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When Jaune woke up back in his house with his sisters and family, all he could do was sigh. Every time he died he was forced to start over again, and this was what... the one thousandth time? More? If it doesn't matter how hard he tries, doesn't matter how much he fights. Then maybe it's time to just kick back and enjoy himself. Fate can find someone else to be its whipping boy.
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A RWBY story by Coeur Al Aran, Not this time, Fate is an unusual take on a Peggy Sue Fic. It focuses on Jaune, who after having died sometime after the events of Volume 3 got mentally send back to the past and attempted to save himself and his friends from certain death... only to fail and try again. And then again. And then a couple hundred more times, all without success. Eventuallly, after yet another failure, he decides to kick back and take something of a vacation, choosing to spend some time with his family rather than make another, fruitless attempt at subverting fate. It... doesn't go according to the plan.

Unlike the author's other stories, this one cannot be placed firmly on any side of Sliding Scale of Silliness vs. Seriousness. While the story has a lot of comedy, the circumstances give it a rather dark tone and it is often met with a harsh Mood Whiplash afterwards.


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This work contains examples of:

  • Adaptational Badass: Cinder, both in terms of combat ability and in overall effectiveness. In canon Cinder was shown struggling against opponents like Glynda or Pyrrha even with Maiden powers in play, and while her plan ultimately succeeded, it required a lot of improvising on her part and was nearly foiled at multiple points. Here, Cinder is presented as a borderline Invincible Villain, whom Jaune cannot stop even with all the foreknowledge about her plans and who can utterly demolish Blake, Yang and half-maiden Weiss with just half of the Fall Maiden powers. Weiss theorises that it can be at least partially attributed to Fate manipulating the events in Cinder's favor.
  • Always Someone Better: Even with his ridiculous amount of experience, Jaune is still an inferior fighter to Pyrrha. After managing to beat her in a food-fight, he gets so excited that he lets his cover down for a moment.
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  • And I Must Scream: Jaune concludes that, if his aura malfunctions will continue in other lives, he will end up stuck in a short loop of painful deaths forever. Luckily, he fixes the problem before it comes down to this.
  • And Then What?: After Jaune finally saves everyone and is free from his curse, he realizes he has no idea what to do with his life.
  • Anger Born of Worry: Jaune is outright furious when Blake, Yang, and Weiss go off to assault a White Fang hideout behind his back, mostly because, unlike him, they don't get to try again if they die.
  • Badass Creed: As is usual for Coeur al'Aran, the person unlocking Jaune's Aura puts their own spin on it.
    Nicolas Arc: For it is in our passing that we achieve immortality. By our example we become a martyr for the glory of others. Selfless in sacrifice, bound by duty, I release your soul... and by my hand... place this burden upon thee.
    • Near the end, when Jaune needs to unlock Sapphire's aura himself, he comes up with a Badass Creed that sums up his own life philosophy. It's... sort of grim.
      Jaune Arc: For it is in failure that we achieve immortality. Through this, we are bound to our task, an endless quest with no pause or rest. Cursed by duty and unbound by time, I release your soul, and by my hand... condemn thee.
  • Bar Brawl: Jaune and Yang get into one because his response to seeing a picture of Raven gives away that he knows her but refuses to tell Yang anything.
  • Because Destiny Says So: While there are no actual prophecies in the story, some events are repeated so often across the many loops that they can safely be assumed to be Fate's work. Upon learning the truth about Jaune's previous lives, Weiss concludes that the only way to break the cycle is to play along and let Cinder have her victory. She almost goes through with the plan, but changes her mind once she realizes that Jaune will never accept that kind of solution.
  • Black and Gray Morality: Jaune is not above getting his hands dirty in order to save his friends and is generally a bit of a prick. He still looks like a saint compared to Cinder.
  • Blood Knight: He doesn't let that show too often, but Jaune loves a good fight. He lists the sensation of a challenging battle as one of the few things that he still enjoys, even after having lived for centuries.
  • Brought Down to Badass: Jaune gets hit by this when his aura stops working. While it is certainly a huge problem for him, Jaune still manages to go toe to toe with other huntsmen in training like Weiis or Dew, and even defends himself against Neo for a moment.
  • But for Me, It Was Tuesday: While pretending to not remember Blake, Jaune keeps insisting she has to narrow things down.
    Blake: We met a little over a week ago.
    Jaune: You'll have to narrow that down.
    Blake: When you were with a woman?
    Jaune: You'll have to narrow that down.
