Team RNJR & Qrow vs. Tyrian Supercut

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Shared January 2, 2017

I keep having to skip between episodes to watch the full fight so I thought I'd combine both scenes into one.

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I had to watch this fight several times and do research into scorpions to understand this fight, but I think I finally understand everything that happened.

Tyrian is a scorpion faunus. Scorpions, like most arthropods have several sets of eyes, but those eyes are not effective at identifying sharp images. Scorpions are actually more sensitive to light than most eyes in the animal kingdom, allowing them to see in almost complete darkness. But, that really identifies for them a vague sense of something moving somewhere. There's not really any depth or sharpness to it. However, also like many arthropods, they DO possess nerves in their exoskeleton and antennae far more sensitive to vibrations in the air and on the ground. This is what makes them such effective hunters.

So, Tyrian has awful eyesight. But, he makes up for this by hearing and sensing them when they make rapid motion. When he wants to actually get a good look at Juane, he gets right in his face. This is also probably why he started the fight immediately, THEN asked Ruby to come with him. Yes, he also obviously just likes fighting, but also needed to actually identify them. He was likely given intel on them so he knew their weapons. He just had to actually touch their weapons to figure out who was who.

Going back to Juane, this probably indicates that he recognized Juane's weapon. Someone with this sort of sensitivity would probably recognize touch in the same way that a person recognizes a face. He felt the shield then briefly wondered if he was fighting someone he had fought before so he had to get a better look at Juane's face. Juane DID say that the weapon has been passed down in his family.

It's also why when Ruby shot Nora and everyone stopped moving, Tyrian stopped fighting. He probably had a sense of where they were, but no one was doing anything so he was confused. Then, he felt the vibrations Nora was giving off and got more confused. This also explains his amazing reaction time. He feels things as they happen so he can roll with the punches. When people try to sneak up behind him, he already knows they're coming. He's able to fight off several attackers at once because even without looking at them, he still knows what they are doing.

He attacked Qrow while he was talking because it was easier to get a better "view" of him. In general, when people were swinging their weapons in the air, that was when he went for his attacks. Metal makes a very distinct sound when gliding through the air. He was using that to identify where and what they were doing. Which leads to the strangest part of the fight and the whole reason I even did research on this in the first place. When Qrow lost his weapon, Tyrian was suddenly unable to fight Qrow at all anymore. Watch that moment when Ruby takes that first shot from the roof. Tyrian doesn't look toward where Ruby shot. He looks at where the bullet landed. Because that's the vibration that caught his attention. Then, the subsequent bullets make noise which makes him pay attention to that. And, while all that noise is happening, Qrow is able to just walk right up to him without him noticing. He can't block Qrow's subsequent punches because unlike metal, skin doesn't cause nearly as much vibrations in the air.

I'm certain this is the actual explanation because the writers even went so far as to put something so subtle in that it couldn't possibly have any other meaning. The moment Qrow touches his weapon, there is a subtle sound. It's almost completely inaudible. It's just a little tap. There's no reason to put that tiny sound in for the audience unless it meant something. That metallic clang was all Tyrian needed to get a perfect idea of where Qrow was again. I think Qrow figured it out at this point. Qrow started going out of his way to use his bad luck to set up traps for Tyrian. Because he knew Tyrian wouldn't be able to see them at all. Then, Ruby had to step in and ruin it.

Now that I know why Tyrian had such an odd habit of being unable to fight people at certain moments, I can rule that out as his semblance. Which means his semblance is the far more obvious sort of Aura Poison. Whenever he hits someone, their aura ripples or fizzles. It's strange because usually that doesn't happen until they're running out. It seems that he doesn't even need to hit them directly. I believe it was said at some point that people's weapons are also wrapped in their aura. So, just hitting the weapon means he's hitting their aura and it begins to drain. Furthermore, when Qrow is sent flying out of the building, you can see his aura fizzle away. It seems that Tyrian actually gains the aura he drains because for a brief moment, you can see Tyrian's aura looking blue around his body as he jumps from the building. Either that or he also ran out of aura. I guess that would explain how Ruby was able to cut his tail.

