Taiyang was previously a student of Beacon. He graduated from the school with Team STRQ.
Taiyang was a member of Team STRQ.
Taiyang is mentioned to be a teacher at Signal Academy.
Taiyang's elder daughter with Raven Branwen. Though not much is known about their interactions, the two seem to have a happy father-daughter relationship. Yang also has a slightly better relationship with him than Ruby. According to Ruby, he taught Yang her fighting style.
Following the Battle of Beacon, when Ruby brought up the subject of Yang's welfare, though he knows his daughter is emotionally devastated, he maintains that she would recover, once she adjusts to her current condition. He lets her take it at her own pace, not pressuring her to try the robotic arm out when she isn't enthusiastic, and letting her be while she takes control of her own reaction after a flashback left her panting and scared.
In "Family", Tai is shown to butt heads with Yang, saying that she is still inexperienced and not fully prepared for the world's challenges yet. Nevertheless, the two are able to have pleasant interaction, sharing laughs together and conversing with Bartholomew Oobleck and Peter Port. Tai encourages Yang to begin moving on despite her trepidation and unease, and is willing to be with her to help her in the process.
When Yang explains to Blake what happened after Summer died, she tells her how she had to be the one to pick up the pieces of their family following Tai's extensive depression. This indicates that Yang had to fill in for both her father and stepmother until Taiyang recovered enough to function as a father again. Despite this, there seems to have been no lasting enmity between the two, with Yang understanding why her father broke down after losing his second love, indicating a deep level of understanding between father and daughter.
Taiyang's younger daughter with Summer Rose. Though some of his personality quirks annoy her, such as his overprotective nature and insistence on her making friends and growing up (which Yang emulated in "The First Step Part 1"), the two seem to have a happy father-daughter relationship.
In "End of the Beginning", Taiyang is at Ruby's bedside and demonstrates genuine relief when she regains consciousness. However, when divulging details about what had happened with Ruby and the Dragon, he seems hesitant when Ruby further inquires about what she could not recollect.
Later, when Taiyang discovers that Ruby has left for Haven Academy, he madly dashes through the house, though he is ultimately unable to catch his daughter.
After several months has passed, in "Family", it is shown that Taiyang wants to bring her back home, but has to look after Yang.
Zwei is Taiyang's pet dog. Taiyang is shown to be affectionate to Zwei, petting him after Zwei passes him a towel.
Summer was Taiyang's teammate, along with Qrow and Raven. Sometime during the first two years following the disappearance of his first significant other, Raven, Taiyang entered into a relationship with Summer that would result in the birth of his second child - Ruby.
Not much is known about how the two interacted, but after her presumed death he suffered an emotional breakdown, which affected him for years afterwards. The loss of his second love caused Taiyang to become withdrawn and shutoff from his daughters for quite a long time according to Yang.
Raven was one of Taiyang's teammates, along with Qrow and Summer Rose. The two at some point entered into a relationship that resulted in the birth of his first daughter - Yang. Shortly after her daughter's birth, Raven disappeared and is still missing in the present. Their interactions with each other are unknown. Taiyang did not reveal her existence to Yang until after Summer's death.
Taiyang notes that she is a complicated person with many flaws. He admires her for her will, ambition and her strength. However, he also acknowledges her personal faults, which he claims greatly contributed to Team STRQ disbanding. His ability to painlessly give a balanced description of his former lover's character shows that he is able to assess their past with maturity and a clear mind.
Qrow and Taiyang were once on a team together, along with Summer Rose and Raven Branwen. Just after initiation, Taiyang pranked Qrow into believing the skirt was part of the school uniform for the boys, too, by telling him it was a kilt. Tai also claims responsibility for Qrow's popularity with the girls at school on account of the skirt showing off his legs and catching their attention.
Although years later Qrow's sister unexpectedly left Taiyang, Qrow has maintained so close a relationship with Taiyang that both of his children refer to Qrow as their uncle, though only Yang is his true biological niece.
Taiyang has a very different parenting style from Qrow. Taiyang is much more protective of his daughters, often not telling them the full story. However, Qrow eventually tells Yang her mother's whereabouts and informs Ruby about her silver eyes. Though Taiyang has told Qrow numerous times not to talk about Raven, he accepts that Qrow finally did. Qrow is far more direct than Taiyang in how he addresses Yang and Ruby's queries regarding their origins and abilities respectively, showing that while Taiyang loves and acknowledges both of his children and respects their abilities, Qrow is far more direct and frank with the girls. Regardless, Taiyang seems to appreciate how close Qrow is to his daughters, even if he does not necessarily see eye-to-eye with Qrow's approach to the girls' upbringing.
They both have been said to teach at Signal Academy and are colleagues.
Though they have not interacted onscreen, Taiyang went to see the general on his daughter's behalf, and he was surprised to learn Ironwood had already commissioned a prosthetic arm for Yang as a reward for her bravery during the Battle of Beacon. His tone indicates a respectable amount of graciousness for the General's gift to his daughter.
He gets along with them very well as seen in "Family" when the three laugh and share stories in Taiyang's kitchen.