Hey guys, what's going on? So I have to vent here a little......I really love RWBY. I
really love the new tone they are going for, I like the presentation of a
little bit more mature story while still keeping in SOME of the
lighthearted humor from the previous volumes (Nora and Ren) which is a
really hard thing to do. But I'm kind of really pissed of at the
moment at the way Rooster Teeth handles Ruby. And I'm really sorry, but those feelings were building up inside of me and I have to let them out eventually. So prepare yourselves. (That being said I'm still trying to be relatively civil)
Now I don't know
if Monty planned this, and when he did, fine, but I'm still not happy
with it. In fact I'm mad. Not only did Ruby not get any character
development in the last (almost) 2 volumes or so - which is still
something I can accept, since she is a pretty awesome pre-defined
character already and is maybe the most mature character in her
age-category if you look at her motives for being a huntress and her way
to act in serious situations - but they also made her extremely
underpowered. Now one of my theories is that Ruby (episode 6 spoilers)
might be a maiden (unknowingly so, because she is still very young and
has yet to "discover" her powers), having gotten her powers from Summer
when she died. Which would explain why Ruby is so flawed without the
powers (semblance, hand to hand combat, etc). But should that NOT be the
case I will be really mad. Why? Well, Ruby was set to be this badass
character from the start of the series. It was never explicitly
mentioned, but one always got the feeling she had a LOT of potential and
she was already pretty powerful. In fact, in the first volume, whenever
Ruby showed up you knew things were gonna go her way. She was smart,
had a badass weapon, a hyped up (but rarely seen) semblance and all in
all she was the character where one always assumed she was "secretly the
strongest character of the show". Maybe not statistically, but
combining all her traits and abilities.
The first bulls**
moment was the one in volume 2 episode 9 (or 10?) where Ruby was
captured. It was RIDICULOUS for me. Sure, she was tired, she didn't have
her weapon, took a big hit (though as far as we know, especially from
Yang for example and from others, the "protective" aura (shield) level
does not influence the semblance). But she SHOULD have been able to take
out 2 White Fang goons. I mean COME ON, you tell me she can swing an
gigantic, heavy weapon like Crescent Rose around with ease and carry it
this whole time, she can strike deadly attacks with it and use the
momentum perfectly, but when she boxes a normal White Fang underling he
doesn't even flinch? Nah. Then there was the time she actively dragged a
giant bird up a cliff (with the help of Weiss and weapon recoil of
course, but still). Seriously. With her speed, with her hands alone,
yes, even if she was bad at h2h combat. But I let it slip, gave the show
But as soon as she would realize that, wouldn't she
train that exact aspect? Wouldn't she try to become better WITHOUT her
weapon, training with Yang or something like that, especially for the
tournament and stuff?
On top of that, her "speed
semblance". It's a joke if you ask me. In the Red trailer she went nuts
with speed. Sure, she has some weapon recoil, but even a high powered
sniper rifle can't give you that boost. She was damn fast. Then there
was that food fight in season 2. She ANNIHILATED the complete room. She
dragged a giant debris wave behind her. She was SO FAST.
what happens when she fights bad guys? When it gets serious? When she's
captured or hunted? Her semblance has short bursts of 50 or 60 meters
and then she "runs at normal speed" like what we just saw in that little
preview clip. It's like they purposefully make her semblance and
everything about her underpowered. It MAKES NO SENSE. Look at what level
EVERYONE else is (Nora, Ren, Pyrrha, Weiss, Yang, Blake, hell even Sun)
and then look where she is. With that amount of power and so many
weaknesses she actually should not even attend beacon. Don't hate on me,
but in my book she is on Jaunes level. Jaune improved a lot between
volume 2 and volume 3. He can fight now. He can strategize, he might
even be less reliant on his weapon than Ruby is on hers. But Ruby? It
almost seems like she is an "assist character", the big planner behind
all the tactics, but nothing else.
I just.... I hate
it that all Ruby is these days is her Weapon Crescent Rose and her
position as the team leader/mastermind. She is basically only DEFINED by
her weapon in terms of combat. That is a pretty big and exploitable
weakness if you ask me. And yes, I would understand if she was just
"mediocre" without her weapon, but the level at which RT SEEM to have
her powered down is ridiculous. Ruby - Crescent Rose = useless. It
almost seems like that. Not even her semblance has any big advantage.
Since volume 2 episode 10 all she was able to do was doing short bursts
Now, like I said, if this has all a purpose,
if this is some kind of "we have to maker her underpowered so in the
end she can "surprise the audience" and be very strong suddenly", or "we
have to make her underpowered so when she "discovers her maiden powers"
she will not be the most powerful character in the show" thing, then
okay, I'm gonna accept it, even if it kind of still doesn't make that
much sense. But if it is NOT, then idk, I will be pretty mad, and sad.
me just make this clear, I don't want Ruby to be "the best" or "the
most powerful character of the show", I just want her to be at least on
one level with all the other characters. And all the other characters
have gotten a LOT of development, in terms of power, combat skill and
even personality. Ruby has not. Not at all. At the moment she SEEMS (I
could be totally wrong there, but that is how it LOOKS LIKE) to be one
of the least powerful characters in the show at the moment.
if she dies in Ep. 9, or some time afterwards (which is VERY UNLIKELY
if you ask me, but still not COMPLETELY impossible (still, I highly
doubt she will)), then I can only say it was a total waste of a great
character. That character had so much potential at the start of the
show, was so likable, had so far to go, had such a big hype of what
"might become of her", had so much mystery in her backstory and in what
the future might hold for her, and you did NOTHING with her so far
(well, almost nothing). I'm not complaining about the fact that you did
nothing with her up until now alone, as an isolated problem. I am
complaining that you did not do anything with her IF SHE DIES. Would be a
waste of a character. And obviously I am complaining about her power
level (as you can read above).
Let me just end this in
saying again, I really love this show. I love how masterfully they
execute every episode and how the series seems to get better and better.
I love the new tone, I love Cinder, and I love that she might not be
the only villain or the "big bad boss villain" at all. I love the teams.
I love the humor and that they can still fit it in somehow. I love the
powers, the semblances, the weapons. I love almost everything about this
But there are certain things that just make me mad. And that is one of them.
for the rent, really. But I had to vent somehow. Do you agree with me?
If you don't agree with me, fair enough. If you think I got it all
wrong, by all means, write a reply and tell me what you think (but a
friendly reply please :D ). Have a good day guys.
A fellow fan