- Badass Crew: The Hunters are constantly pitted against opponents and obstacles that should be far beyond their Levels but they continuously triumph against them regardless, often saving hundreds of lives in the process. They are also fiercely loyal to each other to the point that each of them is willing to risk their own lives if it meant the others would be saved.
- Band of Brothers: Quickly develops into this due to facing quests and challenges nominally beyond their abilities, and so early as students.
- Bothering by the Book: In the aftermath of Mistrals attack on Vale, The Hunters decide to escape Jaunes unofficial house arrest under the pretense of doing exactly what the Caste System normally encourages them to do: taking a Quest. Ozpin and Glynda pretend not to notice until theyre already long gone on the road to Ansel.
- Famed In-Story: Downplayed. By Book 5 it's revealed that they have developed a bit of a reputation within Beacon for their accomplishments in the previous books.
- Fire-Forged Friends: Basically how Jaune and the others all came together; with him, Nora, Pyrrha, and Ren teaming up in Beacon's initiation quest, then again with Ruby, Weiss, Blake, and Yang joining them in a Dungeon. This all culminates into their forming of the Hunters (sans Blake initially).
- Hidden Depths: Every member is either implied or stated to have troubling secrets, tragic pasts, or inherent abilities that cause personal problems that would be entirely unexpected to anyone that judges them solely off of their Class and appearance.
- Misfit Mobilization Moment: Jaune's What the Hell, Hero? speech to the rest of the guild forces them to acknowledge their individual failings and how each of them had contributed to the mess the group had become. All of them then resolved to never fail in such a way again and rallied together to face the threats ahead.
- The Only One: The Hunters seem to be the only people capable of effectively dealing with the Greycloaks, or any of the other problems that seem to crop up over the course of the series. This has reached the point that no significant headway into solving any major national or international issues ever seems to be made without their direct and active involvement.
- The Only Ones I Trust: One of the primary reasons Ozpin continues to deploy the Hunters against the Greycloaks is that they are some of the only people he knows to be sided against them.
- Outside-Context Problem: The Hunters have repeatedly been one to the Greycloaks, thwarting or otherwise interfering with their plans in Atlas, Mistral, Vale, and Vacuo.
- Out of Focus: Despite supposedly being a part of the main cast, the large majority of the Hunters are seen as being this for a good chunk of the series. Part of this is due to the First Person Perspective that was enforced for the bulk of the story, but in general the Hunters tend to get limited screentime, or in the case of Yang, Weiss, and Pyrrha, only having specific chapters or books dedicated to their backstories only to ultimately be shifted into the background afterwards. The exception to this is Ruby and Blake, due to interacting with Jaune the most, and also having the most about them revealed and elaborated on, but even that's somewhat debatable on Ruby's part.
- Protectorate: They take responsibility for defending and aiding the village of Ansel into becoming a safe haven for the survivors of all of the massacres conducted by the Mistral Army in the region.
- Ragtag Bunch of Misfits: What they were before their Misfit Mobilization Moment. Their group was originally composed of a Mage and Assassin that couldn't stop sniping at each other, an overprotective Boisterous Bruiser and her scythe-wielding sister, Monk and Barbarian Childhood Friends, and a Champion desperate to remain out of the limelight, all led by a Blacksmith disguised as a Knight.
- We Do the Impossible: The other reason Ozpin makes heavy use of the guild as they consistently triumph in every situation they find themselves in regardless of how improbable such a feat may seem.
- See his page.
The first person Jaune meets at Beacon. Ruby is an upbeat and energetic girl with a fascination for Heroes that is attending Beacon two years early.
- Absurd Cutting Power: Has shown to be capable of cutting through both higher level Grimm and humans as long as she's wielding a scythe, likely due to a class skill.
- Adorkable: A given since this is Ruby. She treats her weapon like her child, geeks out over her companions' gear, and is so excited to be invited into a Dungeon that she glomps Jaune.
