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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    In General 

  • Badass Crew: The second seen after Ruby's. Like them, they prove themselves in Players and Pieces where they managed to beat the Deathstalker through Jaune's coordination.
  • Deuteragonist: As stated above, they are the secondary focus. Especially for Jaune, the leader.
  • Fun with Acronyms: The team's name can be pronounced as "Juniper".
  • Gender-Equal Ensemble: Consisting of 2 male, 2 female.
  • 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

Voiced by: Miles Luna [EN], Hiro Shimono [JP]

"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.
  • 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 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.
  • 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...
  • 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.
  • Brilliant, but Lazy: Despite he sleeps during classes and has even been called out by one of his professors for his poor performance during lessons, he's smart enough to deal with his schoolwork and Cardin's, can formulate good plans in the blink of an eye and managed to capture a bunch of Rapier Wasps in a box.
  • 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.
  • Character Development: He's heavily flawed but every time he learns about the errors of his ways, he grows out of these and into a more mature individual.
  • Classical Anti-Hero: He has a good heart, but he isn't well-trained and has lots of self-doubt.
  • 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 "L" and "R" on the soles of his shoes, apparently, just in case he gets concussed and needs the help. As seen in the Vol. 3 opening (briefly), he does indeed have them, though they're 'Left' and 'Right' instead of just letters.
  • 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.
    • When describing the team, Nora calls Pyrrha as a world-reknowned 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 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.
  • 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: 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).
  • 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: 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:
    • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Fatal Flaw: Stubbornness. His voice actor explained that the cause of Jaune's failures is how he tries too hard. This can be seen everytime Jaune fails at something. Whenever he's losing a fight, he won't slow down and, instead, continues to go on rampage against his opponents which results in him becoming predictable during an encounter. Despite he truly likes Weiss for who she is, his constant attempts to woo her resulted in her being disgusted by his actions and thinking he's only after the perks of her last name. Due to him having a very positive view on people, he is incapable of noticing Pyrrha's loneliness and instead labels her as a very social person.
  • 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.
  • 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.
    • To Weiss. Both come from a famous background and have a lot to live up to. That being said, Weiss is a rebel because of this and wants to make up for the mistakes her family made. Jaune, on the other hand, chose to become a hero because he was inspired by his family's heroic deeds and feels the need to live up to these.
  • 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.
  • Heroic Build: As seen in Dance Dance Infiltration: 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Knight in Shining Armor: Forever Fall 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. 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 allows his team to anticipate the enemies very well. His team also trust his judgement and follow his orders without question showing how much loyalty they have for Jaune. Best exemplified in Volume 2's finale where his team let him drag them out of bed and abandon their assigned mission, one that Ren and Nora were looking forward to do, just because Jaune wanted to check on team RWBY despite of 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: 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). Jeff confirmed that this melody is indeed their own theme.
  • 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.
    • He encourages Neptune to be with Weiss, despite showing interest in her himself.
  • 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 has no idea that Pyrrha is into him. Either by denial or because he genuinely doesn't see her in that way.
  • 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. By Volume 3, this is played alongside his team rather than making him the sole walking joke.
  • 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 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).
  • 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. 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.
    • Forever Fall 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.
    • By Volume 3, he's now not only a capable fighter (still not up to the rest of the team's level, but at least he's able to hold his own now), but he's able to coordinate his team effectively in battle against opposing teams.
  • 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, 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. Then during his fight against Team BRNZ, he's able to survive the whole round but doesn't land a hit against any of his opponents.
  • 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 (at least he thinks nobody's around), but saves him anyways.
  • 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: 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.
  • All There in the Manual: Monty Oum revealed its name on his Facebook page.
  • Ancestral Weapon: Jaune claims they were used by his great-great-grandfather in a war.
  • Bilingual Bonus: Crocea Mors is Latin for "Yellow Death", the name of the sword belonging to Gaius Julius Caesar in some legends. Appropriately, the sword also ends up embedded in a shield in some versions of the story.
  • Boring but Practical: Especially when compared to all the other weapons. They seem to have absolutely no awesome function beyond a collapsible shield but they are a very standard and reliable weapon set, the sword being capable of decapitating a Ursa Major, and the shield being able to withstand a Deathstalker's attack. Furthermore, the simple sword-and-board style works very well for Jaune, because he lacks the combat training and Aura ability to use something fancy like Ruby's Crescent Rose.
  • 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 opponents it's been used to block.
  • 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.

