For a good long while I’ve been thinking about this theory, and honestly the more I think about it the more it makes sense. I’ll probably do a follow up to expand on the theory of Yang and her yin. So sit tight, it’s going to be a bumpy ride.
But before I start, let’s discuss the actual the concept of Yin and Yang (AKA, The Taijitu).
“In Chinese philosophy, yin and yang (also yin-yang or yin yang, 陰陽 yīnyáng “dark—bright”) describe how seemingly opposite or contrary forces may actually be complementary, interconnected, and interdependent in the natural world, and how they may give rise to each other as they interrelate to one another. Many tangible dualities (such as light and dark, fire and water, expanding and contracting) are thought of as physical manifestations of the duality symbolized by yin and yang.”
In short, there will always be a little light in the dark, and there will always be a little dark in the light. They are equal. They can never overtake or undertake the other. They are constant. Forever interlocked in a never ending cycle of balance and harmony. Nothing is ever black and white.
Now lets return to RWBY, and let’s talk about the nature ofSemblances and Aura.
As we know, every living thing in Remnant aside from the Grimm has an Aura. It is a manifestation of the soul that has the ability to amplify itself into a “Semblance”, a physical representation of the user’s character.
So Yang’s yin, in terms of Semblance and mentality, is going to be someone similar to herself but incredibly different.
Now let’s discuss Yang as, well, YANG.
Yang - YANG: light, The Sun, Heaven, masculinity, positive, logical, hot, hard, active, above, external energy, life
Yang’s last name Xiao Long translates to “dragon” in Chinese. Eastern dragons are often associated with“yang” energy.
Ember Celica are Yang Xiao Long’s signature weapons. They are a pair of Dual Ranged Shot Gauntlets (DRSG). The word “ember” represents a dying or small fire, whereas “celica”, derives from the Latin word coelica, meaning “heavenly” or “celestial”.
Yang’s default appearance was very exposing, open and playful; she wore small black shorts, bright uneven orange stockings, her brown, leather skirt was asymmetrical and she wore a bright large orange scarf with a brown, leather jacket with puffy, short sleeves.
In whole, Yang had a very welcoming and friendly air about her appearance.
However in Volume 5, Yang’s design has become more mature and defensive; her jacket appears to have longer sleeves, she has replaced her black shorts and bright orange stockings with black pants, her brown leather skirt/ butt-cape has extended. Her brown boots now have golden armour on her toes and heels.
So the question remains: Who is Yang’s yin?
Well as I’ve stated before,yin is nearly the exact opposite of yang. Nearly. They represent everything Yang is not;darkness, calmness, passive.
So naturally your first guess would be this ninja kitty,
Blake’s name means “black” in old English, and her last name “Belladonna”, means “beautiful lady” in Italian. Blake’s Semblance is the ability to leavebehind her shadow clones to retreat from enemies. She is able to leap around her enemies while preforming her Semblance.
Seems like a perfect fit right? Her name means dark and is feminine. A great contrast to Yang!
However, this yin already has her “yang”.
Sun’s name literally means “The Sun” which is a bright colour. His full name translates to “monkey king” in Chinese. Sun’s Semblance is the ability to send his lightclones to attack his enemies and requires concentration and remaining still.
So Blake is crossed off the list.
Next you’d assume yin is Weiss (cause ice and fire) or Mercury (gauntlets and greaves) however let’s dissect;
Yin and Yang are two compelling forces who compliment the other in their opposing ways. Yin brings Yang realism and self consciousness, whereas Yang brings Yin optimism and positivity. They make the other feel emotions in which they wouldn’t usually express. And because of this, the two forces are drawn to one another.
So with this in mind, Yang’s yin is someone who has done just that. Someone Yang is drawn to because they represent almost everything she’s not. Someone who has foreverchanged Yang for better or worse.
And horrifically, that person is…
Have you ever wondered why Adam and Yang have a similar Semblance?
