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BlazBlue Alternative: Remnant is a crossover between BlazBlue and RWBY written by ssjSega/MetropolisMCU, who also wrote The Silver Raven, and was inspired by Aura of the Azure and Against Despair.

The story is a retelling of RWBY, but the setting is fused with that of BlazBlue, as characters of the latter series become part of the main plot, and by extension, causes it to diverge as different teams form, new bonds are made, and new dangers are faced.

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The fic can be read on Fanfiction Dot Net here, on Archive of Our Own here, on SpaceBattles.com here, and on Sufficient Velocity.com here.

The story also has a supplementary story called BAR: Ozpin's Student Files, which gives Ozpin's insight on the different students and teams during their first year at Beacon Academy.


BlazBlue Alternative: Remnant provides examples of:

  • Abled in the Adaptation:
    • Ragna was never maimed in his childhood and still has both arms here, unlike the games where Jin cut his right arm off.
    • While Pietro is still wheelchair bound by the time the story starts, a photo frame in the main series showed that he was always like that. Here, Penny/Ka-10's flashback shows that he had the use of his legs in the past.
  • Adaptational Angst Upgrade:
    • Luna and Sena here were orphaned when the Branwen tribe raided their village, leaving them to fend for themselves to survive. It's also shown that Luna in particular was heavily traumatized by the ordeal and suffers a panic attack when she sees Yang in Chapter 46.
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    • Penny is a Murakumo Unit on the run from her creators and is caring for her ailing father.
    • Glynda here was a Sector Seven scientist and is carrying a lot of baggage from the fallout of the group.
  • Adaptational Badass:
    • Jaune Arc, thanks to getting trained by Ragna, becomes a much better fighter much faster than he did in canon. For example, his first fight with Cardin, which canonically was a Curb-Stomp Battle in Cardin's favor, has him more evenly match his opponent before managing to knock Cardin out of the arena and secure a win.
    • Since Penny is a Murakumo unit, her blades naturally float and lack the Achilles' Heel they had in canon. In addition, she also has a Semblance that she makes use of, while in the show it was left unknown if she had one at all.
  • Adaptational Early Appearance:
    • Penny originally first appeared in RWBY during the events of episode 15 of Volume 1. Here, she first appears working at Tukson's Boot Trade just after the events of "The Badge and the Burden" and makes friends with Team BRNN.
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    • Neo first appears helping Roman with his heists and later aids him against Ragna, Blake, and Makoto during the events of "Black and White" in Volume 1, where as canonically she wouldn't first appear until the fourth episode of Volume 2.
  • Adaptational Heroism:
    • In the games, while Ragna was The Hero, he also started out as a criminal and relentless murderer who killed most that opposed him before Character Development kicked in. Here, he was never a criminal and starts out more heroic.
    • Since Pietro in this story has no connection to Atlas, Watts ended up as the top scientist of the Kingdom and never joined Salem.
  • Adaptational Modesty: Much of the fanservice-laden attire from the BlazBlue games is toned down. Just to name a few examples, Makoto wears her pre-battle attire from Chronophantasma rather than her normal stripperiffic attire, Noel wears Modesty Shorts underneath her skirt, and Litchi's outfit, which normally leaves her bra exposed, completely covers her chest.
  • Adaptational Nice Guy:
    • Jin in this story was never a Big Brother Bully to Saya and was as much of a Cool Big Bro as Ragna was. In addition, while he still despises Noel, he's capable of recognizing that his hatred is misplaced and starts working with Tsubaki to try and overcome it.
    • Luna's bratty personality is heavily toned down and much more emphasis is placed on her kinder qualities, such as her care for her brother and her growing friendship with Emerald.
  • Adaptational Sexuality: In RWBY, Pyrrha only ever had a crush on Jaune and was straight by all appearances. Here, while she starts with a crush on Jaune, she later develops a crush on Yang instead, making her bisexual.
  • Adaptational Wimp: Ragna, while still powerful, notably lacks some of his strongest attacks from the games (Dead Spike and Devoured by Darkness), with him needing to be in what's basically his Unlimited Mode to even use them, where as canonically he could use them in his base form. However, he does train to better control it and by Chapter 49, he can use Devoured by Darkness as he would in the games.
