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Team RWBY

    Ruby Rose 
"I'm not sacrificing anyone else for this world."

The young, optimistic, and cheerful leader of Team RWBY. She wants to save the world and kick Grimm butt along the way. But the world is not as black and white as it is in fairy tales...


  • Adorkable: Loves comics and weapons? Check. Has No Social Skills? Check. Spends her entire first conversation with Alfred geeking out over their weapons? Triple check.
  • The Baby of the Bunch: Very much on display in the twins' first meeting with her. The older members of Teams RWBY and JNPR carefully observe her conversation with Alfred and Matthew, ready to swoop in if they reacted badly to her mannerisms. The other nations also have a soft spot for her, particularly England and Russia.
  • Big "NO!": She lets one out when the Institute guards start executing prisoners in their cells.
  • Birds of a Feather: She and Alfred click instantly thanks to their shared love of weapons.
  • Character Development: At first Ruby is hopelessly naive and idealistic. She keeps her idealism, but learns to question the people in charge (particularly Ozpin) and not take their words at face value. She also comes to terms with the fact that the world is not black and white and she cannot save every single person. She is now more than willing to disobey commands in order to save her friends' lives.
  • Chronic Hero Syndrome: She always wants to help people, even when it is unneeded (such as when the twins are having trouble adjusting to Beacon) or impossible (like the people of Kuchinashi). She slowly comes to learn she has her limits and it is impossible to help everyone.
  • Cute Bruiser: As per canon.
  • Deadly Gaze: When activated, Silver Eyes disintegrate every living thing they see.
  • Determinator: She never gives up, even when she thinks more than half her friends are dead.
  • Dork Knight: A noble and heroic Huntress who squeals and rambles about weapon designs.
  • Eye Scream: Ruby loses her left eye during her fight with Neo. She wears an eyepatch to cover the wound.
  • Fatal Flaw: Her overconfidence and recklessness bite her in the butt hard during the fall of Beacon. Her rash actions during the fight against Neo causes her to lose an eye.
  • Fearless Fool: At first her reaction is always to leap into danger with no fear and no plan. She grows out of it and becomes more cautious after losing an eye.
  • Five Stages of Grief: Ruby goes through denial and settles on anger for a while after Qrownote  and Blake'snote  deaths. She lashes out at America and Pyrrha and projects all her self-loathing at being unable to save her uncle or friend onto the former.
  • Friendly Sniper: She's cheerful, upbeat, and will shoot you in the face (if she doesn't slice you with her scythe, of course). Her sniper skills prove to be quite valuable to her team when they need to hunt Grimm from a distance.
  • Good Is Not Soft: A kind and sweet girl who has shot, sliced, stabbed, and thrown villains off of airships.
  • Handicapped Badass: She loses an eye during her fight with Neo. It takes a while for her to adjust, but she soon returns to kicking butt.
  • Huge Guy, Tiny Girl: She has a close bond with Russia and even created a team attack with him. She is also half his size, maybe less.
  • Hypocrite: She never blames Pyrrha for Penny's death yet blames America for Blake and Qrow's deaths despite him being in no way responsible for what happened. Pyrrha calls her out on her hypocrisy.
  • Ignored Epiphany: She realizes blaming America for Qrow and Blake's deaths is wrong but ignores that realization and tells him You Should Have Died Instead.
  • In the Hood: Ruby wears her hood up much more than in canon. The most likely reason is so people do not notice her eyepatch at first glance.
  • Insane Troll Logic: Whenever Alfred and Matthew communicate through subtle gestures or expressions, Ruby believes they are using Twin Telepathy. She is disappointed to find out the truth.
  • It's All My Fault: Ruby blames herself for losing Pyrrha, Alfred, Matthew and the others in Kuroyuri.
  • Kick the Dog: She regrets it later, but what she says to America after Blake dies is not only filled with blatant lies solely meant to hurt her target, but is just heartless.
    Ruby: "She was thinking about you as she was dying alone and in pain. She probably thought you were going to come save her but you know what? You don't save anyone. All you do is kill them. You couldn't save her either. Her or Matthew."
  • Leeroy Jenkins: Ruby impulsively jumps into fights more than once. She becomes more careful after her impulsiveness makes her lose an eye.
  • Living Emotional Crutch: For a time, thinking of Ruby is all that keeps Yang going after her injury and exposure to what the public now thinks of her. She may also serve as one to Russia, if her ability to calm him down during a bout of madness is any indication.
