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Emergence (SpaceBattles.com discussion thread) by Chris7221/XCVG is a RWBY Reverse Self-Insert Ficexplanation . The first chapter was released in August 2014 and the author declared it complete with the final chapter published at the end of May 2017.

The story begins with Ruby awakening in a strange place she's never seen before. She's approached by several grad students after a night out at the bars who applaud her for her incredibly realistic cosplay of one Ruby Rose. She insists that she is in fact the real deal, and after she displays her Semblance, the students finally realize that they're talking to the genuine article.

Finding out that Ruby has been separated from her teammates, the students decide to put their futures on the line to reunite the four members of team RWBY, and hopefully get them back home.

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See also the author's companion piece, Emergence: Asides (also in the SpaceBattles thread), for amusing (but usually canonical) side-stories. A Christmas Emerging is a series of drabbles about Team RWBY's first Christmas on Earth.

Emergence is divided into Acts:

  1. Act 1: Wilted Rose: Ruby arrives in Vancouver and meets the students.
  2. Act 2: Ice Princess: Weiss arrives in Ukraine and is caught up in the unrest between Ukraine and Russia.
  3. Act 3: Urban Panther: Blake arrives in Japan and befriends some cosplayers.
  4. Act 4: Stolen Flame: Yang arrives in Syria and is caught up in the conflict against ISIS.
  5. Act 5: The New World: Team RWBY is reunited and they struggle to adjust to Earth together, but the government reveals they know who they are and come calling.

Emergence is now complete. An Interquel titled "Aliens Among Us", which talks about Team RWBY's adventures adjusting to high school, is also now complete. It was not divided into acts.

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The original story was featured in Weiss Reacts- and the story itself featured in an Aside.

"Death of a Friend" is a one-shot detailing all the characters' reactions to Monty Oum's death.

A sister fic, "Those We Left Behind", deals with Team JNPR in the wake of RWBY's disappearance. The side story "Tabula Rasa", where an amnesiac Summer Rose has been living on Earth since her "death", is also connected to this universe.

A sequel, named "Convergence", has been released. Due to Late Arrival Spoilers, Convergence will have its own section. It is also divided into Acts: The Interlopers, The Intruders, and The Invaders.

That in turn has its own sequel, The Remnan Exchange. It will also have its own section and unmarked Late Arrival Spoilers for those that came before. The first Act is called Homecoming, and the last is called Unending.

Unfortunately, the writer announced in November of 2017 that the finale of the series (referred to as Emergence Next) is no longer in production.

This fanfic series contains examples of:

