Volume 3, Chapter 11: Heroes and Monsters

RWBY: Volume 3, Chapter 11: Heroes and Monsters

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The Vytal Festival Tournament is the ultimate battle of skill, pitting the world's most powerful Huntsmen and Huntresses in training against one another... and it's finally here! Ruby, Weiss, Blake, and Yang are back for a season of over-the-top action, and they're not alone. New fighters from around Remnant are ready to bring glory to their kingdom, but there are those among them with a far more sinister goal in mind.

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  • PasvSmkng FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold Worst ever, of all time

    2 weeks ago

    Adam: Blake never told you what happened to your mother

    Yang: She told me enough!  She told me you killed her!

    Adam: No.  I am your mother

    Yang: No... that's not true... that's impossible!  

    Adam: Search your feelings Yang, you know it to be true

    Yang: No, seriously.  It's literally impossible.  

  • L3af

    1 month ago

    Damn, her arm got YANGked..

  • DescendFromShadows

    7 months ago

    Why must you hurt me, RWBY development team.

    Great episode tho, 10/10. Rip arm. You won't be forgotten.

  • atxrex FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

    8 months ago

    Jaune had one job...

  • Sansie

    8 months ago

    I hate adam. he stabbed Blake's leg and killed Yang's arm..

  • KILLLIONAR399

    9 months ago

    I GET IT NOW!!!!!!!!!!!!

     every time velvet takes a photo it scans a "digital" version of the persons visible weapon and stores it for her use

  • KILLLIONAR399

    9 months ago

    VELVET=  caboose caboose caboose caboose caboose caboose caboose

  • NattiKarlo FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold A Hollow Tree

    9 months ago

    Velvet still gives me chills.  rabbit heart

  • DragonAirazel

    9 months ago

    That little exchange in the beginning of the fight between Ruby and Neo is one of my absolute favorite moments of choreography of the series, higher than even Yang vs Mercury, RWBY vs JNPR, and Yang vs Melanie and Miltia (which contain some of my other favorite moments of fight choreography). When Neo defeated Yang, it seemed more like a rock-paper-scissors thing, and that Yang's fighting style just could not combat Neo's. But that moment right there, with Neo dodging all of Ruby's fast-paced strikes, lets me KNOW that Neo is just that quick on her feet. And that's no small feat. I seriously can't wait to see how she evolves as a character in the future. The rest of the fight is great, but that small exchange really sets the tone for that fight as a whole.


    Also, the music at that point doesn't hurt either. In fact, it's one of my favorite parts of this episode's score. Jeff Williams, Alex Abraham, and Steve Goldshein are absolutely amazing at what they do. I look up to them now more than ever because of things like this.

  • clodial FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

    9 months ago

    Man... I can imagine Adam saying "BEETHRAYAL" in some weird, lisp-esque Takumi voice from FE Fates or something... ... that would be glorious... o-O 

  • EllipseZL FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

    9 months ago

    Weiss reminds me of Sans from Undertale

  • Kerisato

    10 months ago

    The fight between Neo, Ruby and Torchwick was incredible! I'm beginning to suspect Neo's semblence makes her evade all direct threats to her body. Might be why Ruby reaching for her umbrella caught Neo off guard. Very cool scene. I doubt Torchwick is dead but it wouldn't surprise me; dying when you're on top of the world is pretty routine for villains.


    I regret so much a chance reading of a random post on youtube that spoiled Yang losing her arm. But even after that, the way Roosterteeth did that scene was amazing. What's up with Adam's sword? It just cut through her Aura like it was nothing. And when he cut off Blake's head, my heart was in my throat (until it turned out to be Blake's smeblence.) The music was on point for both here and when Cinder shot Amber.


    Finally got to see Velvet's weaponry. The minute she pulled out Ruby's scythe I was like, Wha? Then she switched to everyone else' weapons, one at time, and suddenly it hit me why she was taking pictures of Son's nunchuck-shotguns. Mimicry is flattery.


