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For it is in passing that we achieve immortality. Through this, we become a paragon of virtue and glory to rise above all. Infinite in distance and unbound by death, I release your soul, and by my shoulder, protect thee.
~ Pyrrha, to Jaune.
Do you believe in destiny?
~ Pyrrha to Cinder, last words before her death.
I know this can be frustrating and it can feel like so much effort to progress such a small amount, but I want you to know that I'm proud of you. I've never met someone so determined to better themselves. You've grown so much since we started training. And I know this is just the beginning. Jaune, I-I… I want you to know that I'm just happy to be a part of your life. I'll always be here for you, Jaune.
~ Pyrrha in her training video to Jaune.

Pyrrha Nikos is one of the main (later posthumous) deuteragonists in the series RWBY. She is a student at Beacon Academy and a member of Team JNPR. Her weapon of choice was a red-and-gold spear-like weapon that turns into a rifle and a shield which resembles one an Amazon would use.

In "End of the Beginning", Pyrrha engaged Cinder Fall, who had gained full possession of the Fall Maiden's powers. Despite her valiant efforts, Pyrrha was defeated. Cinder murdered her shortly thereafter by shooting her through the chest with an arrow at point-blank range, before disintegrating her remains and scattering her ashes.

Motivated by her death, the remaining members of Team JNPR joined Ruby Rose in her journey to Haven in order to track Cinder and her faction.

She was voiced by Jen Brown.

Appearance

.Pyrrha wore her red hair in a waist-length ponytail, curled slightly into a loose ringlet.

She also wore light-green eyeshadow around the far upper corners of her green eyes. She was tall and quite muscular compared to most of the other girls at Beacon.

As a top she wore a brown overbust corset with a vertical strip of lighter brown in the centre. Additionally Pyrrha wore an elastic, black, A-line miniskirt and brown opera-length gloves on both arms. She wore a red, ankle-length sash that wrapped around her skirt, which was later emulated by Jaune Arc.

As for accessories, there was a small circular bronze plate by her right hip opposite two pouches with both connected to a belt. The plate bore her "shield and spear" emblem. Underneath her hair, she always wore a brown circlet adorned with a pair of small, green, teardrop-shaped emeralds on thin chains. She also sported a large bronze gorget around her neck, and a bronze bracelet on the upper half of her left arm. Even when dressed in her school uniform, Pyrrha continued to wear her headpiece.

Unlike the rest of the female cast, Pyrrha wore armor. She had elaborate bronze greaves that started below her mid-thigh before continuing downwards into her boots, as well as a pair of cuisses that began mid-thigh and ended slightly above her knees. She was also equipped with a bronze bracer capable of connecting with Akoúo̱ atop the sleeve on her left arm. Her high-heeled boots were brown with bronze trim, matching her skirt and sleeves and reaching up to mid-calf.

Personality

Pyrrha thought that if there was even the smallest chance of helping someone, then it was a chance worth taking. And because of that, she died fighting a battle she knew she couldn’t win.
~ Ruby telling Oscar about Pyrrha's death.
Pyrrha was a very professionally-capable, friendly, righteous yet relaxed and selfless person. She was a composed and collected individual who, despite being a celebrity, was modest and patient around people, making her very sociable. Additionally, she tended to be quite formal. In addition to her impressive range of combat abilities, she was a quick thinker, knowing her limits and assessing her opponents before acting.

Pyrrha took her studies and relationships equally seriously, making her a bit stubborn and emotionally sensitive. This came from her loyalty toward her friends as well as her good intent. She was willing to keep secrets and help friends in need.

She quickly became good friends with her teammates, especially Jaune, and got along with the rest of Team RWBY, often having conversations during lunches and sharing a similar schedule during classes. However, she felt that she struggled to make friends as everyone saw her celebrity status before considering her personal self. Her limited experience with people led her to apologize even when helping them.

Pyrrha’s righteousness willed her to take risks for the greater good and always concern herself with the ethics of making decisions, such as volunteering to be the next Fall Maiden. She was willing to become the Fall Maiden despite the risks to her well-being and concerns over the scruples of the transfer process. For most of her life, Pyrrha believed she was destined to be a great Huntress, one that would protect the world, and strived for this goal no matter what she could lose. Pyrrha was selfless to a fault- one of the traits that harmed her most.

Pyrrha's selfless nature, combined with her beliefs of carrying out her duties as a huntress made it difficult, if not outright impossible, for her to make decisions for herself out of fear of letting down those who have placed their faith in her. Regardless of the potential dangers of taking such powers through unorthodox means, she was not fazed by it as much as the idea of losing Jaune and her friends.

