The Schnees and associatesSee Winter and Weiss' tropes above and Jacques' tropes in the villain's section.
- Alliterative Family: Willow, Winter, Weiss, and Whitley Schnee. The only one who doesn't fit is Jacques.
Jacques SchneeFind his tropes here.
Appearances: Atlas, Cold
The Schnee matriarch and daughter of Nicholas Schnee. Also the current Winter Maiden.
- Adaptational Angst Upgrade: Due to several things. The fact that she lost her daughter is one thing. However, the abuse suffered by Jacques is not only confirmed but actually includes sexual abuse. It turns out he had her drugged and raped by women to make her look like a hedonist and make her not like women so he'd have an heir with him.
- Adaptational Badass: She's just Weiss' Alcoholic Parent in canon. Here, she's the friggin' Winter Maiden!
- Adaptational Sexuality: Played with. In canon, it's assumed that she has some attraction to men since she believed that Jacques still cared about his family before the truth came out during a heated argument. Here, she definitely isn't attracted to men and only had sex with Jacques to produce heirs to the Schnee name.
- Alcoholic Parent: Same as in canon. It got worse after Weiss died.
- Ambiguously Bi: Weiss mentions that Willow sees hookers in Atlas, but she still married Jacques and had three children with him. It is unknown if she has any actual attraction to men or if was just a business marriage. Subverted in Cold. She actually was a lesbian.
- The Bus Came Back: She returns in Cold after being absent from the story. And that's all that can be said without spoiling things further.
- Chekhov's Gunman: Ironwood wanted someone no one would suspect as the Winter Maiden. And that was Willow.
- Composite Character: Both Willow and the actual Winter Maiden show up in Volume 7 as separate characters.
- Death by Adaptation: She is still alive in canon. She gets killed by Salem in this series.
- The Dog Bites Back: She finally gets back at Jacques for what he did to her family. Starting with poisoning Jacques with a neurotoxin to paralyze him.
- Do with Him as You Will: After paralyzing Jacques, she tosses him out to the crowd for them to end him however they please. And they definitely take that opportunity.
- The Hedonist: Winter once caught her passed out with another woman in her arms and implied it isn't the first time. Jacques outright calls her a hedonist. While she continued with this lifestyle of her own volition, it appears that Jacques had her drugged and raped by women many times to give the appearance of this in the public eye. The time Winter caught her was one of those times. After having Whitley, she was so distraught from Jacques' abuse that she just continued doing it, not knowing what else to do.
- Hidden Depths: Her hedonistic lifestyle (that was admittedly started by Jacques) helped to keep suspicion away from her being the Winter Maiden. Ironwood wanted it to be the person they'd least expect.
- In the Back: How Salem stabs her with the Relic of Destruction.
- Ironic Echo: After learning what Jacques did to her father, she pulls the same trick on him and delivers the exact same line to him to make him realize what happened to him.
- Lady Drunk: She's got a bit of class, but she's constantly drinking.
- Parental Neglect: Thanks to her hedonism. It's only after Weiss dies that she shows sorrow for her lost child. She starts to express some sorrow for how she was as a parent when she reunites with Winter again."Still thinks Atlas hookers are more important than her own kids." — Weiss
- Rape as Backstory: Not the way you might think. Jacques did sexually abuse her, but it was more of the way of Rape by Proxy.note He had her drugged and raped by women to both make her averse to her own sexuality and to make her look like a hedonist. He did that anytime he wanted to get an heir out of her (possibly making it rape by deception as well).
- Redemption Equals Death: After finally gaining back Winter and Whitley's respect, Salem comes in and kills her.
- La Résistance: She joins the rebellion against Jacques and reveals that this was her plan the whole time since she was the Winter Maiden.
- Seen It All: As far as her abusive household goes, she isn't surprised by anything Jacques does and even anticipates some of it with a surprising amount of nonchalance.
- Sour Outside, Sad Inside: She's a neglectful parent and hedonist, but that's mainly because Jacques sexually abused her by drugging her and allowing her to be raped by other women to make it appear that she was a hedonist. She shows that she still cared about her children and feels awful about her neglect. She also reveals that she feels violated by those women Jacques sent to her.
- Sympathetic Adulterer: When the full extent of Jacques' sociopathy and abuse comes to light as well as her true sexuality, one could almost understand her desire to find solace in prostitutes rather than her own husband. It's not like he particularly cares anyway.
