RWBY ep.3 [5]

 

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I bet Yang had to deal with this when Ruby was five-“don’t worry someday she’ll be mature”
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“Dust For Dummies:” please exposition me, brochure.

So I was just kind of giggling and snapping screenshots during this scene, until:

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“No.”

Now, if there’s one character archetype I can’t stand, it’s the school bully. Male or female equivalent. You know, the males are stupid, muscly jocks who push you over in the lunchroom, the females travel with their lackeys in tow and take every opportunity to mock something, anything at all, about the protagonists. It’s cringey and petty and mean and the bully will have no personality except to be as cruel as possible every second they’re onscreen.

Currently they’re trying to avert this by giving the bullies (especially the female ones, I think) backstories to explain why they’re such crudfaces, and it usually boils down to a rough home life. That doesn’t change the earlier episodes, though. Take Pacifica from Gravity Falls – I was all for her character development! It went great, I don’t hate her now! But then you rewind to her first appearance, “Double Dipper,” and she’s still being a brat. Heck, her parents aren’t even around, so WHY is she being needlessly rude?

The reason I mention this is because Weiss did something that fell dangerously into the “things female bullies do for no reason but to make others suffer” category: mock the protagonist. If there’s one thing to do to make a character just scream petty rudeness, it’s do an unpleasant imitation of a voice. Especially when Ruby is just trying to be nice.

I know Weiss is in the theme song all buddied-up with everyone, so she’s clearly going to show a kinder side. I just hope it happens soon.

 

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