|“||Oh, you know. Just working on my photography. Do you wanna see?||„|
|~ Velvet, to Ruby|
Velvet Scarlatina is a Faunus, student of Beacon Academy and a member of Team CFVY. Her weapon of choice is a box and camera which can produce copies of weapons she has taken pictures of. She first appeared in "Jaunedice".
Velvet is a small young woman with long, brown hair and eyes. She also has a pair of long, brown rabbit ears, making her easily identifiable as a Faunus.
Velvet is first seen wearing the Beacon Academy uniform: a white, form-fitting top, with a collar lined with black and a pink ribbon tied neatly below. She also appears wearing a dark-brown, long-sleeved jacket that comes down around her chest over the shirt. Her leggings consist of two parts: a pair of dark-brown shorts and a pair of black form-fitting leggings that come to just below her hips.
Her combat gear is comprised by a short, long-sleeved brown jacket with a golden zipper, brown pants and black leggings with golden detail. She wears a black, semi-translucent undershirt beneath her jacket, along with golden spaulders and vambraces on both arms, as well as a similar belt. The tops of her leggings are edged with a similar band, and her heel and toe are likewise protected.
Velvet is a very shy and quiet girl who tends to keep to herself, either by choice or because she is isolated by others for being a Faunus. Even when being picked on by others, she tends to act very reserved and refuses to fight back. One can say that she is very timid.
Later, when Bartholomew Oobleck asked if anyone had been discriminated against for being Faunus, she was hesitant to even raise her hand, and only did so after seeing another classmate raise their hand first. Monty Oum describes her as having modest fashion tastes.
However, despite her shy personality, she seems to get along with others, as seen with Team RWBY, and being an older student, she wishes them safety on their mission.
In battle, shown in "Breach", Velvet continues to display her timid nature. When not attacking or finishing an attack, her stance is much more closed than the others, even hiding under Yatsuhashi Daichi when Fox Alistair destroys an Ursa with his weapons, sending its spikes flying everywhere within the vicinity of the area.
In addition to this, she unquestioningly obeyed Coco's suggestion to avoid using her weapon in the fight against the hordes of Grimm, though she seemed a little disappointed. When Coco tells her to use it during "Heroes and Monsters", she immediately gets excited.
Abilities and Powers
According to Monty Oum, Velvet is an extremely adept mage with skills highly valued by her teammates. She is also said to have a significant amount of experience in working with her team on the battlefield, being a great asset to them. Velvet also shows in her first onscreen battle in "Breach" that she is fairly adept in martial arts, making good use of jumps and kicks.
She is very agile and athletic. It is likely that Velvet has excellent night vision, as this is stated to be a common characteristic of Faunus. With her rabbit ears, she may also have superior hearing, as does Blake Belladonna, who has cat ears.
Velvet's weapon allows her to make hard-light copies of weapons she has photographed, which last for a few hits. Using this weapon in conjunction with her Semblance gives her the ability to mimic the fighting styles and abilities of other Huntsmen. However, she is able to fully utilize a copy of a weapon, as she has the power to mimic the Semblance relating to a weapon's full capabilities.
Velvet's Semblance is the ability to mimic the exact moves that other people have learned and used in combat to a degree. However, her Semblance does not allow her to mimic the Semblances and capabilities of others and perform moves that are a direct result of another person's Semblance.
|~ Velvet, begging Cardin Winchester to stop bullying her|
|“||It was just... There were just so many.||„|
|~ Velvet, to Team RWBY|
|“||Most people don't know what it's like on the battlefield. I mean, even experienced fighters can get scared and start seeing things. If it happened to Coco, it can happen to anyone.||„|
|~ Velvet, to Ruby|
|“||She swore she saw Yatsu with her in the forest during the fight with Emerald and Mercury, but he never even made it out of the geyser fields. Stress-induced hallucinations, apparently.||„|
|~ Velvet to Ruby, about Coco's doubles round fight with Yatsuhashi|
|“||Hey, watch the ears! How do you like it, huh? Feel good? You like that?||„|
|~ Velvet in RWBY Chibi, pulling Jaune Arc's ears|
|“||Little bunny foo foo—||„|
|~ Velvet in RWBY Chibi, in an animated musical|
|“||Ho ho! No one can oppose me and my manly moustache!||„|
|~ Velvet in RWBY Chibi, imitating Peter Port|
|“||Probably. I hear everything, all the time.||„|
|~ Velvet in RWBY Chibi, when asked by Ruby if she heard something|
- Velvet alludes to the title character from the story The Velveteen Rabbit.
- In the story, the stuffed rabbit's owner becomes ill with scarlet fever, which is sometimes referred to as "scarlatina" in older literature.
- Her name may also be a reference to red velvet cake, consistent with her other teammates being named after sweets.
- Velvet's battle gear was designed by fans as part of a contest held by Rooster Teeth. The winning entry, by Rooster Teeth user Munnkie, was announced in the RWBY Volume 2: Production Diary 1 on March 6th, 2014. The design and emblem remained mostly unchanged from concept to the final design, except for the color palette, which was changed from teal to brown.
- It is revealed in "Field Trip" that Velvet is not a first year, making her and the rest of team CFVY the only known non-first year students. She is currently a second year student.
Velvet Scarlatina on the RWBY wiki.