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The characters appearing in the fanfic Vale's Underground. The world incorporates an expansive amount of RWBY characters as well as a few original characters as well. This results in an AU fic with Loads and Loads of Characters all being incorporated into the main plot.

Beware of SPOILERS from Volumes Four and Five of the show.

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Vale Police Department

    Sergeant Rose 

Sergeant Ruby Rose

A major crimes detective on the pursuit of the mysterious mob boss known as "Cinder."
  • Action Girl: Considering the fact that she's a police officer, this trope is pretty important.
  • Badass Gay: Got into a gunfight with Sky and Russel, and later helped Blake take down a junkie after Weiss' concert.
  • Covert Pervert: When she's working, she tends to be professional and restrained. However, whenever she gets near Blake, they can barely keep their hands off each other. And they definitely have a rather active sex life. She even gets a bit flustered when Yang removes her shirt and shows off her bra.note 
  • Deadpan Snarker: She gets a few snarky lines in. Notably towards Cardin.
  • Determinator: She's on a mission to take down Cinder no matter what.
  • Experimented in College: She had sex with at least one guy while exploring her sexuality.
  • Head Desk: She does so out of frustration when she gets desk-duty. She doesn't even raise her head from the desk until receiving a phone call.
  • It Never Gets Any Easier: She has killed people on the job before Sky, and she says that she still thinks about the lives every time.
  • Lesbian Cop: She's married to Blake.
  • Mythology Gag: She's a weapons expert and was that way even before she started investigating Cinder. A reference to her canon counterpart's fascination with weapons.
  • Noodle Incident: Ren mentions a story about Ruby accidentally shooting one of her partners in the field. She even has a Thousand-Yard Stare when she recalls it.
  • Out of Focus: Lampshaded by Word of God. When she's been confined to desk-duty, the author says that she can't really do much in her current placement. However, now that she has a lead, Ozpin will let her back onto the force.
  • Reality Ensues:
    • She gets in trouble for pointing a gun at Cardin in the precinct. Regardless of what he did, threatening lethal force will get her in trouble since the precinct has cameras.
    • Since she isn't one of the many sociopaths in this story, she admits that she can't handle killing people on the job. She mentions that she has had nightmares about killing Sky.
  • Shell-Shocked Veteran: She admits that killing people on the job still haunts her. She keeps her upbeat attitude about the job, but it's still something that weighs on her as she reveals in Chapter 16.
  • Yank the Dog's Chain: She has been dealing with this all throughout the "Cinder" case. Every time she gets a definitive lead that she can use to arrest her, Cinder gets rid of it. She's understandably fed up with it after the incident with Russel. However, she always finds a way to bounce back. And after the Russel incident, Blake helps her get her head back on straight to keep going with the case.
  • Your Approval Fills Me with Shame: She's less than pleased with Cardin's compliments about her potentially killing Sky.

    Detective Belladonna 

Detective Blake Belladonna

A homicide detective who is married to Ruby.
  • Action Girl: She gets to show this when assaulted after Weiss' concert and gets into a fight with Tyrian, holding her own against him until she gets stabbed.
  • Adaptation Species Change: She's obviously not a Faunus.
  • Adaptational Sexuality: She was attracted to Adam in canon. Here, she is a lesbian.
  • Badass Bookworm: Just like in canon. She's a cop and has a massive collection of books that she has read.
  • Badass Gay: She gets into a gunfight with a couple of burglars and holds her own against Tyrian before getting stabbed.
  • Deuteragonist: Her investigations on the side tend to help Ruby with her own investigation into organized crime.
  • Experimented in College: She had sex with at least one guy while exploring her sexuality.
  • It Never Gets Any Easier: As a homicide detective, she has admitted that even seeing all the death she sees, she still isn't used to all of it and barely copes as it is.
  • Lesbian Cop: She's married to Ruby.
  • Male Gaze: She has many admirers of the "Bellabooty."
  • Parental Sexuality Squick: Seemingly averted since after Ruby insinuates that she and Blake are going to have sex and want to be left alone, she suggests that Ghira do the same with Kali.
  • Shell-Shocked Veteran: A homicide detective will inevitably see many gruesome sights on the job. Blake admits that she still doesn't get over seeing all the death that she does.

    Detective Ren 

Detective Lie Ren

Ruby's partner on the force.

    Detective Wukong 

Detective Sun Wukong

A fellow homicide detective and Blake's partner.
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    Commissioner Ozpin 

Police Commissioner Victor Ozpin

The Vale police commissioner.
  • Da Chief: He's a commissioner, but he acts as this trope.
  • Named by the Adaptation: He's given the first name "Victor."
  • Not So Above It All: He's also willing to call out Ironwood's bullshit with Ruby. (Not to his face, though.)
  • Reasonable Authority Figure: Very accommodating to Ruby when she insists on continuing the investigation. He will be stern, but he's not gonna be a complete hard-ass.

    Officer Winchester 

Officer Cardin Winchester

A corrupt narcotics officer who is on Cinder's payroll.
  • Adaptational Jerkass: He's not just a general bully. He's also a sexually-harassing asshole.
  • Adaptational Villainy: He was just The Bully in canon, but he's working with the villains here.
  • Amazon Chaser: He commends Ruby shooting Sky and says that he likes that in a woman.
  • Ascended Extra: He was only really important in Volume One for a single arc before fading into obscurity. Here, he is a rather important recurring character.
  • The Bully: Even as a cop, this still hasn't changed much.
  • The Chew Toy: It seems that Cardin seems to run into misfortune all the time, and every time, no one will be sympathetic to it since he more often brings it upon himself. (Might not be surprising considering the fact that the author said they hate him.)
  • Consummate Liar: He lies about being connected to criminals and lies about a criminal trying to kill him when he murders him in cold blood.
  • Dirty Cop: He's working for Cinder.
  • Hate Sink: The author openly states that they never liked him in canon. Thus, Cardin was made to be as unlikeable as possible. No one on either side of the law likes him and he comes off as more unpleasant than Adam (an arrogant Human Trafficker and Serial Rapist), Raven (a homophobe who sexually abused her brother because he was gay), and Salem (who molested her own daughter and made her kill her father, her husband). He is the only one who is made to be completely unlikeable in every scene.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Jerk: People hate him in the precinct, but no one assumes that he's actually a dirty cop.
  • The Pirates Who Don't Do Anything: He is rarely seen doing actual cop work in the story. Possibly justified since he's corrupt, but even corrupt cops need to keep doing their legal job to avoid suspicion. This was addressed by the author in Chapter 13, so they retconned in the idea that he was in charge of the decoy convoy for when Russel was being transferred to County. Further subverted when he is shown on a drug bust in Chapter 16.
  • Politically Incorrect Villain: He's clearly misogynistic since he continually sexually harasses women and thinks that they should want him (even lesbians Ruby and Blake who are also married to each other). When Ruby and Blake reject him, he calls them "dykes", implying that he's homophobic as well.
  • The Sociopath: He works for criminals and delivers information that results in the deaths of several of his colleagues and many more innocent bystanders. He gets irrationally angry when girls refuse him (even the lesbians Blake and Ruby) and he deceives everyone about his true nature. He personally murders a criminal who knows Cardin is dirty just to cover his own ass and shows no actual remorse about it. He even tries to manipulate the situation and make it sound like the suspect was going to shoot first.
  • Teeny Weenie: Downplayed. Cinder implies that he couldn't be more than five inches. Since the average length is about five and a half inches, that doesn't reflect well on how well endowed he is.

