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The secondary team of the show, JNPR (pronounced Juniper) is comprised of Jaune Arc, Nora Valkyrie, Pyrrha Nikos and Lie Ren. Unlike team RWBY, JNPR fell into the team role much more easily: Jaune became good friends with Pyrrha over the initiation, while Nora and Ren were Childhood Friends. Thus, they're more down-to-earth, but no less problematic or competent than the main team.

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    In General 
  • Deuteragonist: The stories and actions of Team JNPR are almost as important as Team RWBY's. Jaune is an Audience Surrogate to help the audience learn about the setting, but has his own storyline building. Pyrrha's skill, grace, compassion and maturity is extremely important to the Benevolent Conspiracy's plans for protecting humanity, which forcibly drags Team JNPR into the story's plotline in a way that is independent from how Team RWBY is involved. Between the two teams, they each have different pieces of the same puzzle to solve.
  • Fun with Acronyms: The team's name can be pronounced as "Juniper". When Ruby travels with them during Volume 4, they argue over how to rename their team with Ruby's initials added into the mix. Since team names begin with the team leader's name, and the team now has two leaders in it, Ren and Nora have some difficulty agreeing on whether the acronym should begin with Ruby's name or Jaune's. They eventually settle on RNJR (pronounced as "Ranger") after Jaune decides that JNRR (pronounced as "Junior") sounds a bit dumb, although Nora still prefers JNRR.
  • Gender Flip: Like the other teams, JNPR has a shared theme; in their case, it's a gender flip of ancient heroes who disguised themselves by crossdressing. Joan of Arc for Jaune, Thor for Nora, Achilles for Pyrrha, and Hua Mulan for Lie Ren.

    Jaune Arc 

Jaune Arc
"The name's Jaune Arc. Short, sweet, rolls off the tongue. Ladies love it."
"Click here to see his post timeskip appearance note  "
Voiced by: Miles Luna [EN], Hiro Shimono [JP]

Now it's cold without you here; it's like winter lasts all year. But your star's still in the sky; so I won't say goodbye.

A student of Beacon Academy who arrives at the same time as Ruby and Yang. He is partnered with Pyrrha Nikos, and is later appointed the leader of Team JNPR. He comes from a long line of esteemed warriors, but cheated his way into Beacon Academy.

Jaune's equipment, Crocea Mors, was handed down to him from his great-great-grandfather. The shield can transform into a compact shape in order to act as a sheath for the sword.

