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Fanfic / RWBY: Dark
RWBY: Dark is a series of RWBYfanfics written by Sum Dum Nerd/NerdWithAKeyboard.

It is an Mirror UniverseDark Fic taking place in a dystopian version of Remnant. All of the heroes from the canon series are now the villains, and the heroic protagonist Cinder Fall must lead her ragtag group of rebels through the hostile world and oppose the vicious tyranny of Lord Ozpin.

RWBY: Dark contains examples of the following tropes:

  • Abusive Parents:
    • Yang Xiao Long's biological mother, Raven Branwen, was an abusive alcoholic who frequently beat her daughter before eventually up and leaving the family altogether.
    • Jacques Schnee raised his children to be fighters and killers, and &#;toughened them up&#; by ordering them to undergo harsh combat training and be beaten by armed guards.
  • Adaptational Heroism: Cinder Fall, Emerald Sustrai, Mercury Black, Roman Torchwick, Adam Taurus, Salem, and more of the canon villains are now portrayed as anti-fascist, helpful heroes just looking to save their world.
  • Adaptational Villainy: Almost every canon hero is now some form of villain, from mooks and obstacles to main antagonists.
    • First Averted and then Downplayed with Yang, who used to be a genuinely good girl no different from canon. Until Ruby enslaved her and broke her, that is.
  • The Alcoholic: Raven Branwen
  • All Your Base Are Belong to Us: The Resistance base is infiltrated by P.E.N.N.Y. disguised as a little girl, who then proceeds to attack the people inside and use explosions to destroy the base.
  • An Arm and a Leg:
    • Mercury Black possesses the same prosthetic legs he has in the canon series.
    • Yang loses both her arms to Ruby, who cuts them off in an act of pure sadism.
  • Artificial Limbs: Mercury has prosthetic legs.
  • Artificial Zombie: The mad Dr. Bartholomew Oobleck experiments with dead bodies, stitching them back together and using galvanization and serums to bring them "back to life".
  • Ax-Crazy: Ruby Rose, who only wants to kill.
  • Big Bad: Lord Ozpin, who rules Remnant, is the commander of the Huntsmen and Huntresses, and is responsible for Remnant&#;s state.
  • Cane Fu: Roman Torchwick uses his modified cane for melee and ranged Dust attacks.
  • Cold-Blooded Torture: Basically any of Ruby Rose&#;s victims, but ESPECIALLY Yang. Also applies to Weiss, Winter, and Whitley&#;s childhoods being beaten by armored guards under their father&#;s orders.
  • Corrupt Corporate Executive: Jaques and Weiss Schnee, both leaders of the Schnee Dust Company, who use Faunus slave labor and head their company with iron fists, the former even making his daughters fight to the death over who will inherit the company.
  • Crapsack World: The dystopian world of Remnant is lorded over by a genocidal tyrant and filled with monsters, killers, and terrorists.
  • Dystopia: The world of Remnant is in ruin, full of monsters and ruled over by a tyrant.
  • Dark and Troubled Past: Many of the heroes suffer this at the hands of the villains, though the antagonistic Yang has the worst of it.
  • Dark Fic: It has an "M" rating on FanFiction.Net and it's easy to see why. To recap: Ozpin is an Evil Overlord, team JNPR are soldiers in his hit squad, and he drove Salem insane; Penny is a Killer Robot; Oobleck and Goodwitch are Mad Scientists with Port as The Igor; Ruby is a serial killer and rapist, whose crimes include the murder of her parents, the mutilation and enslavement of Yang, and the mutilation of Cinder; Weiss is a Corrupt Corporate Executive like her father and brother and is still racist towards Faunus; and Blake has canon!Adam's Fantastic Racism towards humans.
  • Deadly Graduation: In order to become the new heiress to the Schnee Dust Company, Jaques Schnee forces his two daughters Weiss and Winter into a fight to the death.
  • Death Seeker: After being tortured and violated, one of Ruby's victims begs Yang to end his life, which Yang is forced to do under threat of more abuse from Ruby.
  • Domestic Abuse:
    • Raven Branwen was an abusive drunk that beat Yang before leaving.
    • Jacques Schnee had his children beaten by guards and later forced his daughters into a duel to the death.
  • Drop the Hammer: Nora Valkyrie&#;s signature weapon is a massive hammer.
  • Eye Scream:
    • Yang loses both of her eyes after her battle with Ruby, who slashes them both out with her scythe blade.
    • Cinder loses one of her eyes to Ruby, who stabs her with the dagger end of her scythe and twists it until Neopolitan saves Cinder.
  • Faux Affably Evil:
    • Ozpin welcomed Weiss politely, but it was clear that he could care less about her.
    "I am pleased to see you arrived safely," Lord Ozpin said to Weiss, looking down at the young girl. "I trust your trip was an uneventful one?" Though his words carried the illusion of kindness, his voice carried the air of seriousness, displeasure, and cruelty. Weiss knew she meant nothing to him, even as an ally.
  • For the Evulz:
    • Ruby kills not only because she thinks it makes her more powerful, but also just because she feels like it.
    • Dr. Oobleck loves to perform his unethical experiments on dead allies and enemies alike; working for Lord Ozpin just gives him more opportunity to do so.
  • Gadgeteer Genius: Glynda Goodwitch is a mechanical wizard capable of designing some of the most effective tools and weapons with ease. Too bad she's evil.
  • The Igor: Port is the hunchbacked, foul assistant to Dr. Oobleck, who aids him in his bodily experiments.
  • I Love the Dead: Dr. Oobleck seems to have a thing for the corpses he experiments on. He loves the smell of their decay and the feeling of their cold blood, and has even been shown sniffing the hair of mutilated corpses that he works on.
  • Involuntary Battle to the Death: Weiss and Winter Schnee are forced by their father and his secretary to do this to inherent the Schnee Dust Company. Though neither want to kill the other, the other does not know that.
  • Kids Are Cruel: Dialed up to when a teenage Ruby Rose murders her entire family, tortures and mutilates her half-sister Yang, and generally slaughters anyone she comes across.
  • Killer Robot: The Prototype Endothermic Neurological Networked Youth, or P.E.N.N.Y. for short, is a Terminator-esque infiltration and assassination robot built by Glynda Goodwitch and General James Ironwood for Lord Ozpin's service.
  • Laughing Mad: Ruby likes to have a good laugh after she&#;s cut someone to pieces.
  • Mad Scientist: These two evil scientists working for Lord Ozpin:
    • Dr. Oobleck is a Dr. Frankenstein-esque evil scientist who takes pride in working with dead bodies, stitching them back together, and restoring them to "life".
    • Glynda Goodwitch is a mechanical and robotic genius who uses metal and wires to build weapons and tools for Lord Ozpin's forces.
  • Mad Scientist Laboratory: Beacon Laboratory is a secluded lab that Goodwitch and Oobleck work in, with everything from mechanics to poisons to zombies inside.
  • Mentor Archetype: Salem was the mentor and teacher of Cinder and her team before losing her mind in the Bombing of Beacon.
  • Mirror Universe: Part of the premise is the heroes of the show are villains here and vice versa.
  • No Party Like a Donner Party: Possible. After Ruby forces Yang to kill a teenage boy, the starving Yang comments that her stomach began growling afterwards. Though it is unknown if Yang actually goes through with the deed, seeing as how she became feral enough to hunt and eat rats shortly before, it is possible she will do anything to sate her starvation.
  • Parental Abandonment: Raven Branwen leaves her family and daughter.
  • Playing with Syringes: Dr. Oobleck is tasked with experimenting on dead bodies in an attempt to restore function to them. Who gave him the order? None other than Lord Ozpin himself. though he probably would have done it without orders anyway.
  • Professional Killer: Lord Ozpin&#;s Huntsmen and Huntresses
  • Rape Is a Special Kind of Evil: One of Ruby's victims is a teenage boy, whom she strips naked. While the act is not covered in detail, Yang comments on hearing him plea for her to stop doing something. After that, Ruby comments that she was done "having fun" with "the cutie". Ruby is not even the one to finish the boy off, as she makes Yang end the boy's life. The boy tells Yang that Ruby "violated" him, and asks her to kill him, to which she is forced to oblige.
  • Reduced to Ratburgers: A starving Yang is reduced to killing and eating a rat to sate her hunger when Ruby neglects to properly feed her.
  • Secret Relationship: Jaune Arc and Pyrrha Nikos are madly in love with one another, but must keep it a secret due to Lord Ozpin&#;s ban on romances within the Huntsman/Huntress organization.
  • Self-Made Orphan: Ruby Rose murders her mother and father to begin her criminal career.
  • Serial Killer: Ruby Rose, who embraces it and loves it.
  • Sinister Scythe: Ruby's signature weapon is a massive collapseable scythe, usually bloodstained.
  • Slasher Smile: Ruby brandishes a toothy grin when she feels she has the upper hand.
  • The Sociopath:
    • Ruby Rose; so, so much
    • Lord Ozpin
  • Too Desperate to Be Picky: Yang is denied enough food, leaving her hungry and on the verge of starvation. One night she is forced to kill and eat a rat with nothing but her mouth, which she notes is disguising, but she is too hungry to be picky.
  • Villain Protagonist: Ruby Rose, Weiss Schnee, Blake Belladonna, Yang Xiao Long, Jaune Arc, Pyrrha Nikos, Nora Valkyrie, and Lie Ren all serve as villainous protagonists in respective prequel chapters before turning into antagonists in the main story.
  • Would Hurt a Child: Ruby is not above murdering children; on her first night as a serial killer, she murders a baby. Later, she slaughters five small children and forces Yang to kill a sixth. Not to mention children fleeing with their parents during Vale's bombing, which she cuts off the escape route for to kill anyone who comes her way.
  • We ARE Struggling Together: Despite the Resistance having a common goal and a common respect for the same mentor, they often argue and bicker among themselves over what to do, when to do it, and especially over tough decisions.
  • Wounded Gazelle Gambit: P.E.N.N.Y., disguised as a girl, fakes a broken leg and having lost her parents in order to gain sympathy from the Resistance and use it to infiltrate their base. Fortunately, Mercury sees right through it.
  • Yandere: Nora Valkyrie is absolutely obsessed with Lie Ren, the latter of which could not care less.

Fanfic / RWBY: Destiny of Remnant

"In the wake of the fall Team RNJR sets out to bring Cinder Fall to justice while the new Fall Maiden overlooks her master's plan in Haven City. All the while Weiss tries to help a friend, Yang struggles with the loss of her arm, and Blake deals with guilt over the White Fang. Meanwhile, someone from Cinder's past returns and Salem's newest pawn rises. "

— FanFiction.Net summary.

In this RWBY story by UGX7 (with assistance from a few other writers at times), the story starts four months after the finale of Volume 3, with Team RNJR on their way to Haven due to the fact that the members of Team RWBY has been broken up and scattered due to the fallout of the aforementioned Volume. While the members of Teams RWBY and JN - R deal with their individual problems separately from each other, the hands of Salem and by extension, Cinder Fall have not been idle as their faction has already put into action their plans to destroy the Kingdoms as well as all those who oppose them. While Cinder has a surprise ready and waiting to be unleashed against Team RNJR, someone from Cinder's past returns and may just set into motion events that would have serious consequences for both Team RWBY and JNPR and decide the destiny of the world of Remnant

This story then becomes an example of a Fix Fic in which the author UGX7 has written in response to the well-known ending of Volume 3, especially with Pyrrha's death and the handling of several other characters story arcs. Not only does the fic focuses on the many canon characters in the RWBY universe, it also offers an in-depth look at the overarching RWBY universe, and creates numerous Original Characters (OCs) to populate the various factions and organizations that were mentioned in the fanfiction. While there are quite a number of OCs (with quite a few of them getting their own individual subplots), the canon characters still have their chance to shine in their moments of glory by taking more proactive responses to the events and relationships already established by the canon of the first three RWBY Volumes, and their actions might just fundamentally change the post-Volume 3 setting since quite a number of hints and mentions of something big yet to arrive are hidden within the chapters themselves.

As of the latest chapter, RWBY Destiny of Remnant has been split into four major story arcs:

  • Arc One - The Haven Arc (Chapters 1 - 28)

It's been four months since the Fall of Beacon, and the world of Remnant is recovering from the wounds it has suffered from the fallout of the Vytal Festival. Tensions reign high between the various Kingdoms of Remnant, with trust and hope in small supply. The members of Team RWBY are divided: Ruby Rose has set out with Team RNJR to Haven to bring Cinder Fall to justice, Weiss Schnee tries to help a friend while uncovering a conspiracy within Atlas itself, Blake Belladonna deals with guilt over the dangerous path the White Fang has taken while on the run, and Yang Xiao Long struggles with the loss of her arm and her fiery spark back in the island of Patch. While each heroine faces a journey of her own internally or venturing out into the world in search of answers, the Fall Maiden overlooks her master's latest plan in Haven City and has a terrible surprise ready to be unleashed against Team RNJR. Meanwhile, someone from Cinder's past returns with a dark secret that would spell disastrous consequences for both sides if known

  • Arc Two - The White Fang Arc (Chapters 29 - 52)

After the climactic Battle of Haven which resulted in striking a severe blow against Cinder Fall and her associates, the reunited members of Team RWBY and JNPR had little time to celebrate. With Adam Taurus asserting total control over the White Fang, the organization has strayed further and further from its original principles much to Blake's discomfort. However, after receiving some important information from someone within the White Fang who opposes Adam's command, Team Beacon sets off on a new mission to wrestle back control of the White Fang from Blake's former partner. Traveling to the continent of Sanus, they will encounter new allies and enemies along the way, and Blake would need to deal with her inner demons even as she faces the White Fang along with the rest of her team. Unbeknownst to either side, individuals of a clandestine Order watch from the shadows, waiting for their opportune moment to strike

  • Arc Three - The Maidens Arc (Chapters 53 - 86)

With the White Fang splintered and effectively under new leadership, Team Beacon has returned back to the reopened Beacon Academy in Vale to finish their studies and further hone their skills as Huntsmen and Huntresses. Even as the Guardians of Remnant maintained a vigilant watch over the Spring, Summer and Winter Maidens, as well as the Relics of Remnant, the mystical and secretive Remnant Knights, continue to fight a shadow war against those who serve the darkness by countering them at every turn. However, when Qrow Branwen discovers clues that points to uncovering a far-reaching scheme in the Kingdom of Vacuo, Team Beacon is thrust back into the thick of action once more with even higher stakes against a merciless enemy. With Shade Academy seemingly becoming the stage for the next great battle of Remnant, will Team Beacon and their allies uncover Salem's scheme in timeor will the Kingdom of Vacuo end up like another Fall of Beacon?

  • Arc Four - The Relics Arc (Chapters 87 - TBD)

With Salem in possession of the Winter Maiden's powers and the existence of the Maidens as well as the Knight Order openly revealed, the world of Remnant has become a darker place. As the Kingdoms of Atlas and Vacuo pick up the pieces stemming from Salem's sudden strikes, the Guardians of Remnant and the Remnant Knights have discovered something far worse: The locations of the sacred Relics of Remnant are compromised. Team Beacon's next mission is one of grave importance: recovering the Relics of Creation and Destruction from their hidden temples before their enemy could get to them. However, even with the help of the remaining Maidens and the Remnant Knights the task of retrieving the Relics will be far more dangerous than anyone could have ever imagined. Facing enemies without and within, the members of Team Beacon will have to rely on each other and their unexpected allies now more than ever to prevent Salem's dark plans from coming to fruition and changing the world of Remnant forever

This story can be read here at FanFiction.Net and here at Archive of Our Own.

A prologue to this fanfic named I Never Even Told You, also written by UGX7, can be read here.


A series of prose specials featuring the Four Seasons theme has also been recently released by UGX7 as well.

The Spring Solstice is a holiday meant not only to celebrate the rebirth of the land but to cherish family and friends. Ruby and her family get the chance to happily spend the day together, Weiss must gather the courage to confront her father over his actions, Blake reflects on her past mistakes and what they cost her, and Jaune and Pyrrha, still recovering from the traumatic events that tore them apart and brought them together again, go on their first real date.

After defeating the White Fang and having other crazy adventures, our heroes decide to celebrate the Summer Solstice together on the beaches of Vale, but Weiss and Penny have never been to the beach before, so Ruby takes it upon herself to give them a great holiday.

On the night of the Fall Equinox, the various teams of Beacon Academy gather around in the library and exchange tales of terror. Team CFVY tells a story of an abandoned town, Team RWBY recall an adventure in a decrepit mansion plagued by monsters, and Jaune reads disturbing entries from his ancestor Luc Arc's journal.


A prequel to RWBY Destiny of Remnant named RWBY: Crucible, which has been written by a separate author, can be read here.

While the Huntsmen and Huntresses fight to protect Remnant from the Grimm, the Remnant Knights fight a secret war against those who have sworn themselves into the service of shadows. Known only in myths and legends, they stand against the darkness to ensure a future for the world of Remnant. And these are their stories.



RWBY Destiny of Remnant contains examples of:

  • Accidental Murder: Ruby accidentally kills two of Ante's thugs in the heat of battle and this places massive guilt on her, which we see in Chapter
  • Ace Pilot: Qrow was shown to be this at times.
    • Ross, a friend of Qrow, was mentioned to be this. Justified because he was a military pilot of the Valean Militia.
  • Action Dad: Taiyang Xiao Long, as he's an experienced Huntsman.
  • Action Mom: Summer Rose, as she's a professional Huntress.
  • Action Film, Quiet Drama Scene: In Chapter 44, Ruby and Sharp Strike had a conversation about how he coped with taking the lives of others, as well as how he met Ashe Kasai on two separate occasions. Keep in mind their conversation takes place when a number of Team Beacon members have been taken prisoner by the Adam's White Fang.
  • Adaptational Angst Upgrade: Everyone feels the pain of Pyrrha's deatha lot more than in canon, especially those who knew her the most.
  • Adaptational Heroism: Due to Volume 4's release, a number of characters are shown to be more heroic than their canon counterparts, especially with Raven Branwen, Taiyang Xiao Long, Professor Port and Dr. Oobleck.
  • Adaptational Villainy: Vernal, who is Raven's second in command and Body Double for the Spring Maiden in RWBY Volume 5, is re-imagined as an usurper who initiated a coup to seize control of the Branwen Bandit tribe from Qrow and Raven Branwen. Both twins vowed to make her pay after she killed their parents, and while we didn't know the specifics Raven revealed that justice was served.
  • Adult Fear: There are plenty of these throughout the story:
    • Ruby and Jaune are captured by Cinder's forces, so naturally, Ruby's father and Jaune's family are devestated. Learning that they're being tortured and Cinder's allies are going to do something irreversible to Jaune makes them desperate to save them.
    • Pyrrha's parents Zeus and Hera had to live 4 months believing their child had been killed in the heat of battle, so understandably, they were overcome with emotion when they see Pyrrha alive and well.
    • Ashe's life in general. His parents were betrayed and murdered by his older sister Cinder, and he spent years believing his father was the killer. The love of his life is murdered by Saul Jude, and years later he learned she was pregnant with his child at the time she was killed.
    • Dr. Polendina learns that General Ironwood intends to have his daughter Penny become a suicide bomber to eliminate Cinder, and not too long after he managed to rebuild her. Dr. Polendina can't convince Ironwood not to go through with this decision and he's upset when Ironwood uses the justification that she's Just a Machine and not his child.
    • Saul Jude taking elementary school children hostage is definitely every parent's worst nightmare.
    • The White Fang in general tend to be a good source of these due to many of them being terrorists with no qualms about harming innocent people:
      • Sun goes through this when Adam and the White Fang take his mother and sister hostage, and both Gina and Sun can only fear the worst when Adam threatens to kill Hualan unless his demands are met.
      • Any opposing Faunus locked up in the White Fang's prison have their animal parts secretly amputated. Imagine what the families of those Faunus had to go through as their loved ones are taken away and secretly mutilated.
      • Thayer Scaralatina outright turns on Adam for threatening his niece, especially when he realizes the implication that Adam intends to make her aSex Slave.
  • Aerial Canyon Chase: Happened briefly in chapter 10, to escape from the military forces of Atlas.
  • Affectionate Gesture to the Head: Ruby receives this from both Qrow, Taiyang and her older sister Yang.
  • Airborne Aircraft Carrier: The Spirit of Winter, an Altesian Airborne Assault Carrier which was introduced in Chapter 57, is most definitely one.
  • Air-Vent Passageway: Raven and Qrow use their bird forms to pull this off when infiltrating places with high security.
  • Alas, Poor Villain: Ruby feels bad for what happened to Roman Torchwick in canon.
  • All There in the Manual: Some fellow authors who collaborated with UGX7 wrote some short stories to fill the gaps.
    • RWBY: Crucible author, RelentlessCrusader, wrote a character short-styled story about The Remnant Knights, and what they have been up to in between the second and third story arcs. The story can be read here.
    • Another fellow author, GojiGrimlockSaurus, wrote a World of Remnant-styled short story about the dinosaurs, as well as a "trailer" for the upcoming third story arc. The World of Remnant can be read here, while the trailer can be read here.
    • Cosmic Fiction has written a prologue of sorts that references the Relics for the upcoming fourth story arc. The story can be read here.
    • UGX7 himself dedicated an entire chapter giving information of every character thus far up to chapter 52, both canon and OC, as well as their current statuses at the time. Additionally, the author also listed recommended music themes for certain scenes in the story. It can be read here.
  • Alternate Continuity: While the fic ignores subsequent Volumes completely, the main author and the supporting writers have included quite a few things from the latest RWBY Volumes.
    • From Volume 4:
      • Ren and Nora's backstory from Kuroyuri has been hinted at quite a few times.
      • The new Grimm such as the Seer, Sea Dragon, Geist, and the Nuckelavee were included in the story, although the final Grimm will have a significantly more impactful scene.
      • The new villains of Salem's inner circle, Watts, Hazel, and Tyrian all make appearances during a meeting in Chapter
      • Ilia Amitola, a member of the White Fang in Volume 4, makes an appearance near the end of the second arc.
      • Ghira and Kali Belladonna were also featured, but they are slightly different due to significant story divergences for Blake's family.
      • Klein Sieben, the Schnee family butler makes an appearance during the Atlas scene in the second arc, helping Winter and Weiss just like how he helped Weiss in canon.
      • Ruby, Blake, Nora, and Ren's outfits during the White Fang arc are all based on their new outfits in Volume 4, with a few changes here and there.
      • In this continuity, as Winter and Weiss's mother has been killed, Whitley wasn't born.
      • Sharp Strike mentioned fighting a Sea Dragon Grimm while on traveling on a passenger ship during his debrief, just like what happened to Blake (and Sun) in Volume 4.
      • During the White Fang arc, Blake visited Sun Wukong's family in Hondayama, while in canon the exact opposite happened in Menagerie.
      • Qrow fought Tyrian when the latter infiltrated Shade Academy in the third arc, as compared to him fighting Tyrian in the abandoned town in Anima in Volume 4.
      • Instead of having a meeting at the start of the story arc like in the first episode of Volume 4, Salem and her inner circle had a meeting near the end of the White Fang arc.
      • The legend regarding the Relics of Remnant has been mentioned too, and unlike Volume 4 where Qrow tells this tale to Team RNJR, it's Salem telling the tale regarding the relics to her inner circle, but with certain changes to the legend.
      • Lie Ren uses his Semblance during the fight against the Grimm in the Shion Town, whereas in Volume 4 he uses it during the fight with the Nuckelavee Grimm in the final few episodes.
      • Thorn Branch lost her left eye and right arm during a fight with Sharp Strike and Heliosia, which is similar to Cinder Fall who suffered the same injuries from Ruby Rose's Silver Eyes at the end of Volume 3.
    • From Volume 5:
      • Leonardo Lionheart is the headmaster of Sanctum Academy in this verse, while in canon he is the headmaster of Haven Academy.
      • The Relic of Knowledge isn't put in Haven Academy as it was revealed that Ozpin handed it over to the Remnant Knights to be protected within their Fortress Headquarters of Tintagel due to a Noodle Incident involving a Grimm Commander infiltrating Beacon Academy.
      • The Relics of Remnant aren't hidden within the Huntsman Academies like in canon, instead they were secretly hidden within specific temples built specially to protect the Relics with additional security measures installed.
      • Vernal isn't the Spring Maiden in this verse, instead re-imagined as a usurper who seized control of the Branwen Bandit tribe from Qrow and Raven Branwen, and murdered their parents. According to Raven, she got exactly what she deserved.
      • The Spring Maiden is not revealed as Raven Branwen like in canon, but an Original Character named Amethyst Rilo.
      • The battle between Blake and Ilia took place not in the Belladonna Household in Menagerie, but actually in Shade Academy in Vacuo.
      • Heliosia delivered a similar decisive attack to Thorn not unlike how Raven finishes off Cinder in Volume 5, by slamming a fist into her face and winning the battle.
    • From Volume 6:
      • Team RWBY traveled across the continent of Sanus on board the Allcroft's train in the second arc, while in Volume 6 Team RWBY, Team JN-R with Qrow and Oscar/Ozpin boarded the train Argus Limited to reach port of Argus on the Northern Coastline of Anima.
      • It has been heavily implied that this fic's version of Ozpin isn't Ozma aka the Wizard, and his relation to Salem has yet to be uncovered.
      • Maria Calavera, a new character introduced in Volume 6, shares quite a few similarities with the Remnant Knight Argentius, i.e. them both having Silver Eyes, uses double-edged scythes, taking on a mentor role for Ruby etc.
      • Argentius had a conversation with Ruby on the Silver-Eyed Warriors during their meeting, which also happened to Ruby and Maria Calavera as well at Saphron Cotta-Arc's house.
      • Adam Taurus was revealed to have a scar of the S.D.C. on his face in Volume 6, which is similar to that of The Reveal happening in Chapter 42 of the fic.
      • Adam Taurus was defeated by Blake and Yang working together in Volume 6, whereas he was defeated by Blake, Sun and Yang in the fic.
      • The canon version of the RWBY heroes and heroines fought a Leviathan Grimm in the finale of Volume 6, while Team CFVY along with Ren and Nora (plus Tom Allcroft) defeated a Sand Devourer Elder Grimm in the fic.
    • From Volume 7:
      • The description of Ironwood's new outfit resembles the one he wore for the duration of Volume 7.
      • The Ace-Ops, General Ironwood's personal enforcers, first appear at the end of the Maidens Arc, as opposed to the beginning of Volume 7.
      • During the secret meeting taking place in Atlas, Robyn Hill and her Happy Huntresses are also name-dropped.
  • Alpha Strike: N1CK3L does this in Chapter 58 against an entire Red Fang cell of enemy forces, combining Beam Spam, Gatling Good, More Dakka and Macross Missile Massacre all in a massive package of devastating firepower. Guess who wins.
  • Amazonian Beauty: Quite a few examples.
    • Yang and Pyrrha both obviously count from Team Beacon.
    • Among the four Maidens, Heliosia Ainea (who is the current Summer Maiden) fits this trope perfectly.
  • Ambiguously Bi: Amethyst shows signs of this when she flirts with the waitress and tries to seduce the drunk Huntsman in Chapter
    • All but confirmed that Amethyst is possibly bi-sexual in Chapter
  • An Arm and a Leg: Nadir lost his hand, which was cut off at the wrist by Lao, one of Damien Ante's Enforcers in Chapter
    • While not technically an arm or a leg, Sun does get half of his tail (which serves as an extra limb for him sometimes) cut off by Adam during an intense fight in Chapter
    • Thorn Branch, aka Salem's candidate for the powers of the Summer Maiden, lost her right arm from elbow down to Sharp Strike's relic sword when he cleaved it off during a fight in Chapter
  • An Axe to Grind: Quite a few characters have incorporated axes into their hybrid weapons in this fic.
    • The latest addition to Damien Ante's Enforcers named Executioner uses a pair of these.
  • Ancestral Weapon: Jaune still wields Crocea Mors the Arc family blade as per canon in this fic.
    • Sharp Strike's ornate sword was specifically mentioned by a few characters to be crafted by the Prometheans, a tribe of renowned weaponsmiths who created many famous swords and blades. So far he has only mentioned the said sword was with his family and he took it with him when he joined the Remnant Knights, but there's clearly more to the his family sword than meets the eye.
  • Ancient Order of Protectors: Two in this Fanfiction.
    • Ozpin's group is known as the Guardians of Remnant.
    • As revealed in Chapters 50, 51 and 52, The Remnant Knights are also this as well.
  • Angsty Surviving Twin: Qrow becomes this for a while after Raven is killed by Cinder, as seen in Chapter 21, and mentioned quite a few times in the later Chapters.
    • Ashe was like this until he discovered his elder sister Cinder was alive.
    • After Ashe's death, Cinder became this for a period of time.
  • Antagonist in Mourning: Cinder for Ashe, because he was her younger brother.
  • Arc Villain: Cinder takes the role for the first arc, while Adam is the primary antagonist for much of the second arc.
  • Asshole Victim: Adam as his backstory is incredibly tragic but his actions lose him any sympathy points, and Doctor Giger to a point.
  • Awesome Personnel Carrier: The Atlas military Forces deploy quite a few of these during the assault on the White Fang Headquarters in Chapter
  • Ax-Crazy: Quite a few in this Fanfiction: Damien Ante, Norvik, Saul Jude and of course Tyrian Callows.
  • Badass Army: A few examples.
    • The Atlas military forces as seen in Chapter 28 and 46, especially with Task Force Omega.
    • The White Fang can be considered one as well.
    • The Remnant Knights too as mentioned in Chapter 51, as they are founded in secret by both The Vale King and The Wizard to protect Remnant.
  • Badass Crew: Quite a few examples.
    • Team Beacon (which is made up of Teams RWBY, JNPR, CFVY, SSSN, and Penny)
    • Task Force Omega of the Atlas military forces
    • The Elite Guard of the White Fang
    • The Knight Legions of the Remnant Knights (The Winter Templars of Atlas, The Steadfast Sentinels of Vale, The Relentless Crusaders of Vacuo and The Eternal Warriors of Mistral)
    • The various antagonistic characters making up Salem's faction are no pushover either
  • Badass Creed: Task Force Omega of the Atlas military forces has one: "Exitus Acta Probat" , which in Latin stands for "The Outcome Justifies the Deed" or "The End Justifies the Means" .
    • The Remnant Knights have one as well: "Protect the innocent, survive the trials, serve Remnant."
    • The Oath of Secrecy for the Guardians of Remnant, as seen in Chapter 50 also counts:

    "In the illuminating light of day.