  • Morality Pet: Possibly one to Russia, depending on how the reader interprets his reasons for stopping England from trying to kill Qrow. She is also the one who pulls Russia out of his kol-ing state, stopping him from attacking Canada and Pyrrha.
  • My God, What Have I Done?: She is on the verge of remorseful tears after her reckless and anger-fueled plan to capture one of Salem's henchmen fails and America is captured. She and Yang are the ones who pushed for the plan the hardest. Not to mention how she treated America over the past few days...
  • Odd Friendship: With Russia.
  • Plucky Girl: She goes through terrible tragedies yet remains optimistic.
  • Power Limiter: England gives her an enchanted moonstone pendant to help suppress her Silver Eyes.
  • Psychological Projection:
    • Shortly after meeting the twins, she wonders if they are upset and distressed because one of their parents went on a mission and never came back like Summer Rose did.
    • In a much more malicious version, she projects all her self-hatred and anger about being unable to save Blake onto America, saying her death is his fault and that he cannot save anyone.
  • Reality Ensues: It takes Ruby time to adjust to her lost eye and depth perception. She often walks into people and is unused to accounting for her blind spot.
  • Red Is Heroic: Red is her signature color.
  • Red Is Violent: Not usually, but she becomes a remorseless, gleeful killing machine while under the influence of Silver Eyes.
  • Required Secondary Powers: Ruby would not be able to use her superspeed without the senses and reflexes to match it.
  • Sinister Scythe: Subverted in that Ruby is cheerful and kind. Played straight when she uses Silver Eyes and becomes a remorseless, sadistic killing machine.
  • Socially Awkward Hero: She is so excited to see Alfred at Beacon that she nearly slams into him at high speeds and starts babbling without introducing herself. She is horrified to realize she "did a Penny", stammers her way through the first part of her introductory conversation with the twins, and is embarrassed by Yang before opening up when the conversation turns to fighting and weapons.
  • Super Senses: Ruby can sense nearby enemies and Grimm while using Silver Eyes.
  • Superpowered Evil Side: Silver Eyes make the S.E.W uncontrollable, sadistic, cold-blooded, and ruthless. When Ruby activates Silver Eyes after Qrow is impaled, she disintegrates Atlas's arm, then unrelentingly pursues her and destroys her ear. After Atlas flees out of sight, Ruby turns on her friends. She blasts Weiss through a wall, disintegrates Japan's leg and tortures him, and tries to rip Italy's whole body apart, all with a sadistic grin on her face.
  • Suspiciously Specific Denial: She says Penny is most definitely a human and needs sleep like humans do. According to Ruby, Penny also eats like humans do, because Penny is human. She is most definitely not a robot.
  • Symbolic Mutilation: She is a Wide-Eyed Idealist who loses an eye. She is also one of the last characters to see and accept that Ozpin is not the benevolent Headmaster he appeared to be.
  • Took a Level in Jerkass: Briefly. After Qrow and Blake's deaths, she blames America for them and says as much. She is also snappish with Pyrrha and rejects her gentle hints that she is not alone and she should not grieve in a way that harms the people around her. Ruby regrets her actions after America is captured because of her reckless and ill-conceived plan.
  • Wide-Eyed Idealist: She initially believes she can save everyone, the world is black and white, and that Huntresses don't have to fight many people because Roman and the White Fang are a rarity. She learns saving everyone is impossible, the world is shades of gray, and there are a lot more bad people out there than she would like to believe.
    Weiss Schnee 
The heiress of the Schnee Dust Company and Ruby's Huntress partner. She went to Beacon to escape her oppressive father and Kingdom, and seeks to redeem her family name and company.
  • Abusive Parents: Her mother is mostly absent from her life but her father is emotionally and physically abusive.
  • Arbitrary Skepticism: The glyph-summoning and Grimm-hunting Weiss is skeptical and disbelieving when Jaune offers the idea that someone used a hallucination Semblance on Yang.
  • Big Sister Instinct: Once she realizes Whitley is in the same situation as her when it comes to their father, she does everything she can to get him out of the Schnee Mansion. She succeeds.
  • Calling Parents by Their Name: She calls Jacques by his name after she declares he will not longer hurt and control her or Whitley.
