The WORST episodes of RWBY

Every episode ever - ranked by fan votes!

The story takes place in the world of Remnant, which is filled with supernatural forces and shadowy creatures known as the "Creatures of Grimm." Prior to the events of the series, mankind waged a battle of survival against the Grimm before discovering the power of a mysterious element called Dust, which allowed them to fight back against the monsters. In the present day, Dust is used to power magical abilities and weapons. Those who use these abilities to battle the Grimm are known as Huntsmen or Huntresses.The series focuses on four girls, each with her own unique weapon and powers. Together, they form team RWBY at Beacon Academy in the city of Vale, where they are trained to become Huntresses alongside team CRDL (pronounced "cardinal"), team JNPR (pronounced "juniper"), team SSSN (pronounced "sun") and team CFVY (pronounced "coffee").

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Forever Fall (1)
112 votes

#1 - Forever Fall (1)

Season 1 - Episode 13 - Aired 10/10/2013

Jaune is being blackmailed into one terrible situation after another, but when Pyrrha becomes the target of a mean prank, he stands up to his tormentors.

Jaunedice (2)
113 votes

#2 - Jaunedice (2)

Season 1 - Episode 12 - Aired 10/3/2013

Pyrrha comes up with a plan to help Jaune, but things get complicated when he reveals how he came to the school.

25 votes

#3 - Risk

Season 8 - Episode 11 - Aired 3/6/2021

Tensions rise in Schnee Manor as our reunited heroes find themselves backed into a corner.

Necessary Sacrifice
62 votes

#4 - Necessary Sacrifice

Season 5 - Episode 5 - Aired 11/11/2017

After the press conference, Blake and Sun fail to get signatures for their petition to save Haven Academy due to the Faunus in Menagerie wanting to avoid conflict. Despite knowing she will have to face Ilia, Blake hopes to save her from the White Fang. Ilia, however, is given orders by the Albains to orchestrate the assassination of Blake's parents and bring Blake alive to Adam.

Stealing from the Elderly
49 votes

#5 - Stealing from the Elderly

Season 6 - Episode 10 - Aired 1/5/2019

Our heroes have one shot to pull off the heist of their lives, and if they're going to succeed, they'll need everyone to do their part. It's go time.

Cordially Invited
37 votes

#6 - Cordially Invited

Season 7 - Episode 8 - Aired 12/21/2019

Jacques and Ironwood engage in a dangerous game of wits. Meanwhile, the kids must face their most dangerous threat yet: a high class dinner party.

A Perfect Storm
47 votes

#7 - A Perfect Storm

Season 5 - Episode 9 - Aired 12/9/2017

Cinder strikes a deal with Raven and Vernal to help her unlock the relic. Despite knowing that Salem will have her killed anyway, Raven accepts her offer on the condition she kills Qrow, while secretly planning to use it as a distraction for taking the relic for herself. Blake and Sun defend Ghira, and while Blake is on her way to look for Kali, she is stopped by Ilia.

The Stray
111 votes

#8 - The Stray

Season 1 - Episode 15 - Aired 10/31/2013

Two new contenders come to town in anticipation of the coming tournament. Blake and Weiss clash over prejudices concerning the faunus.

The Shining Beacon (1)
169 votes

#9 - The Shining Beacon (1)

Season 1 - Episode 2 - Aired 7/25/2013

Ruby makes a new friend, the bumbling swordsman Jaune Arc, during her overwhelming first day at Beacon.

Rest and Resolutions
45 votes

#10 - Rest and Resolutions

Season 5 - Episode 7 - Aired 11/25/2017

The kids have a heartfelt reunion, and after dinner, Yang confronts Ozpin about using magic. Ozpin explains that he gave Qrow and Raven shapeshifting abilities to spy on Salem and the Maidens, as well as being the old man in the story that gave the Maidens their power. He offers them all the choice to continue to fight, which all of them accept. Meanwhile, Cinder, Watts, Mercury, and Emerald arrive at Raven's camp.