    Anyone else think Qrow's scythe actually looks cooler than Ruby's?

    • adrianragot FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

      9 months ago

      Ditto to all of that, I think Adam's sword has the ability to do a lot of damage at once, like the time in the Blake trailer when he one shotted the mech after he absorbed that power, I think when if he charges up his sword he can even cut through aura.

    • Arrex

      7 months ago

      I think Qrow's scythe is remarkable in a lot of ways. 1. due to the way the blade folds, it has a sharp outer _and_ inner edge, with the outer acting like a saw because of the way the blade-parts are angled (10:21) and the inner one being smooth. 2. It's one of the few morph-weapons (if not the only) that we've seen so far that has 2 melee-forms and a ranged form. If that has anything to say. 3. Whenever it's morphing, there's zoom on the cogwheels. That itself might just be showoff, but cogwheels/clocks are really central symbolism, so it might just as well symbolize something about his link with Ozpin/whatever Ozpin's secrets are.

  • Lucifer_Morningstar FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

    10 months ago

    Hey motherfucker, you just broke my favorite nick-nac.

  • AgentTexassippianna

    10 months ago

    Red vs Blue

    "Ooh that has swearing it's not appropriate for children"

    <Church fake dies like 4 times>


    RWBY

    "Finally, Rooster Teeth made a show appropriate for children"

    <Penny gets dismembered>

    <Yang gets her arm cut off and falls into depression>

    <Pyrrha frickin dies for nothing>


    K

  • DoYourResearch

    11 months ago

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  • animalia

    11 months ago

    Was it just me or did Cinder let Pyrrha and Jaune go without even a parting shot? It can't be about saving her focus for Ozpin because she turned her head to watch them leave as well.

  • Samato14

    1 year ago

    12743562_1744863359065555_24165687665283GREAT, im next

  • yairzucker FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold Light

    1 year ago

    There's some subconscious assumptions in this sort of shows that a character's weapon is sacred. Each character wields its own weapon, and only touches an opponent's with its own in fights or clashes.

    Ruby both diverted the cane and pressed on the umbrella's button. Felt like crossing a taboo.


    Cool episode. Gave me a lot of chills. Weird how I didn't notice the last two episodes were released up until yesterday.

  • IitsmrChase FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold Professional Snacker

    1 year ago

    Whoa i did NOT expect velvet's weapon to be..well...EVERY WEAPON!


    Edit: maybe its just me...but I'm just now realizing why her pictures were "off" to everyone else!! Yep....she has the coolest one in the show

  • Kyouma95

    1 year ago

    What the HECK! Oh NO

  • JakeARoonie

    1 year ago

    I want the music score to this so bad, especially the music during Ruby's "we will stop them, and I will stop you!" So epic. It all is, really.

  • DaVinci43

    1 year ago

    Why wasn't team NDGO part of all the Grim/Robot fighting?

    • TaKeN_Alpha FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

      1 year ago

      i think they had run when ironwood said to the students that they could leave and save themselves or stay and fight for the school

  • Keepsedge

    1 year ago

    Torchwick... Well most people seem fairly upset with the manner of his departure. Honestly, I found it firstly Hilarious, and incredibly Ironic. More then that though, it makes perfect sense. If the Grimm are attracted to negative emotions, This guys blatant selfishness literally turns him into a beacon of "Grimm bait" in the middle of a field of Grimm - it was bound to happen really. Sure I'll give ya it is easily an underwhelming death, but perfectly fitting. The guy's only desire is self preservation at whatever cost. Grimm said "Nope".

    I liked Penny. She made a great platform in which to exposition Ruby's Character. I honestly believe that her reason to exist ("To one day save the world"), had something to do with using the "Synthetic person capable of generating an aura" to absorb the Aura of Autumn. Honestly, letting that happen is not conducive to the plot.