  • Character Development: She goes from seeing the twins only as allies to gain skill and insight from to seeing them as close friends who she will defend from anyone, even someone that reminds her of her father. She also loses her aloof Ice Queen demeanor and becomes much more relaxed, cheerful and friendly.
  • Deadpan Snarker: Someone has to tell her teammates (and Nora) how dumb their crazier plans are.
  • Defrosting Ice Queen: At first, she finds Alfred's cheerful nature to be grating and sees the twins only as potential allies whose skill is to be exploited for Team RWBY's gain. When Arthur wants the twins to leave Beacon, she steadfastly defends their right to stay there and calls them hardworking.
  • Heroic Self-Deprecation: She has loads of self-doubt and guilt when it comes to her family company's less savory actions. It becomes worse after Atlas falls, which erases any chances to redeem the SDC, and the full extent Jacques's crimes are revealed to the world right before he is executed.
  • Impaled with Extreme Prejudice: Salem stabs her through the shoulder with her own broken weapon. She survives.
  • Nerves of Steel: She keeps a cool head when trying to calm down a rampaging Silver Eyes Ruby. She gets thrown through a wall for her troubles.
  • Not So Above It All: She smiles smugly when Matthew beats Yang at Remnant: The Game.
  • Out of Focus: During The Shattered Soul because the author did not write her Volume 4 arc. Said arc happens offscreen and follows the same path as canon.
  • Proper Lady: Downplayed. She acts refined, dignified, and stoic when placed in extremely uncomfortable situations or when dealing with some of her family members. Her father taught her that such an attitude is the only one befitting a Schnee.
  • "The Reason You Suck" Speech: Gives an epic one to Jacques Schnee, calling him out for using his children for good publicity points and declaring that he can't control her anymore.
  • Significant Wardrobe Shift: Weiss starts the series as an Ice Queen in white. While stuck with her white-clothed father, she wears dull gray. Upon returning to Atlas, she wears a much more friendly and vibrant blue ensemble which she keeps. Her sister and brother also wear blue, signifying what family she has chosen.
  • Skewed Priorities: While everyone else is freaking out about the identity of Vacuo and the implications, she is horrified that she called him riffraff.
  • Sugar-and-Ice Personality: She acts cold, harsh, and a little cynical with most people. As time goes on she opens up to her closer friends like her teammates and the twins, revealing a protective and warm personality. She has a good reason for acting like she does.
  • Wrecked Weapon: Salem snaps Mytenaster's blade in half and stabs Weiss through the shoulder with it. She survives and uses the tip to glyph-lock Salem in place, which allows Ruby, America, and Canada's final attacks to hit Salem.
    Blake Belladonna 
"I really am sorry I left. I knew about your mom and— and what you sacrificed for me, but I didn't think. You were hurt and I was scared, so I did what I do best. I ran. I didn't mean to imply I didn't care."

The daughter of the Chieftain of Menagerie and former leader of the White Fang. She left the organization after they grew extreme but her past haunts her to this day, influencing her decisions and relationships. For better or worse.


  • Adaptation Relationship Overhaul: She and Adam were never lovers, and he was never abusive to her. They were close friends, to the point where Blake was Adam's confidant.
  • Berserk Button: Never act racist towards Faunus in front of her.
  • Big Damn Heroes: Arrives in time to save Canada when he is about to be taken out by Atlas and Emerald.
  • Brought Down to Normal: Like all people with Aura, she becomes as strong and resilient as a normal human when she runs out of it. This is tragically deconstructed when Blake returns to the fight with the Warden Grimm and dies because she stood no chance against an Eldritch Abomination without her Aura.
  • Chronic Hero Syndrome: At times when it comes to the Faunus. She's ready to jump out of an airship to assist the Faunus of Mantle despite her team's time-sensitive mission and their inability to provide any assistance due to a lack of space or supplies.
  • Curb-Stomp Battle: On the receiving end of one from Adam outside of Haven.
  • Deadpan Snarker: She has a sarcastic quip for most occasions.
  • Dies Wide Open: Blake's Semblance-created copies of herself often die with their eyes open before they dissipate into shadows. One particular afterimage has a wide-eyed and shocked expression after being impaled through the chest. Blake herself dies similarly, with her eyes wide open and unseeing in death.
  • Dirty Coward: Downplayed. Blake is normally brave but when faced with her past or her secrets are exposed, she runs instead of facing them. At the end of Weight of the World she runs halfway across Remnant to flee from Adam. She tries to take steps to improve herself.