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  • Accidental Murder:
    • Weiss fights back against some Russian soldiers, assuming that she'll just knock them around. She's shocked when her sword effortlessly slices and skewers them, since they don't have Aura to protect them.
    • Yang visibly hesitates after her punch literally explodes a terrorist's head.
  • Animesque: Several characters assume RWBY is a Japanese work. The existence of a dub doesn't help.
  • Arbitrary Skepticism: Weiss says Ruby is being a dunce when she speculates whether or not any other fictional characters may have experienced a world displacement.
  • Artistic License – Gun Safety: While at a firing range, Ruby innocently points a rifle at Sam and Joe while her finger is on the trigger. They freak out and warn her to never do that again.
  • Badass Adorable: Ruby, obviously, but Katya qualifies for escorting Weiss out of the warzone in the Ukraine.
  • Badass Bystander: The old couple in the Ice Princess arc.
  • Big Eater: Each of Team RWBY devour a lot of food to fuel their powers.
  • Bloodier and Gorier: Remnant Humans have Aura that leave them Made of Iron, while Terran Humans don't. Weiss and Yang both learn this the hard way.
  • Book Dumb: When Blake and Yang have a math class, they realize they are in serious trouble. As a Faunus in the White Fang, Blake never had a formal education before going to Beacon. Yang never paid attention to the "boring stuff".
  • Bonus Material: The Asides written for the story, ranging from retellings of canon events from separate perspectives to non-canon gag one-shots.
  • Butch Lesbian: Gavin uses this trope as the reason why Yang cannot be a lesbian.
    • Darrel thinks Yang is a lesbian when he sees her lift a couple hundred pounds lifting weights.
  • Call-Back:
    “The way she moves gives it away. Like a princess.”
    “It's heiress, actually,” Weiss echoed.
  • Cassandra Truth: Aaron immediately recognizes Team RWBY, but nobody believes him.
  • Celebrity Paradox: In "The Briefing" a CIA man says that Yang's voiceprint is a close match for her voice actress. In Aliens Among Us chapter 32, a gamer Weiss is playing against thinks she's her voice actress.
  • Child Soldiers: Yang eventually manages to capture a terrorist and interrogates him, breaking several bones. She's horrified when she gets a better look at him and finds that he's about the same age as Ruby.
  • Curb-Stomp Battle: Yang against a bunch of terrorists ends in Ludicrous Gibs. Also, Weiss against troopers in Ukraine.
  • Deconstruction: It shows exactly what happens when superpowered adolescents from a world where everyone is of similar Super Strength and moral lines are pretty clear cut enter the real world. It also shows the Terran characters as exactly that; normal humans being thrust into situations that they aren't prepared for, and contrasts them with the almost shocking idealism the likes of Ruby have.
  • Defiant to the End: The terrorist Yang interrogates doesn't stop cursing her no matter what she does to him.
  • Deliberate Values Dissonance:
    • Gavin thinks that his English teacher, Mr. Johnson is "not Asian enough" to be considered metrosexual.
    • He also seems to think that Yang cannot be a lesbian because she's "nowhere near butch enough".
  • Designated Love Interest:
    • Gavin Lloyd to Yang Xiao Long.
    • Connor Lloyd (Gavin's younger brother) to Ruby Rose.
  • Does Not Know Her Own Strength:
    • Yang finds it difficult to not tear through the terrorists, horrifying and frustrating her as she wants to take one alive for questioning.
    • Ruby almost floors a boy and knocks the wind out of him when she passes him a basketball.
  • Dramatic Irony:
    • In A Christmas Emerging, a little girl mistakes Weiss for Queen Elsa and happily glomps her. Her mother apologizes and then scolds her daughter for being silly enough to think fictional characters could come to life. Weiss gets very uncomfortable.
    • Every time a Terran thinks someone who is actually from Remnant thinks they could get hurt attempting a great physical stunt.
  • Dude, Not Funny!: Ruby's In-Universe reaction when told she sucks at sneaking around and at punching by Blake and Weiss, respectively.
  • Foreshadowing: The author has posted an image showing that the rest of Team RWBY is on Earth as well. Aside from Weiss, Blake was shown with a Japanese railway sign, while Yang had an ISIS flag. Hilarity Ensues does not begin to describe either impending situation.
  • Flat Character: In Aliens Among Us we have Jason and Lisa who are one-note bullies in all of their appearances (what few they have).
