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** As Cinder plays the role of a teacher, [[spoiler:Adam Taurus has to join Mercury, Emerald and Neo in disguising themselves as students. He masks his identity by wearing huge glasses. Volume 6 reveals that Adam has a brand covering his eye, something that would probably draw the characters' attention.]]

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** As Cinder plays the role of a teacher, [[spoiler:Adam Taurus has to join Mercury, Emerald and Neo in disguising themselves as students. He masks his identity by wearing huge glasses. Volume 6 reveals that Adam has a brand covering his eye, something that would probably draw the characters' attention. The sequel has Adam with the brand on his face, and the author {{Hand Wave}}d it by saying that Cinder had him use a lot of makeup.]]

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* BavarianFireDrill: Ozpin explains the benefits of this trope to Oscar while escaping from Leonardo. In context, it's incredibly exaggerated, since the escape in question involved crashing through a classroom roof at terminal velocity, asking the present teacher if he can use the bathroom, and taking Sun with him on the basis that he needs directions.
--> '''Ozpin''': I told you. Adopt a calm face, speak clearly and act as though everything is normal. You would be surprised how many people it works on.\\
'''Oscar''': No one in there just thought that was normal! NO ONE!


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** Upon being cornered by Cinder and asked where the Vault of Choice is located, Ozpin smugly replies "up your ass". When Hazel calls it out as childish, Ozpin remarks that he can be forgiven since he's trapped in the body of a child.


* BetterTheDevilYouKnow: This is ultimately why [[spoiler:Fria chooses to give Cinder the Winter Maiden powers. On the one hand, Cinder is a megalomaniacal sociopath who is only out for herself. On the other, this makes her incredibly predictable and, unlike Winter and Penny, she isn't going to needlessly sacrifice herself out of loyalty to one person or entity, ensuring that the powers won't go missing]].



* HealingFactor: Discussed. Ozpin states Salem heals faster than normal, to the point her wounds visibly closed in front of him the one time he cut her. He is also certain she could reattach a lost limb, but he is certain she couldn't outright regrow new body parts is she was torn apart. Several plans are then based on seperating her body parts across the world.

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* HealingFactor: Discussed. Ozpin states Salem heals faster than normal, to the point her wounds visibly closed in front of him the one time he cut her. He is also certain she could reattach a lost limb, but he is certain she couldn't outright regrow new body parts is if she was torn apart. Several plans are then based on seperating her body parts across the world.



* ImplausibleDeniability: When Ironwood demands the return of the battleship Jaune crashed into Beacon, Glynda sends back a response saying, "Battleship? What battleship?", with Beacon already working on converting it into a part of the school.

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* ImplausibleDeniability: ImplausibleDeniability:
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When Ironwood demands the return of the battleship Jaune crashed into Beacon, Glynda sends back a response saying, "Battleship? What battleship?", with Beacon already working on converting it into a part of the school.



* LongSpeechTeaTime: What Peter Port's lectures usually incur. [[spoiler:Weaponized by Jaune in order to avoid explaining to the public how he diverted the Grimm horde approaching Vale without mentioning Salem or the Relics.]]

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* LongSpeechTeaTime: What Peter Port's lectures usually incur. It's mentioned that recent Beacon graduates still fall asleep just at the ''sight'' of the man. [[spoiler:Weaponized by Jaune in order to avoid explaining to the public how he diverted the Grimm horde approaching Vale without mentioning Salem or the Relics.]]



*** They do find one loophole. Salem is immortal and nothing can make her soul leave her body, but Ozpin knows from personal experience that she she bleeds if cut. All plans proposed towards taking her out are then based on the fact she is not invulnerable.

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*** They do find one loophole. Salem is immortal and nothing can make her soul leave her body, but Ozpin knows from personal experience that she she bleeds if cut.cut, and he doesn't believe that she could outright regrow a lost limb. All plans proposed towards taking her out are then based on the fact she is not invulnerable.

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** With Roman in charge of Beacon's finances, he quickly finds a way to hire the students out as mercenaries and gives them a larger cut of the money if they get a higher grade. When Jaune calls it stealing, he responds that it's not stealing, it's merely "incentivizing academic excellence".


