Earrings, Necklace, Hairpin
She made her first appearance on February 14th, 2013, in the "White" Trailer, in which she was performing "Mirror Mirror" while having a flashback of a fight with the Giant Armor, both of which presumably took place at White Castle.
Weiss appears as a young girl, dressed primarily in light blue, white, and some red. She wears a pale blue bolero jacket over a similarly colored thigh-length dress with a piece of black lace making up the neckline of the dress. The inside of the bolero is red and the sleeves turn blue as they get closer to her wrists. The back of the bolero displays the Schnee Crest, which bears a resemblance to a snowflake. The same design seems to appear when she uses her Semblance. According to Weiss, her dress is a combat skirt, which Ruby Rose also wears.
Weiss wears an apple-shaped necklace along with a pair of thin, rectangular earrings. She wears white, heeled wedge boots that go to mid-calf; the insides are also lined with red. Her long, white hair is pulled back in an off-center ponytail, at the base of which is a small tiara that resembles icicles. She has a pale complexion and ice blue eyes. She also bears a crooked scar down her left eye.
In her segment of the logo, she appears to be as tall as, if not slightly taller than Ruby. However, this may just be Weiss' high-heeled boots, as she is actually the shorter of the two. Weiss also wears a small bag on the back of her dress, wrapped around her waist with a ribbon, possibly containing Dust crystals or vials, respective to the colors on Myrtenaster.
Her sleepware is a faded bluish sleeping gown with short sleeves and white trimmings, and her logo on the upper-right chest.
Alternate Outfit (SnowPea)
During the events of "A Minor Hiccup" and "Painting the Town...," Weiss wears a pure white dress with black edging and two columns of four black buttons on the abdomen. Much like on the bolero of her original outfit, there is a print of her snowflake emblem on her back, in pale blue this time, rather than white.
The inside of the skirt portion of the dress contains black frills. She also wears thigh-high, white high-heel boots with frilly, black, thigh-high stockings that come up slightly above the top of her boots.
This outfit was codenamed "SnowPea."
Monty Oum has said that everything has been decided for her in her life, and because of it she is a bit of a rebel. It even manages to manifest itself in her physical appearance as she wears her ponytail to the side of her head, disrupting the symmetry of the rest of her outfit. Despite her rebelliousness, she does not seem to be hostile to her family or the SDC. However, Weiss talks little of her family, nor does she ever bring up the subject, keeping such part of her life hidden. She also brushes off any mention of her family, as seen when she contacted her company's headquarters in Atlas, refusing to talk to her dad and sister, for reasons unknown. Still, she will defend if offended, including her company, as seen with Blake Belladonna during their first encounter.
Considering the lyrics of her leitmotif Mirror Mirror, it is very likely that Weiss felt very lonely throughout her life. Her initially cold attitude towards Ruby and anyone she doesn't consider a close friend may be a sign that she's very unused to the concept of a true friend due to her difficult childhood. In "The Stray," it confirms at the very least that due to the constant attacks by the White Fang her life became much harder than it should have been, explaining her often difficult personality. When she does befriend somebody though, she can warm up to a surprising degree, placing a great deal of trust in her friends and opening up to them when she feels the need, though remaining her usual strict self most of the time.
According to her voice actress, Kara Eberle, Weiss is "nice but can also be a little bit bitchy." She is irritable and confident in her abilities, though also acknowledges her deficiencies and the need to hone her skills further. Her confidence in her skills and intellect often comes off as arrogance to others. This is also mentioned by Kara, who called her the "know-it-all" type of person who also can become best friends with her acquaintances.
Weiss remains calm and collected during an encounter and mentally coaches herself. She is thoughtful and fights with precision and coordination. She is analytical and tactical when in battle, waiting for the right moment to strike and retreating when circumstances are not favorable.
Weiss seems to take her time at Beacon more seriously than her teammates, being far more studious than them. She is often taking notes even when the topic is not very closely related to the knowledge she seeks, and is annoyed by people who don't take their classes seriously. Her lecturing Ruby when they first met about her being too young and them being there to fight monsters also demonstrates her more serious attitude about becoming a Huntress. She also seemed intent in the beginning on becoming a popular standout student at Beacon, which is the reason why she seeks out Pyrrha Nikos before the Beacon Academy Initiation in hopes of gaining her friendship.