  • For Halloween, I Am Going as Myself: Not exactly as themselves, but on Halloween the girls dress up as the characters they are inspired by: Ruby as Little Red Riding Hood, Weiss as Snow White, Blake as Belle, and Yang as Goldilocks. Weiss thought it was stupid but was outvoted.
  • Half-Human Hybrid: Sort of, Terran and Remnant inhabitants are both considered human, but in Tabula Rasa, an amnesiac Summer Rose mentions getting pregnant with a baby girl some time after her arrival on Earth. She put her up for adoption shortly after she was born, so we've yet to know firsthand what effects hybridization has, although Word of God has stated that such hybrids would only be half as strong as a Remnant human.
  • Hidden in Plain Sight: In Aliens Among Us chapter 31, Blake gets Aaron off Team RWBY's backs by telling him that they're deliberately imitating Team RWBY.
  • Idiot Ball: The SEAL team trying to extract Yang were accused of holding this, not for no reason. A Once More, with Clarity! Aside was released shortly afterwards explaining why it happened that way.
  • Immune to Bullets: Weiss and Yang barely notice normal Earth bullets. Ruby notes that they sting. In "Masquerade", the viewpoint character is told that should Team RWBY go berserk, he should go for the anti-tank weapons.
  • In-Series Nickname: Yang gets dubbed "The Bride" by Western media that got hold of a video showing her kicking terrorist arse, presumably because of her yellow colour scheme.
  • In Vino Veritas: During the Halloween party, Yang and Weiss get drunk. Weiss screams about how much she hates her father. Yang casually confesses the truth of her identity. Fortunately, everybody except Aaron mistakes it for drunken rambling.
  • Informed Attribute: Aaron is said to be a huge fan of anime, however there is no mention of what anime he actually watches and the series itself hardly brings up any specific anime. The closest thing that gets brought up is RWBY.
  • "It" Is Dehumanizing: When Weiss gets glomped by a little girl who thinks she's Queen Elsa, she screams, "Get it off me!" The narration even points this out.
  • I Was Beaten by a Girl: During the Halloween party, Yang easily beats a boy named Darryl in an arm wrestling contest. He gets enraged and attacks her. That fact that she's drunk is the only reason why she doesn't kill him. Ruby, Blake, and his friends stop the fight before it escalates.
  • The Lancer: Cliff is the cynical pragmatist of the lot.
  • Let's You and Him Fight: Yang runs into and kills some Navy SEALs, unable to tell them apart from the terrorists. It didn't help that they snuck up on her and sounded hostile.
  • Loose Canon: The Asides vary widely in their canonicity. Some are fully canon-compliant, but many are only partially so.
  • Made of Plasticine: Terrans compared to Remnant dwellers, as Weiss and Yang find out to their horror.
  • Mistaken for Cheating: Ben has this in the first arc when he brings Ruby over to Jen's house to stay for the night.
  • Mistaken for Gay:
    • Ruby and Weiss are sometimes mistaken for a lesbian couple.
    • Ditto for Blake and Yang.
  • Mistaken for Subculture: In Japan, Blake runs into several cosplayers, especially girls wearing cat ears, and assumes they are fellow Faunus for a while. On the flip side, they think she is a cosplayer.
  • Mugging the Monster: Weiss when attacked by Russian soldiers and Yang when attacked by the ISIS terrorists.
  • Muggles Do It Better: The girls determine that although an Atlesian Paladin is almost impervious to their attacks, it would fall to a single RPG or anti-personel mine.
  • My God, You Are Serious: Joe's reaction to learning the gang aren't joking about RWBY.
    “You're not kidding, are you? Holy fuck.”
  • Never Bareheaded: In high school, Blake wears a hat all the time to hide her ears.
  • No Guy Wants an Amazon: One of Gavin's friends avoids Yang after seeing her casually benching about 300 pounds in the gym, commenting that despite her hotness, she scares him.
  • Normal Fish in a Tiny Pond: On Remnant, Team RWBY are good fighters who can handle normal mooks with ease, but far from the top tier. On Earth, they might as well be goddesses of war.
  • Not So Above It All: In Aliens Among Us chapter 31 we see that Weiss gets shockingly foulmouthed when playing Call of Duty.
  • Obligatory Swearing: Nearly every character in the entire Emergence continuity swears, probably to make the dialogue sound more "realistic".
  • Oh, Crap!: Katya's reaction to learning that Weiss killed Russian soldiers looking for her.
  • Once More, with Clarity!: "The Human Factor" does this to chapter 4-6 of Yang's arc, showing us the SEALs' perspective that Yang didn't have.
  • Pop-Cultural Osmosis Failure: A few characters, like Joe, have never heard of RWBY.
  • Poor Communication Kills: Yang ends up killing a squad of Navy Seals when they reacted to an attack by militants she wasn't aware of.