    In the shrouding dark of night

    This oath of secrets will bind us tight

    For those who would betray this sacred right

    Beware of Remnant Guardians' might."

    • And Salem's faction also has one, also seen in Chapter

    "War, Chaos and Ruin! All Hail Salem!"

  • Badass Family: Ruby and Yang's family, and she also views Team Beacon as one.
    • Hinted at and then confirmed in Chapter 52 with Jaune Arc's family, as he had Ancestors who fought alongside The Remnant Knights themselves.
    • The Kasai family, being guardians of the Aura Crystal for some time, most definitely counts as well.
  • Bad is Good and Good is Bad: Is brought up quite a few times by the characters who serve Salem, particularly by Cinder Fall.
  • Band of Brothers: Throughout all the adventures, missions, and situations that are thrust upon Team Beacon causes them to rely and trust each to undertake some of the most impossible circumstances and surpass them.
    • Also implied with Ante's Enforcers, as they all attack Saul Jude together when he killed Zhan to make the latter pay.
  • Bar Brawl: Happens in Chapter 53 when Spring Maiden Amethyst fights against a drunken Huntsman who was harassing the waitress in the Higanbana tavern.
  • Battle Couple: Jaune and Pyrrha, Ren and Nora.
  • Battle Cry: Task Force Omega of the Atlas Military Forces has one: "For Atlas and Remnant!"
    • The Remnant Knights have one as well: "For the Vale King and Remnant!"
  • Battle in the Center of the Mind: In Chapter 51, Ruby and Argentius both fought an Elder Grimm known as a Dreameater when they are both in the mindscape.
  • Battle in the Rain: We have quite a few.
    • Ashe versus Cinder in chapter 7.
    • A particularly brutal one involving Ashe versus Jude in Chapter
  • Beard of Sorrow: Jaune grows one during the four months after the events of Volume 3.
  • Belated Backstory: The fic gives the characters of other Teams like Coco, Yatsuhashi, Neptune, and many others expanded backstories after knowing them for so long.
  • Benevolent Boss: Damian Ante's one redeeming quality is that he truly cares for his troops.
  • The Bet: Ruby makes one with Sharp Strike, in which she would give him one of her rose-emblem bullets while the Remnant Knight agreed to show her his eyes after the success of the White Fang mission.
  • Better to Die than Be Killed: Basically what happened to anyone associated with Salem who had been taken into custody by the authorities.
  • Beware the Nice Ones: Ruby and Pyrrha, just ask Cinder Fall.
  • Beware the Superman: Cinder uses the stolen powers of the Fall Maiden to give our heroes and heroines a hard time fighting her, in addition to causing widespread chaos and collateral damage under the orders of Salem.
  • Big Bad: Salem, undoubtedly.
  • The Big Bad Shuffle: Every villain seen so far in the fic, no matter how powerful they may seem, is working for Salem one way or the other.
  • Big Badass Battle Sequence: Happens multiple times throughout the course of the fic.
    • During the first arc we have The Battle of Haven.
    • During the second arc we have The War for the White Fang.
    • During the third arc we have The Battles for Atlas and Vacuo.
  • Big Damn Heroes: Hoo boy
    • Almost every single named Huntsman and Huntress teamed up to save Ruby and Jaune during The Battle of Haven.
    • Ember Kasai saving both Cinder and Ashe from a Grimm Ursa which was about to kill them as seen in Chapter 18's flashback.
    • Sharp Strike single-handedly saving Team Beacon from the White Fang recon team when the latter had Ruby and her friends at their mercy.
    • The joint Atlesian-Vacuoan Strike Force (as well as the rest of Team Beacon) arriving to join in the battle against the White Fang in Chapter
    • Nearly the entire Winter Templars Knight Legion arriving to help the Atlesian forces of Hephaestus City in Chapter
  • Big Fancy House: Headmaster Ozpin has one, but he rarely stays there due to his work at Beacon Academy.
    • The Schnee family, being one of the richest family in Atlas, undoubtedly has one as well.
  • Big "NO!": Several, particularly during The Battle of Haven which took place during Chapters 16 -
  • Bittersweet Ending: Ashe Kasai gets this at the end of Chapter
  • Bloodier and Gorier: Even more so than the actual show. This fic is rated 'Mature' for a reason.
  • Boobs of Steel: Some of the female characters, both canon and OC, are like this.
    • Yang fulfills this role for Team RWBY.
    • Heliosia Ainea embodies this trope for the Four Maidens.
  • Bodyguard Babes: Melanie and Miltia Malachite for Junior Xiong, of course.
    • Neo as per canon to Roman Torchwick, but later she defected as per his 'secret orders'.
  • Bold Explorer: Ruby and her friends in Team Beacon usually end up on one adventure after the next that in an increasing scale of danger and severity.
  • Bolivian Army Ending: Cardin's death when he was fighting against the Grimm Chimera during The Battle of Haven.
  • Bookcase Passage: It was revealed that Amber's life support machine is not the only thing that was hidden underneath Beacon Academy. As seen in Chapter 49, Ozpin leads the other Guardians of Remnant deeper into Beacon's Vaults until they reached a huge door with the emblem of the Remnant Knights on it to retrieve the sacred paper scroll of alliance with the knights themselves.
  • Brainwashed and Crazy: General Ironwood for a brief period of time by an informant of Salem which had been specifically planted close to him, until he was freed in Chapter
  • Break the Cutie: What Cinder and Salem want to do to both Ruby and Jaune in Chapters 9 to Thankfully they didn't succeed.
  • Broad Strokes: Quite a number as this fic was written before the release of Volume 4.
    • Team RNJR reaches Haven far faster than they do in canon as Ashe knew how to get there, whereas in canon they at first have to find their way there themselves with Qrow watching over them in secret until Qrow intervenes against Tyrian and they hail down some Mistralian Airships to get him help.
    • Blake was still pursuing the White Fang after Volume 3, but she was sidelined as Ruby and Jaune are captured by Cinder Fall, and she was briefly captured by the White Fang herself before she was rescued and joined in the joint rescue attempt to save Ruby and Jaune. Only after the first arc did she get her chance to pursue the White Fang once more.
    • Beacon Academy was still under the control of the Grimm in canon, whereas in this fic it has been successfully taken back by a joint Atlas-Vale army in Chapter
    • Unlike in Volume 4, Ghira and Kali Belladonna are not the parents of Blake Belladonna, but her uncle and aunt respectively as UGX7 has already written down her parents for the story.
    • The Headquarters of the White Fang is revealed to be located in Vacuo in this fic, whereas in canon it is still unknown.
    • The destruction of Vale's CCT tower did not affect communications between Kingdoms like in canon, as it was mentioned in this fic that there are backups in place just in case such a situation happened. However, Atlas still has to deal with quite a public relations nightmare after what had gone down during the Vytal Festival in the latter half of Volume 3.
    • The town of Shion was saved by Team Beacon in this story, whereas in Volume 4 it was attacked by the Branwen tribe, then devastated by the Nuckelavee.
    • As Ilia wasn't present during the War for the White Fang, her confrontation with Blake happened several Chapters later at Shade Academy as compared in canon when she fought Blake in the Belladonna Household in Menagerie.
  • Broken Pedestal: Ozpin for Jaune, briefly due to what the former has done to Pyrrha.
  • Brother&#;Sister Team: Qrow and Raven after they reunited during The Battle of Haven.
    • Argentius and Soul Seer are also confirmed in Chapter 51 to be such a team too.
  • Bus Full of Innocents: Haven Elementary, which is the school Jude holds hostage to force Ashe to hand over both the Aura Crystal and Pyrrha Nikos.
  • Butt-Monkey: One of Ante's Enforcers, Tom-Tom, suffers from this quite a few times.
  • Calling the Old Man Out: During Chapter 15 Jaune chastises Ozpin for the latter's failures and mistakes, holding him just as responsible as Cinder for the events of Volume 3.
  • The Cameo: The first Four Maidens (from the Story of the Seasons) make an appearance in the form of statues in the Maidens Mindscape which the Winter Maiden Elsa brought Pyrrha into.
  • Canon Discontinuity: Many things from Volume 4 are completely ignored, and even things from Volume 3 such as the CCT towers. Another example being Cinder's scar she received off-screen at the end of Volume 3, since this fic was written months before the aforementioned Volume was released.
  • Card-Carrying Villain: Damien Ante, who replaces Roman Torchwick in this fic.
  • Cassandra Truth: After Winter Schnee discovers that Ironwood has been placed under mind control, no one but Chamberlain gives her warnings a second thought.
  • Casual Danger Dialog: Plenty, especially during the many fighting sequences in this fic.
  • The Chase: Several in this fic.
    • Damien Ante and his Enforcers chased Ruby and Jaune throughout the City of Haven in Chapter 6.
    • Ashe chasing Jude after the latter escaped in Chapter
    • The White Fang chasing Team Beacon in Chapter
    • Qrow chasing after Madame Viper in Chapters 69 and
    • Team JNPR, Team CFVY, Ruby, and Sharp Strike chasing after Damien Ante, The Enforcers, Thorn, and Emerald in Chapters 72 and
  • The Chessmaster: Cinder is one and by extension Salem is also considered one too.
    • Ozpin also counts for the side of good (and in canon).
  • The Chosen One: Hinted in Chapter 51, Ruby Rose was considered to be one.
  • Co-Dragons: Cinder, Hazel, Watts, Tyrian, and most recently, Thorn and Anastasia.
  • Coitus Ensues: Jaune and Pyrrha finally went the rest of the way with their relationship after their date in Chapter Though it does not come out of nowhere.
  • Cold-Blooded Torture: Jaune suffers through this in spades while in Cinder's captivity. Ruby as well, but not as much as Jaune.
  • Cold Sniper: The Remnant Knight known as Eagle Eye was implied to be one.
  • Collective Groan: Yang receives this from the rest of the cast a few times for her puns.
  • Comic-Book Fantasy Casting: Many of the OC's are given actors and actresses the author would like to hear from them. Please refer to the list in the trivia page for more details.
  • Cool Bike: Yang's Bumblebee, of course.
    • The Remnant Knight known as Sharp Strike rides one, and it was revealed to have a secondary "Battle Mode" as seen in Chapter Its name was further revealed to be Swift Wing in Chapter
  • Cool Plane: The Hyperion One (officially introduced in Chapter 67), which had been stated as the Mobile Airborne Command Ship (MACS) used by Team Beacon for the third arc. According to the design concept, it looks like a cross between Zephyr One from Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. and the Avenger from XCOM 2, and serves as their team's personal mobile airship base.
    • Task Force Omega of the Atlas military forces have Falcon One and her other five sister aircraft, which was said to be a slightly advanced, more heavily armed and armored form of the bullheads used by the Kingdoms. From the descriptions alone, it looked like some kind of VTOL-capable transport gunship which can deploy the elite task force into battle very quickly.
    • The Remnant Knights have been mentioned to have a few impressive aircraft of their own, such as Andromeda which was mentioned to be a stealth prowler ship of sorts, and an unnamed one seen in Ashe's flashback which can cloak itself and remain out of sight unless called upon by the knights themselves. Then there is Tempest, which is a stealth airship that transports Sharp Strike to Beacon Academy in Chapter
    • The Atlas Eagles, which make several appearances in the fic, also count as this too.
  • Cool Ship: The Resolute, being the personal Atlesian airship of General Ironwood, certainly counts as this.
    • The Spirit of Winter, which is actually an Airborne Assault Carrier commanded by Captain White.
    • The Retribution, which is a Strike Corvette crewed by the elite Task Force Omega of the Atlesian military forces.
    • The Moonlight Serenity, which is a luxurious Atlesian airship which transports the Winter Maiden to Beacon Academy.
    • The Breath of the Wild Storms, which is the personal airship of the Knight Castellan of the Eternal Warriors Knight Legion.
    • The Nautilus II, which is a Altesian battleship with carrier capabilities under the stewardship of Admiral Nemo.
    • Salem's faction, on the other hand, has as of yet unnamed ship with cloaking capabilities that can switch between amphibious craft, submarine and airship modes.
  • Cool Sword: Quite a few of these were featured in this fic.
    • Crocea Mors: The sword was Jaune Arc's family sword and his personal signature weapon.
    • Blood Blade: The blade wielded by Fotia Drakos and was subsequently shattered by Jaune Arc during his Death Duel with her.
    • Excalibrus: The badge of office and personal weapon of Grand Knight Master Seraph Pendragon, leader of the Knight Order.
    • Chaos Edge: The blade wielded by the Son of Salem, and was mentioned to be forged from Salem's dark magic and binded with the essence of an Elder Grimm.
    • The third sword wielded by Sharp Strike in Ashe's flashback also counts too, as it was mentioned to be crafted by the weaponsmiths of the Promethean Tribe, but it's name is yet to be known.
  • Cool Teacher: Most if not all the teaching staff at Beacon are an example this trope due to all of them being highly experienced Huntsmen and Huntresses.
  • The Corrupter: Salem and Cinder towards Ruby and Jaune respectively.
  • Corrupt Corporate Executive: Willow Schnee isn't as bad as he is in canon, but he's still stated to have engaged in a lot of ruthless practices. It's also implied that some of the older members of the board (including Crawford) are much much worse.
  • Courtroom Episode: The very aptly named Chapter The Trial of Ozpin.
  • Cruel and Unusual Death: Anybody killed by Cinder and Norvik.
    • Saul Jude gets this near the end of Chapter 24, but after knowing what he has done, let's just say he got exactly what he deserved.
  • Curb-Stomp Battle: Quite a few instances.
    • Cinder Fall fighting against Ruby Rose and Jaune Arc when they were both captured by her.
    • Sharp Strike fighting against Captain Hopkins and his White Fang recon team in Chapter 43 counts as well.
    • Sharp Strike single-handedly clearing a room full of White Fang agents in Chapter
    • Sharp Strike and Heliosia fighting against Thorn Branch in Chapter
  • Cute Mute: Neo, which Mercury even calls her this, and Piper for the most part.
  • Cute and Psycho: Neo again, who has shades of this when rescuing Ruby, Jaune, and Ozpin.
  • Cyborg: Like in canon, Yang got a new mechanical replacement arm that comes with a variety of equipment built into it, including a miniature missile launcher, a hidden blade that comes out of her robotic wrist, and a number of really useful gadgets.
    • Jude becomes this after nearly dying the first time he fought Ashe.
    • Sun gets a new mechanical tail replacement after his original tail got cut off by Adam. He still has some difficulty getting used to it.
  • Dangerous Forbidden Technique: The Ultimate Attack, as taught by Ashe to both Jaune and Ruby. We get to see how devastating it can be in Chapter 24, as Saul Jude was killed off pretty painfully using that attack.
  • Dark and Troubled Past: Hoo boy
    • Ashe Kasai: His parents were murdered by his sister Cinder in her single-minded pursuit for power (which he doesn't know), his significant other Mila was murdered by Saul Jude for saving him, and the latter died with their child still in her womb. He then spent the next few decades Walking the Earth with the Aura Crystal and looking for Cinder while believing that she was still alive and well, only to find out that she had been corrupted by Salem and given the awful truth that she actually murdered their parents.
    • Adam Taurus: He and his parents were forced into slavery by corrupt members of the Schnee Dust Company, and his father Tarvos was gunned down because he caused an insurrection within the mines, his mother Iona was killed during an escape attempt, and his younger sister Lily was heavily implied to have starved to death and her body was thrown into the ocean and fed by seagulls.
    • Blake Belladonna: Her parents, motivated by the bigotry around them, broke off from the original White Fang to join more radical groups, but a riot broke out one day and they were killed in said riot. She was then raised by her aunt Kali and uncle Ghira as well as Claudandus, the latter of which was the founder of the White Fang. When a young Adam joined the White Fang and told her about his own past she became more disillusioned with the direction the White Fang was going and the lack of chances for equality. Years later, she joined Adam in overthrowing Claudandus and helped him take over the White Fang. However, as Adam's methods got more and more extreme, Blake eventually became wary of him which resulted in the events of the show's canon, and the rest is history.
    • Sharp Strike: From what we do know in Chapter 54, it was mentioned he was also a survivor of acertain horrifying event (not unlike Ren and Nora) that led to the death of his family and everyone he knew in the hometown of Himawari, before his recruitment into the Remnant Knights.
  • The Dark Chick: The Grimm Commander known as Ziz, formerly part of a doomed Huntsman Team named BLTZ.
  • Dead Man Writing: Most of Chapter 37 is made up of audio journals in the form of an Apocalyptic Log from White Fang characters who have already been killed at a remote White Fang base.
  • Deadpan Snarker: The majority of characters in this fic are prone to this. Especially Blake and Coco.
  • Death by Origin Story: Cinder and Ashe's parents, Mila (Ashe's beloved), Adam's family, Blake's parents.
  • Death by Adaptation: Cardin is killed during the Battle of Beacon.
    • Raven is killed by Cinder during the battle of Haven sacrificing herself to save Qrow.
  • Death Is Dramatic: All of the major deaths in the story are treated very seriously, especially Pyrrha's.
  • Death of a Child:
    • Adam's little sister died when she was only five years old. Her death, along with the rest of his family, was what drove him to hate humanity so much.
    • Ashe and Mila's child was killed when his pregnant fiancé died to save him.
  • Depraved Bisexual: Ante is hinted to be this at a few points, but doesn't seem to have much attraction to men outside of one or two brief references.
  • Desperately Looking for a Purpose in Life: Ashe before he met Team RNJR who were on their way to Haven.
  • Determinator: On both sides of good and evil, we have quite a few.
    • On the heroes' side, we have Ashe, Jaune, Pyrrha, Ruby, Sharp Strike.
    • On the villains' side, we have Adam, Jude, Norvik.
  • Did You Just Flip Off Cthulhu?: A variant happened in in Chapter 14, in which Jaune literally told off Salem of all people.
  • Died Happily Ever After: Ashe and Mila were reunited in the afterlife at the end of Chapter
  • Disney Villain Death: Adam gets this in Chapter Blake is forced to kick him off her and is sent plummeting to his death from thousands of feet in the air. His body impacting the ground is also gruesomely detailed at the start of the next chapter.
  • The Dog Bites Back: Fotia turns on Salem when she realizes that she was nothing but a pawn to her and The Dark Queen was willing to let her die. She allows Jaune to help her regain her memory and become Pyrrha again.
  • Don't Think, Feel: This is how Argentius advised Ruby to gain control of her Silver Eye powers in Chapter
  • Doorstopper: With over , words on Fan Fiction, this is one of the highest word count fics on the site. And with a final Arc coming, it will easily get past 1,, words soon. On AO3, it has the highest word count by far.
  • The Dragon: Cinder and the rest of the evil faction is this for Salem.
  • Dressing as the Enemy: Done a few times by the heroes and heroines of Team Beacon, especially in Chapters 40 and
  • Driven to Suicide: Ulysses Cy, when he's found out as Salem's spy within Atlas. He does this in hopes that killing himself will prevent Salem from killing his family. Sadly, it doesn't.
  • Drives Like Crazy: One of Ante's Enforcers, Douglas is this to the point where West wonders if he's aiming for the buildings in Haven.
    • Adam is this when chasing after Team Beacon in Chapter
  • Drowning My Sorrows: Ashe, Taiyang, and Qrow being The Alcoholic of course, all partake in this at one point.
  • Due to the Dead: Ashe Kasai got a burial attended by those who knew him in
    • Also in Chapter 25, the rest of Ante's Enforcers dug graves for both Zhan and Douglas at the edge of town and said their goodbyes.
    • In Chapter 48, Sharp Strike comforts a dying White Fang scout and promised to convey his love to his family before the said scout passed away due to his injuries.
    • In Chapter 55, Sharp Strike performed a solemn vigil to remember the deceased people of his hometown of Himawari.
  • Duel to the Death: Ashe versus Jude in Chapter 24, and very nearly with Jaune versus Fotia in Chapter
  • Duels Decide Everything: Salem decides to have Jaune and Fotia fight to the death, whoever wins will serve her and the loser well it said so in the rule book.
  • Don't Think, Feel: This is how Argentius advised Ruby to gain control of her Silver Eye powers in Chapter
  • Dressing as the Enemy: Done a few times by the heroes and heroines of Team Beacon, especially in Chapters 40 and
  • Driven to Suicide: Ulysses Cy, when he's found out as Salem's spy within Atlas. He does this in hopes that killing himself will prevent Salem from killing his family. Sadly, it doesn't.
  • Drives Like Crazy: One of Ante's Enforcers, Douglas is this to the point where West wonders if he's aiming for the buildings in Haven.
    • Adam is this when chasing after Team Beacon in Chapter
  • Drowning My Sorrows: Ashe, Taiyang, and Qrow being The Alcoholic of course, all partake in this at one point.
  • Early-Bird Cameo: Sharp Strike's appearance in the White Fang arc has been hinted a few times, such as during the secret meeting between Ozpin and Shadow Reaper, and particularly a news report about a mysterious Huntsman saving a village single-handedly when Team Beacon arrived at Sun Wukong's home in Hondayama.
  • Earn Your Happy Ending: A few examples.
    • Ashe has earned this, although he had given up his life in the process, but he was reunited with his beloved Mila in the afterlife.
    • Jaune and Pyrrha went through hell, more than earning a happy life together. However, as they are still targeted specifically by Salem, but as long they have each other, they'll be happy.
  • Earth All Along: In a certain way as during Chapter 13, Ashe reveals what the Aura Crystal taught him was that Remnant was once Earth, but the shattering of the moon brought upon the end of the world, meaning that the world of Remnant is set thousands of years After the End. Based on Cinder's comments about the "Seventh Millennium" it's even possible to pinpoint the date as being about 6, AD
  • Eating the Eye Candy: One of Jaune's seven sisters, Shani Arc briefly saw Ashe topless when she opened the bathroom door. Judging from her blushing expression, she did really like what she saw.
    • Ilia Amitola apparently did enjoy the unintentional eye candy when she was spying on the Summer Maiden in Chapter
  • Electric Torture: Jaune suffers this in Chapter 10, and it is veryunpleasant.
  • Elevator Escape: Jaune and Ruby took this trope and ran with it in Chapter 6 at the Seras Kalifa building.
  • Elites Are More Glamorous: There's a number of reasons why Task Force Omega of the Altesian military are respected (and feared) by the common rank and file, as they are recruited according to incredibly stringent criteria and their specializations.
    • The Elite Guard of the White Fang. They are highly skilled and dangerous fighters, and act as the White Fang's heavy hitters when push comes to shove. The sheer fact they gave Team Beacon quite a bit of trouble even with Qrow and Winter's help speaks volumes about their combat prowess.
  • Elite Mooks: The Elite Guard of the White Fang again. They get much more development, are far stronger, and aren't as loyal to Adam as the normal White Fang Troopers.
    • Of course, Adam being Crazy-Prepared for something like this, has his own Elite Mooks in the form of the Oblivion Vanguards, who were only loyal to him and gave Team Beacon as well as the White Fang Elite Guard quite a bit of trouble during the Enemy Civil War.
  • Emotional Powers: Ashe and Jaune share an emotion semblance, where their strength and moves are powered by their emotions.
  • Enemy Civil War: Essentially what happened to the White Fang in Chapters 46 - 47 after the conclusion of Blake and Adam's duel for leadership of the White Fang and Adam's crimes having been broadcasted to every single White Fang cell on Remnant.
  • Ensemble Cast: The cast for Destiny of Remnant is quite large, and most of them are important to the story in some way, OC or not.
  • Explosive Leash: Salem gives one to Damien Ante in the form of a microscopic explosive device implanted into his neck due to the fact he released the Grimm Chimera early which killed Victor Giger.
  • Even Evil Has Loved Ones: Cinder, surprisingly despite everything she has done, still cares for her younger brother Ashe. She's quite uncomfortable about killing Ashe, but eventually went through with it because she couldn't disobey her master Salem, and because she has already chosen her fate.
  • Even Evil Has Standards: A few examples are seen in this fic.
    • Emerald Sustrai, while being a disciple of Cinder Fall, is uncomfortable with the rest of Salem's Inner Circle like Tyrian, Dr. Giger and Damien Ante, not to mention not taking Salem's punishment for Cinder (leaving Ruby's scythe scar on her face) with regards to her failure in Haven well at all.
    • Zhan was shown to have regrets about fighting children as he clearly regrets stabbing Octavia, and refuses to help torture Jaune or help Jude break Ashe mentally. He gets killed for his trouble for the last part.
    • Trooper, while being one of Ante's Enforcers, is evidently uncomfortable with how Salem treats those who worked for her, which planted a seed of doubt which eventually saw him helping the heroes secretly whenever he can.
    • Ante himself is loyal to his men, going so far as to help Ashe defeat Saul due to the later murdering one of his men.
    • The pirate gangs of Remnant frequently attack cargo ships and plunder from those unfortunate crew, but kidnapping and selling children off to slavery is a BIG no-no in their books, and breaking that "pirate code" of sorts is punishable by death.
    • EVERYONE (except maybe Tyrian) in Salem's inner circle is rather disturbed by Norvik's bloodlust.
  • Everything's Better with Dinosaurs: The upcoming third arc is hinted to have dinosaur Grimm.
  • Evil Mentor: Cinder tries to be this for Ruby. While Ruby selectively took her advice, thankfully she didn't fall under Cinder's influence.
  • Evil Virtues: Damien Ante might be a Jerkass, but he's loyal to his Enforcers who in turn are loyal to him as well.

