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  • Ruby Rose (Lindsay Jones) - The main character of the series, a young girl who wants to be a huntress. She is based on Little Red Riding Hood, has powers of speed, and wields a gun/scythe(High Caliber Sniper Rifle/ Scythe) known as "Crescent Rose"
  • Weiss Schnee (Kara Eberle) - The cold heiress to a big company, who still decided to fend off by herself by attending an academy away from her home. She is based on Snow White (which is even what her name means in German), has powers of summoning (usually glyphs), and wields the Multi Action Dust Rapier, "Myrtenaster".
  • Blake Belladonna (Arryn Zech) - A quiet and reserved Faunus (human with animal traits - in Blake's case, cat-like) who used to be with the hateful White Fang. Based on Belle from Beauty and the Beast, with the power of creating shadow copies of herself, and wielding the Variant Ballistic Chain Scythe "Gambol Shroud", a katana-like sword with a sharpened sheath with a pistol built into the handle, that can also be swung around like a kusarigama.
  • Yang Xiao Long (Barbara Dunkelman)- Ruby's older half-sister, a buxom and enthusiastic brawler. Based on Goldilocks, she has powers to enhance her strength based on the damage she gets (a change denoted by being surrounded in flames and having her eyes turn red), and compliments her boxing fighting style with Dual Ranged Shot Gauntlets "Ember Celica" which extend along both her forearms from golden bracelets.
  • Jaune Arc (Miles Luna) - A student at Beacon Academy who still has much to learn, including his own special powers. He wields a hand-me-down sword from his great-great grandfather and a retractable shield, "Crocea Mors". His name is a reference to Joan of Arc (who joined the French army dressed as a male soldier).
  • Nora Valkyrie (Samantha Ireland) - A highly energetic girl with a huge crush on her childhood friend Lie Ren. She can absorb electricity, and her weapon of choice is a hammer with a built-in rocket launcher, "Magnhild". She is inspired by Thor (who entered Jotunheim disguised as Freyja to retrieve his hammer), with the surname based on a fellow Norse myth, the Valkyries.
  • Pyrrha Nikos (Jen Brown) - A highly skilled yet socially insecure warrior. She has powers of magnetism and wields a red/gold spear-like weapon that transforms into a rifle ("Miló") and a shield ("Akoúo"). Her name is derived from Greek mythology, namely a moniker given to Achilles as he was disguised as a woman.
  • Lie Ren (Monty Oum\Neath Oum) - The quiet and stoic friend of Nora. He can hide himself from Grimm by hiding negative emotions, and wields a pair of green pistols with blades attached to them, "StormFlower". He is based on Mulan (who joined the Chinese army pretending to be a man).
Beacon Staff and students
  • Glynda Goodwitch (Kathleen Zuelch) - A Huntress and staff member at Beacon Academy, with telekinetic powers and a whip-like weapon. She's based on Glynda, the Good Witch from the South.
  • Professor Ozpin (Shannon McCormick) - Headmaster at Beacon Academy, owner of special powers and wielder of a cane weapon. In later seasons, he appears possessing a boy, Oscar. He's based on the Wizard of Oz.
  • Professor Oobleck (Joel Heyman) - A fast-talking and borderline insane teacher, who wields a rifle concealed inside a thermos.
  • Professor Port (Ryan Haywood) - A boisterous teacher, who wields a blunderbuss that's also a shotgun.
  • Cardin Winchester (Adam Ellis) - The bullying leader of team CRDL. He's based on Cardinal Winchester, who tried Joan of Arc and sentenced her to be burned in a fire (similar to how Cardin bullies Jaune).
  • Russell Thrush (Shane Newville) - Another bully from team CRDL, whose name continues the theme naming of all being birds.
  • Coco Adel (Ashley Jenkins) - The debonair and cool leader of team CFVY (whose members all have names based on food), who carries a handbag that can turn into a gatling gun.
  • Velvet Scarlatina (Caiti Ward) - A rabbit faunus from team CFVY, who has a camera that can create hard light copies of other people's weapons. She is based on The Velveteen Rabbit.
  • Cinder Fall (Jessica Nigri) - Manipulative and ambitious, with fire powers who can create glass weapons. She's based on Cinderella.
  • Emerald Sustrai (Katie Newville) - Cinder's deceptive and short-tempered assistant, who can cast powerful illusions and wields convertible revolver-sickles.
  • Mercury Black (J.J. Castillo\Yuri Lowenthal) - Emerald's care-free partner, with a fighting style based around kicks.
  • Roman Torchwick (Gray Haddock) - Roman is a wanted criminal who appears to work towards some goal involving "Dust". He's based on Lampwick from Pinocchio, albeit with the appearance of A Clockwork Orange protagonist Alex de Large. He wields a cane-rifle.
  • Neopolitan - Roman's right hand woman, a short and mute girl who can cast illusions that change her appearance. Her looks are based on Neapolitan ice cream, and she wields an umbrella weapon.
