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* Scorch calmly ordering the murder of Blake and Yang's classmates along with his threat to show Yang Ruby's body shows how ruthless and cruel Scorch can be. Another show of this is when Trifa shows remorse for killing her lover. She snaps her neck without a second thought.

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* Scorch calmly ordering the murder of Blake and Yang's classmates along with his threat to show Yang Ruby's body shows how ruthless and cruel Scorch can be. Another show of this is when Trifa shows remorse for killing her lover. She He snaps her neck without a second thought.



-->''Not pretty was an understatement. The soldiers had been massacred, bullet riddled corpses being the least grotesque of the bodies. One man had been flayed, and two had their body parts cut off and stitched back onto the other’s body.''

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-->''Not pretty was an understatement. The soldiers had been massacred, bullet riddled bullet-riddled corpses being the least grotesque of the bodies. One man had been flayed, and two had their body parts cut off and stitched back onto the other’s body.''


Appropriate for a story taking place on [[AllHallowsEve Halloween]].

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Appropriate for a story taking place on [[AllHallowsEve [[UsefulNotes/AllHallowsEve Halloween]].


* As an added measure, she stabs Nora with a poison that will kill her instantly. Little Miss gives Ruby a SadisticChoice to either get her or take the antidote to save Nora. Ruby begs for Nora to stay with her as she tries to heal her.

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* As an added measure, she stabs Nora with a poison that will kill her instantly. Little Miss gives Ruby a SadisticChoice to either get her or take the antidote to save Nora. Ruby begs for Nora to stay with her as she tries to heal her.her.

!''The Road to Atlas''
* The destruction of Menagerie is nothing short of Hellish. Imagine the beautiful island of Menagerie seen in Volumes four and five turned into a fiery wasteland. That's what awaits the protagonists when they arrive. They find Sienna trapped under some rubble, still dying in pain.
* The chapter "Light and Void" along with the eponymous characters deserves some special mention:
** The brother gods were [[AdaptationalVillainy actively malevolent in this version]]. Jinn said they were the equivalent of {{Serial Killer}}s. They went across universes destroying them for power. [[DarkIsEvil Void]] would kill the god in charge of that universe and {{Light|IsNotGood}} would take the power from the stars, essentially condemning any life there to freeze to death.
** They apparently destroyed so many universes that not even Jinn can correctly guess how many were destroyed. They discover this when they see the thousands of shattered orbs in Light's domain representing universes. It's a truly haunting image of what these two have done.
** After being banished to Remnant for a week, Light already destroyed all of humanity. He may have been the calmer and more methodical brother, but he was still AxCrazy.
** While Void was [[SealedEvilInACan imprisoned in an orb of light buried in the earth's crust]], Light ended up being imprisoned in his own mind via HeelFaceBrainwashing. His malevolent personality is still there, but he is trapped by the benevolent personality. While fitting for him, [[AndIMustScream it is still a rather disturbing thought]].
* Salem has already demonstrated AdaptationalVillainy up to this point, but her StartOfDarkness seals it. The reason she was locked away in the tower was that she killed her sister after hearing rumors that she would inherit the throne because of [[GodSaveUsFromTheQueen the former's cruel behavior]]. Void was able to communicate with her and bargain for power. In her new form, she went back and [[OffWithHisHead decapitated]] [[{{Patricide}} her father]].

!''Cold''
* In Ironwood's absence, Winter's fears have come true. Atlas has been turned into a dictatorship under Jacques' rule. Little Miss reveals that any surviving Faunus have been lobotomized into servitude and he's able to have the heroes detained on the spot for supposed treason. TyrantTakesTheHelm doesn't even begin to cover how things have changed.
* Ciel and Jekyde's fate is the most horrifying in the series yet. Jacques has them sentenced to death by acid. First to take down their Aura, and then to slowly wither away at them until they died. Jacques only looks at them with a smug grin as he allows them to be sprayed.
* The lobotomization process is disturbing in several contexts. The Faunus subjected to it only have EmptyEyes and suffer DeathOfPersonality. And the reason they raided Menagerie is that Jacques was running out of Faunus to enslave!
* Ruby and Nora find that death isn't a good enough fate for Little Miss. Instead, they decide to PayEvilUntoEvil and subject her to the lobotomization process. [[HellIsThatNoise Malachite's scream]] is described as ear-piercing. Even [[SociopathicSoldier Cardin]] is surprised at how ruthless Ruby and Nora were now when he sees Little Miss in her vegetative state.
** Little Miss' fate is even worse when Cardin reveals in the next chapter that they botched the process and [[AndIMustScream she's still fully conscious in there]]. [[AssholeVictim While rather deserving of this fate]], it is still an incredibly disturbing one.


* However terrifying the Aswang may be, we're given a cruel reminder of how much more horrifying his master is. When he returns to Salem without Ruby, Salem is furious. Even when Mercury tries to leave, she orders him to stay in the room. And as the Aswang was begging for forgiveness, [[YouHaveFailedMe Salem shows no forgiveness]]. Whatever she does to the creature [[GoryDiscretionShot isn't described]], but [[EvenEvilHasStandards even Mercury is horrified by it]]. All we know is that there's a sickening pop and it covered her in the creature's blood.

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* However terrifying the Aswang may be, we're given a cruel reminder of how much more horrifying his master is. When he returns to Salem without Ruby, Salem is furious. Even when Mercury tries to leave, she orders him to stay in the room. And as the Aswang was begging for forgiveness, [[YouHaveFailedMe Salem shows no forgiveness]].such thing]]. Whatever she does to the creature [[GoryDiscretionShot isn't described]], but [[EvenEvilHasStandards even Mercury is horrified by it]]. All we know is that there's a sickening pop and it covered her in the creature's blood.




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** This is further emphasized by ''The Ring'' when showing that the third Grimm was a subversion of AlwaysChaoticEvil. The Wendigo's choices seem even more despicable since there is now proof that he did not have to be a killer. His free will could have allowed him to be benevolent and act on that. Not only did he choose to be a random SerialKiller, but he also chose to be a malevolent monster.



* Another reminder of why Salem is so terrifying is provided when she meeds with Raven after the failed mission. Salem has the seer Grimm wrap around her neck and its pincers pointed at her head. She threatens to [[MindRape lobotomize]] Raven like she did to Neo and Raven only avoids this fate due to quick thinking. Though, Salem makes it clear that she only has one more chance.

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* Another reminder of why Salem is so terrifying is provided when she meeds with Raven after the failed mission. Salem has the seer Grimm wrap around her neck and its pincers pointed at her head. She threatens to [[MindRape lobotomize]] Raven like she did to Neo Neo, and Raven only avoids this fate due to quick thinking. Though, Salem makes it clear that she only has one more chance.



* Raven gets back to beating Vernal, but when Corbin hands her the branch, she declined. She goes for the sword instead and keeps recording it for Little Miss Malachite.

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* Raven gets back to beating Vernal, but when Corbin hands her the branch, she declined. She goes for the sword instead and keeps recording it for Little Miss Malachite.Malachite.

!''The Ring''
* To capture Ruby and Nora, Little Miss Malachite sends in her enforcers to go slaughter everyone in the hotel they were staying at just to get to them.
* At first, the Spider seems scary due to being a spider-like Grimm, but it turns out that he's actually quite friendly when he meets a young Little Miss. It's [[EnfantTerrible the girl]] who turns out to be a ruthless monster. When the Spider threatens to kill her because he doesn't want to go out killing, she manipulates him by saying he wouldn't kill his only friend. Even though we were introduced to a sweet and innocent girl, [[BitchInSheepsClothing it turned out to be all a ruse]]. And her first task is to go out and kill her village just so [[TheUnfettered she won't be held back by things like love, empathy, or conscience]]. She even killed her own mother who seemed like a {{good parent|s}} and even [[UngratefulBastard offered her advice on how to get rid of her fear of spiders]].
* Just to show how far Little Miss has fallen, she ends up letting the Spider be found by Salem in exchange for power and making him more compliant. When we meet him in the ring, he's just as ferocious and mindless as a typical Grimm.
* Just as soon as Little Miss realizes she lost the Spider, she goes into a VillainousBreakdown and releases all the Grimm they have held captive. They end up tearing up everyone in the brothel as Little Makes her escape. But the Grimm start targeting her because of her negative emotions. When she realizes this, she calms down and [[BadBoss tosses her subordinate to the Grimm]]. All of this shows that she truly cares about no one but herself.
* As an added measure, she stabs Nora with a poison that will kill her instantly. Little Miss gives Ruby a SadisticChoice to either get her or take the antidote to save Nora. Ruby begs for Nora to stay with her as she tries to heal her.


* After everything that's been done, every sacrifice that has been given, every plan that has been laid down, TheBadGuyWins. Salem has acquired the Fall Maiden's powers, discredited Ozpin, and even killed Weiss and Pyrrha. Hopelessness is an understandable reaction.[[note]]The only solace is that Ruby's silver eyes weakened Salem.[[/note]]

!''Reovery''

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* After everything that's been done, every sacrifice that has been given, every plan that has been laid down, TheBadGuyWins. Salem has acquired the Fall Maiden's powers, discredited Ozpin, and even killed Weiss and Pyrrha. [[FearIsTheAppropriateResponse Hopelessness is an understandable reaction.[[note]]The ]][[note]]The only solace is that Ruby's silver eyes weakened Salem.[[/note]]

!''Reovery''!''Recovery''



* After being injured, Salem is not happy. And she's now on a warpath to get back at Ruby.

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* After being injured, Salem is not happy. And she's now on a warpath to get back at Ruby.

!''Attacks''
* It turns out that while Summer, Yang, and Blake were scared after finding out Ruby was missing, the Aswang was watching the whole time. And now he knows where they're going.
-->'''The Aswang:''' At this rate, I'll catch them before they even make it to Mistral!
* Seeing Nora in a blind rage while beating up a Grimm shows just how broken she is now. Especially when she accidentally backhands Ruby into a wall.

!''Bloodsucker''
* Ruby and Nora briefly see the Aswang in the woods, but when they try to tell the waiter, he is gone.
-->'''Nora:''' I don't have a good feeling about this.
* After Muzukasi being saved from the Grimm attacks, it turns out that the Aswang has killed everyone in the village. Everyone except Penwood -- who is now paralyzed from the neck down and everyone is appropriately horrified.
** The worse part is that it is revealed that he was looking for his mother. Oobleck and Qrow already know that this means Salem is still alive.
* The Aswang's attacks on both Muzukasi and the train station left bodies strewn everywhere and [[BloodlessCarnage not a single drop of blood]]. Most Grimm creatures are relatively mindless beasts, but the Aswang is a different thing entirely. The fact that ItCanThink and speak like a human is terrifying.
* The attack on the train is a main source of terror in the story:
** The Aswang greets Ruby and Nora with a disturbing SlasherSmile just before breaking the window and tackling her. She has trouble breaking free before Nora rescues her.
** His comments to Ruby as he holds her down are also pretty unnerving.
--->''"I must say you're not a difficult girl to track. Though you do smell delicious."''
** While the fact that Nora keeps hitting him while cutting him off provides some NightmareRetardant, it kicks right back up as he tackles Nora and starts clawing at her to diminish her Aura. No other Grimm are smart enough to know this. He's able to recognize this and strategize for it.
** Just as Nora is beating the tar out of him, he starts using [[VoiceChangeling a familiar voice]]: the voice of Ren. Not only does he strategize for how he kills his prey, but he can also engage in [[MindRape psychological warfare]].
* However terrifying the Aswang may be, we're given a cruel reminder of how much more horrifying his master is. When he returns to Salem without Ruby, Salem is furious. Even when Mercury tries to leave, she orders him to stay in the room. And as the Aswang was begging for forgiveness, [[YouHaveFailedMe Salem shows no forgiveness]]. Whatever she does to the creature [[GoryDiscretionShot isn't described]], but [[EvenEvilHasStandards even Mercury is horrified by it]]. All we know is that there's a sickening pop and it covered her in the creature's blood.
** Even hearing the Aswang begging for forgiveness is terrifying. As much of a sadistic, murderous monster as he was, you ''almost'' [[AlasPoorVillain feel sorry for the thing]]. Especially since he calls her "mother."
--->'''Aswang:''' She cut my arm off, and I was too weak to fight!\\
'''Salem:''' Yet, you’re strong enough to come crawling back to me, begging for forgiveness?\\
'''Aswang:''' I can make it up to you! P-Please...Mother...j-just regrow my arm and I won’t fail you again!\\
'''Salem:''' Oh, [[ImpliedDeathThreat you won’t be failing me again]]. ''[moves closer]''\\
'''Aswang:''' [[OhCrap W-Wait...Mother...please!]] [[VillainsWantMercy Have mercy!]]

!''Atlas''
* Winter thinks it would be a bad idea to let [[CorruptCorporateExecutive Jacques]] be in charge of Atlas while Ironwood is gone. While Ironwood assures Winter that it will go well, the next scene shows that it's even worse than Winter could have anticipated. This was all part of Salem's plan.
* What happened to Nova Ivy and her family. They were tortured to death in front of her and considering [[SanitySlippage how traumatizing it was]], it definitely wasn't pretty. She has been [[MadnessMantra repeating nothing but the word "monster"]] for days after the attack.
* Not long after Winter and Nebula leave, they find out the whole hospital was massacred. The sight of bodies being gutted and dismembered calls back to Neo's attack on the CCT Tower from ''Vytal Tournament''. Only one nurse survived the attack... and she says that it was another sentient Grimm.
* In a flashback to Winter's childhood, we see just how cruel Jacques can be. He convinces Nicholas to sign over the SDC to him and they prepare a toast. When Nicholas asks why he didn't drink his, Jacques [[FauxAffablyEvil casually responds by saying]] he's "[[WhamLine not the biggest fan of drinking poison]]." He keeps up his civil tone as he allows the man to die. Horrified, Winter blurts out for her grandfather and Jacques catches on. He makes sure Winter doesn't speak up... by threatening to kill his [[WouldHurtAChild infant]] [[OffingTheOffspring daughter]]. Jacques was a scumbag in canon, but this version [[AdaptationalVillainy takes it to a whole new level]].
* Nebula's meeting with the culprit of the Ivy and hospital murders: the Wendigo:
** He starts out by shutting the officers in his cave until nothing but darkness consumes them. This is when he reveals himself by gazing at them with his glowing red eyes.
** He also reveals that he is one of three Grimm that Salem granted sentience. He kills for pleasure and isn't a mindless beast.
--->''"I'm a Grimm that enjoys the taste of flesh and blood, I'm one of three Grimm chosen to speak and think. [[FauxAffablyEvil Hello. I am the Wendigo.]]"''
** Even his tone drips with menace. It takes a special kind of monster to [[FauxAffablyEvil thank their prey for walking int his clutches]].
** Unlike the Aswang which was AxCrazy, yet still followed orders, the Wendigo is a genuine [[TheSociopath sociopath]] who kills for sport. Salem didn't order him to do it in any specific way. She just allowed him to be able to think and speak for himself. This is what he ''chose'' to do.

!''Crash''
* To see how quickly Raven can turn from physically abusive to affectionate to Vernal is jarring. She backhanded her and basically got Vernal [[SorryIFellOnYourFist to apologize for it]].
* Raven is ruthlessly efficient in the way she kills. [[LackOfEmpathy She doesn't bat an eyelash when blowing up the train to crash the train ordering her men to kill any survivors other than
Ruby.]]
* We see the results of the crash in the next chapter and Ruby has to pull a piece of shrapnel out of her leg. She laughs in response, but it is clear that she is in agonizing pain and this is her way of dealing with it. Shortly after, they hear another survivor... and Raven coldly shoots him in the head as he pleads for help.
* "Nora's Life" deserves special mention.
** The Branwen tribe attacked Nora's village when she was a child and her mother Ophelia is trying desperately to protect her. Shay cuts them off and points his gun at them. Ophelia attacks him and warns Nora to run and not look back. Seeing Shay being angered, she dashes out of there. And the whole time, she never even saw if her mother got killed, or [[FateWorseThanDeath worse...]]
** When Raven's tribe comes for Kuroyuri, Nora panics once again. Raven hunted her down all because she escaped her last raid. An tries to reassure her and Ren that Li can handle himself. Unfortunately, Raven holds him hostage and threatens to kill him.
** Raion wasn't nice, but selling out a village just to live is a new low as Li admits. But he doesn't get off scot-free. Raven doesn't hesitate to shoot and kill him.
--->''"Never trust bandits, pal."''
** Raven usually kills whoever escapes her raids, but since Nora led her to another village, she decides to let her live... [[CruelMercy to be sold into slavery]].
** Ren is faced with the same frightening ordeal of leaving his parents behind while they wait for death. The Ursas are closing in quick and there's nothing he or Nora can do.

