|Real name||Cleo Zlatko|
19 (when RWBY comes to Beacon)
|Occupation|| Leader of Team CBLT|
Beacon Academy Student
Signal Academy Student (formerly)
|Appearances||The Start of CBLT|
|“|| She was never a mother to me. She was just a person who carried me and gave birth to me. Uncle Cameron and Aunt Ebony are my real parents|
– Cleo Zlatko
Cleo Zlatko is 16 years old, the only child and daughter of Huntress Alyson Zlatko and niece to Huntsmen Cameron and Ebony Zlatko. She is in her first year at Beacon Academy, training to become a Huntress and is the leader of Team CBLT. Her weapon of choice is a long sword called Phoenix Soul, that has been in her family for many generations. Her partner is Garnet Tyler, who is also her love interest.
Cleo stands at average weight and height for a sixteen year old, with tan skin. She has long, dark reddish-brown hair which is pulled back into a bun-ponytail, and dark gray eyes. Cleo's default outfit consists of a black cape over a dark red, sleeveless waist-length jacket with light gold highlights over a long sleeve black shirt, black and red pants and black high heeled boots similar to Coco Adel. She also wears a black belt around her waist with holder for Phoenix Soul. Her sheath is worn horizontal on her back and it white with gold designs of phoenixes.
Cleo tends to keep to herself, because she is afraid of getting close to anyone only for them to leave her. She loves a good fight but hates when someone cheats. She is protective of her family and will do nothing at keeping them safe. Cleo is afraid of failure. Because of her mother, a lot of pressure is put onto her shoulders where she must be perfect and follow her mother in her foot steps. The only other person who knows of this fear is her uncle, who tells her to not listen to what people say and to do what she wants. In addition, Cleo is also afraid of getting close to others as they might leave her, just like Alyson did.
- Aura: Cleo is able to use Aura, the manifestation of her soul, for various purposes in battle.
- Semblance – Burning Light: Cleo's Semblance is the hereditary Semblance of the Zlatko family which allows her to control and manipulation light energy as well as controlling fire. She doesn't let a lot of people know what her semblance is as she does not like to brag about it.
- Fire generation: Cleo is able to generate fire and can unleash it in the forms of attacks. She usually uses this with Phoenix Soul.
- Light ball projection: Cleo is able to unleash small balls of light energy.
- Light bullets: Cleo is capable of firing off smaller but faster rounds of light energy.
- High intelligence: Since she was a child, Cleo has always been incredibly smart for her age, allowed her to graduate from Signal early and attend Beacon at just sixteen years old.
- Enhanced speed and agility
- Combat mastery: Cleo is very skilled in physical combat, both from being taught by Signal Academy and later Beacon Academy, but by also by her uncle, Cameron, a Huntsmen.
- Swordsmanship: Cleo is proficient in swordsmanship which allows her to use both Phoenix Soul and Dragon's Claw (if she ever needed to use it).
- Ambidexterity: Cleo is ambidextrous able to wield her rapier either left or right hand, though she prefers using her left.
- Athleticism: Cleo is highly athletic and fit, capable of holding her own in battle, though those that are bigger and physically stronger than her can overpower her.
- Strategic planning: Cleo is a skilled planner, always making a plan before running into battle. While she doesn't think of the plan out loud, she will voice her options to her teammates before running into battle.
- Pure darkness: Pure Darkness can easily overwhelm her.
- Water: As the opposite element of her fire, water can easily put her out of commission.
- Unwilling to trust others: Due to her mother abandoning her after she was born, Cleo has sever trust issues as she is afraid of getting close to anyone that they will eventually leave her. She rarely trusts Garnet, but has learned over time to trust him.
- Phoenix Soul: Cleo's weapon of choice is a long sword that has been in her family for many generations. She usually powers it up using her Burning Light Semblance.
- Zlatko is a Croatian pet form of Croatian/Serbian Zlatan, meaning "gold."
- Cleo's emblem is the same as her mother's and uncle's: A gold Phoenix.
- Cleo did not make her weapon as it was a hand-me-down, similar to Jaune Arc.
- Like her uncle, Cleo is the leader of her team which starts with the letter "C".
- Cleo is the youngest on her team.