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Post-Volume 2/Initial 8 Loopers
The eight Loopers who are shown to activate in the first chapter of the fic.
Anchor for the world of Remnant. Lover of guns, proud owner of a corgi, and overall nice girl.
- Absurdly Sharp Blade: One variation of Crescent Rose was so sharp it could cut simply by being looked at.
- Berserk Button: Dont steal Crescent Rose. Or imply that she's not alive. Ruby will go Mama Bear on you with full looping shenanigans.
- Collector of the Strange: Ruby has made it a hobby to collect baseline weapons from all across the multiverse. She's created an entire museum of weapons in her Pocket, using the Starkiller Base to house them.
- Genki Girl: Looping has not diminished this. It's practically been reinforced.
- Humanoid Abomination: After a number of fused Loops, Ruby is really some strange amalgamation of magic like Majin Buu and a sentient colony of Chibi Rubies.
- I Knew It!: She's had a suspicion that Ozpin was Looping and apparently took up bets with her fellow Loopers when he finally came clean.
- Improbable Weapon User: Turned her pet Corgi Zwei into a War Corgi.
- Nice Girl: Is very nice, as per canon. This eventually evolves as Ruby grows older and wiser, to the point where she is ready and able to help every person she meets, and holds the opinion that every person has good in them.
- Like Brother and Sister: Ruby is very fond of a number of other loopers, to the point of forming an adoptive family tree in which she has no less than eight siblings, only two of which are from her home reality. The feeling is generally mutual.
- The Paragon: Becomes an example to her Loopers of a hopeful, empathetic leader that always does what she thinks is right... To the point where she unconditionally trusted Cinder Fall's claim of goodness, despite Cinder both being the main villain of Remnant and Cinder still being evil, just secretly, opening up a very dangerous can of worms.
- It's later revealed that this was a deliberate move on her part, in order to help Cinder cope with her unique looping situation. It pays off when Cinder decides to call off her Ascension attempt after Ruby appeals to her experiences as a looper.
- Paralyzing Fear of Sexuality: Ruby tries to claim to be asexual, but her fellow Loopers call her out on it and reveals she's just uncomfortable with the idea of sex, especially with a non-Looper since she's far older than they'll ever be. She flirts heavily with Jaune as a joke, but as soon as he called her bluff, she put ten feet between them in a second of panic.
- Shipper on Deck: She's been described as a Multishipper, shipping for ship's sake. In an interesting twist, she restrains herself to unawake or nonlooping individuals who may have an attraction to each other, and has generally only shipped loopers who are already in a romantic relationship (aside from a few early chapters).
- Stepford Smiler: Ruby still tries to portray herself as the young, energetic, naive girl she was in baseline to mask how truly world-weary she's become since looping. That said, Weiss (Awake or not) is usually able to pick up on when she's really suffering and help her out.
- Super Speed: On top of her natural Semblance, Ruby is also connected to the Speed Force.
- Why Did It Have to Be Snakes?: Terrified of rabbits. She implies that in the loops, they are rarely as innocently cute as they appear.
- She decided one Loop to fix this... by insulting Angel Bunny with an epic insult. It didnt work, but Angel was impressed.
Ruby's partner in baseline and one of her closest and first friends. Weiss is the heir to the Schnee Dust Corporation, which thanks to its labor practices, is that target of Faunus Supremacist movement White Fang. While she does want to restore her family honor, her time in the loops is mostly spent helping others remain psychologically stable.
- Laser Blade: Her lightsaber, obviously.
- Only Sane Man: The oldest Looper of Remnant after Ruby, Weiss has come to hold almost inhuman decorum, tolerance, and snark.
- Our Ghosts Are Different: retains the ability to, upon death, return as a Force Ghost.
- The Shrink: Weiss has taken up psychology in order to help her friends cope with the infinite loops. And is actually very good at it.
Yang Xiao Long's partner slash girlfriend (and eventual wife), Blake's past is, to put it lightly, checkered. She is a former member of the White Fang, but abandoned the organization after she felt that it had become to extreme. This has caused some tensions with Weiss in the past, and does lead to some friction when they are not Awake. Nonetheless, she has become devoted to her 'looping family' and settled happily into her role.
- Magical Eyes: relies upon Sharingan to up her combat abilities.
Yang Xiao Long
Blake's partner and Ruby's elder (and bustier) sister, Yang and Blake started looping at the same time and typically are Awake in the same loops. Yang's initial focus in the loops is using the cyclical nature of time to try and track down her Missing Mom, but this proved to me much harder than she anticipated, and she abandoned the effort for general shenanigans after some time.