    Damien Ante:To inspire loyalty in his men a leader must be loyal to them.

  • The Three Faces of Eve: Surprisingly, the three remaining Maidens fit into this category nicely.
    • Amethyst Rilo, the Spring Maiden is the free-spirited, cheerful and idealistic child.
    • Heliosia Ainea, the Summer Maiden is the mature, beautiful and (unintentionally) alluring seductress.
    • Elsa Vorst, the Winter Maiden is the dignified, regal and motherly wife.
  • Three-Point Landing: The Spring Maiden Amethyst does this during her Bar Brawl in Chapter
    • Done by the Summer Maiden Heliosia Ainea in Chapter 63 during a sparring match at Shade Academy against Team BRNZ.
  • Faceless Goons: Subverted, once Adam's crimes are exposed many of the White Fang troopers turn on him by removing their masks.
  • Fallen Hero: Sheer Kaa and Steppenwolfe both fought for Faunus Liberation when they were still mortal.
  • Fanservice: There is the occasional detailed description of the bodies for both genders. There's also a brief moment where Coco forces Velvet to wear a Belly Dancer outfit in Chapter
  • Fantastic Racism: Adam and multiple White Fang members towards humans, and Willow Schnee towards Faunus at first.
  • Faux Affably Evil: Damien Ante, again.
  • Fix Fic: The main reason the author wrote the fic was to bring Pyrrha back and to make Cinder Fall a much more complex and, in his opinion, less bland and Mary Sue-ish, villain.
  • Flashback: Multiple times to set up Ashe's backstory and other significant events, as well as to flesh out the backstories of various canon characters and Original Characters.
  • For Want of a Nail: Due to the nature of the story, the various characters of the RWBY universe have caused profound impacts on both certain canonical and fanwork events.
    • Team Beacon helped to save the town of Shion in Mistral from the Grimm which resulted in it avoiding the fate of being attacked by the Branwen Tribe in canon.Fridge Logic sets in however with the fact that the former happened after the latter in canon.
  • Foreshadowing: A few examples.
    • There are several subtle hints as to who Fotia really is and several more regarding how she'll be restored.
    • There are also several hints, mentions and references to the eventual appearance of The Remnant Knights at the end of the second arc.
    • The other three Maidens (Spring, Summer and Winter) were also mentioned quite a number of times in both Arc One and Arc Two, before their first appearance in Arc Three as well.
  • Freudian Excuse: Ashe's past tragedies makes him act like a jerk at times. The same goes for both Emerald and Mercury too. Adam's also revealed to have suffered an absolutely hellish upbringing, though at the same time it's made clear his actions are inexcusable.
  • From Nobody to Nightmare: Cinder Fall and Adam Taurus, big time. Also Mercury and Emerald to an certain extent. Thorn Branch was also a lowly minion of Garrett Odinson before Salem saw potential in her for something more.
  • Fun with Acronyms: The Atlas military, in this fic, has S.W.O.R.D. which stands for Special Weapons and Operations Response Division.
  • Glowing Eyes of Doom: Salem and any of the other Grimm Hybrids.
    • The same happens to Jaune and Pyrrha when they use their Grimm Commander abilities.
  • Good Is Not Nice: Ashe at times, and a number of characters on the heroes side like Qrow also counts. Some of the Remnant Knights, especially Sharp Strike, are this too.
  • Good Parents: The Arc parents and the Nikos parents, and the Scarlatina parents.
    • And from the flashbacks, The Kasai Parents are also this as well.
  • Good Scars, Evil Scars: For quite a few characters in this fic.
    • Cinder Fall gets a scar on her face courtesy of Ruby in Chapter
    • Shadow Reaper was revealed to have quite a few scars on his face when he removed his helmet to Ozpin, explicitly mentioned in the narration that those scars had been inflicted on him by an unspecified Grimm creature literally chewing his face off.
  • Great Offscreen War: As mentioned in Chapter 56, The Great Wars (that's right, plural) that have ravaged Remnant in the past and created the current state of the world of Remnant today are still frequently referenced within the fanfic itself.
  • Greater-Scope Villain: Salem is revealed to serve a force called The Darkness (which according to the author is modeled after the Nothing from the Never-ending Story). The Darkness is a malevolent force that has conquered countless universes over the years, with Remnant (which was once Earth) as it's latest target.
  • Guilt Complex: Jaune has this at times for what happened to Pyrrha in Volume 3, and Ruby also shows shades of this in regard to the same incident.
  • Half the Man He Used to Be: Qrow does this to Wade, the warden of the White Fang prison, with his personal weapon.
  • Hallway Fight: Prominently done in Chapter 15 between multiple characters, and it is very intense.
  • Has a Type: Coco thinks Blake has a thing for blondes, given her interest in Sun and Yang.
  • Hauled Before a Senate Subcommittee: In Chapter 27's flashbacks, Headmaster Ozpin was hauled before the Vale Council to answer for the events that had happened in Volumes 1 - 3.
  • Healing Factor: Damien Ante's Semblance was revealed to be this.
  • Heel&#;Face Turn: Quite a few characters have defected from the villains side.
    • Neo makes her defection official in Chapter
    • Trooper and Ziz aren't too keen on working with Salem after seeing what happened to those who served her, and although they have secretly helped the heroes they aren't defecting yet.
    • All of the members of the White Fang Elite Guard and a good many members of the White Fang once they find out about Adam's crimes.
  • Heroic BSoD: We have quite a number.
    • Ashe when he discovers that Mila was pregnant when she died and again when he learns that Jude survived and he couldn't properly avenge Mila.
    • Ruby when she accidentally killed two thugs.
    • Rebuilt Penny when she sees a recording of her death.
  • Heroic Sacrifice: Again, quite a few examples.
    • Raven Takes The Blade to save Qrow from Cinder.
    • Jaune did this to save Pyrrha from Cinder's arrow once more.
    • Cardin did this to prevent the Grimm Chimera from attacking the other members of the joint rescue team.
    • An Atlesian Armoured Carrier tried to do this to save other Atlas Soldiers and Vacuo Rangers from being massacred by a White Fang Paladin, but sadly it failed and got itself destroyed instead.
  • Hoist by His Own Petard: And how.
    • Giger is killed by the Grimm Chimera monster he created.
    • Ante (temporarily) lost his arm due to Jaune impaling the crime boss's hand with his explosive daggers and Yang shooting it.
    • Adam's crimes are what causes many of the White Fang to turn on him.
    • In Chapter 55, Doctor Merlot (from Grimm Eclipse) was mentioned to be killed by one of his unsuccessful Grimm creations as well.
  • Hope Spot: During the White Fang arc, Team Beacon has escaped from the Fang's prison after getting the evidence of Adam's crimes and got evacuated with the help of a Vacuo Ranger ship. However, their escape craft was shot down, forcing them to fight Adam and the White Fang Elite Guard head on.
  • Hostage Situation: In Chapter 23, where Ashe has to face Jude who is holding an entire elementary school hostage.
    • Adam takes Sun Wukong's family hostage in Chapter
    • Very briefly when Team Beacon was under the White Fang's mercy during Chapter 43 -
  • Human Chess: Like in canon, Ozpin and Salem are this as leaders of their respective factions for the fate of Remnant. However Ozpin has refused to see his associates as chess pieces after his brief capture by Salem in this continuity.
  • Humanoid Abomination: The Grimm Hybrids, and Salem are basically this.
    • The precursor to the Grimm Commanders, known as the Sin Commanders which are featured in the prequel RWBY: Crucible, are even more so.
  • Humans Are Bastards: Adam's whole backstory, and boy is it tragic. See Dark and Troubled Past above for more details.
  • Humongous Mecha: The Atlesian Paladins are these, and so are the stolen White Fang Paladins which had been modified extensively by the White Fang.
  • Hunting the Most Dangerous Game: Ante, under the orders of Cinder, placed a bounty of two million lien on both Jaune and Ruby each to capture them for Salem's own twisted purposes. The rest of Team JN-R and SSSN got five thousand lien each, and Ashe Kasai himself got a price of twenty-five thousand lien on his head, and to be captured alive. They nearly succeed.
    • As mentioned in Chapter 50, Salem's priorities have changed slightly in the form that she wants Jaune and Pyrrha to be recaptured, and the acquisition of the Aura Crystal. She has also issued orders for Tyrian to search for the Summer Maiden, but whether to capture or kill her is still debatable.
  • Hurting Hero: Practically all of the main characters in the first arc, and for several good reasons too.
  • Hypothetical Casting: UGX7 and RelentlessCrusader have selected quite a number of assorted voice actors and actresses for the various original characters featured in the fic.
    • Team Beacon
    • Family
    • Friends and Allies
    • The Kingdom of Vale
    • The Kingdom of Atlas
    • Task Force Omega
    • The Kingdom of Mistral
    • The Kingdom of Vacuo
    • The Remnant Knights
    • The White Fang
    • The Pirates of Remnant
    • Salem&#;s faction
    • The Grimm Commanders
    • Ante&#;s Enforcers
    • The Four Maidens
  • "I Know You're in There Somewhere" Fight: The death duel between Jaune and Fotia, who is actually Pyrrha, is centered on this.
  • I Want My Beloved to Be Happy: Both Yang and Sun for Blake, but thankfully they worked out a compromise which is great for both parties.
  • I'm a Humanitarian: Norvik, better known as Ozpin's nemesis, has a taste for Huntsmen
  • Implacable Man: Ashe takes an insane amount of damage throughout Chapters 23 and 24, and yet just keeps on going. Briefly turns out to be a Mook Horror Show for the various gang members fighting him as Ashe went into what certain readers described as "Full-On Punisher" mode for the duration of the two chapters.
  • Impossibly Cool Weapon: It's a RWBY fanfic story, so obviously characters from both sides have them.
    • Damien Ante has explosive daggers that can be detonated remotely.
    • Tom-Tom has a shotgun-mullet hybrid weapon.
    • If you think Crescent Rose (Ruby) and Reaper (Qrow) are cool, meet Iconoclast which belonged to the Remnant Knight known as Argentius. It basically is a double-bladed scythe which can also become both a large broadsword and a high-caliber double-barrelled assault rifle capable of rapid fire and single shot configurations.
    • Soul Seer has a flower-shaped staff named Life's Requiem which can become a railgun-esque bow to fire magically or glyph charged bolts over incredible distances.
    • Shadow Reaper has a pair of gunswords named ShadeSlayers.
    • Forge Smith has a mighty warhammer named Mjolnira, whose ability have yet to be seen.
    • Wood Cutter has a shotgun-axe hybrid weapon as seen in a flashback in Chapter
  • Infodump: We have a few instances at the moment.
    • In Chapter 13 has Ashe and the teachers of Beacon explain the situation and what exactly Salem is, along with the history of Remnant.
    • In Chapter 50, Salem tells her inner circle about The renowned Promethean Tribe of weaponsmiths who defied her, as well as the Relics of Remnant which she would need to complete her grand plan.
    • In Chapters 51 and 52, Ozpin's Guardians of Remnant and The Remnant Knights themselves explain the formation of the Knight Order and the reasons why they work in the shadows to protect Remnant, while Ruby gets to know more about the Silver-Eyed warriors from an important conversation with Argentius. Jaune also gets to know that his family actually has a history with The Knights of Remnant too.
  • Intergenerational Friendship: Ashe and Team RNJR.
  • It's Personal: Quite a few examples.
    • Jaune and Ruby against Cinder Fall.
    • Ashe against Jude.
    • Blake, Sun, and Yang against Adam.
  • Jerkass: Ashe comes across as one at times. Mercury and Russel too.
  • Joker Immunity: Jude to the point that Ashe even lampshades it, saying that the former's becoming more annoying than actually being a threat.
  • Just a Machine: Averted. While most of the cast see Penny as a living being, some Atlas military personnel think this about her, especially with brainwashed Ironwood being pretty vocal about it.
  • Kick the Dog: Happens quite a few times in the fic.
    • Jaune and Ruby suffer this multiple times when they are captured by Cinder.
    • Blake, Sun, Velvet and Penny also get it when they are captured by the White Fang during the second arc.
  • Kill It with Fire: Fireball, the pyromaniac member of Damien Ante's Enforcers, plays this trope throughout every scene that involves him until his eventual death in Chapter
  • Killing in Self-Defense: Ruby and Jaune are forced to do this in Chapter 7, and Blake is forced to kill Adam near the end of Chapter
  • Knight Errant: Sharp Strike shows some shades of this, judging from his actions.
  • Knight Templar: Fotia has been brainwashed into being this by Salem and Cinder, but Adam is this BIG TIME, while Cinder and the other villains have shades of this.
    • It has been hinted that some of The Remnant Knights might also have shades of this too.
  • Lady and Knight: Jaune and Pyrrha, Elsa and her lover Kaifin.
    • The other Maidens and their Knight Vanguard protectors also count as well.
  • Large Ham: Ante, Jude and Norvik are all written this way.
  • Laser-Guided Amnesia: Fotia Drakos suffers from this due to Salem and Cinder's actions to prevent her from remembering that she was actually Pyrrha Nikos.
  • Let's Get Dangerous!: Some characters become this trope in this fic.
    • Velvet Scarlatina in particular goes from being a very shy and quiet girl to one who would bravely fight alongside her friends to protect them, and during the White Fang arc, she has quite a few action scenes devoted to showing her mastery with her own personal weapon.
  • Little Miss Badass: Ruby and Penny, of course.
  • Living Emotional Crutch: Many of the characters (especially Jaune, Ruby, and Blake) rely on their friends and family members to keep them sane.
  • Loads and Loads of Characters: Not counting the RWBY characters already in canon, there are already more than 50 plus OC characters as of the latest chapter!
  • Lock-and-Load Montage: Happened to the massive team of Huntsmen and Huntresses before the Battle of Haven.
    • Happens again when Team Beacon plans their assault on the White Fang's jamming towers in Chapter
  • Long-Lost Relative: Ashe for Cinder.
  • Love Triangle: Averted, as Blake, Yang, and Sun compromise and have a three-way relationship.
  • Mad Scientist: Giger, by the gods, Giger. What do you expect from someone who shares the same name as the artist who created the Xenomorphs from the Aliens Franchise?
    • Dr. Arthur Watts has shades of this too.
  • Magic Plastic Surgery: The Aura Crystal does this to Jaune and Pyrrha to restore them to their normal appearances, but it doesn't get rid of the other effects of being Grimm hybrids.
  • Magnetic Hero: Despite being a Butt-Monkey in canon, like said canon (and this fic) Jaune is actually a very effective leader in the story. This is due to his natural leadership qualities and strategic thinking which leads to the other teams to trust intrinsically in his decision making.
  • Mama Bear: Professor Glynda Goodwitch for her students.
  • Manipulative Bastard: Adam, and Salem. Ozpin count as well too, for the side of the heroes.
  • Mark of Shame: Adam inflicts this on Faunus who attempt to leave the White Fang by amputating their animal features.
  • Mass "Oh, Crap!": Happens a few times in this fic.
    • Everyone in the warehouse once Ashe reveals what Salem wants for the Grimm.
    • When Cinder and her associates realise that they are coming under attack by a huge combined Huntsman and Huntress team plus her younger brother.
    • The White Fang when they realize that the signal jamming towers hiding the Headquarters were all blown up, which meant a massive attack is imminent.
    • Team Beacon, when they saw the Sand Devourer, which is an Elder Grimm version of a Sanus Deathworm.
  • Massive Numbered Siblings: The Arc family, as Jaune Arc has seven elder sisters, and one of which is already married and have children of her own.
  • Meaningful Name: There are quite a few characters who have names like these.
    • The Kasai family has used fire-themed names like Kojin (Japanese God of Fire) and Ember (a small piece of burning coal or wood), which is appropriate since Kasai literally means out of control fire in Japanese. Cinder and Ashe's names also apply as well as Cinder is actually Ashe's elder sister, since what comes after cinders is ashes.
    • The individual Remnant Knights in particular, are named after certain traits like their skills, abilities, and appearance. For example, Sharp Strike is given that aforementioned name due to his impressive dual-wielding sword skills.
    • The Chief Librarian of the Grand Temple of Vacuo's Archives was named Vidya, which is fitting because Vidya primarily means science, learning, philosophy, knowledge, scholarship, any knowledge whether true or false.
  • Mecha Expansion Pack: N1CK3L has shown to be able to use a number of different battle suits named Armor Packs to increase his combat effectiveness in battle. So far the known battle suits revealed in the fic are:
    • Mark II Full Armour Defense System: An experimental bipedal powered exoskeleton battle suit armed to the teeth with beam rifle, gatling guns, gauss gun, missile launchers, and claymore mines.
    • Aile Integrated Armor Pack: A flight-capable exoskeleton battle suit armed with a high-powered thrusters backpack, multiple racks of missiles, two shoulder-mounted railgun cannons, two handheld multi-barreled laser rifles and twin batteries of mini-missiles within its forearms.
  • Mecha-Mooks: The Grimm Knights for Salem's faction. An inversion would be the Atlesian Knight (and the phased-out ) series which were used for the Atlas military forces.
  • Megaton Punch: Jaune delivers one to Cinder in Chapter 8 after he got pushed a little too much, and boy was it so satisfying.
  • Mentor Archetype: Argentius of the Remnant Knights is this to Ruby Rose in this fic, except that he's also an experienced warrior too.
    • Both Argentius and Soul Seer serves as this to the young Remnant Knight known as Sharp Strike as well.
  • Mercy Kill: In Chapter 77, Trooper does this to Fireball, a fellow Enforcer who had been turned into a living torch when his flamethrower weapon was ruptured.
  • Mini-Mecha: N1CK3L'sMark II Full Armour Defense System most definitely counts as this.
  • Missing Mom: Summer Rose as per canon. However, the real details with regards to her death aren't fully revealed yet
  • The Mole: So far we have two, but it has been implied that Salem has many other agents working for her hidden elsewhere.
    • Ulysses Cy: Salem's spy in the Atlas military forces, albeit unwillingly due to her I Have Your Wife (and kid) threat.
    • Cedric: Another mole of Salem's faction planted within Shade Academy, working as Headmistress Luna Aria's secretary. Whether it's willing or not remains to be seen.
  • More Dakka: Whenever we have huge battle sequences in this fic, this is bound to happen in spades.
  • Mundane Utility: For a relic that supposedly contain the Aura essences of numerous deceased people who had died during the devastating event known as The Great Shattering, Jaune used it as a way to dazzle and entertain his baby niece Arabella.
  • My Greatest Failure: We have a few examples.
    • For Ashe, it was that he was not being able to protect Mila.
    • For Jaune and Ruby, it was not being able to save Pyrrha.
  • Neck Snap: How Cinder kills Douglas, who was one of Ante's Enforcers.
  • Not Afraid to Die: Ashe, full stop. After whatever hell he has gone through, it's totally justified.
  • Not Quite Dead: Pyrrha. Penny also counts as well.
  • The Nothing After Death: In this fanfic, one of the four afterlives souls go to is called The Nothing, which Ashe describes as a place for souls so evil that Hell itself won't accept them, an endless void of nothing where they will spend the rest of eternity alone and forgotten. The only known souls currently residing there are Saul Jude and Adam Taurus.
  • Odd Friendship: Team RJNR and the others with Ashe, since the latter is actually Cinder's younger brother.
  • Off with His Head!: Several of Cinder's henchmen get this treatment, notably Giger.
    • Raven decapitated one of Cinder's henchman in this way in Chapter
    • Sharp Strike does this to a White Fang scout in Chapter
  • Offscreen Moment of Awesome: Quite a few in this fic.
    • Qrow mentioned an encounter when Team STRQ fought a Grimm Kraken together in the past, and apparently Summer Rose was the one who dealt the killing blow.
    • Sharp Strike mentioned he fought a Grimm sea dragon on board a passenger ship during his travel to Vacuo during his debriefing.
    • Argentius mentioned he killed a Grimm Kraken during a particularly difficult mission for the Knight Order in the past.
    • Averted with Operation Fracture, in which we see how the different Remnant Knight Legions launch simultaneous attacks on the White Fang throughout the various continents on Remnant.
    • It has been mentioned that Sharp Strike and Argentius had faced a Grimm Sphinx and a horde of accompanying Manticores during a past mission in Mistral. Not only did they both survive, but the Sphinx and Manticores were also all wiped out.
  • Oh Crap!: Multiple times in this fic.
    • Cinder Fall, when she realised that she has pissed off Pyrrha by shooting Jaune who took the arrow meant for her.
    • When Blake and Velvet both received messages from their contacts that the White Fang and The Elite Guard are mobilizing to fight them.
    • Team Beacon, when they realized that their extraction craft has been destroyed and they have to fight the White Fang and The Elite Guard.
    • Hopkins, when he realized that he was alone as Sharp Strike had taken out his entire White Fang recon team.
    • When Steppenwolffe, a Grimm Commander, realized that he was fighting a Remnant Knight who was significantly more powerful than him.
    • In Chapter 51, when Argentius realized that Ruby was in a separate mindscape with a Dreameater, which is an Elder Grimm.
  • Older Than They Look: Salem had been around for quite some time, and so does Ozpin.
    • Cinder was able to stay young because Salem did something to her genetic makeup.
    • Soul Seer was able to maintain a youthful appearance due to her intense Aura control.
  • The Order: We have two in this fic.
    • Ozpin's Guardians of Remnant
    • The Remnant Knights (also known as The Knight Order of Remnant).
  • Our Dragons Are Different: The Grimm Wyvern and other types of Grimm dragons are hinted to reappear in the upcoming third arc.
  • Out-Gambitted: Happens during the major fight scenes.
    • In Chapter 76, Thorn Branch anticipated fighting Heliosia the Summer Maiden alone, but was Crazy-Prepared enough to put at least a dozen Red Fang agents hidden in the Colosseum to Zerg Rush her and wear her down in case things don't go as anticipated. Anticipating a trap, Heliosia fought Thorn alone to keep her occupied while Sharp Strike discreetly took out the hidden Red Fang agents which deprived Thorn of another advantage when she realized that she was way over her head fighting both a Maiden and a Remnant Knight.
  • Outliving One's Offspring: Pyrrha's parents suffered from this after the events of Volume 3 and suffered horribly. Thankfully for them it wasn't permanent.
  • Papa Wolf: If you have a Huntsman as your father, this definitely counts.
    • Qrow and Taiyang for Ruby and Yang.
    • Razor for Piper and the rest of the Elite Guard.
    • Ashe, while not related to any of the children, scores some particularly brutal kills on the gang who worked with Jude to hold the elementary school hostage.
  • Physical Goddess: Implied to be Salem's ultimate goal.
    • The Four Maidens, Who are revealed as Amethyst Rilo, Heliosia Ainea, Amber and Elsa Vorst, also counts as well due to the amazing powers given to them by The Wizard.
  • Post-Climax Confrontation: Happens twice in the fic so far.
    • After the battle of Haven ends, Ashe still has one more battle to go through with Jude
    • Ruby encountered an Elder Grimm known as the Dreameater in the mindscape after the climax of the White Fang arc.
  • Posthumous Character: So far we have Mila, Ashe and Cinder's parents, Jaune's ancestors Luc and Lorenzo Arc, Blake's parents, Summer Rose.
  • Power Parasite: Cinder demonstrated this ability by absorbing Raven's aura and energy in Chapter
  • Powered Armor: We have a few instances.
    • The Dark Armor is worn by Dr. Toma Sherizawa in Chapter 15 most definitely counts.
    • The various elite troopers of Atlas's Task Force Omega wore specialized variations of Powered Armor suits.
    • The Aegis Armor is worn by the Remnant Knights also count as well.
  • Pre Ass Kicking One Liner: We have a few.
    • "You have made it so easy for me to choose who to start with." - said by Sharp Strike before he wipes the floor with Captain Hopkins's White Fang recon team.
  • Precision F-Strike: Several for the main characters. While adults such as Qrow and Ashe swear freely, the Huntsmen and Huntresses in training only do so in very emotional or desperate situations.
  • Predecessor Villain: Yuri and Christina, the first and second Grimm Queens. Yuri was stated to have been recruited in the aftermath of the shattering, while Christina was her apprentice.
  • Pretentious Latin Motto: As seen from Badass Creed above, the motto of Atlas's Task Force Omega is simply Exitus Acta Probat (which translates from Latin to "The end justifies the means").
  • Prevent the War: Weiss, Winter, Team CFVY, Flynt and Neon all work together to break Penny out of Atlas Military Headquarters and away from Ironwood so that she will not become a suicide bomber designed to kill off Cinder, because if the bomb is compromised it would spark a war between Atlas and Mistral.
  • Prophecies Rhyme All the Time: Ashe notes that several prophecies regarding the Aura Crystal rhyme and wonders why. Sadly, due to his death we might not get the answer anytime soon.
  • Psychopathic Manchild: Damien Ante, once more.
    • Oh, Tyrian Callows as well.
  • Psychopomp: All of those with a bird transformation Semblance end up as this, but with different plains of the afterlife depending on which species. So far we have the following:
    • Crows take souls to Purgatory.
    • Sparrows take souls to Hell.
    • Doves take souls to Elysium.
    • Ravens take souls to Nothingness.
  • Punched Across the Room: Jaune, of all people, manages to do this to Cinder. Justified as he is fuelled by his rage over what she did to Pyrrha.
  • Punished for Sympathy: Cinder is forced to kill Ashe when Salem senses that she's horrified with what her brother is going through.
  • Punny Name: Thorn suspects this is the true reason Salem chose Cinder Fall to be the Fall Maiden.
  • Purple Is Powerful: Amethyst, who is the Spring Maiden in this fanfic, has this colour for her overall costume design.
  • Quirky Miniboss Squad: Quite a few examples.
    • Emerald and Mercury for Cinder Fall.
    • The Enforcers for Damien Ante.
    • The Elite Guard for the White Fang.
    • Cinder, Hazel, Tyrian, Watts, Thorn and Anastasia for Salem.
    • Glynda, Ironwood, Qrow, Councillor Henry, Taiyang, and Seraph for Ozpin.
    • The Knights of Air, Earth, Fire, and Water for Grand Knight Master Seraph Pendragon.
    • Seen again in Chapter 51, Argentius, Soul Seer, Forge Smith, Shadow Reaper for Seraph once more.
  • Rapid-Fire Fisticuffs: Done by Heliosia the Summer Maiden during her fight with Thorn Branch.
  • Rasputinian Death: Ashe, Adam, and Jude all die such deaths.
  • "The Reason You Suck" Speech: We get a couple of these in this fic.
    • Jaune gives one to Salem in Chapter 14, which doubles as a Shout-Out to The Exorcist III.
    • Velvet gives one to Adam in Chapter
    • Blake gives one again to Adam in Chapter
  • Reasonable Authority Figure: Glynda, Ozpin, Qrow, Argo, and Ironwood after his brainwashing episode is over.
  • Red and Black and Evil All Over: The Grimm, of course. And most recently in Chapter the Son of Salem is this.
    • The Grimm Knights and their variants also count as well.
    • The Red Fang as well when they were revealed in the third arc.
  • Redemption Equals Death: For Cardin and Zhan.
  • Rescue Arc: Chapters 13 - 20 deal with most of the named cast working together to save both Ruby and Jaune from Cinder and her associates.
  • The Reveal: Quite a few examples again.
    • A major one in Chapter 7, in which Ashe and Cinder are siblings.
    • The ending of Chapter 10 reveals who Fotia Drakos really is; Pyrrha Nikos.
    • The ending of Chapter 37 is this for Ozpin and his group as they find out that Norvik didn't die and has been converted into a Grimm Chimera by Salem.
    • Chapter 42 reveals what is under Adam's mask, a slave brand of the Schnee Dust Company.
    • Chapters 50, 51 and 52 reveals a lot of details on The Remnant Knights, especially on why Qrow and Taiyang knew about them, and why Jaune's family had a history with them.
    • Chapter 50 also reveals where The other three Maidens had gone, as well as what happened to the four Relics of Remnant.
    • Chapter 51 reveals that The Remnant Knights are indeed real and not just legends, and they have been fighting a secret war against Salem's faction alongside the Guardians of Remnant.
    • Chapter 53 has one in which Cinder was informed by Salem that her mother Ember Kasai was previously the Summer Maiden.
    • Chapter 55 reveals that the Wyverns were once pure dragons. Being the last dragons of the old world, they were transformed into a new species of Grimm by the original Grimm Queen many centuries ago.
    • Chapter 60 has a terrifying one: The Wizard, who is the one who has given the four Maidens their powers, has gone missing.
  • Revenge Before Reason: Jude for Ashe. Justified because he's Ashe's nemesis.
  • Roaring Rampage of Rescue: Basically what happened in Chapters 15 - 20 during The Battle of Haven.
  • Roaring Rampage of Revenge: Team RWBY, Team JNPR (including Pyrrha), and many others on Cinder for all that she had done in the previous Volumes.
    • Ashe on Jude and Gerard's gang.
  • Robot Buddy: Both Penny and N1CK3L counts as this.
  • Roofhopping: The various characters do this to get around Haven several times.
    • Jaune and Pyrrha did this again in Chapter 73 in Vacuo City.
  • Sadist: Cinder, Jude, Ante and Adam. See character tropes above for specific examples.
  • Scenery Porn: The various descriptions of the many locations Team Beacon has been so too far were made of this trope.
    • The mindscapes in which Ruby and Argentius both entered in Chapter 51 also counts too.
  • Serial Killer: Ozpin's nemesis, Norvik, is this to an unnerving degree.
  • Shirtless Scene: Jaune gets several and Ashe has a couple as well.
  • Shot to the Heart: Done to Jaune to save his life in chapter 20, even though Glynda agrees reluctantly she still knows how dangerous and outdated it is.
  • Shout-Out: To many, many things. Reference Overdosed to be honest.
    • Chapter 37 in particular has many references to the horror genre.
  • Sibling Murder: Cinder kills Ashe, her little brother.
  • The Siege: Chapters 15 - 20 deal with a massive attack on Cinder's secret base in Haven while Chapters 46 - 47 have one on the White Fang's Headquarters in Vacuo.
  • Sir Swearsalot: Damnien Ante literally embodies this trope when things don't go the way he wants them to.
    • Qrow Branwen at certain times as well.
  • Slave Brand: Adam has one on his face, which is why he wears the mask.
  • Slimeball: Damien Ante, once again. To be honest, he's much worse than Roman Torchwick.
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Fanfic / Reverse RWBY

