Characters: RWBY Team JNPR

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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     Jaune Arc 
Voiced by: Miles Luna

"My mom always says 'Strangers are just friends you haven't met yet.'"

Another student of Beacon Academy who arrives at the same time as Ruby and Yang. He is partnered with Pyrrha, and is the leader of Team JNPR. He comes from a long line of esteemed Hunters, and feels pressured to live up to their reputations.

Associated Tropes:

  • Adorkable: He's nervous, awkward and clumsy, and it makes him quite endearing. He also wears footsie pajamas.
  • All Love Is Unrequited: He's in love with Weiss, but she doesn't want anything to do with him. On the other side of the coin, Pyrrha is clearly attracted to him, but he just can't take a hint.
  • 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 Normal: By the Volume 2 finale, he's still learning how to harness his Aura (and doesn't yet know what his Semblance is), but Pyrrha's training has made him a capable enough swordsman to defeat an Ursa without any assistance.
  • Badass on Paper: 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.
  • Berserk Button: Threaten to hurt his teammates? First he'll save your ass from the giant monster you just pissed off, then he'll promise to kick your ass if you ever even think about trying anything stupid with his friends, as Cardin found out.
  • Beware the Nice Ones: He might be ditzy, klutzy, and Adorkable, and he'll decide to save your sorry ass even if you've been a Jerkass to him, but try it on his friends...
  • 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.
    • Deconstructed in that he's aware of this and it really bugged him, at least in Season 1. See Don't You Dare Pity Me! below.
  • The Cape: Episode 14 shows him saving the life of Cardin 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.
  • 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, Yang, and to a lesser extent Pyrrha 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.
  • Classical Anti-Hero: He has a good heart, but he isn't well-trained and has lots of self-doubt.
  • Crazy-Prepared: Has "L" and "R" on the soles of his shoes, apparently, just in case he gets concussed and needs the help.
  • Crouching Moron, Hidden Badass:
    • Despite his lack of combat experience, by noticing that Ren had nearly severed the Grimm's stinger, he takes the opportunity to point it out to Pyrrha so she and Nora can land the final blow. Despite many people (himself included) thinking he isn't Beacon material, he manages to prove Pyrrha right: he is a great leader.
    • Pulls this again in "Forever Fall Part 2", when he saves Cardin and kills an Ursa, with some well-timed assistance from Pyrrha, whom Jaune didn't know was there. The second time he takes on an Ursa in volume 2, despite being nervous once again, he kills it quickly without any help or damage taken.
  • 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 hunter 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.
  • Dark Secret: Jaune was never really accepted into Beacon. He forged his transcripts due to his desire to become a warrior like his father. 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.
  • The Determinator: 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). Cardin is stunned speechless when Jaune beheads a giant Ursa he was useless against, despite being tossed around by the Ursa almost as much as Cardin was.
  • Deuteragonist: So far he shows signs of being one, having had at least four centric episodes (a couple of two-parters).
  • 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: 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.
  • 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.
  • Embarrassing Nickname: "Vomit Boy" for his motion sickness on the way to Beacon.
  • Establishing Character Moment:
    • 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.
  • Extraverted Nerd: Tries so hard to be cool.
  • 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.
  • Famous Ancestor:
    • A classic example of subversion. Jaune's great-great grandfather is implied to be a war-hero, yet out of the known cast, Jaune seems to be the least suited to be a warrior, having none of the training, instincts or knowledge of his peers.
    • Seems to have the instincts when he's not running away, but with The Reveal that he faked his transcripts, he certainly has no knowledge and zero training to speak of.
  • Fingerless Gloves: Not entirely fingerless, as only the fingertips are exposed.
  • Foil: To Pyrrha. The two of them represent two entirely different hero archetypes (Pyrrha is The Ace, Jaune is a Classical Antihero) and much of their dynamic is about how the two play off each other.
  • Gesundheit: He didn't know what Aura is and gives this response when Pyrrha mentions it.
  • 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.
  • Hair of Gold, Heart of Gold: Jaune's Adorkable demeanor and general friendliness seem to place him in this category.
  • 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. He has no control over this, so when he's reinjured almost immediately after by a giant Ursa, he doesn't heal those injuries.
