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"[Jaune] didn't know the first thing about teaching, Hell, he didn't even know the first thing about fighting! A shame then, that his forged documents painted the picture of an accomplished and skilled warrior. Now he's trapped teaching students his own age how to be hunters, when he doesn't even know himself!"
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In this RWBY story by Coeur Al Aran, Jaune has faked his way into Beacon, as per canon. However, his plan works a little too well, and instead of joining Beacon's student body, he ends up becoming a member of Beacon's teaching staff, resulting in a "Fawlty Towers" Plot that has Jaune struggling to keep his head above the water.

As pointed out below and despite the Crack Fic-sounding premise, two of the strong points of Professor Arc are how it manages to entertain on both ends of the Sliding Scale of Silliness vs. Seriousness while keeping everybody in-character and how all the craziness that ends up happening is internally consistent and serves to advance the plot.

Professor Arc comes with a number of humorous side stories complied under Staffroom Chronicles (some more canonical than others), a Christmas Episode named simply The Night before Christmas, and What Happens in Vacuo, Stays in Vacuo (a Shipping Fic featuring Jaune×Neo as chosen by an Audience Participation pool).

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The story has also inspired a few pieces of Recursive Fanfiction such as Climbing Uphill (a Jaune×Blake fic) and an omake collection by Sithking Zero, The Fall of Professor Arc (a gift-fic describing a possible ending for the story) by College Fool, and a lemon called Intensive Counseling by The Spookiest of Noodles.

Can be read here at Fan Fiction Dot Net.

The sequel to Professor Arc, Professor Arc II: Headmaster Arc, can be found here. Tropes for Professor Arc II can be found below.


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  • 0% Approval Rating:
    • The Arc family receives this treatment from every single student at Beacon. They belittle the professor, who they see as nothing but a failure, whereas the entire school admires him. Naturally, people begin to avoid them like a disease.
    • Ironwood's decision to arrest Jaune. While he has a few reasons to believe Jaune is very suspicious and at least complicit with Cinder, there is very little hard evidence backing his claims, he's heavily hampered by the professor's 100% Adoration Rating, and Port even suspects Green-Eyed Monster is in play regarding Glynda.
  • 100% Adoration Rating: Jaune is quickly accepted at Beacon, and is highly regarded by many faculty, staff and students. When he's arrested by Ironwood, it doesn't take long for the cries for Atlesian blood to start howling... exactly what Cinder wants.
  • Abhorrent Admirer: Played With. Jaune managed to convince Team RWBY that this is the case about Cinder Fall's very obvious (and very public) interest in him. This is in fact a lie he had to come up with on the spot to keep them from digging further after his knee-jerk reaction when asked about it tipped the girls off that something was wrong with the woman.
  • Accidental Marriage: Parodied. After a rather touching moment where Ruby pulled off a You Are Better Than You Think You Are on Jaune, he hugs her and thanks her for beating some sense into him. Ruby... well, let's just say she seems to take her romantic advice from Boa Hancock.
    Jaune: You shouldn't apologise. Not for being right.
    Ruby: [narrating] Right, right about what? She was feeling a little light-headed right now and wasn't quite able to function — she was being held against his chest, he was hugging her. Was this marriage?
  • Achievements in Ignorance: Jaune managed to greatly impress Cinder during their first official meeting with his complete nonchalance towards her and her implied threats, together with the fact that she just can't figure out his real intentions. This only happened because a) he was too inexperienced with shady deals (to say nothing about women) to pick out most of their conversation's subtext, b) his lack of Huntsman training prevented him from even noticing that Cinder was threatening to attack him in the first place and c) there is no way to figure out a plan that simply doesn't exist.
  • Adaptational Dumbass: Ozpin is hit by this, along with "adaptational laziness" and arguably "adaptational insanity". While the canon Ozpin certainly makes some questionable decisions, there is at least some logic behind them. In this story, Beacon is run by a man who is unable to handle basic paperwork, wastes millions on near-useless things like a golden lemur statue and appears more concerned about his coffee than about the fate of his school. Only Glynda's vigilance prevents Ozpin from destroying Beacon faster and more thoroughly than Cinder. Then again, some characters think he might be Obfuscating Stupidity, but it remains ambiguous how much, if any of his incompetence is actually fake.
  • Adaptational Intelligence: Jaune is able to consistently deceive nearly anyone around him and often acts like a full-fledged chessmaster, especially in later chapters. Canon Jaune exhibits some leadership skills, but aside from that he acts like an Idiot Hero. Somewhat justified, because Jaune was forced to develop in his position.
  • Adaptational Jerkass: General Ironwood is far more petty and obstinate than in canon. He has no sympathy for Yang after she is accused of attacking a downed opponent, and desires to arrest Jaune, even though he risked his life to stop Cinder.
    • Winter falls prey to this as well. Instead of the career military officer who was disinherited for defying her father, cares deeply for her sister and is loyal to Ironwood that she is in canon, here she's portrayed as a ruthless, vampy business woman who uses her military position to benefit the Schnee Dust Company. This also counts as a case of Characterization Marches On, as at the time the story was written there wasn't much known about her.
  • A Dog Named "Dog": The fox-tailed Faunus nurse Tsune, short for "kitsune", the Japanese word for "fox".
  • Affectionate Gesture to the Head:
  • All Animals Are Dogs: Tsune the fox faunus has a habit of wagging her tail doggy-like when she's happy. Perhaps a hair more plausible as foxes and domesticated dogs are both members of the Canidae family, but tail wagging isn't quite associated with foxes.
  • An Aesop: In chapter 23, after Jaune wonders why Ozpin plays chess a lot despite having not much practical value, Ozpin responds that he likes chess, then basically explains the entire fic.
    Ozpin: Come now Mr. Arc, if you keep reading between the lines, you'll miss what's written on the page!
  • Annoying Younger Sibling:
  • Anti-Hero: Jaune. He's unscrupulous enough to falsify credentials to get into a prestigious school, lie to his students and co-workers, and work with criminals. But despite his lies and manipulations, he still manages to do the right thing for them.
  • Arch-Enemy:
    • Cinder solidifies herself as this to Jaune with her cruel mind games to Beacon's students. After that, Jaune's attitude toward Cinder goes from "very afraid" to "take the bitch down."
    • From their interactions, it is clear that Winter and Glynda also don't care much for one another.
  • Armor-Piercing Question:
    • Played for Laughs. Nora of all people asked Team RWBY if having compulsory sessions with a counselor makes it look like all four of them are mentally unstable. Blake and Yang were reduced to Stunned Silence, Ruby tried to laugh it off (to no avail) and Weiss simply let her face fall into her hands.
    • After Jaune learns that Pyrrha is being asked to become the new Fall Maiden and rips into Glynda about it, Ozpin explains the exact situation to him (Amber is dying, someone is after her power, and Pyrrha is the best option they have) before asking Jaune what better alternative is there. Jaune is forced to admit that they were right in asking Pyrrha.
  • Asskicking Equals Authority: While Jaune doesn't claim to have any experience in teaching, or having finished the official huntsman training for that matter, his alleged badassery leads Ozpin to hire him as a teacher despite the lack of other qualifications.
  • Badass Creed: When Roman unlocks Jaune's aura, he does that in a way Pyrrha does in the show, but his chant is a little... different. And no less awesome (this is actually something of a staple of the Author, who changes the canon aura-unlocking speech to something that fits the person doing the unlocking).
    For it is in our infamy that we achieve immortality, through this we become a paragon of deceitful glory to rise above all others. Infinite in potential and unbound by laws, I release your soul, and by my shoulder, set thee free.
  • Badass Longcoat: Invoked by Jaune in order to appear older and build credibility at Beacon with the students.
  • Badass on Paper: Jaune manages to rack up quite a list of achievements during his time as Professor Arc. Doesn't quite change the fact that he did most of those things as a skinny teenager whose main tactic appears to be bluffing his way into and out of trouble.
  • Badass Teacher: Beacon's staff show what they are made off defending Beacon from Salem's invasion. Glynda stepping in to save Yang and Blake from Adam. Jaune himself grows into this role in the climax of the story, attacking Cinder to save Pyrrha and Velvet.
  • Bad "Bad Acting": To convince Jaune's family that he belongs at Beacon, several of his students either talk about his previous achievements (embellished of course) or put on a show to make him intervene (such as Cardin bullying Velvet). Jaune's mother wonders whether it's worse that she's expected to buy it or that Jaune actually does.
  • Barrier Maiden: Jaune is a rare male and emotional example. His popularity is so strong that Ironwood's arrest creates enough anger among the student body to attract Grimm. When he finally confesses to the Beacon staff, they agree to bury his secret, as the truth would create too much chaos.
  • Batman Gambit: Jaune tells Team RWBY to stay away from Cinder in a manner he knows full well will cause them to investigate her.
  • The Beard: Blake plays along with the rumors of her relationship with Yang in front of Sun in an effort to let him down gently.
  • Becoming the Mask: Over the course of the fic, Jaune actually becomes more like the badass his records make him out to be due to training from Torchwick and Neo, plus becoming protective of his students. At multiple points, he has to actively remind himself that he's not as old as he's pretending to be. Come chapter 20, when Cinder starts trying to be a Cynicism Catalyst for the school and starts hurting his friends, the gloves come off.
    • Comes full circle in the Battle for Beacon where after his Heroic Sacrifice even the narration refers to him only as Professor Arc.
    Jaune: I'm not a real hunter... Maybe it's time I become one.
  • The Bet: Ozpin, Oobleck and Port have one going based on whom they think Jaune is going to end with. It's never explicitly stated, but it seems that Ozpin gambled that he'd go for a student close to his alleged age (i.e. sophomore or older, like Velvet or Coco), Oobleck guessed it will be someone younger whom he interacts the most with (like anyone from team RWBY), and Port put his money on Glynda. In the end, money goes to Port.
  • Berserk Button:
    • The students and staff of Beacon will raise hell to anyone who dares harm or hurt their Professor Arc. Blake barely held herself back from attacking Jaune's sisters for their cruel remarks about him, and from intervening in Jaune's fight with his father.
      • This becomes viciously exploited by Cinder and her crew. She has Jaune arrested by General Ironwood, which stirs up enough anger and distrust by the citizens of Vale toward Atlas that it attracts Grimm. Emerald uses her powers to have Pyrrha hallucinate Penny making damning remarks about Jaune during their fight in order to manipulate Pyrrha into destroying her.
  • Beware the Nice Ones: You have to really, really go out of your way to earn a place on Ruby's shitlist, but once you do, the girl can be as mean, sneaky, creative and unforgiving as her weapon.
  • Big Brother Instinct: Yang toward Ruby. She quietly mentions how she'll kill Jaune if he takes advantage of her. Yang declares Adam a dead man for trying to kill her sister.
  • Big Brother Mentor: Blake briefly considers this to be how she sees Jaune. Their similar mysterious backgrounds as well as the gap of age makes her feel identified with the professor and instinctively seeks his advice as a result. And though Blake has no romantic feelings for him, she does entertain the idea of Professor Arc becoming her real brother.
  • Big Damn Heroes: A lot of them occur over the course of The Battle of Beacon. First, Jaune crashes Ironwood's airship into the Grimm dragon and lands on the top of Beacon tower in order to save Pyrrha and Velvet from Cinder with the help of Roman and Neo while Glynda shows up just in time to save Yang and Blake from Adam. Then when the rest of Salem's associate's appear, we get three more in succession. Qrow and Jaune's father arrive to save Penny, Blake, Ruby and Yang from Hazel. Peter and Oobleck save team RVNN and Cardin from Tyrian. And Tsune comes to help Glynda against the combined force of Adam and Watts.
  • Big Damn Kiss: A villainous example. Cinder, or rather Professor Fall, kissed Jaune in front of Beacon's entire student body during the welcome speech for the participants of the Vytal Festival with the objective of (among others) selling her cover story by entangling it with his.
    • Jaune gets hit with yet another villainous, if far more sincere, one from Neo.
  • Big Good: Jaune eventually becomes the only thing standing between Cinder and the Fall of Beacon. While Ozpin is the real leader of the school, he will ultimately fail to save anyone, even himself. Meanwhile, the professor knew Cinder was up to no good from the start and has prepared his own plan to counter hers. Even Cinder herself sees how much of a threat the professor is.
  • Bishoujo Series: Lampshaded a couple of times. Jaune comments to himself that he's yet to meet a Huntress or Huntress-in-training who is not a looker.
    Jaune: [about his students] Truthfully he didn't know if he would be able to resist if any of these girls were actually interested in him. If his ambition was to become a hero, then getting a girlfriend was like a dream even beyond that. And these girls!? Was this an academy for hunters or super-models!?

    Jaune: [about Cinder] A definite fifty-six out of ten. What the hell was up with the women in this town!?

    Jaune: [about Tsune] He took the brief respite to have a proper look at her, in the way that he wouldn't out loud admit all men did. She wasn't stunning like Yang or Neo, but she was certainly comely and fetching in her own way. A relatively smooth face, though with a single beauty mark a little below and to the left of her lips.
    Idly he wondered if his standards were simply becoming higher — since most of the women at Beacon seemed to be super-model material.
  • Bittersweet Ending: The outcome Battle of Beacon has some highs, and quite a few lows.
    • Both Pyrrha and Penny manage to avoid their canon deaths, and Cinder was prevented from getting the Fall Maiden's Power. On the other hand, Beacon was still severely damaged, Ozpin is still dead, and Cinder survived to fight-albeit with horrific injuries and left with a crippling fear of Jaune.