    Yang.. All of the characters in teams RWBY and JNPR have something to learn. Sadly Yang's lesson is probably restraint. She is absolutely my favorite character, and I literally said aloud "Oh no fucking way" the moment it happened. Not even because she lost, but because it was evident that she put up no fight at all, and was of absolutely zero consequence to Adam.

    Volume 3 makes it abundantly clear that there are two calibers of combatants. Qrow, Ozpin, and Adam and Cinder are on wholly different levels then any of the students, no matter how gifted they appear to be.

  • Firestar1992 Pandora

    1 year ago

    You know, I thought that the point of the Paladins was that they added a more "human touch" to combat, as Ironwood put it. I thought they were designed to have a pilot.

  • hajlakan

    1 year ago

    So Weiss's summon is a literal knight in shining armor

  • Firestar1992 Pandora

    1 year ago

    I still like the dream I had where in volume 4, Torchwick was still alive and Ruby joined up with him and became a villain. That was rather fun.

  • facepalm2413 FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

    1 year ago

    miles.. i fucking swear to god.. if the next episode is like this one.. i will personally find and kill you.. please... you are breaking my hert with this bullshit..

  • PasvSmkng FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold Worst ever, of all time

    1 year ago

    Why is Velvet's weapon a wooden box? I thought whupass came in cans

  • DanielKeller FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

    1 year ago

    weiss should have totally fist bumped the giants arm

  • OceanicFlames

    1 year ago

    ... Sooooooo.... What exactly happened to Yang's aura? She's reckless, that's the point made, but her aura seemingly didn't exist. What happened

    • HydrogenDynasty FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold Sole Survivor

      1 year ago

      This is pure speculation, but Adam's semblance appears to be absorbing energy through blocks with his sword and releasing it with one strike, he did the same to a robot in the Black trailer (did you ever notice his red highlights glow in his hair and clothes, along with his sword? That happens only when he his absorbing energy and when he strikes and everything else is silhouetted)

    • Jokerin

      1 year ago

      Miles has gone on saying that Yang was tired and had been fighting off screen, so her aura was low. Adam's strike cut through her remaining aura and forearm.

  • pokemonRules

    1 year ago

    So, did anyone else notice that the summoning that Weiss does, looks like the arm of the knight in the white trailer?

  • IronGeneral FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

    1 year ago

    Maybe i have been playing to much digimon cyber sleuth but adam reminds me of a teen version of Gankoomon

  • Virgo-Light

    1 year ago

    Everyone saying Roman is confirmed dead by the creators makes me real sad D: But I just keep expecting to see him come back in some sort of manner - he probably won't be the same, but maybe he'd pull one of those stunts like the new owl in Tokyo Ghoul. Maybe he'd come back disfigured and completely different personality wise or - even sort of grimmified like Salem - though the latter is unlikely.

    • Jokerin

      1 year ago

      Miles and Kerry have said they won't confirm character deaths because if they do it once, then they set a precedent. That was paraphrased from the Afterbuzz TV show they did on Ep 11 and 12. If they confirmed elsewhere, then that would be the way to go.

  • SheDragon

    1 year ago

    Oh Snap.

  • normalguycap

    1 year ago

    Oh god it was a "love" thing between Black and Mask guy? Gag me with cliche. They could have done something interesting instead. Folks love tension so how about it be like a mentorship/leadership role instead. Leave it a little ambiguous and then fans could have done their whole shipping thing on a better scale.

    More cliche fights; where instead of fighting, they show unhealthy concern towards an ally who is merely knocked out at most. And they have to stand their dumbly to take the hit in the first place.

    Robot is just gonna stand there while ya'll talk and give an okay to use the bunny girl's thingy. Robot is still gonna stand there while bunny girl walks slowly toward them.

    Did they literally paste the animation from the trailers onto the bunny girl skin and skeleton?


    Why would Weiss jump in front and block rather than attack from the blindside and knock it away? Who scripted this cliche nonsense?

    Why the humor with the robot "you've got to be kidding me?" Hey idiots, why don't you do something besides shoot it which failed twice now.

