-A short summary summing up Yang and Weiss' relationship throughout the fic.
Weiss Reacts is a Slice of Life fanfic by ElfCollaborator about Weiss- and later on, many characters from RWBY- reacting to fanfics, games, and tropes. Over time, it evolves into a general Slice of Life fanfic featuring an entire alternate universe- entitled the Reactsverse- featuring elements from various anime, games and several books, has sprouted several other brother fics by the same author as well as inspiring several other fics, and has featured many other well-known fanfics. Oh, and Hilarity Ensues.In addition to Weiss Reacts, several other fics are set or based off of the Reactsverse:
A Melodic Comedy, a fanfic featuring team MLDY, an average team of O Cs attending Beacon around the same time as Weiss Reacts.
Velvet's Obsession, by merikflame, a fic focusing on the Reactsverse version of Velvet, who is a YandereStalker with a Crush for Weiss. Not directly set in the Reactsverse but most of the elements are exactly the same.
Stalker Unit, by ArchAngel117, a fic focusing on the eponymous unit invading the Reactsverse in an attempt to stop the various antics of Yang and her comrades. It is considered non-canon by the author of Weiss Reacts, but he has expressed his liking of it.
The Diary of Glynda Goodwitch, by Half-Blind Otaku, a fic focusing on the Reactsvese version of Glynda, who is a Tsundere. Specifically, the fanfic takes place during her childhood years at Signal and later Beacon.
The main fic itself has several arcs linked to each other, although for the most part the story is episodic with self-contained stories:
The RWBY Vol.1 Arc (Chapters 3-5)
The Animecon Arc (Chapters 9-10)
The Homunculus Arc (Chapters 49-53)
The Music Festival Arc (Chapters 69-72)
The Beacon Dance Arc (Chapters 80-?)
As the Reactsverse is very developed and comprises nearly a hundred chapters, there will be unmarked spoilers ahead. Read the fanfics first before reading the page. This fic is intended to be Lighter and Softer to most fics in the archive so its advisable to read this after some of the darker fics in the archive.
This fanfic displays examples of:
A Day in the Limelight: The main fic itself has several chapters done from the perspectives of team JNPR and Velvet, but A Blackbird In Flight serves as this to Cardin and Melanie and most of the Reactsverse Oneshots are meant to act as this.
Applied Phlebotinum: Life Dust- the stuff brings to life three characters and is implied to have been used to bring other things to life already.
Breaking the Fourth Wall: Yang and Blake are the resident breakers of the fourth wall, although Weiss, Velvet and Vivi take stabs at it. Even Yukari gets in the action to take a stab at the author. The fic's premise itself involves having the RWBY characters react to actual fanfics.
Lukas also outright calls out the author on his tendency to do this.
Butt Monkey: Weiss and Jaune get the brunt of the slapstick, although Weiss gets more.
Velvet and Coco get this treatment as well. Fionn of team MLDY gets this a lot, although knowing his inspirations, its not hard to expect.
Character Development: Weiss gets this throughout the story and is implied to have gone through a lot more in the backstory, but Cardin receives a lot in A Blackbird in Flight as well.
Celebrity Paradox: Persona is mentioned to be a popular game series in-universe, but Yukari and Rise are also mentioned as famous celebrities. Similarly, nobody has yet to make the connection between Persocoms and the anime Chobits, nor the fact that most of Jaune's relatives are expies of various anime characters.
In 'The Nanako Incident', Weiss has to stop Ruby from fangirling over Nanako despite having only known about her from Persona4. They are only saved by the timely intervention of Cardin.
Cerebus Syndrome: 'The Shadow of Fire' and 'Yet Another Weiss Christmas Story' get noticeably darker the second time Weiss reacts to them. As for the fic itself, averted, despite some dark and serious moments such as the reveal that Ruby's mother is still dead in this universe, Cardin still bullied Jaune- if unwillingly- and any time the Faunus Rights Movement is mentioned.
Deconstructor Fleet: To all and every Darker and Edgier fic in the archive. The author intends the fic to be the anti-darkfic and holds a special place for such fic. Subverted when the cast actually genuinely reacts to a real fanfic- it gets no less deconstructed than other fics.
Demoted to Extra: Sun and Neptune barely appear as opposed to the Malachites and Cardin, and as of recent chapters, team CFVY. Also, Roman.
Pyrrha used to be this, before she took a more active role in the Reactsverse.
Dope Slap: Delivered occasionally from Weiss to whichever member of the team needs it most.
Cinder ended up doing a Heel-Face Turn for unknown reasons, along with Roman.
Due to Andreas, Siegfried and Blake's father Ysengrim and their efforts, the Faunus ended up gaining rights much earlier than canon seems to be placing them.
In Spite of a Nail: However, Ruby's mother remains dead, Weiss still had a troubled childhood due to her grandfather Cinder and Roman still ended up being part of the White Fang before their Heel-Face Turn and Blake still spent time worrying like her canon self before becoming the person she is in the Reactsverse present.
The first Antic War has Yang fighting Ren and Nora, Velvet and Pyrrha over trying to split up her favoured pairing of Weiss and Ruby for their own reasons. It seemed to have ended as of chapter 72 due to the pairing becoming an Official Couple, until....
The Antic Civil War has Yang, again, fighting Ren and Lukas to defend her idol Tohru.
Diary also has a similar set-up to the First Antic War.
Chobits- Persocoms exist in the Reactsverse and Blake has created one, Norn, a Ninja Maid. Chii herself also cameos in one chapter.
Persona- The events of Persona 3 are alluded to, Yukari appears in two chapters, Minato shows up after several chapters of his existence being implied and him being mentioned as a chat friend of Jaune's, and Rise pays a visit to Vale and interacts with the protagonists. Blake is also mentioned to be a Mitsuru fangirl and the Schnees are mentioned to have ties with the Kirijo Group.
Fate/stay night- Several of Jaune's relatives are expies of characters from Fate/Zero, one of them mentions some business in Fuyuki City, Saber appears in two chapters and Weiss mentions meeting Rin.
Gurren Lagann- Blake recreates the Lagann, utilises a Giga Drill Break with what is implied to be Spiral Power and Jaune's dad is revealed to be a reincarnated Kamina. Also, Eureka Seven due to the presence of the Nirvash.
Pretty much, half the humour in the fic is derived from this.
Self-Deprecation: The author has made a Running Gag out of this. So far, he has had Weiss dislike most of his fics, Yukari call him out on having a Yukari fetish, most of the cast indirectly refer to him as a pervert and most of his author's notes have him downplaying his own fic and talking up others. Played for Laughs.
Troll: Yang, Ren, and Lukas of Team MLDY. Nora also has some shades of this, as does Blake. Even Ozpin gets into the action by forcing Glynda, dressed as Rin Tohsaka to refer to him as the God-Emperor of Swag.
Cinder was also implied to be this back when she was young, and retains some traits of it.
Tsundere: Weiss, so much. Glynda, Melodia and Cinder are this, and Fionn is a male version, although Fionn, Cinder and Melodia are mainly Type B, whereas Glynda and Weiss are Type A.
A DOUBLE whammy with the Transfer Student chapter. Nobody expected Tohru- most of the author's crossover characters were from visual novels like Fate/stay night or video games like Persona and thus she was completely out of left field, being a Shoujo heroine from a relatively old manga-and definitely nobody expected Minako- he had stuck up to using the canon up to this point.