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"The Reds & Blues of Blood Gulch, amazing the sane every day!"
Yang Xiao Long, summing up the series as a whole

React Watch Believe Yikes is a RWBY fanfic by UknownHero which starts with team RWBY stuck all alone in an empty Beacon over the summer with absolutely nothing to do. At least until Ruby reveals that she somehow found the full collection of the Red vs. Blue videos and suggests they watch it. Meanwhile, Jaune finds some Red vs Blue songs and team JNPR encounters a mysterious woman conveniently named Tex. Hilarity Ensues. The story follows the reactions of the team as they proceed to watch the seasons in order, adding on their own side splitting commentary and hanging enough lampshades to open their own store. The author goes to great pains to be accurate to the format of the original show, reading out scene descriptions and perspective changes as if describing a screenplay, which he is, because it all comes from the transcript on the wiki. The series is currently up to Season 8 (Revelation).


UknownHero has also written a "side story" titled Red vs. Blue: Reaction, where the Reds and Blues post-season 10 cast, plus post-season 5 Church and Tex, post-Project Freelancer Carolina, season 11 Donut and Doc, near-season 11 finale Washington (yeah, Time Travel is involved) watch…RWBY.

One of the fics featured in the RWBY Meta Fic Weiss Reacts.

On 10/17/2016 This fanfic was taken down by Archive of Our Own and FanFiction.Net due to unspecified "Legal Reasons". As a result this fanfiction is effectively gone to the ages. Full discussion here.

On 10/24/2016, UknownHero was able to upload the story on AO3 again after getting in touch with Rooster Teeth and receiving explicit permission from them to continue writing it, but remains removed from FanFiction.Net. The link to the story has been updated to direct you to its home on AO3.


The fic had not updated after November of 2017, and due to the infamous hiatus' its known for, the fic was presumed Dormant... Only for it to suddenly update again in March of 2019, UknownHero himself admitting he had lost interest in it, but intends to finish it in 2019. Also admitting he updated it just to spite this very page and the troper who edited it for marking the story as Dormant. Despite this claim however, the fic hadn't updated by 2020. Soon after, it would be marked as "completed" where it currently is at 77 chapters, leaving the plot Left Hanging and making the fic all but confirmed dead.invoked


React Watch Believe Yikes contains examples of:

  • Aborted Arc: When the fic was brought back from dormancy, the remaining plot threads were dropped in favor of focusing on the main story.
  • Abusive Parents: Weiss's appear to be somewhat worse than in canon, saying that friends are pointless and working hard to train their daughter to take over the family business in the future, much to the girl's chagrin.
  • All Your Powers Combined: Played with by Quirky Ruby. She randomly and sometimes rapidly shifts between all the previous incarnations of Ruby. This allows her to unintentionally combine the traits of her incarnations and perform feats she couldn't otherwise.
  • And Now for Someone Completely Different: The JNPR side chapters.
  • Anything That Moves: Perverted Ruby. People she's hit on include Qrow, Yang, a female student teacher and a dog.
  • Ascended Fanboy: The author often uses jokes suggested by reviewers in the story, making sure to credit each joke to its creator note 
    • Along with the jokes the author throws in suggested by readers, with Reconstruction having no episode titles, he takes suggestions from reviewers. The author inserted the first 3 chapter names, however.
  • Bandage Mummy: Blake mostly spends the second season in a full body cast.
  • Berserk Button: Each girl has one of her own to be irritated by in the show. In season two, Yang has the bad luck to be a living berserk button for Bitch!Ruby.
    • For Creepy!Ruby it's people trying to take Crescent Rose from her, trying to do this gets Yang Tsukoyomi'd.
    • For Weiss it's being compared to Church. She's constantly denying her connection to him, despite all the evidence.
    • For Noire, it's threatening the life of a child. She curses out a storm when Church casually talks about killing Junior. And when Sister casually mentioned how many abortions she had, well....lets just say her rant involved a lot of threats and swearing, with 47 of those words being fuck.
  • Big "NO!": When the gang return to Blood Gulch at the end of season 3, Weiss ends up doing one that would make Grif jealous.
  • Big Word Shout: Yang gives a scream of "WHY?" after Sheila is blown up.
