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Coeur Al'Aran is a fanfiction writer who focuses exclusively on writing RWBY stories. He is known within the community for having completed several novel-length works and consistently updating ongoing ones on a weekly or biweekly basis. There's even a wiki about his works.

Most of his stories focus on the character of Jaune Arc, usually with some minor or major changes made to either his character or the setting as a whole. Captain Dragon and Dating What Daddy Hates avert this formula, focusing on Yang Xiao-Long and a pairing of Weiss Schnee and Sun Wukong respectively.

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The list of his completed stories consists of:

The ongoing stories:


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Tropes present in multiple works, or works without their own pages, include:

  • Adaptational Dumbass: If Team RWBY's lineup is the same as canon, they often suffer from this collectively. They can fall anywhere on the spectrum from just needing to take things more seriously (A Rabbit Among Wolves) to so incompetent they end up looking worse than the actual villains (Null).
  • Adaptational Heroism: Roman Torchwick, Neopolitan, Raven Branwren, and Cinder Fall (depending on the work) tend to be portrayed with a lot more standards than they have shown in canon, though it's most visible with Roman.
  • Adaptational Jerkass: The characters in Coeur's works often display more negative traits than they do in the original show. The most common offenders are:
    • Ozpin is presented as an unrepentant Troll at best and an outright villain at worst.
    • Jaune is almost always far more manipulative than in canon and is occasionally portrayed as a pervert, covert or otherwise.
  • Adaptational Nice Guy: Adam gets this treatment in a lot of Coeur's stories. He's still a violent terrorist, and the stories never whitewash his brutality, but he displays a wider range of emotional depth than indiscriminate rage. The author has admitted that he believes Adam was wasted in the canon series, especially since his Freudian Excuse was revealed right before his death in Volume 6.
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  • Adaptational Villainy: Ozpin is hit by this in most of the stories that feature him. The comedies tend to lean more towards Adaptational Jerkass, but the dramas often make him just as bad as the enemies he's trying to fight, either by taking his questionable methods to their logical conclusion or by outright turning him into a selfish and callous monster willing to do absolutely anything to defeat Salem.
  • Adaptation Origin Connection: Coeur's works go with the headcanon that Roman Torchwick and Professor Oobleck, two characters who never shared a scene together in canon, were formerly on the same team during their student days. They're also connected to the Mountain Glenn incident, as their other two teammates were killed during the event (which led to Roman's Start of Darkness).
  • Anyone Can Die: As a general rule, if a character is not named Jaune Arc, they are not safe.
  • Approval of God: His profile page on FanFiction.net gives blanket permission for anyone to adapt or spinoff his stories as long as he's given credit in an author's note.
  • Ascended Extra: Lisa Lavender, in comparison to her minor role in canon, has supporting roles in Captain Dragon and A Rabbit Among Wolves, and frequently cameos in other fics as well, possibly stemming from being the only named journalist in RWBY.
  • Author Appeal: As written in both his bio and in several of his author's notes, Coeur has several personal favorites amongst the cast of RWBY: Roman Torchwick, Neopolitan, Yang Xiao Long, and Sun Wukong.
    • Both Roman and Neo play major roles in Professor Arc, with Neo even serving as a potential love interest and getting her own non-canon romantic spin-off. They also have supporting roles in Captain Dragon, Service with a Smile, Relic of the Future, and Null, rarely portrayed negatively in spite of their role as antagonists in canon.
    • Yang gets paired with Jaune in The Entertainer and White Sheep, and even gets to be the star of her own fic, Captain Dragon.
    • Sun is the co-star of his own fic, Dating What Daddy Hates, a romance pairing him with Weiss Schnee and has a supporting role in A Rabbit Among Wolves.
  • Breakthrough Hit: One Good Turn Deserves Another was Coeur's first popular work, but it was Not this time, Fate that propelled him to the rarely-disputed title of #1 RWBY fanfiction author, a title that he has held ever since.
  • Deconstructor Fleet: A large majority of his stories tend to take basic premises and then twist everything that he possibly can on its head:
    • One Good Turn Deserves Another: Fire-Forged Friends. By the end of their second traumatic adventure together, Blake and Jaune are so emotionally dependent on each other that they can't even be out of the same room for more than an hour without panicking.
    • Null: Clear My Name. Not only is Jaune genuinely guilty of many of the crimes he's accused of (instead having a sympathetic motive), but every single thing that every character does only makes the situation worse.
    • A Rabbit Among Wolves: Fantastic Racism. The racism against Faunus present in canon is taken to its logical conclusion, and a large amount of the problem is humans feeling good about themselves for simply not participating in it instead of actively trying to prevent it.
    • Not This Time, Fate: Groundhog Peggy Sue. By the time Jaune's in the final loop, the people around him aren't people to him, they're just pieces on a chessboard he tries to control. It's not out of malice, but when the people he knows have done the same thing every single time for as long as he can remember, he physically can't consider them as people.
    • Relic Of The Future: Peggy Sue. Jaune's trauma from the original timeline compromises his thinking all the time, and he's forced to talk himself out of many dubious actions that would make the timeline better (such as killing a young Emerald Sustrai).
    • The Beast Of Beacon: Adaptational Heroism/Heel–Face Turn. Adam attempts to redeem himself at Beacon for Blake's sake, only to find that no one there trusts him due to his past crimes, meaning everything he does is always under suspicion, and Adam is constantly having to hold himself back to prevent himself from falling into the same sadistic desires that drove him to villainy in the first place.