!''Salem's Arrival''
* Another reminder of why Salem is so terrifying is provided when she meeds with Raven after the failed mission. Salem has the seer Grimm wrap around her neck and its pincers pointed at her head. She threatens to [[MindRape lobotomize]] Raven like she did to Neo and Raven only avoids this fate due to quick thinking. Though, Salem makes it clear that she only has one more chance.
* Mercury absolutely relishes in the fact that he has Lionheart's family at his mercy. He even hopes that the Fall of Haven fails so he can do whatever he wants to them. After watching the video of this, Salem's comments don't help the situation.
-->''[[FauxAffablyEvil "I do hope you enjoyed the video, Leonardo. And I hope, for your family's sake, you don't fuck this up for us."]]''

!''STRQ''
* Tyrian makes his appearance and he's just as AxCrazy as ever. He takes a lot of relish in threatening to kill Qrow with his stinger. However, he ends up stinging Tai instead.
* Raven gets back to beating Vernal, but when Corbin hands her the branch, she declined. She goes for the sword instead and keeps recording it for Little Miss Malachite.


* How Cinder finds Mercury, running through the forest with broken legs and his flaming house and dead father behind him. Not only did he kill his father, but he left his mother to burn alive in his house. His reasonin for becoming a SelfMadeOrphan?

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* How Cinder finds Mercury, running through the forest with broken legs and his flaming house and dead father behind him. Not only did he kill his father, but he left his mother to burn alive in his house. His reasonin reason for becoming a SelfMadeOrphan?



* Cinder brings Emerald in for a kiss... only to stab her and throw her off the roof just because she's not ruthless enough for what Cinder has planned next. Her cold dismissal of Emerald's death as [[LackOfEmpathy the loss of a valuable asset]] is chilling.

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* Cinder brings Emerald in for a kiss... only to stab her and throw her off the roof just because she's not ruthless enough for what Cinder has planned next. Her cold dismissal of Emerald's death as [[LackOfEmpathy the loss of a valuable asset]] is chilling.chilling.

!''Beacon's Fall''
[[DarkestHour The Fall of Beacon]] is even more devastating than it is in canon.
* The first moment is when Jaune is impaled with a Nevermore feather just when he pushes Ruby out of the way to save her.
* After Neo broke out of her cell, she takes the gunship for a joyride, blowing up buildings with nothing but glee. And she's the one who enables the paladins to kill people. Letting a [[AxCrazy maniac like her]] have the controls is a surefire recipe for disaster.
* When Cinder bursts into the chamber, she first impales Glynda, killing her and then she has the seer Grimm with her to restrain Ozpin. And even with Weiss' best efforts, Cinder is still able to kill Amber.
** The worst part is that she says Daisy's name as she dies. [[HopeSpot This might give you hope that it's possible that the powers will transfer to her.]] Then you remember that Daisy was just killed...
* Ozpin asks what Cinder could possibly have to gain by aiding in [[OmnicidalManiac Salem's]] plans. Then the most chilling reveal comes when her appearance changes... [[ActuallyIAmHim showing that she was Salem the whole time]]. [[OhCrap And now Salem has Maiden powers.]]
** Then the FridgeHorror kicks in when you realize that Salem was hiding in Beacon the whole time. She was even in the tournament and had an Aura that could be registered. It makes you wonder [[AmbiguouslyHuman what exactly Salem is]] and how long she could've stayed under the radar.
* The full extent of Salem's powers has yet to be explored on the show, but this fic shows that she can [[GoodThingYouCanHeal regenerate limbs]] and [[SizeShifter grow to massive size]]. This version really plays up the HumanoidAbomination angle.
* After everything that's been done, every sacrifice that has been given, every plan that has been laid down, TheBadGuyWins. Salem has acquired the Fall Maiden's powers, discredited Ozpin, and even killed Weiss and Pyrrha. Hopelessness is an understandable reaction.[[note]]The only solace is that Ruby's silver eyes weakened Salem.[[/note]]

!''Reovery''
* The story really gets into the details of what was happening on the ground from the perspective of the common citizen. Everyone is terrified, running scared with little hope of rescue.
* Even worse, Mercury decides [[ForTheEvulz to have fun]] [[KickTheDog sniping civilians]].
* The moment Qrow sees Salem frozen on the tower, he realizes just how screwed everyone is.
* After being injured, Salem is not happy. And she's now on a warpath to get back at Ruby.


The ''[[https://archiveofourown.org/series/898704 Ruby and Nora]]'' series is a series of FanFics written by [[https://archiveofourown.org/users/BurningCinders/pseuds/BurningCinders BurningCinders]].[[note]]The story ''FanFic/NorasLife'' is now non-canon to the series.[[/note]] The stories take place in an AlternateContinuity that diverges after Volume 1. It is currently in progress.

!!Stories in the series:
# ''[[https://archiveofourown.org/works/13180650/chapters/30147711 Ruby's Birthday]]''
# ''[[https://archiveofourown.org/works/13383699/chapters/30655035 Weiss and Pyrrha]]''
# ''[[https://archiveofourown.org/works/13497416/chapters/30954038 Pyrrha’s Past]]''
# ''[[https://archiveofourown.org/works/13718034/chapters/31513599 Field Trip]]''
# ''[[https://archiveofourown.org/works/14628885/chapters/33809541 Winter Has Come]]''
# ''[[https://archiveofourown.org/works/14683086/chapters/33924669 Vytal Tournament]]''
# ''[[https://archiveofourown.org/works/14714580 Evil's Past]]''
# ''[[https://archiveofourown.org/works/14724089/chapters/34033208 Beacon's Fall]]''

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!!Tropes in the series include:

[[folder:Series-Wide Tropes]]
* AdaptationalNiceGuy:
** Weiss is noticeably a [[NiceGuy Nice Girl]], despite moments of annoyance and exasperation.
** Blake hasn’t shown any signs of hostility or faults of her canon-counterpart.
** Winter doesn't have her typically frigid demeanor in this series. (See the ''Winter Has Come'' folder for details.)
* AdaptationalSexuality: All of Team RWBY and Pyrrha are [[BadassGay Badass Gays]]. Ren and Jaune are revealed to have begun a relationship. Qrow is also revealed to be bisexual while showing no attraction to men in canon.
* {{Adorkable}}:
** Ruby ''breathes'' this whenever she interacts with [[IncompatibleOrientation Nora]].
** [[SickeningSweethearts Weiss and Pyrrha]] are this, as well. They often focus too much on each other and get embarrassed when they miss conversations.
** Jaune dressed as Pumpkin Pete for Halloween.
* AmbiguouslyBi:
** Ren and Nora still have a crush on each other, doesn’t stop them from kissing Jaune and Ruby during a game of spin the bottle. Ren [[SubvertedTrope lost the ambiguity]] and is now dating Jaune. Nora has also since lost the ambiguity.
** Weiss mentions that her mother cares more about Atlas hookers than her own children. However, the fact that she had children makes it unclear if she is an outright lesbian who only had kids to continue the Schnee bloodline or if she is at least slightly bisexual.
* AnyoneCanDie: So far, there are several cases of DeathByAdaptation,
* AppliedPhlebotinum: A mysterious substance used to disrupt a person's Semblance is introduced in this setting. It is used in Admah Keter's cell and in handcuffs that were used on him and on [[spoiler: Glynda and Oobleck]].
* ArtifactTitle: Seemingly. The series is named after Ruby’s crush on Nora that originated from the now non-canon story, ''FanFic/NorasLife''. But currently, the series focuses on other characters in the story and Ruby's affections have moved to Penny. Now, it just serves as a name for the continuity.
* AssholeVictim:
** [[spoiler: Keter is shot dead by Ironwood for [[HeKnowsTooMuch knowing about Salem and the silver-eyed warriors]].]]
** [[spoiler: Lyra is beaten to death by her own daughter. Considering being Pyrrha’s {{abusive|parents}} [[EvilMatriarch mother]] is one of her '''least''' heinous crimes against her, it's hard to say Lyra didn't deserve it.]]
** [[spoiler: Adam is even worse than he was in canon, so it's not really a bad thing that Scorch kills him.]]
** [[spoiler: Scorch himself is thrown to a pack of Grimm by Ozpin even after he surrenders.]]
* AxCrazy: [[SerialKiller Keter]], [[spoiler:Abigail]], [[InsaneAdmiral Lyra]], [[PsychopathicManchild Adam]], [[WesternTerrorists Scorch]], and [[ForTheEvulz Mercury]] are all violent maniacs. However, [[UpToEleven Neo]] overshadows all of them.
* BadassGay: RWBY, Pyrrha, and Glynda are specific examples.
* BewareTheNiceOnes: Pyrrha [[spoiler: almost killed Keter, and viciously beat her own mother to death. Both of them '''really had it coming'''.]]
* BigBad: Cinder is going to be this for the whole series, starting with ''Winter Has Come''. [[spoiler: And Cinder is actually [[GreaterScopeVillain Salem]] in disguise.]] The {{Arc Villain}}s of the four preceding stories serve as this within their story.
* BiTheWay: Ren, Qrow, and Daisy.
* BreakTheCutie:
** Pyrrha’s [[DarkAndTroubledPast childhood]]. Period.
** On a lighter note, Nora after Jaune and Ren start dating.
* CastFullOfGay: There is a staggering amount of characters [[AdaptationalSexuality that have been made officially LGBT]] [[spoiler: and one who is returning]].
-->'''[[WordOfGod BurningCinders]]:''' ''[a comment on'' Winter Has Come'']'' This entire series can be summarized as, [[RecycledInSpace RWBY: But more gay and destructive]]
* DarkerAndEdgier: {{Serial Killer}}s and mass homicide are two things that are casually introduced in this universe. There is a lot more violence compared to canon. The writer admits that it will be more destructive.
* DirtyCoward: The villains.
** Keter [[spoiler: spends his last moments freaking out and trying desperately to escape his death at the hands of Ironwood.]]
** [[spoiler: Abigail cowers in fear before Pyrrha knocks her out.]]
** Lyra [[spoiler: tries desperately to convince Pyrrha to let her live. This is after she killed Pyrrha’s friends for the latter telling them all of the crimes against her.]]
** Scorch [[spoiler: smugly thinks that Ozpin will let him live. He is proven very wrong when Oz feeds him to the very Grimm he used to destroy Vale]].
* FantasticRacism:
** Lyra is virulently anti-Faunus. [[spoiler: She brutally tortures and kills a Faunus woman because she just assumed she worked with the White Fang. When she genuinely does find a White Fang informant, she completely eradicates any justification she could’ve had when she tortures him to death after he’s already given her all the information he knew.]]
** Father Scorch holds the inverse view and converted the White Fang into a Faunus-supremacy group. Adam is one fervent follower of his.
* GenreRoulette: The stories seem to have a lot of {{Genre Shift}}s.
* GreaterScopeVillain: Salem is still the largest threat that the heroes will face and she finally appears in ''Vytal Tournament''. However, the immediate BigBad will be Cinder. [[spoiler: Except not really since they're the same character.]]
* HotterAndSexier: Even before the move to the Explicit rating, there is more talk of sex in the series than in canon.
* MythologyGag: Several incidents from canon (including [[spoiler:Pyrrha's death and Yang's dismemberment]])[[note]]With the deviation from canon, these events may not occur after all.[[/note]] and some from ''WebAnimation/RWBYChibi'' (the spin-the-bottle game where Ren kisses Jaune) are referenced in this series.
* NiceGuy: All of RWBY and JNPR. Including [[AdaptationalNiceGuy Weiss and Blake]].
* SerialKiller: Ahmad Keter is a hedonistic type [[spoiler: and Abigail Lemon is an "Angel of Death"]].
* TheSociopath:
** The BigBad of each story tends to be one.
** Adam still fits the trope with his selfishness and predilection for violence.
** Skull kills his own men during jobs to get a bigger cut from Cinder.
** Neo [[spoiler:admitted that she couldn't love her father even if she wanted to and spent her time raping women.]]
* TakeThat: A comment from the writer has noted that they're not the biggest fan of Atlas. Thus, they have a rather unflattering portrayal. Even Oobleck was planning on telling Ironwood to go fuck himself on the air before Port stopped him.
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!!Tropes from each story:
[[folder:''Ruby's Birthday'']]
[[WMG:''Ruby's Birthday'']]
->'''Summary:''' It is Ruby's birthday, and she wants to spend all Halloween trick-or-treating with her friends. Unfortunately, they bump into a rather unsavory person.
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!!Tropes:
* AllHallowsEve: The whole story revolves around the main characters celebrating Halloween which is [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin Ruby's birthday]]. Keter's spree also takes its stride during Halloween night.
* BigBad: Admah Keter.
* BigBadWannabe: However, despite the fact that he is a legitimate threat, he is still no match for experienced fighters [[spoiler: such as Pyrrha and Yang]] in a straight-up fight.
* BondVillainStupidity: Keter has a lot of this during the climax. [[spoiler: Not only does he take the time to brag to Ozpin and Ironwood, but he takes Ruby hostage and goads Yang and Pyrrha to come so they can see him mutilate her, giving them time to catch up while Ruby distracts him.]]
* BullyingADragon: [[spoiler: Ruby lets Keter know that taking her hostage and stabbing Weiss was a big mistake. He finds out why when [[BigBrotherInstinct Yang]] and [[ViolentlyProtectiveGirlfriend Pyrrha]] show up and beat him senseless.]]
* ForHalloweenIAmGoingAsMyself: Downplayed. Blake's costume is a {{Catgirl}} outfit, so she has the freedom to use her actual Faunus ears.
* HopeSpot: [[spoiler: Keter thinks he's going back to his cell, but then Ironwood and Ozpin inform him that HeKnowsTooMuch about [[GreaterScopeVillain Salem]] and the silver-eyed warriors. He tries to teleport out... only to realize that his Aura is depleted. Cue BoomHeadshot]]
* IdiotBall:
** Ironwood's Idiot Ball is the reason that the plot happened in the first place. He thinks that putting all of Vale's most dangerous criminals in an airship over the city is a good idea. Who would've guessed that something would go wrong?
** Who trusts a deranged serial killer with personal information? [[TooDumbToLive Lock's]] incompetence is what leads to Keter escaping and getting himself and his family killed.
** [[spoiler: Keter lampshades Ozpin's Idiot Ball of putting information about Salem and the silver-eyed warriors on the school's computer database.]]
* IncompatibleOrientation: Ruby is in love with Nora, but Nora is in a relationship with Ren and shows no definitive attraction to girls.
* LaughablyEvil: While he is still a KnightOfCerebus, Keter's [[EvilIsHammy hammy and jovial attitude]] along with his [[DeadpanSnarker snarky comments]] makes him objectively funny sometimes.
* NaughtyNurseOutfit: Nora's costume.
* ShoutOut: Jaune went out Trick-or-Treating and all he got was [[ComicStrip/{{Peanuts}} a bag full of rocks]].
[[/folder]]

[[folder:''Weiss and Pyrrha'' ('''SPOILERS UNMARKED''')]]
[[WMG:''Weiss and Pyrrha'']]
->'''Summary:''' Weiss is recovering from her injury, and Pyrrha is there for her.
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!!Tropes:
* BadassBoast: Pyrrha gives one as she starts deflecting Abby's bullets.
-->"[[WhatTheHellAreYou What...what are you?!]]" Abigail backed up in fear as Pyrrha moved in.\\
"[[IronicEcho Didn't you call me by name?]]" Pyrrha grabbed Abigail's throat and prepared a hard right-hook. "I'm the invincible girl."
* BigBad: Nurse Abigail Lemon.
* BitchInSheepsClothing: Abby is not the nice person she seems to be.
* ContrastingSequelAntagonist: Abby is this to Keter. Keter is a blatantly crazy serial killer who does not deny he's a monster. Abby hides her true nature and believes she's a goddess because of what she does.
* ExplainExplainOhCrap: As Weiss and Pyrrha are trying to piece together [[SerialKiller Abigail's]] motivations, he seems to figure out that the people on life-support weren't her only victims when he remembers that people tended to die on her watch.
* GenreShift: The moment Abby reveals her true nature feels like something out of a horror movie. The third chapter is part crime-thriller.
* MoodWhiplash: It seems like a nice fluff story in the beginning. Then [[KnightOfCerebus Abby]] reveals her true nature and things immediately get darker.
* NonActionBigBad: Abigail has no combat ability whatsoever. She only kills people using the hospital drugs and her Semblance. Even during the final confrontation, she only shoots Pyrrha from the shadows rather than engage her in a fight. When Pyrrha's magnetism Semblance starts deflecting bullets, Abby panics the fight is over in no time.
* WalkingSpoiler: Even saying that Abby is important would spoil the twist of the story. That's why all spoilers are unmarked in this folder.
* WhamLine:
** Pyrrha admitting that she would die without Weiss is the first sign that Pyrrha is a deeply troubled person. This is followed up on in the next story.
** TheReveal of Abigail's true nature:
--->"I'm going to free you, Weiss." Abigail walked up to Weiss, a crazed look in her eye. "I’ll be your savior."
* YoureInsane: Pyrrha calls Abigail a lunatic when she unleashes her {{EMP}} Semblance in the middle of the hospital.
[[/folder]]

