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Catmeleon is the femslash ship between Blake Belladonna and Ilia Amitola from the RWBY fandom.


Ilia and Blake are both comrades from their old White Fang days and close friends. They are close enough that Ilia tells Blake about a painful part of her past that motivated her to join the White Fang. Blake then seems shocked when Ilia tells her that she knocked her "friends" teeth out. Ilia later admitted in "Alone Together" that she had a crush on Blake at the time, which shocks Blake into silence and doesn't know how to respond.

When Blake first arrives in Menagerie, Fennec Albain claims that Ilia would be elated if Blake returned to the White Fang. However, as Blake begins to actively work against the White Fang the two become somewhat unwilling enemies. Blake tries to warn Ilia from becoming like Adam, while Ilia wants to further the goals of Adam's White Fang under the orders of the Albains. They fight several time while Blake is in Menagerie, though Ilia still tries to warn Blake away for her own safety. This shows that Ilia still cares for Blake to a certain extent.

After Blake tells Ilia that her ways go against the wishes of her parents, Ilia betrays the White Fang and joins Blake. She goes with Blake to Haven Academy to prevent Adam and the remaining White Fang from setting off explosives around the school grounds. Afterwards, in "Argus Limited", she is saddened that Blake is leaving Mistral with her friends, but she respects her decision. In volume 6 chapter 1, Ilia gives Blake a hug at the train station and thanks her for everything. The two then go their separate ways, with the animosity between them completly subsided.


Catmeleon is a small ship within the fandom, though still a popular one for Ilia herself. While many were happy that Ilia's crush on Blake was canon, other were displeased that the first instance on an LGBT character was a villain. However, Ilia's redemption in the later volumes soften this stance. After Ilia admitted to liking Blake the fandom began referring to her as the "useful lesbian" to counter the Weiss "useless lesbian" meme.

On AO3 it is the most written ship for Ilia and the eighth for Blake.



Blake/Ilia tag on AO3
Blake/Ilia tag on


Catmeleon posts on Tumblr


  • Catmeleon is a pun on the word chameleon. Blake is a cat faunus and Ilia is a chameleon faunus.
  • Ilia has been confirmed to be a lesbian


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