    Nora Valkyrie 

Nora Valkyrie

Voiced by: Samantha Ireland [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.
  • 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.
  • 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. Of particular note is the one she gives Nolan of Team BRNZ when he tries to shock her.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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!)
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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. 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.
  • 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.
    • In the same vein, though more subtle, her Image Song (see below) shows that when she says 'Boop', she's actually trying to say 'I love you'. That's right, the girl who has no issues with talking a lot is flustered.
    • In "Round One", when trying to convince Jaune that losing in the Vytal Festival isn't a big deal, she only ends up convincing herself that it is a big deal and actually slumps forwards onto the desk in a visible depression.
  • 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".
  • Just Friends: As Nora puts it, "We're not together together..."
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Parental Abandonment: She mentions offhand during her rant in "Round One" that she and Ren have no parents and home to return to.
  • 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.
  • 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, and her Semblance supercharges her muscles for increased speed and power.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Violently Protective Girlfriend: Seriously, don't hurt Ren while she's around, or she will make you suffer.


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.
  • 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 - and then "New Challengers" showcased the inside, when she fired all grenades at once for a heart-shaped attack; she carried only 6.
  • Drop the Hammer: Hammer form.
  • Grenade Launcher: The Grenade Launcher forms (one for single-shots, another for multi-use).
  • 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.
  • 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!
  • Marked Bullet: The grenades have a heart motif on their tip.
  • Meaningful Name: A Norse name, fittingly, composed of "magn" (mighty) and "hildr" (battle).
  • Recoil Boost: By standing on the head of the hammer, she can even propel herself.
  • Rocket Jump: How Nora usually transports herself in battle.
  • Swiss Army Weapon: Transforms from grenade launcher to hammer.

    Pyrrha Nikos 

Pyrrha Nikos

"Hello again!"
Voiced by: Jen Brown [EN], Megumi Toyoguchi [JP]

Whenever I think of you, How I wish you only knew, That you might be my dream come true. But what do I have to do to make you notice me?

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.
  • The Ace: She's a world-renowned fighter who has kept her title as champion for four years.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Because You Were Nice to Me: Her reason for falling in love with Jaune is simply because he was the first person in a long time who treated her like an actual person instead of a celebrity.
  • Broken Ace: A downplayed variant given her Lonely at the Top disposition.
  • 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.
  • 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 favor 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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. 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.
  • 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. She offers to pay for Team RWBY's lunches when Weiss's card gets rejected.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Blade on a Stick: Spear form. For bonus points, the blade is collapsible, as seen when Pyrrha switches from the rifle to the spear.
  • Luckily My Shield Will Protect Me: It's tough enough to let Pyrrha crash through trees unharmed.
  • Meaningful Name: The weapon Milˇ means Speak and the shield Ako˙o̱ means Listen.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Sniper Rifle: Gun form. It even comes with a scope!
  • Summon to Hand: With her magnetism Semblance, she can attract both of her weapons from afar after she throws them.
  • Swiss Army Weapon: In a matter of seconds Milo can go from a short sword to a carbine rifle to a spear which uses the rifle part to boost its speed.
  • Throwing Your Shield Always Works: Throws her shield and cuts off the Death Stalker's tail for it to fall on its body.

    Lie Ren 

Lie Ren

Voiced by: Monty Oum (2013-2014) Neath Oum (2015-) [EN], Soma Saito [JP]

"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.
  • 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: Usually how he responds to Nora's Genki Girl Motor Mouth.
  • Eyed Screen: Before the giant snake attacks him.
  • Face Palm: After Nora pies Weiss.
  • Fragile Speedster: Despite his speed 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.
  • Glass Cannon: Despite his 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.
  • Parental Abandonment: Nora mentions in "Round One" that he (and she) don't have any parents.
  • 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. He gets progressively prettier with every season and Rooster Teeth is starting to put more emphasis on his face.
  • 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 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 (which he's done all of twice, and the first was just to get Nora's attention).
  • 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/usage of Aura alongside precision physical attacks 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. During the battle against Team BRNZ, while he was initially shocked by the leader's cattle prod, when he latter went up against the same guy, he skillfully manipulated his attacks to throw him off-balance, then use him as a Human Shield against their own sniper.


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.