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* YouCantThwartStageOne: Despite numerous opportunities and near-misses, the heroes fail to stop the villainous scheme of the Vale Arc from successfully completing in Volume 3, scoring only a few minor victories in response. The heroes' failures begin with their inability to stop the villains from infecting the control tower with a virus. They then fail to stop a bomb-loaded train from unleashing Grimm into the city, which enables the villains to establish themselves as allies by helping save the city. [[spoiler:The villains are then able to manipulate Yang into attacking an apparently defeated opponent during a live broadcast; they also manipulate Pyrrha into killing Penny during a live broadcast before using both moments in a speech over the global airwaves they've captured to trigger a massive Grimm invasion. Beacon Academy is destroyed, many people lose their lives including two important characters, Cinder obtains the Fall Maiden's full power and Salem is able to confirm the Relic of Choice is hidden somewhere in the school. The volume closes with Salem giving Ozpin a speech about how she intends to snuff out the hope of humanity and destroy everything Ozpin ever valued. All the heroes manage to do is save the city of Vale, freeze the Grimm Wyvern to Beacon's destroyed tower, and permanently maim Cinder.]]

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* YouCantThwartStageOne: Despite numerous opportunities and near-misses, the heroes fail to stop the villainous scheme of the Vale Arc from successfully completing in Volume 3, scoring only a few minor victories in response. The heroes' failures begin with their inability to stop the villains from infecting the control tower with a virus. They then fail to stop a bomb-loaded train from unleashing Grimm into the city, which enables the villains to establish themselves as allies by helping to save the city. [[spoiler:The villains are then able to manipulate Yang [[HairTriggerTemper Yang]] into attacking an apparently defeated opponent during a live broadcast; they also manipulate Pyrrha [[TheAce Pyrrha]] into killing Penny [[RobotGirl Penny]] during a live broadcast before using both moments in a speech over the global airwaves they've captured to trigger a massive Grimm invasion. [[ExtranormalInstitute Beacon Academy Academy]] is destroyed, many people lose their lives including two important characters, Cinder [[TheHeavy Cinder]] obtains the [[ElementalPowers Fall Maiden's Maiden's]] full power and Salem is able to confirm the [[ArtifactOfPower Relic of Choice Choice]] is hidden somewhere in the school. The volume closes with Salem [[BigBad Salem]] giving Ozpin [[BigGood Ozpin]] a speech about how she intends to [[HopeCrusher snuff out the hope hope]] of humanity and [[DespairGambit destroy everything everything]] Ozpin ever valued. All the heroes manage to do is save the city of Vale, which the villains don't care about; freeze the Grimm Wyvern to Beacon's destroyed tower, which now attracts more Grimm to the school and prevents it from being taken back by the Huntsmen; and permanently maim Cinder.Cinder, which has left her obsessed with seeking vengeance against Ruby.]]


* YouCantThwartStageOne: Despite numerous opportunities and near-misses, the heroes fail to stop the train impact from unleasing Grimm in the city; the villains infecting the control tower with a virus; [[spoiler:Yang from being manipulated into (apparently) attacking a defeated opponent on a live broadcast; Pyrrha from being manipulated into killing Penny on a live broadcast and an ensuing villainous speech over the captured airwaves sparking a Grimm invasion; the defeat and collapse of the city and its college; and the last part of the Fall Maiden's power from being stolen.]] Aside from Ruby freezing the Grimm Dragon at the very end, every single part of the villainous scheme in Volume 3 went off without a hitch, with the only small setback being that Cinder got heavily maimed.