[[folder:''Pyrrha's Past'']]
[[WMG:''Pyrrha's Past'']]
->'''Summary:''' Pyrrha tells Weiss about her haunting past.
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!!Tropes:
* {{Abusive Parent|s}}: Pyrrha’s mother, Lyra, was a {{sadist}}ic Atlas colonel who [[spoiler:killed her father, worked her till she passed out, and killed all her friends when she told them of her crimes]].
* BigBad: Colonel Lyra Nikos.
* BrokenAce: Pyrrha may be the top of her class, but she only got there after going through Hell. [[spoiler:Her mother trained her to the point of exhaustion, killed her father, and killed her former team when she told them about Lyra's crimes.]]
* DevilInPlainSight: Lyra is already a vicious {{Jerkass}} when she’s not beating Pyrrha or [[spoiler: torturing innocent [[FantasticRacism Faunus]] to death]]. Ironwood [[HorribleJudgeOfCharacter not noticing this]] is almost impressive.
-->''"What is wrong with Ironwood?!" Erin demanded. "Doesn't he know when his troops are abusive psychopaths?!"''
* TheDogBitesBack: [[spoiler: After the years of torment and murder of her team, Pyrrha finally retaliated against Lyra and beat her to death.]]
* TheLostLenore: Rachel Westin is this for Pyrrha since [[spoiler: Lyra killed her right in front of Pyrrha to make a point]].
* {{Matricide}}: [[spoiler: Pyrrha beat Lyra to death, and [[AssholeVictim it's hard to say she didn't deserve it]].]]
* PosthumousCharacter: Almost every character in the flashback section is already dead.
* TrainingFromHell: Pyrrha suffered from this. [[AbusiveParents Her mother, Lyra]], often worked her till she passed out from exhaustion.
* TraumaticSuperpowerAwakening: Pyrrha unlocks her Semblance after [[spoiler: witnessing the murder of her teammates and]] Lyra starts shooting at her. The bullets start deflecting.
* WholeEpisodeFlashback: Most of the story is dealing with [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin Pyrrha's past]].
[[/folder]]

[[folder:''Field Trip'']]
[[WMG:''Field Trip'']]
->'''Summary:''' A field trip to Mt. Glenn, what could go wrong?
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!!Tropes:
* AdaptationalEarlyAppearance: Ilia and Trifa first appeared in Volumes Four and Five respective. Here, they appear long before the Fall of Beacon.
* AdaptationPersonalityChange: Oobleck is even more eccentric than he is in canon, which is almost impressive. He's also incredibly crass and an admitted cocaine addict. ([[NotMakingThisUpDisclaimer Seriously.]]) The more impressive feat is that [[BunnyEarsLawyer he still has a job]].
* AdaptedOut: Roman's role in the Mount Glenn train plot has been removed in place of Scorch. Scorch also takes Sienna Khan's role in radicalizing the White Fang.
* BigBad: Father Tiresias Scorch.
* BittersweetEnding: [[spoiler: They are able to stop Scorch's attack on Vale, but there are several students that already died on the field trip. Not only that but when Ilia tries to answer for her crimes, she is killed by Scorch and Ren is taken soon after. Sure, Ozpin gives him what he deserves, but the loss is incredibly saddening.]]
* CerebusSyndrome: The several instances of DeathByAdaptation make this story more serious in comparison, and it's not something that they'll recover from as the series goes on.
* CompositeCharacter: Scorch is an OriginalCharacter, but he takes on many roles he takes up are taken from other characters. He takes Roman's role in the train bombing and Sienna's role in radicalizing the White Fang. [[spoiler:He also takes credit for the Mount Glenn tragedy in place of Dr. Merlot.]]
* DeathByAdaptation: [[spoiler: Trifa, Adam, his lieutenant, Ilia, and Ren are all killed off in this story.]]
* HotterAndSexier: This story bumps the series' rating to Explicit with a very detailed sex scene between Blake and Yang. This trend continues in ''Winter Has Come''.
* MakingLoveInAllTheWrongPlaces: Yang convinces Blake to sneak off with her to have sex during the field trip. Something that the chapter summary lampshades as a bad idea.
* PoliticallyIncorrectVillain: Scorch transforms the White Fang into a Faunus-supremacy organization and a group of {{Heteronormative Crusader}}s. Adam buys into this because he found out Blake was gay and he couldn't have her, which implies some misogyny on his part.
* PsychopathicManchild: Adam looks even more like a petulant child than he does in canon, with his lieutenant calling him immature while he responds "[[NoYou Your face is immature.]]" without a hint of irony. He's still an AxCrazy Faunus willing to kill all humans and homosexuals.
* RedemptionEqualsDeath: [[spoiler: Ilia is killed by Scorch just as soon as she turns herself in to pay for her crimes.]]
* SacrificialLamb: [[spoiler: Adam's death is the first real sign that AnyoneCanDie regardless of current canon.]]
* SacrificialLion: [[spoiler: And Ren's death truly cinches that fact.]]
* WhamEpisode: The numerous cases of DeathByAdaptation, especially [[spoiler:Ren]], shows that canon is officially out the window and that AnyoneCanDie.
[[/folder]]

[[folder:''Winter Has Come'']]
[[WMG:''Winter Has Come'']]
->'''Summary:''' Winter arrives in Vale to help with an issue.
----
!!Tropes:
* AdaptationalJerkass: Qrow is still a JerkWithAHeartOfGold, but there seems to be more emphasis on the "Jerk" part. He is openly sleazy and abrasive while being even more of a belligerent drunk than his canon self.
* AdaptationalNiceGuy: On the flipside, Winter and Whitley are ''much'' nicer to Weiss. Winter greets her with open arms without her frigid and strict demeanor, and Whitley is actually noted to be ''supportive'' of Weiss. Yes! '''''Whitley Schnee!''''' It's a bit difficult to believe!
* AdaptationalSexuality: Qrow has no indication that he was attracted to men in canon.
* BadBoss: Skull often kills his workers to ensure that he gets a bigger cut from Cinder.
* BigBad: Cinder finally takes up the role here, even if she carries out orders through [[TheHeavy Skull]]
* BrickJoke: Ginger the prostitute (mentioned in the previous story) makes a cameo.
* CanonCharacterAllAlong: Skull is really Mercury. The writer even brings up [[VideoGame/BatmanArkhamKnight the Arkham Knight]] after this is revealed.
* CoolBigSis: Winter shows how adept she is at this trope. She is genuinely nice to Weiss rather than cold and authoritarian.
* ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin: Winter has come to Beacon. That's not the only thing that happens, but it's still a significant event that occurs.
* TheHeavy: Skull works for [[BigBad Cinder]] and is the one directly causing the terrorist attacks that Ozpin and his associates are concerned about.
* ObviouslyEvil: In case you're wondering, the guy calling himself "[[NamesToRunAwayFromReallyFast Skull]]" that has a [[EvilSoundsDeep deep voice]] and [[EvilWearsBlack wears all black]] with a {{skull| for a head}} [[MalevolentMaskedMen mask]] might not be a good guy.
* SomethingCompletelyDifferent: This story focuses more on the adults.
* WorkingWithTheEx: Daisy and Winter have to work together. Considering they're divorced because the former was cheating on the latter with Qrow, it's about as awkward as you would expect.
* YourCheatingHeart: Winter's ex-wife Daisy was sleeping with Qrow.
[[/folder]]

[[folder:''Vytal Tournament'']]
[[WMG:''Vytal Tournament'']]
->'''Summary:''' Let the games begin!
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!!Tropes:
* AdaptedOut: Instead of having the whole team, they use three-person teams to start in the tournament [[spoiler: [[JustifiedTrope for practicality's sake]] out of respect for JNPR's loss of Ren]].
* ButtMonkey: Team ARN's defeat was hilariously bad.
* CurbStompBattle:
** RWY vs. ARN was barely a fight. You'd almost feel pity for them.
** Cinder gives a brutal one to Jaune and she would have won if Pyrrha and Nora didn't intervene.
* DespairEventHorizon: [[spoiler:The remainder of]] Team JNPR is still depressed about [[spoiler:Ren's death]]. Blake isn't fairing much better after [[spoiler:Ilia's death]].
* DecompositeCharacter: [[spoiler: Yang isn't being framed since that plot point is given to Pyrrha. Also, in turn, Mercury isn't the one who was injured for the gambit.]]
* FriendlyEnemy: Nora and Lily spend time flirting before their fight.
* TheGhost:
** It is assumed that Bolin Hori still exists in this universe and wasn't outright AdaptedOut, but he doesn't show up in the story along with his team.
** Finally subverted for Salem. After six stories, she sends a video message to them.
** Also subverted with Neo, who also makes her appearance in this story.
* HeroWithBadPublicity: [[spoiler: After being framed for injuring a student after a match, Pyrrha went from Beacon's hero to violent psycho in the public eye.]]
* {{Jerkass}}:
** Reese constantly flirts with Weiss to mess with her despite the fact that Weiss already stated that she had a girlfriend.
** Mercury taunts Team JNPR [[spoiler: after Ren died]] just to rub salt into the wound.
* IShallTauntYou:
** Salem has a message sent to Ozpin basically doing this to him.
** Mercury can't help but be a jerk to JNPR.
* TheReveal: [[spoiler: Penny isn't a robot in this continuity; she's human.]]
* ShoutOut: Nadir's hair isn't pink. [[Machinima/RedVsBlue It's lightish-red.]]
* TragicKeepsake: A locket that Ilia owned belonged to one of her [[HasTwoMommies mothers]] and it was given to her before Scorch killed them. [[spoiler: It now serves as this to Blake after Ilia was killed by Scorch.]]
* WhamEpisode: A lot of major plot points start occurring in this episode, including the Fall of Beacon.
[[/folder]]

[[folder:''Evil's Past'']]
[[WMG:''Evil's Past'']]
->'''Summary:''' As Cinder watches the carnage unfold, she remembers the events that lead to this wondrous victory.
----
!!Tropes:
* AdaptationalVillainy:
** Neo was terrible in canon, but she wasn't a rapist.
** [[spoiler: Cinder kept Emerald around in canon after her plans were getting too intense, but here, she killed her because she couldn't have someone turning on her because of a burdened conscience.]]
* BaitTheDog: [[spoiler: Just after Emerald admits that she still loves Cinder even though she's horrified by what she's done, Cinder kisses her only to end up killing her.]]
* BrainwashedAndCrazy: [[spoiler: Cinder had the Seer Grimm brainwash Neo into working for her.]]
* TheCameo: Roman finally shows up in this story, and it shows why he wasn't involved in any of the major plots in this continuity.
* DaddysLittleVillain: [[spoiler: Roman encourages Neo's sadistic behavior.]]
* DeathByAdaptation: Cinder kills Roman when trying to get Neo. [[spoiler: Later, she kills Emerald for not being ruthless enough.]]
* DoubleStandardRapeFemaleOnFemale: Averted. [[spoiler: Neo raping Emerald is treated as a horrible thing.]]
* EvenEvilHasStandards: Roman's workers have a problem with leaving [[spoiler: Emerald]] alone with [[PsychoLesbian Neo]].
* PosthumousCharacter: The reason Roman hasn't shown up in the major plots.
* PsychoLesbian: Neo is revealed to have raped women, [[spoiler: including Emerald]].
* RapeAsBackstory: Emerald was raped [[spoiler: by Neo]], and Cinder saving her from that is why she's devoted to her.
* RelatedInTheAdaptation: [[spoiler: Roman was Neo's father.]]
* SelfMadeOrphan: Mercury did this for no reason other than [[ForTheEvulz he could]].
* TheSpeechless: [[spoiler: It turns out Neo could speak, but she was brainwashed by Cinder.]]
* VillainEpisode: All the focus is on the villains.
[[/folder]]

[[folder:''Beacon's Fall'' ('''SPOILERS UNMARKED''')]]
[[WMG:''Beacon's Fall'']]
->'''Summary:''' As the Grimm ravage the city, the students attempted to fight back.
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!!Tropes:
* ActuallyIAmHim: This story reveals that [[CompositeCharacter Cinder is Salem in disguise.
* AdaptationalAngstUpgrade: Everything about the Fall of Beacon is made even more devastating.
* AllForNothing:
** Ozpin's efforts to get the Fall Maiden's powers to Pyrrha all fail when Amber is shot. Salem even lampshades this.
** All Pyrrha's attempts to keep Weiss out of this to keep her safe ultimately fail when she is killed right in front of her.
* CruelMercy: Salem taunted Pyrrha by saying she was going to do this to her. She would let her live with the knowledge that all of her efforts failed.
* DeathByAdaptation:
** Jaune, Glynda, and Weiss were killed in this story. All of them survived the events of the Fall of Beacon on the show.
** This story reveals that Taiyang was killed instead of Summer.
* DownerEnding: Weiss and Pyrrha (for all their efforts to keep each other alive) get killed by Salem.
* EvilIsPetty: Salem was going to let Pyrrha live before she cut her face.
* {{Foreshadowing}}: Pyrrha's line from ''Weiss and Pyrrha'' saying she'd die without Weiss seems awfully prophetic now.
* HeroicSacrifice: Daisy saves Winter while Winter was trying to do this.
* TheReveal: Cinder was actually Salem in disguise the whole time.
* SenselessSacrifice: Weiss and Pyrrha make a mutual one. Weiss tries to stop Pyrrha from doing this and Pyrrha stops Weiss to keep her safe.
* SparedByTheAdaptation: The epilogue reveals that Summer is still alive.
* TogetherInDeath: The only solace that Weiss and Pyrrha can have after everything that happened is this.
* TwoAliasesOneCharacter: Cinder is really Salem.
[[/folder]]
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to:

The ''[[https://archiveofourown.org/series/898704 Ruby and Nora]]'' series is How much more disturbing could [[Fanfic/RubyAndNora this series]] get than canon? Well, you'll see…

'''ALL SPOILERS ARE UNMARKED.'''

!''Ruby's Birthday''
Appropriate for
a series of FanFics written by [[https://archiveofourown.org/users/BurningCinders/pseuds/BurningCinders BurningCinders]].[[note]]The story ''FanFic/NorasLife'' is now non-canon to the series.[[/note]] The stories take taking place in an AlternateContinuity that diverges after Volume 1. It is currently in progress.

