to Yang.
Ruby also appears in the non-canon comedy spinoff series RWBY Chibi. Here, she partakes in less dramatic and simple tasks while acting funny alongside her fellow characters.
In "Episode 1", Ruby has difficulties making chocolate chip cookies. She later finds one of Blake erotic romance novels, Ninjas of Love, and reads some of it. She later chastises Blake for owning such "filth", but refuses to return it.
In "Episode 2", Team RWBY hears about a cat burglar and immediately suspects Blake because she is a cat. Though she acts offended, it is revealed that Blake really was the culprit. She later is seen frozen in a swimming pool, with Weiss ice skating on the frozen water. She also plays jump rope with Blake and Yang using Blake's weapon, Gambol Shroud.
In "Episode 3", she fires several types of Dust from her weapon, but is thrown back by the gravity Dust.
In "Episode 4", Ruby loses a round of a fighting video game to Yang. In retaliation, she hies Yang's controller while she is distracted, angering her. She later makes an ice sculpture, but is humiliated when Weiss and Blake make better ones using their Dust and Semblance. Later, Yang plays her video game, but is repeatedly antagonized by Weiss, Blake, and Ruby, causing her to get angry and catch fire, to which the others proceed to roast marshmallows over.
In "Episode 5", Team RWBY throws a costume party, and Jaune is annoyed that both he and Ruby dressed up as Weiss. Ruby later builds a house of cards, which collapses after Weiss slams the door. In revenge, Ruby tracks muddy footprints all over Weiss' newly-cleaned kitchen. Weiss and Ruby then face off in the Beacon courtyard, weapons drawn, but only partake in a slap fight. Later, the team is strolling and sees silhouette people walking by, including one resembling Ruby (this is a reference to the background characters in Volume 1; the budget at the time was small, so all background characters were copy/pasted silhouettes of main/other character models).
In "Episode 6", Ruby explains the downsides to wearing a cape, including that it gets stuck on many things. Later, Team RWBY is talking among themselves when Team JNPR shows up with Pyrrha. Ruby begins to question how she's there, to which Nora breaks the forth wall and says that they're going to pretend "it" never happened.
In "Episode 7" Team RWBY pranks Weiss by dumping ice water on her. In revenge, Weiss dumps a sollid block of ice on Ruby, knocking her out.
More coming soon!
Ever since she was little, Ruby has had a romanticised view of the Huntsman profession. She is quick to reveal she wanted to become a huntress in order to be like the great heroes in fairy tales, and she has described being one as far more "romantic" than being a police officer. She has also shown a distinct lack of ability picking up social cues due to being a very open and honest person. This results in her being unable to pick up Weiss' sarcasm in the "The Shining Beacon", and struggling to act formally in "It's Brawl in the Family".
Although Ruby has no trouble interacting with friends, she does have trouble actually making them, and once admits that seeing new weapons "is like meeting new people, but better". This could have been a result of her having been accepted two years earlier to Beacon Academy, which forces her to leave her friends at Signal behind, as well as interact with people that are both older and more experienced than she is. Regardless, both she and Jaune Arc toast to being socially awkward during the Beacon Dance.
In the second chapter of the manga, it is revealed that Ruby has had a fear of large crowds, as shown when she freezes up during a sparring match against Cardin Winchester. However, she manages to work through that fear with some encouragement from her teammates long enough to win the spar, and by the Vytal Festival, she has overcome them entirely.
In combat or dangerous situations, she is shown to be quite impulsive and battle eager, such as when she attacks a Death Stalker on sight before learning of its high resistance to bullets and blades. This trait contrasts with her adaptability, for she is quite capable of forming attack plans with others in order to take down stronger foes, such as the Nevermore in "Players and Pieces" and Roman in the Atlesian Paladin-290 in "Painting the Town...". After her discussion with Ozpin in "The Badge and The Burden, Pt.2", Ruby begins to take her role as leader of Team RWBY seriously. However, future instances of recklessness are when none of her teammates are near her, such as in the "Battle of Beacon" when she goes alone to engage Roman and Neopolitan.
Ruby can be ruthless when it comes to protecting her loved ones, as shown when she nonchalantly cuts off Tyrian Callows' stinger after he manages to injure her uncle, Qrow Branwen.