    Despite the beating Red took, she's basically fine. And apparently I'm supposed to find some danger in her hanging off the edge. She just kicked a monster like who cares. wtf. Why didn't she use that as a stepping stone? They fly around during combat with no regard for physics so surely she could have jumped up with that.


    Why is cane guy a threat now? Wasn't he a chump or at least not a fighter in the last two seasons? Now he's beating Red, like it's no big deal. Why did she stand there and take the cane to the face? Fucking super speed nowhere to be found when the screenwriter doesn't know how to handle a situation and needs exposition to happen.


    Cane guy was beating Red, then dues ex machinae appears for some reason and Red is totally fine and can do whatever since she must basically be Jesus by this point.


    Apparently, one hopscotch kick from Red sends a giant creature crashing into the fucking ship and pretty much blows it up. What. WHAT.


    She just ran over a 90 degree curve of the ship and gravity didn't affect her at all. This shit ain't Super Mario Sunshine. She didn't even need to do that because her scythe was on the same side as she was which the camera literally just pointed out.


    Red can basically fly by shooting her scythe down confirmed. what the fuck man. Okay, that was established so she should never be in any danger when at any height. Don't backtrack on that in the next season or your hack frauds.


    Put me in coach I'm ready.


    Alright alright...that was a cool scythe transformation.



    How many fucking times have we had a character who seemed to be attacking a person actually was attacking a monster? How many goddamn times have they done that trope?

    Vale? Beacon? Did they take those from Golden Sun? Not a bad thing to take stuff from but still.

    All those fucking guys had trouble taking down one robot and needed to be saved by a malfunction? Consistency. Please, I beg you. Have consistency.


    Was Yellow literally running to them this whole time in the last like two episodes?

    They couldn't have fixed that shitty thumbs up? That's unreal. That's the easiest thing to do. I've 3D animated shit like that. How was that given a pass?


    Why is it in every boyfriend vs girlfriend drama they gotta backhand slap? In a show about 4 powerful women in 20fucking16, you'd think we could go beyond that cliche too.

    Apparently Mask guy, who was literally just talking about his lifelong dream to do revolution things now says punishing Black is more important. Why is this loser mustache-twirlingly evil? He was cool in the trailer. Now he's a weirdo.


    It's okay everybody. Yang only bled yellow light so she's fine. Which also knocked her out. Despite that taking damage makes her stronger and she should be very pissed and very strong right now, nope, bleed yellow and knock out.

    I'm sure I could nitpick Crimson lady's stuff too but I frankly don't give a shit about the lore.

    The "Why must you hurt me?" With the bait and switch thing. That was good.


    I really hope we see wannabe-Voldemort and wannabe-Dumbledore fight next episode.

    Now everything that I wrote as the bitchy short version. It seems like nitpicks, but it's because I greatly urge you to do better. If the team wants a consultant where they can see the constructive advice I didn't bother to put in, they can contact me.


    • RetrOShOck FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

      1 year ago

      "Did they literally paste the animation from the trailers onto the bunny girl skin and skeleton?"

      Yea, because the whole fight was basically a tribute to Monty.

      Also when Ruby was on the ship, she was running a long the side because the ship was turning sideways. There's a lot of other stuff you've gotten wrong here, but unlike yourself, I'm not going to waste time typing down every little thing. (Like seriously, "I don't give shit about the lore" makes no goddamn sense when it's a show.)


    • normalguycap

      1 year ago

      Are you dumb? Silly question since no one would admit to it, but you should really take a close look at yourself to be sure.


      Actually I've gotten nothing wrong because I watched each thing twice to make sure I wouldn't be. I know she was running along the long side on the ship, but my point, if you cared to read properly, was that she didn't need to.


      Lore and story are different things you simpleton. That one is subjective sure because they introduced it so late I don't care.


      You probably shouldn't have said anything at all. I mean really, why bother to tell me anything if you're not going to back it up? Stop white knighting. These are valid criticisms and there is nothing wrong with criticism. I'm calling out problems and inconsistencies not calling them idiots with no reason.

