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The future-fantasy world of Remnant is filled with ravenous monsters, treacherous terrain, and more villains than you can shake a sniper-scythe at. Fortunately, Beacon Academy is training Huntsmen and Huntresses to battle the evils of the world, and Ruby, Weiss, Blake, and Yang are ready for their first day of class.

RWBY (pronounced Ruby)[1] is an American anime web series created by Monty Oum and produced by Rooster Teeth Productions.



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The members of Team RWBY fighting together

The plot is centered around the four members of Team RWBYRuby Rose, Weiss Schnee, Blake Belladonna and Yang Xiao Long. The series follows their meeting and training at Beacon Academy, a prestigious school for training Huntsmen and Huntresses, warriors who defend the world from evil.

Along the way, they make many friends and allies, including fellow students Team JNPR, Sun Wukong and Penny Polendina, and foil the plots of villains, such as Roman Torchwick, Cinder Fall and the terrorist group the White Fang.

However, as the series continues, Team RWBY must confront their own demons: Weiss must reconcile her legacy as heiress of the Schnee Dust Company with her own personal convictions, Blake remains haunted by her past as a member of the White Fang, and Yang searches tirelessly for her mother, who mysteriously disappeared when she was a child.


Main article: Remnant
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A map of Remnant, the world of RWBY

RWBY is set in the world of Remnant, a future-fantasy world with airships, high-tech weaponry and a form of natural energy called Dust, existing side by side. According to narration in the series, the early history of Remnant has been long forgotten, with recollections being passed down in the form of myths and legends.

In the world of Remnant, all living creatures possess a soul, the physical manifestation of which is known as Aura: a form of innate energy that bestows its user with certain abilities and powers. Semblances are unique expressions of this power, and are akin to a personal superpower unique to each character. Remnant is populated by two intelligent species - humanity and the Faunus, a race of human-animal hybrids.

All of the inhabitants of Remnant are beset by the Grimm, which are described as "creatures of destruction" and lack a soul. Huntsmen and Huntresses fight the Grimm and protect the peace of Remnant and its people.


Main articles: Characters, Minor Characters




Beacon Academy Staff
Atlesian Military


Salem's Faction
Cinder's Faction
White Fang

Supporting CharactersEdit



Main article: Trailers
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Ruby Rose in the "Red" Trailer, the first trailer to be released

Four trailers were released leading up to the premiere of RWBY. Unlike regular previews, the trailers for RWBY were not cut using animation from the series, instead being original self-contained animated short films that told their own unique stories. In this sense, they acted more like prequels for the series proper than actual trailers.

Each trailer is referred to by a certain color and letter and features a character corresponding to those themes, revealing a little about the central characters' backstory. For example, the "Red", or "R", Trailer featured the character Ruby Rose.

These trailers led directly into the first Volume of the show.


Main article: Episodes

Episodes of the series are watchable in their entirety on Rooster Teeth's website and YouTube. The series is also simulcast concurrent with the public release of the show on anime streaming website Crunchyroll. Previous seasons are available on internet streaming service Netflix.[3]

In 2016, theatrical screenings of RWBY Volume 1 in Australia, the United Kingdom and United States were announced, with the help of screening and events coordinator Tugg. The theatrical screenings took place from April 27th, 2016.[4] Screenings for Volumes 2 and 3 were also announced for 2016 in the lead-up to Volume 4.[5] Screenings for Volume 2 took place on July 27th.[6]

Volume 1Edit

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Ruby in the episode "Ruby Rose", the first episode of the series

The first episode of the series premiered live to audiences at RTX 2013 (July 5–7th, 2013 in Austin, Texas), with the online public premiere taking place on July 18th, 2013.[7] All subsequent episodes were released every Thursday at 7pm EST for the general public on the Rooster Teeth website. Rooster Teeth also uploaded each episode to YouTube one week following its premiere.

There are sixteen episodes in Volume 1. However, the episodes vary greatly in length, with episodes 1, 8 and 16 being around eleven minutes long, with all the other episodes running approximately six minutes. Volume 1 ran from July 18th to November 7th, 2013. The DVDs and Blu-rays of the first volume were released on November 12th, 2013.