Well this is why;
Adam - YIN: dark, The Moon, Earth, femininity, negative, initiative, cold, soft, passive, below, internal energy, death
Adam means “man” and “red”. It also means “earth” or “the ground”.
His last name “Taurus”, is the second astrological sign of the Zodiac. It is an earth sign and is ruled by the planet Venus, named after the roman goddess of love, desire and femininity.
According to the RWBY wiki , Adam’s Semblance is called Moonslice and is described as being akin to Yang’s Semblance with “The main difference between the two is that Yang uses the added power to her strength (external energy), while Adam seems to put it all into one blow (internal energy).”
In the picture below, Adam is almost covered head to toe in dark, formal and nearly symmetrical clothing, revealing only a little of white on his back and below his left shoulder. He wears a black trench coat, black pants, black shoes and even black gloves, complimented by bright red emblems.
In contrast to Yang, his outfit is very secretive and possesses an almost frightening demeanour.
And if you still don’t believe me, well, remember this scene?
If you pay attention, Yang and Adam are doing the exact opposite of one another.
Yang is bathed in light, frantically attacking but remaining still. When Yang sees Adam, she is immediately overcome with emotion.
Adam is drenched in shadows, steadily approaching Yang but he does not attack. Throughout the nightmare, Adam remains calm and passive.
When Yang and Adam attack one another in ‘Heroes and Monsters’, it is the same finishing moves from the ‘Black’ and ‘Yellow’ trailers.
Yang is in mid-air, she isabove Adam. Her fist is raised aiming downward towards Adam’s stupid face.
Adam’s backis hunched and his knees are situated lower to the ground. Drawn from his lowered sheath, his sword isfacing upwards.
And here’s some food for thought:
In Gabrielle-Suzanne Barbot de Villeneuve’s ‘Beauty and the Beast’ (the original version),Beauty had dreams of the prince and, occasionally, her mother who left her to a merchant at birth to protect her against an evil fairy. Beauty’s mother was also a powerful enchantress and the wife of a king, making Beauty secretly a princess.
So recently the word “abuse” has been thrown around the rwby
fndm. Most recently this post has used it. Now, as someone who has been mentally and emotionally abused by someone, it’s
pissing me off that this word is being used so wrongly and people are nodding
their heads in agreement to it. The only ship that is abusive is Adam/Blake and
subsequently any ship with Adam in it. Bumbleby and Black Sun are not in
any way shape or form abusive. Why? Let me tell you what abuse actually is and
why we need to stop throwing this word around just to put down another ship.
So let’s start with the elephant in the room.
What that person posted, stating Bumbleby is abusive. Because it’s not. Nothing
points to abuse or either of them being an abuser. Some people shout and spout “BUT
WHAT ABOUT THE LASER POINTER?!?!? THAT IS RACIST AND ABUSIVE! YANG SHOULDN’T
HAVE DONE THAT!” etc, etc. While I can see where the racist one is coming from,
how in god’s name is that abuse? Look, admit it. With friends or family, we all
have done shit that accidently brought harm to the ones we love. We all have
said things that might have pulled on someone’s heart strings the wrong way. We
made have been too rough and brought bodily harm, or did something that we
unknowingly had a bad reaction to the other. We all have done that at one point or another because we are all human
beings and make mistakes.
Does that make us all abusers? No. It’s doesn’t. Yang using a laser pointer
is not abusive because if Blake did find that offensive (because we did not see
if she felt that way or not) I’m sure she would have straight up told Yang not
to do that and Yang would stop. She is not the person to harm others intentionally.
Yang is the ‘mom’ of team RWBY and has shown time and time again caring deeply
for her sister and friends and putting them first before herself. That, and
since v2, we have not seen Yang do
the same thing. Saying that is abuse is a weak claim.
“BUT YANG PUSHED BLAKE!” Others add on.
