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"Victory can prove bitter, especially when you're the only one alive to see it. With the world in chaos and everyone he ever loved dead, Jaune Arc makes a deal with the devil for one last chance to go back and change it all. But devils don't play by the same rules as humans, and Salem never did say how far back he'd go. Or how much deeper the war between her and Ozpin really went."
Fanfiction Dot Net summary.

In this RWBY fanfic written by Coeur al'Aran Salem lies defeated but at the cost of all of the main cast but Jaune dead and most of the world in ruins. With her dying breaths Salem offers Jaune a deal: use the Relics to send Jaune into the past so that he can hopefully change enough to prevent this outcome from happening, either in Jaune's favor with Salem defeated and his friends still alive or in Salem's with her defeat prevented. Having nothing else to live for Jaune accepts.

...and ends up much further in the past then he thought he'd be. Ten years before he went to Beacon Academy.

Can be read here at Fan Fiction Dot Net.


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  • The Ace: Jaune can come across as this. He's a former Atlesian Specialist that was part of one of the most successful teams in Atlas' history, two of his three students have gone on to win national tournaments both on their first try, he's a board member of the premier telecommunications company on Remnant, and he is friends with numerous highly placed people. Everyone that he worked with while he was a Specialist had nothing but praise for him.
  • Act of True Love: Emerald seems to interpret Jaune's extremely brutal defense of her and Ruby as this. Pyrrha, after living that moment through Emerald's eyes, says that "she" loved him for what he did.
  • Adaptational Heroism:
    • In the Volume 5 finale of RWBY, it is heavily implied that Raven murdered the Spring Maiden for her power. Her version of events here sheds a little light on what happened. In this story, the Spring Maiden was so desperate to be rid of her responsibility that she considered joining Salem. Raven fought her to the death because her distrust of Ozpin does not blind her to the fact that Salem could and would use the girl's power to wreak havoc on the world.
    • Adam Taurus. Yes, really. "Specialist Ashari" made a powerful impression on him and Blake by defusing a mob violence incident between White Fang civil protesters and Atlesian law enforcement through a single display of strength that boiled down to "all of you behave yourselves or else." This motivated Adam to try and become stronger and more influential within the White Fang earlier than in canon, which combined with the White Fang's sudden turn to terrorism (also Jaune's fault) before he crossed the Moral Event Horizon himself allowed Blake to become a much more effective moral and emotional support for him.
  • Adaptational Nice Guy: As of Chapter 29, Jacques Schnee becomes this after Winter returns to her role as SDC heiress, to immediate success. He smiles and expresses pride in Winter's efforts as head of security, gives her and her staff a raise, and actually apologises for being too rash over her decision to go to Atlas Academy. To cap it all off, he teases her over Jaune, tentatively supports Weiss becoming a Huntress, and pats Whitley's head. Whitley himself says that Winter deciding to remain has caused him to become a better, happier person.
    • This also results in Jacques pulling any and all financial support from General Hawk and his supporters after the former murdered Ghira Belladonna, and giving full support to Ironwood as the next General of Atlas.
  • Adaptational Villainy
  • Adoptive Peer Parent: Jaune takes in Emerald early on, despite being roughly only 12 years older than her.This leads to Sink-or-Swim Fatherhood as Jaune has no idea how to raise Emerald. This is further complicated by their mutual social incompetence leading to one heck of a New Parent Nomenclature Problem.
  • Adult Fear: Her time as a Street Urchin made Emerald painfully aware of the very worst people can do to others. Suffice to say it takes her months of continued cohabitation to stop expecting Jaune to sexually assault her. She was around eight years old at the time.
  • Affectionate Gesture to the Head:
  • Age-Gap Algebra: Winter bemoans that being about 10 years younger than her crush is indeed a lot when "that's also two-thirds of her life". She tries to reassure herself that said percentage gets smaller the older they get, to no much avail because it'd still take a lot more time for their theoretical relationship to overcome the creepiness factor (9 years, if you're curious). Later on her father comments on that very same Age-Gap Algebra and states he finds it acceptable once Winter becomes of age in three more years to her great surprise and (rather hopeful) mortification.
  • Always a Bigger Fish: Junior's opinion of Jaune after he killed several of King's top men in a deal gone bad. This relationship has started to gain shades of an Odd Friendship over time.
    One thing was for certain, Junior knew how he was going to handle Ashari. Politely. Very fucking politely...
  • Ancient Conspiracy: Teased in the summary, and later on in-story with some ancient ruins that interact in interesting ways to Jaune's mysterious new tattoo.
  • Anything but That!: Played for Laughs. Jaune's silent reaction when Junior asked to train the Malachite twins in his Huntsman prep-school.
  • Argument of Contradictions: Yang and Emerald thusly:
    Emerald: I think it won't matter. Jaune trained me.
    Yang: Yeah well, my dad trained me. And Uncle Qrow.
    Emerald: Pft. That loser? Jaune could take him any day.
    Yang: Uncle Qrow's not a loser! He could beat your old man!
    Emerald: No way.
    Yang: Yes way!
    Emerald: Nuh-uh.
    Yang: Yuh-uh!
    Emerald: That's not even a word.
  • Armies Are Evil: Ozpin takes a firm stance on this being the case, and argues often with James Ironwood, who in turn strives to Invert this perception. Jaune, having seen cities that were garrisoned lightly or only with Huntsmen be wiped out overnight in his Bad Future, tends to side with Ironwood.
  • Arranged Marriage: Jacques Schnee merely informs his heiress who she's supposed to marry, his fatherly instincts only going so far as to stop and explain to her why this particular liaison is good for the SDC and (badly) try to reassure her that marrying someone ten years her senior is not such a bad thing. What would've been an utterly dick move from his part, if not a solid candidate for his Moral Event Horizon in any other story or set of circumstances, is made hilarious this time around because Jacques is unwittingly setting up Winter's Perfectly Arranged Marriage to her long-time crush and mentor Jaune Ashari. And, as time goes on, it becomes a lot less 'unwitting' on Jacques' part as he even teases his daughter over her not-so-secret crush.
  • Arrogant Kung-Fu Guy: Defied. Yang was showing obvious signs for this — understandable, she was 11-year-old and the best fighter she knew in her age group — so her father and stepmother saw fit to sign her up for a tournament with kids as strong as her in order to keep her self-confidence from turning into hubris that could one day get her killed. Sure enough, Yang got taken out without too much trouble by a then-debutante fighter Pyrrha Nikos.
  • The Artful Dodger:
  • Badass and Child Duo:
  • Badass Teacher: A role Jaune ends up finding himself in fairly frequently. So far the list includes Vernal, Emerald, and Winter Schnee. He later opens the ASH gym and becomes this for a number of others.
  • Batman Gambit: Jaune has a good grasp on the fighting styles and overall personalities of many people across Remnant. He uses this knowledge to better anticipate people in combat.