Volume 2Edit

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Ruby in "Best Day Ever", the first episode of Volume 2

It was revealed by Gray G. Haddock on January 30th, 2014 that production on RWBY Volume 2 was underway and that the first episode would premiere at RTX 2014 (July 4–6th, Austin, Texas). It was also revealed that only 12 episodes would be released in the volume rather than the 16 that were released for Volume 1, but each episode will be at least 12 minutes long due to feedback that the episodes were too short.

Episodes were not released every week, with supplemental series RWBY: World of Remnant airing in lieu of an episode on the series' off-weeks.

Volume 3Edit

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Ruby in "Round One", the first episode of Volume 3

Monty confirmed at PAX Prime 2014 that there would be a RWBY Volume 3. The third volume also featured 12 episodes of around 16 minutes in length. The first episode of the third volume premiered on October 24th, 2015.

The third volume featured a slightly different release schedule to previous volumes, with Rooster Teeth Sponsors being able to watch the episode a full day earlier than the public. The weekly release time was also moved from Thursday evening to Saturday morning for sponsors (Sunday morning for the public). As before, episodes are uploaded to YouTube one week following the public release of the episode on the Rooster Teeth website. Short 30 second previews for each episode, entitled "Coming Up Next on RWBY Vol. 3" were also uploaded on the preceding Wednesday of the week of an episode's release.

Every third episode was followed by an episode of RWBY: World of Remnant, along with other week-long breaks, including the Rooster Teeth Extra Life Stream for charity on November 8th, 2015 and the RWBY Livestream on December 9th, 2015. A RWBY Volume 3 Hype Stream was also streamed on the Rooster Teeth website on February 12th, 2016, in which the cast and crew watched and commentated on the released episodes of Volume 3 in the lead-up to the finale.

The DVD/Blu-Ray release of RWBY Volume 3 were released on May 3rd, 2016.[8]

Volume 4Edit

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Ruby in the Volume 4 Character Short.

Volume 4 premiered on October 22nd, 2016.[9] It followed a similar release schedule to Volume 3, being released on Saturday for Rooster Teeth First members (formerly Sponsors) followed by the release for registered users of the Rooster Teeth site on Sunday, 24 hours later. It was then released to the public and uploaded to YouTube the week following the First members' release.

The Volume 4 premiere was preceded by the Volume 4 Character Short on October 3rd, 2016.[10] The character short features an original story and animation and does not cut from upcoming scenes, making it the first non-editorial trailer since the four character trailers for Volume 1.

On the week of October 17th, Rooster Teeth began airing RWBY: World of Remnant episodes, narrated by Qrow Branwen, that go into detail about each of the kingdoms.

The RWBY Volume 4 Finale was first released at RTX Sydney, several hours before it was released for First-members.[11]

Volume 5Edit

On January 23rd, 2017, it was announced that Volume 5 will start in Fall 2017.[12]



Main article: RWBY: Volume 1 Soundtrack, RWBY: Volume 2 Soundtrack, RWBY: Volume 3 Soundtrack
RWBY Volume 1 Soundtrack Cover

RWBY features an original soundtrack composed by Jeff Williams, with songs written for the show spanning a variety of genres. The songs are written and recorded by Jeff Williams and feature vocals from Jeff Williams' daughter, Casey Lee Williams, with other vocalists including Sandy Lee Casey and rapper Lamar Hall.

Additional music and full scores for the episodes are composed by Jeff Williams, Alex Abraham, and Steve Goldshein and feature performances from musicians including Roselie Samter.

Original soundtrack albums were released for Volume 1, 2 and 3. Singles, including songs from the first soundtrack album, were also released concurrent with the run of Volume 1.

RWBY: World of RemnantEdit

Main article: RWBY: World of Remnant
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RWBY: World of Remnant is a supplemental mini-series, documenting various areas, beings, and objects in Remnant, the world in which RWBY is set.

Episodes of the series provide information on specific subjects within the RWBY universe, with narrative exposition accompanied by illustrative visuals. The art style of World of Remnant is heavily stylised, and mostly rendered in 2D as compared to the 3D look of the main series.

World of Remnant episodes air on an irregular release schedule, concurrent with the main show. World of Remnant episodes air during the main series' "off-weeks", in lieu of a full episode. These were irregularly spaced in Volume 2, but Volume 3 features a World of Remnant after every third episode of the series.

RWBY ChibiEdit

Main article: RWBY Chibi

RWBY Chibi is an animated spin-off of RWBY. The show features stylised "chibi" versions of RWBY characters, with an emphasis on lighthearted comedy rather than plot and drama.