- All-Loving Hero: Displays absolutely no enmity to anyone, does her best to avoid fatally wounding even the worst human opponents, and is even commented by Qrow that she'd befriend an enemy and be surprised if she was betrayed by them.
- Bait-and-Switch: A drunk Ruby pulls this after arriving in Magnis, where she proceeds to enter Jaune's room in a nightgown, cozy up to him, suggest they do something "naughty", and argues that they abuse their authority by simply using Cinder's scroll immediately to arrest the Mistral commander in an attempt to avoid a battle and save lives.
- Can't Hold Her Liquor: It's shown to only take a few drinks to get her drunk during the Magnis quest, and it's still not enough to break her need to save people.
- Chronic Hero Syndrome: Something she inherited from her mother. Ruby is determined to save as many lives as she can and, to the consternation of Yang and Qrow, won't hesitate to jump headfirst into danger if that's what it takes.
- Crippling Overspecialization: What the Reaper Class turns out to be, as it's revealed her Agi score ranks S as the greatest rate of increase per Level ever recorded, but with all her other stats ranking D, save for Con which is ranked X for never increasing since she was born. It makes the Reaper Class the best when it comes to running/dodging, but the worst in every other aspect.
- Dark Secret: Though she doesn't hide it like Jaune, the specific details about her Class is something she constantly avoids revealing whenever it's brought up.
- Demoted to Extra: As a result of not only Jaune being the protagonist instead of her, but also with the story being told entirely from his POV, she's not even a Deuteragonist like canon Jaune.
- Did Not Think This Through: Suffers from this due to always trying to immediately save people, but especially on the Eldon Quest, where her plan to have Labour Caste bandits ambush her and Jaune didn't take into account the possibility of there being a Hero in the group.
- Famed In-Story: As the first Reaper ever recorded in Remnant, she was known by the King of Vale, Ozpin, and various Vale nobles before she even attended Beacon in the first chapters of the story, as they were all consulted in trying to decide what Caste her Reaper class was suited to be.
- Fragile Speedster:
- Even at the start of the story Ruby is still incredibly fast. However, her Constitution is so low, despite killing enough Grimm to level up several times, that it's said that even Labour Caste members can threaten her.
- This is later revealed to be because she has an S ranked Agi score, and an X ranked Con, meaning that she is one of the fastest people on Remnant while also having the same constitution she had at level one.
- Partially defied when Jaune engraves a rune of constitution onto her scythe, doubling her durability. Taken even further when he forges her a pauldron and welds the Rune of Cold Steel onto it, effectively increasing her constitution by a factor of six.
- Friendless Background: She is implied to be even worse off than in canon RWBY due to the issues that come from being a Reaper.
- Glass Cannon: Up to Eleven. Under the right circumstances, Ruby can utterly decimate even an Ursa that has reached its berserk stage but her Constitution is so low that a single hit from even an arrow shot from a member of the Labour caste could prove fatal.
- Hidden Depths: Ruby may be outwardly boisterous and heroic, but she is plagued with incredible self-doubt regarding the nature of her Class and the knowledge that future Reapers will be sentenced to a lower Caste should she fail or potentially incorrectly placed in the Hero Caste and killed should she succeed. YMMV on how well this jibes with her previous characterization throughout the story, as well as her constant insistence on needing to be a Hero.
- Incredibly Lame Pun: She is literally a Grimm Reaper. The pun works even better here than it does in canon RWBY.
- Lethal Chef: It's mentioned that Ruby is never allowed to help cook, because any attempt results in a dish so poisonous it's almost regarded as alchemy.
- Missing Mom: Summer was a Warrior who spent most of her time on quests, one of which she never returned from as Salem killed her. While Ruby remembers the bedtime stories Summer would tell her fondly, Yang says that is one of the only memories Ruby has of their mother. To Yang, rather than a mother that was also a Hero, she was a Hero that was also a mother.
- Not the Intended Use: Implied with Crimson Slash. Based on her hesitance with its name and the details of her Class, Jaune believes it to be a farming skill.