  • Bound and Gagged: The plan to deal with Perverted Ruby. Unfortunately, they catch the real one first.
    • Plan C for Ninja!Ruby ...It sorta works.
    • Weiss later gets tied up by Noire for some breast play.
  • Breaking the Bonds: The girls end up taping Yang to a chair for one episode. She's free by the end.
  • Breaking the Fourth Wall: Noire. Constantly to refer to jokes sent by Ascended Fanboys of the fanfic.
  • Breast Expansion: When Noire takes over Blake's body, her cup size somehow goes up.
  • Bring My Brown Pants: A sufficiently-angered Yang is enough to scare even Ruby's bitchy side to this.
    • Done again to everyone but Ruby when her creepy phase starts laughing.
    • Taken Up to Eleven when Yang is seriously traumatized by Creepy Ruby's phase and has a brief moment expelling every possible bodily fluid before spending the rest of the chapter wetting herself in terror for an amount of urine far in excess of that which the human body can produce.
  • Butt-Monkey: Blake for the season two viewing. She gets horribly injured by Ruby, put in a body cast to heal and generally gets ignored and neglected by her teammates.
    • Iron Butt-Monkey: Yang tends to take a lot of physical abuse for humor's sake as well. And it borders on Postmodernism, as Yang insulting Earth (i.e. saying Texas "sounds like a dumb place to live") leads to abuse by an offscreen entity called "RT".
  • Cabin Fever: Half the humor is derived from the team driving each other crazy without other people to interact with.
  • Calling Your Attacks: Perverted Ruby's "Rose Break" ability.
  • Call-Forward: A number of jokes and lines reference events from later in the series.
  • Catchphrase: Weiss uses the 'of all time' line early on in the story. One wonders how she will react when Wash drops the line for himself in the future.
    • She reacts rather badly… badly enough to unlock her Aura Mode and cause a blizzard in the middle of summer, destroying half of Forever Fall and freezing all of Emerald Forest in the process.
    • Perverted Ruby and Blake take up Tucker's "Bow Chicka Bow Wow" as well.
    • "Meow Chicka Meow Meow" becomes Noire's catchphrase in Season 7.
  • Cat Fight: Yang gets into one with…herself. Okay, it's actually with Weiss, whose soul is inside her body.
  • Cat Girl: Besides Blake, Weiss gets donned in catgirl garb at one point as well. She doesn't find it amusing.
  • Cluster F-Bomb/Obligatory Swearing: In comparison to the original show, this team RWBY is very free with their thoughts. Given who they are watching, this is understandable, but it can be a bit jarring given how curse-free the original show is.
    • After Sister mentioned how many abortions she had, Noire ranted about what she would do, and said fuck 47 times.
  • Character Development: In the form of a backstory for Yang. Little is known about her in the show aside from her being Ruby's sister, but here it is learned that she ran away from home at a young age (read: 5) because her Abusive Parents were keeping her hair short. She later finds out that those weren't her parents, but her grandparents. Her parents had placed her with them for protection due to their dangerous job as Hunter and Huntress. She also learns that they died in a plane crash while looking for her.
    • At the beginning, Ruby was so unused to death on the job that Church getting blown up sent her into a panic. By the time the first mini-series rolls around, she ends up coming to accept it.
  • Chickification: Compared to their canon selves, the girls are more easily frightened and grossed out. They're still fairly competent when the situation calls for it.
  • Companion Cube: Ruby has a pet rock from when she couldn't have a puppy. She named it Terra-chan. Also, Yang named her bike Moto-kun.
  • Continuity Drift: Given the writer started just after Volume 1, there are many contradictions to what happens later in RWBY: for instance, Ruby never had a pet (she has a dog), and Yang is her adoptive sister (they're half siblings) and both have lost their parents (both of Yang's, including Ruby's father, are alive).
  • Continuity Nod: All over the place, from both series.
  • Covert Pervert: Blake, in contrast to her Canon counterpart's single moment of embarrassment over a private book, here reacts... rather strongly to the numerous innuendos made by the characters. Not helped in season two due to her being stuck in a full body cast.
  • Crack Fic: It's in the tag, and the author tried to (most likely) justify fic's OOC-ness with this.