    Blake: I saw you naked.
    Jaune: You'll... er... still have to narrow that down.
    Blake: I caught you having sex with a random woman on a train! And if you tell me you need me to narrow that down, I will throw you out that window!
  • The Chosen One: Implied. It is clear that Fate wants Jaune to do something important and likely related to Salem's plans, but the details are unclear.
  • Cold-Blooded Torture: Jaune recalls suffering this multiple times. Cinder, Ironwood and the White Fang have all inflicted some manner of torture on Jaune during his past lives and Roman Torchwick does so in the current loop.
  • Combat Pragmatist: Both Jaune and Roman fight with the intent of causing as much damage and pain as possible. Roman notes during their fight on the docks that Jaune is clearly fighting to kill rather than disable or disarm like most students would.
    • During his spars in Glynda's class, Jaune will use distractions, tasers, and the environment to fight off someone. After he steals a Bullhead to save Blake, Glynda preemptively adds military aircraft to the list of things not allowed in spars.
  • Cosmic Plaything: As the title suggests, Jaune has an... unhealthy relationship with Fate. Being stuck in a seemingly endless loop of failure for multiple centuries is not a sign of good luck.
  • Crazy-Prepared: Centuries of repeating the same events has let Jaune become prepared for most things that could possibly happen. From other peoples' perspective, he prepares for things in ways that should be impossible to do or hope to predict.
  • Curb-Stomp Battle: Jaune remembers having experienced a literal example, when he decided to fight the Grimm Dragon on his own, with rather predictable results.
  • Cut Himself Shaving: Yang is in the middle of threatening Team CRDL for throwing sap at Jaune and getting him attacked by Rapier Wasps when they admit it was actually meant for her. After beating the hell out of them for trying to get purple sap in her hair, Yang loudly declares that it's a good thing she killed the Ursa that attacked them.
  • Darker and Edgier: While it's not a full-fledged Dark Fic, Not this time, Fate is significantly darker than the original show. Mature themes such as deppresion or post-traumatic stress are explored at length, sexual intercourse is referenced numerous times, brutality is more pronounced and the tone is overall much bleaker.
  • Deconstruction Fic: Of a Peggy Sue formula. The author goes to great lengths to establish just how hard "fixing" the story would be even with time travel, while also calling into question the morality of playing with timelines for the sake of saving a few specific people.
  • Demoted to Extra:
    • Ruby, even moreso than in author's other stories. Not only is Jaune made into the protagonist, Ruby isn't even a part of the story's main team and doesn't take part in events like the docks battle or The Breach. Her role in the narrative is limited to making a few fruitless atempts at getting Jaune to open up and fighting the Grimm Dragon, which largely happens off-screen anyway.
    • Pyrrha. While she was something of a side character in the show, she still had an important role in the plot, especially regarding Jaune's development. Here, Pyrrha is effectively written out of the story with Weiss taking over her original role and focus. She does, however, play an important part in the backstory, as her death was directly responsible for starting the cycle of repeats.
    • Penny gets the worst of it, as she is all but Adapted Out. She appears very briefly, doesn't interact with the main characters in any meaningful way and her ultimate fate isn't addressed, although it can be assumed she survived the events of the story, as Cinder's plan didn't rely on her death this time around.
  • Despair Event Horizon: Jaune's original incarnation has crossed this after Pyrrha's death, leading to his first death as he allowed himself to be killed by a pack of Grimm.
  • Determinator: Jaune doesn't hope to save his friends and stop Cinder. He knows it will happen, even if it takes him another thousand years. Weiss predicts that Jaune is more likely to go insane from constant failures than to ever give up.
  • Determined Defeatist: As mentioned above, having little to no chance of success doesn't stop Jaune from trying his damnest to save his friends.
  • Deuteragonist: Weiss, especially in the second half of the story due to her becoming a Love Interest to Jaune and being offered the Fall Maiden power. She even gets to take out the Big Bad during the finale.
  • Diabolus ex Machina: In-Universe example. After Weiss kills Cinder, Fate - which in this story is an actual entity hellbent on screwing Jaune over - intervenes by moving Adam's sword straight into Jaune's chest. Weiss still manages to make things right though through some time manipulation.
  • Did You Just Scam Cthulhu?: In something of an Exaggerated Trope, Weiss manages to trick Fate itself into giving her another shot at saving Jaune. The ruse itself doesn't really help her much, but it lets her prove a point - humans, and by extension Jaune, will always fight against their destiny. This convinces Fate to finally give up on achieving the desired result and give the heroes a shot at the happy ending they deserve.