* AssShove: The chapter 2 omake has Penny smuggle goods to Weiss via this method. It's not as gross as most examples because Penny is a robot with a special compartment built in that area that can keep objects safe and clean, but then Winter steps into the room as Weiss is reaching into Penny's skirt...

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* AssShove: The chapter 2 omake (which the main story hints might be canon) has Penny smuggle goods to Weiss via this method. It's not as gross as most examples because Penny is a robot with a special compartment built in that area that can keep objects safe and clean, but then Winter steps into the room as Weiss is reaching into Penny's skirt...



** Ozpin had always maintained a sense of being calm and collected, even if he seemed not right in the head at times, but when [[spoiler: he hears about Jaune's plan to reunite all 4 Relics to stop Salem even at the cost of the Gods coming back, he completes loses his mind, panicking and begging Jaune not to do it, before striking him and yelling at him more after the plan proved successful.]]

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** Ozpin had always maintained a sense of being calm and collected, even if he seemed not right in the head at times, but when [[spoiler: he hears about Jaune's plan to reunite all 4 Relics to stop Salem even at the cost of the Gods coming back, he completes completely loses his mind, panicking and begging Jaune not to do it, before striking him and yelling at him more after the plan proved successful.]]]] [[BatmanGambit Jaune was counting on that playing out]] because [[spoiler:if his reaction weren't genuine, Salem wouldn't buy his bluff]].



* PragmaticHero: Fria decides to make Cinder the next Winter Maiden even though she's a sociopathic megalomaniac because those very same traits make her predictable and relatively easy to control. Not to mention insuring Cinder won't easily throw her life away for someone else.

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* PragmaticHero: Fria decides to make Cinder the next Winter Maiden even though she's a sociopathic megalomaniac because those very same traits make her predictable and relatively easy to control. Not Plus, Penny and Winter are both too loyal to mention insuring Cinder Ironwood and Atlas to trust that they won't easily needlessly throw her life away their lives away, while Cinder only looks out for someone else.herself and as such is more likely to ''keep'' the powers instead of sending them to a random woman.



* StealthInsult: To Whitley's admiration, Jaune insults both Ironwood and Winter three times each during his speech at the charity ball without being blatant about any of them.
* StepfordSmiler: Ironwood and Jaune despise one another, but are forced to laugh with each other at Jacque's charity ball.

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* StealthInsult: To Whitley's admiration, Jaune insults both Ironwood and Winter three times each during his speech at the charity ball without being blatant about any of them.
them and while ensuring that neither of them can respond.
* StepfordSmiler: Ironwood and Jaune despise one another, but are forced to laugh with each other at Jacque's Jacques' charity ball.


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* YouDoNOTWantToKnow: When Weiss briefly reunites with Ruby and Yang in Atlas, she mentions that Penny smuggled in one of Blake's letters to her; when they ask how, she responds with this trope. Judging by the chapter 2 omake, she did it via AssShove.

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** Torchwick gets another moment at the SDC gala when he's talking about Weiss' song. Despite Blake's protest, he's correct that even though her song was the exact opposite of subtle, he can confidently say that no one in attendance will care about what she's saying because to do so would inconvenience them. He's proven right when the audience breaks out into polite applause to Weiss' captivity.


* InsultBackfire: On their way to the SDC gala, Blake seethes that she would ''never'' date Roman as they're pretending. Roman takes that as a compliment, considering that she used to date [[AxCrazy Adam]] [[{{Yandere}} Taurus]].



* SpottingTheThread: Ozpin knows Vernal isn't the Spring Maiden because otherwise she'd be helping Cinder obtain the Relic of Creation.

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* SpottingTheThread: SpottingTheThread:
** Weiss figured out that Ironwood and Winter were behind her imprisonment in Atlas because, as insane as he is, Jacques would've considered it a privilege to be returned to Atlas and wouldn't think to keep her guarded.
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Ozpin knows Vernal isn't the Spring Maiden because otherwise she'd be helping Cinder obtain the Relic of Creation.

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* WorfHadTheFlu: Jaune being beaten by Torchwick at the docks is something that was anticipated by Ruby and raises no eyebrows when it happens, because she assumes he was injured by [[TakingTheBullet tanking a huge Dust explosion to protect her]] and this trope was in effect. Of course, the Dust explosion didn't ''help'' him, but in reality it wouldn't have mattered because this Worf is a fraud who would get his ass kicked even without the Flu.