Abilities & Powers
In order to become a Huntress, Ruby trained at Signal Academy, where her skills and abilities far surpassed her peers. Wielding a dangerous weapon like Crescent Rose required strength, balance, and adaptability, all of which she demonstrated the night she stopped the robbery of a Dust shop in Vale. This led Ozpin to accept her into Beacon Academy two years before the usual age of admittance.
While at Beacon, Ruby developed skills as a decisive leader, being able to formulate and execute plans with others in order to take down tougher foes, such as the giant Nevermore encountered during initiation, and later in coordinated attacks against Roman in an Atlesian Paladin-290.
Ruby's sense of balance stands out, particularly in precarious situations like perching on a taut ribbon in "Players and Pieces" or running off an exploding airship in "Heroes and Monsters".
Ruby is a self-admitted dork when it comes to weapons, which shows in her complex design and craftsmanship of Crescent Rose, her High-Caliber Sniper-Scythe which she designed herself at Signal, as well as her eye for detail when observing other people's weapons and tools.
This weapon can transform between a scythe and a sniper rifle, and can fire Dustrounds in either form with massive force, as demonstrated in the "Red" Trailer when she used a Gravity Dust magazine. Rather than compensate for it, Ruby harnesses the recoil to enhance her mobility in combat, firing shots to propel herself short distances, simultaneously attacking and evading an opponent.
It is also capable of using fire and lightning Dust.
Ozpin has noted upon meeting Ruby that he has only ever seen one other scythe wielder as skilled with such a dangerous weapon; that person is none other than Qrow, Ruby's teacher and uncle. According to Ruby, prior to learning under Qrow she was "completely garbage", although it's unclear if that only applies to her scythe skills.
Despite showing a preference for engaging enemies in close combat, Ruby does possess enough accuracy to land headshots against Grimm, but notably needs to stand still to do so consistently, usually by anchoring her scythe to the ground to act as a monopod. As of Volume 4, the scope on Crescent Rose has a small crack.
Crescent Rose's blade can also bend back slightly, though this is only shown when Ruby rushes forward, and the tip of the scythe hits something. Ruby takes advantage of this spear-like form to pin a Nuckelavee's arm to the ground.
Ruby's Semblance allows her to dash with unnatural speed in whatever direction she chooses at the cost of Aura. This happens so fast she sometimes gives off the illusion of teleporting.
She has displayed the ability to use this Semblance midair, as well as to create powerful whirlwinds that can suck in and knock away objects and foes caught by it.
During the Volume 4 Character Short, she displayed much greater control over her Semblance, using it to repeatedly change directions in mid-air and attack at high speed. She also exhibited the ability to seemingly dematerialize into three separate clusters of petals which then flowed around an opponent before reforming. The exact mechanics of this ability are not yet clear.
She also increases her ability to pick up and carry someone, as her joint attack with Nora Valkyrie on the Geist was a vast improvement over the time she carried Penny Polendina. Another amped ability is her encircling of air, which she previously used successfully against Team JNPR and unsuccessfully against Mercury Black. Previously it was smaller, but she is now capable of enveloping her enemy in a tornado-like rush of air.
Notably, whenever she uses this Semblance, she leaves a trail of rose petals in her wake that dissipate over time. It is unknown what causes this, but these rose petals are not merely symbolic and can be perceived by others. Weiss once waved her hands to brush them away, and Ozpin comments on witnesses who reported rose petals left behind in a dance club.
Through her mother, Summer, Ruby comes from a line of legendary warriors who possessed powerful abilities related to their silver eyes, said to be an extremely rare trait. Upon seeing Pyrrha Nikos die in "End of the Beginning", Ruby accidentally uses this power in her grief and freezes the Dragon. However, she has no memory of doing this other than her head hurting. Later in the episode, Qrow describes a fairy tale about warriors with silver eyes who are so powerful that even the Grimm fear them.
In "The Next Step", it is revealed that Ruby's powers injured Cinder Fall greatly, causing her to lose her left eye and making it difficult for her to speak. Salem states that this is due to Cinder's attainment of the Fall Maiden powers, but does not explain why this is the case.
