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Remnant has fallen, its cities captured and its greatest defenders defeated at the hands of the alien conqueror, Brainiac. In the aftermath of his victory, the people of Remnant's last hope lies in the hands of two teams of students, whisked away to another world. A world where Gods walk among them.

A crossover of RWBY and The DCU. The story starts during Season 3 of RWBY when Brainiac decides to "learn" about the cultures of Remnant a.k.a. shrinking the cities and destroy the rest of the planet. Team RWBY and JNPR manage to escape and arrive on Earth, where the hopes of the people of Remnant now lies at their hands and the gods that now walk among them.

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The story can be read at Spacebattles, Fanfiction.Net, and Archive of Our Own.

It later inspired the Recursive Fanfiction Remnant's Mightiest Heroes which features the same basic premise, but with Marvel and replaces Brainiac with Kang the Conqueror.


Tropes contained in Hunters of Justice include the following:

  • Absence of Evidence: The fact that not even the Guardians knew about Remnant before Brainiac destroyed it and RWBY and JNPR ended up on Earth leads to the conclusion that there was some kind of veil around Remnant that kept it hidden from the rest of the universe, presumably created by the Brothers.
  • Accidental Public Confession: Pyrrha accidentally revealed her romantic feelings towards Jaune after the group decides to test the Lasso of Truth's abilities. Jaune does the exact same thing in regards to his complicated feelings towards her.
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  • Achievements in Ignorance: Nora accidentally protects her and Pyrrha from Poison Ivy controlling them before they got their Auras up by using a strong perfume.
  • Adaptation Distillation: Rather than trying to navigate the convoluted comics, the DC side of the crossover borrows elements from several different continuities and compresses and streamlines them together into a more cohesive history. These continuities include the DCAU, the DC Extended Universe, the DC Animated Movie Universe, the Arrowverse, Batman/Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Fables, Flashpoint and even the Harley Quinn (2019) series.
  • Adapted Out: Since Ozpin doesn't die during the Fall of Beacon, there's no mention of Oscar Pine anywhere. There's also no mention of Maria Calavera since the cast never ended up in Argus.
  • Adult Fear:
    • The fates of Teams RWBY and JNPR hit what's left of Vale's leadership hard, because there is no conclusive evidence to what happened to them. Qrow and Taiyang in particular are devastated, having come to believe that Ruby and Yang, the two most important people in their lives, are dead.
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    • Even the joy of learning the children are alive is tempered by their actual fates: Trapped in Another World, having witnessed the destruction of their home and with no support system besides each other. All they can do is hope that they're doing well.
  • Affably Evil: The recruiter Jaune, Pyrrha, Cass, and Jason meet when trying to infiltrate Black Mask's gang. He kicks Jaune and Pyrrha out despite them passing most of the tests, because they try so hard to act "gangsta" that he concludes they're actually two kids from stable, well-off families that are trying to join for the excitement, thinking being in a gang is like in a movie, and he doesn't want them getting involved in crime. Jaune and Pyrrha actually comment on how nice he was to them.
  • After the End: This is how life in Vale after Brainiac's invasion is portrayed. After Brainiac bottled the city, Vale descended into complete anarchy, with only Beacon and the surrounding agricultural district under any form of law and order. The city itself has been overrun by criminals, with the likes of Adam Taurus running amok and Roman Torchwick taking over most of the remaining industry. Meanwhile, the dwindling resources has caused the economy to shift to a bartering system, with things like dust fragments functioning as a replacement for the now worthless Lien. Most of all, however, is the complete sense of despair that hangs over the entire population. Within days of the invasion's end, all the alcohol stores were depleted, causing the bars to resort to moonshine, with several people having succumbed to depression. The end result is that suicide rates are at an all-time high, and, in Beacon at least, Ozpin has already started and increased the amount of group therapy sessions to keep what little morale is left up. While the narrative doesn't dive into how the other bottled Remnantian cities are doing, there are implications that they are hardly any better off.
  • Alas, Poor Villain: Cinder's state after Brainiac captures her is absolutely horrifying, with Brainiac turning her into a test subject to better understand the Maiden powers. By the time Ruby finds her, she's left crying and moaning while Strapped to an Operating Table, and Ruby actually tries to free her out of sympathy before Brainiac forces her to flee.
  • Alien Invasion: Four in total:
    • The first occurred ten years ago and involved Darkseid invading Earth in search of the Anti-Life Equation. He was only defeated by the combined forces of Earth's militaries, the Amazons, and the DC Trinity.
    • The second occurred five years after the Darkseid Invasion and involved the Imperium/White Martians attempting to take over after nullifying Earth's defenses, only for J'onn J'onzz/The Martian Manhunter to thwart their attempts by bringing together the Batman, Superman, Wonder Woman, The Flash, Green Lantern and Hawkgirl. This invasion was notable for the subsequent creation of the Justice League itself.
    • The third occurred a few years after the Imperium Invasion and involved the Thanagarian Empire, of which Hawkgirl was an advanced scout, attempting to create a hyperspace bypass through Earth, the creation of which would have destroyed the planet. Hawkgirl ultimately betrayed her species to help the people of Earth, sparing it from destruction. Afterwards, the Justice League was expanded to its enlarged present state.
    • The fourth invasion was Brainiac's invasion of Remnant, which ended with him bottling Remnant's major cities and subsequently destroying the planet. RWBY and JNPR's failed attempt to stop him led to their arrival to Earth.
  • All There in the Manual: Batman's Batcomputer Files, which describe in length various facets of the DC Universe. A particular notice is Batman's case files on the members of teams RWBY and JNPR themselves, which he uses to chronicle their strengths, weaknesses, and where to take their training next. He also details how to take them down if need be, an ongoing process organized into Project: HUNTER-BAT which includes, among other things, nanites meant to drain an individual of their Aura from the inside. Later used in-story after an unfortunate encounter with Poison Ivy.
  • Alternate Universe: The story itself pulls from a wide variety of different sources to make up its continuity. RWBY diverges from canon with Brainiac unintentionally crashing the Vytal Festival and DC has multiple different sources being used to make up its continuity.
  • Alternate Self: When talking about The Multiverse, the Flash uses the Cosmic Treadmill to give RWBYJNPR a peek at their Earth-2 versions, whose counterparts have swapped personalities (and ages in Ruby and Yang's case). That Weiss has a more obvious scar and is apparently a Mafia Princess, etc..