    Officer Polendina 

Officer Penny Polendina

A transfer cadet from Atlas who was paired with Ruby.
  • Action Girl: You can see this when she hunts down suspects during a case. Russel and Tyrian know this well.
  • Adaptation Species Change: The writer regrets being unable to utilize any RoboCop Shout-Outs.
  • Ambiguous Disorder: She has trouble picking up on certain social cues, prone to over-sharing, and has a lot of interest in gruesome things while still being a kind person. The writer has admitted that she wasn't written with any specific disorder in mind, but readers were encouraged to try and diagnose her.
  • Beware the Nice Ones: Penny is a total sweetheart, but she can use that sweet tone to bring you to the point of tears. She's also a badass cop who can take you down with no problem.
  • Break Them by Talking: She is surprisingly an expert in this. This is shown when she manages to bring Russel Thrush to tears simply by talking to him. Tyrian fears that she'll do the same to him once he sees her in the interrogation room.
  • Bunny-Ears Lawyer: Her eccentricities make her seem a bit out-there, but she's still an excellent cop regardless.
  • Do Wrong, Right: She chastises Ruby for brandishing her weapon and pointing it at Cardin when he harassed her. However, not long after, Penny shows her that she didn't need the gun to subdue him.
  • The Dreaded: She gained a reputation as this in Atlas. Even hardened will be cowering in fear if they know anything about her interrogation techniques.
  • Genki Girl: She's just as energetic as she is in canon. She is always enthusiastic about her job and her more… unique interests.
  • Gosh Dang It to Heck!: Most characters (even Ruby and Ren) have had some profanity. Those who don't (like Pyrrha and Jaune) don't use any substitute words. Penny, however, was intended to talk like this as a contrast to the other characters for the Rule of Funny.
  • Horrifying the Horror: Tyrian Callows is incredibly nervous to be interrogated by her.
  • Innocently Insensitive: She inadvertently insults Cardin by saying he had gay sex in college. However, considering this is Cardin, it's not really much of a faux pas.
  • Literal-Minded: Downplayed. She understands metaphors, but she switches out Ruby's analogy about Mickey being a little fish to catch bigger fish into making him a worm instead because she thought it would make more sense.
  • Nightmare Fetishist: She is very interested in all things macabre. One reason she became a police officer is to see some gruesome stuff firsthand. She's still a sweetheart, but she just happens to like these kinds of things.
  • Sugary Malice: Her interrogation tactics mostly consist of speaking in her usual sweet tone while psychologically intimidating the suspect by both telling them what horrible things await them in prison.
  • Title Drop: In Chapter 5:
    " I've been serving in Atlas for two years and I'm ready to take on whatever Vale's underground has to offer."
  • Too Much Information: Always tends to give this to people, especially when discussing her fascination with all things macabre. She also lets it slip to Carding that Ruby and Blake had sex with men in college after he lies and says they wanted him to be their first man. Never share a secret with her that isn't related to an ongoing investigation. She actually weaponizes this trope in her interrogation tactics as a form of psychological intimidation by talking about what could happen in prison.

    Chief Port 

Police Chief Peter Port

The Vale police chief.
  • Da Chief: The actual police chief.
  • Large Ham: He can be quite bombastic when he speaks.

    Dr. Oobleck 

Doctor Bartholomew Oobleck

The police department's eccentric coroner.
  • Adaptation Dye-Job: His hair is gray instead of green.
  • Bunny-Ears Lawyer: Implied since he is noted to be a rather strange individual, but good at what he does.
  • The Coroner: While he is called a medical examiner, this is his actual job.
  • Mythology Gag: Him insisting on being called Doctor Oobleck and saying he didn't earn the Ph.D. for fun.
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    Officer Solei 

Officer Ciel Solei

An officer investigating possible corruption in the precinct.

Vale Government

    Mayor Ironwood 

Mayor James Ironwood

The presiding mayor over Vale.
  • Adaptational Jerkass: He could be rather authoritarian and paranoid in canon, but he was always well-meaning. Here, he's just a morally-hazy politician.
  • Adaptational Wimp: Likely the case since he's just the mayor and not a general.
  • Horrible Judge of Character: Qrow claims that this trope is true of him.
  • Slave to PR: He is trying to cover up the mob investigations because he wants to make the city look good for Weiss Schnee. Khan calls him out on this.
  • Unwitting Pawn: Qrow and the other bosses use his need to hide their activity to operate freely under the radar. Qrow also uses his political influence to keep people off his and Raven's tail.

    Blake's Parents 

District Attorneys Ghira and Kali Belladonna

Two local prosecutors in the DA's office.

    Senator Calvin 

Senator Jason Calvin

A local legislator who is being bribed by Qrow.

Weiss and Associates

    Weiss Schnee 

Weiss Schnee

A famous singer and billionaire.
  • Adaptational Nice Girl: She's more like her personality post-Character Development rather than the Rich Bitch she was in the beginning. She isn't even a Jerk with a Heart of Gold. She's just a genuinely and plainly kind person despite some moments of playful snarkiness.
  • Adaptational Sexuality: She was attracted to Neptune in canon. Here, she's a lesbian who doesn't care for him in that way.
  • Adaptational Wimp: She's not a trained fighter.
  • Covert Pervert: Yang suspects that hiding her true nature has left her with a lot of pent-up libido.
  • Coming-Out Story: Her arc is setting up for one. She already confessed to Neptune. Later, she confesses to her parents.
  • Distracted by the Sexy: Yang knows that Weiss got distracted when she was only wearing a bra.
  • Fiction 500: She is one of the richest people in the world. This allows her to fund Sienna's mayoral campaign.
  • Lie Back and Think of England: This is what happens every time she ever had sex with Neptune for obvious reasons. The only thing she can possibly enjoy is when he gives her oral sex.
  • Lipstick Lesbian: She's a feminine woman who happens to be a lesbian.
  • Non-Idle Rich: She takes an interest in Sienna running for mayor and while she doesn't have any influence over the campaign aside from funding it, she still takes the time to talk to Sienna and see what's going on.
  • Stepford Smiler: She puts on a good face for the public, but the fact that she has to hide her sexuality eats away at her and this shows in private.

    Glynda Goodridge 

Glynda Goodridge

Weiss Schnee's personal assistant.
  • Adaptation Name Change: Her last name is changed from "Goodwitch" to "Goodridge" because it would have been the least believable surname in a modern real-world setting.note 
  • Alliterative Name: Still retained despite the abovementioned trope.
  • Buxom Is Better: Admits to having G-cup breasts, surpassing even Yang. And it appears that Weiss attempted to have a sexual relationship with her before being turned down.
  • Girl Friday: If Weiss needs something done, Glynda's the one to do it.
  • Secret Keeper: She is one of the few people who know that Weiss is a lesbian before she comes out.
  • Servile Snarker: She tends to be rather sarcastic around Weiss.
  • Sexy Secretary: Acknowledged by Yang and apparently Weiss agrees.

    Neptune Vasilias 

Neptune Vasilias

Another famous singer who is engaged to Weiss.
  • Adaptational Nice Guy: He seems like a more genuine person rather than a Casanova Wannabe. See Nice Guy below.
  • The Beard: Unwittingly this to Weiss.
  • Incompatible Orientation: He has no idea that Weiss is a lesbian. When he finds out, he immediately understands why they never had sex that often.
  • Locked Out of the Loop: One of the few people in her inner circle who doesn't know Weiss is gay. Subverted in Chapter 15.
  • Nice Guy: He cares about Weiss and even makes sure she doesn't feel pressured into having sex with him. (Keep in mind that he doesn't know she's a lesbian at that time, so he's genuinely being a gentleman about this.) He does accept Weiss for being a lesbian and ends up taking the break-up better than Weiss expected, even though it does feel like a punch in the stomach, but she can see why things won't work and tries to be understanding.
  • Satellite Character: His entire character is mostly tied to Weiss' story arc.

    Coco Adel 

Coco Adel

A fashion designer who is Weiss' longtime friend.
  • Bi the Way: She had a sexual relationship with Weiss and she asks her if she can have Neptune when she admits that she's a lesbian. She then has sex with Neptune in Chapter 17.
  • The Fashionista: A given since she's a fashion designer
  • Friends with Benefits: Formerly this with Weiss.
  • Secret Keeper: She helps Weiss stay in the closet.

    Weiss' Parents 

Jacques and Willow Schnee

Weiss Schnee's parents.
  • Adaptational Nice Guy: Jacques isn't an Abusive Parent and Mrs. Schnee isn't a neglectful parent. They are both supportive of career and genuinely love her. They even accept that she's gay and feel bad that she felt pressured to have kids because of them.
  • Good Parents: Unlike the show, Jacques and Willow are well-meaning and love Weiss dearly.
  • I Want Grandkids: Played for Drama. The reason Weiss felt pressured to marry a guy was that she overheard them talking about them wanting Weiss to have kids and how her career might prevent that from happening. They apologize for making her feel like she had to hide who she was just to make them happy.
  • Named by the Adaptation: Mrs. Schnee doesn't have a name in canon yet. She goes by the common FNDM name, "Willow."
  • Open-Minded Parents: They are extremely supportive of Weiss' career and accept the fact that she is a lesbian when she comes out to them.

