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Yang Xiao Long’s yin

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 of Semblances 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, meaningheavenly” 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 leave behind 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 light clones 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 forever changed Yang for better or worse.

And horrifically, that person is…

Adam.

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 is above Adam. Her fist is raised aiming downward towards Adam’s stupid face.

Adam’s back is hunched and his knees are situated lower to the ground. Drawn from his lowered sheath, his sword is facing 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.

“I lead our people now.”