!!Stories in the series:
# ''[[https://archiveofourown.org/works/13180650/chapters/30147711 Ruby's Birthday]]''
# ''[[https://archiveofourown.org/works/13383699/chapters/30655035 Weiss and Pyrrha]]''
# ''[[https://archiveofourown.org/works/13497416/chapters/30954038 Pyrrha’s Past]]''
# ''[[https://archiveofourown.org/works/13718034/chapters/31513599 Field Trip]]''
# ''[[https://archiveofourown.org/works/14628885/chapters/33809541 Winter Has Come]]''
# ''[[https://archiveofourown.org/works/14683086/chapters/33924669 Vytal Tournament]]''
# ''[[https://archiveofourown.org/works/14714580 Evil's Past]]''
# ''[[https://archiveofourown.org/works/14724089/chapters/34033208 Beacon's Fall]]''

[[foldercontrol]]

!!Tropes in the series include:

[[folder:Series-Wide Tropes]]
* AdaptationalNiceGuy:
** Weiss is noticeably a [[NiceGuy Nice Girl]], despite moments of annoyance and exasperation.
** Blake hasn’t shown any signs of hostility or faults of her canon-counterpart.
** Winter doesn't have her typically frigid demeanor in this series. (See the ''Winter Has Come'' folder for details.)
* AdaptationalSexuality: All of Team RWBY and Pyrrha are [[BadassGay Badass Gays]]. Ren and Jaune are revealed to have begun a relationship. Qrow is also revealed to be bisexual while showing no attraction to men in canon.
* {{Adorkable}}:
** Ruby ''breathes'' this whenever she interacts with [[IncompatibleOrientation Nora]].
** [[SickeningSweethearts Weiss and Pyrrha]] are this, as well. They often focus too much
on each other and get embarrassed when they miss conversations.
** Jaune dressed as Pumpkin Pete for Halloween.
[[AllHallowsEve Halloween]].
* AmbiguouslyBi:
** Ren and Nora still have a crush on each other, doesn’t stop them from kissing Jaune and Ruby during a game of spin the bottle. Ren [[SubvertedTrope lost the ambiguity]] and is now dating Jaune. Nora has also since lost the ambiguity.
** Weiss mentions that her mother cares more
Keter makes just about Atlas hookers than her own children. However, the fact that she had children makes it unclear if she is an outright lesbian who only had kids to continue the Schnee bloodline or if she is at least slightly bisexual.
* AnyoneCanDie: So far, there are several cases of DeathByAdaptation,
* AppliedPhlebotinum: A mysterious substance used to disrupt a person's Semblance is introduced
every scene he's in this setting. It is used in Admah Keter's cell and in handcuffs that were used on him and on [[spoiler: Glynda and Oobleck]].
* ArtifactTitle: Seemingly. The series is named after Ruby’s crush on Nora that originated from the now non-canon story, ''FanFic/NorasLife''. But currently, the series focuses on other characters in the story and Ruby's affections have moved to Penny. Now, it just serves as a name for the continuity.
* AssholeVictim:
** [[spoiler: Keter is shot dead by Ironwood for [[HeKnowsTooMuch knowing about Salem and the silver-eyed warriors]].]]
** [[spoiler: Lyra is beaten to death by her own daughter. Considering being Pyrrha’s {{abusive|parents}} [[EvilMatriarch mother]] is one of her '''least''' heinous crimes against her, it's hard to say Lyra didn't deserve it.]]
** [[spoiler: Adam is even worse than he was in canon, so it's not really a bad thing that Scorch kills him.]]
** [[spoiler: Scorch himself is thrown to a pack of Grimm by Ozpin even after he surrenders.]]
* AxCrazy: [[SerialKiller Keter]], [[spoiler:Abigail]], [[InsaneAdmiral Lyra]], [[PsychopathicManchild Adam]], [[WesternTerrorists Scorch]], and [[ForTheEvulz Mercury]] are all violent maniacs. However, [[UpToEleven Neo]] overshadows all of them.
* BadassGay: RWBY, Pyrrha, and Glynda are specific examples.
* BewareTheNiceOnes: Pyrrha [[spoiler: almost killed Keter, and viciously beat her own mother to death. Both of them '''really had it coming'''.]]
* BigBad: Cinder is going to be this for the whole series, starting with ''Winter Has Come''. [[spoiler: And Cinder is actually [[GreaterScopeVillain Salem]] in disguise.]] The {{Arc Villain}}s of the four preceding stories serve as this within their story.
* BiTheWay: Ren, Qrow, and Daisy.
* BreakTheCutie:
** Pyrrha’s [[DarkAndTroubledPast childhood]]. Period.
** On a lighter note, Nora after Jaune and Ren start dating.
* CastFullOfGay: There is a staggering amount of characters [[AdaptationalSexuality that have been made officially LGBT]] [[spoiler: and one who is returning]].
-->'''[[WordOfGod BurningCinders]]:''' ''[a comment on'' Winter Has Come'']'' This entire series can be summarized as, [[RecycledInSpace RWBY: But more gay and destructive]]
* DarkerAndEdgier: {{Serial Killer}}s and mass homicide are two things that are casually introduced in this universe. There is a lot more violence compared to canon. The writer admits that it will be more destructive.
* DirtyCoward: The villains.
** Keter [[spoiler: spends his last moments freaking out and trying desperately to escape his death at the hands of Ironwood.]]
** [[spoiler: Abigail cowers in fear before Pyrrha knocks her out.]]
** Lyra [[spoiler: tries desperately to convince Pyrrha to let her live. This is after she killed Pyrrha’s friends for the latter telling them all of the crimes against her.]]
** Scorch [[spoiler: smugly thinks that Ozpin will let him live. He is proven
very wrong tense. Even when Oz feeds him to the very Grimm he used to destroy Vale]].
* FantasticRacism:
** Lyra is virulently anti-Faunus. [[spoiler: She brutally tortures and kills a Faunus woman because she just assumed she worked with the White Fang. When she genuinely does find a White Fang informant, she completely eradicates any justification she could’ve had when she tortures him to death after he’s already given her all the information he knew.]]
** Father Scorch holds the inverse view and converted the White Fang into a Faunus-supremacy group. Adam is one fervent follower of his.
* GenreRoulette: The stories seem to have a lot of {{Genre Shift}}s.
* GreaterScopeVillain: Salem is still the largest threat that the heroes will face and she finally appears in ''Vytal Tournament''. However, the immediate BigBad will be Cinder. [[spoiler: Except
he's not really since they're the same character.]]
* HotterAndSexier: Even before the move to the Explicit rating, there is more talk of sex in the series than in canon.
* MythologyGag: Several incidents from canon (including [[spoiler:Pyrrha's death and Yang's dismemberment]])[[note]]With the deviation from canon, these events may not occur after all.[[/note]] and some from ''WebAnimation/RWBYChibi'' (the spin-the-bottle game where Ren kisses Jaune) are referenced in this series.
* NiceGuy: All of RWBY and JNPR. Including [[AdaptationalNiceGuy Weiss and Blake]].
* SerialKiller: Ahmad Keter is a hedonistic type [[spoiler: and Abigail Lemon is an "Angel of Death"]].
* TheSociopath:
** The BigBad of each story tends to be one.
** Adam still fits the trope with his selfishness and predilection for violence.
** Skull kills his own men during jobs to get a bigger cut from Cinder.
** Neo [[spoiler:admitted that she couldn't love her father even if she wanted to and spent her time raping women.]]
* TakeThat: A comment from the writer has noted that they're not the biggest fan of Atlas. Thus, they have a rather unflattering portrayal. Even Oobleck was planning on telling Ironwood to go fuck himself on the air before Port stopped him.
[[/folder]]

!!Tropes from each story:
[[folder:''Ruby's Birthday'']]
[[WMG:''Ruby's Birthday'']]
->'''Summary:''' It is Ruby's birthday, and she wants to spend all Halloween trick-or-treating with her friends. Unfortunately, they bump into a rather unsavory person.
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!!Tropes:
* AllHallowsEve: The whole story revolves around the main characters celebrating Halloween which is [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin Ruby's birthday]]. Keter's spree also takes its stride during Halloween night.
* BigBad: Admah Keter.
* BigBadWannabe: However, despite
doing anything bad, the fact that he takes so much pride in his gruesome crimes. After his escape, every scene is a legitimate threat, he is still no match just waiting for experienced fighters [[spoiler: such as Pyrrha and Yang]] in a straight-up fight.
* BondVillainStupidity: Keter has a lot
him to do something horrific.
** The fact that his Semblance is {{Teleportation}} makes it even worse. In the hands
of this during the climax. [[spoiler: Not only does he AxCrazy SerialKiller, that's basically a way for him to get in and out of places without effort. He can take the time to brag to Ozpin and Ironwood, but he takes Ruby hostage and goads Yang and Pyrrha to come so they can see him mutilate her, giving them time to catch up while Ruby distracts him.]]
* BullyingADragon: [[spoiler: Ruby lets Keter know
any victims that taking her hostage he wants and stabbing Weiss was a big mistake. He finds get out why when [[BigBrotherInstinct Yang]] and [[ViolentlyProtectiveGirlfriend Pyrrha]] show up and beat without getting caught just as easily. He even mocks the guard he kills him senseless.]]
* ForHalloweenIAmGoingAsMyself: Downplayed. Blake's costume is
by making that point. There's a {{Catgirl}} outfit, so she has the freedom to use her actual Faunus ears.
* HopeSpot: [[spoiler: Keter thinks
reason he's going back to his cell, but then Ironwood and Ozpin inform him that HeKnowsTooMuch about [[GreaterScopeVillain Salem]] and the silver-eyed warriors. He tries to teleport out... only to realize that his Aura is depleted. Cue BoomHeadshot]]
* IdiotBall:
** Ironwood's Idiot Ball is the reason that the plot happened in the first place. He thinks that putting all
considered one of Vale's Remnant's most dangerous criminals in an airship over the city is a good idea. Who would've guessed criminals.
* The moment
that something would go wrong?
** Who trusts
Keter goes up to Sally Rivers is just a wait for him to kill her. He makes polite conversation while acquiring the scissors, however, we know how this will end. He plunged the scissors into her chest and he walked out of the store while she could do nothing but watch as she died. It has some ParanoiaFuel about it. The idea that some deranged serial killer with personal information? [[TooDumbToLive Lock's]] incompetence is what leads to Keter escaping man could just walk into the place you work at and getting himself and his stab you to death without a second thought.
* Killing the Lock
family killed.
** [[spoiler: Keter lampshades Ozpin's Idiot Ball of putting information about Salem
involves him simply ringing the doorbell and is allowed in by the silver-eyed warriors on father. After pretending to be a trick-or-treater, he stabs the school's computer database.]]
* IncompatibleOrientation: Ruby is in love with Nora, but Nora is in a relationship with Ren
father and shows no definitive attraction then goes to girls.
* LaughablyEvil: While he is still a KnightOfCerebus, Keter's [[EvilIsHammy hammy
the mother and jovial attitude]] along with his [[DeadpanSnarker snarky comments]] makes him objectively funny sometimes.
* NaughtyNurseOutfit: Nora's costume.
* ShoutOut: Jaune went
daughter. The scene cuts out Trick-or-Treating and all [[GoryDiscretionShot just before he got was [[ComicStrip/{{Peanuts}} a bag full of rocks]].
[[/folder]]

[[folder:''Weiss and Pyrrha'' ('''SPOILERS UNMARKED''')]]
[[WMG:''Weiss and Pyrrha'']]
->'''Summary:''' Weiss is recovering
murders them]].
* The pure murderous rage coming
from her injury, and Pyrrha of all people is there for her.
----
!!Tropes:
a little unnerving. She was right about to kill Keter had Ozpin not stopped her.

!''Weiss and Pyrrha''
* BadassBoast: Pyrrha gives one as she starts deflecting Abby's bullets.
-->"[[WhatTheHellAreYou What...what are you?!]]" Abigail backed up in fear as Pyrrha moved in.\\
"[[IronicEcho Didn't you call me by name?]]" Pyrrha grabbed
Abigail's throat and prepared a hard right-hook. "I'm the invincible girl."
* BigBad: Nurse Abigail Lemon.
* BitchInSheepsClothing: Abby is not the nice person she
reveal seems to be.
* ContrastingSequelAntagonist: Abby is this to Keter. Keter is a blatantly crazy serial killer who does not deny he's a monster. Abby hides her true nature and believes she's a goddess because of what she does.
* ExplainExplainOhCrap: As Weiss and Pyrrha are trying to piece together [[SerialKiller Abigail's]] motivations, he seems to figure out that the people on life-support weren't her only victims when he remembers that people tended to die on her watch.
* GenreShift: The moment Abby reveals her true nature feels
like something out of a horror movie. The third chapter is part crime-thriller.
* MoodWhiplash: It seems like a nice fluff story in the beginning. Then [[KnightOfCerebus Abby]] reveals her true nature and things immediately get darker.
* NonActionBigBad: Abigail has no combat ability whatsoever.
She only kills people using the hospital drugs and her Semblance. Even during the final confrontation, she only shoots Pyrrha from the shadows rather than engage her in a fight. When Pyrrha's magnetism Semblance starts deflecting bullets, Abby panics the fight is over in no time.
* WalkingSpoiler: Even saying that Abby is important would spoil the twist of the story. That's why all spoilers are unmarked in this folder.
* WhamLine:
** Pyrrha admitting that she would die without
described as having a deranged smile while preparing to kill Weiss is with the first sign that Pyrrha morphine needle.
* There
is a deeply troubled person. This is followed up on in the next story.
** TheReveal of
also Abigail's true nature:
--->"I'm going
casual indifference to free you, Weiss." Abigail walked up to Weiss, a crazed look taking lives. She took nearly one hundred lives in her eye. "I’ll be your savior."
* YoureInsane: Pyrrha calls Abigail a lunatic when she unleashes her {{EMP}} Semblance in the middle of the hospital.
[[/folder]]

[[folder:''Pyrrha's Past'']]
[[WMG:''Pyrrha's Past'']]
->'''Summary:''' Pyrrha tells Weiss about her haunting past.
----
!!Tropes:
* {{Abusive Parent|s}}: Pyrrha’s mother, Lyra, was a {{sadist}}ic Atlas colonel who [[spoiler:killed her father, worked her till she passed out, and killed all her friends when she told them of her crimes]].
* BigBad: Colonel Lyra Nikos.
* BrokenAce: Pyrrha may be the top of her class, but she only got there after going through Hell. [[spoiler:Her mother trained her to the point of exhaustion, killed her father, and killed her former team when she told them about Lyra's crimes.]]
* DevilInPlainSight: Lyra is already a vicious {{Jerkass}} when she’s not beating Pyrrha or [[spoiler: torturing innocent [[FantasticRacism Faunus]] to death]]. Ironwood [[HorribleJudgeOfCharacter not noticing this]] is almost impressive.
-->''"What is wrong
one fell swoop with Ironwood?!" Erin demanded. "Doesn't he know when his troops are abusive psychopaths?!"''
* TheDogBitesBack: [[spoiler: After the years of torment
her Semblance, and murder of her team, Pyrrha finally retaliated against Lyra and beat her to death.]]
* TheLostLenore: Rachel Westin is this for Pyrrha since [[spoiler: Lyra killed her right in front of Pyrrha to make a point]].
* {{Matricide}}: [[spoiler: Pyrrha beat Lyra to death, and [[AssholeVictim it's hard to say
she didn't deserve it]].]]
even give it a passing thought.
* PosthumousCharacter: Almost every character As the doctor hears what Abigail tried to do to Weiss, he begins having the sinking realization that this wasn't her first attempt at this. She had been doing it for a long time. She was able to stay beneath suspicion by acting heartbroken about losing a patient and no one suspected a thing.
** The scarier thing is that before the reveal of her Semblance, [[TruthInTelevision Abby isn't even that far-fetched]]. Abigail is a type of SerialKiller that is found commonly in RealLife. Compared to the more fantastic threats of ''RWBY'''s universe, [[{{Mundanger}} such a banal threat]] is rather chilling to think of. Even more so than Keter.

!''Pyrrha's Past''
Pyrrha's upbringing [[DarkAndTroubledPast was not a happy one]]...
* Lyra's abuse, while sometimes exaggerated, can become disturbingly realistic at first.
* The fact that Lyra murders her husband Orion simply for siding with Pyrrha. She then forces Pyrrha to tell the police that she did it in self-defense because [[AllAbusersAreMale he was the one abusing them]]. [[TheBadGuyWins It worked!]]
* Lyra is so psychopathic that she was willing to torture an innocent Faunus woman to death just because she was a Faunus and she believed she had information on the White Fang, despite any evidence showing that the woman clearly wasn't a terrorist. Finding out that she was a mother didn't deter her
in the flashback section slightest. In fact, she wanted to know where the kids were, so she could handle them herself.
* The fact that Lyra
is already dead.
* TrainingFromHell:
so paranoid that she bugged her office to hear that Pyrrha suffered from this. [[AbusiveParents Her mother, Lyra]], often worked was snitching on her. In response, she shot one of Pyrrha's teammates, snapped another's neck, and decided to mutilate the other for her till to see. All because she passed out from exhaustion.
tried to expose her.
** The treatment to Rachel deserves some mention since she cut off her Faunus ears just to get a point across to Pyrrha.
* TraumaticSuperpowerAwakening: Pyrrha unlocks Again, we see the reason why [[BewareTheNiceOnes you shouldn't piss off Pyrrha]]. Once her Semblance after [[spoiler: witnessing was awakened, she had nothing but murderous rage towards Lyra and struck fear into that diseased psychopath's heart just before beating her to death.