    • Jaune was able to become a lauded hero, avoid arrest by Ironwood, and become promoted to Headmaster of Beacon. Unfortunately, Atlas (and Ironwood) still have it out for him, he is distrusted by the Vale Council who fear his popularity as a threat to their power, tensions between the two kingdoms remain, and he must negotiate and maneuver to get the funds to rebuild Beacon. On the other hand, he has the help of many dedicated staff and students-and the somewhat-reformed Torchwick.
    • Jaune finally confessed his lies to Beacon staff. His relationship with Glynda has been put on the rocks, but the rest of the staff have forgiven him, thinking he did more good than bad.
    • Weiss has been separated from her teammates, dragged back to Atlas by her father, and barred from being able to contact anyone at Vale by Ironwood. Thankfully, Penny can still provide her with companionship, and help her keep in touch with her friends.
  • Black and Gray Morality: The conflict between Jaune and Cinder. The latter is a power-hungry sociopath willing to murder and cause mayhem in order to get what she wants. The former has built his career on a pack of lies, and manipulate people and makes deals with criminals to maintain that pack of lies. But he genuinely does care for his students and colleagues, and maintains the job to protect them.
  • Blatant Lies: Velvet claims that by not befriending the rest of Team RVNN, she's sparing them the pain of losing her when she rejoins Team CFVY. Jaune is quick to call out her bullshit as not only is there no reason she couldn't be friends with both teams, but she was really just lashing out to make other people as miserable as she was.
  • Both Sides Have a Point: While Jaune's family was in the wrong for treating him like the hopeless loser he used to be, they had no idea he's become better because Jaune never informed them.
  • Bound and Gagged: In one of the Omakes, Jaune and Yang try their hardest to get Blake and Zwei to live together peacefully. They decide to use some methods from the Cat meets Dog book, which include petting them, getting them to smell each other and switching their bedding. They end up having to subject Blake to this trope, mostly to stop her from murdering them both over it.
  • Break the Haughty: Jaune foiling her plans and cutting out one of her eyes hits Cinder hard.
  • Bruiser with a Soft Center: Yang trying — and failing — to keep herself from squeeing like a schoolgirl right after she surprise-kissed Jaune and he patently didn't reject her besides some understandable astonishment. Her futile efforts to maintain aloofness made the moment so "Aww"-worthy that she might have managed to out-dork her sister.
  • Brutal Honesty: Ironically given that his career is built on lies, Jaune is quite capable of being stating painful truths to others. When Coco insists that Velvet is miserable on Team Raven, Jaune counters that Velvet's miserable because she insists on being miserable and doesn't fit in with her team because she goes out of her way to avoid socializing with them.
  • Bunny-Ears Lawyer: In Jaune's opinion, other than Glynda, Beacon's whole faculty is this. With time, he has come to discover some of their Hidden Depths. The jury is still out with Ozpin though.
  • But He Sounds Super Hot: Qrow, using the alias Bran Ravenwen, takes the opportunity to brag about himself.
  • Butt-Monkey: Jaune thinks of himself as one and when he's with Neo or Roman it's hard to argue.
  • Canon Marches On: Several examples, some more significant than others.
    • During the initiation Velvet is described as using some sort of fire-based weapon. This incident gets forgotten and never mentioned again after her actual weapon is revealed in Volume 3.
    • The author introduced Winter shortly before her appearance in the main series. While he gets her demeanour and personality right, it makes no sense for Winter to be negotiating on behalf of the SDC, as she has been disinherited and her father views her as a traitor to the family.
    • Similarly to the author's other stories, Professor Arc contradicts the canon in that none of Jaune's seven sisters is named Saphron, lives in Argus or has a wife and a child.
    • As Cinder plays the role of a teacher, Adam Taurus has to join Mercury, Emerald and Neo in disguising themselves as students. He masks his identity by wearing huge glasses. Volume 6 reveals that Adam has a brand covering his eye, something that would probably draw the characters' attention.
  • Cassandra Truth: To Jaune's horror, his web of lies collapses in the worst manner imaginable when it turns Ironwood has bought the lie so completely he cannot accept Jaune, who he sees as a consummate badass Casanova, confessed that he's a seventeen-year old with zero formal training who mostly bluffed his way into a dangerous criminal enterprise, Beacon itself, and the absolute trust of everyone he meets. Likewise, while Ironwood acknowledges Jaune's records are faked, he's very wrong about the intent behind them, leading the General to think Jaune's the mastermind behind Cinder. Roman has one hell of a laugh at this.
  • The Chessmaster: Cinder, as in canon, and what Jaune hopes to become in later chapters in order to match her.
  • Chick Magnet: Taiyang Xiao-Long, Yang and Ruby's father, according to what the latter remembers from her uncle's drunken complains about "the unfairness of life and blond bastards that wouldn't share." Qrow also seems to think that the charm runs in the blood and warned a younger Ruby to be careful of not accidentally seducing her entire future team.
  • Chronic Hero Syndrome: Jaune. Pyrrha describes him as "liking to fix things".
  • Clingy Jealous Girl: Ruby and Yang, after Cinder plants Jaune a wet one in front of the entire school. The former begins a prank campaign against Cinder. Glynda is also one. She hates how 'close' Jaune and Cinder seem and is very irritated when Jaune starts receiving marriage requests.
  • Clueless Chick Magnet: Jaune has unwittingly ensnared the affections of Glynda, Ruby, and Yang, and also piqued the (romantic? homicidal?) attention of women like Winter and Cinder. If you squint, there is also Neo, but she may just love to troll him and beat him to an inch of his life. Ultimately Subverted with a vengeance in chapter 27 when Jaune admits to himself the tragedy that his friends don't want him at all, but Professor Arc. Although Glynda, after The Reveal, has admitted to still being interested.
  • Combat Pragmatist: By virtue of necessity, Jaune learns to fight as dirty as possible: low blows, attacking an unprepared opponent, using others weapons, etc. In the sequel, Jaune thinks to himself that Neo didn't teach him how to fight fair, but how to survive at all costs.
  • The Comically Serious: Winter Schnee in everything she does, even if that thing is getting gossip on the guy she may, sorta, perhaps have an interest in by making a deal with her sister for it in exchange of some intel the latter requested. And by "gossip", we mean she wanted Weiss to fill in a questionnaire with 40 or so questions about him ranging form his favorites foods, him hometown, his parents' names, his height, weight and blood pressure, to whether he has an existing criminal record and the number of women he's been with sexually within the last five years. It turns a lot less funny when it turns out Winter never was interested in any form in Jaune, she wanted the info for Ironwood, and it winds up being critical in Jaune's arrest.
  • Complexity Addiction: Cinder Fall, a woman who spends all her time scheming, assumes that Jaune has his own brilliant plan to serve his own ends, and in vain tries to figure it out. Not that he's simply at some kid blundering and bluffing his way out of trouble. Jaune more or less goes along with this, because he knows what would happen if Cinder saw him as not worth her time.
  • Consummate Liar: Out of all the characters, only Roman wasn't deceived by Jaune at one point or another. Granted, it's not all thanks to Jaune's skill at deceit, but rather his willingness to let people believe their own theories about him.
  • Conveniently Unverifiable Cover Story:
    • The transcripts that cause Jaune so much trouble claim that he trained at the Vacuo Academy for Gifted Youths, a school that was destroyed by the Grimm three years prior, along with its student records.
    • Ironwood tries to claim this about Jaune and Cinder claiming to be at the dance during an incident, but Jaune points out that not only was he ordered to be there by Ozpin, but there are dozens of witnesses.
  • Cool Teacher: Jaune to his students, as he doesn't get too worked up over the rules, unlike Goodwitch.
  • Covert Pervert: Yang managed to convince Jaune that there is a huge pervert beneath Weiss' proper behavior, who is also supposedly an avid collector of smut and sex toys. After meeting Winter, Jaune guessed that this must be Weiss' coping mechanism given her strict upbringing.
  • "Could Have Avoided This!" Plot: Lampshaded by Jaune himself. He can easily foil Cinder's plans and stop much of the horrible events of canon from happening. All he has to do is to reveal her. Problem is, doing that will get him in the hot seat too, and unfortunately, he's still selfish enough to want to to stay a teacher.
  • Crazy Jealous Guy: Adam Taurus. All it took was some gossip from Cinder about the hours Blake spends in Professor Arc's office to convince him of hunting down the professor if it ever comes to that.
  • Critical Hesitation Blunder: Jaune might have been able to escape after Neo warned him to run, but he lost too much time talking to and comforting a scared Pyrrha, allowing Ironwood and Winter to catch up and arrest him.
  • Curb-Stomp Battle: Neo, disguised as Jaune, deals out a brutal one to Winter in front of functionally all of Beacon Academy.
  • Cute and Psycho: As playful as she is, Neo sometimes takes the time to remind Jaune (and readers) that she's a Blood Knight who kills people with a smile on her face. Best shown when she forces the coroner in Misenwood to kill himself while sadistically laughing.
  • Cynicism Catalyst: Professor Fall is one while teaching at Beacon, in an attempt to sow mistrust among the students from different academies. Roman's descent into villainy was because of the death of his comrades during a rescue gone wrong.
  • Dark and Troubled Past: Subverted and Invoked. Jaune doesn't have one, coming from a loving if very quirky family, but his cover is that of a former student of from a distinguished academy that fell years ago to a Grimm attack and leaving very few survivors. The ruse's purpose is to explain away the absence of people whom Beacon might have tried to contact for references and avoid getting asked any details of what it appears to be an obviously traumatic experience.
  • Dating Service Disaster: Invoked. Little Ruby added Cinder Fall's profile to the "Beacon Dating Platform", with the special mention to the latter's alleged predilection for younger men who are aggressive and forward with their intentions.
  • Death Glare: Ruby can smile even when she's angry. Her eyes don't.
  • Determinator: During the end stretch of the battle of Beacon, an injured and exhausted Jaune uses whatever remains of his aura and sheer balls-to-the-wall willpower to walk through the massive firestorm Cinder is unleashing upon the area, just so he can get close enough to swing Crocea Mors at her face. He succeeds.
  • Did I Just Say That Out Loud?: Ruby quotes this trope word by word, after she accidentally voices out her intention to snatch Jaune from Yang.
  • Didn't Think This Through:
    • After something like twenty chapters looking for a way to get some alone time with her crush, Ruby got her chance and discovered that she had no idea what to do once she got to that point.
      • Earlier, she heard that Blake's punishment for the Docks incident was that she had to attend counseling with Jaune. Seeing an opportunity to get in with the good Professor, she demands detention too... and is stuck with Peter Port, who runs her ragged and is notably not the tall, handsome blonde she has a crush on. It turns out that her problem was just that she jumped into things without thinking, rather than the whole "Run away to Vale after my heritage is revealed," thing, and as such doesn't need therapy, she just needs punishment.
    • Near the end of the story, Jaune has a plan that involves ramming a ship into the Grimm Dragon, rescuing Pyrrha by jumping into the fight and then killing Cinder... somehow. He comes to realize that the last step could have used some extra-planning
    • Ironwood didn't realize that arresting an extremely popular teacher would cause a massive uproar and even those not actively lashing out would disapprove. It gets even worse when he tries to re-arrest Jaune after the attack on Beacon, since now the latter is a national hero and basically the entire country protests his attempts.
    • Ozpin (reluctantly) forces a Sadistic Choice upon a student and is then surprised when said student turns to Jaune, the universally loved counselor, rather than himself for guidance. Jaune even lampshades that Ozpin has told the students to come to him with any problems they have and that Pyrrha wouldn't go to the person who put them in the situation to begin with.
  • Discriminate and Switch: Weiss opposed Blake and Yang's alleged romantic relationship when it came to light, demanding them to keep their perversions away from her and specifically her bed, which irked Yang to no end. It turned out that Weiss never believed the rumors — she observed that Blake's not-porn books are predominantly aimed at a heterosexual audience and Yang tends to be a little too appreciative of boy bands and the new professor for any of them to be a lesbian — and instead was taking advantage of their situation to get back at Yang for all her "Weiss puns".
  • Distracted by the Sexy: A perhaps tamer example than most, but when Jaune hugged Ruby after she gave him a You Are Better Than You Think You Are speech, she couldn't help but notice little things about him like how broad he was in the shoulders or how she rather liked to have her arms linked around him. Then she had to put some serious effort to rein her thoughts in and keep herself from delving into more lewd territory.
    Jaune: Thank you for knocking some sense into me, Ruby. I guess you're the real counsellor here.
    Ruby: [thinking] Damn right… and Nurse Ruby was about to suggest a serious dose of- [realization hits] [aloud] Heh heh, no worries.
  • Does This Remind You of Anything?: Jaune's and Neo's interactions (outside of his Training from Hell) often resemble a married couple. Jaune even lampshades it when he returns to his quarters after a night of drinking with the other teachers only to find Neo glaring at him like he missed their anniversary to go drinking with the guys.
  • The Dog Bites Back: Jaune confronts Neo over her attempt to murder Yang and threatens to cut his side of the deal if she ever does anything like that again. It works, and Neo is forced to obey Jaune for once.
  • Doomed Hometown: Exploited. Jaune's claimed alma mater, Vacuo Academy for Gifted Youths, was completely destroyed by the Grimm. Roman used this as the basis of Jaune's Conveniently Unverifiable Cover Story.
