The leader of the TRE guild. Officially registered under "Torchwick Real Estate", it's better known as "Torchwick Rogue Empire" as a hint to it's true nature.
- The Bait: Intentionally fails to assassinate Corvo and allows himself to be captured by the Mistral Army just to focus the Hunters' attention. YMMV on how much sense this makes when the Guild was already bound for the Mistral army, and the Greycloak's plan called for said army to be over-run by a horde of Grimm.
- Charm Person: A benefit of his Passive, Silver Tongued Rogue, which lets him use his Dexterity score in place of Charisma.
- Faux Affably Evil: Is quite polite and friendly in his interactions, but is constantly trying to scam students into poverty and force them out of Beacon. Later revealed to be a necessary tactic for his Silver Tongued Rogue passive skill, so that people will follow his suggestions more easily.
- Karma Houdini Warranty: After spending years tricking defenseless students into trouble he finally gets a measure of comeuppance in Book 3 when he's forced to flee Beacon, but still escapes imprisonment.
- Killed Offscreen: The king has both him and Neo executed offscreen after they are tortured for any information they may have on the Greycloaks.
- Knife Nut: Wields a dagger along with his cane.
- Loan Shark: His specialty, with the help of Neo.
- Manipulative Bastard: He has a particular fondness of targeting naive first years. Needless to say, it has made him many enemies over the years.
- The Mole: Is revealed to be employed by the Greycloaks while being a student within Beacon.
- Nice Job Fixing It, Villain!: His scamming the Hunters Guild, and subsequently trying to get them kicked out of Beacon, is what pushes them to take quests that frequently pits them against the Greycloaks.
- Son of a Whore: Casually mentions that his mother was a prostitute in response to Coco calling him a bastard.
- Treacherous Quest Giver: Averted. Tried to offer a quest as a means for Jaune and the others to pay off their debt, but Jaune later throws the scroll away without even reading it, knowing it would likely give Torchwick even more leverage over them.
Class: Dancer Actual Class: Illusionist
Torchwick's assistant, and the Seneschal of the TRE guild. She and Torchwick share a friendly and amicable relationship.
- Bitch in Sheep's Clothing: Likes to pretend to be a member of the Labour Caste to make people underestimate her.
- Foil: To Jaune. While Jaune changes his Labourer class name to a Hero's with an illusion in order to escape the prejudice against the Labour Caste and pursue a heroic life, she uses an illusion to change her Hero class name to a Labourer's in order to pursue a criminal career and make people underestimate her until it's too late.
- Hoist by His Own Petard: She could have easily killed Jaune in his sleep, but made a spur of the moment decision to choke him to death in a needlessly cruel fashion rather than simply slit his throat, giving him an opportunity to stop her. This does not count as Idiot Ball as it was entirely in character for her to do so.
- Karma Houdini Warranty: After spending years tricking defenseless students into trouble she finally gets a measure of comeuppance in Book 3 when her true class is revealed and she's forced to flee Beacon, but still manages to avoid imprisonment.
- Killed Offscreen: The king has both her and Roman executed offscreen after they are tortured for any information they may have on the Greycloaks.
- Kiss of Death: Shows up in the Magnis quest disguised as Blake in an attempt to murder Jaune in his sleep, but as he wakes up on her arrival she quickly proceeds to seduce and make-out with him before trying to strangle him.
- Master of Illusion: She's mostly seen using her abilities to aide Torchwick in his crimes by changing her Class, disguising Roman into other people, and creating a distraction in order to flee punishment.
- Walking Spoiler:As one can see by the rest of her entries, the details about her are a significant reveal.
A mysterious organization spreading chaos throughout Remnant.
- Deal with the Devil: They seem intent on making various deals with Salem.
- Didn't See That Coming: The Hunters regularly disrupt their plans in ways they couldn't anticipate. Examples include: interrupting their summoning rituals, initiating a guild war against their operatives, being personally acquainted with Salem, and putting a stop to their rebellions by having the political backing of the future God-Queen of Mistral.
- False Flag Operation: Engineered a series of naval incidents to instigate a war between Vale and Mistral.