  • Driven to Suicide: Jaune mentions killing himself in some of the failed timelines, though he obviously knew that he would just wake up in his bed afterwards. Unlike in the original timeline, when Jaune has effectively commited suicide due to his grief over Pyrrha's death, prompting Fate to start the cycle of repeats.
  • Dying Declaration of Hate: It seems to be Jaune's custom to use his last words in a given life to spite his killer, be it Cinder or someone else.
  • Earn Your Happy Ending: And definitely not easily. Jaune has been putting himself through hell for centuries on end in order to create what he views as a perfect ending. While he eventually succeeds, he struggles with finding the will to live after all that's happened, arguably making it into a Deconstruction
  • Failure Hero: And how!
  • Failure Is the Only Option: If Jaune was to succeed in staying out things and abandoning his friends, the story would have to center around him relaxing with his family while all the other cast members die offscreen. It is therefore no surprise that all his attempts at getting expelled from Beacon fail.
  • For Want of a Nail: Jaune's lived so many lives that he's seen what these sort of timelines can produce. The example he gives is that if Yang gets arrested from her canon bar brawl, she gets sent to prison, then commits suicide after hearing that Ruby dies in the fall of Vale.
  • Forgot About His Powers: Nicolas Arc has been shown capable of activating another person's aura, even in a critical situation. Yet when his own daughter bleeds out right next to him, he just stands there dumbfounded, not bothering to do anything.
  • Graceful Loser: Despite being tricked and foiled, Fate doesn't bear any ill will towards the heroes. It even manipulates the events to save Jaune, even though it would be just as easy for it to let him die for real.
  • Greater-Scope Villain: While Cinder is the greatest direct threat to Jaune and Remnant as a whole, Fate is the real cause of all Jaune's failures and is implied to have been empowering Cinder all along. Then again, since its motives are so unclear, this is more of a case of "Greater Scope Antagonist".
  • Heroic Suicide: Weiss attempts to invoke this, on the assumption that the only way to appease Fate is for the Fall Maiden to die and for Jaune to keep on fighting. It ultimately doesn't come to pass, as she realizes that Jaune will never accept anything less than a happy ending for all of them.
  • Hidden Agenda Villain: The entity that Weiss names "Fate" doesn't have any clear motivation. All we know is that it needs Jaune alive and motivated to do something, but its specific plans and reasons are left unexplained and might very well be too alien to comprehend.
  • In Spite of a Nail: Every single loop ends up with Beacon getting destroyed one way or another. No matter what Jaune does, he just can't get the metaphorical nail to really matter. Though it can be mostly attributed to Fate manipulating events so that they end up close enough to the original timeline.
  • Interrupted Intimacy: While he's recovering from fighting Roman Torchwick, Jaune's and Ruby's teams walk in on him and Beacon's doctor having sex.
  • Irony:
    • Jaune initially had a crush on Weiss in his first life. Weiss falls in love with him for the first time in his most recent loop.
    • The loop where Jaune tries his damnedest to stay out of things to prepare for the next loop is the one where he finally succeeds and breaks free.
  • Jerkass Façade: In order to avoid getting his classmates attached to him, as well as boost his chances of getting expelled from Beacon, Jaune decides to fend them away by pretending to be a lazy, racist Jerkass, who casually seduces random women, doesn't give a damn about his teammates and dishes out spoilers without a warning. It works for a while, until they realize just how much Jaune cares about them. He ends up being perceived as Jerk with a Heart of Gold by most of the cast.
  • Jerkass Gods: Fate is determined to screw Jaune over forever.
  • Killed Offscreen: Roman Torchwick gets killed by Jaune, but the act itself is never shown. Mercury and Emerald both die during The Battle of Beacon, also offscreen.
  • Leader Wannabe: Weiss, as in canon, albeit the situation is a bit different. She detests the fact that Jaune, who initially appeared to be nothing but a Lazy Bum was made a team leader instead of her and wants to assume this role herself. Unlike Ruby in canon, Jaune is actually willing to hand the leadership over to Weiss, partially so that he can avoid the spotlight, but also to simply save himself effort. Weiss eventually changes her mind and decides to make Jaune into a worthy leader instead, much to his annoyance.