It was first announced as part of Rooster Teeth's 13th Anniversary celebrations on April 1st, 2016. The first episode premiered on May 7th, 2016.[13][14] Subsequent episodes aired on Saturday mornings at 10am CST, the same time slot as RWBY. The first season of RWBY Chibi was released weekly up until the start of RWBY Volume 4 in Fall 2016. The show will return during the hiatus between Volume 4 and 5.[15]

RWBY: Grimm EclipseEdit

Main article: RWBY: Grimm Eclipse

RWBY: Grimm Eclipse is an official RWBY video game developed by Rooster Teeth, originally created by independent developer Jordan Scott.

Grimm Eclipse is a co-operative survival-based action role-playing game. Scott cites the games Kingdom Hearts, Devil May Cry, Final Fantasy, and Mystic Heroes as inspirations for the gameplay mechanics of Grimm Eclipse. The official website also names Dynasty Warriors and Left 4 Dead as influences.

A demo version was independently released on April 1st, 2014 and quickly received widespread recognition from other fans. Less than 24 hours after the public release of the game, Scott was contacted by Monty Oum and brought into discussions to develop the game for Rooster Teeth.[16]

The game was released for PC on July 5th, 2016. Console and Mac ports of the game are also under development, with release targeted in 2017.


Main article: RWBY (manga)
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The Japanese manga adaptation of RWBY is currently being released. It is written by manga artist Shirow Miwa and tells an original story.[17] It is being published in Shueisha's Ultra Jump magazine with supervision by Rooster Teeth.

The first chapter was released as part of the Ultra Jump December issue, on November 19th, 2015. It had colored center and back pages, along with additional art from the manga.[18] Subsequent chapters are published on the 19th of each month in the Ultra Jump magazine.[19][20]

RWBY Offical Manga Anthology Volume 1

In December 23, 2016, Japanese entertainment company Home-sha announced another manga called "RWBY Manga Anthology Vol.1 "Red Like Roses" coming in spring 2017.[21] It was announced on March 25, 2017 that it will be released on May 19, 2017.[22] The second volume of "RWBY Manga Anthology Vol.2" will be released in June 19, 2017.[23]

RWBY Volume 1-3: The BeginningEdit

It was announced on March 25, 2017 at the AnimeJapan 2017 and official RWBY japanese website that RWBY will be aired on TV in Japan and the name of the show is called RWBY Volume 1-3: The Beginning in July 2017 and broadcast Tokyo MX. [24]


Main article: RWBY Merchandise

RWBY merchandise is distributed by Rooster Teeth through their online store. Merchandise includes shirts, posters, action figures, plushies and more. Some RWBY merchandise is also sold at the alternative clothing retailer Hot Topic.[25]

Other MediaEdit

RT RecapEdit

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Team RWBY in The Animated Recap

On December 1st, 2013, RWBY characters appeared in "The Animated Recap", an episode of RT Recap, a (now discontinued) show that reviews the preceding week's Rooster Teeth and Achievement Hunter videos.

Ruby, Weiss, Blake and Yang appeared alongside other animated characters from Rooster Teeth, such as Sarge from Red vs. Blue and the Let's Play Minecraft personas of Geoff Ramsey and Gavin Free. They also interacted with fictionalized versions of Burnie Burns, Joel Heyman and Gus Sorola from Rooster Teeth Animated Adventures.

ScrewAttack's Death BattleEdit

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Yang vs. Tifa Death Battle

On October 21st, 2015, three days before the premiere of RWBY Volume 3, Yang appeared in an episode of ScrewAttack's Death Battle web series, which pits fictional characters from different franchises against each other in a hypothetical battle to the death. Yang fought and won against Tifa Lockhart from the video game Final Fantasy VII. The episode featured new dialogue from Yang's voice actor Barbara Dunkelman as well as original animation by ScrewAttack's animator Torrian Crawford.

Screw Attack had included a tribute to series creator Monty Oum in a previous episode of Death Battle, with whom the inclusion of a RWBY character on the show was also discussed before his passing. On November 4th, 2015, ScrewAttack announced that they were joining Rooster Teeth, which is also a partner of the Fullscreen network.