  • 24-Hour Armour: He seems to only take off his armour when the occasion calls for it, like when he goes to the dance, classes and (though maybe not always) to sleep. In Volume 4, Ruby is surprised to see his how his hoodie looks like, implying that he hasn't took it off during their journey yet. The following episode he goes to train in the middle of the night, meaning that either he put on armour extremely quietly, or simply slept in it. In Volume 5, he is seen wearing a full suite of his, now much heavier than originally, armour in his living room.
  • Adorkable: He's nervous, awkward and clumsy, and it makes him quite endearing. He also wears footsie pajamas.
  • All There in the Manual: Monty Oum revealed the name of Jaune's weapon on his Facebook page. The name hasn't been mentioned in the show.
  • Ancestral Weapon: Most Huntsmen and trainees possess weapons that are multi-tooled and transform between one type of weapon and another. It's also not uncommon for trainees to design and make their signature weapons. Jaune, however, has a sword, and a sheath that expands into a shield. They belonged to his great-grandfather, who fought in the Great War that ended eighty years ago. Ruby tries to cheer up Jaune about this by saying she thinks classics are under-appreciated these days.
  • Asskicking Equals Authority: Refreshingly subverted, in keeping with the show's theme. Pyrrha is blatantly the best fighter on Team JNPR; however, Jaune is the one with the people skills to help a team stay solidly bonded, recognizing and utilizing everyone's individual strengths and weaknesses both on and off the battlefield. He demonstrates that "glue that holds us all together" ability repeatedly throughout the series.
  • Audience Surrogate: Of all the characters in the setting, he is the most "normal", while asking all the relevant questions for exposition. Like the audience, he's new to the setting's world of combat.
  • Badass on Paper: Subverted. Beacon only takes the best combat students. On the second day at school, Professor Goodwitch quickly concludes that the reality of Jaune's abilities do not match the claims on his entrance transcripts. She's more right than she knows.
  • Berserker Tears: Jaune is frequently crying in rage and sadness when fighting Cinder in "The More the Merrier".
  • Beware the Nice Ones: He might be ditzy, klutzy, and Adorkable, but even he has his limits. He's shown to have an explosive temper and it's not against teaching you a lesson if he thinks you deserve it. And whatever you do, don't ever be a jerkass to his friends...
  • Bilingual Bonus: Crocea Mors is Latin for "Yellow Death", the name of the sword belonging to Julius Caesar in some legends. Appropriately, the sword also ends up embedded in a shield in some versions of the story.
  • Boring, but Practical: The shield is collapsible and doubles as the sword's sheath. The sword... is a sword. However, the sword is easily capable of beheading an Ursa Major with a single strike, even in the hands of a novice, and the shield has withstood the full force of any attack it has so far been used against, no matter how powerful the Grimm. They're very simple, very effective, weapons. When the sword is sheathed, the shield can partially unfold to create an extremely heavy two-handed sword that is dual-edged and contains much more damage potential. His Semblance is also this, unlike his friends or teammates who have flashy and visible Semblances, except Ren, his is just Aura enhancement/amplification. He can basically supercharge Aura, his own or others. Allowing others to get hurt from striking him by boosting his own defenses and boosting a teammates natural Aura healing when severely injured. It also allowed him to supercharge Weiss' Semblance allowing her to summon a Lancer Queen almost immediately after being healed.
  • Bridal Carry: A rare male example where a man gets carry by a woman. In the manga, Jaune gets carry by Pyrrha during the battle against the merged King Taijitus.
  • Break the Cutie: Absolutely devastated by the mere prospect of Pyrrha going off to fight Cinder, and breaks down further and further with every second even before her death. While the audience doesn't see him learning of her death or the months following, it's inferred he won't take it well.
  • Butt-Monkey: He's clumsy, has motion sickness, and can't get the ladies to pay attention to him. He's also fully aware of his status and completely fed up with it. His resolve to become a Huntsman is identical to Ruby's but his background has been disadvantageous to achieving that dream.
  • Captain Obvious
    Jaune: [while hanging on the Death Stalker's stinger] PYRRHA! THIS IS NOT THE RELIC! IT'S NOT!
  • Casanova Wannabe: He quickly hits on Weiss, Pyrrha, and to a lesser extent Yang when he meets them. All but Pyrrha are turned off.
    Jaune: I don't understand. My dad said all women look for is confidence! Where did I go wrong?
    Yang: [Calling Weiss] "Snow Angel" probably wasn't the best start.
  • Cast from Hit Points: Jaune's Super Empowering Semblance works by pouring his Aura into another person to give their own Aura a boost. Luckily, Jaune has a lot of Aura to work with.
  • Character Development:
    • Jaune himself defended his own personal bully, Cardin, and compared his actions to playful pranks since he was too weak to fight back. After standing up to Cardin, he's become noticeably aggressive against people who are rude to him, especially if they target his friends.
    • The initial reason why he became a Huntsman was to follow on to his family's footsteps. However, he has gone to deem the safety of his friends to be more precious than his own dream, to the point he was ready to throw out his position at Beacon to protect Pyrrha from Cardin thus showing that his motivation has evolved from self-satisfaction to a genuine desire to protect others just like a real huntsman is meant to do.
    • He was initially very stubborn both in the battlefield and his romantic life. Most of his mistakes are caused by his inability to stop pressing on things that seem hopeless such as enduring Cardin's bullying, flirting with Weiss and charging against his enemies without a plan. Although he still is to some extent, dealing with the bullying, moving on from his crush on Weiss and even helping her with her own crush, Neptune, and focusing more on coordination and survival during a fight, show that Jaune is growing out of this flaw.
  • Classical Anti Hero: He has a good heart, but he isn't well-trained and has lots of self-doubt. This is part of why Pyrrha's partnership with him tends to do him a lot of favors.
  • The Confidant: Both Pyrrha and Neptune confessed their personal issues to Jaune. While Pyrrha was more centered in expressing her feelings for him, Neptune's more focused on his own insecurities and follows Jaune's encouragement to overcome these.
  • Crazy-Prepared: Has "Left" and "Right" on the soles of his shoes. Apparently, it's for just in case he gets concussed and needs the help.
  • Culture Blind: He doesn't come from a combat background, so he has almost no knowledge of that part of his world, be it combat skills or huntsmen celebrities.
  • Damned by Faint Praise:
    • While Ruby is grumbling to Yang on their first night at Beacon that "it's weird not knowing anyone here", Yang replies, "How about Jaune? He's... nice!" There is a short but distinct pause as she visibly searches for a positive descriptor she can use with sincerity.
    • When describing the team, Nora describes Pyrrha as being a world-renowned fighter, Ren as tantamount to a ninja, herself as being able to bench five times her own weight, and Jaune as... Jaune.
  • Dark Secret: Jaune was never really accepted into Beacon. He forged his transcripts due to his desire to become a warrior like his famous ancestors. While it's clear Glynda is puzzled about the discrepancy between his skills and his transcript information, it's not clear how much Ozpin knows.
  • Death Seeker: Jaune's willingness to put his friends lives ahead of his own is not seen as heroic by the villains. When Cinder defeats him during the battle of Haven, he tells her that dying doesn't matter to him if it buys his friends a little time because their lives matter more than his own. In disgust, Cinder states he's just a failure with a death wish.
  • Deconstructed Character Archetype: At first, he's the classic comic relief character, then, we learn that the whole point why he's in Beacon is to stop being that very thing.
  • The Determinator: Due to his lack of combat background, there is a noticeable gap of ability between Jaune and almost every opponent he encounters. Despite this, he has never backed down from a fight and, once he engages in fighting, he won't stop until he wins or can't get back up. This means he either gets thrashed or does the thrashing depending on whether his fights depend more on skill (which he lacks) or grit (which he has in spades).
  • Deuteragonist: To Ruby's protagonist in particular. He shares this status with his team but he's the most prominent of them.
  • Didn't Think This Through: In episode 8, when Weiss is falling out of the sky, he pulls off a Diving Save to catch her by jumping out of a tree. He manages to look badass for a moment, then realizes that they are now both in midair with no landing strategy. He crashes, but at least provides Weiss' landing cushion.
    Weiss: My hero.
    Jaune: My back!
  • Diving Save: Does this to a falling Weiss in Episode 8, by jumping off a tree. Then both of them fell to the ground, Jaune first, and Weiss landing on his back.
  • Dogged Nice Guy: A Deconstructed case. He's head-over-heels with Weiss, and constantly makes it known with grandiose gestures, such as asking her to the ball by serenading her with a guitar. Weiss, however, doesn't reciprocate his feelings and his constant attempts at winning her over resulted in Weiss misunderstanding his actions and assuming his intentions are not good at all.
  • Don't You Dare Pity Me!: Realizes he's the "lovable idiot stuck in a tree while everyone is fighting for their lives" and hates it. This leads him to reject Pyrrha's offer of giving him extra training. Initially.
  • Dork Knight: Played with. Jaune has every single requirement except for his lack of competence but the reason why he wants to become a competent fighter is to stop being this very trope.
  • Embarrassing Nickname: "Vomit Boy" for his motion sickness on the way to Beacon.
  • Establishing Character Moment:
    • The first thing he's seen doing is vomiting on the Beacon Academy airship.
    • Also, the scene where he meets Ruby. Where other students antagonized or ignored Ruby, Jaune helps her up and they find the assembly hall together, talking and bonding over their shared awkwardness.
    • Whereas the other men at Beacon give us a Shirtless Scene while roughhousing, he walks over in blue footie pajamas.
  • Failed a Spot Check: During the first lesson, he's too busy questioning Ozpin about landing strategies to notice the other kids are being launched into the forest until it's too late.
  • Family Honor: He doesn't care that he's a normal guy surrounded by elite fighters in an environment that will put his life at stake constantly. As long as he can live up to his family's name...
  • Famous Ancestor: Jaune's great-great grandfather is implied to be a war-hero, yet Jaune seems very unsuited to being a warrior. He usually displays none of the training, instincts or knowledge of his peers except when cornered. He faked his transcripts, confirming he's been kept away from the typical upbringing of combat school students.
  • Fashionable Asymmetry: Jaune's new armor in Volume 4 only has one shoulder guard on his left arm, unlike his previous armor set which was symmetrical.
  • Fights Like a Normal: Unlike the other characters, he doesn't have any special skills or techniques and doesn't know what his Semblance is. He relies entirely on slashing with his sword and stopping attacks with his shield, rather than having a custom weapon that can also transform into a firearm.
  • Fingerless Gloves: Not entirely fingerless, as only the fingertips are exposed.
  • Flexing Those Non-Biceps: Does this to impress Weiss when he tried to recruit her for his team. Blame it on the animation but there are no visible muscles there.
  • Foil:
    • To Pyrrha. Pyrrha is a very intelligent and competent warrior who has garnered in-universe fame for her personal exploits. Jaune is a naive, unassuming young man who has zero combat training but who has a famous ancestry. Her character arc is about learning from Jaune what it means to be a normal teenager with normal friends and relationships, while his character arc is about learning from Pyrrha what it means to be a true warrior. Both have self-esteem issues, with Jaune being the first person who ever treated her like a normal human being and Pyrrha being the first person who ever had genuine faith in his ability to become a warrior.