- For the Evulz: Their main agenda, as wide spread misery makes it easier to summon Salem.
- Hidden Agenda Villain: Little is known about them, not even their proper name, just that they seem dedicated to spreading misery and chaos across Remnant.
- Legion of Doom: So far all of the main human antagonists have been related to them in one way or another.
- Teeth-Clenched Teamwork: Despite using the same methods, each member's ultimate goals have little in common and are sometimes contradictory.
A Sorcerer and the first Greycloak Jaune and the others face. He is dedicated to achieving godhood through the use of a dark ritual.
- Asshole Victim: Is so unapologetically evil, selfish, and egotistical, you can't help but be glad that Salem screws him over by transforming him into a Grimm, and he gets killed off.
- Be Careful What You Wish For: Wished for the power of the Grimm, and got turned into a giant tentacled monster as a result.
- Did Not Think This Through: Asked for the power of the Grimm, so Salem turned him into a giant monstrous Grimm, while pointing out that a Grimm's power is primarily all physical.
- Kill It with Fire: One of the consequences of absorbing all the Grimm on a frigid mountain was gaining their weakness to fire.
- Evil Is Not a Toy: Claims to have spent decades researching the ritual to summon Salem, but gave very little thought on what could happen once he did.
- It's All About Me: Is determined to become a god no matter who he has to kill, be they Labour caste, or even his own Sentinel.
- Summoning Ritual: Is implied to be the one who pieced together the method to summon Salem and provided it to the Greycloaks.
- Team Killer: Killing his Sentinel is what provided the final amount of negativity to summon Salem.
- They Called Me Mad!: Was exiled from Atlas for his questionable research into the Grimm.
The Sentinel of Merlot, who aides him in his quest for godhood.
- Asshole Victim: It's hard to be sympathetic when Merlot betrays and murders her given her willing complicity in the death of so many innocent Labour Caste, and her condescending attitude.
- Blade on a Stick: Fights with a spear.
- Flash Step: Her Passive skill allows her to instanly move toward where any spear she possess is at.
- Did Not See That Coming: Was completely surprised by Merlot murdering her as the final sacrifice to summon Salem.
- Love Makes You Evil: Is in love with Merlot and fully supports him in sacrificing the Labour Caste on the Fang to summon Salem.
- Meaningful Name: "Vuori" is Finnish for "mountain." So her name translates to "Mt Glenn".
- More Dakka: Has a skill that allows her to create a plethora of ethereal spears to throw at enemies.
- Shout-Out: To the Mt Glenn incident not only in canon, but to the Grimm Eclipse game as well.
An ex-Hero and renegade of Atlas. He and Weiss share a history.
- Absurd Cutting Power: His favored runic sword has the ability to cut through people and armor with little effort. It loses the ability when Jaune uses his Blacksmithing skill to smudge one of the runes powering it, turning it into a mundane blade.
- Blinded by the Light: Jaune uses Salem to temporarily blind Watts before he can both kill Blake and stop her from assassinating Willow.
- Bodyguard Crush: Was the Sentinel to Weiss' mother, and became jealous and murderous when she fell in love with Weiss' father Jacques instead.
- Combat Medic: Is one of the few individuals with a healing Class who chose to attend a Hero academy rather than a specialized healer school.
- Eye Scream: Loses an eye courtesy of Blake with his own dagger.
- Healing Hands: Has access to healing spells as a Paladin.
- Hoist by His Own Petard:
- He can't help but gloat to the heroes concerning the supremacy of his rune-enchanted equipment and how none of their weapons would be able to harm him. So Jaune melts one of the runes from Watts' sword, stripping it of its abilities, while also distracting Watts enough for Blake to stab him in the eye with his own enchanted dagger that he had previously fatally wounded her with before she was healed by Watts' own spell that had missed its intended target thanks to Jaune.
- Happens again, after he makes his wish to Salem. Because he wished for the resurrected Willow to never let themselves be separated, she takes advantage by killing him when she is dealt a mortal blow, so that they could be together in death.