  • Anthropomorphic Personification: Black Orchid, due to her being the magic of the House of Mystery given form. Apparently, she wanted to experience life as a human.
  • Apocalypse Cult: The Church of Blood, a cult that worships Trigon the Terrible, wants to bring him into the world so that he can cleanse it in fire.
  • Armor-Piercing Question: During the interrogation of Scarecrow by Batman after he's been caught, the madman throws all attempts by Batman to help him in his face. Only for this exchange to transpire:
    Batman: Who supplied you with your equipment?
    Scarecrow: Oh, a classic attempt at deflection! It doesn't really matter. I don't really care who you are under that mask. After all, I wouldn't be surprised if that mask is who you truly believe yourself to be. How I wish I could have the chance to analyze you in closer detail.
    Batman: Is that not what you're doing right now? Deflection, delusions of grandeur, hiding behind a mask. Behind your mask, you're just a lonely man who was never loved, a man who was scared at everything and tried to project that fear onto the world.
    Scarecrow: I am fear incarnate. Nothing scares me.
    Batman: Oh, I doubt that very much.
    • Another happens between Brainiac and Ozpin after the Coluan reveals how he saved a civilization from extinction at the hands of Doomsday. He asked Ozpin whether or not he should have left them be, and Ozpin doesn't have an answer.
  • Arc Villain: Although Brainiac is the Big Bad, the story itself is structured into different arcs, centered around one or two villains and the heroes' efforts to stop them.
    • The story's Starter Villain is Scarecrow.
    • The Themyscira arc's villain was Stheno (the older sister of the much more famous Gorgon, Medusa), with Ares as its Greater-Scope Villain.
    • The Jump City or Titans arc's Big Bad was Brother Blood and Raven's father, Trigon.
  • Amazon Brigade: The Amazons of Themyscira.
  • As You Know: Acknowledged when Cyborg and Yang are testing a new grappling hook function to Ember Celica. Yang calls him out on it, to which he says it was simply for the record.
  • Attention Whore: Weiss deduces that Mumbo needs to be the center of attention, so she proceeds to steal his spotlight so Nightwing and Raven can rescue their friends.
  • Awesomeness by Analysis: Weiss manages to figure out that Bruce Wayne is Batman from hearing that Dick's last name is Grayson, meaning he is the Dick Grayson, adopted son of Bruce Wayne, then simply puzzling out the time line between the adoption and Dick meeting Batman, as well as how, regardless of how much he acts like a Rich Idiot With No Day Job, Wayne would have noticed his son sneaking out to be a vigilante, meaning there would be no way for someone as young as Dick was at the time to meet Batman, train with him, and become Robin, without his father noticing unless Bruce Wayne was Batman.
  • Audience Surrogate: All of RWBY and JNPR, due to them being new to the wider DC Universe. As such, the older, more experienced superheroes take the time to explain the facets of their world.
  • Badass Family: The Bat-Family as always. This time expanded with Nightwing (Dick Grayson), Oracle (Barbara Gordon), Red Hood (Jason Todd), Red Robin, (Tim Drake), Batgirl (Cassandra Cain) Spoiler (Stephanie Brown), Batwoman (Kate Kane) and Robin (Damian Wayne).
  • Bad Dreams: After the Trauma Conga Line that RWBYJNPR went through, it's no surprise that they've been having several of these.
  • Bait-and-Switch: During the "Fables Among Us" storyline, Blake is trapped in the Beauty and the Beast story, and at first it seems that Adam is the Beast. But when the others arrive, they realize that Adam isn't the Beast, he's Gaston.
  • Bigger Bad: Although RWBY and JNPR still have to deal with various DC villains, the threat of Brainiac still looms over all.
  • Big "NO!": Ruby does this when Trigon is about to kill her friends, activating her Magical Eye powers in the process.
  • Both Sides Have a Point: The argument after the Aura-draining nanites are revealed to RWBYJNPR. On the one hand, the humans of Earth are a lot more fragile than the average inhabitant of Remnant, as Weiss points out, but Yang is most disturbed by the fact that Bruce went behind their backs to make them in the first place, not to mention that the nanites rely on the Aura-scanning tech that the Remnantians freely gave to the League..
  • Brainwashed and Crazy: Jaune and Ren get mind-controlled by Poison Ivy in the middle of a double date with Pyrrha and Nora, much to the latter two's distress.
  • Break the Cutie: Poor Ruby and Nora.
  • Brick Joke: In order to solve one of Riddler's puzzles, Ruby has to direct a bunch of blimps that have had parts of a question mark painted on them into a specific formation. Two chapters later (during events that take place at the same time), while waiting to infiltrate Black Mask's gang, Jaune, Pyrrha, Jason, and Cassandra notice a bunch of blimps moving strangely, and pick up Ruby directing them from the ground over the radio.
  • But for Me, It Was Tuesday: When jumping out of their Javelin over Bludhaven after it was hit by a League of Shadows attack, Black Canary expresses concern that Team RWBY does that kind of thing enough to have a name for it.
    • The people of Metropolis have been exposed to Mr. Mxyzptlk's antics so frequently that many start recording it on their phones once they're far enough away.
  • Cape Wings: Ruby's trademark red cape is upgraded to serve this capacity, turning it into a glider not unlike the glider-cape Batman and his allies use.
  • Card-Carrying Villain: Scarecrow, full stop. He sees everyone as potential test subjects to learn more about fear, and is willing to plunge an entire city into chaos just for a chance to test his latest formula, sell it to potential buyers, then use that money to fund further experiments. RWBY and JNPR note that he's the most insane man they've ever met in their lives.
  • Catch and Return: Brother Blood smashes Crocea Mors and throws one fragment of it at Jaune. Jaune catches it mid-throw and returns the favor, with better results. It's lampshaded when Jaune comments that he didn't think it would work.
  • Clark Kenting: The Trope Namer, of course. Lois figured it out a while ago, and Blake, already feeling like she recognized Clark from somewhere, realized it when Lois mentioned that he was from Smallville, with the other members of RWBYJNPR and the Titans (save Dick, who knew already), being surprised by it, and/or not them realizing it earlier.
  • Commonality Connection: Ruby bonds with Vigilante and Jason Todd because of their appreciation for guns.
  • Continuity Nod: During Bane's appearance, he mentions the fact that he broke the Bat and then performs the iconic "Bat Breaker" on Yang. Luckily for her, her Aura holds, meaning she doesn't suffer the same broken spine that Bruce did.