    • To Ruby. She's a prodigy who quickly became a deadly warrior at a young age and is welcomed into Beacon two years early as a result while Jaune is a hard worker who progresses slowly and had to lie his way into Beacon because of his nonexistent combat background. Ruby is a strategist specialized on pre-defined team attacks and wields a self-made weapon capable of long range combat. Jaune is a tactician specialized in creating new team attacks according to his analysis on the battlefield and wields a family heirloom only capable of close range combat. Ruby has a rather broken family but they fully support her decision to become a huntress while Jaune's family is large and united but they don't support his choices nor have any faith on him. Ruby is a tomboy who dominates the battlefield but doesn't enjoy dancing whereas Jaune tends to act girly and is initially terrible at fighting but also a great dancer. The more you look into them as a pair, the more contrasts that can be spotted in the details.
  • Gesundheit: He didn't know what Aura is and gives this response when Pyrrha mentions it.
  • Good Cannot Comprehend Evil: He claims not to understand how Cinder can commit so many evil deeds and brag about them with downright pride.
  • Gravity Is a Harsh Mistress: Of the Gravitational Cognizance variety. After a brief moment of being The Hero to Weiss's Distressed Damsel, the both of them suddenly realize exactly where they are. Although they fall at the same time, Jaune lands first. He falls flat on his face before Weiss lands on his back almost nonchalantly.
  • Healing Factor: When his Aura is first unlocked by Pyrrha, the scratch on his cheek heals instantly. Seeing this, Pyrrha comments that he has a lot of Aura. When being beaten up by Cardin's team, his Aura briefly flares up, completely healing his injuries in the process.These are early hints that his Semblance gives him the ability to supernaturally amplify the Auras of other people; his natural ability to heal himself is the first effect of this aura amplification that he triggers when Weiss is fatally injured during the battle of Haven; by amplifying her Aura with his own, her injuries heal the way his did in the early volumes.
  • Healing Hands: The first use of Jaune's Semblance takes this form, pouring his own Aura into Weiss to boost her natural Healing Factor and allowing her to rapidly recover from an otherwise fatal impaling wound.
  • Heroic B.S.O.D.: Falls into one after Pyrrha hits him with a "Shut Up" Kiss and rockets him away in a locker so he won't stop her from fighting Cinder. After appraising Ruby and Weiss of the situation, he smashes his Scroll on the ground and falls to his knees in grief. Fortunately he seems to have come out of it by the end of the episode, as he accompanies Ruby, Nora, and Ren on their hunt for Cinder.
  • Heroic Self-Deprecation:
    Jaune: I'm a failure.
  • Hidden Depths: He's awkward, clumsy and weak yet persuasive, smart and a fast learner. His backstory puts his clumsy battle inexperience into perspective and shows just what he's up against in an academy that is far above his level. He is really determined to become the kind of person who can protect people and once he begins to apply himself, his skills start developing very fast. Also, Ozpin mentions to Ruby that the skills required for dancing and fighting are connected, and Jaune turns out to be an extremely accomplished dancer, sum to that his naturally large aura and his quick thinking. He also resolves Neptune's insecurities after he turned down Weiss at the dance. Let's point out that this was meant to be Neptune's secret, Jaune just convinced Neptune to confess his problems to him and then encouraged Neptune in overcoming his insecurities.
  • Hopeless Suitor: To Weiss. He's asked her out multiple times, but she always rejects him.
  • Idiot Hero: He calls himself a 'lovable idiot'. He feels horrible about himself and wants to improve. Initially, he doesn't want to ask for help but eventually wises up and accepts it.
  • I Gave My Word: He (jokingly) told Pyrrha that he'd wear a dress to the dance if she couldn't get a date. She can't get a date, so he followed through.
    Jaune: An Arc never goes back on his word.
  • I Have Brothers: He attributes his dancing skills to the fact that he has seven sisters.
  • I Just Want to Be Special: His motivation is to be a great hero just like his father and grandfather.
  • Ignored Enemy: He tries hold a team meeting during their match with Team BRNZ due to arguments about codenames, grinding the battle to a halt. When BRNZ tries to get the ball rolling again, he initially dismisses them before deciding to just have Nora whack them away with her hammer and end the match.
  • Innocent Blue Eyes: His eyes are a very deep and dark shade of blue. His simple honesty and pure intentions make him a much more effective leader than he realises.
  • Innocently Insensitive:
    • In "Extracurricular", he blithely complains to Pyrrha that Weiss wouldn't accept his offer to be her date. There is a noticeable tremble in Pyrrha's voice when she responds to this.
    • In "Destiny", in a bid to cheer her up, he encourages Pyrrha to fulfill her destiny no matter what and is baffled when his advice reduces her to tears. What he doesn't know is that Pyrrha is trying to decide what to do with the secret Ozpin and Ironwood have given her. Taking on the power of the Fall Maiden could isolate her from her team and possibly destroy her identity in the process.
  • Iron Butt Monkey: When launched from a cliff on his first day at school, Jaune ends up pinned to a tree by Pyrrha's lance. When he runs into a Death Stalker, he's thrown through the forest until he eventually slams into Ruby and a tree. He attempts to leap out of the tree to catch a falling Weiss, which results in him slamming into the ground and her landing heavily on top of his back. He's been propelled through the air by rocket-powered lockers, thrown around by Grimm and has ranted about his "butt monkey" status, but he never seems to end up injured or physically scarred by these antics.
  • It's Personal: Jaune shows more enmity towards Cinder than any of the other protagonists; he was devastated when she murdered Pyrrha during the fall of Beacon and he jumps at the chance to ask Professor Lionheart what he knows about Cinder, given that Cinder claimed to be from Haven Academy. His request is made in a cold, insistent tone and, when Leo tells him that all he found were forged identities, Jaune's hands ball into tight fists. During the battle of Haven, Jaune shouts tearfully at Cinder that he'll make her pay for everything she's done. He's the first one to fight her, enraged by the way she toys with his grief and appears to enjoy hurting people.
  • I Want My Beloved to Be Happy: He encourages Neptune to date Weiss in "Dance Dance Infiltration" so that she can enjoy the dance, parroting the advice Pyrrha gave him.
  • I Work Alone: He rejects Pyrrha's offers for training on the basis that becoming a skilled huntsman is only an accomplishment worthy of his family name if he's able to do it without anyone else's help. He later thinks better of this policy.
  • Ki Manipulation: His Semblance seems to work by allowing him to directly manipulate his Aura, and those of others to a degree. After it's revealed, we learn from Miles Luna that Cardin's punch in "Forever Fall Part 2" was blocked by Jaune unconsciously amplifying his Aura's defensive abilities via his Semblance. His healing of Weiss is done by using his Aura to recharge her own to the point that her own Healing Factor can heal the damage.
  • Knight in Shining Armor: Forever Fall shows him saving the life of Cardin Winchester when an Ursa was about to kill him. Jaune pretty much showed everybody what it means to be a Huntsman: staying cool under fire, carefully positioning yourself to find the enemy's weaknesses, and defending those who can't defend themselves, even if they don't necessarily deserve it. He also fights in a knightly style with sword, shield and armor. However, he subverts this trope in one respect: while he has the personality to back up the trope, he really doesn't have the skills.
  • The Leader: Mostly the charismatic type. He's seemingly able to see an opportunity to strike and move his team to do it. His leadership skills allow his team to anticipate the enemies very well. His team also trusts his judgment and follows his orders without question, showing how much loyalty they have for Jaune. Best exemplified in Volume 2's finale where his team lets him drag them out of bed and abandon their assigned mission, one that Ren and Nora were looking forward to, just because Jaune wanted to check on Team RWBY despite their reasonable counterpoints. Because of this, Team JNPR was armed and ready for sortie when the city sirens signaled the incursion of Grimm into Vale.
  • Leeroy Jenkins: Glynda chastises him for his lack of defense and his habit of suicidal charges when he should be falling back. His lack of training is part of the problem, but even when it sinks in that he should monitor his Life Meter, he still charges in when he should defend.
  • Leitmotif: When asked about composing a theme song for JNPR, Jeff answered that Volume 1 already has one for Jaune and Pyrrha. Several scenes between the two are accompanied by a mellow harp melody. So far, this has played: during Pyrrha's very brief cameo in episode 3; when Pyrrha formally partners up with Jaune; a variation plays when she unlocks his Aura; when she takes him up to the Beacon rooftop, and accordingly during the same episode's ending credits (in the DVD version).
  • The Load: Considers himself one if his This Is Something He's Got to Do Himself speech is anything to go by.
  • Loud Gulp: Complete with a nervous chuckle in episode 4 when Ozpin reveals a very real possibility of dying during the Initiation.
  • Luckily, My Shield Will Protect Me: Jaune's weapons consist of a sword and a shield. While they seem boring compared to the multi-purpose creations other students use, the shield has proven to be extremely durable no matter what attacks it's been used to block. The reforged version can also be transformed into a larger, heavier blade, letting Jaune use it with his sword like a two-handed cleaver.
  • Massive Numbered Siblings: The excuse he gives for knowing how to dance well is that he has seven sisters.
  • Meaningful Name:
    • Jaune is French for yellow.
    • His full name is deliberately similar to Jeanne d'Arc, foreshadowing his heroic, leadership qualities and that he seems to be no fighter. Jeanne d'Arc was rough, led soldiers and rode on the front line, but personally refused to engage in any killing. Jaune had no combat training prior to Beacon. His leadership and heroic qualities go from strength to strength but, even with Pyrrha's training, he's still a hesitant and nervous fighter on the battlefield.
  • Misplaced Retribution: After being bullied by Cardin for several days and then being blackmailed, he lashes out at Pyrrha when she offers him a helping hand. Fortunately, he very quickly realizes his error after Cardin pushes him too far, and learns first hand why messing with Jaune is a very bad idea.
  • My Friends... and Zoidberg: In "Round One", when Nora describes the advantages of each member of Team JNPR, Jaune happens to be the Zoidberg. When asked by Ren how he feels about that, Jaune dejectedly says that she isn't wrong.
    "We've got a world-renowned fighter on our team, one's basically a ninja, I can bench FIVE of me... Jaune... We've trained all year, our weapons are AWESOME. Glynda barely yells at us anymore, and uh... Jaune!"
  • Non-Action Guy: He joined Beacon specifically so that he could become an action guy who protects people.
  • Not Afraid of You Anymore: After Jaune saves Cardin's life from an Ursa, he makes it clear to his former bully that he will not stand for anymore of Cardin's behavior.
  • Not So Weak: He's goofy, clumsy, and a frequent target of Cardin's bullying. But when the life of his friends is in danger he'll protect them with everything he has. Lampshaded when he says to Cardin that he doesn't care whatever Cardin does to him. He's also strong and a pretty good fighter, just not in the same league as the others in Beacon, so it's easy to miss.
  • Oblivious to Love: He had no idea that Pyrrha was into him due to having his eyes stubbornly set on Weiss. It isn't until Pyrrha outright tells him why she likes him that he realizes her affections for him were romantic all along.
