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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.

Appearance

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.

Other Appearances

RWBY Chibi

  • 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.

Personality

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.

Quotes

What are you doing?! Do you have any idea of the damage you could have caused?!
~ Weiss, to Ruby Rose after having her luggage knocked over.
Aren't you a little young to be attending Beacon?
~ Weiss, to Ruby.
What are you, brain dead? Dust! Fire, water, lightning, energy!
~ Weiss, lecturing Ruby on Dust.
What? How dare!... The nerve of... Ugh!
~ Weiss, storming off after Blake Belladonna's insult on her family's company.
The Schnee Dust Company is not responsible for any injuries or damages sustained while operating a Schnee Dust Company product. Although not mandatory, the Schnee Family highly encourages their customers to read and familiarize themselves with this easy-to-follow guide to Dust application and practice in the field.
~ Weiss, explaining to Ruby the purpose of the "Dust for Dummies" pamphlet.
You really want to start making things up to me? Read this and don't ever speak to me again!
~ Weiss, suggesting to Ruby that she read a "Dust for Dummies" pamphlet.
She's a hazard to my health!
~ Weiss, telling Yang Xiao Long why she has a problem with Ruby.
Yeah! And we can paint our nails and try out clothes and talk about cute boys like tall, blond and... scraggly over there.
~ Weiss, responding to Ruby's offer to go shopping.
This will be perfect! The smartest girl in class combined with the strongest girl in class! Together we will be unstoppable! I can see it now - we'll be popular, we'll be celebrities, we'll get perfect grades! Nothing could come between us now!
~ Weiss' internal monologue, on her plans after partnering with Pyrrha Nikos.
She's on the cover of every Pumpkin Pete's Marshmallow Flakes box!
~ Weiss, yelling at Jaune Arc after getting annoyed by his lack of knowledge about Pyrrha.
By no means does this make us friends.
~ Weiss, resigning to accept Ruby as her teammate.
I will not let my mission be delayed because you're too slow! I swear, if I get a bad grade because of your- what the?!
~ Weiss, complaining about being interrupted by Ruby.
You may be fast, but you still excel at wasting time!
~ Weiss, to Ruby, who just ran ahead.
Remember your training Weiss. Head up, shoulders back, right foot forward - not that forward! - slow your breathing, wait for the right time to strike, and... Now!
~ Weiss, preparing to attack a Beowolf.
You attacked out of turn! I could've killed you!
~ Weiss, complaining about Ruby's fighting style.
Well, congratulations on being the strongest child to sneak your way into Beacon. Bravo!
~ Weiss, to Ruby.
I know exactly where we're going! We're going... to... the forest temple!
~ Weiss, explaining to Ruby how she is not lost.
You are so childish. And dim-witted, and hyperactive, and don't even get me started on your fighting style. And I suppose, I can be a bit... difficult... but if we're going to do this, we're going to have to do this together. So if you quit trying to show off, I'll be... nicer.
~ Weiss, reconciling with Ruby.
You're fine.
~ Weiss, to Ruby.
What in the world is wrong with you?
~ Weiss, to Ruby after team leader woke her up.
What!? Did you say 9:00? It's 8:55, you dunce!
~ Weiss, on Ruby's time management skills.
What's wrong with me? What's wrong with you!? You're supposed to be leader! All you've been so far is a nuisance!
~ Weiss, questioning Ruby's leadership.
(Ruby:I thought you believed in acting as a team) Not a team led by you. I've studied, and trained, and quite frankly, I deserve better.
~ Weiss, giving Ruby a verbal slap across the face.
Ozpin made a mistake...
~ Weiss, believing that Ruby as a leader was a mistake.
So, you would just blindly accept his decision, even after seeing how exceptional I am?
~ Weiss, arguing with Peter Port.
(Professor Port:I see a girl before me who has spent her entire life getting exactly what she wanted) That's not even remotely true! Well... not entirely true.
~ Weiss, responding to Peter Port's criticism of her.
Good luck studying. That's wrong by the way!
~ Weiss, finally accepting Ruby as a leader.
I've always wanted bunk beds as a kid.
~ Weiss, telling Ruby about what she wanted as a kid.
The battle at Fort Castle!
~ Weiss, answering Bartholomew Oobleck's question.
No, you dunce! It means she has control over magnetism!
~ Weiss, explaining Pyrrha's Semblance to Ruby.
It's a combat skirt!
~ Weiss, responding to Blake's snark about wearing a dress.
I'm a victim! You want to know why I despise the White Fang? Why I don't particularly trust the Faunus? It's because they've been in war with my family for years. War as in actual bloodshed. My grandfather's company has had a target painted across its back for as long as I can remember. And ever since I was a child, I've watched family, friends disappear. Board members... executed. An entire train car full of Dust stolen. And every day, my father would come home furious. And that made for a very difficult childhood.
~ Weiss, on why she despises the White Fang.
No! You want to know why I despise the White Fang? It's because they are a bunch of liars, thieves, and murderers!
~ Weiss, on the White Fang.
A member of the White Fang! Right underneath our noses!
~ Weiss, on Blake's true self.
...the innocent never run, Yang.
~ Weiss, about Blake running away.