  • Puny Earthlings: Sort of. Earth humans are a lot squishier than Remnant humans. Weiss mentions Team RWBY attempted to unlock some Earth humans' Aura, but nothing happened, so they can't use that.
  • Reality Ensues:
    • A character from fiction appearing in the real world would be initially thought of as a very in-character cosplayer, even by a fan of that series. It takes Ruby doing a Flash Step before the quartet start to suspect she's the real deal.
    • When trying to look for a character from fiction, others' first response is to think the searchers are crazies or pranksters.
    • The group contacts the folks at Rooster Teeth, attaching video proof of Ruby's powers, hoping they might know how to send the girls home. They reply that even if they believed their story, there is really nothing they can do.
    • Retrieving the other members of Team RWBY from across the globe and forging papers for them costs a lot more money than a group of college students can afford. Fortunately, the folks at Rooster Teeth agree to help fund them. The group also mentions that what they are doing is highly illegal and dangerous, and the people who go on the retrieval missions have to miss a lot of school and work.
    • Joe is painfully aware that though he might have been a soldier, it doesn't qualify him to run a complex retrieval.
    • Once they enter Syria and encounter the war zone, Sam almost has a panic attack, since he's not a trained warrior like Joe and Ruby.
    • Despite Yang's superhuman abilities, she starts to get exhausted from constantly fighting and running from the terrorists and acknowledges that she can't escape Syria without food, supplies, and a vehicle. Ember Celica eventually gets two clips of ammo left, so she switches to regular guns because Earth has no Dust ammo.
    • When various governments learn of Team RWBY and are convinced they are real, they hope to acquire them, seeing their abilities as useful. Contrary to the students' fears of a They Would Cut You Up situation, the agents attempt to meet the girls and talk to them peacefully in hopes of recruiting them. Iverson, the CSIS representative, has a momentary Heroic BSoD when he hears a teenager from his country admit to being afraid that his government would summarily murder an innocent girl For Science!
    • The girls try to do Halloween shopping at the last minute, and fail to find their intended costumes, so they improvise instead.
  • Real Life Writes the Plot: Monty Oum's death factored into the story.
  • Refugee from TV Land: Team RWBY.
  • Relationship Upgrade: Weiss and Blake officially become a couple after their date to the prom.
  • Rich Bitch: Lisa, Vicki, Irene, and Daffodil. Vicki later states that she and her friends all invoke this trope.
    • Lisa is the worst of the bunch; every appearance she has made in the story has her act hostile towards Weiss for no reason and getting upset when the others in her group try to interact with her.
  • Rouge Angles of Satin: Isaac tries to type a message and gets mocked for his atrocious spelling. In A Christmas Emerging, nobody can read the Christmas card he sends.
  • Running Gag: People asking Weiss if she knows German. She doesn't and the question is annoying.
  • Samaritan Syndrome: Ruby becomes sad when she witnesses the appalling conditions in Syria and realizes that she must not interfere, since jumping in would most likely screw up their mission.
  • Secret Chaser: In Aliens Among Us, Aaron is convinced that Team RWBY really are Team RWBY and spends much of the story trying to confirm his belief.
  • Shameless Fanservice Girl: After they find Yang, Sam hands her some clothes to replace her tattered and filthy ones. She changes right in front of them. He gets scared and shields his eyes, thinking she'll beat him up, but Ruby explains that Yang doesn't care what anybody sees.
  • She Is Not My Girlfriend: Ruby's friend Connor gets a crush on her, but responds this way when his friends tease him about it.
  • Shell-Shocked Veteran: Yang is traumatized by her experiences in Syria.
  • Shipper on Deck: After watching Season 2 of the show, Weiss ships Jaune and Pyrrha.
  • Sir Swears-a-Lot: In Aliens Among Us, there's a bully with this nickname. Lampshaded by Connor:
    Connor: Edgy, but unoriginal. Fuck you too.
    • There's also the retired Marine, Leroy Wendall, who assists in testing Team RWBY's weapons with Terran ammunition.
    • Really, you'd be hard-pressed to find a character in the entire Emergence continuity who doesn't swear nearly every other sentence.
  • Sweet Polly Oliver: Joe points out that in baggy clothes and her short hair, Ruby could pass for a boy at a distance. This means out of Team RWBY, she would attract the least attention in Syria, so she'll be part of the team to retrieve Yang.