  • Salem (Jen Taylor) - Cinder's superior, a very mysterious and evil figure who is highly knowledgeable about the world and its forgotten history, and can command and create Grimm.
  • Adam Taurus (Garrett Hunter) - a sword-wielding Bull faunus, who used to be Blake's lover while she was with the White Fang. His weapons are a sword and rifle which can be merged together, dubbed Wilt and Blush. He alludes to the Beast (Prince Adam) from Beauty and the Beast.
  • Junior (Jack Pattillo) - Owner of the club which Yang walks into when looking for information on Blake. He is seen talking to an unknown man as Yang is surveying the area. He uses a rocket launcher which can transform into a bat.
  • Miltiades Malachite (Maggie Tominey) - AKA "Miltia", she is seen as one of Junior's underlings. She dresses in red Gothic style clothing and wields long, red claw-like weapons. She is Melanie's twin sister.
  • Melanie Malachite (Maggie Tominey) - As with her sister Miltia, she is one of Junior's subordinates and dresses in a style similar to Miltia's, albeit white in color. She mainly fights using kicks which are enhanced by her bladed heels.
  • Summer Rose - Ruby's deceased mother, a Huntress who back in Beacon led her team, STRQ.
  • Taiyang Xiao Long (Burnie Burns) - Ruby and Yang's father, a caring man who tends to his house.
  • Qrow Branwen (Vic Mignogna) - Ruby and Yang's uncle (though only biologically for the latter), an alcoholic and snarky warrior who taught his nieces to fight. He can turn into a crow, has powers of transmitting bad luck, and wields a scythe-rifle similar to Ruby's. He's inspired by both Muninn, a raven who flies around the world gathering information for Odin, and the Scarecrow from The Wizard of Oz.
  • Raven Branwen (Anna Hullum) - Yang's mother, who left Taiyang to lead a group of bandits. Like her brother, she can turn into a crow, and has the power to emit portals. She's inspired by Huginn, another raven that gathers info for Odin.
  • Zwei - Ruby and Yang's pet dog, a happy corgi who even holds his own in a fight.
  • Jacques Schnee (Jason Douglas) - Weiss' father, the cold, arrogant, vindictive, overbearing, and selfish CEO of the Schnee Dust Company.
  • Winter Schnee (Elizabeth Maxwell) - Weiss' cold, dignified, and distant older sister, who is extremely skilled with her rapier.
  • Whitley Schnee (Howard Wang ) - Weiss' cold, vindictive, overbearing, selfish and deceptive younger brother, who wants to follow his father's steps in the family business.
  • Ghira Belladonna (Kent Williams) - Blake's father, an intimidating yet good-hearted panther-esque Faunus who after leaving the White Fang became the chieftain of their village.
  • Kali Belladonna (Tara Platt) - Blake's mother, a kind woman who like her daughter has cat ears.
  • Penny Polendina (Taylor McNee) - An amiable and excitable girl who turns out to actually be a robot, with the power to throw a gun-blade weapon that can split itself into numerous thin, floating blades. She's based on Pinocchio.
  • Sun Wukong (Michael Jones) - An athletic and easy-going monkey faunus. He wields a staff that can turn into a pair of gun-nunchucks, "Ruyi Bang and Jingu Bang". Sun is inspired by the Monkey King of Chinese mythology, even having the same name.
  • Neptune Vasilias (Kerry Shawcross) - Sun's friend, a cool and fashion-conscious warrior whose name is ironic as he's afraid of water. His weapon of choice is a gun that can transform into a guandao or a trident.
  • Shopkeep (Patrick Rodriguez) - An elderly man who owns many businesses in Beacon.
  • General James Ironwood (Jason Rose) - The cyborg who serves as the headmaster of Atlas Academy. He wields a revolver, and is inspired by the Tin Woodsman of The Wizard of Oz.
  • Oscar Pine (Aaron Dismuke) - A farmboy that eventually receives Ozpin's soul.
Vytal Tournament contestants
  • Scarlet David (Gavin Free) and Sage Ayana (Joshua Ornelas) - Sun and Neptune's teammates in Team SSSN ("sun").
  • Brawnz Ni (Blaine Gibson), Roy Stallion, Nolan Porfirio (Aaron Marquis) and May Zedong - Vacuo student s who form Team BRNZ ("bronze)".
  • Ciel Soleil (Yssa Badiola) - Penny's teammate in the tournament.
  • Flynt Coal (Flynt Flossy) - Named after the Let's Play Minecraft in-joke, he's an Atlas huntsman, leader of team FNKI ("funky"), who dresses as a jazzman and attacks with a trumpet.
  • Neon Katt (Meg Turney) - Another team FNKI member, a roller skater who wields nunchaku-glowsticks and has a name and appearance inspired by Nyan Cat.

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