!''Field Trip''
* Scorch's first scene is ordering Ilia to murder her own lover just because they were gay. It is as heartbreaking as it is horrifying.
* Scorch calmly ordering
the murder of her teammates and]] Lyra starts shooting at her. The bullets start deflecting.
* WholeEpisodeFlashback: Most of the story is dealing with [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin Pyrrha's past]].
[[/folder]]

[[folder:''Field Trip'']]
[[WMG:''Field Trip'']]
->'''Summary:''' A field trip to Mt. Glenn, what could go wrong?
----
!!Tropes:
* AdaptationalEarlyAppearance: Ilia and Trifa first appeared in Volumes Four and Five respective. Here, they appear long before the Fall of Beacon.
* AdaptationPersonalityChange: Oobleck is even more eccentric than he is in canon, which is almost impressive. He's also incredibly crass and an admitted cocaine addict. ([[NotMakingThisUpDisclaimer Seriously.]]) The more impressive feat is that [[BunnyEarsLawyer he still has a job]].
* AdaptedOut: Roman's role in the Mount Glenn train plot has been removed in place of Scorch. Scorch also takes Sienna Khan's role in radicalizing the White Fang.
* BigBad: Father Tiresias Scorch.
* BittersweetEnding: [[spoiler: They are able to stop Scorch's attack on Vale, but there are several students that already died on the field trip. Not only that but when Ilia tries to answer for her crimes, she is killed by Scorch and Ren is taken soon after. Sure, Ozpin gives him what he deserves, but the loss is incredibly saddening.]]
* CerebusSyndrome: The several instances of DeathByAdaptation make this story more serious in comparison, and it's not something that they'll recover from as the series goes on.
* CompositeCharacter: Scorch is an OriginalCharacter, but he takes on many roles he takes up are taken from other characters. He takes Roman's role in the train bombing and Sienna's role in radicalizing the White Fang. [[spoiler:He also takes credit for the Mount Glenn tragedy in place of Dr. Merlot.]]
* DeathByAdaptation: [[spoiler: Trifa, Adam, his lieutenant, Ilia, and Ren are all killed off in this story.]]
* HotterAndSexier: This story bumps the series' rating to Explicit with a very detailed sex scene between
Blake and Yang. This trend continues in ''Winter Has Come''.
* MakingLoveInAllTheWrongPlaces:
Yang's classmates along with his threat to show Yang convinces Blake to sneak off with her to have sex during the field trip. Something that the chapter summary lampshades as a bad idea.
* PoliticallyIncorrectVillain:
Ruby's body shows how ruthless and cruel Scorch transforms can be. Another show of this is when Trifa shows remorse for killing her lover. She snaps her neck without a second thought.
* When Blake mentions the day that Adam snapped after finding out she was gay when Scorch preached his message about homosexuality being a sin against the gods, she said that he decided to murder every peaceful member remaining in
the White Fang into a Faunus-supremacy organization and a group of {{Heteronormative Crusader}}s. Adam buys into this simply because he found out Blake was gay and he couldn't have her, which implies some misogyny on his part.
would never love her.
* PsychopathicManchild: When Adam looks even more like a petulant child than he does in canon, with his lieutenant calling him immature while he responds "[[NoYou Your face is immature.]]" without a hint accidentally slices the bars of irony. He's still an AxCrazy Faunus willing to kill all humans Blake and homosexuals.
* RedemptionEqualsDeath: [[spoiler: Ilia is killed by
Yang's cell, allowing them to escape, Scorch just as soon as she turns herself in to pay for her crimes.]]
* SacrificialLamb: [[spoiler: Adam's death is the first real sign that AnyoneCanDie regardless of current canon.]]
* SacrificialLion: [[spoiler: And Ren's death truly cinches that fact.]]
* WhamEpisode: The numerous cases of DeathByAdaptation, especially [[spoiler:Ren]],
shows that canon is officially out the window and that AnyoneCanDie.
[[/folder]]

[[folder:''Winter Has Come'']]
[[WMG:''Winter Has Come'']]
->'''Summary:''' Winter arrives in Vale to help with an issue.
----
!!Tropes:
* AdaptationalJerkass: Qrow is still a JerkWithAHeartOfGold, but there seems to be more emphasis on the "Jerk" part. He is openly sleazy and abrasive while being even more of a belligerent drunk than his canon self.
* AdaptationalNiceGuy: On the flipside, Winter and Whitley are ''much'' nicer to Weiss. Winter greets her with open arms without her frigid and strict demeanor, and Whitley is actually noted to be ''supportive'' of Weiss. Yes! '''''Whitley Schnee!''''' It's a bit difficult to believe!
* AdaptationalSexuality: Qrow has no indication that
he was attracted to men in canon.
* BadBoss: Skull often kills his workers to ensure that he gets a bigger cut from Cinder.
* BigBad: Cinder finally takes up the role here, even if she carries out orders through [[TheHeavy Skull]]
* BrickJoke: Ginger the prostitute (mentioned in the previous story) makes a cameo.
* CanonCharacterAllAlong: Skull is really Mercury. The writer even brings up [[VideoGame/BatmanArkhamKnight the Arkham Knight]] after this is revealed.
* CoolBigSis: Winter shows how adept she is at this trope. She is genuinely nice to Weiss rather than cold and authoritarian.
* ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin: Winter has come to Beacon. That's not the only thing that happens, but it's still a significant event that occurs.
* TheHeavy: Skull works for [[BigBad Cinder]] and is the one directly causing the terrorist attacks that Ozpin and his associates are concerned about.
* ObviouslyEvil: In case you're wondering, the guy calling himself "[[NamesToRunAwayFromReallyFast Skull]]" that has a [[EvilSoundsDeep deep voice]] and [[EvilWearsBlack wears all black]] with a {{skull| for a head}} [[MalevolentMaskedMen mask]] might not be a good guy.
* SomethingCompletelyDifferent: This story focuses more on the adults.
* WorkingWithTheEx: Daisy and Winter have to work together. Considering they're divorced because the former was cheating on the latter with Qrow, it's about as awkward as you would expect.
* YourCheatingHeart: Winter's ex-wife Daisy was sleeping with Qrow.
[[/folder]]

[[folder:''Vytal Tournament'']]
[[WMG:''Vytal Tournament'']]
->'''Summary:''' Let the games begin!
----
!!Tropes:
* AdaptedOut: Instead of having the whole team, they use three-person teams to start in the tournament [[spoiler: [[JustifiedTrope for practicality's sake]] out of respect for JNPR's loss of Ren]].
* ButtMonkey: Team ARN's defeat was hilariously bad.
* CurbStompBattle:
** RWY vs. ARN was barely a fight. You'd almost feel pity for them.
** Cinder gives a brutal one to Jaune and she would have won if Pyrrha and Nora didn't intervene.
* DespairEventHorizon: [[spoiler:The remainder of]] Team JNPR is still depressed about [[spoiler:Ren's death]]. Blake isn't fairing much better after [[spoiler:Ilia's death]].
* DecompositeCharacter: [[spoiler: Yang isn't being framed since that plot point is given to Pyrrha. Also, in turn, Mercury isn't the one who was injured for the gambit.]]
* FriendlyEnemy: Nora and Lily spend time flirting before their fight.
* TheGhost:
** It is assumed that Bolin Hori still exists in this universe and wasn't outright AdaptedOut, but he doesn't show up in the story along with his team.
** Finally subverted for Salem. After six stories, she sends a video message to them.
** Also subverted with Neo, who also makes her appearance in this story.
* HeroWithBadPublicity: [[spoiler: After being framed for injuring a student after a match, Pyrrha went from Beacon's hero to violent psycho in the public eye.]]
* {{Jerkass}}:
** Reese constantly flirts with Weiss to mess with her despite the fact that Weiss already stated that she had a girlfriend.
** Mercury taunts Team JNPR [[spoiler: after Ren died]] just to rub salt into the wound.
* IShallTauntYou:
** Salem has a message sent to Ozpin basically doing this to him.
** Mercury can't help but be a jerk to JNPR.
* TheReveal: [[spoiler: Penny
isn't a robot very forgiving boss. He takes out his daggers and impales Adam on the spot for his screw-up. [[KickTheSonOfABitch Couldn't have happened to a nice Faunus]], but it is still quite jarring to see how easily he will turn on even his most loyal followers.
* Ruby tries to save her friends, but she gets hit with a tranquilizer and can do nothing as her classmates are murdered and her friends are taken away.
* The train-bombing plot is almost more horrifying than it is
in this continuity; she's human.]]
* ShoutOut: Nadir's hair isn't pink. [[Machinima/RedVsBlue It's lightish-red.]]
* TragicKeepsake: A locket
canon. With the explicit change that Ilia owned belonged people are actually shown to one of her [[HasTwoMommies mothers]] and be getting murdered as it was given to her before happens. Scorch killed them. [[spoiler: It now serves as this looks on to it with fondness.
* Ilia comes
to Blake after Ilia was killed by Scorch.]]
* WhamEpisode: A lot of major plot points start occurring
to turn herself in this episode, including for her crimes… just as she realizes she has a knife in her side. Scorch takes her out simply to spite the Fall of Beacon.
[[/folder]]

[[folder:''Evil's Past'']]
[[WMG:''Evil's Past'']]
->'''Summary:''' As Cinder watches the carnage unfold, she remembers the events
heroes.
* Another spiteful move
that lead to this wondrous victory.
----
!!Tropes:
* AdaptationalVillainy:
** Neo
Scorch made was terrible in canon, but she wasn't a rapist.
** [[spoiler: Cinder kept Emerald around in canon after her plans were getting too intense, but here, she killed her because she couldn't have someone turning
to kill Ren on her because his way out. The heroes are helpless to do anything as they watch him die.
* While it was an amazing moment, seeing Ozpin leave Scorch to a pack
of a burdened conscience.]]
* BaitTheDog: [[spoiler: Just after Emerald admits that she still loves Cinder even though she's horrified by what she's done, Cinder kisses her only to end up killing her.]]
* BrainwashedAndCrazy: [[spoiler: Cinder had the Seer
Grimm brainwash Neo into working for her.]]
beasts was chilling. Especially with the PreMortemOneLiner that he gives before tossing him to the beasts.
-->''"[[IronicEcho You preached about how the Grimm would be your reapers, taking the damned souls to Hell.]] I say, let them reap."''
* TheCameo: Roman finally shows up Finally, in this story, and it shows why he wasn't involved in any we see the main villains of the major plots in this continuity.
whole series, and they're already looking forward to wrecking Vale. Who knows how bad [[DarkestHour the Fall of Beacon]] will be portrayed…

!''Vytal Tournament''
* DaddysLittleVillain: [[spoiler: Roman encourages [[AxCrazy Neopolitan's]] [[EstablishingCharacterMoment introduction to the series]] truly brings some outright [[{{Gorn}} gruesome violence]] after an attack on the CCT tower. Skull's attacks were ruthless, but Neo's sadistic behavior.]]
* DeathByAdaptation: Cinder kills Roman
were outright ''sickening''. It's no wonder that Ironwood calls her an animal. Anyone with a shred of humanity wouldn't do the things described when trying to get Neo. [[spoiler: Later, she kills Emerald for not Ciel and Ironwood found it:
-->''Not pretty was an understatement. The soldiers had been massacred, bullet riddled corpses
being ruthless enough.]]
the least grotesque of the bodies. One man had been flayed, and two had their body parts cut off and stitched back onto the other’s body.''
* DoubleStandardRapeFemaleOnFemale: Averted. [[spoiler: Neo raping Emerald Neo's response is treated as a horrible thing.]]
* EvenEvilHasStandards: Roman's workers have a problem with leaving [[spoiler: Emerald]] alone with [[PsychoLesbian Neo]].
* PosthumousCharacter: The
also unsettling. She only sits in custody. She only smiles when she looks at Ironwood, and he immediately tries to choke her out while interrogating her... something she ''continues to smile at''. While the reason Roman hasn't shown up in the major plots.
* PsychoLesbian: Neo
she doesn't talk is revealed to have raped women, [[spoiler: including Emerald]].
* RapeAsBackstory: Emerald was raped [[spoiler: by Neo]], and Cinder saving her from
that she is why genuinely mute, that response shows that she wouldn't talk anyway even if she could.
* Penny's death is made even more horrifying by the fact that
she's devoted to her.
* RelatedInTheAdaptation: [[spoiler: Roman was Neo's father.]]
* SelfMadeOrphan: Mercury did
human in this series. No BloodlessCarnage for no reason other than [[ForTheEvulz he could]].
this one.
* TheSpeechless: [[spoiler: It turns out Neo could speak, but she was brainwashed by Cinder.]]
* VillainEpisode: All the focus is on the villains.
[[/folder]]

[[folder:''Beacon's Fall'' ('''SPOILERS UNMARKED''')]]
[[WMG:''Beacon's Fall'']]
->'''Summary:'''
As the Grimm ravage the city, the students attempted to fight back.
----
!!Tropes:
* ActuallyIAmHim: This story reveals that [[CompositeCharacter Cinder is Salem in disguise.
* AdaptationalAngstUpgrade: Everything about
soon as the Fall of Beacon is made even more devastating.
* AllForNothing:
** Ozpin's efforts to get
occurs, we see the Fall Maiden's powers to Pyrrha all fail when Amber is shot. Salem even lampshades this.
** All Pyrrha's attempts
return of Skull shooting guards making sure the shields are kept up over Beacon to keep Weiss out Grimm out. He lowers the shields and all Hell breaks loose. Even Ozpin is at a loss for what to do.
* The ending
of this to keep her safe ultimately fail when she is killed right in front of her.
* CruelMercy: Salem taunted Pyrrha by saying she was going to do this to her. She would let her live with the knowledge that all of her efforts failed.
* DeathByAdaptation:
** Jaune, Glynda, and Weiss were killed in this story. All of them survived the events of the Fall of Beacon on the show.
** This
story reveals that Taiyang was killed instead of Summer.
* DownerEnding: Weiss
is the Nevermore attempting to break the shield and Pyrrha (for all their efforts to keep each other alive) get killed by Salem.
* EvilIsPetty: Salem was going to let Pyrrha live
succeeding just before the story ends.

!''Evil's Past''
* Emerald met Neo because
she cut her face.
* {{Foreshadowing}}: Pyrrha's line from ''Weiss and Pyrrha'' saying she'd die without Weiss seems awfully prophetic now.
* HeroicSacrifice: Daisy saves Winter while Winter
was trying to do this.
steal from Roman's shipments to pay for an apartment. After Roman admits that he wouldn't have a problem killing a child, he decides a fitting punishment would be to hand her over to Neo, who turns out to be a sadistic [[SerialRapist serial-raping]] PsychoLesbian. Roman only leaves her be as he listens to Emerald screaming for help.
* TheReveal: Neo’s muteness is the result of Cinder was actually Salem in disguise {{Mind Rap|e}}ing her with the whole time.
* SenselessSacrifice: Weiss and Pyrrha make a mutual one. Weiss
Seer Grimm. The tentacles embed themselves into Neo's skull as she tries to stop Pyrrha from doing this struggle away and Pyrrha stops Weiss to keep her safe.
she becomes completely obedient afterward.
* SparedByTheAdaptation: The epilogue reveals that Summer is still alive.
* TogetherInDeath: The only solace that Weiss and Pyrrha can have after everything that happened is this.
* TwoAliasesOneCharacter:
How Cinder finds Mercury, running through the forest with broken legs and his flaming house and dead father behind him. Not only did he kill his father, but he left his mother to burn alive in his house. His reasonin for becoming a SelfMadeOrphan?
-->''"[[ForTheEvulz Why not?]]"''
* Cinder brings Emerald in for a kiss... only to stab her and throw her off the roof just because she's not ruthless enough for what Cinder has planned next. Her cold dismissal of Emerald's death as [[LackOfEmpathy the loss of a valuable asset]]
is really Salem.
[[/folder]]
----
chilling.


How much more disturbing could [[Fanfic/RubyAndNora this series]] get than canon? Well, you'll see…

'''ALL SPOILERS ARE UNMARKED.'''

to:

How The ''[[https://archiveofourown.org/series/898704 Ruby and Nora]]'' series is a series of FanFics written by [[https://archiveofourown.org/users/BurningCinders/pseuds/BurningCinders BurningCinders]].[[note]]The story ''FanFic/NorasLife'' is now non-canon to the series.[[/note]] The stories take place in an AlternateContinuity that diverges after Volume 1. It is currently in progress.