  • Creepy Child: Creepy!Ruby, she can do some things that are...really scary, and scared someone to death literally. She apparently speaks in multi-layered voices and cries like a banshee. Her team agrees to put her in a coma after the 4th season.
  • Cute Ghost Girl: After being scare shitless by Creepy!Ruby, Weiss spends the rest of Season 4 as this.
  • Dangerous Forbidden Technique: Aura mode. It pumps up the user a lot at the cost of aura strength and energy. In Ruby's case, it even causes blood loss and is fatal if used too long.
  • A Date with Rosie Palms: The trope name is referenced in regards to Tucker's love life, but we do learn a bit about what the girls do during their alone time as well.
  • Dear Negative Reader: The author gets a little snippy in his notes when people start making demands or rudely question certain elements.
  • Death Glare: Ruby can pull one off, known as the "Death Glare of Cute" due to her not really having a killer face.
  • Denser and Wackier: As the fic progresses, the antics the girls get into get further off-the-wall and bizarre.
  • Disabled in the Adaptation: Ruby has Multiple Personality Disorder in this story.
  • The Dreaded: The Meta seems to be shaping up to this for Team RWBY, due having no motive other than gaining more power. Plus, with it being able to plan complex operations, and being all around elusive and hard to kill, they estimate that it might take half of Beacon just to bring it down. There own ways of describing the Meta pretty much hammers it home.
    Ruby: A monster.
    Weiss: Insane.
    Blake: A power hungry walking tank.
    Yang: A product of some pretty fucked up shit.
  • Did You Get a New Haircut?: Ruby's first reaction to Weiss as a ghost.
  • Drives Like Crazy: Nora. To clarify this, Team RWBY's motto is "Never wait for your day to come, make it come." Team CRDL's motto is "The brightest light comes from the strongest weapon." What was Team JNPR's motto? "Never let Nora Valkyrie drive. Ever. We're serious, never let her drive unless you want to die."
  • Eagleland: Type 1. RT is generally roused by insulting remarks about Earth in general, but particularly America. Since RT is supposed to be Rooster Teeth, which is an American company, this makes sense.
  • Epic Fail: Sun somehow gets minus 20 million points in Time Crisis and on top of this he somehow manages to shoot himself in the foot in real life.
  • Even Bad Men Love Their Mamas: Yang puts up with a lot from Ruby's nasty side, but one comment about her dead mom pushes her to her limit.
  • Even Evil Has Standards: When watching the scene where Tex uses Caboose as target practice, Blake comments that The White Fang wouldn't do such a thing to their own teammates.
    • Ruby silently comments that Cinder Falls would likely gag at Wyoming's plan to use Junior to enslave an alien religion.
  • Evil Brit: Yang becomes one when she's enraged, which is only stopped when the other girls sing a quick musical number.
  • Evil Laugh: Noire does one now and again. One got interrupted by a hairball.
    • Creepy!Ruby also did this at one point. It caused Weiss, Blake and Yang to get a change of underwear.
  • Face Palm: A frequent reaction from Weiss.
  • Fetish
    • Blake is apparently into bondage, yaoi, a little bit of tentacle porn, maybe yuri and used to be into bestiality.
    • Ruby's weapon love is exaggerated to sexual levels. She's apparently masturbated to weapon pictures. Later notes suggest this may no longer be canon.
    • Yang is into vehicles, violence and English accents.
    • Weiss is into shark plushies. No, not sharks; shark plushies.
  • First Kiss: Weiss, upon getting her body back, kisses Yang on the cheek for helping her. An ill-timed movement of Yang's head ended up being this for both of them.
  • Flanderization: Done to the point of ridiculousness with team RWBY, though obviously Played for Laughs.
  • Flat "What": Used a few times.
  • The Fourth Wall Will Not Protect You: Inverted and played with. Whenever Yang insults some of the choices made by the staff, she suffers Bolt of Divine Retribution style. When Blake praises their more creative choices, she ends up reward with erotic books and expensive tuna. Both of these are implied to come from Rooster Teeth themselves, making this a case of the creators interacting with fan fiction versions of their own characters for viewing a real product of theirs.
  • Gamer Chick: Unknown to her teammates, Weiss is this. A stark contrast to her pure heiress appearance.
    • Yang makes several Keyblade jokes about Tucker's sword
  • Genre Savvy: Weiss is the queen of this, with Blake as a close second.