- Outside-Context Problem: As the first Reaper in all of recorded history, no one is sure what Caste she's supposed to be in. The only reason she was allowed into Beacon was because it's easier to move her down in Caste if she fails as a Hero.
- Razor Wind: Crimson Slash, a wide-range attack that cuts everything in the area, from trees, to bushes, to retreating Rangers.
- Secret Keeper: Turns out she's been one to Jaune for some time. She became suspicious when he gave her her scythe in the dungeon during their first month at Beacon; her suspicions grew when she didn't find any scythes in Beacon's Vault, and they were entirely confirmed when she noticed the rune Jaune placed on Crescent Rose during the siege of Magnis that nearly doubled her Constitution.
- Sinister Scythe: As a Reaper, this is the only thing Ruby can handle. While the ones she initially wields aren't quite so sinister, being mundane farming tools, the one she later acquires from Jaune after he forged it for her in the Dungeon is a weapon fit for a Reaper.
- Spotting the Thread: As Ruby's Class was extensively analyzed so as to be placed in the proper Caste since she is the first Reaper in recorded history, she knows exactly how rare a drop a battle-scythe is and knows that Jaune was lying when he stated he found Crescent Rose in the Dungeon.
- You Are Better Than You Think You Are: Both gives one to and receives one from Jaune. In the first case, she reassures him that, even though he is the guild leader, not all of the actions or situations they find themselves in are his fault. The latter occurs after Ruby tries to quit the guild after being hoodwinked by Torchwick with Jaune reassuring her that all of the guild value her and none of them blame her for what happened.
- Aloof Dark-Haired Girl: Pale skin and dark hair? Check. Highly attractive? Check. Socially reserved with a cool and distant personality? Check!
- Badass Bandolier: Wears one to hold her numerous throwing knives.
- Because You Were Nice to Me: How her friendship with Jaune started, as she appreciated his gestures of gratitude for saving his life, and generally treating her like a person worthy of respect. And eventually lead to her falling for him due to his kind and caring nature.
- Brutal Honesty: Never spares Jaune's feelings when giving her opinion on his plans and ideas, and he often accepts them as genuine criticism instead of taking offense.
- Cannot Spit It Out: Her feelings towards Jaune. She dismisses many of her more tender actions towards him as nothing, always tells him not to read into them, and has trouble stating her true feelings. Even after they've been dating for over six months, the most she can get out is a quiet mumble containing 'love', 'you', and 'too'.
- Casting a Shadow: Has several skills revolving around shadows.
- Character Shilling: Jaune spends a fair amount of time in Book 8 thinking about how strong and essential a character Blake is but every scenario he discusses directly contradicts the events that actually happened, and may just be the author's weak attempt to salvage how much her character has been trashed (see Hypocrite on the main page and more on the YMMV page), that ends up revealing how little the author himself knows about his own story.
- Cruel to Be Kind:
- Blake intimidates a Beacon applicant into returning back to her group so that she can find allies for the initiation trial.
- Discussed by Jaune and Ruby as Jaune believes that, if she thought it was what was best for him, Blake would prevent him from being a Hero if she believed he, as a member of the Labour Caste, couldn't handle it.
- Dark and Troubled Past: Strongly implied. She doesn't like talking about her past, her mother died in unexplained circumstances, she has an incredibly high level in a world where such a thing is only gained through killing, she has an inexplicable knowledge of ship handling, and she has shown little desire to shed any light on her origins. She is also a Kinslayer.
- In Book 8, we finally get an explanation; Blake is the rightful leader of the Mirage Isles pirate clan, which the Greycloaks press-ganged into service by killing Ghira. She and Kali tried to escape, only to be confronted with a squad of archers that mortally wound Kali. Kali proceeds to force Blake to do a Mercy Kill on her, thereby gaining enough Exp to kill her attackers.
- Deal with the Devil: After Jaune is critically injured, she is desperate enough to save him to consider making a deal with Salem. Thankfully averted as Jaune convinces her not to.
- Deceased Parents Are the Best: While not a whole lot is known about them, we do know that Blake's parents loved her a great deal, were very protective of her, and most likely died trying to give her the life she wanted.