- Walking Spoiler: Bombshells about her are dropped left and right throughout her appearance in Cold. It's difficult to talk about it without spoiling something.
Winter SchneeFind her tropes here.
Weiss SchneeFind her tropes here.
Appearances: Recovery, Atlas, Cold
The youngest Schnee child.
- Adaptational Nice Guy: He is actually supportive to his sisters and is devastated to learn that Weiss died.
- The Bus Came Back: He returns in Cold.
- Please Don't Leave Me: In Recovery, he tells Winter that he doesn't want to lose her after losing Weiss.
- The Unfavorite: Is this to Jacques given that he's referred to as a worthless heir to the Schnee Dust Company.
The founder of the Schnee Dust Company.
- Honest Corporate Executive: He was the original owner of the SDC and he did not have any of the terrible business practices of his son-in-law.
- Horrible Judge of Character: Trusting Jacques was a bad idea. It ends up getting him killed.
- Posthumous Character: He's already dead in the present day. That's because Jacques poisoned him.
Appearances: Recovery, Atlas, Cold
The Schnee family butler.
Li and An Ren
Ren's father and mother and founders of Kuroyuri
- Adaptation Origin Connection: They were killed by Raven's tribe.
- Bury Your Gays: Inverted. As the author notes, they were the only major straight couple in the story and they're dead.
- Good Parents: They were very kindhearted people and loved Ren dearly.
- Lying to Protect Your Feelings: When Li finds out that Nora's village was attacked by bandits, she asks him if he'll help her find her mother. He knows that she was most likely killed, but he still regretfully says he will.
- Mama Bear/Papa Wolf: They do not take kindly to Raven and Shay holding Ren hostage.
- Nice Guys: They are rather kind leaders of Kuroyuri. The come to Nora's defense and take her in when she reveals that she was attacked by bandits. They do everything they can to protect her when they realize that Raven came to the village to kill her.
- Posthumous Characters: Like in canon, they're already long dead. Their appearance in Crash is a flashback.
- You Monster!: Li says that selling out the village is a new low even for Raion. He also calls Raven a wicked excuse of a woman for trying to hurt his son.
A Kuroyuri street vendor.
- Asshole Victim: He doesn't get any sympathy when Raven betrays and kills him since this is just after he revealed that he sold out the entire village for a chance to survive.
- Dirty Coward: As soon as Li appears after he chases Nora and Ren, he cowers down immediately and tries to get out of trouble in any way he can. He also sells out his village to Raven in exchange for money. Unfortunately for him, Raven wasn't keen on giving him that money.
- Hate Sink: He is utterly loathsome in his entire appearance. Li and An know that he's a scumbag.
- Kick the Dog: Denying Nora service even after she paid just because she was "a dirty street rat" is one thing. Selling out his entire village because the founder defended this child that a bandit was looking for is another thing entirely.
- Politically Incorrect Villain: He seems to be very disparaging against homeless if his interactions with Nora prove anything.
- Posthumous Character: Long dead before the beginning of the story. He only appears in a flashback.
- Rewarded as a Traitor Deserves: After he reveals to the Rens that he sold them out, Raven shoots him in the leg and then in the head while lampshading an important detail:"Never trust bandits, pal."
- Screams Like a Little Girl: When Raven shoots his leg, the narration says he let out a girlish scream.
Appearances: Attacks, Bloodsucker
The chief of Muzukasi.
- 0% Approval Rating: Due to the attacks on the village that he has failed to stop, his son says that he is not fit for the job. Subverted when he challenges him to say what he's going to do about it. The town quickly turns in his favor. Subverted further when it is revealed that Harold was behind the Grimm attacks.
- Reasonable Authority Figure: He lets Ruby and Nora stay in the village and pays for their food since they'll help with the Grimm attacks that have been plaguing the village.
- Only One Name: "Penwood" is the only name he is given.
- Pay Evil unto Evil: He doesn't hesitate to have Harold burned for orchestrating the Grimm attacks. When Ruby and Nora think it might be harsh, a mother holds out her burned child and they have fewer qualms about the punishment.
- Sole Survivor: After the Aswang's attack, he is the only one left and he is paralyzed from it. He is found at the wreckage of Muzukasi.
A villager who challenges Penwood's leadership.