Sex Workers

General Tropes

  • Buxom Is Better: The two bustiest girls in RWBY end up being sex workers. It's even noted that Yang's E-cup breasts help attract customers.
  • Secret Keeper: After Weiss procures her services, they keep her secret.

    Yang Xiao Long 

Yang Xiao Long

A sex worker in Vale.
  • Action Girl: Not a much as in canon, but she can still put up a fight.
  • Adaptational Wimp: Downplayed. She's not nearly the same fighter that she is in canon, for obvious reasons, but she can still fight.
  • All Women Are Lustful: Very appreciative of a guy who can give her some good sex.
  • Anything That Moves: As long they can pay, she isn't too picky about her clients.
  • Big Breast Pride: She loves showing off her assets.
  • Boobs of Steel: Regardless of being an Adaptational Wimp, she's still strong enough to count.
  • Crazy-Prepared: Not only does she make sure to have condoms ready for clients who may have forgotten to bring some, but she also made sure to have an IUD implanted in case a condom broke or a guy tries something. She convinced Pyrrha to pick up the same habits.
  • A Date with Rosie Palms: She uses a vibrator to orgasm when waiting for new clients.
  • Deadpan Snarker: Tends to be snarky a lot of the time.
  • Do You Want to Copulate?: She does not hesitate to advertise her services when she can.
  • Hooker with a Heart of Gold: She keeps Weiss' secret and is willing to have sex with her, knowing how much she's risking just by being there.
  • Shameless Fanservice Girl: Even though she is a sex worker, she is still shameless about being sexual. She doesn't even hesitate or blush when she has to take her shirt off in the middle of a coffee shop after getting coffee spilled on it.
  • Unrelated in the Adaptation: Thankfully the case between her and Ruby. Otherwise, Yang propositioning her would’ve been much more awkward. Also the case between her and Raven. Not only is it confirmed, but the Age Lifts to both characters make it implausible for Raven to be her mother.

    Pyrrha Nikos 

Pyrrha Nikos

A sex worker in Vale who works closely with Yang.
  • Action Girl: She isn't a world-renowned fighter, but she can still put up a fight.
  • Adaptational Wimp: Downplayed. She can hold her own in a fight, but she's not a world-renowned fighter.
  • Boobs of Steel: Regardless, she's still busty and she's no pushover.
  • Dogged Nice Girl: Like in canon, she is nice to Jaune when he comes to see her, is patient with his endurance-issues, and allows him to get away with not paying full price for her services. Yet, she is still hopelessly pining for him as he is completely clueless to her being in love with him.
  • Hooker with a Heart of Gold: She is an absolute sweetheart and genuinely cares about Jaune.
  • Hopeless Suitor: Just like in canon, but for different reasons. Yang constantly reminds her that it's a bad idea for her to get involved with one of her customers. When Pyrrha calls her out about her sexual relationship with Mercury, Yang notes that she only likes him for sex. She's not looking for a relationship.
  • Precision F-Strike: She hadn't uttered a single swear word in the fic other than this. When she gets to meet Weiss Schnee, her response is yelling, "Holy fuck!"
  • Professional Sex Ed: Jaune's friends had the idea that he should get with hookers to get more comfortable around women. She later helps him by improving his skills at sex.
  • Reluctant Fanservice Girl: She is less into her job than Yang is.
  • Sex Equals Love: Notably averted. She has sex with plenty of clients, but Jaune is the only one she's falling for.
  • STD Immunity: Averted. This is why it's such a show of trust when Pyrrha decides to have sex with Jaune without a condom.

Jaune and His Friends

    Jaune Arc 

Jaune Arc

A young man who regularly sees Pyrrha.
  • Adorkable: He's very shy and self-conscious. Even the fact that he's a premature-ejaculator doesn't deter Pyrrha's feelings for him.
  • Hair of Gold, Heart of Gold: He's a Nice Guy with blond hair.
  • Hollywood Nerd: Subverted. He's on a pre-med track and not very good with girls, but he's still rather sociable and doesn't display any other Hollywood Nerd stereotypes.
  • Nerds Are Virgins: Even discounting his time with Pyrrha, This is averted by the fact that Velvet still had sex with him in the past. (Though, it wasn't very good sex.)
  • Nice Guy: He comes to Pyrrha's defense when he notices she's uncomfortable by Dylan continually hitting on her.
  • Oblivious to Love: Doesn't really notice that Pyrrha is being extremely generous to him for a reason. She allows him not to pay full price for a session, always defends him for his lack of stamina even when he's not around, and even talks gently with him. Usually, sex workers wouldn't feel obligated to do any of these things. (Even Yang couldn't help but mock another guy for coming immediately to his face.)
  • Speed Sex: The reason he sees hookers is that he doesn't last very long. Pyrrha is rather forgiving of this shortcoming (no pun intended).

    Velvet Scarlatina 

Velvet Scarlatina

An undergrad at Beacon University and Nora Valkyrie's teaching assistant.
  • Adaptation Species Change: She's obviously not a Faunus.
  • Age Lift: One of the rare aversions (or an extremely downplayed version). Her age differences between other characters have been widened, but compared to her canon self, she is around the same age.
  • Fangirl: A major one for Weiss Schnee.
  • Oh, Crap!: She immediately freaks out when she finds out Dylan is a criminal.
  • Pity Sex: She offered this to Jaune once since she felt bat that he couldn't find a girlfriend and didn't think he could really be that bad at sex. She was proven very wrong and still brings it up long after.

    Fox Alistair 

Fox Allistair

An undergrad at Beacon University and one part of Jaune's circle of friends.
  • Adaptation Dye-Job: His hair being the shade of red it is in canon is a dye-job here. His natural hair color is black.
  • Age Lift: One of the rare aversions (or an extremely downplayed version). His age differences between other characters have been widened, but compared to his canon self, he is around the same age.
  • Ambiguously Brown: Averted. He's explicitly referred to as African-American.
  • Dark-Skinned Redhead: Subverted. His hair is dyed.
  • Deadpan Snarker: He's definitely one of the snarkier members of the group.

    Yatsuhashi Daichi 

Yatsuhashi "Yatsu" Daichi

An undergrad at Beacon University and one part of Jaune's circle of friends.
  • Age Lift: One of the rare aversions (or an extremely downplayed version). His age differences between other characters have been widened, but compared to his canon self, he is around the same age.
  • In-Series Nickname: He's mostly called "Yatsu" in the story.
  • Manly Gay: Word of Gay mentions that he's actually gay. He talks about an ex-boyfriend in the following chapter.
  • The Quiet One: He doesn't talk too much.

    Dylan Mathers 

Dylan Mathers

An undergrad at Beacon University and part of Jaune's circle of friends.

The Cinder Faction

    Cinder 

Kenna Carter, aka "Cinder"

