In RWBY, he is first mentioned in the episode "The Stray" and makes a brief non-speaking appearance in "End of the Beginning". He also appears briefly in the Manga. His first speaking appearance is in "Remembrance".
Jacques has gray-white hair and a pale complexion. He has a large gray mustache, and his eyes are a cold blue color.
He is seen wearing a pure white double-breasted jacket with a red handkerchief in the breast pocket, underneath which he wears a blue shirt and vest and a gray-white tie, printed with the same emblem on his shoes and above his study. He has a silver-colored ring on his right hand.On the back wall behind his desk is a portrait from when he was younger, depicting him with black hair and a thinner mustache.
Jacques is cold, vindictive, overbearing, selfish, unloving and an amoral man. He entered a loveless marriage into the Schnee family in order to take control of the Schnee Dust Company. Weiss states that it was her father's leadership of the company that saw its reputation sullied by unethical practices. He's on poor terms with both of his daughters and the nature of his marriage drove his wife into alcoholism. When Weiss refuses to answer his calls, he cuts her off from the family fortune in order to force her to talk to him. A similar situation is said to have occurred between him and Winter upon her enlistment to the military. Jacques is shown to be egotistical, joking with peers that he's repeatedly the good guy when it comes to the Faunus situation, when in reality he's apathetic.
Jacques also seems to lack subtlety. His wife is suggested to have suspected the implications of their marriage long before Jacques stated them himself, and James Ironwood clearly saw through Jacques' attempts to convince him that the Dust embargo he placed would hurt Atlas and should be removed. However, Jacques accidentally reveals his altruism to be a front when mentioning that the embargo has caused the SDC to sustain large expenses.
Despite Jacques' poor relationship with his daughters, the fact that he personally fetched Weiss after the Battle of Beacon indicates some sense of worry for her safety. However, his actions during "Remembrance" show him to be using her for the sake of company propaganda. His controlling nature is made clear when he ensures her obedience by implying consequences if she does not do as he asks. This extends to retaliatory punishment when she challenges him in "Punished".
Powers and AbilitiesEdit
In addition to Jacques' considerable personal wealth, as the President of the SDC, he is a highly influential individual in Remnant.
For information on his character allusion and other choices for the character made by the creators, see Jacques Schnee/Behind the Scenes.
- His first name is the French equivalent of the name James, which originates from Jacob. This name means "someone who grasps at the heels" or "supplanter", which fits him well given his backstory.
- His pre-marriage surname, Gelè, means 'frost' or 'frozen' in French.
- Like the rest of his family, his adopted surname means "snow" in German.
- A picture of Weiss and her father from "End of the Beginning" was used to promote the Father's Day sales at the Rooster Teeth Store on June 19th, 2016.
- Weiss' father was originally intended to appear in the Volume 1 Opening. He can be seen as a mysterious figure in the original storyboards featured as extras on the DVD release of Volume 1.