  • Dope Slap: Ozpin gives mental versions of these to Oscar when he thinks carnal thoughts about Team RBY.
  • Double Standard: Abuse, Female on Male:
    • Averted when Jaune explains his disgust for Cinder to Team RWBY as her being a sexual predator. The team are disturbed by this, and feel for Jaune's distress, and thus work to sabotage Cinder.
    • Played straight later on. Glynda's behaviour towards Jaune - namely yelling at him, slapping him unprovoked and blaming the incident of him is treated as a justifiable response to his accusations of playing with his student's life. Regardless of who is in the right, the situation would be pretty disturbing with the genders reversed.
  • Dramatic Irony: Half the humor is in the reader having the best idea of what's really going on while the characters make their own misconceptions.
    • Multiple characters (Jaune and Ruby in particular) wonder how things would've been if Jaune was a student, usually picturing him as incredibly popular and top of the class. Readers know he'd actually be the Butt-Monkey.
  • Dysfunctional Family: Downplayed with the Arc family. Jaune has a somewhat difficult relationship with his siblings and parents, but they still love him all the same. Their anger at Jaune's actions, their extremely vocal contempt for his reputation, and the drunken distress he had shown before their arrival, and forcing him into a duel to be allowed to stay, makes them out to be horribly cruel and controlling toward Blake and the rest of Jaune's students.
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  • Easily Forgiven: After Jaune confesses to the Beacon staff, Peter and Bart forgive him (the latter after a few days), pointing out that despite his lies, he ultimately did more good than bad. Glynda downplays this. She angrily blows up at Jaune, and puts their relationship on hold, but she still cares for him.
  • Embarrassing Cover-Up:
    • To keep Glynda from finding out that they broke into Professor Arc's room, Yang and Blake had to pretend to be lovers with a thing for exhibitionism. All because of Neo's underwear. This, amazingly enough, makes perfect sense in context.
    • Pressed for some excuse to justify getting caught following Jaune around, Mercury Black blurted out that he had a crush on him. This goes as well as you can expect.invoked
  • Entertainingly Wrong: Cinder thinks of Jaune as an unknown player who's faked his way into Beacon for his own ends. However, the only thing Jaune is hiding is that he genuinely wants to be a Huntsman.
  • Even the Guys Want Him: Not really the case, but Professor Arc is supposedly very popular with both guys and girls. Mercury uses this trope as an excuse for why he's following Jaune around.
  • Every Man Has His Price: Parodied. In order to stay away from Zwei, Blake tries to convince Jaune of letting her live with him, and boy does she know how to make it hard for him to refuse.
    Blake: I'll sleep on the couch. I'll cook and clean. I can do paperwork.
    Jaune: [internally] Stop… tempting… me…
  • Everyone Can See It: The only person who thinks that Ruby has been discreet about her crush on Professor Arc is the girl herself. Well, and the object of her affections.
  • Evil Cannot Comprehend Good:
    • One of the reasons Cinder keeps overestimating Jaune is that whenever he does something selfless, she misreads it as a part of some incredibly complex plan. She either doesn't understand how somebody could be a massive liar and a good-hearted person at the same time, or she doesn't understand selflessness at all.
  • Evil Counterpart: Cinder becomes this to Jaune. Both of them, through deception and cunning, manage to sneak their way into Beacon. While Jaune indulges in self-serving desires and shady tactics, he ultimately has noble and lofty aims. Cinder has self-servings goals, but ultimately not-noble aims. While Jaune, as a student counselor, helps his charges with their problems, Cinder plays mind games with them, toys with them for her own ends, even willing to kill them in her gambit to claim power.
  • Evil Former Friend: Roman was this for Oobleck.
  • Evil Teacher: Cinder ends up on Beacon's staff as a teacher.
  • Evil Mentor: Zigzagged with Roman and Neo toward Jaune. The former is a mobster, and the latter enjoys giving Jaune a Training from Hell. However, they mostly are trying to help Jaune keep himself out of jail, as well as alive. As it turns out, Roman and Neo are trying to save Jaune from being killed by Cinder. Unfortunately, this means pushing him into joining Cinder's destruction of Beacon, but thankfully, Jaune was able to find a way to switch their loyalties to him.
  • Expecting Someone Taller: Jaune expected Roman's boss to be some plump lady with a Nightmare Face not...Cinder.
  • Explosive Overclocking: Penny pushes herself far past her normal limits during the Battle of Beacon with her sensors indicating that several of her systems are either wearing down or dangerously overheating.
  • Expressive Ears: Blake's would make her a poor poker player, completely unlike her deadpan. Used to hilarious effect one time when Jaune's Accidental Innuendo made it sound like he was coming on to her. While Blake knew he didn't mean it like that at all, she seemed to miss that her cat-like ears still "perked" at his words.
  • Eye Scream: Jaune slashes out one of Cinders eyes at the end of their fight at the Battle of Beacon.
  • Fake Ultimate Hero: Jaune isn't quite the badass his records make him out to be. However, he's trying his damndest to be so. The effort pays off.
  • Falling-in-Love Montage: Probably due to her lack of even secondhand experience with romantic relationships, Ruby's idea of romance is closer to this trope than the real thing. See Missing Steps Plan below.
  • Falsely Reformed Villain: Torchwick and Neo, as of the final chapter. They're both seen as heroes who were instrumental in stopping Cinder's plans and enjoy massive public support. Privately they're still the same old con artist and barely controlled sadist they always were, but at least they're being channeled to good ends now.
  • "Fawlty Towers" Plot: And how!
  • Fire-Forged Friends: Velvet and Team CRDL befriend each other after Velvet and Cardin save each other from a Grimm attack.
    • Velvet and Pyrrha don't truly bond (though not for lack of trying on Pyrrha's part) until the latter nearly dies during their first mission.
  • First Kiss: Coco Adel ended up taking Jaune's, together with warning him to not read too much into it.
    Jaune: [narrating] Holy shit, my first kiss… Taken by someone who didn't even like him… against his will no less… That was epic!
  • First Girl Wins: Not exactly a girl, but Glynda Goodwitch is the first female character appearing in the story and the first one to start an actual relationship with Jaune
  • Flock of Wolves: Parodied in an omake where Jaune comes clean to Beacon's staff, only to learn that Ozpin, Oobleck, and Port are also fakes. Glynda on the other hand, is real. Upon informing the others of this, Ozpin concludes she is also a fake— as in, she is a real teacher pretending to be a fake one pretending to be a real one. Being non-canon, it doesn't have to make sense.
  • For Want of a Nail: Jaune's absence as a student has major repercussions on his friends and team but even as a professor he searches for alternatives that resemble the original results.
    • Ruby and Pyrrha, for instance, felt lonely and left out as they never became close friends with Jaune Arc, so Professor Arc offered the idea of both girls forming a friendship which solves their loneliness. As for their feelings toward the professor himself, these are entirely exchanged due to his different status. Pyrrha remains professional at first but eventually befriends him while Ruby develops a crush on him as soon as they meet.
    • Others are not so lucky. Sun doesn't become a Love Interest for Blake because Professor Arc's significant role during the fallout of the reveal of her former involvement with the White Fang incidentally kept Sun from ever making much of an impression on the girl.
    • Similarly, Neptune greatly disappointed Weiss after pretty much ditching her once he realized that Beacon's High-School Dance involved actual dancing. Without Jaune Arc there to convince him to simply come clean to her as of the real reason, Neptune never redeemed himself and Weiss decided that he wasn't worth her time.
    • Former Team JNPR had it the worst because without Jaune's leadership and his knack to give Pyrrha, Ren and Nora a sense of belonging, plus their new member's compete refusal to see them as teammates, the new "Team" RVNN can be called such in name only. Needless to say, Jaune the student counsellor is well aware of this and expects that their first official mission will help them to bond.
    • Perhaps most significantly, Jaune is able to uncover Emerald's hallucination abilities, and is able to save Penny from being destroyed by a brainwashed Pyrrha.
  • Freudian Slip:
    • Blake on occasion. Interestingly, it's implied that this is less about attraction and more about her growing trust in the guy.
      Blake: [narrating] After spending so long working under [Jaune]… with him — she meant with him.
    • It isn't like Blake doesn't provide more straightforward examples too. In her defense, Yang's usually at fault somehow.
      Jaune: Well, if you're sure?
      Blake: I'm not. [beat] I mean I am — I am totally sure you don't need to rub your cream into me... I mean my leg- my injury.
  • Friends with Benefits:
    • To explain Neo's presence in his room, Jaune had to go along with Yang and Blake's misconception that the two of them were this. Given Neo's apparent age and Jaune pretending to be twenty, this didn't paint him in the best light.
    • By the grace of the One Dialogue, Two Conversations trope, Ironwood thinks Jaune is being causal with Penny. To make matters worse, the gynoid's enthusiasm with her first "boyfriend" (that's it, a friend who is a boy) doesn't sit well with the General. At all. Jaune's horrible wording when they actually meet cements their mutual hatred: Ironwood for being suspicious of Jaune, and Jaune for being afraid of what he might do to him, unbeknownst to him because of a massive misunderstanding.
  • Get Out!: Weiss to Winter when the latter praises her for furnishing her with some of the evidence Ironwood used to arrest Jaune.
  • "Get out of Jail Free" Card: Roman and Neo manage to avoid pretty much any punishment for their crimes, other than being confined to Beacon for the time being. The reason for that is the part they played in Cinder's defeat, which they make sound much more heroic than it actually was.
  • Gilded Cage: Beacon to Roman Torchwick, who at the end of the Battle of Beacon finds himself lauded for heroism and with a big chunk of Vale pushing to have all previous charges thrown out. However, with the government still at his heels, he remains at the school, taking the position of Treasurer.
  • Girl-on-Girl Is Hot: Jaune certainly thinks so, especially after hearing the rumors of Blake and Yang being an item.
    Jaune: [narrating] He didn't need to hear about his student's sex life. He wanted to. Oh Gods, how he wanted to… but it was the last thing he needed. That way lay madness, temptation and sexual frustration.
  • A Glass in the Hand:
    • Qrow's reaction when he found out that both Yang and Ruby are interested in the same guy.
    • Also Ironwood's reaction when he finds out Penny says the same... not that he knows that she actually isn't.
  • Godzilla Threshold: Jaune promises himself that if his conflict with Cinder ever reaches a certain point, he will come clean with the truth, regardless of the consequences to himself. He decides to go through with it in Chapter 54... but he's arrested regardless, and his confession is entirely disbelieved.
  • Gone Horribly Right: The plot gets started when Jaune's fake transcripts painted such a perfect illusion of competence over himself that Ozpin considered him overqualified to attend Beacon as a student and instead he offered a place in a faculty as an assistant teacher. Most of Jaune's problems and the story's comedy come from his efforts to Maintain the Lie and keep himself out of jail and in one piece.
    • It goes even further than that once Jaune gets arrested and interrogated by Ironwood. He tries to be honest, but his previous deceptions were so good that the general is unwilling to accept the truth - that the entire staff of Beacon was manipulated by a seventeen-year old boy with no combat or criminal experience prior.
  • Gosh Dang It to Heck!: Ruby as in the series, with one notable exception during what can be described as hug-induced glee.
  • Green-Eyed Monster: Port believes this, in regards to Glynda, influenced Ironwood's decision to arrest Jaune. At the very least, the General staunchly refuses to acknowledge the sheer amount of loyalty Jaune is able to inspire in so many.
  • Guile Hero: Jaune, moreso than in canon, as having to keep up the masquerade of a qualified Huntsman means that he has to get better at deceiving people. Time will tell as to whether or not he'll graduate to become a full-on Chessmaster.
  • HA HA HA— No: For a moment team RWBY dared to hope their Cool Teacher would let them get away with fighting a Mini-Mecha on a major road filled with traffic with just a telling off. Jaune disabused such a notion with this trope.
  • Heel–Face Turn: Jaune has unintentionally been prompting one for Neo and Torchwick over the course of the story, with his displays of genuine concern for their well being contrasting starkly to Cinder's blatant mistrust and threats. They do turn in the end, at least publicly, but mostly because Jaune forced them into a situation where it was the only way for them to protect themselves. Not that they don't genuinely like and care for Jaune.
  • The Heart: The story posits that Jaune was this for his team in canon. Here, his absence as a student turned the relatively successful Team JNPR into the very dysfunctional Team RVNN. Between Pyrrha's reluctance to take the spotlight, Ren's soft-spoken personality and Nora's... Nora-ness, the team lacks someone who can simultaneously lead and motivate them into a cohesive unit. This is compounded by the fact the their fourth member, Velvet Scarlatina, absolutely refuses to see them as her teammates in favor of her former team, CFVY.
  • Hero Antagonist: Ironwood becomes one to Jaune towards the end of the tournament arc. Needless to say, this plays right into Cinder's hands.
  • Heroic Sacrifice: Many are pulled during the Battle for Beacon, but Jaune's is outright heartrending. When Cinder realizes she has lost she goes ballistic and sets the roof that Jaune, Torchwick and Neo are fighting her on fire. Jaune tricks Neo and Torchwick into abandoning the fight then walks through a literal firestorm, slowly and painfully dying the entire way, to make sure Cinder doesn't make it out.
  • Heroic Resolve: Jaune shows his during the Battle for Beacon.
  • Hot Teacher: Jaune and Glynda. Later on, Cinder joins in.