  • Love at First Sight: Defied. After falling for Pyrrha and losing her countless times, Jaune started taking steps to ensure that no chemistry occurs between them anymore. In the current loop, their first meeting consisted of Jaune bumping into Pyrrha and refusing to help her up, or even talk to her in any meaningful way.
  • Mental Time Travel: The nature of Jaune's repeats. His mind is the only thing that travels back in time after death, while his body is just as young - and weak - as it originally was in a given point in time. Jaune even lacks muscle memory he previously built up, making it hard for him to properly utilise all his experience.
  • Missing Steps Plan: Ruby's plan to "fix" Jaune sounds pretty good, except for the middle part.
    Phase one was figuring out was wrong with [Jaune], phase two was something or other, and phase three was Jaune being happy and everyone being best friends.
  • Mutual Kill: Even though neither of them intended it, Jaune and Adam end up pulling this off during the Battle of Beacon.
  • Never-Forgotten Skill: Over his many repeats, Jaune has picked up a number of useful skills, such as being able to remove his presence, hacking, picking pockets, etc.
  • Nightmare Sequence: Jaune experiences nightmares of his loved ones dying every night, usually in ways they died in a previous repeat.
  • Not Afraid to Die: Even when faced with the possibility of dying pernamently, Jaune doesn't feel any fear. Apparently, death is much less scary the thousandth time around.
  • Not So Different: Adam Taurus points out how similar he and Jaune are during their duel, with both men being wholly dedicated to fighting for something they believe to be near impossible. Unusually for this trope, it is not a What the Hell, Hero? moment, nor is there a We Can Rule Together offer attached to it - it's just a simple observation on Adam's part. Jaune agrees with that, but remains equally opposed to Adam as well.
  • Oblivious to Love: Even after spending the good part of the last millennium mostly around women, forming multiple relationships over the years and knowing the girl in question inside out, Jaune still manages to fall under this trope when Weiss develops an affection towards him. In his experience, Weiss falling in love with him is something that simply doesn't happen, so it catches Jaune - and only Jaune - completely by surprise.
  • Obvious Rule Patch: Every time Jaune spars in Glynda's class, she's forced to add another rule banning something he's done. Occasionally, she adds a rule before he even does anything.
  • O.O.C. Is Serious Business: The first time Jaune calls Blake by her real name is to call her out on defending the White Fang as "misunderstood".
  • Peggy Sue: The basic premise of the story, albeit it is strongly played on and Deconstructed - see Reality Ensues below.
  • Psychological Projection: Whenever some character tries to understand Jaune's psyche, they tend to project themselves onto him and base their explanations on that. For example, Ruby attributes his behaviour to having lost somebody ealier in life, while Blake suspects he has some dark past he is hiding. Perhaps worryingly, Adam Taurus has gotten closest to the truth, seeing Jaune as a single-minded Well-Intentioned Extremist, who will do anything to achieve his goals.
  • Powers That Be: Although it is hardly all-powerful, Fate fits this trope due to being an impersonal entity with godlike capabilities.
  • Reality Ensues: This trope heavily hinders Jaune in his mission to save Remnant from Cinder, as well as in other situations.
    • After dying for the first time, Jaune knows about the villains' Evil Plan, so stopping them should be fairly easy right? Wrong. He can't just give all his information to Ozpin or other authority figure, as each time they either dismiss him or take him for an enemy spy. He can't stop Cinder's faction on his own either - even with all the foreknowledge and the support of his friends, he is simply not strong enough to take down the entire terrorist organization, at least before they inflict irreparable damage and doom his loved ones either way. He is therefore forced to try out new and intricate plans in order to hinder his enemies, only to fail at the end each and every single time.
    • You'd think that, with centuries of experience under his belt, Jaune would be some sort of unstoppable badass... until you realise that skill alone doesn't really mean that much. Despite Jaune being arguably more skilled than any of his classmates, their superior physique, weaponry and semblances enable them to hold their own against him and, in case of Pyrrha, utterly outclass him even still. And that's not even getting to the villains.
      • A bigger problem is that thanks to the nature of the loops, only Jaune's mind is sent back. His body doesn't get altered in the slightest, meaning that each and every time, if he wants to fight, he has to learn it all again from step one.
    • Having lived through the same events over and over again means that Jaune can usually prepare for them and deal with them better than he would otherwise... but it also means that, when something different happens, he is left woefully unprepared and may even unwittingly make things worse than originally. It nearly costs Blake's life at one point.