Powers and Abilities

Weapon

Pyrrha was able to throw the javelin form of Miló with extreme precision, being able to hit Jaune's hood over a long distance as he was falling. It was at this point when she first demonstrates proficiency in javelin usage, as she was shown to have perfect stance, with the javelin lining up exactly with her free hand and using her thumb as a reference point.

She was also extremely adept at using Akoúo̱ as an offensive weapon, a skill that was exemplified when she used her shield to sever the damaged joint of the Death Stalker's stinger, with the shield ricocheting off of a pillar behind it and returning to her. However, this feat was likely aided by her Semblance. However, during her battle with Cinder Fall, she was able to throw her shield with enough accuracy to strike and shatter an arrow mid-air without her Semblance, as her Aura had already been depleted.

Pyrrha also demonstrated incredible skill in switching her weapon back and forth, with quick succession, delivering rapid attacks, and being able to counter others at once, such as with Team CRDL, whom she all defeated alone, despite being outnumbered. Pyrrha was capable of using her weapon's bladed form to even deflect bullets, as done against Dove Bronzewing's sword. She showed to even have a high amount of skill in unarmed combat, using several kicks to knock Cardin Winchester and his team back several times, even using her hands at brief moments.

Strength

Pyrrha was physically strong, as she was seen to punch through grown tree trunks with her shield without any change to her posture or stance. However, in these sorts of instances, she may be using her control over polarity to cause the shield to move with more force. Her strength was also displayed when she used her shield as a launch platform to help Nora launch higher into the air and jumping while doing so, an action that was also done without any visible alterations to her stance when Nora utilized a grenade as propellant off the shield.

Aura

Shown in "The Emerald Forest", Pyrrha demonstrated the ability to unlock another person's Aura. She did this for Jaune, whose Aura had been unknown to him. She was visibly tired after unlocking it, possibly either due to the sheer amount of Aura that she commented Jaune had, or the nature of the ability itself.

Semblance

Later in "Forever Fall, Pt.2", Pyrrha demonstrated the ability to control magnetism through her Semblance and has knowledge of how each one differs. She first demonstrated this ability in "The First Step" to retrieve her spear after pinning Jaune to a locker. She later used it in "Players and Pieces" to attract her shield to her bracer and then to pull her javelin from the Death Stalker's eye as she flew over it. She used it again to move Jaune's shield as he fought an Ursa in "Forever Fall, Pt.2".

As of "Best Day Ever", Pyrrha's semblance of magnetism was shown to not be affected by the number of objects as she is shown being able to manipulate hundreds of soda cans and uses them as projectiles after Blake disarmed her. In "End of the Beginning", Pyrrha showed even more raw power with her Semblance when she manipulates multiple fragments of the clockwork in Ozpin's office larger than herself, all at once.

In most combat situations, Pyrrha did not go out of her way to broadcast her Semblance's abilities. Instead, she used it only to make very subtle changes of movement for her own weapons and sometimes her opponent's weapon to affect the course of a battle. This gave her the psychological edge of appearing to be invincible in the eyes of most people.