  • Humiliation Conga: Oh boy, poor, poor Cinder gets put through the wringer, worse than in canon. Thanks to Jaune's intervention, she is stopped from killing Pyrrha and claiming her power, who has managed to convince two of her subordinates to switch sides. Beacon and later Atlas forces manage to repel her invasion and beat back the Grimm. Jaune is not only able to stand up to Cinder, but tear her eye out, maiming her badly enough to send her running. When we see her, she is left with a paralyzing fear of Jaune.
  • Hypercompetent Sidekick: What Ozpin lost in IQ points, Glynda seems to have gotten in return. Most side stories and omake imply she's the only reason Beacon is still standing, let alone as good as it is. It's taken even further when Jaune becomes headmaster.
  • Hypocrite: Nicolas Arc. During a fight with his son he refuses to surrender, despite that A) He is laying on the floor with a sword held to his throat and B) He gave a speech about the importance of accepting defeat less than a minute ago. Jaune promptly calls him out on this.
  • Hypocritical Humor:
    • Yang doesn't let people say the "s-word" (sex) around Ruby to protect her innocence, yet she still describes a fairly explicit scenario in front of her whole team involving Blake, Jaune and Jaune's tongue. She doesn't appear to see the contradiction.
    • In one Omake, Ozpin reveals to Jaune that the special brew of coffee the teachers enjoy is actually being made by using Amber as a part of a coffee machine. Jaune expresses his disgust at doing something like that... and then asks for another cup.
  • I Hate Past Me: Jaune gradually develops contempt for his pre-Beacon self, namely how shallow his desire to be a hero was after learning about the personal struggles of actual Huntsmen and Huntresses.
  • I'm Going to Hell for This: Jaune, especially when imparting words of wisdom to others as the experienced and accomplished Huntsman he's not.
  • Impaled with Extreme Prejudice: Mercury tries to kill Weiss by stabbing her with her own sword during the attack on Beacon, only for Weiss to wind up summoning her ice knight which impales him first with a much larger blade.
  • Innocently Insensitive:
    • Jaune suggests Weiss might have been this when she tried to partner with Pyrrha, citing that the other girl was also famous and likely Lonely at the Top as well and wanted to befriend someone unlikely to care about such things.
    • Jaune's family learn about his fraudulent career only after he's gotten a handle on his situation, and show up in a ham-fisted attempt to force him to quit and return home against his will. They're unaware that he's trying to deal with a criminal conspiracy from the inside, and that he's managed to do some good for several students through his actions, treating him like the "failure" he used to be. Their attempts to handle the situation winds up making things worse for Jaune, and give the students a bad impression of them and Jaune's home life.
    • Winter combines this trope with Your Approval Fills Me with Shame: She warmly praises Weiss for helping her arrest Jaune with the information provided in the questionnaire. Winter is caught off guard when Weiss, who has come to greatly admire and respect Jaune, angrily tells her to GTFO .
  • Insistent Terminology: Roman is very insistent on the difference between trusting someone and trusting in them, declaring that Jaune can trust him but not trust in him. The former means being able to predict what someone will do; the latter means trusting them with your secrets and knowing they won't betray you.
  • Instant Fan Club: Jaune's popularity in Beacon inspired the creation of the Professor Arc Fan Club, or PAFC for short. According to the non-canonical Omakes, they're pretty much a bunch of crazy cultists and panty thieves.
  • Intergenerational Friendship: Jaune with the rest of Beacon's staff.
  • Interplay of Sex and Violence: Apparently very common at Beacon. All of the top comments on a video of Neo, disguised as Jaune, fighting Winter involve either commenting on the obvious sexual tension or wanting to experience it for themselves.
  • It Makes Sense in Context: By the wholesale. Most of the stuff that happens in this story would make little to absolutely no sense in canon, yet the way how each event builds logically upon its predecessors keeps things from threatening the Willing Suspension of Disbelief while also avoiding OOCness. To name a few, we have: Jaune getting hired by Ozpin, Glynda having something of a crush on the new professor, Neo practically moving in with the guy, he and Roman working together and watching each other's backs, Cinder believing that Jaune could be a Magnificent Bastard with an agenda parallel to hers, Ironwood thinking that he and Penny are Friends with Benefits, Jaune becoming Blake's and later on Team RWBY's therapist, the tabloids speculating about his possible engagement to Winter Schnee and Mercury Black publicly confessing his (inexistent) crush on the professor and getting rejected on the spot.
  • I Want Grandkids: According to one of the omakes, this and Consummate Liar sums up Jaune's mother. She is ecstatic to hear about how popular he is. In the fic, proper, not so much, to the point that her reaction to learning that Jaune and Glynda had sex is I Need a Freaking Drink.
  • I Will Wait for You: Played with and invoked by Glynda in the aftermath of the Vol 3 Arc. After The Reveal about Jaune's origins she hints that she wants to resume their relationship, but asks that he be patient while she gets over her hangups about their age difference. Jaune is more than happy to wait for the chance, especially since he's not going anywhere.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold:
    • When they arrive at Beacon The Arc family members say things that range from dismissive to outright insulting and condescending toward Jaune-something which does not endear them at all to Beacon's students. It is implied that they have played a role in Jaune's self-esteem issues. However, they are alarmed over the amount of trouble he could be in due to his deceptions, they do bite their tongues (mostly) when they first arrive at Beacon, and (reluctantly) agree to let Jaune be his own man when he proves himself in combat against his father. They also refuse to sell out his secrets, even while they are interrogated by Atlas, and even one of his sisters attacks a reporter for trying to buy secrets about Jaune from her.
    • Cardin and Team CRDL grow into this after Velvet saves Cardin from a Grimm, despite their mistreatment of her. They become tremendously loyal toward Jaune, becoming very incensed by the Arc family's crude remarks about him, they almost attack Atlas students after Ironwood arrests him, and also are among the few who defend Yang after she was unfairly accused of attacking a downed opponent, and are all too willing to attack Atlesian soldiers to defend Jaune from arrest.
  • Karma Houdini: Jaune might be an example, depending on the perspective taken. In terms of overall story, he fits right in; He cons his way into a job, makes alliances with some of the Remnant's worst criminals criminals and notoriously manipulates his students and colleagues only to end up getting rewarded with fame and power as the headmaster of Beacon. On the other hand, his more noble actions as well as the sheer amount of misery he goes through are ought to make a reader feel sympathetic towards him, rather than wanting him to get punished. And despite being rewarded with the job, he is saddled with the enormous task of rebuilding Beacon, and his relationship with Glynda, after he comes clean to her, is more or less on hold.
  • Klatchian Coffee: The "special brew" the teachers, save Glynda, are so partial to.
  • The Knights Who Say "Squee!": Every member of PAFC qualifies, as they are a bunch of badass monster hunters fawning over someone who they consider to be even more of a badass. Staffroom Chronicles heavily implies that team RWBY are all members of the club.
  • Laser-Guided Karma: Jaune thinks this is the reason why Blake ended up as Yang's partner.
    Jaune: [narrating] You poor girl… what did you do to deserve this? Oh right, she was a terrorist who caused vast amounts of property damage and routinely dragged her team into danger. Sometimes it was easy to forget that, considering how sane she was in comparison to everyone else he dealt with.
  • Loveable Rogue: Jaune is this at heart. He's a liar, rather self-serving, and two of his closest friends are a unrepentant sociopath and a crime lord, but ultimately he tries to do as much good with his position as he can.
  • Loves My Alter Ego: Jaune believes that everything people like about him is a result of his act as Professor Arc. Knowing his canon self, it's hard to disagree. The one exception to this is Neo.
  • Mad Doctor: Jaune is convinced that the fox Faunus Tsune, Beacon's resident doctor and aura specialist, is one with a thing with causing him more pain than strictly necessary to test the limits of his unusually large aura pool. To his dismay, he's the only one who seems to notice.
    Jaune: W-why is that needle so big!?
    Tsune: Hmm? Well, have you ever tried giving an injection to someone with aura? You can't exactly turn it off and mundane needles just snap under the pressure. We're forced to be a little more... heavy duty.
    Jaune: Can't we go without the booster!?
    Tsune: Now, now Jaune… calm down. This won't hurt much.
    Jaune: There's no way in hell that won't hurt!
    Tsune: Jaune! Do I look like a woman who takes pleasure in causing pain to my patients? I, who have dedicated my life to the art of healing?
    Jaune: Your tail is wagging...
    Tsune: [grins] Ignore it.
    • Later it's shown that Glynda does know but believes denial is the best option.
  • Magnetic Hero: Deconstructed with Jaune. He believes the respect and admiration he gets comes not from his actions, but his undeserved reputation.
  • Massive Numbered Siblings: Jaune and his seven sisters. Yang thinks either his mother has some serious constitution or his father a serious death wish.
  • Mating Dance: Played With and Discussed in chapter 27. While Jaune and Glynda didn't stray from PG-territory (they were chaperones at a High-School Dance, after all), their dancing carried enough subtext to be wielded as a blunt weapon and left everybody present making themselves the obvious question. The guy himself put it the best:
    Jaune: [narrating] Their hands didn't meet this time. Rather, hers came up to his face, settling behind his neck as his did the same to her, fingers brushing against her nape — feeling her soft hair against the back of his hand. There was a hush as they danced like that, as though either might pull the other in for a passionate kiss at any moment. This was the story Hazel had talked about, he realised. Because when two people truly danced, it was more than just a dance — it held that dangerous edge, that said it could descend into something more primal at any moment.
  • May–December Romance: Glynda seems to be very self-conscious of the difference in age between her and Jaune, though he has no idea of her feelings.
  • Missing Steps Plan: Ruby's approach to her getting Jaune to fall in love with her.
    Ruby: [narrating] The dream was simple. She would find a way to spend time with Jaune alone, something-something, then they would fall madly in love and have a big family [...] What the something-something involved she had no idea, since in most romances she'd seen on TV (and those rare occasions where Yang forced her to sit through those awful romance movies), people just sort of… well, they just sort of fell in love. They never seemed to cover how to make someone fall for you, since they always started with the guy and girl madly in love.
  • Mistaken for Badass: Invoked. Jaune goes to great lengths to appear as badass as his fake transcripts says he is. That the world gives him the opportunity and excuses to look the part helps.
  • Mistaken for Gay:
    • Mercury Black, after "confessing" to Jaune in order to maintain his cover. Unfortunately for him, he's seen by six other girls, thus cementing his "sexuality."
    • After Jaune asked Weiss to dig up some information pertaining the guy from the above example, she started to think the professor bats for the other team too. Weiss also strongly suggested that Jaune shouldn't let Yang learn about his interest in him, lest the passionate girl react badly.
  • Mood Whiplash: The narrative goes from Jaune philosophically pondering a teacher's role in helping their students fly to cursing Blake because she accidentally stuck him with her bill at a cafe.
  • Moral Event Horizon: In-Universe, Jaune was already fearful of Cinder for her willingness to blow his cover. But her willingness to drive Beacon's students into despair is what pushes him to take her down.
  • Motive Rant: Marcus the mortician engages in one near the end of the Misenwood arc.
  • Mundanger: The disappearances in Misenwood are thought to be caused by Grimm, but are in fact the work of a Serial Killer.
  • Must Have Caffeine: Justified due to the special "Teacher's Coffee" being unbearably amazing. Let's just say that Glynda is something of a pariah among Beacon faculty because she prefers tea over coffee. Upgraded to Cargo Ship for Jaune, Ozpin and Oobleck in the omakes.
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  • No-Damage Run: A non-videogame example. In combat class, Glynda made assistant teacher Arc spar with Cardin Winchester with the intention of taking the bully down a peg or two. Given Jaune's nonexistent offensive capabilities, he didn't have any other choice than dodging Cardin's attacks as his life depended on it (mainly because it was very much the case). Thanks to Neo's Training from Hell, Jaune managed to avoid everything Cardin threw at him, tiring the student out and then he just tripped him and forced him to yield before any of their Auras took any damage at all. Everybody present thought Jaune planned the whole thing down to teach Cardin some humility, point out his shortcomings (namely subpar speed and stamina and his inability to change tactics on the fly) and warn the whole class against becoming complacent with any aspect of their training lest they allow an enemy to identify and ruthlessly exploit any weakness their teammates can't cover for.
  • No Doubt the Years Have Changed Me: Despite only being at Beacon for a few months this is the case with Jaune. When his family shows up to try and take him home they're struck speechless when instead of insecure, little Jaune they instead find Professor Arc.
  • Noodle Incident: The story of how Ren got the pink strand in his hair. According to Nora, it involved a lot of Grimm and exploding chicken dinners.
  • Not Helping Your Case: Ironwood's decrees regarding Jaune's arrest only make him look more unreasonable rather than justifying his actions. That he tries to re-arrest Jaune after the attack on Beacon makes him appear Honor Before Reason at best and Lawful Stupid at worst.
  • Not So Above It All: Glynda has too much personal dignity to indulge in something as prosaic as pranking someone. Professor Cinder Fall is an exception because Glynda really doesn't like the woman.
  • Not So Stoic: Going on the above, there are moments when Goodwitch's professional mask comes apart. From her barely restrained feelings for Professor Arc, to her rather obvious enjoyment of Winter having her head smashed in by Jaune-as-Neo
  • Oblivious to Love: Jaune. Part of it is intentionally denying many people's affections due to being a teacher (IE, Yang). The majority of it is plain stupidity on his part (IE Ruby).