  • Failure Hero: Downplayed. She has her minor victories (like when she saves Canada from Atlas and Emerald), but fails more often than not. France and Yang are injured protecting her from Adam, and she is stabbed as well. Adam gives a speech that completely undermines hers and turns half her Faunus forces against her at Haven and her team loses the Relic of Knowledge. Her attempts to make amends with Yang falls through as Yang does not forgive her for abandoning Team RWBY since Blake's apology is not completely genuine (since she believes she did nothing wrong). She fails to help Sun when Emerald attacks him and steals part of his Aura. Most damningly, she dies protecting Yang in a Stupid Sacrifice, before she can fulfill her goals to bring equality to the Faunus or help save the world.
  • Fatal Flaw: Her belief that she has to do everything herself. She subconsciously believes things like fighting the White Fang are her responsibility and her responsibility to bear alone. As a side-effect, she also subconsciously does not trust her friends' ability to protect themselves and puts the burden of "protecting" them on her shoulders. This causes tension between her and Yang, who calls Blake out for trying to protect her when she can protect herself. Blake seems to learn her lesson, but old habits are hard to break. She runs out of Aura during the fight with the Warden Grimm but jumps back in to protect Yang, who had plenty of Aura left. This costs Blake her life.
  • Foreshadowing: Yang tells Blake that she does not need her protection since she is perfectly capable of protecting herself. Blake does not take this to heart, and dies while protecting Yang, who still had plenty of Aura while Blake had none.
  • Hypocrite: Blake is angry about Sun keeping his identity as Vacuo a secret despite Blake doing the exact same thing when she wore a bow, pretended not to be a Faunus or the daughter of the former leader of the White Fang, and kept her past a secret from her team. Yang calls her out on her hypocrisy.
  • Impaled with Extreme Prejudice:
    • Adam stabs her through the hip but she survives.
    • She gets a Warden Grimm dagger through the chest. It cleaves her heart in two, killing her instantly.
  • Ineffectual Loner: Conversed. Blake's habit of trying to do everything alone infuriates Yang to the point that she calls Blake out on it.
  • It's All About Me: Downplayed. She has the tendency to think things happen because of her and only she can deal with threats like the White Fang. Yang flat-out tells Blake that the world does not revolve around her and her problems, and she can't do everything alone.
  • It's All My Fault: Deconstructed. Blake is a case of how there is a fine line between this and It's All About Me. She attempts to assuage her guilt and self-loathing by shouldering all the responsibility for things such as the White Fang. As a result of this, she shoves away the people who try to help her because, in her mind, only she should face these enemies. Yang and Sun call her out on this attitude, the latter more gently than the former.
  • It's Personal: After Beacon falls, Blake is obsessed with stopping Adam and the White Fang to the point that it blinds her to other matters like how her team needs her. This causes her to become ostracized by Yang, who has grown tired of Blake putting her obsession over everything else. Eventually Blake realizes what a jerk she's been and apologizes, mending her friendship with Yang.
  • Leeroy Jenkins: Blake's go-to response to the White Fang is to run out to fight them without much a plan and no matter how foolish that is. Yang lampshades this.
  • More Than Mind Control: Implied when Adam uses his Semblance on her to stop her from fighting, forcing the other characters to protect her. It's hinted he can control her not only because he is Menagerie and she is one of his people, but because deep down she does not want to fight her nation and former friend.
  • My God, What Have I Done?: Becomes horrified and remorseful when she realizes just how much she hurt Yang by abandoning her and Team RWBY. She deeply regrets her actions and takes measures to make up for it.
  • My Greatest Failure: Her inability to stop Emerald from taking part of Sun's Aura haunts her. She agonizes over what she could have done to prevent it.
  • Negated Moment of Awesome: The bombs in Haven are disarmed, Blake's Faunus from Menagerie have Adam and his White Fang surrounded, and she tells Adam he's lost. Adam gives her a Shut Up, Kirk! speech, one of her Faunus tries to shoot her in the head, and the rest begin fighting each other.
  • Never My Fault: She is quick to point out other's badly thought out decisions but does not take it well if her own are brought up. When Yang tells Blake why she is angry at her for leaving, Blake becomes offended and makes excuses for her actions rather than realizing she was in the wrong and apologizing.