  • Crazy-Prepared: Batman, as usual. He's even created countermeasures to take down mind-controlled or gone rogue members of RWBYJNPR, and its implied he has similar contingencies for the rest of the superhero community by Nightwing.
    • He also deliberately focused on Yang and Pyrrha's armor to counteract the wounds that they canonically received in the Fall of Beacon after seeing their injuries in alternate timelines, or in Pyrrha's case, that she died from them in a large number of them.
  • Creepy Doll: Weiss, Yang, Pyrrha and Jaune encounter a room full of them in the House of Mystery, and it's lampshaded by the two blondes in the group, though Pyrrha doesn't really get it.
  • Cut Lex Luthor a Check: As Ruby points out to Control Freak, why doesn't he use his powers to entertain people? The Titans and RWBYJNPR actually had a lot of fun fighting him, so he could just offer to let people do stuff like that while making sure they weren't harmed, and he could still play the villain like he wants to. As he's being arrested, it's made clear that he's actually putting serious consideration into it. Later chapters reveal he plead guilty at his trial so that way he could get out sooner to start up his new business.
  • Dark Fic:
    • As noted below, just because Brainiac unknowingly stopped the Fall of Beacon (and thus Yang losing an arm, the death of Pyrrha, and Ozma shifting to Oscar didn't happen in this universe) doesn't mean it's Lighter and Softer. First, there's Brainiac's usual shtick of shrinking certain cities to preserve a planet's knowledge, then destroying the rest, so while Vale is safe, Remnant itself is destroyed and Vale has descended into anarchy and depression. There's also the fact that some of the darker stories in DC's history are canon, so there's the matter of Barbara Gordon being Oracle (wheelchair and all), Jason Todd and Superman having died and come back, and Damian Wayne being a Child by Rape. Additionally, among the villains RWBY and JNPR fight are the Scarecrow, the Penguin (having the personality of his Batman: Arkham Series incarnation) and Trigon.
    • And the latter two stories in both Elseworld chapters are darker still! The first featuring a universe based on Kingdom Come, where Blake ends up just like Orion did in the original, with additional misanthropy over the injustices on Earth, and another based on DCeased, though that one ends better than the original.
  • Dating Catwoman: Batman, as usual, has an on again/off again relationship with Selina Kyle. Yang finds it hysterical, while Blake can't help but think back to the books she liked to read at night. The rest of the Bat-Family are resigned to it at this point.
  • Darker and Edgier: How do you outdo the Fall of Beacon? By having Brainiac invade Remnant, slaughter millions of people, kidnap thousands for his experiments, shrink and bottle up the planet's major cities, and then blow up the planet.
  • Deadly Gas: Scarecrow's Fear Gas, which he used to poison much of Gotham City. RWBYJNPR shudder to think of how bad it would have been on Remnant though, drawing hordes of Grimm towards cities.
  • Death Glare: A Gorgon's stare, par for the course. One look upon a Gorgon's face will turn a victim to stone.
  • Demonic Possession: Trigon's ultimate goal towards Raven. A goal that he succeeds in, at least temporarily. He then possesses Brother Blood when the vengeful Titans come after the cult leader.
  • Did We Just Have Tea with Cthulhu?: Pyrrha's reaction when she realizes that she's talking with Death of the Endless in the House of Mystery.
  • Dirty Coward: Raven Branwen, unsurprisingly; she's working under Brainiac with the claim that she’s ensuring her own survival when, in reality, it’s because she’s too scared to even try opposing him.
  • Disposable Pilot: The pilot that flew RWBYJNPR into Brainiac's ship dies in the ensuing crash. Yang actually blames herself for this, and later vows to become a pilot in her own right so that she won't have to force anyone else into such a situation ever again.
  • Does Not Know His Own Strength: RWBYJNPR have to go through several training sessions on the Watchtower, as since they've been fighting the superhuman Grimm and other Hunters with Aura and Semblances all their lives, they have to learn to hold back against mundane thugs in the DC universe lest they cripple or kill the Mooks they fight.
  • Double Standard: Rape, Female on Male: Averted with Damien's conception. While the comics tend to play this straight (Bruce is usually only mildly disgusted at most and still has feelings for Talia afterwards), here Bruce is clearly traumatized by what happened, all of the Remnantians are horrified when they realize what happened, and Damien himself absolutely despises his mother for what she did.
  • Double Take: On their first night at Wayne Manor, Weiss wakes up at the feeling of someone chewing on her hair, wakes up to see a cow, then goes back to sleep. Then she realizes what she saw and flips out.
  • Downer Beginning: The story begins with Brainiac successfully shrinking the cities of Remnant, storing them in his ship, and destroying the planet.
  • The Dreaded:
    • Brainiac is, unsurprisingly, this to RWBYJNPR, even after growing stronger and getting the support of Earth's heroes.
    • Despite only being mentioned and having a cameo appearance, The Joker is one of the most feared villains around. Flash even mentioned that other villains tell scary stories about the Joker, most of which are true, and the Remantians sincerely hope they never ever get the chance to meet him.
  • Earth-Shattering Kaboom: After collecting all the major population centers and any other areas of note, Braniac destroys the planet they were located on and continues on to the next one. This is what he did to Remnant, and poor RWBY and JNPR all got front row seats.
  • Elseworlds: While the story itself technically counts as this, there are chapters not canon to the story that also count.
    • There are chapters based on skit comedy the vein of RWBY Chibi.
    • Additionally, there are two chapters (so far) with two vignettes each, the first featuring hypothetical scenarios (respectively Ozpin meeting Death and Ruby wanting a Sexy Whatever Outfit for Halloween, much to Yang's chagrin) and the second based on Elseworlds stories done by DC (again resepctively, Kingdom Come and DCeased)
    • Another chapter is later published on RWBYJNPR ending up on the Earth of Superman: Red Son.
  • Enemy Mine: Green Arrow, Black Canary and RWBY end up teaming up with the Suicide Squad to go against the League of Shadows.
  • Even Evil Has Standards:
    • Most of the mob bosses and (relatively) saner criminals in Gotham refuse to work with or sell to psychos like Scarecrow, though it's only partly due to having standards. The rest of it is that they know people like Scarecrow are just as likely to use anything they sell him on their men as he is to use it on the heroes.
      • While Scarecrow did use software programmed by the Riddler, he got it from a third-party Riddler had sold it to, and even then the Riddler only sold it to them because they lied about who they were, pretending to work for Black Mask.