- Light Is Not Good: As a Paladin he has light based magic, but is definitely not a good guy.
- The Lost Lenore: His main motive in aiding the Grey Cloaks is to gain access to a wish and ressurect Willow, his former Mage.
- Magic Knight: Is this due to being a Paladin. Though is nominally not quite as good in either melee or magic as dedicated classes, his high level and equipment makes up for any deficiency.
- The Medic: As a high level Paladin, he can cast effective healing spells numerous times with ease.
- Murder the Hypotenuse: His plan to murder Weiss' father Jacques in order to have her mother Willow. It may have worked if he didn't continue to try and murder Weiss and Winter after they survived the first assassination.
- Never My Fault: He blames Jacques for Willow not loving him, the death of Whitley, and even Willow's murder.
- Smug Snake: He's an incredibly high level, has access to healing magic, has powerful magical equipment, and is well aware of how formidable that makes him. If he was more focused on fighting than belittling his opponents, the Hunters probably wouldn't have stood a chance against him.
- Talking Is a Free Action: Loves to gloat and insult his weaker opponents in the midst of battle, and even stops to condescend Ms. Goodwitch during their fight.
- Together in Death: The ultimate consequence of his wish to ressurrect Willow. As a part of his wish he demanded that they never be separated. Willow was happy to oblige him after she had been mortally wounded.
A famed and accomplished Hero of Mistral who fell from grace due to a past failure. He is determined to bring about a more peaceful and inclusive Mistral, but by dark and twisted means.
- The Ace: A Paragon is a Prestige Class whose focus is having A ranked stats in all categories (save Resilience), and is thus regarded as the perfect Hero class.
- Adaptational Heroism: Canon Tyrian is little more than a sociopathic thug. In this story he's a Hero driven to madness due to being branded a Forsaken for a failure that wasn't his fault, and still retains a noble, if warped, goal.
- Axe-Crazy: He wants to make Mistral more inclusive and peaceful, so he summons Salem in order to serve as it's new Queen, and finds the prospect of people being turned into Grimm a fantastic idea.
- Charm Person: As a high-leveled Paragon, Tyrian has an incredibly large Charisma score. This is somewhat implied to be the reason the villagers went with him of their own volition and why they were so willing to sacrifice themselves to further his goals.
- Failure Knight: After failing to protect his first charge, the Queen of Mistral, due to their incompetence, he is determined to make sure that his new master shall not come to any harm. Jaune takes full advantage of this by making a show of attacking Salem, forcing Tyrian to instinctively protect his Queen but leaving the Paragon open to retaliatory strikes from Blake, Qrow, Pyrrha, and Weiss.
- Fallen Hero: A particularly poignant example. Tyrian, a noble and accomplished Hero who failed to save the Mistral Queen due to her own cowardice, was made a scapegoat and Forsaken by the Mistral hierarchy to save their reputation, and ends up dying in an (unneeded) attempt to save his new Queen Salem, whom he summoned in a mad attempt to create a more peaceful and inclusive Mistral. And then Salem dismisses him as a failure, leaving Tyrian a broken and sobbing mess as he succumbs to his wounds.
- Go Mad from the Isolation: It's implied that Tyrian being branded a Forsaken was the primary force driving him to madness.
- Ideal Hero: Dedicated himself to being one and was held as one of the greatest Heroes of Mistral, not only due to his class, but also by accepting every request made to him, while never asking for anything in return. It later ended up destroying him when his failure to protect the Queen of Mistral due to her own cowardice, caused the King to brand him as Forsaken so no one would know the truth, and was shunned by everyone for it.
- Pet the Dog: Is angered by Ruby being injured by one of his followers, and immediately fusses over her.
- The Scapegoat: Was made into one by the Mistralian monarchy in order to keep the truth of the queen's cowardice and idiocy hidden from the rest of the world.
- Simple, yet Awesome: The class equivalent, as he shows no special skills in his fight against the guild, but by being a Paragon all of his stats (save Resilience) are ranked A, so he doesn't require any.