  • Adaptation Distillation: Chapter 49 distils the events of "Extracurricular" and "Burning the Candle" when it comes to trying to reason with Blake, having her team confront her on the issue like in the former before shifting to Makoto reasoning with her alone like in the latter.
  • Adaptation Dye-Job: In canon, Penny naturally had orange hair. Here, she's actually blonde due to her being a Murakumo Unit, though she dyes it orange to keep herself hidden.
  • Adaptation Origin Connection:
    • Penny is a Murakumo Unit much like Noel and Nu-13, and was created by Relius and Terumi rather than Pietro.
    • Glynda used to be a member of Sector Seven here and was also friends with Litchi and Roy. Not to mention she has a history with Kokonoe and Relius.
    • As revealed in Chapter 29, the Creatures of Grimm are comprised of Seithr, the same substance emitted by the Black Beast in BlazBlue.
    • The Branwen tribe were the ones who attacked Luna and Sena's village when they were children, setting them on the path that would eventually lead them to discover the Muchourin.
  • Adaptation Relationship Overhaul: Teams RWBY and JNPR not forming end up causing a lot of canon relationships to alter:
    • Ruby and Weiss being on separate teams means that they never become friends. On the plus side, Weiss is much less antagonistic towards Ruby than she was at the beginning even in situations where they interact.
    • Yang and Blake never become partners. Instead, Yang becomes partners with Pyrrha. Additionally, because of this, Pyrrha forms a close bond with both Yang and Ruby. To top it off, Chapter 43 reveals that Pyrrha has developed a crush on Yang.
    • In the series, Jaune developed a crush on Weiss thanks to an off-hand comment she made before Ozpin's introduction speech. Here, she makes the off-hand comment towards Ragna, so Jaune never develops a crush on her.
    • Pyrrha had a crush on Jaune in canon and starts with one here, but being on separate teams and the lack of interaction between them results in said crush fading away over time, with it being revealed in Chapter 35 that she just got over it.
    • Since Blake never went to the docks due to not being on the same team as Weiss, she never meets Sun here and the two are complete strangers to each other.
    • Penny and Tukson were two characters with zero relation or connection to each other canonically. Here, Penny is one of Tukson's employees.
    • While Blake and Tukson were both former members of the White Fang, they didn't seem to know each other at all in canon. Here, they were friends, with Blake mourning his death when Penny calls her team about it.
    • Mai was friends with Tsubaki, Makoto, and Noel canonically from their time in the NOL Military Academy together. Here, they've evidently never met before Team JSMN's arrival at Beacon.
    • In the games, Ragna and Jin had a very...complicated relationship, with Ragna hating his brother and Jin wanting to kill him. Here, the two are on much better terms when they first meet and are able to be civil. It's only after Noel enters the conversation that things sour.
    • In the games, Ragna knew Rachel from when he was just a child. Here, they're strangers to each other and Chapter 32 is the first time they meet.
  • Adaptation Species Change:
    • In RWBY, Penny was a robot capable of generating Aura. In this story, she's revealed to be a Murakumo unit, making her an Artificial Human.
    • Jubei, due to Faunus and Beastkin being composited, is much more humanoid with his animal attribute being his tail rather than being an anthropomorphic cat person.
  • Adults Are Useless: Discussed. Ragna calls Ozpin out on him and his staff's uselessness in stopping Team CRDL from bullying their fellow students. Ozpin acknowledges the issue, but also points out that they haven't received any reports of them bullying people either aside from one or two incidents that they were properly reprimanded for, making it clear that the bullies were being very careful to avoid repercussion. After the cafeteria incident, however, Ozpin makes it clear that they will keep a close eye on them, and sure enough, they're never seen bullying anyone after the fact.
  • Age Lift: The ages of all the BlazBlue characters get shuffled around due to the combined setting and some attending Beacon.
    • Characters like Ragna, Tsubaki, Noel, Makoto, Jin, Mai, and Kagura were all adults in their early to mid-twenties during the events of the series. Here, they're all in their late teens, with Ragna and Kagura being eighteen at the start of the story and the rest being seventeen.