  • Outnumbered Sibling: He offhandedly reveals in "Dance Dance Infiltration" that he has seven sisters. In addition, he has no brothers from what he tells to Lie Ren.
  • Recognition Failure: He had neither heard of Sanctum Academy nor of Pyrrha's career as an athlete. He only recognized her from her appearance on a cereal box. Pyrrha eventually reveals she was thrilled to meet someone who didn't know her reputation and therefore got to know her as a person instead of a celebrity.
  • Reforged Weapon: Jaune mentions that his weapons are hand-me-downs from a famous ancestor and Volume 3 shows how chipped and worn with age Crocea Mors actually is. In Volume 4, Jaune gives his weapons to a village blacksmith who restores the cutting edge of the sword. Jaune also gets the blacksmith to modify his weapons using the metal from Pyrrha's equipment, giving both the sword and shield a new appearance that heavily references Pyrrha; the shield gains gold bands in the shape of her tiara.
  • Rejection Affection: He attempts to court Weiss in a number of different ways, ranging from offering her a team slot and attempting to heroically rescue her when she's falling, to asking her out while playing the guitar. She doesn't hide her impatience and disapproval, and never hesitates to reject him. He even asks Ren for advice and takes advice from Pyrrha before he finally realizes that Weiss wants to go to the dance with Neptune. When he sees how dejected Weiss is after Neptune rejected her offer, he gives up his pursuit of her and gives Neptune the advice that enables Neptune to hook up with Weiss for the dance.
  • Required Secondary Powers: When Pyrrha first unlocks Jaune's Aura she comments that he has a lot of it which makes a lot of sense once his Semblance is finally revealed. It's revealed in "Downfall" that Jaune's Semblance allows him to enhance the natural abilities of his allies by transferring his own aura into theirs thus increasing the innate power of their Healing Factor and making their own Semblance stronger. Jaune would therefore require absurdly high amounts of Aura in order to enhance his friends powers and not leave himself completely defenceless.
  • Retractable Weapon: Jaune's shield collapses down into the sheath for his sword when he doesn't need it. It still weighs the same, though, as pointed out by Ruby. Jaune takes advantage of this in Volume 4, giving the shield a deployable sharpened edge, letting him wield the sheathed sword in something akin to a short, heavy two-handed blade.
  • The Runt at the End: Although Jaune shows instinctive leadership qualities, his combat prowess is nonexistent. It results in him being the only student unable to handle the landing strategy in their very first lesson and he's also far behind the other students in combat training. He never went through the combat schools that develop students for entry into Beacon and lied his way into the school.
  • Sarcasm-Blind: Overheard Weiss sarcastically referencing him with regards to stereotypical girl behavior of discussing attractive boys. He has since taken it straight and hit on her multiple times.
  • Screaming Warrior: He screams a lot during his second fight with an Ursa, after they've invaded the city.
  • Screams Like a Little Girl: Screams when he and Pyrrha are attacked by the Death Stalker in Episode 7. In the distance, Yang and Blake think a girl is screaming.
  • Selective Obliviousness: Jaune thinks very highly of Pyrrha and therefore assumes that men are falling over each other to ask her out on dates. As a result, he has no idea how few suitors she really has or that she's romantically interested in him.
  • The Strategist: Zig-zagged, he's less a Strategist than a Tactician, given that he reacts well to tactical imperatives (getting your team out of open ground when facing a sniper, getting Nora to get her elemental power up, and coordinating the rest of the team to cover her). He has very good micro-reaction, but bad macro-awareness (such as heading into a dark cave in a known dangerous area, throwing your team into a potential battleground full of Grimm without knowing WHAT is going on exactly, which could have gotten them all killed).
  • Stronger Than They Look: Jaune is certainly not as scraggly as he's been called. He can pull amazing feats of strength, such as beheading an Ursa Major with a single strike despite being a novice. He can also withstand the full strikes of enormous Grimm such as the Nuckelavee, which couldn't get past Jaune's defences even with a full charge. Jaune's shield has been stated to be very heavy, but he can combine it with his sword to create a very heavy, two-edged weapon that he can still swing about with ease. His new armor was also noted to be heavier than he's used to but it doesn't slow him down one bit.
  • Stuffed into a Locker:
    • As part of Cardin's ongoing bullying campaign, Jaune was thrown into a rocket-propelled locker which was programmed to take off and fly elsewhere with him inside it.
    • It happens to him again during End of the Beginning, where Pyrrha launches him away with one of the rocket lockers so he doesn't follow her to fight Cinder.
  • Super Empowering: Jaune's Semblance is revealed to be a form of this. While at first it is believed to be a form of Healing Hands due to Jaune's Aura being used to heal Weiss' stab wound at the hands of Cinder in actuality his aura is merely enhancing Weiss' own thus kicking in her innate Healing Factor. Jaune describes his ability as giving his own Aura to Weiss in order to enhance her abilities which also allows her to summon a construct of the Lancer Queen strong enough to pierce Hazel's flesh and allow her to drag him back into the room everyone else is fighting in.
  • The Team Normal: Everyone in both Team JNPR and Team RNJR are able to use a combination of highly trained combat skills, well-honed Aura, and experienced use of their Semblances. Except for Jaune. Jaune entered Beacon with no prior combat training and didn't even know what Aura was until Pyrrha unlocked it for him on their first day at school. Although he trains hard, no-one knows how to trigger his Semblance. As a result, while everyone else is using skill and superpowers to fight, he has hand-me-down weapons and breastplate, and little else beyond determination and an instinctively strategic mind. His friends lampshade this when they're travelling through Anima: while his breastplate and weapons are with the local blacksmith, his companions still drag him to fight Grimm because they regard his team contribution is as a strategist, not a fighter.
  • This Is Something He's Got to Do Himself:
    • He believes this about himself in regards to getting better, which leads him to reject Pyrrha's offer of personal training.
      Jaune: I'm tired of being the lovable idiot, stuck in the tree while his friends fight for their lives! Don't you understand? If I can't do this on my own... then what good am I?
    • Invoked by Pyrrha when Jaune is fighting the giant Ursa to save Cardin. She does cheat a little by secretly boosting his shield with her polarity Semblance, thus giving him the confidence to ask for Pyrrha's help. And she does it again during his second fight with an Ursa but this time she doesn't help him at all.
  • Took a Level in Badass:
    • He showed very little skill during the entire initiation except during the fight against the Deathstalker where we see him formulating a plan to take it down. It resulted in him becoming leader of his own team. He later displays his tactical ability in the tournament, which shows off both his improved fighting techniques and his leadership abilities in co-ordinating his team against students who have been training for years longer than he has.
    • He is set up against Ursa at different points in the first three volumes which serve to demonstrate how his training is improving his abilities. Although Pyrrha secretly helps him control his shield when he saves Cardin from a giant Ursa, he decapitates the creature with a single blow. The Volume 2 finale sees him taking on Ursa without Pyrrha's help and without taking injuries, and during the battle for Beacon, he can now decapitate Ursa with a single, swift side-swipe.
    • Volume 4 takes place after a Time Skip of several months. He now takes hits that would've killed or injured him earlier in the series, reforges his weapon and upgrades his armour, and even manages to add a two-handed mode to Crocea Mors, which inflicts substantially higher damage. His physical strength has improved to the point where his sword swings create Razor Wind, and he manages to stop the Nuckelavee dead in its tracks, holding it there for ten seconds. All without using his Semblance yet. His competency is now comparable to that of his teammates, and he's still not at his full potential.
    • In the climactic showdown near the end of Volume 5, he's the first person to fight Cinder. He's still nowhere near strong enough for a direct fight, but when Ruby's silver eyes temporarily stun Cinder, he goes straight for a killing blow. That's a huge improvement in comparison to when he merely charged at Cinder in Volume 3. Had she not dodged at the last second, he would've stabbed his target right through the face. Cinder noticeably loses her cool after that.
  • Tragic Keepsake: He now wears a red sash at his waist that is knotted on his right side. It's reminiscent of the red sash Pyrrha used to wear, although it isn't as long. His white weapons and new armour also incorporate Pyrrha's metal equipment, giving them gold accents and the shape of her tiara on his shield. His scroll also contains a combat training video by her that includes an aborted attempt to confess her feelings.
  • Traumatic Superpower Awakening: Weiss's near death at the hands of Cinder ends up awakening Jaune's Healing Hands powers as he begs her to stay with him, holding his hands over her wound when his Semblance kicks in.
  • Triang Relations: Type 5: Pyrrha seems to like Jaune, who is oblivious to her feelings and only has eyes for Weiss. Weiss unfortunately can't stand Jaune, but has an interest in Neptune, who has an interest in her... and every single other attractive girl on the entire planet.
  • Unskilled, but Strong:
    • He has a lot of Aura, an instinctual grasp of combat tactics, and is strong enough to be close to the level of the others when he actually blocks or hits. However, he doesn't have a basic grasp of sword and shield style, jumping around and throwing his whole weight behind most of his blows without the trained reflexes or proper technique to react to an enemy's counter. During his second fight with an Ursa, his wild strikes compare to the techniques of his peers but he still kills it without help. He survives the tournament fight against Team BRNZ, although he doesn't land a hit on his opponents, and in Volume 4, he stops dead the lethal charge of the Nuckelavee with brute strength alone.
  • The Watson: His lack of knowledge about the combat-related side of his world allows for things to be explained to both him and the audience, such as the concept of Aura or how huntsmen and huntresses fight.
  • Weaksauce Weakness:
    • Suffers from a pretty nasty case of motion sickness, which makes it a good question why he went to Beacon in a flying ship. His Boring, but Practical weapon set notably implies a more static fighting style that wouldn't agitate this.
    • He also claims he may be allergic to Red Sap which he and his classmates were sent to collect in Forever Fall; although that's probably just an excuse to not be pushed to do Cardin's bidding.
  • What You Are in the Dark: When Cardin is ambushed by an Ursa, Jaune has the perfect opportunity to just leave the Jerkass bully to die without anybody knowing (at least he thinks nobody's around), but saves him anyway.
  • Wholesome Crossdresser: Jokes to Pyrrha that he'll wear a dress if she can't get a date to the dance. He keeps the promise, even doing a dance with his team while wearing it.
  • Worthy Opponent: Cardin can easily wipe the floor with Jaune and bullies him to no end. Until a trip to Forever Fall where Jaune decapitates an absolutely massive Ursa that almost easily kills Cardin. He stops messing with Jaune for good.
    Cardin: Holy crap. Jaune?
  • You Are Better Than You Think You Are: Before meeting Pyrrha, Jaune didn't know a single person who believed he could be successful and he finally found the confidence to become a capable huntsman and a better person thanks to her encouragement and support. He even comments that his parents didn't have faith in him and expected him to wash out of Beacon quickly and come back home.