- Artificial Limbs: She starts a collection after the Volume 3 expansions end, both on her own and taking some donations from friends and family. Most of her modern ones are designed to look like her baseline arm.
- Boobs of Steel: Busty, vivacious, and able to punch planets in half after her training with Ranma Saotome.
- Missing Mom: her mother, Raven, is not present in her life, excluding one moment where she saved Yang's life. This led Yang to capitalize on that moment to kidnap her mother back into her life, though she eventually dropped the habit after expansions fleshed out Raven's backstory.
- Smarter Than You Look: Even more so then in canon. Weiss claims she's thought hard about the philosophy of being a hard-partying bimbo, and she occasionally reminds people she has a surgery license.
Leader of team JNPR, partner of Pyrrha (who started looping at the same time as him), and not exactly an action guy. Appeared to be oblivious to Pyrrha's romantic feelings, but eventually revealed he had similar feelings and ended up marrying her. Serves as a rock of sanity for his team and Remnant in general, which is a position much needed.
- Badass Family: JNPR, natch.
- Heroic Self-Deprecation: He hides it well, but Jaune seems to be well aware that he Can't Catch Up in terms of raw power and skill compared to his fellow RWBY Loopers and even after all this time he still struggled with his feelings of being the weak link, which led to the above mentioned confession reaction.
- The Medic: Has studied multiple forms of healing during the Loops.
- Official Couple: Finally gets together with Pyrrha after several loops worth of struggle, growth, trauma, and shenanigans.
Jaune's partner on JNPR, Pyrrha is an incredibly capable girl, but has experienced significant issues with self-expression, most notably with her romantic feelings toward Jaune. She did eventually confess and, after an initial misstep, the two joined together in a romantic couple. She has since become something of a general emotional advisor to the Remnant loopers.
- Action Mom: the adoptive mother of Ren and Nora.
- Badass Family: JNPR, natch.
- Death Is a Slap on the Wrist: but it doesn't feel that way.
- Official Couple: After several loops, she finally confessed her feelings to Jaune and discovered that he returned them, and after an initial setback they finally became a couple.
Hammer wielding, energetic member of team JNPR, Nora also hides some romantic feelings to Ren, her partner and adoptive brother. Their relationship was strained after Ren's lack of reaction to baseline, but they eventually agreed to disagree.
- Badass Family: JNPR, natch.
- Romantic False Lead: with Ren. They're friends, but are prepared to wait for confirmation from Baseline, especially as they consider each other siblings in the loops.
- They Do: Well, they start dating, anyway. Apparently holding hands after killing the monster that destroyed their hometown counts.
Subdued martial artist of team JNPR, Ren and Nora started looping at the same time, much like everyone else. Like his partner, he also has romantic feelings for Nora.
Pre-Volume 3 Loopers
Loopers who activated after the initial introduction to the multiverse at large, but before Volume 3 became a factor.
Roman Torchwick and Neapolitan
Villainous loopers, who tried to figure out what has been happening without being discovered or caught. Unfortunately, they caught the attention of Headmaster Ozpin, who promptly recruited them in 'teaching' other loopers in exchange for his silence. After V3 expansions, they decided to break with Ozpin and reveal themselves publicly.
- Aww, Look! They Really Do Love Each Other: Roman and Neo may be violent maniacs, thieves, and killers, but they also dearly care for one another, and Roman's death hit Neo rather hard.
- Cute and Psycho: Neopolitan, much like her baseline self, but exacerbated by her age, and training from The Joker himself.
- Friendly Enemy: After a while, Roman and Neo got to be on good terms with the other heroic Loopers, treating their stances with a very casual air.
- Impossible Thief: Roman, thanks to his age and occupation, has this in spades, though does not usually use it.
- It Amused Me: Their Modus Operandi these days.
- Manipulative Bastard: Roman is a lot sharper than people give him credit for. Without missing a beat, he was able to get himself and Neo free from both Cinder and Ozpin's influence by using his own Stealth Looping and certain variants to his advantage.
- Multiple-Choice Past: Roman and Neo are always close to each other in the Loops, but their exact relationship tends to vary. When they first started Looping, Roman had memories of Neo being his little sister, while Neo remembered Roman as being her father.
- Pragmatic Villainy: Roman and Neo tend to keep their heads down and not go overboard with their Looping powers for fear of being labeled as MLE.
- Stealth Expert: in the vein of the Star Trek Loopers.
- Wild Card: Neo is a lot less predictable than Roman and many fear she might be showing signs of Sakura Syndrome.