  • Out of Focus: In The Shattered Soul and most of The Depths of Deception due to the author not writing the Menagerie arc. Since none of the nations are with her on Menagerie, the entire arc happens offscreen in the same way canon did up until Blake reaches Haven.
  • Perpetual Frowner: Her default expression.
  • "The Reason You Suck" Speech: Gets one from Yang over her abandonment of Team RWBY.
    "I'm ready to face my past. I came back to the team." Blake said weakly.
    "No." Yang stated. "You didn't. You just happened to run into us at Haven. If we weren't there, you never would have come back to us."
    "I would!" Blake denied.
    "After how long?" Yang challenged. "Years? Your priorities were never becoming a Huntress or staying with our team. They always revolved around Adam and the White Fang, and the White Fang wouldn't fall in a night. If we weren't at Haven, you'd still be running after Adam."
    Blake couldn't deny it.
    Yang crossed her arms, glare never weakening. "Yes, you didn't know about Salem and the Relics. Yes, the White Fang is a threat. But we are a team. We tell each other things. We fight together. You never remember that. You always insist on doing things alone over and over and over." Her eyes turned a dull blue. "All this proves is you still don't trust us at all, even after everything. You don't trust our capabilities, our ability to protect ourselves, or our team. You didn't trust us to help and defend you."
  • Red Oni, Blue Oni: She is the impulsive Red to Sun's laid-back and calm Blue. Most clearly displayed when they are insulted by a racist man while in Atlas. Sun remains calm and tries to defuse the situation while Blake lets her temper get the best of her and nearly gets herself arrested.
  • Stupid Sacrifice: Blake dies protecting Yang from the Warden Grimm even though Yang had Aura while Blake did not. At most, the strike would have thrown Yang back. Vale bluntly tells America that Yang would have survived the blow, and Blake died foolishly by protecting someone who did not need her protection in the slightest. It is the equivalent of Lois Lane jumping in front of Superman to protect him from a bullet. Regardless, everyone still mourns for Blake.
  • Tears of Remorse: When she realizes how much she hurt Yang by abandoning her when she needed her most.
  • Tragic Hero: Blake's greatest flaws are her recklessness and belief that she alone has a duty to protect her friends, the latter of which comes with a subconscious opinion that her friends cannot protect themselves. When Ruby orders Blake to leave the fight with the Warden Grimm after her (Blake's) Aura runs out, Blake disobeys her and returns even though she would in more danger than everyone else. As a result, Blake dies when she recklessly jumps between Yang and danger when she (Blake) has no Aura left. Adding to the tragedy, Blake never gets to fulfill her dream of stopping the White Fang and bringing equality to the Faunus.
  • Tragic Mistake: Her decision to come back to a fight after losing her Aura instead of leaving like Ruby commands leads to her needlessly jumping between Yang and the Warden Grimm. This results in Blake's death.
  • Too Dumb to Live:
    • She has a tendency to not think things through when it comes to the Faunus. She is just about ready to jump out of an airship to help the Faunus in the collapsed City of Mantle with no intel, no plan in place, and no supplies or means to assist them. She is also nearly arrested when she snaps at a racist man who was trying to get a rise out of her. This is when they are in Atlas, a Military State and the most anti-Faunus place on Remnant.
    • Blake jumps between Yang and the Warden Grimm and gets daggers through the chest for her trouble. She had no Aura, but Yang had plenty and would have been fine if the daggers hit her. This act costs Blake her life. While her intent is noble, the circumstances and results speak for themselves.
  • We Used to Be Friends: She used to be close friends with Adam, to the point where he confided in her when he was uncertain about his leadership skills. After Atlas attacked Adam and killed his men, he slowly became more extreme until he became the terrorist he is today. Blake remembers the old days with him fondly but cannot support what he has become.
    Yang Xiao-Long 
Ruby's older sister and the daughter of the absent Raven Branwen. Although she enjoys a good brawl and wants to find her mother, her sister's safety is her first priority.
  • Amazingly Embarrassing Older Sister: She takes great pleasure in teasing Ruby over her awkward first interaction with the twins while standing in front of the twins. Later, Ruby laments how her "mature" older sister got into a fight with Matthew over coffee.
  • Badass in Distress: She is captured alongside Jaune, Nora, and Ren by Roman and held hostage to prevent Ruby and the others from going after the Relic of Knowledge.
  • Blood Knight: She enjoys fighting and jumps at the chance to have a rematch with "Neo". After that incident, not so much.