Stop! Do you have any idea of how long we've been searching for you? Twelve hours. That means I've had twelve hours to think about this. And in that twelve hours, I've decided...I don't care.
~ Weiss, telling Blake she doesn't care about her past.
I don't want to hear it. I only want to know the next time that something this big comes up, you come to your teammates. And not some... someone else.
~ Weiss, showing her support to Blake.
I'm still not quite sure about how I feel about you!
~ Weiss, to Sun Wukong.
Did you steal my binder?
~ Weiss, accusing Ruby of taking her binder.
Fear the almighty power of my forces! Cower as they pillage your homes, and weep as they take your children from your very arms!
~ Weiss, during the card game.
I hate this game of emotions we play.
~ Weiss, after her armies is destroyed by Yang.
Don't touch me!
~ Weiss' response to Ruby hugging her, in spite of hugging Ruby back.
No, no, no, yes.
~ Weiss, on Jaune's date invitation.
Yeah, I guess she really made our plans... fall apart!
~ Weiss, making a pun after the battle.
All my life, boys have only cared about the perks of my last name. Besides, I already have a date in mind.
~ Weiss, to Ruby and Yang.
Would you... like to accompany me to the dance tomorrow?
~ Weiss, to Neptune Vasilias.
You said you were embarrassed at first. What made you come talk to me?
~ Weiss, questioning Neptune.
Are you telling me that this mangy...drooling...mutt is going to wiv with us foweva? Oh yes, he is! Yes, he is!
~ Weiss, towards Zwei.
It's exactly as you said: I'm a Schnee. I have a legacy of honor to uphold. Once I realized I was capable of fighting, there was no longer a question of what I would do with my life. It was my duty.
~ Weiss, to Bartholomew on why she wants to become a Huntress.
I'm fully aware of what my father has done with the Schnee Dust Company. Since he took control, the business has been operated in a... moral gray area.
~ Weiss, regarding the Schnee Dust Company.
My father was not the start of our name, and I refuse to let him be the end of it.
~ Weiss, regarding her future.
It's a job. We all had this romanticized vision of being a Huntress in our heads! But at the end of the day, it's a job to protect the people! And whatever we want, will have to come second.
~ Weiss, on the duty of being a huntress.
If we don't get extra credit for that, I'm going to be seriously disappointed.
~ Weiss, to the rest of Team RWBY.
Well...not every story has a neat and tidy ending.
~ Weiss, to Ruby.
I will happily represent Team RWBY.
~ Weiss, on moving to the doubles round of the Vytal Festival tournament.
Do you have anything with a low-salt — Um... Okay
~ Weiss, attempting to order at the Shopkeep's noodle stall.
Good luck, Neptune!
~ Weiss, wishing Neptune luck in his match.
Break his stupid face, NDGO!
~ Weiss, after Neptune flirts with Team NDGO.
Winter! Winter! I'm so happy to see you! Oh... Your presence honors us.
~ Weiss, greeting Winter.
Just so you're aware, the bunk beds only look unstable.
~ Weiss, talking about their dorm rooms.
Teach him respect, Winter!
~ Weiss, cheering on Winter as she fights Qrow Branwen.
I've tried! It's just… It's the one thing I've been having trouble with!
~ Weiss, about summoning.
It was really good to see you, Winter.
~ Weiss, to Winter.
Just remember to keep proper form.
~ Weiss, to Yang.
Well, seeing as their Kingdom, academy and armed forces are all merged as one, I think we can expect strict, militant fighters with advanced technology and carefully rehearsed strategies.
~ Weiss, speculating on the nature of their Atlesian opponents.
I may not be singing for a while.
~ Weiss, after the match.
You're hotheaded, but not ruthless.
~ Weiss, to Yang.
How can you say something like that? Yang would never lie to us!
~ Weiss, when Blake doubts Yang's story.
This can't be happening... Penny...
~ Weiss, overwhelmed by recent events.
Be safe.
~ Weiss, to Blake.
No! 'We' will find them.
~ Weiss refusing to let Ruby try to rescue Jaune and Pyrrha alone.
I trust him.
~ Weiss to her father about James Ironwood.
Are you asking me if I'd like to sing, or telling me?
~ Weiss, showing a brief touch of rebellion.
Get. Out. Get out or I'll have security to escort you out.
~ Weiss, ordering Henry Marigold to leave the event.
Shut up!
~ Weiss, snapping at the Trophy Wife.
I said I want to leave. I don't want to stay here anymore. I don't want to stay in Atlas anymore!
~ Weiss, about leaving Atlas, to Jacques.
I have done nothing but fight to uphold the honor of my family name, a name that you married into!
~ Weiss, to Jacques.
Is that why you hate me? Are you jealous of my abilities? Of Winter's?
~ Weiss, to Whitley.
Klein, I need a favor.
~ Weiss, to Klein.
I'll always have you.
~ Weiss, to Klein.
Alright, well subtlety is out.
~ Weiss, realizing a discreet escape was no longer feasible.
Your mom kidnapped me?!
~ Weiss, finding out Raven is Yang's mother.
I missed you so much.
~ Weiss, reuniting with Yang.
I so did not miss you people.
~ Weiss, to everyone.
Don’t worry. I put in blasphemous amounts of cream and sugar just for you.
~ Weiss to Ruby, while handing her coffee.
She will. Yang... You, Ruby, and even Blake are more like family to me than my brother or even my own father. I would do anything for you three, and I’m willing to bet Blake feels the same way. So, when she’s ready, I’ll be there for her. And I know we’re not as close, but… I’m here for you too.
~ Weiss, to Yang.
I am more than a name.
~ Weiss, to Vernal.
N-No! I just remember you being more of the quiet one.
~ Weiss to Blake, after Blake asks if she is hurt.
Alright. What’s the plan, Ruby?
~ Weiss, to Ruby.

