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Fanfic Recs: RWBY
Proof that the remaining 10% is worth messing with Yang's hair for.

These are recommendations made by Tropers for RWBY fanfics, all of which have to be signed to stay on the page. Feel free to add a fanfic of your own to the list, but remember to use the template found here.

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Do warn when a fanfic may head into non-canon territory. Some people just don't like it, and as we all know, Shipping is Serious Business.

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  • Recommended by Insano, Mcnickel
  • knives4cash is a pleasure to read when it comes to one-shot shipping and friendship for the White Rose and Bumblebee pairings. With over forty works on the shelf with his series "Pollination: The Bumblebee and White Rose," you'll be laughing and smiling for a good while, and the occasional references, crossovers, and alternate history writing make the experience even better.

Momoxtoshiro, also known as Hana
  • Recommended by: Mcnickel
  • As above, a writer who focuses on one-shots of Romance and friendship. Top quality work, though her fics "Roses" (about Ruby and Weiss' Dust-born child) and Transiency (Not gonna spoil), received criticism for being too sad.

    Multi-chapter Fics 

"The Hero's Burden" by Klinestife
  • Recommended by xThymus, legomelons
  • Sypnosis: Fanfiction where the author expands on the current canon by adding scenes not shown in Volume 1 to flesh out the world and story. Semi-AU, as it uses O Cs and much of the author's own interpretation of dust and aura. Author updates once a week.
  • Tags: Rated T for language, and violence. Set in the canon universe, but can change if future canon conflicts with author's plan.
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  • Rage, Weep, Bleed, Yird by WhenFireSpeaks
    • Recommended by Divine Nucleus Of Ascension
    • Synopsis: Inspired by the infamous Blood Rose, <Rage, Weep, Bleed, Yird> examines what would RWBY be like if all four members of Team RWBY had to face their inner psychosis. Be very, very afraid. Author plans to write a thousand words a day.
    • Tags: Currently rated T, may change at any time.
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  • I, Jaune by Hallucinia
    • Recommended by Heaven Smiles
    • Synopsis: A semi-AU world focusing on a half-crippled Jaune as he tries to navigate the dangerous power politics of Vale and survive his time at Beacon. Alternates between a series of historical logs written by Jaune himself as a documentary and the mental recordings of various members of the RWBY-verse.
    • Tags: Rated T, still nominally set in the RWBY-verse, but with a massively extended background.
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  • Fall from Grace by Kingxana0
    • Recommended by Underworldlord
    • Synopsis: Jaune Arc becomes a villain and starts working for Roman Torchwick and Cinder. Written mostly in the first person, with third person shifts to focus on other characters and events. Tags: Character death and mentions of blood.
    • Tags: Rated T, a couple of OOC characters
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  • The White Rose of Vermillion by Kuribayashi
    • Recommended by ultimomant
    • Synopsis: AU where the cast of RWBY live in a pastoral village community. Ruby spends her days as a Huntress, hunting wild game to support herself and her older sister Yang, a local blacksmith. Time period is set in medieval times in the Kingdom of Vale, right before the discovery of dust. Adventure and eventual romance with multiple pairs. Contains blood, violence, language, and sensuality.
    • Tags: Rated T, a couple of OOC characters
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  • Massages by H'te Rarpee
    • Recommended by ultimomant, Mcnickel, Blazing Guns
    • Synopsis: Yang's back is sore, so Jaune gives her a massage. Hilarity, wrong impressions, and Jaune Stu ensue.
    • Comments: While it begins as a hilarious Unwanted Harem story, it starts to have a real plot and get dark.
    • Tags: Rated T
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  • With Friends Like These by Siderial
    • Recommended by Juny23, Mcnickel, Grant MK 2, bluedragonx
    • Synopsis: With friends like these, who needs enemies? Team RWBY during their time at Beacon Academy.
    • Tags: Rated T, non-canonical, eventual romance
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  • Blood Rose by Rapey Lemons
    • Recommended by onebossonesnake
    • Synopsis: Ruby becomes a part-cannibal, part-rapist, all-psycho murderer and goes on the run after being discovered.
      • Warning: This fic goes off into the gore side of Psycho Lesbian and stays there. A still beating (and presumably attached) heart has been eaten in this fic, described in detail. Avoid if squeamish.
    • Tags: Rated M, non-canonical; contains romance, gore, and LOTS of violence. Author is working to make the fic three acts, each with 50 chapters. At time of writing, Act I (the link) is at 42 chapters.