- Defrosting Ice Queen: Over time. Blake starts out very reserved and terse with the main cast but after several months (and going through half a dozen life or death experiences) with them she starts to show them her softer, more caring side.
- Everyone Can See It: In the early books, her tendency to go out of her way to help Jaune is commented on by several members of the guild.
- Enter Stage Window: She has taken to doing this when she spends the night with Jaune in order to avoid getting caught slipping into his room. Not that anyone in the guild is unaware of what's going on.
- Eye Scream: Inflicts one on Watts, with his own dagger ''after'' he healed her.
- Foil: Both Blake and Jaune act as this to each other. Both are people with troubled secrets that strive to overcome the prejudices of their inherent Classes but go about it in different ways. While Jaune is a low Level Blacksmith who is new to the larger world, Blake is a relatively high leveled Hero with experience in multiple societies. While Jaune tries to be a Knight, known for their honor and directness, but achieves this through deceit, Blake is openly an Assassin known for their underhanded and backstabbing methods. While Jaune grew up with a large and loving family, Blake was an only child whose parents died when she was young. And while Jaune is socially awkward, yet is outgoing, Blake is much more reserved and anti-social. This all ultimately culminates into them becoming a couple in the story.
- A Friend in Need: After Blake bests Cardin in a sparring session, Jaune risks social isolation and ridicule to applaud her for her victory, inspiring the rest of the future Hunters to do the same. Blake returns the favor by joining the rest of the guild on their quest to Atlas and financially assisting them during their confrontation with Torchwick.
- I Can't Believe a Guy Like You Would Notice Me: A variation of this occurs with Jaune. She reveals that even at the start of their friendship, she couldn't believe Jaune was genuine in wanting to associate with her and was just leading her on. Even after becoming a couple it still took months of her witnessing Jaune's earnest and caring nature for her to get over her doubt to his true feelings. Once she does, she enthusiastically responds.
- It Doesn't Mean Anything: Invoked word for word regarding nearly every act of kindness and tenderness towards Jaune, especially in regards to nearly having sex in Atlas. However, it doesn't hold up for long.
- Knife Nut: Fights with a variety of knives and throwing daggers. Later, Jaune gives her a pair of daggers he made in secret, both with a rune of minor Constitution in order to better protect her.
- Luminescent Blush: Develops a bit of a tendency to do this later on around Jaune, especially when he says something especially corny/romantic.
- Properly Paranoid: Becomes highly suspicious of Ozpin and the whole plan in stopping the Greycloaks after Jaune goes missing after an attack on him and the New Dawn leader.
- Rogues Are Always Betrayed: Her fear of this is one of the main obstacles to her closer relationship with the Hunters in general and Jaune in particular.
- Secret Keeper: A reluctant one to Ellayne and Jaune. As she's aware the Fighter did not pass the First Quest, but that Jaune lied that she did. She promises to keep the truth to herself only on Jaune's insistence.
- Sexy Walk: Occasionally puts a little more swing in her hips for Jaune, and he can't help but instantly notice.
- Sixth Ranger: Spent the first few books as a reluctant addition to The Hunters, until her hand was forced in Book 3 and she joined them officially.
- Taking the Bullet: When Jaune is grappling a higher level Paladin, she tackles him out of the way when their opponent pulls a knife, leading to her being stabbed instead.
- Tsundere: Being an Assassin, and thus distrusted and discriminated against, has forced her to put up a strong, uncaring front to the world, but inside she's driven by worry and affection towards Jaune and the others. Becomes even more pronounced after she and Jaune start dating.
- Violently Protective Girlfriend: Blake has no trouble bluntly criticizing Jaune or shredding his ego, but the moment Qrow starts digging into his doubts and insecurities, she pulls a knife on the Druid. Also instantly throws a dagger at Salem when looming over him.
- Vitriolic Best Buds: After some initially hostile encounters due to class rivalry, and Weiss' father and younger brother being killed by an Assassin, she eventually becomes this with Weiss.
