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I want a life where I don't know what tomorrow will bring.
~ Yang Xiao Long
I still want to know what happened to my mother and why she left me, but I will never let that search control me.
~ Yang, to Blake Belladonna.
You can spout off whatever you want, but nothing is going to keep me from my sister.
~ Yang about her determination to find Ruby.

Yang Xiao Long 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 and member of Team RWBY.

She is voiced by Barbara Dunkelman.


Yang is a tall girl with fair skin and lilac eyes. She has extremely long blonde hair, and stands slightly under six feet tall. She is muscular, and is noted to have an ample bosom. When she is angry, her eyes change to a deep red, and her hair gains a fiery glow. Her outfits consist of yellows, browns, oranges, tans, blacks, and golds, and almost always include an orange scarf around her neck and purple fabric tied around her leg. She possesses a mechaincal right arm from her elbow down, which she painted yellow and black.

Other Appearances

RWBY Chibi

  • See Yang Xiao Long (RWBY Chibi)

RWBY: Ice Queendom

RWBY: Amity Arena

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

In the game's primary multiplayer mode, Yang appeared as several units. The Biker Yang unit was a ground-based melee unit that pushed enemy units back with each hit. The Rocket Yang unit was a ranged unit that shot at enemies, and as a special ability could fire a massive volley of shots that dealt extreme damage and pushed enemies back. The Freezerburn unit teamed Weiss with Yang, creating a massive cloud of mist that hindered enemy units' vision. The Bumblebee unit teamed Blake with Yang, which used Yang as a primary ground melee unit, but as a special ability had Blake propel Yang to a location with widespread area damage.


...and Yang was strength.
~ Blake to Sun, on what word Yang personifies in "Necessary Sacrifice".

Yang is hotheaded and energetic, and is a thrill-seeker above all else. She gains great satisfaction from triumph and combat, and is most often confident and adventurous. She is also among the most lighthearted and fun-loving of her group, actively seeking out fun and jokes and participating in games, activities, exercises, and discussions. She has an affinity for bad puns. Despite this, she is also nurturing and protective, and knows when to be serious and help others out. She is also crafty, finding ways to outsmart others and place herself in favorable situations.

However, Yang possesses a temper, and when she is enraged, her hotheadedness and brashness can lead her to fits of rage and fury, as well as make her more single-minded in eliminating the object of her anger. She is especially touchy about her appearance, as rude comments about her proportions or any damage to her hair will lead to extreme rage.

Following her trauma at the Battle of Beacon, Yang was temporarily reserved and emotionless, as well as prone to panic attacks, nightmares, and overwhelming dread. Despite this, she was able to work with her allies to adjust and heal, eventually gaining back her confidence.

Powers and Abilities

Yang, having trained most of her life, is an expert combatant, primarily in hand-to-hand. She mainly attacks with acrobatics and punches, preferring a brute-like boxing style. Her weapon, Ember Celica, is a pair of golden bracelets that extend into shotgun-like ranged weapons, allowing Yang to fire blasts of Fire Dust ammunition with each punch. With this, she can create powerful short-range and melee attacks or fire at longer distances.

Yang is extremely strong, able to lift massive items and withstand extreme damage. She uses this with her Semblance, Burn, which allows her to absorb energy from her opponents' attacks and add it to her own strength and striking power as long as her Aura remains intact and she remains conscious. When using her Semblance, her eyes turn red and her hair glows. She originally relied too much on her Semblance, as it had little restrictions, but learned to use it more sparingly after her fight with Adam Taurus.

Like all creatures with a soul, Yang 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 yellow. 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. A fatal flaw when using her Aura is that it causes Yang to constantly activate said aura if her temper flares at a dangerous level.

Yang also possesses a prosthetic mechanical right arm after losing hers to Adam Taurus. She uses this prosthetic with the same proficiency as her organic one, but with her weapon built-in. She also uses the durable metal for protection, blocking blades and blows, and even bites from Grimm. Additionally, she can force the prosthetic to detatch whenever she needs it to, such as when it is stuck or incapacitated. Yang's voice actress, Barbara Dunkelman, has additionally confirmed that the arm comes with a "vibrate feature".

Yang is also talented at motorcycling, and used her personal motorcycle, Bumblebee, to great effect driving herself and others around before crashing it into Adam to save Blake. She later showed just as much proficiency with Pietro Polendina's custom-made motorbikes.