Reverse RWBY is a Fan Verse that acts as an Alternate Universe of the show. It was inspired by a Tumblr post by the colorinplatinum. Bastart13 took the post and rolled with the idea, creating fan-art and ideas based off of it.

In this verse, the heroes of RWBY are antagonists while the villains are heroic. The main cast consists of team ERMN— Emerald. Roman, Mercury, and Neo —and team WTCH—Watts, Tyrian, Cinder, and Hazel.

Bastart13's posts in the AU can be seen here.

This fan-verse provides examples of:

  • Abusive Parents:
    • Cinder grew up with an abusive family. She awakened her Maiden powers early and used them to run away.
    • Mercury was raised by his abusive father Markus, but he was saved at a young age.
    • Tyrian was ran out of his home for being a scorpion Faunus. He was taken in by a ringleader but ran off because she didn't care for him.
  • The Ace: Mercury takes Pyrrha's place as a world-renowned skilled fighter.
  • Adaptational Heroism: Most of the villains are heroes. For example, Salem now runs Beacon from the shadows.
  • Adaptational Villainy: Heroic characters like Ruby and Oz are now either Anti Villains or outright villains.
  • Age Lift: Ages are shifted around. For example, Watts is a teenager, while Whitley is an adult (and is older than his sisters).
  • Badass Boast: Mercury gets one before his death, telling his opponent even without a Semblance he'll still fight.
  • Big Brother Instinct: Played for Drama. Yang is around simply to protect her sister Ruby. She cares for Ruby to an unhealthy manner and will get violent towards anyone who tries to hurt her.
  • Big, Screwed-Up Family: Raven is in bad terms with her twin brother, Qrow; daughter, Yang; and daughter-in-law, Ruby. They all arrive to fight at Haven, prompting Cinder to question what the hell is up with her family.

    Cinder: What sort of messed-up family reunion is this?

  • Body Surf: Just like in canon Ozpin reincarnates upon his death in a new body, but instead of sharing control with his host, he robs them of all autonomy with rather horrifying results.
  • Broken Pedestal: Team WTCH learns that Ozpin's soul can never be destroyed and lose all faith in Salem as she never let them think she might be keeping secrets. Salem's reaction is to leave them to pursue her goals alone, realizing how upset everyone is.
  • Childhood Friends: Neo and Roman are two friends from Brunswick Farm.
  • Death by Adaptation: Mercury is killed by Ruby after trying to fight her on Beacon Tower, as Pyrrha was killed by Cinder in canon.
    • On a similar note, Nora dies after being killed by Grimm while fighting Ruby, leaving Ren to mourn for her as Neo did in canon for Roman.
  • Happily Adopted: As a child, Mercury was saved from his abusive father and taken in by someone else.
  • Parental Abandonment: Emerald is an orphan who was raised by a group of thieving orphans.
  • Spared By Adaptation: Unlike in canon, Roman isn't killed by Grimm and lives to go to Atlas.
    • Tock is also not killed by Maria, being an old lady now.
  • Tragic Keepsake: Emerald wears Mercury's sash and parts of his prosthetics as armor in memory of him.
  • Weak, but Skilled: Just like in canon, Mercury lacks a Semblance and instead works hard to prove you don't need to have a special power to be a hero, becoming a world-renown fighter.
  • White Sheep: Whitley is the last remaining "good Schnee". He tries to follow in his grandfather's footsteps.

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Fanfic / Emergence (RWBY)

Everyone imagines ending up in their favourite fictional universe, meeting the characters, fighting the bad guys, trying to find their way in the new world. But for every action, there is an equal and opposite reaction. What if one day, some of them were to arrive in our world? To our new visitors, I say this. Welcome to a world of disillusion. Welcome to a world of bloody revolutions. Welcome to Earth.

Emergence (SpaceBattles.comdiscussion thread) by Chris/XCVG is a RWBY Reverse Self-Insert Ficexplanation as in, instead of the author entering the events of the work, the work's characters enter the real world. The first chapter was released in August and the author declared it complete with the final chapter published at the end of May

The story begins with Ruby awakening in a strange place she's never seen before. She's approached by several grad students after a night out at the bars who applaud her for her incredibly realistic cosplay of one Ruby Rose. She insists that she is in fact the real deal, and after she displays her Semblance, the students finally realize that they're talking to the genuine article.

Finding out that Ruby has been separated from her teammates, the students decide to put their futures on the line to reunite the four members of team RWBY, and hopefully get them back home.

See also the author's companion piece, Emergence: Asides (also in the SpaceBattles thread), for amusing (but usually canonical) side-stories. A Christmas Emerging is a series of drabbles about Team RWBY's first Christmas on Earth.

Emergence is divided into Acts:

  1. Act 1: Wilted Rose: Ruby arrives in Vancouver and meets the students.
  2. Act 2: Ice Princess: Weiss arrives in Ukraine and is caught up in the unrest between Ukraine and Russia.
  3. Act 3: Urban Panther: Blake arrives in Japan and befriends some cosplayers.
  4. Act 4: Stolen Flame: Yang arrives in Syria and is caught up in the conflict against ISIS.
  5. Act 5: The New World: Team RWBY is reunited and they struggle to adjust to Earth together, but the government reveals they know who they are and come calling.

Emergence is now complete. An Interquel titled "Aliens Among Us", which talks about Team RWBY's adventures adjusting to high school, is also now complete. It was not divided into acts.

The original story was featured in Weiss Reacts, and the story itself featured in an Aside.

"Death of a Friend" is a one-shot detailing all the characters' reactions to Monty Oum's death.

A sister fic, "Those We Left Behind", deals with Team JNPR in the wake of RWBY's disappearance. The side story "Tabula Rasa", where an amnesiac Summer Rose has been living on Earth since her "death", is also connected to this universe.

A sequel, named "Convergence", has been released. Due to Late Arrival Spoilers, Convergence will have its own section. It is also divided into Acts: The Interlopers, The Intruders, and The Invaders.

That in turn has its own sequel, The Remnan Exchange. It will also have its own section and unmarked Late Arrival Spoilers for those that came before. The first Act is called Homecoming, and the last is called Unending.

The author announced in November of that the intended finale of the series (referred to as Emergence Next) is no longer in production.

Not to be confused with a certainDoujinshi work by ShindoL.

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  • Accidental Murder:
    • Weiss fights back against some Russian soldiers, assuming that she'll just knock them around. She's shocked when her sword effortlessly slices and skewers them, since they don't have Aura to protect them.
    • Yang visibly hesitates after her punch literally explodes a terrorist's head.
  • Animesque: Several characters assume RWBY is a Japanese work. The existence of a dub into Japanese doesn't help.
  • April Fools' Day: The author released a fake sequel on March 31, , and a fake video game on April 1,
  • Arbitrary Skepticism: Weiss says Ruby is being a dunce when she speculates whether or not any other fictional characters may have experienced a world displacement.
  • Artistic License &#; Gun Safety: While at a firing range, Ruby innocently points a rifle at Sam and Joe while her finger is on the trigger. They freak out and warn her to never do that again.
  • Badass Adorable: Ruby, obviously, but Katya qualifies for escorting Weiss out of the warzone in the Ukraine.
  • Badass Bystander: The old couple in the Ice Princess arc.
  • Big Eater: Each of Team RWBY devour a lot of food to fuel their powers.
  • Bloodier and Gorier: Remnant Humans have Aura that make them extremely tough, while Terran Humans don't. Weiss and Yang both learn this the hard way.
  • Book Dumb: When Blake and Yang have a math class, they realize they are in serious trouble. As a Faunus in the White Fang, Blake never had a formal education before going to Beacon. Yang never paid attention to the "boring stuff".
  • Butch Lesbian: Gavin uses this trope as the reason why Yang cannot be a lesbian.
    • Darrel thinks Yang is a lesbian when he sees her lift a couple hundred pounds lifting weights.
  • Call-Back:

    &#;The way she moves gives it away. Like a princess.&#;
    &#;It's heiress, actually,&#; Weiss echoed.

  • Cassandra Truth: Aaron immediately recognizes Team RWBY, but nobody believes him.
  • Celebrity Paradox: In "The Briefing" a CIA man says that Yang's voiceprint is a close match for her voice actress. In Aliens Among Us chapter 32, a gamer Weiss is playing against thinks she's her voice actress.
  • Child Soldiers: Yang eventually manages to capture a terrorist and interrogates him, breaking several bones. She's horrified when she gets a better look at him and finds that he's about the same age as Ruby.
  • Curb-Stomp Battle: Yang against a bunch of terrorists ends in Ludicrous Gibs. Also, Weiss against troopers in Ukraine.
  • Deconstruction: It shows exactlywhat happens when superpowered adolescents from a world where everyone is of similarSuper Strength and moral lines are pretty clear cut enter the real world. It also shows the Terran characters as exactly that; normal humans being thrust into situations that they aren't prepared for, and contrasts them with the almost shocking idealism the likes of Ruby have.
  • Defiant to the End: The terrorist Yang interrogates doesn't stop cursing her no matter what she does to him.
  • Deliberate Values Dissonance:
    • Gavin thinks that his English teacher, Mr. Johnson is "not Asian enough" to be considered metrosexual.
    • He also seems to think that Yang cannot be a lesbian because she's "nowhere near butch enough".
  • Does Not Know Her Own Strength:
    • Yang finds it difficult to not tear through the terrorists, horrifying and frustrating her as she wants to take one alive for questioning.
    • Ruby almost floors a boy and knocks the wind out of him when she passes him a basketball.
  • Dramatic Irony:
    • In A Christmas Emerging, a little girl mistakes Weiss for Queen Elsa and happily glomps her. Her mother apologizes and then scolds her daughter for being silly enough to think fictional characters could come to life. Weiss gets very uncomfortable.
    • Every time a Terran thinks someone who is actually from Remnant thinks they could get hurt attempting a great physical stunt.
  • Dude, Not Funny!: Ruby's In-Universe reaction when told she sucks at sneaking around and at punching by Blake and Weiss, respectively.
  • Foreshadowing: The author has posted an image showing that the rest of Team RWBY is on Earth as well. Aside from Weiss, Blake was shown with a Japanese railway sign, while Yang had an ISIS flag.
  • Flat Character: In Aliens Among Us we have Jason and Lisa who are one-note bullies in all of their appearances (what few they have).
  • For Halloween, I Am Going as Myself: Not exactly as themselves, but on Halloween the girls dress up as the characters they are inspired by; Ruby as Little Red Riding Hood, Weiss as Snow White, Blake as Belle, and Yang as Goldilocks. Weiss thought it was stupid but was outvoted.
  • Half-Human Hybrid: Sort of, Terran and Remnant inhabitants are both considered human, but in Tabula Rasa, an amnesiac Summer Rose mentions getting pregnant with a baby girl some time after her arrival on Earth. She put her up for adoption shortly after she was born, so we've yet to know firsthand what effects hybridization has, although invokedWord of God has stated that such hybrids would only be half as strong as a Remnant human.
  • Hard-Drinking Party Girl:
    • Unlike canon where Yang just puts on a facade, this version of her plays the trope straight.
    • Weiss, Blake, and Vicki are this to a lesser extent.
  • Hidden in Plain Sight: In Aliens Among Us chapter 31, Blake gets Aaron off Team RWBY's backs by telling him that they're deliberately imitating Team RWBY.
  • Idiot Ball: The SEAL team trying to extract Yang were accused of holding this, not forno reason. A Once More, with Clarity! Aside was released shortly afterward explaining why it happened that way.
  • Immune to Bullets: Weiss and Yang barely notice normal Earth bullets. Ruby notes that they sting. In "Masquerade", the viewpoint character is told that should Team RWBY go berserk, he should go for the anti-tank weapons.
  • In-Series Nickname: Yang gets dubbed "The Bride" by Western media that got hold of a video showing her kicking terrorist arse, presumably because of her yellow colour scheme.
  • In Vino Veritas: During the Halloween party, Yang and Weiss get drunk. Weiss screams about how much she hates her father. Yang casually confesses the truth of her identity. Fortunately, everybody except Aaron mistakes it for drunken rambling.
  • Informed Attribute: Aaron is said to be a huge fan of anime, however, there is no mention of what anime he actually watches and the series itself hardly brings up any specific anime. The closest thing that gets brought up is RWBY.
  • "It" Is Dehumanizing: When Weiss gets glomped by a little girl who thinks she's Queen Elsa, she screams, "Get it off me!" The narration even points this out.
  • I Was Beaten by a Girl: During the Halloween party, Yang easily beats a boy named Darryl in an arm-wrestling contest. He gets enraged and attacks her. The fact that she's drunk is the only reason why she doesn't kill him. Ruby, Blake, and his friends stop the fight before it escalates.
  • The Lancer: Cliff is the cynical pragmatist of the lot.
  • Let's You and Him Fight: Yang runs into and kills some Navy SEALs, unable to tell them apart from the terrorists. It didn't help that they snuck up on her and sounded hostile.
  • Loose Canon: The Asides vary widely in their canonicity. Some are fully canon-compliant, but many are only partially so.
  • Made of Plasticine: Terrans compared to Remnant dwellers, as Weiss and Yang find out to their horror.
  • Mistaken for Cheating: Ben has this in the first arc when he brings Ruby over to Jen's house to stay for the night.
  • Mistaken for Gay:
    • Ruby and Weiss are sometimes mistaken for a lesbian couple.
    • Ditto for Blake and Yang.
  • Mistaken for Subculture: In Japan, Blake runs into several cosplayers, especially girls wearing cat ears, and assumes they are fellow Faunus for a while. On the flip side, they think she is a cosplayer.
  • Mugging the Monster: Weiss when attacked by Russian soldiers and Yang when attacked by the ISIS terrorists.
  • Muggles Do It Better: The girls determine that although an Atlesian Paladin is almost impervious to their attacks, it would fall to a single RPG or anti-personnel mine.
  • My God, You Are Serious!: Joe's reaction to learning the gang aren't joking about RWBY.

    &#;You're not kidding, are you? Holy fuck.&#;

  • Never Bareheaded: In high school, Blake wears a hat all the time to hide her ears.
  • No Guy Wants an Amazon: One of Gavin's friends avoids Yang after seeing her casually benching about pounds in the gym, commenting that despite her hotness, she scares him.
  • Normal Fish in a Tiny Pond: On Remnant, Team RWBY are good fighters who can handle normal mooks with ease, but far from the top tier. On Earth, they might as well be goddesses of war.
  • Not So Above It All: In Aliens Among Us chapter 31 we see that Weiss gets shockingly foulmouthed when playing Call of Duty.
  • Obligatory Swearing: Nearly every character in the entire Emergence continuity swears, probably to make the dialogue sound more "realistic".
  • Oh, Crap!: Katya's reaction to learning that Weiss killed Russian soldiers looking for her.
  • Once More, with Clarity!: "The Human Factor" does this to chapter of Yang's arc, showing us the SEALs' perspective that Yang didn't have.
  • Pinball Protagonist: The RWBY characters barely contribute to anything, the Terrans are the ones (especially the government) who do most of the work such as getting certain characters into Canada, implement them into society, etc.
  • Politically Incorrect Hero: "Hero" is a bit much, but Gavin is Yang's Love Interest and he comes across as incredibly insensitive when it comes to race, gender dynamics, sexuality, and mental disabilities. His younger brother Connor isn't too far behind; when Ruby tells him about a story about a female protecting a male, he assumes that it was from a "feminist magazine".
  • Pop-Cultural Osmosis Failure: A few characters, like Joe, have never heard of RWBY.
  • Poor Communication Kills: Yang ends up killing a squad of Navy Seals when they reacted to an attack by militants she wasn't aware of.
  • Puny Earthlings: Sort of. Earth humans are a lot squishier than Remnant humans. Weiss mentions Team RWBY attempted to unlock some Earth humans' Aura, but nothing happened, so they can't use that.
  • Real Life Writes the Plot: Monty Oum's death factored into the story.
  • Refugee from TV Land: Team RWBY.
  • Relationship Upgrade: Weiss and Blake officially become a couple after their date to the prom.
  • Rich Bitch: Lisa, Vicki, Irene, and Daffodil. Vicki later states that she and her friends all invoke this trope.
    • Lisa is the worst of the bunch; every appearance she has made in the story has her act hostile towards Weiss for no reason and getting upset when the others in her group try to interact with her.
  • Rouge Angles of Satin: Isaac tries to type a message and gets mocked for his atrocious spelling. In A Christmas Emerging, nobody can read the Christmas card he sends.
  • Running Gag:
  • Running Gagged: Played With regarding Aaron's suspitions about Team RWBY. No matter how many times various characters get annoyed with him and how many times Aaron swears to drop it, he continues to be paranoid.
  • Samaritan Syndrome: Ruby becomes sad when she witnesses the appalling conditions in Syria and realizes that she must not interfere, since jumping in would most likely screw up their mission.
  • Secret Chaser: In Aliens Among Us, Aaron is convinced that Team RWBY really are Team RWBY and spends much of the story trying to confirm his belief.
  • Shameless Fanservice Girl: After they find Yang, Sam hands her some clothes to replace her tattered and filthy ones. She changes right in front of them. He gets scared and shields his eyes, thinking she'll beat him up, but Ruby explains that Yang doesn't care what anybody sees.
  • She Is Not My Girlfriend: Ruby's friend Connor gets a crush on her, but responds this way when his friends tease him about it.
  • Shell-Shocked Veteran: Yang is traumatized by her experiences in Syria.
  • Shipper on Deck: After watching Season 2 of the show, Weiss ships Jaune and Pyrrha.
  • Sir Swears-a-Lot: In Aliens Among Us, there's a bully with this nickname. Lampshaded by Connor:

    Connor: Edgy, but unoriginal. Fuck you too.

    • There's also the retired Marine, Leroy Wendall, who assists in testing Team RWBY's weapons with Terran ammunition.
    • Really, you'd be hard-pressed to find a character in the entire Emergence continuity who doesn't swear nearly every other sentence.
  • Sweet Polly Oliver: Joe points out that in baggy clothes and her short hair, Ruby could pass for a boy at a distance. This means out of Team RWBY, she would attract the least attention in Syria, so she'll be part of the team to retrieve Yang.
  • Take That!:
    • After Sam comments that he doesn't think the show RWBY is that good, Cliff points out Sam loves The Expendables and proceeds to blast its shallow plot and over-reliance on action and explosions.
    • Blake uses the alias Bella in high school, only for her classmates to laugh at her for having the same name as the main character of Twilight. Blake is annoyed as she doesn't like Twilight either. Later, Weiss says it is a piece of shit.
    • After watching Season 2, Weiss finds Neptune repulsive and doesn't understand why her animated counterpart likes him.
  • They Would Cut You Up: The students ask the girls to keep their abilities secret, fearing this would happen.
  • This Is Reality:
    • 'No, life wasn't a bad spy novel.'
    • The Pentagon and Canadian Security Intelligence Service think the footage caught of Yang annihilating a bunch of terrorists has to be faked because there should be no way an unarmed person can beat seven armed fighters. Or do they, really now?
    • Sam calls in a military friend named Joe for help retrieving Yang from Syria. Joe says, "This isn't an action movie."
    • In Syria, Joe, Ruby, and Sam go to a British agent named Nigel for help. He says, "Despite what you may think, I am not James Bond. In fact, I'm not even a proper spy, and in any case the game is not played like it is in the movies."
    • After Nigel is convinced of their story, he asks Joe, "Well, where did they come from? Real life is not a superhero movie. Most of the things that are supposed to make one a superhero are lethal."
    • From "Aside: Periphery": &#;Akemi, this is the real world. Weird things like characters popping into existence don't happen here.&#;
    • &#;Aaron, this is Earth! This is the real world! Characters don't just pop out of the television and onto the street! You're Insane!!&#;
  • Time-Travel Tense Trouble: Team RWBY have this regarding the events depicted in Season 2.
  • Too Dumb to Live: Those poor Navy SEALs. Trying to make an on-edge Yang do anything by force, despite knowing what she's capable of, ended poorly for them. Subverted - we later learn that they were trying to speed things up due to an incoming ISIS group and goofed.
  • Training from Hell: To prepare to retrieve Yang in Syria, Joe takes Sam and Ruby to a military obstacle course and firing range. While Ruby clears the course with ease, Sam has a really tough time, especially since the course gets peppered with non-lethal but painful rounds to simulate an actual battle. He does a bit better on the firing range.
  • True Meaning of Christmas: A Christmas Emerging explores Team RWBY's attempts to understand what Christmas is about.
  • Underestimating Badassery: This happens to Team RWBY quite a bit, Terrans just assume they are weak due to each of them being lightly built. Of course, Team RWBY is from a world where Muscles Are Meaningless and most of their strength comes from their Aura.
  • Ungrateful Bastard: When a civilian woman leads a trio of ISIS militiamen to Yang—someone who has become The Dreaded and everyone in ISIS is eager to kill—instead of fanning out and searching the place for her, they start beating the woman instead. Yang interveneswhile their backs are turned.
  • Who Would Want to Watch Us?: "Snowfolders" is a fictionalization of how Team RWBY got together. One with atrocious spelling.
  • Why Don't You Just Shoot Him?: Ruby repeatedly asks this when she and the rest of her team watch Die Hard together. She has to be reminded that Earth humans—even larger than life action heroes like John McClane—are Made of Plasticine compared to Remnant humans and that just shooting Hans at any point prior to the climax would cause him more problems than it solves.
  • Wrecked Weapon: In A Christmas Emerging, Ruby decides to cut down a tree to make into a Christmas tree, but her scythe - later clarified by the author to not be Crescent Rose - becomes stuck. Yang tries to pull it free, but the handle separates from the blade. Fortunately, it's repairable.
  • You No Take Candle: Weiss gets frustrated that most of the Ukrainians and Russians she meets speak English this way. Blake meets Japanese people who speak English this way. Yang meets a Syrian woman who does the same.
  • You Watch Too Much X:
    • In "With Nowhere To Go" the CSIS boss says that the plan was "like the product of someone who read too much Tom Clancy and watched Argo.&#;
    • Ruby is told she watches too many movies by a FBI man in
    • A boy named Aaron notices Team RWBY resembles the characters from a web show he likes, but his friends heckle him for watching too much anime.
  • Your Head Asplode: The result of Yang punching a terrorist.