    • Played straight. He's unfazed when Tyrian suddenly attacks with his scorpion tail mid-fight. He then plays to Tyrian's bloodthirsty nature by leaving himself open to a blow to the torso, thus getting himself into position to cut off the stinger.
    • Inverted. He is too secure in his knowledge of Qrow's temperament and fighting style, and is blindsided by a much-younger Qrow's aggression. He ends up taking some unnecessary blows due to expecting a more cautious and underhanded opponent, and then doesn't follow through on several openings due to assuming them to be feints.
  • Because You Were Nice to Me: Emerald to Jaune, her Adoptive Peer Parent. Also a Deconstruction because the lack of any nurturing presence in her life prior to Jaune made her deadly afraid of either losing him or getting discarded, which manifests in her near-obsessive desire to become stronger — and thus "useful" in her own words — as fast as possible.
  • Bedouin Rescue Service: Jaune winds up on the receiving end of this by the Ashari Tribe.
  • Beleaguered Bureaucrat: All of Team November to varying degrees when they're put in charge of organizing security for the Vytal Festival.
  • Berserk Button: For Jaune, it seems to be seeing anyone from Salem's organization, or seeing friends in danger. For obvious reasons as to both. When a young Ruby and Emerald are attacked in Amity Colosseum, the resulting Roaring Rampage of Rescue gets... gratuitous.
  • Canon Marches On: Volume 6 of RWBY came with some revelations that contradict the events of the fic. The author is doing his best to integrate new information into the story, but some contradictions are seemingly impossible to properly justify.
    • In the first chapter Salem is seemingly afraid of dying despite that she has been cursed with Complete Immortality and actually made numerous suicide attempts in the past

    • In the backstory, Ozpin manages to collect all four Relics together and forge them into a weapon capable of killing Salem. According to Volume 6, bringing all four relics together should result in Gods coming back to Remnant and destroying humanity, should it not be united by then.
    • Upon seeing Adam without a mask, Jaune mentally admits that he has a face worthy of a model. Episode 11 reveals that Adam has a nasty brand covering a large part of his face, including a destroyed eye. Either Adam has gotten himself a plastic surgery along the way, or Jaune has a really strange standard of beauty.
  • The Champion: Played with.
    • Jaune and Qrow's first meeting ends with Qrow assuming Jaune to be a bandit under Raven's command, and maybe a bit more. She ends up invoking this trope by name in order to deflect attention from herself, which Jaune reluctantly plays along with because he owed her at the time.
    • Emerald's current life goal is to gain strength and become this for Jaune. She doesn't really care whether that means being a Huntress, a criminal, or something else entirely, she just wants to grow stronger and help him.
  • Clingy Jealous Girl:
    • Non-romantic example. Emerald's become rather possessive of Jaune when it comes to other girls. She dislikes Winter spending time with him and glares Ruby down when she talks to him. The only female she's not willing to press is Raven and only due to how dangerous she is.
    • Raven hints that Vernal has become this for him as well. Sparks will likely fly if the two ever meet. It happens in Chapter 27.
  • Combat Pragmatist:
    • Jaune is one and makes a point of ensuring anyone he ends up teaching becomes one as well.
      Qrow: [describing Jaune] Blonde hair, blue eyes and no honour whatsoever. The guy fought like some kind of movie villain. Even chucked dirt in my eyes.
    • In the original timeline, Qrow was the one who fought dirty and taught Jaune to do the same. After Jaune uses some dirty tricks to hand him a humiliating defeat, the current Qrow starts learning to do the same.
    • This philosophy played against his student Emerald, who realized that most of what Jaune taught her can't be used in a regulated tournament fight.
    • This mindset becomes the core of Jaune's new school, much to Qrow and Taiyang's horror.
  • Commonality Connection: Whitley and Emerald don't seem to get along initially when the two children are set up as "dates" at an event. That is, until the former catches the latter using her Semblance to subtly humiliate an annoyingly superior girl at their table. While she tries to deny this initially, his enthusiasm and interest in her petty revenge ends up making them fast friends, to Weiss' confusion.
  • Conditioned to Accept Horror:
    • Jaune has become this after years of fighting Salem. It's to the point where he's unable to comprehend why watching him kill like a dozen men in as many seconds has made Junior terrified of him.
    • Emerald too as a former Street Urchin, compounded by her time with Jaune. It's bad enough that getting covered in the warm blood and viscera of the White Fang terrorist that tried to kill her and Ruby barely bothered her.
  • Conflicting Loyalty: Jaune struggles between his desire to help Emerald in a tournament and to not accidentally hurt Pyrrha by having her be defeated in her first tournament. He decides to help Emerald, but his focus on this issue instead of on Emerald herself leads to it backfiring.
  • Cool Big Sis: Winter to Weiss and now a young Whitley, Yang to Ruby, and Helena Nikos (aka: Specialist Foxtrot) to Pyrrha. Played with when Winter mentors and genuinely cares for Emerald, but her often rigid demeanor and Emerald's trust issues lead them to appearing more like Sitcom Nemesis.
  • Coordinated Clothes: Jaune is given a suit in the SDC colors that matches with Winter's dress very well. Everyone but him can see the implications.
  • Cover-Blowing Superpower: Defied. Jaune is careful of using his Healing Semblance as little as possible because is the kind of rare and too-useful power that draws unwanted attention. Unknown to him, Ozpin was in fact on the lookout for a someone with a Semblance like his at Summer Rose's request because she wanted to personally thank the blond, blue-eyed man that saved her life.
  • Covert Pervert: Winter Schnee of all people valiantly struggled to keep her mind out of the gutter when her father told her about his plans of her Marriage of Convenience to the man she actually has the hots for. It doesn't work, so fell back to knocking herself out with expensive booze.
  • Cruel to Be Kind: It took clutching his armrests until his knuckles went white, but Jaune managed to keep himself from saving 11-year-old Pyrrha in the final fight of her debut tournament. His objective was to give her a chance to not become the "Invincible Girl", a path in life that would have only led her to loneliness and, most likely, the Fall Maiden's mantle.
  • Crushing Handshake: Jaune makes the mistake of shaking Ironwood's robotic hand when James is still rather annoyed at him for Taking the Heat and then not contacting him for months on end.
  • Deal with the Devil: Jaune's deal with Salem to go to the past. It's even referred to as such in the story summary.
  • Defeat Means Friendship: Inverted with Jaune and Qrow. After losing to him he develops something of a vendetta against him. Then played straight after the second time they fight. Immediately afterwards they start laughing and acting like the best of friends.
  • Defusing the Tyke Bomb: Jaune's initial motivation for taking in Emerald is to deny Cinder such a capable and loyal minion in the future. Jaune seems confident in Nurture over Nature meaning she'll never work with Salem's forces, but her frequent acts of Troubling Unchildlike Behavior shows that his intervention hasn't made her quite "good" either.