Strawberry Sunrise, no ice. Oh, and one of those little umbrellas.
~ Yang, to the bartender.
Aren't you a little old to have a name like "Junior"?
~ Yang, teasing Junior Xiong.
Instead of "sweetheart", you can just call me "sir"!
~ Yang, interrogating Junior.
Oh, I can't believe my baby sister is going to Beacon with me! This is the best day ever!
~ Yang, after learning about Ruby Rose's early entry to Beacon.
Who's that? (Glynda: My name is Glynda Goodwitch) Oh.
~ Yang, talking to herself during Glynda Goodwitch's introduction.
Why can't you just swoon over your own weapon? Aren't you happy with it?
~ Yang, talking to Ruby about her love for weapons.
Well... (fast voice) actually, my friends are here now, gotta go, bye!
~ Yang, leaving Ruby behind.
Oh my god, you really exploded.
~ Yang, after Weiss Schnee confronts Ruby in the assembly hall.
There's no such thing as negative friends. You just made one friend and one enemy!
~ Yang, attempting to console Ruby.
Yeah, this girl's a lost cause.
~ Yang, ready to give up on making friends with Blake Belladonna.
Having some trouble there, lady-killer?
~ Yang, after Jaune Arc's failed attempts at flirting.
"Snow Angel" probably wasn't the best start.
~ Yang, explaining where Jaune went wrong with Weiss.
Nailed it!
~ Yang, after strategically landing.
(rustling in the bushes) Ruby, is that you? (low growling) Nope.
~ Yang, after finding a pair of Ursai in the forest.
You monsters!
~ Yang, reacting to losing some strands of her hair in battle.
I could've taken him.
~ Yang, after Blake kills an Ursa she was facing down.
How about a cute little pony?!
~ Yang, suggesting a relic.
Some girl is in trouble!
~ Yang, hearing Jaune's screams.
I can't take it anymore! Could everyone just chill out for two seconds before something CRAZY happens again?!
~ Yang, after seeing a series of strange events.
Great, the gang's all here. Now we can all die together.
~ Yang, after seeing Pyrrha Nikos fall right in front of her, completing the group of eight.
I! Hope! You're! Hungry!
~ Yang, shooting into the Nevermore's mouth.
Well... that was a thing.
~ Yang, after the Nevermore dies.
~ Yang, to Weiss' inquiry to her actions.
~ Yang, cheering with Blake.
Maybe we should ditch some of our stuff.
~ Yang, talking about how cramped their room is.
Goooo, Weiss!!
~ Yang, cheering on Weiss.
It must be hard to be a Faunus.
~ Yang, sympathizing with Velvet Scarlatina.
Are you sure you didn't hit your head? (Blake Hits Her) Oh, I'm Yang.
~ Yang introducing herself to Penny Polendina.
Maybe she is, maybe she isn't. Either way, she's missing, and we've gotta find her.
~ Yang, being concerned about Blake.
What cat ears? She wears a... bow...
~ Yang, realizing that Blake is a Faunus.
I always kick my semester off with a "Yang"!
~ Yang, making a pun.
Pretty sneaky, sis, but you just activated my trap card!
~ Yang, to Ruby during the card game.
Trap card. Your armies have been destroyed.
~ Yang, after defeating Weiss' forces.
Ozpin told us not to worry. Between the police and the Huntsmen, I'm sure they can handle it.
~ Yang, reassuring Blake.
YES! I love it when you're feisty!
~ Yang, regarding Blake.
Hey, we've got a plan! That's... moderately serious.
~ Yang, reassuring Weiss.
Guess who's back!
~ Yang, to everyone in Junior's Club.
No, it just wasn't very good.
~ Yang, on Weiss' pun.
And THAT is why people call you the Ice Queen.
~ Yang, to Weiss.
You can't even stop me!
~ Yang, to Blake.
Tomorrow it's back to work.
~ Yang, to Ruby.
Oh, he does stuff like this all the time!
~ Yang, to Blake and Weiss.
I'm a thrill-seeker. I want to travel around the world and get wrapped up in as many crazy adventures as I can. And if I help people along the way, then that's even better. It's a win-win, y'know?
~ Yang, to Bartholomew Oobleck on why she wants to become a Huntress.
We all know why we're here... right?
~ Yang, to Weiss and Blake.
At least you two have something that drives you. I've just always, gone with the flow, you know.
~ Yang, to Weiss and Blake.
Yay... teamwork, camaraderie, good guys, go team, alright, good job... So what now?
~ Yang, celebrating victory over Roman and the Grimm.
Yeah, we're going to kick some butt!
~ Yang on the Vytal Festival tournament.
Shut up! Shut up! Shut up!
~ Yang to Neon Katt.
You better not go easy on me.
~ Yang to Mercury.
Better luck next time.
~ Yang to Mercury.
That's what you get, you little—
~ Yang to Mercury.
You don't understand! He attacked me, I swear!
~ Yang protesting her innocence.
~ Yang, when Blake hesitates to believe her story.
I saw my mom. I was in a lot of trouble. Took a pretty hard hit. But when I came to, the person attacking me was gone. And I thought I saw... her. Her sword, like the one in you and dad's old picture.
~ Yang, telling Qrow about the time she saw Raven.
Get away from her!
~ Yang, when Adam Taurus hurts Blake.
It's all gone. The school, Penny, Pyrrha, and...
~ Yang, lamenting the loss of Beacon, Penny, Pyrrha and her arm.