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* YouCantThwartStageOne: Despite numerous opportunities and near-misses, the heroes fail to stop the train impact villainous scheme of the Vale Arc from unleasing Grimm successfully completing in the city; Volume 3, scoring only a few minor victories in response. The heroes' failures begin with their inability to stop the villains from infecting the control tower with a virus; [[spoiler:Yang virus. They then fail to stop a bomb-loaded train from being manipulated unleashing Grimm into (apparently) the city, which enables the villains to establish themselves as allies by helping save the city. [[spoiler:The villains are then able to manipulate Yang into attacking a an apparently defeated opponent on during a live broadcast; they also manipulate Pyrrha from being manipulated into killing Penny on during a live broadcast and an ensuing villainous before using both moments in a speech over the global airwaves they've captured airwaves sparking to trigger a massive Grimm invasion; the defeat and collapse of the city and its college; and the last part of invasion. Beacon Academy is destroyed, many people lose their lives including two important characters, Cinder obtains the Fall Maiden's full power from being stolen.]] Aside from Ruby freezing and Salem is able to confirm the Relic of Choice is hidden somewhere in the school. The volume closes with Salem giving Ozpin a speech about how she intends to snuff out the hope of humanity and destroy everything Ozpin ever valued. All the heroes manage to do is save the city of Vale, freeze the Grimm Dragon at the very end, every single part of the villainous scheme in Volume 3 went off without a hitch, with the only small setback being that Cinder got heavily maimed.Wyvern to Beacon's destroyed tower, and permanently maim Cinder.]]


* VillainHasAAPoint: Ironwood's rant about how loyalty always matters might just be a rant, but then you remember that the villain he faces has the M.O. of making people turn against each other ''and'' had TheMole on her side. Kinda helps to know who's on who's side when your villain works like that.

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* VillainHasAAPoint: Ironwood's rant about how loyalty always matters might just be a rant, but then you remember that the villain he faces has the M.O. of making people turn against each other ''and'' had TheMole on her side. Kinda helps to know who's on who's side when your villain works like that.


* WrongContextMagic: The Maidens are introduced as this. They have special abilities that normal people are not capable of, which do not come from either Dust or their Semblance, but rather are explicitly compared to magic. [[spoiler: Later it's revealed that it's because Aura and Semblances are the barest vestiges of magic left on Remnant, and the Maidens' powers are the closest anyone of the second humanity can come to full magical power barring special circumstances. In addition, Dust is implied to be magically irradiated moon rocks from contact with one of the Brother Gods.]]

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* WrongContextMagic: The Maidens are introduced as this. They have special abilities that normal people are not capable of, of and which even trained Huntsmen cannot achieve. The abilities do not come from either Dust or and are not Semblances. Unlike Semblances, Maidens can continue using their Semblance, but rather power even if their Auras have broken. Their powers are explicitly compared described as magic, which is something the people of Remnant don't believe exists. [[spoiler:The secret history of Remnant reveals that humanity is actually on its second attempt at existence. The original human race all possessed magic before they were destroyed by their gods. Humanity found a way to magic. [[spoiler: Later be reborn, but only as a fractured remnant of its original potential. The existence of two members of the original human race means that magic is not entirely gone from the world; it's revealed that it's because Aura and Semblances are the barest vestiges of magic left on Remnant, and the Maidens' powers are the closest anyone of the second humanity can come to full magical power barring special circumstances. In addition, Dust is implied to be magically irradiated moon rocks from contact with one of these two people gifting his magic to four sisters that the Brother Gods.Maiden magic comes.]]


* WrongContextMagic: The Maidens are introduced as this. They have special abilities that normal people are not capable of, which do not come from either Dust or their Semblance, but rather are explicitly compared to magic.

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* WrongContextMagic: The Maidens are introduced as this. They have special abilities that normal people are not capable of, which do not come from either Dust or their Semblance, but rather are explicitly compared to magic. [[spoiler: Later it's revealed that it's because Aura and Semblances are the barest vestiges of magic left on Remnant, and the Maidens' powers are the closest anyone of the second humanity can come to full magical power barring special circumstances. In addition, Dust is implied to be magically irradiated moon rocks from contact with one of the Brother Gods.]]