The Headmaster of Beacon Huntsmen Academy, Ozpin turned into a Stealth Looper to try and teach his students most effectively, while hiding from any possible enemies or MLE's. Has since made his presence public though.
- Loves Secrecy: because of his history of upholding The Masquerade, he has a tendency to not reveal information to the other Loopers unless he believes it directly affects them. Everyone tends to get mad when they inevitably find out about it.
- Old Master: Tried to fulfill this role as a Stealth Looper, acting as a hidden teacher for his students, arranging for tests and lessons to be taught through combat.
- Stealth Expert: Once pretended he had a time-based Semblance that allowed him to act like a Looper without revealing he was Looping. Even before that, he slipped under the radar for a very long time.
Zwei the Corgi
The eponymous War Corgi. Ruby and Yang's pet dog.
- Canine Companion: to the Loopers.
- Playful Hacker: as a "Data Dog" Zwei is capable of breaking into some of the most advanced computer systems in the multiverse, a talent he uses for his amusement and benefit.
- Talking Animal: a time-traveling dimension hopping sentient talking Corgi.
A teacher at Beacon Academy, specializing in Dust and Magic. Previously a Stealth Looper, she revealed herself to Ruby and later to the other Loopers.
- Only Sane Woman: Between Roman, Neo, Ozpin and Zwei Glynda was the most normal amongst Remnant's Stealth Loopers. For a Hot Witch Dominatrix that is.
- Stealth Expert: Like Roman, Neo, Zwei and Ozpin before her, she learned how to Stealth Loop.
A villainess who ended up thinking she was Ruby's adoptive older sister, and then actually became Ruby's adoptive older sister... or did she?
- Becoming the Mask: She claims at first to have started Looping in a world where she was Ruby's sister (she was lying). However, while she still has sociopathic tendencies times, and will deny it even to herself, it's clear that she's becoming a case of Even Evil Has Loved Ones with teams RWBY and JNPR.
- Demoted to Dragon: When she was first introduced, she was the Big Bad of Remnant. And then expansions went and introduced Salem, The Man Behind the Man who was using Cinder as a pawn. Looper!Cinder hated this, because her entire motivation (canonical and in the loops) was personal power, and before Salem showed up she'd gotten used to being beholden to no one and the biggest threat around.
- Evil Feels Good/Good Feels Good: Both of these turn out to be true for Cinder. The obvious conflict has serious implications for her mental health...
- Morality Pet: Ruby is this to her, even if she won't admit it.
- Reformed, but Not Tamed: Seems to be the end result of the Tale of Two Sisters arc. For the moment.
- Sanity Slippage: There is something very much wrong with her.
Volume 3 & Post-V 3 Loopers
Loopers who activated either during Volume 3 or after it. Some of these characters were defined by Volume 3, and therefore couldn't have existed in the Loops before it.
Ruby's uncle, and Ozpin's spy.
- Family of Choice: As far as baseline is concerned, Qrow and Ruby share no blood, but they're dearly close to one another.
- Official Couple: with Winter, after a long stint as Friends with Benefits.
- Stealth Expert: by accident. Since his and Ruby's paths didn't cross that much, he ended up Stealth Looping by default. He eventually got kicked out of it and reconnected with his nieces.
Weiss' elder sister and Ironwood's subordinate.
- Male Might, Female Finesse: She wields a dainty rapier with a fencing dagger inside of it. Qrow's sword is as broad as his shoulders, almost as tall as him, can transform into a scythe, and is a sawed-off shotgun. She fights with her family magic, he relies on old fashion aura, steel and lead. She's composed and proper by default, Qrow is **always** drunk. They're lovers.
- MayDecember Romance: Qrow is at least twice her age, physically speaking. Mentally they're about the same though.
- Official Couple: With Qrow, after a long stint as Friends with Benefits.
- Stealth Expert: an accidental version. Due to being in Atlas most of the time, she never got the Welcome To The Multiverse speech and started Stealth Looping by mistake. She and Qrow eventually found each other out though.
A robot girl who was invented in Atlas... and killed by Pyrrha.
- Character Development: Started as a severely traumatized robot girl with PTSD over dying, and after a few centuries and millennia of hard work eventually healed herself, improved, and forgave the people who caused her death, even managing to become close friends with Pyrrha.
- Killed Off for Real: her fate in baseline and cause of her mental state.
- Ridiculously Human Robots: passed as human, for a while at least. Enough to fool many other people.
- Trauma Button: Pyrrha, since Pyrrha was the one who killed her. Emerald and Cinder, to lesser extents as well. These eventually subsided.
General James Ironwood
Head of the Atlesian Military Forces and Headmaster of Atlas Hunting Academy. Ozpin's peer.