- You Are Better Than You Think You Are: Gives this to Jaune as much as Ruby, whenever his doubts and low self-esteem are getting to him.
A proud and temperamental Mage that Jaune tries to form a party with on the First Quest, and fails spectacularly. Originally from the Mage ruling Kingdom of Atlas, she came to Vale to become a Hero for unknown reasons.
- An Ice Person: Though as a Mage she can potentially use a variety of elements, she primarily uses ice as her main form of magic.
- Blessed with Suck: Her Passive skill, which makes her unable to use anything but a sword, denying her the ability to Min Max with staves like other Mage classes, and is the source of many either deriding or pitying her in the Mage-centric Atlas. What benefits this gives in return is not revealed. That is, until the Ashari temple fight; Weiss has to fight her own mother, who's a traditional staff-wielding Mage. Her swordsmanship proves vital to staying alive; since Mages are traditionally ranged attackers, the easiest way to overwhelm them is getting in close.
- Control Freak: Has a strong opinion on the proper order of things, and even specializes in control magic. It's hinted that the trauma of Watts' betrayal of her mother and family has given her severe trust issues that fuel this.
- Dark and Troubled Past: Hinted at this on the Annual Quest to Atlas, as only her sister Winter is seen and it's mentioned Ironwood raised both of them. Later revealed in Book 3 that Watts, her mother's Sentinel, ended up murdering both her parents and younger brother, and attempted the same to her and Winter, for the purpose of having her mother for himself.
- Deceased Parents Are the Best: Though Weiss doesn't really talk about them much, all indications are that they were much more loving and involved with their children than their canon counterparts before they were murdered by Watts while they tried to protect them.
- The Face: Will often take the leading role for the guild when the situation calls for diplomacy, or when dealing with local authority figures like garrison commanders, and ruling nobility.
- To Blake. Both put up walls between themselves and others due to a combination of past tragedies and being ostracized for being born with features they can't control (being an Assassin for Blake, being forced to only use swords for Weiss). But while Blake is silent and anti-social, making it difficult to know her thoughts, Weiss is much, much more temperamental and outspoken, and won't hesitate to express her opinion on things.
- To her mother, Willow. Willow was a support mage, who focused on buffing her allies at the expense of directly influencing battles. Weiss on the other hand, due to her past trauma at the hands of her mother's Sentinel and her subsequent trust issues, is a control mage, who seeks to control the field of battle to directly counter her opponents.
- Forgot About His Powers: When Weiss and the rest of The Hunters are fighting Watts, the enemy Paladin calls her by her first name and she demands to know who he is to be aware of such information. This acts as a lead-in for the character revealing that they are someone from her past. The problem is that this is an RPG Mechanicsverse. Everyone's first name and class are displayed directly above their heads.
- Hidden Depths: Her introduction and abrasiveness give off the impression that she is still a member of the privileged elite who's been handed everything just as in canon, but is later revealed to have experienced her own share of hardships and tragedies before coming to Beacon.
- Inter-Caste Romance: She and her sister are the result of one. Their mother, a Mage of Atlas, created a minor scandal when she married their father, a common Soldier.
- Jerk with a Heart of Gold: For all her haughty disdain towards those she doesn't immediately respect, or her biting remarks, Weiss is still a noble Hero and ultimately kind person who will save others even should it cost her greatly, as seen when she unselfishly gives an extremely rare healing Elixir meant for her to a dying Ruby.
- Logical Weakness: Weiss' ice-magic partially draws on her surroundings, such as the moisture in the air, so it is more taxing in areas with little to no moisture, such as the deserts of Vacuo.
- Matricide: Takes part in Mercy Killing her resurrected mother alongside Jaune and Blake in the ancient Vacuoan temple after Willow was brought back as Watts' slave. The act temporarily leaves her an emotionally destroyed wreck.
- Squishy Wizard: A critical drawback for being a Mage. If any journey requires long marches or climbs Weiss will most likely be the first to become exhausted and need a break. She'll never ask for things to be made easier, though.