In "The Badge and The Burden, Pt.2," Peter Port argues that Weiss has received everything she has ever wanted in her life. He suggests this is the reason for Weiss' hostile behavior towards Ruby's being chosen for Team Leader instead of herself. Weiss acknowledges that she has usually gotten her way, but indicates that this is not always the case.
After speaking with the Professor, Weiss' attitude appears to change, as she takes his suggestion to "be the best person [she] can be" to heart. As a result, she decides to become more friendly with Ruby and tells her she believes she can be a good leader. She even mentions to Ruby that she had always wanted bunk beds growing up, contrasting greatly with her original outward opinion of the beds. Despite warming up to Ruby, in "Forever Fall, Pt.2," Weiss still shows a tendency to insult Ruby when she makes mistakes.
Despite her personality, Weiss does not lack a whimsical or humorous side, as she joined her team in a food fight against Team JNPR, emerging victorious, and was later seen laughing with her team afterwards. She also joined her team in a board game, but grew to dislike it after losing to Yang Xiao Long, "crying" afterwards with Ruby. In "Painting the Town...," Weiss makes an attempt at a joke, but fails, and is met with negative criticism from Yang and Blake, though they note that she's at least trying. Weiss also seems to enjoy participating in certain events, as seen in "Extracurricular," where she and Yang are in charge of preparing the Beacon Dance.
It can be inferred that Weiss' status as an heiress takes a toll on her personality, being a huge burden. When contacting the Schnee Company World Headquarters, before her call was answered, Weiss was shown with a disappointed expression and feigned smile, and after it ended, Weiss gave another similar downed expression, possibly due to her father, as she did not want to talk to him. Her status as the heiress also puts her under the impression that people would only date her due to her fame, which may contribute to her continued rejection of Jaune Arc's advances. This in term also goes with her reasons into being a Huntress, mostly because she wants to live up to her family's legacy, but not before adding that there is more to it than that.
However, she seemed unsure of this when questioned by Bartholomew Oobleck prior to her conversation with Blake and Yang. In addition, Weiss states that as Huntresses they have to put what they want last and the lives of other people first, those being the ones they protect. Weiss continues that for her family, vowing that she would not allow her father to be the end of the Schnee family's honor despite the SDC's transition into a moral gray area beneath his command, indicating that she wants to make things right. Weiss then resolves to put her job as a Huntress first and her own desires second, inspiring the rest of the team to do so as well.
Views on the White Fang and Faunus
Due to the ongoing violence between the SDC and the White Fang terrorist group, Weiss despises the White Fang and shows a noticeable distrust of the Faunus. The White Fang's activities seem to have contributed to a difficult childhood for Weiss, as she had close ties with numerous people who were either killed by or disappeared because of the White Fang.
The fact that the White Fang have been consistently disrupting the SDC's activities has also led to Weiss' father being frequently angry, further worsening her childhood. She cites these events as having colored her views on both the White Fang and Faunus. This is first shown when she begins talking about the White Fang in "The Stray," ranting about them in occasionally hyperbolic terms to the consternation of her teammate Blake, unaware that she was a former member of the group.
Weiss' past experiences are shown to affect how she views Faunus in general when she makes many derogatory comments about Sun Wukong because of his minor criminal acts. Furthermore, when Blake defends him, Weiss suggests he would likely just end up joining with the White Fang. However, shortly after the fight with Roman Torchwick, Weiss seems to no longer care about her argument with Blake, stating they are teammates and it changes nothing. However, she states that she's still not sure how she feels about Sun, although they seem to be on friendlier times as time passes. Knowing that Blake is a Faunus, such fact is kept a secret by Weiss and her team, including Team JNPR.
Weiss' hostility towards the Faunus seems to have downgraded considerably since arriving at Beacon, as seen when she showed concern for Velvet Scarlatina and the rest of Team CFVY. She may be on friendly terms with the latter. She is even friendlier with Blake, having placed trust in her as well.
Abilities and Powers
Weiss is proficient in handling her weapon: the Multi-Action Dust Rapier, Myrtenaster, demonstrating a high degree of swordsmanship when using it. It has a revolving chamber inside the guard to channel various types of Dust for different effects.