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* UnwittingPawn:
** Ironwood is very dependent on technology and science. Cinder uses that to exploit him when she hacks Vale's CCT. Eventually, she hacks his personal scroll as well, gaining a lot of classified information, including the secret of Penny's true nature. Later, a freed Roman exploits this further by hacking his forces of Atlesian Knights and Paladins to increase the chaos during the attack on Vale.
** In Volume 7, Watts meets with Jacques to make an offer that will help Jacques win the election. He strongly implies that the reason he's come to Jacques is because Jacques has a problem with Ironwood and wants to curb Ironwood's power, but Jacques is only interested in how Ironwood is affecting him. When Weiss asks Pietro who in Atlas has access to the Atlesian security network, Pietro tells her that the councillors, top security and the people in charge of certain key systems such as water treatment and the heating grid has them. [[spoiler: Due to the SDC working in partnership with the heating grid, Weiss realises there's a connection between her father's company and security clearance via the heating grid, but she doesn't know Watts exists and is therefore unable to reach the necessary conclusions. While a council meeting takes place in Atlas that includes Ironwood, Jacques, the other councillors and even Robyn, Watts shuts down Mantle's heating grid.]]

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* WhatTheHellHero: In Volume 7, Ironwood is being seen by both the citizens of Mantle and at least some of the heroes as increasingly dictatorial and unreasonable in his decision-making process and the human suffering he's willing to overlook for the sake of achieving the "greater good". When he responds to Robyn's increasing attacks on the construction supplies being diverted from Mantle to Amity Tower, he contemplates the possibility of enforcing martial law on Mantle but a frustrated Nora quickly challenges it. When he tries to defend it by saying everyone must make sacrifices, Nora angrily notes that Mantle is bearing the burden alone.


* WhamEpisode:
** ''Fall''. Remnant's history of fairy tales are discussed, and it's revealed that some of them are actually true stories that were deliberately disguised as fairy tales to protect humanity from panic and chaos. There are four Maidens who represent the four Seasons. They were gifted with incredible, magical power by an old man who possessed incredible, magical power of his own. Cinder has attacked the Fall Maiden and stolen half her power. The Fall Maiden's protectors want Pyrrha to inherit her remaining power. Confirmed in livestream interviews with the creators that the Maidens were invented between the end of Volume 2 and the beginning of Volume 3, resulting in the original plot needing to be rewritten and no foreshadowing for them having occurred. [[spoiler: The Maidens turn out to be the key to everything that is happening in the plot, having been created by Ozpin, who is the old man of the fairy tale and who possessed this magical power as part of a curse bestowed upon him by the gods for failing to have defeated Salem thousands of years ago.]]
** ''End of the Beginning''. Shit hits the fan '''hard''', and the series officially reaches its DarkestHour. [[spoiler: Pyrrha is killed by Cinder, Ozpin is missing and also presumed dead, and Beacon is overrun by the Grimm and abandoned. Ruby teams up with Jaune, Ren, and Nora to travel to Haven for answers, Weiss is dragged back to Atlas by her father, Blake runs off without a trace, and Yang stays at home with her father, too traumatized by the loss of her arm and everything else that's happened to even get out of bed. As a montage of these events plays, the female narrator from the very first episode speaks, admitting that Ozpin had a point about [[HopeBringer how a single spark can ignite the fires of hope]] and how [[HumansAreSpecial humans can overcome anything when united by a common threat]]... [[HopeCrusher Before revealing her intent to crush that hope]], [[DivideAndConquer then divide and destroy humanity]], [[DelayedNarratorIntroduction with the last scene showing the narrator]], a white-haired woman in black, staring out across a lifeless black hellscape, [[FaceRevealingTurn then turning to the camera to reveal]] [[MonstrousHumanoid her utterly inhuman visage]] and saying how can't she wait to watch Ozpin burn.]]
** ''Sparks''. Winter reveals to Weiss that the current Winter Maiden is an old woman who could pass away any day now. Ironwood has her under constant surveillance and only Winter is allowed direct contact with her in the hope that she will inherit the Maiden's power when she dies. Meanwhile, Jacques, likely at Watts' suggestion, reveals in a press conference that in opposition of Ironwood's embargo, he's shutting down all nonessential SDC operations, resulting in riots after people all over Atlas lose their jobs.
-->'''Winter''': I think... I think Father may have just provided the spark that's going to set this kingdom on fire.