    • Platinum's fourteen-years-old here, making them a few years older.
    • Tao in canon was shown to be younger than Ragna, as she was a child when Ragna was in his teenage years. Here, she's older than Ragna by about a year.
  • Apocalypse Maiden: Murakumo Units are this. As Penny brings up to Noel, the intended purpose of their creation is to usher in the end of all of Remnant.
  • Ascended Extra: Glynda here gets far more attention than she did in RWBY, even having a storyline alongside Litchi in trying to find a cure for Roy as well as delving into her past with Sector Seven.
  • As You Know: This is lampshaded by Glynda in Chapter 45 when Relius opens his speech with "Now, as you all know..." and proceeds to exposit about things that are common knowledge among Atlas elite. As she puts it, Relius loves to hear himself talk.
  • Awful Truth:
    • Noel is on the receiving end of unpleasant revelations at times:
      • Chapter 39 ends with Penny about to tell Noel the truth about who they are, but not before warning her that she will not like the answer. At the start of Chapter 40, she reveals that they are Murakumo Units: Artificial Humans and Living Weapons created for the sole purpose of destroying the world. The revelation leaves Noel shocked and horrified.
      • Then in Chapter 46, Noel gets another awful revelation: she's a clone of Ragna and Jin's younger sister, Saya, who was tortured and had both her DNA harvested and her soul broken apart to create her and the other Murakumo Units.
    • In Chapter 46, Yang is forced to face the truth that her mother, Raven Branwen, is a bandit queen who killed many innocent people and abandoned others to die to the Grimm.
  • Big Damn Heroes:
    • Nora and Ren both jump in at the last minute to help Blake, Makoto, and Ragna against the White Fang during the Battle at the docks, with Nora being the one who opened with a surprise attack to save them.
    • Jubei's introduction into the story is saving Luna from a Goliath attack with a single sword strike.
  • Brainwashed and Crazy: Murakumo Units are programmed from their earliest stages of development to kill any "rogue units" they encounter. In Chapter 39, this results in Noel and Penny trying to kill each other. Though Penny is able to fight against her programming, Noel succumbs and turns into an emotionless killing machine that would have killed Penny and Ruby had the latter not gotten through to her.
  • Brilliant, but Lazy: Ragna, according to Ozpin's file on him, is rather intelligent despite his middling grades. His biggest issue is that he simply doesn't care about non-combat related subjects and as such barely puts any effort into them beyond the bare minimum.
  • Bully Hunter: Ragna is shown to have a massive hatred for bullies, relentlessly beating them down and threatening them for their actions. However, it gets deconstructed in Chapter 20 where, after stopping Team CRDL from bullying Velvet, his actions almost get Cardin killed and he's punished alongside Team CRDL for his actions. Though he acknowledges that he went too far and promises not to do so again.
  • Cannot Spit It Out: Pyrrha has this problem like she did in her home series, only this time, Yang is the one she's in love with. A major reason why she has trouble confessing her feelings is because Yang is the first genuine friendship she's ever had, and while she'd like for it to become something more, she's also terrified of ruining it.
  • Childhood Friends: Weiss, Tsubaki, and Jin all grew up together in Atlas, with Weiss and Tsubaki fondly greeting each other after reuniting at Beacon and remembering their childhoods with one another fondly.
  • Clark Kenting: Discussed. Makoto notes that Blake's attempt at hiding that she's a Faunus is actually very flimsy and easy to see through, but she also brings up that most people won't notice something they aren't looking for anyway, so it isn't that big an issue.
  • Cloning Blues: Noel after she learns she's a Murakumo Unit and a clone of Saya. When Ruby discovers her poetry journal, she sees that her poems have gone from cheesy and goofy, to existential and nihilistic, questioning her existence and if it's all a lie, which itself eventually devolves into scratched out repeating of "clone", "fake", and "monster" over and over again. She also expresses a lot of self-loathing that her existence came at Saya's expense.
  • Comic-Book Movies Don't Use Codenames: Despite being called Platinum the Trinity in the Author's Notes of the story, they're otherwise never referred to by that In-Universe and only go by whoever's in control at the time.