- Trauma Conga Line: Weiss watches her dead mom Willow be resurrected by her once uncle-figure Arthur Watts. He then proceeds to grope Willow, boast about how the two of them will marry and have kids, and attack the Hunters with Willow aiding him. Throughout the ensuing fight, Willow is conscious enough to know exactly what she's doing and spends much of it in tears while apologizing for her actions. After killing her mother, Weiss then watches helplessly as her friend and fellow leader-figure in the Hunters is overwhelmed by a direct attack from Salem. He comes out unscathed, but in the process is revealed to have been perpetuating a lie about his class and (unknowingly) being in a pact with Salem the whole time. In her ensuing rant at Jaune, it's clear that her anger is masking an emotional breakdown. The next chapter shows Weiss apologizing for acting in the heat of the moment and allowing said breakdown to affect her words.
- Vitriolic Best Buds: To both Yang and (after the Annual Quest) Blake. She regularly snipes and argues with the other two, but are clearly good friends.
A student from Mistral, and a member of the rare and powerful Prestige Class. She and Jaune briefly meet before the First Quest, and become good friends soon after.
- The Ace: As a Prestige class she's this in general, but especially for the Hunters Guild where her Class and relatively high stats allows her to serve as their best tank, one of their best damage dealers, and her more advanced training allows her to know what general tactics and formations are best for situations.
- Achievement In Ignorance: What initially convinces Pyrrha to become Jaune's friend is his having no clue what a Champion is, or why it's a big deal.
- Better as Friends: At first she doesn't display her canon feelings for Jaune despite their meeting much the same way, and his having no knowledge of her Class. Later revealed that she was initially interested, but her insecurities made her even more hesitant, and decided on this instead, especially as she observes Jaune and Blake's growing relationship.
- Cultural Cringe: Pyrrha is repeatedly embarrassed when the Hunter's encounter some of her homeland's more unusual customs, particularly those involving treating the King and royal family as divine beings.
- Cursed with Awesome: The way nearly everyone puts her on a pedestal simply for her class, has caused Pyrrha to regard being a Champion as this. Worse, being a Champion specifically, and not another Prestige Class, means all her skills are oriented for fighting by one's self, which exacerbates her loneliness.
- Foil: Turns out to be one to Cinder. Both are Mistralian Heroes given extraordinary opportunities and expectations due to being Prestige classes. But while Pyrrha felt increasingly isolated for all the attention and moved to Vale, Cinder thrives under it and proudly strives to carry out the burdens placed on her. The difference is made even starker when it's revealed both were offered marriage to the crown prince, with Pyrrha politely rejecting the offer, and Cinder gratefully accepting.
- Idiot Ball: Appeared to hold it whenever she was dealing with Torchwick. Later revealed to be the result of Roman's Passive boosting his Charisma, making her trust and listen to him more easily.
- I Just Want to Be Normal: Would have really preferred to be born a more common Class.
- I Just Want to Have Friends: One of Pyrrha's driving motivations at the start of the story due to the social isolation inherent in her Class.
- Innocently Insensitive: Has trouble not referring to the Labour Caste by the more derogatory 'NPC' name without conscious effort. Though she's not alone in the group with this problem, it becomes more pronounced when her remark almost sets off a bar, with tensions high due to the village being recently conquered by Mistral.
- One-Woman Army: Being a Prestige Class, she has the potential to be this at even a modest level. Being a Champion, her skills are even more specifically designed to allow her to fight single-handedly against multitudes.
- Poor Communication Kills: Early on, Pyrrha kept the details of her Class and Passive secret as she feared that she would be isolated from the rest of the Hunters once the extent of her abilities were brought to light. This almost lead to the deaths of the entire guild while fighting atop the Fang when Pyrrha, using her Passive, proceeded to hold off their foe single-handedly before Nora, not knowing the details of Pyrrha's Class, tries to assist her. This lead to the incapacitation and near death of almost the entire group.
