Hey, RWBY family! It’s time for us to huddle up and talk about something that’s been on my mind for a while. RWBY, with its groundbreaking narrative and distinctive, deeply woven characters, has always been a force to reckon with. Blake Belladonna and Yang Xiao Long are a good example. The slow-burn, intensely emotional narrative of their relationship is both heartwarming and compelling.
But there’s one area where I think RWBY could step up their game a bit: the inclusion of male x male relationships. So far, they’ve remained notably scarce. This brings me to the character I want to put under the spotlight today: Scarlet David.
As part of Team SSSN (pronounced "Sun"), Scarlet David hasn't had as much screen time as some of the other characters, but he's definitely made an impression. Outfitted in a stylish, pirate-inspired attire and wielding a cutlass and flintlock pistol, Scarlet brought a certain flair and uniqueness to the show that resonated with many viewers. But one of the most interesting aspects of Scarlett's character (due to the lack of gay characters in RWBY) is his sexual orientation.
In a world as expansive and inclusive as Remnant, the LGBTQ+ community deserves representation in all its forms, and that's where Scarlet comes in. He is, so far, the only character in RWBY who has been hinted to be openly gay. This reveal took place in the Red Like Roses Anthology (according to MurderofBirds), and even though it was a passing remark, it meant a lot to many fans. Yet, it leaves us wanting more. It’s a tantalizing glimpse of what could be in the vast universe of RWBY.
This isn't just about Scarlet David as a character, but about what he represents. It's about representation and the need for narratives that explore the experiences of all members of the LGBTQ+ community, including gay men.
Scarlet David is a great character and the potential for his development is abundant. With more screen time and backstory, he could become a fully-fledged representation of a gay man in the series, a beacon (Beacon ha) for many viewers. His personal struggles and victories, his relationships, and his journey could add a new layer of depth to the show.
Moreover, there’s scope for developing friendships between other male characters in the show. Existing characters like Neptune Vasilias and Sun Wukong could be more explored as a "bromance". Or the creators could introduce new characters who identify as gay.
Just imagine a story arc where Scarlet is more than just a secondary character. The representation of a wider range of LGBTQ+ relationships in RWBY could resonate with even more fans, adding to the depth and appeal of the show. The introduction of these dynamics would be a significant step towards creating new characters like Scarlet and his representation in the series.
RWBY has always championed representation. Plus I want to personally see more with Team SSSN on screen. They've made a huge impact on fans, so just like in Volume 3 there needs to be more of a focus on them.