  • Commonality Connection: Luna and Emerald in Chapter 42 form a bond with each other thanks to their past lives as thieves who were forced to do whatever it took to survive.
  • Composite Character:
    • Makoto being Blake's partner, as well as tagging along with her when leaving Beacon, gives her elements of both of Blake's canon love interests, Yang and Sun.
    • One of Ozpin's past incarnations in this story was Bloodedge.
  • Cynic–Idealist Duo: Ragna and Ruby due to them being partners. Ragna is the grouchy, angry cynic who initially prefers solitude while Ruby is the happy-go-lucky, open idealist who tries to help her partner lighten up.
  • Damned by Faint Praise: In Chapter 15, Makoto comments that Noel actually did improve her cooking skills after her Death Dinner puts Jaune in the infirmary…because her cooking didn't actually kill anything that time.
  • Decomposite Character: Ragna in the main series was the same person as Bloodedge due to being sent back to the events of the Dark War. Here, Ozpin was Bloodedge.
  • Demoted to Extra: Unlike the series, Sun takes no part in the battle at the docks and both him and Neptune play no role in the White Fang investigation, with them only being background characters here.
  • Dies Differently in Adaptation: Amber died in Volume 3 when Cinder fired an arrow into her chest. Here, the initial attempt to take her Maiden powers before Volume 1 was successful.
  • Establishing Character Moment: Jin Kisaragi's first moment in the story is casually defeating Team FNKI by himself and coldly blowing them off as "trash", showing that he's both a powerful fighter and a complete asshole.
  • Even Bad Men Love Their Mamas: Ragna and Jin are both jerkasses (Jin especially so), but they both remember the caretaker they considered a mother figure during their time at the orphanage well and mourn her death. In Jin's case, he still loves his adoptive mother, Makaira Kisaragi, and misses her dearly.
  • Even Evil Has Standards: While she works for Cinder, Emerald is heavily disgusted by just how vile Relius and Terumi are.
  • Expecting Someone Taller: In Chapter 9, Glynda's POV shows that when she learned Jubei's protégé, Ragna, would be attending class at Beacon on his recommendation, she was expecting him to be be as honorable and noble as he was skilled. While Ragna certainly lived up to her expectations as a powerful warrior, his crass and aggressive personality left her disappointed.
  • Fantastic Racism: As is the norm for RWBY, Faunus are often subjugated by humans. Aside from canon examples from the show, Makoto often reacts with a snide remark or a sour demeanor whenever the Faunus' plight is brought up, hinting to her past sufferings with racial subjugation. In Kokonoe's case, she was one of the main heads of Sector Seven, but was often forced into the background in favor of Relius Clover due to the Atlesian elite not wanting a "filthy Faunus riff raff" representing their advances in technology.
  • Foil:
    • Luna and Emerald both grew up as orphans who had to steal just to stay alive before being taken in by a Parental Substitute figure, which is all something they bond over, but that's where the similarities end. Luna grew up outside the kingdoms, had her brother to care for, and was taken in by Jubei, who treats her and Sena like genuine people and cares for them. Emerald grew up in Vale her whole life, had no one to rely upon but herself, and was taken in by Cinder, who sees her as nothing more than a tool to be used until the time comes to discard her.
    • Yang and Pyrrha in terms of Semblances, which is something they even discuss. Both are powerful combat oriented Semblances, but Pyrrha uses hers to avoid getting hit while Yang's only works when she takes a hit.
    • Penny and Noel due to both being Murakumo Units that were Happily Adopted but differ in everything else. Noel spent her whole life with no knowledge on her origins, while Penny grew up with full knowledge on what she was. Noel is a shy wallflower while Penny is socially outgoing. When Noel first learns the truth, she suffers from a massive case of Cloning Blues due to the revelations while Penny, having always known the truth, has had far more time to cope.
  • For Want of a Nail:
    • Noel saving Jaune from his fall during initiation results in him not partnering with Pyrrha and by extension, different teams being formed.
    • Ragna forcing Jaune to train early on causes him to improve at a faster rate than he did originally.