  • Adaptation Personality Change: Based on this piece of Word of God, Emergence!Cinder is missing a few more marbles than her canon self. Not to mention brain cells, considering her plan to attack RTX as well as severely underestimating Earth's weapons.
  • All Myths Are True: Cinder states that there are legends of Earth back on Remnant: it's detailed as "a primitive world," peaceful without the Grimm or Aura to harm it.
  • Anti-Climax: Cinder and her minions are attacking RTX, killing numerous innocent civilians and fighting Teams RWBY and JNPR. How are they stopped? The US military just unloads their arsenal at them because Cinder did not at all consider that the Terran humans would be much more of a threat than they appear.
  • Applied Phlebotinum: Dust, as per canon. It's revealed by Cinder that there is a special kind of Dust, called Spectral Dust, that allows for travel between worlds.
  • Arbitrary Skepticism: When Siegfried Schnee is told that the Earthers possess doomsday weapons, he quickly dismisses that fact as "alarmist fantasy."
  • Asshole Victim: Cinder, Emerald and Mercury.
  • Boring, but Practical: Name-dropped in relation to Earth technology compared to Remnant's Schizo Tech.
  • Canon Welding: Connects the two sister fics to Emergence.
  • Crazy-Prepared: When Gemstone suspects that Cinder and and her group are somewhere near Washington, D.C., the President and all high-ranking members of the government, including the Secretary of Defense, are evacuated from the White House, knowing full well that the Secret Service are no match for them.
    • In Emergence: Asides, both the U.S Government and Military command are thinking up as many emergency plans as they can ranging from friendly contact with the Remnant population, to a full blown invasion of either the Grimm or even the Four Kingdoms and occupation of U.S territory.
    • Even after the initial salvo of missiles, Emmett Lyons orders for More Dakka on Cinder's location, just in case Emerald's illusions can get them out of their predicament. Turns out that wasn't the case.
  • Determinator: Cinder doesn't even care that she and her team are on Earth, a whole new world; she still wants to make it back to Vale to finish their mission.
    • It doesn't work out for her.
  • Didn't See That Coming: By Word of God, certain characters' attempts to Make It Look Like an Accident in chapter 14 would have succeeded due to the more corrupt and incompetent Remnant police. On Earth? Not so much.
    • Cinder's group assumed that Earth would be easy to handle as the Terrans don't have Aura protecting them. Boy were they surprised by the amount of firepower that the U.S military threw at them.
    • It happens again later when the Kingdom of Atlas prepares to invade Earth to seize what they assume is a "primitive" world ripe for the taking, only to stop dead in their tracks when they receive a radio message from the Terrans asking for peace. Later on, the Atlesian soldiers studying the portal start noticing anomalies that resemble scouting patterns. Even though they far exceed anything Remnant has ever produced, the commanding officer chooses to submit the report to his superiors.
    • In a non-canon omake, an Atlesian force enters Canadian airspace for recon, and the pilot barely has any time to ask the officer what would Atlas' response to unidentified airships entering their space before the Canadian air force orders them to either freeze or turn back.
  • Even Evil Has Standards: Subverted in chapter When Roman insists that he's a thief, not a murderer, he's reminded that he has one as a sidekick.
    • Later played straight when a member of the White Fang questions why they are attacking another 'Kingdom' on another planet without any good motive, which he reasons would cause their reputation to go further down the drain along with all Faunus in general.
  • Fantastic Racism: To Adam Taurus, the existence of Earth only means that he now has another seven billion enemies to his cause, despite knowing for a fact that the Terrans are completely innocent of any crimes against Faunus-kind.
    • Siegfried Schnee doesn't take too kindly to his daughter associating herself with a "dirty" Faunus.
  • Flawed Prototype: The handheld weapons that Gemstone uses against Cinder and co only slow them down and force them out of the building. Special mention goes to the PHASR blinding weapon, which staggers Cinder right before the end of the fight.
  • Horrible Judge of Character: Sarah, the woman who picks up Cinder's team once they get to Earth, has no idea what she's done. She even ends up letting them stay at her house with her family. Then again, it may be a case of Good Is Dumb. It ends poorly for them, except for the mother who was at work.
  • Innocent Bystander: Several are killed during Cinder's attack on RTX, with special mention going to Mercury pulping an oblivious fangirl's head after she hugs him.
  • Know When to Fold 'Em: Roman and Neo immediately surrender to the US military after discovering the gruesome fates of their colleagues firsthand.
  • Laser-Guided Karma: After murdering most of the Poole family and then several innocent civilians at a convention later on, Cinder, Emerald and Mercury are blown to bits by the US military, followed by Roman and Neo being taken into custody soon after.
  • Late-Arrival Spoiler: Convergence freely spoils the events of the preceding fics.
  • Lighter and Softer: The Canon verse is slowly turning darker, with Cinder murdering the Fall Maiden Amber and Pyrrha, Vale being overrun by Grimm, and Yang losing her right arm. The Emergence verse manages to stay somewhat lighter than the main series as there are fewer deaths in between stories, including Cinder's group (besides Roman and Neo). Meanwhile, teams RWBY and JNPR somehow manage to survive and stay intact despite all of this.
  • Long Game: The last scene of the final chapter shows Salem beginning to form a new plan to destroy both Remnant and Earth, no matter how long it may take.
  • Make It Look Like an Accident: See Didn't See That Coming above.
  • Mistaken for Subculture: JNPR also get mistaken for cosplayers. Same for Cinder's faction - in fact, the girl they get a ride from thinks they're heading to RTX.
  • Mugging the Monster: In Chapter 23, Ironwood reveals that he has standing orders to invade Earth through the newly formed portal and establish a safe haven on the other side for the natives of Remnant, his superiors unaware of the full extent of the Terrans' technological and military prowess as well as their numerical superiority. Thankfully, those orders were put on hold thanks to Earth's broadcast for peace. However, Asides Chapter 47 shows that the Atlesian Queen is very willing to play this trope straight.
    • As they also attempted to gauge population via Aura presence, their population expectations were also wildly off.
  • My God, What Have I Done?: Quoted verbatim by Taiyang when he realizes that the woman he's been attacking actually is Summer Rose.
  • No Good Deed Goes Unpunished: Sarah Poole picked up what she thought were a group of lost hitchhikers on the side of the road, invited them into her home, and gave them food and a place to stay for a short time, only for said hitchhikers (the villains of RWBY) to murder her, her father and her brother to cover their tracks. Only her mother was able to get away.
  • Normal Fish in a Tiny Pond: Reiterated during the attack on RTX, when a White Fang mook gets shot three times by cal rounds and is still combat ready.
  • Nothing Is the Same Anymore: While Gemstone did it best to cover up Team RWBY's existence from the public, Cinder's attack on RTX and the media outbreak soon afterward force the U.S President to publicly reveal the existence of the Remnant universe to the public.
  • Only in It for the Money: Siegfried Schnee's primary concern once relations with Earth are established is how the Terrans can profit the Schnee Dust Company, and is already making plans to become the leader of alternative energy sources for them.
  • Parental Sexuality Squick: Ruby has this reaction to seeing Summer and Taiyang kiss.
  • Refugee from TV Land: Add Team JNPR and Summer Rose to the mix. Cinder and her faction as well.
  • Schizo Tech: Remnant's odd tech tree leads the scientists studying Earth to make some foolish assumptions. Most importantly, how the total absence of Dust would (or rather, wouldn't) cripple technological advances. Earth's technology is far more diverse and focused on efficiency while being generally less powerful. Meanwhile, Remnan material science and computer engineering far exceed their counterparts, but are terminally dependent on Dust and are mostly focused exclusively on fighting the Grimm.
  • Spared by the Adaptation: While the Canon-verse Roman is eaten by the Grimm in Heroes and Monsters, Emergence-verse Roman survives and, along with Neo, surrenders to the U.S military when they confirm that Cinder is dead.
    • Unlike her canon self, Emergence!Pyrrha manages to survive her encounter with Cinder, albeit barely, sparing her from the terrible death she suffered in The End of the Beginning.
  • Terminally Dependent Society: Remnan tech requires vast amounts of energy that it can only reach via Dust, contrasting with more economical Earth devices.
  • There Is No Kill Like Overkill: The fate of Cinder, Emerald and Mercury - they get hit with 24 Hellfire missiles, then the helicopter gunships open up with their miniguns and rocket pods. It's a testament to how tough they are that there are even recognizable pieces left.
  • The Unmasqued World: The end of chapter 16 has the US Government telling the public about the existent of other worlds, and the people who have crossed over.
  • Well-Intentioned Extremist: Ironwood and his superiors.
  • What the Hell, Hero?: Qrow calling out Ironwood for his foolhardy (and aborted) plan to invade Earth right off the bat without even bothering to try and communicate with the Terrans first.
  • Villain Ball: See Anti-Climax.
  • Zerg Rush: Earth's biggest advantage over Remnant if the two worlds ever went to war with each other - the latter may have incredible technology and superpowers, but Earth has a vast numerical advantage that would quickly drown any invasion under the sheer weight of numbers and an equally huge economic and military infrastructure that dwarfs Remnant's.
    • Best seen in the climax of Remnan Exchange when Raven comments how her tribe of bandits attacked Earth settlements to score some easy loot. They killed everyone and got away with it all right and then the air raids started. She was forced to cut a deal with the government just to make it stop.

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  • Department of Redundancy Department: Cardin saying that the Terran-Humans "can kill each other to death" for all he cares.
  • Disappointed in You: Siegfried says this of Weiss when he sees how she's changed.
  • Don't Create a Martyr: Weiss manages to defeat Adam, but Blake warns her that killing him will only strengthen the White Fang's cause and inspire imitators, so they arrest him instead.
  • Fantastic Racism: We see that Cardin's bigotry also extends to Terran-Humans; to him they're nothing more than "degenerate souless idiots/savages" and he couldn't care less if they all killed each other off.
  • Long-Range Fighter: In chapter 2, it is a sign that Summer still thinks of herself as a Terran rather than a Remnan when her response to a training simulation is to stick to range first and only resort to melee when she no longer has a choice.
  • Wham Line: In the chapter "Destiny II":

    &#;That's not Summer's Semblance,&#; he stated as if it were some great revelation.

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Fanfic / White Sheep (RWBY)

Every family has its odd member, the one that doesn't fit. Jaune was just that, the black sheep. He had always wanted to be the hero, to be a Huntsman. But when your name is Jaune Salem Arc - Prince of the Grimm - and your mother is understandably against the idea, what is a young man to do? Why, run away to attend Beacon in pursuit of a dream, of course. What could go wrong?

White Sheep is a RWBYAlternate Universe story by Coeur Al'Aran. The principal change is that Jaune Arc is actually "Prince" Jaune Salem Arc, the child of the Grimm Queen Salem and of Huntsman Nicholas Arc. Despite being sheltered and his mother wanting him to inherit the family business of plotting to destroy the Kingdoms while ruling the Grimm, Jaune still wishes to become a hero like one of the legendary Huntsmen and Huntresses he read about as a child. This leads him to run away from home to attend Beacon Academy, but when the protagonist is half Grimm, a lot of things are bound to change.

The complete story is available to read starting here. Cover art can be found here.

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  • Aborted Arc: The possibility of transferring the half of the Fall Maiden powers that Pyrrha has into Cinder is only brought up once. Watts claims he's working on it, and it never comes up again. Of course, it is made clear that Cinder is the only person who cares. Salem says several times that Ozma creating the Maidens was a complete waste, and ignores them.
  • Above the Influence: Watts politely refuses to kiss a drunk/hungover Pyrrha who was throwing up in the toilet and mistakes him for Jaune.

    Pyrrha: Why? Not pretty?
    Watts: No. It's because I'm not Jaune. And a host of other reasons related to suitable age, personal feelings, professionalism, not taking advantage of a woman, and a desire not to be strung up by my entrails by my mistress.

  • Acting Unnatural: Blake's attempts to blend in at White Fang meetings make her stand out for being too inconspicuous. Meanwhile, Nora's Genki Girl actions such as loudly singing and even heckling the recruiter make her seem eager and committed to the cause.
  • Adaptational Intelligence:
    • Ruby pays more attention to odd things around her than in canon. After her silver eyes activate, she asks Ozpin about it since he was the first person to comment on her eye color.
    • Played with by Jaune. In terms of book smarts, he's far ahead of his canon self, and is able to debate with Dr. Oobleck at the hyperactive man's talking speed. On the other hand, even canon Jaune, who tried to serenade Weiss with a guitar, looks leagues more intelligent in terms of social skills than this one.
  • Adaptational Nice Guy:
    • White Sheep's Salem is still a brutal ruler who has underlings ranging from manipulators and sociopaths to outright psychopaths, but she is a doting parent to her children, loves her husband, and has switched her focus to merely conquering the world instead of destroying it. Gets progressively played up as the story progresses, until she executes a near-complete Heel&#;Face Turn when Jaune and his friends convince her of the feasibility of their goal for peace; she decides to give up on her own to take over the world, simply live a peaceful life with her family instead, and find a way to die so that she can be buried beside her husband.
    • Cinder is still Salem's ruthless minion, but appears to be far from the pure sociopath she was in canon; she has hints of genuine affection for Jaune (good luck spotting it through her usual treatment of him, though).
    • Through Character Development, Mercury actually becomes a better person, even getting a girlfriend.
  • Adaptational Villainy: Downplayed. Ozpin is on the side of good and is only an enemy to Jaune due to his conflict with Salem, but he has shown to be more controlling and condescending than his canon counterpart. He doesn't trust his companions with the whole truth, constantly dismisses Oscar's feelings and inadvertently humiliates him in front of his peers, and tries to make Jaune's group obey him without question instead of compromising by being open. At the Battle of Haven, he was willing to leave Qrow to his fate in order to save the world and get the Relics, and was reluctantly willing to use violence to force his students to follow him. It's no wonder that Oscar restrains him after he stretched his authority too much. Afterwards, Ozpin refuses to allow Oscar any control over their body and plots the fall of Atlas as a "necessary sacrifice" in the war against Salem. He later gets a Jerkass Realization and works to make amends; in fairness sake, after spending thousands of years fighting Salem, the fact that just twenty-five years ago a single man managed to do what no one else could - make Salem become a better person - seems completely ridiculous, particularly to someone who has been fighting against her for thousands of years.
  • Adapted Out:
    • Hazel is missing from the story, mentioned in one chapter as having gotten into a drunken bet involving finding a Grimm Unicorn for his niece. He finally shows up in the final chapter, having found a unicorn.
    • While not fully gone, Zwei never gets sent to Ruby and Yang in this story. He instead stays on Patch with Taiyang.
    • A lot of the side characters introduced in the tournament never get mentioned, the closest being a girl with Reese's description in line for the bathroom at the dance.
    • Vernal's entire appearance involves showing up to threaten Jaune, then getting an off-screen beatdown. Like Hazel, she shows up briefly in the final chapter.
    • The Nucklelavee doesn't show up at all.
    • Junior and the Malachites are omitted, although Oscar is implied to be in a relationship with the twins in the Distant Finale.
  • Adults Are Useless: Well, their advice is.
    • When Ruby is faced with the moral dilemma of "take Jaune for my own," or "let Yang have happiness with him," she tries to think of her mother as an inspiration. Then she realizes that her mother made moves on her father pretty much the instant his ex-wife left him, without even waiting, and had Ruby just over two years after the ex left. Ruby quickly starts looking for a different inspiration (for her immediate problem).
    • Jaune explains to Yang that his dad always said "All you need is confidence" to attract a woman. Yang then points out that Jaune's mom wasn't drawn in by his dad's confidence, she locked him in her basement and "sexed him into submission." Jaune then agrees with her and starts wondering what the hell his father was thinking.
  • Alien Blood: Jaune's Grimm form has black blood, from which he can spawn obedient Grimm.
  • All Animals Are Dogs:
    • Man-slayer, Jaune's pet giant Beowolf, is shown to behave just like a Big Friendly Dog, at least around Jaune, his family, and his friends. While drunk, Pyrrha starts crying at the thought of "Mannie" being destroyed by Huntsmen and Huntresses.
    • Kevin the Grimm Dragon behaves like a family pet to Salem's children, Jaune siccing him on Adam like an attack dog. After it accidentally swallows Weiss while doing so, Ruby chastises it and demands it spit her out. Kevin's whining behavior and looking to Jaune for guidance instead of its master's associate (Ruby) causes Ruby to compare it to Zwei trying to appeal to her or Yang when their dad denied him a treat. At a later point, she gives the dragon a belly rub.
    • Yang's Beowolf summons, which are roughly corgi-sized, act nearly exactly like dogs. It does help that Beowolves are based on wolves. Ozpin and Qrow speculate that Yang unintentionally modeled them mentally after Zwei.
  • All-Loving Hero: Nicholas Arc. First, he is a family man who is extremely in love with his wife and also very devoted to all of his children. His marriage with Salem is built on mutual trust, so he is aware of her past relationship with Ozma/Ozpin and how she got cursed with immortality by the gods and caused the extinction of the original humans. He also treats Cinder like an adopted daughter and is proud of Jaune's desire to establish peace between the Grimm and humanity. Later when Ozma/Ozpin/Oscar visited him, he made it clear that he would fight Ozma if he dared to harm his family before inviting him to meet his daughters once Ozma made his peaceful intentions clear. He later has a polite, friendly conversation with Ozma about his past and genuinely gives him comfort, advice, and sympathy for all the pain Ozma and Salem went through.
  • All Periods Are PMS: Tyrian makes a remark of this nature to harass Cinder at one point.
  • The All-Solving Hammer:
    • Early on, when Salem finds out that Jaune is at Beacon, Cinder has to talk her out of taking over Vale with an endless army of Grimm. A few minutes later, Cinder has to again inform Salem that no, an army of Grimm to crush the problem is not the answer to teenage rebellion.
    • Jaune really wants to convince people that peace is a possibility and that people should follow him, but it frequently devolves into him threatening to beat people up with his Grimm form.
  • Alternate Universe: Aside from the obvious part of Jaune being Salem's son, Salem has a different personality, Cinder is Jaune's adoptive big sister and helped raise him as his babysitter growing up, and due to this Jaune's alternate behavior or locations, the events of the story differ from canon. For instance, instead of Team RWBY and Team JNPR, Team WJRP (Whirlpool, made of its leader Weiss, Jaune, Ruby, and Pyrrha) and Team RYBN (Ribbon, made of its leader Ren, Yang, Blake, and Nora) are formed after an altered initiation test.
  • Always Chaotic Evil: Played with. When Yang's Beowolf summons encounter Nora, who starts calling them "puppies" and cuddling them. They're still Grimm, so they attack her, but because they're so small this amounts to "gnawing futilely on her head while she hugs and snuggles them."
  • Amazingly Embarrassing Parents:
    • Salem to Jaune and especially the adopted Cinder, though the rest of the family doesn't get out so easily. Nicholas even gets in on the fun.
    • Taiyang briefly takes this role when he shows up to meet Jaune after he and Yang get together. Despite being fairly civil, he still manages to embarrass his daughter by unwittingly sharing some of Salem's I Want Grandkids attitude.
    • After meeting her parents in Menagerie, Blake experiences some truly colossal levels of embarrassment. She even wonders if they are just trolling her as a form of punishment for running away with the White Fang all those years ago.
  • An Arm and a Leg:
    • Jaune and his sisters tend to lose tentacles a lot when fighting in their Grimm forms, but those can regenerate.
    • As in canon, Yang loses her arm to Adam, though the circumstances are slightly different.
    • Yang freaks out when her mother cuts off Yin, who is acting as a replacement arm. She thinks that not only has she lost the same arm twice, but she's also lost her new "son" but Yin regrows from her arm stump and explains that he's fine and that external damage won't prevent him from regenerating inside Yang's body.
  • And Then What?: Jaune uses this reasoning to get Ozpin and Salem to agree to his plan to summon the Gods, even though it could mean The End of the World as We Know It. While Ozpin and Salem are currently sane and not trying to manipulate the world into killing each other, the two are immortal, and Salem's negative emotions are always amplified due to her Grimm nature. Just because they're sane now doesn't mean they won't start the fighting again in another eighty or two hundred years thanks to their fraying sanity and lack of loved ones to keep them in check.
  • Apologetic Attacker: While Jaune and the other new students methodically kill the Death Stalker during the Beacon initiation, Jaune apologizes in his mind for having to kill a creature that had fallen into insanity and could otherwise have been spared.
  • Aren't You Going to Ravish Me?: Whenever "Hentacle" restrains Blake, she expects something naughty to ensue. It doesn't help that "Hentacle" revealed he knew Blake's name without being told, or that he previously told her classmates his intentions didn't involve them (emphasis by others, not Jaune).
  • Armor-Piercing Question: Though she arguably gives several to the God of Darkness, the question Yang asks that really makes him pause is, "What do you want?"
  • Armor-Piercing Response: Ruby manages several during a press conference in her capacity as the Ambassador of the Grimmlands, most of them by accident. She responds to an accusation of being a traitor to humanity by pointing out that she could, but doesn't, simply let the Grimm kill them all rather than argue for peace, and rebuts an argument that Atlas was simply defending themselves against the Grimm by countering that Atlas sent a battleship into the Grimmlands to attack them without any plausible basis to claim self-defense.
  • Armor-Piercing Slap: Cinder slaps Jaune across the face when he complains to her that he might as well get himself killed to stop being a burden to her. Downplays the "armor piercing" part since Jaune's Aura blocks the physical damage, but Jaune is still hurt emotionally.
  • Artistic License &#; Biology: In-Universe, this is Jaune's reaction to reading actual tentacle hentai, pointing out that tentacles do not work that way, nor are they erogenous zones - he compares them to flexible arms. Considering he and his siblings tend to lose them during fights, they are far less sensitive than the rest of their bodies.
  • Ask a Stupid Question Yang has a moment after yet another encounter with Hentacle.

    Nora: You're not worried about what happened?
    Yang: You mean that [Ruby] keeps getting molested by Hentacle?
    Nora: No, the skeletal implications of growing up with a Semblance based on speed. Of course I mean the Hentacle thing!

  • Awesome, but Impractical: After the Breach, Ozpin's group learn that Jaune can detect Grimm and believe it to be his Semblance. Since Jaune always refuses to use his Semblance in spars, claiming it's "too dangerous", they deduce that it might also allow the Grimm to detect him in turn. Jaune's actual "Semblance" is his Grimm transformation and can't be used lest someone realize what he is and try to kill him.