- Abandon Shipping: Hopped off of the Glynda/Ironwood ship a long time ago, settling for Better as Friends.
- Always Second Best: Has let this consume him, from time to time, as his status as teacher and general are done much better by Weiss and Ozpin, leaving him to feel useless at time.
- Badass Beard: Sports one, on occasion.
- Only Sane Man: Has freaks of weirdness on occasion, but is stable, controlled, honest and introspective, though this has led to angst moments.
- Stealth Expert: Subverted, and Played Straight. Initially Weiss guessed that with Penny Looping he would be the sensible companion to her, and so connected with him. But Ironwood soon picked up the habit of stealthing if he woke up after the fall of Beacon, due to personal guilt.
Post-Volume 4/'Tale of Two Sisters' Loopers
Loopers who activated almost immediately after the end of Volume 3, in an attempt to stabilize the RWBY branch after the horror that was Cinder's attempted ascension.
Monkey Faunus with a cheeky side. Activated by The Tale of Two Sisters.
- Private Detective: Moonlights as one, sometimes seriously, sometimes jokingly, always dressed to kill.
- Smarter Than You Look: A common joke is that Sun is an adorable idiot, but he has proven emotionally sensitive and capable of articulating the complexity of the loops.
- Training from Hell: Ended up on the receiving end of this courtesy of Roman Torchwick, whose idea of training amounted to "kill Sun, a lot." Sun eventually just got around to expecting death, and ended up nearly unkillable.
Blake's caring cat-mom, who was activated by the Tale of Two Sisters.
- Action Survivor: Kali Belladonna turns into this during the Tale of Two Sisters.
- Non-Action Guy: A rare female example, it is repeatedly and explicitly pointed out that she is the only Remnant looper with no formal combat experience and qualifies as a civilian. She makes up for it by being willing to accept loopers without question.
- She later dropped this trope and became The Gunslinger with some character development and a long stint as Kali "The Stampede" in Trigun.
Taiyang Xiao Long
Ruby and Yang's devoted father. He was activated by the Tale of Two Sisters.
- Action Dad: not on the level of his daughters, but also a Huntsman and teacher of other Huntsmen and Huntresses.
- Sensitive Guy and Manly Man: The young and naive sensitive guy to Qrow's older and wiser manly man.
- Sex God: Downplayed. While he's had experience with two wives and is presumably capable of seducing and/or pleasuring any number of people, he has settled into his family life by the time he started looping (although he did have a tryst with the Lotus).
Yang's biological mother and Qrow's twin sister. She was activated by the Tale of Two Sisters.
- Action Girl: not on the level of her daughter, but still a Huntress and a leader of a bandit tribe.
- Did You Think I Can't Feel?: Tries to hide it, but her Baseline immorality has shaken her up.
- Magical Girl Warrior: Well, magical mom, but still. Raven is the Spring Maiden.
- Polar Opposite Twins: With her twin brother Qrow. He's in a steady relationship, has a very positive relationship with his nieces, and is several millennia older. She's single as hell, has it rocky with her own daughter, and is young, as Loopers of Remnant go.
- The Friend Nobody Likes: Due to her being a bandit queen who abandoned her daughter in baseline, and a few additional instances of tension between her and other loopers, Raven is one of the more distant of the group. Although she does seem close with Kali...
Post-Volume 5 Loopers
A farmboy who becomes host to Ozpin's soul after his baseline death. In the loops, this left Oscar and Ozpin soulbound, which effectively meant Oscar would be a voice in Ozpin's head whenever he was Awake. Neither of them were happy about this situation but, thankfully, Oscar Activated as a full looper after the Volume 5 expansions and has resettled into the looper community.
Blake's father and Kali's husband, Ghira had to deal with his wife and daughter having looped for quite some time without him upon Activation and making some interesting bonds. They were quick to reassure him he was still part of their family and an important one, and he's become something of a generally philosophical paternal figure to the loopers of Remnant in general.
A former White Fang companion of Blake, Ilia was thrust into the loops with little warning and found her previous emotional bonds thrown into chaos due to developments that happened prior to her activation. During her initial pain and confusion, she bonded with fellow new looper Emerald; she later settled into a relationship with her and was adopted by the Belladonna family.
A former street thief and loyal minion of Cinder, Emerald Activated shortly after the Volume 5 expansions. She had to deal with Cinder apparently coming back from the dead and also having a very different personality in the loops. After an initial period of serious soul-searching, she has settled into being the looping Cinder's loyal if snarky henchman and breaking from Unawake Cinders as she feels is appropriate.