- Asshole Victim: When revealed to be the one behind the Grimm attacks, no one disagrees with his punishment of being burned alive. Even with initial protest from Ruby and Nora for being a bit over-the-top, the mother showing her child's burnt corpse destroys any bit of mercy they may have had for him.
- Big Bad: Of Attacks. He's the one behind Muzukasi's Grimm problem.
- Gadgeteer Genius: He's a robotics expert who helped design the Atlas paladins. He also created a Grimm mech to terrorize his village.
- I Need to Go Iron My Dog: When he gets the wind taken out of his sails while trying to discredit Penwood. He looks at his wrist and mentions the time. Penwood notes that Harold isn't even wearing a watch.
- Interim Villain: Unlike the other villains post-Scorch, he has nothing to do with Salem.
- It's All About Me: His perfectly justifiable reason for orchestrating the attacks on the village is because he wanted to be the leader.
- "Scooby-Doo" Hoax: He created a mechanical Grimm to attack the village.
- Smug Snake: When pressed on the specifics of what he'd do to help the village if he was in charge, his bravado quickly falls flat. He thought he would be able to take over Muzukasi if he could delegitimize Penwood. It only ends up getting him exposed and killed.
- The Sociopath: He sets up fake Grimm attacks where innocent people get killed simply because he wanted to be the leader of the village instead of Penwood.
- Walking Spoiler: He's involved in a major part of the story.
- Would Hurt a Child: A mother reveals that his fake Grimm attacks resulted in the death of her child. She presents the charred corpse.
Appearances: The Road to Atlas
The current leader of Menagerie.
- Adaptational Heroism: She is actually a benevolent figure who watches over Menagerie.
- Decomposite Character: She wasn't the one to radicalize the White Fang since that role was given to Father Scorch.
- Died in Your Arms Tonight: She ends up dying in Blake's arms.
- Dies Differently in Adaptation: She was killed by Adam in the series, but she was killed by an attack on Menagerie.
Appearances: Beacon's Fall, Recovery, Attacks, Bloodsucker, STRQ, Haven, The Road to Atlas, Cold
Ruby's mother, former leader of Team STRQ, and the current Spring Maiden as of Haven. Only spoilers from Haven and beyond are marked.
- Adaptational Angst Upgrade: Just because she survived doesn't mean she won't have to deal with the emotional pain of losing her husband. She was also being cheated on by Raven.
- Adaptational Superpower Change: When she killed Raven, she was the one to become the Spring Maiden.
- Beware the Nice Ones: She is a nice woman, but pushing her far enough will show a rather ugly side. The Branwen twins can attest to this. Raven especially. She doesn't even bother to give her mercy and kills her in cold blood after Raven's betrayal.
- Composite Character: She is the surviving parent, so she was the one to console Ruby when she awoke from her coma.
- The Dog Bites Back: After all the crap that Raven put her through, she finally gets to kill Raven when the latter asks for undeserved mercy.
- Good Cannot Comprehend Evil: She wants to believe beyond immeasurable doubt that Raven still has a heart behind all the pain that she has caused. Unfortunately, there is no Hidden Heart of Gold.
- I Have No Son!: Summer declares that Qrow shouldn't come near her family ever again. Thankfully subverted when he allows Jinn to tell everyone the truth.
- Ironic Echo: When Summer admits to Raven that she thought she loved her and when she thought Raven had changed, Raven only replies "You thought wrong." No points for guessing what she says to Raven after the latter assumes that Summer would show her mercy.
- Last Episode, New Character: She shows up in the epilogue of Beacon's Fall.
- Mama Bear: She is going to go to whatever lengths she has to just to get her daughter back. She also acts as this for Yang despite being a stepdaughter.
- Nice Girl: She is a total sweetheart.
- No Accounting for Taste: The fact that Raven reads about serial killers and generally acts aloof and abrasive really makes you wonder how Summer thought it would all work in the first place.
- Not Distracted by the Sexy: She's the only person on board the ship that doesn't take the time to ogle Jinn when she appears. Notably, when she finally starts a relationship with her, Ruby states that it doesn't revolve around sex like Jinn's other escapades.
- Official Couple: She was in one with Raven until it was revealed that the latter was cheating on her. She later married Tai and had Ruby with him. Ruby mentions in the epilogue that she is now in a genuine relationship with Jinn.
- Spared by the Adaptation: Considering all the characters that have been killed off, this is a heartwarming change.