    Nora Valkyrie 

Nora Valkyrie
"I'm queen of the castle!"
"Click here to see her post timeskip appearance note  "
Voiced by: Samantha Ireland, Kristen McGuire (flashback, Volume 4) [EN], Aya Suzaki [JP]

Every chatelaine wants to share her reign, so come and join me in my castle. We'll crush our enemies, bring them to their knees. And though I have a tendency to babble.

Another student of Beacon Academy who is first seen prepping for initiation and is old friends with Ren, who she is later partnered with. She's... energetic, to say the least.

Nora wields a multi-shot Grenade Launcher capable of converting into a large war hammer. She uses the recoil from its explosions to increase the impact damage of hammer swings or propel herself through the air. Monty was inspired by footage of a Mexican carnival where they set off fireworks with sledgehammers.

  • All of the Other Reindeer: When she was a kid, she was a filthy urchin who lived on the streets. She was targeted by bullies for her status and unusual clothing, which didn't have the Asian theme common to Anima.
  • Badass Adorable: And how. Her cheerful disposition extends to some serious enthusiasm for fighting, and is she ever good at it. She takes out Weiss and Yang in Volume 2's Food Fight.
  • Big Eater: Literally slurps up her pancakes. When the students are collecting sap from Forever Fall forest, she keeps drinking up all the sap. At the end of the story arc, Pyrrha wryly tells Jaune they have Nora to thank for there being no syrup to go with the pancakes Ren has cooked.
  • Blood Knight: She is VERY enthusiastic about punting stuff (and other people on occasion) with her rocket-propelled hammer. Not to mention her first suggestion to solving Jaune's bully problem in "Jaundice Part I" is to break said bully's legs. Her Image Song "Boop" is a love song that includes lines such as "We'll crush our enemies, bring them to their knees".
  • Blush Sticker: Looks like she's blushing all the time.
  • Boisterous Bruiser: She's very energetic and extroverted and equally strong and tough.
  • Bottomless Magazines: Given the size of the heart-marked grenades, the size of the weapon, and how many shots she fires off without reloading, it certainly seems that way. She's seen firing it at least 8 times without reloading, which exceeds the capacity standard grenade launcher of that type. "New Challengers" showcased the inside, when she fired all grenades at once for a heart-shaped attack; she carried only 6.
  • Cannot Spit It Out: To Ren, if her Image Song Boop off the second season's soundtrack is any indication.
    I think oh whoa what am I to do. I didn't know that I would fall in love with you, And what to do right now I haven't got a clue. I just bite my tongue and when I want to say I love you I say "Boop."
  • Cheshire Cat Grin: Being a Perpetual Smiler, she also grins during aggressive actions, such as catapulting Jaune with her hammer or threatening to break a bully's legs. Of particular note is the one she gives Nolan of Team BRNZ when he tries to shock her.
  • Childhood Friends: Ren and Nora start the show as seventeen-year-olds and have already been together for a very long time. Nora is concerned about making sure they are teamed together in class, even inventing secret "sloth" call noises that Ren is certain cannot be a real sloth's sound. Ren spends most of his time trying to rein in Nora's hyperactivity and wild enthusiasm. Nora admits they're orphans with no home outside Beacon Academy, and they're so close that other characters have mistakenly believed that they're in a romantic relationship. Nora is secretly in love with Ren, but has no idea whether he feels the same way.
  • Cleavage Window: She wears white tops that have a small heart-shaped window that displays part of her cleavage.
  • Color Failure: In Vol.3 Episode 1, during her panicked rant about the potential ramifications of losing in the first round of the Vytal Festival.
  • Covert Pervert: While she admonishes Ren for accidentally looking up her skirt in the Volume 4 finale she secretly smirks to herself afterwards.
  • Cry Laughing: Nora's rambling regarding how losing in the tournament would ruin the team's reputation is capped off with manic laughter that shifts into sobs.
  • Cute and Psycho: While not completely insane, she does give some vibes of this, if her giddy declaration to break Cardin's legs is anything to go by.
  • Cute Bruiser: With her grenade launcher hammer, Nora is the hardest hitting member of team JNPR despite being so bubbly (and short).
  • Cute Little Fangs: Only seen when her mouth is open (which is fairly often).
  • Dangerously Short Skirt: Made all the more dangerous by how loosely it flaps around.
  • Dark and Troubled Past: She was a dirty, lonely and terrified street urchin, and implied to not be a local, when she met Ren. They became friends the very day Ren's hometown was wiped out by Grimm, on account of him saving her life and treating her with kindness.
  • Disproportionate Retribution: After Cardin Winchester has been seen to childishly torture Jaune Arc, Nora suggests breaking his legs (and she's serious!)
  • Drop the Hammer: Magnhild is a big-ass hammer/grenade launcher that she can also use to launch people across large gaps. When the village Ren and Nora lived in was razed to the ground by Grimm, Ren gave her a wooden toy hammer to comfort her.
  • Elemental Absorption: Nora's Semblance allows her to absorb electricity to boost her already impressive physical strength. However, this doesn't mean that she's outright immune to being electrocuted. When Hazel grabs her after enhancing himself with yellow dust in Downfall, she screams in pain as he holds her down and zaps her.
  • Establishing Character Moment: In a montage depicting them getting ready for the day, Nora is introduced flitting energetically around Ren while talking non-stop, regardless of what the pair of them are doing — from Ren waking up, to her using the occasional pause for breath as an excuse to swallow a pancake whole before continuing. She turns out to be every bit as up-beat, full-on, and energetic as her introduction suggests.
  • Eye Color Change: Her eyes can appear a bright blue or turquoise, depending on the scene she's in, sometimes going full-on green. They tend to appear their greenest when she's near Ren.
  • Feed It with Fire: During the fight against Team BRNZ in "New Challengers", after one opponent incapacitates Ren with an electric prod, he then hits Nora with it... only for it to have no effect. Oobleck then explains how Nora's Semblance is to draw power from electricity, supercharging her muscles and increasing her speed and strength. The opponent has enough time for a suitable reaction before Nora sends him flying.
  • Gasshole: Damn, can she ever burp. It was replaced with a more modest, "Guhhhh!" in the Japanese dub, though.
  • Genki Girl: How Ruby acts around weapons is how Nora acts all the time. "Boop."
  • Get A Hold Of Yourself Man: When Ren goes blind with rage while fighting the Nuckelavee, Nora slaps him across the face to make him listen to reason and calm him down.
  • Ghost Story: Her story in the cafeteria deliberately resembles this, though she is repeatedly undermined by Ren. As it turns out, it's only a recurring dream that she's been having for about a month, and Ren is perceptibly tired of having to correct her embellishments.
  • Girly Bruiser: Nora doesn't really inspire the image of her beating monsters to death with a war-hammer/grenade launcher, but her grenades having cute hearts on them does help. In fact, her finishing move against Team BRNZ was a set of grenades whose smoke formed the shape of a pink heart.
  • Hammer Space: The large gun-like weapon she wears on her back in the lineup in Episode 4 is not present in Episode 6. As a matter of fact it it randomly disappears occasionally at the lineup in Episode 4. It's questionable whether the object appears on her back in Episode 5 as she's falling. There's only a split-second to view her and that dark patch could just be the back of her shirt.
  • Headdesk: After getting herself depressed at the noodle stand, Nora finishes her Made Myself Sad moment by slamming her head down onto the counter.
  • Heart Symbol: Featured a lot in her design, from the Cleavage Window in her suit to the grenades of her Magnhild. It's part of the "cute" in her Cute Bruiser image.
  • Hidden Depths: She has a cheerful, wacky, hyperactive demeanor, coming across as someone with a zest for life and fighting. However, she is very perceptive of people's feelings, as witnessed when telling Pyrrha to practice what she preaches regarding her hidden feelings for Jaune as well as Ren's pain at seeing the Nuckelavee's print on the ground. She also once confesses that she and Ren are both orphans; and if they leave Beacon they will have no home to return to. Her Image Song confirms that Ren is her only family and she is completely freaked out by the realization that she's fallen in love with him. And as seen in Volume 4, Nora is a lot more grounded than she lets on: when the normally-stoic Ren has reached a self-destructive Roaring Rampage of Revenge, Nora's first and foremost concern is making him not throw himself so recklessly at the Nuckelavee, despite having been hurt in the same way by the Grimm as Ren.
  • Hypocrite: When Pyrrha tells Jaune to tell Weiss how she makes him feel and just be open without any stunts, Nora simply says "Practice what you preach, Pyrrha", telling her that she should be more honest with Jaune about how she feels about him. And yet if the lyrics of "Boop" are anything to go by, Nora has the exact same problem telling Ren how she feels.
  • Image Song: "Boop," which details how Nora came to realize she's in love with Ren, but can't openly admit it to him.
  • Improvised Weapon: During the food fight, she uses a watermelon on a stick and improvises grenades out of soda cans.
  • In a Single Bound: Pretty everyone in the series pulls off crazy-high leaps at one time or another, but Nora does it by the far the most between either RWBY or JNPR, sometimes helped by a Recoil Boost from her weapon. Notably, while everyone else is investigating the abandoned village from the ground in Volume 4, Nora can be seen in the background jumping all over the architecture.
  • Incoming Ham: "Wake up, lazy bud! ♪It's morning! It's morning! It's morning! It's morning!♪" as she jumps all over the room. If that's not enough of an over-the-top entrance, it's followed by Nora rambling on and on for at least a minute while she and Ren go through their entire morning routine.
  • It Is Pronounced Tro PAY: When Monty stated the name on RT Podcast #235, it was pronounced "mahn-KEE-uld". Monty cleared it up over Twitter.
  • Just Friends: Whenever someone brings up the fact that Nora and Ren are always together, even if it's Nora herself, she'll reiterate that they aren't an item. As Nora puts it, "[They're] not together together..."
  • Lame Pun Reaction: In the season 2 premiere, in response to Yang quipping that she "always kicks her semesters off with a Yang," Nora hits her in the face with a tomato and boos her.
  • Large Ham: She's enthuasiastic and clearly full of herself ("I'm queen of the castle! I'm queen of the castle!"). Even when Nora has a breakdown, as in the moment listed below in Made Myself Sad, she does so in an over the top and melodramatic way. Nora's fighting is also hammy, as she's always giggling and jumping, and usually hammering only when the strike can be done in a flashy way.
  • Macross Missile Massacre: The grenades are usually fired one at a time, but Nora can remove the cover to allow all the grenades to be fired at once. When this happens, the grenades take the shape of a heart!
  • Made Myself Sad: In "Round One", she goes from cheerfully reassuring Jaune that not winning the tournament would be fine, only to ramble off a list of awful things that will happen to them (mentioning Team JNPR becoming social pariahs, and having no home to return to), and subsequently experience Color Failure, slump down onto a desk, and leave the restaurant feeling blue.
  • Marked Bullet: The grenades have a heart motif on their tip.
  • Meaningful Name: The valkyries are Odin's twelve handmaidens who choose half of the slain dead to be conducted to Valhalla. They are warriors in their own rights. One of the valkyries (þrúðr "strength") is a daughter of Thor, the Norse God upon whom Nora is based. Nora's power, like Thor, is rooted in her strength and ability to power up that strength with electricity, such as lightning. As a result, her weapon also has a Norse name, composed of "magn" (mighty) and "hildr" (battle), that emphasizes her strength and power in battle.
  • Midair Bobbing: Nora is very briefly (one second) shown hovering during the class field trip in Episode 13. It has been speculated that this was a glitch, but it's more likely a deliberate gag playing on the cartoon nature of the series note .
  • Motor Mouth: Once she starts talking, she just goes on and on. It even factors into her Image Song, with the lyrics for the bridge into the instrumental section eventually growing so rapid the words practically blur together.
  • Mysterious Past: Ren and Nora first meet on the day Ren's home village of Kuroyuri is destroyed by the Grimm. She is a filthy and terrified street urchin whose clothes are unusual for the local design. Although the destruction of the village orphans Ren, Nora is clearly already abandoned by that point and implied to not be native to the region. Where she came from, what happened to her family, and how she ended up in Kuroyuri are still unknown.
  • Parental Abandonment: She mentions offhand during her rant in "Round One" that she and Ren have no parents and home to return to. During a flashback in Volume 4 Episode 10, she was already a filthy street urchin who was scrounging for scraps to eat when she and Ren first met.
  • Perpetual Smiler: Risk of dying? Launched into the air? Battling in general? No problem. In fact, her smile gets bigger, when she's flying through the air via controlled explosions. She only ever gets upset when Ren is hurt. She's also been dropping her smile more as her team come across more and more destroyed villages.
  • Pink Means Feminine: Her gloves, skirt, socks, and shoe soles are all pink, plus she's associated with Lie Ren, who has pink as a secondary color.
  • The Pollyanna: Her constant, practically relentless cheerfulness is one of Nora's dominant personality traits throughout the series. Character Development dampens down her enthusiasm somewhat, but nothing, not even the destruction of Beacon Academy, totally manages to quash Nora's happiness.
  • Red Oni, Blue Oni: The red to Ren's blue, acting as the lively, energetic balance to Ren's serene calmness.
  • Savvy Guy, Energetic Girl: She's the happy-go-lucky Genki Girl to Ren's serious and deadpan guy. He's the one to "straighten" her whenever she does something remotely weird.
  • She's Got Legs: One of the few girls that wears nothing over her own pair of long, slightly muscular legs, which the camera delights in reminding everyone.
  • Ship Tease: She's fully aware that she and Ren are extremely close, but in case anyone gets the wrong idea, they're not that close. However, the person she keeps trying to explain the Just Friends situation to... is herself. When Jaune asks Ren for dating advice on the assumption he and Nora have been involved for a while, a very embarrassed Nora corrects his misconception. Her Image Song makes it clear she's in love with Ren but doesn't know if he feels the same way. By the end of Volume 4, Ren is much more openly affectionate towards her.
  • Shipper on Deck: If her "Practice what you preach" comment after Pyrrha's Be Yourself speech to Jaune is anything to go by, it's clear she wants to see the two of them get together. She seemed pretty happy after they started dancing together. In the episode "Destiny", when she noticed Jaune and Pyrrha were by themselves outside of the school cafeteria, Nora decided to drag away Ren, who was accompanying her around the fair grounds, to give the two some alone time.
  • Shock and Awe: Her Semblance is to draw power from electricity, which ties in nicely with her Thor theme.
  • Sigil Spam: Her symbol is on the back of her outfit, as well as her comb. Then there is her pajama "boop" shirt, which you can buy in real life, and her headphones.
  • Snot Bubble: She gets one when she is sleeping, as seen in Volume 2 Chapter 2.
  • Spin Attack: How she nails the stinger on the Death Stalker's head, with some Recoil Boost from Magnhild.
  • Street Urchin: Ren first met Nora when she was a filthy orphan living on the streets. Three bullies were targeting her for her state and having stolen some mouldy bread to eat.
  • Super Strength: Her Semblance allows her to supercharge her physical strength.
  • Suspiciously Specific Denial: As noted under Ship Tease her trying to explain that her and Ren are Just Friends. Considering she brings it up.
  • Taking the Bullet: Pushes a dizzy Ren out of the path of an Atlesian Paladin's fist in "Heroes and Monsters", getting hit herself in the process. However, Ren is distracted by Nora getting hurt and the Paladin nails him regardless, and the subsequent injuries take them both out of the ongoing fight.
  • Trademark Favorite Food: Pancakes. Mumbling about them repeatedly in your sleep helps.

