For those who either follow me here or are intelligent enough to recognize my writing style on other forums or websites, you know well by now that I utterly DESPISE RWBY Season 3, particularly for the death of Pyrrha Nikos. My dislike of what we have been shown so far has spread well beyond that (to the point where it retroactively killed any enjoyment I got out of the first 3 seasons due tot uncovering massive plot holes elsewhere and cutting corners in the writing), but I cannot deny that it is where it started. But there is one thing that I finally realized about Pyrrha's death and it being the catalyst for Ruby's Silver Eyes, and it sickens me that Rooster Teeth would, even by accident at best, send this kind of message to its viewers. Bad enough that her power comes out of nowhere, coming off as a Deus ex Machina, what makes that sequence of events shown to us even worse is that Ruby's Silver Eyes asspull completely invalidated every concept Pyrrha shaped her whole life on. What will be read after this is from a post I made on someone's pic, simply because I don't want to type it all out again.
"So, based on her views on "destiny", it's clear that while Pyrrha had people pushing her to succeed, SHE got herself to where she was. Her success and fame prior to coming to Beacon? All her own hard work, drive and effort, to the point where these things are what prompt Ozpin
to make her the offer of Amber's powers in the first place. Even how she uses her Semblance is indicative of her development: she ONLY ever used it *beyond the subtlety we are shown* when she absolutely needed to, and her emphasis was on her physical training.
And all of it amounts to absolutely nothing against Cinder. Anyone looking at that fight with any scrutiny could tell that Pyrrha had no chance to win, and that any ground she actually got was Cinder playing with her. While she might have truly caught Cinder off-guard a few times, all Cinder had to do was flex her Maiden muscle and Pyrrha was thrown aside. This fight is actually a MAJOR departure from how the fights in RWBY have gone. Up until this point, they made it clear that fighters with more skill, experience and strategy could beat a more powerful opponent if that opponent was lacking in any of those three things, the most notable example is the
take-down of Amber. A well-coordinated assault by three lesser fighters was able to bring down a Seasonal Maiden, who was able to over power any one of them effortlessly. Other examples include Torchwick's repeated victories over Ruby, Yang's defeats by Neo and Adam (the former
was Yang's perfect counter, and the latter had more power on top of the experience, skill and strategy), and Blake's victory over Torchwick on the train (because he wasn't expecting the Dust-infused shades). These fights emphasized one thing consistently: that POWER WASN'T EVERYTHING.
And yet, once Cinder obtained Amber's full powers, she became an unstoppable villain, able to overpower anyone, no matter how skilled, no matter the strategy, no matter their experience, and we see that much when Ozpin tells Pyrrha to go get Glynda, Ironwood and Qrow, telling her
that she'd only get in the way now. Freaking OZPIN needs the other three to MAKE IT AN EVEN FIGHT, and even then, it's not a sure thing. And we are somehow supposed to believe that Pyrrha is an even match for Cinder, someone who in the very first episode of the series was able to match Glynda Goodwitch move for move. Even if they'd not added in the Seasonal Maiden plot at the last minute, Pyrrha vs. Cinder is not an even fight by any means, since without the Maidens, it means that Cinder is simply using Dust Weaving, and JUST THAT made her an equal to Glynda. Also to note that Glynda's main form of attack is general telekinesis, which is actually more versatile than Pyrrha's Polarity, and Glynda has YEARS more experience that Pyrrha. Adding the Maiden powers on top of that only made it worse, even if they'd lowered Cinder's regular skills to keep her at the same level they'd originally had her at.
And to top it all off, sheer power not only trumped hard work, drive, effort, skill, experience and strategy, an even GREATER power, one beyond the Maidens, was what got Cinder to cut and
run *when it very nearly killed her*, and by someone who otherwise would NEVER have stood a chance against Cinder, either. RT ruined Pyrrha's reputation in-series by having her kill Penny, Cinder utterly destroyed her, and Ruby, by easily handling the problem that she couldn't, made every concept that Pyrrha built her life around meaningless.
The message that RT sent to its fans, even if it wasn't the intended message, was that hard work, effort and drive won't help you succeed, stolen and inherited power WILL, and that's all that ultimately matters."
Beyond all the plot holes I'd found later, including the major one that all of Cinder's actions in season 3 were built on, beyond the flimsy justifications I keep hearing about why her death worked mechanically (I routinely dismantle these arguments), beyond anything else, beyond the subjective distastefulness I have for the Fridging death in general....THIS is what I found the most unacceptable about Season 3: that RT has seemingly willingly, from the very beginning of development or RWBY, planned on not only killing off one of their main characters, but to do so in a way that rendered her in every conceivable way, shape and form, utterly WORTHLESS, and did it just for shock value.