In reply to SAmaster
No proof of rape, and we discussed the horrible person aspect in V4, so I'll gloss over it.
I agree that they somewhat created the outline of a complex character then filled it with someone who isn't that complex. That's not really an issue though, since she doesn't need to be a complex character, any more than Qrow needs to be or is, and she was even less significant to the story than him. The reveal of her being the spring maiden did kind of shove her into a more significant spotlight, but they solved that problem when they wrote her out back out of it with the whole cowardly thing and giving up the relic. I think I saw another quote actually, that they didn't know what they were going to do with her during V3 development until they came up with the idea that she was actually the maiden.
Either way, the simplistic way they directly showed the character was fine for explaining her thoughts on the Yang situation, coupled with Qrow's words in V3, as well as her feelings on the past, though it doesn't explain why she formed that past in the first place. I don't get what you're referencing with Ruby, and the Qrow thing was so obviously fake by that end scene.
The cowardly thing was just a massive cop-out to getting her out of the story and explaining the inconsistencies with her character presented previously, and doesn't even fix everything because it just adds more inconsistencies. It didn't give her any complexity, and if anything just took it away because it just replaced everything about her with "she's a coward running and hiding," instead of at least truly believing in an ideology most of us would consider reprehensible. The sad thing though is that they're probably going to have some character development for her anyways, even though it's not needed at all and would just waste character time.