    Pyrrha Nikos 

Pyrrha Nikos
"Hello again!"
Voiced by: Jen Brown [EN], Megumi Toyoguchi [volume 1-2], Shizuka Ito [volume 3][JP]

Honey, it's time to leave the doubt behind.
Take my hand 'cause you and I are gonna shine.

A famous athlete with strikingly red hair who graduated from Sanctum Academy with highest honors and won several fighting tournaments before joining Beacon and partnering with Jaune. Pyrrha is apparently the first character confirmed not to be from the Vale region/city as Weiss states that she won the "Mistral" regional tournament four years in succession.

Pyrrha's weapons are called Miló and Akoúo̱, and consist of a shield, and a weapon that is able to change form between a pilum (Heavy Javelin), xiphos (Short Sword) and a hunting rifle.

  • The Ace: She's a world-renowned fighter who has kept her title as champion for four years. This, however, leads to her issue of being unable to form deep friendship with people as they often put her on a high pedestal.
  • Accidental Murder: When Penny and Pyrrha fight in the tournament, the audience is horrified to witness Pyrrha suddenly throw the full force of her Semblance at Penny, tearing her to shreds live on air. Penny's swords were controlled by razor-thin wires that acted as a garotte when they tangled up her body from Pyrrha's wave of magnetism. Cinder uses the incident to paint Pyrrha as Beacon's star pupil, carrying out the dishonourable, win-at-any-cost teachings of Professor Ozpin. However, what the audience doesn't see is that Cinder fixed the automated random opponent generator because she wanted a polarity-using warrior fighting against the secret robot, Penny. Her henchman, Emerald, then sat on the sidelines using a mind-control power to make Pyrrha hallucinate that Penny had her surrounded by hundreds of blades all ready to impale her. Pyrrha thought she was defending herself against an overwhelming metallic attack and reacted accordingly. The horror the sight causes in the stadium, around the world, and in Pyrrha herself, triggers the invasion of the negativity-attracted Grimm.
  • Apologises a Lot: Not quite as often as usual cases of this trope but she'll apologize even when she saves people.
  • Attractiveness Isolation: Pyrrha somewhat bitterly sums up why no one asked her to the dance:
    Pyrrha: I've been blessed with incredible talents and opportunities. I'm constantly surrounded by love, and praise... But when you're placed on a pedestal like that for so long, you become separated from the people that put you there in the first place. Everyone assumes I'm too good for them. That I'm on a level they simply can't attain. It's become impossible to form any sort of meaningful relationship with people.
  • Awesome Mc Cool Name: Her full name means "Flame colored victor of the people".
  • Because You Were Nice to Me: She fell in love with Jaune because he was the first person in a long time who treated her like an actual person instead of a celebrity and he became the bridge Pyrrha needed to form the long lasting friendships she strongly desired.
  • Blade on a Stick: Spear form. For bonus points, the blade is collapsible, as seen when Pyrrha switches from the rifle to the spear.
  • Cannot Spit It Out:
    • By Volume 2 it's particularly noticeable to the audience that she has a crush on Jaune but is too shy to actually drop any hints that she's interested in him romantically. Ultimately it takes Jaune reciprocating her unspoken feelings before she's willing to be open about them.
    • After she gets extra responsibilities in Season 3 the sheer weight of them slowly start to crush her, and she seems unable to tell anyone about how they make her feel. Similarly after accidentally slaying Penny it just seems left to bottle up inside her, resolving in her trying to save everyone by challenging an opponent she couldn't beat. It, however, leads to her finally being able to spit out her whole feelings to Jaune... for the last time.
  • Chronic Hero Syndrome: Always puts everyone else's needs above her own, no matter what. Then it gets deconstructed later on when its clear she's really not as happy as she seems. She helps Jaune try to win over Weiss despite her own feelings for him, and then in Volume 3 she's basically asked to risk her identity and happiness in absorbing the Fall Maiden's power for the sake of the world, something she really is unsure and hesitant about. And to make it even worse, she can't tell anyone about the latter. In the Volume 3 finale, she decides that she has to stop Cinder, even after being told she doesn't stand a chance by Ozpin. She confronts Cinder and puts on a great fight, but Cinder gains the upper hand and kills her.
  • Combat Stilettos: The knee-high boots she wears in combat possess high heels. They don't seem to slow her down in battle; she is the most competent member of her team. In "Extracurricular", she beats the entirety of Team CRDL at once all on her own in a sparring match, with plenty enough energy to spar with Mercury, all despite wearing heels.
  • Cruel and Unusual Death: In the finale of Volume 3, she is burned away from the inside out by one of Cinder's incendiary arrows.
  • Curb-Stomp Battle: When Pyrrha fights Team CRDL in combat training, she single-handedly defeats the entire team. Despite the four of them working together against her, they could barely even touch her.
  • Dogged Nice Girl: Pyrrha is very interested in Jaune but he's interested in Weiss. Pyrrha smiles and bears it, but is clearly unhappy. When Jaune is pining over Weiss rejecting his invitation to attend to the school ball together, realizing he won't be asking her leaves her crestfallen. Jaune, however, assumes Pyrrha already has a date for the ball and believes she has boys lining up to ask her out. She doesn't and, when alone, implies that boys are never interested in her. But, being so unfailingly nice and having a strong instinct to help others, she ends up advising Jaune on the best way to win Weiss over. Though by the end of "Dance Dance, Infiltration", this trope seems to have been averted.
  • Dying Moment of Awesome: Though Pyrrha eventually loses her life, her final fight is a powerful struggle against Cinder, throwing the huge gears in Ozpin's ruined office at Cinder, landing solid hits, and once even pinning Cinder by the throat. Even with the complete powers of the Fall Maiden, Cinder actually struggles to gain the upper hand over Pyrrha and retain that advantage long enough to win. The fight strongly implies that Cinder, despite being the Big Bad, could not have defeated Pyrrha without the Fall Maiden powers. Pyrrha is a prodigy after all.
  • Extreme Doormat: Despite having no ill will towards Jaune (and being one of the few people to actually like him), she doesn't hesitate to get rid of him when Weiss asks, offering only a small 'sorry' as she gets her spear back. The only time in Volume 1 that she shows open anger is when Cardin bullies Jaune.
  • Face Palm: She does this in "Jaundice (Part 2)", when she tries to act out the answer to the teacher's question for Jaune and he gets it wrong.
  • "Facing the Bullets" One-Liner: "Do you believe in destiny?"
  • Famed In-Story: Weiss considers her "the strongest student."... not to mention the whole four-time consecutive tournament winner and on cereal boxes sorta-things.
  • Fatal Flaw: Her heroic selflessness. In the Volume 3 finale, she goes off to fight Cinder despite everyone trying to dissuade her and Ozpin telling her she doesn't stand a chance so she can eradicate the biggest threat to her school and her friends. She gets killed for her efforts.
  • Foil: To Jaune. Pyrrha is a very intelligent and competent warrior who has garnered in-universe fame for her personal exploits. Jaune is an naive, unassuming young man who has zero combat training but who has a famous ancestry. Her character arc is about learning from Jaune what it means to be a normal teenager with normal friends and relationships, while his character arc is about learning from Pyrrha what it means to be a true warrior. Both have self-esteem issues, with Jaune being the first person who ever treated her like a normal human being and Pyrrha being the first person who ever had genuine faith in his ability to become a warrior.
  • Green Eyes: Pyrrha has very long, very red hair and some of the greenest eyes of any character. She is one of Beacon's star pupils, being Mistral's four-times champion, and has a reputation for being untouchable, partly due to her extremely powerful Semblance which controls magnetism. She has autumnal associations and colors, sometimes being depicted with maple leaves flowing from her Aura. The Maidens of the Seasons are four girls gifted with unimaginable power to protect humanity and their guardians have identified Pyrrha as the future Fall Maiden.
  • Guile Hero: One of her greatest assets is her subtlety. Most of her opponents have no idea that she's using her Polarity in conjunction with her combat abilities, giving her a reputation for invincibility.
  • Heroes Want Redheads: Inverted, it's the redhead who wants the hero (Jaune) because he's so nice to her and treats her like an equal.
  • Heroic B.S.O.D.: Goes into one after accidentally murdering Penny, unable to look away from the destroyed remains, to the point of being unable to defend herself against a murderous Nevermore.
  • Holding Back the Phlebotinum: The food fight demonstrates what she can do when she unleashes the full force of her polarity Semblance. However, in battle, all she does is make minute adjustments to either herself or her opponent to tilt battles in her favor. Given her extraordinary combat talent and her great subtlety when using her semblance, most people have no idea she's doing any such thing.
  • Hopeless Suitor: Certainly feels this way towards Jaune, especially after he talks to Ren in Volume 2 about wanting to express his love to Weiss. Pyrrha ends up telling him to tell her how he feels about her. Though Jaune seems encouraged by it, Pyrrha doesn't look happy at all, which also causes Nora to tell her to practice what she preaches.
  • Hope Spot: Doubled; She is quickly scouted out as a replacement Fall Maiden to make sure Cinder doesn't get all the power. She struggles with the inherent Loss of Identity risks before they attempt the transfer of power. Cinder beating them to the punch anyway makes it seem that she no longer has to worry about that particular problem and no longer jeopardize her relationship with Jaune, who has just caught on to her romantic feelings for him and seems to reciprocate. She dies the following episode when she foolishly tries to take Cinder on alone despite Jaune's warnings.
  • Hypercompetent Sidekick: To Jaune. Actually way more competent than him, but she still chooses to defer to him, especially when it comes to battle strategy.
  • Hypocrisy Nod: Pyrrha tells Jaune that the best way to woo Weiss is to be open and honest. Nora promptly tells Pyrrha to "practice what you preach", which she eventually does.
  • Hypocritical Humor: Briefly. In the library, she confiscates Jaune's issue of "X-Ray and Vav" and hands him a book he should be reading... before opening up the the comic book and enjoying it for herself.
  • Humble Hero: Acts very down to earth and friendly, contrasting heavily with Weiss' Rich Bitch attitude. She also goes out of her way to explain to Jaune and teach him how to use his Aura without making fun of him. In "Fall", it's shown that Pyrrha made it to the singles round, and despite that, she tells Ozpin that she only got that far thanks to her teammates, and gets noticeably upset when Qrow suggests otherwise.
  • Image Song:
    • "Shine", a song about her relationship with Jaune.
      "I've been watching you, helping you, wishing that you'd see / That the girl you've been waiting so long for could be me.
    • "Dream Come True," another song about Jaune, this time with several digs at Weiss.
      "Why don't you / Forget about the little chick in white? / She don't care about you and she's so uptight."
      Weiss: Hey!
  • Improbable Aiming Skills: She manages to nail a free-falling Jaune to a tree without injuring him from a very large distance (it takes about 5 seconds for it to hit its mark!) with a (recoil-aided) spear toss, aimed via her thumb (after locating his general position via scope) no less.
  • I Just Want to Be Normal: Sort of. Pyrrha is grateful for her talents and the opportunities they've given her, but her celebrity status has kept her from making any real friendships. What she finds most attractive about Jaune is the fact that he treats her like an equal.
  • Impaled with Extreme Prejudice: When she is shot from the front, the arrow misses her armor and goes all the way through her chest. The arrow head can be seen sticking out of her back as she gasps for breath, and it's clear the arrow is burning her from the inside out.
  • I Want My Beloved to Be Happy: She encourages Jaune to ask Weiss out to the prom, and Nora tells Pyrrha to "practice what she preaches" with regards to making her feelings known.
  • Lady Legionnaire Wear: Her outfit resembles that of a Greek Hoplite, but with a normal skirt.
  • Lady of War: A fluid and graceful fighter with her Miló and Akoúo. This becomes even more the case when it revealed that she also uses her semblance to subtly "nudge" her opponents' attacks off-center, creating the impression that she's untouchable.
  • The Lancer: To the team leader Jaune. Whereas he's bumbling, barely competent and not knowing much of the outside world, she's straight-laced, talented and more experienced. Unlike Weiss, though, she's thoroughly supportive of him.
  • Last Kiss: She finally gets one with Jaune before going off to fight Cinder.