      • When Penguin found out some of his men went behind his back and smuggled weapons in for Scarecrow, he personally fed them to his shark.
      • Black Mask executes some of his men for helping Scarecrow. He believes them when they say he told them to, knowing it was probably a shapeshifter or illusionist pretending to be him, but kills them for being stupid enough to fall for it, as they should have known that he'd never help Scarecrow and that there are tons of people in Gotham who could pretend to be him (though he does imply that if the shapeshifter had been Clayface, aka a professional actor, then he might have let them off lightly).
    • While musing on Brainiac's motives for his villainy, Ozpin sincerely believes that not even Salem would've gone as far as to destroy all of Remnant.
    • Most supervillains, even ones like Deathstroke, find the Grimm unnerving. Even some of the members of the League of Shadows are creeped out by them, despite planning on using them in their plans, and Lady Shiva admits that she only works with them herself because she was ordered to.
    • Several members of the Suicide Squad; Deadshot doesn't like Waller's tendency to abandon allies mid-fight, Boomerang only kills on Squad missions, and Killer Croc might eat people, but only if they piss him off first, and he wants nothing to do with Frost's psychopathy.
    • Surprisingly, Brainiac. He will not attempt to preserve a civilization that isn't, according to him, on the verge of collapse due to a variety of factors. If they're stable, he'll leave them alone.
    • Livewire doesn't like hurting kids, and doesn't attack Nora until the latter provokes her by, among other things, calling her a C-List villain.
  • Even the Girls Want Her: During their visit to Themyscira, Yang, Blake and Weiss have to politely reject several Amazons who want to ask them out.
    • During an omake, all the members of RWBY and JNPR admit that Wonder Woman is the most beautiful person that they've ever met. Diana is, thankfully, rather flattered by this.
  • Everyone Can See It: Harley Quinn, at least, claims that Blake and Yang's attraction is obvious, though she has the advantage of being a trained psychologist.
  • Evil Is Not a Toy: The Grimm, as always, cannot be controlled by anyone who's not Salem or one of her minions. Not that it stops several of Earth's supervillains from trying. Trigon comes the closest to succeeding mainly because he used them as the basis for the attack on Raven's mind instead of trying to control the physical Grimm, along with being a similar entity to them as a God of Evil, and even then it backfired due to Ruby's Silver Eyes.
  • Fairytale Motifs: Lampshaded In-Universe when the Queen of Fables thinks that Team RWBY actually 'are'' Red Riding Hood, Snow White, Beauty, and Goldilocks, respectively.
  • For Want of a Nail: By crashing the Vytal Festival, Brainiac has effectively prevented nearly all the events from the following volumes from ever happening.
  • Forgiven, but Not Forgotten: Ultimately, this is the attitude RWBYJNPR adopt after learning about Batman's aura-draining nanites and all of his reasons for doing so. While they can understand where he's coming from and even approve on some level, he still betrayed their trust which is something they can't easily let go of. This fuels their decision to move out of Wayne Manor and into their own residence in Metropolis.
  • "Freaky Friday" Flip: During the team's training in the House of Mystery, Yang and Weiss, as well as Jaune and Pyrrha, get their minds swapped, done by Black Orchid as revenge for Constantine and Zatanna bringing a Beowolf into the House of Mystery. They still have their original Semblances, but have to work with their new bodies' different physicality and levels of Aura (much to Yang's dismay, Weiss's body isn't exactly great for brawling). The magic is strong enough that Constantine and Zatanna can't undo it, while Etrigan refuses to help because it's just too funny. They're advised to just wait a day or so for the spell to wear off.
  • Ghost Town: Bludhaven was rendered uninhabitable for at least a century after a tactical nuclear weapon, detonated during the Apokoliptian invasion to try and keep Kalibak's forces at bay, had its effects exponentially magnified by Apokoliptic technology caught in the blast. This allows the League of Shadows to build a hidden base of operations there.
  • Gone Horribly Right: While Jaune and Pyrrha got kicked out of the recruitment effort for being too nice, Jason nearly ended up joining the gang because his efforts were too convincing.
  • Groin Attack: Yang subjects the Penguin to this after she forces him to give up some evidence. This is after he himself forced her to fight off a veritable army of criminals and Bane, so it was rightfully deserved.
  • Hallucinations:
    • What Scarecrow's Fear Gas inflicts upon its victims. It causes a person to see their worst fears, subsequently causing a city-wide panic attack and riots. It would have gotten worse had Batman and his allies not managed to stop him.
    • He later inflicted RWBY and JNPR with an experimental formula of the fear gas that destroyed their rebreathers, forcing them to face their greatest fears. Ruby saw Brainiac reaching out for her, Weiss saw her father subjugating her, Blake saw Adam attacking her, Yang saw everyone she loved abandoning her, and Jaune saw all of his friends dying because of him.
  • Haunted House: The House of Mystery technically qualifies as one, due to its location in both the physical realm as well as the Dreaming, making it a focal point of mystical energies. In addition to having Chaos Architecture, the mansion contains numerous magical monsters for RWBYJNPR to train against.
  • Healing Factor:
    • Stheno, a Gorgon from Greek Mythology, is immortal. Any wounds she received from Pyrrha was quickly negated by her healing.
    • Aura itself also provides a limited healing factor as well, allowing the individual to recover from wounds more quickly.
  • "Hell, Yes!" Moment: The Ozluminati are outright jubilant when they learn RWBY and JNPR are alive and, more importantly, have escaped Brainiac. It's made clear that it's the best news they've heard since Vale fell, and Ozpin hopes that, at the very least, Remnant will live on through them.
  • Heroes Love Dogs: Ruby, Weiss, and Nora immediately start playing around with Krypto when they first meet him, and Weiss can't help but gush and coo over Ace's manners during training in the Batcave. Hilariously inverted in Blake's case, as she tries keeping as much distance as possible from the two, while Krypto and Ace respectively lick and implore her to pet him. Weiss even jokingly lampshades her popularity with canines.
  • Heroic BSoD:
    • RWBY-JNPR suffered a week-long one after they arrived and woke up on the Watch Tower, thanks to the two-day Trauma Conga Line they went through during Brainiac's invasion of Remnant. It was only due to the patience and understanding of the various members of the Justice League that they were able to break out of it.