  • Babies Ever After: In addition to Yin, Jaune and Yang also end up having other, natural born, children. Even Ruby manages to have one with Jaune as well.
  • Backhanded Compliment: Jaune is frequently the target of these, often from Weiss. Inverted when he compares himself unfavorably to someone else (such as in terms of video game skill or diplomatic speaking capacity) in a manner that others (again, usually Weiss) complain makes him sound proud of such perceived inferiority.
  • Badass Finger Snap: Jaune uses one in the middle of the Atlas Council to order his summoned Grimm to (pretend to) Kill 'Em All.
  • Badass Transplant:
    • After Yang's right arm is cut off, Jaune implants her with a Grimm parasite that will be able to act as a new arm. While Yang can't control it directly, she quickly learns to integrate it into her fighting style.
    • Ironwood still has a half-cyborg body, which he uses effectively against Jaune in a rooftop battle.
  • Bait-and-Switch Comment:
    • When Jaune tries to buy Ruby an expensive comic, she insists she's not worth that much. Jaune agrees she's worth far more than the comic.
    • On their date to a very upscale restaurant, Yang feels out of place due to not having proper attire and tells Jaune everyone's staring at her. Jaune agrees that of course they're staring because she's the most beautiful woman in the restaurant.
    • In the final chapter, Roman talks about how much harder things are gonna be for thieves now, causing his men to believe he's breaking up the gang. Roman instead launches into a New Era Speech of all the thievery to be done.
  • Batman Gambit: Ozpin makes a failed attempt when he has Yang kidnapped by Ironwood's robot army, having expected the Grimm to invade Atlas in retribution. It fails when the Grimm, via the newly titled Crown Prince, seek a diplomatic solution to the problem.
  • Be Careful What You Wish For:
    • After hearing about Jaune's mother and the lessons she gave him on leadership, Pyrrha says that she'd like to meet her. In an aversion of her canon death, Cinder instead kidnaps her and takes her to Salem directly, where Pyrrha is Salem's guest until the teams come to rescue her.
    • Early on, Remy encourages Jaune to find out what Tentacle Sex is, as it might be a clue to how to integrate human and grimm societies (since both use tentacles). When Jaune and Remy find out, Remy is so horrified he insists that Jaune go back to Salem's original designs and wipe out the human race.
    • When Ozpin used his wish with Jinn to know what Salem's plans are, he does find out. He was not expecting that to include "phone sex with her husband and a marital aid."
  • The Beastmaster:
    • Jaune and his sisters can all command the Grimm, though older siblings' orders outrank those of younger ones (Jaune can't countermand his older sister Sapphire but can countermand his younger sister Amber). Naturally, Salem's orders overrule all of her children. That said, there are differing degrees to how well Grimm can be controlled by the family of Salem. While most Grimm will instantly obey them, ancient ones have been shown to be able to resist commands for one reason or another - the Nevermore and the Deathstalker in initiation both resisted Jaune's commands to leave him alone, and Mannie has been shown to ignore commands by Salem at times (even if it's as minor as stealing her scroll and not giving it back).
    • When Jaune gives Yang a Grimm parasite to replace the arm Adam cut off her, Yang also gains the ability to create (miniature) Beowolves and control them. Once Jaune becomes Salem's heir and Crown Prince, the order is shaken up - he now can countermand all his sisters' orders to the Grimm, but is still subservient to Salem. Then the God of Darkness severs Salem's family's connection to the Grimm.
  • Beleaguered Assistant: Watts comes across like this. Basically, anything that doesn't involve hurting people or the Grimm is his job, ranging from buying supplies to teaching the kids to holding Pyrrha's hair out of her face as she recovers from the hangover she got drinking with Salem.
  • Believing Their Own Lies:
    • Doctor Oobleck and Jaune debate the concept of Grimm being "mindless" (accepting that they lack complex reasoning but do exhibit logical behavior and use simple strategy, showing at least the thought level of animals). Oobleck clarifies that the idea of Grimm mindlessness came from propaganda that gradually became accepted as fact.
    • The Atlas Council appears to fully buy in to the propaganda of Atlas' invincibility, even with a Grimm army at their doorstep.
  • Benevolent Genie: The Jinn of Knowledge can actually answer as many questions as she wants and is willing to do so to help Teams WJRP and RYBN. She was just being difficult with Ozma because he was monopolizing her.
  • Berserk Button:
    • Weiss and Emerald love their natural hair colors. Having their hair dyed a different color against their will leaves them livid for days. Weiss further detests hearing people compliment the unwanted change, which left Neptune losing any chance of dating Weiss due to giving her a nickname based on her dyed green hair.
    • The Religion of Evil that glorifies Adam after his death quickly becomes one for Blake. During the Battle of Haven, when Blake yells to Ren for help while facing multiple enemies, his half-hearted "Adam watches over you" causes her to overwhelm her enemies in a violent rage.
    • Hurting Jaune's sister sends him into an Unstoppable Rage, and the only reason he doesn't slaughter his friends is because Ruby's silver eyes activated early and drove him off.
    • Hurting Yang causes an interesting reaction in Jaune: He combines Unstoppable Rage with Tranquil Fury, where he remains rational but starts thinking like a Grimm and bends all his not-inconsiderable might to destroying the thing that hurt hurt her, with no care for minor things like "humanity" or "honor." This results in Adam getting eaten by a dragon at the Battle of Beacon.
  • Beta Couple: Velvet and Mercury become this over the first half of the story. In contrast to all the comical romances in the story, which are created in the blink of an eye, the relationship between these two is slow-paced and natural. They meet by mere chance, start to hang out, grow more friendly and comfortable with each other and eventually the Ship Tease begins. It is perhaps the only normal romance in the entire story, which is saying something considering the large amount of couples it has.
  • Beware My Stinger Tail: Both the Death Stalker and Tyrian can use their tails in combat. Tyrian's performance is more effective.
  • Big Brother Instinct: Jaune enters into a feral rage and nearly murders his friends in blind anger when he sees that they almost killed Lavender. Later, he tries to beat up Ren in a sparring match for "stealing" Lavender's first kiss only to start shipping him with Lavender after the sparring is finished, thinking that his "punishment" of Ren would deny his other sisters the "right" to do so.
  • Black-and-White Insanity: Later chapters make it clear that Ozpin went off the deep end a long time ago when it comes to Salem and the Grimm. He ignores the massive amount of evidence that the war has become a White-and-Grey Morality and that Grimm-persons have all the emotions and psychology of ordinary humans. The idea of Atlas falling to the Grimm is fine in his mind because it will "prove to the other Kingdoms that Salem can be fought", but the idea of Atlas making peace with the Grimm is abominable because it will "give Salem a foothold to take over the world." He later realizes what he's doing and steps back at the last moment. Nicholas even lampshades that someone as old as him who has been fighting a Forever War isn't going to be able to quickly adapt to a twenty-five year-old change in circumstances.
  • Black Comedy: When Jaune asks if Remy's implying Grimm participate in food fights, Remy replies that technically all fights between Grimm and humans are food fights.
  • Blatant Lies:
    • When caught in the bushes by Ozpin and Ironwood, Mercury claims he dropped his scroll and is currently looking for it. Not only are his clothes obviously askew and lipstick marks visible on his face, Velvet's bunny ears are sticking out of the bushes next to him. Ozpin and Ironwood decide to act like they believe him and leave quickly.
    • Ruby reminisces on a time when she and Yang were accused of trying to feed aura-infused dog food to Zwei, so they blamed Qrow for the mess. This would have probably worked better if a) Yang wasn't holding the dog food at the time and b) Qrow wasn't standing next to Taiyang when they blamed him.
  • The Blind Leading the Blind:
    • On their first day at Beacon, Jaune asks if Ruby knows where they're supposed to go only for her to reply she was following him.
    • During their first meeting, Jaune tries giving social advice to Penny.
  • Blunt "Yes": When the God of Darkness accuses Yang of trying to turn him against the God of Light, saying she wants him to do her dirty work, she responds with, "Yeah, pretty much." But that doesn't make her wrong.
  • Bothering by the Book:
    • Ironwood states that the Grimmlands aren't formally recognized as a Kingdom and Atlas can't make deals or negotiate with them until they are. Weiss points out that they're currently meeting with the Grimmlands' representative and future leader and negotiating a possible deal with them, actions that imply diplomatic recognition.
    • Chapter 99 reveals that the Jinn of Knowledge must answer three questions per century. She can answer more but came to dislike Ozma for locking her away and monopolizing her powers, so she's only done the minimum required of her.
  • Boyfriend Bluff: While trying to infiltrate the White Fang, the recruiter tries to hit on all the girls from Teams WJRP and RYBN; they get out of it by claiming Nora and Blake are dating Ren, while Weiss, Pyrrha, Ruby, and Yang are with Jaune.
  • Bread, Eggs, Breaded Eggs: In Signal, Yang once blew up the gymnasium, beat up some guys who groped her, and used some guys who groped her to blow up a gymnasium.
  • Briar Patching: Weiss wants to go to Mistral to meet her team. She manages to trick her father into sending her to Mistral by expressing fake reluctance to go to Mistral and pretending to want to stay in Atlas with General Ironwood.
  • Brick Joke:
    • Early in the story, Pyrrha gets out of helping Ruby with an embarrassing request by saying she has to wash her feet. Come chapter , Ruby uses the same excuse on Jaune to avoid helping him convince Ozpin and Salem to summon the Gods.
    • When Lavender first meets Ruby, she jokes that if she and Jaune got together and had a kid, it'd be a silver-eyed monster who would knock themselves out whenever they look in the mirror. The Distant Finale reveals that Ruby and Jaune's son does in fact have Silver Eyes.
  • Bridal Carry:
    • After Ruby falls asleep in the library, Jaune carries her back to their dorm room in this manner. Ruby bites and sucks on Jaune's neck while asleep, leaving him with a noticeable hickey that gets her relentlessly teased by both Teams WJRP and RYBN.
    • "Hentacle" carries Adam Taurus out of an Atlas ambush in this manner, adding a tentacle around Adam's waist to avoid dropping him. An unnamed female White Fang member takes special notice of this.
  • Bruiser with a Soft Center: What ultimately allows Jaune to woo Yang. Most people just see the "Bruiser" aspect of her, and while that's nice and all, they assume she's a beautiful, hard-drinking, hard fighting woman and that's it, so she's grown used to clumsy flirting attempts based on those lines. Jaune, with no social cues telling him otherwise, gives honest complements on her beauty, buys her flowers, and takes her out to a nice restaurant, which come completely out of left field for her.
  • Bullying a Dragon: Despite Cinder telling him to call off the attack, and knowing that she has the Grimm behind her, Adam still attacks the Vytal Festival. Then he taunts Jaune once he shows up in Hentacle form. This leads to Jaune deciding to summon the giant Grimm dragon Kevin to eat Adam. He does.
  • Butt-Monkey:
    • All of Cardin's attempts to bully Jaune end up humiliating Cardin in front of their classmates.
    • After meeting Jaune, Torchwick is disciplined by Cinder and rumors start flying around that he and "Hentacle" are lovers.
    • Sun Wukong winds up on the receiving end of such indignities as being mistaken for a stalker, getting left behind at the docks and mistaken for a hobo, and being knocked out with Blake's porn—twice.


  • Cain and Abel:
    • Defied by Jaune when Sapphire usesWith Us or Against Us and offers to let Jaune kill her with Sapphire's own sword. Jaune is horrified and immediately rejects the idea, but Sapphire maintains her position in the argument.
    • Raven Branwen later tries, but fails, to kill Qrow Branwen at the Battle of Haven. Initially because Qrow's wording and misunderstandings made her think that he had sex with Yang, but once that's cleared up, she still tries to kill Qrow because he's protecting Yang from Raven (who sees Yin as proof that Yang sold herself to Salem).
  • Canon Marches On: By the author's own admission, the story started as a Crack Fic but the revelations of Salem having previously had a husband and children while corrupted by the Grimm essence changed the genre into a Comedy AU. The author mentions in a note that he regrets rewriting the ending to accomodate the reveals, but the ending was well-received.
  • Cape Snag: The altered initiation test averts the canon occurrence of this trope regarding Ruby, but during the second battle between Jaune and General Ironwood, Jaune notices Ironwood attempting to use Jaune's cloak against him. He discards the cloak to defy this trope.
  • Captain Obvious: Lampshaded by Ironwood during a talk with Winter after Jaune announce he's Grimm royalty and Atlas kidnapped his fiance.

    Winter:We're in a bad situation, sir.
    Ironwood: With comments like that, you'll soon be promoted to Captain.
    Winter: Captain Obvious. With comments like that, you'll soon be mistaken for a father making "dad jokes".

  • Cassandra Truth:
    • Cardin repeatedly fails to expose Jaune's Grimm form to his classmates and teachers, and makes himself look bad in the process.
    • Neither Adam Taurus nor General Ironwood believe "Hentacle" when he tells them his goal is world peace. Qrow also doubts Jaune's ability to attain this goal.
  • Casual Kink: Salem and Nicholas are pretty open about their inventive sex lives. Oscar is disgusted, but Ozpin genuinely doesn't care.

    Ozpin: Now Oscar, we do not kink shame.

  • Catapult Nightmare: Cardin has one about Jaune/"Hentacle" in Chapter
  • Chekhov's Gunman: Kevin, the Grimm dragon, is mentioned in chapters 2 and 6 before his official introduction in chapter
  • Chick Magnet:
    • Jaune, both in his human and Grimm form. Jaune's friendly and earnest personality motivates several of the girls in Beacon to crush on him, and after his Grimm form is publicly revealed, several Faunus women try to join the White Fang purely for the chance to meet him.
    • Lie Ren, much to Nora's consternation. He's attractive enough that Jaune wants to introduce him to his sisters as a potential suitor, and he managed to attract the attention of a random student at Beacon as well as some girls from the White Fang during an infiltration mission, Jaune's younger sister Lavender, and Sienna Kahn.
  • Child Prodigy: Deconstructed by Weiss when it comes to Ruby. Yes, it is very impressive that Ruby is so good at fighting that she got into Beacon two years early. However, that means that Ruby has to work that much harder than everyone else to keep up, because those two years she skipped weren't just filler—they were full of valuable information and knowledge that Ruby doesn't know now. Weiss asks a history question of Ruby that would have been on any third or fourth year test at Signal, and Ruby can't answer it.
  • Children Are Innocent:
    • Students, teachers, and relatives are all desperate to prevent Ruby from learning what tentacle hentai is. Yang tells her to wait until she's fifty before asking about it again. They finally fail when Ruby finds some at the Vytal Festival.
    • Ruby actually defies this, asking in an innocent tone of voice what "the talk" is, before laughing at Weiss for falling for it. As she later points out, she's fifteen, not five. However, she believed Yang's explanation of the "base system" in which "home run" meant bringing the boy home to be judged by the family before she would be allowed to kiss him.
    • Played with when it comes to Lavender. Jaune considers her this and she does play up the stereotype but in private she's as manipulative as Cinder is.
  • Clingy Jealous Girl:
    • Nora is affectionately clingy towards Ren and doesn't like it when other women become interested in him. It's hinted that Ren never had to deal with admirers due to Nora scaring them off, but he is unaware of it. When Sienna flirts with Ren, he suddenly feels like Nora (who's hundreds of miles away) is glaring at him from behind.
    • Cinder's reaction to hearing of Jaune's "dates" is to angrily think girls are "stealing" him from her. Surprisingly, she does very little in the end to actually get in the way of his romantic prospects.
    • Amusingly, Pyrrha took out her weapon in chapter 26 when she thought Emerald had slept with Jaune.
    • Salem, when asked "What would happen if Nicholas had sex with someone who isn't you," casually answers that she would wipe out the entire human race. She completely misses the point of the question, which was to demonstrate why Jaune wouldn't go for the harem solution.
  • Closest Thing We Got: When Jaune brings flowers to Yang, she grabs Blake and drags her into the bathroom, begging for help and romantic advice. When Blake asks why her, Yang points out that the other options she had at the moment were Ruby, Nora, and Ren, which makes Blake comment that what Yang is saying is correct and also very sad. It turns out later, though, that Ruby would have been a good option, as she had a secret boyfriend for a week back in Signal that Yang never knew about.
  • Clueless Chick Magnet:
    • Jaune Salem Arc is completely unaware of any attraction. He gains the romantic attention of Ruby, Yang, Pyrrha, Cinder, and Velvet. Ironically, Yang only starts getting romantic feelings for him because she mistakenly asked him on a date; it takes a while for him to realize that she's serious after all. Emerald starts getting romantic feelings towards him, but then firmly stamps them down and ignores them.
    • Ren is, if anything, worse than Jaune. He's drawn the attention of Nora, Sienna, and Lavender. Blake's parents want to set him up with her (to the point of invoking There Is Only One Bed), but he has shown romantic interest in precisely zero of them. Unlike Jaune, he doesn't have a reason for his social cluelessness.
  • Combat Tentacles: Jaune's Grimm form can sprout several powerful tendrils to use as both bludgeons and grasping limbs or retract them to avoid injuring them or pass himself off as human. They're not protected by Aura like the rest of his body, but he can internally regenerate them if they are severed. All of Jaune's sisters have the same ability, and Yin can also take this form (and others) to support Yang.
  • Comedic Sociopathy: When Jaune is snatched out of the air by a giant Nevermore during Initiation, Ozpin cheerfully asks who wants to be next. He appears to be invoking this trope to keep people from panicking, as it takes him a few sips of coffee before he is able to speak.
  • Comically Missing the Point:
  • Comically Small Demand: Jaune is willing to order the Grimm to never attack Atlas again in exchange for them giving back Yang. The only thing stopping this from being made official is Ironwood stating that he doesn't have the legal authority to close the deal without the approval of the Atlas Council. And unfortunately, the Council is trapped in the myth of Atlas' invincibility and can't capitulate, even on such a small demand. Jaune gives them multiple outs, until he and Ironwood eventually stage a fake war that will leave Atlas with its pride intact.
  • Confusion Fu: After her right arm is replaced by a Grimm parasite that Yang doesn't directly control, Yang's fighting style becomes much more confusing, as she controls her left arm and legs, while Yin handles the right arm.
  • Contrived Coincidence: In chapter 17, Ruby pulls a Look Behind You just in time for an explosion to go off in the distance, shocking both Jaune and Ruby.
  • Cool Sword: Qrow's weapon certainly counts, but Raven Branwen and Adam Taurus each wield a "crimson blade" with enough skill to be recognizable based on their weapons and capabilities.
  • The Coup: When the Atlas Council can't capitulate over Jaune's reasonable demands, Jaune and Ironwood stage a fake war, which automatically puts Atlas under martial law, meaning Ironwood is now the sole authority. They plan to "fight" for a few weeks until Ironwood "forces" Jaune to accept a peace treaty, including paying a large amount of Dust for damages. The Council fails to notice that Jaune offered all this in the first place.
  • Covert Pervert:
    • Ruby, to the shock of all. Due to repeated close encounters with Jaune's Grimm form she acquires a tentacle fetish. It didn't help that she subconsciously picked up on the fact she was perfectly safe every time he caught her, causing said encounters to be pleasurable rather then terrifying.
    • Blake tries to be, but Nora (and, to a lesser extent, their teammates) won't let her. They don't find out about her own tentacle fetish, though, so it's more of a Multilayer Façade.
    • Pyrrha has trouble getting the thought of sex with Jaune and Cinder out of her head.
  • Crazy-Prepared:
    • Cinder and Watts made plans for Watts to be ordained as a priest in case any of the Arc siblings needed to be wed, so as to avoid having to kidnap a priest again. Tyrian somehow managed to be ordained as well.
    • Before Jaune's meeting with the Atlas Council, Ironwood and Winter go over their preparations. In particular, they gave the snipers strict orders to not fire on Jaune under any circumstances, including seeming to receive the order from Ironwood himself. Shooting Jaune would get the entire country killed, and they made sure all their men knew it.
  • Cringe Comedy: Chapter 16 ends with an After-Action Report written by Penny about her tour of Vale with Ruby and Jaune, containing multiple Un-Entendre misinterpretations of the aforementioned event, and sent to her Atlesian military general with the hope that Ironwood will be pleased by her progress in acting like a normal person.
  • Crippling Overspecialization:
    • Due to an incident where he accidentally stabbed his father, Jaune never learned sword and shield techniques, and was trained to fight solely in his Grimm form. He ends up performing poorly in combat since he can't use his Grimm form in front of his friends. That said, when he fights in his Grimm form, he's nigh-unstoppable. By his own admission, he's capable of beating Cinder in one-on-one combat when he does.
    • Jaune notes that most of his blood sisters also have this problem, except Lavender, who (being younger and weaker than Jaune and the others) defies this by training in sword techniques to gain an advantage over her siblings.
  • Cruel to Be Kind: Weiss explains that she's not getting on Ruby's case about copying Jaune's homework because she enjoys Ruby's suffering, but because neither the school exams nor the Grimm will care that Ruby's two years younger than everyone else. If anything, Ruby's Grade Skipper status means she has to work and study harder than everyone else so she doesn't fall behind or get killed. Weiss provides an example of a history question that Ruby would have learned in one of the years she skipped and points out that there are other skills Ruby will also have to learn.
  • The Cuckoolander Was Right: In Chapter 98, Ruby thinks the person knocking on the door might have pizza, despite being in the middle of the Grimmlands. It's actually Jaune's father, who did bring pizza.
  • Cuffs Off, Rub Wrists: Yang tries this while held in an Atlesian research facility, but since her right arm isn't under her own conscious control, she needs to ask Yin to help.
  • Cult:
    • Following Adam's death, the Albain brothers name him a martyr and reformat his faction of the White Fang into a cult worshipping him. Blake is not amused.
    • After Jaune outs himself to the world, cults form worshiping him (and indirectly the rest of his family).
  • Curb-Stomp Battle:
    • Adam Taurus vs. Kevin the Grimm dragon. It's less a fight and more Adam frantically running away with his strongest blows barely scratching Kevin. After Adam loses his weapon and tries to take a hostage, Kevin crunches Adam in a single bite. The most difficult part of the battle is that Ruby has to order Kevin to spit out Weiss, who was standing next to Adam.
    • Any time Jaune has gone all out, nobody has stood a chance against him. Adam came closest, and might have been able to defeat him, but Jaune was just stalling for Kevin to arrive.
    • Vernal taunts Jaune by telling him he's "no one important." Cue offscreen beatdown of Raven's "best student."
    • All of Salem's faction, the Atlas army, and the White Fang are completely incapable of even mildly inconveniencing the God of Darkness. With a heroic effort, they manage to cut off his leg which he ignores, standing on one leg until he gets bored and regenerates it.
  • Cursed With Awesome: Yang initially feels horribly violated by Jaune implanting a Grimm creature into her arm, and is disturbed by the thing whispering thoughts into her mind and calling her "mom". But she soon changes her mind once Yin helps her mop the floor with the Raven's bandits with his shapeshifting powers.


  • Danger Deadpan: The Beacon initiation test begins with Jaune being launched off a cliff and caught by a giant Nevermore, carried off to what the teachers and other students believe is his certain death. Everyone is left in Stunned Silence, and Ozpin needs a sip of coffee - followed by three more sips - before he turns to the others and asks, "So, who wants to go next?"
  • Dark Is Not Evil:
    • Jaune has Grimm heritage, and can take on a mutant Grimm form, but is clearly not eager to commit world domination.
    • Downplayed with the "mindless" Grimm. While most Grimm are still eager to destroy humanity, many can be quite genial, at least when interacting with Jaune, and he can use them for heroic ends. A great example of this is a Nevermore who saw Jaune getting launched into the Forest in initiation, and immediately swooped in to "rescue" him, bringing him back to its nest and grooming him.
    • During the final battle, the Grimm are freed from the control of Salem and her family. The God of Darkness believes that they'll stop attacking him and go after all the tasty humans and faunus instead. Instead, after a moment of disorientation, they resume their attack on the God, sticking with Salem's family.
    • The God of Darkness eventually switches sides, fighting the God of Light, and proving to be a benevolent god for Remnant.
  • Deadly Gaze: Downplayed. Ruby Rose's silver eyes are shown to induce discomfort in Jaune and Remy and cause Lavender to faint, though the effect is not permanently harmful yet despite having the potential to eventually become lethal. It's also one of the only things that can knock Jaune out of his Berserker Mode. The God of Darkness eventually reveals that the Silver Eyes are the result of the God of Light's tampering. The Distant Finale reveals that Ruby and Jaune's kid has silver eyes as well. What effect this will have on him is unknown, given that Silver Eyes are an anti-Grimm weapon and the kid is part Grimm.
  • Deadpan Snarker:
    • Remington/"Remy," the Grimm parasite living inside Jaune. He doesn't care about humans at all, and always has a sarcastic remark ready for everything that goes on around him. This is despite an author's note denying that Remy and Jaune were intended to be a Straight Man and Wise Guy pairing.
    • Jaune gets in a good one every now and then.

      Remy: I think [the Death Stalker] escaped.
      Jaune: Such insight, Remy you've outdone yourself.

  • Death by Adaptation: Both Albain brothers are killed in the Battle of Haven, instead of only Fennec at Menagerie.
  • Defeat by Modesty: Qrow and Sapphire fight at an equal level, but Qrow manages to make her run away by groping her butt and flirting with her. In Qrow's defense, he thought Sapphire was a sexless Grimm pretending to be human and shows disgust when he realizes what he did.
  • Defecting for Love: Played with. Mercury Black is so busy trying to defend Velvet during the White Fang's attack on Beacon that he accidentally ends up doing this. He doesn't realize until too late that he's still heavily implicated in the attack, but decides to just go with it, and ends up willingly surrendering and selling out his old allies in a plea deal so he can be with his girlfriend.
  • Demoted to Extra:
    • Neptune wasn't a major character before, but his screw up when flirting with Weiss (complimenting her hair color when she had it forcibly dyed) means that he really gets the focus taken off of him.
    • Once Pyrrha gets taken to the Grimmlands, she basically fades from the story until Jaune shows up in the castle again. And even before then, she wasn't all that big. In canon, she played an important role in Jaune's character development, but at best her character can be described here as "Has a crush on Jaune and supportive of teammates."
  • Despair Event Horizon: Salem and Ozpin reach theirs when they learn the only way to remove the curse upon them is to summon the gods, who will likely wipe out humanity and are almost guaranteed to wipe out anyone with a trace of Grimm in them.
  • Detect Evil: Jaune can sense the presence of Grimm, which he uses to warn civilians of the approaching Grimm just before the Breach. Afterwards Ozpin's group wonder if it's his Semblance, but it's actually due to being half-Grimm.
  • Did I Just Say That Out Loud?: While Weiss is pretending Jaune's her boyfriend, one casual conversation has Yang call Jaune "lover-boy." Weiss immediately orders him: "Eyes on me. I'm your girlfriend." She instantly regrets the second sentence.
  • Did We Just Have Tea with Cthulhu?: While she is still a force for evil, Salem is pretty polite on a person-to-person basis. At one point she has a really awkward, but otherwise perfectly cultural dinner with Pyrrha. Her son takes it even further, being an all around Nice Guy as in canon.
  • Did You Just Flip Off Cthulhu?: When Jaune's conversation (read: argument) with his mother goes nowhere, Yang bursts in and yells at both of them to sit down and shut up.
  • Did You Just Romance Cthulhu?: Nicolas Arc did. They had eight kids. Yang and Qrow also semi-qualify after entering relationships with Jaune and Coral respectively.
  • Didn't Think This Through:
  • Dies Differently in Adaptation: Adam dies 3 volumes earlier than canon when he is eaten by the Grimm dragon during the attack on Beacon.
  • Digging Yourself Deeper: When he tries to justify groping Sapphire, Qrow says that he thought she was a Grimm. Most who hear this argument point out that it makes it sound like he regularly molests women or Grimm and is okay with that.
  • Disappointed in You: Ren's dressing down of Nora and Blake for infiltrating the White Fang amounts to how disappointed he is that neither of them left a note or anyway to be contacted. If anything went wrong, he and Yang would've been stuck waiting for days (or possibly forever) to learn what happened to them.
  • Discriminate and Switch:
    • When Nora calls Sun a criminal and drags him to team RYBN's room, Blake calls her out for it, saying that just because he's a Faunus doesn't mean he's in the White Fang. Nora points that he did, however, sneak onto that a and caught a ride, which was illegal, so he is a criminal.
    • In the second interlude, Nicholas remarks that their uncles don't count for his children knowing how to interact with people, especially not Tyrian who's barely human. Not because Tyrian's a Faunus, but because he's a crazy idiot.
  • Dissimile: Nora uses one which Ren does not appreciate.

    Nora: He's like a vending machine of love. You have to put some love in, but sometimes the lovey goodness you want back gets stuck in the mechanism and you need to give it a few good hits to shake it loose.
    Ren: Nora, that is the worst analogy I've ever heard.