- Unperson: Was branded as a Forsaken due to the Queen fleeing like a coward and getting herself killed, and the King using Tyrian as a scapegoat to maintain the Royal's reputation.
- Utopia Justifies the Means: Is convinced that his intentions are pure and ultimately for the greater good of Mistral.
Yang's mother, and the leader of the Greycloaks.
- Adaptational Intelligence: Canon Raven's idea of a plan was to keep herself safe in a way that put her in more danger. This Raven's plans always go her way, has everyone acting as she predicts, and knows everything personal about specific people she uses, like the extent of Jaune's Blacksmithing Skills, and Lisa's true lineage, so that everything works towards her goals.
- Adaptational Villainy: While canon Raven is far from being a saint, in this story she's little more than a remorseless Card-Carrying Villain who cares about nothing but gaining more Levels and power.
- Axe-Crazy: Along with her complete lack of regard torwards her own family or the lives of anyone but herself, she's perfectly happy setting up the whole world to be her enemy and fight her Greycloaks, so that she can kill off and gain Exp from the exhausted survivors. All in order to be strong enough in an attempt kill Salem and gain Exp from her by summoning her to the world permanently, and is perfectly content to die should she fail so as to avoid any further consequence. Goes even further when she describes killing Qrow as him living on as part of her, showing just how deranged she truly is.
- Big Bad Wannabe: As the leader of the entire Greycloak organization, Raven presents a meaningful threat to the heroes and Remnant as a whole. That said, she is nowhere near as powerful or menacing as Salem. Raven's attempt to kill the Queen of the Grimm ends with the former being killed rather easily.
- Cain and Abel: The Cain to Qrow's Abel.
- Contrived Coincidence: Her plan needed Salem conveniently granting a wish for a powerful weapon in such a way as to leave her with an unearthly and uniquely strong metal for Jaune to eventually forge into an Infinity +1 Sword.
- Devour the Dragon: She kills every single Greycloak present on the Mirage Isles so as to gain more power for her confrontation with Salem.
- Dirty Coward: Her entire motivation for wanting to kill Salem is due to the fact that she can't stand the idea of anyone else being stronger than her. This motivates her to create the Greycloaks and turn them into the blood thirsty lunatics they are today, all so she can gain more information on Salem's summoning process as well as kill her underlings for more Experience once they are of no more use to her.
- Foreshadowing: Her inclusion in the story and ties with the Greycloaks is foreshadowed near the end off Book 4 when Qrow gives his full name to a group of Greycloaks, and they visibly react with uncertainty. Occurs again midway through Book 6 when one of her portals is seen closing after having delivered sacrifices to Watts in the Vacuoan temple.
- Forgot About His Powers: In Chapter 12 of Book 8, Raven continually tries to catch Ruby so as to torture her in such a way as to produce the necessary negativity needed to summon Salem. She is unable to do so and in the end had to rely on Vernal's convenient appearance to act as a sacrifice instead. This seems to overlook the fact that Raven's Charisma should be so high that she could simply order all of the Hunters to freeze and they wouldn't be able to move a muscle.
- Hate Sink: By the first chapter of properly introducing her, Raven's proven to be a woman arguably more despicable and evil than even the canon villains of RWBY.
- Hero Killer: Has naturally killed many heroes in her quest for Exp. But the pronounced example is when she kills her own brother, Qrow.
- Idiot Ball: Spends a week torturing Jaune and Lisa only to leave them with a summoned Salem, and absolutely no way to either know or guarantee a wish made by either won't directly or immediately screw her over.
- Infinity +1 Sword: Raven has Jaune forge her one of these from a fallen meteor and engrave upon it a rune that reads "seal/contain".
- Invincible Villain: Is so high Level that no one can oppose her and even wields what is likely one of the most powerful weapons in existence after Jaune forges her an Infinity +1 Sword. Jaune even rationalizes forging such a thing as not really making Raven any deadlier since, irregardless of her armaments, she can already defeat almost any foe with little effort.