  • Dissonant Serenity:
    • Jaune to the point that Emerald actually calls him Smiling Man because he didn't drop his smile even while killing multiple goons.
      Junior: [thinking] He'd been smiling then, too, and even back when he'd been so much younger, Hei had recognized that as the smile of a predator. Not one that aimed to be vicious, but rather one that tried to pretend it was not.
    • Emerald herself is guilty of this; she barely bats an eye when Raven is on the verge of death in front of her, nor she seems too bothered when literally covered with the blood of Jaune's enemies during the White Fang attack to the Vytal Festival Tournament in Atlas.
  • Does Not Like Shoes: Years without proper footwear has left Emerald with a distaste for anything on her feet.
  • Downer Beginning: The story begins in the aftermath of the final battle against Salem in the future, with Jaune as the Sole Survivor. Such a Pyrrhic Victory is the reason why he accepted a dying Salem's offer to Set Right What Once Went Wrong despite the The Time Traveller's Dilemma.
  • Dramatic Irony:
    • Jaune's plan to not affect the past too much in order to best make use of his knowledge of the future is already impossible because by the time he makes that decision he's already prevented the death of Summer Rose.
    • Jaune was pretty chagrined when he got wind of the rumors saying he and Winter are an item, unaware that this is very much her intention. He even thought the reason why Winter has been avoiding his calls is that she's embarrassed that the tabloids would write that 16-year-old heiress is engaged to a guy ten years older.
  • The Drifter: Jaune insists on traveling fairly often, if not constantly. Especially after his extended stay in Atlas led to the White Fang turning militant three years early. This traveling usually leaves grateful civilians and awed children in its wake, not that he seems to notice.
  • Dysfunction Junction: Defied. Jaune has accidentally made the pre-Beacon life of several of his friends a lot less crappy than in canon, particularly their less-than-ideal family life.
    • Yang and Ruby. Jaune saved a dying Huntress's life with his Healing Semblance without realizing she was Summer Rose, preventing the loss that almost destroyed Taiyang and forced Yang to pick up the slack for Ruby's sake. On the flip side, the brutal way Jaune saved Ruby's life in Atlas gave her a trauma she didn't have in the original timeline.
    • Blake. Jaune unwittingly influenced Adam to try and become stronger and more influential within the White Fang before he crossed the Moral Event Horizon, which allowed Blake to become a more effective moral and emotional center for him that, so far, is keeping him from becoming the monster he was in canon and preserving their relationship. Subverted quite nastily later on when we discover that Ghira was murdered by the General of the Atlesian army without being charged for anything; Ironwood, Adam and Sienna don't take the news very well, and Adam frets over how Blake will handle the news.
    • Weiss. He asked Winter to remain the Schnee heiress for the time being as part of a Batman Gambit to get Jacques to support Ironwood during the fallout of the tragedy of the Vytal Festival Tournament in Atlas. This not only allowed Winter to be the sole reliable older figure to her younger siblings, but also reprieved Weiss from the pressure of becoming the heiress herself and in turn train to become a Huntress with their father's blessing.
    • Pyrrha. This story posits that the Nikos family grooms their young to martial success through effective yet questionable methods and philosophies (which would explain why her canon self was such a Submissive Badass that couldn't even confess to the guy she liked). Jaune preventing her older sister's death and her return to the Nikos family improved Pyrrha's family life by both providing a Cool Big Sis to confide in and look up to and, sadly enough, because Helena draws the blunt of their father's abuse to herself and away from Pyrrha.
    • Ren and Nora. Jaune didn't arrive to Kuroyuri in time to save their families, but he did manage to give them some survival gear and supplies, rescue other villagers, and avenge the fallen by killing the Nucklelavee. As of Chapter 22, Ren and Nora are yet to make a second appearance but it's a sound assumption those three divergences from canon should have had a positive effect in their lives, particularly the latter in Ren's case.
    • The Schnee family in general. Due to Winter deciding to stay with the SDC (a suggestion of Jaune's) Jacques is put much more at ease since she's set to inherit the company. This has made him much more likable in general, such as him allowing Weiss to follow her dreams and not only trying to set up a Perfectly Arranged Marriage for Winter, but actually teasing her about her crush. Winter outright admits that before they had a massive falling out he was actually a good, if very busy, father and now with her return he's slowly going back to how he was.
  • Embarrassing Cover-Up: In order to keep the fight and shootout that took place in his living room from his concerned elderly neighbors who were startled awake by the noise, Jaune had to play along with Raven's lie about them trashing the place by what she described as "testing the furniture." Worse, Mrs McGuiggins was a bit TOO understanding about it, given her own experiences in the matter, and gave them some sage advice about playing some loud music as cover the next time.
  • Embarrassing Nickname: Goldilocks for Jaune. Especially because it's his street name in the criminal underworld.
  • Entertainingly Wrong: Both Qrow and Vernal are convinced Jaune and Raven are at least in a sexual relationship.
  • Escalating War: Played for Drama. This is what the championship battle between Emerald and Pyrrha devolved into. Jaune's poorly-worded concern for her made Emerald fight more aggressively than she originally intended to, prompting Pyrrha to try and capitalize on it. Emerald saw her defeat coming and came up with an impromptu Batman Gambit based on what Jaune told her about her opponent's Swiss Army Weapon. Pyrrha fell for it and turned Milo into a rifle, only for Emerald to blindside her with a hidden weapon feature of her own by using her chains to jam Milo's transforming mechanisms. Emerald seized the opening and Pyrrha fell back to her Semblance to simultaneously unjam her weapon and hit Emerald with her own chains, but this only pushed her to desperately counter with her Semblance too. Having no prep-time, a random memory of Emerald's Dark and Troubled Past was pushed into Pyrrha's mind and everything ended in screams.
  • Even Evil Has Standards: When planning his robbery of Henry Water-Browns, Roman makes clear to his men not to touch the man's tween daughter. While part of it is due to Roman trying to build a reputation as a Gentleman Thief, he genuinely draws a line at killing children.
  • Evil Counterpart:
    • Inverted. Jaune earned the same kind of Undying Loyalty that Cinder carefully induced in Emerald to serve her purposes by virtue of being a caring, if bumbling and occasionally utterly terrifying Adoptive Peer Parent. Later even Invoked in Jaune's thoughts after he shanghaied Roman into working for him.
    • Alexander Nikos to Jaune. Both men are no-nonsense combat instructors that pushed their younger female students to Take a Level in Badass by means of a borderline Training from Hell. However, whereas Jaune's objective was give his pupils the tools to help them survive in a world like Remnant, the Nikos patriarch's sole concern is to bring renown to his family name through his children's success regardless their feelings. The results speak for themselves: Winter and Emerald are thankful of Jaune for helping them to become stronger, whereas Helena Nikos is resentful of her father to the point she ran away from home and only returned to prevent him from doing the same thing with Pyrrha.