- Super Mode: What her passive - She Who Stands Alone - turns out to be. It essentially gives her such a massive stat boost, she can perform feats well above what her Level would suggest, but only under the condition she fights an enemy while not being close to an ally. The range of how far she has to be from an ally is quite high, and as a result she is unable to have any help while using it.
- Willfully Weak: Pyrrha's Passive drastically increases her combat capabilities so long as she is fighting alone. However, she hardly ever makes use of it due to her desire to fit in and fight alongside the rest of the Hunters.
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Ruby's older half-sister. A generally fun loving young woman, her carefree attitude is always set aside when it comes to her younger sister's wellbeing.
- Anger Born of Worry: She is very frustrated at Ruby's tendency to jump in to save others without considering the danger first, and won't hesitate to argue and yell in Ruby's face in front of everyone.
- Big Sister Instinct: Far more so than in canon. To the point it's Ruby that looks to get some space from Yang rather than the other way around.
- Boisterous Bruiser: She wouldn't be Yang if she wasn't.
- The Gadfly: Really enjoys snarking and teasing others, especially Jaune and Blake when it comes to their love life.
- Hard-Drinking Party Girl: Out of the entire guild, she's the one who enjoys going to pubs and drinking the most.
- Hidden Depths: For awhile she seemed as carefree as she does in early canon. Then we learn of her bitterness over Summer's tendency to relentlessly throw herself into danger till it killed her, and her constant fear of Ruby doing the same.
- Male Gaze: Is aware that men tend to focus on her chest, and will even emphasize it to her advantage.
- Parental Neglect: What she has come to regard Summer's constant questing to save others until dying on one. As she puts it, Ruby remembers Summer reading them bedtime stories. Yang remembers their father having to force Summer to stay home long enough to do so in the first place, not to mention getting her to read those stories.
- Playing with Fire: Her fists can ignite into flames due to a Skill.
- Plothole: Yang, who started Beacon at around Level 15, is later revealed to be Level 40 in Book 7. This is despite the fact that: she wasn't at the defense of Stoneskeep, she wasn't involved in Tyrian's death, she only fought Grimm at Magnis, she was one of eight people involved in killing Watts, she didn't contribute to the deaths of Willow or Cinder, it has been repeatedly said that farming in the Emerald forest is a wasted effort past level thirty, and she can't gain exp through other methods like Jaune. This means that Yang seemingly ascended almost a dozen Levels offscreen.
- Secret Keeper: Is one in regards to the secrets of Ruby's class.
- Show Some Leg: Knows that she's very beautiful, and has no trouble using her looks to make men more cooperative.
- Vitriolic Best Buds: To Weiss. She regularly gets on the Mage's nerves and argues with her, but clearly considers her a friend. Jaune speculates it's because Weiss' reactions amuse her.
- What the Hell, Hero?: Delivers a pretty scathing one to Ruby after the Eldon Quest. When it was discovered that what was actually attacking the caravans was bandits instead of Grimm, yet Ruby refused to retreat despite her fragility and promise to her sister to be careful, it prompts Yang to call her out on her heroics and how actions like that are what led to Summer's death.
A cheerful and ditzy young woman Jaune meets during the First Quest. She is rarely seen without the company of her best friend, Ren.
- Blood Knight: Freely admits getting lost in battle rage often.
- Childhood Friend Romance: Like in canon, she and Ren have been at each other's side for quite some time. Unlike canon, she is rather more aggressive in trying to take things to a deeper level.
- Cloudcuckoolander: It's Nora.
- Cordon Bleugh Chef: Frequently tries to add random ingredients to whatever Ren cooks.
- Dumb Muscle: Subverted. While she is expected to be this due to her class, and though she's not really book smart, she is very knowledgeable about tracking and can identify Grimm from what claw marks they make.
- Living Emotional Crutch: She acts as one to Ren, as her exuberance seems to pierce through his Passive and helps keep him grounded.
- O.O.C. Is Serious Business: Becomes remarkably calm and to the point after Ren is injured by a Greycloak on a quest. The only reason Jaune knows immediately that it's not more serious is because he doesn't see Nora in tears.