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Trivia

  • 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.

Navigation

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Team RWBY
Ruby Rose | Weiss Schnee | Blake Belladonna | Yang Xiao Long

Team JNPR
Jaune Arc | Nora Valkyrie | Pyrrha Nikos | Lie Ren

Team SSSN
Sun Wukong | Scarlet David | Sage Ayana | Neptune Vasilias

Team CFVY
Coco Adel | Fox Alistair | Velvet Scarlatina | Yatsuhashi Daichi

Team FNKI
Flynt Coal | Neon Katt | Kobalt | Ivori

Team CRDL
Cardin Winchester | Russel Thrush | Dove Bronzewing | Sky Lark

Team ABRN
Arslan Altan | Bolin Hori | Reese Chloris | Nadir Shiko

Team BRNZ
Brawnz Ni | Roy Stallion | Nolan Porfirio | May Zedong

Team NDGO
Nebula Violette | Dew Gayl | Gwen Darcy | Octavia Ember

Team STRQ
Summer Rose | Taiyang Xiao Long | Raven Branwen | Qrow Branwen

Beacon Academy
Professor Ozpin | Glynda Goodwitch | Peter Port | Bartholomew Oobleck | Qrow Branwen

Atlas Academy
Penny Polendina | Ciel Soleil | James Ironwood | Winter Schnee

Ace Operatives
Clover Ebi | Elm Ederne | Harriet Bree | Marrow Amin | Vine Zeki | Winter Schnee

Happy Huntresses
Robyn Hill | Fiona Thyme | Joanna Greenleaf | May Marigold

Team SAFR
Arrastra Skye | Asher Mora | Fenix Nemean | Pyke Rite

Others
Amber | Ambrosius | Emerald Sustrai | Fria | Oscar Pine | Ozma | Caroline Cordovin | Maria Calavera | Ghira Belladonna | God of Light | Jinn | Ilia Amitola | Kali Belladonna | Pietro Polendina | Klein Sieben | Saber Rodentia | Shion Zaiden | Rhodes | Willow Schnee | Whitley Schnee | Zwei

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