RTX Australia 2016 PanelEdit

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Yang and Ruby interacting with fans live at RTX Australia

At the inaugural RTX Australia in Sydney on January 24th, 2016, the second RWBY panel hosted a Q&A session with Lindsay Jones and Barbara Dunkelman in-character as Ruby Rose and Yang Xiao Long. The pair answered questions and interacted live with fans as their characters under the premise of a video chat conversation from Beacon Academy.

The faces of Lindsay and Barbara were captured using a GoPro, with a Kinect to capture their motion performance. The characters were then rendered in real-time in Unreal Engine 4. The technical side was set up with the help of Opaque Media using Faceware Tech software.[26][27]

Rooster Teeth Animated AdventuresEdit

RWBY characters have made cameos in some episodes of Rooster Teeth Animated Adventures. Yang Xiao Long made a cameo in "Racial Super Texas" sitting at a bar. A doll of Yang Xiao Long also appeared in "Spooky Scary Ghost Stories", in which her arm was broken by a ghost.


Original ConceptEdit


Red, White, Black and Yellow

At some point Monty Oum had a dream of four different colored girls and told Kerry about it.[28]

Monty Oum had had the idea for RWBY for several years, but never got around to acting on it due to the amount of his time dedicated to his work on Red vs. Blue. During the production of Season 10 of Red vs. Blue, Monty decided to develop his idea further and present it to Burnie Burns. After describing the premise of the show as well as giving a description of the character that would become Ruby Rose, Monty received approval for the show.

Some of the animations and concepts Monty used in the series were in development for more than 10 years. For example, the idea for the shotgun nunchucks used by Sun Wukong, can be seen in some of Monty's very early animation work.[29] Certain characters and their fighting style, such as Qrow Branwen, also pre-date the show entirely.

Monty pitched the idea for Ruby's character to Burnie as "a badass Red Riding Hood". Fairy tales, literature, mythology and historical figures would later become a source of inspiration for other characters, who are developed with a certain existing basis in mind. However, Monty was careful to note that they are not adaptations, but rather original characters which allude to other works.[30]

The theme of four colors, Red, White, Black and Yellow, each corresponding to four girls, came to Monty in a dream. This color theming would become a core part of the character development process and a key theme in the series itself.[1]

Many characters were designed by Eileen Chang, who followed rough sketches provided by Monty and further developed them into fully-fleshed out character designs.

Team ExpansionEdit

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Series writers Monty Oum, Miles Luna and Kerry Shawcross

After receiving approval from Burnie, Monty then enlisted the services of Shane Newville to assist him in animating the show. The show was animated in the software Smith Micro's Poser, which Monty had years of experience and expertise in. The assets were modelled in Autodesk Maya. Motion capture footage was also widely used for animations in the show alongside manual animation.

Kerry Shawcross and Miles Luna were brought on by Monty to be the main writers. Monty assigned the two writers anime homework so that they could have a better idea of what Monty was aiming for.[1] The pair developed characters based on the basic outlines given by Monty, for example, the personalities of Nora Valkyrie and Lie Ren were devised based only on the direction that they were "powerful" and "honorable", respectively. On finding the correct tone and inspiration for the series, Kerry Shawcross cited Grimms' Fairy Tales as well as The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air as influences.[32]

The four team members spent many working and off hours, in and out of the office, developing the show. One of the most frequented locations was the local IHOP, where the map of Remnant, the show's setting, was developed by squirting ketchup on a napkin, with blots forming landmasses, in order to create a truly organic and emergent design. Over many such discussions, the long-term plot, world-building and characters of the series were planned out.

The first released videos for RWBY were the four trailers, which were developed mostly by Monty and Shane alone. A larger team of animators, modellers and other artists later joined the RWBY team for the production of Volume 1.


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Lindsay voice acting for Ruby

After some development, Monty decided to begin casting the roles for the leads, with each lead character reflecting certain personality traits of her voice actor:

  • Lindsay Jones was cast as Ruby Rose, with her silliness, but also honesty, being reflected in Ruby.
  • Kara Eberle was chosen to play Weiss Schnee, as both can be nice, but at the same time "bitchy".
  • Arryn Zech plays Blake Belladonna because Monty did not know much about Arryn, he had the impression that she was mysterious, just as Blake is in the series.
  • Barbara Dunkelman voice acts Yang Xiao Long as both do not care what other people think about them.