  • Heroic Build: Underneath his clothes, his body is well-muscled and well-toned. He may not have combat background but he's clearly always been very physically fit.
  • Hidden Depths: His back story 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 so determined to become the kind of person who can protect people, however, that once he begins to apply himself, his skills start developing very fast. However, Ozpin does mention to Ruby that the skills required for dancing and fighting are connected, and Jaune turns out to be a guitarist and extremely accomplished dancer. He also resolves Neptune's insecurities after Neptune turned down Weiss at the dance, and is willing to wear a dress to the dance just to cheer up a very depressed Pyrrha.
  • Hopeless Suitor: To Weiss. He's asked her to the dance 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/Brick Joke: 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...
    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.
  • 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.
  • 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 Hunter 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.
  • The Leader: Mostly the charismatic type, he's seemingly able to see an opportunity to strike and move his team to do it. As seen in Breach, he may be the slowest on the team but his leadership skills allows his team to anticipate the enemies very well.
  • Leeroy Jenkins: Glynda chastises him for his lack of defence 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: Several scenes between him and Pyrrha 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). Notably, it has never played when they are apart.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Nice Guy: Doesn't hold being called "Vomit Boy" against Ruby (though he does retaliate by jokingly calling her "Crater Face"), and is the first new person in Beacon to be friends with her.
  • Non-Action Guy: He joined Beacon specifically so that he could become an action guy who protects people.
  • Not Afraid of You Anymore/Death Glare: 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 shit particularly if aimed at his team.
  • 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: Despite his womanizing attitude, he does not notice that Pyrrha seems to be attracted to him. On the other hand, he seems to consider her attractive since he finds the thought that she couldn't get a date beyond ridiculous.
  • Outnumbered Sibling: He offhandedly reveals in "Dance Dance Infiltration" that he has seven sisters.
  • Plucky Comic Relief: Up until Episode 8 of the first volume, most of his scenes are nothing but comedy. He still gets used for this throughout volume 2, though to a lesser extent.
  • 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.
  • Running Gag: Being flung away to the air and/or hanging from a high altitude.
  • The Runt at the End: Although Jaune shows instinctive leadership qualities, his combat prowess is nonexistant. 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 behaviour 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.
  • The Strategist: Has elements of this, coordinating his team into defeating a Deathstalker via severing its tail and hammering the stinger into its head. He's a lot better at this than at fighting, at least on the level of the others, which appears to be why he was chosen for team leadership. Notably, he does this without having a plan to begin with, coming up with ideas on the fly, in a similar vein to Ruby's on-the-spot brainwave for dealing with the giant Nevermore.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Took a Level in Badass:
    • Episode 14 where he takes on an Ursa that was attacking Cardin single-handedly, and ends up decapitating it with some subtle help from Pyrrha.
    • In the Volume 2 finale, he faces another Ursa. While the first one nearly killed him, this time he kills it in a matter of seconds without any assistance and without taking a single hit. His training with Pyrrha clearly shows.
  • Triang Relations: Type 5: Pyrrha seems to like Jaune, who has eyes only for Weiss. Weiss unfortunately can't stand Jaune, but has an interest in Neptune. (Neptune appears to reciprocate this interest but has also shown interest in Yang.)
  • 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, he just lets out a flurry of wild strikes that contrast the more skilled fighting his peers use, but he still succeeds in killing it without anyone else's help this time.
  • 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. 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, but saves him anyways. True, Pyrrha, Ruby, and Weiss were there to witness the battle, but Jaune himself didn't know they were there.
  • Wholesome Crossdresser: Jokes to Pyrrha that he'll wear a dress if she can't get a date to the dance. He keeps this promise.
  • Worthy Opponent: After he killed an absolutely massive Ursa seemingly entirely by himself, Cardin seems to see him as this. Jaune doesn't care, nor does he give any indication he has any more time for Cardin's crap.
    Cardin: Holy crap.

Crocea Mors

Jaune's equipment, 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.

     Nora Valkyrie 
Voiced by: Samantha Ireland

"Ooh! We'll break his legs!"

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.