  • Lonely at the Top: In "Dance Dance Infiltration", she explains to Jaune that because everyone looks up to her, no one finds her approachable and can talk to her as an equal. This in turn is what made her warm up to Jaune, who never knew of her celebrity status beforehand, since day one.
  • Loss of Identity: Pyrrha has to grapple with the possibility of this in Volume 3, when she accepts the burden of merging her soul with Amber's and taking the Fall Maiden's powers to keep them safe from Cinder. Ozpin warns her that the process could change her, and that she might not be the same person she was before the process, which causes her intense distress.
  • Luckily, My Shield Will Protect Me: Her shield is tough enough to let Pyrrha crash through trees unharmed.
  • Magnetism Manipulation: Her Semblance is Polarity, giving her control over metals. Volume 2 reveals it's so powerful, she can send hundreds of cans of soda flying at once without so much as moving her arms. This however, was goofing off with her friends. In a test combat, Mercury realizes how she really uses it for fighting — she manipulates her enemies' weapons and armor just enough to win battles without anyone, not even her opponents, realizing why.
  • Meaningful Name:
    • Pyrrhotite is an iron sulphide mineral that is nicknamed magnetic pyrite because of its magnetic properties. Pyrrha's Semblance is polarity, the power of magnetism.
    • "Pyrrha" is a Greek derivative of "flame-colored" and a Greek Aptronym note  for a person with red hair. "Nikos" is Greek for "victor of the people". Her name effectively means "Pyrrhic Victory". During the tournament, Emerald tricks her into defeating Penny by accidentally tearing her apart with her full magnetism Semblance; this apparently ruthless victory furthers Cinder's ability to move her evil plans into the public domain with a villainous, anti-authority speech that creates enough negativity in her global audience to allow a Grimm invasion of Vale. When Pyrrha fights Cinder, it's to protect Beacon tower long enough for help to arrive. She fails to stop Cinder, she fails to protect the tower, and she is killed shortly after Cinder brings her down with an arrow to the heel, just like her namesake, Achilles, who once disguised himself as a woman called Pyrrha.
  • Mentor Occupational Hazard: In The End of the Beginning, Pyrrha is murdered by Cinder, the Big Bad, and before she can complete Jaune's training, no less.
  • Miming the Cues: Jaune gets asked a question in class that he doesn't know the answer to. She tries to mime it to him — the answer is night vision — but he misinterprets it and answers, "Binoculars?" Cue Face Palm.
  • Ms. Exposition: Gives Jaune one, on the subject of Aura. Later on she does this to Ruby and Weiss on the subject of "Semblance".
  • Ms. Fanservice: A miniskirt, a corset, exposed cleavage, detached shoulders and thigh-high boots are all given from Pyrrha.
  • My God, What Have I Done?:
    • She bursts into tears and runs away from Jaune after using her Semblance to slam him into a wall, tearfully apologizing.
    • She starts to tear up after realizing she's misused her Semblance in combat when she accidentally destroys Penny.
  • Nice Girl: She doesn't hold people's flaws against them, such as Jaune shoving her out of the way to talk to Weiss or initially rejecting her offer of help for 'macho' reasons. She is pleasant, mild-mannered and motherly. She sacrifices her weapon to ensure Jaune lands safely during their first lesson, teaches him about Aura and combat strategy. She objects to bullies and has no ill-will towards Faunus. Despite her feelings for Jaune, she gives him good advice on how to get Weiss. She's so selfless, she sacrifices her own desires for the sake of others. She offers to pay for Team RWBY's lunches when Weiss's card gets rejected.
  • No Body Left Behind: In The End of the Beginning, she is killed by Cinder and promptly disintegrated.
  • No Guy Wants an Amazon: Implied in "Extracurricular", when Jaune tells her she must have men falling over themselves to ask her to the dance. Her expression suggests otherwise. Later in "Dance Dance Infiltration", she reveals that the reason why she has no partner to the dance is that she is such an ace that nobody sees themselves as able to live up to her standards, and can't treat her as their equal to dance with.
  • Not So Stoic: Her poised, self-controlled demeanor and tendency to look out for others crumbles away in "Destiny". The decision asked of her from the headmasters stresses her to the point where she loses control of her Semblance, slamming Jaune into a pillar, and promptly bursts into tears after hurting him, running away.
    • There are a few occasions where she nearly blows her cool trying not to laugh at her team-mates antics. There's definitely a healthy sense of humor underneath that cool exterior that she's probably not used to showing. Examples include her reaction to her team getting into a huge argument in the middle of their 4 on 4 tournament bout, and her quiet laughter at Ren and Nora's antics when the former gets the latter to drink what's basically swamp water.
  • Personality Powers: Wields magnetism and people are naturally drawn to her due to how popular she is. Incidentally, people are also drawn away from her due to the fact that they believe that she's out of their league.
  • Precision-Guided Boomerang: Her shield always returns to her when she throws it, and her spear flies back into her hand with an audible magnetic effect. This is because her specialty is magnetism.
  • Product Placement: In-Universe. Part of her fame is appearing on "Pumpkin Pete's Marshmallow Flakes" cereal boxes.
    Pyrrha: Yeah, it was pretty cool... sadly, the cereal isn't very good for you.
  • Proper Tights with a Skirt: Downplayed. The long brown tights are only present when she is in her school uniform, whereas in her casual attire she doesn't.
  • Recoil Boost: The rifle's barrel becomes the bottom of the spear. It can fire to give the spear an extra boost when she needs to throw it.
  • Sacrificial Lion: In order to firmly prove, once and for all, that season 3 is a darker series, Pyrrha is killed by Cinder at the end of End Of The Beginning to trigger the appearance of a brand new magical ability... in Ruby. Jen Brown confirmed through tweets that Cinder killing Pyrrha was planned from the beginning by Monty.
  • Seasonal Baggage: The season of Autumn is heavily associated with her, from the red and brown of her main outfit to having red maple leaves be a part of her introduction in the season two opening. She is eventually asked by Ozpin to become the replacement Fall Maiden.
  • Secret Keeper: She's carrying the secret of Jaune's faked entrance into Beacon, and has also been told about the existence of the Brotherhood and that they safeguard the secret history of Remnant.
  • Selective Magnetism: Her Semblance, though she uses it less liberally than most examples, using it to subtly manipulate her opponent's weapons, rather than constant barrages. Though if the situation calls for it, she will make her abilities known, as shown in the Food Fight, where she manipulates numerous soda cans to create an unrelenting soda assault.
  • Sexy Mentor: To Jaune, at least as far as 'releasing his Aura' goes. He looks quite awkward when the process requires her to touch him. Finally becomes this trope properly after Jaune takes her up on her training.
  • Ship Tease: She makes her debut (albeit in a cameo) by appearing immediately after Jaune said he wanted to meet "another nice, quirky girl" like Ruby. When she meets Jaune face to face, she immediately tries to get his attention before he talks to Weiss, and generally hits it off well with Jaune. The series only proceeds to lay it on really thick from there.
    Pyrrha: I guess, you're the kind of guy I wish I was here with.
  • "Shut Up" Kiss: A rare example where it's initiated by a woman, she does one of these to Jaune right before tossing him into a locker and sending him away so he'll stop trying to dissuade her from fighting Cinder. It's made pretty clear that they both know she's going to die.
  • Single Woman Seeks Good Man: Implied by way of Ship Tease. Men don't get much nicer (even if oblivious) than Jaune.
  • Spirited Competitor: Downplayed, by still present. Pyrrha does not approve of opponents forfeiting a fight in the middle of combat. She was noticeably disappointed that Mercury did exactly that during their fight in Volume 2, and she shot him an annoyed look as he explained that she was too powerful for him anyway.
  • Spock Speak: Pyrrha's speech is particularly exacting, at least when it comes to combat.
    Jaune: Did you hear that?
    Pyrrha: Gunfire. It seems some of our comrades have encountered the enemy.
  • Statuesque Stunner: According to the height chart she`s 6'0", a few inches taller than Ren, and roughly the same height as Jaune. Lampshaded in the song "Dream Come True", where she wonders "Maybe I'm too tall / And not your type."
  • Stepford Smiler: For all the things she's been gifted with, she's terribly alone and isolated due to her celebrity status. She only feels normal around Jaune because he makes her feel normal. In "Destiny", she's under immense pressure from the secrets Ozpin and Ironwood have told her, but she cannot confide in anyone. She therefore puts on a brave face when Ruby wishes her luck in the tournament, which vanishes as soon as Ruby's left.
  • Submissive Badass: Pyrrha is easily one of the best fighters in Team JNPR, but she pretty much listens to anything Jaune (or really, anyone) has to say to her and follows it. The one time she disobeys to go and fight Cinder is also when she shows off how Badass she is as she manages to go toe-to-toe with Cinder for a while despite Cinder possessing the Fall Maiden's powers.
  • Summon to Hand: She uses her Polarity to equip her sword and shield in a split second (Volume 2, Episode 5).
  • Super Empowering: Unlocks Jaune's Aura.
    For it is in passing that we achieve immortality. Through this,
    we become a paragon of virtue and glory to rise above all,
    infinite in distance and unbound by death.
    I release your soul, and by my shoulder protect thee.
  • Super Strength: Possibly. Weiss refers to her as "the strongest girl in class". And in episode 8, while boosting Nora's Rocket Jump, she's able to leap fairly high despite taking the brunt of Nora's grenade-propelled hammer.
  • Swiss Army Weapon: In a matter of seconds Miló can go from a short sword to a carbine rifle to a spear which uses the rifle part to boost its speed.
  • Tactical Withdrawal: In episode 7. After Jaune is sent flying by the Death Stalker, she takes one look at it and promptly legs it. Given that it took the entirety of team JNPR to put it down, it was probably the right decision.
  • Team Mom: The commentary on the DVD reveals that Pyrrha takes on this role to a degree. The bit of her offering to help Jaune was just a bit of this, and she does the same for her other teammates. That said, she did have other reasons for wanting to be alone with Jaune.
  • Throwing Your Shield Always Works: She makes frequent use of her shield as a projectile weapon in combat. Thanks to her Semblance, she can also make it return. However, in "End Of The Beginning", she tries to slice one of Cinder's arrows in half by throwing her shield like a frisbee. The arrow simply reforms on the other side, keeps going, and hits her in the foot, incapacitating her and allowing Cinder to kill her moments later.
  • Tranquil Fury: In "Jaundice Part II", After seeing Jaune get bullied yet again by Cardin, she almost takes Nora's advice on dealing with him. If she wasn't attending to Jaune first, her tone implies that she probably would have:
    Pyrrha: You know, I really will break his legs.
  • Triang Relations: Type 5: Pyrrha seems to like Jaune, who unfortunately has eyes only for Weiss. Weiss can't stand Jaune, but has an interest in Neptune. (Neptune appears to reciprocate this interest but has also shown interest in Yang.)
  • The Unchosen One: The legendary Four Maidens are selected on the basis of the final thoughts of the previous Maidens as they die. Concerned the current Fall Maiden's final thought is about the Big Bad who attacked her and stole half her power, Ozpin seeks a more virtuous candidate to artificially receive the remaining power. After learning just how unnatural, experimental and risk-filled the transfer will be, Pyrrha agrees to try and become the new Fall Maiden. Unfortunately for her Pyrrha's chance to become the Fall Maiden goes right out the window when Cinder murders Amber and uses her newfound power to take out Ozpin and kill Pyrrha herself.
  • Undying Loyalty: She will never abandon Jaune, even during the times when he's being a jerk to her (often unintentionally in his case).
  • Who Wears Short Shorts: Despite the fact that she's wearing a Dangerously Short Skirt, whenever she's moving in combat, the animation makes it look like this instead; a fine demonstration of Monty Oum's ANTI UPSKIRT TECHNOLOGY.
  • Wrecked Weapon: Miló is destroyed during Pyrrha's fight with Cinder, not long before she's killed.
  • Wrestler in All of Us: Performs a few wrestling moves in her fight against team CRDL, most notably a suplex from mid-air to finish off Cardin. Fits, considering wrestling came from Greece. She also uses them against Cinder.
  • Yank the Dog's Chain: In Heroes and Monsters, she's finally going to take Amber's Aura to become the next Fall Maiden, and is in the middle of doing so when Cinder arrives and kills Amber, shutting off the process. When Pyrrha goes to fight Cinder, she manages to put up a spectacular fight, but is ultimately killed.
  • Zettai Ryouiki: Her outfit includes a tiny micro-skirt and armoured boots that extend mid-way up her thigh. The amount of skin exposed between her skirt and boots is therefore very limited.