The main mob boss Ruby is after. She deals mainly with weapons.
  • Adaptation Name Change: "Cinder" is only an alias.
  • Aggressive Submissive: A psychopathic sadist who allows people she sleeps with to rough her up during sex. One time, she aggressively pulls Mercury closer just to order him to fuck her.
  • Alliterative Name: Her real name, Kenna Carter, counts phonetically.
  • Ambiguously Bi: She definitely likes men, but the fact that she's only toying with Emerald makes it difficult to tell if Cinder really likes women. She was molested by her mother, but Emily says that Kenna enjoyed it. This could have just been a way to mess with Kenna — which is a typical abuser tactic.
  • Ambiguous Disorder: It doesn't have attention brought to it either In-Universe or by Word of God like Penny does, but there is something clearly off about Cinder. Her sociopathy, sadism, and apparent pyromania are obvious signs of a disorder (or several disorders). However, the effects of her mother's abuse also show some symptoms on top of that. Especially when she comes to Vale to visit her.
  • Arch-Enemy: She has become this to Ruby.
  • Ax-Crazy: Downplayed. She has better control over her impulses, but the fact that she gets sexually aroused by violence does not reflect mental soundness. Her control slips slightly when she learns that Salem is coming.
  • The Baroness: The Sexpot type in appearance and seductive demeanor, but the Rosa Klebb type with her ruthlessness and sociopathy.
  • Big Bad: The most prevalent mob boss and the one Ruby is most concerned with.
  • Daddy's Little Villain: Emily groomed her to be a mobster and gave her some knowledge to become a mob boss. Kenna was already sadistic, but her mother gave her purpose and direction.
  • Dark Action Girl: She is able to issue a Curb-Stomp Battle to Taurus.
  • Deadpan Snarker: She could give Mercury a run for his money in this story.
    Taurus: Are you mocking me?!
    Cinder: What gave it away?
  • Do Not Call Me "Paul": Averted. She's not ashamed of her real name. She just knows it's dangerous to say it
  • Fan Disservice: Her literal lust for violence can be a bit disturbing. Especially when she kisses Dave after cutting his tongue. Her Sanity Slippage sees her becoming more violent when she has sex. This extends to In-Universe since Vernal says that she'd have sex with her if it weren't for the fact that Cinder was so psychotic.
  • Faux Affably Evil: She can be flirtatious and seductive even when she's threatening or torturing people.
  • Freudian Excuse: Subverted. One might assume that it was Salem's influence that made her evil along with the molestation. With the way Kenna talks about it, you'd think it was. However, Emily pushed her to kill her father only because she could tell that Kenna had a knack for killing. And she only started molesting Kenna after she raised her kill-count. Kenna was already a criminal. Emily's molestation only made her more unstable and Cinder had to relearn that control.
  • Guy-on-Guy Is Hot: She expresses interest in watching Harvey and Qrow having sex.
  • The Heavy: Her actions are what drive the plot the most and Ruby is the most concerned with her.
  • Informed Attractiveness: Not to say that she isn't attractive, but she has more attention drawn to it than any other character.
  • Lack of Empathy: Writing off the death of a man as a waste of a perfectly good worker and perfectly good bullets absolutely counts as this trope.
  • Meaningful Name: Her first name means "born of fire." Appropriate for a Pyro Maniac.
  • Ms. Fanservice: Despite some things that would negate the fanservice factor, Cinder is still an unbelievably beautiful woman who a lot of people are at least physically attracted to, and a lot of attention is drawn to that fact.
  • Only Known by Their Nickname: She has taken great precautions to make sure that no one knows her real name. She and her mother are the only two people alive who know it.
  • O.O.C. Is Serious Business: If she ever displays any expression other than Dissonant Serenity or her Faux Affably Evil attitude, that is never a good thing. She may already be bad when she's in a good mood, but you definitely don't wanna catch her in a bad mood. Her reaction to Salem arriving is one notable example.
  • Proud Beauty: She is not ashamed of her body in the slightest. In fact, she doesn't mind granting people the privilege of seeing it. But only a select few get to touch.
  • Powerful People Are Subs: She loves it when guys are rough with her when she's having sex. The only exception is with Emerald.
  • Psychopathic Womanchild: While she is a mature individual who is quite sophisticated, later events in the story show that deep down, she's a Type-C. When she finds out about Salem, her mother, coming to see her, she starts acting more like an angsty, defiant teenager. Justified due to Emily molesting her since regressive behavior is a common symptom of childhood sexual abuse. However, this does not affect her prior sociopathic disposition. She gets back to her old self after Salem leaves.
  • Pyro Maniac: Referenced. The reason for her nickname is that she likes to burn people alive. She even goes on a monologue about the beauty of fire.
  • Rape as Backstory: Salem molested her when she was younger and she's rather annoyed about it.
  • Red Baron: "Cinder" is the name she got for being known to burn people alive to send a message.
  • Related in the Adaptation: She's Salem's daughter.
  • Sadist: Even more than in canon. Ruby even suspects it when speculating if she's a pyromaniac. Kenna was like this even when she was younger.
  • Sex Is Violence: She gets sexually aroused by violence, whether she's watching it or committing it. It even turns her on when Mercury's dirty talk to her is just him detailing what they want to do to Taurus.
  • Shameless Fanservice Girl: She doesn't get embarrassed when her men see her naked, outright wants Junior to have sex with her over the bar at a crowded club, and even goes to Torchwick's club to perform a striptease.
  • She Is All Grown Up: Emily rather creepily acknowledges this about Kenna, even feeling up her breasts and mentioning that she didn't make it into a B-cup until after high school.
  • The Sociopath: A textbook example of the trope. Callousness and diminished morals? Check. She's dangerously willing to cause people harm and says she likes Mercury because he shares her lack of moral hang-ups. Superficial charm? Check. Even as she tortures or threatens people. Manipulative behavior? Check. Seducing Emerald and blackmailing certain enemies counts as this. No emotional reciprocity? Check. She hasn't shown genuine care for anyone other than herself. Even her mother at least loved her. Need for stimulation? Check. She's an absolute sadist who loves violence and engages in a sexual relationship with Mercury. Excessive Pride? Check. She likes to laud her superiority over others often.
    • She also displays rage issues that are associated with the disorder. However, she has better control over her impulses than Taurus does.
  • The Spook: She invested a lot of resources to make sure that this trope was in effect, and it was a worthwhile investment since no one knows her true name other than herself and her mother, and no one knows anything about her past. Subverted in Chapter 14 when we learn a lot more about her, including her real name.
  • Tom the Dark Lord: Meaningful Name aside, Kenna Carter is an oddly ordinary name for a sadistic and powerful mob boss.
  • Troubling Unchildlike Behavior: Kenna was already a sadist and killed small animals when she was younger. This led her mother to convince her to kill her father.
  • Wham Line: In response to Salem’s line about her real name:
    ”Hello, mom.”
  • Xanatos Speed Chess: She's definitely good at manipulating unexpected situations in her favor and making sure she stays under the radar. If not for the fact that many of her plans rely on improvisation based on taking in new information, she would qualify for The Chessmaster.

    Mercury Black 

Mercury Black

Cinder's personal hitman.
  • Abled in the Adaptation: While he wasn't exactly disabled in canon, he never lost his legs here.
  • Badass in a Nice Suit: He wears one when he goes to abduct Taurus and kicks a lot of ass in that suit.
  • Blood Knight: After beating up a bunch of Adam's men:
    "These are the days where I really love my job."
  • Buxom Is Better: He admits to being a boob guy, and that's one reason he likes Yang a lot. Though, he prefers natural breasts.
  • The Charmer: Justified by the fact that he's a sociopath. He's able to get a barista's number while following Salem for the day.
  • Deadpan Snarker: The stand out example. Not a single one of his scenes goes by where he doesn't drop at least one snarky comment.
  • The Dragon: He works directly for Cinder.
  • Faux Affably Evil: He has a casual attitude, but he is still ruthless. He tends to make sarcastic jokes while fighting others or preparing to kill them. He's often able to put up a charming front around Yang.
  • For the Evulz: The money is great. Getting a hot boss who lets you bang her is great. Mercury enjoys both, but he really gets into his work as a hitman. He always takes pleasure in the job.
  • Hot Consort: Gender-inverted. Cinder is plenty attractive on her own, but she also picks up Mercury as her consort. Salem even lampshades it by explicitly calling him Cinder's consort and expressing how attractive he is.
  • Likes Older Women: He later admits this by directly stating the trope when Salem (who's in her 60's) starts hitting on him. The author notes that Cinder is a few years older than him and Yang may also be older than him as well.
  • Meaningful Name: Considering how he serves as Cinder's personal messenger on occasion, the name "Mercury" fits him even more.
  • Mr. Fanservice: He gets plenty of detailed descriptions of his toned, muscular figure, and is something of a Sex God. Yang, Cinder, and Salem all have sex with him on these merits.
  • Politically Correct Villain: He fears that the way he said that Emerald was brown-nosing might've been unintentionally racist.
  • Right-Hand Hottie: He comes to believe that part of his job is having sex with Cinder.
  • Sex God: Yang seems to think so since he's the only one of his customers who regularly makes her orgasm. Cinder and Salem are also interested in having sex with him.
  • Sleeping with the Boss: He's in a mutually recreational sexual relationship with Cinder.
  • The Sociopath: He's very casual and laid back about things like murder and torture. He's also rather superficially charming and seems to enjoy his job. Cinder even says that the reason he likes him is that he has no moral hang-ups.
  • Would Hurt a Child: Implied. When Cinder asks if he killed the families of certain targets, he replies, "That's what you paid for, right?"