Many other Rooster Teeth employees landed voice roles in RWBY, with Jack Pattillo cast as Junior Xiong and Michael Jones taking on the role of Sun Wukong. Series creator Monty played Lie Ren until his death after Volume 2 aired, and writer Miles plays Jaune Arc. Other crew working on the show also had a chance to play characters, with Volume 1 Art Director Taylor McNee cast as Penny Polendina and Producer Gray G. Haddock playing Roman Torchwick.

Other actors who have previously worked with Rooster Teeth landed roles, including Shannon McCormick, who had previously voiced Agent Washington in Red vs. Blue, playing Ozpin; and Samantha Ireland, previously the voice of C.T. in Red vs. Blue, being cast as Nora Valkyrie. Kathleen Zuelch, voice of Agent Texas in Red vs. Blue, voices Glynda Goodwitch, and was also a Producer on Volume 1 of RWBY. Voice actress Jen Taylor, voice of Cortana from Halo, was also contacted for Volume 1 and played the mysterious narrator. Jessica Nigri, a famous cosplayer, was approached by Monty and cast as Cinder Fall.

The first episode of RWBY Volume 1 premiered at RTX 2013 at the first RWBY Panel in July 2013. Development on later episodes continued during the show's run, with some episodes completed mere weeks before they were aired.

RWBY Volume 1 received several accolades, including the International Academy of Web Television (IAWTV) 2014 Award for Best Animated Series[33] and the 4th Streamy Awards for Best Animated Series and Best Original Score for Jeff Williams.[34]

Volume 2 ProductionEdit

Development on the second Volume of RWBY was documented by official production diaries, which were released during the hiatus between Volume 1 and 2. The four production diaries covered different sections of the second Volume's development.

  • Production Diary 1 outlined the pre-production phase of the show, including the writing process and initial table reads.
  • Production Diary 2 focused on artwork, and followed the design process of Velvet from original concept to final character model.
  • Production Diary 3 followed the voice acting for RWBY Volume 2. The diary also included interviews with the voice actors and covered how they get into character. For example, Lindsay takes off her shoes to get into a more child-like mindset, while Barbara basically plays herself, due to her similarity with Yang.
  • Production Diary 4 focused on final rendering, compositing, sound design and post-production.
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Caiti and Monty poring over submissions for the Velvet Scarlatina battle costume contest

A contest was opened for the design of the character Velvet Scarlatina's outfit, in order to recognize the community's contributions and include them to the show. More than 1,300 designs were submitted to the contest, with the winning one selected by Velvet's voice actress Caiti Ward and Monty Oum. A fan art contest was also opened, where some of the submitted fan art was featured in the ending credits of episodes of Volume 2.

During development of the second Volume, the show adopted more subtle, balanced lighting in contrast to the brighter and flatter lighting of the first Volume, and the character models underwent an overhaul. The black silhouette background characters that were present in the first Volume were replaced with fully-rendered procedurally generated models in the second, in order to add more vibrance to the world. Kristina Nguyen, who worked on environmental designs during Volume 1, was the Art Director for Volume 2, and worked closely with the modellers on the environment models and textures.

Returning voice actors included the voice cast of Volume 1, including cosplayer Jessica Nigri, who had a widely expanded role as primary antagonist Cinder, for whom she also performed the motion capture.

Notable additions to the voice cast for Volume 2 included J.J. Castillo as Mercury Black, Katie Newville (animator Shane Newville's wife) as Emerald Sustrai and Ashley Jenkins as Coco Adel. Series writer and co-director Kerry Shawcross was cast as Neptune Vasilias. Jason Rose, a Los Angeles-based filmmaker who had always wanted to work with Monty on a project, also joined the cast as James Ironwood.

Volume 2 again premiered at RTX 2014, which took place from July 4th–6th, 2014.

Japanese ReleaseEdit

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The Volume 1 Limited Edition theatrical release Japanese DVD/Blu-ray cover. Illustrated by Kuma.

In 2014, it was announced that Warner Bros. Japan had received distribution rights for a Japanese release of RWBY[35][36] – the first time an American-made anime would be marketed and released in Japan, the home place of anime.

