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     Drake Aurion 

Drake Aurion

The main protagonist of Tales of Fate, Drake is a huntsmen-in-training at Beacon Academy, hellbent on taking revenge against a mysterious someone who murdered his older brother, Lloyd. Things get more complicated however when Drake finds out that he’s a crucial piece in a metaphorical chess game that’s been on hold for 4000 years. While he appears aloof, cynical and secretive, he is loyal, caring and unprejudiced. His personal weapon is Yin, a katana forged entirely out of Darkness Dust Crystals.


  • Angst: And a lot of it. The people he trusted for so many years had been lying to him and his real past was kept a secret. If that’s not bad enough, he’s still torn up about the loss of people who were important to him. That’s a lot to deal with.
  • The Antichrist: Drake is destined to become “The Seeker of Darkness”, the living embodiment of chaos and destruction. While Drake resents the idea of his life being chosen for him, we have yet to see if he’ll accept his fate in the end.
  • Anti-Hero: He’s less interested in being a Huntsman and more interested in having revenge on those who wronged him in the past.
  • "Awesome McCool" Name: His full name roughly means, “Light Dragon from the Heavens”.
  • Badass Normal: Even without his semblance, Drake is still a formidable fighter, capable of fighting toe-to-toe with Pyrrha Nikos.
  • Berserk Button: While he is normally very patient, if anyone hurts his friends or someone important to him, Drake will not hesitate to make them suffer.
  • Brooding Boy, Gentle Girl: Him and Yang. Drake is a moody, cynical loner with an extremely Dark and Troubled Past. In order to spare himself from experiencing pain like he did before, he tries to do things on his own in order to keep his friends safe. Whenever Yang sees Drake distressed or in any kind of trouble, she worries for him and often tries to get him to trust her, usually to be ignored or coldly dismissed. Nevertheless, Yang refuses to give up on being Drake's friend and being there for him when he's vulnerable.
  • Cool Sword: Drake’s personal weapon, Yin, was a gift from Lloyd. Made from Dust Crystals, it’s a one-of-a-kind weapon.
  • Chronic Hero Syndrome: Downplayed. Drake always puts the well-being of his FRIENDS above his own, even if it costs him his life. He wants to solve his brother’s murder alone due to his fear of his friends dying on his behalf. Despite this, he’s always willing to risk his life if one of his friends needs help with something.
  • The Cynic: This is putting it very mildly.
  • Dark and Troubled Past: His earliest memories were of him living in the streets, struggling to survive. He was then adopted by Kratos Aurion and grew up alongside his three childhood companions: Lloyd, Zelos and Colette. Just when things were looking up for Drake, Colette was murdered during a White Fang raid, and Drake couldn’t do anything but watch her get gunned down. If that’s not bad enough, several years later, Drake’s home was attacked and Lloyd was murdered, leaving Drake scarred both physically and psychologically.
  • Dark Is Not Evil: Just because his semblance is darkness-based and he wears black doesn't mean he’s a complete jerk.
  • Deadpan Snarker: Drake has a dry and sarcastic wit and occasionally makes small quips with a completely straight face. He’s also good at turning the tables on Yang when she teases him.
  • Dead Person Impersonation: During the first Volume of RWBY, Drake essentially impersonates his deceased brother.