  • Take That!:
    • After Sam comments that he doesn't think the show RWBY is that good, Cliff points out Sam loves The Expendables and proceeds to blast its shallow plot and over-reliance on action and explosions.
    • Blake uses the alias Bella in high school, only for her classmates to laugh at her for having the same name as the main character of Twilight. Blake is annoyed as she doesn't like Twilight either. Later, Weiss says it is a piece of shit.
    • After watching Season 2, Weiss finds Neptune repulsive and doesn't understand why her animated counterpart likes him.
  • They Would Cut You Up: The students ask the girls to keep their abilities secret, fearing this would happen.
  • This Is Reality:
    • 'No, life wasn't a bad spy novel.'
    • The Pentagon and Canadian Security Intelligence Service think the footage caught of Yang annihilating a bunch of terrorists has to be faked because there should be no way an unarmed person can beat seven armed fighters. Or do they, really now?
    • Sam calls in a military friend named Joe for help retrieving Yang from Syria. Joe says, "This isn't an action movie."
    • In Syria, Joe, Ruby, and Sam go to a British agent named Nigel for help. He says, "Despite what you may think, I am not James Bond. In fact, I'm not even a proper spy, and in any case the game is not played like it is in the movies."
    • After Nigel is convinced of their story, he asks Joe, "Well, where did they come from? Real life is not a superhero movie. Most of the things that are supposed to make one a superhero are lethal."
    • From "Aside: Periphery": “Akemi, this is the real world. Weird things like characters popping into existence don't happen here.”
    • “Aaron, this is Earth! This is the real world! Characters don't just pop out of the television and onto the street! You're Insane!!”
  • Time-Travel Tense Trouble: Team RWBY have this regarding the events depicted in Season 2.
  • Too Dumb to Live: Those poor Navy SEALs. Trying to make an on-edge Yang do anything by force, despite knowing what she's capable of, ended poorly for them. Subverted - we later learn that they were trying to speed things up due to an incoming ISIS group and goofed.
  • Training from Hell: To prepare to retrieve Yang in Syria, Joe takes Sam and Ruby to a military obstacle course and firing range. While Ruby clears the course with ease, Sam has a really tough time, especially since the course gets peppered with non-lethal but painful rounds to simulate an actual battle. He does a bit better on the firing range.
  • True Meaning of Christmas: A Christmas Emerging explores Team RWBY's attempts to understand what Christmas is about.
  • Underestimating Badassery: This happens to Team RWBY quite a bit, Terrans just assume they are weak due to each of them being lightly built. Of course, Team RWBY is from a world where Muscles Are Meaningless and most of their strength comes from their Aura.
  • Ungrateful Bastard: When a civilian woman leads a trio of ISIS militiamen to Yang—someone who has become The Dreaded and everyone in ISIS is eager to kill—instead of fanning out and searching the place for her, they start beating the woman instead. Yang intervenes while their backs are turned.
  • Who Would Want to Watch Us?: "Snowfolders" is a fictionalization of how Team RWBY got together. One with atrocious spelling.
  • Why Don't You Just Shoot Him?: Ruby repeatedly asks this when she and the rest of her team watch Die Hard together. She has to be reminded that Earth humans—even larger than life action heroes like John McClane—are Made of Plasticine compared to Remnant humans and that just shooting Hans at any point prior to the climax would cause him more problems than it solves.
  • Wrecked Weapon: In A Christmas Emerging, Ruby decides to cut down a tree to make into a Christmas tree, but her scythe - later clarified by the author to not be Crescent Rose - becomes stuck. Yang tries to pull it free, but the handle separates from the blade. Fortunately, it's repairable.
  • You No Take Candle: Weiss gets frustrated that most of the Ukrainians and Russians she meets speak English this way. Blake meets Japanese people who speak English this way. Yang meets a Syrian woman who does the same.
  • You Watch Too Much X:
    • In "...With Nowhere To Go" the CSIS boss says that the plan was "like the product of someone who read too much Tom Clancy and watched Argo.”
    • Ruby is told she watches too many movies by a FBI man in 5-1.
    • A boy named Aaron notices Team RWBY resembles the characters from a web show he likes, but his friends heckle him for watching too much anime.
  • Your Head Asplode: The result of Yang punching a terrorist.