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* ArtifactTitle: InUniverse: despite Weiss being taken to Atlas by her father and no indication of when she'll return, Ruby, Blake, and Yang refuse to be referred to as anything other than Team RWBY.


* OneDialogueTwoConversations: Due to [[NoSocialSkills Penny]] referring to Jaune as her "boyfriend", his first conversation with Ironwood is a massive misunderstanding. From Jaune's point of view, he's talking about the couple hours he helped Ruby and Penny look for Blake. From Ironwood's, Jaune shamelessly admits to having a one night stand with her.
* OnlySaneMan: Roman is pretty much the only person in the entire cast who doesn't either believe or become part of any of Jaune's lies throughout the story, largely because he orchestrated the lie that started it all and then stood as far away from the fallout as he could.
* OnlySaneWoman: Glynda is this to the Beacon staff, as the only teacher who wouldn't fit into a mental asylum. She considers Jaune to share this role with her, but considering what she [[ConsummateLiar doesn't know about him]], she is probably wrong in this regard.



* OneDialogueTwoConversations: Due to [[NoSocialSkills Penny]] referring to Jaune as her "boyfriend", his first conversation with Ironwood is a massive misunderstanding. From Jaune's point of view, he's talking about the couple hours he helped Ruby and Penny look for Blake. From Ironwood's, Jaune shamelessly admits to having a one night stand with her.
* OnlySaneWoman: Glynda is this to the Beacon staff, as the only teacher who wouldn't fit into a mental asylum. She considers Jaune to share this role with her, but considering what she [[ConsummateLiar doesn't know about him]], she is probably wrong in this regard.


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* SoProudOfYou: [[spoiler:After Jaune's arrest, Roman gives him a talk that carries this vibe, even if he ultimately doesn't quite say the words. He admits that Jaune lasted under Cinder's employ for much longer than he originally expected, and equates the experience to getting to raise a child without dealing with a baby]].


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* VillainHasAPoint: The reason why Arthur Watts is so successful in dividing Vale when [[spoiler:Jaune is arrested]] is because everything he says is factually correct: [[spoiler:Beacon would be a high value target for criminals, Jaune's first instinct would be to ingratiate himself to his students, and whether or not Jaune is innocent of his crimes, Atlas comes out looking worse for it, either because they arrested an innocent man or because he was able to hide in plain sight for so long. Just to rub it in, he goes out of his way several times to remind the viewers that the allegations have not been proven yet, so he comes off as a neutral party]].

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* PaperThinDisguise: [[spoiler:Adam Taurus manages to successfully infiltrate Beacon just by wearing thick glasses and a beanie to cover his horns]].


* SustainedMisunderstanding: Due to a minor incident early on, Yang convinces Jaune that Weiss reads erotica novels. This belief spreads throughout the story since Blake never comes clean that the novel in question was hers.

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Due to a minor incident early on, Yang convinces Jaune that Weiss reads erotica novels. This belief spreads throughout the story since Blake never comes clean that the novel in question was hers.hers.
** In Misenwood, Qrow doesn't want to give his real name out and refers to himself as "Bran Ravenwen". Even though everyone else figures out his true identity once they talk to Ruby and Yang about him, Jaune takes a long time to learn his real name or relation to them because nobody ever bothers to tell him.

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* FalseFlagOperation: When Jaune [[spoiler:needs to talk to Roman while he's imprisoned on Ironwood's airship, he has Neo impersonate a White Fang officer and leads Winter on a wild goose chase through the airship. Jaune notes that they're expecting the White Fang to attack, which not only means that they won't question why the intruder's there but they'll be even more paranoid of a White Fang attack, which works in his favor]].


* ExpectingSomeoneTaller: Jaune expected Roman's boss to be some plump lady with a NightmareFace not...[[EvilIsSexy Cinder]].

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Jaune expected Roman's boss to be some plump lady with a NightmareFace not...[[EvilIsSexy Cinder]].Cinder]].
** Scarlet tells Sun that with how much he was talking about Professor Arc, he expected Jaune to be about seven feet tall. They laugh it off, with Scarlet saying that he's almost glad because it makes him seem more human.

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** Mercury mentions that he once had to infiltrate a traveling circus for a mission - and that no one is allowed to ever talk about it again.

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