  • Determinator: Drake never gives up, even when the odds are stacked against him and will stop at nothing to avenge his brother. He’s fought during the Breach of Vale while suffering from aura poisoning, and has survived more serious injuries than anyone at Beacon.
    Magnius: "Don't know when to give up, do you?"
    Drake: "No, I actually do know when to give up. It's just that I'm so pissed off, that I don't want to."
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: He can be pretty harsh to his classmates at Beacon, but his points are valid. Despite this, he does care about their safety. He sympathizes with the Faunus and is steadfast to his friends at all costs. Drake is also very selfless, willing to put himself in harm's way to keeps others safe.
  • Laser-Guided Amnesia: Drake has no memories of who his real family was or his actual origin. All he does learn is that he originally lived in Mountain Glenn, but fled after the Grimm invaded and destroyed everything.
  • The Leader: Is viewed as one among his friends, much to his reluctance and displeasure.
  • Like an Old Married Couple: With Yang.
  • Mr. Vice Guy: While he does care about protecting others and prioritizes his friends above anything, Drake has more faith in retribution than he does in justice, and is quite possibly the most ruthless student at Beacon.
  • Nerves of Steel: Drake is emotionally disciplined, keeps his temper in check and is nearly fearless.
  • Not So Different: Drake's obsession with finding his brother's killer is very similar to Yang's obsession with finding her mother. Both of them had their pasts kept in the shadows and lost people who played big roles in their lives. Both Yang and Drake see a bit of themselves in each other, which helps them form a strong connection later on.
  • Odd Friendship: With Zelos. Even though Zelos's extroverted and flirtatious attitude is a constant annoyance, Drake considers him his best friend through thick and thin.
  • Perpetual Frowner: Drake rarely smiles and is mostly seen brooding. On even fewer occasions has he ever laughed.
  • Please Wake Up: The night Lloyd died, Zelos found Lloyd dead in Drake's arms and Drake in a childlike state of denial.
    Drake to Lloyd: "Lloyd... Lloyd... Lloyd... Lloyd... Lloyd... Lloyd... Lloyd... Lloyd... Lloyd...!!!"
  • Pragmatic Hero: Plenty of reasons.
    • He’s killed more people than probably any student at Beacon Academy. He killed 33 White Fang members alone during a blind rage after he watched his sister die. He even tortured an angel to get information. The sole reason because he had to.
    • His cynical view of the world is a stark contrast to Ruby’s wide-eyed idealism about heroes, making it hard for them to establish any kind of friendship
  • Scarf Of Asskicking: Drake’s trademark accessory is his white scarf which originally belonged to Lloyd. To top it off, he uses it to hide half of his face. Who says Blake and Ren have the ninja look down?
  • Ship Tease: Quite a few, actually. While Yang is most definitely the most Implied Love Interest
    • Drake shares moments with Cinder Fall that make is look like he'll go rogue.
    • Even Coco Adel ups her charms when she's around him.
  • Troubled, but Cute: He wears all black and has a lot of issues, but is very good-looking and has a good heart.
    • Yang has called him “cute” when he isn't scowling.
    • Coco suggested that he should “stop hiding such a handsome face” behind his scarf and called his “bad boy” attitude “cute".
  • Vitriolic Best Buds: With Zelos. Even if Zelos is one of the biggest pains in the ass for Drake, he still considers him his best friend through thick and thin and will always be there to help out when needed.
  • Would Hit a Girl: Try hitting an old lady. Granted she was threatening him with a shotgun at point-blank range.