  • Gone Horribly Right: Meta example. The author intended for the Bitch Ruby phase to be hated early on. However, he succeeded a bit too well with garnering hatred when Ruby ended up beating Blake, as noted under the Dude, Not Funny! entry.
    • Bitch Ruby attempted to get Yang mad enough to free her from a suit of armor. She succeeded and nearly got herself clobbered for it.
  • Grand Theft Me: Noire's ultimate plan was to permanently possess Blake's body.
  • Gratuitous Japanese: Pervert Ruby and Noire refer to others with Japanese suffixes.
  • Head Desk: Pulled off a few times, once as an Un Sound Effect.
  • Heroic BSoD: While the quartet might experience it out of disbelief of what's on screen, one such case was when their attempt at using their Scrolls to ask for help gets cut short.
  • I Ate WHAT?!:
    • Weiss eats expired cereal at one point, and has to rush to the bathroom when she finds out.
    • And then Blake and Yang after they realized that the cupcakes Creepy Ruby made from them are made out of Grimm.
  • I Knew It!: In-universe. Tied into Weiss's genre savviness, she often calls events before they happen.
  • Inexplicable Cultural Ties: Given Remnant is not Earth, the girls don't catch some cultural references and find the U.S. state names ridiculous. That being said, they access our universe's Wikipedia and Halo Wiki, and apparently some media is present in their world too (i.e. Weiss being a recovering Call of Duty addict and Yang knowing all about Kingdom Hearts).
  • Insane Troll Logic: When the subject of Tucker's ethnicity comes up, the girls start arguing over what it is. Yang somehow concludes he's a Pokémon.
  • Insistent Terminology: A rather serious argument erupts between the girls over the name of the Red's jeep, with Weiss and Yang liking Puma while Ruby and Blake prefer Warthog. They agree to call it the chupathingy after a two hour long argument. Becomes a bit of a Brick Joke later as the teams silently obsess over who is right.
  • Jizzed in My Pants: Yang's reaction to seeing Sheila. Later, Blake's reaction when the Ho Yay starts kicking in.
  • Lame Pun Reaction: Happens whenever Yang channels her inner Barbara.
  • Leaning on the Fourth Wall: "The team, now interested in how the events of Red vs. Blue turn out, decided to keep going, despite the movie looking like something out of an old video game."
  • Let Us Never Speak of This Again: Said by Ruby to Yang after the younger girl accidentally lands on her sister's assets.
    • Later said by Yang when Weiss and her end up sharing a kiss.
  • Lethal Chef: Yang once managed to get her team burned for a week from trying to bake bread.
    • Blake somehow managed to make a sandwich so bad, it required the entire school to be evacuated.
  • Magic Knight: Weiss literally becomes this in Aura Mode, her aura taking the shape of a knight's armor and her rapier becomes a BFS, which unleashes massive blasts of ice to freeze everything around her. She can even make it snow in summer.
  • Mama Bear: Noire is very protective of children, she gets very angry at Church for threatening Junior and goes on a ballistic profanity infused rant after Sister's "7 abortions" line.
  • Medium Awareness: Noire is very aware they're in a fanfic and interacts with the audience in the author's notes.
  • Mood Whiplash: Chapter 55. It starts out like any other JNPR and they sing two of the funniest songs in Red vs Blue. Next thing you know Pyrrha kills someone with no remorse.
  • MST: In a way, as the characters comment (sometimes, only in thought) on what they're watching.
  • Multiple Endings: Much like Red vs Blue's fifth season, the fic closes its fifth season viewing with endings based on the show.
    • Alien Abduction: Following the alien invasion ending, the girls are all abducted by aliens.
    • All Just a Dream/Here We Go Again!: After the ending where Church was just knocked out, Ruby wakes up only for the opening of the story to start playing out again.
    • Kill 'Em All: In the ending where the Reds and Blues kill each other in a fight, the girls are all killed by a crashing airship.
    • Sudden Downer Ending: The real ending fakes out with one of these. Weiss snaps and screams about how much the experience has made her hate all of them. Ruby slams her into the wall hard enough to break bones and disbands the team. The others leave and Weiss is left to break down in tears.