    • You could build a case that the opposite is also true. Jaune was a bit too good at earning his students' respect and affection. Winter ended up with a big crush on him and even agreed to remain as the Schnee heiress at his request for longer than she really wants to. Emerald's devotion to her Adoptive Peer Parent is even worse than her canonical self's for Cinder, which is saying a lot. At the very least the Nikos sisters are under no illusion that their father is a good person.
  • Fate Worse than Death: In the first chapter, when Jaune accuses Salem of trying to draw him close to kill him, Salem points out that if she wanted to hurt him she can't do any better than leaving him alive in a war torn world where all his friends are dead.
  • Fights Like a Normal: Winter's conclusion when she finds out about Jaune having a healing Semblance. Justified in that most Semblances are, by their very nature, combat-related, and her Hero Worship of him led her to believe that he was just not using his Semblance in their training spars. She quickly decides his overall skill, despite lacking a flashy Semblance like hers, just proves his competence.
  • First-Episode Spoiler: Jaune gets sent back around 13 years, a whole decade or so before entering Beacon, and a far cry from his initial hopes of a few months or years before the final battle.
  • First Love: Pyrrha to Jaune. It felt really awkward for him to run into her when she was only 11 years old.
  • Foil: Sun and Emerald to each other. Both are Street Urchins that got by pickpocketing the unsuspecting, but whereas Sun was a Satisfied Street Rat and part of a gang in Vacuo where the big kids take care of the small ones, Emerald had to survive alone in Vale and her experiences, both personal and that of others like her, made her extremely cynical and disillusioned of people, on top of displaying numerous signs of Troubling Unchildlike Behavior.
  • For Want of a Nail: A constant source of concern for Jaune, as even his smallest interactions with the past has the potential to change the future in ways he can't predict. Eventually he learns to accept this as a unavoidable fact of his life and be content with doing his best to make a better future despite how his foreknowledge becomes increasingly useless.
  • From Camouflage to Criminal: After leaving the Specialists, Jaune takes up a new persona as Junior's new enforcer.
  • From the Mouths of Babes: Yang knows quite the glossary for an 11-year-old.
    Yang: Is this about a girl? Mr Ashari, did you cuck my Uncle Qrow?
    Jaune: [chokes on air] W-What!?
    Qrow: Hell no!
    Taiyang: Yang! Where did you even hear that term?
    Yang: Uh. Signal? It's a school, Dad. People talk. I've heard way worse than that.
    Taiyang: You better not say that around your mother. Or your sister!
    Yang: Duh. Like I'd be that dumb.
  • Future Badass: Jaune himself is one having grown significantly more skilled, confident, and reliable in the war against Salem. Problem is, he's also carrying a vast array of psychological scars and several Berserk Buttons, he's socially awkward for his age due to devoting most of his young adult life to combat, and inured to violence to the point of crapping-your-pants Dissonant Serenity.
  • Giver of Lame Names: Hei "Junior". His gang is the Red Axe Gang and his nightclub is "The Club". After learning his street name is Goldilocks, Jaune admits he shouldn't have let Junior choose it for him.
  • Giving Radio to the Romans: Jaune pawned off his Scroll in Vacuo a little after arriving to the past in order to cover his travel expenses. He didn't think too much of it because he figured that the salesman would never be able to do much with the device despite his promises to reverse-engineer it and because it wasn't until later Jaune realized he was roughly a decade in the past. Double Subverted four years later in-story, when Jaune discovered that Rashem actually managed to pull through and is now the CEO of one of the biggest technology companies in Remnant.
  • Gone Horribly Right: Taiyang teaches Jaune's students the value of teamwork. They promptly combine it with Jaune's Combat Pragmatist teachings, resulting in a one-on-one spar turning into a three-on-three melee because both fighters had planned to have their teammates ambush their opponent.
  • Graceful Loser: Yang took her defeat at Pyrrha's hands in her first tournament a lot better than Taiyang and Summer were expecting to. It helped that Emerald, someone that Yang knows she can win against, defeated Pyrrha in the finals, which the 11-year-old girl saw as a sign that she probably wasn't that much below the redhead's level. Summer silently guessed that Yang losing to Emerald would have been an entirely different story.
  • Green-Eyed Monster: The Daddy's Girl version. While pretty much indifferent to anything and anyone else, the one sure-fire way to set Emerald off is for a kid around her age to take Jaune's attention and praise away from her. This is why she never really got along with Winter and why she pulled all the stops to defeat an 11-year-old Pyrrha Nikos in combat.
  • Gunboat Diplomacy: Adam's new philosophy as inspired by Jaune at a White Fang rally. He believes that if he gets strong enough, if those with him are strong enough, then the mere threat of violence will be enough to see change happen without needing to resort to actual violence.
  • A Handful for an Eye: The first time they fight, Jaune throws dirt into Qrow's eyes to blind him. The next time, Qrow crushes one of his Dust rounds to throw into Jaune's eyes.
  • Hate at First Sight:
    • Winter and Emerald. Gets worse as Winter starts spending more time with Jaune and Emerald begins to fear being replaced. Eventually cools off. Somewhat.
    • Yang and Emerald meet as kids this time around, and it takes them perhaps minutes to become bitter rivals to each other due to the diametrically opposed personalities and combat styles. Emerald considers Ruby to be okay though.
    • Far more serious with Emerald and Vernal. Vernal is not only older and stronger, which causes Emerald to fear being replaced, but also Vernal herself is also outright hostile from the second they meet.
  • Hate Sink: Alexander Nikos is easily the single most hated character in the story despite having only a few scenes. He seems designed to fill the roll Mr. Schnee would normally fill (abusive rich father figure), but impossibly he comes off as even more vile then Jacques Schnee's cannon portrayal.
  • Hero with Bad Publicity: Jaune ends up as this, at least in Atlas, after protecting a peaceful White Fang rally against an angry mob. It goes Up to Eleven after the White Fang turn militant and attack the Vytal Festival later that year.
  • High-Class Call Girl: Roman Torchwick mistakes Raven Branwen with one. You can almost hear the Mass "Oh, Crap!" echoing from the readers the moment the words "high-class whore" leave his mouth.
  • History Repeats: Jaune once again completely fails to notice when a woman is romantically interested in him until their imminent separation forced her to reveal her feelings. Thankfully things ended a lot better with Specialist Foxtrot than they did with Pyrrha. Jaune must be blind to Hint Dropping from people named Nikos.
  • Honor Among Thieves: Invoked, and then immediately Downplayed. Junior doesn't think the "Union 46" gang inviting The Red Ax Gang to a meeting is a trap, but only because it would needlessly hurt their reputation by lying. If they'd wanted a fight right now, the Union would've just done the practical thing and ambushed them where they were vulnerable, instead of giving them time to prepare for a meeting.