!!Stories in the series:
# ''[[https://archiveofourown.org/works/13180650/chapters/30147711 Ruby's Birthday]]''
# ''[[https://archiveofourown.org/works/13383699/chapters/30655035 Weiss and Pyrrha]]''
# ''[[https://archiveofourown.org/works/13497416/chapters/30954038 Pyrrha’s Past]]''
# ''[[https://archiveofourown.org/works/13718034/chapters/31513599 Field Trip]]''
# ''[[https://archiveofourown.org/works/14628885/chapters/33809541 Winter Has Come]]''
# ''[[https://archiveofourown.org/works/14683086/chapters/33924669 Vytal Tournament]]''
# ''[[https://archiveofourown.org/works/14714580 Evil's Past]]''
# ''[[https://archiveofourown.org/works/14724089/chapters/34033208 Beacon's Fall]]''

[[foldercontrol]]

!!Tropes in the series include:

[[folder:Series-Wide Tropes]]
* AdaptationalNiceGuy:
** Weiss is noticeably a [[NiceGuy Nice Girl]], despite moments of annoyance and exasperation.
** Blake hasn’t shown any signs of hostility or faults of her canon-counterpart.
** Winter doesn't have her typically frigid demeanor in this series. (See the ''Winter Has Come'' folder for details.)
* AdaptationalSexuality: All of Team RWBY and Pyrrha are [[BadassGay Badass Gays]]. Ren and Jaune are revealed to have begun a relationship. Qrow is also revealed to be bisexual while showing no attraction to men in canon.
* {{Adorkable}}:
** Ruby ''breathes'' this whenever she interacts with [[IncompatibleOrientation Nora]].
** [[SickeningSweethearts Weiss and Pyrrha]] are this, as well. They often focus too
much on each other and get embarrassed when they miss conversations.
** Jaune dressed as Pumpkin Pete for Halloween.
* AmbiguouslyBi:
** Ren and Nora still have a crush on each other, doesn’t stop them from kissing Jaune and Ruby during a game of spin the bottle. Ren [[SubvertedTrope lost the ambiguity]] and is now dating Jaune. Nora has also since lost the ambiguity.
** Weiss mentions that her mother cares
more disturbing could [[Fanfic/RubyAndNora about Atlas hookers than her own children. However, the fact that she had children makes it unclear if she is an outright lesbian who only had kids to continue the Schnee bloodline or if she is at least slightly bisexual.
* AnyoneCanDie: So far, there are several cases of DeathByAdaptation,
* AppliedPhlebotinum: A mysterious substance used to disrupt a person's Semblance is introduced in
this series]] get setting. It is used in Admah Keter's cell and in handcuffs that were used on him and on [[spoiler: Glynda and Oobleck]].
* ArtifactTitle: Seemingly. The series is named after Ruby’s crush on Nora that originated from the now non-canon story, ''FanFic/NorasLife''. But currently, the series focuses on other characters in the story and Ruby's affections have moved to Penny. Now, it just serves as a name for the continuity.
* AssholeVictim:
** [[spoiler: Keter is shot dead by Ironwood for [[HeKnowsTooMuch knowing about Salem and the silver-eyed warriors]].]]
** [[spoiler: Lyra is beaten to death by her own daughter. Considering being Pyrrha’s {{abusive|parents}} [[EvilMatriarch mother]] is one of her '''least''' heinous crimes against her, it's hard to say Lyra didn't deserve it.]]
** [[spoiler: Adam is even worse
than canon? Well, you'll see…

'''ALL SPOILERS ARE UNMARKED.'''
he was in canon, so it's not really a bad thing that Scorch kills him.]]
** [[spoiler: Scorch himself is thrown to a pack of Grimm by Ozpin even after he surrenders.]]
* AxCrazy: [[SerialKiller Keter]], [[spoiler:Abigail]], [[InsaneAdmiral Lyra]], [[PsychopathicManchild Adam]], [[WesternTerrorists Scorch]], and [[ForTheEvulz Mercury]] are all violent maniacs. However, [[UpToEleven Neo]] overshadows all of them.
* BadassGay: RWBY, Pyrrha, and Glynda are specific examples.
* BewareTheNiceOnes: Pyrrha [[spoiler: almost killed Keter, and viciously beat her own mother to death. Both of them '''really had it coming'''.]]
* BigBad: Cinder is going to be this for the whole series, starting with ''Winter Has Come''. [[spoiler: And Cinder is actually [[GreaterScopeVillain Salem]] in disguise.]] The {{Arc Villain}}s of the four preceding stories serve as this within their story.
* BiTheWay: Ren, Qrow, and Daisy.
* BreakTheCutie:
** Pyrrha’s [[DarkAndTroubledPast childhood]]. Period.
** On a lighter note, Nora after Jaune and Ren start dating.
* CastFullOfGay: There is a staggering amount of characters [[AdaptationalSexuality that have been made officially LGBT]] [[spoiler: and one who is returning]].
-->'''[[WordOfGod BurningCinders]]:''' ''[a comment on'' Winter Has Come'']'' This entire series can be summarized as, [[RecycledInSpace RWBY: But more gay and destructive]]
* DarkerAndEdgier: {{Serial Killer}}s and mass homicide are two things that are casually introduced in this universe. There is a lot more violence compared to canon. The writer admits that it will be more destructive.
* DirtyCoward: The villains.
** Keter [[spoiler: spends his last moments freaking out and trying desperately to escape his death at the hands of Ironwood.]]
** [[spoiler: Abigail cowers in fear before Pyrrha knocks her out.]]
** Lyra [[spoiler: tries desperately to convince Pyrrha to let her live. This is after she killed Pyrrha’s friends for the latter telling them all of the crimes against her.]]
** Scorch [[spoiler: smugly thinks that Ozpin will let him live. He is proven very wrong when Oz feeds him to the very Grimm he used to destroy Vale]].
* FantasticRacism:
** Lyra is virulently anti-Faunus. [[spoiler: She brutally tortures and kills a Faunus woman because she just assumed she worked with the White Fang. When she genuinely does find a White Fang informant, she completely eradicates any justification she could’ve had when she tortures him to death after he’s already given her all the information he knew.]]
** Father Scorch holds the inverse view and converted the White Fang into a Faunus-supremacy group. Adam is one fervent follower of his.
* GenreRoulette: The stories seem to have a lot of {{Genre Shift}}s.
* GreaterScopeVillain: Salem is still the largest threat that the heroes will face and she finally appears in ''Vytal Tournament''. However, the immediate BigBad will be Cinder. [[spoiler: Except not really since they're the same character.]]
* HotterAndSexier: Even before the move to the Explicit rating, there is more talk of sex in the series than in canon.
* MythologyGag: Several incidents from canon (including [[spoiler:Pyrrha's death and Yang's dismemberment]])[[note]]With the deviation from canon, these events may not occur after all.[[/note]] and some from ''WebAnimation/RWBYChibi'' (the spin-the-bottle game where Ren kisses Jaune) are referenced in this series.
* NiceGuy: All of RWBY and JNPR. Including [[AdaptationalNiceGuy Weiss and Blake]].
* SerialKiller: Ahmad Keter is a hedonistic type [[spoiler: and Abigail Lemon is an "Angel of Death"]].
* TheSociopath:
** The BigBad of each story tends to be one.
** Adam still fits the trope with his selfishness and predilection for violence.
** Skull kills his own men during jobs to get a bigger cut from Cinder.
** Neo [[spoiler:admitted that she couldn't love her father even if she wanted to and spent her time raping women.]]
* TakeThat: A comment from the writer has noted that they're not the biggest fan of Atlas. Thus, they have a rather unflattering portrayal. Even Oobleck was planning on telling Ironwood to go fuck himself on the air before Port stopped him.
[[/folder]]

!!Tropes from each story:
[[folder:''Ruby's Birthday'']]
[[WMG:''Ruby's Birthday'']]
->'''Summary:''' It is Ruby's birthday, and she wants to spend all Halloween trick-or-treating with her friends. Unfortunately, they bump into a rather unsavory person.



!''Ruby's Birthday''
Appropriate for a story taking place on [[AllHallowsEve Halloween]].
* Keter makes just about every scene he's in very tense. Even when he's not doing anything bad, the fact that he takes so much pride in his gruesome crimes. After his escape, every scene is just waiting for him to do something horrific.
** The fact that his Semblance is {{Teleportation}} makes it even worse. In the hands of this AxCrazy SerialKiller, that's basically a way for him to get in and out of places without effort. He can take any victims that he wants and get out without getting caught just as easily. He even mocks the guard he kills him by making that point. There's a reason he's considered one of Remnant's most dangerous criminals.
* The moment that Keter goes up to Sally Rivers is just a wait for him to kill her. He makes polite conversation while acquiring the scissors, however, we know how this will end. He plunged the scissors into her chest and he walked out of the store while she could do nothing but watch as she died. It has some ParanoiaFuel about it. The idea that some deranged man could just walk into the place you work at and stab you to death without a second thought.
* Killing the Lock family involves him simply ringing the doorbell and is allowed in by the father. After pretending to be a trick-or-treater, he stabs the father and then goes to the mother and daughter. The scene cuts out [[GoryDiscretionShot just before he murders them]].
* The pure murderous rage coming from Pyrrha of all people is a little unnerving. She was right about to kill Keter had Ozpin not stopped her.

!''Weiss and Pyrrha''
* Abigail's reveal seems like something out of a horror movie. She is described as having a deranged smile while preparing to kill Weiss with the morphine needle.
* There is also Abigail's casual indifference to taking lives. She took nearly one hundred lives in one fell swoop with her Semblance, and she didn't even give it a passing thought.
* As the doctor hears what Abigail tried to do to Weiss, he begins having the sinking realization that this wasn't her first attempt at this. She had been doing it for a long time. She was able to stay beneath suspicion by acting heartbroken about losing a patient and no one suspected a thing.
** The scarier thing is that before the reveal of her Semblance, [[TruthInTelevision Abby isn't even that far-fetched]]. Abigail is a type of SerialKiller that is found commonly in RealLife. Compared to the more fantastic threats of ''RWBY'''s universe, [[{{Mundanger}} such a banal threat]] is rather chilling to think of. Even more so than Keter.

!''Pyrrha's Past''
Pyrrha's upbringing [[DarkAndTroubledPast was not a happy one]]...
* Lyra's abuse, while sometimes exaggerated, can become disturbingly realistic at first.
* The fact that Lyra murders her husband Orion simply for siding with Pyrrha. She then forces Pyrrha to tell the police that she did it in self-defense because [[AllAbusersAreMale he was the one abusing them]]. [[TheBadGuyWins It worked!]]
* Lyra is so psychopathic that she was willing to torture an innocent Faunus woman to death just because she was a Faunus and she believed she had information on the White Fang, despite any evidence showing that the woman clearly wasn't a terrorist. Finding out that she was a mother didn't deter her in the slightest. In fact, she wanted to know where the kids were, so she could handle them herself.
* The fact that Lyra is so paranoid that she bugged her office to hear that Pyrrha was snitching on her. In response, she shot one of Pyrrha's teammates, snapped another's neck, and decided to mutilate the other for her to see. All because she tried to expose her.
** The treatment to Rachel deserves some mention since she cut off her Faunus ears just to get a point across to Pyrrha.
* Again, we see the reason why [[BewareTheNiceOnes you shouldn't piss off Pyrrha]]. Once her Semblance was awakened, she had nothing but murderous rage towards Lyra and struck fear into that diseased psychopath's heart just before beating her to death.

!''Field Trip''
* Scorch's first scene is ordering Ilia to murder her own lover just because they were gay. It is as heartbreaking as it is horrifying.
* Scorch calmly ordering the murder of Blake and Yang's classmates along with his threat to show Yang Ruby's body shows how ruthless and cruel Scorch can be. Another show of this is when Trifa shows remorse for killing her lover. She snaps her neck without a second thought.
* When Blake mentions the day that Adam snapped after finding out she was gay when Scorch preached his message about homosexuality being a sin against the gods, she said that he decided to murder every peaceful member remaining in the White Fang simply because Blake would never love her.
* When Adam accidentally slices the bars of Blake and Yang's cell, allowing them to escape, Scorch shows that he isn't a very forgiving boss. He takes out his daggers and impales Adam on the spot for his screw-up. [[KickTheSonOfABitch Couldn't have happened to a nice Faunus]], but it is still quite jarring to see how easily he will turn on even his most loyal followers.
* Ruby tries to save her friends, but she gets hit with a tranquilizer and can do nothing as her classmates are murdered and her friends are taken away.
* The train-bombing plot is almost more horrifying than it is in canon. With the explicit change that people are actually shown to be getting murdered as it happens. Scorch looks on to it with fondness.
* Ilia comes to Blake to turn herself in for her crimes… just as she realizes she has a knife in her side. Scorch takes her out simply to spite the heroes.
* Another spiteful move that Scorch made was to kill Ren on his way out. The heroes are helpless to do anything as they watch him die.
* While it was an amazing moment, seeing Ozpin leave Scorch to a pack of Grimm beasts was chilling. Especially with the PreMortemOneLiner that he gives before tossing him to the beasts.
-->''"[[IronicEcho You preached about how the Grimm would be your reapers, taking the damned souls to Hell.]] I say, let them reap."''
* Finally, in this story, we see the main villains of the whole series, and they're already looking forward to wrecking Vale. Who knows how bad [[DarkestHour the Fall of Beacon]] will be portrayed…

!''Vytal Tournament''
* [[AxCrazy Neopolitan's]] [[EstablishingCharacterMoment introduction to the series]] truly brings some outright [[{{Gorn}} gruesome violence]] after an attack on the CCT tower. Skull's attacks were ruthless, but Neo's were outright ''sickening''. It's no wonder that Ironwood calls her an animal. Anyone with a shred of humanity wouldn't do the things described when Ciel and Ironwood found it:
-->''Not pretty was an understatement. The soldiers had been massacred, bullet riddled corpses being the least grotesque of the bodies. One man had been flayed, and two had their body parts cut off and stitched back onto the other’s body.''
* Neo's response is also unsettling. She only sits in custody. She only smiles when she looks at Ironwood, and he immediately tries to choke her out while interrogating her... something she ''continues to smile at''. While the reason she doesn't talk is that she is genuinely mute, that response shows that she wouldn't talk anyway even if she could.
* Penny's death is made even more horrifying by the fact that she's human in this series. No BloodlessCarnage for this one.
* As soon as the Fall of Beacon occurs, we see the return of Skull shooting guards making sure the shields are kept up over Beacon to keep Grimm out. He lowers the shields and all Hell breaks loose. Even Ozpin is at a loss for what to do.
* The ending of this story is the Nevermore attempting to break the shield and succeeding just before the story ends.

!''Evil's Past''
* Emerald met Neo because she was trying to steal from Roman's shipments to pay for an apartment. After Roman admits that he wouldn't have a problem killing a child, he decides a fitting punishment would be to hand her over to Neo, who turns out to be a sadistic [[SerialRapist serial-raping]] PsychoLesbian. Roman only leaves her be as he listens to Emerald screaming for help.
* Neo’s muteness is the result of Cinder {{Mind Rap|e}}ing her with the Seer Grimm. The tentacles embed themselves into Neo's skull as she tries to struggle away and she becomes completely obedient afterward.
* How Cinder finds Mercury, running through the forest with broken legs and his flaming house and dead father behind him. Not only did he kill his father, but he left his mother to burn alive in his house. His reasonin for becoming a SelfMadeOrphan?
-->''"[[ForTheEvulz Why not?]]"''
* Cinder brings Emerald in for a kiss... only to stab her and throw her off the roof just because she's not ruthless enough for what Cinder has planned next. Her cold dismissal of Emerald's death as [[LackOfEmpathy the loss of a valuable asset]] is chilling.

to:

!''Ruby's Birthday''
Appropriate for a
!!Tropes:
* AllHallowsEve: The whole
story taking place on [[AllHallowsEve Halloween]].
revolves around the main characters celebrating Halloween which is [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin Ruby's birthday]]. Keter's spree also takes its stride during Halloween night.
* Keter makes just about every scene he's in very tense. Even when he's not doing anything bad, BigBad: Admah Keter.
* BigBadWannabe: However, despite
the fact that he takes so much pride in his gruesome crimes. After his escape, every scene is just waiting a legitimate threat, he is still no match for him to do something horrific.
** The fact that his Semblance is {{Teleportation}} makes it even worse. In the hands
experienced fighters [[spoiler: such as Pyrrha and Yang]] in a straight-up fight.
* BondVillainStupidity: Keter has a lot
of this AxCrazy SerialKiller, that's basically a way for him to get in and out of places without effort. He can during the climax. [[spoiler: Not only does he take any victims the time to brag to Ozpin and Ironwood, but he takes Ruby hostage and goads Yang and Pyrrha to come so they can see him mutilate her, giving them time to catch up while Ruby distracts him.]]
* BullyingADragon: [[spoiler: Ruby lets Keter know
that he wants taking her hostage and get stabbing Weiss was a big mistake. He finds out without getting caught just as easily. He even mocks why when [[BigBrotherInstinct Yang]] and [[ViolentlyProtectiveGirlfriend Pyrrha]] show up and beat him senseless.]]
* ForHalloweenIAmGoingAsMyself: Downplayed. Blake's costume is a {{Catgirl}} outfit, so she has
the guard he kills him by making that point. There's a reason freedom to use her actual Faunus ears.
* HopeSpot: [[spoiler: Keter thinks
he's considered one going back to his cell, but then Ironwood and Ozpin inform him that HeKnowsTooMuch about [[GreaterScopeVillain Salem]] and the silver-eyed warriors. He tries to teleport out... only to realize that his Aura is depleted. Cue BoomHeadshot]]
* IdiotBall:
** Ironwood's Idiot Ball is the reason that the plot happened in the first place. He thinks that putting all
of Remnant's Vale's most dangerous criminals.
* The moment
criminals in an airship over the city is a good idea. Who would've guessed that Keter goes up to Sally Rivers is just something would go wrong?
** Who trusts
a wait for him to kill her. He makes polite conversation while acquiring the scissors, however, we know how this will end. He plunged the scissors into her chest and he walked out of the store while she could do nothing but watch as she died. It has some ParanoiaFuel about it. The idea that some deranged man could just walk into the place you work at serial killer with personal information? [[TooDumbToLive Lock's]] incompetence is what leads to Keter escaping and stab you to death without a second thought.
* Killing the Lock
getting himself and his family involves killed.
** [[spoiler: Keter lampshades Ozpin's Idiot Ball of putting information about Salem and the silver-eyed warriors on the school's computer database.]]
* IncompatibleOrientation: Ruby is in love with Nora, but Nora is in a relationship with Ren and shows no definitive attraction to girls.
* LaughablyEvil: While he is still a KnightOfCerebus, Keter's [[EvilIsHammy hammy and jovial attitude]] along with his [[DeadpanSnarker snarky comments]] makes
him simply ringing the doorbell objectively funny sometimes.
* NaughtyNurseOutfit: Nora's costume.
* ShoutOut: Jaune went out Trick-or-Treating
and is allowed in by the father. After pretending to be a trick-or-treater, all he stabs the father got was [[ComicStrip/{{Peanuts}} a bag full of rocks]].
[[/folder]]

[[folder:''Weiss
and then goes to the mother Pyrrha'' ('''SPOILERS UNMARKED''')]]
[[WMG:''Weiss
and daughter. The scene cuts out [[GoryDiscretionShot just before he murders them]].
* The pure murderous rage coming
Pyrrha'']]
->'''Summary:''' Weiss is recovering
from her injury, and Pyrrha of all people is a little unnerving. She was right about to kill Keter had Ozpin not stopped her.