  • Calling the Old Man Out: Yang tears Ozpin apart over his needless secret-keeping, specifically how he kept the dangers of Silver Eyes and the circumstances surrounding Summer's death to himself.
  • Character Development: Yang starts out with a Hair-Trigger Temper but mellows out quite considerably over the course of the series. She also becomes a team leader in her own right.
  • Cool Big Sis: She serves as this not only to Ruby, but to Oscar as well. Yang takes great pleasure in teasing the both of them but encourages them when they need it.
  • Damsel out of Distress: She is captured along with Jaune, Nora, and Ren by Roman. They rescue themselves.
  • Hair Flip: She will often flick her hair over her shoulder.
  • Hero with Bad Publicity: Yang is manipulated into attacking Alfred (who she hallucinated as Neo) on live TV, beating him before shooting him in the stomach and painting herself as a murderous, violent monster. This causes a barkeep and other travelers to fear and mistrust Yang. Last they knew she was sitting in jail awaiting trial, so they believe she is running to Mistral's criminal underground to escape justice. With Jaune, Nora, and Ren as her team, Yang uses her "criminal past" to get into Kuchinashi to look for Neo without raising suspicion.
  • Inelegant Blubbering:
    • She sobs blatantly when America tells her he already forgave her for attacking him because he never blamed her for it.
    • Her composure snaps when she finally talks about Blake's death and she's reduced to heartbroken sobbing.
  • Mood Ring Eyes: Yang's violet eyes often turn red when she's angry (or using her Semblance) and pale blue when she's upset.
  • My God, What Have I Done?:
    • When Emerald's Semblance stops influencing her and she realizes she was attacking America, not Neo.
    • She regrets her actions after the plan she and Ruby pushed for resulted in America's capture. She admits she just wanted revenge for Blake, and is horrified America paid for her mistake.
  • Never Got to Say Goodbye: One of Yang's biggest regrets after Blake's death is she never got to say how much she cared and believed in her. Blake died too quickly for anyone to say anything to her before she died.
  • The Nicknamer: Among the many nicknames she comes up with, she calls America "Sky-Eyes", Canada "Emperor Curly", and Arthur "Ice King."
  • Not a Morning Person: Wake her up too early and she stumbles around like a zombie, complete with garbled moaning noises.
  • Out of Focus: In The Shattered Soul for the same reasons as Weiss and Blake. Again, her V4 story is offscreen and follows canon.
  • Please Wake Up: Yang says this when Blake dies. This is after England's X-Ray-like spell showed Blake's heart had stopped, having been sliced in two.
  • Pungeon Master: She loves making (awful) puns.
  • Red Eyes, Take Warning: As per canon. Most notable when she attacks America.
  • Revenge Before Reason: When she spots him, Yang immediately jumps out of the airship to go fight Adam instead of continuing with the others to Beacon. She abandons their mission to save the world to hunt Adam down.
  • Survivor Guilt: She feels guilty that Blake died while she survived the fight against the Warden Grimm.
  • Tragic Keepsake: Gambol Shroud.
  • You Are Better Than You Think You Are: When Oscar has doubts about his worth as a Huntsman, Yang reassures him that he is learning quickly and still has time to grow. No one expects him to be a leader or grand warrior yet. This raises his spirits.
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Team JNPR

    Jaune Arc 
  • Adorkable: Just like in canon, with the added bonus of his interactions with Pyrrha. They both have little experience when it comes to dating, so Jaune often (teasingly but adorably) uses movies and comics as a reference.
  • Battle Couple: With Pyrrha.
  • Electric Torture: Roman's men electrocute him over and over in order to keep his Aura from regenerating. It doesn't keep him down long and he eventually breaks free.
  • Heroic Self-Deprecation: Due to Qrow's paralysis, Jaune loses confidence in his Semblance and fears it (and he) might not be good enough when people need him.
  • Hurting Hero: During The Depths of Deception due to believing Pyrrha is dead. Her "death" weighs heavily on him.
  • Knight In Sour Armor: Jaune learns the world of Remnant is not black and white, Ozpin is a secretive liar, and Atlas is corrupt at best, but he will fight to save the world anyway.
  • Rage Against the Mentor: When Qrow refuses to tell him the truth about the nations, Relics, and Silver Eyes, Jaune snaps at him before departing, determined to find his own answers.