    Emerald Sustrai 

Emerald Sustrai

A personal assistant to Cinder.
  • Ambiguously Brown: Averted in this story. She is explicitly referred to as a black woman.
  • Adaptational Wimp: Both in physical ability and personality. She's not a Dark Action Girl nor is she as abrasive as she is in canon. She's much more timid in general.
  • Adaptation Dye-Job: He hair is darker natural color instead of mint green.
  • Ambiguously Evil: She's working for Cinder, but exactly how evil she really is has yet to be seen. She seems to have morals and is disturbed by Cinder’s sadism, but she’s not disturbed enough to do something about it.
  • Bi the Way: She is revealed to be bisexual. She likes girls, but doesn't mind sleeping with guys.
  • Covert Pervert: She gets flustered after seeing Cinder in lingerie and Cinder entices her by doing a striptease with her in the crowd and offers her a private lap dance. She tries to hide her urges, but Cinder is quite perceptive to them.
  • Cuckold: Subjected to this by Cinder. She has Emerald watch her and Mercury have sex.
  • Dark Mistress: Becomes this to Cinder.
  • Fetish: She has a foot fetish.
  • Ignored Enamored Underling: She has feelings for Cinder, but Cinder doesn't notice. She's also jealous of the fact that she is sleeping with Mercury. The trope is later subverted when Cinder acknowledges her love, but she still treats her like a toy to be played with.
  • I Kiss Your Foot: Mercury jokes about it earlier, but it turns out she'd happily do so for Cinder.
  • Property of Love: To Cinder.
  • Satellite Character: Her character is mostly connected to Cinder.

    Robert Swift 

Robert Swift

A man who worked for Cinder and tried to steal from her.
  • Cruel and Unusual Death: Not only was he beat up by Cinder, but he also got burned alive.
  • Dead Guy on Display: Put up in public after trying to steal from Cinder.
  • Dirty Coward: He talks big just after taking the money, but his confidence only drops after Mercury catches up with him. He starts making excuses and begs for his life.
  • Fingore: Mercury shoots him in his hand and later gets his injured hand crushed by Cinder.
  • Mugging the Monster: Stealing from Cinder was a huge mistake.
  • Original Character: One of the few characters not pulled from the show.
  • Small Role, Big Impact: Getting killed and interacting with Taurus' men inadvertently puts Ruby on Cinder's trail.
  • Smug Snake: He thought he could steal from Cinder. Didn't work out so well.
  • We Hardly Knew Ye: Introduced and killed in the first chapter.

    Robert's Accomplices 

Jacob Jackson and Steven Cade

Two of Cinder's workers who helped Robert steal some money.
  • Alliterative Name: Jacob Jackson.
  • Dropped a Bridge on Him: Mercury simply shoots them dead.
  • No Name Given: Downplayed. They were named, but neither one was identified to a specific name.
  • Only Sane Man: One of them tells Robert that stealing from Cinder is a bad idea. He wasn't wrong.
  • Original Characters: They're not pulled from the show.
  • We Hardly Knew Ye: They were killed in the same scene they were introduced and only named posthumously. Even after that, we are not told which one was Jacob and which one was Steven.

The Taurus Faction

    the Bull 

Adam "the Bull" Taurus

A mob boss who mainly deals in human trafficking.
  • Adaptation Dye-Job: His hair is brown rather than dark red.
  • Adaptation Species Change: He's obviously not a Faunus.
  • Ax-Crazy: He will kill his own workers and lash out violently on the drop of a dime. He's not a very stable man.
  • Bad Boss: Working for him is hazardous to your health. The Albains are well aware of this and realize the only reason they're still alive is that he needs them to compete with Cinder.
  • Big Bad Wannabe: He's part of the Big-Bad Ensemble, but he wants to be the Big Bad. Cinder puts him in his place rather quickly. He seems to be becoming the resident Butt-Monkey of the group since he is often taken advantage of in many of his scenes. Even when he manages to embarrass Cinder during her Sanity Slippage, she still manages to turn the encounter on him in the end with a "Take That!" Kiss and a Spiteful Spit. Getting tricked by Nia and Torchwick only shows him he doesn't have as much control over things as he thinks he does.
  • Hair-Trigger Temper: He's infamous for it. He is known for being confrontational and fighting people. He will blow up over the slightest things and often end up killing someone unfortunate enough to be in his general vicinity.
  • Has a Type: He likes smaller women. He tends to pick smaller sex slaves and his mistress is Nia. Cinder decides to use this against him to claim that Nia was fifteen. Torchwick also uses this against him by making Nia a mole for him.
  • Inferiority Superiority Complex: He seems to take issue with people undermining his influence. His largest source of grief is the fact that Cinder regularly asserts dominance over him as a mob boss. He even picked up the Albains as a way to compete with her having Mercury, something the brothers make clear to him. He is livid when he finds out that Nia was working for Torchwick behind his back and when Nia makes fun of him for it.
  • Kick the Son of a Bitch: Raping and beating up Nia is deplorable, but she was a Serial Rapist herself who sent her victims to Torchwick for organ harvesting.
  • My Girl Is a Slut: Probably because he's also taking some of the Sex Slaves for himself, but he doesn't take much issue with Nia having sex with other people.
  • Psychopathic Manchild: Cinder calls him a "whiny little man-baby" for threatening to kill her after disputing her sense of authority among the mob bosses. He treats people like toys and objects to be abused at his leisure and thrown away on a whim. His temper causes him to start throwing juvenile tantrums when he is disrespected for little things. He seems more like a psychotic preteen in the body of an adult mob boss. Cinder's insult isn't too far from the truth.
  • Red Baron: His nickname, "the Bull."
  • Serial Rapist: He takes some of the sex slaves that he traffics for himself.
  • Sir Swears-a-Lot: He tends to be swearing up a storm. While many other characters swear, it seems to be a Verbal Tic for him.
  • The Sociopath: He sees people as nothing more than objects to be discarded or obstacles to be crushed. He has very poor impulse-control and generally does a lot of things for his own pleasure. He won't think twice about murdering his workers in cold-blood for little to no reason. His lack of punctuality to mob meetings a likely unintentional symptom of the disorder since sociopaths tend to be unable to hold down a job and this may be one reason why.
  • Would Hit a Girl: He is willing to fight Cinder and often abuses the girls that he traffics. He later beats up and rapes Nia for hiding her affiliations with Torchwick.
  • Would Hurt a Child: Cinder says she wouldn't put it past him if he ever had sex with a thirteen-year-old, implying that he does traffic underage girls.

    the Albains 

Corsac and Fennic Albain

Two brothers who come to Taurus to be his hitmen

    Nia Poletti 

Nia Polettinote 

Taurus' regular mistress who Cinder used to blackmail him.
  • Abled in the Adaptation: Volume 6 confirmed Neo's mute. Nia can talk.
  • Adaptational Jerkass: Neo wasn’t a rapist, but Nia is.
  • Adaptational Wimp: She's not a dangerous assassin. She's just Adam's regular mistress. Subverted when it is shown that she can carry a fully-grown woman who is larger than her with minimal effort.
  • Adaptation Dye-Job: One of her eyes is green instead of pink. They also don't switch around. Her hair is also uniformly brown rather than multicolored.
  • Adaptation Name Change: To hide the fact that she was this story's version of Neopolitan, her name was changed to the similarly sounding "Nia Poletti."
  • Canon Character All Along: At first glance, you wouldn't be able to tell that it's actually Neo, but as the hints start stacking up, you'll start to notice that she isn't an original character. The fact that she really works for Torchwick further cements this.
  • Dark Mistress: To Taurus. But this is a ruse. She is actually this to Torchwick.
  • Depraved Bisexual: She's Taurus' mistress, but she also takes girls for herself.
  • Double Standard: Rape, Female on Female: Averted. Her actions are just as horrifying as her boyfriend’s.
  • The Mole: Nia really works with Torchwick. She takes the girls that she rapes to him after she's bored with them so they can be harvested for organs.
  • Karmic Rape: Getting raped by Taurus is horrifying, but as a Serial Rapist herself, it's easy not to be sympathetic to her situation.
  • Muscles Are Meaningless: She's able to carry a fully-grown woman who is taller than her with minimal effort.
  • The Napoleon: Downplayed. She's not gonna stab you for saying she's short, but the reason she rapes taller girls is a subtle Napoleon-complex.
  • Older Than They Look: She's twenty-three, but she is rather short and could easily be mistaken for a young teenager. Cinder uses this against Taurus by saying she can alter her records and change her age.
  • Serial Rapist: She asks Taurus to give her some of the taller women he traffics.
  • The Sociopath: She's a serial rapist who shows no problem with Taurus' human-trafficking. She even says she gets bored with some of the girls before asking for new ones. She also lies to him about her true affiliations since she actually reports to Torchwick. She allows those women to be harvested for organs after she's done with them.

