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~ Nora Valkyrie
Easy's no fun anyway.
~ Nora, responding to Ren about them never getting the easy path.

Nora Valkyrie is a major character from the RWBY franchise, serving as a major character in the American animated webseries RWBY, its Japanese manga prequel/adaptation, comic book series by DC Comics, and video game spinoffs RWBY: Grimm Eclipse and RWBY: Arrowfell. She is a Huntress and former member of Team JNPR. and a close friend and ally of Team RWBY.

She is voiced by Samantha Ireland. As a child, she was voiced by Kristen McGuire.


Nora is a short but muscular girl with short orange hair. Her eye color has been somewhat inconstant, though it is usually a type of green-blue such as turquoise, jade, or aqua. Her clothing usually consists of pink and white garments, typically accompanied by light blues and blacks, and usually incorporate heart shapes into their designs. She wears light metallic armor in most of her combat outfits, which almost always consist of a vest or jacket and combat skirt. Following an event where she absorbed more electricity than her Semblance could handle, she now has Lichtenberg scars on her arms and neck.

Other Appearances

RWBY Chibi

  • See Nora Valkyrie (RWBY Chibi)

RWBY: Ice Queendom

  • See Nora Valkyrie (RWBY: Ice Queendom)

RWBY: Amity Arena

Nora appeared as a character in the defunct mobile video game RWBY: Amity Arena.

In the game's primary multiplayer mode, Nora appeared as several units. The Hammer Nora unit was a ground-based melee unit that could deal great amounts of damage, and had a special attack that could launch enemies skyward, making them unable to operate for a few seconds. The Launcher Nora unit was a long-range unit that fired grenades in quick succession at foes, dealing great damage at long range. The Pomegrenade unit had Nora team up with Pyrrha Nikos, where Pyrrha would launch Nora to a specified area to crash down and deal massive damage.


Nora is a chipper, cheerful girl. She is often bubbly and optimistic, as well as incredibly energetic. She often speaks rapidly and switches from topic to topic, as well as likes to move quickly. She will become incredibly engrossed in her situations, often playing up aspects of a role she is playing or messing with objects in her environment. She loves fighting and combat, and often uses it as a first resort and as a way to burn energy. She is quick to make friends and is extremely loyal to them.

Despite this, her energy and enthusiasm masks a more tragic, sorrowful side that stems from her abandonment as a child and hardships in life. She uses her playful and energetic personality to hide her feelings of stress, sometimes resulting in anxiety attacks.

Over time and following other tragedies and hardships, Nora leared to better balance her cheerful optimism and reserved stress. She knows when to be serious and often found herself in situation where she was forced to be calm and reserved, while still finding time to joke and be optimistic.

Much of Nora's life is based around her love for Lie Ren, starting with her constant energy being used to get and hold his attention, then later on trying to be his voice of reason and understanding. Though her love for him is still very much strong, relationship issues between the two have caused her to think of herself as more of an individual and seek an identity without him.

Powers and Abilities

Nora is an extremely skilled combatant, able to fight with her large hammer while performing acrobatic flips and and spins with minimal effort. Her fighting style she describes as "be strong and hit stuff", which incorporates her immense strength into her hammer swings. She is also a skilled marksman, able to shoot grenades precisely and accurately from long distances.

Nora is likely one of the physically strongest of Team RWBY and their allies. She can bench press five times her own weight, throw other people long distances, and even hit Yang Xiao Long so hard that she broke through a roof and did not land until around two minutes later. She can easily climb and maneuver through trees and does it all while carrying her large weapon. She is also incredibly fast, able to move faster than the eye can see and appear a short distance away without anyone having noticed. She is also incredibly durable, able to launch herself with explosions and survive large hits.

Nora's weapon is a hammer called Magnhild, which she can collapse and store on her back for travel. She uses the hammer in conjunction with her incredible strength to smash and slam foes using wide swings and powerful slamming attacks. Additionally, Magnhild can transform into a grenade launcher, which fires six pink Dust grenades with high explosive yield. While in hammer mode, Nora can harness the explosions in her hammer's swings for explosive strikes or to propel herself across the ground or through the air.