    Convergence 
  • Adaptation Personality Change: Based on this piece of Word of God, Emergence!Cinder is missing a few more marbles than her canon self. Not to mention brain cells, considering her plan to attack RTX as well as severely underestimating Earth's weapons.
  • All Myths Are True: Cinder states that there are legends of Earth back on Remnant: it's detailed as "a primitive world," peaceful without the Grimm or Aura to harm it.
  • Anti-Climax: Cinder and her minions are attacking RTX, killing numerous innocent civilians and fighting Teams RWBY and JNPR. How are they stopped? The US military just unloads their arsenal at them because Cinder did not at all consider that the Terran humans would be much more of a threat than they appear.
  • Applied Phlebotinum: Dust, as per canon. It's revealed by Cinder that there is a special kind of Dust, called Spectral Dust, that allows for travel between worlds.
  • Arbitrary Skepticism: When Siegfried Schnee is told that the Earthers possess doomsday weapons, he quickly dismisses that fact as "alarmist fantasy."
  • Asshole Victim: Cinder, Emerald and Mercury.
  • Boring, but Practical: Name-dropped in relation to Earth technology compared to Remnant's Schizo Tech.
  • Canon Welding: Connects the two sister fics to Emergence.
  • Crazy-Prepared: When Gemstone suspects that Cinder and and her group are somewhere near Washington, D.C., the President and all high-ranking members of the government, including the Secretary of Defense, are evacuated from the White House, knowing full well that the Secret Service are no match for them.
    • In Emergence: Asides, both the U.S Government and Military command are thinking up as many emergency plans as they can ranging from friendly contact with the Remnant population, to a full blown invasion of either the Grimm or even the Four Kingdoms and occupation of U.S territory.
    • Even after the initial salvo of missiles, Emmett Lyons orders for More Dakka on Cinder's location, just in case Emerald's illusions can get them out of their predicament. Turns out that wasn't the case.
  • Determinator: Cinder doesn't even care that she and her team are on Earth, a whole new world; she still wants to make it back to Vale to finish their mission.
    • It doesn't work out for her.
  • Didn't See That Coming: By Word of God, certain characters' attempts to Make It Look Like an Accident in chapter 14 would have succeeded due to the more corrupt and incompetent Remnant police. On Earth? Not so much.
    • Cinder's group assumed that Earth would be easy to handle as the Terrans don't have Aura protecting them. Boy were they surprised by the amount of firepower that the U.S military threw at them.
    • It happens again later when the Kingdom of Atlas prepares to invade Earth to seize what they assume is a "primitive" world ripe for the taking, only to stop dead in their tracks when they receive a radio message from the Terrans asking for peace. Later on, the Atlesian soldiers studying the portal start noticing anomalies that resemble scouting patterns. Even though they far exceed anything Remnant has ever produced, the commanding officer chooses to submit the report to his superiors.
    • In a non-canon omake, an Atlesian force enters Canadian airspace for recon, and the pilot barely has any time to ask the officer what would Atlas' response to unidentified airships entering their space before the Canadian air force orders them to either freeze or turn back.
  • Even Evil Has Standards: Subverted in chapter 14. When Roman insists that he's a thief, not a murderer, he's reminded that he has one as a sidekick.
    • Later played straight when a member of the White Fang questions why they are attacking another 'Kingdom' on another planet without any good motive, which he reasons would cause their reputation to go further down the drain along with all Faunus in general.
  • Fantastic Racism: To Adam Taurus, the existence of Earth only means that he now has another seven billion enemies to his cause, despite knowing for a fact that the Terrans are completely innocent of any crimes against Faunus-kind.
    • Siegfried Schnee doesn't take too kindly to his daughter associating herself with a "dirty" Faunus.