    Dave Bronzewing 

Dave Bronzewing

One of Adam Taurus' workers.

    Sky Lark 

Sky Lark

A worker for Adam Taurus
  • Adaptational Villainy: He was just a bully in canon, not a criminal.
  • All Men Are Perverts: After hearing that the girls that he and Dave were selling drugs to had to blow twelve guys to get their money, he offers the girls a discount if they blow him and Dave.
  • Death by Adaptation: He's presumably still alive in canon.
  • Defiant to the End: He keeps fighting Ruby even when she starts shooting at him. Three shots to the chest ended him because of his recklessness.
  • Reckless Gun Usage: This is the reason Ruby is forced to use her gun. He starts firing blindly behind him while she chases him.
  • Too Dumb to Live: Antagonizing a cop by shooting at them is really just asking to be shot.

    Russel Thrush 

Russel Thrush

One of Taurus' workers

The Torchwick Faction

    Roman Torchwick 

Roman Torchwick

A mob boss whose main trade is Black Market organ sales.
  • Adaptational Wimp: He was an experienced fighter in canon, but he ends up getting a knee injury, making him require the use of a cane to walk.
  • Benevolent Boss: He helps Hazel find a kidney for his daughter even though he feels no emotional obligation to do so and could've just as easily not done it.
  • Cigar Chomper: Smokes Cuban cigars often. Watts even remarks that he'll need lung transplants at the rate he smokes.
  • Covert Pervert: He takes a bit of time out of his day to get a blowjob from a prostitute. He otherwise stays on topic when doing business.
  • Deadpan Snarker: Same as in canon. One example is when he insults Watts' surgery skill when referring to his leg.
  • Demoted to Extra: He doesn't get as much prominence as he does in canon.
  • Disabled in the Adaptation: He needs the cane to walk after an injury he sustained to his knee.
  • Evil Cripple: Cinder even calls him a cripple.
  • Faux Affably Evil: He's a lighthearted, sarcastic, charismatic guy. Doesn't change the fact that he takes organs from people without their consent and will kill you and your family without remorse.
  • Lack of Empathy: You'd have to have this trope to take organs from non-consenting victims and see no issue with it.
  • Narcissist: He admits that he likes Tyrian's flattery while still acknowledging that he's probably just buttering him up.
  • Non-Action Big Bad: Due to an injury he sustained during a bad deal, he is the only boss unable to fight.
  • Pet the Dog: He does try to help Hazel save his daughter. Considering that he takes organs from other people, this is rather kind of him (even if he does momentarily forget Cassie's name).
  • The Sociopath: A Black Market organ trader who has no concern for the people the organs were taken from. He shoots a dissenting doctor without hesitation when he pressgangs a team of surgeons into his service. He also threatens to use their loved ones as organ harvesting material if they go to the police. He even admits that he's not vulnerable by such moral restraints such as having loved ones. He's charismatic just like in canon.
  • Villains Never Lie: At the very least, he's not going to lie to people he's doing business with, such as the doctors he kidnapped. He's also rather honest about the fact that helping Hazel is just a business transaction and not something he's has any emotional investment in.
    "I may be ruthless, but I'm not a liar."

    Dr. Watts 

Doctor Arthur Watts

A surgeon who works for Roman by helping preserve and transplant organs.
  • Back-Alley Doctor: While he doesn't have seedy working conditions, he's still working for a criminal. There is no way he's licensed.
  • Deadpan Snarker: He still tends to get some dry wit in his lines.
  • Evil Genius: He's a Black Market surgeon.
  • Lack of Empathy: He cares very little about the people he takes organs from. His comments to Torchwick's workers when they carry the bodies makes it sound like he only sees them as products to sell.
  • Morally Ambiguous Doctorate: He's involved in a criminal organ trade.
  • Pragmatic Villain: He tends to consider getting proper resources and taking proper precautions when performing his crimes.
  • The Sociopath: Downplayed. He believes in pragmatism, but he sees no problem with his profession. His main complaints are not having enough staff for surgeries and needing more matches for recipients – all for a monetary gain since people’s bodies rejecting the organs would be bad for business. His only concern when Torchwick's workers take out bodies is that they be careful not to drop them or damage any organs.

    Hazel Rainart 

Hazel Rainart

A worker for Torchwick's mob delivering bodies to harvest organs.
  • Affably Evil: He's a nice guy and a family-man even though he is willing to deliver innocent people to make money and possibly find organs for his daughter.
  • Anti-Villain: He's a nice guy doing what he does for his daughter.
  • Beware the Nice Ones: He is a good guy, but he's still a dangerous criminal when push comes to shove. A good way to show that is to threaten his family.
  • The Brute: He's the biggest guy and he takes care of physical grunt work.
  • Even Evil Has Loved Ones: He loves his daughter and wife and does what he does to help save his daughter.
  • Gentle Giant: He's reasonable and caring for his wife and child, and he isn't one to start confrontation for no reason.
  • Good Parents: He is this to Cassie.
  • Horrifying the Horror: Scares the crap out of Tyrian when the latter threatens Cassie.
  • Kid with the Leash: He's the one who keeps Tyrian in check.
  • Last-Name Basis: He uses this with Tyrian. He only really calls him "Callows."
  • Noble Demon: He knows that he's hurting innocent people, but he does what he does for his daughter.
  • Papa Wolf: He loses it when Torchwick forgets Cassie's name and threatens to torture Tyrian if he even thinks about going anywhere near her.
  • Precision F-Strike: A good way to know when he's exceptionally pissed off is when he starts swearing. Any time he does, he means business. He calls Tyrian a son of a bitch when he threatens Cassie and drops a few choice expletives when he hears about how Tyrian stupidly got himself caught.
  • Those Two Bad Guys: With Tyrian.
  • Token Good Teammate: He's the only one in Torchwick's faction with a functioning conscience. The rest have absolutely no problem with taking organs from unsuspecting victims. While he goes along with it, it eats away at Hazel every day.

    Tyrian Callows 

Tyrian Callows, aka "the Panda Killer"

A Serial Killer from Atlas that Penny investigated and works for Torchwick.
  • Adaptation Species Change: He's obviously not a Faunus.
  • Ax-Crazy: A psychotic maniac who loves to kill people and carve people up. He has to be told to only cut people's throats and not damage any vital organs. As Blake and Sun suspect, he's also the dismemberment culprit.
  • Canon Character All Along: "The Panda Killer" wasn't originally meant to be important, but the writer decided to make this a media alias of Tyrian.
  • Chekhov's Gag: Penny's reference to the Panda Killer was initially a one-off gag about her Nightmare Fetishism, but the writer wanted to include Tyrian. He was then connected to the odd name.
  • Faux Affably Evil: He still talks very verbosely and formally for a crazed maniac.
  • Giggling Villain: He can't help but keep giggling when he's thinking about violence or getting ready to commit it.
  • Mythology Gag: When he is caught by Penny, he screams at her, "You bitch!" The same thing he shouted at Ruby after he cut off his tail on the show.
  • Non-Indicative Name: His media alias in Atlas. As Penny notes, he wasn't going around killing panda bears.
  • Psycho for Hire: He's a former Serial Killer who was hired by Torchwick's organization to collect bodies for organ harvesting. Deconstructed when it is revealed that he can't keep his urges at bay when he isn't doing his job, which leads to him getting arrested again.
  • Psychopathic Manchild: Despite his formal and verbose syntax, he has rather childish mannerisms. He gets disappointed when he is told that he shouldn't be cutting the bodies up as if Roman is reducing his fun. He also cowers in fear when Hazel scolds him.
  • Sesquipedalian Loquaciousness: “I think that I'll probably be spending the most time I've ever spent looking through a thesaurus just to write for that lunatic.”
  • Stupid Evil: Without the proper guidance, Tyrian gets himself caught rather easily. Being out in public on the streets while carrying a bag of corpses after being broken out of a mental institution wasn't the brightest idea. Predictably, he ends up getting caught. The final straw for Hazel is when he finds out that Tyrian got arrested and decides to call him for his phone call.
  • Those Two Bad Guys: With Hazel.
  • Would Hurt a Child: He implies that he would kill Hazel's daughter.

