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Jaune had always wanted to go to a school to learn to battle the creatures of Grimm. But as a boy with no huntsmen training, no huntsmen knowledge, and no huntsmen transcripts, he had absolutely no chance of getting into a school like that legally. After scouring the darkest corners of the CCTNet, he finally found a lead. A place called Grimm Academy.

My Abominable Monster Classmates Can't Be This Cute! is a RWBY Alternate Universe story by Mallobaude, where instead of attending Beacon Academy, Jaune attends Grimm Academy, where everyone is a Grimm hybrid and the headmaster is Salem. Now Jaune has to survive in the dog-eat-dog environment fostered by the academy and dealing with a Grimmified Team RWBY.


The story can be read here.

This Fan Fic provides examples of the following tropes, which may include unmarked spoilers:

  • A Rare Sentence: After Cinder declares "There is to be no public fornication at the dance." Neo is both incredulous that such a sentence was said and even more so that Cinder needed to say it.
  • Abhorrent Admirer: Sun to Blake. She's a Nightmare Fetishist, he's The Pollyanna.
  • Adaptational Villainy: In canon, Salem had some redeeming qualities that prevent her from being too evil. Here, she kidnapped many children and turned them into Grimm hybrids, corrupting them as her minions. She also keeps Summer Rose alive as captive and tortures her with her grimmified daughter Ruby.
  • Academy of Evil: Grimm Academy teaches Grimm hybrid students to infiltrate human society to bring it down for Salem.
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  • invokedAccidental Innuendo: After Weiss realizes Winter is her sister, the two of them go out to lunch together and Weiss suggests they bone, to Winter's horror and mortification. What Weiss meant was sharing the bone marrow in their steaks and she's equally disgusted and mortified when she realizes what Winter thought she meant.
  • Affectionate Nickname: Jaune dubs Weiss 'Snow Angel' when flirting with her for Cinder's class, and later gives Ruby the nickname 'Cookie Monster' after she enjoys the cookies he gave her.
  • Aggressive Submissive: Weiss is very dominant towards Jaune until he shows a hint of assertiveness, causing her to instantly submit.
  • All of the Other Reindeer: Ruby is shunned by everyone except Jaune and Yang because of her incomplete Grimmification leading to her incredibly positive nature.
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  • And I Must Scream: Several times, the Grimm Hybrids show emotions they can't explain, such as Ruby crying when Summer talks to her and Blake screaming that she didn't want to kill Adam when testing her aura. Jaune quickly realizes that their human selves are still present inside their minds but they're locked away from the hybridization process.
  • Armor-Piercing Question: After Weiss gets her Aura unlocked, she goes on a small rampage against two students that she tries to claim don't matter because they're humans. In response, Jaune reveals to her that he's a human and asks her a very hard hitting question:
    Jaune: If my life matters, then theirs do too. But if their lives don't matter to you, then mine doesn't either. Which is it, Weiss?
  • Asshole Victim: Grimm!CRDL, especially Cardin. The team were bullies in canon, but now that they're Grimm hybrids instead of humans, it's even worse, as they're Social Darwinist Brutes with no true morals. After they all die off in the first semester, it's discussed, as Ruby says that no one will care that she murdered Cardin (She's a Grimm hybrid- it would be weird if she didn't gruesomely murder another student from time to time), and Professor Rainart notes that CRDL (and several OCs) were pretty much destined to die because they just fought because of their Grimm instincts, rather than having something to truly fight for like Jaune and Team RWBY.
  • Attack! Attack! Attack!: This is Wesson's strategy when fighting Jaune. It gets him in trouble because it means he's going for a strong point (Crocea Mors' shield) instead of exploiting his weaknesses, and means that he just fruitlessly wastes most of his energy beating against it, even though he could have won fairly easily if he'd used any tactical sense.
  • Badass Creed: Winter gives one about how a Schnee has to be perfect when unlocking Weiss' Aura.
    Winter: To be perfect is to achieve immortality. Perfection is a burden to be sought out, to be fought for and cherished, for others and never for ourselves. Through the weight of legacy, we must strive forever more to be perfect, and with our legacy achieve for the good of all. This is what it means to be a Schnee.
  • Badass Normal: Sorta. Weiss is the only Grimm hybrid to not have her Aura unlocked. Winter unlocks it for her later.
  • Bad is Good and Good is Bad: Part of the hybrids' Blue-and-Orange Morality: they revel in negative feelings while positive thoughts are repulsive, which is why the positive-thinking Ruby was ostracized by the other hybrids.
  • Because You Were Nice to Me: Ruby befriends Jaune because he doesn't care about her positive attitude (because he's human and not attracted to negative emotions like Grimm, though she doesn't know that).
  • Belligerent Sexual Tension: Weiss with Jaune, although it's mostly one-sided. She also thinks that Mercury and Emerald's arguing is this, much to their horror.