    • Most of the Ozluminati and allies are hit with this, but Qrow and Taiyang are hit the worst. Qrow's alcoholism has gotten even worse, and Taiyang has also become an alcoholic, but while Qrow still at least talks to people, Tai has all but shut down, doing nothing but drink and occasionally glare at people. Ozpin finding out from Brainiac that Ruby, Yang, and the others are not only alive, but managed to escape snaps both of them out of it.
  • Holding Out for a Hero: This is part of why Clark isn't Superman full-time; when he first came to Metropolis as a Daily Planet intern, he did try to spend every spare moment that he could helping people. Unfortunately, this made people reckless because they assumed that he would save them, some even deliberately endangering themselves so they could meet him, forcing him to step back. Lex Luthor often cites this in his arguments against Superman, and even Clark has to admit that he has a point.
  • Hope Spot: RWBY and JNPR arriving on Earth is one for Remnant, not that they know it.
  • Human Aliens: RWBY and JNPR to the people of Earth. Functionally, they are similar enough to humans in that they are biologically compatible. However, enough key differences remained in order to classify them as an entirely new species dubbed Remnantian. These differences include:
    • Their muscles and skeletons are denser than a human being's, granting them increased strength and durability.
    • Blake, in particular, is noted to be even more genetically distinct, due to her being a Faunus. As such, Blake is noted to have strands of extra DNA that are similar to felines.
    • Finally, every single Remnantian is noted to have the ability to unlock an Aura, which the Justice League discover to be the result of a universal meta gene held within their genetic makeup.
    • Weiss theorizes that this is the result of evolutionary pressures created by the constant Grimm attacks.
  • Imperial Stormtrooper Marksmanship Academy: Lampshaded by Cyborg about Control Freak's Stormtroopers failing to actually hit anyone. It turns out that he had invoked this deliberately so that they'd be strong enough to keep the police out without actually hurting anyone.
  • Implacable Man: As always, Solomon Grundy cannot be stopped unless his heart is removed.
  • Ineffectual Sympathetic Villain: Michael Mayo, the Condiment King, who only returned to villainy when he lost his job and his wife (who was having an affair) left him while taking the kids. Nora, Ren, Stephanie, Tim and even the people he was trying to rob end up pitying him.
  • In Spite of a Nail: Discussed in regards to The Multiverse, with things like Krypton being destroyed tending to happen despite the various factors.
  • Intrepid Reporter: Blake eventually gets a job at the Planet as Lois's understudy.
  • Irony: In his many arguments against Superman, Lex Luthor often cites Clark Kent's articles.
  • I Told You So: When Poison Ivy captures Jaune and Ren, Batman can tell Robin is thinking this by his expression alone. He later says it word for word once they're in the Batmobile.
  • Joisey: Gotham is confirmed to be in New Jersey.
  • Jumped at the Call: When the Justice League offer to train RWBY and JNPR to be superheroes, the teenagers barely give it a second's thought before agreeing. They literally do this when Gotham comes under attack from Scarecrow.
  • Laser-Guided Karma: Penguin, after being humiliated by Yang, Blake, and Batwoman, decides to send his entire gang after the three inside the Iceberg Lounge with the assistance of Bane, specifically requesting for them to be killed. In consequence, he watches his entire organization get beaten to a pulp, Bane beaten to the point of hospitalization, and gets kicked in the crotch courtesy of Yang. Plus, he gets arrested on top of it all.
  • Leaning on the Fourth Wall: In Chapter 43, Yang says that if she didn't know any better, she'd say that Earth was a comic book. When talking about The Multiverse, and how some realities could have them as fictional characters, Ruby goes Who Would Want to Watch Us? and wonders if they'd be a web show or comic.
    • In Chapter 48, Mr. Mxyzptlk, among other things, thinks of referencing RWBYJNPR's Fairytale Motifs.
    • The Queen of Fables goes a step beyond the imp and actually thinks that they are their respective motifs.
  • Likes Clark Kent, Hates Superman: Clark only writes articles on Superman because he has to in order to keep his job, so he tries to be critical of himself in them. The irony of how Luthor often cites them in his arguments against Superman is not lost on him.
  • The Lost Lenore: Even over a century later, Diana still misses Steve Trevor.
  • Magical Eye: Ruby's eyes, as in RWBY canon. Only here they're connected, somehow, to the Life Equation.
  • The Masquerade: The Fables wish to conceal their existence from the "Mundies", though they will make begrudging exceptions for the Justice League and affiliates if needed.
  • Mid-Season Upgrade: Upon their arrival at Titans Tower, RWBYJNPR receive weapon and equipment upgrades to acclimate them to their new role as superheroes. They continue up upgrade their equipment as time goes on.
  • Mission Control:
    • During Scarecrow's massive terror attack on Gotham, RWBY and JNPR are assigned as this since the heroes don't consider them ready to go out into the field yet.
    • Oracle acts as this for the the Bat-Family and RWBYJNPR when they run missions in Gotham.
  • Mistaken Identity: The Queen of Fables mistakes Team RWBY for their Fairytale Motifs of Red Riding Hood, Snow White, Beauty, and Goldilocks.
  • Mugging the Monster:
    • A trio of thugs try to mug the RWBYJNPR and Titans' girls while in Jump City, and while Yang was willing to just let them go with a purple eye, when one of them insults Ruby, she punches out a few teeth and breaks his nose before dropping them in a dumpster.
    • It happens again in Gotham, with Damian outright calling Gotham a Wretched Hive when Weiss expresses disbelief that someone tried to mug them in broad daylight.
  • The Multiverse: RWBYJNPR learn about the multiverse in Chapter 43 as a prelude to the League revealing to them the existence of the Justice Lords as the main reason for Batman's contingency plans. The Earth-Prime Theory is also discussed as a possible reason for why so many alternate timelines and universes are so similar.
  • Mundane Solution: Ruby encounters one of Riddler's puzzles - a bunch of blimps have parts of a question mark painted on them and she has to get the blimps to create the question mark. However the Riddler was expecting her to solve the puzzle, it most likely wasn't by having Ruby just get on the radio, explain the situation to the pilots of the blimps, and direct them like an air traffic controller.
  • My God, What Have I Done?: Raven feels this way when she almost kills Mumbo Jumbo by overloading him with her magic.
  • Mythology Gag: As consulting Aphrodite's shipping chart, Wonder Woman comes upon names of heroes she hasn't met yet.
    Aphrodite: "Some would, admittedly, require more effort than others. But, who doesn't love a good redemptive love story?"