- It's All About Me: Everything she does is out of selfishness. She engages in mass slaughter simply to gain Levels, sets up a system of gladiatorial fights just to gain Exp when she kills the winner, and the entire plot of the story is for the purpose of her successfully making a wish to Salem. The author has even stated that in Raven's mind she is the Hero of the story who is striving to kill the monster, Salem, and that everyone else in the world are just tools to be used in her quest.
- The Juggernaut: Discussed in-universe. Raven points out that most heroes don't go farther than Level 70, with exceptions making it to Level 80 and there are legends about heroes who allegedly made it to the nineties. When Jaune asks Raven what her level is, her answer of Level 112 comes as quite a shock.
- Pragmatic Villainy: Raven easily agrees to allow Jaune and Lisa to go free after Jaune forges her a sword because keeping them imprisoned is simply an additional tax on the tribe's resources (YMMV on how much sense this makes when she deliberately has Jaune kill enough Greycloaks to free more resources than two prisoners), killing Jaune would just deprive her of the world's greatest Blacksmith, killing Lisa would not get any of her followers appreciably closer to a higher Level, and she can simply open a portal directly to Jaune if she should ever require use of him in the future.
- Smug Super: Mocks the Hunters while tanking all their attacks without receiving a scratch, and states she doesn't care whether Vale or Ozpin is informed about her, as no one can stop her. Being Level 112, she's likely right.
- The Sociopath: Far more so than canon. She cares little for the thousands that have died due to her organisation's machinations, or the previous villains the Hunters have dealt with. She is of a level so high that no living hero can best her in a fight, and became that way by holding gladiatorial contests between her victims, then siccing one of her warriors onto the winner of that, then building on that until she gets someone high-level enough for her to slaughter and gain more experience from. People are essentially nothing more than a means for Exp for her. And just like in canon, she cares naught for Yang as a mother.
- Thinking Up Portals: Just like in canon, she has this ability. Though how or why she can do this as a Knight when it's stated to be performed only by magical Classes is yet to be explained.
- Thunderbolt Iron: Possesses a rare and valuable meteoric ingot that was supposedly taken from a distant star by Salem to fulfill the wish of a man who asked for a powerful weapon before dropping it on him from orbit. Raven has Jaune forge it into an Infinity +1 Sword.
- Villains Never Lie: Yang says that Raven considers it a mark of her strength that she need never lie to anyone.
- Xanatos Gambit: Her current plans for the future are so multi-layered that she sees a potential positive outcome for herself at every turn. She allows Jaune to go back to Ozpin and inform him of her location. If Ozpin sends an army after her, the Greycloaks will fight them to the death, whittling the army down enough so that once Raven joins the fray, she has an easier time fighting them, earning more Exp for herself in preparation for killing Salem. If the Heroes decide not to act against her, that's fine; she'll just summon Salem herself. Beyond that, if Raven's plan to kill Salem falls through, that's fine as well; Raven would be dead and free from the consequences of unleashing the dark god on the world.
- You Have Outlived Your Usefulness: She kills every member of the Greycloaks on the Mirage Isles so as to gain more power and generate the necessary negativity to summon Salem seeing as they won't be of any use to her afterwards.
A member of Raven's tribe and a Greycloak.
- Adaptational Villainy: Is far more openly sadistic and malevolent than canon.
- Asshole Victim: She is quickly and brutally murdered by Raven, the only person she seems to truly trust, so that the Knight can both gain more power and generate the right kind of negativity needed for summoning Salem.
- Break Them by Talking: Does this to Lisa after a group of Greycloaks slaughter many New Dawn members and then blames it on her as their leader that rallied them in the first place, and then starts in on her status as the illegitimate princess of Vale for good measure. The resulting negativity is enough to summon Salem.
- The Brute: She's introduced easily manhandling metal cages with people in them, suggesting she's a high enough Level to have great Str despite her Rogue Class.
- The Dragon: Appears to be Raven's right hand.
- Hate Sink: Is as despicable and vile as Raven, whom she devotedly follows, with Jaune and Lisa even hating her more.