    • "Where Are They Now?" Epilogue: The team has one after the same ending in the show. They all do pretty well for themselves.
  • Mummy Wrap: Blake manages to catch Ruby in one when she's in her "Ninja" phase.
  • Never My Fault: Yang (and Weiss in her body) blame Blake for their predicament (because they can't blame Creepy Ruby because she…well, creepy).
  • Never Speak Ill of the Dead: Averted. The implied death of Sarge and Simmons in episode 28.5 has the girls cheering with joy.
  • Nice Hat: After unintentionally making an Achievement Hunter joke, Yang is rewarded with a little crown.
  • Noodle Incident: Yang seems to have quite a few of them, probably due to her brash and aggressive attitude toward combat.
    • The team as a whole has several due to the time skip between the end of Vol. 1 and the when the fic starts.
  • Not Afraid to Die: Ruby's nonchalance towards death in the original show, mentioned only in passing, is treated rather seriously here. Yang wants to keep her exposure to it at a minimum, but Weiss rightly points out that she's in an occupation where death is a possibility every day and she needs to accept it now before it becomes a problem on the battlefield.
  • Not So Different: Church and Weiss. Much to the latter's annoyance.
  • The Nudifier: Perverted Ruby's Rose Break move.
  • Official Couple: Hinted with Jaune and Pyrrha.
  • Oh, Crap!: Happens very often due to the excessive reactions each girl has to the antics of the soldiers of Blood Gulch. Becomes much more serious whenever Ruby suffers a real injury.
  • Omniglot: Blake is capable of speaking nine different languages, something she attributes to her time in the White Fang to send hidden messages. This is lampshaded when she criticizes Donut for thinking he could master Spanish in just four years of classes and the others question how she learned as many as she does. Later revealed to be Noire who knew the languages, not Blake. When asked how she learned them, she quickly changed the subject.
  • Only Sane Man: Weiss and Blake, when not angry at the Reds and Blues, are much more stable than their two team members, though this may be dropped at any time for the sake of humor.
    • As of chapter 32, Blake assumes the only sane ones left are herself and Ruby. But after Noire points herself out, Blake reiterates it to just Ruby…who for the record is undergoing multiple personalities.
  • Our Ghosts Are Different: After Creepy Ruby's first appearance, at the end of their first watching session with her, Weiss was apparently so scared by Creepy Ruby her soul apparently exited her body.
  • Panty Shot: Weiss gets a good look under Ruby's dress when the latter leans a bit too far over.
  • Ping-Pong Naïveté: Ruby's exact level of sexual knowledge varies based on her dominant personality.
  • Produce Pelting: A common reaction to Yang's puns.
    • Taken up to eleven with the fruit cannon.
  • Rage Quit: 3/4s of the team does this at one point after a particularly bad attempt by Sarge to justify crediting Simmons.
  • Required Secondary Powers: Yang is immune to burning and fire damage, as necessitated by her flame-themed powers. Getting hit by fire attacks still hurts, though.
  • Remember the New Guy?: After Ruby and Yang's dog Zwei was introduced in the actual series, the girls start mentioning him, even though the fic originally established that they never had a pet. Ditto mentions of Taiyang Xiao Long, when the show revealing the girls' father contradicted the fic saying both were orphans (with Yang being adopted).
  • Rouge Angles of Satin: Present at times, most blatantly when referring to the tank "Shelia" (even worse when the misspelling appears along the transcription featuring the correct name...) - and adequate to the trope name, "rouges" is quite common too.
  • Rule of Funny: Runs almost exclusively on this.
  • Running Gag: The girls edging away from the others when they do something disturbing.
    • Also, the girls asking where Noire's shock collar is, followed by her dodging the question or answering in puzzle form (she eventually reveals it in a Fun with Acronyms way - [[spoiler:it spells U.R.E.T.H.R.A.).
  • Scary Impractical Armor: At one point, Ruby builds herself an imposing suit of armor to protect herself from her teammates. But the darn thing is too heavy to move or even get out of.
  • Serious Business: The debate over calling the jeep a Warthog or a Puma ends with the teacher's lounge in shambles.
  • Sharing a Body: After requesting Creepy Ruby to get her back into her body, Weiss is sent…right into Yang's.