And Blake ran! Sun saw her go. After we got to the city, she just... ran!
~ Yang, on why Blake left.
I don't know... and I don't care!
~ Yang, on why Blake left.
Sometimes bad things just happen, Ruby!
~ Yang, interrupting Ruby.
You can do whatever you want. I'm ... gonna lie here.
~ Yang, being apathetic.
Just leave me alone.
~ Yang, asking Ruby to leave.
I uh, I'm not feeling too great right now. Maybe later?
~ Yang to Taiyang Xiao Long, reluctant to accept her "hard-earned gift.
Thanks, Dad.
~ Yang before she heads upstairs.
And I think I have been through enough to be considered an adult at this point.
~ Yang, to her father.
Oh my gosh does 'every' father figure have the same three condescending phrases?
~ Yang, exasperated with being refuted by Tai.
I lost a part of me. A piece of me is gone and it's never coming back.
~ Yang, about her right arm.
I think I'm doing just fine.
~ Yang's somewhat snarky self-assessment of her fighting progress.
I thought it would be just this huge weight, but it feels... natural. They did a great job with this thing.
~ Yang, about her robotic arm.
I'm, uh, looking for someone.
~ Her response when asked what she was doing out in the middle of nowhere.
You know that I searched for you. I spent years looking for you.
~ Yang about her search for Raven.
Because we're family.
~ Yang, on why Raven should help her find Ruby.
I've missed you, too
~ Yang, reunited with Weiss.
Don't you dare talk about my family like that!
~ Yang to Raven Branwen.
You don't know the first thing about my teammates! About me! You were never there! You LEFT US!! Why?
~ Yang to Raven Branwen.
I love you.
~ Yang to Ruby Rose.
It's not a replacement for the real thing, but I'll make sure to make good use of it.
~ Yang to the gathered friends, about her cybernetic arm.
Easy there, Vomit Boy. I believe in you.
~ Yang to Jaune, bringing back an old nickname.
I may have been a little too gung-ho from time to time.
~ Yang, reflecting on who she was at Beacon.
But, if we're going to help, if we're going to keep risking our lives, no more lies. No more half-truths.
~ Yang to Ozpin, about his keeping secrets.
Yeah, well, she made her choice.
~ Yang to Ruby and Weiss, on wishing Blake were with them.
Why would I want her here?
~ Yang to Ruby, about Blake.
I'm sorry, I just... I don't think you know what it's like to be left. You have a giant family, recitals to perform at, dinners to attend. I didn't have any of that. My mom left me. Ruby's mom left too. Tai was always busy with school and Ruby couldn't even talk yet. I had to pick up the pieces. I had to keep things together. Alone.
~ Yang to Weiss, on her childhood.
No one blamed her for anything! If she had just talked to us, she would've known that! How could I be there for her if she doesn't let me? What if I needed her here for me?
~ Yang to Weiss, before shedding tears.
You're right. I don't know you. I only know the Raven dad told me about. She was troubled, and complicated, but she fought for what she believed in, whether it was her team or her tribe! Did you kill her too?
~ Yang about the Raven she knows from Taiyang.
Oh, shut up!! You don't know the first thing about strength! You turn your back on people, you run away when things get too hard, you put others in harm's way instead of yourself!! You might be powerful, but that doesn't make you strong.
~ Yang, refuting Raven's claims about her strength.
Yeah, I'm scared. But I'm still standing here! I'm not like you, I won't run, which is why you're going to give me the Relic.
~ Yang to Raven.
Blake: (sobs) I... I'm not gonna break my promise, I swear...
Yang: I know you won't...
Blake: (sobs)
~ Yang and Blake after they killed Adam.
Yang: You know, that giant hound kicked us around like we were nothing. But Blake said you and Schnee's managed to take it down. Still having to one-up your big sis, huh?
Ruby: Did she tell you what it was? Underneath?
Yang: Yeah.
Ruby: You know what that means then.
Yang: (sighs) I wouldn’t worry about that--
Ruby: That's what happened to Mom...
Yang: (sobs)
Ruby: When I saw its eyes, I knew. Salem used to kill people with Silver Eyes, like Maria. But she's always wanted me alive. But why would that change unless, when she met Mom, she learned she could do something new.
Yang: Ruby...
Ruby: We shouldn't lie to ourselves! I've wasted our time getting Amity up, thinking help would come, but it didn’t, and Amity fell. I was being childish...
Yang: You were being optimistic. Look, blind optimism isn't great, but no optimism means we already lost. We need hope. We need to take risks.
Ruby: But mine didn't work!
Yang: It still got a warning out, Ruby. they're not called sure things, they're called
risks, and in case you didn’t notice, my plan for Mantle didn’t work either. But we got Oscar back, and did a lot more that was never in the plan. Mom took a risk the day she left, and I don't think. I don't think it went the way she wanted it to, but she's still my hero.
Ruby: (weeps)
~ Yang confessing Ruby about risks.