    Wonder Woman: "I'm fairly certain that wouldn't be the actual result," Diana mumbled, then continued reading. "Hold on, most of these people they haven't even met yet. Who's Kara?"
    Aphrodite: (ignoring Diana's question) "Oh, as if such paltry concerns as time and space, or whether they've actually met each other, matter in the face of love!"
    • Yang saves a girl from the Mad Hatter who gives her name as Imra Ardeen, who then gives her some advice regarding Bruce's betrayal by making the Aura-draining nanites, giving a parallel reminiscent of her history with Brainiac-5, and Yang sees what looks like a Legion flight ring on her finger.
    • When discussing The Multiverse with RWBYJNPR, The Justice Lords, Batman Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, and Flashpoint all get mentioned. Also, when Ruby expresses a Who Would Want to Watch Us? belief, Beast Boy says that a show regarding them would be awesome, either referencing Teen Titans or Young Justice. After seeing their Earth-2 versions, Jaune, like Owlman, wonders if any of their choices even really matter, but Pyrrha thinks that they do matter.
    • Like in canon Atlas, Jaune is a big hit with single moms.
    • Just like in her debut story, the Queen of Fables mistakes a character for Snow White, Weiss in this case.
    • As a reference to the episode of RWBY Chibi where Team RWBY put on a Red Riding Hood play, when forced to reenact the Red Riding Hood fairytale with Bigby Wolf thanks to the Queen of Fables, a lot of the dialogue of them following the story is lifted from the short, with Bigby in the place of Blake.
    • Just like in Harley Quinn (2019), the Queen of Fables is defeated by sealing her in a copy of the U.S. Tax Code. Bigby even jokes that she could become an accountant.
  • No-Holds-Barred Beatdown: What an angry Ren finishes Scarecrow off with.
  • No-Sell: Ren's Semblance is Emotion Suppression. While he was affected by the fear gas, his Semblance allowed him to circumvent its effects.
  • Normal Fish in a Tiny Pond:
    • The immortal Salem, Arch-Enemy of Ozpin, has plagued Remnant for thousands of years and has essentially shaped the entire world with her control over the Grimm. When Brainiac came for her, the only reason she survived was thanks to her immortality and she's stuck in hiding for fear of becoming another one of his lab subjects. Ozpin himself notes that, with the way things are, she's currently the least of his problems.
    • Applies even more to her subordinate Cinder Fall. By the end of the first day of Brainiac's invasion she was captured and made into another one of his lab subjects, showing just how low on the scale even the most powerful people on Remnant are compared to the top tiers of the DC Universe.
    • Weiss lampshades this when they're heading on a mission to Bludhaven, theorizing that the Grimm created selection pressures that led to the extinction of the non-Aura versions of the meta-gene on Remnant, and that if they hadn't been a factor, Remnant would be more like Earth, with not everyone able to manifest powers, but with more variety in the power levels of those who can.
  • The Not-Love Interest: Despite knowing how the other feels, Jaune and Pyrrha do not instantly get into a relationship after Pyrrha's Love Confession. This is because both of them acknowledge that neither of them are emotionally ready for such a commitment. They decide to go on a date to see if it works out after they take down Black Mask. To their mutual dismay, the date feels no different from just hanging out normally, but after pep talks from Ren and Nora they decide they're currently Better as Friends.
  • Nothing Is Scarier: Nora's hallucination is not shown, but it leaves her curled up in the fetal position on the ground. Pyrrha's hallucination and reaction are also not shown, but she's left as traumatized as the rest of her friends, so it couldn't have been pleasant for her either.
  • Nothing Is the Same Anymore: The destruction of Remnant has changed the lives of the Remnantians, for better and for worse. This especially applies to RWBY and JNPR, who have realized that even if they manage to free what's left of their homes from Brainiac's clutches, things will never go back to the way things were. This is partly why they chose Starting a New Life on Earth and wait for Brainiac to come to their new home rather than seek him out themselves.
  • Obfuscating Stupidity: Implied when Yang rescues a girl named Imra Ardeen from the Mad Hatter. Given how Imra Ardeen is actually Saturn Girl, a powerful telepath from the Legion of Super Heroes...
  • Offscreen Villain Darkmatter: Lampshaded by Weiss when dealing with the Riddler.
  • Oh, No... Not Again!: Raven's reaction upon seeing that Mumbo has turned the Titans into animals.
  • One Steve Limit: There are two Ravens, Raven Roth of the Titans and Raven Branwen. So far they haven't been near each other so there's no confusion.
  • Outside-Context Problem: Brainiac to Remnant, whose focus on the Grimm made them completely ignorant of life beyond their planet. Then in swoops an alien threat that makes even the most dangerous Grimm look cute and cuddly in comparison.
  • Parent-Child Team: Bruce Wayne and his son Damian Wayne.
  • Patchwork Fic: As noted under Adaptation Distillation, the DC side blends elements different incarnations, including Wonder Woman's New 52 origin as the daughter of Hippolyta and Zeus, Superman's backstory resembling his DC Extended Universe counterpart's history, Batman sporting the more fatherly behavior of his Young Justice incarnation, with Beast Boy's origin story also partially taken from that series (a blood transfusion from Miss Martian), the origin of the Justice League being that of the team's DC Animated Universe origin (outside of swapping Wally for Barry as the Flash present) and Hawkgirl's backstory being similar to her DCAU counterpart, the Riddler's backstory as a former GCPD forensic tech coming from Gotham, the Penguin being based on his Batman: Arkham Series incarnation (a modified version of the Killer Croc side mission in Arkham Knight also occurred here), and the events of The Death of Superman being based on both the animated The Death of Superman/Reign of the Supermen duology (Superman's final moments after the battle with Doomsday and Doomsday's origin of being a creation of Apokolips to take out Superman) and Justice League (2017) (Superman's resurrection is done by Batman and Wonder Woman, being prompted by the need for help against an invasion from Apokolips). Chapter 31 heavily implies that Legion of Super-Heroes is also a part of the universe, as well as showing that the League once had an encounter with the Justice Lords. The Fables also exist, and met the League during an incident with Lamia before the incident with the Queen of Fables.
  • Pheromones: Poison Ivy's Mind Control works via using these. Nora manages to accidentally protect herself and Pyrrha before they activated their Auras by using strong perfume.