     Zelos Wilder 

Zelos Wilder

A noble from Atlas, Zelos transfers to Beacon Academy to help Drake in his investigation to solve Lloyd’s murder and bring the one responsible to justice. While he appears to be a handsome lech and provides most of the comedy in the story, he's actually a troubled soul and finds solace in his friendships. He is Drake’s partner and longtime best friend.

  • Abusive Parents: This is putting it mildly.
    • He has the classic asshole stepfather who discourages him from becoming a Huntsman and focus more on the family business.
    • He has very bitter feelings towards his mother and hates the idea of her controlling his life.
  • Beneath the Mask: Zelos’s womanizer attitude is mostly a facade. He is flirtatious, extroverted and suave, but it is revealed that he was extremely lonely as a child. He indicates that the overbearing control his mother and stepfather had over him led to a very difficult and unpleasant relationship with both of his parents. After becoming friends with Drake and Lloyd, he became more pleasant and considers them his true family.
  • Boisterous Bruiser: Zelos is extroverted, fun-loving and daring.
  • The Casanova: Zelos is the classic ladies' man and very flirtatious. He's not much of a long-term relationship guy, being more of a one-night-stand.
  • The Charmer: Zelos is cocky and charismatic. He's a womanizer and has plenty of confidence when dealing with the opposite sex.
  • Chivalrous Pervert: Despite his flirtatious attitude, he has a moral code when it comes to women.
    • He never gets intimate with someone more than a year younger than him
    • The girl must not have a crush on someone else
    • Never goes after an innocent girl (aka a virgin)
    • Never sticks his d*ck in crazy
  • The Cynic: Zelos is generally cynical and pessimistic, but has a lighter view of the world than Drake.
  • Deapand Snarker: Zelos always has a witty, snarky or sarcastic comment tucked up his sleeves.
  • Disappeared Dad: Yaun Ka-Fei, who has been absent all Zelos's life.
  • Foil: Drake presents himself as aloof, moody and serious; he takes no interest in dating and prefers to keep to himself. Zelos appears extroverted, flirtatious and carefree; he flirts with almost any beauty he comes across, rarely takes things seriously and enjoys having a good time.
  • Handsome Lech: Zelos is a very handsome young man who will flirt with almost any pretty girl he come across.
    • Apparently, he's memorized the measurements of every girl in his class.
  • Heroic Bastard: He was born the child of a Faunus and a Human, and never officially knew his father.
  • Lonely Rich Kid: As a child he had no friends and assumed everyone was just after his position
  • Long-Haired Pretty Boy: Oh, absolutely.
  • Magic Knight: He wields a sword and shield, but his semblance grants him enhanced attributes and he has access to elemental aura attacks.
  • Meaningful Name: His name, “Zelos”, actually means “envy or greed” in ancient Greek, an emotion commonly associated with the color green.
  • The Nicknamer: Affectionately calls Drake, “bud”, much to his annoyance.
  • Not So Different: With Weiss. Both have a strong hatred against the White Fang, parents who made their home lives a living hell, and friends who changed their lives.
  • Odd Friendship: With Drake. See the entry for this trope under him.
  • Parental Abandonment: His biological father, Yuan Ka-Fai, left before he was born and has never been present in his life.
  • Shipper on Deck: He has always encouraged Drake to go out and meet a girl, much to Drake’s exasperation.
    • When he sees Drake and Yang argue over a match they had together, he calls out, “Jesus… make out already.” to Drake’s annoyance and Yang’s embarrassment.
  • Spoiled Brat: When he was a kid. Befriending Drake and Lloyd helped change all that
  • Undying Loyalty: To his friends.
    • But especially Drake. He’s willing to take more drastic measures for his friend’s sake, be it blackmailing, killing… or even betraying. He’ll always do right by him, even if that means hurting him.
  • Vitriolic Best Buds: With Drake. See the entry for this trope under him.
  • Would Hit a Girl: Does this to Blake. He had his reasons.

     Lloyd Irving 

Lloyd Irving

A noble from Atlas and the true son of Kratos Aurion, Lloyd came across a young Drake Aurion when both were very young. Taking pity on the boy, Lloyd decided to take him in and his father decided to make Drake an official member of the family. From that point forward both Lloyd and Drake made it their main mission to protect each other and keep each other safe. Almost three years before the story begins, Lloyd was murdered during a raid on their home, leaving Drake scarred both physically and mentally. While he may not be present, he plays a big part in many of Drake's flashbacks and serves as Drake's conscience.

  • Adorkable:
  • All-Loving Hero: Lloyd always tries to see the best in everyone, even if they don’t deserve it and is much more forgiving than Drake.
  • Berserk Button: He has several, due to his hot-blooded nature.
    • Badmouthing or hurting his brother Drake in any capacity.
    • Cowardice and Hypocrisy
    • People who “spew" the word “justice”
  • Beware the Nice Ones: He may be the nicest of the trio, but Lloyd is every way as dangerous as Drake.
  • Big Brother Instinct: To Drake. Lloyd automatically began to bond with Drake the moment he met him. Lloyd wanted to make sure Drake could learn to move on from his missing family and did everything he could to make Drake feel like a welcome addition to the family.
  • Broken Hero: Despite going through just as much trauma and tragedy as Drake, Lloyd keeps fighting and believing there is hope in the end.
  • The Fettered: While Lloyd accepts the fact that the world can be a cruel place, he has a strong conscience and morals and will always do what’s right. This is apparent when he refused to take revenge against the White Fang despite them murdering his girlfriend, Colette.
  • Hot-Blooded: Very much so. He has shown to be the more hotheaded, impulsive, passionate and aggressive brother compared to Drake.
  • Ideal Hero: Lloyd is presented as a highly moral, noble, idealistic, empathetic and compassionate individual. This was in contrast to Drake, who is more anti-hero in nature; cold, roguish, cynical, aloof and sarcastic.
  • The Idealist: He always tried to see the lighter side of the world and hopes for the best of things.
  • Nice Guy: Lloyd is a generally nice, kind and sensitive guy who cares about everyone.
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