- Tranquil Fury: When she realizes that Qrow is the reason Ruby is gone, she is livid but restrained. Even Qrow recognizes that he's in deep trouble.
- Team Mom: Definitely this. She acts as this for the Ruby search party and she was this for Team STRQ.
- Suckiness Is Painful: She gets physically ill from Oobleck's singing.
- Walking Spoiler: The fact that she's still walking wasn't mentioned before she made an appearance.
Taiyang Xiao Long
The father of Ruby and Yang.
- Death by Adaptation: He's the parent that was killed.
- Heroic Sacrifice: He gets in the way of Tyrian's stinger to save Qrow.
- Impaled with Extreme Prejudice: He was stabbed in the neck by Tyrian's tail.
- Nice Guy: He is one of the nicer members of Team STRQ.
- Posthumous Character: When he appears in STRQ, it is only through flashbacks from before he died.
- Pungeon Master: He was a master of dad-jokes before even becoming a father. Raven was less than amused.
Appearances: Ruby's Birthday
A Vale business owner who had the misfortune of meeting Keter.
- Character Death: Stabbed by Keter with a pair of scissors.
- Self-Made Woman: Ozpin mentions this by name. She started her own business.
- Unwitting Instigator of Doom: She didn't realize that Keter was a serial killer planning on killing her family. Now, thanks to her talking about them, she put them in danger.
- We Hardly Knew Ye: She had quite a bit of character only to be killed by Keter.
Jacob Lock, his wife, and their daughter
Appearances: Ruby's Birthday
Nurse Abigail "Abby" Lemon
Appearances: Weiss and Pyrrha
A nurse taking care of Weiss after Keter's attack.
- Establishing Character Moment: She shows herself to be a very caring and laid-back woman. Subverted. This isn't even close to who she is.
- Nice Girl: She's kind and cares about Weiss recovering and allows Pyrrha to stay with her. This is all a front.
- Walking Spoiler: How could this nurse possibly be a Walking Spoiler? Well, check the Villains section
Appearances: Pyrrha's Past
- All Abusers Are Male: Having Lyra as a wife averts this, but she uses this to claim that he was abusing Pyrrha after killing him.
- Deceased Fall-Guy Gambit: He falls victim to this after Lyra kills him. She makes Pyrrha claim that he was the abuser.
- Good Parents: Contrasting Lyra, Orion was more forgiving and supportive of Pyrrha.
- Posthumous Character: He was killed by Lyra.
- Theme Naming: He and Lyra are named after constellations.
- We Hardly Knew Ye: He doesn't get a lot of screentime before Lyra kills him.
Appearances: Winter Has Come
A prostitute that Glynda regularly sees.
- Brick Joke: Oobleck mentioned Ginger in Field Trip. Now, she makes a physical cameo.
- Friends with Benefits: Granted, Glynda still has to pay for those benefits, but considering the fact that even Oobleck knows that they regularly see each other, a close relationship is implied between them.
- Open Secret: Their relationship is known about across Remnant.
- Mama Bear: She gets between Shay and Nora to defend her daughter.
- Missing Mom: She was killed during the attack on Nora's home village.
- Posthumous Character: She is already long dead.
- Unwitting Instigator of Doom: She only appears in one fraction of a chapter in Crash, but sending Nora away put Kuroyuri on Raven's radar as she chased after her.
A successful businesswoman who ended up traumatized after seeing her wife and child get murdered.
- Cassandra Truth: Everyone thinks that she's gone crazy since she's talking about a monster who tortured her. She wasn't exaggerating.
- Madness Mantra: Ever since she made it to the hospital, she has only been able to say one thing over and over: "monster."
- Trauma Conga Line: She had to watch her family get tortured to death, was tortured herself, and then spent weeks missing in the tundra. All to end up being killed by the same monster.
Flynt Coal's father.
- Adaptational Angst Upgrade: He only got his business shut down in canon. Here, he was arrested for stealing and selling Dust just to support his family, leaving his wife and Flynt homeless.
- Justified Criminal: Cyrus was stealing Dust from the Schnee Dust Company and it is admitted that he was in the wrong, but he was only doing it because Jacques ran Cyrus' shop out of business and needed to support his family. Subverted when its revealed Jacques was the one stealing and selling dust, and he framed Cyrus for it to keep him from ever getting the chance to earn his dust company back.
- Named by the Adaptation: Flynt's father wasn't given a first name in the show.