    Lie Ren 

Lie Ren
"Nora, please! Don't ever do that again."
"Click here to see his post timeskip appearance note  "
Voiced by: Monty Oum (Volumes 1 & 2), Neath Oum (Volume 3-current), Apphia Yu (flashback, Volume 4) [EN], Soma Saito, Mariya Ise (flashback, Volume 4) [JP]

I don't know what path we will be shown,
But I know that when I'm with you I'm at home.

Another student of Beacon Academy who is Nora's old friend and later her partner. In contrast to Nora's energetic personality, he's not much of a talker and is an overall calm person.

Ren's weapons, StormFlower, are a pair of green guns with collapsible curved blades under the barrels.

  • All There in the Manual: His weapon's name was revealed in Ren's album on Monty's Facebook page.
  • And This Is For...: During the final battle in Volume 4, Ren decides to give his opponent the list. As Ren cripples and kills the Nuckelavee by slicing off each limb, he says that each cut is for his father, his mother, all the people this Grimm has slaughtered, and finally himself.
  • Bare-Fisted Monk: He uses his dual gun-blades alright, but his first combat sequence shows that with the use of Aura, he might be even more deadly when disarmed.
  • Bare-Handed Blade Block: His Aura lets him blocks a biting snake's fangs with his hands.
  • Barrier Warrior: As the concept of Aura is being explained, Ren displays using it defensively and offensively. How? Force-fielding a giant snake's attack, then ripping its fangs off, and making the snake's head explode with a bare palm strike.
  • Blade Brake: Able to do so with his Guns Akimbo, as demonstrated by his landing technique in Episode 5 — hooking his blade to a tree trunk and spiraling his way down.
  • Childhood Friends: Nora and Ren start the show as seventeen-year-olds and have already been together for a very long time. Nora is concerned about making sure they are teamed together in class, even inventing secret "sloth" call noises that Ren is certain cannot be a real sloth's sound. Ren tries to rein in Nora's hyperactivity and wild enthusiasm while Nora thinks his penchant for "health" drinks leaves something to be desired. Nora admits they're orphans with no home outside Beacon Academy in a throw-away comment to others, and are so close that others erroneously think they're in a romantic relationship. Nora is secretly in love with Ren, but has no idea whether he feels the same way.
  • The Comically Serious: Ren isn't always Nora's straight man. "Destiny" proves it when out of nowhere he's in a hot pink apron and offering a... "health drink" to Pyrrha.
  • Cordon Bleugh Chef: Going only by Nora's reaction thus far, don't try his "health drinks" if you value your taste buds.
    Nora: If it looks the same coming up as it does going down, then there's something wrong.
  • Eyed Screen: As Pyrrha explains how Aura works the scene cuts to Ren as he senses the King Taijitu's presence. We then get one of these focusing on his eyes.
  • Go for the Eye: Targeting weak points such as these seem to be Ren's go-to style for taking out large Grimm. He does this to the King Taijitu, whose hide is too thick for his guns to harm, and later a Nevermore, sending his blade straight into its eyeball.
  • Guns Are Worthless: He has thus far been shown more effective and destructive without his weapons than with them. He used their blades as a brake, and wounded the Death Stalker with them, but on the other hand he is able to blow the head off a giant snake with his bare hands, thanks to his Aura.
  • Gun Kata: The blades are handy in a close-quarters fight. His one contribution to the Death Stalker's demise, in fact, is loosening its stinger to make it easier for Pyrrha to sever it and make it fall on the scorpion's head.
  • The Gunslinger: "Vaporizer" type. Ren always lets loose a flurry of rounds from his automatic weapons whenever he fires.
  • Hammerspace: His sleeves are evidently tight and yet he can fit his guns inside it without trouble.
  • Hidden Depths: For someone who's serious and focused on his studies, he knows how to slow-dance. And that's not including the full-on dance number routine Nora drags Team JNPR into in "Dance Dance Infiltration".
  • Hidden in Plain Sight: His Semblance allows him to hide himself and others from the Grimm. When the Semblance activates, the target's colors become washed out, their emotions calm, and the Grimm can no longer see or detect them. The Nuckelavee that charges towards Jaune and Qrow actually stops and looked around in confusion when they disappear directly in front of it.
  • Holding Hands: As the patrolmen take Team RNJR away from their fight with the Nuckelavee, Nora and Ren sit at the hatch door. Out of the blue, Ren grabs Nora's hand in a silent and appreciative gesture of gratitude. Nora is so shocked by the gesture that even the music cuts off in surprise.
  • Knife Nut: He uses his the blade his father gave him against the Nuckelavee, even throwing it.
  • Kung-Fu Wizard: His impressive demonstration of bare-handed fighting coupled with direct application of Aura in volume 1 episode 6 makes him the most skilled person at both among Teams RWBY and JNPR.
  • Last-Name Basis: Ren is almost universally referred to by his surname; even his closest companions, such as his long-time childhood friend Nora, call him "Ren". In fact, until it was revealed that Ren was his surname, most fans thought he was the sole character with their name in Eastern order (surname first, given name second).
  • Long-Haired Pretty Boy: He has pretty pink eyes and a slim, feminine facial structure. His body is slender and, while he's just barely taller than most of the female students, he's shorter than most of the men. For the first three volumes, his hair is tied back into a long ponytail with a pink streak that's the same color as his eyes. In Volume 4, the pink streak is darker, almost purple, and he wears his hair unbound. It's so long it almost reaches his butt and emphasizes his slight, feminine appearance.
  • Meaningful Name:
    • Ren is Japanese for "lotus", and he wears a lotus emblem.
    • Lie Ren is the Mandarin Chinese pronunciation for "Hunter", and he's in a school to become a Huntsman.
  • Multicolored Hair: His hair is primarily black but he has added a pink streak on the left-hand side of a similar shade to his pink eyes.
  • Ninja: Nora explicitly calls him one in Volume 3, and he's a highly adept and agile martial artist who uses many of the movements classically associated with ninja. His Semblance allows him to hide from the Grimm, giving him the stealth powers of a ninja as well.
  • Not a Morning Person: He is sluggish and groans when Nora has to wake him up, and he performs the morning ablutions in an almost zombie-like state which contrasts to Nora buzzing energetically around him.
  • Not So Above It All: While he normally plays as Nora's straight man, he can have his quirky moments. For one, he thinks Nora vomiting up his "health drink" is just a pitiful waste of juice more than anything.
  • Not So Stoic: Ren starts off highly stoic and calm, but over the course of Volume 4 he begins emoting more and more as the team travels further into Anima and keep encountering villages that have been destroyed by bandits or the Grimm. When the team finally reach Ren's home, they confront the Nuckelavee that has been destroying local villages. Ren sinks to his knees in horror and shock but his hatred and anger grow throughout the fight until he loses all control against the monster that killed his home town and family.
  • Nothing Up My Sleeve: Ren wields decent sized knife-guns that are stored in his sleeves when not in use. Despite being a slim cut, the sleeves never reveal the presence of his weapons.
  • O.O.C. Is Serious Business: Ren is generally a calm, even-tempered person who only becomes flustered by Nora's crazy, hyperactive antics. However, his mood becomes increasingly grim, sour and depressed the further into Anima they get and with every destroyed village they encounter. From refusing to let them bury Shion's dead to the numbness with which he tells them the story of the long-abandoned Oniyuri, his friends become increasingly worried about him. When they reach the outskirts of the long-ruined Kuroyuri, Ren is so distraught about going into the village that the team split up, a decision that accidentally leads Ren and Nora straight to the lair of the creature that destroyed Shion, Oniyuri and Kuroyuri. Although they make it back to Ruby and Jaune in time, the sight of the creature that destroyed his childhood, standing in the middle of his old home, drives him to his knees in despair. Later, during the fight itself, Ren is consumed by rage and hatred, to the point that he keeps trying to attack the monster even while unarmed and with his Aura depleted.
  • Parental Abandonment: Nora mentions in "Round One" that she and Ren don't have any parents or home. Ren implies his parents were part of the Oniyuri project, an abandoned plan to create a new town free from Mistral's control that could develop into its own kingdom. When the the kids reach the devastated town of Kuroyuri, flashbacks reveal that this was Ren's home town. Ren and Nora were the sole survivors of an attack that killed everyone and destroyed the town by the same creature that destroys Xion Village. Ren's mother is killed in front of his eyes when their house collapses on them while his father sacrifices himself to give Ren time to escape.
  • The Quiet One: He speaks rarely and briefly, at least when compared to Nora. Jaune mentions how he considers Ren his good friend despite knowing little about him, owing to his reticence. It shows how he's a calm person, especially if contrasted with Nora.
    Jaune: Ren, I'm just gonna come out and say it. You are one of my best friends. These past few months, I feel like we've really bonded. Even though... you don't say much. I mean, you're really quiet. To be perfectly honest, I really don't know much about you personally... But darn it, I consider you to be the brother I never had!
    Ren: (Wearing only a towel) And I you.
  • Red Oni, Blue Oni: The blue to Nora's red, acting as the straight, cool balance to Nora's passion.
  • Savvy Guy, Energetic Girl: The serious, deadpan guy to Nora's happy-go-lucky Genki Girl. He's the one to "straighten" her whenever she does something remotely weird.
  • Shirtless Scene: Courtesy of wearing nothing but a pink towel in "Burning the Candle". In his defense, it wasn't intentional—Jaune had yanked him out of the bathroom to have a heart-to-heart. Throughout the whole scene, Ren looks incredibly uncomfortable about it, and he was reaching for his clothes when Jaune startled him by asking when he and Nora got together.
  • Ship Tease: He and Nora get confused for a couple a few times and Nora does have a confirmed crush on him. Ren does get concerned whenever Nora gets injured, but his feelings are more ambiguous until late in Volume 4. The fight with the monster that destroyed his family and home town is also the tragedy that brought Ren and Nora together as children. Ren's hatred and rage builds throughout the fight until Nora is injured at which point he loses all control. Nora slaps sense into him, and after the fight Ren is more openly affectionate towards her.
  • Spider-Sense: Early in Volume 1, he is able to sense a King Taijitu moments before it attacks. In Volume 4, he's able to sense Tyrian's approach, and from which direction, long before Tyrian arrives. Although Pyrrha indicates Aura allows people to instinctively sense when they're being watched, Ren is the only character shown to be so sensitive the approach of danger to the point that if he suddenly freezes on the spot, his friends immediately tense up and go into combat stances without even questioning Ren's instincts. This also extends to situations out of combat as he states in Volume 4 at one point that he can sense they are getting close to something. This something turns out to be of emotional significance for him.
  • The Stoic: Subverted. In his introduction he looks like he'll be the stoic foil to Nora's energy. As the episodes progress it becomes clear that he's fairly open about his emotions, making it easy to see when he's frustrated, fed up or in a snarky mood. He merely doesn't raise his voice very much, although Nora's antics can make him shout. Flashbacks reveal that he was a very emotional child; on the day his home was destroyed, his Semblance saved his life, but the activation and use of his Semblance appears to be linked to a very calm emotional state.
  • Supernatural Martial Arts: When he drops his guns, he promptly beats a giant snake to death with its own fangs and a palm strike.
  • Tell Me How You Fight: As one would expect from his personality, he fights calmly and carefully, and his physical strikes are done with precision.
  • Tragic Keepsake: A simple hunting knife his father gave him before sacrificing himself to give his son time to escape from the Grimm that destroyed his village. The blades of his own weapon are modeled after the shape of this knife.
  • Unstoppable Rage: When faced with a nightmare from his past, Ren loses any attempt to remain calm. Even Jaune has to yell at him to knock it off, to no avail. The Nuckelavee which has been destroying villages along Team RNJR's travel route eventually confronts them in the ruins of Ren's former home, a home that it destroyed years ago after killing his parents and everyone else in front of him. His anger builds throughout the fight but explodes when the creature brutalises Nora. He attacks it over and over, ignoring Jaune who yells at him to stop. He only calms down when Nora slaps his face to bring him back to his senses.