  • Berserk Button: Don't insult Salem or the hybrids where Tyrian can hear you.
  • Big Sister Instinct: Yang still has this towards Ruby.
  • Blue-and-Orange Morality: All of the hybrids. Ruby's catching on, though. Blake is even worse than most, being something of a Yandere version of the hybrids' usual morality.
  • Cerebus Syndrome: While the story was never completely lighthearted, there was still plenty of Black Comedy to go around among the genuinely funny and heartwarming moments. Once the set shifts to Beacon Academy, however, almost all of these funny moments disappear completely and the story becomes a straight drama.
  • Combat Pragmatist: May, the girlfriend of one of Yang's victims, tries to get her revenge by sniping the other hybrid, unlike most who fight at close range.
  • Comforting the Widow: This was probably not Raven's intention when she visited Taiyang shortly after Summer's death, but it's what happened, and not long afterwards the two were back together again.
  • Conditioned to Accept Horror: While infiltrating Beacon, Jaune watches Yang toy with a Boarbatusk and is first surprised to realize everyone else is horrified by her brutality then surprised to realize he should be as well but isn't.
  • Cute Monster Girl: Grimmified!Team RWBY are noted by Jaune's perspective as being extremely attractive, much to his confusion and fear.
  • Dead Guy on Display: Blake keeps Adam's head in a jar on her desk.
  • Death by Adaptation: Team CRDL and Team BRNZ, or at least their Grimm Hybrid forms, are killed during their time at Grimm Academy. Adam Taurus is also killed before the beginning of the story.
  • Defusing the Tyke-Bomb: Jaune's reason for staying at Grimm Academy. Ruby eventually joins him.
  • Deliberate Values Dissonance: At one point, Jaune and Team RWBY have a movie night and watch Alien and then Species. Much to Jaune's bemusement, the girls see the creatures as the protagonists and become upset that the humans killed them, seeing it as an example of how cruel and unjust humans are.
  • Delivery Stork: Weiss thinks that this is how human babies are born. Of course, she thinks that the bird is a snipe.
  • Die or Fly: Jaune is left in the middle of the Grimmlands to either make it back to the academy or die fighting the Grimm. Thanks to him unlocking his Aura on the way, he manages to make it back alive.
  • Dramatic Irony: After seeing Ruby and Yang for the first time, Qrow thinks that there's no way that Raven would lie about Yang's death to his face. As the audience already knows, however, not only is that exactly what she did, but she actually had a fair reason to.
  • The Dreaded: Several, due to the nature of Grimm Academy.
    • Salem, the Humanoid Abomination of a headmistress.
    • Tyrian Callows, the bloodthirsty combat professor.
    • Blake, who's even more insane than most Grimm hybrids.
    • Yang, one of the most powerful students.
    • Jaune eventually becomes this. Mostly, it's a case of Mistaken for Badass as the hybrids don't quite understand that he's using The Power of Friendship rather than brute strength, but he genuinely does have the alliance of several powerful students and is difficult to fight thanks to his Aura and huntsman weapon.
  • Dying Moment of Awesome: Apparently, Adam fought his way through Grimmlands to rescue Blake, but failed and she killed him. Blake still remembers him fondly because of this.
  • Epic Fail: Sun tries to become a goth to impress Blake, even dyeing his hair and tail black. It just annoys her even more.
  • Even Evil Has Loved Ones:
    • Cardin feels some measure of respect towards Jaune after he killed the abomination made from Sky and Dove's corpses.
    • Blake still remembers Adam fondly due to his attempt to save her life and she reveals when she uses her Aura that she didn't want to kill him in the first place.
  • Evil Cannot Comprehend Good: The hybrids in general have this problem (although it's certainly possible to teach them). Part of the reason Jaune becomes The Dreaded is because students think that he has defeated Team RWBY and is forcing them to guard him. Nope, he's actually just friends with them, and they're helping him out of their own free will.
  • Eye Scream: Summer Rose's eyes were removed and she wears a blindfold at all times.
  • For Want of a Nail: Ruby and Yang were captured in this story because when Yang took Ruby on her escapade to find her mother, Qrow didn't save her in time.
  • From a Certain Point of View: In the past, after Raven discovered what had happened to Yang, she chose to lie to Qrow and say that she and Ruby had died because, from her perspective and for all intents and purposes, she really was dead, and trying to claim otherwise would've only hurt everyone more.
  • Godzilla Threshold: Qrow threatening to tell Taiyang that Yang and Ruby are still alive (which would almost certainly break up his new family with Raven) makes her so desperate that she willingly reveals herself as the Spring Maiden to threaten him into submission.
  • Go Mad from the Revelation: Awakening a Grimm hybrid's Aura forces them to confront everything they've done, causing many to temporarily go insane.