  • Yang alludes to Goldilocks from the fairy tale of "Goldilocks and the Three Bears":
    • She has long, golden hair
    • She is commonly seen fighting the bear-themed Ursai Grimm, as well as the Xiong Crime Family that allude to the Three Bears.
    • She is described by Shay D. Mann as "not too bulky, not too lean, but just right".
    • She is often nicknamed Goldilocks
  • Yang (阳) is the Chinese character for sun and/or light, Xiao (小) is the character for small, and Long (龙) is the character for dragon. Therefore, her name roughly translates into "Little Light Dragon" and/or "Small Dragon of the Sun".
    • In Eastern culture, names are written with the last name coming before the individual's name, as in "Last name First name"; however, although Yang has a Chinese name, it seems she is referred to as Yang as opposed to Xiao Long, which is the Western style of name sequence. Therefore, although her name is Chinese, it is not written in the traditional Oriental style.
  • She made her first appearance on June 1 at A-Kon in Dallas, in the "Yellow" Trailer.
  • Among the four protagonists, Yang is the only person to fight humans in her debut trailer.
  • Yang uses the "Dempsey Roll" when fighting Junior.
  • She has her own official Twitter account at RT_YangXiaoLong, like Ruby and Weiss.
  • In several panels at conventions, the RWBY cast and crew have made jokes (most of them inappropriate) about the functions of Yang's robotic arm.
  • Yang fought Tifa Lockhart in an episode of DEATH BATTLE and won. In the "Deadpool vs. The Mask" episode, Deadpool tries to use the Continuity Gem to make it so Tifa won by decapitating Yang.
  • In the Japanese dub, she is voiced by Ami Koshimizu.
  • She won on the official WarnerMedia's March Madness Bracket Challenge on their Twitter and Instagram, beating Bugs Bunny in the final round.
  • Yang seems to be bisexual; she gave typical teenage girl reaction about boys, but is clearly in an unofficial romance with Blake. Even Nora and Ruby can pick up on the tension between the two.
  • Yang's birthday is confirmed to be on July 28, thus making Yang a Leo.
  • Yang is the only member of Team RWBY to have a physical disability (one of her arms being replaced by a prosthetic mechanical arm); however, this only happens after the events of Volume 3.


           RWBY.png Heroes

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

Jaune Arc | Nora Valkyrie | Pyrrha Nikos | Lie Ren

Sun Wukong | Scarlet David | Sage Ayana | Neptune Vasilias

Coco Adel | Fox Alistair | Velvet Scarlatina | Yatsuhashi Daichi

Flynt Coal | Neon Katt | Kobalt | Ivori

Cardin Winchester | Russel Thrush | Dove Bronzewing | Sky Lark

Arslan Altan | Bolin Hori | Reese Chloris | Nadir Shiko

Brawnz Ni | Roy Stallion | Nolan Porfirio | May Zedong

Nebula Violette | Dew Gayl | Gwen Darcy | Octavia Ember

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

Arrastra Skye | Asher Mora | Fenix Nemean | Pyke Rite

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