  • Honor-Related Abuse: Alexander Nikos to a T. He's bent on making his daughters into the ultimate invincible prize fighter as per the family tradition — and he's not above using physical violence to discourage defeat. His eldest, Helena, couldn't take it and ran away from home to join the military in Atlas. He then turned his eyes to Pyrrha when she became old enough for training, but Jaune saving Helena's life allowed her to return home, if just to spare her little sister from their father's "care" by becoming her combat instructor herself.
  • Honest Corporate Executive: Rashem, the man who Jaune sold his Scroll to, promises that he will never forget Jaune's help on his way to greatness. Years later, the man names Jaune a member of his board and opens a business account for him to the tune of over five million lien.
  • Horrible Judge of Character: Jaune has a bad habit of judging people based on what he knows of them from his previous life. He can read their emotions and such quite well, but he will often dismiss his observations in favour of his preconceived assumptions. The most striking example of this comes when he stubbornly believes that Adam is the same violent psychopath he was originally - which he's not - and Blake is well-meaning and trustworthy - which she's not.
  • Hot for Teacher: Winter's crush on her combat teacher and mentor Jaune Ashari is painfully obvious to everyone who knows them, except for the man himself and her father. As she is underage and attractive, it doesn't come across as endearing as it could be otherwise.
    • More recently, Vernal towards Jaune and Taiyang.
  • Hypocritical Humor: Winter Schnee has sworn off alcohol because of what the drink has done to Mrs Schnee. She still feels the need to grab a bottle after learning what her father thinks of her Love Interest.
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  • I Have Many Names: Jaune. So far: The Healer, Raven's Champion, Jaune Ashari, The Smiling Man, Henry Waters-Brown, and Goldilocks.
  • I Need a Freaking Drink: You can't blame Winter Schnee for reacting like this after being told that her father is planning her Arranged Marriage to a man that was about twice her age when she first met him. After all, it's not everyday that your Corrupt Corporate Executive excuse of a father wants you to marry the guy you actually love despite the age-gap.
  • I Want Them Alive: Because she doesn't know why he has her mark or knows so much about her and her forces, Salem orders her minions to capture Jaune alive so she can get some answers.
  • Idiot Ball: Jaune has witnessed first-hand how his alterations change people around him, sometimes quite drastically. Yet when he meets Blake in Menagerie, he assumes her to be the same person she was in the original timeline and believes that stubbornly, even though Blake's behaviour points to her having become far more hateful and extreme in her beliefs. When Blake asks Jaune to follow her into a dark alley, he obliges without any suspicion. Once "they" get ambushed, he turns his back to the girl, prompting a rather predictable result.
  • In Spite of a Nail: A rare case for this story. The Rose/Xiao Long Household still gets Zwei. Instead of being a therapy dog to help Taiyang to deal with Summer's death (as is the case is the author's other RWBY fanfictions), Zwei is now a gift for Ruby after her traumatic experience in the White Fang attack during the Vytal Festival Tournament in Atlas.
  • Interplay of Sex and Violence: Before, during, and after Jaune and Raven fight Roman, Neo, and his squad of elite mooks, they engage in some Flirting Under Fire, with some extremely specific descriptions of all the physical contact between the two. At the end of the fight, they lock eyes, and it is left rather ambiguous on exactly what kind of tension is in the air.
    Raven glanced over at Jaune with a bloodthirsty grin, and for half a second, he thought she might attack him next. Or worse.
  • In the Back: How Jaune gets treated by Blake Belladonna after showing her a bit too much trust.
  • Intimate Healing: Downplayed.
    • Jaune's Healing Hands requires contact, and for serious injuries, that can mean a hand on a female's upper chest in order to be close to the heart in order to improve the aura transference rate.
    • When Jaune heals a very bloody and unconscious Raven, he undresses her to clean her wounds and get her into dry clothes. It's still a serious scene though, and his time in the War against Salem put him in situations like it before. Played with when she wakes him with a threat to kill him for taking advantage, only to be joking.
  • In Vino Veritas:
    • Jaune confesses some details of his tragic past and his goals for the future when Team November go out drinking for his retirement party. His personality also briefly relapses to the same somber tone it had when faced with his friends corpses, suggesting he's not as okay as he'd like people to believe.
    • Foxtrot confesses her feelings to Jaune after the night spent drinking together.
  • It's Personal:
    • A one-sided example, to the point where several members of Salem's organization become interested in Jaune Ashari precisely because he seems to know and despise them. Starts to become more mutual after Jaune cuts off Tyrian's stinger in a later confrontation.
    • Played with for Emerald. Jaune enters a Heroic BSoD when he sees her, but decided that this child wasn't responsible for her future-counterpart's actions, and was ashamed when he realized he'd broken her wrist in his shock. He immediately heals her and eventually adopts/kidnaps her with the reasoning of keeping her from Cinder's influence.
  • It's Personal with the Dragon: Winter Schnee is put in charge of the SDC's Anti-White Fang Forces by her father while Adam Taurus leads several raids against the SDC on behalf of Sienna Khan (and Salem's Forces). After Winter comes across several slaughtered SDC noncombatants in the aftermath of one of his raids, she privately swears to take his head. Actually, he was also enraged by the murders and almost killed the two White Fang members who did it before Blake stopped him. Both Adam and Winter are actually trying to change their organizations from within, yet seem to view each other as the embodiment of everything wrong with the other side.
    • While Jaune has a personal grudge against everyone working with Salem, he holds a special hatred for Tyrian because the lunatic doesn't have any sort of reason to support the Grimm Queen. Tyrian in return is always the one sent after Jaune, and has even developed something of a fixation on him.
  • The Jail Bait Wait: Inverted. Winter, the jail bait in this equation, is waiting until she's of age to try and make a move on Jaune. Her father has the same idea for different reasons.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Lampshaded Raven is a bit disappointed when Jaune admits he doesn't believe she is one. She had a whole mocking laugh at the ready.
  • Kick the Dog: Ghira was completely out of the loop when the Vytal Festival got targeted, and didn't deserve the General of the Atlesian army murdering him via firing squad.
  • Know When to Fold 'Em: During their third clash, Tyrian retreats when it becomes obvious that the battle will end in the death of either himself or Jaune. As Salem has given explicit orders for Jaune to be captured alive, neither option is appealing.
  • Literal Genie: Salem sends Jaune much farther into the past than he really needed to. Makes sense considering that this makes Jaune much less likely to accurately use his Retroactive Precognition to manipulate events in his favor by giving him a much greater opportunity to make mistakes.
  • Living Emotional Crutch: Jaune ends up as one for Emerald. The mere thought of losing him is enough to send her into hysterics and probably her greatest fear is him abandoning her.
  • Logical Weakenss: Faunus night vision gives them an obvious advantage when fighting humans at night or in dark places. But it also makes them far more susceptible to flashbangs in those same circumstances.