  • Green-Eyed Monster: Ruby at Jaune's relationship with Weiss, much to her confusion.
  • Groin Attack: Yang apparently did this to Cardin after he started harassing her. After seeing the results himself, Jaune takes a moment to wonder how he can still pee.
  • Hidden Agenda Villain: Salem created Grimm Academy and lets Jaune stay, but her motivation for doing so remains unclear.
  • Horn Attack: Horn fencing consists of two opponents clashing their horns against each other over and over until one submits. Since none of the hybrids seem to have reinforced skulls, it causes a lot of pain and dizziness.
  • Humanoid Abomination: Everyone except Jaune and the teachers (and Mercury and Emerald), but Blake especially, due to how her Grimmification went wrong.
  • I Just Want to Be Loved: Blake, for all her terrifying nature, ultimately wants someone to truly and freely love her.
  • Instantly Proven Wrong: When Ruby remarks on Cinder is too old to pose as a student, Weiss remarks that Cinder looks like a natural in her uniform. Just as Jaune's glad that Weiss didn't put her foot in her mouth for once, she continues to say Cinder looks just like those "thirty somethings pretending to be schoolgirls" in all the porn she watches and goes on to comment how she thinks Cinder would prefer to be dominant during sex.
  • Internal Reveal:
    • When Qrow decides to confront Jaune directly, he and Winter finally learn about what happened to Yang, Ruby, and Weiss, Summer Rose's current status as a prisoner, and the existence of Grimm Academy.
    • Qrow ends up explaining all of this to Raven in an attempt to get her to open a portal to Summer, at which point she threatens him with the Spring Maiden powers and outs herself in the process.
  • Kill It Through Its Stomach: During his trek through the Grimmlands, Jaune gets Swallowed Whole by a King Taijitu, unlocks his Aura while inside the snake's stomach, and cuts his way out with Crocea Mors.
  • Knight of Cerebus: Any time Salem appears or is mentioned, the story goes into its darkest and most serious moments with absolutely zero levity.
  • Know-Nothing Know-It-All: Weiss, for all of her posturing, really knows next to nothing about human customs. Jaune even points it out in his narration, actually calling her a 'Know-Nothing Know-It-All' several times.
  • Major Injury Underreaction: Salem's only reaction to Jaune impaling her through the chest is to snark that "better men than [him] have tried".
  • Malaproper: Weiss frequently mixes up her words, such as using "droll" in place of "drool" and vice versa.
  • Making Love in All the Wrong Places: Jaune and Weiss's first time is in the school's kitchen.
  • Mistaken for Racist: Some of Weiss's comments, especially towards Sun, come across as racist, such as asking if he has "hand-feet" like a monkey. Sun just laughs it off and says he doesn't but his mother does.
  • Mister Seahorse: Weiss wants Jaune and Professor Port to have babies. However, she seems to think that babies are delivered by snipe...
  • Morality Pet: Zwei is a normal dog that Ruby rescued from Cardin and keeps in her room.
  • Most Definitely Not a Villain: Ruby and Penny bond over their overt convictions that they are normal human beings that most definitely are not hiding anything.
  • One Steve Limit: Averted. Weiss' cover name of Wren (Slate) sounds like (Lie) Ren, which causes some confusion when discussing Jaune's "relationships."
  • Only Sane Man: Jaune is the only one who has any idea of how human beings conduct themselves in public. This proves to be a constant source of exasperation as he must keep Ruby, Yang, and Weiss behaving at Beacon.
  • Polyamory: Jaune ends up in a relationship with Weiss, Ruby, and sorta Blake.
  • The Power of Love vs The Power of Hate: A big conflict with Ruby. Salem's plan relies on the latter, but Jaune's attempts to return the hybrids to their human states revolves around the former. Ruby herself comes to agree with the power of love as time goes on, openly questioning Salem's plan.
    • Human emotions such as love allow hybrids to more easily maintain their human disguise. After making love for the first time, Ruby maintains her human form all night, even while sleeping.
  • Pragmatic Villainy: Salem rescues Jaune from a horde of Grimm because he's useful to her plans.
  • Pregnancy Scare: Weiss temporarily believes she's pregnant and starts constructing a nest until Jaune explains it's physically impossible to get pregnant from oral sex.
  • Rape Is a Special Kind of Evil: Cardin contemplates raping Yang after he kills Jaune, which really emphasizes his status as The Brute whose only purpose in life is to dominate others.
  • Reasonable Authority Figure: Professor Hazel Rainart. He stresses the need for a reason to fight beyond instinct, and he even lets Jaune write a letter home to his family (providing it contains no hint to his current situation).
  • Secret-Keeper:
    • Tyrian, Salem, and Hazel all know Jaune's human. It's ambiguous if Arthur or Cinder know.