Ruby is heavily reliant on Crescent Rose. In contrast to her sister, her hand-to-hand capabilities are rather poor, making her easy to be taken down by mere grunts. Without her weapon, there is not much she can do in a fight, and her best bet is to run away with her speed. Her cape, on occasion, has been exploited against her, notably in the Emerald Forest by a Nevermore.
|“||Are you... robbing me?||„|
|~ Ruby, to one of Roman Torchwick's henchmen|
|“||You're a Huntress... Can I have your autograph?||„|
|~ Ruby, after being rescued by Glynda Goodwitch|
|“||I don't wanna be "the bee's knees". I don't wanna be any kind of "knees"! I just wanna be a normal girl, with normal knees.||„|
|~ Ruby, after Yang Xiao Long describes her as special|
|“||Oh! Yang, gross, you have puke on your shoe! Get away from me! Get away from me! Get away from me! Get away from me!||„|
|~ Ruby, to Yang after Jaune Arc passes by|
|“||Of course I'm happy with Crescent Rose. I just really like seeing new ones. It's like meeting new people... but better...||„|
|~ Ruby, in response to Yang's inquiry on her love for weapons|
|“||But, why would I need friends if I have you?||„|
|~ Ruby, to Yang shortly before the latter runs off|
|“||I guess I'm not the only one having a rough first day... So, what's (Blake walks off)... *sigh* Welcome to Beacon...||„|
|~ Ruby, attempting to make conversation with Blake Belladonna|
|“||Aren't you the guy who threw up on the ship?||„|
|~ Ruby, after Jaune helps her up|
|“||Well, I like it! Not many people have an appreciation for the classics these days.||„|
|~ Ruby, talking about Jaune's weapon, Crocea Mors|
|“||It's also a customizable high impact sniper rifle. (A-what?) It's also a gun.||„|
|~ Ruby, explaining Crescent Rose to Jaune|
|“||You mean since you ditched me and I exploded?||„|
|~ Ruby, to Yang about her first day at Beacon Academy|
|“||Oh god, it's happening again!||„|
|~ Ruby, after Weiss Schnee begins to scold her for a second time|
|“||Well, that's why we're here! To make it better.||„|
|~ Ruby, responding optimistically to Blake's cynicism about fairy-tale endings in the real world|
|“||No more awkward small talk or 'getting-to-know-you' stuff. Today, I get to let my sweetheart do the talking.||„|
|~ Ruby, telling Yang why she's looking forward to the initiation test|
|“||And secondly, I don't need people to help me grow up. I drink milk.||„|
|~ Ruby, explaining to Yang why she doesn't need a team|
|“||What the-?! I don't need to 'break out of my shell'! That's absolutely-||„|
|~ Ruby, in response to Yang telling her she needs to break out of her shell.|
|~ Ruby, after hitting a bird during her fall|
|“||Gotta find Yang! Gotta find Yang, gotta find Yang, gotta find...||„|
|~ Ruby, trying to find Yang|
|“||You came back!||„|
|~ Ruby, after Weiss chooses her as her teammate|
|“||You're about to see a whole different side of me today, Weiss, and after it's all over, you're going to be like, 'Wow! That Ruby girl is really, really cool... and I wanna be her friend!'||„|
|~ Ruby, trying to make friends with Weiss|
|“||What was that?! That should've been easy!||„|
|~ Ruby, after fleeing from a pack of Beowolves at Weiss' behest|
|“||Well, I'm sorry you need my help to win a fight. I'm just fine on my own!||„|
|~ Ruby, arguing with Weiss|
|“||Why can't you just admit that you have no idea where we're going?||„|
|~ Ruby, to Weiss after they get lost|
|“||"Oh, just keep moving! Hurry up! Waaaah! Watch where you're going!" Why are you so bossy?||„|
|~ Ruby, mocking Weiss and questioning her personality|
|“||You don't even know me...||„|
|~ Ruby, to herself after Weiss claims to be better than her|
|“||I'm not trying to show off. I want you to know I can do this!||„|
|~ Ruby, explaining her actions to Weiss|
|~ Ruby, after Weiss says "You're fine"|
|“||Think you can make the shot?||„|
|~ Ruby, questioning Weiss' aiming skills|
|“||Good morning, Team RWBY!||„|
|~ Ruby, to her team after waking up Weiss|