    • Since Jaune confessed about his false transcripts in the dorm room rather than on the roof, Cardin never overhears it and Jaune is never blackmailed.
    • Penny dodging Weiss when she runs by during her chase with Sun leads to her catching the Haven student unlike the series, where he got away.
    • As seen in Chapter 29, Cinder has her full Fall Maiden powers ahead of when she had them in the series. It's implied through her POV that Azrael kept Qrow from rescuing Amber during Cinder's stealing of her power.
    • According to the author's notes at the end of Chapter 41, Pietro not being part of Atlas leads to the Aura transfer technology used for transferring Maiden powers not existing, as Pietro was the one who pioneered it.
    • Thanks to Luna, Yang ends up learning the truth about her mother way earlier than she did in the series.
    • Ragna and Jin having a fight in sparring class after Pyrrha's match with Team CRDL prevents Mercury from getting any direct information on her.
  • The Friend Nobody Likes: Terumi, despite being a member of Salem's inner circle, is loathed by pretty much everyone there. The more vile members like Cinder and Tyrian are unable to stomach his presence for very long (it's even noted that their mutual hatred for him is one of the few things they seem to agree upon), and despite Hazel's attempts to be courteous, it's made clear that even he can't stand him either. Of course, with how much of a sadistic asshole he is, Terumi relishes in every moment of being so despised by his "allies" in Salem's group.
  • Fun with Acronyms: It's RWBY, so this is a given. Only with different teams forming, there are different names to them:
    • Team RNJR (Ranger): Ruby Rose, Noel Vermillion, Jaune Arc, and Ragna.
    • Team BRNN (Brine): Blake Belladonna, Lie Ren, Nora Valkyrie, and Makoto Nanaya.
    • Team TSYP (Zap): Tsubaki Yayoi, Weiss Schnee, Yang Xiao Long, and Pyrrha Nikos.
    • Team JSMN (Jasmine): Jin Kisaragi, Ciel Soleil, Kagura Mutsuki, and Mai Natsume.
  • Fusion Fic: The story combines the worlds and characters of RWBY and BlazBlue, with the characters of the latter having been born in the world of the former.
  • The Gadfly: Yuuki Terumi is an utterly sadistic troll that loves saying any insult or demeaning remark he can to annoy or enrage people for his own amusement. Even his allies on Salem's inner circle aren't immune as he loves screwing with them the most.
  • Genetic Memory: Murakumo Units are shown to have the memories of their genetic progenitor, often in the form of flashbacks. Noel learns that she, and Penny by extension, are clones of Ragna and Jin's younger sister, Saya, when she has memories of when Saya first started being cloned.
  • Has a Type: The author's notes of Chapter 43 lampshade that between her previous crush on Jaune and her current infatuation with Yang, Pyrrha probably has a thing for blondes.
  • In Spite of a Nail: Even without Sun involved, the battle at the docks still happens, albeit with more people (Blake, Makoto, Ragna, Ren, Nora, and Penny).
  • It's All My Fault:
    • Ruby blames herself for when Noel ran away and suffered her identity crisis, feeling that, due to maintaining Noel and Penny's secret, she allowed things to spiral out of control.
    • Part of why Yang became more temperamental after learning the truth about her mother was due to self-loathing, as she blames herself for almost getting Ruby killed in her hunt for answers years ago, and now that she has those answers, she feels like she risked her sister's life for nothing.
  • Jerkass Realization: An offhand comment Yang makes regarding Pyrrha's true feelings about being put on a pedestal cause Weiss to have a subtle one, realizing that she treated her the exact same way.
  • The Knights Who Say "Squee!": Glynda Goodwitch, who is just as much of a professional Huntress as she was in canon, is revealed in Chapter 30 to be a massive fan of Trinity Glassfille of the Six Heroes. According to Ozpin and Rachel, she even cosplays as the Platinum Alchemist during the Beacon staff's annual costume parties. When she meets her for the first time, she awkwardly tries to ask for her autograph all while trying (and failing) to maintain her usual no-nonsense persona. To top it off, she quite literally squees after she gets the autograph.