Quotes

I'm not quite sure. I was planning on letting the chips fall where they may.
~ Pyrrha, responding to Weiss Schnee asking her whether or not she had decided on a team yet.
Yeah, it was pretty cool. Sadly, the cereal isn't very good for you.
~ Pyrrha, regarding the cereal brand she is a mascot for.
I'm sorry!
~ Pyrrha's most common quote.
Do you have any spots left on your team?
~ Pyrrha, attempting to team up with Jaune and trying to make a joke.
I'm not sure this is it.
~ Pyrrha, doubting Jaune.
(Jaune is hanging onto a Death Stalker's tail) Jaune! Whatever you do, don't let- (the Death Stalker flicks its tail and launches Jaune across the forest) ... go.
~ Pyrrha, failing to save Jaune from himself.
Go, go!
~ Pyrrha, telling the others to keep moving.
Jaune, you know if you ever need help, you can just ask.
~ Pyrrha, offering support to Jaune.
Atrocious. I can't stand people like him.
~ Pyrrha, voicing her disdain of Cardin Winchester.
You know, I really will break his legs.
~ Pyrrha, threatening to break Cardin's legs.
Jaune, everybody needs a little push from time to time. It doesn't make you any different from the rest of us. You made it to Beacon! That speaks volumes of what you're capable of!
~ Pyrrha, trying to comfort Jaune.
Then let me help you!
~ Pyrrha, offering her support to Jaune.
I'm sure our leader knows exactly what he's doing.
~ Pyrrha, on Jaune's absence.
Well, Ruby has her speed, you have your glyphs. My Semblance is polarity.
~ Pyrrha, on her Semblance.
Your team really misses their leader, you know.
~ Pyrrha, to Jaune.
Your stance is all wrong. You need to be wider and lower to the ground.
~ Pyrrha, on Jaune's stance.
Hello again!
~ Pyrrha, to Team RWBY.
Come on! I know you get frustrated, but you must keep trying.
~ Pyrrha, attempting to encourage Jaune.
Well, I believe the saying goes: "There's... plenty of fish in the sea."
~ Pyrrha, to Jaune.
You can't get it wrong if it's the truth.
~ Pyrrha, to Jaune.
I've been blessed with incredible talents and opportunities; I'm constantly surrounded by love and praise; but when you're placed on a pedestal like that for so long, you become separated from the people that put you there in the first place. Everyone assumes I'm too good for them - that I'm on a level that they simply can't attain. It's become impossible to form any sort of meaningful relationship with people. That's what I like about you: when we met, you didn't even know my name; you treated me like anyone else. And thanks to you, I've made friendships that will last a lifetime. I guess, you're the kind of guy I wish I was here with - someone who just saw me for me.
~ Pyrrha, to Jaune on why she doesn't have a date to the dance.
If anything, we should be looking forward to a fight with actual guidelines and not…well, murderers.
~ Pyrrha looking forward to the Vytal Festival
So... What are we?
~ Pyrrha, about her and Jaune's team attack.
Professor, if you don't mind me asking, why have you called me here?
~ Pyrrha to Ozpin, in Ozpin's office.
If all of this is true, why keep it secret? If this girl is so important... if... If we're truly on the brink of war, why not tell everyone?
~ Pyrrha, asking the inner circle why the Maidens are a secret.
I'll do it. If you believe this will help humanity, then I will become your Fall Maiden.
~ Pyrrha, before she knows what becoming the Maiden may do to her.
When I think of destiny, I don't think of a predetermined fate you can't escape. But rather... some sort of final goal, something you work towards your entire life.
~ Pyrrha, on destiny.
None of it makes sense! This isn't how things were supposed to happen!
~ Pyrrha.
I've always felt as though I was destined to become a Huntress - to protect the world... and it's become increasingly clear to me that my feelings were right. But... I don't know if I can do it.
~ Pyrrha.
Yes.
~ Pyrrha to Ozpin, officially accepting the role of Fall Maiden.

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Trivia

  • 'Pyrrha' is derived from the Greek adjective purrhos (πυρρός), which means 'flame colored'. 'Nikos' (Νίκος), meaning 'victor of the people', is derived from the Greek Nike, who is the Goddess of Victory.
  • Her first and last name together could be taken to refer to a Pyrrhic victory, meaning a tactical victory that comes at such extreme cost it is often seen as a strategic defeat.
  • Her name also comes from Greek mythology.
  • She has appeared on the front of the box for a cereal called "Pumpkin Pete's Marshmallow Flakes."
  • Although she tells Jaune and Weiss that it was "pretty cool," she laments that the cereal is unhealthy.
  • It is stated by Weiss that she graduated at the top of her class in Sanctum and has won a record number of regional tournaments.
  • Pyrrha is apparently the first character confirmed not to be from the Vale region/city. Weiss states that she won the Mistral regional tournament four years in succession.
  • She is somewhat similar to Agent Carolina from Red vs. Blue, who is also voiced by Jen Brown. Both have red pony-tailed hair and green eyes, and are the best at what they do. In Players and Pieces, Pyrrha lands in a stance very similar to one Agent Carolina landed in.
  • After the death of Pyrrha in RWBY, Jen Brown posted a heartfelt message to her fans on her Twitter. The message is as follows:
    To start let me just say it has been a true honor to play such a vibrant character. Playing Pyrrha meant the absolute world to me and getting to see how much she meant to many of you as well means a lot.
  • The entire Rooster Teeth team and RWBY crew deserves so much praise for how beautifully the show was handled. I have known from the minute I was cast 3 years ago that this would be Pyrrha's fate. It was Monty's intention from the start. And although it is kind of a relief to no longer have to keep it to myself, I am very sad that her journey has come to an end. Watching that final scene was beyond emotional for me. When you've invested so much into a character it is hard to let them go.
  • Most importantly I thank Monty. I miss him every day and thank him for trusting me with Pyrrha. Monty also intended for me to play other roles after Pyrrha's exit and although I have no further details right now... I fully trust that Miles Luna and Kerry Shawcross will stay true to his wishes and have me back as someone new. I love those guys.
  • I end by giving my heartfelt gratitude to you the viewer. You guys are seriously the best. And for the last time, I'm sorry!
  • Oh yeah, and also... Long live Lisa Lavender!!!

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