    • Jaune's plan of getting expelled from Beacon involves pulling out a colossal Jerkass Façade in order to make everyone dislike him as much as possible. Here's the thing though: You can only be so rude towards people you spent decades being friends with and dedicated your life to protect. In the end, Jaune comes off as more of a Jerk with a Heart of Gold than an actual Jerkass.
    • Jaune's and Yang's Bar Brawl results in both of them facing jail time and massive fines to pay for the damages. The only way to get out of both is for Jaune to enroll so Ozpin can claim it was a fight between students.
  • Really Gets Around: Through his many, many repeats, Jaune has gotten pretty good at convincing certain women to sleep with him. It is one of the rare male examples where such behavior isn't treated as something to be proud of. Most characters find it disgusting, and the narrative paints it more as a coping habit for Jaune than anything else.
  • Really 700 Years Old: Physically, Jaune is a perfectly normal teenager. Mentally, he might be well over one thousand years old - he lost track of time a long time ago.
  • Refusal of the Call: Jaune desperately tries to refuse every call that destiny gives him by refusing to apply to Beacon and attempting to get himself expelled once he gets drafted. Since he knows that he has no real chance of winning against Cinder, it's hard to blame him. It later turns out Jaune has been unwittingly falling into this trope in all of his repeats by not accepting any of his friends' deaths, thus not allowing the intended course of events to occur.
  • Resurrective Immortality: Jaune has a version of this causing him to undergo a Mental Time Travel each time his body dies. Although there is no telling whether or not that would work if he died before the initiation.
  • Running Gag:
    • Jaune never calls Blake by her real name, or at least, not until the dock incident.
    • Yang jokingly calls Jaune and Weiss "Dad" and "Mom". Later Blake joins her, with even Ruby's team referring to Jaune and Weiss as Yang's and Blake's parents.
    • No one on Team JWBY aka "Team Jazzberry" likes the name.
  • Sacrificial Lion: It turns out there is an In-Universe case. Fate needs somebody to die during the Fall of Beacon, other than Jaune that is, for some unclear and likely incomprehensible reason. In all the previous timelines this role was bestowed on Pyrrha, but apparently Weiss works just as well.
  • Screw Destiny: See the title. Jaune never ceases in his attempts to create the perfect ending for himself and his friends, even when it becomes clear that he is somehow destined to fail. In the finale, the "Fate" finally gives up and gives him what he wanted.
  • Shell-Shocked Veteran: Jaune Arc has spent over a thousand years stuck in a "Groundhog Day" Loop fighting and dying. When he's sent back over two years before Beacon, he's constantly tired, has a noticeable thousand yard stare, and accidentally hitting his younger sister when she surprised him, Jaune has no idea how he's supposed to comfort her, instead simply staring at her in confusion. Later chapters also show him suffering from night terrors and a Bar Brawl with Yang causes him to flashback to his previous death to Cinder.
  • Shoot the Shaggy Dog: In the finale Jaune delivers his family to safety, helps Weiss defeat Cinder and personally kills Adam Taurus... only to die from the wounds, wake up in his bed for the nth time and suffer a mental breakdown. Luckily, the last chapter undoes the last part via some time manipulation.
  • Shout-Out: Early in the story Jaune mentions that no matter what he did he never got the opportunity to sleep with Glynda Goodwitch, nor does he think it's an outcome he could manage. Guess he never tried being a teacher, because that's Exactly what ends up happening in Professor Arc, one of the authors other stories.
  • Someone Has to Die: Fall Maiden candidate needs to be killed by Cinder for Fate to be satisfied. After Weiss recieves the power and learns about the nautre of Jaune's repeats, she accepts this role, hoping that her friends will get to live.
  • Spanner in the Works: Though he doesn't realize it, Ozpin tends to screw over Jaune's plan to live out a loop in peace so he can have more time to prepare next loop.
  • Spared By Adaptation: Jaune's main goal is to invoke this by recreating the original timeline but with all his friends getting to live. He succeeds in the current loop, as Pyrrha, Ozpin and presumably Penny all survive the Battle of Beacon.
  • Spotting the Thread: Roman figures out Jaune is an imposter because he, however grudgingly, called him "sir" when prompted. According to Roman, no White Fang member would do that.
  • Stations of the Canon: Despite his best efforts, Jaune goes through the same events as he did in an original timeline, such as the initiaton, trip to Forever Fall or the Breach, and with largely similar outcomes at that. Justified, since Fate was manipulating the events from the start in order to create a desirable scenario.