Associated Tropes:

  • Action Girl/Badass Adorable: And how. Her cheerful disposition extends to some serious enthusiasm for fighting, and is she ever good at it. She takes out Ruby, Weiss, and Yang in the Food Fight.
  • Berserk Button: It's very minor, but whenever Ren gets hurt, Nora ups her game, actually showing worry for once against the Death Stalker and each time it happens in the Food Fight, she proceeds to take out the offending culprit.
  • 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: Very, very boisterous.
  • 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.
  • Childhood Friend: To Ren. She winds up ranting on the shipping implications as they get ready for their first full day at Beacon.
  • Cloudcuckoolander: Comes up with bizarre things like suggesting a sloth call as a secret message. When informed that sloths aren't particularly noisy, she deems it even more appropriate.
  • Cute and Psycho: While not completely insane, she does give some vibes of this, if this is anything to go by.
  • Cute Bruiser: With her grenade launcher hammer, Nora is arguably 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.
  • Disproportionate Retribution: After Cardin Winchester has been seen to childishly torture Jaune Arc, Nora suggests breaking his legs (and she's serious!)
  • Extreme Omnivore: Glynda gives no indication as to whether Red Sap is even edible and moments later, Nora is heard gulping down an entire jar in 2 seconds.
  • Genki Girl: How Ruby acts around weapons is how Nora acts all the time. "Boop."
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Heart Symbol: Featured a lot in her design. Even the grenades of her Magnhild have them.
  • Hidden Depths: Though she wears a cheerful and wacky demeanor almost every waking moment (and even while sleeping), "Burning the Candle" shows that she's quite capable of being deep, after witnessing Pyrrha's I Want My Beloved to Be Happy moment:
    Nora: [sadly] Practice what you preach, Pyrrha.
  • 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," about her relationship with Ren.
  • Improvised Weapon: Uses a watermelon on a stick, and later grenade soda cans, in "Best Day Ever".
  • Meaningful Name: Obviously. Nora is also short for either Eleanora (Greek, meaning "light") or Honora (Latin, meaning "honor").
  • 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.
  • Motor Mouth: Once she starts talking, she just goes on and on.
  • Norse Mythology: Fitting Team JNPR's "famous genderbending figures" theme, Nora seems to have been based on the God Thor who once disguised himself as the Goddess Freyja.
  • 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. The one moment her smile disappears during initiation is when Ren is flung off by the Death Stalker and hits a nearby pillar.
  • 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.
  • Pintsize Powerhouse: She's the smallest member of Team JNPR. She also takes out Ruby, Weiss, and Yang during their food fight.
  • The Pollyanna: Her reaction to hearing she might die during initiation is to grin happily at Ren.
  • Red Oni, Blue Oni: The red to Ren's blue.
  • Savvy Guy, Energetic Girl: Has this dynamic with Ren; also counts as Enthusiasm Vs Stoicism.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Suspiciously Specific Denial: As noted under Ship Tease her trying to explain that her and Ren are Just Friends. Considering she brings it up.
  • Trademark Favorite Food: Pancakes. Mumbling about them repeatedly in your sleep helps.


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 similarly to Ruby's use of Crescent Rose. Monty was inspired by footage of a Mexican carnival where they set off fireworks with sledgehammers.

     Pyrrha Nikos 
"Hello again!"
Voiced by: Jen Brown

"Yeah, it was pretty cool. Sadly, the cereal isn't very good for you."

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.

Associated Tropes:

