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I believe that the human spirit is indomitable. If you endeavor to achieve, it will happen given enough resolve. It may not be immediate, and often your greater dreams is something you will not achieve within your own lifetime. The effort you put forth to anything transcends yourself, for there is no futility even in death.
—Monty Oum[1]
Monty Oum
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Nickname(s)

Rocky

Born

June 22nd, 1981

Died

February 1st, 2015 (Age 33)

Gender

MaleIcon Male

Nationality

American

Family

Neath Oum (brother)

Roles
  • Director
  • Writer
  • Animator
  • Voice Actor
Voices

Lie Ren

Monyreak "Monty" Oum,[2] was the creator, director, writer, animator and a voice actor of RWBY. He worked for Rooster Teeth Productions, where he originally started animating the popular Machinima series Red vs. Blue in its eighth season.

He had also worked on several individual fan projects, such as Dead Fantasy and Haloid, although he had stated that his main goal was to create an original series, which came to pass with RWBY. He voiced Lie Ren.

Monty was born in Providence, Rhode Island to a family of mixed Cambodian, Vietnamese, Chinese, and Japanese heritage. He has four brothers and two sisters. His older brother, Neath Oum, would later take over the voice acting for Lie Ren after his passing in 2015. Monty married Sheena Duquette on May 10th, 2014.[3]

The Beginning of RWBYEdit

The idea for the RWBY series was in Monty's head since Season 9 of Red vs. Blue. One night, while at IHOP with Shane Newville, Monty decided he was going to design the world for RWBY right there.

He decided to start on his world because, according to him, "geography determines your culture and culture determines your people" (Monty's Journal 11/7/12), so his world was created with a napkin and some ketchup.

According to Monty, Burnie Burns had told him that as long as he finished Red vs. Blue Season 10, he could do whatever he wanted. And thus, after he pitched the premise of the show, he got permission to go through with RWBY.[4]

DeathEdit

On January 22nd, 2015, Monty was hospitalized following a severe allergic reaction during a routine medical procedure, rendering him comatose. This was publicly announced by Burnie on the 30th, stating that Monty was "in critical care and it [was] not known if he [would] recover."[5]

A donation page was set up to help Monty's family afford the medical expenses. The fund raised $50,000 within 3 hours, $100,000 within 5 hours, and $150,000 within 24 hours.[6]

Monty was unable to awaken from the coma and passed away on February 1st, 2015, at the age of 33.[7]

At RTX 2015, a memorial was set up where fans were able to leave messages and pay their respects to Monty.

TriviaEdit

  • Monty was a very time efficient person, and he did things such as ripping out certain keyboard keys that didn't contribute to his work. Most notorious was his penchant to ignore sleep in order to work, with fans often asking him to stop so he could rest. He sometimes made jokes about this, like with the creation of RWBY Rex.
  • Monty was named after his father Mony. His name Monyreak means "Crumbs".[8]
  • Monty was a high school drop out.
  • Monty was originally going to voice Professor Ozpin, but instead chose to give Shannon McCormick the role.
  • Monty often included a crow in his works, which is possibly referenced by the character of Qrow Branwen.
  • Monty was allergic to cats and juniper.[9]
  • In honor of Monty's passing, Gaia Online, an online community, granted users an avatar item called "Red Crescent", which allows users to equip their avatar with a detailed replica of Crescent Rose. The item's description is "Keep moving forward".

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Cast and Crew
Rooster Teeth Productions
Lindsay JonesKara EberleArryn ZechBarbara DunkelmanMiles LunaSamantha IrelandJen BrownMonty OumNeath OumAdam EllisShane NewvilleKatie NewvilleCaiti WardGarrett HunterMichael JonesKerry ShawcrossTaylor McNeeJack PattilloMaggie TomineyKathleen ZuelchShannon McCormickRyan HaywoodJoel HeymanGray G. HaddockJessica NigriJen TaylorGavin FreeWilliam OrendorffJ.J. CastilloJason RoseAshley JenkinsAnna HullumVic MignognaElizabeth MaxwellYuri LowenthalBlaine GibsonAaron MarquisJosh OrnelasKim NewmanFlynt FlossyYssa BadiolaJoe MacDonaldMeg TurneyLaura BaileyTravis Willingham
Saori Hayami‎Yōko Hikasa‎‎Yū Shimamura‎‎Ami KoshimizuHiro ShimonoAya SuzakiMegumi ToyoguchiSōma SaitōShizuka ItōKazuhiko InoueMasumi AsanoMasaki TerasomaSubaru KimuraMegumi HanShinichiro MikiYūko KaidaTomoaki MaenoYoshiki NakajimaHikaru MidorikawaMarina InoueYūichi NakamuraKikuko InoueYuichi KarasumaSoichi Abe

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    • HighCastle67 wrote: But what's 'Lancaster' and .... 'Arse'? Both are Ruby x Jaune. Lancaster I can't immediately think of the reason but Ars…
    • It's a reference to the wars of the roses. The Knights representing the lancasters had red roses as their symbol. So "red rose knight" or whatever
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