    My Final Judgment Day by crystalessence
    • Recommended by sam445
    • Synopsis: After her father's execution, Blake Belladona finds herself abandoned in the streets of Vale, where she will make the encounter of a shy Velvet.
    • Tags: Rated T, non-canonical; contains emotions, hurt/comfort.

    Pyrrha(c) victory by The Rogue King
    • Recommended by ultimomant, Serial Killer Whale.
    • Synopsis: A story revolving around Pyrrha's affections for her goofball of a leader, Jaune's total obliviousness and all the hijinks in between. And of course, the rest of the RWBY cast will be there to put in their own useless opinions.
    • Tags: Rated T

    Another Day at Beacon by Alley Cat Sunflower
    • Recommended by Insano
    • Synopsis: Jaune has no idea what he's doing. Nora is hyperactive. Pyrrha is composed but overwhelmed. Ren just wants some peace. Ladies and gentlemen, Team JNPR. With a room shared between these four disparate personalities, what shenanigans can ensue over the school year?
    • Tags: Lie Ren, Nora Valkyrie, Jaune Arc, Pyrrha Nikos

    Various Vytal Ventures by Rassilon001
    • Recommended by ultimomant, LastNobody, bluedragonx
    • Synopsis: A collection of fun side stories and adventures shared by our favorite RWBY characters.
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  • Of Monsters and Artifacts by XD-W-O-L-F-I-E
    • Recommended by Trogdor7620
    • Synopsis: Headmaster Ozpin and Glynda Goodwitch have found a potentially powerful artefact in the Emerald Forest. When brought to Beacon Academy, the students are clueless as to what this artifact, the luminescent, could mean to its holder. The students go about their not-so-regular life, unaware of what sort of trouble is caused by the Luminescent, and its brothers, the Shining Artifacts.
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  • Jaune Arc: Hero of Vytal by Kartofel von Kouch (Also has a Spacebattles mirror that updates in chapter sections before the FFN version.)
    • Recommended by Malchus
    • Synopsis: Being from a family of heroes, Jaune had long ago realized that heroism wasn't all it was cracked up to be. It was just plain sense to take a safer course in life. Unfortunately, nobody bothered to tell him that the world just didn't make sense. Inspired by the Ciaphas Cain series of Warhammer 40K.
    • Comments: While based on the Ciaphas Cain books, the author does not ape the series and eschews the first-person biographical style for a third-person style with alternating character POVs, getting into the mind of each. Has an interesting take on Jaune in that while outwardly he acts very close to his canon self, inwardly he, like Cain, schemes for a way to keep from getting into trouble (and fails due to rotten luck).
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  • Hero of the Everyman by The hotdog man
    • Recommended by omegaman
    • Synopsis: What does it take to be a hero? What must one give up in order to defend others? What does one gain? What if you don't have the same advantages as everyone else? Jaune will have to find out whether he wants to or not. Jaune/Weiss.
    • Comments: A AU in featuring Jaune in what is already a Fandom Specific Plot (Jaune is/becomes a Badass), and in which becomes Weiss’ partner. What distinguishes this fanfic is how well it is written. The author puts considerable time and care in crafting his alternate-Jaune and Jaune and Weiss’ interactions. A few spelling errors here and there, but very minor. Due note though, that due to Jaune's altered circumstances he's not that similar to his canon self, but he's not completely different either.
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  • Pheremone Dust by You are right... NOT
    • Recommended by Trogdor7620, bluedragonx
    • Synopsis: Roman attacks a street vendor who sells a special variety of dust, the only problem aside from the robbery? the special dust is spilled directly on Jaune as he fends off Roman's attack. Little did Jaune know how much of problem this would be.
    • Comments: Basically, Jaune gets covered in some special Dust that makes every girl in Beacon go crazy for him... including RWBY, Nora, Velvet, and a couple of O Cs. If you like watching Jaune suffer, you're bound to get a laugh. A few grammatical issues, but it's still legible.