    • theron61 FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

      1 year ago

      Why bother responding to someone who fails so hard at being a troll? Watching and comprehending are apparently two different things for you.

    • lbradleys FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

      1 year ago

      Most of what you said I'm going to ignore. But Yang got her arm cut off. Are you some type of demon? Because for the rest of us having your arm cut off WOULD FUCKING HURT! She gets stronger off of damage she takes, but she still feels pain. Of course she fell unconscious, the pain would've made any normal person go into shock and she is still only 17 years old.

  • UnspokenNinja92

    1 year ago

    cry every time I watch the episode when Adam gets a little 'handsy

  • Terrier

    1 year ago

    Punished 'Venom' Yang: "Ruby... I'm already a Demon." (Sorry, just had to say it XD ha ha ha ha )

  • LADYSMAN5232

    1 year ago

    Did anyone else notice Jaune failed at his job to be on lookout

  • ConnorChantr

    1 year ago

    can I just say that velvet is AWSOME

  • southstorm21

    1 year ago

    Unfortunately I listened to the podcast before I watched all of season 3. Barbara spoiled what happened to Yang. Damn that sucks haha.

    • JackPringle

      1 year ago

      they didn't even cut it from the podcast which pisses me off

    • Chaosfreak61

      1 year ago

      Which podcast was that? Assuming everyone watched this episode before going to the comments, we know what happens to Yang.

  • widgetdog

    1 year ago

    OH COME ON I"M ALWAYS TWO EPISODES BEHIND SO MANY IMPORTANT PLOT POINTS HAPPENED IN THIS BUT THE NEXT ONE IS ALREADY OUT.

  • Trajforce

    1 year ago

    Just AWESOME!!!!

  • theron61 FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

    1 year ago

    I hope Weiss' father gets to grump about Weiss unlocking/unleashing her ultimate Semblance move defending (in his eyes, a lowly) Faunus.


    Her summons now include a Grimm possessed armor capable of bisecting a Paladin and now a production Paladin. On that topic - how does a sentient enemy look when summoned? A hollow, empty shell of themselves like Alucard's familiars? Or a tormented soul forced to do the will of the summoner?


    She needs to add Mercury and/or Emerald to her collection. Questions must be answered.


    • aquaticInheritor

      1 year ago

      I'm pretty sure Wiess can only summon the souls of 'fallen foes,' as was stated by her sister in their episode.

  • DoctorOfRWBY

    1 year ago

    Wow.....so many fuck ups in this episode. Especially the Torchwick scene..... And, I was loving that guy and his fighting. NO RWBY: The 2nd series after these first volumes with Torchwick, huh? LOL! Very good volume up to this point.

  • DaVinci43

    1 year ago

    I don't know what it is about the song "I May Fall", but that has seriously stuck with me. I can't get the song or that scene out of m head.

    • Karrya

      1 year ago

      It's my favorite song out of the entire series! It went so well with the scene with Velvet, was perfect for that moment. ^_^

  • amplitude

    1 year ago

    I hope Roman ends up okay. As much as the creators wanted him to be a

    one-off character, Roman really grew and become most people's favorite villain (rwby wiki poll). It would suck if that's really the end of him. He had full aura and we never saw his semblance? Also he has a hinted backstory with Neo. idk even though Miles and Kerry sort of confirmed his death, it still just seems too sudden??

  • TheVikingPup

    1 year ago

    Wait did he actually just get eaten? I mean that's awesome but wow. Irony Roman, irony


  • Karrya

    1 year ago

    Amg this episode . . . SO MUCH HAPPENED!!! And it was all freaking amazing!!