    Junior 

Hei "Junior" Xiong

The man who runs a club that Torchwick owns.
  • Affably Evil: Remorseless criminal and very privy to what Cinder does, but he's still polite.
  • All Men Are Perverts: He knows it's gonna be a bad idea to sleep with Cinder when his boss is one of her rivals… but he still does it.
  • Conflicting Loyalties: He knows he can't keep sleeping with Cinder because Torchwick will become suspicious.
  • Old Flame: Cinder met him and had sex with him a while back even when he was still working for Torchwick. She continues to proposition him in the club.
  • Teeny Weenie: That's why he's called "Junior." Interestingly, Cinder is willing to overlook this deficiency because of his muscular build that is perfect for manhandling her.

    the Malachites 

Melanie and Miltia Malachite

Twin sisters who are two of Junior's personal enforcers.

    Spoiler Character 

Nia Poletti

See her folder above for more.

The Branwen Faction

    the Birds 

Qrow and Raven Branwen

Two twins who work together in the mob. Raven runs their drug trade, and Qrow handles public relations to keep suspicions away from her.
  • Adaptational Sexuality: Qrow showed attraction to women in canon. Here, he's gay.
  • Adaptational Villainy: Qrow was a hero in canon and Raven still had sympathetic qualities. Here, they are both mob bosses who don't have much of an issue with the work that they do. Raven's even worse since she also sexually abused Qrow.
  • Animal Motifs: Despite not being able to become birds, they still fit the avian motifs of their names. Ravens are larger than crows and Raven is shown to be the more aggressive partner. She's also noted to be the older twin. She also abuses Qrow in a show of power over him.
  • Beard of Evil: Qrow's Perma-Stubble becomes this due to his amorality.
  • The Bet: When Raven plays blackjack, she never looks at her cards when she makes bets, frustrating one player in particular. Eventually, she decides to bet him that if she wins, she's willing to let him have his way with her and if she wins, she will take all the money he has made. All while going in blind and not knowing what her cards are. He chickens out and doesn't take the bet. And Raven reveals that she had a terrible hand that he could've easily beaten.
  • Big Bad Duumvirate: They're the only two bosses that are directly working together.
  • Bitch in Sheep's Clothing: Qrow acts like he's against his sister and doesn't work with her in public.
  • Brother–Sister Incest: Undertones of this are present in Chapter 4 with Raven being the instigator. It is later revealed that Raven sexually abused Qrow because he was gay, and she wanted to make him like women.
  • Consummate Liar: Lying to people is part of Qrow's job.
  • Double Standard: Rape and Abuse, Female on Male: Averted. Raven sexually abusing Qrow is seen as something that's traumatizing to him. It's especially disturbing since she is his twin sister.
  • Even Evil Has Loved Ones: The fact that they work together and even have some playful banter proves that they at least don't completely hate each other. It takes a dark turn on Raven's end since she genuinely thinks raping Qrow to change his sexuality is the best thing for him.
  • Faux Affably Evil: Qrow is the one with all the charisma. This is why he's the one handling the political and public side of the Branwen's affairs. However, even when he makes threats, he can still have a charming presentation.
  • Gayngster: Qrow is homosexual. Although, the gangster part is downplayed since he has to keep his hands relatively clean publicly.
  • Lack of Empathy: They have no concern with lying to or manipulating others to keep their business going. Even Qrow doesn't see many problems with killing people or aiding in human trafficking. Raven especially takes the cake since she abused Qrow for being gay.
  • Manipulative Bastard: Qrow helps to bribe politicians to keep them off his and her sister's trail.
  • Non-Action Big Bad: Downplayed for Qrow. He can fight, as shown when he fights off his sister's advances in Chapter 4, but his job in their criminal exploits doesn't require him to be fighting that much.
  • Politically Incorrect Villain: Raven is rather homophobic. She barely tolerates working with Vernal because she's a good chemist. Finding out her brother was gay was what led her to sexually abuse him in an effort to change his sexuality.
  • Rape as Backstory: Raven raped Qrow when they were younger because she thought he could make him like women that way.
  • Siblings in Crime/Brother-Sister Team: They're both running their faction together.
  • The Sociopath: They both have shades of this trope. They have no problem harming other people and manipulating them to make a profit. Qrow is a manipulative liar who is superficially charming, and Raven tries to cut into Taurus' human-trafficking trade. However, Raven is worse. She sexually abuses her gay brother to make him like women. And the only thing that draws Qrow's status into question is his relationship with Harvey.
  • Teeth-Clenched Teamwork: Downplayed. They are willing to help each other, but they still bicker. However, Qrow definitely has issues with Raven sexually abusing him.
  • Unrelated in the Adaptation: The various Age Lifts to both Yang and Raven make it implausible for Raven to be Yang's mother. This also means that Qrow isn't her uncle either. And since Yang and Ruby aren't half-sisters, Qrow isn't even Ruby's Honorary Uncle.
  • Villainous Incest: Raven raped Qrow.
  • Would Hurt a Child: It is implied that neither one of them would take issue with hurting children if the situation called for it. Qrow shows this when he threatens Senator Calvin.

    Little Miss 

Jennifer "Jen" Malachite, aka "Little Miss Malachite"

A mobster who runs Torchwick's club and used to work for the Branwens.
  • Bitch in Sheep's Clothing: She acts all polite and cordial when talking to the cops, but she quickly switches when she talks to Junior in private, revealing her true nature.
  • Even Evil Has Loved Ones: She appears to love her nieces.
  • Fat Bitch: She's rather hefty in canon, and she's still a mobster here. Cinder even mocks her weight.
  • Faux Affably Evil: She puts on the charming Southern hospitality when talking to the cops, but when she talks to Junior privately, she exudes nothing but thinly-veiled malice.
  • Funetik Aksent: Her dialog is often written out to reflect her southern accent.
  • Named by the Adaptation: She is only "Little Miss Malachite" in canon. Here, she gets the name "Jennifer Malachite."
  • Related in the Adaptation: She has no known connection to the Malachite twins in canon other than the similar name. Here, she is their aunt.
  • Remember the New Guy?: She was not present in the story before Chapter 17, but the characters act as if they've always known her.
  • Victoria's Secret Compartment: Where she keeps the condom wrapper from Junior's sex session with Cinder.

    April Vernal 

April Vernal

A drug producer who works for the Branwens.

    Ilia Amitola 

Ilia Amitola

Vernal's assistant and lover.

    Harvey Hart 

Harvey Hart

A lawyer who Qrow knows and helps him work. He is also his gay lover.
  • Alliterative Name
  • Amoral Attorney: He's a mob lawyer who mainly helps the Branwens.
  • Original Character: Not a preexisting character from the show.
  • Secret Keeper: He keeps Qrow's homosexuality a secret.
  • Shout-Out: The writer mentions that they're such a Batman fan that the idea of a lawyer named "Harvey" may have just been a subconscious Two-Face reference.
  • Straight Gay: He's homosexual, but he doesn't display any gay stereotypes. If we didn't see him having sex with Qrow in his introduction, you'd have a tough time telling.

    Shay Mann 

Shay D. Mann

One of Raven’s workers.
  • Butt-Monkey: His only appearance so far involves him getting held hostage by an old woman. Not the most dignified introduction.
  • The Cameo/Demoted to Extra: His role wasn't large in canon, but it's even smaller here. He is only briefly seen when Salem introduces herself and has just three lines.