In the "White" Trailer, Weiss demonstrates the ability to seemingly teleport from place to place by moving extraordinarily fast. She also appears to be quite durable, having taken a full-blown punch from the Giant Armor. She fights gracefully, as if she were dancing on ice or skating, and uses her powers to their full effect.
In the series, the various colors of Dust appear to have very different effects than they did in the "White" Trailer. So far, Weiss has used Myrtenaster to conjure fire to fend off a pack of Beowolves and, on several occasions, walls of ice crystals and sheets of ice on the ground. The only ability that seems consistent is her use of ice, mostly using it to trap opponents for a short while to either set up an attack or allow for a retreat.
One of Weiss' most notable abilities is her Semblance, which allows her to create glyphs that can be used in a variety of ways. Unlike in the trailer where she seems to use her glyphs to teleport, in the series her glyphs act as a way to accelerate her in a given direction, but she is clearly visible while doing this. With her glyphs she can create a platform in midair, enabling her to engage in aerial combat with no need to return to ground level or can be used to simply slow her decent. This technique is referred to as glyphs.
While on the ground, she can also create glyphs that she uses to greatly increase her speed by launching herself in a particular direction, seemingly gliding across air for a short time. Weiss has also been seen using glyphs on her teammates, such as the "haste" glyph she uses on Blake in "Painting the Town...."
It is currently unknown if these are the same glyph, as this has not been confirmed as of yet and may just share the same visual appearance. Both seem to be triggered by a specific hand motion. In the trailer, the glyph used is white and has something similar to her emblem on it.
In the series, Weiss' glyphs have appeared in a variety of colors for unknown reasons. So far, blue, black, white, and red normal glyphs have been shown, as well as a yellow "haste" glyph with a clock design. Black glyphs tend to hold a person or object in place, as if pulling things toward it. Her blue glyphs on the other hand seem to have the opposite effect, pushing things in one direction or repelling things away when hit head on, as shown in Weiss' battle against a Boarbatusk. In "Players and Pieces," Weiss' glyph turns red as she launches Ruby at a Nevermore.
Weiss frequently demonstrates the ability to combine Dust with one's Semblance, most often with ice. It appears that she uses her glyphs to direct the movement and manifestation of Dust, in order choose what shape the ice will take. In "Players and Pieces," she does this to create a curved wall of ice between Ruby and the Death Stalker's stinger. In "Painting the Town...," she uses a trio of glyphs to encase Ruby's bullets with ice Dust that detonates upon impact. In "No Brakes," she uses a glyph to force the ice crystals into a dome shape around herself and her teammates. In "Breach," she charges up a glyph to create a giant ice sword and swing it.
Weiss' yellow "haste" glyph empowers its targeted user, accelerating the speed of their movements and increasing the threshold on the number of times they can use their special abilities. It appears to be created with yellow Dust, as seen by the yellow streak she fires from Myrtenaster in "Painting the Town..."
Despite seeming physically weaker in comparison to some of her teammates, her versatility more than makes up for this. Weiss is able to use her glyphs to increase her speed in combat, thus also increasing the force behind her attacks. Weiss also seems very proficient in the use of her Semblance, able to use it almost reflexively. Weiss also implements the use of her athleticism, displaying her enhanced reflexes, using several flips to evade attacks, or even go in for an attack, which allows her to deliver rapid attacks when combined with her glyphs.
Weiss' speed was first demonstrated in the episode "Players and Pieces," when she dashed forward, possibly with the help of a glyph, to save Ruby from the Death Stalker's stinger by encasing it in ice. She also used it again in "The Badge and the Burden, Pt.2" to launch herself and land the killing blow against the Boarbatusk after knocking it on its back. Such speed was also demonstrated against Nora Valkyrie during a food fight against Team JNPR, whom she charged with a swordfish, sending her back a few meters.
Weiss also seems to have limited endurance, as seen after the fight with the Nevermore. When the other three girls showed no signs of fatigue, Weiss was exhausted. However, this may be attributed to the repeated use of her Semblance. Over time, her endurance seems to have increased a bit, to the point where she is seen lasting longer in battle. Another instance where this weakness is demonstrated is in "The Emerald Forest," after Ruby and Weiss are forced to retreat from a pack of Beowolves after a forest fire; Weiss is shown to be panting in exhaustion while Ruby still seems to be fully energized. Despite this, she seems capable of lasting long enough in a battle even when running at high speeds or using her glyphs in rapid succession, showing no signs of fatigue for a period of time.