!''Weiss and Pyrrha''
there for her.
----
!!Tropes:
* BadassBoast: Pyrrha gives one as she starts deflecting Abby's bullets.
-->"[[WhatTheHellAreYou What...what are you?!]]" Abigail backed up in fear as Pyrrha moved in.\\
"[[IronicEcho Didn't you call me by name?]]" Pyrrha grabbed
Abigail's reveal throat and prepared a hard right-hook. "I'm the invincible girl."
* BigBad: Nurse Abigail Lemon.
* BitchInSheepsClothing: Abby is not the nice person she
seems to be.
* ContrastingSequelAntagonist: Abby is this to Keter. Keter is a blatantly crazy serial killer who does not deny he's a monster. Abby hides her true nature and believes she's a goddess because of what she does.
* ExplainExplainOhCrap: As Weiss and Pyrrha are trying to piece together [[SerialKiller Abigail's]] motivations, he seems to figure out that the people on life-support weren't her only victims when he remembers that people tended to die on her watch.
* GenreShift: The moment Abby reveals her true nature feels
like something out of a horror movie. The third chapter is part crime-thriller.
* MoodWhiplash: It seems like a nice fluff story in the beginning. Then [[KnightOfCerebus Abby]] reveals her true nature and things immediately get darker.
* NonActionBigBad: Abigail has no combat ability whatsoever.
She only kills people using the hospital drugs and her Semblance. Even during the final confrontation, she only shoots Pyrrha from the shadows rather than engage her in a fight. When Pyrrha's magnetism Semblance starts deflecting bullets, Abby panics the fight is described as having a deranged smile while preparing to kill over in no time.
* WalkingSpoiler: Even saying that Abby is important would spoil the twist of the story. That's why all spoilers are unmarked in this folder.
* WhamLine:
** Pyrrha admitting that she would die without
Weiss with is the morphine needle.
* There
first sign that Pyrrha is also a deeply troubled person. This is followed up on in the next story.
** TheReveal of
Abigail's casual indifference true nature:
--->"I'm going
to taking lives. She took nearly one hundred lives free you, Weiss." Abigail walked up to Weiss, a crazed look in one fell swoop her eye. "I’ll be your savior."
* YoureInsane: Pyrrha calls Abigail a lunatic when she unleashes her {{EMP}} Semblance in the middle of the hospital.
[[/folder]]

[[folder:''Pyrrha's Past'']]
[[WMG:''Pyrrha's Past'']]
->'''Summary:''' Pyrrha tells Weiss about her haunting past.
----
!!Tropes:
* {{Abusive Parent|s}}: Pyrrha’s mother, Lyra, was a {{sadist}}ic Atlas colonel who [[spoiler:killed her father, worked her till she passed out, and killed all her friends when she told them of her crimes]].
* BigBad: Colonel Lyra Nikos.
* BrokenAce: Pyrrha may be the top of her class, but she only got there after going through Hell. [[spoiler:Her mother trained her to the point of exhaustion, killed her father, and killed her former team when she told them about Lyra's crimes.]]
* DevilInPlainSight: Lyra is already a vicious {{Jerkass}} when she’s not beating Pyrrha or [[spoiler: torturing innocent [[FantasticRacism Faunus]] to death]]. Ironwood [[HorribleJudgeOfCharacter not noticing this]] is almost impressive.
-->''"What is wrong
with Ironwood?!" Erin demanded. "Doesn't he know when his troops are abusive psychopaths?!"''
* TheDogBitesBack: [[spoiler: After the years of torment and murder of
her Semblance, team, Pyrrha finally retaliated against Lyra and beat her to death.]]
* TheLostLenore: Rachel Westin is this for Pyrrha since [[spoiler: Lyra killed her right in front of Pyrrha to make a point]].
* {{Matricide}}: [[spoiler: Pyrrha beat Lyra to death, and [[AssholeVictim it's hard to say
she didn't even give it a passing thought.
deserve it]].]]
* As PosthumousCharacter: Almost every character in the doctor hears what Abigail tried to do to Weiss, he begins having the sinking realization that this wasn't her first attempt at flashback section is already dead.
* TrainingFromHell: Pyrrha suffered from
this. She had been doing it for a long time. She was able to stay beneath suspicion by acting heartbroken about losing a patient and no one suspected a thing.
** The scarier thing is that before
[[AbusiveParents Her mother, Lyra]], often worked her till she passed out from exhaustion.
* TraumaticSuperpowerAwakening: Pyrrha unlocks her Semblance after [[spoiler: witnessing
the reveal murder of her Semblance, [[TruthInTelevision Abby isn't even that far-fetched]]. Abigail is a type teammates and]] Lyra starts shooting at her. The bullets start deflecting.
* WholeEpisodeFlashback: Most
of SerialKiller that is found commonly in RealLife. Compared to the more fantastic threats of ''RWBY'''s universe, [[{{Mundanger}} such a banal threat]] story is rather chilling to think of. Even more so than Keter.

!''Pyrrha's Past''
dealing with [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin Pyrrha's upbringing [[DarkAndTroubledPast was not a happy one]]...
past]].
[[/folder]]

[[folder:''Field Trip'']]
[[WMG:''Field Trip'']]
->'''Summary:''' A field trip to Mt. Glenn, what could go wrong?
----
!!Tropes:
* Lyra's abuse, while sometimes exaggerated, can become disturbingly realistic at first.
AdaptationalEarlyAppearance: Ilia and Trifa first appeared in Volumes Four and Five respective. Here, they appear long before the Fall of Beacon.
* AdaptationPersonalityChange: Oobleck is even more eccentric than he is in canon, which is almost impressive. He's also incredibly crass and an admitted cocaine addict. ([[NotMakingThisUpDisclaimer Seriously.]]) The fact more impressive feat is that Lyra murders her husband Orion simply for siding with Pyrrha. She then forces Pyrrha to tell [[BunnyEarsLawyer he still has a job]].
* AdaptedOut: Roman's role in
the police that she did it Mount Glenn train plot has been removed in self-defense because [[AllAbusersAreMale he was the one abusing them]]. [[TheBadGuyWins It worked!]]
* Lyra is so psychopathic that she was willing to torture an innocent Faunus woman to death just because she was a Faunus and she believed she had information on
place of Scorch. Scorch also takes Sienna Khan's role in radicalizing the White Fang, despite any evidence showing that the woman clearly wasn't a terrorist. Finding out that she was a mother didn't deter her in the slightest. In fact, she wanted Fang.
* BigBad: Father Tiresias Scorch.
* BittersweetEnding: [[spoiler: They are able
to know where the kids were, so she could handle them herself.
* The fact that Lyra is so paranoid that she bugged her office to hear that Pyrrha was snitching on her. In response, she shot one of Pyrrha's teammates, snapped another's neck, and decided to mutilate the other for her to see. All because she tried to expose her.
** The treatment to Rachel deserves some mention since she cut off her Faunus ears just to get a point across to Pyrrha.
* Again, we see the reason why [[BewareTheNiceOnes you shouldn't piss off Pyrrha]]. Once her Semblance was awakened, she had nothing but murderous rage towards Lyra and struck fear into that diseased psychopath's heart just before beating her to death.

!''Field Trip''
*
stop Scorch's first scene is ordering attack on Vale, but there are several students that already died on the field trip. Not only that but when Ilia tries to murder answer for her own lover just because they were gay. It crimes, she is as heartbreaking as it is horrifying.
*
killed by Scorch calmly ordering and Ren is taken soon after. Sure, Ozpin gives him what he deserves, but the murder loss is incredibly saddening.]]
* CerebusSyndrome: The several instances
of DeathByAdaptation make this story more serious in comparison, and it's not something that they'll recover from as the series goes on.
* CompositeCharacter: Scorch is an OriginalCharacter, but he takes on many roles he takes up are taken from other characters. He takes Roman's role in the train bombing and Sienna's role in radicalizing the White Fang. [[spoiler:He also takes credit for the Mount Glenn tragedy in place of Dr. Merlot.]]
* DeathByAdaptation: [[spoiler: Trifa, Adam, his lieutenant, Ilia, and Ren are all killed off in this story.]]
* HotterAndSexier: This story bumps the series' rating to Explicit with a very detailed sex scene between
Blake and Yang's classmates Yang. This trend continues in ''Winter Has Come''.
* MakingLoveInAllTheWrongPlaces: Yang convinces Blake to sneak off with her to have sex during the field trip. Something that the chapter summary lampshades as a bad idea.
* PoliticallyIncorrectVillain: Scorch transforms the White Fang into a Faunus-supremacy organization and a group of {{Heteronormative Crusader}}s. Adam buys into this because he found out Blake was gay and he couldn't have her, which implies some misogyny on his part.
* PsychopathicManchild: Adam looks even more like a petulant child than he does in canon, with his lieutenant calling him immature while he responds "[[NoYou Your face is immature.]]" without a hint of irony. He's still an AxCrazy Faunus willing to kill all humans and homosexuals.
* RedemptionEqualsDeath: [[spoiler: Ilia is killed by Scorch just as soon as she turns herself in to pay for her crimes.]]
* SacrificialLamb: [[spoiler: Adam's death is the first real sign that AnyoneCanDie regardless of current canon.]]
* SacrificialLion: [[spoiler: And Ren's death truly cinches that fact.]]
* WhamEpisode: The numerous cases of DeathByAdaptation, especially [[spoiler:Ren]], shows that canon is officially out the window and that AnyoneCanDie.
[[/folder]]

[[folder:''Winter Has Come'']]
[[WMG:''Winter Has Come'']]
->'''Summary:''' Winter arrives in Vale to help with an issue.
----
!!Tropes:
* AdaptationalJerkass: Qrow is still a JerkWithAHeartOfGold, but there seems to be more emphasis on the "Jerk" part. He is openly sleazy and abrasive while being even more of a belligerent drunk than his canon self.
* AdaptationalNiceGuy: On the flipside, Winter and Whitley are ''much'' nicer to Weiss. Winter greets her with open arms without her frigid and strict demeanor, and Whitley is actually noted to be ''supportive'' of Weiss. Yes! '''''Whitley Schnee!''''' It's a bit difficult to believe!
* AdaptationalSexuality: Qrow has no indication that he was attracted to men in canon.
* BadBoss: Skull often kills his workers to ensure that he gets a bigger cut from Cinder.
* BigBad: Cinder finally takes up the role here, even if she carries out orders through [[TheHeavy Skull]]
* BrickJoke: Ginger the prostitute (mentioned in the previous story) makes a cameo.
* CanonCharacterAllAlong: Skull is really Mercury. The writer even brings up [[VideoGame/BatmanArkhamKnight the Arkham Knight]] after this is revealed.
* CoolBigSis: Winter shows how adept she is at this trope. She is genuinely nice to Weiss rather than cold and authoritarian.
* ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin: Winter has come to Beacon. That's not the only thing that happens, but it's still a significant event that occurs.
* TheHeavy: Skull works for [[BigBad Cinder]] and is the one directly causing the terrorist attacks that Ozpin and his associates are concerned about.
* ObviouslyEvil: In case you're wondering, the guy calling himself "[[NamesToRunAwayFromReallyFast Skull]]" that has a [[EvilSoundsDeep deep voice]] and [[EvilWearsBlack wears all black]] with a {{skull| for a head}} [[MalevolentMaskedMen mask]] might not be a good guy.
* SomethingCompletelyDifferent: This story focuses more on the adults.
* WorkingWithTheEx: Daisy and Winter have to work together. Considering they're divorced because the former was cheating on the latter with Qrow, it's about as awkward as you would expect.
* YourCheatingHeart: Winter's ex-wife Daisy was sleeping with Qrow.
[[/folder]]

[[folder:''Vytal Tournament'']]
[[WMG:''Vytal Tournament'']]
->'''Summary:''' Let the games begin!
----
!!Tropes:
* AdaptedOut: Instead of having the whole team, they use three-person teams to start in the tournament [[spoiler: [[JustifiedTrope for practicality's sake]] out of respect for JNPR's loss of Ren]].
* ButtMonkey: Team ARN's defeat was hilariously bad.
* CurbStompBattle:
** RWY vs. ARN was barely a fight. You'd almost feel pity for them.
** Cinder gives a brutal one to Jaune and she would have won if Pyrrha and Nora didn't intervene.
* DespairEventHorizon: [[spoiler:The remainder of]] Team JNPR is still depressed about [[spoiler:Ren's death]]. Blake isn't fairing much better after [[spoiler:Ilia's death]].
* DecompositeCharacter: [[spoiler: Yang isn't being framed since that plot point is given to Pyrrha. Also, in turn, Mercury isn't the one who was injured for the gambit.]]
* FriendlyEnemy: Nora and Lily spend time flirting before their fight.
* TheGhost:
** It is assumed that Bolin Hori still exists in this universe and wasn't outright AdaptedOut, but he doesn't show up in the story
along with his threat to show Yang Ruby's body shows how ruthless and cruel Scorch can be. Another show of this is when Trifa shows remorse team.
** Finally subverted
for killing her lover. She snaps her neck without a second thought.
* When Blake mentions the day that Adam snapped after finding out
Salem. After six stories, she was gay when Scorch preached his sends a video message about homosexuality to them.
** Also subverted with Neo, who also makes her appearance in this story.
* HeroWithBadPublicity: [[spoiler: After
being framed for injuring a sin against the gods, she said that he decided student after a match, Pyrrha went from Beacon's hero to murder every peaceful member remaining violent psycho in the White Fang simply because Blake would never love her.
public eye.]]
* When Adam accidentally slices {{Jerkass}}:
** Reese constantly flirts with Weiss to mess with her despite
the bars of Blake and Yang's cell, allowing them to escape, Scorch shows fact that he Weiss already stated that she had a girlfriend.
** Mercury taunts Team JNPR [[spoiler: after Ren died]] just to rub salt into the wound.
* IShallTauntYou:
** Salem has a message sent to Ozpin basically doing this to him.
** Mercury can't help but be a jerk to JNPR.
* TheReveal: [[spoiler: Penny
isn't a very forgiving boss. He takes out his daggers and impales Adam on the spot for his screw-up. [[KickTheSonOfABitch Couldn't have happened to a nice Faunus]], but it is still quite jarring to see how easily he will turn on even his most loyal followers.
* Ruby tries to save her friends, but she gets hit with a tranquilizer and can do nothing as her classmates are murdered and her friends are taken away.
* The train-bombing plot is almost more horrifying than it is
robot in canon. With the explicit change this continuity; she's human.]]
* ShoutOut: Nadir's hair isn't pink. [[Machinima/RedVsBlue It's lightish-red.]]
* TragicKeepsake: A locket
that people are actually shown Ilia owned belonged to be getting murdered as one of her [[HasTwoMommies mothers]] and it happens. was given to her before Scorch looks on to it with fondness.
* Ilia comes
killed them. [[spoiler: It now serves as this to Blake to turn herself after Ilia was killed by Scorch.]]
* WhamEpisode: A lot of major plot points start occurring
in for her crimes… just as this episode, including the Fall of Beacon.
[[/folder]]