A long time companion of Nora and the only other male in the main cast aside from Jaune. He and Jaune meet on the First Quest, and quickly pair up at the start of the year when they are assigned to the boy's dorm.
- Badass Bookworm: Is a Tier 1 Hero, and will often be found doing research on various subjects.
- Betrayal by Inaction: How Ren feels in regards to his actions towards Jaune after it was revealed that he was actually a Blacksmith. Ren admits to having been able to see the confrontation from a unique perspective due to his Passive and that he could have helped remedy the situation or at least mediate things so that tensions didn't escalate as severely as they did, but that he failed to do so because of his own cowardice.
- Beware the Quiet Ones: Is as quiet and unassuming as in canon, but we later learn that being a Monk makes him a Tier 1 class, whose stats and skills, while specialized, are generally superior to Tier 2 and Tier 3 classes.
- Blessed with Suck: His Passive -Balance of Emotions- allows him to think with a clear mind unconstrained by emotional interference, but at the cost of it keeping him from feeling much of anything at all. It's also always active, so he can only feel emotions for a few brief moments before it reasserts itself, and sends him back into a blank state.
- Chef of Iron: Being on the road a lot with Nora necessitated him becoming a decent cook, and he'll often be the one to prepare meals on quests, or aide in the guildhall kitchen.
- Childhood Friend Romance: Nora's pushing for this, but it's unknown what Ren thinks of it, or if he's even aware of her feelings.
- Disproportionate Retribution: Calmly threatens to stab Jaune if he continues gushing over Blake being his girlfriend after hearing about it for a week straight.
- Emotion Suppression: What his Passive -Balance of Emotions- turns out to be. All emotions, both positive and negative, are suppressed to the point he feels nothing. He is able to have emotions, but his Passive will always suppress it back down after a few moments.
- Hidden Depths: For the first four books, he doesn't seem different to his canon self. Then we learn his Passive skill enforces a limited form of sociopathy on him, with his ability to maintain his humanity and connection with people thanks only to the brief moments of emotion he can manage, as well as having Nora as a companion for so long.
- Innocently Insensitive: When Ren first meets Ruby and Pyrrha, he later tries to research their classes in a tome that gives info on what Class abilities and general personalities are like out of curiosity. When Jaune says it's better to find out who they are as people from them, and implicitly points out he's looking to prejudge them, Ren closes the book.
- Irony: Ren reveals that a Monk is a Class focused on achieving "balance", however it is also noted as being a Tier 1 Class, which means their stat distribution is inherently specialized and uneven compared to the more balanced Tier 2 classes.
- Kiss of Life: Inadvertently gives this to Jaune while performing CPR, and Jaune waking up into it while mistaking him for Blake.
- Knife Nut: Fights with a pair of daggers.
A rabbit Faunus and member of Beacon's large Labour Caste staff responsible for the upkeep of the school. She joins the Hunters Guild when it's formed as it's Seneschal.
- Animal Motifs: Instead of the cute bunny girl seen in canon, she is initially portrayed as more of a scared rabbit.
- Extreme Doormat: Having no combat abilities like in canon, she is far more skittish and submissive. She doesn't even look Jaune in the eye when they first meet, as Jaune is still disguised as a Hero. Later grows out of this as she continues to work for the guild.
- Silk Hiding Steel: Develops out of her nervousness, and into this when it comes to her duties, and puts her foot down when it comes to cooking and tracking mud on her floors.
- Team Mom: Quickly becomes this for the guild, happily taking care of all their domestic needs, sewing new clothes and repairing old ones, and waking up the more stubborn members from sleep.
- Tears of Fear: Is openly weeping in fear after members of Torchwick's guild beat her up, drive her out of Beacon, and threaten her life into keeping quiet.
- Working-Class Hero: Is the only member of the guild who does Labour class duties, and joined when they desperately needed someone to serve as their Seneschal, effectively saving them. Since then she has done everything in her power to support the guild, and we later learn she is the only source of income for her single mother and two little brothers.