  • Sick Captive Scam: Jaune pretends to die from Roman's goons' repeated electrocution of him. When one of the guards goes into the cell to check his pulse, he gets the jump on him and escapes before freeing Yang, Nora, and Ren.
  • Super Empowering: His Semblance allows him to recharge and enhance the Auras and Semblances of the people he focuses on. When he uses it on Pyrrha, she is strong enough to hold up a crashing Atlesian military ship and lower it safely down without destroying it.
  • Took a Level in Cynic: Downplayed in that his cynicism is only directed towards Ozpinati. After Pyrrha's apparent death he becomes more jaded and less trusting of Ozpin and his goals. So much so that he is one of the first to agree that Ozpin should not be told Sun is Vacuo.
    Nora Valkyrie 
  • Big Eater: She loves her pancakes and food in general. If food is put in front of her, expect it to be gone in seconds and for her to eye her neighbor's plate.
  • The Big Guy: She is not the largest character (in fact she is on the shorter side) but she is the one most likely to rely on straightforward brute force when faced with a problem.
  • Brutal Honesty: She often brings up the hard questions no one else will and says what everyone is thinking, such as when she asks what Ozpin will do to Sun if he finds out Sun is Vacuo.
  • Cloud Cuckoolander: It's Nora.
  • Force and Finesse: The force to Ren's finesse.
  • Squee!: She joins Australia and Penny in cooing over the cute newborn Pomeranian puppies being shown on the news.
  • Trademark Favorite Food: Pancakes. This sometimes put her into conflict with Canada.
  • The Watson: Averted. Nora asks the hard questions about Ozpin and his intentions that you'd think would lead to exposition, but the characters (and the audience) do not have the answers.
    Pyrrha Nikos 
"I won the Mistral Regional Tournament four years in a row and became quite well-known. I gained sponsorships and fame, and soon my old friends drifted away because of it while new people were only drawn to or away from me due to my status... When you're supposed to be the best, everything you do is scrutinized. People look up to you but feel they can never interact with someone of your talent, and expect you to be what they imagine you to be. They do not bother to look beneath and try to get to know the real you. Instead they rely on what they think they know and don't bother to seek the truth."

One of the main POV characters who is promoted to Deuteragonist during The Depths of Deception. She is the well-known, respected and lonely champion from Mistral, who would rather have friendship than fame. She chose to go to Beacon to become a Huntress. There she finds True Companions and a new goal: to ensure none of her friends die because of the shady machinations of their superiors.


  • Accidental Murder: She unintentionally kills Penny while under the influence of Emerald's hallucination Semblance. This act haunts her enough that she has nightmares and possibly PTSD.
  • The Ace: She is the four-times Mistral champion and known around the world. She is also the strongest student in Beacon around the time it falls.
  • Afraid of Their Own Strength: After what happened to Penny, Pyrrha is terrified of using her Semblance, fearing she will kill someone else by accident. Eventually she wakes up from a nightmare, panics and nearly impales Canada. After that, she trains to better understand and control her abilities.
  • Ambiguous Disorder: She may be suffering from PTSD caused by Penny's death and the fall of Beacon.
  • Bad Dreams: Has a nightmare about being unable to interfere as the dream Ozpin and Ironwood trap America in the Aura transfer machine and begin to transfer Vale's Aura into him by force. When a bloodied America slumps over, Pyrrha rips the door off the machine and it bisects Penny. Penny's upper half crawls over to her and begins strangling her with wires before Pyrrha wakes.
  • Bash Brothers: With America during the Grimm attack on the World Meeting.
  • Battle Couple: With Jaune.
  • Bodyguarding a Badass: She becomes America's official bodyguard on Earth in order to give outsiders a reason why she accompanies him everywhere. While she is definitely one of the most skilled characters, America has his and Vale's Semblances, super strength, a Healing Factor, and his own combat capabilities.
  • Broken Ace: Her accidental murder of Penny haunts her and makes her fear using her Semblance.
  • Deadly Disc: She often throws her shield as a weapon, Captain America style.
  • Declaration of Protection: She vows to guard America with her life after Salem nearly captures him. The rest of Team JNPR and Team RWBY follow suit.
  • Deuteragonist: Promoted to this during The Depths of Deception.
  • Extreme Doormat: As in canon, she can be too polite for her own good as seen when she is willing to meekly allow the airship crew to kick her off the airship for no reason. She grows out of it and learns when it is time to stand up for her friends, and herself.