- Hypocrite: Degrades and insults Jaune at nearly every turn by calling him a dog when he's forced to obey, and a weakling who only gains Levels be killing lower Level opponents. This, while she is almost slavishly devoted to Raven, and torments Jaune and Lisa due to their lower Levels.
- Knife Nut: Wields a pair of wicked curved knives.
- Smug Snake: She enjoys mocking and tormenting Jaune due to his lower Level.
- The Sociopath: While this seems to be a requirement in Raven's tribe, Vernal stands out from the rest as she thinks nothing of cutting up a prisoner just to establish dominance and uses threats of death and torture to maintain control.
The Queen and ultimate source of the Grimm.
- Adaptational Heroism: Zigzagged. While this Salem is more horrifying, treacherous, and cruel than her canon self on a personal level, she's presented as simply following her inherent nature instead of willfully pursuing humanity's destruction, and is no longer the driving force of overall conflict in the story, having nothing to do with the Greycloaks except as a means to grant their wishes.
- Antagonist Abilities: Has several. Her very presence presses down everyone until they're on their hands and knees. Striking her with a weapon will either go right through her, or be caught with ease. She can easily detect the location of those out of sight or the true nature of those in disguise, can hurl and grab people without physical contact, and cross distances in an instant. All this, in addition to being the Queen of Grimm, and thus able to create any kind of Grimm she wants!
- Berserk Button:
- Inflicting any amount of harm upon her fills her with murderous rage, as Jaune found out.
- Escaping one of her deals alive once you have made a wish upon her drives her absolutely livid.
- Eldritch Abomination: Is this in-universe, having no name or class over her head, and exists outside of the RPG System the rest of the world runs under.
- Emotion Eater: Feeds off of negativity, though she has a particular preference on the kind of negativity produced.
- Even Evil Has Standards: Played With. She's observed to express distaste at Merlot murdering his Sentinel. Later revealed that her distaste is due to the kind of negativity being produced with the "flavor" being rooted in love, while she prefers anger.
- Faux Affably Evil: Is polite and personable, though in a condescending way, and plays along with whoever summons her, but does whatever she can to twist their wishes and screw them over. Oh, and is also the source of the Grimm, and feeds off the negativity around her.
- Greater-Scope Villain: Is both the ultimate source of the Grimm and the unifying factor behind the Greycloaks.
- Jerkass Genie: Salem will grant her summoner's wish, but will liberally interpret or indirectly undermine her summoner in order to lead them to both emotional and physical destruction.
- Kick the Dog: A particularly brutal one to Tyrian, where she plays on his past failure as he lays dying, just to emotionally torture him in order to wring out the best kind of negativity.
- Kryptonite Factor: As a Demonic entity, Salem is weak to Purified objects. Luckily for her, no such objects seem to exist until Jaune makes one out of her amulet.
- Light 'em Up: If Salem is harmed in even the most minuscule of fashions, she releases a blinding flash of light accompanied by a sound like thunder and an outward force. Jaune uses this to his advantage by throwing his dagger into Salem's back and subsequently blinding Watts before he can cut Blake in two.
- Manipulative Bastard: Almost every interaction between her and another character is for the sole purpose of leading them to both physical and emotional destruction.
- Oh, Crap!: Has a minor one when she realizes that Jaune's path has been preparing him to combat Salem thanks to her amulet.
- Person of Mass Destruction: Should a wish be made in such a way to allow her to really cut loose, Salem is fully capable of destroying an entire Kingdom and converting a good portion of the continent it was on into a vast desert.
- Physical God: Salem is recognized as a goddess by many (Though she doesn't need prayer badly), she calls herself the origin, eternal, and ever-present from a time before the dominion of humanity, is seemingly immune to all forms of physical damage, and possesses the power to completely destroy a once fertile kingdom to the point that, centuries later, all that is left of it is a vast desert. And, perhaps most importantly, she can be directly harmed when summoned and forced to manifest.
- Summoning Ritual: She can be made to manifest on Remnant using one. She does not enjoy the experience.
- Time Abyss: Salem claims to be the origin of all Grimm and speaks of a time before humanity claimed dominion of Remnant when her children freely roamed the land.