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RWBY: Dark is a series of RWBY fanfics written by Sum Dum Nerd/NerdWithAKeyboard.
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It is an Mirror Universe Dark Fic taking place in a dystopian version of Remnant. All of the heroes from the canon series are now the villains, and the heroic protagonist Cinder Fall must lead her ragtag group of rebels through the hostile world and oppose the vicious tyranny of Lord Ozpin.

RWBY: Dark contains examples of the following tropes:


  • Abusive Parents:
    • Yang Xiao Long's biological mother, Raven Branwen, was an abusive alcoholic who frequently beat her daughter before eventually up and leaving the family altogether.
    • Jacques Schnee raised his children to be fighters and killers, and “toughened them up” by ordering them to undergo harsh combat training and be beaten by armed guards.
  • Adaptational Heroism: Cinder Fall, Emerald Sustrai, Mercury Black, Roman Torchwick, Adam Taurus, Salem, and more of the canon villains are now portrayed as anti-fascist, helpful heroes just looking to save their world.
  • Adaptational Villainy: Almost every canon hero is now some form of villain, from mooks and obstacles to main antagonists.
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    • Downplayed with Yang, who used to be a genuinely good girl no different from canon. Until Ruby enslaved her and broke her, that is.
  • The Alcoholic: Raven Branwen
  • All Your Base Are Belong to Us: The Resistance base is infiltrated by P.E.N.N.Y. disguised as a little girl, who then proceeds to attack the people inside and use explosions to destroy the base.
  • An Arm and a Leg:
    • Mercury Black possesses the same prosthetic legs he has in the canon series.
    • Yang loses both her arms to Ruby, who cuts them off in an act of pure sadism.
  • Artificial Limbs: Mercury has prosthetic legs.
  • Artificial Zombie: The mad Dr. Bartholomew Oobleck experiments with dead bodies, stitching them back together and using galvanization and serums to bring them "back to life".
  • Ax-Crazy: Ruby Rose, who only wants to kill.
  • Big Bad: Lord Ozpin, who rules Remnant, is the commander of the Huntsmen and Huntresses, and is responsible for Remnant’s state.
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  • Cane Fu: Roman Torchwick uses his modified cane for melee and ranged Dust attacks.
  • Cold-Blooded Torture: Basically any of Ruby Rose’s victims, but ESPECIALLY Yang. Also applies to Weiss, Winter, and Whitley’s childhoods being beaten by armored guards under their father’s orders.
  • Corrupt Corporate Executive: Jaques and Weiss Schnee, both leaders of the Schnee Dust Company, who use Faunus slave labor and head their company with iron fists, the former even making his daughters fight to the death over who will inherit the company.
  • Crapsack World: The dystopian world of Remnant is lorded over by a genocidal tyrant and filled with monsters, killers, and terrorists.
  • Dystopia: The world of Remnant is in ruin, full of monsters and ruled over by a tyrant.
  • Dark and Troubled Past: Many of the heroes suffer this at the hands of the villains, though the antagonistic Yang has the worst of it.
  • Deadly Graduation: In order to become the new heiress to the Schnee Dust Company, Jaques Schnee forces his two daughters Weiss and Winter into a fight to the death.
  • Death Seeker: After being tortured and violated, one of Ruby's victims begs Yang to end his life, which Yang is forced to do under threat of more abuse from Ruby.
  • Domestic Abuse:
    • Raven Branwen was an abusive drunk that beat Yang before leaving.
    • Jacques Schnee had his children beaten by guards and later forced his daughters into a duel to the death.
  • Drop the Hammer: Nora Valkyrie’s signature weapon is a massive hammer.
  • Eye Scream:
    • Yang loses both of her eyes after her battle with Ruby, who slashes them both out with her scythe blade.
    • Cinder loses one of her eyes to Ruby, who stabs her with the dagger end of her scythe and twists it until Neopolitan saves Cinder.
  • Faux Affably Evil: Ozpin welcomed Weiss politely, but it was clear that he could care less about her.
    "I am pleased to see you arrived safely," Lord Ozpin said to Weiss, looking down at the young girl. "I trust your trip was an uneventful one?" Though his words carried the illusion of kindness, his voice carried the air of seriousness, displeasure, and cruelty. Weiss knew she meant nothing to him, even as an ally.
  • For the Evulz:
    • Ruby kills not only because she thinks it makes her more powerful, but also just because she feels like it.
    • Dr. Oobleck loves to perform his unethical experiments on dead allies and enemies alike; working for Lord Ozpin just gives him more opportunity to.
  • Gadgeteer Genius: Glynda Goodwitch is a mechanical wizard capable of designing some of the most effective tools and weapons with ease. Too bad she's evil.
  • The Igor: Port is the hunchbacked, foul assistant to Dr. Oobleck, who aids him in his bodily experiments.