  • Fish out of Water: Has trouble adjusting to Earth, a place which is much more peaceful than she is used to. So much so that Japan offers an open ear if she ever feels the need to talk to someone about it.
  • The Heart: Although she is not the most idealistic of the group, Pyrrha is very honest, with a strong moral compass and a genuine desire to help others. She gets others to believe in themselves like Jaune when he wallows in guilt after failing to completely heal Qrow. She also recognizes there is more at stake than their personal problems like when she called out England for rejecting America, and Ruby for taking out her anger on her friends after Blake's death.
  • Hero with Bad Publicity: Many people on Remnant hate, fear, or shun her because they think she wanted to win the Vytal Festival Tournament so badly she purposely killed Penny. Some civilians also blame her for kickstarting the fall of Beacon. It's so bad the passengers on an airship get the crew to kick Pyrrha off, to RNJR and the nations' disgust. Pyrrha wears a hoodie in an attempt to stop people from recognizing her due to this.
  • I Just Want to Be Normal: Her celebrity status and isolated upbringing left her yearning for normalcy in her life. It is why she is so delighted that America and Canada do not recognize her.
  • In the Hood: She often wears her sweatshirt's hood up to stop people from recognizing her on sight.
  • Magnetism Manipulation: As in canon, her Semblance is Polarity aka the ability to manipulate metal. The only difference here is Pyrrha has learned to rip metal objects to shreds and throw them as shrapnel-like projectiles.
  • Nice Girl: Pyrrha is pleasant, kind, and patient to everyone except her enemies. She has her limits, however, as shown when she chews out Ruby for blaming America for Qrow and Blake's deaths.
  • O.O.C. Is Serious Business: The one time she raises her voice is while she calls Ruby out for her attitude towards her team and America.
  • Peek-a-Bangs: Her bangs have grown long enough that they often fall into her eyes. She makes a note to get them cut when she has the time because they hinder her vision.
  • Platonic Life-Partners: She becomes this with America during The Depths of Deception. They open up to each other emotionally and remain close friends.
  • Please Kill Me If It Satisfies You: Pyrrha feels very guilty for killing Penny Polendina and is haunted by her accidental murder of her friend. When Penny 2.0 recognizes and attacks her, she does not try to defend herself and is willing to let Penny 2.0 kill her for what she did. America stops Penny 2.0 and convinces her to let Pyrrha live.
  • Precision F-Strike: She calls Ruby an ass while calling her out for Ruby's blaming of America for Blake and Qrow's deaths when he had nothing to do with them, which included Ruby saying he should have died instead.
  • Shell-Shocked Veteran: Penny's death, the fall of Beacon, and her near-death at Cinder's hands haunts Pyrrha. She has nightmares and fears her own Semblance long after those events.
  • Suddenly SHOUTING!: She begins yelling at Ruby for blaming Blake and Qrow's deaths on Alfred. Specifically as she rhetorically demands to know if they should blame him for being born next since Ruby's blaming him for things out of his control.
  • What the Hell, Hero?:
    • She calls out Ozpin for being willing to murder America for more power, and her and Penny to silence the witnesses.
    • She also calls out Ruby for taking out her grief on America and trying to blame him for Blake and Qrow's deaths when they were not his fault. It is the only time Pyrrha loses her temper and shouts.
  • Wise Beyond Their Years: She is extremely perceptive when it comes to the emotions and feelings of others and sees things people years her senior refuse to. The greatest example is when she convinces England to stop being cold to America because America's amnesia and Vale's presence is not America's fault.
    Lie Ren 
  • Cloud Cuckoo Landers Minder: He keeps Nora in line.
  • Emotion Suppression: Ren's Semblance allows him to calm down both himself and others. It is strong enough to resist Salem's Emotion Bomb abilities, which is why she directly targets him during the fight in the gorge.
  • Force and Finesse: The finesse to Nora's force.
  • Not So Stoic: He is panicked and distracted during the escape from Roman and Kuchinashi because of Nora's injuries.
  • The Quiet One: He rarely speaks. When he does, it's usually to tell Nora not to do something. (Like break people's legs.) His quiet nature and knack for staying out of conversations allows him to observe people more carefully. As such, he is one of the few members of the teams that notices the twins are unnaturally nervous (and in Canada's case, paranoid) at Beacon.
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