  • Magnetic Hero: Jaune has some shades of this, forming his own "faction" separate from Ozpin's and Salem's. So far, he has the loyalty/friendship/admiration of a tribe of Vacuoan Nomads, Sun, Ren and Nora, Summer, Raven, Junior, Emerald, Ironwood, a team of Atlas Specialists, Winter, the CEO of the fastest growing electronics company on Remnant, Oobleck, and (dubiously) Roman and Neo. This is mostly by just genuinely being a good guy, but his Terror Hero nature definitely helps in a few cases.
  • The Man Behind the Man: Played with. Junior fears that he and his Red Ax Gang will be used as pawns in Jaune's plot to unite the Vale Criminal Underworld under one group. Instead, Jaune intends to be a source of funds, and an occasional "problem solver" and only wants to influence and unify the gangs against Salem's agents. He's more than happy to let Junior run things.
  • Marriage of Convenience: Jacques is gunning for one between Jaune and Winter.
  • Mildly Military:
    • Team November at times. They go out drinking together regularly, dislike VIP functions where they have to stand around looking impressive, see no problem in what is essentially fraternization, and constantly tease both each other. In turn, Captain Ironwood refers to them by rank rarely enough for it to be an immediate tell that he's hiding something.
    • Justified in that they are a crack team of Atlesian Specialists who are so successful that their team structure is being used as the basis of a new initiative to improve Specialist success rates overall.
  • Mind Rape:
    • Emerald does this unintentionally to Pyrrha. Emerald used her hallucination-inducing Semblance on her mid-fight with no clear image in mind. This was just meant to buy a second or two of time while she gained distance. Then the screaming began.
    • The next chapter turned the above into a partial Subversion. The hallucination specifically made Pyrrha relive Emerald's memory of the White Fang's attack to the Amity Colosseum through her eyes. Pyrrha actually managed to come out mostly alright from it, if understandable shaken from the illusory brush with death, but the one thing that truly disturbed her was experiencing Emerald's feelings when Jaune saved her as her own. Her sheer satisfaction with the death of the man who tried to kill her and her complete lack of fear of the even more terrifying one that saved her were bad enough, but those pale in comparison with the pure and upsetting reassurance Emerald derived from the fact Jaune was willing to commit gruesome murder for her — to say nothing of how Pyrrha could feel herself/Emerald loving him for it. No wonder the 11-year-old girl screamed her lungs out until Emerald knocked her out soon afterwards.
  • Mistaken for Pedophile: More like Mistaken For Ephebophile, but people thinks Jaune and Winter Schnee are a hot — if inappropriate— item. Qrow takes the chance to snark at him about the rumors on the tabloids about them.
  • Mistaken for Romance:
    • Qrow gets the idea that Raven and Jaune are, at the very least, sleeping together. Raven doesn't bother to correct him. Jaune tries to, but Qrow isn't buying it.
    • It's revealed later that this is the assumption the Branwen Tribe comes to in order to explain Raven's frequent visits to him. Jaune finds this mortifying, Raven thinks it's both hilarious and a convenient cover story.
  • Mook Horror Show: Jaune often comes off as this to various criminals. So far, he has caused the murders of King and all his top Lieutenants (notably, Junior kills King himself to get Jaune to stop). In his Goldilocks persona, he snuck into a rival gang headquarters, snuck out, then blew it up with no one inside realizing anything was wrong. Then, he massacred a van full of attacking gang members alongside The Ace of the Union. Next, he casually took down Roman's gang unarmed (and, more impressively, managed to somewhat restrain an offended Raven from killing the entire group).
  • Morality Chain: Jaune and Roman to Emerald and Neo, respectively, since the adults act as this for the somewhat sociopathic children in their care — albeit guiding them in a life of crime in the process.
  • Morality Pet: Played straight with Blake trying to prevent Adam from getting too violent or jaded in the increasingly extremist White Fang. And, unlike canon, Adam actually wants her to do this because he doesn't trust himself not to slide deeper into extremism if left to his own devices.
  • Morton's Fork: Jaune realizes that helping Emerald with her emotional dependence of him bound to hurt her no matter what he tries. Reassuring her that he'll be always be there for her will destroy her if anything ever happens to him; highlighting his mortality may help prepare her for such a possibility, but it also reaffirms her willingness to eliminate anything or anyone that could try and take him away from her.
  • Mugging the Monster:
    • Vernal, and later on an unnamed adult member of the Branwen Tribe both tried to play around with the Tribe's injured "prisoner." The end result being Vernal growing an obsession with fighting Jaune, and the rest of the Tribe acting on their best behavior around him.
    • King sends half a dozen of his Mooks against Jaune only to learn the hard way that Jaune is a huntsman of considerable skill. Jaune even thinks to himself that Yang would never let him live it down if he couldn't take on six untrained enemies with no Aura.
    • Roman Torchwick robs an event with several of the most powerful and influential people of Vale and Atlas present. Subverted in that this was an entirely intentional move on his part to build up his reputation, and he actually gets away with it too... Initially.
    • Played straight when Roman, due to a tip-off from Junior (who is actually allied with Jaune), decides to rob Henry Waters-Brown, which is actually one of Jaune's aliases. While a bit nervous at his "victims" Dissonant Serenity, he remains cocky enough to imply that a visiting Raven is a High-Class Call Girl that "Henry" has hired. She is suddenly no longer amused.
  • Multitasked Conversation: Qrow and Jaune are very circumspect when discussing their tense first meeting so as to not mention Raven in front of Yang. Played for laughs when she immediately gets the wrong idea.
    Yang: Is this about a girl? Mr Ashari, did you cuck my Uncle Qrow?
  • Mundane Luxury: Almost everything counts for a seven year old Emerald: hot food, hot water, soft beds, new clothes, etc. At one point, she's irritated that her stomach is demanding food when she'd just eaten the previous day, thinking that she'd ever eaten that frequently before. Once Jaune gets them an apartment, Emerald mentally gushes over having her own bed, thinking most kids her age were lucky to have a dirty blanket to sleep under.
  • My Dad Can Beat Up Your Dad: Yang and Emerald once got in an argument like that over Qrow and Jaune. Justified as the girls were only 11 and 12, respectively, at the time. Made hilarious by the Dramatic Irony that Qrow was indeed beaten up by Jaune shortly before Emerald's adoption.
  • My Master, Right or Wrong: Much like it happened to Emerald with Cinder in canon, Jaune taking her off the streets and becoming her parental figure of sorts made the girl consider right and wrong in terms of how it benefits or is detrimental to his cause. It doesn't whether he's a Atlas Specialist or working with criminals, Emerald will follow him regardless.
  • Mysterious Backer: Jaune is shaping up to become one.
  • Non-Indicative Name: Invoked.
    • Hei Xiong, a gang leader, goes by the street name "Junior," the same name his abusive father "King" used to mock him. Justified in that he uses it to remind his father's old men who work for him now of how he's the boss after killing King.
    • Jaune points out that "The Red Ax Gang" is a rather childish, non-threatening name compared to most of the gang's competitors. For most intents this is true, they're not major-players, and Junior is seen as a "soft" leader who can't escape his father's shadow. Which contributes to making many disregard them as an actual threat when they actually do start adopting more aggressive tactics.