  • I Love the Dead: Dr. Oobleck seems to have a... thing... for the corpses he experiments on. He loves the smell of their decay and the feeling of their cold blood, and has even been shown sniffing the hair of mutilated corpses that he works on.
  • Involuntary Battle to the Death: Weiss and Winter Schnee are forced by their father and his secretary to do this to inherent the Schnee Dust Company. Though neither want to kill the other, the other does not know that.
  • Kids Are Cruel: Dialed up to 100 when a teenage Ruby Rose murders her entire family, tortures and mutilates her half-sister Yang, and generally slaughters anyone she comes across.
  • Killer Robot: The Prototype Endothermic Neurological Networked Youth, or P.E.N.N.Y. for short, is a Terminator-esque infiltration and assassination robot built by Glynda Goodwitch and General James Ironwood for Lord Ozpin's service.
  • Laughing Mad: Ruby likes to have a good laugh after she’s cut someone to pieces.
  • Mad Scientist: These two evil scientists working for Lord Ozpin:
    • Dr. Oobleck is a Dr. Frankenstein-esque evil scientist who takes pride in working with dead bodies, stitching them back together, and restoring them to "life".
    • Glynda Goodwitch is a mechanical and robotic genius who uses metal and wires to build weapons and tools for Lord Ozpin's forces.
  • Mad Scientist Laboratory: Beacon Laboratory is a secluded lab that Goodwitch and Oobleck work in, with everything from mechanics to poisons to zombies inside.
  • Mentor Archetype: Salem was the mentor and teacher of Cinder and her team before losing her mind in the Bombing of Beacon.
  • No Party Like a Donner Party: Possible. After Ruby forces Yang to kill a teenage boy, the starving Yang comments that her stomach began growling afterwards. Though it is unknown if Yang actually goes through with the deed, seeing as how she became feral enough to hunt and eat rats shortly before, it is possible she will do anything to sate her starvation.
  • Parental Abandonment: Raven Branwen leaves her family and daughter.
  • Playing with Syringes: Dr. Oobleck is tasked with experimenting on dead bodies in an attempt to restore function to them. Who gave him the order? None other than Lord Ozpin himself. though he probably would have done it without orders anyway.
  • Professional Killer: Lord Ozpin’s Huntsmen and Huntresses
  • Too Desperate to Be Picky: Yang is denied enough food, leaving her hungry and on the verge of starvation. One night she is forced to kill and eat a rat with nothing but her mouth, which she notes is disguising, but she is too hungry to be picky.
  • Secret Relationship: Jaune Arc and Pyrrha Nikos are madly in love with one another, but must keep it a secret due to Lord Ozpin’s ban on romances within the Huntsman/Huntress organization.
  • Self-Made Orphan: Ruby Rose murders her mother and father to begin her criminal career.
  • Serial Killer: Ruby Rose, who embraces it and loves it.
  • Sinister Scythe: Ruby's signature weapon is a massive collapseable scythe, usually bloodstained.
  • Slasher Smile: Ruby brandishes a toothy grin when she feels she has the upper hand.
  • The Sociopath:
    • Ruby Rose; so, so much...
    • Lord Ozpin
  • Rape Is a Special Kind of Evil: One of Ruby's victims is a teenage boy, whom she strips naked. While the act is not covered in detail, Yang comments on hearing him plea for her to stop doing something. After that, Ruby comments that she was done "having fun" with "the cutie". Ruby is not even the one to finish the boy off, as she makes Yang end the boy's life. The boy tells Yang that Ruby "violated" him, and asks her to kill him, to which she is forced to oblige.
  • Reduced to Ratburgers: A starving Yang is reduced to killing and eating a rat to sate her hunger when Ruby neglects to properly feed her.
  • Villain Protagonist: Ruby Rose, Weiss Schnee, Blake Belladonna, and Yang Xiao Long all serve as villainous protagonists in respective prequel chapters before turning into antagonists in the main story.
  • Would Hurt a Child: Ruby is not above murdering children; on her first night as a serial killer, she murders a baby. Later, she slaughters five small children and forces Yang to kill a sixth. Not to mention children fleeing with their parents during Vale's bombing, which she cuts off the escape route for to kill anyone who comes her way.
  • We ARE Struggling Together: Despite the Resistance having a common goal and a common respect for the same mentor, they often argue and bicker among themselves over what to do, when to do it, and especially over tough decisions.
  • Wounded Gazelle Gambit: P.E.N.N.Y., disguised as a girl, fakes a broken leg and having lost her parents in order to gain sympathy from the Resistance and use it to infiltrate their base. Fortunately, Mercury sees right through it.
  • Yandere: Nora Valkyrie is absolutely obsessed with Lie Ren, the latter of which could not care less.
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