  • Flawed Prototype: The handheld weapons that Gemstone uses against Cinder and co only slow them down and force them out of the building. Special mention goes to the PHASR blinding weapon, which staggers Cinder right before the end of the fight.
  • Horrible Judge of Character: Sarah, the woman who picks up Cinder's team once they get to Earth, has no idea what she's done. She even ends up letting them stay at her house with her family. Then again, it may be a case of Good Is Dumb. It ends poorly for them, except for the mother who was at work.
  • Innocent Bystander: Several are killed during Cinder's attack on RTX, with special mention going to Mercury pulping an oblivious fangirl's head after she hugs him.
  • Know When to Fold 'Em: Roman and Neo immediately surrender to the US military after discovering the gruesome fates of their colleagues firsthand.
  • Laser-Guided Karma: After murdering most of the Poole family and then several innocent civilians at a convention later on, Cinder, Emerald and Mercury are blown to bits by the US military, followed by Roman and Neo being taken into custody soon after.
  • Late-Arrival Spoiler: Convergence freely spoils the events of the preceding fics.
  • Lighter and Softer: The Canon verse is slowly turning darker, with Cinder murdering the Fall Maiden Amber and Pyrrha, Vale being overrun by Grimm, and Yang losing her right arm. The Emergence verse manages to stay somewhat lighter than the main series as there are fewer deaths in between stories, including Cinder's group (besides Roman and Neo). Meanwhile, teams RWBY and JNPR somehow manage to survive and stay intact despite all of this.
  • Long Game: The last scene of the final chapter shows Salem beginning to form a new plan to destroy both Remnant and Earth, no matter how long it may take.
  • Make It Look Like an Accident: See Didn't See That Coming above.
  • Mistaken for Subculture: JNPR also get mistaken for cosplayers. Same for Cinder's faction - in fact, the girl they get a ride from thinks they're heading to RTX.
  • Mugging the Monster: In Chapter 23, Ironwood reveals that he has standing orders to invade Earth through the newly formed portal and establish a safe haven on the other side for the natives of Remnant, his superiors unaware of the full extent of the Terrans' technological and military prowess as well as their numerical superiority. Thankfully, those orders were put on hold thanks to Earth's broadcast for peace. However, Asides Chapter 47 shows that the Atlesian Queen is very willing to play this trope straight.
    • As they also attempted to gauge population via Aura presence, their population expectations were also wildly off.
  • My God, What Have I Done?: Quoted verbatim by Taiyang when he realizes that the woman he's been attacking actually is Summer Rose.
  • No Good Deed Goes Unpunished: Sarah Poole picked up what she thought were a group of lost hitchhikers on the side of the road, invited them into her home, and gave them food and a place to stay for a short time, only for said hitchhikers (the villains of RWBY) to murder her, her father and her brother to cover their tracks. Only her mother was able to get away.
  • Normal Fish in a Tiny Pond: Reiterated during the attack on RTX, when a White Fang mook gets shot three times by 50-cal rounds and is still combat ready.
  • Nothing Is the Same Anymore: While Gemstone did it best to cover up Team RWBY's existence from the public, Cinder's attack on RTX and the media outbreak soon afterward force the U.S President to publicly reveal the existence of the Remnant universe to the public.
  • Only in It for the Money: Siegfried Schnee's primary concern once relations with Earth are established is how the Terrans can profit the Schnee Dust Company, and is already making plans to become the leader of alternative energy sources for them.
  • Parental Sexuality Squick: Ruby has this reaction to seeing Summer and Taiyang kiss.
  • Reality Ensues:
    • Chapter 3 is an almost cringeworthy string of these moments. Jaune tries to apply what he read in a comic book to JPNR's situation, only for it to keep failing. First, he tries to steal clothes off an Earthling's clothesline only to get caught. Then he tries to get a job, but is rejected for lacking a resume. Thirdly, he goes to the local Salvation Army, only to be forced to run when Nora angers the receptionist by calling Christianity a cult. Lastly, they go to a police station, only to be thought pranksters. In the next chapter, they nearly get arrested for invoking Cinder as a terrorist threat before Gemstone comes through.
