8 most disliked RWBY characters, ranked

We love the show, we love our heroes, and we love some of our villains. But we don't love all the character we meet in RWBY. Let's look at 8 of them that get the most hate.

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1. Mercury Black and Emerald Sustrai (early appearances)

The infamous duo of Mercury Black and Emerald Sustrai from the early volumes were villains and quintessential troublemakers, always lurking in the shadows, smirking with mischief and malice.

They were the hands that rocked Remnant's cradle to chaos, the crafty sidekicks of Cinder Fall, masterfully pulling strings and setting the stage for the fall of Beacon. It's no wonder they ruffled more than a few feathers among the RWBY fanbase. Their early appearances were marked by deceit, manipulation, and a certain flair for the dramatic, making them prime candidates for audience disdain. They were like those annoying classmates who seemed to get away with everything, except these two were playing with much higher stakes - you know, lives, fates, and the future of entire kingdoms.

But oh, how the tables have turned - or rather, how character development does wonders! As RWBY progressed, so did Mercury and Emerald, peeling away layers of their villainous veneer to reveal more complex, relatable, and even sympathetic characters beneath. This is especially true for Emerald, who went on quite the redemption arc, slowly inching her way into the hearts of the audience as she began to question the path she was on. It's a testament to the show's writing, transforming once despised characters into distinct individuals with fears, regrets, and the desire for redemption. Mercury, too, showed signs of depth beyond his initial portrayal, hinting at a troubled past and a potential for change. This evolution showcases the dynamic nature of RWBY's storytelling, where characters are not merely static figures but evolve, influence, and are influenced by the world around them.

So, while they started out as the characters fans loved to hate the most, myself included, Mercury and Emerald's journeys remind us that everyone has the potential for growth and change, making the world of RWBY all the more rich and compelling.

Whether you watch RWBY for the high-flying combat, the heart-wrenching drama, or just to see what outrageous outfit will appear next, it delivers with a punch, a smile, and occasionally, a wink. It's all thanks to the creative minds at Rooster Teeth, who's given us a world so engaging, we can't help but want to dive in and be part of the adventure.

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