Nora possesses a Semblance, a power unique to her drawn from her soul. Her Semblance, called High Voltage, allows her to produce and redirect electricity into her muscles to enhance her already incredible strength. She can channel electricity either through direct contact or by using her weapon as a lightning rod. She can also absorb electricity from Lighting Dust. She can absorb a large amount of electricity, with her first ever experience with her Semblance involving her surviving a lightning bolt; her power only grew and evolved with time after that. However, her Semblance does have a limit to how much she can absorb, and powerful enough shocks can electrocute her, such as Hazel Rainart's Lighting Dust enhancements or a highly electrified door.

Like all creatures with a soul, Nora also has possesses an Aura, a physical defense generated by her soul. This durable field is invisible except when it is overtaxed, where it flashes pink. Her Aura defends her from attack and can even heal minor wounds, but if it takes too much damage it will become depleted and will require time to return. Notably, her Aura was depleated when she overtaked her Semblance, resulting him her being electrocuted and becoming scarred.


♫ It's morning! It's morning! It's morning! It's morning! ♫
~ Nora, demonstrating that she is a morning person.
We've been friends for so long! What are the odds we'd still be together? Well, not 'together-together'... Not that I'm not saying that you're not handsome; you are handsome, but that'd just be weird, right?
~ Nora, rambling to Lie Ren.
Maybe we can bribe the headmaster. No, that won't work, he has a school.
~ Nora, talking to Ren about getting on the same team.
I know! We'll have some sort of signal! Like a distress signal! (gasps) A secret signal so we can find each other in the forest! Can you imitate a sloth?
~ Nora, talking about her 'plans' with Ren.
Aww, it's broken!
~ Nora, after the Ursa she was riding dies.
♫ I'm queen of the castle, I'm queen of the castle ♫
~ Nora, after getting her relic.
~ Nora, coming in between Yang Xiao Long and Ruby Rose.
Let's do this!
~ Nora, to Jaune Arc, to help battle the Death Stalker.
~ Nora, when beating the Death Stalker.
So, there we were, in the middle of the night...
~ Nora, beginning her story about a recurring dream.
Ooh! We'll break his legs!
~ Nora, offering to help Jaune with his bully problem.
Off with their heads!
~ Nora, at the beginning of the food fight at the Beacon Academy cafeteria.
~ Nora, after waking up.
~ Nora, bemoaning the fickle ways of women.
We're actually not "together-together..."
~ Nora, to Jaune.
Practice what you preach, Pyrrha.
~ Nora, giving advice to Pyrrha.
This. Is. Happening!
~ Nora, to Ren.
Save the world?! You're going on world-saving missions without us?! I'm hurt! Sad! Maybe a little hungry. That last one's not your fault...
~ Nora, to Team RWBY.
Oh! Aim at the enemy!
~ Nora, about puking.
We've got a world-renowned fighter on our team, what's basically a ninja, I can bench five of me... Jaune... We've trained all year, our weapons are awesome, Glynda barely yells at us anymore and... Uhh... Jaune!
~ Nora, about their chances in the tournament.
Don't be so nervous! The worst that could happen is we lose! Then it's just a few more years of walking around school with everyone knowing we're failures, our friends will slowly abandon us to preserve their social status, we won't be able to show our faces in class, no-one will sit with us in the cafeteria, and Ren and I have no parents so we have no home left to go to, we'll be officially renamed Team LOSE-iper! *manic sobbing*
~ Nora, on the prospect of losing and revealing that she and Ren are orphans.
No, silly, not 'a flower'! 'Flour,' like in baking.
~ Nora, about "Flower Power".
Oooh, I sense hesitation.
~ Nora, after Pyrrha expresses doubt about Jaune's tactics.
YEAH! Team ears only!
~ Nora, when Brawnz interrupts the JNPR team meeting.
No more moping around! We gotta get your butt in shape for the big fight! It could be today. It could be tomorrow. It could be the most important fight of your entire life!
~ Nora, encouraging Pyrrha for her singles fight.
If it looks the same coming up as it does going down, then there's something wrong!
~ Nora to Ren, about his energy juice.
But we wouldn't be here if we weren't up for it.
~ Nora to Ruby, about their journey to Haven.
I still think a grenade launcher would've really brought the look together.
~ Nora, about Jaune's new look.
You know, that actually explains a lot.
~ Nora, on Jaune having seven sisters.
Should we bury him?
~ After the Dying Huntsman passes.
Well, what if she doesn't want to go with you?
~ Nora to Tyrian Callows, protecting Ruby.
Seriously? Now you're tired of telling us stories?
~ Nora, calling Qrow Branwen out on being evasive in answering.
We don't have time for safe! If we make it to Mistral, we'll bring back help! If we don't, at least we'll have a better view of the land! Up there, we can see if there's somewhere else we can go!
~ Nora, suggesting that Team RNJR split.
We always have.
~ Nora, in response to Jaune telling Ren and Nora to take care of each other.
I'm scared...
~ Young Nora to Young Ren as they hide during the destruction of Kuroyuri.
So, is this not going at all like anyone thought it would?
~ Nora, after meeting Professor Lionheart.
This is perfect! We were stuck at a dead end, but now, we can just take little cute boy Ozpin to Lionheart and have him set things straight!
~ Nora, suggesting they bring Oscar to Lionheart.
They… they really are magic…
~ Nora, after witnessing Raven Branwen's transformation.
I don't need him to hurt. I just need him to GO DOWN!
~ Nora, about to swing at Hazel Rainart.
~ Nora spotting Oscar and subsequently team RWBY when they arrive in Argus
No. I won't let you kill yourself like this. After everything we've been through, I won't let it end.
~ Nora, to Ren.
You keep talking about how we just need a little more time, but you’re not the one having to struggle. They’re bearing all of it! The longer this waiting game goes on the harder each day gets for people down there, and now you want to send in more soldiers? You can’t force people to fall in line. If you do that, you’ll just be trading all these problems for the Grimm.
~ Nora to James Ironwood.
"All I do is make dumb jokes and smash things with a hammer."
"That's not true! You put everything you have into what you do. You support everyone around you. You help without worrying how it will hurt. And that's what I love about... That's why I... I love you."
"When my mom ran from the Grimm and left me behind, you found me. We became "Ren and Nora". But I realized on this mission apart, I don't know who "just Nora" is. And if I'm ever going to find out, then I need to do it alone. Because I've always loved you Lie Ren. And that pretty head on your shoulders seems like it's doing a lot better. But I still gotta get mine sorted out before i can be the partner you need. Is that okay?"
" Its
definately' okay.
~ Nora learns Ren's true feelings and asks him for time to discover her "self"
Then screw talking.
~ Nora before she kisses Ren.