    • Contrary to the Villains Blend in Better trope, Cinder and her team are just as confused and lost as Teams RWBY and JNPR once they make it to Earth.
    • Even if Cinder and company are superpowered villains with Aura, there are still limits on how much punishment they can take, especially when a swarm of Hellfire missiles, minigun fire, and rockets are coming their way; that much firepower alone can level entire buildings and streets.
    • Using Something Only They Would Say as a Trust Password doesn't work if the one being interrogated has amnesia.
  • Refugee from TV Land: Add Team JNPR and Summer Rose to the mix. Cinder and her faction as well.
  • Schizo Tech: Remnant's odd tech tree leads the scientists studying Earth to make some foolish assumptions. Most importantly, how the total absence of Dust would (or rather, wouldn't) cripple technological advances. Earth's technology is far more diverse and focused on efficiency while being generally less powerful. Meanwhile, Remnan material science and computer engineering far exceed their counterparts, but are terminally dependent on Dust and are mostly focused exclusively on fighting the Grimm.
  • Spared by the Adaptation: While the Canon-verse Roman is eaten by the Grimm in Heroes and Monsters, Emergence-verse Roman survives and, along with Neo, surrenders to the U.S military when they confirm that Cinder is dead.
    • Unlike her canon self, Emergence!Pyrrha manages to survive her encounter with Cinder, albeit barely, sparing her from the terrible death she suffered in The End of the Beginning.
  • There Is No Kill Like Overkill: The fate of Cinder, Emerald and Mercury - they get hit with 24 Hellfire missiles, then the helicopter gunships open up with their miniguns and rocket pods. It's a testament to how tough they are that there are even recognizable pieces left.
  • The Unmasqued World: The end of chapter 16 has the US Government telling the public about the existent of other worlds, and the people who have crossed over.
  • Well-Intentioned Extremist: Ironwood and his superiors.
  • What the Hell, Hero?: Qrow calling out Ironwood for his foolhardy (and aborted) plan to invade Earth right off the bat without even bothering to try and communicate with the Terrans first.
  • Villain Ball: See Anti-Climax.
  • Zerg Rush: Earth's biggest advantage over Remnant if the two worlds ever went to war with each other - the latter may have incredible technology and superpowers, but Earth has a vast numerical advantage that would quickly drown any invasion under the sheer weight of numbers and an equally huge economic and military infrastructure that dwarfs Remnant's.
    • Best seen in the climax of Remnan Exchange when Raven comments how her tribe of bandits attacked Earth settlements to score some easy loot. They killed everyone and got away with it all right... and then the air raids started. She was forced to cut a deal with the government just to make it stop.

    The Remnan Exchange 

  • Department of Redundancy Department: Cardin saying that the Terran-Humans "can kill each other to death" for all he cares.
  • Disappointed in You: Siegfried says this of Weiss when he sees how she's changed.
  • Don't Create a Martyr: Weiss manages to defeat Adam, but Blake warns her that killing him will only strengthen the White Fang's cause and inspire imitators, so they arrest him instead.
  • Fantastic Racism: We see that Cardin's bigotry also extends to Terran-Humans; to him they're nothing more than "degenerate souless idiots/savages" and he couldn't care less if they all killed each other off.
  • Long-Range Fighter: In chapter 2, it is a sign that Summer still thinks of herself as a Terran rather than a Remnan when her response to a training simulation is to stick to range first and only resort to melee when she no longer has a choice.
  • Wham Line: In the chapter "Destiny II":
    “That's not Summer's Semblance,” he stated as if it were some great revelation.

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