    Zodiac by inkbender
    • Recommended by throwaawy, Whistle9
    • Synopsis: If the RWBY characters were all faunus… AU in which a certain Jaune Arc fakes his transcript to gain admission into an all-faunus battle school - except he's the only human being in all of Menagerie. With his luck, it doesn't take long before he's embroiled within all their petty school politics. Which may or may not be related to all those unplanned panty shots.
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  • Wrath of the Scorned by DreamADreamOfEndlessNight
    • Recommended by Epic Paragon Of Manliness}}
    • Synopsis: When Ruby is forcibly taken as a bride by one of the Princes of the Cesartvo Empire, she is thrust into an alien world where might makes right and plots are around every corner. Literally less than a slave in this new realm, Ruby must utilize all her cunning to simply survive. WARNING: Contains brutal rape and torture. RWBY AU.
    • Comments: Interesting take on a completely off-tangent direction. We haven't really seen anything so far but the quality of the writing, though not perfect, is promising.
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  • Dreamscapes of Roses by Mrfipp
    • Recommended by nightelf37
    • Synopsis: Ruby goes on the adventure of her dreams, in perhaps a more literal sense of the term.
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  • A Fairy Tale of the Huntsman by Daniel K English
    • Recommended by Hooba Dooba
    • Synopsis: Huntsman Jupiter Valkyrie awakens in his old home to see his long-dead family alive. He is a changed man, desperately seeking to fix his mistakes and alleviate his regrets. But not everything was meant to be "fixed." While stranded in the past, Jupiter quickly discovers his worst opponents yet: the inescapable concept of fate... and himself.
    • Comments: The main character is an OC from an alternate universe timeline who finds himself back in the past shortly before the first day at Beacon, in a 17-year-old body with all of his original memories, skill, strength, and wounds. Instead of simply trying to set things right, he attempts to do so in addition to searching for a way home...
    • Currently undergoing a rewrite.

    Soulbound by xT-Zealot
    • Recommended by Kaiserpluto, LastNobody, bluedragonx
    • Synopsis: "These teammates will be with you for the rest of your time here at Beacon, so it is in your best interest to be paired with someone with whom you can work well. That being said, the first person you make eye contact with after landing will be your partner for the next four years." [Pseudo-Novelization]
    • Tags: BlakexYang
    • Comments: A brilliant story exploring faunus human relation, about bonds with people and the way they handle Ruby/Weiss and Blake/Yang was done beautifully. a good piece of Pseudo-Novelization.
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  • Remembrance Embers by TheClonesLegacy
    • Recommended by Emperor Klonen
    • Synopsis:Ten years after Beacon fell, the world has become under the control of The Cleric Foundation, an old organization from Remnants dark past. Team RWBY rejoin to not only free the world from The Cleric Foundation. But also must free themselves of their past mistakes. RWBY Cyberpunk AU, Rated M.
    • Comments: This story has some pacing problems, but overall is an enjoyable ride so far, with the author promising an entire trilogy. There is also a Prequel of anthology stories that the author is allowing people to contribute too.

    Tensile Strength of the Soul by Person With Many Aliases
    • Recommended by Tikigod784
    • Synopsis:There were once three children. One looked at the ground and hated the world. One looked at the stars and hated herself. One looked forward and hated her past. Then one day, they looked at each other. Slight AU, Rated T.
    • Comments: The story has good action, an interesting premise, and presents an interesting, if AU, interpretation of certain characters' backgrounds. See if you can spot the Metal Gear Rising reference.
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  • A Light in the Dark, by kingxana0
    • Recommended by Lurkerking
    • Synopsis: Cinder Fall is a young huntress who has recently been accepted into the world famous Beacon Academy, a school that will train her to fight the evil forces of the Grimm. Of course with the evil Blood Rose family, lead by the evil crime boss Ruby Rose taking action from the shadows who knows how she will survive.
    • Tags: AU
    • Comments: Enjoyable, through it is only recently coming into its own as an AU, the first chapters are a bit too close too the main story, almost to the point of copying.

    The Power of Dust, by StorSpeaker
    • Recommended by Trogdor7620
    • Synopsis: While on a school trip to a new dig site. Jerry, a dorky sixteen year old finds a crystal filled with Dust, with a capital 'D'. His body-filled power makes him a target from a criminal, and the people who can save Jerry belong in a world that shouldn't be real. These people are 'Team RWBY'. Trust me; this isn't your typical OC story. note 
    • Comments: This story was actually inspired by my own fanfiction, RWBY Reckoning, and he messaged me for some advice on how to write it. So far, a very immersive and enjoyable story, with really unique characters. Overall, it's a story that is really coming into it's own, and is up there with writing.

    Flip-Flopped: JNPR AU by thehemingwaydilemma
    • Recommended by LastNobody
    • Synopsis: AU where Pyrrha and Jaune were the childhood friends, and Ren and Nora the complete strangers.
    • Comments: An interesting AU concept, and the writing depicts the characters pretty well.

    Mute Arc by destinyTail0
    • Recommended by Psyner
    • Synopsis: What if Jaune Arc can't talk?
    • Comments: An extremely interesting and heartwarming read about Jaune's interactions with the rest of team RWBY and JNPR. I highly recommend this great read. Word of warning though the chapters are extremely long.