  • The Ace:
    • Weiss looks up to her, calling Pyrrha "the strongest girl in class". She's mentioned to be a four-time tournament champion. And she keeps up with Jaune with sincerest sense of care, despite him being so clumsy.
    • Volume 2 deconstructs her perfect Action Girl image. Mercury figures out that Pyrrha uses her Semblance in battle to subtly move her opponents' equipment to give her a slight edge, while also avoiding letting her enemies even realize what she's done, which somewhat explains her spectacular combat prowess against human opponents. That's still pretty damn impressive of course, it's just slightly different than the image she portrays.
  • Action Girl/Badass: As befitting of her ace status, 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 Black.
  • 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:
    "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."
    • She also confirms that Jaune not immediately knowing who she was, and treating her like a regular person, is what she likes about him.
    "I guess, you're the type of person I wish I was here with. Someone who just saw me for me."
  • Broken Ace: A downplayed variant given her Lonely at the Top disposition.
  • Cannot Spit It Out: In volume 2, her body language screams that 1: She doesn't want Jaune talking about his failed attempts to woo Weiss and 2: That she really wants to go to the dance with him. Unfortunately, Jaune is too dense to pick up on it, and she's too shy to actually come out and say it.
  • Catch Phrase: "I'm sorry!" and "Hello again!"
  • Chekhov's Gunman: Aside from appearing in the intro sequence since the start, she gets a foreshadowing cameo in Episode 3 when Jaune walks away while wondering what quirky girl he could talk to besides Ruby.
  • Chekhov's Skill: In episode 4, Pyrrha summons her spear to her hand with an audible magnetic sound after pinning Jaune to a wall with it. Ten episodes later, we find out that it's not a property of her weapon, it's her.
  • Combat Pragmatist: As stated by Mercury, she doesn't flaunt her abilities, using them subtly to nudge the odds in her favour and take the win.
  • Combat Stilettos: The knee-high boots she wears in combat possess high heels. They don't seem to slow her down in battle.
  • 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, realising 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.
  • Everyone Can See It: Even Nora can tell she likes Jaune. However, she Cannot Spit It Out and he is Oblivious to Love.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Foil: To Jaune. The two of them represent two entirely different hero archetypes (Pyrrha is The Ace, Jaune is a Classical Antihero) and much of their dynamic is about how the two archetypes play off each other.
  • 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.
  • 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 favour. 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 season 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Image Song:
    • "Shine", a song about her relationship with Jaune.
    • "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.
  • 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 Milˇ and Ako˙o.
  • 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.
  • Lightning Bruiser: As expected from The Ace.
  • 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.
  • 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:
    • "Pyrrha" is a Greek derivative of "flame-colored" that comes from Classical Mythology, while "Nikos" is Greek for "victor of the people". More directly the name Pyrrha is a Greek Aptronymnote  for a person with red hair.
    • It's been noted her name effectively combines into "Pyrrhic Victory". However, the Pyrrha from Classical Mythology and the Trope Namer Pyrrhus of Epirus are completely different people, so the implications are pretty loose. Her lifestyle is somewhat this - she's famous and renowned, but this comes at the expense of a proper relationship until she meets Jaune.
    • "Pyrrha" was the name used by Achilles when he was crossdressing as a woman.
    • Pyrrhotite is a mineral notable for its magnetic properties.
  • 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 knee-high boots are all given from Pyrrha.
  • New Transfer Student: As stated above, she doesn't come from Vale like the others.
  • 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.
  • Nice Job Breaking It, Hero: Yes, Pyrrha did bring Jaune up to the roof to help him deal with his problems. Unfortunately, said roof was above Cardin's dorm room.
  • 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.
  • Opera Gloves: Her left glove also has a gauntlet for holding her shield.
  • 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: In her uniform.
  • Rapunzel Hair: Her hair reaches her waist even when tied up.
  • Red-Headed Hero: Or famous athlete, more accurately.
  • Secret Keeper: Jaune told her the truth about how he got into Beacon. So far, she hasn't told anyone else about it.
  • 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.
  • Significant Green-Eyed Redhead: Being JNPR's deuteragonist.
  • Single Woman Seeks Good Man: Implied by way of Ship Tease. Men don't get much nicer (even if oblivious) than Jaune.
  • 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 The Ace celebrity status. She only feels normal around Jaune because he makes her feel normal.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Tactical Withdrawal: In episode 7. After Jaune is sent flying by the Deathstalker, 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.
  • 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.)
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Zettai Ryouiki: Her armor/standard outfit goes to mid thigh.

Milˇ and Ako˙o̱

Pyrrha wields a shield and a weapon that is able to change form between a pilum (Heavy Javelin), xiphos (Short Sword) and a hunting rifle.

     Lie Ren 
Voiced by: Monty Oum (2013-2014)

"I don't think sloths make a lot of noise."

