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Cinder: What are your qualifications?
Cardin: Let's see... I'm always beating up Jaune and his loser friends at school.
Cinder: Mm-hmm, okay, that's a good start.
Cardin: Oh, I once put pepper in Professor Port's mustache. He was sneezing for a week!
Cinder: Ooh, good one! I'll have to write that down!
Cardin: I also never pet dogs. Not even really cute puppies.
Cinder: Ignoring puppies is
definitely evil.
~ Cardin's interview with Cinder.

Cardin Winchester is a minor antagonist from the American web cartoon RWBY, but also appears as an antagonist in the non-canon comedy spinoff series RWBY Chibi. Here, he is portrayed as more outright in his evil, even to the point of trying to team up with Cinder Fall and Roman Torchwick.

He is voiced by Adam Ellis, who also voiced his canon counterpart.


Season 3

In the episode "Evil Interview", Cardin goes in to interview with Cinder Fall, hoping to join in with her evil faction. She asks him for his qualifications, and he happily tells her about how he repeatedly beats up Jaune Arc and his friends, put pepper in Professor Port's mustache causing him to sneeze for a week, and will never pet dogs, no matter how cute they are. Cinder is impressed by how "evil" he is, but admits that they do not have an opening available at the moment. Just then, Mercury Black barges in, angry that he does all the work and is not treated well. He demands a raise and a cool hat like Roman Torchwick's. Cinder, however, simply lights Mercury on fire and sends him falling through a trap door. Cinder then offers Mercury's position to Cardin, who witnessed the event and is now afraid. He cowardly gets up and tells Cinder he will get back to her before fleeing. Cinder wonders why she can never find good help, then realizes it is because she keeps melting them.

In "Teenage Faunus Ninja Catgirl", Cardin approaches Roman about learning from him how to become a better bully and villain, to which Neo disapproves and thinks they should ditch him. Roman then robs a store and instructs Cardin to stand outside holding a bag of money while he and Neo escape, leading Cardin to get attacked by the angry store owner. Roman and Neo watch and laugh as Cardin takes the fall, oblivious to the fact he has been betrayed.

In "Cousins of Chaos", he is seen laughing at Jaune when his arm is bitten by a Beowolf.

In "Play With Penny", he is shown throwing and hitting rocks at animals such as squirrels and birds. He throws a rock at a crow, angering it. As he proclaims how dumb animals are, the crow reveals itself to be Qrow Branwen in his bird form, who rushes up and punches Cardin to the ground.

In "RWBY Dreams", he appears in Weiss' nightmare, where she dreams that she has learned all there is to learn and all of the other students tease her and call her a know-it-all.


Cardin's appearance is a cuter, more simplified ("Chibi") version of his canon appearance. He has short brown hair done up in a spike, pale skin, and purple eyes. He wears silver and gold armor consisting of boots, pants, and a chestplate with his emblem on it, with gray padding and a red cloth belt.


Though both versions of Cardin are sadists that like to cause pain to others, the Chibi version is more outright in his villainy. Even though his evil doings would be seen as minor in most situations, Cinder and the Chibi universe see them as wicked actions. Cardin likes to be evil and mischievous, and will perform his evil doings mostly for his own amusement. However, he is cowardly, as he is afraid of being betrayed by Cinder and unable to go all the way with his evil commitment.

It is also assumed that, like his canon counterpart, he is abusive and xenophobic towards the Faunus.





           RWBY Villains

Cinder's Faction
Cinder Fall | Roman Torchwick | Mercury Black | Emerald Sustrai | Neopolitan

Salem's Faction
Salem | Arthur Watts | Tyrian Callows | Cinder Fall | Hazel Rainart | Leonardo Lionheart

White Fang
Adam Taurus | Sienna Khan | White Fang Lieutenant | Corsac & Fennec Albain | Ilia Amitola | Yuma | Trifa | Perry | Deery | Associate

The Club
Junior Xiong | Malachite Sisters | Junior's Henchmen | DJ

Branwen Tribe
Raven Branwen | Vernal | Shay D. Mann

Schnee Dust Company
Jacques Schnee | Whitley Schnee | Secretary | Giant Armor

Merlot Industries
Dr. Merlot | Androids | Mutant Beowolves | Mutant Creeps | Mutant Death Stalker

The Spiders
Little Miss Malachite

The Apathy | Beowolves | Beringels | Boarbatusks | Creeps | Death Stalkers | Geist | Giant Armor | Goliaths | Griffons | Grimm Dragon | King Taijitu | Lancers | Manticores | Nevermore | Nuckelavee Grimm | Parasite Grimm | Sea Feilong | Seers | Sphinx | Tentacle Grimm | Ursai

Cardin Winchester | Team CRDL | God of Darkness | System No. XX

Cinder Fall | Emerald Sustrai | Mercury Black | Roman Torchwick | Neopolitan | Trouble Clef | Cardin Winchester