  • No Social Skills: Spending a good chunk of her life on the streets has left Emerald with a few quirks. Anyone that tries talking to her gets either indifference or annoyance. Jaune is the sole exception.
  • Not Just a Tournament: Jaune enters Emerald into a tournament as his public reason for going to Vale. This is his cover for his illicit gang activity, archeological translations, and distrust of Ozpin.
  • Not So Above It All: Pyrrha Nikos may be a courteous fighter, but could not resist the temptation to throw Yang Xiao-Long's arrogant pre-tournament words back at the latter's face when the opportunity presented itself.
  • Oblivious to Love: Jaune proving that some things never change. Specialist Foxtrot was dropping hints for nearly a year without him picking up on them and he's one of the only two people that doesn't see Winter Schnee's crush on him, instead thinking it merely an appreciation for his training of her.
  • Odd Friendship: Jaune finds himself getting along surprisingly well with Raven Branwen, James Ironwood, and "Junior" Xiong of all people.
    Raven: (discussing Captain Ironwood) You keep dangerous friends.
    Jaune: Yeah, I don't need the bandit leader turned spring maiden hiding in my bedroom to tell me that.
    Raven: Quite so. Maybe it's you who is the dangerous one.
    Jaune: I certainly don't feel dangerous.
    Emerald: [chokes]
  • Only Friend: Raven admits, silently and to herself at least, that Jaune is the only person she can let her guard down around.
  • Parents as People: While an excellent combat instructor, Jaune has little idea how to be a good father to Emerald and it shows. He still tries his best and his concern for her wellbeing plays an increasingly prominent role in his thoughts and decisions as time goes.
  • Passing the Torch: Defied. Captain Ironwood confesses to Ozpin that Jaune Ashari would make a good Commander of Atlesian Specialists, but won't even bring it up to him, as he respects Jaune's earlier claim to only want to stay a few years, and seems to realize that he has his own goals. Jaune never has any idea of Ironwood's consideration of this.
  • Peggy Sue: Played with. While Jaune does go back in time, Salem creates a new body for him rather than sending him back to his original body.
  • Post-Victory Collapse: Jaune succumbs to this after defeating the Nuckelavee. Justified in that he was poisoned during the fight.
  • Pragmatic Hero: Jaune has committed some morally questionable deeds in the name of saving Remnant, the most spectacular example being launching a brutal gang war in Vale in hopes of denying Cinder criminal resources later on.
  • Pragmatic Villainy: The story starts with Salem sending Jaune back in time to Set Right What Once Went Wrong because she's already dying in the current timeline. If Jaune tries to change the past, he might fail and she might prevail.
  • Pre-Mortem One-Liner: Raven sure has this trope down pat:
    Roman: N-Now, now. Let's not-
    Raven: Those who are dead should remain silent. Keep talking and I'll ensure your brain catches up with the fact. Along with the edge of my sword.
  • Promotion to Parent: Averted with Yang. Jaune accidentally saving Summer Rose's life meant that Yang didn't have to step in and take care of Ruby as in canon. This made her less troubled but also less mature than in the series.
  • Puppet King: Seemingly played straight with Sienna Khan acting as the nominal leader of The White Fang, but always being accompanied and taking cues from Tyrian or Hazel, and by extension Salem.
  • Rags to Riches: When he first ends up in the past Jaune has nothing to his name but the clothes on his back, his scroll, and Crocea Mors. Four years later he's both a millionaire, and a board member of the biggest electronics company in Remnant. Not to mention his various highly-placed connections.
  • Refuge in Audacity:
    • The status quo in Vale's criminal underworld works to keep negativity down and profit high. No one expects the small-time Red Ax Gang to escalate a territory dispute into a full-on Mob War.
    • Acting on Raven's advice, rather than keep hiding from a suspicious Ozpin as long as possible, Jaune decides to enter Emerald in a highly-publicized tournament in the middle of Vale, hoping that Ozpin won't look too deeply into him if he's obviously not hiding from them.
  • Resignations Not Accepted:
    • Inverted. Atlas Specialists sign a contract to not reveal state secrets, but it's clear from the start that it's a job, not a life sentence. Specialists need not be officially military-trained, or even from Atlas, and are free to leave as desired.
    • Played with. Jaune stays in for eight months longer than he'd planned on due to a request from Captain Ironwood. He honestly doesn't mind helping his boss out, and he uses the extra time to end his relationship with Team November and Winter on good terms. Any griping over the extra work is played for laughs.
  • The Reveal:
    • The near-death Huntress Jaune heals early on is actually Summer Rose.
    • Specialists Foxtrot's real name is Helena Nikos, Pyrrha's older sister who died in the line of duty in the original timeline when Pyrrha was a small kid.
  • Second Place Is for Losers: This is basically the Nikos family's credo except for Pyrrha and Helena.
  • Secret Keeper: Jaune tells Raven some of his plans for the future and generally tends to let his guard down around her. When she questions this, he responds that he actually doesn't really trust her, but knows she hates both Salem and Ozpin so much that she'd never betray him to either.
  • Sempai/Kohai:
    • Jaune's relationship with Winter of all people. This is taken even further when she becomes his official assistant, insisting on aiding Jaune with everything from paperwork to holding out his jacket for him to put on, much to his embarrassment.
    • When fighting for her life against a newly-militant White Fang, one of her main concerns was still to show him that the time spent training her was not wasted.
  • Shameless Self-Promoter: By proxy. Jaune has Emerald promote the "Ashari Specialist Huntsman Gym" — think of it as a Huntsmen-in-training cram school — during her speech after she claimed victory in her first tournament. Unknown to most people, this is actually an Invoked Trope and part of a Batman Gambit to dispel some of Ozpin's suspicions about Jaune, while hopefully also helping as many young Huntsmen- and Huntresses-in-training to Take a Level in Badass for the conflicts looming in the future.
  • Shower of Awkward: A non-romantic example. Raven teleports into Jaune's bathroom while he's still showering. She immediately walks out, with him getting flustered when he realizes what happens later on. She just finds it funny.
  • Sir Swears-a-Lot: Vernal. A trait that others comment on and mock in equal measure, especially since A) she lives in a bandit tribe where swearing is probably the norm already, and B) she does it to make herself seem tough. Qrow considers it a very large red flag when she drops the habit in favor of bashful mumbling whenever Taiyang says something nice to her.
  • Sitcom Arch-Nemesis: Yang really, really annoys Emerald. She would call the blonde her "nemesis", but Emerald refuses to dignify her with such a moniker as a matter of principle.
  • Slave to PR:
    • Jacques Schnee is revealed to pay a very generous stipend to the four main Huntsman Academies in pursuit of good publicity. When Emerald mentions Winter positively in a speech advertising Jaune's new Huntsman-Prep Gym, Jacques immediately set up a possible sponsorship to the gym, as well as a ball in honor of Emerald and Winter's respective victories. The SDC couldn't afford not to publicly support it.
