|“||I'm not perfect! Not yet. But I'm still leagues better than you.||„|
|~ Weiss, responding to Ruby's criticisms of her|
|“||You don't have a clue! None of you do! You're all just standing around, talking about nothing: worrying about your hair, your money, your stupid problems that don't mean anything!||„|
|~ Weiss, scolding the Altesian elite for their arrogance.|
|“||I'm not siding with anyone. I'm doing what I feel is right, and that does not include wasting my time up here with these clueless people in Atlas. The Schnee family legacy isn't yours to leave. It's mine, and I'll do it as a Huntress.||„|
|~ Weiss, to her father.|
Weiss Schnee is one of the main protagonists of the RWBY franchise. She is one of the main protagonists of 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, member of Team RWBY, and the former heiress to the Schnee Dust Company.
She is voiced by Kara Eberle. Her singing voice is provided by Casey Lee Williams.
Weiss is a pale-skinned girl with light blue eyes and white hair, which she often pulls back in braids or ponytails. She has a long vertical scar across her left eye. She commonly wears ornate tiaras and regal dresses, usually consisting of whites, blues, silvers, and reds. She typically wears high-heeled shoes or boots, and occasionally wears a red scarf. She stands over four feet tall, raised to slightly above five when in her high-heeled shoes.
- See Weiss Schnee (RWBY Chibi)
RWBY: Ice Queendom
RWBY: Amity Arena
Weiss appeared as a character in the defunct mobile video game RWBY: Amity Arena.
In the game's primary multiplayer mode, Weiss appeared as several units. The Ice Weiss unit was a ground-based melee unit with a special ability that allowed her to freeze enemies in a certain radius. The Summoner Weiss unit was a ranged unit that shot projectiles that slowed foes, and as a special ability could summon the Arma Gigas avatar as a tanky melee unit with large attack radius. The Ice Flower unit had Weiss combine with Ruby to fire long-range shots, with the special ability freezing enemies upon hit. Freezerburn combines Weiss with Yang, creating a mass of freezing mist that blinds foes. The Checkmate unit teams Weiss with Blake, using Glyphs to attack and make friendly units temporarily invulnerable.
|“||After a while, I saw Weiss was defiance.||„|
|~ Blake to Sun, on what word Weiss personifies in the episode "Necessary Sacrifice".|
Weiss initially begins as stuck-up, entitled, and believing herself superior to everyone else. Because of her troubled past, she rebels and acts out, but still sees her social status as a means of power and stature. However, as the series progresses, she softens towards her allies and friends, soon becoming compassionate and thoughtful, though retaining her wit and sarcasm. Among allies, she is hopeful and resolved, and looks to hep and aid in any way she can. Despite believing she was proud of her stature and family name before, she came to realize that she was not, and instead turned to taking pride in the protection and befriending of others, becoming one of her allies' more courteous and loving friends, often serving as a voice of reason and confidant.
Powers and Abilities
Having trained from an early age, Weiss excels at both swordsmanship and long-distance combat. She uses her rapier for quick piercing attacks, and can utilize its Dust capabilities to fight with almost any element she chooses, including Fire, Lightning, Gravity, Water, and Rock. However, her go-to element is Ice, frequently using it for freezing attacks or to create defensive barriers. She is also a master acrobat and capable of advanced maneuverability, incorporating flips, spins, and long jumps into combat. She uses these movements with great speed, agility, and efficiency.
Weiss possesses a Semblance, a power unique to her drawn from her soul. Her Semblance, Glyphs, is hereditary and passed down through her family line. With this power, Weiss can summon a seemingly unlimited amount of two-dimensional glyphs that have a wide range of abilities, from serving as simple platforms to propelling objects or altering their target's gravity. She can incorporate Dust into her Glyphs, creating elemental explosions or formations, and can even alter a subject's perception of time to slow or accelerate. She can additionally use Glyhps for summoning, where she call upon an avatar of foes she has personally defeated in the past, usually Grimm, to fight on her side. Though she initially struggled with Summoning, she soon came to master the form.
Like all creatures with a soul, Weiss 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 light blue. Her Aura defends her from attack and can even heal minor wounds, but if it takes too much damage it will become depleted and require time to return.
Despite her heritage and family name oftentimes being considered a burden to her, Weiss' social status has proven useful in accessing information or earning trust from authority. Her family's wealth also allows her to provide for her allies.
- Weiss alludes to Snow White from the fairy tale of Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs
- Her name, when translated from German to English, is 'White Snow'.
- Her theme is "Mirror Mirror", referring to the Magic Mirror from the tale.
- Her butler, Klien, alludes to the seven dwarfs.
- Her elemental attribute of ice and color of white reference "Snow White".
- Weiss is the second character of RWBY introduced, appearing in her trailer that was released on February 14, 2013.
- Weiss is left-handed, though in early artwork she was presented as right-handed.
- According to Monty Oum, Weiss fights with fencing because he studied fencing.
- She is the first character introduced to have her surname revealed.
- She has her own official Twitter account at RT_WeissSchnee, like Ruby and Yang.
- In the Japanese dub, she is voiced by Yōko Hikasa.
- Weiss' birthday is May 15th.