  • Nora alludes to Thor from Norse mythology.
    • Thor was regarded as the god of thunder, lightning, storms, strength, and protection. On top of her immense strength and desire to protect others, Nora's Semblance allows her to absorb and redirect electricity.
    • Thor's weapon was a hammer called Mjölnir, and Nora uses a hammer. Her symbol also incorporates an electric hammer.
      • Her hammer, Magnhild, comes from Norwegian which means "strong, mighty, strength" from the root magn/magan and "battle" from the root hild/hildr.
      • Magni is the Norse god of strength and son of Thor.
    • Her last name comes from the Valkyrie of Norse mythology, female warrior servants of the gods in Valhalla.
  • 'Nora' can be an abbreviation of the Greek 'Eleanora', meaning 'light,' as well as the Latin 'Honora', meaning 'honor'.
  • Just as Ruby has a pair of headphones with her symbol stamped, Nora has her hairbrush stamped with her own symbol.
  • Nora is the last member of team JNPR to have their weapon be revealed (not being revealed until episode 8, "Players and Pieces").
  • Her Huntress licence number is 63600-22473-91513.
  • The songs "Boop" and "Be Strong and Hit Stuff" reference Nora, with the former being regarded as her unofficial theme.
  • Nora, along with Ren, are some of the only characters to seemingly break the forth wall; Nora wears a shirt bearing her most famous quote, "Boop", and later on she and Ren materialize text when discussing team names and interact with each others' fantasies. In RWBY Chibi, Nora sees past the fourth wall after drinking too much caffeine.
  • In the Japanese dub, she is voiced by Aya Suzaki.


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