Forever Fall (2)
117 votes

#11 - Forever Fall (2)

Season 1 - Episode 14 - Aired 10/17/2013

Resolving the "Jaune Arc", Jaune shows everyone that he truly has potential. But can he still repair his friendship with Pyrrha?

Jaunedice (1)
116 votes

#12 - Jaunedice (1)

Season 1 - Episode 11 - Aired 9/26/2013

Jaune, the least-capable of the new Hunters, suffers under a bully.

The Shining Beacon (2)
146 votes

#13 - The Shining Beacon (2)

Season 1 - Episode 3 - Aired 8/1/2013

Jaune makes the mistake of flirting with Weiss but finds a friend in star athlete Pyrrha Nikos, while Ruby is horrified to learn the details of Beacon's initiation ritual.

Alone Together
47 votes

#14 - Alone Together

Season 5 - Episode 8 - Aired 12/2/2017

Yang becomes upset when Ruby mentions Blake in the morning, but Weiss comforts her, asking her to trust Blake until she comes back. In Menagerie, Blake receives a note from Ilia to meet with her. The meeting becomes an ambush, and Sun rescues Blake from her captors. Blake and Sun rush to help her parents, who are defending their home from White Fang insurgents.

The Badge and the Burden (2)
118 votes

#15 - The Badge and the Burden (2)

Season 1 - Episode 10 - Aired 9/19/2013

While Weiss struggles with her pride, Ruby begins to really wonder if the headmaster made a mistake in making her leader of team RWBY.

The Final Word
28 votes

#16 - The Final Word

Season 8 - Episode 14 - Aired 3/27/2021

Sometimes it's worth it all to risk the fall.

41 votes

#17 - Sparks

Season 7 - Episode 5 - Aired 11/30/2019

Between missions, training, and rising political unrest, these fledgling huntsmen and huntresses have quite a lot on their hands.

The Badge and the Burden (1)
120 votes

#18 - The Badge and the Burden (1)

Season 1 - Episode 9 - Aired 9/12/2013

The teams have been formed and classes at Beacon have begun, but Weiss can't understand why Ruby was put in charge of RWBY instead of her. Does the young prodigy really have what it takes to lead?

The Grimm Reaper
47 votes

#19 - The Grimm Reaper

Season 6 - Episode 7 - Aired 12/8/2018

While Cinder shares her plans with Neo, Maria shares her past with Team RWBY, and both groups are dead-set on making it to Atlas.

The First Step (2)
130 votes

#20 - The First Step (2)

Season 1 - Episode 5 - Aired 8/15/2013

To their mutual displeasure, Ruby and Weiss are paired up during the initiation. Meanwhile Pyrhha lends a hand to Jaune, who may be in over his head at Beacon.

Worst Case Scenario
35 votes

#21 - Worst Case Scenario

Season 7 - Episode 7 - Aired 12/14/2019

How far would you be willing to go to do what's right?

A Minor Hiccup
102 votes

#22 - A Minor Hiccup

Season 2 - Episode 3 - Aired 8/7/2014

RWBY is joined by Sun and Neptune in their hunt for Torchwick. While scouring the town for clues, Ruby bumps into her friend Penny, who's been behaving even more strangely than usual.

Field Trip
70 votes

#23 - Field Trip

Season 2 - Episode 8 - Aired 9/25/2014

The first year students receive their first real missions as Huntsmen and Huntresses as Ozpin and his allies seek a way to counter their mysterious foe.

30 votes

#24 - Fault

Season 8 - Episode 4 - Aired 11/28/2020

Jaune, Ren, and Yang's pursuit of a mysterious new Grimm results in unexpected complications. Ruby, Weiss, and Blake find a new place to lay low. Cinder receives an ultimatum.

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Known by its Song
53 votes

#25 - Known by its Song

Season 5 - Episode 6 - Aired 11/18/2017

Raven explains to Yang and Weiss that she joined Beacon to fight back against other Huntsmen that would pose a threat to her tribe, but lost trust in Ozpin after learning about Salem's existence. She shows off her shapeshifting ability as proof and offers Yang a choice to stay with her. Yang and Weiss choose to leave and reunite with Ruby.