    Black Lotus by ElysiaDreaming
    • Recommended by: Mcnickel
    • Synopsis: "And maybe we will have a chance. In a better time. In a better life. I'll find you again, I promise." "Heh. Don't make a girl a promise you can't keep." "I intend to keep this one."
    • Note: Ostensibly an anthology, but only the first story (this one) is up. So for the time being, it is a oneshot.
    • Tags: Reincarnation Romance, Modern Life AU

    Lottery by Startix-Master-of-the-NoLess
    • Recommended by Insano
    • Synopsis: For all Jaune's gifts, common sense wasn't one of them.
    • Tags: Humor, Team JNPR
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  • Secret Santa by oddman5
    • Recommended by Mcnickel
    • Synopsis: The tale of Team RWBY's Christmas morning, as told by 3 unreliable Narrators. At least, that's what they tell me it is.
    • Tags: Fluff, Humor, Christmas, intentional Ship Tease
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  • Rain by RadiantBeam
    • Recommended by mysterius, bluedragonx
    • Synopsis: The storm hit Beacon in the afternoon. Judging by the continuing growl of thunder and the occasional flash of lightning, it wouldn't be clearing any time soon. ::Jaune x Pyrrha:: ::one-shot::
    • Tags: Arkos (Jaune Arc x Pyrrha Nikos)
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  • Evil by Drake S. Hellion
    • Recommended by Insano
    • Synopsis: What started as a late night conversation about breaking legs turns into a struggle very few would understand for Ren as he faces several facts about his childhood friend and partner, Nora Valkyrie.
    • Tags: Lie Ren, Nora Valkyrie, Suspense/Humor
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  • The Best Laid Plans by RadiantBeam
    • Companion piece: Crash and Burn: Hunting down a murderer for Beacon, Blake's greatest concern was Yang would take the mission too seriously and kill him even though they specifically had orders to bring him in alive. ::One-shot, AU:: ::Blake, Yang:: ::Companion piece to The Best Laid Plans::
    • See also For Better or Norse by Moczo, set in the same AU
    • Recommended by mysterius
    • Synopsis: "Ruby. This is a horrible idea. Please tell me you realize this is a horrible idea." ::One-shot, AU:: ::Ruby, Weiss::
    • Tags: AU, Ruby Rose, Weiss Schnee
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  • Just Beneath by KineticKaiser
    • Recommended by Mcnickel, Argon2
    • Synopsis: At first glance, Jaune Arc is a goofy nobody who won't make it past his first battle. Pyrrha knows better. She knows he'll be great someday, and she wants to be by his side when he does.
    • Tags: Jaurrha
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  • Songs and Comforts by H'te Rarpee
    • Recommended by ultimomant, bluedragonx
    • Synopsis: Jaune finds himself on the roof in a state of melancholy, so he decides to sing for the first time in years.
    • Tags: Somewhat WeissxJaune
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  • What's In a Name? by Moczo
    • Recommended by throwaawy, mysterius, gamermaster, Mikowmer
    • Synopsis: Tired of the effort of choosing all the names for new teams at Beacon, Professor Ozpin acquires a new piece of software intended to make things a little easier on the staff. He probably should have done a little more window shopping first.
    • Tags: Crack/Humor
  •  1 reviews
  • Comfort by KineticKaiser
    • Recommended by ultimomant, Argon2, bluedragonx
    • Synopsis: A knight in shining armor doesn't have to be strong, or suave, or even in shining armor. He just has to be there when you need him most.
    • Tags: JaunexVelvet
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  • For Better or Norse, by Moczo
    • Recommended by Argon2, mysterius
    • Synopsis: Rookie monster hunter Lie Ren is subcontracted by Beacon to deal with a monster problem outside their purview. What the young hunter finds in the frozen forests of Norway, however, will change his life a great deal more than any simple raging beast...
    • Tags: AU, comedy, slightly cracky
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  • Sleeping Arrangements, by Batty
    • Recommended by Argon2
    • Synopsis: A lesser man would freeze or do something completely and utterly stupid at the sight of his best friend strutting naked around the room. Ren wishes he were a lesser man.
    • Tags: Ren/Nora, really obvious flirting, sexual frustration
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  • Grimmspawn by xT-Zealot
    • Recommended by deathisabishi, bluedragonx
    • Synopsis: Blake knew that the life she had at Beacon was a fabrication built upon a lie. No longer able to live with it, she decides to shatter this illusion and accept reality. However, she soon discovers that what she possesses within Team RWBY is something more real than anything she could ever imagine.
    • Tags: Hurt/Comfort/Friendship/AU
  •  1 reviews
  • Alone by H'te Rarpee
    • Recommended by ultimomant
    • Synopsis: Loneliness is the worst feeling in the world, and Weiss knows that all too well.
    • Tags: WeissxRuby
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  • Other Side by Parabola Beam
    • Recommended by Tropers/Neep
    • Synopsis: You're mine, and I'm yours.
    • Tags: Ruby/Weiss, AU
    • Comments: Written after the Red and White trailers but well before the series premier.