  • Suckiness Is Painful: Jaune's guitar solo is described as utterly horryfying and downright painful to listen to. Somewhat justified, as Jaune is actively trying to play awfully, as to annoy everybody present.
  • Sympathy for the Hero: Fate appears to be at least somewhat regretful about killing Jaune over and over again. After it realises that its plans can never be fulfilled, it gives Weiss and Jaune their happy ending, seemingly only from sympathy.
  • Tell Me How You Fight: Jaune's fighting style combines recklessness with a number of underhanded tactics. It is also suited less for combating Grimm and more for fighting, or more specifically, killing people. Several characters pick up on this, drawing grim - and not entirely incorrect - conclusions about Jaune's nature.
  • There Are No Therapists: Averted. All of the teachers at Beacon possess at least some training in psychiatry should students need it.
  • Time Travelers are Spies: It's noted that Jaune's attempts to go to authority figures like Ozpin or Ironwood in previous loops just got him arrested on these grounds.
  • Title Drop: The titular line gets used by Weiss in the final chapter, just as she is about to enact her plan to defy Fate and save Jaune
  • Took a Level in Cynic: Centuries of failure has caused Jaune to take a couple dozen of these. By the time the story starts, he has no hope of saving his friends as it will happen eventually, after gods know how much more pain and strife; not that it makes him any less determined to save them.
  • Troll: Jaune repeatedly uses his foreknowledge and experience to mess with people around him. Sometimes it serves some hidden purpose, like appearing less dangerous in their eyes or avoiding a difficult topic in a conversation, but he just as often trolls people for the sake of it.
  • The Unchosen One: Fittingly for a story about subverting fate, Weiss manages to not only take Pyrrha's role as a Fall Maiden candidate, but also manages to kill Cidner - something that the embodiment of destiny desperately tried to prevent her from doing.
  • Underestimating Badassery: A number of characters severely underestimate Jaune's abilities. Some of them, like Cardin, are Entertainingly Wrong due to not knowing how skilled he is. Others, like the White Fang mooks who don't bother to restrain Jaune after kidnapping and drugging him border on being Too Dumb to Live.
  • Undying Loyalty: This is the one weak point in Jaune's Jerkass Façade. He simply won't abandon his friends, not in the long run, nor the short one. In the end, they are the reason he is still going after all the torment he's been through.
  • The Unfettered: Jaune aims to defeat Cinder and save his friends. Everything and everyone else, including Jaune himself, may be sacrificed for that purpose if need be and giving up is simply not an option.
  • Unscrupulous Hero: Throughout the many repeats, Jaune has used many questionable to downright despicable means to try and save Beacon and his friends, some of which include threatening to execute Melanie, planting a bomb in Cinder's room in Beacon, and trying to have Atlas declare martial law.
  • Unstoppable Rage: Jaune, when pushed too far in battle, usually against the bad guys, goes completely berserk. The narrator even says that his vision turns red. Torchwick at one point compares him to a berserker.
  • Villain Has a Point: While it does little to justify his actions, Adam makes a fair point about Jaune not being much better than him. He also gets Jaune to reluctantly agree that Blake is something of a Karma Houdini after all the crimes she has committed.
  • Weak, but Skilled: In his most recent incarnation Jaune has about a thousand years of combat experience but very little physical training, which puts him somewhere around the level of his teammates. Taken Up to Eleven when his aura stops working, making him vulnerable to dying from a single hit.
  • Wham Line: At the end of chapter 46, Weiss makes a request to Jaune:
    Let me die.
  • Wild Card: Ozpin sees Jaune as such, failing to make any sense of his actions. In reality, Jaune is driven by Undying Loyalty to his friends and is there fore anything but this trope.
  • You Cannot Grasp the True Form: Fate is presented as an alien and incomprenhesible entity which isn't even capable of assuming A Form You Are Comfortable With. When it "talks" with Weiss, it is unable to engage in a verbal conversation and telepathically conveys its emotions instead.
  • You Can't Fight Fate: When Jaune decides to not enter Beacon for once, over the next two years he runs into every member of Teams RWBY, CRDL, CVFY, JNPR, Ozpin, Glynda, and Emerald. Eventually he's forced to enroll to spare Yang and himself from several years in prison.
    • This is actually the premise of the entire story. The loops are happening because Fate itself is trying to get a specific outcome. Jaune just keeps respawning because he thinks he's suppose to stop Cinder when that isn't what Fate wants. Surprisingly, it eventually gives in and allows the characters to have the outcome they want instead.

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