Yes, but only after Blake wasn’t
listening. Yang tried talking to Blake to rest, she tried telling her that she
did the same thing as a child, letting something consume her thoughts to the
point she not only nearly killed herself but her sister killed as well, and
Blake still did not give. She had no
choice. It was her last option. We also know Yang’s strength. She has shattered
a paladin with one fist, she has carried a large speaker over her shoulder no
problem, and she has broken a stone wall while her hand was covered in a sheet
of thick ice. Yang could easily have
done damage to Blake with a single push yet it was more of a ‘tap’. Also,
Yang pushed Blake to drive home the point that she, Blake, was in no condition
to fight Roman, let alone the White Fang.
Sometimes you need to get a little rough to get someone to listen. Don’t
out right yell and give them bodily harm, no. But sometimes when there is
nothing else to do, a slap to the head is needed.
Now I am not only going to talk Bumbleby here because
from what I heard, people were calling out Sun as an abuser because of the
events of 4.3. Sun is not an abuser. At most, he’s an airhead. He might not realize
what he has done is creepy but his heart is in the right place. Yes, looking
into a window of a bedroom, a private place, is wrong and creepy and following
someone around for at least six months in a cloak and not telling them is the
same deal. But he is not being abusive. He is making dumb decisions and Blake did call him out on his shit in 4.3. And
by looking at Sun’s face, it looked like he realized he messed up and should
not have done that. Sun only wants to help Blake and make sure she is okay,
just like Yang. Both care deeply for her and only want to make sure she has the
best. You want to know abuse? We have two abusers in the show right now. First
Taurus. He is Blake’s abuser. We
have seen him act creepy around Blake, pretty much saying, “If I can’t have
you, no one can.” He back handed, bitch slapped Blake so hard she fell to the ground, stunned. He also stabbed her in the abdomen
and tried to decapitate her. Adam tried to MURDER Blake. We also
saw the fear and horror on Blake’s face when she saw Adam again. She was
petrified of him. While we do not know all about their past together, we can
gather from what Adam did and Blake’s reaction when seeing him again, it was
bad. Adam physically assaulted Blake and who knows what else he has done to
her. Adam is an abuser. The actions of what Yang and Sun did don’t come nowhere
near what Blake suffered through with Adam.
Now you may ask, “Kae! Who is the other abuser?”
Weiss’ father, Jacques. We have not seen him be physically abusive to Weiss (or
to his other children) but he has been mentally and emotionally abusive. In the
first episode of v3, he cuts Weiss’ money off for not answering his call. He
pulled the same thing to Winter (she told Weiss that in 3.4). From what we can
gather also, he was far from pleased
that Weiss went to Beacon, not Atlas. After Ironwood left, Jacques was putting
Weiss down, trying to control her and pretty much gave her no choice when he brought
up singing for an event. Jacques does what he can do put Weiss down and manipulate
her, ignoring how she feels about things. That is mental and emotional abuse.
Weiss has hate for her father. We can see it in her face in 4.2 and her reaction
when Winter is talking about him in 3.4. Again, as someone who is in a similar situation,
it points to all signs of abuse and reminds me of what I have to go through.
Now one more point I want to bring up as a side
note. What Tai did wasn’t abusive either. It was shocking to hear him said that
but Yang took it fine. Unfortunately, it was never established before that Yang
and Tai have a relationship like that where they can do things like that. While
I may not have reacted great to what Tai said for reasons, he wasn’t really
being abusive. And as I stated before, we all do and say things that may harm
someone we love when we didn’t mean for that. That does not make us an abuser
and neither does it make Tai one.
The fact people are throwing this word around like it can be
applied to any ship is asinine. Yang, Sun, and even Tai are not abusers. Adam
and Jacques are. Just because you hate a ship doesn’t mean you can use that
word to slander it.
Yang nearly lost her life
trying to protect Blake form her actual abuser and Sun is risking his to make
sure she is okay. Neither have shown any signs of wanting to harm Blake or
control her. How people see either one as an abuser baffles me. This needs to stop now.