Another student of Beacon Academy who is Nora's old friend and later her partner.

Associated Tropes:

  • All Chinese People Know Kung-Fu: While China does not exist in this setting, he dresses and fights like someone out of an old kung fu movie.
  • Badass: Blows off the head of a giant snake... with his palms.
  • 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: Blocks a biting snake's fangs using his Aura.
  • 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 other snake's asplode 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 Friend: Of Nora. Probably how he's able to so deftly ignore her Genki Girl rantings.
  • Cloudcuckoolander's Minder: To Nora.
  • Deadpan Snarker:
    • The first words out of his mouth in response to Nora's Genki Girl Motor Mouth is that sloths don't make much noise, when she suggests they use a sloth call to find each other.
    • Episode 6: "I still don't think that's what a sloth sounds like."
  • Eyed Screen: Before the giant snake attacks him.
  • Face Palm: After Nora pies Weiss.
  • Fragile Speedster/Glass Cannon: Despite his speed, accuracy, and ability to deliver devastating strikes, he seems to have the worst defenses (without using Aura) and weakest constitution on JNPR. Every time someone lands a direct hit onto him, he staggers back heavily, or gets launched into the air, which leaves him so winded that he often just passes out.
  • 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.
  • 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".
  • 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.
  • Long-Haired Pretty Boy: He has a long ponytail going down his back, though it's not too noticeable.
  • Meaningful Name:
    • Ren is Japanese for "lotus", and he wears a lotus emblem.
    • Lie Ren is also the Mandarin pronunciation for "Hunter", and he's in a school to become a Huntsman.
  • Not a Morning Person: Is sluggish and groans when Nora has to wake him up, a rather odd contrast, or perhaps a fitting one, to his voice actor. Word of God says that there was nothing behind it, but then they deem it fitting since Nora "eats" most of his energy every day.
  • Nothing Up My Sleeve: Hides his guns in his sleeves.
  • Perpetual Frowner: Less pronounced than most examples, but he often appears to be tired and frowning. It probably has to do with being around Nora the whole time.
  • Pretty Boy: To start with, he has very pretty eyes and his face can appear feminine at some points.
  • 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.
    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: And I you.
  • Real Men Cook: Pyrrha tells Jaune that Ren made pancakes. The extent of his cooking abilities however has yet to be shown.
  • Red Oni, Blue Oni: The blue to Nora's red.
  • Savvy Guy, Energetic Girl: The serious, deadpan guy to Nora's happy-go-lucky Genki Girl, though the two of them are Just Friends.
  • Shirtless Scene: Courtesy of wearing nothing but a pink towel in "Burning the Candle".
  • Ship Tease: When Jaune asks how he and Nora [became together], he's thoroughly surprised, but unable to articulate anything more than a string of "Uhhh"s - and it seems like he was a little slack-jawed during that as well. Then in "Dance Dance Infiltration", he's easily dancing with her, whether he got dragged into it or not.
  • Skunk Stripe: A pink one.
  • The Stoic: Subverted in that his introduction makes it look 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. Comparatively, though, he's still cool-headed to some degree, and doesn't usually raise his voice.
    • Not So Stoic: However, his response to someone (correctly) pointing out that libraries are for reading while he's the only one really trying to study? "Thank you!" This can also be justified when he yells Nora's name in an irritated tone during the initiation.
  • Supernatural Martial Arts: When he drops his guns, he promptly beats a giant snake to death with its own fangs and a palm strike.
  • Weak, but Skilled: His skillful manipulation and usage of Aura mitigates his weak power output. As a matter of fact, when Pyrrha is spouting exposition of what Aura can do, it is interspersed with Ren handling himself against the twin snakes with Aura.


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

  • All There in the Manual: Their name was revealed in Ren's album on Monty's Facebook page.
  • Bayonet Ya: The blades are collapsible.
  • Gun Kata: Presumably, the blades would be 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.
  • Guns Akimbo: A pair of Machine Pistols with blades attached.
  • More Dakka: Rather than standard semi-auto pistols, they're fully automatic Machine Pistols.
  • Swiss Army Weapon: Blades, guns, and in a pinch, brakes.