  • Know-Nothing Know-It-All: Rachel Alucard uses this trope to insult General Ironwood. When he questions if Ozpin believes that the students can win a war, Rachel laughs and points out that he ascended to his position in a time of peace, has never seen actual warfare, and when his kingdom's predecessor (Mantle) fought in the Great War, they lost.
    Rachel: General, you would be wise not to assume you have a better understanding of either warfare or this conflict than us. Unlike you, we've seen war. We've fought in war, (gestures to herself) both behind the scenes (gestures to Ozpin) and on the front lines, and unlike your kingdom, we've won wars. So please, do quit while you have some dignity and stop believing yourself to be the smartest man in the room.
  • Let's You and Him Fight: Thanks to their Murakumo programming forcing them to terminate rogue units, Noel and Penny end up trying to kill each other in Chapter 39. Noel would have succeeded had Ruby not managed to bring her to her senses.
  • My God, What Have I Done?: Yang has a moment of this when she calms down after snapping in anger, realizing that she's lashing out at and terrifying Pyrrha and Weiss. She ends up backing against a wall and tearfully apologizing to both of them.
  • Mythology Gag:
    • One of Ragna and Ruby's first interactions after becoming partners is him calling her a brat and her reacting with anger, much like their first interaction in BlazBlue: Cross Tag Battle.
    • Yang musing how she'd "melt some bones" with the guitar she won is a reference to RWBY Chibi where she said the same during the battle of the bands.
    • Jin saying how he'd rather slice off someone's arm than let himself degrade into laziness is one to when he sliced off his brother's arm in canon.
    • When Ruby sees Yukianesa for the first time, she says "Now that's a katana!" which is another nod to RWBY Chibi.
  • Named by the Adaptation: Makoto's tonfa in the games didn't have a name. Here, they are called Unfaltering Butterfly according to Ozpin's student file on her.
  • Old Master: Like the games, Jubei was this to Ragna, being an elderly Faunus and a master of combat. This time, however, Ragna was also briefly mentored by Maria Calavera. He even brings up to Jaune that, despite being old and blind, she's still easily able to kick his ass.
  • Once Done, Never Forgotten: In Chapter 18, when Ruby starts making puns and calls Yang the "queen of punning", Yang points out that she only ever made one terrible pun back in Signal, yet people treat her like the Pungeon Master because of it.
    Yang: I swear, you make one shitty pun, and the world will never let you forget it.
  • Only One Name: Ragna doesn't have a surname and only goes by Ragna. When he partners up with Ruby, it gets lampshaded.
    Ragna: (introducing himself) Ragna.
    Ruby: No last name?
    Ragna: No.
  • Power Incontinence: As a child, Ragna struggled to control his Semblance, as when it first activated, he accidentally devoured the soul of his mother figure. Years later, after the battle at the docks, he starts struggling to control it again, to the point of venturing out into the Emerald Forest by himself to fight without relying on it.
  • Precision F-Strike: Weiss is someone who refuses to use foul language, so it becomes a major shock when Sun's antics cause her to hit a Rage Breaking Point and let out some strong cursing.
    Yang: Okay, Weiss sto-
    Weiss: STAY THE FUCK OUT OF THIS XIAO LONG!
  • Related in the Adaptation: Because of their status as Murakumo Units cloned from the same genetic progenitor, Penny and Noel are considered siblings here. Penny even openly calls Noel her younger sister.
  • Replacement Goldfish: Defied. Ragna is completely aware of Noel's resemblance to Saya, but he chooses to ignore it and keep his distance, as he wants to see Noel as her own person and not a copy of the sister he hasn't seen in years and likely won't see again.
  • Right for the Wrong Reasons: Jin's loathing of Noel (and later Penny) is rooted in her resemblance to Saya and how it's too perfect to be a coincidence. While his reasoning is heavily flawed, he is technically correct in that it really isn't coincidental, since Noel is a clone of Saya.
  • Secret-Keeper: Ruby is this for Noel and Penny, as she's the only other person who knows their nature as Murakumo Units and has promised them she'd help keep it hidden.