  • Oh, Crap!: The evening before Initiation, Weiss insults "Tall, blonde and scraggly" and glares at him for wasting her time. Then Yang greets Jaune with a "Heya Professor", causing Weiss to realize she just insulted a teacher.
  • O.O.C. Is Serious Business:
    • Recounting the Mountain Glenn incident is so traumatic for Oobleck, that he can't even pour his coffee.
    • Happens with Qrow, though only his nieces realise this. After the mission in Misenwood, he offers Jaune a drink from his flask. Ruby notes that this is something he simply doesn't do, not even with Taiyang, due to being very protective of his alcohol. Afterwards, Jaune and Qrow become regular drinking buddies.
    • Neo seems to be not just mute, but really adverse to verbal communication, never bothering to write anything other than emoji. When she sends Jaune a message saying "RUN!", the recipient does exactly that without any thought.
    • Blake becomes visibly enraged by the heartless remarks Jaune's sisters make about him, enough that Yang points out she is subtly showing her claws.
    • During Pyrrha's fight with Penny, Emerald's illusions make her visibly enraged. Her friends quickly pick up on how aggressive she's becoming, and thanks to Jaune's warnings, realized she is being brainwashed.
  • One Dialogue, Two Conversations: Due to Penny referring to Jaune as her "boyfriend", his first conversation with Ironwood is a massive misunderstanding. From Jaune's point of view, he's talking about the couple hours he helped Ruby and Penny look for Blake. From Ironwood's, Jaune shamelessly admits to having a one night stand with her.
  • Only Sane Woman: Glynda is this to the Beacon staff, as the only teacher who wouldn't fit into a mental asylum. She considers Jaune to share this role with her, but considering what she doesn't know about him, she is probably wrong in this regard.
  • Papa Wolf:
    • Taiyang. His advice to his youngest about what she was supposed to do around boys involves bisecting them. To her credit, Ruby did think it was a "little murder-y" at the time.
    • Ironwood towards Penny, especially after Jaune unwittingly convinced him he liked it causal with the apparently smitten Robot Girl. Yes, that kind of casual.
    • Qrow keeps regular contact with his nieces via Scroll. That's how he learned that Yang met an older man who was particularly fun to tease due to his apparent (but not total) immunity to her charms and that, for her part, Ruby totally doesn't have a Precocious Crush on the newest addition to Beacon's faculty. Any of them good reasons for their uncle to dislike a guy, but given that both girls fancy the one and only Professor Jaune Arc, well... let's say Qrow is really looking forward to drop by and meet him.
    • Interestingly, Jaune himself is also an example. Among the things that made him decide that enough was enough and take arms against Cinder regardless the potential cost to himself was when she dragged Beacon's students, his students, into her plans.
  • Pet the Dog: While Neo is normally content to torment Jaune, when she finds Jaune quivering over his fear of being exposed by his family, she dons her "Noah Arc" disguise, and brings Blake to sort him out.
  • Plague of Good Fortune: Fate has apparently decided to grant Jaune with just enough luck to save himself from one dangerous and/or problematic situation by the skin of his teeth and land him squarely in the way of an even more dangerous and/or problematic one. It started with his attempt to attend Beacon getting him hired as a teacher and snowballed all the way to put him on Cinder's radar, having to throw his lot together with Roman and Neo to keep themselves alive from the latter, earning him Ironwood's distrust, the admiration of many of his students and Qrow looking forward to have words with him given the evident interest of both Ruby and Yang in the guy.
  • Post-Kiss Catatonia:
    • Pulled off thrice on Jaune so far by different women. First, Coco Adel kissed him to thank him for saving Velvet's life, but she all but stated it was because she didn't want to be indebted to him — it also doubles as his First Kiss. Second, Cinder Fall went for a very public Big Damn Kiss, but it only elicited a huge Oh, Crap! out of him due to the decidedly non-romantic implications involved. For the hat trick, Yang surprise-kissed him as her way to prove him that she has decided to pursue him romantically, and for real, unlike her previous playful teasing.
    • More like Post-Hug Catatonia, but Ruby's thought process became hilariously broken after Jaune embraced her in chapter 24.
      Ruby's brain: Ruby Rose is not available, please leave a message after the squeal. Eeeeeee—
  • Power Is Sexy:
    • Cinder attempts to seduce Jaune because she sees him as a man of great power and potential.
    • Jaune's fame, celebrity, and position of power as Beacon's new headmaster lead him to get marriage proposals-much to Glynda's chagrin.
  • Pragmatic Villainy:
    • Jaune plays the part in front of Cinder. When asked why he stepped in to protect Team RWBY after they messed with their common ally one too many times and finally got into serious trouble for it, Jaune explained that getting them expelled would have left them completely free to chase Roman down — perhaps even more doggedly than before if they decided to blame him for losing their place at Beacon. Jaune also mentioned using the mandatory counselling sessions to keep close tabs on the girls while holding the threat of expulsion over their heads as leverage, hinting to Cinder he was planning on going full Evil Mentor on them if necessary.
    • Another example was Torchwick and The White Fang's Dust robberies. They regularly made sure not to cause any excessive harm to the employees or damage to the shops they robbed so that the owners could get insurance to buy more Dust to stay in business so that they could rob them again.
  • Precision F-Strike: Jaune, who very rarely swears out loud, unleashes a series of these on Roman when he keeps refusing to turn against Cinder.
  • Precocious Crush: Fifteen-year-old Ruby develops one on Jaune, who pretends to be twenty. Everyone Can See It, though she denies having one.
  • Ramming Always Works: In an amazing display of Combat Pragmatism and Indy Ploy, Jaune takes out the Grimm Dragon from the Battle of Beacon by hijacking Ironwood's Cool Airship (with the help of Cinder's virus, no less) and letting its sheer mass, momentum and combined firepower unleashed at point blank deal with the nigh-unkillable creature.
  • Red Herring: The Mayor of Misenwood is inordinately abrasive from the moment Team RVVN and Jaune arrive and later seems to set the entire town upon them, easily painting him as the villain. In reality, he's overly stressed out and actually tried to stop the town from forming a lynch mob (though that's because he thought the five were murderers) and the real enemy is Markus the friendly mortician.
  • Reality Ensues:
    • Team RWBY tries subtly communicating their plans to each other with silent glances so as not to tip off Professor Arc. Since he's standing right in front of them, he notices immediately and thinks to himself how cute it is that they think they're being subtle.
    • Jaune's exploits end up with him being put on TV. Unfortunately, this reveals his deception to his family(who believed he was teaching schoolchildren), and angrily show up at Beacon to try and take him back, fearing he could die or get himself arrested for his fraud.
    • During the Battle of Beacon, many of the students join in the defense of their school. Unfortunately, they end being completely outmatched by the older and more experienced criminals and extremists, especially when Salem's forces join the attack. Ruby herself gets put out of commission early on by Adam's attack. It only the timely intervention by their more experienced teachers and older soldiers that saves them from certain death.
    • This happens repeatedly for laughs in the Chapter 56 omake. Professor Port's attempt to use the Air Vent Escape doesn't work because air vents aren't meant for full-grown men, let alone one as big as him. Karate chops to back of the neck aren't a one-hit KO. Dressing as the Enemy fails because he doesn't do a good impersonation of the other soldiers. Throwing the Distraction doesn't work if they see the distraction get thrown, not to mention they just call for back-up instead of wandering off to investigate. He only succeeds via a cardboard box used Metal Gear style as a Kansas City Shuffle rather than like in the games.
  • Relationship-Salvaging Disaster: The events in Misenwood ultimately convince Velvet to give her new partner and Team RVNN an honest chance and goes a long way to ending the grudge between Team CFVY and Jaune.
  • Rescue Romance: Cardin and Velvet, of all people, pull a mutual one during the Forever Fall Forest incident, with Velvet protecting Cardin but injuring herself in the process, then Cardin carrying her to safety. They start dating shortly thereafter. Absolutely no one saw that one coming.
  • Rhetorical Question Blunder: At one point, Roman asks if Jaune knows what his problem is, clearly intending to answer his own question. Jaune replies, "Blackmail, criminal contacts, and bad luck" which Roman awkwardly agrees with.
  • Right for the Wrong Reasons: After the Misenwood mission, Qrow assumes Jaune is shell-shocked by the killer's death, thinking he'd never seen someone commit suicide before. While Jaune is disturbed by the man's death, it's more because of how brutally Neo murdered him.
  • Sadistic Choice: Subverted. At one point Velvet has to decide between chasing down a mass murderer, or risking him getting away in favour of resuscitating an unconscious Pyrrha. For her, it is really a no-brainer.
  • Saving Christmas: The "The Night Before Christmas" story.
  • Serial Escalation: Jaune just wanted to be let into Beacon as a student. Unfortunately, his credentials were good enough for Ozpin to instead hire him as a teacher, and he puts on a facade so good, the faculty warms up to him and puts him in a trusted position as Student Counsellor. This works so well he winds up irreversibly tangled in Cinder's plan, and by sheer luck and chutzpah he performs so well during that, he's set up as Beacon's youngest headmaster.
  • Sexy Secretary: Jaune lampshades this trope when he realizes that this trope is sorta what he got out his deal with Blake to forgo the mandatory counselling he's supposed to give her to keep her from getting expelled and facing criminal charges for her actions at the docks in exchange of her help at handling his paperwork during their alleged rehabilitation sessions, like grading tests and such.
    Jaune: At the very least, he had his own sexy assistant now. That had to count for something, right?
  • Shipper on Deck: Ozpin, Port and to a lesser extent Oobleck about Jaune and the respective object of their bet. Surprisingly Weiss also ships the new professor with someone, her sister Winter.
  • Shout-Out: Jaune's experience when he first drinks Beacon's special coffee is similar to the Perfect Coffee strip from Girl Genius.
  • Shut Up, Hannibal!: During their duel Nicholas taunts Jaune about his silly desires to become a hero. Jaune angrily bellows that he doesn't care about fame.
    Jaune: "I don't want to be a hero. I don't care about reputation. I don't care about what people think of me, I don't care about being a hero. The reason I'm doing this is to protect the people I care about; my students, my colleagues-everyone at Beacon. There is no other reason!"
  • Sign of the Apocalypse: Yang proposed an actually fitting name for a plan. The rest of her team is bewildered.
    Weiss: [narrating] [She] supposed that could work. It was just pun enough that it clearly came from Yang, but for once it wasn't actually a bad one. Was Yang dying? Was this the harbinger of the end-times?
  • Silly Rabbit, Idealism Is for Kids!: Jaune's father, Nicolas, is firmly of that opinion, at least when it comes to hunters and their heroics. He will save people whenever possible and abandon them when he deems the risk too great. Anything less is a show of stupidity in his book.
    Defiance in the face of defeat is a trait valued by movie directors and pampered civilians who will never see combat. If you wish to survive in this harsh world, then you need to be able to accept defeat. Those that don't are hailed as heroes - but all you'll gain is a name written on a memorial somewhere. The people soon forget their heroes.
  • Single Woman Seeks Good Man:
    • Glynda falls for Jaune and his genuine kindness and courtesy.
    • Yang, despite being The Tease, develops a serious interest in Jaune, but Jaune dreads she is more attracted to his image then him personally.
  • The Social Expert: Coco Adel, who, once she abandons her animosity toward Jaune, provides him invaluable tips during his date with Glynda.
  • Spared By Adaptation: Thanks to Jaune's actions Penny, Pyrrha and Roman survive the events of Battle of Beacon.
  • Spit Take: This is how Jaune's mother reacts, when she is told her son has been dating Glynda Goodwitch while in Beacon.
  • Spotting the Thread: When confronted about, among other things, trying to cover up another death, the Mayor of Misenwood asks why would he have his men carry a body through the entire village to the mortician then demand said mortician not tell anyone.
  • Stealth Pun: There's a really subtle one in chapter 29 when Bran promises that he and Tai will "make a man out of" Ren. It's only once you remember that Ren is based on Hua Mulan that the Stealth Shout-Out makes sense.
  • Sure, Let's Go with That: A huge part of the fic. People give each other easy excuses to explain their behavior. The liars go with it. Hilarity Ensues.
    • Given his success rate with this trope, Jaune has arguably become a master at letting people deceive themselves. Now if he could someday manage to convince them of things that won't come back to bite him in the arse later on, that would be great. We're not complaining though.
    • Jaune tends to get hit by this trope too, albeit not as frequently as he inflicts it on others. Notably, when Weiss complained about "insane sisters and their demands", Jaune incorrectly assumed it was Yang who pressed her to ask him all kind of personal questions. Noticing that "Yang" and "mischief" are pretty much synonyms in Jaune's mind, Weiss saw no harm in rolling with it and pinning that one on her.
    • Ironwood comes to the conclusion that Ozpin hired Jaune specifically as a trump card against Salem. Ozpin's reaction is an insincere, "Yeah... sure."
    • When Jaune confronts Cinder during the battle of Beacon, she comes to believe that he had everything planned out, to happen as it did from her framing him so he could get close to Torchwick to turn him, to him being placed on Ironwood's ship so he could deactivate the Atlas robots, all to make her commit and draw her out. Jaune's response: "Sure, why not".
    • Torchwick actually realizes this is practically Jaune's motto and specifically tells Jaune it won't cut it with him. Later when Jaune uses it on Ironwood successfully Roman actually sniggers in the background.
  • Sustained Misunderstanding: Due to a minor incident early on, Yang convinces Jaune that Weiss reads erotica novels. This belief spreads throughout the story since Blake never comes clean that the novel in question was hers.