    Lunch Time Discussions by Gallrith
    • Recommended by Discar
    • Synopsis: A two-comic series about some of the team's lunch discussions.
    • Tags: Ren/Nora. Implied Jaune/Pyrrha and unspecified Team RWBY pairings.
    • Comments: Short but sweet.

    Broken by defendover
    • Recommended by omegaman
    • Synopsis: Weiss had never been the same since then...
    • Comments: A short story exploring how fragile Weiss really is, and how one unfortunate incident really breaks her. Not a happy story.

    Your Arms Feel Like Home by Swordsman289
    • Recommended by Trogdor7620
    • Synopsis: Beacon is home to many students with bright futures as Huntsmen and Huntresses. But for Jaune Arc, it is nothing but stressful expectations and constant failing. Already brimming with anguish, a fight with his father leaves the boy in pieces. Who will be there for him and to pick up the pieces?
    • Tags: Arkos
    • Comments: A beautiful story, very well written, and the interactions are a Crowning Moment of Heartwarming.

    Jaune Arc's Adventures in Beacon (formerly Arachnophobia) by StorSpeaker
    • Recommended by Trogdor7620, bluedragonx
    • Synopsis: (original) Jaune discovers more about his partner, as he learns about her past, how will it affect him? How will it affect her?
      • (update author's note): So after seeing several prompts on iFunny and with people liking Arachnophobia, I've decided to make this a thing. Anyway they will be one-shots around Jaune and not all of them will be Arkos, all will be meaningful and some might be humorous/ enjoyable.
    • Tags: Arkos
    • Comments: A nice bit of Character Backstory for Pyrrha, and how it builds the bond between her and Jaune. Also, Cardin gets pounded to a bloody pulp. Then a little Defeat Means Friendship has Jaune helping Team CRDL with their issues and gives the bully team some characterization.

    What Are Friends For by Pit Viper of Doom
    • Recommended by LastNobody
    • Synopsis: In which Ren can be just as exasperating to Nora as Nora can be to him.
    • Tags: Slight Ren/Nora
    • Comments: A short, cute piece that does a good job at depicting Ren and Nora's dynamic. There's also a blink-and-you'll-miss-it Actor Allusion to Ryan's animal-trapping antics, which is always a plus.

    A Grimm's aura by Black Omochao
    • Recommended by ultimomant, bluedragonx
    • Synopsis: Crossover with Pokémon. Ash finds himself in a new world, and in a new body, he isn't sure how this happened to him, but he will do what he can to survive and figure it out, meanwhile Ruby of team RWBY discovers something that should be impossible: a Grimm with an aura.
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  • Team DLT by xXSniperKingXx
    • Recommended by ultimomant
    • Synopsis: Crossover with The Familiar of Zero. At a young age, Drake was adopted into the Ebony family. After getting accustomed to his new life he was trained to be the very best, to be the very image that was the Ebony name. Now after his 17th birthday, he is enrolling to Beacon Academy. Little does he know that he will soon experience the adventure of a life time, with a Faunus by his side, what could go do wrong? DLT stands for Delete.
  •  1 reviews
  • React, Watch, Believe, Yikes by UknownHero
    • Recommended by ultimomant
    • Synopsis: Ruby has found every season of Red vs. Blue in her basement and saves them for summer vacation so that her whole team can watch it with her. Join them as Team RWBY watches the story of the Blood Gulch Crew and the fall of Project Freelancer... in High Definition, of course. Meanwhile, Jaune finds some Red vs. Blue songs.
    • Tags: Rated M
  •  1 reviews
  • The Blue Sage by Medic Author
    • Recommended by J Smithers, bluedragonx
    • Synopsis: An unique Doctor Who /RWBY crossover, set before the RWBY series begins. There is an old and almost forgotten legend in Remnant about a mysterious man with a blue box who keeps appearing/disappearing throughout history. Who is he, really? The four members of Team RWBY all have their own unique encounters with the Doctor, and here are their stories. This story features an AU Doctor.
    • Tags: Rated T

    RWBYTALIA by EmoH123
    • Recommended by ultimomant
    • Synopsis: The girls from Team RWBY have been thrown into The Hetalia Universe and the nations are baffled from what these girls can do! Also, the Grimm are here as well and the world needs these unique girls to save them!
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