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* WhamEpisode:
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WhamEpisode: ''Fall''. Remnant's history of fairy tales are discussed, and it's revealed that some of them are actually true stories that were deliberately disguised as fairy tales to protect humanity from panic and chaos. There are four Maidens who represent the four Seasons. They were gifted with incredible, magical power by an old man who possessed incredible, magical power of his own. Cinder has attacked the Fall Maiden and stolen half her power. The Fall Maiden's protectors want Pyrrha to inherit her remaining power. Confirmed in livestream interviews with the creators that the Maidens were invented between the end of Volume 2 and the beginning of Volume 3, resulting in the original plot needing to be rewritten and no foreshadowing for them having occurred. [[spoiler: The Maidens turn out to be the key to everything that is happening in the plot, having been created by Ozpin, who is the old man of the fairy tale and who possessed this magical power as part of a curse bestowed upon him by the gods for failing to have defeated Salem thousands of years ago.]]
** ''End of the Beginning''. Shit hits the fan '''hard''', and the series officially reaches its DarkestHour. [[spoiler: Pyrrha is killed by Cinder, Ozpin is missing and also presumed dead, and Beacon is overrun by the Grimm and abandoned. Ruby teams up with Jaune, Ren, and Nora to travel to Haven for answers, Weiss is dragged back to Atlas by her father, Blake runs off without a trace, and Yang stays at home with her father, too traumatized by the loss of her arm and everything else that's happened to even get out of bed. As a montage of these events plays, the female narrator from the very first episode speaks, admitting that Ozpin had a point about [[HopeBringer how a single spark can ignite the fires of hope]] and how [[HumansAreSpecial humans can overcome anything when united by a common threat]]... [[HopeCrusher Before revealing her intent to crush that hope]], [[DivideAndConquer then divide and destroy humanity]], [[DelayedNarratorIntroduction with the last scene showing the narrator]], a white-haired woman in black, staring out across a lifeless black hellscape, [[FaceRevealingTurn then turning to the camera to reveal]] [[MonstrousHumanoid her utterly inhuman visage]] and saying how can't she wait to watch Ozpin burn.]]
** ''Sparks''. Winter reveals to Weiss that the current Winter Maiden is an old woman who could pass away any day now. Ironwood has her under constant surveillance and only Winter is allowed direct contact with her in the hope that she will inherit the Maiden's power when she dies. Meanwhile, Jacques, likely at Watts' suggestion, reveals in a press conference that in opposition of Ironwood's embargo, he's shutting down all nonessential SDC operations, resulting in riots after people all over Atlas lose their jobs.
-->'''Winter''': I think... I think Father may have just provided the spark that's going to set this kingdom on fire.
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** ''The Calm Before The Storm''. Winter reveals to Weiss that the current Winter Maiden is an old woman who could pass away any day now. Ironwood has her under constant surveillance and only Winter is allowed direct contact with her in the hope that she will inherit the Maiden's power when she dies. Meanwhile, Jacques, likely at Watts' suggestion, reveals in a press conference that in opposition of Ironwood's embargo, he's shutting down all nonessential SDC operations, resulting in riots after people all over Atlas lose their jobs.

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** ''The Calm Before The Storm''.''Sparks''. Winter reveals to Weiss that the current Winter Maiden is an old woman who could pass away any day now. Ironwood has her under constant surveillance and only Winter is allowed direct contact with her in the hope that she will inherit the Maiden's power when she dies. Meanwhile, Jacques, likely at Watts' suggestion, reveals in a press conference that in opposition of Ironwood's embargo, he's shutting down all nonessential SDC operations, resulting in riots after people all over Atlas lose their jobs.