|“||Aaaalright! Weiss, Blake, Yang, and their fearless leader Ruby have begun their first mission! (raises her fist into the air) Banzai!||„|
|~ Ruby, talking about getting their room ready|
|“||Or we could ditch the beds... and replace them with bunk beds!||„|
|~ Ruby, suggesting a solution to the room's lack of space|
|“||Yeah, represent teeeeam RWBY!||„|
|~ Ruby, cheering on Weiss during her fight with the Boarbatusk|
|“||Is she right? Did you make a mistake?||„|
|~ Ruby, to Ozpin about her suitability to be team leader|
|“||Uhh, cream and five sugars!||„|
|~ Ruby, telling Weiss how she likes her coffee|
|“||It's just that, you seem a little... NOT okay||„|
|~ Ruby, voicing her concern over Jaune|
|~ Ruby, in response to Jaune's self-depreciation|
|“||You've got a team now, Jaune. We both do. And if we fail, then, we'll just be bringing them down with us. We have to put our teammates first, and ourselves second. Your team deserves a great leader, Jaune. And I think that can be you.||„|
|~ Ruby, lecturing Jaune about being a team leader|
|“||Whoa, you can control poles...||„|
|~ Ruby, after hearing Pyrrha Nikos' Semblance|
|“||Magnets are cool, too...||„|
|~ Ruby, after Weiss tells her that polarity controls magnetism, not poles|
|“||Uum... Yeah, sure. Why not?||„|
|~ Ruby, after Penny Polendina asks if they're friends|
|~ Ruby, to Weiss' defense of "Combat Skirts" in battle|
|“||She does like tuna a lot...||„|
|~ Ruby, after Penny reveals to Team RWBY that Blake is a cat Faunus|
|“||Look Weiss, it's not what you think. I should explain, you see, she doesn't actually have a bow, she has kitty ears and they're actually kind of cute...||„|
|~ Ruby, trying to explain the situation to Weiss|
|“||Yeah! Team RWBY is back together!||„|
|~ Ruby, after Weiss and Blake reconcile|
|“||Sisters, friends... Weiss!||„|
|~ Ruby, to the rest of Team RWBY and Team JNPR|
|“||I am not a crook.||„|
|~ Ruby, to Weiss when being confronted about stealing her binder|
|“||Justice will be swift! Justice will be painful! It will be DELICIOUS!||„|
|~ Ruby, to Team JNPR, right before the food fight|
|“||Weiss! Weiss!! Don't leave me! Noooooooooooooooooo!!||„|
|~ Ruby during Weiss' "demise" during the food fight against Team JNPR.|
|“||Yang Xiao Long, prepare your kingdom for battle!||„|
|~ Ruby, to Yang during the game of Remnant: The Game|
|“||Okay, all in favor of becoming the youngest Hunteresses to singlehandedly taking down a corrupt organization that is conspiring against the Kingdom of Vale, say 'Aye'!||„|
|~ Ruby, to her team on stopping the White Fang|
|“||None of you said 'Aye'.||„|
|~ Ruby, quietly to herself after the team votes|
|“||Oh, and welcome to Beacon!||„|
|~ Ruby, to Emerald Sustrai; Mercury Black; and Cinder Fall|
|“||Oooh, look at me! My name's Weiss! I know facts! I'm rich!||„|
|~ Ruby, imitating Weiss|
|“||Let me try! You can trust me!||„|
|~ Ruby, pleading to Penny|
|“||You think just because you've got nuts and bolts instead of squishy guts makes you any less real than me?||„|
|~ Ruby, to Penny|
|“||Date or no date, none of this will matter if we can't get Blake to go.||„|
|~ Ruby, to Weiss and Yang|
|“||Stupid lady stilts.||„|
|~ Ruby, regarding high heels|
|“||I'm just not much of a fancy pantsy... dancey girl.||„|
|~ Ruby, to Ozpin|
|“||I'm sure we can handle whatever gets thrown at us.||„|
|~ Ruby, reassuring Yang|
|~ Ruby, reacting to Zwei arriving in the mail|
|“||We mail ourselves there.||„|
|~ Ruby, suggesting an alternate method of going to the Southeast District|
|“||We've never backed down before, and we're not going to start now.||„|
|~ Ruby, to the rest of Team RWBY|
|“||Well, alright then. Looks like we're going to save the world with Dr. Oobleck-- okay, yeah, when you say it out loud, it sounds worse.||„|
|~ Ruby, trying and failing to sound optimistic|
|“||But, uh, you hadn't told us to listen to you yet. So I didn't.||„|
|~ Ruby, to Bartholomew Oobleck on why she brought her backpack|
|“||Get back in the bag.||„|
