-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.The first volume of the fic has concluded. However, the second volume of the fic has been started and can be found here.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 PromotedFanboy 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.Volume 1 Arcs include:
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 Diary Arc (Chapters 75-77)
The Beacon Dance Arc (Chapters 80-87)
The Great Antic War Arc (Chapters 97-100)
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.
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.
Early-Bird Cameo: Emerald and Mercury are foreshadowed as early as the first part of the Music Festival Arc when one of their albums as Madrigal is called Verdant Quicksilver.
Yukari also got a lot of cameos pre-chapter 11, where she cameos.
Fictional Geneva Conventions: The East Wing Concordat is this for pranks. It involves bans on rendering someone naked with cosplay guns, forbidding gods from the Trope Pantheons from being invoked, forcing a weight limit on foodstuffs used for pranking and forbidding planned prank fights, among other things.
Fore Shadowing: All the Euphie gags turned out to be extended foreshadowing for when an expy of her showed up as Jaune's sister.
The album 'Verdant Quicksilver' was this for Emerald and Mercury.
The subtle hints that Blake built several other mecha after Neko-Lagann lead up to a reveal of the Gurren and the Nirvash.
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.
And now Jaune's sisters have joined the cast, as well as his grandfather, bumping up the number, in Weiss Reacts alone, to 79 characters- and that's not even going into what Diary of Glynda Goodwitch has, potentially bumping the number up into the hundreds.
Cast of Snowflakes: And yet each and every single one of them manages to retain their own personality.
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.
Games. Lucina brings out a death quote when she fails to defend Jaune's Japan and Ren and Yang treat the game like an actual war. Only Ruby and Latte seem to understand that it was a game and play accordingly.
The last four chapters of Volume 1 are devoted to a war- fought over Yang and Ren being The Knights Who Say Squee and having that affect their pranking, much to Weiss' consternation.
Ship Tease: Basically, everyone with everyone, although Jaune, Yang, Weiss and Ruby get the most.
Shout-Out: Oh so many. To list them all down would require a separate page, but some of the series and properties that get shoutouts include:
Maeve uses dark magic and is named for another Dark Magical Girl- her inspiration Scathach's name means 'shadowy', while Aspasia's lion hoodie is based off the pelt of the Nemean Lion. A lot of this can be found over in the Shout-Out page.
From the looks of things, the Civilization V chapter is played on the Gods and Kings expansion, with Korea and Babylon unlocked as DLC.
Most of his O Cs have a historical base (Alexander, Yukari) or a mythological base (Beth, Siegfried, Fionn, Lukas, Ori, Yona- loosely, Ysengrim). He also puts research in to make sure he gets references right (Twin Heavens, Nari and Vali, Balmung). In fact, it's safe to say that the only O Cs that AREN'T based off of mythological or historical figures are expies of video game or anime characters (Andreas, Yona, Anton, Lucina and Euphemia).
Also averted for the writer of Diary of Glynda Goodwitch.
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.