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RWBY: Reckoning is a Self-Insert Fic set in the universe of RWBY by the troper Trogdor7620. It details the life of one Darrel Conway, as he's given a mysterious crystal by a woman who appears to be a Faunus, and is subsequently ripped from the world of Earth and forced into the dangerous land of Remnant. Along the way, he makes friends with the members of Team RWBY and JNPR. But when conspiracies rear their ugly head, Darrel finds himself embroiled in a war far beyond anything he ever dreamed of.

The author has stated that he is aware of how self-insertion fanfictions are generally regarded, and he is taking steps to avoid going down that path.

RWBY: Reckoning contains examples of:

  • Answer Cut: Chapter 8 ends with a tired Darrel trying to remember how students are put through initiation. Chapter 9 begins with Darrel flying through the air.
  • Apocalypse How: Class 3a. Someone wants to use the Fragment of Arcadia to grant the Creatures of Grimm souls, and then use them to destroy every last bit of society.
  • Apocalypse Wow: The class 3a apocalypse that can be caused using the Fragment of Arcadia to grant the Creatures of Grimm souls is shown in detail during a nightmare Darrel has in Chapter 7.
  • Battle Trophy: Darrel takes a fang from a Nightmare Maw, the first Grimm he killed.
  • Blood Magic: The writing in Adam's diary is only visible to Darrel, thanks to something called a "blood seal", meaning, depending on a specific blood type, the text will become visible, but only to the blood donor.
  • Broke Your Arm Punching Out Cthulhu: Darrel manages to help kill the Nevermore, but gets badly injured in the process.
  • Building Swing: Darrel does this in Chapter 32 to reach a highway across Vale.
  • Cooldown Hug: Darrel tries this on Ruby when she's having a nightmare. During the Breach, Yang does the same to a Superpowered Evil Side Darrel.
  • Curse Cut Short: Darrel's opinions on Ruby's doodle during Prof. Port's class is that labelling it "Professor Poop" is incredibly appropriate.
    Professor Port was spewing out a pile of sh—
  • Dark and Troubled Past: Professor Kor was a member of KAYN, a team of Hunters that imploded after a mission went horribly wrong. One teammate had his spine broken, another lost an arm, a third stayed behind and was torn apart, and Kor himself was blinded.
  • Oh, Crap!: Darrel's response to seeing the Boarbatusk break free of it's cage on it's own.
  • O.O.C. Is Serious Business: Part of what drives Darrel to get revenge on Cardin: Yang's jealous actions are described by Ruby as being the complete opposite of how she'd react.
  • Pinned to the Wall: During the food fight, Pyrrha uses her polarity Semblance to send steak knives against Darrel's hands and feet.
  • Poor Communication Kills: Having failed to inform Team RWBY about his infiltration on the White Fang raid at the docks, Blake initially sees him as an enemy, before Darrel reveals himself. Later on, Weiss voicing her suspicions on Darrel as she sees him wearing the uniform of her hated foe causes Darrel to snap, and go on the run for a week.
  • Power Copying: This is Darrel's Semblance. By touching a Hunter or a Grimm, Darrel is capable of copying their unique ability, and using it for himself.
  • Punched Across the Room: Darrel does this on a Boarbatusk. It's so powerful, the Boarbatusk plows through four more classrooms before coming to a stop.
  • Shipper on Deck: Blake fully encourages Darrel to get into a relationship with Yang, and Nora ran betting rings on the pair of them.
  • Stepford Smiler: Professor Kor was part of a team that split when a mission went wrong. After the leader blamed him, and committed suicide, Kor blamed himself, and spent years brooding over his team's destruction.
  • Super-Power Meltdown: The threshold limit (the absolute maximum Aura one body can hold) is said to result in this when it's surpassed, although it's commonly believed to be a myth.
  • Talking Is a Free Action: Averted. While Darrel, Blake, and Sun are distracted by arguing whether Darrel can be trusted, Roman sends a shipping container on them. It results in Blake getting her leg broken as she shoves Darrel out of the way, and slowly pushes Darrel to his Rage Breaking Point.
  • That Came Out Wrong: Darrel states in Chapter 12 that he wants to go to his dorm so he can sleep with RWBY. (He meant the team, not the person.)
  • The Gloves Come Off: After seeing Ruby get shot, Blake being injured, and Sun being derided, Darrel immediately stops trying to stop the raid, and focuses solely on disemboweling Torchwick.
  • Trick Arrow: Most of Darrel's ranged weaponry is this, though he prefers to use explosive arrows as his main mode of attack.
    • Chapter 28 shows an arrow that functions like a smokescreen, and can also dull the senses of a Grimm.
    • Chapter 32 introduces whip arrows, which can be coated in fire, ice, or electricity.
    • Chapter 38 reveals an arrow that, when struck into an object, becomes an electrical trip mine, of sorts.
  • Unplanned Manual Detonation: When Jaune rigs a time bomb out of flares and scraps, he says he's unable to detonate it remotely. Darrel decides to use this to his advantage.
  • Wrecked Weapon: One of Darrel's Iridescent Basilisks is crushed to pieces by a cloaked enemy. The other is mangled by a Beowolf's bite during the events of the Breach.
  • You Are Better Than You Think You Are: During the time period where Darrel lives on the streets, he comes to believe that he's the reason everything went wrong. As Ruby, Weiss, and Yang pursue him, Yang tells him this, listing his achievements. Darrel just angrily blows it off, saying his achievements were "sheer, dumb luck".
  • You Are Not Alone: So Darrel's from another dimension? Bugger that, he's our friend first! Jaune even lampshades this trope.
    Jaune: I know what it's like to be out of your depth.