  • Shout-Out: One of the songs used to calm Yang down is the sixth season opening to Naruto. Songs from Persona and Adventure Time eventually appear as well.
    • When Tucker makes a plumber porn joke, Yang questions who would get together with a plumber. Weiss gives the obvious (and correct) answer of Princess Peach.
    • Perverted Ruby's "Rose Break" skill allows her to vaporize the clothing of her targets. Yang is mentioned to regret letting her watch High School D×D, where she got the idea from.
  • Skilled, but Naïve: Played up with Ruby. She's confirmed the deadliest of the four, but is dumb enough to mistake a Playboy for being about actual bunnies and still thinks babies come via Delivery Stork. And her interpretation on abortion is that stork being shot.
  • Skinship Grope: Ruby's pervy and cuddly sides love to give these out. It's apparently how Yang got her breasts as large as they are.
    • Unsurprisingly, Noire likes these as well.
  • Slapstick Knows No Gender: And how! With plenty of Amusing Injuries, to boot.
  • Split Personality: Ruby is revealed to have several and each one becomes dominant per season.
    • Later, Blake develops one named Noire, who represents her repressed perverted desires.
  • Split-Personality Takeover: The real Ruby is still in there somewhere and at one point is against the bitchy Ruby persona taking over.
    • Noire seems able to control Blake for a brief moment at a time and later dominates her for Season 5. She wanted to make it permanent.
  • Strange Minds Think Alike: Besides their amusingly similar thoughts with the show, the girls have some surprisingly in-sync thoughts with each other at times.
  • Stock Shoutouts: Yang's Big Word Shout leads Pyrrha to comment that she feels a disturbance in the Aura.
  • Super Window Jump: Episode 28.5 drives Yang to throwing herself out the window.
  • That Reminds Me of a Song: Creepy Ruby sudden bursts into song when inspired by Donut.
  • This Is Unforgivable!: The girls' reaction to South shooting Washington In the Back. Ruby even states that if they could, they would hunt her down like a Creature of Grimm.
  • To Be Continued... Right Now: One chapter appears to end with Ruby and Noire offering to help Weiss and Yang deal with the effects of an aphrodisiac and allowing the viewer to decide if they accept or not, only to have Weiss reject the offer a few line breaks later.
  • Toilet Humour: There are a notable but not overwhelming number of jokes concerning urination, farts and other bodily functions.
  • Too Much Information: More often than not, Creepy!\Perverted!Ruby and Noire will have such a sentence that will disgust the others.
  • Took a Level in Dumbass: Yang is much slower on the uptake than in canon.
  • Took a Level in Jerkass: The entirety of Team RWBY is more brash and agressive towards each other (verbally and physically) than in canon, specially Bitchy Ruby, who inspired by a banned anime prefers to solve things with her fists.
  • Unsportsmanlike Gloating: Weiss is prone to this when she gets too heavily into a game.
  • Unstoppable Rage: Everyone gets this at some point, but the crowning achievement goes to Weiss, who, once she hears Washington use the "...Of all time" Catchphrase she's been throwing around all throughout the fic, gets so angry she activates her own Aura Mode, more or less reduces half of Forever Fall to nothingness and turns Emerald Forest into a winter wonderland. This was after she made Ludicrous Gibs of an Alpha Beowolf.
  • Wrong Assumption: The girls have no idea the show they're watching is a comedy. Thus they get constantly annoyed, if not downright angry, at how the people of Red vs. Blue are incompetent and mean.
  • What Measure Is a Non-Human?: Possibly invoked. Before moving on with "Don't Ph34r the Reaper", Yang and Weiss argue on whether or not to let Ruby watch the episode, where Church is killed for the first time. Yang is promptly against it as she doesn't want Ruby to witness death as she is still apparently dealing with the loss of her mother. Weiss argues that Ruby has already killed hundreds of Grimm at this point and likely has the highest body count compared to the rest of them so she should be used to the concept of death by now.
  • Why Did It Have to Be Snakes?: Blake has a serious fear of ghosts. Church's ghost form has her hiding under the chair when he first appeared.
  • Yaoi Fangirl: Blake, as part of her Covert Pervert tendencies.
  • You Look Familiar: Whenever there's a character whose voice actor is also part of the ''RWBY'' cast, the girls will be shocked. invoked

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