    • The Nikos Family Patriarch has firm views on victory and being the best, and will physically, and verbally attack anyone who he believes to be tarnishing the family image. After Emerald beats Pyrrha in the finals of her first tournament, he demands Emerald forfeit and threatens legal action when Jaune refuses to be intimidated. Bonus points for him knowing that any case he makes won't stand up in court, and just wanting to call the legitimacy of the fight into question to tarnish the upstart Ashari's reputation.
    • Inverted heavily by Jaune, who was willing to bear the brunt of the public outrage over a White Fang terrorist attack in order to better Ironwood's public image.
  • Sole Survivor: Jaune. It's the reason he decided to accept Salem's offer.
  • Sore Loser: Pyrrha's father demands Jaune have Emerald forfeit the tournament for her "dishonorable trickery" (using her Semblance) to win. When Jaune refuses, the man threatens to bring him to court over it.
  • Spit Take: Downplayed. Winter starts choking on some wine before letting some dribble out when her father tells her that he would very much approve and actually strongly suggests that she and Jaune end up marrying.
  • Stage Mom: To say Pyrrha's father is a bit obsessed with bringing victory to Nikos name through her success is like saying the Grimm is a mild inconvenience to Remnant's human and faunus population.
  • Star-Crossed Lovers: Jaune and Ruby in the averted future. He realized in hindsight that their relationship was probably heading in that direction when the story's Downer Beginning left him the Sole Survivor of the war against Salem.
  • Stockholm Syndrome: The least charitable interpretation of Emerald's growing attachment to Jaune.
  • Start of Darkness: For Jacques Schnee it was his and Winter's falling out that ultimately turned him into the cold, callous person he is. With Winter's return to the family and the two slowly repairing their relationship he's beginning to turn himself around.
  • The Stoic: Jaune, shockingly enough. Ozpin describes him as 'one of the least expressive individuals he's ever dealt with'. Downplayed in that it's clear that Jaune only comes across as this because he's on guard around Ozpin otherwise he's as expressive as anyone else.
  • Taking the Heat: Atlas Specialist Ashari pulls this on a very unwilling and highly annoyed Captain Ironwood in order to ensure he will still be promoted to General, as well as out of genuine respect for the man.
  • Taught by Experience: For the most part, Jaune was only ever taught the basics of fighting. Everything else he either figured out on his own or by fighting people, such as learning how to fight dirty from fighting Qrow.
  • Teacher/Student Romance: Played With. While not really the case, Winter Schnee's crush on her private combat instructor is obvious enough to make people wonder. Especially because Age-Gap Romance angle and the fact she looks of age despite being only 15 make it a particularly juicy bit of gossip in-universe.
  • The Tease: Raven Branwen if you happen to be in that small fragment of Remnant's population she's comfortable enough to joke around with. Currently that only includes Jaune. She's like what Yang would be like if older, less kid-friendly and without her father's love for puns.
  • Teens Are Short: Zigzagged. While Weiss is still tiny (at seventeen, she's about the same size her sister was at twelve), Winter is taller than Jaune when she's only fifteen.
  • This Is Reality:
    • One of Team November suggests they'll have only a limited time frame to get out of a facility after they place the last bomb, but Charlie corrects them that they're not in a movie and are using remote detonators.
    • Jaune chides himself for thinking a room in a ruin would trap anyone who entered it or that a monster would pop out of a sarcophagus, thinking to himself that he needs to stop thinking he lives in an action movie.
  • Token Good Teammate: Adam Taurus becomes this for the White Fang, being one of the few members who actively try to avoid pointless casualties and who is willing to negotiate with humans when needed.
  • Troubled Child: Emerald can be seen as this at times. Expressing non-hostile emotions and connecting with other people are things she actively avoids, but she seems to be getting better... mostly.
  • Troubling Unchildlike Behavior: Besides her casual cursing, Emerald violently attacks anyone she sees as a threat. Despite only being at Atlas when Jaune has a mission, Emerald still gets in enough fights that Jaune knows the way to the principal's office by heart, once telling Summer that it's his third visit there that month.
  • Unexpected Virgin: Jaune shocks Team November with this revelation. To be fair, bloody crusades for the fate of the world tend to take precedence over teenage hormones. Almost immediately undone when Foxtrot confesses her secret crush on him and makes a move later on that very same night.
  • Unflinching Walk: Invoked by Jaune in his first appearance under his new enforcer persona after blowing up a rival's base with all of their leaders inside. Works to leave an impression on Junior's goons.
  • Vicariously Ambitious:
    • While not the main reason behind her drive to win her first tournament, Emerald doesn't want to lose because Jaune personally trained her and feels that her defeat would reflect poorly on him.
    • Same thing with Winter before her, who wanted to win the Vytal Festival Tournament in Atlas to bring recognition to her mentor.
  • "Well Done, Son!" Guy: The approval of the only parental figure she'd ever known matters a lot to Emerald. Their first argument came about because Jaune preemptively tried to cheer her up regarding her tournament fight against then-darkhorse competitor Pyrrha Nikos. Unaware of his reasons for it, Emerald misconstrued this as his lack of real trust in her and her skills, which hurt her a lot.
  • What Did I Do Last Night?: Jaune has a panicked moment of this when he wakes up after a night drinking with Raven in her tent. They didn't.
  • Wham Line: A jaw dropping one in Chapter 33:
    And since when did [Raven] have two routes to Jaune?
  • White Sheep: Helena to the Nikos family, who chose to become an Specialist in Atlas just to get away from Mistral and her victory-obsessed father.
  • Wine Is Classy: Averted by Jaune and Raven. They casually drink a whole bottle of fancy wine left over from his mansion's previous owners while sprawled out on a couch and discussing criminal plans.
  • Yandere: Emerald is a non-romantic example. She outright swore to kill anyone who tries to take her adoptive father away from her.
  • You Have Failed Me: Inverted by both Junior and Roman. They each gave several of their subordinates a bonus after they had failed. Justified in that they both believe loyalty should be rewarded, and the act of even trying to fight an opponent like Jaune Ashari meant that the mooks in question must be near-suicidally loyal.
  • Younger Than They Look: Puberty was generous enough with Winter that she could easily pass off as 18 at 15. Jaune notices how it was the opposite for her sister Weiss, who looked as old as Ruby when she was in fact two years older when they went to Beacon.
  • You Owe Me: A reoccurring theme in Jaune and Raven's relationship. No, not those kinds of favors, though Raven does like to tease him over it.
  • Your Tradition Is Not Mine: Helena Nikos wanted nothing to do with her family tradition of prize fighters and Huntsmen, and for good reasons, so she instead moved to another Kingdom and joined the military. Subverted when she returned home to help train Pyrrha, if only to spare her little sister the worst of it.