|~ Ruby, whispering to Zwei|
|“||I'm a genius!||„|
|~ Ruby, after Bartholomew explains how Zwei can help|
|“||Don't worry. Things will be better tomorrow.||„|
|~ Ruby, reassuring Zwei|
|“||Did they go in yet? One bark means yes.||„|
|~ Ruby, to Zwei|
|“||Hey, mom. Sorry I haven't come by in a while.||„|
|~ Ruby visits her mother's grave|
|“||Oh, Dad's here, too! He's, uh, you know... Dad. He's still teaching at Signal. But he told me that he's going to be on some mission soon. I think he misses adventuring with you... I miss you too.||„|
|~ Ruby, on her father|
|“||I guess it's like they say: "like mother, like daughter"!||„|
|~ Ruby remarks that she is following in her mother's footsteps|
|“||Wish me luck... It was good to talk.||„|
|~ Ruby bids farewell to Summer|
|“||We did it!||„|
|~ Ruby, after Team RWBY wins their first match|
|“||Oh, shut your stupid little face...||„|
|~ Ruby, responding to Emerald's flattery|
|“||Go get 'em, Jaune!||„|
|~ Ruby, cheering on Jaune|
|“||The honor is in my... court!||„|
|~ Ruby, trying to mimic Weiss and Winter Schnee's affected speech|
|“||I'll catch up- I mean, I will... reconvene with you both... at a later... juncture! At a juncture. Yeah.||„|
|~ Ruby, trying to use long words|
|“||Oh no! Who would do such a th- That is my uncle! Kick her butt, Uncle Qrow!||„|
|~ Ruby, when she sees Winter and Qrow fighting|
|“||You'll never beat me, old man!||„|
|~ Ruby, to her Uncle Qrow|
|“||They do, and they're called silver!||„|
|~ Ruby, on medals for "almost"|
|“||Does she know about... y'know... beep boop bop, does not compute?||„|
|~ Ruby, asking if Ciel knows Penny is a robot|
|“||Break a leg, sis!||„|
|~ Ruby to Yang|
|“||Leave her alone!!||„|
|~ Ruby, defending Pyrrha|
|“||I don't care what you say! We WILL stop them, and I WILL stop you! BET ON THAT!||„|
|~ Ruby, to Roman Torchwick|
|“||I'll find them. I'll find them, and I'll bring them back.||„|
|~ Ruby, about Jaune and Pyrrha|
|“||I love you.||„|
|~ Ruby, to Yang|
|“||Then let's get started.||„|
|~ Ruby, to Jaune, Nora and Ren|
|~ Ruby falling through the trees|
|“||Alright! Come on team, let's do this!||„|
|~ Ruby to Nora and Ren before engaging the Geist again|
|“||It's got a cute little bunny rabbit!||„|
|~ Ruby about the emblem on Jaune's hoodie|
|“||Nothin's gonna stop Team RNJR now!||„|
|~ Ruby after Jaune dons his new armaments|
|“||So the next town is… uh-huh… uh-huh… We're lost.||„|
|~ Ruby, reading a map|
|“||Of course it'll be there. This one's supposed to be pretty big! Hee-gan…bayn-a.||„|
|~ Ruby, trying to pronounce the name of the town|
|“||What is this about? The White Fang? Roman Torchwick?||„|
|~ Ruby, to Tyrian about why he's after her|
|“||No! But I won't stand by and watch someone get hurt!||„|
|~ Ruby, to Tyrian|
|“||This is my fight, too!||„|
|~ Ruby, to Qrow|
|“||Uncle Qrow? What's going on?||„|
|~ Uncle Qrow? What's going on?|
|“||I'm willing to do whatever I can to help because I trust you. But why couldn't you trust me?||„|
|~ Ruby, to Qrow|
|“||I'm willing to do whatever I can to help because I trust you. But why couldn't you trust me?||„|
|~ Ruby, to Qrow|
|“||They're gonna be fine, Jaune.||„|
|~ Ruby, optimistically comforting Jaune after Team RNJR splits|
|“||It's all my fault. I should have never dragged you guys into this.||„|
|~ Ruby, to Jaune about the journey to Haven|
|“|| Hey sis, I hope my letters have been reaching you and Dad. Hand-written stuff's never been super reliable, but I guess it's all we've got these days. Anyway, in case you haven't been getting them, I want to say I'm sorry for leaving the way I did. I know you told me it was a reckless idea, and after everything I've been through, I can definitely say you were right. It's been hard, on all of us, and I'm not just talking about the monsters we fought out here. Every step we made took us further and further from the things we knew. And every morning we woke up wondering, if just over the next hill would be something good or something terrible. It's