    • Ruby finds out that Jaune's human. She keeps his secret. Jaune also tells Weiss that he's human after she gets her Aura unlocked.
    • After Winter sees Weiss's Grimm form and hears Salem's name, Qrow tells her about who Salem is.
  • Secret Secret-Keeper: Blake knew about Jaune's humanity since the beginning, but didn't divulge her knowledge until later.
  • Serious Business: Horn fencing. Not showing proper respect to someone who beats you is a serious faux pas but so is trying to claim victory without declaring an official duel.
  • Shout-Out:
    Weiss: It's over Ruby. I have the high ground!
    Ruby: You underestimate my power!
    • One of Professor Port's tales mentions how he had tied an onion to his belt. It was the fashion at the time.
    • Winter gives a modified version of the classic Bryan Mills warning speech to Jaune about breaking Weiss's heart (it includes everything but the final line).
  • The Social Darwinist: The default state of Grimm hybrids is this. Bullying and showing dominance gets you mates. Showing weakness gets you killed. Team CRDL exemplify this attitude, while Team RWBY has mostly grown out of it. Professor Rainart disparages this viewpoint in his classes for the hybrids, and tries to instill in them that just fighting without a cause to believe in will just get them killed.
  • Spared by the Adaptation: Summer Rose is still alive, though held prisoner by Salem.
  • Stealth Hi/Bye: Blake's specialty, including hiding in places she shouldn't be able to fit such as within a couch.
  • Supreme Chef: Jaune, although given that the hybrids have no concept of cooking, it's really not that hard.
  • Taught by Experience: Jaune has no formal training at all but in a spar, he almost beats Pyrrha, only losing due to her using her Semblance to throw him out of bounds.
  • Taught by Television: Weiss gets most of her knowledge of human society from Tyrian's porn, with hilarious results.
  • Technician Versus Performer: Pyrrha versus Jaune respectively. She has years of training, a sophisticated weapon, and a specialized Semblance. Jaune has months of life or death combat, a simple sword and shield, and a Semblance that enhances his physical abilities. Jaune almost wins until Pyrrha uses her Semblance to throw him out of the ring.
  • Too Desperate to Be Picky: At one point, Jaune eats Zwei's dog food, having not eaten for days and the only available food being raw meat.
  • Took a Level in Badass: Jaune starts his adventure at the Grimm academy without aura or a semblance. He ends up being able to fight Pyrrha Nikos to a standstill.
  • Tragic Monster: All of the Grimm Hybrids were just children turned into monsters by Salem. Blake was the oldest when she was turned and the only one with Aura, and when she turns it on, Jaune is surprised to find that she immediately breaks down sobbing in horror at all the things her Grimm self did. Grimm!Blake later refers to that state as the real her, and equates it to Jaune seeing her naked.
  • Traumatic Superpower Awakening: Jaune awakens his Aura after being Eaten Alive by a King Tajitu.
    • In general, awakening Aura is this for hybrids, as they have to experience all their suppressed humanity all at once. Ruby manages to slip through, but when Blake turns her Aura on she breaks down sobbing, and Weiss goes completely berserk after Winter unlocks her Aura.
  • Unskilled, but Strong: Yang, Ruby, and Weiss all qualify compared to canon. They're all far stronger but rely more on their physical ability. Yang and Ruby don't even know what their Semblances are while Weiss hasn't unlocked hers due to not having her Aura unlocked yet.
  • Unwanted Harem: Jaune has one made up of Ruby, Weiss, Yang, and Blake. That last one scares him the most since Blake is The Dreaded.
  • Villain Respect: Tyrian Callows (who sees Salem as a goddess) admires the way Jaune has managed to garner a harem of Grimm hybrids.
  • Violently Protective Girlfriend: When Cinder threatens to kill Jaune, Ruby and Weiss proceed to glare and snarl at her while attempting to surround her. Even Blake comes out the shadows and wraps her tentacle around Cinder's neck.
  • Was Once a Man: All the Grimm hybrids were once human children who were thrown into the Pools of Grimm. Ruby's real mother, Summer Rose, is a prisoner at Grimm Academy, but Ruby only has vague dreams about her.
  • Weaksauce Weakness: Blake is afraid of positivity. Sun accidentally drives her off just by being cheerful.
  • What Is This Thing You Call "Love"?: Part of Ruby's character arc.
  • With Great Power Comes Great Insanity: Except for Ruby, hybrids tend to have brief but violent bouts of insanity when first awakening their Aura.
  • You Kill It, You Bought It: Yang has a shotgun she took off a Huntsman. She and others mistake Jaune's Crocea Mors as a similar trophy.
  • You Look Like You've Seen a Ghost: Yang says this word-for-word to Qrow during his substitute class. She's clearly invoking this trope because she knows who he is and realizes that he recognizes her.