  • Pyrrhic Victory: The mission to stop Poison Ivy can be seen as this. While they did managed to capture Ivy and free Ren and Jaune from the brainwashing, they failed to stop Isley from killing the Directors of ACE Chemicals for illegally contaminating, and the method Batman used to incapacitate Ren and Jaune left the rest of the Remnantians shaken and distrustful of the Dark Knight.
  • Properly Paranoid:
    • Raven was terrified of Trigon managing to possess her, and as such helped the Titans create a magical barrier around Titans Island meant to contain her in such an event. It ends up getting used when her fears come to pass.
    • Batman, as usual, which is even lampshaded in-universe.
  • Railroading: When Team RWBY is sent into the stories of their respective Fairytale Motifs by the Queen of Fables, Ruby meets Bigby, who explains that the stories will force them to go along with the plot of the tales if they try to resist, but luckily there's been so many variations over the centuries that they have some flexibility. For example, since some versions of the story have a hunter save Red Riding Hood, and Ruby is a Huntress, she can "save" herself.
  • Reality Ensues:
    • After the bottling, life in Vale has not been peachy keen, as seen in After the End. As sad as RWBY and JNPR's current situation is, one look at Vale makes it clear that they were the lucky ones.
    • RWBY and JNPR lived in a world where everyone had superpowers and was Made of Iron. It takes them weeks of training for them to instinctively hold back enough so they won't cripple or kill the first criminals they fight.
    • When RWBY and JNPR talk about what might happen to the cities of Remnant after Brainiac's been defeated, Weiss brings up many complications that will no doubt arise. Namely the heavy amount of repairing and rebuilding of the cities that will need to be done, as well as the difficulty of finding a suitable home for them with the proper resources and environment that they'll need. She even admits that while Earth would be an ideal location, it's history with numerous alien invasions, some of which were quite recent, would make them untrusting of Remnant and her people. Not to mention it would be extremely difficult to find countries willing to give up territory for Remnant's cities, especially ones who wouldn't insist that they fall under their jurisdiction.
  • Reasonable Authority Figure: The leaders of NATO, Russia, and China accept the Justice League's warnings about Brainiac and quickly begin to prepare for a potential invasion. Considering the fact that Earth has already undergone three different alien invasions, it's not that hard to see why.
  • Religion of Evil: The Church of Blood publicly worships an Allfather, one whom encourages His followers to embrace their darker natures in the pursuit of enlightenment. Said 'Allfather' is merely a watered down name for Trigon.
  • Revealing Cover-Up: Someone or something, presumably the Brothers, was apparently shielding Remnant from the rest of the universe. It's theorized that Brainiac found the planet specifically because he noticed an anomaly caused by said cloaking field in comparison to the surrounding regions of space, which attracted his curiosity.
  • Riddle Me This: Weiss, Ruby and Damian end up going against the Riddler, solving puzzles and riddles throughout Gotham.
  • Rogues Gallery Showcase: During their stay at Gotham City, RWBY and JNPR help the Batfamily deal with several of the most famous Batman Rogues. Scarecrow, Riddler, Penguin, Bane, Black Mask, Two-Face, Solomon Grundy, Mr. Freeze, Poison Ivy, Clayface and Mad Hatter are all seen. Even the Condiment King shows up. Catwoman, Deadshot, Harley Quinn and Killer Croc also appear, although in a far less hostile capacity.
  • Sand In My Eyes: After Ruby demonstrates Crescent Rose's new 20mm firing mode, Stephanie asks if Jason is crying. Jason responds with the trope.
  • Sealed Evil in a Can: The Queen of Fables was trapped in a book of fairytales, and in the end she's resealed by Ruby tricking her into a copy of the U.S. Tax Code.
  • Secret Secret-Keeper: It's heavily implied, though not outright confirmed, that Commissioner Gordon is aware of his daughter's vigilante activities but chooses to let his daughter keep believing that he doesn't know.
  • Shell-Shocked Veteran: All of RWBY and JNPR after surviving the destruction of Remnant.
  • Shout-Out:
    • After watching football with Cyborg, Yang tells him about a similar sport on Remnant called Grifball.
    • Call of Duty made a game about the Apokoliptican invasion.
    • Ruby is playing Pokémon, using a Zubat named 'Nox'. Weiss, Blake and Yang talk about their favored pokemon, which happen to be Ralts, Gastly and Torchic respectively.
    • When talking about The Multiverse teams RWBY and JNPR are shown images of Spawn and Sub-Zero.
    • John Constantine mentions the Overlook Hotel, and the Creepy Twins from it show up in the House of Mystery.
    • When Ruby learns of the Fable concept of "Mundies", she immediately compares it to Muggles from Harry Potter.
  • Significant Birth Date: Downplayed. Appropriately for someone with a gothic theme and reaper's scythe for a weapon, it turns out that Ruby's birthday falls on the same day as Halloween.
  • Starter Villain: Scarecrow serves as this for the Remnantians as the first threat they help to combat with the Bat-Family. Although everyone is involved in finding him, it's ultimately Ren that takes him down. Stheno the Gorgon is the second major threat but is only slightly more difficult, taken down only by Pyrrha and Wonder Woman. Trigon, on the other hand, is a massive threat and they barely escape alive.
  • Starting a New Life: What RWBY and JNPR elect to do after landing on Earth and finally coming to terms with their situation. First, they only planned to stay as superheroes; but after experiencing normal life with the Titans and realizing they've essentially been freeloading off the vigilantes, they've all decided to lay down roots and get jobs once they've fully settled down somewhere.
  • Sure, Let's Go with That: Pyrrha's and Jaune's reaction when their attempt at infiltrating a gang recruitment for Black Mask goes awry. It turns out that the recruiter who 'recruited' them felt that they were too nice, but instead of thinking they were undercover cops or heroes, they were instead just two rich kids itching for some excitement. Especially Pyrrha. Neither of them correct him.
  • Synchronous Episodes:
    • When in Gotham, RWBYJNPR split up into groups along with various members of the Bat Family to pursue various leads to loose ends from Scarecrow's rampage, with nods to what the other groups are up to popping up every so often.
    • While RWBY, Green Arrow and Black Canary deal with the League of Shadows in Bludhaven, JNPR and the Bat Family deals with Poison Ivy in Gotham.
  • Take That!: Control Freak's entire motivation stems from Jump Studios planning to cancel the critically acclaimed Wonder Twins television show and replace it with a kids-oriented Flash animated show. Sound familiar?
  • Taking You with Me: Downplayed. Part of why Raven chooses to seal Trigon within her chakra is because if she dies, he will die with her. However, she has no plans of dying anytime soon.