    • Captain Dragon: Government sanctioned Villain Team-Up, a la The Suicide Squad. The public hates the idea, and Yang spends the entire story fighting primarily against government officials trying to shut the team down without even giving them a chance first. The team may be trying to combat the Fang virus, but their biggest and most dangerous enemy is politics.
  • Demoted to Extra:
    • Ruby, more often than not, due to most stories focusing on Jaune instead. Despite being the protagonist of the original show, she gets very little focus in most stories and frequently gets written out of the events she normally plays a significant role in.
    • Pyrrha, in spite of being Spared by the Adaptation quite often, tends to be relegated to the background or Demoted to Satellite Love Interest. Whereas canonically she played an important role in Jaune's character arc after he came to Beacon, most fics have him already going through said arc before the story begins, or give Pyrrha's role to a different character. In addition, the author has stated that he prefers less common pairings because they're more exciting to write, meaning Arkos (Jaune/Pyrrha) rarely gets notice.
  • Doorstopper: Part of the reason why he is so popular is that all of his works are novel-length. For context, his shortest work that isn't a one-shot or spinoff is Dating What Daddy Hates; it is still 13 chapters and 81,000 words long.
  • Flanderization: His comedy works are guilty of this across the board; Jaune's awkwardness is all-consuming, Weiss's bossiness never ends, Blake only thinks about the White Fang and literally nothing else, etc. It's part of the reason why his comedy works are so popular, even in comparison to his other stories.
  • Irony: Blake's ridiculous number of romantic interests gets mocked frequently in Coeur's stories, which is rather funny considering that two of his earliest and most popular works, From Beyond and One Good Turn, are Jaune/Blake stories.
  • Mistaken for Badass: A number of his storiesnote  have either the main premise or a notable subplot revolve around people thinking Jaune is far stronger and/or more clever than he actually is, with Jaune's reaction being anywhere from desperately trying to keep up the charade to being completely clueless about the whole thing.
  • One Steve Limit: Averted with Hazel and Amber, names used by both canon characters and Jaune's sisters.
  • Outdated by Canon:
    • Most stories have been made at least partially contradictory to canon after Volumes 6 and 7 of RWBY came out. Jaune's eldest sister being named "Saphron" and Adam having horrible facial scars are the most obvious examples, with less obvious examples being Salem's relation to Ozpin, Jaune's true semblance, the way Atlas looks, etc.
    • White Sheep is Zig Zagged; it actually made more sense after the major reveals, retroactively turning from a crackfic into a comedy AU, but it still had quite the few inconsistencies, largely in relation to the Kingdoms of Vacuo and Atlas. Coeur regrets trying to integrate the revelations into the plot.
  • Running Gag:
    • His works often poke fun at Blake's Paper-Thin Disguise and her obsession with the White Fang, with the latter often seeing someone threaten to get a restraining order on the White Fang's behalf against her.
    • Many of his stories make use of One Dialogue, Two Conversations, where poor word choice leads someone to believe Jaune has had sex with a girl. Penny, having No Social Skills, tends to be involved.
  • Self-Deprecation: Most stories mention journalism at least once purely to describe it as corrupt, dishonest, opportunistic and something only done for the dull masses to have cheap entertainment. Coeur is a journalist by profession.
  • Sliding Scale of Idealism vs. Cynicism: Even the comedic stories tend to be significantly more cynical than the original show, with characters being motivated by selfish goals and occasionally engaging in morally questionable acts.
  • Spared by the Adaptation: In the stories that re-adapt the events of RWBY Volume 3, the Fall of Beacon tends to cause fewer casualties among the main cast. Pyrrha has thus far avoided her canonical death in Professor Arc, Stress Relief, White Sheep, In the Kingdom's Service and - sort of - Not This Time, Fate!
  • Sure, Let's Go with That: A Running Gag of his, especially in his comedy works, is Character A (usually Jaune) saying something, Character B managing to twist it around to make it sound more awesome than it actually was, and Character A just rolling with it.
  • Talking Is a Free Action: The villains are always happy to politely wait as the heroes discuss strategy, even in the middle of a battle.
  • Take That!: He regularly takes shots at canon regarding aspects he doesn't like.
    • His profile page freely mentions that he's not even a fan of the plot or story of the show itself, but he finds the world and lore to be interesting and likes to play around with it.
    • Multiple stories take potshots at Ozpin and his need for secrecy and ominous behavior, though how its treated tends to vary. Some fics take the route of treating him like an incompetent moron, like Professor Arc, while others treat him with a case of Adaptational Villainy, like White Sheep (RWBY).
    • Several of his fics make clear he is not a fan of the Brother Gods, often having every character who learns about Ozpin's Dark and Troubled Past, regardless of their feelings on him, agree they are awful for what they did to him and Salem.
    • Two omakes in Headmaster Arc take shots at some of Jaune's traits post-Volume 3. The former mocking his "hair" in Volume 7, and the latter disparaging the upgrades to Crocea Mors made in Volume's 4 and 7 as either Awesome, but Impractical or redundant.
    • He really doesn't like whip based weaponry due to considering them Cool, but Inefficient, an entire scene in Headmaster Arc being devoted to Sienna and Ilia, both whip users, fighting each other and doing barely anything to each other, Jaune needing to lecture them afterwards on why their weapons suck.
    • Blake's plethora of romantic interests gets mocked regularly. Characters struggle to believe just how many people are pining after Blake and said people's attraction is likely to be used as a comedy element.
  • Unreliable Narrator: Coeur loves using this. While most of his stories are told in the third person, they're still from someone's perspective, meaning everything that happens is clouded by that specific characters beliefs, desires, and morals, and it's up to the audience to interpret events objectively. Stress Relief takes this Up to Eleven, since the whole story is told by Cinder, who spends the entire story desperately trying to believe her own lies.

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