  • Taught by Experience: Jaune's combat training amounts to getting his ass kicked constantly by Neo until he figures out how to dodge her attacks, along with a fight against Roman to learn a few dirty tricks (which are of course demonstrated on him).
  • Teacher/Student Romance: Defied by Jaune in order to maintain his cover, much to his chagrin, as there are quite a few cute girls at Beacon. However, the beginnings of this are seen in his relationship with Glynda, despite technically being equals, with her mentoring him on how to become a better teacher.
  • That Came Out Wrong:
    • Jaune unknowingly unleashes a hurricane of these to Blake during one of their therapy sessions, who valiantly struggles to keep her mind out of the gutter. By the end she's left a groaning, blushing mess.
    Jaune: [about ointment] It'll hurt at first, but then it will start feeling really good — though you might feel a little sore afterwards.
    Blake: [mortified whine]
    • In a case of Poor Communication Kills, he also does the same to Ironwood regarding his completely platonic relationship with Penny. He never realises the double-meaning behind his words. This culminates in Ironwood giving off vibes of wanting to throw him in a dungeon, and Jaune fearing and hating him.
    • Ren when asked to bunk in a different room than Nora, Pyrrha and Velvet during their team's first mission:
    Ren: But I've been sleeping with my team for months.
    Nora: [snickers]
    Ren: I mean sleeping in the same room as my team!
  • The Tease:
    • Yang towards Jaune, especially after he didn't betrayed any interest in her. Actually, he did take notice of her but he was much more afraid of blowing his cover. For her part, Yang took his nonchalance as a challenge.
    • Neo towards Jaune as well. Besides ruthlessly beating him in fights, she seems to take her greatest pleasure in sexually frustrating him. Sometimes both at the same time, such as launching herself at him in a spar so her crotch impacts his face then putting her sword to his neck.
  • There Are No Therapists: A Defied Trope. For years Ozpin has been looking for someone for the position of Student Counsellor. A most difficult task given that such a person not only needs to be able to advice Huntsmen- and Huntresses-in-training within the context of their unique career, but also be someone they can look up to for guidance while remaining approachable and nonjudgmental enough for them to actually trust him or her with their problems without fear of losing face in front of a superior — as Mildly Military as it may be, Beacon is a combat school after all. In the end, the Headmaster got tired of waiting and nominated Jaune for the job.
  • Think Unsexy Thoughts: Invoked by name with mixed success.
    Jaune: [thinking] Think unsexy thoughts, think unsexy thoughts. Miss Goo- No I said unsexy!
  • Throwing the Distraction: When Cinder's found out, she throws Jaune into Ironwood's clutches to escape.
  • Took a Level in Kindness: All of Team CRDL, especially Cardin, go from bullies and racists to the biggest supporters of Faunuses in Beacon after Velvet saves Cardin's life from an Ursa. In the sequel, he has practically evolved into a Nice Guy.
  • Trademark Favorite Food:
    • Neo and her ice cream. Also an Exploited Trope once Jaune figured out that the best way to pacify her is to stockpile the stuff.
    • Coffee for most of Beacon's staff due to the special blend.
  • Training from Hell: Roman asked Neo to train Jaune because his death or exposure as a fraud would be very detrimental for the two of them. Neo gleefully obliged and while the training didn't make Jaune any stronger, he became very adept at surviving.
  • Troll:
    • Neo towards Jaune. It backfired on her once when she sat on Jaune's lap, playing along with the farce that they were in a relationship in front of Blake and Yang. Her intention was to make awkward and inexperienced little Jaune feel uncomfortable. Problem? He may be awkward and inexperienced with women, but Neo discovered that Jaune doesn't really qualify as "little".
    • Emerald derived more than a little of amusement from Mercury's Embarrassing Cover-Up.
  • Understatement: While they prepare for hosting the tournament, Port ask Jaune whether or not he can lie. Jaune's answer? He might have told a few lies in his time.
  • Underestimating Badassery:
    • When faced with Jaune and Neo in Misenwood, the killer can only hold one of them at gunpoint due to how they positioned themselves. When he takes aim at Jaune, the latter is surprised that he genuinely thinks he's more dangerous than Neo.
    • When Nicolas Arc agrees to fight Jaune in order to get him to leave Beacon, he expects little resistance, not realising how much his son has changed over the few last months. This trope ends up being Double Subverted - while Jaune manages to put up a fairly good fight, he is still not strong enough to best his father. The real mistake on Nicolas' part was assuming that Jaune would not figure out a way to cheat. After all, what is the chance that Remnant's most successful conman will end up deceiving you?
  • Undying Loyalty:
    • Jaune builds a lot of this from his students and the Beacon staff. Team RVNN and CRDL even put themselves between Jaune and Atlas soldiers when Ironwood orders Jaune to be arrested.
    • Almost all of Beacon's students are willing to add an extra year to their training to help rebuild Beacon.
  • Unishment:
    • After Team RWBY's fight with the stolen Atlesian Knight prototype, Ruby was punished to attend mandatory counselling (Ruby-speech for "alone time with her crush") twice a week. Blake hanged a lampshade and pointed out that Ruby's face looked like someone just told her that her birthday and Christmas had come early this year.
    • Ruby actually tried to get herself "punished" in this exact manner before that, right after the incident at the docks at the end of Volume 1 in canon. Ozpin saw her intentions coming a mile away and instead assigned Ruby to assist Glynda as her punishment.
  • Unsympathetic Comedy Protagonist: An odd case. Jaune being a Butt-Monkey accounts for much of the comedy of the fic. On one hand, he has moral standards, is genuinely trying to help everyone, and has a good heart. On the other hand, all of his problems are very much well-deserved because they all came from him lying. He could easily destroy Cinder's plans just by revealing her, but that would mean revealing himself.
  • Unwanted Gift Plot: Due to a rumor started when Jaune caught Yang and Blake going through his underwear drawer, Winter believes Weiss is a huge fan of erotica and pull some strings to get her a copy of her little sister's "favorite" series long before it's officially released. While she hates the present, she does use it as extortion against Blake for the rest of the story, threatening to not let her read it whenever Blake gets on her nerves.
  • Villainous Breakdown: In the finale, Cinder goes through various degrees of anger and fear, mostly directed towards Jaune. She ends up screaming his name repeatedly in futile rage, after having her plans ruined and her eye cut off. Memories of this failure and Jaune in particular keep haunting her even long after the battle.
  • Villainous Rescue: Roman goes out of his way to save Jaune from Cinder during the Battle of Beacon. Combines with Unwanted Rescue because Roman does so by framing Jaune as an accomplice, citing that Jaune will hate him for it but at least he'll be alive.
  • Voice with an Internet Connection: Coco serves as this to Jaune during his date with Glynda, seeing as how hopeless the guy is when it comes to romance.
  • Warrior Therapist: Jaune's role as a student counselor. However, he's not infallible in the role, as seen with his inability to solve the divide between Team RVNN.
  • We Can Rule Together: Cinder consistently tries to get Jaune fully on her side through seduction and promises of power. At one point he notes that he would have accepted her offers, had she made them a few months ealier. As it stands, Jaune is too concerned for Beacon to let Cinder complete her plan, let alone join her. Naturally, Cinder contributes his refusal to some greater ambition.
  • Weirdness Magnet: Jaune. To the point where, when asked, Glynda couldn't think of a single day where something insane hasn't happened since he arrived at Beacon. He even calls himself Jaune "hated by fate" Arc. On the other hand, he asked for it.
  • Well-Intentioned Extremist: Ironwood genuinely believes himself to be acting in Vale's best interest by arresting Jaune, but by refusing to present any of his alleged evidence of the accused's crimes nor allowing anyone to contact the accused, he paints himself as a Knight Templar at best and a Jerkass acting out of petty jealousy at worst.
  • Wham Episode: Chapters 53 and 54 serve as this collectively. After dozens of chapters Jaune finally makes his loyalty clear, ruining any chances of continued cooperation with Cinder. He then gets arrested for treason by Ironwood and is placed in a situation where he can do nothing to stop Cinder's plan from coming to fruition.
  • Wham Line:
    • Early in the story, Jaune wonders how can he activate his aura. He decides to ask the same person who helped him with the transcripts.
    "What was his name again... Roman?"
    • Through most of the story Roman Torchwick remains entirely consistent with his canon version - a criminal whose only real motivation is staying alive in the face of Cinder's schemes. He is an ally to the protagonist, but is otherwise no more sympathetic than in the original show. And then he delivers this line:
    I expect you to live. Unlike half my team, when they decided to be heroes.
  • What Kind of Lame Power Is Heart, Anyway?: Nicholas Arc's Semblance is being able to sense when it will rain.
  • What the Hell, Hero?:
    • Jaune chides himself all the time for all the morally ambiguous things he has to do to keep everything from falling apart, especially once his Snowball Lie grows so big that the fallout of getting discovered would affect not just himself but a lot of good people.
    • Jaune gives one to Glynda over asking Pyrrha to become the new Fall Maiden, demanding why she's so willing to sacrifice one of her students. Glynda gives him an Armor-Piercing Slap and tearfully demands if he truly believes she cares so little about her students that she'd choose to do so if it wasn't the best possible option they have.
    • After Jaune finally comes clean about everything, Oobleck gives him one offscreen for using a national tragedy (destruction of the Vacuo Academy for Gifted Youths) as the basis of his Conveniently Unverifiable Cover Story.
  • Why Won't You Die?: Cinder quotes this trope word by word in her final confrontation with Jaune. Professor even agrees that he should had died already at that point, due to all the things he's been through. He pushes on though.
  • Worthy Opponent: Cinder considers Jaune to be the most challenging opponent she has ever faced due to his (faked) criminal brilliance. She still remains fairly smug though, until he ends up foiling her plan and leaving her injured and traumatised, after which the smugness gets replaced by paralising fear.
  • Would Hurt a Child: During his Motive Rant to Velvet, Marcus casually admits having used a child in one of his experiments, hoping that the young age would help with "adapting the animal parts". It didn't
  • Xanatos Speed Chess: Thanks to Jaune's warnings, Velvet is able to break Emerald's hold on Pyrrha, saving Penny from destruction. Unfortunately, Emerald switches her focus to a nearby Atlas soldier, brainwashing him into attacking Pyrrha on live TV. While Pyrrha doesn't die, the attack manages to expose Penny as an android, the apparent (to everyone else) recklessness of Atlas' forces creates the anger that Cinder exploits.
  • Yank the Dog's Chain: Just when Yang finally gets the chance to set the record straight about her alleged romantic relationship with Blake, the latter unexpectedly plays along with the rumors to discourage Sun.
  • You Are Better Than You Think You Are:
    • Ruby managed to reassure Jaune that, while he can't magically solve every problem he comes across completely, his efforts do make things better — he just can't see it because he focuses too much on what he failed to accomplish and never stopping to think that the people he tries to help would be worse off now without his intervention. Easily one of the most Heartwarming Moments in the story.
    • Blake does it as well when Jaune is mid-Heroic BSoD after his mother has discovered where he teaches and is coming to take him home.

Professor Arc II: Headmaster Arc contains examples of:

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  • Accent Slip Up: Lisa Lavender speaks in a rough country accent when off camera.
  • Agony of the Feet: Both Ruby and Blake drop the rubble they're carrying while discussing plans to see Weiss again, said rubble lands right on Yang's feet.
  • All Men Are Perverts: After Jaune instates Jinn as the new student counselor, twenty different male students suddenly need counseling.
  • Amazingly Embarrassing Parents: Ruby and Yang are terrified of heading back to Patch with Blake and CRDL in tow for fear of Taiyang being this. (An omake suggests that Blake has even more to fear from her mother in regards to this.)
  • Appliance Defenestration:
    • Jaune throws a chair through a window in a fit of rage over hearing Ozpin's plans.
    • Winter does the same with her office phone after a series of calls from Jaune.
  • Arson, Murder, and Jaywalking: Jaune is stuck with the horrible task of rebuilding Beacon, avoiding arrest by Ironwood, and Cinder coming back for revenge, but sheds a tear at not getting any of Beacon's coffee (which is currently under a trade embargo).
  • Ascended Extra: The Jinn joins Beacon, becoming a student counselor.
  • Ass Shove: The chapter 2 omake has Penny smuggle goods to Weiss via this method. It's not as gross as most examples because Penny is a robot with a special compartment built in that area that can keep objects safe and clean, but then Winter steps into the room as Weiss is reaching into Penny's skirt...
  • Bait-and-Switch Comment:
    • While chewing out Team RWBY's actions in screwing with the guest list for Jacques Schnee's party, Glynda reveals her real problem is them adding Roman to the list.
    • When Jaune calls Blake a criminal, she retorts that she left White Fang and atoned for her actions. Jaune replies that he meant going through his mail and falsifying official documents.
  • Batman Gambit:
    • Blake gets the remaining members of Team RWBY on the guest list for Jacques Schnee's charity dinner by slipping an acceptance letter to said dinner's invitation into Jaune's paperwork at the end of the day, knowing he'd be too tired to actually read it.
    • During their battle, Jaune knows that Cinder would expect him to attack at their exposed back so he instead comes from the front.
  • Because You Were Nice to Me: Carrier Nevermore were designed to be more intelligent and smaller than the regular variety to serve as spies. Said intelligence means they can also experience emotions such as pleasure and enjoyment, so the carrier Nevermore Neo took as a pet is quickly becoming loyal to her as she's the only one to ever show it affection.