The Japanese dub, released in 2015 on Blu-Ray and DVD, included several highly notable names in the Japanese anime voice acting scene, such as Saori Hayami, Yū Shimamura and Ami Koshimizu.[37] The Japanese dub of RWBY Volume 1 was also screened in 6 theaters in Japan on November 14th, 2015.[38] The Blu-Ray disc release was ranked #2 in any category in Japan for the week of December 7th-13th.[39] Some of the Japanese merchandise including the dubbed DVD and Blu-Ray discs and the Japanese soundtrack release was also made available through the Rooster Teeth store in the United States following the conclusion of Volume 3.[40]

A manga adaptation of RWBY, drawn by Japanese manga artist and writer Shirow Miwa with oversight from Rooster Teeth, was also announced in 2015, with serialization beginning in the Ultra Jump magazine in November 2015. Also released and distributed by Warner Bros. Japan was an official RWBY Fanbook, including art drawn by numerous professional Japanese manga illustrators.[41]

It was announced in July 2016 that Japanese dubs of RWBY Volumes 2 and 3 will also be released in 2016. They will also be accompanied by theatrical releases in Japan.[42] Volume 2 will be released in theaters from October 1st-14th, 2016 and Volume 3 from December 3rd-16th, 2016.[43]

Volume 3 ProductionEdit

On January 22nd, 2015, series creator Monty Oum was hospitalized following a severe allergic reaction during a routine medical procedure, rendering him comatose. Monty was unable to awaken from the coma and passed away on February 1st, 2015, at the age of 33.

While the future of the series was briefly in question, it was announced that RWBY would continue, with Volume 3 of the series to premiere in 2015.[44]

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A gathering of members of the RWBY Volume 3 crew

In the lead-up to Volume 3, new crew members were brought onboard. Dillon Gu, an animator known for creating Project MONTY, a series of fan animations in tribute to Monty, was hired by Rooster Teeth. New production artist Erin Winn designed many of the characters that appeared in Volume 3, including Team ABRN and Team BRNZ. Some fans of the show also received the chance to design their own original characters, Team NDGO, for backing the Indiegogo campaign for Rooster Teeth's new feature film Lazer Team.

As the series gained popularity, it garnered the attention of famous professional voice actor Vic Mignogna, who approached Rooster Teeth to play a role on the show. Vic would be cast as Qrow Branwen in Volume 3. Other famous professional voice actors involved with the show starting with Volume 3 include Elizabeth Maxwell, voice of Winter Schnee, and Yuri Lowenthal, the new voice of Mercury Black. Rapper Flynt Flossy of Turquoise Jeep Records also voiced the character Flynt Coal. Laura Bailey and Travis Willingham also had cameo roles as minor characters. Notably, Jen Taylor reprised her role from the first Volume.

Rooster Teeth would continue to draw from internal talent to voice characters, with Meg Turney, an established Rooster Teeth personality and host of The Know playing Neon Katt, and animator Yssa Badiola as Ciel Soleil, amongst others. Also joining the cast is Monty's brother Neath Oum, who took over the role of Lie Ren. Some voice actors also provided motion capture performances for other characters, with Barbara performing Winter Schnee's motion capture and Miles doing mocap for Qrow Branwen.

The first episode of Volume 3 premiered on October 24th, 2015. As with previous seasons, production continued during the original run, with animation wrapping on January 22nd, 2016.[45] February 12th, 2016 was the last day of production on RWBY Volume 3.[46]

The third volume of RWBY, especially the sixth episode, entitled "Fall", has been widely noted as being a turning point in the series, adopting a darker tone and more mature subject matter. In response, producer Gray G. Haddock released a statement that viewer discretion was advised for future installments of the series, especially for younger audiences. Gray compared RWBY to Harry Potter, Avatar: The Last Airbender and Star Wars as being a multi-year spanning series that would mature as it continues.[47]

In January 2016, midway through the original run of Volume 3, lead animator and long-time member of the RWBY crew, Shane Newville, left Rooster Teeth.[48]

Volume 4 & RWBY ChibiEdit


The RWBY Volume 4 official poster

Volume 4 was announced by Gray G. Haddock on April 1st, 2016, the 13th anniversary of Rooster Teeth's founding. At RTX 2016, the release date was announced as October 22nd, 2016.[9] The shot list and initial storyboarding for the first episode of Volume 4 were underway by May 2016.[49] Voice acting recording sessions for key characters also began by May to June 2016.[50][51][52]

Also announced as part of the 13th anniversary celebrations was a lighthearted spin-off show, RWBY Chibi, which began airing on May 7th, 2016.[14] As part of Rooster Teeth's 2016 "Summer of Animation", RWBY Chibi continued to air weekly on Saturday mornings until the start of Volume 4 in the Fall.[53] Completely different animation teams worked on RWBY Volume 4 and RWBY Chibi.[54][55]