  • Shout-Out:
    • During initiation, when he realizes he and Noel are lost, Jaune's immediate thought is "Oh crapbaskets", which is the catchphrase of Gohan and Trunks from Dragon Ball Z Abridged.
    • The food fight in Chapter 35 is a shout-out to the Chowder episode "A Taste of Marzipan".
  • Sleeves Are for Wimps: Ragna and Jin's default attire is the same as from when they were teenagers (In Jin's case, from the Spiral Shift novels), and as such, both of them lack sleeves.
  • Story-Breaker Power: Ragna's Semblance is the same as his Drive in the games, Soul Eater. Since all powers and superhuman abilities are fueled by Aura and by extension the soul, using it tends to net him victory in most fights given that it drains his opponents (weakening them mid-battle) while doing a lot of physical damage thanks to the sheer force behind his attacks and refueling his own strength all at once. Ozpin even notes what a devastating power it is, with Ragna subjecting Pyrrha Nikos to a Curb-Stomp Battle when he starts using it in their match. Two factors prevent it from making things too one-sided: 1) its draining effects don't work on Grimm due to them lacking souls and 2) Ragna really doesn't like using it unless he needs to thanks to the trauma of him accidentally devouring his caretaker's soul as a child.
  • Switching P.O.V.: The POV shifts around from character-to-character within a given chapter. For example, Chapter 20 starts from Glynda's perspective, then shifts to Ragna's, then Noel's, and finally Ozpin's. Some chapters are told entirely from one perspective however, with Chapter 32 being entirely from Ragna's perspective, Chapter 41 being entirely from Ironwood's perspective, and Chapter 45 being entirely from Glynda's perspective.
  • Team Member in the Adaptation: Pyrrha is on the same team as Yang and Weiss, Blake is on the same team as Nora and Ren, and Ruby ends up on the same team as Jaune long before the events of V4.
  • Trauma Button: Raven Branwen is this to Luna. When she saw Yang's resemblance to her, she ran away in terror. When she saw an image of her, she suffered a panic attack and passed out.
  • Unrelated in the Adaptation: Pietro was one of the researchers who was brought on to help in Penny's combat testing after she was created, contrasting canon where he was her creator.
  • Used to Be a Sweet Kid:
    • When Noel ends up opening Ragna's music box, she sees a photo of a younger him with his siblings, smiling cheerfully. She questions just what could have happened to him to make him go from a happy-go-lucky kid to the violent, brooding man he is today.
    • Similar to Ragna, Jin was a kindhearted child growing up. Ragna even compares him to Jaune while Tsubaki and Weiss remember him as being shy, friendly, and curious during their childhoods. Flash forward to years later where he's grown up into quite a cold hearted dick.
  • Weak, but Skilled: Ruby Rose is incredibly adept in scythe combat and is very fast, but her attacks usually lack much force without wind up and she can be knocked out pretty easily. This comes up in her scythe spar with Ragna, where she lands far more hits and dodges many of Ragna's attacks, but Ragna manages to take them all and only needed a few of his attacks to connect for him to win the fight.
  • When She Smiles: Male example. Jin Kisaragi usually always has a serious glower on his face, which makes the moments he smiles all the more notable. When he meets up with Tsubaki and Weiss for the first time in years, he actually smiles. Kagura even lampshades it.
    Kagura: You two must have some kind of magical powers. I think that's the first time we've ever actually seen him smile.
  • The Worf Barrage: In Chapter 29, Cinder, who has the full power of the Fall Maiden at this point, fires almost everything she has on Nu-13 during their fight. While Nu appears physically damaged, she doesn't seem the least bit phased and easily undoes all the damage Cinder inflicted in an instant.
  • The Worf Effect: In Chapter 14, Pyrrha Nikos ends up subjected to this by Ragna when he starts using his Semblance during their fight. Thanks to Pyrrha's reputation as an Invincible Hero In-Universe, Weiss expresses outright shock at seeing that Pyrrha can lose.
  • You Are Number 6: Just like the canon BlazBlue games, Murakumo Units all have numerical designations as their names. But besides the canon examples of Nu-13, Lambda-11, and Mu-12/Noel Vermillion, there's also Ka-10/Penny Polendina.


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