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Posted: Posted January 28th by chiarizio
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Why isn’t Blake Belladonna sub-Saharan African or Aboriginal Australian?
Why isn’t Ruby Rose Native American?
Why doesn’t Yang Xiao Long look more obviously East Asian?


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Better question.

Why should they be?

Posted January 28th by Moonray
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Ruby represents red
Weiss represents white
Blake represents lack
Yang represents yellow


Posted January 29th by eldin raigmore
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Ruby represents red

Blake represents black


Rubake represents redack

Posted January 29th by Xhin
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Many of the colours associated to characters in the show are more because the fairy tale/fictional character they represent has a colour that is easily associated with them. Ruby is red because Little Red Riding Hood. Yang is yellow because Goldilocks. Ozpin is green because Wizard of Oz.

If you were going to base their race on anything, it makes more sense to base it on the character they are inspired by rather than the colour that happens to associate them to.

Edited January 29th by Moonray
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I didn’t know any of that!
....
It just happens that all those fairy tales are European or far West Asian.
Can you think of any fairy-tale heroines from other continents they could have used?
None come to my mind quickly.


Posted January 29th by eldin raigmore
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So you probably didn't realise that team JNPR are all gender swaps of historical/mythological characters too? I forget what they are all based on but the obvious one that's easy to remember is Nora is Thor (hammer + lightning).

Most of the significant characters in the show have their design in some way inspired by a fairy tale, historical figure, myth, etc.

Ozpin, his closest allies and Salem are all Wizard of Oz characters (mostly in name only but a couple of their characterisations do line up too). Ozpin is obviously Oz, Qrow is Scarecrow, Lionheart is the Lion- even lines up with his lack of courage in the end, Ironwood is the tinman, Salem is the wicked witch.

Cinder's semblance being the ability to forge glass from thin air is a nod to Cinderella (which is also where she gets her name).

Not every character has a parallel, but a lot of them do. Especially amongst the main cast.

Can you think of any fairy-tale heroines from other continents they could have used?


Sadly not but as I noted they've used things like gods, myths, historical figures and even other fiction so there's no reason they couldn't pull from any part of the world.

If I had to guess they likely stick to Western and specific parts of Asia because that's where their core audience is, so it helps to use the ones those audiences are likely to know.



Posted January 29th by Moonray
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@Moonray:
Then,
Why not White Snake or Monkey (Sung wu Kung) or Aladdin for China?
Why not Amaterasu for Japan?
(Can’t think of an example for Korea.)
Why not Sky Coyote or Raven for North America?
(etc.)


Posted January 30th by chiarizio
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@Moonray:
Jaune (French for “yellow”) Arc is Joan of Arc.
Nora is Thor, but I only know that ‘cause you told me.
Pyrrha I can’t figure out yet.
Ren I can’t figure out yet.

Glynda Goodwich was a little too on-the-nose.

Posted February 5th by chiarizio
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I found the fandom wiki for RWBY and confirmed my guesses for Prof Peter Port being grownup Peter from Peter and the Wolf, and for Penny being Pinocchio.
Found out Pyhrra was Achilles and Lie REN was Mulan.


Posted February 7th by chiarizio
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