RWBY Volume 4 and RWBY Chibi are animated in Autodesk Maya, unlike previous volumes of RWBY, which were animated in Smith Micro's Poser. Kerry Shawcross cites scaleability as one of the advantages of the switch, expanding the number of people capable of working on the team. The new software also made real-time lighting, shadows and other effects feasible.[56]

In addition to the improvements in animation, the visual style of the show was also overhauled, with all character models remade and many of the Grimm redesigned by Erin Winn and re-modelled. Concept artist Eileen Chang, who worked on the original concepts for the 4 main characters, was also brought back to create their new timeskip outfits and designs.[56]


  • On April 29th, 2012, Monty posted a cryptic RWBY-related tweet - the first time the show was alluded to online.[57]
  • All character and team names follow Monty's color naming rule. This means that each character's and team's name is either a color; means a color; sounds like a color; or makes people think of a color.[58][59]
  • Promotional material at NYCC 2012 has indicated that Rooster Teeth has been teasing RWBY since October 10th, 2012.[60]
  • On October 10th, 2013 Monty stated on Twitter that "The first RWBY anything to ever go public was handed out exactly one year ago at NYCC".[60] Following this statement, the Rooster Teeth Twitter account posted a short message "RWBY Day".[61] October 10th was thus dubbed "RWBY Day".



  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 Rooster Teeth Podcast #191
  2. Red vs. Blue Season 10 Finale
  3. Rooster Teeth's Twitter
  5. Rooster Teeth's Twitter
  6. Tugg - RWBY Volume 2
  7. RTX Website - Rooster Teeth Podcast #202
  8. Amazon
  9. 9.0 9.1 Rooster Teeth's Twitter
  10. Rooster Teeth's Twitter
  11. RTX Sydney Facebook
  12. RWBY Volume 5 Announcement
  13. Trailers: RWBY Announcement!
  14. 14.0 14.1 Rooster Teeth's Twitter
  15. Entertainment Weekly
  16. RTX 2015 Indie Game Development Panel
  17. RWBY JAPAN's Twitter
  18. Anime News Network
  19. Shueisha Ultra Jump January 2016
  20. Shueisha Ultra Jump February 2016
  21. Crunchyroll News
  22. RWBY Official Manga Anthology Twitter Account
  23. RWBY Manga Anthology Vol.2
  24. RWBY Volume 1-3 The Beginning
  25. Rooster Teeth's Twitter
  26. Unreal Engine Twitter
  27. Unreal Engine Twitter
  29. Monty Oum's Facebook
  30. Silverman - Oum Interview
  31. Monty Oum's Twitter
  32. Kerry Shawcross' Twitter
  33. 2014 IAWTV Awards Nominees and Winners
  34. 4th Annual Streamys Winners & Nominees
  35. Anime News Network
  36. Monty Oum's Twitter
  37. Anime News Network
  38. Animate.TV
  39. Anime News Network
  40. RWBY Volume 3 Live Stream
  41. Anime News Network
  42. RWBY JAPAN News
  43. RWBY Volume 2 and 3 2016 Event
  44. Gray Haddock's Rooster Teeth Journal
  45. Gray Haddock's Twitter
  46. AfterBuzz TV
  47. Gray Haddock's Rooster Teeth Journal
  48. Shane Newville's Twitter
  49. Gray G. Haddock's Twitter
  50. Miles Luna's Twitter
  51. Kara Eberle's Twitter
  52. Arryn Zech's Twitter
  53. Gray G. Haddock's Rooster Teeth Journal
  54. Gray G. Haddock's Rooster Teeth Journal
  55. Miles Luna's Twitter
  56. 56.0 56.1 RTX 2016 RWBY Panel (Saturday)
  57. Monty's Twitter
  58. Monty's Twitter
  59. RWBY Naming Rules
  60. 60.0 60.1 Monty Oum's Twitter
  61. Rooster Teeth's Twitter
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    • Also, (Im user Montecore doesn't seem to have any problems with RWBY. If you go look at his twitter, he has RWBY stuff pos...
    • Well if they use RWBY's models in Grimm Eclipse with the show's poly count, it'd probably melt the system before it bursts i...

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