There was one last interesting thing in this fight that I don't have an explanation for. After Tyrian poisoned Qrow, his eyes went from yellow to purple. Eye color seems to be a significant thing in this world. Between Neo, Yang, and Silver Eyed people, it seems to be indicative of a lot. So, I wonder what it means there.

2 years ago (edited) | [YT] | 4,252

Alexis Orellana

When Qrow balances himself on his sword... Chills.

1 year ago | [YT] | 1,533


you can tell tyrians voice actor is having fun

2 years ago | [YT] | 882

Callum Finlay

Congrats Jaune, you just got a celebrity AND a psychopath interested in you

2 years ago | [YT] | 1,338


I love how Tyrian was shocked while just taking Qrow's punches like: ''This isn't how we're supposed to fight!''

2 years ago | [YT] | 927


This episode was brilliant since you could see Qrow's semblance working against Tyrian but also against Ruby. That's why he was all like "Get back!"

2 years ago | [YT] | 1,096

zach witt

I'm pretty sure Tyrian is blind. most scorpions rely on their senses since they cannot see, which makes their hearing and such more fine tuned. if you notice during the fight after Qrow is disarmed, he simply punches a defenseless Tyrian. Later as he walks over to his weapon, Tyrian just stares at him despite an obvious advantage. its because he can't quite pin down exactly where he is. he uses the noises made by weapons and alike to "see" where his enemies are. the second Qrow touches his scythe and it makes a noise, Tyrian is attacking him again.

2 years ago | [YT] | 1,809


Anybody felt a certain type of way after Tyrian called Ruby a b***h?
What did you call my precious baby!?

2 years ago | [YT] | 562


Ruby Rose is brutal. First she rips an eye from Cinder's head. Then she cuts off a tail. Not to mentioned the bird she decapitated. What body part is next

2 years ago | [YT] | 2,839


did Ruby just gave Nora a Nano boost?

2 years ago | [YT] | 855

Jacob G

I think Tyrian might be my favorite villain. He's actually pretty badass, and unlike all the others, he isn't infuriatingly smug. Also, his insanity is kind of entertaining.

2 years ago (edited) | [YT] | 292

Last Order

Remember kids never mess with scorpions unless you are Qrow

2 years ago | [YT] | 384

Hawk of Battle

Best part of the whole fight is when Ruby literally rips him a new one (Scorpion tails are connected to their anus, in case anyone didn't know). But it's not simply the fact she did it, but the HOW; We've seen pretty much everyone killing Grim like they're nothing, and we've seen people like Yang attack in anger against humans, with full blown screams of rage and the like.

But we don't get that from Ruby. She sees her uncle take a potentially fatal strike, and without pause or even a growl of anger, calmly puts her scythe around the offending limb and pulls the fucking trigger! Pure killer instinct right there. Other characters will fight you and beat you into submission, but Ruby will cut you to pieces without a second thought.

1 year ago | [YT] | 388


Sometimes when I look at Ruby I forget how high pitched her voice is so when she talks again I'm just "AAWWW PRECIOUS BABY"

2 years ago | [YT] | 416

Brenden Rider

The fight between Qrow and Tyrian was absolutely beautiful. The Movement and Pace was amazing and suspenseful. My favorite fight of the entire show as of now.

2 years ago | [YT] | 764


I like how they showcase the difference between the two through action and not internal monologue. Tyrian clearly outclasses Qrow in speed and reflexes but Qrow pushes him back in every test of strength showing that he overpowers Tyrian. It's not two people of equal skill, they have their strengths and weaknesses that they try to exploit. Nice choreography.

2 years ago | [YT] | 372


Okay but when Qrow punched Tyrian and kicked in him the chest, my attraction to Qrow like quadrupled ❤️❤️❤️

2 years ago | [YT] | 267


I think Tyrian is Blind. but he has the ability to see auras and that's how he can get around and see his opponents? Maybe why he struck interest in Jaune?

2 years ago | [YT] | 269

Missy wolf

qrow is best uncle like this comment if you agree :-)

2 years ago | [YT] | 31

Min Zhuang

when Qrow appeared, i was fangirling

2 years ago | [YT] | 148