RWBY: 11 strongest characters ranked from weakest to most powerful

In a show where kids wield insanely dangerous weapons and have incredibly unique powers, where do the best characters from RWBY fall?
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2. Cinder Fall

Cinder, whose backstory is drawn from Cinderella's, is renowned for her exceptional resilience, strength, and fire abilities, skillfully securing her spot as the second-strongest character. Her power is like a blazing inferno – fierce and captivating. Cinder is somehow always two steps ahead, weaving intricate strategies with a cunning that's both admirable and a bit scary. Her semblance, which is her unique power, is known as "Scorching Caress." This ability allows her to superheat objects and manipulate them at will. It's like she has the power of a volcano at her fingertips, able to create weapons from dust or turn any battlefield to her advantage with a flick of her wrist. Or, you know, to make characters completely melt away from existence like our heroine Pyrrha. RIP, P.

But what truly elevates Cinder to the status of the second strongest is not just her raw power, but her relentless ambition and fierce determination. She's driven by a seemingly insatiable hunger for power and control, making her an intimidating adversary. Cinder doesn't just fight - she dominates with an almost artistic grace. Her fighting style is a mesmerizing dance of destruction, combining her semblance with lethal combat skills. She wields a bow that can turn into dual swords, adding a lethal versatility to her arsenal. And let's not forget her partial Maiden and Grimm-like powers, which grant her control over elements like fire, making her as untouchable as a raging inferno and which also allows her to use one of her arms as the Grimm would.

Cinder's combination of strategic brilliance, raw power, and an unquenchable thirst for victory make her a force to be reckoned with, justifiably earning her the title of the second-strongest character in RWBY.

I'd say "watch out, Salem!" but I don't think Salem has anything to worry about.

Or does she?