The ability to derive strength from hope is undoubtedly mankind's greatest attribute... which is why I will focus all my power... to snuff it out.
~ Salem


An incredibly enigmatic woman of unknown origin, Salem is the true main antagonist of the first four Volumes of RWBY. While she acts as the narrator for the first episode of Volume 1, she doesn't appear in person until the final episode of Volume 3, leaving her origin a complete mystery. Currently, her background is entirely unknown, but she appears to be very knowledgeable on the history of Remnant, knowing how humanity started, when they first used Dust and seemingly the origin of the Grimm themselves. It is unknown what made Salem become what she is today, but she is currently a bizarre monster desiring the destruction of humanity in its entirety.

Powers and Stats

Tier: Unknown. At least Low 7-C

Name: Salem

Origin: RWBY

Gender: Female

Age: Unknown

Classification: Unknown

Powers and Abilities: Superhuman Physical Characteristics, Able to manipulate and use her Aura defensively (Enhances her natural durability), offensively (Enhances her striking power and sharpens her senses), and to unlock the Aura of another person, otherwise unknown

Attack Potency: Unknown. At least Small Town level (According to Qrow, it would take the combined efforts of himself, Raven, Oobleck and Glynda to even stand a chance at defeating Salem. Should be far superior to Cinder even with the powers of the Fall Maiden. Should also be at least somewhat comparable to the Grimm Dragon)

Speed: Hypersonic+ with Massively Hypersonic reactions and combat speed (Should be at least comparable to characters such as Qrow, and by extension much faster than Mercury or Emerald)

Lifting Strength: Class M (Should be far stronger than Ruby)

Striking Strength: Unknown. At least Small Town Class

Durability: Unknown. At least Small Town level (Should possess durability far surpassing Qrow's attacks, as he believed that he couldn't defeat her on his own)

Stamina: Unknown

Range: Unknown

Standard Equipment: None

Intelligence: Very high (Salem appears to be very knowledgeable on the history of Remnant, knowing how humanity was born, their early history and how they came to use Dust, as well as the basics of the four Kingdoms and the nature of Aura)

Weaknesses: None known, and therefore none notable


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