  • Distant Finale: The final scene of the series takes place twenty years after the Final Battle and focuses on Oscar dealing with his responsibilities as headmaster of Beacon while reminiscing on everyone's fates.
  • Distracted by the Sexy: On at least three different occasions up to Chapter 37, members of Team WJRP and/or Team RYBN have said or done things of this nature that caused passers-by to almost-or-actually walk into light posts or similar obstructions.
  • Ditzy Genius: Jaune is absolutely brilliant when it comes to academics, having grades that surpass Weiss's and being the only person who can keep pace with Oobleck. In social situations, he's even more clueless than Penny.
  • Don't Sneak Up On Me Like That: Blake is nervous and hoping she doesn't get caught smuggling tentacle hentai to Ruby, so when Ruby suddenly appears behind Blake and says "Is that it?" Blake nearly jumps away before realizing who it is. A few seconds later, Blake is startled again, this time by Sun coming up behind her and asking "Can I help?" In her panic, Blake strikes Sun's head with the package of porn, stunning him.
  • Dope Slap: Jaune spoils a White Fang rally infiltration by being kicked off a roof in front of Roman Torchwick, and "Hentacle" is seen fighting to "capture" him. Pyrrha and Ruby smack Jaune upside the head when Jaune tries to brush it off as "just" another failed abduction like the previous "Hentacle" encounters.
  • Dramatic Irony:
    • Due to one honest mistake after another, Teams RYBN and WYRP, as well as several Beacon staff and Atlesian military personnel, have seen Jaune in his Grimm form and seek to protect Jaune from "Hentacle" without realizing that the two are the same person.
    • The one character not of Salem's or Cinder's forces who knows Jaune is "Hentacle" is Cardin Winchester, whose first open attempt to expose Jaune in front of the aforementioned witnesses fails completely, with a resultant loss of credibility.
    • Due to him showing up around her twice and revealing he knew her name, Blake thinks "Hentacle" is out for her. Both times Jaune bumped into her were accidents, and name-dropping her was a heat-of-the-moment error.
    • After some logical if incorrect speculation, Glynda and Ozpin believe "Hentacle" wants to capture Jaune Arc because Arc has some sort of secret power. Jaune's secret power is that he's "Hentacle".
    • Thanks to Jaune's incompletely-revealed backstory (raised by a mother in a very tough environment far from the Kingdoms in the Grimmlands and trained to be very strong) and the fact that Jaune's eyes will turn red when he's sufficiently angered, Qrow initially thinks that Jaune's mother is actually Raven Branwen, his sister and Yang's mother. He realizes shortly afterward that, if this were true, then Yang and Jaune would be half-siblings. Since they're dating, he's horrified, and tries to break them up.
    • Following the above, Qrow discovers that the hot blonde he is in the middle of having sex with is Jaune's sister. Since he still believes Jaune is Raven's daughter, he jumps out of the window naked to get away from the situation.
    • Due to believing that Cinder Fall is Jaune's loyal caretaker who tried to destroy "Hentacle," General Ironwood and Headmaster Ozpin offer to make her the Fall Maiden. This renders months of her own plans to get the powers completely moot.
  • Drowning My Sorrows: Whitley quotes Jacques describing Willow Schnee as such.

    Whitley: In your own words, she's nothing but a fool who drinks to escape reality.
    Jacques:Exactly. Now if you'll excuse me[goes off to find his wife]

  • Dumbass Has a Point:
    • Remy chews Jaune out for befriending Ruby, saying she might have recognized him. Jaune points out that it was better to find out whether she recognized him earlier rather than later. Remy can't do much more than grumble.
    • When they first meet, Nora accuses Sun of being a criminal, to which Blake objects (thinking that Sun is being presumed a criminal because he's a Faunus). Nora then fires back that Sun stowed away on a ship in order to get to Vale. While she doesn't mention it, that act constitutes breaking and entering as well as illegally entering the country. Blake is forced to acknowledge the point.
    • When Winter asks Jaune what his intentions are toward Weiss, he replies "To marry her." Weiss, later on, asks him what the hell he was thinking, and he shoots back that she caught him off guard and that the truth, "I plan to dump her in a few weeks," wasn't a great option.


  • Earn Your Happy Ending: By the end of the story, the Grimmlands have made peace with the various Kingdoms, the White Fang has earned Faunus equality without violence, Salem and Ozpin will die at the end of their natural lifespans, the Gods have decided not to kill off anyone, and Jaune is happily engaged to Yang.
  • Eating the Eye Candy:
    • Several women who see Jaune shirtless take a fair bit of time to appreciate the view. Some like Neo and Yang openly stare, while others like Ruby and Pyrrha try to be more discreet about it. While being toweled dry, Jaune has to alert Cinder that he's already dry and she's been running her hands over his torso for several minutes now.
    • While teaching Sun how to approach Blake without coming off as a stalker, Nora spends a great deal of time staring at, and commenting on, his abs.
    • Ruby at one point complains to Weiss that Weiss can't complain about Ruby staring at Jaune's shirtless back, since she's doing it too. Weiss just says that she can look and admire what's there, but she both doesn't want Jaune like that and the level of intensity that Ruby was putting into it was downright creepy compared to what Weiss was doing.
    • Yang takes advantage of the opportunity to ogle Cinder in a swimsuit when Cinder is teaching Jaune to swim. Weiss mistakes her for staring at Jaune instead, and Yang responds Sure, Let's Go with That.
  • Emotion Eater: Being half-Grimm, Jaune thrives on the negativity (especially terror) of those around him. Anyone with huntsmen training such as Beacon students generally don't have enough to be noticed, and Atlesian soldiers can suppress their fear with military discipline when rallied by General Ironwood, but low-morale soldiers and White Fang mooks can feed him a surge of fear that Jaune is horrified to find he enjoys.
  • End of an Age: Besides the end of the three way conflict between humans, faunus, and Grimm, Jacques Schnee muses that in the finale that it's the end of the SDC's reign as well. Not only are they no longer irreplaceable, but even if he improved wages for miners, many would leave on principle. As such, he tenders his resignation as head of the corporation, the implication being that Weiss will take over in his stead.
  • The End of the World as We Know It: Stated almost verbatim in Chapter 99 with the revelation that even if they decide in favor of humanity, the Gods of Light and Darkness would certainly wipe out the Grimm, including everyone who's part Grimm such as Salem, her children, and Yang. They might also exterminate the Faunus due to their not being part of the gods' original plan.
  • Enemy Mine:
    • Jaune points out that telling the world about Salem could have united everyone against her, and wonders why Ozpin never did so. The Grimm are basically a weather phenomenon, not enough to unite people, but knowing there is someone specific to fight could have done wonders for morale. He forgets the part where Salem is literally impossible to kill.
    • Roman lampshades in the final chapter that nothing unites people like giving them someone else to hate even more. The God of Light serves as the new hated enemy.
  • Enraged by Idiocy:
    • Ironwood cannot handle people who think an all-out war with the Grimm can be won, at least not when he's sober. While watching the televised press conference with Ruby, who is acting as Ambassador of the Grimm, Winter notes that more than once Ironwood looks willing to swim across the ocean to Vale just to punch the reporters in the face.
    • Much of Weiss' early frustration with Jaune comes from this, as while he's plenty book smart, he knows nothing in terms of society, culture, or how to interact with normal people.
  • Entertainingly Wrong:
    • A significant chunk of the humor comes from pretty much everyone running headlong into this trope. Everything from missed social cues, to characters' motivations, to their parentage is open to the wildest, most outlandish theories as each person struggles to make sense of what is going on.
    • The second time Ozpin reveals to Jaune the truth behind Salem, he and his associates believe that thanks to their tireless work, the last twenty-five years have seen the Grimm barely beaten back, only for Salem to launch a diabolical new plan to target children to deprive Remnant of the next generation of Huntsmen and women while seeking info on fairy tales to keep ahead of her foes. What Jaune and the audience know is that Salem has done nothing to the people of Remnant during the last twenty-five years because she's been raising kids, the "children targeting" was an attempt to get baby supplies (since stores that sell diapers are not common in the Grimmlands), and the search for fairy tales was because her kids wanted things to read.
    • Ozpin thinks that the Grimm-like humanoid "Hentacle" is hunting Jaune Arc based on how many other Grimm are going after Jaune Arc, how many other students escaped from Hentacle unharmed, and how Hentacle himself said he wasn't after Ruby during the incident where he held her hostage. But Hentacle is Jaune's Game Face, Jaune is unwilling to hurt his friends, and the Grimm after him so far were either drawn to him because of his half-Grimm nature or sent by his mother Salem to retrieve him.
  • Ephebophile/Pædo Hunt: Played with. Ozpin, being an immortal at least a few thousand years old, absolutely refuses to have sexual thoughts for any woman under twenty-five, comparing it to pedophilia. The problem is that he is currently lodged in the head of Oscar Pine, an otherwise ordinary teenage boy who would like to flirt with some of the cute teenage girls he is teamed up with.

    Ozpin: And I'm still going to veto that, Oscar. If you so much as try to get into her pants I'll give you a migraine so great your ancestors will feel it.

  • Epic Fail: When Jaune was trapped in the tower, he once asked Tyrian to buy something for him. Tyrian brought back a dead bird instead of a book.
  • Erotic Dream:
    • Ruby gets one about "Hentacle" after the fight at the docks. She tries to think about something else, but just replaces the monster with Jaune in the same fantasy, much to her distress.
    • Blake also has one around the same night, focusing on the question of how Hentacle knew her name and on its motives for encountering her and her team (and ignoring others in favor of her). She wakes up acknowledging the relative harmlessness of such things happening in dreams and smiles for a moment, then turns to see Nora two inches away from her face, grinning widely and asking who she's dreaming about.
  • Erotic Eating: Jaune provides an accidental example when eating ice cream, according to himself, for the first time in his life. Ruby questions the sounds he makes, and Penny's written debriefing report (sent to General Ironwood) compares his vocalizations to "the late-night videos I occasionally overhear the soldiers in the nearby barracks watching".
  • Even Evil Has Loved Ones: Salem, the Queen of Grimm, has deep affection for Jaune and her family. Yang bitterly lampshades that the force of evil in their world is a more loving person then her own biological mother.
  • Even Evil Has Standards:
  • Even the Girls Want Her: Yang has several Distracted by the Sexy moments upon seeing Cinder in a swimsuit trying to help Jaune learn how to swim at the pool. Weiss mistakes her for staring at Jaune, and Yang responds with Sure, Let's Go with That.
  • Every Man Has His Price: Upon learning that the Grimmlands are host to more Dust than the rest of the world combined, Weiss remarks that utilizing said wealth would go a long way towards establishing peace between humans and Grimm.
  • Everybody Knew Already:
    • When Blake finally admits to her team that she's a Faunus, all of them admit they already knew. Nora peeked on Blake in the shower to compare bust sizes, then told the rest of her team that Blake had kitty ears. The worst reaction among the whole team was Nora freaking out that she betrayed Blake's trust and told people her secret.
    • Each time Ozpin reveals the existence of Salem to someone, they already knew: Jaune because she's his mother; Ruby, Nora, and Yang because Jaune told them.
  • Everyone Has Standards:
    • Coral Salem Arc is willing to pursue sex with Qrow Branwen despite only learning of him by seeing a single spy-report photograph of him, show him pornography that even he considers hardcore, have sex with him in a room of the same motel where his nieces and their classmates are staying (and willing to keep going even after they barge in), have sex with Qrow in the middle of a battlefield hosting a Mêlée à Trois, and even use her Grimm tentacles for sexual purposes with Qrow. However, Coral refuses to let her first time degenerate into "the most awkward orgy known to man," and she balks at the prospect of having sex with Qrow in front of her mother Salem while Salem offers "pointers" on how it's done.
    • Ironwood is not happy to learn he was lied to and kidnapped and imprisoned an innocent girl, nor will he even consider the suggestion of keeping Yang locked up forever just to escape the political fallout.
    • After Ruby's tearful, impassioned speech, even the news networks criticizing her call her "passionate and misguided" since no one wants to refer to someone so painfully honest as a liar or traitor.
  • Evil Cannot Comprehend Good:
    • A rare inverted example. Ozpin refuses to acknowledge the fact that Salem, a woman who has been wanting to destroy Remnant and divide humanity to the point where they cannot recover, is a woman that only wants to protect her children, and that there are Grimm that can feel emotions. It takes Jinn revealing Salem's plans for Remnant and Raven's "The Reason You Suck" Speech to make him realize that the woman he's been fighting for so long is no longer the same one with whom he ended up in a Forever War.
    • Played straight with Lionheart, who keeps ascribing increasingly evil motives to Jaune's instructions (such as "don't attack" and "give us supplies") until Jaune gives up and says Sure, Let's Go with That.
  • Evil-Detecting Dog: When Zwei meets Jaune, he immediately attacks the half-Grimm. Later chapters hint that Taiyang asked Zwei to attack him anyway, since Jaune was dating Yang, making this trope more muddled.
  • Evil Is Hammy: Jaune mentally compares Roman Torchwick to "Uncle Tyrian" in this regard.
  • Evil Lawyer Joke: When Jaune and his team discuss his mother's desire for him to follow in her footsteps, he says, "I wanted to be a huntsman, not an evil overlord." Weiss responds with one of these:

    Weiss: Not everyone in business is evil. I know people say that, but it's only lawyers who are truly evil!

  • Evil Is Not a Toy: Roman decides against manipulating Jaune Arc because he knows that it will backfire horribly when Jaune figures out what is going on.
  • Evil Parents Want Good Kids: Subverted. While Salem may be a genuinely loving mother and gracious boss, she is still an evil queen, and refuses to allow Jaune to become a huntsman. Jaune runs away from home at the start of the story to pursue his dream on his own.
  • Exact Words:
    • After hearing that Blake and Nora joined the White Fang, Weiss demands "How could you?" Blake tries to defend their actions only for Weiss to declare she literally means how could they possibly have joined the White Fang when Nora isn't even a Faunus.
    • When Ruby and Team RYBN claim Jaune said his mother was in real estate, he replies that what he said was she owned a lot of land. And she does, 95% of Remnant in fact.
    • Jaune frequently claims his Semblance is "too dangerous to use in spars". Initially people believe it's something with only lethal uses, then when it's revealed Jaune can sense Grimm, it's believed that the Grimm can sense him when he uses his Semblance. In reality, his Semblance is that he's "Hentacle" and it's dangerous because it would out him as half Grimm.
    • Penny frequently states that she regularly engages in "intercourse" with Ruby and Jaune. Her written (well, e-mailed) progress report for General Ironwood at the end of Chapter 16 is a brilliant example. While technically true, she means "they talk a lot" instead of the more common connotation of "they have sex." She questions the distinction twice, once in Chapter 47 and again in Chapter

      Penny: But I had intercourse with Ruby Rose.
      (Emerald's mouth fell open.)
      Weiss: You had conversation with Ruby. I thought she told you it's called conversation or if you need to, discourse.
      Penny: I thought the correct word was intercourse.
      Weiss: Technically it is but it has several other connotations people will jump to first.
      Penny: Really? But why would anyone jump straight to sexual intercourse when the first word is absent? Isn't that the most important part? I did not realize people's minds were so far in the metaphorical gutter. This is a startling realization.
      Weiss: I think there's been a misunderstanding.
      Penny:Salutations! I have come to engage in intercourse!
      Sun[doing a Double Take]: Really?
      Ironwood: Discourse. She means discourse.
      Penny: Is intercourse not discourse? [Tilts her head to the side] The definition of the word would suggest so.

    • Nicholas Arc states his home is in the Grimmlands, which normal people take to mean he's Married to the Job. Naturally, what he means his home is with his wife Salem.
    • Nicholas considers Tyrian barely a person. He clarifies that it's not because Tyrian's a Faunus, as he doesn't care about that, but because Tyrian is crazy and stupid.
  • Expecting Someone Taller: Inverted when Jaune and company summon the gods back to Remnant. Yang says they're bigger than she thought they'd be.
  • Explain, Explain Oh, Crap!:
    • After Cinder throws Jaune into the water during their match, Weiss asks if he can swim. Cinder is busy thinking to herself that of course he can't since he was raised far from any bodies of water where he could be taught, when she realizes that means Jaune's currently drowning.
    • Yang is in the middle of explaining to Sapphire why she can't kill Qrow just for having sex with her sister when she realizes Sapphire had no idea he did that, and now has even more reason to want him dead.
    • When an Atlas battleship attacks Salem's tower, Salem is unconcerned, saying that such a minor attack doesn't have a hope of killing her. Teams WJRP and RYBN (along with Sun and Ilia) spend some time wondering why the attacker would even bother, before realizing that they are the true intended targets.
    • Roman calls up Cinder, telling her that they had a deal and that Hentacle (Jaune) wouldn't interfere with his plans anymore, as he's been getting reports that a creature matching Hentacle's description has attacked multiple times and disrupted operations. Cinder tells him point blank that Hentacle hasn't left Beacon once in the past few days. Roman accepts this, then hangs up; a few seconds later, realizing that there's another Hentacle out there not under Cinder's control, he calls back and tells her, "We have a problem."
    • During their first official meeting after Jaune outs himself as Prince of the Grimm, Ironwood remarks about how Jaune had Adam killed for injuring his fiance, then realizes his circumstances and promptly assures Jaune that Yang hasn't been harmed.


  • Failed Attempt at Drama:
    • When Jaune decides to come clean to his friends, he tells them his full name is Jaune Salem Arc. As none of them have ever heard of Salem, they have no idea why that's important.
    • And then of course there are the multiple times that Ozpin drops the bombshell that the Grimm have a queen. It takes Jaune a minute to realize he's supposed to be surprised, and later Jaune's friends react the same way because Jaune had already told them.
  • The Fake Cutie: Lavender plays this up in front of Jaune and Roman. Jaune falls for it completely (to Remy's scorn), while Roman is more skeptical but needs an escape from Cinder.
  • Fake Ultimate Hero: Played with in regards to Nicholas. While he is a good enough Huntsman to be captured while fighting in the Grimmlands rather than killed, ever since Salem fell for him all Grimm are under strict orders not to harm him, making Nicholas the most successful Huntsman in Remnant. It's especially strong in his new hometown of Ansel, since the Grimm just give the town a wide berth and actively avoid attacking him.
  • Fake Ultimate Mook: Raven sends Vernal, her "personally trained apprentice," to fight Jaune. Coral says that "you sent a mook to deal with my brother" and takes offense on his behalf. The fight itself happens offscreen and is an utter curbstomp in Jaune's favor. He doesn't even remember Vernal's name when Raven mentions her later.
  • Fantastic Arousal: Defied. Jaune points out that his tentacles are not genitalia and are closer to arms. Considering how often he loses them in fights and does not care, they are less sensitive than the rest of him.
  • Fascinating Eyebrow:
    • Jaune does this to question why Roman claims it'll take a few minutes for a White Fang airship to evacuate them when a Bullhead is hovering directly over their heads.
    • Less seriously, Jaune does this when Cardin's bucket of holy water, strange hand gesture, and carved wooden medallion inflict no harm on him and he mistakes it all for a prank.
    • When Jaune demands Lionheart sit down, Lionheart points out that he was sitting down before Jaune burst in and started choking him. Jaune raises an eyebrow to cover his own embarrassment, since Lionheart is right.
  • Fate Worse than Death: Parodied. Pyrrha manages to avoid her canon death, but is instead forced to put up with Salem's antics. She agrees with Cinder that a swift death would have been a better fate.
  • Father, I Want to Marry My Brother: Salem claims that Jaune claimed a gender inversion of this during his childhood while complaining that his current treatment of Cinder as a sister would preclude the two of them from providing her with grandchildren.
  • Fearless Fool: Members of the Atlas Council repeatedly insult Jaune to his face, despite knowing damn well that he's the Crown Prince of the Grimm. This is largely because the myth of Atlas invincibility means that the Council cannot capitulate, especially not to the Grimm.
  • Fertile Blood: As in canon, Salem has this. Jaune and his sisters have it as well, and are capable of summoning Grimm from their blood. Yang, after getting Yin, can do this as well but the Beowolves she summons are barely as big as Zwei. Ozpin and Qrow suspect it's because Yang subconsciously overlaid her expectations of dogs on them, and since her own dog is a corgi.
  • Fighting from the Inside: Oscar paralyzes Ozpin when Ozpin tries to make Teams WJRP and RYBN leave the Battle of Haven by force.
  • Finger-Forced Smile: Nora does this to Blake at least twice.
  • First Girl Wins
    • The first person Jaune talks to in Vale, thus the first person he has a conversation with that's not in his mother's inner circle, is Yang. She later becomes his fiance.
    • Despite all the other girls who were chasing after him, Nora is the one that manages to land Ren.
  • Flipping the Bird: Yang to Nora, when Nora calls it "lame" that Yang and Jaune didn't kiss after their formal date.
  • Flirtatious Smack on the Ass:
    • Mercury and Coco trade flirtations when they first meet in attempts to one-up each other; Coco gets the last laugh with an example of this trope.
    • Coral Salem Arc also finds an opportunity to do this to Qrow Branwen.
  • Fluffy the Terrible:
    • Jaune's massive Beowolf is called "Mannie." Technically his name is Man-slayer, but everyone, including Cinder and Salem, call it Mannie.
    • Nora gives the name "Mr. Mittens" to the Ursa that she rides to death.
    • The mountain-sized Grimm dragon that we see at the Season Three climax? Cinder named it Kevin when she was twelve, but it belongs to Amber.
  • Flynning: Qrow warns Jaune against this while training him, instructing him to stop pulling his sword swings even when he expects the attack to be blocked, lest the habit prevent him from inflicting damage with a successful attack.
  • Food Fight: The specifics are different from canon, but the effect is the same.
  • Freudian Slip: Blake has one when she sees "Hentacle" carrying Sun Wukong away from a battle area.

    Blake: Keep your tentacles out of him. [blushes] I mean off him. Keep them off him.

  • From Bad to Worse: Qrow goes from thinking he slept with his niece to knowing he slept with Salem's daughter. Then it gets even worse when he realizes that he's going to have to marry said daughter if he doesn't want the personal enmity of the immortal Queen of all Grimm.
  • Frontline General: James Ironwood. Lampshaded in a conversation between him and Adam Taurus.

    Adam: It would be quite the blow to Atlas to lose its General.
    Ironwood: It would[.] Come and try it. I invite you. Not all lead from the back, and I stand before you. Try. Your. Luck.


  • The Gadfly:
    • Nora to her teammates, as expected.
    • While held captive by Atlas, Yang takes to ordering the most expensive food she can think of just to fuck with them (in her father's words). Ironwood understands but also admits he can't do anything about it since she's the princess of the Grimm, and thus Atlas holding her prisoner and keeping her alive and unharmed are the only guarantees that the Grimm won't just wipe them out.
  • Get A Hold Of Yourself Man: Russel slaps Cardin after the latter freaks out over finding octopus tentacles in his bed, which Jaune and Ruby left there as a prank.
  • Get Out!: Cinder to Jaune after their More Expendable Than You argument.
  • Gilligan Cut: Early on, Pyrrha thinks that she'd like to meet Jaune's mother, the woman who taught him all the leadership lessons that he dispensed, as she sounds wonderful. Cue a cut to Salem threatening to flay the flesh from Cinder's bones if she's wasting her time.
  • Given Name Reveal: While the audience knew the whole time, it's in the wake of the Battle of Beacon (chapter 68) that Jaune finally tells his full name to his friends, as a prelude to revealing his true nature: Jaune Salem Arc. He then immediately lampshades that that middle name will mean absolutely nothing to any of them. He then reveals that Salem's full name is Juniper Salem Arc. And more importantly, that she's the Queen of All Grimm and his mother.
  • Giver of Lame Names: Yang laments that she comes from a large group of these. Her adoptive mother Summer named her dogs "Eins" and "Zwei" ("One" and "Two"), Summer herself was simply named after the season she was born, her maternal grandparents named their daughter and son "Raven" and "Qrow" (not Crow, Qrow), and her mother Raven made the brilliant choice of taking her baby-daddy's name, knocking off the first syllable, and naming her daughter "Yang" after Taiyang. Yang is disgusted with herself when the best she can think of for her son is "Yin."
  • Giving Up on Logic:
    • Weiss has this reaction when she learns that Nicholas Arc didn't stop working for the "real estate agency" that was competing with Jaune's mother's "company."
    • Blake experiences this when she realizes that even though she was once a senior member of the organization, the one person who seems to have mastered infiltration into the White Fang is Nora.
    • When a new group of White Fang members attacks another group, Weiss officially gives up and admits she has no idea what's going on.
  • Giving Up the Ghost: Yang imagines Blake doing this when Nora formally (by her standards) acknowledges Blake as a rival for Ren's affections.
  • A Glass in the Hand:
    • Qrow cracks a glass he's holding when told that a young man (Jaune) is dating his niece (nieces?) and finishes shattering it when shown a newspaper photo of Ruby wrapped up in the tentacles of a humanoid Grimm.
    • Cinder is likewise displeased when Jaune interrupts her while she's about to punish Emerald for failing to prevent Jaune from interfering with Roman's plans. At one point Cinder specifically notes she can't break a glass because it's her last one.
  • The Gloves Come Off:
    • When fighting Vernal, Jaune realizes that keeping his identity secret is going to be pointless very shortly due to the presence of his sisters openly interacting with one of Ozpin's agents and multiple armies. He decides to not even bother with hiding his true form and goes all out on the poor girl.
    • Eventually, Jaune gets tired of negotiating with the Atlas Council, summons over a dozen Beowolves, and makes it clear that whether it's with their blessing or over their dead bodies, he and Yang are leaving.
  • Go-Karting with Bowser:
    • Speaking technically, Nicholas' relationship with Salem could be considered this at first, given how he's supposed to kill the Grimm that threaten the cities and people, and she's Queen of all Grimm. Then they got married, and Salem maintains a "no work at the table" rule (although according to Jaune, they don't do a whole lot of talking at said table)
    • Cinder views Ozpin playing chess with Nicholas in his home this way, citing that not only is Ozpin their enemy but she's killed him before.
  • Go Mad from the Isolation: The Death Stalker from initiation was trapped in a cave long enough to gain sentience, then went mad from the loneliness. Its mental state has deteriorated to the point that Jaune, who can easily order around other Emerald Forest Grimm, is unable to communicate with it. He reluctantly puts it down.
  • Gods Need Prayer Badly: The Gods of Light and Darkness are visibly strengthened by being worshiped.
  • Going Commando: After retrieving his cleaned and lost clothes at Forever Fall, Remy tells Jaune to discard his underwear since the others saw the Grimm-man monster wearing the same pair and might make the connection. It's just as well, since Cardin did make said connection and yanks his pants down in front of everyone to prove it, only to reveal "a monster indeed" and add yet more fuel to the rumor mill.
  • Good Colors, Evil Colors: Jaune's belief in this trope causes him to mistake Ruby to be the evil villainess attacking the respectable Roman.
  • Gosh Darn It to Heck!: When she accidentally reveals herself to Salem, Ruby mutters an "Aw, crud."
  • Groin Attack: Cinder to Tyrian when Tyrian leaves the two stranded in Haven without a Bullhead and then flippantly suggests they "settle down and raise a family."
  • Gunboat Diplomacy:
    • Weiss stops the Battle of Haven by standing atop a giant Grimm Dragon and demanding all hostilities cease immediately.
    • Jaune's response to Atlas taking Yang hostage is to announce himself to the world as Prince of the Grimm and demand Yang back under threat of sending Grimm to Zerg Rush Atlas.