  • Benevolent Genie: Jinn does her best to aid Jaune's faction even after her questions have been used up, such as hinting at the Cinder's weakness and acting as a distraction.
  • Better Than Sex: Oscar's first taste of the "teacher's coffee" has him wondering if he just lost his virginity; Ozpin assures him it's something far greater than sex.
  • Blatant Lies: Jaune tells Glynda's combat class that she decided to have them help with clearing rubble both as good exercise and to teach them that there's more to Hunstmen life than fighting. Said students immediately pick up on the fact it's because Glynda and Roman are in the infirmary after getting into a fight and clearing rubble is just a way to save some lien.
  • Blessed with Suck: Jinn laments knowing everything when Ruby brings her to the infirmary after she knocks herself out, and Jinn knows full well both what Tsune plans to do to her and how aroused the woman is at the thought of it.
  • Bond One-Liner: After successfully removing Cinder's Maiden powers, Jaune delivers a single line to her.
    Jaune: Knight takes Queen. Checkmate.
  • Boring, but Practical: Jaune scraps Ozpin's scheme of collecting the Relics in favor of just letting them stay hidden, and converting Beacon into a fortress to defend against Salem.
    • In chapter 19, he successfully convinces Ozpin to go along with it, citing that without Cinder, Salem will need to spend at least a few years obtaining another competent female minion to make into a Maiden and open the vaults. In the meantime, Ozpin can train up his new body.
  • Borrowed Catchphrase: When Cinder again gloats about Jaune's supposed brilliance, the Jinn has this most appropriate response.
    Jinn: Sure, why not?
  • Both Sides Have a Point:
    • Sienna feels that for the White Fang to truly succeed, they need a combination of Ghira's and Adam's tactics, using enough force to show they are a genuine threat then negotiating with the kingdoms as equals.
    • After his meeting with Raven, Qrow tells Jaune that while Raven messed up in running away from everything, the rest of them messed up in never listening to her concerns.
  • Brought Down to Normal: In chapter 19 Cinder's Maiden powers are fully transferred into Pyrrha.
  • Brutal Honesty: Jinn knows everything about anyone who comes to her for counseling, resulting in most being too off-put to return for a second visit.
  • Call-Back: In chapter 9, Winter finds Penny reading some of the smut Winter bought Weiss in the previous story.
  • Can't Kill You, Still Need You: After Cinder knocks herself unconscious, Jaune decides against killing her, citing both that she has information they can use and they don't know where her Fall Maiden powers would go.
  • The Chains of Commanding: The strain of being headmaster is so hard on Jaune, he hopes to find Oscar in the hopes he can get Ozpin to take back the job.
    • Played for Drama in Chapter 11, when Jaune admits to Glynda he is afraid of screwing up his job at Beacon, fearing that his luck could run out, and that a student might not come back.
  • Coincidental Dodge: Qrow accidentally dodges an attack by Cinder because he dropped his Scroll and bent down to pick it up. He dodges the next several attacks by tripping over Leonardo and tumbling down the stairs.
  • Cool and Unusual Punishment:
    • As punishment for adding themselves to the Jacques Schnee's guest list, Jaune gives Team RWBY detention with Glynda so they can learn proper etiquette (which she plans to do by launching the cutlery at them as she explains it's use) and makes Blake go as Roman's chaperone while being responsible for his misdeeds as punishment for coming up with the plan. The latter is also Roman's punishment for siccing Neo on Jaune.
    • For messing around with Pyrrha's Maiden powers unsupervised, Jaune suggests Tsune give all of teams RVNN and RWBY full medical checkups.
    • Since Ozpin refuses to take on his old headmaster position in any capability, Jaune enrolls him as a student, specifically as the new fourth member of Team RWBY.
    • After being captured, Cinder is allowed to watch television in their cell but the only show that plays is My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic and they can't turn it off. They also see being forced to eat with a spork as cruelty beyond even Salem.
  • Crazy Enough to Work: Jaune manages to get the drop on Cinder by attacking from the one direction no one would be stupid enough to attack from: the front.
  • Cuteness Proximity: Neo decides to keep a tiny Nevermore as a pet to Jaune's chagrin.
  • Dangerous Device Disposal Debacle: Lampshaded when Jaune mentions that the Aura transfer machine was destroyed by Cinder. Glynda replies that all she did was shoot out one of the glass panels, which can be easily replaced.
  • Deadpan Snarker:
    • When Blake tries to pretend she has Super Senses by saying she can hear a Bullhead coming, Cardin snarks that they've been able to see it for the last five minutes.
    • When Qrow asks if Ozpin's still feeling bitter towards Cinder, Ozpin remarks that yes, he just might feel slightly bitter towards the woman who murdered him.
  • Death by Adaptation: It is revealed that Mercury and Emerald were killed during the Battle of Beacon.
  • Did I Just Say That Out Loud?: While talking with Whitley, Yang remarks that his entire family is "Rubysexual", mortifying herself, Ruby, and Whitley.
  • Didn't Think This Through:
    • Pyrrha tries to blow off some steam in a six on one match against teams RWBY and RVNN using her Maiden powers, despite not being fully trained. The resultant hurricane knocks everyone around quite a bit and lands them in the infirmary.
    • Vernal tries to keep Yang and Blake from reaching Raven and Cinder but her constant dodging gives Yang a chance to simply run right past her while Blake fights her.
    • Cinder is tasked with using the Relic of Knowledge to find the other Relics but is offered any remaining questions as a prize. When she uses the first question for her own goal, Yang uses up the last question before Cinder can ask about the Relics.
  • Disappointed in You: When Jaune learns Team RWBY added themselves to the guest list for Jacques Schnee's party, he tells them that not only is he disappointed that they'd do such a thing, but he's even more disappointed that he's honestly not surprised they would do so.
  • Distracted by the Sexy: Oscar is almost constantly distracted by the female members of Teams RWBY and RVNN.
  • Dramatic Irony: In-universe, the omniscient Jinn cracks up a bit at Cinder's pontification over Jaune's supposed genius.
  • The Dreaded: Jaune has become this for anyone who opposes him. Best exemplified by Vernal, who flees the moment she sees Professor Arc arrive into battle.
  • Even the Girls Want Her: Due to a rumor that Blake is dating Roman, Yang has had several girls asking if she's single now.
  • Everyone Has Standards: Despite Ironwood's grudge against Jaune, he won't interfere with Beacon's reconstruction, out of respect for Ozpin.
  • Exact Words:
    • Cinder asks the Jinn of Knowledge what Jaune's master plan is for her and, by extension, Salem. Said plans are "To have Neo stab Cinder in the throat" and "To come up with a plan to deal with Salem".
    • When Jaune taunts Cinder over her failure and imprisonment, Ozpin suggests Jaune let someone unbiased talk to her instead then starts taunting Cinder himself. After Glynda calls him on it, Ozpin cites that he never said he was unbiased.
  • Exactly What I Meant To Say: Upon learning Team RWBY also added Roman to the lists of guests for Jacques Schnee's charity dinner, Glynda recommends execution as punishment.
    Jaune: You mean expulsion.
    Glynda: No. No, I do not.
  • Explain, Explain... Oh, Crap!: Salem invokes this when she asks Cinder what happens when someone who has never known affection or acknowledgement suddenly receives an abundance of both. Cinder responds that they become loyal to whoever showed them affection and that it's how she keeps Emerald in line, then realizes that Neo's pet Nevermore is now loyal to Jaune and Neo.
  • Failed Attempt at Drama: Vernal's bold (and false) declaration that she's the Spring Maiden is wasted on Yang who's too pissed to care about anything but beating her mother.
  • Five-Finger Discount: Neo steals a birdcage then uses her Semblance to make the shop owner think she both paid and flashed him.
  • Fluffy Tamer: Neo takes a carrier Nevermore (a smaller, more intelligent variety of Nevermore) as a pet.
  • Foe Romance Subtext: At one point, Salem tells Cinder that if she keeps talking up Jaune's cunning, she's going to start assuming the other woman has "ulterior motives" regarding him.
  • Friend or Idol Decision: Winter finds herself stuck between helping Weiss or obeying General Ironwood's orders.
  • Friendly Enemy: Discussed. When Winter asks Weiss if she hates her for keeping her from her team, Weiss replies that while she is mad at Winter, and will try and defy her, she still accepts Winter as a sister.
  • The Gadfly: In an omake where the two are placed on a team with Ozpin and Sienna, Jinn trolls Cinder whenever the latter tries to figure out Jaune's master plan. Every time Cinder comes up with what she believes to be a foolproof plan, Jinn suggests Jaune might be expecting it.
  • Go Mad from the Isolation: Well, not mad, but the Jinn has gotten tired of being hidden for years, and begs Jaune to help her leave.
  • Good Is Not Soft: Jaune and Glynda really bring the hammer down hard on Team RWBY for putting themselves on the guest list to Jacques' charity dinner.
  • Head-Tiltingly Kinky: In an omake, Neo thanks Jaune for letting her keep a tiny Nevermore by having sex with him. Salem, who's watching through the Nevermore's eyes, tilts her head, as does Cinder when she walks in.
  • Heads I Win, Tails You Lose: Sienna summarizes attacking Beacon as either the White Fang loses and alienates everyone or they win and they alienate everyone on top of endangering every faunus living in Vale.
  • Heel Realization: Sienna realizes that at some point, the White Fang went from well intentioned extremists to a group of bloodthirsty psychopaths eager to wage war on humanity.
  • How Do I Shot Web?: According to Qrow, he and Raven needed a lot of practice to get used to their bird forms, struggling to even walk at first, let alone fly.
  • Humiliation Conga: Cinder. Her attempt to ask the Jinn questions is foiled by Yang when the blonde steals the last one from her. Her battle with Jaune ends with her banging her head on the ceiling. She is drained of her Maiden powers, imprisoned, no longer welcomed by Salem, and as a final kick in the teeth, is forced to watch a little girl's show in her cell.
  • Hypocrite: Ironwood tells Winter that her father is extremely stubborn and always believes he knows best while in the same conversation refusing to acknowledge Weiss could still be loyal to Jaune and resent Ironwood and Winter for using her against the man.
  • Hypocrite Has a Point: Ozpin might have pushed his work onto others as Jaune is trying to do to him, but Ozpin not only was the headmaster of Beacon for 145 years in total, but has been doing paperwork for roughly 600 years and has earned his current break from it.
  • Hypocritical Humor: Ozpin tells Jaune to stop taunting Cinder, then promptly starts taunting her himself.
  • I Know You Know I Know: In an omake where Ozpin, Sienna, Jinn, and Cinder are placed on a team together, every time Cinder thinks she's come up with a foolproof plan against Jaune, Jinn suggests Jaune might expect her to do exactly that, driving Cinder to think up a new counter plan to counter his counter plan.
  • I Need a Freaking Drink: After their failure at Haven, Hazel offers Tyrian a drink from Qrow's flask. Tyrian downs the whole thing.
  • I Shall Taunt You:
    • Ozpin resorts to this to put Cinder off guard so he can escape her ambush.
    • Jaune likewise spends a good deal of his fight against Cinder taunting them over their failures.
  • I'll Take Two Beers Too: When meeting Qrow to ask about his meeting with Raven, Jaune orders three vodka mixers for the two of them and Neo, only for Qrow to tell him to order himself something too.
  • I'm a Man; I Can't Help It: A variation with Oscar who points out he can't help getting aroused and having sexy thoughts about Team RBY as he's fourteen.
  • Implausible Deniability: When Ironwood demands the return of the battleship Jaune crashed into Beacon, Glynda sends back a response saying, "Battleship? What battleship?", with Beacon already working on converting it into a part of the school.
    • In a following chapter, Yang and Ruby suggest the White Fang stole the ship by literally dragging it away.
  • Impossible Theft: Roman steals several items at Jacques Schnee's charity dinner despite Blake never taking her eyes off him by distracting her with one hand and stealing with the other without looking at what he's looting.
  • Inertia Is a Cruel Mistress: During their battle, Cinder blasts Jaune below her with as much fire as she can conjure. Since she was already flying upwards, she's rocketed into the cave's ceiling and knocked unconscious.
  • Instantly Proven Wrong:
    • Qrow explains to Team RBY that Haven isn't a nest of chaos like Beacon, only to enter the school to total chaos as all of the students try to keep Oscar away from Lionheart.
    • After Jaune provides clothing and toiletries, Ozpin ponders that he was wrong about the man seeking petty revenge on him for sticking him with the headmaster position. Then Yang pulls out the pajamas Jaune provided: a blue bunny onesie.
  • It Was a Gift: Qrow's hip flask was a gift from Summer.
  • It's Personal with the Dragon: An inverted example. Cinder is fuming (literally) with anger over Jaune defeating and maiming her, to the point that she is willing to talk back to Salem when she feels her boss is denying her a chance for revenge. Contrast Salem who acknowledges Jaune as a threat but is willing to simply wait until he dies of natural causes.
  • Jerkass Gods: Ozpin ruminates on the cruelty of how the gods made him immortal. Each of his hosts is eventually consumed by his psyche, leaving behind only Ozma. Neither Oscar, the original Ozpin, or any of Ozma's other hosts did anything to deserve such a fate.
  • Jerkass Has a Point:
    • When Blake angrily complains about Torchwick being made a staff member and giving her detention, he throws back that she wasn't exactly an agent of the law and that he does have the right to give her detention as her teacher. Blake can barely muster a response.