scary not knowing what's going to happen next. And the things we do know now—just how bad it can get—it almost makes it all worse. You told me once that bad things just happen. You were angry when you said it, and I didn't want to listen. But you were right, bad things do happen, all the time, every day. Which is why I'm out here, to do whatever I can, wherever I can, and hopefully do some good. We've all lost something, and I've seen what loss can do to people. But if we gave up every time we lost, then we'd never be able to move forward. We'd never have a chance to see what beautiful things the future might have waiting for us. We'd never have the strength to change; whether it's ourselves, or the world around us. And we'd never be there for other people who might one day be lost without us. This is what we were training for, Yang, to become Huntresses, to be the ones to stand up and do something about all the bad in the world. Because there are plenty of people out there who are still lost and even more who will try to gain everything they can from their sorrow. Believe me when I say, I know it can feel impossible, like every single day is a struggle against some unstoppable monster we can never hope to beat. But we have to try, if not for us, then for the people we've already—
Then for the people we haven't lost yet. I miss you so much. I miss Weiss and Blake too. But I think you'd all be proud to know that I made it to Mistral. All of us did, and we even ran into Uncle Qrow along the way. He's going to take us to see Professor Lionheart, the headmaster of Haven Academy. And he told us some things that you're gonna wanna hear, things I can't trust will make it to you in this letter. But maybe, if you join us, he could tell you himself. With Beacon gone they'll need Dad at Signal more than ever, and I know you need to focus on yourself before I can expect you to come out with me. But it sure would be great to get Team RWBY back together again. Until next time, your loving sister, Ruby Rose. Oh! Uh, PS. I'll be sure to give you the address of where we're staying in Mistral! I'd love to hear back from you and Dad, and I can't wait to fill you in on whatever's going to happen next! Now that we've made it across Anima I really think things are gonna start going our way.
|~ Ruby's letter to Yang.|
- Ruby alludes to the fairy tale character Little Red Riding Hood, particularly on her minor associations with Beowolves.
- This allusion has affected her appearance, causing her to almost constantly wear a red hooded cape.
- In the "Red" Trailer, she fights a large pack of Beowolves, a reference to Little Red Riding Hood coming face to face with a wolf in the story.
- In her Pajama outfit in "The Shining Beacon, Pt.2", her top features a cartoonish heart-shaped face of a Beowolf, and wears a sleep mask similar to the eyes of the black Beowolves in her trailer.
- When Ruby hits her head on a tree in "Players and Pieces", the circling cartoonish images resemble black wolves with red eyes.
- In RWBY Chibi, Episode 12 Team RWBY perform Little Red Riding Hood for Team JNPR, with Ruby obviously playing Little Red.
- Beowolf figures are displayed in Ruby's bedroom shelves in Patch.
- Her name alludes to a type of gemstone that is often found in red. Furthermore, "Ruby" is the name of an actual shade of red. Meanwhile, her surname, "Rose", alludes to another shade of red and a type of flower that is also found most often in red.
- Ruby is the first character to be introduced in the series.
- Ruby's alternate outfit, "Slayer", appears to be somewhat based on the early sketch shown in the second production diary.
- Early designs for Ruby were set aside and later used for Miltia Malachite, one of Yang's foes in the "Yellow" Trailer.
- Although Ruby is often depicted to favor sweets like cookies, her favorite food is actually strawberries.
- Ruby is the only character to appear in more than one trailer, appearing in both red and yellow trailers.