  • Half-Human Hybrid:
    • To everyone's surprise, Salem proved capable of producing offspring with a mundane human male, resulting in a big family of half-human, half-Grimm Humanoid Abominations.
    • In the finale, Qrow and Coral have six children, Jaune and Yang have several, and Jaune and Ruby have at least one. All of these, though, are only three-fourths human, as Coral and Jaune are half and their partners are fully human.
  • Hand Cannon: Ironwood's sidearm, as in canon. One shot from it can send Jaune's Grimm form staggering backwards (but doesn't break his Aura) or, if fired at point-blank range, sever a tentacle completely (since those aren't protected by Aura).
  • Happily Adopted: Played with by Cinder. As a child, she sought refuge with Nicholas when Salem's and her blood children's Grimm traits were too much for her. As an adult, she fears being executed by Salem for failing her or letting Jaune get hurt, and says to Nicholas's face that he isn't her father and she doesn't want to hug him (before Sapphire pushes her into his arms).
  • Happily Married: Despite technically being on opposite sides of a war, Salem and Nicholas have long maintained a loving, devoted marriage. Above average sex life? Check. Having loads of children? Check. Calling each other pet names? Check. Sharing deep secrets and insecurities? Check.
  • Have a Gay Old Time: Penny enthusiastically expresses her enjoyment of engaging in "intercourse" with Ruby to everyone who will listen to her. Weiss notes that intercourse can mean discussion, but isn't above using the term to tease Ruby.
  • Head-Tiltingly Kinky:
    • Neo turns her head almost sideways while watching a soaking-wet Jaune get towel-dried by Cinder, who moves to block Neo's view the moment she notices.
    • Ruby does this when she finally reads her first Mistralian tentacle hentai.
  • Heh Heh, You Said "X": Jaune and Penny have a habit of provoking these reactions.
  • Her Heart Will Go On: The very premise - Salem finally moved on from her grief and rage regarding Ozma, allowing herself to love and have another family.
  • Hit You So Hard, Your X Will Feel It!: Ozpin threatens to give Oscar a headache so bad his ancestors will feel it if he tries to flirt with any woman under twenty-five. This is rather embarrassing for Oscar, who isn't even sixteen yet, and should be at a good age for Ruby and some of the others. Ozpin disagrees.
  • Holy Burns Evil: Averted when Cardin throws a bucket of water on Jaune in a Beacon hallway. Cardin says that he had ten different priests bless that water and is shocked that its only effect on Jaune is to leave him and his clothes soaking wet, including a see-through shirt. When Jaune mistakes this for a friendly prank and promises to "return the favor," Cardin "made a strange sign with his hands, and then took out a weirdly-shaped medallion that looked to be carved out of wood." Jaune responds with a Fascinating Eyebrow, and Cardin runs away in fear.
  • Hooked Up Afterwards: Cinder and Ironwood in the Distant Finale.
  • Hope Spot:
    • Everyone tries to rescue Ren from "Hentacle," and they think they've finally defeated Hentacle once and for all. But then the real Hentacle breaks through the wall, revealing that their easily-defeated opponent was an entirely different humanoid Grimm, but it is younger and weaker, and the real one is furious enough to kill them all without trying to negotiate or letting them escape.
    • During the Battle of Haven, Qrow accidentally reveals to Raven that he had sex with a blonde who he thinks is her daughter, causing her to try to kill him. While Coral does clear it up, that means he actually had sex with Salem's daughter. Furthermore, Tyrian, Sapphire, and Lionheart all arrive with the intent to kill him. On top of that, Raven might not be trying to kill Qrow for his faux pas, but she's still going to try to kill Yang to get rid of Yin, so the fighting between the siblings never really stops.
  • Horrible Judge of Character:
    • An example of someone failing at their job because of this. The White Fang recruiter determines with full certainty that Nora (who is not even a Faunus) could potentially become one of the organization's leaders, while Blake (who used to be Adam's right-hand woman) might only be good for manual labor.
    • Coco. Due to various rumors surrounding Jaune, she believes him to be dating and toying with several girls' feelings, and opposes Velvet getting together with him. Simultaneously she believes Mercury to be an honest and upstanding guy, and would much rather Velvet start dating him instead. Hilariously, this is somewhat accurate. Jaune does end up dating Weiss and Yang at the same time (though only as a ruse to trick Winter in the case of Weiss), and Velvet's relationship with Mercury eventually turns him into an honest and upstanding guy.
    • Ren gets the same treatment as Nora later on. Sienna Khan's "moderate" faction and the Albain brothers' "extremist" faction of the White Fang both fail to identify him as a human.
    • Ozpin seems to take the cake. Not only did he say that he would be aware of any infiltrators sneaking into his school to Jaune's face (and that's leaving out that Cinder, her team, and Neo have also infiltrated), one of the two people he selected to get the Fall Maiden's powers was the one who crippled the Fall Maiden in the first place, and he claims that Leonardo is an "old friend," while he's actually working for Salem.
  • How Is That Even Possible?:
    • Upon learning Nora and Blake joined the White Fang, a Faunus-supremacy terrorist group, Weiss demands to know "how could you." Blake tries to defend her actions, but Weiss clarifies that she meant it literally: How did they join the White Fang?

      Weiss: Nora's not even a Faunus!

    • Sun has a similar reaction to finding out that Jaune is half-Grimm, then asks if the Beowolf that Jaune is petting is his dad.
    • Weiss's reaction to learning that the massive crystals in the Grimmlands are all Dust. Jaune even claims they grow this close to Salem's tower, which flies in the face of everything Weiss knows about Dust.

      Weiss: The largest unrefined piece of Dust in the world is slightly larger than my fist. It's in my father's study.

  • Humanoid Abomination: Jaune and his sisters are unnatural hybrids of human and Grimm, each able to shift between a unique completely normal-looking human form and a form that resembles Salem's canon appearance with added black tentacles. Narration from Adam's point of view describes Jaune's as follows (without noting his off-white hair):

    Narration (Adam's POV): It dressed human, in black jeans and a white shirt open at the top, and yet it was so utterly non-human that it came across stranger for the effort. Its skin was pasty white, and held less colour than even a dead body, while the veins that stood out against its face screamed of disease and wrongness. It was the eyes that were the worst, however, red gems in twin pools of thick, black tar.

  • Humans Are Morons: Jaune admits he thought people would be smart enough to stay away from the dangerous "Grimm King" (him), only for Weiss to chide him and say he underestimates human stupidity. There are always people with no regard for their lives.
  • Humans Are the Real Monsters: Salem certainly holds this view of humans (and Faunus, but it's made clear Grimm don't distinguish between the two), citing that for the last twenty-five years she's been too busy raising a family to cause any trouble and yet humanity has accomplished nothing against the Grimm. In spite of having a common enemy in the Grimm, humanity continues to war among themselves. Even one of the greatest disasters in recent history, Mountain Glenn, had nothing to do with her, as the town had already wiped itself out by the time Salem decided to destroy it.
  • Hypercompetent Sidekick:
    • Before he gets killed by Cinder, Ozpin considered Glynda this enough to briefly imagine finding a way to extend his curse to her so that he could retain her service over multiple lifetimes.
    • Winter to Ironwood. By the time he asked her to triple check arrangements for Jaune's meeting with the Atlas Council, she had already quintuple checked.
    • Watts seems to be the only mildly sane person in Salem's inner circle, as he's loyal, handles most of what goes on in the tower, and doesn't seem to have his own plans. The only real bizarre thing about him is that he gets hyper-competitive about gift-giving, which is why Jaune has a car and a super-advanced scroll model.
  • Hypocrite: Yang points out to the God of Darkness that his brother, the God of Light, is this. The God of Light was the one who imposed the concept of the balance between life and death, and he will crack down on anyone who dares challenges it, but he will willfully break his own ideals if it means convenience for himself, such as when he resurrected Ozma behind his brother's back despite calling out the God of Darkness for doing the exact same thing upon Salem's request. This extends to how their influence extends to Remnant: While the deadly and feared Grimm are the only mark the God of Darkness has on the planet, the God of Light gave the inhabitants the Relics, the Silver-Eyed warriors, and to an extent, the Maidens. As Yang explains, the system that the God of Light coerced the God of Darkness into following was anything but balanced.
  • Hypocrisy Nod:


  • I Am What I Am:
    • Raven accepts that she has made mistakes, and that her brother and daughter will never forgive her. She has moved on, and advises Ozma to do the same.
    • Tyrian accepts that he's "some kind of asshole," but responds that "the important thing is that you do what you love."
  • I Am X, Son of Y: Weiss gives a variation during the Battle of Haven.

    Weiss: As Weiss Schnee, heiress of the SDC, I cannot leave the people I brought here to die. As Weiss Schnee, sister of Winter Schnee, I cannot leave my sister here to die. And as Weiss Schnee of Team WJRP, I will not stand by while my teammate's family is in danger.

  • If You Ever Do Anything to Hurt Her Discussed by Coco, who informs Velvet's new paramour that "Yats and Fox will give you the 'don't hurt our teammate' talk later".
  • I Have This Friend Ruby asks Lavender for relationship advice with Jaune for a friend, who is most definitely not Ruby herself. Lavender initially thinks she might be talking about herself, but dismisses the possibility. Ruby, on the other hand, assumes that Lavender easily saw through her when she didn't.
  • I Need a Freaking Drink:
    • Jacques Schnee's reaction to hearing that Weiss stopped the Battle of Haven using a giant Grimm dragon is to grab a bottle of his strongest brandy and go find his drunken wife.
    • After Jaune announces the existence of a Grimm ruler and the fact Atlas kidnapped his fiance Yang, Ironwood finds himself wishing he kept a bottle of liquor hidden in his desk rather than a gun, a couple grenades, and some emergency rations. When Winter brings him a bottle, Ironwood states in all seriousness that she just became his favorite person in the world.
    • Later, both Ironwood and Taiyang indulge in the second half of the bottle.
  • I Need to Iron My Dog: Pyrrha would gladly help Ruby with showing Jaune and Penny around the city. It's just that she needs to engage in a really time-consuming Mistralian foot-washing ritual. Amazingly, she gets Ruby to at least consider whether this excuse is honest or not, though she eventually wises up. Ruby later uses the same excuse against Jaune.
  • Insistent Terminology: When Adam asks Jaune if his name really is "Hentacle," Jaune just says that's what "you humans" call him. Adam insists on being identified as a Faunus, and not a human. Jaune claims "Human, Faunus - you are all equal to me." This carries an implied threat, as Grimm see all non-Grimm as prey. Cinder asks Jaune to respect Adam's wishes regardless.
  • I Reject Your Reality: Ozma ignores the blatant signs that Salem isn't seeking to end all life on Remnant, even after Jinn makes it perfectly clear that she wants nothing more than to raise her family (who she loves very much). Raven lampshades this in a "The Reason You Suck" Speech, and Ozma accepts that he was wrong.
  • I Want Grandkids: Salem wants grandkids so much that she focuses on it more than on undermining the Kingdoms, and even actively tries to pair up Cinder with Jaune on the grounds Cinder has an excellent pair of hips for birthing. She asks similar questions about the girls at Beacon Jaune's bonded with, and approves of Jaune being with all of them. Including Ren, who she mistakes as a girl. She wants grandkids so badly that she made sure to never teach Jaune anything about contraception. According to Remy and Jaune, the two goals she tried to instill in him are to "Crush the world beneath your heel" and to "Raise me an army of grandbabies." The Distant Finale reveals that her kids are doing their best.
  • I Want My Beloved to Be Happy: Oddly enough, there's a dueling case of this between Ruby and Yang regarding Jaune. Ruby thinks that Jaune would be good for Yang, and that Yang works so hard with their family, so she's willing to put her feelings aside and let Jaune be with Yang (despite her own feelings for Jaune). On the other hand, Yang sees that Ruby has a massive crush on Jaune, and doesn't want to steal away her sister's crush (after she'd stolen a few friends back in Signal) despite her confusing feelings for Jaune, so she tries to push him towards Ruby. He chooses Yang but is still good friends with Ruby.
  • Idiosyncratic Ship Naming: Invoked. Coco refers to Mercury Black and Velvet Scarletina as a couple as Black Velvet.
  • If I Wanted You Dead Jaune makes this argument regarding the Grimm, pointing out that they outnumber both the humans and the Faunus, and if his mother really wanted to, she could defeat them all without too much issue.
  • Ignoring by Singing: Freaked out by having Ozpin suddenly in his head, Oscar tries yelling "La la la, I can't hear you!" while noisily flipping straw with a pitchfork.
  • Imagine Spotting: When Nicholas gets nostalgic about Cinder's childhood, she demands that he stop reminiscing.
  • Imagine the Audience Naked: Pyrrha gives Ruby this advice for their planned diplomatic meeting between the Grimmlands and Vale. Ruby rejects it immediately, and Pyrrha admits that it's never really helped her, either.
  • In-Series Nickname:
    • Jaune's pet Beowolf is actually named Man-Slayer. Everyone calls it "Mannie".
    • Jaune's Grimm form is referred to as "Hentacle" (a Portmanteau of "Hentai" and "Tentacle") by the cast. Several people hate this name, but nothing better is ever really suggested. Ironwood officially designates him "Target H-1" in Chapter 38, but later ends up calling him Hentacle too.
    • After Jaune's first meetings with her, in which he compliments her and her sister repeatedly and unintentionally, Yang starts calling him "lover boy," to tease him (similar to canon "vomit boy.") She stops doing this once he shows up for their "date" with flowers.
  • Innocent Innuendo: In early chapters, Jaune frequently says something that sounds sexual but isn't, such as talking about sleeping with someone when he means sleeping in the same room as them. He quickly corrects himself whenever people explain the innuendo, but people don't explain the innuendo much, so it goes on for a long time.
  • Insane Troll Logic: Salem insists Qrow is a child molester because he molested Sapphire, who is her child. Never mind that Sapphire's twenty five years old.
  • Insatiable Newlyweds: Downplayed with Salem and Nicholas. They didn't marry until after her third child was born, but they did not leave the bedroom for two months straight once they cemented their relationship.
  • Instantly Proven Wrong:
    • Yang jokes to Ruby that Jaune, who was invited to Team RYBN's dorm to play video games, didn't know where to go and was wandering around Vale. Ruby speaks in Jaune's defense, but then he shows up an hour late (and a few seconds after Yang said this). It turns out that he was wandering around Vale (and Ruby is initially disappointed) but he was looking for a flower shop to buy a bouquet for Yang.
    • When Cinder first arrives at Beacon, she lectures her team that Jaune will be trying to remain undercover and below notice. As soon as she steps outside the room, two people walk past, loudly talking about all the crazy things Jaune had done up until that point. Cinder then admits that she said he would try, not that he would succeed.
    • Ozpin explains to Oscar that Qrow is one of his best agents, calling him intelligent, skilled, and highly professional. Cue Qrow leaping out an upper story window, completely naked, screaming at the top of his lungs, whereupon he lands on his face, naked butt sticking straight up in the air, out cold.

      Oscar: Please tell me this isn't him.
      Ozpin: [sighs]

    • Vernal claims that Jaune isn't important before trying to fight him. Cue offscreenCurb-Stomp Battle.
    • Weiss compliments Jaune's discipline for keeping his hand perfectly still on his sword for the entirety of his meeting with Ironwood. Jaune soon corrects her that his hand has frozen to the pommel and begs for help to get him unstuck.
    • Blake claims that Ruby will be fine negotiating with Vale on Jaune's behalf, saying she herself had already done the same with Menagerie. The others point out that she was negotiating a trade agreement with her mother over dinner and muffins; it's hardly the same thing.
  • Insult to Rocks: At one point, Oscar actually tells Ozpin that he wishes he had a Grimm parasite implanted inside him instead of Ozpin, since at least the parasites actually listen to their hosts. Ozpin has nothing to say to that.
  • Internal Reveal: Chapter 88 finally has Jaune revealing the existence of a Grimm ruler to the world.
  • Intimate Telecommunications:
    • When Salem calls her husband to tell him their son has a harem (he doesn't), the topic quickly turns to something heated. Mannie, a giant Beowolf who happens to be in the throne room at the time, immediately runs away with his tail tucked between his legs.
    • When Ozpin asks the Jinn of Knowledge what Salem's current plans are, he gets a mix of important and unimportant information. Her last plan, however (which she apparently came up with as Jinn was speaking) is to have phone sex with her husband. Jinn also mentions that one of Salem's daughters overheard these plans, and was horrified.
  • Intoxication Ensues:
    • During a meeting in Ozpin's office, Qrow lets Jaune drink some of his alcohol. Jaune's internal Grimm parasite filters the alcohol out of Jaune's blood so that he won't become impaired, but Remy gets drunk instead.
    • Pyrrha's method for talking down a furious Salem results in both getting completely sloshed.
    • Qrow's alcoholic tendencies show up a few times, most of them Jaune-related. Then there's one time when Jaune thinks that Qrow is trying to drunkenly ask him out to the dance.
  • Ironic Echo: Before they fight, Vernal declares Jaune to be "not important". After he reveals himself to be a Grimm-person, Vernal demands What the Hell Are You?, to which Jaune says "I'm Yang's boyfriend, but that's not important."
  • It Can Think:
    • Subverted for the Atlas scientists, who are impressed with their subject's intelligence and reasoning until it becomes clear that Yang is in full control of her body and the "Grimm parasite" has no influence on her.
    • Ozpin and Qrow have a similar reaction to Yin. They attribute it to a fluke where Yang inadvertently impressed her will on the parasite and made it bond with her (which isn't the case at all).
  • "It" Is Dehumanizing:
    • Lavender questions Jaune on having made friends with a "silver-eyed devil." When Jaune responds that the girl's name is Ruby, Lavender reacts with incredulity that "it has a name" and the third-person limited narration reflects her opinion of "the thing"/"the monster."
    • Jaune's teammates have the same "It has a name?" reaction when he refers to the Grimm Dragon as "Kevin".
    • Qrow also denies that Sapphire is a person instead of a Grimm after he gropes her, disappointing Ruby and Nora and enraging everyone else around him at the time.
    • Yang snaps at Raven and Emerald for referring to her sort-of son Yin as a "thing."
  • I've Got an X, and I'm Not Afraid to Use It!: Yang starts bantering with Weiss over whose team will beat whose in the tournament. Weiss responds to Yang's opening banter with "You and What Army? I have a Pyrrha and I'm not afraid to use her."
  • Jerkass Gods: As Nicholas sums up, the gods punished Salem for being a grieving woman and Ozpin for literally nothing, then wiped out most of humanity, created the Grimm, and twisted part of the world into the Grimmlands which corrupted Salem. All because the gods decided humanity was a failure. Nicholas goes on to say that if they're a failure it's because the gods were the ones who failed; why should humanity want such gods to return?
  • Jerkass Has a Point:
    • Every time someone suggests a question they could ask the Jinn of Knowledge, Cinder answers with some form of genocide. "World peace?" "Kill everyone, the world is peaceful." They do grudgingly admit that these are technically valid answers, and they might be the kind of answers a Jerkass Genie might give.
    • Despite all the terrible things the gods did, everyone admits that the basic idea of refusing to resurrect a random mortal makes sense. Even ignoring any cosmic balance stuff that might be going on, you can't just resurrect someone whenever anyone asks you; that way leads to mass jealousy and the collapse of civilization.
  • "Join the Army," They Said: Watts at the end of Chapter

    Watts:Be evil, they said. Become a supervillain, they said. It'll be fun, they said. This wasn't in the job description

  • Just Here for Godzilla: In-Universe. At Nora and Blake's first White Fang meeting the leader says that Hentacle is not going to show up tonight and he won't be taking questions on Hentacle. Three-fourths of the audience walk out.


  • Kidnapping Bird of Prey: At the beginning of Beacon's initiation, a giant Nevermore snatches Jaune out of the air and carries him off to its nest. Historically, this has always been a death sentence, so everyone is shocked when Jaune survives, rather unconcerned with what happened.
  • Knight Templar: Ozpin is completely convinced he's in the right no matter what he does. Teams RYBN and WJRP, along with Oscar and Ironwood, all call him out on his actions separately.
  • Knight Templar Parent: Salem's protectiveness of Jaune goes to such a point that she was ready and willing to muster an army of Grimm to raze all of Vale for the sole purpose of getting him back. Fortunately,

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Fanfic / Princess (Worm/RWBY)
Princessis a Worm/RWBYcrossover fanfic by RavensDagger.

Short Summary: In which Taylor&#;s only memories are about how to escalate until everyone respects you, Salem tries to deal with being a single mom, and all of Remnant develops an acute case of acarophobia.

Honest Summary: Taylor, but she controls Grimm bugs and acts like Salem&#;s BFF. Expect Escalation-mode Skitter and lots of shipping.

Can also be found on Sufficient Velocity, Questionable Questing, AO3, and Royal Road.

This fic provides examples of:

  • Amnesiacs are Innocent: At least at the start, Akelarre acts just like she did as a child, if one who likes insects a little too much and creates "new friends" (read: Grimms) to show off to others. Later on, while she is more mature and has recovered some of her memories, she still acts innocently and doesn't seem to notice all the female attention she is getting.
  • Amnesiac Dissonance: As she slowly start to regain her memories as Taylor, Akelarre starts to feel more and more uncomfortable about the person she used to be, being much happier now as Akelarre than she was as Taylor.
  • But I Can't Be Pregnant!: Velvet is rather disbelieving that Akelarre got her pregnant through her morph arm, and ends up filling up a whole sink with discarded, positive pregnancy tests.
  • Cuddle Bug: Apart from herself being one, Akelarre creates a Grimm species whose specialty is giving perfect hugs. Velvet was not impressed.
    • She actually created three, one of them being literally called cuddlebugs. The other two were called hugbugs and hugglebugs (cuddlebugs being in the middle sizewise).
    • After being given her first hug by Akelarre, Penny becomes this.
  • Disproportionate Retribution: Apparently Crescent Rose's AI solution to every insult or problem is to shoot at it with whatever ammo will cause the most damage at the time. Sometimes she suggest this when there isn't even problem in the first place.
  • Embarrassing Old Photo: Invoked by Salem, who knowing that after Akelarre matured a little more or recovered her memories would feel extremely embarassed about how she danced, singed, and goofed around.
  • Embarrassing Tattoo: Not on himself, but Akelarre explains to Adam that the Grimm marking on his mask means "young and poisonous".
  • Empathic Weapon: Due to Akelarre buying it for Ruby, Crescent Rose is equipped with an "C41 Timberbeowolf Night and Day Optics System", which, among its many features is an in-built voice-controlled AI that learns and adapts to its user. In the short time that Ruby's used it, Crescent Rose became so sapient that it was also interrogated while Ruby was being questioned by Glynda and Ozpin. However, this being Ruby, Crescent Rose has developed into a overly-enthusiastic Blood Knight that's first response to any form of situation is demanding Ruby do something that causes the most destruction, chaos, or pain. Whether it be cutting off a criminal's legs, shooting them with an explosive round to splatter their blood on Ruby, blowing up the street or setting fire to a building. Which raises quite a few concerns about Ruby's mental state if Crescent Rose ended up like that, especially when she considers herself it's parent and is extremely offended when anyone tries to claim it isn't alive.
  • Happily Adopted: Akelarre considers Salem to be her mother.
  • Homosexual Reproduction: Velvet becomes pregnant with Akelarre's child, revealed in an NSFW omake to have happened when Akelarre turned her Grimm arm into something more phallic.note And when that was too big, she changed it to something else. Of course, neither of them knew that Velvet would, or even could get pregnant that way.
  • Innocently Insensitive: With a little Ambiguous Innocence. It is not really clear if Akelarre was just informing Cinder about how the Vale underworld was under her control to show off to someone she sees as family or to tease her about how her plans have not even started yet.
  • Irrational Hatred: Downplayed, Akelarre seems to unintentionally insult redheads in her head and thinks fedoras are hideous. Probably because they remind her of Emma and Contessa.
  • Join or Die: Akelarre's plan to unite Vale's criminal organizations under her is simple, obey or talk to the Grimms. She comments about how it worked last time.
  • Laser-Guided Amnesia: Akelarre doesn&#;t remember much about her life as Taylor Hebert, only having access to bits and pieces of it.
  • Meaningful Name: Akelarre refers to a spanish word used to refer to a group, reunion, or family of witches, the witch in this case being Salem and Akelarre being her family.
  • Mistaken Identity: Salem assumes that the golden man (Scion) that Akelarre fought was the God of light.
  • No-Sell: Evidently Akelarre&#;s power doesn&#;t work on Faunus with arthropod traits.
  • Not What It Looks Like: After Cinder and Roman find Akelarre and Neo on a bed together, Akelarre is very quick to Name Drop the trope and tell them they are just looking at blackmail material.
  • Pest Controller: Akelarre as per canon, this also allows her to control grimm modeled after arthropods.
  • Polyamory: Akelarre eventually winds up in a relationship with Ruby, Velvet, and Neo.
  • Popcultural Osmosis Failure: At one point Akelarre tells Salem that she&#;s acting like a Disney villain, Salem doesn&#;t understand the reference.

    Akelarre: Mom, you&#;re beginning to sound like a Disney villain again.

    Salem: And I still do not know what that means.

  • Porn Stash: Blake burned hers at the White Fang camp in preparation to escape to Vale in secret. Then Adam told her that he was sending her there since it would be safer with someone like Akelarre running around.

    Blake: Did I burn my smut for nothing?

  • Talking Weapon: Not Crescent Rose itself, but the new scope that Akelarre gifted Ruby has an AI integrated to it for some reason.
  • That Came Out Wrong: Penny, being as innocent and sheltered as she is, often makes comments that can be taken out of context, like asking Ren if he wants to be her first boyfriend (meaning a friend that is male) or calling Akelarre her girlfriend (meaning a friend that is female). Then referring to her first meeting with Akelarre as "[their] initial intercourse", the two meeting with Neo as a "threesome", and calling a "friend, one that bought me many benefits, and one I could benefit in turn".

    Yang: "I&#;m sure that all sounded better in your head,"

  • Ship Tease: As stated in the &#;Honest Summary&#; there is quite a bit of this trope between Akelarre and several characters including Ruby, Velvet, Cinder, Neo, and Penny.
    • Penny ends up taking Weiss to the Beacon Dance, and later referred to her as "potential-marriage-material Weiss", something Weiss had mixed reactions to and before Yang calmed her down so she and Penny could get back to "planning their extravagant Atlesian wedding". And at the dance, she had a itinerary for the event which had as the final step "declare undying love to Weiss and-slash-or ask for her hand in marriage". There is also an omake by RavensDagger of dubious canonicity which has Penny call her "Wife Weiss" while attempting roleplay in her bedroom. She also says this line after she got Weiss to agree to go the dance with her:

    Penny: "Girlfriend Weiss seems very nice. I will research her properly before our date at the Beacon Dance. I will be sure to pleasure her thoroughly."

    • The Epilogue confirms Akelarre develops a close polyamorous relationship with at least Ruby, Velvet and Neo, with Velvet getting pregnant.
  • Shout-Out: To Rorschach with Penny's monologue while she does detective work:

    Penny's Journal. September 9th, Hot dog carcass in alley this morning. Tire tread on burst corndog. This city is afraid of me. I've seen its true face. The streets are extended gutters, and the gutters are full of yucky stuff, and when the drains finally scab over all the vermin will run away. The accumulated filth of all their naughtiness will foam up about their waists and all the bad guys and politicians will look up and shout &#;Save us!&#; and I'll whisper &#;Nope.&#;

  • You and What Army?: Akelarre asks this to general Ironwood when he tries to put her and Neo under arrest and, unimpressed by the thirty soldiers accompanying him, decides to show him what a real army looks like.


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