May Zedong

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May Zedong[1] is a member of Team BRNZ. She fought alongside her team against Team JNPR as part of the Vytal Festival Tournament in the episode "New Challengers...".


May is a young girl with light tan skin, dusky rose hair and gray-blue eyes.

She wears a red and white hoodie with blue tracksuit pants and a distinctive black beanie that covers her left eye. She also wears a large black scarf and red canvas sneakers.

Powers and AbilitiesEdit

She appears to be integral to the tactics of her team, managing to force enemies to seek cover and retreat as her teammates give chase. She also interferes and distracts enemies when her teammates enter into close-combat.

She is very adept at climbing high areas to gain a better firing position, using her rifle as a climbing ax to gain leverage. However, she tends to be less effective when deprived of cover and a favorable vantage point.

Unlike the rest of her team, she is not shown entering into close combat with opponents.


May and her team are students at Shade Academy, from the kingdom of Vacuo. She journeyed with her team to participate in the 40th Vytal Festival combat tournament, hosted by the kingdom of Vale. They were defeated by Team JNPR of Vale's Beacon Academy in the team round of the tournament.


  • She makes a brief cameo appearance at the fairgrounds during "Round One", just before Team RWBY are shown eating.
  • The name "May" is an English feminine name.
  • On the AfterBuzz TV for RWBY Volume 3 Episodes 1 & 2 Review, Miles Luna and Kerry Shawcross stated that her name was Zedong. Miles said, "She's a purple mushroom I think", suggesting a color allusion for her name.[2]
  • Miles and Kerry also stated that her name is not related to the Communist Chinese leader Mao Zedong, and the similarity in names was purely coincidental.[3]


  1. Kerry Shawcross' Twitter
  2. AfterBuzz TV
  3. Volume 3 Directors Commentary
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