Welcome to What the Ship?! – the series that introduces, analyses and evaluates the pairings between RWBY characters, known as ships. And in our first issue we’re discussing a ship that recently got its engines kickstarted by one of the members of CRWBY – Noah’s Arc. Besides, it’s only fitting that a series about ships starts by covering one based on a large boat.

What is Noah’s Arc?

It’s the ship between Jaune Arc and Neptune Vasilias. The name comes from Jaune’s last name and the fact that Neptune (due to his name and his phobia) is often associated with water. A watery Arc conveys imagery of Noah’s Ark, so by simply changing the last letter we get the ship’s name – Noah’s Arc. Truthfully, the ship isn’t that widely known by this name, and is more commonly referred to as simply: Jaune x Neptune.

How is the ship portrayed in the show?

Jaune and Neptune meet for the first time in V2E6 “Burning the Candle.” Well, meet is a strong word – more appropriately Jaune notices Neptune for the first time, while Neptune is too busy considering Weiss’s proposal to go to the dance with her.

In V2E7 “Dance Dance Infiltration” Jaune and Neptune have a pivotal scene together, which actually leads to quite a lot of development and maturity between the both of them. Jaune realizes that he hurt Pyrrha the same way Neptune hurt Weiss, while Neptune opens up to Jaune and reveals that he’s not just a pretty face and a cool attitude, but that he’s trying really hard to maintain that appearance. Oh and they even fist bump each other.

In V2E9 “Search and Destroy” Neptune and Jaune also share a scene together, and if those two are the ship of your choice, those seven seconds are as important to you as Volumes 6 and 7 were for Bumbleby fans. Neptune claims he and Sun will work with a crimes specialist and even get junior detective badges, to which Jaune replies with a :O

Jaune’s exaggerated gasp with actual twinkly stars is almost certainly a childish reaction to the junior detective badges brag, which is supposed to reinforce the young-teenage-boy attitude of Jaune, but if you like stretches, you could say that Jaune is also impressed by Neptune and that this scene officially sets the sails for Noah’s Arc.

And… that’s it. Neptune and Jaune didn’t share a single scene in Volumes 3 and 6, and Neptune was absent in all others. Truthfully, there’s not a whole lot going on between them, but at least these two have met each other and even had some development together.

Number of lines spoken between Jaune and Neptune: 35 lines.

Number of “looks” given to one another: 1 look.

Lines are counted only if the recipient of the line is clearly the other person or the recipient is obviously reacting to the line. A “look” is when a character is obviously expressing attraction of any kind towards the other person.

How popular is it?

In short – not at all. It is by far one of the least popular ships in the show, and that is saying something. There’s two obvious problems. First, both Neptune and Jaune have explicitly expressed interest in the other gender and were never confirmed to be bi themselves. While that usually doesn’t stops ships from sailing, the second problem is that Noah’s Arc is vastly overshadowed by other, much more popular ships – Arkos in the case of Jaune and Sea Monkeys in the case of Neptune.

One of the ways we can measure the popularity of a ship is by comparing the number of fan stories on AO3, a website dedicated for written fan works. More popular ships tend to get more stories, it’s pretty simple.

At the time of publishing, Noah’s Arc is in 34 stories on the website. To contrast, Arkos (Jaune and Pyrrha) appear in 1623 stories, while Sea Monkeys has 387. Although Noah’s Arc is popular enough to receive some fan art and attention, it is one of the more obscure vessels in the FNDM.

What does CRWBY think of it?

Up until just now they barely acknowledged it. The attention to this ship came from Miles Luna’s video from Cameo (a service with which celebrities can record personalized videos and clips for a fee), where he said that out of the male cast of RWBY, the person most likely to start a romance with Jaune would be Neptune. Although Miles is one of the lead creators of the show and the voice actor for Jaune, he was very likely just voicing his opinion, and the tone of the video is playful, rather than informative. With this and the source of the video in mind, it really should not be taken too seriously or as a sign that it will become confirmed in the show.

Buoyancy Rating

Jaune and Neptune had only a couple of minutes of screen time and have not shared a scene for longer than 6 years. Noah’s Arc is also not very popular within the fandom and the shows creators barely acknowledge the possibility. Given these circumstances, a decent buoyancy rating cannot be given.

Noah’s Arc buoyancy rating: Dilapidated boat (4%)

A buoyancy rating is decided by the portrayal of the characters in the show and the popularity within the community and the show’s creators. It only represents the possibility of the ship being featured in the show (“becoming canon”).

What other ships should we cover in this series? A weird ship got you confused, or maybe you want the world to know about your favorite pairing? Let us know in the comments!

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By Kate Webster

Kate is the expert of all things shipping and has most likely read that one weird slashfic you wrote when you were 13. Don't ask her about her favorite ship, unless you have a lot of time and a lot of tea.

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3 years ago

Dilapidated? I’d say that the schematics for the boat were never finished 😀

Unless the rating “unfinished blueprint” is for characters that never interacted in the story

Azymondias The Dragon Knig
Azymondias The Dragon Knig
3 years ago

I really hope that the FNDM sees that what Miles said was just for fun and isn’t meant to be taken seriously. I’m all for same sex couples in the show, just not for Jaune. I hope you guys do one on White Knight soon and be sure to include what happened in Volume 8 with Weiss looking at Jaune after he saved Penny and what happened in the finale. Also be sure to include how it’s gained more popularity and become more favored over time

Veteran Dragonslayer
Veteran Dragonslayer
3 years ago

Great article, I really enjoyed the formula you used to dissect a ship. Looking forward to seeing more ships tested for sea-worthiness!
If you’re taking submissions, may I present three of my favored won’t-be-canon-ships-but-we-can-always-live-in-hope ships that i’d be keen to see studied:
Dragonslayer (Yang & Jaune)
Nora’s Arc (Nora & Jaune)
Topaz (Emerald & Jaune)
(Rare pairs I know but looking at Black Sun or Arkos isn’t exactly challenging)