    • After listening to Winter's grievances of how her sister's upset with her and she can't give into Weiss's requests without going against General Ironwood, Qrow points out, rather callously, that Winter's apparent solution is to not even try to help Weiss. Even if there isn't a middle ground where Winter helps Weiss without disobeying Ironwood's orders, Weiss would be more amenable if she at least made an attempt.
  • Jurisdiction Friction: Beacon's staff and the Mistral Police argue over who gets to arrest Lionheart and Cinder. They do compromise, with the former staying in Mistral, and the latter being shipped to Beacon.
  • Know When to Fold 'Em: According to Sienna Khan, her "demands" for Beacon amount to "Please don't crush us" and "Please forgive us before Atlas nukes Menagerie".
  • Logical Weakness: A Grimm that is smart enough to follow orders and avoid detection is also smart enough to change loyalties with proper motivation.
  • Loophole Abuse: Jinn has to answer any three questions asked of her every century no matter who is asking. To keep Cinder from using the final wish, she loudly repeats the rules she's bound by even though Cinder already knows them. This lets Yang use up the final question before Cinder can.
  • Love Redeems: Ozpin explains to Oscar that Cardin used to be horribly racists against faunus, claiming the boy's father "poisons those around him, including his son." When Oscar brings up that Cardin seems to hate racists, Ozpin remarks that "Love is an antidote to any poison... or sex is, anyway."
  • Midfight Weapon Exchange: Jaune takes down Lionheart by briefly borrowing Neptune's weapon, a trident.
  • The Mind Is a Plaything of the Body: Unlike Qrow, Raven's avian instincts took a strong hold when she gained her powers, including attacking birds and guarding a birdbath with her sword while in human form.
  • A Mind Is a Terrible Thing to Read: While not truly mind reading, people bringing up any given topic instantly fills Jinn's thoughts with all the information about said topic, such as seeing Jaune naked when Ruby muses he's "probably really handsome all over".
  • Moment Killer: Jaune and Glynda are just starting to makeout when Port bursts into the room, shouting that teams RVNN and RWBY landed themselves in the infirmary. To Port's credit, he immediately realizes what he did, and quips that he might have just landed himself in the doghouse.
  • Mundane Luxury: After being hired as the new student counselor, Jinn buys as many books, movies, and box sets as she can afford, having not had access to such things before.
  • Mundane Solution: Cinder askes the Jinn of Knowledge what Jaune's master plan was. Jinn replies it is just to have Neo slit her throat.
  • Mundane Utility: Jaune ends up hiring the Jinn of Knowledge as Beacon's student counselor.
    • Ozpin intends to use one of Jinn's questions to learn the recipe of the perfect coffee.
  • My Eyes Are Up Here: While not noticeably bothered, Jinn still tells Oscar this when he stares at her legs too long.
  • No Escape but Down: When ambushed by Salem's forces, Ozpin escapes by jumping out a window.
  • Nobody Touches the Hair: Russel breaks down crying after a Grimm attack ruins his mohawk.
  • Noodle Incident: In an omake, Zwei's bed is filled with flour and apparently it's not the first time it happened.
  • Not So Above It All:
    • Weiss is furious that she missed Velvet and Cardin becoming official.
    • Jinn seems rather amused when telling Yang that Jaune does find her hot and indeed notices whenever she "struts her stuff". She later pleads with Jaune to take her out of the vault, as she's been trapped in there for centuries.
  • Oh, Crap!: Ozpin as Oscar gets one when he finds himself surrounded by Salem's forces.
  • Only Sane Man: Sienna seems to be the only one to realize that the White Fang simply can't survive if they continue to "make enemies of literally everyone". She also lampshades the idiocy of attacking Beacon since it not only has nothing to do with their conflict, but is a huntsman school that trains the people who protect everyone, human and faunus, from the Grimm.
  • O.O.C. Is Serious Business: According to Qrow, he and Raven were raised not to turn to others with their problems so he, Taiyang, and Summer should have paid more attention when Raven raised her concerns about Ozpin.
  • Pædo Hunt: Invoked by Ozpin who pretends Leonardo Lionheart molested him so no one is willing to turn him over to the man.
  • Passive-Aggressive Kombat: Unable to battle each other in public, Jaune, Winter, and Ironwood are reduced to taking quiet shots at each other.
  • Person as Verb: Yang insists Team RWBY not "Nora"note  their way into getting into a charity dinner where Weiss will be attending.
  • Pet Monstrosity: Neo's pet Nevermore.
  • Power Perversion Potential: Qrow used to use his bird form to spy on girls in the communal showers.
  • Pragmatic Villainy: Whitley agrees to help Weiss get and send letters to Beacon...if only so he can inherit Schnee Dust.
  • Precision F-Strike: Upon finding a strange obelisk (actually a Grimm) desecrating Summer's grave, Ruby threatens to "Make someone pay, even if she has to swim to the Grimmlands and cut off their bitch-ass head herself".
  • Rage Breaking Point: After taking veiled shots at each other throughout the charity auction, Ironwood finally punches Jaune in the eye after he once again denies ownership of Ironwood's battleship.
  • Reality Ensues:
    • Ozpin keeping so many secrets bites Beacon in the ass when his faction tries to plot against Salem and has almost no information beyond the fact she exists.
    • Even terrorist factions require someone to do the paperwork to keep everything organized, to Sienna's dismay.
      • In an omake, the White Fang faces a supply shortage because Adam ignored the paperwork required to get said supplies delivered.
    • Ozpin shows what happens when you try to capture/intimidate a person who has centuries of experience and Resurrective Immortality. He not only verbably runs circles around everyone who "ambushed" him, he outright escapes without breaking a sweat then instigates what amounts to a rebellion with just a few sentences. To say Salem's people never really had a chance is putting it mildly.
    • Ozpin points out how Conservation of Ninjutsu doesn't work in reality and that as powerful as they are, Cinder, Hazel, and Tyrian are only three people and can't hope to take on hundreds of Haven's students.
    • Yang tries to attack Raven and Cinder, to keep them from reaching the Jinn of knowledge. Both of them being both maidens and adult Huntresses, it ends as well you'd expect for Yang, who is still in training. The only reason Yang survives is because Raven spared her, as she was secretly sabotaging Cinder all along.
    • When Jaune tries to block Cinder's fire, the part that hits his shield is stopped but the rest of it still hits him and sets Jaune on fire. Jaune even notes that the stories where the fire is deflected in every direction by a much smaller shield isn't how fire works.
  • "The Reason You Suck" Speech: Glynda gives a vicious one to Ruby, Yang, and Blake after she finds out they added themselves onto the guest list. Or, more specifically, that Blake added Roman to the guest list.
    Glynda: What were the three of you thinking!?
    Blake: We-
    Glynda: Do not answer that question, Miss Belladonna! It was rhetorical. There is no answer that does not involve the three of you being the most foolish, reckless and downright idiotic students I have ever had the misfortune to see stood before me. This represents the single most important event in Beacon's calendar to date. Every single one of your fellow students' continued lives here at Beacon depends upon us making a good impression and securing funding. You, Miss Belladonna, know this personally, having seen the black hole that is our current accounts [...] and yet despite the risks, despite how much we need this, the three of you thought to do this!? Irresponsible children! No, that gives you an excuse. Even children would not be so pathetic, so stupid, so incredibly selfish.
  • Refuge in Audacity: How does Beacon respond to Atlas' demands for the return of their battleship?
  • Reverse Mole: Somewhat implied with Raven. While she helps Cinder get to the Jinn of Knowledge, she doesn't do anything to seriously hurt Yang and gives her a subtle wink, implying she left Yang in the position to steal a question from the Jinn of Knowledge.
  • Reverse Psychology: According to Roman, the best way to get Neo to do something is to tell her not to, though he mentions you can't do it too often or she'll catch on.
  • Rhetorical Question Blunder: When Qrow tells Winter that she should find a way around Ironwood's orders so she can help Weiss, Winter demands to know if he'd turn on Ozpin for the sake of his neices, to which Qrow says he'd do it in a heartbeat.
  • Running Gag:
    • Jaune and Glynda regularly bring up Blake as a problem student. Yang thinks of Blake's status as a law of nature. "Grass grew, birds sang, Blake got detention."
    • Blake's obsessesion with the White Fang as well. At one point Glynda threatens to file a restraining order against Blake on the White Fang's behalf.
  • Sadistic Choice: Jaune has been invited to a charity dinner with Jacques Schnee in Atlas. If he goes, he risks arrest by a very irate General Ironwood. If he doesn't, he loses a chance to earn much-needed funding for Beacon Academy.
  • Screw This, I'm Outta Here!: While attempting a You Shall Not Pass!, Vernal sees Jaune coming and flees.
  • Shameless Fanservice Girl: Jinn has no problem with people gawking at her, regardless of whether she's dressed or not.
  • She Is Not My Girlfriend: Cardin keeps this up despite everyone knowing he and Velvet are dating.
  • She's Got Legs: During his appointment, Oscar gets distracted by Jinn's legs.
  • Shield Bash: Jaune breaks Cinder's nose with his shield because he didn't have time to grab his sword.
  • Sitcom Arch-Nemesis: Glynda and Roman argue constantly and get into a physical fight at one point.
  • So Proud of You: Played for laughs. Roman congratulates Jaune for riling up Ironwood enough to punch Jaune in the eye.
  • Spanner in the Works:
    • Neo interferes with Salem's attempts to spy on Pyrrha by taking her Nevermore as a pet.
    • Yang stops Cinder from finding where the other Relics are hidden by using up the Jinn of Knowledge's last question.
  • Spotting the Thread: Ozpin knows Vernal isn't the Spring Maiden because otherwise she'd be helping Cinder obtain the Relic of Creation.
  • Stating the Simple Solution: Salem notes that she doesn't necessarily have to find a way to defeat Jaune; she could instead simply wait until he dies, however long it takes. That she cannot do this for Ozpin is what makes them sworn enemies.
  • Stealth Insult: To Whitley's admiration, Jaune insults both Ironwood and Winter three times each during his speech at the charity ball without being blatant about any of them.
  • Stepford Smiler: Ironwood and Jaune despise one another, but are forced to laugh with each other at Jacque's charity ball.
  • Student Teacher Romance: Played for Laughs. Ever since Blake had to act as Roman's chaperone, rumors have been flying both in Beacon and the newspapers that the two are dating.
  • Stupidest Thing I've Ever Heard: When Jaune hears Ozpin's plan to gather the Relics with Qrow and Team RWBY (basically the plot of the canon RWBY from Volume 5 onward), he declares it the worst idea he's ever heard.
    Jaune: And this is coming from someone who thought becoming a professor with zero qualifications and not even an unlocked Aura was a good idea!
  • Super Senses: Averted with Faunus. Blake tries to act like she has superhuman hearing but Velvet already told Cardin their animal ears aren't any more sensitive than their human ones.
  • Tautological Templar: Even after it's proven Jaune isn't some criminal mastermind working against Beacon and/or Vale, Winter knows Ironwood will refuse to admit he's wrong because "Atlas is never wrong".
  • Teeth-Clenched Teamwork:
    • Glynda and Torchwick don't get along. The former can't stand the latter's smoking and amoral attitude, and the latter won't let her live down the fact that she slept with a minor (Jaune was still 17 during the events of the first story).
    • Ironwood eventually swallows his pride, and is willing to work with Jaune to stop the Grimm...but still reminds Jaune that he believes him to be a criminal who needs to be locked up.
  • This Means War!: Besides her silent scream of horror, this is how Neo reacts to Zwei blowing up her room (and more importantly, her ice cream).
  • Took a Level in Badass: Jaune proves his skillset by taking down Lionheart, albeit with some help from Neptune and Neo's Nevermore.
  • Troll: Roman spends almost as much time needling Glynda as he does doing anything else.
  • Unwitting Pawn: Jaune nips this in the bud by reminding Ozpin that Salem can't open any of the vaults to access the Relics so collecting the Relics would simply make it easier for her to steal them.
  • Villain Has a Point: Ozpin agrees with Salem that Remnant is better off without the gods; he just wishes she didn't try to become one herself.
  • Villain Respect: Salem deeply respects Jaune for (apparently) spearheading the defense of Beacon Academy from the Grimm invasion, to the point where she considers letting old age take him instead of confronting him directly. Considering that all of her direct subordinates (Cinder, Watts, Tyrian, and Hazel) were leading that assault and still failed, she has good reason to avoid any confrontation for the time being.
  • Wasteful Wishing: Deliberately invoked to waste the Jinn of Knowledge's last wish. Yang asks if Jaune thinks she's hot.
  • We ARE Struggling Together: Sienna has problems controlling the White Fang due to the number of short sighted fanatics in their ranks who believe they should engage in all out warfare with humanity.
  • You Are Better Than You Think You Are: When Jaune comes clean to Glynda about his fear of screwing up, Glynda reminds him of all the good he has done, despite the lies he told.
  • You Have Outlived Your Usefulness:
    • Implied by Salem who suggests simply waiting until Jaune dies of old age. As most of her current minions are at least a decade his senior, doing so would mean they'd die before Salem acts again. This gets them to drop their Teeth-Clenched Teamwork and cooperate for once.
    • When asked, Sienna admits she'd happily throw Adam to the wolves due to all the bad press and powerful enemies he's earned the White Fang.
  • You Shall Not Pass!: When Raven and Cinder go for the Relic of Knowledge, Vernal stays behind to keep anyone from following.


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