Independent Criminals

    Salem 

Emily Carter, aka "Salem"

A mysterious woman who has a past with Cinder and turns out to be Cinder's (Kenna's) mother.
  • Abusive Parents: She molested her daughter and encouraged her sociopathic tendencies. It's not surprising that Kenna isn't very happy about it.
  • Adaptation Name Change: "Salem" is just a codename.
  • Affably Evil: She's ruthless and she's a former mob boss and molested her daughter. However, she is nothing if not polite. She tends to remember her manners and honor agreements when she makes them. Though it does tend to lean on the Faux side sometimes.
  • Age Lift: Since she's human here and the AU lacks any fantasy elements, there's no way she could be thousands of years old in this story.
  • The Baroness: The Rosa Klebb type with a little bit of sex appeal.
  • The Corrupter: Subverted regarding Kenna. While Emily did push her to become a mobster, Kenna was already a sadistic child. As both of them know, her mother's influence has nothing to do with why she's a sociopath.
  • Depraved Bisexual: Confirmed as bisexual. She molested her daughter who she had with her husband. She seduces Vernal when she meets her, starts seducing a young woman when Mercury watches her, and ends up having sex with Mercury.
  • Even Evil Has Loved Ones: She seems to genuinely love Kenna. She is aware of the messed-up things that she has done to her daughter and has no remorse for them, but she has her own twisted way of loving her. She didn't intend on forcing her to kill her father if she didn't want to since Emily was prepared to shoot him if Kenna chickened out. However, she saw it wasn't even remotely necessary and was proud of that.
    Emily: I did love you, Kenna, and I still do.
    Kenna: You certainly had an odd way of showing it.
  • Evil Albino: She has the appearance of one with her pale skin, red eyes, and white hair. Cinder even says she looks like a ghost.
  • Evil Old Folks: She is in her sixties and her villainous tendencies have not disappeared.
  • Expy: Her characterization in this story was partially based on Ragyo Kiryuin.
  • The Family That Slays Together: When she notices Kenna's sadism, she gets her involved in the business of organized crime. Ellis, however, wasn't included.
  • Faux Affably Evil: Genuinely this around her daughter. While she does love her, her pleasantries only come off as condescending rather than politeness. Especially considering the connotations of her abuse are still present.
  • Friendly Enemy: She's fully aware that her daughter hates her guts and she still loves her and acts like they are friends.
  • Gayngster: She is bisexual and openly flirtatious with women. She was also a former mob boss and was Cinder's predecessor.
  • Greater-Scope Villain: The woman who encouraged Cinder's sociopathic tendencies and the one who gave birth to her in the first place.
  • If You're So Evil, Eat This Kitten: She made Kenna kill her father to see if she was truly cut out to kill people. Kenna didn't even hesitate.
  • Karma Houdini Warranty: After years of getting away with her crimes, she is going to end up dying painfully of cancer.
  • Lack of Empathy: She orders her daughter to kill her father, the man Emily married.
  • Light Is Not Good: She has very light skin, bright eyes, and ghastly white hair. She is a child molester, allowed her daughter to kill her father, and was a mob boss for years.
  • Meaningful Name: "Emily" is derived from a word meaning "rival." This illustrates Kenna's perception of her.
  • Mrs. Robinson: She tends to go after younger lovers.
  • Narcissist: The writer notes that she has Narcissistic Personality Disorder. She is excessively prideful and loves every aspect of herself, and she thinks anyone who doesn't is just patently wrong. She views people as extensions of herself and was attracted to her daughter because she has her genes. Even when she compliments her daughter on her appearance, she does it in the context of the fact that she inherited many of her features. The only thing that stops her from being The Sociopath outright is her love for her daughter, no matter how twisted it may be.
  • Never Mess with Granny: She is still a force to be reckoned with even in her sixties. Shay, Raven, and Adam can attest to this.
  • Nobody Over 50 Is Gay: Averted. She is very flirtatious with women.
  • Parental Incest: She molested Kenna.
  • Related in the Adaptation: She's Cinder's mother.
  • Retired Monster: She was an active mob boss when she was younger, but she ended up leaving that life. She doesn't lose the skills, though.
  • Screw Yourself: The writer says that part of the reason she molested her daughter is that Kenna came from her genes, implying that this is about as close to this trope as she can get.
  • A Sinister Clue: She is mentioned to be left-handed.
  • Tom the Dark Lord: Even more than her daughter, Meaningful Name notwithstanding.
  • The Topic of Cancer: She tells her daughter that she had cancer because she knew such a thing would please her to know. Even better for Kenna, she isn't getting treatment, so she can make sure that she dies a slow and painful death. All for her daughter.
  • Walking Spoiler: There are plenty of spoiler tags on this page. She is mentioned in the tags, but her appearance in the story reveals a lot about Cinder's past (including her real name) that was obscured up to that point. Mentioning anything about her in this story other than the fact that she appears will ruin a lot of surprises.
  • Wham Line: Two very important ones:
    • Chapter 9: “Salem is coming.” This causes Cinder’s behavior to change dramatically once Cinder gets the message.
    • Chapter 14: Once she knows she and Cinder are alone, she tells her, “Hello, Kenna.” It is only the beginning of a massive amount of revelations about Cinder.

    the Burgalars 

Jamal and his partner

Two men who were breaking into the house of a victim that Blake and Sun were investigating.

    Mickey Bellerose 

Mickey Bellerose

A small-time Arms Dealer.
  • Oh, Crap!: When he realizes he just tried to sell guns to an undercover cop.
  • Original Character: He seems to have no canon counterpart.
  • Smug Snake: He thinks he's hot stuff, but he's just a small fish.
  • Stupid Evil: He's not too careful as Flynt points out.

Miscellaneous Citizens

    Nora Valkyrie 

Nora Valkyrie

A third-grade teacher who has been dating Ren.

    Hazel's Family 

Lydia and Cassandra "Cassie" Rainart

Hazel's wife and young daughter.
  • All Women Are Lustful: Lydia appreciates her husband's buff figure.
  • Children Are Innocent: Hazel and Lydia don't want Cassie to know her father is a criminal.
  • Covert Pervert: Lydia is very interested in her husband and likes to look at him whenever she gets the chance.
  • Everybody Hates Mathematics: Cassie doesn't seem to like going through her math homework.
  • Good Parents: Lydia loves her daughter as much as Hazel does.
  • Has a Type: Lydia married Hazel because she likes big, buff men.
  • Ill Girl: The reason Hazel is doing what he does is that Cassie has kidney disease and needs a transplant.
  • In-Series Nickname: Cassandra is usually called "Cassie".
  • Morality Chain: For Hazel. He's not letting them die on his watch. He does many immoral things, but he does them for his family.
  • Original Characters: They're not from the show and have no canon counterparts.
  • Secret Keeper: Lydia keeps information about Hazel's true profession a secret. She also helps him keep it from Cassie.

    Sienna Khan 

Sienna Khan

A woman running for mayor.
  • Adaptational Heroism: She was the leader of a terrorist organization in canon. Here, she’s a genuinely good-natured person.
  • Adaptation Species Change: She's obviously not a Faunus.
  • Ascended Extra: She was only in one episode and abruptly murdered by Adam on the show. She only recently got more screen-time in Adam's Volume Six character short. She has significantly more influence in this story.
  • Freudian Excuse: Her hatred towards the mob comes from the fact that her husband and daughter were killed in a mob dispute. Her faith in the government was shaken when she found out that one of the cops investigating her family's deaths was a Dirty Cop.
  • Hot-Blooded: She is rather passionate about the things she fights for.
  • Iron Lady: Tough as nails and gunning for the position of the Mayor.

    Trifa Abella 

Trifa Abella

Sienna's campaign manager.

    Summer Rose 

Summer Rose

Ruby's mother.

    Flynt Cole 

Flynt Cole

A former criminal and Ren's ex-boyfriend.

    Neon Katt 

Neon Katt

A girl that frequently hangs out with Flynt.

    Lisa Lavender 

Lisa Lavender

A news reporter in Vale.
  • Ascended Extra: Downplayed. She isn't a significant character, but her role was merely Ms. Exposition in canon. She's more active in her reporting rather than just explaining things for people.
  • Ms. Exposition: Lisa takes the time to explain a bit about this story's version of Weiss Schnee.

    David Reynolds 

David Reynolds

A talk show host in Vale.
  • Bit Character: The author admitted that David was mainly created for the interview and likely won't make any more appearances.
  • Deadpan Snarker: He's very snarky with his guests.
  • One Steve Limit: Averted since there's also Dave Bronzewing.

    Unmarked Spoilers 

Ellis Carter

Cinder's father.
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