** ''The Calm Before The Storm''. Winter reveals to Weiss that the Winter Maiden is an old woman who could pass away any day now. Ironwood has her under surveillance 24/7 and only Winter is allowed direct contact with her in the hope that she will inherit the Maiden's power when she dies. Meanwhile, Jacques, likely at Watts' suggestion, reveals in a press conference that in opposition of Ironwood's embargo, he's shutting down all nonessential SDC operations, resulting in riots after people all over Atlas lose their jobs.

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** ''The Calm Before The Storm''. Winter reveals to Weiss that the current Winter Maiden is an old woman who could pass away any day now. Ironwood has her under constant surveillance 24/7 and only Winter is allowed direct contact with her in the hope that she will inherit the Maiden's power when she dies. Meanwhile, Jacques, likely at Watts' suggestion, reveals in a press conference that in opposition of Ironwood's embargo, he's shutting down all nonessential SDC operations, resulting in riots after people all over Atlas lose their jobs.


** ''The Calm Before The Storm''. Winter reveals to Weiss that the Winter Maiden is an old woman who could pass away any day now. Ironwood has her under surveillance 24/7 and only Winter is allowed direct contact with her in the hope that Winter will become the next Winter Maiden when she dies. Meanwhile, Jacques, likely at Watts' suggestion, reveals in a press conference that in opposition of Ironwood's embargo, he's shutting down all nonessential SDC operations, resulting in riots after people all over Atlas lose their jobs.

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** ''The Calm Before The Storm''. Winter reveals to Weiss that the Winter Maiden is an old woman who could pass away any day now. Ironwood has her under surveillance 24/7 and only Winter is allowed direct contact with her in the hope that Winter she will become inherit the next Winter Maiden Maiden's power when she dies. Meanwhile, Jacques, likely at Watts' suggestion, reveals in a press conference that in opposition of Ironwood's embargo, he's shutting down all nonessential SDC operations, resulting in riots after people all over Atlas lose their jobs.


** ''The Calm Before The Storm''. [[spoiler: Winter reveals to Weiss that the Winter Maiden is an old woman who could pass away any day now. Ironwood has her under surveillance 24/7 and only Winter is allowed direct contact with her in the hope that Winter will become the next Winter Maiden when she dies. Meanwhile, Jacques, likely at Watts' suggestion, reveals in a press conference that in opposition of Ironwood's embargo, he's shutting down all nonessential SDC operations, resulting in riots after people all over Atlas lose their jobs.]]
-->'''Winter''': [[spoiler: I think... I think Father may have just provided the spark that's going to set this kingdom on fire.]]

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** ''The Calm Before The Storm''. [[spoiler: Winter reveals to Weiss that the Winter Maiden is an old woman who could pass away any day now. Ironwood has her under surveillance 24/7 and only Winter is allowed direct contact with her in the hope that Winter will become the next Winter Maiden when she dies. Meanwhile, Jacques, likely at Watts' suggestion, reveals in a press conference that in opposition of Ironwood's embargo, he's shutting down all nonessential SDC operations, resulting in riots after people all over Atlas lose their jobs.]]
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-->'''Winter''': [[spoiler: I think... I think Father may have just provided the spark that's going to set this kingdom on fire.]]


-->'''Winter''': [[spoiler: I think... I think Father may have provided the spark that's going to set this kingdom on fire.]]

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-->'''Winter''': [[spoiler: I think... I think Father may have just provided the spark that's going to set this kingdom on fire.]]

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** ''The Calm Before The Storm''. [[spoiler: Winter reveals to Weiss that the Winter Maiden is an old woman who could pass away any day now. Ironwood has her under surveillance 24/7 and only Winter is allowed direct contact with her in the hope that Winter will become the next Winter Maiden when she dies. Meanwhile, Jacques, likely at Watts' suggestion, reveals in a press conference that in opposition of Ironwood's embargo, he's shutting down all nonessential SDC operations, resulting in riots after people all over Atlas lose their jobs.]]
-->'''Winter''': [[spoiler: I think... I think Father may have provided the spark that's going to set this kingdom on fire.]]

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