Basically, for some reason, I thought it’d be fun to list the current
known characters/stories that characters are based on thus far. So,
First of all, before the break, just gonna point out…
Neo: Not the Cheshire Cat. That’s all I know. Not the Cheshire Cat,
but apparently someone else might be Cheshire.
Team RWBY’s theme is fairy tales.
Ruby Rose: Little Red Riding Hood
Weiss Schnee: Snow White
Blake Belladonna: Belle/beauty, of Beauty and the Beast
Yang Xiao Long: Goldilocks
Team JNPR’s theme is people who dressed as the opposite sex.
Jaune Arc: Joan of Arc
Nora Valkyrie: Thor (Apparently once crossdressed to get Mjolnir
Pyrrha Nikos: Achilles (Apparently once crossdressed as a red-haired
woman named Pyrrha. Pyrrha Nikos has been noted in volume 2 to be
nicknamed The Invincible Girl.)
Lie Ren: Mulan
Onto other peeps.
Cardin Winchester: Henry Beaufort, the Cardinal of Winchester, who was
responsible for Joan of Arc being burned at the stake.
Velvet Scarlatina: The Velveteen Rabbit
Ozpin: Oz, from the Wizard of Oz (duh?)
Glynda Goodwitch: Glenda the Good Witch, from Wizard of Oz (duh??)
Ironwood: Tin Man, from Wizard of Oz (Apparently?!)
Peter Port: Peter, from Peter and the Wolf
Bartholomew Oobleck: Bartholomew, from Bartholomew and the Oobleck
Adam Taurus: Probably Beast, from Beauty and the Beast
The White Fang: White Fang, from… White Fang, by Jack London
Cinder Fall: Cinderella (Confirmed by Miles and Kerry)
Roman Torchwick: Lampwick/Candlewick, from Pinocchio
Mercury Black: Mercury/Hermes (note his symbol is a shoe with a wing
Sun Wukong: Sun Wukong, from Journey to the West
Junior (Hei Xiong): Baby bear, from the tale of Goldilocks (His name
literally means Black Bear)
(Bonus: Characters who we don’t know the basis of but have some ideas)
Emerald Sustrai: Maybe Aladdin or Cleopatra
Summer Rose: The poem The Last Rose of Summer
Winter Schnee: Perhaps the Snow Queen (on which Frozen is based)
Fox: Tod the fox from The Fox and the Hound, or Inari the fox god
Qrow: Scarecrow, from The Wizard of Oz