  • Teen Genius: One WayneTech engineer ends up seeing Ruby as this. He agrees to watch over her while Lucius Fox is talking with Weiss thinking that he'd just be babysitting, then he witnesses her expertise in engineering and metallurgy (she did forge Crescent Rose by herself after all) and demands that Lucius hire her on the spot.
  • Teeth-Clenched Teamwork: Team RWBY, Green Arrow, and Black Canary don't enjoy their Enemy Mine with the Suicide Squad much, especially with how bloodthirsty and/or just plain insane the members of the latter are.
  • Teleportation: The method RWBY and JNPR used to arrive at Earth. Specifically, via Boom Tube generated by a Mother Box found inside Brainiac's laboratory.
  • There Are No Therapists: Averted. All of RWBY and JNPR are dealing with PTSD, which the League takes great care to provide all of them with appropriate and professional support. M'gann M'orzz is specifically noted to be a child therapist, which she uses in a therapy session with the team during their time with the Titans.
  • Trapped in TV Land: The Queen of Fables sends Team RWBY into the stories of their respective Fairytale Motifs, believing them to actually be the characters from those stories, forcing them to act out the stories to escape.
  • Throwing Your Sword Always Works: Jaune throws the broken fragment of Crocea Mors right into the stomach of a Trigon-possessed Brother Blood. Even he was surprised it worked.
  • Translation Convention: When the Remnantians and the Justice League first encounter each other, though their speech is written as English to the readers, it's made clear that they are speaking completely different languages. J'onn has to take the time to telepathically teach them English over the next few days.
  • Trauma Conga Line: Over the course of two days, RWBY and JNPR had to watch Brainiac invade their planet, kidnap and slaughter their fellow citizens, and then kidnap Ruby, right in front of them. While they manage to break into his ship and get Ruby back, they then learn that Brainiac hasn't destroyed Remnant's cities, but instead shrunk and bottled them for his own studies. Their own attempt to fight and stop Brainiac completely fails, with them failing to do any lasting damage, and after it's over they get front row seats to him shrinking and bottling Vale, and then destroying their planet. All of that reduced them to a week-long Heroic BSoD and lingering PTSD that might never completely go away.
  • Uncertain Doom:
    • The Ozlluminati don't know what happened to Salem, only that all the Grimm retreated from Vale after the Grimm Dragon died, and haven't even been seen in the vicinity since then. The same goes for Raven Branwen, who used her powers to get Taiyang off of Patch and to Vale, but then seemingly disappeared. Emerald and Mercury also disappeared after Cinder was captured.
    • It is revealed in Chapter 18 that Emerald and Mercury are now working for Torchwick, who controls most of Vale's remaining industry. Raven Branwen and her tribe now work for Brainiac, and Brainiac believes that Salem is still alive, though he has no idea where she is.
    • Of all of the main characters from canon, there's still no word on if Oscar Pine and Maria Calavera were bottled by Brainiac or if they were killed when he destroyed the planet.
  • The Unpronouncable: Mr. Mxyzptlk, of course, which is actually exploited by Ruby. At first, she unsuccessfully tries to pronounce his name, but after that she keeps saying it wrong on purpose, as part of an ultimately successful Batman Gambit to trick him into saying "Kltpzyxm" (though she never did learn how it was actually pronounced).
  • Villainous Breakdown: Just as Trigon is about to finish Ruby off, she activates her Silver-Eye Powers, which are infused with the Life Equation, which severely injures the demon. As a consequence, both Trigon and Brother Blood see their plans fall apart almost instantly, and are barely able to put up a last-minute fight against the vengeful Titans.
  • Villain Respect: Brother Blood may be fighting against the Titans, but he still genuinely respects their dedication to protecting innocent life and minimizing collateral damage.
  • Villain Team-Up: Because of Scarecrow's terror attack, several of Gotham's rogues begin forming alliances, Penguin with Bane and Black Mask with Two-Face. Both alliances fall through thanks to the Bat-family and RWBY-JNPR.
  • Voices Are Mental: Averted, the "Freaky Friday" Flip has the voices stay with their original bodies.
  • The Walls Are Closing In: One of the trials Weiss, Yang, Jaune and Pyrrha face in the House of Mystery is a room like this. When Weiss questions how the ceiling lowering and the walls closing in can happen at once, Yang points out that it's magic.
  • Wham Episode: The two-part Grand Finale of the Titans arc. Trigon possesses Raven after Beast Boy almost dies to Doctor Light, and proceeds to almost Total Party Kill all of the Titans along with RWBY and JNPR, only for Ruby to activate her Silver-Eye Powers for the first time. That by itself is enough of an in-universe shock, but the fact that fragments of the Life Equation crossed Ruby's mind just before she used her powers certainly qualifies.
    • Chapter 41 has Yang rescue a girl named Imra Ardeen from the Mad Hatter, who then gives Yang some advice, but more importantly Brainiac captures Penny and introduces her to Fria. Most shockingly, the existence of the Multiverse is revealed to RWBY and JNPR.
  • Where Does He Get All Those Wonderful Toys?: Lampshaded when Ruby and Weiss learn that the hazardous environment suits that Lucius Fox made for RWBYJNPR each cost 25 million. Basically, with both Bruce's financial backing and the rest of the Justice League's resources, he has no shortages on funding.
  • Who Would Want to Watch Us?: When discussing The Multiverse with RWBYJNPR, it's brought up that in some alternate universe they could only exist as fictional characters, prompting Ruby to almost say this word-for-word.
  • Worthy Opponent: Pyrrha earns the respect of Artemis of Bana-Migdhall by lasting as long as she did in their fight of Themyscira's festival.
  • Wretched Hive: Damian actually drops the trope name when describing Gotham to Weiss after someone tried to mug the group in broad daylight, Weiss then being reminded of Mantle back on Remnant.
  • Wrecked Weapon: Crescent Rose is destroyed in the battle against Trigon, while Crocea Mors is broken during the subsequent fight against Brother Blood. Both Ruby and Jaune have made plans to make new weapons.
  • Year Inside, Hour Outside: When Team RWBY and Bigby are sealed in a book of fairytales by the Queen of Fables, the trope is all but name-dropped.
  • You Can't Go Home Again: For all living Remnantians, Remnant itself is gone and is not coming back. If the bottled cities are ever released, they'll have to start a new society from scratch.

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