The biggest sign of her lack of endurance, though, is her inability to take heavy hits. Out of everyone on her team, she has been knocked out the most, first by Nora's big hit with her watermelon hammer during the food fight, then the White Fang Lieutenant smashing her head into the ground and slicing her with his chainsaw.
Outside of battle, Weiss is shown to be proficient in singing. She is introduced in her trailer singing solo for a large audience, and Jaune confirms that she does indeed sing.
- Weiss alludes to Snow White from the fairy tale of the same name.
- Her name translates literally to "White Snow" in German.
- "Mirror Mirror," her song in the "White" Trailer, makes reference to the mirror that plays a large part in the story of Snow White.
- Her role as the heiress to the Schnee Dust Company may allude to Snow White's affiliation with the seven dwarves, who were jewel miners.
- Monty stated that the pendant on her necklace is shaped like an apple, and in "Jaunedice," Weiss' meal consists of only an apple. These are references to Snow White and the poisoned apple.
- Interestingly, Weiss' name does not connote a phrase in German. The actual descriptive phrase "white snow" would translate to "weißer Schnee" in German.
- Being left handed, Weiss primarily fights with her left hand, usually only using her right hand to activate her Semblance or to rotate the revolver in her weapon to the color of Dust she wishes to use.
- According to Monty, Weiss fights with fencing because he studied fencing.
- Weiss' voice actor, Kara Eberle, compares her to both Hermione Granger and Draco Malfoy from the Harry Potter series.
- During an "Ask Me Anything" question and answer session on the Rooster Teeth website, Kara said that Weiss' favorite season is Winter, her favorite color is baby blue, and her favorite ice cream flavor is blueberry frozen yogurt. Also, if given the choice between fighting 1 horse-sized duck or 100 duck-sized horses, she would rather fight 1 horse-sized duck.
- When asked about how Weiss received her scar, Kara simply stated that viewers would "find out."
- It is currently unknown how Weiss gained the scar over her left eye. While it initially appears that the scar came as a result of her fight with the Giant Armor in the "White" Trailer, the scar is visible next to the streak of blood on her face after she is punched.
- However, there are conflicting results when the trailer is viewed frame by frame or at 0.25 speed.
- At the very beginning of the fight, as the Giant Armor prepares its first attack, Weiss has her scar. This is at about 1:05 or 1:06 in the trailer.
- From that point, all the way up to when she starts to bleed, every time that her left eye is visible, there is no scar.
- When she first starts to bleed, there is no scar, but as the blood flows down her cheek, the scar appears. From that point on, the scar is visible beside her blood.
- However, there are conflicting results when the trailer is viewed frame by frame or at 0.25 speed.
- Despite her name being German, the 'W' in her first name, as well as the 'nee' part of her last name are not pronounced as they would be in German. Monty stated that this is because real-world countries, such as Germany, do not exist in Remnant.
- In the offical artwork shown at the end of each trailer, she is holding Myrtenaster in her right hand, despite being left handed. This is because the drawings in the Team RWBY composite are early concepts.
- However, the artwork of Weiss in the composite seems to be an edited version of the original Weiss concept art. In the original concept art, she has a beauty mark instead of a scar and is holding a silhouette of Myrtenaster that seems to have a somewhat different shape than the final version.
- She has her own official Twitter account at RT_WeissSchnee, like Ruby and Yang.
- She has admitted to Ruby that she always wanted bunk beds as a child.
- Weiss is often addressed by nicknames, being called "Princess", "Snow Angel" or "Ice Queen" by Ruby, Jaune, Neptune, Sun, Yang and even Roman Torchwick and the White Fang Lieutenant.
- ↑ RT Recap, Week of Feb 17th
- ↑ Rooster Teeth Podcast #203, Feb 29th, 2013
- ↑ RWBY: "White" Trailer, 14th February 2013
- ↑ Monty Oum's Facebook
- ↑ RWBY Volume 2 Director's Commentary
- ↑ Monty Oum's Twitter
- ↑ Monty Oum's Twitter
- ↑ RWBY Video Game Hour Live Interviews
- ↑ 9.0 9.1 9.2 9.3 9.4 Kara Eberle's Rooster Teeth Journal
- ↑ RWBY Pre-Show Livestream