[[folder:''Evil's Past'']]
[[WMG:''Evil's Past'']]
->'''Summary:''' As Cinder watches the carnage unfold,
she realizes she has a knife in her side. Scorch takes her out simply to spite remembers the heroes.
* Another spiteful move
events that Scorch made lead to this wondrous victory.
----
!!Tropes:
* AdaptationalVillainy:
** Neo
was terrible in canon, but she wasn't a rapist.
** [[spoiler: Cinder kept Emerald around in canon after her plans were getting too intense, but here, she killed her because she couldn't have someone turning on her because of a burdened conscience.]]
* BaitTheDog: [[spoiler: Just after Emerald admits that she still loves Cinder even though she's horrified by what she's done, Cinder kisses her only
to kill Ren on his way out. The heroes are helpless to do anything as they watch him die.
end up killing her.]]
* While it was an amazing moment, seeing Ozpin leave Scorch to a pack of BrainwashedAndCrazy: [[spoiler: Cinder had the Seer Grimm beasts was chilling. Especially with the PreMortemOneLiner that he gives before tossing him to the beasts.
-->''"[[IronicEcho You preached about how the Grimm would be your reapers, taking the damned souls to Hell.]] I say, let them reap."''
brainwash Neo into working for her.]]
* Finally, TheCameo: Roman finally shows up in this story, we see the main villains and it shows why he wasn't involved in any of the whole series, and they're already looking forward to wrecking Vale. Who knows how bad [[DarkestHour the Fall of Beacon]] will be portrayed…

!''Vytal Tournament''
major plots in this continuity.
* [[AxCrazy Neopolitan's]] [[EstablishingCharacterMoment introduction to the series]] truly brings some outright [[{{Gorn}} gruesome violence]] after an attack on the CCT tower. Skull's attacks were ruthless, but DaddysLittleVillain: [[spoiler: Roman encourages Neo's were outright ''sickening''. It's no wonder that Ironwood calls her an animal. Anyone with a shred of humanity wouldn't do the things described sadistic behavior.]]
* DeathByAdaptation: Cinder kills Roman
when Ciel and Ironwood found it:
-->''Not pretty was an understatement. The soldiers had been massacred, bullet riddled corpses
trying to get Neo. [[spoiler: Later, she kills Emerald for not being ruthless enough.]]
* DoubleStandardRapeFemaleOnFemale: Averted. [[spoiler: Neo raping Emerald is treated as a horrible thing.]]
* EvenEvilHasStandards: Roman's workers have a problem with leaving [[spoiler: Emerald]] alone with [[PsychoLesbian Neo]].
* PosthumousCharacter: The reason Roman hasn't shown up in
the least grotesque of the bodies. One man had been flayed, major plots.
* PsychoLesbian: Neo is revealed to have raped women, [[spoiler: including Emerald]].
* RapeAsBackstory: Emerald was raped [[spoiler: by Neo]],
and two had their body parts cut off and stitched back onto the other’s body.''
Cinder saving her from that is why she's devoted to her.
* RelatedInTheAdaptation: [[spoiler: Roman was Neo's response is also unsettling. She only sits in custody. She only smiles when she looks at Ironwood, and he immediately tries to choke her out while interrogating her... something she ''continues to smile at''. While the father.]]
* SelfMadeOrphan: Mercury did this for no
reason other than [[ForTheEvulz he could]].
* TheSpeechless: [[spoiler: It turns out Neo could speak, but
she doesn't talk was brainwashed by Cinder.]]
* VillainEpisode: All the focus
is on the villains.
[[/folder]]

[[folder:''Beacon's Fall'' ('''SPOILERS UNMARKED''')]]
[[WMG:''Beacon's Fall'']]
->'''Summary:''' As the Grimm ravage the city, the students attempted to fight back.
----
!!Tropes:
* ActuallyIAmHim: This story reveals
that she [[CompositeCharacter Cinder is genuinely mute, that response shows that she wouldn't talk anyway even if she could.
* Penny's death is made even more horrifying by the fact that she's human
Salem in this series. No BloodlessCarnage for this one.
disguise.
* As soon as AdaptationalAngstUpgrade: Everything about the Fall of Beacon occurs, we see is made even more devastating.
* AllForNothing:
** Ozpin's efforts to get
the return of Skull shooting guards making sure the shields are kept up over Beacon Fall Maiden's powers to Pyrrha all fail when Amber is shot. Salem even lampshades this.
** All Pyrrha's attempts
to keep Grimm out. He lowers the shields and all Hell breaks loose. Even Ozpin is at a loss for what to do.
* The ending
Weiss out of this to keep her safe ultimately fail when she is killed right in front of her.
* CruelMercy: Salem taunted Pyrrha by saying she was going to do this to her. She would let her live with the knowledge that all of her efforts failed.
* DeathByAdaptation:
** Jaune, Glynda, and Weiss were killed in this story. All of them survived the events of the Fall of Beacon on the show.
** This
story is the Nevermore attempting to break the shield reveals that Taiyang was killed instead of Summer.
* DownerEnding: Weiss
and succeeding just Pyrrha (for all their efforts to keep each other alive) get killed by Salem.
* EvilIsPetty: Salem was going to let Pyrrha live
before the story ends.

!''Evil's Past''
* Emerald met Neo because
she cut her face.
* {{Foreshadowing}}: Pyrrha's line from ''Weiss and Pyrrha'' saying she'd die without Weiss seems awfully prophetic now.
* HeroicSacrifice: Daisy saves Winter while Winter
was trying to steal from Roman's shipments to pay for an apartment. After Roman admits that he wouldn't have a problem killing a child, he decides a fitting punishment would be to hand her over to Neo, who turns out to be a sadistic [[SerialRapist serial-raping]] PsychoLesbian. Roman only leaves her be as he listens to Emerald screaming for help.
do this.
* Neo’s muteness is the result of TheReveal: Cinder {{Mind Rap|e}}ing her with was actually Salem in disguise the Seer Grimm. The tentacles embed themselves into Neo's skull as she whole time.
* SenselessSacrifice: Weiss and Pyrrha make a mutual one. Weiss
tries to struggle away stop Pyrrha from doing this and she becomes completely obedient afterward.
Pyrrha stops Weiss to keep her safe.
* How SparedByTheAdaptation: The epilogue reveals that Summer is still alive.
* TogetherInDeath: The only solace that Weiss and Pyrrha can have after everything that happened is this.
* TwoAliasesOneCharacter:
Cinder finds Mercury, running through the forest with broken legs and his flaming house and dead father behind him. Not only did he kill his father, but he left his mother to burn alive in his house. His reasonin for becoming a SelfMadeOrphan?
-->''"[[ForTheEvulz Why not?]]"''
* Cinder brings Emerald in for a kiss... only to stab her and throw her off the roof just because she's not ruthless enough for what Cinder has planned next. Her cold dismissal of Emerald's death as [[LackOfEmpathy the loss of a valuable asset]]
is chilling.really Salem.
[[/folder]]
----


* When Adam accidentally slices the bars of Blake and Yang's cell, allowing them to escape, Scorch shows that he isn't a very forgiving boss. He takes out his daggers and impales Adam on the spot for his screw-up. [[KickTheSonOfABitch couldn't have happened to a nice Faunus]], but it is still quite jarring to see.

to:

* When Adam accidentally slices the bars of Blake and Yang's cell, allowing them to escape, Scorch shows that he isn't a very forgiving boss. He takes out his daggers and impales Adam on the spot for his screw-up. [[KickTheSonOfABitch couldn't Couldn't have happened to a nice Faunus]], but it is still quite jarring to see.see how easily he will turn on even his most loyal followers.



* The reason Neo is mute is that Cinder {{Mind Rape}}d her with the Seer Grimm. The tentacles embed themselves into Neo's skull as she tries to struggle away.
* How Cinder finds Mercury, running through the forest with broken legs and his flaming house and dead father behind him. Not only did he kill his father, but he left his mother to burn alive in his house. His reasoning?
-->''[[ForTheEvulz Why not?]]"''

to:

* The reason Neo Neo’s muteness is mute is that the result of Cinder {{Mind Rape}}d Rap|e}}ing her with the Seer Grimm. The tentacles embed themselves into Neo's skull as she tries to struggle away.
away and she becomes completely obedient afterward.
* How Cinder finds Mercury, running through the forest with broken legs and his flaming house and dead father behind him. Not only did he kill his father, but he left his mother to burn alive in his house. His reasoning?
-->''[[ForTheEvulz
reasonin for becoming a SelfMadeOrphan?
-->''"[[ForTheEvulz
Why not?]]"''


* Neo's response is also unsettling. She only sits in custody. She only smiles when she looks at Ironwood, and he immediately tries to choke her out while interrogating her... something she ''continues to smile at''. While the reason she doesn't talk is that she is genuinely mute, even if she could speak, that response shows that she wouldn't talk anyway even if she could.

to:

* Neo's response is also unsettling. She only sits in custody. She only smiles when she looks at Ironwood, and he immediately tries to choke her out while interrogating her... something she ''continues to smile at''. While the reason she doesn't talk is that she is genuinely mute, even if she could speak, that response shows that she wouldn't talk anyway even if she could.could.
* Penny's death is made even more horrifying by the fact that she's human in this series. No BloodlessCarnage for this one.
* As soon as the Fall of Beacon occurs, we see the return of Skull shooting guards making sure the shields are kept up over Beacon to keep Grimm out. He lowers the shields and all Hell breaks loose. Even Ozpin is at a loss for what to do.
* The ending of this story is the Nevermore attempting to break the shield and succeeding just before the story ends.

!''Evil's Past''
* Emerald met Neo because she was trying to steal from Roman's shipments to pay for an apartment. After Roman admits that he wouldn't have a problem killing a child, he decides a fitting punishment would be to hand her over to Neo, who turns out to be a sadistic [[SerialRapist serial-raping]] PsychoLesbian. Roman only leaves her be as he listens to Emerald screaming for help.
* The reason Neo is mute is that Cinder {{Mind Rape}}d her with the Seer Grimm. The tentacles embed themselves into Neo's skull as she tries to struggle away.
* How Cinder finds Mercury, running through the forest with broken legs and his flaming house and dead father behind him. Not only did he kill his father, but he left his mother to burn alive in his house. His reasoning?
-->''[[ForTheEvulz Why not?]]"''
* Cinder brings Emerald in for a kiss... only to stab her and throw her off the roof just because she's not ruthless enough for what Cinder has planned next. Her cold dismissal of Emerald's death as [[LackOfEmpathy the loss of a valuable asset]] is chilling.


* Finally, in this story, we see the main villains of the whole series, and they're already looking forward to wrecking Vale. Who knows how bad [[DarkestHour the Fall of Beacon]] will be portrayed…

to:

* Finally, in this story, we see the main villains of the whole series, and they're already looking forward to wrecking Vale. Who knows how bad [[DarkestHour the Fall of Beacon]] will be portrayed…portrayed…

!''Vytal Tournament''
* [[AxCrazy Neopolitan's]] [[EstablishingCharacterMoment introduction to the series]] truly brings some outright [[{{Gorn}} gruesome violence]] after an attack on the CCT tower. Skull's attacks were ruthless, but Neo's were outright ''sickening''. It's no wonder that Ironwood calls her an animal. Anyone with a shred of humanity wouldn't do the things described when Ciel and Ironwood found it:
-->''Not pretty was an understatement. The soldiers had been massacred, bullet riddled corpses being the least grotesque of the bodies. One man had been flayed, and two had their body parts cut off and stitched back onto the other’s body.''
* Neo's response is also unsettling. She only sits in custody. She only smiles when she looks at Ironwood, and he immediately tries to choke her out while interrogating her... something she ''continues to smile at''. While the reason she doesn't talk is that she is genuinely mute, even if she could speak, that response shows that she wouldn't talk anyway even if she could.

Added DiffLines:

How much more disturbing could [[Fanfic/RubyAndNora this series]] get than canon? Well, you'll see…

'''ALL SPOILERS ARE UNMARKED.'''
----
!''Ruby's Birthday''
Appropriate for a story taking place on [[AllHallowsEve Halloween]].
* Keter makes just about every scene he's in very tense. Even when he's not doing anything bad, the fact that he takes so much pride in his gruesome crimes. After his escape, every scene is just waiting for him to do something horrific.
** The fact that his Semblance is {{Teleportation}} makes it even worse. In the hands of this AxCrazy SerialKiller, that's basically a way for him to get in and out of places without effort. He can take any victims that he wants and get out without getting caught just as easily. He even mocks the guard he kills him by making that point. There's a reason he's considered one of Remnant's most dangerous criminals.
* The moment that Keter goes up to Sally Rivers is just a wait for him to kill her. He makes polite conversation while acquiring the scissors, however, we know how this will end. He plunged the scissors into her chest and he walked out of the store while she could do nothing but watch as she died. It has some ParanoiaFuel about it. The idea that some deranged man could just walk into the place you work at and stab you to death without a second thought.
* Killing the Lock family involves him simply ringing the doorbell and is allowed in by the father. After pretending to be a trick-or-treater, he stabs the father and then goes to the mother and daughter. The scene cuts out [[GoryDiscretionShot just before he murders them]].
* The pure murderous rage coming from Pyrrha of all people is a little unnerving. She was right about to kill Keter had Ozpin not stopped her.

!''Weiss and Pyrrha''
* Abigail's reveal seems like something out of a horror movie. She is described as having a deranged smile while preparing to kill Weiss with the morphine needle.
* There is also Abigail's casual indifference to taking lives. She took nearly one hundred lives in one fell swoop with her Semblance, and she didn't even give it a passing thought.
* As the doctor hears what Abigail tried to do to Weiss, he begins having the sinking realization that this wasn't her first attempt at this. She had been doing it for a long time. She was able to stay beneath suspicion by acting heartbroken about losing a patient and no one suspected a thing.
** The scarier thing is that before the reveal of her Semblance, [[TruthInTelevision Abby isn't even that far-fetched]]. Abigail is a type of SerialKiller that is found commonly in RealLife. Compared to the more fantastic threats of ''RWBY'''s universe, [[{{Mundanger}} such a banal threat]] is rather chilling to think of. Even more so than Keter.

!''Pyrrha's Past''
Pyrrha's upbringing [[DarkAndTroubledPast was not a happy one]]...
* Lyra's abuse, while sometimes exaggerated, can become disturbingly realistic at first.
* The fact that Lyra murders her husband Orion simply for siding with Pyrrha. She then forces Pyrrha to tell the police that she did it in self-defense because [[AllAbusersAreMale he was the one abusing them]]. [[TheBadGuyWins It worked!]]
* Lyra is so psychopathic that she was willing to torture an innocent Faunus woman to death just because she was a Faunus and she believed she had information on the White Fang, despite any evidence showing that the woman clearly wasn't a terrorist. Finding out that she was a mother didn't deter her in the slightest. In fact, she wanted to know where the kids were, so she could handle them herself.
* The fact that Lyra is so paranoid that she bugged her office to hear that Pyrrha was snitching on her. In response, she shot one of Pyrrha's teammates, snapped another's neck, and decided to mutilate the other for her to see. All because she tried to expose her.
** The treatment to Rachel deserves some mention since she cut off her Faunus ears just to get a point across to Pyrrha.
* Again, we see the reason why [[BewareTheNiceOnes you shouldn't piss off Pyrrha]]. Once her Semblance was awakened, she had nothing but murderous rage towards Lyra and struck fear into that diseased psychopath's heart just before beating her to death.

!''Field Trip''
* Scorch's first scene is ordering Ilia to murder her own lover just because they were gay. It is as heartbreaking as it is horrifying.
* Scorch calmly ordering the murder of Blake and Yang's classmates along with his threat to show Yang Ruby's body shows how ruthless and cruel Scorch can be. Another show of this is when Trifa shows remorse for killing her lover. She snaps her neck without a second thought.
* When Blake mentions the day that Adam snapped after finding out she was gay when Scorch preached his message about homosexuality being a sin against the gods, she said that he decided to murder every peaceful member remaining in the White Fang simply because Blake would never love her.
* When Adam accidentally slices the bars of Blake and Yang's cell, allowing them to escape, Scorch shows that he isn't a very forgiving boss. He takes out his daggers and impales Adam on the spot for his screw-up. [[KickTheSonOfABitch couldn't have happened to a nice Faunus]], but it is still quite jarring to see.
* Ruby tries to save her friends, but she gets hit with a tranquilizer and can do nothing as her classmates are murdered and her friends are taken away.
* The train-bombing plot is almost more horrifying than it is in canon. With the explicit change that people are actually shown to be getting murdered as it happens. Scorch looks on to it with fondness.
* Ilia comes to Blake to turn herself in for her crimes… just as she realizes she has a knife in her side. Scorch takes her out simply to spite the heroes.
* Another spiteful move that Scorch made was to kill Ren on his way out. The heroes are helpless to do anything as they watch him die.
* While it was an amazing moment, seeing Ozpin leave Scorch to a pack of Grimm beasts was chilling. Especially with the PreMortemOneLiner that he gives before tossing him to the beasts.
-->''"[[IronicEcho You preached about how the Grimm would be your reapers, taking the damned souls to Hell.]] I say, let them reap."''
* Finally, in this story, we see the main villains of the whole series, and they're already looking forward to wrecking Vale. Who knows how bad [[DarkestHour the Fall of Beacon]] will be portrayed…

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