    What I loved the most was Roman and Neo's screen time though!! They were so in sync with one another during their fight against Ruby, I just loved it!! Roman's speech was so awesome, and in my opinion it showed a lot about his character and his own personal motivations as to why he's working for Cinder. I'm just hoping he's not dead!! And Neo, I hope she's not gone either!! I've loved her since the first episode she appeared in! The fact that she never speaks, and that she and Roman communicate through the phones, its adorable!! And I'm pretty sure she is the only character Roman hasn't said anything nasty or rude too. Which makes me think there's got to me more to their relationship than what we saw so far . . . which makes me want to believe they are both alive and that we'll see them again in the next season. (At least I hope!) I know they are side characters, but they are literally my favorite duo in this anime. And amg, Neo actually made a noise in this episode!! And the way Roman called after her when she flew off the ship, it was so cute and sad at the same time!! xD I'm really hoping neither of them are dead. Roman deserves a better death than just getting eaten alive by a grim, and Neo is far too bad ass to just die from being thrown into a sky full of grim! We never even saw Roman's semblance, right?! Maybe it helped him get out of the grim alive?! I can literally see him slashing his way out of the grim, and the first thing he says when he gets out is some hilarious line about his clothes being ruined, because that would be so Roman like! =3 I want more screen time with the two of them!! Like I NEED more screen time with the two of them fighting in sync so well!! I want to know more about there back stories!! I MUST know all the things about them!! So they just can't possibly be dead!! =^.^=

    And then there was Velvet, amg she was amazing!! The song that played when her fight scene started, I got chill bumps all over!! Velvet's semblance was so awesome!! It suits her character so well. The part where Coco was like "make them count" and Velvet just nodded and walked up calmly to face off against the mech, it was so cool!! Now I finally understand why back in season one, Velvet was going to use her weapon, and Coco told her not too because she had worked so hard on them it would be a waste . . . it all makes sense now! (She said something to that affect, don't quote me word for word.)

    And then Blake and Adam . . . creepy does not even begin to describe the vibe I was getting from Adam. I feel like maybe he and Blake had something special at one point before she left, but now it's like he's just out of his mind. You don't try to cut off the head of the person you love, it just doesn't work that way Adam!! My sister and I were really happy to finally see Adam in the present though. He's been such a mystery up until now. And Blake not running away, dashing in to save that random civilian, it was so cool!! But when Adam stabbed Blake just to anger Yang, I wanted to punch him in the face!! But at the same time, I still like his character. Regardless of how much of a psychotic jerk he is, there's just something there that makes it hard to dislike him.

    And then Weiss being able to summon part of the knight, it was so cool too!! The arm looked very similar to that of the knight we see in her trailer, so I'm thinking that she'll eventually be able to summon the entire thing? I love how much her character has progressed since season one though. She goes from being this selfish, faunas hating, snob, to becoming this caring, selfless, warrior! She literally jumps in front of Velvet to protect her, not even knowing if her semblance was going to work. All she had on her mind was protecting her friend, and I loved it!!

    And then poor Yang. I literally got misty eyed when her arm was cut off. I couldn't believe it had happened. And when she and Blake were laying on the ground at the end, and Blake was apologizing, amg the water works!! I was going to be so disappointed if Blake didn't reach for Yang's hand, and then she did, and then of course more waterworks! q_q

    This was such a bad ass episode. I think Monty would have been proud and happy with how it turned out. I also think he would have been happy with all the positive reaction from fans. This episode was amazing and I can't wait until the next season starts!!

    P.S. Roman and Neo can't be dead, I refuse to believe it until RoosterTeeth confirms it!! They are too awesome to just get wiped out like that!!

    Right?!?!

    Right guys?!?!? O_O?!

    Yeah I know, they're probably dead . . . q_q *cries*

  • kaierin garbage stink boy

    1 year ago

    "You wanna be a hero? Then play your part and die like every other Huntsman in history!" IS THIS SUPPOSED TO BE FORESHADOWING I CAN NOT BELIEVE THIS

    • SHUTUPCABOOSE

      1 year ago

      OH MY GOD.. YOU HAVE DISCOVER THE FORSHADOWING THAT EVERYONE DIES ONE DAY!?

      Jk sorry i coulnt not resit. xD